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Thursday, November 9, 2017

MIZZU SHORT MOVIE!!! | Beauty Journal X MIZZU

Quick blog update!

Went to a MIZZU event a couple weeks ago to preview their short movie. Local brands are really creative nowadays, love it.
I'm sure y'all (from Indonesia) familiar with Mizzu. Their eyeliner pen was such an instant and HUGE HUGE hit back when it first launched.
Anyway, because I'm not really a beauty junkie and quite often late to the party when it comes to cosmetics and beauty trends, I actually thought Mizzu specialized in kick-ass eyeliner pen only (and liquid lippies, their liquid lippies were quite a hit too), where in fact they have actually launched a plethora of other makeup products!! Mascara, eyeshadow, remover...
See? See? Blush on, eyeliner pencil, eyebrow products, lip liner...

Their latest product is GLAM ROCK foundation!

Not quite sure if it's launched already or not. I'm not even sure if it's like powder foundation, cushion, or what...I'm so bad at this wtf πŸ˜…

In my defense, the event was focused on the short movie, so the glam rock was only mentioned in passing by the actress who wore it in the movie. She said something along the line of how it lasts for a long time and that she only needed to touch up once or twice in a whole day of filming. Something like that. *defensive*

There were 3 activities during the event, but I was horribly late (Kemang traffic is no joke πŸ˜‘ and it was raining cats and dogs) so I kinda skipped the first one and went ahead to take some food haha.
Quiche and Mini sandwich from NOMZ Jakarta

I tried being a diligent blogger and took some photos of the surrounding while my team (I just randomly joined Yuri's team) finished the first task haha *useless teammate I was*
and I spotted something interesting. Will we make some kind of lippie concoction?? 😍

After the first activity, we got a preview of the Short Movie, titled "COMPLETE"!
All cozy on the bean bag chairs while the emcee introduce the movie
Okay, this GIF not much of a preview, but the story is, there's this popular "influencer" (I hate this word, barf) who always refuses to attend events and sends back products all the time, so she's been known as arrogant and bitchy. Then, a company wants to use her, and just so happen one of the employees was the influencer's schoolmate. Thus, the journey begins in uncovering as to why this influencer is arrogant af.

Haha how's my summarising skill?
The actors. Yup, they use actual actors, not random people who'll deliver cringe-level acting.

I'm gonna be honest here, I'm not much of a nationalist when it comes to the entertainment industry in Indonesia (entertainment= movies, tv series, & music). 

I find most are cringe-worthy and too drama-laden and I'm not a fan of most of the humor used. As for music, I like some of oldie music (Sheila on 7, Chrisye, Rossa, Ebiet), but not so much the newer ones (maybe I'm just getting old lah 'cos I also don't like a lot of the current edm-heavy, clubby-vibe western music - no, I'm not trying to be hipster ok, I'm just saying I'm old). 

I do love to support local brands like Mizzu though! And there are some local movies and series that I liked when I was younger! And I love Indonesia of course (I feel like I have to add this in case people accuse me of not loving my country and its crafts)!!!

So, in all honesty, if I hadn't been invited to the event, I probably would never watch the movie. That being said, after I've watched the movie preview, it's not as cringy as I expected. The storyline is kinda interesting. I can see that a lot of work goes into the movie, it's not just some random clips put together to promote Mizzu products (they say Mizzu only appears for a split second near the end). The movie actually has a story to tell and lessons in the media life to give. 

The soundtrack is an original by The Voice winner (forgot his name, Billy something) and I think people in general will like it. So, yeah, go ahead and give it a watch when it's released on MIZZU youtube channel. πŸ’•


Moving on to the second activity...
YUP! We're actually going to make our own liquid lipstick~
This is the color that we have to recreate.
Pic from @giselavi

And our team actually WON this challenge!! I don't have any photo of us tho :( I brought my DSLR with me, but stupidly I forgot to bring the CF memory card wtf. All the photos, except the ones from Gisela, were taken with my phone.
Another round of food 😍 also from NOMZ.
I freaking love their unique churros. You know how churros are usually crispy outside doughy inside? These ones are CRUNCHY through and through. It has this caramelized sugar texture. LOVE IT! Pairs really well with the bitter chocolate sauce and sour strawberries. I downed 3 cups of these and when I went to get more, they're gone already 😩.

