Rabu, 10 September 2014

Green As Peas



Well, don't be bored with the word 'green' on this blog, okay? :D 
Anyway, have you ever be so frustated with stuff? Like a stack of book, or clothes, or even plates!
You realized how useless those things are but you can do nothing. 

My daddy loves to collect...balms and other pharmacy stuff.  Cajuput oils, Tiger brand balsem, muscle-pain creams, etc.  There are so much at the corners around my house.  Double, triple amount. Isn't that crazy? XD
And sometimes, he forget things easily, he doesn't throw away package wrapping papers or plastic, and buying shampoo in sachets or bottle then keep the empty bottles without any function at all.  LOL. 

Meanwhile, my mommy has so much itsy-bitsy-teenie-weenie collectables! From sculptures to paper crafts.  I understand this, since the whole family members are artsy personals.  But somehow things are too many I can't stand looking at our shelves...

Then my brother? He bought so many books and he has plan to sell or donate them but he hasn't start a bit.  He has a bunch of clothes, jackets, shoes, socks, and other he hasn't sort out.  He is so busy! 

What about me? Just the same.  I keep many glass jars, bills, plastic packagings, and all those trashes to be reused, but it becomes a stack! I love anything with reusable containers, but... And oh, I have 7 pair of shoes, great amount of fashion stuff, and...I have no idea again. Hahaha.  I don't quite save so many make up, but they still need 3 boxes! I don't know why!

Here, photos from 2010.  My toiletries collection.  I haven't got time to publish these here, so, now I show you:






I don't show you my desk or wardrobe, by the way.  There will be too many...pernak-pernik.

Oy.  So, it was 2010 or 2011, I forget.  But, look.  I already possessed stuff that I got trouble using it until the last drop.  Like...having 3 products with the same function: body lotion, body butter, body oil! *it is happening this second...

So that's my problem.  Is it your problem too? It is a global problem, Fellas! It influences your financial-life, your interior designer's effort, and Mother Earth (remember that almost every little thing now, always be packaged with plastic pockets?) !

Anybody has solution for this? Alright! I have several ideas on  'how to reduce our habit to collect everything' and 'to avoid stacks around the house'!

First thing first, make a very short shopping list.  Change your will.  You don't need that new pair of shoes or those fancy candies.  Instead of a random flat shoes on department store, maybe you better invest in one high-quality-synthetic-leather shoes from a local brand and make sure it fits almost all of your look.  And, candies? Buy grapes and apples! They are healthier and won't harm your tooth!

Secondly, pray.  I mean, like, pray. Say to yourself that you want to have a better breathing oxygen, you want to see a soothing view, you want to bring home less purchased products, you want to reduce your cleaning-activity.  Give yourself a reason to stop adding more and more fillings into your house! You may even believe that your pet will be happier without all those craps!

Third lesson. Listen to your wallet.  It may sounds basic.  But, seriously, don't pay more than you can actually spend.  Postpone anything you can postpone at the time. Save your time, save your passion to shop and possess.

July the Fourth. Remember Bea Johnson.  Hahaha. She is my role model.  I won't live totally like her anyway.  I'm an artist, I need a lot of colouring tools, drawing and crafting medias, and all.  But at least I'll try to reduce my rubbish with all my love to Mother Earth and to my mental-health.  :p

Fifth. OPEN A GARAGE SALE.  This activity is quite effective.  But please, please plant this into your mind: when a stuff sold, it doesn't mean you have an excuse to buy a substitution. No. It means you want to give more space to breathe, not a space to be filled again.  Hahaha. Alright.  Advertisement.  Please visit my garage sale Instagram: Huraya Garage Sale. Thank you!

Sixties Era. Go vintage.  Live like our ancestors.  Be a little stingy.  Buy a natural soap instead of mainstream shampoos, invest a vinegar too.  Use DIY skin care, but stay critical! Bring reusable bags (or even a cute basket) to your traditional market and, slowly, you teach these vegetable vendors to ask the customer whether he/she wants a plastic bag or not.  It may clicks the unrevealed green spirits out there! You know, there are many, many people who brings eco bag everywhere but they always forget to use it properly and end up using usual plastic bags, and it becomes...another culture.

Seven habits.  Oh, sorry, it's a book title.  Hm, the last solution I know for a while: find a large box, put everything annoying into that, and...throw them away or donate them to those who might need your treasure! xoxo


another 2011 collection :p ah, I miss that bag




So, ready to be cleaner and greener and prettier? :D 


Senin, 08 September 2014

Think!

