As I mentioned several times in this blog, although now I live in Indonesia, I once lived in Japan for 3 years from 2013-2016. During that time, I, of course, used Japanese drugstore beauty products a lot. And by doing so, I found several gems that I keep re-purchasing even though now I’ve returned to my country.
So I thought today I want to share with you my own Japanese drugstore beauty products recommendations in case you are traveling to Japan but not sure what to get. Or maybe you are just moved to Japan and not sure where to start since Japanese drugstores are quite huge and potentially overwhelming since everything is written in Japanese!
So if you are interested in, just keep on reading!
Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence
I can safely say that this is the best drugstore sunscreen I’ve ever tried in my whole life (and believe me when I say it, I tried quite a lot!). It’s super affordable, non-greasy, and quickly melt into the skin the second it’s applied. It does have fresh scent but not too overpowering. And I even feel like it adds adherence to my skin so that my makeup sticks better onto my skin when I’m using this sunscreen.
I don’t have any plan to try a new sunscreen anytime soon since I haven’t heard anything that’s close match to this one. If you could get your hands on this, I highly recommend you to try it out. And since Biore is a quite globally known brand, I’m pretty sure you can get this not only in Japan but maybe also in your country, too (it’s sold in select Indonesian drugstores, by the way).
Cure Natural Aqua Gel
Natural Aqua Gel Cure is a remarkable skin care product. Cure is a fragrance-free, color free and preservative free product made from activated hydrogen water that prevents oxidation. General chemical peeling uses strong acids (approx. pH1.3) to dissolve protein. Cure, on the other hand, gently catches dead skin cells on the surface of the skin and removes it.
This one is I think maybe one of the most unique products Japanese drugstore has. It’s not a cleanser, not a facial wash, not a scrub, it’s an exfoliator in a form of gel. The texture it’s like gel but more liquid-y or watery, not as thick as man’s hair gel, for example. I’ve also mentioned it briefly on my post about my skin care routine.
It’s meant to be used only twice a week because it’s an exfoliator. I use it after I double-cleanse my skin or basically after I make sure there’s no makeup left on my face. To use it, you just have to take 1 pump of it on your palm, and then massage it all over your face like when you use your scrub. While doing that, just like its claim, you will find it catches your dead skin cells and removes it. I feel my skin is very soft and clear after using it.
Kanebo Suisai Beauty Clear Powder
suisai Beauty Clear Powder face wash is catching the eye of the worldwide audience with an enzyme-activated formula that whisks away impurities and unclogs pores as it protects the skin’s natural moisture. A popular choice for tourists who desire the Japanese secret to even, finely textured skin.
If you can’t already guess what this is, this is a facial wash in the form of powder. One small jar contains the powder is for one single usage. To use it, you just mix it with water. Adjust the amount of water according to how scrubby you want it to be. The more water you add, the less scrubby it is, and vice versa.
After using it, my skin feels so clean as if all the dirt has been taken off without making my face feels tight. It’s not very expensive, but here in Indonesia, it’s not sold in drugstores, but only in online shop run by personal shoppers so the price becomes quite expensive. So I can only buy it by asking my friends who are still living in Japan to help me buy it when they will have a short vacation to Indonesia. Since it happens only maybe once or twice a year, I use this fairly rarely.
If you can find it with reasonable price, I highly recommend you to incorporate this in your daily skin care routine!
Purequa Face Wipes
Actually, Japanese drugstores offer wide variety of face wipes, but I really love this particular one. It’s really soft on the skin so you won’t feel you rub your skin too hard. It’s really effective in removing our makeup as the first step of our skin care routine. According to my experience, it can also removes my waterproof eyeliner and mascara!
This one is really hyped up by many Asian beauty bloggers/ vloggers and after trying it, I agree with the hype. The tip is not a felt tip but it’s a very fine little brush that can bend. I personally like this type of tip because it makes applying liners so much easier. I’m in no way expert in applying liner, so I think this one is also very beginner-friendly!
Please note that the one that I have here is actually a limited-edition navy blue. They have other options too such as brown (also limited-edition) and of course black (permanent line)! Even though this one is navy blue, if you look it not too close up on my face, it doesn’t really look like I’m wearing a blue eye liner because it’s pretty dark. I enjoy wearing it so much lately!
Canmake Cream Cheeks
First of all, I found that many Japanese drugstore makeup products are too sheer for my skin tone or even my liking. Be it blushes, contours/ bronzers, lip products, etc. That’s because the nature of Japanese daily makeup style itself is usually a no-makeup makeup look. BUT! These particular blushes are exception! They are available in many different shades and formula so you will have some options there. Besides that, Canmake as a brand in general has other interesting products and it’s one of the most affordable in Japanese drugstore! I highly recommend you to check their other products also!
Megrythm Steam Eye Mask
I never knew this was a thing before I found it in Japanese drugstore. It’s an eye mask that releases steam that’s supposed to help us relaxing our eyes after a tiring busy day. Try to wear it before bed after a nice warm shower or bath!
‘Ashirira Sheet’ Detox Foot Patch
‘Ashirira’ is an acronym of ‘ashi’ which means ‘foot’ in Japanese and ‘rira’ which was taken from English word ‘relax’ that is read as ‘rirakusu’ in Japanese. This product is a pair of patches or sheets that you stick onto your soles before you go to bed and leave it until you wake up. The next day when you take it off, it’s supposed to absorb all toxic from your body. There are actually some debates surrounding this product. Some says it’s gimmicky and not doing what it claims. Some says it works. I think if we want to proof whether it works or not, we have to scientifically test it in a lab. I personally like wearing it but don’t feel significant changes just by using it daily (which I don’t). But I still think it’s nice to have and recommend you to try it out!
Shiseido Senka Perfect Whip
I actually don’t have this with me right now but I used to use it when I lived in Japan. It’s a very light-weight and gentle facial wash. It cleans but doesn’t feel tight on the skin. It’s available here in Indonesia but I didn’t repurchase it because I’m currently enjoying my Cetaphil facial wash. If you live in Japan and need one that I recommend, it’s this one! It’s one of the most affordable also!
