Sunday, March 31, 2013

shu uemura Cleansing Oils

Hello, lovelies~ Now that I've already introduced you to the man behind the brand shu uemura, let's take a closer look at his work. One of his first and most famous beauty item is the shu uemura cleansing oil. For my Indonesian readers, there are pictures that helped explain my post. So, let's start! ^_^

Why did he create it?

He introduced the first oil-based cleanser to Japan back in 1967. When he worked in Holywood as a makeup artist, he noticed that actresses piled on so much makeup a few times daily, leading to sensitive skin because of harsh make-up removers.

Knowing Shu Uemura Better

Hello, lovelies~ I'm sure that everyone is already familiar with the brand shu uemura from Japan, right? It is one of the Japanese brand that is famous for their cleansing oil. I'm going to introduce to you the man behind the brand first before going to the cleansing oils in depth.

Meet Shu Uemura..

In short, he is a Japanese makeup artist who founded shu uemura International cosmetics line. He struggled to make it to the makeup industry ever since he started to take interest in hair styling and makeup.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

My March 2013 Favorites

Hello, lovelies~ March is slowly coming to an end, which means, it's time for another favorites post. I have a few new items this month, but a couple of oldie but goodie products as well.


TONYMOLY Peach Anti-Aging Hand Cream
Not only does it look cute on my nightstand, it moisturizes my hands decently and leaves them smelling all peachy. Love it so  so much! My hands feel so smooth afterwards.

TONYMOLY Pocket Bunny Sleek Mist
Another hit from Tonymoly with its cute white bunny design. It refreshes my face during the day and kinda controls my oil slightly.

Etude House Bee Happy Lip Balm
An oldie but goodie lip balm from Etude House. I've been applying this before sleep and wake up with moisturized lips, chapped free!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Etude House Goodbye Pore Ever Pore Primer Essence Review

Hello, lovelies~ I have a primer review for you today, yeaaaay~ I've had this since February or January, I think, but I forgot to post a review on it. I bought this when Etude House had a 100% cash back promotion which is around January of Feb.

Sorry for the inconsistencies of my posts, I've had a few things going on in my life right now and I've just been overwhelmed by it. Not gonna talk so much about it, so here is the review.

Mint colored squeeze tube

The primer came in a separate box that has a well thought of design. It's anything but plain! The box is light blue colored with a silhoutte profile of a girl with poreless complexion (or so it seems).

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Review Bali Ratih Chamomile Body Scrub

Hello, lovelies~ The last Bali Ratih product that Dina sent me is the body scrub. I chose the chamomile scent because I can imagine showering at night, applying body scrub and then it's straight to bed. Plus, chamomile is known to have soothing and calming effects.

White, plastic tub

The packaging is the same as the body butter, which is housed in a white plastic tub or jar. It is medium sized with around 7 cm in diameter. The tub is decorated with labels that has flowers (chamomile?) as background for the description.

Monday, March 25, 2013

DOAPJ Likes: Share Tea Cocoa with Rock Salt and Cheese

Hello, lovelies~ A few days ago, I went to Lotte Kelapa Gading to buy a few things to make Japanese kare. That is probably one of the ways of getting me to eat veggies, carrots to be exact, hahaha. After grocery shopping, I wanted to get Lotteria's Tornado ice cream, but they were out of it. So, we headed to get bubble tea, which is Share Tea.
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I don't quite like milk tea, so I always choose chocolate-based drinks whenever I'm in a bubble tea shop. Mr. G chose the fresh milk with grass jelly. I went with Cocoa with Rock Salt and Cheese and was totally skeptic about the taste. I mean, I like chocolate and cheese on bread, but not sure if it 's mixed in drinks.

I was contemplating with Mr. G on how to drink the cocoa beverage. We were a tad confused on whether or not it should be mixed together. Finally, we decided to mix it slightly, so the cream cheese would go down with the cocoa.

After the first sip, I can pretty much say that I like the drink. The cocoa is mildly sweet and the slightly savory cream cheese creates a perfect combination of sweet and savory. The cream cheese also adds a certain degree of creaminess to the drink. Well, to sum it up, it tastes like chocolate cream cheese in liquid form, I guess. This has been one of my favorite drinks, aside from green tea of course. Love, love, love!! 

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The History Of Whoo Bichup Ja Saeng Essence First Impression

Hello, lovelies~ The title of this post says it all. Yep. I have been 'Whoo'ed by a certain skincare from the land of ginseng. It all started with me getting bored with my current skincare routine and being the skincare junkie that I am, I went in search for new lands to conquer products.

The choice falls to The History of Whoo from Korea. I've been meaning to give this a try a few months ago, but I put it off since I'm like a hamster who forgets things I have other things to try. Since there are more than one collection of skincare from them, I went on a meditative state before making my purchase. After that, I chose the Bichup Ja Saeng Essence.

