Sunday, August 23, 2015

Review: Lippy Scrub in Creme Brulee [SPONSORED]

Hello everyone ~
Hari ini aku akan mereview sebuah produk yang lagi hits banget belakangan di Instagram, yaitu lip scrub! Sejujurnya aku sih nggak tertarik untuk beli lip scrub karena well, bisa dibuat sendiri kan versi DIY-nya. Tinggal nambahin gula pasir aja ke resep ini, and ta-daaa sudah jadi deh lip scrubnya. Namun saat ditawari Amethyst ID untuk mencoba lip scrub buatan mereka, aku pun jadi penasaran. Kira-kira apa sih bedanya dengan lip scrub DIY yang biasa kita buat sendiri?

Sebelumnya yuk kita berkenalan dulu dengan Amethyst. Amethyst adalah sebuah merk lokal yang menjual berbagai macam produk homemade yang 100% menggunakan bahan natural. Menarik kan! Nah, salah satu best seller dari Amethyst ini ialah lip scrub. Meski bukanlah pelopor homemade natural lip scrub di Indonesia, namun banyak yang sudah jatuh cinta dengan Lippy Scrub buatan mereka ini.


Product Info
Lippy Scrub in Crème Brulee
Brand: Amethyst
Netto Weight/Content: 15 gram
Origin: Indonesia
Where to buy: @amethyst.id (Instagram)
Price: IDR 40,000

Ingredients

Lippy Scrub ini memiliki packaging jar kecil yang terbuat dari plastik. Di bagian tutup jar ada tercantum nama dan jenis rasa lip scrub didalamnya. Kali ini aku berkesempatan untuk mencoba rasa Crème Brulee. Sayangnya, tutup jar ini tidak bisa menutup rapat semenjak awal dibuka. Tutupnya longgar, jadi kurang praktis untuk dibawa berpergian. Huhu, aku harap hanya punyaku saja yang begini.


Saat pertama membuka produk, langsung tercium aroma caramel yang manis. Burnt sugar gitu, deh. Enak banget! Wanginya nggak terlalu kencang, nggak norak maupun berlebihan. Nggak tercium seperti bau sintetik juga, karena aroma ini berasal dari hasil infusi biji vanilla organik di bahan EVOO.


Seperti yang terlihat di foto, jar ini amat penuh berisi produk. Untuk pemakaian sih aku langsung colek dengan jari, nggak pakai spatula karena tekstur lip scrub yang padat sehingga dengan panas tubuh kita produk ini akan menjadi sedikit lebih lunak teksturnya dan mudah dioleskan di bibir.


Tekstur dari Lippy Scrub ini tidak terlalu halus, tidak terlalu kasar juga. Butiran gula yang digunakan pas, tidak terlalu besar maupun kecil. Untuk bahan eksfoliasi selain gula, pada produk ini juga digunakan walnut shell powder. Berdasar pengamatanku sih, proposi dari walnut shell powder ini lebih besar dari gula sehingga lip scrub ini tidak harsh. Eits, jangan salah lho. Walnut shell powder ini dapat mengeksfoliasi dengan baik meski hanya terlihat seperti bintik bintik kecil hitam saja!


Amethyst tidak mencantumkan bagaimana cara penggunaan produk yang semestinya karena memang tidak ada aturan baku mengenai cara eksfoliasi bibir. Setelah mencoba dengan metode (ceileh, bahasa elu Lin!) berbeda, aku menemukan cara pemakaian terbaik menurut versi aku:
  1. Ambil produk secukupnya.
  2. Oleskan secara rata di bibir menggunakan jari.
  3. Diamkan 7-10 menit hingga produk terasa lumer di bibir.
  4. Pijat bibir dengan lembut, dengan metode melingkar.
  5. Ambil tisu kering atau waslap basah, bersihkan sisa lip scrub.
  6. Aplikasikan lip balm kesukaan! (you may skip this, karena sesungguhnya sudah terasa lebih lembab sih setelah scrub karena produk ini sudah mengandung madu dan bahan lain yang berfungsi menjaga kelembaban bibir)


Oke, kenapa kok aku menyarankan untuk didiamkan dulu produknya di bibir sebelum kita mulai eksfoliasi? Alasannya yang pertama ialah tekstur dari Lippy Scrub ini yang agak padat. Baiknya kita diamkan dulu agar produk bereaksi dengan panas tubuh dan menjadi agak lumer, agar bibir tidak luka saat eksfoliasi. Ini optional sih, namun aku merasa bibir yang lembut unyu kasihan juga kalau digosok dengan krim berbutir padat gitu.

