Category Archives: Green Beauty

Earth’s Recipe

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As summer is nearing the end, it means cooler weather and a drop in the humidity.  I’m slowly saying goodbye to the lightweight products that I have been slathering on all summer.  It’s time to bulk up with a heftier hydrators.  Heavy does not mean greasy.  It means finding a product with right hydrating ingredients.  Earth’s Recipe Toner, Brightening Serum and Moisturizer has been go-to skin routine.  The brand philosophy suits my pursuit to live more simply, naturally and conscious of the environment.  They use earth-friendly ingredients and never test their cosmetics on animals.  Each product is created to hydrate and illuminate the skin.  All of their products contain the brand’s secrete ingredients known as Tremella mushroom, that can hold 5X more moisture than its size, and rich in Vitamin B1, B2, D that detoxes and prevents the skin from aging.

Energy Boosting Toner – This toner is designed for nourishing and moisturizing the skin with its lineup of amazing botanical extracts with powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-wrinkle and brightening effects (japonica, licorice, soybean, orange, bergamot) The texture is light and thin, which makes it absorb into the skin quickly.  But it is so powerful in reaching the deepest layer, making my skin supple and soft.  The natural ingredients provide amazing moisture for any skin type and really keeps my skin in balance, and revealing the natural clarity and glow.  In addition it will brighten and decrease wrinkles.

Gigawhite Radiance Serum – My routine always contain a brightening serum.  This one contains some powerful ingredients: Gigawhite complex which is a blend of botanical extracts including Edelweiss, Peppermint, Veronica, Primerose and Lemon balm to improve the appearance of dark spots, promotes even skintone, and boosts radiance.  Also contains tranexamic acid, the star ingredient in one of my brand favorite Shiseido White Lucent line, that has ‘skin lightening’ effect on pigments and melasma as powerful as hydroquinone, minus the side effect.  The serum is clear, and the texture is silky and smooth.  It blends into my skin with ease and the formula is highly concentrated.  A little certain go a long way with this products.  I love the pump dispenser because it delivers the same amount of product every time.  It’s also got a lovely scent that keeps your skin smelling fresh while it moistens.

Moisture Bound Cream – Last but not least, the star product of this line.  I aboslutely love this moisturizer because I feel like it reduce the presence of fine lines by really plump and hydrate the skin.  It contains ceramides, which are the essential and healthy fatty acids that occur naturally in the skin but need to be replenished during the cooling months.  Also formulated with white jelly natural herbs that are rich in collagen and bean ferment extract and yam complex that sooth and revitalize tired skin.  This is a perfect daily moisturizer for both day and night time.  During the daytime, it has a luxuriously silky texture that spreads into a thin layer that plumps the skin for the ultimate makeup base.  At night, I apply a thicker layer to get the full benefit of intense hydration that improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and support the natural hylauronic acid.   No fragrance, none-pore clogging, and simply works to help my skin reveals radiance and brightness from within.

 

You can find all of Earth’s Recipe’s fabulous products the company website through Amazon.

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‘Less is More” – Mode Blancs

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Sometimes ‘less-is-more’, especially on those mornings where I just need a few extra minutes of sleep, and a few less minutes to spend on my skin care.  There are several beauty companies dedicated to simplified yet optimized skin care routine to maximize results.  I first heard of Mode Blancs at Kcon.  All of their products contains natural ingredients derived from the nature and birch sap, and are free of artificial fragrances, animal testing, color pigments, synthesized preservatives and synthesized surfactant.  Mode Blancs has two lines of product (1) Functional (for anti-aging and skin brightening), and (2) Moisturizing with a simple three-step: Toner, Emulsion and Moisturizer.  Let me tell you, everything about these trio feels luxurious from texture, to feel to how it ultimately look on my skin; much more than I would expect from just using three products!

Their names carries the brand’s main philosophies:

M: minimize harmful element/unnecessary element

O: organize natural cosmetic based on birth extract

D: develop hypo-allergenic cosmetic

E: enhance customer satisfaction

Of course, I had to jump on using the Functioning line designed to combat fine lines and for skin brightening.  The brand describes these products as “Mild prescription with functional ingredients provide anti-wrinkle, whitening effect without irritation.”  The core of the Functioning line contains the following natural ingredients and their functions:

  • Betula alba juice ‘birch’ – this one is all about skin brightening.  Birch juice is a small molecule and thus skin can effectively absorb the product and all its nutrients.   Birch has naturally-occurring niacinamides, fruit acids, minerals, and most importantly, vitamin CThe pairing of adenosine helps to even out skin tone while botanical extracts with anti-oxidant properties  helps protect the skin and help to lighten pigments and brighten skin complexion.
  • Hydrolyzed algins – considered a ‘skin conditioner’ with antioxidant and water binding properties.  It is rich in proteins, vitamin A, sugar, starch, vitamin B1, iron, calcium, magnesium, copper,  most of which are benefitial for the skin to improve appearance of aging skin
  • Adenosine – According to Paula’s Choice, it’s a yeast-derived ingredient that has an important cell-communicating ingredient with anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory effects.  It supports healthy cell function which in turn gives smoother and thus more youthful skin.
  • Botanical extracts: cleansing, anti-inflammatory, enriching and nourishing

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Toner

PRICE: $31 / 120mL

For me, toner is as crucial as cleansing.  It is an extra step that helps me to eliminate any impurities, as well as help to restore skin’s natural pH balance.  I like this toner because it is alcohol free, which means my skin can be refreshingly cleansed and toned without being stripped of its natural moisture.  I can easily apply this by soaking a pad, and this help to gently yet thoroughly remove any residual impurities from the skin.  I then pat this product in to get all the benefit of the birch infused nutrients and minerals to replenish and recharge the skin with moisture, fight aging and even redness.  The texture is thin and easily absorbed.  The fragrance is light in floral.  The astringent properties of birch normalize oily zones of skin while making skin smooth and providing it with a sense of comfort and freshness.  My skin always feels smoother, softer and more resilient, with a harmonious balance of moisture and oil.

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EMULSION

PRICE: $31 / 120mL

How to use: Apply proper amount to palms and spread it on my face all over softly.  Pat lightly to make it absorb in the skin.

The texture of the product is heavenly.   One pump deposit a droplet that’s creamy white, soft and bouncy, and then it spreads like a luxurious facial oil, gliding on and cooling the skin with application.  You can just see and feel the product forming a film of hydration on the skin and with gentle massage, it gets absorbed so quickly feeling like second skin but softer, brighter and clearer and definitely more moisturized.  There is a mild floral scent that is delightful to the senses.  I did not experience any breakouts or irritation.   The pump bottle makes dispensing of products easy, hygienic and convenience.  For the price, this is a huge amount of product that will last me a long time.  For combination to oily skin gals, this emulsion may be enough to give soft, plumped and hydrated skin.  Now that the weather is cooling down, even for my combination skin, I find following the emulsion with their functional cream, gives me an additional layer of glowing, without being too heavy or greasy.

