Your Very Own Personalize Vanity Trove, Pick Your Own Samples!

With the beauty box that you subscribe, you might not happen to use all of the samples that they have provided. Are you guilty of chucking them aside? Vanity Trove heard our grief and they are introducing a smart system for us. Something that we can choose and will never abandon it the samples.

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Yes,  Vanity Trove is  allowing us to customize our very own box according to our preference and they still remain their subscription fee of MYR 50.00. This system recommends best suited products based on your beauty profile and also the likes and wishlist of the brands and products you have selected in Vanity Trove website. How to get your personalized trove?

Personalize Your Vanity Trove! - Beauty Profile

Simply update your beauty profile here for the smart system to understand you from head to toe. Just a few questions and you’re half way there. For this smart system to understand what you have been wishing for, participate in Vanity Trove website by liking the brand & product and adding them to your wishlist will help to unlock more samples for you!

Personalize Your Vanity Trove - Pick Your Samples

Once you’re done with your beauty profile, you will be prompted to select your 8 samples of your choice based on your beauty profile, brands and products that you liked and wished for. You will also be able to select those samples when they are released. Once you’re done with selecting your very own samples, you will receive your trove within 7 working days!

By supporting Vanity Trove Malaysia, you will be updated tips and advices, trove sneak peeks and more updates from them. Just like their Facebook below and you’re done!

Who’s up for your own personalized trove?

 

Unboxing Vanity Trove July 2013, Infinite Youth is Possible with Kosé

Have you receive this month’s trove? Some of you might have already receive it last week and some just today, depending on the area you lived in. This month’s trove is a limited edition box in collaboration with Kosé sharing with us the eternal youth of each women would dream of.

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Kosé Infinity Pure Advance range is to cater for those who is in their 20s to early 30s with concerns of visible pores, dryness and fine wrinkles. To me, anti aging is fairly important because the key is to prevent it before it happens. There’s no harm in starting early on anti aging products as long as you’re comfortable with it.

Unboxing Vanity Trove July 2013, Infinite Youth is Possible with Kosé - Card

This month’s trove is fully on Kosé Infinity Pure Advance range and by testing out most of them from the trove, I’m already liking a few of it.

Unboxing Vanity Trove July 2013, Infinite Youth is Possible with Kosé - Pure Advance Oil Cleansing Gel

Kosé Infinity Pure Advance Oil Cleansing Gel (10ml/0.350z)

‘The unique gel formula spreads smoothly on your skin and turns into oil swiftly. Effectively removes makeup, and dirt from your face and unblocking your pores for smoother and brighter skin. Massage a cherry-size of Oil Cleansing  Gel gently on your face and neck. Rinse thoroughly with water.’

It has that mild floral sweet scent and it is in cloudy gel texture. I find this special because this is not in a liquid form although it is a cleansing oil. Also this makes cleansing easier, to massage on the face without worrying of spillage and wastage as to compare with liquid form cleansing oil.

Price: MYR 119.00 (120 grams)

Unboxing Vanity Trove July 2013, Infinite Youth is Possible with Kosé - Pure Advance Clear Up Wash

Kosé Infinity Pure Advance Clear Up Wash (9.6ml /0.35oz)

‘Follow up with the luxurious texture of meringue-like bubbles of the Clear Up Wash to remove any excess makeup and sebum from your skin, leaving behind clearer skin and smaller pores. Wet your palms and dispense an appropriate amount to create a generous later. Massage gently over face and rinse with water thoroughly with water.’

To compare with the Oil Cleansing Gel, this cleanser has stronger scent. A little goes a long way, for that tiny bit of cleanser, I could lather it up almost for my entire hand. The texture is silky and it lathers up quite easily, I believe this will be economical since tiny bit of the cleanser could lather lots.