Lululun Sheet Masks
I think I only used it once but I remember liking it, and I know many peple are hyping this sheet masks so much. They have several options such as: hydrating, brightening, and balancing. I also didn’t repurchase it by now because to be honest, I like my Etude House sheet masks more because I feel the Etude House ones fit my face’s size better!
That’s all my Japanese drugstore beauty products recommendation! I hope it helps you in sorting out your list to buy while you’re in Japan. Ah..writing this brings back all good memories and makes me miss Japan even more! I wish I could go back someday even just for several days!
What are products that most intriguing to you? Do you find your wish list here? And do you like if I write more about Japan’s related recommendation? Like for example unusual traveling spots recommendation? Or supermarket recommendation? Please tell me on comment section below!
I think it’s really the first time I talk about skincare on this blog. I always talk about makeup while actually I care about my skincare as much as I do about makeup. For me, skincare is even more important that makeup, and I was interested in skincare first even long before I was interested in makeup.
I mentioned briefly how I was first interested in skincare on this blog post. And since that time, I have tried so many skincare products and have gone through so many trials and errors in skincare routine. Gladly I don’t have sensitive skin, so I rarely (or almost never) had a bad experience when trying new products. However, there were several products I felt really did something on my skin, while some others did almost nothing.
These past 8 months, or to be precised since August 2018, I’ve been using the same skincare routine. And just recently I realized that my skin has never been this clear, supple, and elastic. My makeup also sticks better onto my skin effortlessly. And countless times when I didn’t wear any makeup, I was mistaken for a college or even high school student by people I met on the street, while actually I’m a 28 year old married woman with one kid XD But it actually has some drawbacks, too. For example, when I was browsing through a makeup display in my local drugstore, the BA wasn’t even trying to recommend me any product. Maybe because she thought I was a student so I wouldn’t be able to afford any product she recommended anyway XD
Oh and first of all, just for transparency, I wasn’t sponsored by any brand I mentioned here. I purchased everything with my own money. I’m (sadly) just a small blogger, those brands don’t even know that I’m existed in this world XD So don’t worry, what I wrote here is based on my real and honest experience 🙂 But, I mean, in the future even if I was sponsored to make this kind of post, I’ll always stay honest with my review!
So, if you want to know my skincare secrets, just please keep on reading!
I adopted this skincare routine actually from the infamous 10-step Korean Skincare Routine. Let’s admit that we, average women in late 20 with all of our everyday routine activities, ain’t always got time for that, right? Just thinking of that and watching beauty bloggers apply that 10-step skincare routine already makes me headache. So, I made my own version of it that is easier, quicker, and more realistic!
First of all, even though the name is “10-step Korean Skincare Routine”, doesn’t mean we must use ALL Korean skincare products. The most important thing is to understand why those steps are implemented. When we understand the purpose of each step, we can clearly eliminate some steps or alternately change some steps so that the phrase “10-step” is no longer overwhelming. And along with it, we can freely choose which product we want to use in each step, as long as it fulfills the purpose of that step.
10-Step Korean Skincare Routine
When talking about “steps” in skincare routine, generally people will ask “why this step is after that step” and vice versa. Actually, the answer is easy. We want to apply products from the ones that have lighter consistency to the ones that have heavier consistency.
Here I will give you a quick explanation of each step, along with the label of which step we can completely skip and alternately change. I will also mention which products I’ve been using for each step.
I’m sure you are aware that oil can’t be mixed with water. Now let see, what does our skin produce during the day? It’s oil. Even if you have (relatively) dry skin, your skin still secretes oil everyday (it’s just less amount compared to other people). So, what happen if you wash your face with water-based cleanser only? It won’t be able to get rid off oil-based dirt that our skin has produced.
So clearly, this step is a MUST and the first step that you want to implement on your skincare routine. Only oil can help pull out other oil-based impurities, for example sebum.
Products that I’ve been using in this step are Banila.co Clean It Zero and Garnier Micellar Oil Infused Cleansing Water.
Banila.co’s consistency is kind of like balm, but as soon as we apply it on our face, it melts even the most waterproof makeup easily. But, this feels uncomfortable on the eyes. It doesn’t stink, but if it exposed to our eyeballs, it’s going to be like there’s a kind of layer on top of them and it’s slightly obstructing our view.
That’s why on the eyes, I prefer to use the Garnier one. This works perfectly for waterproof makeup, too.
The same principal to the previous step, water-based cleanser helps draw out water-based impurities that aren’t picked up by the oil-based cleanser, for example sweat.
This step is obviously a MUST, too. And I’ve been rotating between Garnier Micellar Water, The Body Shop Tea Tree Facial Wash, or Cetaphil Facial Wash. I use the Garnier one when I’m too lazy to wash my face with facial wash. And I love the Body Shop and Cetaphil ones because they are so gentle on my skin. Even though I feel completely clean after washing my face with them, my skin doesn’t feel tight.
To make it easier to understand, generally exfoliator comes in a form of scrub, because, exfoliator is used to clean clogged pores or remove dead skin. Therefore, we need a product that contains small grains to make it possible to enter our pores and clean them.
This is a step that we can ALTERNATELY CHANGE with other steps. Actually it’s better to NOT do this step every day because it could scrape not only dead skin but also moisture or other important properties that our skin has. I personally only do this step twice a week, and the products I’ve been rotating to use are Freeman Charcoal + Black Sugar Gel Mask + Scrub, Skinfood Strawberry Black Sugar Mask Wash Off, Kanebo Suisai Beauty Clear Powder, and Cure Natural Aqua Gel.
The Freeman and Skinfood ones are clearly scrubs, so you know how to use them and how they feel.
The Cure one looks like a normal facial wash with jelly-like consistency. Even though it looks like your typical facial wash, it removes dead skin like magic. And the Kanebo one can be used as scrub or gentle facial wash depending on how much water you add to it. I’ll write more detail about the Cure and the Kanebo on another post I’ve planned so make sure to follow this blog if you don’t want to miss it!
Toner helps restore moisture to our skin after cleansing and exfoliating. It also helps balance our skin’s pH because cleansing our face with facial wash increases our skin pH (remember, soap is an alkaline so it has high pH). However, actually if we use gentle facial wash, it’s not as harsh as usual facial wash that is made of soap, so toner can be skipped. But toner also helps prepare our skin for the next products that are going to be applied to our skin. Therefore, for me this step is also a MUST.
