Thursday, July 30, 2015

Luxury High-end Lip Balm Review


Hi everyone,
As many of you are aware by now I do enjoy luxurious lip balm. For some people high-end lip balm would be considered as a waste of money. As for me, expensive lip balms are not a must have but enjoyable treats from time to time.  


Below are reviews of my high-end lip balm collection. 

Chanel Hydra Beauty Nourishing Lip Care


Description: This Chanel lip balm packed in beautiful minimalist black and white pot. The texture itself is tad sticky but still comfortable. It goes on completely transparent and a little bit glossy when applied to the lips. This lip balm delivers the moisturizing benefits of Camellia oil and Polyfractioned Active, an ultra-pure, ultra-powerful ingredient created through exclusive patented Chanel technology.
Pro: Beautiful packaging, helps softens and smoothes my lips, pretty fruity floral scent.  
Con: No SPF and not as deeply hydrating as I wish but good enough for people who experience normal  to mild dryness. 
Where to buy: I got mine at Don Mueang Airport, Bangkok. The price was Bath 1,150 (around Rp 448.500,- )


Clarins Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm


Description: Contains Essential Rose Wax, Shea Butter, Rice Oil extract, Ceramides, and Maxi Lip™ complex to nourish, protect, and plumpen the lips. Packed in blue squeeze tube, It has a sheer pink tint, rich texture, a little bit sticky, and extra glossy.
Pro: Works really well in hydrating dry chapped lips, one layer could last a long time. Has a faint smell of rose.
Con: No SPF.
Where to buy: It was Rp 270.000,- at Galeries Lafayette, Pacific Place Jakarta


La Mer The Lip Balm


Description: La Mer The Lip Balm has some serious gorgeous texture. Creamy, glides on easily like a warm butter, non sticky, and leaves a matte finish. It helps softens roughness, relieve discomfort and help rejuvenate lips. Contains a potent concentration of La Mer's nutrient-rich Miracle Broth™ and Lip Lipid Complex to protect and strengthens lips' moisture barrier.
Pro: Sinks in easily, flavored with cool refreshing mint, tastes a little bit sweet which is amazing, beautiful texture with matte finish that works well under any lipsticks.
Con: No SPF and because it sinks in easily, it might not stays on long enough for seriously chapped lips.
Where to buy: Sogo, Plaza Senayan, Jakarta. It was Rp 800.000,-


By Terry Baume de Rose


Description: Packed in exquisite glass jar, By Terry Baume de Rose contains pure rose essential wax to smoothes away roughness, while shea butter doubles the formula's moisturizing powers, bio-ceramides undo the look of fine lines, and lipid spheres help skin retain hydration. The texture has similarity with the Chanel Hydra Beauty Plus, tad sticky but still comfortable. The difference is Baume de Rose is a little bit softer and Chanel  is a little bit harder on the jar. It gives a little glossy finish and works as a luxe nail treatment for dry cuticles.
Pro: SPF 15, beautiful powdery rose scent, rich texture to softens and smoothes my lips.
Con: none!
Where to buy: I got mine at Lane Crawford, IFC Mall, Hongkong. It was HKD 610 ( around Rp 1.055,300,-)

Estee Lauder Lip Conditioner


Description: I got this deluxe sample size pot inside Estee Lauder gift bag. A soothing moisture treat for your lips. It creates a sheer satin finish. The lip-caring formula hydrates, smooths and comforts lips. Includes Vitamins C and E, Shea Butter and other naturally derived moisturizers. Wear it two ways: Apply under lipstick as a moisturizing base coat. Or wear it overnight as an intensive moisture treatment.
Pro: SPF 15.
Con: Boring lipsticky smell. Really hard on the pot, I have to scrape of the top layer. Not as moisturizing as the others. Am I getting a bad product here?
Where to buy: Estee Lauder Counter. I got mine for free inside the gift bag.


Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment 


Description: famous for its ultra-nourishing and protective benefits, sublime texture, and iconic citrus flavor. Packed in twisted tube, it is very convenient to carry around. Gives a satin slightly glossy finish when applied on the lips.
Pro: refreshing sugary lemon scent, SPF 15, texture is just right for me, not to slippery not too thick, packed in a twisted tube that easy to carry around, moisturize really well, available in so many tinted versions which are as lovely (if not more!) as the original.  
Con: easily melt inside the tube when expose to hot condition
Where to buy: I bought several times in Sephora Bangkok or Sephora Singapore. Last time I got mine in Lane Crawford, IFC Mall, Hongkong for HKD 210 ( around Rp 363.300,).

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm 


Description: with Honey and precious oils is highly concentrated in ingredients that help to nourish, repair, soothe and protect even the driest and damaged lips. At least 79,5% of the lip balm ingredients are natural, Paraben free formula to pamper your lips with high quality care. 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. Do not expect Nuxe Reve de Miel in stick formula to be the exact same of Nuxe Reve de Miel in the pot. They are completely gives different texture, feel, smell, and finish.
Pro: Matte finish that works well applied under lipstick, yummy honey smell.
Con: No SPF. Some might find the texture somewhat gritty, too waxy and just ‘sit’ on top the lips.
Where to buy: I got mine for Rp 249.000,- at Galeries Lafayette, Pacific Place Jakarta

So which one is my favourite? It is hard to pick only one so I will give you 4 recommendations. Fresh and By Terry for day. La Mer and Clarins for night. That’s my top 4 in no particular order. 

In the future I would love to try Dior Creme De Rose, Tatcha, Sisley, Glossier, La Prairie, and Charlotte Tilburry. Do you have any other favourite and recommendation? Sound of in the comment below. I would love to hear from you.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hong Kong Beauty Haul: Le Labo, Chanel, Tatcha, By Terry, RMS Beauty, MAC, Bobbi Brown, Fresh, Jurlique, La Roche Posay, Vichy



Hi all, I just got back from Hong Kong and I would like to share with you all beauty products that I got there. I haven’t got time to play with them all so if you want me to do a specific product review, please let me know in the comments below. Let’s get started. 



Le Labo Vetiver 46


Le Labo is niche, hard to find, under the radar brand that not everyone familiar with. According to Fragrantica, the number in the fragrance name indicates the number of notes in its composition and the name of material (Vetiver, Jasmin, Labdanum) refers to the most prominent note in it.
 
I sampled the Santal 33 and Rose 31 but finally went for Vetiver 46. The perfume was freshly mixed at the store in front of my eyes and the bottle label was personalized too. I decided to put my BF name on it since we would be likely sharing it in the future. The store was very rustic and vintage. It was a unique perfume experience. 

Price: HKD 1980 (*around Rp 3.425.400,-) for 100 ml. I got mine at Le Labo Store at Star Street, Hong Kong.


Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum


From Chanel Website: Inspired by the irrepressible spirit of the young Coco Chanel, the modern oriental fragrance entices with an utterly feminine composition, expressing refined sensuality and incredible freshness. Spirited and sensual.

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle is a Chypre Floral fragrance with notes of orange, mandarin orange, orange blossom and bergamot, mimosa, jasmine, turkish rose, ylang-ylang, tonka bean, patchouli, opoponax, vanilla, vetiver and white musk.

 

For people who thinks Chanel Coco is too mature, loud, and strong do try Chanel Coco Mademoiselle. It smells fresher, younger, while still maintain the classy attitude.

 

Price: HKD 980 (*around Rp 1.608.900) for 50 ml. I got mine at DFS, Hong Kong International Airport.


Chanel Coco Noir Eau de Parfum


From Chanel Website: Coco Noir reinvents oriental fragrances to reveal an intimate and mysterious new vision of femininity. The striking scent offers a modern composition that combines power and delicacy, expressing luminous floral facets and a sensual, magnetic resonance. Magnetic, Brilliant, Uncompromising. 
 
Top notes: grapefruit, calabrian bergamot, Heart notes: rose, narcissus, rose geranium leaf and jasmine. Base notes: tonka bean, sandalwood, vanilla, patchouli and white musk. 

