Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Review: SKIN79 BB Diamond Collection The Prestige Beblesh Balm

As I was cleaning my room today, I noticed this BB cream that I've never reviewed. I've been using for about 6 months and previously finished the travel size tube. I must have forgotten to write a post about it, but since today is a holiday and I'm still waiting for my bf to pick me up, I'll review it.

SKIN79 BB Diamond Collection The Prestige Beblesh Balm

It is 3 effects functional BB cream. By Adenosine and Arbutin ingredients which are effective in whitening, wrinkles improvement cultivate more bright and elastic skin. 

Intercept ultraviolet rays UVA and B at the same time and protect your skin exposed from the sun more thoroughly.

Diamond Powder and Jewel Complex Powder of Ruby Amethyst and Pearl make skin all the more radiant. 


How I Use It
I squeeze half a pump on the tips of my fingers and smooth them evenly all over my face and neck

What I Like About It
  • It's available online and on the counters at the mall
  • The bottle is very elegant, chic and girly
  • It comes with a good pump to dispense the product
  • It has a lotion texture, so it feels lightweight when properly applied
  • It has a slight floral scent, but fades away after application
  • It blends easily, even with fingers
  • The coverage is between sheer and medium, but definitely not full coverage
  • The finish is slightly on the dewy side. It's definitely not matte, you will have to set it with powder if you want a matte finish
  • It has SPF 25/PA ++
  • My face looks brighter

What I Hate About It
  • It's expensive, retailing at IDR 200,000 online. I reckon it will be double the price if you it on their counters at the mall
  • It only comes in 1 shade
  • It contains talc. To some people, it's nothing to worry about, but I'm a little bit sensitive to talc. Sometimes it can break me out
  • It doesn't photograph quite nicely, especially when using camera phones with flash. Hellooooo, white cast!!
  • It doesn't last too long on my face. Usually melts off/disappear after 4-5 hours.
The price tag is a bit on the expensive side, but compared to BRTC and Innisfree BB creams, this one is cheaper. If you like a lotion type texture and has a light skin tone, this might be for you. However, I wouldn't really recommend this for people with oily skin types, due to its dewy finish. Probably best used with powder on top for people with oily skin. 

Final Rating
Availability : 1/1
Packaging : 2/2
Ingredients : 1/3
Price : 0/1
Effectivity : 2/3

SIX out of ten

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Review: Skin Aqua UV Mild Milk SPF 25/PA ++

I don't want to jinx it, but I may have found my holy grail sunscreen from Skin Aqua. I know that I used to swear by Neutrogena's dry touch ultra sheer sunscreen, but lately it has been stinging my face after application. Also, it's not easy to get it here in Jakarta without ordering it online. 

If you've read my previous post about the sunscreen findings at Watsons, you'll know that I'm super excited that I found an affordable drugstore sunscreen. I've used it for a month and thought I'll review it now. 

Skin Aqua UV Mild Milk SPF 25/PA ++
Sorry for the bad photo editing. I'm new to photoshop. >.<
A chemical sunscreen without any colorants or fragrances. ^^

How I Use It
I apply a 2 cm diameter all over my face.
Yeah, I need more tips and tricks with photoshop. Anyone? ^^

What I Like About It
  • It's readily available at Watsons, retailing at IDR 47,500 (discount price) or IDR 52,000 (normal price)
  • It's quite affordable at IDR 52,000 for 80 grams of product
  • The packaging is efficient with a twist top and a small opening, making it easy to dispense the product
  • The texture is not too heavy on the face. A mixture between cream and lotion
  • It feels really lightweight on my face
  • It has no fragrance and colorants, which is AWESOME!
  • I didn't break out at all with this sunscreen
  • It has a slight matte finish on my combination skin
  • The sun protection is adequate for everyday routine. Besides, you still have to apply sunscreen every 2 hours.
What I Hate About It
  • It only comes in 1 size, which is 80 grams. This makes it bulky when I put it in my handbag
I am really falling in love with this sunscreen. I love how it's cheap, readily available, good sun protection and leaves me with a non-greasy texture. It also has a gel formula for those with oily skin types. 

Final Rating
Availability : 1/1
Packaging : 2/2
Ingredients : 3/3
Price 1/1
Effectivity : 3/3

TEN out of ten
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Monday, June 27, 2011

Cute Facial Wipes At Carrefour

A couple of days ago, I went grocery shopping with my bf to stock up my supplies. As I was getting the toilet rolls, I spotted cute facial wipes with Sanrio characters. I've never seen them before here in Jakarta, so I got all of the different designs.

This is the largest size for the Sanrio-embedded tissues

Green Tea scented wipes? Definitely trying it!

