The Brush Cleaning Day

The brush cleaning day

Anyone who wears make up regularly probably has at least one brush in their arsenal. And anyone who have make up brush should know that it has to be cleaned in order to prevent bacteria from growing and moving from one make up product to another and eventually to your face, giving you breakouts. There’s several ways to clean your make up brushes, one of them is to spray some cleaning solution into the bristles of your brush and wipe it off and it’s good to go. The other is to ‘deep clean’ the brush by running the brush under tap water and shampooing the bristles until all the make up residue is gone. After that you’ll have to position the brushes horizontally (on it’s side), I usually put a towel underneath, and let it airdry in a room with no direct sunlight. I personally have never tried the first method, because one, I don’t have that much brushes, and two, I don’t want to have to buy a separate brush cleaning solution when you can cheaply buy a baby shampoo and deep clean your brush easily.

The problem with deep cleaning your brush is that you’ll have to wait for quite a while until the bristles are all dried and only after that you can use it again. It usually takes overnight for my Real Techniques brushes to be completely dry. I’m no expert about make up brushes, but I once read that brushes with synthetic hairs are faster to dry compared to brushes with natural hairs. For people who have several make up brushes intended for the same purpose may not need to worry about how long a brush will dry because they can wash one and still have another back up. But as for me, I pretty much only have one brush for one purpose, so because of that, I always try to strategically allocate the time to wash my make up brushes. Usually on a day when I know I don’t need to wear any make up.

I’ve noticed recently that Sundays seem to have become my brush cleaning day. Most likely because Sundays are lazy day for me, so I almost never wear make up on Sundays. Sometimes, I clean it in the morning when I know I won’t be going out for the day, or I clean them at night and let them airdry with the hope that it’s ready to use the next morning (they usually are). As I don’t have that much brushes, I tend to clean the most used ones all at the same time, just so I know exactly when’s the last time I cleaned them. I usually clean my synthetic brushes every one to two weeks, depending on how often I use them, but I only clean my Hakuhodo J5523 and J142 (both have natural hairs) when I feel like it’s getting very dirty and stained. These hakuhodo brushes comes with specific instruction to wipe excess products from the hairs on to a tissue paper after each use so it doesn’t need to be cleaned as often. I don’t really know why, but I think deep cleaning these kind of brushes too often will damage the hairs.

Washing your make up brushes can be a chore, especially if you have a lot of them. But I always find it very satisfying to line up a clean wet brush on top of a towel, knowing that tomorrow you’ll have shiny clean brushes to use. I find it helps to designate a particular day in a week to clean your brushes to help you keep track of when’s the last time a brush is washed.

How do you usually clean your brushes? Do you have any special day to clean them? Do share in the comments below!

Review // Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Exposed

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Exposed

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush is another product that have been so highly raved amongst the beauty community. I was never too interested in it because although the shades are gorgeous, Tarte isn’t readily available in Indonesia. I wasn’t even planning on buying this blush, really. It all started from my obsession with NARS Douceur after watching this video of the gorgeous Suzie from HelloOctober, but then again NARS isn’t readily available in Indonesia. Looking up some swatches online I see that people have been comparing NARS Douceur with Tarte Exposed and MAC Blushbaby. I have to say those three look kind of different when swatched heavily, but I think it will look more or less the same on the cheeks. Between those three, the only available brand in Indonesia is MAC, so I was ready to settle with MAC Blushbaby when suddenly I spotted Tarte Exposed stocked on preorderbymimo. And it was only IDR 310.000,00. Which is a very good deal considering the high exchange rate for dollar and shipping fee from US to Indonesia. So I grabbed it and now it’s mine. And I can’t say I have any regrets.