Price: MYR 99.00 (120g)

Unboxing Vanity Trove July 2013, Infinite Youth is Possible with Kosé - Pure Advance Essence Lotion II

Kosé Infinity Pure Advance Essence Lotion II (30ml/1fl.oz)

‘Pour the Essence Lotion II onto a piece of cotton or the palm of your hands and gently pat into your skin after cleansing. Containing natural essences to rejuvenate, hydrate and plump up tired skin, this moist lotion will also reduce the visibility of open pores caused by dryness.’

In the Japanese skin care terms, their lotion is also known as toner but this can be applied even without using facial cotton. It looks slightly milky and although the texture is thick, once applied it turns watery and it does leave slight stickiness onto the skin. It has that decent refreshing floral scent and this is definitely a deluxe size sample.

Price: MYR169.00 (160ml)

Unboxing Vanity Trove July 2013, Infinite Youth is Possible with Kosé - Pure Advance Serum II

Kosé Infinity Pure Advance Serum II (30ml/1fl.oz)

‘Rough skin texture is caused by dryness and water-oil imbalance in your skin. The Serum II adjust the balance of natural oils and water content in your skin and upon application, your skin will appear soft, fluffy and poreless. Dispense an appropriate amount onto your palm and massage it gently into your skin’

This serum consistency is much thicker than I expected, almost like an emulsion texture. Again, a little goes a long way on how much to use. The scent for this is sweeter and I really like it very much. As I layer on the products onto my hand, it does began to feel slightly heavy and sticky.

Price: MYR 169.00 (120ml)

Unboxing Vanity Trove July 2013, Infinite Youth is Possible with Kosé - Pure Advance Eye Jelly

Kosé Infinity Pure Advance Eye Jelly (1ml/0.04oz)

‘The skin around our eyes requires extra delicate care and its one of the first areas where signs of aging appear. Instantly replenish moisture around the eyes. creating eyes that radiate with a vibrant impression with Eye Jelly. To use, squeeze a small amunt of jelly onto the tip of your ring finger and gently pat around the skin of your eyes for almost instantaneous results’.

I really wish that this could come in a tube or jar form instead of sachet samples because I’m very reluctant in opening these when I know I have to use it all the way after opening it. Hence that explains why I didn’t open it to have a look over the texture and trying it.

Price: MYR180.00 (20grams)

Unboxing Vanity Trove July 2013, Infinite Youth is Possible with Kosé - Deep Protection UV

Kosé Infinity Deep Protection UV

‘With the highest level of SPF/PA protection – SPF50=/PA++++, Deep Protection UV powerfully guards skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays. The emulsion-like formula protects the skin’s translucency and firmness, making finw wrinkles less visible. With its highly adhesive base that spreads smoothly over the skin, it creates a strong even film for smoother and moisturized skin.’

I always love high SPF sunblock or sunscreen especially for the tropical weather in Malaysia. I’m not quite sure if I would like this Deep Protection UV because it does leave slight white cast and gives quite a shine finish. I’m also worried that this could possibly be too oily for my skin. It has incredibly mild of a typical sun block scent.

Price: MYR 118.00 (30grams)

Unboxing Vanity Trove July 2013, Infinite Youth is Possible with Kosé - Voucher

Also it comes with a voucher of FREE trendy pouch and skin consultation with analysis.

Verdict?

When I first opened the box, I’m sure a lot of subscribers will feel upset of the product sizes but just as a friendly reminder that the concept of a beauty box is to provide deluxe size samples for subscriber to try before they go for a full size product. I do agree that some of it is smaller than a deluxe size sample but look at it this way, what the trove had offer is to try six different products from the entire range of Kosé Infinity Pure Advance and I believe that there are about 8 – 9 products in the range. Plus, they are over-the-counter brand that some of us may or may not get the chance to visit. Vanity Trove has been improving every month and I still believe they are doing so for their future boxes.

My Rating: 4/5

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Bring Your Senses Together & Feel That Exquisite Sensation, Vanity Trove x Decleor

What does aromatherapy means to you? First thing that might come across your mind is the essential oil, an oil that comes with a variety of scents derived from different types of flower, leaves, fruits or bark. Last weekend, Decleor had enlighten us how aromatherapy could affect our mood and allowed us to experience their signature Aromatic Ritual.

