Thursday, February 5, 2015

MyKonjac Facial Sponge in Charcoal Review

Wow this review is actually almost a year old haha ._.

So like everyone, I had my share of various cleansing tools, one of them is this konjac sponge.
The other which has owned my heart is the Clarisonic, but let's not compare the prices.

This konjac sponge was big about a year ago because they sponsored a few bloggers, so everyone suddenly reviews it. I 'm not one of the lucky ones, so I had to pay IDR 65k for it. I got it at 99Market Grand Indonesia.

I think it was quite pricey for a such a gimmicky product, but compared to other's in the market it was relatively cheap.

I got the one with charcoal as it was boosted with pore-minimizing benefits and was said good for oily skin, I didn't bother with the other ones as this black one looks quite cool.
I remembered that the promotion said that I can use it without soap to cleanse my face because some natural essence in it is sufficient to clean my face. I find my face feeling not too clean (I removed my makeup prior to cleansing) and broke out a teeny bit. Then I used it with my regular cleanser.
 Texture is very squishy when wet, but not as soft as I thought it would be. It has two sides : the rougher side and the softer side. The rougher side has bigger 'pores'.
 Annndd this is the softer side. I found the difference between the two insignificant. 
And can you imagine that all the dirt in my face could be trapped in between those pores? ew
And when it's dry, it's a lot smaller and hard. After a few weeks of not using it and letting it dry, I found the sponge to disintegrate on its own... there goes my 65k

So final views:

I found that I still have to use my cleanser with this sponge.
My face do get softer at the beginning, but it's normal because it's mildly exfoliating, but nothing a scrub can't do.
There's not much difference in my face after using this, and it tends to break into chunks when ignored for a few weeks.
I think it's pretty gimmicky, and I won't repurchase this.
I'd rather spend more money on something that works and lasts, and made a difference in my skin.
Too bad.

Oh well, I've moved on.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

My Best of 2014 Beauty, Etc.

Happy 2015 everyone!
Where did 2014 go seriously? No, this is not the cliche omg-time-flies. Real one.

I guess it's because I just entered a new phase of hell life aka UNI life. I live most days by my own now, having to prepare my own food, clean up my own mess, and stuff like that. Not that it has been horrible, it's just been hectic and different.

So because of this new lifestyle, it has affected me in terms of buying products. In terms of makeup, I didn't really venture far or tried a lot, because of course who has time to diligently apply mascara every morning before class? I dealt with too much smudges, and then gave up.

I focused more on looking clean and healthy rather than looking pretty, if you know what I mean. I'd rather spend my precious 10 minutes of blending BB cream to get more sleep. Oh, and this year I got the shittiest skin ever, but it's gone now.

So here's my 2014 creme de la creme list :

1. Batiste Dry Shampoo in Lace

Dry shampoo has been a loyal friend of mine this year. Lack of time made me skip washing my hair most days, and make-up with a few sprays of dry shampoo. I begun with the cherry, which smells delicious too, but this one is special. It smells, like... perfume? It doesn't make you look seductive or elegant or something. Not that I tried to ask.

This is the only dry shampoo easily available in Indonesia, so I have no idea how it compares to others. But for batiste, I think the Lace scent is the best. It's fairly expensive (cos it's a special edition or some bullshit-the-seller-said like that) compared to the regular line, but it's worth it because a little goes a long way. It eliminates the clumpy, greasy roots and gives an instant boost of volume. It does leave residue but I don't find that it shows, even though I have black hair. Used it for months almost every other day and still going strong, love it <3

2. Shu Uemura S Curler

It's actually the limited edition one, but the charm now hangs on my dorm room key so it's bare ala non-limited ones, It took a while to get used to, but it's a lot tinier than regular lash curler, and did the job if not better. As I previously stated, I don't wear mascara most days, just curled them then leave.

