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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Summer Glow Getter

With summer all around us, it’s time for glowy and fuss-free makeup look. Perky colors like coral and orange are replacing the muted rose and dolly red. Mattifying blush is swapped with bronzer for sun-kissed skin or shimmery blush for glowing cheeks. Everyone have different ways of getting that glow.

I have oily skin, so I need my primer to be strong enough to deliver that glow from under my mattifying foundation. My pick falls for Paul & Joe Foundation Protecting Primer. It wasn’t something I thought would work well on my skin, but I’m glad I bit the bullet and go with it. It performs better than Max Factor’s in term of brightening my face, as well as making my skin look alive and helps foundation to stay.

For the cheeks, I’ve been loving The Saem’s Orange blush. It looks intimidating on photo while in person, the corally orange translates beautifully into my skin. The pigmentation allows this blush to be buildable so I won’t end up with bright orange cheek. It lasts longer on my skin than I expected, a truly pleasant surprise.

I already went on and on about Burberry Gold Pearl before, a year later, my love is yet to wither. This eyeshadow works amazing as highlighter. The buttery formulation allows this to impart beautiful glow on the cheekbones without looking too chunky like some eyeshadow tends to do when used as highlighter. The gold color also compliments my medium tan skin really well.

What are your favorite glow getter products?
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Saturday, June 24, 2017

5 Jill Stuart Favorites

5 Jill Stuart Favorites

As a brand that often get mention in this blog, of course Jill Stuart deserves another exclusive post. I admit that Jill Stuart product can be a hit or miss on me, despite how much I love them. But once they ticked the boxes, they’re too amazing not to be talked about. Here are 5 favorites of mine.

Nail Polishes; I’ve talked about their nail polishes here. Not only beautifully-made bottles, they also come with beautiful formula. I rarely have problem with neither applying nor removing except for some that came with glitters. They wear beautifully for 3~5 days without chipping. The shades range is more on romantic side with many pinks and nudes, it goes well with their brand identity; something romantic and timeless.

Hand cream; some people might find it marmite but hand cream is something that is actually difficult to get right. Some only have the scent without having moisturizing quality, or it’s hydrating but too sticky. Jill Stuart got it right in every sense; consistency, hydrating and moisturizing, also the heavenly scent. There’s a reason why this is my mom’s favorite.

Blush; it’d be weird to talk about Jill Stuart but not about their blush, it’s equivalent to talk about MAC but not about their lipstick, seeing as it’s their best-selling product. You’d think they’ll turn sheer on my medium-tan skin, but they’re actually quiet vibrant. The medium pigmentation makes it buildable so it’s impossible you can go wrong with it. It also gives your cheeks nice and healthy radiance with their micro-shimmer, I have large pores, but I never have issue with it.

Lip Balm; like hand cream, it sounds simple but finding ‘the one’ for you is not an easy task. I can say this is the best lip balm I’ve ever used. It’s thick but absorbs into lips quickly, giving my lips sheen, moisture, plus a hint of color. It also tastes and smells delicious, as I don’t have problem with fragrance in product, it’s pleasant, but if you have, this might not be the one for you.

Mouse Brow Mascara; I recently talked about this in my 1st impression post. This quickly rose to the top of my favorite brow product! Brow used to be the last of my priority but after this came into my life, filling my brows become such a joy. I love how easily it fills my brow, shape them, and keep them at place at the same time. It doesn’t even take a minute, so hassle free!

Have you tried any of these products?
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Friday, June 16, 2017

1st Impressions

Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Moisturizer; I started using this one in hope this could prevent my acnes from forming at all. After a month of usage, I found out that this broke me out. Quick search in internet told me that many people experienced purging when using this one on skin with dirty pores. Needless to say, I laid this down for the time being until my break out is completely taken care of, I still have a couple of acne scars left on my cheeks and chin.

Laneige Water Bank Gel Eye Cream; believe it or not, this is the first time I use proper eye cream in my routine. It has the signature Laneige scent that I personally find pleasant, and feels cooling on the skin. The gel absorbs quiet fast, doesn’t leave my skin sticky either. As for the effect, I know eye cream is something that will show effect with long-term usage, so I cannot say much for now. But I think it helps since even with my constant lack of sleep, I never really look dead with horrible dark circle in the morning.
Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner; like any other toner with ‘clay’ , this toner is dedicated for oily skin. While I do not feel any uh-mazing effect from this toner (since this is toner and many people find it to be a marmite product), I definitely like this more than the previous one I’m using from Kiehl’s. This feels refreshing and cleaning at the same time, something that I’m looking from a toner. Plus, it helps removing some dirt residue from my skin.

