Archive for February, 2013


Hi everyone,

this particular item is definitely not a new thing on the block, it has been around for a while but I haven’t get my hands on it ’till now.

Reading how many bloggers seems to love it as a makeup remover and daily cleanser, I tried it on.

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The packaging is simple and cute, very Japanese, maybe due to all the kanji written heehee. I have high expectation to the product since it can clean everything, from sun protection, makeup and daily debris. Hopefully it help save the time and money too, no more double cleansing or triple cleansing, or is it?

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I’ve tried to find the product details on their official website but failed to find one, maybe since the product no longer available out there or change into something new.

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But in Indonesia the product still available in major supermarket.

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A milky liquid and smells flowery, feels a bit thick and sticky, easily mixed with water and bubbles up. The lathers is fluffy after working on it for a while.

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The result?

It doesn’t clean all the makeup like I long for. The waterproof mascara and eyeliner are still there. I still have to do a double cleansing with a cleansing oil to get all the waterproof makeup to be completely cleaned.

Overall,
It does cleans daily debris and sun protection (after 2 wash), smells good but  . . . not really a makeup remover for a waterproof makeup.

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Hey cutie!

Yes, it’s a greetings to all of you and the same time the name of this particular item from ZA of Lip Drops series.

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LIP DROPS


Drop Seal Formula gives the lips dewy finish without stickiness.
Collagen Complex provides long-lasting moisture and prevents dryness.

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The lippie smells good, like a mixed of something berry and flowery. The color is wonderful and very cute. The lips felt an immediate smooth feeling and sensation but still considered sticky for me. A bit sticky on the lips although not so much compared when they are in touch with the hairs and it is rather inseparable.

The lips does feels the moisture and dewiness away from dry chapped condition.

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This is the clear vision of the result of Hey Cutie, Lip Drops, so juicy and looks watery on the lips covering everything on top. May be used above lipstick as well for that gloss that only lip gloss can give.

The small tube is perfect to be tucked in almost everywhere. I know someone who only carry lip gloss during a night out, she tuck it in her bra and touch up almost every time for that irresistible sexy lips all night long, fuss free and she doesn’t have to carry any purse and be a dancing queen.

Hi all,

that title is not completely correct, it should be:

(all the details made available by Kiehl’s official website)

kiehls.com

Magic Elixir Hair Restructuring Concentrate with Rosemary Leaf and Avocado

Used regularly, this potent concentration of natural oils penetrates hair and scalp with therapeutic action to restructure hair to healthy.
• Immediately restores moisture balance to scalp and  hair
• Improves manageability of hair
• Softens hair and boosts hair’s natural shine


Apply a small amount to fingertips or directly onto dry scalp and hair using dispensing tip before shampooing.
• Massage formula throughout scalp in circular motion. Wait ten minutes for maximum benefits. Rinse thoroughly or shampoo. Use regularly to maintain hair health.
ROWZ-mare-ee OY-IL
Rosemary Oil, extracted from the leaf of the Rosemary plant, contains a variety of Amino Acids, Caffaic Acid, Rosemary Acid and Apigenen. It has been shown to contain strong antioxidant activity. It is also utilized for its fragrance in a wide variety of skin care products.

Ah’-voh-KAH-doh OY-il
Avocado Oil, derived from the fruit of a tropical American tree, is a rich, fatty-acid emollient. Avocado Oil is known to be the most moisturizing of any fruit oil. It is also a natural source of Amino Acid proteins, Vitamins A, D, E, and potassium. Helps to restore the natural moisture of the skin.

SA’flow’r OY-il
Safflower Oil, extracted from the plant’s seeds, consists primarily of linoleic acid triglycerides. It is a carrier oil, also considered hydrating to the skin and used in lotions and conditioners.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera
Derived from the aloe vera plant this ingredient has been known to soften, soothe and comfort skin.

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Super duper long names right?! And please do read on the details before reading my review. The product from Kiehl’s as usual, it is simple and minimal design with all the necessary information needed stick on it. If only they change the name into hair magic potion, period. Okay, that’s a joke, they have all the rights to give any name of all their products.

