Antipodes Apostle for Radiant Glowing Skin

I’ve been a huge fan of Antipodes skincare ever since I tried their Divine Face Oil. Overall, the brand is a legit natural skincare line that isn’t just a marketing BS, the price point isn’t as expensive as American organic/natural skincare brands, ingredients are solid, most products that I’ve tried deliver good to great result and most have the most wonderful scent. The only exception is the Joyous serum, which smell really fishy. I suspect it’s from the rosehip oil.

I’ve been delaying trying the Antipodes Apostle serum for quite sometime because I was already quite smitten with their Worship serum. I was afraid that this will disappoint me.

  
My conclusion:

  1. If you’re looking for serum to lighten your skin or PIH/hyperpigmentation, this serum isn’t for you!
  2. But if you’re looking for serum that helps to give that radiant and glow back to your skin, than you might love this.

What is it for? (from the website)

The revolutionary antioxidant Vinanza Grape & Kiwi helps minimise the appearance of facial redness. Exfoliating enzymes from the superfruit kiwifruit and anti-inflammatory Vinanza Oxifend from pinot noir grapes leave skin gloriously glowing. Meanwhile, mamaku black fern and Reishi mushroom of immortality boost healthy cell renewal for true, fresh-faced beauty.

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Antipodes Apostle for Radiant Glowing Skin

The Bath Box Sugar for Deep Cleansing

I’m sorry for the #nopostfebruary, I seems to get the message mixed up about the #nobuyfebruary. Are you kidding me? Naturally, on my birthday month, I splurge on a lot of things and shop till I drop :p

Anyway, my first post after a full month of hiatus will be the cult favourite among the Indonesian reader (is it cult yet?) – The Bath Box Sugar Face Cleanser. Sugar is made fresh hence there’s only limited stock available at any given time and it’s not available all the time on The Bath Box website. I’m not sure this is due to the fact that they can store it too long so they prefer the pre-order mechanism or some kind of marketing gimmick. It’s a smart one I must say if it is the latter.

Since a lot of people seems to be anticipating for this review I want to get two things straight first: the facts and the cons. So that I get all of them out of the way before I get into the good stuff. There are some, no worries girls.

The fact: it’s a preservative free and all natural gentle green tea cleanser. But not only that, it’s packed with kaolin clay, which I suspect is a green clay because the combination of clay and green tea alone will not be able to make the cleanser this green. It’s gentle, non drying and great for everyday cleanser – second or morning cleanser – or you can just use it whenever you think you need an extra deep cleansing without the help of a mask. It contains raw sugar granule for mild exfoliant.

Ingredients are as follows:

Kaolin, Carthamus Tinctorius Oil, Camellia Leaf, Vegetable Glycerin, Sucrose, Melaleuca Alternifolia Oil, Lavandula Officinalis Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis Oil, Tocopherol.

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The Bath Box Sugar for Deep Cleansing

Kypris Moonlight Catalyst the Retinol Alternative

Let’s make this review short and concise. I have the urge to review this because alot of people been asking what’s the alternative for Retinol for pregnant women? Or I have few questions regarding whether this is safe for pregnant women or not.

First of all, the two ingredients that people will mostly avoid when they’re pregnant are salicylic acid and retinol. Though, when I was pregnant with my daughter I didn’t really avoid salicylic acid. One I was young and didn’t know better. Two some years after that several dermatologists and scientists assured me that the content of salicylic acid in a toner is not high enough to consider it a threat to the fetus. Alas, for those pregnant ladies out there I really suggest you to read all the information regarding ingredients in skincare and what’s best to avoid and make an informed decision on your own.

Other than that, this is truly a really good alternative for a retinol serum, that doesn’t really contain retinol, or any other ingredient that is dangerous for pregnant women or even worrysome (I hope so) and could be a great pick for those looking for a smoother skin and refined one while they’re pregnant and don’t want to use retinol.

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Kypris Moonlight Catalyst the Retinol Alternative

First Love: Trilogy Rosehip Oil

Trilogy Rosehip Oil is my first love when it comes to facial oil. Not a day goes by that I thank Lena for introducing me to this wonderful concoction of Rosa Canina Seeds oil – in other word, the wonderful Rosehip oil. Trilogy is my go to brand for  anything Rosehip related. Back in the days this is quite a famous brand because it has the endorsement of celebrities. Upon trying this product, I can see why those celebrities put their sign of approval in this brand because it’s really that good.

What does Rosehip oil do? It helps to heal scar, which means if you have any nasty scar from post acne battle, this will help significantly. It makes your skin appear brighter but I think this is due to your skin condition to be at its good condition and well hydrated so all in all it appears more radiant. Also, it makes your skin feel plumper.

During my skin detox, I used products from Trilogy because they work and they don’t have complicated ingredient list. It’s a tight-knit lot that works effectively with each other.

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First Love: Trilogy Rosehip Oil