I might review it in future posts, but there's already a lot of reviews out there. Some people love, some people hate. I personally love, I find that it suits all sorts of eyes, no matter how your eye curves. Downsides? I find the rubber falls off easily, and it's quite annoying since now I'm using the refill rubber because the original one fell off somewhere. Also, if you're not used to it, it might take longer to curl your lashes than using a regular curler.

3. Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Flora Nymphea EDT

What happened to Viva La Juicy? Well it ran out, and this was on sale the day I decided to repurchase. It's smells like flowers and honey, and lasts moderately well on me. On air-conditioned room, the sillage is very low but the good is it's not intoxicating when it's hot outside (maybe because it's edt not edp). Perfumes are very personal, for me this smells fresh and more 'grown-up' than Viva La Juicy. But it's more of a daytime perfume, and I still love Viva La Juicy, it's just it's not the highlight of 2014.

4. UD Naked Basics

The only palette I used in the second half of 2014. Venus on lids, and Naked 2 on crease. Faint as a liner, and Crave used lightly on brows. Done, quickest, laziest eye routine on days when I bother to use a little bit of makeup. It's so compact and it has everything I need. It's the easiest, and most reliable palette I could ever have.

When I first got it, it was really kinda meh and didn't stood out because it's all boring mattes. But with time, I love it so much, I can't go anywhere without it. I could have 2 hours of sleep and still looks decent with this palette.

5. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer

Longest name ever, and don't let the name scare you. It's not greasy, and it's not drying. It's medium coverage, and covers my dark circles so well. It's available in a lot of shade, including interesting ones like neutralizer and brightener.. The sponge applicator is kinda gross, but I don't use it on my pimples so it's okay. It doesn't flash back when your take a picture, and so super easy to use. If you have a busy life and long nights like moi, this is perfection.

6. C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Shine Vanillamint

My favourite lip products to use most days are a touch of liptint and a slick of clear gloss. This one is very yummy smelling, and it tastes sweet (!!). It also freshens your breath, and gives your pout a minty freshness. Non sticky, and very nourishing. I got it from the Bath and Body Works counter at Mall Kelapa Gading, but I'd suggest tracking one online as it is cheaper. Bestest gloss ever, really.

7.Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream

I bought it in a whim, after a makeup artist put a three-shades-darker foundation on my skin and assured me that it looks fine. Wanted it for quite some time and took five second to take it to the cashier. Bourjois is a good brand anyways.

Again, totally sold on the hype. It's a light coverage cc cream, and doesn't clog my pores. It feels very, very light, almost feels like nothing. It sets into a demi-matte finish so it doesn't smear everywhere. The shade is a touch darker than Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum, but since it is so sheer it doesn't matter. I don't think there's spf in this, but I always layer it on top of sunblock anyways (again, only on days when I bother to wear makeup). I always prefer to use light coverage base, then spot conceal if I have any spots. I think it made my skin happier than a heavy coverage foundation.

8. Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Jelly

As the name suggests, it's a very light sunblock that leaves no sticky/greasy residue. I find that it effectively protects my face from darkening pigmentation, even though it's only spf 30. A little also goes a long way, plus it's pretty cheap for a good sunscreen. It didn't break me out, didn't irritate or dry my skin. It smells very citrusy, but pleasant kind of citrusy not mama lemon kind of citrusy.

I first got it at then end of last year, and this is my second bottle. It's not waterproof or anything, but I find that it lasts quite a long time. Also, it's not icky to reapply, unlike other oily sunblock. Handbag staple sunblock, this one.

9. Maybelline Baby Lips Love Color
I love the original, this one is tinted somemore. I own all of the colors (I'm sure the berry color and orange color is somewhere in my room), but I favor Cherry Kiss the most. It's like instant pretty lips, because mine is quite pale. Boyfriend approved.

I have one in every nook and crannies around the house, btw. That's how much I love it.

