Shu Uemura Lightbulb Oleo Pact Foundation

I am having quite a busy week this week, and since I’ll be out of town, I thought I’d share how I feel about Shu Uemura Lightbulb Oleo Pact foundation which I received couple months a go. Anyhow, I do have to say, this foundation is pretty good. I wasn’t sure how I’d like it, but I did ended up liking it a lot.

I won’t be able to get into in-depth review since I only wore this once for a tutorial, and I didn’t wear it for the whole day. I will, however, give you my honest first impression of this foundation. Keep in mind that I was NOT asked nor endorsed to write this review. I was given this foundation as part of the Shu Uemura Brave Beauty after-competition relationship. Whatever I wrote here is purely my honest opinion. You may or may not agree with me.

Shu Uemura Lightbulb Oleopact review

Ok, first thing first, the Shu Uemura lightbulb oleo pact foundation comes with a dome-shaped sponge. This sponge will make you change your mind about sponges that come with the foundation. It’s dome-shaped, to mimick your fingertips, so there will be no streaking. I applied my foundation using this sponge in a stippling manner, and it gives quite a full coverage effect.

The foundation comes in a black plastic compact, with a mirror on it just like any typical compact foundation. The compartment for the sponge, however, is between the lid and the mirror, instead of at the bottom.

I was given 2 shades – 376 and 774. For this post, I find the 376 has quite a pink undertone, while the 774 is yellow. For this post, I’m wearing the 774 shade. I was quite worried that the 774 would be too pale for me since I’ve gotten quite tanned in Jakarta, however, it matches my neck and chest quite well (I’m lighter on my chest and neck).

For your reference, I’m an in-between MAC NC25 and NC 30, and MUFE HD 120. I would say if you’re an NC 30, the 774 would probably be too light for you. I managed to match this to my skin by applying most of the color on the center of my face and blend it outwards – this a good trick for those of you who’re like me, darker on the face and lighter on the neck/chest).

Shu Uemura Oleopact review

 

Pros

  • It comes in 16 shades (in the USA website) – not sure how many they have in Indonesia.
  • It comes in a variety of undertone – yellow, pink, neutral.
  • Great for combination to oily skin.
  • Medium to full coverage – buildable.
    • Does not feel heavy/cakey at all.
  • Natural finish – not too dewy, not too matte.
  • It has SPF 25
  • Smooth and creamy.
  • Easily blendable.
  • Dome-shaped sponge does not cause any streaking.

Cons

  • It clings to dry skin
    • Those with dry skin might want to either hydrate skin really well or stay away from this foundation.
  • Needs to be set with powder
    • Especially if you have oily skin. This foundation tends to move if you don’t set it.
  • Packaging feels cheap.

 

Shu Uemura Oleopact Before and after

Hakubi White C Gel

For today’s post, I want to introduce a product by Sato Pharmaceutical company called Hakubi White C gelSuplemen Pemutih Kulit, which is now available in Indonesia! Curious about this product? Read more about it below!

What is Hakubi White C gel?

  • Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is a concentrated Vitamin C derivative that is easily absorbed into the skin, to help prevent spots and freckles caused by sunburn.
  • Helps to sooth sunburn.
  • Non-greasy, non-sticky gel with a smooth after-touch.
  • Can also be used to spot-treat pimples and acne

Active Ingredients: Water, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Potassium Hydroxide, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose Stearoxy Ether, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Methylparaben, Flavouring, Sodium Hyaluronate, Propylparaben

Hakubi, 2014

 

Hakubi White C Gel Indonesia

So, this Hakubi White C gel uses Vitamin C to prevent sun damage on your skin. Also, if you don’t already know, Vitamin C is known to lighten skin colour by increasing the level of glutathione on the body (Johnston et al, 1993). The Hakubi White C Gel is a product to help brighten your skin.

The product itself comes in a squeeze bottle, with a small tip. When you squeeze the bottle, a clear transparent gel will come out. The gel is slightly runnier than I expected, and it reminds me of those aloe-vera sunburn gel. I find that this product is somewhat sticky on the skin if you apply too much. However, other than that, it goes on smoothly on the skin.

You can find Hakubi White C Gel along with any other Hakubi products in Guardian, Watson, and Century outlets throughout Indonesia.

Hakubi White C Gel

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Review

I’m back with a new post ya’ll! Today is my Bioderma Sensibio H2O review! Apologies for the late update, been super duper busy with work, and my health condition wasn’t at its best. However, if you have followed me on Instagram, you would have known that I was recently featured on a talkshow called Ping Me at RTV in Indonesia. Just a small segment, but it was a pretty cool experience. Photos are over on my Instagram!

Anyways, let’s get back on today’s topic: Best makeup remover ever! If you have not heard of this makeup remover, shame on you! Let’s take a look at the before and after photos below shall we?

  • On the left, my face was filled with makeup products from my “Dr. Who the Waters of Mars” makeup tutorial.
    • I have foundation on, eyeshadows, eyeliner, and face paint.
  • On the right, my face after I removed all the makeup using Bioderma Sensibio H2O makeup remover.
    • 2 cotton pads somewhat half-soaked in the makeup remover.

Bioderma Indonesia

So, I’ve used Bioderma since 2010, and when I returned to Indonesia in 2012, I couldn’t find any. However, in 2013, Bioderma entered the Indonesian market, and I was thrilled!  I was even more excited this year when Bioderma’s Brand Manager and Marketing Director invited me for a coffee break last month! Amazing! So awesome to have meet both of them, and they were so kind as to give me their 2 best-sellers! Thank you and thank you and thank you Bioderma Indonesia!

Let’s get back on track a little, shall we? What exactly is Bioderma?

” The Laboratoire Dermatologique BIODERMA, based in Lyon, France, develops and markets, in close collaboration with dermatologists and renowned institutional research centers (CNRS. INSERM, CHU, Universities,…), dermo-cosmetic products intended for medical prescription and medicinal consultancy.

