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Friday, October 6, 2017

Oh gosh, I just had one of the worst scares I've had in a long time!

I cleaned the house and do some meal prepping earlier from 7pm ish to 9.41pm, then I fed the doggie and went upstairs to get ready for bed (brushing my teeth, washing my face, etc). It was around 10pm when I finished and plopped onto my bed.

I decided to call Sam to ask him what time he'll come home tomorrow so I can match it to the time I'll be home. He didn't answer. I called again. Still no answer.

In between calling him, I checked WA to see if he has replied my last message, which he already did.

Because there was still no answer, I checked the last time he was online in WA, and it was precisely the time of his last reply to me, 6.03pm.

I started panicking a bit because he's usually in WA a lot.

Then I called his WA like 8 times, then proceeded to line him continuously. Back to calling his phone, still nothing. It's really unlike him to be missing like that for almost 5 hours.

Not gonna lie, the first few horrible things that popped into my mind had something to do with him cheating or something like that haha (I know, I'm so insecure wtf). But then I brushed that off immediately. The next horrible things that I could imagine weren't any better.

Next, I try to go to his FB to message his friend to see if he's at the office but turned out he has changed his FB password like 4 months ago wtf. Tried his email, the password has changed too.

I went and tried to call him again, still no answers.


At this point, I was in full-on panic mode. What has happened to him? It's not like him to be offline for hours like that and cannot be called. I started imagining the worst thing. Then, like any sensible panic person would do (sense the sarcasm here?), I went to a news site wtf. I scrolled through the latest news. I also went to google his name cos I thought that'd be easier if there is any news about him *touch wood*.

I found none and exhaled a little. But I was still panicking and worrying like crazy.

I don't have any of his colleague's contact, so I DMed a friend who I thought might have one of his oldest colleague's contact (let's name him Z). This friend, let's call him R, didn't have Z contact, BUT he knows that his friend does, so he asked his friend for me, which I'm super duper thankful for (It was almost 11pm already at that time).

Once he sent me Z contact, I immediately sent a chat to his line (it was line contact, he doesn't have Z number).

While waiting for Z's reply, I started panicking even more as I tend to imagine nasty shits when I'm left alone with my thoughts like that. I was already tearing up at this point. So I decided to call my mom to calm myself down. She was already asleep (whoops, sorry Mom), but she answered anyway. I told her what has happened thus far, and she said to me to just wait or maybe call Z on his line.

It was already 11pm, so I felt a bit paiseh to call him. Then again, I was already too panicked and was like "heck it, I'm gonna call him anyway". He didn't answer, but he did reply to my line chat immediately. Turned out he doesn't work at that office anymore fml.

I asked him if he could ask anyone that still works at the office to confirm that Sam was already at the office safe and sound. He obliged.

I waited anxiously for his reply.

After only a few minutes, he replied...

YOU KNOW WHERE HE'S BEEN???

DO YA??
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TAKE A GUESS!!
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HE WAS (IS, cos still is until now) SLEEPING THE WHOLE TIME!!!

WTFBBQ CB KNN


OH-MY-GOD I was worried to death and he has just been sleeping WTF (which I guess I should be thankful for lah, and I AM thankful, so so very thankful, but I was so dramatic already please, feel so embarassed).

Ironically, I actually thought that maybe he's sleeping when I called him the first time, but my logical brain was telling me that it wasn't possible for him to sleep for more than 4 hours in the evening, let alone sleeping for more than 4 hours AND not waking up to the sound of a thousand line chats, calls, and WA calls (yes, yes, he probably silent his phone, but still, imagine the crazy vibration -i doubt he turn off the phone).

Turns out, if you're kebo enough like him, IT IS POSSIBLE!!

Tsk, should've known better.


So, yeah, that's the story of how I inconvenienced a lot of people late at night because Sam is KEBO and I have wild imagination. Thought I'd immortalize this stupid happening in this blog for future me to shake my head at.

Night.

And by the way, he STILL HASN'T WOKEN UP TILL NOW.

And no, he didn't have a late night or anything like that the night before.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

[MAYBELLINE] The Loaded Bolds | Review & Swatches

It's been a while since the last time I did like a proper thorough beauty review. I'd say at least a year? Eh, just checked, actually did one on my lovely germanikure cuticle nipper in January.

