UNEXPECTED, LUXURIOUS & NEXT GENERATION

That’s what Marc Jacobs Beauty all about….

at least according to Tiana Lukette, Marc Jacobs Beauty Education Specialist from the US at the launch of this most anticipated makeup line. Me and fellow bloggers were invited to the launch event at The Immigrant, Plaza Indonesia, Jakarta. And boy, did we have fun trying them all. From Genius Gel Foundation, Remedy Concealer Pen till LoveMarc Lip Gel. Yup ladies, Marc Jacobs Beauty is finally available throughout Sephora Indonesia since this January 2015. This breakthrough brand debuts 126 products, assortment of 16 innovative complexion & color cosmetics, plus makeup brushes.

“Beauty is youth, beauty is energy, it’s something that you attracted to,” said Marc in his short video played at the event. In the video, he also mentioned about how he personally love the blackest of black, the shiniest of shine, the mattest of matte which he created for his beauty line. And I just love how Marc really gets his hands on all the products, from the ingredients to their names. Even his tattoo “Shameless” was the inspiration behind the brand’s bold blushes. 

If you think the ritual of putting on cosmetics, choosing your clothes & shoes is a part of your joyful life, then Marc Jacobs Beauty is for you! Get them exclusively at Sephora Plaza Indonesia and Kota Kasablanka, Jakarta, Indonesia. 

WHAT’S COMING…

At Sephora Indonesia? Soon, mostly in October 2014 right down through Christmas, there’ll be several new brands coming to their (currently) two stores in Plaza Indonesia & Kota Kasablanka, Jakarta, Indonesia. 

This week, I was invited to Sephora Press Day at Morissey Hotel, Jakarta to see what brands are coming soon to Sephora. See all the famous logos above and I bet you can’t wait to see their pretty displays at Sephora. At the event, one of the Sephora’s Singapore team said that me and fellow press were lucky to catch a glimpse of their “GIFT OCEAN”, Sephora’s most awaited holiday collection this year. She said, “Even Singapore’s press haven’t seen these, you know?” Expect lots of glitters and cute gifts galore! 

Being such a vintage packaging lover, I was attracted to one brand that somehow didn’t ring my beauty bell. Creme Simon. I know, where have I been, right? Apparently, it’s very popular throughout Europe, New York, Japan and Shanghai. The late founder, Joseph Simon created the first stable beauty cream from a natural plant-based formula, known for its’ incredible healing properties to give French women their natural glow and fair complexion. Voila! Now they’re expanding here, to Indonesia. 

And I’m excited that Skin Inc is coming too. I remembered my first encounter with Skin Inc when I was still working in the magazine. I even met their gorgeous founder, Sabrina Tan. The brand launched in Singapore about 6 years ago but all the products are made in Japan. I had ‘my daily dose’ once, and it did work really well on my skin. You see, Skin Inc is a personalized skincare brand. They will mix the serums according to your own skin types and problems in a cute drop bottle and called it ‘my daily dose’. 

It’s going to be such an interesting end of year for us, beauty lovers!

WHO HAS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL HAIR?

Adam Reed, Celebrity Hair Stylist and one of the owner of PERCY & REED, answered: Cara Delevingne.

Of course, I couldn’t agree more with him. And I was too lucky to meet Adam personally (thanks Sephora Indonesia) this week. Surprised, surprised, they offered me if I want to have my hair cut and styled by Adam. Of course, I accepted the (too) generous offer. You see, Percy & Reed hair range products are coming soon to Jakarta, Indonesia. Precisely by late October 2014 in Sephora Jakarta’s stores. What’ll be available here? Their core products (for hair care & styling too), including (the most awaited product I supposed) their dry shampoo! For you who have been living inside the cage, Percy & Reed started from duo celebrity hair stylists, Adam Reed and Paul Percival (that’s when the brand’s name came from) with a leading hair salon in London and unique hair product range to follow. And I remember quite clearly, my first encounter with the brand was actually when I visited London about two years ago and bought Glamour UK magazine. By that time, Glamour UK was giving away free samples, and it was Percy & Reed (I believe it was their conditioner). First, I was attracted by the pretty illustration of a woman with gorgeous hair on the packaging and it blew me away when I tried it and it worked really well. 

Let’s move on to my glorious hair day experiment with Adam, shall we? Adam is just lovely, we chat a lot while he cut and styled my hair. He love Asia, he said. Especially the food, while he can’t stand the heat and the worst traffic that he’d ever seen in Jakarta. LOL. Being me, I asked lots of questions and tips. And being me, I was kindly enough to share them with you here.
Me: “What do you think differ Asian’s hair and Caucasian’s hair?
Adam: "Actually they don’t differ at all. The difference is within the weather. Your weather here is just bad for hair cuticles. The humidity and heat will make your hair cuticles open all the time. That’s what made your hair limp and lifeless. What you can do is keeping your hair cuticles closed by blow drying with cold, not hot hair. And use oil before blow drying, that should help to keep your cuticles closed.”
Me: “Should I permed my hair? I love the volumizing look it gave me.”
Adam: “Never ever permed your hair. It will make your hair look dull and lost their shine. Keep them straight. If you want to make your hair look more volumized, spray your hair brush with hair spray and brush them through. That will make your hair look volumized but still has movement, not stiff.”
Me: “You know, I colored my own hair.”
Adam: “What? Really? I mean, it was a nice color and look good on you, but you should never colored them yourself. Go to hair salon.”
Me: “What was your recipe for great hair everyday?”
Adam: “Great hair products and great tools.”

Indeed! Since my hair was colored, they used Really Rather Radiant Colour and Shine Shampoo and Conditioner on me. Frankly speaking, I was surprised that they did cleansing too (I was expecting cut and style), but hey, every great hair styling need a clean hair, no? The wonderful soft smell last long throughout my day that day. Since I decided to keep my hair long (and I thought Adam agreed too), he trimmed and layered a bit of my hair. 

