Two Cleansing Oils: The Body Shop Camomile and The Face Shop Rice Water Bright

The Body Shop Camomile The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing OilsI recently finished two cleansing oils,  The Body Shop (TBS) Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil and The Face Shop (TFS) Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil. Both are widely available in Jakarta and do not contain mineral oil (for those who care – I don’t).

TBS Camomile (Rp199,000 or about US$ 15 for 200ml) has a relatively thick texture with a mild and (to my nose) pleasant floral scent. The main oil ingredient is soy oil.  The pros are that the texture is thick and spreads easily; cleans very well including all waterproof makeup and sunscreen; does not sting eyes; and rinses off relatively squeaky clean with water so I don’t feel a need to rinse off with a foaming cleanser.  The cons: not as squeaky clean as Muji Sensitive Skin Cleansing oil

TFS Rice Water Bright is 150ml and was bought under Rp200,000 during a sale (I’ve forgotten the exact price).  It’s main ingredient being rice bran oil, this indeed has a light texture, and a stronger scent though not unpleasant to my nose. Tried as I might, I could not find a positive thing to say about this. The texture is too runny: you need to quickly message onto skin or it will drip down to your neck. I need to use a lot more to take the makeup off, than other cleansing oils I’ve used and even then, it does not take waterproof eyeliners completely off. It stings the eyes, and leaves a filmy residue after being rinsed off with water, so a second cleanser is needed (not a good sign in my book, as the whole point of cleansing oils is the convenience of cleanse-and-rinse in one go).

Bottom line: Compared to these two, I still prefer Muji Sensitive Skin cleansing oil, but the TBS Camomile  is a good alternative. I was contemplating a permanent switch from Muji to the TBS Camomile when the later was priced at Rp139,000, but now that it is Rp199,000 (about the same price as Muji), I will not be switching. The TFS Rice Water Bright was a pain to use, and I will not be purchasing this again.

Ingredients list - The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing oil and The Face Show Rice Water Bright
Ingredients list – The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil and The Face Show Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil

 

[Music] Mona Lisa Smile Soundtrack

Karen mentioned watching the Mona Lisa Smile movie, which promptly made me want to listen again to its soundtrack. It’s an old-time favorite – I love re-interpretations of old classics. Tori Amos’ piece is a very fun one among a bevy of singers like Chris Isaak, Seal, Celine Dion…. etc.

[Local] La Tulipe Asian Beauty Travel Palette: Review and Swatches

While tooling around in the traditional market for the Purbasari lipstick, this little gem of a travel palette by local brand La Tulipe caught my eyes: Asian Beauty Travel Palette (normally Rp165,000 ~ US$12 but was on 15% discount). It was one of two La Tulipe travel palettes that I was shown, but I bought this one since I prefer its  color combination and cover illustration.

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Inside the La Tulipe Asian Beauty Travel Palette

The first row in the palette has four eyeshadows which are unnamed: #1 shimmery orange-y copper; #2 shimmery light pink; #3 a satiny matte dark brown (more on this below); and #4 golden cream. The second row is occupied by a face powder (suitable for someone NC 25-30, and described as a two-way cake though I haven’t tried it wet yet), a shimmery and slightly bronze-y peach blush , and two lip colors (a shimmery almost translucent orange, and a matte peachy pink).

Now, the dark brown is relatively matte, but with a very slight sheen. That’s why I mentioned it as a satin-y matte. In a jam, this will also work as brow color, if you use sparingly and just to fill in the gaps. It is not too red, so that’s a plus, but if you try to shape with it – where some color show on skin rather than amongst brow hair – the shine will show through more.

The palette is made of cardboard,  10.5 cm width x 14.5 cm length x 1.5cm deep (comparable to a conventional postcard). It comes with a plastic separator and a good-sized mirror. Two mini brushes are included, which were useless and I’ve thrown away.

The pros: cheap; the colors relatively pigmented and neutral for Asian skin coloring; shimmery but still office-appropriate; the powders soft, buttery and blend easily; the lip colors not drying; the individual pans not too small; and the packaging classy.

The cons: the eyeshadows will need a primer to be longer-lasting; all the powder products heavily fragranced; and some people may find the color combination old-fashioned.

Edit: I’ve had a chance to use the face powder wet, and results are not good. There is some coverage, but the buffing takes time, oil control is poor, and the finish is very coarse. This is best as a setting powder in a thin layer.

Bottom line: I think this is probably the best travel palette I’ve ever seen from a local brand. It’s a classy palette that you won’t be embarrassed whipping out in front of co-workers or in the airport lounge. Recommended!