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Function Cream

PRICE: $33 / 50ml

I’m all about effortless and lightweight skin care, so this cream is like a dream.  As soon as I opened the jar, mild floral scent is fresh, genuine and tangible.  On the first touch, I’m greated with a gentle, almost gel-like texture.  The magic doesn’t stop there as the cream absorbs quickly making the skin instantly feels more firm and plump, and just a hint of healthy glow to the eye.  I massage the product gently yet firmly into all areas of the face using an upward circular motion, and I find it really help to penetrate the formula.  I think it gives my skin some nice clarity and brightness.  I love that it’s packed with an anti-aging punch too.  I feel this cream is perfect weather for all year round, light enough for warmer weather, and moisturizing enough for cooler temperatures.

FINAL THOUGHTS

This trio is no joke. A balancing and brightening toner to tone and provide antioxidant benefits, and a light emulsion for the day and ultra hydrating moisturizer for all year round.  The products pack a punch in terms of wonderful natural ingredients to treat uneven tone, hyperpigmentation, skin aging and hydration, hydration, hydration, with just 3 steps!   I will definitely continue to use these products and  I can’t wait to see the benefits it will bring to my skin over time.

 

 

 

White Truffle Ginseng Tone Up Emulsion

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We all want glowing and radiant skin.  I feel one of the first steps towards achieving this is using products that help to even out skin tone.  I have a variety of products containing active ingredients such as Vitamin C and AHA to help ‘lightening’ of spots and scars.  However, sometimes ‘Natural Beauty Is The Best Beauty.’  This philosophy led me to discover The Plant Base White Truffle Ginseng Tone Up Emulsion, which is the newest addition to my routine, and works to brighten skin a little bit differently: through a natural and gentle approach by including botanical powerhouse of white truffle, Korean ginseng and herbal extracts.  

 

Yes, the name of this product gives high expectations.  Let me tell you, it does not disappoint!  I’m still trying to figure out where an ’emulsion’ fit into my skin care routine.  I feel is best used after my serum, and in replacement of  my daytime cream.  The product really works well with my skin’s natural oil to help create a light moisture barrier and promote hydration.  It’s water-based and does not clog pores, and therefore perfect for combination skin like mine.

About The Plant Base

‘The Plant Base’, is a Korean skincare brand renowned for its natural and certified organic ingredients philosophy.  Recently they introduced the Whitening line known as ‘White Truffle’.  The unique fact about this company is all of their products are formulated using plant extracted instead of refined water.  This is designed to boost the power and effect of their products on all skin types with real, natural ingredients.  Korean Ginseng extracted water is the base for the ‘white truffle’ products, working in synergy with the white truffle to create a perfect collection, designed to fight the signs of skin ageing such as pigmentation, wrinkles, dehydration, loss of elasticity and uneven skin tone.

White Truffle Ginseng Tone Up Emulsion

WHAT IT IS

  • An anti-aging, brightening and tone up emulsion

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

  • White truffle
    • Antiaging: naturally high in minerals and vitamins that aid with the skin’s natural renewal process and soothe inflamed skin.  Also packed with essential fatty acids that diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, provide hydration for skin that’s soft and smooth to the touch.
    • Fight spots: High vitamin C content, which makes them effective in naturally brightening and refresh tired and dull skin.  

    • Skin repairing: high in Niacinamide (vitamin B3) which is essential in repairing damaged skin

  • Plant extracted water 57.55% Ginseng Extract water: Rich in vitamin, organic acid and mineral that helps to improve skin elasticity and tone
  • Niacinamide: products only need to contain 2% niacinamide to be classified providing ‘whitening function’.  THE PLANT BASE use maximum 5%, approved by KFDA;  Vitamin B3, is water soluble vitamin that reduces melanin production assist in skin whitening and alleviate freckle and pigments
  • Antioxidants: white truffle, ginseng, licorice root extract, anise flower extract, thuja leaf extract, white mulberry tree extract.
  • Skin Brightening ingredients
    • Resmelin™: complex of Thujaorientalis Leaf extract and Zanthoxylumpiperitum peel extract. It is a patented whitening ingredient due to its ability to hinder melanosome formation.
    • Inflax™: a complex of medicinal herb extract consisting of Glycyrrhiza Glabra (licorice), Persimmon Leaf, Morus Alba Bark and Opuntia Coccinellifera that works as an antioxidant and soothes skin.

REVIEW

The product had me at its ingredients.  Luxurious and full of skin essentials, the combination of white truffle and Korea Ginseng made the perfect ‘tone up’ product to clarify skin tone, balance and brighten skin as well as to fight hyperpigmentations and discolorations.  The extraordinary antioxidant properties also make this a great ally against aging for a more youthful looking skin.  The product is dispensed in a pump bottle, and the color is a prestine white and texture is a lightweight, milky lotion that instantly absorbs into the skin, and in fact leaves skin silky soft without any stickiness.  It has a mild floral scent.  Despite the light texture, I feel it is an exceptional nourishing cream that balances out skin’s moisture and oil for a more ideal skin condition and healthy balanced complexion.  It make my face brighter, and not at all greasy.

 

I recommend this product to people who wants to correct skin tone, help lighten pigment, moisturize and brighten the skin (which describes me perfectly).  The product is ‘water’ or ginseng extract based, and those who has oily skin would benefit from this emulsion because of its light texture.  Overall I find this product adds a great deal of comfort and moisture to my skin, in a light non-clogging way.  The product have a clean packaging design, and I really do appreciate the English ingredient list and directions.

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The White Truffle products will soon be available to North America consumers through Kbeautie.  I absolutely love their unique selection of Korean Beauty products (many are natural) that are not easily found elsewhere.

Brand Highlight: Anticanus

 

Anticanus is a relatively new Korean skin care brand, who is well-known for their Moisturizing and Whitening Masks!  Their name ‘Anticanus’ is Latin for ‘anti-aging’, with philosophy to provide natural yet scientifically sophisticated and effective at-home skin care products.  I always have to make sure products or brands that I try have mission that align with mine.  Anticanus select the highest quality ingredients, infuse them with potent plant extracts and nutrients to make them effective for every unique skin type. The result is beautiful, glowing skin.

They vet on their ingredient: the main ingredient in their masks is Edelweiss extract, imported from Switzerland.  They vet on safety: ingredients are natural and masks are made of all-natural cotton and cellulose.  They vet on their mask shape and size: ensuring that as much of the facial skin is covered as possible.  Well, simply put, the packaging, the ingredients, the scents and the – well – everything about their mask was impressive.

