Friday, May 31, 2013

FOUNDATION | Make Up For Ever VS Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme


It's a freeday (free-friday) night, not Friday the 13th but Friday the 31st actually :) So today I'd like to review the comparison between Make Up For Ever HD Foundation and Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation, one is high-end product while another is drugstore product. Actually I want to review both since many many months ago but some laziness and business are slower my writing mood #sigh. O'ya in fact, I seldom wear foundation for daily use, more often use them on my clients :)...

Revlon has more affordable price compared with Make Up For Ever (Revlon is about $17, while Make Up For Ever about 2,5 times more expensive)

Since Revlon is a cream foundation so it has thicker consistency. If you have dry skin, I really don't recommend you to use Revlon Creme foundation, it dries quickly and gives matte look. This foundation is suitable for you who have oily blemished skin since it contains Salicylic Acid that's great for acne.

Make Up For Ever is a liquid foundation which has much lighter texture. It doesn't dry quickly which makes it easier and smoother to blend (at least you have enough time to blend). Make Up For Ever HD Foundation gives you satin, sheer and flawless look. This foundation is suitable for you who have perfect normal to dry skin.

Revlon comes in a heavy and thick glass jar container and it's pretty heavy (Well, I don't think It's a good idea brings it for traveling). While Make Up For Ever comes in slimmer glass container and more lightweight (travel friendly).

I personally don't really like Revlon packaging, the jar is not suitable for sanitary cause it can make bacteria spreading. Make Up For Ever comes with a pump, ensuring the packaging is more hygienic.

Revlon claims to have 24 hours wear, in my (really) oily skin this is the longest lasting foundation I've ever used without any touch-ups, awesome! This foundation stays nice on my skin for about 6 hours throughout the day (while other foundations could only stay for only 1-2 hours). This is the best foundation for oil control!

Many beauty gurus on Youtube use Make Up For Ever HD Foundation but I personally don't think it's suitable for me. The staying power is only 1 hour on my oily skin (with primer base applied) that makes me have to touch-ups over and over again, and that's quite annoying.

Both give medium coverage but Revlon is better!

I use medium-beige shade (no 250) for Revlon foundation, this shade is really matching my skin tone, just like the second skin! Unfortunately since the foundation is oxidized, then my skin immediately turns darker right after it's applied :( I forgot about the oxidation thing when buying this product. Lisa Eldridge - my fav beauty guru on Youtube always says, choose two shade lighter than your real skin tone when buying foundation that's oxidized, so that you can generate shade that really really matches your tone.

I use shade in no 140 for Make Up For Ever, actually it's two shade lighter than my skin tone. The beauty assistant who chose it for me and well I can count on her now! Since the foundation is oxidized and turns darker after applied, the shade then just becomes really matching with my skin tone! well time, I have to do some tests first on the counter regarding this oxidation thing.

Revlon Whipped Creme Foundation
Make Up For Ever HD Foundation
I wonder why imported foundation is mostly oxidized (oxidized = immediately darker after applied on skin), my consideration says maybe because the target market is Caucasian women who are longing for tanner skin so the producers create oxidized foundation. It's different in Indonesia, where many women compete to have fairer skin (women with white skin are considered "pretty" here). Scarcely do we find oxidized thing to local Indonesian products. The shade that's written on the packaging, that's the exact shade that will appear on your skin. Even the local foundations here are added "whitening" benefit to attract more customers. Yeah indeed...we're only human...especially women...never get satisfied with our appearance :)

Revlon Whipped Creme Foundation: definitely yes, great for oily skin, it's worth a try! 

Make Up For Ever HD Foundation: ummhhh I don't think so, not suitable for my oily skin and expensive,  sorryyyy.... 
Hope my review helps :)


Natural Look for Your Special Occasion

Hollaaaaa my lovely reader,

Now I'd like to introduce you one of my loyal clients - Rina :)
She will attend her best friend's wedding party, so she wants to make a special appearance.

Rina is an active, simple and yet fashionable young woman, so I will apply a simple hijab style and natural makeup look to represent her character. She has round face (she said! LOL) and she requests an hijab style and makeup that can make her face turns oval. 

It means that I have to apply a simple hijab style with long veil and small-size brooches as accessories (too many using big-size accessories can make her appearance heavier, long veil is used to camouflage her round face). For makeup, I apply natural and soft colors with some shading and highlighting. The key to camouflage round face is by applying the right shading.

Okey...let's take a look...this is it!

So...what do you think? :))


Monday, May 27, 2013

Simple Daily Look


Today I get the opportunity to doll up my office mate - Cyntia. She wants to make a surprise for her son - Vier and also holds a small offering party at her house, that's why she does the makeover....

I apply a simple daily look, considering that she'll only be at home and so that her son will keep recognizing her mom hahaha...

So let me know what you think :)

Here are the tutorial steps:

1.  To make your makeup can be blended easily, first wash your face with cleanser
2. Moisture or apply primer to your skin. I use Matte Pore Primer by Acaci as a primer (Cyntia has oily skin)

3. Then apply the foundation with foundation brush, I use Maybelline BB Cream

4. Conceal any flaws. I use Maybelline Clear Smooth Concealer for visible breakouts or deep undereye circles

5. Swirl loose powder using a brush in circular motion. I use Ristra Platinum Loose Powder in Natural Honey Beige. Ristra is a local Indonesian brand but the quality is really great!
6. Then I apply Maybelline eyeshadows in Copper Brown

7. Now it's time for contouring, just shading and highlighting your face with Shimmer Bloc in Golden Mosaic by Laura Mercier.
9.  Apply The Magnum Volum Express mascara from Maybelline

10.  Then apply blush on in warm peaches or pinks to give skin a natural, subtle flush. The last is applying pink lipstick for brightening your face...

