Last year i made a list of Best Album 2011, somewhere along this year i changed. Saat ini jadi lebih care sama diri sendiri, lebih centil gitu. Though actually i’ve been obsessed with beauty products since i was a teen. Now that i’m a woman, i think that obession is getting more serious.
Anyway, here are the list of beauty products that i love in 2012. Some of them became my Holy Grail (HG), some of them are new products launched on this year, some of them are already known for its magic for years, and one of them is limited edition. Curious? Scroll down.
Best Moisturizer : Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Lotion . I have reviewed the product here. Price IDR 24.000
Best Face Primer : Smashbox Photo Finish Light Primer. It holds all the gross oil on my face and my make up lasts longer with it!. Read it here.
Best Concealer : The Balm Liquid TimeBalm Spot Concealer (my shade is Honey). Rated 4.6 out of 5 by makeupalley.com members, it has tea tree oil so this concealer is zit zapping while covering your spots. Pertama kali diceritain kalau concealer ini bagus sama salah satu temen kerja, dia bilang pas dipake bikin jerawatnya kempes. Baunya memang kurang enak sih karena kandungan tea tree oil-nya itu, tapi percayalah wahai wanita berjerawat yang butuh concealer, this product rocks!. Price: IDR 275.000
Best BB Cream : Skin79 HotPink. Dibanding beberapa BB Cream yang pernah saya coba (Maybelline, Missha) BB cream ini yang teksturnya paling bagus dan paling kelihatan hasilnya untuk muka. Maybelline made my face greasy 2 hours after wearing it, while Missha is buildable but within 4 hours i still need to blot. Skin79 HotPink is very good for you with oily skin, while Missha is good for dry to normal skin. Price: IDR 160.000
Best Foundation : Revlon Colorstay 24Hr Whipped Cream Foundation (my shade is Medium Beige). I superrrrrr love this foundation!. Coverage is medium, and you can use this as concealer too. Foundation ini nutup banget, cuma kalau aplikasinya salah hasilnya akan kelihatan sangat cakey. I use my fingers to blend this, i put several dots on my face then i blend it in with my index & middle fingers with tapping motion. I don’t drag, i tapped the foundation into my face so it settled on my skin. If you drag or somehow you use the wrong brush, it will look cakey. Also the longer you wear it, the more perfect it looks, like you have a super flawless skin. Finishing is dewy on my face, and somehow i don’t see any shine hours after i wear this. I recommend this for oily gals who needs medium coverage, for dry skin people it might accentuate dry patch so maybe dry skin girls wold hate this. But there are few this things that i don’t like about this product: 1. The smell, it reminds me of minyak angin, but goes off upon wearing; 2. The jar, it’s heavy and i guarantee you will never need to touch up with this foundation so better leave the heavy jar at home. Price: IDR 150.000
Best Setting Powder : Givenchy Prisme Libre Loose Powder Quartet Air Sensation (my shade is Delicate Beige). As you might know i have a super oily face, so a finely milled powder is my best friend. One day i was searching on makeupalley for the best setting powder, and Givenchy Prisme Libre is one of the top rated (4.6 out of 5). So when my best friend went to Singapore i asked her to bring me one (my shade was sold out in Jakarta, plus it’s cheaper in Singapore). It’s expensive, of course because it’s Givenchy, but i don’t mind the price because i get a lot powder. I have this since October and it doesn’t seem to move a bit though i use it everyday, this will last more than 9 months so i think with quality and how much product you get it’s kinda cheap. Finishing is translucent on me, leaving my skin matte throughout the day. I set my foundation with this at 8.00 am and i need to blot just once with very minimal oil seen on the blotting film. And another thing that i love is the scent. Oh anyway my best friend ended up buying it because of my constant praise and she loved it too!. Price: SGD 65
Best Liquid Eyeliner : Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eyeliner (my shade is Blackest Black). I love the texture, quick dry and easy to wipe out if you fail to create a flawless line, it’s waterproof and sweatproof but not smudgeproof. One thing that i hate is the applicator, the wand tip is quite big for my small eyes and it’s simply hard to make a fine thin line. If you like old Hollywood with winged line, try this. Price : IDR 40.000
Best Pencil Eyeliner : Tony Moly Waterproof Prefect Eyes Pencil Eyeliner (i have Black and Silver). Glides on really smooth with intense color. I tend to hate pencil eyeliner before because no matter what brand it will always smudge on my oily skin (MUFE Aqua Eyes is failed to impress) and leaving Panda Eyes on my waterline. The texture is creamy and color payoff is excellent. I love to tightline my eyes with this, and i use the silver color for my inner rim to make my eyes appear brighter. Price : IDR 110.000
Best Waterproof Eyeshadow : L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow. Currently not available in Indonesia. But this is my best eyeshadow because for a relatively cheap price you get a small jar of waterproof and smudgeproof eyeshadow with intense color, very pigmented, and blendable. It really is Infallible because it stays put on my oily lids for long hours even without primer. Price : SGD 14.50
Best Blush : The Balm Hot Mama Blush. This shimmery peachy pink blush is said to be the closest dupe for Nars Orgasm, rated 4.5 out of 5 on Makeupalley. I have a weak spot for peach/coral blush so this one won my heart instantly. I use this on top of my coral blush from Maybelline. Cuma perlu 2x tap dengan brush di blush-nya dan warnanya sudah banyak sekali nempel di brush. Very very veryyy pigmented, so make sure you use a light hand with this one. And good thing is you can also use this as eyeshadow, i’ve tried and been loving it.This blush is perfect if you want a shimmery pink color on your cheek. Nars Orgasm is more orange, this one is pinker. Packaging is really cute, and i suggest this blush for you who have been eyeing Nars Orgasm but still not sure, price is way cheaper than Nars. Price : IDR 225.000.
