BEAUTY VOTE EUPHORIA

Not just an ordinary vote. This is KISSES FOR CAUSES a vote for your own chosen charity. Yup, you are the part of this beauty universe.

Or as Suzy Hutomo, CEO The Body Shop Indonesia said at the launch event yesterday, “We’re all a share holder of this earth. I believe in 3 P’s. Planet, People & Profit. All connected to each other. Planet’s welfare will become social welfare, then profit will come." 

Back in 1989, founder of The Body Shop, the late Anita Roddick, built The Body Shop Foundation. It’s a charitable company who give money to innovative, global projects working for social & environmental change all over the world, made by profit sales of a charity product. 

In Indonesia, The Body Shop have chosen three grassroots NPOs (Non Profit Organizations) this year to be voted by us (read: customers) during a promotional period in-stores. They are: Komunitas NOL Sampah, ProFauna & Serikat Buruh Migran Indonesia which have been selected also by The Body Shop Foundation in UK. Rika Anggraini, Head of Corporate Communications The Body Shop Indonesia said at the event, "The Body Shop chose three charities with strong background, one in animal protection, one for environment and one for human rights.” FYI, last year, The Body Shop Indonesia had collected Rp 988.993.697 from 100% profit of sales of Dragon Fruit Lip Butter & delivered to three NPOs (last year they were: Yayasan Prakarsa Hijau, Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation & KAKAK Foundation).

So, which issue matter for you the most this year? You have the right to choose after you purchased Dragon Fruit Lip Butter, each for Rp 89.000. Yup, by purchasing this super-moisturizing lip butter (which smell amazingly fresh & glides smoothly like butter, by the way), you (as a stake holder of this planet) can support The Body Shop Indonesia’s three charity partners. Your choice & your action will change the world, because all profits from this must have lip butter will go to charity. Visit The Body Shop store near you for more infos and how to get involved.

AS LEBARAN IS APPROACHING…

Really fast as I typed, have you had any ideas of what to give to your loved ones, or simply what make up looks do you want to pull off on that special day?

You’ll find an amazing array of gift sets in The Body Shop Indonesia’s stores. With so many choices, ranging price from Rp 99.000 (really?), the Lebaran’s gifts will be in stores from July 25, 2013.

Last week I was invited by The Body Shop Indonesia’s media gathering to break fasting together with fellow medias and bloggers. The event was held at Hotel Mulia Senayan, Jakarta, where the team sent out inspirational gifts and looks for Lebaran.

Inspired by Morocco, every single gift box was wrapped beautifully, it’s impossible not to find the perfect gift for your loved ones. If you’re a perfectionist and you want to pick out your own gifts from The Body Shop’s massive products in their stores, no fret. You, yes you, can “create your own gift”. Pick the products in stores and The Body Shop Indonesia’s team will wrap your gifts instantly in front of your very eyes.

And the beauty of Ramadan didn’t stop there. The Body Shop Indonesia’s makeup artists, created three special looks for Lebaran. Easy to achieve and not intimidating for Lebaran (trust me your parent in law won’t comment on your look this year), three looks called ‘So soft & shimmery’, ‘Bright Rosy Lip’ and ‘Intense Smokey Eye’.

Check out the pics from the event above.

THE MORE, THE MERRIER

I’m talking about 8, yes 8 in one beauty product.

Dr. Christine Schrammek (she was a dermatologist which created the first ever BB Cream in the world) would be very proud to see that she had created a craze in beauty business. While the first BB Cream was used in German on 1960 to treat post-op patients, it was getting hipper when it was introduced in Japan and Korea in 1985. Many Korean Pop artists used it to create flawless and healthy looking skin and (boom!!!) every one wants it….

… including me. Personally I love using BB Cream more than foundation for its’ ability to cover spots, acnes and all. For some beauty brands, it has evolved from being just a base makeup to more multi tasking skincare product. Like The Body Shop Moisture White Shiso BB Serum Inside, which has 8 benefits in one bottle. Allow me to break it down to you:

  1. Brightening
  2. Instant Hydration
  3. Natural Finish
  4. Easy Blendable
  5. UV Protection
  6. Soothing
  7. Evens skin tone
  8. Lightweight

At the launch event in Moovina, Plaza Indonesia, Jakarta, last week, Astrid Indrasari, Training Manager The Body Shop Indonesia explained “This BB Cream has lighter texture than the previous All-In-One BB Cream. And it was specially design for Asian market, including Indonesia.” Also at the event, dr. Amaranila Lalita Drijono Sp.KK, dermatologist shared her thought about BB Cream. “I believe that the whole idea about makeup, is to enhance your beauty, not to cover them. Which exactly what BB Cream did, it’s not an ordinary foundation or base makeup, but it has active ingredients for skincare to protect the skin from UV ray and free radicals.”

