Thursday, August 17, 2017

My 629th Mauve-ish Pink Lipstick

Make Up For Ever is one of the biggest makeup brands in the beauty industry. The brand makes some of the most cult classics, like the Ultra HD Foundation, Artist Eyeshadow Palettes, and the Skin Equalizer Primers. However, only a few people talk about the Artist Liquid Matte Lipsticks. I personally think this range deserves just as much hype!

This was my first ever MUFE product that I ever bought myself. I had visited my local Sephora before and dabbled my finger into some of their products, and every time I did so, I felt convinced with the superb quality of their offerings (once, I also had my makeup done by Adani using a product from MUFE which you can read here. It was so good!). But, Sephora Indonesia didn't carry the Artist Liquid Lipstick range, so I asked a friend to pick one up from me all the way from 🍁.

I got the shade 109 Praline. I’d say the color looks like a darker shade of MAC Soar, which I love love love. The packaging looks like an average cylindrical tube that is clear, so you can see the actual product color. It also comes with a doe foot applicator which is quite large to be glided over my small lips. I think there is a stopper on the ‘neck’ part of the tube, but I don't think it stops excessive product from coming out of the tube. So, my favorite way to apply the product is by swiping the applicator for 1 or 2 times, then dabbing the product all over my lips using my ring finger.


It has a creamy texture that dries down to a matte finish in less than 30 seconds. Also, it has that sweet cookie batter scent that is not overpowering. You won't smell it once it dries down on your lips. It reminds me a lot of the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in that it’s got a matte finish but it’s non-drying and that it stays on for hours and hours. Keep in mind that greasy meals will remove the product, but when you reapply a thin layer over the remaining lipstick on your lips will fix the situation.


MUFE did it again with its brilliant quality product. Now, I think I've finally made up my mind to get the Aqua Lip Liner in 14C, which has been on my wishlist since 1992, along with the Make Over Intense Matte Lip Cream in shades, 4 (Vanity), 8 (Libertine), and 9 (Posh)...  #sendhelp #sendmoarmakeup

Thursday, July 6, 2017

@badgalnini

When Anastasia Beverly Hills first released the Modern Renaissance Palette, it didn’t occur to me to get myself one because I thought I wouldn’t get much use out of the shades, especially the reddish ones. But then, I saw Jamie Paige made a YouTube video where she did a full face of makeup using the palette, which made me thought about how versatile the palette was. Also, I was captivated by Sharon Farrell, when she did three, jewel-toned eyeshadow looks with the same palette. And just like that, a sister got hooked. I had to have one.

I asked a friend whom went to Canada recently to pick one up for me. While waiting for my palette to arrive, I looked up for more makeup inspo on Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube. Most of the looks that I discovered were not that exciting for me. Then, one day, Met Gala 2017 happened and Rihanna stunned everyone with her astonishing makeup--and not to mention, her dope outfit. Mariah Leonard then recreated Rihanna’s look and it was sooo pretty. I then got inspired and I was so gonna recreate that look too using the ABH Modern Renaissance palette!

The palette finally arrived and it was time to put my visions into life. I knew that one day I was gonna create a blog post about this product but I wouldn’t wanna feature a comprehensive review along with swatches of every single shadow because a million and one other bloggers/YouTubers had already done it.

I was very slap-n-dash when recreating this look and just mixed some of the shades without being too strategic about them. Love Letter was the main star of the show, but I also applied a bit of Buon Fresco on the crease just for a haze of mauve. I did incorporate the most beautiful burnt orange shade a.k.a. Realgar along my temples as well as Vermeer as my cheekbone highlight. I used the dual-ended brush which came in the palette and I think it did the job perfectly fine!

Those YouTubers were not lying when they said that these shadows gave a lot of powder kick-up! But they were really easy to blend and very, very pigmented, so a little did go a long way. I was not being light-handed when working with this palette and I kept re-dipping my brush into the shadows when I shouldn’t. As a result, instead of looking like Mariah, I looked like I just got beaten up. It was absolutely catastrophic, to say the least.

I hated the fact that I messed the whole thing up, but how else would I learn? So on the next day, I did my second attempt. I really liked the warm hue of Realgar and I kinda wanted to put the spotlight on it this time ‘round.

