Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Phanie's Faves: Drakuli Online Store

Before I post this, let me make one thing clear. I am not a gamer. I love playing video games, occasionally. Saying that, let's start this post. I just wanted to write a brief post about an online store called Drakuli. He sells video games, from PS3 to Nintendo DS. 

The store utilizes a shopping cart system that makes it easier for customer to make a purchase. After confirming the order, they will email you the details of your purchase and list the bank tranfer option. Once completed, you will be given a track number via email once the item is shipped. I'm very pleased with this store since the service is friendly and helpful, but the most important is the fast response.  

A few days ago, I made a purchase at his store and today I received the package. It is packed safely in a box and my items are bubble wrapped for extra protection. Both items are received in the best condition without even a scratch on them. Impressive!

I bought a nintendo 3DS card case which can hold up to 24 cards, which I don't have right now. Don't worry, I'll start buying them one by one, just like what I did with my skincare and makeup, lol. 

The second item I bought is Harvest Moon 3D: The Tale of Two Towns. Last time I played HM was on Playstation, which was a very, very long time ago. 

Hope it was helpful for those looking and wanting to buy video games online. See you in my next post~ ^_^

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Phanie's Prized Products: February 2012 Edition

February is almost over, everyone. I had a great time this month, filled with travelling to places. A bit unusual for me because I'm not a big fan of travelling. Anyway, here are my favorites beauty products for the month of February.

Sunplay Water Kids SPF 60+/PA +++

Available: Not in Jakarta. I got this while I was in Singapore T__T
Price: SGD $12.80 (prices may vary)
Size: 42 ml
I have to admit that I was drawn by its lovely and cute drawings on the bottle. The reason I picked this over the other Sunplay sunscreen is because of the absence of alcohol in it. It also has a high SPF of 60+ and PA +++. Once applied, it doesn't feel sticky or greasy, but it doesn't have a good oil control. It does feel lightweight and hasn't given me any acne.

Garnier Instant Fairness BB Moisturizer

I've already done a review of this product, which you can check out HERE. In short, I love the sheer and lightweight feeling on my face for everyday use. 

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

Available: At Shu Uemura counters
Price: SGD $19.30 (I bought mine at Changi Duty Free)
I finally caved and bought this a while back. It curls my eyelashes effortlessly, which is perfect to be used in the morning where I rush a lot. The shape of the curler fits my eyes, so it doesn't pinch the corners of my eyelids.

Available: Revlon counters
Price: Rp 75,000
I've already done a review and swatch of this product HERE. In short, it is a moisturizing hybrid between lip balm and a lipstick.
LUSH Porridge Soap

Available: LUSH counters or online
Price: SGD $9.90/100 g
I've already reviewed this as well, which you can check out HERE. In short, it's good for people with dry and sensitive skin type because it is a gentle exfoliator.

Available: Sigma Beauty
Price: USD $16.00
I was sent this product from Sigma Beauty, but in all honesty, I love this brush. Applying foundation is easier with this, rather than with fingers like I usually do. It leaves a flawless, streak-free finish. I'm thinking of buying a new one as a backup, in case anything bad happens to this one *knock on wood*. I like how dense the bristles are, so I know I won't be applying foundation with a flimsy brush. Also, it is very soft! ^_^

Nivea Daily Essentials Refreshing Facial Cleansing Wipes

Available: Most drugstores in Singapore, not in Jakarta T_____T
Price: SGD $10.00 (I forgot the price, but it was around that range)
I know that this is just an ordinary makeup removing wipes, but it's different than the one I used. This has an exfoliating side, which has smal bumps on the surface. I like using the exfoliating part because I feel it removes my makeup a lot better than a usual cleansing wipes. However, that is just my personal opinion. ^_^

DAISO Face Wash

I've already done a review of this product, which you can check out HERE. It is an affordable face wash that cleanses and reduces excess oil, without making my face feeling tight or overly dry.

