2/28/2013

Helios Pure Relief Roll On


I have been using Helios Pure Relief that it becomes almost like my coping mechanism. Personally, I like the one in the form of a roll-on because I can apply it to the targeted area right away but I can imagine the spray one also doubles to give you that 'sensational' relief. I recently came back from a loong visit to my home overseas. So you might know how uncomfortable being in a space that has been left untouched for so long is like. Those bugs are also creeping in as the weather becomes hotter and more humid. So this Pure Relief has been a huge weightlifter for me because I have been getting a lot of sores in my body from cleaning up all the mess, doing all the to-do list and the temperature has been crazy hot to deal with.

2/22/2013

Home Compilation


Tranquillity. Abundant. Crystalline. Reflection. Appreciation. Companion. Dearness. Momentous. Time. 

2/20/2013

Lippy Girl Organic Lipstick in Vexy Vixen and Home Wrecker



Nothing is better than receiving a sweetly wrapped package while eating my favourite breakfast. Lippy Girl is a brand that I only recently discovered. It is a Canadian based make up company that are natural, organic, vegetarian, and will never contain chemical preservatives. Okay, these lipsticks are not vegan as it contains beeswax but they have got a vegan version of these lipsticks too with more colour range. I ordered two shades, Vexy Vixen and Home Wrecker from Lipstick Republic

1. Home Wrecker and Very Vixen (left to right); 2. Home Wrecker and Very Vixen swatched at the top and Femme Fatale and Neon Angel at the bottom

The Jeneral Store Haul


The Jeneral Store is as cute as a button that I just have to post about my shopping haul right away. When Jenny first reached out to me, I was so pleasantly surprised by how clean and fresh the website looks. Her small range but a careful curation of great products seem personal rather than 'commercial', it's like as if I was browsing through Jenny's very own beauty vanity. All the beauty products are organic, natural or wild-crafted. The Jeneral Store would be a perfect destination for gifting ideas where you can also browse for adorable wrapping papers, cards and Japanese tapes (seriously who can get enough of this?!).

1. Alexis Smart - About Face Flower Essence
Remember my post awhile back about flower essences and how much I like them? Ever since started using Lotus Wei's ones, I am in the hunt for flower essences by another brand and Alexis Smart it is, guys! Since I still have got my stock of 'Inspired Action' and 'Joy Juice' by Lotus Wei in hand, I thought I would try out About Face instead. This is said to help with my confidence for my physical imperfections. The Jeneral Store does not carry the full range but does carry the important ones such as My Personal Assistant, Ganesh, Wholehearted and In Love. Alexis recommends to concentrate on 1 flower essence at a time for highest effectiveness rather than mixing it up.

2. BAGGU shopping bag - Alpaca pattern
I cannot get enough of these BAGGU shopping bags after getting one for free from SBL - I got the seahorse in turquoise, so freaking cute! Not only it's super handy (when I have enough of supplies of the plastic bags to be recycled into plastic bins), the material is absolutely durable and I have carried quite heavy stuff in there. Also use it to pack your lunch or get creative with your gifting ideas.

3. May Lindstrom The Good Stuff - Body Oil
I am quite obsessed with MLS products. From her exfoliating cleanser, her mask, her facial oil.. and finally this body oil that makes you feel so good and awakens up all your senses. The magical blend of Cocoa, Rose, Ylang Ylang and Lavender are just so enchanting and if you love a bit of shimmer, this body oil contains golden mica that will leave you glowing without being too much. This is a total body elixir to me.

4. The Balm Diggity Pack - Combat Ready Balm + Brew Lip Balm
The ultimate winter duo. The Combat Ready Balm is specially made for eczema, sunburn, insect bites, diaper rash and blisters. The consistency is very thick, would be useful to hydrate very dry skin and at the same time  this gives such a calming effect to alleviate skin symptoms. I have also only been using the Brew Lip Balm for a couple of days but this stuff is crazy good. I usually used Hurraw religiously but find that it just kinda coats my lips sometimes without truly penetrating it. Well, this Brew lip balm has the perfect texture because it is so creamy but not oily. I am especially fascinated by the rare use of ingredients in a lip balm such as apricot kernel oil, fish oil, star anise and myrrh. 

