Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Review : KOSE Sekkisei Supreme Loose Powder SPF12++


As for Japan Brand, my family has trusted Kose for a long, long, long time! My granny, my auntie, and Mom are all using Kose. Me? Still finding for the right skincare because Kose doesn’t have the range for troubled and sensitive skin like mine….*get slapped*
My Mom is the most loyal user of them all LOL. When I shopped with her like….back there in November, ahem, I got this loose powder for my own.



Beautiful-Useful Cap!
The packaging is sleek, comes in a pearly white jar with a mirror-like cap which can reflect things. I lost the box when I took these photos, boo me~


The bad from this mirror-like cap is, it will easily get stained of your finger prints and it’s so easily to get scratched! The good is, I often use this cap as a mirror because it reflects things out pretty good la, hohoho. The cap also closes tightly too, and the container overall is made of sturdy plastic and quite strong.


Here’s what inside, there’s a smooth, super soft white puff which I really love! It has super good quality too, not like the other puff which usually comes along with loose powder; this one is not easily getting rough or loosened its original shape even after getting through washing for several times.

Sealed = More Trustable!
Like other loose powder, this one also comes with a shifter made of thick plastic. The shifter’s holes are covered with white sticker as a seal, to keep the product inside sterile and hygiene before using. Don’t forget to ask for an exchange if you soon find out the seal inside is broken that you haven’t even touched it!


Kose Sekkisei Supreme Loose Powder has SPF 12++ for your UV protection. I’d say it’s just an additional protection, because it’s in loose powder and loose powder usually gone very easily. Go for a real sunblock underneath before using this powder for a serious, real UV protection!
Despite of the real quite big container it comes with, this powder only has 14g in it! Blah, we need more eh?


Has Beautiful Shimmer!
The powder is white, with very fine shimmer. Don’t worry the shimmer won’t make your face look like a disco ball, it’s super fine you can barely see them once applied on face. It will leave you with a glowy skin on photos and in real life.
It’s also finely milled as it goes on smoothly on face and not set into fine lines or laugh lines. It also doesn’t crack at the end of day, phew! The powder are super lightweight and the coverage is almost zero I’d say, because it has translucent with glow (because of the fine shimmer!) finish.  I personally think it’s just a setting powder for me.




As what I explained before that this powder has spf in it, some may think that taking photos with this powder might be a bad idea. I would not agree on that statement! I tested out this product with my camera plus its flash before buying it—okay now you know how important is it to grab camera and have it with you whenever, and wherever you are—and guess what, it photographs beautifully. I was left with beautiful glowy skin, not a scary whitecast.


Oil Control? Check!
Lasts on me for 3-4 hours before started wearing off, the oil control is quite awesome I should say. I have combination-oily skin which sometimes can be very annoying once I used the products that just don’t suit me and my skin well. But with this powder, there were no excessive oil nor greasy looking on my face after hours and this powder simply didn’t break me out which made me sigh out of a relief.


Oxidize………okay just a little bit.
Oxidize a very little bit is the only down side point for this product! It does oxidize, even for a slight bit, but it does oxidize one me. Maybe it is something to do with the SPF?

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For the price, I believe this powder ain’t cheap yo. It’s for retail IDR 599,000 or around $60. No cheap, eh? Japanese products are quite expensive outside Japan, but I believe it is sold in Japan way cheaper! But wait, KOSE Sekkisei Supreme is one of their high-end range both for the makeup and skincare range, so the price is quite reasonable for the price eh?



Score

Last Words?
It gives you a glowy, healthy and radiant skin look once applied. This powder contains shimmer, a very fine shimmer which just blends beautifully with skin but still does the glowy job. If you hate shimmer or want a matte look, this powder almost is definitely not for you!


So, would you or have you tried this powder? Giving it a try?

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Review : theBalm Balm Jovi Rock Star Face Palette




Who doesn’t love Black Friday? Of course I do! Even if here in Indonesia we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving nor the Black Friday, the sale through US website are really intriguing and tempting! Last year’s Black Friday, I managed to shop *ahem* as I only got this palette I’ve wanted long longggg of all the sale hold. Phew!






Limited Edition Palette!
TheBalm Balm Jovi Rock Star Palette is a limited edition palette which was released in September 2012. Just like the other palettes by theBalm, this palette also comes in cardboard packaging which brings retro and chic impression also with the overall design. Made of cardboard doesn’t make this palette become less sturdy or feel so fragile at all. It has magnetic lid closure which closes quite strong. The palette itself is lightweight, anyway. Yay!


A medium-sized mirror is also attached in this palette, in a heart shape—OMG that’s very cute of it! Quite big enough for you to do your eye makeup by looking at the mirror la~


All-in-One!
This palette has 12 eye shadows, 1 blush, 1 highlighter, and 2 lip colors. For hygienic reason of powder that may fall out on the lip colors, they divided this palette’s opening by two sections. The upper part of this palette contains all the powder eye shadows plus the highlighter and blush, and the other part contains only the two gorgeous lip colors.



