THANK YOU, NEXT … BEAUTY PRODUCTS I’VE TRIED & DISLIKE

Not every beauty products that I’ve personally purchased and tried actually made it here. Especially those that just didn’t work on me, or I simply didn’t get the hype.

But, please note that everyone is different. So what might not work for me, might work for you. I’m just going to write down the format, not that I dislike the brand and their specific products per se.

EYEGLOSS

Thanks to my oily eyelids and humid weather here in Jakarta where I live, this format of eye color didn’t seem to work on me.

EXFOLIATING PAD

No. Just no. Don’t get me wrong. I do exfoliate daily. But, just not with these kind. I didn’t enjoy using this thick wet paper that felt rough on skin.

TONER MIST

I guess I’m an old soul. I prefer my toner to be poured on a piece of cotton pads.

WHITE FINISHING POWDER

I know some claimed to give flawless finish, but I just prefer face powder that have the same shade as my skin tone.

CUSHION

I believe cushion will work and look better on dry skin on drier and colder climates.  That’s all.

CLEANSING OIL

Thanks to my fungal acne prone skin, it is very hard to find cleansing oil that safe. So, this is a pass (unfortunately, because I actually love how it cleansed well for heavy makeup wearer like me).

SHEET MASK

For those who enjoy wearing them, lucky you. As much as I want to like them, I just don’t like their gooey textures. I prefer compressed sheet mask mixed with my own hydrating toner.

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA

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MY 1st SKINCARE HAUL IN 2019

Happy New Year, folks! This will be my first short blog post in 2019, so here we go…

If you follow my IG, you’ll know that I just got back from year-end family holiday in Hong Kong. Other than lots of culinary adventures, trip to drugstores are a must for me, too. Mind me, this is not a review post, just want to share what my haul are from the trip, including some transit haul (I just love Changi Airport-especially Watsons in T3 for fast shopping). Enjoy!

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SKIN CARE PRODUCTS I LOVE IN 2018 (AND WILL REPURCHASE IN 2019)

Next year, which will happen soon, is going to be another exciting year for skincare enthusiast like me. Visited Cosmoprof 2018 in Hong Kong on November this year with my boss and colleague, we saw a lot of new and interesting innovation, coming from lots of skincare brand.

But, being me, a person with sensitive and fungal-acne prone skin type, I’d rather be careful and pick’n choose carefully. That’s why sticking to what I believe worked on my skin, is key. Well, I won’t be a hypocrite, I might try new stuffs, but I’ll make sure it’s safe.

In this post, I will share about skincare products that I love (and some are newly discovered) along this year. And yeah, most probably I will repurchase by next year (if I don’t find something new & safe for my skin).

PURITO DEFENCE BARRIER PH CLEANSER: new discovery this year and I love it. Lightly scented, cleanse perfectly and does not leave that gooey sensation after cleansing.

BIODERMA SENSIBIO H2O: been using this since forever, I guess. Cleanse makeup without any stinging sensation.

HADA LABO TAMAGOHADA MILD PEELING LOTION: new discovery this year, and have been in love with this exfoliating toner ever since. Unscented and does not sting.

SKIN AQUA UV MOISTURE MILK SPF50+ PA+++: it’s hard to find sunscreen which is safe for fungal-acne prone skin, so when I found this, it’s a winner. Super affordable, easy to get and does not leave white cast.

KLAIRS SUPPLE PREPARATION UNSCENTED TONER: yes, it might be a bit hard to absorb if apply with patting technique. But I believe this hydrating toner really hydrates, even though I just apply one layer.

DRUNK ELEPHANT T.L.C FRAMBOOS GLYCOLIC NIGHT SERUM: expensive AF, but that’s why it works like a charm. I apply this as a spot treatment when needed.

GOODAL GREEN TANGERINE VITA C DARK SPOT SERUM: totally a game changer for me this year. After cauterization, I believe this spot serum helped me to diminish the spots quickly.

SKIN1004 MADAGASCAR CENTELLA ASIATICA 100 AMPOULE: super affordable and it lasts like forever (thanks to the big bottle).

