Category: Hydration



Hi everyone!!
I received a package from Bio Essence Singapore where they introduce a new series with Royal Jelly + ATP. ATP is Adenosine Triphospate, the source of energy (please google up on that one when more details are needed).
Here’s some opening from Bio-essence:
Bio-essence has innovatively blended Bio Energy Fluid, Bio Mineral Amino Acid Essence, and precious natural ingredients such as Ginseng, Aloe Vera and Angelica with the addition of Royal Jelly & ATP to create out latest V Face Series.
Queen bees feed exclusively on Royal Jelly, accounting for their incredible longevity. Their lifespan is 40x longer than the worker bee. This shows the advance anti-ageing effets on Royal Jelly.
ATP helps to supply and communicate energy to skin cells like a continuous current, improving micro-circulation effectively to renew and repair skin.
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From the original 6 steps series, Bio-essence sends me 3 of them. Deep Exfoliating Gel, Radiant Youth Essence and Face Lifting Cream. All have their own uniqueness and specialty. The series comes in deep blue tone.

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Inside the product’s box there’s other stuff than details. In the cream, a measuring tape is provided. It is a tool to help checking on the V shape on the cheeks, seriously? Yes, apparently the product also promoting firmer skin which result in :

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Impressive isn’t it?! Upon usage I can feel the tightness and lifting effect. There is a slight tingling sensation, like cooling the skin. The cream feels easy on the skin, leaving the skin velvety smooth without greasy feeling.

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I recommend for anyone to try on the cream and feel it. The white creamy texture is soft and feels smooth, however, as it comes in every box, there’s an allergy reaction that might comes on some people. Bio-essence are reassuring that their products are using safe ingredients and wont harm the skin, nevertheless, please do read it carefully before using it.

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I’m only using it a few times now and haven’t do any measuring ^^ but when I do, I’ll share it here.

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Next, it’s the Deep Exfoliating Gel, there are some other products like these in the market, some are safe to be used and proven friendly to the skin and while just don’t. Where is this product lies?

Here’s the details given:

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In short, the product help to ‘clears up’ the skin and the whole look. I’m using it once a week, and beside for facial usage the product may be used for different areas, such as knees and elbows too heehee. For those bride to be, I do recommend to use the product all over the skin for that all over refining effect, and continue with moisturizer, the peeling gel helps removes everything that inhibit the nourishment to take place on the skin.

Result? A more even tone skin with radiant glow (after moisturizer).

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Here’s a bit of demo on my hand.

The cloudy yellow-brown gel is light to the touch and easily distributed, like melting on the skin

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Then, gently rub the skin, within seconds the dead skin cells will come up and rinse it with water after finish (when the skin feels dry). Use a regular facial cleanser afterwards and experience a clearer looking skin.

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The last item is an essence that feels and looks like facial oil I’ve used before. The texture is light and even thou’ it’s really like oil, it does penetrate within a minute leaving the skin feeling soft and not oily.

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The product can be used for an arms and legs too ^^ I know it is ideal to be used in the cold weather where the air is very dry, but the product also suits me who stays in air conditioned room almost 24/7.

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I use the essence after cleaning the face and toner, right before moisturizer. So Bio-essence with these 3 products are gathering up to become the 3 Treasures of The V Face Series for that v shaped face and help reduce the double chin (yippieee!!) added bonus: softer skin with firming effect and away from dryness.

Now, readers in Singapore, do you want to try one by winning it?

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Hello lovelies,

finally I have the time to finish writing about these wonderful products I’ve been using for some time. I am amazed on how the texture can be so light and fulfilling at the same time, it was like instantly absorbed. Perhaps it is due to the water-based ingredients, ohh yums!

And just a bit of history here, before all of these goodies come, the team from V10Plus ask me to do some check list on my skin condition. Where later they’ll give me products suitable for my skin based on consultation sheet, cool isn’t it?! So the result are suitable items for my unique skin. 

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I’ve done my checking and there are items that get more than 3 points: BIO CELL Serum and Ceramide Serum. The team from V10Plus add one more serum for me, the Collagen Serum. An ingredients that I used to avoid since somehow it made the acne appears. Will V10Plus Collagen Serum gives my skin the same effect?

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To understand a product, I have to use it accordingly, V10Plus is equipped with step by step guide as well … what, no toner before the serum? Nope! Apparently the serum texture itself is quite light and doesn’t need anything before usage, a clean and dry skin is enough.