For this past months, I’ve only been using The Body Shop Tea Tree Toner. I never use a cotton pad to apply my toner because I feel it absorbs a lot of liquid so I think it’s a waste of product. I always use my hands to apply my toner.
The one common question about essence is “what is the difference between essence and serum?”. Generally, essence is liquid product that has consistency between toner and serum. If you know SK-II Facial Treatment Essence or Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence, both of them have the similar liquid-y consistency, which is a bit thicker than a toner, but not as viscous-y as a serum.
In terms of composition, according to Fashionista on their article here, technically essence and serum are actually the SAME thing! Both of them have key ingredients that are formulated to resolve certain skin problems. I mentioned about texture above, but recently (according to Fashionista also) essence is getting thicker while serum is getting more lightweight, so the consistency line is getting blurry.
In summary, since both of them don’t have distinctive difference, IMHO, if you’re on a budget (just like me!) you can choose only one of them. I personally completely SKIP essence, and go straight to serum after my toner.
As I mentioned briefly above, serum is a liquid product that has key ingredients that are formulated to resolve certain skin problems, such as acne, hyper-pigmentation, dark spots, wrinkles, etc. For me personally, I’ve been using this same serum for 8 months, which is The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, that has brightening effect and also reduce the appearance of blemishes and balance sebum activity. For more detail information about this product, please refer to this link.
I started to use this serum because before I was using them, I had severe acne scars problem. Before, I always broke out during menstruation. And after that, it left acne scars every where on my skin. Although it is said on the website that this doesn’t have direct properties to reduce acne, after using this (and other products I mentioned and will be mentioning here), I rarely break out these days. And my old acne scars is getting disappear!
So clearly, this step is a MUST, and you can use any other serum that suits your skin needs! I do recommend checking out The Ordinary, though, because they are fairly affordable, cruelty free, and a lot of their products are paraben free, gluten free, and vegan!
Again, I’m not sponsored to say this XD I truly am in love with this product and will keep repurchasing it in the future. Now I’m already on my third bottle, by the way!
Actually, sheet mask is just a mask that is soaked into an essence or a serum. The natural way of using it (by putting it onto our face and leave it for a couple minutes) is able to prolong the contact of that essence/ serum to our skin, thus enable our skin to fully absorb the ingredients and moisture. So actually, we can ALTERNATELY CHANGE the usage of sheet mask with our essence/ serum. When I use my sheet mask, I don’t use my serum, and vice versa. I only use sheet mask once or twice a week.
I’ve tried so many sheet masks from different brands, but recently, I’ve been using and keep repurchasing these sheet masks by Etude House. It has very thin layer and it sticks well onto my skin so I never feel it slips off my face whenever I’m using it. It also has perfect size for my eye and mouth holes.
Our eye area is the most gentle part of our skin. When we’re getting older, this is the part that gets wrinkly first, so taking care of it as early as possible is a MUST. Eye cream is formulated to hydrate eye area, reduce the appearance of wrinkle, and prevent dark circles or puffiness.
I used Innisfree Orchid Eye Cream for months before completely running out of it just a month ago. For now, I’m using Safi Age Defy Eye Treatment because I wanted to try more affordable eye cream. The Safi one definitely is more lightweight thus it’s suitable for using on AM routine underneath our makeup. The Innisfree one is much more thicker, and I must say it’s better to be used on PM routine only.
When I run out of my Safi one, I think I will buy both of them because I feel the Innisfree one is more hydrating, thus I need it on my PM routine much more than the Safi one. Of course currently I can’t say many related to the long time result, but I’ve been enjoying the two of them so far, and I rarely had a problem with dark circle or puffiness!
Moisturizer, just like its name, is mainly used to provide extra moisture to our skin. There are many kinds of moisturizer on the market, so my advice is to choose one based on the ingredients or the consistency that suits your skin needs. For me who have normal to oily skin, I chose the one that has lighter consistency, so that it won’t add too much moisture to my skin that is fairly hydrated.
This step is a MUST for PM routine, and I’ve been using Laneige Water Sleeping Mask as my moisturizer since it’s very lightweight and absorbed pretty fast. But according its manual, this sleeping mask is not for everyday use, so I just use it three times a week.
You know what it is, it’s to protect our skin from damage caused by UV rays. This step is clearly a MUST for AM routine. Don’t forget to apply it not only on your face, but to all skin area that is exposed to the sun light during your daytime activity.
Sun protector or sun screen was the first skincare product that I owned, long before I know toner, serum, etc. And believe me, I’ve tried so many different ones, from Indonesian brands, to Korean brands, to western brands, but the best one yet is the one that I’ve been using now, which is Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++.
This one is perfect to use underneath makeup. It’s absorbed fast, not greasy, and not sticky at all but still helps add more adhesion to our makeup. 10 out of 10!
Face Oil (Additional)
I add an additional step to my PM skincare routine which is face oil. Having oily skin doesn’t mean we don’t need face oil. By adding face oil, it helps decrease the secretion of our natural oil during the night. After I incorporate this step as my very last step of my PM routine, I feel my face is less oily now, and I suppose that’s why I also don’t break out as much as before.
The face oil that I’ve been using is The Ordinary Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil. I only use it three times a week and a little goes along way. I’ve been using it for eight months but still have 2/3 left. This step is an ADDITIONAL step but I highly recommend you try it out!
So, to summarize all of the things I mentioned above, here are my AM and PM skincare routine for the past eight months that helps me reduce my break out, makes my face less oily, and brighten up my face, thus help my face look younger (according to the people I met on the street):
Water-based cleanser (everyday): The Body Shop Tea Tree or Cetaphil Gentle Facial Wash
Toner (everyday): The Body Shop Tea Tree Toner
Serum (everyday): The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Eye cream (everyday): Safi Age Defy Eye Treatment
Sun protector (everyday): Biore Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++
This AM routine only has 5 steps!
And if you want to see me applying this routine, check it on my video here!