Vanity Trove x Decleor - Vernice

Vernice Soo , the Decleor Malaysia Beauty Trainer conducted the workshop shared the origins of aromatherapy and the history of Decleor. The workshop begun with ice-breaking between participants and many of us has an interesting background and profession.

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Essential oil was discovered in 1700BC and was used by the ancient beauty goddess, Cleopatra to attract her husbands for intimate moments. Egyptians used essential oil to preserve human body as more commonly known as mummy. These essential oils not only aromatic but it has healing, soothing, antiseptic and medicinal properties. Rose is one of flower that can be derived to become essential oil. In the 10th century, Avicenna, an Arabian who was incredibly passionate about rose and wrote more than 100 books about the benefits of the exquisite flower.

In the 20th century, Rene Maurice Gattefose who is a French chemist burned his hands in one of his experiments and plunged his hand into the closest liquid that he can find. The liquid that he plunged into happened to be lavender oil and it helps to soothe the burn, heal and recover it without any scars left behind. He then soon to be known as the Father of Aromatherapy as in 1926, he educate people about the power of Aromatherapy using essential oils. In 1937, he wrote the first aromatherapy book, Aromatherapie: Les Huiles Essemtielles Hormones Vegetales and was translated later into English and named the book Gattefosse’s Aromatherapy.

In 1974, Decleor was known as Cleor which means ‘the golden key that opens the temple of beauty’. Their star product, Aromessence Neroli was created in 1978 and this product remains until today as one of their best sellers. Ennobling themselves with the ‘De’ in 1986 and until today they are known as Decleor.

In this workshop, we will be experiencing the Aromatic rituals by Decleor step by step guided by Vernice and here I’ll show you which product that we went through and how it feels like.

Vanity Trove x Decleor - Decleor Eye Make-Up Remover

Decleor Eye Make-Up Remover

‘Bi-phase skincare with soothing and draining Cornflower Water and Camellia Oil that boosts the micro-circulation and makes it easier to remove resistant and waterproof make-up.’

The facial cotton that was provided has been soaked with water before I pour an amount of the eye remover on it. I was very reluctant to remove my eye make-up but Vernice was pushing it for us to truly experience the ritual. This eye make-up remover does remove gently but it didn’t remove my mascara completely because I could still see traces of mascara in the midst of the ritual especially during the cleansing.

Vanity Trove x Decleor - Decleor Essential Cleansing Milk

Decleor Essential Cleansing Milk

‘This light and silky emulsion with Neroli Essential Oil (used in Hydra Floral) promotes hydration. It softens and soothes thanks to Sweet Almond Oil. Its fresh and sparkling fragrance awakens the senses.’

To remove the face make-up, here we have used cleansing milk and massage it all around the face then wipe off. The texture is slightly thicker than emulsion. The cleansing milk doesn’t feel oily and easily massage onto the skin. After wiping it off, my skin doesn’t feel dry at all.

Vanity Trove x Decleor - Decleor Hydra-Radiance Smoothing and Cleansing Mousse

Decleor Hydra-Radiance Smoothing and Cleansing Mousse

“1. CLEANSES 2. MAINTAINS HYDRATION 3. RESTORES RADIANCE

A luscious and silky smooth foaming cream with Neroli Essential Oil that transforms on contact with water into a gentle cleansing foam containing lightly exfoliating Papaya Extract and enriched in Hyaluronic Acid to prevent the skin from drying out.”

This cleanser begins as a liquid base and once lathered up it foams up to be mousse based. I have been using mousse cleansers since last year and in my opinion, I think this cleanser doesn’t foam as much as most mousse cleansers does plus mousse cleanser are usually quite fluffy texture to it. Using this we had to massage it in circular motions to get rid off all residues of dirt, make-up, oil and more.

Vanity Trove x Decleor - Decleor Essential Toning Lotion

Decleor Essential Toning Lotion

‘This essential toning lotion with Neroli Essential Oil completes make-up removal, removes any traces of the milk and prevents the skin from drying out.’

