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To all beautiful readers,

Best Wishes,

Beautyknot

 

 

 

Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) is extracted via “Cold Pressed” method without any chemicals, so it has natural scent of coconut oil and is eatable. Although I’m not particularly fond of coconut oil scent, but fortunately the smell isn’t very strong and the scent faded off greatly after some time.

It freezed when stored in fridge

Dissolving gradually at room temperature

It’s very runny on skin

I loved pure oil that can be used in whatever way you liked to. I could take this for makeup removal; use it as a softener for dry skin or a moisturizer for combination skin. This is also my budget replacement that can be used beneath hand/lotion cream before bedtime, it kept my hands well-moisturized overnight. In concern of very dry skin/hair/lips, this alone was certainly not sufficient.

What I am excited to say is, this is fantastic to reduce skin inflammation. I had mentioned earlier on how it worked fabulously for “elephant-skin”. So, when a small patch of my neck developed a dry, flaky, rough skin, I immediately thought of coconut oil. This VCO improved the skin condition greatly in 3~5 days, after I had tried a natural moisturizing cream to no avail. I remembered my mum mixed coconut oil with other stuff for my small patch of psoriasis too.

A simple useful oil that have properties of antioxidant, antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing, repairing and other benefits, can be used from head to toe, at the cost of ~USD3 for 100ml, I think this is good deal.

: *** : Cleansing Test : *** :

Shimmering lipstick

Massage the oil onto the lipstick, it dissolves easily in seconds

Cleanse with soap and pat dry

 

 

I first learnt about benefits of using oil for cleansing from a beauty book that written by a Taiwan ingredient guru. By using carrier oil as an emollient base for massage, soften and moisturize the skin, meantime drawing out impurities and unclogging the pore, plus dissolving waterproof makeup effectively. I have been doing this almost everyday with kitchen grape seed oil for more than a year.

As I was staying in other countries in next several months, I got problem to bring along 500ml glass bottle cooking oil together, hence I bought a new one in local supermarket whenever I stayed in the countries. As grape seed oil is not assessable as olive oil so I decided to take Extra Light Olive Oil as replacement.

Comparing to normal Olive Oil, Extra Light Olive Oil (ELOO) is “Extra Light” in term of consistency and flavor, the nutrition value and fat content are no different. I had bad experience with thick-textured olive oil for skin care, whereas ELOO has much lighter consistency but still thicker than grape seed oil.

Following the same routine: massage for 2~5 minutes, tissue blotting and then cleanse with a same facial cleanser, I still can tell there is a sheen film left on skin. In fact, that is perfect for easily dehydrated skin. Grape seed oil seemed to absorb sebum too well that my skin could still feel tightness after cleansing in less humid weather, this ELOO is capable to keep my combination skin balanced, no tightness or dry lines after cleansing. Interestingly, I found surfactant-based cleanser (eg: Kracie Purenavi Cleansing Gel) cleanses the oily residue/film much better than soap-based cleanser (eg: Utena Charcoal Facial Scrub).

Neither ELOO nor Grape seed oil broke me out, they just helped my skin being bouncy soft and less blackhead hassle. For now, I actually use commercial makeup remover to wash my hands (after applying water-resistant makeup/sunscreen) and to cleanse my makeup puff/sponge only.

~~++:: Cleansing Test ::++~~

 

Shimmering lipstick, shimmering lip gloss, water-resistant foundation to form a Gangster bunny

 

Applying a teaspoon ELOO onto the makeup

 

Massaging the ELOO, the makeup dissolved easily

 

Wiping the residue with tissue (for face, just blotting, don’t wipe, then follow by facial cleanser). There are still minimum shimmering particles leftover, so second-cleansing with facial wash is required.

I am happy to find a healthy, natural, effective and cost friendly way for everyday skin care. Great to learn ELOO is excellent in dry weather and grape seed oil is suitable in humid weather. In addition, ELOO is a good oil for high heat cooking due to its high smoking point (468°For 242°C) and its very light flavor.

 

 

 

Beautifying and caring your skin at the same time. SK-II Skin Signature Cream-In-Foundation contains 75% skincare cream ingredients to moisturize skin, and protect from UV with SPF20. PA++. I have had enough of drying powder but still love the convenience of compact foundation; this just seemed to be perfect 2-in-1 compact foundation.

