Thursday, September 11, 2014

White Superfresh

Hello again, my bumblebees! I'm about to share my recent purchase, it's the new Maybelline White Superfresh compact powder. I was super excited when I got this because I've seen so many reviews about this, including QiuQiu's sponsored video so I thought, why don't I buy it as well? Since it's an affordable drugstore makeup, and Maybelline is no doubt one of my favorite drugstore brand.

Maybelline White Superfresh review
Maybelline White Superfresh.

This is basically a two-way cake powder that promises you a 12-hours bright matte look and fresh feel. Even better, it contains SPF 34/PA+++, which not many of affordable two-way cake powder can give such quite high sun protection. What a bonus! I get myself the refill packaging because it's cuter than the actual packaging! It's only 5cm length of each side, totally such a perfect size for traveling.

Maybelline White Superfresh description
The description and directions written on the box in English and Indonesian.
Maybelline White Superfresh ingredients
The ingredients.
Maybelline White Superfresh refill
There are 5 shades available and I got myself shade no. 2 nude beige.

It's always important to read the ingredients, because some ingredients might break me out. This one is pretty safe to use, though it contains silicones. I also prefer their refill size because it's very handy, but the original packaging is pretty too, it's fully white like this but it's transparent at the bottom and it includes a mirror, the size is twice bigger than this.

I wonder how will I examine this powder, therefore I come up with a fun way to test this product by comparing it with my usual compact powder from Dior. Just like what QiuQiu did, I wore half of my face with my Diorskin Nude Compact, my own personal purchase as well. I do realize that QiuQiu only compared White Superfresh to another drugstore brand, and that's probably unfair because she (or the production staffs) might choose the low quality brand. Thus, comparing it with a high-end brand and not to mention, it's been my favorite compact powder for years, could conclude a better opinion. 

Maybelline White Superfresh review
Refill pack also comes with a sponge puff.

The sponge that was given by Maybelline was not a bad, it's a pretty good one for the price but when it's compared to the one from Dior, it's undeniably worse. However, I'm quite happy that the refill pack also comes with a sponge :P

Maybelline White Superfresh refill
Zoom-zoom~

One thing that I don't really like from this powder is the scent. It smells okay when I sniff from the packaging but when it's applied, somehow the smell changes like a chemical scent. It just doesn't smell nice. I'd rather use a powder that doesn't leave scent at all. The shade looks too yellow for my skin, I was contemplating maybe I should get the shade no. 3 but the BA told me that shade no. 3 is a bit too dark for me. Not sure if it'd turn out too dark for my skin because there were no samples at the time! The finish is matte, but it gives me a cakey powdery look u_u

Maybelline White Superfresh swatch
Swatch on my hand.

Performance wise, this one is the surprising fact that I couldn't even believe. I used both of the powder evenly on my face, the Dior part started to be oily on the nose area in 1 hour, it didn't look shiny but it felt tad greasy when it's touched. Whereas the Maybelline was still matte. WOW! However after 3 hours, the Maybelline part started to feel greasy, and in 5 hours all of the T-zone on my face looked oily and touch-up was certainly needed. The coverage is sheer, for it can cover the freckles on my hand.

In conclusion, Maybelline White Superfresh doesn't live up to its promises. I have oily T-zone and the other area of my face is normal but this didn't give me such a 12-hours matte look either on the normal part of my skin. Not sure how this will react on dry skin, though. All in all, this powder does give a matte finish and control sebum, but the promises are exaggerated. Anyway, you can't really complain when it comes to drugstore brands, can you?

Price: IDR 30k

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Go Crazy! - 2PM.

Let's go crazy~! The dance itself is crazy LOL. I wonder why KBS has to ban 2PM's comeback, the lyrics itself when it's translated aren't that rude, such as “guys who planned to go crazy” and “this dude.” It looks like unbelievable if 2PM considers changing the lyrics o_O I don't understand Korean, so please enlighten me. How offensive those sentences could be when you translate it in English or Indonesian?
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Saturday, September 06, 2014

Moist Naked Face

[Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received the product for a review purpose, but the opinions are my own based on my experience.]

