My post on Korean brands was very popular and it inspired me to do more posts about brands that can be found abroad!
I thought I’d branch out and do a few posts like this and will be bringing you a few brands from all around the world that might interest you!
Here at Musings I have quite a range of readers from all over the world so why not do a bit of a spotlight on different brands found in different countries!
I find these posts particularly enjoyable and I think that you as a reader might as well! Being overly exposed to many brands here in the US I get tired of seeing the same things over and over again and being the cosmetic junkie I am I love the thrill of a new brand that’s unattainable here in the US.
Today I thought I’d focus on Indonesian Cosmetic Brands. Indonesia has the standard line of cosmetics that you can pretty much find here in the US but they also have a few interesting brands that I’ve been privy too and find interesting one of which is PAC Beauty.
PAC Beauty is a lovely brand that has a wide selection of interesting colors and products to choose from!
The Spring release entitled Glitz and Gold looks particularly interesting!
The selection available is vast but it holds little appeal to me due to it’s rather boring packaging although the eyeshadow stackables are interesting enough and similar in style to MAC pigments only smaller in size!
Stackable Loose Eyeshadows
Some color selections available in the loose shadow catalog!
Makeup Artist Kit
Out of the entire line what I enjoyed most is the adverts and interesting face charts they have created using the color combos available in there catalog! I actually find the advertisement for the collection much more attractive and appealing then I do the actually cosmetics. Again this could be do to packaging but it looks a tad on the cheap side however if I can create some of the looks below I’d say it’s well worth my hard earned cash!
A particular favorite advert of mine! I love the contrast of the black and white photo and beautiful green shadow on her eyes!
The goddess series adverts are amazingly well done as well! There are four total rotating and each is more dramatic then the last!
I’ve never tried anything in the line aside from two loose eyeshadows which were both highly pigmented aside from that I’ve never been curious enough to dive into anything else they offer! Although the advertising is beautiful, packaging always sells the cosmetic to me and this sadly fails in that department!
Sariayu is another brand available within Indonesia. Sadly, the brand is also equally as boring packaging wise as Pac Beauty although they do incorporate some fun colors into the packaging!
Sariayu carries a range of cosmetics as well as haircare, skin and body care, and herbal supplements which translates as it’s your one stop shop for beautifying your entire self inside and out!
Although the line has a wide range of colors available the product list is small and only includes some lipsticks, glosses, eyeshadow, and blush for the point makeup. This basically consists of very simple eyeshadow palettes and nothing too elaborate.
Even though the packaging fails to wow me it deserves to be mentioned that the shades are very flattering and in complimenting with the modern Indonesian girl’s coloring and skintone in mind! For example see below adverts from the past and how gorgeous the cosmetics look on the models skintone and type!
These particular adverts are about 10 years old but notice the beautiful juicy red lips and lovely greens and golds that compliment the look of the model perfectly! I truly love these looks and wish I could pull off a similar style!
All and all I don’t particularly like the style of packaging and feel it needs a bit of a revamp however the line is interesting if nothing else!
Finally last on my hit list for Indonesia is Caring Colours. Caring Colours is really a tiny line as far as I know (do correct me if I’m wrong). They carry the typical point and base makeup products but the colors combinations are nothing wow aspiring and the catalog is very basic with little frills!
I do love the eyeshadow trios available though as they come in some wonderful color combos that compliment each shade in the palette perfectly!
Caring Colours Eyeshadow Trio
Indonesia has the promise of some interesting brand but fails the Muse with it’s poor packaging options!
However, the uniqueness and different products carried throughout each line definately holds some appeal!
Indonesia carries standard drugstore brands as well such as L’oreal, Revlon, Etc..however the true promise lays in what is exclusively available to it’s country alone and these are some brands you might find in your local Indonesian drugstore!
Anyone from Indonesia?
Interested in these brands?
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You might have missed my post on Korean brands if so have a click over here to catch up and read all about it!
I’m procrastinating at work.
Shhhhhh! Don’t tell anyone! That’s the best part about being self-employed you actually can’t get yourself in trouble for procrastinating but of course later on today I’ll give myself a good talking down to make myself officially responsible.
I honestly deserve a little procrastination today as I had a super asthma attack yesterday evening so a bit of chillaxing at work is just what the doctor ordered!
