Monday, December 5, 2016

Does Moslem Discover America?

that is the very question that being asked on the movie poster of Bulan Terbelah di Langit Amerika 2.
was it Columbus arrived after moslem arrived at America? so, who is the discoverer of America?




as part of Indonesian Hijab Blogger i got a chance to attended the Gala Premier on December 3rd 2016 at XXI Plaza Indonesia, Jakarta.
so, just begin the movie review.

if you watched the first movie (if you not, you can read my review here), you will remember how the movie gives you goosebumps every time they told us about the secret of Islam in America.
fortunately, the second movie do the same thing (at least for me it is).

Hanum (played by Acha Septriasa) get another assignment from his boss to find evidence that Moslem are the discoverer of America. evidence that Moslem Hui from China arrived in America before Columbus.
in order to find that evidence, Hanum accompanied by Rangga, her husband have to go to San Francisco.
in San Francisco, Hanum meet the descendants of Moslem Hui that took refugee in America because they got genocide on their own country. and they said, they got the evidence of Islam in America, evidence of Cheng Ho arrived before Columbus.

what is the evidence? and is that really Moslem discover America?
you can get the answer to that on the movie which release for public on December 8th, 2016

in between the main story, we got another drama between family and lover whose tear apart because a misunderstanding and we got the message that Islam is peace and Rahmatan Lil'Alamin.

and once again, i fall in love all over again with Islam. and i hope you do too when you watch this move.

How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe for Travelling

since, i am gonna face couple travels schedule this month until early next year, so i am gonna share what i usually pack with me. with my previous experiences of travelling and helped from various sites, i am try to simplified my travel wardrobe during my trip that approximately will be more than 5 days per trip.

to simplified that i am try to bring capsule wardrobe with me.
what is capsule wardrobe?
according to Wikipedia, the term has come to refer to a collection of clothing that is composed of interchangeable items only, to maximize the number of outfits that can be created.
few essential items of clothing that don't go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats or jackets, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces (in our cases as Indonesians that can only be two seasons and not too thick coats or jackets).

capsule wardrobe are a total saver when its comes to packing for a trip. this can work no matter what you reason for trip and where you go. just adapt these tips to fit your journey to anticipated the weather of the country you might travel to (if you not travel just in Indonesia).

this is an example of what i am gonna bring to my nearest trip to Tasikmalaya, West Java, Indonesia. its local trip for my best friend wedding reception (one day reception and the rest will be leisure trip). there is no check-in luggage necessary because i'll ride train.

How to:
Step 1 -- find out your travel plans
the most important piece of information you need to build a capsule wardrobe for your trip is your itinerary or travel plans.
what will you be doing all day during your trip? sightseeing, meeting with client or swimming?

as a first step, make a list of every planned activity. next, estimate on how many days you will need an outfit for every activity, i.e. how many days during your trip will you go sightseeing, meeting, etc. make sure you take into account any special requirements when choosing your outfits, i.e. dress codes, how much walking you will be doing, what the weather will be like, etc. also, if possible, select outfits that overlap with each other, at least in one or two item categories.


Step 2 -- build basic wardrobe structure
the second step is about turning your set of outfits into a basic wardrobe structure including item counts.

first, make a list of every item category you need to create your outfits. my sample that would be 6 item categories: shoes (heels + sandals), scarfs, dresses, trousers, skirts, and t-shirts.
next, you need to decide how many pieces you need to pack per category. lastly, write down any ideas you already have about what kind of item could fill each slot.