 

 

I got my skin tested with SK-II beauty system. The final summary of my overall skin condition was shown in below attached picture. HÖöray! Regardless I had slightly dehydration and pigmentation issues, my skin was nearly perfect at my age. Interestingly, SK-II’s SA didn’t talk about your skin type, instead, they focused on my skin concern. According to the beauty consultancy, my naturally thin & sensitve skin was having problem to retain moisture constantly, resulting dehydrated condition, imbalanced moisture and irregular skin texture. Meanwhile, my mild melasma probably explained the lower grade of skin tone aspect. At the end of skin analysis, the SA just asked me what I need instead of she thought what I need, perhaps through our conversation, the experienced and well-trained SA got the massage I was no longer a skin care newbie. Try SK-II online free consultancy if you are interested.

 

 

It is available in 5 shades, my shade is 310 (Crystal Ochre), which is the lightest shade and slight yellowish. The shades of Skin Signature Cream-In-Foundation is not exactly alike with other two SK-II foundations (Advanced Whitening Source Pancake Ex and Cellumination Essence-In-Foundation). For instance, the lightest shade of Cellumination Essence-In-Foundation is more pinkish compared to Skin Signature Cream-In-Foundation.

 

 

As you can see from below pictures, this is indeed “Cream in Foundation”. Use the sponge to pick up the foundation, then sweep over and carefully blend into the skin, it melts on skin like liquid or cream foundation, feeling a tad cooling and very moisturizing. You do not need much of this for each application, a swatch for U-Zone and another for T-zone is more than enough.

 

New and unused

After many applications as shown in this picture. I saw the testing pact at SK-II beauty counter, the white swirl would slowly disappear when the foundation reaching the half.

 

It has sheer coverage, buildable to medium. Freckled skin like mine would still need concealer to pretend a “flawless” skin. It imparts natural finish and gives you “rejuvenated dewy complexion”, as natural as your “second skin”. If you want a high-duty foundation, this is definitely not your ideal one since it actually ideal to enhance a “flawless” skin. Blemish skin may find it useless other than the moisturizing effect.

 

 

Normal to dry skin will appreciate its moisturizing touch. It does not control oiliness at all but it is long-wearing that I could still feel it on after 7 hours. However, it caused me zit when I moisturized the skin too much in warm season. As such, I just use it right after toning whenever my skin tends to be on oily side, it serves me very well in this way too. After all it does contain 75% skin care properties.

 

 

In spite the champagne red packaging looks heavy and bulky, it is lightweight actually.  

**^^**  Testing  **^^**

 

 

As a whole, this is comfortable wearing and I love the overall concept, thus my rating is a little bit bias here. Positively, because of the sheer coverage, I am very alert of my skin condition. The case (~USD22) and the 10.5g refill (~USD66) sold separately, it costs me ~USD88 in total. Either I will try similar compact foundation of other brands or I will keep this as my favorite foundation; I read Albion, Clinique, Sonial Rykiel have similar type of wet-textured compact foundations too.

Rating: ….)))    Excellent. Willing to buy again.

 

Ingredients:

Cyclomethicone, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Talc, Butylene Glycol, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Niacinamide, Isotridecyl Isononanoate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Ceresin, Dimethicone, Silica, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Sorbitan Isostearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aluminium Hydroxide, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Methicone Copolymer, Panthenol, Propylparaben, Mica, Methylparaben, Stearic Acid, Methicone Olea Europaea Fruit (Olive) Oil, Disodium EDTA, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium PEG-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate, Alumina, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Extract, Carbomer, DNA, CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499.

 

Dr.Ci:Labo UV & White Protection Milks are physical sunblock that use Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide as active UV protector. The two that I reviewed in this post are SPF30++ and SPF50+++, both contain Alpha-arbutin as skin brightening ingredient, whereas the UV & White Protection Milk of Super Sensitive range, UV & White Protection Milk SPF20/PA+ does not contain potentially irritating Alpha-arbutin (Alpha-arbutin is hydroquinone derivative).

 

I normally prefer simple-formulated sunblock but according to my searching, that is not many choices of lightweight physical sunblock which is alcohol-free, fragrance-free, mild, soothing and enriched with antioxidants. I got few samples of Dr.Ci:Labo UV & White Protection Milks and here is my brief review.

