Sunday, June 7, 2015

Ardell DIY Lash Extension Starter Kit - FAIL

At this point I don't even bother apologizing for my hiatus. It's going to be this way forever, readers.
I blog when I feel like it.

Unfortunately, today was not quite the day, but this experience had traumatized my Saturday so bad, that I feel like I need to spread the word right here right now.

This is going to be a lazy post and quite a rant-y one.

When I was in high school, I had enough sleep and time to care about my lashes. Uni life is not quite the same. Lash extensions has always been an interest of mine, but *I think* there's no lash extension salon anywhere nearby, and I'm in severe need of waking up to beautiful lashes.
As you can see, I don't even bother arranging the messed-by-superglue-lashes back in place
By the way, a new mall opened up super near my dorm. And I saw these, promising easy application and beautiful lashes for weeks. They ain't cheap, around IDR 150k, which is a fraction of salon lash extensions, but ain't cheap for broke uni student.

You get two tiny glass bottles and a pair of pointy-tipped tweezers. The tweezers are quite of a good quality, although you can do nothing but pick up lashes with it.
You get a tiny bottle of glue (which I thought would last forever, because how much glue can you use to stick several pieces of hair on your eyes?) and a bottle of remover.

I did my research, how to take care of lash extensions, etc. I also watched a video on how to do it.
Read the very minimalist instruction at the back.

Pretty easy right? Seems idiot-proof right? Right? WRONG
Now you know what I know, I'll tell you the reasons why you shouldn't even think of picking this up :
1. It's super difficult to apply. No, I don't have shaky hands. In fact, I could draw a perfect winged eyeliner while I'm walking. You get the idea. But this kit needs a freaking heart surgeon's hand to apply. Why? Because..

2. The glue never dries when the lash piece is on your eyes, but dries immediately once you wait an extra second. So what happens was I keep flicking the lashes off my eye, and making extra blobs of glue on my lash line. Not fun, looks like I have dandruff on my lashes. And when I want to remove those extra glue, it literally became superglue, there's no removing it once it's stuck. And the fumes stings like a beyotch. But it's supposed to be a good thing right? So the lashes could last forever? Well..

3. The remover is a useless, oily substance that does nothing to melt the glue, and stings your eye even worse. It smells like acetone, and did I mention it STINGS?! My eyes are so red and puffy right now, I can't even...

So after a lot of struggle, I managed to put on each eye 3 of the short, and 4 of the medium (the long are so ridiculously long, I don't even bother) with blobs of glue here and there. Tried to remove the extra blobs of glue, stinged my eye real bad, glue didn't came off but several cluster of lashes did.

Tried to remove the whole thing, some lash stuck on so bad, it ripped a few of my lashes in the process. Again, the LashFree is practically useless.
Retried, got a decent set, happy. Snapchatted my friend that I just did an awesome DIY lash extension. It actually looks pretty natural, but nowhere as pretty as single lash extensions.

blobs of glue looking like eyelash dandruff... attractive
After an hour, glue dried into a rock-hard condition that keeps poking my eye. It got super uncomfortable, to the point that I wanted to remove it for good. This time it stings twice as bad, I was tearing from it and frustration.

Managed to get everything off, and with red puffy eyes typing this review.

Gals, love your mascara. Use individual lashes with normal lash glue, or go to a trusted lash extension place. I wasted 150k and had puffy red eyes so you don't have to. Turns out, bad reviews are everywhere, I just didn't notice because I was too excited.

You have been warned.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion XOXO Minnie Case and Pink Wish Tree Limited Edition Review

If you're here and you're a female, 90% chance you have heard about this product.
It's absolutely everywhere on the asian side of the net. 
I thought at first the concept was a bit gimmicky, especially after I heard that numerous cushion blushers and liners from Etude House have been pulled back from the market due to it drying too fast.

But when it comes to the BB cushion, all I've heard was good reviews, only some stated that it clings to dry patches, and the shade range is a bit too light, but the rest are all good stuff. 
I am also completely in love with Etude's creative designs in their numerous cushion cases! I got the Xoxo Minnie case, which is discontinued now but you can still manage to track down the internet, and the Pink Wish Tree which look identical to my Clarisonic. 

