Sunday, September 29, 2013

Haul: Oktoberfetch!

It’s definitely been a long time since I post my last haul, eh? So today, I’m back with a haul post again and it’s *drum rolls* an early October haul! Why early October, well it’s supposed to be my September haul but since September’s going to end soon, let’s call it (pre) October haul then LOL

Into the photos!

Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Papaya Punch (Matte)
Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Coral Reef (Sheen)
Revlon Matte Lipstick in 003 Mauve It Over
The Body Shop Love, etc. Solid Perfume
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Sandalwood Beige
NYX Long Lip Pencil in Natural
NYX Long Lip Pencil in Mauve

Anna Sui Lip Crayon in 400
Anna Sui Lip Crayon in 301
Peripera Peri’s Tint Marker in Plum
Sleek Matte Me in Rioja Red
Sleek Matte Me in Party Pink
Sleek Powder Blush in Suede

Sleek I-Divine Palette in Candy
Sleek I-Divine Palette in V2 Ultra Mattes Dark

Wet n Wild Trio Eye Shadow in Silent Treatment
Wet n Wild Trio Eye Shadow in Spoiled Brat
Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer no.52
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tenacious Teal
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe
Holika Holika Jewel Light Waterproof Liner in 14

And some clothes…



Cotton On Haul (from Instagram)

Some foods…(I mean snacks, sweets, and chocolates! Thanks Moms!)

 
A new wallet for me myself! Yay for Guess~


And finally, cute accessories… ALL OF THEM ARE CUTE AND CHEAP LOL bought them all when they were on sale~ and the oldies but goldies earrings? Thanks to Grandma!

look at the jewelry case! it's MACAROONS!


NEON EARRING JUST FOR $0.7/pair

don't you think the cat earrings are CUTEEEEEEE

I bought a lot of things this month…and I’m now seriously thinking of saving. I really do…

Okay. The grief is over, so is the guilt.
Actually I shared my photos a lot on Instagram, mostly about my “haul of the day” from the shopping sprees I joined. So if you *ahem* want to keep updated about my haul—why would you? *sweat face*—please follow my Instagram, the user name is @caroleinne LOL don’t hate me I just want more followers in a good and fair way!


That’s my entire haul for this month, do you have any request which one to review first? I know this question is really outdated and…never been really useful LOL but trust me, I will try my best to review the thing you ask me to! Drop your requests on the comment section below, and, see you soon X

Review: Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Makeup

 The NAKED hype, is that over already? Well if do you think it already is, hold on for few minutes ahead, and read one of the Urban Decay product from this NAKED range which I swear to be my only holy grail after some few years playing around with makeup.


 Hey, Sexy Packaging!
Urban Decay NAKED Skin Makeup is described as “weightless, ultra definition liquid makeup”.  The packaging is so pretty, don’t ask me why I bought this—it’s all about the packaging, only. I honestly didn’t have any attention to any other products from the NAKED range aside of their palettes because they were all looked “overrated” for me, but the packaging of this foundation easily got my heart beat fast: its outer box has light bronze color as the base and metal grey as for the printed information on it.



The bottle is made of a thick plastic, but surprisingly it still looks super duper sturdy and sophisticated. It’s tall and slim—very sexy! The accent color is the same dark metal grey color which used back there those on the box. Also the bottle comes with pump, so goodbye to the difficulties of pouring out products and messiness caused by it.


Description
Feels like wearing nothing, yet Urban Decay's Naked Skin transforms your complexion. Skin looks natural, illuminated and bright with a luminous demi-matte finish: like the beautiful skin you were born with. This remarkable foundation is oil-free, paraben free and formulated with light-diffusing spheres that literally make you look professionally retouched. How does it work? Naked Skin uses optical blurring technology to blur your imperfections, making it the ultimate in ultra definition.

This revolutionary makeup loads skin with a list of nourishing ingredients including: Matrixyl 3000 (a powerful anti-wrinkle peptide), protective and brightening Litchiderm, antioxidant Green Tea and Sodium Hyaluronate for optimal skin hydration and nutrient absorption.

Ingredients

IT’S PARABEN FREE, AWW YEAH.

18 Shades for Everyone
NAKED Skin has a great range of color for everyone, though people like me—warm undertones, but not too warm nor too cool, but not very neutral either—may find out it’s too pink or too yellow. Else, will find it awesome! The numbering starts from .5 to 8.0. The number ending with 5 is for pink/neutral undertone and 0 for yellow/neutral undertone. I have this in shade 3.0, and it’s a biiit too yellowish on my face, but that’s okay though. I might want to grab shade 2.0 later when repurchasing.





