Monday, April 30, 2012

Phanie's Prized Products : April 2012 Edition

Hello, lovelies~ It's nearly the end of April and I present to you my monthly faves of April. I've been trying out new items this month, some are hits, but some are misses. 

Derma e Hyaluronic Acid Rehydrating Serum
As I'm typing this, I mistyped it to Dehydrating instead of rehydrating and laughed for a minute alone in my office. Anyway, I liked the consistency of this serum (although it feels more like a moisturizer), its non greasy or sticky finish and its free from parabens (a bit hard to find these in Indonesia). I'll do a proper review later on. 

Petit Petit Perfect Touch Brush
I found this at Star Department store in Kelapa Gading Mall near the Dolly Wink eyelashes. It was an impulse buy (guilty as charged). I enjoyed using this to apply my blush or highlight because of its pointy end. The brush is soft and have never shed (even once!) so far.

Perfume Atomizer
I bought this from a while ago, one for me and one for Mr. G. What makes it different than other perfume atomizers is the unique way of refilling it. I just need to pump it from the bottom of the atomizer without having to spill perfume all over my table. 

The Face Shop Flower Touch Hand-Lotion 
I liked the scent of this hand lotion. It is a soft floral scent that is between sweet and fresh. It is slightly greasy and takes more time than my other lotions to sink in, but I bought it solely for the scent. 

Maybelline Clear Smooth All In One Shine Free Cake Powder SPF 25/ PA +++
I like to use this on days when I'm lazy and wanted minimal makeup. It gives an even skin tone and eliminates shine from my face. It also has sun protection, so it's great when I am going out in the afternoon and know for sure that I won't be taking any pictures. 
Tous H2O
It's a perfume and by now you already know that I'm lousy at describing scents. So, to my nose, it smells fresh, light and sporty.

Moon Korean Ocher Facial Sponge
This is the item that I have been talking about all month. I liked the idea of a gentle exfoliation every time I wash my face. It is a sure fire way to get rid of the dirt, grime, oil and everything else that is getting in the way of clean pores. It can be disinfected by putting it in the microwave every week or so. 

That is all of my monthly faves that I can think of right now. I hope you liked the post and as always, I'll see you in my next post. 

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Beauty Box: Bellabox April

Hello, lovelies~ Remember the beauty subscription box I unbox a month ago? Well, I got the April box and I'm going to share with you what's inside. This month's theme is Flawless Beauty and there are a few skincare items and makeup inside it.
Flawless Beauty
April Bellabox

flaw*less [flaw - lis] adjective
:having no discernible blemishes or shortcomings; perfect.

This month we embark on a journey of perfection and flawless beauty with Bellabox.

Be the first to discover the newest products and brands to achieve that impeccable look.

We'll also share insider tips that will ensure you enjoy a flawless look from day to night.

Kinohimitsu Collagen drink *CULT*
A functional, instant drink with high concentration of Collagen helps to plump up your skin to make way for smoother, firmer, younger looking skin in just 6 days.

Ahava Hydrate essential day moisturizer normal to dry *FIND*
Based on Deep Sea minerals, this pamepring face cream provides lasting hydration and protects against environmental damage. contains Vitamin E, Aloe Vera, and Amino Acids.

Lemograss House Shower Gel *CULT*
A gentle way to cleanse the skin and awaken the senses. These vegetable based shower gels are fragrance free and made with fresh plant infusions of aloe vera and cucumber. 

Enavose H2Osis Black Tea Quench Mask *FIND*
The ultimate hydration haven for thristy and dehydrated skins, our quenching mask uses Kombucha Tea to release a profusion of moisture and vitality that deeply replenishes skin's moisture. For beautiful flawless skin. 
Benefit Cosmetics Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Liquid Foundation *NEW*
A brightening liquid foundation gives you a beautiful natural coverage. It features the exclusive Oxygen Wow Hydrating Complex that will have you looking flawless in a flash. Oil free and SPF 25 PA +++.
 It matches my skin tone! Love~

They also provide tips to achieve Flawless Beauty written by Shelley Travers, the Bellabox Beauty Editor.

Sleeping Beauty: Swedish scientists have discovered that beauty sleep really is essential to looking attractive. Aim for at least 7 hours sleep a night to be your beautiful best.

Prevent fine lines: Give skin a boost with a glycolic acid peel to speed up cell turnover. Glycolic acid is a natural exfoliator and moisturizer that helps to "unglue" dead skin cells whilst drawing moisture into new skin cells. 

