With sustainability becoming a global business trend, even the beauty and personal care industry has joined the growing green movement by incorporating natural ingredients in their products. This news comes as music to the ears of beauty enthusiasts afflicted with troubled skin like yours truly because not only do some of the synthetic cosmetic ingredients found in many products cause skin irritation and toxic reactions, they are also detrimental to our health if used on a long-term basis.
(Scroll to the bottom of this post for an exciting giveaway!)
This season, Sephora pays homage to Mother Nature with a bounty of skin-loving goodness inspired and powered by the very best of nature as they are filled with plant-based ingredients that are absolutely gentle on the skin!
Among the brands I will be featuring from this theme are a handful of new faces such as UK brand This Works and a new product from Fresh. The key natural ingredients for each product are denoted in teal.
Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Serum
Inspired by the iconic cult-favourite Rose Face Mask, the new Rose Deep Hydration Face Serum is an expansion of the Rose skincare collection. This lightweight serum absorbs almost immediately and the hyaluronic acid, angelica leaf extract and porphyridium cruentum formula penetrates deeply to restore the skin’s natural glow.
The key natural ingredient in this face serum is rosewater, a venerable elixir suitable for all skin types which helps to maintain the skin’s pH balance and prevent excess sebum production. It can be used as a makeup base (but do allow some time for the skin to absorb the serum before applying your makeup) and the size of the bottle is small enough to be carried around all day.
RETAIL PRICE: S$88 in-stores and online
This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
Insomnia is one of the most common sleep problems in Singapore as can be understood from a 2014 study which showed that we are among the cities in the world with the least hours of sleep. Considering how fast-paced and stressful life can be in these current times, it is almost inevitable not to be able to unwind at the end of the day. But not all hope is lost because with This Work’s Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, you will likely find yourself having better sleep or falling asleep faster as you inhale the invigorating yet soothing scent of a combination of three pure essential oils – lavender, vetiver and wild chamomile. To experience the wondrous effect of this spray, do ensure that you spritz it on a clean pillow case as you wouldn’t want such fragrance to blend with the intoxicating smell of your sweaty hair and saliva 😉
This natural alternative to prescription sleep aids calms and relaxes the mind and body while you have sweet dreams at night. Some health benefits of the key natural ingredient (lavender) include its ability to eliminate nervous tension and improving mood, thereby uplifting your spirits in the morning. If you’re still unsure of what to get for your insomniac father this Father’s Day, then look no further and get this in your shopping cart right now!
RETAIL PRICE: S$32 in-stores and online
(also comes in supersize 250ml at S$66)
This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up
Freshen up your morning with This Works in Transit Camera Close-Up, an all-in-one product which works (no pun intended) as a leave-on mask, moisturiser and primer, to banish any signs of fatigue and make you look camera-ready in no time. It has creamy and slightly thick texture but does not leave a tacky or greasy finish. Instead, it leaves the skin feeling hydrated, supple and smooth. Smell-wise, it reminds me of clinical hand creams – no overpowering artificial fragrance whatsoever.
It contains hyaluronic acid and caffaine, combined with Bio Boost – a revolutionary blend of echium and sunflower oils that restores, heals and brightens and tightens the skin. Echium is also known for its emollient qualities and anti-inflammatory effects, hence making it extremely suitable for eczema-prone skin. This product can be used daily or as a pick-me-up throughout the day to give your face a dewy appearance.
RETAIL PRICE: S$61 in-stores and online
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Estelle & Thild Biocleanse Deep Cleansing Detox Mask
This multitasking Biocleanse Deep Cleansing Detox Mask by Estelle & Thild promotes glowing skin as it protects the skin’s delicate natural moisture levels. On top of that, the natural bentonite clay of this certified organic mask draws out impurities and toxins and shrink your pores while the black elderflower decongests and detoxifies for a firmer and more radiant complexion.
This mask does not require a lot of your time as you would only need to let it sit on for five minutes before you can rinse it off with warm water. Given the minimal time needed, nobody would suspect a thing in the event that you feel like cleansing your face in the midst of your work!
