Monday, December 1, 2014

Huge Bangkok Haul: Jo Malone, Chanel, Chloe, NARS, Tom Ford, Laura Mercier, Caudalie, Benefit Cosmetics, Fresh, MAC, Laneige, Avene

Hi all,
I visited Bangkok on November to attend some events. While there I got a chance to do some shopping. It was really fun trying makeup, perfume, and other things. I had a really good time there. Do you want to know what I got? Let’s check them out
Here are the goodies, yay!
Jo Malone Amber & Patchouli Cologne Intense

I always wanted Jo Malone Cologne Intense, originally I intended to buy the Rose & Oud however it was too woody for my liking. Other Cologne Intense scents are not really my thing either. This Amber & Patchouli is not for me. It is for someone very special.

Price: I don’t remember the exact price, they took my receipt when I did VAT refund at the airport. As per November 2014, it is listed for USD 155 in Jo Malone website. Due to some taxes the Cologne Intense range is much more expensive in Bangkok. 

Jo Malone Nutmeg & Ginger Cologne
I bought this small bottle for travel purpose. I have reviewed Nutmeg and Ginger before on this blog, kindly check this link

Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia Cologne
So far, English Pear and Freesia is my favorite Jo Malone Cologne. Like the Nutmeg & Ginger, I purchased this small bottle for travel purpose. Smaller bottle is more convenient to carry. Read my review on English Pear and Freesia here

Chanel No. 5 Eau de Parfum

For several years, I always tested Chanel No. 5 either on the paper strip or on my wrist whenever I had a chance to visit some duty free airport shops. Several years ago, Chanel No. 5 smelled too mature for me. But this time I finally got it!

Chanel No. 5 has remained being one of the most popular perfumes for decades. Marilyn Monroe wore it to bed and Gisele looks amazing on the commercial! Of course I need to get it. I will do in depth review on the future.

Price: I got mine at Chanel Counter Siam Paragon, unfortunately the bill was taken when I did VAT return at the airport but I saw it was listed at Bath 3,220 (around Rp 1.255.800,-)  for 50 ml in Don Mueang Airport.

Chanel Hydra Beauty Nutrition Nourishing Lip Care

Lately I have an obsession about high end lip balm. I have tried Clarins, I love Fresh Lip Treatment, and now it is time to upgrade to something more sophisticated, that’s the reason I got my hands on Chanel Hydra Beauty Nourishing Lip Care. This sweet smelling candy-like balm packed inside a black and white pot with Chanel logo on it. I feel very special when I use it. In the future I’m going to try La Mer, Sisley, and By Terry. Let me know if you want full review on this product.

Price: Bath 1,150 (around Rp 448.500,- ) at Don Mueang Airport

Chloe Parfum de Roses

I remember several years ago, I got a sample of Chloe EDP that I really liked so much. The weird thing is I never really had the urge purchase the full size bottle. This time I purchase this cute box contains:
2 Chloe EDP @ 5 ml. I have reviewed Chloe EDP here
2 Roses de Chloe EDT @ 5 ml
1 L’eau de Chloe EDT 5 ml

All these cute little bottles are perfect to bring inside my purse. A lady needs to smells good all the time.

Price: Bath 1,725 (around Rp 672.750,-) at Don Mueang Airport

NARSissits Cheek Kit

It contains Laguna Bronzing Powder, Orgasm Blush, Devotee Highlighter, and No. 20 Blush Brush. I have the full size Laguna that I really like, however Orgasm Blush was the main reason I got this palette. Let me tell you something, I always think that peachy blush doesn’t really look good on me. That’s why I always hesitant to get the super popular Orgasm because it looks really orange on the pan. However this palette comes and oh boy, Orgasm is beautiful! On my cheek it gives the prettiest peachy glow that looks bright yet natural at the same time. I will definitely repurchase full size Orgasm blush in the future.

*Price: Bath 1,750 (around Rp 682.500,- before 7% VAT reduction for tourist) at Sephora Siam Center.

