I know, not that snazziest title but I am still not an owner of a skincare cupboard just yet, and this, my little cubby hole and Ikea GARNERA cake stand (a little sneak pic on that below) currently does the trick of storing all my skincare goodies.
The past few weeks have been pretty intense and with work and travelling, I can tell that my skin isn’t in top notch condition. I’m very lucky to receive quite a few new skincare items from PR to test out and my goodness, I am spoilt for choice currently! Thus, the part 1. This post is dedicated to brands that are completely new to me and part 2 will consist of new products from brands that are more familiar to me.
Even though I would love to slather these all on my face, my skin is pretty sensitive and breaks out easily. I also like to slowly add one product in at a time, just in case my skin gets reaction and this way, it makes it much easier to figure out what agitated the skin. Thus, I plan to slowly incorporate into my skincare routine soon and I have not been able to try all of these items yet. I know that just telling you about these items may not be the most useful, but hopefully this post will feature some new brands that will pique your interest.
I’ve never tried anything from Aesop before, even though every time I walk past the store in Ion, the scent just makes me swoon. Aesop is an Australian brand that offers skincare, hair care, soaps and fragrance. From what I’ve research on this brand, it feels to me like a brand that caters more to males but I am still going to try these out anyway.
I received the Aesop Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque which is a clarifying clay mask that is supposed to cleanse the skin of residual impurities, decongest and refresh while delivering replenishing vegetable oils to the skin and the Tea Tree Leaf Facial Exfoliant which is a dry blend of ground Tea Tree leaves, crushed nut shell and purified clay that you mix with your cleanser to help buff and calm the skin.
The Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque smells so lovely and is already placed in my cubbyhole! I plan to use this sometime this week. I also like the Kaolin is the second ingredient in the list, as Kaolin works so well for oily skin and it really sucks out the impurities embedded in the skin. The Tea Tree Leaf Facial Exfoliant is an interesting concept to me personally, as I’ve never own a scrub that I’m supposed to mix with cleanser. This sounds interesting and could possibly act as a 2-in-1 step instead of cleansing the skin before using a separate physical scrub.
You can find Aesop stores around Central Singapore and as well as Mankind.
I am grateful to receive the entire range of Suisai skincare items and there were quite a few items that I was drawn to. To begin, Suisai is a Japanese skincare brand under Kanebo which products focus on removing impurities and hydrating the skin. I’ve seen Suisai when I was in Tokyo a few years back and I noticed that their Beauty Clear Powder Face Wash was a huge hit. Thus, this was the first item I busted out to use. This face wash comes in little capsules which makes it great for travel! In fact, the first time I tried this was when my friend brought some along to our trip to Seoul. I really like this.The cleanser contains two different enzymes and amino acid cleansing ingredients that is said to exfoliate your skin by removing keratin plug and residue in pores and reduce roughness. This foams up nicely and my skin feels clean after washing but it doesn’t feel stripped of moisture. A box of 32 capsules costs SGD 27 which I do find is pretty pricey as that basically means a use is close to a dollar. However, for travel, yes yes yes and yes.
I also busted out their Moisture Emulsion II. Suisai has 3 ranges, I (light), II (rich) and III (extra rich), to cater to your different skin concerns. As someone with oily but dehydrated skin, I opted for range II which I felt was more suitable. The Moisture Emulsion contains fermented ingredients (Soymilk Ferment Filtrate and Pear Juice Ferment Filtrate) as well as double hyaluronic acid (both sodium hyaluronate and dimethylsilanol hyaluronate) that helps to throughly hydrate the skin. I can’t find the ingredients list online (and everything on my bottle is japanese) but I am pretty sure alcohol is really high up the list. This has been on and off in my skincare routine for about a month now and the reason why I can’t bring myself to use it daily due to the alcohol scent to it. Upon application, the scent of alcohol is really strong and as someone who isn’t extremely comfortable with alcohol in my skincare, this is something that turned me off. Other than that, I do think that this does work well in hydrating the skin without feeling heavy which is perfect for Singapore’s humid climate.
There are many other items in the range such as the Skin Tightening Cool Lotion which sounds like a great pick me up in our hot and humid climate! This is said to help tighten skin with a cool and refreshing sensation, leaving skin silky and smooth as it features skin-beautifying fermented ingredients that create moisturized, well-toned, and smooth skin. Sounds like something I would love to use, especially in the mornings. I rarely do use toners but this does sound intriguing and I do plan to give this a try!
