Review: Ko Dermacare Aqua Hydrating Moisturizer I, I Love Everything About It But Just One Thing…

Selecting a moisturizer could be quite tricky for it’s texture and the results they deliver. However, they are essential in our daily skincare regime to lock moisture, replenish and protect our skin. I have recently finished my jar of moisturizer, Ko Dermacare Aqua Hydrating Moisturizer I that I first doubted and love after the first use.

Ko Dermacare Aqua Hydrating Moisturizer 1

‘An invigorating water-based moisturizer that drenches your skin in a veil of tranquility. Calms skin irritation while replenishing moisture level. For acne-prone and oily skin.’Ko Dermacare Aqua Hydrating Moisturizer 1 2

The moisturizer comes in a large skincare jar of 60 grams which is sufficient for more than a month usage depending on the amount that was used. You could actually double apply if your skin it’s still dry, most of the time is recommended to apply twice daily.Ko Dermacare Aqua Hydrating Moisturizer 1 Spatula

It comes with a clear spatula for hygiene purposes, this also helps to remain the purity of the moisturizer to avoid mixing with other ingredients or objects.Ko Dermacare Aqua Hydrating Moisturizer 1 Texture 1

The moisturizer texture…well this made me doubted from the first look of it. It looked thick and rich, normally I am reluctant toward using such texture because of my combination skin. Also, I would use only one moisturizer for day and night.

Ko Dermacare Aqua Hydrating Moisturizer 1 Texture

Through swatching, this moisturizer started to relief my doubts. the texture felt like whipped gel, light and easily absorbed by skin. As I massage the moisturizer on my skin, it turns a little watery and I could literally see droplets of water then absorbed by the skin.

Ko Dermacare Aqua Hydrating Moisturizer 1 How To

After cleansing and toning, apply a pea sized amount over your face. I would use the spatula to scoop the moisturizer to minimize the contact with any germs. Just like how I felt over the swatch when I apply this moisturizer on my face, it goes watery then absorbed easily without any oily residue.

Ko Dermacare Aqua Hydrating Moisturizer 1 Before and After 2

Throughout using this moisturizer, it has kept my skin moisture level well balanced and my skin doesn’t feel as oily as before. My skin also appears supple and acne free.

Ko Dermacare Aqua Hydrating Moisturizer 1 Before and After

A comparison of before and after using the moisturizer after a month. I do find that my skin is much more brighter, supple with balanced sebum production.

Above all…

I really love this moisturizer, everything about it that keeps my skin moisturized with balanced sebum production, supple, brighter, acne free and much radiant skin. However, from all these, the back lash is the price. Quite hefty for a price of moisturizer for my preference. Unless if you don’t mind the price, by all means please do give it a try!

Price: MYR280.00

Weight: 60g

Availability: Dr Ko Clinic


  • Watery texture easily to be absorbed by skin
  • Moisturized skin with balanced sebum production
  • Brighter skin
  • Acne free skin
  • Better skin radiance


  • Hefty price

My Rating: 4.9/5


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This moisturizer was provided for review purposes, kindly refer disclaimer.

Traclyn Yeoh

Review: Biotherm Life Plankton Essence, Visible Skin Improvement on Skin Renewal & Clarity

Who would have thought plankton would benefit our skin? I only thought they are just a food source for our little sea creatures but now they have been packaged to a skin care where Biotherm made it. Introducing Biotherm Life Plankton Essence.

Biotherm Life Plankton Essence

‘For millions of years, French Pyrenees hot springs have been lauded as a “fountain of youth”. Centuries later, Biotherm biologists finally unveiled their secret: LIFE PLANKTON™, a micro-organism with extraordinary regenerative properties.
Today, for the first time, Life Plankton™ is infused at the highest concentration in a miracle skin renewing treatment/ Life Plankton™ Essence.

Life Plankton™ Essence is as actively concentrated as a serum, yet as lightweight as a cosmetic water for maximum absorption and deep-working effectiveness. Created to be the 1st step of every beauty routine, this breakthrough texture, that applies like a cosmetic water and transforms into the lightest of serums, works as a miracle essence.
In 8 days see and feel a new-born skin.*
*consumer test, 53 women’

Biotherm Life Plankton Essence 2

The essence bottle shape is similarly like a tear drop and like most of their products, it is remained in blue color.

