Monday, January 29, 2018

Guess Who's Back

B***h I’m back.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen. I’m still alive and well (Alhamdulillah. Not very positive about the latter, but still, Alhamdulillah). I’m pretty sure a lot of you have been thinking that I must have lost the interest in blogging. Some of you may have thought that I’ve been so occupied with other stuffs, that I have had no choice but to (temporarily) neglect this space. Well, people, you’ve been right. And wrong.

I think the main reason why I haven’t been as committed as I used to be when it comes to running this blog, is down to the fact that I was experiencing another phase of zit fest. Major, zit fest. Back in my early teen years, they were no strangers to me. They were everywhere, those bloody zits; my face, my chest, my back... ah, puberty days. Glorious. This time round, however, I’m pretty sure it was caused by my inability to  identify signs of stress.

Stress is a part of our daily lives. It always have been. You have experienced it. I sure have. But the one that I’d consider as the most stressful period I’ve ever been through was when it disrupted my menstrual cycle. Not to mention the nights I spent profusely sweating while tryna get some beauty sleep in a room with the AC turned on. The sweat was hella smelly as well. Girl couldn’t have her sleeping beauty moment. Bottom line is, stress could potentially mess up your body.

Now, the stress presented itself in the form of tiny little bumps across my jawline and neck. Prior to that, my lower cheek areas got super dry and dehydrated, that I felt the need to switch up my skincare routine. I basically had no proper skincare routine. Back then, I only used The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash and a cheap moisturizer from Garnier. The mini bumps then started appearing and my skincare routine just wasn’t as effective. Ergo, it wasn’t the skincare routine per se, it was something else; stress.

I feel sorry for myself for not being able to know that I was stressed out. There were even days when I just didn’t want to put some makeup on. I just didn’t care. So, I tried to give myself a little break everytime I felt the need to and take things a bit slower and easier. This also triggered me to learn more about skincare products, which led me to ending my relationship with my TBS Tea Tree facial wash after 10 years of being together (sorry boo, apparently SLS is no good for the skin). Ever since, I’ve completely changed my routine. I think I’m now have a pretty decent skincare regimen, which involves more than just washing and moisturizing my face. I will put up a separate blog post on this one if you’re curious. Anyway, it’s gotten better now, my face.

Another reason why I have been MIA for the past weeks is because I just lost interest in makeup. WILD. OK for real though, don’t take this the wrong way. Lemme explain.

The internet and makeup used to be sooo much fun. One product launch used to get everyone excited, one collab got everyone and their dogs hella ecstatic. The hype, back then, was enjoyable. Today, I don’t get to experience that anymore. I can’t feel the excitement. Now, everything feels very “competitive”. I get it, brands have to tease and release new products every 5 seconds in order to stay relevant in today’s lightning-paced business era. However, from a consumer’s standpoint, being constantly bombarded with new product releases isn’t fun, man. I no longer feel the spark.  This doesn’t mean that I have stopped loving makeup nor  have I no interest in purchasing new makeup. As a matter of fact, I’ve been wanting the Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Liner in the color 3C (much influenced by Ms. Allana Davison). Never thought I’d be into nudes, but hey, people change. And oh, it’s not even a newly released makeup.

I think that explains why I’ve been losing my mojo. But worry not, for I’m getting it back. I’m even starting to put some makeup on again. It’s just simpler now and only involves 3 products (usually it involves a full-on smoky eye). Expect to see a whole post just all about that soon ;)

Thursday, December 7, 2017

For Damsels Who Need to De-stress

Earlier today, I went to this spa place called Soleil Spa (just for the ladies. Sorry lads). It first opened in Kota Harapan Indah just around 3 months ago. I discovered this place on Instagram and they also put a link to their menu on their profile. I was interested to try their I Want All menu, which consisted of a deep cleansing facial, full body massage, and foot massage (they worded the descriptions in a much fancier way) at seriously seriously affordable price. So then I contacted the place via WhatsApp and made my appointment.

Upon my arrival, I was greeted by the lovely Keshia, who apparently runs the place (and whose lipstick looked gorgeous and perfume smelt oh so amazing!). Then, she handed me a form for me to fill in. There were questions like how strong of a pressure I’d like for my body massage, which area of my body I’d want the therapist/masseuse to focus on the most, and so and so.

Then, Keshia gave me a mini briefing about the procedures of the treatment of my choice. She explained (elaborately, might I add) about the steps of the facial treatment, the kind of products she would use on my skin type, and gave me some advice on some products that I should avoid. After that, she showed me a selection of massage oils and asked me to choose between Vanilla Coconut, Frangipani, Lotus, and Lavender. Each smelt good, but the first one was divine. It had a sweet scent but not sickening at all.

Maybe I should tell you a little bit about Keshia. Prior to opening the spa place in September this year, she took a diploma course where she learned about the theories of facial and all that good stuff. I believe she also took a CIDESCO training and is now a certified facialist (how cool is that?). She also used to work in one of Indonesia’s bougee-est, luxury resorts in Bali. So not only does she has the know-how about facials, but she also has the hands-on experience. Oh, and apparently the oils, scrubs, and lotions used there were also the ones used at the place where she used to work at in Bali!

Anyway, she then took me to my treatment room, where she gave me a kimono and disposable panties. By the way, the bed sheets and kimonos are always replaced with freshly washed ones after treatments, so rest assured new guests won’t get cross-contaminated with God knows whatever.

