Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Bangkok Beauty Haul: NARS, Chanel, Guerlain, & Jo Malone

Sawadee Kha, how are you ladies? I just got back from Bangkok and here are the things that I got while stayed there

Jo Malone  Holiday 2013 Cologne Collection

I’ve wanted to try Jo Malone cologne for years, but because they are not available in my country and the price is somewhat expensive, I always postpone getting one. Finally I got the Cologne Collection.

This is a great way to experiment with Jo Malone scents. If you don’t know which one you like then this box is great starter.  It contains five travel-sized colognes that can be worn alone or layered on the skin to create unique combinations. The collection includes: Lime Basil & Mandarin, English Pear & Freesia, Blackberry & Bay, Peony & Blush Suede and Amber & Lavender Colognes. 

Price: 5 bottles (each contains 9 ml colognes) cost me Bht 4,085 (around Rp 1.552.300,-). Super expensive for total 40 ml cologne. If you know which one you like then I recommend you getting the full size bottle. That way you get more cologne.  I got mine in Siam Paragon but I recommend buying them in the departure building at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, I believe the airport price is cheaper than the city price.  

NARS Laguna Bronzer

I never own a decent bronzer, so I decided to get this cult-favorite product. I use it to contour my cheekbone and nose. Let me know if you want a full review. 

Price: Bht 1,400 (around Rp 532.000,-). I got mine in Siam Paragon. There is a NARS counter at departure building at Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Get your NARS for cheaper price there. 

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Medium 2 Ginger

I’m still looking for the perfect undereye concealer, so far I like this product. Creamy but not oily, after a while it dries up without settling into fine lines or looking cakey. I might do full review in the future

Price Bht 1,140 (around Rp 433.200,-) I got mine in Emporium

Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 72 Rose Initial

Another blush! Can’t say no to Chanel blush, I describe it as a peachy pink tone. It has a gold fine shimmer in it but don’t worry, it won’t make you shine like disco ball. Somewhat it reminds me of MAC-Dainty, but Dainty is a little bit peachy than Rose Initial. I can see Rose Initial worn by many skin tone. This is universally flaterring color. 

Price Bht 1,330 (around Rp 505.400,-) 

Guerlain Meteorites Compact UV Shield Pressed Powder SPF 35 No. 00 Blanc De Perle 


I am a sucker for a pretty compact, this one has an exquisite design. It looks so luxurious. Be careful not to drop it though, this compact unfortunately made of a slippery light plastic material, not a heavy high quality metal case.  



The powder itself is great for touch up. For ladies with light skin tone this would be great, for ladies with darker skintone then find other powder, this product is not translucent. Let me know if you want a full review.


Price Bht 1,740 (around Rp 661.200)

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Review: Bvlgari Jasmin Noir Eau de Parfum

Describe in three words?
Luxurious, mysterious, seductive

The bottle?
Black heavy glass, with magnetic cap. The cap design remind me of the iconic Bvlgari pendant.

What it smells like?

Top notes: Gardenia, Green Notes

Middle notes: Almond, Jasmine Sambac

Base notes: Tonka Bean, Licorice, Amber, Patchouli, Musk, Precious Wood. 

Upon the first spray, I get a whiff of beautiful jasmine. But slowly it develops into something more edgy, strong, and velvety. I believe it’s the almond and woody notes. That’s why I feel that this fragrance could also be used by man.

When I use it, I feel like being transported to the noir movie, elegant black satin dress, long black gloves, and of course Bvlgari diamond cuff. 

What kind of woman would wear this perfume?

I can see Rita Hayworth in Gilda (1946) wearing it, I couldn’t take my eyes from her when I watch Gilda.  Seductive, sultry, and mysterious. I could also see Marlene Dietrich wear this one.

What kind of occasion suitable for this perfume?

Important meeting when you want to show your power, candlelight dinner at expensive restaurant, lounging around in cold weather staring into the night sky. 

How about the sillage and  longevity?

Sillage is medium. Longevity on skin is around 4 hours, longer on my clothes. 


Rp 1.600.000,-  for 100 ml/ 3.4 fl.oz

Benefit Cosmetics Mini Haul & Review

Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow in Medium/Deep


Why we love it!
Bring on the brows! This innovative brush-on fiber gel adheres to skin & hair…creating brows where before there were none. It builds easily for thick, lush arches, thanks to a tapered brush for blending & precision tip for shaping. Available in two shades. 

• Water resistant  
• Long-wearing 
• Natural-looking 
• Buildable

97% said brows looked fuller*
100% said it was smudge proof*
100% said it looked natural*
94% said results were long-wearing*
*Results observed in consumer panel survey

Who else loves it!
Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner, 2013

How to apply
Using short pressing motions, stroke brush tip along brow to define shape. Comb through to blend & build brows. 

 3.0g Net wt. 0.1oz.

Beauty tip
For the most natural look, start at the inner edge of your brow and move outward. Repeat to add more volume.

My Experience:
When I got my eyebrow waxed at the Benefit counter, the artist used this product on me. Because I loved the way my eyebrow look with it I decided to buy Gimme Brow next week after that.

Gimme Brow is like mini mascara for eyebrow. It shapes, fills, and gives a slight tint to your eyebrow. Easy, fast, and practical. My eyebrow still looks natural and the color last a long time. Since it is so small I don’t mind bring it to travel with me.  

Available in two colors, you can choose which one suit you best. Originally I intended to buy the lighter one, but because they were sold out I bought the “Medium/Deep”. If you have medium to thick eyebrow then this product is enough for you. If you have non-existent brow then I think powder or pencil are much better since you might want more pigment.

Overall I enjoy this product. If I run out I will buy the lighter one. 

Where to get:
Benefit Cosmetics Counter at Plaza Indonesia for Rp 300.000,-

Benefit Cosmetics Boi-ing 


Why we love it!
This award-winning concealer camouflages dark circles, minor imperfections and discoloration without creasing or fading. Even better…the industrial-strength formula is now available in FIVE shades, with a full range from light to deep. Now all gals can be imperfection-free. 

Favorite shades 01 and 02 stay the same, with a new 03 shade and extended range to include 04, 05.

 Who else loves it!
Allure Reader’s Choice Awards, best department store concealer 2013
Allure Reader’s Choice Awards, best department store concealer 2012

How to apply
With fingertip, dab boi-ing on the darkest areas you want to target...underneath each eye, at the inner corners by the bridge of your nose, or over any other flaws. Pat gently outward to blend. 

3.0 g Net wt. 0.1 oz

Beauty tip
Pat concealer between your thumb and fingertip to warm it will glide on more seamlessly.

My Experience:
I’ve been looking for under eye concealer that’s not going to give me dry cracked look. So far I’ve been using the MAC Studio Finish Concealer.  It has thick coverage so I mostly use it to hide redness and acne. Since it is so pigmented, a little goes a long way. But on my under eye area it doesn’t look that great. It just too dry and matte looking, making the fine lines appear more. 

This Boi-ing concealer is more creamy and sheer than the MAC Studio Finish Concealer. Warm it on your finger and it is easier to spread. Coverage is medium but I can build up to the desire intensity. 

Because this one is creamier I feel like this product doesn’t sit well on my skin. That’s why I always set it with translucent powder. Shade no.02 works well with my NC25 skintone. It hides my dark circle nicely. 

Where to get:
Benefit Cosmetics Counter at Plaza Indonesia for Rp 290.000,-

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