Friday, April 29, 2016

Brace Yourself, Summer is Coming

Have you ever gone shopping on the high street only to go home empty-handed? Perhaps the shop was too crowded or they didn't have clothes in the size you wanted. This was so me when I visited the Big Apple LOL. I "hate" crowds, or being stuck in the middle of a crowd, and the idea of browsing clothes in such condition can give me a bad shopping mood.

When you shop for fashion with a catalogue, you can choose from the latest big-name brands and well-known designers from the comfort of your own home, saving you the hassle, I guess.

Without further ado, here are the some of the women's fashion catalogues I've found:

Marisota

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From swimwear to lingerie, shoes to accessories, Marisota has an assortment of clothes for women of all shapes and sizes. The brand specialises in plus size clothes (sizes 10 to 32), with hundreds of products on offer, including clothes from designer brands and new labels. Customers can use the website's search feature and find products by name or catalogue number to be taken to individual product pages. Alternatively, you can click on one of the menus to find the clothes you're looking for. When you open an account with Marisota, you can pay for your order in instalments, spreading the cost over time. Doing so is easy: there are lots of repayment options and you can apply for finance on their website or over the phone. Not completely satisfied with a product? Marisota has a flexible returns policy, too.

Simply Be

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Just like Marisota, Simply Be specialises in plus size clothing, with clothes that range from sizes 12 to 32. You'll find shoes, coats, shirts, dresses, nightwear and more on their online store, with a free click and collect option when you spend £40 or more. New customers can save even more money when they apply for finance. Simply Be offers free delivery and 10 percent off a first order when a customer opens a personal account. The catalogue brand is the home of unique fashion brands and big name labels, with thousands of must-have clothing items for almost every occasion.

P.S: Yes, it's hard to believe that Summer is just around the corner. It was getting hotter in NYC, I can't wait to go back :)
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Friday, March 11, 2016

Western Beauty Wish List

When I travel overseas, I need to stay on the budget. Around one year ago, I made this Korean Beauty Wish List before flying to Seoul, and seriously it was pretty effective. I got home with loads of beauty products that I loved, the wish list picture also made my shopping experience easier since all I had to do was showing the picture to the sales attendants and they would helped me finding the product.

On the contrary, last Summer I visited LA without having any wish list on my hand, guess what? I ended up buying almost nothing I liked yet surprisingly I spent my whole pocket money. Hmm, it makes me wonder too what my purchases were besides those depilatory creams (always have to get them in the States because they're freaking expensive here). Ok.. I think I only liked my purchase on that Stilla Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color. *deep sigh*

Now that I'm even on a tighter budget than last year, hopefully this wish list would help me not to buy things impulsively. However, if you have any recommendation on good products (or the new released ones), please let me know, maybe they can be my lifesaver ^^

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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

When Brown Meets Cushion

Time passes so quickly... Now that Spring season is coming, I seriously can't wait to have myself dressed in pastel colors and see all those flowers in full bloom. Speaking of pastels, I made my first guest post just a week ago at Steph's blog, check it out to see my stylebook to welcome Spring :D

Back to the true purpose of this blogpost. I'm about to review another cute thing from the K-beauty world. It's just recently released in South Korea, a product collaboration between Missha and Line Friends. I have to admit that Koreans are expert in creating cute design when it comes to cosmetics. In the end, they're successfully making all the K-beauty junkies difficult to refuse such impulsive buying. It's like they know the market so well! This Missha x Line Friends are sold out everywhere and surely it takes effort to get this (especially when I'm an Indonesian based blogger). So here you go!

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Missha M Magic Cushion Line Friends Edition.

Description: Magic cushion with perfect coverage to help achieve flawless skin and long lasting makeup without darkening. Micro cover pigment delivers flawless coverage to skin and silica-bead powder effectively absorbs sweat and sebum, leaving makeup last longer with sun protection benefits with SPF50+/PA+++.

What it promises:
  • Perfect coverage
  • Long-wearing
  • Lightweight
  • Smooth, dewy finish
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Got myself shade #23.

There are actually two versions of this cushion, I got myself the Brown one, M Magic Cushion which is made for oily-combination skin, whereas the other one, Sally in M Magic Cushion Moisture is made for people with dry skin. My skin type is oily on the T-zone area and normal on the other part. Moreover, I like Brown more than Sally. Even if this Brown edition is marketed for people with dry skin, I would still buy it. Sorry, Sally... T^T If there's a hierarchy, I'd put Jessica on the first place (because she is so me), Cony on the second place, Brown on the third place, then Sally and their other friends (Moon, Leonard or Edward doesn't matter).

The first edition came with 2 refills with no extra puff, so I'll either buy a new puff later or just wash it regularly with my Etude House Puff & Brush Cleaning Mist. However, Missha has changed the bundle, so if you order now you'll get 1 refill and 1 extra puff instead, but with the same price! *sigh*

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Brown face all over the packaging, super adorable!

Told ya I'm a fool for cute packaging. Anyway, despite the cute design and being a Line Friends' fan, I find the packaging and the puff are not in the greatest quality. I haven't seen the original M Magic Cushion in person, but based on the photo, it must feel like the Laneige one? This Brown edition looks so plastic and also feels like plastic, which can be also a good point because it's not as heavy as my Laneige BB Cushion. Hence, those who want to have a more elegant look while touching up, might not like this. Obviously people who would buy this are either a fan of Line Friends or just adore anything cute. I guess, so?

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The swatch on my skin.

