Saturday, November 09, 2019

MOVIE | THE KING (2019)

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Directed by Australian director, David Michôd, The King is a historical drama based on Shakespeare's play titled Henry V. As a Netflix original movie, I'd say this is a high-quality movie that we always need.

As a historical tale, this movie is a very enjoyable one although they are still using classical language with Shakespearean dialect. As someone whose first language is not English, I can understand most of what the characters say and even pick up some French too (although I did not understand any of it, I can hear them clearly). I assume it is safe to say that The King is a contemporary spin on the poetic, classical play. 

This movie focuses on the evolution of young Prince Hal (Timothée Chalamet), the firstborn with the reputation of his drinking and partying habits, mostly avoiding his responsibilities, to become a great King after his father died of illness, King Henry IV (Ben Mendelsohn). 

Timothée's portrayal of debauched young Prince to fearless warrior King is truly iconic! The openness of his character's emotion is fascinating to watch. The ability to make a connection with the audience with his eye gaze when he is looking or thinking, or even when he's doing nothing, is just pure talent. 

Storywise, although this movie has a relatively complicated plot but it is still enjoyable and interesting. Some scenes are too great for their own good. One of my favourites is the battle. It starts with Prince Hal's speech and dear Lord, the speech is so beautiful it hurts. Knowing that in this battle - in every battle, there will be blood and death, the young Prince is very encouraging and honest to his people. He did not ask them to battle for him but for the country. This is also the best of Timothée in this movie. 

The King is also pretty funny for a historical drama. The funniest scene is when the Dauphin (Robert Pattinson) shows up and out of nowhere mocking Prince Hal's genital (I'm trying to make this blog PG-13, okay). With his strange but funny French accent, Robert is just perfect for this role. For God's sake, he's about to play Batman and in this movie, he's a total idiot! I'm so glad I'm alive in this era, truly. 

However, in 140 minutes runtime, I feel like this movie still need more important and interesting content rather than what it has. Some scenes can be difficult to watch, some are just unnecessary, but overall it is a nice, enjoyable historical drama. 

Love, Vera
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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

PLAYLIST


Just some songs to get out of a funk!
  1. All My Life - K-ci & Jojo
  2. Carry Me Away - John Mayer
  3. Don't Call Me Angel - Ariana Grande, Lana Del Rey, Miley Cyrus
  4. Elephant - Benjamin Francis Leftwich
  5. Genesis - Grimes 
  6. Mountains - Charlotte Day Wilson 
  7. My Blood - Westlife
  8. River - Ben Platt
  9. Somebody You Found - The Japanese House 
  10. Truth Tea - Zolita
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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

MOVIE | PEREMPUAN TANAH JAHANAM (2019)

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Sepertinya aku gak perlu lagi menjelaskan kenapa aku nonton film yang juga dikenal dengan judul Impetigore ini ya. Aku penakut tapi kok bisa-bisanya nonton film itu? Ya gimana dong, sutradaranya Joko Anwar. Enough said.

Sesuai dengan hasil vote di instagram-ku, ulasan kali ini adalah ulasan bebas spoiler. Sebenarnya agak sulit sih untuk menjelaskan kenapa aku suka film ini secara umum, bagian apa yang bisa lebih baik dan bagian apa saja yang luar biasa kerennya tanpa spoiler. But, we'll try

Adegan pertama film ini rasanya seperti kilas balik ke tahun-tahun di mana jalan toll masih sepi - mungkin karena malam ya, tapi percayalah, sekarang bahkan tengah malam pun tetap rame! dan booth-nya masih dijaga oleh petugas Jasamarga. Aku suka dengan cara Mas Joko memperkenalkan karakter utamanya, Maya (Tara Basro) dengan cara yang sederhana tapi memorable. Selain itu, adegan ini pun jadi kunci untuk apa yang akan terjadi selanjutnya. 

Kalau diingat-ingat (karena aku lumayan sering menutup mata atau menonton disela-sela jari), cerita film ini sederhana kok. Cara penyajiannya saja yang luar biasa dan dibumbui dengan plot twist yang bikin bergidik. I always love plot twist, aku rasa tidak mudah membuat sebuah film yang memiliki plot twist tanpa merusak ide orisinal. Beberapa film gagal  menghadirkan rasa greget dengan plot twist, bukannya membuat penonton semakin penasaran atau tercengang, justru membuat kesal. Perempuan Tanah Jahanam menghadirkan plot twist dengan tidak terburu-buru dan sebenarnya sudah dibangun sejak adegan pertama saat Maya masih menjadi pegawai Jasamarga. 