Onto the review, as the name suggests, Tarte claimed that this range of blushes are a fade proof and can last up to 12-Hour. Which is quite a bold claim. I didn’t really have the chance to actually test it for 12 hours, but I can safely say it stays on for quite a while. I once wore it from morning until afternoon and although it does fade, I can still see the color. The color itself is a brown-ish pink with a touch of plum. From the swatch you can see that on my medium skin it doesn’t really show up, but that’s what I’m after! It just looks so natural. The kind of blush that can be worn with just about any looks. I can imagine it looks gorgeous with either bold smoky eyes or bold lips. The texture of the blush is quite hard to the touch, but it isn’t powdery by any means. When I swipe my finger across the surface it just glides on with no fall out. I usually apply this blush using a Real Techniques Multi Task Brush which in my opinion is the perfect companion. The brush picks up just enough product and distributes it evenly on the cheeks giving it a blended natural flush. So far I’m loving it and I’ve been using it every time I wear make up. As for NARS Doceur.. I haven’t given up. The search continues…

5 Products Face ft. LORAC PRO Pallete

5 Product Face

 

I know I had just posted my wishlist a few days ago but I’ve got the LORAC PRO Pallete! Thank you very much to my dear sister and mother who have kindly bought it for my (early) birthday present! It’s actually meant to be given on my birthday, but when the package arrived I was home alone so I was the only one to accept it.. So, yeah! It’s early but I’m very happy nonetheless.

So we (my family and I) had a family gathering on Sunday and I decided it was the perfect time to try my new pallete. Pictured above are the products I used on my face. For the base I went for the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 in Beige, a perfect light to medium coverage with natural finish. To be honest it’s the only base of choice I currently own, because my old Revlon Colorstay Whipped has gone weird. I decided to not powder my face to keep it looking fresh and I know the gathering won’t be for too long and it’s indoor anyway so no need to worry about shiny face. To give some color to my face I wore the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Exposed, a very nice neutral, slightly plummy colored blush that kind of sculpt the face giving it a hint of definition. For the eyes, of course I couldn’t wait to try the LORAC PRO Pallete. I keep it neutral as it was a day time look, patting the shade ‘Pewter‘, a very pretty shimmery plum shade on the lid and blending a bit of ‘Taupe‘ on the crease to give depth to the look. Then I went ahead and gave my lashes a generous coat of Maybelline the Falsies Waterproof Mascara. To finish the look I applied MAC Plumful to the lips, following the plum on both the eyes and the cheeks.

I have to say I’m really pleased with the result and the whole process didn’t take more than 10 minutes! So far I’m loving the LORAC PRO Pallete, I think it really is a gorgeous pallete with high quality shadows. I will try to wear it more and a review will hopefully come out soon!