After cleansing, toning our skin is essential to remove further leftover residues and also to balance our skin pH. An interesting fact that why we should have pH5.5 for our skin is that this level of acidity is suitable for our skin to kill the bacteria on our face. This toner is also alcohol-free which is safe to be used around the eye area without drying out that area.

Vanity Trove x Decleor - Decleor Ultra-Moisturising  & Plumping Expert Mask

Decleor Ultra-Moisturising  & Plumping Expert Mask

‘Enhanced with Hyaluronic Acid, this mask is a real moisturising bath for even the most dehydrated skin. Based on the professional expertise of DECLÉOR Laboratories, this treatment brings together all its know-how:

1. Intense hydration thanks to powerful plant active ingredients:
– intensely moisturises the skin (Extract of Wild Pansy),
– helps to combat cutaneous dehydration (Samphire Extract),
– instantly “plumps up” and visibly smooths fine dehydration lines (Hyaluronic Acid of natural origin).
2. A unique texture: this cream mask transforms into a thin oil under the action of the massage, and it is absorbed into the skin to refresh it.
3. A targeted application technique based on the brand’s salon expertise: a combination of circular movements to revive the skin and help to boost the micro-circulation, leaving the skin stimulated and ready to receive the benefits of this expert mask.’

This was one of the most interesting mask I have ever used. It a cream based mask and let me story to you this interesting progress of using this mask. Apply and massage the mask all over the face until it becomes oil-based then leave it for 10 minutes. While waiting, it felt like the mask began to ‘melt’ and it literally drips from my face. The oil had liquefy even further as it work on its magic onto my skin. It gives me a slight tingling sensation and Vernice mentioned that it a positive effect that the mask is working its way to pump my skin with more moisture. Once we are done, we washed this off and I did felt a little tightness on my skin after removing it.

Vanity Trove x Decleor - Decleor Aromessence™ Néroli

Decleor Aromessence™ Néroli

‘This serum of Neroli, Sandalwood, Petitgrain, Sage, Parsley and Juniper Berry Essential Oils, with a fine and silky texture, is specially formulated for the care of skin exposed to daily stress. 
A 100% pure and natural concentrate, it softens and helps to relax the skin, restores the complexion’s natural radiance and acts like a true effectiveness booster for your HYDRA-FLORAL ANTI-POLLUTION day cream.’

The star product of their skin care since 1978 and the bottle is designed to control the amount to dispense and to preserve the purity of it. Its a blend of a few different types of essential oil and made to become serum, just three drops of it and it is sufficient for the entire face. The scent has a hint of spiciness that tingles, somewhat like cinnamon but not as strong. Please do refer here on how to apply using this. I was quite worried that this could possibly be too oily for my skin, three drops does feel a little heavy on me.

Vanity Trove x Decleor - Decleor 24 Hours Moisture Activator Light Cream

Decleor 24 Hours Moisture Activator Light Cream

‘Inspired by the incredible powers of flowers, DECLÉOR Laboratories have combined moisture-boosting and multi-protection active ingredients in a light and fresh cream.
1. 24hr hydration
– helps to draw water by encouraging hyaluronic acid* synthesis to plump up the skin (Wild Pansy
Extract)
– improves the circulation of water by increasing the synthesis of aquaporins*, real cell irrigation channels, for optimal hydration (Wild Pansy Extract),
– encourages water binding on the surface of the skin to prevent dehydration (Samphire Extract).
2. 24hr multi-protection
– protects against pollution* and free radicals* (Moringa Oleifera Microproteins and Sunflower
Extract),
– prevents internal imbalances of the epidermis.’

Although this is a light formula, after massaging this moisturiser on to my face, it felt even heavier on my skin. Don’t get me wrong, it is moisturising but my skin would prefer something even lighter like gel-based moisturiser. It helped to relief my skin tightness that I experience after the mask.