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Here are my babies, the Collagen, Ceramide, and BIO CELL serums. The one that I’m really curious about is Ceramide, I know I’ve been using Ceramide based ingredients for my hair, as it helps the damage part to be strong and healthy again. I guess it’s not just my hair needs the Ceramide, my skin’s too.

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The bottles are in different colors, they are so cute, and I think the texture of the serums should be the same to0, or isn’t? Soon, I’ll find out.

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From 10 different ingredients, I am going to review 3 of them, heehee so excited!!

Here are some info from www.v10plus.co.jp:

What is BIO CELL?

BIO CELL encourages the production of energy in the skin cells. BIOCELL in your skin continues to decrease as you get older. V 10 plus slows down the symptom of aging very similar in molecular structure to estrogen. Estrogen is called the “beauty hormone”, which keeps the skin youthful. But estrogen secretion decreases dramatically from your late 40’s, so you have to supply BIO CELL to your skin.

BIO CELL is good for…

DNA Repair, Skin Cells Repair, Anti-wrinkle, Prevention of melanin production
What is Ceramide?

Ceramide is the main component of intercellular lipid, which keeps water in the skin and also protects your skin from external stimulus, such as air drying or ultraviolet ray. Lack of Ceramide depresses the barrier function of skin and causes dryness and roughness of the skin.

Ceramide is good for…

Dryness and sensitive skin. It fills in the damaged horny layer and enforces the barrier function of skin. V 10 PLUS Ceramide serum uses vegetable Ceramide, which is extracted from rice polishings.

What is Collagen?

Collagen dominates about 80% of dermis and keeps the elasticity and juvenility of the skin. It decreases after your mid-20s, so you have to replenish collagen to keep your skin looking young. 

Collagen is good for…

Wrinkles and elasticity. V 10 PLUS serum uses marine collagen which is  FRESH SEA BREAM’s SCALE. It contains more amino acids and its molecule is smaller than the pig’s and cow’s collagen, so it has more penetration power. Also, as it contains marine elastin, you can regain soft skin with this combination. 

Neat, right?! All the details provided by them and please do read on their Brand History to learn more about V10Plus.

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The one I’m going to take pictures is the green one, Ceramide Serum, why? The texture of the serum is the one I found to the thickest and almost like a gel. BIO CELL and Collagen are runnier than Ceramide. This is fascinating for me ^__^ since maybe from all those 10 they all have different viscosity according to each of their ingredients.

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Currently all of them are made in Japan and have the exact same clear transparent colors. I found no allergy or any kind of discomfort from using them (all three of them).

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I uses them daily according to my moods and figuring out my skin’s need at that time of application, so I’ve used all three, mixed all three, and any condition I want. One thing for sure, each usage is 3 drops. It could be 3 drops of Ceramide, 3 drops of BIO CELL, 3 drops of Collagen, 2 drops of Ceramide + 1 drop of BIO CELL, 1 drop of Collagen + 1 drop of BIO CELL + 1 drop of Ceramide, etc, it was a very fun activity for me, which kinda made me wish having all 10 of them ^__^ just to satisfy my ideas or creativity heehee.

The best thing about this serum are they contain NO paraben, NO chemical fragrance (they literally smell like nothing at all), NO artificial color, NO mineral oil, when opened it has to be finished within 6 months, so yes, they are included as fresh products.

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Like mentioned, I’ve used all three of them including the Collagen, and I’ve suffered zero acne. The Ceramide is a huge hit for me since it help my skin to retain moisture/hydration way better than any other serum I’ve used. I know I have to keep using them so I can see visible result, but so far for these past few weeks the feeling and sensation I get is just wonderful. Like the products are custom made for my skin.

The BIO CELL actually feels like nothing on my skin and so far I haven’t found new wrinkles/lines, hopefully in the long run it’ll help reducing the wrinkles or at least keeping me stay younger longer ^___^

And I’ve tried them with other products from other brands as well and so far they are okay. Okay as in able to be used together and in fact, adding more benefits to my skin. Since the serums are all water based they are better to be used before any other products that may contain oil or other ingredients that will block the absorption. None of other products that I’ve tried to be as light as V10Plus serums, so suggestion from the V10Plus team about using it before any other product from other brand is proven to be correct.

I know we are used to get a serum in the market which already made just as it is, in V10Plus customers can have a precised ingredients which is benefit for their individualized skin. 10 serums with hundreds of possibilities for mix and match. For me these serums aren’t just my serums for life but things may chance, my hormones, age, or I can move to another country with different climates, and changes happens. I can easily get another series of serums from V10Plus, so I think they are not the kind of unchangeable, one size fits for life, permanent serums. They are like serums that grow with you where you can choose the one that fit you at that moment. 