Selain itu, Perempuan Tanah Jahanam juga bukan tipe jump scare movie. Walaupun backsound-nya bikin bulu roma berdiri dan tone film yang cenderung earth tone dan gelap, sepanjang menonton aku gak menemukan adegan jump scare yang murahan. Yang membuat aku menutup mata justru adegan-adegan yang gore. 

Lalu, apa yang membuatku takut setengah mati sampai sulit tidur? Ceritanya. The way people think and decided what to do next in this movie is scared the shit out of me. Pola pikir manusia yang sulit di tebak memang lebih menakutkan dari setan ya. Film yang menakuti mental seperti inilah yang menurutku film horor yang sukses. Jump scare itu takutnya hanya pada saat itu saja, kalau sampai mental yang kena, sungguh aku beberapa hari jadi paranoid. It attacks your mind!

I also want to talk about one specific character in this movie that will be haunting me forever, Nyi Misni (Christine Hakim) adalah ibu dari Ki Saptadi (Ario Bayu). Nyi Misni ini sejak awal memang karakter yang misterius sekali, bahkan dari gerakan matanya! I literally have no clue how to explain how great this character is without giving out spoilers. Setiap kata yang keluar dari mulut Nyi Misni rasanya seperti mantra, as if she's ready to end your life. Buatku, Nyi Misni adalah karakter villain terbaik di film horor yang pernah aku 'temui'! 

Kamu sudah nonton Perempuan Tanah Jahanam belum? 

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

MOVIE | JOKER (2019) - SPOILER REVIEW

Credit to Warner Bros Pictures
The pre-released hysteria of this movie was insane. I didn't even realise when it started but my twitter timeline went crazy and most of them said "Jokes is too violent for viewers," or "It triggers mass shooting..." and such.

Those comments made me terrified. I don't like watching movies that have heavy violence scenes or gore, or thrillers. They are not my thing. But I love Joaquin Phoenix in every movie he's in, he's one brilliant actor! Back to last year when I came to MIFF 2018, I watched You Were Never Really Here directed by Lynne Ramsay. That movie was very hard for me to watch but I went anyway because I want to appreciate my favourite actor and I want to see the different side of him portraying such a complicated, dangerous man.

So I went to see Joker anyway because why not?

I only watched the trailer once and that's it. I didn't know why, but earlier this year, I just stopped watching trailers at all. I found this way I did not have any expectations and when I don't have them, I won't get disappointed or less disappointed.

To be frankly honest, I have mixed feelings about this movie - not that kind of mixed feelings when you love and hate it, I feel strange because I'm all about against violence and yes, this movie has some violent scenes in it, but I do enjoy this movie. I love how they sort of created the early life of Joker which I'm pretty sure we never had before. I love the fact that Todd Phillips, the director, just made his own universe without really making the connection with DCEU or Nolan's universe. I love how they focused on the different side of the story instead of the horrible things Joker would do.

This is a spoiler review. I will share my thoughts and interpretations of this movie. If you haven't watched this movie, you probably don't want to read this review but if you don't care about the spoilers, it's up to you.

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

MOVIE | AD ASTRA (2019)

Credit to 20th Century Fox 
Let me tell you, this is a psychological, science-fiction movie. It is really hard to follow, and yes, drained me emotionally. I'm actually at an absolute loss for words. I feel like I just went on a sort of a spiritual journey that I can't explain. 

Before I watched this movie, I did not watch the trailer as I normally do. I saw the movie poster and saw Brad Pitt and I'm sold. That's it, I'm going. So I didn't know what's this movie about and I had zero expectation. 

Ad Astra is not a typical science-fiction movie, which usually big things happened in space or tell you how to survive in the space. This is not. So if you expected this movie would be something like space travel, you might hate this movie or just, disappointed. 

I love this movie. I love movies that make me feel something and Ad Astra definitely did. 

This movie focused on a character rather than the action sequences or the science-fiction itself. It shows you the emotional side of an astronaut like what it feels like to be up in the space with zero gravity for more than 60 days? I don't think there's a movie ever tells you about this side. I probably missed it, but I believe this is the first movie that shows us the downside of being an astronaut, their depression and anxiety, their ability to cope up with responsibility and their own lives. It is really tough! 

And that film focus is a credit for Brad Pitt. He is extraordinary in this movie, everything about him is just so great and deep. Personally, this is his best performance. He is brilliant in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) but there's something really different from his performance in this movie, something so special and really touch the audience emotionally.

