Tuesday, August 14, 2012

TATCHA Skin Care - Review, Pictures

image from www.tatcha.com

I am all about the Ritual of Beauty.  My morning and evening cleansing rituals are something I never deviate from.  Even though my skin gives me fits and betrays me by having wrinkles and acne at the same time. I am forever beholden to the care of my skin.  When the lovely people from TATCHA contacted me about their skincare line I jumped at the chance to use it. I am a huge fan of the Japanese style of skin care.  Unlike the harsh routine I was instructed to follow growing up, like harsh, skin stripping formulas and the use of “cover-up” cosmetics, the Eastern or Japanese method of skin care involve ceremonies that focus on cleansing, massaging, nourishing, and protecting the skin via natural, time-tested botanicals and minerals.  TATCHA Beauty prides itself on following the time honored ritual followed by geisha.  This ritual is suitable for all ethnicities and ages, but especially for those with combination skin seeking solutions for prevention and repair.


I received the trial-sized TATCHA beauty collection for exquisite skin. This  set included:
Pure Camellia One Step Cleansing Oil - 15ml | 0.5oz
Polished Rice Enzyme Powder in Gentle, Classic, and Deep - 9 x 1g packets (3 of each kind)
Radiant Deep Brightening Serum - 15ml | 0.5oz
Supple Moisture Rich Silk Cream - 10ml | 0.3oz
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Petal Fresh Original Japanese Beauty Papers - 1 full sized pack | 30 sheets


This is a very simple beauty ritual to follow more morning and night.  The system can be tailored for Dry, Combination and Oily skin with only a few small tweaks to the ritual.  We all know that I have very oily skin, but this TATCHA ritual only required that I used the deep Rice Enzyme Powder and to avoid using the Moisture Rich Silk Cream during the day.  In the evening this is how my ritual went:


I start with the Camellia One Step Cleansing Oil.  Applied to dry , unwashed skin I used this oil to remove all of my makeup, even stubborn waterproof eye makeup, and then formed an emulsion by adding a little water to my hands and massaging the oil on my face until it turned milky white.  I then rinsed my face entirely and patted it dry.  My face did not feel greasy or oily or feel like there was a film on it. It just felt clean and soft. Retails for $48 USD


Then I took the Deep Rice Enzyme Powder (a green clay like powder) and mixed it with a little water to form a loose paste. I massaged the Rice Enzyme Powder onto my face in small circular motions.  I also let the mixture sit on my skin for a minute or two to take advantage of the enzyme attributes of the product.  Then I rinsed with lukewarm, water and patted my face dry.  Not only did my skin have a nice glow, it felt incredibly SOFT! I'm not sure if I could use the Deep cleansing version every day, but thankfully TATCHA makes a Gentle and Classic formulation for dry and combination skin.  Having tested all three variations I can say I like the Classic formula best, but would like to use the Deep formula at least once a week. Retails for $65 USD



The next step in the ritual is the Deep Brightening Serum A brightening serum consisting of Asian botanicals + HADASEI-3 Bioactive Complex.  It is supposed to give you more radiant looking skin.  I can safely say that after using this product for one month that some of the red marks from past acne scars have lightened considerably. It has not erased those marks but they are much lighter than they were before. The serum is very light and sinks into my skin very quickly, especially when I have used the Deep cleansing powder.    The ingredients are fairly straight forward: Squalane (Olive Extract), Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Oil, Inositol (Rice Extract), Sericin (Silk Protein), Algae Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Zizyphus Jujuba Fruit Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin (Soy Derivative), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract. (not a full list of ingredients) And the feeling it gave my skin was wonderful.  Retails for $150 USD

Last but not least I used the Rich Silk Cream. This is a gel cream formula that boasts ingredients like liquid silk, squalane, royal jelly + HADASEI-3 Bioactive Complex. This formula is incredibly light, but for my oily skin I think that it was still too rich to use during the day.  While it was a nice light formula, it did leave a slight sheen on my skin that I personally did not feel comfortable applying makeup over it.  I found this cream OK, but certainly not for someone with oily skin.  Maybe I'll use it in the winter when my skin is slightly drier. Retails for $150 USD


Oops. How could I forget the blotting papers?  Shame on me. Especially since I use them every day!  The Original Aburatorigami are all natural leaflets that absorb excess oil without disturbing your makeup!  That's always good.  There are actual gold flakes in the 100% abaca leaf paper.  The fibers from the abaca plant looks like fine hair and are woven in to a sundry of items, including the TATCHA Petal Fresh Original Aburatorigami papers. I do wish that the papers were a tad more compact (Folded) because that would fit into my purse easier. But the paper holder is fairly sturdy for carrying around and it carries 30 very large sized sheets. Retails for $12 USD


Overall I found the TATCHA ritual very pleasing.  My Favorite items were the Deep Rice Enzyme Powder and the Deep Brightening Serum.  However I do find the prices for the powder and other items to be fairly expensive.  Since this line is sold at Barneys, I'm not surprised by the price.  

