Saturday, August 23, 2014

3 Armando Caruso Essential Makeup Brushes

Hi all!! 

Today I'm going to share my review of 3 Armando Caruso makeup brushes from AYOU Beauty. I ever bought a set of Armanda Caruso travel size makeup brush with case before. I like it because the quality is good and affordable. So I'm very excited to try their regular brushes, here they are..
Each brush comes in a plastic packaging.

1. Armando Caruso Kabuki Brush for Powder/Foundation (AC102K)
Kabuki brush is one of makeup tools that should exist in every makeup case. This product is made of green shiny plastic material with gold accent in the middle. This brush is a handy size to carry in a purse or travel bag.
When opened, there is a gold section that can be adjusted up and down to set the width of the brush. 
The brush hair is made of white synthetic hair with a black tip, quite thick and very smooth. It looks strong and not easily fall.
This is what I mean that you can adjust the width of the brush. I usually use it both of these ways:
1. Use the first position (the black tip only) to apply liquid foundation or blusher
2. Use the second position (full brush) to apply powder
Price: IDR 155,000

Based on my experience, this brush is very useful and very convenient to use. With the right moves, it can spread liquid foundation, blusher and powder perfectly.

2. Armando Caruso Blending Brush (AC102K)
This brush is not too long, quite fit in our hand. The wand is made ​​of wood with a black matte finish plus glossy black plastic for clamping the brush hair. There's Armando Caruso logo in the middle of the wand.
Matte finish wand makes it less slippery when used.
The hair brush is so soft and short. I can't even tell if it is synthetic or real hair.

Although this is a blending brush, we still can use it for other purposes. I usually use it these ways:
1. Use the first position (the front) to dab powder eyeshadow on the lids, then blend it.
2. Use the second position (the side) to apply eyeshadow on the creases, then blend it.
Price: IDR 32,500

Based on my experience, this brush is very useful and multifunction. If you are too lazy to use many brushes for an eye makeup likes simplicity, this brush is enough for creating a simple beautiful eye makeup. The price is so affordable for a good quality brush!

3. Armando Caruso Slanted Liner Brush (AC707)
This brush is slightly longer than the blending brush above, with the same wand materials.
The brush hair is lighter than the blending brush. It is so thin and soft, perfect to create a precision line.
As an eyeliner junkie, angled brush is a must have makeup tool to apply gel liner!! But it can be used for other purposes too. ^^ 
It can be used to apply eyebrow powder or blend the eyebrow pencil, to apply eyeshadow under the waterlines and of course to apply the gel eyeliner.
Price: IDR 32,500

Based on my experience, this is also a multifunction brush. It can create precision line and blend the color smoothly. The price is also affordable!! 

Overall, I think the quality of Armando Caruso brushes are good with reasonable prices. It can be used for daily makeup. These 3 brushes are enough, especially for beginner who still confuse what kind of brush you should have first. So, I highly recommend these brushes to you!! =D

Where you can get it?
AYOU Beauty
instagram: ayoubeauty,
facebook: AYOU Beauty.

That's all my review, hope it will be helpful for you. And don't forget to wash your brush regularly!! =D

See ya!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hair Cut, Coloring & Digital Perm at D'Height

Hi all..!

Today I'm going to share my hair make over experience at D'Height Salon. Yup, if you follow my instagram, you must already know that my hair is change to be like this:
If it's neat.. =D

Okay let's get started!

First, as usual, my hair was washed by capster.
Then Koko Jimmy came, he's the hair stylist who would handle my hair. I got a medium layered haircut =) My hair is very thick, it should be thinned before permed so it won't be too fluffy.
Next.. Digital Perm process. I was handled by Novi & Toy. It was the first time my hair got a digital perm. I only ever tried regular perms when I was a college student. What are the differences? The rollers that is used on Digital Perm is slightly larger than regular perm rollers. It is connected to a hose, which will transfer the heat from the hairdryer. The cream is also thicker than the one that is used on regular perm. Time required for digital perm is shorter than regular perm, but it depends on the hair.
 Here are the rollers that I mentioned before:
And here is after they connected the hoses into it.
They also put pads and tissues between rollers and our hairs/skins to prevent burning. Then Novi turned on the hairdryer and transfered the heat through the hoses.