Will I keep using it? Definitely! Will I recommend these products to my loved ones? Yes!


Hello everyone ^__^

It’s mask time with Kose Cosmeport.

Bough the product in Japan and the new 30 sheets hyaluronic acid essence mask is ready to boost the moisture and hydration to my skin.

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The packaging is simple yet somehow I doubt when I reach the last masks down there will it be too dry? I guess I need to wait all the way to know the answer, right now, I just keeping it tight closed when not in used.

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All the details is in Japanese, but the mask is simple enough as to be used on a pre-cleansed skin and after a toner/lotion. Leave it of for 5-15 minutes and continue by removing the mask, massage in the leftovers on the skin and add the rest of the skincare, such as moisturizer. If I want to use a serum, I see the texture of the serum first, if it is heavier than the mask, I use it afterwards, but if it is lighter or water based, I use it before the mask.

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Curious to see the mask? Here it is, let’s unfold the mystery.

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Details from

www.kosecosmeport.co.jp:
About a month and use it every day,
Intensive Care mask of beauty essence plentiful.

  • Hyaluronic acid (moisturizing) combination.
  • Liquid cosmetics Shimiwatari the corner layer in the sealing effect of the mask, I lead to skin that is moistened fresh and young.
  • I combine “trehalose derivatives”.
  • In addition to seaweed extract, deep ocean water, add blending trehalose derivatives. Effect increases the moisture further, the deep part of the stratum corneum to penetrate and keep the skin was full of moisture for a long time.
  • Prescription skin-friendly.
  • In addition to weak acid, no fragrance, no coloration, non-alcohol, no mineral oil to. I was kind to skin more.

Open the plastic cover, the cover may be stick and unfold several time, I think 30x would be the correct number.

There’s a transparent plastic inside, remove it first and underneath it is the mask.

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A simple white thin mask, which I yearn for a better quality and thickness. I guess this is a simple product to be used and not necessarily contained a complex ingredients. The main feature is to add hydration (that’s what hyaluronic acid do) and that’s it.

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Haha! I look so unhappy with the mask on. It is difficult to create expression when mask is on. The fitting also not so good on me, I keep having difficulties to get it in the right place. Maybe my face just not wide enough. The essence given is basic, which means it’s just one of the routine in a daily skincare which I don’t think suitable as a weekly treatment, it’s exactly more like a daily mask. Why they make it into a mask, I guess we all know that products do need time to penetrate into our skin and work before the next one put in, this mask helps me to wait before the next one and let the skin have it’s time to absorb the nutrients it need.

Overall,

A simple mask to be used daily, gives the skin a boost of hydration and not made to be used alone, it’s just one of the skincare step, used after toner, lotion and a water based serum. Continue with the rest of the skincare such as oil-based serum, eye cream, moisturizer, sun protection and so on.

The quality of the mask could be better, but for what it’s worth, it does what it says it does.


Hi all!!!

It’s pampering timeeeee. Last week was a very busy week and indulging in a mask can be a bit of luxury moment yet sometime time is not on my side. But with this mask, 5 minutes is enough.

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Details from lancome-usa.com:

If your skin looks dehydrated, this 5-minute moisture facial restores moisture balance.

Diminishes the appearance of dry lines.
Leaves skin looking smooth and perfectly hydrated.

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Carefully examine the how to, use it on a pre-cleansed skin and add the toner. Apply a thick layer, make sure the gel reaches everywhere and leave it on. It does says 5 minutes but I can use it as long as I want, like 15 or even 30 minutes, depends on my availability on that day. The mask can be used daily as well to boost up the hydrating level on the skin until the desired level is achieved.

Do you know where to test your skin hydration level? Many beauty counters have a tool for that, anyone can get a free skin check up, including at Lancome’s. I’ve test mine for the before and after. The skin hydration level does increase after the usage of Hydra Intense Masque.

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The aroma is just wonderful and refreshing, somehow it smells like aqua. The milky light blue gel is cooling on my skin, I use it to help my skin get a hydrating effect before starting the day. Yes, this kind of mask may be used just about anytime during the day . . . or night.

Remove the leftover with a tissue and continue with any moisturizer I have according to my skin’s need at that moment. The skin become so moist and plumped. But the result is not as velvety as mentioned, it’s more to the slippery than velvety. And of left too long and all the gel has lost it’s ‘water’, the skin will become a bit sticky.

