Thursday, December 7, 2017

For Damsels Who Need to De-stress

Earlier today, I went to this spa place called Soleil Spa (just for the ladies. Sorry lads). It first opened in Kota Harapan Indah just around 3 months ago. I discovered this place on Instagram and they also put a link to their menu on their profile. I was interested to try their I Want All menu, which consisted of a deep cleansing facial, full body massage, and foot massage (they worded the descriptions in a much fancier way) at seriously seriously affordable price. So then I contacted the place via WhatsApp and made my appointment.

Upon my arrival, I was greeted by the lovely Keshia, who apparently runs the place (and whose lipstick looked gorgeous and perfume smelt oh so amazing!). Then, she handed me a form for me to fill in. There were questions like how strong of a pressure I’d like for my body massage, which area of my body I’d want the therapist/masseuse to focus on the most, and so and so.

Then, Keshia gave me a mini briefing about the procedures of the treatment of my choice. She explained (elaborately, might I add) about the steps of the facial treatment, the kind of products she would use on my skin type, and gave me some advice on some products that I should avoid. After that, she showed me a selection of massage oils and asked me to choose between Vanilla Coconut, Frangipani, Lotus, and Lavender. Each smelt good, but the first one was divine. It had a sweet scent but not sickening at all.

Maybe I should tell you a little bit about Keshia. Prior to opening the spa place in September this year, she took a diploma course where she learned about the theories of facial and all that good stuff. I believe she also took a CIDESCO training and is now a certified facialist (how cool is that?). She also used to work in one of Indonesia’s bougee-est, luxury resorts in Bali. So not only does she has the know-how about facials, but she also has the hands-on experience. Oh, and apparently the oils, scrubs, and lotions used there were also the ones used at the place where she used to work at in Bali!

Anyway, she then took me to my treatment room, where she gave me a kimono and disposable panties. By the way, the bed sheets and kimonos are always replaced with freshly washed ones after treatments, so rest assured new guests won’t get cross-contaminated with God knows whatever.

Then, she performed the deep cleansing facial on me. The process involved exfoliating my face (no harsh grainy scrubs used), massaging it, extracting the blackheads/whiteheads from my face (which I had been meaning to get rid of for the longest time), and slathering my whole face with mud mask. Like, my eyes and lips were covered in mud mask. Speaking of lips, she also put some lip balm on my dry, dry lips. How thoughtful! Oh, and by the way, she used new facial sponges (fresh outta its packaging) and drinking water for the facial.

After the whole process was done (sad times), she showed me some of the extracted comedones and boy was that part the most satisfying! She also reminded me to up my water intake to help with the dehydrated-looking lips and told me that she used The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid on me to help reduce my post-acne marks. My face felt so soft and supple after the treatment! She also gave me a tip to be more strategic when applying my moisturizer.

The following treatment was the foot massage and full body massage. This time ‘round, I was treated by Mba Ayu. The massage that she gave was waaay better than the one I had at B***** S****. The massage was so relaxing, I almost caught some zs. After the entire process was finished, I was given a nice cup of wedang jahe and some cookies.

All in all, I was super happy and well-pampered. To me, the star of the show was the deep cleansing facial. I wish it lasted longer! I might or might not shed a tear during the blackhead extraction process, but it seriously was so gratifying. Keshia was so profesh and customer-oriented, and Mba Ayu was really awesome as well. I can’t wait for my next me-time session there and to try their VIP Class menu!

So, if you live around Harapan Indah area (or anywhere, really) and are in the mood to give yourself a little treat, definitely check this one out. Psst, they’re currently having a 10% off promo for all treatments! And if you’re lucky enough, you can get up tp 50% discount for your next visit. Come come!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Blue? Teal? Turquoise?

I don’t remember exactly how I ended up watching DJ Khaled’s Wild Thoughts on YouTube, but I do remember how captivating Rihanna’s makeup was, especially the blue eyeshadow.. It looked so good paired with a classic red lip.

Looking back, I realized that it was not the first time I got inspired to create a look using blue eyeshadow. In this year’s Met Gala, the ever-so-gorgeous Emily Ratajkowski sported a killer blue eyeliner with golden lower lashline. What a stunner.

A few weeks ago, I saw Patrick Ta did a teal eyeshadow look on somebody’s (too lazy to grab my phone to check) lower lashline. The overall vibe was minimal and somewhat natural, but that pop of teal just made the look feel editorial. I wanted to recreate this look. Well, all three looks.

I decided to purchase the Emina Pop Rogue Pressed Eye Shadow in Colorful just because it was cheap af had great reviews. I just wanted the blue, but hey, the other 2 could still be worn for every day so I was chuffed that they wouldn’t be unused/go to waste.