I love this pattern the most. It's very bubbly and cute, not to mention with Keroppi on it!

Who can forget about the grumpy, little owl? He is adorableeee...
So, if you live in Jakarta and wants a cute, yet affordable wipes, get it at most Carrefour stores. I got mine at Carrefour Emporium Pluit. ^_^

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Phanie's Prized Products: June 2011 Edition

Missing my monthly favorites? Yeah, I skipped May's faves because it was the same as my April faves. However, this month I have other new faves, hence, another monthly faves. 

 Skin Aqua UV Mild Milk SPF 25/PA ++ 
I have been blabbering about this stuff for days and weeks ever since I got this. I guess it's not a big surprise that this is one of my June faves. It has good SPF of 25, non-greasy texture, almost has a matte finish and has an affordable price. 

 TheFaceShop Herb Day Bubble Foam Cleanser Olive Leaf 
I have been using this for a month as a part of my skin care routine. It's not the best cleanser I used, but this is the only thing that doesn't make my skin flake even more when it's dry. It has a foam-ish. bubble texture that feels so soft on the skin. The downside is the price tag, retailing at IDR 189,000 at most TFS counters. 

 Paula's Choice Skin Recovery Super Antioxidant Concentrate 
Since I'm back on Retin-A, my skin has been flaking like crazy. This is the only thing strong enough to give me back moisture, hence reducing the appearance of dry, flaky skin. I like how it just sinks right into my face and giving back moisture. Plus, the ingredients are beneficial for the skin.

 Rudy Hadisuwarno Styling Foam Strong 
Earlier this month, I decided to cut my hair into a short shag. The fringe is bothering me, so I bought a hair styling mousse. It's cheap and it works. That's all I need. Also, it stayed all day without messing my hair. 

 NYX HD Photogenic Concealer in Beige 
With my skin flaking this month, I skipped BB creams/foundations and use only concealer. I like the thin texture and how easy it blends. It's great in concealing the redness around the edges of my nose, mouth and cheeks. The shade is a perfect match for my skintone.

 Ecotools Fluffy Eye Blending Brush 
I saw Pixiwoo use this type of brush for applying concealer, so I tried it and loving the results. It looks more blended than using my fingers and more natural. I just take the concealer on the back of my hand , dab a little amount of concealer on the brush and just apply it to the wanted area of the face.

 Holika Holika Face 2 Change Liquid Roller BB SPF 15/PA +
My friend just got back from Korea and she got me this BB cream. It has a thicker texture compared to Shills super magic bb cream, but once blended it has more coverage and looks natural. 

 Lunasol Loose Powder in Natural Beige 
I found this powder at the back of my vanity drawer, old and forgotten. Well, not THAT old. I bought it around 6 months ago with a friend at the Kanebo beauty workshop. I've been using it again, but with a different application. Back then, I used a powder brush, but this time I used the puff that came with it. Afterwards, I just used a powder brush to sweep off the excess powder on my face. It creates a smooth, even-toned and matte looking face. 

Vaseline Healthy White SPF 24/PA++
I don't know whether this has been in my favorites or not, but I have been using this all the time this month. It feels really light, moisturizing and non greasy on my skin. The scent is a little bit annoying at first, but I got used to it after several usages.

If you noticed the changes in my pictures, I am trying a different approach to it. It might look a bit un-adjusted right now, but I'm working on it. So, maybe the future pictures may be better. 
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Monday, June 20, 2011

Review: Pond's White Beauty Naturals Foaming Wash

Pond's had a new line called White Beauty Naturals. It's supposed to be a line targeted for skin that has been saturated with pollution, like us living at Jakarta. This line claims to contain antioxidant in the form of Camellia leaf extract that might help fight those free radicals destroying the facial skin. These products claims to also help reduce the formation of melanin, thus enhancing skin brightening. 

I was amazed that they have these claims, so I went to Hypermart in search for this new line from Pond's. It's such a shame that I can only find the foam cleanser, not the day and night cream from this line. If anyone have seen this line, please leave a comment below on where I can find them. After trying them for around two weeks-ish, here is my review.

Considering the Camellia sinensis leaf extract is the second last ingredient, I highly doubt that this will act as an antioxidant.
How I Use It
I squeeze a 2 cm line on the tip of my index finger and rubbed it together to lather. Massage it into circular motion and rinse.

