Monday, February 23, 2015

Skincare Haul: SK II, Clarins, & Innisfree


Hi everyone!
Today I would like to share with you my skincare haul. I’ve made a (late) resolution not to neglect or skip a skincare routine, so I purchased some products to keep me inspired. Would you like to know what did I buy? Keep reading

SK II Facial Treatment Essence
Like I have said before, I have finished several bottles of SK-II Facial Treatment Essence and my relations with it was not ‘love at the first sight’ (or touch). It is not a product that gives immediate result. After 3 to 4 months, 2 times a day of constant use, I finally able to feel the benefit and see the effect. My skin becomes clearer, softer, and less dull.  Some mild acne scars disappear and my skin is much healthier than it used to be. I will totally repurchase this product in the future.


Price: Rp 1.852.000,- for 215 ml bottle I got mine at Galeries Lafayette, Pacific Place Jakarta

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm
I’ve heard so many good things about Beauty Flash Balm. Basically it is a coffee for your face. It has a soothing anti fatigue properties like olive, witch hazel, algae, and bisabolol to revive tired and dull skin. It can be used as primer or as a mask (no rinsing necessary). Let me know if you want a full review.


Price: Rp 550,000,- I got mine at Sogo, Plaza Senayan

Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil
You guys know that I love face oil. This time I decided to try this Lotus Face Treatment Oil that has a combination of rosemary, chamomile, geranium, & lotus extract to purify, balance, and deliver a long lasting beauty to combination skin prone to oiliness. Let me play longer with this product. I report the result in the future.


Price: Rp 610.000,- I got mine at Sogo, Plaza Senayan

Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask
My first Innisfree purchase! I’ve been hearing so many good things about the brand and I decided to try these two products. Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask is a mask for oily skin that contains volcanic scoria capsule (hardened lava that erupted from Jeju Volcanoes) to tightens pore, remove sebum, exfoliate death skin cell, deep cleanse, enhance skin tone, and provides cooling effect. Not to mention, relatively affordable too. 


I’ve tried this product several times already and it does make my skin feels cleaner. However in terms of tightens pore, remove sebum, exfoliate death skin cell, deep cleanse, enhance skin tone, and provides cooling effect, GLAMGLOW mask in the black jar is still the winner. I don’t intend to repurchase this Super Volcanic mask in the future.

Price: I got mine at http://www.lazada.co.id/catalog/?q=innisfree

Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Liquid Nose Pack
Also contains volcanic scoria capsule, this peel-off nose pack helps to remove blackheads, leaving your skin smooth. It does help a little to remove some blackheads but not all of it. If your skin is super congested I recommend professional facial. 


Price: I got mine at http://www.lazada.co.id/catalog/?q=innisfree

So that’s all my skincare haul, hopefully you like it. If you have any question, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.  

Thursday, February 19, 2015

NARS Matte Multiple in Anguilla

Hello everyone!

When NARS Matte Multiple launched about a year ago, I was scream inside with joy. Any self-proclaim NARS lovers know that their regular multiples are pretty but full of glitter/shimmer that’s not versatile enough for daily wear. NARS Matte Multiples deliver a modern matte hue for lips and cheek.

I got the color Anguilla which is described as ginger pink. It is light-medium pink that gives pale-skinned ladies a healthy dose of natural flush, like you’ve been frolicking in the snow or doing a brisk walk on a cool fresh air. Darker-skinned ladies might want to try brighter color such as Exumas (beautiful pink apricot), Laos (gorgeous rose coral), or Siam (stunning poppy red) since Anguilla will not show up quiet well on dark skin. Matte Multiple also can be worn on the lips. But due to the dry texture, I find it doesn't look really good. Stick to the cheek application instead.  


The texture is lovely, not oily like any other stick blusher. Applied easily on the skin and gives powdery velvety finish. It is matte but not completely thick, dry, or chalky. Since it doesn’t contain shimmer it doesn’t emphasize pores thus suitable for combination and oily skin. I will describe the pigmentation of Anguilla is medium sheer but you can build the color to the desired intensity. It you like better pigmentation; again I will suggest you try their darker color choices.

The bottom line is, this product is amazing. There was other color that I wanted to buy which is Cappadoce, but they were sold out everywhere! If you pass a NARS counter, I recommend you to try it. It is such a beautiful product.

