Sunday, August 28, 2016

Homemade Natural Johannisbeeren Mask

Travelling often damage our skin,especially when it is a "10 countries in 2 months time" trip. You go through humid and dry, sunny and rainy, hot and cold, guess what's the result! Dry, flaky, and dull skin is our new enemy.

That time I only bring Glamglow which I'm afraid could make my skin condition even worst. I didn't intend to buy new mask because our backpack and luggage were already full. I just tried to put lots of moisturizer at night.

Then I bought Johannisbeeren, hoping that I would love the taste and eat as my dessert. Unfortunately, I and my husband don't like it. For your information, Johannisbeeren, or usually also called by Red Currant, is not a common fruit in our country. I remember seeing it as cake decoration but I never tried it. Several times, I found cherries, berries and peaches and plum in Europe are nicer than in my country, so I hope this one also same.

Because we are on travel, I definitely could not cook or bake. I think it will be perfect for jam. Then suddenly come the idea of making it as mask. The taste is really sour, so I guess it is high in vitamin C. Lately I found that is true, it contains 49% of vitamin C! It also contains vitamin K and vitamin B. Please google for more information.

This fruit is not expensive in Europe. You get that many for only €2. It is easily found in local market or supermarket. I bought it in Netto.

Let me share how to make mask from Johannisbeeren. 

1. Take a bowl of the fruit, throw away the stalk.
2. Crush it using any tools possible. I only had spoon that time. Do it in kitchen or better in your bathroom. It does not leave stain on ceramic or hard surface, but be careful of splatting your cloth.
3. If you have strainer, it would be better because the seed can be so annoying. We only need the juice anyway.
4. Add honey for better result. I did not add honey since I did not have it.
5. Go to bathroom if you are not there already.
6. Put it on. I put it on my face, my hands and my hair.
7. Leave for 30 minutes and rinse.

It is a bit scary! Looks like I'm going for blood bath! Lol..

In a first five minutes, it feels a bit itchy. Hold on! It will slowly dissapear. It can't be completely dry, after 30 minutes it is still wet but I decided to rinse it. I did this without any research first, so I did not know what to expect. Now are you ready for the result?

- Flaky area is not as bad as before, no scrubing
- Smoother
- Brighter

- Brighter
- Smoother
- Note: I scrub my lips before rinse using the seeds very gently, no need to leave for 30 minutes.

- No difference for hair

What do you think? Should I hunt Johannisbeeren in my country? 😄

Thank you for reading..

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Kiko Colour Correction Face Fixing Powder

Isn't she lovely? Isn't she beautiful? She is KIKO Milano Colour Correction Face Fixing Powder. Have you heard much about colour correction products? Yes they are always colourful and beautiful. Each colour will have its own function and when it blended well, they will even your skintone and makes your skin appears better.

The packaging is modern. It is a sturdy white plastic on the bottom part and mirrory lid for the top. It is embellished with the KK logo on the lid and features a magnetic closure and internal mirror. It is slightly bigger and thicker than my compact powder but not that big or heavy so basically you can bring this inside your pouch for later touch up.

This rainbow powder is designed to improve and revitalize the complexion, conceal redness and skin discolouration and set make-up improving its hold.

I bought it in Milano Centrale in late August and put in my luggage. Then 5 days later while in Schliersee, I want to take it out for more pics and the powder is already everywhere inside the packaging box. Yeah, the packaging box is really thin and the gap between powder and the lid is quite wide for fragile items with nothing in between. 

I should put tissue or cotton back then. It might be not strong enough to follow me crossing two countries in five days. Lol.. Luckily the messy part is just a small part of the beige, I tried to press it again using my fingertip. After that I put tissue for safety reason before closing the lid and it is perfectly safe until now, a month later and across 8 countries. Below is the only pic I have with the perfect condition, taken in Milano Centrale 5 minutes after purchasing.

The powder is soft and has light texture. Sometimes correcting powder feels like too pigmented, this one is not. I should heavily pressed the powder and  swatch two times to make it visible in the picture. The texture is bit powdery but could blend well onto skin. It is mild enough to use as all over face powder if picked using brush and pigmented enough as a subtle highlighter if applied using finger.

I have no problem using it during my holiday. But again, the weather there is so nice. I took these picture during my holiday but not post it yet until I can try it in Indonesia which has humid weather for more testing.

The picture above is one hours after application. You can see that my complexion is better and my skin looks brighter. I don't find it extend the life of make up on my face too much. But luckily it is not drying on me. It does not contain paraben and non comedogenic.

