Beauty

Recycling.

Admittedly, the word itself doesn’t inspire much.

But lo and behold… Beauty brands such as Lush and Innisfree have DEFINITELY lured me into not just using, BUT actually finishing their products with their “Bring in x number of empty containers and we will give you product y… FOR FREE!”

MAC does it as well, but let me tell you finishing 6 tubes of lipstick ain’t an easy task. It’s actually quite difficult, requires A LOT of commitment and time.

Took me a few years just to trade in my first empty containers for a free MAC lippie!

Since I started my blog as a channel or means to which to broadcast to the world my reviews.. opinions.. on beauty stuff, I thought I should take the chance to scribble down some thoughts before I haul these empty containers away to their respective shops for recycling.

So what products have I finished using this month?

Let’s start with LUSH.

In early January 2018, I went to Tokyo, my favourite city in the world and stocked up on some Lush goodies!! Did you know Lush Japan products are made in Japan? Awesome.

Fast-forward to early July 2018 and I’ve now finished my Ocean Salt Body Scrub and my Big Shampoo. Completely. Gone. I love both of these Lush products in particular because they are just so citrusy, refreshing and uplifting. And just plain salty like me.

But honestly, the Big shampoo literally gives you the most voluminous hair that smells like the ocean. I love it. Recommend it. But just be warned.. it’s addictive. And did I mention it’s a scrub? A scrub for your hair!! So good. Your scalp will thank you. Especially after a grubby long and tiring day.

Likewise, Ocean Salt is pure salty, scrubby goodness that will wake up and rejuvenate the rest of your tired body. Scrubs are a real godsend, enough said.

Innisfree. One of the things I don’t like to admit? That I buy into the whole K-beauty craze! Ha. I’ve been using this face wash for more than 6 months. Maybe almost a year? It’s the limited edition tube that came in a JUMBO 300ml bottle. I swear. It’s more like 500ml of face wash packed in there. Towards the tail end of me using this facial cleanser, i.e. the past few days, the packaging had a tiny hole which has now turned into a massive rip in the side and now I can’t squeeze the remaining product out! Such a waste. But. I love this. It’s like Dove/Heads and Shoulders shampoo/shower gel kind of fragrance but for your face. And it is superrr creamy and foamy. Ahhhh. Not to mention, it does a fab job of removing makeup, dead skin and general grime every time.

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Clay Mask. I think this one needs no introduction for those familiar with the Innisfree brand. But if you haven’t tried this before and you’re a clay mask buff, I highly highly recommend it. It’s super affordable and super long lasting.

Only drawback? Started to smell a little fermented and sourish after almost a year of using it (even though the product hasn’t technically expired as per the expiration date). Otherwise, this is a solid face mask. One of the best I’ve tried. Especially at this price point, I would instantly recommend this clay mask to anyone and everyone. And I have it on right now. Yes, give it a try if you haven’t yet! It works. It’s cheap. Buy it! Your skin will feel super duper soft and smooth and clean afterwards.

I’m not too sure whether I have a lot of other products that are almost empty, (the answer’s probably no) but I’ll definitely collect all of whatever I have that’s almost finished, and do an updated August Favourites review!

It’s good to finish products rather than have them sit around and collect dust. And it’s always good practice to empty your beauty products rather than buy, buy, buy new products all the time.

Perhaps my next review will be a more makeup based one.. I have so many moisturisers too. So maybe you’ll see more of that in my next empties/favourites review!

Till next time,
Rachel

This has been a much requested review so I’m glad to finally have gotten the time to sit down and share this review with you!

Function of Beauty is a personalised haircare brand from the US.

You start off with a hair quiz on their website (www.functionofbeauty.com) to sort out your hair type and goals and scalp profile.

According to their website, there are millions of possible permutations for your very own personalised shampoo and conditioner. You can even choose from the type of fragrance to the size of your product bottle! So cool.

Something I should have taken note of but forgot is that Function of Beauty offers free refunds within 30 days!