Hello my dear bumblebees! This is another product that I chose for Beautifan, you can read my review on their website too as it's originally posted there. This time I'm going to share a CC cream from Laneige, a Korean cosmetic brand that Song HyeKyo endorses. I've admired her since the drama Autumn in My Heart, and can't wait to watch her new movie, My Brilliant Life! So without further ado, let's go to the review!

laneige water base cc cream

This CC cream contains SPF 36/PA++, which I think quite a good sun protection for base makeup. Laneige describes this CC cream as 3 in 1 multi cream: sunscreen, makeup base, primer. A water based texture for smooth coverage.

What it promises:
  1. Moist CC cream made of water base.
  2. Essence-like smooth CC cream without heavyweight.
  3. Easy reapply over makeup base, easy washable with tepid water.
  4. Natural whitening like milk - brightening, glossiness, transparency.
  5. Not only coverage, but also skin care as it has Water Trans Powder, Mela Crusher, pearl ingredients.
laneige water base cc cream review
The packaging and they also include a pamphlet inside written in Korean, Chinese, and English.

As Laneige is marketed as higher end Korean cosmetics, I think what they did to put a trilingual pamphlet is satisfying. However, I couldn't find the ingredients on their box or pamphlet. I even visited the website to find it out, but they really don't share the ingredients. I wonder why...

laneige water base cc cream description
The English full description of the product and directions.

There are two shades available for this CC cream, peach pink and pure beige. The peach pink is for fairly bright skin and for those desiring a brighter skin, while the pure beige is for slightly dark skin and for those desiring a calm looking skin. Thus, for a medium skin tone like me, I chose the pure beige. 

laneige water base cc cream review
Pump packaging with a lid.

I love it when my cosmetic comes in such hygienic packaging like this. The CC cream can cover my entire face and neck just in 1 and a half pumps. I also think 40 ml is a pretty decent amount for CC cream as it will expire in 12 months after the first usage.

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The CC cream.
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Swatch.
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Blended.

The texture of this CC cream is watery just like what it promises, it glides very easily, feels moist, and lightweight on skin. It does give a brightening effect, dewy finish, it makes your skin glow naturally as it doesn't have shimmer whatsoever. When it's fully absorbed, it doesn't feel sticky, instead my skin feels soft.

The scent is like sweet powdery, it's not too strong, smells just right. Even though it has a pretty high sun protection factor, it doesn't leave white cast. I am just curious of what type of sunscreen filter does this CC cream has, but then again, unfortunately they didn't state the ingredients. My skin has been reacting so good with it too, I've got no breakout so far.

The coverage is lacking since it can't even cover the freckles on my hand if you look closely the picture above after it's blended. Even if I tried to build up the coverage, it didn't make a big difference. It can only cover a little bit of redness on skin. Thankfully it's not cakey at all, I guess because of the water formula.

The oil control is very average, I have to blot my face as my T-zone gets oily after 3 hours with this CC cream. Because the formula is washable, the oil control is not promising either, especially for people with oily skin. I'm not sure if I should be happy with the easy-washable formula, because I think it decreases the CC cream's staying power. However, I like the idea of that easy-washable formula too because I don't need to wash my hand and finger with soap after applying this CC cream.

In conclusion, Laneige Water Base CC Cream is recommendable for those who want to achieve a natural radiant looking skin. If you have acne scars and need heavy coverage for your dark spots, I don't think this is for you. I have acne scars and this CC cream can't cover it no matter how many layer I put. Therefore, for extra coverage, you need to apply concealers or layer it again with foundation.

