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SK-II Cellumination Deep Surge EX

Product description

This light daily moisturizer is infused with an advanced whitening complex Aura Bright Cocktail EX with Pitera™, which deeply hydrates, evens out your skin and boosts its luminosity. With every use, dullness and appearance of spots are minimized to reveal your skin’s natural translucent glow.


Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Triethylhexanoin, Isopropyl Isostearate, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Sucrose Polycottonseedate, Sorbitan Stearate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose Stearoxy Ether, Batyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Undecylenoyl Phenylalanine, Methylparaben, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Squalane, Panthenol, Polysorbate 80, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Fragrance, Sodium Methyl Stearoyl Taurate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Lecithin, Polymethylsilsesquioxane.

Price: USD 150 for 50 g

Good morning beauties!

It’s still the continuation of SK-II skincare ark lol. Today I’m moving on to moisturizer, Cellumination Deep Surge EX. As usual, I received this as part of GWP. The sample I had was travel size tub. It’s pretty handy once I’m done with it as I can use it as my traveling container :P.

Cellumination Deep Surge EX hails from the latest line of SK-II skincare products aim at brightening effect. I’ve seen the full size tub in real, and oh boy it’s such a pretty packaging with all those pearlescent packaging, I’m a sucker lol. The first thing I noticed when I first used this moisturizer is the presence of shimmer. I was like, omigosh what’s shimmer doing in moisturizer?? However, once applied the shimmer was not noticeable. Maybe the shimmer contributes to translucent glowing effect that SK-II promises. Putting shimmer asides, this is actually a pretty great moisturizer. It’s creamy but very light and was absorbed almost readily. I’m using patting motion for application. It may get a little slippery during application due to the presence of silicone, but once absorbed I feel nothing but moisturized supple skin.

There’s a faint scent of citrus and rose which doesn’t bother me. It’s relaxing actually. I took a good sniff and it never gave me headache so I just proceeded and got addicted to the scent eventually haha. Performance wise, I noticed after a month of use, my skin is noticeably brighter and also I no longer have dry patches. Do notice that I said brighter, not fairer. My skin just looks better and more radiant, but it does nothing to my pigmentation.

Now, I exclusively use this a night moisturizer. The website recommends using it daily, both day and night. Some bloggers stated it should be incorporated into nighttime regimen. It’s a little confusing, but given the light texture you can use it as daytime moisturizer as well. It’s just a personal preference, really. Whatever works for you, right? I prefer lighter texture for day moisturizer, like gel as I like to layer my skincare in the morning so it’s better for me to slap on lighter textured stuff. It cuts down the absorption time.

Will I get myself a full size tub once I’m done? Maybe, I’m still contemplating. Besides I still have the Stem Power moisturizer to try on. I will see how it fares with the other moisturizer and make my decision :P. If I do, I will need to rearrange my beauty financial budget to fit this in, haha. Baby is top priority for now lol.

Plus: moisturizes skin well, brightens skin, eliminates dry patches, light texture easily absorbed, relaxing scent

Minus: does nothing to pigmentation, contains silicones and alcohol (so stay away if you’re allergic to these)

Do you have any suggestion for cheaper alternatives? I’m dying to know..

See you on the next post!


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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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First of all, thanks to Hanna that I can finally get my hands on a set of Shisheido White Lucent skincare range in sample size. They lasted quite a while though 🙂

From left to right: Brightening Cleansing Foam – Brightening Refining Softener Light N – Brightening Moisturizing Emulsion N

The picture shows the samples only, you can check out the full size at nearest Shiseido counters or at their website.

Price: I still am not really sure about the price as I haven’t got the chance to check it out at Shiseido counter. I’ll update this part again soon

What it claims:
– Brightening Cleansing Foam: A gentle purifying foam that effectively lifts away impurities and dulling surface cells to leave skin clean and bright
– Brightening Refining Softener Light N: A refreshing whitening lotion that softens skin and exfoliates as it suppresses melanin formation and reduces visible spots and dullness. Ensures a smooth, evenly luminous complexion
– Brightening Moisturizing Emulsion N: A rich whitening moisturizer that retexturizes skin, as it suppresses melanin formation and reduces visible spots and dullness. Ensures a smooth, evenly luminous complexion


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