We think too less.
We swallow anything the world offer.
Then we forget to be a human.

We mix religion and culture.
We tend to use religion as our weapons.
While religion should be a peacemaker tool.

We show our fortune to anyone.
We blame people as thieves.
Money, paper and metal, conquer the world.

Good things that were created for good,
has became a destroyer of Earth and the creatures

What are we searching?

Sabtu, 06 September 2014

Veggie Report #bla

Ah, thanks internet connection.  You're finally permanently stay at home.

Anyway, I have some development on my almost-vegetarian life. In case you're curious...
In these majestic 3 weeks or more, I have eaten A LOT of fruit.  I mean a lot.  My meals should always contain fruits--even in dried version--like raissins.  And my snack is blueberries or papaya.  Or rolled oats *lol*.  And thanks to 'Mang Sayur' (Mr.Vegetable a.k.a a man who walks along the residence to sell groceries in a wheel), he brought me a lotta' avocado--by order.  And carrots.  And so, and so.

Well, and, as a visual person, I always make new artpiece with my meals! And it encourages me so much that I can't stop making nice breakfast, beautiful lunch, plant-based everything.  Two fruits per day.  No poultry, beef, bacon, whatever.  Still take a little portion of seafood (salmon, salmon!). 

And what happened after? I haven't known it yet.  Let's see.  But I feel, my body is stronger! I walk slower! Due to lack-of-meat, I tend to be mooore calm.  Maybe, a herbivore life makes a giraffe beautiful and elegant? *forget it

Out of those stupid analysis, here are some pictures of my repas:




I believe every individual body has different handling and structure.  And taste.  You may eat your meat.  By the way, meat comes from cruelty.  Meat means cow's/chicken's/piglet's/goat's/and friends' tears.  That's all about meat that I don't like. 

And yet, we're genetically closer to orangutan rather than lions. Just fyi. ;)

Happy Saturday Night, babes! <3

Jumat, 05 September 2014

I Found You Again, Baby!

Normally, I would say, "Hi, what's up blog?"
Hahaha.  But I'm eccentric, I won't say that.  Instead, I'll speak to you like, "Wow, it's been a long time!"
Sounds similar? Whatever. 

Let's jump into the case itself.  I'm here to tell you guys.  I eat fruits everyday now! Mostly avocados--in a smooth form, mixed with cereals, or other fruits.
And, talkin' about fruits, I have a new fruity product from The Body Shop! Yes, you don't mispell it. I still bought TBS' stuff if I like it, and the ingredients are okay. :D

Anyway, but why suddenly a hand cream? I'm attacked by...a sale. Not only that.  There's one with identical scent with my fave Strawberry Purée Body Lotion. I mean very identical.  And thankfully, it contains NO parabens.  And if I read carefully, well, right, it's better than the ancestor too!

The name of this stuff is: Strawberry Hand Cream
























And it's on sale last Thursday.  Only IDR 69.000 from 79.000.  <3

Olala!
By the way, this is the reason behind my purchase:

Aqua/Water (Solvent/Diluent), Glycerin (Humectant), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Emollient), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil/Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil (Skin Conditioning Agent - Occlusive), Sodium Polyacrylate (Film Former/Viscosity Increasing Agent), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance), Cetyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), Pentaerythrityl Distearate (Skin Conditioning Agent - Emollient), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Caprylyl Glycol (Skin Conditioning Agent), Cetearyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), Cetearyl Glucoside (Surfactant), Glycine Soja Oil/Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil (Emollient), Fragaria Ananassa Seed Oil/Fragaria Ananassa (Strawberry) Seed Oil (Natural Additive), Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter (Skin Conditioning Agent - Emollient), Myristamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate (Skin Conditioning Agent), Xanthan Gum (Viscosity Modifier), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Myristyl Alcohol (Emulsifier/Emollient), Stearyl Alcohol (Emollient), Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), Caramel (Colorant), CI 14700/Red 4 (Colorant).

Wait! What a long list.  XD LOL. Every explanation of each material's function make it longer. 
Anyway.  Paraben-free. No mineral oil. No BHA/BHT. All seems (quite) safe.  

