Friday, January 23, 2015

Galactomyces Essence

Hey wonderful bumblebees! Happy new year!! First post of the year, I hope I didn't disappoint you for being MIA and abandoning the #BLOGMAS. I'm so sorry. Mianhaeyo~ That's why one of my resolutions this year is to blog more (with quality of course). LOL. Don't you think time flies so fast? A bit too fast than before. Is it only me but it really feels like it passes very quickly after I started blogging last year.

My first post in 2015 is about my favorite facial essence. So I've been using Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence since early 2014, not clearly remember the month, but I did repurchased last December cause I used up the whole bottle!

Well, there are so many other Korean brands out there who produce this galactomyces contained essence actually. I wonder why I picked Secret Key in the first place as it was honestly an impulsive buying back then. This kind of treatment essence wasn't new to me, I tried the one from Missha before, sample size though.

Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence Rose
Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence (Limited Edition).

Description: Whitening and anti-wrinkle line which contains 94% galactomyces, one of the yeast ferment filtrates. It is not only the source of the nutrition, but also has an outstanding moisturizing effect for the skin. Free of parabens, animal oils, benzophenone, flavoring, coloring, triethanolamine, mineral oil, phenoxyethanol, alcohol, and sulfates.

Secret Key Starting Treatment EssenceSecret Key Starting Treatment Essence ingredients
Descriptions in Korean and ingredients.

Please note that I don't think this product would work as amazing if I didn't do the other skin regimen such as cleansing, exfoliating, toning, etc. This essence claims to brighten and prevent wrinkles, I do see the brightening effect, but not yet the anti-wrinkle as I'm only in my early 20s. I believe it requires a long term commitment if you want to prove whether it can prevent or reduce the wrinkle.

Let's get to the review, this essence has watery and runny texture so I'd use a cotton pad and just dab it around my face. Some people might think that pouring some into the palm and pat it on the face would save the product more, but well if you're doing it that way, make sure your hands are clean.

The rose edition doesn't have any scent at all! I was surprised 'cause I thought there would be a slight rosey scent at least. On the other hand, the original edition has a quite distinguishable scent, not to the extend it's unpleasant anyways.

Packaging wise, it's made of glass, kind of heavy, therefore I definitely don't recommend this for traveling as 150ml is the only size they have. Not sure if it's going to leak, but it's rather inconvenient for me to bring this stuff.

When I run out of the original STE, I didn't restock it right away because I had to wait for the pre-order. Thus, I stopped using it for awhile, almost a month, and surely there was no sign of breakout. Honestly, I prefer this rose edition because it is odorless and it absorbs to skin more quickly. I think that's because the watery texture, it's not like the other one isn't watery, but the texture of this one is more like real water. Not to mention, the packaging looks exclusive with gold cap.

Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence Limited Edition
The rose edition contains 150ml, it's a tad lesser than the original one, 155ml.

It took me like half a year to finish the first bottle. However, these days I've tried to be more generous when it comes to skincare, that's why in this picture you couldn't see the shadow of the remaining essence anymore. I've finished one third of it in just a month. Muahaha!

Price: IDR 185k

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Feels like the K-drama gods are so kind lately. Because all the good looking men are on TV! On Mon-Tue we have this hottie Ji ChangWook. Just new in, Wed-Thu drama we have HyunBin, I have had a huge crush on him since A Millionaire's First Love! And lastly on Friday, with 2 episodes in a day, we have Jaejoongieee aka the most good looking human I've ever seen in person.

Usually when a drama ends, I'd feel sad, the kind of empty feeling you know. However, that wasn't the case for Pinocchio! I did a little talk about the drama before, it was a lovely drama to catch up but I mustn't be the only one who wanted the drama to end a little sooner as I saw HyunBin in those upcoming drama previews, right? x_x Thankfully they aired episode 18 and 19 on the same day so that Hyde, Jekyll, Me would premiere on schedule.

KBS Healer OST:
Michael Learns To Rock - Eternal Love.
Tei - What My Eyes Say.

SBS Hyde, Jekyll, Me OST:
Park BoRam - Falling.

KBS Spy OST:

Jungyup - Shadow.

Zia - Stardust.