Using the same brush which I had washed the night before, I made sure to dip it into Love Letter and Realgar (concentrating more on the latter) VERY very lightly this time, and to dust the excess powder off on the back on my hand before application. I didn’t feel like leaving my lid space empty just like Mariah did on her video, so I covered the entire lids using Realgar and the tiniest bit of Cyprus Umber. Mariah did create a flick using a liquid liner, but for this look I decided to line my eyes using a black powder eye shadow called Black from my LORAC Pro Palette. Very aptly named indeed.


For the cheeks and the temples, I used the smallest amount of Realgar and Love Letter and really diffused the whole thing. I did go back once or twice but always made sure to remove excess product on the back of my hand to avoid another episode of makeup fiasco. As for the cheek-highlight, I used Primavera this time because of it had warm golden undertone which did go well with the whole amber-hued vibe. Finally, I glided Charlotte Tilbury’s Bond Girl and I was quite surprised by how complimentary it looked with the rest of the makeup.


I definitely learned from my mistakes. The final look turned out to be SO much better than the previous one! I couldn’t be more happier. I looove love love the burnt orange/warm amber vibes. I personally think that the look was still edgy and editorial without being over the top, and dare I say, quite wearable!

There’s no denying that this palette is indeed an awesome one. Some of the colors are kinda ‘out there’ but the palette still gives you versatility to play around with the shades in more areas on your face rather just on your eyes, the pigmentation is just superb, and the blendability is amazing. If you’ve been thinking to get this palette for a while now, I say just get it!

I’m so inspired to create more creative makeup looks with this palette. Next up, I’m thinking to recreate a look based on a painting made in the Renaissance era. The look may also incorporate something shiny and blingy... keep your eyes peeled!


As always, photos were edited by my talented friend, @likahapsari.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

How Many "Sluggish" are There in This Post?

One of the (not many) YouTubers that I am subscribed to is Teni Panosian. A few weeks ago, she did a makeup tutorial video which incorporated a purple eye shadow from one of Natasha Denona Palette range. The look was so beautiful and seemed easily achieved, that I thought of recreating it someday. Well, that day did come and I finally recreated that look using whatever I had at my disposal. So, here’s a little back story and the breakdown on how I did my take on Teni’s makeup, sans the 26-dollar eyeshadow palette. And the Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in (Plum)age which costed a dollar less than aforementioned said palette -_-

It was the first day of Ramadan. I knew I was about to welcome another episode of That Time of The Month, so I was feeling sluggish, but I wanted to still do something productive. So I pulled up my makeup drawer and grabbed some stuffs out of it. I took out everything I could possibly need for the eyes and the lips, but I didn’t take out anything for the base, apart from a concealer and a powder, which I wouldn’t use on my face. Told ya, I was feeling rather sluggish.

I started off by priming my lids using the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Treatment Makeup, which was the concealer. Then, I dust some of the RCMA No Color Powder along my crease to help the blend the makeup that I was gonna lay over it.


Apparently, my grim-looking LORAC Pro Palette got the shades that were close enough to dupe the ones that Teni used for that video. So I used Light Bronze, Gold, and Deep Purple on the lids, crease, and the outer corners respectively. I then glided The Balm Batter Up Eyeshadow Stick in Slugger (because I was feeling sluggish :p) along my top and bottom waterline as well as halfway along the lower lash line, more toward the outer part and create a reverse flick just like what Teni did. I have to say, I got a little carried away and my flicks turned longer than they should. As for the lower inner lash line, I put on Gold for a pop of... gold.

I also attempted to thicken the upper lashline using Slugger just a tiny bit. Then, I coated my lashes with the Double Wear Zero Smudge Lengthening Mascara by Estee Lauder, which I need to replace ASAP. Mascara-ed lashes really helped the look pulled together very very nicely!


Teni wore something nude and glossy and her lips. I didn’t quite have a nude lipstick, because 99% of  what I got were in the mauvey-pink family. But I did have a gloss that would work for this look, which was the Urban Decay Revolution High-Color Gloss in Liar. I forgot how great this lipgloss was.

Recreating this look turned out to be quite simple. I love Teni because she’s just so gorgeous and talented and it’s such a shame that her channel doesn’t get talked about much. She truly is a gem.



Speaking of hidden gems, who’s your current favorite beauty YouTuber? I’d like to know and maybe I’ll try to recreate some of their makeup looks, if I’m not feeling particularly sluggish...