Expanding My Brush Collection

Hakuhodo J5523 J142

 

You might not notice, but I’m a starter at all this makeup and beauty related things. I’m just building up my collection, and beauty tools are one of the things in my stash that really is lacking. Seriously, I’m not just saying this! Up to this point, I only have five brushes and one very old eyelash curler. Out of the five brushes, four are face brushes. Well, to be exact, they’re the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, Real Techniques Travel Essentials, and Everyday Minerals Flat Top Kabuki Brush. One of the brush from the Travel Essentials set is an eye brush, and that’s the only eye brush I have! At first I really didn’t mind not having more than one eye brush since the only eye shadow I use is the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to The Bronze which is a cream shadow and can be used just with your fingers. But lately, with all the free time I have, I started watching more YouTube Beauty Gurus that are make up artists in real life and I am just amazed at their skill when it comes to applying eye shadows. They can really create a very colorful, dramatic eye look or very subtle defined neutral eye look. And from my observation, aside from their amazing skill, it also comes down to the tools! So now I’m determined to build up my brush collection, starting with eye brushes.

One of the beauty gurus that I really like is Karima from Shameless Fripperies (Blog/YouTube). She is just gorgeous! And she has this video and a post about her favorite eye brushes. It was inspirational. I have to say what she said in some of her videos that she is quite spoiled for choice, so her line up of favorite eye brushes does lean on the more expensive, high end brushes. But on her post she does explain that some of her favorite japanese handmade brushes aren’t exactly more expensive than it’s equivalent, one of those being Hakuhodo J5523 (the closest Hakuhodo offering to MAC 217). Before, I was determined to buy the MAC 217 since it’s the best, most easily available blending brushes around. But after reading Karima’s post, I decided I need to do my research on Hakuhodo availability in Indonesia. After some comprehensive reading on Femaledaily forum (an Indonesian forum with extensive beauty section) — warning : once you get in you will come out wanting a few dozen beauty items! — I found two japanese cosmetic seller that does pre orders of Hakuhodo brushes with good price. One of them being iroiroshopu. Long story short, I end up pre-ordering a Hakohodo J5523 and Hakuhodo J142 from iroiroshopu and these brushes are expected to arrive two weeks from the closing pre order date which happens to be this Friday (October 31st). I can’t wait! I will certainly write a post about these brushes after they arrived and I’d have a proper play around with them. So for now, I can only pray the process will be carried out nice and smooth and I will have a couple new brushes in two weeks time!

Oh, I almost forgot. As for the prices, I bought both Hakuhodo J5523 and Hakuhodo J142 for IDR 250.000,00 each which I can only say is a very good price since a MAC 217 retails for more than that (I can’t remember exactly how much but I believe it’s around IDR 270.000-370.000 — don’t quote me on that!). A higher quality brushes for cheaper price? Hell yes! I have to say though, I believe there are other cheaper, decent blending brushes out there, which will work out fine for some people. But I’m just always prefer to spend more money on something I know will be good rather than trying out different cheaper options only to end up caving and buy the more expensive options. So, to each their own, I guess.. See you in the next post! x

Review & Swatch // Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Color in Peach Sorbet

Bobbi Brown Peach Sorbet Sheer Lip Color

 

Bobbi Brown Peach Sorbet Sheer Lip Color

Following the previous post, here’s a review and swatch of the Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Color in Peach Sorbet. Before I start, let me give you a warning : this is a limited edition shade lauched with the Bobbi Brown Surf & Sand collection for summer 2014 (I think!), so if you’re interested in getting them I suggest you to go to your nearest Bobbi Brown counter or visit their website while it’s still available! As far as I know, Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Color range is not available in Indonesia until the beginning of this year. The only other shade I got, Carolina, was bought when I visited Malaysia. So when I started seeing posts on my Bloglovin feed about the Limited Edition shades of the Sheer Lip Color range from Surf & Sand collection, I was like ‘Okay, another gorgeous shade that I can’t have’. I was particularly attracted to the shade Peach Sorbet, a light peachy pink with subtle shimmer that looked extra gorgeous!

But then I saw a post from Bobbi Brown Indonesia’s Facebook Page that featured a Sheer Lip Color picture, so naturally I went ahead and asked them whether or not it’s available in the counters now. They said it is, but it was out of stock and will be restocked next month. So, the next time I visited Plaza Senayan I made sure to pay a visit to the Bobbi Brown counter (FYI, it’s located inside Sogo Department Store). I was initially looking to try out the corrector, but it was out of stock and then I remember I wanted to ask about the Sheer Lip Colors, particularly the limited edition shades from Surf and Sand Collection. They said the Surf and Sand Collection had been arrived but it would only be available for sale starting tomorrow. I was so bummed! I went there and got nothing. A few days later, I found myself around the Sudirman area again, so this time I visited Pacific Place just to see the collection. I was so happy to find a stand filled with the collection, I think every item from the collection was available, but I wasn’t really paying attention since I was only interested in the Sheer Lip Colors. I asked the girl on the counter to try on the lip colors but sadly they said I can’t because it’s a limited edition shade and a only few pieces was available for each shades. I understand the reason but seriously, I didn’t come just to see the packaging. So I decided I should just buy the Peach Sorbet shade since I have wanted it for so long. So finally, I went home with it.

