Friday, July 18, 2014

Her Body Elegance

[Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I was compensated for the review, but all the thoughts and opinions I have expressed are my own.]

“Wear fabulous lingerie, even if you are the only person who is going to see it.”

True that lingerie has the ability to give a woman confidence, even when no one else sees it. They said looking your best starts underneath. The fact is, lingerie can boost your appearance, personality, feeling, and love life. Well well, I myself have a special preference for lingerie. These are simple tips of mine on choosing lingerie:
  1. A neutral plain color. I like to keep it simple and not to follow the trend (though I'm not sure if there's a trend for lingerie). Just so you know, almost 70 percent of guys said they like simple selections. I think the more pattern you have on the lingerie, it will be too distractive.
  2. Fit, fit, fit! What's more important than wearing something that's comfortable. I suggest not to force sizes. Choose lingerie that will flatter your body size. If it feels uncomfortable, it'll look uncomfortable, too.
  3. Lace details. Nothing beats the classics! You can't go wrong with a little lace on your lingerie. Lace can look so cute when it comes to top or shorts, but as in an undergarment, it definitely looks 'seductive'!
Based upon those tips I've shared, I will show you how the ideal lingerie looks like for me. Here's some of my favorites lingerie collection from Zalora:
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From left to right: Tara N-Slip, Britanni Slip, Florence Slip.

So do you buy lingerie to augment romance with your partner or to feel more confident in life? Let me know, my bumblebees! I hope this post will help you finding a new lingerie, but if you're a guy... You know, lingerie is one of those gifts that requires delicate gift wrapping. Don't forget the card!
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Princess Mimi

[Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received the product for a review purpose, but the opinions are my own based on my experience.]

Hello, hello my dear bumblebees! I'm going to share another circle lens review. This time I picked from the famous brand indeed, Geo Medical, I received this pair of lenses from Lensvillage.com. Oh, I am so excited with these circle lenses, because the famous Japanese model Tsubasa Masuwaka produced this and it looked absolutely gorgeous on her!

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Geo Princess Mimi in chocolate.

Before going deeper to the lenses review part, let me talk about the website first. The web layout is simple and neat. You can browse the lens based on either the brand or color. They also put the sale products, new products, and the best selling ones on the main page.

Now to the packaging, this is what I received when the package arrived at my home. The airmail was completely safe with bubble wrap inside.

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Censored address as usual :P
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Secured packaging to protect the lenses.
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All of the stuffs I received from Lensvillage.

Remember to only buy circle lenses from a trusted seller! Lensvillage sells 100% authentic lenses, their products are all certified by Korea Food and Drug Administration. For Geo lens especially, each lens vial comes with a sticker with a hidden unique serial code so that you will be able to verify its authenticity by yourself on Geo Anti-fake website.

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Scratch to find out the unique serial codes.
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Time to try!

Specification of Geo Princess Mimi:
Power Range: 0.00 ∼ -8.00
Diameter: 15.0mm
Base Curve: 8.6mm
Water Content: 40±2%
Lifespan: 1 year disposal

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The design.
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No eyeliner whatsoever so that you can see the enlargement effect that it gives.

Design: 4 out of 5
It has three tones, which are chocolate, maroon and a bit of gold. The thick limbal ring is in chocolate that makes it look natural on eyes. When it's worn, I can't tell if there's a maroon tone, the lens looks more like dark brownish color. 

Enlargement: 3 out of 5
Since the diameter is 15 mm with such thick limbal ring, it seriously gives an enlargement effect. Sadly, it looks weird on me. I know, this is a very personal preference, but to be honest, I just don't feel the lens looks attractive on me.

Comfort: 4 out of 5
Surprisingly, this lens is more comfortable than most of Geo lenses that I've ever tried before! I'd usually need my eye drops after inserting Geo lenses, but this one... not at all. However, it'll start to dry after like 5 hours usage.

Overall: I like the design, but not the enlargement effect that it gives. It would be better for me if the lens diameter isn't 15mm. All in all, it's a comfortable yearly disposal lens with a nice natural design.

Price: USD 21.50 per pair

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Selfie with Geo Princess Mimi in chocolate.

Lens care tips: Treat your circle lenses gently, wash your hands before application, rinse & disinfect each time you remove them, and dispose them when they start to cause dryness. Even if this lens has yearly lifespan, I won't use it for one year, I'll probably dispose after six months usage. I write the first time usage date of each lens on the back of the lens case (with a sticker and marker of course). I always insert and remove my lens from the left eye too, it has become a habit for me so I won't mix up the left and right lenses. This is the great way to avoid eye infection.

Last but not least, Lensvillage.com offers FREE standard shipping on order over USD 50 or free express shipping on order over USD 80. They even give free animal casing for each pair of circle contact lenses purchased!

Don't forget to follow them on:
for promotion update and real life photos!
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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Dear Rose

[Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received the product for a review purpose, but the opinions are my own based on my experience.]

