[Music] Isyana Sarasvati, New Indonesian Vocalist/Songwriter

The last Indonesian vocalist I really loved must be Astrid. Since then, I haven’t really found anyone worth listening to. Until today, when I heard this singer on the car radio: Isyana Sarasvati. In addition to having an awesome voice, she is a songwriter and plays a host of musical instruments. I’ve been searching and compiling Youtube for her videos. She does not have an album out yet, but there’s a slew of cover videos. And? She also seems to be a makeup aficionado – check out her blue nail polish on the Happy cover video.

 

 

DIY Skincare: Left-over Tea Scrubs

20150704_135529I’m a fearless MacGyver when it comes to concocting meals and potions, including skincare and makeup. Having a non-sensitive skin is a plus for these kinds of experiments. One of my favorite thing to do is to use left-over tea mix as face scrub. I was recently gifted a delicious box of teabags from Germany. It is a delicious winter-warm blend of berries, cinnamon and oranges, and upon inspection, the left-over mix looks nice as a face scrub – large particles still somewhat fragrant. So I’ve been collecting them in a small pot, stored in the refrigerator for use whenever needed.

It’s a bit messy, so I use them in the bathroom mixed with a bit of cleansing gel, where any fall out can readily be swept away with water. Alternatively, mix with some honey and apply after cleansing, leaving the mixture on face for a few minutes while you brush your teeth or attend to other matters.

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Ingredients: Hibiscus, Rosehip, Cinnamon, Apel, Aroma of spekulas, Orange peel, Blackberry leaves, Elder leaves, Lemon peel, Cloves.

Review and Swatches: ColourPop Lippie Stix “I Heart This” (and a Comparison with 10 other Red-Based Fuchsia Lipsticks)

ColourPop Lippie Stix 'I Heart This Lippie'ColourPop has been creating so much buzz that as a card-carrying (or rather, product-hoarding) makeup aficionado, it’s getting embarrassing not to have tried something of theirs. So, when the chance to snap up a lightly-used ColourPop Lippie Stix came up (retail US$5), snapped I did.

Colourpop lippie stix‘I Heart This’ (not to be confused with the ColourPop eyeshadow with the same name) is described as a ‘red based fuchsia in a matte finish.’ Red-based fuchsias make up about a third of my lip stash, and most times when new to a brand and buying sight unseen, this is the color I get (and thus, the comparison galore with what I thought were similar ones).

This lipstick does not disappoint. It is opaque with one swipe, very comfortable on the lips, long-lasting, and the pen-like format is really nice for precise applications. One drawback for me is that it’s slightly drying after a full day non-stop wear.

Bottom line though, I like this lipstick, and thinking of trying out another color, perhaps a mauve-y beige that is my natural lip color. My collection is missing a long-lasting, nude matte color.

Compared with other red-based fuchsias in my stash

Compared with other red-based fuchsias in my stash, under direct natural lighting/sunlight (click to enlarge)

The same line up as above, but in indirect lighting

The same line up as above, but in indirect lighting

 

 

 

 

Review and Swatches: Chanel Mediterranée Nail Polish

Chanel Mediterranee (2)When I first saw the Chanel Mediterranée nail polish online (summer 2015 collection), I headed straight to Michelle’s blog (aka the nail polish library) to check if she thinks there are dupes -  similar colors in non-Chanel price would be awesome. She did not, and I perfunctorily ordered one. Love blues, and this one looks like a stand out, therefore prone to quickly disappear from counters.

And ta-da! Here it is. It’s a wonderful blue indeed, not too bright and in low light there is a dusty quality to it. The closest similar thing I have in my arsenal is OPI’s Suzi says Fengshui.

The formula of my bottle is a bit thick, but nothing that a few drops of Seche Restore can’t help. I did two coats here, but in a jam, one coat should be fine. I’ve had mine on for 6 days and there is very, very minor chipping.

Now, it seems that I love this BUT in truth I am on the fence. It’s a bit off with my skin tone, especially on toes. The dusty quality that makes it unique seems to be working against me. I’ll play with it a bit before deciding whether I’m keeping it since the color is indeed quite unique.

Chanel Mediterranee (3)

Chanel Mediterranée OPI Suzi says Fengshui

[Music] Time for Three

I’ve been drowned in work last week, topped with some travel. I always enjoy them – there’s something new to be learned each time. This time, my most memorable souvenir is discovering Time for Three band, courtesy of the Garuda inflight entertainment system. I can’t believe I’ve just discovered them now, given that violins are my favorite musical instrument, and I’m crazy about classical – pop crossovers. Anyway, better late than never, and I’ve had them on non-stop for a few days now.

Check their cover of Katy Perry’s ‘Firework’. I’m also loving their new album, featuring collaborations with singers.

Round-up: Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet

Bourjois Nude-ist Ole Flaming Happy Nude Year

I didn’t like the first batch of Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks that I got, but somehow kept buying them because they’re often on sale on Asos, and I was a bit perplexed at the hype they were getting. The latest one I tried was Ole Flamingo. Now, I’m pretty glad I persisted, because Ole Flamingo is actually pretty decent. Very good lasting power, and opaque in one swipe. However, I have got a few lipsticks in this color already, so decided to let this go as well.

I also got Happy Nude Year, but it was an unhealthy beige color. Meh. I even forgot to take a picture wearing it. Here’s a round up of all the colors I tried. I’m eyeing the Aqua version of this lipstick – from what I see online, the colors are fresh and lively.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets updated

Review: Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream

bourjois 123 cc creamI’ve waxed lyrical about the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream in a previous post. It really is a versatile thing. The picture above shows this multitasking miracle in action, providing believable coverage and a finished professional look with a dusting of my current favorite loose powder, Guerlain’s Les Voilettes loose powder. It’s a current favorite day-to-day look that’s very quick to do; I use the shade Rose Beige.