Hello! In today’s post, I am going to share with you a trend in beauty community that I saw in my country, Indonesia. I don’t know whether this trend is actually happening in other countries too or not, and as I’m writing this post, I haven’t done any research about that. But, if you do know something similar like this in your country or in other countries, please do let us know in the comment section below and I’ll update this post when you do!
So, what is the trend actually?
As beauty community grows rapidly in the past years, new products are released almost every single day. And by how fast information can travel these days, it’s so easy for us to know what’s going on ‘everywhere’ in the world. We can immediately get updated when a certain product is released and learn more about the product not only from the official brand but also from beauty influencers from across the nation.
Buying stuffs from overseas has also never been easier. Many international brands has open their official retailer outside their country of origins. There are also those who are called ‘personal shoppers’ or ‘online shop’ that ‘in some ways’ can help us getting products that have no official retailer here in our country. And even many more indie brands have offered an international shipping service.
Consequently, the desire of trying new products every time gets higher and higher. Sometimes we buy things because it’s a new necessary one, or because it’s a unique product that we don’t have yet. Or we buy things just because many people like them and they look nice?
However, sometimes, after we try them, they don’t work on us as good as they work on others 😥 So we end up not finishing them until they gone bad >.< And in the end we are just wasting our money on products we don’t even finish.
The thing is, money doesn’t grow on a tree! How do we fulfill this desire?
Here in Indonesia, there’s a system where we can buy products without having to pay a lot and buy the full sized. It is called ‘shared items’. So in this system, the seller stocked on several full size products and we as customers can buy only a few ml of it and the seller will store it in a small container. Just like the picture below.
For example, a seller sell shared items of Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in several different shades (let’s say: sand, tawny, rattan, etc) and sizes (usually: 2 ml, 3 ml, 5 ml, 10 ml). When it comes to expensive product like this, if we try it for the first time, there’s a possibility that it doesn’t work for our skin or the shade doesn’t match, so buying the full size is a bit risky. Therefore, ‘shared items’ is actually a good solution. We can even buy some different shades to test which one works best for us.
Another example is Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray that was sold in a spray bottle like this.
Also Too Faced Peach Perfect Powder that was sold in a jar with shifter like this.
And there are also other products that I’ve never purchased, such as Nars Liquid Blush in a small jar, Benefit Hoola Bronzer in a small eye shadow pan, and even Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in a small jar. Sorry I can’t include the picture of these products because they belong to the seller.
Actually, we can buy not only high end products, but also basically any products that can be shared, such as primer, liquid highlighter, toner, essence, etc.
Here are all products I’ve ever purchased. Some I purchased because I want to try them but unsure about the shade, and some others I purchased because I’m afraid it won’t work on my skin.
What do you think about this trend? Do you think it’s necessary and helpful? Will you try buying shared items if you ever had any chance? Or will you stick to buying the full sized products? Let me know your thoughts!
Hey, everyone! Today I will be sharing with you my current top favorite concealers that I’ve been using pretty much everyday when I do my makeup. They are the Too Faced Born This Way Multi-use Sculpting Concealer and Colourpop No Filter Concealer.
To be honest, the title of this post kinda burden me as I’m using ‘versus’ on it. I’m not a professional makeup artist or expert in makeup so I think I’m in no way qualified to compare both concealers. However, as I’m consistently wearing them, I feel like the two of them actually have their own pros and cons that are comparable.
Colourpop No Filter Concealer
I use shade ‘medium 28’ for this one and it is slightly darker than my skin tone. But I can make it work with a little bit of powder and blending.
Since the first time I tried this concealer, I’m amazed at how easy it is to blend. It just melts into my skin. The coverage is medium and build-able, but it doesn’t feel heavy. It gives such a natural look. On the day when I want a no-makeup makeup look, I only wear this concealer on my under-eye area, my acne spots, the bridge of my nose, my forehead, and my chin, blend it, add a little bit of powder, and I’m good to go. It really is making my skin doesn’t need any filter anymore. I even prefer this concealer than a BB cream for a simple and quick makeup routine!
Besides that, it is also quite long wearing. I never properly test it out, though, but I never had any issue where my concealer looks separated at the end of the day. And by ‘the end of the day’ here I meant is when I wore it for at least 8 hours before I took it off. Moreover, it is also non-transferable! In fact, I hardly find any cons about this concealer. It is affordable and even cruelty free. I couldn’t ask for more.
