Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Review: e.l.f Shimmering Facial Whip in Spotlight [SPONSORED]

Highlighter is considered as a staple beauty items for a lot of people back there in 2015, especially those who are so into Western & bold makeup.  For the basic me, highlighter is just like a ‘side additional topping’ and considered not so important – don’t judge, I don’t do contouring & highlighting at all – so having one highlighter is more than enough for me already! I never get the beauty trends of strobing technique and the duo-chrome highlighter…like seriously?

When it comes to me, as you can clearly see in most of my selfie that I really adore simple face & eye makeup and emphasizes more on the lips & cheeks. I rarely highlight the high points of my face because well:
  •  It’s not practical – BF always arrives by the time I finished applying blusher and that means, I should curl my hair very quick and forget the highlighter thingy.
  • Most of my base makeup products would look lovely even after few hours when in contact with skin’s natural sebum, so my face would look nicely glowing and that’s enough for me.
  •   I ditch unnatural duo-chrome highlighter.


But as my package from Mirielle Beaute arrived few weeks ago, I was surprised to see that they kindly gave me the e.l.f Shimmering Facial Whip to try! Reluctantly trying, I admit that I actually underestimated the product when first hold it, especially after seeing the amount of silver shimmer in it. And the color. It’s pearl white, duh – I always ditch white highlighter too as they can look very unnatural when applied – which makes it worse.

BUT AFTER I TRIED IT…
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Here’s my thought about it.

PRODUCT INFO
e.l.f Shimmering Facial Whip [SPONSORED]
Brand: e.l.f
Netto Weight/Content: 9.5g
Origin: USA
Price: $1
Where to buy: Mirielle Beaute 

INGREDIENTS




e.l.f Shimmering Facial Whip comes in a simple blister packaging, dominated in white color. At the back of it, you will found additional information about product information and the ingredients list. Basic and practical indeed.


The product is housed inside a small, travel-friendly plastic tube with a nozzle at the end. I love how the nozzle has small opening so we can easily control the amount of product when dispensing it out.


The texture of the product itself is not the best, the liquid is thick, a bit sticky and hard to blend. To avoid the product being clumpy when blended out, I like making like small dots on where I want to highlight then using a clean finger to gently dab and blend away, not rubbing the product like how I usually do with cream or liquid product. It has orange-like, fruity scent which I find kinda unpleasant but some may like it though.



Spotlight is a frosty white with fine silver shimmer. It’s more of a frosty finish rather than shimmery. This shade is leaning cool and I think it would suit people with lighter skin tone, like below NC 30, and cooler undertone – pinks and neutrals. You can create just a subtle glow or a dramatic highlight using this shade, by applying it a bit much. The glow is super nice, but it stays only like 4-5 hours and starts fading away afterwards as you blot your skin – it got blotted away too, stuck to the blotting film I used!

Here’s how I look with the highlighter on:


I don't even know why I pose like dat....? ;w;

And I can safely say, BF loves seeing it on me so far. Tooty even asked me how to get that glowing skin and why is my face looking so beautifully glowing like the girl on one Korean beauty store’s wall poster *LOL* and literally asking me to put this highlighter on him when he plays on stage next month OMG I CANT EVEN

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Last Words?
e.l.f Shimmering Facial Whip in Spotlight is definitely a beauty steal! Retailing at $1, this frosty white liquid highlighter actually performs great and looks amazing especially best on people with lighter skin tone & cooler undertone. Even though the texture & longevity is not the best, but for $1 this is surely beyond expectation! The travel-friendly packaging is another plus point. I love using this one to highlight my cheek bones, cupid bows, and nose bridge. Not working very well on eyes though, as it can easily crease out.

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Have you tried any from the brand e.l.f? What do you think? Share your thoughts in comment box below~

Anyway! I am thinking to make a LINE@ account myself so that any of you who are curious and want to drop me some questions or just hi, could connect with me easily and get replies even sooner than contacting me via e-mail! What do you think?

see you next time and bye! XO

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

AWARD: Mumu's Best Beauty Picks 2015!

Hello Ladies ~
Happy New Year 2016! I know it’s a week late, but better late than never eh? ;) Time sure flies so fast without us noticing it. To celebrate the new year and also to embrace everything that we’ve been through last year, today I have a very interesting post for all of you: Mumu’s Best Beauty Picks 2015!



