Thursday, March 16, 2017

Terra

At last, there came a time when I was finally able to scratch ‘The Jouer Long-Wear Lip Crème Liquid Lipstick’ off of my wish-list. If you’ve seen this post, you’d know that I was eyeing on the shades that leaned more mauvey pink. But then I decided to pick up Terra instead because the amount of mauvey pink lipsticks in my arsenal was (quite) overwhelming.




First off, let’s talk about the packaging. The captivating packaging. It allows you to attach this product to other Jouer products, which is something that this brand is widely known for (although I’m not quite sure if this also applies to the packaging of their highlighters). Still, I think it’s a genius way to differentiate your product in such a saturated market. The slim square tube looks really sleek and sophisticated. But because the cap is so small (or rather short), it makes holding it while applying the actual product feels weird. So it definitely needs some getting used to.

The color is described as a ‘matte neutral deep ochre’ which I have no idea what the hell that is all about. I would describe it as my kind of MLBB shade, that is a subdued pinky brown with a hint of mauve... which is quite surprising (I solemnly swear that I didn’t expect for this to look kinda mauvey on me). I was quite unsure about how I felt for this lipstick when I first tried it, as I had thought it’d look more pinky brown. But the more I used it, the more I love it. It’s such a pretty everyday color.  



One of the things that made me wanna but this lipstick was the fact that everyone raved about how beautiful the formula was. And now, I’m happy to say that I second that. It’s creamy, glides over the lips very smoothly, and dries quickly to a matte finish. You don’t have to add another coat to even out the color all over your lips, as it’s pigmented already. But if you want to add another layer, you don’t have to worry about it turning all crumbley and gross. Also, because it’s matte, it’s transfer-proof. But although it’s matte, it’s not gonna suck the life out of your lips. Epic, is it not?

Normally (and by normal I mean when I chug lotsa water and munch all kinds of food that are not too too greasy) it can last to up to 6 hours. When it fades, it fades evenly without making your lips look like a butthole. So yeah, it’s so epic.

I once saw a photo of  at least 5 different shades of this lipstick owned by my friend, Anggy, and I thought she was crazy.

But look at me now.

Making a new list which consists of other colors to choose from.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Stepping Out From the Usual Mauvey Pinks

Many, many moons ago, I saw Judy from itsjudytime on Youtube swatching some of the shades from the Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick lineup. At the end of the video, she wore the color Stepping Out, which was a beautiful nude brown, (with In Demand on the center of her lips, which was a much lighter shade), did a kiss test, and there was no transfer shown. And just like that, it became my newfound love. What is new.


Weeks later, Jamie Paige, Jaclyn Hill, Dani, Serein Wu, and everyone were talking about these lippies on their videos. “Man, these must be THAT good!” I said to myself. And my love for it had grown even bigger and bigger. I kid you not, it appeared multiple times in my dreams... After researching for reviews and swatches of this particular shade on Pinterest, Instagram, and other places possible for countless times, you guessed it, mama bought herself a new lippie.

I couldn’t contain my excitement when I finally held the thing in my hand. But when I slapped it on my lips, it seemed somehow gray-ish brown, I almost looked like a cadaver. Was I disappointed? Well, kind of. But then I remembered that this ‘washed-out’ kinda look was the look that Ricci Pamintuan would pull off; she loved her monochromatic, 90s makeup look. So, I wasn’t disappointed for too long. Also, I figured that this lip would pair nicely with a smoky eye look. And that’s the look I’ve been sporting everytime I wear this lipstick.


There’s nothing special about the packaging. Well, maybe there is. Usually, liquid lipsticks come in slim, cylindrical tubes. But obviously, these ones don’t. As you can see, the shape of the tube is square, and they’re a bit chunky so it’ll take more space in your makeup bag than a typical liquid lipstick would. My Rollover Reaction one is also square in shape, but it’s much slimmer compared to this one.

I can tell you what’s special about the part of the packaging though; the doe-foot applicator that’s shaped like a teardrop. Very similar to my Armani Lip Magnet. It really makes application feels easy, as the pointed tip can make the edges look neat. It also has some sort of a well that gathers just enough product to cover your top and bottom lip, which also goes to show how pigmented the color is and that you don’t need to double dip to achieve that perfect application.

The texture reminds me of the Sephora Cream Lip Stain lippies; moussey, smooth, and not streaky whatsoever. But I have to say that this has the tendency to ball up on my lips. I’m not talking big-ass crumbles all over my mouth, just small ones which can easily be removed by gently rubbing my finger over my lips. So, this isn’t a huge deal-breaker.

Another weird thing about this lippie is that sometimes it does transfer, but most of the time it doesn’t. I don’t know, maybe it has to do with my lips’ condition at those weird times, I’m beginning to think that this lipstick might have a mind of it’s own. I may sound like I’m complaining, but I’m not. Because although it’s weird sometimes, it’s amazingly long-wearing at all times.

