Swatch // Clinique Pop Lip Color + Primer in Plum Pop

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Early last year, Clinique released a range of lip color called Clinique Pop Lip Color + Primer. It supposedly primes the lip so the color apply smoother and last longer. When it first launch the company seems to be giving away quite a few sets to bloggers and YouTuber, so the product picture was all over the internet in just a few weeks. I followed a lot of beauty blogs on Bloglovin and beauty vlogger in YouTube so I of course I got the exposure.

I don’t know whether it’s because some people got PR products or not but a lot of the bloggers/vloggers liked it and they say it actually lasts quite a while even though it’s such a creamy lipstick. By that time, I was already curious but of course the product was not yet available in Indonesia. Time passed by and I’ve forgotten about it. I wasn’t even thinking about having one until around October and I was compiling a wishlist for my birthday. I stumbled upon this lipstick again and I finally asked my sister to gift it for me.

By my birthday, which was November, it was already stocked in local department store counters so I actually went along with my sister to buy it because I just couldn’t pick a shade. Thinking about it now, I’m glad I was there to pick the shades because most of the color looked much brighter in real life than what I saw online. After trying out a bunch of shades I finally choose Plum Pop, which according to the SA was the most popular among customers. Here’s the swatch :

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Plum Pop is a medium pinky-plum shade that leans toward the cooler side. I chose this color because I don’t have a similar one in my collection yet. When I tried the tester on the counter, I think the color looks nice on me, but when I got home and tried it on again, I didn’t like it as much as the first time. I think my mistake was that I didn’t try going outdoors to see how the color looks on me under natural light. The lights in the department store makes it look warmer and so I was a bit disappointed when I found that under natural light the color makes my lips look a bit too purple on my lips. Formula wise, the lipstick itself applies very smoothly and does lasts for quite a bit, around 4-5 hours on me. It’s not moisturizing but it definitely does not dry out my lips. With the color that I have, I did’t have any issue with feathering, but then again I didn’t own the darkest of shades available.

Bottom line : I think this is a very nicely formulated lipstick. The color range is quite wide, though I would love to see darker nudes and warmer pinks.

 

Do you own any of the Clinique Pop Lip Color + Primer? How do you like it? Tell me in the comment section below!

Swatch // Tarte Lips for Daze Lipsurgence Set

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Hi everyone! I know it’s been a long while and I think I’ve said before that I’m no longer trying to post regularly but today I just have to share this recent exciting purchase! It’s the holiday season and lots of brands are doing their holiday sets which usually is a great deal. One of the more affordable ones are this Tarte Lips for Daze Lipsurgence Set. It retails for $34 with $120 value (or in my case I bought it for IDR 568.000 while one of the regular Lipsurgence is around IDR 350.000). If you do the math, it’s only about IDR 118.000 per lipstick!

As crazy as I am about lipstick, I was never going to buy five in one occasion, so I decided to ask 4 of my friends to buy it together. It took about an hour but I finally gathered 4 friends who would love to have 1 color from the set. This set contains 5 shades, in which 3 are matte (the ones with the patterned cap). I chose the shade Praise because it’s described as “marsala” and I don’t think I have any marsala colored lipstick. I also noticed that among my friends, Craze is the most liked color. No wonder though, it’s such a nice MLBB shade.

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Left to Right : Praise, Craze (matte), Haze (matte), Glaze, Emblaze (matte)

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From the swatches above you can see that Haze is a light peachy pink nude. It’s quite sheer I must say. I have to swipe a few times to get that color to show up on the swatch. Some people may think that it has crappy pigmentation, but for me a sheer light nude might be better because it can show a bit of your natural lip color through so that it doesn’t look too nude or dead. This is quite a lovely color when worn on the lips. Oh and, my sister tested it out and it wore for quite a while. She even ate when she wear it and it wasn’t completely gone after the meal!

Next one is Craze which is also quite sheer. It’s a very nice color though. I would say it’s a medium peachy pink with warm undertone. This is my cousin’s though so I only tried it a bit on my lips and didn’t really tested how it wore.

Next is Emblaze which is the darkest color in the range. It’s a pretty dark, berry toned red that I personally think easier to wear than a full on red. It’s also quite sheer, which again I would think is a good thing because you have the option to build the color to suit your liking. This one is my friend’s and so I didn’t really tested it, but she thought it’s a pretty color.

