[Review] Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Treatment Concealer : Medium

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Hey pretties! 😉

When did the first time you notice that you have already some fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes? And when was the first time you found it very disturbing? Well, I felt that lately. When I looked into mirror and noticed my under-eyes area, I was like “OMG…I’m growing old!!!” And I know that these fine lines will get even more and more visible day by day. I never really care about anti-aging products or any concealer for under-eye area before…but now I just can’t live without it! 😦

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This is the very first concealer I bought, it’s Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Treatment Concealer. I bought this online and I chosen the Medium shade cause I think it will suits my skin well, but after this product arrived and gave it a try…pfff, the shade is way too light for my skin, and was like less yellow base color. The first interesting thing  I noticed about this product is the dome-shaped sponge applicator tip. Just spin the red thing (this is the dispenser) under the applicator and the concealer will comes out of the sponge. But you need to be careful, cause the concealer tend to comes out too much! >.<

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Another thing I dislike from this product is that the applicator doesn’t work properly, can’t spread or blend evenly, and the product also comes out more and more and out of our control! Still need a helping hand of concealer brush of course. I also concern about the bacteria that might grow in the applicator sponge since it’s always wet, even the sponge formulated with anti-bacteria. Okay, now let’s jump to the swatch, and let’s see the Goji Berry extract+Haloxyl will really reduce puffiness, dark circle and fine lines, since it has “treatment” formula! 😀

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(Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Treatment Concealer in Medium – heavily swatched)

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( way toooooo light for my skin! :((((((( )

You can see from the picture above that the concealer has matte and powdery finish. It would be perfect for my oily-combination skin I guess if only I choose the right shade. This product also has great staying power, and will lasts for the whole day without creasing, or become cakey. It also reduced my puffiness and conceal dark circle also fine lines.

Pros: matte-finish, long lasting, can reduce puffiness and conceal dark circle.

Cons: pricey!, the applicator is also useless and can’t dispense the product properly. 😦

Okay girls, that’s for today. What’s your current favorite under-eye concealer product? 😀

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[Review] Urban Decay Skull Shadow Box

Hello hello…

I’m back with another eyeshadow review (again??? *sigh*). And this is another preloved item I bought last month. I’m so excited, ’cause this is the very 1st original Urban Decay‘s palette that I bought, I used to have the premium replica of NAKED and NAKED 2 because I was just curious how they look on my skin. This product called Urban Decay Skull Shadow Box, the retail price was about $36 (exclude shipping fee from US), but I bought this as preloved item but still in an excellent condition (barely use/swatch) with only $18. 😀

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 Urban Decay is a well known high end make-up line that already have many best selling palettes and have amazingly super pigmented formula for eyeshadows. The packaging of UD’s palettes also always this gorgeous, and always have touch of purple (except NAKED series). This shadow box came with silver metallic sturdy card box with magnetic closure and has fibery texture on its surface, and embellished with skull decoration in lilac color. I really like the packaging ’cause it’s kind of very modern and edgy. 😉

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 This shadow box contains 9 best selling eyeshadows color from UD, all are glittery and shimmery finish,  and one of them already discontinued. The name of each shadow written below shadows pan but too bad it’s hardly captured by camera. On the 1st row (left to right): Cherry, Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, Grifter. On 2nd row: Vert (discontinued), Oil Slick, Shattered. And on the 3rd row: Blunt, Chopper, Twice Baked. 

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Here’s how it swatched on my hand, as you can see the Midnight Cowboy Rides Again is hardly to swatch and with major flakey glitter problem which I really can’t stand! I may say, this shade I dislike most, ’cause the glitter just fall out everywhere. It’s also happened to Oil Slick, its hardly swatch ’cause the texture is very matte and dry even it doesn’t contain tons of glitter like Midnight Cowboy Rides Again. I have no problem with the rest shadows ’cause they all have buttery texture and showed pretty nice on my skin. Vert and Shattered has a little hint of gold sheen which I really like…and of course all those neutral shades in the 3rd row, Blunt, Chopper, and Twice Baked are very wearable for daily make-up.

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All shades above were swatched without primer, and too bad almost all won’t lasts longer than 1 hour before they’re completely disappear. 😦 They’ll be easily gone even with only a gentle smudge. All of them really need a helping hand of eye base/primer/UDPP for maximum result.