Best Contour Blush : Chanel Ombre Contraste in Notorious, Sculpting Veil for Eyes and Cheek. This is a limited edition blush first seen on Chanel runway show and released as part of Chanel Contrastes Essentiels Collection for Autumn/Winter 2012. This greyish-taupe blush made some beauty blogger across the globe singing praises on it’s magic. I ordered this blush via an online shop which sold lots of authentic Chanel products, the owner kindly searched this product and found the last one for me, thank God!. I use this to contour my cheek, and jawline. I barely know how to contour, yet i tried this product like a master of contour. I love how the greyish shade manage to create an illusion of perfect cheek for me. I have people commenting that i lose weight, which i’m not. It’s only because of the blush, and a little goes a long way. It’s pretty expensive but i believe it will last me 3 years simply because it’s very pigmented and i only need a very light tap, if i use this too much i risk looking like a zombie. Bener-bener bikin pipi dan dagu terlihat tirus asal tau teknik contour yang tepat untuk tipe wajah, i’m still learning and everyday i’m amazed of this blush. It’s perfect for contour freak gals or Chanel-devoted girls. Just like any other Chanel blush, this one comes with a luxurious pouch.
Best Lipstick : Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter (i have Sweet Tart, Berry Smoothie, and Cherry Tart). I like the buttery soft formula, and it didn’t dry my lips, also comes with pretty colors. I think this lipstick is essential and every women should have at least one color of this Lipstick. The lipstick is doing such an excellent job to keep my lips moisturize without making it dull or too shiny, the color is sheer and pretty which is a plus. If you haven’t try this, boy you missing out a lot!. It’s relatively cheap, so i bought one and like the other girls around the globe i’m craving for more. Price : IDR 75.000
Best Lipstick for Spring/Summer : Nars Schiap. Inspired by Elsa Schiapparelli’s shocking pink book, this lipstick is definitely a bomb. You will have eyes turning because of its shocking color. If you like bold color you just need to own this one for your collection. The color is bright fuschia, almost shocking purple-pink on my lips. I bought this while on vacation in Bangkok for 900 baht on Nars counter in Siam Paragon. Love the edgy packaging of Nars.
Best Lipstick for Autmn/Winter : L’Oreal Color Riche Intense in Intense Plum. Ever since Lana Del Rey sporting dark vampire lips on a gala this year, the vampy shade has been every daring-girl favorite lipstick. The texture of L’Oreal Color Riche lips is very rich and pigmented, it glides smooth on my lips and feels luxurious. The more you build the color the darker it looks. I recommend this for girls who wanted to try vampy lips trend. Daripada beli MAC atau Nars tapi jarang dipake, beli yang ini aja and see how you like the shade. Price : IDR 115.000. See me wearing it here.
Best Website on Makeup review : http://makeupalley.com. I always refer myself to the site whenever i’m curious about a product. The reviews are helpful because it shows the hair/skin/eyes type of the reviewer, so you can relate a lot to yourself. Like if you have dry skin, you can read all the reviews form dry skin people. It contains thousands of products, and what i love is we get to rate the product with a lippie and the highest score is 5 lippie. Biasanya kalau saya mau beli produk saya pasti liat dulu ratingnya di Makeupalley. Misalkan reviewnya 4.6 out of 5 from 564 reviews artinya produk itu efektif dan bagus karena banyak sekali yang kasih rate tinggi, beda kalau nilainya 4.6 out of 5 from 7 reviews kan gak valid lah ya karena cuma 7 review itu menurut saya kurang membantu mengingat beberapa produk kadang hanya cocok untuk kaukasia atau hanya cocok untuk asian skin, etc.
Best New Brand in Indonesia Market : The Balm. If you have time, sempatkanlah untuk menengok counter mereka di Seibu Grand Indonesia atau di Glow Plaza Indonesia. Their products is simply divine, color payoff is fantastic, each product is highly pigmented, the price is not sky-high expensive, but most of all their products is very wearable+durable with cute packaging. Karena pigmen warna yang sangat bagus, produk ini dipakai light-handed aja, jangan terlalu antusias karena malah akan keliatan berlebihan. Beberapa produk yang standout dan favorit/rating tinggi itu Mary-Lou Manizer (highlighter), The Balm Spot Timebalm concealer, Hot Mama blush, Frat Boy blush, dan Nude Tude palette pujaan para beauty blogger di luar negeri sana. Beberapa produknya juga multitasker karena bisa dipakai sebagai eyeshadow (cth; Mary-Lou Manizer, Betty-Lou Manizer, Hot Mama blush, Sexy Mama, dll). Dengan cara pakai yang light-handed bisa dipastiin akan tahan lama juga kan, maka menurut saya sih gak rugi banget. It’s my highly recommended brand.