Just Miss Eyeshadow Palette

Available: Strawberry, Naughty, and those kinds of stores
Price: Rp 21,000 (I forgot the exact price)
When it comes to eyeshadow, I am a total beginner. I don't like using eyeshadows because it won't show up on my eyes unless I apply it really high. So, I'm not usually splurging on high end eyeshadows because it won't be used up anyway. I got this palette when I was in Pontianak. I don't use every single one of them, but I only use one color all over my lid. It looks natural and stays put, if I use a primer and not rub my eyes (which I usually do often). 

That is all of my favorite beauty products this month. It sure has been a month of new discoveries and fun. I hope you all enjoyed this post and I'll see you in the next post. ^_^
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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Review: Garnier Instant Fairness BB Moisturizer

I don't know if you can tell, but I love BB creams. Well, I think you can kinda tell, though, lol. Anyway, I found another BB cream to try out and it is from Garnier. I bought this while I was in Singapore a few weeks ago for that brief holiday. I've used it while I was there and when I visited Mr. G in Singkawang. After a long use, here is my review.

Garnier Instant Fairness BB Moisturizer

Available: At most Singapore drugstores. Sadly, it's still not available here T__T
Price: SGD $18.90 (prices may vary)
Size: 20 ml

The light brown squeeze tube with a twist off cap is quite compact for travelling because it will fit into almost any makeup bag. Also, it only contains 20 ml of product, which is elligible at most international flights. 

As with most BB creams, this only comes in one shade, which is in between a light and medium shade. The formula itself is more on the mattifying side, leaving a satin (semi matte) finish. Applying this product is practical because it is easily blended on the face and doesn't leave any streaks even when applied with my fingers. Another plus to this product is it has SPF 26/PA +++, so you're protected from both UVA & UVB.

This BB cream has sheer coverage, with the ability to brighten my face and reduce redness on my cheeks, hence evening out my skintone. The texture is quite thin, which kinda feels more like a tinted moisturizer rather than a BB cream.

I also notice reduced appearance of my pores, especially when combined with a primer beforehand. Oil control is quite impressive as it manages to keep all my excess oil at bay for nearly 3 hours, if used alone (without a primer). However,with most BB creams, it doesn't have the staying power of a foundation. On me, it only lasted a good 4 hours (when active or outdoors) or 6 hours (when inside an air-conditioned room) before fading away. Probably because I touch my face a lot. Sometimes, I even scratch it unconsciously, ^^;;.

Overall, I like the sheer coverage because I can use it on days when I don't feel like wearing any foundation, but still have an even skintone without any redness. Also, it is able to produce a fresh face in a minute, so I don't have to take a lot of time in the morning when I'm still sleepy. The sun protection it offers is quite impressive, having PA +++ and SPF 26. I would repurchase this when mine runs out.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Review: Graymelin Magic Cover Matte Pore Primer

Hi, everyone~ I can't stress enough how important a face primer is in makeup, especially if you have oily skin or live a hot, humid weather like my lovely Jakarta. I've tried numerous primers from NYX to Smashbox, low end to high end. Now, I am going to review a primer from Graymelin. This is the first time I've heard this brand. Probably from Korea, I guess. 

Graymelin Magic Cover Matte Pore Primer

It covers pores and fine wrinkles softly, makes your skin smooth. It makes your skin under the good conditions to put on make-up. Also it is double functional product approved by the KFDA with the functions of whitening and anti-wrinkle of arbutin and adenosine. 

1. It has superior convergent function of pores and moisture protective layer maintains your make-up under the first status all day long.
2. It absorbs excessive sebum, prevents from getting oily and make-up helps not to be removed or be holded together.
3. It makes the feeling that is very wet or rough smooth.
4. It contains adenosine, ingredient that improves wrinkles, it is functional cosmetic that functions anti-wrinkle and whitening at the same time.

Price: starts at Rp 147,000
Size: 30 grams

First of all, the packaging is in a tall and sleek squeeze tube with a twist off cap. I personally like the packaging possibly due to the milk chocolate brown color combined with a kinda-retro design on the tube. Measuring at 13 cm, it will fit almost any makeup bag, hence a travel friendly product. 

