Thursday, April 17, 2014

All Pink

Hey, my dear bumblebees~ Let's welcome Spring, the cherry blossoms, and the delightful love that blooms! Some of you who live in the northern hemisphere probably haven't got the feeling of the Spring season yet since it was snowing last night in New York! Crazy climate change, can't you be any weirder?!

Finally, these are the two things I've been promising to review. You know how much eye makeup can change the overall look, right? Especially when I have these asian eyes, it's important to create an illusion of bigger eye.

My double eyelids are not big, still I am thankful for having double eyelids. Sometimes, I feel like I need to get blepharoplasty because my desirable eyelids are the ones like Park SoRa. HA! Every time I said I want to have plastic surgery (or at least some fillers), most of my friends and sister would be like "EW! ARE YOU NUTS?!", only the pro ones would be like "I'm coming with you too!" LOL. I really am never against plastic surgery, I mean if it can change your look to be prettier or more good-looking, why not? At least, someone makes an effort. Studies have shown a lot of advantages to be good-looking people. Not to mention, inner beauty is just as important. However, those good looking people who have ill-mannered aren't difficult to survive in life anyways. Real story. It's of course unfair, but c'est la vie! Okay, I rant too much.

Wearing makeup on the other hand, helps us to look prettier without surgery. Well, there are some ways to make my eyes look bigger. What I usually do is; make my aegyo sal more noticeable and wear eyeliner, eyeshadows, falsies plus color contact lenses. I don't wear falsies in daily basis, though. I'm still a newbie so it takes me like 10 minutes to put falsies *lolwutt*

This time, I'll be reviewing two of the ways, keep reading my bumblebees ^^

Etude House Dear Girls Cute Eye Maker

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Let's create an aegyo sal in two simple steps.

Product description: Lovely item that create charming volume under eyes with ingredient offers moisture to eyes and protects eyes. Paraben, benzophenone, ethanol, and talc free. Step 1 – Creates shadow line under eyes. Step 2 – Fills between eyes and shadow line.

Directions: Create shadow line under 3-5mm from eyes with Step 1. Fill between eyes and shadow line with Step 2 to create charming volume under eyes.

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Step 1: Brown tip; Step 2: Pink tip.

The packaging is really girly, I love it! It's called Cute Eyes Maker because I think the aegyo sal is usually being called "cute skin". The product texture is creamy and a bit powdery. It's so easy to apply it once you are used to it. It only takes me a couple of time application to master this. Step 2 contains shimmering creamy particles but not too shiny and not too pink once it touches the skin. Overall, it's a must-have item for those who want to look like an ulzzang!

Tip: Apply concealer to your dark circles beforehand.

Price: IDR 90k

Yukkiyuna Sweet Look Series

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Sweet Nature.
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Sweet Angel.
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Sweet Blossom.

Hell yeah to local brand! I'm a sucker for cute pinky packaging. However, the falsies are affordable! I have used one of them up to 3 times already. I chose like the most natural design because I basically don't want people to notice me using false lashes (like how can that be possible, right?), and these series give me that chance. Except the Sweet Blossom. It's too noticeable in real life! I think it'd be better to wear it on special occasion. Anyway, with these falsies I can say bye to my short lashes for several hours!

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I love it when Indonesian brand use Indonesian language on their packaging.
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Human hair handmade and reusable.

There are other series, such as Dolly Look and Queen Look that would be perfect to those who wants bolder eyes. They also sell the bottom falsies as well, called Perfect Look. I didn't buy the bottom ones because of what I said it earlier, I'm still a newbie :P

Price: IDR 15k per pair

This is how the finish eye makeup look like with my favorite eyeliner and eyeshadow palette. I'm using the Sweet Nature because it's the most natural of them all. Oh, don't forget to curl your lashes first before applying the falsies!

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Outfit: Sweater – GAP / Stud earring – Juicy Couture.

Other products that I used:
Face:
Eyes:
Lips:
Happy Easter to all my Christian readers! Hope you have an amazing long weekend!
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring Showers

“Eight out of ten people wash themselves with gels costing up to £4 a bottle.”

Now the question would be like, is it worth the money or not? Well, there's a few benefits of using body wash:
  • No more dried out prune skin
  • No more soap scum on shower doors
  • Save money by skipping the lotion afterward
I am a fan of body wash instead of soap. I know there are certain people (like my dad and best friends) who don't like using body wash because it leaves the greasy and unclean feeling. However, did you know body washes have been known to clean as effectively as bar soaps?

