Are You Affraid of the Tan?

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I have been using alot of brightening products because as someone who has dry skin and medium deep complexion, my skin can look dull easily. On top of that, I have a bad habit of picking up on my zits which leave a nasty spot on my face.

While brightening products are great in evening out my complexion and making it look brighter but continous use will make my tone a little flat.

In an attempt to give back a little warm to my face, I’m trying out this Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow which not only is an exfoliating toner pad but also supposedly imparts glow (tan) to your skin when using it.

While it might be too orange-y for paler complexion, when I used it, it doesn’t make my complexion deeper nor orange. I have cool tone it should be obvious. It gives a bit of warmth to the skin and even people with several tonea lighter than me would love the glow it imparts to the skin.

I used it for 5 days straight and twice a week after that. I’m happy with the result which supposedly delivered by the existence of vitamin D in its ingredients list.

What I noticed is that there’s a yellowish tint in the pad that sort of reansferred onto the skin but prolonged exposures to it will give that warmth to the skin.

It has added anti aging properties and of course mild exfoliating effect. My only beef is the price: $35 for 20 wipes! That’s only enough for a month!

Are You Affraid of the Tan?

It’s All in the Blue

I love red lipstick.

I love blue-tone red lipstick evenmore.

The most famous one would be MAC In Russian Red. It has a nice tinge of blue in the tube but it’s not too cool that it’s universally flattering for every skin tone. Unfortunately MAC lipstick isn’t something that I pick up easily because it’s my lips nemesis. It makes my lips dry. Real dry!

While I don’t have the famous Russian Red, these three are my go to blue-tone red lipstick.

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Clockwise: Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani #400, NARS Red Lizzard & Hera #19

By the look of the bullets you know they get lots of love from yours truly.

Tone & shade-wise they all look pretty similar. With Hera being the coolest in tone of them all. The difference between each of them are the feel and texture. NARS, being NARS, it’s very drying and feels thick on my lips. But the colour is matte, deep and opaque. It stays like it means business. Hera lipstick is super moisturising, glides on smoothly and if I blot and do a couple layers it stays on reasonably. While the Armani one is similar with Hera but it melts quite easily so it’s not a good idea to bring it inside your makeup case.

So here’s a swatch comparison.

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It’s All in the Blue

What’s Your Favourite Matte Lipstick?

Matte lipsticks are great because they have excellent staying power and the colour pigmentation is certainly a beauty junkie dream. But here’s the drawback: it can be drying (real drying) and feels unbelivably thick on the skin that it isn’t comfortable at all.

Here’s the thing, there are few that I like but they’re expensive *darn*. So my pick would fall to Kiko Velvet Matte Lipstick. I love that the colour payoff is great, it stays throughout the day and it feels lightweight. More importantly, though it’s not hydrating but it’s not drying. The best thing about this lipstick is that it cost around more or less €8.

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But, unfortunately it’s only widely available in Europe! Why all good things are not accessible here in Indonesia!

In fact, in general I LOVE Kiko lipstick because they have great colour payoff – even the smart lipstick which supposedly sheer. They alao have wide variety of colours and types of lipstick.

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Their lipsticks are something I don’t feel guilty using everyday.

What’s Your Favourite Matte Lipstick?

Exfoliators, Too Good That You Want To Go Overboard With It

More than a decade ago I came home after I finished my study overseas in the midst of winter. The centre stage here is actually my skin that is suffering from the abrupt weather change from winter to the humid Jakarta weather. All hell break loose. Itchy, scaly, dull, yada yada yada. A moment in my skin history that I don’t wish to revisit.

As a religious Clinique 3-step user at the time, I was introduce to the Clinique Total Turnaround, I forget the name since it was ages ago and the product has been reformulated several times eversince. It said to help unveil a better skin and take away all the flaky dead skin cells because the acid (AHA/BHA) contained within this product will help the dead skin cells to detach from the healhy ones. Thus, revealing the healthy skin on the layer beneath it to make the appearance of your skin healthier, smoother and brighter.

I was so in love with the result. It was mindblowing. My skin looked so good that I kept wanting to use it. Before I realise it I’ve finished 3 tubes and somewhat other products from the range. In short, I was abusing the magic of exfoliator that it became so sensitive that I have to give my right of exfoliator away. It was a sad day. But that was also the moment that I got introduce to SK-II and Estee Lauded.

Years went by and I’ve tried here and there to rekindle my love to resurfacer to no avail. My skin goes red, itchy and sting to high heaven everytime it gets in contact with AHA/BHA that is more than 6% im formulation.

But throughout the years I’ve also perfected my skincare routine – double cleansing, double toning, massage, pre essence, solid bottles of serum and of course moiturisers. I tried to avoid sls, pick ingredients that work for me, do more research. I’ve managed to live with my shortcomings – a dry and sensitive skin.

What I gather over the years: exfoliating toner is not all evil as long as you balance it woth hydrating toner; physical exfoliation will only aggravate my dryness; AHA acids work better on my dry skin.

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Last week I tried the infamous Sunday Riley Good Genes – I pick the word infamous also because they’re known for the ridiculously pricey $$$. It’s filled with lactic acid – AHA, means it’s ok for me – and all sorts of extra.

What I did is every night I will use it after I double tone and after my toner dries out, put a layer and don’t put any other product on top of it. I put big faith in this product as it already garner so many positive reviews.

First day went smoothly, too smooth for my skin in fact. It doesn’t feel dehydrated at all. The next three days I start noticing little bumps, my skin is purging. But the next morning after this occur my skin looks more radiant and smoother. God, how I miss resurfacer product. They’re god sent! But by the sixth and seventh days obviously my skin is starting to suffer in the hydration department.

My verdict? Well, this product certainly live up to its hype. But I’m still squinting over the fact that it’s so bloody $$$. I couldn’t help to wonder how it wage against Clinique Turnaround that is only half the price.

Exfoliators, Too Good That You Want To Go Overboard With It

Throwback: The First Makeup Brand

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MAC will always have a sentimental value in my heart. Though by now, as a full fledged beauty addict, I’ve outgrown the brand.

I got first introduced to the brand when I was in my first year middle school. My mom visited Canada few times that year and she got hooked on the brand. She said that this makeup brand is literally everywhere there.

Since that was the year of the sexy maroon lips sported by Drew Barrymore at the Guess campaign, I couldn’t pass the chance to get myself a tube of similar-looking lipstick when my mom offered. It was MAC lipstick in Marrakech.

It was then as I held my first tube of serious lipstick that I knew my affair with makeup will not be a short one.

While I’ve venture to many different brands over the years, my mom is still loyal to MAC till this day. These are the empties from Mom’s stash that I brought to MAC store in Singapore for Back2MAC. It’s a programme where you can exchange six empty packaging with a brand new regular packaging lipstick. Sweet, huh?

Unfortunately we don’t have similar programme here in Indonesia. Nearest place that you could do your exchange is in Singapore.

Throwback: The First Makeup Brand

Going nude!

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I used to exclusively only wear nude coloured lipstick which most of them are Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick. I love the clickable and discreet black gloss packaging. So when I found out they have a gloss version I just have to give it a try. It just lands in store when I visit Singapore couple of weeks ago. I picked the colour Sensuel which is a truly lovely nude. This now becomes my staple. Love the colour to bits. Will certainly do a #LipstickMonday post at FD one of these days.

Going nude!