BIODERMA is among the most frequently prescribed laboratories by French dermatologists. Present in more than 70 countries, BIODERMA is growing very fast at international level. (…)

Bioderma’s reserach is performed by a team of highly qualified scientists and extremely reputable operators. (…) These works gave birth to numerous innovations which since became references:

  • The 1st non detergent shampoo : NodéFluid.
  • The 1st cleansing waters : the micellar solutions Sensibio H2O and Sébium H2O.
  • The 1st biologically-active sunscreen ingredient that counters the long-term damaging effects of UV exposure :  Photoderm and the patent Cellular BIOprotection®.
  • The 1st skincare product that corrects the quality of sebum : Sébium AKN and its patented ingredient, Fluidactiv®.
  • The first skincare who acts directly on the main cause of skin redness : Sensibio AR and its patent Rosactiv®. “

Bioderma, 2014

As you all can see, Bioderma is the pioneer in creating “Cleansing Water”. The micellar technology comes from Bioderma, and they are still the best at it. I’ve tried other micellar-based makeup remover, but none of them are as superior as Bioderma’s.

What is a micellar technology?

(…) Micelles (…) effectively micro-emulsify impurities while maintaining the skin’s balance (soap-free, physiological pH).

Bioderma, 2014

So there’s 2 actions in the Micellar technology:

  1. Break down impurities
  2. Restore skin to its optimal condition

This makeup remover has these tiny molecules called Micelles. What micelles do is to break down any impurities (dirt, oil, makeup etc) as soon as it touches your skin. However, instead of breaking down your skin cells along with all these impurities, it detects and recognizes your skin cells. The micelles molecules will then restore your skin’s condition to its optimum balance.

Isn’t Science amazing?! Awesome!

Best Makeup Remover

So, I was given 2 products – the Sensibio H2O and the Sebium H2O. I’ve only been using the Sensibio H2O, so I cannot say much about the Sebium. However, I’d have think that the Sebium would give similar result to the Sensibio.

There’s 2 main difference between the Sensibio and the Sebium:

  • The Sensibio is catered towards sensitive skin, while the Sebium is for oily skin.
  • The Sebium cannot be used in the eyes and lips area while the Sensibio can be used in those areas.
    • The reason why the Sebium cannot be used in the eyes and lips area is because those areas are more sensitive. Since the Sebium is made for oily skin, it’ll absorb excess oil on the skin. However, since the eye and lip areas aren’t as oily as the skin, using the Sebium in those areas might cause it to be dried out and thus irritated.
    • Please do avoid using the Sebium on the eye and lip areas.

 

best makeup remover for sensitive skin

Below is a list of pros and cons for Bioderma Sensibio H2O

Pros

  • Removes makeup without the need to rinse.
  • Will remove even the hardest waterproof mascara and eyeliner.
    • Soaked the remover on a cotton pad, leave it on eyes for 3-5 minutes and wipe away.
  • Suitable for every skin type.
  • Does not dry out skin.
  • Does not leave any weird sticky or oily residue on skin.
  • Does not irritate the skin and eyes.
  • PERFECT to clean up the edges of your WINGED LINER.
  • Fast and quick makeup removal, especially for makeup changes.

Cons

  • Removing mascara and eyeliner might take a few minutes for the remover to break it down. I prefer using Shu Uemura cleansing oil for this instead, since I always rinse my face after removing my makeup anyways.

 

Diorskin Star Foundation Review

I am back, ya’ll! Ok, so for any updates please go check my Instagram! Anyways, as you all know, I bought a new foundation, and as promised here’s my Diorskin Star foundation review! I’ve been trying to find this foundation all over the web, but it seems that this foundation is totally brand new. Sephora has it but it’s out of stock, and written as “new”. Anyways, when I bought it, the lady who was helping me actually told me they just received this foundation that morning, and I was the first person to purchase it. So, yay me!

Anyhow, I actually have a very high expectation for this foundation due to the hefty price tag, and the fact that it is Dior! I have never tried any of Dior foundation previously, only their eyeshadows and highlighter. So, I was totally curious about this foundation. Without further ado, let’s get on the review!

Diorskin star foundation review

The description below is taken from the leaflet provided inside the foundation box.

What is Diorskin Star Foundation?

“Diorskin Star Studio Makeup Spectacular Brightening Weightless Perfection SPF 30 (is) inspired by the professional illuminating techniques and expertise of its makeup artists. Dior invents Diorskin Star, its 1st brightening foundation: a weightless fluid capable of instantly and over time recreating the spectacular and perfecting light of Dior’s studios.

Innovative formula: a complexion bathed in light. Boasting Light Pulsion technology, Diorskin Star formulas give a whole new dimension to light with 2-fold brightening action.

1. A complexion that is instantly more luminous and visibly evener – a new generation of hollow silica beads captures and diffuses light in a correcting halo with no shine. At the same time, colour-filter pigments adapt to each skin tone and neutralize color imbalances to recreate the perfect light.

2. Day after day, a clarified, purer, more dazzling complexion – anti-“light trap” skincare ingredients target action at the source of the skin’s brightness and radiance, with each application they help reduce the appearance of dark areas, pigment spots and redness.

Innovative Texture: a weightless fluid: with extreme finesse and incredible glide, this fluid boasts an evanescent texture with a barely-there feel that leaves nothing on the skin but a correcting veil of pure light. A texture with a new sensation and flawless coverage, it provides comfort and hold all day long.”

source: Dior leaflet from its foundation box

Diorskin Star NC30Bare Face

Just a quick reminder on my shades in other brands: MAC NC25/30, MUFE HD foundation 120, Cover FX cream foundation G40, Estee Lauder Double Wear Light foundation 3.0, Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation 4.0, MAC Face and Body C3, and L’oreal Magic Lumi foundation W2/4.

First impression

I actually love it! I’m quite picky when it comes to foundation, especially since I’m an in-between shade kind of person. I knew I’ll probably be a shade 30 (there was no shade 31 for this line), and I actually told the lady who helped me to try the 30 on my face. She said it was a perfect match. I think it was close enough, but not perfect. I find shade 30 to be of a neutral undertone, so it doesn’t match me perfectly since I have a yellow undertone. It looks slightly pink, but it’s bearable.

