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Luvmilk: Massive Haul + Review (2018)

Hiya! I’m back with yet another review of my beloved indie skincare + makeup products. Today we’ll be talking about Luvmilk, a gorgeous skincare brand that got its start on etsy, before moving to its own standalone site. Customs screwed me over with a Rp. 700.000 tax (why? WHY? that’s USD $50, btw) because the value was over $100 (total was $157). Though she kindly understated the value, Customs opened the box and found the actual invoice inside. I’m not sure why they taxed me 30% of the value, because that’s a huge amount, but fortunately, the order was worth it. WORTH IT.

I’d always been planning to order from Luvmilk (since about a year ago), but for some reason I never got around to it. When I saw that they’d released a Halloween collection in their EDP, I decided to finally check out (I had about 20 things in my cart). Here’s everything I received—I also ordered a $25 mystery box.

These lip balms cost $2.50. They are the creamiest and lightest that I’ve ever tried, so much so that it sometimes feels I’m not wearing anything. They’re not amazingly moisturizing (I’d rate them a 6 on a 1 to 10 scale), but they smell amazing. AMAZING. My one complaint is that if you lick your lips, they taste nothing like they smell >_<

Luvmilk’s body sprays come in 4 sizes: 1 oz is $4, 2 oz is $6, 4 oz is $12, and 8 oz is $24. These smell amazing as well and have crazy throw and longevity. I sprayed once—ONCE—on myself and it lasted the entire day. I actually received a 1 oz prior to this in one of my Hello Waffles subscription boxes (that scent was Summer Surprise) and that’s part of what made me even more interested in this brand. I’d definitely recommend this if you’re looking for a low-cost alternative to Bath&Bodyworks.

Welcome to all of my new conditioners. The 8 oz size is $12, the 4 oz is $7, and the 2 oz is $4. I got a bunch (a BUNCH) and let me tell you, these work great on my hair. I have severely damaged hair that gets tangled very, very easily. It can be hard to brush and more often than not, it’s just a frazzled mess. Many of the conditioners I’ve tried from the store have done nothing for my hair, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that after trying them out, my hair felt lighter and was much easier to brush. You can see in the center on the top row—that’s how much I used for one wash. I have long hair that stretches past my neck and to my back.

Note: I’ve only tried ‘Goblin Lover’, but I think there might be a spice in the conditioner because when I used it to condition my hair, some of it got into my scalp and it began feeling a bit tingly D: It was a very uncomfortable feeling..

The conditioners’ scents last over a day—they’re faint by the second day of wearing, but it’s so nice to go to sleep in a cloud of sweet-smelling perfume.

You can see how much more conditioner I use vs. shampoo.. Oh my gosh. These shampoos aren’t anything mindblowing, but I love how wonderfully they smell. They clean my hair well—my hair gets very oily after 2-3 days, and with just a few pumps I was able to work the shampoo into a medium lather and wash my hair. It’s very gentle compared to the Chinese shampoos my husband likes to use. These come in three sizes: 2 oz = $4, 4 oz = $7, and 8 oz = $12.

So what you’re seeing here is a mix of 3 products. First, the Goat’s Milk Lotion, which is literally the nicest lotion I have ever tried. It’s so creamy, it feels like you’re wearing nothing, and the fragrances SMELL. AMAZING. I’m not sure how many times I can repeat that but OMG THEY SMELL GREAT. I’ve tried Aphrodite’s Temple; wore it at around 7 pm after my shower, and it lasted until bed time (which, shamefully, is around 1 am). Despite its light texture, it truly feels so, so soft on my skin. I have severe dryness issues and I feel like I’ve found my holy grail.

I have not tried the dusting powder or the sugar scrub yet, so I will get back to you on that <3

As you can see, these little beauties are still unopened. I’m planning on using them today, and when I do, I’ll come back and update this post!

Overall, I’m very happy with my Luvmilk order, so much so that I’m planning on making another one as soon as I use up one of these products. I can’t express how much I love every single thing I’ve gotten—the smells are great and so complex and rich and LONGLASTING, the conditioner actually works, the body sprays double as room sprays and leave my house smelling fantastic.. SERIOUSLY worth the money. Okay! I’m going to say bye now and smother myself in lotion again. I hope this review was a bit helpful!

