Monday, October 31, 2011

Lancôme Beauty Blogger Gathering

Few weeks ago I received an invitation from Lancôme to their Beauty Blogger Gathering to introduce their newly launched Maqui Miracle liquid and compact foundation along with the L'Absolu Crème De Brillance lipgloss. We were also introduced to their 2 minutes aura service and tour around Lancôme counter. This event was held at the newly renovated Lancome counter Senayan City.

This is actually second invitation from Lancôme, but since I couldn't make it to the first one, I tried to make time for the second one. There were six bloggers attending these event. Stella, Priscilla, Mbak Desy, Carnellyn, Naomi and me. Most of them I've met at some events before. But this is the first time I met Naomi.

The event started with Counter Tour. Lancome counter in Debenhams is newly renovated and is one of the best Lancome counters in Indonesia. We were assisted going around the counter by Ms. Irma and Ms. Ronne where we were shown the extensive amount of Lancôme collections including skincare, makeup and perfume.

Lancôme has a very wide variety of skincare targeting for different age range and skin problems

This is special corner for customer with Lancôme Absolue where they can have consultation and skin treatment as well. Julia Roberts is the beauty ambassador for this line.

Skincare "Sushi Bar"

Lancôme perfume collection

After that, of course we were introduced to their latest product, Maqui Miracle liquid and compact foundation. Basically this is a long wearing foundation with brightening effect. The liquid foundation come in just three shade selection while the compact foundation has a wider shades, which is six. And this compact foundation offers the highest UV protection ever in a compact foundation which is SPF35/PA+++

Products on display

Maqui Miracle and Teint Miracle liquid foundations. Both has transparent pump only different color on the base of the pump. Maqui Miracle has white base pump while Teint Miracle has silver base pump.

As you can see, the compact foundation has wider range of shade.

Another star of the event that day was L'Absolu Crème De Brillance lipgloss. Different than lipgloss in general, L'Absolu Crème De Brillance delivers more opaque shade. Kinda like a liquid lipstick. Available in 10 shades.

L'Absolu Crème De Brillance with Kate Winslet as the ambassador

Next we were introduced to Lancôme 2 minutes Aura Service. Basically is a way to touch up your make up by the end of the day. Okay, I made a mistake here. I supposed to wear full make up but because I read the invitation from my blackberry and the font was extremely tiny, I didn't read the instruction to wear full make up. I thought this is going to be a makeover where all of my makeup will be removed anyway. Pfft. But also, my skin was having a terrible breakout (still is, actually) so makeup didn't look good on me. Ugh! But still, I tried the 2 minutes Aura Service.

Here's what you need.

So when you need to somewhere after office hour but you don't have time to touch up, all you have to do is 2 minutes Aura touch up. First thing to do is, obviously, blot the excess oil from your face. Then apply a tiny amount of Genifique on face. Since my skin was having a dermatologist treatment, I was suggested to not use Genifique but use moisturizer instead. I used Lancôme Hydra Zen moisturizer. The next layer would be BB Expert GN-shield. And then foundation. I used Teint Miracle liquid foundation. After that you can retouch your blush, lipstick, mascara and all that jazz.

After the gathering, Lancôme of course didn't let us leave empty handed. Each and every blogger were given a goody bag consists of a full size Maqui Miracle compact foundation, a full size L'Absolu Crème De Brillance lipgloss, samples of Genifique, BB Expert GN-shield and Teint Miracle foundation and of course press release about the products.

Goody bag

Beauty bloggers with Ms. Irma from Lancôme

The event was really fun. It was nice to get to meet Lancôme team as well as other bloggers. Thank you so much Lancôme for having us.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Holy Haul!

I don't know if you noticed but it's been sooooo long since my last haul post. For one thing, I literally never HAUL anymore lately. Like, by definition, buy so many makeup in one month. And also there was this whole fuss about 'haul' where some people relate it to 'bragging'. But on second thought, whatever! I love other people's haul post. It's like browsing through items you just purchased after shopping without actually spending money. It's fun.