The pointy tip is definitely a helper so the oil goes right to the scalp and drips some to the hair. The oils smells really good, fresh and invigorating. The scalp instantly feels the energy, care and luxurious richness of the oils.

Instantly the oils are taken by the hair strands and I can see the hair are so happy and glistening. The coarse parts rejuvenated and the dryness disappears. I don’t have dry scalp, more like oily scalp, yet still able to take benefit from the oils for the stimulating effect. I hope in the long run also help with adding the fullness of the hair and regrowth. 

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I leave the hair with the oils for 15-20 minutes regularly and sometime over those minutes, the tingling effect will be more felt when leave longer. And it will keep stimulating the scalp even after rinsing.

Even thou’ it’s oil, they are lightweight and able to be dissolved by water. Shampoo is still needed but unlike regular oils which made the scalp oily and greasy, Magic Elixir is easily rinse off. I use my regular shampoo for colored hair and all the leftovers are gone. The nutrients are hopefully absorbed and repairs the damage of the hair, enrich the scalp, and hello shiny hair.

Overall, if you’re looking for a treatment done pre-shampoo old fashioned way with a modern twist and simplicity, try the Magic Elixir Hair Restructuring Concentrate for that healthier hair and nourished scalp all the way to the end.


Hello ^__^

L’Oreal Paris White Perfect also comes in a series for the night, called White Perfect Night. Fairness Revealing Soothing Cream. I think this is the first time I’m trying a night cream from L’Oreal Paris. Usually it’s either day cream or a day-night cream such as the Hydra Fresh, the original one, the one I used around 12 years ago when I’m still 20 years old.

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Wake up to radiant skin!


White Perfect Night Cream contains a breakthrough ingredient – Melanin Vanish™, 1 drop 50X more powerful, which helps to inhibit melanin production at the source. Night after night, spots are reduced, skin looks fairer and more radiant.

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The cream is a bit like milky violet in color, just like the packaging. The design of the pot looks simple, reminds me of Hydra Fresh and other variant from the same brand. The texture of the cream is light, like a merit between gel and cream. Smells like N**** brand (lotion). I like this kind of scent, it is comforting.

When applied to the skin unlike the typical night cream which is heavy and felt so rich, the White Perfect Night is able to getinto the skin, so there are no leftover feelings on the surface. The skin become hydrated and slightly plumped immediately. So far I haven’t witness the transparent rosy whitening but the skin do appears clearing up. Like there are less dark spots than before usage. The result also not instant, it took me weeks to notice the result of a clearer skin but since the gel cream feels light to the touch the days went by without hindrance.

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So, if you’re looking for a brighter skin with a creamy gel that doesn’t feels sticky nor greasy? This might be your answer as a night treatment. Of course this product can’t be used alone, a series of cleanser, toner, and day time treatment also needed.

However for me, since I have dry skin, I need a night cream with more hydrating effect than this one, so probably I wont continue using the White Perfect Night, perhaps in the L’Oreal Paris world, I’ll opt to the Hydra Fresh once in a while or top it off with a hydrating cream at night.


Hello everyone,

a new week has begun and a fresh new start from Shu Uemura’s favorite mousse, here comes another variety not to be missed. The POREraser.

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The event take place at Penang Bistro, the bloggers invited has products in front of them and we are all required to use all of it ^__^’ I come in full makeup . . . and I have to start all over.

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The cracker test show how the mousse distributed way better and hold their particles firmer than conventional makeup. So to the touch, the feeling, are smoother, softer and lighter.

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Before using the UV Under Base Mousse, the face have to be cleaned and use skincare for that glowing lovely complexion.

The toner are the famous mist and followed by tsuya. A pearly pinkish pre-serum that re-activate the skin youthful complexion.

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One of my favorite range in Shu Uemura’s world, Red Juvenus, smells so freshly berry good and the anti oxidant that burst with anti-aging action. Light to the touch yet rich with powerful ingredients.

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Then, it’s POREraser time.

Details from shuuemura.com :

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pore-less, semi-matte finish

UV under base mousse POREraser

2 shades

beige
to match medium skin

pink
to match light skin

for pores and oiliness concerns

SPF 35 PA+++ / 50g


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Both are wonderful and feels so light, fluffy and perfect as a lovely base for the skin. In Shu Uemura’s world a gorgeous look starts with a healthy and radiant skin.