I’d love to know your best beauty products too, leave a comment down below!
A couple months ago i went to Max Factor booth on Plasa Semanggi along with my best friend Rinda who is also a beauty enthusiast. We share the same addiction and powerless when it comes to make up. Max Factor is one of our favorite brand ever since we tried their Miracle Touch Liquid Illusion Foundation. We love how it blends like a dream and how it made our face look flawless. Trurthfully until now i never found such a great foundation like it. So, as predictable we had our haul. Let’s check out what i bought and my honest opinion abot ‘em :
1. Master Touch Under Eye Concealer in Fair
This concealer is for under eyes only, because i have tried it to conceal my acne and it didn’t blend well. But yeah it is great for my under eye, i use this for my daily make up routine. It does conceal my dark circle quite good, but it doesn’t brighten my under eye either. Anyway i think you need to be patient upon the first use, because the packaging is more like a pen, you need to twist the bottom of it to extract the product. I twist it like more than 20x until it comes out, and by the time it comes out it was spilling more products which is a waste. But the good thing is the clear packaging will show you how much product left. Would i repurchase? No. I’d find another concealer.
2. Max Effect Gloss Cube in No.05 & No.11
This is by far the worst lipgloss i’ve ever come across. I bought the Plum shade (No.11) because i want a bolder color, the color turns out the same as my lips. It didn’t show any plum shade, nor that it did any dramatic color shown on my lips. And the gloss is not really shiny, it fade easily. The shine is gone within 2 hours, it was terrible. No.05 didn’t do any justice, the plum shade shows a little color and this one doesn’t have a color at all i think. I was really like i wear clear gloss with bad staying power. Good thing about it is that it smells wonderful, like berry smell. Would i repurchase? A thousand times no.
3. Lipfinity Lasting Lip Tint in No.04
My bestfriend and i was really excited with the Lip Tint, we love that it looks like Cover Girl Lip Tint (my bestfriend Rinda is a devoted Cover Girl user). I too was very curious to try. Needless to say it was worse than the gloss. Staying power is horrible, and it dries easily. I only got to wear it for a week then it was gone, the product dried. I don’t know how it dries that quick, because i made sure i put the cap very tightly and i store it on my make up bag far away from heat. Then i read at makeupalley.com and find that there are a lot of girls complaining the same thing. Good thing about it is that it didn’t taste weird and chemical. Would i repurchase? Definitely no.
I bought these following products on different time, and here’s my thought :
4. Lasting Performance Foundation in Soft Beige
It does last long with matte finish, but it dries on yor face really quick. So you need to work it fast. The Miracle Touch Illusion Foundation is different than this, Miracle Touch gives me a dewy finish while this one gives me a matte finish. I like this but i still prefer the Miracle Touch. If you have oily skin definitely this one works best, but if you want dewy finish and doesn’t mind to blot after 3 hours try the Miracle Touch. Would i repurchase? I prefer the Miracle Touch.
5. Master Piece Color Precision Eyeshadow in Golden Green
This can serve as your base eyeshadow, team it with a darker eyeshadow and you’ll have intense color. I’ve tried this with grey and chocolate eyeshadow and it was wonderful. The beauty adviser told me that this one is more vivid than the others, so i picked out this color. But i suggest to wear eyeshadow primer first, it was tend to streak if you’re not locking it with primer. Would i repurchase? Yes, i think it’s great. I tried to take a picture of this product but the lighting on my house is really bad and it didn’t catch the color even with flash.
Here are the swatches of Master Touch Concealer, Lipgloss Cube in No.11 and No.05, Lipfinity Lip Tint in No. 04, and Lasting Performance in Soft Beige with and without flash. Sorry for the bad lighting!
That’s my honest opinion about my haul, i believe there are a lot more good products on their range. But i honestly think Max Factor products that works well for me are their foundation and mascara (i use the False Lash Effect mascara). Miracle Touch is my favorite but i haven’t repurchase because i’m still using my BB Cream and the Lasting Performance, i will definitely repurchase sometime soon. If you have any thought on Max Factor product feel free to leave comments.
Kattleya A. Anandita
we were really lucky didn’t we? 😉
Last August 2012 – yeah once again I know its super late 😛 , I went to Singapore to see Passion Pit Concert with my best friend , Kat.
Both of us is a huge fan of Passion Pit , esp. Kat , she is crazy about this band..
I personally like this band because its different, they are smart in terms of choosing a lyrics and also able to bring different nuance for their song.
I am in love with this band, when I was listening to SleepyHead, geezz this song its so unique esp the intro, it will trigger you to listen more and easy to be remembered. Passion Pit itself is an American ElectroPop band from Cambridge, Massachussets. The lead of this band is Michael Angelakos, most of member of this band went to Berklee College of Music in Boston except Michael.
