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Category: BEAUTY

“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone. People, more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping others.” (Sam Levenson)

Favorite mascara at the moment, Spanish Steps vibes

 

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Sans mascara = Sparse lash :(

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When people ask me who does my everyday makeup, they usually look surprised when I tell them I do it myself. Every girl does their own makeup, right? Apparently not. The only reason I always avoid makeup artists to do my makeup, even for special occasions, is that I know my best features and want to highlight them, and leave the unnecessary stuff (in my opinion) out of the way. Things like BB creams, bronzers, luminizers, fake eyelashes (I really don’t like this one …) and whatnot, lest they use products that can really harm the skin.

Thing is, growing up, I always thought makeup basics like putting on foundation, lipstick, eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara is just another category of the basic life skills no girl should miss. As early as when I was 11, a friend already taught me how to put on a 3-shade palette for bigger, bolder eyes. Why? We’re Asians and we all need extra lids and fillers.

Fast forward till my college era in the States and careering in visual arts as a student. You actually pay to learn how to tell the difference between cast shadows and form shadows (here’s a brief guide), you have to use all keys from the value scale whilst separating light from shadow on your paintings and that’s called applying chiaroscuro, and all you do is blend blend blend for 6-8 hours straight. The extracurricular project I didn’t notice I had done all these years was putting on eye makeup before going to class almost every single day.

Well, the skill has proven to be handy, because whenever I decide not to put on mascara (for the lack of a reliable one in the local market), the least I can do to enlarge my flat, monolid eyes is blending shades to create the illusion of depth and prevent looking like Pucca when I smile.

So no mascara? No problem … except I always have this icky feeling in the back of my mind whenever I’m done getting ready, as I’d love to have even more depth with some super duper black mascara.

The most reliable mascara I’ve ever worn was the classic Maybelline Great Lash. Ever since my move back to Jakarta though, it’s been an endless journey to find an equally reliable lash-defining mascara that has a similar price tag and doesn’t clump. More importantly, one that’s not waterproof – it takes extra time to clean!

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Tea perfume?! WANT!

  We’ve talked tea nose and essential oils and smelling stuff for therapy but … an actual wearable, spray-on, true tea-soaked fragrance? YES, PLEASE. And if you’ve been around the blog for a while now, you probably know my favorite type of tea, and you can guess which one of the six I’m eyeing at1. But if also know […]

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Current favorite: Sensatia’s Indian Fig Finishing Dream Cream

 

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Classic combo: Frankincense + myrrh

  Natural or synthetic? Best for? The story The science Warning(s) Are they safe? Product(s)   Natural or synthentic? Natural. There are many manufacturers out there that mislabel extracts from adulterated genus species as frankincense and myrrh. So always look for the words “Boswellia” and “Commiphora” on the ingredients list of your frankincense and myrrh products respectively. Also known as: […]

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Sip and inhale: My kind of therapy

  We’ve started the month with a brief exploration on tea nose, and more often than not, I have a couple of scents around my desktop as I’m having my tea. I’ve also been allured by the white peony ever since m introduction to it during the Pecinta Teh gathering back in January, and I […]

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