IUNIK CENTELLA CALMING GEL CREAM: favorite day moisturizer, because it contains silicone which might not be good if apply at night (you don’t need that blurring effect at night right?)

KLAIRS MIDNIGHT BLUE YOUTH ACTIVATING DROP: my after treatment HG serum. After microneedling or after laser therapy, this is my go to serum. Usually I apply this by its’ own at night time.

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA

REVIEW: SECRET KEY SNOW WHITE

Thanks Sociolla and Secret Key Indonesia for sending me this PR Kit for honest review.

SNOW WHITE MILKY PACK

It supposed to be a wash-off facial mask. The thick texture is so opaquely white, frankly I can’t imagine applying this on my face, but I will use it for darker parts on my body, like knees and stuffs.

So, you are supposed to apply this on clean, dry skin, and leave it on for two to three minutes, then rinse (without soap). When rinsing, it felt like trying to get rid of SPF with only water. So yes, the whitening effect is quite impressive, but honestly this product confused me.

SNOW WHITE CREAM

Contains stearic acid so might not be safe for fungal acne. But this is a very nice moisturizing and brightening face cream to actually brighten up skin tone (also contains niacinamide as one of their ingredients). They claimed that it’s also an ‘all-in-one base cream’ so we can skip BB Cream, makeup base and moisturizer.

Lightly scented, the texture inside the jar packaging looks intimidatingly opaque white. But, when applied, there’s when the magic happens. It immediately melted into clear lotion texture when rubbed, absorb nicely and gave a smooth effect (from the silicone as one of their ingredients).

I’d love this cream if it’s fungal-acne safe.

SNOW WHITE SPOT GEL

Unlike the previous two, this comes in a gel texture. If you’ve been reading my blog, you’ll know I have soft spot for gel texture because of my sensitive fungal-acne prone skin. So, no wonder I like this mild and light gel.

However, this is not safe for fungal acne because it contains PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil.

As the name stated, it is a spot gel and they recommend to use this on small areas which need brightening, like armpits, elbows, knees and bikini lines.

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA

SURVIVING FUNGAL ACNE IN 2018: IF I CAN, YOU CAN TOO!

For me, this year it was all about dealing with fungal acne issues and how to avoid them for coming back. Yes, once you have it, you know that beastly yeasts are there waiting to attack you again and again.


My first sign of fungal acne popped out on my temple. Then, when I forgot to take care of my neck, they appeared on the edge between my face and my neck. How irritating.

But, as they said, learning by doing. I got used to the symptoms already, and immediately will take action when needed. Here’s how I deal with mine.

Use this twice a day, religiously

The first sign of itchiness, go apply Nizoral on clean dry skin (after cleansing and toning). Use this as the very last step (skip moisturizer) and usually the itchiness will be gone asap. The rashes/textures will disappear within 3 days max.

For natural options, you can apply raw honey (yes, only use raw honey) on clean, dry skin as a facial mask. Leave as long as you can handle the stickiness. Rinse with warm water.

Use these only on good skin days

Skip facial oil and sheet mask. Based on my personal experiences, these two will just make fungal acne worse.

My favorite micellar water ever

Seriously, you don’t need oil to dissolve oil from makeup or SPF. Skip cleansing oil and balm (good luck of finding the fungal-acne safe ones), and opt for micellar water.

Morning Routine

Do skincare diet. Girl, you don’t really need those ten steps, really. Currently I’m doing 6 in the morning (facial wash, exfoliating toner, hydrating toner, serum, moisturizer, SPF) and lesser at night (micellar water, facial wash, exfoliating toner, hydrating toner, spot treatment or serum).

PM Routine

Learn about what ingredients worked best for you. I visit skincarisma.com often to read and learn about which ingredients are safe for fungal-acne.

Last but not least, do not pick at your fungal-acne. Avoid scratching and (worst) using comedo remover to suck them out. Mostly, fungal acne don’t carry pus inside, so there’s no use of trying that will lead you to more problems like scarring.

Here’s to a fungal-acne free skin in 2019!

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA

BEST OF 2018 : FUNGAL-ACNE SAFE SKINCARE

I guess this is the most awaited post. Well, I hope this list (checked on skincarisma.com) will help you to find the perfect skincare for your fungal-acne prone skin. Feel free to message me on my instagram if you have any questions. And I’ll be more than happy if you can share your favorite fungal-acne safe products, too (just in case I missed any in this list-I bet I did). Cheers!