But I digress.

Since I felt like it's been years since I did one of these reviews, I got excited and put more efforts to the photos in this entry, so let's get to it, shall we?

Welcoming the new addition to Maybelline Color Sensational line..

♥︎♥︎♥︎ THE LOADED BOLDS ♥︎♥︎♥︎
What is it? It's a range of lipsticks with BOLD COLOR (as in not your usual light pink/nude lippie) and STRONG OPACITY.

Like my other reviews, I'm gonna get to all the points one by one and start with the general info:

  • A total of 12 shades
  • Retails for Rp 105,000.00
  • Available online HERE(*) and offline at your local Maybelline counter


Now for the specific points.
PACKAGING
The tube is similar to other sensational lines, only this one is blue with a purple hue. The words on the cap are all printed on the plastic packaging, so if you remove the plastic, you'll be left with a plain blue-purplish tube. I do love the color of the tube though, looks chic IMO.

THE SHADES

YUP, they have BLUE, WHITE, and BLACK!! I'm ogling the audacious blue, chocoholic, and fearless purple right now 🤤 Not everyday a drugstore lipstick has a range of unconventional colors such as those. But other than the mentioned above shades (plus the fuchsia), the rest are pretty common colors, nothing special or surprising.
As for me, I have 3 colors with me to review, Fierce Fuchsia, Dynamite Red, and Smoking Red.
Here's a hand swatch of the colors. I'll get to the lip swatch in a bit when I go in-depth to each individual color.

First, I want to tell you my thoughts on the quality across the board for these lipsticks.

*Please note that this review is ONLY applicable strictly to these 3 shades that I've tried as lipsticks have the tendency to be different for each shade (some might be more opaque, some might be patchy, etc etc depending on the shade).

OPACITY
All three lipsticks are VERY OPAQUE, especially the reds (as you can see from the gif above). All three stay true to the claim that one swipe is enough. However, for the fuschia, I find that a second coat gives a smoother and more true-to-color payoff.

FORMULA & FINISH
The formula on all three lipsticks are very creamy, smooth, and glides on easily. The finish is demi-matte. Not drying on the lips and the wear is very comfortable (it doesn't feel "thick" on the lips). The formula is not transfer-proof per say, but even after you drink all day long, the lipstick is still there. Also something to note, the fuchsia tends to emphasize the dry skin on your lips a bit, so make sure to exfoliate before using that particular color

STAYING POWER
Now, as for the longevity, these babies can last for more than 8 hours PROVIDED you don't eat any heavy and/or oily food. Drinks and light snacks are fine, but once you get anything slightly oily pass the lipstick, it BLEEDS like crazy. It will feather out to the outside of your lips a la Miranda Sings, but if you're into that kind of thing, then go ahead I guess.
This is what happens after I ate fried noodles. Seriously, oily food is like a kryptonite to these lipsticks.

With all of that nitty gritty out of the way, let's get into the LIP SWATCH!

FIERCE FUCHSIA
This color is a straight up NEON fuchsia, like it's really super duper bright and neon-ish (I know, I'm so bad at describing color). This is one of the more unique colors out of the collection. I mean, usually, the fuchsia in lipstick is like a creamy solid fuchsia, right? But this one is B.R.I.G.H.T and have that "translucent" quality of a neon color. To be honest, this color is not my cup of tea and doesn't really suit my skin tone, so it's not something I'll wear again willingly, I don't think.

DYNAMITE RED
This is your usual warm-toned bright orangey red, nothing particularly unique about the color itself. Perfect for CNY imo.

SMOKING RED
This is my favorite out of the bunch because I personally prefer this kind of blue-toned deep red. The same as the other red, it's not really a unique kind of red, something you'll probably find in the other sensational color line. Is the color bold? Yes, it is. But it's a dime a dozen I feel like. Still a good solid lipstick though, so if you don't already have this kind of red in your collection, you can give this a go.

