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Sage and Ylang: Hair Care products and Lip and Cheek Tint Review [Partially Sponsored Review]

For my green beauty readers, here's a new conscious beauty brand I want to introduce: Sage & Ylang! I had the opportunity to speaker to the founder, Irene Chong who is a former registered nurse, a cabin crew and safety trainer in Singapore Airlines, and a homeschool mum of 5, on her brand and the products to find out more!


Sage and Ylang is an organic, natural, pure plant-based green beauty line. Created by Irene Chong, the Radiance Series is the result of four years of product research and development to help combat skin dullness, uneven skin tone and lack of skin firmness.

All products are formulated using high quality, phytonutrient-rich ingredients to meet the demands of maturing skin. As quick fixes to rejuvenate skin only display a temporary effect, Sage & Ylang firmly believes that a high-quality green skincare regimen, plus a healthy and holistic lifestyle are key to having a more radiant and healthy looking skin.

Currently, Sage & Ylang offers solutions you can introduce into your current skincare and hair care regimen without much disruption with their products:
  • Hair Repair and Shine Serum Oil
  • Scented and Conditioning Hair Mist
  • Radiance Luxury Serum
  • Radiance Defense Serum
  • Radiance Indulgence Mask
  • Lip & Cheek Tint Balm
After my conversation with Irene, I decided to give their products a try and was going to pay for their Trial range but she was nice to offer me their full sized range instead so I did a partial payment and she sponsored me the rest. That being said, if you are a regular reader, you should know by now that my reviews are based solely on my experience and are in not way influenced by any other factors. So with that out of the way, let's kick start with my reviews!

Scented and Conditioning Hair Mist


Formulated from a unique blend of quinoa protein and hair loving plant extracts, this hair mist protects, repairs, conditions your hair. Regular application of this mist will result in smoother and silkier hair. Additionally, this protein will also form a protective barrier which will protect your hair from environmental stresses. Scented with organic essential oil, this mist will freshen your hair beautifully for hours.

Price: $34 for 50ml

Texture: Water-based mist

Smell: a blend of floral herbal scents

Overall Rating: 9/10
I love the smell of this hair mist, and the scent does last quite long compared to other naturally-derived hair mist I've tried. I have really thick long hair, so the scent last about half a day but I also noticed that the scent last longer if it isn't exposed to the elements (hair by the nape of my neck).

After using this product for a month, I do find that it helps to keep my hair soft, shiny and healthy. This is now my little secret for times when I want to freshen up my hair when the weather is too hot and humid, and I don't want to smell like sweat! After a month of misting daily, I'm left with 1/3 of the bottle so my guess is this product will last 6 weeks when used daily.

Hair Repair and Shine

This hair serum is formulated with a power pack blend of 8 plant-based hair fortifying botanical, 3 organic essential oils, and vitamin E. It helps to repair and strengthen hair, nourish and restores shine, and creates a protective barrier which will shield your hair from environmental stresses

Price: $28 for 30ml

Texture: Lightweight oil serum

Smell: a blend of floral herbal scents

Overall Rating: 9/10
Hair serums and oil are a staple part of my hair care routine because I have long, thick and wavy hair which equates to frizzy, unmanageable and split-ends prone hair in Singapore.

 When I was introduced to Sage & Ylang's Hair serum oil, I immediately fell in love with the scent and was amazed by how lightweight the oil is on the hair! After a month of using it each night, I'm glad to report that I haven't seen any split-ends and my hair looks and feels healthy! The best part of it is that it is made of natural ingredients and after a month's usage, I've only used 1/3 of the product. My guess is that this tiny bottle will last 3 months which makes it great for value!


Lip and Cheek Tint

This compact and versatile 2 in 1 formula was created to give a minimalist look with just a tinge of colour. Apply lightly for a natural and healthy look. Smooth buttery texture that glides over lips easily to provide moisturization and soothe chapped lips. It also contains ingredients that provides a little natural sun protection, and it can also be used on the cheeks.