Poesie Perfume Reviews Master List

Hi everyone! To make this a little bit easier for y’all, I’ve placed all of my reviews in an Airtable. You can filter and sort by collection, by type of perfume.. so I hope you’ll enjoy this masterlist of Poesie Perfume reviews.

Overall, as a perfume house, I find that Poesie excels in creating light, whistle-like fragrances. They don’t always have the best throw or longevity, but while they’re around, they’re so bright, lovely, and simple. To solve the longevity problem, I usually dab the perfume into my hair, and then it lasts for the whole day.

My favorites from Poesie include Innocence, Madar, and Tiny Phantom—all delicate fragrances that boast strong sweetness. Others to try include County Line and Madchenland.

Liz Lisa Makeup Review (with swatches) ♡

 Hello everyone! I received an edition of Popteen magazine a few weeks ago. Popteen (and a lot of other Japanese mooks/magazines) gives readers free gifts with every issue. Sometimes they’ll be makeup, sometimes they’ll be small bags… sometimes the gift is a cute accessory that you can wear.

Popteen likes to partner a lot with Liz Lisa, so the monthly gift can sometimes be Liz Lisa makeup. That’s what I’ll be reviewing today!

This is what’s inside the box–an eyeshadow quad and a Liz Lisa sheer lip gloss.

Here’s a closer look at the eyeshadows! Now, I’m still just a beginner on my makeup journey, but I did like these colors. I don’t know how to compare different makeup formulas yet but I would say that these fade easily when applied, even over my Canmake eyeshadow base. 

Shade 1 all over the brow, Shade 2 on the corners, and shade 3 as a slight dusting near the eyeliner line (I’m a total newbie, so please forgive my…terrible explanation skills). I don’t use the lip gloss from Liz Lisa much, I’m actually wearing a Canmake lip balm in this photo.

Alright! That wraps up my Liz Lisa makeup review for today. Have any of you gotten your hands on this makeup set from Popteen x Liz Lisa? If so, what are your thoughts on it? I’d love to hear them! ♡ 

Koinworks Review: Simple, Easy P2P Lending (+ Promo Code)

Hi guys! I wrote a variation of this post on my old blog, but it’s gone now. So I decided to rewrite it. 

I have about Rp 3.000.000 in Koinworks: it’s a simple way of investing spare money, and they always have nice promos. Like this one:

Basically, all you have to do is sign up with the link above (or with the code 27967) and you’ll get a free Rp. 50.000 to invest. Pretty nice, right? I wish I had used a code before signing up.

Sign up: You’ll need a KTP, KITAS, or passport (that’s what I used). It’s very easy to sign up as long as you have a bank account and KTP in your name.

Fees: 1% from every borrower repayment, and Rp. 5.000 withdrawal fee

Minimum investment: Rp. 100.000 (This makes Koinworks ideal for newbie investors who just want to squirrel away some spare money at the end of the month. Other investment options, like Modalku, require upwards of Rp. 1.000.000)

Length of time: 1 to 12 months

Safety and guarantees: Loans are reviewed and rated by safety. “A” Grade loans are the safest, and if the payments default you will get your money back. The amount of money returned lowers with each grade, so you can choose how much risk you want to take.

Returns: My Net Annualized Return so far is 18.13%. Pretty good when you remember that mutual funds and other long-term deposit options tend to offer, at best, 7-8%. From Koinworks: “NAR is calculated using a formula where interest received, plus late fees received, minus the 1% service fee paid we divided by the outstanding principal amount of the loan at the beginning of that monthly payment period.”

Top-up: You can top up with a variety of methods. They create a Virtual Account just for you.

On the Portfolio tab, I can quickly see all of my investments. If I click on “Details”, I can then see the repayment schedule and amount. Different colored circles = different things. A green circle, for example, means that the person paid on time. A blue one means that they paid late. A red one means they haven’t paid at all, and missed the deadline.

So far, everyone has been paying on time (except for one guy, who paid a little late on both of his last installments).