This is a silicone-based primer, so be warned those who are allergic towards any type of silicone. It also contains salicylic acid, which helps reduce acne while maintaining the longevity of your makeup. It has a slight scent that is a bit like those vitamin E soft gel capsules. I didn't find that to pleasing, but as I blend it on my face, the scent goes away.

This light pink primer blends easily on the skin, however, it does feel silkier than Smashbox's. It does cover the pores, providing a smooth surface for foundation or BB cream application. It is not at all sticky or greasy feeling, in fact, it does as its name claimed, matte look. I usually need a 0.75 cm diameter for my whole face. 

Once applied, I can notice an immediate difference on my T-zone and cheeks. The shiny appearance is slightly dimished, but it still has a sheen on my face, preventing a flat-out matte look. The picture on your left is the before picture and the one on your right is the after. Notice the slight sheen still showing through, making my face a little more alive, but not overly shiny.

Now, for the pores. It didn't conceal the appearance of my pores, as they are still as large as they were before the primer was applied. However, it did gave a smooth canvas before applying my foundation. I find that my foundation works better than without a primer and it can conceal my large pores better. 

The staying power and its ability to mattify my face lasted for a good four to five hours. It does prolong the makeup that I used that day. 

Here is how my face looks like with the primer underneath. I didn't edit my face at all, just putting them together side by side.

Overall, I was quite impressed by this primer as it is able to give a semi matte finish, making me look fresh and not flat. My foundation performed better with this underneath as it provides a smooth layer, avoiding the foundation to sink into fine lines or pores. 

Nichijou: Visiting Singkawang

Last week, I went to Singkawang to visit Mr. G during his internship there. I went to Pontianak first using a plane, followed by a three hour car ride to Singkawang. It may have sounded very long and laborious, but it was fun and safe. The driver was very cautious in making his turns, hence I felt safe during the car ride.  *Just click on the pics to enlarge them*
One of the main reasons I went there is to celebrate our 8th anniversary. We have been going out for 8 years and are very grateful each and every second of it. So, I decided to spend it with him over at Singkawang. ^_^
We went to the city using a rental car because it's quite far to reach the city by walking. Once there, I saw many 'klenteng's located near each other. I think there were 4 that I spotted in the city. 
By nightfall, it looked really beautiful and enchanted, like something from the movies. The walls are lined with LED lights, all brightly lit up in red. The lanterns from the Chinese new year is still hanging and brightly shining. 
In the afternoon, we went to eat noodles for lunch at Bakmie Raos. I ordered the beef balck pepper hot plate noodles, while Mr. G got the meatball soup. The hot plate black pepper was so delicious, I love it~ You can really taste the black pepper and the beef portion is generous as well.
Mr. G took me to have dinner at Kampung Batu, which is not that far away from where I'm staying. It is definitely within walking distance, but the path there is a bit steep and uphill, so Mr. G suggested that we use a car. I didn't take a picture of the food because it was dark and the lighting was bad, so I thought I'd skip it. 
The place kinda reminds me of Puncak, probably because of the weather, heights and city view. We ordered grilled chicken, fried calamari, and vegetables. It was really nice and romantic to have a quiet dinner in a restaurant near a mountain. 
We didn't go to the beach or the mountain or any of those tourism destination. This is because we didn't have a car or any transportation whatsoever and Mr. G was busy. I didn't mind that, though. As long as I get to spend more time with Mr. G, that's all that matters. ^_^
Anyway, when he had time, we went to Pontianak to stock up on a few things that he needed around his room. We bought a plastic cupboard, a small coffee table, and other household items. 
During our trip to Pontianak, I just captured some of the mountain views, but other than that it's just a regular road. ^_^

I spend 5 days there with Mr. G and had a great time. I'll definitely come back, probably in 2 months time? Maybe then, I'll get to show you guys the tourism spots at Singkawang. See y'all later~!
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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Review: LUSH Porridge Soap

I am glad to finally be doing this review on LUSH. I have been eyeing their bath products for the longest time because they have good reviews, mostly on how their divine scents. I bought the Porridge soap, Sweetheart soap and Godmother soap. However, today, I'm going to review the Porridge soap. 