Vanity Trove x Decleor - Decleor BB Cream 24 Hours Moisture

Decleor BB Cream 24 Hours Moisture

‘The DECLÉOR Laboratories have combined the effectiveness of a 24hr multi-protective moisturiser with the benefits of a foundation for a natural “flawless skin”. This light and ultra-fresh BB cream refines the skin with 5 benefits in 1:
1. Moisturises for 24hr (Wild Pansy and Samphire Extracts)
2. Illuminates and evens out the complexion (Mineral Pigments)
3. Refines the skin texture and corrects blemishes (Grapefruit Essential Oil)
4. Protects against UVA/UVB rays (SPF 15)
5. Protects against urban pollution (Moringa Oleifera Microproteins).’

I am very picky when it comes to BB creams.  This BB cream by Decleor is fairly new and they only have one shade of yellow undertone. The texture doesn’t feel too heavy but it still feel heavy on me since the layering from the few steps before. This gives a natural coverage because after I have applied it, it doesn’t seem like I have BB cream on my face at all. Best thing about it is that it doesn’t leave greyish cast but its missing in providing the glow and radiance to the skin.

Before this aromatic ritual,Vernice measured my skin moisture level and it was at 20 and after the ritual, she measured it again and it turns out to be 25.5. The minimum moisture count is 25 for an adult skin and if you want to achieve that baby skin it has to go to 50. It’s a great moisture improvement however it was unfavorable when it becomes heavy on my skin and with my combination skin, I would prefer to have my skin staying matte and non-greasy at all times.

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Discovering More Than Just Water – Vanity Trove x Avène Beauty Workshop

Avène is a well-known skin care brand for its thermal spring water. Personally, I have not use their skin care because as far as I know, their skin care caters to those who have sensitive skin and it is true but they have extended more than just for sensitive skin. All of their skin care products contain the thermal spring water harvested in Saint Odile, France.

Discovering More Than Just Water - Vanity Trove x Avene Beauty Workshop 2

Just last week, I had the opportunity with many other bloggers to participate Avène’s beauty workshop in collaboration with Vanity Trove Malaysia, held in Café Barbera located in Bangsar. From this workshop, we get to understand the foundation of Avène, the extensive skin care products and hand-ons to try Avène’s skin care.

The thermal spring water was discovered in 1736 after Marquis of Rocozel’s horse had loosen itself and roamed free to the Black Mountains. His horse was suffering from severe skin disease and found its way to the thermal spring. It regains its shiny beautiful coat after consuming and rolling into the spring water which has helped to heal from the skin disease.

Through this observation, Marquis of Rocozel who is also the owner of the place, Avène build the first thermal spring facility for patients who are suffering different types of skin diseases such as eczema, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, burns and more.

In 1975, Avène Hydrotherapy Center has been bought over by Pierre Fabre Laboratories, the second largest private pharmaceutical company in France today. Avène’s history is really interesting and you could find out more, here.

Discovering More Than Just Water - Vanity Trove x Avene Beauty Workshop - Introduction

Today, Avène Thermal Spring Water remains its beneficial and medicinal value recognized by the health professionals. As to compare with other spring water that are available in the market, Avène Thermal Spring Water has the lowest sodium chloride (salt) which indicates that the mineral content would not leave skin being dehyrated.  On a daily basis, Avène Thermal Spring Water can be use for skin irritation, redness, burn, dermalogical treatments, post-surgerical intervention, before and after makeup, after shaving and even safe to use as baby diaper rash.

Discovering More Than Just Water - Vanity Trove x Avene Beauty Workshop - Types of Sensitive Skin

 Most of us could suffer from sensitive skin but there are different levels of skin sensitivity which is,

  • Sensitive – mild redness and dryness
  • Intolerant skin – itching and irritation
  • Allergic skin – skin disorder such as eczema, psoriasis

Avène has different skin care range to accommodate different skin trouble and sensitivity. However in Malaysia, their range of Cicalfate which is meant for alterated skin is not available.

