Category Archives: Make Up

Lipstick swatches

A rare makeup post of my very small collection of lipsticks. I’ve never been much of a lip product person, but lately I’ve been wearing lip colour more and more. I find that it really ties my makeup look together and is a great way to make a statement.

My skin is currently lightly tanned, probably about NC35. My lips are pigmented so I don’t suit cool tones, bright pinks, sheers/stains and icy nudes. Simply put, I’m VERY picky about my lipsticks!


Indoor light (no flash)


Indoor light (flash)


Natural light

Most used

Revlon Creme 672 Brazilian Tan – simple, everyday nude. Great for pigmented lips and tanned skintones.

Honorable mentions

YSL Rouge Volupte 9 Caress Pink – moisturising, great finish, great pigmentation, very flattering. Didn’t think the pink would suit me!

Revlon Matte Balm 225 Sultry – truly matte. Great colour for autumn/winter months.

Won’t buy again

MAC Satin Myth – too light. Why did I ever buy this?

Revlon Balm Stain 020 Lovesick – the pink is very gaudy and flashy on my lips. I use this as a cheek stain now.

Revlon Pearl 026 Abstract Orange – sheer formula which makes my lips sparkle in a weird way… hard to build up without looking over the top.



Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter 085 Sugar Plum & 010 Raspberry Pie | Review

Heh. bit of a late review on a product that’s been out for the better part of the year. I actually took these pics back in Oct’11 but life got in the way of blogging (excuses excuses).

Anyhoot! For starters.. they’ve really nailed it packaging-wise! Really smart to have the lids correspond to each color. makes fishing out the one you need a slightly simpler task (unless they look alike like in my case hahah -_-).

As you can see, Sugar Plum is more of a day-to-day lippie and Raspberry Pie comes out to play whenever I’m feeling particularly awesome =p.

– quite a selection of both sheer & more opaque shades, about 20 i think!
– its really moisturizing so no need for a lipbalm prior to application.
– unscented, which is just super.

– it’s not particularly long wearing (but it’s never claimed to be). reapply everytime you’ve had a meal. or once every 2hrs or so.
– the product is sooo soft, it dents easily. I’ve read in a forum that it can just break in the tube. kinda frail for a lippie methinks? Hopefully that was just a fluke.

Price: Rp,- or about US$8.

Buy again: I probably won’t.. since I’ve already picked the shades that i wanted. Waiting on their JustKissed balm stain actually!

Skinfood Choco Eyebrow Powder Cake #1 Grey Khaki Black | Review

After years and years of using eyebrow pencils to fill in the sparse bits, I switched to eyebrow powders and haven’t looked back!

The first one I tried was from Everyday Minerals in Silver Gray. But that’s out of production and considering it’s in actual powder form, travel-friendly it definitely is not (despite the shade being a perfect match).

Moving onto Skinfood Choco Eyebrow Powder Cake #1.

  • Pros:
  • Cheap!
  • It lasts all day
  • 2 colors, grey (left) and dark brown (right)
  • It smells like CHOCOLATE!! the scent will disappear after a while tho, but thats a given with exposure to air.

Cons: Uhmm.. nothing? Alright fine let’s be nitpicky. The brush is crap, faaarr too wide for actual application. And I don’t use the brown color much.

Price: Rp 40.000 or  less than US$ 4 online. No clue how much this is store-bought.

Buy Again: Perhaps. I actually don’t have much use for the dark brown section (right pan). I’m still in search for a powder that’s just all grey. 

Oh here’s the back section of the packaging if you find it useful. This doesn’t come with a box btw, well this shouldn’t matter much in the grand scheme of things…

The overall texture is finely milled, it has good color pay-off. You get an absolute run for your money, as this will easily last you for more than 6 months. I’d wager close to a year if not more? It looks natural, just as eyebrows should on black/dark brown haired ladies as seen on the wonky picture below.

I’m actually quite keen to try Illamasqua’s brow powder, but seeing as the pricetag is 5 times the price I paid for Skinfood’s … Economical cat is economical.

Maybelline FIT me 210 (Sandy Beige) | Review

Another make up review guys hahah yeah well arbutin kitteh will soon resurface again with some Asian skincare reviews, but in the mean time I’m hogging the blog with my entries *grin*.

Alright, this product isn’t even exclusively Asian to begin with. Heck, it’s not even available yet in our good ol’ Indonesian counters! By the magick of the interwebs I’ve managed to get myself a bottle so here goes. Mind you that this is the first liquid foundation I bought in, idk.. 6 years?! I’ve been all about mineral makeup in powder form these past few years, base/foundation wise.