I think the Pink Wish Tree one donates everytime you purchase a cushion to girls in need.. or something like that. I don't know, it's all korean. I know that I love it both omg.<3
This. I'm pretty sure 90% of you have seen this picture online. It's a thin-formula bb cream suspended in a loose cushion screen cell, which you pick up and apply with a puff that doesn't absorb the bb cream and gives a slight cooling sensation on your skin.

It's refillable, that's why the cases were such a big deal. It's a chunky compact though, but takes a lot less space than loose powder + brush + bb cream. 
It comes in 3 shades, and I got the lightest one. I used to wear the second shade in their bb cream line, and now it looks garishly yellow on me. Shade selection might be a problem since the third shade is still pretty light. Luckily, I'm as pale as whitewashed wall.

After I put it on, I was like 'Oh, this is what people is going on about'. It feels really light on the skin, like Bourjois CC cream for comparison, but the coverage is enough to cover up all my acne scars an dark circles flawlessly. 
It's SPF 50+/PA+++, but it didn't flash back horrendously on camera. It didn't oxidize, so I don't feel like looking more orange or dull over time. However, it does smell like sunscreen and the scent doesn't dissipate until the first 1-2 hours is over.

The finish is satin, and it gives a glow that does not translate to dewy or oily. Application is a breeze, it took me like half a minute to a minute to get the coverage that I want. 

Oil control is similar to Cotton Fit BB cream, but it looks a lot more luminous. It easily lasts half a day, before I can see my red nose peeking through.
I find that I don't need to set it with powder, unless I feel the need to use some bronzer.

Overall, I love it, totally worth the hype. It's definitely a perfect all-in-one base for me, and the price didn't hurt either (The refills are only around 125k each!)

I got it from my friend's little shop on Instagram @beautecastle. She's lovely, and unless she's dwelling in classes, she responds like a lightning. Would love if you can have a look and support her <3

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

TOPSHOP Lips (stick) Review in Rio Rio and Ditsy

When it comes to Topshop makeup, only fond memories of good-quality makeup popped up in my mind. I LOVED the matte bronzer so so much, and now I'm going to review the lipstick.
Topshop lipstick is *I guess* kinda big in the British beauty world, but I rarely heard about asian bloggers rave about it *or is it im living under a rock dunno*. The quality is usually associated with MAC lipsticks, as it is quite long-wearing. Plus it's more affordable, even though not exactly. It's SGD 19 a pop ( around IDR 180k)

(Top) Rio Rio (Bottom) Ditsy
I think the packaging looks sooooo cute, just not too durable. It's light-metal bodied with plastic. The cap snaps on securely, and overall it's really sturdy.
The white paint chips off over time so it's no longer as pretty now, but still cute.

Rio Rio is a bright orange-toned red with matte finish. I don't go well with matte lipstick as my lips are so dry, but it's actually really comfortable to wear. It doesn't accentuate the dryness of my lips (as you can see), and doesn't go creeping everywhere. Plus, it's super long-wearing, like it may smudge on your coffee cup but there will still be color on.

Ditsy is a creamy bright coral pink, and looks a bit brighter than the picture. The finish is a more moisturising than Rio Rio, but also a lot less long-wearing due to the finish and color. It still leaves a tint when it fades, but nothing major. Some days it looks super orange and some days it looks like a bright pink.

On average, Rio Rio lasts about 5 hrs and Ditsy 3-4 hrs with light snacking and regular water drinking. I think it's another quality makeup, although the pretty packaging chips. It's well priced, but availability is quite an issue. Overall I love it, and would like to purchase more if the price isn't too high.

Have you tried Topshop Makeup?

Thursday, February 5, 2015

MyKonjac Facial Sponge in Charcoal Review

Wow this review is actually almost a year old haha ._.

So like everyone, I had my share of various cleansing tools, one of them is this konjac sponge.
The other which has owned my heart is the Clarisonic, but let's not compare the prices.

