Wednesday, June 30, 2010

[HAUL] Drugstore & Supermarket

I was looking at my daytime moisturizer and noticed that I nearly finished the whole tube. Clinique's DDMG is my favorite daytime moisturizer that has been my favorite for the past few months. It feels really light and not heavy on my T zone area. Hmm, I haven't done a proper review on that product now, have I? Maybe later.

So, today, I decided to buy a drugstore moisturizer to replace my nearly-finished DDMG. I went to Watsons at Kelapa Gading Mall and got myself a lip balm, liquid foundation and a face vitamin. I couldn't find a moisturizer here because I was VERY sleepy and couldn't concentrate on reading the ingredients. So, I thought I'll find it tomorrow and went home. However, since I slept all the way during the trip home, I feel refreshed and went to a Carrefour near my house. I immediately went to their skincare section and picked up 2 moisturizers. Here's what I got today.

Various things I bought from various brands. 

I got this at Watsons because I thought I need a protection from the sun for my lips. I haven't got any lipbalms that contain SPF previously, so this would be my first. I got this at Rp 20000,- , I think because I've scrunched the receipt and threw it into the rubbish bin. 

These are the Ovale Face Lightening that my bf suggested I do a review on and I thought that was a good idea. There was the other one which was the Ovale Face Rejuvenation, but I wasn't really paying attention, so I forgot to get that. Let's see where this goes.

I got PONDS White Beauty UV Protection Cream, which is basically like a sunscreen of SPF 15 and a moisturizer at the same time. However, I have thought of a back up plan just in case this breaks me out. I'll just use this on my arms, because I nearly almost always break out using PONDS. Oh and I like how this uses Titanium Dioxide & Zinc Oxide for their sunscreen ingredients. This retails for Rp 17600,- for a 20g tube. 

The next moisturizer up for grabs is the Olay White Radiance Intensive Whitening Lotion SPF 24. I chose this because I skimmed through the ingredients and they are relatively safe and has a little potential in clogging my pores. Let's just hope I'm right. I would hate it if this is pore clogging. This also uses the same ingredients for their sunscreen as PONDS. This retails at Rp 20750,- for a 30 ml bottle. 

This is another item that I have been wanting to get my hands on and try. I purchased the Revlon ColorStay Mineral Mousse SPF 20 in 030 Light at Watsons Kelapa Gading Mall. I've already thrown away the receipt but I think it was around Rp 135000,- for 30 ml tube.  

The last item I got for today is Revlon Beyond Natural Skin Matching Makeup in 220 Light-Medium. At first, I wanted to get the Light, but I saw that it was too pale for my face that it might look weird. So, I settle for the second shade which is Light-Medium without swatching it first. It's not like I didn't want to swatch, but the were no testers for this foundation. This retails at Rp 125000,- estimate.

Those are the things I got today and I am really hoping to find a replacement for my Clinique DDMG among those I've mentioned above. I'm having high hopes for Olay's White Radiance and will trying it out from tomorrow. So, what did you buy today?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

[HAUL] e.l.f

It's been a while since i did a haul post and this time all the products are from e.l.f cosmetics. No, I don't order them directly from the states, I found a seller which is a really sweet girl with the screen name of fanta46 and was actually patient enough to wait for my order to be placed. I was gonna order the NYX round lipstick in Circe for a friend, but since she didn't let me know whether she wanted it or not, I didn't order it. The seller was kind enough to wait for my friend's confirmation and in the end she send those items the minute I gave her the news. You can check out her thread over HERE, just click on the link. You can look at the items and text her the ones you want. It's that simple. She is a trustworthy, patient and nice girl to have transactions with. 

Here are the items I got from e.l.f line. Surprised that I only got 4, huh? Tell me about it. 
*roll eyes in disbelief*

The first item is the Complexion Perfection which is supposed to conceal all of your imperfections and brightens your complexion with one swipe (maybe 2-3 swipes) of a brush onto your face. I've been wanting to get this item because it was raved by many people and I finally got it today, *sniffs*.

This is how it looks like out of the box, an elegant, chic case, quite similar like NARS' cases, but e.l.f's got a glossy shine, where NARS' has a doff finish. I like how the e.l.f packages their products, simply put, I love their cases!

