Monthly Archives: May 2012

Happy Birthday Arbutin Kitteh ❤

Dear Arbutin Kitteh,

Here’s to another year filled with goodness, catnip and an abundance of happy cats to come your way. May all of our conversations be evermore filled with nonsense towards the enrichment of our deliriously expanding vocabulary.



Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter 085 Sugar Plum & 010 Raspberry Pie | Review

Heh. bit of a late review on a product that’s been out for the better part of the year. I actually took these pics back in Oct’11 but life got in the way of blogging (excuses excuses).

Anyhoot! For starters.. they’ve really nailed it packaging-wise! Really smart to have the lids correspond to each color. makes fishing out the one you need a slightly simpler task (unless they look alike like in my case hahah -_-).

As you can see, Sugar Plum is more of a day-to-day lippie and Raspberry Pie comes out to play whenever I’m feeling particularly awesome =p.

– quite a selection of both sheer & more opaque shades, about 20 i think!
– its really moisturizing so no need for a lipbalm prior to application.
– unscented, which is just super.

– it’s not particularly long wearing (but it’s never claimed to be). reapply everytime you’ve had a meal. or once every 2hrs or so.
– the product is sooo soft, it dents easily. I’ve read in a forum that it can just break in the tube. kinda frail for a lippie methinks? Hopefully that was just a fluke.

Price: Rp,- or about US$8.

Buy again: I probably won’t.. since I’ve already picked the shades that i wanted. Waiting on their JustKissed balm stain actually!

Mustika Ratu – Peeling Mundisari | Review

Allow me introduce all the non-Indonesian readers to Mustika Ratu, an Indo brand that proudly embodies the tradition of Javanese heritage and incorporates its centuries old knowledge into their body, health and beauty products.  I sound like their PR spokesperson.. Y’all should send us heaps of Taman Sari products =)

They have several product lines out on the market (Taman Sari is more geared towards spa-like treatments –that’s their upmarket line), and the Mustika Ratu Peeling Mundisari falls in the generic category. Now this is the pre-packed version, which I reckon doesn’t sell as well as their very popular powder variants (which I will discuss in a later entry. promise!)

Bought this since I had to travel, and the prospect of mixing a powdered mask with rosewater in a bowl was unsettling in a foreign setting hence me buying this tube. There’s another variant out, the Bengkoang Mask which allegedly aids in skin brightening.

Here’s the English blurb at the back of the packaging:

Made from natural plant’s ingredients and original rice flour. Help to exfoliate dead skin cells and accelerates skin rejuvenation process. Leaving your skin clear and fresh. For best result use before masking. Apply gently onto face. Avoid eyes and to be used twice a week.

Speaking of packaging.. I’ve noticed they’ve been revamping the sachets for the powdered masks. I wonder why this stays the same.

I find the product name very ambiguous actually. Normally I associate ‘peeling’ with a mask that you have to let sit for a while. But this product really is a scrub. So they should’ve used that word instead of ‘peeling’. This isn’t one of those evil abrasive scrubs (well at least not to my skin it’s not..), the scrub particles are really fine.. but sharp-ish, yet non-offending to skin.

scrub beads? what scrub beads??!

– affordable & easily available in supermarkets, drugstores.
– doesn’t dry out or makes skin feel tight.
–  it does what a scrub is supposed to do. what more is required, really?

– no ingredients list! I actually find this important and it’s because I trust this brand that I’m willing to overlook this matter, otherwise I wouldn’t even consider buying it.
– has a bit of a funky smell to it. i expected something more herbal, similar to the powder variant. But this is more clinical smelling. to others perhaps this is a plus.
– the scrubbing particles are tiiny. make sure to wash it ALL off prior to opening them, otherwise it’s guaranteed to travel into your eyes.

Price: around the Rp,- mark. about US$3.

Buy again: I probably will, it’s practical enough.

Skinfood Choco Eyebrow Powder Cake #1 Grey Khaki Black | Review

After years and years of using eyebrow pencils to fill in the sparse bits, I switched to eyebrow powders and haven’t looked back!

The first one I tried was from Everyday Minerals in Silver Gray. But that’s out of production and considering it’s in actual powder form, travel-friendly it definitely is not (despite the shade being a perfect match).

Moving onto Skinfood Choco Eyebrow Powder Cake #1.

  • Pros:
  • Cheap!
  • It lasts all day
  • 2 colors, grey (left) and dark brown (right)
  • It smells like CHOCOLATE!! the scent will disappear after a while tho, but thats a given with exposure to air.

Cons: Uhmm.. nothing? Alright fine let’s be nitpicky. The brush is crap, faaarr too wide for actual application. And I don’t use the brown color much.

Price: Rp 40.000 or  less than US$ 4 online. No clue how much this is store-bought.

Buy Again: Perhaps. I actually don’t have much use for the dark brown section (right pan). I’m still in search for a powder that’s just all grey. 

Oh here’s the back section of the packaging if you find it useful. This doesn’t come with a box btw, well this shouldn’t matter much in the grand scheme of things…

The overall texture is finely milled, it has good color pay-off. You get an absolute run for your money, as this will easily last you for more than 6 months. I’d wager close to a year if not more? It looks natural, just as eyebrows should on black/dark brown haired ladies as seen on the wonky picture below.

I’m actually quite keen to try Illamasqua’s brow powder, but seeing as the pricetag is 5 times the price I paid for Skinfood’s … Economical cat is economical.

Nature Republic Snail Therapy

All I can say is: I succumbed to the snail trend. Very quick and messy post just for the sake of updating!

I had the priviledge to visit the infamous cosmetic shops of Korea – including the tourist-hungry shopping strips on Myeong-Dong earlier this year.

One of the things that I was looking forward to see for myself was the snail products galore… and see them I did! They were everywhere! I was even confused on which one to buy.

My pick was Nature Republic’s Snail Therapy. I figured I’d buy the set as it was more economic. My friend took the cream away and I snatched the eye cream and ampoule.



Pros: Makes skin smooth, moisturising

Cons: Hard to get, can congest skin.

Price: Unfortunately I have forgotten… around $80 per box straight from the Nature Republic shop. I’m not sure about online.

Buy again: No, try another brand perhaps.

The texture IS like snail slime (not that I have ever put snail slime on my face) – slimy, sticky, slippery. This one smells a bit artificial. I initially put 3-4 drops on my face but reduced it to about 2-3 as it was too much. A little goes a long way. The feeling after it settles down is a bit peculiar – like a layer of film on top of your skin. However, I love the effect it has on my skin the next morning. My face feels smooth and moisturised (sometimes a little overly moisturised/oily). A word of warning for the oilier-skinned people though; don’t overdo it or your skin will get congested. I alternate this with my other night creams/serums as it’s quite heavy. I think it’s more suited to dry and mature skin.

Can’t say much about the eye cream. Unfortunately the texture is not as fascinating as the ampoule, it’s just a normal light creamy texture. Goes on smoothly and smells the same as the ampoule. Also can’t say much about the effect as I don’t have any wrinkles/lines around the eye area yet. Only using this for the extra moisture and as a preventative measure.

We’re still here -___-

So we hope you’ve had a Merry Christmas, an insanely Happy New Year, received tons of angpao on Chinese New Year, and had a Happy Easter too. Did that make up for our half year lack of posting? OF COURSE IT DID *__*

Not to worry, arbutin kitteh definitely has a KOREA-related post in line already. It just felt appropriate to make some noise prior to its unleashment into the wild. yeah.