Kamis, 30 Januari 2014

A Half Year with You, Baby, is So Citrusy!

I made my first Vitamin C Serum in about 6 months ago.  Thanks a lot to Lynn who introduced me to
this L-Ascorbic Acid powder!

Lately, I use it regularly, religiously for weeks.  And all I achieve is...happiness! Yeay! Why? Because I find my skin more supple, hydrated, happy, clearer, and somehow controllable.  You know controllable, that moment when you find a pimple and you realized why you get one (e.g. : lack of sleep), and you fix it and it's cured. 

Magically, I think my skin is permanently back to normal! I'd never had any pimples on cheeks before I broke out with The Body Shop's Tea Tree Oil Toner. :'(  It's not a bad product, but it's not Ningrum-friendly, that's all.  I get random pimples on cheeks these years, I don't like that!
But, thanks to you, Dear Vitamin C, I finally achieve my retro state of my facial skin! :))

Please note, I also eat more vegetables, fruits, and simplify my facial skin regime lately. I think my habit gives an effect too.  :D

Ramya Merona

Heyho, People! :D How do you do? Happy Friday! The holi-Fri-day!

Today's we're celebrating Chinese New Year, where all red stuff are being shown anywhere, I bet some of you are wearing red clothes too... Hey, HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR! <3 

Anyway, I have a red surprise for you guys.  Oh, it may not be a surprise for each of you, since it's not a freshly-baked recipe from my mind, but...well, it's quite interesting!

So, what is this thing I'm blabbering about?

It's a lip and cheek stain topic!

I bet it sounds red (or pink, orange, magenta, purple, I don't know), isn't it?  Almost all girls love that product.  It's multitasking, useful, cute, practical! Many manufacturers make this kind of lip/cheek colour.  Some of them are for lips only, some of them are lip + cheek's friends. 

Due to my concern about ingredients in my cosmetic, I never bought any lip + cheek stain, because it's usually a little drying, and red colour usually contains carmineCarmine are from crushed beetle...ah, I can't imagine using crushed beetle on my lips.  Even Ancient Egypt ladies were suffering from carmine! You may find the data anywhere... Oh, and, have I mentioned another dangerous chemicals inside them?

But I have one lip & cheek tint from 100% Pure, a US brand I love. It's not containing any carmine or another synthetic dye. 
Though it's lovely, I still want to try a liquid stain! And I want it immediately.

One day, I read a blog, somewhere, I even forget who's the blogger, but she talked about a DIY lip stain from beetroot! And I've read about The Zero Waste Home, where Bea Johnson makes her own lip stain from beetroot.  After reading all the information found (credits to all of ya!), I decided to make one!

The ingredients are simple. I follow the most simple recipe I discovered.  We only need a beetroot and vegetable glycerine (make sure you have that plant-based one, or the one you'll get will be so...bloody since some glycerine is derived from animals!).  I don't know whether we can make one with other ingredients like VCO or lemon juice only, I'll try it after my premier stain runs out.

Anyway, here's the written guide for you, if you're not too visual: 

First, peel and chop the beetroot, just do it randomly...be careful with the stain it makes.  Put them in a pyrex or ceramic bowl (find anything heatproof).  Drop the glycerine onto 'em, and boil them on top of double boiler (alias kukusan in Indonesia), or use your Indomie boiler pan (call them 'Panci Indomie yang ada pegangannya'), fill it with water, boil while you cook the beetroot inside a pyrex/ceramic bowl.

Wait for 20 minutes or less, or more. The stain will be mixed with the liquid of glycerine.  
Let it cool for a while, then pour the red liquid into a lipgloss container, or a glass jar if you don't mind using your finger to apply the potion. 

Your all-natural-carmine-free lip and cheek stain is ready! Please not, we better keep it in the refrigerator to avoid bad things happen.  Or, you can bring some of it with your lip gloss tube, and store the rest in your refrigerator.  In case you want to do a touch up on the road.  But I think you should consider keeping your lip gloss tube in that freezing-drawer too after you arrived at home. 

I love this lip stain I made.  It's red, it's not breaking me up, it's very lightweight but it still gives blushy effect and red on lips. I'll post my photo later, wearing this brand new make up I made.    

I suggest you to try this at home! ;) 

Well, have a nice day, Fellas! 


Selasa, 28 Januari 2014

Sampurasun di Citraramya! :)

Selamat datang di tempat main kuas, warna, sabun, dan segalanya.  Ini versi saya.  Tadinya bermarkas di tumblrTapi demi memudahkan segalanya dan agar menjaring komunitas lebih gampang, nih, saya pindahin ke Blogspot! :D

Mari bersenang-senang bersama.  


Welcome to my playground.  Here we're gonna play with brushes, pallettes, soaps, and all those ladies' needs.  Anyway, I was in tumblr but to make things easier, here I am living in Blogspot now.  Be my guest, be my friend.  Simply click my GFC button, and Bloglovin' button (be pasted asap!).  

Let's have fun! 


