Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Review: Lip On Lip Violet Pink

Hello, lovelies~ Having bright colorful lips has been one of my favorite part of doing my makeup. Even though sometimes it would bother Mr. G if I put something too bright, lol. Anyway, I've been using this lip product recently and thought I should do a review on it.

The Lip on Lip lipstick comes in a thin, white lipstick pacakging. However, it is smaller than your average lipstick pacakging. Well, it is slimmer. There are five shades to choose from, which are Scarlet Peach, Strawberry Red, Violet Pink, Ivory Orange, and Carnation Pink. Each of the lipstick comes in a 1.8 g product. 

When I swatched it on the back of my hand, I can see the hints of violet on the lipstick. However, I also noticed shimmers. Now, I don't quite like lip products with tons of shimmers as they tend to smear and end up anywhere else aside from my lips. Since the color is gorgeous for a drugstore product, I'll let the shimmers slide this time.

I find it applies easily on my lips, it just glides, ladies. I don't have to drag it back and forth to force the color on my lips. However, I can imagine this lipstick getting all mushy and soft in the hot weather. I haven't tried it first hand, though. It doesn't sink in to my cracks, as well. It doesn't feel drying on my lips as they are very moisturizing. For a cheap product, it's doing good so far.

Now, moving on to the performance of this lipstick. Even though it is pigmented, the color fades like a typical lipstick. On my lips, it fades after around the 2 hour mark, given that I don't bite my lips or lick them. After a meal, they're definitely a goner.

Overall, I say it is worth the price. The moisturizing factor of the lipstick and the colorful shades is just alluring to be bought. Granted, the staying power and shimmers are the things that slightly bothered me, but I'd say for the price, they're worth buying for an everyday lip color. If you don't mind reapplying them, of course. 
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Monday, July 30, 2012

My July Faves~

Hello, lovelies~ I know that it's cheesy to be saying the month just flew by so fast, but this is what I feel this month. It just felt really fast and now we're already heading to August. So, as usual, I am going to list the beauty items that I used ofttimes this month. 

I've talked about it in details HERE. Bottom line is it's absorbed rapidly and doesn't have a greasy finish after using it. 

Since my skin decided to behave badly at the beginning of the month and broke out everywhere, I skipped using retinoic acid for a while, turning my combination skin type into my old, usual oily skin type. In order to prevent excess oil piling on my face, I use this face wash instead of my Hada Labo.

My Konjac Sponge Water Drop Volcanic Stone

To encourage the keratinization process to occur normally, I tend to exfoliate everyday with a gentle method. My Konjac Sponge is perfect for days when I want a soft and gentle exfoliation process. 

Without parabens, this lip balm is able to moisturize my lips and relieve my chapped, cracked lips in an instant. It doesn't feel like it coats my lips, but it just sinks in my moisturize it. 

A Scent by Issey Miyake

I bought this last month when it was on sale. I forgot how much I paid for it, but it was a good deal. The scent is more of a jasmine scent and also has a subtle sweet scent.

Talika Lipocils

Although I received the sample size from them, I can see the changes. I haven't made a full review on this product yet, but I will soon, so keep your eye on that!

Revlon Photo Ready Two Way Powder Foundation

I love the practicality of this powder when I'm in a rush. I just take a powder brush, sweep on the powder foundation and lightly dust it evenly all over my face. I noticed that it eves out my skintone, minimizing the redness.

I've been into a pinky-peach lip color lately, just because it still looks natural, yet it has a slight brightening effect for my face. I love this lipstick because of its moisturizing property and pigmented colors.

That is all of my July faves and I hope it helps you in picking out certain products from the drugstore or even the department store. Before you go, I have a little poll that I need you to fill down below. Thanks, as always, for reading my blog! ^_^

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Review: L'Occitane Lip Balm

Hello, lovelies~ Lately, I have been mentally preoccupied with certain things that I can’t even come up with beauty tips (which I love writing about). So, while I’m waiting for my brain to clear the clutter, let’s just start with product reviews. Today, I wanted to review a product from one of my favorite brand that I liked recently, which is L’Occitane Lip Balm. 