The obligatory picture of said product,
the Maybelline FIT me – Liquid Foundation 210 (Sandy Beige):

At first glance -even before swatching- I could tell that it would probably be too dark for me, but bravely I went on to wear this for the whole day today (tdaydaydayyyzzzz). The packaging is very sleek for its category. It looks very upmarket almost hahah. Would’ve been better if it came in a pump? I reckon people wouldn’t mind paying a bit more to get better packaging.

Here’s what it looked like on my face, freshly applied this morning at 9.30AM
Not too bad, right? You can perhaps see it a bit clearer from the pic on the left that my face is slightly darker than my neck. Meh. Oh I’ve applied my TFS Oil Cut powder on top of this in the hope to lighten it up a bit.. and of course get rid of the *shine* that goes with applying liquid foundie on face.

How it applies: I used my Everyday Minerals Flattop Kabuki Brush to dab it on several points on face and swirled away blending it all in. It is very dewy, a quality I’m actually not very fond of since I get *dewy* on my own (external help not necessary thankyouverymuch), with sheer coverage. Very light weight!

I came home at around 7PM. Spent most of my time indoors, didn’t blot or touch up my makeup at all.

Le sigh. It oxidized, making me look half tanned -_-**. Luckily it’s on an acceptable level. Heh my fault also for not blotting or touching up at all during the day. Perhaps it would’ve yielded more satisfying results if I had. Oh I’ve got to say that the foundation felt very unobtrusive during the entire day! No caked up feeling whatsoever.

So all in all this is a very decent and obviously affordable drugstore product (around US$ 7), a western brand YELLOW BASED foundation!!!11! asgjdlfjsaojdf;siodjfa! Praised be Ceiling Kitteh! I reckon this would be suitable for an NC35/37 or perhaps even a 40.

Sadly I’m not going to repurchase =( I’m aware that they have a ‘light’ category in this line, but all those shades are a tad pink I’ve heard. It’s too bad, really. Because from looking at their promo pics, I assumed that 210 was going to be somewhat lighter? The way they’ve indicated their colors are slightly off -_-. I SO wish this came in a shade lighter!!
Hopefully you have better luck in finding a shade that FITS you!

Mini haul + The Face Shop – Face It Oil Cut Powder Pact | Review

Rejoice for my mini-haul package from Rie Butik  has arrived in the mail!

It contains the following:

  • The Face Shop –  Essential Mask Sheet – Hyaluronic Acid
  • The Face Shop – Face It Oil Cut Powder Pact SPF25 PA++ NB23 refill
  • Etude House Cleansing Dream – Soft Cleansing Foam sample the seller kindly gave me eventhough I’ve only purchased 2 products!

The compact powder is a repurchase, so obviously I’m quite happy with it. This particular line isn’t availabe yet in Indonesia (but it’s available in Singapore counters, this at least i know..) so I’ve had to order this in.

The back of the box actually has a bit of English blurb underneath the Korean characters, so let me type it out for ya:

” Double-lasting Powder coated in two layers to facilitate perspiration and sebum resistance prevents sheen and dull complexion and maintains the freshness of initial make-up for a long period. *deep breath -damn long sentence* Particles in ultra fine texture adhere to the skin delicately to make it appear fair and smooth.

Oil-Cut Complex: A patented phyto-complex containing mung bean extract, birch extract and curly dock extract to prevent skin problems by controlling sebum production [Patent No. 10-0771438]. ”  

I’ve tried both Garnier Light Pressed Powder in Ivory and Maybelline Clear Smooth in Light Beige and while they were GREAT and each costing me only 1/4th of what I paid for the TFS compact powder, both still came up slightly too pink/pale! Oh Lord, the ordeal of finding decent yet affordable products that fits my skintone *_*.. So far the TFS compact powder suits me pretty well. The powder is finely milled, and it actually kinda does what it says, which is sebum control and all that jazz (at least for me, for an acceptable period of 3-5 hours depending if I’m indoors/outdoors). It has a very nice light flowery fragrance to it. As per usual, do not expect any miracles or even the slightest bit of coverage since it’s only a compact powder. It will keep your shine prone T-zone at bay.

I’ve spent Rp 110.000-, (US$ 12.40/AU$ 12.60) on the refill. The regular product costs Rp. 130.000,- . I’m pretty sure this’ll be much more expensive over the counter (when & if it becomes available). fyi: NB23 is yellow based, NB21 is lighter and more pink.