Monday, June 27, 2011

Review: Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation for Combination/Oily Skin

I'm not at all a makeup snob, but when it comes to base products (especially foundations!), I'm usually willing to splurge.

All this time I've been raving about MAC Studio Fix Fluid, a lot of people told me that Revlon Colorstay is just as good. Well, I finally jumped in the bandwagon and bought a bottle to try for myself.

Unfortunately, the color selection here in Indonesia is very limited (only four shades available and they're all too light for me) so I had to order this online through a friend. It cost me a grand total of $21! I think it's too much of a steep for a drugstore makeup. I believe in the States it only costs about $13 while MAC Studio Fix Fluid costs $26.50.

After researching left and right, I picked up the shade Warm Golden. When I saw the bottle I was sure that I made a good pick but when swatched, it turned out to be a little on the neutral side. If only it was a bit more yellow-based, I think it would be perfect for me.

I was going to buy another bottle in the shade Natural Tan (I suppose the combination between the two will create a matching shade for my skintone), but they didn't have it in stock. :(

So I tried it out and let me give you the rundown of what I think about the foundation...

Even though it's quite thick, I think it's actually more liquidy than MAC SFF. It's quite easy to spread out using my fingers, but I usually finish off by buffing it in circular motions with my kabuki brush. I also think that SFF dries faster than Colorstay.

Finish & Coverage
Okay, this is a bit tricky. Both Colorstay and SFF gives me matte finish and tends to get cakey if I use too much (this is probably why many people think they're quite similar). BUT! I think SFF's formulation is more pigmented, thus making it more effective in covering redness even if I don't use too much. With SFF, I can get away with less product to cover my entire face. With Colorstay, I find that I have to use more especially on my problem areas. As a result, it's easier to end up looking cakey with Colorstay. However, I notice that both look exactly the same in pictures; they make my face look flawless.

Staying Power & Oil Control
Without primer, oil control is just the same as SFF (about 3-4 hours before I have to touch up with powder on a normal Indonesian weather). But I have to say that the staying power is not as good as SFF. I find Colorstay cracks on my nose and laugh lines within two hours. SFF definitely lasts longer on me before it starts to fade/crack.

I don't usually fuss over packaging but I think the opening of the bottle is too wide! You can make a huge mess if you're not careful because as I've previously said, the foundation is quite liquidy. SFF has the same kind of glass bottle but with smaller opening.

I wore the foundation without powder the other day just to see what it looks like on pictures...

In real life, it doesn't look too light, but I guess in this pic the SPF sort of made me look ashy.

All in all, I don't think I will ever repurchase Revlon Colorstay (sorry Colorstay fans!). If it stays put much longer and doesn't crack on my drier areas, I might be able to put up with the price tag. But nah. For now if you ask me to pick between the two, I'd still prefer my MAC SFF. That being said, if you don't need much coverage to begin with and just looking for a good, affordable everyday foundation, this might do!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Review: MAC Frost Lipstick in Angel

Maybe you've heard of this lipstick before or even own one. It's quite a popular item from MAC and I read somewhere that it's what Kim K loves to wear. I'm just glad I can finally cross it off of my wishlist; I've been wanting to get it for ages!

Angel is described as "soft pink" and that's exactly what it is, except I should probably add that it's quite cool-toned. When I first saw it in the tube I thought it was more neutral-based. But as soon as I applied it on my lips... yep, there it is. A bit too purplish for me, I must say. I was looking for something warmer because I've already had cool-toned baby pink lipsticks in my stash.

It was my first time getting a MAC frost, so I was a bit worried at first. I'm not at all a fan of frosty looking lips but luckily Angel isn't all that frosty. It's quite creamy, actually. The color is sheer but buildable. And well, it's definitely not the lipstick you'd want to wear when your lips aren't in good shape.

All things considered, Angel for me is just lovely but certainly not a must-have. Now that I think about it, I should've probably picked up Hug Me instead. Or, just so you know, recommendations for a warmer baby pink lipstick are encouraged. ;)

me wearing Angel :)

Have you tried Angel or any other frost lipsticks by MAC?

