Friday, November 14, 2014

[SKINCARE] : HAKUBI White C Gel - First Impression

Setelah agak lama vakum dari blog karena sakit, hari ini I'm finally back with a product review! 
Produk yang akan saya review kali ini cukup menarik karena baru pertama kali ini saya coba (dan bahkan baru pertama kali dengar nama produknya ;p). Karena produk ini adalah jenis produk yang hasilnya bisa dilihat setelah pemakaian beberapa lama, maka kali ini saya akan cerita tentang "first impression" saya ketika memakai Hakubi White C Gel selama kurang lebih 2 minggu.

First of all, saya mendapatkan produk ini dari Nihonmart Beauty Kosmetik Online. Sesuai info yang saya dapat dari website Nihonmart, Hakubi White C series ini adalah rangkaian produk perawatan kulit dari SATO Pharmaceutical Japan, salah satu perusahaan farmasi yang terdepan di Jepang.

Produknya sendiri terdiri dari Gel serum untuk kulit dan Tablet Supplemen. Rangkaian produk Hakubi White C Gel – Suplemen pemutih kulit memiliki fungsi utama untuk mencegah dan menyamarkan flek dan bintik hitam di kulit yang biasanya diakibatkan oleh sinar matahari.

Yang saya coba kali ini adalah produk Gel nya, yaitu Hakubi White C Gel. Selain untuk menyamarkan flek dan bintik hitam, Hakubi White C Gel juga dapat dipakai untuk mengatasi jerawat sekaligus mengatasi minyak berlebih di kulit wajah. Selain itu juga berfungsi untuk melembabkan, mengencangkan serta melindungi kulit.

Bentuk packaging-nya simpel dan sangat praktis. Walaupun bentuknya gel tapi dikemas dalam botol bentuk tube berukuran kecil sehingga lebih ringkas dan mudah dibawa bepergian dibanding botol beling/plastik. Pada bagian ujung tube terdapat lubang sangat kecil sehingga produk yang dikeluarkan menjadi tidak mudah tumpah kemana-mana, dan juga tidak boros dalam pemakaian.

Tube nya sendiri gampang dipencet, nggak perlu pakai tenaga cukup ditekan sedikit sudah keluar gel nya. Untuk kadar pemakaian juga tidak perlu terlalu banyak, cukup dikeluarkan sedikit dan seperlunya saja untuk dioleskan pada kulit wajah terutama pada titik-titik hitam dan/atau flek pada kulit.

Untuk teksturnya sendiri berbentuk gel bening yang agak cair namun sedikit kental. Ketika dioleskan di kulit sih rasanya biasa aja, nggak ada rasa dingin atau panas di kulit. Saya suka formula Gel nya yang cepat menyerap, jadi setelah pemakaian Hakubi White C Gel ini saya bisa langsung pakai pelembab muka. 

Biasanya saya pakai Hakubi White C Gel ini pagi hari dan juga sore hari setelah mandi. Gel ini tidak berbau dan tidak terasa di lengket di kulit maupun di jari tangan ketika pemakaian. Rasanya seperti tidak memakai apa-apa, it's a very invincible gel and I like it that way :)

Anyway, setelah pemakaian kurang lebih selama 2 minggu, saya merasa flek hitam di wajah saya agak memudar sedikit. Sejauh ini sih saya cukup puas karena gel ini memberikan hasil yang sesuai dengan janji di box nya tanpa menimbulkan reaksi alergi apapun di kulit saya. Flek hitam nampak mulai memudar sedikit demi sedikit. Saya cukup yakin, dalam beberapa minggu ke depan dengan pemakaian rutin maka flek di wajah saya akan semakin memudar ;)

Nah, kalau kamu penasaran juga sama produk ini, apalagi kalau kamu punya banyak flek hitam di wajah akibat sinar matahari, kamu bisa beli produk ini di Nihonmart Beauty. Psstt, sekarang harganya lagi diskon 10% tuuh, lumayan kaan? ;)

Ada yang udah pernah coba produk ini?

Hugs and Kissies,


It's late but it's time for another empties post!

I've been giving myself a pat in the back because I'm proud to be able to finish a lot of products since 2 months ago. My Empties bin is always full of products lately so I've been very happy and satisfied with it. 

It usually took longer time for me to finish a product because most of the time I'm just too lazy to routinely use all the beauty products I have on my vanity. But I've been diligently using them up for the past couple of months so it's quite exciting to see them go because truthfully it starts to get overwhelming here with stacks and stacks of products lying around everywhere ^o^

So anyway, last month I finished quite a lot of products which mostly are bodycare and skincare products. There are quite a few full size products that I finally finished last month aside from the usual travel and/or smaller size products.