*UPDATE: a few readers have been telling me that they were able to find shade 31, if you can find shade 31 go for it! If I can find shade 31, I’ll probably ditch 30 and go for 31. Like I said, 30 is not a perfect match, but it’s workable for me*

UPDATE (JULY 11, 2015) – I FOUND SHADE 31 AND BOUGHT IT! It matches my skin a lot better now since it has a yellow undertone! Perfection! Absolutely beautiful, especially since I’m a bit more tanned now in the Summer.

Anyways, getting back on the foundation, I love how it’s very light when I put it on my face. It doesn’t feel sticky, nor tacky. It just feel absolutely like my skin, like it’s barely there. Since I expected this foundation to be light-weight, I didn’t expect much coverage. I think this foundation has a light to medium coverage. I didn’t mind it at all. It covers just enough, but still let my skin shows through.

I was expecting some kind of light-reflecting particles on this foundation, since they claimed it was “brightening”. To my surprise, there wasn’t any particles that I can see, no shimmers, no glitters, just normal foundation. It reminds me a lot of my old favorite foundation, the Lancome Teint Miracle.

I think this foundation might be suitable for all skin-type. I have a combination skin, and this foundation works well on both my dry patches, as well as the oily areas. It doesn’t look overly dewy/glowy, and it doesn’t cling to any of the dry patches.

I’d like to mention that I applied this foundation using my favorite Cover FX cream foundation brush. For the entire face, I only used 2 pumps of foundation. Even then, I still have quite a bit of excess foundation left.

Dior star foundation before and afterLeft: with foundation; Right: bare face

Coverage

As mentioned above, I think this foundation has a light to medium coverage. If you are looking for a heavier coverage, then you might want to look at another foundation. This foundation covers just enough, but as you can see from the above pictures, it doesn’t cover everything. The redness was covered well enough, but my acne scars (e.g. above my lips) is still noticeable.

Finish

Dior claims that this foundation has a natural “barely-there” finish. I’m not sure if this is a “new texture” as they claimed, but again, it does feel very natural and weightless. It doesn’t have a glowy or dewy finish, it just looks like my skin but the better version of it. Do you guys get what I mean? It just looks like my skin, but better!

I actually do have to give credit to this foundation. When I wore it today, I received a lot of compliments regarding my skin. Actually my cousin asked me if I’ve been to a dermatologist for a new skin-care regime since my skin looks really smooth and flawless. The fact that people thought my skin looks great meant the foundation does its job!

No one came up to say “oh you wore makeup today”, all of them actually didn’t even notice I wore foundation at all. In fact, I don’t usually wear makeup, so when I do, everyone at office notice it. Today, however, I had this foundation on, brows filled, a bit of blush, and some mascara, and everyone complimented only on my skin. Isn’t that awesome?

Shades

7 shades available in Sephora North America. I’m not sure how many shades Sephora Singapore carries. When I bought it, they literally was putting it out of the boxes on to the shelves. So, I didn’t get to see if they have all the 7 shades or not.

The 7 shades are: 010 (Ivory), 020 (Light Beige), 021 (Linen), 030 (Medium Beige), 033 (Apricot Beige), 040 (Honey Beige), 050 (Dark Beige), 070 (Dark Brown).

I got shade 030, which has a neutral undertone. As mentioned above, I didn’t mind it even though I have yellow undertone, since the difference in undertone is barely noticeable. I’ve put a picture of me with a natural light while wearing this foundation on Instagram so you guys can see that the foundation still match me pretty well.

Diorskin star before afterFoundation on whole face – taken at 10am

Longevity

I started wearing this foundation at 10am. I didn’t set it with powder since I want to see how long this foundation will actually last without being set. I took the last picture (see below) at 9pm. As you can see within the 11-hour time frame, the foundation seems to have last the whole time.

I noticed I looked visibly oily on my T-zone, but that’s to be expected since I have a combination skin plus I didn’t set my face. Also, the acne scars above my lips were visible after 11-hour, but that’s because I had my meals and wiped my mouth with napkins. So, the foundation was transferred to the napkins when I wiped my mouth.

Other than that, I think the foundation looked pretty intact after 11-hour. It did not settle on my pores, it did not oxidizes, and it still maintains that natural finish even after 11-hour.

Packaging

Oh, you sweet beautiful packaging. I feel like half of the price goes to the packaging. Dior truly knows how to make beautiful product with beautiful packaging. Love the glass bottle, love everything about that glass bottle. It just looks so luxurious and gorgeous. This foundation comes with a pump, so there’s no need to pour the foundation out. Just pump it twice to cover your entire face and neck.

Price

I bought this in Sephora Singapore for SG$78. In Sephora website (.com and its canadian part) they’re selling it at $48. Let me say how I’m super upset that I’m not in Canada right now.  What a big price difference between Asia and North America Sephoras. Not sure how much this would be in Indonesia, probably will be expensive too!

Diorskin star foundation NC30Taken at 9pm

Pros

  • My skin looks amazing.
  • Definitely not cakey, very natural, and light-weight.
  • Doesn’t feel heavy at all.
  • Fragrance doesn’t bother me, has a faint scent.
  • Lasted the whole day.
  • Doesn’t have any shimmers.
  • Doesn’t settle on my pores, thus not making it look big.
  • Beautiful, luxurious packaging

Cons

  • Expensive in Asia! (looking at you Singapore!!!)
  • Limited amount of shades – only 7. I find mine to be slightly on the neutral side, while I’m actually yellow. So, this shade did not match me perfectly.
  • Not for those looking for a full coverage.

The reason why I am not putting it on my Product of the Week is because I have only tried this foundation once. I think it’ll probably go on my favorite foundation list soon enough, though!

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated nor endorsed by Dior or Sephora. I bought this product using my own money. All opinion, review, and pictures are my own unless otherwise noted. My review is based on my own experience, and my own skin. I am not a dermatologist, nor an expert on skin care. Please note that results might vary on different skin types. Do a skin patch test should you worry for any skin reaction. I bear no responsibility should any issues arise on your own skin.

Product of The Week: Cover FX Cream Foundation Review

I’ve recently purchased a few Cover FX Cream Foundations, 3 to be exact, and their cream foundation brush. I have had used the Cover FX foundations before, back when I went to makeup school, Complections, it was part of our makeup kit. So, today’s post will be an in-depth review of this foundation. Please bear with me, but if you can’t scroll all the way down for the pictures, and Pros and Cons!