I opened it and inside is a full sized mirror and 4 concealing colours; yellow, green, blue and pink. You all know what the colors do right? Green is for redness/blemishes, yellow is for dark spots, pink is for under eye area, and I'm not that sure about the blue one. 

The red pink color has the e.l.f logo imprinted on it. Looks very classy and expensive coming from e.l.f. I love their studio line so much, it's just has a value for money, especially for someone like me who only wears makeup occasionally. 

Here are the swatches without flash on my fingertips. They might look like they have colors, but don't worry because once blended into your face, it will turn translucent, but have already corrected the imperfections. I can't wait to try these out!!

The next item I got was the eyelash curler because mine sort of broke the other day and I thought I'd try this one out. I wanted the one in black, but all she had was the pink colored and I didn't mind that. I'm beginning to grew fond of pink. *blushes*

I was jumping for joy on the spot when I saw that she had the dessert shop lip tints! Unfortunately, this is the only shade that she had, but that didn't bother me. If you know me, then you knew that I got this merely for the shape of the container. 

It's a tin container that has a picture of cherry on the front. It's too cute!

To open it, the container has a slide on top that reveals the red colored product that is inside. Look really creamy, doesn't it?

Here is the swatch without flash. Looks pretty much like a sheer red colored lip tint that will hopefully turn good on my lips. Well, even if it doesn't, I still like the tin container that it comes in!

The last item I got was a tinted moisturizer with SPF 15 in Rosy Beige shade. I told ya that I'm a tinted moisturizer addict. I don't like the feeling of heavy foundation on my face, it feels suffocating and pore clogging (well, not all of them feel the same).

Here the list of ingredients. I find the Titanium Dioxide to be a good sunscreen because it reflects light, instead of absorbing them like the other sunscreen. The triglyceride worries me because sometimes I break out if I use products containing this ingredient. Fingers crossed this works!

Here is the swatch on my hand without flash. It's a beige color with a yellow undertone, which is perfect for my skin tone. I'll try this as soon as I can and let you know how this turns out!

That's is the end of the e.l.f haul, hopefully I do a review of each one of them soon, especially the tinted moisturizer. Have you tried e.l.f yet? 

Monday, June 28, 2010

[LIST] Worst Purchases Part 1

I think it's gonna be a while for me to post reviews on skincare products because I'm recently trying out Paula's Choice and I wanted to make sure that I use it for a good time before doing a review on them. Instead, I think it's gonna be exciting to do some lists of products that are unsatisfactory, be it skincare or makeup. For now, I've decided to do a list of products that doesn't work for me or piss me off in a bad way.

Before we start, I would like to put a disclaimer so people won't message me saying that some of the products work on them so they must be a God-sent item and that I must not diss them at all. Believe it or not, there are people who just doesn't understand the definition of opinion.

DISCLAIMER: The products I listed here doesn't work for me, so it might just as well work for you. If it does work for you, then great please continue using them and move on with your life. I buy all the products here by myself and I wasn't paid to do this mini review because they are my own opinion. Oh, and I'm not affiliated with any of the companies that make this product. 

Right, let's start off with a facial cleanser from Etude House. This one is called Baking Powder: Pore Cleansing Powder Wash. It's meant to be used alone mixed with a little bit of water or in conjunction with your usual cleanser so it works like a scrub. It's supposed to get deep into your pores and cleanses everything away down the drain. I used it twice and it immediately broke me out! I ended with having three pimples on my nose that took me a week to clear it up. Urggh!! So much for pore cleansing. CMIIW, but isn't having a pimple (in my case, 3 PIMPLES!!!) a sign of clogged pores?! I feel so ripped off, it cost me Rp 190000,-!! This was waaaayyy back when I don't know squat about skincare, damn it. 

