Sunday, April 6, 2014

Signature Scent.

I've finally found it.


Nicole by Nicole Richie

Works best on cold nights. It smells almost exactly like CK One Shock For Her which I also like. The difference is that Nicole has a bit more patchouli in it while One Shock on me smells very gourmand. Nicole stays longer on me too so that ends the competition for me. Plus, it sort of matches my personality; flamboyant yet mysterious at the same time.. does that make any sense?

Anyway I'm in a mission of broadening my fragrance horizons so any recommendation would be appreciated. Florals/too girly scents aren't for me, I think. I'm also not the office type girl who wears Issey Miyake Pleats Please (yes, actually referring to someone I know here). Though I like that perfume a lot I just can't wear it and feel like myself.

What's your current favorite perfume?

Friday, April 4, 2014

Hair Care.

I am tempted to dye my hair again. Some people have been telling me that a reddish color would be cool but to me there are only two options: either to take it even blonder or just dye it back to my natural dark color. There's simply no middle ground.

A while ago someone requested me to do a post on my current hair care routine, so here it is. I would love to be able to do thorough reviews on each one of these products but I guess this should do for now. I often switch up hair products anyway and my current shampoo is also almost finished so I'm currently on the look out for a good replacement.


Pureology Serious Colour Care Pure Volume Shampoo
Totally bought this on a whim when it was on sale for 10 bucks on StrawberryNet.com. Did I regret it? Kind of. Apparently Pureology came up with a new formula for this shampoo and the glowing reviews I read about this product were all of the old formula. Since then I found a couple of reviews on the new formula and I agree with both of them; it. sucks. balls. It doesn't lather well so unless you've got the pixie cut, this stuff won't last you very long. It also makes my hair knotty while washing which I find  pretty bizarre; I've never experienced that with any other shampoos before. For such a hefty price tag (normal price is $27/250 ml at ULTA) I'd say this is a mediocre product. It doesn't even volumize my hair; it just makes the texture of my hair straw-like. The only good thing about it is that it's sulfate free. I notice that my scalp is now less troublesome and I don't have to wash my hair everyday anymore. I wonder if there's a cheaper alternative to a sulfate-free shampoo.

Aveda Volumizing Tonic
Another not-so-cheap product that is just ok for me. I guess this does lift my roots a little bit and make my hair bouncier, but nothing mind-blowing. Maybe it's just my fine hair and this humid tropical weather? A little goes a long way, though. I'm surprised that it's not even half empty even though I've been using this at least 3 times a week for the past 4 months. Sometimes I even use too much that my roots become slightly "crisp". I usually spray it on my roots/scalp, massage it for two minutes, then blow dry my hair.


Rudy Hadisuwarno Hair Intense Repair Serum
I have tried a lot of local hair care products before but this serum stands out most. It only costs about $5 and the box contains six vials of serum (9 ml each). I've been using it intermittently the past three months and I am now on my last vial. I use this on my hair before blow drying and/or styling and it definitely helps eliminate frizz while also makes my hair look shinier. The texture is similar to CHI Silk Infusion albeit with less dimethicone feel. Also, I think it smells better than Silk Infusion (the male species seem to like it as I always get compliments from them whenever I use this stuff). If you're looking for an affordable hair serum and/or heat protector I think this would do just fine.

Lucido L Hair Perm Water (Soft Wave)
The first Japanese hair styling product that I've ever tried and unfortunately, it didn't work for me. I tried using this before/after using my curling iron and it just doesn't keep my curls/waves intact. For some reason this just doesn't pair well with heated tools. So now I only use this before I tie my hair into a bun; when I finally undo my hair I get myself this cute, wavy 'do that lasts until the next day. It also smells quite fresh and pleasant.

Lucido L Hair Powder (Airy)
This one's supposed to add volume to your hair. I use it only when my hair is dry; typically after the gym, when I don't get the chance to shower before going grocery shopping. Ha. Just can't risk getting caught with limp, greasy hair. You never know who you might bump into at the supermarket. Anyway, this works okay. If you use too much it definitely will weigh down your hair and makes it look crisp and unnatural, so use it sparingly. I wouldn't repurchase as I might try dry shampoo instead next time.


Natrol Biotin 5000 mcg
I started taking Biotin supplement about 2 weeks ago. I really, really want to grow my hair longer but at the same time I want my hair to be healthy and strong. I hope taking Biotin supplement helps... at least I haven't had breakouts or weird reactions to it or anything (like some people out there experienced). I heard it also helps strengthening the nails so that's also a plus. Has anyone tried taking biotin supplements as well? I'd love to hear other people's stories.