Step 3 -- pack anything you absolutely love and need
once you have finalized your wardrobe structure you can start selecting specific items for your capsule wardrobe for travellingthe main rule to create a capsule wardrobe (whether for travel or not) is to choose the main items you love the most. so, you won't wasted space in your bag for nothing.
 and another challenge here is to choose items that all work with each other so you can actually create the different proportions you sketched out in step 1.


to see what i am pack for my travel is on below video
but please, mind the quality or the technique because i am still learning :)

video


Friday, November 11, 2016

Review Local Lip Cream


i am so thrill to find out that so much lip cream which is local product that dominated in local market.
so, i tried and tested almost all of them. why almost?
because i still can't get my hands on one or two of them because they always sold out when i went to their website (they only sell it online) or even worse, i can't find them online (even if it online, i can't find the official website) or offline.

before we jump into the product review, lets find out what is lip cream itself.
ingredients and effects offered in lip cream is generally the same as lipstick. but the different is lipstick is in a solid form meanwhile lip cream is in a liquid form.
however, lip cream is not the same as lip gloss. in contrary to the lip gloss that tend to make glossy finish but lip cream can give a matte or semi-matte (satin) finish.

now, lets start with the review.
on my hands, i got 4 local lip cream but i only have one color of each product (just enough for my daily use). the product is Wardah Exclusive Matte Lip Cream, Rollover Reaction Lip & Cheek Cream, Emina Creamatte and Make Over Intense Matte Lip Cream.
so, three of them are sister brand and one of them are the new but awesome player.

1. Wardah Exclusive Matte Lip Cream
from the packaging, it is the tallest of them all with 4 gram worth of weight and with opening wide open, you can have too much of product on your applicator.

on the pigmentation, finishing and scent. it is very pigmented (what you see is what you got) and in my case, i have Berry Pretty color in number 10. it is a little transferable when its not dry yet, which is very understandable because once it dry it will be dead matte and not vanish unless you eat something greasy and oily.

you will pick up smell something like chemical smell but you will not really notice if you put it straight on to your lips.


2. Rollover Reaction Lip & Cheek Cream
this product have been in my wishlist for ages, because it always sold out when i reach in to the website and after i got this lip cream in Sueded series in color Saddie, they release new series which is Clique series in color which inspire from the 90's stars :(

it have 5,5 gram worth of weight in square finishing frosted (i love the packaging) with applicator similar to the other lip cream product. 

the formula is little bit watery when its first apply and you'll instantly pick up cookie cream scent (as for me is lovely just because i have a sweet tooth). its not really transferable when you try to blend the product by put your lips together but it will transfer to the cup when you drink and it will be vanish when you eat and have to reapply.

and according to the name, it can be blush cream also. it easy to blend on cheek before or after using face powder and it last long too.


3. Emina Creamatte
it is the latest, it is Wardah sister brand and it is the cheapest of them all.
i got in Tumbleweed color which have kinda orange-y color, unlike my other lip product which always in pink shade.

it have 5,5 gram worth of weight (small bottle but have weight more than Wardah Exclusive Matte) with creamy texture and lovely packaging that fit to its market, which is teenager.

first time i got, i was not feeling well but i have to go to the campus to teach, without any make up on, i put this on my lips and it really transform my pale face into fresh face.
and after i got home, i thought the product will vanish from my lips, turns out it still there just like the first time i apply it. awesome!

its cheap, its pigmented, its last long and its have lovely packaging.


4. Make Over Intense Matte Lip Cream
when the hype of matte lipstick strike, the first product i tried was Make Over Ultra Hi Matte Lipstick and my already-dry lips got even dryer when i used the Make Over Ultra Hi Matte Lipstick.

i was scared to try their new Lip Cream but i am curious, so i just decided to give it a try their Intense Matte Lip Cream in color Scarlet (almost the same color like my Make Over Ultra Hi Matte Lipstick) and turns out it was not "give it a try" but it was "worth to try".

it is worth 6.5 gram of weight (heavier of them all) with standard applicator like other lip cream.
it has square glossy finishing bottle that look clean and simple.

just like its sister, Emina, Make Over also have creamy texture. a while after apply the product, i feel like i don't use any lip cream, it is light but pigmented.
after lunch, i usually reapply lip product on to my lips but when i using this, i never reapply even after i have big lunch :)


so, which lip cream the best for you? its depend on your budget and your need but all is good as long as it local product because we as Indonesians have to be proud with our local product and support it :)

