Thursday, October 26, 2017

Japanese Garden Den Haag

This is not the ordinary place to visit when you visit Den Haag. The Japanese garden is a part of Clingendael Garden which has a lot of types of beautiful gardens. I took the time to visit it last Saturday with my flatmate, Eric.

The Japanese Garden was created in the beginning of the 20th century by the former owner of the country estate of Clingendael, Marguérite M. Baroness van Brienen (1871-1939), also called Lady Daisy. Lady Daisy undertook several voyages by ship to Japan. She brought back to the Netherlands a number of lanterns, a water cask, sculptures, the little bridges and possibly the pavilion. It is the only Japanese Garden in the Netherlands from around 1910 and therefore has a high historical value.  (source : Den )

The Japanese Garden is only opened once or twice a year, due to its fragile nature. I was very lucky to visit it when it was opened. There are a few Japanese features in the garden, making it feel very unique. The fallen and red leaves make the garden even looks more magnificent.

Hollister White Ribbed Top 
Topshop Dungaree Dress
Urban Outfitters Cardigan
H&M  Over knee Socks
Hip Shoe Style Donna Oxford Shoes
Topshop Box Sling Bag
Topshop Earrings

Fall is coming so i have been incorporating more and more layers in my outfit. I hope you enjoy my new looks since i feel like my style is changing from swag-ish to more girly stuffs. Tell me how you think about the change in the comments!

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Rotterdam Day Trip

As some of you guys might know, especially if you follow my instagram (@veenation),  i'm in The Hague, Netherlands for one Erasmus semester. I'm studying European Studies in The Hague University of Applied Sciences. I haven't been travelling a lot because my schedule is more packed in Term 1 than what i expected but i went to Rotterdam with three of my Indonesian friends for a day trip! Rotterdam has a lot of interesting modern architecture situated in the city centre.

rotterdam markthal

 Rotterdam Markthal 
This is not your traditional market building. The building looks really beautiful from the outside and inside. They painted some art into the curved roof part, that adds a really unique twist to the market. The stalls are all very modern and very hip; selling varieties of food. I even had bubble milk tea / boba there.

little v rotterdam

little v rotterdam

Little V
Ghislaine recommended us to eat lunch in this vietnamese place called Little V. It has really cute interior inspired by vietnamese street vendors. They also serve the food in very creative settings such as this tin lunch box that i ordered. I have to say that this place is really authentic in their cooking, lots of fresh and wonderful spices and a lot of options. Would love to go back again for dinner and explore their dinner menu sometime in the future!

Now onto the outfit part!

I was thinking of A Pink inspired fall outfit; feminine and elegant yet expressing some fall vibes.

kpop inspired outfit

A Pink inspired outfit

fall outfit

fall outfit idea

red outfit

weekday jeans skirt

fashion blogger fall outfit
Plaza Marburg Bow Shirt
Weekday Zipped Black Jeans Skirt
Dezzal Trench Coat
Dezzal Backpack
Black Ankle Boots
Printed Tights 

This is my take on a autumn outfit , i hope you liked it!
Have a nice day :D

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Festival Fashion

I'm very lucky to be surrounded by the best people in Marburg. I'm friends with Lily and Lukas from Lily and Lukas Photography and they kindly offered to do a collaboration. It all started with an instagram story where i reacted how pretty the scene is where they are. 

This is my take of festival fashion, the kind of outfit i would want to wear to Coachella. It's comfortable yet really stands out in the crowd. The red outfit compliments the poppy flowers on the field also really well.

festival fashion

coachella fashion

music festival outfit

lily and lukas photography

fashion blogger

corset belt

red playsuit

ASOS Influence Playsuit
H&M Wide Brimmed Hat
Pull & Bear Corset Belt
Primark Choker
Claires Bracelets
Buffalo Sandals

Once again thank you so much for Lily and Lukas Photography for such a wonderful shoot. I had so much fun shooting this with both of you and the pictures turn out amazing! 

