Sunday, 15 July 2018

Dear readers, I've been swamped. The last four days had been very packed and tiring. I had full eight hours of sleep every day, and I didn't skip meals, did heavy physical work or anything, but I feel lethargic. Thankfully tomorrow is Sunday and I get to rest.

Since I'm in the middle of a year-long project pan, naturally some of the products made their way to my monthly favorites. 

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation

I definitely have been taking this foundation for granted, because this makes my skin look incredibly flawless and skin-like. I know I have not tried a lot of foundation (ahem, my mom just got herself the famous Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation) but I'm happy with this one. The Healthy Mix Serum Foundation has a gel-like consistency that feels light on the skin, buildable up to medium coverage. I mentioned in a previous post that this foundation can get cakey, but apparently that was caused by a poorly executed skincare layering. I use no. 53 Light Beige.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer

Another project pan item, only one-eighth left! This used to be a favorite since the texture is light, covers well, and the shade Medium actually matches my skin tone. But after awhile the sponge tip gets a little dirty and requires regular cleaning. On the bright side, the airless pump makes panning so satisfying.

Canmake Cover & Stretch Concealer UV

I don't know why this is not in anyone's radar? Canmake Cover & Stretch Concealer UV has a poor shade range, but leans neutral pink-ish beige. 03 Ochre Beige (disc.) aka their deepest shade is around NC30 to NC35 in MAC Studio Finish Concealer. Texture leans dry and mousse-y, formula is longwearing and does not budge. One flaw I hope didn't exist: this always oxidizes whenever I applied it directly on my skin, no foundation. 

ELF Smudge Pot in Brownie Points

Rave reviews lead me towards a purchase, one I didn't regret. So easy to apply and blend. Stays on all day, removable with micellar water. 

Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Liquid Extension Mascara

This was an impulse purchase (see a pattern here?) but I was pleased to discover that this performs similar to Maybelline's Original The Colossal Volum' Express Mascara.

Milani Stay Put Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil

Creamy and pigmented. Not for the waterline, though!

Essence Make Me Brow

Pretty sure little faeries refills my tube every night. This is such a budget-friendly option when you need a no-frills tinted brow gel.

Innisfree No Sebum Blur Pact

Again, this was a random purchase because the No Sebum Loose Powder gave me a white cast, ha ha. But my untrained eyes didn't realize how light and finely milled the powder is. Applied with a synthetic powder brush, this will set my makeup without looking dry or cakey.

Kiko Cosmetics Soft Touch Blush in 110 Bright Pink

When a pink blush complements your skin tone so well, people start asking you if you're sick when you go a day without it. When placed carefully with a synthetic brush, bright pink Barbie-esque blushes can lift and freshen your complexion (hey it rhymes!) without appearing clownish! Formula is soft, not extremely pigmented, and blendable.

Colourpop Ultra Satin Lips in Screenshot

While I'm no fan of liquid lipsticks, I'm a fan of this deepend peach shade.

Monday, 9 July 2018

Can you believe we're already in the middle of 2018? I know I sound like a broken record but right now it seems that time no longer flies, it took a jetpack and zoomed off. Just this week, I saw more than ten weddings on my Instagram Stories!

In an attempt to 'revive' this blog and give myself something to do other than binge watching, I want to start a monthly-favorites series. I really enjoy reading other people's favorites and hauls, so it only makes sense that I should start one myself. By documenting product rotations, I hope I can get to know my preferences better.

After I calculated how much I've spent on beauty and balking at the number, I promised myself to stick to my regular skincare routine, no matter how lazy or tired I am. Months ago I would use only three skincare items before calling it a day, but now I try to take some time and layer my skincare.

When it comes to skincare layering, time is key. Give a moment for each layer of product to absorb. Even when it means I have to wait 30 minutes before applying moisturiser. My routine used to be mist – actives / hydrating toner – serum / moisturiser but now it looks something like mist – actives – hydrating toner – serum – facial oil / moisturiser.

Imju Naturie Hatomugi Skin Conditioning Gel

I have been lusting for this since it first launched. Ranked 1st on for two years, plus the Hatomugi Skin Conditioning Lotion is most-repurchased product to date. It doesn't have fancy extracts or luxurious packaging, but don't let those facts fool you. Naturie Hatomugi Skin Conditioning Gel is a hydrating, gel-based All-In-One that is neither too light nor too silicone-y. It gives my skin the perfect amount of hydration without being greasy. Great under makeup or as a moisture mask.

Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum EX

Why not give my skin a tall drink of hanbang whenever I can? I find myself enjoying the herbal scent and the light, cooling texture of Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum EX. Obviously I can't tell if it really does boost skincare efficacy, but it seems to hydrate really well, leaving my skin soft and supple. No sticky feeling.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream

Compared to the original First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, this product is thicker, almost like solid shea butter or Vaseline. Even though it felt too greasy at first, in the past month I find myself using this product daily, sometimes on top of Sulwhasoo Timetreasure Renovating Serum EX which is quite moisturising on its own.