Too Faced Multi-use Sculpting Concealer
This concealer was really hyped up at the time it was just released back around July 2018. And I can’t lie that I was also curious of how good it is as so many beauty influencers liking it and comparing it to the Tarte Shape Tape concealer. However since I was (and am always) on a budget, I didn’t immediately buy it when it was released. Instead, I got it on Black Friday sale at Sephora online for 15% off.
Before I bought it, I watched many beauty influencers’ first impression and reviews about this product on Youtube. According to what I watched, almost all of them fell in love with this concealer ever since the first time they tried it. Therefore, my expectation was a bit high.
I also noticed that many said that a little goes along way with this concealer. For example if we use it for under-eye area, we don’t have to put several strokes, instead, we only need some dots, and it’s enough to cover triangle area under our eyes.
I got this in the shade ‘light beige’. This shade is actually lighter than (what I think is) my actual shade (by guessing from pictures online) because I mainly tend to use it to brighten my under-eye area. The first time I tried it, I was so ready to practice all advice I got from watching reviews about this concealer on Youtube. However surprisingly, my first impression was not very good. It was cakey and creased so bad under my eye on the day I tried it for the first time. I also felt it was quite dry and heavy.
At that day, actually I tried many different products for the first time all together. Therefore I thought it might be because of other new products that didn’t work on me, not necessarily because of this concealer. So tried it again on another day with products that I know work well on me. But, I still got the same result. Creased, cakey, and heavy.
Since it is quite an expensive product and many people recommend it, I really want to like it and make it work, so I tried again on another day. But this time, I applied only teeny tiny bit of dots, even smaller sizes than before. And guess what? It finally worked! It didn’t creased throughout the day, wasn’t cakey, and wasn’t heavy at all! So now I know, maybe because I’m not used to heavy full coverage makeup, I need even less amount than what was recommended by most of people.
So, for the Too Faced concealer, it was a bit of learning curve for me. But, I can make it work in the end.
Now let’s try comparing both concealers.
After I know just the right amount to use of the Too Faced concealer, my makeup has never been as flawless since. I highly recommend it for those who want a full coverage concealer, but for those who want a natural look, go for the Colourpop one.
Both of them are long-wearing and I never had any issue of them transferring into my clothes. However, from my personal experience, the Too Faced one feels a little bit dry, but that maybe because my under-eye area is extremely dry these days. But, I never feel Colourpop is drying at all even when I use it for under my eye area.
Price wise, the Too Faced one retails for 29 USD and contains 0.5 fl oz, makes it 5.8 USD per 0.1 fl oz. While the Colourpop one retails for 6 USD and contains 0.14 fl oz, makes it 4.2 USD per 0.1 fl oz. So actually the Too Faced one is not far more expensive compare to the Colourpop one! It just contains more products in a tube making it seems much more expensive. Please also remember that the tube of the Too Faced one is made of glass (sort of) material, while the Colourpop one is made of plastic/ acrylic kind of material, so I’m sure it also contributes in the pricing.
If I had to choose between one, actually, it’s so obvious. I will go with the Colourpop one. It’s cheaper, easier to use (I can make it work since the first time I tried it), and easier to carry (contains less product in a tube makes it lighter and the tube material which made of plastic feels more safe to carry).
So, what do you think of my review? Have you ever tried any or both of these concealers? What do you think about them? Or do you recommend another concealer?
Hello, everyone. I hope you had a great weekend! If you are new to this blog, welcome and thank you for stopping by! For you who were already here since before, you might have known from my recent posts that I started doing a project called ‘low-buy year 2019’. In today’s post, I thought I would share with you the reasons why I started a low-buy year and the rules I’ve been setting up for myself so this could be a successful project.
But before that, let me announce that I’ve uploaded my first Youtube video about my first shopping experience on Colourpop website *yeaay* I had an issue at that time but their customer service handled it pretty fast. If you want to know what my issue was and how they resolved it, please kindly check on this video!
Ok, without further ado, let’s get started!
