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...