Rabu, 12 Oktober 2016

Beauty Talk: Beauty on Budget

Hi Beauty reader!

The price of beauty product in this day is really staggering. Everyone knows that personal care products, cosmetics and beauty services take a big bite of our money. By the time every woman paid for their skin care, cosmetics, salon visit, body treatment and slimming treatment, they can easily spend hundreds or millions of rupiah or can be more per month.

Actually, you don't have to blow a lot of money for being a makeup junkie or a cosmetics hoarder. You don't have to overindulge your cost only for personal apperance. That's true as a woman it is important to take care of your apperance, but should you waste a lot of money on that sector? No! It is possible to take care of yourself in frugally ways.

Many of my friends frequently ask me how I manage my budget to buy beauty supplies. They are wondering how I manage may money on beauty sector. They are wondering how can I buy a lot of makeup but still have a lot of money to spend in other sector. They think that it often seems impossible to achieve the beautiful look without spending lot of cost.

I find myslef to be a little different. With little amount of money and budget strategic I can have huge amount of product but still have cash in my bank at the end of the day. I've discovered that strategic and budget will help you to stretch your beauty budget. Cut your beauty budget down from thousand to the hundreds by following these beauty tips.

I created categorized list for products

tIn order to stretch your budget for beauty product properly, first you need to categorized your basic beauty product. I wrote the categorized, the item and listed the product.

Hair Care Product

Skin Care Product
Makeup Product

Body Care Product

I wrote the cost of each item and the amount of times per month that I would need to repurchased and define which product that I used regularly. There is an interesting thing in this step. For example cheap drugstore skin care, face serum cost Rp. 50.000 that contained little product were used within a month compare to expensive serum cost Rp. 600.000 but lasted me about six months, so it really was not costing me more that the cheap serum, right?

I also find that downgrade to less expensive brand works. This may seem obvious since many people think they must buy high end quality beauty product rather that drug store beauty product. If you have always used pricey name brand products, you may not realized that many good, inexpensive brand exsist. Challenge yourself to downgrade one product to see if the cheaper product is an acceptable subtitute. 

For example, the expensive mascara that cost Rp. 300.000 contained little product compare to local mascara product cost Rp. 65.000, both product basically give the same result. By subtitute my high end product with my inexpensive product I still get the same quality with cheaper price. This activity helped me to further eliminate products and figure out which product worked best for me and my budget.

Oh ya, some of you may be familiar with "Makeup Dupe". A dupe is a cheaper product that has similarity-colored and often similar in finish compared to high end product. It might be cheaper that high end, often better-performing and sometimes more available to you in your area. The idea of substitute is similar to "Makeup Dupe". Why spend Rp. 300.000 on one piece of make up if you can spend just Rp. 65.000 on something that works just as well as and looks exactly the same? That's the idea. It is good to save if you can, right?

Try to shop in Unconventional Locations

Altough I prefer to buy makeup and beauty supplies at drugstore or beauty store like Sephora or Seibu, I can't deny that sometimes I prefer to buy makeup in some unconventional locations. I am sure for any girl on a tight budget, it can be too painful to spend your money on Sephora and gazing amaze at an expensive makeup that may you could never afford.

I myself, personally tortue mysled on a daily basis by shopping online or shopping at local store. By choosing alternative to shop you don't have to suffer beauty heartache. I will lay out some of my favourited shopping place.

Offline Store

-   Online Store

         Instagram Store

Oh ya, I really recommend you to check out product reviews before purchase any beauty product, specially for unfamiliar product. The majority of the product on these places and shops are cheap, but better to know what you are getting into before spending money right?
Shop during Bonus Time
Several cosmetic companies occasionally offer sale, discount or offer gifts when special event or when a suctomer makes a minimum purchase. I always save money on makeup by finding sales or discount promo. For example, Shu Eumura offers me Rp. 250.000 cash back with minimum purchase Rp. 1.000.000. By spending Rp. 1.000.000, I get Shu Eumura Foundation (cost Rp 750.000) and Shu Eumura Lipstick (cost Rp. 375.000) but I only spend Rp. 750.000. 

Another example, Estee Lauder sometimes offer travel size skin care and lipstick to anyone who spend over Rp. 1.650.00. That day, I plan on purchasing skin care product and foundation from Estee Lauder and I avail the promo offer. By spend Rp. 1.650.000 I get Estee Lauder Foundation (cost Rp. 550.000), Estee Lauder Micro Essence (cost Rp. 1.100.000) and free travel size skin care set.

Selling your Gently Used Product
Like every girl in this planet, every time I throw my makeup in bin, I feel extremely mad and sad.  I feel like throwing precious gem into the sea. However as time goes by, I no longer do that since years ago. I prefer to sell my gently used product instead of throw them away.

For me selling is rewarding on multiple levels. I get my cash and best of all, I'm reassured that my unwanted stuff is going to be used not broken and wasted. Using Social Media or Selling Application, I've sold my makeup, beauty tools supplies and even sample that I get from the brand. 

The idea of this initiation was clear; by selling your used product/pre-loved product at least you get your money back and your stuff will still useful.

That's all my version of beauty budget. I started doing this last two years, in July 2014. The point of this practice was really to stop myself from being constantly blow out a lot of money. This tips probably isn't something that would work for anyone who love beauty product or someone who passionate to try many beauty products. Everyone has their thing that they value spending money on and I am sure that some people enjoy spend lot cost as much as their wallet allows. But for me, this tips help me to organized my financial plan and this routine help me spending my money more wise and help me to maintain the health of my skin and hair by using only products I trully need, love, trust and of course fit with my budget.

