Practk Palmat: Makeup Brush Cleaning Tool

Thursday, 30 March 2017

A few days ago (Sephora) sent me a package of a new brand they now carry, (Practk)! Practk was created by the founders of Sigma Beauty, so they're sister brands. For now, they only have one product, which is Palmat. Palmat is a makeup brush cleaning tool to help you deep clean your makeup brushes. Works for everyone who owns makeup brushes, from one to hundreds! If you have been following my blog, you would know that I have written about "3 Helpful Tools for Every Makeup Lover" and in there I mentioned Sigma Spa Express Brush Cleaning Glove. The (Practk Palmat) is basically a more affordable alternative. I do believe this is a very helpful tool and it's not going to waste away just sitting in your drawer.

Here are some things I like about Practk Palmat:
  • It's a 2-in-1 product, meaning you can wear it on the palm of your hand or place it in the sink so you can wash your brushes hands-free. It has suction cups so it won't slip and slide everywhere.
  • It is adjustable, so it fits on different sizes of hands.
  • It has 2 sides, one side is for cleaning face brushes, and the other is for eye brushes.
  • It is durable, I know I'm going to have a looot of use out of it, which makes it a good investment, especially since I have dozens of make up brushes. I honestly don't know what's going to break this thing.
  • It is simpler than my Sigma glove, each side only has 2 textures, instead of like, 7. Despite only having 2 textures, the effectiveness is not affected at all. It cleans my brushes just the same.
  • It takes way less time for me to clean my brushes than if I were to use my bare hands.
  • It does not take much space, good for traveling. If you are a traveling makeup artist, you will find this useful.
  • Last but not least, it is affordable. Way more affordable than Sigma's gloves, using the same material.

Practk Palmat Eye Brushes Side

Practk Palmat Face Brushes side

Suction Cup

Here's how I clean my brushes:

I used to only use baby shampoo but regular shampoo works fine as well. Wet your brush, dip it into shampoo, swirl it on the WASH section on the Palmat until it's clean, rinse and REFINE. Leave it to dry! Easy peasy!

You can get this (Practk Palmat) on (Sephora Indonesia) website (here).

Much love,

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation shade 4: Review, Swatches

Thursday, 23 March 2017

I can't believe I'm back! I was stuck in a rut and was not inspired enough to write down a blog post. This post may be the start of a come back, let's hope so! If there's something I want for this year is that I want to have a schedule for my blog, maybe once or twice a week. We'll see.

I have always loved foundations, but recently I have been in a hunt to find the perfect foundation. I just want to try them all! This one was high up on my list and I have been going back and forth for too long so I felt like it's time for me to actually get a bottle and not just look up dozens of reviews every few months. It is an expensive foundation though, so I wanted to be careful before I made the jump.

The Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk has a massive fan base, so many makeup junkies swear by it. I've had unpleasant experiences with popular foundations, so I was anticipating that with this one I may have just spent a fortune on something that does not work for me. Anyway, I ended up loving it!

The sleek, sophisticated frosted glass packaging is to be expected from a brand like Armani. It's sturdy and simple, there's nothing more I can say about it. The pump dispenses a good amount of product. Every single review I read has talked about how nice the pump is and I agree 100%. I probably use about 2 pumps for each application to achieve the coverage I want. This foundation does not have a strong scent, it smells like a regular moisturizer instead. Nothing nauseating at all. The texture is quite thin and a little runny, but not as liquidy as water based foundations, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua and NARS All Day Luminous Weightless for example.

They say this foundation is luminous, lightweight, comfortable. It should have medium coverage, it should also improve texture and blur imperfections. The finish of this foundation should resemble charmeuse silk. After trying it out several times, I do feel that the description is pretty spot on, which is a massive plus!

First time I tried it on Instagram Live, I was amazed by how good it made my skin look. It made me look flawless on camera, and my skin was enhanced in real life. I get the same feeling every time I wear it, which makes this foundation reliable. It glides over my pores and it gives my cheeks an airbrushed, blurred finish.

