Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Mother of Make Up Sponge

Make Up came in so many forms such as liquid, powder, pressed powder, cream etc, and to apply make up to our face we need tools that woul us apply them perfectly and beautifully, yes we can use our finger but our finger doesn't specially designed to apply make up, so if we apply make up only using fingers we might face difficulties and the result won't be perfect.

There are make up tools that I'm sure you're already know, probably the most well-known make up tools which usage is to apply make up are brushes, we know there are a lot of make up brushes out there, they have specification for each brush, there are special brushes that are designed for eyes, face, to apply blush, bronzer, powder, eyeshadow, and many more. There are also high-end, middle-end to low-end make up brushes, the bristles can be made of synthetic or animal hair. A lot of choices that you can choose based on your personal needs and budget.

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Aside from make up brushes, There is also make up sponges!
Make Up sponges also came in many shapes and made of different materials. Why do we need make up sponge?
I know you're probably wondering why we need make up sponge when there are brushes and our fingers, aren't they enough?
Let me ask you something then, You want a perfect flawless make up looks, don't you? if yes, don't bother questioning about why do we need make up sponge.

When you apply your foundation with make up brush, usually it leave streaks, and when you apply your make up with your finger usually it won't blend out really well and maybe you can even see your finger prints left on your face, in order to blend and smoothen them out, we use the make up sponges. Sponges are also easier to be carried around, because they are so light and space friendly, eyeshadow compact usually already have sponge applicator in it, so it comes in handy.

For you who have big pores, we can reduce the appearance of the big pores using sponge, you just need to apply your powder using sponge and dab it, because sponge gives more coverage than brush. This tips I got from one of my favorite beauty guru in YouTube, Gossmakeupartist. Even he said that the right way to apply powder is not using powder brush but using sponge then later knock off the excess with powder brush.

Here are some example of the make up sponges
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Like I've mentioned before they came in many shapes and made of different materials, and of course different function. The big puffy sponges are more suitable for applying foundation, the flat sponges are for applying face powder especially the pressed one, the little stick that has sponge on top and/or bottom of it is for applying eyeshadow. Although they have somekind of specification but I know make up has no boundaries, I mean it's a kind of art, you can experiment and do anything that you like with those sponges.

Amongs those make up sponges there is one, only one make up sponge that makes me throw this expression
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and it's of course for the famous, three times Allure award winner and multiple other awards winner, a sponge that reccomended by every make up artist or simply everyone in the world, and it is no other than....
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At first I can't believe that a make up sponge could cost you 20 USD, what's so special about it?
Then everyone keeps raving about it, I searched the reviews about this Beauty Blender and I found even more awesome facts about this Beauty Blender. I want it so bad. Everyone *who does make up* wants it so bad. Why do I want it so bad? Here are the things, let me explain to you.

This sponge is special from other sponges out there, it's really bouncy, it's so light, it's latex free, non-allergenic, it's odor free and does an awesome job to your make up application with no doubt. It makes everyone can do make up, effortlessly. It's really easy to use, just damped it with water then dab it with bouncing motion on your face. I've seen the demos how to use the Beauty Blender and the comparisons between Beauty Blender and make up brush or other sponges on youtube. I've seen how beautiful the make up application result from Beauty Blender usage compares to brushes and other make up sponges, I've seen my favorite beauty gurus on YouTube such as Michelle Phan and Gossmakeupartist use this sponge, I've seen a lot of beauty-enthusiasts reviewed it and said how satisfied they are with this sponge.

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This sponge not only can be used for applying foundation, but also works as well with concealer, even powder, blush, and bronzer, and I even have read people use it for eye shadows! WOW! Magic. It's like a one-for-all product. It's egg-shaped makes it easy to reach the hard-to-reach area such as under the eyes, nose and mouth area. It creates a flawless finish like you just have a new skin layer while it takes less product than if you use brush and of course it prevents your make up looks cakey. I really wonder what's behind this sponge, if you tell me that this sponge is made of angel's tears, I'll absolutely believe it!