Mind to share what are you currently watching in this dramaland? :D
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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Gift Guide: Workaholic Moms

Greetings, bumblebees! Back with another #BLOGMAS post. On this second #BLOGMAS, I'm going to share a Christmas gift guide for mothers who are working full time; mothers who are basically busy when they're in office and home. Just like my mom. Even when she's home, she would also take care of the housekeeping stuff although we have a maid and sometimes she would bring some 'home works' and get done her another side job. Hmm, but I guess this gift guide isn't restricted to mothers as you can also pick it as a gift for workaholic girlfriends.

christmas gift guide busy moms
  1. Ban.do I Am Very Busy iPhone 6 Case // USD 26
  2. Echo Touch - Ruched Leather Mix Gloves // USD 48
  3. Yankee Candle Build A Snowman Winter Wonderland Collection // USD 27.99
  4. Parker Urban Premium Golden Pearl // USD 75
  5. Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule // KRW 52,500
  6. Michael Kors Glam Jasmine Deluxe Gift Set // USD 105
I know I know, though Ban.do looks like it's marketed for teens and young adults, I bet workaholic moms couldn't deny that this statement case is absolutely made for them too!

In such cold weather, busy moms will need something to keep them warm while checking on their smartphones. I picked Echo's Touch - Ruched Leather Mix Gloves because these leather-and-knit gloves have special tips at the thumbs and index fingers that allow interaction with touchscreen devices. It looks stylish too, doesn't it?

Being engaged to work makes your body tensed up and we all had been through that moment. For workaholic people, they don't realize this anxiety sometimes. Therefore, a Yankee Candle would be a perfect gift for them. Build A Snowman is described as a playful scent of cool, minty fresh air with the hint of vanilla. But for this, you can prolly ask your mom what's their favorite scent because then again, relaxation would come in minutes if only they enjoy the aroma.

A fountain pen is undoubtedly considered as classy, because it'd give such lovely handwritings. This golden finish pen by Parker definitely looks elegant and if your mom is someone who dearly loves write something on paper instead of PC, I guess this gift couldn't be more perfect.

Based on my observation, when people are busy, they tend to forget to take care of their skin. I might be captivated by Missha's luxurious packaging when I picked this product, but no, in fact this essential ampoule contains glactic acid fermented ingredients to improve skin damages which is purposed for anti-aging and its ingredient contains no irritants. Besides, the price is fairly affordable for its quantity.

When in doubt, pick a gift set. And if you're still doubtful, pick something that is universally needed. Yes yes.. It's none other than fragrance! Glam Jasmine Deluxe Gift Set includes perfume spray, rollerball, and body cream. Especially in a work place where one should not wear heavy perfumes, the rollerball and body cream are just right!

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Hayley Westenra, Russell Watson, and Aled Jones - Twelve Days of Christmas.

Another favorite Christmas carol of mine. The lyrics are fun and it rhymes so playfully. For me personally, the best part is the FIVE golden rings~! LOL! On another note, did anyone realize this? Google bar search will display pine trees and snowfall in the background if you're searching anything with Christmas in the keyword :P

Till next #BLOGMAS, then!
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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Gift Guide: Beauty Freaks

Hello my beautiful bumblebees! Forgive me for being extremely late for this #BLOGMAS series. I've been thinking to feature my wish list as Christmas wish list (because I have a lot that I want for Christmas LOL) but then when I think about it again, my wish list, can be a gift guide as well actually. With Christmas right around the corner, there are so many new released products that are especially made for Christmas gift. How exciting!

And so for this first #BLOGMAS, I'll be sharing my own beauty wish list. Tomorrow (or maybe the day after tomorrow HA) I'm gonna list down the other gift guides for moms, dads, and him. Who knows it can help you to find a christmas gift for your loved ones?

christmas gift guide #blogmas
  1. Too Faced Under The Mistletoe // USD 28
  2. Too Faced La Belle Carousel // USD 49
  3. Clarisonic Mia 3 Makeup Removal Expert // USD 199
  4. Hera × Au Jour Le Jour UV Mist Cushion // KRW 45,000
  5. Laneige Sparkling Party Makeup Collection // RM 105
  6. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Palette // USD 54
  7. Etude House Pink Wish Tree Hand Bouquet Set // USD 6
This is a very last minute gift guide I know and so these very cute Too Faced Christmas collection are being sold out everywhere. However, who knows maybe you can find some last stocks on the net. Not only offering three different shades of shimmer lipsticks, Under The Mistletoe wraps it all inside a sparkling pink glitter bag. It looks like a great deal, doesn't it? If it doesn't, La belle Carousel is there for you, because it is a set that can be distributed to five people. It consists of five pretty palettes of eye shadows, blushes and bronzers plus the best-selling Better Than Sex Mascara.