I was confused whether to get myself shade #21 or #23 because I've always been using shade #21 in my whole life, but based on the YouTube reviews I saw, #21 looks too pale! Then I asked the reseller which one should I get if I normally use #21 for Laneige BB cushion, they replied Missha shade is a bit lighter and #23 would be right for me. I trusted them and seriously loved the result. I have been using this cushion for a week and will definitely bring this to the States because the coverage and oil control is just great. Though I'll be bringing my Laneige too just in case the weather is still cold.

All in all, for people with oily combination skin like me and live in such humid climate, I think they will like this version more than the M Magic Cushion Moisture one. Besides, it still gives me that semi-matte finish, not dewy as it promises, but fairly glowing looking, I suppose.

Anyway, if you're interested to buy this cushion and live in Indonesia, just feel free to email me and I'd recommend you the reseller, they're so kind to me and also trustworthy. I bought their Eye Color Studio Mini Line Friends Edition too as a gift for my friend and personally asked them to wrap it neatly for me, and they really did it without hesitation. Have I mentioned I'd appreciate it when people want to go extra mile for their customers?

Price: IDR 249k
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Sunday, February 21, 2016

The Wonders of Tea Tree Water

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

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Description: Benton Honest TT Mist is made of tea tree water instead of water. This mist contains hyaluronic acid and various beauty ingredients to help improve your rough and damaged skin from stress and pollution with moisturizing and cooling effect.

Directions: When you spray to your skin directly, spray about 30cm distances and then softly pat your face to help your skin to absorb the product. You can use your palm or cotton pad.

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Further information about ingredients and warning.

If you haven't already read my review on the other Benton Honest skincare, you might probably wonder why I use Benton as I was reluctant about the brand before. Anyway, I've been quite interested in this product as I need something that can moisturize my skin without making it oily. Talk about balance! Especially when my skin is a bit oily on the T-zone.

This Honest TT Mist actually claims that it can benefit all skin type, such as problematic skin, dry/ oily skin, and even sensitive skin. With tea tree plant as the main ingredient, we all know how great the healing power tea tree has, which makes it a popular natural acne treatment ingredient. I personally had a bad experience using tea tree oil back then in junior school, my hormonal acne became even worse after religiously applying tea tree oil from The Body Shop to my affected skin. That what made me think twice to try this, but a girl gotta do what a girl gotta do. Skincare is all about trial and error!

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Glossy plastic tube.
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The spray nozzle.

Packaging wise, I like the fact it doesn't come in a can bottle and the small size is perfect for traveling. The water that comes from the nozzle supposed to be fine mist, but in real life, it's a bit too harsh. I mean if you compare it to Avène Eau Thermale Spring Water, that's how a fine mist should've appeared. They claim about 250 times sprays usage. I've been using this product since January every day and night, and do around 5 sprays each usage, now it still have maybe like 8ml left on the tube.

Scent wise, it has no scent! How surprising. I was expecting something herbal but there's none and I seriously love it. Imagine how weird it would be to spray something scented to your face! Well, I do smell something a very tiny bit that I can't even explain what it is, but I'm sure it's nothing like perfume. Which in the end, makes me really believe there's no added fragrance in this product.

Performance wise, the texture is like water, and I spray it directly to my face, then pat it with my palms. I use it as my secondary toner, my current primary toner is from The Face Shop Jeju Volcanic Lava (which is a nice product, however I'm not going to repurchase). The mist feels soothing on skin and also hydrating at the same time, another great thing is, it keeps my acne at bay *greatest feeling ever* ^^

All in all, although the spray packaging kind of disappoints me, the product works like wonder. I'm absolutely going to repurchase it, because mine is going to run out soon! You can get yours at Jolse.

Price: USD 8.48

P.S: Have you joined my Pre-Spring giveaway? This time, I'm collaborating with Firmoo giving away a pair of sunglasses of your choice. Other than that, there are also 5 $10 vouchers. Hurry go check it out :P
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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Pre-Spring Giveaway

Happy Valentine's day to all dear bumblebees who are currently reading this post! It's a lovely day so let me spread some more love by giving away a pair of sunglasses and five $10 vouchers from Firmoo for all 6 lucky winners. YAYYY! *happy trumpet music*

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Photo courtesy: Stylenanda.

Before moving on to how to win these prizes, I want to introduce you to Firmoo, it's an online optical store that sells affordable yet stylish eyeglasses. There are so many choices of frames on Firmoo, which proves their commitment to make the fashion-conscious consumers’ dream of creating a real eyewear wardrobe.

So here are my picks for you! Click the link to see their detailed information as some of them also have different color selection and trust me, it's difficult to pick only one color LOL. Please note that these sunglasses below are non-prescription lenses.
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To win, you've only got to follow these simple steps:
  1. The giveaway is open to residents of these following countries.
  2. Fill in the Rafflecopter to entry.
  3. Follow me via Google Friend Connect. Kindly find the widget on my left sidebar.
  4. Or follow me via Bloglovin' for another point.
  5. Let your friends know. Put the giveaway banner + link to this post on your blog. It's also an optional rule for a plus point that you can submit everyday.
  6. Leave a comment on which pair of sunglasses you like the most and how do you want to style it!
  7. The giveaway will end on Monday, 29 February.
  8. I will personally e-mail to notify you and update this post with the 6 winners' name on the first week of March 2016. If you don't e-mail me back in 2x24 hours, then I will pick another winner.

♡ ♡ ♡ GOOD LUCK! ♡ ♡ ♡

P.S: I want to give a shoutout to my sister who has just released her brand new blog called TreatU, a blog that speaks about beauty, health, and even fashion! Go.. Go.. Let's shoot her some love!
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