MY 10-STEPS SKINCARE ROUTINE

As Soko Glam written, “The K-Beauty 10-Step is one of the most personalized and widely followed skin routines around the world.” A global phenomenon followed by many, including yours truly.

I have super sensitive skin with fungal acne on forehead, yes…I am a fungal acne warrior. So finding one product for each steps was kind of hard, but after a few trials, I’ve decided these 10 are the ones suited me best. Please remember that skincare is super personal, so what works for me might have not work for you.

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Well, my version of 10 steps might not be all K-Beauty Brands, there are Japanese and European brand, too. Please scroll below for more.

  1. First cleanser to remove any makeup & impurities without tugging and rubbing, DHC Cleansing Oil. This is (however) my PM Skincare Routine. For AM, I jumped right to step number 2.
  2. Second cleanse with water cleanser. My current fave: Rosette Acne Cleansing Paste, a clay type of face wash with no artificial colors, oils and mineral oils (I purchased this in Tokyo, but I believe they’re now available in Singapore too).
  3. Exfoliate (I do this twice a week every Tuesday & Saturday) with Krave Beauty Kalelaluyaha. I was skeptical at first, knowing that I have super sensitive skin that might react worse after exfoliating, but seeing the final result after just one trial made me convinced. Tip: give it time to absorb (like about 30 minutes) before moving on to another step. Psssttt…I will review about this most-wanted skincare product separately.
  4. Toning with La Roche-Posay Serozinc. It contains Zinc Sulfate which specifically designed to target key signs of oily skin.
  5. Then, move on to double tone with Natural Pacific Real Floral Toner Calendula, just because it looks beautiful on my vanity. Just kidding, it seriously minimize skin irritation and left my skin felt so clean.
  6. Hydrating with Hadalabo Gokujyun Ultimate Moisturising Light Lotion. No wonder they claim this product sold every two seconds in Japan (where they came from). It is that good, seriously. Currently doing 3 out of 7 toners skin method, but will increase soon. Tip: keep on tapping to make it less tacky and easily absorb.
  7. Moving on to Ampoule. My favorite is Tosowoong Propolis Sparkle Ampoule. Knowing that my skin can tolerate propolis (some people might not be), I believe this made my skin look more radiant and glowing. Perfect for under makeup as well, I treated this like a primer (AM Skincare Routine).
  8. I took my eye care seriously, so I never skipped on eye cream. This is my current fave (found it in one of Tokyo’s drugstore). Oops the brand is in Japanese, so yeah let’s just call this Whitening Eye Cream.
  9. For red and ‘angry’ spots, Dear Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream will work like a charm. But if I haven’t got any, I’ll skip this step.
  10. Last step of my skincare routine for AM is definitely sun protection using Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50+/PA++++. It’s super waterproof, perfect for me because I sweat easily.

If you think I spent hours doing these steps everyday, you are wrong. Except when I exfoliate, I spend 10 minutes (max) only. Anyway, I believe #selflove is super important, so even though I do hold on tight to “time is money” policy, watching your skin improving every step of the way is priceless. Who’s with me?

PHOTO: SHINTA ROSVITA

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FUNGAL ACNE: MY STRUGGLE IS REAL

On & off relationship with bumps, that’s me!

I didn’t remember when was the last time I had a 100% clear skin, I guess never. I do remember when my face was full of acnes back in my teenage years, it was so bad until I didn’t want to see my face on the mirror. But that was then and now is another different game.

After many trips to dermatologists, and they were just calming down my acnes but didn’t really make them disappear for live, I decided to take things by my own. So I search here and there, why my foreheads are full with acne-like eruptions. They’re not itchy, but quite disturbing because they changed my skin texture, which can’t be covered by concealer. Then I saw Kathleen Lights’ youtube video, about her problem with Fungal Acne or scientifically called Malassezia Folliculitis. I saw her video and be like…damn…that was the same like my problem. Then.. I watched Liah Yoo’s YT about Fungal Acne and everything sort of fell into one. It’s usually due to excess yeast which tend to increase during hot, humid weather, especially when we are sweaty. Living here in Jakarta, Indonesia with its’ crazy hot and humid weather really harm my skin. That’s why whenever I travelled to colder climates country, my face started to clear up. At first, I thought maybe it’s the water, but now I know, it’s the weather mixed with our own fungus. Yikes!