Ciaoooo.... ^^

Friday, May 24, 2013

B E L I T O N G | island readers :-*
Longtime no see, how are you? sorryyy...lately I've been busy with some office works and makeover jobs, however I try to continuously write. Now I'm gonna share you 'bout The Beauty of Belitong Island...just fasten your seatbelt ^^

Last week I had a chance to visit Belitong Island (or Biliton in English) - a beautiful small island lies in the east coast of Sumatra Island, Indonesia. If you don't know where it is, yup here is the map below :)
Belitong Island on the red mark
Zoom in closer....

In fact the island isn't too far from Jakarta, you could reach there by only 45 minutes direct flight from Jakarta. Since 15th May 2013, Garuda Indonesia has opened new route from Jakarta to Tanjung Pandan and vice versa. The Hanandjoeddin airport is also easily reached from the town, but unfortunately the town still has rare public transportation :(

The Airport
Belitong, located between Gaspar Strait and South China Sea, is very rich with its tin and white pepper (local people called it "sahang"). During colonization period, The Dutch also has mining company here named NV Billiton Maatschappij, I notice that the company name derives from the island name. The biggest town is Tanjung Pandan in the east and the second one is Manggar in the west. Since The Rainbow Troops (Laskar Pelangi) novel which takes place in Belitung Island has been published worldwide and translated into many languages, the popularity of the island becomes booming.
"One thing that's ridiculous, I just find out that my husband was raised in this island until high school and Belitong has become his second homeland, owww how come I didn't know at all previously?  >.< "
If we talk about visiting new place, we have to talk about the food as well, food has been the most important thing in my life although it brings me guilty pleasure, so trying kinda new tastes is a must! The most famous food here are Gangan and Otak-Otak, let's take a look....nyum..nyum..

Gangan is a kind of fish soup with sour taste, the sour itself comes from pineapple which becoming one of the main ingredients. You could cook Gangnam by using any kind of fish, but I recommend to use mackerel (tenggiri) or sea bass fish (kakap). Now let's move on to Otak-Otak, this dish is a kind of fishball but has yummier taste, you better enjoy it with spicy and sour or peanut sauce. I really recommend to use mackerel for Otak-Otak, it's the best fish for it! (my experience :p)

Besides Gangnan and Otak-Otak, you could also find another yummy local food here named Martabak which is rather similar to pancake but has richer taste. The local people here are used to mention Hoklopan instead of Martabak. Martabak is made from butter, egg, wheat flour, milk, peanut, chocolate and cheese...more than enough to increase your cholesterol level :)

The hotel is so-so, the food they serve isn't really good so I just take a light breakfast everyday, but nearby beach was worth a the inconvenience is paid! Some new hotels are built along the coast, but we can't swim around the hotels. Some poisonous jellyfish are everywhere and ready to attack you, besides that..the beach has quicksand (pasir hisap), so it's really...really dangerous to swim, be careful! *I wonder why there are no warning signs*
Local people said that if you visit Belitong Island you have to visit Langkuas Island too which only takes about half hour from Tanjung Pandan by boat. This island is smaller than Belitong but has great view and really famous with its lighthouse, giant rocks and nature.'s definitely truueee! sit on the beach, brilliant white sand under your feet, cobalt blue sky over your head, freshly chopped coconut + straw in your hands, some colorful fish swim in the clear blue water....what a paradise :)
The torquoise blue sea around Langkuas Island is moderately calm and shallow, making it's safe and great for sailing, snorkeling and swimming...even you can grasp some fish with your own bare-hand! In far..far away, rocky beaches are framing incredible natural landscapes. I feel like that I'm lost in a Robinson Crusoe Pacific Island \c", /
Barely do I hear the sound of waves...yes the sea level is very calm and yet relaxing...only some small waves exist somewhere...The weather is quite unpredictable. Once it rains heavily, then suddenly stops and comes the hot sunny day then it rains again! Don't be surprised if you see some thunderbolts here. It's common, due to Belitong's land contains tin (ummhhh...the tin could act as a conductor? cmiiw).

The lighthouse which was built in 1882 by the Dutch is still working nowadays but I'm really curious how the giant stones could arrive there and form a beautiful mound formation. 

On the way toward the Langkuas Island, in the middle of the sea, I find Sand Island. Really awesome! all island is made from sand and only appears during the low tide. It submerges during high tide....f a n t a s t i c ! The island size is various depending on the tide level :) but when I visited there the island is only about 15m x 15m.

As a coffee addict, it's a must to visit Manggar City. Coffee has been a part of Manggar's local community, from the upper to the lower class of society, they are altogether hanging out in some traditional coffee stalls. They exchange some information, updated news, even expand business network there which have been a tradition since a long time ago. The acculturation of Malay and Chinese cultures is obviously seen in the coffee stalls atmosphere and that's the uniqueness that we couldn't find somewhere else.

The weather suddenly turns horrible as I describe above - dark and stormy rain :'( but now it's time for me heading back to the airport and going back to my daily routine: paperwork, traffic, catching the train, bla bla bla...No delayed or canceled flight T_T wish me luck to have a safe flight O=)

Bye Bye Belitong, till we meet again soon 
 *somehow I wish I could live in such a quiet place as Belitong............