RETAIL PRICE: S$57 in-stores and online
Erborian Yuza Doudoune for Hands
Looks are important, but so are our hands. We always shower our face with so much tender loving care and neglect the most valuable tool we have that is often overworked. Since our hands have fewer oil glands than the rest of our body, they are susceptible to drying out, especially in air-conditioned environment.
Prevent your hands from aging prematurely with the Erborian Yuza Doudoune for Hands which acts as an antioxidant barrier and powerful protective agent to reduce moisture loss. It keeps the hands soft and smooth with liquorice, yuzu peel extract and vitamin E and has a nice citrus scent. Yuzu, the key natural ingredient of this product, is also a good source of antioxidants that can help replenish dead skin cells.
RETAIL PRICE: S$17 in-stores only
REN Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel
Dehydrated skin is a common concern but one that is often mistaken to be solely caused by inadequate water intake. In fact, the issue may well be brought about by the use of soap as their high alkaline levels could damage the skin barrier function and allow greater water loss. The solution? Use soap-free products, of course, starting from the most sensitive part of our body – our face!
REN Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel is a soap-free facial cleansing gel that removes makeup, oil and pollution without the harsh effects of sulphates found in traditional cleansers. Formulated with aloe vera and rose otto oil for its therapeutic healing and regenerating qualities, this cleanser balances, tones, decongests and soothes the skin to promote healthy skin metabolism.
RETAIL PRICE: S$50 in-stores and online
June Jacobs Neroli Hydrating Mist
Every office desk needs a pick-me-up to get you through the work day. June Jacobs Neroli Hydrating Mist does just that by providing a surge of moisture to refresh your skin. It contains bitter orange from the south of France to calm the over-active production of sebum especially on oily and acne-prone skin. Other ingredients such as neroli oil and a powerful patent-pending blend of tea extracts revitalise the skin and stimulate cell regeneration to combat the visible signs of aging.
RETAIL PRICE: S$74 in-stores and online
Burt’s Bees Intense Hydrating Nourishing Facial Water
In the heat of everlasting summer in Singapore, one can never have too many moisturisers. Infused with clary sage to regulate oil production and reduce inflammation, Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Nourishing Facial Water is a toner that replenishes your skin’s natural moisture. Applied using hands or cotton pads, it absorbs into the skin readily and leaves a visibly softer and smoother appearance.
I unfortunately didn’t find the smell all that pleasant. It actually reminds me of the chemical-ish smell of unscented lipsticks, though not that strong. But then again, it could just be me so do pop by Sephora to have a whiff of it 🙂
RETAIL PRICE: S$30 in-stores only
Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet
Everything about this moisturiser – down right to the lovely baby pink packaging (I’m not ashamed to admit that I love everything pink, heh) – is just so noteworthy! Formulated with advanced skincare technology, this gel-cream transforms into a liquid on contact with the skin just like a sorbet.
For those who are not familiar with Caudalie, it is one of the few beauty companies to harness the properties of grape seed into their formulas to maximise anti-aging properties. Suitable for dehydrated and sensitive skin, this sweet-scented moisturiser contains both merlot (a kind of grape used for making red wines) and muscat grapes from the south of France which integrate to create the key natural ingredient: Organic Grape water®. It increases skin hydration levels by 127% with each application and together with other natural ingredients such as chamomile, this moisturiser soothes skin and reduces redness.
Retail price: S$46 in-stores and online
Edible Beauty On The Fly Travel Kit
Gear up for your upcoming vacay with Edible Beauty On The Fly Travel Kit! This travel kit contains all four of Edible Beauty’s core products and covers all your skincare needs on-the-go.