As someone who takes care of my face crazily, Clarisonic has been on my wish list for the longest time. It is known expensive, but seeing how great it is for the skin, I am sure it will be worth the money. Moreover, this exclusive Nordstorm's packaging is amazingly feminine and you probably want to own it too just because of it.

BB Cushion trend is not dead yet, I've heard lots of other brands that sell this compact cheaper than Hera. However, who can resist this packaging? Or is it just me who couldn't say no to these irresistible eyes and lips doodles?

In this festive season, you need all the glitters to look more fab. Laneige's Sparkling Party Makeup Palette features glitter nails and eyeshadows in neutral shades and the ever popular Water Drop Tint in two different pink shade.

Another Urban Decay's Naked must-have palette. Looks like this palette alone will be enough for all the travelers, yes?

Lastly, here's for the beauty gift on the budget, but still useful for us and others in need. Etude House has just recently started a new campaign called Pink Wish Tree. Though I'm not so sure how many percent of the profit will go to the foundation, I still believe it's made of good deeds. Besides, in dry winter season, a hand cream is something that we definitely need.

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The Piano Guys feat. David Archuleta - Angels We Have Heard On High.

Can I say this is my MOST favorite Christmas song? I still remember back then when I was a little kid, as one of the choir members, I enjoyed singing this song more than the other Christmas songs. I bet that's because this song has such catchy tune and refrain. How about you, bumblebees? What is your most fave Christmas song?

Kindly stay tuned for more #BLOGMAS!
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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Bija

Welcome, December. Goodbye, November! And hey there, fellow bumblebees! I am back with skincare product review, this time it's from the Korean road shop brand; Innisfree. So yaaay to my first Innisfree review ever! *Wait~ Where have you been, Mitch?* However, before we begin, I'd like to make it clear that this wasn't my first time trying Innisfree product :D I made a purchase of their Jeju Volcanic Nose Pack too, but it was meh, and to be honest I don't really like writing such negativity so I decided not to review it. It was such a shame since the Jeju Volcanic range caught my attention more than the others.

Innisfree Bija Anti-Trouble Facial Foam review
Innisfree Bija Anti-Trouble Facial Foam.

First of all, you must be wondering what Bija is. I googled it and found a wikipedia about Bija and apparently it literally means 'seed'. In this case, Innisfree uses Torreya Seed Oil. If you're interested, here's a picture of the Bija from their website. This nutmeg is a rare ingredient that can only be used after it has endured 20 years of survival in the wild. Its hardy properties allow for the skin to be gently smoothed and for the skin's natural defense system to be enhanced.

What I like about all Innisfree product is that they only use natural derived ingredients and the skincare would usually be free of synthetic colorants, mineral oil, animal-originated ingredients, artificial fragrances, and imidazolidinyl urea. Just like this facial foam!

Innisfree Bija Anti-Trouble Facial FoamInnisfree Bija Anti-Trouble Facial Foam
Sealed and flip cap.

The tube packaging is completely sealed outside with transparent plastic and when I twisted the cap, it was sealed again with aluminum foil for double protection. The shelf life is 12 months after initial opening.

Innisfree Bija Anti-Trouble Facial Foam description
Description, directions, and ingredients.
Innisfree Bija Anti-Trouble Facial Foam review
From creamy to foamy.

With just a pea-size, the thick creamy formula foams easily. It has a pearly white color and smells so organically fresh. It doesn't sting when I'm lathering it around my eye area, there's a slight of minty effect, but it feels so gentle, and does a great job at cleansing. I recommend to use this with facial brush too, because it can perform a better job at cleansing makeup residue.

After rinsing, it left my skin feeling clean and fresh. The only downside is, it gives me that tightness feeling to the normal part of my oily combination skin. I guess those with oily skin will love this facial foam.

Regarding the controlling blemish, yes it works! I don't have a big pimple to begin with *don't jinx!*. But there was a time when I developed some tiny bumps on my forehead as a consequence of threading, and before I put some herbal ointment, I used this facial foam, voila~ on the next day, they disappeared. The herbal ointment doesn't work that amazing usually, though. Oh moreover, this facial foam can control my hormonal acne too.

All in all, it's a nice facial foam with such affordable price for 150ml size that would suit oily skin type with least blemish concern. But would I repurchase it? I'm the type who can't stick to one thing unless I don't find any dislike in it. Therefore, I don't think so, but we'll see :)

Price: IDR 110k

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GOT7 - She's A Monster.

