Astalift Jelly Aquarysta, Destiny Essence, Cream Review
I know I’ve been banging on about the weather in Tokyo and I should really suck it up since I’m from a really hot little red dot that hovers above the equator. I mean, this is my habitat right?
So I thought it would be timely to finally do an in-depth review of the three stellar Astalift products that I have loved for the past eight months, and two of them, the serum and the jelly product, are excellent for this sweltering heat. Your skin will love the cooling effect their textures have.
I started out with TWO sample packs just to make sure my finicky skin liked these products, and then I graduated to these full-sized babies. By the way, Lisa Eldridge has mentioned she loves Astalift…
I briefly reviewed the samples in my Jan Faves video and here’s a small nugget of info: I filmed this video the day I found out I was preggers, which was in the evening. I remember I was particularly fussy and ill-tempered that week (I know you can’t tell from the video), and on hindsight, it was because preggo hormones were raging through my veins. But at night after I tested positive on a pregnancy stick, my mood just shot sky-high, “DINGDINGDINGDING!!!” I always chuckle when I think about it.
The shiny red appearance of Astalift inspires love or hatred. They really stand out on the shelf but they also look a little “auntie” or “obasan”, but you know, this is essentially an anti-aging range so…
By the way, all my Japanese girlfriends who know about this brand think it’s strange and wouldn’t try it because Fuji, a film/camera brand, branched out into skincare to save its business. I think there’s mistrust of an organization that never had experience in manufacturing beauty products. Furthermore, it took its learnings from how to preserve sensitive film which is made from collagen, and since human skin is made of collagen — the analogy was made into reality and they came up with skincare that was inspired by how they protect film.
Personally I’m not bothered by the comparison because the ingredients lycopene and lutein make sense to me in skincare. These two anti-oxidants are found in red, orange, and yellow fruit and veggies and they help to reduce sun damage.
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♥ Destiny Essence is a red transparent serum that your skin will soak up instantly. It’s pretty pricey at 6300JPY (USD63) for 30ml. It lasted me four months and I used two pumps every night before I put on my moisturizer.
This was the first serum I eased into after staying away from fancy skincare for over two years. I was thrilled I didn’t break out in rashes and I noticed my skin tone improving after using it — it became clearer and brighter.
♥ Jelly Aquarysta is the brand’s star product and I can see why. My skin drank it up like a sponge. For germophobes, they provide a little spoon to get the product out but I thought it was too fiddly and used clean fingers instead.
I used it as a daytime serum and it is so light and oil-free that you wouldn’t feel there’s an extra layer if you put on several products in the morning. I used this in tandem with the Destiny Essence serum and I truly believe that my skin looked more refined and I didn’t see an increase in pigmentation (I have a few freckles scattered across my nose and cheeks).
The downside is that 40g of this stuff costs 9450JPY (USD94) but it lasted me for six months. You seriously need only a smidgen to spread over your face and neck. The key ingredients are collagen, lycopene, and marine algae astaxanthin, that is rich in antioxidants.
♥ And lastly, the cream moisturizer is just called “Cream”, and is 5250JPY (USD52) for 30g and it has been going strong for six months and I still have maybe 10% left.
It is a fairly light cream and it’s great as a daytime moisturizer in the colder months (no SPF though) and a solid night cream in the warmer months. Among the three, I wouldn’t re-purchase this because there are so many good cream moisturizers out there that perform the same and could be cheaper as well.
But I would still recommend it if you like using complementary products from the same brand. There’s hardly or no fragrance and doesn’t have an oily residue when you apply it. It does hydrate well but for oily skin types, you definitely can’t use this in the day time in hot weather. The key ingredients in this product are collagen, squalene, and royal jelly – all great anti-aging stuff.
Time for a preggo update!
I thought I would shove in a picture of me at almost 30 weeks pregnant in this post. My oh my, am I growing a Western-sized baby… Some of my friends teased me that I’m having twins and cannot believe I will get even bigger in the next two months!
In my last yoga class, there were two Japanese ladies who are due in August (which is like next month) and they were way smaller than me. I’m trying not to be too concerned but it’s hard hearing, “You are huge! Are you going to give birth soon? No? You have two more months? Wow, you’re so big!” every time I see someone. I know I shouldn’t take this to heart because my body is doing what it needs to do.
Whoever said that the size of a baby is dependent on the mother’s own birth weight didn’t know what they were talking about. I was 2.8 kg and my husband was 4.3kg. Surely, size plays a part in the gene pool?
Health-wise, I did get sick twice in July so it goes to show one’s immunity is weaker when you are pregnant. In my third trimester, I do get more tired easily and can’t work out as much as before. E.g. I used to be able to do 30 laps in the pool, but these days, I opt for a leisurely 20 laps because I run out of puff. Hauling an extra 12 kgs around in no simple matter. Slopes and stairs are the enemy and the glow of the second trimester is definitely fading.
That’s not to say it’s all baby blues. The lil bub kicks up a storm everyday in my belly and it always feels like I have company while I shop, eat, nap, work, and do yoga. It never ceases to amaze me that I’m growing a human being inside me and I will meet this special person very soon…Just thinking about it turns me into a puddle of goo…
Cravings are at a minimum. I go for food that I have always loved, like sweet peaches in summer, juicy Chinese pears, noodles, curry, scrambled eggs, but I have definitely increased my meat intake – I try to eat more protein so grilled chicken and beef make oft appearances on my dinner plate.
Oh and the usual pregnant obsession with ice-cream – I think it takes away the scariness of giving birth and what the future would bring. And it’s cold, delicious, and sweet.
Though I have to be careful with eating sweets because the worry of gestational diabetes is always hovering above my head. So I let myself have ice-cream twice a week when the husband takes a break from his strict diet. He gained some “sympathetic pregnancy weight” and has been working hard to get rid of the bulge by employing a no-carb diet five days of the week with plenty of weight-training and running.
That’s it for now, my dears. Hope you have a rad weekend and I’ll post again next week. I’m on a skincare kick so do expect more of such posts to come your way.♥♥♥
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