UD All Nigher Makeup Setting Spray; I think I don’t need to say much about this highly coveted setting spray; I love it! I understand why people is all over this product, it truly makes difference.

Paul & Joe Protecting Foundation Primer; first of all, I really didn’t expect I’d love this primer so much. I thought this won’t work that well on my oily skin, but how wrong I was. I think there’s never a day when I skip this primer, even when I’m not wearing foundation. This has a very slight tint to it that helps hiding redness and some blemishes, while giving an instant perk up to my skin at the same time. It has heavenly scent as well, so applying this on my skin in the morning (dead 4 AM in the morning) becomes such a joy.

Jill Stuart Mouse Brow Mascara; as a brow noob who had recently overplucked my brow and ended up with uneven brow; THISIS LIFESAVER! It’s amazing how quickly this one fills my brow and makes it stay in place afterward, doesn’t slip even with excessive sweats and washing. Jill Stuart definitely nailed this one!
The Saem Single Blusher OR1; for something that I picked up in a whim, I’m truly surprised with how good this blusher is. It’s not overly pigmented so it can be build up (something I love from a blusher), and it lasts considerably long. The only downside is it’s so powdery so I need to properly tap the brush AND the container after use or I’d end up with messiness everywhere.

The Same Matte Shadow RD1; now, this is the star of the show. I picked up this one when I was looking for the ‘right’ shade of red, and like the blusher, I didn’t have that much expectation toward this dainty little thing. Up until now, it still blows me away with how pigmented and long-wearing it is, for a matte shadow, it definitely isn’t chalky at all, plus it blends like a dream, and did I mention it stays forever without smudging nor creasing? It does better job on my oily lids than TooFaced even. I still have the urge to visit The Saem counter and picked up another color, but for now, this red one will do.

Have you tried any of these products?
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Friday, June 9, 2017

Hello, how are You?

It’s been roughly a month and some more since my last blog post, from blogging at all. “Life happened”, it’s cliché, but it’s true. April definitely took turn for the worse and I can say I was facing – I still am – one of the toughest moments in my life. It definitely wasn’t easy, I’m constantly faced with moment when I question myself and everything around me, there are many times I want to stop, but I’m in a position that disabled me to.

The fact is, I didn’t completely distract myself from the internet. Rather, they’re the only place where I can find solace. In the short time between 21 and 24, those three hours were the only time when I felt free. There were amazing people who made me think all these struggles will be worth it in the end, there are people who told me “just a little bit more, at least see until it ends”, and it’s really the only thing that keeps me going, as shallow as it is.

I have not stopped writing either, I mentioned a couple of times that I had an outlet for my creative writing somewhere in the internet and last month, I managed to finish quiet a big project. They took most of my attention outside work, and thus my blog had to be sacrificed. I just had to choose between that or this little space of mine, and that one won.

I feel incredibly sorry to my blog and people who happened to frequent here during my absence, to be honest, I’m not sure if I can return to my original Tuesday-Friday schedule anytime soon. But, I think I want to start little by little, starting with this post. Hello, how are you? I hope you’re doing fine and will continue being one.
Until next time!
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

New Skincare & Makeup Buys in April

New Skincare & Makeup Buys in April
New Skincare & Makeup Buys in April
April starts with some purchases; of things that have been sitting on my wishlist and things that I bought out of necessities. It left quiet a dent in my bank account but considering 3 of them are something that I will get sooner and later, and I was presented with chance to buy them with lower prices, I regret none of it.

Laneige Essential Balancing Emulsion; this is the new version of my holy grail moisturizer that I've mentioned in my latest empty post. It's simply impossible for me to  live without it at the moment with how many acne scars I have, I need to get rid of them fast and I don't feel like going in another trial-error with new products just for the sake of trying new product.

Laneige Essential Power Skin Refiner Light; is the toner from the same series with the moisturizer. This has been sitting on the back of my wishlist for so long, but for some reason, they're always out of stock in my country. My aunt went to Korea two weeks ago, and I managed to get my hand on this thanks to her help, it costed less than if I bought it locally, so I couldn't resist.

