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Saturday, December 2, 2017

[DOVE] Go Fresh & Deep Nourishing Body Wash | REVIEW

What is the most important aspect of a body wash for you guys?

For me, first and foremost, it's THE SCENT. If the scent intrigued me, I'd most probably buy the body wash to try.

Moisturization and other benefits come in second for me. I'm just superficial that way πŸ˜…

HOWEVER, I do have quite dry skin (especially legs) from staying in an air-conned room all day and laziness to put on body lotion, so if the body wash is moisturizing too, it's even better.

Today, I'm gonna do a thorough review of Dove body wash that promises both MOISTURIZATION and WONDERFUL SCENT.
a gratuitous vain photo appears lol

I first chanced upon this series of Dove body wash when I was in Singapore (it wasn't yet released in Indonesia) and I loved the cucumber one and contemplated to lug back a huge bottle of it, alas, my luggage was already full to the brim. It wasn't the only time by the way, I attempted again a couple years after that, but my luggage was full of food and heavy-ass condiments.
There are 4 scents available in Indonesia currently. I wish they'd release the other scents in the near future!
Here's an overview of Dove body wash:
  • Retails for IDR20,000-IDR45,000 depending on where you get them and the size
  • Available in 200ml and 400ml bottle (like mine in photos) and 550ml pump
  • Refill pouch in 400ml is available
  • Promises deep moisturization

  |PACKAGING|  
The packaging is just like any other body wash, I suppose. It's quite sturdy and I think won't accidentally spill all over because the cap is pretty tight. What I'm happy with though, is that a pump version of the bottle is available cos that's what I prefer for everyday home use. I just don't want to bother lifting the bottle up every time I use it in order to open the cap lol. I know, I know, #FirstWorldProblem much?

  |CONSISTENCY|  
The Go Fresh range has a translucent thinner texture and the deeply nourishing one is an opaque milky white with a thicker consistency.

  |SCENT|  
Like I said above, I love love the cucumber scent. It's oh-so-fresh and clean-smelling. The cucumber scent when I use it is not as strong as when I smell it in the bottle though. If you prefer a sweeter, warmer scent, go fo the deeply nourishing one.

The scent's power is STRONG! I got dog's slobber all over my hand and I can still smell the body wash through. The wonderful scent lingers for about 5 hours after I showered, which is not bad.

  |MOISTURIZER|  
It's definitely more moisturizing than regular body wash, but not to the point where you can skip body lotion. I do love the fact that it moisturizes my skin well without leaving that annoying sticky film that moisturizing soap usually does. It leaves my skin soft after I shower, none of those "dried out" feelings. Oh, and the deep nourishing is much more moisturizing (duh!) than the Go Fresh range, so if you have dry skin I really recommend you go with that one.


  |WHERE TO GET|  
Major grocery stores and convenience stores should already be carrying them now 😊 


  |OVERALL|  
I do think that this is a good solid body wash that I can see myself repurchasing in the future (especially if they launch new scents).

As a matter of fact, I actually HAVE repurchased them to take the photos in this post because I left mine in Tangerang and I'm in Jogja right now. I was confident enough that I'll love the body wash, so I just bought all three in here instead of lugging 3 bottles of body wash from Tangerang to Jogja. The scent lingers for a good 5 hours, but I do wish the scents are stronger (not the staying power, but the actual scent).

The deep nourishing one is indeed very moisturizing, but you still need to apply body lotion imo (the skin on my legs is very dry to begin with, like white patches dry), while the Go Fresh one is a bit more moisturizing than regular body wash.

Hope you find this review helpful! πŸ˜„

Till next time,
take care xo


FTC Disclaimer: this post is a collaboration with Beauty Journal and Dove as a part of Sociolla Blogger Network. All opinion remains my own and this post is not vetted.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

HALLOWEEN STAYCATION PT.1

I don't usually write an event report unless I'm obligated to (I prefer to do a product review) because I find it boring (not the event, just the process of writing it).

BUT THIS EVENT WAS SUCH A HOOT, I immediately sorted out the photos after the event was done (right at the hotel's lobby while waiting for Sam), which is totally unheard of for me as I usually do this week(s) after, and edited all the photos sometime later. It's a Halloween Staycation with Emina!

