Sunday, December 28, 2014

Niche Perfume Collection 2014: Jo Malone, Diptyque, Van Cleef & Arpels, & Pehaligon's

Hi all,
2014 has been a great year for me and I forever thankful for all the loves and blessings. This is my last blog post on 2014, so why don’t I make it a little bit special? I’ve been lucky enough to own these niche fragrances and I would like to share with you all of my collections.

Here we go



Jo Malone  Holiday 2013 Cologne Collection


The Holiday 2013 Cologne Collection 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. 

Check the my short review here 

Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia


So far English Pear & Freesia is my Jo Malone favorite cologne. It just smells divine. Check my full review here

Jo Malone Nutmeg & Ginger


Jo Malone Nutmeg & Ginger is fresh and unique scent that I never encounter before in my life. It is suitable for both men and women.  Check my full review here

Jo Malone Orange Blossom


Jo Malone Orange Blossom is a beautiful summery scent of orange blossom. It is vibrant and fresh. Check my review here

Jo Malone Amber & Patchouli Cologne Intense


Jo Malone Cologne Intense collection is supposed to be the more ‘special’ Jo Malone. The ingredients are more refined, pricy, and concentrated. Amber & Patchouli is woody balsamic scent. I got it in Bangkok last month. Check my full haul here


Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire Orchidee Vanille Eau de Parfum


Like the name, Van Cleef & Arpels Orchidee Vanille is  a simple yet refined scent of orchid vanilla. Check my review here

Diptyque Eau Rose Eau de Toilette


Dyptique Eau Rose is a true rose scent with a hint of lychee. Beautiful and ladylike. For full review check this link

Diptyque Do Son Eau de Toilette


Dyptique Do Son is a clean white floral scent. The tuberose is light enough to wear on the daily basis. Check my review here

Penhaligon’s Blenheim Bouquet Eau de Toilette


Reportedly, Penhaligon’s Blenheim Bouquet is being use by Prince Charles and William, the Duke of Cambridge. The classic citrus scent reminds me of a refine English country yard.  Full review open this link


So, that’s my 2014 niche perfume collection. Do you have any experience with the product I mention above? What is your favorite niche perfume? I would love to hear you experience. Have a blessed new year everyone!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Benefit Cosmetics Fun-Size Flirt

Halo semua,
Sudah lama aku ngga update di vixenlady, mohon dimaafkan karena akhir-akhir ini aku sangat sibuk dengan mid exam dan tugas-tugas. I almost forget how fun writing a blog post is! Kali ini aku mau review produk limited edition dari Benefit Cosmetics yang super cute yaitu Fun-Size Flirt.

Bagi para pembaca vixenlady yang merayakan Natal dan belum beli hadiah untuk friends ataupun family maka produk ini bisa menjadi wonderful last minute gift idea. Untuk pembaca vixenlady lainnya, kenapa tidak memberi hadiah ini kepada diri sendiri sebagai penghargaan kecil karena telah bekerja keras selama satu tahun? As a woman we need to appreciate and pamper our self from time to time bukan?

Daripada berlama-lama lagi, yuk langsung disimak reviewnya


What is this?
Benefit Fun-Size Flirt merupakan produk limited edition dari Benefit Cosmetics yang berisi 10 generous sample size products. Produk-produk ini merupakan produk best seller dari Benefit yang dikemas dalam packaging colorful yang festive.

My experience?
Berikut breakdown lebih detail

The Porefessional
Sebelumnya aku jarang banget coba-coba face primer, sejauh ini aku cuma pernah coba satu macam dari L’oreal which I don’t really like to use. The Porefessional adalah primer pertama yang kusuka, teksturnya velvety soft balm yang gampang dibaurkan dan a little goes a long way. Aku nggak pakai ke seluruh wajah hanya area tertentu seperti hidung dan sekitarnya, dagu, serta sedikit di dahi. Hasilnya aku suka, pori-pori yang besar terasa lebih halus terlihat lebih mulus.  Warnanya sedikit pasty, namun saat dibaurkan ke wajah tidak menghasilkan kesan pucat ataupun fake. The downside is karena kulitku super berminyak terutama di area hidung, Porefessional tidak berhasil membuat bb cream atau bedak di area tersebut tahan lama. No other product yang pernah berhasil sih. Aku tetap harus blot dan touch up. Overall it is still a great product. If you girls have any face primer recommendation for oily skin please let me know in the comment below.

That Gal Brightening Face Primer
Primer dengan tekstur silky yang memberi kesan glowy. Wanginya agak-agak fruity like berries. Karena kulit aku berminyak this product doesn’t work at all. Kulitku jadi tambah berminyak dan makeup cepat luntur. Maybe dry skinned ladies would love this primer. As for me, aku lebih suka Porefessional.

Sun Beam
Sun Beam di deskripsikan sebagai golden bronze highlighter to give you natural sunkissed radiance. Teksturnya liquid ringan yang tidak berminyak, aplikatornya berbentuk kuas kecil. Cara pakainya oleskan ke cheekbone atau any area you want to highlight kemudian baurkan dengan jari.