After a few minutes, the hair was given a neutralizing fluid. Once the liquid was spread evenly, they opened the rollers one by one. Tada .. My hair has turned into curly, Yaay !!
Once rinsed, they blow-dried my hair as the preparation to the next process.
The last process was coloring! Actually I still liked my previous hair color. But my hair needed to be repainted because the color has faded. So, Toy gave me a mixture of brown + red colors.. I prefer the light hair color because it makes me look younger lah! Haha..
 Last.. they blow-dried my hair again and then styled it.
 Koko Jimmy and Novi styled my hair only with water, hair mousse and finger.
But the result was.. cool!
Novi said, Digital Perm leaves hair so easy to style at home, and it looks natural ^^ but we have to do hair-spa and vitamins routinely to prevent hair dryness and damage.

Voila!! Before-after pictures with & without flash:
What do you think? ^^

D'Height team and happy me =D
All of the process above only took 3 hours!!! Wow!! Fast isn't it? =D

D'Height salon interior is designed with modern-minimalist and elegant style.
This picture shows my hair from front, side and back view.
Novi told me that this curls will only last for approximately 2-3 months. After that I need to redo the digital perm again or change it into another style. 

It also looks nice when I style it like this, more retro, more vintage, very me.. =D
And here is how it looks if I only comb it with fingers and leave it dry naturally after shampooing.
Overall, I really love the result! So fast and effective! D'Height salon gave me a very good service and the more important thing is.. friendly team =) They made me comfortable during the hair make over process. The location is also reachable.

So, do you want to try digital perming too? Or just need to get a new haircut? New color? I recommend you to visit this place!

D'Height Salon
Central Park, UG Floor Unit 109
Jl. Let. Jend. S. Parman Kav. 28
Jakarta, Indonesia 11470

Thank you so much D'Height for the opportunity!

That's all my revew today. I hope this will be helpful for you =D

See ya!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Christina Hendricks Inspired Look

Hi all!!

Yes!! Christina Hendricks!! I really want to make her inspired look since so long ago, finally now I can post it!!! Oh by the way, you already know her right? She is best known for her role as Joan Holloway on Mad Man series.
Why I love her? Because I think she is a perfect woman to describe women at the 60s era! With her flawless skin, red curly hair and of course, a perfect curvy body. I love her so much! And somehow she always good in anything red, red ipstick, red dress, etc..
So, here is my version, hehe..
Her makeup is actually quite simple, and can be used daily. Although my skin is not as fair as hers, the color tone on her makeup still look good on me lah. =D

Products that I used:

Revlon Photoready Color Correcting Primer
Loreal Paris Lucent Magique Light Infusing Foundation (#N7)
Sleek Concealer & Corrector Palette SPF 15 (Palette 03 357)
Make Over Perfect Cover Two Way Cake (#01 Lace)

NYX Powder Blush (Taupe)
The Balm Instain Blush (Swiss Dot)
Make Over Perfect Shade Blush On Palette (BO 03)

Viva Pencil Liner (Brown)
NYX Eyeshadow Base (White)
28 Neutral Eyeshadow Palette (White, Light Brown, Pinkish Brown, Dark Brown, Highlight)
Maybelline Crayon Liner (Black)
Maybelline Hyper Sharp Liner (Black)
NYX Eye Pencil (#918 White Pearl)
Morrise Falsie Lashes
X2 New Diva by Exoticon

Ultima II Super Liscious Lip Conditioner
99 Lip Color Palette (Coral Red)

With flash:
Without flash:
Btw, if you notice, my hair is new!! I will tell you my hair make over story on the next post!