If Coco Mademoiselle is the fun, bright, and spirited young woman then Coco Noir is the moody, mysterious quiet lady at the night. It smells warm, spicy, and balsamic. Perfect for night time.

Price: HKD 1015 (*around Rp 1.755.950) for 50 ml. I got mine at DFS, Hong Kong International Airport.


Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick No 20


Creamy blush stick that blends seamlessly onto the skin. This particular shade No 20 is dark bronze color with teeny tiny bit of shimmer in it. I plan to use it as a contour shade. I will report the result in the future.  

Price: HKD 394 (*Rp 683.350,-) I got mine at DFS, Hong Kong International Airport.


Tatcha The Ritual Discovery Kit for Normal Combination Skin


I heard so many good things about Tatcha. Geisha inspired skincare company that combines tradition, art, and the best ingredients. This kit consists of One Step Camelia Cleansing Oil, Rice Enzyme Powder, Deep Brightening Serum, and Moisture Rich Silk Cream. 

Price: HKD 690 (*Rp 1.193.700) at Lane Crawford, IFC Mall.


By Terry Baume de Rose


For some people, high end lip balm would be considered as a waste of money. As for me, expensive lip balms are not a must have but I do enjoy them from time to time. This time I try the By Terry Baume de Rose. Birchbox said that it is a favorite of Parisian models and Hollywood actresses, it plumps and soothes chapped lips with a blend of precious actives. Pure rose essential wax smoothes away roughness, shea butter doubles the formula's moisturizing powers, bio-ceramides undo the look of fine lines, and lipid spheres help skin retain hydration. Plus, it also works as a luxurious nail treatment for dry cuticles.
 
Price: HKD 610 (*Rp 1.055,300,-) at Lane Crawford, IFC Mall.


RMS Living Luminizer


RMS Beauty line is popular with models like Gisele, Miranda Kerr, Behati, and Elsa Hosk. If it is good enough for them, it is good enough for me. This Living Luminizer is one of their best selling products. Living Luminizer enhances the skin's natural luminosity without being oily, sticky, or glittery.

Price: HKD 365 (*Rp 631.450,-) at Beyorg, IFC Mall.


RMS Lip2Cheek ‘Demure’


According to RMS Beauty website, lip2cheek is a unique formula that combines hydration and protection with abundant mineral color for a beautiful, natural finish on both lips and cheeks. Created with nourishing organic ingredients, each unique shade can vary from a youthful sheer to a more densely colored stain. ‘Demure’ is a soft pink rose with a hint of mauve that makes a statement.

Price: HKD 345 (*Rp 596.850,-) at Beyorg, IFC Mall.


RMS 'Un'Coverup no 11


RMS Beauty website stated that ‘Un’Coverup is completely lightweight, hydrating, will reveal more youthful and radiant skin. Minimizes the appearance of pores and rejuvenates the skin, covering imperfections and redness. Provides even coverage for flawless looking skin that will never look heavy or dry. 

Shade 11 is a pale shade with a subtle yellow base. It is recommended to avoid using synthetic and/or chemical laden moisturizers under RMS Beauty products and opt for a more natural/organic one. 

Price: HKD 345 (*Rp 596.850,-) at Beyorg, IFC Mall.


MAC Lipstick in ‘Rebel’, ‘Diva’, ‘Faux’, and ‘Twig’


The ‘Rebel’ satin lipstick is described as midtonal cream plum. ‘Diva’ matte lipstick is described as intense reddish-burgundy. Both are gift for my aunt. The ‘Faux’ satin lipstick described as muted mauve-pink and ‘Twig’ satin lipstick is describes as soft muted brownish-pink. Rumor has it, along with ‘Brave’, Twig and Faux are what Kylie Jenner use on her famous pout. 

Price: HKD 150 (*Rp 259.500,-)/each. I got mine at MAC Store at Hong Kong International Airport.


