If you love to try bunch of skincare products, there’d be times when you fell in love with it from the first use.

Here are (some of) mine:

So far, it’s my go-to cleanser, especially on those days when maskne attack and you just need a gentle cleanser to cleanse. Fragrance-free, easily rinse and didn’t leave any after-feel, it’s easy to fall in love with this cleanser. 

Minimal ingredients always get me and having oatmeal extract as the main ones is awesome. Natural oatmeal always safe my skin whenever they’re angry or over exfoliated. And finding a light and simple moisturiser for fungal-acne prone skin like mine is no joke, people!

I guess it’s my best skinvestment so far. I use this every morning for deeper yet gentler cleanse after all the retinol that I applied on my skin at night. 

It had me at the first whiff. It smells so good for a cleansing oil, which is kind of rare. It glides so luxuriously on skin, emulsified perfectly and it didn’t leave any weird after-feel. Yes, it is expensive but worth every pump. 

Similar result of physical exfoliation without the harshness. If you have everlasting clogged pores like mine, you’d want to try this. It has no fragrance and it’ll foam up to cleanse perfectly. 



Personally, I always believe in the power of great cleanser. It’s a “Make It or Break It” situation for me.

Yes, serums are great, actives are great, but really what cleanse our skin thoroughly is cleanser. Now, I’ll be discussing about a different type of ‘just face cleanser’, they are called ENZYME CLEANSER.

First thing first, what the heck is Enzyme? Well, I did some research online and Enzyme is a “chemical that speed up the rate of a reaction between two substances without being consumed themselves. Enzyme works by breaking down that keratin protein to reveal smoother skin.”

Do we really need this type of cleanser? Well, as you might know, we all need exfoliation. Some (like myself) might depend only on chemical exfoliation, just because physical exfoliation (traditional scrubs) can be too rough on sensitive skin. But if chemical exfoliation is also too tough on your skin, because you simply can’t take the actives, you might try this enzyme cleansing method. It is noticeably one of the softest way to break down dead skin cells and other impurities. So, if you have oily and easily congested skin but very sensitive to harsh exfoliation, give enzyme cleanser a try. Please do treat this as a second cleanser, use your regular first cleanser to remove makeup.

There are currently two forms of enzyme cleansers out there:


Yes, in a powder cleanser form. It literally contains no water, very concentrated formula that will go farther than liquid cleanser.


Made in Japan, they’re individually packed and contains soybean milk filtrate (for that enzyme action) and silk powder to soften skin.

How to use? When water is added, the powder will become gentle exfoliating foam. Open one package, place the powder on the palm of your hand, add a drop of warm water and work up a gentle lather. Apply on face and rinse off as usual.

Pros: very travel-friendly, and because they come in a dry form, they’re usually have longer expiry period.

Cons: they look like detergent (LOL), can be messy if you have shaky hands and not safe for fungal acne.


Some said that cleanser in a gel form will actually lessen skin irritation, therefore it’s recommended for sensitive skin. And one of the many fews that have enzyme cleanser in a gel form, is MARIO BADESCU ENZYME CLEANSING GEL. No wonder they claim this as their best-selling face wash. Even though they do recommend to cleanse twice daily with this cleanser, but personally I use this as a night cleanser with my Foreo. It contains Papaya and Grapefruit extract which are known for their exfoliating properties to remove buildup (the cause of blackheads and pimples).

Pros: available in Indonesia.

Con: not paraben free & fragranced



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.

Here are my current K-skincare products I’m using.DSCF6097 copy

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!