What I Like About It
  • It's readily available in most supermarkets
  • It's dirt cheap! I got this at IDR 15,000 (prices may vary)
  • It has 2 sizes, the small one is perfect for travelling
  • The product has a squeeze tube packaging with a flip cap at the end. Very efficient. 
  • The color theme of the product. I like looking at the product, the green is very chic and simple.
  • It has tiny beads for exfoliating.
  • It cleans well. I haven't tried removing my makeup with it, though
  • It doesn't break me out
What I Hate About It
  • It contains fragrance/perfume and colorant
  • If I wash my face for too long with this (20 seconds), it made my face all flaky with dry patches on the edges of my nose and mouth
  • It has that squeaky clean feel each time I pat dry my face with a towel. I feel that it just strips all of my oil from my face.
  • I broke out using it after 2 weeks. When this review is up, I've only been using it for a week. So, that's sad.
I not a strong believer of expensive face washes and I always pick drugstores ones. I've tried high end ones from Kanebo, Clinique, Hada Labo, etc. I compared the ingredients of the high ends and drugstores, which are almost 90% the same. The differences are only based on the fragrances and colorants used more often in high end face cleansers. 

Anyway, this is an average cleanser, with a cheap price tag. It cleanses my face well, doesn't break me out it did break me out after 2 weeks use, but I think it's more suitable for oily skin type. 

Final Rating
Availability : 1/1
Packaging : 2/2
Ingredients : 1.5/3
Price 1/1
Effectivity : 1/3

SIX AND A HALF out of ten
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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Nichijou : Relaxing Sunday

It's been a long week for me and I need a getaway. Where else other than my lovely kitchen? Everytime I'm there, I always feel the air of serenity surrounding me. It's place I go to when I feel angry, anxious, sad, bored, and even happy.

Since my bf is on his morning shift today, I figured I'm going to bake. I was going to bake a  cheesecake, but I didn't have any cream cheese. So, I opted for a brownies recipe. Not the steamed kind, the baked kind. 

While I was waiting for the brownies to finish baking, I read a magazine and listened to the radio. That's when I noticed that back when I was in high school, I can't even read a magazine and listened to a radio, while a cake or cookie is baking. I'm getting old, urgh --"

After a good 25 minutes in the oven, the brownies are done.

I cut the brownies after cooling them for a good 2 hours after they got out of the oven. I saved the good looking ones. ^__^

I tried to take a picture outside, but apparently the sun is too harsh causing VERY CLEAR shadows.

This recipe resulted in a moist and very chocolate-y brownies. It's a mix between cakey and fudgy texture. I think I overcooked it slightly, I'll try again next time. 

Since I'm not doing anything else today, I washed my brushes, hanged them from a wire hanger and covered them in ladies sanitary napkins. Pantyliners, you know. Sorry if it grossed you out. ^_^
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Friday, June 17, 2011

Naruko First Impressions

My items from Naruko are here, thanks to OnikChan. I heard this brand from a famous youtuber, Fuzkittie who always raves about Asian brands and Naruko is her favorite. I am excited to try out the Lavender and Marjoram Brightening Serum and their night jellies.

So, around a month ago, I ordered the lavender and marjoram brightening serum, lavender and marjoram night jelly and Job's tears whitening night jelly. 

I've tried the serum last night and this morning before my moisturizer. It has a cooling sensation with a very sticky and gooey texture. Once blended, it softens and smooths my skin, thanks to the dimethicones. Well, so far, it's just an average serum. I'll report back after a month.
Simple packaging with a pipette-kinda-dropper.
I prefer a pump packaging.
I also tried the Job's tears night jelly after applying the lavender serum. It has a thick, gel like consistency that takes quite a long time to get absorbed into the skin. I keep patting and massaging the gel for around 2-3 minutes. This is bothersome, me thinks. I'm ready to go to bed and I have to massage my face for around 2 minutes for the product to be absorbed? It is a 'good' moisturizer, but I feel like it's only sitting on the top of my skin.
Again, simple packaging in a jar with a spatula.

A thick, gel-like consistency.
A warning for those having sensitive skin and noses, these products are heavily scented. I'm usually fine with products having scents, but I can't stand this one. I like lavender scents, but the serum is just way too over the top. 
I haven't tried this one. It's not even opened.

It's too soon to decide whether I hate or love these products. The reason why I did a first impressions post is because I think these products are OVERHYPED on YT. Everybody is talking and raving about it, but I think that this is just an average brand. Let's just see if my opinions changed after 2 weeks/a month. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Exciting Findings at Watsons Kelapa Gading

Last weekend, I went to Kelapa Gading Mall with my bf, as usual. We had breakfast at The Duck King and went out for a stroll around the mall. We went to the bookstore and supermarket, but didn't purchase anything. We stopped for a while at the Angry Birds Grand Final event, looking at the contestants battle it out on who has the angriest bird to banish the green pigs. 