Here's a side by side swatches of the three lipstick.
OVERALL
It's a good quality lipstick with a relatively affordable price. The formula is wonderfully creamy and oh so comfortable on the lips. They have a beautiful demi-matte finish without drying your lips. I'm also satisfied with the 8 hours+ staying power despite them not being transfer-proof. Some of the color selections are quite unique to the drugstore, some are a dime a dozen. The only con I can think of for these lipsticks is its reaction to oily food; I'd be totally fine with fading color, but these lipsticks don't just fade, they bleed, creating clown-like mess outside your lips. But all in all, still a good solid lipstick, just remember to bring one to touch up with if you're planning to have oily lunch.
All right, that's all for this review, I hope you guys like all the GIF in this entry 😆 also the entry itself lah. You can purchase Maybelline The Loaded Bolds HERE (*) and you can use the coupon code "SBNLAC3U" to get 50k off.


Take care,
xoxo

FTC Disclaimer: I am NOT paid to write this entry, however I'm obligated to as a part of Sociolla blogger network because the items were sent to me specifically for review purposes. All opinion are mine and honest as always. Link(s) with (*) are affiliate link.

Friday, September 8, 2017

CHEEBYE PHOTOBUCKET!!!

As a preface, this is not just me ranting, there's a nugget of (hopefully) useful information on hosting your image on google drive, so read on hehe.

I'm pretty sure a lot of people are aware of it by now, THE PHOTOBUCKET FIASCO! where the cb Photobucket stopped their free 3rd party image hosting service and tons and tons of images on blogs, Amazon, eBay, etc turned like this:
And you have to pay FREAKING $400/YEAR to enable the 3rd party hosting WTFBBQ

Honestly, when I first saw my blog turned like this I was just like, "meh." I can easily change hosting. No biggie. 

But man, $400 a year for a measly 500GB storage is damn expensive.

As a comparison, you get 2TB of storage on Google Drive for $300/year. Plus the fact you can save all kind of files on google drive, not just images.

RIPOFF!!! 

The only thing with google drive is that it doesn't automatically give you a direct link to the image, so I have to edit the URL one by one so that it becomes a direct link. Meh.

HERE is a helpful video showing you how to do it in case you wanna go the same route as I do and change to google drive to host your images. You're welcome.

LUCKILY for me, I only use Photobucket to host images pertaining to the layout of this blog and never to host photos I put in my posts (I use the default google photos for that), so I only had to re-host 7 photos or so.

In the midst of the mind-numbing task of manually changing the links, I thought of bloggers who DO use Photobucket as their main photo-hosting site for the photos on their blog. Imagine re-hosting hundreds, thousands even, of photos so that your blog post isn't just filled with stupid grey squares. Imagine how many days/months it'd take for such a tedious task. WHAT A COLOSSAL WASTE OF TIME. 

While I do think it's completely fair for Photobucket to put a price on their hosting service, I think it's deviously calculating to force your users to upgrade if they want to keep the photos on their blog/listings as it was, out of the blue. They know people who have hundreds of images wouldn't want to re-host and would naturally opt for an upgrade. HOWEVER, IT'S A TOTAL MAJOR DICK MOVE to make the 3rd party hosting service to be only available for the most expensive $400 package. FFUUUU! They effectively force the user to not only upgrade but upgrade to the most expensive package available. I'm sure they (as in the assholes of Photobucket team, not the users) know a lot of people use their service mostly for 3rd party hosting. DICK!

Anyway, as I said, I mainly use Photobucket for 3rd party hosting my blog layout images and that's it, not as like an actual online storage for photos. One of the reasons for this is the Photobucket website is damn laggy and takes forever to load and often freezes.

So yea, no thank you, I ain't paying $400 just for an upgrade of storage that I don't need, a laggy service, and a 3rd party hosting. I'll gladly use google drive and manually edit the links, tyvm.


And thus my goodbye to PHOTOBUCKET. You've served me well before all this nonsense.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

JAPAN Summer Trip DAY 4 Pt.1 | OMG-SO-GOOD SUSHI & Gotemba Premium Outlet

Yay finally continuing this travel log! We didn't really do much today, so Day 4's only gonna be 2 parts.
Here's the links to previous days:
Pocket wi-fi!! My lifeline during Japan trips!

I remember years ago when I didn't need any connection when we went overseas. I basically just put my phone on flight mode and enjoyed the trip unplugged. No internet connection, sms, call, no nothing. Just me, my family, and our camera.

HOW??? HOW YOU TELL ME?? How did I survive then given that nowadays I'll be pissed and panicky if I can't get a connection within an hour of landing??!!