Runny for Good
I was surprised to how RUNNY this foundation actually was! It’s so runny and easy to spread. But to be honest, I would prefer this formula more than the creamier ones; even though being runny means we’re going to use the product a lot more too but that’s not really a matter because it’s lightweight like if you’re wearing nothing on the top of your skin—plus, less dragging on skin while applying!


Do You Believe in Naked, Healthy Skin?
It really is buildable, but won’t build to that high coverage— at least to that enough medium coverage to cover all pimples and ¾ redness all over your face. Add concealer to the stubborn redness and voila, you’re done! One layer of this foundation would result to a light coverage, and I prefer around 2-3 layer when my face is not really good…in texture. Finish is satin, it’s neither the dead matte nor that dewy too, but it’s a mix of both—a naked skin indeed. No cakey, fake, ‘too much’ results too, my dear!

swatch on NC20 skin (inner arm)

blended in

As for the staying power and oil control, this foundation keeps a good job for keeping the oil at the bay. I didn’t need to touch up until it reached 4 hours, which was awesome. Every liquid foundation would’ve lost in this point as my face would get that ugly greasiness in 2 hours, but this one nailed the job super good.



Retailing for $38, I think it’s really worth having and really, you pay for what you get. I will definitely repurchase for my next bottle, and yes this is my current Holy Grail foundation of mine. You can get it from Sephora, Ulta, or any online and offline shops which sell Urban Decay products. Try your shade before buying or look over reviews, else you might want to go to Urban Decay’s site to use their foundation generator—it helped me much, because I bought this online!

Score

Last Words?
I would recommend this to everyone who has been through a hard time choosing their best formula of foundation for their oily skin, but those with drier skin might not like it as much as we do as it provides no moisturizing effect. Plus, I wish Urban Decay would add the shade especially for the lighter ones because some find it not enough pale for their skin. After all, good job, NAKED Skin!


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Review: Canmake Clear Cream Cheeks CL01

 Canmake Cream Cheek is so popular between us, but I never had a chance to try one until I did a mini haul back there on my trip to Hong Kong. From all the shades sold there, there was one that attracted me the most and it’s a true red color. Interesting, so I bought one and here’s the review for you!


Jewel-like Pot!
The packaging is made of clear plastic material and not very thick which makes this product so lightweight, and very travel friendly as for the size it’s also small—very convenient! It has a very cute jewel-like design, some people find it cheap looking but it’s cute for me LOL



This one is CL01 Clear Red Heart, and I believe this color is permanent. Canmake released their Canmake Cream Cheek Clear series last year, but this range seemed not to cause the hype like the original cream cheek series did. Hmm…that’s why I’m curious much about it.


Not Like the Original Ones?
If you’ve already tried the original cream cheeks from Canmake, you must realize how stiff and not pigmented this blush compared to it. Clear cream cheeks has a totally different formula to their original series: it’s more translucent in color payoff, less creamier, and no shimmer or glitter inside. The texture is a gel-like—you know, when you press your finger on the surface and still it won’t left a deep hole trace there but the surface will bounce up back—and it’s very lightweight, making it’s easy to blend and to build up without ending up so messy with too much product on face…and you can never do that, because you gotta build from one layer to another to get the desirable color.


Most Natural Flush on Cheeks, Ever.
While these may be pros and cons between cream blush lovers, I like the clear series more tbh. It comes out very natural on face, definitely a no brainer blush for everyday! The tool you will prefer the most to apply this product is your very own fingers, as I found out using brush wouldn’t help much in building the color up instead of making the layer of color sheerer.

(L-R) 1 swipe - 3 swipes

The photo above just doesn't do the justice, it's more brighter in real life! The finish is dewy and translucent; the texture of this blush tells you all already. It doesn’t dry to a powdery finish, it stays dewy all the day! CL01 is a true red and contains no shimmer/glitter, so it’s great making your face looks healthily flushed with barely seen blusher on. Looking scary on pan, this blush actually shows up beautifully on face. I swear it stays more than 4 hours on top of foundation before starts fading up too.


Retailing for HK$76 (580 yen) it’s quite cheap for a tag of drugstore blush. I will definitely grab more shades from this range!  (Psst, I heard Canmake will release one new shade for the Clear series and it’s O.R.A.N.G.E.—gotta have it!)

Score

Last Words?
Cream blush is really for those who want to achieve a healthy, very natural flush on cheeks without looking overdone. If you’re new to the cream blush world, looking for the most no-brainer great product, Canmake Clear Cream Cheeks is the right one for you! It’s super blendable but also buildable, yet very convenient in size making this product perfect. The staying power is also great plus the color range it has is pretty unique ranging from a true red, to an odd red-orange color. Will definitely collect them all if possible! XD

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Weezy Award and Big Dreams Confusions

OMG how many years have passed since I got nominated awards from Blogger fellas? Thanks to the cute and adorable Aimee this time for the award! This is a weezy award, and to be very honest, I just heard about it now LOL. Now let’s get into the rules of the award first:


Rules:

1. Make a "note" to the person who give this award.
2. Nominate 3 (or more) friends that you think they are close/good/kind/etc. to you.
3. Give a note to each of them.
4. Tag this award on those friends you chosen.
5. You can tag back if you want. 


