Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Body Shop Anniversary Sale (and a haul)

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The Body Shop Anniversary Sale

Hello, lovelies~ If you happen to be near The Body Shop counters this weekend, make sure you drop in because they are having an anniversary sale on selected items. Since we both had our days off yesterday, Mr. G and I went to shop at Kelapa Gading Mall using the vouchers that were given by The Body Shop. Thank you!

Monday, September 29, 2014

5 Tips to Keep Skin Clear

Hello, lovelies~ Today, I'm sharing 5 tips that can help keep skin clear from acne given that I have oily, acne-prone skin. I have already talked about my fight against acne in my old post, but it's always nice to wrap things up in one post, don't you think?

5 Tips to keep skin clear

Besides, I have some new tips that wasn't in that old blog post, but if you want to learn more on how to treat your acne you can always go back to that post by clicking on the link.

Friday, September 26, 2014

5 Blogging Tips I Wish I Knew From The Get-Go

Hello, lovelies~ I just finished my treatment to reduce my sun spots and mild acne scars, so there won't be any foundation, skincare or any face-related beauty products reviews. My face just has a peeling session and it is still in recovery. Hopefully, my sun spots will be reduced and some of the mild acne scars will be fading away in a couple of weeks time. 

In the mean time, let me share with you a couple of things about blogging that I wish I had known when I first started blogging, which was four years ago. I started blogging because (mainly) I was bored waiting for my registration papers to be processed. One post led to another and before I know it, Diary of a Product Junkie was born.

Nowadays, I see a number of beauty blogs in Indonesia and I thought it would be appropriate to give a few tips when you just started a blog of your own. I'm in no way an expert in blogging, so I hope these tips can help you when you're first starting out.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

10 All Time Beauty Favorites

Hello, lovelies~ as you may (or may not) have noticed, I rarely do monthly beauty favorites nowadays. Reason behind that is the lack new products I tried. I mean, I still try new things, but they don't quite make it to be included in my monthly favorites.

That is why today I want to post my ultimate beauty favorites that I have repurchased  twice or more. These vary from skincare, makeup to hair care, both drugstore and high end. There's a little bit of everything in this post.

I don't remember the exact price of some of the items, so they're just an estimate based from the last time I bought them. The price can go up, especially those high end ones.

Hada labo ultimate whitening face wash on a white wooden plank

Hada Labo Ultimate Whitening Face Wash (Rp 30,000)
This is my go-to face wash from the drugstore. It is cheap, effective, and helps removes any excess oil on my face. I usually use it after I cleanse my face with cleansing oil.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Real Techniques Core Collection Brush Set Review

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Hello, lovelies~ Browsing through my old blog post, I realized I've never done a review on one of the brush sets that I just got. I have been wanting to try this out and when I finally did, I forgot to post a review on it. Silly me. 

Real Techniques is the brand that was founded by UK youtubers and makeup artists, Sam Chapman and Nic Chapman. Truth be told, I'm not really a subscriber to their channel because I rarely wear eyeshadows, so I can't relate to it. 
Real Techniques Core Collection Brush Set Case

However, I am glad that they decided to make this brush collection. I just read on their website that their brushes are color coded according to their needs. For example, the one with the gold colored ferrule (like the one I'm reviewing in this post) is dedicated for creating a flawless makeup base

All of the brushes have synthetic bristles, which means that they are not shaved off an animal's butt hair fur to make our face all nice and puh-retty. To be more precise, they use taklon for their bristles on their brushes. Also, it makes applying liquid products a lot easier.

makeup brush on a white wooden plank with dried flowers

Aside from their soft bristles, the brushes have a sturdy ferrule and handle. They also wrote the names of the brushes on the end of the ferrule. Since this is a set, there is a brush case that comes along with them.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Nichijou : Mosquito Hunt and Face Masks

Hello, lovelies~ I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. Just wanted to type in a few things for my log the past few weekends. Memories are made to be remembered in future, yes?

Chocolate cheese toast with La Farfa digital magazine on iPad

Lately, I have been addicted to reading a magazine from Japan called La Farfa. It's a fashion magazine that is targeted for plus size girls or marshmallow girls as they call them in Japan. couldn't blame them, I am bouncy like a marshmallow, lol. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Makeup Tips for Acne

Hello, lovelies~ Acne has been one of my most faithful friends that I met back when I was a fourth grader. I cope with it over the years while also trying to rid them off my face. Nowadays, skincare is something important in my daily life because it helps control those pesky acne from appearing.

Despite the fact that skincare is often boring or tedious to some people, I like it. Throughout my journey in learning skincare to fight my acne, I learn that with good skin, I won't need that much makeup to begin with.

Girl applying mineral makeup using kabuki brush

However, there are times when I have to wear makeup to an event during an acne episode, so here are some of the makeup tips I use.

FYI, these makeup tips don't provide full coverage. I think it's bad to pile on lots of makeup layers on top of acne, so this will create that light to medium coverage. The type of coverage when small acne still show through the makeup.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Rosken Dry Skin Cream Review

Hello, lovelies~ Taking a break from reviewing makeup because I just had a procedure done to my face yesterday. I will blog about it soon, just when it' already healed. In the mean time, here is a skincare review~

I was at Guardian a few months ago and stumbled upon a tube of the Rosken Dry Skin Cream in the body lotion section. Priced at around Rp 50,000 for 75 ml, I thought it was a fair price to just try it out.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

My Current Skincare Routine

Hello, lovelies~ Skincare has always been my favorite category amongst the many out there in the beauty world. I feel that taking good care of your skin since an early age is a great plan, so you'll save on makeup, lol.

Although, I think I'll still play with makeup even if I have good skin. ^_^

cleansing oil with cleansing water and oats
It's been a while since I last posted about my skincare routine. It was up on Youtube, but caused a copyright issue because of the music, so I took it down. However, I have a new skincare routine now and I'm ready to share it with you.

For those who are new readers to my blog, I have a combination/oily, acne prone skin that is sometimes sensitive towards certain ingredients in a cosmeticeutical product. So, here is my skincare routine~

Monday, September 8, 2014

Bridal Makeup Artist Checklist

Hello, lovelies~ One thing I remember from planning my own wedding was the many options to choose from for hair and makeup. There were a lot of makeup artists that does bridal makeup, but I already settled my choices down to two. Since the first one couldn't make it, I went happily with the second one, Endi.

Continuing my post about wedding makeup, I decided to share a few things to remember when you're looking for a makeup artist for your wedding day. To make things easier, I'll share with you how Bridestory can help your search for the one bridal makeup artist.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Skincare Basics : Clay Mask

Hello, lovelies~ Have you heard of clay mask? No, not the ones that you made out of clay during ancient times and use it to scare the living daylights out of people. 
Not this clay mask.
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Clay mask that uses different types of healing clays to aid the skin in its worst conditions. Acne, clogged pores, and excess sebum are just a few of the problems that can be rid of using clay masks.

Question is, " Which one is suitable for me? ", you ask.

I can't really answer that with absolute confidence since every individual is blessed with different skin types and different skin reactions. However, I can explain briefly there different types of clays that are usually present in commercial clay masks and how they work in treating acne.

How they work

Clay masks are essentially loaded with minerals that has a healing factor for the skin. It is able to draw out any impurities, such as dirt, excess oils, bacteria, toxins and even water. That is why they can be quite drying to people with dry skin.

Who benefits from clay masks

People with blackheads are the ones that may benefit from a clay mask because of the clay's ability to 'suck up' all the blackheads that are forming inside the pores.

I have already explained what blackheads are, but if you're still unsure, you can check out the post right here.

In order to remove most of the blackheads, dilligence is the key. The clay mask must be applied routinely every week for three to four times, depending on the state of your skin. Otherwise, the blackheads are just going to have a home and stay there.

You can remove blackheads with other procedures like facial, serums, or even microdermabrasion, but if there are less expensive methods, why not try that first, right?

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Once the clay mask is rinsed off, it takes away the dead skin cells and (some) blackheads that are present on the surface of the skin. Kinda like a pore strip, but gentler.

Types of clay

Rhassoul clay (Moroccan Red) contains silica, iron, magnesium, potassium, sodium, lithium, and trace elements. It has been used by Moroccan women in the eighth century to care for their skin and hair.

Bentonite clay is one of the common type of clays that is often used in commercial clay masks. This clay consists mostly of a mineral called montmorillonite. 

Fuller's Earth clay has been said to be one of the most powerful in terms of drawing out impurities from the skin. This property makes it the clay of choice for people with oily skin that's also prone to acne.

Green Clay consists of Magnesium, Phosphorous, Calcium, Potassium, Silica, Manganese, Copper, Silicon and Selenium, making it suitable for people with acne prone skin.

Kaolin clay (White Clay) is rich in minerals containing magnesium, silica, calcium and zinc. Unlike the other clays, this one is the gentlest among them. 

How to apply

Depending on one's skin type, the clays can be mixed with other ingredients that is also beneficial for the skin. I usually just mix water or cooled green tea with kaolin clay, but you can add toners, honey, oats, etc.

Oatmeals in a jar and kaolin and water mixed to make a clay mask

I start from the center of my face, working my way out, using either my fingers or a brush. After I coated my face evenly with the clay mask, I wait for it to reach the point of nearly drying. Usually, I just touched my face and when it's still sticky and half dried, I rinsed it off. I don't wait for it to dry completely because that causes my skin to dry out to the point that there's flaky skin. 

How often 

There is no standard to this and I know that mostly everyone just does it once a week. I don't. I usually do it 3 times a week because of my oily skin. I feel that three times a week helps to clear any blackheads and reduce any excess oil I have on my face. It also helps to treat my acne up to the point that it kept my skin clear during my period!

A bowl of clay mask with oatmeal in the background

There are a handful of commercial clay mask that are available in drugstores nowadays. However, most clay masks on the shelves contains fillers that are just there to bulk up the product and/or essential oil that have the potential to irritate my skin. Some even have an unreasonable price for such a small amount! Thus, I prefer making my own clay masks for a fraction of the price. Maybe a DIY clay mask is coming on this blog. Maybe. ^_^

What do you think of clay masks? 

Do you love it or hate it?

Let me know what you think about them in the comments below. Thanks for reading and until then, I'll see you later~

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Review b.liv Off With Those Heads

“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~ I'm pretty sure everyone here knows what blackheads are and how annoying they can be to our looks. If you haven't understood what they are, you can always learn more about blackheads here, so you can differentiate between blackheads and whiteheads. 

One of the many way of removing blackheads is by extracting them at the dermatologist or esthetician's office. Don't try to squeeze them out yourself as it may do more harm than good. Unless you're a licensed esthetician or dematologist, of course. 

However, I was sent a product that claimed to be able to remove all those nasty looking blackheads off my pores. It goes by the name b.liv Off With Those Heads. Kinda like the Queen of Hearts, eh?

Monday, September 1, 2014

Review Nivea Body Care Line

Hello, lovelies~ Happy Monday! I hope everyone is doing well at the start of the week. No more 'I hate Mondays' now. ^_^

One question before you stepped out of the office for lunch, " Have you applied sunscreen for your body?", but if you read this in the afternoon during coffee break, then my question is, "Have you reapplied your body lotion in an air-conditioned environment?"

Well, if you're looking for a body lotion, with or without sun protection, I have a review for you~ Thank you to Nivea Indonesia for sending me these products for review. So, let's read on~