REVIEW: CLINELLE WHITEN UP

Thank you Clinelle Indonesia for sending me this PR kit of their latest range, WHITEN UP for an honest review.

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As you can see, there are 6 products on this range. Brightening Cleanser, Brightening Toner, Brightening Serum, Brightening Day Cream SPF 20, Brightening Spot Corrector Essence, and Brightening Night Cream. All come in purple packaging to differentiate them from other lines that Clinelle has and (I believe) to mimic Japanese Purple Rice Extract as one of their main ingredient.

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This range is dedicated for all skin type and dermatologically tested. Clinelle also claimed that their professional products are also formulated with 7 Secrets to Happy Skin, which excludes potential harmful ingredients that can irritate skin. So all products have no artificial fragrance, no mineral oil, no artificial coloring, non comedogenic ingredients, no SD alcohol, no Paraben and no Lanolin. And this specific range comes with benefits to repair, refine and reshield, thanks to ingredients like Japanese Purple Rice Extract, Vitamin C and Daisy Flower Extract. Great Mullein Flowers were added to the night cream only, which provides exceptional benefits for brightening efficacy.

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As we all know, Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant to redefine skin texture & lighten skin tone. Meanwhile, Japanese Purple Rice Extract will enhance the efficacy of Vitamin C to promote faire, firmer and moisturized skin. And last but definitely not least, Daisy Flower Extract will reduce pigmentation, skin darkening & even out skin tone. So yes, these products are a powerful brightening skincare with drugstore prices.

This line also features Advanced Anti-PhotoAging Technology with 10X more vitamin C for better whitening power and 3X increase in skin lightening effect, compares to the previous Clinelle Whiten Up range (so yes, these are more potent guys!). New formulation with the latest advanced innovation, which will be more effective to brighten and protect our skin. This breakthrough technology allows the products to penetrate into the deepest skin layers to deliver fast targeted and unprecedented brightening effect. And it will protect skin from premature aging caused by repeated exposure to UV radiation.

So, without further adieu, here’s my review:

WhitenUp Brightening Cleanser
Texture: Saturated Gel
Review: It foams up normally, with a scent that reminds me of spas (like lemongrass and bergamot). My skin didn’t feel dry afterwards, and it felt super clean.

WhitenUp Brightening Toner
Texture: Clear fluid like water (no viscosity)
Review: It foams a bit when I shake the bottle, but dries up nicely without sticky feeling. Spray evenly, too. You can use this with or without cotton pads.

WhitenUp Brightening Serum
Texture: Saturated Gel
Review: I enjoyed this the most, it absorbed quickly with no sticky feeling.

WhitenUp Brightening Day Cream SPF20
Texture: White and milky
Review: Because it contains SPF, it smells a bit like one and when first applied left a white cast. Once applied well, it absorb quickly, white cast gone and I was left with a bit dewy (not oily) finish.

WhitenUp Brightening Spot Corrector Essence
Texture: Because it contains Cyclopentasiloxane aka Silicone, it does feel siliconey. But I guess it’s OK, because it is a spot corrector, so no need to apply allover the face for those who are allergic to silicone.
Review: Obviously, it made skin feel smoother. It also gave a blurring effect for spots and pores!

WhitenUp Brightening Night Cream
Texture: Again, this contains silicone, but not as thick as the spot corrector. It’s more like a gel-cream texture that melts easily when applied.
Review: I wish they came in tube packaging for more practical purpose. I like how this night cream sealed all the layers before and my skin did look a bit brighter in the morning.

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Textures from L-R: Day Cream, Serum,Spot Corrector Essence, Brightening Cleanser, Night Cream

So I did a before after test on my hands. Can you tell which one is which?

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If you guessed left hand, you are correct! After about two weeks of using the complete range on my left hand, my skin tones look more even and brighter, and healthier.

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA (except the ingredients from Clinelle’s website)

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STICK TO WHAT WORKS

Being bombarded by so many skincare products and new launches, might get one excited. Including yours truly. But, knowing that I have super sensitive skin that can show immediate reaction (I don’t believe in purging, by the way), I know I have my own set of limitation.

Especially, if you’ve been following my blog or my IG (@shintarosvita), you’d probably know that I have fungal-acne prone skin. That’s why even though I got excited of so many new skincare products on the market, most of the time I stick to what works on my skin.

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Here, I will share you my repeatedly purchased skincare products (on alphabetical order), just because they did good on my skin (read: they didn’t trigger my fungal-acne and didn’t break me out).

BIODERMA SENSIBIO H2O

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I tried Micellar Water from other brands, but keep on coming back to this. I lost count on how many bottles I’ve used already, since I’m very particular of first cleansing. I have to admit I used a lot of micellar water for the first step of double cleanse.

DRUNK ELEPHANT T.L.C FRAMBOOS GLYCOLIC NIGHT SERUM

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After I received the mini size from a dear friend, and found out that this worked like a charm, I immediately bought the full size. Yes, it is expensive. However, I only use one pump every other night only to treat closed comedones. I never apply it all over my face, because it’s not safe for fungal acne (it contains Glycerine and Saccharomyces). This is more like a closed comedones treatment for me.

NACIFIC FRESH HERB ORIGIN TONER

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Again, this is my third bottle. Contains calendula flower water and active antioxidants, I feel this toner is really soothing and hydrating. So pure and refreshing, this multi-purpose toner did feel just like water when applied.

