REVIEW: SOMEBYMI AHA-BHA-PHA 30 DAYS MIRACLE TONER

If you followed my IG (@shintarosvita), you will know that I purchased this under the influence of their super heavy rotation ads on Instagram, randomly on local online shops.

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So, I thought what the heck…it’s not expensive (I bought this for IDR 180K), if it caused me purging or break out, the worst that can happened is I loose my faith in local online shops.

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Initially I was skeptical about this so called ‘miracle’ toner. 4 reasons why:

  1. It contains AHA and BHA. Trust me, I’ve had my experiences with these two and they were not a good ones.
  2. It also contains high level of real tea tree, one ingredient to avoid that specifically mentioned by my previous dermatologist.
  3. This is my first encounter with PHA, oh nooo….after A, B, now P? Can my skin handle this?
  4. They recommend to use this twice a day as regular toner. Whaaaatttt???? After my skin got angry with me because I over-exfoliate (here’s the post), the last thing in my mind is to exfoliate.

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Thankfully they also contain Niacinamide, which is acceptable on my sensitive fungal-acne prone skin. And since they claimed this is a low PH toner, I decided to give it a go. Anyway, how would you know this will work unless you tried, right?

Surprise…surprise….it didn’t cause me any purging or break out! Let’s just see my skin improvements for the proof.

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From my experience with this toner, I believe:

  • This works well for bigger acnes, not for closed comedones and blackheads.
  • It just lightened the redness left behind by acne scars (PIE: Post Inflammatory Erythema). Don’t expect this to erase PIH, too.
  • It made my skin tone and (ooopsss) my embroidered eyebrows lighter too! (might have to touch up soon).

Of course, this is not the only thing I use to make my skin clearer. I read online, those were people who expected this to work miraculously as it claimed, but only use this and nothing else. People, you still need to do your skincare regime before and after you applied this toner. I also didn’t use this to compress my skin, I just wipe as I would with my regular toner, and pat to absorb. Even after double cleansing, my cotton pad still looks this dirty!

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I use 5 drops each use, morning and night after face cleansing regime and before anything else. I don’t like to use more because it can turn a bit foamy. It smells like tea tree and a bit minty, with no sting sensation when applied. The 150ml bottle is enough for 30 days of use for me. The big question is: do we have to continue using this exfoliating toner after 30 days? Anyway, below is my skin condition on day 30 after using this miracle toner religiously.

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I’m just writing my thoughts about the product, as I personally know that finding the right skincare products for your skin needs is like finding a soul-mate. It might have worked for me, but not necessarily for anyone else.

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA

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HOW TO SURVIVE MUSEUM MACAN: YAYOI KUSAMA LIFE IS THE HEART OF A RAINBOW

Last week, still on Lebaran’s holiday (for some), I went to this museum, not knowing a lot of things.

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Don’t be clueless like me, let me share you some things I’ve learned during my visit there to avoid any disappointments.

  1. Don’t bother using big tote bag. They only allowed small bag which can only fit your phone and wallet. Otherwise your big bag must be stored in their cloakroom.
  2. Don’t bother bringing your super hip mirrorless or DSLR camera. They only allowed you to shoot with your smart phone (bring a good one!). And no selfie sticks are allowed too!
  3. Wear summer clothing, as it can be hot inside (even with their AC on).
  4. Wear something plain if you’re planning to take lots of selfies, as the background are (obviously) dotted.
  5. Be patient. Security guards are annoying, especially on long queues.
  6. Hold your temptation to touch things aka don’t you dare touch anything. Don’t worry, you’ll be constantly remembered by the staffs (another annoying stuff).
  7. Wear shoes that can easily be take off, as some area forbid you to wear shoes.
  8. Act fast, and take photos faster. Some room only allowed 15 seconds.
  9. One session (two hours) can accommodate 800 people, so imagine having to share with them.
  10. Some lines will be closed at 6 pm and 7 pm, so arrange your time of arrival accordingly.

Here are some of the pics I’ve taken with my smartphone during my day at this museum.

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THE INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM was the longest queue in this museum. It took me 45 minutes. Luckily, we are allowed to enter this room individually, even though only for 15 seconds.