NARS Matte Multiple in Anguilla

So many bloggers rave about this Matte Multiple from NARS. They are not wrong. This product is amazing. It is free of shimmer, melts into your skin and leaving a velvety powdery finish. There is other color that I want to buy which is Cappadoce, but they were sold out everywhere when I was in Bangkok. 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

NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Kauai

This eye shadow duo has a very unique and unexpected color. One is described as ‘gold lame’ the other is ‘iridescent smokey orchid’. The texture of both color are buttery smooth. Both give beautiful color pay-off and very easy to blend. Overall I’m very pleased with this product.

*Price: Bath 1,400 (around Rp 546.000,- before 7% VAT reduction for tourist) at Sephora Siam Center

NARS Blush in Deep Throat

NARS Deep Throat is described as ‘flirty sheer peach’ however on my cheek it shows up to be more pink than peach. I think Deep Throat is perfect choice for people who don’t like Orgasm. Deep Throat is like the sweeter younger sister of Orgasm. It is natural and goes well with everything.

*Price: Bath 1,200 (around Rp 468.000,- before 7% VAT reduction for tourist) at Sephota Siam Center.

NARS Single Eye Shadow in Night Flight

This Night Flight eye shadow can be described as blue black with navy blue shimmer that looks super gorgeous on the pan. However the shimmer doesn’t translate really well onto my eyelid. It is still a very pretty color though. Looks more interesting than regular black eye shadow.

*Price: Bath 980 (around Rp 382.200,- before 7% VAT reduction for tourist) at Sephora Siam Center

Tom Ford Lip Color in 07 Pink Dusk

This is the most expensive lipstick in my collection. I feel slightly ridiculous when I spend this much money for one lipstick. However this is Tom Ford, nothing cheap comes from Tom Ford.

I’ve wanted to try Tom Ford lipstick for so long, this time I finally got one. The square tube feels heavy and luxurious. I love the feeling whenever I apply this product. The color that I purchased is Pink Dusk. Subtle pink with fleshy tone to it. Bright, neon, or bold color 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.

*Price: Bath 1,900 ( around Rp 741.000,- before 7% VAT reduction for tourist) at Paragon Dept. Store

Laura Mercier Secret Comuflage in SC – 3

This concealer is not your ‘dab and go’ kind of concealer. You need specific technique to use this product. Here’s what I learn:

  • Make sure your skin match the largest pan. You can use the smaller pan, which contains peach or pink tone to counteract redness, blue-ish or purple-ish skin imperfections.
  • Use concealer brush to pick some concealer from the largest pan, put it on your palm. Next use concealer brush to pick some concealer from the smallest pan. Mix it on your palm with the first concealer. You can customize the color by adding more products.
  • Secret Comuflage is such a heavy duty, dry, dense, and opaque concealer. It needs to be warm up before we apply on our skin. You can blast the pan with hair dryer, put the compact inside our jeans pocket for 30 minutes, or my favorite trick just put mix the two colors together on our palm. The heat from our palm helps melt the product together.
  • Apply the mixture of concealer with our finger or concealer brush onto any blemishes, scarring, and veins.
  • Because of the dry texture, I find it not really suitable to use for under eye area. The Sales Associate at Laura Mercier also told me that this one is not for the under-eye area. Laura Mercier has other concealer for that purpose. If you insist to use it to cover dark circle, I suggest to apply creamy eye cream first to make it glides easily.
  • Overall this is not practical concealer. But if you know how to use this, the result is much better than any other concealer in the market.

*Price: Bath 1300 (around Rp 507.000,- before 7% VAT reduction for tourist) at Paragon Dept. Store

Caudalie Divine Indulgence Set

I love beauty oil. So automatically I was tempted to try this cult-favorite Caudalie Divine Oil.   It contains 50 ml bottle and  smaller 15 ml bottle.  It can be used for hair, face, and body. So far I like it. It makes my skin really supple. Great moisturizer.