This konjac sponge was big about a year ago because they sponsored a few bloggers, so everyone suddenly reviews it. I 'm not one of the lucky ones, so I had to pay IDR 65k for it. I got it at 99Market Grand Indonesia.

I think it was quite pricey for a such a gimmicky product, but compared to other's in the market it was relatively cheap.

I got the one with charcoal as it was boosted with pore-minimizing benefits and was said good for oily skin, I didn't bother with the other ones as this black one looks quite cool.
I remembered that the promotion said that I can use it without soap to cleanse my face because some natural essence in it is sufficient to clean my face. I find my face feeling not too clean (I removed my makeup prior to cleansing) and broke out a teeny bit. Then I used it with my regular cleanser.
 Texture is very squishy when wet, but not as soft as I thought it would be. It has two sides : the rougher side and the softer side. The rougher side has bigger 'pores'.
 Annndd this is the softer side. I found the difference between the two insignificant. 
And can you imagine that all the dirt in my face could be trapped in between those pores? ew
And when it's dry, it's a lot smaller and hard. After a few weeks of not using it and letting it dry, I found the sponge to disintegrate on its own... there goes my 65k

So final views:

I found that I still have to use my cleanser with this sponge.
My face do get softer at the beginning, but it's normal because it's mildly exfoliating, but nothing a scrub can't do.
There's not much difference in my face after using this, and it tends to break into chunks when ignored for a few weeks.
I think it's pretty gimmicky, and I won't repurchase this.
I'd rather spend more money on something that works and lasts, and made a difference in my skin.
Too bad.

Oh well, I've moved on.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

My Best of 2014 Beauty, Etc.

Happy 2015 everyone!
Where did 2014 go seriously? No, this is not the cliche omg-time-flies. Real one.

I guess it's because I just entered a new phase of hell life aka UNI life. I live most days by my own now, having to prepare my own food, clean up my own mess, and stuff like that. Not that it has been horrible, it's just been hectic and different.

So because of this new lifestyle, it has affected me in terms of buying products. In terms of makeup, I didn't really venture far or tried a lot, because of course who has time to diligently apply mascara every morning before class? I dealt with too much smudges, and then gave up.

I focused more on looking clean and healthy rather than looking pretty, if you know what I mean. I'd rather spend my precious 10 minutes of blending BB cream to get more sleep. Oh, and this year I got the shittiest skin ever, but it's gone now.

So here's my 2014 creme de la creme list :

1. Batiste Dry Shampoo in Lace

Dry shampoo has been a loyal friend of mine this year. Lack of time made me skip washing my hair most days, and make-up with a few sprays of dry shampoo. I begun with the cherry, which smells delicious too, but this one is special. It smells, like... perfume? It doesn't make you look seductive or elegant or something. Not that I tried to ask.

This is the only dry shampoo easily available in Indonesia, so I have no idea how it compares to others. But for batiste, I think the Lace scent is the best. It's fairly expensive (cos it's a special edition or some bullshit-the-seller-said like that) compared to the regular line, but it's worth it because a little goes a long way. It eliminates the clumpy, greasy roots and gives an instant boost of volume. It does leave residue but I don't find that it shows, even though I have black hair. Used it for months almost every other day and still going strong, love it <3

2. Shu Uemura S Curler

It's actually the limited edition one, but the charm now hangs on my dorm room key so it's bare ala non-limited ones, It took a while to get used to, but it's a lot tinier than regular lash curler, and did the job if not better. As I previously stated, I don't wear mascara most days, just curled them then leave.

I might review it in future posts, but there's already a lot of reviews out there. Some people love, some people hate. I personally love, I find that it suits all sorts of eyes, no matter how your eye curves. Downsides? I find the rubber falls off easily, and it's quite annoying since now I'm using the refill rubber because the original one fell off somewhere. Also, if you're not used to it, it might take longer to curl your lashes than using a regular curler.

3. Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Flora Nymphea EDT

What happened to Viva La Juicy? Well it ran out, and this was on sale the day I decided to repurchase. It's smells like flowers and honey, and lasts moderately well on me. On air-conditioned room, the sillage is very low but the good is it's not intoxicating when it's hot outside (maybe because it's edt not edp). Perfumes are very personal, for me this smells fresh and more 'grown-up' than Viva La Juicy. But it's more of a daytime perfume, and I still love Viva La Juicy, it's just it's not the highlight of 2014.