Okay that's all my blogpost today. I hope Christina Hendricks will like it LOL, and useful for you.

See ya!

Monday, August 11, 2014

X2 New Diva Blue by Exoticon

Hi all!!

Kali ini saya mau share tentang softlens dari lagi. Yaitu X2 New Diva Blue by Exoticon. Packagingnya berupa paper box tipis persegi:
Di dalamnya ada selipan macam-macam warna yang tersedia yaitu blue, brown, green dan grey.
Setiap box berisi 2 buah softlens (sepasang) Softlensnya sendiri dibalut packaging seperti ini:
Dengan keterangan lengkap di bagian seal-nya:
Meskipun diameternya 15mm, namun motif softlens ini tidak penuh sampai batas outline, jadi kalau dilihat masih ada sisa bidang transparan yang mengelilingi motifnya. Keika dipakai, pupil mata jadi tidak terlalu ekstrim besarnya, bahkan terlihat normal ukurannya. Berikut perbandingannya:
Motifnya sendiri cukup simple, garis-garis tipis yang membentuk lingkaran abstrak, terdiri dari 3 warna yaitu hitam, biru dan kuning di bagian tengah.
Meskipun warnanya baby blue, ketika dipakai di mata warnanya tidak terlalu mencolok. Berikut fotonya ketika saya pakai, dengan dan tanpa flash:
Produk: X2 New Diva by Exoticon
Warna: Blue
Curve: 9
Diameter: 15 mm
Kandungan Air: 45%
Ketahanan: 6 bulan (sejak dibuka)
Jumlah Lensa: 2/box
Ukuran: -10.00 s/d 0.00 (Plano) -> Kiri & Kanan boleh berbeda
Harga: IDR 80,000 (terakhir liat lagi diskon jadi IDR 72,000!)
Where to buy?
What I Love
- Motifnya simple, ga terlalu mencolok
- Warnanya ga terlalu kelihatan fake
- Nyaman banget dipakai, meskipun dalam jangka waktu lama
- Diameter pupilnya normal, jadi ga terlihat kebesaran
- Harganya affordable
- Packagingnya gampang dibuka dibanding kalau di dalam botol kaca

So far ga ada ^^

Meskipun berwarna, softlens ini IMHO masih cukup oke untuk dipakai sehari-hari karena warna dan diameternya ga terlalu mencolok. Saya pribadi sangat suka softlens ini karena mirip dengan warna matanya Christina Hendricks! Ga percaya? I’ll show you my Christina Hendricks inspired look on the next post ya! Pake softlens ini tentunya. Haha.. Here I give you a sneak peek..
Pengen coba juga? Ga usah jauh-jauh nyari optik terdekat, langsung aja cek di Tinggal order, transfer, duduk manis tunggu pesanannya dateng, praktis! =D

Itu aja review dari saya. Semoga berguna buat kamu-kamu yang lagi nyari softlens berwarna.

See ya!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Long Hiatus - Lebaran Vacation in Bandar Lampung & Bandung

Hi all!!

So sorry for the long.. long.. hiatus.. ^^ Anyway, I'd like to say:

Happy Eid Mubarak!
I hope we will continue the good things we have done during Ramadan onwards.

I'm quite busy in the past few weeks.. New job at new office, fasting, my lovely cats.. quite consuming my time so I didn't have time at all to write any blogpost. But now I'm back with a new spirit! =D

Did you do "Mudik" on last Lebaran holiday? My husband and I did! We went to Bandar Lampung to visit my 97 years old grandma (and still healthy! alhamdulillah.. =D). Then we went to my mother in law's house in Bandung.
Happy Lebaran all!! - Carryn & Ridwan -