Oil-based cleanser (everyday): Banila.co Clean It Zero or Garnier Oil-infused Micellar Water
Water-based cleanser (everyday): The Body Shop Tea Tree or Cetaphil Gentle Facial Wash
Exfoliator (twice a week): Rotation between Freeman Charcoal + Black Sugar Gel Mask + Scrub, Skinfood Strawberry Black Sugar Mask Wash Off, Kanebo Suisai Beauty Clear Powder, and Cure Natural Aqua Gel.
Toner (everyday): The Body Shop Tea Tree Toner
Serum (everyday when I don’t use my sheet mask): The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Sheet mask (once or twice a week): Etude House
Eye cream (everyday): Safi Age Defy Eye Treatment or Innisfree Orchid Eye Cream
Moisturizer (three times a week): Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
Face oil (three times a week): The Ordinary Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
This PM routine has 5 steps that I do everyday, and 4 other steps that are alternately change with each other.
Thank you so much for you who made it until this part! Such a long post, isn’t it, but I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I love sharing it with you. My final advice would be:
It’s important to know the “why” before actually implementing a particular skincare routine.
Choose products based on your skin needs. Check the ingredients and don’t buy/ use something just because the hype of it. Just because we’re on our late 20, doesn’t mean we ONLY need to use products that have anti-aging properties in it. If you, for example, have severe acne scars or break out, fix that problem first, because clearer skin looks healthier thus makes you look brighter in general.
Choose products based on your skin condition. For me who has more of a normal-oily skin, I tend to choose products that is not really thick, not greasy, and absorbed fast.
Apply the products from lighter to heavier consistency.
Be consistent! I’ve been implementing this skincare routine for eight months before sharing it with you as now I can see clear result on my skin.
“You are what you eat”. Recently I also have been trying to eat “okay” (I want to say “healthy” but I don’t think I’ve reached that level as for now) . I’ve been drinking 2 L of water everyday, and also avoiding processed food as much as I can. I believe what comes from inside is also important to maintain what is seen from the outside.
Be happy! Surround yourself with positive people and positive activities!
So yeah, that is all for today’s post! I hope you don’t feel overwhelmed by so many products I mentioned here. That’s just because I love trying skincare products, so I try to rotate them as much as I could to be able to finish all of them. But, among all of skincare products I’ve tried, the ones I mentioned here are the ones that have clear positive impacts to my skin.
I hope this post is somehow helpful for you and don’t hesitate to correct me if I’m wrong.
What is your current skincare routine? Will you implement this routine to your routine? Did you find your holy grail products here? Let me know on the comment section below!
In today’s post, as you can see from the title, I want to discuss with you about a new launch from Colourpop (CP), which is a collaboration with a British Youtuber, Zoella, called Brunch Date Collection.
I don’t usually write this kind of theme on my blog, but this one is, I don’t know, worth to discuss? There is some sort of controversy surrounding this collection. However, if you come here expecting some kind of bashing or shady comments toward the collaborator, I’m sorry in advance that you ain’t gonna get it here in my blog. This blog is a place where only positivity is allowed. With that being said, I’ll try my best to review this collection as objective as I could.
Of course since I don’t live in the US, and CP doesn’t even know that I’m existed in this world, I haven’t got my hands on this collection. So I’ll be reviewing this collection solely based on pictures, swatches, and videos I’ve seen online floating in the internet ever since CP teased about it on their Instagram account.
Speaking about the teaser, I remembered being so shook when CP first posted Zoella’s photo on their IG account. It was like in the middle of the night here in Indonesia and I was about to sleep when suddenly it popped on my IG notification (and yes, I turned on notification for CP IG new post and story). I know right away that the comment section of that post would be full of people questioning CP’s decision to collab with her. It was just so sudden.
Just for a little background, I know who Zoella is, of course. I subscribed to her channel around 5 years ago, I think. I even bought some of her beauty products back when I was still living in Japan. Yes, I got them sent to my door all the way from the UK to Japan. And I remembered liking them! So, I don’t have any bad feelings or disappointment toward Zoella in particular. I just stopped watching her for almost around 2 years now. Not because I hate her, I just found more informative and entertaining contents from other Youtubers.
As far as I remember from the time I subscribed her and still watched her videos, I rarely heard she mentioned CP’s products. It’s true that she mentioned CP a couple times (CP even made a kind of their timeline with Zoella (maybe) to emphasize that Zoella did mention CP products sometimes on her channel). But she was not like some other Youtubers such as Kathleen Lights, Thatgirlshaexo, Mesijesibeauty, Andrea Matillano, Amanda from makeupjustforfun, or even Judy C that resides in New Zealand, that keep reviewing CP’s products on their channels. That’s why I found it’s so sudden and unexpected that CP chose to collab with her, not because of her controversy.
Of course I understand that CP wanted to expand their business scoop to the UK, and maybe they saw Zoella is still one of the most powerful influencer from there. Since it’s been a long time since I watched her, I’m unsure whether this is true or not. However, despite her controversy, I must admit that Zoella has a thing for product’s design. The first time I saw the collection’s packaging and color selection, I know right from the bat that it is very Zoella. I’ll talk about this more a bit later on this post.
Ok, I think it’s enough for the background. Now let’s talk about the collection itself!
This collection has been available on Colourpop website since February 27th. It consists of an eyeshadow palette, 3 ultra matte lips, 3 lippie pencils, 2 supernova shadows, 2 pencil gel liners, 1 pressed powder blush, and 1 pressed powder highlighter. Let’s discuss the items one by one!
Brunch Date Eye Shadow Palette
It’s the first time CP released a 12-pan eye shadow palette with this kind of layout. Usually they went with 3×4 layout. It retails for USD 18, the same as their usual 12-pan palettes with mirror.
Packaging-wise, it’s CUTE and very Zoella. She always has this kind of 70s or retro vibe, and TBH I like it. But, I rarely bought something just because of the packaging. The actual product itself must be worth buying.
The first time I saw the palette, I wasn’t very enthusiastic. To me it just looks neutral with a pop of literally one blue shade. Some shades even look similar to each other. And that pop of blue is just out of nowhere. However, after I watched swatches from Thatgirlshaexo, Ourbeautycult, Dupethat, and CP official Youtube account, I can see that those shades are not exactly similar. Some shades even look prettier and more unique than my initial thought, such as ‘skinny latte’, ‘cinnamon sugar’, ‘sundae funday’, and ‘sunny side up’. And about that one blue shade, based on the palette packaging that resembles blueberry waffles, I think they want it as a representative of the blueberry.