Perfect for any climate around the globe (save for the extreme ones, of course), No. 1 Belle Frais Cleanser cleanses and purifies the skin with coconut oil during winter while No. 2 Citrus Rhapsody Tonique refreshes the skin with a unique blend of antioxidant rich fruits and herbs to protect you against the sun when you hit the beach. No. 3 Exotic Goddess Angeless Serum increases the skin’s elasticity with Edelweiss and No. 4 Vanilla Silk Hydrating Lotion hydrates with cocoa butter extracted from the cocoa bean when the air turns dry and colder in autumn. These portable skin-lovin’ goodies may merely occupy 1/8 of your luggage space but they will definitely be your go-to items to keep your skin in tip-top condition!
Retail price: S$73 online only
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Dying to get something listed above but have already emptied your bank account for your summer holiday? Here’s your chance to lay claim to one of the coveted products above because I’m about to throw a…
1 MILLION MILESTONE GIVEAWAY
WOOHOO!! That’s right! This site has recently passed the one million mark in visits! I wouldn’t have gotten this far without your support 🙂 In celebration of this huge milestone and as a gesture of appreciation to everyone who has supported this blog, I would like to reward one reader with an Edible Beauty On The Fly Travel Kit worth S$73 (as featured above) to prep you for your next holiday!
To win, simply follow these steps:
(don’t worry, nothing too burdensome if you’re already following my social media accounts!)
1. Like my Facebook page here
2. Follow me on Instagram here
3. Comment on this post what you like about fionaseah.com or what you would like to see more on this blog! 🙂 This is for me to know your interests better! It can be related to any category I’ve covered on this blog
4. Remember to leave your e-mail address for me to reach you if you win
And guess what? This contest is open internationally because how could I forget about my foreign readers? You guys are equally awesome! Postage will be fully borne by yours truly so all you need to do is sit back and wait for the parcel to arrive at your doorstep! 🙂 It’s that simple!
Contest ends 24 June 2016 and the winner will be notified by 26 June 2016 (GMT+8). More giveaways (lipsticks included… yup) will be coming your way to mark this significant milestone so stay tuned! 🙂
Contest has ended! Thank you for your participation! 🙂
Thanks for reading, lovelies! And good luck!
40 thoughts on “[BEAUTY PICKS] SEPHORA Natural Allure; Feel-Good Beauty Redefined”
Omg. I would to see the products you have been through or anything you found thought you loved and then hated. Oh btw im firstname.lastname@example.org
I would like to see more comparison videos eg: Which nude lipstick is better, or a Korean vs American cosmetic showdown?
Also, it be great if you could potentially collaborate with another beauty blogger or a friend to try out new products!
Review HYPED as hell products and see if they’re worth the hype or not! 🙂
Btw I keep seeing reviews of the pillow spray and it looks good. Not sure if I’ll dish out $32 for it though.
Collabs! best way to interact more with other bloggers:) I am also very much open to collabs;) email@example.com
Have liked and followed! Would love to see more reviews of american and indie branda like glossier hehe! Love your colourpop lipstick swatches, bought all the shades you swatched 🙂 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What I’m really enjoying is comparison. I would like to see more material dedicated to that:)
I would like to see more awesome giveaway!!! Liked n followed. Email: email@example.com
Hi Fiona! I really like your reviews. they are always very honest and photos show everything clearly.
I always do my research before I buy makeup or go to restaurants in sg and your posts provide the perfect amount of information for me.
Would like to see more curated lists like top eating places of 2016 or top lipsticks or holiday themed lists 🙂
I love make-up and skincare products a lot and you probably know how quickly the addiction can drain your bank account! So blogs and reviews are key to making good choices and not get drawn in by cute packaging (although I do appreciate your cute photos!)
Your most helpful reviews so far have been the Colourpop ones with the great swatches. I tried one lippie stix by accident and have become addicted. The shipping guidelines for a felllow Singaporean using comgateway has also been soo helpful, thank you!
Very useful i know alot makeup tips that i don’t know. Help me choose what kind of product that suit my skin. I want to see more about how acne product cos i have alot pimples.
Hi Fiona! thanks for appreciating all ladies around the world (esp.our bank account) through this give away! hehe.