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2%

In case you ever need a gentle lactic acid exfoliant, this does the job. I think it smells sweet and fruity, my boyfriend says it reminds him of traditional Chinese medicine. Watery gel texture, slightly sticky at first, but absorbs eventually. I won't call it a Good Genes dupe, but it does what it claims.

The Ordinary Alpha Lipoic Acid 5%

This stuff is so potent, the website warns you to not use it on a daily basis. So I diluted two drops in jojoba oil, applied as the last step of my night-time routine. Holy smokes, the next morning my skin was bright and glowing.

Paula's Choice RESIST Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment 4% BHA

This is an example why slightly unpopular products that are unheard of might still be worth trying. Most reviews mentioned how this is too harsh for their oily skin, well I have dry skin and I have never experienced any kind of irritation, even when I use it three days in a row. This has been keeping my skin smooth and sebaceous filaments to a minimum.

That's all for June 2018. Stay tuned for a makeup favorites post!

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Nobody knows how critical I am of purchases. I rarely make impulsive purchases, if you can find it in my drawer, then you bet I have spent minutes and in some cases, hours, into research. Eh, but that doesn't mean I'm a mindful buyer. It's just I carefully research the things I want.... and I don't always need the things I want.

Anyhoo. Enough rambles.

My first encounter with chemical exfoliation took place in 2014. I thought I need to try both AHA and BHA, and being a student, Paula's Choice was way out of my budget. Enter COSRX. Affordable, check. Rave reviews, check.

My package arrived. I was eager to start yet slightly wary of the purging phase. My skin has never 'purged' before. Who knows how bad it will be? Worse, what if I couldn't tell between purging and a reaction? Blah blah blah. Fast forward a few months, and I learned that my skin hates glycolic. It's a strong word, but I'm pretty sure I can't handle glycolic acid of any strength unless it's in a blend. So I destashed my bottle of COSRX AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid, and purchased a ton of other things.

Some worked okay, the others performed great, but I was not satisfied.

Until Sunday Riley's Good Genes arrived in my hands.



Being a broke skincare hoarder slash snob, I never imagined I would own Sunday Riley Good Genes. It's ridiculously expensive. Lactic acid is lactic acid, I should be able to find a Good Genes dupe that performs equally, if not better. That was before I learned skincare is not as easy as CosDNA or finding a product with a similar ingredient.

What is it: (from

A clarifying, line smoothing lactic acid treatment.Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment is formulated with high potency, purified grade lactic acid that immediately exfoliates dull, pore-clogging dead skin cells, revealing smoother, fresher, younger-looking skin. Fine lines appear visually plumped while the skin looks more radiant. With continued use, the appearance of stubborn hyperpigmentation and the visible signs of aging are reduced for a healthier-looking complexion. Perfect for all skin types and all ages, this treatment is enhanced with licorice for brightening, Good Genes clarifies, smooths, and retexturizes for instant radiance.
Suitable for oily, combination, and dry skin.
Solutions for dullness and uneven texture; dark spots; fine lines and wrinkles.
Formulated without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.

What's inside: (from

Sunday Riley Good Genes ingredients: Opuntia Tuna Fruit (Prickly Pear) Extract, Agave Tequilana Leaf (Blue Agave) Extract, Cypripedium Pubescens (Lady's Slipper Orchid) Extract, Opuntia Vulgaris (Cactus) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract & Saccharomyses Cerevisiae (Yeast) Extract, Lactic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Squalane, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Ppg-12/Smdi Copolymer, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol And Ceteareth20, Glyceryl Stearate And Peg-100 Stearate, Arnica Montana (Flower) Extract, Peg-75 Meadowfoam Oil, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Oil, Triethanolamine, Xantham Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Steareth-20, Dmdm Hydantoin.

As blogger Fanserviced-b explained in her super-detailed post, Good Genes is not just a chemical exfoliant. If you study the ingredients list above, lactic acid is the sixth out of twenty-four. Compare that to the Alpha H Liquid Gold or the Bravura London 10% Lactic Acid Peel.

The first ingredient in Good Genes is not even water, it's Prickly Pear extract. Which apparently has both astringent and moisturising properties. Second is Blue Agave extract, which also has soothing, softening, and moisturising benefits. Third is Lady's Slipper extract – want to take a guess at what it does? Soothing. A study published by a Biochemistry company suggests that Cactus extract – which happens to be the fourth ingredient – is able to provide long-lasting hydration and (has) remarkable soothing properties. Shall I elaborate more on the suggested possible benefits of Aloe Vera extract and Yeast extract?

How to use: (from

Apply one to two pumps to clean skin. 

Advanced Tips: Layer under Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream to fight the appearance of stubborn hyperpigmentation. Layer on top of Luna Sleeping Night Oil (or use Good Genes in the morning and Luna at night) for anti-aging radiance and the appearance of healthy, youthful-looking skin. Can be applied under foundation as a radiance primer, without any oiliness. Can be combined with Ceramic Slip (two pumps of Good Genes and one pump Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser) for a "Flash Facial" mask. Leave on for one to 10 minutes for an immediately radiant, deep detox facial.