4. UD Naked Basics

The only palette I used in the second half of 2014. Venus on lids, and Naked 2 on crease. Faint as a liner, and Crave used lightly on brows. Done, quickest, laziest eye routine on days when I bother to use a little bit of makeup. It's so compact and it has everything I need. It's the easiest, and most reliable palette I could ever have.

When I first got it, it was really kinda meh and didn't stood out because it's all boring mattes. But with time, I love it so much, I can't go anywhere without it. I could have 2 hours of sleep and still looks decent with this palette.

5. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer

Longest name ever, and don't let the name scare you. It's not greasy, and it's not drying. It's medium coverage, and covers my dark circles so well. It's available in a lot of shade, including interesting ones like neutralizer and brightener.. The sponge applicator is kinda gross, but I don't use it on my pimples so it's okay. It doesn't flash back when your take a picture, and so super easy to use. If you have a busy life and long nights like moi, this is perfection.

6. C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Shine Vanillamint

My favourite lip products to use most days are a touch of liptint and a slick of clear gloss. This one is very yummy smelling, and it tastes sweet (!!). It also freshens your breath, and gives your pout a minty freshness. Non sticky, and very nourishing. I got it from the Bath and Body Works counter at Mall Kelapa Gading, but I'd suggest tracking one online as it is cheaper. Bestest gloss ever, really.

7.Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream

I bought it in a whim, after a makeup artist put a three-shades-darker foundation on my skin and assured me that it looks fine. Wanted it for quite some time and took five second to take it to the cashier. Bourjois is a good brand anyways.

Again, totally sold on the hype. It's a light coverage cc cream, and doesn't clog my pores. It feels very, very light, almost feels like nothing. It sets into a demi-matte finish so it doesn't smear everywhere. The shade is a touch darker than Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum, but since it is so sheer it doesn't matter. I don't think there's spf in this, but I always layer it on top of sunblock anyways (again, only on days when I bother to wear makeup). I always prefer to use light coverage base, then spot conceal if I have any spots. I think it made my skin happier than a heavy coverage foundation.

8. Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Jelly

As the name suggests, it's a very light sunblock that leaves no sticky/greasy residue. I find that it effectively protects my face from darkening pigmentation, even though it's only spf 30. A little also goes a long way, plus it's pretty cheap for a good sunscreen. It didn't break me out, didn't irritate or dry my skin. It smells very citrusy, but pleasant kind of citrusy not mama lemon kind of citrusy.

I first got it at then end of last year, and this is my second bottle. It's not waterproof or anything, but I find that it lasts quite a long time. Also, it's not icky to reapply, unlike other oily sunblock. Handbag staple sunblock, this one.

9. Maybelline Baby Lips Love Color
I love the original, this one is tinted somemore. I own all of the colors (I'm sure the berry color and orange color is somewhere in my room), but I favor Cherry Kiss the most. It's like instant pretty lips, because mine is quite pale. Boyfriend approved.

I have one in every nook and crannies around the house, btw. That's how much I love it.

10. Felicela Touch Brush

It claims and proves itself as the softest brush ever. This is my favourite because it's so versatile. It can be used to pack on eyeshadows, blend the crease, or even to blend concealer. It's synthetic so it's easy to wash with facial cleanser. The handles are light, and the ferrule is a pretty light champagne color,
The white bristles are not only pretty, it also shows exactly how much pigment you're getting. It blends beautifully, and packs on eyeshadow like a badasss. I have two of this brush, and plan to purchase a third one.

These are all products that I have in my dorm room, which is a part of 60% of all my beauty products (40% I left at home la). I can confidently recommend them, because they're tried and tested.

Wishing you all a happier year, 2015

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Rave Review - Mizon Acence Blemish Mark-X Blemish After Cream

Hello! After abandoning this blog for about a... hold on lemme check
Over a month? Really?

Welcome to my blog, again.
Today I have a very special review for you, as this product is truly godsend for me.