The next item that I find unsatisfactory is The Body Shop Moisture White UV Protection Cream SPF 25/PA+++. I got this because I needed to lighten my dark spots, but at the same time be protected from the awful rays of the sun. Since this has Vitamin C, I thought it might help me with my dark spots. I used this for about a week and I ended up having small bumps on my cheeks. It's not pimples, just small bumps that itches a little bit. It quite annoys me because I ended up scratching those bumps all day long and got a small scar on that spot. Imagine how pissed off I am!! Also, this product feels really heavy and sticky on my combination oily skin type. I noticed a white cast whenever I apply this on my face. So, with all the negativity, I decided to give it to my bf to try. He used it for around 5 days and ended up with the same small bumps on his cheeks. I seriously don't know what those bumps are. Damage cost : Rp 249000,- 

Another product that I thought would help in my never ending quest to eliminate my dark spots. Oriflame Even Out Face Cream SPF 20 contains liquorice extract and Vitamin C which is sorta like a dupe for TBS Moisture White series. I was having high hopes for this product because it was a best seller in Oriflame's catalog. The minutes I put it on my face I just knew that this would be a potential pimple activating item. It was a thick, white colored cream that has a sticky, heavy finish on my face. I let that sit on my face for about 15 minutes and it is STILL STICKY. I tried it for 2 days and hello pimple! I have a single pimple on my forehead that thankfully, cleared within two days. I haven't used it again until now because I already have a better sunscreen. Damage Cost: Rp 70000,- (est).

Let's move on to masks and here we have Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque which is supposed to help in clearing acne and absorbing excess oil you have on your face. This product is highly raved in most beauty forums and a go-to mask for those who wanted to shrink that red, angry acne on their face. So, then why are you putting it in this list, Phanie?? If you have read my previous post on skin irritants, you'll surely know that mint is one of them. When I put this all over my face, it STINGS so badly that I nearly cried. As usual, people say that it stings because it's working. Well, you wanna know what I think? It stings because it's IRRITATING your skin. Sure, some claims to have smaller pores after using this mask. Do you know that your pores shrink/appear smaller just because the mint is irritating your pores that it swells deep inside your skin and gave that smaller appearance? Yes, your pores are shrinking because they are swollen, not because they're refined! Imagine a person with large beady eyes is having an allergic reaction that his face swells, would you say that his eyes look smaller? Of course, it does! Damage Cost: Rp 120000,- (est.).

Next time an item gets discounted, I'll have to make sure that it won't cheat me. This one, however, cheated me, Oriflame Face Primer. It claims to absorb excess oil, hence giving a good oil control while wearing makeup. It also claims to give a smooth, silky finish once applied and I believed it because it contains silicone. However, this doesn't do what it claims to. It has bad oil control and has a sticky finish, instead of a silky one. I'm really disappointed with this one because I really wanted this to work on my face. Damage Cost: Rp 29900 (from Rp 59000,-).

This product has lifted my hopes, only to crush them and let them rot in a ditch. e.l.f Corrective Concealer is a cream type concealer that comes in four shades of 2 beige colored, a green tinted and a pink lavender-ish tinted concealers. Sure, the case looks really chic, but if the product inside is crappy then why would I want to have the case? It comes with a small applicator brush, but I lost it somehow. 

I tried to swatch some on my fingers, but even that is hard. Being a cream texture, it's really not that creamy at all. It's very drying and is very hard to blend. I tried blow drying with a hair dryer, in hopes that it would warm up and be a bit easier to blend, but it doesn't help. On my face, it's really not that good in covering blemishes, I need to use a lot of product to achieve a concealed look. Damage Cost: Rp 40000,- (est.)

I'm usually not into eye makeup, but I bought this one because it was on sale then. Etude House Oh~m'Eye Lash is an eye lash primer that is used before you put mascara. It's supposed to make your mascara last longer throughout the day. Now, I don't usually use mascaras, only at times when I feel that my eyes would cooperate. 

The product is white in color and has a mascara wand applicator. This product gives my eye lashes a spiky appearance which looks pretty weird even my bf commented on my lashes when I used them. He says that my lashes looked shocked, like it just heard a bad news. I don't despise the product, I just don't see the need to have long lasting spiky lashes. Damage Cost: don't remember, but it was below Rp100000,-. 

While we're on the subject of eye makeup, TheFaceShop Glamax Mascara is one of things I bought purely out of appearance. The tip of the mascara is just too cute to pass, so I went along and got it. This is a lengthening mascara in black. Apart from the packaging being so very cute, I'm sorry to say that I look forward in scrutinizing this product.