Pros: All best selling colors combination in 1 compact palette, pigmented, love the packaging!

Cons: still need a helping hand of eye primer, some shades contains tons of glitter with major fall out problem.

See ya later folks! 🙂

[Review] Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick #970 Purty Persimmon

Hello pretties!

It’s me again! 😀 Now I’m back with short review about lippy product. It’s Wet n Wild #970 Purty Persimmon. Long time no lipstick review, eh? There’s a story behind why I bought this lipstick. I wanted to try a lipstick from Wet n Wild, ’cause I heard everywhere that this product got good review with affordable price. Actually I wanted to buy the other shade #969 24 Carrot Gold, but was out of stock. But then Google suggested me this shade, which kinda similar but with more intense reddish base.

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 The packaging is really nothing special, but it seems not sturdy and not travel friendly. So let’s just jump about the lippy. This product is a semi-matte lipstick, the texture is in between buttery and kind of dry, but still glides smoothly on my lips. The color also very intense, even just put 1x swap on my lips. It’s dominant with true red base with a little hints of orange. The orange hue almost invisible, if you don’t pay attention, you won’t see the orange hue. I quiet like this shade and the staying power (last 4-5 hours without eat/drink activities) , but I’m not sure I will wear it too often, ’cause the color is too bold for daily make-up, yet I still wanted to own the #969 24 Carrot Gold but mostly sold out everywhere! 😦

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Pros: good quality with affordable price, intense color, good staying power.

Cons: the packaging looks fragile, and the clear cap tend to scratch the lipstick if you’re not carefully put the cap back.

See you girls on the next review! 😀

[Review] MUA Heaven and Earth Eyeshadow Palette

Hey, dolls!

How’s your weekend going? I can’t believe it’s already February, means Valentine’s only 13 days ahead. Many couple will get married this month, means I will have more time to play with my make-up for attending their wedding days! 😀 Today’s review is about another eye shadow palette, and another neutral palette I have. It’s Makeup Academy (MUA) Heaven and Earth Eyeshadow Palette!

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I can’t get enough with neutral palettes, ’cause they’re pretty much wearable daily, in anytime and any occasions. This is why I never regret having more neutral palettes, ’cause I knew I will use them often and won’t left them useless in my train case.  But did you know that finding neutral palettes for tanned Asian skin like mine is kinda tricky? ‘Cause we need warmer shades, with hints of bronze, gold, and warm chocolate, these colors come up pretty nice on my skin. Wearing cool-toned brown, taupe, greyish shade will only made my skin looks dull! 😦 So, I’ll never stop trying to find the right neutral palette for myself.

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The very first time I heard about this brand was when I read some reviews about MUA Undressed and MUA Undressed Me Too that claimed as dupes for Urban Decay NAKED and NAKED2. But I didn’t buy those 2 shades, ’cause I wanted to try something else, but still in a neutral-color range…then I found this palette! From those reviews I also knew that MUA palettes are worth to try, ’cause the price is very cheap (I bought at $10), with those decent  pigmentation. The pan on this palette looks similar with Sleek i-Divine, black, simple, made of plastic, but looks professional, even IMHO, MUA‘s packaging does looks cheaper, not as sturdy as Sleek‘s and came with no card box and mirror. But I still like the packaging though, especially the clear lid that made us easily peek what’s inside the pan. 😉

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Product’s claim: “A beautiful collection of eyeshadows that will enhance your eyes to give the perfect natural look.” Okay, let’s go to the swatches…!! As you can see in the picture bellow, this palette has all shimmery texture, no matte shade included. The colors in the 1st row like pearly white with hint of pink, bronze, copper and gold, are warmer than the 2nd row, that have cooler-toned and deeper taupe-brownish colors. I have a little issue with some shades that hardly to swatch and the kind of dry texture, but I’m still okay with that. Since these shades are all in bronze-brownish hue, I can’t really create smokey look using this palette, I still wish they could include at least one matte-black eye shadow.

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Pros: cheap, warm neutral colors that suit my skin, decent pigmentation.

Cons: came with no mirror, all are shimmer-no matte color included, some shades are dry and hardly to swatch! >.<

Well, that’s all for today, kids! I hope this is my last neutral to-go palette…but I’m not sure cause right now I’m currently eyeing on Physicians Formula’s Warm Nude Shimmer Strip! :)))) (HELP!!! I can’t stop buying neutral palettes!!!)

