Hi Folks! Sorry for such a long hiatus. I’m back as full-time worker, so I have limited time to blog. One of the positive side of going back to work is applying makeup. And here’s one of my current favorite concealer, because it’s also proven to be safe for fungal acne.
Mine is shade 120 Light, and actually I’ve used this before. This concealer is unique, it comes with the cushion applicator. If you’ve been following me, you’d know that I don’t use foundation as a base, instead I use concealer on just some part of my face. But in this specific post, I’d show you the concealer effect on under eyes.
If you noticed, I only applied this on inner and outer corners of my eyes. Why? This is a trick that I’ve learned watching Wayne Goss’ YT, to avoid creasing under eyes, especially for aging skin. And talking about aging, this concealer is not just a coverage concealer per se, it is infused with goji berry Haloxyl. It is an anti-aging concealer, and because it does have a light texture, it doesn’t sit on lines and crease-resistant. Try using setting mist before applying concealer to set, instead of using setting powder that will increase the chance of getting creased under eyes.
I hope my pictures do the rest of this review. See you on another post (hopefully soon).
I’m a team bullet, just because I don’t enjoy applying liquid lipstick. And I rarely do touch up on the go, especially during this pandemic. So, I need a long lasting lipstick. I love creamy lipstick that gives a matte finish, with a light formula and comfortable feel on the lips.
So, I bought this out of curiosity, because I read in Temptalia, that this specific shade is 90% similar to Pillow Talk from Charlotte Tilbury. And since I don’t own the CT ones’, let’s take a look at these screenshots from Temptalia, and let me know your thoughts.
Gorgeous pigmented color, and I believe this shade will look great on warmer skin tones. Perfect for everyday shade, too! It has a scent that reminds me of vanilla cookies, but it didn’t linger too long, so no worries.
I am glad that this is a permanent shade, it’s my new holy grail drugstore lipstick for sure!
PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA & SCREENSHOT FROM TEMPTALIA
Quick life update: yours truly might be a bit slow to blog in the near future (but I’ll try my best, so hang with me, please). I’m fine and healthy, thanks for asking. But when they said that life can change in the blink of an eye, they are not kidding. What you thought you would do for the rest of your life, might not be. And what you thought would not happened in a zillion years, might be. No worries, mine is going to the right and steady directions. I took a leap of faith, exiting my freelance life to go back to corporate life. May the force be with me, and with you who also experiencing this in 2022. We can do this!!! Please follow me on my instagram for latest updates on life and such.
Now, let’s get on with the haul, shall we?
MAYBELLINE LASH SENSATIONAL SKY HIGH MASCARA
Not available officially in Indonesia yet (hopefully soon), so I bought this from a trusted online shop. Yes, they win again at this mascara. I believe they have two versions: Waterproof and Washable. Mine is the Waterproof ones. PRICE IDR 185K
EMINA BARE WITH ME MINERAL MILD FOUNDATION
This is a local brand targeted for teenagers, actually. But I’m impressed that they have mineral foundation. I rarely wear foundation these days, but if I have to, I’d prefer something like this, mineral (to avoid clogged pores) and light ones. Since it’s local, of course it’s super affordable. PRICE IDR 79K
REVLON SUPER LUSTROUS LIPSTICK
I read in Temptalia that this Blushing Nude shade is a dupe for Hourglass Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick (shade “If Only”). I love the color and the satin finish when first applied. Unfortunately after awhile, it might turn flaky if you don’t blot. So make sure, you blot, then it should be fine. PRICE IDR 49K
EAU THERMALE AVENE TOLERANCE EXTREME EMULSION
The only skincare product I purchased this month. If you’ve been following me, you’d probably know that I love French’ drugstores brands. This is one of the best moisturizer that I’ve ever tried (obviously not my first purchase), minimal ingredients, hydrates, soothes and moisturizes with all the right ingredients. It’s also very safe for fungal acne. PRICE IDR 345K
SISTER ANN DOUBLE EFFECT WATERPROOF EYELINER
K-beauty eyeliner that I’ve bought out of curiosity. Actually I already have a local favorite which never smudge when used as an inner-eyeliner, but yeah I just want to give this a try. PRICE IDR125K
First skin update of the year. Here’s my skin condition these days.
