Giveaway time! This giveaway is from The Shade of You. Available to all The Shades Of U subscribers, including international readers (outside of the U.S.). MAC enthusiasts will love the prizes as well. Two holiday brush sets will be given away, and two winners will get one brush set each. The first one is from the 2009 Holiday Magic, Mirth and Mischief brush sets: the Wave of a Wand Sweep and Define Brush Set. Another winner shall win the MAC Holiday 2008 Adoring Carmine Face Brush Set
Yap, I've been bitten by cotton ink bug. And I'm officially in love with their acid wash shawl, they're amazing! The shawls as their signature product are so versatile, you can wear it as a long shawl, crop cardigan, a cape, anything you named it. For those of you who have never heard this Indonesian brand you can visit their blog at cottonink
I have known this brand for a while, but somehow it was just never appeal to me. In my personal opinion, the "sarung like" shawl was really not my style.
But when i finally decided to add some sparks on my casual, plain and oh so boring clothes, suddenly i found my self collecting 5 shawl within 2 weeks LOL.
Not to forget the reaction of my hubby when i first showed him my shawl.. it was like "what is this? some kind of mops or what?" haha.. men..
I do think that the shawl is nice and very unique, but sorry to say, the stitching and the finishing is not that special. And too bad that they don't even put a label on it.. i don't know whether they did it on purpose or not. Dear cottonink, i want the world to know that i'm wearing the real cottonink, not the fancy cheap replica one...
Btw here's a pic of my shawl collection:
And this is me wearing acid Total Eclipse as a crop cardigan:
I've showed you mine, so let me see yours :) see ya!
A month ago a sold my Balenciaga City Bag for some reason. And it turned out to be my biggest remorse after all. I missed it soo much it hurts :( After weeks of searching for the new bag.. i finally found what i was looking for. Balenciaga Cafe 2007 in Work size. Well I believe some things happen for a reason. The bag is exactly the same color as my previous one, same years and season, only the size that makes the difference. Work is bigger than the City.. and no shoulder strap included (I'm not using it anyway). I always like a BIG bag.. so this Work size is a perfect size for me.
Here's the beautiful pictures of my new (to me) Balenciaga Bag.. The leather is very soft, better and even softer than my previous City bag.. it is smooshy and pillowy.. i want to hug her everyday :)
Whoops.. it's been two months since my very last post. Sorry for my hiatus.. I've been doing some project that made my blogging time become so tight.
Ok, for today let me do swatches from my new added Nyx round lipstick collection . I guess everybody have already know how creamy, pigmented and easy to glide the Nyx lipstick is. So, no more review for this one, just color swatches. I hope the picture is clear enough.. enjoy :) Oya, you can always click the picture for a larger view..
In this picture, i use Nyx Mars and Nyx Tea.. Mars looks very pink on my lips but not in a bad way.. Since I'm not really into a -pinkish only- shade, adding some Tea will be perfect to makes the color appearance a lil bit brown.
You know what, i think i finally found my HG blush! Yippiee, It is Nars Gina girls.. oh my, I'm in love..
Gina is a perfect matte peach-tangerine blush, and for my NC35 skin, it really gives a healthy glow without looking too shimmery. I fell in love with Luster before (i still do), but this -Gina- really ripped my heart. I love everything about this blush, the texture is soft and finely milled, the pigmentation is superb. I can use either my stippling brush or my kabuki brush for this blush. Just a lil dab or swirl and voilaa.. a warm and fresh summer look is what you got. Gina is really a gem for you medium-dark skin ladies.. You can't go wrong with this color.
I am dying to do FOTD wearing this blush, but this huge ugly PMS pimple on my chin just won't let me do it LOL disaster! so please stay around :)
I was thinking about selling or swapping my neglected Erhalogy lip balm. Not until i read Nancy DIY tutorial about making your own tinted lip balm. You should check out her blog, it is an awesome blog :)
What you need: - lip balm (any lip balm will do, they have to be colorless for sure) - blush (i use my Everyday Minerals blush in B&B + back to school) - container (mini jar) - toothpick - flat iron - metal spoon
1. what you do is simply put a generous amount of your lip balm into the metal spoon. and then place the spoon right into the middle of the flat iron until it's melted (make sure you set the level temperature into the max setting)
2. once the lip balm is melted, sprinkle a desired amount of the blush and mix them carefully until you meet the shade you like.
