17 September 2015


Today I’d like to put focus on some amazing products from the brand, Skinstitut, including the L- Lactic Cleanser, Even Blend Serum, 100% Vitamin C and Moisture Defence;

What They Say:

L- Lactic Cleanser: Cleanser that deeply hydrates and nourishes, exfoliates and decongests, reduces irritation and sensitivity, and strengthens skin integrity.

Even Blend Serum: Reduces the appearance of uneven tone caused by sun exposure, skin inflammation or hormone imbalance. Exfoliates and smooths for a softer & more refined skin texture. Addresses age spots, skin discolouration and brightens uneven skin tone resulting in a more luminous and radiant complexion

100% Vitamin C: Protects against free radical damage. Assists with collagen production and skin firmness. Improves skin colour, radiance and tone

Moisture Defence: Lightweight, non-pore clogging moisturiser for normal skin to hydrate, smooth and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Ideal for a combination skin condition

RRP: Each: $45.00 – Available from Adore Beauty, Skincare Store, RY, Absolute Skin, and select Stockists

What I Say:

While I’ve heard a lot of good things about the brand Skinstitut, I’ve never actually tried any of the products, so I was very excited when I was asked to. The brand claims to be Australia’s most effective cosmedical range using top-quality potent ingredients at reasonable prices, as they believe that high-end skincare should be accessible to everyone, and you certainly complain about the $45 price tag for all products.

Let me start with the L- Lactic Cleanser. I was very keen on trying the glycolic cleanser as I’ve always had issues with breakout, but being pregnant, and my skin consequently more sensitive, the choice fell on the the L- Lactic Cleanser. This cleanser is more gentle on the skin than the glycolic cleanser, yet promises to deliver the same results – that is clearing the skin of breakouts by exfoliating and decongesting the skin, brightening the skin and reducing dullness, all while hydrating and nourishing the skin.

I’m not sure how effective this cleanser is at removing makeup as I actually used it as my second cleaner, instead using my usual makeup remover to first remove my makeup, so that the L- Lactic Cleanser could work its magic deep down every pore.

The actual cleanser is quite concentrated and I found that I only needed to use the tiniest amount and massage it over my damp face for 30 seconds to a minute before rinsing off my face. And as soon as I’d dried my face, I can instantly feel that my skin feels so much softer and smoother, and more clarified, yet without being dried out. My skin simply looks and feels healthier. I generally have been using the cleanser both morning and night, and on occasion some nights, I’ve actually massaged some of the cleanser into my dry clean skin, and left it there for the two minutes while brushing my teeth, and hereafter followed by massing it a little further adding a little water, before rinsing it off. And let me tell you, afterwards, your skin is simply glowing, as if you’ve just had a facial!

I follow by applying the Even Blend Serum to my freshly cleansed skin, morning and evening. This serum promises to help reduce the uneven skintone and pigmentation, leaving the skin more refined and more radiant. The actual serum is quite light, and it only takes a few drops to cover my full face, making sure to concentrate on those areas where my pigmentation is darkest. The serum absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving the feeling soft and non-sticky. After using the serum for a month, I can definitely both seen and feel that my skin is looking clearer, smoother and brighter and more glowing too. Minor pigmentation seems to have fades, while larger clusters are still prominent and need a little more time. I also found that when used on top of breakouts, it not only helped clear any blemishes faster, and without drying out my skin, as well as it has helped fade the red marks you get after having a spot.

The Vitamin C is a fine powder that can be mixed with various other Skinstitut products such as the Hydrating Mask, Even Blend Serum, SFP50+ or the Moisture Defence to help speed up the correction of pigmentation concerns, and improve skin colour and radiance, as well as assist with collagen production and skin firmness. It can be used twice daily. I personally preferred to use it in the Even Skin Tone Serum and simply added a tiny shake of the powder to the serum, before spreading it onto my face as well as my chest where I’m also suffering from increasing pigmentation. It would obviously also be a lot easier if it was already mixed into say the Even Skin Serum, but I do understand that the Vitamin C is a very unstable ingredient, and that would not be technically possible So alternatively, I’d wish that the Vitamin C to come in a more user friendly packaging such as for instance a tall slim shaker with less holes, as I do find that it is difficult to shake out the powder without any wastage

I finish off by applying the Moisture Defence for Normal skin, which is a lovely light and non-greasy moisturiser that is perfect for my combination skin. It gives my skin just the amount of moisture it needs, yet without making my skin feeling greasy or congested or clogging up my pores – and what I really like too is that it keeps my skin shine-free all day too, and helps make my makeup stay in place too. The moisturiser also contains synthetic snake venom so it is also a perfect anti-ageing cream helping to smooth the skin and reduce wrinkles. It is perfect to use both morning and evening – especially as it doesn’t contain any SPF – some may find that a huge negative, but I do find it is easy that I can use the same moisturiser twice a day, plus I do have a suspicion that SPF is often the reason my skin breaks out, so for that reason I do actually prefer to apply it separately on top of my moisturiser when I really need it.