Price: They took my receipt when I did VAT refund at the airport. There is no price tag either on the box, I got mine at Sephora Siam Center

Caudalie Beauty Elixir

I’ve seen so many celebrities swear by this face mist by Caudalie. I haven’t really seen any noticeable improvement on my skin, however this face mist does help refresh my tired skin and make my makeup looks more dewy.

Price: Again, they took my receipt when I did VAT refund at the airport. I got mine at Sephora Siam Center

Benefit Cosmetics Fun-Size Flirt

Deluxe sample sized of Benefit Cosmetics best-sellers? I’m sold. This limited edition contains: The Porefessional, They’re Real, Sun Beam, Stay Don’t Stray Light-Medium, BadGal Lash, Instant Comeback Facial Serum, Dandelion, Ooh La Lift, That Gal, and Posie Tint.

I will do in depth review in the future.

*Price: Bath 2,000 (around Rp 780.000,- before 7% VAT reduction for tourist). I got mine at Sephora Siam Center.

Fresh Cosmetics Sweet Nudes

If you have read my blog for quite sometimes then you know that I love Fresh Lip Treatment. This time I got the limited edition kit contains a petite size of:
Sugar Petal Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15
Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15
Sugar Honey Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15
Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15
Sugar Lip Polish

This kit is perfect for people who liked to try Fresh Lip Treatment but don’t know which one to choose. I’m telling you, you’ll love this lip balm.

Price: Receipt being taken by VAT Officer. I got mine at Sephora Siam Center.
Fresh Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream

My Kiehl’s Eye Cream is almost finish, that’s why I decided to purchase this baby. I’m 24 years old, no wrinkle yet. So for now my main concern is hydration. This one seems good for me.

Price: Receipt also being taken. I got mine at Sephora Siam Center.

MAC Blot Powder in Medium Dark

My sister is Blot Powder aficionado, she has finished like 3-4 Blot Powder before and I can see why, this Blot Powder suitable for oily skin, keeping your appearance fresh and semi-matte. Doesn’t add too much color or create cakey-ness like so many powders in the market. Suitable for people who love super natural look.
*Price: Bath 1,250 (around Rp 487.500 before some discount and 7% VAT reduction for tourist). I got it at MAC Cosmetics Counter at Siam Center.

Laneige White Plus Renew Original Essence

I had worn this light weight essence on the past and I really like it. I have no picture to prove but I feel that this essence lighten my skin. Not drastically whiten, but it does brighten my skin without making it oily.

Price: Bath 1, 570 (around Rp 612.300) at Don Mueang Airport

Avene Cold Cream

When I was in Bangkok, I suffered from a very bad cracked, peeled, dry skin. That must be because I started using acne regimen from Erha Clinic again. Because this is emergency situation I decided to buy this super rich creamy cold cream and slather it on my face several times a day. It does help making my super dry skin more tolerable and not as tight.

Price: Bath 522 (around Rp 203.580,-) at Boots, MBK

Some Free Samples

So that's all from my Bangkok Haul. It seems a lot but you guys know how I love beauty products. Not to mention I've been saving my money to bought all these things. If you have specific product you want me to review don't hesitate to let me know on the comments below. Have a great day all!

*Bath 1 = IDR 390.  That was the rate that being used when I bought my Bath. Noted that Bath rate may change daily and varied in different places. Noted that if you are Sephora Card Holder, you can also get some additional discount. Sephora has different program from time to time. In some places like Paragon Dept. Store and MAC counter, additional discount was being used. Unfortunately my receipt was being taken when I did VAT refund at the airport so I can’t precisely tell you how much I bought some product mentioned. The prices that being marked (*) above, taken from the price tag on the packaging. 

L’occitane Haul: Aromachologie & Immortelle

Karena sulit tidur, kuputuskan untuk mencoba ‘obat-obatan’ yang relatif aman bagi tubuh berikut ini

Aromachologie Relaxing Pillow Mist
Pillow mist ini kusemprotkan di atas bantal sebelum tidur. Mengandung 5 macam essential oils yang terdiri dari lavender, bergamot, mandarin, sweet orange, dan geranium yang breguna untuk menenangkan pikiran sehingga tidur lebih nyenyak. Wanginya enak, herbal dan tercium super natural, not synthetic at all. Bonus: really good smelling hair.

