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Monday, April 21, 2014

Event Report: The Launching of Lancome Teint Visionnaire Skin Correcting Make Up Duo

Hola ladies!

Last weekend, I attended a Lancome event in Metro Plaza Senayan, as this brand just launched their new counter and the brand new Teint Visionnaire, a foundation and concealer duo in one pot.

Lancome Teint Visionnaire in 4 shades

The Lancome representative was explaining about the new product

Along with around 15 beauty bloggers, we were attempted to try out the foundation right on our skin to find the perfect shade. Mine was no. 04, I think that was the darkest one from the available color options. But it came to me as a surprise, because usually a French brand only provides minimum color selection especially for medium skin tone. But this no. 04 looks OK on me. Not too yellow but more on beige-y tone, but when applied on skin, it looks pretty natural. This foundation has separated compartment on the top for the concealer, yet in my opinion, the concealer is tad lighter than the foundation shade, so it is only useful for light imperfections.

The Teint Visionnaire foundation

The bottom

After belnded well on the back of my hand
I also managed to meet other Indonesian beauty bloggers (yay!) and they are (mostly) much younger than me :D Great to meet all the passionate young woman who are pretty and so dedicated being a beauty bloggers.

the IBBs

the ceremony

cutting the ribbon

french musical performance
We also could have our face being sketched by Ms. Diani Apsari. All bloggers were so excited and we had a long queue to take turn. The sketch was so ladylike and vintage-y. You may want to see this:

the illustrator at her working desk

this is mine

this is the sketch of other participant


We also joined the make up challenge. There were 3 couples competing for prize worth IDR 2,000,000. I was joining as the make up artist rather than the model (because I had my make up and felt hesitate to pull it off on the spot :p). I paired with Erna, the theme was Flawless Look so we had to apply the make up as natural as possible. Too bad I didn't win, but overall great experience though. Because we only had 15 minutes to did that!

Putri had the make over from Lancome make up artist

The models

Auzola & Erna

the winners!
The best part from an event was, of course, bringing home some product samples and I could try it liberally at home! These are the products I got from the goodie bag:

inside the goodie bag!

Sunday stroll, movie date with my daughter and I was wearing the Lancome Teint Visionnaire no. 04 as base

See you later till my next review!


Friday, April 4, 2014

TheBalm Voyage Make Up Competition: Earthy-Turkey Look


I am going to submit my make up look to participate in the Balm Voyage Make Up Competition, held by the lovely Ms. Chell Sanjaya and Lotte Shopping Avenue.

I am a big fan of TheBalm Cosmetics quite recently. IMHO, they are unique. I love the packaging (sooo vintage!) and the products are mostly great, at least so far I have tried its luminizer combo; Mary Lou and Cindy Lou, the Plump Your Plucker lip gloss (I am not a lipgloss person but I can tell that this lipgloss is quite nice because it has fruity scent and tingling sensation) and I have also ordered that plummy Instain Blush in Pinstripe. can't wait to try it on and make a review!

Last night, I was surprised because my daughter slept so early at 9 (yes, 9 is so early, because she used to go to bed at 11-12), thus I had a free time to create the make up look. For those who've never heard about TheBalm Voyage or even TheBalm Cosmetic, just go to this link to see how pretty their products are.

Balm Voyage - cover
Balm Voyage - color selections

Balm Voyage
Holiday Face Palette

Girls, for you who love travelling… you must really have this best holiday palette from theBalm, Balm Voyage. This travel friendly palette has unique packaging that contains 16 jet setting shadow paired with 3 lip and cheek cream, very practical, complete and easy to carry anywhere. Have high color pigmentation with an excellent level of visibility and long-wearing. So, you do not need to frequently look at the mirror to make sure your makeup, because the colors will always stay to beautify your face no matter how long you are out enjoying your days. In addition, it has many choices of colors; it’s easy for you to create any looks based on your desire.

Hey, that thing really suits me! I DO love traveling. Of course I wouldn't ignore this competition because its theme is rather interesting. After a tough deliberation (as if this is America's Next Top Model's show), I initially thinking to create the Australian look or Manila, as I am pretty much sure that people would prefer Ameirca and Italy. But finally I decided to pick Istanbul look, because I love to make an earthy make up and I thought the Istanbul will be good to represent the look.

ISTANBUL is the largest city of Turkey, a country that is located both in Asia and Europe. Common people usually misled to think that Istanbul is the Turkey's capital, yet the real capital city is Ankara. The biggest event in Turkey's history was the Ottoman Empire that held the power for more than 6 centuries (1200ish-1900ish), before it was collapsed at the end of World War I. Turkey is widely known as a country that consists of big Muslim community that upholds secularism. Speaking of Turkish women, they are naturally beautiful, because they have combination between Caucasian, Arabic and Persian. They used to wear Hijab/scarf with style, that's what I like from them, like the picture below. Oh, I am so inspired now!

