It’s always a bit of a gamble when a new brand approaches you to try their products. I like to support new brands, but it’s hard to know what to expect. I was contacted by Recherche Beauté and Whyld Skincare almost around the same time – roughly two months ago. Both brands are US-based and ‘clean,’ and both have a chic, millennial-friendly aesthetic. They seemed competitively priced for the quality of the ingredients, and I was excited to try them. I’ve been trying their products on and off for the last couple of months, and here are my impressions:

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I love face oils, but until recently, I used them only at night. I have oily, acne-prone skin, and I always found oils too heavy for daytime use. I don’t know if my skin has become less oily over the years, but lately, I’ve been loving adding oils to my morning routines. We are approaching winter here in Melbourne, and a few drops of a light day oil (on top of a water-based hydrating serum) keeps my skin soft and glowing all day long.

My selections below are all light and non-greasy, and they would work equally well as picks for spring/summer (in case you live in the northern hemisphere and are approaching summer, lucky you!). Most of my selections below will suit most skin types, including oily and acne-prone. View Full Post

The Beauty Edit is one of Australia’s newest online green beauty stores. A couple of months ago, Franca, their owner, introduced herself to me. She told me that her store offered one-on-one customer service, free skincare consultations, complimentary gift wrapping, speedy delivery (including worldwide delivery) and thorough testing of every product she sold. She said that she tested all the products herself and only sold products she firmly believed in. This sounded great to me: I don’t know many skincare stores that offer that level of service. Her store is the exclusive Australian stockist for British brand La Belle Lune, and she asked me if I’d like to try their Organic Skin Face Oil.  View Full Post

I only realised the other day that I somehow never got around to reviewing Halcyon and M.E. Skin Fuel, two of my favourite products from the US-based green skincare label Yuli. I’ve talked about both of these products multiple times on social media, but I’ve been busy with so many other projects that I almost forgot to review these gems. Until now, that is! So without wasting any more time, let’s get right into it:

Halcyon Facial Cleanser: I have to admit that I didn’t love the cleanser when I first tried it. It’s a clear, thin, runny liquid cleanser with a calming herbal aroma. It foams, but the foam is very sparse. It doesn’t have much of a slip, either. The first couple of times I tried it, I wasn’t sure it was cleansing well enough. Sure, my skin looked clean, but that’s not always enough, is it? I persisted because the cleanser wasn’t exactly cheap, and I’m glad I did. Halcyon made me realise that a cleanser didn’t need to foam or spread well to deep-cleanse the skin. It leaves my skin clean and breakout-free. Yuli recommends it for all skin types, but I think it would best suit normal-oily skin. View Full Post

To celebrate Holi, the Indian festival of colours (which is also referred to as the festival of sharing love), and the arrival of spring in India, Uma Oils is spreading the love by giving away three of their Ultimate Brightening Kits, worth US$130 each.

To participate, click here, enter your email address and hit submit. It’s that simple!

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