JUST LIKE THOSE CITIES THAT NEVER SLEEP

So do our skin.

For me, I don’t need breakthrough research and surveys about how lack of sleep can do bad things to my skin. The result(s) will be seen instantly in the morning, when my beauty sleep was lessen due to lots of things. Surely, they don’t call it ‘beauty sleep’ for nothing. Eyes look dark and puffy, and worst..skin look dull and prone to acne. 

Seriously, how on earth does sleep can save our skin? Well, according to medical research, lack of sleep leads to increased levels of stress hormones in our body. It can cause inflammation within the skin that subsequently leads to an acceleration of aging. Sleep deprivation also reduces our skin’s ability to stay hydrated and supple, leading to   a dull & dehydrated appearance. And…those with poor sleeping habits might have trouble with skin sensitivity and irritation due to a reduction in the skin’s ability to protect itself from chemicals & pollutants in the environment.

It’ll be nice to know, that our skin have their own ability to repair themselves at night. But it’s hurtful to know that as we age, our bodies naturally produce less melatonin, which affect our skin’s ability to repair itself at night. So, what to do? I love slathering on serum and cream before I go to bed every night, knowing that we naturally lose moisture during sleeping time. And lately, my favorite will be Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II. The 2013 version of their best selling and iconic Advanced Night Repair serum, combined the process of purification & synchronizing of night time repair so skin will look better and younger. 

At the press launch, the Estee Lauder Indonesia’s team applied it on the back of my hand, let it soak for two seconds, and sprayed water on top of it. They told me to flip my hand, and what do you know…the water didn’t fall down! It surely acts as moisture magnet and deliver non-stop hydration for the skin. The other additional benefits are anti-pollution technology to reduce the appearance of skin damage caused by UV rays and pollution, anti-oxidants to protect and repair damage to skin from daily ravages and hyaluronic acid to keep skin hydrated. 

Easily absorbed with no scent, I use one pump from the pipette every night on my face and neck area before my usual night cream. The result after I use it for almost a month now: let’s just say, my skin looks well rested in the morning even if the owner did not. 

REMEMBERING LILLY PULITZER 

The master of cheerful prints, Lilly Pulitzer passed away yesterday at the age of 81.

It all started when she was just trying to disguise juice stains from her own dress from selling lemonade from her first husband’s orchards. So, she made a shift dress out of colorful shower curtains. The rest is history, when first lady Jackie Kennedy (eventually, her former classmate) was photographed for Life Magazine wearing one of Lilly’s design. 

Even though she retired 30 years ago from her own label, her design team continues to paint colorful prints. Lilly Pulitzer’s last collaboration is with Estee Lauder for the Spring Summer 2013 collection and with Swarovski Elements for girls’ dresses. 

YOUR EYE CREAM’S NEW BUDDY

If you feel that your usual eye cream was getting to slow to show that luminous eyes you’ve been eyeing for, afraid not. All you need is a booster!

Last week, I was invited to the launch event of the very first eye serum from Estee Lauder, named Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum Infusion at Seibu Premium Lounge, Grand Indonesia, Jakarta. It looks and sounds familiar because it is the new formulated Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum, but for eyes. Even the packaging looks similar like its predecessor. 

At the event, Erfan Haryando, Communication Executives Estee Lauder Indonesia, explained to fellow medias and bloggers about the clever eyes serum which will reach Indonesia’s counters by May 2013. “According to scientific research from Estee Lauder, our delicate eyes area is 40% more thin and five times more porous than facial skin. That’s why they are particularly vulnerable to environmental assaults, including ozone that caused DNA damage.” The increase of ozone pollution, especially for us who live in urban jungle, is getting more serious and might lead to visible signs of premature aging. Since eyes are more vulnerable, they need more tender love and care in a serum texture, which are well known for fast penetration.

Therefore, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum Infusion contains three powerful and high performance technologies:

– Anti-pollution technology that continuously repairing the appearance of damage to eyes area which caused by environmental assaults.