Mostly this consists of me sending e-mails back and fourth with our favorite Cookie from The Daily Cookie (I’m dragging her into the procrastination vortex with me!), browsing around for new ideas for blog entries (comment box is open to your suggestions!), and trying to somehow someway get caught up with e-mail in my inbox (maybe I can somehow get through 10 years of e-mail in under 10 minutes!)!
While I’m doing all this I also happened to surf my way over to QVC to check up on Mally Beauty. One of my readers, friends, and fellow New Yorkers, Adina, had mentioned that Mally had some updates over yonder so of course I had to investigate it for myself!
I didn’t see anything too interesting but I did run across something new or at least I think it’s new called Liquid Eye Brightener!
This stuff sounds awesome!
It’s basically a powder but when you drop it into your hand and rub it turns into a liquid. Once liquidated (is that even a word?) you pat it gently under your eyes for a little concealing magic to make your eyes look refreshed, awake, and beautiful!
I’m very curious about this and I’m wondering if it’s good for touch ups! I normally tote around a Dior Radiance Pen for touch ups but I find it too messy honestly…hmmmm I want this! I might wait though to see the reviews first!
I really like the format of the bottle as well with the small dropper style squeeze top! This is $22.80 USD and is available now from QVC, A81636.
What do you think? Nay or Yay?
Ok now it’s back to work with me…seriously…..honest….maybe….sorta…….kinda……
I’m still making my own kind of music and singing my own special song when it comes to Pink glosses! As you know I’ve been obsessed with bubblegum pink lately! You didn’t know that? ZOMG! Click and you’ll be magically whisked away to a page that will tell you more about the Muse’s obsession with pink!
Anyway….my love of bubblegum pink is here and alive and possibly kicking but just slightly on the back burner as I explore my options for Summer. I know, I know it’s only March blah blah blah! I can’t help myself! Summer is coming and I must be prepared!
Today I was rotating my makeup (I’m allowed to do that as I have so much!) and I came across a favorite Lipshine of mine by Morgen Schick. I adore lipshines! Nicely but not overly Pigmented, Shiny, Tasty, and Gorgeous what more could a girl want in a gloss?
I was rotating some colors and I came across a Morgen Schick Lipshine in Tangerine Sorbet. I had to share this with you guys because it’s possibly thee most gorgeous shade of yum I have in my collection!
I have plenty of oranges, peaches, corals, etc…but truly this is the best “pop” of orange I own! It’s a beautiful true tangerine shade that’s not outrageous but has just enough brightness to make it look amazing on!
I’m working the close up shots aren’t I? Go on tell me how awesome I am!
This is a super hot shade for Summer and definately worth having a look around on E-bay for!
The Muse Approves it big time!
Can’t find it on E-bay? Check out Morgen Schick website to purchase it!
Laura Geller was on QVC a few days ago as any good twisted cosmetic junkie would do I recorded the showing. I was fast forwarding through most of it but I came across this little kit she did and it intrigued me!
The pictures actually don’t do the product justice. The lipshade appears on screen to be a very lovely burnt red color and the gloss on top made it into a golden dark peachy shade. It was rather nice on the model that was sporting it.
They kept raving on and on about how good it smelled and tasted but no one said exactly what it was smelling and tasting of. I can only assume it’s some tropical taste hence the name!?
The packaging also sold me as it’s studded in pink glittery bits. Cutes!
The set is available from QVC for $24.25 USD under Item Number A6451. I haven’t ordered it because I’m playing good girl at the moment and saving my little pennies for Summer releases however I am curious and I do have a little bit of a burning lem in my stomach! If you’re familiar with the color PS Kiss this reminds me of that thus the need to purchase it is hard upon me!
Own it already?
Just love Laura’s cosmetics?
Tell the Muse!
I went to Woodbury with my very best friends Jen, Jamie, and Jai on Saturday. That sounds like some kind of 50’s band doesn’t it? Bloody hell all those J’s! I feel left out as my name begins with the letter “I” sheesh! Note to self change your name so it begins with a “J”.
If you’re in the New York area (my stat reader tells me some of you are) you might want to head over and nab a few deals here and there.
