This month, during Java island’s electricity black out, I attended the launch event of Rollover Reaction’s latest collaboration with Putri Marino, famous Indonesia’s actress who also wrote a killer poem on her IG. And the illustrator behind it is Rachel Ajeng, famous illustrator-painter.
So, what’s in the collection? Well, Di Kala Senja actually embodies sunset, just like Putri’s personalities: bright, warm and genuine. That’s why this collection features two new shades to add to Rollover Reaction’s Chunky! Lip Crayon (read my previous review here). Only the outer packagings are different from the previous Chunky! But the lip crayon inside is the same black matte pencil. And mind you, these are limited edition collection, so better get them before they ran out.
Since I’ve talked about the texture and finish about Chunky! Already, let’s just jump right in to the shades and swatches.
Somehow, these both lip shades look darker in real life. By the way, you can use these as cheek tint, too if you’re a master of doing it. I have to admit I am suck at doing other blush format than powder. So, I am using these strictly as my lip color only.
C&F store for sending me these PR kit to try.
I rarely use
primer for my makeup preparation, just because most primers contain silicone.
And I dislike silicone for its’ texture & feel, and how it can trap dirt,
sweat, bacteria, sebum, dead skin cells and other debris. Read: pore clogging
So how did I
prep my makeup? I count on my skincare steps, obviously. Until I tried these
two from Blithe InBetween series. This series from Blithe (a Korean brand) feature
multitasking products, which not only nourish and hydrate, but also prep for a
makeup-ready skin. They are fall into the hybrid category that combines
skincare and makeup. They’re not tested on animals, and smells like lavender.
Respectively priced between IDR 520K and 620K, they’re not cheap (I know), but
let’s decide are they good enough to try.
As the name stated, this is a prep essence. Yes, a lightweight serum that creates a protective layer on skin surface to lock in moisture and prevent makeup from clogging pores. It made with fermented soybean, rice and tomato leaf extract that fortifies skin’s natural barrier. Plus squalane and ceramide to nourish and hydrate for a makeup-ready complexion.
This is a
hybrid moisturizer-primer. Made with squalane and tomato leaf extract (rich in
antioxidant), this will help to nourish and fortify skin’s natural moisture
barrier. This is also vegan, organic and cruelty-free.
Don’t be fooled
by the white cream texture, once applied on skin, it’ll create that ‘skin
prism’ effect. It’ll give extra glow with natural pearlescence effect.
BLITHE IN BETWEEN HYDRO PRIMING CREAM
As the name
stated, this provides hydration and priming at the same time. Its’ texture is
more elastic than their Instant Glowing Cream. Yes dearest, if our skin is
well-hydrated, makeup will look fresh all day with the help of this. Number one
ingredient is Bifida Ferment Filtrate which well known for its’ antioxidant
HOW I WEAR THEM IN MY INBETWEEN SKIN CARE
& MAKEUP ROUTINE?
I use one
product depend on my skin’s need that day. For daily use, I prefer the Essence.
Glowing cream is best for party look, while Hydro ones will save my day when my
skin is drier for some reasons and need some lifting action. Though there are
no instructions whatsoever on the packaging, I applied it after my SPF in my AM
Routine. Wait a while until it’s absorbed, then apply liquid foundation and the
rest of makeup.
ARE THEY SAFE FOR FUNGAL ACNE?
They won’t clog pores because they don’t use silicones. Unfortunately they’re not safe for Fungal Acne (for their Saccharomyces, Polysorbate and Peg ingredients). But, as these applied on top of sunscreen, at the very last step before makeup, they didn’t trigger mine. Anyway, better be cautious for those who still suffer from ones. They also claim that these will help your makeup cleansing process easier at night. But anyway, if you double cleanse with balm or oil, any makeup will slides off easily.
Some of you
might asked, “Do I need 10 steps?” Girl, it’s so 2017!
not be intimidated by contents out there with so many layering steps, if you do
not have the time nor the budget to do so. Knowing your skin is the first best
thing, then you can accommodate based on that.
might not be the same as others and I don’t expect it to be. And I totally not
recommend anyone to follow mine exactly. Frankly speaking, there are no such
things as ideal steps. Remember, you know you best.
So, these are my steps of skincare routine:
off with Micellar Water for base makeup. Then Lip & Eye Make Up Remover.
Wait till dry then move on to Cleansing Balm. Quickly emulsified the balm,
rinse and wash it all away with Face Soap. At the end of the day, I felt extra
clean after all of these.
thought that I’d even consider this as the most important step in my routine.
But it is, now. Hydrating Toner and Essence are my skin’s BFF.
My skin is
far from perfect, therefore exfoliating toner, serum and ampoule are still
needed in my repertoire.
underestimate the power of moisturizing to seal the previous steps in. I try to
stay away from cream and lotion for moisturizer, instead I opt for gel ones.
Living in a
city when the sun is blasting all year round, it’s impossible and sort of
forbidden to skip this step in the morning.
For sure, morning and night time routine are different. Morning routine is simpler because all the cleansing hard stuffs will be happening at night to remove makeup. And night routine might require more steps, just because there’s more time to do so.
