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

Review: Neesya Illuminating Essence, An Essence That Doesn’t Leave Your Skin Feeling Tacky

Neesya is the first skin radiance specialist brand that promotes a new level of skin clarity, luminosity and even toned. Using LumiScience Technology, it naturally illuminates skin that employs 360° approach to achieve that new skin level. I had the opportunity to try Neesya Illuminating Essence and I love how it doesn’t feel tacky after the application!

Review Neesya Illuminating Essence

“Visibly boosts skin luminosity with LumiScience°™ Technology through a 360° approach. Skin regains its translucent appearance as skin is brightened, hydrated and protected against damaging free radicals and oxidative stress. Results: An illuminated and more even toned complexion.

Key actives and functions: Silver Vine extract helps reduce the protein carbonylation levels and enhances skin transluscency. 
Alpha-­Melight™ helps fight dark spots, soothes and clarifies skin to optimize radiance and luminosity. 
Natural complex of watermelon, apple and lentil extracts helps skin regain optimum hydration levels by restoring skin cellular fluidity and natural moisturising factors. 
Bio­‐technologically derived yeast proteins, fortified with minerals of diamond, mother of pearl, turquoise and opal, help smoothen, refine skin texture, and promote skin radiance.” – Neesya

Review Neesya Illuminating Essence - Bottle & Texture

It comes in a plastic bottle where you can pour the essence safely without spilling it. Also, if your bottle is new, they do have a seal sticker between the bottle and the lid. It’s in liquid formula, the texture is not as thick and it has light sandalwood scent. I use 4-5 drops daily in the morning and night after my serum. Initially, I was worried if the texture could leave my skin feeling tacky but my skin absorbs it so well and it doesn’t feel oily at all.

Review Neesya Illuminating Essence - After 4 Weeks

I have run through a course of 4 weeks trying this essence and my skin seems to be clearer each week. Also it is more even toned, radiant and brighter.

Review Neesya Illuminating Essence - After 4 Weeks Close Up

Here is a close up and I do notice that my skin becomes plumper each week. Not because that I’m getting any meatier but my skin becomes so much more hydrated. As much as I love this essence, I did broke out on Week 3 on my chin area and nose bridge. Some acne marks are disappearing throughout using this essence, you can see it on my cheeks.

Review Neesya Illuminating Essence - Before & After

Here is a comparison of before and after 4 weeks of using the essence.

Review Neesya Illuminating Essence - Before & After Close Up

This is the close up comparison of before and after 4 weeks.

Ingredients listing

Water, Butylene Glycol, Sodium PCA, Glycerin, Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Sodium Lactate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, C12-15 Pareth-12, Phenoxyethanol & Ethylhexylglycerin, Actinidia Polygama Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Bisabolol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Disodium EDTA, Aloe Barbadensis leaf Juice, Maltodextrin, Fragrance, Propylene Glycol, Saccharomyces/Opal/Mother Of Pearl/Turquoise/Diamond Ferment Lysate Filtrate.


Although this essence doesn’t bring drastic changes but it follows the harmony of my skin to improve it. My skin did improve from the acne marks and even out my skin tone. I love applying this essence because it doesn’t feel oily or tacky at all! Even so, do bare in mind that it doesn’t come with any oil-controlling properties. This would also go great for dry skin types since it kept my skin hydrated so well. Just the backlash would be the breakout on Week 3. Plus point that this essence is Paraben and colorant free! I would think that they could improve on the packaging because the plastic bottle may seem a little flimsy.

Price: MYR79.00

Weight: 65ml


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  • Even out skin tone
  • Brighter and radiant skin
  • Doesn’t leave skin oily or tacky
  • Plumps and hydrates skin
  • Paraben and colorant free


  • Brokeout
  • Flimsy bottle

My Rating: 4.2/5


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This essence has been provided by Neesya Malaysia, kindly refer disclaimer.

Traclyn Yeoh

Review: Estee Lauder Nutritious Radiant Vitality Essence Oil Promotes Skin Luminosity From Inside Out

Besides Jojoba or olive oil, I never thought of having to apply any kinds of oil onto my face. Those who have combination to oily skin will understand my concern over oil-based skin care because we just don’t want our skin to be any more oily. However, about a month ago, I was introduced to use this essence by Estee Lauder and I challenged myself to use it because oil-based skin care products can be beneficial if you found the right one.

