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Monday, August 25, 2014

10 Reasons Why We Love Make Over Ultra Cover Liquid Matte Foundation

Last week I took a beauty class held by Make Over. My aim was basically to prove myself that I already know the basic theory in applying make up. After the class, I bought the foundation that I used during the tutorial since the shade perfectly matched my skin. It's quite unusual because It used to be difficult for me to find the right shade from local product.

I will only do the mini review this time, on why I consider this foundation as my new HG. Yes, for acne-prone medium combination, this foundation could do almost everything just like what we expect the high end foundies to provide.

10 reasons why we love Make Over Ultra Cover Liquid Matte Foundation:

1. Hello, highschool girls! With 119,000 IDR price tag, you can get the 'real' foundation instead of just tinted moisturizer or bb cream.

2. The coverage, wow. 2 layers and I would say goodbye to my concealer. It covers each imperfection - redness, pores, acne scars, discoloration, you name it.

3. The finish is matte but not flat. I would say, semi-matte with dewy finish at the end of day.

4. It stays for decent time, around 6-8 hours, depending on the humidity and weather. 

5. The color selections are great! It offers 8 shades which is very rare to find for local products. It is ranging from pale to tanned and dark skin, with neutral, pinkish and yellowish undertone. For reference, I am matched with no. 04 Amber Rose, it is suitable for medium skin with neutral undertone. For Indonesian ladies, no. 3 and no. 5 are much yellower and may suits you the most.

6. The oil control is also very decent. It clearly makes my super oily skin looks fine until lunch time.

7. It comes with pump and meets the hygiene requirements. Yes, at this point, it is way better than Revlon Colorstay.

8. It doesn't oxidize nor leaves a white cast. Super yay!

9. Seriously, it doesn't smudge easily. Unless you rub your face with cloth after washing. But after 2 times pray during the day, it still looks OK even without touch up.

10. For the sensitive nose, this product doesn't have any noticeable fragrants. It may smell like a normal foundation, but very subtle, without being to waxy or perfume-y. 

See you in my next review. Happy weekend, all! ~xoxo~

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BLOG SALE: Grab While It Lasts!

Dear beauties,

This is my first blogsale and please swatch and search each product in Google should you interested. I'll give some description to each for your consideration.

Terms and condition:
- All price is final. It's already cheap and compensates the quality of product
- All products exclude shipping cost. But, if you demand of free shipping for Jabodetabek + Bandung area, just purchase above 200k :)
- All products are relatively new, less than a year since it was first opened (sometimes it was just few months) and guarantee haven't expired yet.
- Only for serious buyer. I am sick with the Hit and Run. Please WA/SMS me at 0818197099.

Let's start the blogsale, shall we?


From left to right:
  1. Caring Colors Stay True Liquid Foundation no 03 Natural Glow. Suitable for oily/combination, light-medium complexion (NC/NW 25-30). 90% left. 45k
  2. NYX Mineral Matte Finishing Powder in Medium. Suitable for oily/combination, medium-tan skin (NC/NW 35-42). 80% left. 90k
  3. Oriflame Very Me Peach Me Tinted Moisturizer. Suitable for normal/dry, light/medium skin tone. It evens out your skin very well. 75% left. 25k
  4. The Body Shop Tea Tree BB Cream shade no. 2. Suitable for oily/combination, medium skin tone. 75% left. 85k
  5.  VOV Rose Lady Cover Foundation. Suitable for all skin types, light-medium skin. It's a creamy foundation with medium-full finish. Swatch only 1x (wrong shade). 80k
  6. Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse in Medium Beige. Suitable for super oily skin, full coverage. 60% left. 40k
  7. Skinfood Good Afternoon Peach Green Tea BB Cream in no. 2 Natural Beige. Suitable for medium, normal/oily skin. This BB cream is one of the best in controlling sebum. 98% left. 85k (with box)
  8. Maxfactor Ageless Elixir 2 in 1 foundation + serum, shade no. 75 Golden. Suitable for normal/dry combination skin, medium with yellow undertone. It covers really well and feels so lightweight. 95% left. 95k
  9. Pond's Age Miracle BB cream in Beige. Suitable for normal/combination, medium to tan skin tone. 50% left. 30k 
2. EYES:

  1. Make Over Trivia Eye Shadow in Magical Fairy Tale (shimmer blue, bronze and frosty pink). Condition: 80%. 35k 
  2. Make Over Tricia Eye Shadows in Enchanting Nude Spell (matte white, peach and brown). Condition: NEW. 60k
  3. Calvin Klein True Lustre Lengthening Mascara in Black. Condition: NEW. 60k
  4. Urban Decay Dangerous Palette. This one is very very pigmented and great palette with jewel tones. Condition: 80% (with new and sealed lip gloss inside). 150k