I stopped by at Watsons, as usual, to buy Nivea lip balm the Essentials, the one with the blue cap. As I reached the lip balm area, I noticed a new sunscreen product from Rohto not far from there. I was excited everytime I stumbled upon a sunscreen because I'm still looking for an affordable sunscreen with a high SPF and non greasy texture. 
Skin Aqua from Rohto
Both of us skimmed the ingredient list right then and there. I taught my bf to scan for alcohols in each of the product we are about to buy, except for cetyl and cetearyl alcohol. He understands now ^^.

The brand is Skin Aqua from Rohto and it has four variants of sunscreen. All of these products claim to be free of fragrance, hence perfect for sensitive skin. I got all of them, big surprise, huh? ^.^ *sarcastic*

This is the first that caught my eye. The words dry and sensitive skin just appeals to me currently since I do have combination skin with a more wider area of dryness and flakiness. It has SPF 25/PA ++, which has UVA & UVB protection. 

The second is the one with the highest sun protection of 50 and photoaging protection of +++. I don't know why it's in a smaller size compared to the first one.

The third product claims to be able to lighten and whiten the skin with SPF 20/PA ++. The texture is very runny, however, it feels very light and non greasy. I recommend this for people with dry to normal skin. My bf uses this and he chucked away his usual day cream because he likes how light it feels on his face. 

The last product is for oily skin people. It's a gel sunscreen with SPF 30/PA ++ that has a non greasy finish. I tried this on my T-zone and it's feels like not wearing anything. It doesn't has the GREATEST oil control, but for a sunscreen that doesn't feel sticky or greasy on oily skin? I think that's good enough.

So, I will be reviewing each of these products separately. Currently, I'm trying out the dry skin one and loving it so far. If you want to try out their products, just hurry to your Watsons and grab them!

Oh yeah, the price of each is IDR 47,500 which is discounted for IDR 52,000. 

Monday, June 6, 2011

Common Ingredients Found In A Cleanser

I'm bored. So, let's just discuss the common ingredients typically found in a face wash. I just randomly picked a foaming cleanser from my bathroom that CLAIMS it's good for the skin because it contains green tea. Let's just start.

Myristic Acid
An organic acid that functions as an opacifying agent in a face cleanser. It's used as a surfactant in most face wash.

This has a lot of functions which is commonly found in cleansers, lotions, emulsions, creams, etc. 
  • Denaturant
  • Fragrance Ingredient
  • Hair Conditioning Agent
  • Humectant 
  • Oral Care Agent
  • Oral Health Care Drug
  • Skin-Conditioning Agent 
  • Skin Protectant
  • Viscosity Decreasing Agent
Well, it's.... Water.

Propylene Glycol
Propylene Glycol is an organic alcohol. It is one of the most widely used ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products including fragrance formulations. Polypropylene Glycols (PPG), including PPG-9, PPG-12, PPG-15, PPG-17, PPG-20, PPG-26, PPG-30 and PPG-34 are polymers of Propylene Glycol and water. The number in the name represents that average number of units of Propylene Glycol in the compound.

Propylene Glycol and Polypropylene Glycols attract water and function as moisturizers to enhance the appearance of skin by reducing flaking and restoring suppleness. Propylene Glycol is also used to help stabilize formulations.

Potassium Hydroxide
Sodium Hydroxide, Calcium Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide and Potassium Hydroxide are white solids which occur in several forms, including powders. In cosmetics and personal care products, Sodium, Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium Hydroxide are used in the formulation of bath products, cleansing products, fragrances, foot powders, hair dyes and colors, makeup, nail products, personal cleanliness products, shampoos, shaving products, depilatories, skin care products, and suntan products. Sodium and Calcium Hydroxide are also used in hair straighteners and hair wave sets.

Sodium Hydroxide, Calcium Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide and Potassium Hydroxide are used to control the pH of cosmetics and personal care products. Magnesium Hydroxide is also used as an absorbant.

Stearic Acid
It is used in a variety of cosmetic creams, cakes, soaps and pastes. It functions as a surfactant and cleansing agent. 

Glycol Distearate
In cosmetics and personal care products, Glycol Stearate, Glycol Stearate SE, and Glycol Distearte may be used to formulate a wide varitey of products including bubble baths, makeup, as well as hair, skin and nail care products. It works as an opacifying agent, skin conditioning agent, and viscosity conditioning agent. 

Lauric Acid
In cosmetics and personal-care products, fatty acids and mixtures of fatty acids such as Stearic Acid, Oleic Acid, Lauric Acid, Palmitic Acid and Myristic Acid are used in a variety of cosmetic creams, cakes, soaps and pastes. It functions as a surfactant and cleansing agent. 

