Wednesday, March 18, 2015

[2015] FEBRUARY Empties

I've been diligently trying to finish my products lately and that explains the many products I featured on my previous Empties posts. Last month I successfully empties quite many products too, so I'm really excited! (emptying products makes me happy / feel satisfied, LOL).

Last month, I didn't just empty some full size and travel size products but I also throw away a couple of products that were way past its expiration date. Now let's see how much products I managed to binned this time ...

LUX Fresh Splash Body Wash
I was sent a box full of Lux  big size bottles the other day and this is one of them. I used this one together with my husband so that we can finished it more quickly. This one smells good but it's not my favorite scent from the Lux bodycare. My hubby loves it though (;p). [READ HERE]

Taman Sari Royal Heritage Foot Scrub Gel
I had this one for a really long time and I'm glad I finally finished this off! It's not my favorite formula but it does the job well enough to get rid of dead skin and gave my feet a cleaner appearance ;) I also love the professional looking packaging and this scrub can be used either wet or dry so it's quite practical.
NOTE: I may not repurchase this again because I think there are other foot scrubs that are better than this one, especially now that I'm trying Freeman Bare Foot Peppermint + Plum Foot Scrub which is super Awesome!

Etude House Real Art Cleansing Oil in Light
I like using cleansing oil to remove makeup because it's practical and this is a cheaper solution to the Shu Uemura ones. This one does the job really well and I always make sure to follow through with another face wash to get rid all the traces of makeup and dirt. [REVIEWED HERE]

Etude House Aloe Moistfull Soothing Gel
This has been my favorite moisturizer because it feels good on my skin especially when it's dry, and the formula absorbs quickly without leaving any residue on the skin surface. This also goes well with my makeup so I used this as my daily moisturizer. [REVIEWED HERE]
NOTE: I love the Etude House Moistfull range because I think it's great for my combination skin. I'm not sure if the range is still available but if it does I would love to repurchase any product from the range.

Ellips Hair Vitamin Capsules in Smooth & Shiny
This is super duper old but I think it's still good because it was packed inside an air-tight capsules. I used the capsule by breaking them and slather all over my strands focusing on the ends of my strands. This used to not work well with my hair but now that I'm using Watsons Honey Treatment Shampoo it seems to work together really well. [MENTIONED HERE]

Revlon Age Defying Cream Makeup
This is one of the product that I have to throw away because it's past its expiry date. This foundation is alright for night time use, but I won't recommend using it for daytime use especially if you have oily skin. I felt that it melts on my skin during a hot day but when I used it at night time it looks and feels flawless.

Makeover Ultra Cover Liquid Matt Foundation #04 Amber Rose
This is also one of the products that I have to throw away because it already expired. I was sad when I have to throw this out because I love this foundation. It goes on soft and smooth on the skin, creating a flawless skin and a perfect base for makeup. It's also buildable so you can wear it thin for daily use or you can wear it thicker for a more formal look.

Yankee Candle in Home Sweet Home 
This was one of those candle that smells good when it's not burned, but when it's lit the scent didn't come out as good. I've been using it for my kitchen because the scent is more like a warm earthy scent that I think would be suitable to mask those kitchen smells.
NOTE: I won't repurchase this scent again but I'd love to try some new ones for my kitchen.

Skin Aqua UV Moisture Gel 
This travel size moisturizer is one of my fave because it sinks in fast, it has high spf and it goes well as the base of my makeup. Basically I love Skin Aqua products!
NOTE: I might repurchase it someday but right now I'm using Olay Natural Light Fairness Cream for my travel moisturizer. 

Garnier Sakura White Pinkish Radiance Sleeping Essence
This is a night cream/moisturizer and I like this one because it smells good and the texture felt really nice on the skin. I'm not sure if it gives me that pinkish radiance (because I have tan skin) but overall this is a really nice night moisturizer. 
NOTE: To replace this, right now I'm using Avene Skin Recovery Cream for my night moisturizer. 

Maybelline Long Extreme Stiletto Mascara
I love this mascara for lengthening my lashes. I usually put on a thickening mascara first and then layered it with this one to add some extra lengths to my lashes.

Maybelline The Magnum Volum Express Mascara
This is my favorite mascara because it thickens as well as curled my lashes really well. This is one of Maybelline mascara you should try ;) [REVIEWED HERE]

Maybelline Fashion Brow 24Hr Coloring Mascara in Dark Brown
This is a brow mascara so you will get a tube with a wand just like a mascara. The tip of the wand is very unique because it's round. You sweep it on your eyebrows to fill and create a nice looking brows. I think this brow mascara is not for newbie because it is a little bit harder to handle. Read my full review of this mascara to know the details [REVIEWED HERE]

L'Occitane Rose 4Reines Hand Cream
Nothing special, just an ordinary hand cream to me ;)

Dior Snow BB Cream
I've had this a long time ago and been using it for my travel bb cream. I love this bb cream because of the smooth texture, the flawless result and the high SPF! 
NOTE: If it weren't so pricey I would def repurchase it, but right now I'm using Skin79 Diamond BB Cream (which I don't like) to replace this.