Discovering More Than Just Water - Vanity Trove x Avene Beauty Workshop - Products

With different skin types, Avène has introduced to us different regiment using their skin care products.

  • DRY SKIN – Milk Cleanser » ATSW » Gentle Toner » Soothing Hydrating Serum/Deep Moist Lotion » Hydrance Optimale Rich / Rich Compensating Cream (Night) » Tinted Cream SPF 50 with weekly treatment using Soothing Moisture Mask
  • NORMAL TO COMBINATION SKIN – Gentle Gel Cleanser/Skin Balance Foaming Gel » ATSW » Gentle Toner » Soothing Hydrating Serum/Deep Moist Lotion > Hydrance Optimale Light > Emulsion SPF 50
  • YOUNG OILY SKIN – Micellar Lotion » Deep Pore Cleanser » ATSW » Oil Control Milk » Cleanance Sun SPF 30 with weekly treatment using Cleanance Mask
  • YOUNG OILY SKIN (MODERATE ACNE) – Cleanance Soapless Gel Cleanser » Cleanace Toner » Cleanance Emulsion » Cleanance Sun SPF 30 with weekly treatment using Cleanance Mask

Discovering More Than Just Water - Vanity Trove x Avene Beauty Workshop - Hands On 1

They kid not on the hand-on experience, we are not just experiencing the texture or scent of Avène skin care products. We literally had to remove our make-up and start on an Avène skin care regime according to our skin need and type.

Discovering More Than Just Water - Vanity Trove x Avene Beauty Workshop - Hand-On

As for me, I do have combination skin and being acne prone. I was introduced to use these.

  1. Micellar Lotion – water based make-up remover to remove makeup. It has a mild soothing floral scent and it goes gentle on my skin. It is recommended to use separate eye make-up remover if you have waterproof make-up on.
  2. Cleanance Soapless Gel Cleanser – this gel cleanser consistency is incredibly thick but a little goes a long way. Once its mixed with water, it lather up smoothly without foam.
  3. Thermal Spring Water – Spray and soak the sheet mask with it and apply it as a mask. I had to spray more onto the mask directly when I have it on because it doesn’t stick well. Once removed, I could see my skin is much brighter.
  4. Cleanance Toner – I believe this was mention to have alcohol because it acts to kill the bacteria for acne-prone skin type but it doesn’t have any alcohol scent to it.
  5. Hydrance Optimale Light – Cream based moisturiser but it doesn’t feel too rich, a little goes a long way.
  6. Cleanance Sun SPF 30 – it has that mild sun block scent but bearable and it doesn’t feel too heavy.

To be honest, I did cheat a little whereby I didn’t remove my make-up around my eye area. It’s because I had wash my face earlier in the morning and I didn’t want to overwork the skin on my eye area just to keep of from the moisture being stripped and wrinkle free. Plus, I look lifeless without eye makeup.

Discovering More Than Just Water - Vanity Trove x Avene Beauty Workshop - Before & After

Here is the result of me trying out Avène skin care as mentioned above.

Before – I only had eye make-up on and the rest of the face was applied with my skin care along with sun block. My skin does look shiny and dull. I do have acne scars and redness around the nose area.

After –  I do have full on make-up here, my bad because I should have taken the result without it but I did noticed my skin is much more plumped, hydrated and less oily. In fact, the make-up goes on smoothly even without me applying primer. The oil control doesn’t last because after 3-4 hours my skin became oily again but its hard to judge from Avène’s skin care by only one use.

It was an interesting workshop that I learned so much about the thermal spring water and now, I learn how to appreciate  it even more. Look out for more updates from Avène Malaysia by liking their Facebook below and by supporting them, you’ll get to learn more about Avène just like me.

Also, thanks to Vanity Trove Malaysia for having me in this workshop. Vanity Trove Malaysia is a beauty box subscription available monthly with the subscription fee of MYR 50.00 monthly. Subscription can be made through their website, Vanity Trove Malaysia. Do give them some love by liking their Facebook below too!