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Exercise Recap Week 3 & 4

By the time I entered week 3 of my workout challenge, motivation started to wear down and somehow my body craved for food and more food. I succumbed into binge eating (crappy food involved) triggered by several social occasions. At first I really felt bad, but then I realized I mustn't dwell on it and I just have to move on. At least it's one lesson learned. Even if we want to apply healthy eating to our lifestyle, sustainability is important. There's always room for a little indulgence in a healthy diet. The key is: half bag of chips is always better than one. Or at least that's what I've been telling my self!

Day 15
Date: June 3, 2011
Exercise done: BL core workout (2 rounds)
Weigh in: 56kg

Day 16
Date: June 4, 2011
Exercise done: none

Day 17
Date: June 5, 2011
Exercise done: 30 Day Shred Lev 2

Day 18
Date: June 6, 2011
Exercise done: 30 day shred level 2

Day 19
Date: June 7, 2011
Exercise done: interval sprint

Day 20
Date: June 8, 2011
Exercise done: none

Day 21
Date: June 9, 2011
Exercise done: BL core workout (2 rounds)
Weigh in: 56 kg


Day 22
Date: June 10, 2011
Exercise done: none
Weigh in: 56kg

Day 23
Date: June 11, 2011
Exercise done: none

Day 24
Date: June 12, 2011
Exercise done: hill sprint

Day 25
Date: June 13, 2011
Exercise done: hill sprint, BL core workout (2 rounds)

Day 26
Date: June 14, 2011
Exercise done: 30 day shred level 2

Day 27
Date: June 15 2011
Exercise done: 30 day shred level 2, BL core workout (2 rounds)

Day 28
Date: June 16, 2011
Exercise done: hill sprint, 30 day shred level 2
Weigh in: 55 kg

Another lesson I learned is that my body really responds to the food I eat. On my 4th week I managed to get back on track with my diet. I ate almost no processed food at all. I didn't even count calories, I still ate a lot (mostly fiber rich food though!). And hurrah! 55 kg! It's the first time I've ever been 55 kg since uni years.

Oh even though so, I gotta say my focus is not really on my scale weight (not entirely, at least). Instead I look at myself in the mirror and well, I pay attention to how my jeans fit. Lol. Believe me, if you workout hard enough, you WILL notice difference. But it's still important to have a measurable standard of achievement so if you have a tape measure, you should probably measure your body parts too. I do have and I did take measure on my body parts a few weeks before I started my workout challenge, I haven't done the same recently though. I guess I will do it some time next week. :)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Weekend Outfit and FOTD

Well I guess this could count as an Outfit of the Day post. It's been a while since I posted any.

I found this really cute black dress from a/t exchange. It has wide luxurious-looking satin shoulder straps (that you can't see here, unfortunately) which kind of qualify the dress for formal occasions... I think. But! What I like most is that I could also dress it down by pairing it with my denim cropped jacket.

(sorry to crop the picture, this is the only one that shows the dress well)

My polkadot flats are from a small boutique called Friday to Sunday, if I remember it right. They're quite comfy and they only cost me about $12.

This Lancome handbag is actually in an off-white color. It's one of my most-used ones. :)

It was a super sunny day! I went to a cosplay competition (one of those events where people dress up as Japanese manga characters), it was quite fun, but sadly most of my pics didn't come out good. I suppose I need to upgrade my camera.

- MAC Face & Body Foundation in C4
- MAC Blot Powder in Medium Dark
- MAC Sheertone Shimmer blush in Flirt & Tease

- ELF mineral eyeshadow primer
- NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Black Bean
- Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow in Zero
- Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Last Call
- Thevi Matte Eyeshadow #250
- Too Faced Eyeshadow in Heaven
- LT Pro Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner in Black
- Maybelline the Magnum Mascara
- Falsies

- PAC Gorgeous Liquid Lip Color in Lilac Sugar
- NYX Megashine Lipgloss in Sugar Pie

That's all for today. Have a great weekend, guys!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Tutorial: Requested Syahrini Makeup Look

I think Syahrini is one of the most discussed Indonesian public figures nowadays, no? Well, I got no interest in her personal life but damn this girl is pretty!