 Left to right:
  1. Sleek Blush by 3 in Pumpkin (rose, fuchsia and apricot). Highly pigmented and good value blush in compact packaging. 90% left. 100k
  2. L'oreal Color Riche in Rose Creme. Sheer moisturizing lipstick from L'oreal for daily. 85% left. 60k
  3. Etude House Rosy Lip Tint in shade #7 Tea Rose. Perfect nude with matte finish. Stained in lips for 6 hours. 80% left. 65k (with box)
  4. Maybelline Color Sentation in Totally Toffee. Rich creme lipstick with satin finish, brownish red for daily. 80% left. 30k
  5. Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick in Fuchsia Fever. Bright cool-toned fuchsia with satin and luxurious finish. Sample packaging, full size. 80% left. 60k
  6. The Balm Plump Your Plucker in Ruby My Grapefruit. Pink beige lip gloss with shimmer. Perfect for dating/night event. 99% left (only used 1x). 100k 
  7. Milani baked Blush in Corralina. A long lasting and versatile blush, best seller. 90% left. 90k (including brush inside)


 Left to right:
  1. Make Over Ultra Shine Lipstick in Everlasting Kiss. Natural pink with subtle finish. NEW! 50k
  2. Lancome Gloss in Love in shade Coccoon (transparent with subtle glitter). NEW! 120k (with box)
  3. Wet and Wild Megalast in Rosebud (medium rosy petal pink with matte finish. 85% left. 35k
  4. NYX Matte Lipstick in Sierra (coral red that will lighten up your skin!). 85% left. 55k
  5. Calvin Klein Lip Gloss (shade in brownish nude, perfect to tone down your bright lipstick as topcoat). NEW! 50k
  6. MAC Matte Lipctick in Chili (orange-based red). 80% left. 175k


Counter clockwise:
  1. Victoria's Secret Eau de Toilette in Amber Romance (rich vanilla scent). 50% left. 60k
  2. Palmer's Cocoa Butter Oil Skin Therapy (soothe and recover skin scars and for daily nightime moisturizer). 70% left. 60k
  3. Benefit Triple Performing Facial Emulsion (light daily moisturizer, good for any skin types, including oily!). 70% left. 125k
  4. Skin 79 VB Effector (serum for oily blemished skin, helps to control sebum and reduce pores). 90% left. 95k
  5. Masami Shouko Retractable Loose Powder Brush. 50k
  6. LUSH Lip Scrub in Mint Julips (seriously this smells and tastes like chocolate mint!) 90% left. 175k

[REVIEW] Sephora Creamy Lip Stain in #4 Endless Purple

Hello, ladies!

I once had obsession for dark vampy red lipstick, and you might have read my review on Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick in Cherry Bomb.

Yet, I still feel incomplete if I am not having purple lipstick in my purse. After I finished my NARS Tonkin (I know, it broke my bank like crazy but only lasted for 3 months...what!?? Now you see that I loved it too much).

When I attended the opening Sephora Indonesia event at Plaza Indonesia last month, I decided to give a shot to another vampy lipstick, named Sephora Creamy Lip Stain in Endless Purple.

The color is so intense and opaque. The stain power is awesome, even after rubbing my hand really hard, the stain stays

In terms of packaging and texture, it reminds me a lot to NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream. The idea is almost the same. A lip cream that glides so easily on lips and dries to matte finish. But I would say that this Sephora Creamy Lip Stain will give a super opaque and super matte in one swipe application. Be careful in applying as it easily goes out from your lipline. Perhaps a lip liner could help to create a 'frame' before you painting your lips with this baby.

PROS (+)
> Glides on very easily. The texture is creamier than NYX SMLC
> Long lasting? It is! I don't have to touch up for whole day. The stain left after lunch is still considerably pretty.
> Opaque color that nothing beats!
> It's not as drying as NYX SLMC. As with NYX, I found my lips a bit streaky after more than 4 hours. This one is not.
> The color is so intense and suits any skin tone. I would say, my lips will just stand out even if I am not wearing anything else on face.
> Easy to get (you now can grab this by run to Sephora store, not necessarily fly to Singapore :p)

CONS (-)
> Compare to NYX SLMC, you may feel this one's quite pricey (IDR 230ish)
> May not suitable for daily and natural make up. You got to have guts ;)

Pigmenation and easy application. This lip stain steals my heart like never before

Other than that, I think this one is currently my most favorite. I just need to be careful wearing this to office by not putting a heavy eye make up. Should you interested in other colour, try no. 1 (classic red, for retro 60s look) and no. 2 (nude beige, for any-occassion mood).

See you in my next review!


Thursday, August 7, 2014

My 1st Liebster Awards

Hello ladies!

This is my first after-Lebaran post and I am missing this so much after struggling with domestic works and hunting for the new babysitter for my 3 y.o. daughter.

Thanks God everything went well. I am officially back to work today and saw many emails and notifications, no exception a notification from lovely Tori Chu who just nominated me for Liebster Award! Awww, thank you so much dear :)

As you may already knew that Liebster Award is an award to acknowledge and help other blogger with less than 200 followers to gain a larger following and network with other bloggers. It's a typical of chain blog award passed around the blogging community to know each other in a very sweet and fun way.