After I did Face Toning & Growth Factor treatment at Jakarta Aesthetic Clinic (consecutively on December 21 and January 22), I haven’t been using Tretinoin for awhile now. You see, after both treatments, we’re not allowed to do any exfoliation for two weeks. But after two weeks had passed, I can see and feel that my skin became less oily and no hormonal acnes shown up. So, I skipped Tretinoin for almost two months already. I guess my age also catching up with me, so I can feel my skin is getting more dry (hello mature skin), and I’m super prone to redness on my cheeks.
Here are the products that I’ve been using for my night time skincare routine lately (no worries, they are all safe for Fungal Acne):
CLEANSER: I use Micellar Water as first cleanse and face cleanser as second cleanse.
TONER: I don’t use toner with cotton pad at night, but I do 7 skin method. I know how it was so 2017, but so far so good with my dry skin. While skin still damp, apply serum immediately.
SERUM: Some people might have problems with Hyaluronic Acid. Fortunately, my skin drink them up well. Make sure it absorb well first, then spray with Thermal Water to make it slightly damp, before applying moisturizer.
MOISTURIZER: Last year, I was so into gel moisturizer. But in my current skin state, I prefer light cream texture.
The more age we have, the more skin problems we are facing. I’m like seriously thought I’m currently dealing with mature skin problems. After some serious googling, I fit almost for every characteristics of mature skin. Problem number one is Skin Hydration. If you’ve been following me, you’d know that I did Botox and Filler, so I don’t really think that lines and elasticity are a problem for me now. But I can feel that my skin is getting thinner, pores appear larger, papery skin especially on under eyes, though I have less hormonal acnes (which is a plus).
Don’t get me wrong, I do love makeup. But applying one on mature skin was no joke, people!
First: base makeup.
I’ve been Foundation-Free for about two years now. During pandemic I threw out all of my foundation due to lack of wearing and expiration date. Anyway, it’s not easy to apply foundation to dry skin, and I don’t intend to. Instead, I use green corrector to deal with redness around my nose and my chin, and concealer (yes, concealer) on the whole face. I didn’t apply concealer under my whole eyes, instead I did what Wayne Goss taught us from his YT, only on the very inner corner when the lines are immobile. And finally, setting the whole face, with translucent setting powder.
Only blush, no contouring for me, because I like it simple. My favorite blush is obviously not a matte blush, I prefer a soft metallic finish that reflect light and gives a second-skin finish. I applied not on the cheekbones, but slightly higher for a lifting effect. No highlighter needed, save time and money!
I have droopy eyes since I was born, so winged eyeliner is a must. I use tape to draw the winged eyeliner, stick them on the outer corner of the eyes toward the end of the brows. It’s easier that way, trust me, and it gave me the precise and balanced flick. And use the eyeliner pencil to line inside the lash line (but just on the center, not on the corner to avoid smudging). For mascara, I just apply on the middle and lower lashes for that baby doll look.
Definitely staying out of matte texture that might exaggerate lip lines. Currently I’m using Lip Gel, that mimic lip stain a la Koreans. If you want more shine, do not blot. Do pick a bright shade, because it’ll help to also brighten the whole face. I also try to avoid lip liner, because IMHO natural shape lips gives more youthful look.
Tips To make makeup last longer, avoid layering too many skincare products. Stick to serum and SPF or moisturizer and SPF, remember: hydrating is key.
Even though I do not recommend using any actives while suffering from Fungal Acne, but I know that our biological clock is still ticking and aging is unstoppable. So if you still want to use anti aging skincare products while you’re still dealing with fungal acne, here’s some of my recommendation (tried and tested by yours truly).
ESTEE LAUDER ADVANCED NIGHT REPAIR SYNCHRONIZED MULTI-RECOVERY COMPLEX
Yes, they renew their formulas last year, so this is a newer version of one of the most loved serums in the world. And I’m not surprised why. Bifida Ferment Lysate is number two on the ingredients list, which is one form of probiotics, known to help prevent skin damage. It also contains Tripeptide-32, which might be able to help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improving skin elasticity and firmness, by supporting our skin’s collagen production.
Personally I love the texture (you’d know the product is worth the price when it glides luxuriously on skin-you can’t cheat this). It has a slightly orange color, with a slight yeast scent (but disappear within seconds). As it is an anti-aging and hydrating serum, it gives that healthy looking skin once applied. You can see it’s there, you can feel it’s there, but it’s not sticky or uncomfortable. Sometimes, if I feel too lazy to layer on additional moisturizer on top, I just apply two layers of this serum at night time. I can see and feel the result in the morning if I layer them on top of each other. Actually, even though the name said Night, this serum can be used in the morning as well. Yes, it is pricey, but trust me, pricey stuffs come for many reasons. It costs IDR 1.750K for 50ml.