Clarins UV Plus HP Day Screen High Protection
This is a really nice sunscreen for the face and it didn't give a white wash on the face when photographed ;)

Clarins White Plus Intensive Brightening Serum
This is also a nice serum from Clarins. I like Clarins products and I think they carry a lot of great products in the high-end range.

Astalift Essence Destiny
This was my night serum but I'm not sure if I really did get anything different from this serum because I couldn't tell. I felt nothing different on my skin...

Skin79 Super Whitening BB Cream
I bought a set of mini Skin79 BB Creams and this is one of the BB Cream that I like from the set. It works well with my combination skin and it has medium coverage.

V10 Makeup Remover Wipes
This doesn't need any explanation because I featured this a lot in my Empties post ;)

Shikada Facial Cleansing Wipes
This also doesn't need any explanation again because this is another repeat from my previous Empties posts ;)

Innisfree It's Real Bamboo Mask
I love Innsifree sheet masks and this is the last one I have in my stock. I like this Bamboo one because it feels cooling and very moisturizing on my skin.

Korean brand Collagen Lip Mask
I don't know the exact brand because it's all in Korean language but it's a collagen lip mask which is actually very unique because it is shaped just like a lip. I don't really see the benefit in these collagen lip mask though, but I do find them moisturize my drying lips quite well.

Daily Fresh 17 Cereals Wash-Off Pack
This unique face mask is an old stock so you might not see them anymore on the market. This is a wash-off type so you put this on your face and then wash it off after a few minutes. I think it does makes my face glows a little bit after using this one ;p

That's it for my last month's Empties. In summary I have successfully finished 15 full size products + 7 travel size products + 2 expired products = 24 products in total! Not bad (*grin*). Now let's see if I can finished more products by the end of this month ;)

If you want to see my previous EMPTIES post, click HERE.

Hugs and Kissies,

Monday, March 16, 2015

[2015] FEBRUARY Favorites

It's better late than never, right? I know I keep saying that in my posts but I still haven't figured out the right schedule where I can do all of my tasks, jobs, and routines in a suitable manner; and that's why I've been always lacking on the blogging part. But anyway, here is last month's (February) favorite products..

PS: From now on, every "Monthly Favorites" post will include not just my favorite beauty products but also my favorite fashion products, and maybe some additional other favorites too :)

Herbal Essences Touchable Moisture Hair Conditioner
I started using conditioners again because I found that some conditioners really work for my hair type. I use conditioner once a week and this one was love at first sight. It smells really great and gave my hair a lively bounce and extra smoothness! This works so well for my hair and I would def repurchase it for the scent alone ;p

Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Mask
This is my go-to mask if my face needs an extra treatment. The texture is like a clay mask and it feels comfortable on my skin when I put it on. This mask is great for oily or combination skin like mine, it helps keep acne away and controls the oil on your face. 

Bioderma Sebium H20 Micellar Water
Bioderma has always been my favorite all-in-one cleanser. I love their Sensibio line which is the red one for sensitive skin, but I'm also liking this green one (Sebium) too. The Sebium is more towards those who has oilier skin, but I find that my combination skin can use both the Sensibio and the Sebium one too.

Cottage Vanilla Softening Shower Gel
I think I have put this one before in my previous favorites post several months ago, but now I'm featuring it again because I've been back to using this shower gel and it makes me remember how much I really love it. I love the sweet and warm vanilla scent of this shower gel, and it makes my shower experience a lot more exciting :)

Maybelline Fruity Jelly in Berry Bella
I haven't worn lip glosses in a long time but this one has become my current favorite. This affordable lip gloss gives an extra shine that makes my lips looks healthy and sexy (lol). This lip gloss would be great for those who has smaller lips (like me) because it makes your lips seems fuller. It's also not as sticky as the other lip glosses :)

Bath & Body Works Leaves Candle
I've heard about this candle so much before BBW officially re-opened here in Jakarta, so when the store is officially open I rushed to get this candle. Although I couldn't justify buying the big jar yet (because it costs so much), I took home the mini ones instead. All the reviews I've read are true, this is probably one of my favorite candle scent ever!

Longchamp Le Pliage Large in Gunmetal
This is my current favorite bag a.k.a the bag that I've been using for almost the whole month of February. I tend to rotate my bags every other week so that I can use them all instead of just seeing them stacked in one corner of my wardrobe. Ever since I got this bag I've been using it almost everyday and for almost every occasion because this is simply a "go-everywhere" bag. The bag which you'd want to wear everyday because it's roomy, it's simple, and it's very light. So even though I bring my laptop inside this bag it wouldn't be as heavy. I know it's seems impossible but I am just amazed with the durability and the lightness of this bag.