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These are the mousse, looks like meringue right?! Heehee, super duper cute.

After using POREraser, liquid foundation is added and followed by loose powder, blush on, lipstick and eyeshadow.

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Very soft texture and wide variety of colors in a palette is always one of the key factor in Shu Uemura’s success in Indonesia.

Result for the whole makeup, a flawless finish, colorful and so light to the touch thanks to a great base to begin with.

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Thank you Shu Uemura for having us here ^__^

A full review on the POREraser will come soon.


Hi all,

after last week event (Read: HERE), I went home with the Double Wear Ivory Cream and Natural Loose Powder.This two dynamic duo is ample in creating a flawless base for me.

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I know Estee Lauder for around 20 years and this brand once has the prettiest gift set I’ve seen and one time there’s this loose powder. It was my first loose powder. It was my mom’s heehee, but it is the first loose powder I’ve used. I still remember how soft and light it is. Now, I’m pairing them together.

This is the 1N2 which is called Ecru Internationally, but in Indonesia it become Ivory Cream 39.

The cream looks so thick and rich, how I wish it comes in a pump not just a plain bottle, but later, I know why it comes in an open cap bottle without any pump attached.


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Seduced by the Estee Lauder’s MUA during the event to use a brush for better application, I let the brush to do the job, and failed miserably. The cream create some lines and the worst part is they sticks on the brush badly. It was very difficult cleaning it. I have to use a makeup remover, why?

The cream gets dry super fast, I’m talking in a matter of seconds here. So seeing the strikes, I use my fingers (best tool ever) and blends everything, I think 1-2 minutes and the makeup has set. Like I can feel it actually hardening on the skin. Once they set, they wont budge. It stays with me all day long, I haven’t experience something like this before. Or at least not in the last decade.

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This is how I look after putting on Double Wear. Most foundation gives a sticky finish (from very to slightly sticky), this one is minimum. Like they are air-dried. I did sweats thank to the hot temp, but the makeup stays undisturbed while other will starts to melt like ice cream on a hot pan.

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Some of the cream that I put on my hand, I let it dry just like the face and did some testing. I washed it with soaps, facial wash, liquid dishwasher and how it goes? The foundation stays! It gives the skin a coverage like mask. Waterproof as well. The water stays on top of it and the soaps unable to break it down. It need a makeup cleanser. I have Take It Away (HERE) and it cleaned them well. Like really well. I’m sure a cleansing oil able to do the job as well.

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After using Double Wear I don’t have to wait for the foundation to set, since it sets almost instantly, a loose powder is added just to make sure a soft finish. Mine is 01 Light.

Details from www.esteelauder.com :

BENEFITS
Minimizes the look of lines

Luminous finish

PRODUCT DETAILS
This loose powder gives skin a luminous finish that minimizes the look of lines and wrinkles.

Special ingredients diffuse light as it hits your skin, creating a “soft-focus” effect that visibly smooths the appearance of your skin.

Powder Points

  • Flawless coverage
  • Luminous finish
  • Comes with a luxurious puff

    Loose Powder for a Flawless Look
    Loose powder is ideal for the sheerest, most natural finish, especially when applying your makeup at home.

    To use loose powder, tap the puff or a powder brush into the powder, then gently blow or tap off any excess. Pat or sweep lightly over face.



    FORMULA FACTS
  • Dermatologist-tested

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Equipped with a big puff somehow I wish the packet comes with big rounded mirror for easier touch up after long hours or when needed. Or I just love it better when there’s mirror ^__^

Hmm, usually Estee Lauder’s base appears fairer on the skin, but this one even thou’ it’s ‘Light’ still a bit too dark for me . . . and a bit reddish. 


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For sure I don’t need a bronzer anymore. The texture is soft, light and fluffy alright just the tone that not exactly light enough for me. Perhaps, transparent should do the trick.

Use a big rounded brush for a flawless and enough touch, this time I literally can say, a small powder goes along the way thanks to the dry touch from Double Wear.