That was in 2010/11, fast forward to 2014, I’ve finished my kit supply, used another brand, and yet I couldn’t help but drawn into the Cover FX cream foundation again. I heard that the foundation was reformulated, and I was intrigued.

See, back then, this foundation was notoriously known in my class as a hard to blend foundation. We were taught to mix it with either primer or moisturizer before application. If you didn’t mix it well, the foundation will become patchy upon application. Nevertheless, it was one of the best cream foundation I’ve ever used – great for every skin type (esp. sensitive skin), a large range of shades based on real people, full coverage, and very pigmented. You don’t even need to buy an extra concealer for it.

coverfx cream foundation review

So, I gave the foundation another try as soon as they arrived, and I realized that this time the foundation is much more emollient. It’s creamier, and blends a lot easier compared to the old ones. I didn’t even have to mix it with moisturizer or primer. I went over to Twitter and asked them if they’ve changed the formulation, and they replied it with a Yes, and apparently, they also added antioxidants and vitamins into their foundation.

I don’t recall the old foundation came with SPF, however, this new ones do – SPF 30. I did not check for flashback, because I didn’t realize it has SPF. I’ll give an update once I checked for it next time I use it.

coverfx cream foundation review

Along with their foundation, I also owned their cream foundation brush. Back then their brush handle is longer and the bristle was made from goat hair. I love that brush, and it gives the most beautiful finish to the skin. So, I thought, well I need another one! The NEW Cover FX cream foundation brush, however, has a synthetic bristle. It feels different, and I have yet to give it a try. I sure hope it’ll give a beautiful finish too! I’ll do a brush review next time, since this post has a lot of information already!

coverfx cream foundation review g20

Ok, so I bought 3 colors – G20, G40, and N110. My base shade is G40, it’s the most perfect shade for my skin so far. I’m usually an in-between shades, for example for MAC I’m in between MAC NC25-30. I also have a darker face compared to my chest, so I have to be careful when choosing my foundation. With the Cover FX, however, I used G40, and it matches perfectly to my chest and face. The G20 is about 2 shades lighter, and I used it as highlighter. For the contour color, I chose N110 which is a lot darker than my skin, and it has equal part yellow and red undertones.

coverfx cream foundation review g40

What is Cover FX Total Cream Foundation?

A rich emollient based cream foundation with SPF 30 offering flexible coverage.
An antioxidant-rich, 2-in-1 concealer and foundation offering broad spectrum SPF 30 protection with medium to full, buildable coverage.What it does:
This foundation provides an all-day radiant finish that nourishes and protects with anti-aging benefits. The buildable formula can provide medium to full coverage and offers SPF 30, full UV protection, and all-day wear.

Provides optimum coverage of skin imperfections such as acne, redness, under eye circles, uneven skin tones, post-surgical bruising, vitiligo, and tattoos and protection from wind, sun and pollution.

This clinically tested product does not contain the Inflammatory Five: gluten, mineral oil, fragrance, parabens or talc.

(Cover FX, 2014)

 

coverfx cream foundation review for mac nc30

(Bare Face)

Coverage
Sheer to Full coverage! You can make this as sheer as you want, or as full as you want. I’m not joking! This foundation has the best type of coverage. If you want it sheer, you can apply it with a damped sponge (or beauty blender), if you want a full coverage you can apply it using a foundation brush. Choose whatever coverage you want, and it will work. Sheer, medium, or full, whatever floats your boat!
If you take a look at my pictures below, you’ll see how it covers everything from my redness (around my nose, and cheeks), uneven skintone (i.e darkness on my chin), blemishes, under eye circles, and my huge pores. My skin looks pretty amazing on the last picture on this page, no?!
Finish

This foundation has a semi-matte finish. It says on the website that it’s a radiant finish, I’m not sure what “radiant” finish is. I think this foundation has a semi-matte finish. It’s not completely natural, you can still see on the pictures below that it is somewhat matte, but not completely.

coverfx cream foundation review for nc30

(Left: with CoverFX; Right: Bare Face)

Shade
28 shades ranging from Pink (P), Neutral (N), and Golden (G). Pink shades have a pink undertone, Neutral has equal parts of yellow and pink, while Golden has a yellow undertone.
The shade comes with a numbering system as well, ranging from 0 – 110; with 0 being the lightest and 110 the darkest. The Pink shade comes in P10-P60, Neutral comes in N0-N110, and Golden comes in G10-G80.
Price
CA$42 for 10g/0.33oz. If you are a Pro Makeup Artist, you can register for membership to get 40% off. If you are a working professional in the beauty/fashion industry, you can also register for membership to get 30% off.
If you are not a professional, you can still buy it from the Cover FX website and get 15% off on your first purchase!

coverfx cream foundation review g40

(With Cover FX Cream Foundation)

Pros:

  • Great for every skin type – oily, dry, mature, sensitive, combination.
  • A huge range of shade – 28 shades for all undertones! Amazing!
  • Buildable coverage – sheer to full.
  • Doubles as concealer.
  • Lasts for the whole day – I’ve worn it for 8hr set with powder. With the old ones, I’ve used it for photoshoots and short film, as well as theater makeup, which work for the full day, barely needing any touch-up.
  • Price is reasonable, considering the discounts.
  • Semi-matte finish.
  • It has SPF 30.
  • Can be used to cover any imperfections, as well as tattoo.

Cons:

  • Can’t think of any!

On the picture below, I’ve done a little bit of contouring and highlight using N110 and G20. I’ll show you guys how I do it next time! For the full makeup tutorial (eyes, lips, cheeks etc), I’ll post that tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow.

coverfx cream foundation review g40

(Pores, begone!!!)

Disclaimer: I’m not sponsored, nor affiliated with Cover FX. Clicking on the links will not earn me any monetary profits.

