Tuesday, December 31, 2013

November and December 2013 Favorites

Hello, lovelies~ I forgot to do a monthly favorites last month, so I'll be combining it with this month's favorites. I've tried out a few new things in the skincare and makeup department, so here are my favorites.

Elizabeth Arden 8  Hour Lip Protectant
I got this at the airport on my way back from Singapore because it was on sale for just SGD 10.00. I don't know if that is cheap, but I've always wanted to try Elizabeth Aden products. At first I thought it was one of the hyped beauty products because everyone has been talking about it, but I was wrong. 

This lip balm can retain the moisture on my lips for around 6-8 hours, given I don't eat or drink. Also, it helps to relieve any dry, cracked, or chapped lips. I am head over heels in love with this right now!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

My Favorite Slice Of Life Anime 2013

Hello, lovelies~ I'm back with another anime picks for 2013. Well, that is my pick, if you don't mind. I have already picked the best anime (according to me) for 2013 right here. In this post, I am just gonna name a few of my favorites that is more of a 'slice of life' type anime.

Slice of life just really means everyday routine, so it doesn't have a specific goal or mission to achieve at the end of the season. It is just one of those anime that is relaxing to watch since it is casual and less stressful. Let's start.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Favorite Anime 2013

Hello, lovelies~ It's the day after Christmas and I'm still feeling full from all those cakes, ice cream, and desserts. *burps* 

I hope you all had a great holiday so far and got all the presents that you wished for. Now, for today's post, let's talk about anime. For those who don't know or have been living under a rock, anime is Japan animation. I have been watching them ever since I was a kid and hasn't stop now, lol. 

To remember 2013, I wanted to list six anime that I have enjoyed over the past year. Most of these anime has a goal, so it's not a nichijou (slice of life) type of anime. I'll be posting that one later. So, here are my six favorite anime of 2013.

Essence Longlasting Lipstick Review

“Disclosure: I bought this product with my own money. I am neither affiliated with this company nor am I being paid to write this post. My opinions are honest and my own.” Complete disclosure here 

Hello, lovelies~ Have you heard of a beauty brand called Essence? I got a chance to buy some of their products when I was having a weekend getaway to Singapore. There is a small section of Essence at Watsons, so I spent quite some time choosing which items to take home with me.

Today, let's just talk about the lipstick first, shall we? The simple black lipstick case that is laced with a stripe of the shade inside makes it look 'expensive' when in actuality it is anything but that. The embossed 'e' logo on the lipstick adds just a touch of class.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Peripera Fairy's Tint Glow Stick Review

“Disclosure: I bought this product with my own money. I am neither affiliated with this company nor am I being paid to write this post. My opinions are honest and my own.”

Hello, lovelies~ Merry Christmas~ I hope you had a wonderful holiday so far, I know I am. Even though I am still working on Thursday, lol. 

I want to review a Korean cosmetic brand that may be very familar to some of you as I noticed when I posted the picture on my instagram. Peripera has one of the cutest product packaging out there.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

FreshKon Dezigner Contact Lens Review

"Disclosure: This product was sent to me for review purposes in exchange for my honest opinion after trying it out. " Complete disclosure here 

Hello, lovelies~ How many of you are regular users of contact lenses? My first contacts was back when I was in high school. I remember wearing one to my friend's sweet seventeen birthday party and I couldn't really see much because it wasn't meant for my astigmatism. 

So, when I got into uni, my mom took me to an ophthalmologist and got hard lenses. Thankfully, it didn't last too long since it was so~ uncomfortable on my eyes. I got back to using glasses, but now I have a set of contacts (soft) to use for photos or when I'm applying my face mask.

Anyway, after that very long story/intro, I have never worn colored contacts before this post. FreshKon sent me the Dezigner line for review in the color Orange Solitaire. Thank you, FreshKon team!  It comes in a white box with a small window to show the contacts. 

The Dezigner collection has three shades to choose from namely Pink Solitaire, Aqua Solitaire, and Orange Solitaire. Apparently, there is a green shade, but I don't think FreshKon Indonesia carry that shade.

Monday, December 23, 2013

L'Occitane Holiday Gift Guide Under 200

Hello, lovelies~ Another day, another holiday gift guide, am I right? Today, I will be posting products from L'Occitane en Provence that won't break the bank or even burn a hole in your wallet. I got the prices from their website, so if there are any new prices to some of the items, let me know in the comments below. 

If you missed any of my previous holiday gift guides, you can always check them out on the list below before you do your last minute Christmas shopping today (or tomorrow).

Sunday, December 22, 2013

L'Occitane Holiday Gift Guide For Gym Girls (or Guys)

Hello, lovelies~ First of all, happy mother's day to all moms out there~ I hope everyone had a great day so far since it is a Sunday. Plus, Christmas is just three days away! Have you prepared your presents yet? I have another holiday guide today that is for your friends or relatives that are into exercising or getting into shape. 

I know there is only three options, but I think it would fit them pretty well. Most of the products are essentials to maintain clean skin devoide of any excess grim or dirt. It will keep the skin healthy when it's clean, right? Until then, I'll see you later~ 

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

L'Occitane Holiday Gift Guide For Spa Enthusiasts

Hello, lovelies~ Are you still reading my holiday gift guide since a couple of posts ago? I'm on a roll, yo! If you happen to miss the previous posts, I have complied a list for you right here:
Holiday Gift Guide For Teenagers
Holiday Gift Guide For Busy Career Woman
Holiday Gift Guide For Mothers
Holiday Gift Guide For Men

Friday, December 20, 2013

L'Occitane Holiday Gift Guide For Men

Hello, lovelies~ Are you ready for another gift guide ideas today? Ready or not, here is the holiday gift guide for men featuring L'Occitane products. 

All of the products are mostly intended for shaving because that is a huge part of their daily grooming activities. Personally, Mr. G loves to use shaving gels because he says it makes shaving a lot more easier than just using water. So, what are your picks for this holiday season for the man in your life?

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

L'Occitane Holiday Gift Guide For Mothers

Hello, lovelies~ It's day three of my week long post about holiday gift guide from L'Occitane. Did you know that L'Occitane has one of the prettiest gift boxes this holiday season? Even their paper bag is decorated with Christmas colors!

Today, I'm be talking about my picks for our mothers. Mother's day is coming up (22 December), so this can double up as a guide for Mother's day.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

L'Occitane Holiday Gift Guide for Busy Career Women

Hello, lovelies~ Day two of my holiday gift guide featuring L'Occitane en Provence as one of my favorite brand. If you haven't read my post on gift guides for teenagers, simply direct your mouse and click here.

Moving on with my holiday gift guide in this post is specially dedicated for those individuals who are following the hustle bustle of the city and haven't got much time to spare for skincare. I'm talking to you career women out there~

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

L'Occitane Holiday Gift Guide For Teenagers

Hello, lovelies~ Christmas is only seven days away! Continuing my post on searching for a Christmas present dedicated to your loved ones, I have come up with gift ideas featuring products from my favorite brand, L'Occitane en Provence. 

I will be posting a separate holiday gift guide featuring L'Occitane products that catered to specific people in your life, hopefully. The idea is that you can walk into any L'Occitane stores and come out with gifts for family, friends, or significant others.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Let's Light Up the Season with L'Occitane

Hello, lovelies~ Only 10 more days until Santa Christmas comes! Have you been a good boy/girl this year? Let's just say we've all been good, yeah? That way, we all get presents no matter what~ ^_^

Speaking of presents, have you done all your Christmas shopping? If you haven't, you may keep on reading to get ideas on what to give your loved ones for Christmas this year. 

Last Saturday, I was invited to Mama Goose to celebrate L'Occitane Provencal Holiday Party. Being a L'Occitane lover, I went feeling all warm, snuggly and Christmas-y. Just look at the banner, doesn't it just scream Christmas?

Spreading Cheer with Clinique on Happy Day

Hello, lovelies~ Smile, be happy, and spread that joy to everyone around you. Well known throughout the world as the season of giving, December is here once again and Clinique has a surprise in store for their customers. 

Two words: Happy Day.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Cottage Shower Gel Review

"Disclosure: This product was sent to me for review purposes in exchange for my honest opinion after trying it out. " Complete disclosure here

Hello, lovelies~ Remember the event hosted by Cottage a few while back? Each guest were given a goodie bag which consisted of two medium sized Cottage shower gels to try, Vanilla and White Peach to be exact.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Dine With Me: Menya Musashi Takatora Ramen

“Disclosure: I bought this product with my own money. I am neither affiliated with this company nor am I being paid to write this post. My opinions are honest and my own.” Complete disclosure here 

Hello, lovelies~ Rainy days are often associated with soups to warm the body. In this case, I associate it with ramen! When I was in Singapore a few weeks ago, I tried out a new ramen place in Bugis Junction with a friend, but later came back with my brother and Mr. G. So, you can probably tell already that I like the ramen that I came twice to their shop. 

During my first visit with my friend, we both didn't know the name of the shop even after we finished eating there. Turns out the shop's name is Menya Musashi Takatora. I don't know if they are related with the Menya Musashi Ramen in Orchard, anyone?

Himalaya Herbals Oil Control Lemon Face Wash Review

“Disclosure: I bought this product with my own money. I am neither affiliated with this company nor am I being paid to write this post. My opinions are honest and my own.” Complete disclosure here

Hello, lovelies~ Himalaya Herbals is back in town! In this case, I mean they're back in Watsons Kelapa Gading where I bought most of the face wash, except for the neem variant because I have already tried it back in 2010. You can read about it here (Neem Foaming Face Wash) or the Apricot Scrub here

Today, I want to talk about the Lemon Face Wash which has a purpose of controlling excess oil (sebum) on ones face. Packaged in a clear squeeze tube, this face wash has a sticker in the front and back, exposing the sides. 

On the front of the tube, it notifies us that it is free from parabens, SLS/SLES, and phtalates. Absence of SLS means that the product won't be as drying as one with SLS. The lemon fruit extract is the third ingredient on the list, which is rare to see in most 'herbal-based' beauty products. It still contains fragrance, so sensitive skin type may want to be on the look out while using this. 

If you look closely through the sides of the clear tube, there are tiny blue beads inside the product. I don't feel that these are abrasive enough to be called a scrub. It doesn't say anything on the description what these beads do.

For a face wash that is devoid of SLS, it sure creates a lot of foam (bubbles!). I had no problem in creating thick bubbles, especially when I use my face net.

There is citrusy scent when I use this to wash my face that it is a little too overpowering for my senses. Despite that, it does make my face clean and oil-free without the tight sensation after patting it dry with a towel. 

Unfortunately, my skin hates it. How do I know? Well, let's just say that the snob I call my facial skin gave me a 'little' warning above my lips. It's kinda like they're saying, " Stop abusing me with that face wash or I'll launch even more zits to the surface! You have been warned." Thankfully, my facial skin doesn't talk to me that way. Geez, that would've been weird/scary/creepypasta.com-ish.
This baby pops out after 2 days of using the face wash. *sobs*
All in all, Himalaya Herbals Lemon Face Wash is good for those in search of herbal-based beauty products. They are also free from parabens, SLS/SLES, and phtalates for those of you who are turning your beauty routine green. It does a great job in reducing excess oil on my combination-type skin, but it does break me out. *insert sad face*

Have you tried any of the Himalaya Herbals products? Let me know in the comments below on what your recommendations would be, I love to hear them! Until then, I'll see you later~ 

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Updated Night Time Skincare Routine

Hello, lovelies~ I want to share my skincare routine before going to bed because it is different from the one on my Youtube channel. For reference, my skin is currently a combination type, probably due to the rainy weather, not sure. Here we go~ 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Skincare Basics: Zinc for Acne?

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Hello, lovelies~ Siapa di sini yang jerawatnya muncul terus tiada henti? *angkat tangan* Aku udah dari SD kelas empat kayanya jerawatan, jadi sangat 'ramah' sama mereka, hahaha. 

Niwei, di post kali ini, aku mau share pengalamanku mengurangi munculnya si jerawat dengan suplemen zinc atau seng. Bukan seng yang ada di atap rumah ya~ Yang itu ga bisa digerus trus masukin kapsul terus minum, yang ada malah makin sakit, hahaha.

Zinc itu apa?

Zinc (atau Seng bahasa Indonesianya) adalah sebuah mineral yang ditemukan dalam jumlah yang sedikit dalam tubuh manusia. Meski jumlahnya yang tidak terlalu banyak dalam tubuh, zinc membantu dalam beberapa proses yang ada dalam tubuh seperti pertumbuhan sel dan perbaikan sel. 

Ada juga beberapa sumber yang bilang kalo zinc itu anti inflamasi dan antioksidan, jadi bisa membantu meredakan jerawat yang lagi merah dan meradang. 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

DOAPJ Beauty Awards Skincare Category

Hello, lovelies~ The year 2013 is coming to a close in less than a month! I feel excited since I am always in a great mood when it's December. Even though there is no snow, Christmas is still here, yeay~ 

I thought it would be appropriate to give out awards for beauty products as I have done previously on this post (2012) and here (2011). In this post, I will be giving out awards for skincare items that has been great in the year 2013.

I figured that there isn't much time left to test out a skincare product, so I'm giving out the awards earlier in the month. In case you don't know, I usually test out skin care for 28 days before I review them. ^_^

Saturday, December 7, 2013

New Things to Try

Hello, lovelies~ I hope you've had a great week so far because I know I did. Just got back from Singapore and wanted to show you a couple of things I bought while I was there. I'm glad that December is here because it means that I get to buy Christmas-related things, yeay~ Let's just start, shall we? 

I joined a contest from Sephora Singapore a few weeks ago and I won! It's like a dream since I  rarely won those contests ever in my life. I was at a seminar when they emailed me saying I won, I let out a small squeal of happiness when I read it. 

Even told Mr. G to pinch because surely I was dreaming, but I'm not. Yeah! It's been a while since I wanted to try Tarte, so this will be a good starter kit.

Friday, December 6, 2013

If All My Makeup Disappeared TAG

Hello, lovelies~
All of my makeup disappeared! 

Nah, I’m just kidding, tee hee. 

However, it would be really sad and frustrating if it were to really happen, huft. I was tagged by Shop For Cheapo to do this and if you have done yours, leave me the link on the comment section because I would love to know yours.

Anyway, let’s say all of your makeup disappeared one day without a trace, what would be the ten makeup items you would repurchase to slowly rebuild your makeup collection? Here are my picks.