Monday, 3 August 2015

Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer

I am such a sucker for base products such as primer , foundation, concealer, and powder. So I don't need to explain anything about why I recently bought this Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer, right? Okay glad you are all so understanding with me *grinning*.

The Illamasqua hydra veil is an in between product of primer and moisturizer. I have combination skin, and often the area under my eyes and cheeks are a bit dry so a hydrating primer sounds perfect. I still use my daily moisturizer beforehand though since I don't think Hydra veil is offering any skin care benefit so I just treat it as make up primer with a bit of hydration kick. 

Illamasqua Hydra Veil comes in a solid black jar packaging. I really appreciate the spatula given so it's more hygienic to use. The product has a unique jelly like texture which is very difficult to be scooped out using fingers, so hence the given spatula. I was amazed when I first saw the texture because it has the ability to reform itself into pristine condition after you scoop out the product ( yes  I am a dork like that. lol ). 

Despite of the jelly texture, the primer applies effortlessly into the skin and sinks in fast. It doesn't have silicone-y feel like Benefit Porefessional. My skin feels smoother to touch after applying this primer. I notice a bit of pore blurring effect going on. The primer doesn't interrupt the application of foundation or other base products on top of it, means my foundation-concealer and co apply just like they used to, with or without primer as some primers tend to change the blend ability of some foundations.

After trying this primer for few weeks I'd say I like it, but I don't love it. Most downside for me is that it doesn't prolong the wear of make up and instead, it kind of eliminates the oil control. I notice my foundation gets oilier faster and the finish gets a tad too dewy after awhile. But it is a great primer for matte foundation as it gives a nice subtle glow or if you don't have long day awaits, let's say just a 2 or 3 hour dine out, this is great to give you a nice radiant face. But, longer than 3-4 hours, it will be too dewy especially if you have combination to oily skin. If you have dry to normal skin though, this will be perfect.

What is your current favorite face primer?

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3in1 Foundation

I've read a lot of positive reviews on Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3in1 Foundation, but since Covergirl is not easily accessible in Germany, I didn't bother to go the extra miles to order the foundation. But as I am currently in Indonesia, I was surprised to see how popular this particular foundation among Indonesian beauty enthusiasts, so it is widely available through local beauty shops. Of course I took advantage of the situation and ordered one :P.

I picked up the shade #801 classic ivory after doing some research on the internet. Fortunately it is the right shade to pick. Classic Ivory has neutral-slightly yellow undertone so it is a very good match for my complexion and helps to counter the redness on my cheeks.

Covergirl Outlast 3in1 Foundation has thick creamy and smooth consistency. It spreads and blends easily. I prefer to apply it using beauty blender as foundation brush might get streaky. The coverage is medium to full without being cakey or too much. The formula feels comfortable on the skin even though I wouldn't say it is lightweight. I don't mind thick foundation as long as it blends seamlessly into the skin and feels comfortable. 

Covergirl Outlast 3in1 Foundation claims to be 3in1 as the name advised, so it functions as primer-foundation and concealer. I must say it lives up to the claims because it is indeed sufficient as primer-foundation and concealer. It evens up my complexion and covers imperfections well. On most days when I don't have any special occasions to attend, I appreciate this kind of foundation so I'll save time getting ready in the morning. But when I do have a long day awaiting, I don't dare to skip primer and concealer as I perspire a lot so my foundation tends to migrate by the mid day.

The foundation provides a matte finish that is not dull or flat. Despite of the full coverage, I still feel very comfortable to wear this foundation on daily basis as the finish is still natural. It is also not drying on the skin and don't accentuate fine lines or dry patches. The oil control is great and the staying power is excellent.

After 6 hour wear-no blotting-no touch up

For a foundation that retails for ca.13€, this is a great buy. It does the job just as good ( and even better  ) as some high end foundations that are twice or three times more expensive. This is a strong candidate for the best drugstore foundation I've ever encountered.

What is your current favorite drugstore foundation?

Thursday, 23 July 2015


Colourpop has been literally everywhere lately. And since 99% of the reviews I've read and heard are all positive and since the products are sold for very affordable price, of course as a make up junkie with barely there self control, I had to give them a try, right?? :P
Luckily there are a lot of online store in Indonesia which sell Colourpop and the price mark up is still reasonable, for example, I paid only approx USD 7,5 for each eye shadow and lippie stix instead of its regular price at USD 5.

I picked up 4 eyeshadows and 3 lippie stix. It was difficult to choose which shades to get , but then after a lot of thinking and thinking and thinking, here are the shades that I picked :

Bill ( matte finish ) , Bill is a matte mauve grey shade with a slightly pink hint with matte. 

Desert ( satin finish ) , Desert is a warm medium champagne bronze shade with satin sheen finish.

Bandit ( matte finish ), Bandit is a warm reddish brown with matte finish. But Bandit is not completely matte, I can still see the sheen.

Sequin ( glitter finish ), Sequin is a sparkling peachy pink shade. The glitters are fine but still sparkly and look so pretty on the lids. 

Yasmin ( matte ), Yasmin is a bright orangey red. It is so bright it looks almost neon under certain lights. The finish is true matte.

Lumiere ( matte ),  Lumiere is a mauve pink. On a lot of people it looks a bit grayish but it doesn't look grey on me, more purple.

