Thursday, August 25, 2016

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion

Hello lovelies,

this is my current body lotion from Aveeno. A Daily Moisturizing Lotion that are known for it's properties that helps the skin to stays moist and comfortable.

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http://www.aveeno.com/

This nourishing lotion is clinically proven to improve the health of dry skin in 1 day with significant improvement in 2 weeks. Formulated with ACTIVE NATURALS® Colloidal Oatmeal and rich emollients, it helps prevent and protect dry skin for a full 24 hours. This lotion leaves your skin feeling soft, smooth and naturally healthy looking and is gentle enough for everyday use. It’s also fragrance free, nongreasy and noncomedogenic.
Locks in moisture and helps
prevent dry skin.
The AVEENO® brand is most trusted for its use of natural ingredients. Oat is the natural ingredient most recommended by dermatologists. As a skin protectant active ingredient, oatmeal can help restore skin's normal pH and aid in the maintenance of skin's moisture barrier to help prevent and protect dry skin.

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I've used many body lotion and lately has been neglecting my skin since I simply gave up. Most body lotion sold in Indonesian market made my skin even worse, the high content of perfume, chemicals and other disturbing ingredients simply make normal skin become so dry. I think I was one of the 'victim' from those lotions. So when you happen to use products that made the condition worse, simply put it off.

The thing is, usually they don't happen within hours or days, sometime it took weeks, for me, after using a product that made my skin so dry, I can see the significant result in a week later. Even after stop using it.

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Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion is one of the product that gave me good result within that day. My dry skin become moist, yes, there's that filmy or balmy sensation left on the skin, but overall it was comfortable.

The lotion is white and light creamy in texture. There is not hints of scents, so the aroma is pretty plain like none. Absorbed well after around 10-20 minutes but when the skin touches water, the lotion feeling is there again. So pretty much the lotion is there on the skin to keep them moist on the surface.

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Do I satisfy with the product? Yes. So far it is far better than any other lotion I've tried.

Unfortunately, it is not available in Indonesia, I got mine from hubby's recent trip to Australia. I presume they have higher standard in skincare that are more to the naturals, against animal testing, use less chemicals that are known to be dangerous to the human kind, and so on.

The formula itself is pleasant, comfortable to be used daily, day and night and the skin feels comfortable all day and night long. I enjoy the non scented lotion as sometime perfumed lotion can be a bother too, if one can use unneeded ingredients, why not. Less chemical, better result.

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I wish I could try the body wash too. Perhaps they'll be perfect together.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Nature Republic Super Aqua Max Moisture Watery Cream


Hello lovelies,

those who suffer from dry skin like me must have try many brands that helps dealing with the problem. I was always looking for that perfect texture and feeling on the skin and one that doesn't sting.

Some brand claims that when it does sting, it must be working, but I don't really like that sting feeling on my dry skin. Like putting salt on a wound.

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Getting one from Althea, this Super Aqua Max from Nature Republic seems promising. It has the color of coral, it's like the 'it' color of 2015, so pretty and adorable at the same time.

The details are written all over the box.

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https://www.naturerepublic.com

The Aqua Holding System prevents loss of moisture from skin with a moisture film that provides long-lasting moisture pack effect. Ingredients such as water-soluble collagen and lecithin make skin healthy by providing moisture and nourishment to dry skin all at once.


HOW TO USE : At the last step of skin care, apply an appropriate amount to the entire face, and gently pat for absorption.

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Look at the list of ingredients, everything is there and the main ingredients is seems to be sea water.

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The product itself comes in three variant and mine is the one for dry skin. If you happen to have combination or oily skin type, there's options for you too.

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Here's what it's look like. Ohhh, it's calling me by the name. So juicy, fresh, succulent and beautiful at the same time. It had me by hello.

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I was of course a bit speculate at first, like would it be too oily, is it made for Korean skin and their dry climate, would I drench in grease?? All of them soon to be answered.

I'm using it for the first time during night. After cleaning the skin, I put on some lotion/toner, serum and then this moisturizer. The aroma is wonderful, dreamy, floral and soft at the same time. And the texture is rich and compelling. When first applied, they feel so silky smooth and filmy, like covering the skin like mask. I thought they will stay like that, like a sleeping mask where I have to keep facing upwards during sleep, but before I know it, around 30 minutes or so, my skin finish drank all those wonderful cream and feels comfortable. It does a bit like sleeping mask but better.

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It doesn't leaves any residue on the skin like most 'gel' does, the skin takes everything and feels soft, supple and definitely moist afterwards. I sleep around 8 hours and waking up feeling good about my skin. Bouncy and hydrated. And here's one more good news, I can use it during day time too, it is so comfortable anytime, day or night, or both.

So far, suitable to be used with any other products I have, serums, toner, and other skincare routine like for the eyes.

The product also blends well with liquid makeup used afterwards, creating that soft finish base that made my dry skin appeared healthy with a lovely hints of glow.

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Definitely will keep on using the cream.

Thank you so much Althea.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Hair Treatment at Hair Lounge by Ryoji Sakate


Hello lovelies,

my hair was dyed around a month ago, since then I have to constantly color my hair since I'm using hair colorant that are not permanent. They are acid and known to made the hair condition better with nutrients and vitamins. However the color only last for around 1-2 weeks.

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So, I'm back to Ryoji Sakate and have my hair manicured plus I'm getting a hair treatment too, known to make my super dry hair smooth, shines and so soft.

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Using L'Oreal Nuancelle in Purple, the whole process took around 60-90 minutes from washing, application and waiting time plus drying too. The hair treatment only took less than 15 minutes where the product is used less than a minute with a result I love.

It was amazing, like my hair is healthy again. I can't really comb my hair since being bleached, now, I can use the finest brush and no tangle could be found. And the shine? Irresistible.

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Do visit the salon for more information, they treatments for the hair and scalp. You can find one you need. Hair treatment can be done once a month and head spa (for the scalp) is around once every two weeks.

Raffles Spa Experience


Hello lovelies,

yesterday was a wonderful day for me, having a day on my own it's like a break all full time mom need.

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Arriving at Raffles Hotel Jakarta around 1 PM and I went on to the 14th floor where the spa located.

I was greeted by the staff, the male staff is super nice and polite. The spa smells so good, the aromatherapy really works in making me feel comfortable.

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My appointment is at 3 o'clock, I was early since I want to use their facility first and I was told that it help the clients to relax before the treatments and we can also cleans ourselves up.

I was ushered to the female changing room area, separated from the males. There are also couple's room, however, the changing room are still separated.

You can use the facility or go directly to your room for the preferred treatment.

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I was here because they have an excellent facility I can use. Anyone who purchase their treatment can use the facility.

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From lockers, fresh towels to basic amenities all are here. We can just come and have a relaxing time.

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Shower rooms, restrooms to dressing area is available. It's unlike a huge gym where everything in lot but it was enough for 2 persons at a time or take turns. Hence the spa only received appointments where they can help assisting customers privacy.

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When I was there, around 2 hours there are no other customer, until around 3-4 PM, perhaps since it was near afternoon or shower time.

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Aside from clients like me, there are regular members, they purchase an annual membership and enjoy the benefit of their facility from gym, spa, to staying in the hotel with discounted prices.

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Restroom and resting areas also provided, please do look into my instagram account @Carnellin where I share live updates. The stone chairs are heated and very comfortable too.

The staffs even encourage me to rest a while on those chairs and enjoy the therapeutic benefit.

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Lemon infused water are also available, but unfortunately, even after so many guess coming after me, none of them are replenished even until I was about to head out around 5 pm.

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There's steam room that really hot and do read all the precautions before entering.

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After steaming, we are advised to use the ice on the ice fountain to cool down and help the pores to be closed

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It was similar to shaved ice or snow.

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And then, the highlight of the premise, shower experience.

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We can choose from Caribbean Storm, Cool Mist, and Caribbean Monsoon. Each of them offer unique experience that involves temperature, different water particle size or texture, sound and aroma. Yes, they come in this beautiful aromas too.

Do watch my insta post as I made live video for all three shower experiences.

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The lights can goes from blue, to green, pinks and purple too, So pretty. I love all of them. Cool mist was the fastest one and suitable for cooling down while Caribbean Monsoon made me feel like I was in the middle of a heavy rain fall in the middle of the sea.

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After having a time of my life playing with all those water in many forms, it is time to get ready for my treatment. There's a place to dry my hair and amenities such as face cleanser, toner, body spray, and hair spray plus hair dryer too.

Body lotion and cotton pad, cotton bud also available.

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My treatment start with a skin check.

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Janus is connected to a computer where all the analysis are provided instantly. We can see what our skin condition at the moment and what is needed so the right products can be applied onto my skin during the treatment.

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Seems like my skin was dehydrated and the amount of sebum on the skin is too much to compensate for the dryness.

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Then, it was treatment time. I went for a facial, a basic one that was planned for 60 minutes.

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The room is perfect for one customer, the bed is comfortable and the blanket is warm.

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All of the procedure using Gaylia's products. From cleanser, scrub, face oil, eye gel, serum and cream.

The facial was relaxing with many massages involves, but somehow my cheeks are bit pain, perhaps due to the numerous wiping and cleansing that day.

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All the treatment started with a quick foot spa. Scrub and oils are massaged, it begins the journey of a comfortable spa moment.

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Overall,

I enjoy my time at the spa, it was unique, comfortable and I can really take my time there. No rush, no stress, the time stops.

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Hope to see you again Raffles Spa, definitely coming back for more.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Kocostar Slice Mask Sheet

Hello lovelies,

I'm back with a review for Kocostar. This time it is for their slice mask sheets that comes in Tomato (contain Lycopene that tackles free radicals and prevent aging), Lemon (vitamin c that brightens the skin), Cucumber (high moisturizing agent).

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And yes, I love using them all at once.

They look so cute and smells good, especially cucumber, the scent is so fresh and irresistible.

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These are the products and I think they are getting a lot of raves nowadays for their unique packaging and design. They look like slices fruits.

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When opened, you can't help but wonder the resemblance, like looking at a real sliced cucumber isn't it.

This is actually the first mask I've tried from Kocostar.

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So the middle part is plastic, and the masks are sticking to the sheets as it is. There's the front and back part, so the totals are 12 separated sheets that comes in the shape and color and design like the ingredients inside the formula, or at least the main highlighted ingredient.

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Once you take them off, they'll be like these empty 'shells' or holes on the plastic.

The sheets are pretty thin and can be easily stick to the skin and stay until they are dry, they dry pretty fast. Around 10 minutes and a few of them already taking off from my skin. Perhaps since I do have dry skin so they drank fast.

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These cucumber are super cute. Fragrant, moisturizing and gives my skin plenty of hydration. It also a bit cooling on the skin.

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And I find that the cucumber is my favorite, I even save some to be used on my cheeks when applying the tomato masks.

The tomato provide more freshness to the skin and look at the details of the product, it even made them look like there's tiny seeds. The color is so vibrant and bright like a real fresh tomatoes.

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Daily masks has become my daily necessities now, the formula is absorbed faster and better too than using serum and let it left on the skin. Perhaps we do need to take some time when using serum, they need around 10-15 minutes to be fully taken by our skin. Like these masks does. We can simply top it off with our own moisturizer right after the mask.

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Enjoy a softer and moister skin than before. Perfect for those who have dry skin, normal to even oily. Like these lemons, those with oily skin will prefer formula that gives the skin a much more 'zest-ing' effect that help brightens and lift up the skin vitality.

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Overall,

another fun and fresh way to use mask, they don't cover the whole face but can be used on areas we prefer and mix and match them as we pleased.

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Now the question is, which mask should we use today?

Thank you Kocostar Indonesia.