Then, she performed the deep cleansing facial on me. The process involved exfoliating my face (no harsh grainy scrubs used), massaging it, extracting the blackheads/whiteheads from my face (which I had been meaning to get rid of for the longest time), and slathering my whole face with mud mask. Like, my eyes and lips were covered in mud mask. Speaking of lips, she also put some lip balm on my dry, dry lips. How thoughtful! Oh, and by the way, she used new facial sponges (fresh outta its packaging) and drinking water for the facial.

After the whole process was done (sad times), she showed me some of the extracted comedones and boy was that part the most satisfying! She also reminded me to up my water intake to help with the dehydrated-looking lips and told me that she used The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid on me to help reduce my post-acne marks. My face felt so soft and supple after the treatment! She also gave me a tip to be more strategic when applying my moisturizer.

The following treatment was the foot massage and full body massage. This time ‘round, I was treated by Mba Ayu. The massage that she gave was waaay better than the one I had at B***** S****. The massage was so relaxing, I almost caught some zs. After the entire process was finished, I was given a nice cup of wedang jahe and some cookies.

All in all, I was super happy and well-pampered. To me, the star of the show was the deep cleansing facial. I wish it lasted longer! I might or might not shed a tear during the blackhead extraction process, but it seriously was so gratifying. Keshia was so profesh and customer-oriented, and Mba Ayu was really awesome as well. I can’t wait for my next me-time session there and to try their VIP Class menu!

So, if you live around Harapan Indah area (or anywhere, really) and are in the mood to give yourself a little treat, definitely check this one out. Psst, they’re currently having a 10% off promo for all treatments! And if you’re lucky enough, you can get up tp 50% discount for your next visit. Come come!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Blue? Teal? Turquoise?

I don’t remember exactly how I ended up watching DJ Khaled’s Wild Thoughts on YouTube, but I do remember how captivating Rihanna’s makeup was, especially the blue eyeshadow.. It looked so good paired with a classic red lip.

Looking back, I realized that it was not the first time I got inspired to create a look using blue eyeshadow. In this year’s Met Gala, the ever-so-gorgeous Emily Ratajkowski sported a killer blue eyeliner with golden lower lashline. What a stunner.

A few weeks ago, I saw Patrick Ta did a teal eyeshadow look on somebody’s (too lazy to grab my phone to check) lower lashline. The overall vibe was minimal and somewhat natural, but that pop of teal just made the look feel editorial. I wanted to recreate this look. Well, all three looks.

I decided to purchase the Emina Pop Rogue Pressed Eye Shadow in Colorful just because it was cheap af had great reviews. I just wanted the blue, but hey, the other 2 could still be worn for every day so I was chuffed that they wouldn’t be unused/go to waste.

I actually did the Patrick Ta look first. Apparently, he did the makeup on Olivia Munn (just checked on his Instagram!). The star of the show was definitely the teal shadow all along her bottom lash line and waterline, but this time ‘round, I substituted it with the blue shade from the Emina palette. To introduce a bit of warmth to the eye makeup, I used the Catrice Cosmetics Sun Glow Matt Bronzing Powder all over the crease down to the lids (and all across the perimeter of my face). Then, I added a coat of mascara to the lower lashes. I finished off the eyes by popping on a pair of fake lashes which I got during my trip to Pasar Sunan Giri a little while ago (which I also used for all three looks. Mama’s broke ya know). A bit too overwhelming compared to the ones she wore which were more natural, but don’t you love a bit of va va voom on the lashes? Yeah, me too.

In a photo posted by @patrickta, I noticed something peachy yet browny and glossy on her lips (my eyes were trippin’. Apparently, the lip was matte). I didn’t have one product to achieve that look, so I made my own concoction. I lightly dabbed the Wardah lipstick in Velvety Brown on my lips, used my finger to distribute the color all over, and smushed my lips together before adding Urban Decay’s lip gloss in Liar on the center. One last smush, and the eye makeup was complete.

On the next day, I did the @emrata Met Gala 2017 look. Her makeup was done by Hung Vanggo and I believed he used lots of Marc Jacobs products on her. The look focused on her killer blue eyeliner. First off, I dusted a bit of the same bronzer all over the crease. Then, I took my Zoeva 317 Wing Liner Brush, wet it a little bit, loaded the blue shadow onto the brush, and sketched the flick.

To achieve Emily’s gilded lower lash look, I used Primavera from the ABH Modern Renaissance palette, but it did not give me the effect that I wanted. So I reached for Gold from my LORAC Pro palette instead, and applied it along the lash line with the 238 Luxe Precise Shader Brush by Zoeva. Then, I put on the same false lashes again.
I finished off the look by lightly dabbing  ColourPop’s Brink Lippie Stix onto the lips. But it was not orange enough, so I applied a little bit of Miami Fever by Ofra and smushed my lips together to distribute the color all over my lips

After taking 6192 selfies, I moved on to create the Rihanna look. For me, this was the easiest to do compared to the other 2 looks, as all I had to do was apply the blue shade all over the lids, throw a red lip on (always, always, always the Kat Von D liquid lipstick in Outlaw), and go ham on the bronzer. I also added black eyeshadow along my bottom waterline to add a little something something. Then, it was time for another 786 selfies.

As I said before, the Rihanna look was the easiest to recreate, but I have to say that my personal faves were the @emrata and Olivia Munn looks. I had so much fun creating these looks. Well, except for the part when I had to reapply my lashes multiple times.