Saturday, August 29, 2015

Filofax Malden Personal Purple Review

Hello, lovelies~ I haven't been updating my blog recently because I have some things to do for the upcoming month of September. Short courses and an interview are just one of the few, so my mind has just been split. In many ways. Anyhoo, I am taking a break from making revisions and decided to share my review on my current paper planner.

Filofax Malden.

THE Malden.

Yup, I finally got it when my dad went to Singapore last month. Yeay~ Before I reviewed this beauty, let me lay down the details from the Filofax website.

Filofax Malden Organizer
Left Hand Details: four credit card pockets and one zipped pocket
Right Hand Details: notepad pocket, pen loop
Material Exterior + Interior : soft full grain buffalo leather with natural two tone colour
Height: 192mm
Width: 150mm
Depth: 50mm
Closure Detail: leather strap with branded metal poppercap
Ring Mech: 23mm
The organizer was wrapped in a clear plastic sleeve that I have placed somewhere around the house, but failed to find it. No, mine didn't come with a black, sleek Filofax embossed box. I am not sure why, but it doesn't matter.

I first saw it back in January when I got back to paper planning. My old Filofax Bond had the rings all rusted, so I started to look for a new one. Don't worry, Mr. Bond is still being used, just inside a cupboard holding all my previous diary entries.

I then laid eyes on the Malden when I was browsing through the Filofax website. It looked soft, but has texture that makes it look rustic. I proceed to read reviews saying that it has a floppy feel to it and lays flat with a little training. I thought to myself, "Sold. I'll get you one day."

Long story short, I got the purple Malden right now and have been using it for nearly two weeks. It came with week on two pages insert until December 2015, along with a few to dos and note paper. I won't be ordering any inserts from them as I prefer making my own to suit my needs.

Once I unwrapped it from the sleeve, it smells great and lays flat. Just like that. No training needed. I'm even more in love with it that I realize. The inside has the same material  as the outer part, which looks wrinkly and old just the way I like it. It didn't look this wrinkly when I first got it, I just made it super wrinkly. The rings are silver and tight, no gaps whatsoever.

On the left side are four card pockets and one zipped pocket. I usually store my stickers, paperclips and washi tape samples on this side. It just slides right in without any problems.

On the right side are one notepad sleeve and one pen loop. I don't usually use notepad at the back, but I do have them, just in case.

The pen loop is made from the same leather as the organizer, making it impossible to fit my 'fat' pens through. 

Aside from the ability to lay flat (and the scent!), what makes me fell in love with the Malden is the contrast stitching and strap on the stud closure. It has a pointy edge, which makes it unique since other Filofax organizers don't have it. 

It can be stuffed with loads of paper, but I don't like my planner to be overly bulky, so I keep the amount of paper to a minimum. Besides, I would hate to see the rings get overworked if it's stuffed. 

I am in love with this organizer, pockets and all. It fits into my hand bag, although it is currently staying at home. It looks and feel rustic with all the wrinkly leather. I just love it! Have you tried using a Filofax Malden? Do you love it or hate it? Let me know in the comments below! Thanks for reading and until then, I'll see you later~

Filofax Malden Personal Purple
SGD 228
Bought at Kinokuniya Ngee Ann City

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Illmasqua Skin Base Foundation Review and Swatch

Hello, lovelies~ I have a foundation review that has been long overdue and just sitting there in my drafts folder collecting dust. I bought the Illamasqua foundation earlier this year because it has been in my wishlist for the longest time. Endi tried it and recommended it to me, so we went out one day and bought it.

The foundation comes sealed in plastic to ensure that it is brand new. There is no fancy box, which I find slightly strange considering that most high end foundation comes with one. Maybe this isn't considered as high end? Who knows. 

I was matched to shade 5.5, which has a yellow-beige undertone. It didn't take me long to find the right shade because I tried Endi's foundation before and it was a near match to my skin. The foundation is slightly thick, but spreads easily on my face.

The foundation provides a medium coverage, able to conceal the redness on my cheeks and around my nose without looking too cakey. However, I find that it looks cakey under my eye area even with just one layer. I applied the foundation with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and then buff it with the Real Techniques Buffing Brush. This ensures that my foundation looks blended and natural.