– Exclusive Chronolux Technology that support the natural synchronization of skin’s repair around the eye area at exactly the right time.

– A high concentration of soothing anti-irritants, a proprietary blend of antioxidants and high levels of proven Hyaluronic Acid which work together to repair and protect, also reduce the look of dark circles, puffiness and dryness around the eyes.

Erfan also explained, that just like face serum which needs layering with moisturizer on top, this eye serum will add more benefits to your usual eye cream. And… lucky me to get the first hand of Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum Infusion before the press event, so I’ve got the chance to try it a week before. I also shared my testimonial with fellow medias and bloggers at the event. My verdict? It is a serum, so it’s very light in texture and scentless. I love that it comes in a pump packaging, very practical and less messy. Instantly absorbed, so I can add extra top layer of my usual eye cream immediately. The feeling is refreshing and hydrating, and after a week of using it twice a day (yes, you can use it in the morning too-despite its’ name), my under eyes area feel smooth and less dry, with no puffiness in sight when I wake up the next morning. I might say this is a perfect base/primer for under eyes concealer too as it seems to work well with creamy concealer (that cracked terribly for not having enough moisture). It filled the fine lines pretty good, so it acted like a filler without the needle for me. And I am positive it might reduce my dark circles sometime very soon (I’ll keep you posted). Overall, let me put it this way, if you’re using serum for the whole face, why not your eyes?

EVERY WOMAN CAN LOOK BEAUTIFUL …

… with the right foundation.

In the beauty world, there are some people who made mistakes they don’t realize. And the number one mistake is: choosing the wrong foundation shade. Then again, we’re only human, born to make mistakes. And thankfully, some mistakes can be corrected. Thanks to Estee Lauder, now we all can have the perfect shade for our foundation.

Last Friday, six bloggers (including me) were invited by Estee Lauder Indonesia to experience the latest shades of Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup. There are 10 ‘Asian Friendly’ shades available from this 15 hours staying power liquid foundation. And at the bloggers’ event in Metro Department Store, Plaza Senayan, Jakarta, we learned so much about the product itself and how to apply the perfect base makeup, Estee Lauder’s style.

There are three things that we have to remember before buying a foundation. Skin tone, coverage and finish. “Many Indonesian women chose the wrong shades of foundation for their skin tone. They prefer it to be lighter than their own. But we at Estee Lauder believe that you shouldn’t look like wearing any makeup  at all. Foundation is not supposed to be seen,” explained Erfan Haryando, Communication Executives Estee Lauder Indonesia.

That’s when Estee Lauder iMatch Shade Finder comes for the rescue. It’s not what you think it is, it’s not an electronic gadget. It actually reminds me of those Pantone Color Guide. “We use this to determine the intensity and undertone of your skin color, so you can have the exact foundation shade,” said Erfan. And the best thing to try many shades of foundations is to apply on our jaw (seen on the model above), then blend with sponge. If you can’t see it, that means it’s the perfect shade.

After we found our shade, now what? Apply them correctly. Estee Lauder has three exclusive tricks to score a perfect base makeup.

1 Foundation Flower : think of our face as a flower and our nose as the petal. Avoid applying too much foundation by using a foundation brush, instead of our own hands. It will distribute the foundation evenly and reach those difficult areas, like sides of nose. Apply on one area at a time, sparingly.

2 Fatigue Fighter : for that dark circles, mix liquid concealer with eye cream before applying. Use concealer brush.

3 Powder Roll On : tap excess powder before lightly patting by rolling the flat side of the powder brush from one side of face to another. 

LOOK NOTICEABLY YOUNGER


Have you noticed those fine lines and creases are starting to show? While Botox seems to be far from your imagination (like me), this serum might help.

I’ve tried so many various products that promised to help with the anti aging process etc, and nothing feels like this. Estée Lauder Perfectionist [CP+] Wrinkle Lifting/Firming Serum and its’ velvety texture when applied, close to the feeling of liquid powder. So quickly absorbed, I don’t have the time to warm them on my hands before applying like I always do with other serum. 