Full size bottle is beautiful

I bought the small 4 ml sample tube, so that wasn't at all like the full size one, duh. Just in case you wanted to see the full size bottle, here are the pictures with my sample underneath.
The full size 45 mL


This is my first time using an essence that has a lot of plant extracts that I was scared it would break me out. Some natural ingredients may be an irritant towards the skin, so choose them carefully. This part would be long since I wanted to explain a couple of the ingredients to you.

  • Hydrogenated lecithin acts an emulsifying agent so that the ingredients can permeate through the skin. This ingredient used to be thought as carcinogenic, but a study showed that it was not linked to causing cancer and that the safe concentration is 15%. I don't know the concentration of it in this essence :(
  • The C14-22 alcohol is the good alcohol that doesn't dry out the skin and usually found naturally in jojoba.
  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride acts as a solvent that helps stabilize the natural ingredients. It also increases the shelf life and improves the consistency of the product, making it easy to spread all over the face. Also, it is especially good for sensitive and oily skin since it is derived from specific parts of coconut/palm oil fatty acid.

Water, Hydrogenated lecithin, Cholesterol, Ceramide 3, Cholesteryl hydroxystearate, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, C14-22 alcohols, Carbomer, Triethanol amine, Dipropylene glycol, Glyceryl polymethacrylate, Propylene Glycol, Beta-Glucan, PEG, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, PEG-150, Panthenol, Cyclomethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Velvet, Angelica acutiloba, Glycyrrhiza Glabra, Panax Ginseng, Paeonia albiflora, Ophiopogon japonicus, Scutellaria baicalensis, Angelica Gigas Root Extract, Cinnamomum cassia, Zingiber officinale, Zizyphus jujuba, Rehmannia glutinosa, Poria Cocos, Hydroxyproline, Glycosphingolipids, Phospholipids, Polybutylene glycol, dimethicone 1,2-hexanediol, dimethiconolmethyl trimethicone, cornus officinalis fruit extract, thymus yulgaris flower/leaf extract, dioscorea japonica root extract, typha angustifolia spike extract, ledebouriella divaricata root extract, atractyloides japonica rhizome extract, human oligopeptide 1, human oligopeptide 2, human oligopeptide 11, human oligopeptide 9, human oligopeptide 4, oryza sativa germ extract, acrylates/c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer trisodium edta, yellow 6. 

Slightly thick consistency

When I squeezed it out of the tube, a slightly thick brownish, orange liquid immersed onto the back of my hand. It looks sticky when I first saw it that I was afraid to use it. I can already imagine it having a sticky finish and hard to sink into my skin. Fortunately, all of my fear is for nothing.

My skin gulped it like it was water!

I apply a pea-sized amount or about a 1 cm diameter of this essence on my face and neck. I like to apply it thinly since I'm afraid that too much will give me acne. Despite the thick and sticky appearance of the essence, it sinks into my skin quite fast without me having to wait for a long time. The essence has a non-sticky finish, leaving my face smooth to the touch.

My skin is a funny one. When it dislikes a product, it will immediately act up and leave an acne or two on my face. That usually happens fast within 24 hours starting from when the product is applied. I would usually take note and continue using the product for a 3-5 days, depending on how bad the acne is. If it's really bad, then I'll usually stop using it after 3 days.

Any difference?

I took note within 24 hours after I first use the Ja Saeng Essence. I didn't see any allergic reaction such as redness, acne, or itchiness. I can already see the results within 2 days. However, I have to stop using this at the moment because I have a few skincare waiting to be tried out.

In 2 days, I can see the bumps on my right cheek has reduced significantly. I showed the before after picture to Mr. G and he said, "You dead sure there isn't any mercury in that essence?". Hahaha.. Yeah, I was puh-retty sure about that, love.

Since this is only a first impressions post, I shall continue this with a review when I've already tried it for at least two weeks. So far, I'm impressed with the Ja Saeng essence. Until then, I'll see you later~

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Friday, March 22, 2013

DOAPJ Do-It-Yourself: Daily Brush Cleanser

Hello, lovelies~ Have you always wanted to get a brush cleanser, but never got to because it was hard to find and a bit expensive? I've always wanted to buy a brush cleanser since I do use powder almost everyday and I'm always too lazy to wash it every single day. 

A story is coming up. Prepare for...

Phanie's ramblings!!

So, a few weeks ago, I was at home arranging my beauty items when I had one of those ideas. *insert me with a light bulb on top of my head* I looked at my makeup removing water and thought, "If it removes my makeup, is it possible to remove the makeup residue on my brushes?".

Phanie being Phanie, immediately tried it out on a dirty brush. To my surprise, it DOES remove the makeup residue on my brushes! How-eva~ It does make my brush really wet and sticky, ewhhhh...

