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

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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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Sunday, November 09, 2014

H2O Cleanser

What's up, my bumblebees? So after I shared my own beauty tips, I feel like reviewing one of my favorite cleansing product. It's Bioderma Sébium H2O that all beauty bloggers have raved about. I wasn't that interested in using water cleansing formula back then before because I thought water can't really dissolve makeup, especially the waterproof ones. But I was wrong! Let me tell you why, just keep reading :D

Bioderma Sebium H2O review
Bioderma Sébium H2O.

Description: Purify and cleanse your imperfection-prone skin with the Bioderma Sébium H2O, a regulating, non-rinse micellar water cleanser. Designed for those with combination to oily skin, the soap-free formula can be used on the face and other imperfection-prone areas of the body, such as the chest and back. Sébium H2O cleanses the skin in depth, and improves the quality of sebum production with the patented Fluidactiv® complex. The non-comedogenic cleanser removes impurities using micelles, which micro-emulsify and remove impurities without drying the skin out. It guarantees perfect cutaneous tolerance, leaving the skin is left looking clear and feeling fresh.

They say it's sold one in every 15 seconds worldwide, which I think it indicates how good this product is, right? As a cheaper alternative to the Clarins cleansing water, finally I bought the one for combination/oily skin because I have oily combination skin (oily T-zone, the rest are normal).

Bioderma Sebium H2O ingredients
Ingredients.

Directions: Use twice daily, in the morning and in the evening. Soak a cotton pad with the solution, and cleanse the face and eyes. Repeat with more cotton pads until they come away clean. The solution is no-rinse, but you should gently dab your face with a clean towel after use.

Although it's stated you don't need to rinse, I strongly advise you to wash your face again since this is only the first step when I do double-cleanse. It's alcohol free, soap free, no coloring formula. The product can last for 9 months once the packaging is open.

Packaging wise, it looks just okay, unlike the 500ml one, the 100ml and 250ml packaging do not come with a pump. The bottle is safely sealed at the first time so you don't need to worry people try to sniff it whatsoever.

Bioderma Sebium H2O review
The cleansing water tinged with turquoise.

Foolish me thought the turquoise color comes from the bottle, apparently not! LOL. The color comes from the water. I thought because there's no added colorant, then it will be transparent like the Sensibio H2O. There is a slight fragrance too, but it's just subtle and smells pleasant to me.

Performance wise, it effortlessly takes off all my make up and it doesn't sting my eyes. Not only that, it also removes excess oil without over drying the skin. My face simply feels clean and refreshed without tightness. It can take off my waterproof eyeliners too. The only downside is it doesn't remove my liptint, thus I have to get my makeup remover separately for that one.

Price: SGD 28.75 per 250ml or SGD 15.90 per 100ml (Get 15% off at CupoNation!)

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So have you read my previous Make Saving Money Fun post? I told you bumblebees that another way to save money is to get discount right? We all know how convenience online shopping is nowadays, it doesn't only save times and energy but it also saves your fuel! If you haven't tried it yet, I suggest you try it at least once in a lifetime, there's nothing wrong to experience it.

However, only purchase from an online store that is trustworthy or recommended by lots of people. My favorite ones are Zalora and Reebonz! There are literally lots of things to get there, you can buy things for yourself or even gifts for your loved ones. To save some more money, here's the trick: find a site where you can get discount or deals like CupoNation. They cooperate with many trustworthy online stores as well as huge company such as Sephora and The Body Shop. And since I am someone who loves to dine out, I'm glad that CupoNation's offers are not merely for beauty & fashion, but also for food & drink. My suggestion in finding the right coupon (to prevent impulse buying) is to browse by categories, they have 17 categories FYI :O

Anyway, simply check out their website to find out more deals they have right now!
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Monday, November 03, 2014

My Beauty Tips

Hello my bumblebees! Let's greet November too! I'm about to share my own beauty advices to you right now. Actually it's been a long thought indeed to share these tips, so I hope you like this kind of post. Before we begin this post, I'll explain my skin type and condition first, therefore if you have similar skin type or condition with me, I hope you'll find these tips helpful. Also, kindly do understand we all have different skin reaction to certain ingredients, meaning what works on me, might not work on you at all. Let's get it started!