Price: $23 for 4.44ml
Texture: Balm

Colour: A shimmery berry-red tint

Overall Rating: 8.5/10
I've got to say that it's a gorgeous tint that is perfect for all skin tone on the lips and cheeks, and a little goes a long way for the colour pigmentation. I carry this around on days when I wear light makeup to touch up my blush.

I have very dry chapped lips and after using this for a month, I find that this isn't moisturizing enough for me. That being said, I like the shade of this on my lips so I've been using it in place of my normal lipsticks. I will treat my lips with a hydrating balm first followed by this and reapply both as the day goes by.



With that, it brings me to the end of this review post, I've got another review lined up on their skincare range, so do keep an eye out for that. To check out Sage & Ylang, head to their website at sageandylang.com or follow them on Instagram at @sageandylang!
Hair after the mist & serum, with the lip tint on my lips!

For Beloved One: Advanced Hyaluronic Acid GHK-Cu Moisturizing Series [Sponsored Post]

Launched exclusively at Sephora in March, For Beloved One introduced their Advanced Hyaluronic Acid GHK-Cu Moisturizing Series! This series uses advanced Self-Hydrating Mechanism with “Active Hydro-Kinetic Technology” to pump moisture into each skin layer from the bottom up for moisturized dewy skin all day long!



For Beloved One Advanced Hyaluronic Acid GHK-Cu Moisturizing Series

“Active Hydro-Kinetic Technology” utilizes 4 major types of Hyaluronic Acid with different molecular masses to penetrate and moisturize each skin layer from deep within to the surface.:
  • Large molecular Hyaluronic Acid (Sodium Hyaluronate);
  • Middle molecular Hyaluronic Acid (PrimalHyal 300); and
  • 2 types of small molecular Hyaluronic Acid (PrimalHyal 50, Hyalo-Oligo)


Rich with Hyaluronic Acid activating factor EXO-H that stimulates the body’s own secretion of hyaluronic acid to boost hydration, it is recommended to drink a glass of water after completing the skincare procedure for increased synergistic effect of the advanced self-hydrating mechanism!

Additionally, this series is also the first moisturizing skincare that is infused with Copper Peptide (GHK-Cu) and Copper Gluconate to boost skin health, reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles, smooth cuticles, and strengthen the skin’s moisture retention ability.

GHK-Cu is hailed as a “revolutionary skincare peptide” as its small molecular mass allows it to penetrate deeply into the skin layers, effectively repairing skin damage and accelerating skin renewal. While, Copper Gluconate, an organocopper, is an indispensable mineral when it comes to skin moisturizing chelation process because it cannot be naturally produced by the body.

Now, in line with my decision to cut down on product wastage and to only review things that I will use, I wrote in to request to allow me to choose the products that I want to review rather than the full collection. I also made a note that I'm open to trial size as long as I can test the products out for a month, and they very kindly passed me the full sized products for this review.

I choose these 3 products because of the ingredients in them and I personally believe that you can form a skincare routine with them. After a month of using them, day and night, here's my review:


Advanced Hyaluronic Acid GHK-Cu Moisturizing Toner

A gentle toner rich in GHK-Cu, hyaluronic acid and copper gluconate, helps to restore and hydrate the skin. The toner's blue colour comes from the copper ions in the malachite.

Ingredients:
Purified Water、【Oligo GGF™】(Raffinose)、【AMINOCOAT™】(Betaine)、Sodium Hyaluronate、【Hyalo-Oligo®】(Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid)、Diglycerin、【Tinocare® GL】(Sclerotium Gum /Phenoxyethanol)、Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate、Coceth-7、Citric Acid、Sodium Citrate、Tetrasodium EDTA、1,3 Butylene Glycol、PPG-1-PEG-9 Lauryl Glycol Ether、PPG-12-Buteth-16、【Exo-H】(Water /Butylene Glycol /Alteromonas Exopolysaccharide Extract)、Chlorphenesin、PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil、Fragrance、Pentylene Glycol、Hydroxypropyl Guar、Malachite
Price: $63 for 200 ml bottle

Smell: Clean refreshing scent

Texture: Water base

Overall Rating: 10/10

I found it soothing after cleansing and sufficiently hydrating that I could forgo any moisturizer on
days that I just stayed at home. This toner gets absorbed by my skin rather easily without any stinging sensation. And after 1 month of testing, day and night, I've only used up 2 cm worth of product with enough left to last probably 8 more months so it is pretty worth it for its buck.

Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Surge Cream

The cream contains an ingredient called Aquaphyline (hydrolysed viola tricolor extract) which claims to introduce water and glycerin to the upper layers of skin and increase the production of hyaluronic acid. It also contains malachite essence, which is rich in copper, that aids to retain moisture over a prolonged period of time to relieve dryness, This product has a unique cream texture that turns into micro water molecules once in contact with skin to keep the skin hydrated and refresh for the day.

Ingredients:
Purified Water、Sodium Hyaluronate、【Exo-H】(Water /Butylene Glycol /Alteromonas Exopolysaccharide Extract)、【Hyalo-Oligo®】(Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid)、【AQUAPHYLINE®】(Water /Hydrolyzed viola tricolor extract / Phenoxyethanol/ Ethylhexylglycerin)、Malachite、Chlorphenesin、Propanediol、Sodium Chloride、Sodium Citrate、Dimethicone、Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer、Fragrance

Price: $95 for 30 ml jar

Smell: Light floral scent

Texture: Water base

Overall Rating: 8/10

The texture of this cream is very lightweight, feels cool upon application, and goes on feeling wet so it glides on easily and absorbs very quickly. That being said, during the month's worth of test, I noticed that while using this cream, I had small bumps of blemishes appearing on my skin (featured on left image) and it's usually a sign that my skin doesn't like something in the product. So those with sensitive skin should do a patch test before purchase!

In terms of hydration, which is the purpose of this whole series, the cream helped to soften and hydrate the skin, which plumped and smooth out the skin's texture. Knowing that it will be challenging to reflect the hydration effectiveness with the skin on my face, I used it on my elbow too and the results are very obvious! The bottom image (on the right) shows how rough, "black" and dry my elbow was and the top image shows the improvement the cream had after a month of application! It resulted in a change in the colour of the skin, it looks plumped and hydrated, and the skin is significantly smoother.

After a month of using this cream for day and night, I'm left with half a jar so I guess I'm left with another month to empty it out.

Hyaluronic Acid GHK-Cu Moisturizing Bio-Cellulose Mask


Unlike other sheet masks, For Beloved One uses bio-cellulose made of nano-scale organic fibres produced by compound microorganism bacteria fermentation because the nano-fibres are smaller than the skin groove and can be closely attached to the skin. It is waterproof, but air permeable so that your skin can "breathe" while the serum is locked between for better absorption. With ingredients like GHK-Cu and Malachite, this mask is formulated to give skin instant repair and to rejuvenate the skin, while Hyaluronic Acid replenishes and locks in essential moisture to leave skin dewy, soft and supple.

Ingredients:
Purified Water, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, [Hyalo-Oligo®] (Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid), [TornareTM] (Glycosyl Trehalose), Dipotassium glycyrrhizate, Allantoin, Tetrasodium EDTA, [AMINOCOATTM] (Betaine)、[Oligo GGFTM] (Raffinose), Chlorphenesin, [Anasensyl®LS9322] (Ammonium Glycyrrhizate/Mannitol/Caffeine/Zinc Gluconate/Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Extract), Polysorbate 60, Isospropyl Methylphenol, Alpha-Tocopherol, Fragrance, [Malachite](Malachite Extract), [Exo-HTM](Water/Butylene Glycol/Alteromonas Ferment Extract), Panthenol, PPG-12-Buteth-16, Tremellia Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, [GHK-Cu](Copper Tripeptide-1)

To Use:

  1. Take the elastic and transparent bio-cellulose mask in the middle.
  2. Apply the wet side (the one adhesive to semi-transparent paper foil) on the face.
  3. Take off the mask after 15-20 minutes. No need to rinse and continue regular skin care procedure.