Ahh, it was such a simpler time then~



Last time I went to China, I used up my XL credit not realizing I hadn't signed up for their international package. Even worse, my dad DID sign up and the internet connection SUCKS BALLS!!! It took gazillion years just to open up google *rolls eyes*. Pretty expensive too wtf. I ended up begging for connection tethering from a friend cos he used Telkomsel*** (I think it was Simpati) and the connection was way better (still not fast, but after that stupid XL connection, it felt like lightning speed).

Anyway, the point is, I'm so dependant on internet connection now that I'll gladly resort to begging for one than be left unplugged for a whole day. Sad.

I want NEED to open up Township ok, which needs an internet connection. SO SO SO addicted to this game it's terrifying. It's the longest I've ever been stuck on a game I think (I'm easily bored you see), aside from Harvest Moon (PS 1, still play it until now on emulator from time to time), The Sims, and Pokemon (not GO!, but sapphire, diamond, etc. ones).

***He said the previous time he went to China, the connection from telkomsel also sucked, so maybe just cross your finger and hope that it's your lucky day.
If you think this is already a smug-angsty-adolescent look, you'd be wrong 'cos it's even more emo-juvenille shit now smh.

We're going to Gotemba today, which is the famous shopping outlet that tour agents always bring the tourists to.
But FIRST, LUNCH!
Group photo.
The bento set. Everything was decent. The star was actually the plum furikake (rice topping) they made in-house! You can buy the furikake on the first floor. They also have the unagi flavored one!
simple noodle soup (was it udon? can't remember. it's been 2 YEARS 😱 )
Haha, I found this sign to be freaking HILARIOUS!!!

I imagine me pooping and when I'm done I'd be standing up, taking a bow and be like "thank you all, thank you very much."

And the crowd would go wild and make a standing ovation applauding my excellent performance of successfully dropping a deuce and go "WOW such performance, such girth, such viscosity!" then proceed to exuberantly applaud me again.

hi.la.ri.ous.

I know, I'm so childish. and disgusting. And I  put that horrendous image on your mind. HA!


I digress.

We went to Gotemba Premium Outlet after lunch.
The place is like an outdoor mall with strings of shops on either side of the main street. There are WEST and EAST parts (or was it north and south?) and both are connected by this bridge AND you can see Mount Fuji clearly from this bridge when the weather allows!!

Actually, if I remember correctly, you can see Mount Fuji from various parts of this outlet, so you can very well dine at one of the eatery there and have Mount Fuji as the view! Nice, yeah?
Random R2D2 (is it r2d2 tho? can't be bothered to check on google) lego
Adorable elderly woman with 3 equally adorable Shiba inus (I'm pretty sure it's Shiba inu, not Akita, after I googled them both, but cmiiw).

I feel like this will make me sound incredibly creepy, but I gotta say that I love love that auntie's face (like I said, creepy). She just has this nice demeanor face, you know? Like the sort that is super kind and trustworthy. The perfect grandma type. LOVE! Seeing her face makes me calm wth.

Also, pretty sure the auntie wasn't posing for the photo, it was just pure perfect timing.
Made it black and white so it seemed more artsy fartsy.
To the measly amount of guys who got lost and ended up on my blog, you're welcome. Adorbs tho, right?
The Mount Fuji from the bridge that I talked about earlier!
*insert a photo of me here because there hasn't been any in this post (except for the group photo, but that doesn't count!)*
*insert another one just to remind everyone that this is indeed my blog*

Anyway!

Behind me is this sushi place that serves OMFG AMAZING SUSHI! 

It's called Uogashi! *read about it on cheeserland*

Even until now after another 2 trips to Japan, I still think this place serves the best and value-for-money sushi. Granted I've never tried like the Michelin sushi *shrugs*. Who would be willing to treat me to one?

Also, side note, missing my long hair, but at the same time, short hair is super duper convenient I feel like chopping my hair off every time it gets to shoulder-length. *sigh, the first-world dilemma is real guys*
The awesome awesome awesome sushi!! There were more, but they were repetitions.

The unagi seemed so plain, but it burst with flavor and oh-so-soft melt in your mouth. Ordered this twice or thrice I think. Even the simple Inari is damn good.

OH! OH! And it was my first time trying Aburi Engawa.. It was... nothing short of MAGICAL, to say the least.

