Friday, October 30, 2015

No More Wondering

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

Happy Halloween, bumblebees! What are you guys planning to do this weekend? I'll be as usual spending quality time at the salon. Two months left 'til new year, I still have no idea whether my 2015 resolutions have been all completed. But one thing for sure, I've visited the places I've always dreamed since my teenage year. Couldn't be more grateful :)

Anyway, back to skincare review. I'm now more careless about my skin, I don't really wear toner nor moisturizer in real life. Promise I will change this bad tendency before it becomes a habit. That's the reason why it took me awhile to review this product that was sent by Jolse. It's my all time favorite Korean brand and their famous skincare line, Etude House Wonder Pore. I believe this was a new release in early 2015. Well, actually, I got this awhile ago, and even brought it to LA. 

Etude House Wonder Pore Essence Review
Etude House Wonder Pore Tightening Essence.

Descriptions: This is a pore essence that tightens pores for smooth and firm pores. Cleans pores, tightens pores, controls moist/oil balance, weak acid pH control. Therefore, makes fine smooth pores.

Directions: After using Freshner, get appropriate amount and spread on your face.

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Product's ingredients. I notice a few types of silicones.
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Cute drawings as expected from Etude House.

Packaging wise, it's always adorable and the plastic bottle is sturdy and made of high quality plastic, I love the pump packaging because it works wonder to prevent leaking. There was no leakage problem while I was traveling with it. 

Onto the texture and performance, the essence is thicker than I expected it to be. Surprisingly, it absorbs super fast and leaves no greasy residue on skin. It's a gel-like cream and able to cover small pores on my cheek. Another great thing, the alcohol smell isn't as intense as their Freshner. There's no stingy sensation upon application though it has alcohol in its main ingredients.

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Thick gel texture.
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Blends out so easily and instantly smoothen my skin.

The essence moisturizes my skin well without making it feel sticky. It has some kind of oil control as my oily combination skin turns matte within a minute after application. I like to use it as a primer too as with it my pore looks less visible. Then again, it's only meant for skincare :P 

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Birthday lunch at Orient8.
Top: Merona / Earrings: Juicy Couture

Price: USD 15.82

Perhaps, one of these Wonder Pore products might appeal to you:
Practically holding my breath when IU released this song just a day before my birthday! I was twenty three then, and lemme tell ya I can relate a lot to this song. There were many times when I didn't know what I wanted to be or do. It was difficult to envision my life in 5 years, which is confusing! Am I having an early quarter-life crisis?

IU - Twenty-three.
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Thursday, October 08, 2015

Keeping Up The Good Vibes

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

Uh oh! What's up, bumblebees? Welcoming my first #OOTD post featuring this coolest timepiece ever. So, have you heard the trend of wooden watches? As a person who wears a watch in daily basis, I was super excited the moment I knew I'm gonna get to wear this watch. The shipping only took about 15 days from their headquarter in Missouri to Jakarta! They packaged it safely with all the bubble wrap and sealed the crystal face of the watch with transparent sticker to make sure no scratches happen during the shipping.

Talk about details! This timepiece surely delivers its elegance by the wooden packaging and comprehensiveness. It includes the brief manual, the warranty card, and a cleaning cloth. Not to mention the leftover wooden links because they have my watch sized before it's sent out to me. The procedure was simple. All I had to do was to print their ruler, cut it, then size it on my wrist, voilà it's done!

jord cora purpleheart & mother of pearl review
Designed with premium materials from the mother nature.

  • sapphire crystal glass
  • deployment buckle with push button
  • Swarovski crystal markers
  • screw-down crown
  • case width: 37mm
  • case thickness: 12mm
  • lug ends: 38mm
  • band thickness: 18mm - 22mm
  • band length: 211mm
  • Sea-Gull ST6103K
  • display: hours - minutes - seconds
  • jewel bearing: 21 jewels
  • power reserve: 36 hours
  • frequency: 21,600 BPH (beats per hour)
  • accuracy: +/- 3 seconds /day
  • drive system: self-winding automatic (requires no battery)

The natural purpleheart wood is hand finished and pretreated with tung oils. The Cora is splash-proof but should not be submerged in water (3 ATM). Lemon or orange oil extract is best for cleaning the natural wood. When storing this timepiece, avoid extremely hot, cold, and excessively dry/humid environments.


Purpleheart wood is sourced from the Solomon Islands. The wood has a naturally rich purple color. The grain pattern is generally fine and has very straight lines. Although difficult to cut at high speeds, when worked correctly, a beautiful and long lasting finish is created.

FYI, Cora is the only timepiece that uses purpleheart wood, not to mention the screw down crown are built for the automatic pieces only. You might have seen me wearing this watch on my Instagram or if you have seen me in person, maybe? :P

jord cora purpleheart & mother of pearl review
Loving this combination of arm candy.