FIRST CLEANSER

  • BIORE PERFECT CLEANSING WATER
  • BIODERMA SENSIBIO H2O
  • BIFESTA CLEANSING LOTION MOIST

FACIAL WASH

  • PURITO DEFENCE BARRIER PH CLEANSER
  • SIMPLE KIND TO SKIN REFRESHING FACIAL WASH
  • LA ROCHE-POSAY EFFACLAR FOAMING PURIFYING GEL
  • SEBAMED CLEAR FACE FOAMING CLEANSER
  • DHC MORNING FACE WASH
  • EUCERIN DERMOPURE CLEANSING GEL
  • DR WU HYDRATING GEL CLEANSER WITH HYALURONIC ACID
  • FARMACY CLEAN BEE ULTRA GENTLE FACIAL CLEANSER
  • NEUTROGENA OIL-FREE ACNE WASH REDNESS SOOTHING FACIAL CLEANSER

TONER

  • SKIN1004 MADAGASCAR CENTELLA ASIATICA TONING TONER
  • KLAIRS SUPPLE PREPARATION UNSCENTED TONER
  • LEEGEEHAAM(LJH) TEA TREE 70 MIST TONER
  • COSRX AHA/BHA CLARIFYING TREATMENT TONER
  • HADA LABO TAMAGOHADA MILD PEELING LOTION
  • COSRX CENTELLA WATER ALCOHOL-FREE TONER
  • ISNTREE GREEN TEA FRESH TONER
  • KIEHL’S CALENDULA HERBAL EXTRACT ALCOHOL FREE TONER

ESSENCE

  • LEEGEEHAAM(LJH) TEA TREE 90 ESSENCE
  • I’M FROM MUGWORT ESSENCE
  • COSRX ADVANCED SNAIL 96 MUCIN POWER ESSENCE

SERUM

  • PEACH &LILY GLASS SKIN REFINING SERUM
  • GLOSSIER SUPER PURE SERUM
  • THE ORDINARY NIACINAMIDE 10% + ZINC 1%
  • PURITO PURE VITAMIN C SERUM
  • GOODAL GREEN TANGERINE VITA C DARK SPOT SERUM
  • DR WU RENEWAL SYSTEM DAILY RENEWAL SERUM WITH MANDELIC ACID 18%

AMPOULE

  • SKIN1004 MADAGASCAR CENTELLA ASIATICA 100 AMPOULE
  • CNP LABORATORY MUGENER AMPULE
  • LEEGEEHAAM VITA PROPOLIS AMPOULE

MOISTURIZER

  • IUNIK CENTELLA CALMING GEL CREAM
  • EUCERIN ULTRASENSITIVE SOOTHING CARE NORMAL TO COMBINATION SKIN
  • SOME BY MI H7 HYDRO MAX CREAM
  • KIEHL’S ULTRA FACIAL OIL-FREE GEL CREAM

SPF

  • SKIN AQUA UV MOISTURE MILK SPF50+ PA+++
  • SKIN AQUA UV MILD GEL SPF30 PA+++
  • SKIN AQUA UV SUPER MOISTURE GEL SPF50+ PA++++
  • BIORE UV PERFECT MILK SPF50+ PA++++
  • HADA LABO PERFECT UV GEL SPF50+ PA++++

FOUNDATION

  • BOURJOIS HEALTHY MIX SERUM GEL FOUNDATION
  • L’OREAL PARIS INFALLIBLE PRO MATTE FOUNDATION

WASH-OFF MASK

  • NATURE REPUBLIC BAMBOO CHARCOAL MUD PACK
  • LEEGEEHAAM GROW MATCHA CLAY MASK
  • LA ROCHE POSAY EFFACLAR SEBO-CONTROLLING MASK
  • FREEMAN DEEP CLEARING MANUKA HONEY + TEA TREE OIL CLAY MASK + CLEANSER

FACIAL OIL

  • DRUNK ELEPHANT VIRGIN MARULA LUXURY OIL
  • BIOSSANCE SQUALANE + VITAMIN C ROSE OIL
  • TRILOGY CERTIFIED ORGANIC ROSEHIP OIL
  • THE ORDINARY 100% PLANT-DERIVED SQUALANE

Fret not all, I’ll update this post if I stumbled upon new fungal-acne safe products. Make sure you visit this post regularly, yes?