I know, I'm so extra haha.

But it's true! It was a marvelous experience for a foodie *read: glutton* like me. Soft, melty fish that tastes so buttery and indulgent even though it was simply torched. It's like there's a lot of fat, so when torched, the fat melts and you get this oily (in a good way), buttery, rich taste (I don't know if it's true, it just tastes like it has a lot of fatty goodness).

Aburi engawa (along with unagi) is hands down my most favoritestesttesttest sushi ever! And maybe oo-toro too.

p.s. I don't like non-aburi engawa tho, it's too rubery/chewy for my liking.
Waiting/rest area. It has wi-fi I think. Even the bloody waiting room is damn cute like a kindergarten of sort!!
Locker in case you have luggage with you. And Gachapon!
Random shot of this clothing store I really liked. It's a local Japanese brand I think. They sell pastel, flowy, fluttery, girly, spring-ish type of clothing. Very lovely. I didn't get any tho 'cox it's too expensive for me.
I WANT!! So delicate and cute.
One of my fav vending machine drink, Royal Milk Tea.


Okay, abrupt end here. See you on the next one! WOOHOOO, Almost halfway done with this travelogue!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

MY ACNE STORY (with BEFORE & AFTER!!!)

Guys, remember my post late last year about DIVA Beauty Drink? I said I'll do the 2-weeks challenge and I'll update you guys.

Whelp, more than half a year later and still no update. Just to clarify, I DID do the 2-weeks challenge!  IN FACT, I'm still drinking DIVA every day till now. I just didn't update this blog, that's all.

This blog is so abandoned, I don't even blog unless I'm obligated to lol (like this post right here). Oh, well, at least I'm honest about it 😅

But I digress.


Where was I? Oh yeah, DIVA update. While I didn't do any update on this blog, I DID do a sorta-update on my youtube channel. *shameless plug incoming*

English channel

Bahasa channel
*ignore the stupid punchable face on the thumbnail, tyvm*

But that's about all the update I had. UNTIL NOW, that is. Because today I'm gonna do a proper update with BEFORE and AFTER photos too for good measure!

I know people love a before and after photos cos a photo speaks a thousand words, yes? Or maybe they just like looking at the horrible before photos~

Anyway! I'm gonna talk a bit about my skin and its woes first, yeah? So you can get the idea how this collagen drink has worked for me.


Here goes...

Growing up, I had no problem with acne whatsoever despite my oily-combination skin. Even through my pre-adolescent/adolescent years when most people would get horrid pimples all over the place, I only had one or two and far in between, and when it heals, it healed completely leaving no mark or scarring. I even had a friend commented how smooth my skin was *toot toot*. *ahem*

So I thought to myself,
"HOW LUCKY AM I??? NO ACNE NO PIMPLES NO NOTHING. AND! my skin is not dry either. Smooth as a baby's butt. SO LUCKY! I MUST BE THE CHOSEN ONE!!! MUAHAHAHHAHA *evil laugh* Bow down to me you mere humans" hashtag #soblessed

Okay lah, I exaggerate the quote a bit, but you get the point. I thought I'll breeze through the worst pimple phase totally SCOT-FREE.


And BOY WAS I WRONG.


In 2011, when I was almost 17, I moved to Tangerang for university and this is where it all began...

*omg I feel so dramatic lol*

Maybe it's the pollution-heavy air, or the water, or maybe just my hormones getting all messed up a bit later than the others, I started getting pimples on my forehead, cheeks, and chin. And sometimes it's cystic acne and most of the time those damn cystic acnes would leave scarring.

It started very slow, so I wasn't too worried about it.

It was around 2013 when I felt like the acnes were getting a lot worse.

all photos in this entry are unedited and untouched, not even brightness & contrast edit, only cropping and collaging.
Consider yourself warned lol
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HAHAHA WTF THIS PHOTO, and this is not even the worst one in this set. You're in for a treat guys if you want to see unglam, horrid photos of me.

This is circa MAY 2013. I think I still didn't do much in term of skin care at this point, just a simple acne cream.
AUGUST 2013

This is when I thought, "okay, this is the worst. I NEED to start a skin care routine."
Yup, I considered this extremely bad.
Oh, naive little ol' me, you're in for a surprise, my dear.

