Some little updates

1. I feel guilty for not updating the second part of my Japan travel journey (yet). I just haven't gathered my determinations to write the post... But I promise I will do it before this year ends! Hahaha.

2. I'm currently on my last term of diploma degree, but I feel quite unproductive. This term I only got 2 subjects. Business portfolio (practicing a lot of Adobe InDesign skills to make layouts, cv designs, etc.) and Fashion Enterprise (producing our own brand, where the collection will be judged, shown, and sold next August). I got assignments and meetings with my team-mates for our brand, but they're still manageable thus I spend a lot of time at home. My lecturers said you'll get really really busy soon. If what they said really come true, please wish me luck! Hahaha.

3. Due to my unproductivity, I encountered a new interest, which is reading on It's basically a site of question and answers, but the topics are very interesting and vary from serious to non-serious questions. There are many times where I gained new knowledges from the people there too.

4. Eid Holiday is starting really soon! I don't have any plans yet, but I'm thinking for a staycation in a hotel. I'm not going back to my hometown because my parents are going here. I found a quite nice deal from a certain hotel. The package includes free breakfast & spa treatment. I really want to book the deal for my parents (+me! the single intruder! LOL!) as their wedding anniversary gift, but they said the price is too expensive. To me, I don't mind spending that amount as I'm not someone who want to save money as much as possible. I want to enjoy the moment while we still can. I love my parents toooooooo much and I think they deserve it. So, should I??????



Shinjuku Gyoen & Gotokuji Temple




Hi, guys! I just got back from my 12 days trip to Japan last Friday and I still feel quite exhausted lol. I don't even have the mood to go to the malls these days. I and my parents walked a lot everyday in Japan!


Lots of you asked me questions about going to Japan without tour. I've answered few questions on my instagram @verenleecious , but surely some of you might missed it. So I'd make a special blogpost / vlog about it (expenses, transport, accommodation in Japan). But through a blogpost like this, you'll be able to see my itinerary (places I went, food I ate, etc.). 


This trip was my 3rd time going to Japan & my parents' 4th time, but this trip was our first time experiencing the Spring season there. My mom loooooves flowers very much, so this trip includes a lot of visits to flower parks, just like this one; Shinjuku Gyoen.


Shinjuku Gyoen is a big park in Shinjuku, Tokyo. From our apartment's station (Gotanda), we took the JR Yamanote Line to Shinjuku Station and from the exit , we walked around 800m to the park. Use google maps, and it will definitely take you there!


During the sakura season, the park is very crowded with locals and tourists doing hanami there (picnic under the sakura trees). We went there on April 18th, which the full bloom was actually over. But luckily there were still quite a lot of sakura trees there! 




I and my mom took lotsss of pics at the park. We spent 2 hours taking pics & 1 hour sitting by the park enjoying ice cream and the ambience there. 


My outfit is from Batik By Annabelle. Such a matching set with the sakura, right? While my watch is Classic Sheffield 36 Rose Gold from Daniel Wellington. I only brought this watch to Japan & it matched all my outfits there. You can GET 15% OFF by entering "VEREN" discount code during check-out if you shop on their webstore. Code is only valid until May 30th, HURRY UP!


When we walked back to Shinjuku Station, we passed by the famous Gyukatsu Motomura and decided to have lunch there. It's a beef katsu, but the meat inside was still raw. The taste was delicious & the beef was very tender! If you like your beef to be well done, you can grill it at the 'mini-grill' that they prepared for you. It costs around 1300 yen for the smallest portion. 



Next, we went to Gotokuji Temple. 1,5 years ago I found a fun story about Gotokuji (Cat) Temple and wanted to visit this place ever since. This temple was originally meant for a minister during Edo period. Monks who lived there were very poor but they raised a cat lovingly. One day, the cat 'waved' into a passing-by samurai who was resting under a tree nearby & invited him inside. 
Not long after he went inside the temple, the tree was struck by lighting! As a gratitude for having its life saved, the samurai became the temple's patron, and the temple soon became prosperous. That's why, they thought the Cat as a lucky charm ! 


Gotokuji temple was reached after 15 minutes walk from Gotokuji Station. It's tucked inside small streets where lots of bikes passed by and numerous cute cafes / shops were spotted. At the temple, there were not many tourists. It was very quiet. After praying there, we also purchased a small manekineko (lucky cat) to bring home :).





See you on my next post! 


Yehwadam by The Face Shop Review & Event


The Face Shop Indonesia has just launched a new Anti - Aging product line, "YEHWADAM". This line is inspired by traditional Korean beauty methods found in ancient books and teachings. Sparked by age-old skincare secrets handed down from one generation to another, YEHWADAM products are made with natural Korean ingredients processed by traditional methods. The product line prevents the signs of premature aging, the Revitalizing line makes dull skin radiant again. 