The fact that it comes with special cleanser makes me believe even more that it is a special thing, because only special thing needs special care. Moreover, it has its special carrier too! which called the airport, and it's cute. People may think that this product is just over-rated and over-priced, but all the talks out there about how wonderful this sponge is, make me believe that this Beauty Blender really is top-rated and spend that amount of money on such great product won't be a splurge. Didn't I tell you that Marlena from MakeUpGeeks on YouTube acclaimed Beauty Blender as one of ten high end products that worth your money?
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I've never tried the Beauty Blender myself, this writing I made based on reviews that I've read and watched from too many sources such as beauty blogs, YouTube, etc. since I've been eye-ing this product for a while *drooling*. I'm currently saving to purchase my own beauty blender, it's kinda pricey for college student like me *sigh*, seeing its review everywhere makes me really want it really REALLY bad, I'll do anything to get me a beauty blender haha, in example is to make this blogpost in order to get them from one of my favorite beauty blogger, ce Phanie (Diary Of A Product Junkie) cause she is giving away Beauty Blender (plus its cleanser) for free! And she is not alone cause Beauty Blender Indonesia is the one who sponsored her. Love you both *hugs*.
For more info and if you want to purchase your own Beauty Blender, please follow on instagram @beautyblender_Indonesia, they sell only original Beauty Blender and they might have promotions going on!

Adios from the miraculous Beauty Blender family

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Kiehl's Lip Balm #1

Everyday I'm battling with chapped lips, that's why I need lip balm so much. Lip balm is definitely a staple product in my daily routine. Actually, I don't feel like putting anything onto my lips because it feels strange to have something on my lips, but due to my chapped lips so I try to bear with lip balm and now I can't live a day without lip balm, LOL.

I bought this lip balm in Metro PIM for Rp 130k, it wasn't on purpose, my mom just wanted to buy the multi-corrective cream and the sun block, but they were having discount for minimum purchase, so I just add this lip balm, to reach the minimum purchase, yes woman and discount are can't be separated, more over my current lip balm at that time was almost empty. So, why not give it a try?

As you can see this lip balm claims that "temporarily protects and helps soothe dry lips. Helps shield lips from the drying effects of wind and cold weather. Apply librally, and allow an excess of the balm to be absorbed."

The main ingridient of this lip balm is petrolatum, I find this lip balm to be overwhelming, it really feels greasy on my lips and I absolutely can see how shiny my lips are while using this lip balm. So, if you don't like the shiny or glossy effect you may not like this lip balm. The staying power of this lip balm is around 6hrs I assume, if I don't eat or drink anything, but when I drink or eat something with this lip balm on, it won't easily dissappeared but the staying power is less than 6hrs. Pretty impressive right.

It came in transparent paste, you have to squeeze the bottle to get the product, not my favorite kind of lip balm because it's not as practical as the stick one, the applicator also just flat, so it's hard to apply directly from the tube, I have to squeeze it out to my fingers and then rub the product on to my lips, and of course it makes my finger greasy as well. It has taste just slightly, maybe just the petrolatum, but I don't like it. Actually I've never like any lip balm's taste. But it has no scent at all according to my nose.

Do I like this lip balm? Not really, and with the price I think I'd beter go for another lip balm, it's definitely not cheap. And for me it doesn't work that well, I still experience chapped lips even I've used this lip balm, and also when I use it before my lipstick, lipstick really tends to make my lips chapped and I don't feel this lip balm help me much about that.

This is just my opinion, I might not like it because it doesn't work really well on my lips, but everyone is different, my mom loves it so much, so let me know if you like it or not, or if you want to give it a try.

See ya!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Make Up Forever: Make Over and Haul

Hello beauties, today I'm gonna tell you about my experience of using vouchers from famous brand Make Up For Ever (MUFE).