It has an "S" curved wand, which is commonly found in most lengthening mascaras. However, it doesn't lengthen my lashes as nicely as my Mavala mascara. This mascara took longer to dry compared to Mavala mascara and it clumps as your try to do more than 1 coat. 

Oriflame Eyeliner Stylo is another one to go into the waste bin, instead of in my vanity drawers. This is an eyeliner that has a felt tip, marker-like appearance, rather than a pencil tip. It draws a very fine, thin line that is sometimes invisible. Other times it works, but most of the times, it malfunctions.
 I thought that this might be a good product since it sort of like a mix between pencil and liquid liner, but turns out to be horrible. 

I had a hard time working to make a line on my eyes because sometimes when I have to much foundation, the colors just won't show. I have to draw several times and even that won't work! You have to store this in an upright position, with the tip being on top. If not, the ink/color will leak to your hands or worse, to your clothes. It happened to me once and it upset me all day. Damage Cost: Rp 50000,- (est.)

Stila Iluminating Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 is my first Stila products ever. It your usual tinted moisturizer but with an added feature that's suppose to brighten your face. I love products that is not as heavy as a foundation, but still serves the purpose of evening out my skin tone. 
I was dead sure that I'm gonna loveeeee this product to death because I can practically say that I'm raised by tinted moisturizers. ZA was my first and it kinda evolved from there. However, the moment I blended the product on my face, I really absolutely can't stand the smell. My nose felt as if being poked by a strong chemical scent that won't go away even after a few minutes of application. I'm not really a complainer in the scent department, but somehow I really can't bear this smell. So, I'm really sorry to have to put this product in the worst purchases category. Stila Lovers, do me a favor and read the DISCLAIMER before sending me hate messages, LoL. Damage Cost: Rp 150000,- (est.).

The Body Shop Seaweed Pore Perfector have to be included in this post because it just broke me out. I won't say much about this because I didn't feel it does anything for my pores for the past 2 weeks. I continued having pimples on areas where I applied this product. 

It's a light brown gel type texture that's supposed to help clean your pores and reduce the size of your pores. I tried this firstly on my nasal area because it has the largest pores on my entire face. Few minutes after, that area turns really oily that I have to blot it with a oil blotting film, I don't know why that happens, but I kept on using it because I thought it's how the dirt and grime is being cleaned. However, the night after I used this, I have 2 pimples on my nasal area in the morning. You can tell how sad I am seeing another pimple, but don't worry everyone, my skin is now taken care of by Paula's Choice and I haven't seen a pimple in a while. Damage Cost: Rp 100000,- (est.)

Last but definitely not least is the e.l.f Professional Total Face Brush. I've read so many reviews that said this brush is one of the best from the e.l.f professional line (apart from their concealer brush). I have to say that this brush is not soft, it's stiff, it sheds a lot, the first time I washed it, the water turns red. WTH?! Maybe it's because the price is cheap, but the concealer brush is very good compared to this one. After washing this brush, it's really hard to get it back to it original form and it's not fluffy at all. Damage Cost: Rp 30000,-

That's it for the first part of my worst purchases. If you like this, stay tuned for other products that doesn't pass my bar of criteria. Do you have products that you regret buying? 


Saturday, June 26, 2010

[REVIEW] The Body Shop Nature's Minerals Foundation SPF 25

It's 10 minutes past midnight and I can't sleep. I was thinking of watching the soccer match, but I don't even know who's up against who. I think it's Spain VS ..... It's now the next day and I'm watching Uruguay - Korea Republic. Well, it's not like it's gonna have any effect on my life anyway. I was going through my drawers earlier today and found a product that needs to be reviewed for a long time. So, without further ado, here it is. 

