Sunday, April 26, 2015

Short Review : Essie Resort 2015 Cocoa Karma


Product Name : Essie Cocoa Karma
Collection : Resort 2015
Available in 15ml (full size) bottle and part of Essie Resort 2015 mini set (5ml)

 



   mine is mini, 5ml bottle from mini set.
i love how Essie could manage to put a sticker name for every mini bottle, unlike OPI.


 Essie's brush is long and thin.
It work best for smaller nails, like mine ^^~



Actually, this one that makes me fallin love with Resort 2015 collection from Essie. So soft, mature, chic and classic. Essie described it as “Molten Chocolate” which is true.

The formula is wonderful, you can get full coverage with one coat if you’re careful. I use two thin layers and top coat. Wonderful.


As a beginner in nail polish collector, I don’t have many variant. Here I use OPI’s You Don’t Know, Jacques! Together with Cocoa Karma, just for fun.



 
So far, Essie’s formula I tried last longer on me than China Glaze, and sometimes, than OPI.
So, yes, more Essie in future! I fell in love with mini flowerista collection (minty blue, orchid, soft cream and gray shade in a box? Here i come!) but it isn't available here yet.

For now, as far as i know, Essie is just available in Online in Indonesia.


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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Short Review of Ponds Dewy Rose Gel

I haven’t use anything from Ponds since High School. I don’t even remember why I stop using Ponds, and what product I was used. Wait, maybe it’s their cleansing foam because I was crazy about cleansing foam back then.
Ponds Dewy Rose Gel isn’t a new product, I’ve seen it many times before decided to get one in 10 ml size. Actually they have two moisturizer in Dewy Rose section : Gel and Cream. I have oily skin and always afraid with “cream” so yes, I went for Gel.


I bought mine in minimarket for IDR. 21,600. Not so cheap compared to it size, makes it IDR. 2,160/ml. Ugh. I haven’t read any review about it from anyone but blog endorser, so I start with zero expectation. I don’t even know how inside packaging look like!

product description
 
ingredient list (click to see larger)
The box is pretty pink, totally caught my eyes. Once its opened.. Not so. Jar inside looks cheap and off. Well.. Lets open it..



Wow, at least they put plastic separator inside! Good job.


Okay, I might have wrote it several times, how I almost expect nothing to product I tried. For this one, I just want a gel moisturizer I could use on daily basis with affordable price and easy to find locally. I think it would be like Secret Key Salt Fantastic Soothing Gel (reviewed here), more or little less. But no, it’s much more.
 
product on my hand, unblended

Since mine is small, 10gr size, I think I wouldn’t get any seen effect. But on 4th day, I looked at my mirror and think how bright and healthy my skin is. I did quick thought about latest skincare I tried (sometimes its hard to track, you know) and found Ponds.
My other latest skincare routine has Paula Choice 8% AHA gel too as newest member, but it was 10 whole days before Ponds. And I’ve seen how BHA and AHA both makes my skin looks better. But this time it was different. I look a tad fairer, and somewhat dewy too.
As for moisturizing aspect, its nice enough. And it doesn’t cause me breakout (lately, many product doesn’t). Being gel product, its light and comfort to wear, and has no coverage. As it might expected, it has soft rose scent which gone short after applied.

I appreciate Ponds great work for Dewy Rose Gel. I both enjoy applying and it’s effect. I would happily recommend it and repurchase (though I wish its somewhat cheaper, LOL).


However, since I currently reading Paula Begoun’s Original Beauty Bibble , I want to share what I think she might say about Ponds Dewy Rose Gel. She and her team haven’t do review about it on their web (www.cosmeticcop.com) yet.
Please not that I currently reading, means I haven’t finish the book yet, my opinion is based on part I’ve read and some review they did on web and on other book titled Don’t Go to Cosmetic Counter without Me. Dont ever hesitate to correct me if i'm wrong :)

Ponds Dewy Rose Gel contains high amount alcohol denat (third on list) which is unfortunately, is drying in long term use. Theres also Perfume in middle of list, which is no need. And although it said to use Rose as main ingredient, its listed near the end of list. I wonder if it's Rose that work so well or Niacinamide, an ingredient that works to reduce redness.

Paula also think that jar packaging, though seems fancier, is not good for product it self. Contact with oxygen will degrade product’s quality beside it's not so hygienic.


Complete ingredient list and its function can be found at :


Be Smart, we can found many source on internet to help selecting product ^___^
.. in the end, will I repurchase it?
Yes, I love the effect. I am trying to balance it with better moisturizer at night.
But not for long term use. Maybe another full size jar (while I’m trying to find another product) and I will stop for some months.

If you have suggestion for me, please put on comment section below :)
Thank you, hopefully my post does help you :)

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