Harga: Rp 390.000,- di L’occitane Store, Summarecon Mall Serpong

Aromachologie Relaxing Body Cream
Luxurious cream inside beautiful packaging. Mengandung lavender dan rosemary yang berguna untuk menenangkan pikiran dengan keharumannya sekaligus sweet almond oil yang berguna untuk menutrisi & melembabkan kulit. Beautiful body cream.

Harga: Rp 670.000,- di L’occitane Store, Summarecon Mall Serpong

Aromachologie Relaxing Massage Body Oil
Terbuat dari sweet almond oil dipadu dengan rosemary dan lavender essential oil membantu merilekskan otot yang lelah. Kulit juga terasa lembab, lembut, dan kenyal. It is also a very nice body moisturizer.

Harga: Rp 470.000,- di L’occitane Store, Summarecon Mall Serpong

Revitalizing Fresh Shampoo
Selain beli Aromachologie Relaxing products aku juga membeli shampo untuk rambut berminyak ini. Berguna untuk membersihkan rambut dari sebum dan memberi kesegaran lebih lama. Karena rambut aku sering lepek shampoo ini cocok banget buatku. Rambut terasa ringan dan super bersih setiap keramas.

Harga: Rp 320.000,- di L’occitane Store, Summarecon Mall Serpong

Immortelle Brightening Shield SPF 40 / PA +++
Aku belum menemukan Holy Grail sunscreen untuk dipakai sehari-hari. So far aku suka sunscreen L’occitane yang satu ini. Sudah beberapa botol aku beli. Pernah kureview sebelumnya disini

Harga: Rp 735.000,- di L’occitane Store, Summarecon Mall Serpong

Gift with Purchase
Karena belanja banyak, aku mendapat gift with purcashe. It’s very convenient for traveling karena kemasannya kecil-kecil. Thanks L’occitane.

Demikian dulu haul aku kali ini. Overall aku sangat merekomendasikan Aromachologie Relaxing Range terutama body cream, body oil, dan pillow mist nya. Have a good night sleep everyone, see you again in the next blog post. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hermes Jour d’Hermes Eau de Parfum

Hi all, in this post I will do a review on Hermes Jour d’Hermes EDP.  When I first tested it at the Hermes counter I just couldn't stop smelling my wrist, I had to come back to bought it on the very next day. I’m very excited about this perfume. Let’s check it out.

Three words
Light citrus floral

The Packaging
It has a heavy thick glass bottle and white cap embossed with gold Hermes logo.  Hard to carry around on travel since it’s so heavy but nonetheless it looks beautiful sit on my dressing table.

The Smell
Top notes: Grapefruit, Lemon, Watery Notes
Middle notes: Gardenia, Sweet Pea, Green Notes, and White Flowers
Base notes: Musk, Woody Notes

When I first spray it I get a luminous scent of grapefruit and lemon, the grapefruit and lemon are not sour, it is bright yet delicate like been diluted in water. After that I can detect floral notes that have a very smooth and tender quality. Very feminine, pure, and innocent . There is also a little green notes which beautifully blend with the rest of the notes.

Citrus floral fragrance can be generic and boring but this is one of a kind, I have never smelled something like this in the market, such simplistic and heavenly perfume.

The Nose
Jean-Claude Ellena. For me Ellena is one of the greatest perfumers in our time. He has created so many perfumes for Acqua di Parma, Amouage, Bvlgari, Cartier, Frederic Malle, Armani, Hermes, L’artisan Parfumeur, Sisley, YSL, and Van Cleef & Arpels. I have his book “Diary of a Nose” and it is a very interesting insight to the mind of a perfumer.