This one is after 7 hours without touch up. Not bad eh? In Indonesia it only last for 4 hours before I need to reapply. Not so special but definitely not bad for the price and for 6.5grams of product.

Thank you for reading guys..

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

KIKO Ultimate Pen Long Wear Eyeliner

Hello from Kuala Lumpur! I arrived yesterday after long flight from Amsterdam and now I think I'm having jet lag. LOL.. Instead of scrolling through instagram and drooling over any latest collection, I prefer to write a review for you.

This eyeliner is from KIKO Milano. I bought this in Milano Centrale for €6.90 in the end of July. I run out of my Marc Jacobs Magic Marc'er in mid of August, so luckily I've already bought this one.

You get 1ml inside which is twice as much as Stila Eyeliner Pen and Marc Jacobs Magic Marc'er which is 0.5ml each. The pen is in black color and slightly slimmer than Stila if I'm not mistaken. I'm still away from home so I could not compare.

When you look at the first picture above, the tip of this pen is quite sharp and application is easy. Below is the swatch of the product. You can make thin line to bold wings easily. It has matte finish.

What about the performance? Well so far so good when the weather is good. I mean, this is long wear but I find it easily smudge when you scrub with water (I'll post video in instagram soon). As long as you are not easily sweating, this one is good enough. Just make sure you're not rubbing your eyes when sweating. Blot using tissue, it will be okay.

I even wear this for country to country travel in Europe and have no problem with this. Citywalk, city transport, country to country bus, train, flight, you name it, this baby has gone through it all. 

Below is the picture when we were in Praha, eating Trdelnik after few hours walk in city center. I don't wear much make up while on the road and don't have any close up picture wearing it yet. (Just wait until I get home guys!).

And if you want to make it more long staying, just put your best primer on. It helps! I'm currently using Urban Decay Primer Potion and find it not as easily removed compared than without using primer. 

Well, I don't know if I will repurchase or not since we don't have KIKO counter in Indonesia and not many local seller selling this eyeliner. But I don't have any regret buying it.

Thank you for reading! Have a good day (or night here) ^_^

Monday, August 1, 2016

Complete Make Up Packing List

Hello lovely readers, how are you? I'm now in the middle of my journey. Currently having a good evening in Schliersee, Germany. The weather is so nice and it is far from crowded city. I'm enjoying it so far. And because I have plenty of time today, I want to share about my complete make up packing list. 

Last time I already posted about what I bring in my Zebra Z-Palette (read here), then now I'm sharing about the rest. My list is not that long because (of course!) I want to buy some more on the way. 

1. Lip palette. I don't want to bring too many lipsticks, but I'm not confident with just one or two. So I depotted 4 pieces of almost-done lipsticks into my recycled Clinique case that I already sterilized using alcohol. It's compact and handy. They are Menard One Touch, Guerlain Kiss Kiss Rouge Kiss, Givenchy Rose Dressing, Tom Ford Twist of Fate.

2. Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow

3. Marc Jacobs Magic Marc'er Eyeliner Pen

4. Benefit They're Real Mascara

5. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

6. Make Up For Ever HD Concealer

7. Urban Decay Primer Potion Sin

8. Make Up For Ever Step 1 Primer Smoothing

9. MAC Fix+ Rose (Limited Edition)

Above is the picture when I was test driving the products I choose and I quite like the result. In fact, I was sure I'm not going to use them all everyday. So, they should be more than enough.

However, I choose to add few more things into my make up bag on last minute because honestly those are as important as the others.

10. Shu Uemura Maison Kitsune Travel Brush Set

11. Chanel Travel Brush Set + Pouch (It could fit a lot of things)

12. Chanel Universelle Compacte

13. Chanel Les Beiges Cream

14. Dior Lipglow Coral

15. Laneige BB Cushion without case (I already finished that when I was in Paris last week)

So, how am I doing in this 2 weeks time? I don't use them as much as I want. I like to use BB Cream more than Foundation. I love wearing lipbalm more than lipstick. Sometimes I only wear sunscreen, lipbalm, and eyeliner. And I hit pan on my Nars Orgasm!!! LOL!! What a surprise!

What do you think of my packing list? Do you think that's too many or maybe not enough? Well then, I'm getting sleepy now. It's almost midnight. So, see you again on next post. Thank you for reading..

Monday, July 11, 2016

The Original Make Up Eraser

Another holiday preparation for me! Make Up Eraser sounds magic. How is it possible to erase my entire make up including my waterproof make up with just water? I was a bit sceptical about it. 

They claims that it contains no chemicals and survive 1000 washes. All you need is warm water. Oohh laa laa.. Thanks to my friend, she got me one on Sephora Sale few months ago.