Ad Astra gives something fresh and unique in the film industry especially when it crafted so beautifully like this one. I can't explain how beautiful the cinematography is. It was one of the most beautiful movies I've ever seen in my entire life. From one scene to another is just so smooth, calm, and so relax. I honestly felt like I was on a journey to find peace within myself.

I understand this movie is not for everybody, there are some strange things happened in this movie and they were not quite fit into the movie logic. Ad Astra is not a perfect movie but it is something different in terms of the science-fiction genre. 

Have you watched this movie? If so, what do you think? 


Love, Vera
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Monday, September 23, 2019

TANYA JAWAB


Sore ini aku pakai fitur questions di Instagram dan bertanya pada teman-teman di instagram apakah mereka punya pertanyaan untukku dan apakah mau disebutkan namanya karena aku akan menjawab pertanyaan-pertanyaan tersebut di blog. Ternyata... hampir semua ingin namanya ditulis sebagai inisial atau bahkan anonymous saja. Hanya beberapa orang yang mau namanya aku tulis, padahal menurutku pertanyaan mereka enggak terlalu personal kok. Tapi ya aku nurut saja. Sebenarnya, aku tahu sih pertanyaan-pertanyaan apa yang akan bermunculan, tapi ya dari sekian yang masuk aku pilih. Btw, terima kasih teman-teman! It was fun!
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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

MOVIE | MIDSOMMAR (2019)

Credit to A24
Walked into the theatre, I was very nervous and excited at the same time. Since his debut, Hereditary (2018), Ari Aster was one of my favourite directors. However, there's a bit of drama about this movie in Indonesia. Midsommar almost didn't make it through the cinema because of the film sensor according to Indonesian Broadcasting Commission. Cult, violence, and sex are some of the taboo topics in Indonesia movie industry. Well, not gonna talk about that.

Midsommar is a slow-paced movie because it takes a while until things actually happening. This is also one of the most beautiful cinematography I've ever seen. The colour palette is off the chart gorgeous! Everything is bright, white, and almost reach to the point that it is calming and relaxing.  This is a treat for our eyes. Until it's not.

This is a nightmare in the bright sunlight.

Like Hereditary, this movie also set up with how to cope up with loss and grief. The main character, Dani (Florence Pugh) losses her entire family in a terrible and horrifying homicidal. I don't consider it as a spoiler because it occurs before the movie title, but I'm not gonna talk about it more. This is a set up to the entire movie. Dani has a terrible relationship with his boyfriend, Christian (Jack Reynor) who is no longer in love with her and then the family thing happened. For Dani, everything just falling apart. So, when one of Christian's friends asked them to go to Sweden to visit his family, it looks like a perfect gateway for her. 

But I have to say, this movie processes the relationship theme better than its grief theme. I find this movie forgets about the grief theme because it no longer connects to the following events. In term of the relationship, it portrays almost accurate when two people are no longer find the benefit, not necessarily toxic I think, it's just doesn't do any good for both of them and they're trying to find the excuses for it. 

Narratively, this movie has a simple story but an elevated presentation. Some scenes are pretentious but overall, this is a psychological horror movie that really works. Like Jordan Peele's Us (2018), I left the theatre with an uneasy feeling. This movie is a disturbing one, no doubt with great performances from the actors. However, the characters in this movie are like objects. We don't have a connection even after the movie ends. They're relatively likeable characters but I don't feel what they feel in this movie. Some of the scenes in this movie have the potential to build up the character development to audience connection, but then it changes in the next scene so strangely that we don't understand what is this person doing. 

Hence, movie production is the best. The cut, the score, the audio, the visual, everything is just so perfect! There's one scene in this movie, which also one of my favourite scenes in terms of cinematography when people are dancing in the circle and the music is faded then back to normal again and then faded again, following the eye movements of the lead character, I think that's so gorgeous! And then when everybody sits on the dining table, ready to eat, the camera shots from above and it shows everyone on the frame. The way they take their cutlery is like a domino effect. Start from one person and spread out to everybody in a synchronized movement. So gorgeous! 

Overall, I like this movie. I can't wait to watch the uncut version of this movie even the director's cut!   Yes, this movie has so many violence and gore scenes and those forced me to close my eyes tightly, but I love Ari Aster's work, so yeah. 

What do you think about this movie? 


