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% - sold (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% - sold (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% - sold (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% - sold (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.

ARITAUM Style POP Jelly Tint, 99% - sold (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

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Shop with Mumu #01: Top 5 Recommended Beauty Online Shop [INDONESIA ONLY]

Hello everyone ~
Today I have a very special monthly segment for you: Shop with Mumu! Basically it will be about shopping issues: tips & tricks, sale/discount/new arrival alerts, etc. And to begin with, I have my Top 5 Recommended Beauty Online Shop list to share with you girls.


DISCLAIMER: I am NOT affiliated with any of the stores linked, mentioned, and featured in this post. I receive no benefit in any forms, except their kindness and good service thus I recommend them to you! I purely want to share this post to help all of you finding your needs easily and comfortably based on my very own shopping experience with them.

The sellers listed down below only sell authentic products. I never and would never ever buy and use counterfeit products myself, neither would I recommend those sellers who sell them to you. I am not saying they have the best price or the cheapest out there, but I guarantee all the sellers mentioned here would give you a reasonable price for your goods and orders.

First of all, you must wonder where I bought so much fancy Japanese products lately in my haul posts. Some of them are not really popular or even familiar and many questions were asked to me like ‘What is that?’ or ‘Wow what brand is that? Never heard of it before’.
If you are a person like me who’s anti-mainstream or ‘adventurous’ in shopping – which means, you would really go for a new, unique, less-reviewed product and try them out yourself – or maybe you have gone to Japan before, tried something ‘not-really-pronounceable-or-readable’ but it turned out to be good and you could find it out nowhere anymore, you should really need to pay a visit to this Instagram online store:

“Provide anything you could ever drool from Japan.”
 

@ettusais_cosme specializes in Japanese product, since the owner herself is residing in Japan. Not only that she knows a lot of Japanese products and willing to share her personal reviews about the products she tried already, she’s also very kind and ready to browse the shop to find your stuff and even the most peculiar taste you have. #eh

I often ask her to find out about the stuff I looked up online, and then go bother her with a lot of questions: about the product, how much would it cost, will it work for me etc. If she were someone else, I may have gotten kicked right away for questioning too much and bought only some items – probably 70% of all the products questioned. I am not even in her ‘top-spender’ list, but from the beginning of only buying one item until today: she never changes her style & kindness.

Juli is totally helpful and she actually went to the counter and asked the Beauty Assistant at IPSA of which product that will work best on my problematic skin. I am very touched by her dedication tbh. She will do her best to get your items, be it beauty items or Japanese kawaii and cute stationeries & plushies ;w;
Another plus point is that: quick delivery time! It only takes 1 week outside public holidays for your products to arrive in Indonesia and ready to be shipped to your home. How cool is that ~


Clueless about Japanese products and you are more into Korean products? You got here my friend, @miriellebeaute, ready to serve all your K-Beauty needs.

“Cheapest K-Beauty Items Supplier!”
 

It’s undeniable that South Korea is now leading the Asian’s beauty market & trends. Because of this hype too, there are so many counterfeits for famous Korean beauty products such as Etude House. Scary, ew! But afraid no more, my fellas. @miriellebeaute sells only legit items, and most of them are readily available here in Indonesia. If you find out that what you need is not available, you can go join their pre-order system and wait for a normal 3-4 weeks for your goods to arrive.
Seriously, they will pack your goodies securely with thick wrap of bubble. I have never ever received a damaged/defect item from them. Super recommended. They are super generous with samples too, and I have been their loyal customer since like 2 years now!


If you fancy liquid lipsticks, Colourpop, matte lipsticks, and any of other worldwide trending drugstore beauty product, I would gladly suggest you to visit @makeupuccino’s page!

“Lower-end/Drugstore Brands Supplier.”

@makeupuccino’s super-fast respond and amazingly cheap price draw more and more people to like them. They were the old Nyx Olshop on Facebook – hey, how could you forget? You do remember eh? – and yes, they’re now also on Instagram and even they have their own website! Being a trusted online shop since at least 3 years ago, their service is not even questionable. Psssst, stay tune for the monthly giveaway on their Instagram page!


But if you’re more into Western’s higher brands…what else could I suggest but @bebeautyindo?
“Higher-end Western Brands Supplier.”


This online shop run by Citra sells a lot of ready stock items but also accept pre-orders too on their Female Daily page. Seriously, this shop rocks. I can’t name any other sellers than her who give you the best quotation for price when the sale is on. Her ready stock items are also so reasonably priced and hell yeah, cheaper than most of the online stores out there!

“Provides Limited Edition/Holiday Exclusive Korean Beauty Products.”

Into limited edition items? Often miss them because you cannot order directly from the websites outside Indonesia? Don’t worry, pay a visit to @kbeautylover on Instagram. Even if you have not stalked Korean bloggers/Instagrammers’ account, you will quickly be let know by the photos they post on their timeline! She accepts pre-order for many Korean ‘not-so-popular’ brands and items, meaning there are higher chances to find Korean hidden gems by joining her pre-order rather than shopping in those stores that only sell well-known products of some lower-end brands. The shipping is quick and yes, all the packages are so safe thanks to the thick bubble wraps~


And please do remember that all the sellers/shops that I recommend above is currently available for Indonesian orders only, please do tell me if you need more information about my recommendation for online stores that do worldwide shipping! :D
PS: Don’t blame me for shopping hard after reading this post. Anyway, Black Friday is 3 days to go. Go to @bebeautyindo’s page and go shop hard on Western products, Babes!

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Hope this post will help! And oh, I am opened for more recommended sellers of yours. Please tell me more great sellers & stores so that I could update the list, or just drop the comments down below of what recommended sellers you want to know aside of those I mentioned above – maybe those who sell EU/UK Products, or recommended clothing stores – please let me know so that I could gather the names and post them up for you.