As for personal stories, i've been busy doing this and that for the uni, friends, and boyfriend.
Follow my instagram and instagram story to keep up with my life !

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Korean Skincare Routine for Combination Skin

I've been into Korean skincare and make up since 2016 and today i'll share my whole collection and routine for my combination skin. I have oily skin in the summer but dry on the cheeks in the winter time. I will also mark the things i use with AM for morning and PM for evening. 

My source for knowing the latest items in the K Beauty World are youtubers!  Joankeem, Edward Avila, Sunny Dahye, Wishtrend, and GlowRecipe are my Beauty Gurus! 

I collected these items over the years because i feel they work really well with my skin and i just want to share with you my K-Beauty journey until now. Enjoy! 

Vania's 9 Step Korean Skincare Routine 

1. Oil Cleanse
I'm the type of person who wears make up on a daily basis. The main belief in korean skincare is to clean your skin properly. You need to use oil cleanser in the first step to completely remove all your make up, so that your water based cleanser can effectively clean your skin, not working hard to remove your make up.

kose deep cleansing oil, heimish all clean balm

When i have minimal make up : Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil
When i have full on make up : HEIMISH All Clean Balm

2. Water Based Cleanser
After removing your make up, the next step is to clean your skin from impurities, dust, excess sebum, and pollution. There are many kinds of water based cleanser. From foam, gel, to stick ones. 
I like to use a cleanser that is gentle and doesn't dry out your skin because the ones that make your skin squeaky clean strips your face from all the oils, causing your skin to produce more oil than before therefore your skin will be oilier than ever.

cosrx low ph good morning gel cleanser,origins checks and balances frothy face wash

Gel Cleanser (PM) : COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser
Foam Cleanser (AM) : Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash

3. Toner
What's a toner? Toner rebalances your skin's PH level after cleansing and sometimes exfoliates chemically as well. I like using both of them after each other.

First Toning Step :
The toners i use to do a "third" cleansing is usually just the ones you can get from the Drugstore. I apply them with a cotton pad to remove any excess dirt that my previous cleansers didn't manage to remove.

garnier mizellenwasser, garnier micellar water, alverde gesichtswasser
Garnier Micellar Water
Alverde Gesichtswasser Bio Wildrose

Second Toning Step:
Since i have a lot of acnes and blackheads/whiteheads, i use an exfoliating toner afterwards. Have heard of AHA, BHA, PHA, etc? they get rid of dead skin cells build up, thus preventing acne and blackheads. But if you use these kind of toners in daytime, don't forget to apply sunscreen!!

benton aloe bha skint oner, cosrx natural bha skin returning a-sol
AM: Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol
PM : BENTON Aloe BHA Skin Toner

4. Essence
What is an essence? It's often confused with ampoules, boosters, serum etc. I read the Klog from Soko Glam religiously and found out that it's actually a "pre moisturizer" packed with concentrated ingredients to suit your needs. It evens out complexion, prevents aging, or even reduces acne scaring. It preps your skin for absorbing more moisture.

cosrx advanced snail 96 mucin power essence, Odbo aqua soothing silky essence

AM : The Odbo Aqua Soothing Silky Essence
(visible smoothing & revitalizing beauty performance)

PM : COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
 (protects skin from moisture loss, fades acne scars & wrinkles)

5. Sheet Mask
Sheet Mask is one of the most essential step in korean skincare. The sheet mask is filled with concentrated essence and it plumps your skin with moisture and the effect from the ingredients!

korean sheet mask

PM  once or twice a week :
Etude House 0.2 Therapy Air Mask
Garnier Hydra Bomb Sheet Mask

6. Other Masks
I use one of these masks in every other day when i don't use a sheet mask and feel like my skin needs a little more TLC. One mask a day keeps the trouble away!

cosrx overnight mask

PM 2 or 3 times a week :

After Cleansing:
Origins Maskimizer Mask Primer
Origins Clear Improvement Mask
Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

Overnight Mask , just before bed :
COSRX Ultimate Honey Overnight Mask
COSRX Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask

7. Acne Care
i have acne prone skin and a lot of acne scars. I use the centella blemish cream to heal acne scars while Clearasil & Dr.Somchai heals blemishes / current acne.

cosrx centella blemish cream

AM & PM :
COSRX Centella Blemish Cream
Dr. Somchai Acne Lotion

PM :
Clearasil Akut Pickel Gel

8. Moisturizer
This is a very essential step to both korean and western skincare. Seal up all the moisture and goodness provided from your last steps with a moisturizer!

cosrx advanced snail 92 all in one cream

AM : Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer
PM : COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All in One Cream

9. Sunscreen / Sunblock
Here's the news, UVA and UVB Rays from the suns are bad for your skin when exposed for too long. Don't forget to put on Sunscreen with a minimum of 25 SPF to protect your skin from harmful sun exposure that can lead to wrinkles, dark spots,  and little bumps. I also usually treat my skin with aloe vera gel if i've been out in the sun for too long to soothe my skin from irritation.

cosrx soothing aloe sun cream

AM :
COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF 50 PA +++
Clinique City Block Sheer SPF 25 
The Face Shop Jeju Aloe Gel

So that's all for my skincare collection and korean skincare routine. I try to follow all of them religiously everyday but sometimes i skip a product or two if i don't have too much time or just too lazy.

I hope you'll get some inspiration from my skincare routine and like SokoGlam says, Only good (skin) days ahead!

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Monday, May 1, 2017

One Black Lace Dress Two Ways | Part 1 : Street Style

A little black dress is a must have in every girl's wardrobe. It's an essential with a lot of ways to style it to make it your own. In the next two posts, i will share two ways to style a black lace dress to fit every occasion. This time i've styled it in a way that's like my personal style; swag - ish.

black lace dress

lace black dress

long black lace dress

black lace cocktail dress


vans lace slip ons

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Clothes & Accessories :
Zara Black Leather Jacket
H&M Black Lace Dress
Urban Outfitters Cat Hair Clip
Vans Lace Slip Ons
Claires Long Earrings

Make Up :
April Skin Cover Fixing Cushion (Review here)
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil No. 625 As Aegyosal 
P2 Full Matte Lipstick 010 Spread Knowledge

“I am one of the searchers. There are, I believe, millions of us. We are not unhappy, but neither are we really content. We continue to explore life, hoping to uncover its ultimate secret. We continue to explore ourselves, hoping to understand. We like to walk along the beach, we are drawn by the ocean, taken by its power, its unceasing motion, its mystery and unspeakable beauty. We like forests and mountains, deserts and hidden rivers, and the lonely cities as well. Our sadness is as much a part of our lives as is our laughter. To share our sadness with one we love is perhaps as great a joy as we can know - unless it be to share our laughter. 
We searchers are ambitious only for life itself, for everything beautiful it can provide. Most of all we love and want to be loved. We want to live in a relationship that will not impede our wandering, nor prevent our search, nor lock us in prison walls; that will take us for what little we have to give. We do not want to prove ourselves to another or compete for love.

For wanderers, dreamers, and lovers, for lonely men and women who dare to ask of life everything good and beautiful. It is for those who are too gentle to live among wolves.” 
― James KavanaughThere Are Men Too Gentle to Live Among Wolves

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Beauty Blogger Empties & Beauty Products Review | L'oreal, L'occitane, John Frieda and much more!

After trying, and testing some products for over 4 months, today i will share my take on the things that i emptied out. Beauty empties is a new section i'm trying out on my blog inspired from all the youtubers i've been watching these days ( you guys should check out Joankeem . really. )

So we'll cut to the case and here are my first beauty empties for 2017!

beauty blogger empties\
alverde gesichtswasser review , garnier micellar water review

DM Alverde Aqua Gesichtswasser Meeresalge Review
I came across this toner when i was looking for a toner that's very low in alcohol and cheap. It costs only about 2 Euros, which is a steal. It removes the rest of the dirt after cleansing and preps your skin really well for the next step without drying out. It has a fresh scent and i'm really in love with it.
But here comes the bad news, DM just discontinued this toner :(
The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Lip & Eye Remover Review
This remover does its job really nicely. Eye make up melts easily without rubbing too much, hence not irritating your sensitive eye area. It does have a really strong but nice smell so if you don't like perfumey stuffs this is not for you. Overall, it has a nice milky texture that is soft but does its job.

