March 8th, 2015

From The Top

Event: Oatifix Face Mask Workshop with Lush Singapore

Happy Sunday, people!

2 days ago, I was at Lush Wisma Atria attending a mini workshop on how to make their Oatifix Face Mask.

Oatifix Face Mask is made of oats, bananas and ground almonds. Because of their soothing and moisturizing ingredients, they are recommended for people with dry, flaky skin.

Prior to this, I haven't actually been to a Lush store before.

My knowledge of Lush products came from watching beauty channels on youtube but I know that they are famous for their bath bombs. These cute lil' bath bombs fizzle in the bathtub to form a myriad of colours.

Masks that have an uncanny resemblance to tubs of delicious ice-cream. Goodness.

Speaking of ice-cream, I was told that Lush products are natural and edible. Thus, if you really eat a scoop from that tub, you will still survive.

The famous 'Honey, I washed the kids' that came in huge slabs of soap.

Workshop time! The star ingredient of Oatifix, as you can tell from the picture, is their organic bananas.

Other ingredients include fine oatmeal and ground almonds.

Cutting the Illipe Butter...

... before melting it in a bowl of hot water with vanilla beans. The vanilla beans really add to the scent of the mask.

This was what happened when you blend bananas.

Mix in the bowl of fine oatmeal + ground almonds and stir...

... until they looked somewhat like baby porridge. HA HA! The last step was to keep it refrigerated before use.

Looks-wise, I admit that it didn't look very appealing. It kinda looked like puke on my hands.

Taste-wise (yes, we really got to taste this), it was indeed edible but you wouldn't think about eating this as a dessert.

Smell-wise, it was great! I guessed you couldn't go wrong with the smell of bananas and vanilla.

Got to bring home a tub of Oatifix, which I tested this afternoon.

Not only did it rejuvenate my skin, it also plumped my skin with moisture. It was a little difficult to wash off the mask due to some chunky bits but overall, it was a good and healthy mask for the skin. I'm so gonna share this with my family members!

Have a great weekend, my friends!

Disclaimer: Reviews are based on personal experiences.
In Koala Land

Sponsored Review: Palmer's Skin Therapy Oil

Hello friends!

If you have dry, ageing skin and are looking to reduce fine lines and wrinkles on your face and neck, Palmer's Skin Therapy Oil might do the trick for you.

I'm sure many of you have heard of Palmer's. This American brand is one of the leading names in the skincare industry and it was founded in 1840. Yes, that's 175 years ago and they're still going strong!

Palmer's goal is to develop affordable skincare for every household and they strive to meet consumers' various needs, be it facial care, body care or hair care. Their key ingredients include Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Palmer's products are also against animal testing and are free of parabens, phthalates and sulphates.

So what's this Skin Therapy Oil all about?

Palmer's Skin Therapy Oil is a multi-purpose skin perfecting dry oil for the face and neck. It functions to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, lighten dark spots, moisturize and brighten the skin as well as ensure an even skin tone.

Besides cocoa butter, it contains 9 essential oils that provide antioxidants and nourish the skin with vitamins, namely:

- Sweet Almond Oil
- Argan Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Macadamia Nut Oil
- Apricot Oil
- Grapeseed Oil
- Rosehip Oil
- Camelina Oil
- Sesame Oil

It also contains an important ingredient, Retinol which increases collagen production and speeds up cell turnover. Together with Vitamin C, Retinol is another ingredient that determines the skin's texture and evenness. I'm sure of this because this ingredient has helped me tremendously in getting rid of whiteheads and pimples during my severe acne days years ago. You can check the product out in the video below:

How do I feel about this product?

My first impression of this product was that it felt oily against my skin but then again, it IS an oil-based product after all.

I have oily skin type and I currently do not have fine lines on my face (thank goodness) so I tested a minimal amount of this product to see how it feels on my face.

I may not be a fan of that oily feeling against my skin but I must say that it did helped to fill up my pores, leaving behind a smooth and radiant glow on my face. Compare the area where I didn't apply Skin Therapy Oil versus the area where I did and you would notice the big difference. You can still see the open pores on my skin for the area without application of the Skin Therapy Oil.

Bear in mind though that I was very cautious when using this product on my face. Too much of this product might lead to breakouts or result in a shine on my face rather than a healthy glow.

I applied this product generously on my neck though to see whether it reduces neck lines and I think it works pretty well. The lines on my neck became remarkably faint in the 'After' photo.

This product isn't a miracle product though so don't expect your fine lines to completely disappear in a flash. It can only reduce the conspicuity of the lines.

In sum, this product would definitely suit a user with dry or ageing skin who would require oil-based products to replenish moisture and renew skin rather than depend on a regular moisturizer. Thus, my friends with this skin type might want to consider trying this product!

Contest shoutout:

Here's how you can stand to win $150 cash and a Palmer's hamper worth $80!

Simply purchase a retail-size Palmer's Skin Therapy Oil and pose for a selfie with it. Upload your selfie on Instagram with the hashtags #Palmers, #PalmersSG and #PalmersSTOFace.

Contest runs from now till 25 April 15. Winners will be announced on 30 April 15.

If you just want to try a sample of this product, you can redeem a sample here. Happy trying!

Palmer's Skin Therapy Oil retails at $29.90 for a 30ml bottle and it can be found conveniently at Watsons, Guardian, Robinsons, John Little and Watson's online store.

Disclaimer: Reviews are based on personal experiences.