Comes in a pump packaging, which I thought was super helpful for a serum product (I dislike drops, BTW), and light fragrance, it did what it said on the box. Fast, effective and dramatic. I applied it on the back of my hand with one pump, and my hand instantly look and feel softer. Even the lines are sort of diminished. I’m definitely going to use this to help soften the smile lines and around the nose, as somehow it can make skin look brighter and radiant as well. As we can’t ask for miracles, at least we can minimize the look of those fine lines, right?

HIGH DEGREE OF COLORS SATURATION

To introduce their latest products, Vivid Shine Eyeshadows and Vivid Shine Lipstick, Estee Lauder Indonesia did a beauty workshop today for their VIP customers.

I was also invited to attend and got a chance to color play with Leo Wong, Estee Lauder Chief Makeup Artist from Hong Kong. Leo did remind me of K-Pop artist, but he actually has been around makeup world for more than 10 years. “I’ve been around a lot, Korea, Japan, France, so every makeup needs are different in each. I can see that Indonesian ladies are more daring to wear bold colors for their eyes, therefore this latest range, Vivid Shine will fill their needs just fine,” said Leo.

In Bimasena lobby lounge, The Dharmawangsa, Jakarta, Estee Lauder Indonesia’s VIP customers were spoilt with choices of signature services (quick cleanse & make over), skin care & makeup consultation with Leo and Estee Lauder Indonesia’s beauty advisors, Facial, Nail Art and all those special offers hard to be missed (like the red Ultimate Color bag seen above, which consists of Rp 6millions items-sold for Rp 1.8millions only).

And lucky me, Estee Lauder Indonesia’s team offered me to be the model for Leo’s make over. But before the make over session, I had a chance to talk to Leo about next year’s trend. He answered, “Aqua colors, soft blue and soft green for eyes. All natural colors, with nude lips and good skin. We at Estee Lauder always believe that good makeup come from great skin, so we have to take care of our skin the correct way, before putting on any makeup." 

As Leo worked his magic on my face, firstly he did half the face, so the audience will get a pretty good idea of the before & after look. I believe this Fall, Estee Lauder and Tom Pecheux wants us to play with bolder colors, like purple and mauve which Leo also used for my makeup. Sparkling, shiny with more intense color, that’s what Vivid Shine New Pure Color is all about.

Leo also shared a lot of tips to the audiences while he was doing my makeup. 

  • Concealer is also good for eyes primer, mix it with your eye cream and pat lightly.
  • Never ever put on so many loose powder on your brush, just roll the brush inside the pot then roll the brush using the side of the brush (not the tip) on your face. With this trick you won’t be splattering loose powder on your clothes.
  • For day look, there’s no need to highlight, as the look might seem to strong. Stick to blush on.
  • Need to contour? Pick one or two levels of foundation darker than your skin tone. 

‘FOR A WOMAN WHO DRESSES FOR HERSELF"

who doesn’t follow trends but is sophisticated and also maybe a little eccentric,“ said Marni’s creative director, Consuelo Castiglioni about Marni’s first ever fragrance.

You read it right, Marni has (finally) join the scent-making industry with the help of Estee Lauder company. Simply called, Marni, the notes that described as very modern, bold and more mature, with fruity, floral and woodsy scent, also includes an intense rose oil infusion to add a bit of depth. The little "Huggy” doll comes with the purse spray and dressed in a matching spotted skirt, just like the bottle. The bottle itself, is inspired by an old flacon that Consuelo found at a flea market 20 years ago, unique rounded shape with polkadots. The line will be priced from US$50-US$155 and includes body lotion, shower gel and body cream.

So if you ever feel like you fit to the description Consuelo mentioned above, feel free to have “MARNI”.

WEAR PINK PROUD

 

As we all know, the whole month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. This is the perfect month to show our ‘pink’ side.

The international symbol of breast cancer awareness, aka the pink ribbon made their debut in 1991 when the Susan G. Komen Foundation handed out pink ribbons to participants in New York City race for breast cancer survivors.