The image above is me with Double Wear and Lucidity on sunlight and below in room light

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Looks darker right?!

Final look? After brows, blush on, lips and fake lashes.

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Ta da! It looks natural, flawless, no photo editing needed and the look stay with me from morning till night thanks to the solid base. I just need a few touch up on lipstick and far lesser touch up on powders.

Now, back to why it is better in a bottle like this, the quick dry formula is the answer. A pump dispenser will be stuck in no time.

Overall? Must try!!


Hi gorgeous,
on weekly basis mask is one of the thing that enhance the skin performance. Wide variety of choices sometime does make picking them into an ample homework plus the trial and errors seems endless. I often went to brands that I knew well and start from there. My skin is sensitive and wont easily give up to just any mask.

Belif is one of the brand that I trusted and love. The series of masks are called First Aid and it comes in different variation accordingly.

This time I’ll review the Deep Pore Care Mask.

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Details from

Product Description

A green clay mask with a deep cleansing effect. Natural French Green Clay and Raspberry leaf extract with pore-minimizing properties thoroughly penetrates pores to remove excess sebum and impurities.

No addition of

Mineral oil, Synthetic fragrance, Synthetic dyes, Synthetic preservatives, Animal-origin ingredients.

To Use

Use once or twice a week. After cleansing and toning skin, apply a thin layer and gently smooth over face avoiding the eye and mouth area. Leave on 10 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm, then cool water.


Review

The thick clay colored somewhat between grey and whitish brownish grey. The smell is lovely and away from yucky. Smooth and easily distributed on a clean face, you may apply a toner right before the mask or spray some facial spritz. Then let the clay work by keeping yourself rested for 10-20 minutes.

The clay will slightly harden and the skin feel a bit pull. For me the experience is pleasing. I didn’t feel any negative reactions (such as allergy, pain, discomfort, etc). After the minutes are up I clean the mask with a warm water and careful not to overly stripped the mask away, just splash a few times until the clay is start to loosen up and let the water soaks the hardened part before using a gentle sponge/cotton/just your finger tips and gently remove the clay away. I feel the cleanliness on the skin, like the pores are getting their-selves purified.

Splash a cold water and have your skin tightens. It was a wonderful experience and I can see my self using the mask on a weekly basis to keep them fresh, clean and less clogged pores.







Hi everyone,

this is a post for those above 30 till 40. Libertage Wrinkle series from Naris. A brand from 1932 and has been a top 20 in Japan.

All the details here are provided by Naris Indonesia.


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The series comes in anti wrinkle lines and brightening, I’m sharing the anti wrinkle here and brightening at another post.

The idea behind the products,

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These are the products given to me, series of serum and lotions (from anti wrinkle series).
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There’s 4 bottles in total, another one can be found far below. Let’s start by these three.

Naris Libertage Wrinkle Essence, a serum. Naris Libertage Milk and Rich Moist.

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All of these products are made in Japan.

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All lotions are to be used on a freshly cleaned face, just like a toner and cottons is needed. Followed by milk or emulsion then a serum or essence. After all of these you still need a moisturizer (not presented here).

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There are two sets of lotions here, Rich Moist for dryer skin and Lotion Moist for normal to dry skin type. No need to use both of the lotion, just pick one accordingly.

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This is the fourth product. Wrinkle Lotion Moist.

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Lotions are needed to help soften the skin so the next step will be easier to be absorbed on the skin.
Remember that a damp skin always hydrates better and retain the nourishment longer compared to a dry surface.

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The Lotion Moist for me is best used during the day and the Rich Moist during the night treatment, so when I sleep the skin stays moist and plumped.

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This is the essence, I found them to be very light in texture but be careful not to use too much as the ingredients are quite active and too much means acne. 


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I’ve used the serum with other brand of pre-serum, moisturizer, etc and so far it work well, but I’m sure it’ll work better with the products from the same brand and range.

Let’s see their texture shall we?

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A gooey dewy like liquid with yellow-orange spots that will burst when pressed. The texture is very light on the skin but rich in ingredient. First hydration is infused, then plumping up the skin and adding some moist effect and collagen too, for me it’s always about collagen and vit e that might cause some acne, so I use less than recommended amount.