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Suatu hari saya lagi iseng lihat-lihat di Guardian dan nemu HD Foundation Brush dari Masami Shouko . It’s a flat top brush but the hair is short with visible white lines along the hair. Brush ini pastinya dipakai untuk mengaplikasikan foundation, selama ini sih saya pakai buat mengaplikasikan BB Cream dan Foundation cair walau bisa juga untuk cream foundation. Tapi jangan dipakai untuk foundation padat ya (contoh: MAC Studio Fix), karena kuasnya berbeda sekali. Kalau yang saya pakai itu lebih kecil dengan tekstur halus dan padat, sementara kalau untuk Foundation padat sebaiknya pakai Stippling brush dengan bulu kuas yang lebih lebar. Dibawah ini contohnya ya :
Cara pakai kedua kuas ini sama-sama harus ditepuk-tepuk ujungnya ke kulit muka. Jangan pernah diseret karena malah akan membuat hasil yang ‘cakey’, kuas ini berfungsi untuk mengisi kulit kamu supaya kelihatan di-‘airbrush’ alias muluuus banget. Salah satu Youtube Beauty Guru membuat video tentang penjelasan Stippling Brush ini lebih masuk logika, coba ditonton ya :
Saya sendiri pakai kuas HD Foundation Brush dari Masami Shouko ini baru-baru aja kok, saya puas banget karena hasilnya bener-bener nutup tapi kelihatan natural dan bener seperti di-‘airbrush’. Cara pakainya sama seperti yang diajarin EnKore di video Youtube dia. Saya pakai kuas ini setiap hari dan karena pemakaian setiap hari itulah yang bikin saya harus rajin ngebersihin kuas ini supaya muka gak jerawatan karena bakteri yang numpuk di kuas. Iiih jorok kaan.
Setelah searching cara bersihin kuas yang baik dan benar, saya nemu video tutorial Michelle Fawn tentang cara yang baik dan benar untuk deep cleansing brush. Tapi di videonya Michelle menggunakan sabun cuci piring antibacterial untuk ngebersihin kuasnya, intinya sebenarnya adalah menggunakan kandungan antibakteri tersebut untuk membunuh kuman-kuman di kuas yang kotor. Setelah saya pikir-pikir kayaknya gak harus pake sabun cuci piring gitu kan ya, karena ini untuk muka sendiri saya lebih milih sabun yang lebih gentle, toh Michelle sendiri pun bilang bahwa tidak ada cara yang salah dalam membersihkan brush yang penting adalah rajin-rajinlah membersihkannya supaya muka kita gak jerawatan. Jadi dibawah ini adalah foto langkah-langkah saya dalam membersihkan kuas, disimak ya.
Yang diperlukan :
- Baby Shampoo. Kenapa sih saya pilih baby shampoo? Kandungannya yang gentle pasti bisa membersihkan kuas tanpa membuat bulu kuas jadi rusak, selain itu baunya harum. Sementara di video tutorial Michelle dia menggunakan Olive Oil supaya kuas tetap lembut dan sabun cuci piring antibacterial. Saya skip Olive Oil dan sabun cuci piring, dan digantikan dengan sampo bayi.
- Dettol Antibacterial. Nah daripada pakai sabun cuci piring antibacterial saya lebih memilih air hangat dengan campuran Dettol untuk membasuh si kuas di akhir langkah supaya bakterinya mati.
- Piring Datar dan Mangkok berisi air hangat.
- Handuk kecil.
- Di foto saya akan membersihkan kuas HD Foundation yang saya selalu pakai setiap hari.
- Siapkan air hangat (jangan air panas ya karena akan merusak kuas) di mangkok, air jangan terlalu penuh kira-kira hanya setengah dari tinggi mangkok lalu tuang ½ sendok teh cairan Dettol dan campurkan.
- Tuang baby shampoo ke piring secukupnya dan kasih 1 sendok teh air hangat yang sudah tercampur dengan Dettol ke cairan baby shampoo.
- Kemudian baurkan kuas ke cairan diatas dengan gerakan maju mundur sambil sedikit ditekan ke piring. Lakukan gerakan tersebut sampai seluruh cairan berubah warna menjadi coklat yang tandanya sisa foundation yang menempel di kuas mulai luntur.
- Setelah itu celupkan kuas ke mangkok dan ulang gerakan yang sama, kemudian angkat kuas dan pastikan bahwa bulu bagian dalam kuas sudah terbasuh dengan air antibakteri. Kalau sudah selesai peras perlahan bulu kuas dan keringkan dengan gerakan yang sama di handuk.
- Kalau saya pribadi biasanya mengulang sampai 2x langkah diatas supaya yakin benar-benar bersih. Namun yang kedua kali biasanya saya menggunakan telapak tangan (seperti tutorial Michelle) untuk memastikan bahwa bagian dalam kuas juga sudah bersih.