Disguise dark circles: Didn't manage to get those 7 hours sleep? Never fear, there is always concealer. The trick to hiding dark eye circles is to counteract them with a toned concealer - try one that is yellow based and one or two shades lighter than your foundation. 

Prime: Primer is perhaps the most important step to creating flawless skin, not only do they even skin tone, smooth out fine lines, wrinkles and even reduce the appearance of pores but they also diffuse light meaning your skin glows with natural beauty. 

Prevent Shine: Buy yourself a very big brush! A large brush will help to achieve and airbrushed looks and control shine throughout the day - dip a large, fluffy brush in loose translucent powder and apply lightly all over. 
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Friday, April 27, 2012

Review: Moon Korean Ocher Facial Sponge

Hello, lovelies~ Last week, I said that I will do an updated post on using the sponge with a cleanser, but I don't like it at all. So, I didn't continue to use the sponge with a cleanser and used it solo. This post will be a review on the sponge itself. 
Disclosure: This sponge is sent to me for review purposes. All of the opinions I have are honest and I'm not paid to say these things. 
Moon Korean Ocher Facial Sponge
Made from 100% pure vegetable fiber, using the world most famous Jeju in Korea (registered as UNESCO World Heritage Site). Excellent for all skin types even those with hypersensitive skin.

• 100% Natural Sponge
• 100% Coloring & Addictive Free
• 100% Biodegradable
• Naturally Sustainable
• Soothing, Cleansing, Smoothing & Anti - Aging

Availability: My Konjac Sponge website
Price: Rp 65,000

The sponge came in a plastic pouch with a clear window in the middle so you can see the inside. There are five types of sponges catered to every skin type, from dry, normal and oily. Each sponge has its own color theme, matching the plastic pouch with the sponge.
Once I let the sponge out of the plastic, I can feel it being slightly damp. Maybe it's packaged this way so it can be used immediately right away. All I have to do is soak it in water, lightly squeeze the excess water and massage it all over my face. 

The texture of the sponge is soft and springy, with pores of various sizes all over the surface. As it is round, the sponge has two sides, which are surprisingly different. One side is a slightly rough texture, perfect for exfoliating and removing dirt and grime. The other side is soft and smooth, beneficial for buffing or polishing the skin to acheive smoother skin. 

How I Use It
I would place the sponge in a bowl or a glass, depending on what container you have. Fill it with water and let the sponge soak the water for 20-30 seconds as long as it is already wet.

Gently squeeze the sponge to remove the excess water and rub it on the face for 30-60 seconds in circular motion.

After that, I rinse my face and pat it dry with a towel (and smile for the camera). 

I have been using this religiously for two whole weeks, day and night, without any cleanser. Surprisingly, it has kept my skin clear, soft, and smooth.

However, I do feel the need to disinfect this sponge if I were to use it without any face cleanser. I placed the sponge in a microwave safe dish and "cook" it for 30 seconds. 

Overall, I really liked this sponge as a face cleanser because of its gentle texture. Also, it's great because it reduces the chance of surfactant getting into direct contact with my skin (which is usually the cause of my breakouts). I would probably repurchase this if mine ever gets badly damaged. 
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Beauty Event: Come Closer With SK-II

Hello, lovelies~ On 24th April 2012, I was invited by Stella, who was asked by SK-II, to invite bloggers to attend the launching of the new products from SK-II.

Since I was free that day, I jumped on the invitation and went to the event. It was held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel at Pacific Place at their spa on the 8th floor. The schedule that day is to have a facial treatment using the finest products from SK-II. 

I arrived there at the same time as Gabby and Stella. I also met Nisa on the way upstairs to the spa room. Once we reached the eighth floor, we were directed to sign the guest list, kinda like when you go to weddings. When I entered the room, there were snacks and tea~ They have English Breakfast, Jasmine Green Tea, Natural Green Tea, and coffee. There are also savoury and sweet snacks such as; mini doughnuts, cookies and bitterballen (I guess?). I took the mini doughnuts because it's just too cute. ^_^ ♡

Aside from all the distracting foods, there are SK-II products on the other side of the room. The classic, tried and true products are placed neatly side by side in a single row.

All the new products are placed on a stand with red silk underneath it as they are the super star of the event. 

After we finished eating, it's time to start the skin test. No, it's no an allergy test. This test is performed using a USG-handheld-look-alike-thing-amagick to reveal the luminosity or glow the skin has.

The test showed that skin lacked its 'glow' from within. Well, I expected that to happen since my skin always looked its dullest when I'm having my period.