The last two on the bottom is not matte but I have to say both have better pigmentation (not as sheer) as the matte ones. Both color look quite similar, but Glaze is more red while Praise is more plum. Praise is quite dark and it’s more pigmented.

Overall, I think the set is a very good deal. But most of the colors are quite sheer, so if that’s not your cup of tea, then maybe you should skip this set. Hope you enjoy the post and see you later!

 

Collective Favorites (March – August 2015)

Collective FavoritesHi everyone! It’s been so long since I last wrote a post in this blog. The last one was back in March and of course lot had happened. I may not write, but it doesn’t mean I stopped buying beauty products! Back in May, me and my family went to Tokyo, Japan so I had quite a few beauty and non-beauty products I bought there too. Let’s start!

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First up I have been loving Cure Natural Aqua Gel, which I believe is a cult favorite in Japan. It’s basically a peeling gel. Being called gel, it’s actually on the runnier side. Once you smear it all over your face it gets quite watery and then you start rubbing it in circular motion and it forms into some sort of lumps, almost like eraser dust, which basically is the gel sort of bonding with the dirt and dead skin from your face. You’ll have to keep rubbing it until most of it falls off your face (better do in above the sink or you’ll make a mess on the floor) and leaves your face feeling so soft and supple!

Next is this amazing Japanese mascara called Isehan Heroine Make Long and Curl Mascara.  This mascara gives such an awesome definition and holds curl so well I kept checking my lashes out everytime I pass a mirror. The one thing I kinda love kinda hate about this mascara is that it is super waterproof, which is good in the sense it won’t smear or go anywhere no matter how many time I rub my eyes, but it also means that removing it takes quite an effort. Even when using oil cleanser. Actually, the one that I have in the pink tube is the waterproof formula, and there’s another one in the black tube which is the super waterproof formula. If the pink one is so hard to remove, I can’t imagine using the black one.

Another Japanese product I have been loving is Deonatulle Soft Stone Double. It’s a stick deodorant that is so popular in Japan. Some foreigner that lives in Japan even says that it’s the only deodorant that works for them so I decided I should just try it. I love it because it’s so light on the skin. Some stick antiprespirant deodorant makes your armpit feels “heavy” like you know there’s product on top of your skin blocking your sweat glands to prevent you from sweating / smelling bad. This doesn’t do that. Plus it has a nice minty smell that feels a bit cooling when you first apply it.

Some tools I’ve been loving is the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler  which I have to tell you is so much cheaper in Japan! I bought it through the Instagram seller I said earlier and it was around IDR 190.000 I think (which is already cheap compared to when you buy it in counters or through another online seller that bought the product from the US) , but I found it on a drugstore when I was in Japan (yes, it was one of the Shu Uemura products that are sold in a drugstore) for only 1200 JPY (tax excluded) which is roughly IDR 130.000! I used to use a random cheap eyelash curler and I can definitely see a difference when I started using a good one. This eyelash curler gives a beautiful curl in the sense that it makes your lashes looks like it naturally curls, not spiky straight like when I used the cheap ones.

Then there’s the Hakuhodo brushes. The J5523 and J142 I have reviewed earlier here, I’ve washed them several times now and they’re still in a very good shape. No shedding whatsoever. Then there’s the other two brushes that I don’t know the names because it was given to me by someone and she told me it’s the freebies that Hakuhodo give when you spend a certain amount of money. She said it uses the same hair as the Kokutan series but it doesn’t use the same Ebony handle. I can’t tell though. Since I don’t know the name of the brushes, I can’t compare it to the Kokutan series to know what kind of hair it’s made of. I suspect the bigger one (which I use for blush/cheek product) is goat or goat blend because it picks up product very well. This one have shed a bit but I think it’s just the loose hair, because it’s all short hair which means it didn’t get glued in the ferrule. The small one is actually a big eye brush which I think might be squirrel hair because it’s so so soft but still picks up quite a lot of product. I love to use it for applying a shadow all over the eyelid. A very good quality considering it’s a freebies!

