Review: SkinSoul’s Skin Shield Travelling Set

We’ve all been there, scrambling to pack our things before a trip. Hair curler: check, bikini: check, enough underwear: check… and then we reach the toiletries. There’s always the hassle of needing to find tiny bottles (either store bought or conveniently taken from hotel bathrooms), emptying them out, and refilling them with our product of choice. SkinSoul has thoughtfully come up with an entire set to suit a traveler’s needs, and I’m here to tell you what I think about it.

Picture1SkinSoul’s Traveling Set comes with 5 items:

  1. Hydra-Purifying Cleanser
  2. Hydrating, Energizing & Pore Refining Lotion
  3. Lift & Bright Serum
  4. 12-in-1 Suncare Day Cream
  5. Night Cream

This set basically encompasses the main skincare range which SkinSoul offers. Their skincare range is made from pure organic Ashitaba tea leaves and a fusion of other botanical extracts like red micro-algae extract, Alps botanical stem cells, daisy flower extract and Swiss glacier water to create the products. These claim to aid in ultimate skin renewal by brightening the skin, help to reverse aging effects, guard skin from damaging pollutants as well as rejuvenate the skin. Those are some big claims for some tiny products. Lets see how they fare, shall we?

Let me first talk about the packaging of the product. Personally, I think they could have done a lot better. For the price tag of this set (more on the actual value later), they really could have afforded to add a little more “pizzazz” to their items. All the packaging is made out of plastic, and the white-blue combo looks a bit clinical to me, like these items are ointments that are supposed to help with a bodily infection I don’t want to talk about. However, the amount of product for both the face cleanser and the toner/lotion was pretty generous compared to other brands, so Brownie points to SkinSoul for that.

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First up is the Hydra-Purifying Cleanser (30ml). This product claims to gently wash out impurities, excess sebum and pollutants from the skin while still maintaining the skin’s soft and suppleness. The cleanser has a nice, clean scent, very light in nature. It doesn’t really sud up much foam, and after using it to cleanse my face,  it didn’t leave it feeling dry or too tight. My skin felt clean and refreshed after.

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Next in line is the Hydrating, Energizing & Pore-refining lotion. Now, as part of the set it is meant to be used as a toner (instructions involved soaking a cotton pad and using that on your face), however they sell the full sized item as a mist spray which you’re supposed to be able to use before and after your make up application, or as a spray on toner. Personally, I don’t think using a cotton pad to apply this on your face is the best method to use it. It applies on too thick and as it dries, it becomes sticky on your skin. However it does go away eventually, and when it does it becomes a little more bearable, my skin feels pretty nice too. I can see this working well as a face mist because using a spray generally allows you to spread liquids more evenly, but definitely not as good using it as a cotton pad toner.

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Third in the set is the Lift & Bright Serum (we’re halfway there!). This product targets aging, and is formulated with smaller molecules of Ashitaba’s essence to penetrate the deep layers of the skin to restore elasticity and firmness. The product itself has a light scent, and has a clear but slightly thicker gel consistency compared to the toner. Now, this product falls under the “sticky” category as well. It smells and feels normal enough, but as it dries, it becomes tacky on the skin, even more so than the toner. But, all clouds have a silver lining right? Eventually (like the toner) it dries and the tacky feeling does go away, mostly. My skin does actually look a little brighter and fresher after using it. If you generally don’t mind your skin feeling sticky, this is a pretty good product to try out.

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This one is probably my favorite item out of all five. This 12-in-1 Suncare Day Cream has an SPF of 50, and claims to do 12 different things:

  • Hydrate and protect the skin
  • Unify complexion
  • Whiten and brighten skin
  • Even out skin tone
  • Conceal and correct blemishes
  • Anti-aging
  • Protect skin from UV rays
  • Promote natural skin health
  • Soothe skin irritation
  • Fight off damaging free radicals
  • Stimulate skin rejuvenation
  • Nourish skin for youthful radiance
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Day Cream- swatched

Day Cream - blended

Day Cream- blended

That’s a lot of things to cram into a tiny bottle. On application, the cream has a beige tinge to it, almost like a BB cream. It is a little thicker than the traditional foundation or BB cream, and it definitely has less coverage as well. However it does give the skin an almost “photo-shopped” finish, somehow it blurs out the imperfections on the skin, albeit not covering them up completely. The only downside to this is that it has a very heavy sunblock chemical smell, but if you can get pass that, it’s actually a really nice product to try out. Definitely a good alternative to the many BB and CC creams out there.

