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New Year, Stay Golden

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017
If year 2014 until mid-2016 was all about lenses with thick limbal rings, by the end of 2016, I discovered a new style of lenses that its design could transform my look. *HINT: they got the most striking design I've ever seen.*

A little background story before I start the review. In the beginning, I thought this kind of hydrocor lenses would look very unnatural since they are designed with a very low opacity. However, I was wroooong! You will totally look different, but in a great way. It might took a while to finally get used with such lenses, just like how you get yourself (and people around you) used to see those thick limbal ring lenses when you aim for a dolly look. Hydrocor liven up your eye color, especially for people with dark brown eyes like me. 

My very first hydrocor lenses were all gray colored as I was too afraid to try the other options out there. Mainly because I wasn't sure if such light brown colored lenses would suit my skin tone too. The dilemma came to an end the time I eventually gave a shot and purchased hydrocor in brown. The result was unsatisfying, I didn't look as graceful as I did when I wore the gray ones since the rest of the brown colored ring exceeded the white part of my eye.  Lesson learned.

So when I saw Lens Village asked their ambassadors to review their newcomer line, which is Molicon Signature, I didn't hesitate at all and fell in love instantly with the golden one!

Molicon Hydrocor Golden review

The lens itself is designed in tons of distinct dots, and the color of those dots fall somewhere in between green and brown. It's also been said that the result will vary depending on the real eye color of each person. You might be surprised at how radiant the colors are on your eyes, yet they nevertheless look natural. This pair of lenses also feels comfortable for daily usage. Well, it's not like I have zero problem wearing them indoor. There were some days when my eyes needed extra care, but as long as I'm able to rewet them with a lens drop, I'd be fine.

molicon golden review

Face:
  • Too Cool For School Rules Dual Cover BB Cream
  • Etude House AC Clean Up Mild Concealer
  • Rollover Reaction Sueded Lip & Cheek Cream in moss
  • Etude House Play 101 Stick in #12
  • Majolica Majorca Pressed Pore Cover Powder

Eye:
  • Molicon Signature Hydrocor in golden
  • The Body Shop Brow & Liner Kit in #3
  • 3CE Longwear Tattoo Eyebrow Maker in ash brown
  • Maybelline The Blushed Nudes
  • Dolly Wink False Eyelashes in #23

Lips:
  • BLP Beauty Lip Coat in lavender cream

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Styling 101: Scandinavia Dreaming

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016
nordic homes idea
Source: Decordots | Country Road | Urban Outfitters

Pardon me for thinking too far ahead but I love catching up with my own reverie, just like how I often imagine how my future house would be. I wish to have a house with contemporary Scandinavian interior design, the kind of house that uses earthy muted tones of furniture, features large windows that let the natural light to pour in, also white walls so it reflects the light and makes the interiors brighter. I could use some metal pendant lights here and there too as it will come in handy, functionally and aesthetically. Moreover, I would like to own a spacious backyard where my future kids could freely play and get along with the nature, while I'd get myself indulged in afternoon tea.

Go get 'em: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 

I had so much fun browsing through Anthropologie! These findings are quite gem since I was surprised to learn that they apparently offer a wide range of stunning home accessories. Even their cookware sets would create a pleasing aesthetic at the kitchen, wouldn't they? Hands up if you agree with me!

Oh and it's that time of the year again. I hope you are all having a joyful holiday gathering with your loved ones. May the spirit of Christmas bring you happiness and peace! 
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Gift Guide: Feminine Wanderlusts

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Saturday, December 03, 2016
I was initially planning to post a gift guide as a #BLOGMAS series, but during that time of the year everything got so hectic and eventually the series ended in two consecutive posts. I'm no good at making a commitment, thus explained why I've never posted a roundup of my monthly favorites. Nothing much I can say besides more excuses, so let's just look forward to reading another gift guide every once in a while just like my occasional Styling 101 or Wish List post, alright?

  1. Bose Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones
  2. Sonix Cora Portable Charger
  3. Chi Air Classic Tourmaline Ceramic Iron
  4. Ted Baker Hanging Garden Travel Bag
  5. Ted Baker Luggage Tag
  6. Ban.do Peekaboo Clutch
  7. Philosophy Rollerball Trio Set
  8. Adidas Tubular Defiant Jersey & Suede Trainer
This gift guide is actually made according to my preference as a frequent traveler who happens to love pink. Hahaha.. Well, I think these are my essentials when it comes to traveling. Because who can seriously leave out music, a clutch for storing your makeup and portable charger, hair straightener or curler (only real girls NEED this), a pair of comfy not to mention good-looking shoes, and mini perfumes that can be brought along your trip on the plane? Just imagine your friend can fit this important stuff inside their stylish luggage and cap it off with a cute tag. Aren't they all set now? 
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Fall Liquid Lippies

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Here comes the beginning of a new season. Like for real, Summer is over and it's time to say goodbye to my bright red and coral-toned hues lippies as I just purchased these babies to swipe on this Fall season.

go-to fall liquid lipstick
 TheBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick and
Rollover Reaction Sueded Lip & Cheek Cream.

Ok, let's get into TheBalm first, it actually comes in 12 different shades and is described as long-wearing formula that has a comfortable matte finish. Meanwhile, Rollover Reaction is stated as two-in-one lip colour that doubles as a blush with velvet finish. Just recently they launched three new shades, which are all perfect for the Fall season seriously.

rollover reaction sueded moss review
Onto the description as per usual.
rollover reaction sueded moss review
The actual products.

I've heard lots of positive reviews on TheBalm's products, from their well-known blusher, bronzer, and highlighter kits to lip products. Long story short, I finally gave in and searched all over the Internet to find a trustworthy online reseller. Btw, we have the offline store in Jakarta, also Sephora Indonesia sells it online, but the price is outrageously more expensive, so bye. I was scared too that I'd get fake products (you know how tricky online shopping is), thus I devoted more time to investigate until I found an article that helped me to distinguish between the real and fake products. 

Whereas, Rollover Reaction is a local brand that's been selling out really well. Despite the heavy demand, I managed to land their products. My shopping experience was easy-peasy, the shipping was fast as it only took a day, and the package came in a very adorable pink box. Now... Let me reveal the initial local lip product that I wanted so badly. It was called Lip Coat that was created by a renowned Indonesian beauty blogger, Lizzie Parra. But... All of the shades that I've been eyeing sold like hotcakes. Reseller price is so much higher, ugh these opportunists, it's utterly disgusting how they make extra money! I'm not going to spend a single cent on their business. End of story.

rollover reaction sueded moss review
Doe-foot applicators.
swatch rollover reaction moss
Swatches.

I think both shades flatter my skin tones differently. However particularly, I've received quite compliments every time I wear Moss. Performance wise, I kind of dislike Rollover Reaction's wand and patchy texture as I couldn't do my entire lips in just one pass. It might be because their formula isn't as lightweight as TheBalm, thus making the application a little hard to control. For Rollover Reaction, the finish falls somewhere between matte and creamy, while TheBalm dries down matte within seconds. Longevity wise, I couldn't be more content they last longer than my expectation. Even after my lunch, these lip colors are still pigmented! Now to the scent of it; both of these product have the similar sweet kind of smell. I think a mint chocolate ice cream really represents TheBalm's scent, whereas Rollover Reaction smells like a vanilla cupcake. 

In conclusion, as much as I wanted to shop just one more lip color, I've been so happy with these lippies and convinced myself that I'd NOT need another one throughout the season.

Have you found your go-to fall lippies? 
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