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Here are the ingredients:

Hmm, some may have allergic reactions . . . if you experience itchiness, redness, or other form of discomfort, that could be allergy. But so far, I haven’t experience any of that.

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Thank you Lancome Indonesia, you’ve pampered my skin with hydration.

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Hello everyone,

this particular item is perfect for those who wants a fuss free item in their daily routine of using skincare.

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Details from www.v10plus.co.jp:

Type: Basic-Care

All-in-one simple & perfect beauty gel.
This all-in-one beauty gel contains OSC (Ocean Stress Complex) made by Vitamin-C which contains OWC (Ocean White Complex) . 5-In-1 White Gel enters into the depth of the skin (basal stratum) and attack the Melanocyte directly.
This beauty gel has 5 effects of:
TONER
MILK
MOISTURIZER
BRIGHTENING
MAKEUP BASE.
Freckles tend to show in the dry type skin. To solve this problem, this beauty gel increases the moisturizing power with Seaweed and Pearl extract.
How to use
Morning and evening. Pump a small amount and apply evenly over the face after the serum. Let it work for a few minutes before applying your sunblock.

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For someone who always says we need a lot of products and an all in one rarely works. I stumbled to the one that actually does.

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It was like a magical product for me, used after a serum and that’s it, no need lotion, emulsion, essence, and so on. Just serum, V10Plus Nano gel 5 in 1 and sun protection or BB Cream when I want to use makeup afterward. It is a wonderful product indeed.

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The texture is light yet hydrating enough, slightly cool and refreshing, no grease, oily nor residue found. The skin feels moist but not overwhelmingly done. I don’t know how to explain this but the skin get enough plumping effect with no leftover, like the skin drink it all up and be happy about it. It’s like snow, or water drops on the skin, but effective in enhancing my skin to be and look better, pampering and satisfying. So it is really a toner, milk, moisturizer, and base in one. I don’t know what does it means by brightener, but I think it was like a pre makeup base that helps lifted up the look for that soft radiant glow, because that’s what I get as well.

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Overall, this multi-function gel is a must try item from V10Plus, I’m in love with the texture and how it felt on my skin: unique and wonderful. I’ve used it these past few days and my skin doesn’t suffer any discomfort in any form. I’m not recommending the product as a night cream, personally I love a night cream with a more hydrating effect. So I only use the V 10 Plus Nano Gel 5 in 1 during the day and before I put on my makeup. It helps my makeup to stay on longer than ever before without being dry or looking matte nor unnatural. No grease as well so the makeup doesn’t easily melts away.  Suitable to be used in a hot/humid temperature. It does help the skin to appear fairer and achieve that luminous complexion with the lightest feeling possible.

V 10 Plus Nano Gel 5 in 1 is available in Japan and Singapore.

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Try it to believe it!

Hello gorgeous!!!

I want to introduce one item which is beneficial for all skin type and can be added to any skincare routine.

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Details from www.laneige.com.sg:

Product Benefits

– A 24-hour long-lasting moisture essence that contains mineral water for skin regeneration and Water Pump System for moisture circulation to safeguard skin moisture and hold it in to leave the skin moisturized and smooth.
– Instantly dampens the skin with ample moisture and forms a natural moisture barrier on skin surface to protect the moisture that is in the skin.
– Contains chestnut extracts and seaweed extracts to enhance keratin turnover to fight roughness and energizes the skin for a smooth and healthy texture.


How to Use

1. After using the emulsion, release about a hazelnut-sized amount.
2. Gently spread from the center of the face towards the contours.
3. Cover the entire face with both hands to enhance penetration.

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Yes, it’s Laneige Water Bank Essence, a product which I think is already so famous out there and deserve the credit on it’s own for being so cool. Cool as in, it is cooling when hydrating the skin ^__^

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The products details are available inside the packaging when you purchase it and fret not, it’s a very simple product to use. I use it right after serum or before moisturizer. But when using the whole package from Laneige, it was used after emulsion.

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This is the product, somewhat lighter than moisturizer and looks creamier than most serum. It’s like a dew. Light blue in color, feels so light on the skin and actually a bit like snow. When it’s melted on the skin, in an instant the skin responded and drink it all up. I feel the lovely hydrating effect and enjoy the feeling of damp skin and suppleness.

It seems like the product is searching for the dry cells of the skin and boost the hydration level almost instantly.

