Monday, July 14, 2014

Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation in Warm Ivory Review

I've been a very, very bad blogger.
So here's a review, and if you have the patience, a story down below haha.


I have a thing for Bobbi Brown foundation. They're just so good. You know I loved my long-wear one, and I wanted to get a concealer to go with it.
After a bit of Google-ing, I found out that the touch-up stick is the same exact formula as the stick foundation, so I got the stick foundation instead because it's more bang for your bucks.

They also have this in the new formula called Skin Foundation Stick, which is supposedly a lot better but DFS doesn't have it yet *at time of purchase*


So that's how much you get. It's so compact and practical, I could just throw it in my slender purse during sophisticated times (where bringing a makeup pouch inside a large tote is out of the question).
Or maybe not at all, because this shiz lasts forever if set with powder


As you can see, the shade matched by the nice SA in DFS works perfectly for me. It's the right tone, not pink and not too yellow.
The texture is like firm, but glides on like butter. I prefer to use it directly from the stick and blend with my fingers, as if you would a concealer, but you can also use a brush to get a sheerer finish.

But then again, if you want a sheerer finish it would be more ideal to get the long-wear liquid foundation, really.


Coverage is FAB. As you can see, I have A BRUISE ON MY FACE which is healing (it's worse irl, more red and yellowy) but still gross to look at, because people will be asking what happened to you wtf.
This foundation perfectly covers it, and best of all, looks and feels like skin. It also has no spf, and photographs beautifully.

If set with powder, this foundation lasts quite a long time, but my nose is an  oil tanker so usually I'll have to blot around 4-5 hours mark.
Is it clogging your pores? Well, all makeup clogs, but if you cleanse properly, it won't cause you any trouble.

If you have relatively clear skin with dark undereyes and a little discoloration here and there, I would highly recommend spot-concealing with this foundation and set it with a little bit of sheer tinted powder. It's quite emollient and soft for the undereyes which is lovely <3

I would definitely repurchase once mine runs out, but it's quite expensive. It's also nice if you want a cream contour/highlight, since it comes in plenty of shades. I would, but wallet says no haha. It retails for USD 44 each, kinda pricey for a foundation but for a really good concealer, it's totally worth it.

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So here's the deal: I'm going to blog without too much edits, I'm just gong to write out what's in my head for this section.

So what happened in my life was :
1. FINAL EXAM. By final I mean the last one I'll ever have to take in highschool. And yes, I became a study maniac in the proccess, doing excercises after excercises, until at one point, which is exactly a day before the exam, I don't have the will to study anymore, lol.

2. My skin went berserk. All my life, there was only once when I had a lot of pimple (plus acnemed malfunction), and usually my skin is relatively clear. But now, it's like hell unleashed. I have loads of the very deep and painful ones, and took FOREVER to heal. And also, in the process of healing, it's so dry and flaky (I did moisturise) that I cannot put makeup on -_- Here's a picture of how my skin looks right now and 6 months ago, bare. Oh, and did I mention the dark circles? -____-
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left : now ; right : 6 months ago
3. UNIVERSITY EXAM HELLO beside studying for the finals I also have to get into somewhere,... which was surprisingly easy haha.

4. I have a boyfriend, and i've been, well, busy haha  

So yeah, that's why I haven't been blogging.

right now he's away that's why I blog haha and my friend said to keep up my blogpost <3 my heart just went UNFFF <3 <3 <3

Ok bai need to watch ANTM haha


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Empties #1 : Origins, Pasjel, Jill Stuart, and L'occitane


Hai!
Someone in the comments asked for my Pasjel Cherry Tender review, but to be honest it'll be such a short post because I don't have much to say about that particular product.
While digging through my vanity I discovered a few products that has been empty for long, I wanted to review, but ended up never doing it.

So I decided to make a post dedicate for these forgotten and lonely products ! haha
Some of them I have the full review already, but I keep repurchasing therefore it deserves another mention in this post :)

Trust me, I tried to get a better picture but hands so damn shaky today fml
1. Origins Make A Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating Treatment
If I'm not mistaken, I heard essiebutton blogged about this treatment fixing her skin on shitty-skin days. So, when I walked past it on Changi's duty-free, I couldn't resist and caved in. I forgot how much it was, but I think it's S$60-70? Initial review, it was so fresh-smelling, and super moisturising. It's a very nice moisturizer to use under makeup as it does create a nice smooth base (dimethicone works). A few weeks after, it does seem to clog my pores and doesn't seem to balance the oil-moisture level on my skin. So, the rest of 5/6 tub I mixed with Nature Republic's Aloe Gel and that does seem to balance it out. Overall, not too impressed, doesn't really rejuvenate my skin or anything. My bad, I didn't read that it was meant for dry skin sufferers, and when I was testing it over the counter it felt pretty light :(

