Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Lancome Vernis in Love

I used to think that high end nail polishes are waste of money, but after some impressive encounters with Dior and YSL nail polishes, I no longer do. Sure, there are some high end nail polishes that just don't do for me ( e.g. Chanel and Tom Ford ), but there are some that are really worth the money, and the Lancome Vernis in Love range is one of them.

I recently picked up 3 shades from the Vernis in Love nail polish range from Lancome. I have had one red shade from the range in my collection and I love it so much. That's why I decided to pick up these 3 shades ^^

Lancome nail polishes don't have names, only number which makes it very difficult to remember. But asides of the annoying number name, there isn't anything I don't like from them.
The polishes come in a small sleek glass bottle with a small Lancome rose printed on the right top corner. I love the small and sleek packaging as they don't take much storage and look high end yet remain simple. It has wide flat brush similar to the brushes from Dior and YSL and Essie which the kind of brush I love the most. It makes the application easier and even ( I am not a fan of thin narrow brushes like the Chanel's or Tom Ford's). 

  • 350M - is a warm peachy dusty rose shade which is my favorite shade out of the 3. 
  • 105M - is a bright coral shade which is warm enough for my liking and doesn't end up looking neon like Essie Tart Deco for example which I am not a fan of.
  • 250N - is a taupe shade with a both of blue hint to it.
The polishes apply very smooth and they are not streaky. The pigmentation is great and you can get away with only 1 coat ( I always apply 2 anyway ). They all have creamy - glossy finish which I really like as I am not really a fan of matte finish. The longevity is great, I usually get a week of wear with a good top coat.

What is your favorite high end nail polishes? 

Sunday, 14 December 2014

ZA Skin Beauty Liquid Foundation

This is one long overdue post. I have taken the picts since almost one year ago when I bought it during my last holiday to Jakarta, but haven't got a lot of use of the foundation, that's why I kept on postponing this post. But lately I have tried the foundation for a good 2-3 weeks and now ready to gather some thoughts.

The foundation belongs to the same range as my now HG concealer from ZA. It is enriched with vitamin E, minerals and hyaluronic acid as much as in a bottle of essence ( according to the packaging ), so yeah it is quite a claim there.
The packaging is very simple and nothing fancy but it is functional and for the price ( around 8€ ) I have no problem with it. 

The foundation has runny - liquid consistency. I actually appreciate the nozzle there so it keeps the foundation from being messy. The shade I picked up was #21 which according to the BA, was a perfect match for the #1 concealer I have. The color is indeed a good match for me, if not a little little bit too light. But since it is now winter, I can deal with it. 
The foundation applies smoothly and seamlessly thanks to its lightweight and almost watery texture. The coverage is pretty good surprisingly, I'd say a solid medium finish. It evens out my complexion and covers my rednesses on the cheek area. The coverage is not enough to cover my under eye area and some blemishes but overall, it provides a good base for my face.

The problem here is that the over dewy finish. Even in winter, I feel like the finish is bordering greasy rather than dewy / glowing especially on my T-zone area. Powder may help but only for good 2-3 hour before it gets shiny again. I can imagine it works very well for people with dry skin though. Or for some of you who really like ultra dewy finish trend ( like all the korean stars ). Due to the greasiness, the staying power is rather average. I need to touch up after ca. 4 hour.

Overall, unfortunately not a good foundation for my combination skin but if you have dry skin, I think you might want to give this one a try.

Have you tried anything from ZA Cosmetics?

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

New In

Do you have some beauty items you have bought, planned to do a whole post about it, but ended up not having the mood to write a full post about it? It doesn't have to be that the particular product is bad or not good enough, but mainly because we are just too lazy? :P
So, these 4 items belong to the category. 

Rouge Bunny Rouge Lipstick

Lancome Glitter Eye Shadow

Dior Rouge Baume Lipstick

Rouge Bunny Rouge Lipstick in Whim of Mine  - I managed to get this from local blog sale, still new in original packaging for only €8! I believe the original price is around €25? So it was a total steal. The lipstick itself is great. The packaging is very nice, weighty and well made. The color is a peachy brown nude which is flattering for my complexion. It is the kind of nude you can wear without having to worry about looking too pale / washed out. The texture is nice creamy but not waxy or slippery. It doesn't dry up my lips at all and the staying power is relatively good. I love it!

Dior Rouge Baume Lipstick in 660 Coquette - I had high expectation on this one. Dior advertised this as a hydrating lip balm formulated with lipstick pigment, definitely sounds right up my alley don't you think? And it does perform very well up to that point. The lipstick is very emollient but not wet / slippery , and applies very smoothly like lip balm. The color is nice and well pigmented, not too sheer for the balmy texture. The problem is, it peels off my lips so bad. My lips get chapped and peeled every time I wear this lipstick which is such a bummer especially for the €34,99 price tag.. 

Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Vixen - Well, this is such a disappointing product from Tom Ford. I bought this because I really liked how the color looked from the bottle and I thought it would make such a nice shade for winter. I was in a hurry so I didn't swatch it at the counter and just blindly bought it. Upon application, OMG the formula was so streaky, and thin and the brush just didn't work right.. It has long and thin kind of brush like Chanel does. I needed 3-4 layers to achieve the coverage like the picture above. I don't know whether it is the same case with all TF nail polishes, but for the price, it is just such a waste :/

Lancome Ombre Magnetique Eye shadow in Cherry Cherie - I also managed to get it from a local blog sale for only 8€. I expected it to be similar to the Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill or L'oreal Infaillilble Eye shadows, and yes it is similar. But the Lancome one is more on the dry side. It is not as smooth as the L'oreal one and fallout game is big here. The color payoff is intense though, but it applies a bit patchy. It needs to be layered and it doesn't blend easily. So I usually apply it wet to make it less dry, and also to make it more opaque. I think it is more suitable for a "top coat" instead of base. It looks pretty over a purple or black base and best to be applied by tapping instead of swiping motion.

So, that was my recent purchases that didn't make it to a whole post. What is your recent purchase? and how is your November so far? November is for me, a month that never feels like it is there. It is a month I usually total ignore and want it just to move out of the way soon and make a room for December and christmas!! :D
I am now in total christmas mood and have been spending my time looking for christmas gifts or cleaning out my apartment and decorating it with christmas deco ( my boyfriend doesn't really enjoy the huge christmas bow on our bathroom door :p ). Though I actually need to start learning for the exam in February ;(( But, anyway Christmas comes first xD


Friday, 5 December 2014

The One Click Gloss

My relationship with Chanel beauty line has always been so-so. As much as I love how they look, all products I've tried so far, failed to really impress me. The new one click lip gloss from Chanel has been receiving a lot of positive reviews, and the packaging is just beautiful.. I had a gift card to use so with the help of some swatches from the internet, I decided to order theses 2 shades. 

First, let's talk about the one click packaging. Isn't it so tech savvy? I like how sleek and chic looking the tube is. The one click mechanism is rather gimmicky to be honest, but nice to have. The packaging is just very Chanel and luxurious. But, the opaque black tube won't let us know how much gloss left inside, which is a bit suck. It comes with doe foot applicator which is optimal for lip gloss imo.

The shades I picked up were Affriolant and Distinction. Affriolant is a famous shade because it is a shade that will suit a lot of people and it will be great for everyday wear. It is a bright - true coral shade. Distinction is a warm red grape shade. I wanted to try 2 very different shades so I can tell whether the formula is consistent. Judging from the shade only, I prefer Distinction more as Affriolant appears to be a tad 'too coral' for me. I expected it to be warmer but it is sadly a bit too cool toned for my liking. But as it can be applied sheer, it doesn't bother me much.

Formula wise, I must say that I am not a fan. I find them both difficult to apply. They don't apply evenly and have tendency to set into lip lines. The consistency is good. It is not too thin or too thin and it is a bit sticky which I don't mind. But their tendency to set into lip lines and lip edges annoy me so much. They also apply rather patchy and not very friendly with my chapped lips in winter.
A lot of people compare this to the Lancome lip lovers but I must say, I prefer the Lancome one much much better. The chanel ones are just too uneven. The pigmentation is good though, better than I expected from a lip gloss, but I think that is also why they apply patchy. Affriolant is more pigmented than Distinction and I prefer Distinction better because the sheerness makes it more forgivable. One good thing, they are pretty hydrating on the lips and feel comfortable. I also do not notice any scent.

At 32,99€ each, I think they need to be excellent. Unfortunately they are rather average.

Have you tried this new line of lip gloss from Chanel?

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

The Beauty Blogger TAG

Sharlynn from Theblackmentosbeauty blog tagged me to do this tag. I am sitting in my train on the way back home from uni now, so let's do this tag :D

Getting to know you!

