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.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Something Flowery

I live in a city called Jakarta and within it there’s this region called Rawamangun. It kinda holds a special place in my heart as I spent 9 years of my childhood going to one of the private schools in that area, which was the place where I met my bestest buddy and made the craziest memories. A few footsteps away from there is a traditional market called Pasar Sunan Giri or Pasar Sugi, as locals often call it. As far as I’m concerned, the market is not the place for you to peruse for groceries. I’d describe this place as the ‘house’ of tailors, garments, fabrics, textiles, and all that jazz, especially in the East Jakarta region. I went there last week to have my kebaya made for an upcoming wedding of another close friend of mine. Yup, Mama is gonna be a bridesmaid again. This time ‘round, she be dressin' in all pink! Also, there was this guy who sold Kue Ape, which I was holding myself from getting...

Anyways, while I was at the market I thought I’d also get some stuff that I needed for a couple of makeup looks I’d been meaning to recreate for ages, which were rather flowery and blingy. The first look was inspired by one of @harrymakesitup’s Instagram photo. She did a makeup on one of her models and glued some flower petals on the model’s face, which I thought was beautiful. I’d seen lots of makeup artists doing cool makeup looks on models, but this one was ‘the one’ that sorta clicked and made my creative juices flowing. So I tried looking for fake flower petals at the market, and discovered this store which sold all kinds of embellishments for garments and whatnot. I didn’t quite find what I was exactly looking for, so I just purchased some random fake flowers made out of clothing fabric. Because it was a market, everything in there was cheap as chips. Everything that I purchased was no more than IDR 50.000. So. Much. Win.

Recreating the look was easy. I just did my face as per normal, coated the back of each flower with a few strokes of my Dolly Wink Eyelash Fix Glue, and placed em randomly over my face. At the end, however, I felt that the look could be more editorial, so I just took a couple of hair strands, painted them with the same glue to give them a wet look, and placed em randomly across my face. I despised the scent of the lash glue (even thinking about the it makes me wanna vomit), but loved how the result turned out!

I felt that this look called for something bold on the lips like the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Outlaw. But in the end, I for I opted the Jouer Long-Wear Lip Creme Liquid in Terra, which was the complete opposite of Outlaw. I loved the look even more. Then, I took about 6679 of selfies. Classic.

My best friend Lika a.k.a. @likahapsari, whom I met in 4th grade, happens to be a graphic designer/illustrator at present time. So I asked her to help me edit the photos the way I wanted them to look like, which involves floral vines. She’s like the Dawn Lee to my Jenn Im. Just take a look at the images. Couldn't be more happier with the outcome.  

As for another makeup look which involved something blingy, I’m saving that up for my next blog post. Besides shopping for specific items for the said makeup looks, I also purchased a pair of va-va-voom falsies for just IDR 5.000 to recreate yet another makeup look that was inspired by dangdut singers. You can be inspired by anything, really...

I’m gonna pick up more stuff from that market and create more fun, “outta my comfort zone” makeup looks in later time. Oh, and I’m gonna get the Kue Ape for sure.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

A Little Crush on You

Blogging has made me gain so many things within the past year and a half; it’s helped me hone my writing skills, pushed my creativity in varying my contents, and allowed me to make new friends. The latter happens to be the category that Faizah a.k.a. The Nicest Person Ever falls into. A few weeks ago, she went to Jakarta along with a few beauty goodies she brought for me. Among those goodies was the Glossier Generation G Matte Lipstick in Crush. I had been meaning to pick something up from Glossier, but this brand was and still is such a pain in the butt to get hold of. So, thank you so much Faizah for the lipstick! Told ya, she’s the nicest person ev4hh.

I really like the brand because it’s such an indie brand (I believe it’s still an indie brand), and indie-ness often associated with something cool. And Glossier is cool indeed. The way they market their products is clever. There’s a reason why Glossier products are packaged within those sleek tubes, cute stickers that you can put all over the packaging, and the carton which you won’t throw away because the design is so darn adorable; so you can Instagram ‘em, swoon all the lasses and lads out there so they’d purchase a thing or two from the brand, and basically help the brand boost its sales. Oh, not to mention their products’ cute name. The Balm Dot Com? How ingenious is that?