2, Pasjel Cherry Tender
This was supposed to be the 'it' skincare right now. I got this through my friend for IDR 230k. It was marketed to help with acne, acne scars, melasma(?), freckles (?), etc and you're supposed to use it as a night cream. I only have the first two problems so I'll only be judging for that two aspects. It smells lovely, the texture creamy but not the slightest bit oily. Easily absorbed, and does have a tinge of salicylic acid scent running through. After using the whole pot (which is SUPER TINY btw you can see the comparison with JS's Lipbalm pot), it does seem to calm redness, but does nothing to prevent further acnes, or heal current acnes. Acne scars are lightened a teeny tiny bit, but not too noticeable to prove it's worth against the price. Too bad, it's a no-repurchase for me :( Too expensive for what it does.

3. Jill Stuart Fruit Lipbalm in 01 Tint
As you can see, I truly deeply love this product so much! I can never mention it enough. It's expensive, but it's like good-lips-in-a-tub. I can have the ugliest lips at night, slather this on thick, wakeup with gross looking lips, scrub it off with wet towel and it's like TADA new, baby-soft lips. Another affordable favourite that kinda does the same thing is Maybelline's baby lips, but on the lips JS lipbalm looks nicer :) This is like my 4/5th pot or something lol

4.Jill Stuart Day Care Essence
My full review does seem a little bit negative towards this particular Jill Stuart product, but at the end I love it (?). My skin gets drier these days, and it just smooths it over, providing a little bit of sunscreen and a good base for makeup. The texture is just lovely, and not too oily either. Likey! Not sure whether will repurchase though, I think I'll get the Aqua Chiffon Protector next :)

5. L'occitane Rose 4 Reines Hydrating Mist
Again, my skin is a little bit dry at the moment so mom gave me this mist (not sure if still sold over the counter??). It's very small and compact to bring, but the cap is very flimsy and tends to get lost really quick. It doesn't get messy without the cap though. It smells like perfume-y rose, but doesn't seem to irritate my skin. It sprays a fine mist, and very very hydrating but not oily. Sometimes when your makeup gets a bit powdery-looking in airconditioned room, you can just spray this and it kinda fused your makeup with your skin (am I making sense?). Love it, makes your skin feel super nice, and doesn't break me out

I'd like to provide you with positive reviews, but in reality not all product works well with my skin these days :( Currently skin is breaking out, irritated, and quite dry *sigh* need to fix it ASAP

I like to read people's post about empties because it gives the final review of what the product does rather than initial impression. I hope you like it too :)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Origins Spot Remover Review!


Hai peeps! *sweeping away cobwebs and dead bodies* *classic*
I'm so sorry for the long MIA, I swear I didn't mean to
But I am a senior high-schooler after all, and I just passed so many exams.
And there's only one exam left : The National Exam, which quite frankly I'm not too nervous about, because it's wayy easier than the school exam xD
My school exam is super difficult x( So bear with me please?

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Bytheway, you Indonesians voted today?
haha I didn't -_- I woke up late and forgot that it ends at 1 pm haha whatever
I just wanted to get the purple pinky and a free coffee from Starbucks
(yes you get free kopi susu from Starbucks if you voted today)

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During these stressful weeks, a lot of pimple decided to come and mingle, so I ran out of my spot remover super quickly and decided to get another one.
And realized I haven't blogged about it at all, even though it's my 3rd bottle. You get the idea, it's my ultimate shitty-skin saviour.





As you can see, it's such a tiny bottle -_- I keep losing it, and I think it's the only con of this spot remover.
It's a thin gel, smells strongly of tea tree and alcohol. It's around S$30 which is quite expensive but a little goes a long way, if you're the type that only have a little bit of occasional pimple.

You squeeze a bit of gel out and apply quickly with cotton swab (Not quick enough and cotton swab will eat your product). And it will STING the bugger out, making you feel like a war is happening inside. And your pimple will get redder for the moment until it dries.

It dries and forms some sort of film, almost plasticky, and this film helps to barrier you acne with you pillow (which might be superdirty because you changed it, like, 300yrs ago). Some Youtuber said that you can apply makeup over it, but I will suggest not to, because it'll peel off the film and makeup will not go smoothly over it.