I have been into makeup, skin care,
and beauty products since around 2014, if I’m not mistaken. It’s all started
when I was still living in Japan. As a country that have four seasons, each
season in Japan has a very distinctive weather characteristic that made a girl
like me, who came from a tropical country that has relatively similar weather
condition throughout the year, struggled. My skin needs kept changing according
to the season and the skin care products I had been using since before I left
for Japan was no longer effective. Therefore at that time I started learning
more about beauty products.
At the same time, I sometimes had to
attend or perform in an event where I must wear makeup, for example a cultural
exchange event. I was tired of having to always ask my friend to help me do my
makeup, so I started improving my makeup skill by watching tutorials from
Youtube. And by doing that, I also started building my makeup collection.
As someone who watch many beauty
related channels, I can’t lie that I sometimes buy things just because it was
recommended by beauty gurus I watch, not because I need them. Rather than
having only one product per makeup item, recently I like having option or
alternative. Without me realizing it, my makeup collection has grew beyond
‘normal’. I have too many makeup products for an average person who don’t make
Youtube videos about makeup. And I don’t think it is ok.
Besides subscribing to beauty gurus
channels, I also follow makeup brands’ official social media account to be
updated about their new launches and promotions. These brands’ marketing teams
really know how to make people keep buying their stuffs. They make different
promos on different days so that people will buy something because of
temptation of sales or deals. And not only once or twice, I often fell into this
‘trap’. If you’ve read my post before this, you
knew my struggle already.
Now that I have this ‘many’ makeup
products, I really REALLY want to finish up all the stuffs I have before they
gone bad. Therefore, I must stop buying new stuffs until I use up all of my
The next reason is none other than,
money. Yes, I want to NEED to save more
money because of my life future planning.
And lastly, I want to work hard to get what I want before actually getting it. And this is related to the rules I’ve set for myself regarding this project, which I will be sharing on the next section below.
I watched several other Youtubers
who will be doing a no-buy or low-buy year this year, and everyone has
different rules. As for me, these rules below are the most suitable for my
condition so that I could resolve my concerns that I mentioned on ‘My Reasons’
And for those who don’t know the
difference between no-buy and low-buy year, basically no-buy is when the
subject will NOT buy anything except replacement or refill for one year, while
low-buy is when the subject LIMIT their purchase in one year according their
own rules. In this case, what I will do is the latter.
So, here are my low-buy year rules:
I will NOT buy anything from January 1st until May 31st except for replacement or refill. And anything here means EVERYTHING, not only beauty products, but also clothing, book, accessories, bag, shoes, toiletries, collectible items, etc.
I MAY buy things on the month of June with maximum budget 100 USD on everything. It means 100 USD for makeup, skin care, clothing, etc all together, NOT 100 USD for each type of things. You might think 100 USD is a small amount of money for everything, but it is quite a lot of money here in Indonesia.
If my purchase on June doesn’t reach the maximum budget, I will carry the rest of it to the next shopping schedule.
I will repeat the same drill from July 1st until November 30th, and I may buy things again on December, with the same maximum budget, which is 100 USD, plus (if any) the leftover budget from June.
Exception: my mom will probably goes to Europe for a vacation in the spring. If she goes according to her plan, I might ask her to help me buy a bag that I really want which is quite expensive here in Indonesia because of the shipping and taxes. I might also ask her to help me buy some European beauty products that I can’t get here, with a limit of 5 items, and I will count 1 set as 1 item.
If you are wondering, why I have an
exception, that is because vacationing to Europe is not something that me and
my family can get easily, because of distance, time, and money limitations.
I’ve never been to Europe, neither did my mom. If she is able to go this time,
this will probably be her one and only chance (except if we won a lottery XD).
This could also be my one of a kind chance to be able to buy something from
across the continent with near original price. That’s why I have this one
I also mentioned on the previous section that I want to work hard to get want I before getting it. Based on my rules, I will get to shop again after 5 months without shopping and with maximum budget 100 USD, which means I will have to save 20 USD per month. You may say, why don’t just spend only 20 USD per month instead of holding it for 5 months before spending it? However, I think it’s a completely different thing. By saving my money first before spending it, I will have a sense of working hard to save money. And also, I can really consider what I need and buy them after 5 months of consideration. If I spend 20 USD per month, I will buy stuffs that month just because of temporary desire, not because I really need it. I hope it makes sense.
