Current Wishlist #1

Ever since I’ve had this blog, I had made a few wishlist posts including a Luxola Wishlist, Drugstore.com Wishlist, and Another Beauty Wishlist. It seems like wishlists are the posts I most enjoyed making. I think this is mostly because I have a lot of things I want and making wishlists are a way to kind of “rate” which items I wanted most and will prioritize to buy. Although I have to admit sometimes I put something in a wishlist just because I wanted it even if I don’t see when I can ever buy it (especially if it’s something pricey), a.k.a not something I will prioritize buying. Another reason why I like making wishlist so much is because wishlist is a compilation of things I’ve read lots of rave review about or have seen other people wearing. So it’s kind of like a recommendation for people to buy something that even though I have never tried but I’m very interested to or I think I will like.

Seeing how I enjoy making these kind of posts, I may make this a regular thing in my blog which will be set for maybe around 2 weeks apart (or more) from each wishlists to another. And to limit the longevity of the post and to prevent me rambling too much about and possibly recommending a product I don’t even own, I will make each posts feature 5 things (not only limited to beauty) that’s currently in my wishlist.

Enough for the intro, let’s jump to the wishlist.

I know that the picture displays more than 5 products but I promise I’m not cheating here! Let’s go through each items in the wishlist.

Nixon The Kensington Leather in Rose Gold / White

At first I was looking for a watch with Rose Gold color, and then I saw Anna in one of her videos wearing Nixon The Kensington Leather. Hers was in the color black I think. I’ve been seeing this kind  of watches (leather strap and white dial) recently, such as Lily’s Acurist and Rebecca’s Daniel Wellington. I don’t know if this is currently in trend, but I think this kind of watches are timeless, they will last years and years and never go out of style. Out of the three (Nixon Kensington, Acurist, Daniel Wellington), Nixon are probably the one with the smallest dial. I have tiny tiny wrists, so 35 mm dial is probably the best fit for my wrists. Nixon is 37 mm though, but I think it’ll be fine. Watch is the only accessory I wear every time I’m out and about, so I prefer my watches to be something nicely made and not something that’ll break every 6 months or so.

Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater Hand Remedy

I have been wanting a hand cream for a while. And not one of those supermarket products labeled as ‘Hand and Body Lotion’. Those are too liquidy (hence the name lotion and not cream) and sticky and doesn’t even get absorbed in the palm area. I want the one just for the hands, the ones that are not sticky but moisturising. I’ve heard a lot about Crabtree and Evelyn hand products, so naturally when I think of hand cream I think of Crabtree & Evelyn. When I went to Sephora recently there was a Crabtree & Evelyn display so I’ve got the chance to try their hand creams. They’re nice and not sticky and I think this one has the nicest scent of all! I’m looking for the travel size though, so I can bring it in my purse when I go out.

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation or Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Full Coverage Foundation

I promise I’m not cheating, and I’m not! This is essentially one product because what I’m looking for is a nice foundation to wear on my Graduation Day. I actually prefer the Tarte one just because it has fuller coverage and cheaper price but I don’t think it’ll be available in stores before my graduation, which brings me to looking up the reviews of Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation. It seems like one of the most loved of Bobbi Brown bases, and it has very natural finish. Although, I think I will push buying foundation for as long as possible before the day just to give enough time in case Tarte comes to local Sephora before my graduation day.

Moleskine Classic Notebook

I’ve been meaning to post regularly on this website and I think I have to have a notebook for it planning my posts. I don’t actually NEED this particular notebook but I’m not much of a planner and I just thought maybe if I splurge on an expensive notebook I will feel guilty if I don’t use it so I in turn I will actually use it to plan my blog posts.

Cath Kidston Zip Purse

I’ve been looking for a laminated slim pouch just to throw my essentials into it so I don’t forget to bring them when I switch bags. I look specifically for laminated pouches because it’s sturdier than just a canvass pouch and it’s easy to clean. At first I want the one from Fossil but I think it’s too expensive and they sell it in packs of three or four different sizes (which I will end up only using one or two). I was browsing Cath Kidston website to see the new prints for autumn when I remember that Cath Kidston also sells laminated pouches! So here’s the four candidate of the zip purse, I can not make my decision about the prints so I just throw the ones I liked here and I’ll choose the one that are available in the store and looks cute!

This has turned into quite a lengthy post, but those are my current wishlist! I hope you’re all having a nice day and do share your current wishlist in the comment down below!