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Finally, on the 6th floor, you’d find THE OBLITERATION ROOM full of colorful sticker dots, sticked by previous museum visitors. They allowed you to stay in this room for 3 minutes (the longest in this museum), so take your time and lots of photos here. They will give you a sheet of those stickers, but if you didn’t use it, they’ll get it back. They didn’t allow you to stick the stickers on your body, by the way. So, just stick those stickers somewhere!

YAYOI KUSAMA LIFE IS THE HEART OF A RAINBOW will be available until September 9, 2018. Last words from me, buy ticket(s) online and ride online taxis there (or park across the building).

Good luck!

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA

‘ANGRY SKIN’ AND HOW TO DEAL WITH IT

Just when I thought my fungal acne is getting better (sigh).

Actually they are quite calm now, but suddenly bigger acnes popped out of nowhere, on my temples only! Stressed? Check! Lack of sleep? Check! Too much dairy and sugar? Definitely! Oh man, like seriously nothing helped at this point of my skincare journey.

I can’t believe I posted this before-after picture, when the after picture looked worse than the before (I so hate my life right now).

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On those horrible days, I’ve tried almost everything from Benzoyl Peroxide, Azelaic Acid, Niacinamide, BHA, AHA, Lactic Acid, Centella Asiatica to heal those two spots. Unfortunately, none worked! I assumed, I might have been over-exfoliating and my skin became confused by too many active ingredients. So, I decided to completely cut down my skincare regime, morning and night. I also limit my chemical exfoliation to once a month, rather than twice a week like I used to do. And I tried sulfur as spot treatment, using a local brand product. Why? Because according to simpleskincarescience.com, sulfur can treat fungal acne because it produces penthationic acid which is toxic to fungi, and it may also directly inhibit malassezia (read: my nightmare).

Without further adieu, here are my (much) shorten skincare routine.

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AM ROUTINE
Cleanser: COSRX LOW PH GOOD MORNING GEL CLEANSER. Not very foamy with quite heavy tea tree scent. I was worried that it’s going to cause purging, but it’s not. Pheeww!!!

Toner: SOMEBYMI AHA-BHA-PHA 30 DAYS MIRACLE TONER. I (sort of) ditched my regular toner (Nacific Calendula) for this. Thanks to their super heavy rotation ad on instagram, I am sold. So far so good, no purging. I will keep you updated, because they claimed this toner will bring miracle if used continuously for 30 days. Fingers crossed!

Serum: DR JART+ CICAPAIR SERUM. This is quite an expensive serum (must be the packaging price). I just tried to empty this bottle, even though I believe it didn’t show any magic result on my skin. But at least, it didn’t cause me any break out. I wouldn’t repurchase this, will try other serum (I am thinking Lee Gee Haam).

Moisturizer: SEBAMED CLEAR FACE CARE GEL mixed with THE ORDINARY 100% PLANT-DERIVED SQUALANE. To reduce the tackiness of the gel, I always mixed it with squalane oil. Squalane also add glow to the skin and not worsen my fungal acnes.

Sunscreen: SKIN AQUA UV MOISTURE GEL SPF 30 PA++. It’s not a clear gel, for sure. Milky white when poured, but luckily no white cast when applied. Easy to absorb and feels very light on skin. Best of all, did not cause any break out.

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PM ROUTINE
First Cleanser: BIODERMA SENSIBIO H2O. Long time favorite of mine, long before they legally sold in my local drugstores. Been trying this and that, but always go back to this (it’s da best, what can I say)

Second Cleanser: KRAVE BEAUTY MATCHA HEMP HYDRATING CLEANSER. Don’t expect too much foam if you use this, but trust me, my skin never felt cleaner and healthier.

In the shower mask: BLITHE PATTING WATER PACK SOOTHING & HEALING GREEN TEA. It’s a genius product, I might say. Who has time for facial mask to dry these days?

Toner: SOMEBYMI AHA-BHA-PHA 30 DAYS MIRACLE TONER. Yes, again in the evening. After swiping on face, I apply this on my neck too. Never neglect neck!