In its latest report, the American Cancer Society says that 95% of new cases and 97% of breast cancer deaths occurred in women 40 years of age and older. It’s the fifth cause of death among women in the US. As we love to take care of ourselves, here’s something easy if you want to show some support to others and be a part of this exclusive month. Each October, many products especially beauty products are showing their extra love to fund research so more people will survive breast cancer. Here are some products which emblazoned with the famous pink ribbon.

 

5 MINUTES MAKEUP

These are my power makeup tools to get me ready in 5 minutes, tops!

The key to achieve super fast makeup for me is getting the right products, the multi function types, so my skin will still look healthy beneath all those makeup. Here are my current favorites (step by step):

> 1st step: Eye Cream. It’s super important to put on the right eye cream if you have sensitive eyes like mine. Some eye creams (no matter how expensive they are) will make my eyes red and teary the whole day. Imagine to my surprise when I found Estee Lauder Time Zone Eye Cream. It become my first base for the eyes area, to make it feel soft and less wrinklish. A good eye cream will be a perfect base for the concealer to stay put throughout the day. 

> Step 2: Eyes concealer. For those who suffered dark circles whatever the causes are, we need strong brightening under eyes concealer. And Soap & Glory Trick & Treatment is my champ. It has light-reflecting pigments plus peptides that fight aging while making dark circles lightened. Even though it has yellowish pigment, don’t freak out. It somehow minimize fine lines and neutralize dark under eye circles. Just pat wisely, don’t overdo this baby.

> Step3: Moisturizer and foundation. If I have to rush through the door, I don’t have time to put on moisturizer slowly and perfectly, neither to slapped on some foundation with the blending brush. Perfect answer to my prayer for skin base: Olay Total Effects 7in1 Day Cream. Moisturizer and foundation in one that cleverly disguised fine lines+wrinkles+black spots or ex-acne spots, balancing the skin tone (especially when you have red areas on the sides of nose and chin), soften dry skin parts, made big pores somehow look smaller and brighten the skin altogether at once. How’s that for a perfect product?

> Step4: Blush. Still, we need blush, not to contour and make our face look slimmer. It’ll make your whole face brightened with just a stroke on the apple of the cheeks. I love MAC Mineralize Blush, as it gives shimmery glow that make skin looks healthier and happier. My shade: Happy Together.

> Step5: Brow shaping. Nope, no time to do the perfect arches. That’s why I recommend to wax your eyebrows regularly (mine will be twice a month), so you won’t need too much of your time shaping them every day. My trick is just to shape the eyebrows with Sleek Brow Kit. I don’t use the powder provided to shape, I just apply the wax with the brush which I took from one of the beauty counters. 

> Step6: Lashes. Seriously, do you have the time to deal with mascara’s clump and have to separate it lash by lash when you’re in a hurry? Invest in a perfect eyelash curler. Mine is Shu Uemura and it has been with me for ages through thick and thin. Clip and hold for 10 seconds for each eyes, that should do just fine.

> Final step: Oily skin be gone. For perfect matte skin that last throughout your active day, I swear by this MAC Prep+Prime Finishing Powder. Don’t let the white powder inside the compact fool you. It won’t leave any white traces even if you have darker skin.  

Remember: makeup is all about having fun with the products. So never feel pressured of wearing makeup, no matter how minimal time you have. I know I do. 

WE’RE ONLY HUMAN

We were born to make mistakes, like every day. But wouldn’t it be good if there’s such thing as mistake-proof makeup? Thanks to Aerin Lauder (if her family name sounds familiar, she is the grand daughter of Estee Lauder), she recently launched a palette of beauty essentials that will help us feel more confident and pretty. As she said in Estee Lauder web site, she’s just like most women that have a limited amount of time to devote to getting ready but still want to look her best. These specific AERIN line is meant to make our life easier and more beautiful, cause Aerin herself will update the colors each season. Personally, I love her pick of neutral lipstick, glosses, and eyeshadows for Fall 2012 collection, which I think is a rare pick for colder season.