The size is bigger than make up wipes, maybe 2x or 3x larger and of course thicker. It is 7inches wide x 16inches long. But it definitely saves you a lot of space in your luggage if you are travelling for long time. Let's say in my case I'm going for 40+ days. I love to wipe my make up in the middle of the day too. And mostly I need two sheets of make up wipes each time I use foundation. In total need 6-8 packs of wipes! And here I need only one piece. Don't we have a winner already?

Maybe you think that I could bring only 2-3 packs of wipes and repurchase in the middle of our trip. Maybe you are right. But in my case, I'm doing half-backpacking trip and I have tight schedule. I choose to spend extra time to sit and relax in the middle of townhall with sandwich on my hand than to walk through a drugstore looking for my favorite make up wipes. Going back to personal, that's not my option. Lol..

Another reason why I choose this cloth over make up wipes is about saving cost for buying wipes. This single cloth cost me just $20 (please convert if you are using other currency) in normal price (I'm saving 20% on sale) and it survives 1000 washes. I wash it after 3 times of uses, so it will last me 3000 uses. How much your make up wipes cost you? I'm sure with the cheapest wipes available on market, this cloth still cheaper than that.

I have other reason that might be not a concern for some people. This is an ecofriendly option compared to makeupremover+cottonpad or dispossable make up wipes. Might be more ecofriendly than some cleansing oil too, depends on the ingredients, because it claims containing no chemical.

The packaging is simple, just a transparent hard plastic for the box. There is instruction card inside every box. The cloth itself is wrapped in a sealed plastic packaging to keep it hygienic.

The cloth is okay for me and I don't have problem using it during these two weeks. It is not super soft so for you who have sensitive skin, I suggest to run a test first whether it hurts your skin or not. 

Does it works?? Yes, it works fine for me. We are supposed to use warm water for maximum result, but I was running a test using room temperature water because I don't know if I could always find warm water during my trip. For your information, in this test I'm using long wearing products that needs thorough (double) cleansing. I will share the products later in my beauty packing list post. I also made a video that I will post in my instagram (@deavalence)

Most of my make up is being cleansed. My eyebrow gel, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, lipstick, and most of powder, foundation and cheek products have gone. But to show you how much make up left, I was using Bioderma Sensibio. 

The result is not too bad considering the make up products I'm using and instead of warm water I'm using room temperature water. Last time (with almost same make up products with this one), I was using make up wipes, and I need triple cleanse before the make up gone completely.

Now we are at the end of the post and I should make judgement about the product.

Do I love it? Yes, I quite like it.

Is it useful for travelling? Yes, very useful.

Worth the price? Yes for me.

Do I mind not buying make up wipes and move to this product? I already moved 😉

Any complaint? That I have to wash after using it. I am a lazy girl 😂

Will I use it at home? Maybe. So far I'm loving cleansing oil more than this cloth. But who knows!

That's my honest opinion about this Original Make Up Eraser and I hope that this is helpful. Thank you for reading.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Zebra Large Z-Palette

Ever heard of Z-Palette? It is customizable magnetic empty palette where you can put all make up that you depotted or to store your single eyeshadow or blush or bronzer or highlighter or everything. It basically for any pans that you have.

It comes in several size (you can look at them here). Mine is the size Large and quite big to store almost everything I need for travelling. The window is magnetic flip and transparent so you can easily look at what's inside. The window is also foldable completely at the bottom portion while using it. The material is sturdy and not so heavy so it is travel friendly.

There is magnetic board inside where you stick all pans that you want to store in the Z-palette. It works well with all metal pans. The magnet is not that strong until you can hardly move the pan after you stick them, but it is also not too weak, the pans stay in place until you want to move or remove by yourself. For non magnetic pan, the magnet stickers are already included. Stick to the back of your  non magnetic pan and you're alright.

Honestly I'm not the one who love depotting my make up. I'm also not the one who like to buy single pan make up (refill). At least I still don't have passion toward that direction, maybe I will in future, we don't know. But currently if I buy single pan make up, they will be inside their own case. I'm sucker for packaging, everybody know that. I adore their case and the embossing (if any). And the thought of depotting them and possibility of breaking and cracking just killing me.

I have one other Z-Palette in size Small. It have appeared on my past post about project pan (read here). I feel not really like to use it at that time. First is about how I don't like depotting and the packaging stuff. Second, I don't have many refill pans so I have nothing could be store there. Third, I rarely going on travelling, so I don't really need this palette. I was only depotting non-high end products because of some reason.

