If you have sensitive skin, comedo-prones and an avid makeup user, but you want to cleanse without stripping or damaging your skin barrier, read on. 

In this post, I’m going to review three kinds of cleansing oils from Shu Uemura: Anti/Oxi+, Ultime8 and Botanic Oil. All of them are non-comedogenic, for sure!

So far, after many years of trying this and that, I believe that Japanese made the best cleansing oil in the world. Personally, I do love cleansing oil for two reasons. One: obviously to remove makeup (base and sunscreen), and lately I’ve been doing oil cleansing.

WTH is oil cleansing? More like a gentle peel, using cleansing oil for about five minutes max to loosen up trapped sebum inside our skin. This method is perfect to clear your skin from oil plugs. It works like a charm if you do it well. I recommend to use it on dry skin without makeup on, massage like you mean it for merely 5 minutes. You’d instantly feel those oil plugs plugged out from your pores like magic. Make sure you emulsify afterwards, and double cleanse using face wash to finish off. 

What are the differences between these three?
Ultime8: using 8 precious oils with a cashmere-like texture, for softer, smoother and moisturized skin. 

Botanic Oil: infused with iconic Japanese Yuzu extract, a gentle vitamin C infused cleansing oil with a soothing sensation.

Anti/Oxi+: contains green tea extract, moringa extract and papaya extract for more powerful removability. (FYI, I used this one for Oil Cleansing purpose)

Once you’ve tried these oils, you’d know why they cost more and why you need to splurge for that luxurious yet relaxing cleansing rituals. And I’ve read that some even use this cleansing oil on their body, too (not me, though). 

And yes, folks, I know it’s hard to find cleansing oil that are notably safe for fungal acne. But, these oils didn’t trigger mine, because I totally washed them off and double cleanse afterwards. Another trick if you want to make sure they are perfectly rinsed off, use micellar water with cotton pads to wipe and use face wash for the final steps. 



Did I splurge on my birthday month? I wish, but I did not.

A gentle moisturiser that contains vitamin B3 and pro-vitamin B5. I believe this is great for day moisturiser as it claims to minimise shine. It contains Glycerin, therefore this act as a humectant. I purchased this on market place, since it’s not available locally here in Indonesia. 
Price IDR 280K for 75gr

Yes, another oil-free moisturiser. This one is formulated with a high concentration of prebiotic thermal spring water for a double repair action of the skin barrier. This is not cheap, but it hydrates and moisturize at the same time, because of the humectant (glycerin) and emollient (Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride) ingredients inside this tiny bottle. I also purchased this on market place, since it’s not available yet in Indonesia.
Price IDR 390K for 40ml

No pun intended, but I just realized I bought skincare products this month with Glycerin in each ingredients’ list. And the second EGO QV brand that I purchased, but this one is available in our local drugstores (tip: buy when on promo). If only they carry the 1kg ones, I’d buy it in a heartbeat, since I use this for my body.
Price IDR 267,5K for 500gr 



During this pandemic, I have to admit that I got obsessed with everything ‘hygiene’, including oral hygiene. 

Staying at home (most of the time) does not mean that you only gargle and brush your teeth once a day. Do you know that there are studies about gargling with antiseptic mouthwash as a potential preventive to Covid-19? Well, there’s not yet enough evidence about it, but I believe gargling to prevent upper respiratory infection is real. Before I got myself to this gargling, sore throats were a thing for me. But it was in the past, now that I gargle twice a day. 

This is one of my favorite mouthwash. Even though it is not cheap (priced at IDR200,500 for a 450ml bottle), but it worth every gargle. 

What’s so special? Dentiste Oral Rinse has a special pH-balanced formula and uses OPTA FLOW Technology for boosting self-cleansing salivary flow, which helps reduce bacteria deposit, protect the gum and moisturize the mouth to prevent dry mouth for long lasting fresh breath. 

If you dislike the burning and stinging sensation from other oral rinse in the market, you will love this for sure. And what I really notice from my own experience, it really helps with morning breath if I gargled right before I jump on my bed. Especially now, during the month of fasting, it’s very important to keep your breath fresh. Imagine, putting on your mask but your own breath stinks. Mind me, bad bacterias from your mouth and breath will trigger maskne. So, make sure you gargle twice a day, after you brush your teeth with a cup of Dentiste Oral Rinse. You’ll feel the difference, trust me.



Last week, I was invited to the launch of this self-care face set in Watsons Pondok Indah Mall 2, Jakarta.

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Check out the cute Holographic Pouch! Currently you can get this set in one of 5 Watsons in Jakarta (Pondok Indah Mall 2, Kota Kasablanka, Grand Indonesia, Lotte Shopping Avenue, Kelapa Gading), or you can get them online.


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With aloe vera, oat and rose as its’ main ingredients, this is literally hydrating as they claimed. We can use this before makeup and/or as setting spray. Dermatologically Tested.

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Packaging: Outer box-colorful. It comes in a 105ml plastic transparent bottle with a simple yet modern design.

Texture: light pink shade water, but don’t worry it won’t show on skin.

Scent: super subtle scent of rose and aloe. Love.

Verdict: I use this as hydrating toner after my exfoliating toner. It’s very cooling and perfect for layering under makeup. And best part, it didn’t break me out (I’m surprised to see this listed already on skincarisma.com and it’s safe for fungal acne, YEAY!).


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Micellar infused tissue to gently remove dirt & makeup. Alcohol free. Gentle on face, yet powerful for waterproof mascara. Infused with cucumber as natural moisturizer, collagen to keep elasticity in check and vitamin A. No Paraben, No Alcohol. Dermatologically Tested.

Packaging: outer layer with colorful design. Inner layer: white with simple and modern design. Consists of 25 sheets.

Texture: non-grainy wet tissues. It’s the perfect amount of wetness (not droopy and not slimy).

Scent: subtly scented like cucumber.

Verdict: it cleansed well, waterproof eyeliner, liquid lipstick, foundation and all. But it left a bit foamy residue on skin.

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Honey and Cloudberry. We know honey is good as natural moisturizer, but how about cloudberry? Apparently, cloudberry is high in antioxidant. This lip balm also contains lemon and grape fruit.

Packaging: outer layer-colorful. Inside is a cute little pink tube of 15gr lip balm.

Texture: quite balmy when pressed out from the tube. When applied, it glides and melt beautifully on lips.

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Scent: smells like candies with no sweet taste. Super love.

Verdict: it gives slight fresh pink tint on the lips, very moisturizing and perfect for filling up those dry cracks on lips.