In this post I will be talking about products that I loved during 2015 – be it purchased within the year or not – and of course, those that I believe to be the best products that outstand the other ones in performance, quality, or price rate.
So, without further ado let’s get started ~



HACCI Honey Cleansing Oil
After trying so many cleansing oils from various different brands, I can safely say this one is the only cleansing oil that doesn’t cause my delicate, dry & sensitive skin outbreaks. It leaves no tight feeling or strips my skin after the rinse, plus it smells oh-so-heavenly! My skin feels so happy and moisturized with this product. Highly recommended for those who has desperately given up in looking the nice oil cleanser for their problematic skin.

IPSA Metabolizer Regular 2
Are you suffering from adult acne and dry, sensitive skin like mine? Had more than enough barely-unused-moisturizers? Given up already? You should go and try this one. It’s a SKIN-SAVIOR. It’s non-sticky and absorbs easily into the skin, leaving your skin glowy and hydrated. Indeed it’s kinda pricey compared to any other moisturizer out there, but this one works like magic to my skin. Coming in 4 different types for each skin type, you can easily find the one that fits your skin condition without a fuss! IPSA’s products are seriously great and yes, they deserve more attention from skincare junkies in 2016!

MUJI Light Toning Water – Moisture Type
It’s now a gem from the drugstore range. This water-like toner looks not promising at first glance, but it totally preps your skin ready for the next step and adds nice hydration boost to the dehydrated skin without leaving stickiness behind. Its fairly cheap price also makes a huge plus point for this product. I love using it for doing CSM method or making my own DIY mask sheet!




KANEBO Suisai Beauty Clear Powder
I am allergic to all foaming cleanser except this one. This mild exfoliating facial wash powder is totally a game-changer to my skincare routine. It leaves my skin so soft & smooth without harming & drying it like how any other foam cleansers would do!

TAKAMI Skin Peel Serum
I have always been worried how acids will do bad for my skin, especially those which are strong enough to perform exfoliation. This serum proves me wrong. It’s the best AHA peeling serum with nice, clean & simple ingredients and I will not look for any other exfoliation serums anymore. Non-irritating, non-drying, just does amazing to the skin.

NIVEA Crème (Germany version)
I use this for the rough skin on several area of my body. It’s been doing its job nicely, the only thing I don’t really like is the scent! I am planning to get the Japanese version of this crème and use it as a face cold cream.




THREE Flawless Ethereal Fluid Foundation SPF 36/PA+++
I admit that I was torn in two minds while picking which base makeup that I should feature in this post. Finally I chose THREE, because I’ve been wearing it a lot lately and I love how it looks on my face even after hours passed by. This is the only complexion product with SPF that doesn’t cause me outbreaks. With is very natural skin-like finish and nice lightweight texture, this wins my heart quickly and beats the ultimate ELDW foundation.

Innisfree Eco Gel Liner #2 Brown
Doesn’t budge, waterproof, sweatproof, and smudgeproof. The texture is super creamy and color payoff is opaque. This underrated gel liner actually performs really amazing for its price!

ARITAUM Mono Eyes #49
Basically all Mono Eyes shadows from ARITAUM is da bomb, but I totally fell in love with this shade and without second doubt I’d feature it right away. My Bae, Jovee, is telling me to grab this because this could be a dupe for her favorite Too Faced shadow. It’s even more gorgeous in person I’d say, a very glamorous medium purple with silver glitters. Sooooooo sexy.

Shu Uemura Hard 9 Brow Pencil #05 Stone Gray
A lot of people questioned about the product I used for my brows and fellas, this . is . IT . If you want brows which are drawn natural and not ‘blocked’ with colors, you’d love to use this product to drawing hair-like lines when filling brows. The hardness of this pencil’s lead making it very suitable to make a natural and clean-looking brow. Beside, its hard lead makes this product lasts forever…! Curious about it? Don’t worry, I’ll review this soon~




Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Androgen
A perfect natural flush color! This seemingly-boring pale warm pink color turns into a beautiful milky pink-apricot color once applied on my cheeks. Longevity is awesome too, it’s waterproof and budgeproof as well!

Majolica Majorca Lash King Mascara
Need I say more about this? My lashes have said it all, haven’t them?

CHANEL Rouge Allure Velvet #50 La Romanesque
It’s Chanel. Why do you ask why I love it? BEST . MATTE . LIPSTICK . EVEEERRRRRR .

Giorgio Armani Cheek Fabric Sheer Blush #506 Blush
Illamasqua indeed is my thing: bold, super-pigmented, great longevity. But sometimes the Angel side of mine needs something that’s sheerer, easier to apply and blend when I’m in rush and this product is the answer. I totally love how soft and smooth it goes upon application, but still buildable enough to create a subtle to  medium color intensity.