Love, Vera
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Monday, September 09, 2019

MOVIE | GUNDALA (2019) - SPOILER REVIEW

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Gundala adalah film pertama dari Jagat Sinema Bumilangit atau Bumilangit Cinematic Universe (BCU) yaitu jagat sinema pertama di Indonesia! Lahir dari komik ciptaan Hasmi, Gundala akhirnya diangkat ke layar lebar oleh Joko Anwar, salah satu sutradara kesukaanku! Aku belum pernah baca komiknya karena jujur saja, aku bukan penggemar komik. Sekarang justru bingung juga kalau mau baca komik, di mana aku bisa membeli komik yang lahir di tahun 1969?

Untuk ulasan kali ini, aku sengaja membuat spoiler review karena banyak sekali yang ingin aku bahas terkait dengan cerita asal Gundala, peran dia di jagat sinema Bumilangit, dan potensi film dan karakter yang akan datang.

Jadi, kalau kalian belum nonton Gundala, jangan baca ulasan ini ya! Tapi kalau kalian gak masalah sama spoilers, let's get started! 

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Friday, August 30, 2019

BEAUTY | SKIN CARE ROUTINE


It's been ages since I shared the products that I used. I wasn't in the best place to show my skin or even talked about it in 2018. There are a few reasons why. First, because I'm still struggling with hormone imbalance and it was getting worse last year when I had to battle the stress and depression over an abusive relationship. I never had acne problems before so when they started to pop out in my face, it freaked me out. It caused more stress, and of course, more acne. Second, because I'm really into my life experiences in Australia so I didn't actually spend time to write. I just wrote things that fairly easy to write and to edit. Third, because I was still trying to find the best products that actually work on me. 

2018 was a real journey for me, even for skincare routine. But now, my acne was starting to clear up and I finally have enough courage to show my skin. So, without further do here's my skincare routine! 

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SONGS I'VE EVER HEARD | SIDE A


I always listen to classical/instrumental music for as long as I remember. My music taste goes from Bach to Lewis Del Mar. It can be a very chill morning or angsty one, who knows.

Every now and then, I share the song I listen to on my Instagram but here are the songs that I personally think the most beautiful classical/instrumental songs I've ever heard in my entire life. 
  1. Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major - Bach, Yo-yo Ma
  2. Colombina - Gian Piero Reverberi 
  3. Concerto Pour Elle - Saint-Preux
  4. Interstellar Medley - Hans Zimmer 
  5. I Can See You - Fabrizio Paterlini
  6. L'archipel Du Souvenir - Saint-Preux
  7. Odissea Veneziana - Rondò Veneziano 
  8. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Act II - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 
  9. Toccata and Fugue in D Minor - Bach, Vanessa-Mae
  10. Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in G Minor - Antonio Vivaldi 
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Sunday, August 25, 2019

BEAUTY | MAKEUP SEHARI-HARI DI BAWAH 10 MENIT!


Hai! Apa kabar? 

Hari ini aku ingin berbagi produk makeup apa aja yang biasa aku pakai sehari-hari. Sebenarnya aku sering unggah foto atau video di instagram, tapi gak pernah aku jelaskan kenapa dan gimana sih hasil atau efeknya ke kulit aku. Di tutorial kali ini, aku pakai produk-produk yang cukup terjangkau dan relatif mudah di dapat. 

Sebelum memakai riasan, aku selalu mulai dengan skincare dulu mulai dari toner, pelembab, dan sunscreen. Baru deh mulai ke riasan. Oh ya, produk-produk yang aku tulis disini aku pakai secara berurutan ya. Yuk, mulai! 

ps: kasih tahu aku kalau kamu ingin aku share skincare routine yaaaa!

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

RANDOM QUESTIONS WITH ZAIN

Geelong Waterfront, Victoria, Australia.

Hello! 

Here is another random collaboration post with one of my best friends, Zain. Our friendship is soooo weird I can't even explain to you guys how strange it is that we understand each other even when we only look at each other eyes. We barely finish our sentences because we know what the rest of it.

Us weirdos want to see how far we understand each other so we made up and asked each other some random questions. Here you go!

Ps: this is my questions to Zain if you want to see his questions to me check out his blog

What's the craziest thing you've ever done? (I started off with an easy peasy question) 
Get on the rides at Moomba Festival and Luna Park Sydney! I was like, what was on your mind, Zayn? :))

If you could time travel, would you go to the past, or to the future? (Any particular reasons?) 
Hm. The past, maybe around 1950-1960. More interested in the lifestyle at that time. It seems fun to be dressed in those times.