So, I was thinking of adding something else to prevent that from happening. After a few tries, here is what I come up with.

Tadaaaaaa~ I put it in a cute bottle, so I get motivated to clean my brushes everyday, hahaha.. I hope you find this post helpful~

What I use

  • Any makeup remover water
  • Alcohol (70% is enough)
  • An empty spray bottle (preferably a cute one!)

How I make it

At first, I tried 50:50, but I find that it's not concentrated and took a while to get makeup off. I increased the makeup remover water ration up to 70, leaving alcohol 30.

The makeup remover water will be the one that removes the makeup, whereas the alcohol will dry the brushes quicker and disinfects them.

All you have to do is just measure the ingredients and pour them in your designated spray bottle. If you want to be precise, you can always grab a measuring cup, mix it in a bowl, then pour it through a funnel into the spray bottle.

Let's test it out!

I've tried cleaning my brushes with this DIY brush cleanser and so far, nothing bad has happened to my brushes. Just for reference, I used it on my Sigma F80 flat top kabuki brush, Masami Shouko brushes, Etude House foundation brush, bare minerals flawless face brush, and elf powder brush.

For the demonstration, I'm going to use it on my Sigma brush. It is used almost everyday to blend out my BB cream and/or foundation, so it is bound to get dirty.

All I did was spritz some on tissues and swipe the brush back and forth to clean it out. Repeat if necessary. I recommend using a paper towel or a towel since tissues tend to break easily because they're thin.

So, I hope this post is helpful to those who want to clean their brushes daily or just a quick process of disinfecting them. I used to use baby wipes to cleanse them daily, but I find that they took a while to dry and I only use a small portion of the tissue. That's kinda like wasting the rest of it.

What do you use for daily cleansing your brushes? Tell me in the comments below and until then, I'll see you later~

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

FAQs on Acne , Causes and Retinoic Acid

Hello, lovelies~ It's been a while since I did a skincare basic type of post, hasn't it? So, today, I'm gonna post a few of the most frequently asked questions about acne. If I see more questions, then I'll write it in another post, so this one won't be too long.

Why do I have acne?

There are quite different causes of acne, but here are the general and most common ones.

  • You are still in puberty and your hormones are still high, thus acne was born
  • You have an overstimulated sebaceous gland that cause overproduction of sebum (oil) which leads to clogging of the pores because the dead skin cells cannot shed off the skin
  • There are bacterias (P. acnes) present on your face
  • Some food (low fat milk) tend to trigger acne

Why do I STILL have acne when I'm already 30 and above?

Even though we have passed puberty, our hormones are still present to cause acne occasionally. The incidence of acne decreases once you hit menopause. For guys, it may be related to the sebaceous glands being hyperactive.

How many times in a day should I wash my face?

I suggest limiting to twice a day, morning and night. If in between those washes you feel oily, you can always blot your face with oil blotting sheets and spritz face mist afterwards. I usually cleanse with makeup removing water.

Why does my skin turn red, flaky and painful when I use retinoic acid?

Retinoic acid is one of the most commonly used acne medication. It works by removing the dead skin cells on the outermost layer of the skin. The most common side effects of this drug are:

  • Redness
  • dryness
  • itchiness 
  • flaky skin
  • peeling
  • burning
  • stinging sensation

It's been 8 weeks using retinoic acid and the side effects are still present. What do I do?

If your skin still stays the same (redness, peeling, burning, etc) after 8 weeks, either stop using it or contact a dermatologist for further information.

I tried using retinoic acid as treatment, but it makes my face all red and flaky and painful. How am I suppose to use it?

If using retinoic acid, it's best to start at the lowest concentration (0.001%) and not every night for the first 2 weeks. A simple starter regimen would be as such.

  • Monday night: Face wash > Toner > Serum (optional) > retinoic acid
  • Tuesday night: Face wash > Toner > Serum (optional) > usual night cream
  • Wednesday night : Face wash > Toner > Serum (optional) > retinoic acid
and so on.. Not using it everyday for the first two weeks gives your skin time to adjust to the new medication. If, after two weeks, your skin has not had any problems (redness, itching and pain), you can increase the frequency to everday.

Take note that it is also possible to use retinoic acid with other night creams. However, keep in mind that if you do, the concentration of the retinoic acid may be lower because it is diluted with the night cream. That's what I would do if I want to use retinoic acid everyday, but didn't want it to be too concentrated. 

I hope you enjoy this post and if you have any questions, leave them in the comments below. Until then, I'll see you later!

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Review Holika Holika Oil Queen Cotton Makeup Fixer

Hello, lovelies~ Ever since I stopped using retinoic acid, my skin is back t its oily, acne prone self again. To be honest, I prefer having oily skin rather than dry skin, hahaha.. Probably because flaky skin are the hardest to apply makeup on. 

Anyway, that being said, I was, once again, in search of a product that can make my makeup stay longer and shine free. Holika Holika released their makeup setting spray or makeup fixer, as they call it, a couple of months ago. Being an adventurous beauty blogger (or a shopaholic), I bought it.

Cute, cute, cute label design!

The product comes in a separate box that has the cutest label designs I've seen in the longest time. It is a fluffy cotton with a face on it and the name Oil Queen Cotton. How can I not buy this? *Cuteness overload*
Out of the box, the makeup fixer comes packaged in a white, semi glossy spray bottle that isn't too big to be carried around for travel. However, since the bottom part is slightly rounded, it may be a little hard to fit into a small makeup bag.

Still has alcohol

Moving on to ingredients, the first one that captured my eyes is the alcohol. My skin tend to react badly towards alcohol, so I'm a bit disappointed about that. It also contains fragrance, which is also a red flag for sensitive skin type. There seems to be an absence of parabens, but uses phenoxyethanol as a preservative.

Non aerosol spray

The spray bottle is non aerosol with a semi fine mist. I always find that aerosol sprays have a finer mist compared to non aerosol sprays. 

It distributes the product evenly and not too heavily on my face that it makes it dripping wet. The mist leaves my face with a bit of a glowy look, not too much.

Oil control

The makeup fixer claims to be able to control excess sebum and lengthens the duration of makeup. I find this claim to be true because my face had that satin finish for around 3 hours.

If any product can make it up to the third hour in terms of oil control, that's good in my book. Entering the 5th hour, my cheeks starts to look a little shiny, but nothing to dramatic.

Having said all that, it does give a longer time for the makeup to stay on my face. Probably because it manages to keep the oil at bay. You can carry it around with you and spritz it if you need to look your best, shine free. Preferably after blotting your T zone.

A quick tip from me is to spray it only at the oily parts of your face in minimal amount. I once sprayed it to my face like I would spray my Evian spray and ended up smudging everything, hahaha.. So, remember, less is sometimes more, 'kay? ^_^


All in all, I find that this may suit combination to oily skin type since it does help to reduce excess oil on the face. However, for those who are sensitive towards alcohol, you may want to be careful when using this since it is the second ingredient in the list. That's a whole lot of alcohol..

I wonder if it will be the same if I mix water and alcohol and spritz it on my face as a setting spray? #thinking.

Anyhoo, I won't be repurchasing this again because of the alcohol, but if you would like to try out this affordable (around Rp 70,000-ish) makeup fixer, let me know in the comments what you think of it! Until then, I'll see you later~

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Review Bali Ratih Strawberry Hand & Body Lotion

Hello, lovelies~ I wanted to review a hand and body lotion from Bali Ratih today from Dina. Yeap, if you remembered the first post, she gave me one whole package of body care products from Bali Ratih. So, let's start with the Strawberry scent, shall we?

Slim pump bottle

The lotion is packaged in a transparent pump bottle that houses 110 mL of product. The stalk of the pump is quite tall in proportion to its bottle height. 

One full pump of this is enough to cover and moisturise my leg. Yes, I have huge calves (betis), for your information, hahaha.. I am a plus size girl~ 


This lotion contains olive extract, sunflower seed oil extract, Yam Bean extract, and Strawberry extracts for added moisture. As with most Bali Ratih products, I noticed that they use dimethicone to ensure a silky result. It has fragrance, so sensitive skin may want to be careful with it. 

Always do a patch test before trying out a product in a large area of your skin. This will help prevent any unwanted skin reaction should there be one. 

Light pink lotion

The hand and body lotion has a light pink colour, probably because it is Strawberry-themed. Hahaha.. Anyway, the lotion sinks into the skin quite rapidly under the 1 minute mark. Well, if you applied it onto a huge surface area, then it would take more than a minute to sink in, I assume.

Once absorbed into the skin, it feels light and smooth on my skin. It doesn't have neither sticky nor greasy finish after I applied on my skin. That's good, yeay! Oh, it smells like strawberries with a slight sourness as a last note. Kinda like strawberry yogurt, with more yogurt than strawberries. ^_^

Not moisturizing enough

For my hands, it gives sufficient moisture with a single pump. However, on my dry legs, I feel that it isn't too moisturizing. I think it would be more suitable for normal skin rather than dry skin.

My calves still feel rough 10 minutes after applying this lotion. I guess I have to apply body butter to the dry parts of my body.


I like to use this for my hands, but not for my legs since they are drier compared to my hands. The lotion absorbs quite fast into my skin and leaves it feeling smooth. Since the size is not to big, it can be placed on my desk without taking much space. Perfect to be used after I've finished washing my hands.

Have you tried any of the Bali Ratih products? Do comment below if you have and tell me your favorite! I'd like to know which one to buy next, hahaha..

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