The Best Oil Control Loose Powder…So Far

Ah…the joy of procrastination. I am suppose to finish my work, but decided to take a one-day break from school stuff. Instead I’m going to rave about La Tulipe Acne Loose Powder in Suntan.

I have been wearing this powder alone for more or less two weeks, without foundation, because lately I just cannot be bothered to wake up really early just to put on my makeup. So I just put this on right after moisturizer.

The first time I put it on, the smell really bothered me. It smelled like sulfur and on the first day, my nose picked up the scent for the whole day. Hm…that can’t be good, right? I promised myself, if I can still smell it on the second and third day, I’d throw it to the bin. But guess what? This is the third week and my love for it just keep on getting stronger.

Regardless of the smell, this loose powder has an awesome oil control. Usually when I wear loose powder without foundation, I’d find my face as an oil slick just after a couple of hours. But with this one, my face stays matte for the whole day. When I touch my face, I can feel it’s oiliness, but at least it is not shiny. A blot here and there with oil paper usually does the trick for me. No powder touch up is needed. Moreover, it does not break me out also (knock on wood!) nor make my face itchy when I sweat.

I can’t remember the exact price of it, but it did not exceed Rp.40.000,-. IMO, it’s a bargain, considering I only use it in the morning and I got 25 gram for the price. The packaging is not fancy, though. It’s pretty basic and bulky. I’m kind of glad that I don’t have to carry it around for touch-ups.

As a conclusion, I’d say I have found my HG loose powder for now. How about you?

Cheers,

Body Shop’s Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil

 Lately, I have been obsessing about enhancing my originally tanned skin. You see, I am Indonesian, and unlike other Indonesian girls in my country, who dream about having fair skin like those girls in the whitening/lightening product commercials, I embrace my skin color. I have had enough with all of those whitening product those Asian cosmetic companies are selling. I think their jargon “white is beautiful” is just full of crap (pardon my French!). We need  to be comfortable being yourself and embrace our own natural features and flaws. Only then we will be able to figure how to enhance our features and make our flaws work for us.  

This is why I was so happy to find this product from Body Shop. It is called the Honey Bronze Shimmering Body Oil. I was almost jumping up and down in the store when I found it. Finally, a cosmetic company who sells a bronzing product in my own country! 

However, I gotta warn you. It doesn’t come cheap. I paid Rp.250.000,- for a 3.3oz bottle.


I love the way it makes my skin look so healthy. It moisturizes well without being greasy. Sadly, I really can’t stand the smell. It reminds of Indonesian traditional body scrub or lulur. I mean, body scrub needs to be washed away, but this body oil stays with me for the whole day or until after I take the next shower. The smell also gets transfered to my clothes, cluthes or any bags I use for the day. It is definitely not a good thing! *sigh*

The packaging is also problematic for me. It comes in a glass bottle with a screw on cap. If only it comes in plastic bottle and a flip top.  

I really hope that the Body Shop will reformulate and repackage this product someday. For now, I just have to try to handle the smell whenever I decide to wear it. 

Vintage animal finds from ebay

There’s something about a piece of animal jewelry. I’m not really sure what it is but I just adore these babies! I especially like the vintage animal jewelry… I found several pieces on ebay. I though ebay would be a perfect place to look since individuals sell their belongings on ebay… and sure enough I found some good stuff.

Although animal jewelry may not be the most “in” thing this type of jewelry is certainly a great way to express uniqueness. I admire the quirkiness of animal jewelry. 

A few years ago I would have been disgusted by the idea of vintage anything. Why would anyone want someone else’s old belongings when they could have new jewelry of their own? I now understand the lure of vintage items very well. The fact that these gorgeous pieces are no longer being made, in addition to the fact that its not likely your best firmed or neighbor would have anything close to yours- that is more than enough!

The whole point to jewelry is to make a woman feel special, priceless, unique, and like royalty! I am convinced that vintage is the way to go when seeking these qualities. Listen up, men!

Spruce up old furniture

This desk, and the chair that goes with it, has been in my room since I was a baby. I don’t know the original color because my mom painted it light blue when I was really young, and after that it turned pink to go with everything else in my teen-room.

 

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The fabric of the chair ripped, just out of being old and worn, so not having any random (and color matching) fabric lying around I started going through my wardrobe in hunt for material to fix it with.

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I found this little knitted shoulder cape I bought when I was 18 or so. I bought it because I love capes and it was really pretty, but when I realized how uncomfortable a cape is to wear under a winter jacket – and that thick knit wear isn’t ideal in summertime either, I gave up on it and it’s been in my basement in a paper bag since them. I haven’t had the heart to throw it out, because it’s good wool and it’s hand made by the lady in the shop I bought it in.