Moving on to some skincare, I’ve been loving the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo (European version) which helps a lot to “kill” active blemishes and minimize the appearance of the scar. Unlike the US version which I believe is used like a spot treatment, the European series is not as concentrated and meant to be used all over the face as a light moisturizer. Another product that is good for clearing up spots is the Aesop Parsley Seed Mask. I love how it deep cleanse the skin without drying it up too much.

The base I’m loving is Covergirl Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation (I use the shade Medium Beige). It’s quite thick but not cakey and it gives a very nice medium to full coverage that lasts all day and has a very nice sheen. It’s not as dewy as my Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation which is a good thing because I don’t have to use powder! I have also fallen back in love with my Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed which gives such a nice barely there neutral color. The reason I fall back in love with it is because the Hakuhodo cheek brush I mentioned earlier which makes it very easy to apply this blush. I used to use Real Techniques Multi Task Brush which is fine for powder, but not so much for the blush.

Last but not least, some non beauty things I’ve been loving includes Noted Midori Sized Notebook in Monochrome Grid, which is a notebook/paper product brand I started with my sister and friends. I love the Midori size because one day I would like to have a Midori Cover and it would be nice to have several notebook in one cover. We have quite a wide selection of covers and insert in regular size (17 x 12 cm) and Midori size (21 x 11,5 cm). If you’re a stationery lover you should definitely check Noted out! Two pens I’ve been using to write on my notebook are Uniball Signo RT and Frixion Ball Slim. Both are in fine point (0.38) which I love because it makes my handwriting so much neater. The Frixion Ball Slim is actually Salmon colored which is very cute and coming from the Frixion line it’s eraseable! I have 2 others in Mint Green and Purple, and a refill in Fuchsia.

Whew, it turns out to be such a long post. No wonder though, it’s a 6 months worth of favorites! I hope you enjoy the post, and feel free to comment down below 🙂

The Matte Nude Lip Options : High End vs Drugstore

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First of all, let me just tell you that matte lipsticks and nude lipsticks are two things I used to avoid. I used to think that matte lipsticks are drying and unforgiving especially on my almost-always-dry-lips. No one likes the look of color on top of dry chapped lips. And nude lipsticks? I’m not the fairest of skintones, and I have quite pigmented lips, so I don’t think nude color works on me. So, what got me trying the matte nude lipsticks? Well, it was my sister.

My sister is a fan of matte lipsticks and the only color she wore is pretty much nudes. Not pasty, very light cream or brown nudes, but the slightly pink or peach nudes, you know what I mean? As sisters, of course we share things and one of them is lipsticks. I first tried hers, MAC Kinda Sexy and NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm , those colors look fine on me, but I never thought it’s the perfect nude for me. So, I decided to dip into the nude lipstick world, starting from drugstore.

First was Revlon Mauve it Over, one of the classic favorite. It’s been around for a long time and it’s been loved by a lot of people with different kind of skintones. The reason why it’s loved by so many people is because it’s not too brown, it’s slightly mauve as the name suggests. On me, it looks pretty much nude with a slight pink (a lot of lipsticks leans slightly pinker on me). The formulation is brilliant! Not the most pigmented out there, as I can still see the darker line outside my lips, but it’s very moisturizing as a matte lipstick! The application is a dream, even on a dry lips it glides on smoothly without tugging and it doesn’t enhance lip lines too much.

The other one is Tarte Lipsurgence Matte Lip Tint in Exposed. If you follow me on instagram, then you might have seen me posted a picture of the Tarte Lipsurgence Matte Lip Tint in Exposed a last week. I’ve wanted it for quite a while since having the Amazonian Clay Blush in the same color, but never been able to justify buying it because of the price tag (I believe it’s not that expensive in the US but since Tarte is not available locally, the price is quite high here). So, I was so happy when my friends gave it to me for my (late) birthday present! I love so it much! I love that it has a slight minty scent and a little cooling effect when first applied, and it’s very pigmented for a nude! Seriously, this lipstick can make my lips look one color — no dark lip line around the rim of the lips. It’s also very moisturizing for a matte lipstick, although it also means it’s not the longest lasting lipsticks out there. And I don’t know whether or not it’s because the light color, but this lipstick doesn’t not tint or stain the lips after it fades. The color looks quite similar to the Revlon Mauve it Over, but I wouldn’t say it’s a dupe because it might look different on other people. All in all, it’s a very good matte lip color.