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The milk is used after lotion, it help with moisturizing the skin right before serum/essence. If moisturizer stays outside of the skin, the milk can be absorbed into skin layers better so the skin stays moist-er. This is perfect if you have dry skin, but some whose oily might want to skip this part. Me? I use the milk just few drops and it was smooth sailing all day long. No more cracking and the skin stays hydrated in an air conditioned room all day long.

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The sagging skin become firmer due to the plumping effect. But I can’t feel a tightening pull like other firming products, they work in different method.

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The Wrinkle Lotion Moist is clear and watery, the lightest form above every product here. The Rich Moist doesn’t look much different (seen in the picture above). Easily used with a cotton to help improve skin condition. Cotton also widely used with toner/lotion to help gently polished the skin surface.

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These are all three in comparison.

I love their texture, it’s like watery, gooey, milky and so light to the touch. I don’t have to use too much and the whole bottle usually last for a month. The skin able to get the moisture intended without feeling or being so heavy. So the skin still have room to breath. Remember a moisturizer is still needed after the serum/essence, but use less than usual since the lotion, milk, and serum already hydrating the skin on inner layer.

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This the one mentioned above, the lightest one.

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Overall,

both lotions are light on the skin, while the rich I use at night and the moist for daytime. The milk is lovely but use just a few drops should be enough for that radiant glow on the skin, the serum also wonderful on the skin for a plumping effect and help smoothen out the lines. Deeper lines might need more times (like months) compared to finer lines which visibly reduced in a month. If all of these already felt effective, a simple hydrating moisturizer is suffice but if the skin really dry and coarse a rich moisturizer is better.

I know that most of us since living in a humid and hot climate tend to skin moisturizer or refuse to use some of the lotion/milk. The thing is each of these products has their own benefit which will be advantageous for our skin if used accordingly.


ZAP Alam Sutra


Hello babes,

yesterday I went to ZAP at Alam Sutra

Alam Sutra – Tangerang
Ruko Alam Sutra Town Center
Jl. Alam Sutera Boulevard 10B No.31 – Tangerang
(021)-3306 4040



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I’m not a regular in the neighborhood so I’m not familiar but the location, here’s some clue, it is right across Living World and in front of a Karaoke place.

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Here it is. Bigger than the one in Belleza and Woltermonginsidi. For me it’s like a comfy hotel. Let’s look inside.

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The walls are decorated in green and white tiles. On the first floor the guest can sit down and wait for their friends or families whose having a treatment.

I hope soon there’s a cafe here so waiting wont be an issue.

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Or walk around outside and there’s Dapur Coklat in the neighborhood plus coffee shops. I love the clean atmosphere, perhaps because it is new, but I hope they keep it like this, nice and tidy but more seats please on the first floor 🙂

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I went on the second floor for my treatment, this is my 4th Brazilian and underarms IPL. I’ve been went through  4 different experiences:

– After first IPL the number of hair decreasing is highly significant and the ‘pain’ also the most from all the other session I’ve been since there’s still so much hair. What I meant by pain is the sharp feeling when the IPL lighted the area. Like ant bites.
– On the second session which is exactly during PMS my skin is more sensitive and the staff have to reduce the power.
– Exactly on this session I know fast is better, instead of kept asking me every single zap, I requested the staff to keep on moving and it all end faster and the result for me are better as well, the ‘pain’ as in ant bites are gone after a second so actually I can tolerate why they say painless. And on the 3rd session as well I’ve noticed the hair grew longer than before, less is definitely in terms of quality but seems longer.
-This is my 4th session, the hair become less and less, on the underarm area the hair was become finer and finer and almost all out. While on the other hand the private area seems to taking it slow. So far 50% reduced is visible, but still have a lot, maybe I’m just hairy.

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Yesterday I got a chance to look at three rooms here. One with private toilet and shower room while 2 are rather smaller.

All equipped with a clean bed and small pillow.

Mirrors, fridge, machine and TV.