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

  • Edelweiss extract imported from Switzerland: star ingredient in this mask that contains all sorts of great compounds that beneficial to the skin including cleansing properties, powerful antioxidants, calming properties.  Thus this is a powerful force in many anti-aging skin care products, that helps protect skin from environmental stressors while nourishing the skin and providing an overall soothing, calming effect.

Moisturizing Dream Mask

WHAT IT IS: Moisturizing Dream Mask helps your skin healthy using edelweiss extract from Switzerland and fresh ingredients

  • Long lasting moisturizing effect : Edelweiss from Swiss provide your skin with lightening effect and prevent water evaporation
  • Additional moisturizing ingredients: trehalose, allantoin, canola flower, macadamia seed oil, sodium hyaluronate
  • Anti-wrinkle and whitening effects : Adenosine and niacinamide provide anti-wrinkle and effects
  • Ingredients patent listed : Common bean extract, ceramide, Blue lotus extract
  • Vitalizing with natural ingredients : Canola flower, Allantoin, Macadamia provide skin with sensitivity relieving, reducing inflammation, vitalizing effects

Whitening Dream Mask

WHAT IT IS: Cosmeceutical mask sheet product with anti-wrinkle and whitening multi functions.

  • Long lasting moisturizing effect : Edelweiss from Swiss provide your skin with lightening effect and prevent water evaporation
  • Anti-wrinkle and whitening effects : Adenosine and niacinamide provide anti-wrinkle and effects
  • Additional whitening ingredients: niacinamide, citric acid, phaseolus vulgaris (kidney bean) seed extract, Leontopodium alinum flower/leaf extract
  • Ingredients patent listed : Common bean extract, ceramide, Blue lotus extract
  • Vitalizing with natural ingredients : Canola flower, Allantoin, Macadamia provide skin with sensitivity relieving, reducing inflammation, vitalizing effects

WHY I LOVE THESE MASKS!
The packaging itself is sleek and beautiful.  The mask is thin and super soft, made of natural cotton, and saturated in clear watery essence containing edelweiss extract imported all the way from Switzerland!   It gives the mask a subtle floral scent.  Trehalose, ceramide and sodium hyaluronate are added to provide skin with continuous moisture.  Additionally botanical extracts are included for ‘moisturizing’ and ‘whitening’.  The mask can be a little tricky to apply because it’s so thin, but once it’s adequately placed on the face, the adherence is amazing.  The fit is medium (not too big nor too small), and the openings for the eyes and nose are perfect in size, not leaving too much skin exposed and untreated.  I left the mask on for more than 30 minutes, and upon removal, my face felt so soft, nourished, and bouncy (I love bouncy supple skin).  Skin tones appears more even, and any redness is diminished.  There was plenty of serum left to pat onto my neck and the rest of the body leaving me feeling overall hydrated and refreshed.  Both of the face masks are great at moisturizing dehydrated skin, revive dull skin for a brightened complexion.

You can find these product through ‘Try Program” http://www.08liter.com/ (3 X photo credits)

 

June Jacob Summer Essentials Kit

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I am official excited to review June Jacob Summer Essentials Kit (Protective Moisturizer SPF 30, Lip Renewal SPF 50 and Rapid Repair Healing Cream + JJ BAGGU bag).  June Jacobs is a world-renowned spa visionary and beauty wellness expert.  Together with her daughter, Rochelle, they created a line inspired by family tradition and centered on highly efficacious, natural ingredients formulated to deliver immediate, impactful results with long-term benefits.

I’m familiar with the brand with its luxurious spa products, with formulation using only high quality natural ingredients.  Their skin-care collection contains everyday staples along with weekly facial treatment, and products for professional use.  Their website is upfront with ingredient transparency.  Their products do not include parabens, preservatives, synthetic dyes, or sulfate, and are petrochemical and fragrance-free when possible.

At the core of June Jacobs is a powerful US patented anti-oxidant blend of white tea, red tea, green tea, goji berry, pomegranate and grape seed extracts creating a suit of armor to shield skin from environmental toxins and combat the visible signs of premature aging.

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LIP RENEWAL SPF 50

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PRICE

  • $24.00 / 14G

WHAT IT IS

  • A moisturizing lip balm with SPF 50

WHAT IT DOES

  • Moisturize and nourish the lips while providing broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

  • Active Sun Protective Ingredients
    • Avobenzone 3.0% – Protects against UVA rays.
      Homosalate 10.0%, Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5.0% – Protects against UVB rays.
  • Shea Butter – Derived from an African shea-karite tree, this natural fat contains vitamins A and E and is highly compatible with skin to restore suppleness.
  • Vitamin E – A lipid soluble vitamin naturally found in plant leaves, cereal germ oils and milk. It is known for its anti-oxidant and moisturizing properties.
  • Squalane – A nourishing and hydrating plant-based alternative to shark-derived squalane, extracted from Spanish olives, it is easily absorbed and compatible with the natural oils of the skin.
  • Hyaluronic Acid – Naturally occurring in the extracellular matrix (ECM) of the skin, it helps regulate cell behavior during the healing process and reduces inflammation. Hyaluronic acid acts as a humectant to maintain and attract water, minimizing trans-epidermal water loss.
  • Jojoba Seed Oil – Derived from the bean-like seeds of the desert shrub, it contains vitamin E, fatty acids and phospholipids which help to reduce transepidermal water loss, aiding in the restoration of the skin’s natural lipid barrier.
  • Allantoin – Derived from the root of the comfrey plant, native to Europe and temperate areas of Asia. Allantoin acts as a keratolytic agent, which is used to soften the epidermis. It helps promote healthy tissue, enhances moisture binding capacity, and helps reduce skin irritation.

TEXTURE/FEEL/SCENT

  • Sheer, clear gel-like balm
  • Glossy, non-sticky finish
  • No detectable scent

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WHY I LOVE IT

It’s hard to find a lip balm with this high SPF, that doesn’t come at the expense of pasty white cast.  This product is ridiculously fabulous!  The ingredients defend the lip from dehydration and photo-aging, and delivers antioxidant-rich antioxidant blends and moisturizing shea butter and jojoba seed oil.  The product is sheer and glides just like my favorite lip balm, and leaves my lip hydrated and plump.  The glide on applicator provide even distribution of the product, and my lip feels so nourished and soft.  It works beautifully under lipstick but the slight glossy finish is as beautiful on its own.

 

 

PROTECTIVE MOISTURIZER SPF 30

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PRICE

  • $55.00 / 47mL

WHAT IT IS

  • Oil-free hydrating moisturizer with sunscreen

WHAT IT DOES

  • Calms skin while a potent blend of UV protectors guards against the harmful rays of the sun.