I had no difficulties spreading and blending it with my Beauty Blender. It looks good on my nose  initially which is a huge problem area for me. I would say the finish is silky, demi-matte, with a little luminosity. It's not shiny nor dewy all over, it just has a glow on strategic areas. It does set and dry down. If you have normal or slightly dry skin, you won't need to set it with powder, because it looks so beautiful and healthy on its own. However, for combination and oily skin gals like me, I find that powder on top of it is a must.

I agree that this foundation has buildable medium coverage. You can definitely sheer it out by wearing very thin layer or build it up to medium coverage. If you are looking for full coverage however, this won't cut it for you. It covers redness and does a great job at evening out my skintone, but it does not cover hyperpigmentations for me.

It does not accentuate dryness but I'd suggest making sure your skin is well moisturized no matter what foundation you use.

The only negative thing is that after 5 hours, my nose gets quite noticeably shiny. The foundation on my nose does not break, but the oil definitely seeps through and it's not flattering. It also pools on the sides of my nose. Keep in mind that I live in a humid and hot country, and my nose is always a problem area no matter what product I use. I struggle in finding foundation that looks perfect all day long on my nose anyways, so for me this is not a huge deal. I just have to bring my blotting paper and powder for touch ups.

All in all, this foundation makes my skin look unbelievably gorgeous and healthy, it minimizes the appearance of pores which is something I always look for in a foundation. I love my Too Faced BTW and MUFE Ultra HD but the finish of this one is on another level. Just, beautiful. However, I do wish that this foundation lasts better on my nose area, because only then I will say this foundation is perfect.



With full makeup on...

Comparison with other foundations I have in my collection...

Have you tried out this foundation before? What do you think? Anything else you'd like to see me try in the future?

Much love,

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick 'Pillowtalk'

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Finally! It's been a long time coming. The cult favourite Lip Cheat shade 'Pillowtalk' is now available in her Matte Revolution lipstick formula. As far as I know, this is limited edition for Valentine's Day, but I am sure Charlotte is going to add it to her permanent collection seeing how popular it is. As a Charlotte Tilbury devotee, of course I placed my order as soon as I found out it was available. A month later it arrived at my doorstep and I wasn't disappointed.

After the highly anticipated Hot Lips collection (which in general ended up being underwhelming for me) I was happy with this launch because I knew already that the shade would suit me very well. Pillowtalk Lip Cheat is my favourite lip liner. I don't wear lip liner that much but when I do it's got to be Pillowtalk. I also put it on other people a lot and it suits many different skintones.

Pillow talk is a nude pink but depending on the light it can lean a bit warm. If you have the lip liner, happy to tell you that it's exactly the same colour. It is a wearable shade that is easy to wear. If you are going to spend a lot of money on a lipstick you want to make sure you're going to be able to wear it everyday, and Pillowtalk is exactly that. It's not too light nor dark, it's not too pink as well. 

The formula, as she describes is "luminous modern matte". I agree with that. It's slippy and has a satiny finish for a matte lipstick. It's not drying and comfortable to wear, but it's not necessarily nourishing either. In the next lip swatch picture, my lips were extremely dry and flaky, and I think it did a good job at gliding over the flakiness and giving an even coverage. You won't get full pigmentation after one swipe, you need to layer a few times for it to be fully opaque. I think it's due to the modern matte formula and how they make it slippy but still 'matte'. It feels lightweight on the lips and lasts 5-6 hours without eating. They don't stay put once you have a full meal though. It has the longevity of a regular lipstick, so you will need to reapply if you were to wear it all day.

All in all, it's a fabulous lipstick that will be a well loved addition to anyone's collection. I browsed for reviews and couldn't find one that says anything negative about it. Hopefully this post helps you decide if it's for you or not.

Have a good day!

Much love,
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