What would Beyonce do right now? 
Beyonce must be having breakfast with Blue Ivy and Jay-Z. While eating, I think Beyonce will teach things like 'you must dare to fight injustice' or 'never be ashamed of being a woman'. Then the song Run the World spins. Then Beyonce roared like a character from The Lion King. GIRL, I DONT KNOW.

If you could speak another language, what would it be? 
I wanna speak Gaeilge so much. It's the Irish language. I wanna continue my master degree in Ireland and, by mastering their language, I can understand their culture a little bit more. Plus, it sounds really sexy. 

If you could go on a cross country road trip with a famous person, dead or alive, who would it be?
Timothee freaking Chalamet. Duh!

If you could join the circus, what would your circus act be? 
Hm. Let me think. I want to do trapeze, but my fear of height will definitely kill me. I'm not good with animals. Probably, I would be a human cannonball.

Be honest, is there an app that you hate but you use it anyway? (I know the answer is alarm but give me the different answer)
It is the alarm. If I should give you a different answer, Line is the answer. It's always have something error. There are a bunch of ads. Line Today? More like Not Today, Line. But, my friends use this app, so I need to use it anyway.

What do you think phones will be like in 10 years?
Hm, this is hard. Maybe, the size will be more than 7 inches? There will be a phone that has a 100 MP front camera?

What animal represents you and why? 
Koala. I am a sleepyhead. If you knew an animal that always spends money on something very useless, tell me. I could change the answer.

If you got stuck in an elevator and were forced to the song you hate, what would it be?
Taylor Swift - Blank Space.

Thank you for reading! 

Love, Vera
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Thursday, August 08, 2019

PLAYLIST | A BREAK


So, how are you? How do you feel this month? How this year treats you so far?
  1. Boyfriend - Ariana Grande and Social House
  2. Do It Like You Do - KAWALA
  3. Forever Young - BLACKPINK
  4. Good - Twin XL
  5. Green Eyes - Coldplay
  6. Lately - Scarlett Cimillo 
  7. Señorita - Shawn Mendes feat. Camila Cabello 
  8. Spirit - Beyonce
  9. This Feeling - The Chainsmokers and Kelsea Ballerini 
  10. Tidal Wave - Karmin
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Thursday, June 27, 2019

BEAUTY | FAVOURITE FACE MASKS


Hai! Beberapa waktu lalu aku sempat bikin poll di instagram dan kasih dua pilihan ide blog post antara pelembab kesukaan atau masker kesukaan aku. Ternyata, dari sekian yang ikutan memilih, 62% memilih favourite face mask.

Sebelum aku sebutkan masker-masker kesukaanku, ada beberapa hal yang harus diperhatikan sebelum maskeran. 

Pertama, kulit harus bersih. Kalau kalian habis pergi dan pakai makeup, selalu double cleansing. Aku biasanya pakai makeup remover untuk area mata dan bibir, micellar water untuk wajah baru setelah itu aku cuci muka pakai pembersih.

Kedua, exfoliate. Kalau gak suka pakai physical exfoliate bisa juga pakai chemical. Ini masih jadi perdebatan ya dikalangan skin care guru dan dokter kulit. Beberapa merekomendasikan untuk menggunakan chemical exfoliate supaya gak terjadi iritasi di permukaan kulit. Tapi memilih chemical exfoliate juga harus hati-hati karena kalau salah pilih bukan cuma permukaan kulit yang iritasi, tapi bisa juga merusak pigmen kulit. Seram ya? Jadi itu sebenarnya terserah sama kalian. Aku lebih memilih pakai physical exfoliate karena aku merasa punya kontrol dalam proses pengaplikasian ke kulitku. Iritasi terjadi kalau kalian menggosoknya terlalu keras. Sejak dulu aku selalu pakai St. Ives Apricot Scrub atau Frank Body Creamy Face Scrub dan dalam pengaplikasian, aku selalu super hati-hati terutama di daerah hidung karena area itu adalah area yang paling sensitif (selain bawah mata, tapi ya kali scrub dipakai di bawah mata). Untuk chemical exfoliate, aku lebih memilih toner yang mengandung salicylic acid karena lebih aman dibandingkan dengan actual chemical exfoliate. Saat ini aku pakai Caudalie Vinopure Toner

Ketiga, pakai masker sesuai kebutuhan. Kenali jenis kulitmu dan apa masalah utama dari kulitmu. Misalnya kulitmu kering, pilih masker yang melembabkan (hydrating) atau kulitmu sedang bermasalah, cari masker yang fokus utamanya sesuai dengan masalah kulitmu. Biasanya aku pakai masker juga gak semuka kok. Kalau di daerah pipi dan hidung sedang bermasalah, aku pakai masker detoxifying hanya di area tersebut dan sisanya aku pakai masker yang melembabkan karena kulitku memang kering atau yang brightening supaya lebih segar. Ingat ya brightening itu bukan memutihkan tapi mencerahkah.