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I’ve used it with so many other brands of products, from cleanser, toner, serum and moisturizer, so far it work perfectly fine matched with others. Suitable for those looking for a hydration somewhere in their skincare routine, oh well, we all do. Dry skin, normal, oily, all of us may have a benefit from the Water Bank Essence, the product deliver hydration and nothing else. Yet, hydration alone is needed for keeping the skin healthy, young, and safe from external aggression.

A moist skin stands through stretch, sun, heat, friction and aging way better than the dry one. Dehydrated skin will easily breaks, wrinkles, irritated and loose its firmness and get sagged. So, never forget to hydrate the skin from within, drink 8 glasses of water per day, eat a lot of fruits and veggies, and use a proper skincare daily to keep it moist from outside.

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Thank you Laneige Indonesia ^___^ the Water Bank Essence gives me a juicy hydration everyday without any stickiness, oily feeling, nor greasy effect. Full pleasure all the way.

Hi everyone,

as a continuation from my previous post on Manology 101 from Belif (HERE), now it’s the series for the face.

Facial Cleansing Foam, Alcohol Free Toner (hooray), and Essential Moisturizer. A simple 3 step skincare regime for the men to look good with healthy skin all over.

My husband skin type is rather oily, dehydrated, with lines and wrinkles plus acne prone too.

Let’s start the routine with the first step, cleansing.

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As like all belif products, everything is written in the packaging, no mineral oil, no synthetic fragrances, no synthetic preservatives, no sodium lauryl sulfate, etc. So inside there are natural origin ingredients beneficial for the skin.

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This is the cleanser, thick, creamy, kinda like a dense foam and like mentioned in the image, smells really good. Like a fresh citrus, berry and some other herbs.

Details from www.belifcosmetic.com:

Product Description

Creamy cleansing foam refreshes the skin and deep cleanses impurities in pores. Formulated with antioxidant-rich Mediterranean Lemon Balm, it rejuvenates and purifies men’s skin dulled and tired by smoking, drinking, and stress

No addition of

Mineral oil, Synthetic fragrance, Synthetic preservatives, Triethanolamine, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.

To Use

Dispense onto hands and work into a rich lather. Gently massage over wet face with circular movements and rinse with lukewarm water.

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The cleansing foam lather up easily and cleans daily debris such as sweats, grease, dirt and sebum too. I enjoy the aroma very much and so does my husband. Yes, I did try it too. And when rinsed there’s this squeakiness, but after dried the squeakiness is gone, the skin left with soft and smooth sailing clean feeling.

Hubby said:

The cleansing foam lathers easily and give the skin a clean effect without drying. Nice smell too!

Note for ladies, the cleanser doesn’t clean makeup.

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Then followed by the toner.

Product Description

An alcohol-free toner for men’s skin that is exposed to frequent shaving and various external factors. Readily absorbed and gently soothes and moisturizes sensitive skin after cleansing or shaving. Formulated with Marrubium to calm sensitive skin, and Apple Mint for its powerful anti-blemish properties to protect men’s trouble-prone oily skin.

No addition of

Mineral oil, Synthetic fragrance, Synthetic dyes, Synthetic preservatives, Animal-origin ingredients.

To Use

After cleansing or shaving, put a suitable amount on the palm and gently pat the face until absorbed. If preferred, moisten a cotton pad and glide over face in an outward motion.

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With Marrubium, sebum control herb complex, Napiers Original formula. Apparently this product understand that most men are looking for a sebum control in their toner, I know for sure my husband, brothers and dad enjoy this toner for it’s sebum control properties without drying the skin off it’s moisture.

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The texture is almost like water and felt like water too. This is comforting for men’s skin, especially knowing that a lot of men’s product out there do consist of alcohol, from the very high level til the mildly available. So belif alcohol free toner is a refreshing choice for the men.

My hubby said: The toner felt like water, are you sure this is a toner?
Me: Yes
Hubby: Okay, it’s good then, there’s no sting effect or sharpness like other toner which have alcohol in it. But how come there’s zero scent?
Me: There is, it’s mild, but I can smell there’s a faint scent. Very faint indeed.
Hubby: So there’s no scent?
Me: Err…..Kinda. So, how’s the effect on the skin?
Hubby: It’s good, it made the sebum less productive.

Good then! \^0^/

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Continued by Essential Moisturizer

Product Description

Alcohol-free essential moisturizer for men with a fresh feel that absorbs quickly into the skin, enriching it with moisture to give skin a silky texture.  Formulated with Imperatoria that protects and replenishes the skin dulled and worn from smoking, drinking and stress.