Mizon has been popular lately, with its star product Snail Cream, and it's whole skincare line of snail-related products.
Today I'll be reviewing one of the product from the Acence line (aka acne/blemish). Acne or blemish, I can never differentiate the two, has always been a problem for my skin.
Sometimes, it's not so bad that I can just forget that I have any. Recently, it's been really bad. I guess it has something to do with increased instant food intake and less sleep.

So when I'm about to purchase a second tube of the Snail Gel, I came across Mark-X Blemish After Cream. The seller highly recommended the product, and I googled it. Hmm. not a lot of review. It's said to work better on acne marks (hence, blemish after cream). It was around IDR 160,000 for 30mls, but you use it sparingly anyways so I bought it.

I used it, not having high expectations as most 'miracle' product doesn't really woo me. It's a salve-like yellow cream with a very medicinal scent. Boasting the property of 12,5% propolis extract, it claimed to have healing benefits while diminishing current acne. I applied it on generously as the last step of my skincare routine (clarisonic - toner - snail gel as moisturizer - this) on my problem areas. It's a smelly and rather oily cream, but if it works, I'm not complaining.

You get the idea
Well, it didn't just work.
Ok, I just need to let pictures talk.

Upper row is my left cheek and lower row is my right cheek.
Numbered 1 is the before condition of my skin - red, angry, protruding blemishes. One of the them erupted already so I used Nexcare Acne Patch to suck up the uh secretion.
Numbered 2, is 10 minutes after I applied the cream. The redness immediately calmed down significantly, although when this cream is on my skin it feels rather oily.
Numbered 3, is a week (or less) after diligently using this cream. Note that I only use this at night, as the cream makes my makeup look funny in the day. I know that there's a lighting difference, but still!

Can you see how much of a difference it made? Note that I didn't use any other acne meds, not even my origins super spot remover, because I want to test it. The seemingly oily texture didn't add more acne. It truly fades blemishes, the angry ones and the dying ones.

I love it, for the price, it's just love. Right now it didn't really progress much from picture number 3 but there's only teeny tiny blemishes left (to be zapped off with my origins spot remover) and faded acne scars. Not much of a problem anymore, easily covered with makeup.

(I don't use any sort of base product other than sunblock and a sheer puff of powder to classes, by the way)

Signing off with *relatively* clear skin. I love you Mizon mwah :*

Monday, September 22, 2014

Smith's Minted Rose Lip Balm Review

My love for Smith's Minted Rose Lipbalm began when one of my good friend left hers at my room. I instinctively tried it on, and it was love at first touch. It's a light and glossy but creamy oil consistency. The peppermint oil and rose in it really tingles and livens the senses. The finish was naturally rosy and tinted lips.

And then there's the time when I had to return it to her. I asked her where did she get it and she said she didn't remember -_- So the desire to own this little tin of wonder died over time. But then I met my love of my life, Jill Stuart Fruit lip balm. Ah, my expensive and sometimes unattainable lover.

Until I know that Sephora carries them :D yay
Weirdly enough I went pass this lip balm in Sephora many times but never noticed it. And then I ask my dad to buy for me lah, as one does when one wants stuff. And he managed to bring it back safely, non-melted, with smooth untouched surface.

At first touch, all the wondrous feeling I once felt with this product resurfaced. The smooth, glossy oil, the smell of  *almost medicinal* mint and rose. The soft tint it imparts, my oh my. I do love my Jill Stuart lipbalm dearly, but when it is impossible to get my hands on, I'll go to Smith's Minted Rose lipbalm happily.

Texture wise, it's significantly lighter than Jill's. Scent-wise, it's very strong and might not appeal to some but I love it, while Jill's way more subtle and sophisticated scent may appeal to more. The tint is there but ignorable.

The good? It is minty and so, so refreshing. The bad? Experience said that this lipbalm melts as easy as butter, so not much for travelling. More like a bedside lipbalm for overnight treatment. Wonderfully moisturizing, even though it's mostly Vaseline but I think I works way better.

There's a reason why a product deserves a cult status. For me, this one's just love at first touch... <3
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