The third and final activity is a make-up estafet (relay race)~
Pic from @giselavi

This is the only photo I have of the race. Putting this up cos I look PRO with my itty bitty makeup sponge lol. We didn't win this race though.
And that wraps up the MIZZU X Beauty Journal event!
oh, oh, by the way, the event was held at COMO Park and there is a dog park in it!!! So exciting! It's free too, you can just bring you pup there and have a good time. Let me know if you know any dog-friendly place/park/beach around Jakarta and Tangerang area :)


Ok toodles
xo take care



FTC Disclaimer: This is a sponsored blogpost in collaboration with Mizzu and Beauty Journal as a part of Sociolla Blogger Network.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

JAPAN Summer Trip DAY 4 Pt.2 | Famous Kawaguchiko Ryokan

OMG OMG this is the last part of Day 4, so that means we're officially HALFWAY DONE with this travelogue (when I've finished this entry that is)!!

Can you believe it's been more than 2 years since the trip itself and I'm only halfway done?? I need to be more diligent 'cos I want to start to blog about last year's and this year's travelogue at least BEFORE the end of the year, or the beginning of 2018 at the latest.

Okay, here's the previous entries of this travelogue:
There are 20+ photos for this entry, so let's get to it.

From Gotemba, we went to our lodging for the night, which is another RYOKAN! Yay another night sleeping on a futon. No, I'm not saying this sarcastically, I truly, truly love sleeping on a futon ♡
Kawaguchiko Hotel 河口湖ホテル 

This particular ryokan is very old and some parts were slightly dingy, but overall still pretty well-maintained. The facade is beautiful tho, isn't it? Looks like a traditional german house.

It supposedly used to be a famous ryokan 'cos some important people of Japan (is it the PM? The royalty?) got married here or something to that effect. googled this, so the royal family members have stayed in this ryokan from time to time, including Emperor Hirohito and his son, Emperor Akihito.
 The room and my impregnated luggage 
 The washing basin.
I really don't know how to make this caption any more interesting than this lol. 
Oey, got that current-hipster-marble-top one!
 Another washing basin inside the old old, but clean bathroom.
 The room is pretty spacious, especially for a lodging in Japan. It has a small balcony area and dining table.
 TV too!
Inside that little round basket is a tea set in case you want to act all atas (high?) and luxurious and have a traditional tea party. 
 Got fridge too. Old, but should still work.
The very very best part about this ryokan is the IMPECCABLE VIEW though!! Breathtaking, right? It's Lake Kawaguchiko if I'm not wrong. And I THINK that's mount Fuji? 
 Another view from a different room.
 Tell me this is not something you want outside you room??!!
 Must camwhore with the provided yukata near the gorgeous view!
How smug is his face?
Here, not so smug in this one.
Here's a redeeming one. He indeed can smile!
The dinner from the ryokan.

I particularly remember that innocuous looking fish at the top. SOOO BUTTERY AND SO YUMMY!! Melted in my mouth!

The beef was really good too, but that fish totally takes the cake. And I'm not even a big fish fan. Actually, come to think of it, I started to like fish more during this trip. Japanese fish are bombdiggity.

The melon there was extremely sweet and juicy. The other stuff was decent.
group pic in our kimono.

I went to the onsen afterward. 

Seriously guys, if your hotel/ryokan has an onsen, YOU HAVE TO GO! Yeah sure it's a bit weird at first being naked among other people, but after you take your first soak, maaaannnn, such pleasure. You'd be like "the hell with other people, stare at me all you want while I enjoy this magnificent bath." (actually, no one will stare at you, nobody gives two hoot, and you won't be too.)

Here's some sneaky photo I took of the onsen area in this ryokan.
Eh, I don't actually have a photo of the actual onsen part (there were probably people there, so I didn't take any). The onsen is just this long pool with irregular shape and the man and woman onsen are separated by this wall that has a gap on top, so you can hear everything from the other side.

I kept hearing my brother saying "HELLICOPTEEERRR!!" hahaha immature. I think shinchan reader will get this.
Bought some hot cocoa from the vending machine outside of the onsen. Nice.
Perfect looking peach. So sweet. Japanese fruits are awesome.
Wagashi I bought from Kyoto station the day before. Meh. Don't like it.
See, I'm not THAT biased with my love for Japan.


Okay, see ya on the next post! xoxo take care.

Friday, November 3, 2017

[REVIEW] Electric Trimmer VS Manual Trimmer | VEET Sensitive Touch

Woopideedoo~

I’m blogging in a parking basement of a hotel right now ‘cause we’re having a staycation for Halloween and I'm just killing time before the whole shebang started!! Such excite!

I think this is the most I’ve blogged in the last 2-3 years lol and that’s with only an average of 2 posts a month HAHAHAHA that should tell you how abandoned this blog had been.
Okiedoke, today I’m gonna review VEET Sensitive Touch, which is an electric trimmer for your face and body.

BUT! To make it more interesting, since this kind of electronic review can be quite a bit boring -talking about the parts etc-, I’m gonna make it a battle of sort post. You’ll see, you’ll see.