 

UV & White Protection Milk SPF30/PA++ (S$51 or RM117/30ml)

Suprisingly this is gel-liked. It is lightweight, the  protective film is non-greasy, non-sticky and also leaves no visible white residue. Meanwhile, it also did not control sebum, but I love it for my easily dehydrated skin that normally spend long hours in air-conditioned environment. As it is silicone-based, it may be comedogenic to some people and not very water-resistant. Furthermore, it pills a little bit upon applying makeup foundation as shown in below picture, not really a big issue because it did not spoil the makeup and I can just sweep the pilling over, but that might be its disadvantage point to some people.

Ingredients:

Cyclopentasiloxane, Water, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Butylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Silica, Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Triethylhexanoin, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Alpha-Arbutin, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Dimethylsilanol Hyaluronate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Saxifraga Sarmentosa Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Rosa Multiflora Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein, Red Algae Extract, Brown Algae Extract, Green Algae Extract, Hydrolyzed Yeast, Royal Jelly Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Sanguisorba Officinalis Root Extract, Melissa Officinalis (Balm Mint) Leaf Extract, Licorice Extract, Tocopherol, Glycine, Arginine, Stearyl Dimethicone, Triethoxysilylethyl Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Hexyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol.

 

UV & White Protection Milk SPF50/PA+++ (S$57 or RM 132/30ml)

 

This has milky consistency and I find it fairly moisturizing. It takes a short while to settle a non-greasy, subtle luminous film that ideally serve as beautiful glossy makeup base, I do think the skin texture appeared a little bit smoother (than without wearing this) after applying foundation. Meanwhile, it feels slightly sticky to touch and leaves minimum/no white residue. It is also very water-resistant that I would use cleansing oil to wash my hand after applying the sunblock. Last but not least, it moisturized my easily dehydrated skin in air-conditioned room very well.

Ingredients:

Cyclopentasiloxane, Water, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Alpha-Arbutin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Artemia Extract, Alteromonas Ferment Extract, Soluble Collagen, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dimethylsilanol Hyaluronate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein, Rosa Multiflora Fruit Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Algae Extract, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Silica, Dimethicone/Methicone Copolymer, Talc, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Peg-10dimethicone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol.

 

 

Again, I am sharing brief reviews of sample testing in this post. Since I used them for less than a week, please take the review for superficial reference only.

Dr. Ci:Labo Pore White Peel (SGD85/80ml)

According to Dr.Ci:labo website, Pore White Peel combines citric acids and lactic acids to remove excess build up of keratin on your skin epidermis. As you massage this gel onto your face it envelops your skin to lift off and remove keratin and dirt that does not come off with regular face washing.  By removing layers of dead skin, you refresh your face and allow its normal cycle to continue unimpeded. Vitamin A and P for improving your skin’s tone, vitamin H for preventing roughness, together with VC-IP* (oil-soluble vitamin C derivative) improves your skin’s tone and to make your pores less noticeable in long term use.

The citrus scent is fairly strong like lemon flavoured floor cleanser but still tolerable. Apply to clean and dry skin in evening, avoid eye area. Take an appropriate amount and gently massage onto dry skin in circular motion until you see the white stuff peeling up. Rinse well with clean water then.

My skin did feel slippery smooth immediately after exfoliating,  just temporary. Although this is hydrating and comfortable to use, but when I tried this in consecutive two days, my skin tends to be easily irritated, so I do believe it exfoliates. As per product instruction, it should be use 2~3 times a week. Since I only used it 3 times, I can not comment further of its effectiveness.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Dicocodimonium Chloride, Steartrimonium Bromide, Vitamin A Oil , Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Tocopherol, Biotin, Glucosyl Hesperidin, Lactic Acid, Glucose, Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Green Tea Extract, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Isopropyl Alcohol.

 

 

Dr. Ci Labo Moisture-Collagen-Eye (SGD75/15g)

This is creamy but non-heavy, and it takes a short while to absorb into skin, works well under makeup too. As I just tried it for a week, I would be able to comment about its moisturizing factor only. To summarize, if you are not fuzzy about fine line, this is sufficient; if you have very dry skin under eyes and intend to hide the fine line all the time, this is insufficient.