Formula-wise, based on reviews from those links I mentioned above, I think they are as good as any other CP eye shadow palettes. I have tried 6 different palettes from CP and none of them are disappointing. So I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be disappointed either if I bought this palette.
Do I have similar shades already in my collection? I think so. Are four unique shades out of 12 with a pop of blue enough for me to buy a palette? Absolutely not. If I took out the cute packaging and replace it with plain white for example, would it still be look extraordinary? I doubt that. But…
If you are new in makeup and you don’t have any eye shadow palette and you want to try playing with eye shadow for the first time, I think this palette is good for you to start. Do the shades look pretty? Yes. Is it cheap? It’s indeed fairly affordable. Is the formula good? CP has one of the best eye shadow formula among other affordable brands.
If you decided to buy this palette, you would be able to create some neutral looks as well as a couple colorful ones. If you are a beginner, this palette is definitely for you!
Ultra Matte Lips and Lippie Pencils
They released these items in 3 bundles consists of matching ultra mate lip (UML) and lippie pencil (LP). Each bundle retails for USD 11.5, but if you buy the UML and LP separately, the UML retails for USD 6.5 and the LP retails for USD 5, so you actually don’t save any penny by buying them in a bundle, but you do get a cute milk-box packaging.
The first bundle called “what happens at brunch” consists of a previously-existing LP called “oh snap” and a new UML called “@me”. This bundle has a dusty pink mauve color vibe.
The second one called “give us the goss” consists of also a previously-existing LP called “bossy” and a new UML called “self love club”. This bundle has a true red color vibe.
The last one called “my day ones” consists of a new LP called “little one” and also a new UML with the same name. This bundle has a nude color vibe.
Again, these three bundles are very typical in any CP collaborations. Almost all of collaboration that has lip products offers this kind of color selection: nude, mauve, and red; as this kind of variety seems to be appealing to many people.
I can safely say that you might already have these colors in your collection, even though it’s not from CP. And so do I. Therefore, I don’t have any intention to pick any of the lip bundles.
However, let’s say I didn’t have similar colors like these in my collection, I might pick up the mauve one, because that’s the color I can get a lot of use everyday. The nude one is a bit tricky for me that has medium skin tone. It’s hard for me to find nude color that doesn’t wash me out. And the red one, I might pick it up because red is a color that sometimes I need in a special occasion.
They released two new supernova shadows, from left to right are “OG” and “bellini”. They also have them in a bundle retails for USD 14, and each of them retails for USD 7.
On the bottle both of them look so similar, but based on real swatches (again from links I mentioned above), “OG” is more of a golden champagne with silver sprinkle and “bellini” is more of a metallic rose gold. The “OG” one clearly has bigger sprinkle of glitter while the “bellini” is more of a metallic sheen.
I think both of them look pretty. I personally never tried CP supernova shadow and don’t have any plan to try them soon since I still have so many shadow palettes and super shock shadows I want to use up. Based on the color itself, I’m pretty sure CP already has similar color before, maybe from Kathleen Light’s Zodiac collection.
Pencil Gel Liners
They released two new creme gel liners, “xoxo” and “sincerely yours”, retails for USD 5 each. On CP website, “xoxo” is described as pearlized black and “sincerely yours” is describe as pearlized chocolate brown. So they suppose to have some pearly flecks on the formula. If you swatch them on your hands, they might appear quite clearly, but honestly once they’re on your eyes, I don’t think they’re visible enough.
I personally think these products are not necessary. Even if CP creme gel liners were great, they already have black and brown existing in their collection. You don’t necessarily need these particular two if you want a black or brown gel liners.
I personally don’t have any plan to pick up any of CP creme gel liners, this collab or not. I read some reviews about their creme gel liners that said that they are easy to fall off the pencil. Moreover, here in Indonesia we have similar products with great quality and much cheaper price. So, I’m not particularly interested in this product.
Pressed Powder Blush and Highlighter
And finally, last products in this collection, the pressed powder highlighter called “swipe right” and blush called “soul mate”. Each of them retails for USD 8.
Based on the swatches above, I think the color is pretty and universally flattering. For the blush I think I have similar color already in my collection. But for the highlighter, I’m currently don’t have highlighter with pink sheen like this product.
However, for me personally, CP blush and highlighter’s price is a little bit expensive compare to the amount of product contained in one container. There are other products from other drugstore brands which are cheaper and have the same great quality and amount of product.
For my personal circumstances, I have several consideration before buying a product: what I am looking for, my budget, and what I already have in my collection. If I really had to buy, I’d probably pick up the highlighter and the lippie pencils in “boss” and “oh snap” because I don’t have those colors in my collection. If I really had to give recommendation, I’ll recommend the palette for sure because CP palette is the best among other affordable brands, the lip bundles because CP lip products are also great, and the pressed powder blush and highlighter.
With that being said, I do think it’s a pretty collection overall. I’m sure the quality of the products are as great as any other CP products. However, I don’t think I need any of these stuffs at the moment. Especially because I’m doing a low-buy year now, I must be very selective on where to invest my money on. Therefore, I don’t have any plan to buy anything from this collection.
Okay, that’s all I want to say about this collection. I hope you found this somewhat helpful in your decision making about buying these products or not.
Will you pick up anything from this collection? Or maybe have you? If yes, please share some thoughts about the actual products themselves based on your experience!
First of all, thank you so much for supporting me by reading, commenting, liking, and following this blog. I can’t believe it’s been two months since I revamped this blog and mainly focus on writing about beauty, traveling, and life style. And by this short time span, I learned a lot of new things which I believe will be beneficial for my self-improvement. And I hope this blog is someway beneficial for you who read it too.
In today’s post I won’t be talking about beauty-related stuffs. I just want to write casually and share with you things I unconsciously learned by focusing my life as a blogger for a solid 2 months. I said ‘unconsciously’ because at first I decided to do this to push myself to become someone who is more productive in a way besides doing my duty as a housewife and a mom. But after doing it with all my heart, I realized that there are so many things I suddenly am able to do, that I couldn’t do before I’m doing this ‘job’.