After being nominated,I should:
  • Answer 11 questions from Tori
  • Mention 11 random facts about me
  • Nominate other fellow bloggers & post 11 questions for them to answer
  • Let the bloggers know that I have nominated them 

Questions that are given to me:

1.  What is your favorite type of post to write & why?

I am quite judgmental so I always love to post about product review, especially if the product has been raved by other beauty bloggers. I simply can't wait to try those product myself :)

2.  What is one lesson you’ve learned since started your blog?

My knowledge about make up has been significantly increased. Other fun experience is to get to know some beauty gurus, make up expert and expand my network with other lovely bloggers.

3.  Who inspires you the most?

I don't have any in particular, but even simple things could inspire me. From a nice decorated rooms to the close up picture of Kim Kardashian. A moment after I was so curious how to contour my face like hers.

4.  What’s the story behind your blog name?

My blog's name is Gleaming Diamante. I love anything sparkle, from diamond to fireworks. And Diamante in Spanish means Diamond, while my original name, Intan, also means Diamond in Bahasa Indonesia.

5.  Korean or Japanese cosmetics?

I prefer Korean because Japanese cosmetics are generally more expensive. Above all, I am a big fan of US cosmetics because I am more comfortable with their color selections and range, because I am not granted with fair and yellowish skin like Korean and Japanese.

6.  Ulzzang or gyaru make up?  

To be honest, I don't understand both, haha. But thanks to Mr. Google, now I can answer this :) I prefer ulzzang because i like to wear natural make up, though, I still rely on foundation instead of BB Cream :)

7.  What is your most favorite K-drama / J-drama? why?

Sorry for being somewhat old, but my first (and only) crush of J-Drama was Tokyo Love Story (it was premiered in 1995, have you even born yet that year?) broadcasted by Indosiar when I was still in elementary school. I don't like K-drama at all, sorry.

8.  If you should travel to somewhere and only one beauty product to bring along with you, what  beauty product will you bring?

My high end foundation, like Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Foundation. It does everything that my face needs :)

9. If you could meet anyone in the world who would it be?

At the moment, President Barack Obama. I would demand him to take action and stop the violence in Gaza.

10.  What are three things you cannot live without?

My make up bag, my handphone and wallet.

11. Who is your special person after your parent?

My only daughter and my husband. I breathe and live for them :)

Random fact of me:
  1. A chocolate addict. Once I pop, I can't stop.
  2. I am a true Aquarian, with contrasting personalities. Beware because I am just too unpredictable, yet it could be surprising and exciting :)
  3. I am 29,5 years old. For bloggers who think I am 21, you are totally wrong :p
  4. I loooove traveling, both as indulgence-seeker and backpacker, but flying still swing my nerves.
  5. I weigh 66 kgs (and still couldn't find a way to lose some), but I swear to God, I was only 50 kgs ten years ago. Marriage and kid have brought me so much joy and fat :D
  6. I can't help to ignore a muted shade of matte lipstick. I feel like 'muted' is my middle name.
  7. Even though I have a pretty good amount of confidence, I am not confident enough to wear bright colors of make up.
  8. I was an academic achiever back then but thanks God I never be a geek. My life has been completely balanced between study, work and fun.
  9. I have been working in 11 different places during 8 years of professional profit and non-profit work. Good or bad? ;)
  10. I love coffee so much. Either as cappuccino, black coffee, mocha, or even in the form of ice cream and body scrub. It smells heavenly.
  11. My most favorite beauty item is Make Up Forever Aqua Rouge in #4 Chestnut. I feel like, it is designed for my lips. My lips never been better :*

Blogs that I nominated:
  1. Aldila Septia (http://allseebee.blogspot.com/)
  2. Penina Yuliana (http://peninayuliana.blogspot.com/)
  3. Sabine Lyla (http://lyl-s.blogspot.com/)
  4. Yuni Usmanda (http://yuniusmanda.blogspot.com/)
  5. Clara Novita (http://www.thepeachbeauty.com/)
  6. Sakura Lisa (http://sakuralisha.blogspot.com)
  7. Vanii Lim (http://knitteddiary.com/)
  8. Felicia Indah Putri (http://theliciouzcorner.blogspot.com/)
  9. Lucy Liu (http://lucyyliu.blogspot.com/)
  10. Lexa (http://imlexa.blogspot.com/)
  11. Sylviana Saputri (http://sparksofdiamond.blogspot.com/)

My Questions:

1.  What is your beauty philosophy?

2.  Which one is your favorite: US brands, Korean products or Japanese?

3.  Who is your favorite actress and why?

4. If you are traveling to the beach and can only bring 1 piece of make up, which item will you pick to accompany you; an Etude BB cream, the Balm's Betty-Lou bronzer, or the Revlon's chubby stick? Explain why.

5.  If you have opportunity to be a professional make up artist, who will be your first customer?

6. What is your favorite soft lenses color?

7. Travel to USA for three days, or a full 10 days in South East Asia?

8. What is your biggest lifetime achievement?

9. What is the most desired quality from a spouse/partner/boyfriend? Explain why.

10. Does money matter more than love?

11. If you are granted with US$ 100,000, what will you do?

And, before it's way too late, I am also posting a family picture from Lebaran last week :) Mind my bad-hair-day. ~xoxo~

Selamat Idul Fitri 1435 H. Mohon maaf lahir batin :)