Monday, July 21, 2014

Diptyque Tubereuse Candle

Hi everyone! Today I will do a review on something I never thought I would splurge on, which is Diptyque candle. My introduction to Diptyque candle started a long time ago when I read intothegloss.com. It seems like every interesting people interviewed there has Diptyque candle on their shelf.  

Rumor has it, this particular Tubereuse candle was being used by Christian Louboutin to scent one of his exhibition. My curiosity peak, is Diptyque candle that good? Let see the review.


Features:
  • Diptyque Tubereuse Scented Candle is made of a proprietary blend of vegetable and paraffin waxes and hand-poured into the glass that ensures the candle burns evenly. Because each fragrance contains a unique mix of natural ingredients, Diptyque custom blends specific wax formulas designed to complement every candle scent.
  • Tubereuse is the most expensive floral perfume ingredient in the world, its heady and intoxicating fragrance is completely captivating, making it one of the most cherished scents of all time.

Diptyque Candle Maintenance:
  • A well-cared for Diptyque 190 g candle will burn for up to 60 hours. Your candle will burn clean and evenly down to the bottom of the glass if you burn it for at least two hours the first time - or until the whole top is liquid with wax.
  • If the whole top is not melting, then the wax 'remembers' how far it has burned and will never burn beyond this distance. The middle part getting sunk in while the edge still unburned.  My tip when this thing happens? when the middle part melt, you also need to heat the side part with long electric lighter.  I find this method helps the candle to burn more even.
  • After blowing out your candle, centre and straighten the wick.
  • Trim the wick to about half a centimeter long before relighting the candle. By shortening the wick you allow it to burn more slowly and avoid unsightly black smoke marks around the edge of the glass.
  • Do not place the candle in a wind draught or directly on a glass or marble surface.
  • Never leave a lit candle unattended.
  • Never move or tip a lit candle.
  • Keep out of reach of children.

My Experince:
  • Some other companies just fragranced the top part or the wick of their candle, by the time goes by, the candle no longer smells good.  In the other hand, Diptyque candle is hand-poured, you will get the same strength of scent as your candle burn down.
  • Even when I don’t lit the candle, my room still smells really good. The air is infused with a soft, sheer scent of tuberose.
  • Putting Diptyque candle just add instant classiness to any room. The Diptyque glass is beautiful, completed by Diptyque signature painting on each surface. I can use it to store my makeup brushes when the wax gone.
  • If you expect a strong fragrance then Diptyque Tuberuese is not for you. It is not as ‘suffocating’ as fragrance incense or as strong as heated aromatherapy oil. When I came into my room I can detect it, but after a few minutes, I no longer can smell it.

Price:
Rp 765.000,- I got mine at Papilion Duo, Pacific Place, Jakarta

Bottom line is it worth it? No. Am I going to buy again? Surprisingly yes. If I have the money I will buy more scents. It just satisfying experience. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Penhaligon’s Blenheim Bouquet Eau de Toilette


Didirikan di Inggris pada tahun 1870, niche brand yang satu ini berhasil menggaet klien-klien dari lingkungan Kerajaan Inggris, Politisi, hingga Selebriti Hollywood.  Contohnya adalah Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth, Margaret Thatcher, Sienna Miller, Kate Winslet, Kate Moss, masih banyak lagi. 

Blenheim Bouquet sendiri diciptakan untuk  Duke of Marlborough lebih dari satu abad lalu, tepatnya pada tahun 1902.  Hingga saat ini Blenheim Bouquet masih menjadi top 5 bestseller perfume di Penhaligon’s. Dilaporkan bahwa Prince Charles, Prince William, & Winston Churchill adalah penggemar dari Blenheim Bouquet. 

Deskripsi dalam Tiga Kata ?

Citrus, spicy, classy 

 

Bagaimana kemasannya?

Fyi, Blenheim Bouquet itu merupakan fragrance for men, namun dilihat dari kemasannya, even the girliest girl wouldn’t be able to resist.  Botol silinder bening dengan pita abu-abu cantik dibagian bawah tutupnya. Tampilan keseluruhannya memberikan kesan vintage dan klasik. 

 

Wanginya seperti apa?

Top notes: Lavender, Amalfi Lemon, Lime

Base notes: Musk, Pine, Black Pepper

 

Pertama kali disemprot, yang tercium dengan jelas adalah wangi lemon yang fresh dan lavender yang aromatic, setelah beberapa lama keharumannya berubah menjadi sedikit spicy. I believe that is the black pepper. Blenheim Bouquet is simple fragrance. Walaupun diciptakan lebih dari satu abad lalu, Blenheim Bouquet tetap timeless dan tidak ketinggalan zaman. 

