Thursday, October 27, 2016

Everything is Coming Up Roses

I don’t want a garden full of roses. Instead, I want a drawer full of these types of roses:

Becca Rose Quartz Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed that apparently is no longer available for sale #sadtimes. Becca is known for producing one of the most best selling, high quality highlighters in the market. Not to mention all the craze that blew up on the internet the minute Jaclyn Hill announced their partnership. However, I’ve never been really interested in their highlighters, until this little number launched about a month or so ago. Go ahead and google some images of it and ook at the packaging! It’s all kinds of stunning. And that patterned print though... Seriously, if I had it now, I’d be doused in it.

Jouer Long Wear Lip Creme Liquid Lipstick in the shades Petale de Rose and Tawny Rose. Okay... I know they look (quite) similar. But who says mama can’t have too many mauvey pink lipsticks?

Last but certainly not least, the Sephora Color Lip Last Lipstick in Blooming Rose. This is the one that only a few know to be great but not many people rave about. Yesterday, I swatched one of the testers on the back of my hand and less than 5 mins after that, I went to the toilet and tried to remove the swatch using soap and water. I swear to God, this was indelible. Even after I got done washing my hands, I could still see a stain there. Incredible.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Bye, By Terry

Last year, I sold my soul for the By Terry Ombre Blackstar in the shade Misty Rock. Ever since I managed to get my hands on it, I’d been on a noble mission to add more colors to my collection. In particular, this mesmerizing deep plummy shade called Velvet Orchid. However, the hefty price tag was definitely a problem. Until I stumbled across The Balm Batter Up Eyeshadow Sticks.

They’re pretty much the answer to my prayer. And maybe yours too. Now, can we discuss about the packaging real quick? The Balm makes the most adorable packaging with the cutest vintage-esque illustration, and often uses funny puns to name their products as well. For instance, this range’s got a baseball game theme going on and the shade that I’ve got is called Slugger, a beautiful deep, deep purple with teeny tiny specs of microfine glitter. It’s undoubtedly a straight up dupe for Velvet Orchid. This basically has the same quality as the Ombre Blackstars. It glides over my eyelid and along my waterline like buttah. The texture is that buttery smooth. One swipe reveals a seriously super duper hella intense opacity. So, if you prefer more of a sheered-out, toned-down look, use a lighter hand. Blending wouldn’t be a fuss as well. You can easily use your finger or a brush to make the edges appear seamless. You’ll also have a little play-time with it before it completely sets. Believe me, when it sets, it’s gonna stay there alllllllll day and night. It’s gonna survive wudus as well. I have a feeling that this might also be bulletproof.

Currently, there are a total of 8 shades in this range. So, if you want something from the Ombre Blackstar lineup, I’d say check these out first before you shell out your ca$$$h!

PS: Have you seen my short film?

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Here's What You Need to Know

So, I (along with my awesome gang) created this short film...

Now, you may wonder why we made this movie. Or not.

A little over a month ago, Forbes announced its first ever international short movie contest, which was the Forbes Under 30 Short Film Festival. I was really excited to join because I wanted to be on the cover of Forbes magazine, smiling next to Oprah and the Queen one of my lifetime goals was (and still is) to make films. Oh, and because the entry fee was $0.

Initially, I wanted the story to be something that was very close to me, which obviously was beauty-related. However, after receiving a lot of feedback, I changed the whole concept. The short film festival was said to be held in this month (on the 17th, to be exact). After doing some googling, I found out that October was also known as the Domestic Violence Awareness Month. So I figured that it was only fitting to base my story on that subject.

I didn’t really know that much about domestic violence (not saying that I’m now an expert at it, though), so I did some research. I used to study psychology back in uni anyway so I figured that I’d be a fool if I didn’t base this movie on some theoretical ground, especially for such issue. I also talked to a friend who’d soon be a sought-after clinical psychologist, and she really helped me to better understand the cycle of domestic violence. However, I didn’t want the story to be way too theoretical and rigid, so I also watched an amazing Ted video and read some survivors’ stories online, which helped me so much in developing the story.

Now, here’s the thing. I had made some videos previously, but this time ‘round was my first legit short movie. I was absolutely clueless about where to begin. I’d be working with people and nobody was gonna be able to read my mind so I needed to figure out how to be an efficient team player. Luckily, I’d got a friend who once studied film making -- and edited the behind the scenes footage from Filosofi Kopi, mind you -- and she kindly gave me some advice on how to write the script, determining the necessary equipment, and all that jazz. Long story short, I then became less clueless.

“Things will go wrong” was a quote by the infamous Martin Scorsese that I once came across. I didn’t expect everything to fall into place. There were some challenging times, but nothing that we couldn’t handle (and laughed a lot about ‘em). Remember the scene where Arinda shut the door in front of Andre’s face, that was only shown for a fraction of a second? It literally took us umpteen times to get the shot that you saw. Fun times.

Technical things aside, I was having some struggles with myself as well. I was afraid that I couldn’t be a good director (omg I hate to use that word) for the people that I worked with, because I was still clueless (remember?). But, they were simply amazing. They helped me figure things out easily. I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun I had with these people.

I’d like to share with you some more details about what was really going on behind the camera, but I don’t wanna bore you with more of my ramblings... for now. So, I suppose it’s about time to wrap this up.

But before that, big fat thanks to

Riga, for driving us all the way to and back from the filming location, napping and taking a swim when everyone else was busy shooting scenes, making sure our tummies were full and happy, criticizing my ideas, and for your constant support.

Riyo, for your incredibly mad, mad skillz. It only took him less than 24 hours to edit the first draft, which I think was so insane in the best way possible. More and more people need to know of how amazing and talented and what a virtuoso you are.

Andre, for not coming on time (HAHA), for Un-Drake-ing my heart, and all the lame-ass jokes that only we would understand.

The disturbingly beautiful Arinda, for listening to me talking about my teenage dream of directing a movie back in 2007 or so, and being involved when I turned it into reality this year.

And to you, for making it this far.

Unfortunately, I didn’t make it to the semi-finalist round. But whatever. I may have lost in one competition, but I’ve gained plenty of invaluable learning experience. Plus, I may have saved someone’s life, Who knows?

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Take It, Take It All

What a boring product shot.

The other night, I was wearing quite a ‘heavy duty’ eye makeup, which involved products that claimed to be indelible (and a lot of dirty brushes, obviously). Normally, I’d just use a bi-phase makeup remover then cleanse my entire face altogether using a facial wash. But this time ‘round, I wanted to use something different, that was the Take It Away Makeup Remover Lotion by Estee Lauder. It was gathering dusts in my mother’s stash anyway, so... I was just being a good daughter and make the most out of everything, you know? I was a bit nervous prior to using it. Is this thing gonna burn my eyes? But I ended up squeezing a dollop of it and gently rubbing/working it into one side of my eye. I was pleasantly surprised by how quick and easy it was at melting those waterproof gel liner, lashings of mascara, and 678675 layers of eye shadows away. And the best part was that it didn’t sting my eye. I repeated the same step to my other eye as well as to my self-acclaimed waterproof lipstick that I was wearing that night. After I started to look like a panda, I washed my face using my regular facial wash. And that was that. No remnants of makeup detected afterwards. A regular, dual phase makeup remover would do the same job, but like I said, I was feeling something different. Besides, this was much quicker, easier, not to mention that I didn’t have to waste a single cotton pad. Win win win. Now, if only this was the case with cleaning all those dirrty brushes...