A couple of weeks back, I was stunned by the arrival of a huge box at my home, all wrapped in bubble wrap... my lovely step daughter Alyssa was with me, so she volunteered to be the one (,y model) unboxing it as I took some pictures, since I cannot quite take photos of myself opening the box nor do I quite like to be photographed not in make up, since it was a rest day for me...
Yes, skin care is important for me, and I love have days I put on full make up and go out, but on rest days, there are days I just tend to leave my face bare of make up to enable it to breathe.... I do not really know how true is it but well, I did go through a pretty bad phase once in my twenties when I was busy trying to be a 'model'.. yes, this woman was once reasonably pretty and narcissistic enough to think she could be a model or celebrity once upon a time...ages ago... and it was also the time I put on all sorts of make up and foundations and my skin got really messed up as a result.
I had horrible acne all over my face and it was all blotchy then....I was so stressed and frustrated then...and it was then I tried a bottle of the SEKKISEI Lotion and my face began to clear up after a week. The acne marks too faded with the help of my SEKKISEI Lotion. Yes, I have used SEKKISEI Lotion before and it worked miracles for me...
Anyway, the box is pretty in light pink with a striped cover. On the side of the box are a lovely picture of a Japanese Geisha known as Setsuko being surrounded by lots of lovely sakuras.
Setsuko is the icon of SEKKISEI products. She is fun-loving and has a bubbly personality, very popular with the Japanese SEKKISEI fans. Setsuko’s name which means ‘little snow’ in Japanese; symbolises the brand’s commitment of bringing snow-white skin to women all around the world.
OK, ready... 1, 2, 3...
Alyssa lifts the pink striped cover to open the box and the sides fall open revealing a huge pink heart shaped balloons and a dozen pink and white small balloons surrounding a new special edition SEKKISEI trial kit.
SEKKISEI, which originated from Japan is among the most trusted brands in the world since its release in 1985. As a pioneer in whitening skincare, SEKKISEI is committed to help women attain bright and translucent skin with glowing radiance, just like fresh snow.
SEKKISEI products are carefully designed and created for skin translucency. They harnesses the power of Oriental Herb extracts, which are carefully-selected from about 100 different herbs. A lot of painstaking research had been made to develop SEKKISEI, and to achieve the fine balance between oil and water content to result in its fine-textured lotion. Its fine texture, hydrated “snow-white” skin effect has made it KOSÉ’s best-selling product, with more than 48 million bottles of SEKKISEI Lotion sold since its release 30 years ago.
Now you can fall in love with the 5 star products from SEKKISEI (again, if you are like me and have tried SEKKISEI before), which come together in a special edition trial kit! A trio of oriental plant extracts: Coix Seed, Melothria (White Lotus) and Angelica work diligently to keep our skin in perfect condition, protected from the harsh environment.
The SEKKISEI trial kit is a pretty pink pouch with a transparent front with Setsuko and KOSE printed on it on the right botton corner. It retails at RM99 (GST included), and includes the following:
- SEKKISEI White Liquid Wash 20ml
- SEKKISEI Lotion 100ml
- SEKKISEI Emulsion 70ml
- SEKKISEI Clear Whitening Mask 10g
- Bihadagoyomi mask 3pcs
A good skincare regime not only benefits the complexion, but do you know, it can also improve your mood. So take the time to experience your favourite SEKKISEI products after a long day. I am sure you will find it very therapeutic as well as relaxing as you pamper your skin.
Here are the contents of the new special edition trial kit... with some potpourri and Chinese fragrance pouch and necklace I placed for decorative purposes, so , no ,it does not come in the new special edition SEKKISEI trial kit, in case you are wondering... hahaha
There is a card included that describes the products and how to use it as well....
