Overnight Facial

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Facial


The Overnight Facial has been the talk of the town for a while now, and been raved and gushed about a zillion times already. I’m about to add my two cents to the blogosphere .

Sarah Chapman claims: The essence of a Skinesis facial in a bottle, this famed multi-award winning skin transforming power potion combines concentrated cosmeceutical actives and exotic essential oils to leave skin plump, dewy and rejuvenated. This night-time elixir recreates the lifting, firming, skin perfecting benefits of a Skinesis facial. Awaken to plump, smooth, rejuvenated skin with a signature Skinesis glow. The facial elixir also claims to firms, boost collagen production, enhance radiance and prolong cell life while you sleep.

overnight facial INCIUnlike many oils on the market, this formulation not only has a blend of oils but also includes Antioxidants (Coenzyme Q10), Vitamins (A, C, and E), Renovage™, Lipobrite®HCA-4, and Dermaxyl™ Oligopeptide. Hence it would be more appropriate to call this a “Serum Oil”.

OK, now you ask what are these Renovage™, Lipobrite®HCA-4, and Dermaxyl™????

Here’s what I’ve found:

Renovage™ is the brand name for trepenone, developed by the French skin care company Sederma. Trepenone is a drug that has been used in Japan to help protect tissues against damage and stress, but there are no published studies regarding its use or efficacy when it comes to skin.

Lipobrite®HCA-4 is a skin brightening system, consisting of hydroxycinnamic acid (HCA) in PEG-4 which ensure its bioavailability to the skin. HCA is a potent anti-oxidant and it was shown to exhibit protective effect on cells and biological tissues. Helps with reducing age spots and hyper pigmentation, enhance skin penetration through carrier and improves texture and tone.

Dermaxyl™ Oligopeptide a patented oligopeptide and ceramide blend, inspires older cells to communicate like younger cells. When cells communicate more fully, repair cells can focus on areas of skin damage caused by aging processes. The result is enhanced firmness, better moisture retention, and visible easing of deep wrinkles. Clinical studies testing 24 female subjects aged 42 to 66 with a once daily application of 2% Dermaxyl™ for 56 days showed up to 36% reduction in visible wrinkle volume while wrinkle depth lessened up to 27%.” Dermaxyl™ for 56 days showed up to 36% reduction in visible wrinkle volume while wrinkle depth lessened up to 27%.

The Carrier oil blend includes Jojoba, Abyssinian, Meadowfoam, Hemp, Melon, Baobab and Hemp seed oils which are all rich in anti-inflammatory omegas and essential fatty acids.

Exotic blend of Essential oils include Jasmine, Frangipani, Rose and Tuberose.

If you want to know difference and understand Carrier and Essential Oils, click here.

Packaging is impeccable. The oil with no pipette….breath of fresh air. Packaged in an air tight bottle with a pump, basically like a serum! This truly wins my heart in terms of packaging.

Texture & Consistency is what you’d expect from an oil. Pale yellow coloured oil, slightly denser than an average oil but absorbs very nicely in skin.

Scent wise I absolutely adore this product. I can instantly get a hit of jasmine on application and it immediately relaxes me. If you aren’t into florals, steer clear. I absolutely dig this oil for its scent. Unapologetically, the scent makes this my repurchase factor.

In terms of Application it’s a no brainer. One pump and press over all over face and neck. The pump dispenses exact amount needed for face and neck. It instantly absorbs in skin (caveat: prior layers of skincare have settled well in skin). Some days, I follow this straight after an acid tone or an exfoliating tone and I can see my skin just laps this up in matter of seconds.

I think absolutely any skin type would love this. Dry, mature, acne prone, congested, oily, combination, dull, lack lustre, dehydrated, and the blessed normal skins.

Skinesis says the RESULTS to be expected:
– Repairs and neutralises daily environmental damage – I don’t know how to assess that effect on skin!
– Lifts, firms and plumps – certainly plumps and firms my skin. Thankfully I’m not at a stage where I need a lift (yet*).
– Boosts collagen production – again not at a stage where I’ve noticed loss of collagen therefore needing a boost.
– Smoothes lines and uneven texture – certainly has helped my skin with uneven texture. Not so much with stubborn (genetic or race originated) pigmentation (which obvs needs proper serums).
– Rejuvenates the skin leaving it radiant, brighter and with a more even skin tone – Yes,  Yes and Yes.
– Refines the look of the skin – Yes, indeed it does.
– Calms stressed, irritated skin – I think most oils (good blend, properly sourced, quality oils) would calm irritated skin, but what makes this missy unique is blend of antioxidants, vitamins and peptides.

Considering it’s a British brand and available from limited sources in USA, I’ve included price sources for both currencies GBP £46.00 or USD $66 (from FeelUnique.com – ships worldwide) or USD $90 (Space NK).