Shiso (which widely used in Japanese food), believed to reduce early melanin-making signals for brighter and luminous skin acts as the main ingredient. The other formula is vitamin C, liquorice and Community fair trade aloe vera from Guatemala, promised to brightens, soothes and protects skin against UV with SPF 25PA+++.

So, how do I like it? As I already have a fair skin color, can you tell from my pictures above that I actually got fairer? But look at the flawless finish and its’ ability to cover my dark under eye circles without the help of any concealer. I used one pump for the whole face and apply the rest on my neck. I can feel the different texture with their All-In-One BB Cream which I’ve reviewed previously here 

This BB Cream is smoother, lighter and creamier with one radiant beige shade suits all. With the help of setting powder for the final touch, I believe that my skin stayed matte longer. The Body Shop Moisture White Shiso BB Serum Inside is now available at The Body Shop Indonesia’s stores, or you can buy it online here

AROUND THE WORLD OF FACEBOOK PAGE

April Edition.

New post on what’s happening and soon to come for beauty addicts. Updates from the brands’ own Facebook Page.

  • Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick is finally reach Indonesian’ shores. In their FB pages, reportedly it costs Rp 80.000 each. I’m going to get them soon, as I love their previous ColorStay Lipstick. 
  • If you’re concern about eyebrows (like me), you don’t want to miss Brow Show from Make Up For Ever. For Rp 100.000, you’ll have your eyebrows fixed and shaped by the Brow Expert, Emma Andalusia & Irene Sherly. 
  • Avid brush collector? Go to The Body Shop stores as they have 15% off on all their cruelty free brushes for every purchase of makeup products.

DON’T BE A FOOL WHEN IT COMES TO MAKEUP

On this April Fools’ Day, I’m going to share my Holy Grail when it comes to fool-proof makeup.

In my own term, fool-proof means practical yet it stands against Jakarta’s weather (which become more hot and humid these days). 

In alphabetical order:
– Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo : as natural as real brows, I hate fake looking brows which created by some pencil. 

– Bobbi Brown Concealer : it concealed well without cracking and works magically for that zit coverage. 

– Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow : palette of fun, just mix and blend to create any looks I desired.

– Guerlain Meteorites Pearls : for that radiant finish which somehow made my makeup seem more natural.

–  MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation : let me tell you a little secret: once a beauty brand PR from other brand which also carried cosmetics line, bought this without hesitation. Need I say more?

– Maybelline New York Volum’ Express One by One Mascara : the chubby tube and brush at it’s best. No clumps when applied, no smudges while sweating. 

– NARS Satin Lip Pencil : it lines, it fills, it doesn’t crack, it stays on. 

– The Body Shop All In One Blusher : no need to touch up during day time, as its’ extra fine powder blended well and stay there until you wipe it off. 

THE (BB) TRANSFORMERS

From white to a perfect shade. Your own.

Don’t you hate it when you bought the wrong shade of makeup base? I do. Especially if it’s a new product and we have no clue about which shade number we should pick. Well, good to know that problem wouldn’t exist for this latest BB Cream from The Body Shop.

The Body Shop All-In-One BB Cream, Colour-Adapting Tinted Cream is available now in Indonesia, in three color changing tones. Number one for lighter skin tones, number two for medium skin tones and number three for darker skin tones. Just pick the shade closest to your skin tone, and let the product do the rest for you. As you can see, mine is number two. 

Unlike any BB Cream I’ve experienced before, this one is lighter in texture. It really feels like moisturizer when applied. And don’t let the white cream fooled you. Yes, it starts out as a white liquid. But once applied, the pigment filled capsules (those tiny dots) will somehow burst, released the color inside and (magically) transformed to your skin tone, leaving no trace of whiteness.  

The key to any successful application is blend, blend and blend (I used my fingers), to reach an undetectable result. It really blend well with just one swept anyway, but just to be safe. With light fragrance, it goes very sheer and subtle. It did even out my skin tone (check out my side of nose), brighten it and added healthy glow. Now, I can see why this BB cream reportedly sold every 27 seconds around the world. For my final result above, I added concealer to hide any extra blemishes and under eyes circles, plus compact powder for that matte look.

Overall, I believe The Body Shop All-In-One BB Cream, Colour-Adapting Tinted Cream is perfect for our (super hot) climate as it goes really light. Just don’t forget to apply your regular sunblock beforehand as it doesn’t contain any SPF & for those who need extra coverage, keep your concealer handy.

Currently, The Body Shop Indonesia is having a promotion for this BB Cream on their online store. Go check them out.

 

(ANOTHER) MUST HAVE FOR COLORED HAIR

And this particular one, comes in butter texture.

