Monday, 13 July 2015

My Absence

Hello everyone! I know I haven’t been posting in a really, really long time and I need to explain that. So, you know that I’m still a university student and if you’re one like me, or have been one, you know how hectic it could be with all of the assignments, quizzes and classes. I know that I could’ve written some posts here and there when I’ve got free time, but I rarely got such luxury since even when I have no assignment for the week, I got to spend my day in the library, reading a book or start doing my next assignment. Even when I got free time, I tended to just relax for the day, and when you only have limited free time, you’d have to choose only a few things from your favourite activity list. Sadly, I had to put blogging aside. I don’t want to just put a sloppy post just for the sake of posting weekly. I want to give my best in each of my posts.

I’m not saying that I don’t miss blogging and reading other people’s posts. I do miss them, a lot. It’s just that I don’t want to pressure myself to do it when I don’t feel like it. I know that I’m not that person who strives under pressure. I’m one of those people who tend to break down if I’m not careful in managing my stress. That’s why I got to keep reminding myself that blogging is not my duty, it’s my hobby, something that I do out of passion, not because that I have to do it.

I do hope that I will be able to manage my time better next time so I could do everything that I want and continue participating in blogging world. Let’s just pray that there won’t be many assignments for my next semester lol.

I don’t want to make this to be a long post. I just want to explain my long absence and probably, my future absence from blogging world. I hope that I could spend more time to post on my blog. Wish me luck! J
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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Simple Eye Makeup Remover Review

First thing before I move on to the review, I want to apologise for the lack of post. I’m back to university which means I get a lot of assignments. Now that it’s slowing down a bit, I could spare some time to write this post. I will try to manage my time better so I could post here regularly because honestly, I miss posting on this blog a lot. Thank you for understanding J. Now let’s continue to the review.

I’ve been a loyal user of Maybelline Eye & Lips Makeup remover for about 3 years. I love it because it’s cheap and does its job quite nicely. But, I decided to try out some other eye makeup removers out there. First brand that I chose was Simple because I’ve been quite satisfied with their products and it’s safe for sensitive eyes (I don’t think I have sensitive eyes, but better safe than sorry right?). It also claims to be able to remove waterproof mascara, which is something that I really look for since I wear waterproof mascara almost every day. It was RM 19.90 (about $5.50) from Watsons.

First thing that I like, other than the price that is quite affordable, is it doesn’t leave your skin feel oily. It feels almost like pure water when I used it to remove my eye makeup. It also doesn’t have artificial perfume or colour, which is a good thing because I don’t want anything especially with artificial perfume near my eyes. Other thing is, it claims to have 2 vitamins in it, which are pro-vitamin B5 (listed as Panthenol) and vitamin E (listed as Tocopheryl Acetate). I don’t really know my science, but I know that those two things are good for your skin. Who doesn’t want to remove their makeup and also give some vitamins to their skin? For me, this is an additional point for this product.

Sadly, I don’t think this product actually works for removing my eye makeup. I put a few drops of this on a cotton pad, press it gently on my eyelids for a few seconds, and then I swiped it across my eyelids. Nothing other than a few flakes of my waterproof mascara came out. After a few swipes, I finally managed to get my mascara off my lashes. But still, it left me with panda eyes.

So I would say that I’m not quite satisfied with it. Here’s to continuing the journey of finding the perfect eye makeup remover!

Which eye makeup remover would you recommend?
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Monday, 16 March 2015

Lips as Sweet as Cake

When Watsons started to sell Collection, other than their famous Lasting Perfection Concealer I got really intrigued by their lip creams, Cream Puff Moisturising Lip Cream. Sadly, the shade that I thought was perfect for me was sold out. About a month later when I went back there I saw that the shade that I wanted was there on the shelf and of course I grabbed it before it sold out again. It was RM 19.90 (about $5.40) for 5 ml, quite an affordable price for a lip cream.

The shade that I picked up was Fairy Cake. It’s a pretty coral shade that doesn’t really look too orange but leaning more to pink shade. As being said on the tube, it gives matte finish. The applicator is a wand just like the one for lip glosses. The pigmentation is also great as it’s not too sheen and just one layer of it will give you a nice coral pink lips. The formula of this lip cream is so creamy and glides quite easily on my lips.

What I noticed first when I applied it was the nice vanilla scent, which I think really suits its name. This scent is not too overpowering in my opinion and only lingers for a while, so don’t worry that it will make you feel queasy if you don’t really like sweet scents. If anything, the scent actually makes you craving for some cakes!