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Last but not least is the Night Cream from this range. This enriched night cream is recommended for more matured skin types as it is quite rich in nature. It works by depositing encapsulated retinol in precise concentrations at specific times of the night, helping the skin to recondition as you enjoy your beauty sleep.

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Upon swatching it on my hand, it applies on nicely, and it doesn’t feel too thick for a night cream like some others might. The scent (like most of the rest of the set) is quite light and pleasant, nothing too obnoxious.

My skin after putting on the products (except the night cream)

My skin after putting on the products (except the night cream)

After putting on these products together, I do feel that they do work very well together. SkinSoul has done a good job of combining these items, making sure that they compliment each other. My skin feels fresh, clean, hydrated and protected, ready to take on the day.

I will mention, however, that this set does have a hefty price tag of RM500. Like I mentioned earlier,  the packaging is not my favorite, but the products themselves are alright and is definitely on more of the higher end of the luxury spectrum. Fortunately for you though, as one of my sweet readers, I have a discount code for you that you can use to get this at a lower price:

If by any chance you’re interested to try the SkinSoul’s Skin Shield Traveling set out, I have a special coupon code for all my readers (yay discounts!). At SkinSoul’s outlet, all you have to do is mention #SsSydney , you’ll be entitled to purchase this set at only RM388. If you decide to buy some stuff from them and spend a minimum of RM100 on any other products in a single receipt, you’ll be able to get the Travelling Set for just RM100!

**T&C Applies

You can check out SkinSoul’s website here or their Facebook page here. 🙂

*This review was sponsored and the items used were sent to me. However I promise to always be honest in my reviews and give my own opinions, no less. 😉

Review: SkinSoul Ultra Soft Facial Towelettes

Picture2As a woman, there are two things in life which always gives me the feeling of  liberating satisfaction: taking off your bra after a super long day, and removing the inch worth of make up on my face after said day. Today, I’m here to do a review and a demo on an item which does the latter: SkinSoul’s Ultra Soft Facial Towelettes (unfortunately no one has come up with products to actually help remove your bra yet).

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Now, I will not lie, these babies have a pretty big claim to their name; they claim to be super soft towelettes which remove pore-clogging impurities, dirt, grime and WATERPROOF make up, while still  hydrating and soothing your skin, all in one step! These towelettes are formulated with 4 essential oils, 4 antioxidants as well as 3 hydrating and soothing ingredients, and are paraben,  lanolin and alcohol free. These wipes are not suppose to irritate your skin and eyes as well, and is suitable even for those with the most sensitive skin as they do not contain perfume, colour or harsh chemicals. Sounds absolutely too good to be true right?

To put these to the ultimate test, I decided to dump a whole junk load of make up on my face, and use these to see how well they would fair.

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As you can see, I went with a natural, everyday, super wearable look. Nah, just kidding. Thinking about it, I wanted to put on so much make up that I’d look like a clownThen I though, why not BE a clown? So I did. 😀 The make up I have on my face consists of the whole works: powders, liquids, creams, stains, waterproof, non waterproof, pencils, crayons… You name it, I probably had it on my face.

here's a close up

here’s a close up. Getting nightmares yet?

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The wipes are really cottony soft, and the most effective way to use them is to place it on your skin and allow it to sit for a little while (maybe 10-15 seconds) before wiping. This gives a chance for the solution to work and loosen the make up, making sure your skin is nice and clean by the time you’re done.

