Thursday, July 11, 2019

[Sunscreen Review] Lagom Cellus Sun Gel SPF50 PA+++

(Use coupon at checkout C10T190S3 for 5% off
Verdict: 10/10
Repurchase: Probably during discounts. ^^
Lagom Cellus Sun Gel
A while back, I got my hands on the most expensive sunscreen I have ever used in my routine from BBCosmetic, which is this Lagom Cellus Sun Gel. Retailing at a whooping $27 (It's since reduced to $26) on the site, with the prices I've seen elsewhere being mostly higher. You can use my affiliated code C10T190S3 will get you and extra 5% off at the checkout page. 
This is a lightweight facial sunscreen with great absorbability and a matte finish that claims to be perfect for keeping skin moisturized with a list of beneficial ingredients in addition for the sun protection it provides. It comes highly recommended by the BB Cosmetic team and was sent to me in exchange for an honest review, but all thoughts are my own, as always. According to the description, it's a dermatologically tested broad spectrum SPF 50+, PA+++ refreshing sunblock that soothes and protects the skin. It also provides hydration and is a moist sunscreen gel that forms a UV screen. 

Ingredients 

This product comes with a pretty long list of ingredients and contain alcohol as the third ingredient, so if you're sensitive to that, then you should probably not go for it. It's also a chemical sunscreen, which means it would leave less of a white cast as compared to physical sunscreens. 
Running the ingredients through the cosdna is a pretty satisfying experience seeing as most of the ingredients don't appear to be irritants or acne-triggers except for the alcohol denat and sorbitan oleate. 
Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Alcohol Denat., Octocrylene, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Propanediol, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Methoxy PEG/PPG-25/4 Dimethicone, Bis-PEG/PPG-20/5 PEG/PPG-20/5 Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Dimethicone, Isohexadecane, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polysorbate 80,1,2-Hexanediol, BHT, Sodium Hydroxide, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Sorbitan Oleate, Disodium EDTA, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Rose Flower Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Betaine, Taurine, Inositol, Styrax Benzoin Gum, Commiphora Myrrha Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate.

Packaging


The product comes in a squeeze bottle with a twist cap that is easy to put back on. The narrow nozzle makes sure I'm not getting more product that I'm keen on using. 

Texture and Fragrance

The texture sinks in very easily and does not leave a white cast like most physical sunscreens tend to do. The scent is mild and for the most part, almost non-existent. I find that it applies smoothly over moisturizer and while it doesn't dry matte, which is what I prefer for my sunscreens, it also doesn't leave a sticky finish. Somewhere in between, where it feels more like I'm applying merely a second layer of moisturizer. 

Performance
I tried this product in two different weather conditions. First, in the hot and humid Malaysian weather, and then again in the cold winter in Japan. In both instances, it had been absolutely perfect. As I mentioned earlier, it doesn't dry matte, nor does it leave a tacky sensation after. This means I can wear it in the hot and humid Malaysian weather without feeling like I'm sweating out of my skin and inversely, I can use it in the cold and dry Japan weather without feeling like my skin is going to crack. There's no white cast for this too, which is great because I find a lot of sunscreens leave my skin like I'm the cast of the Walking Dead. 
I have yet to find a sunscreen that plays well with my skin. While I love the matte finish that the Biore sunscreen gives me, it also leaves behind cc's that takes forever to heal. The tradeoff just isn't fair. :( Biore has since reformulated their sunscreen, so now not only do they cause cc's, they also don't dry matte anymore. It's all sorts of disappointing. 
While most people seem to find this matte, my oily skin saw this as it's opportunity to shine through and it wasn't matte for me at all. The Lagom sunscreen has a pretty steep price at $26 for a 50ml amount, but I do think the price is warranted, at least for me, since I have yet to find a sunscreen that plays well with my skin. Worth a try if you're looking at sunscreens and doesn't mind the price tag. 
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Verdict: 10/10
Repurchase: Probably during discounts. ^^
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Sunday, April 21, 2019

[Review] Enydro Skincare Blemish Cream

 Price: S$69
[Received in exchange for an honest review from Enydro Skincare]

Brand & Product

Enydro Skincare (www.enydroskincare.com) is a Singaporean skincare brand that focuses on the development of pure and natural dermatological grade skincare for sensitive skin. Their products aim to help customers regain or maintain healthy skin.