What I'm gonna try next:


ALTERNA CAVIAR Anti-Aging Omega+ Nourishing Hair Oil
Purchased it on Sephora online. Can't. Freaking. Wait.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Circle Lens Review: Vivian Pineapple Blue

I never learn my lessons, do I? I've tried this brand of circle lenses before. I went with the purple ones and though I loved the design and the vibrancy of color, they didn't feel particularly comfortable on my eyes. I could only wear them for like three hours before I started to get the itch to gauge my eyes out. This time, with the blue color, it's not anything different sadly. The color is exactly what I'm looking for but I sure as hell have experienced much more comfortable-wearing contacts.


Still in my PJs, sorry. After scrutinizing this picture I'm convinced that I should never ever buy MAC foundations anymore. They always make my skin look particularly dry and blotchy in pictures. To be fair I only had the Studio Sculpt foundation on with no powder, so maybe that's why. I usually wear finishing powder as well but today I just couldn't be bothered.


Vivian Pineapple 3 Tone in Blue

brand: Vivian
origin: Japan
made in: Korea
BC: 8.6
water content: 48% 
diameter: 17.2 m
 center thickness: 0.025mm
life span: 1 year



Enlargement: 9/10
I love circle lenses that don't have thick black outer ring and these are just that. They enlarge my pupils very nicely without looking too buggy. The diameter might scare you but I don't think they really are 17.2 mm when they're curved. It has to be the measurement when the lenses are made flat.

Color: 7/10
They're not very vibrant to the point where people stare at my eyes for a few minutes (happened to me before), but overall they give a nice color change to my eyes. If you want a noticeable blue color, these will do. On me they look really blue even from afar, unlike many other blue lenses that can sometimes look more greyish than blue. At night the color don't stand out much especially indoor, but under broad daylight they look pretty amazing.

no makeup, natural lighting

Design: 10/10
I just love the design; it's so pretty! It has a combination of yellow, light grey and blue lines. It also has small yellow dots around the pupil hole.

Comfort: 6/10
Unfortunately they're not too comfy for me. I don't know why. This is the first brand of circle lenses that I experience dryness within four hours of wear.

with makeup, natural lighting
with makeup, taken with flash


Overall
This is a really nice pair of circle lenses, very stunning paired with dark eye makeup, but not comfy enough for me. I have to use eye drops a lot when wearing these. So I guess these are more suitable for special occasions and not really for everyday wear.


I also wore them on my previous FOTD if you wanna see more photos. :)
Anyway thank you so much to MySoftlens for letting me trying out these lenses. Go check them out, pretty sure they ship worldwide:
MySoftlens
Hotline : 082168667888
BB pin : 26FC54A6
www.mysoftlens.com

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Gone Lighter

With my hair, I mean. It looked way better when it was first done 3 weeks ago, now it's already kind of a drab. I should have known better not to spend too much money on new hair colors because I quickly get bored with them anyway. Pretty sure the stylist used L'oreal Majirel products for both base and highlight color but I didn't bother to remember the name/number.


Obviously I'm in need of a haircut as well but that can wait for another month.



I was still playing around with my camera settings and forgot to take close up pictures of my eye makeup. Sorry about that. You don't miss much anyway as it was really poorly done. I wanted to do something different to get out of my current brown/black smoky makeup rut and what color did I end up choosing? GREY. Wow. Way to take risk.


Products used:

Face
- Bourjois Bio Detox Organic Concealer in Bronze-Dark
- Benefit Hello Flawless Custom Powder in Toasted Beige
- Benefit Hoola Bronzer
- NARS Powder Blush in Dolce Vita

Lips
- NYX Xtreme Lip Cream in Nude Peach Fuzz
- Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Soft Nude

Eyes
- TonyMoly Party Lover Eyebrow Powder
- Etude House Eyeshadow Base
- Kat Von D Beethoven eyeshadow palette (I used the grey shade and a shimmery nude color for highlight)
- MakeOver Perfect Matte single eyeshadow in Navy
- WetnWild MegaEyes Cream Eyeliner in Black
- Benefit Badgal Mascara
- d'Eye See false lashes #4097

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

FAQs on Skincare Routine

Within the past week I've already gotten two messages asking me about my current skincare routine. It all goes back to this post.

Now, I can tell you that my skin has finally cleared up. I don't break out as often anymore. I honestly don't even remember the last time I had a breakout. I am 25 now and my skin is not as oily as it was back in 2010.