Saat mengeringkan kuas saya tidak menyarankan menggunakan Hairdyer ya, karena Hairdryer yang panas takutnya akan merusak bulu kuas. Di video tutorial Michelle dia menerangkan cara yang baik untuk mengeringkan kuas. Dan saya menggunakan cara yang sama, hanya untuk brush guard saya ganti dengan penutup kuas yang biasanya kita dapat sepaket saat membeli kuas. Ini dia Video Michelle Fawn tentang cara membersihkan kuas :
Sebaiknya kuas dibersihkan setiap hari, tapi kadang kalau saya tidak sempat maksimal 3 hari sekali saya pasti menyempatkan membersihkan kuas-kuas terutama kuas foundation saya. Langkah-langkah diatas hanya memakan waktu sekitar 5 menit/kuas jadi harusnya gak menyita waktu lama. Kecuali kamu MakeUp Artist yang memang wajib membersihkan kuas mereka setiap hari supaya klien mereka tidak complain karena jerawatan. Jangan lupa yaa kuas-kuas lain yang setiap hari dipakai juga harus dibersihkan seperti kuas blush dan eyeshadow. Nah dibawah ini adalah tutorial Michelle Fawn untuk deep cleaning brush, seperti yang sudah dibilang sebelumnya tidak ada cara yang salah untuk membersihkan kuas, kamu bisa memodiifikasi semua teknik dan langkah-langkah yang menurut kamu sesuai.
Semoga post ini membantu dan terutama kesadaran untuk membersihkan kuas demi kesehatan muka kamu sendiri! Selamat Mencoba!.
Kattleya A. Anandita
Hada Labo has been the talk of the town, it is the star of many beauty forums with women across the globe raving about its magic. It was hard to find Hada Labo here in Indonesia, some women took the effort to buy it from Singapore or asked their friends /relatives to brought the product to Indonesia. I was never that curious, until i was scanning through the racks on a drugstore and found the bestselling lotion sitting prettily as if it’s calling me to try it on.
Saya baru tau kalau Hada Labo sudah diproduksi di Indonesia, makanya harga yang dijual cukup murah (IDR 28.000 or USD 2.8 for a bottle of the famous moisturizing lotion). I remember thinking that it wouldn’t be a big deal if i don’t like the product at the end, the price is relatively cheap. So i adopt one bottle to my house, praying that it would work wonder for my oily skin. I was too curious i immidiately wash my face with my Natasha prescription facial wash and slather the magic lotion to my face.
I LOVE IT. My skin is combination and can be very oily at times when i move around a lot so i hate using a moisturizer but this lotion is different. It makes my skin supple and fresh, without any funny tingling sensation. I just need 4 drops of the lotion and then softly patted my face. It was sticky at first but i’ve learned the right trick so it doesn’t feel sticky. After you slather the lotion all over your face, quickly pat your face using both left and right four fingers in circular motion, don’t do it soft and slow it will turn out sticky, do it quick with gentle pat on your face. It’s close to slapping your face only you don’t do it hard, do it quick.
I made my second purchase of Hada Labo the same day i bought my first one. I know i like the product because that day i can’t wait to wash my face and put the lotion again. So that night i asked my boyfriend to drove to the nearest grocery store and bought the Moisturizing Facial wash, 2nd bottle of the lotion, and a Whitening Essence from their whitening series.
It has been 3 weeks since i used Hada Labo range, i never use my prescription of Natasha lotions and creams ever since. I stick on using the facial wash everytime i shower, then i use the lotion, and at night i use the whitening essence before bed. I notice that it does some wonderful improvement on my face. I rarely break out, my face feels supple, and the dark spots/acne marks are slightly gone. I’m not kidding, i too very amused with the result.
Okay, so i will do a short explanation with the products i currently use and its wonders to my skin :
- Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Facial Wash, it’s just like any other facial wash. But i never foamed this, i take like 3-4cm of the soap and applied it straight to my face. Pada petunjuknya memang gak disuruh untuk dibikin berbusa, jadi saya sih ngikutin aja. I think that it’s the average facial wash, yet this product helped my next step.
- Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Lotion, and by lotion it means watery essence more like a toner. You only need like 4 to 5 drops of this water, don’t go overboard. Slather evenly to your face and quickly pat it to your face in a gentle circular motion with your both hands. Leave it like 1-2 minutes for the lotion to absorb onto your skin before you move on to another daily routines like sunblock or essence. I even use this before i put on my make up. Jadi sebelum make up saya pake lotion ini dulu lalu baru mulai make up. Hasilnya lumayan menahan minyak di muka!
- Arbutin Whitening Essence, this highly concentrate essence is my weapon to fight acne marks and dark spots. I seriously rave this essence. On daily basis i use it after the lotion if i plan to hide from Mr.Sun, but if i’m sure i’m going to meet him i skip this and use my trusted Biore Sunblock (which contains Hyaluronic Acid too like Hada Labo, so it sits adjacent) instead. I only use the essence at night, after i wash my face and put on the lotion. I use 1 pump and spread evenly to my face BUT AFTER THAT i pumped a little more essence ONLY to put it on my acne marks/dark spots or some area that i need to brighten up. It also contains high dose of Vitamin C that i assume very important for my skin regeneration. Saya pernah nyoba pake ini untuk jerawat yang lagi meradang, dan besok paginya udah jadi gak meradang, dan dengan pemakaian setiap hari lama-lama jerawatnya kempes sendiri. Yay!. Oh the essence is quite pricey around IDR 130.000 or USD 13.
So now i understand why the lotion sold every 4 seconds in Japan, it really does wonders. It doesn’t feel heavy on the skin and improve your complexion only by a few drops. I like their tagline “one drop locks up the ocean” because it’s true. And hey, after i religiously use this i never see any dry patch everytime i put on my make up!.