It had me at no parabens, alone. As you might already know, parabens can be found in hair products, as they’re known as preservatives. Just being precautious as I’m getting older, whenever I can help it, I chose a no parabens product.

And this hair mask from The Body Shop is one of my personal choice. It comes as a blessing for me, who would love to go to hair salon every week to get a hair spa, but (lately) my patience to sit down for hours seem to run out.

The Body Shop Rainforest Radiance Hair Butter for colored hair feels like a thick conditioner, smell like berries and rinsed out (surprisingly) easily with warm water. Some of the ingredients listed are pracaxi oil, bilberry extract and linseed oil to protect the colored hair from dullness and keep it shiny. I use it once a week in the shower after shampoo session. What I usually do, after I shampooed, I apply the hair butter and I let it soak for 5 minutes while I clean the rest of my body. I believe that’s more practical than having to get out of the shower, put on a hair mask and in to the shower again just to rinse your hair.

I love the lasting scent it left on my hair and it made my short, coarse, colored hair softer, easier to comb. As for the shine, it did show after blow drying. However, I recommend this for them who don’t expect any volumizing result. IMHO, it’ll work well for long hair and longing for those straight long locks.

 

 

BE A DONOR OF LOVE

There’s nothing wrong to love yourself, but loving others and environment will set us to become a better person.

End of February 2013, The Body Shop Indonesia held a media gathering to thank fellow press for supporting them throughout their campaign in 2012, Beauty With Heart

The inspiring program was a huge success, so did their new concept store ‘Pulse’ which look amazingly warm and informative to deliver The Body Shop values for their Indonesian loyal customers (including me).

Rika Anggraini (Head of Corporate Communications) and Ratu Ommaya (PR & Social Media Manager) from The Body Shop Indonesia, announced 9 journalists who won cash prizes for the writing and photo competition. They also gave out many game prizes and door prizes (I won a digital camera, by the way. Yeay!) throughout the press only event.

So, what’s next for 2013? To kick off this year, The Body Shop Indonesia will donate 100% profits from their latest product, Dragon Fruit Lip Butter to three charities in Indonesia. If you buy this super moisturizing lip butter made from shea butter, beeswax and dragon fruit essence, you’ll be given one token and the freedom to vote or choose which charity do you want to support. They are: Green Initiative Foundation, Borneo Orang Utan Survival Foundation and Kakak Foundation.

Rika said, their sales target for Dragon Fruit Lip Butter (each sold for Rp 59.000) is 28.000 pieces, and it’s already available in store since the beginning of February 2013. So rush to the store before they run out, and make sure you vote.

 

 

FINISH WHAT I STARTED (SHAMPOO EDITION)

Here they are, three (yes, three) shampoo empties of the month.

1 CLAIROL HERBAL ESSENCES BREAK’S OVER
Claimed to be an anti breakage strengthening shampoo, I did experience not too much of hair fall at shampoo time. What I love about it is the clear texture, as I’m totally not a big fan of creamy shampoo which I believe will make my hair limp. It foams well, too. What I don’t like about this shampoo is the scent. It’s too overpowering and it doesn’t smell like lavender (it was written on the bottle) at all. Repurchase? Mmmm…maybe.

2 THE BODY SHOP RAINFOREST SHINE SHAMPOO
Another clear shampoo, perfect for me. I count on this shampoo when I feel like my hair is getting slightly dry on the ends. As I really have oily scalp and hair, I used this as weekly shampoo. The scent is very natural, of course and has medium foaming factor. After my hair is dry, I can see it looks more shiny and feels very light. Repurchase? Yes.

3 KIEHL’S TEA TREE OIL SHAMPOO
I used this twice a week, due to its’ effectiveness to zap the oil on my scalp and hair. Less scented and less foamy unlike other shampoos I’ve tried. Oh, and more expensive too. But it’s really worth it, because it really works for oily hair owner. I recommend not to use it everyday as it can over dry and don’t forget to use conditioner on the ends afterwards. Repurchase? Yes. 

DRY HEELS, BE GONE

If fish pedicure eek you, this product will save you.

Before they are cracked under high pressure, treat your feet with some tender loving care. Dry heels is one thing, cracked heels are not pretty and they hurt.

Thankfully, this classic yet sometime neglected problem because they’re down there unseen, has a solution. The Body Shop Peppermint Intensive Foot Rescue. I tested it on my son’s quite severe dry heels, because fortunately I didn’t have the problem.

I rubbed them on my son’s feet before his bedtime and put on his own socks. The texture is buttery, thicker than The Body Shop’s other favorite, Body Butter. It melts easily upon rubbing and the scent of peppermint oil smells great. It really helped my son’s dry heels overnight. When he took off his socks in the morning, the patchy parts on my son’s heels are 95% gone. He was happy with the result and the mother (that’s me) was surprised to see how this product really rescued overnight.