UPDATE ON MY FUNGAL-ACNE SAFE SKINCARE ROUTINE (PART TWO: PM ROUTINE)

After my update on AM Routine last week, here’s the second one, PM Routine. Please note that they’re all also fungal-acne safe (based on skincarisma.com checking).

Avene 3 in 1 Makeup Remover (I don’t understand why they put in quite a strong fragrance into this one, luckily it’s safe for me).

Purito Defence Barrier pH Cleanser (this is my second tube, and I love the clear gel texture that made my skin feels super clean but not tight).

Biologique Recherche Lotion p50T (don’t buy this if you are super sensitive to vinegar scent. It really smells like one and the price is out of this world. But worth every single drop).

I’m From Mugwort essence. (I skip hydrating toner, and go straight to essence. But still, I will layer up to five times depends on how sleepy I am, LOL. For the last layer, I mixed with Paula’s Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster to avoid stickiness).  

Drunk Elephant Glycolic Night Serum (only on acne days, and only on the spots).

Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum (my new favorite serum. I use this on areas that need to brighten, like around the nose and lips, and some newly formed acne scars).

Vely Vely Pink Calming Gel (this is my first ever face and body moisturizer. At first, I was hesitant to put it on my face. So I tried it on my neck. It didn’t cause any break out, so I decided to apply it on my face, too. It did what it claimed: soothing & calming. And I love the pink gel with pink microbeads in it).

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UPDATE ON MY FUNGAL-ACNE SAFE SKINCARE ROUTINE (PART ONE: AM ROUTINE)

Yes, I have different morning and night routine (and products, too), so let’s break them down on different post. Please note that they’re all fungal-acne safe (based on skincarisma.com checking). Let’s do my morning routine first, shall we?

Wash with mild gentle foaming wash (DHC Morning Face Wash)

Pyunkang Yul Acne Toner (this is not an exfoliating toner, but I still use hydrating toner after this, just to be safe)

Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner (it might feel tacky at first, but after a few taps, you will know why this is my favorite essence)

Skin 1004 Madagascar Centella Asiatica 100 Ampoule (this big baby lasts forever!)

Glossier Super Pure Serum (works like a charm under makeup due to its’ texture, this is my third bottle so far)

Innisfree Orchid Eye Cream (it doesn’t make my eyes watery like most of eye cream I’ve tried, and it becomes a base so my under eyes concealer won’t look patchy or sits on the lines)

Iunik Centella Calming Gel Cream (contains silicone, that’s why I use this as morning moisturizer)

Skin Aqua UV Super Moisture Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ (super love this sunscreen, no scent, no white cast, light gel texture. I already restock on my second bottle).

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COMPARISON REVIEW: GLOSSIER SUPER PURE SERUM & PAULA’S CHOICE 10% NIACINAMIDE BOOSTER

There’s the one sure thing that I can tell you before I go in details: Both are Fungal-Acne safe.

First, let me start with Glossier. This is my third bottle, so I guess you can tell that I like it that much. This serum goes after essence step on my AM routine. Why AM (you might ask)? Because it is rare to find a serum that works well beneath everything. And this works like a charm beneath everything, skincare and makeup included. Yes this is one of my absolute skin-vestment.

Priced at IDR490K (at trustable online shop here in Indonesia) for 15ml, it is expensive but the hero ingredients: niacinamide and zinc really helped my problematic skin. It helped my skin clear and reduce breakouts significantly. Unfortunately, the company didn’t state how many percentage of Niacinamide used in this HG serum. But no worries, if your skin is familiar with this form of vitamin B3, you won’t have any problem at all.

OK, let’s move on to Paula’s Choice. To tell you the truth, this is my first product from this brand. I read some good reviews about it, so I decided to purchase it from a reputable market place in Indonesia. They named this booster, but I used it with my essence in the evening as PM routine. Why so? Unlike Glossier, this is way tackier if use alone. It is sticky (almost like glue), but not oily or filmy. You can certainly feel the stickiness, even after tapping for a while. Yup, it is less comfortable compared to Glossier. But then I learned along the way, they do recommend to mix this with other serum or moisturizer. So I did mix it with my essence and voila! It didn’t feel sticky anymore. Bonus: this is the right booster if you want to achieve that glass skin look.

Priced at IDR550K (at trustable online shop here in Indonesia) for 20ml, it is more expensive than Glossier, but contains 5ml more serum. Unlike Glossier, this has 10 percent concentration of niacinamide (quite an impressive dose).

THE DIFFERENCES:

Glossier recommended to use only once a day, meanwhile Paula’s Choice can be applied twice a day. For me, I apply Glossier in the morning, and Paula’s Choice in the evening.

Glossier is more viscous compared to Paula’s.

Packaging. I like Glossier more because it’s transparent bottle so I can prepare to purchase another one before it’s finish.

SIMILARITY:

Clear texture

Price (both are expensive, but IMHO worth every drop)

Odorless

Nice pipet bottle that looks pretty on the vanity (instagramable, too!)

Satisfying result, clearer and smoother skin (less acne popping up).

Manufactured in the US (see, not all of my skincare products are from Korea).

