12/23/2012

Dr. Alkaitis' Soothing Gel




First Impression

Dr. Alkaitis has two packaging versions; Europe (as pictured) and US (transparent green). I personally like the European one more because it is so very sleek and screams 'Dr. Alkaitis' name! It is slightly more expensive though buying from the Europe, I am not sure if it is also due to the packaging on top of tax, but it just stands so beautifully on the vanity anyway.

One thing that I absolutely love about Dr. Alkaitis is that it is unisex. The scent is herbal and won't refrain male or female users! Although the European packaging is more classy, the US one is also very neutral which important because the males tend to not want to be judged from using over-florally skin care. One interesting fact is that many skin care brands have higher percentage of female users, but Dr. Alkaitis has 50% of male customers which is quite unusual in the beauty industry.

What I think 

Soothing gel by Dr. Alkaitis is exactly what it is. Everything about the texture, the ingredients, the scent, they are absolutely calming to the body and mind. Unfortunately, I am unable to use this on my face as I develop irritations, probably due to the essential oils contained in it. As much as I wish I could, I am only able to use this on my body where I get irritated red bumps after I shower (on my neck, chest and arms) and also as a post-waxing treatment. This gives such an instant calming effect. Yes, instant! It's funny how my face and my body have different tolerance to products and smells, however, I am glad that I still can use it. My brother who is prone to acne uses this on his face and really likes it as it is a light gel but also moisturising to keep his face smooth and supple.

I find the scent very lasting, but I love the lasting therapeutic benefit I get from it.

Would I recommend it? 

The texture of the soothing gel is definitely a gel but more fluid, so it is very easy and quick to spread and get absorbed by the skin. If you are keen to try this (as long as you are not sensitive to strong scent from essential oils), it is perfect to use as an acne-treatment where you can slather it all over your face and neck as it gives a deeply comforting feeling and is also anti-bacterial and hydrating enough if you have combination to oily skin types. It is also good for people who have eczema and rosacea and the use is not only limited as an acne treatment, but also as a post-waxing treatment  I am not sure if it would sting, but I personally use this after waxing or shaving and it does not sting at all on me. The reason I am mentioning this is that Dr. Alkaitis blends their base of Aloe Vera and Witch Hazel in organically grown Grape Alcohol. It is supposed to be gentle on the skin because it has been formulated in a specified formulas and quantities that it actually acts as a hydrating tonic for oily skin rather than drying it out. 

12/10/2012

Home


It feels really good to be back home since it's not often that I get to meet my family and old friends. Mind you, we're 12 hours journey away with 8 hours time difference, so catching up is a bit difficult. Back to old habits; playing piano and making tunes, scrutinizing fine art, gymming, riding a bike, drinking countless cups of chai, playing monopoly and cards and ect ect.

In terms of beauty-talk, it seems that my skin is already on the havoc even though it's only spring - read: blemishes and flaky skin. My top tip is to be really gentle with your skin, I now adjust my use of May Lindstrom Skin's Clean Dirt every second day and other days, I would just wash my face with simply water. Also, don't forget to moisturise moisturise moisturise, I either do it with my Vive Sana suncreen and then Vapour's Stratus Skin Perfector or RMS Beauty's Beauty Oil as they will give you a beautiful healthy glow. I enhance the skin with Kjaer Weis' cream blush in Blossoming, Vapour's Siren lipstick in Au Pair, RMS Beauty "Un" Cover-Up and Living Luminizer. Keep it light and natural. I always store them in my free YSL pouch that is so convenient to carry for touch-up products. Also, Lotus Wei's Infinite Love and Inner Peace balancing serums keep me sane! Gotta love that. 

12/04/2012

The Power of Flower Essences

Irises in Monet's garden by Claude Monet | 1900 | Oil on Canvas| Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France

I was one of those who was sceptical about the healing power of aromatherapies. I always wondered to myself if it was merely a placebo effect that you can counteract whatever sadness or stress or pain you're feeling. How can a drop of essence or essential oils can make your stomach pain go away? can get you a good night sleep after countless of sleepless nights? can make you feel at peace after a long-going of stress and sadness? How? Just because the bottle claims to heal a specific thing, will you automatically think so?

I now believe that the use of aromatherapy has certainly helped me in how I carry myself. It helps me evolve as a person, and helps to rediscover what I really am and want to be as a person. It sounds cheesy I know, but it's true. Life has ups and downs, and we do need support every now and then. A drop of my favourite essence that brings delicate beautiful smell can really stand as a pillar before I go out of the house. I always set goals each day, to challenge myself and in accordance to the goal, I choose my essence. It acts like an affirmative to help me commit. Negative thoughts can often get inside of me but things as simple as smell can act as a powerful tool to remind me of what I have set for the day.

I personally love flower essences more in comparison to essential oils. Just the idea of the words 'flower essences' set me off to feeling vibrant and delicate, it instantly calms me down. Different from essential oils, flower essences do not have a scent and are extremely diluted infusions of flower, it is so diluted that there are no plants parts left in the water (source). Rather than physically extracted, essences are diluted inside a water or alcohol, and they are infused and diluted this way to capture their true vibrational energy in relation to spiritual (emotional) and physical health (source). Flower essences are generally safer than essential oils because they are very gentle and yet effective, they be used by anyone from pregnant ladies and babies to pets! (although when in doubt, consulting with an expert is the best way to ensure). Flower essences stimulate lasting changes by balancing your personal 'vibration' or unique energy pattern, thus it is adaptable to each person. In terms of effectiveness, flower essences should be used 3-5 times a day in order to feel a quick difference and keep using it to have a long-lasting result. It carries such positive energy that can immensely affect your inner. Many ways to incorporate flower essences to your daily life is to use it as an elixir (mix it into your beverages), as a mist throughout your work or living spaces, rub them on your face and neck, behind the ears and also pulse points, massages, or a bath.

My favourite for flower essences is the balancing serum range by Lotus Wei. I have also tried a couple of their elixirs but yet need to try how effective the mists work. Will be reviewing the brand on a separate post.

'I am sure that cellphones when they first came out, people were sceptical about the idea that there were little waves coming from their phones on the other end of conversation. But now, we all accept of it as a normal part of daily life. For some reason it's easier for people to accept little waves of energy can eminate from their phone, but it's harder to believe the waves of energy coming from a living plant or flower, or a person for that matter' - Katie Hannees, the founder of Lotus Wei.



Have you tried flower essences? Do you make your own concoctions or is there particular mix from a brand that you love?  

Full review on Vapour Beauty Soft Focus Perfector in S903 & Foundation in S125



I have been using Vapour's products for the past couple of weeks. I love that this duo survives in 38 degrees Celsius in Australia without melting or being cakey. As if you cannot tell already, I certainly fell in love with it.  From the foundation to the blush and bronzer, they blend and glide so seamlessly. I just haven't actually used anything like it. Without further ado, lets jump onto each of the product review.. 

12/01/2012

Vapour Beauty Soft Focus Skin Perfector & Foundation

Bare face

Soft Focus Skin Perfector

Soft Focus Foundation

I will be doing a full review on the performance of both products following this post. What I can tell you is that I love almost everything about it - it lives up to its 'Soft Focus' claim. I am perfectly happy with the coverage it provides and it does not at all leave my skin feeling heavy. As you can see, the foundation does not fully cover my blemishes and dark scars but I would prefer to use a concealer that is heavier in nature to cover what's needed.

PS: I apologize for the change in lighting and the distracting hair, hopefully the pictures will be replaced soon to get a better idea :)