No addition of

Mineral oil, Synthetic fragrance, Synthetic dyes, Synthetic preservatives, Animal-origin ingredients or Alcoal.

To Use

After toning, dispense a small amount and apply smoothly over entire face.

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Another alcohol free product which is so light and juicy at the same time. I can feel the hydrating effect instantly without being too much.

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Hubby: Wow, the product is very hydrating but not oily at all. The scent also fresh and not bothering.
Me: Not bothering?
Hubby: Yes, I dislike an overly fragrance product. This one is okay.
Me: Good then \^0^/

Overall, the Essential Moisturizer gives the skin the basic need of hydration without the grease. On the skin the moisturizer feels light, cooling and refreshing at the same time. Leaving the skin plumped and moist too. Rated ‘good’ from my husband means it’s really good, as normally he complains a lot and rarely praise, so when belif’s Manology 101 get his stamp, it means they are recommended ^__^

Bottom line, all three products here are recommended for being so light and providing the basic need’s of men’s skin without being too much or leave any unnecessary leftovers. Smells freshly good and it seems like all three of them got the right texture, lightness yet fulfilling in the same time.

Must try! Let your man have it and show him by these 3 simple steps, his skincare need’s are suffice. No more dry itchy irritated skin, say hello to healthy elastic skin and comfort all the way.

All products available in Belif Indonesia. 


Hi everyone,

this item is no stranger in the beauty world, I have know and used it around 5 years now and the Sleeping Pack has gain favors from a lot of customers and reviewers around the world.

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This is the travel size edition.

Laneige philosophy are based on water, where hydrated skin is the best condition skin. Plump, dewy and visibly moist. Ms. Song, the brand ambassador is famous for her youthful skin, perfect for Laneige image where proper hydration can keep the skin young and healthy.

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Now, before starting with any of your skincare regime, make sure to clean your hands even thou’ starting the regime with cleansing. So the product may do they job precisely at facial area. Imagine the hands already so dirty, the cleansing agent already so busy cleaning the hands before even touching the face. This cutie is an antibacterial hand soap which I use before taking care of the face.

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Now, let’s move on to Laneige Water Sleeping Pack _ EX, all product details from www.laneige.com.

After the face is cleaned, you may use toner/lotion and then apply the Sleeping Pack generously to the whole area, for me I like to massage them a bit before leaving them on. Just make sure all the wonderful slightly creamy gel is distributed and there’s a thin layer left after massaging.

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The night time hydrating system will help the skin to regenerate, rehydrate, boosting their performance and adding moist to the skin so the lines are filled up. The skin become elastic and this is what we called young.

You may read the ingredients and other benefits directly from the website and I’ll share with you my personal experience in using it.

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I remember vividly as 5 years ago, I’m still in my 20’s I use the Sleeping Pack and waiting for the pack to be absorbed, or at least sunk in the skin, so I can twist and turn during bedtime. Little that I know back then that a little massaging action goes along the way. And 30 minutes before bedtime also helps in making sure the pack has set, so most of the nutrients ended up absorbed by my facial skin instead of by the pillows.

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I love the texture of something imitating a gooey-ness, the light blue milky color and faint scent is suitable for introducing a night full of wonderful dreams and waking up looking hydrated, fresh and ready for the day.



Hi lovelies,

through the recent event I’ve found out that many of young bloggers in Indonesia haven’t even heard the brand ZA (pronounce per alphabet as in Z and then A). During my college days, as MTV started, ZA is everywhere and considered very cool, ZA New York. That’s how this Japanese brand started.

I think their focus is the New York effortless look but with high quality skincare for a busy young girls.

Here’s a glimpse of one of their commercial:

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You can find more of them in Youtube.

ZA is one of the brand in the same group that produce Shiseido, ring a bell? Of course! Shiseido is one of the largest cosmetics company in the world. So without ever disregarding the word high quality, ZA is made for those who are young (or young at heart), vibrant, modern, fresh and where hydration plays a very important role in their cosmetics line.

Beside makeup, ZA has a line of skincare range called: Total Hydration, True White and Future Defense.

I’ve share a short review on Total Hydration (HERE) at my previous post. Suitable for those who are around 16 years old until early 20’s.

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This time I will review about
ZA Future Defense

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The complete full range from za-cosmetics.com

I have them all except for the mask.

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The packaging is simple in gold, made to be used by those who wants to get rid of early aging signs such as fine lines with the power of plumping up the skin with moisture.