Price: $63 for a box of 3 masks

Smell: I can't pinpoint the scent, but it gives a creamy-lotion scent

Texture: Water base

Overall Rating: 10/10

I was never a fan of sheet mask because they tend to sting my skin and feel sticky after use. But I was pleasantly surprised to find my skin thoroughly hydrated, comfortable, and my skin was left feeling soft and smooth once the serum of the mask is absorbed! It feels cool on the skin and very hydrating, after the mask my skin looks and feels well moisturized. The best part of this mask is that the serum doesn't leave a sticky sensation once it is fully absorbed, it feels very similar to a water-based gel serum.

In terms of fitting, the mask was a little short for my face and my nose bridge is too flat for the nose/eye area but the mask adheres way better than most sheet mask, onto my skin with a vacuum-like effect! I will purchase this only for special occasions when my skin needs to a dose of intense hydration, considering the price tag of this mask.

This review is sponsored, but reviews are based solely on user's experience and are in not way influenced by any other factors.

Uniqlo UV Cut & BRATOP Collection

This International Women's Day, I joined Uniqlo with @pupuren for their styling workshop hosted by Lena Kamarudin. The workshop featured 2 collections, the UV Cut range and the BRATOP. 
 

BRATOP Collection 
Hate having those bra straps peaking out from your tops, specially if you are wearing camisole/ tank top/ singlet? Want to save luggage space while travelling? In a pinch when it's laundry day and your bras are still drying? These are just some situation having a BRATOP can fix! Uniqlo BRATOP offers a range of designs for ladies with different roles, bust size and comfort level. 

UV Cut Collection 
Another innovative range that Uniqlo has is their UV Cut, that protects the skin by absorbing or reflecting ultraviolet rays! Talk about a multi-purpose product for busy ladies on the go, it really is one second to sun protection. I like their UV Cut Dolman Sleeve Long Cardigan, featured here by the left because it has the perfect length and sleeves' length to throw on when you want to protect your skin from harmful rays. The thing to note is that the effectiveness of the protection depends on the fabric and the amount of washes it goes through. I was told that it has been tested to retain its function even after 10 washes.

REVIEW
I chose the Pointelle Lace Bra Camisole (S$29.90) in Black with size L from the BRATOP range for this review. 

Special Features 
Lace details for a softer look.
Natural cotton material with spandex and nylon for that added stretch.
Smooth fabric lining inside the cups.

Size & Cut 
Has a gentle V neck cut. Size ranges from XS to XXL.

Overall 
I like that the cut is very modest, just a hint of cleavage, making it a very feminine top that is great for a date or even office wear. It is also great that I don't have to wear a strapless bra for such tops because it's a BRATOP. It's great for value, and a brilliant 2-in-1 solution for a bride-to-be living in 2 places with incomplete wardrobes. I had some sizing issue because I'm in between sizes but I ended up with L and I've got to say that overall the size & cut feels really comfortable, I just had to tuck the top into my undies (my lil tip) to keep it snug!


The camisole featured here was a gift by Uniqlo with no expectation of a review or publicity.
Reviews are based solely on user's experience and are in not way influenced by any other factors.

LADURÉE Face Colour Rose Blushes: Is it worth it? [Purchased Review]


This blush comes in a delicate blossom of  crafted rose petals, developed to closely mimic the real thing. Carefully handmade, each petal contains emollient oil, so the pigments can adhere to the skin without looking powdery. The color payoff is fresh and natural.


How To Use:
Take up the product with a large brush by stroking the petals gently.
Dust off excess powder on the back of your hand, and then apply to cheeks.

REVIEW

Colour Pay-off: 10/10
As a blush, I found the pigments sufficiently intense for that natural blush and it is surprisingly long-lasting. I believe it has some staining power too as it turned the tips of my white bristle brush pink, and I can't wash the stain out. 02 Red Rose is the most versatile shade for all skin type, so if you are looking at getting your hands on this blush, I would recommend this shade. 

Ease of Use:  8/10
A slight learning curve to use this blush, mainly because the pigments are on the petals that moves around in the bowl. However, once you get a hang of it, it's becomes second nature. The main challenge of using this blush is knowing when you "hit pan". I know of some users who would use this blush one petal at a time to be able to use each to its full potential.

Packaging: 10/10
It's so pretty even on its own, sitting on any ladies' vanity table. I smile when I look at my collection!

