February 28th, 2016
Jurlique is a brand that I’ve loved for many years, their Calendula Cream is a staple in my home both for my eczema-prone skin and my little boy. I adore their “From Seed to Skin” philosophy, with a plant-based formulation using ingredients grown and harvested from their own certified-biodynamic farm. Through their exclusive Bio-Intrinisic extraction method, Jurlique is able to capture the full potency of their ingredients, to create the most effective natural skin care. Jurlique does not use any parabens, PEGs, formaldehyde, artificial fragrances or artificial colours in their products. This is a brand that does not rely heavily on advertising, nor are there many counters to pervade our mass consciousness. But I have been enjoying a couple of their bestsellers from the Herbal Recovery range, and would like to share them with you today!
November 15th, 2015
Have you ever heard of people complaining about how they need a holiday to get over their last holiday? I am starting to feel that way! Jet lag would be my most convenient excuse, but now I’m down with a cold as well, so all in all, I’m just not feeling very productive. So please forgive me if I’ve not caught up with replying your lovely comments – all of which I’ve definitely read the moment they came in! I just am slightly overwhelmed at the moment, there’s a considerable backlog awaiting my processing yet there’s this prevailing mood of just hang it all up and chill. Have you ever felt this way?
In any case, I finally had the chance to test out the latest Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate during my 2-week jet-about in Italy, and would like to share my experiences with you!
November 6th, 2015
Rounding up this mini-series of guest bloggers, I’m really honoured to introduce this beauty – Jody who blogs over at Jodulu.blogspot.sg. Jody is someone I look up to – literally because she stands almost an entire foot taller than me! – and also because she is so fiercely passionate about people and the environment that we live in. I’m so happy she chose this topic to write about today, because it’s something I’m still learning about, and I LOVE a good intellectual skincare post! Enjoy!
October 28th, 2015
Hello my dears! I’m taking a much needed holiday with el hubs for the next couple of weeks, and I’ve asked a few friends to fill in for me while I’m away. I thought this would be a good time to introduce some local bloggers to you, and indeed you may find some (if not all) of them familiar! In any case, to kick things off, I’d like to introduce my good friend Meryl who blogs over at Memoiselle.com. She is one of the nicest and most generous person I know, and was a great help to me when I was still finding my footing as a blogger. Enjoy!
October 18th, 2015
If you’ve been following La Mer for awhile, you might have noticed that the brand hardly releases new products. At the best, they release one a year, but this is their special 50th anniversary year, so we get not 1 but 2 fabulous new releases! Earlier this year we saw the launch of The Reparative Skintint [reviewed here], and now La Mer has released a facial oil just in time for cooler season ahead! I’ve been testing out The Renewal Oil for a few months now, and would like to share it with you today!
December 13th, 2014
Earlier this year, I was persuaded by Jenny to try out some May Lindstrom skincare, she has nothing but good things to say about the collection [you may read her reviews here and here]. I also had the chance to correspond with May herself, and found her really personable and sincere in wanting to improve lives through well-formulated products.
May Lindstrom was a former model and makeup artist who has pursued her dreams and developed a luxurious skin care line. It started with a yearning for something unique, skin treats that are nourishing and luxurious, deeply indulgent and beautifully packaged, without sacrificing purity and potency. May Lindstrom Skin was thus borne out of that ideal, and serves to provide a beauty ritual, reminding women to take time out and indulge in themselves.
May Lindstrom Skin uses ingredients that are sourced and harvested sustainably and mindfully. The ingredients used are organic, biodynamic, wild crafted, cruelty free, vegan and sustainable, and are harvested at the peak of their potency to deliver exceptional results. Each item is inspired, formulated, hand blended and personally filled from the May Lindstrom private studio in micro-batches for ultimate freshness and efficacy. Every detail, down to the black opaque glass packaging, and even the beautiful website, is designed by May herself.
There are several interesting items in the May Lindstrom Skin collection, but I was looking for a couple of items to complement my existing stash. In particular, I have been battling with on-off patches of sensitivity and eczema throughout the year, and I was on the hunt for anything that may boost healing. With that in mind, I picked The Youth Dew and The Blue Cocoon.