But now everything has changed since I'm going on long holiday in 6 days. You know that make up junkie like me would like to bring everything include my vanity table if only that's possible. And for 42 days trip, can you imagine how many I would like to bring? And of course I need trustworthy products for travelling. I don't care about high end or non high end as long as they are long lasting, minimum transfer and suit any occassion. That's why Z-Palette is crucial!

Let's find out what I have done so far:

I put almost all decorative inside my Z-Palette with exception of eyebrow cream, eyeliner, mascara and lipstick.. It means my Z-Palette is carrying my eyeshadows (some are double agent as highlighter/bronzer/blush/eyebrow powder), the real blusher and bronzer, correcting, highlighting, and contouring powder.

What are they? Where are they come from?

1. Naked Palette (12 pans)

I depotted all of them. Since my Naked Palette is all about neutral, I don't hesitate to bring them all. I will always find a way to maximize the use of it. As bonus, many of them act as double agent like I said above.

I love to combine (or use one of them, alone) Virgin and Sin as highlighter. I can use Buck as bronzer/contour powder. Buck and Creep are also good as eyebrow powder.

2. Shade Girly and Totally Fetch from Too Faced Everything Nice

For colorful and funky eye looks. I need few colorful eyeshadow too, in case neutral is too boring.. It's summer baby!!

3. Menard Jupier Trio

Another colorful set. I need to use this, really. This color combination is difficult for me, but with a limited choice while travelling, there's no other option than using it anyway. Maybe finally I fall in love with this. After all I still have space left and I don't want to depot anything else from my collection.

4. NARS Blush Orgasm

The thing that I'm afraid of was really happened! It was breaking in depotting process. My heart's sunk.

I need to repress it using alcohol. At least now I don't have a choice but to put it on Z-Palette and forgeting choosing another to depot. (Actually I made 2 other blushes cracking too while depotting, but when realizing the sign, I stop depotting them and leave them on the pan. This Orgasm is the worst of all, because I accidentally knocked the picking tools to the center of the powder and baaammmm, it just scattered all around. It was totally an accident)

5. Snow Bunny and Chocolate Soleil from Too Faced Beauty Wishes and Sweet Kisses

I loveeee Snow Bunny effect.. And Choco Soleil make a great bronzer and contour too..

6. Shade Tomato Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow from my trio Artist Palette

Another colorful eyeshadow. The pan is big enough for me to use it as blusher too. Multitasker! Just need to remember to blend well because it is super pigmented. And it is also very long lasting.

7. Shade Banana and Vanilla from Anastasia Contour Kit

I use them as correcting for undereyes. They works nice.

Look at how much space I have saved with Z-Palette. Only one palette contains almost everything I need for travelling. Without Z-Palette, I should bring : these!! Thanks Z-Palette for existing..

Well then, now I'm ready to travel 😊 Thank you for reading.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Make Up Forever Mist & Fix

In the need of longlasting make up but you already have a lot that you don't want to buy anymore? Instead of buying new make up, maybe you want to invest your money in this Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix. 

According to the site, this spray is a lightweight, non-sticky secret weapon for longer lasting makeup, Mist & Fix creates a sweat-proof, rub-resistant barrier for fresh-looking makeup that lasts up to 12 hours. It increases hydration for a silky, smooth appearance and won't dry skin out. This product is formulated with a complex to boost oxygenation and deliver a healthy-looking, radiant glow. 

Seems promising right? But does it work magical like what they say? Hmm, let's see..

It comes in 2 sizes: 4.22oz and 1.01oz. Mine is 4.22 oz which is slightly taller than the MAC Fix+ bottle. The 1.01oz is perfect for travelling. The bottle is made from sturdy plastic with spray. I need to make sure to keep the distance of an arm when I spray because it is not as mild as I wish.

I usually use it as a setting spray. After my sunscreen, I will spray 2-3 times and proceed with primer (if needed), foundation and so on. It does help make up stay longer by 2-3 hours, especially foundation. It also helps foundation to blend better than without using Mist & Fix.

I don't feel my skin hydrated enough or glowing enough with only this product. I still need my moisturizer or my illuminating primer for bomb effect. But it is also not drying on my normal combination skin.

When I need intense color of eyeshadow, this also could help. By wetting my brush, it instantly makes eyeshadow to be more pigmented, less fall out and easily blended. Look at the picture of the comparison below. Left side is using brush without Mist & Fix, right side is with Mist & Fix.

Overall, Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix is a good investment for you. However, it is not that good for a finishing spray. Just so you know.. 😊

Thank you for reading..