Price: S$45 for the pot, S$105 for refill

OVERALL RATING: 9/10 

I love everything about this product, from the pigmented petals, to the details on the pot and the scent. The scent of this reminds me of baby powder with a hint of rose.
 I would also like to point out that the petals (refill) and the pot are 2 different purchases, so take note! For the entire set, it will cost a total of S$150 for a blush which is considered a luxury beauty product to most. For me, the justifications for my collection are that the product does last pretty long, it makes me happy looking at them and I don't own much blushes. So I guess, this is my one of my guilty pleasures in life! If you want to splurge on a quality blush, I highly recommend this in 02 Red Rose shade! 

Les Merveilleuses Ladurée Boutique is located at B1-37A Takashimaya Shopping Centre.

This review is not sponsored, all products are purchased. Reviews are based solely on user's experience and are in not way influenced by any other factors.

Floral Garage Singapore: Meet your bouquet needs with them! [Sponsored Post]

I love flowers, and there's no denying that they always help to beautify our day, space or even a simple flatlay.


So, I recently decided to collaborate with a local online florist, Floral Garage Singapore, that provides flower delivery services to try out their service and quality. Priding themselves to be one of the most competitive florists offering high quality and fresh flowers for their bouquets with competitive pricing, I had to say yes to them! 

Now, when it comes to choosing what flowers and what arrangement, I know the process can be pretty daunting, especially if you want to give them to someone special. Trust me, I had to help a friend pick something out before and he was sweating from the weight of the decision... and let's not get me started on how my hubby feels when he is trying to get me something too. Haha!

So, here are some tips to guide you along the bouquet selection process:

TIP 1: Decide on your budget.

Ask anyone who has bought a bouquet during V-Day and you will hear tales of how expensive a few stalks of flowers can cost. Now, don't get me wrong, I don't mean bouquets with a higher price tag is a bad thing... but I'm saying that you should know what to look out for in a range.

Price also determine size and size can determine the overall representation of what the bouquet means.

If you are looking at getting a bouquet for something small or new, nothing more than $50. If you mean business, prepare to fork out $100.


TIP 2: Know the key flowers you are paying for.

Look at images and description of the flowers used in the bouquet, and do a quick search online to understand not only the meaning of the flowers but also the maintenance of them.

The easy ones are roses, they represent love and are pretty to look at. The best part of it is when they come in a preserved state, which is trending now because they last for a really long time, these are worth the buck.

Baby's breath is another common one used mostly as fillers and these days, used as a whole... they shouldn't cost much unless their buds are big and fluffy.

Tulips, they used to cost a fortune in the past, they don't last long and well in our climate, but are really pretty when they bloom.


TIP 3: Decide on the size of the bouquet.


Size matters, especially in a culture and time where giving flowers are not something people do every day (which is such a shame for I really do love them).

The size determines how the recipient might feel, which in our case, mostly shy or being secretly happy to show them off.

So, if you are just starting out meaning you thought it would be a sweet gesture during the first few dates, start small: a stalk or a tiny hand-sized bouquet.

If you are giving it for a surprise to your girlfriend or wife, go bigger with the normal arm-sized bouquet. These will normally be taken apart to put into a vase or dried out as a bouquet.

If you are looking for something for a special occasion, go all out!

Now, if you are still unsure, Floral Garage also has an affordable option that removes the stress of the decision, starting from $34.90 for a bouquet! You just need to let them know what's the occasion for and who you are giving it too! It's that simple and really smart of them!



That being said, I wanted something that could last when I was choosing a bouquet for myself. So, I decided to go for Floral Garage preserved and dried wildflower bouquet: Beige Fantasy.

I like that you could add a simple note along with the bouquet for free, and delivery was very easy to choose from. I like that due to the dried wildflowers used in this bouquet, it has a very faint floral scent emitting from it. The best description I have is that it smells rather similar to chamomile which has a very soft and calming effect.

However, I noticed that the image and my actual bouquet has some slight difference in terms of the wildflowers used but overall, the aesthetic was kept the same so I'm not bothered by it.

Lastly, I selected this bouquet due to the preserved roses, meant to retain its colour and shape without having to water, I love how I don't have to worry about mouldy dying roses anymore!

