Friday, November 28, 2014

Beauty Boo Hoos (pt 3)

Hello, lovelies~ I was gonna post this on Wednesday, but since I haven't finished writing it, I didn't schedule it. However, the universe decided to 'kill' my internet connection, so I was left without the net for nearly three days.

Thank the heavens for the internet being 'alive' again today, so I am going to share some beauty products that didn't work for my skin. 

1. The Body Shop Instablur 5-Action Perfector
I have reviewed the Instablur on my blog post a week ago. It slightly reduces the appearance of my pores in photos, but if you were to see me in person, you can still see the pores. I broke out using this primer because it contains Vitamin E, which my skin can't stand.

2. KATE Mineral BB Gel Cream
This product has also been reviewed on my blog, you can read more about KATE Mineral BB Gel Cream here. I love the light to medium coverage and lightweight feel on my face. It is a suitable BB cream for everyday, but I didn't like the oil control and how it broke me out because of the isopropyl alcohol.

3. Avene Cleanance Exfoliating Absorbing Mask
Avene is a famous brand from France that is known for its thermal spring water mist. I love that mist that I'm always on the look out for promotions. However, I am not a fan of this wash off mask. It reminds me of the Skinfood mask, but this one stings my face after I applied it to my face.

When I wash it off, I was left with even redness all over my face. Thanks to hydrocortisone, I fixed that problem in a jiffy.

4. Bioderma Sebium Cleansing Gel
A face cleanser from Bioderma, which I have also reviewed on my blog. Although it cleans my face effortlessly, it broke me out badly on my forehead and cheeks. Maybe due to the fragrance.

5. Garnier Duo Clean Whitening + Smoothing
The latest cleanser from Garnier that has two colors on the cleansing foam happen to trigger acne on my face. I think it could be due to the myristic acid content. Excuse my super sensitive skin.

Have you tried any of the products listed above? Tell me how it works on your skin. I would love to hear your experience with each and every one of them. Thanks for reading and until then, I'll see you later~

Beauty Products that didn't Work for Me (part I)
Beauty Products that didn't Work for Me (part II)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Catrice Ultimate Color Lipstick Review and Swatch

Hello, lovelies~ Lipsticks is my second weakness in makeup after foundation. It's just so easy to buy these babies, thinking that I'll finish it in a couple of weeks, but in reality I never did. The only lipstick I finish was one from Revlon, I forgot which one.

Being a self-proclaimed-lippie-addict, I bought three lipsticks in Singapore during the LASIK surgery. They were all from a brand called Catrice Cosmetics sold in Guardian drugstores. I remembered being excited about it when a Singapore beauty blogger posted about it, but I forgot about it afterwards, lol. 

There were a few lipstick collection to choose from, but I opted for the Ultimate Color line. It's the one with the regular black case with the label 'Catrice' on the side of the case. It is priced at SGD $ 7.90 for each lipstick, so it's around Rp 74,000.

The lipstick bullet is embossed with the 'Catrice' logo on the side, giving chic details as a finishing touch. It is quite sturdy and doesn't melt easily, but it could be the cloudy weather lately. As I have mentioned in the previous paragraph, I bought three shades of lipstick from Catrice Ultimate Colour line. 

The first shade is called Sweet Coraline, a coral shade that falls a bit too orange for my skin tone.  It has a creamy feel to my lips with a bit of shine on my lips. Only one swipe is needed to get an opaque color. This is my least favorite out of the bunch. 

The second one is called Pinkadilly Circus, a hot fuschia pink that has a satin finish. I love to wear this daily, but just by tapping it on my lips, otherwise it will be too bright.

The last one is called Matt About Pink, a light pink shade that has a matte finish, but not drying at all on my lips.This one looks nice in pictures, but not in real life on my skin. I need to wear a lighter foundation for this to work.

In conclusion, the Ultimate Colour line from Catrice has a creamy feel to my lips that gives an opaque pigmentation with just one swipe. I find that their longevity is nearly similar to other lipsticks, in that they fade after a meal. I would think of buying another shade as these clearly doesn't work for my skin tone.

Have you heard of this brand before? Let me know in the comments which shade you would like to try. Until then, I'll see you later~

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Body Shop Instablur 5-Action Perfector Review

Hello, lovelies~ For someone with an oily skin type, I have always looked forward to a product that can help make my makeup last longer or even have a great oil control Thus, my love towards face primers mounted ever since I found out their important role on my combination-oily skin type.