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA 

2019 SKIN RESOLUTIONS

Yes folks, it’s almost 2019. Thought I’ll share my skin resolutions, after going through the ups and downs of my skin condition.

If you’ve been reading my blog or following my IG, you’ll know that I went through fungal acne. Fortunately, I survived. Since then, I was a bit paranoid about skincare.Through some own research, I found cosdna and skincarisma which helped me a lot to find skincare products which suited my sensitive fungal-acne prone skin. And also through that time, I learned about a few ingredients to avoid for fungal acne sufferer.

Without further adieu, here are my 2019 skin resolutions:

ALWAYS READ THE INGREDIENTS LIST BEFORE PURCHASING

If I shop online, I’d be fine because I did lots of research first before clicking that BUY button. But, if I shop offline, there’s going to be some problems. I got attracted to nice packaging and promotions (LOL), so most of the time I forgot to read the ingredients and went straight to cashier. Yes, this impulsive habit needs to stop.

NOT TO BE BORED WITH THE SAME PRODUCT

This is hard, when this world seems to bombard us with new products on daily basis. Of course, I got tempted to try new stuffs, which might not work on my sensitive, fungal acne prone skin. But in the end, even though I’m bored, I will always go back purchasing things that worked. 

REMIND MYSELF THAT ALL IS DIFFERENT

I tend to believe, if one product did good on my skin, then I will trust that brand and keep buying the other products from that one brand. Meanwhile, as we knew it, it’s a rare thing. One product might work, while the others not so much.

WILL TRY MORE LOCAL SKINCARE BRANDS (IF ANY)

It’s already hard to find Korean, Japan, US or French skincare products that are safe for fungal acne. And it’s harder to find local ones. So, I wish there are more local brands that will create skincare products which are safe for fungal acne sufferer. 

MORE MERCY ON NECK

Yes, my poor neglected neck. Too much concentration on fixing the face, but forgetting the neck. I’ll try my best to do more moisturizing and anti-aging skincare routine for my neck.

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA

REVIEW & SWATCHES: L’OREAL LES INFALLIBLES PRO MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICK

It has been awhile since I review and do swatches for lipsticks. So before the year ends, let’s do this.

Thanks to Sociolla and L’Oreal Indonesia that sent me these 16 lipsticks to try. Yes, 16 pieces that will last me throughout next year, I guess.

There are 8 of INFALLIBLE PRO MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICK and 8 INFALLIBLE PRO MATTES LIQUID LIPSTICK LES CHOCOLATS.

As you can see, they already different by the caps. Les Chocolates has nude shade caps and Les Chocolates label on it.

They both have the same pro-sculpt applicator, that makes them easy to sweep on lips.

How about scents? Of course, Les Chocolats smells literally like chocolate. While the black cap ones smells like fruits.

LES CHOCOLATS (swatches on natural light)
LES CHOCOLATS (swatches on natural light)

Shades? Brown toned shades (from light to dark) for Les Chocolats

INFALLIBLE PRO MATTE (swatches on natural light)
INFALLIBLE PRO MATTE (swatches on natural light)

And variable shades (mostly dark to nude) for the Infallible Pro Matte.

Formula? Being the same Infallible Pro Matte, they do have the same creamy texture. They are light weight when set to matte finish and the pigment are incredible. I only use one swipe on this pic and it already covered so well. I believe these lipsticks will be good for those who originally have darker shade of lips.

They last longer than any liquid matte lipsticks that I’ve tried and didn’t create that white flaky lines between upper and lower lips.

Tips: because they are basically matte lipsticks, and (as you might already know) they have tendencies to exaggerate natural lip lines, I recommend to apply lip balm beforehand.

#372 (PETAL POTION)

My favorite shades: 372 (seen on my lips), 842 & 848.