Doing a ‘job’ that doesn’t have a boss or a designated time and place is really challenging. I knew it from the start, therefore I made myself a very tight schedule that I must follow to be able to do it smoothly. First, I made a list about things I wanted to achieve each week or each month. And then, I arranged my schedule daily for a month according to that to-do-list. This way, I knew what I will have to finish by the end of each day.
However, doing a self-employed job needs flexibility. For example, sometimes I swapped blog posts I wanted to publish on that week. That’s why I wrote my schedule in a way it could be moved easily. I wrote them on sticky notes so I didn’t have to scratch my planner when I need to reschedule something. In a day where I have a lot of things to do, I also made a detail to-do-list for that day. Here are my monthly schedule for January and February look like.
Following those schedules I made by myself is really hard. I need to push myself real hard and restrain my ego to rest or to have fun. Sometimes I need to film until 1 AM. On the other day, I need to edit my YouTube video early in the morning before my son woke up (and by early here I meant before 5 AM). I also had to bring my laptop every time I was out of town because I need to write or to edit. This makes traveling harder than before because no matter where I go, I will always have to work.
Writing a blog post means I need to provide pictures to support the content I want to deliver in that post. In my case, not only this blog, but I also update my Instagram and YouTube account regularly. Therefore, learning to take picture and film video properly becomes necessary. I haven’t invested in a good DSLR camera, though, because my biggest focus for now are doing this continuously and giving meaningful content. But, during this 2 months, I was able to learn object arrangement, photo editing, and also video editing!
I took photos for my Instagram using my phone camera. I find it easier that way because I can directly edit the photos with an application installed on my phone. The application is called ‘Snapseed’. This application not only has variety of different filter, but can also edit photo manually, selectively, and also add some watermarks. Here is example of before-after of my Instagram post.
I film my videos and take photos for my YouTube channel with my old trustworthy Canon G15 camera (I bought it back in 2013!). Even though it’s only a pocket camera, it can be set manually too. But obviously, it can’t create a soft focus blurred look for the background. But, I’m okay so far since the most important for me now is delivering good contents to you regularly. I can always slowly upgrade my YouTube background later.
After doing all of this for 2 months, I realize now that I never feel as lively before. I always look forward my next schedule and the time where I get to learn to make my contents more attractive. I am 100% aware that I’m no way near perfect. But I enjoy the process I’m going through now. It’s been a long time since I feel like I achieve something, even though it’s a just a negligible achievement compare to other people.
If you did read until this point, I once again want to say thank you. What do you want to see more from this blog? How do you think I can improve the content of this blog? Please leave your advice so that I can become a better person. I’m more than happy to hear your constructive criticism.
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! 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.
PS: stay tuned until the end to get a 20% off discount code to shop on Colourpop website (NOT A CLICK BAIT)
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.
20% Discount Code
This is what I promised you guys. I have a referral link so that you can get 20% off your FIRST purchase only. This is not an affiliate code but I will get also 20% off my next purchase if you use this link to make your FIRST EVER purchase with CP. So it’s a win win for us!
This code (as far as I’m aware) is applied for all Colourpop’s products including new arrivals. So it’s a very good deal! Please feel free to use it or not. I really appreciate if you decided to use my referral link to make your purchase! ^^
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.
Dari judulnya, teman-teman yang follow blog ini pasti sudah bisa menebak bahwa postingan kali ini akan membicarakan hal yang sangat-sangat berbeda dengan yang biasa saya tulis di sini. Bagi teman-teman beauty lovers yang sampai di blog ini karena ingin membaca review tentang foundation ini, selamat datang dan salam kenal!
Mungkin untuk perkenalan sedikit, saya sendiri adalah seorang beauty enthusiast yang sebenarnya sudah cukup lama hobi mencoba-coba beauty products, tapi baru kali ini saya benar-benar ingin menuliskan review sebuah produk seperti ini. Ini adalah kali pertama saya menulis post dengan tema seperti ini jadi mohon maaf jika ada yang kurang jelas dalam penjabarannya nanti, ya. Baiklah tanpa berlama-lama lagi, mari kita mulai saja reviewnya! ^^
Seperti yang mungkin sudah teman-teman ketahui, foundation (mulai sekarang disebut foundie saja ya) Estee Lauder adalah salah satu foundie high end paling tersohor di kalangan beauty guru. Namun, disebabkan harganya yang memang tidak terjangkau, saya selalu maju mundur untuk membelinya, meskipun dia telah ada di wish list saya sangat lama.
Saya sendiri, selama sekitar 4 tahunan ini lumayan suka mencoba-coba berbagai produk kecantikan, tidak pernah memiliki produk high end apa pun. Semua produk yang saya pakai adalah drugstore atau lokal. Namun saya tahu, jika suatu saat ini saya akan pada akhirnya membeli produk high end, produk pertama yang saya beli akan berupa foundie. Karena menurut saya, make up akan terlihat bagus jika base-nya atau dasarnya lah yang bagus. Oleh sebab itu, foundie estee lauder ini memang ada di no.1 wish list saya.
Hingga akhirnya pada bulan Juni 2018 lalu, ceritanya tabungan saya sudah terkumpul alhamdulillah, saya pun mulai browsing shade foundie estee ini yang cocok untuk warna kulit saya. Dari hasil browsing ini, sebenarnya saya masih ragu mau ambil shade yang mana. Sementara, saya memang berniat beli online saja karena harganya yang jauh lebih murah daripada di konter resmi (maaf ya, estee). Ada juga online shope yang menjual versi shared-nya, namun saya merasa harganya tidak worth it dibanding beli langsung full sized (karena saya sudah yakin saya mau beli full sized jadi tidak merasa perlu beli shared). Alhasil saya pun belum jadi beli online.
Hingga pada bulan Juli 2018, saya ada keperluan ke Singapura, maka saya pun memutuskan membeli di duty free bandara Changi saja sekalian swatch shade-nya langsung di kulit saya. Akhirnya, inilah shade tercocok bagi kulit saya, yaitu Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place SPF 10 2N2 Buff.