The oil control for this foundation is average on my current combination skin, lasting around 4-5 hours, if I'm indoors. Keep note that this tends to cling to dry areas of the skin, so if you have dry skin, maybe look for a foundation that is more moisturizing. It didn't oxidize on my skin, so it kept its shade until I removed it.

Have you tried this foundation from Illamasqua? Let me know in the comments below your thoughts on it and if you liked it. Thanks for reading and until then, I'll see you later~

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation
30 ml / Rp 550,000
Bought at Centro Grand Indonesia

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Why I Went Back to Paper Planners

Hello, lovelies~ It's Friday! Excited for the weekend? A date, maybe? Well, I do have a date with needles since I have blood work planned for the weekend, along with Mr. G and my brother. Aside from that, I have a post for you about planners, my recent 'addiction' apart from skincare.

I have been receiving a number of statements and questions ever since I started using paper planners again earlier this year. I don't need to explain myself on how I was an avid planner user back in the day because I don't feel like I should. When a girl loves something, she's almost always 100% right, no questions asked, lol. Society these days. Anyway, I'll write some of the reasons why I went back to paper planners in this post.

Everything is in place
Here are some of the things I need to manage in my life :

  • Blog
  • Anime
  • Expenses
  • Random thoughts
  • Shopping list
  • Cleaning schedule (bed, makeup brushes, laundry, etc)
  • and more...

I tried to keep everything in my phone, but soon got overwhelmed after a week. My calendar was full and reminders kept appearing on my notification bar in my phone while I'm jotting down my random thoughts. Naturally, I swiped the notification away and ended up not doing said reminder, lol. I find with paper planners, everything I need is in one place (binder) and I can't 'swipe' them, unless I put them in a shelf.

What a relief!
Aside from being a place to jot all my thoughts down, it is a place where I learn to take things one day at a time. I have a weekly and monthly spread in my calendar section, so it forces me to see things weekly, instead of 6 months ahead. I often worry about the future, which will most likely end up in an anxiety attack. With this system, I feel like a weight has been lifted and learned that not all things need to be worried right now.

Track 'em all down!

Things to buy, online purchases, receipts and wishlists are just a few of those I have in my Tracking section. With this section, I won't stray on the things I need to buy once the budget is available the next month. For example, I have been wanting to buy a Clarisonic for the longest time, but always got distracted whenever a new foundation is released. I end up not buying the Clarisonic until now, lol.

Check off those boxes

It's something with checking off boxes after doing stuff just excites me for unknown reasons. I mean, physically checking off those boxes on paper. It's a personal joy for me, lol. Things get done a lot faster with these things, too.

Motivational Source

It's not all serious in my paper planner, of course. I have a section dedication to motivational quotes and positive things, for those days when I'm just feeling blue. It helps me get back up on my feet and reminds me that sometimes it's okay to feel down or scared.

Memory Keeping

Another section that keeps my mood up is my gratitude section. This is where I write down three positive things of my day to day activity. Even bad days have a sliver of positive aspect, or at least that's what I chose to believe. When the section is full, I archive them in another planner for memory keeping. I printed my Instagram photos and made them into a divider to remind myself how lucky I am to be alive.

Bonus : Stickers, Washi Tapes and More Cute Stuff

This is one of the few things that made me stick with planning on paper, it just made it beautiful and cute. It made me want to look at it often without feeling too overwhelmed or serious. The cute layout makes me happy and relaxed, which creates an association in my mind that it's fun to plan.

Despite my (sometimes) lengthy explanation, there is always a few follow up questions. Here are some along with my answer.

"You're not in elementary school anymore"
So, I don't need a reason anymore to have a more organized life? :p

"Why not use the calendar on your phone?"
I tried, but every time the notification for a reminder to an event pops up, I'll just clear it and/or make it disappear. With planners, I can't make it go away unless I keep them inside my cupboard. Plus, it is filled with quotes/stickers/washi tape/colorful inserts, so it is hard to look away.

"I know you in Uni and you didn't use any planners. You did just fine."
True, I didn't use any binders to plan things, but I use sticky notes and it's all over my desk. No, I'm not having flight of ideas.

I hope this post can paint a better picture on why I went back to ancient times of planning on paper. It is just a system that I find works best for me. If it is written, then it's recorded. At least that is how my brain seemed to think. I still use my phone for appointments because it can push notifications 15 minutes before.