My tips if you’re curious to try: buy the lotion first and see for yourself. If you like it then you can proceed to buy another product from the range, but if you are hesitated or not liking it at all just stop it immediately. Also, the wonders doesn’t happen overnight, you need to be patient. I wrote the review after 3 weeks using the products, so i can be really sure that i see improvements and that i don’t lie. Though i can assure that i didn’t see any dry patch on my make up since my first trial on the lotion.
I’m sure i won’t be using my Natasha prescription again. So i hope you find my review helpful, and don’t hesitate to ask!.
Kattleya A. Anandita
It’s been awhile since my last post. I’ve been busy yada yada yada, i know. But now i finally have time! Yess!. Quick recap of what’s been going, went to Morrissey concert (oh wow time flies), went to Singapore for Passion Pit concert, went to Architecture in Helsinki concert, and umm a lot of things going on. Anyway, right now i won’t be doing my concert review thingy cos it was overdue, too late isn’t it?. I want to tell you few of my favorite things (right now), and it’s about beauty products.
I’ve been a beauty junkie since forever, I just never posted my addiction here. So i decided to share you some of the beauty products i rave. Not only because of their ability to transform my oily-ugly-duck-face into a swan, but because i want to let you know (esp the oily face ladies) that these products can help you (or so i thought).
So, shall we start ladies?
Yes, i have a super oily face. I put on my make up at 8.30 and by 12.00 i have an oil refinery in my face. So desperate that i’ve tried lots and lots of oil free make up range/skincare and nothing ever solved my problem. Until i clicked on the most helpful site for beauty junkies around the globe (no not Sephora), *drumrolls* http://makeupalley.com. I signed up and searched the product with most reviews, then Smashbox Photo Light Primer came up. Thousands of girls loves the product and it has glowing reviews from oily-faced buddies. I remember thinking that “OH I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE!!”. So i bought one on my trip to Sephora Singapore. I was torn between Smashbox and Laura Mercier (which received glowing reviews as well) and the beauty advisor asked me what do i need the most, “i need something to mattify my oily face”, then she pointed at Smashbox and said “well you’ll need that”. So i purchased the not-so-cheap primer and tried it immediately. I love it. It really mattify my face, by 12.00 i don’t need to blot my face, nor do i need to redo my make up by 15.00 (well just a quick touch up). It really is awesome, my make up stays really well throughout the day (and night). I just need to prep my face with the product before i put on my make up, it instantly smoothen my skin and doing a great job to mattify it. Really girls, if you have oily face this is your answer. But if you have sensitive skin you might need to consult with the beauty advisor before purchasing this. Oily face be gone! Shooh!
If there is any brand that I like, I think Maybelline is the answer. It’s affordable and versatile, I have never had a problem using the brand. I currently use the Clear Smooth powder and I love it because it glides really smooth on my skin. And since I use Smashbox primer, the powder sits perfectly still. I carry around the little pink refill one for touch ups and guess the price? Only 19.000 idr. Great job!.
You think my problem is just my oily face? No no you are wrong girls. I too have greasy lids, my eyeshadow tend to crease and that’s why i hate putting on eyeshadow because that’s no use for me. I followed Urban Decay account on Instagram, but i’ve never used any of their products. However i like the packaging and how edgy their products are. I’ve seen my friend used Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion but i thought that it was too much work for putting on a face. Out of curiosity i purchased the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion because many girls in makeupalley.com swears by it. I too ended up loving it!. My eyeshadow stays still throughout the day and non greasy! It took my breath away when one day i went to my friend’s outdoor wedding on one humid night and it was sweatproof (or bulletproof) plus my eyes were smoldering without icky oily lids in sight. I’m in love babes, now i’m obsessed on searching the perfect eyeshadow because i want to marry my Urban Decay eyeshadow primer with the perfect one.
But i already found one! and it’s L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow. Infallible, oh how i love the word. It means ‘Perfect’, and i agree because it is. The eyeshadow has very rich pigments, just only one swipe (or dab it with your finger/brush) the color instantly shows. The thing is i’m a sucker for ‘waterproof’ ‘sweatproof’ ‘long wear’ or ’24-hour stays’ words on a beauty product. As it promised the eyeshadow really stays on beautifully kickin’ off the sweat and oily lids. And it was a match made from heaven when you paired the eyeshadow with Urban Decay eyeshadow primer. The color pops and it stays on forever. Bravo!
Have I told you that on my last trip my bestfriend Rinda bought K-Pallete 24hour tattoo eyeliner for her colleague. Right when I saw her bought that, I immediately purchased one. Yeah you probably know why, the ’24hour tattoo’ just had me at hello. I can’t say that I love it, simply because I’m not a pro when it comes to drawing eyeliner, usually I had the right eye better than the other. So when I smudged a little, It was so hard to rubbed off. I need to be really careful when applying this. But for you who (like me) has oily lids and love a dramatic long lasting eyeliner, this one will win your heart over and over again.
What about mascara? What about it? So far I’m a true believer in Maybelline mascara range. They’re affordable and curls my lashes for hours beautifully. My favorite feature is my lashes because of its natural curl that I never bent over backwards just to curl it. So for me any mascaras are acceptable as long as it’s waterproof. Right now I have Max Factor False Lash Effect on my make up bag.