*NOTE: The more you received this award, the more it shows that you are friendly and like to be their friend. :)



First of all, note for Aimee!

And now, here are the people I nominate: 

Joveeta,


Margy,


Phanie,


Mindy!

That’s it! Don’t you think my notes are cute? I edited and made one by one carefully, I hope those I nominated would like it and gimme some notes back!

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Aside from the award, I have things to share to you girls and maybe, can you gimme some opinions regarding my “confusions”?

As maybe some of you have known, I just turned 17 this year. I’m now in my last year of high school, meaning next year I really have to go to university to continue my study. And this is what my confusions are all about. Questions like “where will you go” or “what subject will you take” is too common for me lately but not very depressing (already), but what really wandered around both in my heart and my mind is:

Will you be able to fulfill all the required terms & conditions?

As for my grades and the scores I got during my previous years, they were all neither bad nor excellent—all around 8.5 like so. I honestly admit that I accepted some letters of offering to universities which affiliates to my school about the free registration fee and they were only issued to around 50-80 people out of the total 400 students of my batch, but none of the universities have interested me to go in there. My friends kept telling me for not being stupid and threw all the chances I'd got just to go for something bigger and maybe, unreachable. I dream for something bigger and…well, am I wrong for doing so? This is the case one, by the way.

Jakarta was on the top of my destination list when it comes to choosing universities, but suddenly it was announced that one government-funded university in Hong Kong was about to come to my school and doing one private presentation, and it was so exclusive even to join the presentation you gotta sign up first. I signed up and attended the presentation with all excitement, the butterflies on my stomach were all wilder than ever—wilder than the moment when I saw cute guys around, seriously—and my brain entered the clown & circus mode. You mustn't wonder how much I love Hong Kong from the people to the country itself from the posts about them here. I honestly say to you here, just right after I got home from HK it’s like I badly wanted to live like forever in that country. And that’s how all the confusions started. Case two:

How do I happen to be granted a scholarship there?

My score met the minimum requirements, but the information I gained from the website told me quickly as non-local applicants are not to be granted any financial assistance. Is it true? The living expenses in Hong Kong is sort of…crazy, especially for the accommodation there. The tuition fee in Polytechnic University—yep, that’s what I was talking about in these last 2 paragraphs—is not really expensive for the international student like me, but it’s definitely much more than what I have to spend for my school here.  If there were a chance for scholarship, how can I not try to apply?

The information about the scholarship is still blurred until now, I don’t really know whom to ask even my school claims to be their affiliate too. Sending our students there had been done for the last 3 years, but I’m not sure if I can really get 100% scholarship there. God…this is the case three.

I know I have nothing to be afraid of actually, as trying can never be wrong—moreover it becomes a truly important moment of life, eh—and there’s nothing wrong to dream big, right?

I wasn’t actually over some famous names of universities, I’m more after what I can get and do right after I finish my studies. And I choose Hong Kong now for my destination, but only if I can get the scholarship because living there is nothing I can afford right now L I wish to have a career there so bad, and I think to continue my study there would be a great stepping stone for that dream of mine!

After a big psywar both in my head and heart, here what I’m going to do next:
   1.     I want to apply to the PolyU Hong Kong and do the interviewwhether I fail or succeed, I will try my best anyway.
   2.     I have also an admission backups here in Indonesia, and still I choose to try my best to get the scholarship here (in UPH Jakarta too!)


Of the things above…you know now I’m a big dreamer. I dream big, but nothing is too big or too impossible until you try and pray hard for it. No dreams will come real without any actions and prayers. The confusions are actually no needed and they lead you to self-destruction, and yes I’ve been through that phase. I talked to a lot of people about my crisis and soon I realized I should’ve worried over everything. Now all I want to do is all the best I can do, whether it’s to do interviews or to write some essays. Wish me luck, kay!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Review: Make Up For Ever PRO Finish Powder Foundation #117

You know how my skin is actually very sensitive is when…well, you see it yourself that I rarely do product reviews for complexion product! But today, I’m gonna review one face product, and it’s a base makeup (how awesome is that thing to work on me?) Like finally, I found my HOLY GRAIL powder foundation!


It’s from Make Up For Ever, and I believe this product has entered our beloved country Indonesia as well, that’s why I eager to review this right here right now, to ensure you this product works the beautiful it claims to work.