Then, I began my never-ending research about Fungal Acne. This post really helps me to decide my next step to treat them. Automatically, I switched and add stuffs to my skincare routine. I added some natural stuffs in between, like Raw Honey and Moroccan Rhassoul Clay (mixed with Rose Water) for facial mask.

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After about a week, I saw better changes in my forehead.

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Here are my heroes and game-changers (from L-R):

  1. Natural Pacific Fresh Witch Hazel Pad Toner, which is formulated with hyaluronic acid and propolis (one of the powerful ingredients recommended for fungal acne). I used this as gentle exfoliator twice a week after water cleanser.
  2. La Roche-Posay Serozinc. I spray this every morning pre-makeup even before I had fungal acne, and I increase the usage to twice a day now (morning and night before toner).
  3. Natural Pacific Real Floral Toner Calendula. Beside calendula, it also contains allantoin which makes flaky & chapped skin smoother. This is my first toner after water cleanser to remove makeup residue completely and to calm and moisturize my angry bumps
  4. Hadalabo Gokujyun Ultimate Moisturising Light Lotion. Currently doing 3 out of 7 toners skin method, this is my game-changing hydrating toner.
  5. Nizoral Krem. I saw in YT, people will actually wash their face with Nizoral shampoo, but I don’t want take that route. I tried this cream which can be easily bought on my local pharmacy. Ketoconazole known to inhibit every species of Malassezia. Because I only have them on my forehead, I use cotton bud to apply Nizoral cream as the last step of my skincare routine every night.
  6. Rosette Acne Cleansing Paste, a clay type of face wash with no artificial colors, oils and mineral oils (I purchased this in Tokyo, but I believe they have this in Singapore, too). This is my water cleanser.

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Final say: This whole Fungal Acne disease made me more aware to read intensively on ingredients before I decided to purchase any skincare products (thanks CosDNA too for breaking down each of them). I’ll update you on my journey as a fungal acne warrior and will share you my complete AM and PM routine on my next post. Till then!

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA

SKIN CARE: TEAM JAPAN OR TEAM KOREA?

I know I’ve been posting a lot about makeup products review, but lately I am so into skin care.

Usually my skin care routine is just too darn simple. Morning: facial cleanser, hydrating mist (like Avene) and sunscreen (Biore). Night: micellar water (Bioderma), cleansing oil (Biore), facial cleanser, hydrating mist, acne cream and eye cream.

After my last trip to Seoul and Tokyo, I was inspired by the whole skin care products that they have there. Yes, I believe they are blessed with better water and weather, therefore they have better skin. But their skin care regimen that went viral globally, had me at hello!

So, am I a team J (Japanese) Beauty or K (Korean) Beauty?

Obviously, I’ve tried both, and mixed them in my skincare routine (day and night). What I’ve noticed about Korean brands, they put more thoughts on packaging and regime steps (hello 7 toner method and 10 steps). Not to mention, they’re also the fastest to pick up new natural ingredients. Meanwhile, Japanese brands are more straightforward in regime and packaging. Even though, sometime they will collaborate with Disney to make their packaging more princessy. I do believe in both of them, in terms of quality.

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NATURE REPUBLIC SOOTHING & MOISTURE ALOE VERA 92% SOOTHING GEL: I purchased this online, because of their hype. I think I’m allergic to the alcohol inside the ingredient, because my forehead seems to have more whiteheads after I use this. Fortunately, this is good to tone down skin redness for my kids. So I’m using it for them now.

NEOGEN CANADIAN CLAY PORE CLEANSER: very innovative product, I purchased this when I went to Seoul. It’s actually a mask/soft scrub/cleanser. When applied, they will form foam. Massage and rinse, my face feel so clean and bright afterwards.

NATURAL PACIFIC CALENDULA TONER: Seriously looking beautiful on my vanity with fresh calendula leaves floating around inside a clear bottle. No scent, this toner is so refreshing.

WHAMISA ORGANIC FLOWERS REFRESH TONER: I heard about this brand from a friend who has skin like the Koreans. Because I have oily skin, I choose to purchase the green bottle over the famous pink ones. This is my second toner to be use for 7 steps of toner (yes, I do that!)

INNISFREE IT’S REAL SQUEEZE ALOE MASK: A sheet mask is a winner for me if it’s not dripping. I like how this mask contains serum that is light. Great to use for long haul flight to feel refresh and moisturized.

These are the J-skincare products I currently use.

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HADALABO ULTIMATEMOISTURIZING LIGHT LOTION: very cheap first toner, yet very effective. I love how the stickiness suddenly disappeared when tapped well.