Moving to the eye shadows first, shall we? Let’s take a look at those 12 gorgeous colors this palette brings! To make it easier I will describe the eye shadows by each column, because each column has different finish.
(P.S :  I did all the swatches below without using primer underneath.)


The first column is the heavy metal-named eye shadows.


(L-R) Metal-ica - Iron Maid-in - Led Zeppelin - Alice Copper

Metal-ica is a frosted silver shade. Its texture is super soft and tends to be powdery, but still as smooth. Pick this color very gently unless there will be fallouts!

Iron Maid-in is a frosted bright gold. It’s a pure, bright gold color. Almost a great dupe for Urban Decay’s Blunt. The texture is smooth, and less powdery than Metal-ica is.

Led Zeppelin is a frosted olive green color with subtle green glitters. It has minimum fallouts even though it contains glitters. The texture is soft, buttery and smooth when applied.

Alice Copper is a frosted burgundy red color with silver sparkles. This, too is super buttery and has minimum issues of fallouts.

The second column contains eye shadows with the Classical genre names!


Adagio - Allegro - Moderato - Presto

Adagio is a matte beige, pale light skin tone color. This shade is my favorite of all! It’s very opaque and subtle in color payoff. The texture is very soft and smooth, no issues with the fallouts too. It works great as a brow bone highlight!

Allegro is a matte medium toned chocolate, which somehow the color payoff ain’t as good as the other shade. Its texture is still soft, though.

Moderato is a matte dark purple color. This shade is awesome, no fallouts issues, and has great color payoff! Very buttery in texture too, yum~

Presto is a matte dark brown. The color payoff is also awesome despite it is being matte, and not powdery at all.


The last or the third row of this palette is the shadows with Alternative Rock names!



Blink 1982 is a shimmery muted burgundy color with gold sparkles. This color is somewhat powdery due to its soft texture.

The Stroke is a dark navy blue color with pretty blue sparkles. The color payoff is great, it’s subtle and super pretty in real life! It has satin finish.

Rem is a shimmery dirty muted purple color with gold sheen. It has good pigmentation too, even is more to the bare seen, natural side.

Third Eye Blinded is a frosted light peach which leans more into pink but in warmer way. It’s super pretty, soft and smooth yet buttery in texture, has great color payoff too!

Overall the shadows are soft, smooth, and buttery in texture even some of them have drier texture. Fallouts issues hardly happen, but powdery sometimes may occur because of the softness of the texture. The color payoff is great too, rich and true in colors. The most important thing of all is, all of them are super blendable! Shall we move to the face section?




Disco Disco Solid Gold is a luminizer, or we heard it a lot as a highlighter. It’s exactly the same product as the famous theBalm’s Mary-lou Manizer. It’s a light, warm gold color with beautiful sheen. This can be easily blended yet reflects light great, and not too overwhelming that will make your face look like a disco ball or super greasy once applied.

Pop! Pop! Don’t You Want Me is a bright warm coral color with matte finish. This blush is supposed to be the same with theBalm Frat Boy blush, but somehow Don’t You Want Me is pinker.

Milly is a neutral rosy beige color. This will make a good pair along with a bold and strong smokey eyes! It’s creamy, not drying, and has quite great staying power.

Vanilly is a true red. The formula is creamy and it does leave stain after eating. The staying power is great too for such a lip color! The color payoff is opaque enough, and buildable.


Take a look too at the lid of the lip color part, there are some looks to be tried!

Gee it’s That Great!
Worth the money? Of course! Costing you at $39, this palette is a must have for the colors—I think the shades are rare, eh—and for the face section. For you who are curious about some famous theBalm’s product like their highlighter and blush, you can try the ones in this palette first before buying the real full-sized products. I got this for $23, converted IDR 310,000. Really worth the money, I should say!


Score

Last Words?
This palette is great! The eye shadows are awesome, but never forget to use primer underneath so the color will stay longer and the color payoff is true to the pan. The highlighter and blush are super pretty and the lip colors are outstanding. Some colors in the eye shadows are a liiiiiiiiiittle bit powdery and too soft in texture, so pick it up using your brush GENTLY unless you will have some fallout issues!




Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Review : Chocolat Lash


Yesterday my little brother, somehow asked me about falsies. I was like, “whaa?” that he wanted to know about beauty stuffs. He then asked why I prefer thick lashes to thin lashes, and that was surely a thing I just could not answer? I think thick lashes just suit me better than how thin lashes would. And today, I want to review one of my favorite lashes so far!