But this haul is actually accidental. I ordered all these stuff separately, *hoping* they'll arrive one by one. So, most importantly, I can pay them one by one. But since I ordered those around Eid al-Fitr where most delivery stuck in custom, these babies arrived all at once. I'm seriously broke right now. *story of my life*

This is the product I ordered the earliest. Real Techniques brush, by Samantha Chapman, one of the two sisters from pixiwoo channel on Youtube. She and Nicole (the other sister) use this brush a lot in their videos. They're great makeup artists and this brushes are good enough for them so I figured, let's give them a try! I purchased the Core Collection and the Stippling Brush. Just because, a girl can never have too many foundation brushes. Yup.

When Urban Decay and Tarte were having Sale, I also ordered these pretties. The Urban Decay cream shadows were only $3 and still available at Urban Decay website. I think it's a final sale until they're all gone. The shades are limited, though. I ordered mine in the shade 'Grass' and 'Midnight Rodeo'

I snatched Tarte Amazonian Clay blush during the Friend and Family sale. Everybody raved about this blush so I figured it was a right time to purchased it. I got mine in the shade 'Tipsy', which is described as 'coral' because I don't need another pink blushes. Originally I wanted to the shade Blissful, which is a warm peach, but it was out of stock at the time so 'Tipsy' should be fine.

And the one I'm the most excited about... Another foundation! Well, I've been a good girl. I think I almost run out of some of my foundations so that justify me to buy a new one. Haha. And I've always wanted to try Chanel (and Dior) foundation. So, after watching pixiwoo's video about 'Guide to Chanel Foundation' I decided to go with Mat Lumiere. I asked Putri what would my shade be, and she recommended 40 Beige. She was right, it matches me perfectly!

Well, I'm so happy with my recent purchase and can't wait to try them all!!! Hopefully I can report back in this blog as soon as I can.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

[Review] L'oreal Curl Impact Collagene Mascara

L'oreal Curl Impact Collagene mascara is introduced as curl-fixing volume mascara with:
  • Spiral brush innovation for tapering every single stands of your lashes
  • Amplifying collagen formula for curl, volume and no clump
  • Smudgeproof for 12 hours
First of all, I gotta admit that I was having trouble with the wand, that is the spiral applicator, the first time I tried this mascara. Since mine came with press release box sent from L'oreal, I didn't have any instructions on how to use it. This is how the spiral applicator looks like.

Apparently, each part of the brushes has it's own purpose. First, to pack on volume to your lashes, use the back part of the arch. And then the side of the arch to emphasize the curl. And the tip of it especially to the outer part of the lashes. And nope, no gimmick. It's kinda hard to take a detail picture of the applicator but because the back part of the arch is wider, it holds bigger portion of your lashes. And I love how my lashes fit very well in between the bristles and the product coats every single strands of my lashes. This also great for my lower lashes. I always have trouble applying mascara on my thin lower lashes. But the applicator really holds my lashes, give it more than just definition but packed it with extra volume! So I have to say that this mascara really excel in term of volumizing.

image taken from here

Can not say the same about the curling effect, though. First of all, no matter what the ads said, I firmly believe that mascara CAN NOT make your lashes curled (I'm talking serious curl, like a backward-C, not just a little lift). So I always curl my lashes first before applying mascara. And I can see how this mascara weighed my lashes. I usually curl my lashes until it's lifted and I can see my lashes top the upper line of my eyes. But after I apply this, especially by the middle of the day, my curl has weighed down until the tip is parallel to the line of my eyes. Not that it's back to it's natural shape, but still, the mascara is not doing it's job.

When applied, the texture of the mascara is soft that I can keep layering it without clump. But once I stop and let it dry, the mascara dries into this sticky rubbery consistency and I can not comb through my lashes anymore. Now that stickiness is kinda annoying and feels uncomfortable especially when my upper and lower lashes meet (happens when I don't curl my lashes) they, well, stick together.

When they say that this mascara is smudgeproof, that is so true. I didn't wear it for twelve hours but so far I've never had any smudging experience with this mascara. As smudgeproof as it is, this isn't a waterproof mascara. In fact, this mascara can be easily removed with just warm water. Which is my favorite part because I'm all about being practical! All you have to do is wash your eye area with water and rub it gently. The mascara will be easily removed, turned into a rubbery flecks form. Super easy without dirty black smear around the eyes.