I actually did the Patrick Ta look first. Apparently, he did the makeup on Olivia Munn (just checked on his Instagram!). The star of the show was definitely the teal shadow all along her bottom lash line and waterline, but this time ‘round, I substituted it with the blue shade from the Emina palette. To introduce a bit of warmth to the eye makeup, I used the Catrice Cosmetics Sun Glow Matt Bronzing Powder all over the crease down to the lids (and all across the perimeter of my face). Then, I added a coat of mascara to the lower lashes. I finished off the eyes by popping on a pair of fake lashes which I got during my trip to Pasar Sunan Giri a little while ago (which I also used for all three looks. Mama’s broke ya know). A bit too overwhelming compared to the ones she wore which were more natural, but don’t you love a bit of va va voom on the lashes? Yeah, me too.

In a photo posted by @patrickta, I noticed something peachy yet browny and glossy on her lips (my eyes were trippin’. Apparently, the lip was matte). I didn’t have one product to achieve that look, so I made my own concoction. I lightly dabbed the Wardah lipstick in Velvety Brown on my lips, used my finger to distribute the color all over, and smushed my lips together before adding Urban Decay’s lip gloss in Liar on the center. One last smush, and the eye makeup was complete.

On the next day, I did the @emrata Met Gala 2017 look. Her makeup was done by Hung Vanggo and I believed he used lots of Marc Jacobs products on her. The look focused on her killer blue eyeliner. First off, I dusted a bit of the same bronzer all over the crease. Then, I took my Zoeva 317 Wing Liner Brush, wet it a little bit, loaded the blue shadow onto the brush, and sketched the flick.

To achieve Emily’s gilded lower lash look, I used Primavera from the ABH Modern Renaissance palette, but it did not give me the effect that I wanted. So I reached for Gold from my LORAC Pro palette instead, and applied it along the lash line with the 238 Luxe Precise Shader Brush by Zoeva. Then, I put on the same false lashes again.
I finished off the look by lightly dabbing  ColourPop’s Brink Lippie Stix onto the lips. But it was not orange enough, so I applied a little bit of Miami Fever by Ofra and smushed my lips together to distribute the color all over my lips

After taking 6192 selfies, I moved on to create the Rihanna look. For me, this was the easiest to do compared to the other 2 looks, as all I had to do was apply the blue shade all over the lids, throw a red lip on (always, always, always the Kat Von D liquid lipstick in Outlaw), and go ham on the bronzer. I also added black eyeshadow along my bottom waterline to add a little something something. Then, it was time for another 786 selfies.

As I said before, the Rihanna look was the easiest to recreate, but I have to say that my personal faves were the @emrata and Olivia Munn looks. I had so much fun creating these looks. Well, except for the part when I had to reapply my lashes multiple times.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Hot Cheetos Vibez

The Anastasia Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette has been a part of my daily makeup routine ever since the day I got it. It’s got the most delicious looking reds, pinks, and oranges that are bold yet surprisingly wearable (coming from someone who would don an extra blown out, smokey eye look on any occasion). One day, I somehow got inspired by the warm hues of the shades to create a look inspired by... Hot Cheetos and Makaroni Pedas. I guess this palette has really brought out the creative on me. Or maybe I’m just hungry at all times.

If you’ve read this post, then you’d know that Realgar is my most favorite shade from the palette. I just used it all over the lid for this look and blended out the edges using Burnt Orange. I wasn't feeling to line eyes the moment I created this look, so i just put 2 coats of mascara on both my upper and lower lashes.

As for the lips, I initially thought of using my beloved KVD Outlaw. It would make me look like the packaging of a Hot Cheetos, but somehow, I wasn't feeling it. I then slapped on my Miami Fever by Ofra x Kathleenlights instead and got pretty chuffed with the result. At this point, I was an actual Cheetos. I was feeling macaroni. Spicy macaroni.

If you've got the palette in your drawer, just bust it out and have a look at the shadows. Let the colors inspire you. Who knows? You might transform into a strawberry popsicle the next day.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

My 629th Mauve-ish Pink Lipstick

Make Up For Ever is one of the biggest makeup brands in the beauty industry. The brand makes some of the most cult classics, like the Ultra HD Foundation, Artist Eyeshadow Palettes, and the Skin Equalizer Primers. However, only a few people talk about the Artist Liquid Matte Lipsticks. I personally think this range deserves just as much hype!

This was my first ever MUFE product that I ever bought myself. I had visited my local Sephora before and dabbled my finger into some of their products, and every time I did so, I felt convinced with the superb quality of their offerings (once, I also had my makeup done by Adani using a product from MUFE which you can read here. It was so good!). But, Sephora Indonesia didn't carry the Artist Liquid Lipstick range, so I asked a friend to pick one up from me all the way from 🍁.

I got the shade 109 Praline. I’d say the color looks like a darker shade of MAC Soar, which I love love love. The packaging looks like an average cylindrical tube that is clear, so you can see the actual product color. It also comes with a doe foot applicator which is quite large to be glided over my small lips. I think there is a stopper on the ‘neck’ part of the tube, but I don't think it stops excessive product from coming out of the tube. So, my favorite way to apply the product is by swiping the applicator for 1 or 2 times, then dabbing the product all over my lips using my ring finger.