10. Felicela Touch Brush

It claims and proves itself as the softest brush ever. This is my favourite because it's so versatile. It can be used to pack on eyeshadows, blend the crease, or even to blend concealer. It's synthetic so it's easy to wash with facial cleanser. The handles are light, and the ferrule is a pretty light champagne color,
The white bristles are not only pretty, it also shows exactly how much pigment you're getting. It blends beautifully, and packs on eyeshadow like a badasss. I have two of this brush, and plan to purchase a third one.

These are all products that I have in my dorm room, which is a part of 60% of all my beauty products (40% I left at home la). I can confidently recommend them, because they're tried and tested.

Wishing you all a happier year, 2015

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Rave Review - Mizon Acence Blemish Mark-X Blemish After Cream

Hello! After abandoning this blog for about a... hold on lemme check
Over a month? Really?

Welcome to my blog, again.
Today I have a very special review for you, as this product is truly godsend for me.

Mizon has been popular lately, with its star product Snail Cream, and it's whole skincare line of snail-related products.
Today I'll be reviewing one of the product from the Acence line (aka acne/blemish). Acne or blemish, I can never differentiate the two, has always been a problem for my skin.
Sometimes, it's not so bad that I can just forget that I have any. Recently, it's been really bad. I guess it has something to do with increased instant food intake and less sleep.

So when I'm about to purchase a second tube of the Snail Gel, I came across Mark-X Blemish After Cream. The seller highly recommended the product, and I googled it. Hmm. not a lot of review. It's said to work better on acne marks (hence, blemish after cream). It was around IDR 160,000 for 30mls, but you use it sparingly anyways so I bought it.

I used it, not having high expectations as most 'miracle' product doesn't really woo me. It's a salve-like yellow cream with a very medicinal scent. Boasting the property of 12,5% propolis extract, it claimed to have healing benefits while diminishing current acne. I applied it on generously as the last step of my skincare routine (clarisonic - toner - snail gel as moisturizer - this) on my problem areas. It's a smelly and rather oily cream, but if it works, I'm not complaining.

You get the idea
Well, it didn't just work.
Ok, I just need to let pictures talk.

Upper row is my left cheek and lower row is my right cheek.
Numbered 1 is the before condition of my skin - red, angry, protruding blemishes. One of the them erupted already so I used Nexcare Acne Patch to suck up the uh secretion.
Numbered 2, is 10 minutes after I applied the cream. The redness immediately calmed down significantly, although when this cream is on my skin it feels rather oily.
Numbered 3, is a week (or less) after diligently using this cream. Note that I only use this at night, as the cream makes my makeup look funny in the day. I know that there's a lighting difference, but still!

Can you see how much of a difference it made? Note that I didn't use any other acne meds, not even my origins super spot remover, because I want to test it. The seemingly oily texture didn't add more acne. It truly fades blemishes, the angry ones and the dying ones.

I love it, for the price, it's just love. Right now it didn't really progress much from picture number 3 but there's only teeny tiny blemishes left (to be zapped off with my origins spot remover) and faded acne scars. Not much of a problem anymore, easily covered with makeup.

(I don't use any sort of base product other than sunblock and a sheer puff of powder to classes, by the way)

Signing off with *relatively* clear skin. I love you Mizon mwah :*

Monday, September 22, 2014

Smith's Minted Rose Lip Balm Review

My love for Smith's Minted Rose Lipbalm began when one of my good friend left hers at my room. I instinctively tried it on, and it was love at first touch. It's a light and glossy but creamy oil consistency. The peppermint oil and rose in it really tingles and livens the senses. The finish was naturally rosy and tinted lips.

And then there's the time when I had to return it to her. I asked her where did she get it and she said she didn't remember -_- So the desire to own this little tin of wonder died over time. But then I met my love of my life, Jill Stuart Fruit lip balm. Ah, my expensive and sometimes unattainable lover.

Until I know that Sephora carries them :D yay
Weirdly enough I went pass this lip balm in Sephora many times but never noticed it. And then I ask my dad to buy for me lah, as one does when one wants stuff. And he managed to bring it back safely, non-melted, with smooth untouched surface.