I wish they come in different color, purple perhaps? Since gold are mostly used by cosmetics for the golden age . . . 50’s, ups?!

Future Defense are made for over 25 to around 30’s, so they should come in ‘younger’ color packaging.


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Details are all over the packaging making sure the customer understand their methods and usage tips too. I find them to be very clever, as customer can easily read the details without fail. Other product like to cramp a small piece of note inside the packaging where it is difficult to be read. Another reason for this is ZA are made for over the counter cosmetics.

Wanna see what’s written on the boxes?

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Each details not just explaining on how to, but almost the whole concept on why they producing this particular item and the whole range.

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Ingredients, used after which product, what’s next, and ingredients benefits.

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Neat isn’t it?!

The only one who doesn’t have a box is the Cleansing Foam. But you may open their website and found out more.

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FUTURE DEFENSE PLUS
CLEANSING FOAM
Cleansing foam 100g
A creamy cleansing foam gently cleanses skin, leaving an ultra-moisturized finish.
How to
Create a rich lather by adding foam and water in your palm. Massage gently in a circular motion over face. Rinse thoroughly.
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There are tiny yellow orange dots of hyaluronic acid-infused granules and antioxidant vitamin-infused granules. Those granules are easily pop once massaged on a wet skin. Remember to lather up all the foam on your palm first before moving on to the face. It’s the foam that cleanses.

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After making sure all the areas are covered with foam, all the pores get some cleansing action, rinse of with water. I rarely use warm water, just normal room temperature or whatever temperature provided by the tap.

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The result is a clean skin, a bit squeaky (perhaps I need to lather more). Cleans all the daily debris such as sweats, dirt, and sebum. Makeup? Use a makeup remover first before using the Cleansing Foam.

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After cleansing, use the toner, known as Prismizer. A very cool name for a lotion and look! On the other side of the box there’s explanation with images too ^__^ I’m drawn to images more than words  . . . . comic generation.

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FUTURE DEFENSE PLUS
PRISMIZER
Lotion 150mL
A rich-texturized lotion that can provide sufficient moisturization and resilience under any environment.
How to
Smooth an appropriate amount over face with hand or cotton pad after cleansing.
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Prismizer is like a water drops, gentle to the skin and with cotton it helps picking up the leftover on the skin, which create this glistening glow on the skin. Ready for the next step.

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The scent in Prismizer is alike with the rest of the products in the same range, fresh, floral, and very gentle as well. There’s no sharp scent whatsoever.

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Continues with,
FUTURE DEFENSE PLUS
EMULSION
Emulsion 125mL
A rich-texturized emulsion that can provide sufficient moisturization and resilience under any environment.
How to
Smooth an appropriate amount over face. For optimal absorption, place hands over face and press gently.
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Milky dewy and very moisturizing. This is emulsion and all it’s glory. Emulsion is a mixed up between oil and water, in a way that they become one, inseparable, called emulsion.

This is not a replacement of a moisturizer, it does provide moisture but not in a way of moisturizer does. Emulsion does more within. So the skin stays moist inside. Covered by the moisturizer.

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The eyes needs their own protection as well. A cream that only needed to be used a rice sized, gently tap using ring fingers and I do spread some on my laughing lines as well. Hoping it will help smoothen the fine lines of happiness.

FUTURE DEFENSE PLUS
WRINKLE MINIMIZER
Eye Cream 20g
A high-performing cream that helps prevent fine-line around mouth and eyes, keeps skin youthful and radiant with perfect conditions.
How to
Smooth an appropriate amount over areas around eyes. For best results, gently massage the cream around eyes. Take 0.2g with the fingertip, and apply it in the direction with upward motion.
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Never use too much as the creamy texture is a bit heavy. Mixed it a bit with emulsion for an all over fine liner eraser.

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FUTURE DEFENSE PLUS
CREAM
Cream 40g
The highly condensed cream provides needed nutrition to your skin and prevents fine lines and wrinkles on your face. Its refined texture can penetrate into skin easily and deeply, so your skin feels bouncy and supple over night.
How to
Smooth an appropriate amount over face. For optimal absorption, place hands over face and press gently.
The last but not least.

The one that finishes it all off, making sure all the nutrients, benefits and moisture stays intact. Covering the skin with wonderful hydration. I use Future Defense daily and my skin regain their youth plumps making the fine lines looks less and that radiant glow looks irresistible.