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Of course, many traditional soaps are formulated to cleanse the skin very well, removing both dirt and oils. But soaps can't moisturize as effectively as body washes, because in its solid form, soap can't hold the same moisturizing properties.

If your skin is dry, I recommend you to use body wash instead of soaps since body washes are made not only to cleanse but to moisturize and improve the condition of your skin.

However, don't worry, I'd review a body soap too on this post. Keep reading!

The Body Shop White Musk Libertine Body Wash

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Look how feminine the color is.

White Musk Libertine joins the original cruelty-free White Musk scent that launched in 1981. It was created to mark the 30th anniversary of White Musk in 2011, in the White Musk line-up. Whoa whoaaa.. It's such a classic, right? White musk is my all-time favorite scent among all The Body Shop fragrance. This one has a sweetly floral musk scent that lingers on and makes my skin soft and smooth after showering. One more reason why I like using body wash over soap bar, because it can be a shaving base to help razor glide easily. Muahaha!

Product description: A rich, fragrant body wash with the sensual scent of White Musk Libertine: a floral musk with sweet notes of Turkish delight, baby orchid and Chantilly cream. It's a lather-rich, soap-free, contains cruelty-free musk body wash.

Tip: Use a shower puff. It will make your body wash lasts a lot longer.

Price: IDR 139k per 250ml

I like trying out new body wash, especially the one that has fresh scent and cute packaging! I've tried body wash from Victoria's Secret, Bath and Body Works, L'OccitaneLeivy's, Lux, Etude House and many more that I couldn't even recall. Kindly let me know what's your favorite. I would love to know :)

Kojie San Skin Lightening Soap

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Kojic acid. Oh the hype!

I'm a sucker for bright skin! I guess I am not the only one who is not content with my skin. I've been wanting to try Kojie San ever since I read all the positive review on an Indonesian beauty forum. Back then, we Indonesian can only purchase Kojie San online, the price was a bit pricey (like around IDR 70k per bar). However, we can get it at some drugstores and supermarket now with a cheaper price. 

Product description: Kojie San has an all-natural kojic acid formula that helps lighten dark spots due to acne, age spots, freckles, sun-damaged skin, and other skin pigmentation. Kojic acid was discovered in Japan. It is a by-product of Koji, or Malted Rice, for use in the manufacture of rice wine. In cosmetics, kojic acid is popularly known for its excellent whitening effects and anti oxidant properties.

Safety warning: Kojic acid has a drying effect on skin. Skin irritation is the most common kojic acid side effect. Many people have noticed an increase in skin sensitivity after using kojic acid regularly. As kojic acid reduces the amount of melanin in your skin, it weakens your skin's natural defense. It is therefore important to remember to wear sunscreen with a high SPF value.

Directions: Lather the soap on your skin for five minutes before washing it off.

Do I like the soap? As I already stated earlier, I'd rather shower with a body wash. Even though this product claims to lighten skin, I don't really feel there is a noticeable result on my skin. Instead, all I got is dry skin. Remember, don't use this on your face yet if you don't feel okay when you apply it to your skin. I only use the soap when showering at evening or night.

Let's talk about the other sides of this soap, it produces a lot of foams which I really like because a soap doesn't produce that much normally. It has the fresh orange scent, but the scent fades after washing it off. Lastly, the orange soap melts! I store it inside my empty case of NuSkin Body Bar. Well, it doesn't melt the way NuSkin Body Bar does and turns into bloody weird smell (since the NuSkin Body Bar is a soap-free formula) when it's stored inside the case. The soap still in its shape at least, just the melting orange color that annoys me LOL. Told ya, I'm really not a soap fan. It's just that shower gel is more practical to use.

Despite the annoyance, I would still purchase one more time because I am extremely curious why it didn't work on me! Btw, this soap only lasts for two weeks on me.

Price: IDR 20k per 65g

The Body Shop Bath Brush Clear Frosted

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All products of The Body Shop are cruelty-free, yes including the brush.

Time to say goodbye to dead skins and back acne. Your skin can shed 30,000 to 40,000 dead cells per minute naturally; however, many people need exfoliation products to help reduce acne and get smooth skin. If you want to exfoliate outside of the shower, you can use circular motions with a long-handled, natural bristled brush.

Product description: This long-handled brush has soft bristles to gently massage and exfoliate skin. Ideal for dry skin that needs regular exfoliation and great for hard-to-reach areas.


