Kitohana Night Cream Review

Monday, December 30, 2019
Can you believe it? 2019 is almost over and we're on a cusp of not only a new year, but a whole new decade! Being in my mid-twenties, the past 10 years have truly been formative. I tried putting myself in the shoes of 2005 Tiffany to see if I am proud of who I've become, and truly, I can't do it. My life has pivoted and pivoted and pivoted into something beyond my imagination and although I always pegged myself as a dreamer and a creative, somehow at the age of 15, being in my mid-twenties was so far into the future that I could simply not imagine how it would be. 

Certainly I never envisioned being a champion of skincare. I was genetically blessed with good skin and throughout highschool, it was something I easily took for granted. In my early twenties after having returned from university in the UK, the drastic change in weather and adulthood hormones (ugh) gave me the worst breakout of my life, with huge zits across my forehead and mouth, weekly soreness and eyebags that wouldn't go away. To be honest, I was in denial for a couple of months, thinking it would all go away if I just left my skin alone. 

News flash, avoidance was not the answer. 

I later invested some time in an elaborate skincare routine (which you've probably read about here already so I won't go into any more detail) and when I noticed improvement, I was hooked! I now derive comfort from my morning and night time routine, and have happily brought back my skin into a nice stable balance. It is only with this stability that I have happily embarked on this skincare review journey, which you've seen glimpses of every now and then on this site. Trust me, you do not want to be messing around with different sorts of products if your skin has not calmed down. You need to take some deliberate time with products in order to see if they work for you, and if you are constantly attacking your skin with a plethora of different things, it is unlikely that you will see the results you want - because you're confused honey, and so is your skin.

Lecture aside, I am here to introduce the latest product I've reviewed - the Kitohana Night Cream. Literally only one of you have asked for this, but I'm giving it to you anyway,  and here's the process I go through to review a product. 

1. Looks

Okay, this probably seems the least important of all, but the way a product looks is the first thing you notice. Part of the review work involves explaining that first-impression look and feel of a product. 

If you're handling a hefty solid glass bottle, it may feel expensive and look luxe on your bedstand, but it's not going to be a practical product to take when travelling. If it's colourful and cute, maybe it'll be a good gift for your girlfriends, but for that pal of yours that's accustomed to fancy adult products like SK-II or Lamer, it'll be tough trying to get her to try a new product that seems a little too cute-sy to be more than a novelty. 


For Kitohana's night cream, I was pretty impressed with the PR box they sent. Some companies just stuff it in a bag and mail it over, so when you get a pretty package to unbox, it shows you that the company, at the very least, is interested in optics and therefore, are more likely to make an aesthetic product. This later helps if you're planning to make a gift of it or just simply want something nice for yourself. 

The bottle itself comes in its own box, is super lightweight (so easy to take when travelling!) and has a gorgeous frosty glass, that won't mess with your minimalist aesthetic. 

2. Ingredients

This is something that I've only recently learned to do thanks to my more experienced Instagrammer friends but checking out the ingredients of a product can be really useful to help you assess the quality of the product. Bear in mind though that sometimes, you can find products that will have surprisingly poor effects or surprisingly effective results on you despite its ingredients. One site I use is

According to the site, Kitohana's night cream has these highlights: 

#alcohol-free #fragrance & essential oil-free

Key Ingredients

Its website further breaks down that Sodium Hyalurunate and Sodium PCA work to deeply moisturize and vitamin E promotes healing and cellular turnover. Collagen enhances firmness and elasticity while Argireline tightens the skin and reduces wrinkles.  An abundance of antioxidants from pomegranate seed oil and vitamin C fight free radicals and deliver a brightening, youth-boosting action.

3. Actual use 

THIS is the part that takes the 'work' but it is also the most enjoyable. Actually reviewing it! 

For some background information, on a general basis, I use Laneige's Water Bank as my daily morning moisturiser and before I go to bed, I use the ID.AZ Sleeping Pack. If I'm reviewing a product, I stick to my normal routine but swap out one of the products for the one I'm trying. I'll do this for at least two weeks to a month to give it a fair chance. 

For the Kitohana product, my verdict is..


Love is a strong word, but I was really happy with the way my skin felt using this product. I initially started using it as a night cream, as that's what the product's for, but I soon realised how quickly it absorbs into my skin, so it became really suitable to use in the day as well. Before I realised it, I was using it as my sole moisturiser for over a week, even preferring it to my usual products on some days. 

I'm currently spending a lot of time at home in preparation for an exam I will be taking in January. This means a lot less exposure to airconditioning from the office (weirdly enough, I like to sit in the heat - no fan, no aircond) and less exposure to skin-drying pollutants from going outdoors. The Kitohana product is the perfect product for some lightweight moisturising that packs a punch. 

From the moment you slather it onto your face, it absorbs very very quickly, which is not usually what happens with night cream, and your skin will feel significantly more plump and moisturised immediately after. However, if you have dry skin or are exposed to dry air or a lot of aircond, this product may be better off as your morning moisturiser and you stick with your heavy-duty work for the night time. 

