September 23, 2014

Sponsored Review: bSoul Hydra-Normalization Kit

Hey babes!

It’s finally time for…. *drum roll* my bSoul Skincare Review! :) I’ve been using the range of products for way over 28 days now.. probably going into my 3rd month or so.. and the reason why I haven’t updated on the 28th day, or 1 month mark, is because my skin kept fluctuating and I was waiting for it to normalize and calm down before writing this.

Just so you know – I’m not writing this now so I can say good things and what not. I’m writing this now because I want you guys to know that the skin normalizing process DOES take awhile. It doesn’t always go exactly as planned and though skin takes about 28 days to show results, those results may not always be the FULL results because the products may not have been given sufficient time to show their effects.

So here I am now, at 3 months, ready to give you my full and honest review of everything.


Introduction

Before I start jumping in with my opinions, here is a little insight into what bSoul is about!

bSoul believes in Skin Physiological Normalization, which invests in the body’s natural restoration and normalization process of renewing cells every 28 days. However, for this to happen, skin has to be in good condition, otherwise it will not be able to retain water and nutrients that products provide for it to improve. It is also important to note that not ALL products out there (ESPECIALLY the expensive ones) are good for our skin. Some contain horrible substances which could actually hurt us in the long run.



bSoul’s products are simple and to-the-point, very gentle on the skin, and focus mainly on letting the skin heal itself rather than bombard it with a chock full of chemicals. They are made in Tuscany, and are 100% skin and eco-friendly, containing NO mineral oil, petroleum products, silicones, paraffins, sulfates, and parabens! The best part is that their packaging is recyclable as well! :)

Also, if you're vegan or a big supporter of animal rights/no-animal-tested-products, then this would be great for you because their products carry the ICEA (Environmental and Ethical Certification Institute) certified logo which indicates that they use only safe and natural ingredients that do not cause harm to the environment, humans, or animals.

P/S: Above is me without makeup. I know some people will always wonder haha, but yes, there you have it! ;) It's great to use products which eventually make you feel you can just walk out without any makeup on!


Products

We were given the bSoul Hydra-Normalization kit (worth SGD $434) which promises to normalize the skin before it is ready to face any specific action, say whitening/anti-aging,etc. Within this kit, there are a total of four products.

* I will be providing their individual costs as well, so you can see how much it would require should you need a top up of any item. I do not suggest you buy any just ONE of the products as you really do need the whole range to see the real results.


Hydra-Milk Cleanser (100ml) – SGD $48
This milk cleanser can be used as both a makeup remover and normal cleanser. Should you wear any makeup, simply double cleanse with this cleanser. 2 pumps to remove makeup, and 2 pumps to cleanse your face again. If you have stubborn eye makeup, then just pump this into a cotton pad to help ease the removal. 

I use this everyday, and I really like how my skin feels moisturized and happy after. There is no dryness, tightness, or discomfort. Makeup-removal wise, I only suggest it if you wear light makeup like just loose powder and some eye makeup. If you wear heavier makeup such as liquid foundation, I think it feels better to know you're using a more "makeup focused" cleanser to remove it (eg. Bioderma).. otherwise you might breakout a little from improper removal of makeup.. But that may be just me.




Hydra-Face Scrub 3Action (100ml) – SGD $138
This scrub is supremely gentle and great for sensitive skin! You just need to use this once every 3-4 days and you are set. It nourishes your complexion through removal of dead skin and preps it for following products.

I love this scrub, and not because it is so expensive (still a little taken aback by that) but, because it is truly so non-abrasive on my skin! I use it as instructed, and I find my acne scars really lightening quickly whenever I use this! My pore size hasn't changed much, but my face does feel smoother. Also, my scars are lightened each time I use this. By about 10%? Really effective! 




Redness-Sinergy Serum (30ml) – SGD $138
As you may have noticed, there is no toner involved – only a serum. This serum is my FAVORITE. When they say it boosts sensitive skin’s defence, they mean it! It reduces all redness, scarring, and makes your face feel supple and protected. You can use this everyday.

This absorbs extremely easily into the skin, and doesn't feel oily at all. When I use it on a popped pimple, or whatever that's newly raised on red, the horrible redness is gone by 50% halfway through the day (if I applied the serum in the morning), and sometimes 100% by the next day when I apply this at night too. So give it about 24 hours to fully work its magic! Love this! Especially when I have itchy hands and jusssssst have to pop a pimple! Hehe.




Hydra-Comfort Face Cream (50ml) – SGD $110
This is their moisturizer which can be used as a PIMPLE CREAM as well! How crazy is that!? Some moisturizers I know are even THE CAUSES of pimples, but not this. Sinks into the skin easily, and dries to a semi-matte finish. Can be heavy if you're out and about rather than in an air-conditioned environment, so that's when you have to remember that less is more.