At first touch, all the wondrous feeling I once felt with this product resurfaced. The smooth, glossy oil, the smell of  *almost medicinal* mint and rose. The soft tint it imparts, my oh my. I do love my Jill Stuart lipbalm dearly, but when it is impossible to get my hands on, I'll go to Smith's Minted Rose lipbalm happily.

Texture wise, it's significantly lighter than Jill's. Scent-wise, it's very strong and might not appeal to some but I love it, while Jill's way more subtle and sophisticated scent may appeal to more. The tint is there but ignorable.

The good? It is minty and so, so refreshing. The bad? Experience said that this lipbalm melts as easy as butter, so not much for travelling. More like a bedside lipbalm for overnight treatment. Wonderfully moisturizing, even though it's mostly Vaseline but I think I works way better.

There's a reason why a product deserves a cult status. For me, this one's just love at first touch... <3

Monday, August 11, 2014

Garnier BB Cream Review

I know that feeling.
You know, that feeling when you see a local blogger reviewing and raving about products that aren't available locally/extortionately expensive/limited edition. You want it so bad but you can't reach it.

Too bad, us bloggers LOVE to blog about those kind of products. It's like yeah I can get it you can't haha fyl.
So you know I'm a reader most of the time, and I understand you peeps. So I'll try to blog about things that are easier to get more often, and I'll slip one or two that are kind of my favourite but not so easy to get.

So here's a local BB cream review,
But don't get your hopes up just yet.

This BB cream is the third of its kind in local supermarkets (the first being Maybelline and Ponds's) and also comes in one shade only, because they think us Indonesian are all the same -_-
It promises several benefits, such as skincare/moisturizer, sunblock, skin perfecting properties, and supposedly brightening.
This garnier bb cream was also released in Singapore, but I believe very different products (even though under the same name) because huge price difference. I think Singapore's version is around 100k-ish ($11?) and Indonesian's like 16,500 (introductory price, u.p. is 30k-ish)

It came in a squeeze tube of very small size. I forgot how many grams/mls, but you get the general idea of size.

Upon touch, the cream feels cooling and light and nice, very promising. The one universal shade turns out to be not very universal at all. While Ponds's BB cream turns out to be too light on me, this one is too orange. No, it's not darker, it's not too yellow/warm toned, it's just plain orange.

(I know the picture made me look as blue as the smurf and the bb cream shade somewhat normal, but trust me, you've seen better and more accurate skintones in this blog)

How it performs is what turns me off. Instead of blending smoothly, it's not easy to blend at all. The high alcohol content made it dry unevenly, leaving patches of dry pigment that you have to blend, or somehow spread around. The smells is a very strong lemony scent, which irritates my skin and my mind even though I'm usually not very sensitive to scents at all.

And can you see how it finishes and cover? You can't? Ah, well,  so do I. It doesn't cover anything, due to the pigments just flaking off because the alcohol base started to dry as soon as I started blending.

I tried everything, with a brush (sticks to the brush), with a wet sponge (sticks to the sponge), as fast as possible with fingers (still, pigments flaked off).

How poorly it performs made me ignore other aspects of the product. The SPF 21 PA ++ became totally negligible. It leaves my skin tight and sorta irritated. Not good.

I wouldn't bother, really. It doesn't moisturise, it doesn't blend, it doesn't cover, I doubt it works in anyone's skin. Bad batch? Nope, tried sampling many in the store, all the same. I really think that if you insist on using a local bb cream, I'd go with Maybelline's (Or I think sariayu's got a bb cream also but forgot what's the name) way, way better. So far, no bb cream in the local market is worth the try, really. I'd stick to korean bb cream, they're the best at what they do,

So what's your favourite BB cream?