Keempat, jangan memakai masker secara berlebihan. Sesuka-sukanya aku pakai masker, aku gak pernah maskeran setiap hari. Aku pakai sheet mask dua atau tiga hari sekali dan seminggu sekali aku pakai masker krim. Terlalu sering pakai masker bisa merusak tekstur dan pigmen kulit. Gak mau kan di usia 30 sudah punya flek hitam? Selain itu, jangan memakai masker lebih dari waktu yang disarankan. Kalau disarankan 20 menit, biasanya aku cuma pakai 15-17 menit. Menambah waktu dari yang disarankan bukan memberi khasiat lebih justru overdoing. Lagi, ini bisa mengakibatkan kulit kamu kehilangan minyak alami dan nantinya kulit kamu akan overproduce minyak yang tentu saja mengakibatkan komedo dan jerawat.

Kelima, cuci muka menggunakan air hangat kuku. Supaya kamu lebih mudah mencuci muka dan menghindari penekanan yang terlalu keras pada kulit. Apalagi untuk masker-masker berjenis mud mask biasanya lebih sulit untuk dibersihkan. Saranku juga jangan memakai tangan ketika membersihkannya tapi pakai sponge atau alat pembersih lainnya. Aku pakai FaceHalo karena produk ini terbuat dari microfiber jadi lebih halus dan lebih ramah pada kulitku. 

Setelah yakin kulitmu bersih, baru mulai deh maskeran. So, here are my favourite face masks!
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Sunday, June 23, 2019

MOVIE | TOY STORY 4 (2019)

Copyright Walt Disney Studios & Pixar
I don't even know how to begin. This movie, oh gosh, so funny and sad and fun! It adds beautiful, fresh feelings about a relationship between toys and human. Toy Story 4 is the fourth movie that we never expected because in the previous movie, Toy Story 3, we kinda got some sort of ending with Andy was an adult now and he gave his toys to Bonnie. We never expected that we will have this legacy to watch how Bonnie goes and how Woody and everyone does. 

I kinda grew up with Toy Story franchise. The first movie was out in 1995 and I was 3 years old at that time so I didn't watch that movie when it released. I watched the first and second movie when I was at the first grade and it took me more or less 9 years for Toy Story 3 (2010). I was on the year 12 when it came out and it hit me that when I'm finished high school, I'm an adult, just like Andy. And I was crying, so hard on the theatre. It was a strange feeling to grow up with a character in a movie. It was a strange coincidence that I was on the same age with Andy. Now, I'm an adult and I wasn't expected to cry over the fourth movie. But I did. I cried harder than my sister who's 13 years old. 

Toy Story 4 is just as beautiful as we expected. The story goes really well and smooth. The introduction of new characters is very well portrayed and there are some surprises that I also did not expected from this franchise. One of the surprises is this movie has some horror vibe in it. I don't won't to spoil anything but oh my god, I kinda afraid of that dummies. But I guess, because this movie is really funny, the horror is less scary than it should be. 

I love the ending. I guess that's the best way to end this movie, no matter how sad it is but that's the best and that's what each character deserves. 

Ps: Keanu Reeves in the movie. Yes, surprise! 

Love, Vera
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

PLAYLIST



Get your headphones ready!
  1. Angel - Finneas
  2. Butterflies - Cub Sport
  3. Doin' Time - Lana Del Rey
  4. Garden Grays - Wildcat! Wildcat!
  5. Hey, Ma! - Bon Iver
  6. Hollywood - RAC ft. Penguin Prison 
  7. Life in the City - The Lumineers
  8. Oblivions - The National 
  9. On My Way - Alan Walker, Sabrina Carpenter, Farruko
  10. You're Gonna Break My Heart Tonight - Tom Odell 
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Monday, June 03, 2019

BEAUTY | CAUDALIE VINOPURE TONER


I'm a lucky girl to be one of the Sephora Indonesia's giveaway winners! The gift was pretty good actually, one of the products from the Caudalie Vinopure range. I'm a big fan of Caudalie especially their beauty elixir and grape water. Back when I lived in Australia, my skin was really dry during winter and these two saved my life. Now I'm back to Indonesia, my skin is breaking out so bad and it is stressed me out! I never had acne in my life, so having acne on my cheeks and chin is a big deal for me. 