Laneige Clear C Peeling Mask; another thing in my wishlist is this peeling mask. I heard great things about Clear C range and its ability to bring brightness back to the skin. Out of all products they have in range, this peeling mask interests me the most. I haven't tried any peeling products before, so I thought I'd give this a chance. It has strawberry seeds that's supposed to help removing dead skin cells easily without being too abrasive.

Zoeva Caramel Melange Palette; I've been lusting over this palette for so long since it's release but they're always out of stock. When they're back online, I didn't think and just went straight to purchase it. This palette consist of 10 colors with equal amount of matte, shimmer. I can tell that Liquid Center is gonna be my favorite color.
New Skincare & Makeup Buys in April
New Skincare & Makeup Buys in April
Have you tried any of these products?
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Friday, April 14, 2017

April Makeup Menu

We're back with another installment of monthly makeup menu. April is gonna be a busy month for me and as much as I want to keep everything simple, I want to add pop of pink on to liven up my ashen complexion (hello, insomnia and sleepless night) and brighten up my mood.

The good coverage base; starting with foundation from Bobbi Brown which is the heaviest coverage base I have at the moment. This foundation feels incredibly lightweight and undetectable on the skin, it evens up my skin tone as well. The constant lack of sleep has me going back to Creamy Concealer from the same brand, nothing covers them better than this little pot of peachy-toned concleaer.

After patting Maybelline Fit Me powder to lock the base, I apply deliberate amount of Jill Stuart blush on the cheeks and swipe Burberry eye color in gold pearl along my cheekbones to further perk up my complexion.

Pink on The Eyes; on contrary to last month, I'm being creative with my eye makeup my incorporating some pink & red on the lids. Jill Stuart quad has this stunning pink with finely mild shimmer that's surprisingly pigmented. I pair it up with the chocolates from the same quad, but when I feel daring, I pulled out The Saem red eyeshadow for a touch of stark red on the outer corner.

Little Details; my love affair with eyeliner continues, especially after I bought one from local brand PAC. This black eyeliner is really easy to apply with its fine nib, but my only gripe is that this takes longer to dry. Jill Stuart brow mascara has been my go to eyebrow product lately after I run out of my Bobbi Brown's one. The formula is on the wet side, but it shapes my eyebrows lately with minimum effort. On the lips, I want to keep it simple with swipe of pink lip pencil under whatever choice of lipstick I make that day.
What is your recent makeup menu?
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

High End Skincare Wishlist

High End Skincare wishlist.
High End Skincare wishlist.
Stepping up my skincare game was my beauty goal in 2016. Now I've found the one formula that's perfect for my blemish-prone, oily skin, I feel like venturing into different brands and different types of skincare. There're so many lovely brands mentioned in my favorite blogs, and here a couple that have intrigued me most. Many of them are facial oils, because they do wonder in working through skins to improve its condition plus adding extra moisture and glow.

Do you have any high end skincare wishlist?
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Friday, April 7, 2017

Product Empties #03

Recent product empties
Kiehl’s ultra facial oil free toner | no repurchase; I love Kiehl’s, I really do. I had high expectation when I bought but this toner didn’t do anything special. It doesn’t mean this is bad toner per se; it was fine but nothing spectacular and didn’t give me that refreshing feeling that I love to feel whenever I’m whipping my face with well-toned cotton pads.

The Body Shop British Rose Shower Gel | Repurchase; oh, I love this shower gel. It smells a lot better than TBS’ previous atlas rose shower gel; lighter and uplifting, also it makes my skin silky soft afterward, definitely repurchasing this.

Majolica Majorca Lash Aesthetic mascara | Maybe repurchase; as an avid Majolica Majorca fan, their mascara will always have special place in my heart. It thickens as well as elongates my short lases, it’s waterproof and easy to remove as well. Definitely ticked the boxes to be favorite mascara.

Shiseido Perfect Whip | REPURCHASE; I think I’ve mentioned this cleanser a hundred of times already, so I’ll just summarize it as the best cleanser ever existed in the planet. I think this is my 8th or maybe even 10th bottle already, I love it that much that I’ve ordered another.

Jill Stuart Fruit & Aroma Mist Refresh Oil Control | No repurchase; this facial mist smells of heavenly fruits, a dash of mint, and Jill Stuart’s signature rose. During hot, sweltering days, this is such a life saver, especially since it also has mattifying effect. If this wasn’t a limited edition product, I’d repurchase it.