Overall I am so enjoying using these products from Skinstitut, as promised they are of a very high quality, and really do live up to their promises. And you really cannot argue with the low price of just $45 per product, as you’d be hard pressed to get such effective products elsewhere for that price. I can definitely see myself purchasing these products again, as well as I’m pretty keen on trying a few more including the Skinstitut Glycolic Cleanser, the Peels and Scrubs, The Eye Cream, and the Retinol Serum to mention just a few…

*Product was kindly provided for consideration, and has reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.
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1 September 2015


Apart from my trusted eyelash curler, I’ve never actually tried any of the products from Shu Uemura. Not even the cleansing oils which have claimed cult status around the world. Until now when I was offered to trial the Shu Uemura Blanc:Chroma Brightening & Polishing Gentle Cleansing Oil that comes in a limited edition2015 artist collaboration with the bottle designed by Paris based accessory and jewelry designer Yaz Bukey. Here are my thoughts; 

What They Say:

Moving beyond stubborn makeup removal, blanc:chroma brightening & polishing gentle cleansing oil is the first volcanic clay cleansing oil that works to gently exfoliate and polish away accumulated melano-stains* for brighter, transparent and smoother skin

RRP: $98 (450ml) – Available from Shu Uemura Counters

What I Say:

The design on the collection is based on Yazbukey's imagination, when once upon a time Yaz Bukey and her friends all fell head over heels for the same man! The witty designer shares her tale of feminine intrigue that co-stars a cast of lovable, competitive, and unsettlingly beautiful characters. Yaz Bukey herself playfully performs each character as the campaign model. Her girlfriends are a colourful complimentary clique: British lawyer Lola is a well off blue blood; actress Betty exudes positive California vibes and lives life to the fullest; the worldly Tina is fashion editor of a magazine, creative and daring as they come on one unforgettable night in Paris these girls’ lives will take a dramatic turn. can you predict who will cross the finish line to Mr Shu Shu first?

The cleansing oils are available in 4 limited edition designs, including POREfinish, Anti/Oxi, ultime8 and blanc:chroma.

I tried the blanc:chroma, which is a cleanser designed to make your skin brighter, smoother and more transparent, by polishing away the dead cells containing melanin on the skin surface that cause uneven and dull skin tone.

The cleansing has a beautiful light and fresh scent that you can only love. In spite of it being a cleansing oil, it is surprisingly light. The actual oil is quite concentrated and I find that I only need two pumps to cleanse my face. I start by massaging the oil into my face, to loosen and break down any makeup, and follow by adding a little bit of water to emulsify the oil into a milky cleanser. I then massage my face for a little longer before rinsing thoroughly with water.

Of course you can follow with a second cleanse of the skin with the oil, but personally I prefer to use either a ‘treatment’ cleanser or alternatively a basic cleanser along with my Clairsonic or Foreo Luna as the second cleanse to cleanse deep down every pore.

And the cleanser is so efficient, easily removing even the longest wearing stubborn and waterproof makeup, and in just one go. Of course you can also use it in the mornings when you wake up to get rid of the excess sebum produced during the night, but personally I prefer to use just a basic cleanser in the shower, and find that is more than sufficient too.

I love that the oil cleanser is so easy to use and leaves my skin feeling so clean, but without any greasy residue as you could expect from an oil cleanser, but rather it leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth. And I love that it is very gentle too, so even when used to remove eye makeup, it does this easily and without stinging in my sensitive eyes.

I am yet to see my skin looking clearer or brighter as a result of using the cleanser, but in all honesty, years of build up of pigmentation, also isn’t going to fade that quickly,

The bottle doesn’t come cheap at $98, but it is also a huge bottle that will seriously last you forever, especially if you as me only use two small pumps every night to remove makeup, and as I really enjoy using this cleanser, plus the cute bottle looks amazing in the bathroom too, I find it is well worth the money if you can afford it.

*Product was kindly provided for consideration, and has reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.

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