Quite a long story, huh? I’m sorry, but I can’t help but share my struggle! So here’s the review & swatch :

bobbi brown peach sorbet swatch

Coming from the Sheer Lip Color range, i have expected these lip colors to be light on the lips but still pack quite a punch of color. It is indeed right, the formula feels just as nice on the lips as the other one I have in the shade Carolina. All the Sheer Lip Color shades in Surf and Sand Collection have shimmer in it, but not the obnoxiously glittery ones. Just look at the swatch above, it’s subtle and pretty. All those goodness aside, the color is not quite right for me. What I have seen from swatches online, Peach Sorbet is a light peach color which I think might be good for a barely there, my lips but better shade. What I didn’t expect was that it is very light peach. I have quite pigmented lips, so with one swipe, only the shimmer shows. Two to three swipes, the color became too opaque and it’s obvious that it’s not the right color for my complexion (I have medium skin with neutral undertone), and because of the texture (and maybe the shimmer) the color doesn’t spread as even as I would like it to. I can make the color work by using it as some kind of a gloss over the top of other lipstick, but it just seems like too much effort! All and all, I believe this will be such a pretty color with great formula when worn by those with lighter complexion and less pigmented lips, but sadly I don’t think I can get much use of it. I’m thinking I might want to sell this, so if any of you reside in Indonesia and wanted this particular lip color, contact me!

 

REVIEW & SWATCH // Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Color in Carolina

Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Color Carolina (1 of 3)

 

Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Color Carolina (3 of 3)

 

Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Color Carolina (2 of 3)

Ever since I saw Essiebutton’s post on instagram back in October 2013 — link, I know I had to have one too. Talk about #essiebuttoneffect, right? I was so disappointed to know that this range — the Sheer Lip Color range was not available in Indonesian market at that time. I considered ordering online, but I’m not so sure about the shade. I wanted the shade Rosy, just like Essie’s, but I’m afraid it won’t suit me as lipstick can vary widely from person to person depending on their skintone and lip color, etc. So when I went to Singapore & Malaysia on January, I know I had to get one of this!

There wasn’t really much shade choices, 14 to be exact. First I had to try the shade Rosy. Here’s when I’m very happy I’ve been patient enough to not order online and waited until I can try it on the counter. The shade Rosy was not in any way flattering for me. So I tried other shades that caught my eyes — I had no interest in nudes and darker colors at the time. And then I found Carolina. I’ve read online that this shade is Carolina Herera’s favorite lipstick shade that was previously discontinued. This particular shade was brought back to the market after Bobbi Brown herself acknowledged that the color was a favorite of Carolina’s and therefore named it after her. I saw a swatch online and although I think this kind of a more mature color, but I think it’s beautiful. And I think the color looks very nice on me, so I bought it.

I found the formula is very nice. The stick itself is on the hard/firm side, not the mushy buttery easily melted kind of texture, you know? It has a subtle shine of a sheer lipstick, but it is in no way sheer. One swipe gives about 80% opacity. Two swipes and it’s opaque. But I found the subtle shine really help giving a more somewhat natural look than a very creamy lipstick. If I want to use it sheer, I would wear a lip balm and just dab a little of this lipstick above it (I personally like my Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm for under lipstick, review here). This way it can appear glossy — if you’re using glossy lip balm — or stain like if you’re using Nuxe Reve de Miel like I do. When worn on its own, I found after a couple hours it can get a bit dry, so I usually apply lip balm underneath to help keep my lips nice and smooth. This is not a big problem though, as with many other lipsticks I have the same problem. Overall I really like this Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Color, and I’m really hopeful in getting the limited edition shade Peach Sorbet! (I’ve got it! Review & Swatch coming soon)

Have you tried any Bobbi Brown Lipsticks? Which formula you like the best? Tell me in the comments down below!

REVIEW // The Body Shop Tea Tree Cool and Creamy Wash

DSC_0202I’m back with another review! This time it’s The Body Shop Cool and Creamy Wash. I have to admit at first I was attracted to this product because it has the word cool. I’m a sucker for cooling products, mainly because I live in a hot and humid country, so a cooling face wash was very tempting. Moreover, I have normal to dry skin and I find foamy face wash leaves my face feeling tight, so I’m always looking for a cream cleanser. And of course, the side effect of following way too many beauty blogs on Bloglovin means I was aware of this product long before it hit the stores here in Indonesia. So without doubt I snatched one of this the second I find it in stores.

First impression was, this product really is cool! The texture is, well, as the name suggests, creamy. It’s kind of thick — which is good– because I don’t have to use a lot of product for one wash. And although this isn’t a foaming product, I find it spreads and washes easily. Some cream cleanser tend to leave a layer of something on the skin (I don’t know what, maybe like oil?) after washing away with only water, but that wasn’t the case with this cleanser. I don’t think this cleanser is good for removing make up, though. It’s okay for me, as I prefer using separate make up remover before actually cleansing my face. And for those of you who have sensitive eyes, beware not to use this too close to the eye area because the cooling effect sting your eyes quite bad.

Coming from the Tea Tree line, this cleanser is supposed to be good for blemished skin. I’m not blemish prone myself, so I can’t really comment on this properties. I do get odd spots around the hairline and between my eyebrows every now and again, but I don’t think this cleanser help the healing process nor do I find it worsen the spots. But then again, if you want something for your blemished skin, I wouldn’t rely on just a cleanser to help the healing process. Overall, I think this is a very nice, no fuss, refreshing, creamy cleanser that I really like. In fact, I am now on my second tube! Another good thing, both times I bought this cleanser, I never pay full price! I often find The Body Shop having sale, whether it’s for a specific range or storewide or online. So, be sure to keep an eye out for promotions, especially if you have some products that you buy regularly!

Do you have a cream cleanser recommendation? Please comment below!