I’m happy with these two matte nude lip options, but being the makeup junkie that I am, I’m always open to other recommendation! So, what’s your matte nude lipstick recommendation? Do share in the comments down below!

The Brow Grooming Tools

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I’m one of those people who are blessed with full eyebrows. But with it, comes the responsibility to groom them. Don’t get me wrong, I love my eyebrows. I love how I don’t need to wear any products on my brows and still have my face framed perfectly. I basically have a unibrow/monobrow, it’s not that bad because the hair between the two eyebrows are more sparse, but up close you can definitely see that they’re connected in the middle. It’s not like people are going to come that close to me that they’ll be able to see, but I can and that’s annoying enough that I decided to take care of it.

As you might have known, there are several ways to groom eyebrows, like waxing, shaving, plucking, and threading. Those are the methods used to shape the eyebrow, but if like me, you have extremely long hairs on your eyebrows then you might need to cut them too. Personally, I’ve tried all the methods mentioned above. All I do on my own because I just can’t trust my eyebrows to other people. I mean, eyebrow shapes are personal preferences and I’m afraid if I let other people do my eyebrows they will shape it too thin or too arched, while I prefer my eyebrows to be slightly thicker and not too arched. The top part of my eyebrows are naturally quite arched and if the base is shaped following the arch, I’m afraid I will look like I’m angry all the time.

The first time I ever took care of my brows was by waxing it. I bought the Sally Hansen Wax Strip Kit from Watsons. It’s actually quite easy, you can just cut the strips according to the shape of the eyebrows, and then rub it between your hands to warm the wax, place it on the parts you want to wax and just yank it off. Here’s a link to Allison’s video if you want to see the details on how it’s done. Waxing your eyebrows may make the skin red and slightly irritated, but no worries because the kit comes with the oil to soothe the skin after waxing. This method doesn’t reqiure a lot of time but sadly, I don’t know whether it’s the oil or the waxing itself, I started to get pimples between my eyebrows! So I decided to stop waxing my eyebrows and look for other alternatives.

I’ve been hearing that a lot of people converted to threading after their first time trying it, but me being me, I don’t want to go to a professional eyebrow threader. Instead, I looked up on YouTube for how to thread your own eyebrow and I found several videos that made it look so easy. So I grabbed whatever thread I could find and tried to thread my own eyebrow. I managed to thread my eyebrows, but let me tell you, it is hard. I can see why people like it, because unlike plucking, threading pull out several hairs at once, so it’s not too painful if done the right way. But it’s so hard I don’t see myself threading my own eyebrows regularly.

Last resort is the traditional shaving and plucking combination, which worked for me. Shaving eyebrows is much like shaving any other part of your skin, but it needs a different kind of razor. So, I bought a couple of cheap eyebrow razor from the nearest drugstore and I find that those works just fine. But with shaving, you can’t be as accurate as you’d like to, and you have to be very careful. You can easily shave off a part of your eyebrow when you’re actually just targeting a couple stray hair, and there’s also the possibility of cutting yourself because eyebrow razor, just like any other razor, is sharp. That’s why a pair of tweezer will always come in handy. I used to have a regular tweezer that works okay, but I kept hearing people praising Tweezerman and saying that it somehow works to easily pluck your hair with minimal pain. So, recently I finally bought a pair. There was a whole range of cute colors and patterns but I settled on the cheapest coral colored Tweezerman Mini Slant Tweezer. I’ve never used a tweezer from Tweezerman before and it seems like a good idea to just buy the cheapest one just in case it doesn’t work as good as what people said. But I’m happy to say that it had lived up to my expectation! I don’t understand how, but seriously this pair of tweezer makes plucking so easy, not to mention, almost painless.

Right now, I’m happy with my eyebrow grooming routine. I’m still curious about threading, but I’m not gonna go unless I’ve had other people recommended a good place. So, if you’re from Indonesia and you know a good threading place, do comment down below!