I liked this a lot and it really did work to bring down some pimples! Not all, but definitely some over the course of a few days. It especially helped when I had an allergy to anything, because it was so comforting to apply and felt so soft against my skin - almost a little little bit mousse like. Kind of dislike the tub packaging because I'm quite OCD about dirt and germs.. Also it's a bit heavy to bring out on a holiday for example.. But I'm just nit-picking here.


Before/After


Here is a before and after of me from my first week of using this to now. Can you see the difference? My skin is brighter, smoother, and just all round “happier”! There is that healthy glow that all of us seem to look for too right!?

Indeed, the end result is pretty awesome, but I feel that all of you need a heads up on the process. I’m not going to cover this up, because I feel it’s a vital point and you do need to be prepared for what’s in store. I know I’m making this sound horrible, but it’s also not as well, so you can relax haha.


Process of My Thoughts

Now, it’s easy to look at Before and After photos to just want to BUY the product immediately. What I hate is when people lack to tell you what happens in between, so I’ll try to be as thorough as I can without being too long-winded.

DO NOT expect instant results. Do not expect to wake up one week later and realize your skin is gorgeous and made of beauty. DO NOT. These unrealistic expectations are what will make you stop wanting to use this range halfway, and that’s just going to be a pity because you won’t get to enjoy the range of benefits they have to offer.

Now, everyone has their own journey, and mine may differ but it is still mine! :)

When I started out I couldn’t understand why my skin was getting MUCH oilier. I had been suffering from dry skin for the longest time, so to have it turn oily overnight was pretty freaky haha. I wasn’t breaking out or anything, just that my skin suddenly got really oily and it was new to me! Turns out, this was because my “real skin” was oily – which is true because I battled oily skin and cystic acne on my forehead for about 4 years from 17-21.. and now my chin. The only thing I could do was to wait it out... Weirdly enough though, it was really keeping my chin acne in check and I was hardly ever breaking out there! *Thumbs up*

It took about 3 months in total to finally stabilize. In between, my skin would fluctuate throughout.. Some days it would be crazy oily, and other days perfectly fine. It was so frustrating because I never knew when my skin was "finally normalized". The only heads up I kind of got was that my pre-menses period complexion was quick getting way better than before! My breakouts would lessen dramatically and I would only get a few blemishes here and there. If you are someone who is patient enough, and knows that what is good for her skin outweighs any quick and fast result (due to products with high chemical contents), then bSoul is the line for you.

If you ask me though, I honestly could really feel my skin normalizing out - going from super dry to oily to slowly just being normal.. and it was an interesting process in all. You just have to give it faith and time. Not many people have this, I understand, but it's all about long term gain versus short term gain.


Pros: 
  • Normalizes skin
  • Is gentle even on the most sensitive skin
  • Is natural and safe
  • Lets skin work on its own and go back to its natural state
  • Really encourages healthy skin
  • Skin becomes glowing and radiant on its own
  • Doesn't require the use of sunblock
  • Helps control hormonal acne (my chin really improved!)
  • Seldom get pimples whilst on this regime
  • Great for people who seldom-never put on makeup
  • Great for people who just want to maintain their skin

Cons: 
  • Cannot mix with any other beauty product
  • Doesn't help remove blackheads from nose or chin
  • Doesn't really help with pore size
  • Doesn't really remove your makeup
  • Needs awhile to adjust to and to see results
  • Pretty expensive to upkeep
  • Not that portable or easy to bring overseas.. might need separate containers
As a Beauty Blogger, it is my job to constantly change and try out different skin care.. it is an occupational hazard. And whilst I do really like bSoul, I did get frustrated now and then when I had to try out something once from another brand and I would break out straight after.. and when I got back entirely on bSoul everything would be alright again.

If you aren't itchy handed or in my position, and you like the idea of loyalty to one skincare that does work, then stick to this! I bet you won't regret it. Even my facial lady said my skin was suppler and softer during that period of time! :) I am now using Sulhwasoo for a review, and will change again in due time should any sponsor require another review, but in my heart I will still feel that bSoul was one of the gentlest and better products I've had the honor to use.


Discount Code

If you'd like to try out this range for yourself, here is a discount code! :) Simply quote "BSSamAsh10%" to get 10% off the Hydra-Normalization Kit. This promo ends on 31st of September, which means you have a week to go try out these beauties!

bSoul's Websitehttp://www.bsoul.com.sg/
Where to purchasehttp://www.meditrina.com.sg/mall.php?CategoryID=584
bSoul's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bSoul.Singapore




Thank you bSoul for the most
enlightening experience!
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Sam


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