Note: You do have to invest in Rp. 100.000 increments. For example, you can’t just invest Rp. 65.000 in a loan, or Rp. 250.000. It has to be an exact multiple of Rp. 100.000.

Pros: 

  • Fast and easy to sign up
  • Returns up to 30%
  • Small starting amount 
  • Detailed look at loans and payment schedules
  • Fast deposits and withdrawals

Cons:

  • 1% fees are a bit high

Overall, I think Koinworks is a safe, fun option for most people. I definitely recommend it for anyone who has some free time and wants to grow their money a bit. I think you’ll get the most out of this if you invest at least Rp. 100.000 a month (since there is a Rp. 5.000 withdrawal fee now).

Okay, thank you for your love! I’ll talk to you later ( I hope the weird mishmash of topics isn’t too offputting for you).

Better World Books Review 2018

Halo semua! Kemarin aku post tentang BWB di Insta kan, dan janji akan tulis post review di blog.

Aku tulis review ini 2 bahasa—Inggris dan Indonesia. Kenapa? Yaaa untuk latih Bahasa Indonesiaku, dan juga karena banyak pembaca blog ini yang memang berasal dari Indonesia. Maafin aku ya kalau ada yang salah..

Jadi beberapa minggu lalu sekitar Thanksgiving/Black Friday, aku… kekhilafan. Karena banyak promo di web store aku banyak belanja, dan salah satunya yang paling kunantikan adalah pembelian dari Better World Books, sebuah toko online yang menjual buku bekas dengan harga terjangkau. Tak hanya itu—BWB itu menyediakan gratis ongkir ke seluruh dunia. SELURUH DUNIA.

Tapi nggak hanya itu—untuk setiap buku yang kamu beli dari BWB, mereka akan mendonasikan satu buku.

Nah, pas aku buka-buka e-mail di hp, aku lihat ada yang menarik: “Use this discount code for an additional 30% off your order.” Wah, langsung deh—aku buka computer dan mulai tambah-tambahin buku ke keranjang belanja.

Tahun depan bakal ada banyak proyek rahasia yang akan ku kerjain—ada proyek cerpen, proyek puisi, dan proyek esai. Jadi semua pembelianku adalah buku sastra—puisi, esai, cerpen, dan satu buku hantu (karena iya, proyek cerpen itu ada hubungan sama mitologi dan hantuuu).

Teman-teman bisa lihat daftar buku yang aku beli disini:

Proses Pembelian

Paling susah pas belanja di BWB adalah kurasi buku… Karena sebenernya masih ada 20-30 buku lagi yang aku pengen beli tapi nggak jadi. Apalagi sekarang bea cukai makin ketat, semua pembelian atas USD $75 kena bea cukai sekitar 20-30%. Kemarin aja belanja Liz Lisa bea cukainya total sekitar 1 jt.

Nah, aku akhirnya memutuskan untuk beli 12 buku ini, dan total setelah diskon agung itu hanya USD $58.53.

AKU SENANG BANGET TAU GA SIH BELANJA 12 BUKU hanya 850rb TER.MAS.UK ONG.KIR!!!!!! Buku import lagi!

O iya, di BWB bisa bayar pake Paypal atau bisa pake kartu kredit. Walaupun biasanya pake Paypal, aku pilih kartu debitku karena lebih gampang aja. Kalo teman-teman Indonesia belum punya kartu kredit atau hanya punya kartu debit nasional, mungkin bisa coba Jenius ya? Katanya bisa dapat semacem virtual kartu debit yang bisa dipake untuk transaksi internasional online. (Correct me if I’m wrong).

Placed order: Nov 26 2018
Order shipped notification: Nov 29 2018
Order arrival: Dec 18 2018

Jadi totalnya sekitar 3 minggu untuk nyampe ke Indonesia. Itu bagiku termasuk cepat, pernah aku tungguin paket dari USA 5 bulan. 3-4 minggu itu dari USA ke sini masih wajar banget.

