October 01, 2014

Luxola Haul: ARgENTUM + 3CE + Mario Badescu Review

Hi guys! Today I'm reviewing these three products from Luxola:

"Mommy, what's this!?" excited Bolu helped me open the elegant black box lined with a glossy pink ribbon and look what we found inside:
Thanks, Mallika! I DO enjoy most of the products! ˆ)づ♡
Now, without further ado, let's get to #JessReviews:

3CE Face Blush - Love Filter

I tried and blogged about some of 3CE products like these ones and so far I'm pretty impressed with this line! Now this 3CE Face Blush - Love Filter is a compact blush on and I like it because it doesn't break me out and it has pretty color, which is highly pigmented. Seriously, you can see the color emerge on your skin with as fast as ONE stroke. Careful not to apply too much or you will risk looking so… shy all the time? Lol. It comes with no brush, though, so you better own one to use it. :)
Ever since I first tried it, it has become my favorite blush on until today!

As you can see, the soft, coral pink color is REALLY PRETTY!!!

I used sheer amount of 3CE Face Blush - Love Filter here, five strokes with my small blush brush that I got from Chanel Joues Contraste blush on, and look how natural it looks on my cheeks!

Mario Badescu Drying Cream

As an acne cream, I give this 7/10. It does dry up my zits pretty quickly, but not that quickly. It takes maybe two to three nights whereas my other pimple cream usually does it overnight. I picked this at first because it claims to be a 2 in 1 product: An acne cream which also conceals. Pretty interesting, huh? Well, aside from the drying effect, it doesn't conceal that well either. ^^; It's okay, though. I really do think that it will come in handy when you're going to a sleepover and you want to do your best tackling those silly friend of yours whose hobby is taking pictures of people's sleeping faces. You can use this overnight and during daytime; after moisturizer and before makeup.

ARgENTUM La Potion Infinie

"Made from 99.5% natural origins, La Potion Infinie is a super hydrating, restorative, anti-age cream. Silver Hydrosol regulates skin flora with its natural anti-bacterial properties. DNA HP promotes cell regeneration, crucially the production of collagen and elastin and reduces lipid peroxidation. Its high molecular weight results in excellent absorption, enabling optimum hydration. This synergetic action results in tissue regeneration and acts as a powerful anti- oxidant - a bioactive formula, delivering a new experience for a visibly healthier complexion."   website
Bolu's seriously reading the instruction page for me

I've been searching high and low for THE perfect anti-aging night cream since my skin stopped breaking out 2-3 years ago. Everything I've tried since then was either too drying, too thick or worse, broke me out (yes, my sensitive skin still gets occasional break out and sometimes, it's because of incompatible skincare products).

Now, after using this for one and a half months, I'm really glad to say that ARgENTUM La Potion Infinie is by far my favorite anti-aging night cream! It's nothing perfect or magical, but it doesn't break me out and it makes my skin look and feel healthier. The floral-herbal scent is 'different' and it smells weird to me at first, but now I kinda like it! Once applied, it also tighten my skin instantly and this tightening effect lasts for hours! Despite the thick, creamy texture, it feels very light and matte on my skin. I'm so impressed! Σ(\(Д)/) I read a review here which says that this cream is too dry for the author. So I guess that's why it works great on me, because she mentioned that she has dry, dehydrated skin and on the contrary, I have oily, sensitive skin. :) It is also a time and energy saver because I don't have to apply anything before and after the cream. I guess you can apply a toner / serum before it, but I don't and I still get great result from it!
 I apply it nightly even though it says to use twice daily because I'm afraid I'd break out if I use it under makeup. So, during the day, I'm using my daily moisturizer under my makeup instead. So far, with ARgENTUM La Potion Infinie as my night cream, my complexion is a lot better than before. Skin tone is more evendewy but not oilymatte but not drypores look smaller (but sometimes when gets really hot and humid, my pores open their doors again, looking for some fresh air I guess… -_-), skin really feels tighter but it doesn't dry out and I can still smile or laugh widely without that weird plasticky feeling when you're wearing a peel-off mask lol. And… although I can't say anything about it now, I really do have high hopes for the anti-aging promise! XD

The rich texture
Ugh, after taking these pics on daylight, I read the instruction page and it says that this jet black jar is designed to protect the contents from the harmful rays of the sun and prolongs its shelf life AND it is also mentioned that we should not expose the cream to direct sunlight, heat or magnetic sources for maximum result *CRIES*. I didn't knowww. I should have used flashlight / room lighting instead. T____T Anyhow, it still gives great result for me, so. (comforts self) (cries again).