Do you NEED this?  Well that's hard to say. I cannot personally recommend the Rich Silk Cream because I didn't use it enough to see if it would have made a difference in my skin. The Cleansing Oil is nice for sure, but with a market flooded with cleansing oils, one really can find an equivalent product for less.  The Enzyme Cleansing powders are fab. A little goes a long way with this type of item so I could definitely recommend one of these for regular use.  The Deep Brightening Serum was very nice, and since my acne marks faded considerably I wouldn't have a problem recommending this item as well, despite the cost.  Still not sure if this skin care is for you?  You can purchase a Trial Size Skin Care Set (Just like the one I received and detailed above) directly from TATCHA. It's currently on sale for $49 USD

Speaking of which, I actually have a full size, Unused TATCHA Deep Brightening Serum to give away to one lucky reader in the US.  (Sorry for those outside of the US. I'll have another giveaway for everyone soon.)  Enter using the raffelcopter entry from below.  Please see my contest/official rues HERE.  This giveaway is open to all people over the age of 18 that are current residents of the United States.  A winner will be randomly selected and that winner will be announced on August 31st. Good Luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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115 comments:

  1. My skin care routine is important to me too. And each and every one of these products look great! A bit pricey though...

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  2. Thanks for the awesome review. I've been curious about these products! And thanks too for the great giveaway.

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  3. I've never heard of this brand, but it looks luxurious.

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  4. My skin could really use some brightening ^_^;

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  5. Lovely giveaway, thanks! I have read so much about this brand, it would be wonderful to have an opportunity to give it a try.

    Cheers, Lisa

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  6. I am also very curious about this brand as it seems very gentle to the skin. However the pricing makes me think twice. Great review!

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    1. I hear ya. The pricing gives me pause as well.

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  7. My skin has finally evened out with the proper care I never devoted to it in school, and I'd love to try a brightening serum to fade some dark spots. Do you have recommendations for more affordable serums?

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    1. Actually yes. These 4 treatments are in the $50 dollar range and have been effective at fading dark spots.

      Kiehls Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

      Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector

      Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Gel

      Femme Science Age Control - Starter Wrinkles Treatment for Youthful Skin

      Hope that helps!

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  8. This is very intriguing!
    What a great giveaway!
    Thank you!
    xx

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  9. Huh, I had no idea Tatcha did skin care--I've seen those blotting papers in magazines a lot. I am intrigued. The enzyme powder sounds almost like those buffing grains from BB, except probably finer-milled. Which reminds me--I should use my buffing grains today :)

    I'm always on the lookout for a dark spot corrector ... Clinique's Even Better broke me out like a ... erm, boss.

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    1. Did it really? I'm sorry. Now I feel bad having recommended it to a reader above. :-/

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  10. Ive always been fascinated with how they go about taking care of their skin. Those products look divine but definitely out of my price range lol

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  11. sounds lovely...one of these days i need to try a cleansing oil!

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  12. I would love to try out the brightening serum! I hope to get my hands on some of those blotting papers soon, how well did they work for you?

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  13. This line sounds nice but too expensive for my budget. I'd love to try the serum though. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  14. I would love to try the brightening serum! Thanks for the giveaway, too! ^^

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  15. This sounds like a really interesting line of products. I've always been fascinated by geisha culture. I love the packaging on all of this. I've definitely been focusing more on improving my skin care routine lately and foregoing heavy concealer and foundation.

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  16. I'm always up for trying new skincare, especially since the products sound very gentle (which is exactly what I need)! Thanks for the review and the giveaway. :)

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  17. I could use some brightening serum..am not a robot :)..thanks

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  18. Hmm, I may want to check out this line, anything to help with my dark spots really! Chidoriya (available from Beautyhabit) also makes some traditional Japanese skincare which I'm liking so far.

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  19. This looks like a fabulous product! Thank you for the giveaway.:)

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  20. This is one of my new favorite skin care lines. I especially love the cleansing oil as it is gentle, thorough, and leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth and looking refined and clear. I have dry, mature, sensitive skin and adore the silk cream. I think it is well suited to anyone with normal to dry skin.

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  21. Uh...lucky Americans. I have no idea if this retails in the UK, but the brightening serum sounds wonderful. Will definitely try it...I think I have same kind of skin as you...mature, but oily and some acne scarring. Thank you for this review.

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  22. Oo... I'm intrigued. At some point I'll at least need to pick up the blotting papers!