Yang kedua, yuk kita intip ke komposisi dari produk. Sayang dong, produk ini sudah dibuat dari 100% bahan natural yang aman dan pastinya baik untuk bibir lho. Masa kita aplikasikan dan pakai hanya sekitar 1 menit saja, mana terasa efeknya? Hanya mengeksfoliasi kulit permukaan bibir dong, sedangkan lapisan kulit yang lebih dalam tidak ternutrisi dengan bahan-bahan baik yang terkandung di produk. Rugi dong, maka dari itu baiknya didiamkan dulu agar bahan baik lainnya terserap.



Perbedaan setelah eksfoliasi dengan sebelum memang tidak terlalu terlihat pada foto, namun bibirku terasa lebih lembut dan lembab setelah eksfoliasi. Karena warna asal bibirku agak pucat, setelah eksfoliasi warnanya agak memerah (karena digosok sih ya…) namun ya tidak bisa menjadi rosy ataupun menjadi lebih merah, lha wong aslinya sudah pucat kurang berpigmen gitu. Paling maksimal sih, dengan pemakaian rutin seminggu 2x, bibirku tampak lebih sehat dan jarang terasa kering lagi.

Score

Last Words?
Aku suka banget dengan Lippy Scrub dari Amethyst ini. Teksturnya dan aroma yang amat yummy membuat eksfoliasi bibir menjadi menyenangkan. Setelah eksfoliasi dapat langsung terasa, bibirku nampak lebih sehat dan lembut serta tidak kering. Sayang tutup dari kemasan jar produk ini agak longgar, namun overall aku suka dengan produk ini. Kurang jelas juga produk ini dapat bertahan berapa lama sebelum kadaluarsa karena tidak dicantumkan tanggal kadaluarsa maupun instruksi maksimal penyimpanan produk sejak pertama dibuka, namun dengan pemakaian rutin seminggu 2x produk ini dapat habis dalam waktu sekitar 3-4 bulanan.

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Kalau kalian penasaran dan ingin mencoba juga produk ini, yuk langsung aja melipir ke lapak Amethyst di sini!

Instagram: @amethyst.id
Facebook: Amethyst

Cuma 40,000 saja lho. Murah banget kan? Produk ini sih sekarang menjadi salah satu favorit aku :D dan sukses membuatku malas membuat DIY lip scrub lagi karena produk ini lebih instan dan pengaplikasiannya lebih mudah. Hihi.


Happy Sunday peeps ♥ xo

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Review: Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum [SPONSORED]

Hello everyone ~
After a quick poll that I had in my personal Facebook account about which product should I review first (you know how great I am in procrastinating so yeah, I need that kind of motivation: people’s opinion LOL ~) this product came up as the most requested. So yeah, girls I’m listening to you! Here’s the review of the cult favorite, every Korean skincare lovers’ Bae and ‘It’ product: Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum ♥



Product Info
Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum
Brand: Innisfree
Netto Weight/Content: 80ml
Origin: Korea
Where to buy: W2Beauty.com
Price: $28.89 – NOW IN SALE FOR $27.39

Ingredients

The green Tea Extract (75.9%), Propanediol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Ethanol, Glycerin, Betaine, The green Tea Seed Oil (208mg), Prickly Pear Extract, Orchid Extract, Tangerine Peel Extract, Camellia Leaf Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Extract, Grapefruit Extract, Orange Extract, Tangerine Extract, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cetearyl Olivate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sorbitan Olivate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cocoa Extract, Dextrin, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance


This product comes in a green-themed box, which everything printed on it is using soy ink! I love this concept of Innisfree that makes even the packaging eco-friendly by using recyclable and degradable material.


 
Another great thing is that you can find the product description along with the ingredients list on the box written in English! Maybe because this is a global best-seller so they include them aside the Hangeul description. Wish all Korean products and brands are to follow this trend as now people start to concern more on what they put in skin!