Backside of the La Tulipe Asian Beauty Travel Palette (click to enlarge)
Backside of the La Tulipe Asian Beauty Travel Palette (click to enlarge)
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Swatches of all contents, La Tulipe Asian Beauty Travel Palette
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Wearing #1 (left) and #2 lip colors, the face powder and blush (over MAC BB Cream), La Tulipe Asian Beauty Travel Palette
Face powder and eyeshadows, La Tulipe Asian Beauty Travel Palette
Face powder and eyeshadows, La Tulipe Asian Beauty Travel Palette

[Local] Review and Swatches: Purbasari Lipstick No. 82 Mirah

Purbasari Matte Lipstick No. 82 Mirah (4)These ultra cheap Purbasari Lipstick Color Mattes have been making local waves for a while now, but I’ve only been able to acquire one recently. They’re really down-market, so your best bet in finding one is at cosmetics shops in the traditional or wet markets where they’ve been selling briskly.

I got No. 82; on the bullet, it is called Mirah (ruby, in English). I could not find the color name on the box, though. The color swatch on the box is actually quite accurate  – it is a berry red. Visually the bullet looks nice, but feels flimsy.

Mirah is a true matte that goes on thick and opaque in one swipe. If you like precise application of your lipsticks, then you will need to use a lip brush. The lasting power is very good (no fading even after 4 hours with many drinks), and it does not stain cups when you’re drinking. Mirah lasts through a moderate meal, leaving a good amount of stain on the lips. It feels dry, but not to the point of discomfort. This actually reminds me on a Lancome matte lipstick I had, in this exact color, in the late 90s, ha!

Overall, this is a great product for its price of only Rp29,000 (about US$2!). I am not a big fan of the matte lip look, but Mirah also looks great glossy. At this price, purchasing more will satisfy cravings for new makeup without breaking the bank!

Purbasari No. 82 Mirah (left) and compared with Colour Pop Too Sexy and NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Prague
Purbasari No. 82 Mirah (left) and compared with other matte lipsticks, ie. Colour Pop Too Sexy and NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Prague

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Purbasari Matte Lipstick No. 82 Mirah - ingredients
Purbasari Matte Lipstick No. 82 Mirah – ingredients

 

Teaser: MAC Poesia

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MAC Cosmetics just released a teaser of (one of) their spring 2016 collection, Poesia. Poesia is a fashion line by designer Chris Chang, and a cursory look over her designs reflect a fondness for patterns, and clashing of prints. Kunqu, the inspiration for the MAC collaboration, is a form of performing art, an opera, from China.

Up til now, my favorite MAC collection is the collaboration with Manish Arora (2008). I also really liked the packaging of the Guo Pei collection (2015), although the pricing is a bit steep for me. I hope the Poesia collection is not priced too high. I wonder what the compact in the middle is – I hope it is a blush duo or blush palette (rather than a bronzer, a face powder, or even bronzer and blush duo).

 

Review and Swatches: Too Faced Melted Kisses and Sweet Cheeks

Too Faced Melted Kisses Sweet Cheeks (3)The Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipsticks and Love Flush Long Lasting 16-hour Blushes have been getting good reviews online. At US$21 and US$26 they are expensive for me, so I waited patiently until a travel set come around. It recently did, and at $36 for the set ($6 per item) it is very good value. This limited edition set is packaged for gifting, with individual boxes for each sub-set of coordinated blush and lipstick, so that might be an added convenience if you are giving these away.

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Packaging of the Too Faced Melted Kisses and Sweet Cheeks Holiday 2015 set

There are 3 sub-sets of coordinated blush and lipstick: a peachy pink blush with a beige lipstick; a pink blush with a soft warm pink lipstick; and a maroon blush with a berry lip color. All the colors are in the permanent line, so you could get full sizes of these if you like them enough.

I really like all three blush colors in this set; they are easy to use and blend, relatively opaque, and have very good lasting power (at least 6 hours before fading, on my oily skin). Tarte’s 12-hour blushes still outperform these in the lasting power, but these are still very good. The pan is tiny – below I’ve given size comparisons – therefore very convenient to take with you daily for touch-ups, or to take during your travels.

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Comparison of Too Faced Sweet Cheeks blush pans with other blush brands

The lipsticks I really, really like, especially the colors Peony and Fig – I might need to get full sizes of these! Nude, the beige brown lip color, is just not for me as it washes me out, but the quality is as good as the other two. I like the applicator (a squeeze tube with a sponge applicator attached), the texture, and the lasting power of these lipsticks. There is a noticeable scent, but it doesn’t bother me.

Bottom line, this is a beautiful, useful and fun set that I have no regret purchasing, and would recommend to anyone.

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[Music] Live Music Performances as Ambient Music as You Reflect the Year

Or, just enjoy great music – the 2015 Billboard Women in Music held earlier this December, in New York City

Happy New Year 2016! Here’s to great makeup and a contented life next year.

PS, I didn’t know Demi Lovato can sing like that!!