May Lindstrom Skin The Youth Dew is described as a “joyously over-the-top hydrating potion” that is packed with 20 regnerating and indulgent plant and botanical oils. And indeed, the ingredient list is nothing but oil, and almost all are certified organic if not wild harvested. There is a lack of preservatives, instead May Lindstrom uses natural preservatives such as meadowfoam oil and others that are anti-oxidative in nature. There is also no artificial fragrances in the bottle, only organic essential oils from grapefruit, sweet orange, lemon, rose absolute, etc. The formula is packed with skin-nourishing oils such as avocado oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, and plum kernel oil. In particular, there are a handful of helpful oils to relief eczema and psoriasis, namely – sea buckthorn oil, rosehip seed oil, pomegranate seed oil, tamanu oil, kukui nut oil, evening primrose oil.
When I first received The Youth Dew, I was surprised by how this is really a facial oil, rather than a watery fluid serum that I have grown accustomed to seeing from other mass market brands. And it is a potent, viscous oil; not one of those slippery oils that are tainted with silicons and mineral oils. I like that the pump dispenser releases tiny drops each time, as I really only needed the tiniest bit to cover my entire face. Despite being rather tactile at first touch, The Youth Dew sinks into my skin and gets absorbed without leaving an oily sheen on my face. On days when my skin is at its worst, I can almost feel it heaving a sigh of relief when I smooth The Youth Dew over it.
May Lindstrom Skin The Blue Cocoon was the second product that I picked up, and it is the most interesting skincare product that I have ever come across. It arrived completely liquefied, but I was forewarned that this could happen due to extreme temperature changes during shipping, I then popped it into my fridge, and the entire jar re-solidified overnight to give me a cool, gentle balm. The Blue Cocoon is packed with precious ingredients that soothe and heal sensitized skin – camellia seed oil, shea butter, cocoa seed butter, virgin marula oil, baobab oil, blue tansy oil, and myrrh oil. It also packs other oils for anti-aging, sun protection, and skin smoothening.
The Blue Cocoon is solid in the jar, but the moment you scoop it onto the palm of your hand, it melts instantly into a clear runny oil. A tiny bit (about half a pea size) is enough to cover the entire face as this is quite unlike The Youth Dew, and is in fact rather oily. If you apply too much, it stays shiny for a good period of time after. Even a few hours later, when I touch my face, it still feels slippery. So, this is best suited for use just before bed, and probably only over the extremely dry and sensitized patches. What I did love about it, was the luxurious smell of cocoa… not the synthetic bitter or overly sweetened cocoa, but the real stuff, the sort that can send women deliriously high.
When I made my order, May was just celebrating the relaunch of her own website (which is a piece of art) so I was fortunate to be gifted this full-sized bottle of May Lindstrom Skin The Good Stuff. This was my very first encounter with home body oils, and got me irrevocably hooked. The Good Stuff is a multi-tasker, suitable for both the body and hair, and may also be drizzled in the bath for a decadent enriching experience. It contains all sorts of skin pampering oils that are also found in the 2 products above – jojoba, macademia nut, olive, plum kernel, sea buckthorn, and cocoa absolute. In addition, it is gloriously scented with ylang-ylang essential oil, rose absolute (the purer grade), and lavender essential oil. Absolutely no synthetics or preservatives.
The Good Stuff is a lighter oil and runnier in consistency than The Youth Dew, but not as slippery as The Blue Cocoon. It feels just perfect for a night-time massage, and does not leave my skin feeling oily. Instead, it leaves it looking plumped, well moisturized, and gets absorbed well leaving no sticky oily residue. The moment I received it, I put it to good use on my back and arms where I was suffering from eczema, and it definitely helped relieved the itchiness and boosted healing.
Overall, I’m really very pleased with my first encounter with May Lindstrom Skin. It is a very different type of skincare, one which uses entirely natural ingredients, and mostly organic. Considering the top quality ingredients used in the products, the pricing (ranging from USD60 onwards) is really reasonable. I love the hefty black opaque glass packaging, and the glorious scents. The only item I would hesitate to recommend is The Blue Cocoon and only because getting the right dosage can be tricky especially living out here in tropical humidity. But if you can, I do try it out, and fall in love for yourself!