Saturday, July 13, 2019

Krave Beauty Great Barrier Relief Review

Hello, lovelies~ I feel that I should change that greeting already. I'll think of something later on. My brain isn't feeling too creative at the moment. I'm having a cold and cough at the moment I'm writing this intro.

As you may (or may not) know, I am someone who grew up with oily skin type that is both acne-prone and sensitive. Over the years I have tried to control the sebum production on my face, so it won't look like a disco ball at the end of the day. Blotting sheets, mattifying powders, lightweight water-based moisturizers, but never oil.

I first heard about using facial oils back in 2016 when I was already on a skincare routine that I was already liking, so I didn't really try it out. I don't wanna ruin a good thing I had going with my skin, you know? We finally made peace and there's no more acne-warfare going on right now.

*Fast forward to 2019*

I began to look into facial oils and their physiology of how it's supposed to help the skin produce less oil. Click upon clicks upon clicks later, I found out about Tamanu Seed oil through Liah Yoo and how it helps her aunt fade sunspots. I did more reading and research on this topic and decided to purchase a sample of the Krave Beauty Great Barrier Relief Serum of Shopee.

The serum comes with a white green-themed cardboard box complete with all of the product information printed on it. Inside the box is the plastic bottle that the serum is placed in. The bottle has a white pump, making it easier to dispense the product.

Here are the ingredients for the serum. There are quite a few beneficial oils inside. I'll sum it up in bullet points :
  • Facial oils: Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Seed Oil, Safflower Seed Oil, Cetearyl Olivate (a mixture of Cetearyl alcohol and fatty acids usually derived from olive oil), Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, most mixtures of olive oils and others
  • There are no parabens
  • There is no fragrance
  • There is no ethanol, alcohol and the likes

Krave Beauty Great Barrier Relief Ingredients 

Water, Propanediol, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil(10), Dipropylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Olivate, Polysorbate 60, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Glyceryl Oleate, Sorbitan Olivate, Sorbitan Oleate, Octyldodecanol, Glycerin, Butylene glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Squalane, Serine, Acetyl Glutamine, Glycine, Ceramide NP, Oleic acid, Sodium PCA, Glycosyl trehalose, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Saccharide Isomerate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Disodium Phosphate, Sodium Phosphate, Tocopheryl acetate, Coco-caprylate/Caprate, Lactic acid, Xanthan gum, Urea, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, Magnesium Chloride, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Glyceryl Caprylate, Pentylene glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium EDTA
I tried it immediately after I opened it from the package. It has a lightweight texture for a serum that has lots of oils in it. It does have a nutty, earthy, medicinal scent, but I kinda liked it. My skin feels slightly sticky after I pat it evenly on my cheek area, but after 10 minutes it's no longer sticky.

I woke up with a smooth face I can't stop touching it, lol. In my air-conditioned office, my face held up quite nicely without having too much excess oil on my cheeks.

So far, I haven't experienced any redness, itchiness, or acne from using this product. It has been smooth sailing *crosses fingers*

Nah, usually my skin notifies me quite fast when it doesn't like a product. This has been 2-3 weeks without any incident.

As for the sunspot lightening action, I have yet to see it happen because I've only been using it for a short period (2-3 weeks). The (kinda) instant result I saw was the change in my skin's texture. It is smoother and softer, also ever-so-slightly supple.

With all that being said, I don't think I will be repurchasing this again since I can get almost the same results with a fraction of the price. Converted to IDR, I paid IDR 170.000 (USD 12.08) for 10 ml of this product. The full-size product retails around IDR 400.000 - IDR 565.000 which is around USD 28.43 - $40.16 (prices off Shoppe Indonesia). That's out of my budget, unfortunately.