What I like:
  • hygienic pump packaging
  • glides very easily
  • brightening effect
  • moist, soft, lightweight feel
  • not sticky once it's fully absorbed
  • dewy finish
  • no white cast
  • sweet powdery scent
  • does not break me out
What I dislike:
  • very low coverage
  • not so good oil control
Tips: Since the CC cream has watery texture, I would suggest to use the product with clean fingers instead of beauty blender or sponges. Just slightly dab it when you try to build coverage.

Price: USD 30.99

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Jung In & Gary - Bicycle.

So here's another new single from Jung In and Gary from LeeSsang. The whole music video looks so peaceful and watching it somehow makes me form a smile :) Hope you'll love this song too! Oh, kindly click here if you want to listen more songs from Jung In and Gary, I put the song at the end of the post just like this one. Have a wonderful weekend, my bumblebees!
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Friday, August 29, 2014

All-Around Safe Block

[Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received the product for a review purpose, but the opinions are my own based on my experience.]

Helloooo, dearest bumblebees! How come it's the end of the month already? I just can't bid goodbye to August yet, but life must go on. Remember when a couple of months ago I shared my favorite sunscreen? I said that I converted my sunscreen to the physical one, I also did explain the difference between the physical and chemical sunscreens if you're interested to know more about it. Furthermore, if you're still wondering why is it important to wear sunscreen daily, kindly watch this video :)

Well, as now I'm going to share a chemical filter sunscreen, let me clarify why I try a chemical sunscreen again. As you know, physical sunscreens tend to leave white cast on skin. The L'occitane Immortelle that I reviewed awhile ago doesn't leave me white cast, but the thing is I share the product (ehm, it's expensive) with my mom now, and I'm just being oh-so-lazy to go to her room to grab the sunscreen and often end up forgetting to use it. So I come up with an idea of finding a budget-friendly sunscreen for a student like me ^^

HanaVillage.com Missha All-Around Safe Block Essence Sun
I don't think I have tried many Missha product in the past, I have known this product for a long time but I have yet to try their skin care. Well, except their First Treatment Essence. Btw, I'm pleased to know that Missha is against animal testing as it's stated on the packaging. To be frank, I don't really mind using a product that's tested on animals or even has animal ingredient in it anyway. I am sorry that I may disappoint you, but I'm just... being totally honest. I'm not a vegan, I eat McDonald's, I own animal leather bags and wallet, and I do use animal ingredient beauty products such as, snail mucus, pearl powder, etc as well. So how can I say I'm against animal cruelty :( In spite of those statements, I give props to all the animal cruelty-free products! Trust me I'm not cruel to animal, I can't stand watching all those videos on YouTube at how bad human treat the chicken and cow and pigs and rats and so on. However, if you still think I am cruel and heartless to animal, it's okay x_x

HanaVillage.com Missha Essence Sunscreen Ingredients
The ingredients.

The active ingredient in this sunscreen is ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate (also called octyl methoxycinnamate). For effectiveness against UVA or UVB please refer to this chart for all the FDA-approved sunscreen filters. It's shown that the ingredient only absorbs UVB and short-wave UVA. On the other hand, UVA rays are more harmful as these rays penetrate the skin more deeply than UVB, which have long been known to play a major part in skin aging and wrinkling.

Controversy exists over whether or not octyl methoxycinnamate may harm humans who use products with the chemical in them. According to ÖKO-TEST Kosmetikliste, octyl methoxycinnamate has been suspected as hormones to act as it is absorbed through the skin and can be detected in breast milk. However, there is no conclusive evidence has been found and it is uncertain what the exact effects of octyl methoxycinnamate are. Since Missha didn't state how many percent of octyl methoxycinnamate they use, all I can say is, it is less recommendable as a chemical filter.

So it's all now back to your personal choice whether you want to use sunscreens with this chemical filter or not. I have mixed feelings when using this kind of product, just like when I find 'cones or parabens in my beauty products. I'd only continue to use it when it doesn't give bad reaction, as for this sunscreen, fortunately I haven't experienced any breakout. Please just don't....