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Luckily it caught my eye as I scanned my resources for something white to go with the living room. I just nailed it around the seat of my chair and – voila!

June Favourites

This bag is one of the first shopping adventures I regarded an investment. I was about 20 years old, and I saw this little Italian beauty sitting in the window of some exclusive lady-shop here in Stockholm. I was a student of course and didn’t have much money, but was working part time as a nanny. I said to myself that if this bag is still not sold by the time I’ve made enough money, destiny is telling me to buy it; regardless of the ridiculous price tag. Two or three months after, having sold some stuff from my house, and worked hard at my job, I finally had enough cash and walked into the shop to buy this beautiful red little thing. And I guess it was destiny, and maybe also the appreciation for it is high because I know how hard I worked for it, but either way it’s been my favorite bag ever since.

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This silk tie is my favorite, because I think it’s pretty, and it’s YSL, and it was (almost) the cheapest thing I’ve ever bought in a second hand shop. I really love second hand stuff! You can find such treasures for almost no money at all! It’s from Myrorna Second Hand in Stockholm.
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This scarf is from a random vintage shop in Stockholm I randomly walked by a few years ago. It’s my all-time favorite accessory because it’s just so pretty. Unfortunately it’s just been lying around at home in the pile with my other scarfs for ages, as up until now, when scarfs have become trendy, I’ve just not found any use for it. So this season I’ve been very happy since I’ve actually been able to use it!

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Second Hand Haven

On my way to Caffe Bene, the coffee shop I spend all my days writing at, I decided to check a vintage market out for a minute, which if just slightly off the original route. Realizing that most of the market was yet to be opened, I continued walking. All of a sudden I was at the end of the street, and at the start of a little adventure. I continued down the road in front of me, as I had some spare time on my hands, and little did I know I were to discover that the area I have been living in the past month is a vintage haven beyond measures! If that wasn’t enough, while walking down this unknown road, I look up and to my amazement see the Doota Tower, which is in Dongdaemun – the most famous and largest shopping area in Seoul. I had no idea it was so close to where I live that it only takes about 20 minutes to walk from my front door.
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But as I’m not a cheap fashion hunter (the type of thing you find in Dongdaemun), but rather a second-hand bargain hunter, I stayed on the street. After just walking a block I realized that the “vintage market” I knew of before, and have been so hyped about living next to, is just a small part of the hugenormous secondhand neighborhood I live in. I found a second hand shop for just about everything – and I don’t think I will ever need to buy anything new again. Everything from previously owned furniture and home appliances, to clothes and shoes and quality handbags; all have their own separate shops here!
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As I am trying to save my money and also not indulge in things I don’t really need, I didn’t buy anything apart from this little silk scarf that went amazingly well with the green color of a secondhand Issey Miyake coat my boyfriend gave me the other day.
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I did find an amazing little clutch bag, which I’m thinking of going back for. I only got a quick look, as the owner tried to get 80 000 W for it and I just said “no way”, laughed and walked away. He did lower the price to 50 000 when I said I was a student, so I might get it down to 40 000 – but that’s still a lot of money – I mean, for something I don’t actually need. However, it was real leather and good quality, amazingly beautiful redish-brown color, and barely used at all. Hum, takes some thinking.
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By the way, this area I’m talking about is around the Dongmyo subway station, like I said near Dongdaemun. Definitely worth a visit, if you are in Seoul and want some fun shopping experiences!secondhand5

Kiehl’s Creme de Corps

Before I started using the TBS Chocomania body butter, this is what I had been using – the beloved Creme de Corps. I have come across a few reviews over time and I don’t think I have read a negative review of Creme de Corps as of yet.

What’s in it and what does it do?
The key ingredients listed are cocoa butter, sesame oil and beta-carotene (an antioxidant which can be found in carrots). Kiehl’s claim that using this for 10 days will improve skin texture. Personally I, like many others, found that this moisturiser is up there with the best of them but I can’t say my skin improved to a texture which was previously unattainable…

How much and how long?
I got this in the HPMSocial gift bag but this 125ml bottle costs £16.

How does it smell?
It’s very lightly scented of something so light and sweet that I can’t even pick up on what it is – Sorry!

Other comments:
One thing I really disliked about this product is the bottle… It’s hard enough to squeeze the product out as it is but when you have moisturiser all over your hands it’s verging on pretty damn impossible! Unless you’re going to be cutting up bottle, product wastage is very likely.

Would I buy it again? Probably not as there are many other moisturisers which are as good as this and cheaper.
Would I recommend it? Yes because it is a really nice moisturiser/butter! 🙂

The Lash Diary – Vintage Cosmetics Company Gracie

I intended to write about these eyelashes about a month ago but for whatever reason, it didn’t happen! Anyway, here’s to my first Lash Diary post of 2017 😉 As I have mentioned before, Vintage Cosmetics Company have 5 different natural styles on offer, Gracie is the 3rd pair I have tried and I am pleased to say I like Gracie as much as I liked Connie!

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Gracie has a very thin and flexible black band which held on for hours. The corners didn’t lift off at any point through the afternoon/evening and felt very light. Oh and have you noticed that for once I had taken a close up of my eye before I had left the house(!)

The same can not be said for the picture above, as it had been taken after the eyelashes had been worn… As you can see Gracie gives quite a voluminous, slightly spiky look – I would definitely wear this pair again too! The eyelashes  are stocked in following boutiques – The Powderpuff Girls, Truly Madly Vintage and Amzi Boutique.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable

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One of the most talked product of the year was ” Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Stain”. It resembles Clinique Chubby sticks in many matter, but what makes Revlon JBK is that it’s affordable. Even Bourjois have similar kind of product but its staying power is in question. Anyways here I am going to review Revlon JBK in shade Rendezvous – 040. It’s a lovely mandarine colour with a touch of peach in it .

 

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The first thought which came to my mind when I saw this lip balm ( they say so) was “OMG they are so cute”. And I wanted to buy this. The package is so cute and very easy to use, it’s also travel friendly. Anyone remember the big crayon like kajal which was widely available in 90s??? I still remember how my mom always used it and she looked so gorgeous. This crayon like sticks reminds me of that kajal , only difference being these are colourful and that was grey. It has smooth texture , u can paint your lips just like you painted any drawing with crayon pencil in your childhood. Once applied it gives you the feel of wearing a balm ( it has a cooling effect )on your lips. Its also moisturising in the right way, so that to allow the colour stay for long time .Colour is a beautiful orange with peach with a touch of coral. Staying power is very good, it stayed for straight 5 hours with meal and drinks for me, and  I was happy about it.

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L’oreal UV Perfect 12H LongLasting UV Protector SPF 50 – Review & Swatches

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If you ask me which makeup/skin care products you can’t live without, the answer will be very simple – Lip balm,and sunblock cream. Yeah, my daily routine is as simple as that, sometimes I don’t even wear kohl/eyeliner,I like to be simple to office (mind you I spend a hell lot of time in office 10 hours/5 days per week ).This days summer here in Doha is hitting the peak, and leave you tanned within 10 minutes of sun exposure.The saviour for me in this hot climate and in the dry winters is ” L’oreal UV Perfect 12H long-lasting UV Protector SPF 50 UVB- transparent skin”.

How it appears after blending in for a few mins.

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Hits :

  • Good protection, stays long
  • Didn’t leave my face oily ( I have combination skin)
  • Not too expensive
  • Gives a dewy glowing skin look
  •  other than the initial white cast, it absorbs to the skin
  • fragrance free

 Miss :

  • It doesn’t stay for 12 hours as it claims, but definitely stays for 8 to 10 hours, so we can neglect it c’mon 🙂
  • It creates initial white cast, but which disappears with in 15 minutes,other than this, I didn’t find any miss for this product.

The BodyShop Lipstick No. 12

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Who doesn’t like to have a red hot pout?? I know , there will be noone, infact all of us love to carry a perfect red pout with elegance, but we are scared of going over the board or not confident enough to even give it a try. Today I would like you people to meet No. 12 of The bodyShop ( I seriously don’t understand this numbering system followed by TBS, they remind me of my school and college, where I use to remember few of my classmates with their role no.s.

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I love bold colours on my lips, infact more than eye makeup initially I loved lip colours. I got this lippies from TBS in sale with few other which are yet to be reviewed. The package is silver coloured small bullet shape with rose gold coloured inside panel, It’s the classic TBS lipstick package. Colour is perfect red ( somewhat brick red) with golden shimmer. It’s perfect shade with any indian attire. The texture is smooth and glides very well on the lips, it gives perfect coverage also which tames from medium to full coverage. It is highly pigmented, 1 swipe is enough to get the beautiful shade and 2 swipes give you the intense colour.

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Because of the smooth texture and bullet shape if the lipstick application is super simple and easy. The only problem and which actually is a major issue is the staying power of the lipstick. As it is very smooth , moisturizing and hydrating on lips it’s stating power is hardly 4 hours.

Cute black ruffle sweater

sweaterThis cute sweater was bought at Sexy Modest in American Fork, Utah. The store has some really great buys, everything is under $50 and super cute! The store is filled with items that are both sexy and modest for the LDS crowd. I love this warm sweater, its cute it the back to and the ruffles edge down quite nicely.