Well, helloooo all my dear bumblebees! I have never been this excited about presidential election. We all Indonesian will be having election day tomorrow. Some of my friends who live overseas already did the vote. So if you're Indonesian who lives in Indonesia (and ages 17+), don't forget to vote tomorrow! Hopefully, we all Indonesian can be responsible with our votes and live with whatever the outcome of the elections will be. Amen!

Todaaaay, I will be sharing a BB cream product from Skin79 that was provided by Bonboncosme.com. Bonboncosme is a beauty blog that also sells cosmetics from South Korea, Japan and Taiwan. You can find haircare, skincare, makeup, and even nail polishes on their website.

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Skin79 Dear Rose BB Cream.

Description: Full of moisture, light feel for skin without stickiness, this triple function BB cream softly permeates skin, adjusting moisture balance and protects skin with UVA and B block, makes skin clean and young with whitening and anti-aging effect.

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The description and directions of the product.

What it promises: For rough, damaged skin from exposure to harmful environments, Damask Rose ingredient with adequate supply of moist and nutrition gives supplementary effect for proper skin condition, and Hyaluronic Acid enhances moisture sustainability, making skin moisturized and smooth.

The pump packaging is very unique, girly, and sleek. I can say this is the prettiest BB cream packaging I've ever had. I love pink color the most, so please don't judge me! LOL.

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Had to put a piece of white paper inside so that you can clearly read the ingredients.

The main ingredients of this product are ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate and zinc oxide of 7% to protect skin from the UVA and UVB rays. However, sadly, due to the high dose of SPF, it leaves white cast on my skin, especially in flash photos and *sigh* clogs my pores (mostly on the forehead). I didn't wear anything different from my skincare routine underneath the BB cream nor I used my Etude House Face Conditioning. I was really testing this products without using anything different or new on my daily makeup routine.

Actually, zinc oxide is the best physical sunscreen as it protects from UVAI, UVAII, and UVB. You can find out more about sunscreen if you read my post about my daily face protection. I also spot jojoba oil and evening primrose oil in the ingredients that are potential to cause clogged pores as well. FYI, the comedogenicity of jojoba is between 0 and 2, while evening primrose is 2. Again, I would like to emphasize that our skin condition and tolerance might be different.

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The texture is creamy and light.

I think people with warm undertone would like this BB cream more than those with cool undertone. I have a neutral one, but it's always Summer here in Jakarta, so my skin tends to look better with warm shades. Furthermore, people with darker skin tone might find this product is too light for them. The oil control is so-so, meaning it doesn't make my skin oiler either.

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Evaluation: As you can see at the swatches picture above, I applied one layer on my face and it does cover my red marks and gives brighter complexion. It doesn't look cakey at one layer, but it will at two layers. Lastly, it gives me a dewy finish that I really like!

What I like:
  • unique pump packaging
  • lovely rose scent
  • brightens skin
  • high broad-spectrum SPF
  • dewy finish
What I dislike:
  • contains parabens
  • contains silicones
  • clogs pores
  • leaves white cast
Price: IDR 341k

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Selfie with Skin79 Dear Rose BB Cream.

Get yours at:
BonBonCosme
Don't forget to follow them on Facebook as well.
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Saturday, July 05, 2014

Shiny Dali

[Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received the product for a review purpose, but the opinions are my own based on my experience.]

Hi my dear bumblebees, I'm back with circle lenses review again. I hope you won't get bored with it. This time I'll be reviewing a kind of different lenses. When Klenspop.com allowed me to choose circle lenses from their site, I immediately thought I wanted to try something new. I've always worn either yearly or monthly disposal lenses, so it's interesting to me to wear a weekly disposal lenses like this.

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Neo Vision Shiny Dali in brown.

Let's talk about the website first! The layout is minimalistic, browsing seems easier with such simple layout. You can easily browse the lens by choosing whether it's circle lens or clear lens. Even better, there are options for the disposal time, daily, weekly, or monthly. They sell toric lens too!

Now let's move on to the packaging, shall we? This is what I exactly received when the package arrived at my home. They put it nicely in a box and complete with bubble wrap all the way from South Korea.

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Censored address is needed.
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I spot freebies!
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The freebies; eye drops x solution, lens case, and tweezer.
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The description on the box, unfortunately I don't understand Hangul.
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Specification of Neo Vision Shiny Dali:
Power Range: 0.00 ∼ -8.00
Diameter: 13.5mm
Base Curve: 8.6mm
Water Content: 42%
Lifespan: 1 week disposal

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Zoom zoom~

Design: 5 out of 5
The pattern is simple. I can only see two tone in this lens, a dark brown and a light brown color, so it looks natural on my very dark brown eyes. I have never been this satisfied with brown lenses before.