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DOUBLE TONING FOR FUNGAL-ACNE

As important as double cleansing, people!

My current double-toning products

After that double cleanse, using toners are critical. Why? Because they’ll help to remove any impurities left behind by cleansers. But, seriously, do we need two toners to do that? Well, if you have problematic skin like me (read: prone to fungal-acne and closed comedones), you might need both, Exfoliating Toner and Hydrating Toner.

You see, exfoliating toner is like one level up from ordinary toners. Most of them have additional acids that can help clean away those dead skin cells, improving rough skin texture and dullness. This alone can be tough for some, so need to get extra hydration from fellow toner.

Just like the name stated, hydrating toner was made to hydrate. Not just that, think of it as a booster for more steps after (essence, serum, ampoule).

And….just like double cleanse, personally I only do double toning once a day, for my PM Routine. Trust me, I’ve tried to do it twice a day, but ended up over-exfoliating and aggravate those fungal-acne.

Current HG Exfoliating Toner. Expensive like hell, but worth every drop.

So how to double tone exactly? Easy. Exfoliating toner: use with cotton pads.

I like this because it’s unscented and not sticky

Hydrating toner: use your hands and tap

Then follow by essence, serum, ampoule, eye cream, moisturizer and SPF (for AM)

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REVIEW: TRILOGY

Thanks CNF Store Indonesia for sending me this Trilogy PR Kit for an honest review.

I use their Certified Organic Rosehip Oil (bought from online sis) everyday mixed with foundation. I was happy with the result because it faded my cauter scars and made every foundation that I have looked better on my skin. That’s why I’m so excited to hear the news that Trilogy is officially here in Indonesia. No more worrying about fake items! You can bought Trilogy products online here from now on, or visit CNF Stores (available in limited stores, though).

Let’s get down to each product’s review, shall we?

TRILOGY ROSEHIP OIL ANTIOXIDANT PLUS

To get a better idea of what are the differences with this and Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, here are the comparisons from skincarisma.com.

Unfortunately, this version of Rosehip Oil is not Fungal-Acne safe

Like the name stated, this oil has added antioxidant in it. It claimed to deeply moisturizing while helping to protect against environmental free radical damage.

Use two drops max on your AM and PM routine in conjunction with moisturizer. Personally, I like to put a drop on my liquid foundation to get better glow.

ROSAPENE RADIANCE SERUM

A milky texture serum (as you can see), with Trilogy’s unique antioxidant complex named Rosapene. Sea Algae in its’ ingredients list, will boost skin radiance. While aloe will maintain moisture balance and soothes for a smoother looking skin and glowing complexion.

This can be layered after oil to boost everything up. Or simply add as serum step on your skincare routine.

ROSAPENE NIGHT CREAM

Above all three, I am more excited to try this one, just because Manuka Honey was listed as one of their main ingredients. And I just love the calming, relaxing scent.

Even though it is a rich night cream, but I found it surprisingly light when it comes to texture.

My favorite way to use this was to apply over oil at night, as the very last step on my skincare routine. I found my skin feel softer and well nourished in the morning.

Go buy these if you:

  • have no problem with fungal acne
  • have normal to dry skin
  • like natural products for your face
  • want to add more radiant and moisture for your skin

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REVIEW: SECRET KEY STARTING TREATMENT ESSENCE ROSE EDITION

Thanks Secret Key Indonesia and Sociolla for sending me this special edition for an honest review.

Love the luxurious frosted glass bottle and rose gold cap.
It comes with a sealed cap

Before I start doing the review, do you know that you can use essence (not just toner) for 7 skin method (you know, that 7 layers of toner). But, of course you have to choose essence with water-like consistency. This layers well (because it’s light) and you can always build up the moisture level by adding layers up until 7. Or you can do a simple mini facial by soaking it with a thin cotton pad, leave it for three minutes for soothing purpose.

This treatment essence claims to moisturize, brighten, good for sebum control, clearer skin and improve skin elasticity. It’s also free of 10 harmful factors, with added Rose Flower Water (great for dry skin).

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE: BEFORE & AFTER STE

Please note that it contains 94% of Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate (identified as Fungal Acne trigger on skincarisma.com)

Go get this if you:

  • Have dry and dehydrated skin
  • Have no problem with fungal acne
  • Don’t mind with mild yeast-like scent (like most of fermented skincare products)
  • Like minimal ingredients list (this only contains 9 ingredients)
  • Like moisturized and instant radiant effect on skin
  • Want an affordable essence that can prep your skin in a gentle way

And make sure you get the original Secret Key by shopping at Sociolla, here (good news, they’re having Payday Promo all 30% off).

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REVIEW: SHU UEMURA THE LIGHTBULB FOUNDATION

Thanks Shu Uemura Indonesia for sending me this for an honest review.

If you have trouble finding a tailor-made liquid foundation for Asian skin, look no further. I’m sure you’ll find your perfect shade from this product range. Mine is shade #764 Medium Light Beige, perfect for my current skin tone.

Be aware of the top 5 ingredients which include PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate (identified as Fungal Acne trigger on skincarisma.com).