    Or maybe I'll get lucky and win the giveaway :)

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  23. Awesome giveaway!! I have been wanting to try out Tatcha :)

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  24. Thanks for the review and awesome giveaway! I wanted to try their new skin care line but the prices are way too steep for me.

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  25. Damn those robots for trying to hog all the brightening serums!!

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  26. I've been wanting to try Tatcha out for awhile. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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  27. Great giveaway! I'd love to try this! =D

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  28. I was going to leave a Ralph Wiggum quote but instead I will just reference the hundreds upon hundreds of skincare packets courtesy of Sephora. A far cry from the beloved Dr. Bronners of my college years..

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  29. I am intrigued by the idea of a brighter. Anything that might make me look just a year younger would make me happy.

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  30. Oooo!! I just pinned a picture of one of their produced on pinterest a few days ago... I was really intrigued! Love that you hve a review for their products just as soon as I got curious about them!

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  31. I've been wanting to try a cleansing oil for awhile. I love the idea of using more gentle, natural products on my face than the harsh stuff I grew up with. I definitely need something that will lighten some of my post acne marks.

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  32. Have heard a ton about this line and would love to use it. The ingredients here have me the most excited!

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  33. I really like how the Geisha way sounds! It's too bad it's so expensive, so it would be great to get a chance to try it!!!

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  34. Ooh I've been hearing a lot about this brand lately--I am very intrigued. Plus I am obsessed with serums and this one looks amazing! Thanks Elvira!! :D

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  35. I will definetly have to look into cleansing oils. You are right about some cleansers stripping too much for the skin. Thanks for the review!

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  36. Of course robots don't need serums! But us lovely ladies do...

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  37. I was just looking into some brightening serums to try, what excellent timing. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

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  38. I've tried the blotting papers from this brand so I'd be excited to try their other products.

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  39. The aesthetics of this are lovely. I really appreciate minimalistic and thoughtful packaging.

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  40. Just ordered the blotting papers and will also be able to sample some of the polishers. Can't wait! Judy

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  41. Ooh. Those sound lovely. I'm also really serious about my skincare routine and I'm kind of floundering at the moment since my skin has been freaking out (I moved a month ago and it's a lot drier where I am now). I think I have almost just barely gotten in mostly under control but now I'm going to have to fix the damage!

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  42. I'm not a robot!

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  43. I really wish I would've found out about better skin care at a younger age. My skin is a genuine wreck.
    I'm envious of girls who were able to learn not to overdo skin care because then you become a slave to foundation.

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  44. UWAHHH too expensive for a college student like me ^^;; I would love to try out the serum though~

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  45. What'd'ya mean, "Robots don't need brightening serums?" Some robots like to keep their chrome shiny! Ever hear of ANDROIDS? We have skin just like yours! When my processors really get cooking my skin can get so dull and rough...ugh! Enough with the Anti-Robot sentiment!

    Seriously, thanks for another great giveaway! I sure would love to win this, cuz there's no way I could ever actually afford to buy it...

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    1. LOL! You crack me up. You're almost as funny as I am.....almost. Be careful. I don't like people being funnier than me. (Just kidding) <---- Had to put that in there for all the people without a sense of humor that read these comments.

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  46. I would love to try this brightening serum.

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  47. Thank you for the thorough review! I certainly like the simple ingredients list and would love to try this serum!

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  48. The brightening serum sounds interesting, especially since you experienced some fading of acne scars. U have to admit, the price is a barrier so I appreciate your cheaper alternatives.

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  49. The cleansing oil sounds like it is worth trying

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  50. Kind of disappointed it didnt work as good, I heard really great things.

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  51. I have been reading about this brand a lot and it sounds amazing. Would love to win and then be able to add my comments. Thanks for the opportunity. LOve your blog.

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  52. This brand is getting a lot of exposure lately. Your comment on your lighten scars speaks volumes about the brightening serum.

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  53. With all my sunspots & freckles, brightening serum sounds right up my alley.

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  54. The rice powder sounds divine! I used to use one by Skinfood that I adored, but mail order from overseas is a pain. Sigh.

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  55. Oh wow! You always have the best reviews.

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  56. I would love to try this, I'm always looking for something that will fade acne scars!
    P.S.
    This is my first time commenting, but I love your blog and frequently check it out!

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  57. Love to try this - Thanks for the giveaway

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  58. I want to try the powder, it sounds interesting!

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  59. i saw these products on another blog including yours, and im obsessed with anything japanese. i really want to save up for the full size set, it seems so luxurious!

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  60. Thanks for the review. It's good to hear the Brightening Serum really works.

    Cynthia.Richardson@azbar.org

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  61. Wow this sounds very cool! I'm really into Asian skin products right now, but unfortunately, I usually can't justify the higher prices and astronomical shipping costs. I love their emphasis skin care rather than just covering everything up with makeup. I have so many acne scars and hyper pigmentation, so the brightening serum really sounds neat.