Enlargement: 5 out of 5
I can say the enlargement effect fits perfectly on my eye. It's not too large nor too small. My eyes look slightly bigger and very natural. I'm a sucker for the most natural enlargement effect muahaha!

Comfort: 5 out of 5
The lens feel super soft and very comfortable to wear because it's so thin. I can wear this for 9 hours, and it's just amazingly comfortable during those 9 hours. Weekly disposable lenses are just WOW.

Overall: I gave a perfect score for Neo Vision Shiny Dali! I've always searched for a natural circle lens that feels so comfortable to wear and I've finally found it. Hoorrayy!

Price: USD 20 per six pairs

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Paparazzi (?) kind of selfie with Neo Vision Shiny Dali in brown.

Lens care tips: Treat your circle lenses gently, wash your hands before application, rinse & disinfect each time you remove them, and dispose them when they start to cause dryness. Even if this lens has yearly lifespan, I won't use it for one year, I'll probably dispose after six months usage. I write the first time usage date of each lens on the back of the lens case (with a sticker and marker of course). I always insert and remove my lens from the left eye too, it has become a habit for me so I won't mix up the left and right lenses. This is the great way to avoid eye infection.

Good news, good news! I have a special coupon code for you! You can get 20% OFF for a purchase at Klenspop.com. There are currently 50 coupons available until August 10th!

Coupon name: Michelle Phang 20% Discount Coupon
Coupon description: Klenspop 20% off by Michelle Phang blog
Coupon number: PTA58X18

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f(x) - Red Light.

"Uh. Okay." Twas my first impression towards this MV. I just don't like it, both the music and the video concept. I'd usually go for Krystal but, Sulli looks the prettiest in here, dontchu agree? ^^
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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Play 101

[Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received the product for a review purpose, but the opinions are my own based on my experience.]

Let's play, my dear bumblebees! This time I'll be reviewing a new product (well, not really new by now, it's launched in April) from my favorite Korean brand Etude House, called Play 101 Pencil. I first heard the product from Pony's Beauty Diary, and I thought Korean has the most creative makeup creation LOL. Who else would've thought to make an all-in-one product like this!? So yeah, I'm excited that I finally got a chance to review these pencils that Kbeautysecrets sent to me.

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Etude House Play 101 Pencil in #1 and #16.

Product description: A multipurpose pencil that can be used as an eyeliner, an eyeshadow, an eyebrow pencil, a concealer, a blusher, a highlighter or a lip color. There are 50 shades available and every pencil has different textures; creamy, matte, glossy, shimmering, or glitter. 

Etude House Play 101 #1 #16
The description, directions and ingredients as seen on the box.

I got mine in #1 and #16, they both have creamy texture, and yes, they glide super easily. #1 is meant to be an eyeliner as it's a matte black pencil, while #16 is meant to be a lip color, blusher or eyeshadow as it has a bright pink shade. The packaging is sleek, it's an automatic pencil that includes a sharpener so that you don't have to worry when it gets blunt. I don't know if it's because mine are the creamy textured ones so that they got blunt so fast, but I need to sharpen it for every usage.

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Automatic pencils.
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YAY for including a sharpener.

#1 is really matte black and just perfect for an eyeliner. First time using it, I found the pencils are just tricky to apply, it took me like a week to get the hang of it. HA! If you only use pencil #16 for blusher and lip color, I don't think they're tricky to apply, but if you're using it for eyeshadow, yes, you've got to be a lil bit careful or else you will stick the pink cream on your lashes. Furthermore, if you're interested to learn the trick, please do watch Pony's tutorial, she used #16 as blusher. As you can see, blending takes the most crucial part. For eyeshadows, I'd usually draw the pencils on the back of my hand first, then I'd use my brush to apply. For the lip color, I'd use it as a lipliner first, then put some lipbalm on the tip of my finger and draw the pencil on it, then dab 'em on my lips.

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Swatches: Mitch♥︎
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Waterproof and smudgeproof!

Btw, Jen has recently included Play 101 Pencil to her June favorites. She got the #4 and #5 and use them everyday as an inner corners highlighter. I feel like I should get it too (there goes another impulsive buying) :P

For me personally, I think the product is worth the price, you got a sleek packaging that includes sharpener, it's waterproof, smudgeproof and multifunctional. Hmm, Etude House, you never cease to amaze me, huh?

What I like:
  • multipurpose yet affordable
  • automatic pencil that includes sharpener
  • waterproof
  • smudgeproof
  • has 50 attractive shades
What I dislike:
  • can be tricky to apply
Price: IDR 77k

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Final look with Play 101 Pencil on my eyes, cheeks, and lips.
#1 is used for eyeliner, while #16 is used for eyeshadow, blusher, and lip color.
Circle lenses from Loveshoppingholics - Geo Eyescream in gray.

Get yours at:
Kbeautysecrets
LINE: xiaoshxn
email: itscagth@yahoo.com
for more information and price list.
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