S.NATURE AQUA SQUALANE MOISTURIZING CREAM
I guess this is a new K-beauty brand, not very commercial, but Director PI recommended it in one of her YT videos. It’s a very simple packaging, too simple in my opinion, they should’ve given us the flip-top cap instead the classic cap. Ingredients wise, full of goodies: 15% Squalane (which is an emollient) is number two on the list, followed by Glycerin which is a humectant. So yes, if you’ve been following my blog, you’d probably know that I have to layer humectant and emollient for a moisturizer, to make sure that my skin is moisturized and hydrated enough.
Check out this list from incidecoder.com and you’ll see all the goodies inside.
Texture-wise, it is a light cream/thick lotion. Unlike moisturizer in a gel form that ‘disappear’ when we apply it, this cream glides like satin on skin and gives that healthy glow look without the sticky feel. You can feel and see it’s there, but in a comfortable sense. And I prefer a thick lotion for my current skin condition (dry and sensitive), IMHO it sits better under makeup instead of gel or water cream moisturizer. Unfortunately, this brand is not officially available in Indonesia, but I bought it online from my regular trusted seller. It’s not cheap for a 80ml tube, it costs IDR350K.
PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA & SCREENSHOTS FROM INCIDECODER.COM
Opening a new year with these haul. Hope this year we can do more beauty haul. Did I hear an “amen”?
HATOMUGI SKIN CONDITIONER
The most affordable hydrating toner one can possibly get. Since I’ve been doing CSM religiously due to my current dry and sensitive skin state, I need one big bottle that does the job. It contains Job’s Tear Extract aka some form of Barley, which is high in vitamin B3 aka Niacin. And barley is known to soothe and moisturize skin, helping to promote the replenishment of the skin’s protective barrier too. Yes, I love my barley as much as I love my oat. Price IDR 80,5K for 500ml
SIMPLE MICELLAR FACIAL GEL WASH
If you need a good and affordable deep cleansing facial wash, without upsetting your dry and sensitive skin, this is your best bet. And yes, it is also safe for Fungal-Acne. Now the Water Boost range from Simple is available in our local drugstore (yeay!) and sometimes they go on special price too. Price IDR 80K for 150ml
BARRY M NAIL PAINTS
I bought the Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint before, and I was impressed by the fast drying performance, the gel-effect result and its’ easy to manage brush. But, the con is: it doesn’t last that long (4 days max). So, I decided to buy another range, another shade and their base+top coat. Price (each) IDR 70K for 10ml
A superfood based cleanser? Here’s my first review in 2022.
Kale is one of the world’s top 10 superfoods. So super, they even called it ‘the best vegetable’. It contains the highest beta-carotene content among green and yellow vegetables, and is rich in vitamin C. I wonder why many people still wandering around Centella Asiatica (please people, move on already!). Yes, I think this ingredient is so under-rated. By the time I wrote this post and published it, local skincare products seem to roam around Centella and Mugwort. Seriously?!?!
So why do I love this? It is the closest thing I can get to Youth To The People Superfood Cleanser. I can say it’s a pretty close dupe, not only based on ingredients (see below for the lists), but also a save and splurge factors in mind. I haven’t tried the Youth To The People, because I don’t want to spend a fortune for a face wash, so I can’t say much about it. Both of them are not officially available in Indonesia, but I bought Pacifica in iHerb (IDR 147K for 147ml) and Youth To The People costs IDR 720K for 237ml (from a legit online market place).
Other than the high price difference, Pacifica is Fungal-Acne safe, while Youth To The People still contains Polysorbate 20 and Sorbitan Laurate which might be triggers to Fungal Acne.
But this is not a comparison review, I just review the Pacifica ones.
It smells like green juice, more herbal than the actual kale, which some might find it distracting, but I am fine with it. It’s refreshing IMHO. It foams up nicely, without over striping the skin, but it didn’t leave any weird or filmy layer after cleanse.
Please do not rely on any face wash (including this one) to wash away makeup. You need to double cleanse if you wear makeup. This is the perfect second cleanse for me, and I only use this as part of my night time skincare routine. FYI, I use gentle cleanser in the morning. Stay tune for another review!