I love lip gloss, I can’t get enough of it. But sometimes the wrong brand can give that flaky lips effect upon using, and I hate hate that. I rarely put on lipstick/gloss cos I tend to lick it everytime, strangely I have various shades of glosses and types of lipstick. Anyhow I hate lip stain even more. Why? Simply because I tend to licked my lips and lip stain tasted bizzare. I’ve tried The Body Shop lip stain, The Face Shop lip stain, even Benefit Benetint and none of it worked on my dry parched lips. I read somewhere that Yves Saint Laurent launched its newest beauty product Rouge pur Couture gloss stain. It’s a hybrid between lip gloss and lip stain, and baby I’m intrigued. So I walked to YSL beauty counter one day and swatched few colors until I found that the shade Corail Aquatique (No.7) compliment my lips. I had friends telling me that they love the color on my lips, the pretty coral sheen suits my medium skin tone and I didn’t even ask them, they came up to me and genuinely praise it. This must be the first luxury make up I’ve ever bought and truthfully this is worth my money. First it doesn’t smell and taste like spunky acid, it glides on smoothly and the curved applicator is easy to use, secondly it stays on soo sooo looong if I don’t eat. I just need two coats and the color stays for hours and I only need one swipe after a big meal. Thirdly and what i love the most that it’s really moisturize my lips and the texture is really smooth it doesn’t feel heavy like any other glosses. The best gloss stain ever because of the glamorous color and pretty sheen. This is the solution for girls who hate wearing lipstick and feels that lip gloss is heavy or for a super busy girls that doesn’t have time for touch ups. I just can’t wait to try the other shade Corail Fauve (No.12).
I know that Coral shade compliments my skin. So I always choose coral hue whether it’s for make up or even my clothes. When it comes to blush I like apricot color and all coral shade. Maybelline has the prettiest shade of apricot. The color is quite strong so I just need one swipe and I’m perfectly flushed. I don’t fancy a blush that needs a lot of work to bring out the color. Right now I’m curious with Nars Orgasm, and so many women I know told me they didn’t like it and that it’s average they didn’t see why it is such a rave. Well for one its pinkish coral hue with glitters supposed to make you look ‘glowing from within’, and the fact that thousands of women loved it. You read it, ‘coral’ and yes that word makes me curious. Yes! I’m coming!.
So ladies those are some of beauty products that i rave. As you can see i’m not a brand minded person, i only love product that compliments my skin (not causing any redness), fuss free, and more importantly wearable on my oily skin. Money is a problem, but i don’t mind if the product is worth my hard earn pennies (i still think that YSL gloss stain is magical). I think that a little bit of make up goes a long way, it freshen up your face and it can emphasize your best feature. Not too much but not barely there. Afterall the most important thing is your skin regime. Wash your face with oil-free (or a gentle) face wash, use make up remover to remove all the waterproof products or excess make up (baby oil can do this too), and don’t forget to scrub your face regularly (i love Himalayan Herbals Apricot Scrub fyi). I hope you girls who has oily face like me can find these info helpful, and i would love to hear from you make up/beauty products that you rave!. Stay gorgeous loves!
Kattleya Ayu Anandita
Nah itu reaksi gue ketika pada akhirnya bisa nonton mas Faris Badwan dkk dekeeet banget saking deketnya muka gue kayak nempel di pinggir panggung. Saya cintaaaa banget sama lagu-lagu mereka yang kelam tapi mencerahkan, dan idealis. Angkat topi buat Soundshine yang bisa datengin The Horrors, dan walaupun gig-nya gak di Jakarta demi bisa nonton langsung band unik ini gue rela jauh-jauh ke Bandung. Menurut saya nih, alam pada malam itu mendukung suasana konser, hujan lebat di seluruh Bandung membuat efek dingin dan kelam menjadi lebih dramatis.
Ahh pokoknya gue puass banget kesampaian nonton The Horrors (walau sedikit kecewa You Said gak dibawain), band yang dulu gue yakin banget ga akan ke Indonesia mengingat fans-nya juga gak terlalu banyak. Hmm atau mungkin sebenernya banyakk sekali, tapi karena konsernya di Bandung dan digelar hari Rabu jadi banyak yang ga bisa dateng. Ohh sgue punya pengakuan dosa mengenai konser ini, gue beli tiketnya tepat di hari H, karena sebelumnya waswas banget takut ga bisa ke Bandung di weekday. Itupun belinya di calo dan bukan dalam keadaan tiket, hihi dasar orang Indonesia ya apaaa aja bisa dijual.
1. Endless Blue
2. I Can See Through You
3. Who Can Say
4. Mirror’s Image
5. Scarlet Fields
6. Sea Within A Sea
7. Still Life
1. Changing The Rain
2. Three Decades
3. Moving Further Away
” and when the sun sets on dark silhouette collapse into a dream..”
Kattleya A. Anandita
I know people i knoooooowwww..
Ini basinya luar biasa deh, ahhahaaha. Sedikit pengakuan dosa aja sih, gue akhir-akhir ini malesss banget update blog. Padahal gak baik yaa, nanti hits-nya ga nambah-nambah. Ini pun butuh kekuatan super untuk bisa membangun niat mengupdate #apasih.