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

  • Active sun protection ingredients
    • Octinoxate 7.50%, Octisalate 5.00% and Meradimate 3.00% – Protects against UVB rays.
      Oxybenzone 4.00% – Protects against UVA and UVB rays.
      Titanium Dioxide 0.96% – Protects against UVA and UVB rays.
  • Ginger Root Extract – Derived from the underground stem (rhizome) of the plant found in Asia and India, its main active compound, gingerol, gives the plant its flavor and its anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Lemon Peel Extract – Derived from the peel of the lemon, it contains ascorbic acid, vitamin A and phytochemicals called limonoids. It has antiseptic and astringent properties which counteract acidity on the surface to brighten dull skin.
  • Grapefruit Extract – Derived from the seed, pulp and white membranes of grapefruit, it acts as an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant. Grapefruit oil contains citrus bioflavonoids (hesperidin, rutin, and naringin) which reduce the skin’s inflammatory response by strengthening the walls of blood vessels and aid vitamin C to rebuild collagen, increasing the skin’s overall natural healing abilities.
  • Retinyl Palmitate – Ester-form of vitamin A, it acts as an anti-oxidant, aids in the prevention of dryness and maintains the normal life cycle of skin cells adding smoothness to the skin’s texture.
  • Rose Hips Seed Extract – Derived from the berry-like fruits of the rose bush left behind after the bloom has died, it regenerates the skin due to the high concentration of Vitamin C, anti-oxidant flavonoids and essential fatty acids oleic, palmitic, linoleic and linolenic needed by the structures of every tissue membrane for the growth of cells.
  • Carrageenan and Algae Extract – Consist of many polysaccharide sugars such as alginates, which are responsible for moisture retention and fucoidanes, which encourage circulation, playing a key role in the elasticity of the skin.

TEXTURE/FEEL/SCENT

  • Creamy lotion, incredibly moisturizing
  • Mild sunscreen scent
  • Massage on without white cast

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WHY I LIKE IT

Multitasking (moisturizer and sunscreen) product like this make sun protection so much easier for me.  This product relies on mineral (titanium) and chemical sunscreen ingredient, while packed with botanicals that are exfoliating, hydrating and nourishing into a fast-absorbing, nongreasy formula.  It has a mild sunscreen scent, but not over bearing.  The texture is creamy but easy to spread, leaving no white film or residue.  The finish on my skin is hydrating and dewy, which may be perfect for those with dry or normal skin, and may be borderline too much shine for oily skin gals.

The product, however, is oil-free, so I can use it without fear of causing breakouts or make existing ones worse.  I feel this moisturizer-spf is especially well-suited for mature skin thanks to its antioxidant technology and cocktail of botanical give my skin a dose of nutrients that work to keep the skin young.  It comes in a purse-friendly three ounce tube, and can easily be brought with me everywhere.  I have been using this as a day time moisturizer, and the solid spf 30 is just icing on the cake.

RAPID REPAIR HEALING CREAM

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PRICE

  • $60 / 112mL

WHAT IT IS

  • Repair cream

WHAT IT DOES

  • Clinically-tested face and body treatment helps soothe irritation and provides up to 24-hour moisturization

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

  • 0.50% Allantoin – Derived from the root of the comfrey plant, native to Europe and temperate areas of Asia. It acts as a keratolytic agent, which is used to soften the epidermis. It stimulates the growth of healthy tissue to improve skin’s moisture binding capacity and improve skin irritations.
  • 1.50% Dimethicone – A skin protectant known to produce barrier properties to guard against moisture loss.
  • Edelweiss Extract – A rare flower from the Swiss Alps known as the “survival star” is sustainably and organically cultivated, contains a high level of the anti-oxidant leontopodic acid and supports the skin’s crucial protective barrier, enhancing its resistance to external stress factors and preserving skin’s natural balance.
  • Imperatoria Extract – A wildflower grown in the Swiss Alps known for its anti-inflammatory and soothing properties.
  • Shea Butter – Derived from an African shea-karite tree, this natural fat contains vitamins A and E and is highly compatible with skin to restore suppleness.
  • Oleic Acid– An omega-9 fatty acid that helps promote skin-barrier repair.
  • Linoleic Acid – An omega-6 fatty acid that provides anti-inflammatory and moisturizing support. It also helps soften the skin keeping it supple and youthful.
  • Powerful patented anti-oxidant blend of white, red and green tea extracts combined with goji berry, pomegranate and grape seed extracts help to neutralize free radicals, protect skin from environmental toxins and combat the visible signs of premature aging.

TEXTURE/FEEL/SCENT

  • Gentle, non-greasy formula
  • Lotion-like lightweight texture that instantly penetrate the skin
  • No detectable scent

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WHY I LOVE IT

This is definitely my favorite product of the June Jacob summer essentials.  I have a more than ample collection of facial moisturizers.  What’s so special about this one?    The texture, the feel and the finish of this product keep me wanting more.  For such a nourishing cream, it is super light weight and quick-absorbing, and provide immediate and long lasting hydration.  Every time I use this product, my skin is left looking and feeling velvety soft and smooth.  The finish is matte, and perfectly prep for makeup or no makeup days.   Every one of June Jacob product contain the antioxidant complex, which makes me feel at ease as the cream repair the damages caused by UV ray and pollution.  The formulation also contain some powerhouse ingredients including oleic and linoleic acids that speed cell renewal and improve skin barrier.  Healthy skin barrier means quicker healing, less damage from the sun, better texture, and overall radiance.  Not to mention the high performance anti-inflammatory ingredients that immerse the skin in moisture, calms any redness and irritation, and enhances skin healing and resistance to external stress.  I feel this is suitable for all skin types, especially dry, flakey or irritated skin.  I love using this after a facial treatment to help my skin heal, repair and regenerate.  If you have extra dry skin, this product may also be layered underneath your favorite moisturizer for extra hydration and barrier repair.  Simply put: this is my skin’s new best friend.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I feel that June Jacob products are well researched to include ingredients that would affect the best results for all skin types, including sensitive skin.  They use only the finest all natural ingredients as well as cutting edge technology.  In addition to offering luxurious skin care that is not only safe and non-toxic, there is literally a product for everyone, from aging to sensitive to dry skin.  All of their products harness the power of nature to create effective skin solutions.  These products are definitely a splurge  but you do get what you pay for.  You can find these at: https://junejacobs.com/product/all-products/summer-essentials-kit/230105/each.

Products are sponsored by BrandBacker.  All opinions are my own.