Cute is Cute!
This is a Chocolat Lash by Beauty World. It comes with simple plastic packaging and an embossed heart sticker with some Japanese words. To be honest, the first thing that attracted me which caused me ended up buying this item is the packaging! It’s irresistibly cute, and the chocolate thingy there, well I just couldn’t help myself but buying!

The how-to steps and description of this lash is on the back of the packaging. Unfortunately they’re all written in Japanese which I don’t understand even a single word la (;A;  ) This lash are made in China, but the design is from Japan.

Cheap and a Bonus Skate, yes I am!
The chocolate case has the word “love” engraved in every bar of it. Cute! The case itself, has mirror and a sponge for you to put the lashes on inside. Oh, this lash comes in two pairs of lash and one bonus glue too.



My New Love!
Not only the case is super cute and really useful, the lashes themselves is very soft, durable, and not itchy while worn. Some lashes are very harsh at their edges and it eventually would turn my eyes red of the itchiness caused! I, of course flexed the band before start wearing it to make it more flexible and could follow the natural contour of my eye better. 

Once worn, it will suddenly make your eyes so bright, opened up and big! I love that effect, how it makes my eyes look so big even without lenses! The curl is ‘that’ WOW but it’s super pretty la! 

These lashes are made of synthetic hair, but it’s photographed very well. They’re long enough to be clearly and beautifully appear in the photos, yet it doesn’t look so fake, and not is shiny scarily like how synthetic lashes are usually. Top it with mascara and done, your lashes are matte as well (~^O^)~

The other plus point is, this lash can be used over and over again. I’ve worn it like for 4 times and its shape still as pretty as it was in the first place!! Cannot believe this!

Dramatic and Awesome
Since the effect given is more to wow than the natural look, probably people who love natural lashes would not fall too much for these lashes. You girls know I’m so much into the Gyaru style so well, this lash suits me very well. The other minor down point for me is, the glue freely given! Its texture is so watery, sticky, and hard to be removed. It also comes not in clear band which some people may prefer, but I personally prefer black band because I can easily use eyeliner to fill in the gap after wearing lashes.


I got two pairs of this falsie only for IDR 125,000 at SOGO, around $14 in US dollars. Said it really worth the price, because it holds not only one pair of falsie but two, plus the case given for free! Yay! I will definitely repurchase this one


Score

Last Words
I can say nothing except of words which expressing my love toward this lash! It’s durable, pretty, soft, and not looking fake at all! The effect given is also as expected—even better because it won’t make me look like a total drag queen LOL. And psst, I also got the a lot of compliments with this lash! I love you more, my Chocolat Lash!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

FOTD : Snake-Peek the Princess Look!


It’s like….a, uh, 4 days late from the Chinese New Year celebration eh? It’s okay la, the Cap Go Meh day hasn’t come yet so please let me post my last CnY look here and share it with you girls! Yay!


Didn’t want to look too much and so “glam” yet wanted to match my so-princessy dress which my Granny bought me for CnY, I chose to go with this look. As what I’d said in my previous post that my Granny’s cousin and auntie were coming last week, I’d been warned by Granny like thousand times not to wear too much makeup because I will end up looking like 10 years older than my real age now. So this is my effort to look “young” but still as pretty *ahem* 


Please, scroll down!


Lioele Secret Pore Rich Balm
Lioele Triple The Solution BB Cream
Clinique Blended Face Powder in 08 Transparency Neutral
theBalm Frat Boy Blush
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer
Korres Zea Mays Blush in 016 Pink
UDPP
Missha Eye Brow Kit in 02 Dark Brown
Urban Decay Eye Shadow in Blunt, Vert, Chopper (from Skull Palette)
theBalm Eye Shadow in Presto (from theBalm Balm Jovi Palette)
Dollywink Liquid Liner in Black
Holika Holika Jewel Light Waterproof Eye Liner in 24 Karat Gold
Lioele Eye Lash #06
MAC Cremesheen Shy Girl Lipstick
Peripera Peri’s Water Tint in 03 Orange Juice
L’Oreal Glam Shine 707 Miss Raspberry


okay Vert, where are you hiding?

Since it’s Snake year according to the Chinese calendar, I also put Vert, a shimmery green color on my 1/3 part of lid. The rest of the color chart is around gold-brown, that I just wanted to go neutral.

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Pairing my sweet princess dress with pearl headband—the dress got some pearl accents too on its collar—also with a pair of cute gold flat shoes, I super look like a Korean Princess LOLOLOLOLOL *get slapped*
Do not call me narcissistic, my 4 years old cousin told her babysitter that I looked like a princess that day! LOL me ain’t lying eh? Children never lie LOLOL *slapped again* (  ꜘ‾ᴥ‾`)

ME, Y U NO GET SKINNIER?

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Aaaaaand that’s my look for CnY. What’s yours? Share it with me!

BEST PIC OF ALL!

Lotsa love, hug, and kiss since today is Valentine day. Happy valentine day all!