As mentioned in my previous post, it is very important to have sufficient sun protection in your skincare. However, Begoun states that when you apply foundation over your sunscreen, it might (doesn't mean it will!) break down the sunscreen and reduce its effectiveness in protecting our skin. That means, it is also important to choose a foundation that has SPF 25 or above, just to be on the safe side. You also have to remember that even if you used, for example,  a sunscreen SPF 50 + foundation with SPF 25, you don't get SPF 75 on your skin. It does, however, increases the protection that you get. (1) 

This is the Nature's Mineral Foundation SPF 25 from The Body Shop and it retails at Rp 229000,- for 5g. It might be a little expensive for some, but I can, thankfully, still afford it. I got mine in shade 01, which is the lightest shade available. Weird, huh? Since I usually get the second or third lightest shade. I decided not to get shade 02 because when I tried swatching it on my wrist, it came out a little darker and yellower. I like the container because it looks really casual, but at the same time it looks chic. 

It is in a round, jar container with a screw-on top, with a diameter of 5.7 cm and height of 3cm. Once you open it, you'll find a sifter, which is really helpful in limiting the amount of powder you want to use. I tried carrying it around with me in my bag and it doesn't take too much space, but the content got passed the sifter and it pooled on top of the sifter. I have to shake it a couple of times to try to get the powder down. It doesn't have a fragrance, only that usual powder smell that I'm sure you're all familiar with. In addition, it's supposed to have a small leaflet on how to use mineral makeup, but I think I've lost it, seeing as how unkempt my room is currently. 

Here is the back of the container which tells information on when the product will be expired. See the picture of a jar being opened and has "36 M" on it? Well, that is how long the product will have expired once you open the product. This powder foundation has an expiration date of three years (36 months) from when you've opened it. 

Here is how the sifter looks like up close and personal. It helps in settling the powders that have been filtered to be tipped over to the top of the jar. I really prefered this type of mesh sifter compared to a normal punched-hole sifter that doesn't have a mesh like Everyday Minerals. This minimizes waste and spill compared to my Everyday Minerals. 

The powder has a really fine texture and goes on really smooth on my face. It's really easy to blend and gave quite a good coverage if you only have mild acne and minimal acne scars. If you have moderate acne, like me, then you would have to use a concealer after. It evens out my skin tone, especially the redness on my cheeks and the dark spots on my right cheek. It is a very buildable powder foundation, but doesn't give you a cakey finish. 

Here is the swatch without flash. I like how it brightens my complexion almost instantly and gives a natural finish look. It lasted for around 6 hours until I have to touch up, which I usually don't. It doesn't clog my pores, hence doesn't invite the usual acne residents to come and make a comfortable home on my face. I use this mineral powder in conjunction with my TBS Kabuki Brush or e.l.f SL Kabuki. 

While using this powder, I noticed that the oil on my skin has somewhat reduced. I guess the Kaolin is really absorbing the excess oil that is sitting on top of my face. The Mica is what gives a smooth, silky finish once I finished applying this powder. Another great thing about mineral makeup is that most of them contains Titanium Dioxide, which plays a role as a sunscreen that reflects UVA/UVB and protecting your skin more thoroughly. 

However, I wouldn't recommend using this product if you were to go out at night where there will be tons of flash photography. Why you ask? The Titanium Dioxide would also reflect the flash from a camera, resulting in a whitish cast or ghostly face in most of your photos. If you already have fair, perfect skin, then this wouldn't matter, but if you have a medium to dark skin, would you really want to have a ghost like white face with a dark colored arm? Seriously. I would suggest you use another type of foundation that doesn't have SPF or is termed PhotoReady like Revlon's, if you want to go out at night or have a flash photography session. 

Overall, I really like this powder foundation and I might repurchase if I run out of the product. I like Everyday Minerals, but it's just such a hassle to pre order them because they're not readily available here. Anyway, if some of you are reading and don't know how to apply mineral makeup (which is impossible), here are the steps.

1. Tip the container upside down, with the cap still on and tap it gently.
2. Still in the same position, open the cap slowly to minimize spillage.
3. Take your kabuki brush or flat top brush and swirl it on the cap that's filled with powder.
4. Tap of any excess powder
5. Apply on your face in circular motions evenly all over your face. Remember circular motions helps to blend the powder evenly and makes the look more natural.
6. Don't forget to blend into your hairline, jawline and neck to avoid the appearance of wearing a mask!

So, mineral makeup anyone? Do let me know what your favorite mineral makeup products are. Cheers!

1. Begoun,P. The Original Beauty Bible. Chapter 7: Sun Sense & Sensibility, p 97. 2009