You can find Suisai at Welcia BHG (Bugis and Northpoint City) and Don Quijote (Orchard Central)!
I’ve never really heard of this brand before and had to do some research! iUnik serums are extremely affordable (I found them on Qoo10 at SGD 12.90 each! or at Evening Island here) and I foresee great potential. iUnik is a korean beauty brand and the brand’s name is basically an acronym for Ideal, Unique, Natural, Ingredients, Know-how. Pretty cool. I currently have 3 serums to try out – Rose Galactomyces Synergy Serum, Tea Tree Relief Serum and the Beta Glucan Power Moisture Serum. I love serums as I find that layering serums is a great way to slowly incorporate more love in my skincare routine. A huge plus for me would also be that all three serums do not include any alcohol! Rejoice.
I’ve tried the Rose Galactomyces Synergy Serum so far, which is said to aid in whitening, nourishing and moisturising the skin while taking care of winkles and minimising pores. It contains 10% rose water, which I do love for its anti-inflammatory properties, and 50% galactomyces ferment filtrate (which is also the main ingredient in the popular SK-II facial essence). Galactomyces ferment filtrate is the second ingredient after water, and rose water is the third. Ingredients list is impressive too (here). The serum itself is a clear slightly viscous liquid that does feel slightly tacky upon first application. However, that does not matter much to me as I layer other products atop this. I do suggest apply thinner consistency serums prior to this. As it does contain galactomyces ferment filtrate, I was quite apprehensive if it would smell as bad as SK-II, but I’m glad that this serum has not scent at all! Due to the lack of fragrance, this would work great for sensitive skin peeps too. I’ve only used this for about a week in the mornings, so it’s difficult for me to claim any results. I do like this serum and will continue to use it so if I do see any improvement, I’ll update it in another post.
If you’re struggling with breakouts, the Tea Tree Relief Serum seems like a great option. This serum contains Tea Tree Leaf Water and Centella Asiatica Leaf Water as the first two ingredients as well as a bunch of skin loving ingredients like sodium hyaluronate, niacinamide and allantoin. Considering the ingredients list, this affordable price tag is definitely something to celebrate!
Lastly, the Beta Glucan Power Moisture Serum which only contains Beta Glucan, which is moisturising ingredient that is extracted from yeast. This ingredient helps to soothe the skin (great if you do suffer from redness) and has some antioxidant properties as well. I did more research on beta glucan and turns out, this ingredient also has great anti-aging properties and helps heal minor wounds on the skin. Considering this serum is pure beta glucan, I’d say this a good one to try if you’re interested in testing out how this ingredient can help your skin. The price is right too!
Any product that helps discolouration on the skin, I’m in. I have quite a bit of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) spots from my acne and sun spots thanks to my negligence under the sun. Skinceuticals may sound familiar to you as they are the pioneers of Vitamin C serums.
This Skinceuticals Discolouration Defense Serum is a high potency multiphase brightening serum to help correctors key types of discolouration on the skin. As you may know, discolouration does not just appear on the skin in one fell swoop. It takes a few processes before the pesky spots become visible on the skin and I wish I could remember the exact stages from the talk (there are 4 I believe)! This serum is said to address the multiple triggers of hyperpigmentation, with its ingredients such as tranexamic acid which minimises the reoccurrence of discolouration and brown patches, kojic acid to help improve skin brightness and niacinamide to help reduce the appearance of discolouration. This serum does not contain hydroquinone, which is a pretty harsh ingredient in lightening up dark spots so if you’re sensitive, this serum may be worth a shot. I was so excited after attending the launch that I started using it immediately and it has been about a full month now. I do only use it at night and I gotta say, I notice that my skin tone has definitely become more even, especially around my cheek area. The PIH on my cheeks also do look slightly less stark, but I’ll keep using it to see how they look after a few months. You can find out more on the Skinceuticals website.
I guess I had to show you the inspiration behind the title of this post and while I am not proud of how messy it is, I do think that the GARNERA cake stand from Ikea works well in providing more storage! One day, I’ll get my skincare cupboard, hopefully one of those mirrored ones which looks oh-so-classy. Till then, my little cubby hole works just fine.
Do any of these brands or products interest you?
**All of these items were gifted by PR. I am not compensated or affiliated to the brand. The above review is based on my true and honest opinion and it also contains information from the brand itself.