Thursday, January 29, 2015

Stationery Haul

Hello, lovelies~ I have been sharing lots of planner related pictures on my Instagram lately. There has been a question or two on where I bought the sticky notes or sticker. I thought it would be better to compile all of them into one single post, so you can read it too. I will categorize them by the place I shop, so you will know where it is. 


I couldn't find cute sticky notes here, but there were some stickers that caught my attention. I prefer flat stickers instead of those puffy, 3D ones. It just made writing much easier as it provides a flat surface. The prices range around Rp 15,000 - Rp 25,000 for the stickers. The pens are Uni STYLE FIT that comes with refills.


The place where every thing seemed like it would fit in my home decor when in reality, it's not. :D I bought a lot of sticky notes because I do love sticky notes compare to washi tape. Also, flat stickers with the same price range as the ones I found at Gramedia.

Office 1 Superstore

This store seemed like it doesn't carry many sticky notes/stickers, but it does. I was excited when I saw the index label because I won't have to make one from scratch. Oh, thank heavens.


These stickers have been sitting at the back of my drawer for nearly 5 years now. I bought them when I graduated university, thinking that I need to organize my stuff now that I'm working. Well, here they are 5 years later. :D

I have been collecting these since December 2014, along with my Bantex planner purchase before I discovered my Filofax. How about you? Have you been into planner related things, too? Share your favorite online stores in the comments below. I would love to window shop there! Thanks for reading and until then, I'll see you later~

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Planner Tips : DIY Planner Dashboard

Hello, lovelies~ A planner dashboard is a sheet of laminated paper that is used to remind you of the daily things you need to do. It could even be a sticky notes holder, in my case. Either way, it's usually the first thing you see when you open your planner to the specific date.

It would be easy to slip in the dashboard in ring binders that can be opened and closed. How about spiral bound planners? You know, the one that can't be opened? Well, there's a way to insert your very own dashboard to your spiral bound planner. 

I have a spiral bound planner that I bought last December when I thought my filofax is gone. I haven't gotten much use out of it, but I know I will soon. I used a paper file folder that has a cute duck picture as the dashboard. You can use any picture you like and laminate it, too. 

You'll Need :

  • Cardstock or scrapbook paper
  • Ruler
  • Scissors 
  • Hole puncher

1. Measure the width and height of your paper.
2. Cut a cardstock or scrapbook paper according to the previously measured size. This step is optional, but I find it easy to have a template on hand, just in case I want to make more inserts. 
3. Taking a piece of unused paper from the planner, trace the holes on the sides using a pencil.
4. Take a hole puncher and punch holes on the previously traced holes. You have your template!
5. Trace the template onto your designated paper or plastic of choice and cut it accordingly.
6. Last step is to cut a straight line on the sides of the hole, but don't go over the hole. Just cutting a slit will do. This will make it removable, get it?

There you have it! Your very own planner dashboard with the picture you like. You can place your sticky notes or reminders in place. If you find that the plastic file folder need more support, you can cut a cardstock to size and stick it on the back.

If you made a dashboard, do let me know. You can tweet me, instagram me, or facebook me the picture with the hashtag #DOAPJDIY . Thanks for reading and until then, I'll see you later~

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Rainy Day Essentials

Hello, lovelies~ Aside from rain boots and an umbrella, you'll probably need to switch up some of your skincare routine. I know I do. Sure, it's not as cold as ice come rainy season in our dearest country, but our skin is still robbed away from all those moisture. To compensate for the lost of moisture, here are some of my skincare essentials come rainy season.

I have combination skin on my face, while my arms and legs are mostly dry to very dry. The products on top helps to moisturize my skin and prevent them from getting flaky. Here are the items from upper left to right.

Herbal Essences Touchable Moisture
Vivelle Body Lotion
L'Occitane Hand Cream (The original one)
Korres Lip Butter
Laneige Water Sleeping Pack_EX

What are your rainy day essentials? Let me know in the comments below, I would love to read your product recommendations. Thanks for reading and until then, I'll see you later~ 

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Skincare Ingredients in Your 30s

Hello, lovelies~ I am going to be 30 next month, so I want to share some information on the skincare ingredients that you may consider looking at once you hit the big three zero. These ingredients may be present in creams, serums, or eye creams.

1. Retinoic Acid
Another use of this acne medication is that it stimulates the production of collagen and elastin that is responsible for bouncy skin with minimal wrinkles. It is best used at night because sunlight cancels out its action in boosting collagen production.

