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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.

Jo Malone Rare Tea collection. L-R: Silver Needle Tea (white tea, musk, mimosa, rose), Darjeeling Tea (black tea, jasmine, freesia, davana), Jade Leaf Tea (sencha, sesame, pomelo, frankicense), Oolong Tea (oolong, bitter cocoa, tobacco, tonka bean). Midnight Black Tea (pu-erh, vanilla, guaiac wood, labdanum), Golden Needle Tea (specialty black tea, leather, spice, sandalwood, benzoin resin)

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 me in real life, you’ll know for sure I’m not actually into perfumes. Like, at all. The fragrance collection you saw on this post? All my mom’s. The only fragrances I’ve ever bought for myself are the Lavender Eau de Cologne from L’Occitane and Elizabeth Arden’s Green Tea Scent Spray, which doesn’t smell like green tea at all.


So Jo Malone, where have you been all this time? Now that I think about it I want ALL.

Because tea.

And frankincense.

And sandalwood.



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  1. It’s the Silver Needle Tea I’m looking at. You? []