Vinopure line claims as a range for combination skin type and specifically for fighting acne. The key ingredients are salicylic acid to decongest skin, grape seed polyphenols to prevent oil from oxidating and diminish blackheads, and a complex of essential oils to provide antiseptic properties and calm the skin. It sounds like a dream, right?

Here's a little before and after I use Caudalie Vinopure Clear Skin Purifying Toner for a week. 

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Saturday, June 01, 2019

MENCOBA BERNAPAS


Sudah hampir lima bulan sejak aku kembali ke kota kelahiran, kembali berkumpul dengan keluargaku. Aku kembali menata hidupku, sedikit demi sedikit menyelesaikan beberapa urusan lama yang aku tinggalkan ketika aku bertugas di Australia. Sudah mulai homesick, ingin pulang ke Melbourne. Hampir lima bulan juga aku tinggal di kota yang sama dengan abuser. Jadi, bagaimana kabarku? 
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Monday, May 27, 2019

SEBUAH KONSEP TENTANG CANTIK


Cantik.

Sebagai sebuah konsep, cantik mempunyai arti yang luar biasa luasnya. Arti kata cantik telah bervariasi sepanjang waktu karena berbagai budaya dan persepsi dunia yang sangat berbeda. Kecantikan telah didefinisikan dalam banyak hal.

Cantik (a): elok; molek (tentang wajah perempuan) - indah dalam bentuk dan buatannya. - KBBI. 

Beauty (mass noun): a combination of qualities, such as shape, colour, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight. - Oxford Dictionary

Kamus menyebut kecantikan sebagai kesenangan estetika atau kesenangan indera. Tetapi karena kesenangan estetika didefinisikan sebagai kesenangan yang berasal dari sebuah penghargaan terhadap keindahan, it doesn't help. Kamus juga menyebut kecantikan sebagai kesempurnaan bentuk. Apa sih kriteria sempurna? Keseimbangan dari unsur-unsur yang berbeda, mungkin? 
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Sunday, May 26, 2019

DROWNING


I'm breathing
Dark skies covered my mind
The sun is too afraid to touch me

I'm drowning

Swallowing the lumps of anxiety
Facing my own monsters

I'm screaming

The overwhelming
The madness

I'm breathing

Days get harder
Nights get colder

I'm drowning

by
my own thoughts.



- excerpt from my diary back in August 2018.
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Saturday, May 25, 2019

WHAT'S IN MY GO TO BAG


This is the kind of bag that I quickly grab before I walk out of my room to do some errands or even hanging out. It is a leather satchel from Fossil. I love the colour, it goes with every outfit that I wear and also came with handles and long straps too! I find this is the perfect size for me to carry all of my belongings, not too small, not too big. 


The things that I carry in this bag literally saved my life in so many days. I used to always have so many things in the bag - well, I probably still, but now I only carry things that I need the most throughout the days. 

Let's take a look at what's inside!

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

TV SERIES | GAME OF THRONES - FINAL THOUGHTS (SPOILER REVIEW)

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I started watching HBO's masterpiece back in 2011, a few months late since it aired. A friend of mine recommended this show to me. I was binge-watching and finished the show within a few days. Yep, I am crazy that way! 

I love Game of Thrones! I don't think I've ever had this much patience to stay loyal and keep watching a very violent show. If you know me, you knew I hate violence at all cost. Every so often, too often even, I closed my eyes and felt sick afterwards. But the idea of this show, the complication, the characters' stories, everything about this show but the violence asked me to keep watching. So I did. 

There are so many great things about this show. I'd say Game of Thrones is one of the greatest shows of all time. That being said, the plot was so fine. Yes, this show has so many characters with a different and complicated story. Drama, action, mystery, murders, and dragons. Magical isn't it? 

Not only the plot but the characters development is probably the best I've ever seen in a show. It's hard to choose a favourite because everyone has their own great time to shine. Everyone came from their lowest to their highest moments and it felt like we were there. It's also hard to hate everyone because they had strong reasons to do what they did - except for Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson), that little shit. One thing that easy? Everyone was so memorable.

The acting, no doubt. The visual? What a masterpiece! They shot the entire show in Ireland and studios but truly, everything seemed like in the other world. So beautiful and magical! The same feeling that I got when I watched the Harry Potter franchise. 
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Sunday, May 19, 2019

BEAUTY | EVERYDAY MAKEUP LOOK


Well, not every single day I use makeup. This is the look that I'm going for whenever I go out like running errands, go to uni, or hang out with my friends. Pretty much the look that I feel I'm most comfortable with. 