Spot Treatment: ACNE FELDIN LOTION. Local skincare product with 1% camphor and 6.6% sulfur as main ingredients. It smells weird at first and the super watery texture is a pain the ass to apply directly with finger on spots, but I got the hang of it. I also applied this on my temple where the fungal acnes are. Make sure to tap until they dried down.

And after 8 days of cutting down my skincare regime to the above routines, this is how my skin looks.

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Those two humongous zits are flatten (but still left red marks), some black heads are still there (one popped out in the shower accidentally-causing an open red wound), but I know it’s getting better. But it’s still day 8, so I will check back in 22 more days, just to see the efficacy of my skincare routine and the products I am currently using.

CONCLUSIONS:

  • Never ever over exfoliate. Just pick one acid that suits your skin.
  • Find one active ingredient that suits your skin the most and stick with it (trying periods are the worst, it’s like finding your skin soul-mate).
  • Avoid skincare overload. Less is definitely more, do not let your skin get confused (too many products = too many ingredients).
  • Being bombarded by so many new skincare products is hard (I know right). Search well about the ingredients and reviews before any purchases.

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA

MY TOP 3 PRODUCTS FROM THE ORDINARY

Hence the name, trust me…there are nothing ordinary about THE ORDINARY.

Who doesn’t love high-quality skin care products at super affordable prices? Luckily, it’s quite easy for me to get this brand from local online stores.

It can be confusing to build a skincare routine from this Canada-born brand, because they are basically more active ingredient-driven products. If you’re not familiar with ingredients’ names, make sure you research a lot before purchasing. If I can have my way, I’d collect all of their minimalist dropper bottles, because they will look darn good on my vanity. But of course, I googled a lot before each of my purchase (just to be safe, because I do have sensitive skin with fungal acne problem).

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Here are my current top 3 favorites:

  1. AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution: I used to do peeling once a month at my dermatologist’s clinic. But it was so bloody expensive, I decided to do it myself at home (once a week). Warning you: this burned, especially if you are not used to any acids exfoliation. Tip: start with a low percentage of AHA & BHA first, before jumping in to this high percentage of acid cocktails.
  2. 100% Plant-Derived Squalane: 100% love! I used to hate facial oils, but this truly stands out from the oil crowd. I thought it’s going to smell fishy, but this is plant-sourced version. Odorless, anti-bacterial, won’t clog pores and best of all, can be used on sensitive (fungal acne) skin. Totally a winner, I use this every night as the final step of my skincare routine.
  3. Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%: if only I know about this ingredient earlier in my teenager’s days. Azelaic Acid is an antioxidant that is naturally produced by yeast living on healthy skin. Now that I have fungal acne problem, I was quite hesitant to use this at the first place, because why feed yeast with yeast, right? Apparently, according to Simple Skin Care Science, Azelaic Acid is an effective treatment for fungal acne. This really helped my clogged pores a lot.

Next on my list:

  • Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
  • Caffeine Solution 5% +EGCG
  • Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
  • Lactic Acid 10% + HA

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA 

 

MY MAKEUP DIET

As my skin is getting healed from fungal-acne, I am trying my best to stay out of any heavy makeup (read: full-coverage foundation). In fact, every Saturday and Sunday (read: non-working days), I try my best to go foundation free. If I need a rest from my working days, so should my skin.

To tell you the truth, I feel better without my foundation on nowadays. Not that I want to flaunt my better skin, but I feel like…if you don’t have anything much to cover, why bother? I used to pile on layers of concealers and foundations on my skin just to cover my uneven texture. But now I realized it was like pouring salt to the sea. Base can’t cover bumps and uneven skin. Great skin are the best base we could ever have, trust me.