My Current Skincare Routine

I was asked over on the Indonesian Beauty Bloggers facebook page to share about my skincare routine. I am, of course, pretty shocked since I don’t have the best skin. I mean, like, my skin is super flawed and I do wished I had taken better care of my skin when I was younger. Lucky for me, my mom was always there to constantly remind me to go for facials, see dermatologist, wash my face etc.

Even though currently my skin looks pretty OK, I had to go through my teenage years with acne. Anyways, throughout the course of my life, I’ve tried several different brands at different stage of my life, some works and others made it worse.

My skin type is combination. A really weird type of combination. In Asia, my t-zone is dry and cheeks are oily. In Canada, my nose is oily and everything else is dry. Weird, right?!

Currently, I’ve been using the Clinique 3-step system for just a little bit less than a year now and I’m loving it! Below is what I’m using at the moment:

Daily 2x/day (+after makeup removal)

  1. Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild
  2. Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2
  3. Clinique Dramatically Moisturizing Gel

I started off washing my face with the soap, and then clean up my skin using the clarifying lotion. I applied the moisturizer, 2 pumps, all over my face. In the winter (like right now), I usually layer another pump of moisturizer after the first layer dries off.

Guys, if you’re like me (combination skin in a dry cold winter weather), then the layering step is important to moisturize your skin. I was given the Clinique Dramatically Moisturizing LOTION, within the first week my skin broke out because the cream was too rich.

If you have combination/oily skin, then go for the GEL. It’s lighter and it really does wonder. I was told by family and friends that they noticed my skin looks better and more supple within a week of using the 3-step system. I re-started using the 3-step system when I was in Jakarta, and continued using it while I’m in Canada. This is the only skincare system that works really well in 2 different climate – hot/humid and dry/cold.

Once a week

  1. Clinique 7-day Scrub Cream Rinse-off Formula, OR
  2. Clarisonic MIA + Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild

I usually use the Clarisonic MIA + Soap combo once a week to clear out my pores and exfoliates my skin. However, when I forgot to charge my Clarisonic MIA, I usually use my 7-day scrub cream. Once a week is more than enough, especially when I can feel my face is clogged up.

Usually in Jakarta, my mom takes me and my sister out for facial. However, I don’t have that luxury in Canada (so expensive compared to Jakarta). So, the Clarisonic or the scrub is more than sufficient to clear out my clogged pores.

Makeup remover

  1. Bioderma crealine h20, and/OR
  2. Coconut Oil

To remove my eye makeup, I usually used the Bioderma. However, I’ve ran out of the makeup remover just recently, and since I’ve been using coconut oil for hair mask, I decided to use it to remove my makeup as well. I just rub the coconut oil all over my eyes and face, and then removed it with damped face cloth.

After I removed my makeup, then I’ll wash my face using the Clinique Facial Soap TWICE. The first wash is to remove the oil and the remaining makeup residue, while the second wash actually cleans the skin. Then I proceed with the clarifying lotion, and 2 layers of the moisturizing gel.

I also drink A LOT of water to ensure that my skin is not dehydrated. Sometimes, just by drinking a lot of water, you’ll notice a huge difference in your skin. Remember, lots of water is good for you! I keep 2 500-ml water bottles, and 1 1-L water bottle at home. I made sure I drank 2L water everyday.

Let me just mention that it has taken me so many years, a lot of trials/errors to find the one skincare system that actually works for me right now. Please keep in mind that everyone’s skin is different, and what might work for me might not work for someone else.

skincare routine for combination skin

Pictures are courtesy of Sephora

 

Epicare Facial Hair Remover [Sponsored Review]

Couple weeks a go, I received a package from Nail Polish Canada, and inside was the Epicare Facial Hair Remover. I’d like to say a big thanks to Tiffany for sending me the package! I wasn’t too sure how to use this product at first until I saw the demonstration video on Nail Polish Canada website.

So, what is Epicare Facial Hair Remover?

Say Goodbye to embarrassing and unsightly facial hair with Epicare’s revolutionary spring. No more messy waxing, chemical burns or expensive laser treatments. Just Bend and Roll and facial hair gets pulled out from the roots. Epicare® is so compact that it fits into your purse and is always ready for use when you need it.

Epicare® is the original facial hair threader, and has been around since 1999. We are proudly Canadian. Choose from 8 amazing colors. Looking good has never been easier.

(Nail Polish Canada, 2014)

Epicare Facial Hair Remover

The spring-like hair remover has a plastic covering on both ends. It comes in a small paper-based package. At the back of the package is a list of reasons why you should use Epicare. The back of the packaging says:

Why Epicare?

Epicare is the world’s first Do-It-Yourself Manual Threading device to remove unwanted facial hair. Its unique spring action removes unwanted hair from the roots safely and effectively without damaging the skin. Just bend and roll. It’s as simple as that!

  • Environmentally friendly and reusable
  • Convenient, easy and fast
  • Small enough to carry around
  • Able to remove very fine, short facial hair quickly and effectively
  • Finer hair re-growth
  • Safe for all skin types
  • Low risks of outbreaks
  • Affordable and economical
  • Hypo-Allergenic

(Epicare Canada)

Epicare Facial Hair Remover

Ok, so at first, I was confused as to how I should use this. The package says “bend and roll”, and I thought you just roll the spring part against your face..hahaah I was so wrong! What you need to roll is actually the purple part aka the handle. You roll the handles so the spring rotates front and back (does that make sense?) while moving the whole thing against your face.

I find that the spring will catch on to the hair better when you go against the direction of hair growth, much like waxing and threading. As you can see in the picture below (Left), I have very fine “whiskers” (lol) on my upper lip, it’s barely visible but it’s there. On the after picture (Right), the hair pretty much is gone.

How does it feel? If you’ve gotten your eyebrows threaded, that’s exactly how it feels. You can hear and feel the hair getting plucked out of your face. It’s not painful, may be slightly uncomfortable if you aren’t used to waxing or threading. It might sting a little if your hair is thicker than mine. Your skin might get red after the removal, but it doesn’t stay red that long – may be around 5 minutes.

Afterwards, I clean it by rinsing it off with water and facial cleanser. For a spot cleaning, I just rub cotton soaked in 99% alcohol on the spring.

So, if you want to get this, you can grab it from Nail Polish Canada for $15 (if you are in Canada), or from Epicare Home if you are in the U.S.A.