Brink ( matte ), Brink or the Kylie Jenner's lip look is a peachy brown nude. It surprisingly doesn't look very nude on me which is a good thing. 

After playing with the eye shadows , I must say they live up to the expectations. All shades are buttery smooth. They're definitely not powder, they're more like a hybrid between powder and cream.. There are zero fallouts due to the texture and the pigmentation is excellent. They don't crease on my oily lids and apply smoothly. Not forget to mention they're easy to blend and long wearing too. They don't need eye shadow primer to stay put.

About the lippie stix, they are good but they're not as excellent as the shadows are. First of all, the texture is a bit dry and not very creamy. They remind me of MAC matte lipsticks. The color pay off is great though, but due to the texture, they don't apply very smoothly. I need to apply a thin layer of lip balm underneath so they don't tug. The staying power is okay. They are not bad at any means, but I don't feel the urge to order other shades from the matte range, maybe I'll give other finishes a try :P

Speaking of the packaging, I personally like it. The tin case is nicely made and for the $5 price point, I just can't complain. The lippie stix on the other hand is packaged a bit cheaply. The plastic pen case is not as nicely made , but they're functional.

Colourpop supershock eyeshadow has a net weight of 2,1gr ( MAC single eyeshadow has 1,85gr ) so it is a great value of money. While the lippie stix has only 1gr nett weight compare to most lipsticks at 3,5 - 4,5gr. That makes the lippie stix actually at almost the same price like the MAC lipsticks if you compare the price per gramm.

Overall, I'd recommend you to try the Colourpop eyeshadows as they are excellent and good value for money. But the lippie stix, maybe give it a try if you find a shade you love. But don't expect too much.


Monday, 20 July 2015

Etude House Rosy Tint Lips

I received this matte lip tint from Etude House as a GWP from Etude House Store in Jakarta. I had mostly not so impressive experiences with korean lip products, so I didn't have high expectations for this particular product. But it surprisingly exceeded my expectations.

Etude House Rosy Tint Lips is a matte lip cream product housed in a upside down tube. Speaking about the packaging first, I must say I am not a fan. The plastic tube is hard and it is difficult to squeeze the product. The sponge attached is also not the most hygiene and neat looking option as applicator. I much prefer a doe foot applicator and conventional lip gloss tube for lip cream product. 

Packaging aside, the product itself is very nice! I am actually surprised that it is so underrated, considering the huge matte lip cream trend at the moment, this one could actually pass into the category. First of all, I do like matte finish lip products especially for red or bold shades, but I don't get all the hype over super super dry matte lip creams that are everywhere at the moment. Matte finish is fine, but not ultra matte. I like it when matte lipsticks still feel creamy and are not completely drying. 

Shade #2 is a orangey tomato red. 

Etude House Rosy Tint Lips has creamy texture with cream to powder matte finish. It applies smoothly and evenly on the lips. Due to its creamy texture, it is best to apply lip liner first to avoid it from bleeding or transfering. The finish is matte with no sheen whatsoever. It doesn't crake after few hours and doesn't set into lip lines. The staying power is good, though on 4-5 hour mark I need to re apply. It does stain the lips and it fades after major eating or drinking. I personally don't mind to re apply lipstick as I always do anyway.

In a nutshell, Etude House Rosy Tint Lips is a good alternative for matte lip cream that is not drying or accentuate the lip lines and not to mention- at affordable price tag. 

What is your favorite matte lip cream / lip product, at the moment?

Thursday, 16 July 2015

CLIO Nail Styler

The lovely Sharlynn from The Blackmentosbeautybox gave me these nail polishes from the brand Clio on our recent meet up. I have so far only tried the pencil gel eyeliner from the brand and I was happy with those pencils. Sharlynn raved about these nail polishes and she was right!

The nail polishes come in a solid packaging and the packaging doesn't look flimsy or cheap at all though they retail for relatively affordable price.
I was given 3 shades with all cream finish, with no shimmer as I am not really a fan of shimmery nail polishes and Sharlynn knows me well :D

The first time I applied them on my nails I was surprised how pigmented they are! It took literally one coat for them to be opaque. On the swatches above, I only swiped 1 layer for each shade. The consistency is such a pleasure to work. They're not too thin and not too thick, they are smooth and apply evenly. They also take less than a minute to dry, very impressive! But they are not really shiny once they dry and I don't like dull looking nail polishes so I recommend you to layer them with top coat. 

The staying power is average, but it is acceptable as I change my nail colors so often. 
After testing these nail polishes for awhile, I can totally understand why Sharlynn loves them xD

PS : A little life update. My 3 month internship time in Jakarta is slowly coming to its end but I extended my stay until mid September so I will have more time to spend with friends and family at home *yippie*.  Jakarta has been treating me well so far, despite of the heat , the polution, the workloads I have to do and the traffic, I feel very content and happy most of the time. But, I do miss my friends in Berlin too and of course I do miss my boyfriend, I miss the good lebanese food I can't get anywhere in Jakarta and I sometimes do miss the subway, and how easy it is to get from one place to another without having to drive. Here in Jakarta, the public transportation is not something I'd ride on daily basis. So mostly I move around the city with car and have to deal with the crazy traffic, LOL. 

How's life has been treating you so far?