Etude House Silk Scarf Hologram Hair Serum
A perfect serum that makes my hair shiny, holds curl very well, and surprisingly makes my hair blacker also! Mom loves this one too. Repurchased for several times already. Cheap yet great!

Jill Stuart Melty Lip Balm
A lovely gift from Blogger fella, Tata, which quickly turned into a major love of mine and even a Holy Grail lip balm at the moment! It soothes and moisturizes my lips like magic, leaving my lips oh-so-smooth and kissable the next morning. Shiny and a bit sticky, but this is the only lip balm I would repurchase over and over again.

e.l.f  Shimmering Facial Whip in Spotlight
A $1 beauty steal! This product surprisingly makes a great debut, and the result is never disappointing – not even once! I can see why everybody’s raving the facial whip series from e.l.f. – they’re that good, I swear.

Jill Stuart Eyelash Curler
I’m so devoted to my Shu Uemura Curler, but I then found out this curler fits Asian eyes better, thanks to the flatter curve. It doesn’t pinch or poke the skin around lashes’ roots, not even once. And the real Swarovski accessories attached down there…who’s not mesmerized by it?

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And that’s all for this post! Have any of the items above gotten your attention already? ;) Drop the comment in the box down below, I’ll be excited to read and reply~

See you soon, Ciao ♥ XO

Saturday, December 12, 2015

@COSME 2015 Best Cosmetics Award (Skincare)

@Cosme Best Cosmetic Award 2015 is here now!
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*dramatic background music behind*


Hello girls!
Do you know about @cosme? @cosme is the largest Japanese beauty website that has forum, beauty product rankings, product reviews and many more inside. It’s just like Makeupalley in Japanese version!@cosme Best Cosmetic Award is the most awaited moment of the year, which in this award they will feature few products from many cosmetic brands in the world – mostly Japanese tho – that get the highest ranking from the user’s reviews. This year they added few more categories for the nominations, and now we have 49 categories in total!
 So if you’re know nothing about which Asian Beauty items to get while wandering in Japan…the first thing you want to check before anything else is the one with @cosme’s sticker attached onto ~ Interesting eh?



(In this very first part I will show you all the winners from Skincare category. Makeup items will be in part 2, and the rest will be in part 3 (body/hair care).)

Without further ado, let’s get started!

CLEANSING
1st – FANCL Mild Cleansing Oil (2013 version)
2nd – BIFESTA Uruochi Eye & Lip Makeup Remover
3rd – COSME DECORTE AQMW Meliority Repair Cleansing Cream




FACIAL WASH
1st – COW Brand Beauty Soap (Moist)
2nd – Cleansing Research AHA Wash Cleansing
3rd – ARSOA Queen Silver



LOTIONS
1st – SK II Facial Treatment Essence
2nd – Eau De Muge Medicated Lotion
3rd – CLINIQUE Even Better Essence Lotion 1,2

 


BOOSTER/ESSENCE
1st – Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate
2nd – LANCOME Advanced Genefique
3rd – ALBION Eclafutur



MILK
1st – MINON Amino Moist Charge Milk
2nd – ALBION EXAGE White Crystal Milk II
3rd – ALBION EXAGE White Crystal Milk III




CREAM
1st – CUREL Intensive Moisture Cream
2nd – NIVEA Soft Skin Cream (Japan version)
3rd – ETTUSAIS Premium Amino Caviar Cream

 

SUNSCREEN
1st – BIORE Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+/PA++++
2nd – KANEBO Allie UV Mineral Moist NEO SPF 50+/PA++++
3rd – Cle De Peau Beaute UV Protection Cream SPF 50/PA++++

 

FACIAL OIL
1st – HABA Squalane Pure Roots
2nd – Melvita Argan Oil
3rd – Kneipp KneippBio Oil




LIP CARE
1st – CUREL Lip Cream
2nd – DIOR Addict Lip Glow
3rd – NIVEA Crème Care Lip Balm (Unscented)



EYE CREAM
1st – Cle De Peau Beaute Eye Cream
2nd – FANCL Eye Serum
3rd – CHANEL Sublimage La Crème Yeux



SHEET MASK
1st – My Beauty Diary Black Pearl Mask
2nd – MINON Amino Moist Skin Mask
3rd – My Beauty Diary Bird’s Nest Mask



FACE EXFOLIATOR
1st – Rosette Peeling Gel
2nd – TOYO LIFE CURE Aqua Peeling Gel
3rd – ORBIS Aqua Peeling Gel



MASSAGE CREAM
1st – est Activate Circulator
2nd – SUQQU Massage & Mask Cream
3rd – LUSH Full Of Grace Serum Bar



EYELASH SERUM
1st – Shiseido Professional Adenovital Eyelash Serum
2nd – DHC Extra Beauty Eyelash Tonic
3rd – AVANCE Lash Serum EX



SKINCARE POWDER
1st – PIGEON Baby Medicated Powder
2nd – MAQUILLAGE Snow Beauty II
3rd – ALBION EXAGE White White Conditioning Powder

 
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Hope this post will help you girls, see you next time in part 2: Best Makeup Products! 