Estee Lauder Nutritious Radiant Vitality Essence Oil 2

‘Like a “vitamin-booster” for skin, this silky blend of nourishing oils helps to revitalize, fortify and protect skin. Packed with the power of pure Pomegranate extract plus nourishing natural lipids and skin-essential Vitamin E, Radiant Vitality Essence Oil’s light texture absorbs instantly and helps to rebuild skin’s natural lipid barrier to help resist irritation and moisture loss. Skin is left feeling re-energized with a radiant, rosy glow and a softer, smoother feel.”

Estee Lauder Nutritious Radiant Vitality Essence Oil - Bottle

It comes in a plastic droplet bottle which is one of my favorite type of bottle. Coming from Estee Lauder, I thought the bottle looked a little shabby since its plastic. The great thing about using this oil-based essence is, you know how the outer bottle could get oily after a while of using it oil-based skin care but this just stays clean very well.

Estee Lauder Nutritious Radiant Vitality Essence Oil - Texture

The oil is clear and transparent and the scent is lovely. I don’t know how a pomegranate smells like before but this smells so refreshing, sweet with floral-like scent. As you can see, once I have massage the oil onto my skin, it doesn’t look too oily at all. Since it is an oil-based skin care, I only use it at night before my moisturiser. Just 4-5 drops enough to massage it onto my entire face. I tried using it during the day but it turned out to be too oily for me but if you have normal to dry skin, you can always use it day and night.

Estee Lauder Nutritious Radiant Vitality Essence Oil - Weekly Progress

Here is my journey of using it for a month and you can definitely tell the difference. Overall my skin gradually became more healthier and luminous.

  • Week 1 – My skin looked yellow with acne scarring on my forehead and dull.
  • Week 2 – My skin seems slightly rosier, smoother and plumped.
  • Week 3 –  The acne scarring on my forehead began to fade
  • Week 4 – My skin looks really healthy, radiant and plumped.

Pardon me on the swollen left eye of Week 4 image, as recently the hives decided to pay me a visit and it has to pick to attack me on my face. It wasn’t easy to feel swollen on one side of my face throughout the day.

Estee Lauder Nutritious Radiant Vitality Essence Oil - Weekly Progress Close Up

Here is a close up to my face.

  • Week 1 – Visible acne scarring on my cheeks  and open pores.
  • Week 2 – Plumped, smoother and glowing skin
  • Week 3 – Noticeable disappearance of acne scars
  • Week 4 – Skin looked radiant and healthy, less yellow undertone.

Estee Lauder Nutritious Radiant Vitality Essence Oil - Before and After

Here’s to compare before I started using the oil and four weeks later. By all means, the before was taken before I start using the oil which means a week before Week 1.

Estee Lauder Nutritious Radiant Vitality Essence Oil - Before and After Close Up

Also, another close up of before and after. Can you tell that my skin look so much more healthier now?


I was really sceptical about this oil and doubted that it could possibly do anything for my face. As I use it every night, I also enjoy massaging this oil onto my face and massaging promotes blood circulation. I believe what this oil did is that it helped my skin cells to regenerate from inside, plumped them up and became healthier, as a result you can see my skin improved from yellow undertone, acne scarring and radiance. Even for my skin type, I could still benefit from it and what can I say, this is one oil that I can trust to make my skin better!This is also economical because although I have used it for a month, I only used up 1/8 of the entire bottle.

Price: MYR 240.00

Weight: 30ml

Availability: Major departmental stores such as Parkson, Isetan, AEON, Metrojaya, Robinsons.

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  • Promotes skin regenerative system
  • Provides skin luminosity
  • Corrects skin yellow undertone
  • Softer, smoother and healthier skin
  • Economical


  • Could be pricey for selective people
  • Shabby plastic bottle

My Rating: 4.8/5


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This essence was provided by Estee Lauder Malaysia for review purposes, kindly refer disclaimer.