I wish Sunday Riley released another version of Good Genes sans lactic acid, because there's no way I'm using a chemical exfoliant in daytime.

Texture and scent:

Out of the tube, Sunday Riley Good Genes is a white, opaque cream that is neither thick nor watery. When rubbed into the skin, it feels light and emollient. It almost feels like a exfoliant–moisturiser hybrid, like the DERMA E Overnight Facial Peel, but more emollient.

Sunday Riley Good Genes smells a little sour, but does not linger and dissipates rather quickly. The smell is not overpowering, unless you sniff your fingers right after application. It never bothers me.

My experience:

After just one use, Sunday Riley Good Genes quickly earns its title as my favourite AHA exfoliant.

I have a difficult skin profile: prone to dullness, but cannot tolerate strong acids. My first AHA product only has 7% glycolic acid, but it stung every time I use it. I scoured the internet for advice. Build tolerance, check. After two months of weekly use, it still gave me a burning sensation, so perhaps my tolerance is nonexistent to begin with. Dilute said exfoliant with other liquids, check. I wet a cotton pad with water and even hydrating toners like the Kiku Masamune Sake Brewing Skin Care Lotion High Moist, but nothing changed. After many trial and error, I settled with the reality that 5% AHA is my limit. 

It's very hard for me to describe my experience with Sunday Riley Good Genes without mentioning other products of similar type as benchmarks. Compared to other 5% AHA exfoliants that I've tried, Good Genes managed to boost the gentle exfoliating properties of lactic acid with a set of hydrating, soothing, and moisturising plant extracts. Unlike other mild exfoliants, Good Genes gently exfoliates without leaving my skin tight and irritated.

If I have to pick one thing that stands out for me, it's the soothing, moisturising qualities that helps boost overall glow and radiance. Judging from the feel, I do think the overall glow comes from the hybrid of plant extracts included. The lactic acid could be dupe-able, but the specific combination of plant extracts are harder to find. 

There's a circulating rumour that Good Genes contains 40% lactic acid, which I initially believe. But when I saw this image of Sunday Riley's Facebook post, I was a little relieved yet confused at the same time. 5% lactic acid makes much more sense as an OTC product. But lower pH does not make a 5% lactic acid equally strong as 40%, a lower pH increases free acid value which makes it more effective. The maximum capability of 5% lactic acid is still 5%.


  • Rating 5/5
  • Gentle lactic-acid based exfoliant that gets the job done.
  • Additional plant extracts hydrate, soothe, and moisturise.
  • Still expensive.
  • Would repurchase forever and ever.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Fifth post, and we're already talking project pan? Easy, girl.

For those who are new to the concept, a project pan is meant to help you use up a selection of products. The ground rules are quite simple:

  1. Select a number of products you want to use up. 
    For example, I chose to finish 18 products in 2018. Other project pan ideas would be finish 22 before your 22nd birthday; or use up 4 by April, 5 by May, and so on.
  2. Decide on a time frame.
    Doesn't have to be very long or very short, it only has to be realistic.
  3. Pick your products.
    Most of the time, people would pick the oldest products first, or whatever they feel the need to get rid of. Try to keep them together and within reach.
  4. Track your journey!
    Some people might get bored or frustrated by a certain product, and then proceed to destash it. That is absolutely okay. Remember, makeup should be fun.
Once you get to the end of this post, you'll start to see the bigger picture, and understand what's the meaning behind project pans.


What I picked:

  1. Laura Mercier Radiance Primer
    When I first got this, I was so in awe. Illuminated! Fast forward two years and I wonder why I liked something this yellow.
  2. Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum
    Still a fan of this foundation, but it's getting old. I have a backup already.
  3. Bravura Azulene Moisturizer
    Ah, Bravura. Beautiful tinted glass jar, beautiful indigo-tinged cream. Not-so-beautiful dark blue bits and flakes that come off when you rub your skin.