I hoped you enjoyed reading my post and picked up a few tips that are helpful!
As always, thank you for reading and I do strongly recommend that you head over to Floral Garage now to have a look at their selection and feel free to share with me what's your favourite!

Esqido Lashes: Mink Lashes & Unisyn™ Lashes [Sponsored Review]

In this current age of beauty, do people still use false eyelashes for everyday or even on special occasion?

I would like to choose to believe the answer is yes, because I'm one of such person!
I have yet to resort to lash extension because I'm concern about them falling off in odd areas and I would have to go through the hassle of touching them up... and that's the least of the other concerns I have.

So, I rather resort to falsies that I can put on and take off as and whenever I like. That's why I was opened to collaborate and review Esqido lashes when they reached out to me. 


Unsure of which lashes to test out and the kind of fit for my eyes, from their wide range of selection, I was directed to their Lash Guide that notes down specific details of the shape of your eyes, the occasion you are wearing them for, your personal experience and your style preference!



I have a medium almond shaped eyes that are spaced proportionately, I don't wear lashes as often as I used to in the past and generally gravitate towards lashes that natural or sultry.

As an Asian, I would like to think that I'm blessed with longer-than-normal lashes but I lack volume and curl in them!

For my everyday makeup routine, I would give the lashes a good run through with my curler before coating them sparingly with my favourite waterproof mascara to last the day and beat the humidity of Singapore.

When it comes to faslse eyelashes, I'm looking for something that is light, natural-looking and most importantly~ the band must feel comfortable on my eyes for the whole day!

The end results suggested 2 types from 2 collections and they are as follow:


COLLECTION
MINK

ESQIDO Mink lashes so popular was because they used the same concept from lash extension, individually attached strands, onto a soft cotton band.

Making them lightweight, comfortable, and super easy to apply with a tapered effect, just like a natural hair should because they are always shaped by hand, never cut.

UNISYN

With the same proprietary handcrafting process, combined with an ultra-fine vegan-friendly synthetic fibre, ESQIDO Unisyn lashes very easy to apply, super natural looking, and ultra comfortable. 

Heart & Soul Unisyn™ Lashes

These lashes exude elegance by giving a subtle volume and length with a clustered design for an angelic, wearable look.

Handcrafted with a harmonic blend of ultra-fine fibres, joined together by a remarkably soft and flexible cotton band. It is light-weight, beautiful, and natural looking.
VolumeMedium
Length9 - 12 mm
MaterialUltra-fine Synthetic Fibres
BandHandcrafted cotton band
Wear PeriodMulti-use
Cost: US$22

Product Review: It adds a soft whimsical feel to the overall finish, and I like how the lashes are undeniably weightless enough for everyday wear. The band is thin and with sufficient skills in application, you can get away with any need to line your eyes with these lashes!

If you are new to false lashes, these are great to kick off with. A tip would be to make sure to trim the length to fit the shape and length of your eyes before application for that perfect fit.



Starlet Mink Lashes

Achieve a glamorous starlet makeup look with this pair of clustered and wispy mink lashes. Short yet voluminous, suitable even for smaller eyes, this lash is designed to provide enough volume at a shorter length to accentuate your eyes without looking too long. The ends are also winged out to give a beautiful lifted effect to your eyes.

The ultimate in luxury, our mink lashes meticulously handcrafted with premium mink hairs, and a soft cotton band. 
VolumeMedium
Length4 - 10 mm
MaterialPremium Mink Hair
BandHandcrafted cotton band
Wear PeriodMulti-use
Cost: US$29

Product Review: I love how it looks when I'm looking ahead as I'm a fan of lashes that are longer towards the ends. I find that it helps to elongate the eyes and lift them up. However, I don't like how the lashes look when I close my eyes or look downwards. I think the density of the fibres look a little too fake and as a result, it does cheapen the look. That being said, as dense as the lashes are, it is relatively light in weight and I found the bands to be really thin and flat.

A tip I would suggest for these lashes to work is to pair them with a smokey eye so that it helps to elevate the look of the lashes!



Would you try these out?
Shop for them at Esqido now!