Here's how the mascara performs on me.
bare lashes.

mascara on upper and lower lashes. not curled.
See it yourself and be the judge.

To gather this post in some points.
  • Applicator really works wonder!
  • Volumizing effect
  • Smudgeproof
  • Super easy to remove

  • The spiral applicator takes time to get the hang of with (Shouldn't be a problem if yours come with instructions, though)
  • Uncomfortable sticky consistency
  • Doesn't hold curl

That's my experience trying this mascara. However, my blogger buddy, Nisa, doesn't seem to have any problem with some of my cons points. So check out her review here. If you're interested with L'oreal Curl Impact Collagene mascara, it's available at L'oreal counters at IDR 129k.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

[Review] L'oreal Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer

Phew! Such a mouthful name for a product. Let's just call it Base Magique, shall we?

Base Magique is L'oreal's first face primer. Now, you might have seen this product before, probably with different name. I know I have. That other product has a completely identical look except it goes by the name 'L'oreal Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base'. Now, don't quote me on this, but *I THINK* Base Magique is the name that's distributed around Asia. Because most bloggers who's reviewing Base Magique are asian-based.

Now, onto the product.
Base Magique comes in a clear glass pot with screw lid, which is not really my cup of tea. I don't fancy having to dip my fingers into the pot and the wide opening makes the product so easily exposed to the air.

The texture is velvety and it has rosy shade that suppose to instantly brightens up the complexion. When I apply this I can see the difference on areas with and without primer. The area with primer has matte velvety surface and my pores also covered very well. It makes foundation and powder application so much smoother. This primer plays a role in oil control and extend the longevity of my foundation. Specifically for the pore covering effect, I even tried it on my sister. Her pores are quite large but this primer masked it very well. I'm impressed. I can't really say much about the brightening effect because I don't see this primer interfere the undertone of my foundation. This can also be worn alone on naked skin if you just need a mattifying effect.

I usually dip my middle finger and warm the product at the tip of my finger before application. You don't need to apply too much product, just focus on areas that are oily or has pores that needs to be covered. In fact, because of the texture, layering it caused the primer to balls up. I apply this with patting motion. One dip is enough for my t-zone and another dip the cover the pores on the side of my nose. I don't apply this all over my face because I find it unnecessary. I never apply primer all over my face but of course it's just my habit for the sake of efficiency.

Please note that this is a silicone-based primer. So if you have any reaction to silicone, than this might not be the one for you.

Except for the packaging, after all I'm very much happy with the performance of L'oreal Base Magique and definitely recommend it. And L'oreal is doing a good job with their first primer. L'oreal Base Magique is available at L'oreal counters for IDR 149k.

Monday, October 17, 2011

[Review] Revlon CustomEyes Shadow and Liner in 'Party Pops' & Waterproof Mascara

Hey guys!

So this is going to be another sponsored a review. This time I'll be reviewing the newly launched CustomEyes line from Revlon. I believe this line consist of two products, eyeshadow palette and mascara.
CustomEyes Shadow & Liner in Party Pops
The palette comes in a sleek rectangle compact with transparent lid so you can easily distinguish one palette from another, especially if you have more than one of these considering all the packaging looks the same. There are five eyeshadows inside with sweater pattern on it, altogether in one pan. Looking at the back of the packaging, these eyeshadows are numbered. 1 is the lightest color all the way to number 5 which is the darkest color in the pan. And there's also a picture, suggesting how to put these colors on your eyes. But of course, there is more than just one way to apply these colors.

When I received this palette I was actually a little bit worried. To be completely honest, if I were to pick one of these palettes my own, I wouldn't pick Party Pops. For one thing, I don't wear bright colored eyeshadows. I usually stick to neutral colors. Another thing, the colors in the palette look too sheer for my skintone I was worried that they won't show up. However I was worried over nothing, really.
The colors show up just fine on me. The peachy coral eyeshadow (no.1) is a bit hard to show up but I just need to add primer underneath (I use Revlon Colorstay concealer as base). And this might show just fine on people with lighter skintone. Other than that I don't have complain with the pigmentation. Here's the swatches of the eyeshadow.