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  62. I am a big fan of brightening serums, would love to try this. I have heard a lot of good things about Tatcha!

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  63. I've tried both the Kiehls Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution and Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Corrector. I don't think they worked much on me. Would love to try this product!

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  64. Fabulous giveaway! I want to order the trial set. I am the only caucasian working with all Japanese and every one of them has lovely skin!

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  65. I've had my eye on Tatcha for a while now. Would love to try their products!

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  66. I've always wished for skin as nice as a geisha!

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  67. I am not a robot and I DO need a brightening serum!
    chrisdeglen(at)gmail(dot)com

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  68. Would love to try their brightening serum because I am a non-robot.

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  69. Awesome review, totally looking into Tatcha products!

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  70. This is a brand that is completely new to me, but it sounds like it would be so nice to use. I would definitely like to try it! Thank you for sharing it with us, Elvira; a lovely giveaway, as always.

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  71. Great review! I would love to try their brightening serum!

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  72. I'm intrigued by this skincare line and I would love to try the brightening serum! Thanks for your review...

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  73. I've never heard of this line... sounds so luxe!

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  74. omg those blotting papers look so glittery!

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  75. Thanks for the review of this line!

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  76. I bought the sampler earlier this week after reading about it on "Best Things in Beauty". I've only just started using the products, but so far I like the ritual!

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  77. I love the Eastern approach to skin care so am very interested in these! I'm a complete convert to using cleansing oil to remove my makeup.

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  78. Great review!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  79. I would LOVE to try this serum! I need brightening!
    cspmom at gmail dot com

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  80. Great Giveaway! Thank you so much!

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  81. Hi Elvira. Thanks so much for doing this give-away!! I am excited to try this line.

    Love your blog. You make me laugh, and have great beauty advice.

    paiges4boys at gmail dot com

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  82. Great review! I am OBSESSED with brightening products.

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  83. I've really been wanting to try this brand! Very exciting to see it in a giveaway, thanks so much!

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  84. I am tempted to order the sample pack. Honestly I usually use Cetaphil or soap but come to think of it I used to buy the facial systems when I was a teen. I stopped when I hit 30! What is up with that? I need it more now than I did when I was 15~ jeesh

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  85. The sample back is so cute!!! I'm in need of brightening products right about now, too many park playdates with my son :D

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  86. I'm not a robot, but some days I feel like a robot. A robot who could use a brightening serum that works. :D Thanks for the giveaway!

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  87. I'm curious to try that serum out!

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  88. I love the packaging of the Tatcha products!

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  89. Would really love to try this product as a non-robot that I am!! ;)

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  90. No R2D2 here...LOL! Had to Google Tatcha & their products seem really nice with a nice price tag to go with it! Oh why is the good stuff never cheap! The Bightening serum sounds superb!

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  91. Thanks for the review. The enzyme powders sound very interesting although I'm interested to see how they compare with other similar products like Japanese washing powders (DHC, Fancl, etc.). I received some of their blotting sheets as a gift a long time ago, but I never got around to repurchasing. This will definitely change because this skin care line looks like something right up my alley.

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  92. I was interested in seeing a review of this brand. The whole Japanese roots business intrigues me, I'm glad to see they perform well. The prices are a bit scary though!

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  93. This serum sounds great! I'm currently working through an eye cream that contains a lot of squalene, and it seems to work very well. Thanks for hosting this!

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  94. I've been using the Tatcha Try Me for the past week -- I really like everything so far. My skintype is very similar to yours and I agree with just about all of your comments. The cleanser and the enzyme powders are fab. I am enjoying using the moisturizer as an eye cream as it's a little heavy for my skintype. Would love to win the serum. Thx!

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  95. Never heard of brand, Now I'm on the total look out for anything that will help me!!

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  96. Aramire here I've heard of this brand and I would be so excited to try it

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  97. I need a brightening serum for uneven skin tone. Unlike a robot.

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  98. What a nice review! I just started using their enzyme powder and am very happy with the results. What a generous draw! Thank you!

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  99. Robots might not need a brightening serum, but cyborgs might. ;) Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  100. I recently started using Zirh Reverse serum that I found at TJMAXX for $5. So now serums are my thing, I love seeing your reviews of them! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  101. Hi! I'm not a robot! And I would LOVE to win this brightening serum!

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  102. BEEP BOOP I AM A ROBOT AND MY DULL METAL FACE NEEDS TO MATCH MY SHINY METAL ASS FOR MY DATE WITH BENDER RODRIGUEZ.
    Okay, not really. I do <3 your blog, though.

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  103. I like the ingredients which sound so soothing like rice.

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  104. WOW, THANK YOU SO MUCH! I cant wait to try it!

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