Bien avenue, mes amis. 



Sabtu, 25 Januari 2014

Veggie Report #2: Life, Basically.

Out of anything I do in life, like playing music, teaching piano and viola, sewing, handcrafting, drawing, trying to grow a lavender plant, and all that glory, I will have a beautiful daily life with a stylish, lovely, artsy, intellectual husband and I’ll adopt a dog (adopt, not buy!).  We’re living in an eco-friendly house, surrounded by organic stuff, vegan preferred, eating an apple a day along with other healthy plant-based-meals, of course.  *rambling around, daydreaming…LOL

And, yes, that’s the only thing I can think about for now.  Another details will come later.

These days, I’ve been trying to fix things up.  Fruits and veggies every single day.  Step by step making myself habitual to a-vegetarian-wannabe-lifestyle.  Why didn’t I say ‘vegan’ ? I’m not ready to leave egg and cheese, and honey! So…no, I will put my goal to JUST vegetarian for a while. :)

After almost a month-full of two-kinds-of-fruit all day, I think, my body is healthier.  Even my mind is happier! I don’t know how to explain this scientifically, I’m not the one who is able to describe with logic, but…the result is truly good! :D

The sweetest thing is, my skin is also better now! I still get pimples, due to my bad habit (call it: late sleep).  But, I don’t think my skin is so dehydrated or what.  It’s…healthy.  :)

Oh, one more thing. My digestive system is waaaaay better! <3

Well, that’s a little share from me.  May your life be good.  To be happy and to have great healthy habits is a long way, but it’s all about habit! If we could be okay with plastic-full life in the past, why can’t we do the contrary? ;) *I know it’s not a post about waste thingy, but, ah, everything is connected!

Happy Saturday Night! :)  Have a great weekend.

Senin, 20 Januari 2014

And see the complete post about my lifestyle, lately, here;


Please take a look and I hope you’ll be inspired. :)

Sabtu, 18 Januari 2014

Kita hidup di dunia yang banyak batasnya. Tapi, siapa bilang mimpi harus dibatasi? :)

pemikiran sore

Minggu, 05 Januari 2014

La Fille aux Cheveux de Charcoal

Seems cool for using French as my post title? Oh, don’t worry.  If you get the philosophy, you’ll laugh.  Search La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin on Youtube, and you’ll find a beautiful piano piece from Debussy.  It’s a music about the girl with golden hair, as golden as corn. La fille means a girl, cheveux is hair, lin describes the corn-like-colour.

Now you get it? I borrow Debussy’s title, but I change de lin with charcoal.  You know charcoal, the jet black stuff used by artists, make up artists, and skin care manufacturer! Yes, I just want to simply describe my black hair, while I’m in obsession with French. That’s all.

Today, on this rare Sunday-on-holiday, I would like to talk about a hair product. I won’t focus on the black-coloured-hair, haha.  It has nothing to do with hair pigment.  Because I want to share my thought about this:

Yep! Le Brume Mist disciplinante by L’Occitane en Provence.  Formulée à partir d’un complexe vegetal d’origine naturelle associant 5 huiles essentielles et des extraits de miel et de maïs. Yes, you read that right.  It’s a hair mist with a twist! No, I mean with a natural origin vegetable complex of 5 essential oils and honey plus corn! Honey and corn! Yes it contains corn, but my hair will always be charcoal. 

What is it for? It’s made for you who want to remove unpleasant odors left on hair (such as cigarette smoke, cooking odors they said), and it supposed to be a little treatment for your hair, since it contains good oils! Oh, and, yep, it’s silicone free.  A lot of people avoid silicone for the hair. 

And the meaning of control is to make your hair more likely to be controlled, you may find your hair smoother than ever. 

How is it on me? I love this hair mist.  The end.  Bye.  See you on store later!


I have a mist from Etude House, it smells lovely, the bottle is pretty.  Unfortunately, my hair and her ( I believe that Silk Scarf Hair Mist is a female ) are not a good match.  It’s a little too oily in the end.  It contains oils, and maybe something my hair doesn’t like.

This L’Occitane one leaves no bad impression on me.  It smells amazing, like a mix of grass field and flower and it’s sweet somehow.  When I apply it through my hair with hairbrush or hand fingers, it’s a little thick, not so runny.  Slowly, it absorbs, and even if I spray a lot, I don’t find my hair becoming greasy at all! Instead, my hair is softer and fragrant! Woohoo!

Oh, and, just so you know, it really does remove terrible odors!

From the ingredients side, well, not the perfect one, but I’m quite satisfied. :)

Here is the list, I make it simple:

aqua, alcohol, glycerin, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, honey extract, hydroxypropyltrimonium hydrolyzed corn starch, parfum, angelica extract, angelica root oil, rose-geranium flower oil, lavender oil, cananga odorata flower oil, orange peel oil, propylene glycol, polyquaternium-10, limonene, linalool, citronellol, geraniol, benzyl alcohol

So how’s your first week in January, people? :D