All the eyeshadows in this palette have shimmery finish. They're a tad powdery but I don't experience too much of a fall out during application.
Now the color selection might lead you into thinking that this is a 'goody-two-shoes' type of palette where you can only create subtle eye look. Well, at least that's what happened to me, judging from the pastel-y colors. But again this palette proves me wrong. This palette is so versatile, you can create many different themes using the color combination, from subtle romantic look, to bold smoky look.
All in all, I'm very satisfied with this palette and actually thinking about trying the other palettes. If I'm not mistaken, there are 6 different palettes available and each retails for IDR 100k, which I think is pretty affordable.
Here's two looks that I created using this one palette alone.
The first one is more of a subtle look. Suitable for your date or whatnot. Not impossible for work place if you want something no too extravagant but still playing with colors.
You can also create a smoky look with this palette.

CustomEyes Mascara
This mascara comes with an adjustable bristle. So you get two different finishes in one mascara. Setting 1 gives you long and dramatic lashes while setting 2 gives you long and define lashes. If you think you can memorize which setting is for what, it’s all written on the tube.

The adjustable dial placed on top of the tube with tiny arrow, all you have to do is simply turn it until the tiny arrow pointing at either number 1 or number 2, depends on which you look that you want.
I'm not too familiar with the concept of two in one bristle. Some people said there are some of these at the market but to me, I'm new to this. And the idea of having two bristles in one mascara really sold me out. So basically when you turn the dial to setting 1, the bristles will align while when you dial it to setting number 2, the bristles will stagger. So you'll end up with two different finishes. The bristles is made of plastic and is very comfortable to use it also separate my lashes very well.
The two different settings may sound like a gimmick but they do deliver differently. Setting 1 gives me enough volume. It promised to deliver 'drama' to your lashes but I think it still suitable for daily look. While setting 2 gives just a definition of what you already have, nothing extravagant. In fact, I think setting 2 is way too natural on my already thin lashes *sigh*. The two settings do make my lashes look longer. The only flaw I found is the mascara weigh my lashes a little bit. So after I curled my lashes and put this on, my curl kinda weighed down although it doesn't go back to it's natural shape.
The texture of the mascara is kind of dry. But it doesn't set too fast nor clump so you can wear it in layers. I got mine in color "Blackest Black" which is so true. I love how it adds color and defines my lashes perfectly. It's waterproof and I experienced no smudges during the day.
My bare lashes. As you can see, they're quite a lot but each of them are thin so in general my lashes look thin and super straight.

My curled lashes

This is how setting 1 looks on my lashes

Here's setting 2

One layer of Setting 1 compare to several layers of Setting 2. Setting 2 in a layer is way too thin for my lashes. So you can get dramatic look using setting 2 but you'll need several coat.

This mascara is another product that worth to try from this line. It's available in two colors, black and brown. And available for IDR 100k each.

Don't forget to check out review from Fifi and Hanna, they have the palette in different colors. Also, our reviews are being featured in Revlon Indonesia Facebook Page. Don't forget to check out the page as well.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

L'oreal Paris Fall/Winter Romance Issue

Have you checked out the latest collection from L'oreal? It's called L'oreal Fall/Winter Romance Issue.

This collection consists of 5 products, everything you need for you face, eyes and lips.

For face.
Base Magique Smoothing Velvet Primer

For eyes.
Curl Impact Collagene Mascara
Super Liner 24Hr Gel Liner

Open Eyes Pro Eyeshadow Quad

For lips.
Color Riche

L'oreal Paris representative contacted me and asked me if they can send me the latest L'oreal Fall/Winter collection for review purpose and share it on my blog. And this is what they sent me.

The package is crazy huge, I literally didn't expect them to send this much products. But I'm so excited to try those.

They send me four out of five products from Romance Issue collection along with the CD filled with the information about the products. I've tried some of products and can't wait to share it with you.

Stay tuned.