Have anyone tried MUA‘s palettes before? Which one is your fave? 😉

[Review] Red-A Compact Powder Translucent

 Hello cantik!

Kali ini saya kembali me-review salah satu produk lokal yang sangat recommended. Ceritanya saya iseng aja beli produk ini pas lagi jalan-jalan. Begitu ngeliat di etalase langsung jatuh cinta sama packaging dan penampakannya. Kemasannya pink, dan isinya mozaik warna-warni. Lucuuuu!!! Sekilas produk ini mirip bedak & blush on high-end merk luar negeri yang mahal, tapi untuk satu buat produk ini saya cukup membayar IDR. 20.500 saja. W-O W! 😀

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Yap! Produk ini adalah Red-A Compact Powder Translucent. Claim dari produk ini adalah: “Compact Powder transparan yang unik karena dapat mengikuti warna kulitmu sehingga menghasilkan tampilan sehari-hari yang natural dan fresh. Teksturnya ringan untuk kulit wajah. Mengandung Emollient dan Moisturizer untuk menjaga kelembaban kulit, serta Oil Absorber untuk menyerap kadar minyak berlebih pada wajah. Bisa juga digunakan sebagai Finishing touch untuk menciptakan hasil riasan wajah transparan dan berkilau.”

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Seperti yang kita semua tahu, Red-A ini adalah salah satu brand kosmetik lokal terkemuka, “adik” dari Viva Cosmetics yang segmentasinya ditujukan untuk remaja. Dari jaman saya masih SD sudah ada iklannya di TV-TV. (Masih inget banget jingle iklan-nya di awal 1990-an “Sepatu bersisik…Asikkk! Kulit bersisik…ihh, amit-amiittt!!” LOL jebakan umur sekali nulis ginian, pemirsaaa). Saya sekarang emang sudah bukan remaja lagi sih, tapi saya masih suka aja sama produknya hohoho, beberapa produk Red-A lainnya sudah pernah saya coba, tapi kesempatan buat nyobain produk yang satu ini baru kesampaian. aja 😀

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Dari namanya aja udah jelas bahwa produk ini memberi coverage yang transparan di kulit, ketika di-swatch sih warna-warni yang di pan-nya tetep putih jatuhnya, dan surprise!!! Contains micro-glitter! Tapi glitter-nya nggak terlalu heboh, jadi tetep oke untuk pemakaian sehari-hari. Karena produk ini transparan alias ngikutin warna kulit/foundation, oke juga buat finishing touch make-up untuk ke party, dengan pemakaian lebih tebal untuk mendapat efek glittery yang lebih intense. Selain itu produk ini mengandung Oil Absorber, jadi memberi kesan matte dan nggak bikin berminyak pas dipakai. (Padahal kulit saya berminyak banget, lho!) 😉

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(Compact powder brand luar yang dengan packaging & formula serupa…tapi kalo ada yang murah, kenapa harus beli yang mahal, ya nggak? 😀 )

Pros: Cheap!!! cute packaging, nice smell, contains oil absorber.

Cons: Nggak ada ah! Suka! 😀

Sekian review saya kali ini, Ladies…sudah ada yang coba produk Red-A lainnya? 😀

[Review] Milani Brow Fix – brow kit: 03 Dark

Hey pretties! 😉

I’m back again with another review today, and today’s review is about my current favorite kit to sculpting eyebrows. I spent my whole life wearing eyebrow pencil, but now I’m just a step ahead, ’cause right now I started to use brow powder/brow kit to shape, fill, and sculpting my eyebrows.

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So I purchased this Milani Brow Fix – brow kit: 03 Dark just 2 weeks ago. I’ve chosen this product ’cause I think this one came as a complete brow kit and the price is very affordable. This product came with 2 shades of brow powder, 1 hi-liter, 1 sponge applicator, 1 angled brush, and mini tweezer. 🙂

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If you’re new at this (just like me!), and have no idea what to do with the kit, then no need to worry. ‘Cause the instruction is also included in the package and it’s pretty easy to follow the steps to get the perfect eyebrows.