3 random facts :
  1. I am a truly bookworm. I love reading a lot and when I am constantly reading on my kindle. I was a true paperback fan until my boyfriend gifted me a kindle. Now I am 100% converted and will gladly tell you 100000000 advantages of kindle against paperback ( don't worry I will not! xD ).
  2. I am not the most talented baker, but I love to bake. I think baking is very relaxing and therapeutic in a way. 
  3. When I was a kid, I always want to work as a cashier. You know the scanner thing? Holly cow, I would give anything as a kid to be able to use that scanner thing, so satisfying, you know! Well, as now I am working part time in a boutique, I do the cashier job as well and believe it or not, the scanner thing is really fun. I do scan random things when I am bored. lol.
What country do you live in?
  • I originally come from Jakarta - Indonesia but have been living in Berlin - Germany since January 2010 to pursue my bachelor degree.
What is the meaning of the name of your blog?
  • Jade is how I would love to name my future daughter if I ever have one ^^ and Jadeinthepalace just came up to me randomly because I used to watch korean drama named Jewel in the palace. I just think the name is catchy. But to be honest, it doesn't have any hidden meaning.

What did you start blogging?
  • My love with make up started long back ago , but it really grew up on me since I live in Berlin-Germany. I didn't have a lot of friends back then the first time I moved here , so reading and commenting on other people's blogs have been my favorite way to spend my free time. As it gave me so much fun, I decided why not make my own blog? I never regret it until now as blogging has given me so much fun and a lot of lovely blogger friends .

Make Up!

If you could live off 1 foundation which one could it be?
What's the most expensive thing you have ever bought?
  • Make up wise, it is the Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation at €74,99 / 30ml.
Which product have you repurchased the most?
  • It must be my Etude House Brow Pencil and EOS lip balms.
Smokey and sexy, girl next door, or bright and bold?
  • I will go with girl next door for everyday and smokey and sexy for special occasion.
Biggest blogger / youtuber inspiration?
  • For bloggers I love Lena from Lenallure, Lena from Sleepandwater, Sharlynn from Theblackmentosbeautybox ( her make up looks are never boring!! ), Karima from Shameless Fripperies and Christine from Temptalia.  
  • For youtubers I love Amelia Liana, Viviannadoesmakeup, Lily Pebbles, Essiebutton, Stylesuzi, and Karima Mckimmie.
Drugstore or high end?
  • I have a mix of both, but I'd have to go with high end. I believe in quality over quantity and based on my encounters with make up so far, the high end department have done better job in general.
Bronzer or blusher?
  • Blusher!


How many times do you wash your face?
  • Once in the evening, otherwise my skin will get too dry. I just use face toner in the morning.
Biggest skin struggle?
  • I am blessed to have not so problematic skin. I remember I used to have one or two acnes during my teenage years but up till now, besides of large pores and redness around my cheeks, I don't really have problems with my skin. 
What's your favorite way to pamper your skin?
  • Mask mask mask! I love to use my Glamglow mud mask, followed by asian sheet masks I always have in stock.
What's your skincare routine?
  • Day time : I use Laneige toner and lotion in the morning, followed by Biore Sunscreen before make up.
  • Night time : I remove my make up using the Garnier water, then followed by TBS cleansing balm - SK II FTE - Origin Ginzinc

Are you confident to go without make up?
  • Well completely bare face, I'd say no. I have to at least fill in my eye brows and apply BB cream or tinted moisturizer. But however, I don't have any problem to go bare face if I just need to throw garbage or go to nearby convenient store.


Favorite hair product?
  • The I Love Juicy shampoo from LUSH is the only shampoo working for my super oily scalp. So it is the only shampoo I have been using for the past 2 years.

First day hair or second hair day?
  • Definitely first hair. I have very oily scalp so I need to wash my hair every single day. I know a lot of people say that I shouldn't because it will make my hair even oilier, but I just can't go outside my house with second day hair. No No No.
How many times have you dyed your hair?
  • Woah countless time! I dyed my hair every once in 30-40 days. My natural hair color is black, and I used to dyed my hair lighter, like mahogany brown. Now I am going darker for winter . My natural hair color is not jet black nor dark brown, it is something in between and the color is just not even, that's why I constantly dye it.

This is my natural hair color

How light it used to be last summer

My current hair color at the moment, very dark brown - almost black


Neutral or brighter colors?

  • I prefer neutral dark color like black or navy or maroon . But I have no problem for brighter colors once in awhile.
Winter or Summer fashion?
  • Definitely winter! Well I love autumn and spring fashion more as winter in Germany means you can't really do fashion. It gets really really cold here so you could careless about fashion really. lol.
Jeans, shorts, skirts or dresses?
  • Anything but no shorts. I don't have the longest legs in the world so I prefer dresses and skirts. Jeans are my daily staple. My favorite is the skinnies from New Look and Uniqlo!

Wow that was a looong tag xD
Thank you Sharlynn for tagging me. It was fun to do, a nice change to regular product reviews. Feel free if you want to do this tag as well!