MAC Pencil Lip Liner in ‘Spice’ and ‘Whirl’


Still in the mood to create Kylie Jenner lip I got two of MAC lip liners which is ‘Spice’ (pink cinnamon stick color) and ‘Whirl’ (dirty rose color). I wanted to buy other color which is ‘Soar’ but unfortunately it was unavailable. 

Price: HKD 150 (*Rp 259.500,-)/each. I got mine at MAC Store at Hong Kong International Airport.


Bobbi Brown Powder Blush in ‘Sand Pink’


Along with NARS and Chanel, Bobbi Brown blushes are my favorites. This time I got my hand on ‘Sand Pink’, a medium sandy pink that looks great on so many skintones. I tried to find this particular color on BB counters in Indonesia and finally got it in Hong Kong. 

Price: HKD 230 (*Rp 397.900,-) I got mine at DFS, Hong Kong International Airport.


Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in ‘Powder Pink’


I read in Harper’s Bazaar that Rosie Huntington-Whiteley loves Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in ‘Fresh Melon’ and ‘Powder Pink’. Since I have the Fresh Melon (read my review here) I added the ‘Powder Pink’ to my collection. This color was not available in BB Counter in Indonesia, so excited to finally get this color. 

Price: HKD 230 (*Rp 397.900,-) I got mine at DFS, Hong Kong International Airport.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment ‘Original’ and ‘Berry’


These two products are my favorites from Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment series. This is my second tube of both. I love the texture, I love the smell, I love the Berry color, and I love the fact that they have SPF 15. Two of the best lip balms I have ever used. 

Price: HKD 210 (*Rp 363.300,-)/each. At Lane Crawford, IFC Mall.


Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist 


I love Jurlique especially their Rose line. I have reviewed their Rose Mask and their Rose Body Oil here and finally I got the super popular Rosewater Balancing Mist. This Rosewater Balancing Mist is a daily hydrating mist featuring the relaxing scent of rose that restores and hydrates the complexion and is ideal for normal/combination skin types.

Price: HKD 300 (*Rp 519.000,-) for 100 ml. I got mine at DFS, Hong Kong International Airport.


La Roche Posay Rosaliac AR Intense

While in Hong Kong, I saw that their drugstore which called Mannings carried several French Pharmacy Brands on their stores. So I decided to try this La Roche Posay Rosaliac AR Intense, a hydrating serum to help visibly reduce the appearance of redness.

Price: HKD 370 (*Rp 640.100,-) at Mannings, Hysan Place.


La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo


From La Roche Posay website: Effaclar Duo is a dual action acne treatment lotion that reduces the number and severity of acne blemishes. Penetrates clogged pores to clear blackheads and whiteheads. Contains: Micronized Benzoyl Peroxide [5.5%]: A Powerful acne medication in a unique micronized format to penetrate pores and clear blemishes and Micro-exfoliating LHA for precise cell-by-cell exfoliation to smooth roughness and gradually even skin texture.

Price HKD 260 (*Rp 449.800,-) at Mannings, Hysan Place.


La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra 


According to their website, Toleriane Ultra is an intense soothing care for sensitive skin. Contains Neurosensine to soothe skin, rich with La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water, and like all Toleriane products, contains a limited number of ingredient to minimize the risk of reaction with sensitive skin. Preservative-free, Paraben-free, Fragrance-free, Alcohol-free, Colorant-free,Lanolin-free, Non-comedogenic.

Price: HKD 290 (*Rp 501.700,-) at Mannings, Hysan Place.

Vichy Normaderm 3 in 1 Cleanser


This amazing cleanser can be used as facial cleanser, scrub, and mask. Put it on a damp skin to cleanse and scrub the skin and put on clean dry skin as a mask treatment. Skin feels clean and super soft. 

Price: HKD 152 (*Rp 262.960,-) at Mannings, Hysan Place.

So that’s my entire haul from Hong Kong, I hope you will find it helpful and informational. If you want me to do deep reviews on specific product please let me know in the comment below. See you guys next time. 

* HKD 1 = Rp 1730. Rate may change in the future.

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