The Cosmetics Company Outlet is hauling major MAC and you can score some serious bargains right now.
Here’s the lowdown of what I seen there:
Lovestone Mineralized Eyeshadow-I believe this was $10 bucks. I already have it but my friend Jai got it and I think he paid $11 USD.
Almost all of the Christmas Collection from this year are available at the moment including piggie vial sets, palettes, etc….
Lip Bag Sets $22.50 USD
Pigment Vial Sets and Lipgloss Sets $20.75 USD
Palettes $23.75 USD
Quite a few other MAC bits and bobs as well. I was mostly into the Christmas Collection thought as it was great I could grab some of what I missed during the holidays!
Major Bobbi Brown is happening as well. They had a really uber cute 8 or 10 piece mini brush set with pouch for $60 which I really wanted but I was trying to practice some sort of willpower.
Tons of Bobbi Palettes from last season such as the bridal ones for $33 USD! They had Shimmerbricks as well and a trio of glosses for $26.75 USD!
L’occitane also had quite a few bits and bobs around. I nailed a awesome two piece kit for $42 USD which included a 3.4oz Mint Green Tea Perfume and 8.4oz Body Gel!
I also picked up a 3.4oz Verbena Eau de Toilette for $35 which came with a two free bottles of shower cream in Verbena and a Verbena soap! I was running low on this anyway so it was a nice deal!
Various clothes, accessories, and shoe steals and deals as well since most of the outlets are flooding in with Fall/Winter Collections which means big time deals to be had! The Factory Shoe Outlet had a ton of great Chinese Laundry purses which were considerably marked down from the normal $95-$145 price tag. Fendi had some killer bags as well at lovely prices. Yankee Candle has a slew of tart warmers in Spring Designs if you’re interested.
Lancome had Bi-Facil for $20 USD which was a steal as it’s normally $26. They also had some killer Flowerbomb box sets. The box set I purchased from Nordies a few months ago for $175 USD is $86.75 USD. It includes a 3.4oz Eau de Parfum, a mini Eau de Parfum (unsure of size), and a 8.4oz body lotion. That’s highway robbery! They had other various kits as well ranging from $76 USD at the lowest and $87 USD at the highest. If you adore Flowerbomb as much as I do you’ll really wanna haul ass over to the Lancome Factory Store to nab some of this before it’s gone. I actually ended up purchasing three of the $86.75 kits to use as gifts when I go to England this year for some mates. One of closest friends lives in London and she’ll absolutely freak when she finds out what I paid for this. She’s one for entitling Flowerbomb her “signature” scent. Seriously for the price you can’t go wrong. Random I know but if you’re curious what Flowerbomb smells like the best way I can describe it is cotton candy.
They had the normal range of Lancome bits plus they had some Shu shadows, blushes, and lip rouges that were pretty much free well not really but the price is almost free to my eyes and ears. The shadow selection wasn’t vast but the price was right at 3 for $15 USD. Sadly I had ever color they were offering at the price The rouge unlimited were the old packaging style so they aren’t exactly fresh however the price was right as well at $4 USD each.
Practically all the shoe/sneaker outlets have the buy one get one 50% off sale. Nike, Puma, Sketchers, Factory Brand Shoes, Etc….
Two places that deserve a mention on restock are Kate Spade and Jimmy Choo. I can normally never find much of anything in either outlet but I ALWAYS seem to get some killer deals around the beginning of Spring when the stock rotates. I hauled 1 Kate Spade Purse and 2 pairs of Jimmy Choos at some seriously discounted prices.
The moral of my story is if you’re in the New Year area and want to score a bitchin’ deal or two or three hit up Woodbury soon!
PS I didn’t take pics of all my haul but I did include some of the cosmetics I purchased 😉 After all this is a blog about makeup so it’s worth snapping a few pics to put in here right?
Note: For my beautiful readers abroad in any other countries a brief explanation for you about what exactly Woodbury is. Woodbury Commons is an outlet shopping mall which basically translates as a graveyard of such for older collections of items. The outdoor mall consists of a zillion different shops each housing one or several particular brands. As Seasons rotate and upscale shops need to rid themselves of older style selections those selections get sent to outlet shops for resell at considerably discounted prices. Woodbury happens to be one of many outlet style shopping centers.