I think it's super effective, most pimples (even the big ones) gets inactive in 5 days max? Smaller ones die in a day or so, if you apply it diligently every time after you wash your face and apply skincare.

This is my SOS skin saviour.
What's yours?

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Dayre Filler

Sorry for the long absent! Please understand that I am in my exam week, like my final exams are next week...
By final I mean they're the last exams I ever have to take in highschool :D yay-ness, I know.
Also means I don't have the luxury of time to have a proper 3-4 hours to blog :(

But I discovered Dayre, which is similar to tumblr but a lot...simpler I guess? It's somewhere near twitter, and I've been totally hooked.
So in the mean time, please follow my dayre at dayre.me/cmiwness pretty please! :D

So this post is kinda cheating, cause I'm just reposting what I've already posted in Dayre


The thai skincare pasjel has been so hot in the internet lately (or is it just me? Haha) So I bit the the bullet and bought myself a teeny tiny pot of the pink Cherry Tender one.
First impression : looks like a tiny, miserable pot of pastel pink cream. First whiff was a strong, kinda sickly scent of bubblegum, but when you rub it in, you can actually smell a hint of salicylic acid in it. Texture is medium-thick, and sinks into the skin almost immediately. Anxiously waiting for results!


A certain tall and annoying person introduced me to Pou, a tamagotchi-like game for those of you who are particularly lonely on saturdaynights-- jokes
What do you think about my pou? So cute or not? I named it Cmiw, but of course. My favourite game is Match Tap, easy money!

Have been caring my skin like a mad woman. I use sheet mask every other day after school, and cleansed my skin religiously with my beloved Clarisonic. I'm boiling 2 large pimples in my face Щ(ºДºщ) So irritating, whatever makeup I put on looks bad wtf. Hoping that my efforts will soon be paid off. 

Current face products : Philosophy's Purity cleanser, Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner, Origins Make A Difference+ Treatment, Pasjel Cherry Tender, and Origins Super Spot Remover




Bought myself a pair of new frames because I lost my *pricey!* Calvin Klein ones, sigh.
Guess how much are these?
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IDR 220k
Like wut Щ(ºДºщ) borderline dirt cheap wtf. Oh and that price is including the lenses, so no extra charge. I mainly get them because *I think* they look cute on me. Also, because I cannot stand wearing lenses 24/7, especially on days when I didn't get enough sleep. So far they're fairly sturdy and I love how they make me look like a geek (Ơ̴̴̴̴̴̴͡.̮Ơ̴̴͡)



Had my photos shot last Friday, and even though I did my makeup in a rush, I think it looked pretty neat.
Products used :
- Maybelline Baby Skin primer
- Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation
- Hard Candy Glamoflauge concealer
- Skinfood Peach Sake Silky Finish Powder
- Topshop Cream Blush in Head Over Heels
- Topshop (Matte) Bronzer in Sandcastle
- Topshop Brow Pencil in Spike
- Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Branded
- K-Palette Tattoo eyeliner in Brown
- Topshop Lips in Hazard

Been loving Topshop makeup a LOT like you have no idea. The influence mostly came from UK beauty bloggers. Their packaging are oh-so-chic and pretty. So far loving everything I purchased. On my wishlist :
- Lips in Beatnik, Ooh La La, Mink, and Whimsical
- Cream Blush in Flushed and Neon Rose
- BB Cream in Light
- Glow in Gleam and Polish

They are such a good quality makeup, and the price is reasonable. If you are used to buying drugstore, they're slightly more expensive but not high-end yet

So that's what I've been posting on dayre. If you are interested for more, do follow my dayre pretty please :D I also have instagram @cmiwness hehe

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Topshop Makeup : (Matte) Bronzer in Sandcastle Review


Hi! Today I'll be talking about Topshop makeup range, and review specifically the bronzer. Forewarning : This is going to be a pretty long post.

Psst.., Consider me a snob, but I do have a stereotype that 'made in china/india/blabla' is crap, and 'made in europe-or-america-or-cool-countries' is better. Does anyone thinks so too? lol
(sorry, really, no offense to any country or anyone!)
 Classy and sturdy compact with handy big mirror 
Super pigmented, smooth, and natural <3
Anyway, the review.

The bronzer is something that I do not plan to purchase (and not hyped a lot, but you'll regret it if you don't give them a look!), however, when I swatched it at the store I was highly impressed by how silky soft and buttery it is. They have two shades, Sandcastle being lighter than Mohawke. After I swatched sandcastle, I can immediately see that it's such a perfect shade for my skintone. It was immediate love.

