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Saturday, May 15, 2021

[SKINCARE REVIEW]: STYLE KOREAN X THE PLANT BASE

Hello People! Last month was my birthday and I was utterly excited when knowing I was selected to be one of the reviewers from STYLE KOREAN's Try Me Review Me event. In this time they collaborate with THE PLANT BASE, one of skincare brand that has been on my wishlist for some quite time. 


ABOUT THE PLANT BASE
This South Korean brand started their business in producing natural soaps. The company then expanded their business into skincare and already exported to over 10 countries. The Plant Base is only using natural plants and certified organic ingredients in formulated their products. While some use refined water, The Plant Base uses plant extracted water which boost up self-regenerate power of all skin type. Their products are also formulated with only natural plants & certified organic ingredients

AC CLEAR MAGIC FOAM A1+
A mild cleanser with claims specially formulated for sensitive and troubled skin type. 



TEXTURE
It has white, creamy and thick texture with a nice scent like tea tree. So pleasing! It lathers up into soft foam with lots of bubbles. 

PACKAGING
Comes in a squeeze tube and weighted for 120ml.


KEY INGREDIENTS
●Contains of Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract (44%) as the key ingredient for antioxidant as well as soothing effect.
●Completed with various active ingredients of AHA/BHA with its powerful for deep cleansing and remove dead skin cells. 

Besides, TPB also has some of patented ingredients such as :
● Inflax : acts as the antioxidant and provides skin revitalizing
Phyto-Oligo : the Althaea Rosea Root and Aloe Vera extract help in moisturize and soothe the skin. 


MY THOUGHTS
●I initially used it twice a day but after a couple of days I feel it dries my skin. I was thinking it might be because of its active ingredients. I then minimized the usage only on PM and some other days on AM. It's not a daily cleanser kind of type for my dry skin.
●However, it's a nice and gentle cleanser to be used. It does perfectly cleanse the impurities of makeup and dust. Skin feels squeaky clean and refreshed. 

AC CLEAR PURE N SKIN
A clear toner with its benefits for skin purifying, balances skin's pH level, treats some trouble skin and controls the excessive oil.



TEXTURE
Clear, watery toner with a mild mix citrus-y and mint scent. It sinks quickly into skin, leaving it refreshed.  

PACKAGING
It's housed in 180ml mint green plastic bottle, where you can see clearly the amount of the product.

KEY INGREDIENTS
●Among the other AC Clear products, this toner holds the high percentage of Centella Asiatica extract (90%), protects skin barrier and reliefs skin.
●Some other soothing agents are Panthenol and Allantoin, these are also my helper when my skin gets irritated. 
●The other noticeable ingredients are Ulmus Davidiana Root as an anti-inflammatory and some essential oils (rosemary, basil, tea tree, peppermint)


MY THOUGHTS
● I really enjoy using this toner. I can feel the soothing sensation upon application, it feels so relaxing. Leave my skin refreshed and prepare for the following steps.
●I also like to use it with the Chizu Saeki Method (CSM) by placing the cotton pads on my problematic areas. It helps in healing the acne I had. 
● The lightweight formula makes it comfortable to use it in many layers. But this toner doesn't hydrate my skin enough, I have to use 4 or even more layers to get the hydration level I want. But it's ok, as I can adjust with my serum or moisturizer. 

AC CLEAR MAGIC CICA CREAM
It's an ointment cream with functions as a blemish treatment, repairing and reinforcing skin barrier as well as firms the skin. 



TEXTURE
It has a thick, buttery consistency that glides smoothly on skin. Has a slight natural tea tree scent. 

PACKAGING
Encased in squeeze tube for 60ml of size. 


KEY INGREDIENTS
Formulated with 55% Cica Extract gives an excellent work for antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect, soothe and protect skin.
Green tea powder, loaded with Vitamin A & C, works as antioxidants and to keep skin healthy.
Neoendorphin, a patented ingredient for wound healing and skin regeneration. Essential oils and tons of fruit extracts are also included in this cream for moisturizing and control sebum properties.

MY THOUGHTS
This cream does the jobs as it claims. It helps me in healing my acne which appeared around my cheeks. I can see in the next morning, the acne is slowing down diminishes.
I apply this cream in two different ways, either only on my problematic area or all over the face.
● It takes some time to sink on my skin, eventhough i apply a thin layer and it leaves a shiny dewy finish. Skin also feels soft and plump.
● In my case, this cream doesn't work well with makeup. Thus, I prefer to use it on PM only. 

AC CLEAR MOISTURE PURE N CREAM
A face cream with its claim to deliver skin moisturized for 24hours with the soothing and calming effect to treat the irritated skin. It's also formulated o protect skin's barrier and help with sebum control.



TEXTURE
Lightweight gel cream in translucent with a smell of tea tree and peppermint, very relaxing. 

PACKAGING
This tube packaging is a new house for this cream, because the old one was packed in a jar. It's a plus point as it will keep the product hygiene and free contaminated from germs. It has 100ml of size, such a generous amount for a moisturizer. 


KEY INGREDIENTS 
Enriched with 76% of Cica Extract known in providing skin healing and anti-inflammatoty.
This cream also has Niacinamide to help in improving the appearance of uneven skin tone and brightens the skin.
●The other notable ingredients are Adenosine as an anti wrinkle; the Natural Protector patent ingredients for moisturizing and sebum controlling and lots of Essential oils.


MY THOUGHTS
My skin loves this gel cream that much. The light texture, make it spreads easily into face, absorbs fast and leaves my skin plump and soft.
The immediate cooling sensation upon applying is what I like the most from this cream. 
Unlike the Cica Magic Cream, it dries matte on me when fully absorbed and works well under makeup. 

TIME STOP COLLAGEN AMPOULE
An anti-aging ampoule that is rich in nutrients to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve skin elasticity.



TEXTURE
Brownish, viscous and its consistency reminds me of honey. It has no detectable scent.

PACKAGING
Housed in a twisted dropper plastic bottle with gradation of rose gold and silver, which makes this packaging looks luxurious. It's sized for 20ml. 


KEY INGREDIENTS 
●Enriched with 76% of Hericium Erinaceum (Mushroom) Extract as the main ingredient, with its benefit to rejuvenate skin and provide skin protection from external factors.
●The other formulas as the anti-aging properties are Tremella Fuciformis Extract, Schizophyllan and the patented ingredients Syn-Coll as well as Adenosine.
●It's also completed with Hyaluronic Acid, known for its powerful in delivering hydration.


MY THOUGHTS
●I've enjoyed using this ampoule day and night. 
●It's quickly absorbed into my skin and there's a bit of a tacky feeling. Yet, it's still convenient to be mixed with other skincare and can be used as a booster.
●It has a moderate hydration level for me.
●As for anti-aging claims, I haven't yet seen any significant improvement. Really need more time for this one. Definitely will give you guys an update.

TIME STOP PEPTIDE EYE CREAM 
An all-in-one anti aging eye cream that can be used to treat eyes area, entire face and neck lines. Gives a radiant looking and rejuvenating look.



TEXTURE
It has gel watery texture, lightweight, sinks fast onto skin.

PACKAGING
The packaging is simple yet pretty. Comes in rose gold slim tube. It's weighted for 30ml.

KEY INGREDIENTS 
●Contains of 36% Rose flower extract for skin soothing & regenerating.
●10% Honey extract to provide deep moisturizing and prevent skin aging.
●Adenosine as the anti-wrinkle and Niacinamide for brightening effect.

MY THOUGHTS 
●I love tis eye cream! It makes my eyes area hydrates and looking so bright.
●It blends well with my concealer.

And that's all my reviews for The Plant Base products. Should you wanted to try those products, head up to Style Korean Website. Thank you and see you on my next post. Stay safe!

xOxO
Cath

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

[SKINCARE REVIEW]: ASTALIFT JELLY AQUARYSTA

Hello People, it's May already and welcome back to my new post with a skincare brand from Japan "ASTALIFT". If you heard about FUJIFILM, I believe what comes first from your mind is about their photography. But, since 2007 they have evolved their business line into cosmetics wherein they connect between photographic film and skincare. This time in collaboration with Clozette Indonesia, I got a chance to try one of their best selling products, ASTALIFT JELLY AQUARYSTA with their renewal formulation. Interesting enough to get to know more? Let's start!

A bit story for the birth of ASTALIFT, they have dedicated for researching and developing it for around 80 years. In creating this brand, they're using four different technologies; nanoparticle formulation, various collagen, anti-oxidation and optical analysis technology, and when it all combines, it delivers beauty to all of us.


Let's now talk about the product. As the signature product of Astalift and has been raved by many beauty enthusiast, no wonder, this Jelly Aquarysta has won in some beauty awards. This is not an ordinary jelly. It has multifunction benefit as an anti-ageing skincare, Pre-serum or skin booster that helps in optimizing the next skincare step and as make up primer. 

So what is the differentation with the previous one? This new version has higher 10% of Ceramides ingredients and stronger antioxidants using Asenyaku extract. Ceramides is known with its benefit to protect and strenghten our skin barrier. While the antioxidant acts to protect our skin from the exposure of sun rays. 


And as mentioned earlier, Fujifilm is using Nano technology to create the Nanoparticles for the ingredients. Those ingredients are Human-type Nano-Ceramide, Nano-Astaxanthin and Nano-Lycopene. With this Nano size, it deeply penetrates on the layer of the skin, so the product work as it's said and given the result faster. 
It holds well the skin moisturization.

The other powerful ingredients on this product are Collagen and Damask Rose. As an anti aging propreties, Collagen acts in reducing fine lines, wrinkles and other signs. 

This product suits for all skin types and all ages. It also can be used to those who are on fasting. As it will keep your skin hydrated and able to minimize the acnes that might appear during fasting month.


TEXTURE
It has gooey orange jelly texture with a rose smell. Very feminine. Feels light and easily spread on face. The absorption is pretty fast and doesn't leave any stickiness or whatsoever on my skin. It's convenient to use both AM/PM.




Another interesting thing for this texture is, no matter how brutal you scoop the product out, this jelly will come back to the smooth form, just like the first time you opened the product. 

How to use it? I use it on the step after toner, by simply scoop the product at this small pea size and place on my palm. Rub it on my palm and apply with upper motion to the face. Gently pat pat afterwards and wait until it well absorbs. I'm then ready for my next skincare step.


PACKAGING
The Astalift Jelly Aquarsyta has a well designed and luxury packaging. It's housed in red sturdy and thick acrylic, equipped with a spatula to make it hygiene when you scoop out the jelly. I also like how this one comes with a clear holder to place the product and yes, it's seen beautifully on my stash.


The information about the products are printed inside and outside the cardbox, but all written in Japanese.  


This product comes in two sizes, mine is in 40gr with retailed price IDR 1,473,000. Don't worry if you run out the product as they provide the refill with affordable price.


FINAL THOUGHT
I really enjoy applying this kind of jelly product to my skin. Whenever I use this product, I can jump into simple skincare step (or knowing as skipcare), because it well hydrates my skin during the day. Really. Besides, my skin feels so smooth and plump, eventhough I just use it for around two weeks. I know it sounds crazy, but this is the result that can be seen fast. Ever since it's loaded with antioxidant and has multifunction as makeup primer, I use this in my morning routine. Makeup stays nicely, no crack, no worries. 


You can also try and find this product on offline store at SOGO Central Part and Lotte Shopping Avenue or you can also shop the product online at their official store at Tokopedia and Shopee Mall.

Here comes to an end, hope you guys enjoy reading my thought about Astalift Jelly Aquarysta and see you on the nex post !

xOxO
Cath💓

Sunday, April 18, 2021

[REVIEW] : MEDIMINE DERMA CONTROL SERUM

Hello my beautiful readers, it's gonna be my first blog post in 2021 after taking a break for quite long time. Hopefully all of you are doing fine now in the midst of the ongoing pandemic. Today, I'm going to share with you the new skincare brand from South Korea, MEDIMINE, which I've been trying this product for the past one month. Let's dig into details!

Medimine itself is a brand from Mine Clinic in Seoul, South Korea. The brand comes with tagline "Dermatological Solution" as it was developed through the research and well experienced dermatologist as well as stem-cell experts. Their products are derived from selected natural ingredients with no additives and harmful substances and they have ensured it's effective for all skin types, even for the sensitive skin. 

We know that if our skin barrier is in damage and we don't treat it well, all the skincare we use might not absorbs and work well into our skin. Therefore we need to find the products to repair our skin barrier first. Gratefully, Medimine has listened to our concerns and after the 3-years of long journey, they finally launched DERMA CONTROL line that consists of Toner, Serum and Enriched Cream. This line was created as the solution to maintain and repair damaged skin barriers. This time I've got a chance to try their Derma Control Serum.


MEDIMINE DERMA CONTROL SERUM





TEXTURE

At first glance, i thought it has gel kind of texture as there were bubbles can be seen through the bottle. But I was wrong. Once I pump out the product, it has clear, watery and light texture with no fragrance. 


PACKAGING
This whole line has minimalist design. As for the serum comes in clear plastic bottle pump in square shape with dark blue cap. It gives me an ease to see the remaining product in the bottle. While for the expiry date can be found on the bottom of the bottle or on the cardbox.

Sunday, December 27, 2020

[MAKEUP REVIEW]: LAVINE BEAUTE LA PARFAITE LIP EYE CHEEK TOKYO SERIES x PATRICIA STEPHANIE


Hello loves, it’s been so long I haven’t written to my blog. Today, I’m gonna share my review of Lavine Beaute La Parfaite Lip Eye Cheek x Patricia Stephanie in Tokyo Series, weherein I got this bundle from my first web hunt. I’m actually not so that into web hunt because I don’t like to sit and starring behind on my phone on the appointed time to get ready for the hunt. But this one is an exception. Let me tell you why.


After successed collaborate with some influencers few years ago, this time Lavine Beaute collaborate with Patricia Stephanie for La Parfaite Lip Cheek Eye. Patricia Stephanie herself is a fashion designer with her own brand under the name Sovi Atelier. For this collaboration, they have two series of bundles to be released at the same time which are "Tokyo series" and "New York series". But due to some reasons, the Tokyo series launched first then followed by New York series few months after. The Tokyo series itself comes in three different shades wherein the name of each liquid lipsticks are inspired by the cities in Tokyo, like Omotesando, Daikanyama and Ginza. If you like Japan and have ever been there, you will never get bored with these cities. The scenery and food are some of plenty reasons to come back to Japan. Anyway, back to the review, I already fell in love with each shades of this series when they swatched it for the first time. The shades really represent my everyday colors and it's all wearable to use for day and night occassion. So without long thought, I told myself I should get this bundle. 

PACKAGING
Before I’m going with details of the packaging, let’s talk first what us inside this bundle. This bundle comes in dove plastic pouch with Tokyo printed here and there which is cute. Inside of the pouch, you will get greeting card, dog luggage tag (the dog is owned by Patricia and his name is Mochi) and of course the the three shades of La Parfaite Lip Cheek Eye.  






TEXTURE & FORMULA


SWATCHES

Daikanyama

Omotesando
Ginza


xOxO
Cath💓
 

Thursday, October 15, 2020


[REVIEW]: BASE PERSONALIZE SKINCARE


Hello lovelies, Welcome back ! Today on this post, I’m going to share my new experience in trying personalized skincare. Have you ever tried skincare that personally made for you? Well this is my first time though, that’s why I was super excited when SOCOMY offer me a collaboration to try this brand’s products. So, the brand itself named BASE. They’re relatively new and they brought different concept of skincare to the market. Curious already? Let’s find out!

Everyone is unique so does their skin, so when we talk about skincare we couldn’t generalized to the same solution, we should look back what each individual skin needs. Please do remember, to always listen to your skin. Hence, BASE provides personalized skincare based on the needs of its users. The products itself are personally made based on what your skin type is, skin-goals and lifestyle. It’s such a great innovation, as BASE will help to those who are clueless about their skin and simplify the process of finding skincare that suit to their needs.

Thank you and ingredient card


You all might be wonder how does it work. Isn’t it? So BASE provides the free skin analysis by taking Skin Test on their website BASE. The skin test itself is to gather much information about your skin and lifestyle, that consists of what your skin type is, skin goals, your current skin condition such as the frequency of having acne, type of acne and so on. The test also will ask about skincare products you use for now, either you use active ingredients namely retinol, AHA/BHA; the frequency of having sun exposure and last is your lifestyle like sleeping habits and how you commute daily. After you’re done with your skin test, you can just simply sign up to the website with your active email to see the results and the recommended products. You will also find the breakdown of ingredients that match with your skin and its benefits. Sounds interesting to try right?


The products BASE offers are simply basic skincare which are personalized cleanser, toner and moisturizer. All made from plant-based (fully vegan and organic), cruelty-free, non SLS and artificial perfume colorant free. Worry not, they produced their products locally with GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) facilities and BPOM certified already. Wohoo!!

So, I already took the skin test and the result mentioned the ingredients that are good for feeding my skin. Oh, my skin is dry to combination dehydrated, it changes sometime due to weather or women period time. So, I chose the Personalized Basic Kit, consists of full sized personalized Purifying Cleanser (100ml) and Moisture Cream (30ml). These products are formulated with some of the key ingredients include Jojoba Seed Oil (moisture sealer), Pullulan (locking moisture), Vitamin E (skin softener), Phytosphingosine (Cermaide booster), Avocado Oil (collagen promoter) and Ceramide (barrier enhancer). Not forget to mention, inside my terracotta box I also got a cute useful pouch, stickers and thank you card as well as “ingredients” card that come along together with the products. And yes, all these only cost for IDR 287,000 and they provide free delivery within Indonesia only.


The pouch

Sticker pack

And now it’s time for product review and own experience after using it.

NINE TO TEN PURIFYING CLEANSER


PACKAGING
Basically the packaging of BASE products come in white ceramic and labelled with your name printed on it “Made for Catharina”. It has pump dispenser with a white cap, this bottle is actually pretty heavy. I have to hold it carefully as it might slip from my wet hands. Information on how to use and other details are printed on the card box. It’s weighted for 100ml and retailed for IDR 98,000.

With cap

Without cap

TEXTURE & IMPRESSIONS
This cream cleanser is gentle and light to be used in morning or night. I like the natural scent from this cleanser, it smells like citrus-y? Well, sort of. Again, I’m not good enough in describing scent. Because of its smell, I really enjoy every seconds of my time in massaging my face. The texture itself more like lotion and no foam comes from it when mix with water. My skin feels soft after use and doesn’t feel dry nor tight. It’s one of the cleanser that protect the moisture of my skin in the same time doesn’t strip the natural oil.


INGREDIENTS
Olive squalane, Glycerin, Calendula Officinalis extract, D-alpha tocopherol, Sorbic Acid, Aqua, Decyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Caprylate-Caprate, Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate, Lysolecithin, Sclerotium Gum, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Pullulan.



ULTRA DEW MOISTURE CREAM


PACKAGING
Just like the cleanser, this moisture cream packed in white ceramic with a dispensed pump. On the bottom of bottle, you’ll find the expired date information labelled on sticker. This single bottle contains of 30ml moisture cream and price for IDR 189,000. 


The expired date 


TEXTURE & IMPRESSION
This moisture cream has lotion texture in lightweight. It spreads easily on face and the absorption is pretty fast. I found it has glow finish that makes my skin looks healthy for instant. I use it on my AM and PM routine, two pumps of each use. But for night, it less moisture for my skin as I need heavier cream to keep my skin moist during my sleep. Thus, I sometimes mix it with face oil. While for the scent, it has the same smell with the cleanser, citrus-y.      

                   

                   


INGREDIENTS
Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) water, D-alpha tocopherol, Argania Spinosa kernel oil, Olive squalane, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Allantoin, Prunus Dulcis (Almond) extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Pullulan, Ceramide NP, Phytosphingosine, Aqua, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Lysolecithin, Sclerotium Gum, Xanthan Gum, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzoic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Butylene Glycol, Dehydroacetic Acid.



FINAL THOUGHT
I’ve been using these products for almost 3 weeks now and I can say, this is one of the best local skincare that my skin loves the formula since the very first beginning. I'm thinking to get the toner soon, so my personalized basic skincare will complete and wonder how my skin will like if using them all together in one routine.



If you’re still trying to find the right skincare for your skin, you can try this basic skincare by simply visit to BASE website (click here) and take the skin quiz. I also have surprised to all my readers, by using my referral code “CATHY30”, you will get 30% off discount with no minimum purchase and it’s applicable for all items. This voucher is valid for 1 transaction/user and until November 13th 2020. So what are you waiting for? Get the skin quiz now and wait your package delivered to your door-step. 

And it’s the end of my post today, hope you enjoy the read and the voucher code. See you on the next post.

xOxO
Cath♥️