Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Review: Simply Stay, Rangkaian Kosmetik Terbaru Mustika Ratu


It’s been years since I wrote a post in Indonesian. Hey! Hari ini saya menulis lagi dalam bahasa Indonesia. Why so? Karena hari ini saya punya produk untuk direview, dan ini adalah produk lokal! Saya kira akan lebih baik untuk menulis dalam Bahasa, agar lebih mudah dipahami. If you are an International reader and want to know more about this new Indonesian local products, please simply hit the translate button on my right sidebar kay~

Mustika Ratu adalah brand lokal Indonesia yang telah lama berkiprah di bidang kosmetika dan perawatan kulit. Memadukan dua hal tersebut, kini hadir rangkaian kosmetik Simply Stay dengan teknologi terkini yang ditujukan untuk wanita Indonesia yang active, simple, namun ingin tetap tampil menarik setiap saat. Simply Stay hadir dengan kualitas yang lebih baik serta pilihan warna yang beragam untuk semua orang.


So, apa sih keunggulan lini Mustika Ratu Simple Stay ini dibandingkan produk makeup lainnya?
  •            With Curcuma Heynean Root Extract sebagai natural skin conditioning untuk melembabkan, menghaluskan, dan mencerahkan kulit
  •          With Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E) sebagai antioksidan alami
  •          Kandungan Octyl Methoxycinnamate sebagai UV filter alami untuk melindungi wajah dari paparan sinar UVB
  •            Tekstur Lembut sehingga mudah menyerap kedalam kulit
  •           Mudah diaplikasikan
  •           Tahan lama hingga 12 jam
  •          Bersertifikasi Halal


Nah di package yang saya dapat ini, berikut isinya:


Di balik dari sleeve penutup, ada cara pemakaian dari berbagai produk Simply Stay.


Simply Stay Moisturizer (IDR 15,000/35 ml) memiliki warna putih susu yang pekat. Hadir dalam 2 tipe, untuk kulit normal-berminyak dan normal-kering. Tekstur moisturizer kurang lebih sama: gel-like cream formula dengan kelembapan yang mudah diserap kedalam kulit seluruhnya. Less is more dengan moisturizer ini, sedikit saja sudah membuat wajahmu lembab!
Aku menemukan hampir tidak ada beda yang terlalu mencolok antara pelembab untuk kulit kering/berminyak, dua-duanya dapat kupakai dengan nyaman  (FYI, kulitku normal-berminyak). Pelembab untuk kulit normal-kering tidak terasa berat atau kelewat lembab dikulitku. Dan please,

BUANG JAUH-JAUH PIKIRAN UNTUK MENYINGKIRKAN SKINCARE DARI RUTINITAS BERDANDAN ANDA.

Never forget moisturizer even when you’re about to put your makeup on. Moisturized, healthy skin is the best canvas ever! Memakai moisturizer juga dapat membantu foundation untuk tahan lebih lama, karena tidak langsung bersentuhan dengan kulit yang kering/kelewat berminyak sehingga membuat performa foundation tidak optimal. Ingat-ingat ya, Ladies! Temukan moisturizer yang sesuai untuk kulitmu: be it serum, cream, or gel formulation.


(L-R: Normal/Oily Skin - Normal/Dry Skin)


Dan sekarang, let’s move to the complexion products shall we? Seluruh tipe dari makeup base yang ditawarkan range Simply Stay ini hadir dalam 4 warna:

-          - Pearly White
-          - Smoothie Yellow
-          - Caramel Latte
-          - Sweet Choco

Oh what a cute names, aren’t they? Karena ada 3 jenis formulasi yang berbeda yang ditawarkan Simply Stay: stick, liquid, dan powder (two-way-cake formulation) jadi masing-masing memiliki shade seperti yang saya sebutkan diatas.


Simply Stay Liquid Foundation (IDR 20,000/35 ml) memiliki tekstur liquid yang medium. Tidak terlalu ringan, namun tidak terlalu thick juga sehingga mudah dan pas untuk di blend. Hasilnya, coverage yang diberikan pada kulit menurut saya light/medium, dan bisa sedikit dibuild lagi untuk mendapat cover sesuai keinginan. Finish yang diberikan adalah semi-matte, dan tahan sekitar 3-4 jam dikulit saya sebelum saya butuh touch up.
Hadir dalam bentuk squeeze tube adalah ide yang bagus, karena kita dapat berhati-hati untuk tidak terlalu banyak menuangkan produk ke tangan seperti yang dapat terjadi dengan model botol tanpa pump. Selain itu, tube packaging juga aman dan ringan dibawa berpergian.