A few weeks ago, I got a chance to try out the newest primer from The Body Shop called Instablur 5-Action Perfector. The name says it all, doesn't it? You can probably guess that it's gonna blur out your imperfections, but here are the exact actions that it claims to do :

  • Shine Controlling 12h 
  • Reduces appearance of pores 
  • Blemish Hiding 
  • Complexion Unifying 
  • Make-up Extending
Let's take a look at this 'miracle' product up close, shall we?

The face primer comes in white squeeze tube with a twist off black cap, complete with the aluminium foil seal on the dispensing end. The hole isn't too big, so I can control how much I want to dispense the product.

This is a silicone-based primer, so be wary for those who are allergic to this ingredient. It contains silica that has the ability to control excess oil on the surface of the skin. This primer also has a combination of Vitamin E & Marula seed oil, which could spell trouble for those with oily skin as it is moisturizing.

The consistency of this primer comes as a surprise to me because I thought it was going to resemble Benefit POREfessional or Smashbox Photo Finish, but no. When I squeezed it out, it didn't come out smoothly, but more like a gunk of old transparent primer that clumps. Honestly, I was skeptical at this point. I even thought that mine was a dud, lol.

Despite the doubtful-looking primer, it spreads easily and sinks in into the crevices of my skin, creating a smooth surface for any makeup to adhere on. I tested it on my pores and surely enough it 'blurs' out most of them to some extent on pictures. On a closer look, the pores are still visible, though.

Applying foundation on top of this primer gives it a matte finish, with a good oil control. The foundation glides on smoothly on top of the primed-surface and lasted longer. The photos above are not retouched, not even brightening! Just watermarked and collaged side by side.

As for shine control, it kept my face shine free for five hours, in an air-conditioned room. After that, it just looks slightly shiny. I think the primer is able to hold my excess oil for an estimate of 6 -7 hours, had I not removed it. However, the longevity would decrease in half (around 3 hours) if I were to do my activities outdoor in a hot and humid environment.

To conclude this review, I enjoyed the feel of silkiness this primer gives my skin. It mattifies my skin effortlessly and gives a smooth canvas for foundation to adhere on. Had it not contain vitamin E (which I am sensitive to), this would have been my favorite primer, next to Benefit POREfessional.

What do you think of this primer? Based on the photos above, do you think it blurs out my imperfections? Let me know in the comments below what you think, I would love to hear your thoughts. Until then, I'll see you later~

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Monday, November 17, 2014

KATE Mineral BB Gel Cream Review

Hello, lovelies~ I haven't moved on from BB cream for my everyday makeup routine. I feel that it is lightweight and more 'breathable' compared to using foundation. Don't get me wrong, I have tons of acne scars on my cheeks, but I don't feel like covering them for everyday makeup.

My favorite BB cream (somehow) has always been SKIN79, despite the grey undertone that it has. Many has complained about it, but it feels good on my skin. However, I have been using KATE Gel BB cream lately, so here is what I think of it.

The BB cream is packaged in a sleek, black squeeze tube with a twist off cap on the end. I rarely have cosmetic products that is black in color, so this one is refreshing to look at.

As for the ingredients, I was kinda confused. Despite it being alcohol-free as stated in the packaging, the ingredient list listed isopropyl alcohol, which is basically alcohol, lol. It uses a combination of physical sunscreen and chemical sunscreen to get the most UV protection.

It is fragrance-free, but still contains BHT as a preservative, which is more worrisome than parabens for me. There is a combination of moisturizing oils such as sweet almond oil, olive fruit oil, and jojoba seed oil.

While many BB creams have only one shade, KATE offers three yellow-based shades to choose from. I chose the darkest shade (OC-D), which is almost similar to a MAC NC25 - NC30. The consistency isn't a true gel, where it wobbles like one served as dessert, but it spreads and blends easily on my face.

As I blend it over my face, the redness on my face is concealed, thus creating a more even skin tone. I can still see my acne, but not the swelling & redness. It gives a light to medium coverage with satin finish. The coverage is buildable, but, I don't like using two layers because it feels heavy and cakey.
With the BB cream being lightweight and suitable for everyday use, it's regrettable that the oil control is below average. I find that in humid and hot conditions, it just lasted for 1-2 hours, depending on how much I sweat. In cooler, air-conditioned environment, the BB cream is able to last for 3-4 hours. Sure, a setting can help, but I reckon it's only elongate an hour of oil control, given a humid environment.

To conclude this review, I would recommend this BB cream to those who prefer lightweight base makeup with a light to medium coverage. If you have combination to oily skin type (like me), I wouldn't rely too much on the oil control as it contains lots of moisturizing oils. At best, you can set it with powder and blot every other time throughout the day.

Tell me, what is you favorite BB cream thus far? Despite the many flaws in this one, I like it. Let me know in the comments below and until then, I'll see you later~

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Online Shopping with Rakuten Belanja Online

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Hello, lovelies~ With all the online shops popping out everywhere recently, it has been increasingly hard to choose where to buy our needed items. So far, I go with my guts before buying anything from an online shop. Luckily, I haven't had a bad run with them until now. *phew*

Do you know of another way to shop worry free? Well, let me introduce Rakuten Belanja Online, an online shopping mall where you can find a variety of products from gadgets, Korean & Japanese fashion & beauty products to home decor.! 

I, for one, have been one of their frequent customer since 2012, along with Mr. G. We have bought a couple of items from there, mostly gadget-related such as chargers and phone casings. We like shopping here because we get Rakuten Super Points with our purchase that can be used in our next transaction for a cheaper price, or even FREE!

Have I intrigued you to try this online shopping from Rakuten? What if I tell you that I have a Rp 150,000 voucher that I will giveaway to one lucky winner? Okay, now that I've got your attention, here is how you can have a chance to win it.

1) Register as a new member of Rakuten Belanja Online by following this link
2) Be a public follower of this blog via Google Friend Connect
3) Tweet one product you would like to purchase from Rakuten Belanja Online, mentioning @RakutenIndo & @phanie_12, and the link to the product you want
4) Follow @phanie_12 on twitter as I will announce the giveaway winner there. :)

Once you've completed all the rules, it is of the utmost importance that you fill in the form below because I will be choosing the winner from the ones that have filled the list.

The giveaway will end on the 28 November 2014 and the winner will be announced shortly after the giveaway closed. It is open for everyone with an Indonesian address, so good luck to everyone! Until then, I'll see you later~

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Post Operation LASIK

Hello, lovelies~ It has been a week since my LASIK surgery at Shinagawa LASIK & Eye Center, so I want to update you on my condition. I have been taking notes on twitter by using the hashtag #doapjShinagawa, so I won't lose track of anything important in the process. Here is my first week of recovery after LASIK.

1 hour after LASIK
My eyes were beginning to feel sore, so I took one tablet of sleeping pill before my nap. I put on my eye shields to protect from any accidental rubbing on them.

4 hours after LASIK
I woke up feeling much better without any soreness on my eyes. As I was searching for my glasses, I realized that I can see everything clearly. At that moment, I remembered that I just had LASIK, lol. I looked at the clock and realized that I overslept and missed lunch.

Mr. G got me a glass of water, took off my eye shields, and told me to eat the meal that he had cooked. He included some eggs to help the healing process because of the protein content. Awh. ^_^

5 hours after LASIK
I was able to watch some television, but got tired easily after 15 minutes of continuous watching. There were no more soreness or discomfort at this point while I applied my anti-inflammatory and antibiotic eye drops. I use the lubricating eye drops once every 30 minutes because it felt dry.

8 hours after LASIK
I was craving for some ice cream, so we went to the supermarket. Even though it was 8 p.m. I wore my shades because regular lights were too bright for my eyes. There were glares and halos everywhere, but it wasn't too disturbing. I feel like everyone is looking at me for wearing shades inside the supermarket at night, lol. ^_^

Post op day 1 (6 November 2014)
Woke up with my hand on the table, looking for my glasses, only to find that I have clear vision. Yeah, for a brief second, I forgot that I had LASIK the day before. I took off my eye shields that I wore during bedtime and got myself ready to meet Dr. Lee.

At the clinic, my vision were measured before meeting Dr. Lee and~ It turned out to be 6/6 or 20/20 vision! Yeaaay~ Dr. Lee said I can even drive that day! I went home with a box of lubricating eye drops and a tube of eye gel (more on that later). I applied the eye drops (antibiotic & steroid) once very hour, along with the lubricating eye drops.

When I went to get dinner with Mr. G that night, there were lots of halos and glare from street lights. My eyes were also feeling dry, but no more soreness or pain whatsoever. This is great!

Post op day 2 (7 November 2014)
The dryness on my eyes are slightly reducing and not as bad as the day before. Despite all that, I still use the lubricating eye drops every 30 minutes because of Dr. Lee's recommendation considering I have dry eyes to begin with.

The glare are nearly gone, but the halos are still there whenever I see lights. The antibiotic drops and steroid drops are reduced to once every two hours.

Post op day 3 (8 November 2014)
I wasn't feeling too well because I stayed up late the other night, so I stayed at home watching TV. The drops are reduced to once every three hours, while the lubricating drops are still on the 30 minute mark.

Post op day 4 (9 November 2014)
We were gonna go to the Trick Eye Museum, but it was a Sunday, so we figured it was gonna be crowded, so we stayed home. We just got lunch from Tori-Q and watched TV. The drops are reduced to four times a day.

Post op day 5 (10 November 2014)
5 days after LASIK and no pain or soreness felt so far, which is a good thing! I still have to wear the eyeshields before bed, so I won't rub my eyes accidentally while I sleep.

Post op day 6 (11 November 2014)
Went for the final check up before leaving Singapore today. There were nearly no more problems with my eyes, aside from the dryness that was already there from the start. After being measured, Dr. Lee said that the corneal flaps are in place, no infection present, no swelling present, and reduced level of dryness. Also, my final measurement is 6/6 or 20/20!

This is the last day of using the antibiotic drops and steroid drops. Also, no more eye shields before bed time! Freedom!

Post op day 7 (12 November 2014)
Leaving Singapore today, so I packed all my medication in the usual ziplock bag for the airport. During the flight, I feel that my eyes were drier than usual, so I make sure that lubricate them using the eye drops.

When I reached Jakarta, it was piping hot at 33 C. One thing I noticed immediately is that my eyes are still sensitive to sunlight, so I put on my shades all through the journey home.

In conclusion, the only time I felt any soreness or pain is after the first hour of LASIK, which is normal, said Dr. Lee. It's like a tooth operation when it starts to hurt once the anesthesia wears off. Nothing a usual pain killer won't solve.

I will be making notes of my progress until my last check up in December with Dr. Lee. You can always see the hashtag #doapjShinagawa for more information and updates on my recovery.

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SK-II Special Gift For The Holidays

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Hello, lovelies~ I am not someone who has a good fashion sense. Heck, my daily outift is a plaid shirt and black pants. Okay, sometimes the pants may be grey. What I'm trying to say is I am someone who doesn't quite understand fashion. I understand comfortable clothes, lol.

Having that said, SK-II had a collaboration with four designers untuk meyambut acara holiday desember ini. Having heard the name Billy Tjong over and over from Endi, I was naturally intrigued to see his designs, so Endi and I went there.

To greet the festive season, SK-II worked with a famous designer, Po-Chih Huang, to create four beautifully designed bottles of the famous SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. The floral illustrations on the bottle were inspired by the beautiful skin transformation using the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. 

There were four types of flowers chosen by Po-Chih Huang, namely the red tulip, green cypress, purple hortensia, and yellow freesia. These flowers bear their own meaning in the language of flowers. SK-II also collaborated with fashion designers to create clothes based on the colors of each flowers.

Red Tulip

Dedicated to those who strive for perfection and living life to the fullest, the blossoming red tulip symbolizes vitality and a dynamic personality. Hian Tjen is the designer that creates the look off these vibrant color.

Green Cypress

Known for its strength and immortality, green pines symbolizes the image of wisdom and calm, making it a perfect gift for men. Mel Ahyar will be the designer responsible for creating edgy looks.

Purple Hortensia

The soft purple color engraved on the bottle symbolizes gratitude, making it perfect for your friend who is always there for you. Billy Tjong will be the designer making looks off these gorgeous flowers.

Yellow Freesia

The warm yellow color from freesia is the perfect symbolism for a woman with elegance and grace. The designer whose arts are inspired by these flowers is Andreas Odang.

So, if you're out of ideas on what to get your friends, stop by the SK-II counter and consider giving them the gift of everlasting beauty with these beautifully designed bottles of SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. I'll list off the prices below~

What do you think of these flowery illustrations? I am falling head over heels with the purple hortensia! Until then, I'll see you later~

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