Description
(from sephora.com )

What it is: A multiuse powder foundation with a patent-pending formula that can be applied wet or dry for buildable coverage and a customized finish. 
What it does:Formulated with exclusive vegetal coated bio-mimetic pigments, this breakthrough formula lets you customize your foundation result. For a matte finish with full coverage, apply it dry. For a satin finish with sheer coverage, apply it wet. Pro Finish’s lightweight texture blends seamlessly with your natural skintone for a long-wearing, flawless complexion. Enriched with nourishing ingredients, it hydrates and soothes the skin for ultimate comfort. This versatile compact is perfect for on-the-go application as well as touch-ups throughout the day.   
What it is formulated WITHOUT: - Parabens 
What else you need to know:This product is dermatologist-tested and suitable for all skin types. 


Separated For Good
It comes in a round compact packaging. Size is good, it’s not too big but not too small either. The overall design is sleek and professional looking.


The compact has a decent size of mirror and is separated into two parts: the upper part has the powder foundation and the lower one houses the sponge applicator—with some holes to let air go through and through. It’s good for hygiene reason!



Upgraded Version: Proved!
As for what the creator Danny Sanz claims, this powder is an “upgraded” version to those former powder foundations she created. This product is the latest version of powder foundation MUFE has, after 4 years have passed since their last foundations. Mine is shade #117 Golden Ivory, for shade reference please click here as I won’t talk much about it here. It's also formulated WITHOUT Paraben, how cool is that????

NO PARABEN YAY!

If you have tried the previous Duo Mat foundation like I have before, your first impression of this foundation won’t be so special instead of you hating it. Seriously, I’ve been through that phase. Trying this product more will let you to know why it’s beautiful on its own way—the way people also like it to be, or simply to say “less is more”.


The creator Danny Sanz used less talc in this foundation for a less cakey feeling and finish on our face. And yes, that’s what it is. I’m not literally a sponge person as I prefer using kabuki/flat top brush to apply my powder foundation when it’s possible, and using brush to apply this foundation seems to give no effect to my face. Imperfections are still shown through the thin layer of foundation, and eek it doesn’t cover any pimples but only redness! I swear I almost threw this product right away because it was a total disappointment to a girl who’s very fond of Duo Mat. But today I’m glad, I didn’t.



The coverage is very buildable even though it's pretty sheer in one swipe, but it also depends on the applicator you use. If you’re using sponge applicator, it would take less time to gain the desirable coverage, and of course using brush would take more time. As I go through and through some layer—probably 2-3 layers using flat kabuki brush—I almost didn’t realize when my face turned out very healthy, not dead matte, and very…PURRFECT? I don’t have perfect skin until today, but let pictures show you what I mean:

(P.S: this picture was from this FOTD)

See my point there?

IT DOESN’T CAKE EVEN YOU LAYER IT THROUGH AND THROUGH, please refer to the side of my nose! No traces of powder there, eh????

How I Would Have My Perfect Skin Like
It gives an airbrushed look just right away—a thing not even my beloved Duo Mat can do. Duo Mat may have better coverage, but nothing can beat the finish of PRO Finish. Don’t believe me? This is a much zoomed in photo after using it more than 4 hours, outdoor, while me running a bazaar with my friends at a food stall:

p.s: NO MAGIC CAMERA/BLURRING!!!

This foundation feels very lightweight on skin too because it contains less talc in it, yet it doesn’t happen to clog pores which leads to the pesky acne. It can be used in wet/dry, but I use it dry until today because I don’t want to ruin the whole product just by letting water go in. Meh. Even to use it dry…it still blurs any imperfection to pores level, and no dead matte finish—I would say it has satin finish!

My teacher, my friends, my family were asking what clinic I’ve been visiting lately and admiring how “porcelain-beauty” my skin was. No kidding!

For the staying power, it lasts on my face around 3.5 hours before it starts to let some shine through, and of course a lengthened time with primer underneath! It doesn’t fade and oxidize through the day, even I read some people were having trouble with oxidation.

Repurchase With No Questions!
Retailing for $36, it’s actually not very expensive if compared to what you will have. Beside, every product has 10g of it and it’s quite a lot when it comes to powder foundation. No questions and regrets, I will definitely repurchase this again and again. And today, I’ve hit the pan. Just few months to go before the repurchase!


Score


Last Words?
It’s definitely a holy grail. Using it dry is the way I prefer; you can set and build your foundation that way, still! Even you might want to take a look at some reviews or some shades yourself before finally placing an order. The shade selections may turn people on or off since getting wrong or right shades is only a line thin, but the quality is worth more of what you could expect—unless you’re a “heavy cakey makeup lover”.

So! Have I ensured you enough? Tell me about your thoughts in the comment section below, I’d love to hear from you. XOXO!