Epicare Facial Hair Remover

(Left to Right: Before & After)

Pros:

  • Easy and fast hair removal at home.
  • I don’t have to spend money to get my hair removed every couple weeks.
  • It doesn’t hurt at all for me.
  • Cute colors – they come in 8 different shades: timeless black, soothing lavender, fiery red, forest green, ocean blue, fuschia pink, girly pink and sunshine yellow.
  • Small, and so easy to bring it anywhere.

Cons:

  • It says only for facial use, but really, you can’t use it on your eyebrows. It’s too large for eyebrows, please DO NOT USE THIS ON YOUR EYEBROWS.
  • It’s not precise enough to grab a specific hair, so again DO NOT USE ON EYEBROWS.

Disclaimer: Links to Nail Polish Canada and Epicare Home websites are not affiliated links. I do not earn any money or commission if you click on those links. Even though this product was sent to me by Nail Polish Canada, my review is honest and unbiased. Please keep in mind that result may vary for each individual.

Dermablend Cover Creme Review [sponsored]

First of all, I’d like to say “Thank You” to Nail Polish Canada for sending me the Dermablend Cover Creme to be reviewed. Also, free shipping for any purchase of Dermablend Professional products from Nail Polish Canada!

 What is Dermablend Cover Creme?

A lightweight creme formula with high coverage and natural skin tone shades. Cover Creme delivers a flawless complexion and 12 hours of consistent color wear.

Cover Creme provides coverage for moderate to major skin flaws including

  • Vitiligo
  • Birthmarks
  • Rosacea
  • Pigmentation Disorders
  • Post-Operative Bruising
  • Scars
  • Burns

Texture: Glides on evenly. Skin looks fresh, feels soft and velvety smooth.

Skin Benefit:All day hydration. Suitable for sensitive skin.

Sun Protection: SPF 30 Sunscreen.

Application

First apply cover creme

  1. Remove a small amount of Cover Creme with either a spatula or fingertips.
  2. Apply directly over imperfection. Tap gently to ensure maximum coverage.
  3. Blend outwardly. If extra coverage is desired, tap on more product over the area. For sunscreen benefits, apply before sun exposure.

Second apply setting powder (sold separetly)

  1. Pat on Setting Powder generously over covered areas.
  2. Brush off excess using a makeup brush.
Size: 28g / 1 oz
(Nail Polish Canada, 2013)

Dermablend Cover Creme review NC30

I was asked to choose a shade from the Nail Polish Canada website, but I wasn’t sure which shade I’m in. I decided to go with Yellow Beige, even though I was unsure. I’m usually a MAC NC30 in MAC Pro Longwear. I was also given the option to choose the different Dermablend products, but I chose this foundation since I think it’ll be beneficial for those who’d like to try a full coverage foundation.

I love how the Dermablend Cover Creme comes in a jar and a little spatula. Even if you are not a makeup artist, you might find the spatula to be quite useful. Use the spatula to pick the foundation up from the jar instead of dipping your finger or brush directly into it, to avoid bacterial contamination.

You’ll find that the foundation is very tightly packed into the jar. This little jar will probably last you a good while. A little goes a long way with this foundation.

The foundation also blends very easily and smoothly to the skin. It almost feels like it melts into your skin. I applied the foundation by putting a little bit of it at the back of my hand, and work the product using the spatula. Then, I used the foundation brush to apply it to my face. The foundation is very pliable when you warm it up first.Dermablend Cover Creme NC30

Coverage

The Dermablend Cover Creme is a full-coverage foundation. However, like any other full-coverage foundation, this product can be applied thinly to create a sheer coverage. You can achieve a sheer to medium coverage by applying it using a damped sponge, or mixing the foundation with a primer or moisturizer.

In the pictures below, I applied a layer of foundation using a foundation brush. There are several ways to create a heavier coverage:

  • Layer your foundation.
  • Stippled or dabbed the foundation to your skin using a dry sponge, or your finger.
  • Buff it to your skin using a buffer brush, something like Sigma Round Kabuki or a Sigma Flat Kabuki brush.

Finish

I was expecting the finish to be matte, but I was quite surprised at the result. I mean, look at my “after” picture, it doesn’t look super matte, does it? I feel like it actually has quite a natural finish. I think my “before” picture is more matte than the “after”.

I find the finish to be quite velvety. I like how it looks. It’s not too matte, not extremely dewy either. Just the right amount.

Longevity

The brand claims that it lasted for up to 12-hour. I’m not sure how true it is if you don’t set it. I wore it for couple hours (4hrs), and I noticed the foundation has started to settle on the lines under my eyes. I did not powder it, so may be if I do, it’ll last longer. Keep in mind that I have a combination skin type.

The foundation is quite slippery, so if you have an oily skin, you might want to set it with powder to ensure that the foundation will stay.

Shade

21 shades ranging from light to dark, along with different undertones (yellow, pink, olive, and red).

I picked Yellow Beige, thinking it might have more yellow undertone, but I feel that it has quite a pink undertone. In the picture you might think that it matches my skin tone, but I can assure you it did not. It’s very pink, but I know I can probably neutralize the pink slightly using a very yellow powder when setting it.

Price

Currently it’s sold for CAD $36 (usually $38) from Nail Polish Canada. I don’t know how much it is in other store. I think the price it’s not too bad, considering how much you get out of it. There are lots of other foundation that’s even more expensive and not as good as this one.

Dermablend Cover Creme Asian

Pros

  • Full coverage, but can be thinned out if needed.
  • It covers everything! I didn’t even need to use concealer for this review.
  • A large range of shades is available for all different skin tones.
  • Suitable for all skin type, including those with sensitive skin.
  • Natural to velvety finish, if you prefer a non-matte skin.
  • Blends easily.
  • Consists of SPF 30.
  • Great packaging and love the spatula.

Cons

  • For me, the cons would be the wrong undertone. Too pink, may be better luck for me next time…I think if you want to buy this online, make sure you already tested the foundation before hand to match your skin. If not, you’ll be like me doing a guessing game.
  • Settles on fine lines, but can easily be fixed by setting it with powder.