Have you tried this serum from Krave Beauty? What do you think about it? Let me know in the comments below. Until then, I'll see you later~

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Saturday, July 6, 2019

June Favorites

Hello, lovelies~ It has been a while since I made a favorites post. To those who are new to my blog, this is a post where I compiled my favorite items in the past month. Be it skin care, makeup, movies, TV shows, etc. You know, like the typical favorites posts. I’ll just start the post…

Jojoba Oil
This is one of the things that made my jaw dropped last month. Like I posted on my “Week with facial oils”, I used this all over my nose and chin areas. The areas that are “populated” with blackheads. I used a few drops and massage them in a circular motion all over for around 2 minutes. I leave it like a mask for 5 minutes and proceed to wash my face as normal. My skin becomes smooth and some of the blackheads are gone. However, extracting them makes it easier after the jojoba oil application.

Hemp Seed Oil
Another facial oil for the win. Hemp seed oil seems to be the new BFF to my skin. It gives enough moisture without inviting any of the unwanted guests (acne). In the morning, my skin feels bouncy. I’m not even sure how the science behind it is. I need further research on this matter.

Instax Share SP-2
I just got this last month and have been printing out photos like crazy. This has been on my wishlist since the day it came out, I think. Polaroids make me nostalgic. Dad used to have the old Polaroid camera that’s bulky and gives out large prints. My brother and I snapped tons of pictures only to have Dad scold us because the film was expensive. Oh yeah, back to why I love this printer. It gives out a vertical polaroid ratio instead of the wide/square one. The photos look retro and I just love the tone and feel to the print photo.

Allie Sunscreen
I bought this because I saw a Facebook post comparing different sunscreens and this one has the greatest result out of all of them. I mean, after wiping the sunscreen off, the skin looked the lightest. I bought it from Shopee. It has no scent, blends easily, and doesn't leave a greasy residue on my face. I'm gonna have to do a separate review on this superb sunscreen.

Brooklyn Nine Nine
If you like funny TV shows and Andy Samberg, you probably already watched this one. I am excited for the latest season and have been watching it. I don't binge watch it, I save it. lol

Black Spot
Mystery, thriller and supernatural genres are my favorites in a TV show. I found this when I was browsing my Netflix early June and love it. It's a story of a detective in a small village in France that has a forest shrouded in mystery whether or not there is a spirit or hermit living in it and making things extra supernatural-y. Yup, not a word.

That is all I can think of for last month's favorites. I gotta say I am pumped to be back blogging. It really does take the stress off my head. What are your favorites this month? Write it in the comments section. Until then, I'll see you later~

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

A Week With Facial Oils

No, not the oils on my face that I am regularly spouting waiting for someone to profit off of it to make fossil fuel or power transportation devices. 

It's these babies right here. 

I never thought I'd see the day where I would apply oil on my (already very) greasy face and can actually get away with it. I kid you not. For reference, I have sensitive, acne-prone skin that has been on Vitacid 0.025% (retinoic acid) for the past year or two.

It all has to do with the ratio of oleic acid and linoleic acid on your skin. I'm thinking of doing a separate post on in-depth about these two. Long story short, I read that people with blackheads and acne prone skin has a lower level of linoleic acid compared to oleic acid. However, if you have severe acne or fungal acne, I recommend that you consult with your doctor before applying these on your skin.

Upon contact with the oil, my skin turns red with a few bumps and whiteheads all over the surface. The grease level increases so much that it can reflect sunlight and ignite a small fire for camping. Too much?

My skin feels soft and smooth in the morning as if I have just used an industrial skin softener, even though it's totally non-existent. There are no clumps of acne on my skin and it even calmed an already existing single acne on my chin. Dare I say there is a slight glow on my cheeks now?!

Let's start with Tamanu Oil. It has a nutty, earthy scent that may be slightly overbearing to the senses. There hasn't been much research done on this plant, but one of them said that Tamanu oil contains an ingredient called calophyllolide that has anti-inflammatory properties. This is one of the reasons why it is suitable for those with acne, eczema, etc. 

Technically, you're supposed to apply the oil as the last step of your skincare routine to help lock in all the moisture. I feel that Tamanu oil takes forever to sink in (even though it does eventually), unlike Hemp oil that doesn't linger. Also, I like combining tamanu oil with my body moisturizer. My arms and legs were hydrated and smooth for a day.