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The swatch and I intentionally captured it unblended.

As it's called Essence Sun by Missha, it's supposed to be moisturizing just like an essence. It doesn't contain mineral oil, which I really prefer because mineral oil breaks me out sometimes. The main ingredients are the 7 Oriental Tea Newplex, which are chrysanthemum tea, green tea, terragon tea, mulberry tea, persimmon leaf tea, arrowroot tea, and cinnamon tea.

I use the sunscreen on top of my skincare routine and all over my exposed body, such as arms, legs, and feet. It feels so lightweight, smooth (as there's dimethicone in it) and has a semi-matte finish. The sunscreen turns transparent once it's fully absorbed to the skin. It smells pretty nice, like floral scent, very natural. Furthermore, it doesn't leave white cast! Perfect for photoshoot :P

One thing I notice about this sunscreen is it's not waterproof. Therefore, this won't be the ideal sunscreen if you involve in water activities. That's why they have another variant that's formulated strongly against sweat or water, called All-Around Safe Block Waterproof Sun. It offers a slightly higher SPF which is SPF 50.

The sunscreen will expire in 12 months usage, and I think 12 months is a great deal for a sunscreen since my usual sunscreen expires in 6 months and (again) it's expensive T_T

Price: USD 11.50

Not only Asian cosmetics, Hanavillage.com sells circle lenses too and offers free worldwide shipping if you purchase more than USD 30. I asked Cindy (their representative) if she can pick me any natural green circle lens and here's what she chose for me ^^ The circle lenses are from Dueba, it's manufactured under The Dolly Eye plant so that explains the packaging, yes?

HanaVillage.com - Asian Cosmetic Beauty & Coloured Lens Store
The cutest circle lens packaging I've ever had.
HanaVillage.com - Asian Cosmetic Beauty & Coloured Lens Store

Specification of Dueba Puffy 3tones:
Power Range: 0.00 ∼ -10.00
Diameter: 14.5mm
Base Curve: 8.6mm
Water Content: 38%
Lifespan: 1 year disposal

HanaVillage.com - Asian Cosmetic Beauty & Coloured Lens Store
The result on my very dark brown eyes.

Design: 4.5 out of 5
First time wearing green lenses, I was surprised at how natural they look on me! Now that I think it again, such vibrant color doesn't pop out much on my very dark brown eyes, which make it seem natural on me. The lens has three tones, and based on my experience, 3 tones lenses will give a natural result on my eyes. It doesn't get a full score from me because the design is kinda pixelated, even though it looks just fine when it's worn.

Enlargement: 4.5 out of 5
The limbal ring is perfect for the lens. As this lens has a diameter of 14.5 mm, the enlargement effect looks quite natural for small eyes like me.

Comfort: 3 out of 5
You know the feeling when it feels like there's something on your eyes though it doesn't hurt, right? That's what I exactly feel about this lens. However, after several eye drops and some blinks, it feels comfortable. The lens starts to dry after 3 hours when I wear it indoor with the AC on, but I can wear this lens up to 7 hours.

Overall: I love how natural the lens look on me despite green is not my natural eye color. Though it may feel a bit weird at first, the lens can be worn up to 7 hours and it's a yearly lens which is a fair point.

Price: USD 22.50 per pair

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Final look with Missha All-Around Safe Block Essence Sun and Dueba Puffy 3tones.

Lens care tips: Treat your circle lenses gently, wash your hands before application, rinse & disinfect each time you remove them, and dispose them when they start to cause dryness. Even if this lens has yearly lifespan, I won't use it for one year, I'll probably dispose after six months usage. I write the first time usage date of each lens on the back of the lens case (with a sticker and marker of course). I always insert and remove my lens from the left eye too, it has become a habit for me so I won't mix up the left and right lenses. This is the great way to avoid eye infection.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

First Beautifan Review and Giveaway

[Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received the product for a review purpose, but the opinions are my own based on my experience.]