Biotherm Life Plankton Essence Residue

There is a noticeable residue at the base of the bottle which made me wonder why.  It could be the planktons and from the direction of use, we should give a good shake on the bottle before using the essence.Biotherm Life Plankton Essence Seal

To dispense the product is to pour it and it comes with a seal before using.

Biotherm Life Plankton Essence Texture

Though from the bottle, the essence may look like it’s all blue but in fact, it clear with slight milky. The texture is runny but not as thin as water. It has a little thickness to it and once applied, it gives the skin instant hydration smoothness as though you’ve applied primer on the skin. It smells refreshing which is fine for me because it is not heavily scented.
Biotherm Life Plankton Essence Ingredients

The second ingredient is glycerin which gives that instant hydration smoothness. It does contain alcohol and fragrance, great to know for those who has sensitive skin. My skin sensitive level is still minimal, therefore my skin could still tolerate well with this essence.Biotherm Life Plankton Essence Before & After 2

Over the weeks of using it, I have noticed that the essence helps with skin renewal very well. This could be witness on week 2 where the redness on the middle of my right cheek faded in week 3 and in week 3, I have a mild acne under my left eye and faded on week 4.

Biotherm Life Plankton Essence Before & After

It has been a month of trying this essence and there is a difference. No more dry patches and acne marks are less visible.

Above all…

At the beginning of using this essence, I have developed allergic which I have yet to come across. Basically, it was tiny bumps all over my face. At the same time, I was using two other new products and I didn’t fall into conclusion that the essence was the culprit. I have stopped the essence entirely and slowly started again after the allergic subsided.

As I go on using this essence, I did not experience any allergy and this confirms that the essence did not cause the allergic. I only use it at night because it is too rich for my skin during the day, it makes my skin much oilier than before. Even so, it delivers an impressive results. Acne scars fades gradually and improves my skin clarity. The moisturizing properties makes application goes on satin smooth instantly. Although I have combination skin, I am still benefiting from this essence. I’m sure that normal to dry skin would be able to benefit from the skincare even better than my skin does.

Price: MYR 198.00

Weight: 125ml/4.22fl.oz

Availability: Biotherm counters and kiosks


  • Instant satin smooth skin
  • Instant hydration
  • Promotes skin renewal within a week
  • Improves skin clarity
  • Light textured


  • Too rich for combination to oily skin types
  • Pricey

My Rating: 4.5/5


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This essence was provided for review purposes, kindly refer disclaimer.

Traclyn Yeoh

Review: Ko Dermacare Vitality Purifying Essence I Controls Skin Oiliness, Keeping It Free From Acne

After the Ko Dermacare Anti-Acne Mist, my next skin regime is to use Ko Dermacare Vitality Purifying Essence. One of the most effective essence that helped to control my acne and blackheads.

Ko Dermacare Vitality Purifying Essence

‘Description: Reduces skin imperfections while balancing sebum production for a clear and refined complexion. For acne-prone skin.
Benefits: Alcohol free. Boosts the efficiency of your moisturiser. Controls sebum production.’

Ko Dermacare Vitality Purifying Essence 2

The essence comes in a glass bottle with plastic lid. The size isn’t too big as less than a palm size.

Ko Dermacare Vitality Purifying Essence Pump

It also comes with a pump that eases the way of dispensing the essence as it does help to preserve the purity of the essence.

Ko Dermacare Vitality Purifying Essence Swatch

The essence texture is runny like water, transparent and light alcohol scent to it.

Ko Dermacare Vitality Purifying Essence How To

It is a must to use cotton pad/ball to apply, as it could be too drying for the palm in long term where it could lead to skin peeling.
Ko Dermacare Vitality Purifying Essence Before and After 2

My skin eventually cleared from acne as this essence helps to control my sebum.
Ko Dermacare Vitality Purifying Essence Before and After Above all…

At the initial state, I would use this essence only when my skin is oily because it can be too drying. Back then, my skin was a little dry from laser treatment. No long after that I have traveled to Cameron Highlands surrounded with cold and refreshing air and once I came back to the city, my skin eventually gets hefty oily again. Since then, I started to use this essence every day and don’t feel any tightness to my skin.