These are my makeup routine before

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These are my makeup routine now

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Current faves:

  • Face Powder by Lizzie Parra: this super light powder really sets foundation beautifully and effortlessly to a natural matte finish.
  • Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation: recommended by Simple Skincare Science for fungal acne sufferers. It doesn’t feel heavy on skin with a light coverage.
  • Lakme 9 to 5 Pure Rouge Blusher: super intense blush, one dip is enough to cover one cheek. Because its’ long lasting power, I also use this as my eyeshadow.
  • Etude House Curl Fix! Long Lash Mascara: not a cheap Korean mascara, for sure. But this really did what it claims, long and curl. I love the short wand, very easy to apply.
  • Rollover Reaction Chunky! Lip & Cheek Crayon in Maccio: I left the liquid matte lipstick hype already, and opt for a subtle ones. I love this mid-toned pink shade and the creamy but not sticky texture (I skipped lip balm if I use this).

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA

MY SKINCARE DIET

You think more is better? Think again!

Well, that’s what I thought before I met Liah Yoo last month at JakartaXBeauty 2018. At the exclusive meet & greet event with the influencers (including yours truly), she mentioned about lesser products for her skincare routine. Imagine having 10 or more products with hundreds of ingredients layering on your face.

If you followed my IG @shintarosvita, you will know that I did stock up on many skincare products, mainly Korean brands (because most of them apparently worked for me). Along the way, on my skin-care journey, I found out that some ingredients didn’t work for my sensitive and fungal-acne skin. Now I’m becoming more picky when I purchased skin-care products by reading the ingredients list very carefully. I’ll stay away from Aloe, Alcohol and Yeast Ferments (specifically Galactomyces). Well… basically, things that will trigger my fungal-acne.

At first, it’s not easy for me to do what I called SKINCARE SIMPLIFICATION, because I want to put so much things on my face to get to clear skin, stat! But, I know that what I want and what my skin needs are two different things, so yeah….I am doing this now! These are my current skin-care routines

AM
Start with this gel cleanser

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Moving on to the others:

  1. Serum
  2. Toner
  3. Essence
  4. Ampoule
  5. Eye cream
  6. Moisturizer
  7. Sunscreen

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PM
Starting with Triple Cleanse (oil, micellar and foaming cleanser)

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Then moving on to:

  1. Splash Mask
  2. Toner Wash
  3. Serum
  4. Hydrating Toner
  5. Eye cream
  6. Moisturizer
  7. Oil

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Additional:

  • Exfoliate in between days: with Glycolic Acid, BHA & AHA, Lactic Acid
  • Sleeping Pack once a week after Lactic Acid

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Just sharing you guys, my before after picture (no filter, for sure!).

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Check out the improvement after about a month of cutting some products and actually using what my skin needs! Can’t be happier at this point of my life. And oh yeah, another simplified things in my life, MAKEUP! I tried to use lesser products, like I’d go #foundationfree on Saturday and Sunday. I’ll share more about my MAKEUP SIMPLIFICATION on my next post.

Remember, you know your skin best, so try not to use skincare products based on hype. Skin care is very personal. Like babies trying to walk for the first time, you will stumble and fall. But few trials will make us stand tall in the end. Good luck, dears.

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA

 

REVIEW: ROLLOVER REACTION CHUNKY! SET LIP CRAYONS

Always got excited when Rollover Reaction, one of my favorite local brands launched something new. These included.

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WHAT ARE THESE?
Well, as the name stated, they are primarily lip crayons. But these can also be used on cheeks and eyes.

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PACKAGING
Sleek black matte crayon tube. When in a rush, it’s kind of hard to open and twist the cap open. But, I love how the tip is round and chubby, I believe it’s easier to draw along the cupid lines.

PRICE
IDR 625K for a set of five, and sold separately at IDR 125K each

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SHADES & SWATCHES
They are available in five shades which names were inspired by artists.

rothkoRothko is a plum berry shade

 

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carloCarlo is a coral nude (my favorite to use on eyelids, the sheerest of them all)

 

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HOW TO APPLY
Our fingers are the best tool, trust me! Apply directly on lips and cheeks then blend with fourth finger. On lids, take some with your index finger and tap along the eyelids.

FEEL & TEXTURE
Lately, I was not in the mood for liquid matte lipstick, so these are the winner for me. It has satin finish but not shiny, feel very moist but ain’t greasy. I applied lip balm for swatches above, but I feel if you want to skip, it won’t be drying. They are not long-lasting, but if you like stain, these will leave a nice-looking stain after awhile.