I don't recommend this for those with super dry skin because it may not be effective enough for you, but for my combination skin, I found it worked perfectly! In fact, in my view, it works even better than the SK-II moisturiser I bought. 

If you watch those celebrity night time routines, you'll find that rarely do they use products from only one line. I think it's somehow kind of impossible to get that perfect line-up of products and you will have to mix and match between different brands to get the right one. 

So if you're looking to try something new (and relatively unheard of), BUT something that I promise you, feels super good on your skin, do consider the Kitohana Night Cream! 

At RM85 per bottle, it's a worthwhile purchase! 

A Friend's Milestone

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

I posted my first ever blog post on my first ever blog some time in 2004. I did it because I realised that I loved reading - which probably meant that I would enjoy writing.. right? That proved to be true. By hand, I wrote a story of three imps trying to escape from a hungry, misunderstood giant. Already back then, I knew that my handwriting needed some work, and rather than rewrite the entire story, I decided to type it out. 

My first blog began! 

Since then, I've documented an array of incidences and stories on this site and it has proved such a lovely time capsule of my going-ons, whether mundane or note-worthy, that I want to do more of that again. Beginning with this - I'm going to write about one of my best friend's engagements! 

Ili and I have been friends from 2005 and more than half of our lives have been spent caught up in ridiculous, irrational laughter, taking an astronomical number of selfies and gossiping about anything and everything. In March this year, she sent me a text to tell me the news that every childhood best friend imagines - she was engaged! 

When my sister, Chloe, got engaged, I was beyond thrilled! Her husband (at the time, boyfriend - then eventually, fiance!) had gotten my parents' blessings and was plotting with me on when the best time would be for him to pop the question. There were several botched attempts and I very nearly blew it by calling him when they were together the weekend before he popped the question. Needless to say, when he finally did it and she said the big Y E S, it was an absolute joy that got us glowing with happiness. But in that case, none of us were surprised!

With Ili however, her engagement hit me out of the blue. For starters, we are the SAME AGE. I guess the reality of really being adults came to me all of a sudden. Don't get me wrong - Seth and I have been double dating Ili and her fiance, Reezal, quite a number of times and those two are so incredibly compatible, I knew without a doubt that this pairing was one for the long haul. But to suddenly find out that one of your oldest friends was engaged? I literally squealed aloud in the middle of a work-day to the slight shock of my colleagues. I was so incredibly happy for her that my heart started thudding in excitement. At the same time though, it was a total pinch-yourself moment. Was this real?? Are we really at that age where people get married?!?

Since then, I've come to accept reality and am honoured to be one of her bridesmaids! I mean, she didn't really have a choice in this matter, it was all decided even before we ended up with our partners.

We had a meet up the other day for some of her bridesmaids to get to know each other before the wedding. All of us are people from different phases of her life - some from kindergarten, some from high school, some from college and some from university - but coming together to celebrate the love and happiness of a dear friend is a great way to meet new people and when we met up at a Japanese restaurant in BSC for dinner, we got along so well!

 Put on fancy earrings for work to quickly transition to dinner.
My delicious hot pot. Which I devoured all on my own. Although they gave me two bowls which seemed to imply I should've shared it. I also had a cawanmushi and a plate of deep fried mini crabs. It was AMAZING.

All of us happily cradling our boxes with our bridesmaids outfits and a heartfelt card she wrote for each of us. When I read mine, it took all I could not to tear up and cry, but I looked across the table and one of her other bridesmaids, Syaza, had no such reservations, unabashedly wiping away tears. I now reinforce here that for the wedding day, we will be requiring a lot of tissues.

This is just one of those simple posts for posterity.

I later on had the chance to be a budget photographer for her and Reezal. I had some experience working with couples for Chloe and En Yaw's pre-wedding shoot so this was, as they say, not my first rodeo. That didn't mean it was any easier though! 

The night before the shoot was an absolute crisis! I wanted to charge my DSLR only to discover that my charger was broken! It was the middle of the night, the shoot was early the morning after and I had one flickering bar remaining on the battery meter. With no extra battery to spare, I contemplated calling off the shoot entirely! BUT when I dropped message after message to the couple, they were left unreplied.. They'd gone to bed early to look fresh the next day. I frantically left messages suggesting a postponement to the couple, and woke up early the next morning in case they didn't have available weekends after. And that proved to be true!


So. Without any extra time to find a replacement battery or charger, we forged ahead with one bar on the battery. There was no time to review in between shots and we had to shoot fast fast fast.

It was actually so much fun and I think we did it all in slightly over an hour. Fortunately, we got a couple of great shots in there (in my view heh heh) and I would say it was a day of good work all in all.

I also proceeded to buy a China-made Nikon charger (the last one in the store!) the same day so further crisis averted!

Congratulations, Ili & Reezal! I wish you all the happiness in the world!

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