 

 

 

Kepribadian seperti apa yang kira-kira cocok dengan cologne ini?

Walaupun Blenheim Bouquet dikategorikan sebagai fragrance for men, aku merasa perempuan pun bisa pakai ini. Wanginya nggak terlalu macho, nggak terlalu feminine. If Blenheim Bouquet is a human, he or she would be classy, old-money, confident, educated person. He or she knows they are above anyone else but they will be discreet and humble about it.

 

Kapan waktu yang tepat untuk memakai cologne ini?

Aku rasa Blenheim Bouquet cocok dipakai untuk segala situasi. Terutama situasi semi formal hingga formal dimana seseorang ingin dianggap serius.

 

Bagaiman dengan sillage (trail) dan ketahanannya?

Untuk eau de toilette, ketahanannya cukup baik, sekitar 4 jam dikulit, 6-8 jam di baju. Sillage nya soft. Harus berada agak dekat untuk mencium Blenheim Bouquet.

 

Dimana belinya?

Aku beli di Escentials, Tangs, Singapore. Selain itu Escentials juga tersedia di Paragon. Untuk butik Penhaligon’s sendiri terdapat di Marina Bay Sands. Di Indonesia produk Penhaligon bisa di dapatkan di Papilion Duo, Pacific Place Jakarta.

 

Berapa harganya?

50 ml Eau de Toilette harganya SGD 153 (sekitar Rp 1.407.600,-)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Haul: YSL, SK II, MAC, Laneige, Avene, Etude House

Hi ladies,
Today I will show you beauty products that I bought recently. I’ve been wanting several of these products for so long, I finally get it!


YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch No. 2 Luminous Ivory
YSL Touche Eclat has received cult status in beauty industry, yet still so many people misunderstood this product. One thing to remember? This is not an opaque concealer. This is subtle highlighter with minimum coverage.  I prefer to use it on top of under eye concealer, tear duct, on top of the brows, cheekbone, and cupid’s bow. Keep the applicator fresh by clean it with tissue and rubbing alcohol after every application. Let me know if you want a full review. 


Price: 495.000 + tax 49.500 = Rp 544.500,-  I got mine at Galeries Lafayette, Pacific Place

YSL Rouge Volupte Silky – Sensual Radiant Lipstick No. 1 Nude Beige
I’m in process of finding the perfect nude lip. I want something as nude as possible without making me look sick. The YSL Rouge Volupte is one of my favorite lipstick formulation. Creamy and moisturizing yet very opaque. One swipe is enough to hide my natural lip color. Nude Beige is nudish pink, when you have pale skin, this would be beautiful. I’m NC25 with redness around my nose, cheek, and chin and this color slightly looks weird on me. To make it work I have to put one swipe then blend with my finger. I also have to even out my skintone with lighter tone foundation and wear more eye makeup. 

Price: 390.000 + tax 39.000 = Rp 429.000,- I bought mine at Galeries Lafayette, Pacific Place

SK II Pitera Essence Set
SK II has been around for years, however this is my firs products from them. This kit contains Facial Treatment Mask, Facial Treatment Clear Lotion, and Facial Treatment Essence. I f you have experience with this product please tell your story on the comments below. 


Price: Rp 648.900,- at Metro, Pacific Place

MAC Matte Lipstick in Kinda Sexy
Still in the mood for trying several nude lipstick, MAC Kinda Sexy is not that ‘nude’, it is a rose with a lot of peach undertones. The formula is rich and pigmented. Even though it is matte, it doesn’t dry my lips. Although I recommend to use lipbalm before apply this lipstick.

Price: Rp 230.000,- Metro Pacific Place

Laneige White Plus Renew Original Essence
From Laneige Website:

Product Benefits: Removes Dark Spots - Evens Skin Tone - Dual Brightening Effect
  • 2 Weeks - MELACRUSHER™ actively removes the Melanin Veil, for a flawless, brighter complexion in just 2 short weeks
  • 4 Relief - Gentle for sensitive skin and free from 4 harmful elements: Paraben, Animal Products, Artificial Pigments and Mineral Oil
  • 6 Benefits - For the most beautifully radiant skin, via 6 functions; Luster, Moisture, Brightness, Evens Skin Tone, Slows Melanin Rate and Reduces Dullness

  
How to Use:
  • Pump once to apply as your regular serum every morning and evening.
  • Apply on your cheeks, forehead, nose, lips and neck and gently press with your palms for penetration. 
Let me know if you want full review on this

Price: Rp 650.000,- Sogo Plaza Senayan

Avene Very High Protection Emulsion SPF 50+
I’m curious about so many French Pharmacy brand, too bad most of them are still unavailable in Jakarta. I bought this because I’m about to finish my L’occitane sunscreen. The L’occitane one is super expensive, it is just too much spending that kind of money on sunscreen every one or two month. I have a high hope in this one, hopefully it will work beautifully on me. 