LUSH Porridge Soap
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Start the day the Goldilocks way with a helping or three of porridge oats. Ideal for sensitive skin; irresistible to everyone else. Oats are soothing for the skin and will gently exfoliate, while orange juice is refreshing and naturally toning. Rise and shine with some delicious porridge.

  • Ingredients
  • Water (Aqua),
  • Propylene Glycol,
  • Rapeseed Oil,
  • Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera),
  • Pinhead Oatmeal (Avena sativa),
  • Fresh Organic Orange Juice (Citrus Aurantium dulcis),
  • Titanium Dioxide,
  • Sodium Hydroxide,
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Perfume,
  • Labdanum Resinoid (Cistus labdaniferus),
  • Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis),
  • Sodium Chloride,
  • *Limonene.

Availability: I bought mine at LUSH Singapore, Wisma Atria.
Price: SGD $9.90/100 gr
Kinda looks like a piece of oatmeal cake, doesn't it?
My first impression on this soap when I was in the store is the refreshingly semi-sweet and citrus-y type scent. Before trying it, I would cut a chunk of it, enough to use on my whole body and then bringing it in the shower with me. I store my soap in a ziplock bag, placed in the fridge. I find this method preserves the soap a lot longer than putting them in the bathroom. 

When I tried it in the shower, I like the creamy texture in combination with the grainy, exfoliating oat grains. It doesn't feel harsh at all on my skin, despite it being a natural exfoliator. After showering, my skin feels smooth and soft, without any redness left behind. 

However, I don't like how messy my shower looks after I use this. The oat grains fell off one by one, leaving a goopy mess all over the floor. So far, it hasn't clogged my drains yet, but I'll update you on that. Since I can't show you in pictures how creamy it is, I thought it would be helpful to do a demo. So, here are my chubby hands, performing a simple routine of handwashing (kinda). Enjoy~

I hope that was beneficial in determining the texture of the soap. Please excuse the choppy editing and the blinking near the end of the video. I'm sorry if I sounded a bit weird and heavy-voiced, it's just my morning voice and I haven't talked at all. Probably why I sounded really heavy and deep, lol. Anyways, have a great day, people~
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Review: DAISO Cleansing Foam

While we're in Singapore, I nagged Mr. G to go to DAISO because I love their products. Once there, I was shocked by the size of the store. It is ridiculously huge compared to the DAISO I used to go to at Mall Artha Gading. We browsed the store and ended up buying a couple of things for us and my brother. 

One of the items I purchased that I am quite excited about is their cleansing foam. I've seen it in numerous blog posts and I finally have the chance to try it. 

DAISO Cleansing Foam

Available at DAISO ION, Singapore. 
Price: SGD $2.00

I brought this face wash on my trip to Singkawang. I just wished the packaging is slightly smaller and not as tall as it is currently. However, it can still fit into a zip lock bag for travelling purposes. 

As for the packaging, it is in a squeeze tube with a twist off cap. I prefer a flip cap because it's easier and more convenient when secure the cap back after using. 

Once I squeezed it out, the product is black to grey kind of color. However, it turns into a white foam when I rubbed my hand together. It didn't have any particular scent that bothers my nose. Also, it didn't stain my face black, just so you know. 

After I cleansed my face with this, I pat it dry with a towel. Immediately, I feel my face soft and smooth, without being overly dry or oily. It's just the right texture. Mr. G also gave it a try and loves it because it's not too drying on his face. Now, he wants to buy 10 more of it. I guess that's all the more reason for me to go to Singapore, lol. 

So far, I didn't experience any redness or acne while using this product. In fact, my face becomes smooth and less oily with frequent use of this product.

Overall, I think this product is worth the money, considering it's only SGD $2.00. Unfortunately, it is not yet available in DAISO Jakarta, so I'll have to buy it from Singapore. I will definitely repurchase if I run out of it. I can see this becoming one of my must-haves beauty items in terms of skin care. 

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