Juara Skincare & My New Found Love for Radiance Vitality Oil

I’ve had had my eyes on Juara Skincare eversince a friend of mine pointed it out at Female Daily Forum that there’s this American brand that was co-founded by Metta Murdaya and based on the philosophy of the Indonesian jamu tradition. For the longest time, this brand is not available in Indonesia. Though it’s co-founded by Indonesian, it’s a product that is actually made in the U.S. As soon as the product come to shore, somehow this brand fell off my radar because it was not easy to find in Indonesia. However, my curiosity for the brand came back late last year when I discovered that they’re launching Juara Radiance Vitality Oil, naturally I put it on my wishlist.

It wasn’t until recently that I’m experiencing eczema and realised that turmeric is among one of the many good ingredients that can keep my skin situation at bay that I revisit the Juara Skincare lineup which is apparently now can be easily purchased from Sephora Indonesia Online, which is where I got my Juara Skincare products from.

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These three products came just right in time of my skin emergency. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of opening up a pretty box filled with beauty products that you know your skin will love. Of course it’s only been a week since I first got these babies, so I thought I’ll give you a first impression.

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Juara Skincare & My New Found Love for Radiance Vitality Oil

Another cleansing oil review but this time from Tata Harper

For someone who proclaim to not really like cleansing oil, you must be wondering why am I posting two cleansing oils post consecutively? I though I might as well get it out of the way so you all know that these are about the only cleansing oils that I’ve tried so far.

Other than Fancl Mild Cleansing Oil and DHC Deep Cleansing Oil that I’ve previously reviewed here, I’ve also tried cleansing oils from:

  • The Body Shop, affordable and great scent! Great for cleansing makeup but still DHC and Fancl excel at removing makeup IMO. But then again, it’s easy to find here in Indonesia.
  • Astalift, great at removing makeup, light texture but considering the price, not really memorable.
  • Tatcha, one of the best cleansing oils that I’ve tried! I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed this. Now that it’s gone I don’t know whether I’ll be able to write a review. It’s light, expensive (so I wont use it to remove makeup), yet it’s great for removing makeup.

Anyway, this post is actually not about cleansing oil but more about my current favourite cleansing oil: Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser . When it comes to cleansing products, Ms. Harper surely knows how to create a lush cleansers! Each and every one cleansers that I’ve tried from this brand is really something else.

First of all, let me tell you that it’s not easy to find a cleansing oil that can emulsify from natural brand. But this cleansing oil emulsify easily. Tata Harper’s Nourishing Oil Cleanser feels really gentle on the skin and it’s filled with ingredients that are good for your skin such as beta carotene, vitamins A, C and E as well as lycopene and omega 3.

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Another cleansing oil review but this time from Tata Harper

The Battle of the Cleansing Oils: DHC Vs. Fancl

I’m not a big fan of cleansing oil, so there are very little cleansing oil in the market that I’ve tried. The reason is because I find cleansing balm and cream much more comforting to use on my dry skin. But I must admit cleansing oil is the easiest to use to remove makeup, especially if you’re using waterproof eye makeup such as eyeliner and mascara that are fibre-based and made in Japan. God, they’re really hard to remove!

Anyway, eventhough cleansing oil melt away all makeup in one swipe, never forget to emulsify it first. If you haven’t already know how to use cleansing oil properly, read this article on all about cleansers (unfortunately written in Bahasa Indonesia).

From my recent trip to Japan, I picked up two renowned cleansing oil from brands that I’ve trusted. They are the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil and Fancl Mild Cleansing Oil.

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Here’s what you need to know first about both cleansing oil: their ingredient list is pretty short (although I can’t really tell what’s inside Fancl since it’s in Japanese) and they’re free from mineral oil. I have no problem with cleansers that use mineral oil, but I know most people out there mind.

We’ll start with the famous DHC Deep Cleansing Oil.