Let's hope this facial treatment from SK-II will help increase my skin's inner glow, making me confident to be looked at from 20 cm distance.

I was led to a private room with a bed, a bath robe and a lineup of SK-II products on the sink. I wish I can take all of them home with me.

I'm sure I'll give them a good home amidst all my other skincare items. ^_^ However, that is out of the question. I'm told to change and let them know if I'm ready to begin my facial treatment. Being left alone in a room, I took lots of pictures.

Well, I was really excited to have the room all to myself, really. They also provide a strawberry-infused-tea (at least, that's what I tasted) on the side table.

The facial treatment session took around 45 minutes, give or take. It was a relaxing session of face and shoulder massages, what could be better. I felt so pampered all throughout the session. Soon after the it ended, my face felt clean and fresh.

This gave my face a dewy finish, but not too over the top. ♥♥♥

When I look in the mirror, it looked even better than it felt. It looked glowy (but not over the  top glowy that it looked oily) and brighter! I think it was the treatment essence that made it look brighter and clearer. Psst.. I spend more or less 3 minutes touching my face after that session, lol. I know I'm not supposed to, but I can't resist! It felt so smooth, soft, plump and bouncy. I won't mind if anyone were to look at my face from 20 cm. ^_^

I forgot to take the before picture, so it's a little blurry, forgive me. The top two picture is before the facial treatment, the lower two is after the treatment. I know you can't compare the two because the top pictures are blurry, but the after looks brighter, clearer, smoother, softer and bouncier.

"My face feels like a marshmallow!!" - Stella Lee after facial treatment with SK-II 

I didn't even bother to apply makeup over that because I wanted to preserve the bounciness and glowing skin appearance. Or maybe I'm just lazy to apply makeup that day, lol.

Anyway, the event continued with a fashion show by three models, each carrying the new products from SK-II. They're so tall and slender and thin and had clear skin. That's just not fair, is it? Well, on the far right picture above is Mr. Sugimartono giving beauty tips for clear skin and flawless face. His tips are taking good care of your skin, hence there will be no need to pile on heavy makeup. Simple, yet effective, I like it.

Right before the end of the event, they draw a name from a glass bowl for a free makeup and Carnellin was the lucky one. She's already so beautiful and flawless, to begin with, anyway. So, before we all go home, group photos are taken since it is one of the most important things to do.

Each of us received a goody bag from SK-II and a healthy meal (yum!). I opened the goody bag at home and was in disbelief as they gave the whitening spots concentrate. I'll be sure to use it and report back to you guys what I think about it. All in all, thank you SK-II for inviting me to the new products launch. I had a great day of pampering and relaxation. Also, I liked the cellumination essence! It is lightweight, not sticky and gives a beautiful glow to my face.
Just click to enlarge it~
I'm happy because I get to meet the faces behind the blogs and they're all great, friendly individuals with their own personalities. Some are cute, physically cute (you know who you are), sweet (*cough* one of the lovely sisters *cough*), funny, and just great companionship. I was really glad to have met you, fellow bloggers.

Carnellin was having  a make over in the next room, but check out her blog too if you're really interested in skin care. She is, as I've always said, the Queen of Skin Care. As always, I'll see you in my next post.
In the car after the facial. It looks really radiant! ♥
Thank you, SK-II!
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Nichijou: To Singkawang and Beyond~!

Hello, lovelies~ Since a few of my products are still waiting to meet their review-appropriate deadline, I'll just do a random post about my life in pictures. I know this is sidetracking, but once in a while, I guess that's okay. Besides, I started this blog as a diary, anyway~ 

These were taken at Pasir Panjang beach at Singkawang. The name was obtained from the fact that the sandy part of the beach is long, pasir means sand, panjang means long. We went there to capture the sunset, but failed, because the clouds decided to hide the sun. It wasn't a futile trip, though. I still manage to spend time playing at the beach with Mr. G, even if it means taking vanity pictures and artsy-fartsy ones.

One of the artsy fartsy picture I was talking about

It just got lost in translation. -_-"

The view of Pasir Panjang from above

Mr. G wanted to be included in the artsy-fartsy shots

How can I resist not taking pics? >.<

What kind of adventure would it be without food? We stopped by a couple of restaurants to satisfy our (or rather, mine) tummies.
I know I haven't posted a haul for ages, but I thought I'd slip one compilation picture of my collective haul this month. Yeah, for shopping~! 
So, that's basically what my life has been if I'm not working. I've noticed that I have been travelling a lot more than I have been my whole life. *random thought* 

Anyways, I'll see you in my next post. ^_^ / ♡
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