Dusnya sebenernya bikin ragu sih:

Tapi ternyata nggak perlu khawatir. Karena… dun dun dun:

SHRIMPIES-KU, TERNYATA BUKUNYA BAGUS BANGET. HARDCOVER, ADA YANG DIWRAP PAKE PLASTIK KAYA BIASA BUKU DI PERPUS. Kondisinya top deh. Misalnya ya, total belanjaan 850rb untuk 12 buku, berarti satu buku sekitar 70rb. 70rb untuk buku lokal (terbitan Gramed, misalnya) kan wajar. Tapi biasanya di Gramed aja buku import bisa sampe 200, 300rb kan. Lah ini buku bekas perpus, udah jelas dirawat banget, kondisinya nyaris sempurna—hanya 70rb satuannya! AHHHHHHHHHH.

Ga ada sobek, ga ada cacat, ga ada bekas pulpen… hanya ada beberapa stamp dari perpus”nya. Sedikit kagum sih pas lihatnya. Bayangkan coba, bisa pegang buku dari berbagai negara bagian USA. Bikin kangen untuk pulang :’)

Closing Thoughts

  • BWB memang sering punya sale (buy 4, get 20% off), tapi kalo mau borong yang banyak sepertinya tunggu untuk Black Friday sale. Aku ga tau sih setiap kapan mereka ada diskon gila-gilaan, ntar aku coba update ya.

  • No complaints from my end. Walopun dusnya agak mengerikan, buku-bukunya semua aman dan yaitu, nyaris sempurna. Ga ada penyok juga.

  • Kalo kamu ga masalah dengan buku bekas (yang menurutku ga bisa dipanggil ‘bekas’ juga karena kondisinya amat sangat bagus), mending beli di sini aja deh dibandingkan Book Depository.

  • Tapi, kalo yang kamu cari adalah buku terbaru, Book Depository juga lebih lengkap, walaupun bukunya lebih mahal (mulai dari sekitar 150rb kalo nggak salah).

Yaudah, aku mengakhiri di sini ya. Semoga postingan ini bermanfaat dan sekali lagi, mohon maaf ya untuk Bahasa Indonesiaku yang kacau balau. Semoga dengan waktu bisa lebih bagus :’)

Hi everyone! Today I’ll be writing a review about Better World Books. I think most of my future blog posts from today on will be written in two languages, since I’m trying to practice my Bahasa Indonesia. Plus, since many of y’all are from Indonesia, it doesn’t really make sense for me to keep writing in English only.

So a few weeks ago, as most of you know, the Internet was aflame with Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales. I got a bit carried away because there were so many wonderful online shops I wanted to order from, but one of the orders I was most looking forward to was the one from Better World Books. It’s an online store that sells used books for super duper cheap, and the best part: FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE.

Not only that: for every book you order from them, they’ll donate a book to someone in need. I ordered 12 books, and they donated 12 books!

That week, when I was checking my e-mails on my phone, I saw a super interesting subject line: “Use this discount code for an additional 30% off your order.” Once I saw that, I immediately opened my laptop and began adding books to my cart.

So next year I’ll be working on a number of secret projects—a short story project, poetry project, and essay project. That’s why all the books in my order were literature books—poems, essays, short stories, and one book about ghosts (because the short story project has ghosty mythology stuff inside, yay).

You can check out the books that I ordered here:

Buying Process

Okay, the hardest part of shopping at BWB was choosing which books I wanted to buy. Because TBH there were like 20-30 other books that didn’t make it to my shopping cart :’) I was trying really hard to stay under the USD $75 limit that Indonesian customs places on incoming shipments, because once it’s over that amount they charge like 20-30% tax… I had a Liz Lisa order from two months ago that I had to pay, like, $75 for.

I chose to buy the 12 books that you see above—and the total after the amazing, heaven-sent discount was $58.53.

Y’ALL DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW HAPPY I AM TO BE ABLE TO BUY 12 BOOKS FOR 58 BUCKS? WE DON’T HAVE LIBRARIES HERE AND THAT PRICE, INCLUDING SHIPPING, FOR IMPORTED BOOKS IS JUST A DREAM COME TRUE.

Oh, before I forget—you can pay for your purchase with Paypal or a credit card/debit card. If you’re an Indonesian and don’t have a credit card or international debit card, you could try downloading Jenius—I hear you’re able to create a virtual debit card that can be used for international online transactions (cmiiw).