Anyway, I decided to be a guinea pig and try this product out because I was sooo curious and had to try this magical looking potion. The reviews I have read online have been a mixed bag so that wasn’t exactly helpful but it gave me some idea of how good/bad the product was. Some reviews were positive, some negative, and some neutral.

Everyone has different scalp and hair needs. And as every bottle of Function of Beauty shampoo and conditioner is different, my views which I have expressed here may differ from somebody else’s. So let’s get into my review!

I listed my hair profile as follows:-

• Wavy hair

• Fine hair

• Normal scalp

And my 5 hair goals for Function of Beauty were:

• Lengthen

• Strengthen

• Anti-Frizz

• Nourish Roots

• Deep condition

The colour I chose for my shampoo and conditioner was blue! I spent a lot of time trying to pick a colour. The other available shades are orange, pink, green, purple. Pick wisely!

My selected fragrance was “all(you)calpytus”. After I had ordered from Function of Beauty, they actually came out with a “no fragrance” option which sounds like the best option.

What I liked about the Function of Beauty hair products was that there was noticeably less hair fall. Hair did feel stronger and less brittle plus even in this humid weather, my hair was slightly less frizzy, straighter and more manageable!

Although my fine hair didn’t become tangle-free, it did have less tangles. Maybe this is something they can work on in their shampoo formula. Other stuff I noticed after using this product for a few weeks is that the shampoo is quite sticky and a little difficult to rinse. When washing the shampoo away, I have to scrub really hard at my scalp, otherwise my scalp and hair would become rather oily and unbearable afterwards! The shampoo would be much better if it was less heavy in that sense. And I guess from this I learned that my scalp might be more oily than what is considered “normal”. Perhaps another tip for their website quiz, giving people more information on how to select the correct scalp profile; maybe through additional guiding questions.

One other pro of using Function of Beauty is that my hair looks more sleek and feels a lot softer and less dry! I would recommend Function of Beauty if you have a really dry scalp and dry hair.

Other cons about Function of Beauty is that it doesn’t ship to Singapore, and when I first started using it, my scalp would feel rather oily and itchy and my hair felt greasy. The conditioner was also not a good replacement for a hair mask as there were still some occasional tangles in my hair. The fragrance was also really strong and not what I expected. The shampoo had a really heavy and masculine fragrance like sandalwood mixed with mint (reminded me of Lush’s Mask of Magnaminty). The conditioner on the other hand had a strong, rosey, herbal scent.

So there you have it, my take on Function of Beauty’s personalised hair care products. As you can see, I have quite mixed feelings about these two product!

While I can’t say I love the product, I do very much love the Function of Beauty concept! It’s just too bad that I didn’t like the product as much as I thought I would. I probably won’t be reordering any time soon but I may try a different permutation in future! 🙂

I’ve been eyeing Oasis Skin’s products on social media way before the recent launch of their website, so the moment the parcel arrived at my door step, I was beyond elated!

Oasis Skin is a Singapore skincare brand that recently launched in March 2018. Their masks and mists are all made in Singapore! They’ve incorporated lots of natural wild ingredients from France into their masks and mists, all of which are made in small batches! Each batch has its own unique batch number on the label. And speaking of labels, isn’t the lettering on their labels soooo gorgeous? (But I must warn you that the ink isn’t waterproof so keep it in a dry place away from your sink!)

The two products that I received from Oasis Skin were the Lavender and Sage Mist and the French Marine Clay + Ocean Vitamins Mask.

Oasis Skin Lavender and Sage Mist

Much like its namesake, this mist provides a surprising amount of hydration and is a real oasis for the face. In my opinion, the fragrance is a mix of flowery honey, essential oils, and relaxing lavender. I love how the bottle feels so weighted, and that the mist is so delicate and fine! It’s a refreshing change from the usual less fine water mists that I use.

