When Estee Lauder launched the Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment (MESAT) Lotion, it made headlines in beauty blogs all over Asia, claiming this as the revolutionary lotion from Estee Lauder much like the Facial Treatment Essence (FTE) to SK-II.

Apart from the similar price point, they both are lotion step, meaning they go onto freshly cleansed face and then follow with the usual serum, eye cream and moisturiser steps.

While FTE obviously have more heritage and research around it, MESAT is marketed as “a groundbreaking essence-in-lotion treatment that helps to promote youthful and angelic glow to skin”.


MESAT uses incorporates micro technology to help penetrate deeper into skin layer with a precise concentration of the exclusive Micro-Nutrient Bio-Ferment formula to nourish, renew and rebalance skin.


My thoughts on the MESAT is that it is very lightweight and very fluid like. It absorbs onto skin very quickly and I can feel my skin instantly smoother and softer to touch. As a lotion step, it helps to prep skin for better skincare penetration afterwards.

When compared with FTE, I’d still prefer FTE after all I have been loyal to that for more than a decade now. MESAT felt good but it wasn’t life changing for me.

After lotion, I follow up with Estee Lauder’s cult favourite Advanced Night Repair Serum massaged all over face and top up with their eye serum from the same range. The eye serum texture is more lightweight making it perfect for day use and the eye cream (richer) for night use.


Left: Advance Night Repair Eye Serum | Right: Advance Night Repair Eye Cream

Both eye products can be used day and night and even layer over each other but someone time poor like me, I’d opt for the right texture for the right time of the day.

Overall, I am already a fan of their Advanced Night Repair serum and the ANR Eye Serum and Eye cream are a definitely must have if you have hydration issue under the eyes and want something that is long lasting enough to prevent creasing and fine lines under eye throughout the day.

Estee Lauder Mirco Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion RRP AUD$115
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair (ANR) Serum RRP AUD$95
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum RRP AUD$95
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Cream RRP AUD$85
All products are available on counters now 




Chanel Le Vernis in #619 Pink Tonic


Following my swatch post on #Mirabella last week, today I will be reviewing the Chanel Le Vernis in #619 Pink Tonic.


As you can see from the picture, #619 Pink Tonic is a bright, gorgeous shade of hot fuschia. Totally collector’s worthy and you’ll definitely get heaps of wear out of this one.


Pink Tonic is limited edition and also applies easily with no streaking or bubbles. Formula is creamy and looks great on both finger nails and toe nails to add that pop of colour, perfect for this Spring.

Available in Chanel counters now


ghd Aura Hairdryer

ghd-aura Back in March 2012 I reviewed the ghd air hairdryer about how it was the best hairdryer I have tested by far. Fast forward two and a half years later, we welcome the brand new ghd aura™ hairdryer. ghd-aura-hairdryer ghd aura comes with:

  • One nozzle instead of two nozzles ghd air came with
  • 4m long cord
  • Unique external power supply system to reduce the weight of the hair dryer (smart hey?)
  • Removable mesh filter for easy cleaning purposes
  • Cool-Wall™ technology creates a ring of cool air around the hot air (think aura)

ghd-aura My thoughts:

  • The two main things I have noticed how ghd is aura is different from ghd air is that it is way lighter and it isn’t as noisy when I switch it on full blast mode – I have very long hair so I always go for max heat and max speed. Due to its lighter weight, it makes hair drying sesh less of a chore and pain to the arm
  • Whilst it feels like it isn’t as hot as ghd air, I did find that ghd aura gave me a shinier finish (the more heat, the dryer your hair will appear. I’ve picked up this trick when visiting my favourite Korean hairdresser place as well, they don’t believe in blasting maximum hot air on hair as it will make hair appear dry and frizzy)
  • Each time I use this hair dryer (in conjunction with a Shu Uemura paddle brush + heat protectant), my hair looks super shiny and smooth, I love it!

ghd hairdryer The new ghd aura comes with Laminair™ technology that delivers a concentrated non-turbulent stream of air making it 42% more concentrated than other dryers. This allows better control and precision when styling and keeping hair smooth and shiny without over heating it. If you have ghd air, this is definitely worth an upgrade. ghd aura professional If you don’t have any existing ghd hairdryer, this is definitely one to consider as it definitely makes a difference between overblown, dry and frizzy hair vs silky, smooth hair.

 RRP AUD$250
Available in counters now


Happy Birthday to me!~


I turn 30 today and by the time you are reading this post, I’m probably busy stuffing my face somewhere in Tokyo, Japan or busy shopping.


Don’t forget to stalk me on Instagram @ponikuta as I will be actively posting heaps of pictures update throughout my trip. #ponikutatravels.