Monday, August 4, 2014

What's in My Travel Makeup Bag

Sooo... I just got back from Bali woot 
I went there with my boyfriend's family, I didn't had any plans before so it was pretty spontaneous. Weirdly enough the weather was lovely, kinda sunny but very very cool and breezy. So no scorching hot sunny and being sticky/sweaty haha.

With going to summer holidays, you don't really need to bring too much makeup because you just don't have time to do that much makeup. Or you might end up too lazy/excited that you only use 1/4 of what you brought with you.
So here's what I bring to make myself look decent everyday there. Mind you it's pretty humid and sunny, and the makeup lasts pretty well. You might think this is too much makeup but trust me, it is just right for me haha.

Unlike most people who scram their makeup all in one bag, I have enough makeup-breakup experience to not do that. It always gets messy, always.
So my makeup bag is kinda neat. Quite cheap also, I got it from a sale at MKG not too long ago. It's kind of a roll-up with 3 clear vinyl and 1 mesh zippered compartments. It's quite sleek and you can also hang it everywhere because it has this kind of hook at the top.

Details :

1. Topshop Bronzer in Sandcastle
Bronzer is somehow essential in this trip because BEACH and because I just love how bronzer looks on me. I don't like blushes, though.

2. Bourjois Healthy Balance Compact Powder
Very slim and compact, has big mirror, finely milled and gives off that semi-matte appearance. I bought it just before the trip and I love it  Do let me know if you want a full review.

3. Jill Stuart Powder Kabuki Brush
Overpriced, but pretty and soft. I also used this to apply my bronzer and it did the job nicely.

4. Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC 2
Used the skin shade to conceal spots and the salmony one for the undereyes.

5. UD NAKED Basics Palette
Used the darkest shade for my eyebrow, the light ones for inner corner highlighting (which I only bothered to do the first two days lol).

6. UD Primer Potion in Sin
Used this as a cream eyeshadow for all over the lid and on the lower lashline to brighten eyes.

7. Shu Uemura S Curler
Does the job excellently, small and compact, love it.

8. Revlon Lash Potion Mascara
Waterproof, lengthens, but keeps my lashes stay kinda soft and not crispy. Doesn't smudge on my eyes either, but I don't really have oily eyelids. I actually get compliments when wearing this mascara (your lashes are so nice, are they real)

9. Brushes
I brought a spoolie brush for my eyebrows, Tina's dresser angled brush for filling in my eyebrows, Tina's dresser small point brush for the LM concealer, and a Felicela blending brush.

10. Etude House Cotton Fit BB Cream spf 30 PA++
One of the best bb creams I've tried. It gives off a natural semi-matte finish, got spf 30 which didn't flash back in cameras too badly, lasts pretty long and can be built to medium coverage. Also feels light on the skin and didn't break me out ♡ k
11. Essentials
Nail clippers, a pair of tweezers, a pair of tiny scissors, and double eyelid tape. I do naturally have double eyelid but sometimes when I lack of sleep (which happens all the time after a night out) they disappear.

12. Maybelline Baby Lips Loves Color in Coral Flush
The only lip product I bother to wear because it's so easy, keeps my lip soft, gives a hint of color, and boyfriend approved haha men hate lipstick/lipglosses -_-

13. Origins Spot Remover
For spots. I put it in this vinyl section because it is easily squeezed and will leak if so

Skincare :
1. Garnier Sakura White Day Cream and Night Essence
I just really like them, available and small sizes sooo travel friendly. The day cream is a good base for makeup (I do day cream + sunblock + bb cream), and the night essence is moisturizing enough for the night, and both didn't break me out.

2. Skin Aqua UV... something lol SPF 50 PA+++
To amp up the sunscreen factor, I layer this before my bb cream in the day. Very light and fresh, and keeps my face from being burnt for a long time. This one is not available in Jkt yet, and I forgot what's it called because japanese -_-

3. L'occitane Rose 4 Reines Hydrating Facial Mist
I use this mist as a toner, and it hydrates beautifully. I also spray this after my makeup to fuse the powder with my skin so it looks natural, and it works wonderfully. Too bad it's discontinued I think -_-

I didn't have my facial wash here because it's in my washbag with my clarisonic.