The product itself is hold inside a green plastic bottle. The cap however, is also made of plastic but I found them can’t hold to the pump tightly. I do think this product is travel friendly because it’s lightweight – not heavy like glass bottle – and not easily broken, but I recommend you to put this on flat surface/inside its box while bringing the product along so that the bottle won’t be upside down that the cap falls off and causing spillage all over your stuff.


 

Now let’s get into the product. The serum is clear, translucent in color but it has a tinge of brown/yellow in it. It has a pretty strong scent, like the blend of green tea and citrus? Kinda remind me of the Elizabeth Arden Green Tea EDT, but this one is more citrus. I love how runny the constituency of this serum, it’s so lightweight and can be absorbed into the skin quickly without leaving greasy feeling/film/stickiness behind. All the product completely gets absorbed into the skin not long after you rubbed it in. Amazing eh?



Even though the name is ‘serum’, this product is meant to be used before toner. Yes, BEFORE. After reading some reviews online – be it in blogs or forums – some people wear it in the wrong way. I am not very sure if this product is a pre-essence/booster, but according to the how-to-use and description from Innisfree, this product was meant to be applied first after you cleanse your face to boost up moisture and prepare the skin for the next steps – so I assume this one is a pre-serum, not the regular serum/essence that was meant to use after toner.

This serum gives you a nice plumped skin effect, but not greasy looking at allOne pump is enough for the whole face. Definitely great for people with oily skin which want a lightweight pre-serum. People with dry and normal skin might think it’s not enough as a pre-serum, but don’t be fooled by its thin texture – it hydrates your skin deep inside! However if you demand a richer pre-serum for a very dry skin or winter time, then this one is not for you.

After wearing it religiously for the past two-weeks in night time, I can see my skin is now looking more radiant (not brighter, sorry) and not dull at all. My skin looks so healthy and plumped right now, pores are not really visibly smaller but I can tell they look less scarily big and dehydrated right now.
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However…

This product causes me tiny bumps and outbreaks in weird places. At first I thought it was not because of this serum, it might be something else as I was trying out several new products throughout the week. But after continuing the use, I found new pimples started popping out in places where I don’t apply the other new products (doing  patch tests for them), while this product is what I used all over my face. Boo-hoo!

When I started to analyze the ingredients, nothing was wrong. Yes it has pretty high alcohol content in it but my skin accepts alcohol like it’s nobody’s business, so the alcohol is definitely not the bad boy for now. If you’re allergic to alcohol, then stay away from this product.

Next what came to my surprise was the essential oils. This green tea seed serum uses green tea extract as the main ingredient but there are also essential oils to add benefits to the skin. As seen above in the ingredients list, please let me list down the oils inside this serum here:
  • Camellia Sinensis (green tea) seed oil
  • Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract *
  • Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (bergamot) fruit extract *
  • Citrus Paradisi (grapefruit) fruit extract *
  • Citrus Tangerina (tangerine) fruit extract *
  • Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (orange) fruit extract *

However, these oils (*) appear to be causing photosensitivity to occur if exposed to UV rays according to this post by a site about essential oil. Easily translated, your skin may get sensitive to the sunlight by wearing this serum in daytime. If you’re doing it right (putting this serum in the first step of your skincare routine) and wear sunscreen on top, plus you have no sensitive skin like mine, maybe your skin will just be okay.

I read several people complained why their skin appeared to be darker after using this serum and…this is the answer! I won’t say everyone got to be photosensitive by using this product in daytime, but better to be aware of the presence of these oils if you have troubled or sensitive skin.

Score
Last Words?
Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum is a nice pre-serum with high green tea & antioxidant content in it. It’s fairly cheap and works quite great, by penetrating deep inside your skin and hydrates it well. With the runny and lightweight texture, it is very suitable mostly for people with oily skin type which want a moisturized & hydrated skin without heavy/sticky/greasy feeling. However, the presence of some fruit extract may cause photosensitivity if exposed to sunlight therefore I suggest you to wear this at night time only. Unfortunately this product gave me outbreaks too, but it seems to work wonder on another people so you may want to give it a try first! :)


If you want to get this almost-sold-out-everywhere product with an ease and no fuss, go grab it from W2Beauty.com! They seem to always have stocks of this product and selling it in reasonable price, plus you will get FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE!


For my readers, here I have a $5 off coupon code:
1918738806

Enter this code in the registration form to get an instant $5 off your purchase (minimum purchase of $30)

Don’t forget to check out W2Beauty Facebook Page and Instagram, they often have promotion/sale/giveaway going on there!