Looks like 2014, is the year of reinventing all the classic formulas from skincare (Genefique, Vissionare, ANR, Clinique DDL) to make up (Chanel eyeshadow quad, essie nail polish formula) to now Dior, reinventing their bestselling and cult favourite 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palettes.


To better the formula, the brand new Dior Couture Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palettes have a bolder colour variation and yet are harmonious to blend, true to colour finish and still carries the palette’s signature look and feel. In total there are 13 new palettes launched for this collection.


Today I will be reviewing the Dior Couture Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette in #796 Cuir Cannage that is a new release in conjunction with Dior Fall 2014 collection. Texture wise, all shades are smooth to apply with a matte center shade (matte yet pigmented!) and the rest are all satiny finish that blends well with a fluffy brush and stays on my lids pretty well.


#796 Cuir Cannage – is best described as a warm and inviting eyeshadow palette featuring rich coppery/bronzey shade with satin finishes. All shades were soft and buttery to apply and pigment wise they are medium to full depending on your application technique and which tools you use. I opted for a fluffy brush to apply to slowly and gently layer on the colour instead of going all out.

dior 5 couleurs

With a dab of eyelid primer, these eye shadows lasted on my lids for a good 6 hours with no signs of smudging or creasing. The finish is natural and very wearable for daily wear.

Available in Dior counters now





And I’m off….

….to Japan for the rest of September and will be back first week of October 2014!

This would mean only one thing, heaps of #valfooddiary, #ponikutatravels hauling and shopping pics as I will be travelling to Osaka, Tokyo and Sapporo in this trip.


Wish I would be going to the Wisteria Flower Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Garden though. It is so pretty looking at all the pictures about it. Definitely in my to go-to places one day, next trip maybe. 

Meanwhile, follow me on instagram as I will be spamming pictures throughout my trip. @ponikuta

Catch you when I am back! x


Paycheck worthy: Alexander Wang Anouck Boots

This month, I would love to share with you one of my latest purchase from Wang.

Alexander Wang Anouck Boots

When it comes to shoes, I have transitioned from sky high heels to comfortable, wearable yet chic options. Perhaps I have gotten lazy or I have just gotten too old for heels?

Alexander Wang Anouck Boots Review

This black calf leather Chelsea boots is call “Anouck” with an almond toe and pull tab at the rear. The unique point of this boots is the mid high block heel with a silver-tone nickel plaque insert. There’s also a rose gold option but it ran out of my size, on hindsight I have fallen in love with the silver finish more.


Anouck comes in Italian sizing and was initially a little tight for my wide feet but after a couple of wearing it out, it is starting to wrap comfortably around my feet. Perfect to pair with flippy skirts, pants and jeans.

All pictures sourced from FarFetch.



Estee Lauder Perfectionist Youth Infusing Makeup

When it comes to the foundation department, we all know that Estee Lauder does one of the best foundation in terms of delivering great coverage (DoubleWear!) so when they recently launched the Estee Lauder Perfectionist Youth Infusing Makeup, the first thought came to mind was, will the coverage be good?


This foundation promises to firm, brighten and hydrate skin whilst providing medium to full coverage.

To be honest, this came in handy to put to test because recently I have just gotten back on the pills and is still suffering from all the hormonal breakout episodes. As a result, I’ve been testing heaps of concealers and foundations to hopefully help conceal all the scarring and redness all over my face.


Packaging wise, this liquid foundation comes in a glass pump bottle packaging. Making it sturdy and easy to use but would be quite heavy for travelling so definitely need to depot this.

Texture wise, it is easy to smooth on skin with fingers and I find it can be quite streaky if applied with a foundation brush. So my recommendation is to apply this with fingers and blend/dab and smooth over skin. It sets pretty quickly without the need of powder as this is an oil-free formula that provides skin hydration and infused with Perfectionist serum formula that helps to nourish, reduce the look of lines and brightens skin.

There are a total of 16 shades to choose from and I am using #1N1 Ivory Nude which is a yellow toned light ivory shade. I find the shade sits well on my skin and doesn’t oxidise but coverage wise I’ll say this is sheer to medium as I find it quite efficient at evening out my skin tone but when it comes to redness, acne scarring and the likes, I still need a high performance concealer to cover those spots.

In case you are wondering, I am in love with Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place High Cover Concealer which also have SPF 30+ in it.


Once applied, I find that this foundation blends into my skin colour naturally however, it isn’t the best at oil controlling, so I find myself definitely need to blot and dab a layer of powder to help combat the oiliness (I have super oily skin by the way). Apart from that, I find this foundation perfect for those who have semi-good skin as this foundation does a great job at evening out basic skin tone concern and best of all it doesn’t smudge/oxidise.

Available in Estee Lauder counters now 


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