  4. Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
    Too old. The pigmentation is frustrating.
  5. Bourjois Round Pot Blush in Cendre de Roses Brune
    Fun fact: this is the first blush shade ever created.
  6. Colourpop Super Shock Shadows in On The Rocks
    I don't know how they got highly raved, this product would disappear from my eyelids even just from a tissue rub. Glitter too big and not multidimensional.
  7. Lancôme Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter
    Got this from a set. Slightly too dark for me. Creases when used as eyeshadow.
  8. NYX Plush Gel Lipstick in Azalea
    Why is the hype for this so short-lived? Delicious, plump, juicy gel formula that smells of plastic.
  9. Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel
    I have this tube open for almost two years and it hasn't dried up.
  10. BCL Browlash EX
    I don't hate this, but I really want to use my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz ASAP!
  11. Shiseido Eyebrow Pencil
    Random purchase. It was below ¥200!
  12. Majolica Majorca Lash King Mascara
  13. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Medium
    Only one-fifth left! I really like this product and I already have a backup, but I'm feeling adventurous so I'd love to explore other concealers.
  14. Canmake Cover & Stretch Concealer in 03
    Me and my bad habit of buying in bulk before even trying the product. Being an NC30 at that time, I purchased three of this in the same shade. Bad move, since this product oxidises a little. Gave a tube to a friend, finished a tube last year, and hopefully this one soon. Already have a backup in 02.
  15. Tarte Lipsurgence in Glaze (not pictured)
    Included in a set. Used to hate this but turns out super natural.
  16. Tarte Lipsurgence in Wonder (not pictured)
    People, never buy things just because it's on sale. I bought this and even though I don't hate it, I don't need it.
  17. Tarte Lipsurgence in Swank (not pictured)
    See above.
  18. NYX Lingerie in Exotic (not pictured)
    Fell into the hype. Surprisingly, I like it. Lightweight, rosy-toned.


Project pan tips:

  1. Make sure everything is easily accessible. Move them to your daily makeup drawer, or to the front part of your shelf. I moved the first 14 products above to an old pouch, and keep the last 4 in my bag. Every morning, I only have to reach for the pouch and some tools.
  2. Create a strategy to make things work. Make sure the formulas you pick will play along and layer beautifully. For example, since I will be using a dewy, serum foundation on a daily basis, I choose to go lighter on my morning skincare and pick a matte sunscreen.
  3. Focus! You don't have to use everything that is in your project pan every single day, that would be boring. Instead, try to create a makeup routine that revolves around your picks, and complement with something from your regular stash.
  4. Give yourself room for choice. In my opinion, including palettes in your project pan would provide some variation and change, that might keep the project pan going. At the end, makeup should be fun.


The first thing that struck me once I started my project pan, is how long it takes to actually finish up a product, and how little I need to create a full face. For starters, the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette can give me at least three different eye looks, from natural to glam. 

Then why would I own five eyeshadow palettes with a similar color scheme? 

I have yet to make a dent in a 2-gram blush pan, why do I own ten more?

As people who love playing with makeup and skincare, it make sense to own more than one or two product in each category. After all, if you find joy in the product, then why not? But the fact is, consumerism and easy access online shopping give way to excessive spending behavior on many things, including makeup. More often than not, I would purchase things just because it's popular,  affordable, on sale, or allegedly a dupe of something expensive. If it weren't for those reasons, I wouldn't want it, and I definitely didn't need it. My purchases simply did not spark joy.

Hopefully, doing a project pan will teach me to be responsible and use what I purchased instead of hauling mindlessly and create a huge pile of unused stuff. Don't get five drugstore lipsticks because they're affordable; get that one NARS lipstick that you truly like. This way, I would be able to get things that will actually make me happy, not just for the sake of buying and owning makeup.

Monday, 19 February 2018

In beauty, one question still remains until now – should we save or splurge on products? 

We know that makeup and skincare companies continues to step up their game. While a luxury price tag usually guarantees a beautiful, elegant, sturdy packaging, what's inside might not always be mind-blowing. Meanwhile, we should never judge a product based on its filmsy plastic case.

Everyone will have a different answer on whether to steal or splurge, and here's mine. I plan shop my stash and pick up the most affordable product along with the most expensive product in each category. In this post I will be talking about makeup removers, specifically micellar waters.

Menurut gue, ada satu pertanyaan soal kecantikan yang belum terjawab sampai sekarang – beli yang hemat atau beli yang mahal?
Untungnya, jaman sekarang brand makeup dan skincare nggak mau ketinggalan dan selalu ningkatin kualitas mereka. Biasanya, produk yang harganya mahal punya kelebihan di kemasan yang cantik dan mewah, tapi isinya belum tentu bikin kita wow banget. Di sisi lain, kita juga nggak boleh menilai produk dari kemasan luarnya saja, siapa tahu isinya tokcer. Makeup dan skincare yang bagus nggak harus mahal!
Tiap orang bakal punya jawaban yang beda-beda soal produk murah atau mahal, dan serial ini akan merangkum jawaban gue. Rencananya, gue akan ubek-ubek koleksi pribadi lalu gue akan pilih produk paling mahal dan produk paling murah dari tiap kategori. Kali ini giliran makeup remover, khususnya micellar water.


Micellar Water

My very first makeup remover was a micellar water, in the form of Lancôme Eau Micellaire Douceur, now Eau Fraîche Douceur Micellar Cleansing Water (USD 40.00). Back then I had no idea about makeup removers, all I know was my mom had a "makeup-removing water" she wasn't using, and she gave it to me. I brought it back to my place, and use it every day after university classes. You read that right, I had no idea I was using a $40 makeup remover when my daily food budget was $5. It is my most expensive micellar water to date, but it's been years since I finished it.