Safira

The Summer Sandal

The Summer Sandal

the summer sandal (1 of 1)-2

Indigo Flat from Cotton On (IDR 199,900 or buy 2 for IDR 300,000)

I don’t know why I keep making summer themed posts when we don’t actually have summer in Indonesia, but because I’m currently in a holiday and it’s pretty much sunny lately, I just think it’s appropriate. So, I went to a nearby mall recently and discovered that Cotton On had just opened a store there, so me and my sister decided to peek inside to see what they have to offer. I’m never too excited about their clothing items just because I found it’s a bit overpriced for the quality, so I just browse a bit and moved to their footwear line called “rubi” (yes, with lowercase “r”). I remember thinking there was a lot of sandals, probably because it’s summer in the western countries. And then I found the sandal (I just found out that the site called it flats, but I don’t care I still think it’s a sandal, haha!). To be honest, it was love at first sight. I don’t know why, maybe the cut, but it screams summer! I tried it on, wasn’t expecting it to be comfortable at all just because the sole was so flat. But boy, was I wrong. It fits snugly, the back wasn’t too low or too high that it scratch my feet when I tried walking in it, the front straps are not too tight, and the size was just perfect.

A quick background story, I am a huge fan of flip flops. By huge fan I don’t mean I have an insane amount of flip flops (I just own three pairs and they’re all standard, generic flip flops, nothing fancy), I just really like to wear them. I have wide feet and quite a big size — I’m between the size 39 to 40 or size 8,5 — so a lot of time I found that normal shoes are either too slim or too small (Indonesian brands usually run smaller in sizes compared to European or American standard size). So I am very picky about my shoes. I only have a few pairs that I wear regularly, so when I’m going to a nearby places or just grocery shopping, I prefer wearing flip flops. There are times when I feel like wearing flip flops to a place further than a grocery shop, but my mom always give me a “are you serious?” look. So I when I found this sandal, I thought it  would be the perfect substitute for flip flops! It still looks casual in every way, but definitely looks more “put together” than a pair of flip flops. Of course I think it is very appropriate for sunny days and I hope can handle the unpredictable rainy weather of Indonesia! All in all, I love it and I’m sure I will get a lot of use out of it!

What is your choice of footwear these days? Tell me in the comment section below!

Sephora Has Landed in Indonesia!

Sephora Indonesia

Picture from Sephora Indonesia Facebook Page

A very exciting news to all Indonesian beauty junkies out there! Sephora has finally landed in Indonesia on July 12th 2014! I wrote a while back that Sephora is on its way here. A few weeks before the opening, I was mentioned in my twitter by a new account named @SephoraID. I was quite surprised because ever since I heard Sephora is coming to Indonesia, I’ve been searching high and low for the official twitter account but never managed to find it. The mention was regarding my questions of when exactly Sephora will open in Indonesia. On that mention, the team simply said that it’s coming “soon” and to follow the account for more information. And so I followed. They’ve been kind of annoying and secretive about the opening date (I guess it’s the policy) until the countdown around 10 days before the Soft Opening at Plaza Indonesia.

They were giving away free gifts for the first hundred person to come to both store openings (Plaza Indonesia and Kota Kasablanka) and another hundred for first 100 customer to spend more than IDR 750k in store. I, sadly cannot make it to both openings but managed to come to the store at Plaza Indonesia the day after the opening (July 13th). I have to say, the store isn’t quite exciting yet. For now, it’s lacking a lot of brands that are available in both Sephora Malaysia and Sephora Singapore (Sephora SEA). I do hope this is due to the newness of the store and more brands will soon be available.

Here are a list of the brands available on my visit on July 13th :

  • Sephora Brands (Including their amazing Pro Brushes)
  • Benefit Cosmetics
  • Philosophy
  • Clarins
  • Guerlain
  • Lancôme
  • Glamglow
  • Too Faced
  • Bourjois
  • Living Proof
  • Oscar Blandi (I think?)
  • Tweezerman
  • Crabtree & Evelyn
  • Anna Sui
  • H2O
  • Other brands I didn’t quite remember (mostly perfume)

And here are the list of brands I hope will come very very soon :

  • Tarte
  • Laura Mercier
  • First Aid Beauty
  • Soap and Glory
  • Boscia
  • Caudalie
  • Fresh
  • Nails Inc.
  • Stila

Some brands I mentioned above have been frequently asked by other beauty junkies to Sephora Indonesia’s social media accounts, but the answers are never quite straightforward and so repetitive that it’s annoying. I try to be positive and see through their perspective and it might be because mostly it’s still a secret when a certain brand will be available, or they can not promise or have not had an exact date of the new brand launch yet.

Have you come to the newly opened Sephora Indonesia stores? How was the experience? Tell me in the comment below!

Handy links : Sephora Indonesia Facebook Page | Twitter | Instagram

Summer Reads

It’s not exactly summer here in Indonesia, but I’m on holiday and it’s pretty much always sunny, and the western countries are having their fair share of sunny months, so I guess that justifies the title. I was in the middle of finishing my undergraduate thesis this past few months, but I don’t know why I have the urge to read some novels (I guess it was just so I could push the obligation to finish my thesis aside). It all started out when I watched Ingrid’s May favorite where she mentioned Robyn Schneider’s book “The Beginning of Everything“. The way she described it makes it so tempting to read the book that I immediately searched for the book. As always I got the e-book so I can read on my iPad. By the way, if you like reading in iPad and you think the app store doesn’t have a good selection of books (very, very limited selection in Indonesia), there’s a Kindle App in iPad so you can order the book from Amazon (don’t forget to purchase the Kindle Edition and have it delivered to your Kindle App). It’s actually a bit tricky for us in Asia & Pacific as some books just can’t be purchased the normal way, but this post will teach you how to do it. After successfully purchasing it, you can read it straight away from your Kindle App. If everything fails, there’s always epub, which I don’t recommend but very useful if you’re dying to read a book but can’t have it purchased through Amazon.