I started using some skin care stuff like essence, mud mask, serum etc. None really did wonders to my skin I reckon. In fact, my skin was just getting worse and worse...
NOVEMBER 2015

See? It's actually worse than before I started bothering with skin care. At this point, I got pimples ALL DAY ERR DAY and they were almost ALWAYS stupid cystic acnes and they ALWAYS ALWAYS left horrible box scars.

And surprise, surprise, this is NOT the worst one yet
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FEBRUARY 2016

HAHHAHAHAHA DOUBLEWTF THIS PHOTO.
There were AT LEAST 7 cystic acnes there. All stuck to one another creating humongous painful acnes. 
*it's not super apparent in this photo because of the low light and low-quality front-camera. Believe it or not, it's much worse in real life*

What's with that dopey, stupid face some more?!

I don't even know why I'm willingly publishing this *ahem* personal *ahem* collection. I thought these abominations of photos would never see the light of day. You're welcome.

Anyway *ahem* *change topic I must*, it was around this time that I started using vita blanc. And it helped quite a bit. I didn't get cystic acne AS often and not ALL of the cystic acne left boxscaring, some were just hyperpigmentation.
JUNE 2016

It kinda looks worse, but it was actually getting better. All the redness were hyperpigmentation left by previous acnes. There wasn't as much active acne compared to the previous photo.
At this point, my problem with acnes were:
  1. Frequent occurances of CYSTIC ACNE (it was lesser, but I still got it every week or so, worse during period)
  2. BOXSCARRING. This is what I hate the most. The way my acne healed, it usually got dried out over time, and then it flaked itself off and almost always left a scar instead of just disappearing altogether, or just leaving hyperpigmentation at the very least.

I didn't really add any additional thing to my skin care until NOVEMBER 2016, which is when I started drinking DIVA, a collagen drink.

I wrote in great details on what DIVA is, its beneficial properties and what it SUPPOSED to do in terms of improving your skin in my initial blog post.

So today I'm gonna share what it ACTUALLY has done to MY skin over the course of 9 months:
  1. I DON'T really get cystic acne anymore. I do stil get them from time to time, but rarely, and by rarely I mean like not even once a month, they are very very far in between. Sometimes when I'm about to get my period, I'll get like one or two cystic acne or small pustule ones, but that's about it.
  2. No more boxscarring. After drinking diva, I noticed that my acne heals by deflating instead of drying out. When the acnes are not drying out, they don't form crust and flake off leaving a scar. So my acnes are just deflating and disappearing when they heal. YAY!! Either that, or they left hyperpigmentations, which I'm okay with compared to scarring. At least hyperpigmentation will fade overtime.

I know, awesome, right? It works wonderfully for my acne problem, which is why I proceeded to buy more and more on my own when I ran out of the free sample given to me. 
At one point, this whole shelf is FULL to the brim with DIVA and all bought on my own, not sponsored.

The only thing about collagen drink? It's not like a medicine one-time-fix-all. It's a constant nourishment and reparation of your skin, so...

You HAVE to keep drinking it forever and ever if you want to keep the effect.

This is WHY:
AUGUST 2017

I took this photo a couple days ago.

Sure, it's in no way flawless, I still have plenty of leftover box scars, but it IS better than the last photo by LEAPS AND BOUNDS, wouldn't you say?

I mean, LOOK AT THAT FOREHEAD!! No, not the size, I'm well aware that I have an airport landing as a forehead. I mean compare it to the acne and redness on the forehead in June 2016 please!!
BUT! This is actually not the best my skin has ever been after the whole acne saga. I kinda drank diva sporadically during May-July because I was traveling a lot a lot and I didn't bring any with me. During those 3 months, I started getting bad cystic acne again.

So, yes, it's NOT some miracle product that you can just take at one point in time and solve all your skin problems and that's it. You have to keep drinking it everyday. Think of it as a supplement for your skin. You have to take your supplements (e.g. calcium, etc etc) everyday forever and ever to keep having the benefit, right? Same goes with collagen drink.

I would say that this is the best my skin had ever been. Screen grabbed from my video because I don't have a photo of my skin during this time (tried to find a selfie, but I don't really take many selfies randomly so this screen grab will have to do). Please keep in mind that I have a ring light blasted in front of me, and the fact that it is a screen grab from a 1080p video, so the redness and scarring are blurred a bit and not as pronounced in this photo compared to if I'd just take a normal photo. Maybe I'd do another update with a good quality dslr photo next time.