Now, back into the real stuff. Packaging is a simple sleek white plastic tube. A lot of people may think this looks cheap, but I’m not one of those people. I’m someone who is easily brainwashed by clever, captivating marketing techniques. The color is what looks like a berry color to me; it’s pinky and a bit purple-y. It’s super sheer, yet super buildable. The texture is balm-like and it won’t dry down to a matte finish, which is quite confusing for something that claims to be a matte lip product, but is definitely not a huge deal-breaker, as it’s still really nice.

This would be good for a ‘no makeup’ makeup look. But even greater if worn along with Boy Brow and Cloud Paint. Oh the joy of living in a third world country...

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Not a Lolita, but Still is Bonita

If you’ve been an OG reader of this blog, then you’d know that the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper is one of my holy grail makeup items. Looks like it’s also everyone’s favorite liquid liner, because it is that good. The Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks are also raved by many #LipstickHoarders out there. I had been wanting Lolita since forever, but I’d already got a disturbing amount of mauvey pink lipsticks. Besides, many people had been saying that the color of this Lolita was more gray-ish compared to the first batches ever of this shade, and I was not in the mood to look like a corpse. After I got my face made up by Adani’s magic hands, I had a thought of getting Double Dare, which was the prettiest warm pink that would be perfect for everyday wear. I then changed my mind because somehow, I somehow wated something that was not within the ‘MLBB, easy peasy, low-maintenance’ color scheme. Red had always been the color that would look great on anyone. So I went for it.

You see, red can be daunting for some people, because a lot of bold-colored lippies require high maintenance and are often associated with special ocassions, evening events, and all that jazz. Some of my close friends were once told that they look like they had just drunk blood because they were sportin’ bold lip colors. I’d say wear whatever you feel you look good in and comfortable wearing. Simply don’t give a fug about what those naysayers have to say :)

Mmmkay. Enough with the ramble. So yeah, I then did some research about which one to get; Outlaw or Underage Red? They looked like they were the same thing. But I ended up asking my gorgeous, gorgeous friend, Cica (whose hair I’ve admired since OBM days #BanggaJadiAnakUI) to pick up Outlaw for me instead of the other red.  

The liquid lipstick is packaged within this slim cylindrical tube. I really like the design of the cap, which looks like a rose ‘tattoo’ imprinted on it. The wand is quite long, which felt weird when I first used it, but I think I’m used to it now. The color is something that I would describe as a true, classic red that never goes out of style. You see what I did there?

The texture is thin, but by no means liquidy. It’s not moussey either, so I guess it’s somewhere in between those ends. It dries down to a nice matte finish that is never gonna dry your lips out. Once it sets, it’s not gonna accentuate your the lines on your lips and it’s not gonna ball up. It’s glorious.

The formula is transferproof. But once your lips come in contact with those greasy dishes, the color will transfer/removed. And by ‘removed’, I mean not as full on as how it looks after freshly applied on your lips. I wore it to 3 different occasions where I had the pleasure to devour lots of greasy meals. Those meals definitely remove some of the color from my lips and make them look butthole-ish, but in the most flattering way possible. The lipstick did feather just a tiny bit, but nothing a simple rub with a finger wouldn’t remove. Also, the color didn’t migrate all the way to my chin, which was awesome. Reapplication is also such a bliss with this one. Adding another layer won't cause any crumbliness or flakiness.

I have been wearing this number almost everyday since the day I got it. This is the most low-maintenance red lipstick that I have ever slap on my lips. Once again, Kat Von D proves that she makes one of the best cosmetic formulas in the market. She’s gonna release a new range of lip liners anytime soon, and I’m so getting one of ‘em. Or maybe three? Ah, Lolita's gonna be one of my picks for sure.

Thursday, March 16, 2017


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.