*Price: Bath 1,700 (around Rp 663.000,- before 7% VAT reduction for tourist) at Sephora Siam Center. I got it when I was in Bangkok November 2014. Full Bangkok Beauty Haul kindly check this link

Thursday, February 12, 2015

French Pharmacy: Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil & Nuxe Reve de Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm


Hi everyone! Today I’m going to do a review on these two French Pharmacy favorites which are Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse and Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm. I heard so many good things about these two so when I found that Nuxe counter is available at Galeries Lafayette, Pacific Place Jakarta, I decided to buy these two best-sellers. If you interested please keep reading. 

L-R Clockwise: free pouch, free face & body wash samples, reve de miel lip balm, free hand cream, huile prodigieuse

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse is a multipurpose dry oil for hair, face, nail, and body. It has heavenly scents that I have never smelled before. The 100 ml spray glass bottle is gorgeous and has a ‘high-end’ look to it.


So far I like it best to use as body oil. It gives a soft silky feeling that I never experienced with any other oils before. My skin looks healthy and glowing. It moisturized well with a blend of Vitamin E and 6 precious oils like Borage, St. John's Wort, Sweet Almond, Camellia, Hazelnut and Macadamia.

I never use this on my face since it contains parfum and Isopropyl Isostearate (comedogenic) in its ingredients. I prefer to use Josie Maran Argan Oil and Jurlique Skin Balancing Oil for that purpose. Bottom line? highly recommended for a smooth silky body.

Price: Rp 499.000,- for 100 ml  at Galeries Lafayette, Pacific Place Jakarta

Nuxe Reve de Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm
If you prefer slippery or buttery texture lip balm that melts on your lips then this product is not for you. It has thick waxy texture with fine grains to mildly exfoliate in it. It feels dry but rich, matte but moisturizing, such a contradiction. Too bad it has no sun protection in it so I mostly use it as night time treatment. By the way I still can feel it in the morning.


It also has a delicious scent of honey, sugar, and lemon that slightly reminds me of Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment. Since it is comes in a jar form, I recommend to use clean finger or cotton bud to prevent nasty contamination. I never own lip balm like this before, I imagine not everyone is going to like it, but for me I do love it. I might purchase the stick form in the future.

Price: Rp 249.000,- Galeries Lafayette, Pacific Place Jakarta

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Review: Tom Ford Lip Color in 07 Pink Dusk

Hi everyone,
I would love to share with you my current favorite everyday lipstick which is Tom Ford in color Pink Dusk. When they first came out, they used to have white packaging; nowadays it comes in this chic burgundy enamel square tube with gold Tom Ford initial imprint on top of it. It feels heavy and super luxurious.

The color Pink Dusk is subtle pink with fleshy tone in it. It is not too pink, not too nude either. I personally think this would compliment pale to medium skin tone nicely. For your information, bright, neon, or bold color lips are not really my thing. Pink Dusk is pretty everyday color. If I spend this much money on one lipstick I must be able to wear it every day.

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The formula of this lipstick is opaque and rich. One swipe is enough to show the true color. It is creamy and moisturizing but not glides as smoothly as YSL Rouge Volupte. Tom Ford Pink Dusk is semi matte so I find that this lipstick is quiet long lasting.  Additionaly, this lipstick has a sheer vanilla scented that I really love. Touching up my lips with this lipstick is always makes me happy. 

This is the most expensive lipstick in my collection. I feel slightly ridiculous when I spent this much money for one lipstick. However this is Tom Ford, nothing cheap comes from Tom Ford. I have no regret.


Price: Bath 1,900 ( around Rp 741.000,- before 7% VAT reduction for tourist) at Paragon Department  Store, Bangkok. Rumor has it, Tom Ford Beauty will soon be available in Jakarta. Does anyone know something regarding this information? Sound off in the comment below. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Jurlique Review: Rose Moisture Plus Moisturizing Cream Mask, Skin Balancing Face Oil, and Rose Body Oil

Hi all, I would love to share with you my Jurlique haul. A natural skincare brand that used by so many celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson, Leighton Meester, Michelle Williams, Behati Prinsloo, Candice Swanepoel, and many more.



About Jurlique:
Jurlique is an Australian brand that has been working in natural skincare science for over 25 years. All the ingredients are grown in their organic Adelaide Hills farm. They are certified biodynamic by National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia. Biodynamic basically growing plants in a holistic way. Enriches the earth rather than depleting it.

Organic farming focuses on natural methods such as crop rotation, compost, and green manure to increase organic matter in the soil and sustainably provide plant nutrition. Farming activities are planned where possible to coordinate with the cycles of the sun, moon, planets and stars. Their Ingredients are free from synthetic chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides.  


Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Moisturizing Cream Mask


“This rich, deeply hydrating treatment mask helps improve dehydration on the skin while providing essential protection against environmental aggressors. Includes a potent blend of ingredients designed to aid in overall skin wellness. Skin feels hydrated, replenished, smooth and looks radiant. Apply an even layer to the skin, avoiding the eye area. Relax for 10 minutes. Gently press in excess product after 10 minutes or remove with warm damp cotton pads as desired.” (Source: jurlique.com)

I love this mask. I suffer from very dry and flaky skin due to recent Erha Clinic acne treatment. When I need deep moisture I use this rich cream mask. It has rose hip oil, green tea extract, grapeseed, turmeric, avocado oil, and macadamia oil in it. It has a strong rose smells which I really like.  

I apply it as a regular face cream and leave it all night long, in the morning I wash it with my regular face wash. My face feels so smooth and plump, flakiness and some laugh line disappear. I already use it for several times and I can assure you that this doesn’t cause any breakout on my face. Highly recommend it for dry skin and dehydrated oily skin.

Price: Rp 590.000,- at Jurlique Boutique, Plaza Indonesia, Jakarta


Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil


“This treatment oil with previous emollients including Safflower, Rose Hip, Avocado and Macadamia Oils and Shea Butter is designed to deeply moisturise and help restore suppleness and elasticity, while Vitamin E (Tocopherol) helps protect against environmental aggressors. Skin feels hydrated, smooth and silk and looks radiant.”  (Source: jurlique.com)

I love face oils. I have tried several other brands like Kiehl’s, Aesop, Josie Maran,  Caudalie, and I can confidently say that modern facial oil is one of the greatest inventions in skincare. Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil has a distinctive herbal scent. Try it before you buy. You either love it or hate it. It has a chamomile, geranium, and powdery rose kind of scent that I personally ok with. Neither love nor loathe.

I use it after washing my face. I put 4-5 drops between my palm, pressed and massage it onto my face and neck. Even though it is oil, it doesn’t clog my pores or cause any breakouts. It absorbs nicely and non greasy. The result is really good. My skin is well moisturized, healthy, and glowing.  Redness and flares up disappear. Nice product.

Price: Rp 785.000,- at Jurlique Boutique, Plaza Indonesia, Jakarta


Jurlique Rose Body Oil


“A moisturising, delicately rose-scented body oil to nurture the skin as well as the senses.” (Source: jurlique.com)

I must say I’m not a big fan of the packaging. The dripper dispenser is annoying, I have to shake the bottle so many times just to get a couple drops out. However the oil itself is divine! It has a strong fresh rose scent. When I applied it in the store, the sales girl told me that she could smell it from across the room. This is a heavenly perfume alternative.

Relaxing and luxurious, moisturized quite well and makes my skin glowing. For super dry winter skin I recommend to layer it with their Rose Body Cream to really amp up the moisture since the oil alone might not be enough. Definitely must have for a rose scent lover.


Price: Rp 830.000,- at Jurlique Boutique, Plaza Indonesia, Jakarta

That's all my Jurlique haul. In the future I would love to try their Rose Face Mist and Purifyng Mask. How about you ladies? have you ever tried Jurlique product? which one is your favorite? I would love to know your recommendation. Have a good day all!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Christmas & New Year Haul: SK II, Bobbi Brown, Shu Uemura, The Balm, Victoria’s Secret, L’occitane, Batiste

Hi all,

I would like to share with you some products that I got on holiday. Some of them are repurchased and well loved, some of them are new. Let’s check them out.

SK-II Miracle in a Bottle Set


This set contains:
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence Red Flower Limited Edition 215 ml
SK-II Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser 120 g

I have finished several bottles of SK-II Facial Treatment Essence and my relations with it was not ‘love at the first sight’ (or touch). It is not a product that gives immediate result. After 3 to 4 months, 2 times a day of constant use, I finally able to feel the benefit and see the effect. My skin becomes clearer, softer, and less dull.  Some mild acne scars disappear and my skin is much healthier than it used to be. I will totally repurchase this product in the future.

Another product in this set is the Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser. It is an ok cleanser, I never intended to buy this cleanser. But because one bottle of Facial Treatment Essence has the same price with this kit (which contains two products), it was more cost efficient to buy this set. Not to mention it has beautiful red flower design on the packaging. So pretty!