Long time ago, not really long actually, but I've forgotten when was it exactly, my mom bought the camouflage palette from MUFE and she signed up for the member card. When the member card came, it also came with 2 vouchers which are free make over voucher and discount voucher. She gave them to me yeay!

Because the vouchers were almost expired (valid until 1 Jan 2014), I decided to use them up. I booked a seat for make over session in MUFE Plaza Senayan, the BA told me to do my make up first before I went there, she said they will only do a bit touch up on my make up, because full make up will cost me money, and I was like....errr why on earth the voucher said a free make over, if it is a make over it should be from the very beginning to the very end right???
But since it's free just go with it then hahaha. And turned out the Rp100k discount voucher also can be used for minimum purchase of Rp 1 million, hufft how PHP it was. I decided to use the free make over voucher only, why? As simple as because it cost nothing. LOL.

I came to Plaza Senayan around 4pm, with make up on, then the BA asked me to remove my eye make up and eye brow, then she asked me if I had foundation and powder on, I said I only had BB cream on and she started with powder she used the pressed one but I don't know in what shade it was, then she countoured my face using the Sculpting Kit in no.2, then she put blush on the apple of my cheeks there were two blushes pink and orange I'm sorry I didn't ask what shade, then she filled in my eyebrow with the Aquabrow in shade Ash #25, then for the eye make up she used the newest palette the glamour one if I'm not mistaken only using the brown and black colour, the mascara was the Aqua 'something' waterproof mascara, last but not least for lips she used a pink lipgloss, no idea what shade it was, sorry, then finish! Hahaha. It was just a natural make up looks. I really love the eye brows!

During that time my mom was there watching the entire process and asking the BA many things, more over after a lot of questioning and I whispering (read: "ngomporin") she finally fell in love with the Sculpting Kit, Aquabrow and the lip concealer, and she said that was for my birthday present part 2. Yuhuuu, I love my mom. We end up using the discount voucher as well in the end hahaha.

I'm blogging using Blogger for Android and I don't know how to put the pictures in between the text, so I'm sorry if the pictures are all located at the end of my post.

See you later!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Nexcare 3M Acne Dressing

Hello beauties, long time no see, today I'm gonna do a little review about my go to product whenever acnes pop out on my face. And the award goes to.... Nexcare 3M acne dressing.

Actually the first time I bought it just because it was on sale at Watsons and because it seems new so why not give it a try. I don't have many acnes, just sometimes due to hormonal thingies or maybe when I'm lazy to wash my face *don't try this at home* the acne pops out on my face, euuuwh. So, I tried the product and voila my bumpy-red-with-white fluid-inside-acne-that looks about to explode *I don't know the proper word, I'm sorry* turns flat and not red anymore, seems like the acne dressing sucked out all the white fluid inside the acne, I just fell in love at the first sight of the result hahaha.

I've read a review about this product on a blog that said the product didn't do anything to her, So I think just like every other beauty products out there, it does differently to everyone, yeah because we are special unique human beings. But, to me, my mom and my friend that I suggested to try, it works. Not, everytime and not to every acne, but most of the time. I found it best works with that kind of acne, the about-to-explode one, because it sucks out all the fluid inside the acne and make it dry very quickly

As far as I know they came in two varians, the regular one (yellow) which  the acne dressings are all in round shape, with two size big and small. And the fun pack (pink) which the acne dressings are heart-shaped and star-shaped, one size. First I've tried the regular one and it went missing just when some wild acnes appeared (it still has around 5 acne dressings inside, hiks hiks T_T), So I bought the new one the fun pack, and I took pictures to show you guys how it works.

How to use it, just put the acne dressing on your acne for 8 hours to see the result, usually I use it while sleeping, but you can also use it during day time, it will cover your acne but if somebody get near you they might notice the acne dressing.

Just gonna share you some pics, sorry for the bad quality or some disturbing pictures.

Disclaimer: I bought the product with my own money, nobody ask me to do this review, I just want to share my experience, if this product works on me it doesn't mean it will work on you also and vice versa, just like I said before cause we are special and unique human beings.