My weight slightly increase after Lebaran. Yeah, who can resist Lebaran Cookies, Ketupat + Opor Ayam + Rendang + Sambal Babat + Sambal Ati and.. Durians!!! And.. my Uwa's super delicious cuisine with super-hot Sambal Lampung! Haha..
This lebaran, my husband and I visited some nice places in our hometown. Here I'd like to share it with you, maybe it can be your references for the next holiday. =D

1. Klara Beach, Peswaran, Lampung
There's a habit in my family, we always go to the beach every lebaran holiday if we visiting Lampung! There are many beautiful beaches in Lampung!! Last 2 years we visited Mutun Beach, but this year we went to Klara Beach. Fyi, Klara means "Kelapa Ramai". Because there are many coconut trees around this beach.

This year, only the youngsters who excited to visit the beach, haha.. We went there by cars. It took about 1-2 hours from my grandma's place in Kemiling to get there by car. Way to get there were quite crowded by vehicles who want to visit the beach as well.

In the middle of our trip I googled about this beach. Some people says this beach are very clean and beautiful, since it is new. The ticket is also very cheap. Oh yes it is, we only paid IDR 30,000/car. We can rent a hut overlooking the beach. (Don't forget to bring a mat, snacks and drinks! ^^)

Honestly, the beach is not as good as I expected, hehe.. Maybe because there were too many visitors, it looked a bit dirty. So we decided to rent a traditional boat to cross to the island of Kelagian. I forgot how much the rental fee is, but it was negotiable, based on the number of passengers. (More passangers = cheaper price ^^) We pay it after the sailor pick us up to Klara beach.

Klara is a white sand beach with lots of coral. It was so difficult for us to walk on the coral when we want to get into the boat. I used sandals because my feet hurt when touched the coral. After struggling with corals, Kelagian island here we come..!
Like any other beaches, the weather was super hot there!
Don't forget to use sunblock, hat and sunglasses (if needed)!
It took 10-15 minutes from Klara beach to cross to Kelagian Island. We could saw the other boats too. Anyway, we can also cross to Kelagian island from the other beaches around Klara, like Mutun beach, etc.. But maybe the boat rental fee is different, depends on the distance. 

Finally!! we arrived on Kelagian Island!!
You can see the sand is very white, surrounded by the blue sea!! There were also many other visitors in this island, but not as many as in Klara beach.
We can also rent a hut in this island. There are some different areas here;
- The white sand beach like in the picture below..
In this area, we can swim or just laying on the white sand, enjoying the beach. The waves were pretty quiet but the sea ​​is deep enough, so we should not swim beyond the safe limits (which is not too far from the beach.. look at the wooden board attached to the small boat below, yes, it's the safe limit, hahah..)
- The forest, I don't know exactly if there are any people live in this island. But we can find a public restroom, praying room and small merchants who provide snacks and drinks. And oh, there are dogs live in this island, maybe they are owned by the merchants.
- The beach part which has so many corals. Use sandals please! Some people on internet say they still can see "Nemo" fishes in this beach part. But I only saw an empty soda can swimming among the corals.. =(
- etc.. yeah, my time was limited so I couldn't explore the whole part of ths island. Maybe next time? I hope so! ^^
Selfie wih sister.. is a must! Haha..

We can also enjoy some water sports in this island. My cousins, nephew, brother and sister tried this Banana Boat for only IDR 125,000.
After that we're just playing with white sands.. LOL
My poor nephew. We planned to leave him alone in this condition. LOL
Love.. love the combination of turquoise sky and blue sea!
The boat picked us up on 5:30 PM
My little cousin brang few white sands inside a mineral water bottle. But then she released it again in the middle of our way back to Klara beach. Kids.. haha.

We went back to Bandung 2 days after Lebaran. So sad to leave my grandma. I hope she'll stay happy and healthy!! Long live and prosper Oma.. =')
The view from the ship on our way from Bakauheni to Merak..