It has a creamy texture that dries down to a matte finish in less than 30 seconds. Also, it has that sweet cookie batter scent that is not overpowering. You won't smell it once it dries down on your lips. It reminds me a lot of the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in that it’s got a matte finish but it’s non-drying and that it stays on for hours and hours. Keep in mind that greasy meals will remove the product, but when you reapply a thin layer over the remaining lipstick on your lips will fix the situation.

MUFE did it again with its brilliant quality product. Now, I think I've finally made up my mind to get the Aqua Lip Liner in 14C, which has been on my wishlist since 1992, along with the Make Over Intense Matte Lip Cream in shades, 4 (Vanity), 8 (Libertine), and 9 (Posh)...  #sendhelp #sendmoarmakeup

Thursday, July 6, 2017


When Anastasia Beverly Hills first released the Modern Renaissance Palette, it didn’t occur to me to get myself one because I thought I wouldn’t get much use out of the shades, especially the reddish ones. But then, I saw Jamie Paige made a YouTube video where she did a full face of makeup using the palette, which made me thought about how versatile the palette was. Also, I was captivated by Sharon Farrell, when she did three, jewel-toned eyeshadow looks with the same palette. And just like that, a sister got hooked. I had to have one.

I asked a friend whom went to Canada recently to pick one up for me. While waiting for my palette to arrive, I looked up for more makeup inspo on Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube. Most of the looks that I discovered were not that exciting for me. Then, one day, Met Gala 2017 happened and Rihanna stunned everyone with her astonishing makeup--and not to mention, her dope outfit. Mariah Leonard then recreated Rihanna’s look and it was sooo pretty. I then got inspired and I was so gonna recreate that look too using the ABH Modern Renaissance palette!

The palette finally arrived and it was time to put my visions into life. I knew that one day I was gonna create a blog post about this product but I wouldn’t wanna feature a comprehensive review along with swatches of every single shadow because a million and one other bloggers/YouTubers had already done it.

I was very slap-n-dash when recreating this look and just mixed some of the shades without being too strategic about them. Love Letter was the main star of the show, but I also applied a bit of Buon Fresco on the crease just for a haze of mauve. I did incorporate the most beautiful burnt orange shade a.k.a. Realgar along my temples as well as Vermeer as my cheekbone highlight. I used the dual-ended brush which came in the palette and I think it did the job perfectly fine!

Those YouTubers were not lying when they said that these shadows gave a lot of powder kick-up! But they were really easy to blend and very, very pigmented, so a little did go a long way. I was not being light-handed when working with this palette and I kept re-dipping my brush into the shadows when I shouldn’t. As a result, instead of looking like Mariah, I looked like I just got beaten up. It was absolutely catastrophic, to say the least.

I hated the fact that I messed the whole thing up, but how else would I learn? So on the next day, I did my second attempt. I really liked the warm hue of Realgar and I kinda wanted to put the spotlight on it this time ‘round.

Using the same brush which I had washed the night before, I made sure to dip it into Love Letter and Realgar (concentrating more on the latter) VERY very lightly this time, and to dust the excess powder off on the back on my hand before application. I didn’t feel like leaving my lid space empty just like Mariah did on her video, so I covered the entire lids using Realgar and the tiniest bit of Cyprus Umber. Mariah did create a flick using a liquid liner, but for this look I decided to line my eyes using a black powder eye shadow called Black from my LORAC Pro Palette. Very aptly named indeed.

For the cheeks and the temples, I used the smallest amount of Realgar and Love Letter and really diffused the whole thing. I did go back once or twice but always made sure to remove excess product on the back of my hand to avoid another episode of makeup fiasco. As for the cheek-highlight, I used Primavera this time because of it had warm golden undertone which did go well with the whole amber-hued vibe. Finally, I glided Charlotte Tilbury’s Bond Girl and I was quite surprised by how complimentary it looked with the rest of the makeup.

I definitely learned from my mistakes. The final look turned out to be SO much better than the previous one! I couldn’t be more happier. I looove love love the burnt orange/warm amber vibes. I personally think that the look was still edgy and editorial without being over the top, and dare I say, quite wearable!

There’s no denying that this palette is indeed an awesome one. Some of the colors are kinda ‘out there’ but the palette still gives you versatility to play around with the shades in more areas on your face rather just on your eyes, the pigmentation is just superb, and the blendability is amazing. If you’ve been thinking to get this palette for a while now, I say just get it!

I’m so inspired to create more creative makeup looks with this palette. Next up, I’m thinking to recreate a look based on a painting made in the Renaissance era. The look may also incorporate something shiny and blingy... keep your eyes peeled!

As always, photos were edited by my talented friend, @likahapsari.

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!