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Skin Care: Votre Peau Vit. C Serum

its been one month since i purchased this local skin care. and sadly, i don't feel any changing in my skin since then :(
is it because i use it wrong or ...? i don't know

anyway, this is how i use this product:
after i cleanse my face, i used toner and then i put two pumps of the product on to my fingers and rub it in on my face, after this product i put moisturizer. (this method is for day and night skincare routine)
and if i used sheet mask, i put the product after i used the sheet mask.

well, the bright side is the product smell really nice, citrus kinda smell. doesn't really bother but rather calming. and the bottle is glass with dark color to prevent product damage from the sun rays.
it has 30 ml and little goes along way, with price IDR 220.000 (with that price and with that size of bottle, i guess i got a lot). i purchased this online on their web (click here)

but unfortunately, being cheap and big size doesn't enough for me because i need something to reduce my acne scars :(

but i really proud to use this product since its local product and i try my best to support local products in any kind of products. so, hail local products! :)




Friday, September 30, 2016

Skin Care Routine: 10 Steps of Korean Skin Care

you may know (or perhaps participate in) the hype of BB creams few years back and now BB cushions. those are one of Korean wave or hallyu in beauty or people called as K-beauty.
BB creams and cushions are one of many products that produce that glowing look that we see in all Korean dramas or even in the Korean streets.

with the time goes by, so many people attracted in K-beauty (including me. hehe) but not only attracted to their make up but also attracted to how they caring their skin (because skincare are investment). and Korean skincare is famous for 10 steps skin care routine.

according to sokoglam.com the steps are:

1. Make up remover or oil cleanser
oil cleanser is oil based cleanser that you can apply over your dry skin. it helps to get rid of make up and the dirt. the brand that famous for oil cleanser is Banila Co. the Clean It Zero.

2. Water based cleanser
Korean skincare famous for double cleansing. after using oil based cleanser, they tend to clean their face again with water based cleanser. it will whisk away any residue from the oil cleanser.

3. Exfoliation
there are two ways to exfoliate, which are chemical exfoliate or natural exfoliate.
chemical exfoliate is exfoliation with chemical substance such glycolid acid or lactic acid meanwhile, natural exfoliate is exfoliation with natural substance such sugar, salt and oats.
because Korean skincare more concern in natural ingredients, they tend to use natural exfoliation in their product's ingredients.
up to twice a week, gently massage an exfoliate into your skin for smoothest skin. the brand that famous for exfoliation is Skin Food.

4. Toner
toner means to restore balance to your skin after the cleansing process and i bet you know about double toning, right? after double cleansing, double toning is now hype in the beauty world.
the first toner you use is exfoliating toner and the second one is hydrating toner.
but in my own interpretation, the toning step in Korean skincare is the hydrating toner because you already exfoliate your skin with some kind of masks exfoliator and you wanna calm your skin down with hydrating toner.
the toner that people talked about is Beauty Water from Son & Park.

5. Sheet masks
sheet masking is the soul of Korean skincare because like we all know that sheet masks famously from Korea. like literally, Korean women use face masks in their daily basis. they can wear it while driving to the office or while watching tv.
once or twice a week is enough but there are 7 days sheet masks challenge shows you that there's no such thing as overdoing sheet mask.

6. Essence
essence is the heart of Korean skincare routine. essence is kind of toner and serum hybrid made for hydrating and aiding skin repair and cell turnover. used it with your hands and pat it in.

7. Booster, Serum and Ampoule
this step can bit confusing because there are many kind of citation for this kind of step these days. there are so-called booster, serum, and ampoule
booster serves to provide additional nutrients skin needed and prepares the skin to takein skincare products that will be used after. the texture is too diverse, such as liquid, bit dense, even gel.
serum concentrations of the active ingredients is higher than booster. each serum contains targeted to the needs of the skin more specific, such as a serum containing vitamin C to brighten the skin, or serum containing snail extract which is known to improve skin structure and minimize pores.
ampoule is known as a product that has the highest concentration of active ingredients. The size is usually the smallest and most liquid-y when compared to serum and essence that so easy to absorb.