Bare Minerals Mineral Veil | No repurchase; this loose powder was very hyped around the time I started blogging, and I think still until today. I just don’t find anything special from this loose powder, even Maybelline Fit me does better job at keeping my makeup from slipping and setting my makeup. Maybe my skin simply didn’t get along with it.

Max Factor Primer | Maybe repurchase; I’ve sung my praise for this primer from heaven and back already. This smoothing primer not only plump up my face and cancels some redness, but also adds a natural glow to my skin, making my makeup application easier without striping it from glow. It’s sad to part with it, but I won’t be repurchasing it for now in trial of other primer.

Beyond Alice in Wonderland Handcream | No repurchase; this lovely almond-scented hand cream is now sitting pretty on my vanity as decoration. As a hand cream, this did pretty well job at keeping my hand smooth, but nothing stellar from moisturizing part.

Laneige White Balance Emulstion Light | Repurchase; I finally relented and bought another bottle of this emulsion. Nothing had helped vanishing my blemish scar as fast as when I combined this with Kiehl’s blemish clearing cream, and with my recent breakout, repurchase of this became an obligation.

What did you think of my recent empties batch?
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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Looking forward in April

Tell me; what are you looking forward to this April?
Tell me; what are you looking forward to this April?
1. Red and pink eyeshadows; I’m ready to pull reddish-pink eyes throughout the month. Though many people avoid putting red on the eyes in fear of looking swollen, with the right color combination with your skin tone, I think you can do a great red eyeshadow look. This one from Denitslava will always be my favorite.

2. Pink manicures; I’ll be adding touch of pinks to my nails as well. My love for Jill Stuart polishes have been well documented in this blog, of course I’m gonna pull them back again this season.

3. Favorite singer’s birthday and new musics; with Jonghyun’s birthday around the corner, I will be dedicating my playlist for him this month. He’s a truly versatile artist that can pull EDM like Moon then tugged my heart string with this heart-wrenching melody of Skeleton Flower.

4. Season greeting’s arrival; as mentioned in previous post, I ordered season greeting from BANANA FISH and it’s supposed to arrive around mid-April, I’m excited already for their stunning photographs! 

5. Eat healthier; I’ve been back to eating salads and skipping huge lunch lately, I need to tone down my night-time bread as well. I’m thinking of skipping white bread with fruits, adding some nuts, and yogurt for milk.

6. Picking up floral scent; I was gifted My Burberry perfume last year but I still haven’t touched it at all. This month, I’ll make more use of this modern take of Burberry’s fragrances.

7. Decorating my room; after the arrival new furniture last month, I’m thinking of upgrading my room. I’ve started from hanging collage strings above my bed, ordering a new chair (white gregor from IKEA), new bedding, and wire board for my table.

8. Reunion with old friend; a lovely, dear friend of mine is finally back to the country. I’m planning to pick her up at airport and spend a couple of days with her, we have so many to catch up with.
Tell me; what are you looking forward to this April?
What are you looking forward to this April?
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Friday, March 31, 2017

Best of March

1. New furniture; me and mom visited IKEA last February and we ordered new furniture. I’ve been pretty much using the same bed and wardrobe since my 2nd year of elementary school, so we figured it’s time for a change. Both of the bed and wardrobe are from Brimnes series. The bed has 4 storages under the bed which I’ve been dreaming since forever, and the wardrobe is smaller than my previous one but I think it’s perfect size so I can always be reminded not to be frivolous with my clothes spending.

2. New friends: I made new friends this March, they’re bunch of lovely peoples that I met through the internet, and I can’t help but feel this is how friendship is made nowadays instead of meeting new people in actual place (or I’m just that hermit and people still do make friends the proper way).

3. Exercise: I start attending gym again regularly this month, 30 minutes of treadmill really helps making my sleep easier and less guilt when I’m consuming some decadent treats from starbucks (their new blueberry cheesecake is heavenly).

4. Season greetings; making calendar purchase at the time of this year is pretty late, but who am I to resist when my favorite photographer released one? Although I’m more into still life photography, BANANA FISH photographs never fail to amaze me so when she announced reprinting of her calendar, I just had to do it.

5. New blush and eyeshadow; adding more to the pink theme that I want to maintain throughout spring, I bought a red eyeshadow and peach colored blusher from Korean brand The Saem. I was surprised with how pigmented and long lasting the eyeshadow is, definitely exceeded my expectation.