I especially love spritzing this stuff all over my face before sleeping. If you have trouble falling asleep, I highly recommend this product to help you fall asleep instantly. There’s something about lavender that just relaxes you and makes you sleepy.

One other thing I really enjoy about this mist is that it provides adequate moisture to your face without making your face oily or hands greasy! Like really this is a godsend. Just a few spritzes of this stuff and you can go to sleep assured that your night time skin routine is taken care of.

The ingredients are absolutely fantastic as well. So if you’re interested in learning even more about this mist from Oasis Skin, please check out this LINK!

I 10/10 would recommend this lavender and sage mist to a friend and would replenish this product as soon as I’ve finished it!! 🙂

Oasis Skin French Marine Clay + Ocean Vitamins Mask

Honestly I’m not sure what vitamins are in this clay mask, but I must say, this three-ingredient mask is AWESOME. Firstly, to find a product with so few ingredients that works really opens your eyes to the kinds of products on the market out there. Do they really need so many other preservatives? Well, the fact that this clay mask is in powder form makes it much longer lasting than your usual store-bought clay mask and I suppose less in need of all these preservatives.

The three ingredients found in this clay mask are: spirulina extract, seaweed and illite clay. Clay has tons of minerals and is super good for clearing up and soothing unhappy skin (read: breakouts and rogue baby pimples). As for spirulina, it’s great for your body, and often touted as a superfood because it’s a great source of Vitamins B and antioxidants! Seaweed offers hydration, and is said to have anti-aging properties.

After using this mask, I didn’t expect much because it applied quite thinly. But surprisingly enough, the clay in the mask kind of dried quickly and there was this kind of hugging sensation as it dried (which seemed to happen faster and more effectively compared to other clay masks I’ve tried). Further, it was so easy to wash off. The only slight drawback I felt was that the smell was a lil strong (like the sea) but it reminded me of my time in Hokkaido and it made me realise how natural this mask really is 🙂 And halfway through masking, the smell of the ocean kind of went away.

After using this clay mask, all of my pimples (both big and small) went away and my pores had shrunk visibly too. My skin felt a lot smoother and more supple as a result the next day! If you’re worried about clay masks drying out your skin, just spray the Lavender and Sage Mist to re-hydrate the skin 🙂

Oasis Skin have a variety of really effective and natural masks and mists to choose from, so do give their new local business all the support it deserves! I actually really honestly like their products and packaging so much.

You can check out the clay mask: HERE!

Something I also just realised that is immensely helpful is that Oasis Skin have taken the trouble to include directions on how to use their clay masks on the website!

So if you ever purchase the mask and aren’t sure of the water to mask ratio to mix, the directions are as follows:

“Scoop 2 spoonfuls of mask powder out into a non-metal bowl and carefully add liquid to mix it into a paste. We recommend a 1:1 ratio of clay to liquid. Use the oasis:skin mask brush to apply the mask evenly onto your cleansed face and let it dry for 10-15 minutes. Gently wash it off with warm water and mist your face after to complete the treatment. For the ultimate treat, use your oasis:skin face mist liquid as a mask mixer to supercharge your mask therapy.”

Also, since Oasis Skin only just launched earlier this month, they are currently giving all customers 10% off. Hurrah!

Take advantage of this promotion and use OASIS10 at checkout.

Happy masking and misting friends!

Quite recently, I snagged a bottle of LebeL Viege Medicated Essence from the Number76 online store during a store-wide sale. It normally retails for $90.00 but I got it for $70.00 (not including shipping). It’s a little pricey, but hair and scalp care is something I want to invest in.

Often when I visit Number76 (a hair salon chain originally from Japan with several outlets in Southeast Asia), one of the things I would look forward to is the hair serum that the hair stylist will spritz all over the roots of my hair and then massage into my scalp. It smells really nice and herbal, and the cooling sensation is heavenly.

[Just a disclaimer before I go on; I don’t think what I purchased is exactly the same since what they use in store comes in a white plastic spray bottle (I see something similar retailing on the online shop for $37.00), and what I have comes in a dark coloured, good quality, solid bottle: nevertheless, the effect and aroma aren’t too far apart.]