Anyway, I drink diva diligently again starting late July, so my skin is getting better again. Like I said, it's not a miracle product, so even at its best, my skin was still far from flawless, but this drink does help me with my acne problem.


Now it's time for the shameless plug again where I'll offer you to buy this drink haha:

If you guys are interested in giving collagen drinks bandwagon a try, I honestly think Diva is a good start since it's quite affordable compared to other collagen drinks in the market. You can click HERE(*) to get it. You can also use the code "Lisa100" to get 100k off your purchase (min. purchase 300k).


Ok, bye for now xo. Let me know if you have any remedy for acne scars!



/*Post-notes: I know a lot of people will perceive this post as somehow biased given that it is sponsored. But please note that I ONLY talked about its wonder specifically for my cystic acne problem here, which is true and I showed you the photos as proof. However, It doesn't really help with my existing acne scarring (or at least not in a super significant way). So I don't want you guys to expect some sort of fix-'em-all product. Take everything with a grain of salt. This is how it has worked on MY skin. Maybe it won't be as much help for your acne, but it will make your skin baby smooth and lighten hyperpigmentation? Every skin care product works differently on every skin. I can't tell you HOW MANY raved products I've tried and been disappointed with. Anyway, at the end of the day, I'm still very thankful that I was introduced to this product last year and for its' help in controlling my incessant acne problem and I hope this article will aid you in making an informed decision before you jumped into the whole collagen drink bandwagon.*/


FTC Disclaimer: This is a sponsored blog post as a part of the collaboration between Diva and Sociolla. All opinion remains my own and honest, just like my other blog posts. I truly love Diva and do use it regularly. Link with (*) is an affiliate link.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Girl's Night Out Look - #CleansedByNIVEA International Friendship Day

Hi guys, I have another makeup tutorial. This one can last all night long and is quite bold, so it perfect for girls' night.


This blog post is actually a part of NIVEA double effect campaign to be a part of the video competition.

After trying out the makeup remover I gotta say that I honestly love it.

It’s ONE OF THE NICEST oil-based removers I’ve ever tried. I swear ✌🏼.

It can remove even THE heroine make volume & curl super-waterproof mascara COMPLETELY. If you’ve tried that particular heroine make mascara before, you know that while it’s an awesome mascara, it’s also such a pain in the butt to remove, even with oil-based remover (most of the time I just gave up and I’d wake up with panda eyes for the next 3 days lol). This remover does it effortlessly and in a 1-minute flat.

AND no need to rub you eyes roughly to get the make-up off, just gentle swipe is enough. That’s how powerful this remover is. Roughly tugging and rubbing your skin caused premature wrinkles btw.

The only thing though, it still left a bit of an oily residue on your skin despite the “non-oily” claim. I personally don’t mind it so much as long as it can remove waterproof shiz easily.

You can see in the following Instagram video of how powerful the remover is:

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Disclaimer: Nivea products were sent to me for review purposes. I'm not paid to write this blogpost, however I am obligated to as a part of Sociolla Blogger Network.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Smoothies Bowl Hype | RAISIN Resto & Kitchen

Okay, so commitment obviously failed, but better late than never I guess. And I must must blog something to bury the embarrassing emo-ish crap post, right?

There are a lot of new, hip eateries popping up in Jogja, but I usually stick to restaurants that I've frequented for years. Not because I don't like to try new places to eat (I DO. SO MUCH.), but because most of these hip cafes/bistro/eateries that I've tried in the past were damn gimmicky only.

Most of them are winning in picturesque decor, cozy ambiance, all that hipster-ish shiz, just Instagram-worthy all around. But for the most part, the food is either bland, substandard, or okay only. The kind of eatery that I would only visit once, take photos, and never come back. Some more the price of this kind of place is a bit pricey for Jogja standard.

I don't really mind the price (they're still not as expensive as Jakarta's standard cafe price) IF the food is good, but that's not the case. I'm not even sure they know what the food in their menu is supposed to taste like. Even when I ordered a simple scrambled egg, what came was a horrific curdled mess of yellow dried bits (I'm looking at you Gadjah Brasserie 😒). A beef burger that used a sad piece of ham as the "beef patty". Bland baked rice. And so much more.