The Beginning of Everything

Okay, back to “The Beginning of Everything”. Turns out this book become the beginning of my Young Adult books-reading marathon (?). The story is about a boy named Ezra (beautiful name, huh?), who was the popular guy in his school. He played sports (of course) and tennis was his thing. He believed that everyone have a tragedy waiting to happen in their life, and when it happened, they’ll come out of it as someone entirely different. For him it was one night at a party when he discovered his girlfriend in bed with another boy. He was so upset he decided to just got back home, and in the nearby intersection, he got hit by a black SUV while driving his convertible BMW (I think). After the tragedy, he was wearing a cane and couldn’t play tennis anymore so he decided he wasn’t cool enough to hang out with his usual group of friends, and instead he hung out with his old friend Toby and somehow got into the debate team. Here, his adventure with the new girl Cassidy begins. I really enjoyed reading the book and I finished it in about two or three days I think. Which is fast for a slow reader like me. I found the similarity of this book with Paper Towns by John Green in the sense the main character is a boy who’s kind of fascinated by this weird, mysterious girl. But I can say that after reading thoroughly, that was the only similarity I can think about. I like that I can found a closure in the ending of this book, which I couldn’t find in Paper Towns. The ending wasn’t exactly a happy ending, but it is a very logical and acceptable ending. Anna and The French Kiss After finished reading The Beginning of Everything, I crave to read another young adult, easy reads book. And I remember a while ago I watched Allison‘s video, I can’t remember what but I think it’s either a book haul or a non beauty favorites. And she said that she picked up a novel by Stephanie Perkins called “Anna and The French Kiss” because a lot of her subscribers recommended it. Amazon recommended it as a Summer Reads for Teens, so I decided I would just get it and give it a read. I later discovered that I had made the right decision when I can not put this book down and stayed up all night trying to finish it! It was THAT good. Okay, maybe I was just a tiny bit exaggerating. The story is about Anna, an American girl who’s dad is a famous novelist. Her mom and her dad are separated, and she kind of hate her father, even more so when her father decided she should go to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year. Under normal circumstances going to a boarding school in Paris might be a girl’s dream, but Anna had everything she could ever wanted in her life at that point. A nice job at the cinema, a best friend, something that might be the beginning of a relationship with a hot guy from work, aaand it’s her senior year. So she hated the idea of moving to Paris, and when the idea becomes reality, she cried in her room after her parents dropped her off at the dorm. The very nice girl next door knocked Anna’s door and invited Anna for hot chocolate in her room. Later when Anna went back to her room, she bumped into Étienne St. Clair. The perfect American guy with English accent and a French name. Their story begins there. I have to admit I kind of think a character like Étienne is purely fictional, like he’s just too good to be true. But apart from it, I really enjoyed their friendship-love story. A very recommended novel if you’re looking for something easy to read, nothing depressing, makes you feel nice and warm inside.

My Life Next Door

Next up is “My Life Next Door” by Huntley Fitzpatrick. This one is very appropriate for summer because the book itself is set on a summer. Samantha is a seventeen-year-old girl, living a quite privileged live. Her mom is a senator, she went to a private school, had a nice job at the country club with her best friend Nan and her twin brother Tim. Her mom is a bit of a neat freak and they had this neighbor, the kind of family her mom hates because they have 8 kids which means messy house, messy yard, messy everything. Ever since the family next door moved in, Samantha had been secretly watching them from her spot in her balcony. One night when her mother is off on a business dinner or something and her only sister had just gone for a summer vacation, she climbed up her balcony and watched the family next door. The usual thing had been going on inside the house, and she was deep in her thought when she heard someone climbing the trellis to her balcony. She was really shocked to find that it’s one of the boy from the house next door, and not the little ones, this is the one who’s just a year older than her. What was even more shocking is that this boy, Jase had known her watching his family for a while. That night everything changed. She started coming to Jase’s house and had interaction with everyone in his family. Surprisingly enough, everyone seems to like her and his mother even asked her to babysit the kids a few times a week. From there on, Sam and Jase’s relationship grown stronger. I don’t want to give too much details, but later in the book there’s conflict, a pretty messed up one. But I can say this book has a happy ending. If you’re looking for a young adult novel about friendship, first romance, and family, this is the one for you.

I have another three books I’ve read in the past months, but I think this post has gotten too long, so maybe I’d make another summer reads list in the (maybe near) future. I hope you’re having a nice summer, and if you have book recommendation please do share in the comments below!

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