2. Floating Market, Lembang, Bandung
It's time for me to spend our time with my husband's family in Bandung. This Lebaran is different from the previous ones because my father in law has passed away few months ago.. =( I believe now he's resting in peace there =)

I heard there were traffic jam everywhere in Bandung during Lebaran holiday. That's why our family went early in the morning to visit some interesting places, such as this Floating Market in Lembang.

This place were very crowded with visitors.. especially from outside Bandung. Surprisingly, the weather was quite hot.. come on! It's Lembang!!! =(
The first time I entered this place.. WOW! All I can say is just.. wow!!! There's a very beautiful place near my hometown and I've never visited it before! Where have you been, Carryn!? (Well.. maybe I'm too busy)

There are many different entertainment that we can get in this place. I suggest you to buy at least a windmills for IDR 20,000 for fun =D 
We can rent a boat to explore the lake.
I think every corners in this place is beautiful!!! I can't stop taking pictures.. ^^
Mini flying fox area.
This place combines traditional Sundanese culture with modern system.
This is my favorite area where we can find so many foods and beverages, traditional and international or both combination.
But we have to buy some coins first, because it's the payment system in Floating Market Lembang for all transactions.
Each merchant selling their products on a boat floating on the water. Here were some foods that my husband and I tried..

1. Sate Jamur
We are big fans of mushroom! Yeah, mushroom mushroom! LOL So we were so excited when seeing this merchant and the menu. 

When I saw "Sate Jamur" I couldn't imagine what it tastes like.. So we bought it for IDR 15,000 each portion (consists of 5 mushrooms satai and lontong) Here it is..
You know what?


Even I bought 2 more portions! But it's a bit unfair because the price and the satai quantity is the same, with or without Lontong. But trust me, you should try it!!!!!

2. Kentang Ulir
We can choose the spices, I chose cheese and barbecue (IDR 10,000 each). Actually there's nothing special with the taste and it was a bit hard to eat.. We only bought it because of its unique shape, hehe..

3. Pisang Bakar Sangkuriang
The name is quite catchy right? Actually, it's only a roasted banana sprinkled with chocolate, grated cheese and vanilla milk. They make the bananas look like a boat..
The taste is quite good lah! The price is IDR 15,000 if I'm not mistaken..

4. Tutut
Have you ever heard it? Yeah, Tutut is snail!!! Can we eat it? YES we can!!! Hahaha..
This is how it looks like.. We can choose between the spicy and original tastes.
We use a toothpick to pick up the contents. This was the first time I eat Tutut in my whole life.. The taste is almost similar with shell actually.. So, not bad lah.. =D

The other foods that are interesting to try..
Yeah, Ma' Lembang, not Palembang. Hehe..
There are also a toy merchant for kids..
My nephews..
Happy faces =D
My nephew & mother in law
This is a great place for family holiday. We can see many kids activities in this area.
Enhance your kids creativity in this stand for only IDR 60,000!! You can get a plain clay doll with paints and a brush. Choose the character..
My nephews.. =D
Another area which is interesting for kids, Taman Kelinci (Rabbit Garden)
We should buy the ticket first, IDR 20,000/person to enter this area.
Each person will get 2 carrots for the rabbits fed.
 The rabbits do their activity freely in this park, while we fed them..
 The other interesting parts in this place..
The Rock Garden, Joglo Houses and Floating Treatment House. 
We can also buy fresh fruits and vegetables!!
 I'm so going to visit this place again next time!!!

After that we went to "Imah Seniman" at Kolonel Masture to had lunch. But I didn't take much picture in this place..
It was a traditional restaurant in the middle of natural forest. The environtment is quite beautiful (but I think it must be spooky at night, hehe..). The foods price are quite overprice for a local restaurant and the service is not that good..

Yeah.. that's all my Lebaran holiday story!!!  I hope it's useful for you =D

I'm going to write about beauty thingy again in the next posts!! (It's been so long ya.. haha..)
So.. have a nice weekend and see ya!!
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