Without further adieu, let’s see how this foundation looked on my face.

BARE FACE
ONLY FOUNDATION
SET WITH LOOSE POWDER

Tips: Don’t use too much if you have oily skin.

Go buy this if you like:

  • fluid foundation
  • natural looking glow
  • flawless complexion
  • comfortable base makeup
  • perfect base for everything after (serious awesomeness)
  • light to medium coverage foundation

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EASY & AFFORDABLE SKINCARE FOR FUNGAL-ACNE PRONE SKIN

Thank you to my IG followers who always inspired me to create my blog content based on their questions. And one of the most asked is: “I want to develop a skincare routine for my fungal-acne prone skin but everything is expensive, how can I create one that’s easy to my pocket?”

Well, it is quite a challenge to find skincare products below IDR200K each that’s safe for fungal-acne. But, after all the soul-searching (on skincarisma & cosdna of course), and I included some of local brands (because they’re easier to find), here’s what I found!

MAKE UP REMOVER: NAMEERA PURELY BRIGHT MICELLAR WATER (IDR67K for 100ML)
CLEANSER: ELSHESKIN DEEP CLEANSING SENSITIVE (IDR90K for 60ML)
TONER: PYUNKANG YUL ACNE TONER (IDR130K for 150ML)
ESSENCE : NAMEERA HYDRATING GLOW ESSENCE WATER (IDR140K for 110ML)
SERUM: THE ORDINARY NIACINAMIDE 10% + ZINC 1% (IDR125K for 30ML)
AMPOULE: LEEGEEHAAM GROW VITA PROPOLIS AMPOULE (IDR185K for 15ML)
MOISTURIZER: INNISFREE ALOE REVITAL SOOTHING GEL (IDR101K FOR 300ML)
SUNSCREEN: SKIN AQUA UV SUPER MOISTURE MILK SPF50+ PA++++ (IDR45K for 40GR)
SPOT TREATMENT: SARI AYU INTENSIVE ACNE CARE (IDR24K for 12ML)

Still under the budget? Well, you can skip some steps like essence. So go straight to serum after toner. And you can skip ampoule too. Basically, all you need is: cleanser, toner, moisturizer and SPF (in the morning) or spot treatment (at night). So feel free to adjust according to your budget.

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REVIEW: SULWHASOO SHEER LASTING GEL CUSHION

Thanks Sulwhasoo Indonesia for sending me this for honest review.

Always love Sulwhasoo for their luxurious packaging. This Sheer Lasting Gel Cushion included.

Inside the box, there are two puffs and they’re not ordinary cushion puffs. They’re specially designed 3D puff with squares like texture to make application more even and smooth.

What made this cushion different?

Check out the micro mess on top. I believe this help to control the dosage when you tap the puff on it, so it’ll perfectly deliver what it claimed: feather-light complexion with sheer glow with just one single touch.

Texture: Very light gel (almost watery in some extent) that dries down to a semi-matte finish.

From the product’s brochure, it contains SPF35 PA++ with Sea Buckthorn Berries as one of the main ingredient (for a vibrant complexion).

Shade: They sent me No 23, which is Natural Beige (it perfectly matched my skin tone at the moment). FYI, they carry 5 shades in Indonesia.

Now, let’s see how this applied on my face.

Bare Face
Wearing cushion only
Set with powder and full makeup

Unfortunately, this is not safe for fungal acne prone skin when I checked on skincarisma.com. But the triggers’ ingredients are way below the top 5 ingredients, so I felt a bit safe when I use this. So far, it didn’t trigger my fungal acne (God forbids).

Go buy this if you like:

  • luxurious packaging
  • light feeling base makeup
  • sheer and natural looking skin
  • semi-matte finish

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REVIEW: LAKME ABSOLUTE REINVENT X ANGGIE RASSLY PRECISION MARBLE BROW PENCIL

These certainly made ripples in the makeup world. New brow product features two shades (one darker and one lighter) in one pencil, with marble-like textures (look closely and you shall find).

They come in a nice box (sorry I forgot to take the pic of the box), complete with instructions on how to use the pencil and a sharpener. Available in two shades, Marble Grey and Marble Brown. Priced at IDR139K a pop, I think it’s a reasonable price, considering they come with spoolie brush at the other end of the pencil and a sharpener (made in Germany).

Even though I had my eyebrows embroidered by the one and only Anggie Rassly who collaborate with Lakme to create these gorgeous looking pencils, I still use eyebrow pencil daily to accentuate them. And I like my eyebrow pencil to: last all day (who touch up their eyebrows, seriously?), slightly waxy and hard, doesn’t break easily and looks as natural as possible. Of course, Lakme Absolute Reinvent X Anggie Rassly Precision Marble Brow Pencil checked all my boxes.

I use Marble Brown for natural everyday look
Marble Grey for special occasion, because it is bolder.

Go buy this if you like:

  • user friendly eyebrows pencil
  • using spoolie brush that comes with the pencil
  • sharpened eyebrows pencil
  • natural looking eyebrows

Where to buy? Lakme boutiques (Central Park & Senayan City, Jakarta), department stores, local cosmetic stores and online

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