Ingredients: 

Water, Butylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glycerin, Squalane, Triethylhexanoin, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Behenyl Alcohol, Pentylene Glycol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone, Soluble Collagen, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Succinoyl Atelocollagen, Ampd-Isostearoyl Hydrolyzed Collagen, Dihydroxymethylsilylpropoxy Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Collagen, Birch (Betula Alba) Bark Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ceramide 3, Madecassoside, Bergenia Ligulata Root Extract, Tocopherol, Retinyl Palmitate, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Polyquaternium-51, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Carbomer, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Arginine, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil.

 

 

I was given several samples of Dr.Ci:Labo cleansing products some time ago and here are my brief reviews of each of them. Please take note that I only tested them for less than a week, hence this brief review will only give you a rough ideal of them.

What Cleansing Gels say: Removes makeup, cleanses dirty pores, gets rid of dead skin, oils and all the other enemies of beautiful skin with its adhesive gel formula that gently lifts and carries them off.

What Washing Foams say: Including a combination of three major moisturizing ingredients (marine collagen, hyaluronan, ceramide), helping your face moist and vibrant after washing.  Vitamins and various oriental plant extracts are also added, making a gentle cleanser on delicate skin that leaves you with trouble-free, healthy skin.

 

Cleansing Gel Super Sensitive

The clear gel is a little bit yellowish, it has bearable indescribable odour, cleanses sunscreen well without dryness. In fact, it seemed to be absorbed into skin upon massaging. Nevertheless, it irritated my eyes upon massaging, I was rather disappointed since it was formulated for sensitive skin (perhaps it just not for sensitive eyes).

 

Super Cleansing Gel EX

Gel texture with no detectable scent, feeling thick and warm on applying. Like Cleansing Gel Super Sensitive, it cleanses light makeup well and non-drying, by the way this did not irritate my skin and eye. I performed a simple cleansing test as shown as following and the result told me that Dr.Ci:labo cleansing gel was ideal to remove light makeup such as sunscreen and powder only. As such, I found DHC Suncut Cleansing Gel has better value than this to be frankly.

:::#   Cleansing Power Indicator   #:::

(Shimmering lipstick and lip gloss)

 Let the makeup set on skin for 10 minutes

Massage the Super cleansing gel EX  onto the makeup for ~15 seconds

Rinse with water then pat dry

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Washing Foam Super Sensitive

Containing no artificial fragrance, a small pearl size would be able to generate abundant lathers, leaving skin squeaky clean, non drying in rainy humid season but feel slight skin tightness in sunny day. That said, even my skin was very well-balanced (normal skin type) at the time of testing, the moisture of my easily dehydrated sensitive skin was highly depending on environment humidity still. If you have healthy and thick skin, you probably find this gentle and non-drying.

 

Super Washing Foam EX

Like Washing Foam Super Sensitive, taking a small amount already give you abundant lathers (They are soap based). Despite the different formula, it simply looked and worked as well as Dr.Ci:Labo Washing Foam Super Sensitive. They are feeling gentle and pleasant to use anyway, here is my simple cleansing test of Super Washing Foam EX.

 

:::#   Cleansing Power indicator   #:::

Generous foam

 Shimmering lipstick

 Massage the foam onto the lipstick for ~15 seconds

Rinse with water and pat dry. Clean!

 

 

Ingredients (Super Cleansing Gel EX):

Triethylhexanoin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Water, Octyldodeceth-25, Sorbitol, Methyl Gluceth-10, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-10 Oleate, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Soluble Collagen, Ceramide 3, Sodium Hyaluronate, Serine, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Pyridoxine Hcl, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopherol, Biotin, Glucosyl Hesperidin, Tea-Cocoyl Glutamate, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Eriobotrya Japonica Leaf Extract, Cholesterol, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol.

Ingredients (Super Washing Foam EX):

Water, Myristic Acid, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Lauramide Dea, Glycol Distearate, Ceteth-25, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Soluble Collagen, Ceramide 3, Sodium Hyaluronate, Serine, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Pyridoxine Hcl, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopherol, Biotin, Glucosyl Hesperidin, Morus Alba Extract , Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Powder, Cholesterol, Lauric Acid, Potassium Cocoate, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol.

Ingredients (Washing Foam Super Sensitive):

Water, Myristic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Lauramide Dea, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Palmitic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Soluble Collagen, Ceramide 3, Biotin, Glucosyl Hesperidin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Angelica Acutiloba Root Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Sasa Veitchii Extract, Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Coptis Japonica Root Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Polyquaternium-7.

 


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