2. Glycolic Acid
Well, not typically found in your skincare creams here in Indonesia. However, you can find them in chemical peeling procedures in the doctor's office. It functions to regenerate the skin cells faster by helping the skin 'shed' off some of the dead skin cells.

3. Brightening Agents
The more we age, the slower our skin cells regenerate, resulting in the dull appearance in your skin tones. Try to make it a habit to use skincare products that has brightening agents, such as Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), niacinamide, or hydroquinone. If you prefer naturally derived ingredients, you can try kojic acid, azelaic acid, or arbutin.

4. Sunscreen
This is the one anti-aging skincare product that people often forget. The UV rays from the sun is one of the main cause of aging because the UV rays 'destroys' the collagen and elastin in our skin, thus making the skin more saggy and loaded with wrinkles.

5. Antioxidants
Remember the UV rays that contribute to aging our skin? Well, that's not all. The process itself creates free radicals that continue to destroy the collagen and elastin until it is wiped out. This will then lead to fine lines and deep wrinkles on the skin. However, with the help antioxidants, the free radicals are stopped from doing the dirty deed. It also helps to increase the production of collagen and elastin as well as repairing the damaged skin cells.

I hope these blog post will help you in your quest to keep those wrinkles off your skin. Do you have any skincare product recommendations that you use to reduce deep wrinkles? Let me know in the comments below your recommendations. Thanks for reading and until then, I'll see you later~

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

PureVivi Cleansing Lotion Review

Hello, lovelies~ I am very particular in cleansing my skin, maybe because the never-ending acne I have. I always have to double cleanse at the end of the night, but if I'm too tired, I usually opt for cleansing water. My favorite has always been Bioderma Sensibio H2O, but I'm open to try new things. 

A cleansing lotion from Japan called PureVivi caught my attention last year, but I only got to try it last December. Here is my review on the cleansing lotion. Let's see if it can beat my favorite cleansing water. :)

I bought this at Watsons Singapore. The clear bottle is sealed with transparent plastic to ensure the brand new status of the item. There are stickers listing the claims and ingredients list of this cleansing lotion. The bottle uses a flip top cap, so it makes it easy to use when pouring it onto a cotton pad. 

The consistency of the product is similar to water, not a lotion. Then again, in Japan, the term lotion mostly has that kind of watery consistency, being a toner and whatnot. It doesn't have an overwhelming scent, so that's good news. Basically, it's just wiping water on my face, but this removes makeup, of course (duh).

Fruit and Plant Extracts
It does contain extracts from fruits and plants alike to give more benefits to the skin. Zizyphus Jujuba Fruit Extract, Apple fruit extract, grapefruit extract, aloe vera extract are those among the list of extracts. There are lime, orange, and lemon extract that is a bit controversial since those ingredients tend to ruin the pH of the skin and lead to skin problems.

Preservatives and others
It is free from parabens. Phenoxyethanol is used in its place as a preservative, which may be the cause of that slight stinging if used around the eyes. It also contains sodium citrate , lactic acid and citric acid, which is used as a pH adjuster.

The cleansing power is similar to Bioderma, but this one stings a little when I use it around the eyes. It's able to remove my daily makeup which consisted of mineral makeup, eyebrow pencil, concealer, and lipstick. 

Overall, I find it to be a cheaper alternative to Bioderma Sensibio H2O, but it isn't available here in Indonesia. I enjoy the non sticky finish it gives, but the citrus extracts kept bugging me pH-wise. Maybe I'll get litmus paper to determine the acidity of the product in the future. 

What do you think of this product? Do you like using cleansing waters? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and until then, I'll see you later~

Purevivi Cleansing Lotion
SGD $19.90 (Watsons Singapore)
500 ml
Made in Japan

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Beauty Story Lipstick Review and Swatch

Hello, lovelies~ Whenever something new pops up in the beauty section, I'm always excited to try it out. About two weeks ago, I went to Watsons to buy eyedrops and stumbled on a new beauty brand called Beauty Story. Well, they may not be the latest, but I just heard about it, so it's kinda new for me. I bought a loose powder, a tinted moisturizer and two lipsticks. 

The powder and tinted moisturizer is still in trial phase, so let me start by reviewing the lipsticks. It is packaged in a white box that houses the lipstick. The information and ingredients list are printed on the sides of the box. It is manufactured in Bandung, so it is a local brand, yeay~


The combination of castor oil, diisostearyl maleate, octyldodecanol, olus (vegetable) oil, vitis vinifera seed oil (my favorite!) makes a great emollient for the lips. In case you forgot, emollients work by trapping the moisture on the skin, so it can't escape into the environment.


To make the texture smooth, this lipstick contains Ceresin and Silica Silylate.

Natural ingredients

For those aching for ingredients that are natural, this lipstick contains Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil and Candelila (Euphorbia Cerifera) wax. The first ingredient works as an emollient, whereas the latter works to give it a smooth texture.

Squalene: Synthetic or natural?

I don't know if this is synthetically produced because it is traditionally derived from a fish. Squalene is a great ingredient as it combines well with other oils and rapidly absorbed by the skin.

Preservatives and others

As per usual, propylparaben is used as a preservative in this lipstick. There is tocopheryl acetate or Vitamin E in this lipstick as well.

Contrast to the sweet white box, the lipstick casing is grey in color with light pink flower patterns all over it. The brand is printed in gold right in the middle of the plastic lipstick casing. Somehow this is kinda cute in its own way. I like those small, rounded flower patterns, somehow.

As opposed to most Indonesian beauty brands, the shades of lipstick has a name, not just numbers. I'll admit that it's one of the things that encourages me to buy lipstick, lol. I bought two shades, Samantha and Calanthe.

Both look like they belong to the nude shade family, but Samantha has a more pink tone, whereas Calanthe more orange. I tried capturing the colors on my camera, but it wouldn't show the pink undertones of Samantha.

On my lips, I prefer Samantha because it goes well my skintone. Calanthe looks like it may suit those with very warm skintones. The creamy lipstick feels comfortable and doesn't dry out my lips. The pigmentation is impressive as it produces an opaque color on my lips with a hint of shine that's not over the top. It's gone after a meal, thanks to the creamy consistency, so it needs to be reapplied. Not a problem for me, though.

What do you think, lovelies? Do you like the shades? Let me know in the comments your thoughts about this lipstick. Thanks for reading and until then, I'll see you later~

Beauty Story Lipstick
Rp 45,000
Available at Watsons Indonesia

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Hada Labo Air Aqua UV Day Emulsion Review

Hello, lovelies~ One of my favorite skincare product has to be sunscreen because of its protection against the aging rays of the sun. Sure, it used to be my arch nemesis because of the greasiness it leaves behind, but not anymore. Not since I found more lightweight sunscreen in the market like this one from Hada Labo.

I found this gem at Watsons Singapore when I went there for my LASIK operation. It was part of the Air Aqua UV line, with two formulas that are meant to cater different skin types. I bought the one targeted for hydration because I am going to be using retinoic acid and my skin will be combination/dry.

The sunscreen is packaged inside a clear plastic box that has all of the claims and ingredients list. The white bottle has a twist off cap that houses 30 grams of sunscreen. I used to love flip top caps, but now I prefer twist off ones because they are more secure when taken travelling.

UV Protection

As with most chemical sunscreen, it starts off with the famous ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate. It then follows with phenylbenzimidazole sulfonic acid that helps gives the sunscreen that airy, lightweight finish to the skin. Diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate is a great chemical sunscreen and known for its excellent photostability. Ethylhexyl triazone is also included to protect us against UVB.


Glycerin is a common ingredient used to moisturize the skin, but what about 10 glycerin all at once? Well, meet Polyglycerin-10, a more hydrating ingredient found in this sunscreen. An emollient called diethylhexyl carbonate is added to ensure the moisturizing factor. Sodium hyaluronate and sodium acetylated hyaluronate also contribute to the hydrating property.


This sunscreen uses methylparaben, propylparaben, phenoxyethanol, and disodium EDTA for preservatives. I don't mind parabens in my cosmetics as their relation with cancer is still questionable (yes, even with 'that' research).

What about the alcohols?!

Relax. Those are not straight up rubbing alcohol or isopropyl alcohol or ethanol. Arachidyl alcohol and behenyl alcohol are examples of alcohols that are emollient in nature.

Plant extracts and others

It has plant extracts such as mushroom extract, bergamot fruit oil, and nephelium longana seed extract. It contains ascorbic acid and resveratol that will help whiten the skin. Dimethicone and its derivatives are present for the smooth finish.

The consistency of this sunscreen is runny, almost like Skin Aqua's. The kind of runny where it would slide down if the surface is tilted. It spreads easily on my skin and sinks in without having to wait a long time.

What I love most about this sunscreen is the non-greasy and non-sticky finish. I have combination skin at the moment, which means that my T-zone is oily and my U-zone is dry. This sunscreen is the best of both worlds since it caters to two different skin conditions on my face. It is moisturizing enough for my U-zone without being too greasy for my T-zone.

Overall, it is a worthy drugstore purchase for me, but it isn't available yet in Indonesia. The lightweight finish is a definite win in my book. Mr. G even loves using it every single day.

Have you tried this sunscreen from Hada Labo? Let me know what you think about it in the comments below. Thanks for reading and until then, I'll see you later~

Hada Labo Air Aqua UV Day Emulsion
Price SGD $19.90
Recommended for combination/dry skin

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Beyond Angel Aqua Set Review

Hello, lovelies~ Another review post from Beyond skincare because I have lots of Beyond products to review. I still have the BB Cream and sheet face mask waiting in line to be published. Today, I want to share my experience with the Angel Aqua collection.

The Angel Aqua set comes with a toner, emulsion, and a cream in less than 20 ml size. I like the idea of miniature or deluxe samples because I don't have to commit buying the full size in the beginning. Having a sensitive skin has resulted in lots of full sized skincare that collects dust in my vanity corner.

Beyond Angel Aqua Toner

I am not usually a fan of toners, but this one is an exception. It has a transparent, gel like consistency that sinks in quite fast within seconds of application. My skin feels plump without being sticky or greasy.

Beyond Angel Aqua Emulsion

The consistency of the emulsion is almost similar to a gel, but slightly runnier with a white color. Unlike the toner, this take around half a minute to be absorbed. It moisturizes my combination/oily skin without leaving a greasy or sticky finish.

Beyond Angel Aqua Cream

The second last step of my current skincare routine is applying this almost-transparent cream that actually has the consistency of a gel. However, it's thicker than the Angel Aqua toner (of course) that it won't fall when it's flipped upside down. Similar to the emulsion, it moisturizes my skin without leaving any greasy or sticky finish. Just love it!

In conclusion, the Angel Aqua set is a great buy for me because it allows me to try them before buying the full size. From the three, my favorite has to be the emulsion because of the lightweight, non-sticky, non-greasy feeling I get on my well-moisturized, plump skin.

However, I couldn't give you a rundown of the ingredients list because I lost the box that it came with. I'll try my best to search for it online as best as I can. as far as I can remember when looking at the full size products in the store, there weren't any alcohol, mineral oil, or petrolatum. 

What do you think about this product? Have you tried it? Let me know in the comments below what your thoughts are on this product. Thanks for reading and until then, I'll see you later~

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Beyond Lovely Up Lip Crayon Review and Swatch

Hello, lovelies~ How's your new year so far? I hope it has been good and that you're still keeping your resolutions. I want to review a lip product from Beyond that I bought a month ago. You can read more about my experience in this post.

As the name suggests, it is shaped in a crayon-like packaging that has a twist off mechanism at the end. I like that it doesn't need to be sharpened. The light peach color looks playful with doodles of balloons and clouds.

The shade I bought is number 3, a pinkish-red shade that is nothing but vibrant. The color is bright and definitely eye catching. There are six shades from this line, if I'm not mistaken. 

The lipstick has a matte finish with a great pigmentation with just one swipe. It doesn't dry out my lips too much, but it's not hydrating like the Revlon Matte Balms. I don't have a lot of matte lipsticks, but this has a slight 'drag' when I swiped it on my lips. It tends to sink into fine lines, so a lip primer is recommended.

It feels comfortable without any feeling of dryness, but I do prefer to use a clear lip balm on top to give it a healthy sheen. It has a slight transfer when I'm drinking, but nothing major.

Out of all the combination of lip crayon and lip balm, my favorite is to blot it after one swipe and apply lip balm on top. It injects color back to my lips without being too bright. This is suitable for everyday makeup look and has become one of my favorite.

Priced at Rp 149,000, it is quite steep for a piece of so-so lip product. I think the colors are beautiful, but nothing to write home about. What do you think? Have you tried this lip crayon before? Let me know in the comments below what you think about it. Thanks for reading and until then, I'll see you later~

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