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The model in the picture above is Park SoRa, she's the face of Korean fashion line Stylenanda as well as the cosmetic line, 3CE. I'm going to put her in every illustration for this post because, umm, she's like the Korean beauty goddess! LOL. I mean her skin is flawless already, and that explains why every 3CE product she wears is just convincing! Instead of me (like whoaaa), I'm just going to use her image as the illustration in every tip I'll share.

Well well.. Moving on to my skin type and condition~ I have an oily combination skin, oily on the T-zone, but the rest are normal. My main skin problems are whiteheads, blackheads and acne marks. And here are my own beauty tips, including the products that I use with the budget-friendly alternatives:

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1. Cleanse your face thoroughly

By cleansing your face, I mean double-cleanse! Especially when you're wearing makeup, yes including those CC and BB creams, because your facial wash can't cleanse makeup 100%. I use cleansing milk and cleansing water for the first stage, and if I'm wearing eye makeup, I'll definitely erase it with a makeup remover too.

Splurge: Clarins Water Comfort One-Step Cleanser, Lancome Galatéis Douceur
Save: Bioderma Sébium H2O, Maybelline Clean Express Eye & Lip Makeup Remover

The second stage of double-cleanse is to wash your face. I wash my face with the help of Etude House Wonder Pore Brush, because it will help to clean the clogged pores too. After washing my face, I would just wipe it dry with tissue instead of rubbing it with towel.

Splurge: Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser
Save: Etude House Wonder Pore Whipping Foaming

Finally, this is an optional step. However, this step is totally essential for me, it's called exfoliating. I find that my skin has been better because of exfoliating. I do this every once a week at night. Before exfoliating, I steam my face with hot water. Just pour the water into a large bowl and place a towel over your head and lean over the steaming water. Let it be for 5-10 minutes. I'd usually listen to some relaxing songs instead of putting it on timer.

Splurge: Clarins Gentle Refiner
Save: Biore Double Scrub Bright

Both of the exfoliators are very gentle to my skin so I recommend it to those who have oily combination skin like me, though I'm not sure how it'll react to sensitive skin. After exfoliating my face, I'd followed it with facial mask. This step is necessary to close the open pores from the steaming treatment.

Splurge: Mizon Pore Clearing Volcanic Mask
SaveBedak Saripohatji

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2. Tone and hydrate your face

Oh so many products that I've mentioned. Now moving on to the second tip, it's to tone and moisturize your face. I can't stress it anymore that toner and essence might look unessential, but IT IS VERY ESSENTIAL as it benefits my skin so much. First of all, toner will help you to close the pore. Second of all, it helps to remove makeup residue. Lastly, it will also help you to restore the skin's pH balance. Use a cotton pad for this step.

Splurge: Avène Eau Thermale Spring Water
Save: Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner

For my skin hydration, I use an essence right after the toner. What I notice the most after religiously using a face essence is that my skin is brighter than ever!

Splurge: Laneige Original Essence White Plus Renew
Save: Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence

There has been a confusion on how to apply an essence, for me it depends on the texture. If it's watery and runny like the Secret Key, I'd use a cotton pad. However, if it's watery but not runny like the Laneige one, I'd just apply it with my bare hands and dab it until it absorbs to the skin.

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3. Moisturize your face

For moisturizer, I use different type moisturizer during the day and the night. Mainly because each moisturizer has different function. It's honestly difficult for me to compare the splurges and saves, because you get what you pay, you know, so the results are incomparable. While I use Clarins for the day, it really saves my day, you can just read my full review on the link and the Kiehl's cream is just magically effective to reduce wrinkle! I just turned 23 so I obviously don't develop facial wrinkle yet, but I swear it helps to fade my neck wrinkle! The only downside of this product is the smell, but it's okay for me as long as it benefits my skin.