Another thing that I like from this timepiece is that the deployment buckle or also known as butterfly clasp, it just completes the aesthetic aspect of this watch. The watch is lightweight with smooth finishing and comfortable to wear in Jakarta's hot weather all day long. Oh, I actually have this story, it happened on the first time I received the packaging, I was confused btw how to set the time with the screw down crown so I had to ask their representative via their chic website and by seconds, he solved my trouble, the instruction was very clear and therefore, I encourage you to ask them if you find any issue with your watch. What's even better is that Jord's extra mile service, it offers a free shipping worldwide! Mine was sent by the USPS's first class air mail (no wonder the fast delivery).

jord cora purpleheart & mother of pearl watch review
I've always worn my watch on my left hand and let my right hand free of accessories.
Top: Kamiseta / Culottes: Merona / Bracelet: Pandora / Bag: RRL by Ralph Lauren

Maybe if I have a few other things to share is about the maintenance of automatic watch, here is the video that might help you to understand better. Let me know which Jord watch do you feel to own! They definitely have plenty of collection for both men and women ;)

Wooden Watches Men

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Magic in Nature

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

How are you, bumblebees? I have been contemplating whether I have to just focus on my full time job or also manage my blog at the same time as I need to draft my new year's resolution in no time. Then again, I am not that busy, there are many other people out there who work crazier than me. Thus, I will update my blog no matter what. I can't promise a frequent update, but one sure thing, you'll still see the same or even better quality blogpost from me ;)

Now let me review another product that I picked from Jolse, it's Nature Republic's Magic Remover for Mascara. Btw, go check out their website because they normally have a sale, which is quite a big deal. The new arrivals look intriguing as well, hmm...

Nature Republic Magic remover for mascara review

Description: This mascara remover with borago officinalis extract removes powerful eye makeup.

Directions: Shake bottle to mix oil & liquid layers. Soak cotton makeup pad with remover solution. Cover eye region with soaked pad for 20 seconds then wipe makeup clean.

Nature Republic Magic remover for mascara review
I wish they put the ingredients in English.

Ohh, I am so in need of great eye makeup remover that's gentle to the skin. That's why I chose Nature Republic because I believe it will use natural agent in its formula. As for this one, it uses botanical ingredient called borago officinalis a.k.a star flower (you see the plant in its packaging?) It's believed to have a cooling, diuretic, anti-inflammatory and saline effect on the skin. With such main ingredient, at least it feels safer and gentler to be applied on the skin around eyes since it's more sensitive.

Nature Republic Magic remover for mascara
Testing to remove my waterproof eyebrow liquid pen in one swipe.

Performance wise, it doesn't perfectly remove stubborn makeup in just a single swipe. I tried to remove my holy grail Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color in one swipe and the result is as in above picture. However, it will do its job just fine when I tried removing them again with a few more drops and power. There was once when I had to wear double false eyelashes (yes, I wore two layers of falsies) and the makeup artist put loads of mascara on it, I thought I'd be having troubles removing them. Apparently not! The key was to generously soak the product, don't hesitate to use new cotton pads and separate the excess glue with Q-tips too. You know, my real eyelashes are precious, so I don't want to risk losing one of them. LOL.

What I like about it is it doesn't sting at all, no matter how much of the products you're using. It's not as oily as many oil based makeup remover that I knew. The scent is not overwhelming and just smells nice, nothing is too chemical whatsoever.

Price: USD 8.98

Girls' Generation - Lion Heart.

The girls are back, bumblebees! I like the cute classy concept in this MV, it somehow reminds me of those old days. Not to mention, the outfit when they're having live performance are never boring. No wonder they dominates the music show by winning 9 times in a row. Which one of their latest singles that you like the most?
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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Tint The Milky Way

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

Summer is almost over! But that doesn't mean I can't put such bright colors on my lips. I've been searching for the nicest lip tint. This time I'm going to review Peripera Peri's Tint Milk from Jolse, an online shopping destination for all K-cosmetic lovers. The website is so user-friendly, one of the features that I like about it is they will save your recent viewed items. If you scroll it down, you'll find their official reviews as well as their weekly best sellers. Moreover, they gave me a bunch of samples too! Don't you love it when an online shop goes the extra mile? So without further ado, here's my own review!

Peripera Peri's Tint Milk review
Peripera Peri's Tint Milk.

Description: Like creamy milk, this tint gently blends upon lips. Non-sticky texture blends easily without any blots.

Directions: Apply with its tip from the center of lips.

Those of you might not know that Peripera is a sub-brand of Clio cosmetics, it belongs to inexpensive range as you can find it in many drugstores. The first Peripera product that I know is their widely known tint water.  But back then, I was so into my Tony Moly lip tint (though the packaging sucked), so I pulled myself away, didn't give it a shot.

Peripera Peri's Tint Milk review
The applicator.

Packaging wise, I love the red-haired girl on the lid. It's designed by Mari Kim, you know, one of her most popular artworks is on 2NE1's MV (I bet all the Blackjacks have heard about this). On top of that, it has an inner cap to prevent the leaking. The wand is very easy to use since it's a doe-foot applicator. It's all back to your own preference, however it's a tint, therefore I think this type of applicator can perform better as it's softer and fluffier :D Yes! I tend to look for doe-foot applicators over brushes when I buy lip tint or lip gloss.