(L-R: Pearly White - Smoothie Yellow - Caramel Latte - Sweet Choco)


Pilihan warna pada liquid foundation ini, uniknya, menurut saya agak sedikit lebih gelap dari formulasi yang lain. Saya rasa hal ini berkaitan erat juga dengan tekstur medium yang tadi saya sebutkan. Diantara formulasi yang lain, liquid foundation ini juga yang memiliki tekstur paling mudah dibuild untuk cover yang lebih baik.

Simply Stay Stick Foundation (IDR 50,000/15 g) adalah favorite saya! Stick foundation biasanya erat dengan tekstur yang seret, susah di blend, tidak nyaman, cakey, bla-bla-bla. Not a single thing about Simply Stay Stick Foundation, though. It feels very waxy, teksturnya ringan, mudah di blend dengan hasil akhir semi-matte dan agak powdery. Great! Coverage yang diberikan menurut saya memang lebih kurang daripada formulasi lainnya, stick foundation cenderung memiliki coverage sheer/light. But that’s not to sweat about, karena memang benar-benar nyaman sekali formulasi yang satu ini. Easy to blend, lembut, dan tidak cakey. Pilihan warnanya juga yang terbaik menurut saya (dan kulit saya, LOL!) karena saya dapat memakai shade Pearly White dengan sempurna, dan sangat cocok di kulit light/medium saya (NC20-25).


(L-R: Pearly White - Smoothie Yellow - Caramel Latte - Sweet Choco)


Simply Stay Two Way Cake (IDR 75,000/12 g) menurut saya adalah produk kedua favorit saya setelah Simply Stay Stick Foundation. Saya dapat memakai shade Pearly White & Smoothie Yellow, atau memakai keduanya. Buildable, finishnya matte. Sayangnya Two Way Cake ini teksturnya agak powdery, dan cakey apabila dipakai terlalu tebal. Saran saya, wear this on its own. Bila dirasa terlalu susah diblend, berarti kulit anda kurang lembab sebelumnya! Wear moisturizer beforehand, then you’ll get a perfect polished skin (and even better after hours!) with this Two Way Cake formulation. Ini yang saya suka dari produk Two Way Cake, awalnya memang matte namun setelah bercampur dengan minyak alami wajah, hasilnya lebih natural. Mudah touch up dimana saja! Karena finishnya yang matte, produk ini tahan 4 jam sebelum minyak mulai tampak di kulit saya.


(L-R: Pearly White - Smoothie Yellow - Caramel Latte - Sweet Choco)


Oya, sebagai perbandingan masing-masing shade dari formulasi yang berbeda, ini bonus side-by-side swatch (L-R: Liquid – Stick – TWC):

Pearly White

Smoothie Yellow

Caramel Latte

Sweet Choco


Berikut foto saya saat menggunakan Simply Stay Stick Foundation Pearly White + Simply Stay Two Way Cake Pearly White:

Let the picture speaks more than words can do. Kalian lihat sendiri deh, hasilnya di saya!



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Sebagai penutup let me give you the summary:
-          Best coverage            : Simply Stay Liquid Foundation
-          Best texture               : Simply Stay Stick Foundation
-          Most lasting               : Simply Stay Two Way Cake
-          Better light shade offering   : Simply Stay Two Way Cake
-          Better darker shade offering : Simply Stay Foundation



Last Words?
Pilihlah produk sesuai kebutuhan anda. Dengan harga yang terjangkau dan hasil yang maksimal, Simply Stay ini benar-benar telah melampaui batas ekspektasi saya. Meski mengklaim tahan hingga 12 jam, namun saya sarankan tetap anda untuk retouch apabila dirasa perlu. Perlindungan UVB yang diberikan juga kurang jelas tepatnya berapa dalam satuan SPF, I’d like to wear sunblock beforehand though. Bersertifikasi halal, yes ini aman karena telah mendapat label Halal dari Majelis Ulama Indonesia. Worry not!


So that’s all. Gimana, lebih suka mana tulisan saya dalam Bahasa atau Inggris. Lama nggak nulis di blog, kangen juga ya. Uni’s starting tomorrow, wish me luck guys!