Courtesy of www.raihaneh.com
Now let's go to the tutorial. Firstly, prime+prep your face to create a good canvas with primer and if you have dry skin, you can add moisturizer. Apply your favorite foundation afterwards, use brush for a more airbrushed finish. Put some finishing powder if you have oily skin, to keep your face fresh longer.

I always found that the eye make up as the most challenging task. Not only because I have a typical Asian small eyes, but I also have a narrow lid which really limits me  to be creative with thousand shades of eye shadows out there.
Step 1: Apply rich brown shadow on lower lid.
Step 2: Apply thinly grey taupe shadow from crease to the upper lid.

Step 3: Apply lime green shade on the outer corner of the lid. Blend seamlessly.
Step 4:  Apply TheBalm Cindy Loumanizer at the inner corner of the lid to highlight.
Step 5: Apply Revlon Grow Luscious Lash Liner in Emerald at the outer corner of lower lash line to add some sparkles.
Step 6: Apply the brown/black eye liner
Step 7: Apply mascara and eyebrow to make your eyebrow thicker and neat.

After your eyes are set, the next thing to do is to contour the cheek. Because I was making an earthy look, so I was consistent to pick warmer tones for contouring (orangy brown) and blush (dusty warm rose). At the end, I put a terracotta lipstick to complete the look.
Don't forget to add scarf as an accessories, then voila, I magically turned into a Turkish woman (well at least I tried, though my Asian eyes can't lie) :D

  • Bourjouis Ombre a Paupieres #74 in Brun Somptueux (Rich Brown) 
  • Urban Decay Dangerous Palette in Mushrooms 
  • Too Faced Glamour to Go Palette in Lime Green
  •  TheBalm Cindy Loumanizer
  •  Revlon Grow Luscious Lash Liner in Emerald
  • Silky Girl Gel Eyeliner in Brown
  • Mavala Waterproof Mascara in Black
  • Revlon Eye Brow Pencil in Brown
  • BareMinerals Prime Time Primer
  • Revlon Airbrush Photoready Mousse Make Up in Medium Beige
  • Bourjois Blush in Tomette
  • MAC Extra Dimensional Blush in Autoerotique
  • MAC Matte in Chili
  • Make Up Forever Aqua Rouge in Brown Beige
Are you ready to fly to Istanbul with me? ~xoxo~

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Sariayu and the Lipsticks that I Fall in Love with

If I had to mention one most inspired entrepreneur woman in Indonesia, I would definitely say: Ibu Martha Tilaar.

I more than just adore her; how she became the successful businesswoman without neglecting the traditional heritage of our culture. She always be consistent to maintain the brand, by keep developing the products from time to time, add the variety of colors and creating the Color Trend every year. And for God sake, she has been doing this since 1987!

Senja di Sriwedari – 1987
Gaya Warna Disainer – 1988
Sumatra Bergaya – 1989
Puri Prameswari – 1990
Senandung Nyiur – 1991
Riwayat Asmat – 1992
Rama-Rama Toraja – 1993
Balada Banda Naira – 1994
Lenggang Betawi – 1995
Aceh Gemilang – 1996
Misteri Dayak – 1997
Pusako Minang -1998
Mentari Pagi Bromo – 1999
Millenium Nusantara – 2000
Taman Air Minahasa – 2001
Kharisma Jogja – 2002
Bunga Khatulistiwa-2003
Paras Nusapada – 2004
Eksotika Bali – 2005
Pelangi Sriwijaya – 2006
Parijs Van Java – 2007
Kilau Martapura – 2008
Cantika Jawa Timur – 2009
Senandung Rimba Sumatra – 2010
Exotic Indonesia – 2011
Etnika Nusa Tenggara – 2012
Pesisir Sentrajava – 2013
Inspirasi Borneo – 2014

The first color trend that I noticed, as long as I can remember, was Pusako Minang, when my Mom bought the eyeshadow and the lipstick. Of course, because we are Minangkabaunese, so no wonder my Mom got attracted to buy the gold+red nuance of the eyeshadow and the lipstick. As an amateur (I was only 17 back then), I sometimes put the gold shadow on my lid before we went out for wedding reception (and yes, the relative's wedding receptions which also were in gold+red atmosphere). And my life continued, I got introduced with Maybelline, Revlon, all drugstore brands during college and now even more interested to MAC and Make Up Forever just because I generally can afford them. Of course not all at once, but at least I tried to purchase 1 high end product every month - this shouldn't be told to my husband :D

So, here the story begins.