Decyl Glucoside
It  is a glucose-based surfactant commonly used in shampoos and body washes. It functions as a surfactant and cleansing agent. 

Glyceryl Stearate
It functions the same as glycol distearate.

Fragrances are complex combinations of natural and man-made substances that are added to products to give them a distinctive smell.

DMDM Hydantoin
DMDM Hydantoin is a white, crystalline solid. In cosmetics and personal care products, DMDM Hydantoin is used in the formulation of shampoos, hair conditioners, skin care products, moisturizers, bath products, and makeup bases and foundations.

DMDM Hydantoin is a formaldehyde-donor preservative, that prevents or retards microbial growth, thereby protecting cosmetics and personal care products from spoilage.

Silica and Hydrated Silica are used in cosmetics and personal care products as abrasives, absorbants, anticaking agents, bulking and opacifying agents. Silica may also be used as asuspending agent, and Hydrated Silica may also be used as an oral care agent, a skin conditioning agent, and a viscosity increasing agent.

Polyquaternium-7 prevents or inhibits the buildup of static electricity and dries to form a thin coating that is absorbed onto the hair shaft. Polyquaternium-7 also helps hair hold its style by inhibiting the hair’s ability to absorb moisture.

Disodium EDTA
In cosmetics and personal care products, these ingredients are widely used and can be found in moisturizers, skin care and cleansing products, personal cleanliness products, bath soaps, shampoos and conditioners, hair dyes, hair bleaches, and many other product types.

Disodium EDTA and the related ingredients bind to metal ions which inactivates them. The binding of metal ions helps prevent the deterioration of cosmetics and personal care products. It also helps to maintain clarity, protect fragrance compounds, and prevent rancidity.

Niacinamide and Niacin are a forms of vitamin B3. In cosmetics and personal care products, Niacinamide and Niacin are used in bath products, shampoos, hair tonics, skin moisturizers and other skin care preparations, and cleansing products.

Niacinamide and Niacin enhance the appearance and feel of hair, by increasing body, suppleness, or sheen, or by improving the texture of hair that has been damaged physically or by chemical treatment. When used in the formulation of skin care products, Niacinamide and Niacin enhance the appearance of dry or damaged skin by reducing flaking and restoring suppleness.

Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate
Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate prevents or retards bacterial growth, thereby protecting cosmetics and personal-care products from spoilage.

Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract
This is green tea leaf extract. Now, I know it's a good ingredient that has taken the beauty community by storm. However, I suggest you looks at where it's placed in the ingredient list.
  • Antioxidant
  • Fragrance Ingredient
  • Oral Care Agent
  • Skin-Conditioning
Cl 74260
Colorants are ingredients that, alone or in combination with other ingredients, impart or alter the color of the product. The visual perception of color occurs primarily by the absorption and/or reflection of visible light by the product and corresponds to humans seeing red, yellow, blue, green, black, etc. Such color derives from the wavelength spectrum of light interacting with the light receptor cells in the eye and sending a message to the brain.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

In Style Makeup Magazine Book *warning: pic heavy*

I went to Gramedia yesterday and found a new magazine by Instyle. I think this is the first edition where they collaborated with L'oreal. 

I got this because they have a makeup case or as they call it 'semi pro makeup case'. They come in three colors and I got the blue one. Too bad I can't choose because they're all packed nicely in a box with a very lovely pattern. 

Since it's 8 in the morning and I'm just super duper lazy to type, I'll show you pictures of it. 

It looks like a usual magazine from the front, but from the side....
It has a box attached to the magazine that's filled with the makeup bag and samples
The bonuses you get when you buy this IDR 75,000 magazine
I don't quite understand the meaning of magazine book. Maybe they meant  beauty book?
The makeup bag from L'oreal. I got the blue color. I wanted the purple one, though.
You can fit tubes of lotion on the left and cotton pads on the right.
Brushes on the left and makeup on the right
A few samples from L'oreal. An eye cream, face wash and shampoo.
The L'oreal privilege card. 
10% off for a minimum purchase of IDR 150,000
There is another bonus that I forgot to include. It's just a monthly voucher that gives a discount on certain items each month. Foundations, blush, liner,etc. 

The magazine itself is pretty interesting since it features most L'oreal products and how to achieve a look with them. I have to admit, I like looking at beauty products and makeup looks when I'm flipping through the pages of a magazine. That's probably why I like this, but if you're more into style and fashion, then this isn't the magz for you. 

Anyway, turns out my scanner is working again, so here are snips and snaps from the magazine. Just click on the picture to enlarge it.