                 Review: Simply Stay, Rangkaian Kosmetik Terbaru Mustika RatuAcara ini diorganisir oleh B Blog Indonesia Dan Disponsori oleh Mustika Ratu

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Haul: Mid-year Huge Beauty Haul & Birthday Presents!

Back with haul post, yay! It’s been a loooong time since I post my haul, hasn’t it? Who doesn’t love haul post…well I really do. Haul post helps me to remember what damage have I done to my wallet so far. For me it’s more like to ‘control’ self and to be grateful of what I had (and bought as well, lol) for these past two months.
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Yet I speak another lie. Erm.
How can one stop shopping?
A shopping ban.
BIG LIE FOR ME LOLOLOLOL
Well, at least I promised my BF to stop *cough* buying lipstick for this year only because, I have around 10 bullets on their way here to Indonesia NO LET’S TALK ABOUT IT IN MY NEXT HAUL POST

As maybe some of you especially those who are my Facebook friends and Instagram followers know that I had my birthday back there on June 19th and birthday was always the only moment of the year when I could loseeeee myself and shop hard. Yeah, baby yeah. So the damage was ofc, to the wallet and my bank account *le sigh* as I am the type of the person who likes to give self gifts after few accomplishments, like, making it through another year of a beautiful life. Woo~~


BEST BRO IN DA WORLD bought me the perfume I want for soooo long, Givenchy Ange Ou Demon Eau De Parfum! Bro, you da best. This perfume was soooo hard to get and indeed it was expensive, but I thank him so much he finally managed to got me one. Ahoy. I love the original version of the perfume which is also the first product in the Ange ou Demon lines, because it’s warm, sensual and…beautiful. Sweet, but mature at the same time. Truly two different personalities in one bottle. 

Givenchy Ange ou Demon Eau de Parfum 3.4oz
pic from instagram @caroleinne
Plus two Shu Uemura lipsticks and a cute Donald Duck doll from BF, and a silver necklace. Why is there a duck (even tho I love Donald, I never thought he’d give me another doll for my birthday since I told him not to, and he usually listened to my words), the answer made me laughed but touched at the same time:

"You said you wanted a grown-up version of Donald, it worn dark blue outfit which also matched with its hat's color, rite? He has something for you, as it would be awkward if it was me to give you the present, so let your beloved duck does that for me,"

Yea Boy, got me there. Thanks for the duck and the mini-touching-trying-to-be-cute-scenario, but grown-up Donald Duck doesn't wear pink baby's napkin. Thank you for trying, tho! But hey, at least I love the duck because its lips are very much like yours...

Got myself a celebrity perfume for my own birthday gift (yeah I know, I’m kinda stingy) and it’s a repurchase. Still is my favorite perfume back there in middle school, today I’d love to wear it to uni.



Jennifer Lopez Still Eau de Parfum 3.4oz






Shu Uemura Matte Lipstick M PK376 Gangnam Pink
Shu Uemura Rouge Ultimate Shine Supreme Mon Shu Red Pure (not shown in picture, as I returned it to the counter for a new one but still hasn't got the replacement until today.)
Shu Uemura Tint in Gelato PK01
Shu Uemura Tint in Gelato AT02


The Tint in Gelato had successfully caused bloggers and makeup enthusiasts a great fuss, because it was launched not too long before the famous designer brand Yves Saint Laurent launched Kiss & Blush, a dual functioning product for cheek and lip. Tint in Gelato has the same concept, it works both for lip and cheek (like the one from Takashi Murakami Holiday 2013 Lip&Cheek product, however this new product has a better texture and silky, velvety finish) and comes in cute color selections.
I picked two, all in daring color. Review soon!





Givenchy Le Rouge 205 Fuchsia Irresistible


Burberry Velvet Lipstick 310 Military Red



Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Lipstick 05


NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Antwerp
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Cannes
NYX Matte Lipstick Alabama
NYX Matte Lipstick Perfect Red


Revlon Superlustrous Lipstick 740 Certainly Red
Revlon Superlustrous Lipstick 655 Scarlet Velvet


Paul & Joe Spring 2014 Color Powder CS in Azalea

5 red lipsticks won't hurt. I love reds. The Burberry one was a self-gift for making it through school exams, and the hot fuchsia pink from Givenchy Le Rouge series was for finishing high school. Yea, don't judge me. I feel so motivated to do something if I happened to set a goal plus a bonus reward for accomplishing something! That's a positive thing, rite? XD


And finally, a complexion haul! Now I can strikethrough one line in my 2014 bucket list for doing this haul. My face is kinda sensitive and doing complexion haul is usually a bit scary & doubtful, but no worries la I'd love to add selections to face products.