I’ve always had really thin, fine and limp hair since young. My parting has always been glaringly obvious since I was in primary school. Just a quick look at my baby pictures or identity card from those days will confirm the above holds true. And genetically, let’s just say that I have many bald-headed uncles so I’ve for sure not won in the genetic lottery department.

Fast forward to my early secondary school years, where my mum bought a package for me at Jean Yip, and every time I visited, the hairdressers would go on about how I have thin hair and then encourage me to use some anti-hair loss serum.

There was a time in my life where my worried mother would spray copious amounts of the stuff into my scalp. And then she would try to console herself with the idea that I could always wear a wig in my old age when I’m bald.

Maybe not so surprisingly, I’ve noticed that my hairline seems to be receding as quickly as the shoreline, and aging/balding is catching up faster than one would like to believe. Which probably explains why: (a) my forehead looks even bigger; and (b) the shininess of my forehead becomes more readily apparent.

My mother always checked (and sometimes still does check) my forehead to make sure my baby hairs are still growing. See, as a woman, to be balding is far more frowned upon and unfortunate if it were to happen to a man (but I’ll save the eyerolls directed at our misogynistic society for another day).

My present hair/forehead situation. I have thin hair, and it doesn’t seem to grow very evenly. My hair is sadly not as thick and luscious as my vain self would like.

Now, when I tie my hair up, I get a better idea of where I have less hair growth.

Thank god I’m not completely bald.

Now that I’ve sort of explained why I decided to include this hair serum in my nightly routine, I’ll get into the review portion of this post.

What the LebeL Viege Medicated Essence claims to do:

  • Promote hair growth
  • Stimulate thick, strong hair
  • Relieve itchiness, dandruff
  • Anti-hair loss

What the Lebel Viege Medicated Essence contains:

  • Ginseng extract (frankly I love ginseng hair products for the cooling sensation, and the herbal and relaxing fragrance)
  • Mulberry bark extract
  • Licorice leaf extract
  • Bamboo root extract

The hair tonic smells very herbal, but also clean, refreshing with a sweet berry-like aroma to it. When you apply it to your scalp, it feels very clean, fresh and also incredibly soothing, tingly and cooling.

After having used this a couple of times every few days, I’ve seen a slight improvement in that now I see more baby hairs uncurling in my temples and just above the ears! While it isn’t a drastic change, I would say that there has been a difference after using about 10% of the bottle. I think for now, one of my main concerns is how to ensure that the essence is really applied to the more worrying areas, because since this is a liquid product, it will have a tendency to drip past my ears and down my neck, if you get what I mean. I’m sill alternating between direct spritzing and applying it to the roots of my hair and scalp with my hands.

Anyway, I’m quite excited to see how this pans out when I’m finally done with this product! It really seems to last a long time so don’t let the price tag daunt you too much if you’re considering this. Fingers crossed that this product will work its magic on my hairline!

First and foremost, this post is really long overdue! I feel quite bad because I’ve had these skincare products in my bathroom for the longest time. On the bright side, I now have the chance to do a proper review of all of these amazing skincare products from Olive Singapore.

This olive-based skincare line comes from New Zealand, so you know it’s of good, all-natural quality! Not only are these products 100% organic, they are also cruelty-free. Fun fact that I learned: the olive oil and olive extracts used in these products comes from an olive estate in NZ owned by the company.

Often associated with health, wellness and nourishment, the olive tree was considered in ancient times to be a vital provider of food, skincare, and medicine. To this day, olive oil is still consumed and used widely in cooking and also in beauty products.

So what’s great about olive oil? Olive oil is perfect for all skin types, even for oily skin. This is something I learned recently! Olive extract helps the skin to lock in moisture, whilst reducing the overproduction of oil. So it’s a win-win situation.