DIY Aromatherapy Facial


We’ve been to spa’s or heard of various Aromatherapy treatments. One of which is the aromatherapy facial, which got my attention. These facials are known to soothe the skin and relax your mind. With the use of essentials oils based on your skin type, the scents from these lush oils induce relaxation to a stressed mind. Different essential oils are suited to different types of skin such as:

  • Dry Skin- cedarwood, clary sage, geranium, jasmine, lavender, lemon, myrrh, patchouli, roman chamomile, rose, rosewood, sandalwood, ylang ylang
  • Oily Skin- bergamot, clary sage, cypress, frankincense, geranium, helichrsum, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, orange, patchouli, peppermint, roman chamomile, rosemary, sandalwood, tea tree, ylang ylang
  • Normal skin/Combination skin- geranium, chamomile, lavender, orange, ylang ylang petitgrain, palmarosa.
  • Sensitive Skin- geranium, jasmine, lavender, chamomile, neroli
  • Mature Skin- clary sage, cypress, frankincense, geranium, helichyrsum, lavender, lemon, myrrh, orange, patchouli, rosemary, sandalwood, ylang ylang.

While the above list is commercial, I was once advised that take a deep breath and have a good sniff at these oils. Based on that, listen to what your body signals. Your body and mind will react to the scent either in a pleasant way (wanting more) or simply gross you out. This exercise will determine what your skin/body needs. I haven’t looked back since and truly believe in this method. At home aromatherapy facials have shaped up as follows:

Cleansing – Makeup RemovalRodial Dragon’s Blood Cleansing Water to remove my eye makeup and whatever is left on cotton pad I swipe across my lips and rest of face. Then follow with Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm and gently massage all over my face. Once the balm is all over my palms, I cup them and inhale deep breath. Wipe with warm wash cloth.

Cleansing – Skin Nourishment – Followed with Rodial Stem Cell Super Food Cleanser and again massage away to glory. Dip my hands in ice cold water and shock my skin with varying temperatures. Now I don’t know if this would be recommended however I know I thoroughly enjoy it.

Steaming – Next step of temperature shock is boil a pot of hot water, add a few drops of essential oil, hold a towel over my head and let my skin steam away. In an ideal spa environment, this stage will be followed by extractions but I’m a chicken when I do it over myself.

Exfoliating – Instead of extractions, I use grated almond shell (nourishes and gently exfoliates) with orange rind (vitamin c) mixed with whole cream milk (lactic acid) and gently massage all over my face. Wash it off with regular tap water.

Alternatively I use PMD after steaming. Will post a separate review on that.

Mask – Back to wonderful smells and injecting hydration in skin I smear Una Brennan Rose Hydrating Mask all over and let it sit for 15-25minutes. If I fall asleep I guess I stop there if not…here’s how I continue

Toner – Spritz Pixi Glow Tonic, very refreshing and smells wonderful

Moisturizer – Followed with Dr Scheller Lavender Night Moisturizer, since it has water content skin will absorb immediately and then follow with

Facial Oil – Estelle & Thild Oil – Rose scented goodness!

Understandably,  to some this could be sensory overload or a simple assault on senses but to me this is perfection!



Wine Tasting – Vineyard Skincare Edition

P1000826Recently when I published my weekly Good Morning post, in my comments section I found out A Vibrant Day was soon visiting Napa Valley. So I reminisced my recent visit and remembered all that wine tasting (strictly tasting) wreaked slight havoc on my skin. I know red wine (my personal preference) is packed with goodness of antioxidants however they never fully transferred to my skin. So here’s a quick guide to skincare essentials for a getaway to the wine region.

Goes without saying, plenty of water to keep everything hydrated and ensure continuous flushing of toxins from your system. Grazing healthy snacks all day helps since the alcohol doesn’t mix as quickly with your bloodstream and you stand a better chance of covering more wine tastings;)

I really hope you have a fab trip and I can’t wait for my next one 😉



Face Oils Edition – The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil


I often wonder if this product hadn’t entered my life what would my skin be like. At first when I read about Serum-in-oil I was thinking what the heck? Like seriously what the hell is serum in oil, is it new marketing gimmick or is it really something? Little did I know when I bought it, it sure is something.

The Body Shop claims it has highest concentration in wheatgerm oil, non-greasy and fast absorbing. I would have to agree. I use it as a part of my night time skincare regime, on cleansed and toned skin. I squirt a drop on my forehead, each cheek and chin straight from pipette. The oil…serum (whatever) soaks in my skin immediately without leaving any greasy residue. The only time I’ve had a greasy residue is when I got tad carried away and applied more than needed. In the morning my skin looks plump, fresh, calm and well rested. Occasionally when I breakout near my jaw or chin, I apply this product over my breakout and it instantly calms and nourishes my angry spots and its well on its way to recovery.

P1000651Having witnessed the benefits of this product, I have used it on other parts of my body too. Such as when I may have a rash or excessive dryness on back of my hand or experiencing dry feet. It doesn’t bother me using so liberally everywhere because a little goes long way and it’s pretty cheap/reasonably priced.

So to conclude, I would definitely recommend this product to anyone with any type of skin issues. It is surely a wonderful addition to face oils family. Plus I may have figured out why it’s called Serum-in-oil. Possibly because its texture is oily but after effect is like serum….makes sense :s

The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil – $26 (keep an eye out for 40% on website – $15.60, bargain!)