Skin Care Adventure

Friday, March 14, 2014
I reviewed my own essentials a year ago, and guess what? A year makes a big difference. Most of my essentials has changed. I tried so many different products from different brands. Through testing some other brands, I found some that works well with my skin and those who don't.

On my list, these are the overrated products that I found not effectively working on my skin.

La Mer Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream

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Not mine. It all belongs to my mom.
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Click to zoom the description.

Since it's an extremely exclusive product that costs around IDR 1.7M per jar. I was expecting a fantastic result, but unfortunately I didn't find any improvement on my skin. Meh. I was only using a small sample jar that lasted for a month and then stopped after the first jar, because it didn't do as it promised *sobs* They said, when patting it onto the skin, you'd feel the instant soothing effect. It sounds too exaggerating 'cause I felt nothing close to that.

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The smell was tolerable and it's not sticky even on my T-zone.

Meanwhile, on my mom's skin, I noticed a lot of improvement. She has a dry skin, not to mention she's in her early 60s, now her face condition is well-hydrated and some brown spots are disappearing. This product also works on my sister's skin (check out her new awesome blog!). She's been lovin' it thus far. So I conclude, this product perhaps didn't work on me due to my skin type and age factor. My sister is only 3 years older than me anyways :D

Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

The product states it was clinically demonstrated to rapidly correct dark spot on the upper layer of the skin and clarify skin tone. For deep visible correction on surface layers. The retail price is IDR 655k per bottle.

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Again. Not mine, it's my mom's.

The clinical study of the product that tested on all skin types including sensitive:
  • In as little as two weeks, 55% of women clinically demonstrated a significant reduction in dark-spot intensity.
  • In four weeks, 69% of women clinically demonstrated a continued reduction in dark spots and 73% of women showed a significant reduction in acne scarring. Reduction in other skin discolorations was clinically evident among 69% of women.
  • In eight weeks, 87% of women clinically demonstrated more uniform skin tone to deliver breakthrough clarity.
  • With continued daily usage, Clearly Corrective helps prevent the formation of future dark spots and other skin discolorations.
  • Free of silicones, parabens, fragrance, colorants and optical diffusers.
Directions: Apply morning and night, before your moisturizer. May be used as spot treatment or over entire face. May also be used to correct visible discoloration on hands, neck and chest.

I tested this product in a 4ml sample, though I couldn't remember how many weeks did it last. I used it almost every night on my dark spots, yet I barely saw any improvement. I even developed some zits.

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To my surprise, it contains salicylic acid, but why it broke me out?
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Looks like water, yes?

It's packaged in a glass bottle with a dropper built-in cap. Even though it looks like water, the serum consistency is thick and a bit sticky when it absorbs into the skin. It also has an odd scent, I don't like it.

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A single drop is enough for my dark spots.

I actually adore Kiehl's since I was impressed in their Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream (it's one of my empties, but I haven't bought a new one yet since I've been testing another cream). Regardless, this was a big disappointment. I don't think the product suits an oily combination skin like mine. Whereas, on my mom's skin, as I stated before, her brown spots are disappearing. She is using this product altogether with her La Mer cream. 

P.S: This is an honest review that's written by me based upon my acknowledgment. As we might have a different skin condition, live in a different environment and do different habits, these products may work differently on yours.

Meanwhile, I've got this jazzy song on my recent playlist. It's from the Bean Pole outdoor new CF song. Good news is, this song is released for free on Korean website song provider! Bad news is, it can't be downloaded legally in Indonesia. Ugh..

Suzy (Miss A) - Wind Wind Wind.

Don't you feel like you're on vacation and there's a cool breeze while listening to this song? It brings you a peaceful feeling.

Oh, talking about Suzy. Let me talk about her partner on the CF too. Especially to those who still could not move on from My Love From Another Star series (post-drama syndrome is still in me), here I'll share you one special OST that was sung by Kim Soo Hyun!! Remember the proposal scene by the beach? They really make this happen, guys! I miss Do Manager and Cheon SongYi. They're my most favorite on-screen couple.

Kim Soo Hyun - Promise.

You might want to check the Cheon SongYi makeup tutorial that I posted a couple of weeks ago. Don't forget to join my giveaway too! It opens to all my Indonesian readers.

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38 comments on "Skin Care Adventure"
  1. After reading what's in La Mer, I honestly can't even believe people pay so much for basically drug store crap with an expensive price tag...I almost feel like it was a joke to see who would be willing to shell that much out for the label.