Dermablend Cover Creme review

(Left: with Dermablend Cover Creme; Right: Bare face)

Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Workshop Event

So many events lately! Not that I’m complaining, but I’m really sorry for the lack of tutorial posts, and again soooo sorry if there’s too many “event” posts. It’s just pure coincidence that all the events were very close to each other this week. Anyways, today’s post is about MUFE Pro Finish Workshop event. I do have to say that MUFE Indonesia PR Staff was one of the best team that I’ve met so far. They are extremely kind, and friendly, so helpful and I really had a good time with them.

This MUFE Pro Finish workshop event was an introduction to their new product, which is (duh!) MUFE Pro Finish. This product was released to the public on September 7, 2013 in Indonesia. There’s only 17 shades in this range for Indonesia. There’s actually 25, but only 17 is available in Indonesia. I think this is one of the best brand for foundation since there’s a huge range of colors, besides MAC. This product will cost IDR. 430,000.

MUFE Academy IndonesiaMorris introduced MUFE Pro Finish

Just to let you know, I’ve actually already owned this product (my shade is 118). I bought it in Canada beginning of the year and have been using it. Let me just give you a brief introduction about MUFE Pro Finish. This product is a compact powder. What’s special about it is the fact that it can be used both DRY and Wet.

However, a word of warning, if you do apply this wet, you might find that the shade goes darker when applied to the skin. I’m not too sure why, but this is what I find. They also said, if you apply this wet, you get a sheer finish. I find this otherwise. I think applying it dry gives a more sheer finish.

I don’t like using this product wet. I, much prefer, using it dry to set my liquid/cream foundation. If you apply this dry with a buffing brush, you can get a good medium coverage. You, do, need to set it with a setting spray to avoid looking cakey or powdery.

It’s so great how, after you apply this wet, the powder will just dry and return to its normal powder state. If you’re like and have tried to wet MAC compact powder or ANY compact powders, you’ll find that there’s this weird coating, and had to scrape the coating off first before you can apply the powder underneath. With MUFE Pro Finish, you don’t have to do that! No coating!

MUFE Indonesia

Anyhow, let’s get back to the event. I felt like I’ve just done a short review about the product…lol…So, the event started out with a little makeup demo by Morris, a MUFE Makeup Artist. Then we were asked to try the products on our own face. Obviously, if you followed me on twitter/instagram, you’d have seen my makeup in the morning – bare face, strong brows, mascara and bold lips. However, since I wanted to be a good sport, I removed my makeup and stripped it down using MUFE Gentle Milk (picture above). Everyone was provided with a little table and a few products, as well as brushes on the table. We pretty much shared everything, not the most hygienic thing to do, but at least I already wore my mascara and I sharpened all the lip liners. The brushes were clean, so that was great.

Below on the left is my face with nothing on, but mascara. On the right, I’ve applied MUFE Pro Finish (dry) using foundation brush, filled my brows using MUFE brow pencil, contour slightly, a little bit of blush and added lip-liner to fill my lips. As you can see, the result from MUFE Pro Finish is pretty natural. It knocks out the redness and it covers my pores pretty well. Very sheer and natural. It also helps when my skin has been behaving well lately. However, you can see my dark under eyes (those late night sleeps are taking its toll..hahahaha). I didn’t apply any concealer.MUFE Pro Finish 118

Before and After MUFE Pro Finish

After I did my own makeup, Franky (from Rebzone) and I did Lucia’s makeup. Lucia is actually a friend of mine who tagged along today. So, again, thanks MUFE for allowing her to join us. It was fun, she enjoyed it a lot and she actually ended up buying that pink lip-liner on her lips!  Isn’t she gorgeous? 😉

Jilly Kirei Makeup and Franky Wu RebzoneLucia

So, after I did Lucia’s makeup, I wanted to go back to my bold lips since my face is quite bare. So, I applied MUFE Aqua Lip Liner in 11C and filled it in my lips. I, then, applied my Revlon Black Cherry on top of it. The result is the photo below! Super awesomely dark! Perfect for Fall/Winter makeup! I’m starting to love dark lips now.

Below is a picture of me with Maria. The pretty lady is a MUFE Intern, and guess what?! She is Indonesian, but her background is a Pakistani. She’s so friendly, and we couldn’t stop talking the whole time!

MUFE Academy IndonesiaWith Maria

Indonesian Beauty Bloggers(L-R) Franky, Lucia, myself, and Mukti

MUFE IndonesiaWith Mukti Lim

Of course the event won’t be completed without a great pictures of us! By this time almost everyone was gone, so it was just the 5 of us and the Staff.  Thanks MUFE Indonesia for inviting us! Thank you for being such a great host!

Make Up For Ever Indonesia

MUFE Indonesia

P.S.: FYI, I was not forced or felt compelled to post every events I go to. I think it was nice that I was invited to all these different events, and I just wanted to share with you guys what I learnt and did during the event. To be honest, no one told me I’ve to do an event coverage or anything. I just wanted to share my good experience, and hopefully you guys can learn something from this post as well (i.e. the products).

 

Tmart Pink 22-piece Makeup Brush Set

Happy Monday, everyone! Today I want to share with you guys a 22-piece PINK makeup brush set that I recently received from Tmart.com. I’d like to thank Tmart for sending me this product! If you are interested in purchasing this 22-piece brush set for yourselves, please visit their website.  I do not get any fee whatsoever if you click on the link.

Anyways, let’s get the review started!

My first impression of the set was “IT’S SO PINK!” hahahaha..I’m very old fashioned when it comes to my makeup set, every brush that I owned pretty much is black in color. I’ve never bought any pink/green/yellow (i.e. colorful) makeup brushes in my life, and so when I received this set the color was quite of a shock for me. Nevertheless, when I first opened the makeup bag, I am quite impressed by the amount of brushes included in it.

I believe the bristles of these brushes are all synthetic. It’s very soft and fluffy, especially the big fan face brush!