I'm sorry to whoever requested her look on my formspring for taking such a long time to complete this tutorial. To be honest, at first I wasn't even going to do it given the fact that I had almost no idea how she usually does her makeup. But then I thought, what the heck, let's google image it up!

I found these pictures where I could see her makeup pretty well and so I decided to make an attempt on it!

From what I've seen, the key points on most of her makeup looks are:
  • flawless complexion,
  • heavily rimmed eyes,
  • dark shades of taupe and bronze eyeshadows,
  • short but thick fake lashes,
  • well groomed and filled in eyebrows,
  • contoured cheeks and glowy temples,
  • bright pink or coral lip colors.
So here's my take on her look...
Believe me it's much more dramatic in real life; the eyeliner, the blush, the lip color... my camera just can't help but to wash out the colors. :(

I did go easy on the lips, though. As I don't have any orangey coral lipstick like she had on the pictures, I opted for something softer. I made it a little bit more "me". ;)

Onto the tutorial...

1. First, I apply MAC Soft Ochre paint pot all over my lids as my base. Then I put Stila Smudge Pot in Bronze on my upper lashline, blending it upward just a little above my fold.

2. With a wet shader brush, apply a copper color eyeshadow (I'm using Too Faced eyeshadow in Push Up) on top of the bronze base.

3. Draw a line on the crease with a dark taupe color. I'm using a small pointed crease brush to do this step.

4. Apply a matte warm brown eyeshadow above the taupe eyeshadow.

5. Apply nude eyeshadow on your browbone and blend it to the matte brown eyeshadow to soften the look.

6. Apply gel eyeliner on your upper lashline, make the line a bit fat and wing it out for a more dramatic effect.

7. Apply the same dark taupe eyeshadow to your lower lashline, try to deposit more color on the outer part.

8. Apply a shimmery nude highlight color on your inner V area.

9. Line your waterline with black pencil eyeliner and apply mascara on your lashes.

10. To rcomplete the look, wear thick fake lashes! The one I'm wearing is ES Lashes A10. I put two strips together to make the lashes look fuller.

on my face:
- Monistat
- MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation
- LT Pro Translucent Powder

on my cheeks:
- Milani powder bronzer #1 to contour
- Urban Decay Afterglow powder blush in Score

on my lips:
- Nivea Lipcare SPF27
- Revlon Colorstay Lipstick in Creamy Coral
- LA Colors Moisturizing Lipgloss in Butterscotch

different lighting...
So there you have it! I hope you like the tutorial and let me know if you've got any questions. :)

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Exercise Recap Week 2

I gotta be honest, this week didn't go as smooth as I thought it would be. I missed one interval sprint routine and I half-assed my core workouts.

The reason? Messed up sleeping pattern. So now instead of early in the morning, I work out in the evening.

I read somewhere that it's always best to work out in the morning. But I guess it's better to do it whenever you can instead of not at all.

Day 8
Date: May 27, 2011
Exercise done: none
Weigh in: 57kg

Day 9
Date: May 28, 2011
Exercise done: 30 day shred level 2

Day 10
Date: May 29, 2011
Exercise done: interval sprint

Day 11
Date: May 30, 2011
Exercise done: 30 day shred level 2

Day 12
Date: May 31, 2011
Exercise done: interval sprint, BL core workout (3 rounds)

Day 13
Date: June 1, 2011
Exercise done: 30 day shred level 2

Day 14
Date: June 2, 2011
Exercise done: BL core workout (2 rounds)
Weigh in: 56 kg

I know last week I promised to implement calorie counting but it was too hectic to even think about it! I forgot about it completely until yesterday.

I've been eating well, though. My favorite snacks this week are yoghurt+strawberries and avocado+melted dark chocolate on top of it. Yum!