The packaging of the lip balm itself is a light green squeeze tube with a slanted applicator at the end. It has an EcoCert label, which means that the ingredients used in the products are all organic. The size of the product is 15 ml or 0.5 oz. This is practical to be placed in almost any makeup bag because of the compact size.

The main moisturizing ingredient in this lip balm is Shea Butter, Olive Oil and Beeswax. It doesn’t contain any parabens, which is what I’ve been looking for recently in my beauty products.

The lip balm is in a liquid form that is thick, almost like a gel-like consistency. Once applied on my lips, it doesn’t feel sticky. I like the way it made my lips soft and moisturized, without having that stickiness sensation. However, it does make my lips look shiny afterwards, which is something I dislike. It’s like I just ate a bowl of deep fried dish and the oils are left behind on my lips, waiting to be wiped off with a sheet of tissue. I like the way that the product gets seeped into the lips, rather than just coating my lips, like the NIVEA essentials. If my lips are very dry, I would usually combine this lip balm and then coat it with petroleum jelly to prevent the moisture from escaping. 

Overall, I didn’t regret purchasing this lip balm at Rp 115,000* because the moisturization level is just right for me. Even though it may look ‘oily’ on my lips, but it’s nothing I can’t handle. Plus, no parabens in this product, so that’s another point added. 

* I forgot the exact price, but I guess-timate it would be around that price point.

P.S: I'm sorry for not updating my blog frequently lately. I've been having more frequent vertigo episodes.
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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Happiness In A Package

Hey, guys. I had a LOUSY DAY yesterday because :
a) Korres store in Singapore is currently under renovation (at least, that's what I think), so I can't get their famous lip butters.
b) Just when I wanted coffee, Angel In Us (a coffee shop) is ALSO under renovation
c) My nose has been very stuffy since Sunday and I have to breathe through my mouth to keep myself alive. Geez.
d) I left my novel at my workplace because I was already drowsy from the meds. Darn it! 

H-o-w-e-v-e-r, as they always say, there will be sunshine after the rain, silver linings to every thing, and blah blah. Well, it's true. I got home and was astonished to see a huge box in front of my room. My brother immediately said, "I know that box. It's from AmiAmi." I opened the box in such a haste that I nearly cut myself in the process. It certainly did make me feel tons happier when I see them. 

Oh, I also went to Watsons just for the sake of it. Gyahahaha.. Those four L'Oreal Night Creams aren't for me, btw. 

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My Top Ten Worthy Drugstore Products

Hello, lovelies~ I didn't realize it has already been half a year into 2012 until I saw the calendar. I figured I might as well wrap up some of the beauty products (drugstore wise) that I thought is worth buying until June 2012. 

Today, I wanted to share ten products (beauty-related) from the drugstore/supermarket that I like. Well, they do work for me and my combination, sensitive type skin. These will include skincare and makeup. If you want to do this post as I tag, you're more than welcome to. So, let's get going! ^_^

Hands down, one of the best face wash from the drugstore in the longest time. It's formulated for people with dry skin albeit the texture is a foam, instead of a cream cleanser. Plus, it doesn't contain any alcohol (like other cream cleanser from a certain brand).

Skin Aqua UV Mild Milk SPF 25/PA++ (Rp 47,000)*

Another Rohto product. No suprise there. This is by far the best sunscreen that I've tried so far. It is light, moisturizing, and has both UVA and UVB protection. It's fragrant free and colorant free as well.

SILKYGIRL Long Wearing Eyeliner (Rp 25,000-Rp 30,000)*

I underestimated this eyeliner because it is in a pencil form and they tend to smudge on my eyes.
This. Does. Not. Do. That. 
This eyeliner stayed on my eyelids without any base underneath for 4 hours. Granted, it is a bit 'draggy' and needed heat in order to glide smoothly, but as long as they stay there, that's all I need.

Revlon Colorstay Combination/Oily Liquid Foundation (Rp 110,000- Rp 125,000)*

This is (to this day) my HG liquid foundation from the drugstore. It feels light on my face with a natural finish and perfect for photos because of the low SPF.

Marcks Venus Loose Powder (Rp 20,000)*

In an ideal world, I should avoid talc in most of my loose powders, but even high end brands slip talc in their product, so what's the point? *shrugs* Anyway, I like this loose powder because of it does its job in setting my foundation (if I needed setting). Plus, it's cheap and hasn't caused any unpleasant skin reaction thus far.