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Skincare and makeup by ZA


Hi everyone,

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Amethystory Mineral Yogurt Mask is here and the gooey creamy yogurt texture with a slight pinkish hue seems so good to be used or at least a lick  ^__–

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Here are some details provided:
 
What is as edible as it is good for your skin?

Introducing the all new…

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Amethystory Mineral Yogurt Mask

Instant Brightening With Intense Hydration    
Yogurt is Not Just Good Food. It can be Healthy Skin Treatment Mask Too! 
Just about everyone knows about the benefits of consuming yogurt. Millions of beneficial pro-biotic that boost the immune system make yogurt one of the healthiest source dietary supplements and one of the best natural skincare remedies around. Alpha Hydroxyl Acid, a natural lactic acid present in abundance helps to smooth rough, dry skin and prevent
premature aging such as fine lines. A yogurt mask thus also helps to soothe, soften and tighten the skin while gently dissolving dead skin that is accumulated in the pores to help refine pores giving the skin a younger appearance. Its high nutrient content and natural antibacterial & antifungal properties also get rid of germs and other bacteria.     
Here, with the use of advanced Bio-technology, Amethyst Mineral Yogurt Mask builds upon the natural goodness of premium yogurt with the additional special blend of Amethyst, Tranexamic acid, Hyaluronic acid, Bio Energy Fluid, Ginseng and Olive Oil. Your skin becomes instantly brighter, feels more moisturized and soft. With regular use, a fairer and more even skin tone will give you a natural radiant glow from within. 
Product Efficacies : Intensively nourishes and rejuvenates skin, for a soft and smooth complexion  Excellent whitening and brightening of skin, giving a naturally fair and radiant complexion. Deeply hydrates and locks in moisture, for supple and healthy looking skin Helps to keep skin refreshed and cool Non-greasy formula for easy and deep absorption into skin

Benefits of Active Ingredients : 
Amethyst  – Enhances skin rejuvenation & cell growth, resulting in smoother and more supple skin  – Promotes the synthesis of collagen that gives the magical effect of energizing skin for a more radiant & youthful look over time – Promotes efficient detoxification to reduce daily “stress” by producing small, detectable magnetic field & emitting beneficial infrared radiation & ions that enhances circulation, promote anti-oxidation and skin cell regeneration.  Tranexamic Acid  – Effective in counteracting melanin growth to fight dark spots and lighten complexion effectively for a brighter complexion  – Helps even complexion  – Improve dull skin tone for a fairer complexion
Hyaluronic Acid  – Provides intense hydration & retains water in your skin for a youthful & supple look
 
Bio-Energy Fluid  – Contains ample minerals and trace mineral elements to nourish skin for a softer and brighter complexion
Yogurt  – Naturally formed Lactic Acid and enzymes present in yogurt help to hydrate and soothe the skin, leaving it soft and smooth  -Equipped with natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties to keep your complexion healthy and clear  – Works as a natural moisturizer to moisturize skin, tighten pores and improve overall skin texture 
Directions: After cleansing, gently massage an adequate amount onto the entire face. Leave the mask on for around 15 -30 minutes to allow the nutrients to be absorbed into the skin. Then rinse off thoroughly. 
Size: 60g RSP: $18.90 



The packaging is cute, full of instruction and details.

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Many benefits seems to be offered by the simple mask.

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The refreshing purple decorated the whole packaging.

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Customer are surely easy to find all the necessary details since literally everything lay out openly. Amethystory is also the same company with Ginvera, a body care brand.

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The cream smells like a cotton candy flavored milk, or cupcake vanilla, or sweet dessert, or . . . well you got the idea. The smell is so sweet, like powdery sweet. For the whole 30 minutes the skin smell like that milky marshmallow.  This is either a love it or hate it scent. Me? I’m definitely being honest by saying depends on my mood. When I have a sweet tooth cravings and on a diet, this mask will be a perfect solution, I didn’t get a calorie hence a beautiful skin instead.

The feeling during usage is comfortable, no sting, allergic reaction, itchiness, redness, or other form of discomfort. The skin become slippery and does feel pampered when the mask is on. Somehow I do feel relaxed as the mask is cooling down the facial skin. I wonder if the mask can be used in other part of the body as well.

I’m cleaning the mask using water and a konjac sponge, if you’re not using a sponge, splash the face with water first as the yogurt mask is a bit dry and harden here and there (not hard as a brick, more like jell-o after left overnight). Massage it a bit with water, before rinsing them all out.

The result is a fairer looking skin, feels so moist and bouncy without being greasy nor oily. Hydrated, plumped and looks like mochi ^__^