Saking malesnya, banyak tulisan yang harus gue buat on time jadi malah basi. Mungkin gue gak cocok ya jadi freelancer, ga bisa fokus kalo gak ada timeline yang padat dan bos yang nge-gonggongin setiap hari #eh. So anyway, gue mau cerita tentang Foster The People ini. Akhir bulan Mei tahun lalu gue diperdengarkan Pumped Up Kicks setelah selesai nonton konser The Drums. Karena menurut gue lagunya catchy, gue coba download sendiri album Torches dan suka!. Yah bukan suka yang “OH WOW SPEKTAKULERRR”, tapi suka karena memang catchy dan enak didengerin. Waktu tau kalau mereka mau konser, gue biasa aja karena lebih nafsu nonton The People’s Party tanggal 13 Januari. Sampai akhirnya dikasih gratis sama pacar! Yay! Siapa coba yang gak mau gratisan?!. So walaupun datangnya telat dan di baris paling belakang, gue tetep happy bisa nonton mereka live!.
2. Miss You
3. Life on The Nickel
4. I Would Do Anything For You
5. Broken Jaw
7. Call It What You Want
8. Don’t Stop (Color On The Walls)
9. Say It Ain’t So
10. Helena Beat
3. Pumped Up Kicks
You’d better run better run outrun my gun,
Kattleya A. Anandita
It’s been a while since last time i went to Bandung, nah kunjungan ke Bandung kali ini bertepatan dengan hari yang cukup sakral bagi banyak orang terutama cewe-cewe, tapi kalo gue sih biasa aja. Yes, Valentine’s Day. 14 Februari. Tapi kunjungan gue ke Bandung gak buat ngerayain hari itu dan khusus pergi berdua kesana, melainkan ada sesuatu yang emang gue tunggu dari lama. Salah satu band favorit gue THE HORRORS manggung di Bandung. Entah kenapa hari-nya bertepatan sama Valentine hahahaha. Nah, gue emang berencana nginep sehari di Bandung, cape juga kalo bolak-balik Jakarta-Bandung selesai nonton The Horrors. Sebenernya gue udah tau beberapa hotel di Bandung yang bagus dan murah buat nginep semalem doang, tapi beberapa hari sebelum gue ke Bandung, T dan R ngebahas tentang satu hotel baru di Bandung yang berhubungan sama klub kesukaannya R, Liverpool. Karena mereka berdua gila bola, pembahasan ini seru bangetlah buat mereka. Nah dari pembahasan itu kita mulai browsing-browsing tentang hotelnya Eh pas kita browsing-browsing ternyata ini hotel punya konsep yang beda banget dan unik untuk ukuran hotel di Indonesia. Jadilah gue sama T punya ide untuk nginep disini pas ke Bandung nanti.
Besokannya kita berangkat jam 2 siang dari Jakarta, sempet agak was-was karena takut sampe Bandung malem dan ternyata perjalanan lancar banget. 2 jam pas kita sampe kota Kembang dan langsung menuju tujuan utama: Stevie G, Hotel. Kita kesini dulu karena emang janji booking sama resepsionisnya jam 3 ternyata jam 4an baru sampe Bandung. Perjalanan dari kota Bandung ke Stevie G sendiri lumayan jauh, letaknya di jalan Sersan Bajuri. Nah kalo dari arah Rumah Mode masih naik lagi keatas, Enhaii masih terus lagi. Perjalanan dari kota ke hotel sendiri memakan waktu 45 menit sendiri. Total perjalanan 2 jam 45 menit, sampe juga di daerah Sersan Bajuri, ternyata hotel ini masih satu area sama Maja House, karena memang masih satu grup dengan Maja House.
Sampe disana kita langsung reserve untuk 1 malem dengan rate yg cukup miring apalagi pake debit Mandiri yg diskon 50% dari harga asli. Yaay! Sayangnya dari 24 kamar yg tersedia di Stevie G kita gak bisa milih kamar, dapetnya kamar Sweet Escape. Sesuai dengan perjalanan gue ke Bandung kali ini, Sweet Escape sejenak dari Jakarta dan kerjaan 😉 Sebenernya ada satu kamar yang kosong, kamar yang emang jadi andalan di hotel itu, namanya This Is Anfield. Dalemnya itu udah kayak stadion Anfield di Liverpool. Tapi berhubung T adalah fans unyu Manchester United, mau dibujuk kayak gimana juga pasti dia bakal gak mau milih kamar itu hahaha. Selain This is Anfield dan Sweet Escape, mereka punya room Alice in Lost, Rising Sun, Gelateria, The Street, Hexagon, The Author, English Rose, Seville Row, What is Pop Art, Saturday Retro Fever, dan lain-lain.
Take a peek..
Lumayan kan hotelnya? Karena masih baru pemandangan di balkon kamar gue sayangnya tangga-tangga kayu karena masih ada beberapa bagian yang harus diperbaikin. Tapi gak masalah sih, we enjoyed our stay very much we decide to come back for more!. Well, hopefully next time. Sebelnya sih entah kenapa gue sering banget kepentok sama tempat tidurnya. Gotta be careful next time.
Kattleya Ayu Anandita