Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Porcelain Pink

from t-shirt, Zara shirt & jeans, Asos plimsoll, Aeroculata necklace

Pretty much in my usual formula of dressing that may seem to be a bit repetitive in terms of daily casual wear, but in a color palette that is a bit occasional in my style glossary. Nonetheless, I love it. The porcelain pink against white, or anything pastel against white is probably my latest rave. It exudes this clean, impeccable aesthetic which is always right up in my alley. Having said that, it is only right to include a simple necklace to spruce up this plain color palette. Being one who does not accessorize much, this necklace by Aeroculata is a great addition to my small collection of jewelries. I love how basic it is, it could effortlessly jazz up any sort of undone, casual ensemble you are decked in. I don't know about you, but unconsciously, if I were to remember to wear some form of jewelry, I would pick the basic pieces without even thinking twice, because they are simply the easiest.

By the way, I am crazy excited about my flight to Osaka tomorrow! 

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Summer Travel Make-up Essentials

I'll be heading down to Osaka and Hong Kong in a few days (so crazy stoked), so I thought I might as well share few of my holy grail products in withstanding the unforgiving summer heat. Be reminded that I'm living under Jakarta's eternal summer, which is why I am always in the quest for melt-proof and sweat-proof products. The brutal summer heat could easily melt all your hard work away, and in addition, the sweat and oil accumulated can cause your make-up to smear all over the place. After many trials and errors, I've learnt what and which products truly work, so I hope I could recommend some of my favorites to you guys who are having the same issue as I do. 

1. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light — Over the years, I have never really given enough thought of adding primers to my make-up stash. I wish I had learnt about this earlier, because I am totally hooked on this product! I have combination to oily skin, and this product helped a lot in oily control. It also creates a more even and smoother surface for foundation application. I have noticed that my make-up last longer too. I really, really love this. 

2. Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Foundation  PERFECTION. No better ways to explain it. This has been mine and my mom's favorite ever since forever. It is so lightweight that it really doesn't feel like you are wearing anything, but it is doesn't provide much coverage so you will need a concealer to cover any blemishes or hyper-pigmentation. It sets into a velvety, smooth texture, and I feel like I don't need to powder when I am using this. Just like how Chanel claims it to be, it really feels and looks like your 'second skin'. The easy packaging is also perfect for travelling. I totally swear by this foundation. 

3. Sisley Broad Spectrum Facial Sunscreen SPF 30 in Natural  A sunscreen is always so crucial to protect your skin from harmful UV rays, especially when you know you'll be exposed to the sun all day long. This sunscreen is tinted, so I wouldn't have to layer any foundations after this. 

4. Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder in Translucent  A lightweight, sheer loose powder that will leave your skin looking flawless and silky smooth! They are tons of powders that will leave you looking dull and chalky, and this definitely won't. Instead, it brightens and leaves your skin looking healthier and fresher. This powder is beautiful! 

5. Benefit High Beam - This liquid luminiser creates the most natural and subtle glow ever. It is light, and it blends so well to the skin without leaving any obvious glitters. This and Benefit Benetint are a match made in heaven; they are my go-to product for instant, healthier and dewier looking skin. 

6. Benefit Benetint  I'm always all about multifunctional products when it comes to travelling, and this product works both ways for the lips and cheeks. Love the natural tint it gives me. I literally can't step out of my door without this on my lips. 

7. Vimala Matcha Lipbalm Stick — Oh holy lipbalm. Probably the best one I have tried so far! It is buttery smooth and it won't leave your lips feeling greasy. It is really hydrating and comfortable to wear, not to mention it is 100% natural. 

8. Urban Decay NAKED Basics Palette — Honestly speaking, this is the only palette I have in my collection. I am not fond of sparkly eyeshadows, and this is the perfect travel eyeshadow palette for me. It is seriously a life saver, because it has all the matte shades I need. 

9. Amazing Cosmetics AmazingConcealer in Light Golden  When it says it's amazing, it is amazing. IMHO, this is truly a miracle product. It settles in a very natural finish as it blends very easily. It has a great coverage and is water-resistant. Although this product might be on the heftier side, a little tiny dot of the product goes a long way, so this would probably last you for a very long time. I know because mine did. 

10. MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Stormy Pink  My favorite eyelid color as of late. It is a matte, muted grey with purple undertones. I think it is a unique option from your usual neutrals, and I love the fact that it gives a smokey color without being too dark. It has a really creamy texture, making it very blend-able but when it sets, it won't fricking budge even without an eye primer. It is highly pigmented and it won't crease even after a long day out, so it is simply excellent for those who have really oily eyelids like I do. I'm planning to get few more of the other shades, just because they are so great. 

11. Make Up Store Microshadow in Masai  I finally got a similar shade to the Mac Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Stormy Pink, although it is slightly lighter. I like to layer this on top of my cream shadow to prolong the wear and to blend out any harsh edges. The texture is velvety smooth and it is highly pigmented. 

12. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Brunette  The pencil is very slim, making it very easy for filling in any sparse brows precisely to mimic the appearance of tiny hairs. A mechanical pencil is always better in saving you time and product. It also has a built-in spooley brush to brush out any harsh lines and create fuller looking brows. 

13. MAC Technakohl Liner in Photogravure  I prefer a mechanical eyeliner for travelling just because it is uncomplicated and simple. I hate it when I forgot my sharpener, and with a mechanical liner you won't have to shave away and waste your eyeliner. The formulation of this liner is also wonderful. It glides on so smoothly and can easily be smudged. It is so waterproof, it probably outlasts any other pencil eyeliner I have tried in the market to date. I like to line the inner rims of my eyes with this. Compared to black, dark brown is less harsh and is more natural. 

14. Wardah Staylast Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner — Love this eyeliner. Like what I had reviewed on my previous post before, this eyeliner is so precise and waterproof, it will definitely last throughout the day after any harsh activities without smudging. Even though it is waterproof, it is so easy to remove as well! 

15. Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Edge Meister Mascara  My holy grail mascara for years. I have been loyal to this bae ever since I knew anything about make-up. It is so waterproof it would blew your heads off, and best of all, it keeps your eyelashes curled all day long.

16. Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler  Unfortunately, I was born with lashes that are straight and limp, so curling my eyelashes is an essential, crucial part of my make-up regime. I have never tried any other curlers before so I am in no place to compare, but this thing has been working wonders for me. 

17. Bioderma Sensibio H2O  The travel-sized version of my usual make-up remover. It will remove all traces of makeup and any stubborn waterproof make-up gently and easily. I love the fact that this product feels just like water, leaving my skin feeling so clean and refreshed! This product really lives up to its hype. 

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Cast No Shadow

Zara top and sandals, Topshop skirt, Uniqlo shirt

It's weird how Jakarta's been raining so much lately, and I've been expecting to swelter under the sizzling sunshine of July (not that I am looking forward to it). But well, that's good in itself because the weather permitted me to relive this top that I used to be so crazy over. So dear gloomy skies, if you have something up your sleeves, bring it onI'm all game.