Thursday, May 26, 2016

I've Got a Crush on a Jeffree Star

At first, I thought Jeffree Star was just a liquid lipstick brand and I was not into the colors that the brand came out with; there was a green, a blue, and a white(!!!!). Not to mention that the design of the packaging was quite unusual for my liking. The liquid lipsticks then became the talk of the town because more and more people on every social media platforms were going nuts over those lipsticks. During those time, about a year ago now, a liquid lipstick called Androgyny was hyped up by a lot of people as well. And it did tickle my fancy as well. Can you not guess what shade it is?

Apparently, Jeffree Star was a real person and he had been on Instagram for long and YouTube for even longer. However, I hadn’t been particularly bold enough to stalk his Instagram feed (let alone follow him) and watch any of his videos on YouTube, until I got bored af of people whom I had been subscribed to (whom had always worn low-key, barely there makeup).

About two months ago, I decided to hit that subscribe button. Minutes later, I found myself scrolling through his old videos, then watching his Snapchat feed, and stalking through his Instagram photos. I don’t know what got into me, but now, I am constantly on the wait for his online presence. Can’t you tell that I love him THAT much?

I was quite intimidated when I saw him for the first time. I mean, his body whole body was almost covered in tattoos (not that humans’ exterior defines who they are, or that I’m against people with tattoos or whatever, but you get my point). Not gonna lie, that made me hesitant to watch any of his videos. But then, his name got mentioned a lot by Manny, Jaclyn, and Kathleen, and I couldn’t help but to finally watch his videos. And now, doing that is a part of my routine.

His videos are so entertaining to watch. He is so witty, and of course, genius at makeup as well. He sometimes invites his friends and film a ‘get ready with me’-styled videos with them, and all of them feature cake-faced makeup. I’m not really in favor of that kind of makeup, but this case is an exception. Looks like drag makeup isn’t that bad at all. As long as you are good enough to pull it off, though!

Any recommendations on who else to crush on? :)

Thursday, May 19, 2016

What was in My Travel Makeup Bag

Can the title of today’s blog post be any more basic?

Keeping up with the Bandung getaway trip theme, I thought I’d talk you through the beauty items that I brought along for that trip. I only brought the things that were absolutely necessary, so I packed pretty light in this department. All of the stuffs were temporarily housed within my pink Victoria’s Secret cosmetic bag that was given to me by Novi and Gadis as a farewell gift last year. The size of it was humongous and it had lots of mini compartments inside and outside, so it could fit a lot of items.

I was having a serious case of dry, chapped lips at that moment. Thus, it was essential for me to bring my Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, so I threw it inside the bag. Honestly, I can’t remember how many times I put this on to my lips on that trip. While we are on the subject of lips, I also brought along a couple of lipsticks because mama needed some colors. Due to my lips’ condition, of course, I had to bring lipsticks that were moisturizing and creamy. My picks obviously included a plummy, mauvey pink number that was the Clinique Plum Pop and ColourPop Lippie Stix in Brink, a warm, brownish pink that’s gorgeous for everyday. The latter was actually a matte finish, but it had enough slip to it so it felt a bit creamy. it I saw Adani wore it on one of her blog posts last year. It looked good on her, so then I immediately picked one up for my zelf.

Apart from the lips, my skin also felt like the Sahara desert, especially around my mouth area. I ran out of my moisturizer, so the only skin-care item that I carried with me was a dinky little serum from Estee Lauder, which I did talk about briefly here. Genius skin-quencher right there.

As for the eye makeup, I only took my LORAC Pro Eyeshadow Palette with me. I wasn’t planning on doing 74832569 different eye looks on this ephemeral escape, for I just needed Espresso and Black to put some colors on to my brows, as per normal. To put those colors on, I used the 230 Luxe Pencil Brush from Zoeva. I found filling in my brows much quicker with this brush and I didn’t have to worry if I was going to go ham with it. Like I said, it did a pretty good job at filling in the sparse areas on my brows, but it didn’t make them look defined/structured per se. So, I also used my EcoTools Angled Eye Liner Brush to make dem brows appear slightly more angular.

If I had to pick one must-bring item from all the things mentioned, I would definitely choose the petroleum jelly over anything else. Not makeup? Whoa. Mama do love makeup, but ain’t nobody got time for skin that resembles dat of a lizard. Besides, it does other kinds of wonders as well!

By the way, there was still huge space left inside the makeup bag. So huge, it could have fit a bunny, a pair of pigeons, and a bouquet of roses. Ah, perhaps I should have named this post “A (Makeup) Bag of Tricks” instead. Makeup tricks people anyway!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Hello, Hello

At last, hello again, Bandung! And hello again, after being off schedule for 4 times.

Last week, I finally had the chance to visit Bandung, which I hadn’t been in for approximately 2 years. When I was much younger, going to Bandung was pretty much a regular thing for me and my family to do because most of my close relatives and extended family resided there, so the visits weren’t essentially for getaway purposes. Ever since I was a kid, I have always loved the city (and LOATHED the trip). I don’t exactly know why, but the city makes me feel so loved (sorry if this sounds disgusting. But it’s the only way I can describe it), even just by thinking about it. Maybe, it’s because of the “warmth” that I feel every time I interact with the local people in such a cold place (by that I mean the temperature).

This time ‘round, I went to the ‘Paris van Java’ with my uni friends for a quick getaway. I was pretty excited because I finally got to spend more time with them offline and visit Bandung again, but I was also partly unenthusiastic because I had predicted that the roads would be a bit congested and the trip would be longer than normal due to the long weekend. However, we got nothing to opt for aside from powering through an ocean of vehicles.  Eventually, we managed and my ass survived the 12-hour car-ride.

Technically, our first visit was to this Sundanese restaurant. But our grand plan was to go to a place called Ranca Upas. I thought the place was gonna be breath-taking, jaw-dropping, dumbfounding or whatever, but it wasn’t. I tried to be mesmerized by the natural surroundings, but that didn’t work. For me, it was just woods where people can camp, feed deers... nothing was special about it, really. It’s just, I’m not one who’s into going to this sort of places. The only thing worth a memory space within my brain was when we took crazy pictures of ourselves. More like Anzil and I only.

Funnily enough, the only thing that I did find amusing from this whole trip was the car-ride itself, not the places we went to. Although most of the journey were ass-numbing, I did have fun. The long ride hours allowed us to catch up with each others’ life stories, which was nice for us especially now that we don’t get to see each other as often as we did back in our uni days. Also, I only got limited access to the Internet. Which means no YouTube, no Jeffree Star (a newfound love), no Jaclyn Hill, no nada. Disconnecting with the online world felt great, though. Should do that more often (yea right, like that’s ever gonna happen).

All in all, I’m glad that I decided to go on this trip along with my girlfriends, for the whole journey felt worthwhile because of them. After all, “it’s not the place, but the company!”