SEKKISEI White Liquid Wash- Now you can clean your skin without stripping away moisture with this delicate cleanser. It contains Taurine-based cleansing agents leave skin clean and hydrated; while Rubus
Suavissmus Extract enhance skin dullness and soothes UV damage. After use, your skin is restored to its optimal condition, ready for the next skincare step. (140ml/RM131.40 )
SEKKISEI Lotion - This was my face saver many years ago, and it was like reacquainting with an old friend again... this SEKKISEI bestseller contains ingredients carefully-selected out of 100 types of oriental plants. You can use it as a toner or a mask, the fine-textured hydrating lotion balances out skin’s moisture levels, prevents dullness, soothes redness and more.
For quick hydration, place a bihadagoyomi mask (there are 3 pieces in the little bundle) into the cap or on your palm like I did (but better in the cap) and pour SEKKISEI Lotion until the mask tablet puffs up.
Then carefully open up the bihadagoyomi mask
A refreshing lotion, this contains a formulation based on a “beautiful translucent skin” recipe, where coix seed, angelica and melothria extracts work together to provide brightening effects. This plant extract blend also helps to keep dryness away while treating dullness, reducing pimples and any redness. It also comes with a gentle, fresh floral fragrance blended with relaxing chamomile so you can also relish in its delicate, pleasant scent during application.
If you are just using it as a toner, you will find that its fine texture melts into skin just like snow, and I really adore how non sticky and light-textured it is on my face and on my hands...
If you are using it as a mask, place the moistened bihadagoyomi mask on your face carefully and leave it one for 10 minutes and you can notice instantly hydrated skin that feels so fresh!
( 200ml/RM180.20, 360ml/RM275.60)
SEKKISEI Emulsion - This quick-absorbing moisturiser works deep into skin, preventing freckles, dark spots and dryness. Ingredients like Inula Britanica Flower, Chinese Pearl Barley, Paeonia Albiflora Root, Melothria Heterophylla and Angelica reveal a more translucent complexion.
Apply 1 to 2 pumps on a cotton pad and sweep over skin.
This SEKKISEI Emulsion is really very light and again I love the effect it had on my skin minus any stickiness and greasiness you might get from some other moisturizers, definitely ideal and perfect for a hot and humid country like ours......
SEKKISEI Clear Whitening Mask - This is a gentle peel-off mask that removes dullness and dead skin cells, brightens and hydrates at the same time! Chinese Quince extract inhibits sebum production, while a blend of oriental plant extracts deliver supreme whitening benefits. Nano-sized black powder allows the mask to spread easily. (140ml/RM191.80)
This was one of the products that made me skeptical at first... hmmm... well, why not...it states on the packaging it was a Clear Whitening Mask and when I squeezed it out, it was black like tar...
Even my husband did a double take when he saw me in this mask... Hahaha... it's not every day you see your wife looking like an 'orang minyak' right... hehehe and as I am complaining... it was quite a task, washing off the residue from my fingers after applying the mask...
How did I use this... I squeezed a little bit of the cream from the tube at a time and spread it onto my clean face as evenly as I can, trying hard not to leave it too thick or too thin, but I guess I did not do such a great job. Try to avoid the hairline, eye, and lip area like when you are applying other masks.
Then, I lay down... a friend recommended popping a couple of cucumber slices on the eye area which I think is pretty cool, but I did not have any cucumber in my fridge then... so I just went without.. I left the mask on for about 15- 20 minutes until I felt the mask was dry and my face felt so stretched/tight.
Because my mask was a bit too thin, instead of peeling it from the outside inward, I wiggled my mouth a bit so the mask loosened before I peeled it off slowly.
Warning: It can be a little painful and uncomfortable peeling it off (quite like how you will peel off a plaster or a nose patch) ...but you know what?
Once you see the result.. it is sooo worth it... my skin never felt so clean before.... and I really saw the difference.. it sure was more smoother and softer after using this...
You can see some of the dirt, dead skin cells, black heads and such the mask if you look closely....And yes, I will be using this again and I want to get more of this great skin care....
For more information about SEKKISEI and its new special edition trial kit, follow KOSÉ Malaysia on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/kose.malaysia) or visit the KOSÉ Malaysia website at www.kose.com.my.