What's also in the box:
A spatula for hygienic reason and one of the very well designed twelve Archetype cards which includes the complete how-to-use, ingredients, history about the brand, etc. I received the 'Caregiver' which could mean I'm a caring person (which I'm not really) or that this ARgENTUM La Potion Infinie is a caregiver for my skin (which is true)! ^^ Price-wise, this cream is expensive (£147 / SGD 308 / IDR 2,900,000), but it's totally worth all the benefits it gives!

Link to buy: http://bit.ly/argentumlpi

Luxola Promo Code

Yay! Done with the review, hope you find it helpful in some ways. :D
Anyway, as you can see from the links above, I got all the products from Luxola. If you're interested to try any of these products or if you wanna buy anything else from Luxola, don't forget to use this promo code to get a straight 20% DISCOUNT for all items:

Okay then, thanks a lot for reading and see you guys on my next post! ˆ)づ♡

Jessica Yamada

September 22, 2014

My New Korean Haircut and Colour from CHOAYO Salon, Indonesia

YEP! Got myself a new haircut (and colour!) after neglecting it for 8 months! You can see how messy and out-of-style my hair was before:
You probably never noticed it before, because I was so good at covering it with my loose curls (click to learn how to do it!) >:) 

However, due to the excessive curling (and constant colouring), my hair suffered some pretty serious damage as you can see in the 'before' pic above! And that led me to reduce the curling process, but the dilemma was... my straight, unstyled hair looked hideous. That was why I decided to get a new haircut!

Because with a good haircut, you don't need that much styling anymore. :)

What I aim for:
Not a big change, just a healthy looking hair with volume in it.
(When it comes to hairstyle, I'm usually quite conservative hehe..)

Now, allow me to share with you guys my personal experience at this NEW Korean hair boutique located in Alam Sutera, Tangerang:
 My first impression as I stepped in the salon was, "WOW nice decor!" I felt happy instantly with all the bright colours and proper lighting. (︶ω︶)
 The friendly cashier greeted me and asked what I wanted to get. I told her I wanted a haircut and hair colouring.
 After that, she asked me to wait for my turn. I took the time to browse through the magazines for some hairstyle ideas. :D

And finally, after about 10 minutes, it was MY TURN!

The Hair Makeover Process

 Step 1: Hair Washing.
What I love the most about getting my hair washed at the salon is none other than the MASSAGE! Oh the massage... (─‿─)
 Step 2: Consulting with the Hair Stylist about what hairstyle to get.
At this step, it would be easier if you bring a magazine or some photographs to give your hair stylist some ideas about what you want. You can also ask their opinions on which style suits your face shape best.

NoteDon't be afraid to emphasise what you want. I know some hair stylists can be intimidating but you have to remember that it's YOUR hair! YOU are the one who have to live with it. If your hair stylist doesn't make you feel comfortable, just change to another stylist!

Here in Choayo Salon, I find the hair stylist to be very kind, polite, yet insightful which made me feel relaxed from the start :)
 Step 3: Chop Chop!
I don't know about you, but during this step, I always prefer to read a book or magazine, or play with my phone, or sleep, rather than having small talks with the hair stylist (HS) haha.. I'm just so bad at it. Luckily, the HS in Choayo only talked to me if he had some questions about my hair. ^^
 Almost there...
 The HS giving his last touch.
 The cutting process... DONE! Already looked much better than the 'before' pic, I guess? :)

 Step 4: Hair Vitamin
Before the colouring process began, they sprayed this hair vitamin onto my hair to nourish it :)
 Step 7: Cooking the Colours.
At first I wanted to dye my hair using chemical hair dyes, but the HS suggested me to do Hair Manicure instead! He told me my hair condition was already so damaged, therefore he was afraid chemical hair dyes would make it even worse. ((((*。_。)_
Actually it was the first time I heard about hair manicure haha, thank you for the suggestion!!
 If you're also new to hair manicure, you might want to know some things about it:
• It's known to add natural shine to damaged hair
• The treatment is similar to deep conditioning procedures
• You can choose between a coloured hair manicure cream and a clear cream that only meant to add shine but no colour. 
• It will not show any drastic changes in the colour itself (the choice of colours is not that many either).
• Typically, women who do the hair manicure seek the treatment for the healthy shine it gives them, not for the colour.
• Lasts about 2-3 months. After that the colour will fade away to your previous hair colour.
(Credits: x)
Step 8: Applying the cream. 
The process is similar to a traditional hair colouring process, but it doesn't sting your scalp at all! Love it!
 Step 9: Wrap it up!
I think the whole process of hair manicure took around 45 minutes.
 Step 10: Styling
For this step, I just told the HS to do as he liked. :)

Final Look

 TADAAAHHH!! Looks so much more fresh and healthy, don't you think? ^^
I really love how the HS styled my hair as it didn't look too "done".
Anyway, it's been so long since the last time I had dark hair colour! And I've got to say, I LOVE IT!
Here's the front, side and back view!
Just like I wanteda healthy voluminous hair! “ヽ(´▽`)ノ”

The Place

I think it would be a sin if I didn't talk about the interior design of this salon, because it's just so unique and chic! I love that they play with colours (which creates a happy atmosphere), while keeping it simple and "clean" looking. You can surely feel the Korean vibe here haha..
 Love the oval mirrors on the first floor! 
 The second floor is more spacious. 
 Finally, I can't help but taking outfit photos here!! Isn't it great that after you get your hair done, you can take nice photos right away? ;)
 Glad that my outfit matched the decor hehe..
 Every corner is a photo opportunity! xD
 Checking my hair out for the last time. I just love it so much!

The Price

They have 3 awesome stylists who are ready to work their magic on your hair!
One is from Korea, Mr. Oh Ming Suk,
and the other two are from Indonesia, but they are just as skilled because they have been trained directly by Mr. Oh himself :)

Here's the price list:
• Haircut: IDR 200,000 (Indonesian stylist) | IDR 410,000 (Korean stylist)
• Fringe Trim (Poni): IDR 100,000
• Bun (Sanggul) Styling: IDR 150,000
• Hair Wash and Blow Dry: IDR 50,000 - 80,000
• Curling: IDR 750,000 - 1,550,000
• Coloring: IDR 550,000 - 950,000
• Bonding or Smoothing: IDR 950,000 - 1,350,000
• Hair Manicure: IDR 750,000 - 1,000,000
• Volume Magic: IDR 1,050,000 - 1,550,000

Thank you sooo much, Choayo Salon for reviving my hair and boosting my confidence! And also for your excellent service! I felt very welcomed by the friendly staff. Definitely going to recommend you to all my family and friends :)

Jl. Ruko Jalur Sutera 31-A no. 8,
Alam Sutera, Tangerang
(021) 5396367

p.s. You can get 15% DISCOUNT off your bill simply by following their Instagram account, snap a photo in the salon and upload it to your own Instagram account! Don't forget to tag them too! :)

All right guys, thank you for reading and see you in my next post!

Elissa Yamada

September 21, 2014

DIY Fashion Projects with Paper

What do you love to do in your free time?
Hang out with friends? Sleep? Work out?

As for us, we used to love doing some Do-It-Yourself project when we were kids, and mostly Fashion accessories! I wonder when and why we stopped doing that, because It was really fun, y'know, just locking ourselves in our room prepared with food and drinks, and then start braiding some bracelets or necklaces! :D

Finally, there is a chance for us to rediscover the joy we had in DIY! Canon is organizing a DIY contest for everyone who loves to express their creativity through fashion called Paper Runway!!

Recreate fashion accessories, with paper, patterns and colours printed with a Canon PIXMA printer!

If you love creating fashion stuff, then you should join this contest to have some fun and get a chance to win amazing prizes! :D

How to Join the Contest?

• Create fashion accessories and/or outfits using only paper.
Patterns can be printed out on the papers used to create the outfit and accessories, but do note that utilizing patterns from PIXMA will earn you double votes!
• Go to Application on PIXMA Facebook page to submit your creation.

Here are some more sophisticated fashion DIY to give you (and us both) some ideas :)

...or maybe you are the type of person who just like to roll around? Why don't you try this bag using PIXMA prints? 

The Prize (worth up to USD$1300)

☆ First Prize 
 Canon PIXMA MG 7570 + Canon Powershot N

☆ Second Prize 
Canon PIXMA MG 6670 + Canon Powershot S200

☆ Third Prize 
Canon PIXMA MG 5670

We're pretty sure you all know how awesomesauce the print quality of Canon printer is, especially along with Canon fine-art papers. The colours are magnificent, the characters are sharp, in shortyou can easily get the quality of a professional photo lab! \ (๑✧ȏ✧๑) 

Take this opportunity to showcase and express your talent and creativity in fashion and stand a chance to win those amazing prizes! Not only that, your work would be featured on the gallery page of this Paper Runway Campaign on Facebook and be seen by their 830,000 followers. :D

 Campaign period begins on the 12th of September and ends on the 13th of October.
 Winners will be selected 50% by votes and 50% by Canon team.
 Please visit PIXMA Facebook page for more details regarding this campaign.