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What do you think about this serum? Have you tried it? Share the thoughts in the comment box below. Okay I should be away and prepare myself for tonight’s date, Toot’s going to pick me up in 2 hours.

Happy weekend ♥ xo

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Review: Bunny Lens Brown [SPONSORED]

Hello everyone ~
I am back with a circle lens review. If you follow me on my Instagram (PLEASE DO OMG #slapped) maybe you will notice something different from my latest selcas. What is it? Yeap, it’s my eyes!

oops, hello ;)
To be honest lately I never bought any new circle lens because it tends to make my eyes drier, not like my lovely clear lens from Acuvue. But if you see that I start to wear circle lens again it means that I really love it eh! Also I notice some of you guys are asking what lens am I wearing or if it’s the real color of my eyes so yeah, it must be that good! So here’s the review of the lens I’ve been wearing lately, my favorite lens at the moment: Bunny Color Brown!

Product Info
Bunny Color Brown
Diameter: 14mm
Graphic Diameter: 13.8mm
BC: 8.6
Life Span: 6 months
Water Content: 38%
Power: 0.00-10.00
Manufacturer: LENSPOP
Origin: Korea
Where to buy: KLens Pop
Price: $20



Packaged in one cute grey-themed little box, you will also have the instruction on how to put the lens on at the back of the box. Very convenient for first time buyers that just try contact lens right :3 


The lens comes in vial packaging, plus it’s bundled with a plastic tweezer and a lens case. I never got plastic tweezer before so this time I really appreciate Klens Pop for providing one in each package of the Bunny Lens – because hygiene is number one, eh!



Color: ♥♥♥♥
This lens is a two-tone color lens which has beautiful mix of light and medium brown color that looks natural on eyes, but at the same time it gives cute impression too. It blends well with my natural dark brown eye color and not looking fake at all when it’s worn.


Design: ♥♥♥♥
The design mimics the eye’s pupil with the combination of light and medium brown strokes. Since it’s a two-tone color lens, it doesn’t appear to be very natural on eyes as it lacks the color gradation on the center part of the lens. However I love this kind of design, yes I like it when my lens looks natural on eyes but sometimes when I want cute dolly eyes, this lens is a perfect choice! People can definitely tell you have circle lens on but it’s not too much as the design is simple but still pretty ♥


Enlargement: ♥♥♥♥♥
With 14mm in diameter and dark brown outer ring, Bunny Lens gives your eyes bigger and rounder effect that is not too much or too fake for daily wear or no-makeup days. I prefer dark brown for the outer ring than black color because black can look very unnatural and fake.
Actually it’s a very rare occasion when my BF got mesmerized when staring into my eyes and then surprisingly, he admitted that he loved my eyes – it’s very cute and big! Almost like puppy eyes I bet? The enlargement is not very dramatic but enough for a natural bigger eyes~


Comfort: ♥♥♥♥♥
I . love . this . Because it’s so comfortable when worn and that’s all! It can’t win over my Dueba lens but it totally beats my beloved EOS lens. Hoo~ray! I don’t feel my eyes got tired or feel uncomfortable during the wear, nor I experience no itch/dryness/irritation even if I wore it like 15 hours a day for 5 straight days when I went to Jakarta last time. Totally a winner. YES.


And now please welcome the cute selca with this lens on ~





Score

Last Words?
Bunny Lens Brown is my favorite lens at the moment. AWW-YEAH. Seriously. I’m not talking all the good stuff here because this product was sponsored but seriously I am so in love with it! It gives me the perfect dolly eyes that still look natural but cute at the same time. And it got Toot mesmerized, so do I need to say more? If you’re looking for a natural brown circle lens with good enlarging effect, go grab this one. It’s not fake and perfect for daily wear due to its design and its comfort. I suggest you to check the other color of this Bunny Lens series here if you don’t fancy brown lens much. They have great selection of colors too~

You can get this lens from klenspop.com here!


And pssst, the Bunny Lens is now in sale from $20 and it is only $15 so hurry and grab it fast~
I swear you will like it too like how much I do :3

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What do you think about this lens? Can’t wait to hear from you girls in the comment section below, ciao from now Ladies!