ROSETTE CLEANSING PASTE: facial foam to use for double cleanse purpose. Love the soft scent and the super clean feeling after wash.

DHC DEEP CLEANSING OIL: I was super shocked when I read somewhere that ordinary micellar water couldn’t remove sunscreen from our face. After that, I quickly switched to cleansing oil to remove my makeup in the end of my day. And I am glad I made the right choice. Maybe after this, I will try cleansing balm.

KANEBO SUISAI BEAUTY CLEAR POWDER: Such a practical product for traveling. This is a cleansing powder, individually package in petite hexagon shape plastic container. One is meant for a single use, just add water. It contains no fragrance, and unlike any face wash plus exfoliator out there in the market, this has the most fine beads. Super gentle on skin.

HATOMUGI MIST THERMAL WATER: I purchased this in one of Tokyo’s drugstore. I didn’t use Hatomugi Skin Conditioner for my face because it gave me bumps, but I use it to spray my hair. So yes, I use this to spray my hair too. It brings my curls back, that out of the bed look achieved!

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA

 

REVIEW: COSRX ACNE PIMPLE MASTER PATCH

Yes, this is my first COSRX. Better late than never. When I went to Seoul, almost two years ago, I didn’t shop for their skincare products like crazy. If I only I knew what I know today *sigh*.

I purchased this online for IDR45K.

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A pretty straight forward product, with (thankfully) English description on the packaging. A hydrogel acne patch, consists of 24 patches with different sizes.

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Simply follow the instruction on how to wear this patch from the back of the packaging.

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I decided to put this on over night on my whiteheads, so it was not a new pimple. Good thing about this product, it’s comfortable, even if you are sleeping with it. I didn’t feel any stretch or tingling sensation when I put this on. And when I woke up in the morning, I saw the pus had been pulled out and stuck on the patch.

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And the pus stayed there when I took the patch off my face (gave me such pleasure!).

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It really pulled off the white gunk off the pimple, but don’t expect miracles. Red spot will still be there, but at least it’ll flatten the pimple. My bad, I forgot to take a picture of my bare skin immediately after I took it off. But for you to get the idea, below is my skin condition after two days. Oooopss, got another whiteheads below to be treated soon.

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Judging from my own experience, this patch is good for whiteheads, when you can already see that your pimples are going to blow up. Save your money and don’t put it on a new forming pimples.

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA

ROLLOVER REACTION POP UP SHOP

I still remember their launch party two years ago and until today I still believe they are one of the best local cosmetic brand, that stays true with their authentic concept.

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Congratulations Rollover Reaction for your 2nd anniversary. To celebrate it with their fans, they opened a pop-up shop in Kopi Kalyan, Jl. Cikajang, Jakarta, from 23-30 March 2018.

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At this pop-up, we can find the whole range of Rollover Reaction, what they’ve launch from their earlier days, some collaborations with beauty influencers and their latest products.

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And they also put up some pics on the wall from their campaign pictures, sort of like their journey.

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Take some snap & share at the pop-up store and you can get 5% discount. It’s very easy to shop here, test some products, fill up the order form and pay.

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Happy Shopping, ladies!

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA

Review: Pixy Lip Cream

Excuse me for quite a long hiatus. I was so stressed when our government shut down tumblr here in Indonesia. You see, I started my blog in tumblr, then I always export my content from tumblr to wordpress. That’s why almost all of my posts are gone now, especially for my Indonesian readers. Anyway, now I write on wordpress, please mind me while I have to deal with my sadness of losing my tumblr account.

Enough sobbing, now let’s get to the review of my latest haul. Pixy is a local brand, licensed by Mandom Corporation Japan. This lip cream is not a new product, but I bought it because one of the Indonesian beauty vloggers said this is her best liquid lipstick of 2017. Let’s see…..

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I purchased (another) mauve shade, number 07 Vintage Rose. I believe they launched this nude shade back in August 2017.

Packaging: I have no complain of the packaging, you can see the real shade on the end of the tube. Not to be mistaken with the wand handle.

Wand: slim and small (I am not a big fan of the wand)

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Formula: vanilla scented, light and dry easily with a matte result. It didn’t transfer easily, once it’s set, it is set!

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Final words: love the soft mauve shade, but not the formula. I applied lip balm before applying this lip cream, but still it looked dry on my lips and accentuate all the lip lines that I have. Will not repurchase.

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA