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SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

Product description

This unique Pitera-rich product by SK-II moisturizes to improve texture and clarity for a more beautiful, glowing complexion. 


Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Water, Sodium Benzoate, Methylparaben, Sorbic Acid.

Price: IDR 2.027.100 at Luxola / USD 134 at Lotte Duty Free Shop for 215 ml

Don’t kill me just yet, I still have a few of SK-II reviews lined up lol. This is the infamous holy smelly water, yes it smells a little yucky, yeast kind of smell when I first used it. By now I have developed immunity towards the smell haha.  Like any other SK-II products I’ve reviewed so far I received this in a 15 ml travel-sized bottle. I use about one teaspoon and the sample lasted me for about 1 month of regular use, both day and night. It’s either a love or hate relationship when it comes to this smelly water. Some people rate this as their must-have item whilst quite a lot totally detest this. So which category do I fall into? Read on 😉

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (I will just call this FTE) used to come in a heavy sturdy glass bottle but recently they have changed it to plastic bottle. It was light alright but somehow it feels cheap. You pay not only for the content but also the packaging too, no? Or maybe it’s just me, just let it slip, will ya? The so-called Pitera-rich product is very watery, just like your good ole tap water with hideous scent. Again it’s said to come from the yeast extract they use. You either pour sufficient amount of this product onto cotton pad and pat to the hole face or you can opt to pour a teaspoon to your palm, spread it across your face and pat dry. I opted for the latter. I’d rather have my hands soaked up the goody rather than the cotton pad. It’s absorbed pretty quick after a bit of patting down, and immediately I can feel my skin’s moisturized. Not too moisturized that I can totally skip my moisturizer. Mind you, you still need your moisturizer after applying SK-II FTE. It’s just an essence, it’s supposed to help your skin absorb the next step of your skincare better. Some kind of booster.

I notice that whenever I’m using SK-II FTE, my serum and moisturizer are absorbed faster. It’s either this FTE works or my mind is playing some trick on me lol. What I notice after regular use is that my skin is significantly hydrated, dry patches around my nose and mouth started to diminish and makeup applies better.

So.. am I a convert? Duh, yeah~~ I’ve purchased full sized bottle ever since I’ve finished the travel sized bottles. I’m on my third bottle now. Each bottle lasts me about 6 months, so I can still deal with the price, me thinks.

Pros: hydrating, readily absorbed, plumps skin up, boosts absorption of skincare

Cons: plastic packaging, mind-boggling yucky smell

Have any of you tried this? Do let me know your opinions on the comment section. Toodle 🙂



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Yep another acquisition 😀 The package arrived last Monday but as usual the hubby forgot to inform me. What I got is mainly handmade soaps and brush cleanser from Moporie.

I have few transactions with Moporie before and they all went smooth. Recently I found out Erie (who’s the sweet lady behind the online shop) is into soap-crafting. I have seen several of her products and I was really intrigued. My skin is getting drier as I age, trust me I can tolerate sandpaper back when I was teenager, but now it’s like sahara. My recurring eczema doesn’t help either. Erie claims that all of her handmade soaps are free of SLS  which is known to dry skin out. She also came up with Brush Best Friend Soap intended for no other than our precious brushes. Besides, look at those beautiful soaps! Who can’t resist such pretty goodies?? LOL.

The Soap Corner by Moporie

The Soap Corner by Moporie

So what do I get? I ordered 2 bottles of BBFs (gosh it’s brush BFFs!! lol), I intend to give one to my sister so she can start taking care of her brushes, she’s mighty lazy when it comes to cleaning up her brushes. I also got myself Yuzu Silk Soap (which I used straight away, review will come up later), (from top left clockwise) Sweet Blooms Soap, Musk Silk Soap, Rainbow Soap, Coffee Soap, Black Raspberry & Vanilla Soap, Strawberry Milk Soap, and Calendula Breezes Soap. If you noticed, there’s additional soap in the center picture. That and Black Raspberry & Vanilla Soap are extras from Erie. Very sweet right? I can’t wait to try them all out, but of course it’s gotta be one by one. The presence of these soaps definitely makes me excited whenever I’m going to shower. I will review them all for sure :D.

Signing off now..

P.S. Fellow Indonesians, we’re experiencing lots of harpitnas (hari kejepit nasional lol). What did you do or plan to do? Happy Holidayssss

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated to Moporie and all the items are purchased by yours truly, except the extras of course 😛


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Just sampling is a series where I review products on a glance, meaning the products I tried from not-so-generous samples (lol!). Pretty much just reviewing on the surface.

I came across Juara Skincare from my beauty box subscription ages ago, it was Lolabox if I’m not mistaken. The sample sachets came with a cute brown pouch which I still use up to now. Juara in Indonesian means winner or champion. At first I thought Juara Skincare is a local brand. After some googling turned out it’s a US-based company. One of the founders is Indonesian (yay to Indonesians!). The inspiration behind their skincare line comes from Indonesian botanical ingredients, they researched and formulated their products in the US. Apparently they claim to be 100% vegetarian and paraben-free.

Juara Candlenut Body Creme

Juara Candlenut Body Creme


Water/Eau, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Emulsifying Wax NF, Cyclomethicone, Illipe (Shorea stenoptera) Seed Butter, Candlenut (Aleurites moluccana) Oil, Avocado (Persea gratissima) Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Rice Bran (Oryza sativa) Oil, Dimethicone, Carrot (Daucus Carota sativa) Seed Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Carbomer, Fragrance/Parfum, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Phenypropanol

This body creme boasts to have contained candlenut, which they claim to have high content of fatty acids to help fighting dry skin. The sachet I received was sooooo small I could only use it once, all over my body. The scent was very pleasant, mild and relaxing, I actually loved how it smells. The texture was pretty light but it moisturized my skin well and left my skin velvety smooth. It retails for USD35 for 213g tube. I believe Juara Skincare is available locally in major cities, I may ask someone to get a tub for me. That’s how much I like it :P.


Juara Sweet Black Tea & Rice Facial Moisturizer

Juara Sweet Black Tea & Rice Moisturizer


Water/Eau, Candlenut (Aleurites moluccana) Oil, Emulsifying Wax NF, Avocado (Persea gratissima) Oil Unsaponifiables, Rice Bran (Oryza sativa) Oil, Cyclomethicone, Stearyl Alcohol, Illipe (Shorea stenoptera) Seed Butter, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Squalane, Saccharomyces/Xylinum Black Tea Ferment, Hydroxyethylacrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polysorbate 60, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Phenypropanol, Fragrance/Parfum

As you can see this moisturizer contains candlenut, avocado, rice and black tea. It’s supposed to hydrate and help us women fight aging :P. Texture-wise it’s a cream moisturizer, a little on the lighter side. The sample I received gave me 6 uses. The moisturizer absorbed pretty quick, left my skin moisturized well throughout the day. However there is this little oily residue I don’t like after application. Maybe it’s just me who’s used to gel moisturizer. I had this nagging feeling that my makeup would slid down on top of this moisturized due to its slightly oily feeling, but thankfully it didn’t. They recommend to mix this moisturizer with matte foundation to create a dewy finish but I didn’t try it. Juara Sweet Black Tea & Rice Facial Moisturizer retails at USD 49 for 120ml.


Juara Rice Facial Cleanser

Juara Rice Facial Cleanser


Water, Disodium Lauroamphodiacetate, Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Rice (Oryza sativa) Starch, Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Glycol Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Phenypropanol, Fragrance.

Yet another rice-inspired skincare from Juara. As you might have known, Asians love their rice, so I wasn’t too surprised it’s now included in a skincare lol. Juara Rice Facial Cleanser shared similar scent to that of Sweet Black Tea & Rice Facial Moisturize, lightly scented and calming. This facial cleanser was pretty thick but it lathered really well upon contact with water. My face immediately felt cleaned but a tad too dry for my liking. My skin is now on the drier spectrum so those who are blessed with normal skin should give this a try. At USD 25 for 134g it’s worth a shot as a little goes a long way. I only need a small dollop everytime I wash my face.

Overall, I recommend Candlenut Body Creme as among the three samples I received, this seems to be the superior one. The moisturizer and facial wash weren’t too bad either. I would love to try other products from Juara as it’s quite a promising brand.

Signing off for now, see you in next post!

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SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion

Product description

Containing AHA, this wipe-off clarifying lotion gently removes dirt and dead skin cells to allow skin nourishment. Leaving skin clean, lively and perfectly conditioned.


Water, Saccharomycopsis Ferment Filtrate*, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, PEG-150, Cellulose Gum, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, Malic Acid, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Benzoate, Methylparaben. *Pitera.

Price: USD 60/150 ml or IDR 722.100 at Luxola

Yes, another SK-II product :P. Don’t get bored just yet because I still have few other posts reviewing SK-II skincare products. Again, just like the previous cleanser, I received travel-sized sample from buying other SK-II products. The sample bottle contains 15ml of product which lasted me for 1 month with regular use. I usually pour few drops of Facial Treatment Clear Lotion onto a cotton pad, work my way from T-zone then the rest of my face and neck.

This Clear Lotion aka toner is clear liquid, just like any other toner, with no discernible smell. It boasts to have the content of SK-II miracle ingredient, Pitera. For those who don’t know what Pitera is, it’s a yeast extract claimed to soften and give youthful appearance to aging skin. I do notice that it isn’t drying, but it may be due to lack of alcohol. Also, it contains hyaluronic acid as well that is well known to attract moisture. My skin does feel a little moisturized upon application. It isn’t significant but just a tad more moisturized compared to other toner I have used before. It does a good job too to remove any makeup residue I may still have after cleansing :).

Overall, considering its performance for the past 4 months (Yes, you read it right. Four months, because I received 4 bottles of this good stuff lol) I will likely to purchase the full size after finishing up my bottles of Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Toner. It maybe a little pricey but I’m willing to fork out that extra moolah because my skin loves it. I’m open to suggestions for other toners that work similarly with much more wallet-friendly price haha.

Pros: hydrating, removes makeup residue well, contains hyaluronic acid

Cons: none so far.

Toodles 🙂




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Product description

Infused with Pitera™ and white willow extract, this foam cleanser with natural rose scent cleanses impurities around and inside pores while enveloping your skin with silky smoothness. Feel the immense conditioning effect even after cleansing

Aqua (Water), Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Propylene Glycol, PEG-150 Stearate, Saccharomycopsis Ferment Filtrate*, Sodium PCA, Glycol Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Glycolamide Stearate, Hydrolyzed Linseed Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Phenethyl Alcohol, Cocamide MEA, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Triclosan, Phenoxyethanol, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

Price: USD70/120g or IDR 774.300 at Luxola

I received a sample set of SK-II products from my mum few months ago when she switched her skincare to SK-II. Gosh she was my enabler, in the end I follow her suit after trying this set of SK-II key products. I have been incorporating these items in my daily skincare and I will be reviewing them one by one.

SK-II Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser comes in a squeeze tube with small nozzle just like any other conventional facial wash. The one I’ve been using is the sample size which contains 15g worth of product. This sample lasts me for quite a while, about 2 weeks day and night use. It’s a creamy cleanser which lathers well, I usually just need a dollop and it’s already sufficient. It’s lightly fragrant, it doesn’t bother me but to those are sensitive might want to reconsider. I do find the scent to be calming, lavender-ish like scent, if such word even exist :P.

Performance wise it does clean up any makeup residue really well (note that I double cleanse every evening, I use cleansing oil prior to using facial wash). It doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight which most foamy cleanser does. Nonetheless I don’t think I will be splurging on facial cleanser knowing that there are many others perform just as well with just  fractions of the price. It’s pretty hefty price tag just for something that goes down the drain. This cleanser is paraben-ladden for those who are concerned.

This foamy cleanser reminds me of Lancome Absolue Premium Bx Advanced Creamy Foam Cleanser. It lathers just as well, smells similar and does the same job. However I still can’t justify myself to pay so much just for something I rinse every other use (me being el cheapo). For now I will stick to my Kiehl’s Ultra Facial cleanser.

Pros: lathers well, gentle to skin, lightly scented, cleanse well

Cons: not paraben-free, considerably pricey for cleanser

See you at the next post!

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Just some newest addition to my modest stash, bought them during my short visit to KL last month. Some are my staples :D. Oh who am I kidding huh? It’s just a mere justification to buy more makeup lol.


I’m running out of my Estee Lauder Double Wear Light foundation so it was a right move to get another foundation, yes??? Truth to be told I still have bajillion foundations to finish but my curiosity won so I ended up with not one, but two foundations mwahahaha. At first I only intended to get NARS Sheer Glow, but sneaking around duty free shops were fatal. Well to my purse.. I got myself Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua. Yada yada I’m way too late to join the wagon but I’ve been itching to try these foundations out, and since I live practically in the middle of nowhere that was high time for me to get my grubby paws on those items.

I got myself 2 tubs of Guerlain Meteorites Perles, da o yo. I’ve been religiously using Teint Rose and loving how flawless my skin look, so I got 2 other shades, Medium (used to be Teint Beige) and Dore (or Teint Dore if you still remember the older packaging). I also bought the primer, been itching to try it out ever since my poor uni student days lol. Another purchase not pictured is Guerlain Rouge G in Garconne. I gave it to me momma as her birthday present and mother’s day present (cheapskate alert!! :P). I was entitled a GWP containing a brush (as pictured), a perfume sample which ended up given to my SIL, a travel size cleansing milk (which went to my mum just because she’s an avid cleansing milk user), travel sized face primer (gave this to mum as well) and sample sized KissKiss lipgloss (not pictured). I didn’t take picture of the bag they came with, it was gorgeous. Black velvet..the usual if you catch my drift.

I wandered at Sephora as well, getting SK-II Essence-In foundation refill for my mum and got myself some Philosophy body wash (this stuff is amazing btw), and little did I know I was entitled to a pouch containing samples from Bare Minerals and Sephora eye makeup remover. I snatched Maybelline color tattoo and Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm as well.

My loot was pretty modest, but I was happy with it. I haven’t been shopping makeup lately so it was definitely refreshing. Reviews are coming soon :).


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I received samples from beauty box subscription Lolabox quite a while ago. I did not manage to snap a picture before finishing the whole stuff so in this post I will be using pictures I found from other blogger.

The samples I received are from different box. I have another full size bottle waiting to be used in my drawer, of different variant. The ones I am going to review today are Vanilla Softening Shower Gel and Green Tea Energizing Shower Gel. I will update the price of full size item when I review the unopened bottle.

Cottage Shower Gel

The first one I received was Green Tea Energizing Shower Gel. The sample was enough for about a week worth of use. I found the green tea smell to be a little too synthetic, however the fragrance was not too strong so I was fine with it. Cottage seriously needs to change the Energizing part from the name because the smell is way too soft to wake me up lol. The shower gel was in the so-so department, not something I would get in near future, it’s better to stick with the good old Johnson & Johnson baby milk bath. It didn’t leave my skin dried out, it wasn’t moisturizing either.

Cottage shower gel: sample size vs full size

Next is Vanilla Softening Shower Gel. Now this I totally loathed. The fragrance was too strong for my liking. Don’t get me wrong, I love vanilla scented stuff but this one totally gave me some minor headache. Vanilla should smell softer than this. On the softening aspect, it did nothing. Again, these shower gels are considered drugstore items, so after my experience with the green tea one I didn’t set the bar too high. I am not against drugstore items, in fact I’m a strong advocate to drugstore makeup, there really are some jewels I found in drugstore but these two just didn’t cut it. Would I repurchase? Definitely no. The only good thing from this shower gel is that it didn’t leave my skin scaly. The smell, oh, the smell. Urgh.

I still have a full size bottle of Cottage shower gel that I got from Lolabox anniversary box, I think it’s in Figs. I gotta check again. I hope the last one wouldn’t disappoint me like the previous two.

Anyway, I will come up with mini-reviews soon as I have been sampling a lot of stuff. My reviews will probably on the shorter side but I hope it’s informative enough.

Toodles for now 😉

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