What's Inside My Bag:
- Cath Kidston 3-Zipper Pouch >> For my handphone and earphone
- Coach Keychain >> For my keys and elevator card
- Guess pink Pouch >> For my essentials such as hand sanitizer, tissue, toilet spray, etc
- Marc Jacobs daisy Pouch >> For my makeup pouch
- Marc by Marc Jacobs Pretty Nylon >> For my Ipad Case
- Cinderella Ipad Cover from Ebay

I hope you like this new type of "Monthly Favorites" post. In future posts I might add something different like my favorite tea of the month, my favorite accessories, etc - So I hope you're following my blog and let me know if you do so I can check back on your blog too :)

See you in my next post!

Meanwhile, if you wanna see my previous Favorites post, CLICK HERE.

Hugs and Kissies,

Sunday, March 15, 2015

[Today's Outfit] : To The Park!

I haven't posted an #ootd post for a while so I thought I'm gonna post one today ;)
I know it's been a long time since I posted anything in this blog, I've been busy and I still haven't figured out my timing schedule for blogging yet, so please bare with me. Meanwhile, I have planned lots of upcoming posts which I am excited about (psst, one of them will include a Giveaway, yay!).

Anyway, here is a simple #ootd post for you. Ever since I upgraded my camera I still haven't figured out the best way to take pictures with it, so these photos below were among the first ones we shot with the new camera. The result are not maximal yet because we're still learning about the new features, new settings, etc - but I think these will do just fine for now, and hopefully there will be better pictures next time ;)

We went to one of the park in central Jakarta. I think Jakarta needs more public park and garden, and not just a park but a clean and well-maintained park please!

This one that we came to isn't very beautiful. I can see that it has lots of potentials to be pretty but sadly it was kinda poorly-maintained so it's not as beautiful and as exciting as a public park should be.

Speaking of the outfit, I thought lace and tan would go nice together for a day in the park, so I grab my "lace and bow" Mango blouse which goes really well with my Vincci cream-colored sandals, and my tan Michael Kors Jet Set Tote Bag that I haven't worn in a while.

Originally I wanted to pair it with a skirt but it was kinda windy that day so I don't want to risk the wind blowing up my skirt in a public park (the horror!). So I went with my trusted Forever 21 dark denim instead. I think a darker color like this would liven up the cream and tan shades instead of a light-washed denim (^_^)

The jewelries I'm wearing are gold chain bracelet and a gold statement ring, both from H&M. I love H&M for jewelry because they have lots of models and types that would satisfy any style. They usually are on discount too so they are pretty much affordable :)

Top: Mango // Jeans: Forever21
Bracelet: H&M // Ring: H&M
Footwear: Vincci // Bag: Michael Kors JetSet

 PS: I am a big fan of lace and nude/creme colors. 
Do you like them too?

Hugs and Kissies,

Thursday, February 26, 2015

[NEW-IN] : Hauls & Freebies

For those of you who didn't know it already, I'm currently obsessed with stationery stuffs (again) including planners and decorating supplies such as stickers, sticky notes, washi tape, etc. You can check my obsession with stationery in my other blog TIGERLILY'S BOOK or via my Instagram (@yurikristia) where I posted my planner decor, page spread, and stationery hauls!

Ever since I got addicted again to stationery I became obsessed and lately I found myself shopping for stationery stuffs more often. It seems that all of my shopping budget went to fulfill that obsession. And that means I haven't shopped for fashion and/or beauty items for the last few months!

Eventually I missed shopping for other things beside stationery, so for the last few weeks I have spent my shopping budget (and a little bit more ;p) towards fashion and beauty items again. I have also been very lucky to receive some free items during the last few weeks and I am very thankful for that.

Here are the list of my new items including some freebies that I received as part of my job as a dedicated beauty blogger (lol). Anyway, a little disclaimer: I put up my hauls & freebies here on this blog not to brag or to show you how many things I have, but I listed all my hauls and new things here to help remind me of what I already have so I don't go overboard the next time I shop. I also love reading or watching this kind of posts on other blogs because it makes me aware of whats in trend and what not. So I figured there are many of you who are the same like me, who enjoys reading and watching this kind of posts ;p. 

One more thing, this list also functions as a reminder for myself to always be thankful for all the blessings that I have been given all this time. I have been very fortunate to be given a lot of stuffs as part of what I do, but I do my blogging job very seriously. So I think of it as a pay-off for all my hard work :)

Now on to the hauls & freebies ....
This is a compilation of hauls from a couple of shopping trips that I had during January.
From left to right, top to bottom:
Gap Vest // Hush Puppies T-shirt
American Eagle for Payless Lace Shoes
Ananas Black Heel Sandals // Symbolize Creme Bow Sandals

Been wanting a padded vest like this since I saw them being worn by all the fashion bloggers / instabloggers during last year's winter! We don't have winter here so maybe that's why this trend didn't go well in our country. But nonetheless, I still want it really bad and I'm glad I found one from Gap :)

The Hush Puppies t-shirt was on sale (Hush Puppies seems to always have a sale every time I go to the mall, I usually never bought anything but this time I decided to bought the tshirt because I don't own too many green tops ;p).

The lace shoes is so pretty and the off-white color is a perfect shade for my skin tone. I also got this shoes with 30% discount by using Mandiri credit card at Payless Shoe Source (oh how I love that store!).

I don't know why but I always have a problem trying to find a good black sandals with heels that I can wear daily. My one and only black heeled sandals was from Charles & Keith and I have thrown it away because it was already in bad condition due to frequent wears. But ever since I throw them away 4 months ago I wasn't able to find the replacement right away. It's so hard to find a good black sandals with heels that would go with my requirements. But now I'm glad that I finally found ones in Metro dept store.

Ananas is one of my trusted shoe brand. I have Ananas pumps shoes back in my working days (I still have them until today), and I swear those pair are the only shoes that never hurt my feet even though I stand and walk in them for hours and hours! So Im glad that I found another footwear from Ananas because I know that they have good quality and most importantly, they don't hurt my feet! (^_^) -- BONUS: I like the thick heels and I also love the gold details on the side of the heels!

When I was looking for the black sandals with heels, I also found these pretty sandals in Metro dept store. These were from Symbolize, and I love everything about it. I love the simple yet pretty design, I love the bow, I love the creme shade, and I also love the touch of gold as part of the details. Very feminine, and looks pretty on my feet too :)

When I was queuing at the cashier for my shoes, I noticed these luggage tags that were standing beside the cashier desk. These tags were cute and they were IDR 49.000 for three, so I thought they were cheap enough and I also added these to my shopping cart. I know these are meant for luggage but I think I'm gonna hang it on my daily bag too ;p

This is my latest purchase because I have just gotten this a few days ago. This is a tribal-style cardigan made of knit material that I thought would be perfect for this cold rainy weather. This is from Zara and I've been wanting a knit cardigan like this for so long! *happydance*

I've been itching to get new lipsticks for the past few months. Now that I have a shopping ban on stationery stuffs, that means I now have budget to shop for new lipsticks, yay :D 

Luckily for me, when I was paying for my shoes at Metro dept store I got a free lucky dip coupon. After testing my luck with the lucky dip I won a Metro discount voucher worth IDR 128.000, so I spent it on a couple of NYX products. My choice are NYX Butter Lipstick in Mary Janes and NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Abu Dhabi, also a NYX Retractable Lip Liner in Rouge.

Next up are some freebies that I received from the Beauty Blogger Meet-Up event last week. I didn't expect to get a lot of things but the counters are giving away many freebies so I did have my share of the freebies from all the generous sponsors at the event:

Most of these goodies were from Ayou Beauty and counters at the event. There are La Rose Rouge Shampoo & Conditioner, eyelashes, konjac sponges, face mask, nail polish, etc. I also got some free samples from Bioderma and HQ7. I think I'm gonna put some of these into my giveaway bin. Yes people, I have been preparing a new giveaway for you so make sure you subscribe to this blog :)

I was also very fortunate to be given these goodies from MakeOver as part of the IBB staffs reunion. Many thanks to Make Over who has kindly sponsored it. Each of us was given a Lip Color Pencil in Flirtuous Red, Eyeliner Pencil in BlackJack, and a Powder Eyeshadow in Adorably White.

I was also been given these Smoky Effect Eyeliner from Bourjois as well as their popular Blusher in Rose de Jaspe (no.95). This was part of the goodies from the Bourjois event a while ago (will review these soon).

Last but not least, I just received these colorful beauties from Maybelline as a prize for winning their blog competition a while ago. These are the Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo Eyeshadows. I love seeing all the colors here, aren't they gorgeous? :D

Well I think that's all for today. 
As I told you before, I have been very blessed with all the goodies that were given to me as part of what I do for a living. As you can see, I only bought three beauty products which is the NYX items. The rest of the products above are free (Alhamdulillah)... 

And because I have spent way over my budget when I bought three pairs of shoes (!) so this month I think I'm gonna go on a shopping ban. Well .... maybe I would buy 1-2 new lippies only (either NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream / Limecrime Velvetines / Bourjois Rouge Velvet) but that's it! (^o^) - I hope ...

 To see my previous haul post, click HERE.

Hugs and Kissies,