Nov 28, 2014

Tatcha The Ritual Discovery Kit

Sorry about the long hiatus!

My business trip to San Francisco was supposed to be only a week long but I ended up staying there for more than 2 weeks. San Francisco is a great city but it would have driven me absolutely crazy if two of the lovely local ladies (Liz and Catherine) had not rescued me out of my hotel room and shown me all the pretty spots. They even introduced me to the Tatcha staffs at Barneys SF so I could receive the most lovely (and much needed) facial. (Elena is a really amazing esthetician. If you're a local, I recommend you rush to Barneys and speak to her.)

I had received the Tatcha Ritual Discovery Kit before the trip and of course I made sure to pack it along. This beautiful set turned out to be another sane part of my rather insane trip!

Tatcha Ritual Discovery Kit
(+ mini Ageless Revitalizing Eye Cream)

Tatch Ritual Discovery Kit contains four essential products so you can experience them in a sense of whole regimen before committing to full sized items.

PURE One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil Travel Size—25mL
POLISHED Classic Rice Enzyme Powder Travel Size—10g 
RADIANT Deep Brightening Serum Travel Size—10mL
SUPPLE Moisture Rich Silk Cream Travel Size—10mL

Tatcha says it is good for a full 2-week regimen, which is about right for the Clenasing Oil and the Serum only because I generously applied them on my face - for example, I slathered the serum on my face and neck twice a day. Polished gentle enzyme powder and Supple moisturizer last way longer than that at least from my own experience.

The kit comes in a beautiful gold-rimmed paper box and all the items are secured in a plastic mold inside.
I was also sent a mini jar of Ageless Eye Cream and a Luminous Deep Hydration Lifting Mask which are so lovely that they deserve a separate post.

This delicately scented cleansing oil is made with a blend of camellia and rice bran oils.
Compared to miniral oil based ones, it has less slip yet requires only a small amount to get the job done.
Honestly, I do not have qualms about mineral oil but it does feel good that I am rubbing on natural oil that are potentially beneficial for my skin. Plus it washes away much cleaner. 

My skin is not all that sensitive and I can probably use The Classic one with no problem (Elena agrees), but I am glad that they sent me the Gentle one since I can use it twice a day. 
It lathers very finely and works flawlessly as a gentle morning cleanser as well as a polisher in the evening. My skin feels so clean and fresh every time. It is a better version of my all time favorite, Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, I must say. 
I do wish it came with a flip top instead of the screw-on lid which is very pretty but not exactly the most practical.

This serum is just outstanding! Upon the very first time of application, I've instantly noticed it calms down the redness on my cheeks. I've been using it for a month now and couldn't be happier. No sign of irritation whatsoever. "Brightening" is always a very attractive concept in skincare but unfortunately we don't have many safe options. If you're afraid of the harsh hydroquinone or kojic acid, this is a superb choice. The serum hydrates beautifully without being greasy. I use this under my sunscreen during the day and layer with Supple Moisture Rich Silk Cream in the evening.

Tatcha is all about better ingredients and Supple is the very example. You will be amazed to see how easily this gel-cream glides on leaving skin perfectly bouncy and moisturized. Similar silky feel you'd get from many cream with silicones, but it is actually from liquid silk, squalane, royal jelly and HADASEI-3 Bioactive complex. Again, I don't really mind silicones in my cosmetic items and it is really difficult to find silicone free makeup anyway, but it is definitely comforting to know my feel-good skincare products is actually good for my skin.

I've also purchased the Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Serum and Dewy Skin Mist and am planning to add Ageless Enriching Renewal Cream as soon as the Tatcha Annual sale starts.
(Use the FF2014 code for 20% off on all items. The sale runs from November 28th to December 8th, 2014.)

Overall, the whole range has thoroughly impressed me and now I know all the glowing reviews on Tatch skincare are not just myths! I look forward to seeing even better results as I continue with the Tatcha regimen.

*This entry contains PR samples*

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