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I did half my face first to show you the results side by side, and you can see it actually did a really good job removing everything. The hardest things to remove on my face were probably the waterproof mascara and the cheek stain, but those came right off without any annoying peeves like needing to scrub really hard or constantly going over the same spot a million times. The wipes didn’t burn (probably because it doesn’t have any alcohol) or leave any nasty, sticky residue on my face and it definitely does make my skin feel nice and supple. Quite hydrating indeed! They have a very gentle scent as well, nothing obnoxious or too strong. I know these wipes can be used on their own without doing a second cleansing, but I still prefer to do it just to ensure that my skin is nice and clean before I settle in for the night.

You'll definitely have nightmares after this one

You’ll definitely have nightmares after this one (naked face AAAHHH)

I’m genuinely surprised at how much I like these towelettes. My skin feels refreshed and really clean without being dry and too tight. I love the scent as well (which is a big plus for me), and the wipes themselves feel like they’re of exceptional quality. Honestly the only down side to these are that they cost RM58 for a packet of 60 wipes. In comparison to my favorite (but really, no where as luxurious) Daiso ones which come in a pink packet which give me 20 wipes for a whopping price tag of RM5.30 (including GST). However if you’re willing to splurge on these, they’re very nice to have in your skin care routine. 🙂

If by any chance you’re interested to try the SkinSoul’s Ultra Soft Towelettes out, I have a special coupon code for all my readers (yay discounts!). At SkinSoul’s outlet, all you have to do is mention #SsSydney , with every purchase of 2 packets of the Ultra Soft Facial Towelettes, you’ll be given a limited edition, not for sale SkinSoul Lip Balm. As a reader of mine, you’ll also be entitled to purchase the SkinSoul Travelling Set for only RM388 (Np Rm500). If you decide to buy some stuff from them and spend a minimum of RM100 on any other products in a single receipt, you’ll be able to get the Travelling Set for just RM100!

**T&C Applies

You can check out SkinSoul’s website here or their Facebook page here. 🙂

*This review was sponsored and the items used were sent to me. However I promise to always be honest in my reviews and give my own opinions, no less. 😉

Dupe it: Colourpop Frida and Nyx Zurich

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Let me tell you: there is no bigger satisfaction (or regret) like finding out that you have an amazing item, and a similar or identical other item that either functions better, has a cheaper price tag, or even better, does both! It is said that “no two snowflakes are the same”. However, this is not always true in the world of make up. I’ve decided to start a series where I show you dupes (or duplicates) of products, so that if you’re wondering if you should get yet another shade of that pink, or if you want to save a couple of bucks by buying a cheaper alternative, or if you’re just hankering to get that hard to find item, this will be able to help you out.

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We all know that Colourpop Lippiestix are all the rage, and considering the fact that they practically don’t exist in Malaysia, these babies are pretty rare and hard to find. Let’s just take a moment to imagine my immense excitement when I finally got my hands on one of these, then my crippling lack of emotion once I discovered I had practically the exact shade of lipstick already sitting in my lip goo collection collecting dust. So I popped that baby out, swatched it, and decided that I needed to share it with the world. One of Colourpop’s more popular colours is Frida: a warm, mid-toned peachy pink with a satin finish. On application, this feels satin, and after a couple of minutes, dries almost matte. The scent is really pleasant, and the way the lipstick is combined with the shape of applicator make applying the product really easy.

Now, Frida’s twin is Nyx’s Soft Matte Lip Cream in Zurich is almost the exact shade of peachy pink, except its just the tiniest, most minuscule tone pinker. It applies a little more satin than Frida, but dries to a nice matte as well. This one comes with a decent sized doe-foot applicator, making application easy as well. If you’re looking for an extra crisp line, try getting most of the product off the applicator before slapping that baby on.

Nyx Zurich vs Colourpop Frida

From the swatches above, they look more fraternal than identical in both shade and texture, even up close on the lips they look a little bit different. But with both of them on, honestly people can’t tell the difference. You might even lost track of which side is what after a while.

Left: Colourpop Frida Right: Nyx Zurich

Left: Colourpop Frida
Right: Nyx Zurich

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They look the same on right? These will also last quite a while on you because they dry matte. So if you’re looking for an easier to find alternative to Frida, Nyx has you covered. 😉

Let me know what you think, and what are come of your favorite dupes? Would you like me to do more on Colourpop cosmetics or are there any other brands or products you would like to see?