Enter: Allies of Skin, Singapore based skincare brand
May 9, 2020
You’ve never heard of Allies of Skin?
Yeah, me either up until about 4 months ago. The brand that is currently taking Instagram (and finally the USA) by swarm, was founded by Nicolas Travis right in Singapore. His first creation was the 1A All-day mask, which begun formulation in 2014, but was not released until 2016. This legendary product has now been renamed and repackaged into Peptides & Antioxidants firming daily treatment, but this is only 1 out of 10 incredible formulations in the line. Nicolas Travis has the most glowing and flawless skin I have ever seen, but he too once struggled with acne. He created his brand, all formulated without silicones, parabens, sulfates, drying alcohols, synthetic fragrances, and dyes with mineral oils, to work synergistically with your skin. These 10 products are to be the backbone of each skincare routine, as they are jam packed with powerhouse ingredients and actives to be highly effective yet gentle on the skin.
Nicolas Travis’ clean skincare line is packed with ingredients: vitamin C, retinol, and antioxidants that have a supercharged concentration for maximum effectiveness. Each ingredient has been clinically proven to deliver results. I have currently “fully tested” 2 of his products and am ready to share some thoughts. Due to the price range of his collection, I chose to purchase the Promise Keeper blemish sleeping facial and molecular savior probiotics repair mist, first. As you may know by now, I struggle with hormonal acne and have dehydrated, combo/dry skin. The number one thing I appreciate the most about his formulas, is that YES each and every one is packed with actives for max effectiveness, BUT they have incredibly hydrating and nourishing counter-ingredients that balance the product out so that it is as gentle as possible for your skin. If you’ve been wanting to try the brand, i’ll warn you: you’ll be hooked from the first product you pick.
Promise Keeper blemish sleeping facial:
This product immediately stood out to me on the website, not only because it has won numerous beauty awards, but because it’s basically promising to help clear acne from your skin. It comes in a lovely pump tube packaging, I’m definitely a sucker for air tight packaging like this, at 50mL and retails for $120 USD. Yes, WOW that is pricey, I totally agree. But I went ahead and purchased it anyways and I am so glad I did. I believe that price tag is jusitifed, simply because the ingredients are top of the line, but also because this product has singlehandedly replaced half of my skincare routine. I used to have to layer and layer on essences of all thickness’, hydrating serums, thin cream then a thick cream, and seal it all in with facial oils. Now, I can have a normal ”short and sweet” routine without feeling like my face is shriveling up throughout the day. Let me back up a bit—
The promise keeper facial is an overnight treatment that is supercharged with a powerful blend of 17% Anti-Blemish Complex, 15 antioxidants + brighteners, colloidal silver, and organic rose hip oil. This baby is also packed with medical grade Manuka Honey (yes yes, my fav), niacinamide, and the dream team blend of acids: dioic, mandelic, lactic, and pyruvic. Don’t let these powerful ingredients scare you, they are beautifully “cushioned” with hydrating and nourishing ingredients so that there is zero irritation or sensitivity. For example, I have extremely sensitive skin and can only use “acids” 1-2 times a week, max, right now.. I have been using this product every single night for a full 2 weeks with absolutely zero irritation, and I only have a HAPPIER moisture barrier than I ever did before. With all of this wonderful-ness aside, I have also cleared all breakouts, prevented future ones from occurring, lightened up previous PIH marks, and healed my moisture barrier all with the use of 2-3 pumps each night. I’m not trying to sell you this, honestly I’m not, but if I knew this product was out there and could actually help me years ago, I WOULD WANT SOMEONE TO TELL ME. My mind was blown with this product alone, but lets move on.
Molecular Saviour Probiotics Repair Mist:
At the steep price of $55 USD for 60mL of product, I thought I was crazy picking this up. I had almost hoped I wouldn’t like it so that I never had to worry about repurchasing. I was sadly mistaking this for a “regular” facial mist. She is composed of an alcohol-free aloe and rose water base and a reparative blend of Probiotics and 6 Antioxidants like Lactobacillus Ferment, Niacinamide, and Açaí Berry that are to leave your complexion glowing and dewy. My favorite quote from their website about this product “our mist is supercharged with a special anti-evaporation molecule so that it clings to skin cells instead of simply vanishing.” THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I NEED MY FACE COATED IN. Every spray of this miracle mist is to deliver a potent dose of soothing actives and restorative nutrients like colloidal silver, silk amino acids, and ergothioneine. I absolutely love that they add on their website the clinically proven data of “clinically proven to reduce acne lesions by 42.7% in 28 days.”
I have been using this product, also for 2 solid weeks, AM + PM right after cleansing. I have found I most like spraying 3-4 pumps into my hands to pat into the skin like a toner or essence. It leaves my skin incredibly smooth, soothed, conditioned, and GLOWING. I was so pleasantly surprised by this all star product and will definitely repurchase it in the future.
I was just recently gifted a few more products from the brand to try: their newest addition molecular silk amino hydrating cleanser, their 35% vitamin C collagen rebuilding serum, and the triple hyaluronic antioxidant hydration serum. I have already begun to incorporate these into my routines and am anxious to give my thoughts on them. I think I will be doing another blog post of those 3, next.. stay tuned and thanks for reading!