The Personality
Whenever I smell Jour d’Hermes the image of elegant, rich, and sophisticated young woman emerge in my mind. She comes from a respectable family, wearing nice clothing made of the finest fabric in neutral color like white, nude, beige, and pale yellow. She’s ladylike and refined. She sprays her Hermes silk scarf with this perfume before artfully drape it around her neck. Classy and luxury.

The Suitable Time
Because it is so light and inoffensive, Jour d’Hermes is suitable for spring summer day. This would be perfect for afternoon cruising in Mediterranean Sea. It is also great fragrance to wear on romantic date, strolling at a beautiful park, brunch, and elegant soiree.  Additionally, I personally think this would be a great wedding perfume.

The Sillage & Longevity
Sillage is soft and after a while become quite close to the skin. Longevity is actually rather good for such a light fragrance. For your information, my skin ‘eats’ every perfume, most of EDP gone after one hour on me. However Jour d’Hermes stays around 3-4 hours on my skin and 5-8 hours on my clothes.  

Where to Buy
I got mine at Sogo, Plaza Senayan - Jakarta


Rp 1.170.000,- for 50 ml 

Monday, November 10, 2014

What’s in my Makeup Bag November 2014

Hi all,
In What's in My Bag post, I promised you that I will do separate review about what’s in my makeup bag. The current makeup bag that I carry is Ted Baker makeup bag, it is pink, spacious, and super girly.

Keep in mind that if I use a smaller bag or only going out for short period of time, I will not bring these much. If I have a long day ahead, these all the products that I usually carry. So what do I keep in my everyday makeup bag? Let’s check them all

Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve
I like to wash my hands quite often, dry skin is inevitable. Hand cream is a must for me.

Hermes Jour d’Hermes Eau de Parfum
I like to bring some perfume to respray in the middle and the end of the day. Currently I’m obsessed with this Hermes Jour D’Hermes. I’ll do in-depth review about this baby in the future.

Clean & Clean Oil Control Film
To absorb oil on my face I like to use Clean and Clear Oil Control Film. I have tried other brands, both cheaper and pricier, I always come back to this one.

Chanel Les Beiges Heatly Glow Sheer Powder SPF 15 / PA ++ No 10
A powder to touch up. I have reviewed this powder before on this post

Dior Blush Cherie Bow Edition in Rose Bonheur Pink Happines
A blush to touch up. Gives a sheer pink wash onto my cheek.

Random Retractable Kabuki Brush 
I find that kabuki brush is the best tool to use with my Chanel powder. It just gives an airbrush finish.

MAC 129SE Brush
I got this MAC brush several years ago. Small and convinient. You can see the review here

The Body Shop Mini Hair Brush
I also like to carry small hair brush with me, very much important to keep my hair neat and tidy.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Lipgloss in Bellini
A girl can never have to many lip product in her makeup bag right? this nude lipgloss gives extra shimmer to the lips.

YSL Touche Eclat
Highlighter to use on the bridge of the nose, cupids bow, cheekbone, under eye, and tear duct. Give me a well-rested look. In-depth review check this post

Clarins Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm
Since Lupita Nyong’o showed this product on Oscar, I just can’t stop using this lipbalm! I almost run out, I might buy again in the future.

Benefit Gimme Brow
This brow gel gives a little fiber and tint to my eyebrow. Super quick and practical to use, especially if my brows look patchy.

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in Pink in Confidence
Lipstick to touch up. This one has a buttery texture and super glam packaging.

Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer
It doesn’t deliver the promise to de-puff the eye area. I just like the cooling effect, quite refreshing after spending long hours staring at the computer.

Fresh Sugar Berry Lip Treatment
I really love the Fresh lipbalm, I will buy every type in the future!

Not shown: hair tie and bobbi pins
I don't know where all my hair ties and bobbi pins go, I swear it just vanished inside my makeup bag. Anyway, these 2 things are super important when I need to keep the hair out of my face.

So that’s all the products that I carry with me everyday, hopefully this post gives you some idea about what product to carry in everyday basis. If you have any question feel free to leave a comment below. Have a blessed day all!
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