♥ xo

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Review: Laneige Foam Cleanser Moisture

My experience with cleansing foam so far had never been so good, hence I switched to a very gentle facial cleanser that produce no bubbles at all like Cetaphil (even though in fact it still contains SLS but somehow my skin liked it so much!). However if any of you have tried a super gentle cleanser like Cetaphil, you might feel that it doesn’t really do the cleansing into a deeper level of your skin – because sometimes it even barely cleanses the surface! That’s the main reason why I still hunt for cleansing foam because rubbing your face with foam/bubbles simply makes it feel squeaky clean. Agree or not? ;)



This Laneige cleanser has been in my wish list for quite some time because I was intrigued to see the good reviews. Now that I managed to buy it (after reading a lot reviews and hesitating for one month already) please let me review it for you based on my experience with it ~

Product Info
Laneige Foam Cleanser Moisture
Where to buy: Laneige counter
Price: IDR 210,000 (retail price at Indonesian counter)


Description
 

Ingredients


This product comes with outer box packaging, like the other Laneige products do. At the back side of the box you will find the ingredients list and the description of the product.


Inside you will have this big pink plastic tube (it is huge even though it only holds 180ml product inside) and a leaflet containing some product descriptions and directions on how to use them.



This cleanser is so creamy and thick in texture, which is great since this kind of constituency in cleanser is a sign that it would lather a lot and make dense foam/bubbles. When using cleansing foam, I suggest you to use foaming net to produce the thick and dense bubbles and not using hand to minimize frictions between your palms and the delicate skin. With this product it’s good to work both ways – with bare hands or foaming net – but with hands, it won’t produce any foam or bubbles instead it would work just like a nice creamy lotion cleanser on your face.

pearly-white thick cream cleanser! only this much and it's enough for whole face~

Apparently this product also has nice floral scent to it. I actually love scented products and my skin doesn’t react badly to fragrance so it’s okay, but personally I feel the scent is quite strong for my liking.

Now into the most important question/part of this review:
does it work on me?

It feels really, really nice to wash your face using this product. If you have dry skin and have hard time finding cleansing foam that would not leave oily/sticky residue but still could maintain the skin’s moisture and not making it feeling tight after the wash, yes this is the one that you should grab right away. It doesn’t make your skin feel tight but still you can feel it’s squeaky clean but not dry at all. Big plus point indeed.

How could this cleanser do that?

Here’s an explanation: When you look upon the ingredients list at Cosdna, you will find there’s a lot of substances that has high scores on the acne column, mainly the acids which serves as surfactants. Lauric acid has the highest score on acne column plus it still has 1 score on the irritant column. Actually acidic cleanser is better for skin as long as it’s around pH 4-5.5. Anything that has pH below and above that is not very good the skin, as a healthy skin is slightly acidic at the level of 5.5. This cleanser would work great on dry skin, because people with dry skin has a slightly too alkaline face thus lacks of the acid. And not only acids apparently, this cleanser also has Shea Butter ingredient inside which we know it's all goodness for moisturizing purpose. It lives up to its name tho: Foam Cleanser Moisture – for dry to normal skin type.

On my dry-combination skin, this cleanser works great at cleansing but sometimes I can feel that it causes me several new pimples. On cooler days however, when my skin acts up and turns to be drier than usual, this cleanser does great job to maintain the moisture and causing me no breakouts. After washing my face with this cleanser, my face will appear brighter and not dull, even though the result is temporary. But with regular use I notice that my skin is brighter than usual! Totally lives up to its claim too, eh?

Score

Last Words?
Laneige Foam Cleanser Moisture works great to remove all the dirt and light makeup on your face right away in one wash, yet it would maintain the moisture of your skin and doesn’t make it feel tight afterward. For people with sensitive/combination skin, this cleanser might be too acidic and leads to several new pimples or redness & irritations due to high acid contents. This cleanser is not meant to clear up acne, and yes it doesn’t help to calm down the skin. Using this cleansing foam regularly will result on a brighter face, so goodbye dull face ~ !

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I want to love this cleanser but…it works better in rainy season, so I think I should keep it away for few months and I gotta find new cleansing foam for hotter summer days. Do you have recommendations for a non-drying cleansing foam that is gentle, (preferably slightly acidic too) and non drying for hotter days? Please drop your comments below and let me hear what you think of this product and please, your recommendations too!

♥ xo