Friday, July 15, 2016

Lily of The Valley

As someone who has a soft spot for exquisite packaging, this debut fragrance from Miu Miu had me at the first sight. I hadn't smelled the perfume, yet I fell in love instantly. You know, it's impossible to resist when the look of the bottle itself is already breathtaking! *pun intended*

Miu Miu Eau De Parfum review
Miu Miu Miu Miu Eau De Parfum.

Description: An elegant, sensual floral—lily of the valley—composed of real jasmine, real rose absolute, and synthetic green notes. The soft, fresh, ingĂ©nue scent is set against a deep earth-toned background: the wood and pepper of akigalawood, an extract of patchouli. The akigalawood adds a rich, brooding mystery to the subtle sparkle of the floral. The surprising combination feels natural and timeless—flower and earth—but the effect created by the multifaceted process is utterly contemporary.

Notes: Star Anise, Ginger, Green Lily of the Valley, Blooming Lily of the Valley, Jasmine Petal, Rose, Akigalawood, Sandal Wood, Nirvanolide.

Style: Feminine. Youthful. Sophisticated.

Miu Miu perfume review
Ingredients.

The packaging, of course, too dainty to be true. I appreciate the beauty of ornamental fragrance bottles, simply because they could sublimely style the top of my vanity as well as any of Instagram #flatlays shots, don't you think so?

I adore the fancy scent of pure floral and warm woody tones, it's been my signature scent if anybody has noticed. Thanks to the jasmine and rose influence, this perfume smells so refreshing as if it is tailored to the summer season. And, is it only me? But I sense these subtly woody notes are tantalizing, creating such a seductive allurement which is delicately enrapturing. Last but not least, performance wise, it delivers a long-lasting floral hit onto the skin. 

Price: USD 88

On a side note, I got this new pair of circle lenses from Lens Village, a Malaysia-based K-lens distributor that carries more than 600 choices of circle lenses and ships worldwide. As someone who always plays on the safe side when it comes to appearance, I picked the brown ones but apparently the diameter of these lenses are way too big for my eyes, 0.5mm larger than my usual. It was my mistake to fail checking the details, I ended up looking too dolly and unnatural. Comfort wise, I don't like how they aren't stuck properly on the middle of my eyes sometimes. Sounds weird I know, perhaps it's caused by the huge diameter. Moreover, I don't think they come in the same exact color as their advertisement. On the display, obviously the brown shade somewhat appears to be bronze, whereas in real life it looks closer to chocolate brown.

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Face:
  • Missha M Magic Cushion in #23
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer
  • Etude House Play 101 Stick Contour Duo
  • Etude House Play 101 Stick in #12
  • Innisfree No-Sebum Blur Powder
Eye:
  • The Dolly Eye V1-25 in brown
  • The Body Shop Brow & Liner Kit in #3
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
  • Maybelline The Blushed Nudes
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
Lips:
  • Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in petal
  • Revlon Colorstay Overtime Lipcolor in bare maximum
  • 3CE Lip Color in love sick
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    Saturday, July 02, 2016

    A Gratitude Journal

    “If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love,
    you have to find the courage to live it.”

    Being a grownup has taught me to manage my time wisely and share only a tiny bit of my life to the society. Perhaps that principle of mine is the main reason you didn't see this blog as active as it used to be? Told ya to expect this kind of random stuff from me, so here I am unusually typing a blogpost about how my life has been these past months. Hope you excuse my awkward blabber since I've never done this before :/

    Life lately has been a hectic amalgam of work, study, passion, family, and friends in which I can hardly believe I'm spending the wee hours writing this journal instead of having a better sleep. Nevertheless, there is something exhilarating about this deep late-night conversation (Yes. I'm requesting some feedback). So, let's cut to the chase, shall we?

    I call it nonsense for someone who is in their twenties for not experiencing the quarter-life crisis. To be perfectly frank, two months ago I was so clueless with my life, I quitted a job I despised, I didn't pass a job interview that I was always curious what it'd feel like to work there, I traveled places yet I didn't know what I was going to face once I got back to my hometown. However in the end, I had no regrets because I tried my best, I took the chance to break out of my comfort zone. In this case, it's my ex-workplace, I called it a comfort zone because there was no room for adventure and excitement. I felt neither challenged nor appreciated. What's more, I took the chance to at least get interviewed until the final round and realize that the job wasn't for me in the first place, and as a reward, I received something more valuable; a thrilling experience I would always be grateful for.

