Monday, 28 July 2014

Tarte Cheek Stain Flush

I received this mini version of Tarte cheek stain in Flush from my Sephora Beauty insider point. I have never tried any cheek stain from Tarte before but I have their Amazonian clay blush and love it!

The cheek stain comes in a very cute tiny chubby cylinder packaging. I love the fact that it comes in a retractable stick, very easy to apply. The color I got was Flush, a deep plum-berry shade that looked rather scary on the tube but fortunately appeared sheer on the cheeks. It blended effortlessly. I usually swipe it on the cheeks and blend it using Real Techniques Stippling Brush. It had rather slippery texture, not creamy but very lightweight. The pigmentation was build able and didn't apply chalky on the cheeks. It gave a very nice dewy and fresh flushed, though people with very oily skin might find it too greasy. It might look a bit shiny as well, which could be too much in warm summer days, but I can imagine it will look gorgeous in colder months!
Contrary to the name, I don't think this is qualified to be called a cheek stain as it didn't stain my cheeks. The consistency is slippery and at some points, it set and didn't move around, but it didn't stain my cheeks. The longevity was rather poor but it is convenient to carry around or reapply so it is not a huge deal for me. I'd rather have it as it is though, as I don't like anything that stain ( yes, not a fan of those Benefit Tints ). 
Oh it is strongly scented, something floral but I don't mind the scent. 

Overall, a nice decent product from Tarte, very convenient and easy to apply, perfect in every make up bag :-)


Friday, 25 July 2014


I remember I once bought one lip crayon from Revlon which everyone loved but I didn't. So when these new range of the lip crayons came out, I was not really excited to give them a try. But when I was in Jakarta, Revlon was everywhere and also pretty cheap compare to the price in Europe so after some swatches I bought 3 shades from the range.

I picked up 2 matte and 1 glossy/balmy shades. They all had minty scent and a little tingling sensation when applied. The balmy shade ; Tease wass a sheer orange. It had balmy texture and very comfortable on the lips. I love it! It didn't dry up my lips and quite hydrating. It applied smoothly on the lips and gave my lips a bit of plumping effect. The staying power was 2-3 hour, which is okay for a lipstick with balmy formula. 
The 2 matte shades were Sultry and Standout. Sultry was a muted berry shade, I love it! It was matte, and the color was just perfect against my complexion I'd say. It was not too nude or too peach, which was not easy for matte lipsticks because mostly they're either nude, red or bright pink. 
Standout was a deep strawberry red. It was also a very flattering shade. Both the matte shades felt creamy, velvety and smooth when applied. They were all not drying and didn't accentuate the lip lines. The longevity however was not very long for matte lipsticks because they were also very creamy. The deeper shade ; Standout stayed on longer than Sultry. 

I am overall very happy with these lippies. They do their jobs very well and they are affordable as well. I am eyeing other shades now ^^

Have you tried anything from this range? which color is your favorite?

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Diffused Light

Yes, finally this very hyped powder is mine. Thanks to Sephora US that now ships to Germany, I can buy some products that were not available in Germany before.
I was not sure which shade to order, but after some researches on the internet, I decided to get Diffused Light because I really want a finishing powder, not a highlighter or a bronzer ( that's why I didn't get the palette ).

direct sunlight

artificial light

Well to be honest, I don't really know where to begin.. I bought this powder 100% out of curiosity. I have heard and read so many positive reviews, yet I also read some not so positive review of the Ambient Lighting Powder series in general ( e.g from Sleepandwater and lovely Karima ) so I did anticipate it to be something out of my expectation. I was skeptical anyway since a lot of people say that it illuminates the skin and somewhat 'highlighting' which I am not a fan of. As much as I love how highlighters look on other people, I just don't like how they look on me. I have tried Benefit high beam, The Balm Marylouminizer, NARS Albatros, etc etc but none of them that I liked. I found that highlighters tend to enhance my pores.
Diffused Light - unfortunately didn't perform like I wanted it to be. It could be me who misinterpreted the main purpose of this powder, but seriously I just couldn't get myself to like it. The powder set my foundation BUT it accentuated my pores and looked cakey and heavy on my skin no matter how little or light handed I applied the product. I tried any possible methods to apply it but none really worked out the way I wanted to. The only way  that I liked was to apply it to set my under eye concealer and apply it on the upper cheek bones as a 'satin  finish highlighter'. But I mean, I could get away without it on my daily make up routine. I didn't get it that people claimed it to blur out any lines, pores and imperfections, because what it did to me was to enhance all those things I prefer not to be visible. It looked the worst under direct sun light, it looked like my face is a dimmed disco ball and since it is now summer here and we get sun light until 10 pm , this powder is not the best candidate to set my foundation.
Aside of my personal preference, this powder is no doubt a good product. It has good pigmentation, nice smooth and soft texture and finely milled. The packaging is sturdy and well made despite of the finger print crazy surface, I  quite like the packaging.