The shade itself is more of a warm non-ashy-looking bronze  that gives me a very natural glow. It is completely matte, however it does not look powdery at all. Due to the silky texture providing seamless blending, this bronzer is also a kind of never-fail makeup. Because, even if you are being heavy handed, you can easily sheer it out by blending (unlike the too-dark Bahama Mama). I don't find powder flying off everywhere when swirling my brush inside, too.

The bronzer didn't came with any sort of brush, but admit it, who ever uses the crap freebie brush blushes and bronzers provide? I always use my own brush anyway. It's S$19 (around IDR 183k), and it's totally worth it. I highly recommend it to any of you starting to use bronzer, or you are pretty fair-skinned like I do, or even just completely crap at applying bronzer like I do.

Did you notice that this bronzer is included in my 2013 favourites even though I have only been using it for a few weeks? It's THAT special. Sorry for no cheek swatches, because I currently am breaking out from thattimeofthemonth

My other loot from Topshop part 1
Topshop makeup is nothing new at all, actually. But recently, they have been mentioned a lot in the beauty-youtuber and beauty-blogger world. Bad news, Indonesia's Topshop don't carry them. Le sigh.

Don't even talk about getting some via online sellers, the taxes and shipping costs is just... sigh
If you do wonder, I got my dose in Topshop Singapore.

Upon swatching them, I notice that the makeup part in the shop is fairly vacant. I do understand minutes later, though. The testers provided were in a very garish condition, but I still can kinda swatch them. They are priced around... S$16-S$20-ish (IDR 150-200k) maybe? But most stuff that I bought runs slightly under S$20. Funny thing that I don't see a lot of Singaporean beauty bloggers mention anything about them.

So... What do I think about them?

I think they are very, very worth the hype. Everything (except the eyeshadows, which I had no interest at because they're mainly on the non-neutral-unsafe-shades zone) are very good quality.
The prices are still on the high-street category, but they all still look so classy just like high-ends! I honestly am regretting a lot about not getting more lip products, bb cream, and cream glow highlighter.


Have you heard of/tried Topshop Makeup?

Friday, January 3, 2014

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation Review and Swatch




As you can see, they are similar shades.. my kind of shade, tee-hee
Coverage level is pretty good, I'd say it's medium (and high is, like, Glamoflauge concealer)
If you ever wondered what's my most impulsive purchase ever, this is it. I bought it with 10 seconds of consideration from DFS, because I was about to miss my flight. I just kinda asked the lady
"I wonder which foundation has the highest coverage"
She said that the foundation stick has the highest coverage, but it's a little bit thick and I don't need that much coverage anyways (I wear little to zero makeup in flights hehe). So she recommended this one, because I said my skin was pretty oily and makeup on my nose fades in, like, an hour. She brought two shades to match to me, and she did it all in no less than a minute. And it was a perfect match.
Bravo, Bobbi Brown SA in DFS. So friendly, and such a makeup genius.

Moving on,

Here's what the box said :
"Bobbi's unique long-lasting foundation offers oil-free coverage that looks like skin. Ultra comfortable, light-weight formula instantly hydrates skin and stays fresh for up to 12 hours. For normal to oily skin."

My shade is 01 Warm Ivory, and it's more on the neutral tone. The formula is pretty liquidy, and after applied, it gives a tacky finish which you always have to set with a powder. But after that, it ain't going nowhere! Actually, now that I think of it, the tacky finish really helped my concealer achieve its maximum coverage!

It has spf 15 which I don't find to be very reflective on cameras, but still provides a little bit of sun protection. It claims to be oil-free, but from reviews and a double-check on the ingredients list, it does contain shea butter and lavender (maybe not oil, but what form?). The lavender seems to have a chance in irritating sensitive skin, but I didn't experience any of that.

What really wow-ed me was the finish. It covered my acne scars and hyperpigmentation flawlessly, and leaves a second-skin like finish that just looks really natural, even when I piled powders on. It really looks like my-skin-but-photoshopped look.
Price point wise, it's not the most affordable, but you really use a little of it each time, so I don't see myself repurchasing really soon. I think it's around S$50? I forgot, but I think it's totally worth the 30mls. The bottle is glass, so not very travel-friendly, but hygiene freaks will totally appreciate the presence of the pump. It's a very controllable pump too!

p.s.: Now that I think of it, I really want that foundation stick as a concealer herghegrh


What's your most impulsive purchase ever?

Thursday, January 2, 2014

My Best of 2013 Beauty, Etc.