Splurge: Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, Kiehl's Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream
Save: Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream

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4. Protect your skin from UV rays

I think I've talked about sunscreen quite a lot, such as the usage, the types, and the importance of it. I can't skip this step and I even don't want to walk out from my house if I don't wear them. I even wear sunscreen when I'm home because UVA can penetrate glass, you know! So especially after my routine chemical peeling treatment, it is more than necessary to wear sunscreen for me. Oh, btw, yes I do facial and chemical peeling treatments once or twice a month in order to keep my skin clear. I find that these treatments are the key to my smoother face since my main issues are whiteheads, blackheads and acne marks. However, I don't recommend you to follow this too. Please ask a doctor first, as chemical peeling is only performed by the doctors.

Splurge: L'Occitane The Immortelle Brightening Shield
Save: Missha All Around Safe Block Essence Sun

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5. Use light makeup

Here's the funny fact about my skin. Whenever I use heavy makeup, my skin tends to breakout, I guess it's true that the skin needs to breathe? So that's why I don't use face primer unless it's extremely needed! I don't use foundation as well, about this one I guess it's because I just don't own a foundation? LOL... I have been thinking of buying foundation because I think I need coverage for my dark circles and acne marks, but then again, that's what concealers are for. So I hesitate...

Splurge: Laneige Water Base CC Cream, Make Up For Ever Lift Concealer
Save: Tony Moly BCDation, Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer

Alright then, those are the five beauty tips that I have for you bumblebees! Feel free to email me if you have further questions that you don't want to disclose on the comment box. Hopefully you find these informations useful ;)

P.S: I've tried all the products that I mentioned above. Thus, I only share the ones that I thought worth every penny.
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Make Saving Money Fun!

[Disclosure: This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links from BestBuyMoney. Although this is sponsored, all opinions are my own.]

Hello my bumblebees! Let's talk about $$$ this time! I think money saving is equally as important as making money. So I have a very useful website for you, it's Bestbuymoney.com! You can find money saving articles that contain tips on how to save money. They cover topics such as fashion, entertainment, motoring, technology, travel, and utilities.

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For instance, this article titled How to Avoid Impulse Buying in Supermarkets will be helpful for mothers can't avoid impulse buying when it comes to grocery shopping. On a serious note, they also post this Give Up Smoking article, which I personally think it is a valuable article for those who have motivation to stop smoking. Sometimes active smokers don't realize that smoking isn't only bad for their (and others') health, it's not good for their 'wealth' as well.

Since online shopping is just so much practical nowadays, another way to save money on the internet is to get discount, and if you're lucky enough you can win something. In order to acquire the lucky chance, you'll be required to enter surveys. That's what I did, quite a lot..... LOL. I have never won anything, except giveaways, but who knows you can win? :D

All you need to do is to sign up here and you can get 10% off at Hotels.com! Additionally, you can win £500 Flight Centre voucher by answering the survey. Woohoo~


Alright then, hope you enjoy this post! Don't forget to check them out ;) See you later, my bumblebees~!
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Omorose

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

YEAYYY! I've just submitted my thesis revision and I feel absolutely relieved by now. It's gonna be the best birthday week. Can't wait for my graduation day too in December! Woohooo~ So today I'll be sharing natural, paraben-free, phenoxyethanol-free, and cruelty-free cosmetics, called Omorose Cosmetics. The brand was established in 2013 and now they have launched a full range of makeup products such as BB stick foundation, finishing powder, eyeshadow, cheek tint, vegan lipbalm, and even false eyelashes! Without further ado, here's my review of their Rosey Glow cheek tint and Lip Dressing vegan lipbalm.

Omorose Cosmetics Review
Omorose means 'beautiful' in Ancient Egyptian.

The package arrived at my place in 8 working days, it was shipped by DHL from Malaysia as where its warehouse is located. They sent the products in a big box plus they bubble wrapped them too for a more secured arrival.