Allies of SkinPromise Keeper Blemish Facial
Allies of SkinMolecular Saviour Probiotics Repair Mist
Wednesday Wellness 🙏🏾
This past week has been rather hard and long for me. I ultimately decided to get back on track with my wellness plan. My main wellness goal for 2021, is to indulge in myself more. I definitely am a firm believe in “as within, so without”. I started my day with: #Four Sigmatic - Mushroom Elixir Mix with Chaga[products]#[FiveStars] I have been getting back into adaptogen and herbal medicine. What we put into our bodies is just as important as what goes on the outside. Adaptogens are apart of ancient medicinal traditions traced all over the world. I also drink Tulsi “Holy Basil” Tea. If you need a pick me up or emotional boost I highly recommend! SUNDAY RILEY - U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil is my treatment of choice I used during the day. Do not be afraid to use salicylic acid during the day. I applied plenty of sunscreen afterwards as well! This is a GODSEND for clearing up acne and acne scarring. It’s by far the best acne treatment I’ve tried and its mostly due to the immediate results I get. This is a dry oil, so it should be used before a heavy moisturizer or sunscreen. THE BODY SHOP - Spa of the World Thai Makrut Lime Firming Oil is a staple in my night time routine. When I want to relax and really unwind I use a body roller with this oil. It smells like a fresh key lime pie and it’s so hydrating. This is great for firming, especially when paired with a body tool. What do you do for wellness?
Double Your Lash Length With Sky High Mascara!
I bought this mascara after seeing a post about it on Facebook. I love trying out new mascaras but rarely do I find one that I will use regularly like my beloved tarte - Maneater Mascara However this stuff is good. MAYBELLINE - Lash Sensational Sky High Waterproof Mascara It gave my lashes so much volume & length they literally doubled in size! My lashes are already pretty long to begin with but this made them look amazing. The photo is after applying only one coat so I can only imagine how good they will look after two or three coats! It also didn’t clump up my lashes at all. I applied it really quickly & lazily too because I was in a rush to get ready & I was still amazed! I honestly think this is going to be my new daily mascara. It is waterproof but not the annoying kind that leaves your eyes completely black when you go to take it off. It came off really easily with my POND'S - Facial Moisturizers Dry Skin Cream which is what I’ve always used to remove my eye makeup, since I was a kid! @cherie@Cheriebeauty@CheriePick
Black Owned Intimate Care ✨🌹
I did a review on this brand before but in honor of BHM I def had to bring it up again ! #Saltxo - Yoni Shower Gel[products]#[FiveStars] #Saltxo - Femme Rejuv Oil[products]#[FiveStars] I use this gel everyday! It leaves my Yoni energized and clean. I’ve never experienced any irritation and I’m extremely sensitive in that area. It smells very herbal like and a little goes a long way! ($17.99) The Femme Rejuv Oil is a great staple for irritation. I use this baby after my waxes, Emergency shaves, and after getting busy. I find this to be the best oil I’ve ever used down there. A little goes a long way. ($30) This brand is usually always out of stock! She sells out so fast but I always manage to get one thing. I definitely recommend if you love intimate soaps . Do you have a favorite intimate soap ?
Drink of water for your skin!
We’re in the deep of winter and our skin get dehydrated and beaten by the harsh elements. Treat your skin to a pure drink of water that is based with pure Artic water —The ultra pure water that flows from the Arctic is known for its unique functional composition that’s buzzed about for helping to recharge dull-looking skin. By adding moisture back in helps fortify your skin and enhances skins’ luminosity. LUMENE - Nordic-C Glow Boost Essence Serum 30ml $12-$25 depends on size and retail. Based with pure artic spring water and two types o hyaluronic acids this serum is super emollient and hydrating. Love love love how gentle this formula is. LUMENE - Nordic C Valo Glow Lumenessence Brightening Beauty Lotion $14-$18 A gorgeous lightweight toning essence with pure artic water, hyaluronic acids and vitamin c rich berry complex. I love that it is gentle and not drying. 🐰 cruelty free and sustainably sourced
HOLY GRAIL SPF 🌞🌞🌞
Okay guys as I have said before I am guilty of rarely ever wearing sunscreen. I just never liked the feel of it on my skin. I always felt like it made me greasy & clogged my pores. However, once I heard about this product I was very intrigued. NIOD - Survival 30 It actually isn’t sold in the United States for some reason so I had to purchase it on a UK website. (Beauty Bay) It is an antioxidant serum with SPF 30. At first, it appears to be tinted but it’s actually not. On NIOD’s website they state: “The slight tinted appearance is derived from the active technologies including Lutein, Fractionated Melanin and Pycnogenol.” It blends in with your skin so easily & does not leave a white cast like some other SPF products. However this serum literally makes my skin tone soo even & perfect! It also contains silicone so it completely smooths over my pores. AND besides all that great stuff, it’s a mineral sunscreen! So it protects against environmental & lifestyle issues. Like UV rays, blue light, etc. I have never loved a product as much as this one! I literally cannot believe how good my skin looks while using this stuff! For a 30ml bottle, I paid $33 on the Beauty Bay site. For me, that is completely worth it! It comes in this adorable packaging & pretty glass bottle. It also has a pump dispenser & squirts out the perfect amount for a single use! I really can’t recommend this stuff enough guys! It’s wonderful!! @cherie@Cheriebeauty@CheriePick
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