August Favorites~

Friday, August 31, 2012

Hello, lovelies~ Since today is the last day of August, I thought it would appropriate to post my monthly favorites beauty products. This includes skincare, makeup and bodycare.

Chanel Vita Lumiere Aqua Foundation
I bought this a little while back and have been loving it ever since. It is one of the foundation that feels lightweight, but has medium coverage on my face. It is able to minimize redness all over my face and conceal some minor imperfections on my right cheek (small acne and acne scars). It also has an SPF 15, which makes it all the more perfect for daily use.

This is similar to the one toner from The Face Shop that I love. It gives extra moisture to my skin right after washing my face, hence keeping the level of moisture on my face before continuing my skincare regime.

L'Occitane Angelica Face Mist
I love the scent of this face mist, which is a grassy like scent with a little hint of citrus at the end. It has Aloe Barbadensis extract to help soothe my skin and refresh it throughout the day.

Etude House Brown Liquid Liner
I'm proud to say that I am more confident to use a liquid liner now! Yeay! Anyway, this is an old item from Etude House, but I got it on sale. I love the staying power of this liner and the easy application on my face.

This is one of the drugstore brand that cannot be underestimated. I loved their pencil eyeliner and now, I've fallen for their lipsticks. It feels moisturizing throughout my time using the lipstick and the color is super pigmented that the colors came out with just one swipe.

Gucci Envy Me Perfume
I have been using this perfume a lot this month. It has a sweet, musky scent that feels very playful. Since I suck at describing scent, here are the notes. 

Taken from, "NotesPeony, Jasmine, Pink Pepper, Litchi, Pomegranate, Pineapple, Pink Musk, Seringa, White Tea, Sandalwood, Teakwood, Sensual Musk."
I think that is all for my August beauty favorites. At least, the ones I can think of right now. I'll see you in my next post~ ^_^ 
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Dealing With Acne

How I Deal With Acne (back then)

Monday, August 27, 2012

Hello, lovelies~ As a teenager, I struggled with acne, a whole lot of times. In fact, I first had my acne when I was in the fourth grade! The acne on my face started to lessen these past two years. My skin looked better now, but there are still some acne popping up during my menstruation cycles. Here are some of the picture from around 7 years ago. You can see my acne is bad on my right cheek mostly.


Blog Sale Preloved Makeup Items

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Hello, lovelies~ Di post ini, aku mau ngadain blog sale alias barang2 prelovedku yang sudah ga kepake lagi. Alasannya karena makeup udah numpuk di kamar, jadi some of them have to go away. Harganya udah pas yah, ga bisa nego2 lagi, soalnya udah murah banget juga.. >.< So, monggo diliat2, siapa tau ada yang nemplok di hati. Kalo mau pesen, tinggal email langsung aja ke doapjblog[at]gmail[dot]com.

Oia, booking hanya 1x24 jam, selebih itu kalo belum transfer, barangnya status bookingnya hilang yah dan lanjut ke peminat yang lain.. Thank you..

Shade Ivory 09

Etude House Cream Blush Shade No 02 Lovely Angel
Revlon Lip Butters Shade 080 Strawberry Shortcake

Maybelline Clear Smooth Minerals Shade FRESH

LUVIEW BB Crystal Cover BB Cream

Danahan Eye Serum 90%

Borjouis Healthy Mix Serum Shade 51 Light Vanilla

Borjois Healthy Mix Foundation Shade 51 Light Vanilla

Kameria Baby Face Whitening + Elastic All In One BB Cream

ZA Skin Beauty Liquid Foundation Shade 21

Lunasol Water Gel Foundation Shade OC01

Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss Shade Orchid (Left, Strawberry (Right)

Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW! Shade Cheers To Me Champagne
Borjouis Healthy Mix Concealer Shade 51 Light Radiance

Etude House Juicy Pop Tube Lipgloss

Lioele Fresh Sunscreen

Sariayu Liquid Lip Color Shade Denting Kecapi (Bottom)Merak Kasmaran 02 (Top)

Etude House Volume Queen Lip Gloss

Etude House Miss Tangeringe Soda Tint (Lip Tint)

Enjoy your shopping, girls~ ^_^
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FAQs About Dry Skin

Friday, August 24, 2012

Hello, lovelies~ I was born with oily, acne prone skin, but since I incorporated retinoic acid into my skincare routine, my skin type changed into combination type. The areas around the edges of my mouth and nose are dry and peeling, but my forehead and chin remains oily. So, having little experience in both worlds, I just wanted to share what I know about dry skin so far. 