KATE 15th Anniversary Set from SASA Malaysia (Powderless Liquid Foundation for COVER in OC-C + mini Brightening primer)

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup SPF10 in 1W2 Sand
Missha M Perfect Concealer #23
LA Girl PRO Conceal in Creamy Beige

And repurchasing NAKED 2 because my ultimate, one and only crease shade 'Tease' has hit pan. Oh, I love the new packaging.


Urban Decay NAKED 2 Palette



Drugstore haul, anyone? Time to minimize the damage.


Jordana Best Lash Volumizing Mascara

NIVEA Raspberry Rose Kiss Lip Butter


So...? Sensual Body Mist
NIVEA Body Serum Night Whitening
Shinzu'i Body Scrub Matsu
Shinzu'I Body Scrub Kirei


Palmolive Aromatherapy Shower Gel Refill Morning Tonic x 2


Cetaphil Gentle Face Cleanser 1 Litre x 2

Guardian's deals are the best, seriously! The Cetaphil was on sale in SG, my mom helped me to buy them for me and they were in promotion as bundle. Cheaper, if compared to its price in local store. Stocked up some cheap body scrub and shower gel as well, because I love Palmolive so much and my body doesn't react bad to it too.

pic from instagram @caroleinne

Bodycology Moisturizing Body Lotion in Enchanted Forest

Bodycology Moisturizing Body Lotion in Toasted Vanilla Sugar

pic from instagram @caroleinne

Bodycology Nourishing Body Cream in Blackberry Vanilla
Bodycology
 Nourishing 
Body Cream in Midnight Garden

A body care haul. I never bothered too much to wear body lotion and stuff, you can exactly tell from my previous haul post! I never bought such things...until I started to do a lot DIY body care project to eliminate skin roughness and small bumps on my back (sigh, not acne as well, more like small rough bumps from heat they said) so I started to care as well!

BF got me those. Sigh. He drove me from one mall to another just to find the scent that we love...man, I'm not bragging. He did.
"This smells bad, that IS worse. Not this one, it's like a baked coconut cookie...what's the brand again?"

Until I finally pointed this out...
"Geez, who's happier, is it you or me, for my body to smell yummy?"
And he laughed so hard, enough for an answer I've been looking for. Men loves pampered women, but very few wants to pamper them. Boo! #menlogic


Lastly, skincare product:


Holika Holika Bulgarian Rose Serum
ICM Acne Clear Pimple Treatment Lotion (Skin Colour Formula)

Both are my HG now. I hardly find skincare products that work well with my skin, and those new products do. Men, where have you been all my life? Review soon!


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Okay that's all for now. Phew, I'm pretty much broke, thanks to the lippies. So what's yours? I'd love to see your haul post as well *evil grin* so I'm not feeling lonely and guilty la
Which one (what a rhetorical question) to review first? Drop comments below, kay. Would love to hear from you~

And hey, Happy Eid Mubarak for those who celebrate it!

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Friday Kiss: Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Shine Lipstick in Mon Shu Red Pure

As promised here in my last post, today’s post is going to be the very first post under the categories Friday Kiss which I’m going to do a review of infamous or forgotten, hidden gem of thousand bullets of lipstick from various brand, plus a bonus FOTD. Yay!



It’s a lipstick from a famous Japan brand Shu Uemura, from the Rouge Unlimited Supreme Shine ($30/3.4gram) range. The thing I love from Shu Uemura’s regular line product packaging is their sleek, simple, and professional looking white packaging. It looks clean but professional in any ways. This slim lipstick tube is made of reflective, almost mirror-like metal material behind the clear and sturdy plastic outer body.



The shade I got was from Karl Lagerfeld x Shu Uemura collaboration years ago, which once came in a limited edition bullet with cute mon shu doll printed on it but this one I got was already in standard packaging of Shu Uemura lipstick. It’s good that they make this shade permanent because…take a look at it yourself. How pretty it is? 

This shade is called Mon Shu Red Pure, (it has name, surprisingly, maybe because it was once from special collaboration? Shu Uemura lipsticks—and just like typical Japan brand lipsticks—have no specific name for shades instead of number and alphabet representing the shade inside) is a bright, juicy, coral red color with strong pink tone in it—almost like a watermelon red-pink! It’s so juicy it almost is a tomato red, if it’s redder.