Kondisi Wajah Saya
Sebelum kita lanjut ke review pemakaian, ada baiknya saya jelaskan juga tipe kulit saya. Kulit saya termasuk oily-combination, berminyak di bagian T-zone namun tidak terlalu parah, kering sekali di bawah mata, dan normal di bagian lain. Bagian yang kering di bagian bawah mata ini sering patchy jika foundienya tidak cocok, dan pasti creasing kalau pakai concealer terlalu banyak, jadi memang agak tricky.
Saya memiliki jerawat hormonal, yaitu PASTI berjerawat satu dua biji saat lagi ‘dapet’. Jadi di wajah saya banyak bekas jerawat yang menghitam. Namun untuk tekstur cenderung rata, tidak bopeng-bopeng, dan tidak ada jerawat meradang yang merah-merah.
Selain itu, hidung saya cukup sering komedoan, dan pori-pori di sekitar hidung cukup besar.
Review Pemakaian Selama 17 Jam
Sejak saat beli itu hingga sekarang ini, saya sudah cukup sering menggunakan foundie ini dan alhamdulillah cocok di kulit saya yang oily-combination serta tidak menimbulkan jerawat atau breakout. Namun, saya belum pernah benar-benar memakainya dalam waktu yang lama dan dalam kondisi tidak ideal (cuaca panas dan mobilitas tinggi). Jadi saya belum pernah benar-benar membuktikan claim-claim yang disebutkan estee di websitenya ini:
Flawless. Natural. Matte. Feels lightweight and so comfortable, you won’t believe it’s super long wear. No touchups needed.
Unifies uneven skintone and covers imperfections with buildable, medium-to-full coverage.
Stays color true. Won’t look grey on deeper skintones.
Double Wear is oil-free and oil-controlling. Waterproof and transfer-resistant, it lasts in hot and humid weather.
Keeps up with your busy day. For millions of women, it’s Double Wear or nothing. Put it on once and don’t think twice.
Kesempatan itu akhirnya datang pada akhir Oktober 2018 lalu. Saya dijadwalkan untuk menghadiri pelantikan dokter sepupu saya. Acara akan berlangsung dari pukul 07.30 pagi hingga 13.00 siang, lokasi semi-outdoor (di ruangan terbuka namun ada atapnya), ada jadwal makan siangnya, dan saya akan mengenakan kebaya. Saya pun lagi ‘dapet’ jadi tidak perlu wudhu sama sekali. Pas sekali ya semua kondisi ini sangat mendukung untuk mencoba ketahanan suatu foundie. Maka saya pun sudah meniatkan akan memakai foundie estee dari pagi sampai malam sebelum tidur.
Semalam sebelum hari H, saya juga menyempatkan membersihkan komedo dengan Innisfree Blackhead Balm dan Biore Pore Pack, serta memakai sheet mask. Bisa dibilang kondisi kulit saya sedang cukup prima.
Oke, pagi harinya, saya selesai memakai foundie pada pukul 06.00. Ini foto ketika saya baru memakai riasan mata dan foundie, belum selesai make up seluruh wajah, dan TANPA concealer ataupun color-corrector sama sekali.
Bisa dilihat bahwa warna kulit sudah rata sepenuhnya, namun di dahi memang ada jerawat kecil yang muncul (jerawat hormonal karena lagi ‘dapet’). Namun semua bekas-bekas jerawat dan warna yang tidak rata sudah tertutupi sempurna dan menghasilkan base makeup yang flawless.
Saat baru pakai foundie ini, saya langsung merasa wajah saya sangat matte dan tidak tacky. Maka saya pun memutuskan untuk tidak menggunakan loose powder dengan teknik baking, melainkan hanya dab-dab dengan pressed powder karena saya juga tidak mau look ini terlihat banyak layer dan powdery.
Oh ya, saya akan menuliskan di akhir post ini semua produk yang saya pakai di makeup look kali ini supaya teman-teman juga bisa tau produk apa yang mendukung dalam uji coba pemakaian foundie estee kali ini.
Pada pukul 07.30 saya dan sepupu otw ke lokasi acara lalu foto-foto di luar gedung hingga pukul 09.30. Selama 2 jam ini, tidak ada oil yang terproduksi dan saya tidak melihat adanya keperluan untuk touch up sama sekali. Untungnya memang cuaca sedang cerah berangin (bukan terik panas menggentang), jadi meskipun memakai kebaya, saya juga tidak merasa terlalu bekeringat. Acara pelantikan pun mulai pada pukul 09.30 hingga 12.00. Selama acara berlangsung saya hanya duduk bersama tamu-tamu lainnya di semacam tenda beratapkan tarup dan di depan kami ada kipas angin yang sangat memadai. Foundie masih sangat sangat aman.
Sekitar pukul 12.00 tamu undangan dipersilakan makan siang prasmanan seperti kalau kita ke undangan pernikahan. Saya memilih menu sup, capcay, fillet ikan rica-rica, serta minum teh hangat. Sengaja pilih yang panas, berkuah, berminyak, dan pedas supaya bisa melihat apakah akhirnya foundienya goyah 😀 Tapi maaf lupa banget ngefoto makanannya sebagai bukti karena waktu itu sudaah sangat kelaparan secara terakhir makan adalah sebelum jam 6 pagi 😀
Setelah selesai makan dan minum, saya pun membersihkan sekitar mulut saya dengan kertas tisu, dan sangat-sangat surprisingly, foundienya tidak ada yang menempel sama sekali di tisunya. Namun di bagian T-zone sudah muncul shine tapi masih terlihat seperti glowy sehat bukan minyak yang greasy ataupun foundie yang mulai meleleh *nangis terharu*. Sebagus itu T_T
Ini foto setelah makan siang. Saya sudah touch up lipstiknya ya ini. Bisa dilihat bahwa wajah masih sangat-sangat terkontrol.