How do I acknowledge dry skin?
This skin type often has problems with their looking all dried up, depleted of moisture. This will further cause their skin to look like they're peeling off.

What should I look for in a moisturizer?
People of this skin type should choose a moisturizer that is emollient in nature and contains humectants. Humectant will help draw moisture from the environment and the emollients will help retain the moisture within the skin. You can find more about humectants in this post.

Furthermore, the consistency of the moisturizer is another thing to look out for. Opt for a moisturizer that is creamy in consistency. This will help hydrate and lock in the moisture within your skin, thus making the skin look plumper and more hydrated. 

What if my skin is extra dry and peeling off like crazy everywhere?
If you have very dry skin, I would recommend choosing a serum and moisturizer with collagen inside because it has a stronger moisturizing property compared to usual moisturizers. Also, to ensure that the moisture is locked in with the moisturizer, be sure to apply it while your skin is damp (slight wet). 

What products would you recommend for dry skin? 
For dry skin, I like Hada Labo Ultimate Whitening Face Wash, Etude House Skin Malgem Essential Toner, Hada Labo Ultimate Whitening Lotion, Skin Aqua UV Mild Milk and L'Occitane Angelica Instant Hydration Mask.

Any tips to reduce the dry skin appearance or improve it?

  • Look for a face wash that doesn't foam because foams are usually meant for oily skin. It tend to reduce any excess oil on the face, thus look for a cream-based cleanser
  • If you want, you can use a washcloth or konjac sponge to gently remove the flaky, dry skin appearance on the face
  • Use a toner that doesn't have alcohol or isopropyl alcohol in it because it will dry out the skin even more
  • Use additional serum with collagen or hyaluronic acid to give more moisture to the skin
  • Apply a hydrating mask every once a week to double boost the moisture (also, to pamper yourself!) 
What are your tips for dry skin? Leave your dry skin tips and tricks in the comment section and I'll add it to my post to share with the others. I'll see you in my next post, taa~ ^_^ 
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Review: SILKYGIRL Moisture Rich Lipstick

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Hello, lovelies~ I have been on the hunt for an affordable lipstick that does the job for everyday use. My first thought immediately goes to SILKYGIRL because I adore their pencil eyeliner. I wear it everyday to achieve that natural yet defined eye look, but I digress. Let's just move on with the review, shall we?

The lipstick is packaged in a silver twist packaging, typical as most lipsticks are. It may feel a little dodgy, but nothing so much that it bothers me. It may look cheap, but then again, it is Rp 29,500 .

As far as I am aware, there are only four shades in this collection. Mine is in the shade Naked, number 01. Silkygirl has two other lipstick line, one a matte shade and the other a creme finish. I won't talk much about the ingredients because I have already thrown away the plastic cover that has the list of ingredients. My bad.. ^_^;;

On my lips, the lipstick felt moisturizing on its own without any lip balm underneath. I tried using a lip balm for comparison, but the finish is too shiny for my liking. Anyway, the lipstick has quite a pigmentation for an affordable product. One swipe and I can already see the color evening out my lips.

As for the staying power, it will be gone after a meal, that is to be expected with most lipsticks. However, without a meal and consistent "no-licking-lips" policy, it lasted for two hours or so on my lips. Maybe I still lick my lips unconsciously. Due to its creamy and moisturizing consistency, this lipstick transfers onto the rim of the glass if I am drinking.

Looks natural on my lips, perfect for everyday.
Overall, I liked the affordable and moisturizing property of this product, but the shades to choose from are very limited. The pigmentation of this product deserves two thumbs up from me. For an everyday lipstick, this item is worth repurchasing for me.


Review: Vaseline Total Moisture Aloe Fresh SPF 24

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Hello, lovelies~ It's been a long time since I posted an entry to my blog. I have been enjoying the Idul Fitri holiday, especially the empty roads. That is such a treat during this holiday. Anyway, back to the review.

Today, I wanted to review a product from Vaseline called the Aloe Fresh moisturizer with sunscreen protecting factor. The packaging is similar to most Vaseline products in a green flip cap with a light green body. The bottle I have is a 100 ml in size.

I think the design label is simple and informative as it has aloe vera leaves on the low right corner. It also has  a description of the ingredients and information of the product on the back of the label.

This moisturizer uses chemical sunscreen of Ethylhexyl Salicylate (UVB protection), butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane (UVA protection), and phenylbenzimidazole sulfonic acid (UVB protection).  As preservatives, it uses phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, propylparaben, sodium benzoate, and potassium benzoate.

It still has perfume listed as one of the ingredients, so people with sensitive skin may want to be extra careful with it. This sunscreen or daily light lotion contains aloe vera leaf juice that may help to soothe and care for the skin.

I bought this at a supermarket in Kelapa Gading, forgot the exact price, though. Sorry~ Anyway, the sunscreen has a white lotion texture that is easily blended all over the body. It has a sunscreen protecting factor (SPF) of 24 and a photoaging (PA) protection of ++. It is covers both UVA and UVB protection as listed on the paragraphs above in the ingredients section.

Unlike other sunscreen, this one spreads easily and smoothly all over my arms and leg. It doesn't have a sticky or greasy finish as well. This is probably one of my favorite drugstore sunscreen, but I don't wanna jinx it.

Overall, I like the lightweight, non sticky and non greasy finish of this sunscreen on my body. It is also affordable and easily obtained in most drugstores/supermarket in Jakarta. However, this may not be for you if you are looking for a physical sunscreen, ones that have zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. If you don't mind the chemical sunscreen, then go out and find this in your nearest drugstores!
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Review: Caring Colours Fair White Blemless Balm Cream

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Hello, lovelies~ I haven't been trying out a lot of BB creams lately, so I'm off for another adventure into the BB cream world. First stop is a BB cream from a local brand, Caring Colors called Fair White Blemless Balm Cream.

The product is placed in white and pink squeeze tube with a silver twist off cap. Although it is a squeeze tube, it's quite fat and chubby, unlike other squeeze tube I've ever encountered. In Indonesian, we call it bantet, which technically means fat and chubby.

I've never had any trouble opening the aluminium seal, but this one is tricky. Even if I've already removed the aluminium seal, there is still plastic underneath that I need to poke with a sharp object to get the product out.

The BB cream contains Squalane and Beeswax, which are good for moisturizing the skin. As for Arbutin, this ingredient helps to whiten the skin or rather even out the skin tone with continuous use. Paeonia suffruticosa root extract and Scutellaria baicalensis root extract act as a skin protectant. I haven't had a chance to dig deeper into these two ingredients, so I'll get to that later. The BB cream contains C13-14 Isoparaffin, which is mineral oil derived from Petrolatum, so those with sensitive skin or have a reaction towards mineral oil be aware. It also contains fragrance, but to my surprise there are no parabens.

The BB cream has one shade only, but it does have three variants. The other two being Everlast and Luminizing, one for oily skin and the latter for dry skin. The shade is more of a beige color. I didn't notice any shimmers or glitters in the BB cream.

The thing that irks me is the missing information on the amount of SPF/PA that this BB cream has. I see that it has chemical sunscreens, but why didn't they have it written on the box on the amount of sunscreen protecting factor or even the photo aging level?

It feels lightweight on my face when I finished blending the product evenly all over my face with my fingers. Right after dotting them on my forehead, cheeks, nose and chin. The BB cream has a semi matte finish and it does slightly exaggerate the dry areas on the middle of my eyebrows right on the forehead. It's not something to rant about, don't worry.

It manages to even out my skin tone, especially the areas around my lips and nose. The pores on my cheeks also look slightly minimized, even though it's still there. It can't cover my sun spot, but then again it is not a concealer, d-uh~ I didn't use a primer underneath just to test out its strength. Another thing I love from this BB cream is its ability to create a smooth looking face without the white cast. I find the shade to match my skin tone and the BB cream is easily blended, even without primer.

Notice the red spots on my nose, uneven skintone around the nostrils and ginormous pores on my cheeks?
To see the difference, click on the pictures to enlarge them. 
The oil control of this BB cream is average on my T zone area, which is around 2 hours before it started to look a bit shiny.

However, in pictures (without flash), it looks good. The BB cream helped to create a flawless looking face when I'm far from it, definitely.

Overall, I like the feel of this BB cream as it is lightweight and has a semi matte finish. Even though it does slightly exaggerate the dry areas on my forehead, I liked that it has a non sticky finish. I have to say that I'm quite surprised that this doesn't contain any parabens, what with it being a local brand. Yet, it still contains fragrance, so people with sensitive skin should be aware.

Update from Caring Colours about the amount of SPF on the BB cream is 25

Reference For More Information on Ingredients
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