I am currently using two planners at the moment, one for personal and other one is for financial matters.
The rest?
For collection.
A girl can't have a hobby?

Thanks for reading and until then, I'll see you later~

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

White Formula UV Protective Gel with Hyaluronic Acid SPF 50/PA +++ Review

Hello, lovelies~ If you're reading this before going out the office for lunch, have you applied sunscreen yet? The sun has been hot lately, so don't forget to apply sunscreen every two hours. I have to admit that it is quite hard for me to find the right sunscreen because of my combination skin. 

There are two version for this sunscreen, one for each type of skin. This one is meant for normal, dry, and combination skin, but I've used it when my skin is oily and I've had no problems with it so far. Excuse the messed up plastic packaging. I kept it for the sake of this review because all the ingredients were on the back.

The sunscreen uses chemical sunscreen (octyl methoxycinnamate, methylene bis-benzotriazolyl, tetramethylbutylphenol, diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl hexyl benzoate, and oyctocrylene)  to ward off those aging UV rays from the sun. Decyl Glucoside is a mild non-ionic surfactant usually included in products for people with sensitive skin. Propylene Glycol functions as a humectant that helps increase moisture to the skin. It contains dimethicone for that smooth finish and lock in the moisture. There is hyaluronic acid at the bottom, but I don't know if it has sufficient amount to bring about moisture to the skin. It is free from alcohol, ethanol and fragrance, which is a plus for my sensitive skin.

It comes in a light blue squeeze tube with a twist off cap that has 50 grams of product. I haven't taken it with me to travel, but it doesn't take too much space in my makeup bag.

The sunscreen itself has a gel-lotion-like consistency. It doesn't have a strong scent and blends easily to my skin. It feels lightweight on my skin and doesn't leave a sticky or greasy finish afterwards. It does leave a slight sheen on the skin as most moisturizing sunscreens do.

What really sold me on this sunscreen is the lightweight feeling despite its high SPF and PA factor. It also doesn't have a greasy finish afterwards, which seals the deal even more. Unfortunately, it isn't sold in Indonesia, so I may have to ask someone in Singapore to buy it for me. Anyone? Lol.

What about you? Have you tried anything from the brand White Formula? Let me know what you think about it in the comments below. Thanks for reading and until then, I'll see you later~

White Formula UV Protective Gel with Hyaluronic Acid SPF 50/PA +++ 
50 gram/ SGD $13.50
Available at Watsons Singapore 

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Lucas' Papaw Ointment Review

Hello, lovelies~ The weather in Jakarta has been so hot lately, hasn't it? My lips feels so dry that it even cracked. Never an attractive look, wouldn't you agree? Hoping to fix the dry, cracked lips, I tried out Lucas' Papaw Ointment that I bought a few months ago.

I have been hearing people rave about this product for years on end now and it sounded like a miracle in a tube. I thought to myself, "Why not try it?" The ointment comes in a red plastic squeeze tube that has a twist off cap at the end. It was sealed with aluminium foil, but I opened it already.

The ingredients consisted of fermented Carica papaya combined with petroleum jelly as a base and potassium sorbate as the preservative. It doesn't specifically say what Carica Papaya is good for, aside from moisturizing the skin and being antibacterial. I don't know what component in the Carica Papaya that does this.

The texture of the ointment is on the greasy side, almost similar to Vaseline. There is a slight unpleasant scent to me, but it wears off after a few minutes of applying it on my lips. Despite the greasy finish, it sinks into my lips within 10-20 minutes, leaving my lips smooth and ready for any lipstick application.

As much as I want to love this product for my dry and cracked lips, I can't. It just doesn't work in 'healing' my cracked lips. It works great as a lip primer for me, but not for miraculously vanishing those lips of mine that looks like the Sahara desert (sometimes). I do, however, love this to moisturize my dry cuticles on my fingers.

Overall, I prefer using this as a pre-lipstick treatment to soften and smooth out my lips. I would apply it before applying my face primer and blotting it once before applying lipstick. My lips love shea butter for moisture compared to this papaya-infused petroleum jelly. Plus, I would rather spend Rp 30,000 for a stick of petroleum jelly compared to nearly Rp 100,000, ingredients-wise.