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    Right now, I'm pursuing my career and dream at the same time. IKR?! I don't know how I got so lucky! My entire weekdays would be full of work, I often come back late at night because of several different reasons, could be attending events, working out at the gym, or merely catching up with my friends. I say it's seriously difficult to keep your social life balance, meanwhile I'm the kind of person who wants to have my own quality time at least once a week.

    On Saturday, I'm taking a TOEFL course at this tuition center for the sake of my academic goal, and right after finishing the course, I'd be meeting up with my friends or working out at the gym. Dang. Why do I sound like a gym-holic now?

    Finally moving on to Sunday... Yeah, I'd rather spend the whole day for myself or my family. Because, duh? I don't want to drive all day everyday. HA. Jakarta's traffic has gotten worse, you know... And I want to have this day as my own day for pampering myself, being productive making a new blogpost OR not productive at all!

    Being surrounded by positive energy of the dreamers and the doers has changed my perspective towards life. I especially love those who have creative minds with amazing commitments to their dreams.

    More importantly, I'm beyond blessed to have such supportive family and friends. Once someone told me to go chase my dream, I bluntly declined the idea because I was skeptical my kind of dream job could pay me enough bucks. Now that I finally got the job, I can admit how foolish I was that time for being ignorant, rejecting without even trying.

    I know some people who are still figuring out what they truly aspire in their life. It might take a while for you to acknowledge your enthusiasm, so here's a relevant life hack that might be helpful. Sometimes, it's in the darkest period of life you'll see the spark, one-of-a-kind spark that I describe as unusually bright and somehow keeps me in the right direction to always look forward. When you see the spark, you'll say something like "I got this" with a bunch of motivation. That's when I was very convinced with my goal in life.

    Hence you've got to be brave enough to ask yourself: "Risk or regret?" The future is bound to be uncertain, but how do you know your full potential if you aren't stubborn about your own goal?

    And if one day I start feeling stressed, I'll spend a few minutes looking through this post as a proof to remind myself what really matters.
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    Sunday, June 12, 2016

    Money-Saving Secrets

    Having two of my best friends getting married next year, not to mention my employment in a wedding industry, have induced me to explore loads of bridal references nowadays. Personally, my way to find inspiration is by browsing around catalogues where I can find something from gifts, accessories to decoration. But you know, girls will always be girls, we get lured quite easily. In spite of my primary intention, I tend to end up buying things that don't belong in my priority list. Who's to blame anyway when shopping is just one click away?

    Obviously, shopping online is unavoidable in this modern world due to its ease to access, but let's see in a bigger picture, isn't it a positive development? Catalogue shopping provides you with a cost-effective alternative to conventional stores on the high street. But if you want to make more savings, read these three tips on how to save money whilst shopping through online catalogues.

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    Discover low-interest rates

    How much interest you pay on your purchases can vary from one retailer to the next. To save money, shop around for catalogues that offer low-interest rates, something that could bag you a significant saving in the long run. Some companies won't charge you any interest at all if you pay off your balance within a certain a time frame. For example, Very enables customers to pay for a purchase in three monthly instalments and won't charge interest if the balance is settled during this period. Other companies, like Argos, also won't charge you interest if you pay your balance in time. Many places offer catalogue finance, but choosing the right company is just as important as choosing the dress or pair of shoes you are looking for.

    Use a price comparison website

    One way to save money on catalogues is to use a price comparison website, where you can compare the prices of different products (everything from laptops to kettles, beds to clothes) in one place. The result? You find the retailer that is offering a product for the cheapest price. You can also head over to third party websites where you can read reviews left by customers who have used a catalogue company in the past, providing you with all the must-know details about a particular brand before you apply for a credit account.

    Use a voucher code

    More and more catalogue retailers offer voucher codes to customers. These promotions enable you to save money on the cost of a purchase or get reduced delivery just by entering a code when you check-out and pay for your items. Look for voucher codes that provide you with the biggest savings. Don't forget to sign up for mailing lists too! You can have the latest promotions and discount codes sent to your email address directly.

    Alrighty, then... I couldn't think of any other tips. So if you bumblebees have your own more efficient way to get the best deal online, let me know in the comments section below!
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    Monday, June 06, 2016

    Berry AHA!

    Greetings, bumblebees! So if you have noticed, a few months ago I changed this blog header in pursuit of rebranding my beauty journal, while in actual fact I just couldn't commit to a specific topic and even talked about something else aside from beauty. Therefore, I sort of wanted to remake a new header without binding myself into a particular niche blog. You may now expect a fashion, lifestyle report or perhaps random chats from me! 