              With love, 

Rabu, 24 Agustus 2016

Makeup Talk: Products Every Newbie Needs

Hi Beauty reader!

I've been dissipated a lot of questions from my friends about makeup, where to start, what to buy, how to apply makeup, where to look and many more. I am absolutely not a makeup guru not even an expert, but I thought it might be a good idea to write an article about it. I think I would have loved to read something like this when I first started wearing makeup, so hopefully this can be interesting for you. Please note that this is purely based on my own experiences, my own perception, I only mention the brands and products that I have owned and purchased, used, or are familiar with, so don't be afraid to go and try something different, something that you familiar with!

First thing first! The key to a natural or flawless glowing makeup begins with good skin preparation. Preparing your skin properly is the most important part of makeup step. Trust me; putting a lot of makeup into unprepared skin is a big disaster. Before you go to gorgeous eye shadow and blot wonderful color into your lips, take time and effort to find a skin care regimen that suit for your skin. Since the focus on this post is a makeup starter kit not a skin care routine, so I will not go deep into this issue, but I promise I'll make a separate post soon. Below I am breaking down my essential steps that help me create a flawless skin. You may use it as your go to guide for getting ready.

After skin preparation let jump to the makeup kit! So please enjoy my version of Makeup beginner starter kit. 

If you were just starting to get into makeup, what would be the essentials you should pick up?"

My answer is “Everything you need should fit in this medium makeup bag”. 

BB Cream

If you’re newbie, I really suggest you trying out a BB cream before jumping into the real complexion product like foundation. BB Cream is amazing product and it perfect if you want a light finish makeup and don’t feel heavy. I can briefly described that BB Cream is all in one product. BB cream gives you moisture, provide you natural coverage and in the same time gives you additional benefits like sun protection. 

I would recommend Emina Beauty Bliss BB Cream. This is a drugstore gem for me. I love the consistency; I found it more like tinted moisturizer rather than BB Cream, though a little watery but still easy to apply and build-able. This BB Cream tends to have oily and glowy finish look and I do not recommend this BB cream for people with very oily skin.

This product is very affordable. The price for this BB Cream is around Rp 35,000, it’s arguably very cheap for a BB Cream right? And the quality is also arguably really good too!


Powder is essential for locking in your makeup and making sure your face look fresh. This type of product come hell you to lock your makeup won’t slip all day long.

I recommend Silky Girl Skin Perfect CC . This is quite nice pressed powder. I  like the coverage; it’s lightweight and it really does minimize my pore appearance. I'd say it controls shine (oil) for about 6 hours on my forehead and T-zone. This product is very affordable; you just need to spend Rp. Rp. 60.000 to get this product.

Brow Pencil

Your brows are a game. Your brows frame your face and seriously change your entire look. Hema Eyebrow Pencil is a great product for framing and filling your eyebrow. The color blends so well with my natural eyebrows and I really don’t need to fill much my eyebrows with this pencil. I like my eyebrow as natural as possible. At first I don’t even know about this product until I get this product from my Auntie when she took a vacation to Indonesia. Well if you guys are looking to buy this product you may try to buy online, I recommend you to visit http://www.hemashop.com

Neutral Eye shadow Palette

Neutral eye shadows are the most basic and essential thing a makeup beginner must have. The eye shadow palette like Sleek, containing matte and shimmer with a color range from brown to peach is the perfect way to start practicing with eye shadow. This brand has gotten my heart, really! I would highly recommend this as one of my favorite eye shadow products. I highly agree for Rp. 175.000, this eye shadow is absolutely works as a great daily eye shadow for ‘eye shadow beginners’ out there. 


Eyeliner is a magical tool, it can intensify any look and really make your eyes pop out. When you just starting out, I think it’s important to have black eyeliner. If you are a newbie I recommend you to choose liquid eyeliner. I highly recommend this product, Revlon Color Stay Liquid Liner. The flat tip brush is a great applicator that will help a newbie to slide the eyeliner slide smoothly. (Rp. 35.000)


Mascara is a must. It’s amazing what long full lashes can do for your face. Applying coats of mascara to your upper and lower lashes will open up your eyes, brighten up your face and make you look fresher. The drugstore product that has some of the best mascara formulas for me is Maybelline Rocket Volume Express. It makes my lashes look long and full, this is basically everything I need from mascara in one battle. It stays all day long even when I do not use eyelash curler, this mascara keeps my lashes up all day. I love it. (Rp. 90.000)


Blush on is one of the important ammunition in makeup. Blush us is used to stimulate a natural glow and subtle look. When you apply blush correctly, you adds life to your face, trust me !  Select a color that mimics your natural flush and it will give your cheeks a natural flushed effect. If you are still in search for a good blush, you may try Milani’s Baked Blushes, I love this blush for their formula, pigmentation, and shade range. This blush have are really wearable and super gorgeous shade. (Rp. 130.000)


For a makeup newbie, lipstick is probably the easiest way to really play with different looks. There are a variety of finishes and shades to choose.  I recommend you to try Purbasari Matte Lipstick, Purbasari has various shades from nudes to light shade, you can’t go wrong with them!  (Rp. 32.000)

Voila that's all my best advice that may help you to build your makeup collection gradually. Please note that "don't go out and buy everything at once" (jangan laper mata) try to define your need first and learn about the product. And that's all, I hope you like it and thank you so much for reading! See you on my next one!

                  With love , 

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