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA

REVIEW: DRUNK ELEPHANT THE LITTLES

I received this as a gift from a dear friend (I am not made of $$, so I’m thankful to receive this). I have to admit as a skincare enthusiast, I was quite late to jump to this whole Drunk Elephant wagon. But as they said, better late than never.

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This is a super smart move from the company, as some people would love to try first before committing to buy the full size. Rather than buying ‘share in jar’ (I never did this because of hygienic reason), I’d rather buy sample size or travel size.

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There are 8 (literally) The Littles inside this neon pink jelly pouch. And they gave a clear instruction on (another) little pink book on how to use them. I’ll break down to you one by one, to see which are my favorites and why.

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BESTE NO 9 JELLY CLEANSER (30ML-the biggest of them all)
According to skincarisma.com, this is not Fungal Acne Safe. At least it is Sulfate-Free, fragrance free and essential oils free. As the name stated, it is a cleanser in jelly format. Looked closely at their ingredients, there are similar products out there if you’re looking for more affordable version.

C-FIRMA DAY SERUM (8ML)
It contains Glycerin, so (unfortunately) it’s not safe for fungal acne. Too bad, because I actually kind of like this vitamin C serum. It’s packed with L-ascorbic which is vitamin C in purest form and ferulic acids which will help to enhance the power of Vitamin C. So yes, this is one potent serum. Fortunately, there are some Vitamin C serum out there (mostly from Korean’s brand) that are safe for fungal acne.

B-HYDRA INTENSIVE HYDRATION SERUM (8ML)
Again, this contains Glycerin that some said might trigger fungal acne. They suggest to mix this with C-Firma Day Serum, because it contains vitamin B which is well-known to complement vitamin C. If you’re looking for more affordable hydration serum out there, fret not…there are plenty.

UMBRA SHEER PHYSICAL DAILY DEFENSE SPF 30 BROAD SPECTRUM SUNSCREEN (15ML)
Hence the long name, it is a simple sunscreen, pronto. Also not safe for fungal acne, because of Glycerin’s content (seriously, it’s so hard to find one without Glycerin nowadays). Good thing, it didn’t leave a white cast. But I’d rather buy sunscreen which are safe for my fungal acne and definitely more affordable ones.

T.L.C FRAMBOOS GLYCOLIC NIGHT SERUM (8ML)
I used to apply this allover my face as a night serum, but ended up getting irritation. But, I found this very useful as spot treatment. So whenever, a red spot (which will become acne) appeared, this will help! I love this, I already purchased the real size which cost me a fortune (LOL).

VIRGIN MARULA LUXURY FACIAL OIL (8ML)
Finally, something safe for fungal acne! Known as carrier oil, they recommend this to be mix with any D.E products to enhance penetration and results. Personally, I love to mix this with T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum. Mine is running out, so I guess I’ll purchase the real size soon (bye bye wallet).

LALA RETRO WHIPPED CREAM (15ML)
This is the only product from the collection that I didn’t enjoy using. The texture is too thick for my liking, and it contains not only Glycerin, but Isopropyl Isostearate and Stearic Acid which are totally not safe for fungal acne. I guess I’m just not into creamy stuff, I’d stick to my gel moisturizer.

SHABA COMPLEX EYE SERUM (5ML) – the smallest of them all
I read one review that said it won’t caused under-eyes milia. Which is true. But it’s not a magical eye cream which will erase wrinkles and dark-circles. It’s a good hydrating eye-serum, but not good by its’ own, so better add another layer of good eye-cream. I guess eye serum is a nice-to-have product, but I’d rather have one potent eye cream that won’t break the bank.

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FINAL THOUGHTS
I don’t get the prices of the products (Packaging? Ingredients? Marketing campaign?). Even some online shops here in Indonesia where I live, they sold The Littles’ products separately, and they’re still expensive. But luckily, from this collection, only two products that won my heart, which is T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum and Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil. I believe the serum is the most expensive skincare product I ever owned.
I mean, it’s great that they didn’t have essential oils, drying alcohols, silicones, chemical screens, fragrance/dyes and SLS in their products, but I wish they’ll come up with some Glycerin-free products for us fungal acne warriors.

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA

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)