It helped me to control my skin oiliness and along with it, keep my skin clear from acne. I always look forward to apply this essence twice a day.  With this essence, it doesn’t guarantee that one shall not have any blackhead. Of course, there is a need to treat your skin with mask and scrub to keep your skin unclogged. I highly recommend this for oily skin types and combination skin to apply on t-zone area.

Price: MYR120.00

Weight: 30ml

Availability: Dr Ko Clinic


  • Controls skin oiliness
  • Clears skin remaining acne free
  • Skin will eventually becomes radiant


  • Maybe too drying to certain skin types
  • Pricey

My Rating: 4.5/5


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This essence was provided for review purposes, kindly refer disclaimer.

Traclyn Yeoh

The Christopher Kane for NARS Collection

Third NARS store in Malaysia has opened in Mid Valley since May 2015 and just recently they have launched The Christopher Kane for NARS Collection.

Christopher Kane x NARS collection

The Christopher Kane for NARS Collection consist of limited edition collection of unexpected shades and formula inspired by the nature of neon and the nude shades to compliment. This collection showcases Christopher Kane’s unexpected and edgy design aesthetic with NARS’ iconic and bold beauty philosophy, is the first fashion collaboration to feature a full line of Eyeshadows, Blushes, Illuminating Multiples, and Lip Glosses. Eyes are enhanced with iridescent rose gold, pink lilac, and violet. Cheeks are flushed with soft beige or hot pink. And lips are saturated in high-shine shades of neon pink and coral that subtly stain after the gloss is gone.

Christopher Kane

Image Courtesy of NARS Malaysia

Who is Christopher Kane?

A global renowned fashion talent who started his own label since 2006 then capitalising on the success of the award winning MA collection that attracted so much media attention. He debuted with Spring/Summer 2007 collection later that year in London attracted even more attention as well as immediate sales.

Kane’s design reflects a woman’s attitude as opposed to age. It is no surprise where Christopher Kane has earned the attention of Kering (formerly PPR), the French luxury goods group that includes Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Saint Laurent and Balenciaga. The group then invested in the share in Kane’s share and now expanding to the retail level in 2014. His first store is located Mount Street, Mayfair, London.

Christopher Kane x NARS collection Lip Gloss

Lip glosses from left to right, Mezmer Nebulous, Nucleus, Glow Pink. Retails at MYR95.00.

Christopher Kane x NARS collection Lip Gloss Swatches

Lip glosses swatches from left to right, Mezmer Nebulous, Nucleus, Glow Pink. Sheer texture with a hint of color.

Christopher Kane x NARS collection Illuminating Multiple

Violet Atom Illuminating Multiple. Retails at MYR154.

Christopher Kane x NARS collection Illuminating Multiple Swatch

Violet Atom Illuminating Multiple swatch. Finishes off velvety smooth, non-oily or tacky.

Christopher Kane x NARS collection Blusher

Blushers from left to right, Starscape, Silent Nude.

Christopher Kane x NARS collection Blusher Swatches

Blushers swatch from left to right, Starscape and Silent Nude. Finishes off matte and soft, shades are buildable.

Christopher Kane x NARS collection Parallel Universe

Parallel Universe Duo Eyeshadow, retails at MYR 128.00.

Christopher Kane x NARS collection Parallel Universe Swatches

Parallel Universe Duo Eyeshadow swatch, shimmery finish and goes on easily.

Christopher Kane x NARS collection Outer Limits

Outer Limits Single Eyeshadow, retails at MYR 98.00.

Christopher Kane x NARS collection Outer Limits SwatchOuter Limits Single Eyeshadow swatch, warm undertone with shimmery finish.

This collection can be found in NARS Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur and Gurney Plaza, Penang.


Traclyn Yeoh