I was in Giant for a weekly grocery shopping yesterday and I suddenly bumped into Sariayu counter where my eyes could easily catch the SALE word. Yes, almost all of Sariayu products were on sale. I saw the lipsticks. I got so much disappointment lately in finding a good pink lipstick for my medium-tan skin. Seriously. I bought Maybelline Color Sensational in Pink Me Up, failed. I liked the color for the first swipe but it left my lips dried out even though it supposed to be glossy. Weird texture. I threw it away. I have at least one high end pink lipstick, it's Estee Lauder Pure Color in Fuchsia Fever, but of course, that kind of bright fuchsia is not suitable for daily wear at office. I jumped to Revlon counter afterwards, tried to find the another pink shade. i ended up buying Revlon Super Lustrous in Velvet Rose. Nice. A pinky brown shade that looks so natural on me. Yet, after 1 week using this, I got my lips chapped. Ow great! I used to wear Revlon lipstick in college, around 10 years ago, and my to-go-lipstick was Revlon Super Lustrous in Fleshtone. I didn't experience any bad thing. I started to think: "should I buy another high-end lipstick just for the pink shade, though I normally will prefer brownish shades and warm red lipstick?" Oh, that means I have to cut my budget for a new BB Cream/foundation this month :(

And as you may assume, I stopped by at the counter. I saw many different shades of lipsticks from their old to newest collection; Inspirasi Borneo. I still saw some lipsticks from Cantika Jawa Timur, a color trend in 2009, but as long as it's not expired yet, what's the matter? I once had one eyeshadow from its Reog Collection and it was quite nice despite of the weak packaging.

Cantika Jawa Timur 2009
I personally think that this color trend is very pretty and the shades are matching with my neutral skintone. As my search continues, I asked the beauty advisor (BA) to show me the pink shades that have the tester. She showed me three; Lasem 01 from Pesisir Sentrajava collection, Kelimutu from Etnika Nusa Tenggara collection and Merak Kasmaran 01 from Cantika Jawa Timur collection.

Lasem from Pesisir Sentrajava 2013

Lasem was really bright and hot pink colors. This line is actually very pretty, for those who have porcelain and fairer skin. The pinkish color range is the winner, especially that bold fuchsia lipstick. Not looking good at my skin, of course. 

Kelimutu from Etnika Nusa Tenggara 2012

Another pink option comes from Kelimutu line. Of course, the color is more suitable for warmer and darker skin, because the collection name reflects the people of Nusa Tenggara who has tanned-exotic skin. The pink here isn't a real pink. It's leaning towards purple and dark magenta. Another love-hate relationship. Love because the color is too damn nice on my skin, but Hate because it's not kind of pink lipstick that I am looking for. I am looking for a medium regular pink lipstick that is wearable daily. That's it.

Merak Kasmaran 01 from Cantika Jawa Timur 2009

Thus, I tried the latest one, from Merak Kasmaran line. Honestly it didn't look like a medium pink in tube, but once applied, the color is perfect. I said perfect, because it's the warm-toned pink that looks natural on my lips.

I even love its finish, semi-matte. I should say semi-matte because after minutes, the gloss is gone. Yes! And it's pretty long wearing too, unexpectedly. The photograph above looks a bit scary since you may think that's too bright, but let me tell you two things; (1) I was using flash because it was taken at night, (2) I applied 3 coats, meaning if I wanted to have it sheerer, I only need to apply one or two coats. Later I show you my FOTD by using this lippie. And yes, it was SOLD for me.

Sometimes I wonder why woman is not easily satisfied. After got the shade that I wanted, I can't help to control my passion to have some more. SOME more, I wouldn't be kidding you, but considering that I still have stack of lipsticks at home, I decided to buy ONE more only :) My pick goes to...

Karimun Jawa from Pesisir Sentrajava 2013
Karimun Jawa 01. A bold red lipstick that I haven't possessed. If you're familiar with MAC Matte Ruby Woo or Riri Woo, this shade can be said as a dupe.

MAC Riri Woo, the red bold lipstick that gives statement!

Sariayu Karimun Jawa 01

I know that I already own two red lipsticks at home, one is MAC Matte in Chili and the other is Anna Sui Lip Rouge V #460, but still, for me those colors are not true red.

MAC Chili, red leaning to orang-ish terracotta

Anna Sui Lip Rouge V #460, a great framboise color

You can tell, that Karimun Jawa 01 lipstick was also SOLD. Now I am so happy that I could purchase two new lipsticks with only idr 30,000 each! I could buy 9 of them with the budget of 1 MAC Lipstick. So affordable and so relieving :)

The red color can be sheerer than what I wore in this picture, because I applied two coats, and captured the photo using flash.

My overall score for these lipsticks are 3.8 out of 5.0. I only wish that they could stay a little bit longer on lips, and make a more sturdy packaging.