You get my point. They give you a menu with westernized/hipster-ish food and serve you their attempt at it.

Okay, rant over.

Anyhoo, 5 days ago almost a month ago, I decided to go to this new eatery because I wanna try smoothies bowl and see what's all the fuss about (other than that it looks pretty).
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RAISIN Resto & Kitchen
The decor is the usual run-of-the-mill hip cafe decor; white walls, wooden furniture, hanging plants, huge windows, cushiony seating area, all that jazz. A nice, cozy, hang out place, but nothing I would shout about (I do love the huge windows tho, great for photo taking).

Okay, without further ado (because I've written 9 paragraphs without a single photo 😅), here's my order:
Milk Coffee

I know, I know, boo hoo boring choice. But look at the presentation!!! Not boring, right? Been done thousands of times, but still intersting imo.
I don't like coffee, so I can't really say what I think about it because my answer will always be "blech". But my brother and my Dad said their coffees are good.
Smoothies Bowl
Yes, the thing that made me come to this place. I ordered the avocado banana smoothie bowl with acai, flax seed, coconut, pineapple, granola, and strawberries topping.
Tbh, I was kinda disappointed when it came to the table because the color isn't as vibrant as I imagined smoothie bowl to be (I cranked up the saturations so damn high in these pics). The pineapple is canned pineapple, so it doesn't have that nice bright yellow color. It's also mushy, doesn't have that nice pineapple crunch. The strawberries are mushy too.

I do have to say that I love their home-made granola! I'm not a big fan of granola (I loathe oats, which are in abundance in granola mix) in general, but their granola is good.

The smoothie itself is okay. Taste like if you were to puree avocado and banana, nothing special. A bit too loose for my liking. A thicker texture would've been nicer because I just felt like drinking an avocado juice in a bowl.
Dory Sambal Matah
The 'it' thing right now is sambal matah. Everything has sambal matah on them. I, for one, am not complaining because I love sambal matah!

I like their sambal matah, but it was lacking a bit of punch (not like I need it to be spicier, but there's something missing, like that extra oomph). The dory itself is okay. I'd prefer the meat to be thicker though (you see how thin it is in the pic) -this is not cheapskate thing (which I know I am), this is a "it would have a nicer bite to it" thing.

I actually ordered this again via go-food a couple days after I went there.
Tofu Burger

I honestly don't remember how this tastes 😅. I don't even remember if the meat filling was fish or chicken, so that's probably a good sign that this particular dish is passable.
Fish Bowl with Orange Honey Sauce
This one is actually very tasty. I love the sauce.
This is one of the top two dishes we've had that day (the other one is another rice bowl). The meat is generous, the sauce too. All around great dish imo. The sauce has a slight tangy taste that is nicely balanced by the sweetness of the honey (omg, I sound like a food connoisseur or not 😂) .
Chicken bowl with Pineapple & Sweetened Soy Sauce
Another winner in my book
Just like the previous rice bowl, the sauce is what makes this dish. I recommend you guys go for their rice bowl if you decide to go there (their menu is quite vast it can be a bit overwhelming). Yummy .
Singapore-style Dory Fish
Ok, I'm not sure what the actual name of this dish is, but it was for sure have something to do with Singapore.

Overall, it was an okay dish. The sauce was nice, but the dory was a bit dry. I would have preferred that the fish is steamed to give that soft melt-in-your-mouth texture rather than being floured and fried like this one.
Random photo of other coffee drinks we ordered. I don't remember the name, but my Dad and brother said that the coffees are nice. So why don't you try them yourself if that floats your boat 😉

Would I come back again? Probably yes for that rice bowl (I mean I technically have eaten there again by ordering via go-food, right?).

Okay, that's all for this blog post! All photos are taken with my mobile phone. Super love it, not regretting upgrading at all. Maybe it's because my old phone was almost 4 years old, the camera upgrade seemed really significant. Anyway, I'm blabbering now. kthxbye!


RAISIN Resto & Kitchen
Jalan Sagan III No. 5, 
Terban, Gondokusuman, Terban, 
Gondokusuman, Kota Yogyakarta, 
Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 
55223, Indonesia
Opens Everyday 10AM–11PM
+62 274 2923797