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The bristles are so gentle and soft.

Directions: Pour a small amount of body wash onto the brush and rub over the body in circular movements. Use two to three times a week. Hang to dry.

Although the product descriptions proclaimed it's great for hard to reach areas, I still felt it's bit difficult to reach my back. If only they extended the handle a bit more, this brush would be perfect then.

Price: IDR 69k

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OMO! I love IU. She's pretty, cute, and talented! New MV from her! This time is including a new group called HIGH4. It's actually their debut song. HIGH4 is composed of vocalists Kim Sung Gu and Baek Myung Han, and rappers Yim Young Jun and Alex, all four members of which are also songwriters. Did you know that the song was written by IU as well? Let's welcome Spring, love, the cherry blossoms, and the delightful love that blooms with this song (or probably not)!


HIGH4 with IU - Not Spring, Love, or Cherry Blossoms.

You know, it's not a big deal if you got no spring, love nor cherry blossoms, because all you need is a nice hot bath! LOL, not really! I'd choose love or travel to Japan to see the cherry blossoms, maybe? But half an hour of hot bath is so good to ease tired muscles and to cure high heels hangover!

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It was an exhausting day but it's definitely one of my happiest days in my life.
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Saturday, April 05, 2014

Daily Face Protection

Hello, April and my dear bumblebees! I'm going to review my sunscreen routine. If you've followed my Instagram I did actually posted my daily essentials that included sunscreen in it a long time ago. So yeah, wearing sunscreen has been basically a habit for me.

Based on the new FDA regulation, manufacturers are no longer allowed to use the word 'sunblock', it's now called 'sunscreen'. I have recently changed my sunscreen from the chemical to physical ingredients. In case you're wondering what's the difference between those two, physical sunscreens protect your skin from the sun by deflecting or blocking the sun's rays, whereas the chemical sunscreens work by absorbing the sun's rays. The utmost reason why I converted is because physical sunscreen does not cause free radicals! Plus, it is also safe for sensitive skin.


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L'Occitane The Immortelle Brightening Shield SPF 40/PA+++

According to Fragrantica, Immortelle is a flowering plant of the daisy family. The leaves of the plant have a strong aromatic smell. This is a small perennial shrubby herb with narrow, silver-hairy leaves and small, yellow dry (straw-like) flowers. It is known as the everlasting flower: it never fades, even after it has been picked. The flowers produce the essential oil, its oil is rich in active molecules with unique anti-ageing properties.

Immortelle essential oil has traditionally been used for its anti-inflammatory, analgesic, cell regenerating, pain reducing and calming properties. Immortelle is used in many skin care products for its ability to stimulate the production of new dermal cells. This property makes it popular in facial care for acne scars, dry and weathered skin and for mature skin.

Product description: The Immortelle Brightening Shield SPF40/PA+++ includes both Immortelle essential oil and Bellis Perennis (Daisy) extract.  Immortelle essential oil helps minimize the appearance of wrinkles and make the skin appear younger looking while Bellis perennis extract helps skin appear more even toned. Additionally, skin is protected by mineral origin UV filters, to help prevent the appearance of dark spots caused by the sun. A combination of Sunflower, Ivy and Rice Loaf extracts fight against the harmful effects of pollution.

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The 11,52% of titanium dioxide is FDA-approved and can filter both UVA (UVA II) & UVB.

The product expires in six months after first application, remember that an expired sunscreen no longer works as a sun protectant. You may experience changes in the color and consistency of the product as well as skin irritation.

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One pump for the face and another one for the neck area.

Even though it is being said that titanium dioxide can be problematic for some people, I don't find this product troublesome for my skin. The BA told me the product can be used for young people as well.

Directions: Shake before use. Apply each morning to clean, dry face and neck, after the daily moisturizer.

What I like:
  • non-comedogenic
  • fast absorbs
  • matte finish
  • brightening effect
  • not too oily nor too dry for my combination skin
  • does not leave a flashy white cast
What I dislike:
  • strong fragrance
  • not effective against UVA I rays
  • glass packaging
Who would love this: Those who look a natural sunscreen alternatives from the zinc oxide.

Who would not love this: Those who are allergic to ragweed.