And it works actually the same with the Purée Body Lotion! Not sticky, not heavy.  Just happy! :D

If only they improve the naturality of their ingredients, it might be sooo adorable.  But for a while, I'm satisfied by this hand cream.  Thank you, TBS! ;)

Jumat, 01 Agustus 2014

When Life Gives You Lemon, Grab A Cocoa :)

Hello, yellow!
Who loves chocolate? :D I do! And I believe most of you do, too!
Chocolate comes from cocoa, a 'fruit' first found in America, where Indian used to live, and used by them as beverages.  The real cocoa is bitter, as appears on dark chocolate bars you see.

Cocoa or kakao contains antioxidant, plus phenylhetylamine, a natural chemical compound you get when you're falling in love.  It simply makes you happy! So, there's no reason to avoid chocolate anyway.  Who cares it possibly causes acnes...

Beside as a snack, cocoa is functionally functional as skin remedy! Trust me.  Cocoa butter is great to moisturize your skin, and it protects the barrier.  But, how many cocoa butter-containing products that are served without parabens, additional glycol groups, and so on? Well, not much here.  We could find some clean products in US/UK/Europe, but only a little in Indonesia (not talking about the brand--it's about the distribution). I tried The Body Shop's Chocomania body butter and not very impressed.  The cocoa butter line too, it doesn't attract me--thinking about the preservatives, the price, and the smell.  I like the Chocomania scent, it reminds me of a chocolate drink with...I don't know...hazelnut? Something retro, lah.  Sadly, the ingredients list isn't very handsome.  And it's overly heavy on my skin, I don't know why.  :(

Thankfully, we have Utama Spice.  Made in Bali. And finally opened a store in Bandung my lovely-on-progress hometown.  And it's like truly natural! Sure, I bought some stuff there.  And to stay strict with the context, let's just talk about the Cocoa Love body butter! :D




It is kept in a simple plastic jar, with an interesting label design.  Behind, an ingredients list.  And there, written:

This is a supreme hydrating Cocoa seed butter great for sensitive or sun damaged skin. It's the healing power of love coming to you in chocolate form

Ingredients:
Cocos Nucifera (Virgin Coconut) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Pod, Cinnamomum Burmani (Cinnamon) Bark. 
Add some flour, whipped cream, and colourful sprinkles and you'll get a cute tart, not a body butter, silly!

Alright.  Sounds yummy? Sounds trustable? No beeswax, which I'm quite happy with, because previously, there's a beeswax inside--I've applied a smaller amount last year, got a sample from Lynn.  It's a little lighter and absorbs into skin better than before.  But I...I don't know why they got rid of the beeswax, while they claimed on the website that 'A base of virgin coconut oil, aloe vera and beeswax, our body butters provide natural hydration for longer lasting protection and moisture retention, a central component of  our aromatherapy skin care ritual. Pleasure your senses and feed your skin.'

Well, perhaps the cocoa butter itself has take a place of beeswax--since they have same profession--protecting the skin.  :D

My overall thought: the scent is naturally yummy, it could help my hunger... the texture is great, it's a little hard maybe, you should melt it first with your palms or on the skin, let your body's higher degree count melt it.  And uhm, yes, it basically moisturizes your skin perfectly without feeling any stickiness.  It will get in your skin! Trust me.  If I sleep with this butter on, I wake up normally with a supple skin.  Thought, not as magical as Aromanaturals' effect.

If you're curious about the other Utama Spice products, please come to their website or offline store in Ubud and Bandung, and I heard that they are available on Jakarta's Guardians too.  :D

And if you need a little help, uhm, this is my review on their body lotion! ;)

 
 Have a great Saturday, fellas :D

One Fine Friday

100% Pure lip & cheek tint in Peach Glow  - lip glaze in Cabernet - lip butter in Cherry

On this one fine Friday, let me show you my favourite lip products from 100% Pure, and yes, let me serve you my version of green tea latté. ;D

It's made of matcha powder (use only a half teaspoon or you'll end up with a bitter taste), honey, sugar (because I run out of honey), and soy milk which I bought from 'penjaja kembang tahu keliling' a.k.a a man who sells some soy products like tofu and beancurd by travelling around the residences. :D

Since I've been obsessed with colourful sprinkles (or chocolate flakes or whatever), I put some cake decoration on the top! :D Yaay!



And, that's all I want to say today. Later, I'll come to you with reviews of a body butter! Guess what body butter is it. :D

Minggu, 27 Juli 2014

Selamat Saling Memaafkan :)












 Karena hidup terlalu lucu untuk dibuat ribet.  Selama kita bisa saling menghargai dan menyayangi, tak akan ada kekacauan. 

:) 

Selamat Idul Fitri 1435 H <3