The Multipurpose Powder // Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder

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When I was younger and didn’t know anything about make up, I used to think that powder is the base. I mean, instead of using foundation, powder was used to even out the complexion. Now that I know a little more about make up, I realized that there’s a whole different range of powder and therefore, not all powder are created equal. For example, there’s mineral powder that is used as base, but there’s also setting powder, that — as the name suggests — is used for setting the base. Mineral powder, like foundation, have a range of shades to suit every skin tone. But setting powder, which have very light to no coverage usually have less shade range or simply called translucent because it isn’t meant to cover anything, therefore no color match needed.

Now that I understand a bit more about make up, I mostly use powder to set the base. Living in a tropical country where everyday is pretty much summer, powder is definitely a necessity, especially when having a long day, or spending a lot of time outdoors. But since I have normal-dry skin, I’m quite picky about which powder I like. I definitely wouldn’t want powder that’s too matte or makes my face look, well, powdery. I need powder that keeps shine at bay while still maintaining the dewy-ness of the base. And since I’m not a huge fan of heavy, full coverage bases, a bit of coverage in my powder is definitely appreciated. At first I thought I will need at least two different powder to serve this purpose, but it turns out, I don’t! How, you may ask? Well, the answer is Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder.

Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder is, I would say, a multi purpose powder. First, it has coverage, so I can just use it on its own when I’m not in the mood for liquid foundation. It won’t cover all, but it will even out minor discoloration and give an overall fresher look. Second, it’s very very finely milled (I know everyone say that every powder is finely milled but seriously I don’t know how else to put it because it really is finely milled!). The first time I use it, I swirled my brush over it quite harshly and I was shocked to see the powder dust flew everywhere. Because of that, this powder is also nice to use over top liquid foundation to set it, or to touch up during the day without it ever get cakey. And this powder is not so matte, and it doesn’t cling to dry patches. What else could I ask for?!

I heard some people compare Bourjouis Healthy Balance Powder to MAC Mineralize Skin Finish, but since I haven’t tried it, I cannot comment on that and I don’t think I’m going to want to try the MAC offering anytime soon because Bourjois is easier to be found, and also cheaper, like half the MAC price cheaper! So, have you ever tried Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder? Do you like it as much as I do? Is there any other multipurpose powder you would recommend? Do share in the comments down below!

Falling Back In Love with Drugstore Lipsticks

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Top : Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Romance – Maybelline Color Whisper in Rose of Attraction – LA Girl Glazed Lip Paint in Blushing
Bottom : Covergirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Coral Twist – Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Sandalwood Beige – Revlon Matte Lipstick in Mauve it Over

As with most people, I started my makeup journey through drugstore products. If I remember correctly my first drugstore lipstick was from Revlon. It was only IDR 35.000 at that time (approx 3 dollars) so it’s very affordable. Then I started venturing into the world of Higher End lipsticks (I don’t have that much money to spend so I sort of collect high end lipsticks, it’s such a guilty pleasure) and those drugstore lipsticks got forgotten. Until last month when I was in Revlon’s counter looking for the Matte Balm in Sultry but ended up buying one of the matte lipstick in Mauve it Over because I couldn’t find the Matte Balm in Sultry. It’s the first time I tried Revlon’s Matte formula, and I was blown away. It’s creamy, doesn’t tug a bit. Yes, it will still look bad if you have dry cracked lips, but it’s so much better than MAC’s matte lipsticks. Plus, the color “Mauve it Over” is such a pretty nude.  I worn it for pretty much every single day for the next month.

Since then, it’s like I’ve been on a drugstore lipstick kick. I rediscovered my old favorites like Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Romance and Maybelline Color Whisper in Rose of Attraction. And I bought one of the LA Girl Glazed Lip Paint in Blushing. It’s creamy, it’s minty, you can wear it alone — dab a little and spread for a subtle color or “paint” your lips for bold opaque color — or you can wear it on top of another lipstick as a gloss. I love layering the LA Girl Glazed Lip Paint in Blushing over Revlon Matte Lipstick in Mauve it Over to create a unique blend of mauve color. I’m thinking of buying another LA Girl Glazed Lip Paint, but I don’t want the bold colors so maybe I’ll buy Elude next time.

The beauty of drugstore lipsticks is you can buy like 4 of them and still spend less than say, one Bobbi Brown lipstick. So, how about you? Are you a drugstore lipstick kind of girl, or do you prefer higher end brands?