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The Battle of the Cleansing Oils: DHC Vs. Fancl

SK-II take on Hyaluronic Acid serum: Facial Treatment Repair C

Nowadays Hyaluronic Acid (HA) serum isn’t foreign anymore. But back in the days, hydration serum is almost unheard of. What people want is a mattifying cream or serum. So where does that leave us the dry-skin group? The benefit of HA serum doesn’t only favour those with dry skin but also those with oilier skin. Because whether you have dry or oily skin, it’s only a matter of oil production. When we’re talking about dehydration, we’re talking about the skin’s water level. That’s where HA serum comes to the rescue.

Anyway, like I said, back in the days the concept of HA isn’t so widely known. Except of course to the Japanese which has been using it for years – whether in their toner or essences. So it’s not a surprise my first encounter with HA serum came from Japanese brand SK-II.

When I first handed Facial Treatment Repair C more than a decade ago when I’m having troubled skin because of dehydration, I never knew that my skin could be so supple and hydrated. It’s been so parched and dry all my life, especially with all the changes in my life, that I believe the state of my skin is unrepairable.

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SK-II take on Hyaluronic Acid serum: Facial Treatment Repair C

In Fiore Complexe de Fleur for those looking for Anti-Ageing serum

Being in your thirties means that you are in that age bracket that are celebrating cellular renewal. Because your skin is not as supple and smooth as it used to. The renewal process of your skin cells are not as agile as when you’re younger.

I always rely on the help of vitamin C and A serums to help keeping my skin at its best – youthful. However, both of them need to be threaded lightly. Sometimes vitamin C causes sensitivity reaction such as itchiness and redness on my skin. Whereas vitamin A causes my skin to be really dry and parched. Still, they’re both somewhat a magnificent ingredients for anti-ageing care.

That’s why I love finding natural alternatives for serum that helps with cellular renewal. Firstly they’re safer. Secondly, they seem to have fewer negative blowbacks.

Two natural products that I highly recommend if you want an anti-ageing serum and helps with cellular renewal are: 1. Kypris Moonlight Catalyst which I’ve previously reviewed here and a great retinol alternative and; 2.  In Fiore Complexe de Fleur, which I’ve talked about and recommended everywhere and never found the time to write a full review until now. To set the record straight, I love the result of In Fiore Complexe de Fleur better than Kypris, that’s why I never bought the full size serum of the Kypris because my heart goes to In Fiore.

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In Fiore Complexe de Fleur for those looking for Anti-Ageing serum

Skincare for Beginners: when, what & how

Remember when I held the giveaway couple of weeks back? One of the requests was for an article on skincare for beginner. I aim to please, so here it is.

I’ll try to write it down as concise and short as possible, but knowing me, it’s hard to not get carried away and to get directly to the point.

Here goes.

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it doesn’t have to get this complicated!

When do you need to start using skincare?

I think as soon as you see trouble in your skin, that’s a cue for your for start using product to help tackle this problem. Sometimes when you hit puberty say in your early teens you start noticing hormonal acne. In some other cases, genetic can causes severe skin condition like dehydration and eczema, like my daughter which not even 10 years old yet but her skin is dry like a dessert so she starts on using products to help with this condition to ease discomfort.

If you’re blessed with good skin, I say somewhere in your mid teen years you can start using simple skincare routine and don’t go too complicated. If you’re in your 20s you will definitely need to start taking care of your skin religiously.

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Skincare for Beginners: when, what & how

Why Menard Lisciare Cleansing Cream worth the splurge?

As I’ve previously mentioned practically everywhere, Menard is one brand that I truly love and that is not without reason. I love Japanese skincare and I love a Japanese skincare product that truly delivers.

I’ve previously reviewed the Tsukika cleansing cream, which is their starter line and I must say quite affordable as everything is priced between IDR 300,000 – 480,000. Now meet the older sister Lisciare, which tackles problem of skin elasticity and it opts to increase the water density of the skin so your skin looks more supple and bouncy, skin elasticity and firmness improves.

The price of Lisciare is double the price of Tsukika. Take for example the cleansing cream, Tsukika is priced at IDR 300,000 whereas Lisciare is priced at IDR 660,000. So why bother picking up Lisciare when you have Tsukika at half the price?

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Why Menard Lisciare Cleansing Cream worth the splurge?