PS  ; I was surprised to see how nice it ended up looking in photos, because they certainly didn’t feel that way when worn..

Have you tried any of this powder from Hourglass?

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion

I am a fan of Laneige waterbank skin care series and was so excited to see Laneige being widely available in Jakarta and singapore. I got some stuffs from Laneige during my recent holiday trip and this snow BB cushion was one of them.

I have never tried any cushion foundation before and was never really interested.. but the lameige SA was wearing this BB cushion and her skin was soooo flawless and dewy, very nice indeed. So I asked her what was she wearing as base and she showed me this BB Cushion.. So there it went to my shopping cart.
The Laneige snow BB cushion comes with a 15ml refill. So you get in total 30ml of product, each cushion has 15ml. It comes in a nice sturdy white case. I love how they have a separator for the sponge so the sponge will not always be in contact with the product. I surprisingly really like the sponge. It is not like usual sponge you get with your powder, this one has actually a very nice material that makes applying the foundation easier and smooth. Laneige doesn't sell the sponge separately, but you get a new sponge for every refill you buy.
My shade is 13, the lightest shade they have. It is a bit ashy but after few minutes , it starts to set and doesn't look ashy anymore. I love how it really brightens up my whole complexion.
The foundation has light to medium coverage. It feels lightweight on the skin and is buildable. I usually put 2 layers to achieve the coverage I need, but this foundation doesn't end up looking cakey on my face. It covers up my rednesses and doesn't set into dry patches or clog pores.
It provides a very dewy finish, so if you have oily skin, you might want to give it a try first. During my holiday in Indonesia and Singapore, this was the only foundation I wore. It was always min.30'C there and also very humid, but this foundation performed very well. Despite of the dewy finish, it had a pretty good oil control. I didn't set this foundation with powder as I think the beauty of it is the finish.
The staying power was also very good. I didn't need to touch up very often, only occasionally blotting, and to consider the very warm and humid weather there, this performed really really well.

I also received so many compliments using this foundation. My mom and my aunt even bought this foundation directly when they saw me wearing it. And both of them were a huge fan of Revlon two way cake foundation since I don't know when,lol. But now they converted to this BB Cushion.

This foundation retails for Rp 430.000 or ca.€25 / 30 ml

Have you tried any cushion foundation?

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Paul & Joe Pressed Powder UV

I am always a fan of Paul&Joe beauty line as they always have the cutest packaging and also excellent quality. I recently bought a face powder from the brand with a very beautiful packaging, and I have to admit I got it because of the packaging and  didn't really do a some research beforehand.
So I was disappointed to see that the powder has some glitter particles.

The packaging, as you can see is very beautiful. I love tiger and I don't like cats ( I never find cats cute. lol ) so It annoys me that Paul&Joe often releases cats theme packaging ( well I know that tigers are basically giant cats. hahaha ), so when I saw the tiger, I just couldn't resist.
The powder itself has some micro glitter particles. The glitters are easily spotted on the pan as you can see on the picture. Though when it is applied, the glitters are not really visible to be honest and it gives a subtle glow to the face but still there are few glitters to be seen on the face which I am not a fan of.
Despite of the glitters, the powder has very soft and smooth texture. The powder is finely milled and not dusty/powdery. It works well to set the foundation if I could ignore the glitters. The powder is also mildly scented with Paul&Joe trademark scent which I find very nice.

The glitters annoy me so much and It is sold as pressed UV Powder not a highlighter so I don't really get it why they put glitters on it. The powder alone is a very nice one. It provides a flawless finish without looking cakey or too much.
I am now using the powder as body powder for the decolette and arms because it is just too pretty to toss away.