Friday, June 3, 2011

My Nude Gloss Obsession

If you've been following my blog for a while, you'd know that I am very much a smokey-eyes-nude-lips kinda girl. I actually did try to expand my horizon and embrace deeper shades of lip color but I'm still not feeling as comfortable wearing them. In the end, I always get back to my nude glosses. I just can't seem to get enough of them.

These right here are just my most-used ones. There are more in my stash that I barely even touch anymore. It's impossible to use them all up at this point. :(

By now I've tried so many range of glosses but nothing screams HG to me yet. Maybe I'm too demanding but hey, a girl can dream, right? I'm looking for something pigmented, less sticky than MAC lipglass, moisturizing, and has a decent staying power. If anything comes to your mind, let me know! I don't care what brand it is. I just want to own the perfect nude gloss!

PAC LG02C is sooo frosty! I usually am not into frosty glosses but this one is an exception. It looks kind of bronzy when worn. I love to pair it with a pale, nude lipstick. Staying power is so-so. It's a hassle to have to retouch this gloss because it comes in a pot. :( Oh and by the way, PAC is an Indonesian brand.

LA Colors Moisturizing Glossy Sheer Lipgloss in Butterscotch really is moisturizing, but the color doesn't last long on the lips. Too bad, because I like this kind of peachy beige shade a lot.

Revlon Superlustrous Lipgloss in Nude Lustre has always been my favorite since last year. The color is perfect and I love the texture as well. But then I eventually realized that this gloss dries my lips. I can only wear this when my lips are in top condition.

NYX Megashine Lipgloss in Smokey Look is a legend. I love the milky beige-y pink shade even though now I've come to detest its strong cherry smell.

MAC Lipglass in Prrr is, well, sticky! The nude pink color is perfect, though. It's definitely one of my favorite shades.

Clinique Long Last Glosswear in Guava Gold is also a sticky one. The texture makes my lips feel uncomfortable. Even though so, this gloss has SPF 15 and I love the color on top of nude lipstick.

Too Faced Lip Injection in Techno Kiss has the most amazing texture in my opinion. It's so smooth that applying it on the lips feel like heaven. Although the color is sheer, it has beautiful purple micro glitters which make it super pretty when worn. The catch? I hate the tingling sensation. I don't know if it really plumps the lips, I just wish it was a normal gloss.

And so the search for more amazing nude/baby pink glosses is still ongoing... I'm thinking about trying more of Asian products next. Anything you'd like to recommend? Do share!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Review: Sleek Palette in Chaos

Just a quick look at Sleek eyeshadow palette in Chaos. :)

I received it as part of a giveaway prize and I was really excited when I first got my hands on it, lol. What can I say? The packaging really draws me in. It looks luxurious and feels sturdy. I love the huge mirror and the applicator it comes with, too.

Even though I got zero complain regarding the packaging, I'm a bit disappointed by the fact that not all the eyeshadows come in good quality. Some shades are buttery smooth and well pigmented while the other ones are chalky and just... blah.

As you can see from my swatches, the white eyeshadow gives almost no color payoff whatsoever. I really doubt that I could get the color to show up even if I pile up UDPP underneath it. I was rather put off by that because I was looking forward to doing a look with a matte white shade.

The black eyeshadow is the most pigmented one, followed by some of the blue/teal shades. They have pretty good staying power, if you ask me, but for some reason when I blend them they tend to turn muddy on me. They're definitely not the most vibrant matte shadows I've come across so far.

However, I do enjoy the earthy brown shades and I've been using them a lot to soften my smokey looks lately. Other than that, I can't say that this palette is something special for me. It's nice to have it in my stash, but it's not something I will hype about. I won't necessarily recommend it to you unless matte eyeshadow really is your thing.

Sleek palettes retail at $10 a piece but unfortunately they're not available in Indonesia. :(
If you're new to the brand, I recommend checking out their blushes! I got mine in Flamingo (click here for the review) and it's one of the most long wearing blushes I've ever tried. :)


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