Price: Rp 1.713.000,- at Galeries Lafayette, Pacific Place Jakarta


Bobbi Brown Brow Kit


Before, I use brow powder by The Body Shop (taken by my sister) and brow powder by Etude House (ok product, but I prefer something more pigmented). That’s why I decided to get this Bobbi Brown Brow Kit. It has two shades, Saddle and Mahogany Eye Shadow to define and fill in the brows, a two-sided mirror (with one side magnified) plus a mini tweezer and brow brush.

I read some on some websites that Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge uses the Saddle color for her eyebrow. If it is good enough for her, then it should be good enough for me. Let me know if you want full review.

Price: Rp 720.000,- at Sogo, Plaza Senayan


Shu Uemura POREfinist Anti-Shine Fresh Cleansing Oil


Hands down my favorite cleanser. This pink bottle cleansing oil from Shu Uemura removes even the thickest long wear foundation and the most stubborn waterproof mascara.  My whole face feels very clean and fresh after using it.

Price: Rp 980.000,- Debenhams, Senayan City


The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer


I have an oily face so highlighter never was my favorite beauty product. But this Mary-Lou Manizer is just beautiful. Compare to MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in ‘Soft & Gentle’, Mary-Lou is more subtle and suitable for daily use. It gives the most stunning angelic glow. I’ve been using this product since the day I got it. Now, it is my favorite part of my makeup application. 

Price: Rp 375.000,- Debenhams, Senayan City (the sales associate told me that on 2015 all The Balm products will get a price increase).


Batiste Dry Shampoo


I can’t live without dry shampoo. My scalp is oily, I have a fine-medium hair but so much of it. Washing and drying is a nightmare because it takes so much time. I never had been able to air-dry. Even if I left my wet hair for a whole night, it will not dry. Blow drying takes forever.

Because of that dry shampoo is my savior. In the past, I’ve been told you about Klorane Dry Shampoo that I really like, but now Batiste is my favorite. It has lees build up, gives better ‘drying’ effect on my scalp, and so many scents available. Totally recommend it.

Price: I lost my bill and I don’t remember exactly the price. It was 100 something at Kemchick, Pacific Place Jakarta


L’occitane Almond Shower Oil


I have reviewed this amazing shower oil before. Kindly check this link to find out.

Price: Rp 350.000,- at Galeries Lafayette Pacific Place


Victoria Secret “Secret Charm” Body Spray, Eau de Toilette, and Body Butter


Victoria’s Secret Body Sprays remind me of my younger years. In the past I’ve worn super fruity Pure Seduction and Love Spell. Secret Charm is a floral scented body product that has honeysuckle and jasmine notes in it. Even though nowadays I prefer niche perfume, once in a while I like to use something very simple that reminds me of my carefree younger years.

Victoria’s Secret Body Sprays are not long lasting. To make the scent last longer I layer the body butter and body spray together. I carry the small bottle of eau de toilette with me to re-apply throughout the day. That way I can smell Secret Charm all day long.

Price: 1/Rp 219.000,- 3/Rp 449.000,- at Victoria’s Secret Store, Plaza Senayan

So that’s all my Christmas and New Year haul. I hope you all enjoy reading this as much as I enjoy writing this post for you. Have a blessed year all!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Diptyque Candles: Tubereuse, Roses, Figuier

Happy New Year too all of you my lovely readers!

 As the New Year brings all the happiness and good tidings, hope the joyful spirit keeps glowing in your heart forever.

Today I would like to share with you one thing that has become my favorite which is Diptyque  candle. So far, I have tried these scents and I would love to try others in the future. Let’s see the review


Diptyque Tubereuse Candle
“Enigmatic and beguiling, this heady flower deploys its captivating sensuality at dusk.

So far Tubereuse is my favorite, it makes my room smells so good even when it is unlit. Read my full review here

Diptyque Roses Candle
“Like a tender, freshly picked bouquet, it pays homage to the queen of flowers.

This is a true rose scent. Fresh and feminine with a hint of litchi. I adore it. 

Diptyque  Figuier Candle
“Related to the eau de toilette Philosykos, it intensifies the tree's qualities: the warmth of the bark, the freshness of the leaves, and the milky sap of its fruit.

Like Philosykos, Figuier smells woody and sweet at the same time. Very unique scent. Too bad it doesn’t have the best throw. The smell is really faint I can barely smell it. Try others instead. 

Price:
Rp 765.000/each. I got mine at Papilion Duo, Pacific Place, Jakarta

So that's a short article from me. I hope you all enjoy reading this as much as I enjoy writing this post for you. Have a blessed year all!
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