SKIN1004 MADAGASCAR CENTELLA ASIATICA TONING TONER

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I believe this is my third bottle so far. After trying a few of daily exfoliating toner from Korean brands, I believe this is the most gentle one, as it contains PHA (low-stimulant exfoliating ingredient). I use this as a part of my PM routine, with cotton pad).

WIDA NS SODIUM CHLORIDE 0,9%

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Well, this is my third bottle. After cauter treatment, the doctor recommended to use this as facial compress to speed up the wound’s drying process. It’s really cooling on skin and since it contains electrolyte which mimic our body’s fluid, I found it very hydrating on skin. So, I keep on using this with compressed sheet mask from Miniso, once a day (usually in the morning to freshen up).

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA

SAFE WASH-OFF MASK FOR FUNGAL ACNE

Back to fungal acne topic, even though I can say I am pretty much free from them (yeay!).

If you follow me on IG, you’d know that I’m not a big fan of sheet mask. I’ve tried a few, but immediately disliked them. I can’t stand the slippery feel of it, the excess essence, basically everything. And most of the sheet masks I’ve tried were not categorized as fungal acne safe on skincarisma.com. And I read somewhere that wearing sheet mask can increase the temperature of our skin (this is not ideal if you are prone to breakouts like me). Rising temperature on skin can actually increase the bacteria count on the surface of the skin (read: even better breeding ground for the fungus). So, bye sheet mask.

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These are my current wash-off masks that’s save for fungal-acne according to skincarisma.com (I alternate, obviously):

LEEGEEHAAM GROW MATCHA CLAY PACK (IDR 255K)

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Pros:
It spreads easily
Scandinavian-feel jar packaging
Only needs 10 minutes to dry

Cons:
Quite Pricey

NATURE REPUBLIC BAMBOO CHARCOAL MUD PACK (IDR 80K)

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Pros:
Its’ ingredients list (Kaolin, Bentonite, Charcoal Powder, Sea Salt)
Only takes 10 minutes to dry.
If I need a deep clean feeling, this is my go-to mask.
Super affordable price.

Cons:
Too hard to squeeze out from the tube. Maybe they should reconsider to use jar packaging instead.

LA ROCHE-POSAY EFFACLAR SEBO-CONTROLLING MASK (SGD 25.90)

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Pros:
It only needs 5 minutes.
My go to mask if I’m too tired at night.

Cons:
Hard to find online, because they don’t carry this brand in Indonesia. A friend bought it for me in Watson’s Singapore.
Scented, so those who are sensitive to fragrances, better watch out.
With this crazy conversion rate to dollars, this is quite pricey.

How to include clay mask in your regime?

  • For myself, I believe once a week is good enough to deep cleanse. Don’t go overboard, as this is not your everyday skincare routine.
  • I prefer to do this at night, after double-cleanse step.
  • Let the mask dry according to the suggested time. Don’t let it sit for too long, as it might start sucking up natural oils on our face.
  • Use warm water to make it easier to rinse.
  • Finish with your next step of skincare routine.

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA

UPDATE: CAUTER WOUNDS

After my Cauter Procedure on September 28, 2018 (read the post HERE), I thought I’d update you all about my skin condition.

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Well, as you can see from the pics above, some of the bigger spots on the upper-cheek area are getting lighter (some are gone, YEAY!). Those were the areas that used to be the home of Sebaceous Hyperplasia, so no wonder the wounds were bigger than just Milia’s wounds. I was using Dermatix Ultra, recommended by the clinic’s doctor, but after a few uses (maybe because it contains silicone and vitamin C ester?) big zits were showing up on areas near the dark spots. You see, I only use Dermatix Ultra as dark spot treatment, but if I went overboard with it, it’d break me out. So I stopped using it gradually, and went for vitamin C serum and Rosehip Oil instead.

So, what did I do to treat my Cauter’s wounds?

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At Home Treatment:

  • Double Cleansing: using Micellar Water & Facial Wash (gel texture is preferred)
  • Toning: using Exfoliating Toner & Hydrating Toner
  • Mask: using compressed sheet mask with NaCl solution (great for wounds)
  • Serum: using vitamin C on dark spots.
  • Facial Oil: using Rosehip Oil on dark spots
  • Moisturizer: another gel texture on my beauty repertoire.

Clinic Treatment (I did these at Beauty By Appointment):

  • Nd-YAG laser for skin rejuvenation and to treat dark spots.
  • BBA Glow (not to be mistaken with BB Glow). This is a treatment to penetrate the serum under the skin to make the skin looks glowing.

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA

REVIEW: ROLLOVER REACTION MATA HARI

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Another collaboration collection from one of my favorite local brands. This time, they collaborated with Asmara Abigail (known as an actress) and Talitha Maranila (known for her artworks). It is a gold collection, wearable luxury that anyone can afford.

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When the words Mata Hari join together, they mean ‘sun’. But, this is different. Apparently this collection was inspired by the one and only, Mata Hari (yes, that charming and mysterious exotic dancer) from the 1900’s. If you google Mata Hari, you’d be as fascinated as I am, especially if you’re into that glam-spy thing. Anyway, back to the Mata Hari Collection from Rollover Reaction. It consists of two tubes of Liquid Eye Tint, named (literally Mata and Hari). I believe this is the most extravagant but still wearable and easy to pull off collection from the ever-minimalist brand.

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Mata (on the left) is glittery with a glimmering silver-gold shimmer.

Hari (on the right) is a solid gold hue with gold particles.

If you’re into gold and glitter, you’ll love this latest collection from Rollover Reaction. You can buy the collection, here.

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA