Instead of writing the usual skincare arsenal, which I’ve done plenty of in Female Daily, I thought I’ll share what type products need to be in my routine.

See the list after the jump!
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I’ve talked about this trio for the longest time but I’ve just realised I’ve never written about them. Yet. They are: Retinol Resurface, Hydraluron and Pepta-Bright.

Let’s talk about them one by one after the jump. Bottom line is they’re too good to not have them.

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No one is an island. But everything would be much much easier if you can be an island. You don’t have to depend on anyone and be self sufficient. It would be a lonely one but hassle free. But then again it’s lonely.

Today is one of those days where I feel I wanna be an island. It’s one of those days that makes me so depressed because I feel helpless and I just want to jump off a cliff so I don’t have to deal with it. Fortunately, I’m no quitter. I just need a time to ponder and feel helpless before I get back on my feet. I don’t think it would be anytime soon.

But until that time, let today be a reminder of the days of the past and why I want something else for the future. Because if ever being an island (and lonely, bitter and the whole nine yards) seems to be the better choice, then it’s not worth fighting for. Because, I don’t wanna settle for anything less than extraordinary anymore.

If people ask my suggestion what’s the best skincare investment or where to start with skincare routine the answer will always be: double cleansing!

If you don’t cleanse your skin properly all your expensive and potent skincare will go to waste. They will not get through your skin . They will not work effectively. Might as well pay $1 cream because it will not do what it supposed to do.

Washing your face without cleansing it first is like taking a shower fully clothed. 

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Semenjak keranjingan baca Caroline Hiron saya jadi sering mencatat produk-produk yang dipakainya. Tapi sayangnya kebanyakan produk atau malah hampir semua yang dipakainya tidak ada di Indonesia. Nasib! 

Jadi biasanya kalau memang secara ulasan saya ngiler, langsung, deh masuk ke daftar wishlist saya. Kalau kebetulan ada yang menawarkan mau titip apa langsug deh pilih-pilih dari daftar tersebut.

Dua produk terakhir yang saya beli karena ulasannya atau sekedar karena sering lihat di akun Instagram-nya adalah Hylamide SubQ Eyes dan Merumaya Cleansing Balm.

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If there’s one brand that I’m a die hard fan for is Other Stories. They’re the hip sister of H&M and not widely available yet. Only in some big cities of Europe with limited number of stores. Which makes matter worst. Their style just echoes with my personal style. The fun side one. The more serious and *ahem* demure one loves COS.

Anyway, when a friend went for business trip to London I couldn’t help but to asked her to get me these two Other Stories lipsticks. I’ve swatches them myself, heard nothing but good things and the colours are just to die for. So I grabbed myself Petticoat Pink and Cordovan Wine.

Texture-wise they’re so creamy and easy to apply. Very pigmented. Opaque finish in one application. It stays on for more than 6 hours and fade beautifully to a nice stain and thin out evenly. Most importantly it feels light and not drying. Even I still have a beef with the Kiko Unlimited Stylo. But this one … I am in love that it makes me forget all of my Tom Fords. Yes, it’s that good! It’s everything you ever wanted from a lipstick and the colour selection are equally to die for.

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It’s very addictive!

Exfoliating toner. Here are some of the basic stuff to go by.

1. Exfoliating toner is not equal to astringent though both give tingling feeling and it’s in no way harsh!

2. Toners that contain acid: AHA/BHA/PHA. AHA: Glycolic Acid or Lactic Acid. BHA: Salicylic Acid. PHA: Gluconolactone.

3. Use after cleansing followed by hydrating toner (those that contain hydrating ingredients and NOT astringent or acid). Trust me, you would want to double tone! Whoever told you that oily skin doesn’t need a toner doesn’t know what she’s talking about. Even oily skin will benefit from double toning. Continue Reading »


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