Maybelline The Falsies (Rp 80,000)*

If there's one company that makes the best mascara, it has to be Maybelline. This one is so far my favorite since it is easy to apply without any clumps even if I applied them in a hurry. It lasts long around 4 hours, more or less.

Biore Cleansing Oil Sheet (Rp 22,000)*
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Some of you may jump at the thought of the price VS the content of 10 sheets. I don't. I like it because it is oil based and it takes of my foundation and waterproof mascara easily. This is the perfect product for a slacker like me, when I just can't be bothered to wash my face at night.

Caring Colors Happy Lip Color (Rp 30,000)*

One of the lipsticks I own that doesn't dry out my lips, even if I forgot to apply lip balm underneath. With a wide selection of colors, I like the options of being able to choose a different lip color for every ocassion. Plus, it's a local brand, as the saying goes "Cintailah produk-produk Indonesia~".

Revlon Colorstay Creme Gel Eyeliner (Rp 75,000)*

This is the only gel eyeliner that stays put on my oily eyelids. I don't like the overly shimmer in the product, but again, as long as it stays on my lids, it's good.

SILKYGIRL BB Cream (Rp 55,000-ish)*

Compared to Maybelline's BB Cream, I prefer this one from the drugstore. It reduces the redness and evens out my skin tone, but as with most BB creams, the coverage is not that great. It comes in two shades

Well, those are the things from the drugstore that I include in my top ten list.

For the sake of everything holy, please remember that these MAY NOT WORK wonderfully on your skin/body, m'kay?

We're not all created equally, d-uh. ~____~

* Prices may vary at various stores, yang artinye, harga bisa berbeda tergantung toko

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Review: Soap and Glory Hand Food Hand Cream

Hello, lovelies~ Today, I am feeling a little down, but as always, that never stopped me from posting before. So, if you guys follow me on twitter (@phanie14), you'll probably know that I went to Singapore to attend my brother's graduation ceremony. I bought a couple of things while I was there since I went to Sephora, Daiso, LUSH, etc. I'll start with a body care product that I have been wanting to try out. It's from Soap and Glory. 

This hand cream is packaged in a squeeze tube with a very girly color, which is a pink. The end of the cap is a flip top cap, a plus point for me as it reduces the chances of losing the cap. It comes in two sizes, a larger one ( 120 ml) and a smaller one (50 ml). I bought the small size so that it'll be easy to pack.

The ingredients to the hand cream is mainly Shea Butter and Grape Seed Oil. It still uses parabens, so those looking for a green beauty product should skip this one.

The product is a white cream that is thick, but gets absorbed really fast to my hands. I tried counting how many seconds it takes to sink in and it only took around 10 seconds. The end result is soft hands without the sticky or greasy finish. It is able to retain the moisture for around 2-3 hours, I'd say. The scent is sweet, candy-like scent which makes me feel like I'm walking in a candy store.

Overall, I really like this hand cream mainly due to its fast absorption time and the non-greasy and non-sticky finish. I can immediately use a pen without having oils all over it. However, as with all product, there is bound to be a downfall. This product still uses parabens as the preservatives. Also, it is not available in my country, so I have to order it online. The scent will start to fade within the first hour of using. So, is it worth shelling out SGD $7 out of my wallet? Yep, thank God for its rapid absorption and greaseless finish. 
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Monday, July 23, 2012

A Month With Talika Light Duo

Hello, lovelies~ Remember my first post about Talika Light Duo? The innovative light therapy device that emits green and pulsing orange light to help combat dark spots and fine lines on the face. If you have forgotten all about it, you can always read my post about it here, Light Therapy At Home With Talika. Well, it has been over a month of using the device on my stubborn dark spot on my left cheek. Let's see the before picture, shall we?

As you can see from the picture above, the dark spot (hyperpigmentation) has a deep color to it. All because of lack of sunscreen when I was younger, blast it. I also partly think it's in my genes because my mother and aunt all have the same spot on our cheeks. Gosh darn it! Anyway, here is how the spot look like after around a month with Talika Light Duo.