Hi again, my dear bumblebees! So if you've read my previous post, you'd probably know that I've been selected to be the part of Beautifan team, a cosmetic review website that was published for providing unbiased and honest review to people. Please note that all of the products that I'll be reviewing for Beautifan were provided by Ibuybeauti. You can actually read my review below on their website, here's the original post, I hope that in the future you'll check their website frequently because there are so many other lovely beauty bloggers who will share their own product reviews. It's really interesting to finally be able to join the team and meet new friends from different parts of the world :D

So here is the first product from them that I'm going to share with all of you ^^ It's from my favorite Korean beauty brand, Etude House, and their wonderful skincare collection, Wonder Pore.

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Etude House Wonder Pore Brush.

I have been using Wonder Pore products (the toner and facial foam) since the beginning of 2014, and I've been wanting to try the other Wonder Pore products since that time. Back then my skin was sensitive, because I just got through a doctor prescribed medication to heal my acne. However, my skin type has changed now, it's not that sensitive anymore, I have stopped taking the antibiotics as my skin has become better. I've learned that the key to have a smoother skin is to cleanse it properly too, you don't want those clogged pores to stay on your skin, right? Clean the clogged pores and your skin will thank you. Using a facial brush is one of the method to exfoliate it.

description etude house wonder pore brush
The directions on how to use and dry the brush.

Even though there's no English explanation on how to use this brush, I think the illustration is well described. If not, let me quote the translated directions from Ibuybeauti:
  1. Wet the brush
  2. Make enough bubble onto the palm
  3. Gently apply it to the face like drawing circles
I was confused with the bottom right illustration, but it turned out to be the effective way to dry the brush.

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The brush packaging.

There's no doubt Etude House is my favorite when they always managed to package everything as cute as possible. Even it's only a facial brush. It's made of hard plastics and the bristles are white and synthetic, which I think it can turn into whatever your facial wash color if you use it long enough and it can change color into yellow-ish as well if you use it for cleansing makeup base such as BB cream or foundation. I myself, double cleanse my face everyday, so I only tested this to cleanse the BB cream due to the review purpose. When I found out the BB cream turned the bristles yellow-ish, I immediately washed the brush again so yea, it's still white until now.

etude house wonder pore brush
There are tiny holes just in case the water drips.
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The bristles from above.

I was a bit skeptical with the quality of the brush at first glance, the bristle looks similar to the toothbrush. Well, seeing the picture of this product, it doesn't look that soft, don't you agree?

In fact, it is very, extremely soft! I was shocked too when I touched it for the first time. It's really unfortunate for me being not to be able to compare it with other facial brushes because this is my only facial brush. However, it doesn't feel like toothbrush at all.

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Dry and wet.
Kindly click on the picture to zoom in, dear bumblebees!

The bristles are super soft, gentle to the skin and it can create bubbles too when I tried using it with my mom's facial gel. Although this brush isn’t helpful in removing waterproof makeup, I’m amazed by how it can cleanse the BB cream thoroughly (I am using Wonder Pore Whipping Foam) when I tested it on my hand. I like the brush holder too, it is designed perfectly for a steady grip.

I dropped the brush accidentally a couple of times, and there’s no scratch whatsoever found on the surface. The packaging is also very travel-friendly, and I’m glad that there’s some holes on the container so that the excess water can drip and/or the wet brush can dry out more quickly.

Why I think the brush is worth it:
  • Cute and convenient packaging
  • Durable
  • Soft bristles, gentle to the skin
  • Effective in cleansing makeup base residue
  • Affordable price considering its durability
Tips: Because the bristles are white, I recommend you to cleanse the point makeup and base makeup first with cleansing oil or water before using this as I noticed that the bristles can change color. Unless you're okay with yellow bristles later, then it's fine.