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My Exfoliating Toner Rage: Bravura Revitalizing Ginseng Toner with Glycolic Acid 5%

IMG_2198.PNGPRICE: £12.40 / 150mL at bravuralondon.com

WHAT IT IS

  • An alpha hydroxy acid toner for normal to dry and sensitive skin

WHAT IT DOES

  • Ideal to balance skin’s pH after cleansing
  • Prepare skin for treatment
  • Tone, firm, tighten the pores and refine skin
  • helps diminish superficial sun damage and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • pH 4.5, to allow moisturizers to work more efficiently on a pH balanced skin

INGREDIENTS

  • Ginseng: therapeutic and stimulating properties as it is a natural oxygen supplier to the skin
  • Glycolic acid 5% with Ammonium hydroxide: exfoliate by loosen excess accumulation of skin cells; boost collagen production, moisturize skin
  • Witch hazel: toning and astringent properties
  • Aloe vera – healing and soothing, increase skin water content through humectant mechanism

Purified Water, Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel, Horse Chestnut Extracts, Glycolic Acid and Ammonium Glycolate, Glycerin, Glucose, Fructose, Sucrose, Urea, Dextrin, Alanine, Glutamic Acid, Hexyl Nicotinate, Ginseng Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Biotin, Polysorbate 20, Fragrant Oil.

TEXTURE/FRAGRANCE/FEEL

  • Mild herbal smell; clear liquid toner, hydrating and soothing on the skin; no tingling or irritation

WHY I LOVE IT

The packaging is just divine in this sunshine frosted glass.  I’m all about no-nonsense skin care, meaning every product I use in my routine needs to have a function.  This one does a wondrous job sweeping away dead skin cells that settles on my skin and in my pores and leaving it clean, and glowing.  Aloe vera helps to attract and help the skin to retain moisture; Ginseng helps to tone the skin and speed up cellular turnover, while witch hazel deal with excess oil and breakouts.   It leaves my skin feeling so fresh, clean and moisturized, and is perfect to use before Bravura acid peels.  Gentle enough to use on a daily basis, this product gives some serious results without over-working the skin. Packed with ingredients that resemble many cult favorite like Pixi Glow Tonic, Biologique Recherché P50, this one is definitely the most sustainable purchase for the wallet.

Bravura is topping my list this year as a favorite skincare brand.  Share some of your favorites!  You can find this at bravuralondon.com.

Glow Giver: Lapothicell Tone Up and Cover Cushion

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WHAT IT IS

  • Light-medium coverage and long wearing B.B. cream in a portable compact

WHAT IT DOES

  • Skin brightening, Solution for wrinkles/fine lines, Sunscreen product (SPF50+ PA++++_

KEY INGREDIENTS

Sun Protection

  • Physical: Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide
  • Chemical: Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate

Skin Care

  • Niacinamide – a derivative of Vitamin B3, strengthen skin barrier to protect from external damages, hydrate skin and minimize pigment formation to encourage even skin tone; balance sebum production
  • Adenosine – boost collagen and elastin to help with skin firming; potent anti-inflammatory to help with managing red, irritated and sensitive skin
  • Bisabolol –  a derivative of chamomile, with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-microbial properties
  • 5 White Flower Complex – deeply hydrates and nourishes, brightens and evens skin

SCENT/TEXTURE/FRAGRANCE

  • Creamy yet breathable, perfect for summer time
  • Light to Medium coverage
  • Natural finish

WHY I LIKE IT

It’s hot where I am every day.  I don’t remember the last time I wore foundation because I just can’t stand the heaviness of foundation.  Cushions are the way to go.  As one of my favorite cushion (Troiareuke Seoul Aesthetic Cushion) comes to a halting finish, I’m desperately trying to find its replacement.  The Lapothicell cushion provides a slightly lighter coverage but it is one of the most natural coverages I’ve ever seen.

The texture is creamy and the coverage is just heavy enough to hide my imperfections (scars, brown spots, redness) and light enough to feel weightless on the skin, giving it a bright, fresh looking skin.  I feel that this cushion provides a lot more brightening effect compared to others, and the finish is semi-matte with a glow-from-within finish rather than super dewy.  It’s not ashy or pale, just very complementing to my skin tone.   I find some makeup tend to fill in pores or settle into lines and dry spot, this one seems to provide a primer effect where the pores are smoothed and blended seamlessly; and provide moisture to dry patches so it doesn’t appear cakey.  The wear is fabulous on this cushion.  It lasts on me for at least 6-8 hours, and does not smudge.  Also there is definitely sebum control power here, as I don’t feel much oilness of my skin creeping up even towards the end of the day.

If you want that natural ‘no-makeup’ makeup LOOK and FEEL, I highly recommend this cushion.  It comes in two shades, 21 and 23, and I picked 21, which is an excellent match for my NC 15 skin tone.  The quality of the product is beyond my expectations:  Light weight formulation, comfortable on the skin, light to medium coverage, long wearability, and added skin care benefits.

You can find this on Amazon or http://www.lapothicell.com for $32.

Lapothicell Sensitive Skin Line

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Some of my favorite things come in blue, including these Lapothicell Sensitive Line products (Cleansing Water, Peeling Booster and Ceramide Hydra Fluid). I am seriously in love with everything about this brand.  These three products cleanse, exfoliate and hydrate with a moisturizing punch — AND the magic is that it still manages to feel light.
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I have ultra-sensitive combination skin.  It’s not uncommon that when I try new product that my skin becomes red, itchy, and sometimes dry with irritation.  Since I have used a few Lapothicell products in the past, I am so comfortable and confident in their ingredients that are designed to be gentle on the skin – yet powerful enough to get results.  I did a full Cosdna analysis of the ingredients of their Sensitive product line and no ingredients were identified as irritating or comedogenic!  The company uses fine quality, highest performing botanical ingredients backed by clinical testing that yield desired results.  Here are my review of their Sensitive Skin Range of products including: Cleansing Water, AC Daily Peeling Booster and Ceramide Hydra Fluid.   These game-changing products are the ones that deserve a permanent place in my getting-ready routine.

Lapothicell Sensitive Cleansing Water

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Price: $23 / 200mL

WHAT IT IS

Multi-tasking toner and cleansing water

WHAT IT DOES

The cleansing water removes all makeup and impurities without irritation while it helps maintain healthy skin.

KEY INGREDIENTS

Tears-C – unique component which derives from human tear provide deep cleansing to remove makeup and impurities without irritation

Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract – exfoliate by lifting impurities and dead skin cells, smooth and improves skin texture

Pantenol– cleanses and moisturizes

Centella extract – also known as Gotu Kola, well known herb that has anti-inflammatory effects and is rich in saponins that stimulate skin repair and strengthen and strength skin and minimize imperfections

WHY I LIKE IT

This is not just your typical cleansing water.  Not only does it remove makeup, dirt, oil and cleanse residue, it also mildly exfoliates with dioscorea japonica root extract to help sweeps away dead skin cells, while other botanicals prep and hydrate the skin, revealing brighter skin tone and texture.  My skin has literally never felt clearer, fresher and totally moisturized after using this sensitive water.  Previously I was using a witch hazel toner which has irritated my skin in the past.  This product has not caused any sensitivities at all.  It is absolutely true that this is designed for sensitive skin!  The formulation makes this ‘water’ safer and gentle than the water that comes from my tap and it is sooo convenient.   Some mornings, all I do is a quick swipe of the cleansing water, followed by my other skin care products.  Other ways I have used this are as a midday refresher, or at night after cleansing to whisk away any remaining impurities.