3. pour the melted lip balm into the jar, let it dry. for a better result, i putted mine into the microwave in auto defrost/low setting for about 10 seconds. It will make the surface appearance become smoother and looked like professionally done :)
Yes, they are very sheer in color, since it's not a lipstick. But to be honest i really like it, coz i found my old lip balm is still the same, the texture, the smell, except for the color off course. Making it less boring :D It was a fun experiment though, thank you Nancy for inspiring me :)
Hai girls.. I'd like to show you my mini haul.. This time i came up with a budget friendly haul, not to mentioned the Mac lipstick, i got it from my sister in law as a gift.. yay.. so it cost me zero :lol:
Ok, here they are, save your wallet ladies..
Mac Half n half It's a nude shade with a hint of pink. The color is very natural so it would be great for my daily wear. Love it!
Sariayu e/s merak kasmaran Another Indonesian cosmetic brand that is worth to try . Beside the price was a dirt cheap, the quality is shocking great too. I love the color from the collection called Merak Kasmaran. The mini palette come in a trio with a very vibrant and pigmented color (yellow, purple and teal) Price? IDR 32.000 ($3)
Sariayu duo Lipgloss This lipgloss was alright. There's nothing special bout it. When i opened the tube for the first time, the only thing that bothered me so much was the smell. To be honest, I hate it. It's a very uncommon smell for me. Reminds me of an bubblegum but not in a good way, they are just too strong. I felt overdosed by bubblegum, hhhhh...
My Darling liquid eyeliner They are cheap, black, easy to apply, and waterproof. End of discussion :) (IDR 25.000, $2)
Nyx round lipstick Pumpkin Pie The first time i tried this lipstick on my lips, i found the texture was a little bit sheer for me. And the finished result was frost. I never like a frost lipstick, it make my lips looks pale. But the color? me lurve it. It's a beautiful peachy orange color.
Hi ladies.. i just came back from my short trip to Yogyakarta last night. I have so much to tell you, but my body is not very well right now, i feel like dozen of giant elephant sitting on my shoulder hehe..
In the meanwhile i'd like to do a lil post about nude pinkie lipstick here. Yes, i have finally found my another favorite lippie color. Yay.. Practically i has always been a Lipstick person, it took so long for me to realize how Lipgloss/lipshine/Liptint what so ever can effortlessly fixed an ugly lipstick and brighten up or even toned down a lipstick color. So, when Boots were having a major sale last month, i bought my self a Lipshine in natural brownish color for a starter (i'm still waiting for my previous order of Nyx megashine lipgloss to arrived)
What i wear: - Beautystyle lipstick in Shy blush - Boots no.7 lipshine
I'm still working out on it girls.. doing FOTD is not actually my best ability, plus, i don't wear makeup that often, just for special occasion or if my mood is on. So, i guess the mood is here, please enjoy..
Btw, i should start saving to get my self a decent camera. this FOTD was taken with my cellphone camera, and i'm not very happy with the result. all the color seems to be washed out. Look, i can't even see my beautiful nars Luster on my cheeks..hiks.. and the purple FOTD turned out to be -not so purple- FOTD. oh well.
eyes: udpp mac pigment mink nyx trio purple,prune nyx single nude nyx trio carbon mad gel liner maybeline xxl
face: olay moisturizer garnier sunblock mac studio fix nars luster
lips: beauty style shy blush victoria secrets lipgloss
When my sister asked my personal opinion about budget friendly designer bag that is worth her to buy, in less than a minute i answered Marc by Marc Jacobs :D. Yes i know the price were not actually that friendly to be honest, but they're still acceptable. Compare to the high end brand that is waaaay of my wallet. Well, i'm not a fans of MJBJ. Not until this Dr.Q Groovee Pleated satchel bag that is drop dead gorgeous (IMO). The bag is simple, casual, chic, and not to mention the leather is to die for.
This tan color bag is officially become my drool list of the year.. cayo me!
