Monday, January 5, 2015

Christmas & New Year Haul: SK II, Bobbi Brown, Shu Uemura, The Balm, Victoria’s Secret, L’occitane, Batiste

Hi all,

I would like to share with you some products that I got on holiday. Some of them are repurchased and well loved, some of them are new. Let’s check them out.

SK-II Miracle in a Bottle Set

This set contains:
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence Red Flower Limited Edition 215 ml
SK-II Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser 120 g

I have finished several bottles of SK-II Facial Treatment Essence and my relations with it was not ‘love at the first sight’ (or touch). It is not a product that gives immediate result. After 3 to 4 months, 2 times a day of constant use, I finally able to feel the benefit and see the effect. My skin becomes clearer, softer, and less dull.  Some mild acne scars disappear and my skin is much healthier than it used to be. I will totally repurchase this product in the future.

Another product in this set is the Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser. It is an ok cleanser, I never intended to buy this cleanser. But because one bottle of Facial Treatment Essence has the same price with this kit (which contains two products), it was more cost efficient to buy this set. Not to mention it has beautiful red flower design on the packaging. So pretty!

Price: Rp 1.713.000,- at Galeries Lafayette, Pacific Place Jakarta

Bobbi Brown Brow Kit

Before, I use brow powder by The Body Shop (taken by my sister) and brow powder by Etude House (ok product, but I prefer something more pigmented). That’s why I decided to get this Bobbi Brown Brow Kit. It has two shades, Saddle and Mahogany Eye Shadow to define and fill in the brows, a two-sided mirror (with one side magnified) plus a mini tweezer and brow brush.

I read some on some websites that Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge uses the Saddle color for her eyebrow. If it is good enough for her, then it should be good enough for me. Let me know if you want full review.

Price: Rp 720.000,- at Sogo, Plaza Senayan

Shu Uemura POREfinist Anti-Shine Fresh Cleansing Oil

Hands down my favorite cleanser. This pink bottle cleansing oil from Shu Uemura removes even the thickest long wear foundation and the most stubborn waterproof mascara.  My whole face feels very clean and fresh after using it.

Price: Rp 980.000,- Debenhams, Senayan City

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer

I have an oily face so highlighter never was my favorite beauty product. But this Mary-Lou Manizer is just beautiful. Compare to MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in ‘Soft & Gentle’, Mary-Lou is more subtle and suitable for daily use. It gives the most stunning angelic glow. I’ve been using this product since the day I got it. Now, it is my favorite part of my makeup application. 

Price: Rp 375.000,- Debenhams, Senayan City (the sales associate told me that on 2015 all The Balm products will get a price increase).

Batiste Dry Shampoo

I can’t live without dry shampoo. My scalp is oily, I have a fine-medium hair but so much of it. Washing and drying is a nightmare because it takes so much time. I never had been able to air-dry. Even if I left my wet hair for a whole night, it will not dry. Blow drying takes forever.

Because of that dry shampoo is my savior. In the past, I’ve been told you about Klorane Dry Shampoo that I really like, but now Batiste is my favorite. It has lees build up, gives better ‘drying’ effect on my scalp, and so many scents available. Totally recommend it.

Price: I lost my bill and I don’t remember exactly the price. It was 100 something at Kemchick, Pacific Place Jakarta

L’occitane Almond Shower Oil

I have reviewed this amazing shower oil before. Kindly check this link to find out.

Price: Rp 350.000,- at Galeries Lafayette Pacific Place

Victoria Secret “Secret Charm” Body Spray, Eau de Toilette, and Body Butter

Victoria’s Secret Body Sprays remind me of my younger years. In the past I’ve worn super fruity Pure Seduction and Love Spell. Secret Charm is a floral scented body product that has honeysuckle and jasmine notes in it. Even though nowadays I prefer niche perfume, once in a while I like to use something very simple that reminds me of my carefree younger years.

Victoria’s Secret Body Sprays are not long lasting. To make the scent last longer I layer the body butter and body spray together. I carry the small bottle of eau de toilette with me to re-apply throughout the day. That way I can smell Secret Charm all day long.

Price: 1/Rp 219.000,- 3/Rp 449.000,- at Victoria’s Secret Store, Plaza Senayan

So that’s all my Christmas and New Year haul. I hope you all enjoy reading this as much as I enjoy writing this post for you. Have a blessed year all!


  1. Batiste Dry Shampoo somehow looks promising, since I also have oily scalp and haven't found the best one to treat it, yet. Never tried to explore much outside the mart either :( Anyway thank you for the sharing.

    And smart picks on your hauls too ^^

    noniq's diary | A blog by Noniq

  2. always love your choices of products dear :)


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