REVIEW: Essano's Rosehip BlackBox Set

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Essano is a New Zealand brand that takes pride in providing natural and effective haircare and skincare at affordable price points. Certified organic by Ecocert, this brand made its way to our island recently and has teamed up with BlackBox to come up with an exclusive kit. This kit contains

  • Rosehip Gentle Facial Cleansing Micellar Water 100ml for $8.95
    This Micellar Water is infused with soothing Aloe Vera and Rosehip Oil to clean skin effectively and gently. It works by having tiny, diligent molecules, known as Micelles, attract makeup, oil and dirt. They lift them off our skin and dissolve them as we swipe cotton pads, soaked in this magic water, across our face.
  • Rosehip Mist Toner 120ml for $22.95
    This toner contains the goodness of Kakadu Plum, which is a fruit that's chock-full of Vitamin C. It also contains Aloe Vera, Green Tea and Witch Hazel to balance our skin's pH level naturally and fight against wrinkles.
  • Rosehip Oil 20ml for $29.95
    Rosehip Oil contains vitamins and fatty acids and has been clinically proven to improve the appearance of scars, fine lines, stretch marks and sun damage. This oil, in particular, is enriched with Acai Berry Oil for further prevention against ageing.

Ever since I got back from Korea, my skin has become even more sensitive than it usually is. As a result, I have become quite wary of the things I apply on my face. I want things simple and if possible, natural, so this kit is a real godsend. I have been using the products for close to a week and here are my thoughts thus far. ◡̈

The Rosehip Gentle Facial Cleansing Micellar Water is probably my favourite product of the lot. It feels so light and removes my sunscreen, powder foundation and eyeliner easily, without making my skin feel tight or dry. For mascara, it takes a little while longer but I don't need to rub my lashes aggressively or anything like that. After cleansing, I follow it up with the Rosehip Mist Toner, but really, I spray this on whenever my skin feels thirsty or needs an extra boost. Heh. The mist that comes out is really fine so it doesn't disturb my makeup. I let it sink into my skin for a minute or two and then, gently pat dry.

At night, I mix a couple of drops of the Rosehip Oil with my moisturiser and apply it all over my face and neck. It doesn't irritate my sensitive skin and I wake up to adequately moisturised skin. This oil also works great on random dry body patches that recent late nights have given me.

BlackBox's Essano Rosehip Set is priced at $39.90 for 20 sets. Thereafter, it will be $55.90. Key in the code BBXCHARLENELEE10 to get 10% off any box that's above $17. ◡̈

REVIEW: Caring for Your Skin the Balinese Way with Bali Mama x BlackBox

Monday, November 28, 2016

Bali Mama is a natural skincare brand that was founded by 2 families, with 5 kids between them. The brand aims to make available affordable Balinese-inspired skin and body care to everyone. Their natural products are designed in Singapore and homemade in Bali, Indonesia. BlackBox brings you a Bali Mama exclusive box that contains the following products:

  • Bali Mama Body Wash (Ginger & Lemongrass) 250ml for $29
    This body wash contains anti-bacterial ginger and invigorating lemongrass to gently cleanse and refresh skin.

  • Bali Mama Body Polish (Lulur herbs & Frangipani) 200g for $27
    This creamy body scrub is enriched with clarifying Lulur herbs for gentle exfoliation. It gets rid of dead skin and leaves skin feeling silky soft and smooth.

  • Bali Mama Shea Body Butter (Frangipani) 100ml for $32
    This 'skin superfood' its formulated with Vitamin E and moisturising agents to deeply nourish and hydrate the skin. It helps even tone and reduce the appearance of stretch marks and eczema, keeping skin youthful and soft.

I'm currently trying to prep for JLPT N4 but inertia has been very real. Heh. So I'm actually kind of getting edgy from my lack of motivation. Lol. But anyway, Bali Mama has been taking some of the edge off with its beautifully-scented products. Every shower is filled with the scents of ginger and lemongrass from the Bali Mama Body Wash. It relaxes and reinvigorates my skin, leaving it nicely hydrated. The Bali Mama Body Polish is a treat I give my body once a week. It sloughs away dead skin while providing an extra boost of moisture. On nights when my skin feels a little thirstier than usual, I apply some Bali Mama Shea Body Butter. The body butter comes in a solid paste but melts easily when warmed between my fingers. A pinch of it hydrates my skin nicely and smells incredibly good.

This Christmas, BlackBox's Bali Mama Exclusive Box is available at $49.90 for the first 30 sets (U.P. $65.90). Key in the code BBXCHARLENELEE10 for an additional 10% off. ◡̈

REVIEW: 3-Step Foot Spa at Home with Carnation Footcare x BlackBox

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Carnation Footcare is a UK brand that has been taking care of people's feet for over 85 years, in more than 40 different countries. The brand provides remedies to most common foot problems with their range of licensed medicated products and devices, and products for general comfort. BlackBox has teamed up with Carnation Footcare to come up with an exclusive 3-Step Foot Spa Pack. This pack contains:

  • Carnation Exfoliating Foot Scrub 100ml for $13.90
    This scrub contains walnut shell and mineral oil to remove dead and rough skin, while keeping it soft and smooth. After washing your feet, pat it dry lightly so that your skin is a tad damp. Apply the scrub in gentle circular motions and rinse off.
  • Carnation Intensive Moisturizing Foot Cream 100ml for $11.90
    Infused with peppermint oil, this cream nourishes and relives dry and rough feet without any greasy feeling. Apply to clean feet in gentle circular motions after shower.
  • Carnation Cracked Heel Cream 50ml for $12.90
    Formulated with 10% urea, this cream rehydrates your feet with a refreshing peppermint scent. The brand promises visible results within 3 days. Apply to clean heels in gentle circular motions.

For me, I have always had rough feet from days of dancing barefooted and soccer, and not really caring for my feet because, well, they are usually not visible since I wear covered shoes. But Christmas is approaching and with a few dinners scheduled, I do want to dress my feet up in pretty strappy heels. So... This little spa kit is really timely. Heh.

I have never actually thought of scrubbing my feet before (I scrub everywhere but not my feet. I have no idea why.) so the Carnation Exfoliating Foot Scrub was something different for me. The walnut shell pieces are coarse because the skin on our feet, especially the heels, is tougher. It immediately smoothens rough skin and leaves my feet feeling really soft. Right before bed, I apply a thin layer of the Carnation Intensive Moisturizing Foot Cream. Despite the name, this cream is lightweight and sinks in easily and quickly. And because it has peppermint oil, there's a cooling after-effect which is a really nice and relaxing way to end the day. Every now and then, I would apply the Carnation Cracked Heel Cream. This cream is thicker and so, takes a little longer to sink in. I don't use this everyday but it's a more intensive treatment for the heels. My heels feel more moisturised and smoother than when I used just the foot cream alone.

BlackBox's 3-Step Foot Spa Exclusive Box is available at $29.90. Key in the code BBXCHARLENELEE10 for an additional 10% off. ◡̈