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Customer don’t have to bring anything here, a clothe is provided during treatment, but if you’re having cold feet (literally and due to anxiety) socks is very comfy during Brazilian. You may bring some toys as well to calm down the nerves. I know I’m nervous even thou has gone through this several time, dunno why, it’s not that painful, it’s just worry.

Although, on the fourth session I find the place much more comfortable than the one in Belleza or Woltermonginsidi, this place like a comfy hotel for me.

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Relaxing and calming too. I think this branch is my favorite for IPL ^__^ while the one in Woltermonginsidi is my favorite for Beauty Treatments thanks to the pretty doctors and Belleza for Ms. Ayun, my first IPL was with her and she fast as in A.S.A.P, I like her work.

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Ooohh the fridge, I love the gel when it is super duper cold as it numbs the area and I can go with higher power thanks to the freezing gel.

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Each room is accompanied with all the appliance and important ‘ingredients’, but my favorite amenities is …


TV has successfully made any treatment went on faster and sometime I wish the treatment last longer so I can watch my favorite show longer ^__^

Thanks for the cable and wide selection of channel, I’m enjoying my self here.

The result of my fourth session, I’ve noticed the hair become less and less and I can’t wait for my 5th, the cold gel definitely handy and I’ll request the coldest one on next treatment and I’ve noticed the underarm area has become fairer than ever before.

Love it!


Hi all,

lately I’ve been searching for a perfect brush, inspired by the large paddle brush in L’Oreal Academie from 2 years ago (yes, since I first met Mr.Ambar) I was long for a good huge brush since according to him it is needed and essential in creating a gorgeous locks. Wonderful products such as hair care is still needed, the brush is only one of the tool, to make it all work!

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Details from http://www.goody.com/:

Only Goody brings you the Start.Style.Finish. Collection so you can finally get the best results from your styling routine. Your hair has different needs when you start out with wet strands, when you style with heat and when you smooth and finish a dry style. Select the correct tool for fabulous results with Goody Start.Style.Finish.

Step 2: STYLE.Need to get it straight? Lift the lightweight grip to volumize and straighten medium to long hair.

PRODUCT FEATURES:

Ceramic – to minimize drying time
Ionic – to help reduce frizz
Natural Boar Bristles – to add shine

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How To Use: 

Style by wrapping hair half-way around ceramic barrel that heats up fast with direct heat from a blow-dryer. Next, lifting at the root, pull hair straight down while you continue blow-drying your way to the ends.

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This is the product in my hand, looks normal? Nope, it is huge, super huge, it’s incomparable to any brushes I’ve used before. And at first I’m worried about the boar bristles, they look so rough and super tough on the hair. But there are small tiny pulps (orange color) that seems will protect my scalp from damage or scratches.

The brand apparently to be a reputable one in the USA and famous for creating many different kind of brushes, like the one that with towels inside, it’s very cute and funny in the same time. We are able to comb and dry hair faster. This one claimed to help drying faster too and I’ve prove them right.

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The huge rounded brush is really huge, right?! It’s almost as big as my head XD

The bristles are not as rough as I thought it would be but they are tough alright. I’ve use it on dry or wet hair, the brush able to straighten the hair in both condition but last longer if used on wet hair with hair dryer on.

Hair serum also helps the fly aways to be kept tidy and add more shine. I love how soft and airy my hair become after using this brush. The free tangle feeling is most sough of after a periods of perming and bleaching and other form of damaging the hair.

The result?

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A shinier straighter hair with no tangle whatsoever. It does take a work to get used to this huge head brush but the result is worth the effort.

Front and back mirror will help during self-usage and pins/hair clips are definitely essential. When the hair is still wet they are fragile alright so pull down gently. The brush also able to gives some volume when pulled up near the root and hair dryer is used to blow the hot air.

Suitable for medium to long hair which means at least shoulder length hair. The bristles are great separating the tangles but if the tangles are too much, use a spray of de-tangler so hair become less stiff and easier to smoothen out.

It is better to brush your hair from halfway down to the end before going all the way from the roots, so the tangles become less stressed ^__^

Overall, I love this brush and will get more brushes from Goody, next I want the one with towels, the one looks like a paddle … and all in XXL sizes \^0^/ woohoo!