The staycation was held at Yello Hotel, and luckily, it's walking distance from where Sam works! So he drove me from home to his office, then I only needed to drive like hundreds of meters from his office to the hotel. Yay. I hate driving in Jakarta with a passion.
I arrived pretty early, so I snapped some photos of the pretty decor. The theme was "TROPICAL".
That's real fruits! I actually poked it cos I thought they were fake πŸ˜…
EMINA "Soul Mattes". Haha pun. Have you ever realized that a bunch of Emina products' name are puns?πŸ˜‚

Anyway, the soul mattes, I've filmed a video of them and I actually like the fact that they're not waxy and dry like other matte lipsticks. They don't cling as much to dry patches of your lips either!
The hotel.

It's freaking adorable, please! It's one of those artsy, hipster-ish boutique hotels. The vibe is very casual and youthful, precisely the kind of hotel you'd have a staycation with your friends in.
There's lounge area where I spent 5 hours the next day at while waiting for Sam to finish work. So happy there's this area, or else I'd have to spend money on some random cafe (this hotel is in the same building with a small mall) and I'm too cheap for that. #forevercheapskate
X-box Kinect for guests to play with!
I think I took this photo because if that unique bicycle seat chair. Hipster enough for you?
And this one is me attempting an artsy shot πŸ˜‚...and to show you there's foosball table.

We had lunch after the others had arrived, which is a buffet by Yello. I've mentioned my love for buffet multiple times in this blog, so yes, I was in bliss taking and gorging down all the food on the buffet line.
And I have to say, whilst the buffet is simple (just like other boutique hotels), the foods were really tasty.

That curried chicken was sooo delicious! The fish with, I think it was dabu-dabu sambal or rica-rica, was really good too.
I like their customized plate and bowl, so adorable. If I could bring 'em home, I would.
random photo I took of the buffet.πŸ˜…
The cakes! which were meh haha. Go for their hot food instead ok!
This is what I meant by artsy hipster boutique hotel! There are sooo many murals you can practically do a whole week of OOTD with different background each time πŸ˜‚. Perfect for Instagram-loving millennials, no?
There are full-length windows surrounding the area too, so may your vain photos always be LIT! Hey, it's a pun! See why I love Emina products' name now?

After lunch, our first activity was making our own lipstick!! And we could mix it with whatever color we want.
The pigment. There were red, nude, brown, pink, purple, etc.
And here's a vain photo of me with my concoction. There are only 2 vain photos of me in this post, I promise.
My lipstick!! I just anyhow threw in whatever color in front of me and ended up with a very boring red color 😞
Melt the pigment on this hot stove.

AND LOOK! I MADE A PLETHORA OF GIFs OF THE PROCESS! (okay, it's only 3 GIFs, but "plethora" seems infinitely more exciting)
 Woooo, self-spinning beaker.
Pour the hot hot mixture into a mold
AND LIFT!!
AND VOILA! My boring red lipstick emerged!! But so satisfyingly perfectly molded, right? 😜
Mine is the middle swatch. I wish I did a warm nude lipstick, which is equally boring I admit, but I'd wear it more often at least.

After this, we had a bit of chit-chat about the Soul Matte lipstick and off we go to our room. I'm bunking with Chaca. Met her during this staycation and she's sooo nice, love her. And that's her effort btw in making the lipstick swatches to be the shape of hearts.
See, there's even a mural on the wall of the room!! And the room is predominantly white and grey, purrfect for Instagram-dweller favorite theme, right? Minimalist, clean and barren. 

Ok, ok, I poked fun at all these IG stereotypes, but I actually also like the minimalist and clean theme πŸ˜†
Here's the other and the last vain photo of me! See, I kept my promise. Only 2 gratuitous photos.
The goodies Emina team left us on our bed. We were so spoiled. πŸ’“

Thankyou Emina and Beauty Journal for having me on this Halloween Staycation! Stay tuned for the part 2 of this Staycation ok, that's the Halloween part! I'll blog very soon cos I'm feeling diligent.

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)!!!

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.