Ok, I think that’s all I wanted to
say about my low-buy year 2019. I hope you enjoy it, and I hope it can give you
inspiration to do similar thing or to set up your no-buy or low-buy year rules.
If you are doing a low-buy or no-buy
year this year, what are your rules? How do your rules different from mine? Do
you have any exception? Please let me know on the comment section below!
Hey, everyone! How was your first week of 2019? Do you have long term and short term schedule you want to follow? Me personally, I decided to post on this blog once a week every Monday. I hope I can be consistent with this target, though. It is hard, these days, being consistent. But, let’s believe in our self first!
This time, I want to share with you my first ever shopping experience on Colourpop website. You might think ‘what is so special by shopping on Colourpop website’, but as an international buyer like me, it is actually quite an experience. So if you are interested in Colourpop products and planning to shop directly on their website, I hope this post can give you some insights of things that might happen to your order.
I will breakdown this post into several parts, so you can easily skip on part you don’t want to read too detail.
This was actually not the first products I’ve ever tried from Colourpop. Back in August 2018, I was looking for a good affordable eye shadow palette. And from many recommendations, I decided to buy Colourpop’s ‘Give it To Me Straight’ palette. I bought it from a local personal shopper here in Indonesia. And soon after that, I also bought their ‘No Filter Concealer’, also from a personal shopper. I love these two products from Colourpop, so I decided to try more products from them. I then started following their social media account to get more updated about their products and promos.
On the last week of November 2018, around Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale time, they had a ‘free global shipping with no minimum purchase’ promotion (FYI, normally it is free global shipping with minimum purchase of 50 USD), so I decided to take a look on their website whether there are some stuffs I want to pick up.
At that time, I’m really interested in their collaboration with Disney, which is the ‘It’s A Princess Thing’ palette, so I immediately put it in my shopping cart. I wanted to pick up the Disney Princess creme lux lipsticks also, but they were all sold out at that time. So I picked up some of their best selling items because I want to try as many different products (that have good reviews) as possible. After some considerations, my total order was more than 50 USD, so I was actually eligible for free shipping even without the promo. Without much thinking, I immediately checkout my order. This was on November 20th.
The next day, November 21st, I got notification email that my order has been shipped. In my opinion, it was extremely fast considering there might be a lot of international orders during the promo.
However, the next day, November 22nd, they announced that they were restocking the Disney Princess lipsticks on 23rd, AND all other lip products are on sale up to 30% (if I’m not mistaken)! I was tempted to place another order and rather regretted my decision to check out my stuffs three days prior this promo. Long story short, I placed another order on 23rd that included the Disney lux lipsticks and some more lip products.
But, my regret didn’t stop here. On 26th, since it was Cyber Monday sale, they had an up-to 40% off site wide!! I should’ve picked up all my stuffs during this time!! What a good marketing strategy to give different promotion at different times so it makes people tempted to buy again and again in the name of ‘promotion’. At that time, I wasn’t aware what and when Cyber Monday was, so I fell for their sale promotion ‘trap’ severely >.<
Ok, so my first order, which I checked out on 20th, was shipped on 21st, and my second order, which I checked out on 23rd, was shipped on 26th because 24th and 25th were Saturday and Sunday.
They gave us our tracking number immediately after they shipped our order so we can trace our order easily. My second order tracking history was pretty normal (it changed status every 1 or 2 days), while strangely, the tracking status of my first order wasn’t updated at all from 21st until 27th. And on 28th, finally the status was updated but it was still in LA.
After the status of my second order showed that it has arrived in Jakarta, I was a bit panic about my first order that was still stuck in the US. I tried to read on FAQ section on Colourpop website about ‘stuck package’, and they told us to wait until 21 business days after it was sent before contacting their customer service. So for now, there was nothing I could do except waiting patiently. I even marked the 21st business day on my calendar so that I won’t forget.
Now, let’s talk about my second order that has arrived in Jakarta on Dec 2nd. FYI, I bought something from overseas quite often. Typically, 3 to 5 days after my package arrived in Jakarta, it arrived at my local post office (I don’t live in Jakarta btw), and the staff from there would contact me to pick up my package. Here we don’t receive our international package right in front of our door, instead, we have to pick it up at our local post office. However, 1 week after it arrived in Jakarta, I still haven’t heard anything from my local post office. So I decided to go there by myself to check, in case it has arrived but haven’t been examined by the staffs.