Price: Rp 323.400,-  I got mine at Guardian, Senayan City

Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion Refill W24 Honey Beige
It is very rare for me to finish a makeup product, however I’ve been buying this thing for about 3-4 times! You can read my review here http://vixenlady.blogspot.com/2014/03/etude-house-precious-mineral-any.html

 
Price: Rp 158.000,- at Etude House, Pacific Place

So that’s all my haul for this time, if you have any experience with product that mentioned about, feel free to write a comments below. Have a bless day everyone!

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder SPF 15/PA+++ No 10


Description from Chanel Website:
Inspired by the passion for freedom of Gabrielle Chanel, the CHANEL Makeup Creation Studio has designed LES BEIGES, a new spirit of makeup that is simple and intuitive. Free like a breath of fresh air. Spontaneous like the perfect getaway. Enveloping like a caress of light.

LES BEIGES reveal the healthy glow of each woman and provide a sensation of lightness, well-being and freshness. LES BEIGES compact powder gives your skin the fresh, pure radiance of days spent outdoors. Each woman’s intuition guides the brush as it sweeps across the face to create a personalized makeup result intensified with each sweep of the brush. Its five luminous and natural shades reveal a sheer, healthy glow. The fine, lightweight and antioxidant powder shields the skin from environmental stress and sunlight thanks to its SPF 15 / PA++ sun filter. Its ultra-protective formula, enriched with cotton flower and white rose plant cells, becomes one with the skin. It is gentle on all skin types, even the most sensitive. The Healthy Glow Sheer Powder also features the iconic CHANEL compact case, dressed for the first time in beige, the timeless and exclusive beige that Gabrielle Chanel loved so much. Its big mirror, with a larger inclination angle, and its half-moon powder brush made of 100% natural hair make for an easier application.

LES BEIGES: Natural is a style.


Suggestion on How to Use from Chanel Website:
Delicately take the powder with the half-moon brush for a light, sheer finish. Apply to the entire face, working from the middle outwards with large sweeping movements. To sculpt or define the face, use the tip of the half-moon powder brush on cheekbones, the upper forehead, and the chin or on the bridge of the nose.

Wear the powder on its own for a naturally enhanced complexion or over foundation for an extra touch of radiance. Choose a tone-on-tone shade, based on your skin tone, or a slightly more intense shade for a sun-kissed effect.



My Experience
First of all, I love how high-end makeup always have velvet pouch to protect their packaging. Chanel Les Beiges compact looks very elegant. Classic beige & black with Chanel logo on it. It has a big mirror inside so I can easily see my entire face. Whenever I use it in the ladies room, so many women can’t avoid staring at this beautiful thing. Touching up my makeup becomes more sophisticated ritual. However the compact feels a  little bit slippery, so be careful when holding it. 

Inside, there is plastic ‘pad’ to separate the powder and the brush. I think it just ridiculous, why doesn’t Chanel create separate compartments? The plastic is impractical. The half moon brush looks cute however I find that it doesn’t really pick up the product. I prefer to use my kabuki brush. 


The smell of the powder is pretty, like roses, slighty reminds me of Chanel Coco Noir and Coco Mademoiselle. It is quite strong and I can smell it when I open the compact. However I find that it doesn’t linger on the face.

When applied, the powder goes on sheer, I mean it is really really sheer, doesn’t give a good coverage. It is good for someone who has nearly perfect skin and just wants a little coverage.  The finish is fresh, glowing and very natural. Suits for people with normal to dry skin. For oily skin ladies who likes their face matte, then this product is not for you. It doesn’t control oil either. The good thing is they have SPF 15/PA +++ to add more protection.

Pros: 
  • Beautiful Packaging 
  • SPF 15/PA +++ 
Cons:
  • Expensive 
  • Brush doesn’t really work on picking up product 
  • No oil control
Neutral:
  • Sheer coverage. Suitable for someone who don’t want tons of coverage. 
  • Fresh, glowing, natural finish. Suitable for normal to dry, and dull skin. 
  • Pretty rose scent. Some people like it, some people prefer their face products unscented.  