Lapothicell A.C Daily Calming Peeling Booster

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PRICE: $20 / 200ml

WHAT IT IS

  • A gentle exfoliant, which requires no rinsing
  • Specially formulated for the sensitive normal to dry skins
  • Clinically tested on improvement for blemish, blackheads, whiteheads, dead skin cells and  skin smoothness.It allows your makeup to go on easier and longer.

WHAT IT DOES

Effective removes dead skin cells and boost the efficacy of your skin care.  Also help to normalize skin’s sebum and remove dead skin cells, and impurities

KEY INGREDIENTS

Glycolic acid

Wintergreen leaf extract – high in salicylic acid helps with skin blemishes

Tea tree extract – antiseptic effect and improve skin conditions

Aloe vera leaf – heals and sooths damaged and irritated skin

Allantoin – boosts up new cell growth and can be used for sensitive skin

WHAT IT SMELLS/LOOKS/FEELS

Clear watery formula, mild floral scent; apply with pad

WHY I LIKE IT

The benefits of exfoliation – clearer, brighter skin and an even skin tone – are obvious.  Face exfoliation products can be risky business for super reactive skin, so finding one that is calming while still does the job is like a dream come true.  Lapothicell AC Daily Peeling Booster feels like a balancing and exfoliating toner without the harsh astringent feel.   Plus, it is gentle enough to remain on skin so you don’t even need to wash it off.   I apply this twice daily after cleansing.  The aloe vera in this provide a cooling effect and plan extracts help to clean and nourish skin.  The results are immediately obvious: Skin feels bouncy, smoother and simply less dull.  It also help to regulate sebum production and preps my skin for other useful products, and even makeup application is smoother.  For delicate skin like mine, I am so glad to have found this Peeling Booster which can be used everyday for the gentlest yet effective exfoliation to soft and more glowy skin.

Lapothicell Ceramide Hydra Fluid

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PRICE: $31 / 125 mL

WHAT IT IS

All-IN-ONE lotion (toner, essence and lotion) that contains 95% Ceramide and Hyaluronic acid 

A deeply moisturizing fluid that combats signs of aging to improve skin tone and texture.

WHAT IT DOES

To provide intense skin hydration, strengthen and protect skin barrier from water loss.  Specially formulated for the sensitive normal to dry skins

NOTABLE INGREDIENTS

Ceramide – acts as time-release moisture, enhance skin barrier

Hyaluronic acid – transforms rough and dehydrated skin into a hydrated, healthy glow.

Botanicals for added hydration shields:  (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Disodium EDTA,Panthenol, Pelargonium Graveolens

WHAT IT SMELLS/LOOKS/FEELS

A natural pleasant light floral fragrance, in lightly viscous milky emulsion/lotion form and spreads easy

WHY I LIKE IT

A great product can do a world of good in one bottle.  I have been loving every product in the Lapothicell Sensitive Skin Line, and this is my favorite!  When I have sensitive skin (guilty of over exfoliation at times), I am still able to use this product, and it does not sting at all; yet calms and nourishes my skin.  This is actually my first products that is formulated with such a high concentrate of ceramide, and I feel that ceramides just works for my skin.  It is super lightweight, yet super luxe lotion that leaves me with baby soft, dewy-drenched skin.  What I absolutely love about this product is that it absorbs so quickly but the amount of hydration I feel on my skin is seriously incredible; resembles that after a good sheet mask session.  It helps to alleviate any area of my skin that seems to be stressed, dried or dull,  and all the while creating a protective barrier on its surface.  I feel that overall my skin is healthier, less ‘tired’ and hydrated when I use it.  It is just such a powerful product that quenches my skin without greasiness, and just perfect for layering under makeup.  The humectant power is long lasting, and naturally fortify my skin and plump fine lines to give a dewy, youthful glow.  The bottle is substantial in size! This is such bang-for-your buck for a highly potent and concentrated ceramide and hyaluronic acid treatment!

You can find Lapothicell products on the company website: http://lapothicell.com/, Amazon, and Ebay

FULL INGREDIENT LIST

COSDNA:

Cleansing Water

Water, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Butylene Glycol, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Dipotassium Phosphate, Tropolone, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Disodium EDTA, Urea, Trehalose, Panthenol, Potassium Phosphate, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract,Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Propylene Glycol, Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract,1,2-Hexanediol,Centella Asiatica Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate.

AC Daily Peeling Booster

Water, Glycerin, Alcohol, Propanediol, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Pentylene Glycol, Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Sodium Citrate, Gaultheria Procumbens(Wintergreen) Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Portulaca Oleracea Extract,Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil,Disodium EDTA, Allantoin,1,2- Hexanediol,Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Glycolic Acid, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Water, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Propylene Glycol, Carica Papaya(Papaya) Fruit Water, Phenoxyethanol

Ceramide Hydra Fluid

Water, Alcohol, Triethylhexanoin, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Glycereth-26, Isododecane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Propanediol, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20,1,2-Hexanediol, Trehalose, Dimethicone, Sodium Lactate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Potassium Hydroxide, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot)Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Ceramide NP(50ppm), Sodium Hyaluronate, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Biosaccharide Gum- 1,Sucrose Stearate, Hydrogenated Lecithin,Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Beta-Glucan

You may find Lapothicell products through their company website http://www.lapothicell.com and on Amazon.

KOTOHA

Every year, summers take a toll on my skin. The scorching heat, pollution, and humidity causes some damages manifesting in sun spots, hyper pigmentation and discoloration.  My hunt for brightening elixir never stops.  Kotoha is becoming one of my favorite skin care lines that brightens.

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About KOTOHA

KOTOHA is a prestige natural beauty brand, based in London, and established in 2015 by founder Yoko Obata.  The entire product line (skincare and hair care) relies on ‘shoyaku’, a Japanese word for ‘active medicinal herbs’, to keep the skin looking radiant. We already know to look towards the East for the latest skin care innovations. And sometimes, it’s the ancient rituals that have made their way into the modern world of beauty. After all, Japanese Geisha and Chinese empress all shared porcelain and glowing skin thousands of years ago before cleansers, exfoliators, or sunscreens were invented. They created quintessential beauty ideals, and symbolized true femininity and grace, which influenced many prestige, and herbal-based beauty rituals. Founder Yoko started out with incorporating natural herbal ingredients into her own skin care routine; and soon the results were so obvious, and she was encouraged by family, friends and private clients to develop these products into her revolutionary brand, KOTOHA Cosmetics London. Knowing exactly which herbs to choose, and understanding the active ingredients and the right formulations, KOTOHA brings you a line of products using ancient skin care wisdoms from the Far East, to get your skin looking radiant.