What amazing things happened to you this March?
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Think Pink in Spring

There is no better way to welcome the vivacious season than with romantic hues of bright pink and pastel in your makeup routines.
There is no better way to welcome the vivacious season than with romantic hues of bright pink and pastel in your makeup routines.
There is no better way to welcome the vivacious season than with romantic hues of bright pink and pastel in your makeup routines.
Spring is just around the corner with its lush, vibrant of blooms and pale blue sky. There is no better way to welcome the vivacious season than with romantic hues of bright pink and pastel in your makeup routines.

As I’ve mentioned in my March makeup menu, I’ve been helplessly in love with Paul & Joe’s perfecting foundation primer, it gives ethereal glow to my skin and toning down the redness (my skin is currently on purge for acne treatment). After adding base product of choice, a dusting of shimmery pink blush will further freshen up your face with illusion of blooming roses or pink peonies.

I’m taking the pink into my eyes as well. Many stunning pink eyeshadows are available in the market, but my favorite will always be this quad from Jill Stuart. Pop of vibrant candy pink in the center and inner corner, plus fluttery lashes courtesy of Maybelline Lash Sensational makes me look so much more awake.

You cannot have too much pink, they said. Rimmel Kate Moss do incredible red and nude lips, but in pink area, their #05 is an incredibly beautiful true pink lipstick with creamy texture and a touch of glossiness. Lastly, Burberry is bringing spring with a hint of autumn in their My Burberry perfume. With sweet peas and citruses on top, and roses as base notes, this perfume will make liven up your spring day.


What's your favorite spring makeup look?
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Friday, March 24, 2017

25 Photo Props Idea for Blogger

Use these 25 pretty things to spice up your blog photography game.
Use these 25 pretty things to spice up your blog photography game.
Use these 25 pretty things to spice up your blog photography game. Props have become essential in beauty blogging world as much as the products themselves. Props can make lackcluster photo alive, props can make that boring black casings stand out; props can do magic and all things of dreams! Good props can even be the star of picture for stocks. Here are a couple of photo props idea to spice up you blogging photography game.

1. Notepads & notebooks 2. Journal 3. Stationeries like colorful pens or rose gold 4. Hair pins 5. Colorful sequins 6. Tinsels 7.Ribbons 8.Nicely wrapped gift box 9.Plates/dishes 10.Coasters 11.Makeup brushes 12.Empty candle jar 13.Candle jar 14.Rings and bracelets 15.Hair ties 16.Fake flowers 17.Perfume bottle 18.Shopping bag 19.Wire basket 20.Greeting cards 21.Eyelash curler 22.Keychains 23.Purse & wallets 24.Mugs 25.Miniature cakes or sweets


What's your favorite photo props?
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

High End Beauty Wishlist

It's time to indulge ourselves by creating high end beauty wishlist.
It's time to indulge ourselves by creating high end beauty wishlist.
It's time to indulge ourselves by creating high end beauty wishlist.
I’m back to that phase of watching too many youtube videos which resulted in craving for high end beauty products (particularly these two from Fleur de Force and Alix of I Covet thee). Since I just had a major huge splurge (that would be revealed later this month), I cannot buy any of these soon, but here are high end beauty products that I wish I could afford somewhere later this year.

Burberry; regular reader must be familiar enough with my love for Burberry. It’s a brand that I universally love across all lines, and their beauty lines included. I’ve only tried a small number of them but each of them are so dear to me. This year I’m thinking of getting either their blush in cameo or their fluid glow in gold.

NARS; even though Nars is notorious for their blushes, I find myself drawn more to their eye products, particularly their duo in Isolde and eyeshadow primers, both are influenced by lovely Sally of The Makeup Directory, for I heard they perform incredibly well on oily lids.

It's time to indulge ourselves by creating high end beauty wishlist.
Charlotte Tilbury; after changing my opinion of them, I’m willing to give CT a little more love. Their eyeshadow quad has always been the talk of town, vintage vamp captivated my heart the most with their burgundy tones and glittery golds.

Urban Decay; UD just become available locally last year so they become more accessible, which means I can sample them first before trying. The naked concealer and beach bronzer are already in my wishlist since 2016, I’m just waiting for the right moment to get them.

Jo Malone; is perfume considered a beauty product? I hope it is. Recently I just became smitten with Jo Malone’s Wood sage and sea salt cologne. It’s not the scent that I thought I’d love, but I was pleasantly surprised with how much I adore it.


 Do you have any high end makeup wishlist?
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