January 17, 2019

Emina 'My Favorite Things' Lip Color Balm Review


I was never a lip balm person. But that was long before I took make-up and skincare seriously. I have a very dark lips and because of that, sometimes when I wear lipstick or liquid lipstick, the color won't come out best. I had to put on some foundation a little to neutralize my lip color. I've learned that one of the cause of my dark lips is sun exposure. I'm almost always exposed to the sun because I do activities from morning until late in the evening.

So whenever I leave the house with the sun still shining, I never forget to put lip balm on. I have one from Maybelline that has SPF 20. But when I won this Emina color lip balm from a friend on Instagram a few weeks ago, I was thrilled to try it!


I think most lip balms now do give a sheer color payoff, to make sure you can still wear it alone on a daily basis without looking dead or colorless. This one specifically has the texture of a lip balm but the color payoff is definitely much more there compared to other lip balms on the market. It feels so lightweight on my lips and doesn't get clumpy at all. I tend to avoid crayon lip balms because I've seen it before on Youtube about lip crayon and they get dry easily thus will result badly on the lips. But this one is so good and so pretty even on my dark lips. I get to look healthy and my lips are protected and moist throughout the day.

Kebun Teh Kulonprogo


So few days ago I went to yet another short trip with my college friends to Kebun Teh Kulonprogo. It's basically a tea garden located in Kulonprogo. We were planning to visit Ndoro Dongker at first, but with the amount of time we had, we weren't really sure if we could reach the place and went back to Jogja in time.

Took us nearly 2 hours to reach the place, not to mention the very steep road, oh my gosh... I wouldn't really recommend you guys this place. It's a beautiful place to visit, sure, but you have plenty other choices with much safer road. But if you're curious about this one, go ahead.


It was starting to rain when we headed down and since this place was so high up in the mountain, the fog fell down hard, covering our sight. I felt like I was in the movie Final Destination, because one slip and we all could fall into the abyss on our right side.

January 14, 2019

L'Oreal Infallible Pro-matte Liquid Lipstick 'Les Chocolats' Review


If I had to pick one make-up item that I have to bring on a deserted island, it would be lipstick. It's the one thing that I can't find myself giving away to anyone else, even when the shades don't work on my skin tone. There's something about collecting lip products that makes me happy. Everytime I look at my lipstick stash, I feel so giddy like a child. My boyfriend always thinks that I collect the same color, just different brand. Well, what can I say? Besides, they have different undertones! Trust me, they're all different!

Said no girl ever, lol.

Coming to my collection recently is this L'Oreal Infallible Pro-matte Liquid Lipstick thank's to Sociolla and their SOCOBOX. I have been wanting to have this liquid lipstick ever since Tati reviewed it on her channel months ago. But the last time I checked, it hadn't hit the market yet here in Indonesia. Until, of course, Sociolla suddenly added them to their catalog. I was even lucky enough to get them free!


Almost all of my liquid lipstick applicator has the shape of a doe-foot. So far I never encountered any problem but when I saw that this one has an even thinner and more pointy applicator, my life changed. Really, it makes application even better and easier. It reaches out to the corner of your mouth and defines the lip easily. Though if you want an even more defined lip, I suggest you use lip liner as well.


I got mine in the shade 862 Volupto Choco. Almost all of the shade in Les Chocolats series are nude brown and mauve, so I'm sure there's a nude shade for every one of you. I love the formula, it's so lightweight and even though it says 'Pro-matte', as you can see here the finish is a little bit shinier than most matte liquid lipstick. It doesn't look pretty, yes, because that is all that's left after eating oily food, drinking tons of drink, worn from morning until midnight, and my lips still look pretty. So if you're planning on investing another long-wearing liquid lipstick, this one from L'Oreal definitely worth your attention.

January 10, 2019

December Sheet Mask Empties


First row:
Mediheal H.D.P Pore Stamping | Mediheal Tea Tree | Mediheal N.M.F Aquaring

Second row:
Innisfree Green Tea | Innisfree Tea Tre | Innisfree Honey

I've told you before that I'm not really a sheet mask person. I love buying them, but to use them is a pain in my royal ass. It's not even about being lazy, but sometimes I just love them too much I don't wanna rip the package open and use them! Some sheet masks cost me a lot, and since I'm a professional cheapskate and very frugal, I only use sheet mask once in a blue moon.

All kidding aside, these are the sheet mask that I used last month. Ever since I knew Mediheal from Hasya, I can't stop getting them stocked up in my pile. They're a must. They're just so perfect. The essence is not too much, absorbs quickly into my skin, thin sheet, and they don't smell bad. Innisfree, on the other hand, is the opposite. I still have a few left as well in my piles, but I'm not even sure if I wanna try them. I find them very troublesome though they're much, much cheaper than Mediheal.

January 08, 2019

My basic night skincare routine


Skincare can be very scary for a lot of people. This happened to me too when I first jumped into the bandwagon, researching and reading reviews from every web I could find yet somehow I still ended up confused. Cheap skincare doesn't always mean bad, and so does the expensive one, doesn't always mean that they will do magic to your face. I'm sure a lot of you who has barely started taking good care of your face is struggling with the same simple question: what should I put on my face?

Now now, I'm not here as an expert. I barely know all the verdicts of every product BUT, for the past few months studying my own skin, I have finally come up with a steady routine that I know for sure works for me. My skin type is combination to oily, large pores, comedogenic and PIH. So if you happen to share the same skin problem as I do, feel free to give these products a try!

STEP 1: FIRST CLEANSER


So before I start learning more about skincare, I thought make-up remover was only meant to be used when you use make-up, to get rid of them before you wash your face. But now, I understand how important double cleansing is for everyday use. Even when I don't go anywhere outside, or not wearing any make-up, I will still clean my face first using first cleanser. Now, first cleanser can be anything. Shown here is a micellar water from Garnier, the oil-infused one because it contains oil and actually works wonder to hydrate the face because some micellar water can dry out your skin. I specifically use this when I wear make-up beforehand, otherwise when I don't, I would use a cleansing balm instead. I didn't take a picture of it, but my cleansing balm comes from Innisfree, the Jeju Volcanic Blackhead Out Balm. Other form of first cleanser is cleansing oil. We have Viva Milk Cleanser, and I've also heard great things about Hada Labo Cleansing Oil, the one with the green stripe. I don't use cleansing oil because I feel like they're too heavy for my pores, I'm afraid they will clog them.

STEP 2: SECOND CLEANSER


After you clean your face using the first cleanser, you continue with second cleanser. I haven't seen a lot of people doing triple cleansing, so I will go straight to face wash as my second cleanser in this case. There's only one type of second cleanser, it's the face wash. Whatever face wash that works for you. Mine is COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser. I used to use the one from Hada Labo and Senka Perfect Whip, but now I'm sticking with this baby. It's very important for face wash to not dry out the skin even more. It happened to me with my previous face wash. I try to avoid face wash that creates too much foam. This COSRX one doesn't make foam and is infused with tea tree that works well to handle acne. Also, low pH face wash doesn't mess with your skin barrier which is very important.

STEP 3: EXFOLIATING TONER


I didn't know what was the importance of incorporating exfoliating toner into my routine at first, until I won this baby from a giveaway some weeks ago. So exfoliating toner mostly used after you wash your face. When I first tried it, I was shook. The pad turned dirty as if I hadn't cleaned my face at all when in fact, I had. Ever since then it changed my skincare game. I'm not saying that you need exfoliating toner because every skin is different and you know yours better than I do, but looking at the effect of how it keeps my skin smooth, takes out the impurities left even after I do double cleansing, I highly recommend you to get one. Try mild exfoliating toner first and see how your skin reacts to them, such as; Some by Mi's 30 Days Miracle Toner, or COSRX AHA Power Toner. It's important not to exfoliate too much, because as much as it's fun to see impurities go away, this type of toner can draw out the moisture out of your skin. I only use exfoliating toner twice a week, once if my skin is dehydrated. Plus, it helps my PIH to fade quicker. Because when you suffer from PIH, you gotta exfoliate to get rid of the dead skin.

STEP 4: HYDRATING TONER


After you finish with exfoliating toner, it's always important to hydrate the skin. I've learned the key ingredients to hydrating toner which is the Hyaluronic Acid. That acid can be found in a lot of hydrating products. But if you're going to use HA, you must first understand how it actually works. HA will draw out the moisture from around you to hydrate the skin. If you're in a dry or humid surrounding, most likely using HA will instead dry out your skin, no matter what your skin type is, because it can't find source of water and will absorb the moisture of your skin instead, which is why some people experience HA to be very drying for their skin. This one from Hada Labo is my long time favorite. I have used it for a year. What I love most about it is the water-like texture, perfect for my oily skin and I don't have to be worried if it would clog my pores.

STEP 5: MOISTURIZE


I love moisturizer. I love everything that hydrates the skin. People used to think that 'oh, my skin is very oily, I should not add more moisture', when in reality, oily skin does need moisturizer. The oil we produce is caused by the lack of moisture we have on the skin. So it's like our antibody trying to defend our body from virus so we don't get sick. I'm currently trying out the Laneige basic kit moisturize that I also won from another giveaway recently. It does wonder to my skin. So far so good!

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As I've said it before, I'm not an expert. I'm here sharing what I know works best for me. Skincare is a very personal thing. The journey to finding the right products that will work on you is very personal and meaningful. Even when we share the same skin type or the same skin problem, I can guarantee that not all of these products will work good on you as much as they do on me. But I'd love to see if you're interested on trying any of them, so please if in some way I enabled you on buying them, do share! I'd love to hear what you have to say about them!

To anyone wondering about my morning skincare routine, it's nothing complex really. I remove the exfoliating toner, hydrating toner, and add sunscreen as the final step. NEVER SKIP SUNSCREEN YO. It's really important.

I hope you enjoy today's post, and I hope you find this post helpful. Thank you for reading and see you on another post!