To achieve this look, I need maybe ten to fifteen minutes depending on what kind of documentary or TED talks video I watch. I love watching something educational but also easy to understand. Sometimes, I also listen to the podcast. Or sometimes, watch random YouTube videos. You know, it all depends on the mood.

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

PLAYLIST


What a month full of ups and downs!
  1. Bad - James Bay
  2. Bombastic Love - Britney Spears
  3. The Good Side - Troye Sivan 
  4. Gooey - Glass Animals
  5. On the Train Ride Home - The Paper Kites
  6. Paris - Else
  7. Promise - Ben Howard
  8. Something Wrong - Amistat
  9. Victoria - Jukebox the Ghost 
  10. Work - Charlotte Day Wilson
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Wednesday, May 08, 2019

MOVIE | AVENGERS: ENDGAME (2019) - SPOILER REVIEW

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I don't know where to begin.

I have watched the movie seven times and every viewing felt like the first time. Avengers: Endgame is the culmination of eleven years or 22 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Within 3 hours, this movie expected to answer every question we had for the past eleven years or so. 

Before I talk about the movie, I just want to say how grateful I am for MCU. I have always been a fan in my entire life either to a musician, to a poet, to an actor, to an actress, to the director, to everyone basically. I always show how much I adore something, show how those things affect my life, and show people how those things mean to my life. But, I have never, ever, feel so alive for the past eleven years just to wait from one movie to another, analyze and build up my own thoughts and theories. MCU made me feel something different. Even when people where I live said that I'm too old to show how crazy I am over this thing.


Avengers: Endgame literally fulfils my dreams and my wishes. This movie is like fan service, a reward for fans loyalty after all these years. 



I didn't know it was possible to feel as if a movie was trying to physically rip you in half.

The best way I can share my thoughts on this movie is to divide into general thoughts and characters. I hope you can bear with me, this is going to be a long ass review.


Alright, shall we begin?


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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

BEAUTY | SKIN CARE FAVOURITES


Today I want to share the products that I've been obsessed with. For the past year has been a year of discovery for me on both skin care products and makeup. I've been into less is more and simpler look lately. Reorganise my life affected my routine too. So, I always looking for something that really works on me and works as a multitasking product. It might sound weird for some people but I personally believe, if that product can do two jobs at the same time, why not? 

Here are my current beauty obsessions. 

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Monday, April 08, 2019

MOVIE | DUMBO (2019)

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Fly, Dumbo! Fly!

Dumbo is Tim Burton's first live-action, recreated 1941 Disney classic. I love Disney, I have watched every movie and I cried on each one. Dumbo, Bambi, and The Lion King probably the hardest movies to watch because they are so sad! So, do I survive this movie? Barely!

This movie about the big-eared baby elephant is probably the most adorable movie that Tim Burton ever made. If we looked back, his visionary movies went into darkness - to name a few: Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd, and many more. This animated classic felt like the combination of the sweetness and adorableness of Disney mixed with the dark, twisted fashion of Burton misfit. 

Storyline wise, Dumbo is pretty easy to follow even for younger viewers. If you haven't watched the original, you'll still be able to follow the movie. You did not miss anything. Started with the Medici circus lead by Max Medici (Danny DeVito) which was struggling to keep the audiences came back until Jumbo, the mama elephant gave birth to Dumbo. Then it went along to Dumbo joined the circus and the circus was hired by an entrepreneur named V.A Vandevere (Michael Keaton). I wouldn't talk much about the story, this is not a spoiler review. 

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Friday, April 05, 2019

MOVIE | SHAZAM! (2019)

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"Say my name!" 

Shazam! is a story about Billy Batson (Asher Angel) who suddenly encountered with a wizard (Djimon Hounsou) and gave him his power. This power changed him into a superhero named Shazam (Zachary Levi). I have to say I don't know much about the story itself, or the character. This is the first time I heard about the character. So I was very excited to see this movie when I watched the trailer for the first time. 

It was hilarious! The humour in this movie was the thing that I'm most surprised the most. This movie was focused on the life of Billy Batson who figured his past and also the current time with his new self as Shazam. It was so funny whenever he and his roommate, Freddy (Jack Dylan Grazer) tried so many things to find out Shazam's power. There were so many references to Superman and Batman, this movie probably a new addition to the future DCEU movie. Although I have no clue if DC still doing their extended universe or just throw new movies with their characters. We'll see.
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