Omorose Cosmetics Review rosey glow

Description: This hydrating gel blush tints the cheeks with a lasting, natural glow. Promising easy application, this convenient cheek tint makes for an excellent touch-up tool for a healthy glow throughout the day.

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The packaging has French description too.

So this cheek tint comes in five shades, from soft pink, pink, magenta, orange red to red shade. And I picked the orange shade, it's named Radiant, I picked this shade because I do lately adore orangey color :P

Omorose Cosmetics ingredients
Directions and ingredients.
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You can keep this cheek tint for one year! All natural preservatives!
Omorose Cosmetics Review
What a pretty orange red shade!

This cheek tint has a round packaging like a ball but obviously it's not 360° round because it's designed so it can stand properly. I even honestly thought it was a lipbalm when I first saw it in their website :D

The color is orange red shade, but when it's applied to the skin it turns out to be peach pink. The texture is solid yet it can melt, my tip is just be careful with the heat. When I opened it for the first time, the tint melted to the inside of the cap. However, the packaging is really sturdy so nothing was spilled.

I really love the scent of this cheek tint! It has a bit fruity and yet a feminine scent, oh how else could I describe it? It's just so fresh! Not to mention the lasting power, you'd definitely need a makeup remover for removing this because it won't do with just water and soap.

I've been using this cheek tint on daily basis as it looks soft once it's blended correctly. It's all natural ingredients and been reacting great to my skin too. I lurveee it!

Keep on reading to check out the swatches and final result just before the end of the post ;)

Price: MYR 62

Omorose Cosmetics Review lip dressing

Description: This nourishing vegan lip balm comes in two varieties and gives your lips a luminous sheen. The clear balm creates a dewy glass effect while the pigmented balm adds a hint of colour to your lips. The balms are rich in coconut oil, avocado oil, argan oil and Vitamin E, which nourish and protect dry lips.

Omorose Cosmetics Review lip dressing
Description and directions in French.
Omorose Cosmetics Review ingredients
Ingredients.
Omorose Cosmetics Review
Just like the cheek tint, you can keep this for one year too!

The lip dressing comes in five shades as well, and again I picked the orange shade. Ohoho, fall and winter season is coming, but I can't keep my eyes from orange color :] I guess that's the perk of living in a tropical country. We can actually wear any color we want despite the weather, yes? :D

Omorose Cosmetics Review lip dressing tropical paradise
The orange shade really represents a tropical paradise.

The packaging is unlike any other lipbalm stick. It doesn't have circular cylinder shape but an elliptical cylinder. There's a benefit of having a lipbalm with such shape, you know when you put your lipbalm on a table and it suddenly rolls and falls to the floor? That kind of thing won't ever happen with this! LOLLL~

I like how they name this shade 'tropical paradise', it really suits the color and the scent of it. The color is obviously orange and it's really pigmented for a lipbalm. The scent is just like a coconut, definitely tropical, it makes me want to do the duck face (guilty pleasure!?) because it's just sooo good.

Since it's very creamy, buttery, pigmented and has glossy finish, the color will transfer to your cup or mug as you drink. Lasting power is amazing for a lipbalm, when I tested this on my skin (picture below), it wouldn't disappear whenever how much I rubbed and washed it with water, even soap. However, it's another story when it's applied on the lips since it tends to settle and accentuate my fine lines. Anyway, this might not happen to you, it's just me that originally have dry lips and I don't know why the lipbalm isn't able to moisturize my lips T-T

Price: MYR 29

Omorose swatch
Swatches of both product on my skin.
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Final result using Rosey Glow and Lip Dressing.
Omorose Cosmetics offers free international shipping for order over MYR 150. Another interesting note, Omorose has reached the Emmy Awards 2014 in Hollywood as they sponsor the gift bags for the Red Carpet Style Lounge. Whoa.. How awesome is that?!

So my dear bumblebees, have you tried their line before? If you haven't, which one do you want to try the most?
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