What I don’t like about this lip cream is that it clings to dry patches, accentuates them even more. I also feel that my lips feel drier after I applied this lip cream. A wipe of lipbalm will help, but I recommend exfoliating your lips first just to be safe. The staying power of this lip cream is quite great, about 4 hours and it didn’t budge even when I drink or wash my face in the middle of the day.

I really love the shade of this lip cream, too bad that it doesn’t moisturise my lips as promised. But still, I will use it when I want a nice coral pink lips for the day.

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Sunday, 8 March 2015

Neutrogena Fine Fairness Cream Review

For a really long time, I was searching for something that could make my face brighter and fairer. I’ve tried so many products, yet nothing ever really works with me. Browsing through my local drug store here in Malaysia, I saw this day cream by Neutrogena. I know that Neutrogena is not a new brand in skin care department, but I’ve never found one in my hometown. This Neutrogena line is called Fine Fairness, promises to give a more translucent looking skin tone, reduce uneven skin tone and of course, moisturise. I’ve heard that Neutrogena products are trusted and well known for their quality, so I decided to pick it up for RM 46.66.

The packaging is quite simple with glass jar and grey lid. Even though it’s made of glass, it’s quite durable since the glass is quite thick. I actually prefer jar rather than tube when it comes to moisturiser since I could take as much as I need and I only use clean fingers to minimise contamination.One jar contains 50 grams which could last maybe about 3 months.

The cream feels lightweight on skin, but it moisturises really nicely. It’s absorbed really fast and doesn’t make your skin looks greasy. I love that it doesn’t leave sticky and heavy feeling on skin which many moisturises have. It has a nice scent which I love, but I don’t think it would annoy those with sensitive nose that much since it’s really subtle.

After a couple months, I could notice that it does make my face brighter and fairer. Even my mom noticed it and after I tell her about this day cream, she changed her moisturiser to this one too. Neutrogena Fine Fairness Cream also didn’t break me out at all. This day cream also contains SPF 20++, an important thing for a moisturiser to have because you can’t really go out without some SPF nowadays. Sadly, it doesn’t really do anything for my uneven skin tone.

Now I’m on my third jar, a rare occurrence since I usually change my moisturiser a lot, and I still love it really much.

What’s your favourite day cream? Tell me down in the comment J
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Sunday, 1 March 2015

Goodbye Semester Break, Hello School

My 3 month break is coming to an end. I feel so sad but at the same time so excited to go back to university again. Of course leaving my hometown, my family, my friends and of course my cats never gets any easier. Going back home after spending almost 1 year in Malaysia makes me want to stay at home longer. I even think that it’s more difficult to leave now compared to when I first left because I actually know what I would miss. Home-cooked meals, late night chats with my family and cuddles with my cats are something that I took for granted before, but all of that has become something that I miss most when I’m far away from home. But still, picturing that I will get back to my routine, being independent and meet my friends there in Malaysia makes them all more bearable. I can’t wait going shopping, gossiping and all of those things with my best friends. Going to library to study with my friends even seems fun (not when there are tests and assignments though. Who ever thought that these things are fun?)

A 3 month break was something that I thought will be boring since I don’t have anything to do for that long, but how I was wrong. ‘Bored’ never crossed my mind, even when I just spend my time in my home, something that I do a lot in this break. Doing nothing other than reading, watching TV shows or Youtube or playing PC games is something that I need after 5 months full of stressful school works. 

Of course I didn’t spend the whole break at home, that would be a waste of time. Me and my family went on a religious trip to Saudi Arabia. We were planning on spending 9 days there, but we ended up spending 19 days there because our travel agent messed up. Despise all of that, it was still a nice and memorable trip. Visiting Mecca and Madina, praying at al-Masjid al-Nabawi and Masjidil Haram and seeing Kaba in person are something that you can’t forget. Especially when you’re doing that with your family, that memory becomes the most precious one.

Going around the town hanging around or going shopping at a mall also become something that I enjoyed a lot last vacation, either with my family or with my friends. Seeing it changes and grows in 1 year, even when the changes are not really that huge, still amazes me.

My family also got a new addition last month, a kitten that we called Muezza, named after Islamic prophet Muhammad’s favourite cat. Muezza is actually the grandchild of our cat, Garfield. She was given by our neighbour, the owner of Muezza’s mom. This little kitten is just so adorable and full of energy. Anything from crumples of paper to plastic wrap can be used as a toy by her. Almost every morning we could find those ‘toys’ behind the sofa. She also loves to chase Garfield that sometimes he got a little annoyed that he could not get his afternoon naps. I just love both of them lots.

In this vacation I also got to meet my classmates from my old high school. At Chinese New Year, me and my old high school friends visited our friends’ houses who celebrated it, something that has become some kind of tradition in my class. It was absolutely delightful to meet my friends who I hadn’t seen for more than one year. It felt just like when we were in high school, preparing for a school bazaar or a class project. All of that makes me want to just go back to high school with them, spending most of our days together just like the old time.

This might be my most memorable vacation that I’ve ever had. 3 month felt so short when you pass it by doing something that you enjoy so much with people that you love. Now it’s time to go back to school with all of the assignments and exams that will follow. I hope that I would still be able to write posts for this blog though. Wish me luck guys! J
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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush

I have heard some good reviews about Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush for quite a while and I was dying to try it out which unfortunately, I couldn’t find it in Malaysia. When I got back home to Indonesia, I was checking out Maybelline counter in one of department store in my town because I need to buy a new eyebrow pencil. That’s when I found this blusher. When I was thinking whether to try it or not, the attendant told me that if I get it, then I will get 25% discount on my eyebrow pencil. So I thought maybe this is the sign from the universe that I should buy both of them and decided to add this cream blusher along with my eyebrow pencil.

I got it in the shade Peach Satin, as the attendant told me that it was the best shade for me. At first I was not sure of it because it looked so orangey in the packaging and I was afraid that it would look tacky on my face. But when I swatched it in store, it actually looked so pretty and not as orange as I thought it would be.  It’s actually a nice shade of coral with a hint of glimmer in it. I like that it doesn’t have too much glitter in it, making it great for daily use. When applied to my cheeks, it gives a nice healthy sheen to my face.

What I noticed when I first use it was how smooth the texture of this cream blusher was. It blends easily and also feels lightweight, just as what it claims. It’s not really that pigmented which might be a good thing if you tend to be heavy handed. As in the swatch picture, I actually layered it a lot so that you can see the colour of it. I prefer to apply it with my fingers as I think it gives me more control rather than using a brush. I also feel that when I use a brush to apply it, more product ended up on the brush and not on my face. For staying power, I would say that it’s quite decent. It stays at least for about 5 hours without budging that much.

For Rp 59900 or about $5 you can get 5.6 gram of this blusher, a great price for a great product. The packaging itself was nothing special but it is quite compact even though maybe not that durable. But still, it will survive in your hand bag if you decide to bring it along with you for the day.

Have you tried it? Which shade is your favourite?
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Sunday, 15 February 2015

Restore Your Hair Shine With Hair Oil

Frizzy hair is one of my recurring problem (thanks to the humidity) along with split ends. I’ve tried so many hair products in hope that they will be able to tame and restore my hair. Most of them ended up doing nothing or weigh my hair down. I heard a lot about argan oil and how it’s so wonderful at taming frizzy hair and adding shine to it without weighing your hair down. However, most of argan oil are quite pricey, making me quite hesitant into trying it out.

One day, I saw that Watsons launched a hair and body products line, Naturals by Watsons. One of the product in line is Argan Hair Oil. It was only RM22.90 for 100ml. However, this is not a 100% pure argan oil as it also contains avocado oil and wheat germ oil. The complete ingredient for it will be listed below. The bottle is made of dark brown plastic with pump. This hair oil promises 5 benefits in 1 formula, which are nourish, detangle, smooth frizz, damage repair and strengthen.

The oil itself is quite light and doesn’t weigh my hair down with a light scent that doesn’t linger on your hair. I use 3 to 4 pumps on my long hair which is a little bit past my mid back when my hair is half-dry, focusing on the end of my hair. Then I comb my hair so the oil gets to every strand. You can also apply it on dry hair, but I prefer to do it when my hair is half-dry. You won’t be able to tell that I just applied oil on my hair as it’s absorbed nicely and quickly, only leaving a lovely shine on my hair.

After maybe a month, I could notice that it really does help my hair as it’s not as dry as before and I can see that my hair is shinier and smoother. However, my hair is still quite frizzy even though it’s not as bad as before and my split ends are not completely gone. I’m still quite happy with it as it’s really affordable but still helps my hair to be healthier.

Ingredients: Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Sesquoleate, Parfum (Fragrance), Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Tocopherol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Geraniol, Limonene, Linaloo

Have you tried any hair oil? Did they work on you?
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