Venturing Into THREE Scalp & Hair Treatment

So, if you haven’t read the story, I suggest you do that first. The post will explain a little bit about my condition and the struggle I’m in.

When I was in Japan not too long ago (see the skincare I brought with me), I made it a mission to find different hair products that might help me. I bought several items from one of my favorite Japanese brands, THREE. I went to the flagship store in Tokyo where I knew I’d get the full experience. The sales lady who served me was extremely kind. She tried to help me as much as she can despite the language barrier. She knew I was a foreigner and she offered me an iPad with THREE catalog in English for me to look at. That definitely saved time rather than me trying to search via my small-screened iPhone.

So I took her kind gesture by asking her several questions, using my best ability to convey. I scratched my head endlessly; an effort to show her that my scalp is itchy. She noted it and from there forward she can give her opinion whether the particular product I pointed out might suit me or not. Keyword: gesture. Those years in drama classes finally paid off.

I’ve been using these products ever since I got back to Jakarta (around 6 weeks now) and I’m ready to share my thoughts.

Let’s start with the first one.


THREE Balancing Cleansing Oil and Foam – Clean and Relaxing

I can’t, for the life of me, going to bed without having some kind of skincare ritual, even if it’s something as simple as cleansing. Double cleansing. I think it’s just embedded in me now.

A healthy complexion starts with proper cleansing. Once I realized the good difference a double-cleansing can do to my skin, I never looked back. It is simply crucial because it’s not just about getting a clean face, but the skincare that we applied afterwards will absorb better.

Meet my new favorite double cleansing duo: THREE Balancing Cleansing Oil and Balancing Foam.



On The Go – Touch Ups and Essentials

Carrying a small bag is a challenge. I used to carry a LOT of stuff in my bag. The bags alone can weigh quite substantially. Adding a wallet, keys, charger, myriad of lipsticks.. I got myself a potato sack.

Earlier this year, I change things up by getting a small bag, Céline Trio. For the better, because I didn’t regret it at all and actually should’ve done it sooner. Alas, I was picky about which bag to choose. A smaller bag means downsizing and prioritizing, something that I was very excited about.

This post will cover beauty products I carry on a daily basis and when I go to a special occasion.



Complexion Routine: The Extra Mile

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a photo on my Instagram showing my makeup that I did to attend one of my high school friends’ wedding. I took this occasion as a challenge because I had PMS and my skin was breaking out pretty bad. Not just that, my skin was really dehydrated and there were quite a few of dry patches because I still had a flu back then. Bottom line, my skin wasn’t its usual self.

That day, I needed to look presentable (more than usual), polished without looking like I piled on a lot on my face; I never liked that look and I’m not about to start now. In this post, I will cover a lot of things, not just list of products, but also details on why I like them and how I use them. This way, I hope that I also can share my complexion makeup routine.

That being said, this is going to be a LONG post. Brace yourself. Grab a popcorn.

Without further adieu, here’s what I did and use on my complexion:

motd-the-extra-mile-foundation-routine-1 THREE Ultimate Protective Pristine Primer (Translucent), Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer (Light), RMK Control Color UV #01


THREE Cosmetics, A Total Charm!

Well, well, well. Whaddya know, Indonesia, Jakarta specifically, is making some more improvements by adding two numbers in the beauty brand portfolio. Those two are THREE and Illamasqua. In this post, I’ll be only covering the one that I’m most interested in, which is THREE.

Ever since I read this news, I’ve been anxiously waiting for the brand to launch. There’s a story, after I read that article, I went to Central the next day. And to my disappointment, the brand was nowhere to be found. What irked me the most was the fact that the Information people pointed me the direction and I ended up walking up and down trying to find the counter. After asking them again, finally they told me that the counter will be open by February/March 2015. Oh well.. So much for my excitement.

Anyway, that’s old story. What matters the most is that the brand is here. Are you ready? I know I am!



Wishlist: Loose Powders

I have been a loyal fan of Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre for as long as I can remember. I trust this to set any foundation that I use. Even though now I rarely wear foundations, I still use this before my pressed powder (I use MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural nowadays) and after makeup base/primer. It sets and holds the makeup beautifully. It has a rather matte finish. I don’t mind it because I prefer to go matte rather than going dewy from the get go. I like my face smooth to the touch, not tacky.

I’d say the price is very reasonable for a high end brand. At USD 52, it contains 30 grams of product. Huge amount and it lasts for a really long time, at least 1.5 years or so for me. Bottom line, it’s perfect.

That being said though, I’ve grown rather bored of it. It’s still a great powder. I’m just trying to expand my wings on the powder field. After looking around, I’ve come up with several products in the consideration box.