Ciao for now ~ xo 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

November Haul: Japanese Beauty Haul ♥

Girls, do you know the biggest guilt of a lazy Lady Blogger like me?
"You shop like it’s nobody’s business – but when it comes to reviewing, it will never happen. Always there is a haul post, but review posts seem to never be up."

I deeply want to apologize for the lack of updates but well, there’s nothing I can really do. The assignments are just too many and almost impossible to finish within a short time, so how am I gonna be able to write down in peace what I think about one product? In fact that I got free time to blog now, I’m actually not that free – I’m having a so-called “Silent Week” not to celebrate the upcoming Christmas, but a semi-annually “one week of fake holiday” that is given by my University for us to study before the final exams. I can safely say now that shopping is my therapy: for skin and my mind.



And oh, as the title suggests, this haul will mainly contain Japanese products. Like 80% of them, yay! Now without further ado, let’s get started!


HACCI Honey Cleansing Oil
The SAEM Natural Condition Lotus Cleansing Cream
KANEBO Suisai Beauty Clear Powder
MENARD Tsukika Cleansing Cream

At first I bought the two cleansing creams, believing that it would suit my skin type and condition better than cleansing oil since most of the oils I’ve tried were either too drying or simply caused me outbreaks. But then I quickly realized after trying both of the cream once:
“Cleansing cream is not the answer and congratulations, the oils are better. IKR.”
Yes, my skin literally screamed it right at my face. Daaaaaaaaayum. Long story short, so there I went buying the HACCI cleansing oil. Thank God it’s good and my skin is cool with it, even though it contains honey (which I’m allergic to).

And yep, another Japanese facial powder wash! This time it’s an exfoliating powder wash and I love it so much. Review soon. Soon….as possible?


Moving onto the moisturizer squads…
 
IPSA Metabolizer Regular 2
Albion EXAGE White Crystal Milk II (for normal-dry skin)
KANEBO Suisai Beauty Clear Powder – mistakenly placed there so it got featured again oh well…
ASAHI Suhada Shizuku Pack Gel

Please ignore the Suisai as I forgot to remove it from the table when taking the photo of my new moisturizer squads #getslapped
I’ve changed my Albion milk to the White version and yes, so far I am loving it! It’s more moisturizing than the original EXAGE Crystal Moist Milk I that I got few months ago, but it’s not as heavy as the Moist version. Me likey!

The other two moisturizer are super awesome too, especially IPSA. Just as the name suggests, it’s a metabolizer. Seriously I have never ever touched/had/used something with a texture this nice in my life before. I bought this…blindly, I should say. There were almost NO ENGLISH REVIEWS online about this product – IPSA is just like HACCI, it’s not widely sold worldwide and almost exclusive to East Asian Market only – but after all, I thought I should really go for it. Now I’m glad I did gamble and bought it! It’s, hands down, the best moisturizer + metabolizer eveeeeeeer in my life.

ASAHI Suhada Shizuku is raved by a beautiful vlogger MelodeeMorita and she swore it’s her favorite product so I went for it too. Honestly…I don’t really like it. But let’s see if I change my mind any sooner and wait for my in-depth review okay.


DAISO Silicone Moisturizing Mask
DAISO Cotton Pad
ETUDE HOUSE Silk Scarf Hologram Hair Serum x 2
BEYOND Ever Star AC Spot Gel

If you’ve been following me on my Instagram, you might have seen my post and mini review about this silicone mask earlier! Basically it’s a reusable mask that you can wear over your regular face mask or just wear it alone at bath/shower as a face-steam mask. In-depth review soon! Sadly it’s not available in DAISO Indonesia so I asked my friend in Japan to buy it for me.