So what do you think? Is it a lot of makeup? I think it's an achievement that I actually used everything I brought every single day. Ok, sometimes I skipped the eyeshadow but still..
I think it's pretty basic, plus it's including skincare.

What's in your travel makeup bag?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation in Warm Ivory Review

I've been a very, very bad blogger.
So here's a review, and if you have the patience, a story down below haha.

I have a thing for Bobbi Brown foundation. They're just so good. You know I loved my long-wear one, and I wanted to get a concealer to go with it.
After a bit of Google-ing, I found out that the touch-up stick is the same exact formula as the stick foundation, so I got the stick foundation instead because it's more bang for your bucks.

They also have this in the new formula called Skin Foundation Stick, which is supposedly a lot better but DFS doesn't have it yet *at time of purchase*

So that's how much you get. It's so compact and practical, I could just throw it in my slender purse during sophisticated times (where bringing a makeup pouch inside a large tote is out of the question).
Or maybe not at all, because this shiz lasts forever if set with powder

As you can see, the shade matched by the nice SA in DFS works perfectly for me. It's the right tone, not pink and not too yellow.
The texture is like firm, but glides on like butter. I prefer to use it directly from the stick and blend with my fingers, as if you would a concealer, but you can also use a brush to get a sheerer finish.

But then again, if you want a sheerer finish it would be more ideal to get the long-wear liquid foundation, really.

My sideburn isn't dissapearing, it's just the after picture is taken lower

Coverage is FAB. As you can see, I have A BRUISE ON MY FACE which is healing (it's worse irl, more red and yellowy) but still gross to look at, because people will be asking what happened to you wtf.
This foundation perfectly covers it, and best of all, looks and feels like skin. It also has no spf, and photographs beautifully.

If set with powder, this foundation lasts quite a long time, but my nose is an  oil tanker so usually I'll have to blot around 4-5 hours mark.
Is it clogging your pores? Well, all makeup clogs, but if you cleanse properly, it won't cause you any trouble.

If you have relatively clear skin with dark under-eyes and a little discoloration here and there, I would highly recommend spot-concealing with this foundation and set it with a little bit of sheer tinted powder. It's quite emollient and soft for the under-eyes which is lovely <3

I would definitely repurchase once mine runs out, but it's quite expensive. It's also nice if you want a cream contour/highlight, since it comes in plenty of shades. I would, but wallet says no haha. It retails for USD 44 each, kinda pricey for a foundation but for a really good concealer, it's totally worth it.


So here's the deal: I'm going to blog without too much edits, I'm just gong to write out what's in my head for this section.

So what happened in my life was :
1. FINAL EXAM. By final I mean the last one I'll ever have to take in highschool. And yes, I became a study maniac in the proccess, doing excercises after excercises, until at one point, which is exactly a day before the exam, I don't have the will to study anymore, lol.

2. My skin went berserk. All my life, there was only once when I had a lot of pimple (plus acnemed malfunction), and usually my skin is relatively clear. But now, it's like hell unleashed. I have loads of the very deep and painful ones, and took FOREVER to heal. And also, in the process of healing, it's so dry and flaky (I did moisturise) that I cannot put makeup on -_- Here's a picture of how my skin looks right now and 6 months ago, bare. Oh, and did I mention the dark circles? -____-
left : now ; right : 6 months ago
3. UNIVERSITY EXAM HELLO beside studying for the finals I also have to get into somewhere,... which was surprisingly easy haha.

4. I have a boyfriend, and i've been, well, busy haha  

So yeah, that's why I haven't been blogging.

right now he's away that's why I blog haha and my friend said to keep up my blogpost <3 my heart just went UNFFF <3 <3 <3

Ok bai need to watch ANTM haha

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