Skincare Arsenal: Lautbiru

Lautbiru is a skincare enthusiast who lurks the Female Daily forum looking for the next poison to fill her hunger on what next skincare to buy. You can find many of Lautbiru’s recommendations on skincare at Fashionese Daily, where she shares the trade secret on how to live with an oily and acne-prone skin. She currently resides in Bali which with her husband, own Laut Biru Photography.




I have one of those annoying skin types, one that stubbornly combination-oily, acne-prone, somewhat thin (almost all veins, capillaries, blood vessels are clearly visible. Apart from little sagging and a whisper of wrinkles around the eyes, I still own a moody, fresh-from-puberty, hyperactively-oily on T-Zone area with blotchy red patches & acne scars. Other than that, yeah, I have awesome skin! Not.

Being older means I have experimented enough with my skincare routine. Also now that I have considerably more relaxed budget to splurge than in my college years, I get to pick better product and have more knowledge on their efficacy. Curiosity prevents me from using a certain product/skincare line for too long, but I usually dedicated enough to finish the whole product before moving on to the next “potential HG” item (unless I absolutely can’t tolerate or have bad reaction towards it).

My current skincare arsenal is extensive enough for the whole FD office to share amongst, I guess! Bear in mind I don’t use them all at once but alternately depending on my needs.

Here we go!

1. Cleansers

My favourite step. Currently applying the double cleansing method, I alternate between Menard Tsukika Cleansing Cream followed by Cleansing Wash and Beaute de Kose Ultimation Cleansing Cream followed by Washing Cream. Both give equally outstanding result, but I can’t get Menard’s products in where I live. Also Kose’s gives a slightly better pore tightening albeit costing much more than Menard’s. This is a step where you only need to take at night or you’re using makeup or sunscreen.

For early morning face wash, I opted for the more practical facial wash (and also, you don’t need to use the cleansing cream). At the moment I use :

i. dr. Hauschka’s Cleansing Cream

This cleanser is best used when I feel my skin is not too oily but I want to clear up some congestion (clogged pores, even blackheads/whiteheads). I posted a review of this product on FD blackhead/whitehead forum. or

ii. Caudalie’s Instant Foaming Cleanser

I always reach this cleanser whenever I feel the need for a pick-up, nothing feels better than the invigorating cleansing action from this product. And the scent is so refreshing! or

iii. Avene’s Cleanance Soapless Gel Cleanser

This is a great cleanser when my skin is at its best, or worst. It’s calming, non-irritating and leaves the skin ready for the following skincare regimen. or

iv. Simple oatmeal cleanser

This is for when my face is in a moderately clean state but I need a quick radiance fix, and it also helps lessening my acne scars significantly.


2. Pre-Toner :

3. Toner

  • Menard’s Tsukika Fresh Lotion, for perfect hydration
  • Kanebo’s Sensai Lotion I, for long-lasting freshness & cooling
  • Givenchy’s Tone It True Mattifying Lotion to control sebum production so my makeup will stay put longer.


4. Serum – Day

  • Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum thanks to aging and 2 pregnancies, this is not to whiten my complexion but to treat dullness and some sunspots.
  • Gatineau Mateliance Purifying Regulating Serum as the name states, this is to get me through troubling times and  to control sebum production.

5. Serum – Night

  • Caudalie Vinopure Balancing Concentrate

6. Eye care

7. Moisturizer

  • Vichy’s Normaderm Anti-Imperfection Hydrating Care, because even during the times of my worst breakout, I should still use moisturizer. This one is medicated, mattifying and also encourages gentle exfoliation to promote clearer skin.
  • Gel de La Mer, this magic in a jar not only moisturizes but also mattifies and heals post acne eruption and acne scars in a flash.
  • Menard’s Fairlucent Emulsion is perfect when I need extra hydration, day or night. Only the tiniest amount needed : 1 soybean-size drop for day, and 2 soybeans for night time.

8. Night Cream

Due to the stubborn nature of my skin, instead of replenishing night cream I employ one that function as chemical peeling. Although all natural, Nuxe’s Crème Etincelante is a potent resurfacer and leaves my skin soft & supple in the morning.

In time of acne breakout emergency, I always resort to my miracle worker, La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar K Daily Renewal Fluid.

9. Scrub

Cosmedicine’s Medi-Morphosis Self-Adjusting Exfoliator or  a simple baking soda mixed with facial wash.

10. Mask

  • DDF Therapeutic Sulfur Mask, to calm down acne inflammation, redness and swelling.
  • Kose’s Whitening Mask, for extra cleansing of the dead skin cells also lift impurities, skin-clogger & blackheads.
  • All natural recipes from FD’s home remedy forum. My personal favourite is the cocoa-ginger-turmeric-honey mask, effective and smells heaveny!

11. Sun Protection

  • Diorsnow UV Shield White Reveal Moisturizing UV Protection SPF 50+
  • Biore Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+
  • Vaseline Aloe Vera SPF 24 for body :)

12. Acne Treatment

  • La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar A.I. for really problematic blemishes, major swelling even cystic acne. This can re-absorb most imperfections but also gently heals the existing ones, leaving minimal (if any) scarring possible. Gentle to the skin too, with almost no flaking.
  • Kose’s Junkisui Refreshing Spot Serum, solely to reduce redness & swelling. Most effective when used under DDF Therapeutic Sulfur Mask.

Okay now, is that enough products for you? I certainly don’t think so. Planning to purchase a few more desired items and I’ll be sure to review them in a near future.

Any of you share my craziness for skincare hoarding (I’d prefer to call it curiosity and research purposes. Really!) or have used the same products? Please let me know what product(s) you’d like to try too!