On Dec 9th, I went to my local post office and asked about my package. They checked all the arrived package, but they told me my package still hasn’t arrived there. So me and one of the staff decided to exchanged our whatsapp number, and he promised to contact me if my packaged arrived.
One week after that, still there was no news from them, so I decided to chat the staff first and asked about my package, and he said he will check it again. And the next day, finally, he told me that my package has arrived!! So on Dec 19th, I finally went to the post office to pick up the long-awaited package!!
Ok, back to my 1st order. Dec 21st was the 21st business day after it was sent, so I sent an email to their customer service. Not long after I sent it, I got a reply from them and they gave me option to resend my order or to refund it. I chose refund because I wanted to re-order some items when it was on sale next time (I learned from my mistake!), and actually I wanted to cancel some other items that I realized I don’t really need after I gave my second thought. Thank goodness, they refunded me right after I replied their email.
Haul and Review
After so much trouble, finally, this is my 1st haul directly from Colourpop website!!
‘Belle’ collection set, consists of ‘Last Petal’ ultra glossy lip, ‘Be Our Guest’ super shock shadow, and ‘Belle’ creme lux lipstick.
The ‘Belle’ lux lipstick is shockingly and unexpectedly stays through a greasy lunch! So, I went lunch on the first day I wore this. I ate a bowl of udon that day. I thought my lipstick would’ve been completely wiped off after eating. How surprise I was when I looked into a mirror after I ate, the lipstick was still there. Only a tiny bit on the center of my lips that were wiped off. It looked like it stained our lips, that’s why it wasn’t completely wiped off.
I don’t usually wear lip gloss, but I decided to purchase this set because the lip gloss (until now I’m writing this post) isn’t sold individually, so it’s only limited to this set. And I thought it’s good to try different type of liquid lipstick’s formula Colourpop has, that’s why I finally picked up the set. The gloss is just as expected from a lip gloss. There’s not much I can say about it since I’m also not a big fan of lip gloss. I’d still wear it, though. But it suits really well on top of the ‘Belle’ lux lipstick.
The super shock shadow (SSS), since it was the first time I tried the SSS formula, was a bit of learning curve for me. I must say it’s not as easy to apply as their usual pressed powder shadow for a beginner. According to Colourpop website, the best way to apply a SSS is by using our fingertip, and it’s true. When I picked it up using my finger, the color showed up really well on my eyelid. But when I tried to use a brush, there was almost nothing picked up. Also, since this particular shade (‘Be Our Guest’) is a satin finish, in my opinion, it is not as vibrant as glitter or metallic finish.
‘Snow White’ and ‘Liquid Courage’ creme lux lipstick. When they arrived, I just realized that these two lipstick have very similar color, so I decided to give one to my mom (actually, she bought it from me XD). If you want to buy this particular color, I think there’s no need to buy both of them.
‘Lost’ and ‘Frick n Frack’ ultra satin lips. ‘Lost’ is a red brown color, and ‘Frick n frack’ is a rosy terracotta color. Both of them look really good on my medium skin.
‘Fly fi’ lippie stix. This is a rather new experience for me. I never tried a lip product quite like this before. The finish is called matte-x. It dries down to a matte finish but it’s not drying and doesn’t emphasize my lip lines. It looks so smooth like a velvet. I want to say it’s like a powder finish, but it’s not accurate either. I love LOVE love this and will definitely but other colors soon.
‘No Filter Setting Powder’ in translucent. It smooths my skin and blurs my pores, just like the claim says. I wish it was in a thinner but wider container because I can barely dip my powder brush onto its small diameter cap.
And ‘Flexitarian’ super shock highlighter. It came broken, but since it’s in super shock formula, it can be easily repressed into its jar. This shade is so blinding, I can see why it is so popular. But it looks a bit silvery on my skin tone. I like it, but not LOVE LOVE it. I’d still wear it, though. I know there are people who don’t like silvery highlighter on their face so I think I have to mention this.
Overall, I am really satisfied with my haul. Even though it took almost 3 weeks to arrive, it worth the wait. I am also impressed by their customer service who refunded my un-arrived order right away.