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA

REVIEW: KRAVE BEAUTY KALELALUYAHA

I wish I’d listen to my skin earlier, instead of keep ‘abusing’ it with layers of makeup. Lately, if you follow my instagram (@shintarosvita), you will see I purchased lots of skincare products (mostly Koreans). My skincare products grow gradually, since I found out that most of them actually worked like a charm on my fungal acne, oily and super sensitive skin.

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Then, this caught my eyes. I’ve been watching Liah Yoo’s YT quite extensively, and she launched this brand Krave Beauty. Thankfully, Indonesia is like heaven for online stores on instagram, so I can purchased this easily here. I decided to buy this first instead of the cleanser, based on priority (just because I still have lots of cleansers in my drawer). But I definitely will purchase her cleanser as well.

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What the heck is this Kalelaluyaha?
It is a skin resurfacing exfoliator that kicks your dead skin cells to the curb, revealing youthful, healthier skin while also feeding it delicious antioxidants from dark, leafy greens. (from the website). My thoughts: Kalelaluyaha is a name from its’ ingredients:  kale, lalu (from sodium hyaluronate I guess?), and yaha (is from AHA, I guess!).

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Scent & Texture
Very watery like toner and has no scent.

How to use?
Well, they recommended to use 2-3 times a week before bed. But I use it two times a week with days in between. Soak a cotton pad and swipe over clean, dry face (after water cleanser at PM). Then, I usually wait until it absorbed well (about 5 mins) and continue with my hydrating toner etc.

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After-feeling
First time of using this, I saw my skin getting pinkish with a tingling (not burning) sensation. Maybe it’s the AHA in the ingredients started to kick in. But after that first time, no more pinkish and no more tingling. Just a clean, clear-glass looking skin. I also noticed that it improved my skin texture (as I still have some fungal acne on my forehead). Best thing, unlike scrub, this didn’t make my skin dry.

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I’VE MET LIAH YOO IN PERSON (WOOHOO!!!)
Thanks to Female Daily Network, I’ve met her three times during the JakartaXBeauty 2018 event last week. Of course, she didn’t wear foundation and if you asked me how does her skin look like in person, I’d say “GLOWING & PORELESS”. Best part, I’ve prepared the box to be signed by her, although she spelled my name ‘Shinda’. LOL.

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PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA

FROM THE US TO INDONESIA: REVITALASH

Officially launched in Indonesia a while ago, with new logo, RL.

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I was there at the launching event, and look what they gave us inside the goodie bag.

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There are the minies of:

  1. The famous: RevitaLash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner (eyelash serum with BioPeptin Complex that will make your eyelashes grow faster and thicker in just three weeks)
  2. RevitaBrow Advanced (it’s an eyebrow conditioner that will improve flexibility, moisture and shine for bold and beautiful brows)
  3. RevitaLash Defining Liner (this one is a full size and totally my personal favorite. This eyeliner smooth & glide like a charm because it comes with a crème-gel formula and the color is intense)
  4. RevitaLash Volumizing Mascara (water-resistant, smudge-free mascara that will volumize and define each lashes perfectly)
  5. RevitaLash Volumizing Primer (for a smoother mascara application, use this high-performance amplifying lash primer)
  6. RevitaLash Hi-Def Tinted Brow Gel (contains peptide and oat beta glucan that will help fortify the appearance of dramatic brows).

For more infos on how to buy and more products selection, please click here

PHOTO: SHINTA ROSVITA

[NEW] ROLLOVER REACTION STORE

Congratulations Rollover Reaction, for their store opening this week in Plaza Indonesia, level 4, Jakarta, Indonesia.

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A very well-lit store, mostly in white with arrays of their products.

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One of the owners, Dinar, told me that their latest launch, Chunky was sold out online in a day, but you can get these here. Hurry!

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Here, you can also get their limited edition products and sets.

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You can also try your luck after purchasing their products.

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And a very thoughtful way of shopping, try the products on the racks, fill in the pink form and bring it to cashier. They will pack everything for you when you are paying for your stuffs. Shopping for makeup never been easier!

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PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA