Friday, February 20, 2015

Beauty Story Sheer Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Review

Hello, lovelies~ Tinted moisturizers are one of the first makeup items I used back in junior high. I used it when I go to the mall, but was too embarrassed to tell my friends that. Don't know why. Anyway, I bought a tinted moisturizer from Beauty Story back in December, just for memory sake.

The tinted moisturizer is called Sheer Radiant and it is packaged in a white box with all the cute flower details on it. It kinda looks like a Korean or Japanese brand, but it is a local brand from Indonesia. Quite surprising, really.

Inside the box is a squeeze tube that has the same details as the outer box. Flowers, leaves and other cute shapes in a light pink color. The tube feels quite sturdy, especially the twist off, light pink cap.

The Sheer Radiant tinted moisturizer is free from alcohol, ethanol, isopropyl alcohol, and mineral oil. Things that usually break me out :D However, it does contain isoparaffin, a petroleum derivative, so I should be careful. Armed with silicone derivatives, this tinted moisturizer gives a smooth finish to the skin. One of the surprising ingredient was bentonite, a mineral clay that is usually targeted for oily skin since it is good in controlling oil.

It uses titanium dioxide (physical sunscreen) and ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate (chemical sunscreen) for protection against the sun. It contains fragrance, so it may not be suitable for those with sensitive skin. As for preservatives, it uses DMDM Hydantoin, an antimicrobial formaldehyde releaser as opposed to parabens.

The consistency of the tinted moisturizer is on the thicker side, where it won't fall when you turn it upside down on the back of your hand. I can only find one shade when I was in the store, but on the website is states that there are two shades. Confused.

This feels like a cream that is mixed with a little foundation and it won't mix together once applied on my skin. It takes around 10 seconds for it to completely blend in with my skin. The coverage is sheer, where it's only able to even out my skin tone and brightens. It can't cover my active acne or my acne scars as seen on my face. Oil control is around 3 hours in an air conditioned room on a combination skin.

Overall, a good tinted moisturizer for those who are not looking for great coverage, just for evening out your skintone. Oil control is decent if you are working indoors with air conditioner. However, for the price of Rp 80,000, I don't think this is worth my money.

Beauty Story Sheer Radiant Tinted Moisturizer
Rp 80,000
Bought it at Watsons
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Friday, February 13, 2015

Pantene Conditioners Review

Hello, lovelies~ Around two weeks ago, Pantene Indonesia kindly sent me a set of their latest conditioners for review purposes. I have been a loyal customer of their Aqua Pure shampoo since it is free from silicone. Good for my fine hair. 

Their latest conditioner is from the line Total Damage Care 10. It helps to take care of your hair and repair it when damaged. The conditioner contains silk extract to further nourish the hair after the damages. It has a somewhat fruity scent to me.

They also sent other conditioners from their Hair Fall Control line, which helps to reduce hair fall, hence the name. Dimethicones is present in this shampoo to reduce hair breakages and make it strong. It has a similar fruity scent to the Total Damage Care 10, but not as strong.

The last one they sent is from their Daily Moisture Repair line, which helps to give moisture to your hair. A combination of dimethicone and silk extract is present in this conditioner to lock in the moisture. I can't describe the scent, honestly, but it kinda smells like unscented body lotion to me.

All three conditioners have the same thick consistency that is white in color. I use it on the ends of my hair to prevent it from making my hair limp and lifeless the next day after shampooing. I have fine hair, just for your reference.

Overall, I like these conditioners because they are worth their money, for me. They keep the ends of my hair moisturized without being too heavy that it makes my hair looks greasy. Best part of all is that they won't cost an arm and a leg! 

What do you think of them? Do you have a favorite conditioner from Pantene? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and until then, I'll see you later~

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Bless Healthy Glow Foundation Review and Swatch


Hello, lovelies~ After a few days of no internet, I'm back with a review of my favorite makeup categories, foundation. Bless Indonesia contacted me a few weeks ago to review their latest foundation, Healthy Glow Foundation

I remember using Bless when I was in junior high to treat my acne. It worked and became one of my favorite acne product. Somehow, I've forgotten about it as the years go by. I have been using this for two weeks and here is what I think of it.

box of bless healthy glow foundation review

The foundation came with a separate box that has all of the ingredients, claims and foundation shade printed on the sides. It's a simple box, nothing much on the design.

review of bless healthy glow foundation

Once out of the box, it is packaged in a squeeze tube with a flip cap at the end. I usually don't mind tubes, but this one can slightly dispense the product more than I want. Just be careful when you open it.

ingredients list of bless healthy glow foundation

It boasts the use of physical sunscreen, making it suitable for those with sensitive skin. On the ingredients list, it uses Titanium Dioxide as the main physical sunscreen. There are emollients to moisturize the skin such as Isononyl Isononanoate,  octyldodecanol, and others. Silicone derivatives are also present, so be sure you have no sensitivity towards it. It uses parabens for preservatives and is free from fragrance.

There is only two shades of foundation from this brand, namely Natural and Beige. I got one in Beige because I think the other one will be too light for me. I don't like it when a foundation goes really white on my face. It looks weird and scary. This shade is slightly pinkish+orange, which scares me at first, truth be told.

Comparison photo of bless healthy glow foundation

On my (currently) combination skin type, this foundation blends easily on my oily areas, but not so much on the dry ones. It tends to cling on the dry patches of skin as you will see clearer on the next photo. This foundation has a semi matte finish, so you can see a hint of glow on my cheeks. I like that it's not overly dewy as the photo above demonstrated.

Before and after photo of Bless healthy glow foundation

My acne spots and active acne are relatively covered by this foundation, giving it a medium coverage. It does look slightly cakey when I put more than one layer. As I've mentioned in the paragraph before, it exaggerates dry skin, so I wouldn't recommend it for those with dry to very dry skin.The oil control is around 3 hours in a cool environment without much activity. The photos above are not set with powder, fyi. 

Overall, I underestimated this foundation because of how it was slightly orange when swatched. Oil control wasn't bad and the foundation itself feels lightweight. I haven't noticed a single acne on my face when I'm using it.

Have you tried this foundation yet? Let me know in the comments what you think of it. Thanks for reading and until then, I'll see you later~

Bless Healthy Glow Foundation (Beige)
Rp 77,000
Buy : or any Bless Cosmetics counter at the mall

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Monday, February 9, 2015

5 Tips in Layering Your Skincare

Hello, lovelies~ Unless you have been living under a rock, Korean skincare products are the rising trends out there. Most of us have probably use more than three skincare products to reap the benefits for our skin. 

THINNEST TO THICKEST - Questions like "Do I use serum or lotion first?" or "What are steps of using these products?" are often asked when one is first introduced to using skincare products. You can follow the instructions listed by the manufacturer, but I always go by the rule "From thin to thick", based on their consistency.

END IT WITH SUNSCREEN - Sunscreen (for me) is still one of the best anti-aging product in the beauty market. It block UV rays from the sun that destroys our collagen and elastin, resulting in saggy and wrinkly skin. Although there is still a debate on when to use sunscreen, I still prefer to use them last in my morning skincare routine.

GIVE IT TIME - Between using my lotion and moisturizer, I usually give it time before moving on to apply the next product. It doesn't take long, just until the previous layer is a little dry on my skin. 

SLEEP AND REJUVENATE - Do you know that you skin regenerate faster at night? It is your chance to boost its regeneration rate by adding ingredients like tretinoin. It helps stimulate collagen and elastin production in your skin.

SEAL IT IN - If you can't get your hands on tretinoin, then always remember to lock in your serums or essences with moisturizer. Sleeping packs are appropriate to use at the end of each skincare routine, so be sure to apply a generous amount of it.

Currently, I am not using a lot of skincare products because my skin is not being 'naughty' and breaking out. Aside from my cleansing oil, cleansing wash, and clay mask, I use lotion, moisturizer, sunscreen and tretinoin. Tell me what your skincare 'layers' are. Thanks for reading and until then, I'll see you later~

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Friday, February 6, 2015

5 Photo Mistakes I Made When I First Blogged

Hello, lovelies~ Back when I first started blogging, photography is a world I have no knowledge of. sure, I have taken lots of photos throughout my life, but never really paid any attention to any of the tips and tricks. Thus, I made a few photography mistakes during the first few years of blogging. Hopefully, you can learn from my mistakes, so you won't have these on your blog! :)

Mistake #1 Blurry Photos
When you're trying to get the product's message across, you will need to have sharp pictures for your readers. This will give a better understanding about the product info without having to type them again. If your picture is blurry, then your readers are going to have a hard time getting the information. 
Taken with shaky hands

Aside from not holding your camera steady, an underlit environment can also trigger the blurry picture, especially is you have the automatic mode with the flash off. 

Taken in an underlit environment

FIX - Keeping the camera steady may help in solving the blurriness of your photos. You can use a tripod or even a makeshift tripod to get sharp pictures. 

Mistake #2 Dark Photos

Unless your readers have night vision, it's best to keep your photos bright. A dark photo mostly looks dull and uninteresting. 

FIX - The light is your best friend, especially those nearing dusk hours. I usually shoot between 5 to 6 pm outside because the light is soft, thus no harsh shadows. Afterwards, it's just a matter of editing the pics, toggling the brightness and contrast.

Mistake #3 Flash
It does solve the problem of darkness in your photos, but the shadows look harsh and the brightness is usually centered in the middle of the product like the photo below.

Taken with flash

Sure, it works when you're really out of options, but I usually delay taking photos under those circumstances.

Taken with artificial lights and a white sheet of paper

FIX - Get better lighting, indoor or outdoor. The simplest way is to bring your product outside for a photo shoot. If you can't, invest in artificial lights, even a desk lamp will do. My artificial lights are two pieces of desk lamps.

Mistake #4 Harsh Lighting
Taken at 12 p.m, directly under the sun

You finally go outside with your products and shoot them directly under the sun like the photo below. Even though it's not dark anymore, but look at the harsh shadows. It's not good to look at, is it?

Taken at 12 p.m, in the shade

FIX - When you're outside in the hot sun, try to find a place under a shade. It will give enough brightness to your photos without creating harsh shadows.

Mistake #5 Messy Backgrounds
One of my all time mistake when I first started blogging is having an unintentional messy background. Unlike the controlled clutter, this is a real mess.

Taken inside a bathroom

It takes away the focus of your readers when the photo has a messy background. Like the photo above, people may end up looking at the bucket instead of the product.

Taken on the photo set

FIX - Have clean photo sets that you dedicate especially for shooting photos. It doesn't need to be fancy, just a small corner in your house where it is mess free.

I still have other photo mistakes when I started blogging, but these will have to do for now. The post is already long and I'm not sure anyone is interested in reading about this, considering this isn't about makeup. Anyway, do you make these mistakes as well? Thanks for reading and until then, I'll see you later~

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Curel Sebum Care Trial Kit Review

Hello, lovelies~ This is a ridiculously overdue review that was supposed to be posted back in December 2014. I got caught up with other things, I guess. *cough* planners *cough* :D

Well, no mattter. I bought this back in November 2014 when I went to Singapore. Skincare has always been my weakness, so when I saw this trial kit, I purchased it without a second thought.

The trial kit had three skincare products, namely a face wash, lotion, and gel moisturizer. It can last for 20 days or so it claims, but I used it on and off, so I didn't really count the days precisely. However, it does last for quite some time because I only used small amounts of each.

Curel Sebum Care Foaming Wash

Packaged in a pump plastic bottle, it immediate gives a thick foam without the need of lathering beforehand. Two pumps are usually more than enough for my whole face. It doesn't leave my face tight after rinsing and didn't break me out.

Curel Sebum Care Lotion

This is my favorite product out of the whole kit. I think this is the product that kept my skin clear even during my period. Only one acne appeared near my chin and even that appeared after I ate toast with chocolate sprinkles.

At a glance, the ingredients list may look ordinary, but I think Betaine made a huge difference. It is a humectant and anti-irritant that makes skin smooth without being too heavy or greasy. The ingredients used are quite different from the other brands in the market. It uses ingredients that can actually make a difference in terms of skin hydration.

Curel Sebum Care Moisturizer

This moisturizer is potent for my combination skin. I use a small amount, around two drops, for my whole face. It is enough to moisturize my skin without feeling sticky or greasy. However, it doesn't have oil control, so my T zone is usually oily after an hour or two. Well, it is skincare. Duh. Ingredients inside are almost similar to the lotion, but with the presence of dimethicone to seal in all the moisture.

All of the products still use parabens as their preservative, but as you all know, I don't mind. Yes, yes, because of the lack of study regarding parabens and cancer. I adore their lotion and would love to purchase one when mine runs out.

Curel Sebum Care Trial Kit
Available in Watsons Singapore
SGD $ 24.90

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