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I have no problem with the brow powder pigmentation, but I find the hi-liter is kinda hard to work with, cause the shade is too dark for my skin yet too glittery, the sponge applicator also doesn’t help, the hi-lite powder like hardly to stick into it. I also find a little trouble with the super mini tweezer. I think it’s just too small and the tip is just too sharp and may harm your skin. 😦 The mirror also doesn’t help, I still need a bigger one. 😀

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This is how I did my brows with this Milani Brow Fix, it’s not bad at all right? At first I can’t do as neat as this, but practice makes perfect right? It takes 1 week or so to get to use with this brow kit and I finally can build the perfect (in my opinion) shape of eyebrows.

Pros: Pigmented, creamy texture, buildable, a bit powdery but it’s ok. 🙂

Cons: too dark shade for hi-lite, the applicators are way too small to work with.

I’m not sure I will repurchase this, and I’m waiting for my Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Ebony to arrive…review is coming soon! ‘Cause I need something bolder and darker for my eyebrows! 😀

[Review] BeautyBlender

Hello Ladies! 😀

It’s been a while, I’m sorry I missed 2 weeks without posting any. Now I’m back with another review! Who never heard about the famous BeautyBlender? It’s like everybody is talking about this tiny stuff within the last 1 year. Well, BeautyBlender provide a new innovation of applying make-up and stole every make-up enthusiasts’s hearts out there in sudden, and replaced the function of foundation brush, sharp angled sponge, even fingers! 😀

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 To be honest, I never find it comfortable to apply foundation using a foundation brush. I don’t know, for me foundation brush kinda hard to work with and always takes more time to spread the liquid foundation evenly all over my face. This is why I always use finger to apply foundation, or sponge sometimes, but rarely. 😛 But then, I think I’m tired to always clean my hands up after applying, and remove some foundation that trapped in my nail sometimes. So, why not just give this little stuff a try? 😉

 I’ve been eyeing on this stuff since last year, but the price always made me think thousand times to put this stuff into my shopping cart each time I saw this stuff in online stores. I mean, I just don’t want to spend my $20 for only a single sponge. But then I found a special offer from the Instagram of @beautyblender_indonesia who offer 40% off discount for their 1st 1000 followers. At that time, no need to think twice. Long story short, I purchased, and after I gave this a try, I’m so impressed with the way this sponge can spread liquid and creamy foundation evenly onto my skin…just bounce-bounce-bounce, then you will get flawless finished, and no regret of spent more than $10 just for a tiny sponge. (For me, $10 for a single sponge is still expensive. pfff!)

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BeautyBlender is a tear drop-shaped blending sponge, that is very elastic and bouncy but  claimed  as latex free. BeautyBlender come with 3 variants; the original (vibrant fuchsia), pro (black), and pure (white – dye free). The most unique thing about this tiny sponge is when you damp it into the water, the sponge will quickly absorbs the water and become 2x larger than the original size (dry sponge). Even the size is getting bigger, I find it the pointy side of this sponge is still pretty much ergonomic to handle and precisely reaches the special spots like nose, corner of your lips and under eyes. 🙂

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Million thoughts right through my mind about this BeautyBlender. How can I clean it? How can I dry it? Will it back to its original smaller size after drying? Will the color fades? and so on. Actually BeautyBlender has also launched special cleanser for the sponge called BlenderCleanser, but I didn’t purchase it, cause the cleanser costs even more expensive than the sponge (what the heck?!). I tried to clean it from foundation stain using baby shampoo but the stain still kinda hard to remove, but then I accidently wash it with Dove Beauty Bar (I’ll post the tutorial of how to clean BeautyBlender in other post, ok?), and the stain melted down easily with soap and water. And yes, the size will back to its original smaller size, but takes 2-3 days to make it completely dry in open air & room temperature. So, if you use it daily you won’t see it shrinks into smaller size day by day. Just give this sponge a break sometimes. 😀

Pros: this product is best applicator I’ve ever used to apply foundation in my life! 😀

Cons: SO DAMN EXPENSIVE!!! and the pink dye will fades day by day…you will see a little pinkish color in the soap bubble while you’re washing it (maybe it’s because I don’t use the proper cleanser). If you concern about this dye, then you better choose the BeautyBlender Pure, which is dye-free. 🙂

Okay ladies, that’s all for today…I’ll be back tomorrow to post another review! If you have any alternative tips about washing/taking care of your BeautyBlender, just let me know. ‘Cause since it’s not cheap, I want this product lasts longer! 😛