I received the Enydro Skincare Blemish Essence  in exchange for an honest review from the company and have been trying it for two weeks now.

The Blemish Essence is a product that is aimed towards healing pigmentation spots caused by sun exposure. It contains active anti-pigmentation ingredients which can remove stubborn pigment spots and prevent recurrence. It's a 15ml product and according to the description in their official page, can reduce skin pigmentation effectively in 120 days.


Packaging and Directions

The packaging on this product is very luxurious. The silver tube has a hefty weight to it, which surprised me a little, to be honest, seeing as there is only 15ml of product as stated on the bottle. Still, I'm not complaining. At S$69 per bottle, I would be disappointed if it came in anything less than it did.

The bottle is kept within box that is wrapped in a layer of plastic. The bottle itself is a fancy-looking thing. The cover pops off and each pump from the bottle gives a decent amount of product. Perhaps a little too much product, I do think, since there's only 15ml and it's $69, so it wouldn't last very long. The nozzle is a little hard to control, so every pump ends up giving the user a good amount. Perhaps a little improvement on this would be better for the future.


Directions and Texture

Directions simply say to cleanse the skin and pat dry. Then, apply Blemish Essence generously on affected area once or twice a day.

That's a frequent application for something that's only 15ml. If reduction of pigmentation is only seen after 120 days, then I'm a little worried about how it long this would last and how many bottles you'd end up going through. However, it does say only to apply to affected areas, so not that much is needed, possibly? If only the nozzle would dispense the right amount of product. Every time I try to get a pump, I end up with way too much, which can get a little frustrating especially as the product doesn't come cheap at all. 
The texture of this cream is thick with a bb-cream-like consistency. It smells a little like bb-cream too. It's an odd scent, to be honest, but thankfully the cream sinks in perfectly well.

Ingredients:


The number of good ingredients in this skincare is really impressive. There's an entire list of their website with why each ingredient is added. Running them through cosdna doesn't show anything particularly alarming except for the kojic acid, which is for whitening and rates a 6-7. Everything else is good though.

Ingredients: Water, glycerine, squalene, capric triglyceride, tranexamic acid, methyl glucose sesquistearate, PEG-20 Methyl sesquistearate, sodium hyaluronate, propanediol, hydrogenated lecithin, allantoin, capryl glycol, carbomer, arbutin, kojic acid, ascorbic acid, nicotamide, acetyle tetrapeptide-9.

Ingredients are listed based on the highest percentage to the least.

There are a bunch of great ingredients in the list and I particularly enjoy how they managed to break down almost all the ingredients in the list alongside their purported benefits in their official website. There are several ingredients that aims at brightening and whitening the skin, including tranexamic acid (skin-conditioning agent and astringent to reduce skin discoloration and stubborn dark patches), arbutin (lightens and improves skin color), kojic acid (improves pigmentation), vitamin c (lighten's pigments and acts as antioxidant to protect cells from damage caused by free radicals), and nicotamide (reduce skin discoloration). 

In addition, several ingredients are added to lock in moisture and simulate healing, such as acetyl tetrapeptide-9 for plumper skin, squalene for retaining moisture, allatoin for healing and glycerin for moisture retention. Sodium Hyaluronate and Glycerin are both also present to increase skin firmness and diminish fine lines. Propanedoil acts as humectant, emollient, skin penetration enhancer, and solvent. 

Performance



With so many awesome ingredients, I was excited to get started on trying this. The texture of this is a little odd, to be honest. It has a thick consistency and looks sort of like a bb cream. Unfortunately, the day I started this was also the same day my cleanser ran out and I also introduced a new cleanser. I broke out. :( I was worried that this was the culprit at first, but the moment I stopped using the new Laneige cleanser, I stopped breaking out, so I reintroduced this and I was fine.

I guess the blemish cream couldn't have come at a more opportune time because it helped deal with the new breakouts caused by the cleanser. The description says it would reduce skin pigmentation in 120 days, but I find that it's just as effective in healing my new breakouts within days. Works like magic. The only thing that would put me off is the price tag. At $69 for a measly 15ml, I would hesitate to repurchase.

If you're keen on purchasing the product for yourself, they have a twinpack available for $118 available on their website here: https://www.enydroskincare.com/product-page/blemish-essence .