• I love the way you explain and give review to your reader. You seems like want us to understand so well the function of one make up, or deep understanding about the food or other information without being so judgemental on the bad side, yet u can fairly synchronize it with the good part(mostly i read about ur make up review). Once i remember you mention about one BB cream product that has abit brigther color for women skins in singapore. What an honest review. Not only stop at there, you also tell us what is a good thing about that BB cream. It helps me alot Fiona, especially with every clear and detail pictures that u provide! thanks to you. I also finally found my best mac lipstic color based on your review! Just amazed the way you write everything, i enjoy every single words u use to describe it, every time i read your blog, i feel like i just attend a beauty class workshop! :p (i feel so smart! u explain everything in the clear way).
• Make up tutorial please! and oh! what about review your daily skin care product in the morning and night? 🙂
Would love to see a list of breastfeeding friendly products from head to toe as I’m still breastfeeding my 2 year old son. Have been staying away from chemical products. Would be helpful to have a list as this busy momma do not have the time to do research of which products actually works!!! Thank you… firstname.lastname@example.org
i love seeing and reading about different routines, like morning routine evening routine. and i love skin care routines. also i would love to read about asian beauty products reviews and diy projects!
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Cheguei no seu blog pelos batons da mac….mas depois mao parei de ler…tenho vc no feddly… Adoraria ver mais informações e resenhas de produtos japoneses e coreanos….bons com valores mais acessíveis.
Hey hey Fiona! Thank you for appreciating your loyal followers through this awesome giveaway! Yayyyy!
What I love about your site:
I love the way you review the products. Even though yes, some of the descriptions were provided by the company, you actually provide your own comments which I really appreciate a lot especially from sponsored bloggers! You always (I feel. That’s why I’m following your blog) give us your best, unbiased reviews of the products. I always read your reviews first before I purchase any beauty products you have tried! 😀 Thank you!
What I hope to see from your site:
Make up tutorial videos please! How and what cosmetic products to apply on our face to achieve whatever look-of-the-day.
Maybe fashion? OOTD!
Thank you! Xoxoxoxo
Followed fb, Instagram.
More lippie reviews! I love how detailed your reviews are + all the pictures. I’m also obsessed with trying new colors and lip products. I’m currently in the US, so if you ever need the hookup for American makeup stuff, I’m yo girl haha 😂
I would love to see more Korean makeup reviews. And perhaps celebrity inspired makeup looks as well!
Love your blogposts and I’m excited to see what’s in store for us in the future!
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Hi Fiona, congratulations on passing the one million mark site-visits yay!
What I really love about your blog is its variety of content covered as well as your honest reviews, especially the recent one on the Pokemon Cafe – I am so glad I didn’t order the pancakes, ugh! I also really appreciate you creating the lipsticks’ colour swatches for us as it makes it really clear for us to compare the colours without having to try them out personally at the stores. Sometimes I really wish I can buy ALL the colours of the lip product that you have featured haha!
What I would like to see more on fionaseah.com would probably be top charts in your opinion e.g. top 5 long-lasting lipsticks or maybe top 5 budget concealers etc. (similar to your favourite red/dark/mlbb lists) – will really help girls like me choose our makeup products more easily (:
Hope to win the giveaway so I can bring the travel kit along for my long Australia trip this December! Keep up the good work, girl!
I have followed you on facebook and instagram! and I would like to see some Japanese or Korean beauty product hauls more often!
my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations Katherine! You’ve won yourself an Edible Beauty On The Fly Travel Kit worth S$73! I will be sending you an email to advise on the collection. Please check you email 🙂
Thank you for your participation! I will take your feedback into consideration 🙂 Wish you better luck for the next giveaway!