I have never come across such a long-lasting lip product. This will stay on your lips for hours and hours. Yes, it may transfer, but the color on your lips will remain intact. I was sucking a mango pit the other day, and I was going for it real hard (that sounds so wrong...). Then, I looked in the mirror and was so shook because this lipstick still stayed put. Greasy dishes will only remove the color in the middle part of my lips, which in any case, is just normal.

All in all,  I’m very impressed with this lipstick. I’m thinking to add Miss Conduct, an amazing deep red that’s almost an oxblood to my collection. Or should I check out True Grit instead? Decisions, decisions...

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Finally A Bridesmaid: I've Never Felt Prettier

One of my closest friends was getting married and I had the honor of becoming one of the bridesmaids. Honestly, I don’t really understand the concept of being a bridesmaid, at least in where I live or how it’s implemented here. But let's save that story for another time.

5 years ago, back when kebaya kutu baru wasn’t on trend, I was scrolling through my Facebook home page and came across a photo of this girl wearing a white satin kebaya top with red floral pattern on it. I didn’t know the proper name of that outfit, but I had always thought of it as granny’s kebaya. You know, the ones that our grandmas used to sport way back when. Apparently, it was called kebaya kutu baru. Ever since I saw that photo, I had always been wanting to wear a kebaya kutu baru that’s made of satin with flower prints all over it. 5 years later, I finally got to wear one! It was a beautiful, satin royal blue top with floral prints. It looked even prettier paired with the lilac selendang (scarf) and the kain batik that the bride gave to me as well. My 1/4 Javanese side of me was so channeled.

Damn. I look cute AF. Admit it :)

I got my hair did by Houzcall, an app that Adani introduced me to. Basically, it’s an app that allows you to experience at-home salon treatments. My hair inspo came from after seeing Olivia Palermo’s Golden Globe photos; that braided updo with uber sleek middle part. Her hair also reminded me of one of the looks that Sophie Ellis-Bextor rocked on her Catch You MV, which was something that I had been wanting to pull off myself. However, I told the hairstylist to not make the parted hair at the front too too flat. 286 bobby pins later, I looked like modern-day Njonja Meneer. And I was feelin’ maself.

Now, onto the more exciting part; the makeup! Adani actually did my makeup. I don’t remember everything that she put on my face, but I enjoyed the whole experience. She started off with my eyes first, layering different shades of brown, going darker and darker as she made her way to the outer corners of my lids. I believe she used a light-colored shimmery eye shadow as well on the center of my lids as well. If I’m not mistaken, the shades that she used were taken from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette and the Zoeva Cocoa Blend palette. She also used different kinds of eye brushes and none of them felt scratchy whatsoever; I enjoyed the whole experience. Once this part was done, I looked into the mirror and thought that the eye look was so Adani. It’s true what they say that an artist’s self really reflects on his/her works (she loves her warm, chocolatey browns!). And I loved it. The shadows was blended to a tee, the edges looked seamless. She also popped some falsies on my top lashes and hid the lash bands by using the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. On my lower waterline, she used the Urban Decay eyeliner (I forgot which lineup it was from, but the shade was called ‘Perversion’), which glided really smoothly. As for the brows, she filled them in using ABH Brow Wiz.

On my face, she used Shu Uemura foundation, Urban Decay concealer, RCMA powder, Becca highlighter, plus a pinkish Hourglass blusher and some bronzer/contour powder that I can’t remember. For the lips, she used the Kat Von D liquid lipstick in Double Dare over the Charlotte Tilbury lip liner in Pillow Talk; a mauvey-pink combo (girl definitely knew me). Finally, to seal everything in place, she sprayed MAC Fix+ and Makeup For Ever Mist & Fix over mah face My face felt like a million dollar. It may sound like a lot of products but it honestly looked somehow undetectable. I’ve never felt prettier.

I was peppered with compliments from my friends (and my Go Car driver). Seriously, my makeup was THAT good. The lip color didn’t transfer when I was drinking and it remained pretty intact throughout the event (until I chowed down the fried rice, dendeng balado, braised beef with the most delicious potato side dish, cheesy chicken dish...). The greasy meals did remove the color on my lips a bit, they were left with a pretty pink stain afterwards. I just touched em up with my Armani Lip Magnet. No biggie.

I said it and I’m gonna say it again; I’ve never felt prettier. Huge thanks to Adani for doing my makeup! Her pace, if you will, when she doing my entire makeup was quick, but I wasn’t feel like she was rushing herself whatsoever. She works quickly in the best way possible. Lady was a real pro. My makeup looked fab in real life (people be staring. Or was it just me? HAHA), great in photos, it even lasted through wudus.

So ladies, next time you have an important appointment or if you just wanna look like a badass version of yourself, I highly recommend booking a session with Adani. Be sure to head over to her Instagram profile as well. You'll be swooned by her makeup #flatlays. Oh, did I mention that she blogs too?

I’m not sure if I’m gonna stop obsessing over the makeup that she did, but the Kat Von D liquid lipstick is on my top to-buy list for sure.