Price: IDR 735k per 30ml

If you are looking for a travel friendly packaging product that offers the same SPF 40/PA+++, uses 100% mineral screen and has less strong fragrance, I recommend Clarins UV Plus HP. The price is slightly cheaper than L'Occitane, it's around IDR 650k per 30ml. However, it only has 8,1% of titanium dioxide (the higher the concentration of a physical blocking ingredient, the more effective a sunscreen is). My mom who has dry skin uses this product and it doesn't dry out her skin. Furthermore, if you're probably allergic to ragweed, UV Plus HP is definitely a great alternative. It uses an extract from the pulp of a cantaloupe melon variety cultivated by organic farming.

Well, did you know the benefits of wearing sunscreen? Maybe you won't feel the benefit of it directly now, but 20 years later, you'll totally regret why you didn't wear it when you were young. Trust me!

Firstly, let me explain what the Ultraviolet radiation and SPF are. Ultraviolet radiation (UV radiation) is part of the electromagnetic (light) spectrum that reaches the earth from the sun. It has wavelengths shorter than visible light, making it invisible to the naked eye. While SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. The number associated with the SPF is the number of times longer that you will be protected from burning than you would be without sunscreen.

Secondly, let me give you some understanding about the difference between UVA, UVB and PA. You would find theses abbreviation in a lot of sunscreens. UVA stands for Ultraviolet A rays, these rays penetrate the skin more deeply than UVB (Ultraviolet B rays), which have long been known to play a major part in skin aging and wrinkling.

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How UVA and UVB reach the skin layer.
Illustration courtesy of skincancer.org

Also, studies over the past two decades show that UVA damages skin cells called keratinocytes in the basal layer of the epidermis, where most skin cancers occur! UVA rays are 30 to 50 times more prevalent than UVB. UVA is further divided into two wave ranges, UVA I, which measures 340-400 nanometers (nm, or billionths of a meter), and UVA II which extends from 320-340 nm. UVA present with relatively equal intensity during all daylight hours throughout the year, and can penetrate glass! Therefore, if you're just staying at home, let's say you're browsing on the net at your room with windows and you think you're safe, sorry dear, you are not at all! Scary, right?
Despite the fact UVB is the shorter waves, it also contributes to the development of skin cancer and primarily being the cause of skin reddening and sunburn.
While PA is a Japanese rating system in place before the new regulations that was a way to show how much protection you are receiving from UVA rays. There are PA+, PA++, and PA+++ as the highest rating of all.

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Some active ingredients that can be found on your sunscreen.
Remember the thing I mentioned earlier about chemical and physical ingredients?

As I'm not a dermatologist expert, so kindly click here, here and here to read more information about sunscreen, skin cancer and anything related to it.

Now, I hope you get how important wearing sunscreen for daily basis. I know sometimes I get lazy too to use this additional sunscreen because my base cream, BB cream and CC cream are all included with SPF. But hey, they are only like SPF 25ish that would not be enough for outdoor activities and usually has limited ray protection! Btw, if you wear the chemical ingredient, you must wait 20 minutes after application for effective sun protection. Reapply every two hours, or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating. In addition to using sunscreen, wear sun-protective clothing, broad-brimmed hats, and UV-blocking sunglasses.

P.SThe more you make sunscreen a daily habit, the easier it will be to remember.
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Monday, March 31, 2014

Garden State

Hey you, my dear bumblebees! So, I've got this new hair serum that I am so in love..! If you have read my previous post, then you knew that recently I got my hair dyed again and that my hair is a bit damaged now.

First of all, I have to let you know I have a straight, dry, and frizzy hair. Second of all, I wash my hair every day. I have this greasy feeling if I let my hair unwashed. Even if I stay at home all day long, I still have to wash my hair. Because, basically we sweat, right? Lastly, I blow dry, straighten or curl my hair almost every day! I feel bad about it, but this frizz makes me had to do this.

Therefore, in order to get a silky hair, I'm getting this:

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The Body Shop Grapeseed Glossing Serum

I could say I'm glad that I discovered this product! When I was just browsing around the shop, the BA told me that it is one of the best selling products. I tried the tester and put a little amount of it on the ends of my hair. I was shocked at first my hair instantly looked greasy. Totally not impressed, I ended up buying another thing from the store. But then, since I have a habit to touch my hair, guess what? When I touched my dry ends, it became so soft, smooth, silky, and shiny! Oh well, it turns out the serum worked like that because my hair was completely dry during the application, it took some time to absorb.

So I eventually purchased the product and I've found the perfect way to apply it on my hair. The trick is to apply it on towel dried hair from the middle until the ends of the hair. Don't use it on the roots! Take six pumps for mid back hair length like mine.

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Look how glossy the serum gel is!