Skin Cherish Lavender Cleanser

Price: £30.00 / 110g

What It Is

  • A nourishing cleaning balm

What It Does

  • One step Cleanser that gently melts away makeup and impurities; leaving the skin hydrated and silky smooth

Key Ingredients

  • Sea whip extract (soothes)

How It Looks/Feels/Smells

  • It’s a buttery balm that turn into a milky cleanser, and smells like an aromatic and relaxing blend of herbal flowers

Why I like it

This Lavender Cleanser is by far my favorite product of the bunch.  It is designed to function as one-step oil and water-soluble cleanser.  I scoop a small spoonful into my hand and it feels silky smooth like butter but not heavy.  When mixed with a splash of water, the cleansing balm emulsifies into a light, milky emulsion.   I massage on effortlessly, and the product feels so good that it encourages me to really work it into the skin, which is no doubt good for circulation and a dewy glow.  The smooth and gentle balm removes everything from tenacious eye mascara and eyeliner, dirt and impurities while feeling very moisturizing on the skin; and it really helps to clean up the pores without leaving the skin tight and dry.   The oil component helps to prevent transepidermal water loss, and it leaves my skin simply refined and hydrated.  The water-soluble component makes this so easy to rinse off with no residue whatsoever.  My face feels squeaky clean but not stripped and I’m comfortable in doing one step cleanse when I use this.  I feel that this can be used on dry and oily complexions alike.

Moist Essence Water

Price: £28.00 / 150mL

What It Is

  • A highly emollient and rejuvenating toning water

What It Does

  • Hydrates deeply to refresh skin and give glow; anti-aging and rejuvenating facial toner; prepare skin for other products

Key Ingredients

  • Full of the ‘magical’ shoyaku (oriental medicinal herbs) including Ginseng and Peonia Lactifolia.  Ginseng is one of the most sought-after ingredients in the beauty industry for its anti-aging effects. Peonia Lactifolia has been used in the Far East for hundreds of years and helped many people develop youthful skin.

How It Looks/Feels/Smells

  • A clear liquid with natural scent; I apply with a cotton pad

Why I Like It

Some toners are meant to cleanse the skin, balance the pH or exfoliate.  This is definitely a moisturizing toner.  It really boosts skin suppleness and hydration level when applied to freshly cleansed skin.  I use this product liberally and enthusiastically because it absorbs so easy and doesn’t saturate on the skin.  It feels incredibly light and indulgent on my skin, like splashing fruit-infused water on the face.  It gives my skin a toned and refined look, and boost the performance of other products.

 

Brightening Serum 

Price: £35 / 50mL

What It Is

  • A dullness-fighting, dark spot lightening serum

What It Does

  • Even out skin tone, brighten and clarify skin, fade spots

Key Ingredients

  • The shoyaku herb mulberry root bark extract was used to treat uneven skin tone and skin pigmentation in the Far East for hundreds of years. Vitamin C – is also highly effective for treating skin pigmentation and freckle. The anti-oxidant moringa makes this serum powerful, yet it is also gentle. It helps skin look bright and clear.

How It Looks/Feels/Smells

  • This serum is really lightweight, highly moisturizing, clear lotion-like consistency; minimal detectable scent

Why I Like it

I am absolutely in love with the luxurious silky serum.  Let’s get this straight, lightening spots takes patience and persistence, so I’m not expecting to see much changes after a few weeks of using.  However, I can attest that this product works fast to completely brighten my complexion, and making the skin look healthier, clearer and plump.  The product is weightless, fast absorbing, and boast the high potency ingredients (vitamin C and mulberry root bark extracts) to back up its brightening claims.   I follow this with the Kotoha anti-aging moisturizer to get the most powerful brightening results.  And overtime, I hope to find that it will help to fade some dark spots.

 

Anti-Aging Cream 

Price: £45.00 / 50mL

What It Is

  • A facial moisturizing cream for dry skin or age 40+

What It Does

  • Hydrates skin and protects against aging environmental oxidants
  • Hydrates skin while improving brightness and texture

Key Ingredients

  • This anti-aging cream uses two of the finest ingredients available, ginseng extract and CoEnzymeQ10.  To develop the velvety texture, Kukui nut oil is added, which is native to Hawaii and high in anti-oxidants and contains Vitamin A and C, both traditionally used to treat sun damage. Other selected oils from all over the world include ellagic acid-rich pomegranate oil, hemp oil and rosehip oil.

How It Looks/Feels/Smells

  • Despite the botanical oil infusion, this cream actually feels like a water-based cream, refreshing and hydrating  without creating an oily slick.  It smells clean and natural

Why I like it

This product is formulated for busy women in their 40s who are just starting to experience natural signs of aging, while battling dullness and spots.  This is packed with natural antioxidants derived from Kukui nut oil for skin protection.  This came as a combination with the brightening serum as Kotoha’s ‘brightening set’.  I feel that the cream can be easily layered with its light and easy to absorb texture.  I am digging the creamy silky formula, which glides on beautifully.  Like all their products, I am impressed about how quickly it goes from cream to a light lotion texture as it sinks into the skin.  I don’t like products that lingers too long because I’m always rushed for time in the morning, and this one I can follow with sun screen right away.

FINAL THOUGHTS

The best part is that KOTOHA’s products are all natural and are free from well known toxic ingredients such as Paraben, SLS, SLES, artificial fragrances and artificial colours. Products are available only at KOTOHA London. As a first time client, you will receive a Special offer of a 10% discount.

Inlight Organic Skin Care: From UK to the US

Screen Shot 2017-07-15 at 3.46.30 PM.pngI’m so excited to share my review of Inlight Indulgence Collection, an UK based 100% natural and organic skin care line.  They uses the freshest of ingredients and of course no animal testing.  Simply said, the products are potent, indulge all the senses, elegant, feminine and sensual.

Inlight’s proprietary formula is  the Bio-lipophilic Matrix®at the core of each Inlight Organic Skincare product.  It consists of a specific blend of pure organic, cold-pressed oil selected for their high bio-chemical affinity to the lipidic human skin layer.  Oils are then infused with herbs and flowers and deliver a concentrated, safe and effective luxury products that nourish the skin and nurture the soul.  Why did I just choose a product line that are oil-based for my combination skin?  Well, I truly believe that the right combination of oil can help stabilize and regulate the overproduction of sebum, and actually help to balance and hydrate the skin.