So 2013 had officially ended, and I thought I would share my favourites along this year with you :)
The numbers has got nothing to do with the rating, they're just there for reference lol

1. Jill Stuart Cleansing Oil - Best makeup remover, removes even the most stubborn mascara or eyeliner gently, without tugging and thousand pieces of cotton pad. Smells beautiful, cheaper than Shu's, it's just a little bit difficult to get hold of. 1 bottle also goes a loooong way (I have another bottle in stock because this one's almost gone!).

2. Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy EDP - I got this around the end of 2013, but I have been wearing it non-stop ever since. It smells really sweet and girly, the bottle is also very pretty, and I just love love love it.

3. Origins Super Spot Remover - Worth the hype! It's prety expensive, coming in such a tiny amount for around IDR 280k, but it's totally worth it. It's not a overnight thing, but it's pretty intense and it never makes the pimple leaves a scar behind (which a lot of zit-zapper do).

4. Topshop Matte Bronzer in Sandcastle - I also got this during the end of this year, but I also have been wearing it non-stop since I got it. It's very finely milled and smooth, and the shade is very suitable for my skintone. I didn't really like my Bahama Mama because it's a bit too dark for me. With this bronzer, I can never overdo it and it will always look natural. I will do a full review later, pwomise!

5. Jill Stuart Eyelash Curler - Definitely HG material - it fits my eye shape perfectly, never ever pinched my lids or rip out my eyelashes. Shu's pinched my lid because it's a little bit too flat, but Jill's is just perfect. It's also a super pretty rose-pink metal :)

6. Jill Stuart Fruit Lip Balm - Can you believe it I finished 4 of this lipbalm in a year? I usually never ever finishes lipbalm. This one is also HG, my lips is repaired overnight. It's glossy, it smells delicious, it looks pretty on your handbag, and it does wonders.

7. Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer - A full coverage concealer that has been my savior throughout last year's bad skin days. The shade medium light suits me almost perfectly, and the thick texture makes it super long lasting. Weirdly enough, I never reviewed this concealer : / But now you know! haha

8. Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin - Earlier last year, I loved the original formula. But then I decided to try another shade and I super loved it! The shimmery champagne-y shade gives a natural glowy look, or amplified shimmery eyes. Eyeshadow lasts all day, and a little goes long way! Full review soon!

9. Skinfood Peach Sake Silky Finish Powder - I have thrown away the original packaging and depotted the tiny bit left for travel. This powder is also super finely milled for the cheap price, making your skin look really soft. It also controls oil but didn't totally eliminate skin's natural glow. Smells like peaches, never breaks me out ,and a little also goes a long way.

10. Benefit Rockateur Blush - Released late last year, it's a beautiful rosy-nude shade with pearlescent effect that gives your skin a natural glow. It never looks over the top, and it never emphasize pores. I don't usually wear blush because I blush easily and I got some pigmentation on my cheeks, but I have been wearing this blush non-stop. That kinda means something, right? :D Full review soon!

So that's my top 10 picks for the year 2013. If you're asking things like 'What about foundation? or lipstick?, I do have my favourites but as much as I like them, they're just not good enough to make it to my top 10 list. Maybe next year?


I hope that this list helps you if you're thinking of trying new makeup products!

L'oreal Hydrafresh Icy Gel Review and Comparison



Right - L'oreal Hydrafresh Icy Gel
Left - L'oreal Hydrafresh Aqua Gel
Right - L'oreal Hydrafresh Icy Gel
Left - L'oreal Hydrafresh Aqua Gel

Hey everyone! Today I'm going to share my review of another gel moisturizer from the L'oreal Hydrafresh family. Unlike the Aqua Gel, it's catered more toward oily-skinned ladies. The texture is slightly lighter, more watery to the touch. The cooling effect and scent is slightly stronger. It also leaves a completely matte finish instead of the usual moisturized and dewy look to the skin (see above).

It does its claim, to completely mattify the skin and smoothed over dry patches which impressed me. I find that it's more of a day moisturizer because  it does not provide enough moisture needed by my skin at night. The mattifying effect makes it perfect to wear under makeup or primer (or in my usual school days, sunblock).

However I felt that sometimes it's more stinging rather than cooling, indicating a high amount of alcohol content. The scent is also a bit strong, so it would most likely to irritate sensitive-skinned ladies.  I also find parabens in the list of ingredients, which I don't care about but some people do hate them with passion.

I think I might recommend this to my friends, but I would recommend it with caution.
I will continue to repurchase, though, because it works well on my skin :)


What's your favourite moisturizer to wear under makeup?
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