Some of the products from Olive Singapore that I have had the chance to try include:- the 100% Natural Skincare Oil, Pomegranate Hand and Nail Cream, Clarifying Face Wash, Nourishing Day Cream, Moisturising Night Cream, and the 100% Natural All Purpose Balm. Read on to find out what I think of each of these amazing olive-based skincare goodies!

Clarifying Face Wash
I really liked using this all natural face wash! It’s so lovely, and contains angelica root extract and pure olive leaf extract. I use this to prevent whiteheads, blackheads, and spots. After using it, my skin looks really clear and feels less congested. I love how it doesn’t lather too much, which means it’s really natural and free of any unnecessary chemicals. I’ld recommend this if you have oily skin, combination skin, and/or sensitive skin!

Olive Singapore


Natural Soap Bar and Oatmeal Soap Bar

These soaps from Olive Singapore are the perfect size and seem to last forever! I’ve actually been using these soaps for a very long time, and thankfully, they never seem to finish. I like how there is a very minimal, light fragrance to it. I like bringing it with me everywhere when I travel, as it fits perfectly into my Muji travel soap container. When you’ve been travelling for hours and can feel all the grime on your face, this soap removes all that grubby feeling. The soap is also non-drying and not harsh on the face. Like the other Olive facial products, these soaps don’t lather excessively, so minimal water is required to wash off the suds.

Olive Singapore


Olive Nourishing Day Cream

This smells sooo good! I love how natural this day cream smells. It’s nice and light and not too heavy, which is perfect for moisturising the skin before applying makeup in the morning. The ingredients include pure olive leaf extract, orchid flower and ginger extract, which help to retain the skin’s natural moisture.
Olive Singapore


Moisturising Night Cream

This night cream provides intense hydration. The smell is also very calming and helps me relax before going to sleep. When I wake up the next morning, my face feels less irritated, moisturised, and supple. Like most of Olive Singapore’s skincare line, this night cream contains olive leaf extract, orchid flower and rosehip oil.

Olive Singapore


Pomegranate Hand and Nail Cream

The small packaging of this cream makes it perfect for bringing everywhere with you! I’ve always felt that it’s so important to keep your hands and fingers moisturised to keep them looking young and healthy. I’ld recommend this if you have dry skin or if you wash your hands frequently. This heavenly 50ml hand and nail cream contains olive squalene and antioxidant-rich pomegranate fruit extract to keep nails and hands looking young and feeling nourished.

Olive Singapore


100% Natural Skincare Oil

This 60ml skincare oil is so lovely that I’m convinced I should be incorporating this more often in my skincare routine. What it does: Remedy skin concerns and improves elasticity. It’s free of mineral oils, preservative, parabens, artificial colours, and all those other nasty things. With pure olive actives, sea buckthorn, calendula, soothing ginger extract, and other antioxidant-rich botanical extracts, this product helps with scars, stretch marks, and other skin concerns like unevenness in skin tone. I’ld recommend this if you have dry and sensitive skin like me, if you have mature skin or the skin concerns mentioned earlier.

Olive Singapore


100% Natural All-Purpose Balm

You can literally use this for any dry spots of skin. As I have a tiny area on my leg which has a bit of eczema, I like using this balm to prevent the skin from becoming dry and scaly. It’s extremely hydrating as it contains pure olive leaf extract, sweet almond and avocado oils, beeswax and shea butter. You can also use it on other parts of the body that are more susceptible to becoming dry, like your elbows, around the finger nails, knees, and corners of the mouth.

Olive Singapore

Olive products are available at all Metro and Robinson stores in Singapore, and if online shopping is more your cup of tea, their online store can be found at www.powella.com.sg You can also check out that website for more details on the rest of the Olive Singapore skincare range. They also have hair products, bath products, products for men, products for babies, and so much more!

To keep up with all of the latest skincare updates and promotions on Olive products, give Olive Singapore a follow! Their Instagram handle is @olive.sg 🙂

Have a great day everyone and thanks for reading!

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