    Here we go again to beauty related post, this time it's about a not-so-new-anymore toner from Etude House called Berry AHA! Bright Peel Boosting Serum. Phew.. What an eye-catching name! I think this was released earlier this year along with their Toning White C line in which I have zero interest with.

    Etude House Berry AHA bright peel boosting serum review
    Etude House Berry AHA! Bright Peel Boosting Serum.

    Description: The first-step peeling essence for skincare removes dead skin cells and impurity residue daily.

    Directions: After washing the face, at the first step of skincare, dispense an appropriate amount on a cotton pad and apply on the face in the direction of skin texture, starting from the inside and working outward in a gentle blotting motion.

    My question was "is it toner, is it serum?" when I first saw this product (I didn't know their description in the beginning). Obviously it's called serum but it looks too watery from the outside, yes? We know that toner is the first step, meanwhile serum is supposed to be used at the last step of your skincare routine. Thanks to Google, uh I mean Etude House website (or should I say my meticulous research before purchasing every skincare item?), I bought the right product for my need.

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    I've always had a thing with AHA ingredients simply because it's known to be great at rejuvenating. The only downside of wearing AHA is that your skin can get extra sensitive to sunlight, thus a sunscreen is a must (thought it's always a must all the time). This boosting serum has salicylic acid too in it! That seriously surprised me because I was presuming this line would only concern at peeling or brightening the skin.

    Packaging wise, it's kind of sleek despite its name. Moreover, considering it comes from Etude House who always gives such cutesy atmosphere to their product, I think this one maybe intended for more matured target market. Haha.. I might be wrong too. Anyway, I like how secured the seal (picture below), so bravo Etude House for the consideration. I still remember their Wonder Pore toner didn't include such seal to prevent leakage. However, the outlet of this bottle is too small for the product to come off. Because texture wise, it's not as watery as usual toner (now the name boosting serum makes sense). The liquid is thicker than water, it seems like it contains a teeny tiny jelly-like substance.

    Etude House Berry AHA bright peel boosting serum review
    Nice security seal you got over there.

    Scent wise, it smells fruity with minty tinge. It doesn't only feel sweet but refreshing. I don't know how bilberry fruit's supposed to smell, but it definitely has the kind of smell that doesn't bother me at all. Performance wise, as a toner, I can say I was impressed for the immediate effect. It moisturizes my skin and on top of that, it gives me this silicone effect, you know? Yeah, they do use a synthetic skin conditioning agent and surfactant belonging to the chemical class of siloxanes and silicones. No wonder the instantly smooth skin. However, the good thing, it doesn't break me out.

    In conclusion, I might finish it all since I totally enjoy the immediate result. Umm.. But you know me, when it comes to cosmetics, I always want to explore, try new things, and whatnot. That's why I'm here for you guys ;) To review more and more exciting products!

    Price: IDR 210k
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    Thursday, May 19, 2016

    Home Sweet Home

    If you want to decorate your home, but you don't want to break the bank, shopping with a catalogue gives you choice and flexibility over how you pay. Err.. I know I know.. Some people might prefer to visit a physical store when it comes to furniture, but considering the price might be higher and the quality is just the same. Let's check out some catalogues, shall we? My only tip when it comes to shopping furniture online is to read the reviews. If there is no review, then check the product details carefully. I hope some of these websites below can help you to refresh your home.

    Home Essentials

    Home Essentials is a UK catalogue brand that provides you with more bang for your buck. When you sign up for a new personal account, you can spread the cost of purchases you make and pay in affordable instalments. What's more, you can have your products delivered to your home address and make repayments online or over the phone.

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    From bedding to living room furniture to kitchen accessories, you can find it all at Home Essentials with big savings on hundreds of products. The brand also has various furniture packages that could save you money. It is one of the best catalogues for home shopping, and offers a large variety of products. Other benefits include click and collect and a flexible returns policy. Don't forget to find the discount code to save more money on your order ;)

    Look Again

    Look Again is another destination for home ware, including beds, chairs, rugs and bathroom essentials. The catalogue company can stock your need to transform boring, bland wall spaces or old-fashioned rooms. You can apply for an account and make repayments online. Alternatively, pay for your items by phone. New customers who open a personal account with Look Again can get £15 off their order when they spend £75 or more. When you apply for a credit account, you'll receive a monthly statement with details of your purchases and the minimum amount you need to pay.

    Have you tried shopping furniture online? How was your shopping experience? Mind to share with me?
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