The Birthday Wishlist

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I was going to write a wishlist, but then I realized that it’s less than a week away to my birthday, so instead of just a regular wishlist, I thought it would be fun compile a birthday wishlist! In my opinion, there’s no right or wrong in gift giving, but I find when we give someone something that they actually want, it’s more likely for them to like it, and therefore they will use it. Always nice to see your gift being used instead of just sitting in a corner collecting dust, right? So, if you’re one of those people who might want to give me a birthday present *wink wink* pick something from here and I guarantee I’ll like it!
Ever since I got the vial sample of Chloé Eau de Parfum, I’ve fallen in love. The one pictured above is the Roses De Chloé, a very similar scent to the original with a hint of roses thrown in. Very feminine, love it, ’nuff said. Recently I wrote a post about expanding my brushes collection (link here), so pictured above is the Bobbi Brown Sheer Powder Brush and Bobbi Brown Eye Blender Brush, which I want because of Anna. The Sheer Powder Brush would be good for pigmented blushes and the eye blender will be perfect for final blending of eyeshadow. The Nixon Kensington Leather in Rose Gold/White is a reappearance from the last wishlist (link here), haven’t got it, still want it, in it goes to the wishlist. The LORAC PRO Pallete have been repeatedly said as better than any Urban Decay Naked Shadows by numerous beauty blogger/YouTuber, and I really like how they included 8 matte shadows and 8 shimmery shadows. Some of the shades are neutral enough to wear daily, but there are some shades that can be used for more dramatic look. Just the perfect pallete for any beginner eyeshadow wearer like myself. I have just recently found out that ghd is sold in Indonesia (It’s available in Galleries Lafayette at Pacific Place if you’re wondering), pictured above is the limited edition ghd Birds of Paradise. Stunning, isn’t it? ghd is a bestselling professional hair styler in the UK, lots of people swear by it. I don’t use heat on my hair often because the hair straightener that I have is simply crap, but I do have quite an unmanageable hair, so it’s always nice to have a hot tools on hand when I want to keep my hair nice and neat. Next is a Lipstick Queen Sinner in Pink. Highend lipstick has always been my guilty pleasure, and these days I’ve been eyeing this one from Lipstick Queen. The Sinner range is matte with 90% pigment. The shade that I want is Pink, which is quite a natural, my lips but better shade. When buying highend lipstick I tend to choose the color that I’ll get the most use of, and I think Pink will be just that. The last one pictured is a Fossil Bifold wallet. I have been wanting a nice little wallet to wear when I’m using a small bag. This one is perfect to house my ID card, driver license, and a bit of a cash.
Well, that’s quite a wishlist. I have also been eyeing a DSLR, particularly the Canon 600D and the new Sony Xperia Z3, but I guess those might be too much to be included in a birthday wishlist. I do realize that some of the things from my wishlist might be too expensive for a gift, but well, this is just a wishlist after all. I can throw in whatever I want because I’m not forcing anyone to gift me any of the things from my wishlist. Last but not least, there’s always a Gift Voucher if nothing up there is gift-able. The MAP Gift Voucher is very nice for gift because it can be used in so many different stores, Sephora Indonesia included!

The Repurchase Duo

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I believe every once in a while, you’ll find yourself in a position where one of your staple product is running out and you know you’ll need to pick something up soon. This scenario will usually go down two different ways. One, you decide you want to try something new, be it due to curiosity reasons or simply because the last product just didn’t deliver your expectations. Or, you find yourself running to the nearest store to pick up exactly the same product because you just like it that much.

When you’re a beauty junkie, you’ll probably find yourself on the first scenario more often than not, which is exactly my case. Let’s just say my moisturizer is running low, first thing I do will be to look up a review for a nice moisturizer and add it to the list of things I will buy the next time I go out. But yesterday, as I was strolling down the bath/body/beauty section of my local supermarket, I find myself reaching for Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Water Base SPF 50+ PA+++, the same sunscreen that I’ve been using these past few months. The same thing happened last month when I ran out of my face cleanser, The Body Shop Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Wash and I picked up the same cleanser the next day.

The reason had to be because I just like both of these products that much. I won’t say much about The Body Shop Cool & Creamy Wash because I had done a full review of it here. But to sum it up, it’s a very nice, refreshing cream cleanser for my normal-to-dry skin. The sunscreen, Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Water Base SPF 50+ PA+++, is a Japanese drugstore skincare product. Biore has been around in Indonesia for quite a while, widely known for their body washes. But unlike the body wash that had been produced locally, this particular sunscreen is still produced in Japan and imported here to Indonesia. That’s why the packaging has Japanese words written all over it. I have to say this is a very nice sunscreen. Very light texture, absorbs quickly, doesn’t leave any sticky residue, and most importantly, very reasonably priced. I bought it for a little under IDR 100.000,00 and it lasts me a good two to three months of daily use. And if you live in Indonesia, especially Jabodetabek, it’s pretty easy to find too. You can find it in drugstores like Guardian or Watsons, or supermarkets like FoodHall/Hero, Farmer’s Market, Carrefour, and Ranch Market. The price may differ a little from place to place, so make sure to check for the best price.

So, these are the two things I repurchased recently. I don’t know whether or not I will be repurchasing them again, but for now I’m content with what I’ve got! Do you have any skincare or make up product that you keep repurchasing? Do share in the comments below! I’m always open to trying new products!