As far as acne goes, I might get one or two when I use the wrong base products (foundations/BB creams, mostly) but if I stopped using them or if I made more effort in my cleansing regime, the breakout would usually clear up within a week. Having said that, it's not like my skin is perfect. Its main problem now is dullness and sometimes even dryness/patchiness. In this case, the products I'm currently using are also different than the ones I mentioned in my 2010 post. I had to make adjustments according to my skin's needs and that's basically what you should do as well.

some of the skincare products I use, sorry I was lazy to gather everything.
So here are some Frequently Asked Questions about my skincare routine:

1. Are you still using Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel as your daily moisturizer?
Nope. My moisturizer is now by Olay and it's not even in gel form. It's a lotion with SPF.

2. Can you list the products you're using now? And your step-by-step routine?
In the morning it's as easy as 1) wash my face, 2) tone, and 3) apply moisturizer+sunscreen. At night:
  • I start off by taking off my eye & lip makeup, some people prefer to use cleansing oil to take off all their makeup at once but I've never liked cleansing oil, so I use either Maybelline or L'oreal eye/lip makeup remover for this step.
  • Then I take off my foundation with Viva Green Tea Milk Cleanser. I switch between this and Nivea Cleansing Milk quite often. They are basic cheap stuff that you can find in almost any supermarket.
  • I wash my face with Natasha Liquid Facial Wash (my mom and sister also use this product so it's kind of convenient to just buy them in bulk). I've been using this cleanser on/off since 2009. I believe the formula is still the same even though they've changed up the packaging several times now. For international readers, Natasha Skincare products are locally manufactured and can only be purchased in Indonesia.
  • After that I don't dry my face with towel. Instead, I go ahead and use toner all over my skin. I'm currently using Nivea Refreshing Toner.
  • The last step is moisturizing; in the morning I use Olay Total Effects SPF 15 Day Cream for normal skin. At night I use SK-II Steampower Essence.
  • And twice a week I exfoliate my face with Clinique Exfoliating Scrub. Recently I purchased Boots No7 Total Renewal Micro-Dermabrasion Exfoliator and I can't wait to try that out.
Most of the products I mentioned are readily available for purchase at the supermarkets or drugstores except maybe Clinique, SK-II and Boots products. I purchased Boots from an online retailer. So yes, sometimes I do bother ordering my skincare items from abroad but mostly I prefer products that are easy to repurchase when I run out.


3. You don't use sunscreen/sunblock?
Sometimes I do, when I need to be outdoor for a longer period of time, but if not then my SPF moisturizer is enough. I use Neutrogena sunscreen.

4. Should I buy the more expensive products or is it okay if I just use cheap stuff?
Honestly, when I was on my backpacking trip last year I ditched my skincare routine and my skin turned out just fine. Maybe a little dry because I didn't moisturize as much but based on my personal experience, if I don't wear as much makeup, I won't need to spend extra cash for expensive skincare products either. So it all comes back to your own needs/preference/skin condition, really. If you have the money, go ahead and buy the more expensive skincare products, but if you don't it's not like you're doomed or anything. Products are just products; your body/organism is smarter than them so make sure you take care of your body first (eat well, get enough exercise and sleep, etc). I do recommend investing on a quality night-time serum/essence if you're 25 or above. I personally can tell that now my skin is drier than when I was on my late teens/early 20's so that's why I think a good moisturizing serum/essence can be beneficial in the long run.

5. What are the best moisturizers you've tried so far?
Clinique DDMG is the first one that comes to mind because it's the moisturizer that sort of saved me from my crazy oily skin a few years ago. The cheaper alternative would be Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion.

6. Do you use any Japanese/Korean skincare products?
I've tried a few of them but so far there has been none that warrants a repurchase. 

6. My skin is dry/oily/etc, what are the best products for me?
I'm not a dermatologist so please don't send me any more of this question. I can't tell you what to buy. I just can speak of my own experience. And I know there's A LOT of products out there and it can be overwhelming to find what's suitable for us. The best advice I could think of is KISS = KEEP IT SIMPLE, STUPID. Yes, just simplify. Focus on one problem before tackling the other. You don't have to buy several products all at once, just begin with one cleanser and one moisturizer and see from there.

If I left out your question, don't hesitate to ask me again. I wrote this post so that if I get the same questions I can just refer the person asking to this page.

Thanks for still reading my blog despite of my long hiatus, by the way. I've been busy and I also was saving up for a better camera to be used for blogging (hard to do if you'd rather spend your cash on clothes and teabags, ha). Well, I've got my camera now so expect a more regular stream of updates. ;)

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