5. Pure Relief Roll On by Helios
When the package arrives, it was a coincidence that my arms have been quite sore for a couple of days so this Relief Roll-On was a godsend. It soothes the soreness right away and has such a refreshing smell to it - like minty balsam mixed with healing spices and Lavender. I am usually not a fan of smelling like peppermint but this has got the right amount of 'mintiness' in it that I love.

6. Crystal Essence Deodorant - Chamomile & Green Tea
I have a good first impression with this deodorant as it lasted throughout a very hot day yesterday without losing its effectiveness to eliminate odours. The scent of Chamomile & Green Tea is also so soft and not cloying like others. The ingredients are: Water/Aqua, Potassium Alum, Hydroxyethyl-cellulose, Chamomilla Recutia (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Sodium Bicarbonate. I was a bit wary to find that there is sodium bicarbonate in this (from past experiences of using natural deodorants), but since it's the last ingredient in the list so I will have to give it time before I fully review on this.

PS: I just want to give a shout out to Jenny, thank you for the 'thank you' card and the very well packaged- goodies with the adorable Japanese tapes that I still cannot get over.

2/06/2013

Shiffa Dubai Healing Balm

First Impression 

I was browsing around Sephora Middle East (much smaller than the one in the US), wondering if I could find any natural or organic facial care. I then was suggested Shiffa Dubai by the person at the counter and thought oh! I remember coming across this brand at Zuneta.  Don't be surprised because the price point is very high as it is a luxurious spa product recently being stocked at Harrod's. They have got a range of products of facial care, hair care, body care as well as aromatic candles. The price point also varies from $71 for a basic cleanser/toner to $409 for their body Rose Bliss Balm. Yes. Gasp. But anyway, since Sephora is so generous with their testers I asked if I could take a little sample home.

What I think

I chose the Healing Balm which was suggested to me to help with my irritations. My skin, coming back to an environment I had not been used to in awhile, went on a havoc despite my normal skin care routine. This Healing Balm contains soothing Chamomile to stimulate, Indian Neem to repair, Meadowfoam to comfort and revive, Arnica to restore, Rosemary to rejuvenate, as well as Lavender that lends its subtle fragrance to this balm. Yes, that's quite a list to mention. I was a bit wary at first because the scent reminds me of this 'soothing' organic product I used before but did the opposite to my skin. However, I was more than happy to find out that Shiffa Dubai's Healing Balm IS what it says!



What I have used it for: 
+ To soothe irritations such as small cuts and acne inflammations - I am surprised that putting this balm directly onto my acne worked wonders! From itchy inflammations to being so soothed by this subtly fragrant balm, it calms my acne in an instant!
+ To heal dry skin - for me, this takes a bit of reapplying throughout the day in order to moisturise. however, it does a good job at doing it.
+ To moisturise my chapped lips - it does not hydrate my chapped lips deeply but it is a nice one to layer over my lips when they are smooth. For some reason, the balm will make my lips look pinkish red and feel warm!

Would I recommend it? 

Now, the texture is a bit gritty but it will melt when it comes in contact with the warmth of your hand upon application. This healing balm is said to be versatile as it can be used on any spots on your face or body. You can use it as a hydrating night cream, face mask, as well as treatment for any cracked lips, chapped skin, minor burns, eczema, stretch marks and many other skin irritations. The price is $107 for 30 ml. Whilst it is a good product, I don't think it is something that I will buy due to the price. I must apologize that I could not find the ingredient listing anywhere online, but seeing London Make Up Girl's review on the facial cream and lotion, preservatives such as Phenoxyethanol and Triethanonolamine are quite high on the ingredient list (rated 4 by Skin Deep). It is quite unfortunate because the list of the ingredients are 'naturally safe' otherwise.

There is currently an offer on the website  where you can get a complimentary full-sized product of Rejuvenating Eye Remedy when you purchase 3 Shiffa products.