What I like:
  • controls frizz
  • gives instant shine and smoothness
  • untangles knots
  • smells lovely
  • natural ingredients
What I dislike:
  • a bit pricey as I need to pump a lot of amount for my thick hair
Who would love: Those with dry or frizzy hair.

Price: IDR 179k per 75ml

I suggest you to use this product with The Body Shop Rainforest Radiance Detangling Spray to give a complete care for outdoor activities.

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Have you guys watched Divergent yet? Go watch it at the cinema if you haven't yet!
Or anyone here has finished reading the Divergent trilogy? I just purchased the e-book. Oh my....! Gosh! I have this huge crush on Theodore Peter James Kinnaird Taptiklis a.k.a Theo James who plays Four in the movie. I got my beating heart when I saw him. He's not just another British hawtie! Who can resist his sexy back, though?! It only took me one mili-second to realize how masculine he was. Throughout the movie, I literally couldn't take my eyes of him. Btw, I went to the cinema with my dad. So I was kind of ignoring him when he commented on some scenes. LOL!


Ellie Goulding - Beating Heart.

P.S: My first giveaway winner is out! Congratulations, Cottonkuma! Kindly click here to see the detailed update.
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Black Stiletto

Here's to another new drugstore product that I finally tried and tested! Maybelline is one of my favorite brands that's not only affordable but also offers good quality products. Because I'm running out of mascara and I'm the kind of person who loves trying out new stuffs out there, I chose Maybelline Long Extreme Stiletto as a substitute for The Falsies Volum' Express.


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The mascara featuring Chubette, I got her as a Christmas gift from my editor in chief.
And the black cat postcard behind her was a farewell gift from my mentor. My ex-coworkers are so lovely ♥︎

It claims to be the hottest thing lashes will ever wear. The mascara that does for lashes what stilettos do for legs, with 55% longer lashes, and shiny patent finish.

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The wand is bendable, it's supposed to grasp each lash and coats from every angle easier.

Directions: Brush upwards from root to tip to grasp each lash and coat from every angle to achieve extreme length and shine. Continue building lashes until you reach your desired look. Do not let dry between coats.

Review: To tell you the truth, at first I was interested with the sleek packaging rather than the promises it gives. My lashes are thin and short, I'd be looking for a mascara that gives both length and volume. Maybelline Long Extreme Stiletto does what it promises, it lengthen my eyelashes like twice longer, it's also waterproof and as a contact lenses user I don't find it flaking. However, I'll be still constantly try another mascara out there that could give me both volume and length. About the unpleasant smelling odor, it only bothers me while applying the product. This mascara dries so fast, so don't worry about that. It can be tricky at times if you want to apply many coats, always remember not to let dry between coats or else it'll get clumpy.

What I like:
  • lengthens my lashes
  • holds my curl
  • contact lens safe
  • nice glossy packaging
  • affordable
  • easy to find in any drugstore
What I dislike:
  • unpleasant smelling odor
  • clumpy when applying too many coats
Who would love: Those with thick lashes looking for length.

Price: IDR 95k


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It's not really obvious in picture, I should've taken a zoomed-in one.

Say hi to my new hair color! I think it's the closest color to my natural hair. I was kind of sad when I saw the result, I like my ash brown hair better. Due to the dying process, my hair is currently a bit damaged, the last time it got trimmed was on Chinese New Year's eve x_x I need a haircut soon!

Other products I used:
Face:
Eyes:
Time to use a bright nail polish! I'm using Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat in peach fuzz and Etude House Petit Darling HD Beam in fantastic pearl as a top coat.

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The Fuzzy Coat texture is like small threads in clear base,
while the Petit Darling is a clear top coat in small glitter shimmering particles.
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The final look.

The result looks cute but I definitely don't love it! The nail polish was super duper difficult to remove! T^T So frustrating. Thankfully, I only did one coat and applied them just on my finger nails.
Anyone here using this Fuzzy Coat too? Mind to share the tips on removing it?

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Calvin Harris - Summer.

I mustn't be the only one who loves summer, right? On Summer, I have a chance to travel to new places, meet up new people, and learn something new. My favorite summer so far was back in 2010 when I visited West Europe. Read the stories here and here. This year, I'll be likely visiting the States again to reunite with my sister! YEAY~! Dunno if I would be able to visit somewhere new or just stay in NYC. But hopefully, my mom and I could visit our family friend in Memphis too. Four months to go! I can't wait to shop around the Times Square and Fifth Avenue!!
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