After this experience, will I ever buy again from their website? Of course! By the time I wrote this post, actually I have placed 3 more orders on their website >.< Now I can relate to those who say ‘Colourpop addiction is real’. Oh and by the way, I placed these 3 orders (technically) before I started my ‘low buy year 2019’ so I didn’t brake my own promise. These 3 orders from Colourpop was my very last haul before I started the ‘low buy year’, and actually they were the main reason I started this project. I’ll update more detail about it when all of my hauls arrive.
Hey, everyone! This is my first post after this blog was officially changed from ‘Atashi no Hanashi’ to ‘Unpretty Vanity’. If you want to know what this blog will be about from now on, please do check section ‘About’ on the menu!
On this post, I will tell you why I changed this blog’s name. Thank you if you are willing to read this post! 🙂
So, there are many things happen to me recently and it made me unable to post on this blog as frequently as before. But actually, I never forget this blog and I always wanted to come back. That’s why I still came by from time to time to reply comments on this blog.
I may say ‘recently I couldn’t find time to write a blog post’, but I believe it’s just an excuse. The thing is ‘I didn’t make enough effort to make time for this blog’. I started this blog back in 2012 and until now this blog has been a space for me to pour my idea and share my experience that I hope can be useful for everyone who read it. I realized that I want to continue this and never abandon this blog anymore.
I took some time to think what I really want to write on this blog specifically, because I think recently my posts became so messy and un-directed. Because I have such diverse hobby (traveling, books, makeups, Harry Potter), I can’t decide what I want to write the most, therefore I wrote everything, and therefore this blog became so disorganized. I need to narrow down the theme of this blog so that I can have motivation to write and people with specific interests can keep coming back to this blog.
At the same time, coincidentally, I started realizing that there are many things I haven’t finished among my belongings, such as books (I have a pile of new books I haven’t finished reading), makeups (I keep buying makeup even though I know I have enough already), post drafts (I wrote several drafts that I didn’t finished because I lost motivation of writing them), and so on. And I don’t want to become this kind of person. I must finish what I have started.
Therefore, I started minimalist lifestyle just recently. I started it by promising to myself that I will NOT buy anything until June 2019 unless I finish what I already have. And ‘anything’ here includes everything: books, makeups, clothing, bags, shoes, accessories, etc. I also will start reading all of new books I haven’t finished reading on 2018.
And coincidentally (actually I started to believe that this was destined to be), several videos with titles that include ‘low buy year 2019’ or ‘no buy year 2019’ were popped on my Youtube recommendations. Out of curiosity, I watched some of those videos, and it’s like ringing a bell in my head, ‘Ah, so this is what I actually will also do. A project called ‘low buy year 2019”.
I am completely aware that promising something to our self will not run successfully if we don’t share it with others. And then I think, ‘why not write this project on my blog?’. By sharing it on my blog, it’s like I promise to public and therefore I will feel obliged to really finish this project. Besides that, I might find other people who are also currently carrying the same or similar promise/ project, and we can cheer up each other!
And this is how atashinohanashi.wordpress.com was reborn to unprettyvanity.com. I want to record my ‘low buy 2019’ journey, and furthermore, my ‘minimalist lifestyle’ journey on this blog and share it with you, and I hope it can inspire you in any possible way!
Actually, the name ‘unprettyvanity’ was not a new name. I have been using it since around mid 2017 on my Instagram account where I mainly shared about my makeup/ skin care products review. However, this IG account was also abandon for around a year. Therefore, I want to use that IG account and this blog simultaneously and (hopefully) consistently from now on to record this journey. If you feel like it, please also follow me on instagram.com/unprettyvanity 🙂
If I was asked, ‘why ‘unpretty vanity’ tho?’, it is because (as I’ve briefly mentioned on the ‘About’ section on the menu above), I don’t have tons of fancy books or luxurious makeups like other instagram/ internet celebrities to share. I might only be able to share the same things over and over again. I have a vanity I love, but it might be not as pretty as others. Hence the name ‘Unpretty Vanity’. Psst, I also love to play with words, so I tried to find another word that rhymes with word ‘vanity’ 😀
Well, I think I said enough! If you reach this paragraph, thank you for reading my rambling. If you are new to this blog, let’s be friends! And finally, on this January 1st, 2019 I want to say, ‘Welcome 2019! And welcome to my ‘low buy 2019′!’