Dedicated to those who asked me on IG DM, “SHALL I STILL BE USING FUNGAL-ACNE SAFE PRODUCTS NOW THAT THE FUNGAL ACNE IS GONE?”
Well, first, disclaimer: I am not a dermatologist or skin expert. I’m only sharing based on my own trial & error.
Q: Shall I
stay away (still) from skincare products with fungal acne trigger ingredients?
A: From my
own experience, when it comes to wash-off products (only stay on skin for
maximum 2 minutes), I’d go for non-safe fungal acne products.
Q: What kind
of wash-off products are you talking about?
cleansers are your best bet. Cleansing balm, Micellar Water, Lip & Eye
Makeup Remover and/or Face Wash.
Q: How about
A: Personally, I will stick to fungal-acne safe products for stay on skincare products (just to be safe), like toner, essence, serum, ampoule, moisturizer, and even for SPF. But if you are bored or simply just want to try other products, maybe you can try non-safe for fungal acne SPF, because it’s the last layer on skin and won’t absorb anyway.
found one cleansing balm that’s safe for fungal acne. And these two are also
not safe, but at least they didn’t trigger my fungal acne. Usually, I use
cleansing balm after my first cleanser, which is Bioderma Sensibio H2O. Then,
quickly rinse off the balm residue and continue with face soap (currently using
Drunk Elephant Pekee Bar).
I received Banila Co Clean It Zero as a PR gift, and this is the first time I’ve ever tried a cleansing balm as my first cleanse.
Heimish is the second balm I’ve purchased by myself. I’ve noticed that most cleansing balm (including these two) used Ethylhexyl Palmitate as their number one ingredient (which unfortunately known as fungal acne trigger). But as I mentioned previously, they both didn’t trigger mine. And I believe they cleansed perfectly, I rarely got cystic acne on my chin anymore after I triple cleanse with this.
Both provided spatulas and lids.
They both turns into oil texture on dry skin, then emulsified into milk when rinse off with water.
Melt makeup easily, including waterproof mascara and eyeliner. Unfortunately they both caused blurry eyes.
Heimish contains essential oils like Tea Tree Leaf, Lavender and Eucalyptus Leaf Oil. While Banila Co. didn’t use any.
Because Heimish used essential oils, it comes with visible scents (I smell tea tree and lavender the most). While Banila Co. have a slightly softer (like soap) scent.
Heimish has 33 ingredients on the list, while Banila Co only has 20.
Heimish is more solid and balmy then Banila Co. which have sorbet-like texture and more delightful to pick up.
Heimish has thicker oil when melted, while Banila Co. is more lighter.
The Jar. I love how Heimish came up with flip-top lid which is very practical, compares to Banila Co. twist-top lid.
The Lid. Heimish is more sturdy compares to the Banila Co. ones which is very filmsy and hard to pick up when you are in a hurry.
Heimish (IDR 190K for 120ml) is cheaper and contains more than Banila Co (IDR 232K for 100ml).
So I’m sure
we’ve all heard about both. But seriously, are they the same problem? Or are they
Well, I did
some research to write about this. First of all, I do believe I have sensitive
skin, just because it’s easily irritated. So, if you are easily irritated,
either by environmental things like sun or cold, and by topical products, you
might call it sensitive skin.
Then, I did
some more digging on the net. Turned out, our skin sensitivity actually has to
do with the fatty outer layer of our skin. This fatty outer layer often called
the lipid (fat) barrier with two functions: keeping the water inside and
protect the skin from damaging factors like UV rays, wind, heat and harsh
chemicals. Unfortunately for those who have sensitive skin, this barrier is
usually weaker, thinner and more easily damaged. Therefore, thin lipid barrier
can cause a variety of dermatological issues like acne and inflammation.
So, what to
do now, you might ask?
First, stay away from harsh products and try
not to overdo anything.
Wash your face strictly twice a day with gentle
Do not over exfoliate, try to do it once or
twice a week (max).
Use fewer products on your skincare routine.
Trust me, sometime less is definitely more.
Stay away from alcohol (from the ingredients
list), just because it might over-dried the top layer of the skin.
PRODUCTS TO TRY:
I love this! Like whenever I over exfoliate or my skin feels uncomfortable, this will instantly calm down the redness and the bumps. Under-rated product that’s actually very damn good. Totally recommended!
Panthenol (Vitamin B5) and Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) inside this will help improve the barrier function. It has 10% of each, so it will help prevent moisture loss, reduce dryness and strengthen skin barrier at once.
cleanser with low PH, formulated with centella asiatica and witch hazel, which
are widely known for their skin healing and soothing properties. I just love
the gel-balm texture of this cleanser, and how it didn’t leave my skin feel
tight after wash.
Try to incorporate facial oil to your routine and you’d be surprised. This specific oil contains powerful essential fatty acids that improve skin hydration. Bonus: it also helps to reduce scars and fine lines. Personally, I mix two drops to my foundation every morning. It adds glow and prevent cracks, while keeping skin hydrated all day long.
