Monday, September 26, 2016

Saboon Soap Bars Serene Breeze & Coconut Milk & Honey Review

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Hello, lovelies~ Who still uses soap or body wash in a bar form? *raises own hand* Yup, I still prefer bar soap compared to liquid because I feel cleaner and I can get foam in every nook and cranny of my skin. So excited to find out a new shop that makes soap bars. Please welcome, SABOON.ID!

The soap bar is packaged individually in a geometric patterned paper that is then sealed with kraft paper with detailed information of the product. I love the packaging, probably because I’m into geometric shapes at the moment, lol. Each soap weighs differently, but they’re roughly around 70-100 grams.

Before you read further, I want to let you know about my skin condition, specifically my arms and legs. Unlike my combination-oily facial skin, my legs and arms are categorized as very dry. As in flaky, dry skin that you can see with your eyes without using microscope. Now that it’s out of the way, let’s get on with the review.

Serene Breeze

Right off the bat, this soap bar looks beautiful with the different shades of blue in each layer. The prettiness doesn’t stop there; it has glitters on top of the bar. It contains shea butter that helps to moisturize your skin, keeping it soft and smooth. 

Since the name of the soap is ocean-related, I thought it would have a seaweed, salty scent, lol. In fact, this soap bar has a refreshing green tea scent that is perfect for those mornings when you need a pick me up. It creates a nice lather and lots of bubbles, fun.

Coconut Milk & Honey

Made with coconut milk and honey, this soap bar is especially made for those with dry skin as it helps brings back moisture to the skin. Unlike Serene Breeze, this soap doesn’t give much lather, but it does feel more moisturizing on my skin. I’m not quite fond of the scent, but if you’re into soft honey-like scent, then this is for you.

Overall, I had fun using these soap bars as they feel moisturizing and gives off a nice scent to start my mornings. It’s not the most moisturizing soap for my legs, but it is moisturizing enough for my arms. My legs can only be moisturized if I use body oil right after a shower, no matter what soap I use be it liquid or that other bar soap that is ¾ made with moisturizing ingredients with a bird logo. You know the one.

Have you tried the soap bars from Saboon ID before? I’ve tried their other variants, but I’ll just write it in another blog post. Let me know in the comments below what you think of them. Thanks for reading and until then, I’ll see you later~

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Nichijou: Popcon Asia 2016

Hello, lovelies~ A few weeks ago, G and I were feeling adventurous and decided to go to Popcon Asia. It was held at Jakarta Convention Center for three whole days. We don’t usually go to these types of events, but I (kinda) begged him to because one of my friends is the exhibitor. Shout out to Stephanie (@cstefanie)! It didn’t took him long to agree, so off we go.

I was super excited that I made plans to go to which booth before the event started. Unfortunately, we went on the second day because the first day was a Friday. Saturday came and I woke him up early, so we won’t have to queue too long to get into the venue. There weren’t much traffic and parking was easy because we arrived around 9:45-ish. However, the queue was already quite long, but we waited and prevailed!

As soon as we got our entrance tickets, we took a picture in front of the big-screen-type-thing-with-the-popcon-logo. I even brought my monopod, so that we can take selfies without having to bother other people. Yes, I am that prepared, lol.

Once inside, I took a quick look at the map as well as the booth that I had marked the night before. I rushed to get to Steph’s booth and bought a couple of cute things. Steph was with her other two friends and their booth’s name is tigacina (@tigacina).

They have Pokemon illustrations as well as their own. Steph’s Fuyu Hime (at least that’s what I call it) is softly enchanting, I had been eyeing it since she posted the drafts on her instagram. 

Once I got everything from her booth, G and I went off to see other booths and (basically) just explored the place. We didn't get much photo taken because I had so much fun going from one booth to another. I bought lots of stickers and keychains that G must've thought I was mad, lol. There were other things like sculptures and figures, but I mainly got the cute stuff.

It was super fun to go to Popcon and we would definitely go to similar events like this one. Did you go to Popcon Asia last month? Let me know what you got from there. Thanks for reading and until then, I'll see you later~

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Monday, September 5, 2016

COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner Review

“Disclosure: I bought this product with my own money. I am neither affiliated with this company nor am I being paid to write this post. My opinions are honest and my own.” Complete disclosure here  

Hello, lovelies~ If you have oily skin like mine, you probably know that BHA is one of your best friends in combatting those awful acne. I haven’t used BHA ever since I started on retinoic acid, which is around 4 years ago. Since I am currently off retinoic acid, I started using BHA again in a toner form.

I haven’t heard of this brand before, but thought I would just try it out. I bought it from Nihonmart when they were having a promotion. It costs Rp 157,000 for 150 ml of product. It came in a separate white box that looks minimalist with all of the product information and ingredients printed on the sides.

The bottle itself is made from a semi-transparent plastic with a spray nozzle at the end. I thought it would come packaged in a flip bottle considering this is a toner, but I was wrong. It made it easier to apply the toner if you’re on the go, but I do prefer using a flip bottle when it comes to toners.

The ingredients list is quite short for a skincare product, to be honest. It has a combination of Glycolic Acid and Betaine Salicylate, which is grouped as a chemical exfoliant. I'm not sure if it has a low enough pH or concentration to work, though. Aside from that, it has Willow Bark Water and Apple Fruit water along with regular mineral water and water. There's a lot of water in here, lol. It uses Panthenol and (possibly) sodium lactate.

The consistency of the toner is similar to having water spritzed on your face. There is no stickiness during and after the toner application. I like to spray it all over my face and patting it gently with both hands. On days when I wear makeup, I like using a cotton pad to ensure that every bit of makeup is removed from my face.

It claims to 'reduce appearance of whiteheads, blackheads and blemishes, while cleansing pores', but I didn't really feel much difference compared to when I was using my Wardah Lightening toner. It didn't irritate my skin nor cause any unpleasant reaction to it. It just did the same thing that my other toner does.

Overall, it wasn't a bad toner nor was it a good one. It was just average compared to the other toner I have used. It made my skin soft and smooth and acne-free, but so does my other Rp 25,000 toner. I will be skipping this one once it runs out. I'll just stick to my cheaper ones, thanks.

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