What about you? Have you tried this infamous ointment from the down under? Let me know in the comments below what you think about it. Thanks for reading and until then, I'll see you later~

Lucas Papaw Ointment
Rp 95,000/ 25 grams
Available at TWL Cosmetics

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Creme Simon Daily Defense UV Protector SPF 50 Review

Hello, lovelies~ My last review for the Creme Simon skincare bundle that I got last month is their sunscreen. The weather has been hot lately in Jakarta, my combination skin turned dry. Weird. I thought it would oilier, but it got dry and has several flaky skin on my face. As I am writing this now, the weather has cooled down because of the clouds obstructing the sun, but still gonna use sunscreen, of course.

The sunscreen from Creme Simon is pacakged in a squeeze tube that has a twist off cap. As with almost all Creme Simon products, they have a gorgeous white box that is embossed with flowers and leaves. It just feels girly and chic for me.

On the sides of the box are the usual climate indicator pictures and the complete list of ingredients for the sunscreen. The sunscreen uses a combination of chemical sunscreen (Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate) and physical sunscreen (Zinc Oxide) for sun protection. There is dimethicone present in the sunscreen along with fragrance, so those with sensitive skin may have to be careful as it can trigger some skin reaction if you are the unlucky few. As for the flower extracts and fleur complexes, they're just bells and whistles to me.

The squeeze tube packaging is slim enough to be placed inside a makeup bag without taking too much space. It is travel friendly as it is still within the LAGs rules if you were to travel without any check-in luggage.

The consistency of the sunscreen is similar to a lotion and surprisingly light, despite its high SPF content. I usually encounter heavier consistencies in SPF 50 sunscreens that they're almost cream-like in texture. I like that is blends effortlessly into my skin and dries quite fast without leaving a greasy or sticky finish. There is a slight buttery floral scent as I applied this to my face, but it fades within a few minutes (thankfully).

Overall, I enjoyed using this sunscreen as it protects my skin from the dangerous UV rays, but without any of the greasiness or stickiness of a high grade sunscreen. However, if you have dry to very dry skin, I would recommend using a moisturizer prior to applying this sunscreen because it isn't too moisturizing on its own. As for you oily skin type girls, you can just apply this straight after your usual serum/essence/what have you if you wish.

Have you tried any skincare products from Creme Simon? Let me know in the comments below what you think of them. Thank you to Sephora Indonesia for providing me with these products for review. Thanks for reading and until then, I'll see you later~

Creme Simon Daily Defense UV Protector SPF 50
30 ml / Rp 677,000
Available in Sephora Indonesia

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush Review

Hello, lovelies~ In my previous post about my current beauty favorites, I included a makeup tool from Real Techniques and it is their Expert Face Brush. I am an avid foundation user, so I'm always on the lookout for the next best foundation brush.

I have tried their Core Collection and reviewed it on my blog a couple of months ago. Just click on the name to read more about the Real Techniques Core Collection. I originally wanted to try this one, but since it wasn't available at that time, I bought the Core Collection.

It came in a transparent box along with the product details such as link to the website, claims and also a picture of the Sam & Nic. Their faces would be similar if you frequented Youtube for makeup tutorials and reviews.

The Expert Face Brush has a orange-brown colored ferrule, which indicates that it belongs in the 'FACE' category. I've explained more in the previous post about their color coding system for each of their brushes. The name is printed on the ferrule in case you forgot what it was.

The synthetic bristles are densely packed and it hasn't shed from the first time I bought it. I have to admit that the kinda-flat-oval shape is one of a kind among my brush collection. It is one of the smallest compared to the other face brushes in my collection. I use it mainly to 'paint' any large red spots on my face, namely the cheeks and chin. I don't buff my foundation with this brush as I find it streaky if I did.

There wasn't any weird dyes or colorants that gets washed off during that initial washing session.I remember my elf face brush has a red liquid when I rinsed it. I thought my face was bleeding when I used that brush, lol. 

The brush makes blending easier, especially for slightly thick BB creams or foundations. The ferrule feels sturdy, as in the glue doesn't come off easily. The handle is rubberized, so it reduces the chance of drop from my hands, lol. Overall, I quite enjoyed this face brush, but not for buffing. Then again, I do have a separate brush for buffing, so no problems there.

Have you tried this brush from Real Techniques? Let me know in the comments what you think about it. Here is a video on how to use the expert face brush from the Real Techniques website. Thanks for reading and until then, I'll see you later~

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