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Homemade Soy Yogurt | Vegan Recipe

Friday, July 28, 2017
Homemade Vegan Soy Yogurt, Healthy & Delicious Breakfast Snack
Homemade Vegan Soy Yogurt, Healthy & Delicious Breakfast Snack
Homemade Vegan Soy Yogurt, Healthy & Delicious Breakfast Snack
What can you have when you want a snack that is more filling than fruits and fancier than cereals? Yogurt parfait, of course! Since dairy-free options can be pricey in Singapore, I decided to make my own. I got the recipe from Jenny Mustard. Using only two simple ingredients, the yogurt can be done in less than 5 minutes. Once it's ready, the yogurt has an initial soy bean curd (or tao huey) flavour that slowly ferments to a tangy Greek yogurt taste. I'm really happy with the results. If you're looking for a healthier and non-dairy yogurt, try this recipe.
Homemade Vegan Soy Yogurt Recipe, Healthy & Delicious Breakfast Snack

The Ordinary Skincare | By Deciem

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
The Ordinary Skincare, Deciem, Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG, Advanced Retinoid 2%, 100% Organic Cold-Presed Moroccan Argan Oil

The Ordinary Skincare, Deciem, Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG, Advanced Retinoid 2%, 100% Organic Cold-Presed Moroccan Argan Oil 
The Ordinary Skincare, Deciem, Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG, Advanced Retinoid 2%, 100% Organic Cold-Presed Moroccan Argan Oil
Self-termed "the abnormal beauty company",  Deciem has released a new collection of budget-friendly serums that promises the same quality as its luxury brands. The Ordinary skin care collection offers 10 serums, which contains only one or two active ingredients. With its low ingredient count, the Toronto-based beauty brand is able to produce really affordable products. The Ordinary, albeit relatively new, has taken the beauty market by storm. Jumping on the bandwagon, I picked up four products–Caffeine Solution 5% + ECGC, Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, Advanced Retinoid 2% and 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil. What I love about these products is the simplicity of its packaging. The glass bottle comes with a handy dropper for easy access and hygiene purpose. I am by no means a beauty expert and honestly, I don't know much about the ingredients. However, I've done my research and after using them for close to a month, I have nothing but praises. Aside from the inexpensive price tag, the serums are fragrance-free, light and easily absorbed by the skin. Here's a breakdown of each product.

As I'm lacking an eye product in my current skincare regime, I purchased the Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG, an eye serum that reduces the appearance of eye contour pigmentation and puffiness. The previous eye creams I've used often resulted in milia. Thankfully, this product hasn't given me any. I usually apply a drop to my ring fingers before tapping it around my eyes. The oil-like texture doesn't feel heavy on my skin and I'm pleasantly surprised by the slight scent of coffee. While I can't be certain it tackles dark circles, it definitely brings down my puffiness.

The Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% has a watery texture and is supposed to help minimise blemish and control congestion. Growing up with combination skin, I've grown accustomed to having shine on my face. Using this product has helped control my sebum production, making my skin feels more balanced. Just like any other serums, I apply two drops directly on my face after cleansing, toner and essence. 

Retinoid, better known as Vitamin A, boosts collagen production, fights free radicals, increases cellular turnover and keeps acne at bay. But, they come with nasty effects, such as irritation, peeling and redness. With the new formula of using solubilised hydropinacolone retinoate, Advanced Retioned 2% by The Ordinary comes with no strings attached! You won't experience any irritation with it. Among the four products, this serum has the thickest consistency. The opaque, yellowish liquid smells like antibiotics. It is supposed to target signs of ageing and even out the texture of your skin. Without the harsh effects of a typical retinoid, this serum is great for a mild facial treatment. If you've never tried retinoid before, it's recommended to use it only once or twice a week. Also, remember to apply sunscreen after if you will be out under the sun. Otherwise, apply two drops on your entire face during the nighttime.

I am no stranger to argan oil. So, when I picked up the 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil, I knew it will be similar to my current argan oil I got off iHerb. This oil is best known to support healthy hair and skin, tame hair frizz and hydrate skin. If you're searching for a good hair oil, consider getting one from The Ordinary. The prices are simply irresistible. 

Overall, I'm pleased with The Ordinary products. I adore its sleek and clean packaging and I can't wait to try more its products.