Tmart shopping

I’ve divided the brushes into several categories, but below we’ll start with the big face brushes. So, you get a big face fan brush, a powder brush, a blush brush, a flat-top brush and a foundation brush. (not in the picture below, but in the picture above: small face fan brush)

I actually do not like these brushes much. There are several reasons why I’m not a big fan of these brushes. One, the first 2 brushes from the left (fan and powder brushes) were broken. It wasn’t obvious when I first held it, however, upon a closer inspection, I realized that the handle of these 2 brushes were loose. So, when I tugged the ferrule (that’s the aluminum part), it came off from the handle! You can fix this by gluing it back together.

Next, the flat-top brush is too flimsy. I’m not sure what this brush is for since it’s not dense enough to be used to apply foundation. It’s also too flimsy to be used for contouring, and buffing. I have yet to find a good way to use this brush.

The foundation brush, however, it’s not that bad. It’s pretty sturdy and dense. It’s a good brush to apply foundation or cream blush/bronzer/highlighter.

Also, I forgot to include the small face fan brush, which is also a great brush for contouring/highlighting! The one that comes with the brush set is pretty good. It comes in a good size, and has enough bristles to do light contouring/highlighting.

makeup brush murah

The next set of brushes are the flat shaders, which I love! I want to categorized them as eyeshadow brushes, but I know they also can be used in so many ways. Anyways, if you buy this set, you get 5 flat shader brushes. These brushes are my favorite in this set.

The bristles are very sturdy and dense, which make these brushes great for eyeshadow application. They are also synthetic which means they would work excellent with cream-based products! These brushes will also work great with water-activated products.

tmart makeup brush

Upon closer look, you can see that the size of the brushes aren’t all the same. You get some of the larger size bristles, and you get the smaller ones. I love that it comes in different sizes. It’s great because you can use some for eyeshadow application, and others for lips or highlighting.

What is great with these brushes is the fact that you can get 5 in the set! Usually you only get 1-2, and to be honest, you can never have enough of the flat shader brush. They are so useful for eyeshadow application, body painting, face painting etc.

cheap makeup brush

The next set of brushes are the eyeliner brushes. These 2 brushes are more for precise line works for eyeliner, eyebrow or face painting. You get a straight edge brush, and you get the angled brush. The straight eyeliner brush works great for eyeliner application, and also can be used to highlight under the brow. Obviously this can also be used as a lip brush for precise lip work.

The angled brush, as you all know, is widely used to create winged or cat-eye eyeliner. It is also great to be used for filling in the brows using powder or gel product. Other than that, it can be used to create geometric shapes for face paintings and body paintings.

tmar makeup brush

The angled and straight eyeliner brushes are a great addition to this set because they have such dense and sturdy bristles that will work great when creating eyeliner or shapes. It’s not flimsy, so your line can be precise. The brushes are not too dense, so you can create a thinner line if you want.

tmar shopping

The next 5 brushes, I feel, should be under a lip brush category just because they are so small! I’ve used the longer ones as a shader brush, just to smudge the eyeshadow on the lower lid, which works. However, I feel that they work better as lip brushes.

The bristles on these 5 brushes are smaller in width and shorter in length compared to the eyeshadow brushes. One of these brushes (the first one of the left), is quite flimsy, the rest is quite dense and sturdy.

tmar shopping

These brushes, like I’ve said, will work great for lipstick application, especially that small one of the right in the picture below. It’s so small that you can work precisely for red lipstick application.

They also work for face paintings and body paintings. These brushes are small enough for precision work.

tmart shopping

The brushes on the next category, are on the miscellaneous side. I think, I’m not quite sure, the brush on the left in the picture below is supposed to be an eyeliner brush. The one on the right is a smudge brush.

tmart makeup brush

The eyeliner brush is pretty stiff. However, I feel that it’s not thin enough to be used as an eyeliner brush. Nevertheless, it can be used as an eyeliner brush. I just prefer the angled brush over this one.

The smudge brush shaped like a dome. It’s a sponge-tip brush. I’m not a big fan of this brush. It’s not versatile enough to be used as a pencil brush. It’s just good for smudging.

tmart makeup brush

Last but not least, the eyebrow collection! The brush on the left can be used to brush those unruly brows, if you have. The comb side can be used to clean excess mascara off the lashes.

The spooly can be used in conjunction with cuticle scissors to trim eyebrows. It can also be used to remove excess brow product from the eyebrow. Of course, it can also be used to remove excess mascara off the lashes.

tmart makeup brush

Pros:

  • 22-piece for USD$13.95 (from Hong Kong warehouse, meaning for Asia), and USD$15.95 for USA. Usually retailed at USD$33.99. Pretty cheap for a set of 22 brushes.
  • World-wide free shipping!
  • You get a lot of eyeshadow brushes!
  • Bristles are soft.
  • Bristles do not shed much for the smaller eye/lip brushes.
  • Great for beginners who do not want to spend money in buying individual brushes.

Cons:

  • Beware that handle might come off.
  • Bristles of the brushes shed quite significantly on first wash for the larger brushes.
  • Some of the brushes might not be of any use.

I cannot comment much about shipping because this was given to me for free. However, if it helps, the person who contacted me communicated with me throughout the whole time to ensure I received the product on time. I was in Hong Kong when this product was delivered to where I was staying, and it took 5-business days to reach me. It could’ve been faster, however, there was a typhoon in the week that I was there, which might cause a delay.

Conclusion:

Great brushes for beginners who do not want to spend too much money buying medium to high-end makeup brushes. I know that makeup brushes can be quite expensive, and if you’re doing makeup on yourself, these brushes might be great to start with. The price is pretty low, and affordable for most people. However, if you want to become a makeup artist, you might want to invest on a more well-known brands.

Although these brushes are great to start with, I cannot say how long they’ll last. I was quite disappointed to see that the handles of some of the brushes weren’t even glued properly. The bristles do shed quite a lot on the bigger brushes.

On top of that, I wished that they’d have included a blending brush for the eyes, as well as an angled face brush which is more useful than the flat-top brush.

Nevertheless, the eyeshadow, eyebrow and lip brushes are excellent. These eyeshadow brushes by themselves can proved to be very useful for those who are just starting to do makeup on themselves.

So, if you want to buy this set of brushes, please visit TMART.

I’ll give these brushes 3 starts out of 5!