    You should read this post a very intelligent male blogger wrote about it. here's the link

    1. Thank you for letting me know the link! I feel like this product is not worth buying for me too. But it reacts differently to different person after all :)

  2. I wish my mum used all these luxurious skin products ;) Too bad that none works great for you. I've heard only great things about Kiehl's products. I suppose it works differently on each person. Thanks for your visit. I follow back on gfc #246. Keep in touch. xx


    1. I was impressed with another Kiehl's product, but not this one unfortunately. Sure, let's keep in touch!

  3. I have heard about La Mer but I didn't expect it to be that pricey!! I feel like it's a rip-off. Ugh it's really unfortunate too that they didn't work great on you. Ahh thank you for putting that song by Suzy!!

    1. You're welcome! I've been listening to that song on repeat <3

  4. nice review~ the kiehl's dark spot solution is so pricey x'3
    btw what is your skin type? :)

    cheer, michelle

  5. I've never heard about La Mer brand! The price is really high O_O I'm so sorry it didn't work~

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  6. Great review, thank you for sharing! I like your blog, maybe you would like to follow each other?

  7. 1,7Mio per jar O_O Whoaaaa.... Well Lisa Eldridge mentioned this brand quite a lot sometimes in her videos,sorry to hear it didn't work for you.
    You should probably try SK II. A bottle for 3 months use would only cost you 1.5 Mio, a good bargain ;)

    1. Thanks so much for the suggestion, I've heard a lot of positive reviews about the SKII FTE, I'll try it too asap.

  8. hi Mitch :) nice post! thank you for sharing.
    emang ya, kadang yang cocok di orang lain belum tentu cocok di kita, dan kadang yang high-end juga belum tentu lebih bagus daripada drugstore.. phew, finding the right skincare is tiring~

    1. Betul sekaliiii, kirain bakal amazed sama produk ini, taunya.... -_-

  9. Oh la mer, my boyfriend got my a pot, I used it for a while and it had no results on my skin.

    恵美より ♥

  10. All the product you used seems to look very cute, I hope you'll find the correct skin essential for yourself soon! It's just so hard to get it right, I'm struggling with it myself too (: x

    1. Yup! Couldn't agree more. I hope you find the right skin care soon.

  11. Great review! But it so expensive.-.

    1. Yeah, I suggest you to buy it ONLY if you have a dry skin. It might work :)

  12. cool
    I am not using any of these products
    but yeah you right some products work for certain person but not others
    we must strive to get the products that suit us ^^

  13. Thanks for this post! La Mer seems overrated anyways.
    xo, Connie
    I have a international giveaway on my blog right now and would love it if you'd stop by and enter! <3

  14. Aww, what a coincidence! I just reviewed this product too :D Thank you for putting my link on this post!


    1. Yes, sis! You're welcome. Hopefully would grow!

  15. It's such a shame Lamer is not work for you. It's so expensive I'm kind of on the fence for this brand as I heard that many ppl allergic to it. Thanks for review. Anyway, I just found your blog and really like it! Would you like to follow each other to stay in touch? Let me know, thanks :) xx

  16. Kiehls is so intriguing. I replied to your comment on my recent post about hand tattoos and the sunglasses! I left you the link :) thanks for visiting my blog, I love the look of yours!

  17. I've always wondered what makes la mer so good that the price has to be that expensive. I guess I won't be trying it anytime soon…
    If you are looking for good skincare at a more affordable price, Korres is really good and effective!
    The Beauty Break

    1. Yes, thank you so much for the suggestion. Hope I can find the product here :)

  18. Those Products look great! I wanna try this brand one day :)

    Thanks for this review!!


  19. Im going to try kiehls produck but still confusing ♥ thanks for sharing


  20. I find La Mer cream overrated as well!

    Style Nirvana

  21. i recently place an order on their kiehls midnight recovery serum i really hope it doesnt have an odd scent too lol :D

  22. Whoah, La Mer is so outrageously expensive, shame it did nothing for you! Well, least it worked for you mom + sister! (But seriously though, so so so expensive and I feel like I'm paying for the name, not the actual product ;-;)

    Kiehl's generally can be a hit or miss with some of their products!
    Vanessa | Citron and Guavaberry ʘ‿ʘ

  23. La Mer was amazing on my skin so bad that doesn´t works on you~

  24. This looks like such a nice product~ *u* It's too bad it didn't work to well on your skin :c Nice review, though!! ^^
    --Kiyomi xx