Karena kulitku medium light (NC20 – NC25) this product doesn’t look that good on me. Aku merasa Sun Beam lebih cocok untuk kulit tan hingga dark. Banyak blogger dan beauty gurus berkulit tan yang terlihat cantik banget pakai highlighter ini. Untuk kulit terang sepertinya Benefit Moon Beam dan High Beam lebih cocok. Ada yang punya pengalaman dengan dengan Moon Beam dan High Beam? What was your experience with that product?


Stay Don’t Stray in Light-Medium
Apabila nggak pakai eye primer, eyeshadow cepat sekali creasing di kelopak mataku. Sejauh ini aku pakai Urban Decay Primer Potion dan Etude House Proof 10 Eye Primer. Keduanya aku suka walaupun aku merasa eye primer Etude House lebih cocok untuk kulit berminyak dan better price.
Enter Stay Don’t Stray, primer sekaligus light concealer untuk menyamarkan darkness di sekitar eye area. Warna light-medium cocok untuk aku, gives a sheer brightening effect. Teksturnya ringan namun very emollient, harus tunggu beberapa saat agar menyerap dengan sempurna sebelum pakai eye shadow.

Aku sarankan nggak usah pakai banyak-banyak karena kalau kelopak mata kelewat berminyak eyeshadow malah cepat luntur. Holding power and performance juga bagus, aku pakai eyeshadow di hot humid weather dan it stays quite well. Overall I am satisfied with this primer.

Instant Comeback Facial Serum
I read online that this serum is formulated for dry and dehydrated skin. Karena kulit aku berminyak dan sedang menggunakan perawatan dokter, aku ngga berani pakai ini hingga sekarang. Ada yang punya pengalaman dengan serum ini? Ayo share di comment untuk pembaca Vixenlady lainnya. 

Dandelion
How I love the Benefit Box Powder, aku punya Hervana yang aku suka banget. This time I got deluxe sample size of Dandelion. Dandelion sebenarnya merupakan warna yang ingin kucoba sejak lama namun selalu nggak jadi beli karena aku takut warnanya tidak show up di kulit aku.

Namun setelah playing around with this thing I can confidently say that I love Dandelion! Even more so than Hervana. Di kulitku (NC20 – NC25) Dandelion memberi pink flush yang sedikit warm dan super natural. Not the most pigmented product, karena aku harus pakai agak banyak namun lighter skinned ladies who like super natural makeup would appreciate this product.

Untuk kamu-kamu yang berkulit tan dan suka blush yang sedikit bold, Dandelion will not show up well on your skin. Aku sarankan untuk pilih Coralista dan Rockateur. Aku mau beli full size kalau sample yang ini sudah habis.

Posie Tint
Aku suka Benetint dan merasa Posie Tint memiliki tekstur yang sedikit berbeda. Posie Tint lebih pekat. Saat ditotolkal ke bibir Posie Tint tidak memberikan warna apapun, namun apabila dioleskan agak tebal kemudian didiamkan aku melihat bahwa Posie Tint memberi warna pink yang fresh. 

Saat dipakai dipipi aku merasa Posie Tint is a little bit hard to work with. Susah dibaurkan apabila sudah kering.  Selain itu saat dibaurkan, Posie Tint membuat bb cream yang aku pakai luntur dan menggumpal. I’m not going to purchase a full size Posie Tint but I do recommend you girls to check Benetint.

BadGal Lash
I never had a good luck with high end mascara and this one are no exception. BadGal Lash smudge very easily on me. Meninggalkan raccoon eye look yang not so sexy.

They’re Real
Sama seperti BagGal, They’re Real juga ngga terlalu cocok untuk aku, clumpy looking dan membuat bulu mata yang sudah dilentikan pakai eyelash curler kembali lurus dalam beberapa detik.

Aku yakin sama seperti rambut, tipe bulu mata setiap orang beda-beda. Yang cocok untuk aku belum tentu cocok untuk orang lain dan sebaliknya. As for me I stick to drugstore mascara.

Ooh La Lift
Konsep produk ini mirip seperti YSL Touche Eclat. Under eye brightening yang not as opaque as regular concealer. So far this product is just ok for me. Good to use as a perk me up product saat mata terlihat lelah namun masih banyak aktivitas yang harus dijalankan. Very sheer jadi nggak cakey apabila digunakan untuk re-apply throughout the day.

Nah, sekian dulu review aku kali ini, overall I think its a wonderful set to try if you love Benefit Cosmetics product. Apakah kalian tertarik untuk coba produk ini? atau punya pengalaman dengan produk-produk di atas? please share on the comment below. Have a great day y'all!

Harga: Bath 2,000 (around Rp 780.000,- before 7% VAT reduction for tourist). Aku beli di Sephora Siam Center, Bangkok. Check my Bangkok haul here http://vixenlady.blogspot.com/2014/12/huge-bangkok-haul-jo-malone-chanel.html

Tuesday, December 2, 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. 
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