Here’s a basic overview of the tool first:
  • An electric trimmer
  • Retails for around Rp350,000.00, depending on where you get it.
  • Blades last for up to 2 years
  • Cell battery operated
  • Comes with 2 heads and 3 attachment

Here’s something I gotta gush over first…

THE PACKAGING!!!
It’s an easy pull like that 😍😍😍. Convenient, no? I usually hate hate hate this kind of hard plastic packaging because I have to use hardcore scissors to pry it open (lame flimsy scissors will just break down), so troublesome.

Ok, I’m not gonna ramble on and on about the packaging. I mean, that’s all it is, a user-friendly packaging.

NEXT!
Inside you get the Veet sensitive touch main body, 2 heads, 3 attachments, a tiny brush, and…

A BATTERY.

In my humble opinion, a product that needs battery SHOULD ALWAYS COME with the battery. It’s kinda annoying when I’m excited to use a product, then I find out that it needs a battery, but I don’t have any laying around (I always have some stashed in my house, so this is like an out-of-the-house scenario). UURGH! I know, I know, #FirstWorldProblem much?
Still, I think a lot of you will agree with me that a provided battery is just awesomesauce.

Now, do you guys prefer cell battery operated OR rechargeable one (I’m not sure the correct terminology for this)?

I personally prefer cell battery operated because I often forget my charging cables everywhere and it’s also rather irritating when I want to use a tool and its battery is drained. With cell battery operated tools, I can just pop a fresh new battery.

I know some people prefer the charging method because you don’t have to keep spare batteries at all times (which I think, if you live on your own, you should!) and it’s more cost-efficient. So, the battery-operated aspect can be a plus or minus depending on your preference.

NEXT!
The all kind of attachments can be a little bit intimidating, so I’m gonna explain them one by one, hence the battle! (It’s confusing to explain each part without showing you what they actually do).

The first battle is,
  THE BROWS  
How do you usually trim your brows? Waxing? Tweezing? Threading?
I’m a chicken, so I usually just use my cheap trusty trimmer from Japanese drugstore that I’ve raved and raved and raved to death. I love it. Pain-free, crazy sharp, and the result is clean, no stubbles whatsoever.
I put the electric trimmer to the test. For the eyebrows shaping. I used the smaller head that has 2 sides, a 6mm, and a 16mm length blade. Without any attachment.
I used the 6mm for shaping the arch of my brows and the 16mm for cleaning up stray hairs around the brows.
Then, I put on the small comb attachment, which has 2mm (the shorter teeth) and 4mm sides (the longer teeth).

With this attachment on, you can trim, instead of shave, meaning you can leave some length of the hairs (as opposed to completely shave it to a bald). The 2mm, of course, will leave 2mm of hairs, and the 4mm will leave 4mm of hairs.
My brows are bushier toward the tail and I only ever trimmed them once or twice before because both of those time I did it unevenly and ended up with thicker and thinner uneven looking eyebrows πŸ˜… So this attachment is perfect for eyebrows trimming to give them uniform length! I used the 4mm sides for trimming my eyebrows.

   ❖RESULT:DRAW❖   

There are 2 aspects to good eyebrows (in my opinion): SHAPING & TRIMMING.

For shaping, I prefer my good ol' trusty traditional trimmer because it makes for a cleaner finish. The way that Veet electric trimmer works, the blade NEVER touches your skin (which I guess is good for a beginner), so when you shave with it, it leaves tiny little hairs. The leftover hairs are not obvious from normal talking distance, but up close, they're there. So, yes, you can very much still use the electric trimmer to shape your brows, but I prefer a cleaner finish my usual trimmer gives.

For trimming, however, I ❤ the electric trimmer!! Uniform length EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. My traditional trimmer, of course, cannot handle this task at all, so this win goes to the electric trimmer and its awesome comb attachment.
So, yes, it's a draw for the eyebrows. I need both for my eyebrows.

P.s. Before this, I didn't know how much trimming your brows affect the overall appearance of your brows. It's so super easy now for me to draw and fill in the brows and get the right shape. I guess my bushy-at-the-end brows made it hard for an even fill-in before? I dunno, but now it only took me 2 to 3 minutes to do my brows with eyebrows crayon. Yay!

P.p.s. On hindsight, it's easier if you trim first, and then shape.

Next Battle~
  BODY(ARMS&LEGS)  
I have hairy arms and legs. Once upon a time, because of this, my grade-school classmate told me I must be a closer descendant of the ape lol fml. Man, kids are mean πŸ˜‚ Anyway, she didn't mean any harm lah when she said it, it's just the usual kid's nonsense.