Before the launching event, I got the sample box from Clozette Indonesia x The Face Shop Indonesia. My first impression was how fancy the packaging is! It's in peach - pink color to reflect the main ingredients in the product. 


The main ingredients in this YEHWADAM line are:
  • SAFFLOWER FROM SANCHEONG, JIRI MOUNTAIN: Improves skin tone and complexion. 
  • GINSENG FROM PUNGGI: Re-energizes skin with ginseng extract, which some say is the secret to younger looking skin.
  • GOJI BERRY FROM CHEONGYANG: For radiant, glowing skin.

The FIRST step is to apply YEHWADAM Revitalizing Toner on your washed skin. It's very important to apply toner as it functions to prepare our skin before it 'receives' the rest of skin care products.


The liquid is clear and has watery consistency. It absorbs quickly on the skin. It's very refreshing !


SECOND step is the YEHWADAM Revitalizing Serum. The serum works from the inside, to help repairing the skin condition.


The liquid is a bit thicker than toner, but it also dries up pretty quick!


THIRD is to apply the YEHWADAM Revitalizing Emulsion. This one has thick consistency and is very moisturizing. I reallyyyyy like the emulsion as my skin becomes very smooth, supple, and glowing without making it sticky / oily! We should apply this emulsion during the day (as day cream). The minus point is that it doesn't have SPF protection. 


The LAST is the YEHWADAM Revitalizing Cream. It's a night cream, which is why this one has the thickest consistency among all. 



I apply it every night and when I wake up in the morning, my skin is still super smooth and supple! 
I struggle with dry skin, so I loveeee how the products help my problem. This picture is 10000000% not edited! ;)


Although it's an "Anti - Aging" line, women from 20 years old can already use this product. Lots of stress and pollution can cause early aging, so we have to prevent it early. 


During the talkshow at the YEHWADAM Launching Event in Central Park Mall on March 18, I also learn the reason why Korean Skincare products have so many steps, not just one. The many steps in the routine will give maximum result to our skin! Then, a good skincare will not give you instant result. Instead, the result could be seen after 2 weeks of regular application. 


The products are now available at THE FACE SHOP stores all over Indonesia!

Thank you The Face Shop Indonesia & Clozette Indonesia!

P.S: The review is 100% honest and purely based on my personal experience & opinion.


Review : Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum & Sheet Masks


Innisfree is finally coming to INDONESIA on March 24th 2017 in Central Park Mall Jakarta & Senayan City 2 weeks after ! I've been loving their products & tried few of them when I went to Korea last year. I love the natural ingredients they like to put in most of their products. 


This Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum is one of the most popular products. This serum should be used after you wash your face, before applying toner & other skin care routines. It is formulated with freshly squeezed Jeju green tea and green tea seeds to create a dewy and clear skin! 


To apply this product, you just need to pump the top part of the bottle. Thankfully, it has a plastic cap that will prevent leak out if you accidentally pump the top :)


The liquid is clear, not sticky nor watery. It absorbs to the skin very quickly without leaving it dry. I love the fresh & refreshing smell too. 


I don't break out wearing this serum. I recommend this serum to any skin type! For oily skin, I think it won't make your skin oily. For dry skin, I think this product is moisturizing enough too ! 


Next, I tried their sheet mask. This one is Innisfree It's Real Squeeze Mask - Bamboo.


The mask has bamboo extract that will quench the thirst of skin and keeps skin moisturized for a dewy look! My first impression of the mask was the thin sheet! I think it's thinner and softer than most of other sheet masks I've tried before. It might break easily if you don't apply it carefully, but it doesn't mean a bad thing for me. In fact, I think it will absorb to your skin better and it feels nicer too when you're wearing this mask! LOVE!



Next, I also tried this Innisfree Anti - Aging Mask Smile Line. The function of this mask is to solve the problem of inelasticity and dryness around the lip area caused by aging and stress! I think the function is very good as smile line is very important! Don't you hate it when there are lines around your lips when you smile?



This mask was very moisturizing, but I think we need to apply it religiously to see the result!


There are also other sheet mask variants such as Skin Clinic Mask Hyaluronic Acid (to relieve skin dryness), Anti-Aging Mask Neck & Collarbone (to create a firmer appearance of the neck & collarbone), Skin Clinic Mask Collagen (to fortify skin & leave it feeling resilient), and It's Real Squeeze Mask Bija (to help skin problems while keeping it moisturized and clean) which I haven't tried yet. 

Overall, I'm impressed with Innisfree's products that keep my combination (mostly dry) skin moisturized without breaking it out!

I recommend you to visit their STORE OPENING at:
March 24th 2017 - Central Park Mall Jakarta (LG Floor)
and Senayan City Jakarta (2 weeks after).
They will give FREE GIFTS for every visitors without any purchase!!

See you there ;)

P.S: Thank you Clozette Indonesia & Innisfree Indonesia for sending me the products. Review is honest based on my very own experience & opinions.