Ingredients
octyldodecanol diisostearyl malate pentaerythrityl tetraisostearate bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2 polyethylene phenyl trimethicone hydrogenated coco-glycerides calcium aluminum borosilicate cera microcristallina / microcrystalline wax simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) butter synthetic fluorphlogopite ectoin 2-oleamido-1,3-octadecanediol c18-36 acid triglyceride acrylates copolymer methicone silica calcium sodium borosilicate bht benzyl benzoate limonene citronellol geraniol linalool parfum / fragrance [+/- may contain ci 77891 / titanium dioxide mica ci 77499, ci 77492, ci 77491 / iron oxides ci 45380 / red 22 lake ci 45410 / red 28 lake ci 19140 / yellow 5 lake ci 15850 / red 7 ci 15985 / yellow 6 lake ci 42090 / blue 1 lake ci 75470 / carmine ]

It has glossy finish but still has that great vibrancy and color payoff and NOT being sheer. I tend to stay away from glossy lipstick because they usually lack of vibrancy, but this one is not. Reminds me of YSL Rouge Volupte Sensual Radiant lipstick, but this one has fine glitter in it! And the glitter is not being chunky or ‘exfoliating’ lips, instead of the lipstick gliding smoothly on lips and feels very moisturizing, yet it has slip feeling to it and is potential to migrate or, let’s just say, it feathers a little bit. Wearing clear lip liner will help a lot, I promise. Good thing is, this lipstick leaves a beautiful stain on your lips after small meal and drink, even though it transfers to your utensils and mug.
 
LIPS SWATCH
do you see it settles into lines and feathers out to my skin? (bottom lip)


Being so smooth in texture, it may be more fragile than any of your usual lipstick in your collection. As you can see in the previous photo above, its bullet has totally PERFECT condition without scratch or whatsoever-that-is-potential-to-warn-that-this-lipstick-is-going-to-MELT DOWN AND BROKEN. Maybe a little oil drip at one side of the bullet, yes I spotted that, did you, but I thought it was going to mean…nothing. I was wrong. The pretty and perfect bullet was ruined into this messy, sticky, broken mold just upon ONE GENTLE SWIPE ON MY LIPS.



And I was not okay with that.

what the......?

During my 3 years of collecting lipstick, I only experienced broken lipstick twice. One was with my MAC Shy Girl (reviewed here), which went straight to the trash bin quickly as I realized it was melted down, and the second was with this. What’s wrong? The tester at the counter was yeah, quite sticky and not feeling too sturdy but at least it didn’t melt into this mess, hey. Maybe I just received a faulty item? Or it’s just my bad luck to receive a once-perfect-but-not-anymore-upon-one-swipe-haha product? I messaged Shu Uemura’sFacebook Page on Wednesday but still no reply until today. Let’s just hear from them about this case.
I admit how much I love the texture, formula, finish, and color payoff of this product but IF I have to deal with broken bullet and melting issues, I might want to think twice to get it in another shade. How sad I am now, because I totally adore this Rouge Unlimited Shine Supreme range and am willing so much to buy more and more shades!!

isn't it a pretty color?

Score


Last Words?
Mon Shu Red Pure from the Rouge Unlimited Shine Supreme range is a super juicy, luscious but cute color that quickly adds brightness and youth vibe to your whole look. The glossy finish gives good dimension to your lips while the opaqueness of the color enhances your lips’ feature. Nice performance and shades offered of this range, but I will think twice and reconsider to repurchase if the great formula leads to a quick meltdown of this soft, smoothly gliding lipstick.

was going out with BF to the supermarket, groceries issues. Lime green + juicy coral red, wdyt? :D

So, with the meltdown slash broken bullet issues. Have you ever experienced this with any shades from the Rouge Unlimited Shine Supreme range from Shu Uemura? Drop your comments and share your thoughts below, I’d love to hear and discuss with you. What a miss, since Mon Shu Red Pure is a SUPER GREAT JUICY COLOR. Agree not? ;)

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PS: I dyed my hair black. As maybe some of you never really paid attention to my hair, I never had black hair before—my actual hair color was dark brown it was often mistaken as dyed hair. What do you think of my jet black hair now? Yay or nay? Does it suit me or should I dye it back to dark brown/ash brown?

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