Both oils gave me soft, smooth and supple skin in the morning with a slightly greasy T zone. I prefer hemp oil because of its lightweight consistency and how it sinks in faster than tamanu oil. I still can't stand the scent of hemp oil that kinda smells like damp, raw, young mung bean sprouts mixed with dirt. If you like that scent, hey, kudos to you, dude. You're gonna like this oil.

Moving on to Safflower Oil that is supposedly (also) great for acne prone skin because of the linoleic acid content. I think my skin didn't quite like this one as I noticed a small bump on my face the morning after I applied this on my skin. I'll give this another try sometime next week.

Grapeseed oil is probably one of the most famous oils out there, despite the lack of research or papers on it. If eaten, it contains vitamin E which is a good source for antioxidants. It doesn't have a strong scent and applies easily on the skin. I feel that this is heavier compared to hemp oil (which feels light).

One of the oils I hear works wonders for blackheads is Jojoba oil. It claims to "suck up" all of the comedones inside the pore because of the "like dissolves like" principle. How can I NOT be intrigued by such a brilliant idea?

I tried cleansing my T-zone with Jojoba oil on my dry face and just rubbing it in for a good 5-10 minutes. It hasn't worked miracles to a point that it sucks up all of the blackheads on my nose, but it does remove some of the less stubborn and smaller blackheads on my nose. I can't believe I'm saying this but I LOVE THIS OIL.

Some of the blackheads that are left behind I extracted manually. I noticed that the extraction process became easier because they just came out fast. They don't have a thick and gooey consistency.



After a week of using oils for my facial area, I am quite impressed by how soft, smooth and supple my skin feels. I haven't noticed any acne or breakouts anywhere on my face. The redness on my cheeks has minimized as well. I think I'll continue using this for a month and update you later on. Deal? Until then, I'll see you later~

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

15 Years

Heyo~ I am having the most annoying headaches slash migraine as I'm writing this post. It's a Saturday night and we're at home because a) I am having a cold and b) G is currently working from home. 


We planned on celebrating our anniversary this year somewhere nice in the city. Just a casual dinner probably. We don't usually celebrate it with cakes and presents, but we've been together for 15 years this year, it's a nice number, so hell yeah to celebration, lol.

Now, here's the thing. I am someone who gets pumped when reading the reviews of the restaurant,  but upon seeing the traffic being all red on google maps, my laziness goes WAY UP.

And that's what happened. I wanted to go to Nomz Kitchen at Grand Indonesia for a lunch date, but it was crowded that we got lazy just thinking of going there. We ended up in one of our favorite restaurants ...

Holy Cow Pantai Indah Kapuk.

We got our usual order of steak with a side of french fries and chatted about stuff. Oh, we tried out the meatball with a creamy sauce and it was surprisingly delicious! I didn't take pictures of the meatball because we got too excited that I forgot to do that. :D

Dessert is up next and we planned on trying the gelato shop at PIK called Latteria. The parking, though. Amazingly stuffed.

Jam packed.

Like sardines in a can.



We went home straight after looking at it.

I just bought a slice of G's favorite cheesecake and a slice of chocolate cake for me for dessert at home. Thank you, Go-Food!

G went back to work and I watched a few episodes of Black Spot on Netflix. He has tons of work when it's the middle of the month. I'd say that was a day (anniversary) well spent because we get to do the things we like and spent time together. Here's to another 100 of these!

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Etude House Soon Jung 5-Panthenoside Cica Balm Review

Hello, lovelies~ My blog used to be post after post of just skincare reviews, tips, and routines. Back then (in 2010-2013), skincare wasn't as big as it was right now. People prefer foundation reviews, over serum reviews. However, I am still in love with skincare products and procedures even after all those years of not blogging.

One of the first skincare products that I am currently loving for my combination-oily skin is an Etude House product. Luckily, this didn't break me out (horribly) like other EH products on my skin. Let me introduce you to ...