Thursday, June 8, 2017

How Many "Sluggish" are There in This Post?

One of the (not many) YouTubers that I am subscribed to is Teni Panosian. A few weeks ago, she did a makeup tutorial video which incorporated a purple eye shadow from one of Natasha Denona Palette range. The look was so beautiful and seemed easily achieved, that I thought of recreating it someday. Well, that day did come and I finally recreated that look using whatever I had at my disposal. So, here’s a little back story and the breakdown on how I did my take on Teni’s makeup, sans the 26-dollar eyeshadow palette. And the Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in (Plum)age which costed a dollar less than aforementioned said palette -_-

It was the first day of Ramadan. I knew I was about to welcome another episode of That Time of The Month, so I was feeling sluggish, but I wanted to still do something productive. So I pulled up my makeup drawer and grabbed some stuffs out of it. I took out everything I could possibly need for the eyes and the lips, but I didn’t take out anything for the base, apart from a concealer and a powder, which I wouldn’t use on my face. Told ya, I was feeling rather sluggish.

I started off by priming my lids using the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Treatment Makeup, which was the concealer. Then, I dust some of the RCMA No Color Powder along my crease to help the blend the makeup that I was gonna lay over it.


Apparently, my grim-looking LORAC Pro Palette got the shades that were close enough to dupe the ones that Teni used for that video. So I used Light Bronze, Gold, and Deep Purple on the lids, crease, and the outer corners respectively. I then glided The Balm Batter Up Eyeshadow Stick in Slugger (because I was feeling sluggish :p) along my top and bottom waterline as well as halfway along the lower lash line, more toward the outer part and create a reverse flick just like what Teni did. I have to say, I got a little carried away and my flicks turned longer than they should. As for the lower inner lash line, I put on Gold for a pop of... gold.

I also attempted to thicken the upper lashline using Slugger just a tiny bit. Then, I coated my lashes with the Double Wear Zero Smudge Lengthening Mascara by Estee Lauder, which I need to replace ASAP. Mascara-ed lashes really helped the look pulled together very very nicely!


Teni wore something nude and glossy and her lips. I didn’t quite have a nude lipstick, because 99% of  what I got were in the mauvey-pink family. But I did have a gloss that would work for this look, which was the Urban Decay Revolution High-Color Gloss in Liar. I forgot how great this lipgloss was.

Recreating this look turned out to be quite simple. I love Teni because she’s just so gorgeous and talented and it’s such a shame that her channel doesn’t get talked about much. She truly is a gem.



Speaking of hidden gems, who’s your current favorite beauty YouTuber? I’d like to know and maybe I’ll try to recreate some of their makeup looks, if I’m not feeling particularly sluggish... 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Estee Lalonde

Around 3 years ago, I came across Essie Button’s channel on YouTube. Apparently, it was ran by a Canadian blogger living in England. My initial thought about this girl was that her physique was so darn beautiful. I immediately went through her old videos, including her monthly favorites from 2012 to 2013-ish. I fell in love with her Brand Focus series, in which she created a dedicated video discussing her favorite items from a makeup brand. I also loved her selection of songs featured on her videos; girl got great taste of music! Very indie, yet Scandi-ish. Very Essie Button indeed. I really love the online persona of this girl and so I decided to hit that subscribe button. Yes, I was very picky about whom I should be subscribed to. Also, she had a blog with the same name and I really liked the way she put her thoughts into words.

Then, something changed. She changed. Suddenly, the Essie Button was not the Essie Button. I felt like the direction she was taking was not really my cup of tea; she started talking less about makeup and more about other life-related stuff.  To be honest, there was a moment where I thought that she was barely a beauty blogger. Turned out that it was a part of her journey of self-growth, self-fulfillment, or self-whatever-it-might-be. And that journey involved changing the name of her channel/blog into her real name, which was Estee Lalonde, as well as getting a new hair look. So yeah, she changed.



Some of those changes, along with other facets of Estee Lalonde that I hadn’t known before, were documented inside this beautiful book written by the woman herself, titled ‘Bloom’. Very aptly named indeed. Besides talking about her life, she’s also covering other topics including travel, food, beauty (obviously), fashion, and people. Speaking of people, Amelia Liana was also featured in that section and I gotta admit that I did shed a tear when I was reading that part!


In the book, she also introduced us to a fact that she suffered from social anxiety and she’d been struggling with since such a young age. She invited us into another side of her that she never talked about online; her relationship with her father. Well, she didn’t talk about it too much though. But it was nice to know another thing or two about her ordeals in the offline world and to learn about her ways of dealing with them.

I have to say that I love love love the design of the book; the material of the cover, the colors that she chose to act as a categorization for each topic/chapter, the awesome never-before-seen photographs, how everything’s laid out... they are just so so aesthetically pleasing! I especially love the photograph of Aslan and Estee’s love letters that they sent out to each other when they hadn’t moved in together yet. They’re just so special.

If she published another book, I’d totally buy it. If she came to Indonesia, I’d be the first person to purchase the early bird tickets. Oh, now I sound like a crazy fangirl.



Huge thanks to my girlfriend, Sabila, for gifting me this book!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Something with a Bling

Last week’s post was about Something Flowery. Now, I’m serving you ‘Something Blingy’. The inspiration behind this came when I was scrolling thru my Flipboard app -- on the Beauty section, obviously -- and found a picture of a girl, wearing the just the exceptionally ordinary makeup look, with what looked like small silver rhinestones sprinkled under her eyes and I just had to recreate that look someday. Well, that day finally came. So when I went to that one store in Pasar SuGi, I purchased some small rhinestones. I got the lilac-ish ones, the amber ones, and the one with this beautiful blue/purple shift to it. I also picked up some slightly larger ones in an emerald-ish green color. I didn’t have anything planned i mind, so I just chose whatever looked stunning to my eyes!


The face makeup was exactly the same as the one that I did for my previous post. To stick those rhinestones to my face, I used the same adhesive and I just have to say it again here that I frikkin’ hate the smell. Anyhoo, initially I was trying to mimic the positioning of the rhinestones seen on the inspiration picture, but apparently mine were bigger so I reckoned it wouldn’t be as cute. So, again, I just place everything randomly underneath the eyes, around the upper inner corners, and between the brows. And voila, I was embellished.




Ooh, I almost forgot. I didn’t want the face makeup to look exactly the same as my floral look, so I thought I’d make some changes on the lips. I felt that this look called for something glossy, so over the already existing Jouer Terra, I layered the Urban Decay High Revolution Gloss in Liar over it.


Then, I kinda wanted to see how it’d look if I put a red lip on, so entered the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Outlaw.



And again, I took about 45982 selfies afterwards. You didn’t get your face embellished everyday so why not maximize the use of your front-facing phone camera? Right? Right.