Ciao for now, happy shopping girls ~

Friday, November 20, 2015

Review: MUJI Sensitive Cleansing Oil

So many people believe that cleansing is the most important step in our skincare regime. I do, too. As maybe you have known, we, Asians (especially Japanese women) believe that double-cleansing is very important and it’s not only mandatory on makeup days but everyday it is! One of the most popular skincare items of first cleanser is cleansing oil. So many brands carry different range for these magical oils which serve for different purposes (i.e.: whitening, deep-cleansing, etc.). Today I am going to review a cult-favorite cleansing oil from a famous Japanese Brand: MUJI Sensitive Cleansing Oil!

MUJI is widely known as a Japanese convenience store that basically sells everything – from house appliances to stationery to beauty products – and have so many big stores around the world. Apparently their beauty products are relatively good too if not great, especially their skincare range. And this cleansing oil I am going to review today is also the star of MUJI’s skincare range, so without further ado, let’s get into the review now!


PRODUCT INFO
MUJI Sensitive Cleansing Oil
Brand: MUJI
Netto Weight/Content: 200 ml
Origin: Japan
Price: 950 ¥
Where to buy: MUJI Singapore, MUJI Japan (MUJI ID hasn’t carried beauty products yet)

INGREDIENTS
Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, ETHYLHEXYL Palmitate, Sorbeth-30 Tetraisostearate, Polysorbate 80, Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate, Sorbitan Oleate, Water, Pentylene Glycol, Glycosyl Trehalose, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Glycerin, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Polyquaternium-51, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, tocopherols, Butylene Glycol


If the bottle appears sleek on pictures it’s because it really is. I cannot help not to praise about it! Even though it’s made of plastic, the bottle is so sturdy and seems not easily to break because the plastic is kinda thick. Not looking or feels cheapo at all for it to stand on your vanity table.



As you can see the bottle is made of clear transparent plastic, plus there are stripe indicators to tell you how far you’ve gone with it and how much it’s left! All the measurement here is using milliliters. Now you don’t have to busily predict how much exactly you have left eh~


The pump works really great too; it would dispense the right amount of product and has no issues such as how cheapo pump dispenser would do. It comes with a plastic stopper to prevent any spoilage when the whole bottle is brought along with you while travelling. This is something good to note from Japanese products which bottle comes in pump-type dispenser, they always put stopper in each bottle – making the products become travel-friendly (despite the size tho, LOL)


MUJI has several other types for their cleansing oils such as mild, normal, but I bought the sensitive type because it’s the only one that doesn’t use mineral oil. It is 100% mineral oil free, fragrance free, coloring free! It uses Olive Oil as the main oil ingredient, that’s why it would be very suitable for those with sensitive skin and have no allergic reaction to Olive Oil. Wait, what?

I just found out the ultimate saddening truth:
Apparently my skin is allergic toward Olive Oil.

Basically this cleansing oil works wonder – hands down I do really think it’s the best cleansing oil I’ve tried in my life so far:
  • Cleanses deep and thoroughly
  • Emulsifies really well
  • Leaves no oil residue after rinsing
Here I have some pictures to show you the cleansing power of this product. All the products I use for this test is waterproof and stubborn, and please do keep in mind that I don’t really use cleansing oil to remove my eye & lips makeup, so I’m okay if it cannot remove eyeliner/mascara/lipstain well.


(L-R): Jordana 12hr Made to Last Pencil Liner - Maybelline Color Tattoo - K-Palette Zero Kuma Concealer - Coastal Scents Liquid Liner - Kiss Me Mascara - Sleek Powder Blush - Illamasqua Cream Pigment - Tarte Eyeshadow - A'Pieu Marker Tint Pen - Laneige Serum Intense Lipstick - Estee Lauder Double Wear



what's left: Coastal Scents Liquid Liner - Kiss Me Heroine Long & Curl Mascara S - A'Pieu Marker Tint Pen

Although the constituency of this oil is rather thick because of the olive oil’s nature and has a kind of funny smell, but I found that 2 pumps were already enough for my whole face. And as I mentioned above, it emulsifies very well and leaves no residue afterwards. NO TIGHT FEELING ALSO OMG. What kind of sorcery is this?? Any other cleansing oils I’ve tried, most of them leaves my skin kinda stripped, dry, and dehydrated. But with MUJI cleansing oil, I experienced none of those above.

But why on earth do I have to be allergic to the all-good olive oil?

Yes, I got breakout from using this cleansing oil. And yes, it’s not because my skin is stripped nor that it contains harmful ingredients inside, but because it was too good instead for having olive oil as the main ingredient, not mineral oil. Sadly, I am not allergic to the oh-so-hated-and-dissed-by-everyone mineral oil.


Score

Last Words?
In conclusion, I was happy with my purchase. Seriously, I was. This cleansing oil is so good for its price – only 950 ¥ - and it’s readily available in your nearest MUJI stores outside Indonesia. Cleanses deep, emulsifies so well, no sticky/gooey/oily residue, leaves no tight feeling behind…what else could you demand for more? However, my weird skin has a very bad reaction to it because of the Olive Oil ingredient.

If you have sensitive skin and have no allergic reaction to Olive Oil, I would highly recommend this product. It’s a good buy after all, and even though I’m sad, I am not even once disappointed with this product. 

It’s not the product – it’s all about my skin. I'm giving it 4.5/5 because it's good, even though it doesn't work on me. It may work good (if not great) on others.

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Okay that’s all for this post, and see you next time!

Oh, don’t forget to drop some comments kay ~ I would love to know your thoughts. 
Ciao for now XO