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Thank you for your participation, Debra! I’m quite into Korean cosmetics now so yes, I’m definitely looking to feature more Korean makeup! Thanks for the feedback! Wish you better luck for the next giveaway! 🙂
Thank you for your participation Rachelle! I think it depends on how much of a lightsleeper you are. I think it works better on younger people than on older people who are extremely sensitive to slight disturbance. But it smells great and therapeutic which will nonetheless help you to sleep better. Thanks for the feedback anyways! Wish you better luck for the next giveaway! 🙂
Thank you for your participation! I don’t mind collaborating too if my schedule allows (unfortunately I’m a bit tied down by personal commitments now boohoo). Will keep you in mind 🙂 Wish you better luck for the next giveaway!
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Thank you for your participation Chei! Honoured that you like something I bought (and feel bad at the same time for making you spend money oooops). Interesting, haven’t heard of Glossier but now I know. Too many brands in the market, it’s so hard to keep up. Thanks for the feedback! 🙂 Wish you better luck for the next giveaway!
Thank you for your participation Alevtina! Good to know that you enjoyed my swatches heh. More reasons not to toss my old lipsticks away LOL!! Anyways thanks for the feedback! Wish you better luck for the next giveaway!
Thank you for your participation! More giveaways underway 🙂 Wish you better luck next time!
Thank you for your participation Summer! Honesty is what I do and I’m glad you can see that from my reviews 🙂 Thank you for your lovely feedback! Wish you better luck for the next giveaway!
Thank you for your participation Shrus! Appreciate your honest feedback 🙂 ColourPop is really awesome for pennypinchers like us! Great quality at great value 😉 Do let me know if you need more useful guides like the Comgateway one and I’ll see if I can do one up. Wish you better luck for the next giveaway!
Thank you for your participation Joanne! I have lots of pimples too v_v they disappear for awhile and come back with a vengeance especially before I have my period. So don’t worry sister we’re all in this together. All products here are tried and tested by me and should there be any side effects, I will definitely indicate a note of caution in the review (sponsored or not). Wish you better luck for the next giveaway! 🙂
Thank you for your participation Pricilla! And really, really appreciate your feedback! It’s comments like yours that make me feel that all the effort I’ve put in in my reviews are worthwhile! AND I HOPE YOUR NEWFOUND FAVOURITE LIPSTICK IS A DARK ONE hahahaha just kidding! I’ve been getting requests to write about my daily skincare routine and I’m still deciding on whether to start a YouTube channel because it’s a bit tedious to document it in words. So yeah, that’s already on my to-do list! 🙂 Thanks so much again for your input. Wish you better luck for the next giveaway!
Thank you for your participation Jamie! Your feedback is one of a kind! Haha I’ll keep that in mind and do my own research for future products that I’m going to feature to see if they are breastfeeding friendly. Thanks for your feedback and wish you better luck for the next giveaway!
Thank you for your participation Fatima! Daily beauty routine is up on my to-do list definitely as I’ve been getting a lot of requests on that! Would you like to see more Korean beauty reviews? Anyways thanks for your input! 🙂 Wish you better luck for the next giveaway!
Thank you for participating Alessandra! If I’m not wrong, you’d like to see more reviews on Japanese/Korean beauty products, is that right? (Sorry I’m not proficient in Portuguese at all!) I have lots of them in my stash, waiting for me to review them haha! So please stay tuned 🙂 Wish you better luck in the next giveaway!
Thank you for your participation Wan Ting! I’m glad you see the sincerity in my reviews 🙂 And hope I didn’t cause you to empty your bank account hahaha! I’m still deciding on whether to set up a YouTube channel. If I ever decide to have one, makeup tutorials and videos on my day to day routine will definitely be what I will do. Thanks for your feedback and wish you better luck for the next giveaway! :).
Thank you for your participation Izzy! And thanks for your feedback 🙂 AHHH you’re so lucky. I’ll sweep the makeup shelves if I ever go to US! LOL. Wish you better luck for the next giveaway!! 🙂
Thank you for your participation! Yup yup, more Korean beauty reviews underway! 🙂 Wish you better luck for the next giveaway!
Thank you for your participation! Yup I’m planning to review more Korean makeup because I’m hooked too! Hehe. Wish you better luck for the next giveaway!