Before I go further
to details, they are both not safe for Fungal-Acne.
If you do have fungal acne, I recommend to use these as spot treatment only. I only use these on blackheads, small bumps, closed comedones and some milias near my eyes. That’s it. I don’t put these on my hormonal acne, because they both didn’t seem to work on one. By the way, this is the newest version of Chica Y Chico Beta Salic 2.0 Plus Baby Face Cream with very instagramable pink tube.
Badecasil has that old feel tube, while Chica
Y Chico got that modern ‘now’ vibe.
Badecasil has 32 ingredients, while Chica Y
Chico has 35 ingredients
Badecasil has Broccoli extract, while Chica Y
Chico has Snail Secretion Filtrate.
No tingling sensation with Badecasil, but
there’s tingling close to stinging with Chica Y Chico at the first use only. On
second day, same spots, I didn’t feel anything. But it always tingle on new
spots, so be aware.
Both are made in Korea
Both come in a tube 30ml packaging
Both contain silicone
Both have 24 of the same ingredients, some familiar names like Glycolic Acid, Betaine Salicylate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Jojoba Seed Oil and Allantoin (you can check the complete list on skincarisma.com).
Both are recommended to use at night time only
Both claimed to exfoliate dead skin cells and moisturize skin at once.
Both have the same milky white lotion texture
tried both of them each by themselves for two weeks straight in a row with no
pause day, just to show you guys these results on my skin. Please note that I
was also using other skincare products before applying these (as each is
recommended to use as final step of PM skincare routine).
speaking, I am not an all-out green and natural skincare products seeker. I
mean, I still believe in hard-core acids and stuffs. But, lately there are new
and interesting natural ingredients on the skincare market. Thought I’d give it
a beautiful flower and surprisingly has skincare benefits. It is one of the
most powerful anti-aging plant actives, so it’s known as nature’s botox for
its’ firming and lifting ability. This flower is also rich in antioxidants to
help skin fight free radicals from pollution and UV. But please aware that
hibiscus is a fragrant plant, therefore it might affect those who are sensitive
to scents on your skincare product.
where I live, it’s not rare to drink the juice. But what do we know? Noni fruit
extract is great for healing and rejuvenating skin due to its abundance of vitamins
(A & C) plus antioxidants to protect against free radicals. One thing that
interest me the most about one of the benefits is: Noni has antibacterial and
anti-fungal properties! Whoa! It might be good for fungal-acne, no?
Again, where I live, people will eat cooked eggplants (though I don’t like it). I know it’s a healthy food, but little that I know it’s full of vitamin C. And when I did research for eggplant on the net, it contains ‘lupeol’ (some kind of substance that’s highly effective on problematic skin). It’s also antibacterial and anti-ageing. Pretty potent veggie, right?
Known for its antifungal and antibacterial properties, you’ll easily find this ingredient in the treatment for acne and such. If you can stand its’ distinct scent, that’s great, because it does work to get rid of fungal acne.
I read in simpleskincarescience.com that there are studies that showed that propolis extract exhibits antimicrobial activity. And I love how propolis does give a glowing effect on skin.
Unfortunately, this ingredient mostly came in a shampoo form. But no worries, you can use this shampoo as a 5 minutes wash-off face mask. Compared to other antifungals, like Zinc Pyrithione, Ketoconazole is the champ.
TEA TREE OIL
Tea tree oil
has strong antimicrobial properties against Malassezia aka fungal acne. Personally,
I tried to stay away from the oil per se, just because I found it too thick and
might irritate my sensitive skin. So I chose product that actually contains one
(it’s diluted with other ingredients).
Is it just
me? Or lots of you experienced the same thing as me? My skin easily got immune,
usually after finishing two of the same skincare product. Weird but true.
That’s why I
found a way to alternate between products, just to make sure their
effectiveness on my fungal-acne prone skin. So, after finishing one product, I
usually move to another brand with similar ingredients and purposes. Then, I’d
move back to the old one.
similarities: both are fungal acne safe and contain water plus butylene glycol.
difference: Hada Labo only has 7 ingredients, while Somebymi has 22.
they are both mild enough to use everyday as exfoliating toner, but I try to
use it every other day to avoid over exfoliating. And usually I just use
exfoliating toner at night time.
similarities: both are fungal acne safe and contain niacinamide, panthenol,
sodium hyaluronate and allantoin.
difference: 2Sol only has 19 ingredients, while Paula’s Choice has 24.
both will be better if mixed with ampoule or moisturizer, as they might be
sticky if stand alone. Both have same clear watery texture.
similarities: both contain snail secretion filtrate, panthenol, betaine,
arginine, butylene glycol and allantoin
differences: Cosrx only has 12 ingredients, while Benton has 25. Corsx is safe
for fungal acne, while Benton (unfortunately) has polysorbate 20 (known as one
of fungal acne trigger) in their ingredients list.
Thoughts: Cosrx is more gloopy (literally like snail mucin), while Benton is less gloopy. Unfortunately Benton reformulated this and added Polysorbate 20 in their new formula, so it might not be safe for fungal acne.