Price: USD 6.99

Lastly, have you joined their giveaway? There'd be 35 winners so your chance to win is bigger! Join Beautifan's first giveaway and spread the word! The giveaway is open worldwide, and the products that they will be giving away are 5 Mamonde Real Skin Founder, 10 Clio Virgin Kiss Lipnicure and 20 Etude House Dear Darling Tint. This giveaway will run for the whole month of August and winners will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Super Nudy

[Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received the product for a review purpose, but the opinions are my own based on my experience.]

Anyong haseyo, my dear bumblebees! This is my second time reviewing circle lenses from Geocolouredlenses.com. I'm so excited when they asked me to choose one pair of lenses to be reviewed again. Mine are from the collection Super Nudy Quarter in brown with prescription -2.75.

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Geo Super Nudy in brown.

The packaging came in a nicely bubble wrapped air mail, it's very safe and I got free lens case too. You can check the detail of the packaging in my first review post of Geocolouredlens, I talked about their website overview and the safety of Geo Medical lenses as well. So if you've checked 'em out, let's move on to the product review!

SUPER NUDY geo lens review

Specification of Geo Super Nudy:
Power Range: 0.00 ∼ -10.00
Diameter: 14.8mm
Base Curve: 8.6mm
Water Content: 40±2%
Lifespan: 1 year disposal

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The curve and the zoomed version on my eyes.

Design: 5 out of 5
I picked this lens because I firstly thought the brown color is unlike any other brown lenses I've worn before. The texture and the color looks so vivid. I was amazed that this lens doesn't show up too much when it's worn, the very light brown color turned out to be surprisingly natural on my very dark brown eyes. I really, seriously love the result!

Enlargement: 4.5 out of 5
The limbal ring and diameter of the circle lens is just right for my small eye :D It gives quite enlargement but it doesn't look unnatural either. Well, unless you stare right into my eyes closely and pay attention to it.

Comfort: 4 out of 5
It's as comfortable as the Geo Princess Mimi, I could wear these lenses for 9 hours without any single eye drop prior to the application or after putting it on my eyes. I will start to feel the dryness after like 5 hours usage, though.

Overall: I am satisfied with the design, the result is more natural than my expectation but still gives a quite enlargement. These lenses are comfortable to wear as well! I've been using this lens in daily basis ^^

Price: USD 21.90 per pair

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Final look with Geo Super Nudy in brown.

Lens care tips: Treat your circle lenses gently, wash your hands before application, rinse & disinfect each time you remove them, and dispose them when they start to cause dryness. Even if this lens has yearly lifespan, I won't use it for one year, I'll probably dispose after six months usage. I write the first time usage date of each lens on the back of the lens case (with a sticker and marker of course). I always insert and remove my lens from the left eye too, it has become a habit for me so I won't mix up the left and right lenses. This is the great way to avoid eye infection.

Last but not least, Geocolouredlenses.com offers FREE international shipping and a FREE lens case for each pair of circle contact lenses purchased. They'd even upgrade the shipping to express if you buy 5 pairs!

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JYJ - Thirty.

This is one of my most favorite tracks from their Just Us album. Why? Because, Yoochun (my ultimate bias) sings the whole song that mostly talks about life in his thirties, and you can hear Junsu's signature laughter a.k.a "eukyangkyang". OMONA~ What a bonus! I really like the whole album, they mostly talk about their personal life in this album, including the song Dad, You There? that tells us about Yoochun's longing to his dad. JYJ is one of a kind for me, it's sad that they're separated from TVXQ, but we've got to let it go. I miss their old days together, but I'm no longer hoping for them to reunite. Let alone the you-know-who-entertainment for being such an a$$. We have to always keep the faith that one day JYJ will have their own schedule on the major broadcasting networks!

Kim Jaejoong, fighting! Park Yoochun, fighting! Kim Junsu...... *forever trolling Junsu* *walks away*
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