Where to Get
SGD 61.50 (sekitar Rp 565.800,-)  beli di Changi Airport Departure Hall

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Review: Jo Malone Nutmeg & Ginger Cologne


Halo semua! 

Aku masih akan mereview produk yang aku mention di Singapore Haul aku sebelumnya http://vixenlady.blogspot.com/2014/05/singapore-beauty-haul-jo-malone.html untuk kali ini, yuk kita simak mengenai Jo Malone Nutmeg & Ginger Cologne. 

Produk Jo Malone yang pertama kali aku coba adalah  Jo Malone Holiday 2013 Cologne Collection ( check here http://vixenlady.blogspot.com/2013/11/bangkok-beauty-haul-nars-chanel.html ) sejak saat itu aku jadi suka banget sama niche brand yang belum available di Jakarta ini.


Deskripsi dalam Tiga Kata 

Unik, fresh, spicy

 

Bagaimana kemasannya?

Botol kaca bening berukuran 100 ml Nutmeg & Ginger terlihat klasik. Cocok untuk dipajang di meja rias, memberi kesan posh & elegant. Cologne Jo Malone dikemas dalam kotak yang diikat dengan pita cantik. Tidak seperti kemasan luar parfum lainnya, kemasan Jo Malone thick & sturdy, bisa digunakan untuk menyimpan benda-benda lain seperti perhiasan. Apabila cologne ini dijadikan hadiah untuk seseorang, tanpa dibungkus kertas kado pun sudah cantik. 

 

Wanginya seperti apa?

Notes: Nutmeg, ginger, sandalwood, cedar

 

Sesuai dengan namanya, Nutmeg & Ginger memiliki karakteristik wangi yang fresh dan spicy. Awalnya aku nggak tertarik dengan cologne ini, aku pikir 'who wants to smell like ginger? isn't it weird?' tapi ternyata anggapan aku salah, Nutmeg & Ginger is a really nice smell! at first aku sama sekali ngga mengenali satu note pun di dalam cologne ini. All notes blends in harmonious melody. 

 

Setelah beberapa kali pakai cologne ini, aku baru sadar bahwa cologne ini memiliki wangi pala (nutmeg) yang spicy dan woody. Bukan manisan pala, bukan juga pala kering yang telah dibalut gula, it just a freshly ground nutmeg. Wangi ginger (jahe) nya tidak terlalu strong, just a freshly sliced ginger to give an edge to the whole creation. Akhirnya cologne ini mellow down menjadi wangi kayu yang fresh. Nutmeg & Ginger is simple, fresh, uplifting, and one of a kind. 

 

Siapa ‘The Nose’ yang menciptakan parfum ini?

Nutmeg & Ginger merupakai wewangian pertama yang diciptakan oleh Jo Malone.

 

Kepribadian seperti apa yang kira-kira cocok dengan cologne ini?

This cologne is definitely unisex, bisa dipakai baik oleh laki-laki maupun perempuan yang laid back, simple, dan original. 

 

Kapan waktu yang tepat untuk memakai cologne ini?

I think this best worn on spring summer day dalam situasi yang relaks dan tidak terlalu formal. Saat situasi formal, kelihatannya butuh parfum yang jauh lebih complex dan outstanding. 

 

Bagaiman dengan sillage (trail) dan ketahanannya?

Sillage nya moderate, radiates within arm length. Nggak terlalu close to the skin, ngga terlalu kuat juga hingga satu ruangan bisa mencium baunya. Ketahanannya not really good, hanya sekitar 2 jam di kulit dan lebih lama bila disemprot di baju. 

 

Dimana belinya?

Aku beli di butik Jo Malone di Ngee An City, Singapore. Selain di Ngee An City, tersedia juga butik Jo Malone di Tang’s dan Marina Bay Sands. 

 

Jo Malone juga tersedia di negara Asia Tenggara lainnya yaitu Thailand. Tepatnya di Siam Paragon & Bandara Suvarnabhumi Bangkok. I believe harga di Bandara Suvarnabhumi lebih murah dari tempat lainnya yang aku mention di atas. 

 

Di Indonesia sendiri officially Jo Malone belum available, namun aku pernah baca bahwa beberapa orang membeli Jo Malone melalui online seller secara PO. 

 

Berapa harganya?

100 ml harganya SGD 194 (sekitar Rp 1.784.800,-) 
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