Btw i just realize, this one looks very similar to my Balenciaga well, that's explain everything hehe
I heard so many great reviews 'bout the NYX single eyeshadow for their pigmentation and buttery soft texture. So when the NYX website was having a clearance sale on last March i decided to grab some things from them. I was planning to buy a Cream Cheese color at the first place. But when the sale is on, i ended up drooling on the whole package contains 48 shades of eye shadows. Yup you heard me right, 48.. LOL. The price was $43 for 48 pieces. That was a shocking cheap price huh?
The price that NYX offered were actually a very very good bargain, if you do live in the state. The sale applied for online buyers only, and they don't ship internationally as well. Yes, It's pretty sad for international customer like me. But somehow, like many people said, there are thousand roads to Rome. So i won't give up on the first road. In the middle of my drooling period, i received an unexpected massage from my sweet friend in FD forum (thank you Merry). She offered me to join her order and arranged a shipment to her relative's residences in US. In that case the package would be sent to Indonesia by her relative via USPS. But of course this will included an extra cost. Hell yeah, i said ok.
I was so excited. After waiting for about 1 month (I've been very patient), finally the package arrived. We had to paid almost twice the value of the item, included the shipping cost from US-Indonesia. Not to mentioned tax and custom duties. Sucksss... But that's okay.. The price is still a good deal for me. Here in Indonesia, the single eyeshadow sold for $7 each in NYX counter. Non sense.
So.. after a long time waiting, here they are. Please enjoy, as much that i do.
I was desperately seeking for a new daily wear blush, since my old blush had finally hit the pan :) yay.. After doing a major shopping on blushes last month, i think it's about time for me to be more wise on my spending. This time i really really need to find a great blush on a budget. I know that tons of drugstore brand offers a cheap yet great product on their cosmetic line. I personally had a view option in my mind. But they were kinda bored me. So while looking around at the Matahari Departement Store in Pejaten Village Mall, my eyes stumbled on a cosmetic counter named Deborah Milano.. (errr.. never heard that brand before). Later i found out that Deborah Milano is an Italian brand carries by the deborah Group. You can see the detail in their website. I saw this shimmery and fluffy blushes named Hi-tech blusher displayed on the booth. They reminds me of MAC mineralize blush. I grabbed the peach color (number 24,Rame) and tried them on both of my cheeks, and i was amazed. It was an ultra fine textured powder that blends in flawlessly. The pigmentation was all right, but fine enough to give my cheeks an even toned flush. It's not as shimmery as it looks in the pan, so it's pretty wearable for my daily activities. The color is mild tone peach, quite natural for my Nc35 skin tone. The best things of all is that they are a very budget friendly blush, it is only around $8 (IDR 96.000)
Seeing double? nop, this picture is an original MAC mineralize blush in Nuance. Look how similar the color is. pic was taken from e-bay (they are not actually mine)
I have just received my Nyx Concealer In Jar package this morning. I bought the medium shade. In the jar, the color seems a lil bit too red for my yellow undertone. But once applied it blended in nicely. The texture is very creamy, smooth, light weight and easily spread. I used it to conceal my under eye bag and dark circle, and the result was surprisingly great. With $5 price (i paid for IDR 75.000) this miracle in a jar definitely a great deal. What i don't like from this product is the jar packaging. It is not the most hygienic way to store this concealer. I guess the best way to use this concealer is by using brush for application.
Eventhough i am a matte blush person, I was pretty excited to get the Grand Duo Collection from MAC. Since the Grand Duo are not available here in Indonesia, I bought my self a Hot Planet on the other day trough beauty spree held by a Fashionesedaily forum member. Hot Planet is copper yellow melange and mid-tone plum. The retail price is $22.50 (around IDR 230.000, yet i ended up paying IDR 260.000, thanks to the Rupiah high rate exchange, boooo). But my disappointment paid by the fact that the blush were actually cost a very good price. I soon realize, with that cost of money, literally i get 3 blushes in a pan; the solid side, the marbled side, and the blended one. I personally love the blended color, they are so pretty. Plum, with a hint of orange color in it. Overall I was impressed by the MAC Grand Duo. Beside the texture was silky smooth and had a great pigmentation, the shimmer is nice also, very subtle and gives a healthy glow on my cheeks.