Makeup remover pertama gue adalah 'warisan' dari nyokap, yaitu Lancôme Eau Micellaire Douceur. Dulu gue sama sekali buta tentang makeup remover, yang gue tahu hanya nyokap punya air pembersih yang nganggur, jadi gue bawa ke seberang pulau saat balik ke kampus. Entah mengapa gue sama sekali nggak sadar kalau gue pakai pembersih yang harganya nyaris IDR 500.000 padahal jatah makan setiap hari cuma IDR 50.000 – 70.000.


Currently, my most expensive micellar water is Nuxe Micellar Cleansing Water with Rose Petals (USD 20 for 6.7 fl.oz.), and my most affordable micellar water is Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (USD 2.2 for 4.2 fl.oz.) in the pink bottle. I left the Nuxe in my hometown (ahem, first clue) so I can't take an actual picture of both.

Sekarang, micellar water termahal yang gue punya adalah Nuxe Micellar Cleansing Water with Rose Petals (IDR 268.000 untuk 200ml) dan micellar water yang paling terjangkau adalah Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (IDR 30.000 untuk 125ml). Nuxe lagi gue telantarkan di kampung halaman, jadi maaf nggak bisa pajang foto asli produknya.

Source: and

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

This product found its way to fame by being the dupe of a cult favourite micellar water, Bioderma Sensibio H2O. At least that's what piqued my interest. After finishing my fifth bottle of The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Oil, I couldn't deal with the constant price hike anymore and decided to look for an alternative. Being super affordable, I got myself a bottle. Swiping this on my face with a cotton pad would also serve as gentle physical exfoliation, so why not?
Boleh dibilang, produk ini jadi tenar sejak disebut-sebut sebagai dupe-nya Bioderma Sensibio H20. Setidaknya, itu alasan gue ngelirik produk ini. Pakai micellar water sama kapas bisa jadi cara untuk eksfoliasi ringan, kenapa enggak?

What is it: Garnier Micellar Water Pink effectively removes makeup, dirt, and refreshes the skin. The formula won't leave your skin feeling sticky, does not contain alcohol nor fragrances making it suitable for all skin types, including sensitive.
Garnier Micellar Water Pink efektif untuk membersihkan makeup, mengangkat kotoran, serta menyegarkan wajah. Formulanya tidak lengket di wajah, tanpa alkohol dan parfum, sehingga sangat cocok untuk semua jenis kulit termasuk kulit sensitif. Sumber: Garnier Indonesia

Texture: Clear, watery liquid that doesn't have any particular scent. Compared to the Pure Active version with the blue cap, the pink one feels a little sticky, as if you just put on a layer of hydrating serum all over the face. The Pure Active version does contain alcohol and feels lighter on the skin, no cooling effect and won't dry out the skin. Since I always double cleanse, this is not a problem.
Bening mirip air dan nggak ada bau apapun. Dibanding versi Pure Active warna biru, yang pink ini bakal terasa agak lengket di kulit, agak pliket kayak habis pakai hydrating serum. Versi Pure Active mengandung alkohol, jadi terasa ringan tanpa bikin kulit kering. Karena gue selalu double cleansing, hal ini nggak masalah.

Review: I wear sweat-resistant sunscreen, foundation or BB cream, blush, eyebrow gel and loose powder on a daily basis. I just have to saturate two cotton pads in the solution, the first one does the heavy duty cleansing and the second one is meant to lift any remaining traces of makeup. I decant two bottles into an old Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner bottle because the push down dispenser pump makes everything easier. I don't mind the 4.2 fl.oz. bottle for traveling! 
Tiap hari, gue pake sunscreen, foundation atau BB cream, blush, eyebrow gel dan bedak tabur. Gue hanya perlu dua lembar kapas yang sudah dituangi Garnier Micellar Water. Kapas pertama buat bersihin makeup, kapas kedua cuma buat memastikan kalau nggak ada sisa makeup yang ketinggalan.

Nuxe Micellar Cleansing Water with Rose Petals

I was aware that Nuxe is a popular French brand, judging by how often their Dry Oil Huile Prodigieuse® and Rêve de Miel® Lip Balm appears in a celebrity's top shelfie. While I have a lot to say about the Rêve de Miel® Lip Balm now, but back then I didn't really know which product to get. A Sephora voucher came into the picture, and I spent it on this seemingly fancy, rose infused micellar water.
Gue udah lama tahu kalau Nuxe itu merk Perancis yang produk-produknya cult classics semua. Dry Oil Huile Prodigieuse® dan Rêve de Miel® Lip Balm selalu seliweran di skincare stash selebgram. Waktu itu gue bingung terus mau coba produk yang mana duluan. Tiba-tiba dapet voucher Sephora, dan akhirnya pilihan gue jatuh ke micellar water yang katanya wangi mawar ini.

What is it: Indulge in the gentle touch of rose petals for soothing make-up removal. Purifying micellar water gently cleanses. For sensitive skin and all skin types. Source: Nuxe
Hanya dengan satu langkah mudah, Eau Démaquillante Micellaire Micellar Cleansing Water dari NUXE ini dapat membersihkan, menghapus makeup sekaligus menghilangkan kotoran dan debu setelah seharian beraktivitas tanpa meninggalkan kesan lengket. Diperkaya dengan kandungan ekstrak bunga mawar Damascena dan Allantoin, produk ini sangat berguna untuk menenangkan dan melembutkan kulit sensitif. Non-comedogenic dan bebas paraben. Sumber: Sephora Indonesia

Texture: Slightly viscous, yellowish liquid that smells of rose. A whiff of the product and I know instantly that the scent comes from artificial rose fragrance. I read the ingredient list and surely, perfume is listed as the fourth ingredient. I don't mind artificial or natural scents as long as it's not overpowering. I find the scent a little too strong and distracting.
Teksturnya agak viscous, nggak se-encer air, warnanya kekuningan dan ada aroma mawarnya. Sekali cium aja gue udah tahu kalau wanginya ini sintetis. Setelah cek ingredients list, ternyata memang komponen fragrance ada di urutan nomor empat. Gue nggak masalah mau pakai pewangi alami dari essential oil atau pakai pewangi sintetis, asal aromanya ringan dan samar-samar. Menurut gue, produk ini aromanya sedikit terlalu kuat.

Review: If you ask me what is the most striking feature of the Nuxe Micellar Water, it's the scent. Which is not a good start, considering this is a micellar water and it better be noted for its cleansing abilities. It's obviously perfumed, instead of a mild, soft rose scent. Cleansing power is meh. I need more than three cotton pads to remove my face makeup, and let's just say my eye makeup won't budge. You need to pay more attention because the slight yellow tint makes it harder to check if there's still any residual makeup on the cotton pads. As a result, I only use this in the morning to clean my face before splashing with water.
Kalau ditanya apa kesan pertama gue dari Nuxe Micellar Water, jawabannya sudah pasti aroma mawar. Lucu juga, karena harusnya yang berkesan dari micellar water itu kemampuan membersihkannya, dong. Selain aroma mawar yang terlalu kuat, kemampuan membersihkannya malah biasa banget. Gue harus pakai lebih dari tiga lembar kapas, dan jangan harap makeup mata bakal geser sedikitpun. Ditambah lagi, karena kamar gue lampunya remang-remang, gue harus lebih perhatian karena warnanya yang agak kuning bikin gue susah ngecek apa masih ada sisa foundation yang nempel. Biar nggak pusing, akhirnya gue pakai Nuxe Micellar Water di pagi hari doang.


Save all the way.  While my experience with Lancôme Eau Micellaire Douceur was nothing but wonderful, I have to say that my latest splurge has failed me. Nuxe Micellar Cleansing Water has poor cleansing abilities and an artificial rose scent that I didn't enjoy. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water might perform slightly below Lancôme or Bioderma, but for the price it's understandable. Using two fully saturated cotton pads would still be cheaper than splurging on either products.

Beli yang hemat! Pengalaman gue pakai Lancôme Eau Micellaire Douceur memang oke, tapi menurut gue ada micellar water yang lebih bagus dari Nuxe Micellar Cleansing Water dengan harga yang jauh lebih terjangkau. Kecuali suka wangi mawar atau perlu micellar water buat pagi hari, menurut gue mending beli Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. Mungkin nggak sebagus Lancôme atau Bioderma, tapi untuk harga IDR 30.000 itu sangat bisa diterima. Pakai dua lembar kapas pun jatuhnya tetap lebih murah.

Lesson Learned?

  • Consider calculating cost per use, instead of cost per volume. Pertimbangkan biaya tiap pemakaian, bukan hanya biaya per volume.
  • Personally, I try to avoid spending too much money on a rinse-off, cleansing product. It will go down the drain. As long as it cleanses properly, doesn't strip the skin, and doesn't trigger negative reactions, it's good. Gue pribadi kurang suka beli produk-produk pembersih yang terlalu mahal. Asal kemampuan membersihkan oke, nggak bikin kulit kering dan nggak bereaksi negatif.
  • Terms like "rose petals" might give the wrong impression that a product contains actual rose petals, therefore it is natural or natural scented. Always read the ingredients, just in case. Istilah-istilah kayak "kelopak mawar" bisa memberi kesan kalau produk itu alami atau mengandung aroma dari essential oil. Selalu baca ingredient list.

Products mentioned in this post are purchased with my own money and/or handed down to me by a family member. Opinions are my own.

Semua produk yang disebutkan dalam post ini gue beli sendiri dan/atau diberikan oleh anggota keluarga. Opini murni dari gue sendiri.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

During the past ten years, I have considered blogging as a desirable hobby and perhaps, career, but at the same time could not spare even an hour to write down a decent post. I have a lot of ideas, tons of beauty products to review, yet I just can't. Honestly, 99% of the discouragement comes from not owning a decent camera to take decent pictures. The remaining 1% accounts for laziness. Enough with the excuses, let's jump right in!

Selama sepuluh tahun terakhir, gue menganggap blogging sebagai hobi yang menyenangkan, apalagi kalau bisa dijadikan karir. Tapi di saat yang sama, gue belum pernah publish post apapun. Ide banyak, bahan ulasan banyak, tapi kok macet sampai di sana, ya. Jujur aja, 99% kemalasan gue asalnya dari fakta bahwa gue nggak punya kamera yang oke. Tapi kalau sudah niat, perlu usaha dong. Jadi gue coba pinjam kamera seadanya dulu ya.


Not many people understand how picky I am when it comes to clay masks. Instead of blackheads, my biggest problem is sebaceous filaments, aka the white or black dots that are constantly present on your nose. The ones pore strips are supposed to remove. I want my clay masks to remove that.

My first encounter with clay masks were five years ago, when I nagged my mom to get me The Body Shop's Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask. Promised to detoxify and tighten pores, I marched to the bathroom with confidence, steamed my face, and applied the mask.Wait and rinse but... nothing changed. Sure, my skin felt cleaner, but the little dots were still there. I felt betrayed, and since then I vowed to be ultra critical when it comes to skincare products.
Fast forward three years, I tried Innisfree's Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask. Equally disappointing result. It didn't do anything even when used as spot treatment overnight. Toss.

Gue orangnya pilih-pilih banget soal clay mask. Masalah utama gue ada di sebaceous filaments, yaitu bintik-bintik minyak yang sering dikira komedo. Sebaceous filaments inilah yang nempel-nempel di pore strips

Pengalaman pertama gue dengan clay mask terjadi lima tahun lalu, pas itu gue maksa nyokap untuk beli The Body Shop's Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask yang konon bisa bersihin pori-pori. Setelah dicoba, bahkan pakai face steaming segala, hasilnya minim. Tiga tahun kemudian gue coba Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask yang super ngehits sampai bisa dibuat spot treatment, dan hasilnya nol.

That same year, I tried my mom's GlamGlow's YOUTHMUD™ Tinglexfoliate Treatment, and finally met the love clay mask of my life. This one gets rid of the sebaceous filaments on my nose for exactly two days. Regular use of BHA took care of the rest, but I'll get to that in another post. The USD 69 (IDR 890.000) price tag put me on a journey to find a dupe. But my fear of disappointment held me back from purchasing any potential runner-ups: Freeman, Aztec, the list goes on. I was too skeptical.
So when a few months ago I received a packaged filled with not one, but three clay masks, let's say I didn't even bat an eyelash. Here comes another dud, at least it would give me entertaining selfies while multi-masking. Boy, I was wrong.

Sampai akhirnya gue coba GlamGlow's YOUTHMUD™ Tinglexfoliate Treatment punya nyokap dan ternyata cocok. Digabung sama BHA, hasilnya oke banget terutama pas mau dandan ke kondangan. Mau nggak mau, gue mesti jujur dan mengakui kalo harganya mahal. Tapi karena gue males banget beli produk yang nggak cocok dan mubazir, gue nggak pernah jajal clay mask lain, mau Freeman atau Aztec Clay yang harganya nyaris seperdelapan. Rejeki anak yang rajin ngerawat muka, beberapa bulan lalu gue kedatangan paket isi tiga clay mask. Nggak berharap banyak sih, tapi ya udahlah dipakai dulu, minimal bisa dipakai multi-masking.


What Is It

L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay Masks, in Anti-Pore, Detoxify and Illuminating (IDR 150.000 each). Contains 50 grams of product housed in a satisfyingly sturdy, elegant glass jars. It says there's enough product for 10 uses in each jar, but I'm sure that's an understatement.

L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay Masks varian Anti-Pore, Detoxify dan Illuminating (Rp 150.000 per produk). Kemasannya wadah jar dari kaca yang kuat dan cukup mewah, sist! Isinya 50gr dan katanya cukup buat 10 kali pakai, tapi menurut gue bakal lebih dari itu.

What's Inside


Each product contains different "star" ingredients but the main components is still clay, so I will judge each product based on how a clay mask supposed to work – get rid of visible sebaceous filaments temporarily.

Tiap produk punya kandungan star ingredients yang bervariasi, tapi karena bahan utamanya clay maka gue bakal menilai ketiga produk ini sesuai standar clay mask versi gue, yaitu menghilangkan sebaceous filaments untuk sementara. 

How To Use

Right after cleansing with face wash, any time of the day. Scoop with a clean finger or spatula, then spread evenly on the skin. Marketed as a 10-minute mask, these dry down fairly quickly, but I tend to leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Rest assured that you will still reap the benefits when using these masks when you're rushing in the morning.

Gue pakai ini di kulit yang bersih, biasanya gue pakai micellar water dulu sebelum maskeran. Ambil secukupnya pakai jari yang bersih atau spatula, terus oles oles. Masker ini dibilang 10-minute mask  jadi keringnya cepet, tapi gue pakainya sekitar 15-20 menit. Dipakai sebentar pun hasilnya kelihatan kok.

My Experience (Get to know my skin type and concerns, here.)

Have I told you I didn't expect anything from these three? Well I'm glad to be proven wrong, because they do work! I admit I have a rather unusual way to determine if a clay mask is working – after the mask has dried, I look for oil dots, and then proceed to check if my sebaceous filaments are still there. The first two clay masks (The Body Shop and Innisfree) didn't tick both criteria. GlamGlow YOUTHMUD™ does.

These three do.

I find Anti-Pore to work wonders on sebaceous filaments without actually drying out my skin. Detoxify is equally good, and the texture is pleasingly smooth. I can't really point out the difference in results, but the texture is enough justification to own both. Illuminating was immediately moved to my morning routine – it brightens while gently absorbing excess oil. All three are marketed as a 10-minute mask so none of these are drying, but don't expect them to be hydrating.

If you dislike fragrance in skincare, approach Detoxify with caution. It smells like men's cologne and it doesn't dissipate quickly. I don't mind scents, but I can understand if some people find it offensive. Another downside would be the bulky glass jar packaging. Looks pretty, yes, but rather unsuitable for travel. 

Gue memang nggak berharap banyak sama produk ini, tapi gue seneng kalau asumsi gue ternyata salah. Jadi cara gue ngetes clay mask itu agak aneh – setelah maskernya kering, gue cari tuh titik-titik minyak di bagian hidung. Setelah dibilas, gue langsung bercermin dengan jarak 5 sentimeter, cari-cari sebaceous filaments yang mungkin masih ketinggalan. Betapa senangnya gue waktu sadar kalau ketiganya ini memenuhi syarat dan lolos seleksi.

Anti-Pore berhasil bersihin sebaceous filaments tanpa bikin kulit kering. Detoxify sama bagusnya, dan punya tekstur yang super halus. Jujur, gue nggak terlalu bisa bedain hasilnya Anti-Pores sama Detoxify, tapi teksturnya Detoxify bikin nagih. Si Illuminating segera pindah ke morning routine, karena ngangkat minyak berlebih sekaligus bikin kulit gue lebih cerah. Ketiganya nggak ngeringin, tapi jangan harap bikin lembab juga ya. Kalau mau tahu jenis kulit gue, bisa klik tautan di atas.

Buat yang nggak suka produk skincare beraroma ini-itu, ada baiknya kalian cari tester-nya Detoxify dulu. Menurut gue baunya mirip cologne cowok, dan nggak langsung hilang. Gue pribadi sih nggak merasa terganggu. Selain itu, kemasannya kurang praktis buat dibawa-bawa.

Verdict (Here's how I rate products!)

L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay Masks has my approval, I'd give it 4 out of 5 stars. Does what clay masks are supposed to do, at an affordable price point.

Kesimpulannya, gue suka sama rangkaian L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay Mask ini, nilainya 4 dari 5 bintang deh. Bekerja sesuai fungsi clay mask, dan harganya cukup terjangkau. Buat yang penasaran cara gue menilai produk, klik tautan di atas ya.

Where To Buy

I received these products as PR samples. Opinions are my own.
Produk-produk ini adalah PR samples. Opini murni dari gue sendiri.

Skin Type

Normal leaning dry. Whenever I skip skincare, a few days later my entire face will feel tight and itch from dryness, dry patches forming around nasolabial folds and around the mouth.

Skin Concerns

  • dehydration 
  • dull skin 
  • dry patches 
  • sebaceous filaments 
  • spider veins

Additional information

  • not acne prone 
  • occassional Post Inflammatory Erythema (PIE) 
  • no Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH) 
  • no ingredient sensitivity, so far 
  • no known allergen, so far 

My Views on "Natural" Skincare

I don't believe every ingredient that is purely sourced from nature is good, and I don't believe every chemical–aka 'names you can't pronounce'–ingredient is bad. I rate a product based on how it affects my skin.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

So yeah, hi.

By this point you should know that I'm not good at making introductions. I've never seen a blog without an introduction, or rather can't imagine a blog not having one. Wouldn't it be awkward to just chatter without an intro? But gosh, I really don't know what to write. I guess I'm just gonna post some random facts:
  • I'm very much into the effortless look, but you won't believe me when you see my ginormous stash of makeup and beauty products.
  • I look better in Lady Danger than in Ruby Woo.
  • Actually, I look better in natural colors than in red.
  • High school will never end, trust me. My HS group chat could go on silent for months, until someone breaks the silence—usually to say happy birthday—then it's as if we never left high school. A classmate even remembers my handwriting after 6+ years.
  • I had a slice of Japanese mille-feuille for dinner tonight...
  • ... because my favorite Indian Food stall closed for good.
  • I love Japan!
  • My favorite series? How I Met Your Mother and Gintama, hands down. Sorry, One Punch Man.
  • I'm the kind of person who believes that everyone has their own struggle—they're fighting their own fight. Even the Kardashians. 
  • I can't wait for John Wick 2.

Wheeee this post went on longer than I thought it would be!