So without further ado, here are my Empties for last month... This time I divide them up by product sizes in no particular order or categories, so I hope it's easy enough to read and see the products clearly. As usual, I will also include a mini review on each product and whether or not I would repurchase it again. Let's start!

Udderly Smooth Moisturizing Lotion
This is a super size body lotion which I got from a US company several years ago (yes, it's that old!). The bottle is so huge it took a really long time to finish. Overall, I love Udderly Smooth products because they cure dryness like nobody's business [REVIEWED HERE].
NOTE: I would repurchase this again based on the cute cow-prints alone (i love cow prints!), but it's not available here. If you have super duper dry skin that no lotion can heal, try Udderly Smooth!

Honeycat Cosmetics On The Prowl Peach Brandy Shower Gel
It has a really long name but it's basically a peach brandy scented shower gel in a cute packaging. This is also a product that's been sitting too long in my shower so I'm glad I finally finished this off (with the help of my husband ;p). It has thick texture so a little goes a long way. Check out Honeycat Cosmetics if you like cute things.
NOTE: To replace this I'm back to using my Etude House Sweet Appleade Body Wash.

Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray
My HG hair product! I love the formula that absorbs quickly and doesn't weigh my hair down. Love the way it makes my blow-drying time much shorter and love how it volumizes my hair. My strands feels light and airy all day.
NOTE: I already stock it up! I highly recommended this if you're looking for heat protective spray for your hair.

ROC Extra Comfort Cleansing Water
This is my number two micellar water solution after Bioderma. This cleanse off beautifully and lift off those makeup, dirt and oil off my face. Although I still prefer Bioderma's texture and power in lifting makeup but I'd say this ROC one comes very close. It's also fairly cheaper than Bioderma ^o^
NOTE: I got this from my Strawberrynet haul but right now it's not available on the website. Hopefully it's available again soon. As replacement I'm now trying on the Bioderma Sebium.

Udderly Smooth Udder Cream
Another Udderly Smooth product and another big love! This one is lightly scented and it's as good as the moisturizing lotion above. There's no Udderly Smooth product that I didn't like [REVIEWED HERE].
NOTE: To replace this right now I'm using Nivea UV Extra Whitening Body Lotion.

Oscar Blandi Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray
This is my first dry shampoo and I really really like it. It has no visible color and it absorbs quickly and bring my hair back to life in just several minutes!
NOTE: I would def repurchase this but I also want to try other brand such as the popular Batiste.

Belia Earth Fantasy Mist Cologne
I bought this when I was staying over and forgot to bring any fragrance, so I bought it from nearby store. Hubby picked the scent for me but I like it too although secretly I kinda like the other one ;p
NOTE: I've been using this so that I can finish it off and use something else. I'm now back to using my Etude House Shinee Ms.Bloom Perfume Mist which has super cute ballet princess packaging ;)

L'Occitane Purifying Rice Toner
This is a discontinued product from L'Occitane and that's the reason why I held on to it for a long time because once it's empty I couldn't repurchase it :( It's one of my favorite toner ever because it cleans my oily face thoroughly even picking up lots of dirt and makeup left from previous cleansing.
NOTE: I'm so sad that this is discontinued, I would have repurchase it. 

Made From Earth Rosehip + Hibiscus Organic Face Serum
I got this from one of my sponsored blog project a couple years ago and I quite like the result it gives my skin aside from the heavy texture that feels a little bit sticky on the skin [REVIEWED HERE].
NOTE: It's not locally available here so to replace this serum I'm now using Hakubi White C Gel that I recently got from Nihonmart. 

The Body Shop Satsuma Hand Cleanse Gel
This is my only hand-bac that's not from Bath & Body Works (BBW) ;p. The bottle is bigger than BBW and it's kinda hard to squeeze especially when it's getting empty. The scent is quite fresh but when it starts to get empty I can smell the alcohol in it [REVIEWED HERE].
NOTE: I'm not sure whether or not to repurchase because I'm curious to try other scents but I hate the bottle and the alcohol scent that comes out when it starts to get empty. Anyway, to replace this I'm using BBW Paris Amour pocket bac.

Etude House Dress Room Sweet Look Body Wash and Body Lotion
These are my body wash and body lotion set for travels and stay-overs. I love the cute pink packaging and I'm thinking of not throwing the packaging away and putting them in the dressing room for decor instead ;p Anyway, this smells exactly like Victoria's Secret Pure Seduction which is too sweetly sweet for me [REVIEWED HERE].
NOTE: I think they're unavailable now because Etude House change their products so quickly. Right now I use Cath Kidston Honeysuckle Body Wash & Body Lotion travel set as replacements.

Citrus Clear Tangerine Tingle
This is an exfoliator that can double up as a mask. It's meant for oily skin and promise to bring back that healthy bright tone on your face. I think I'm allergic to one of the ingredients here because it burns a little bit on my skin so I never use it as face mask [REVIEWED HERE].
NOTE: To replace this face scrub / face mask duo I have another similar product which is The Skin Food Black Sugar Wash Off Mask.

LUX Velvet Touch Body Wash
It's a teeny tiny bottle that I sometimes use for traveling. This smells really nice and quite refreshing at the same time. 
NOTE: I won't mind repurchasing the big size bottle because this one smells really nice, but I already have a stack full of LUX shower gels on my stash.

Orlane Absolute Recovery Cleansing Serum Eyes
It's an eye makeup remover infused with some skin recovery formula, so it is an eye serum as well as eye makeup remover in one. It's a no-go for me. The texture is weird because it's thick and gooey but it's very runny so it's kinda hard to use. I also think it only works on removing light eyeshadow but useless for eyeliner or mascara.
NOTE: Def not gonna purchase this and I also won't recommend it either. Eye makeup remover and eye serum should be two separate different things ^o^

Lioele Perfect Soothing Essence Mask
It says the mask would help with skin metabolism and blood circulation as well as help rejuvenates the skin. I kinda like this mask because it has a very cooling effect which also calms my skin down. It's perfect to use after a deep clean mask to help cools down the skin.
NOTE: I will do a more detailed review soon of both of these Lioele face masks.

Lioele 3D Lifting Mask
This one has a weird shape unlike any other face masks I've tried before, but it seems to fit all surface of my face down to the neck! The sheet is super wet but it's not drippy, it has a cooling effect but it's not as cooling as the Perfect Soothing Mask above.
NOTE: Same as above, will do a detailed review soon!

Overall, I was able to emptied 11 full size products (including 2 sheet masks), and 6 travel size items. A total of 17 products last month, yay!

I guess I'll see you on my next Empties post!

If you want to see my previous Empties post, Click here.
Hugs and Kissies,

Thursday, November 13, 2014

WINNERS of Bioderma Giveaway !

My giveaway in collaboration with Bioderma Indonesia has ended last Sunday, and it's time to announce the winners!

Thank you so much untuk semua yang sudah ikutan giveaway ini. Setelah mengumpulkan semua data participants baik dari blog, twitter, maupun instagram - here are the two winners :

 Congratulations to Winda (@wind1403) and Theresia Syanli !!

I have emailed both of you with the winning information.

Untuk yang lain yang belum menang, 
make sure you already follow my blog / twitter / instagram (link on right bar) because I will be having another giveaway soon ^_^


Thursday, October 30, 2014

[CANDLES] : TWILIGHT Cinnamon Candles

I've been asked to add more candle reviews here on this blog so I thought today I'm gonna do one ;)

If you're my Indonesian readers then you probably noticed that scented candles are not commonly available here in our country, right? I used to buy my scented candles at Ace Hardware that sells Yankee candles as well as a few other brands. And now we have the newly opened Ikea store which also sells a number of scented candles. 

Other places to look for candles are local online stores. I also found some cute cat candles in the Office 1 Store and I found these Twilight candles at Informa store. 

First of all, these Twilight candles are one of the cheapest candles I found locally. Compared to Yankee Candles which retails for IDR 29.900 for the smallest votive size, these twilight candles are much more cheaper than that, but I think these Twilight candles are smaller in size though. I actually forgot how much these candles cost me because I bought these since 3 years ago and I remember it was on discount so I bought three of them because they are so cheap.

Other than the affordable price, I also like the packaging of Twilight candles which already come with its little tin compartment. Yankee Candles doesn't come with compartment if you buy the smallest size (votive). I also think the design on the tin of these Twilight candles are pretty and looks elegant if you put it on display. It would accentuate the room nicely even if you don't light it.

There were a number of scents to choose from but I chose Cinnamon because I like the slightly sweet woodsy scent that I got from sniffing the candle. BUT although these Twilight cinnamon candles smells good on the tin, it doesn't really have a strong scent when lit. 

Although it says "high fragrance candle" on the packaging but I didn't find it strong-scented, actually I didn't smell anything at all even after I burned all three of them at the same time. It would took hours and hours of burning these three candles at the same time to finally get a hint of the cinnamon scent.

So these Twilight cinnamon candle is a bit of disappointment for me. Other than it's good looking outer packaging, I don't like anything else from this candle. I found these candles rather useless because it's very hard to notice the scent once it burned. It also doesn't burn evenly so it creates a hollow part in the middle which I hate.

However, I still might try other scents from Twilight candles though, because based from  my experience of burning a variety of candles, sometimes it doesn't mean that the quality would be the same for all the candles even though they came from the same manufacturer. Some candles have stronger scent-throw compared to other scents from the same candle company. So yeah, I might try other scents from Twilight Candles because they're quite cheap to buy anyway...

How about you? Have you tried Twilight candles before? 
Let me know how it goes...

Hugs and Kissies,