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After around a month (32 days) of using the Light Duo, it is still there, but it faded a little, especially around the edges. Please excuse the acne that decides to pop there unwillingly. It kinda makes my dark spot look like it turned pink, but it doesn't, I promise. At least that's how I see it, what do you guys think? Need opinions :)
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Review: L'Occitane Desert Rose Hand Cream

Hello, lovelies~ I have been into L'Occitane products lately. Probably because I just realized that they didn't use parabens in most of their products. I have been looking for paraben free products, but never noticed L'Occitane. Anyway, this is the hand cream that I have been loving lately. 

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The packaging of their hand creams are in a squeeze tube that has a faucet like cap that twists open. This may look cute and minimalist, but it is a huge downfall for me. I keep dropping the cap every time I tried to close it, probably that's just the clumsiness I have. On the tube, the label is designed to look simple and informative at the same time.

The texture of the hand cream is a white, slightly thick cream that smells like roses.The smell of roses isn't layered like the Rose 4 Reines, but it still has a nice fragrance nonetheless. I usually reapplied it every time I finished washing my hands to keep it moisturized and fragrant. The scent won't last me the whole day since I wash my hands quite frequently, especially if I'm at work. If I didn't wash my hands often, I find that the hand cream is able to retain the moisture for 3 hours-ish on my hands.

I usually dispense the product on my fingertip and rubbed it all over my hands, not forgetting to massage it into my cuticles. I find that this hand cream is able to slightly keep my cuticles moisturized, it's not the best, but it does the job. This hand cream takes longer to be fully absorbed, around 1-2 minutes, provided that I keep massaging them into my hands. After it has all absorbed, it doesn't feel sticky, but it does feel a bit greasy, just the slightest. It doesn't bother me that much, though.

Overall, I like the scent of this hand cream the most out of all the hand creams that I've tried. If the packaging is a flip cap, that would be a life saver since I can't deal with my clumsiness of dropping the cap almost every time. The rose scent is just soothing and calming to my nerves. It may look like it only lasted for a short period of time, but I do have dry hands, mind you. It does take longer than most hand creams to be absorbed, so if you can't wait for 1-2 minutes, then you may as well skip this hand cream. I, however, chose to stay with the hand cream just because of the lovely, sweet rose scent. <3

P.S: I'm using stock photos from the internet now because I left my external HD at home. I know, I know. No excuses, Phanie. =/
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Monday, July 16, 2012

Review: belif UV Protector Multi Sunscreen SPF 50+/PA+++

Hello, lovelies~ I bought this sunscreen a few weeks ago when I went for dinner with my bestie. I wanted to try out the BB cream, but they haven't stocked it yet. After making sure that the ingredients are a-okay, I bought it. 

The product is placed inside a separate grey box with all the necessary information printed on the box. The sunscreen itself is packaged in a white squeeze tube with a black twist off cap. There are 30 ml of product in the squeeze tube.

The type of sunscreen used in this product is a physical  and chemical sunscreen, namely Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide for the physical sunscreen, whereas the chemical suncreen is the Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid. This suncreen has dimethicones and humectants (Butylene Glycol), along with a few plant extracts that promises to soothe your face whilst using it. I don't pay much attention to the plant extracts because I think they're bull to begin with. I bought it solely for its physical sunscreen duo.

This product has a herbal scent that finishes off with an earthy aroma. It's not the best of aromas, but I'll manage. It has a pale cream color, but it doesn't make my face all white and ghost-like. Blending the product can be a bit of a challenge given the slightly thick texture.

On my combination skin type, it kinda exaggerated the flaky skin around the edges of my mouth, but that's probably because I rubbed it too hard. Lately, I have been applying the sunscreen by patting it on my face, right after I've warmed the product in my hands. Despite the dimethicone content, this sunscreen is nowhere near silky when it comes to finishes. In other words, the sunscreen has a slightly sticky finish, but it didn't feel greasy. Does that make sense? Oh, well.

Would I say I love the sunscreen? No. Would I say I hate the sunscreen? Again, no. It's kinda in between love-hate, but hate is such a strong word. Gosh, I like the high SPF in this product, but I dislike (not hate) the sticky finish and the herbal-earthy scent. Priced at Rp 199,000 for a sunscreen, it is fairly priced. Thanks, Javier, for letting me know the sulfonic acid ingredient! ^_^