Garnier Mizellen Reinigungswasser / Garnier Micellar Water Review
The micellar water trend is not dying out. I have to say that i really like this product. It's very affordable yet cleans every little bit of your make up and dirt. I use this every night instead of the Alverde Toner and it has done only good things so far. It feels like nothing yet cleans thoroughly. Be sure to stock up on this product!

origins checks and balances foam review, L'occitane precious cream review, maybelline baby skin review 
Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash Review
This face wash foams up really nicely, has a mild scent to it, making it feeling luxurious on the skin. A little goes a long way and this bottle lasted me over a year. This face wash doesn't dry out the skin yet somehow mattifies it, which is perfect for my oily combination skin. I'm on my second bottle now and still obsessed with it! 

L'occitane Immortelle Precious Cream Review
A very rich cream with anti aging properties. I can't see the anti aging effect because i don't have visible wrinkles but this cream is rich yet not sticky. I used this product up in winter when my skin really needs that extra hydration.

Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser Review
This is the infamous dupe for benefit porefessional ! i really recommend it to smoothen out your face before putting on make up and make your make up stay on fleek longer. You only need a little bit every time. It's very affordable so you can use it daily :)

bilou duschschaum review, treaclemoon duschcreme review 
Bilou Cherry Blossom Cremiger Duschschaum Review
I'm usually not a fan of flower scents but this one is an exception. I like sakura smelling things and this one smells really nicely. Not too strong, not too weak. The texture is really fluffy and you don't need too much of it. But i have to say that this brand is overpriced. I know that it's made by a famous german youtuber (BibisBeautyPalace) but for this amount of product you can almost afford a better one.

Treaclemoon Satsuma Duschcreme Review
It's okay. Like nothing special. I really like this scent but it got boring after a while. It foams up quite nicely but nothing special.

rituals honey touch body cream review, soap and glory the righteous butter review

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Review
This is one of the best body butter i've ever tried. The texture is thick yet not oily nor sticky. You don't need too much every application yet it moisturizes nicely. Even in very cold months. Got this thing in TK Maxx so let's see if i can discover some other steals there! Really recommended!

Rituals Honey Touch Body Cream Review
I'm also rating this body cream as an "okay" or "meh" product. It does feel luxurious and nice when you apply it but it doesn't really moisturize your skin. My skin feels dry after two hours of it. But if you don't need that much hydration and like the scent of it, it's okay.

alpecin coffein liquid review, John Frieda Frizz Ease Wunderkur Review, Schwarzkopf Glisskur Tägliches Öl-Elixier Review

Alpecin Coffein Liquid Review
I had a bad case of hairfall 3 or 4 months ago and started searching for a tonic that can cure the case. Sadly i didn't experience any noticeable effect after using this liquid every day. The Applicator is also not really user friendly. 

John Frieda Frizz Ease Wunderkur Review
Hands down one of my hair holy grails. It's quite pricy but worth it! I use it once a week and leave it on for about 3 to 5 Minutes and it does wonders, It hydrates and smooths your hair as if you were in the Salon! 

Schwarzkopf Glisskur Tägliches Öl-Elixier Review
Another hair holy grail. This product saves my hair from its dry state ! I use 2 pumps and just massage it into my hair and ends and it smooths out and gives nutrition ! I already emptied more than 2 of these so you know how i feel about them ;)

l'oreal colorista one day color spray review
 L'oreal Colorista Spray 1 Day Color Pastel Blue Review
Don't buy this. It's expensive, doesn't work as well. It does spray on some color but it goes away after brushing through your hair. It also gives out a very artificial spray paint steel kind of smell which is unpleasant. L'oreal better step up their game!

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