Oke lanjut. Sekitar jam 1 siang kami pulang ke rumah, namun jam 4 sore berencana keluar lagi untuk makan malam dalam rangka syukuran keluarga. Saya tidak menghapus makeup, dan memang makeupnya terasa sangat nyaman sampai saya pun tidak merasa harus buru-buru membersihkannya. Beda yang ketika kita selesai suatu acara dan makeupnya sudah tidak karuan bentuknya, bleber ke saana kemari, patchy, luntur, dan segala macem, pasti kita pengennya segera cuci muka. Nah kalau ini tidak ada perasaan seperti itu sama sekali. Saya bahkan sempat tidur siang masih menggunakan makeup 😀
Bangun sekitar jam 3 sore, saya touch up sedikit karena memang mukanya beler banget secara baru bangun tidur. Touch upnya hanya menggunakan bloting paper, bedak, dan setting spray. Seperti ini penampakan saya setelah bangun tidur masih dengan makeup yang sama.
Acara makan malam pun berlangsung, saya makan ayam ungkep, ayam goreng, dan tempe mendoan plus sambal yang cukup pedas. Hingga saat akhir waktu makan yaitu sekitar pukul 7 malam, foundie bener-bener masih menempel dengan baik, bahkan tidak ada bagian yang mulai luntur di T-zone yang notabenenya mulai oily.
Sepulang makan malam, saya masih melanjutkan jalan-jalan ke taman bermain lampion bersama anak dan orang tua saya. Seperti ini penampakan saat jalan-jalan sekitar pukul 8 malam.
Mukanya udah capek 😀
Di T-Zone terlihat shiny tapi masih wajar
Dan pada akhirnya, hari saya pun berakhir pada pukul 20.30. Kami pun pulang ke rumah. Berikut foto saya sesaat setelah pulang. Masih terlihat glowy sehat.
Saya pun melepas jilbab serta dalaman jilbab yang berbahan rajut. Dan ternyata bahkan tidak ada foundie yang menempel di jilbab maupun di dalaman jilbab saya. Lalu saya mencoba bloting pakai tisu, seperti ini penampakan tisunya.
Sebersih ini, hanya ada warna coklat muda sedikit di kiri bawah.
Sekitar pukul 23.00, saya akhirnya memutuskan sudah saatnya membersihkan wajah karena saya sudah sangat mengangtuk. Saya lalu mencoba men-swipe bagian di dekat hidung sebelah kiri dan dagu untuk melihat apakah foundienya terangkat. Ternyata setelah 17 jam sejak pemakaian pertama, foundie pun mulai transfer sedikit.
Semoga bisa terlihat dari foto di atas, di bagian dekat hidung sebelah kanan dan dagu ada foundie yang sudah terhapus.
Lalu saya pun membersihkan wajah dengan face wipes, seperti ini hasilnya.
Masih ada sebanyak ini foundie yang menempel di wajah saya bahkan setelah 17 jam.
Setelah saya sendiri mencoba foundie ini selama 17 jam dan full kegiatan dari pagi hingga malam, maka berikut ini kesimpulan yang saya dapatkan mengenai foundie ini:
Ringan di wajah, seperti tidak memakai foundie
Warna tidak abu-abu di wajah, tidak oxidize
Tidak tacky atau lengket-lengket saat baru dipakai, langsung matte
Tidak memerlukan pemakaian bedak berlebihan untuk menge-setnya
Tidak transfer, tidak menempel di pakaian
Tidak mudah luntur dan pudar
Tahan tanpa touch up sekitar 9 jam
Tidak greasy sama sekali bahkan hingga pemakaian selama 17 jam
Tidak crease sama sekali di bawah mata dan smile line meskipun tidak pakai concealer
Coverage medium dan buildable, dapat menutupi warna tidak rata dengan baik meskpun tanpa concealer
Tidak mengaksentuasi komedo dan jerawat
Semakin lama dipakai, semakin menyatu dengan kulit
Beberapa kondisi yang menurut saya mendukung percobaan ini bisa memberikan hasil yang baik adalah:
Karakter kulit saya yang berminyak namun memang tidak berlebihan dan bukan acne prone skin
Kondisi kulit wajah saya sedang cukup baik (komedo baru dibersihkan, tidak banyak jerawat matang, lumayan smooth)
Cuaca yang tidak terlalu panas dan lumayan berangin sehingga membuat saya tidak terlalu berkeringat dan mengeluarkan minyak
Dan terakhir, berikut daftar produk yang saya pakai di makeup look ini:
Wet n Wild & Canmake Brushes
Etude House Drawing Eye Brow – gray brown
Maybelline Brow Precise Fiber Volumizing Eyebrow Gel – medium brown
Colourpop No Filter Concealer – medium 28 (was medium 30) untuk membingkai alis
Innisfree Eye Primer
Colourpop Eye Shadow Palette – Give it To Me Straight
Maybelline Hyper Impact Eye Liner
L’oreal Lash Paradise Mascara
Wet n Wild Photofocus Primer – matte finish
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place SPF 10 – 2N2 Buff
Fanbo Beauty Blender
Wet n Wild Photofocus Pressed Powder – neutral buff
Wet n Wild Contouring Palette – dulce de leche
Elf Blush Palette – light
Wet n Wild Megaglo Highlighter – precious petals
Wardah Exclusive Lip Cream – 17 rosy cheeks
Wet n Wild Photofocus Setting Spray – matte finish
Baiklah, demikian cerita pengalaman saya menggunakan foundie ini selama 17 jam dari jam 6 pagi hingga 11 malam. Semua cerita yang saya sampaikan di atas insya Allah jujur, mungkin ada yang lupa-lupa sedikit, namun insya Allah tidak mengubah kenyataan yang ingin disampaikan. Saya merasa sangat puas bisa membuktikan sediri kualitas dari foundie ini. Saya jadi bisa bilang sendiri bahwa foundie ini benar-benar worth the price.
Satu catatan adalah, karena foundie ini ternyata terbukti sangat sweat-proof, water-prrof, dan oil-proof, saya tidak menyarankan untuk dipakai jika teman-teman yang muslimah akan melewati waktu solat dan harus berwudhu, karena saya cukup yakin air tidak akan sampai ke kulit jika kita memakai foundie ini.
Semoga review ini bermanfaat bagi teman-teman yang baru akan membeli foundie ini, ya! Sampai ketemu di review beauty products selanjutnya!
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