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 Post

I’m off to India tomorrow to visit family, and I’ve been spending the last few days planning what skincare items to take along with me. I don’t know if it’s the heat and the humidity, or the stress of being around family, but my skin always breaks out when I’m in India. Needless to say, I’ll be taking as many decongesting products with me as I possibly can! After a lot of planning, I’ve zeroed in on the following products to (hopefully) keep my skin (and the rest of me) zen and balanced:

In-flight Skincare:

I’ll be taking Rodin’s Cleansing Powder with me, just in case I feel like washing my face on the plane. Since it’s a powder, I won’t have to worry about liquid restrictions and such. In addition to the cleanser, I’ll be taking African Botanics Intense Skin Repair Balm, Ambuja’s Wanderlust Elixir, Julisis Eyemulsion, Yuli Cocoon Elixir and  Slip silk eye mask with me in my carry-on.

A few weeks ago, when I happened to discuss my travel plans with Julia Noik of African Botanics, she recommended that I use their Intense Skin Repair Balm on the flight. Its thick balm-to-serum consistency will be perfect for countering the drying effects of the stale plane air. Ambuja’s Wanderlust Elixir is a recent discovery.  The coconut water- based serum, with its outstanding list of ingredients, instantly plumps and lifts my skin and makes me look like I’ve had a good night’s sleep. I’ll need this not only on the plane but also when I land in India, when I’ll most likely be tired and jet lagged. I’ll do a full-length review of this product very soon. I decided to take the Eyemulsion with me because I remember Julius mentioning that he always travels with it. I still think it’s the best eye cream I’ve ever used. View Post

Yuli ElixirYuli is a brand I’ve only recently discovered, and I love everything about it so far. From their founder’s story of developing the brand after suffering from terrible acne to the fact that most of their ingredients are grown on site, they represent everything I’m looking for in an eco-luxe brand. I’d heard wonderful things about their elixirs from a number of bloggers, so I invested in two of their three offerings to see if they lived up to their hype.

I’ll start this review by pointing out that in Yuli’s case, the word ‘elixir’ is used as a synonym for ‘toner’ or ‘mist.’ ‘Elixir’ (which, traditionally, is used to describe a magical or medicinal potion) is a confusing term in skincare because different brands use it to name completely different products. Just to give you a couple of different examples, Kypris uses ‘elixir’ to describe their oils and Julisis uses it for their treatment serums. This is one of those times where I wish the beauty industry was better regulated and there was greater consistency across brands to make things easier for customers. View Post