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..