Placed order: Nov 26 2018
Order shipped notification: Nov 29 2018
Order arrival: Dec 18 2018

So, it took about 3-4 weeks to get here (Indonesia) from the USA. I’d consider that speedy—I’ve waited up to five months for packages, so for me this is definitely a-ok (the box is kind of… uhhhhhh):

But it turned out that I didn’t need to worry. because..:

MY SHRIMPIES, THE BOOKS ARE AMAZING. SOME WERE EVEN HARDCOVER (I wasn’t expecting that), and they were wrapped in plastic (some of them) and the condition was so so so amazing. These are amazing for $5 books, I seriously want to cry.

No rips or tears or defects or pen marks.. It’s really amazing. There were a few stamps of the libraries where these books came from, but I think that’s very endearing because it lends so much history to these books. Seeing where all of them came from made me feel like going home.

Closing Thoughts

BWB has a lot of random sales throughout the year, but I think the Black Friday additional 30% off all used books is the best one. I’m not sure if they have this sale at other points in the year, so once I find out, I’ll update this.

  • No complaints from my end. Though the box was a bit… scary, all of the books inside were super safe and in terrific condition. (No bubble wrap or anything, though).

  • If you don’t have any issues with used books (even though I wouldn’t call these used books since they’re just so damn gorgeous), I’d recommend shopping here vs. Book Depository.

  • However, if you’re looking for the latest and greatest books that have just recently been published, I think Book Depository is better—it has a larger current selection.

TL;DR: Book Depository for latest new books, Better World Books for classics, older, used books.

Note: There are 2 books I ordered that haven’t arrived yet since they’re shipping from different warehouses. No worries about those; I have a lot of confidence that they’ll be in wonderful condition like their siblings.

Anyways, I really hope you enjoyed this post and that you found it useful! Let me know where you usually order books from 🙂

Canmake Review: Stay On Balm Rouge

I love Japanese fashion and makeup  I’ll tell you a little story: when I was a girl I never really had a chance to try on makeup! So now that I’m a mother and a ~free woman~ I figured, its better late than never to learn how to be myself and enjoy my life!

This going to be my first review. I almost always buy used cosmetics because honestly I’m kind of a cheapo…Today I’m writing about the Canmake Stay-On Balm Rouge  The shades are T02: Happy Tulip and 12: Little Plum Candy.

It’s a tinted lip balm that has been on the market for a few years now  . Korean and Japanese makeup trends are still centered on light, natural, “dewy” looks, so colors tend to stay firmly pink (no reds or “weird” colors like blue or purple).

Anyways, I saw a Canmake ad in one of this year’s editions of Popteen magazine and fell in love with the company’s branding!  It’s so cute, elegant, and sweet—just what I love ( ˘ ³˘)♡ I am a huge fan of the packaging, I love the flower print and the elegant golden caps, everything about this balm is so sweet and refined.

Here are the swatches! They’re both quite faint. The upper one is T02 and the lower one is Little Plum Candy. They are both pink, though Plum Candy is a bit redder, and they remind me of roses! These lip balms contain SPF, so you’ll get a bit of protection from the sun.

This is what the applicator looks like:

It is nice and perfect as a lip balm, but as a lip color I found it a little bit hard to apply because the tip is so large. It’s not very precise and I often had to wipe away the excess. 

 The first color was very soft and barely visible—it gives me the perfect pop of color I need for a lazy day out.

(My grandma often complains that I look too pale, and this is the perfect shade to add to my lips to make her stop fussing). Sometimes I like to dab the balm on my cheeks for a soft blush, too. 

Here’s a color comparison without filters! 

Overall this lip balm goes on very smoothly and feels just like other lip balms when applied  My only complaint is that it feels a bit drying after about half an hour, so it isn’t very long-lasting. (Then again, most lip balms require frequent re-application)   I like the colors and they do feel moisturizing on my lips. They don’t feel too oily or sticky, either.

I do like that even after licking my lips or eating, some of the color remains . I’m a really lazy girl so you’ll see in a lot of my future reviews that I heavily focus on products that are easy and quick to use .

I would give it a 8/10 because it has such a pretty color but doesn’t last very long.