Peripera Tint Milk swatch

Based on the container, you probably think both shades are very bright. However, they appear to be lighter and sink well with the natural lip color. The milky pink has a baby pink shade when it's applied, while the milky peach looks more like an orange shade than peach in my opinion.

The texture is thicker than usual liquid lip tint. One challenge that I found working with this tint is that I've got to immediately blend it because its formula stains right away. Since it stains right away, the lasting power is above average. It can stay longer than 3 hours, but reapplication is needed once you eat. I apply lip balm first prior to application, though I often forget, like at times when I'm doing touchup, these things are still quite moisturizing. I don't experience any chapped lips while using them. Lastly, this tint has sweet scent which doesn't bother me at all. So far I'm enjoying it!

Price: USD 8.08
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Thursday, August 06, 2015

Dewy Kisses

[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 dearest bumblebees! Been away for too long, a month to be precise, I know. A little life update from me; I spent my summer vacay in the States, but I couldn't present such amusing stories for you. Because for comparison, west coast was fun. However, east coast, as much as I could recall, was a hell of a lot fun. So I went to the City of Angels, San Fransisco and (uhm) Las Vegas with my mom. It's weird how I still couldn't get over NYC, Boston, Atlantic City and the other cities along the east coast that I visited like 2 years ago, meanwhile I don't feel like going back to west coast at all. I didn't take plenty of pictures too. Again. Weird.

Anyway, here I'm back in town, bringing you a new product from Jolse, called Dewy Kiss Lip Balm by Missha. Chapped lips have been stories of my life, I tried a lot of lipbalms from Chapstick, Burt Bee's, Nivea, Maybelline, Palmer's and so on, they're doing pretty good job, but I wonder if this very adorable pinky packaging could do the same too. I won't go chattering those other brands, so let's just get straight to the review!

Missha Dewy Kiss Lip balm review
Description: Scented lip balm for sweet and moist, kissable lips. Containing cupuacu butter and asimina triloba extract to care lips without stickiness.

Directions: Use finger or brush to apply over lips.

Missha Dewy Lipbalm Review Jolse
jolse missha lipbalm review

They didn't state the ingredients on the packaging so I had to copy-paste it directly from Missha's official US website:
Microcrystalline Wax, Petrolatum, Mineral Oil, Octyldodecanol, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Paraffin, Jojoba Seed Oil, Mango Seed Butter, Meadowfoam Delta-Lactone, Sunflower Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phaseolus Radiatus Seed Extract, vena Sativa (Oat) Meal Extract, Punica Granatum Extract, Mentha Rotundifolia Leaf Extract, Grapefruit Extract, Coconut Oil, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Nephelium Lappaceum Branch/Fruit/Leaf Extract, Litchi Chinensis Fruit Extract, Garcinia Mangostana Peel Extract, Asmino Triloba Tree Fruit Extract, Diisostearyl Malate, Polyethylene, Glyceryl Behenate, Beeswax, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Trihydroxystearin, Polyglyceryl-6 Octastearate, Caprylic/Caprylic Triglyceride, Glyceryl Caprylate, Caprylyl Glycol,Silica, Aluminum Hydroxide, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Water, Butylene Glycol, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, CI 15850, CI 19140
The key ingredient is theobroma grandiflorum, aka cupuacu butter as mentioned in the description above. To be honest though, I didn't know what it was so I browsed through Google and found the detailed explanation about it from Lush. I'd just mention some of the fact to make it brief yet clear, k?

So cupuacu is a tropical tree in Amazon rain forest. Apparently the tree is still related to cacao the tree where cocoa beans are obtained. Long story short, the cupuacu butter is obtained by cold-pressing. The butter is consists of various beneficial fatty acids. Because of its rich content of; phytosterols to benefit dry, damaged skin, polyphenols to combat free radicals in the tissues, and fatty acids (including palmitic, stearic and oleic acids) to protect and moisturize, it can act as skin hydrator and plumper. Though it's not recognized as an SPF, cupuacu butter also well known for it's ability to absorb damaging UVA / UVB rays for natural sun protection.

Missha Dewy Kiss Lip balm review berry
Double-sealed for hygiene and protection.

Now let me carry on the actual review, I got myself the lipbalm in shade dewy berry not because I like berries. I was actually a bit hesitant I might be licking my lips if I picked this one. It was just the fact that pink wins most of the time. HA!

Missha Dewy Kiss Lip balm review
First time opening the pot, there were some 'steam' most likely due to the shipping.

The lipbalm comes in a tiny plastic pot, weighed 7g and available in three different flavors; berry, grapefruit, citron. It has jelly-like texture, it's slick but the balm doesn't rub off easily on my finger (yeah, I'm using my clean finger). The pink shade unfortunately wouldn't be seen on your lips, it will only look hydrated, moistened without awkward glossy finish or stickiness. I tried to lick my lips while having this lipbalm on and thank goodness, it doesn't have any unpleasant taste at all, just bland. Just like how it's named, the scent is sort of like berries, sweet but a bit sour in a good way for me, since it's not strong.

All in all, I think it is a must-have product for those who like a potted lippies in a cute packaging, and who search for translucent lipbalms with slightly fruit scent to keep their lips soft and hydrated.

Price: USD 6.98
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