What struck me about Inlight?

Care: I am always intrigued about things that are artisan, crafty or boutique.  Inlight prides in being an Artisan Luxury Skin Care.  It makes me feel that the people behind it love what they do.  I can literally sense and feel it, as if I can connect with the maker through their creation.

Aroma: The products aroma really represent mother nature in all her abundances: pure, natural.  The scent stimulates sensory pleasure in mind with its elixir of plants, fruits and nuts oils infused with herbs and flowers.

Texture: All of their products carries this exclusive silky soft and feather light texture despite being oil-based, and really facilitate absorption of the product for deep nourishing and moisturizing properties.

Ethical and Earth Friendly: All recycled or biodegradable packaging.

Ingredients and Ingredients: Very rarely do you find products that are 100% organic and naturally sourced.  All products are oil-based and water free formula containing high concentration of phytonutrients, anti-oxidants, skin-loving vitamins and essential fatty acids.  All products are free from synthetics and chemical fragrances.

 

Now lets take a look at their Indulgence Collection: 

Facial Cleanser

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WHAT IT IS

The masterfully formulated, oil-based formula makes this gentle yet effective cleanser ideal for lifting skin impurities, fighting blackheads and spots as well as removing makeup. Our cleansing balm moisturises and deeply hydrates the skin as it cleanses.

PRICE $70.00 / 90 mL (smaller 45mL has been sold out)

KEY INGREDIENTS

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Full ingredient list: https://www.hugyourskin.com/products/face-cleanser?variant=43345989898

WHY I LIKE IT

I love facial balms for cleansing for a variety of reasons.  The main one being that it’s the most effective option to remove dirt and oil without overly drying the skin.  The combination of coconut, jojoba and olive oils in this balm-to-oil formula work to cleanse skin from dirt, oil, and pollution buildup, while gamellia sinensis and green tea are gentle non-alcohol astringents that helps to balance oil, minimize pores and remove bacteria.  Together, they make one rock solid cleanser.  It feels ultra nourishing, easy to massage into skin and easy to wipe away with a damp cloth followed by the floral facial Toner with no oily residue.  It is very effective at removing all the grimes of the skin, eyemakeup and mascara!  It contains a delightful natural scents of coconut, rosemary and cypress that can awaken your senses day and night.    Your skin will be seriously blessed, not even a little bit stripped, after cleansing with this balm cleanser.

Floral Face Tonic

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WHAT IT IS

Alcohol-free fusion of uplifting earthy flower extracts.  Ideal for removing Inlight Face Cleanser and our face masks, or just as a refreshing lift during warm days.  Gentle on your skin and proven not to dry out even the most delicate complexions.

PRICE: 34.00 / 100mL

KEY INGREDIENTS

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Full Ingredient List: https://www.hugyourskin.com/products/floral-face-tonic

WHY I LIKE IT

The floral face tonic is infused with earthy floral extracts including rose, lavender, cornflower and roman chamomile, which are powerful ingredients that helps to cleanse, tone and condition the skin.  It is the only non-oil based product in Inlight yet still hydrates, refreshes and prepares the skin for better absorption of other products.  This delightful floral combination exudes a light herbaceous and earthy scent, pure and natural, subtle but distinguishable, the essence of being invited to a flower garden.  The toner brings harmony to my dull, tired skin, and can be used to refresh the skin throughout the day.

 

Facial Oil

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WHAT IT IS  

A light, protective elixir for daily moisturising with rounded, addictive notes of vanilla and rose. Quickly absorbed, ideal under make-up.

PRICE: 69.00 / 30mL

KEY INGREDIENTS

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Malva sylvestris – mallow extract – soothing, anti-inflammatory

Rosa rubiginosa – rose oil – antioxidant, skin restorative

Simmondsia chinensis – jojoba oil – nourishing, promotes elasticity

Full Ingredient List: https://www.hugyourskin.com/products/daily-face-oil

WHY I LIKE IT

A good face oil can become the defining part of any skincare routine.  This blends of essential oil claim to cover all manner of skin demands – hydration, re-balancing and anti-ageing across a broad range of skin types; formulated in the most natural way.  The oils are full of antioxidants, vitamins, and essential fatty acids that will protect and feed the skin.  It is light yet deeply nourishing, helps to lock in moisture, and really banishes flaky patches and plump parched skin.  It feels luxurious but not heavy and provides the skin with a healthy glow.  This is also a great options for people who favour natural fragrance.

Line Softener

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WHAT IT IS

Richly packed with an exotic blend of the rarest regenerative and restorative ingredients to be found in the nature, created to deeply penetrate the skin, leaving it luminous and invigorated.  Phytonutrients fully nourishes, energize and support cell renewal.  Natural antioxidants help eliminate harmful elements and protect cellular integrity.  The elixir’s emollient will leave your skin supple and deeply moisturized, while visibly smoothing the surface and diminishing appearance of pores fine lines and wrinkles.

PRICES: $99.00 / 30mL

KEY INGREDIENTS:

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Full Ingredient List: https://www.hugyourskin.com/products/line-softener

WHY I LIKE IT

I picked this for its ability to prevent and treat lines and scar, helps clear dark marks naturally and speeds up skin’s own healing process.  This is a more intense sister of the Facial oil, so I only use a little and once to twice a week.  The ingredients are really top notch: shea butter and macadamia oil offer invaluable antioxidants in the form of Vitamins A & E and essential fatty acids.  Evening primrose, rosehip and carrot oils bathe the skin in moisture and calendula, plantain and gotu kola promote elasticity and tone.  I warm up the product in the palm of my hand the the application is so smooth and absorbs surprisingly quick for an intensely nourishing formula, without leaving a slick behind on the skin.  Skin is left feeling softer and suppler as a result.  The medley gives way to a unique soothing scent like nothing I’ve smelled before, giving it an extra boost that is wonderfully calming, rich and luxurious, and so perfect to use to relax before bed.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I need to try  more of INLIGHT products!  They offer a few gift packs filled with travel size versions of their most popular products like the Indulgence Collection, Mum’s Collection, Night Deluxe, Super Food Delight, Try Me Collection, Pamper Me Collection, and Body Beautiful Collection.  They also have a weekly finishing touch including uplifting and rejuvenating Super-Food or warming and indulgent Inlight Chocolate Face Mask to enhance suppleness and moisture once a week.  Have you tried it?

Where to buy: 

Hug Your Skin https://www.hugyourskin.com/

Founded by girlboss Lucy, who had successfully partnered with Inlight in Czech Republic and Slovakia.  Through Hug Your Skin, she brings this 100% organic skin care line to North America.