8. Eye cream
the skin in the eye area is more delicate and should be treated like fragile.
use your ring finger without over pressure tap and don't rub around the eyes and avoiding waterline.

9. Moisturizer
morning and evening, use moisturizer all over the face and neck and once a week use sleeping pack because hydrated skin is the key to the dewy glowing skin.

10. Sun protection
sun protection are the best we can do to prevent premature aging. even if your activity are indoor you can still expose to the sunlight.
but this step only happen in morning skincare routine. for night skincare routine, you are all set until the step 9.

well, i tried to use the 10 Step Korean Skin Care and picture above is what soko glam advice for normal skin (with little bit improvement) but i am not using all of them.
to see what i use for my Korean Skin Care regime, wait for the next post. until then, bye! :)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

a Weekend Gateaway to Bandung Day 2

day 2 quite short because we're gonna face the long traffic back to Jakarta.

first stop, we had our breakfast at Miss Bee Providore.
another hype restaurant in Bandung and i think its worth the hype.

we got the location by using waze (all hail technology! hehe). once i got there, feels like i've been went to the place before because i saw on many instagram's posts before. there are rabbit hole, playground on the back, teeterboard, swing from car tires and the seating area divided into several part, the non smoking area which is have 2 style, inside the glass room with minimalist style and inside the living room with classic style. and the smoking area are near to the playground and open kitchen.

so, i think Miss Bee is kinda place for family with all many features that kid-friendly.

and as for the meals, we couldn't ordered that many menu because its still breakfast time but from what we ordered i can tell that they served a good food.

and they also got us, customers, a good goodie bag if we post the pictures of the food we ordered on instagram as you may see on my instagram's feed.


and last but not least, we were looking for Bandung's infamous snacks, like cilok, batagor and seblak. but since we were out of time, we just went to a place that we think have it all and then we went back for Jakarta.

it was really nice to went for a trip with best friends, don't you think?

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

a Weekend Gateaway to Bandung Day 1

this trip was an impromptu trip with my 5 best friends for 11 years (and counting) and also happened in my birthday week (but not necessarily celebrating my birthday)

we departed at two different times. another 3 girls departed in the morning of September 16th, by one of my friend's car. meanwhile, because work got in a way, me and 1 girl departed at 6 pm (on the same day) by Sararea shuttle at blora street and we ended up at Baltos, Bandung and picked up by Go-Car (sometime i still amaze by how technology made everything easy and convenient).

from Baltos we head to Summer Hills Hotel. as far as i remember, the trip to reach the Summer Hills hotel was creepy with no lights, except from the car and steep. but all paid of when we reach in to the hotel (not gonna write about the hotel tho).

the next morning, September 17th we head to all things at Lembang, Bandung.
first stop, Farm House Lembang. this would be the first time ever i got here, i read many articles about this place before. but in my own opinion, this place was great. i feel like i was in the Europe :)
with the bricks road, place to rent Dutch traditional costume, hobbit house and other attractive spots to take pictures.




the second place, Dusun Bambu. as for this spot, is more for family leisure park. with rabbit hole (alice in wonderland style) and restaurant in branches (feels like eating in a giant tree).


and as the sun goes down, we head to Kampung Daun to had our dinner.
and i am literally amazed with the scene. a drop dead gorgeous scenery (even tho little to hard to get there but all worth it).
fortunately, we were too busy to eat and forgot to take any pictures. so, the below pictures was taken from many sources that reviewing Kampung Daun and represent what i saw.
and on top of that, the food was amazing and the price is cheap (for what we get)



well, we call our day here and going back to the hotel. but the food we got at Kampung Daun didn't last long. we got Surabi Enhai in the midnight. hehe. but didn't took any pictures because we too busy to eat (again)