And talking about tools, Adam used GHD’s products to blow dry my hair, right down to the brushes (it seriously remind me of Mason Pearson’s brush). I want! Check out the tools spread on my pic above. FYI, he only used the hair dryer and a big hair roller brush, not even straightening iron or curling iron on me to create my look above. 

It will be a perfect world if I can have all of Percy & Reed products to care and style my hair every day, but I do recommend these as a starter (and feel free to extend the list any day now):

  • Shampoo and Conditioner (for the types that suit your hair, click here)
  • Hair Oil. Their no oil, oil is super great! No stickiness, I never washed my hands after I applied it on my hair. 
  • Hair Spray. Must have. Remember the tips from Adam? 
  • Shine & Fragrance Spray. OMG, in this heat, it seems that hair got smellier easier. I have the travel size in my bag now.

 

A WHOLE NEW PRINCESS JASMINE

And she looks like this.

March 2013, Sephora will launch the next batch of their princess collection after Cinderella, “The Disney Jasmine Collection”. Yes, Jasmine stands for Princess Jasmine from Aladdin.  Exotic and warm colors, heavy eye makeup, very ‘One thousand and one night’.

Yes, this beauty collaboration of Disney and Sephora addressed for those of you grown-up princesses or just simply in for the packaging. Which one are you?

INSPECTOR (BEAUTY) GADGETS

Let’s talk about these revolutionary and weird looking beauty devices.

To tell you the truth, I only rely on one beauty gadget, my good old Clarisonic. I started to use them like a year ago, after I read a lot of fantastic reviews about the device that promised to clean our skin 6 times better than using our own hands. Since I rarely do facial, I decided to give it a try. God knows how clean my skin is, but what I experienced from using Clarisonic, all my skin care products seem to absorb better, and yes, it’s clearer.

So, if I have to buy another beauty gadgets, it will be:

1. NuFACE® ‘Trinity – Petal Pink’ Facial Toning Device: Claims to effectively improves skin’s appearance by stimulating our face. This handheld device also promised to increase product penetration by 47%, new cell growth by 500% and collagen+elastin to reduce crow’s feet and dark circles. Yes, it had me at dark circles!

2. Silk’n ‘Flash&Go’ Holiday Hair Removal Kit: Bye-bye unwanted hair. This home-use device use Home Pulsed Light Technology, which designed to provide proven long term hair removal results from the convenience at our own home, safely. They even promised the minimal discomfort after using this product as compared to waxing or professional laser treatment. Great, no more screaming at waxing table. 

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3. GLO Brilliant™ Personal Teeth Whitening Device: I don’t smoke, but I love tea and an addict for coffee. So, this gadget will surely help to deliver whiter teeth. It claims to give us up to eight shade changes and long lasting results. The first session might be tacky, but the more familiar we are with the gadget, next session will be faster and easier, so they said. Since I hate to go to the dentist to hear all those annoying sound from the drills, this kit is in my list.

*these 3 gadgets are available separately in Sephora and Nordstrom (in store and online)

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sephora:

THE INSPIRATION “It’s based on my own personal travel needs, and those of my team, our Tartelettes. We wanted to make something super travel-friendly for the holidays,” says Tarte founder Maureen Kelly. “That’s really what the holidays are about—travel, family, people you love.”

  1. THE BLUSH “Our Amazonian Clay powder blush lasts 12 hours.”
  2. 8 LIPGLOSSES “Small enough to put everywhere! I keep them in my car, on my desk, a couple in my jacket pockets—so whenever you need gloss, you’ve got it.”
  3. THE POWDER  Nixes surface oil for a full 12-hours and it’s truly colorless so it works for all skin tones.”
  4. THE BRUSH “It’s a really great, full-size brush—not a chintzy one. We sell it at retail.”
  5. 24 EYESHADOWS “The shade names are based on places we’ve traveled, like Napa Grape and Hampton Waves. We picked them out of a hat!”
  6. THE MASCARA “Lights, Camera, Lashes! It’s our bestselling mascara.”
  7. THE CASE AND MIRROR “The design was hand-sketched by our creative team!” says Kelly. “We figured, even if you’re traveling, you still don’t want a tiny mirror.”

THE VALUE “$512 For $54.”

SHOP THE TARTE CARRIED AWAY SET HERE ▸ 

FAREWELL EVIL STEP MOTHER

Now all of us can taste a bit of Cinderella’s life, after she got her Prince, of course. 

For fall/winter 2012, Sephora released Disney Cinderella Collection. Another limited edition must have this year, since this is the very first batch from the fairytale collection. Yes, there’ll be another collection coming up which feature different Disney Princesses for holiday season. How interesting.

Since princesses are women too, there’ll be lipsticks, fragrances, eyeshadow palettes, compact mirror and nail polish set in the line. And as a woman dreaming of becoming a princess, the Swarovski-edition bottle will be a perfect replacement for Cinderella’s sparkly glass slippers. 

TOO LITTLE TO FIT?

Problem with us ladies when we have to go partying with our tiny little clutch/bag/miniaudiere. Impossible to bring lots of things and stuff them inside those petite space. 

Pick your party essentials, so your tiny bag can still look tiny and pretty. In my (petite party) case, I usually bring:
– Blackberry: just in case I got bored.
– Oil blotter: to blot those oil away.
– Lipstick: never forget to touch up your lipstick, no matter what.
– Pressed Powder: because oily face are not pretty.
– Perfume sample: tiny yet powerful for fragrance touch up.
– Dental floss: yes, it is important to floss after any food taken. 

See how they fit just fine in that squeezy space?