But I digress.
I still don't shave my arms and legs regularly until now because it's so so troublesome to shave hairy arms and legs every other day. In my entire 22+ years of existence, you can probably still count how many times I've shaven my arms and legs only with your fingers (and a couple toes maybe).

For this hairy task... (HAHA the pun)
I used the bigger head with no attachment.

   ❖RESULT:VEET WINS❖   

Hands-down. 

One of the thing that hinders me from shaving my body often is that, with a traditional shaver/razor, after like one swipe across my arm, I have to wash the blade because it's chockful of hairs and can't be used to shave until I clean it. So, IMAGINE shaving your whole arms and legs and having to stop every one or two strokes to clean the blade. How tedious is THAT?? Do you get what I mean by troublesome now? And the whole process takes such a long time too. No, thank you, I'll live as a close ape-descendant just fine.
But with this electric trimmer, I can just shave and shave and shave non-stop because most of the hairs fall down to the ground instead of getting stuck to the blade. Such joy. Maybe after one whole arm, I'll blow the head a little (that's what she said) so that some of the hairs on the blade fly off. I can legit shave my whole arms and legs in under 4 minutes.

Next up...
  ❤AXILLA  
aka. armpit. haha. I just don't feel like putting the word "armpit" in big, bold, uppercase letters.

This was probably the only area that I constantly shave. Because armpit hair is very unsightly ok. I don't care what you feminazis say, but I think overgrown armpit hairs on women are gross (nasty on men too if it's really thick, yuck). It just screams poor hygiene to me (cos it looks smelly). Not that I have the best hygiene, but at least I still care enough to not seemed to have a bad one.
Just like with arms and legs, I used the large head with no attachment.

   ❖RESULT:RAZOR WINS❖   

I just can't with using the electric trimmer alone for my armpits. The reasoning is the same as to why I prefer to use my usual trimmer to shape my eyebrows: Veet electric trimmer's blade NEVER touches the skin, so it leaves tiny a quarter millimeter of hairs on the skin. While the leftover hairs are very fine and not noticeable on the arms and legs, it's quite obvious on the armpit, because the hairs on armpit tend to be quite thicker and darker. So I would stick to my usual razor for a very clean finish, which is important for the armpits area IMO.

Last comparison,
  ❤BIKINI AREA  
Yup. This is gonna be a bit too intimate. (hey, it's a pun :p)

But here we go...

I didn't really do regular maintenance on my bikini area because, just like the case of my hairy arms and legs, I find it troublesome and tedious. And quite scary to do by myself haha. What if I make a nick or a cut down there? 😱

Anyway, since I knew that I wouldn't cut myself accidentally with this electric trimmer (because of its mechanism), I soldiered on.

I'm not gonna explain in great details on how I did it, because, ahem, tmi much? But basically:
I put on the large comb attachment and started trimming the area.
you can adjust the length of the trim by moving the attachment up and down. If it's really bushy, starts from the longest trim setting and then gradually moves to the shortest trim setting. Or whatever floats your boat, I don't know your bikini area preference πŸ˜….

After I trimmed, I removed the comb attachment and did a clean up around the bikini line. That's it.

   ❖RESULT:VEET WINS❖   

Easy.

It's more time-efficient because it trims and shaves faster than regular razor (and no need to go back and forth cleaning chockful of hairs from the blade). And more importantly, it's a SAFER option for such a delicate area, especially if you're a beginner. Bottomline (again, the pun πŸ˜†), it makes trimming and shaving the bikini area much easier and less intimidating.

  ❤END OF BATTLE  


Oh, and the last attachment that I haven't mentioned:
is the cap for the smaller head to keep the blade nice and protected. I don't get why they don't include the cap for the larger head though.

Oh, and one thing you should know, for VEET Sensitive Touch, you cannot buy replacement heads/blades, so if your blades have become dull over time, you have to buy a whole new set. To be fair, it's not an expensive tool and it's supposed to last for up to 2 years of regular usage. But I still think a replacement heads option is more convenient.

Anyway, here are some tips to keep your electric trimmer last longer.

VEET SENSITIVE TOUCH MAINTENANCE TIPS:
  • Use oil lubricant on the blade to keep its edge


  • Clean the blade after use with the provided small brush
  • Wash the heads (not the main body) after some use to keep the tool hygienic

I hope you guys find this blog post helpful and it gives you some insight on what this baby can do very well (and no so well) at.
I'll end it with this gif of my newly groomed eyebrows from my IG story. hehe.

Till next time, take care xo.



FTC Disclaimer: this is a sponsored blog post as a part of Sociolla Blogger Network. All opinions remain my own and honest, this post is not vetted.