And oh, the cute spot gel with a ‘teen lovebirds chu’ graphic is from Tootsie! I’ve been rambling a lot about my acne and outbreaks lately that he must’ve been fed up more than happy to get me this for my spot treatment. It’s quite expensive la for a Korean product and I’m not willing to pay like $25 for Korean product anymore but he promised me to get it and paid for it anyway!! Hands down the best Bae ever. Ha. *runaway*

thank you baby boo ~ *evil grin*

Aaaaaaand…..samples galore ~
 
Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Remover
My Beauty Diary Mask Aroma Series Vanilla
My Beauty Diary Mask Sake
My Beauty Diary Mask Bulgarian White Rose
My Beauty Diary Mask Rice
HACCI Hinkaku Honey Lotion
L’Occitane Repairing Conditioner
L’Occitane Repairing Shampoo
Proxera Facial Foam
HACCI Honey Cleansing Milk
ETUDE HOUSE Samples
CLARINS Double Serum x 2
Skinfood Gold Caviar Collagen Serum

beautiful HACCI samples!

Now the most interesting part: makeup! FYI I don’t really buy too much makeup I think I finally realized that I don’t need that many lipsticks?  Actually higher end brands deliver a more promising & undeniably beautiful results. Ha. Call me a snob, I don’t mind, but I experienced it myself. Once you tried Chanel lipstick, you will know why.



CHANEL Rouge Allure Velvet #50 La Romanesque
Giorgio Armani Cheek Fabric Sheer Blush #506 Blush
Majolica Majorca Fall 2015 Approach Me! Mascara + Liner Set [LE]
e.l.f Shimmering Facial Whip in Spotlight
BBI@ Pigment 01 Moonlight
DAISO Straight Type Eye Lash #5

I got the e.l.f and DAISO lashes from Mirielle Beaute. They kindly sent them along with my other purchases (and those crazy samples ha!) for reviewing purposes. I have tried the e.l.f highlighter and OH GOD I LOVE IT SO MUCHIE  as seen in this FOTD of mine on my Instagram:
So beautiful eh? This one I promise the review is coming up as soon as possible, because this is my liability to Miri XD #runaway

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Okay that’s all for my November Haul! I actually still have some Black Friday + December haul coming up soon – and yeah I shop a lot so what – but I thought the post would be too long if I put them altogether so I decided to part it into two different posts. If you’re curious what I got this month + my cray cray Black Friday shopping, please stay tuned on my blog~

I can’t promise I will review the product of your requests soon, but if you’re curious about one or more products mentioned in this post please please do let me know in the comment section below, as a way to motivate me to blog more too…

Would love to see the feedbacks from you guys! XO talk to you later, gotta study for final exams now ~ ♥

Monday, December 7, 2015

BLOG SALE!

Hello Girls ~
It’s a blog sale, yay!
Honestly I love them so much – and still not ready to let them go – but sadly they’re hardly reached for nowadays so I think it’s better for them to find a more loving owner :(

If you are interested in any of the products below, please contact me at:
with the subject “blog sale – [your name]“

I am letting them go with a super cheap price, so please do not haggle okay? You can check the retail price as I also got it mentioned down below.
All products will be send from Surabaya and currently is available for Indonesian residence only. I only receive the payment via BCA Bank Wire Transfer. The goods will be shipped out H+1.



Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Seduce, 85% - 155,000 (RRP 370,000)
An indeed treasure. Letting this go because I still have a lot cream blushers to date + finish.

Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Dixie, 95% - 200,000 (RRP 370,000)
A good match for NC 30-35. Doesn’t look as flattering on me, compared to a darker skin tone.

Albion EXAGE Crystal Moist Milk I (for oily-combination skin), 40% - 155,000 (RRP 490,000)
You know how good Albion is. What it has done to my skin. Sadly this milk can't moisturize my skin very well as I bought the wrong product at the first place. It's more suitable for oily-combination skin, as opposed to my dry-combination skin. This one's a good deal. Sell it cheap just for you guys.

The SAEM Natural Condition Lotus Cleansing Cream (for sensitive skin), 99% - 65,000 (RRP 149,000)
My skin just can’t handle cleansing cream. This one’s good and cheap and IT HAS A LOT – yes it’s big, it has 300 ml, but sadly I’m allergic to it.

Innisfree Wine Peeling Jelly Softener, 80% - 70,000 (RRP 160,000)
Switching to another peeling gel. This one is super mild and non-irritating at all, a major love by many people. But you know…the urge to shop for another? I can’t seem to finish this anyway…

ARITAUM Style POP Jelly Tint, 99% - 40,000/pc (RRP 75,000/pc)
  • Baby Ruby
  • Bloody Sapphire

A fairly good lip tints. New to the market, nice jelly texture. I’m just not into tints lately I found out balm tints work easier than real liquid tints!

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Don’t hesitate. You know, once you let go it will forever be gone. Seriously I am selling them not for profit/any other benefits, I just want them to find a new owner that needs them better than I do now. Quickly email me and tell me what you wanna get ~


Ciao for now XO