Frankly, I like GOT7 because of Jackson in it. I've never imagined I'd like this guy. He was born in freaking 1994 just so you know! First saw him in the variety show; Roommate season 2, and I thought he was funny, hyperactive, such a dork LOL. Not to mention he looks like ManSe (yes one of those adorably cute triplets, the maknae!) Back to the topic, I have been listening to this song for a week!! It's just one of my favorites from their album, Identify. They recently released a new MV Stop Stop It, but there's something that entertains me more than that, hohoho, yeaaah, the dance practice session... Ok. I feel like a pedonoona now. Bye~!
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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Princess Happy Ending

“I'm like a shooting star. I've come so far, I can't go back to where I used to be.”

So who is your favorite Disney princess, dear bumblebees? I can't choose my most favorite, but surely Princess Jasmine is one of my favorites! Not only she taught me to love beyond class or status, she's also independent and knows exactly what she needs. Oh, moreover, their OST A Whole New World is my all time favorite karaoke duet song :D

Etude House Jasmine Lash Perm Proof Shockara review
Etude House Jasmine Lash Perm Proof Shockara.

As it first came out, I've been eyeing on their Princess Happy Ending collection. The packaging are 'unusually' cuter than any other Etude House collection. There are three other princesses makeup to collect; Snow White, Cinderella, and Belle. At first I was so into the Belle lipstick because it was so pretty for A/W season, yet this mascara packaging attracts me more than the lipstick and I did run out of mascara. Argh.. decision, decision...

Well, so I ended up buying a mascara in spite of the fact that I don't actually love wearing it. My eyelashes are sparse, short and... straight. You see I do actually NEED a mascara, but I've never invested a high end branded one. I'd rather invest more falsies because they're more dependable and the difference is more apparent. Additionally, there's no weird sticky feeling every time I blink my eyes. Kinda out of topic, but I just want to describe the reason why :D

Etude House Jasmine Lash Perm Proof ShockaraEtude House Princess Happy Ending Jasmine Lash Perm Proof Shockara
Isn't the packaging too gorgeous?
Etude House Princess Happy Ending Jasmine Lash Perm Proof Shockara review
English description, directions, and list of ingredients.

Kudos to the designers who created the detail on this book packaging! I don't ever think to throw this box because it sits beautifully on my book shelf right now. LOL. Oh, just a little reminder, the mascara will expire in 6 months after you open it.

Etude House Princess Happy Ending Jasmine Shockara result
(L) curled + one coat (R) not curled + one coat

Review: The mascara promises to give you perm and waterproof result judging from the name of the product. Formula wise, yes it is very waterproof, it doesn't smudge either. I am a contact lens user so my eyes get dries and I need to use some eyedrops, but this mascara doesn't flake at all. There is no such unpleasant smell too, which is a big plus point for me. As I have naturally straight lashes, I find this mascara doesn't help in curling (see the result picture above). However, when it's curled beforehand, the waterproof formula really helps in holding the curl. It gives me enough length in one coat, but I don't see if it gives me volume. Because of the non-buildable formula, it will get clumpy if I apply more than one coat, especially when it dries between coat.

What I like:
  • cute packaging
  • lengthen my lashes
  • holds my curls
  • no chemical odor
  • smudgeproof
  • waterproof
  • one coat is enough for natural look
What I dislike:
  • the curvy brush is rather tricky to use and can cause unevenness
  • non-buildable formula
Price: IDR 110k

Etude House Princess Happy Ending mascara review
Circle lenses from Geocolouredlenses - Geo Tri Color in brown.

It's been awhile since the last time I listed all makeup products that I'm using, huh? So here you go!
Face:
Eyes:
Lips:
  • The Body Shop Lip Butter in chocomania
  • The Face Shop My Lips Eat Cherry Aqua Tint in bloody red
  • Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain in rendezvous
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Tiger JK Feat. Punch - First Love.

I am obsessed with this new drama that stars Park ShinHye and Lee JongSuk; Pinocchio! Never been a fan of Lee JongSuk, and not that I don't like him, it's just that his recent dramas didn't appeal to me that much. However, idk maybe because there's Park ShinHye in it this time? So I gave this drama a chance, and well, I am loving it! Korean dramas lately are boring, even the Wednesday - Thursday slots. Therefore, I was only watching old Japanese dramas during these past three months. Anyway, click here to find out more about the dramas, do check out their Soompi forum too if you're as obsessed as I am ;)

Enjoy your weekend, my bumblebees!
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