Thursday, December 22, 2016

Putting My Two Cents in

How do you trim your nails? I like to trim mine real short. I used to ask my dad if my nails and toenails deserve a MURI Award for Indonesia’s Shortest Nails, and he thought I was being ridiculous. Sometimes, I like to cut them until they almost bleed, but believe me, I ain’t  dat freak. We’ve all got our weird habits that nobody knows anyway

My preferences changed last year, though. I started to grow them out, shape ‘em, self-manicure ‘em… basically just let ‘em be pretty and have their moment. Then one day, I came across @two.cents account on Instagram and their lovely, lovely feed. What got me especially swooned was the wonderful nail design. The manicurists must be absolutely meticulous and downright creative. I then got intrigued, and decided to give it a try.

If you didn’t know, Two Cents provides at-home manicure service in Jakarta area, because #FingertipsMatter! They’re well known for their gel manicure offerings. The main difference between this type of nail varnish and regular lacquers is the longevity; gel manicure
can last for 2-3 weeks!

Now, let’s get on to the design. Determining which nail design to choose from was the fun (yet time-consuming) part. I wanted to incorporate negative space design and throw Mr Mendl’s Courtesan au Chocolat color palette from the Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel color palette into the mix. It was even harder to make up my mind when I came across other related color palette, but I finally went for one of the Royal Tenenbaums color palettes instead.

I then made my appointment via LINE and on the next day, the manicurist came to my place. The entire process took about 3 hours and I won’t bore you with all the details. Long story short, the process involved nail shaping, filing, and layering down some colors. The manicurist used a teeny tiny brush to paint my nails for best precision. Also, the process involved me putting my hands under UV light each time a color was laid down on my nails. Well, at least I believe it was a UV light. It was a loooong process indeed, so if you’d like to try this, you better get comfy!

Despite the fact that it took what feels like forever to finish, ‘the final result was absolutely impressive. The manicurist was so good, creative, and totally nailed it (sorry guys, I had to). My nails have never looked this pretty. They’ve got this negative space and Mondrian vibes now. One time, my friend said that they look like MoMA. I couldn’t agree more!

If you’d like to experience this awesome manicure service, simply add @two.cents to your LINE contact list and book for your appointment there. Oh, and don’t forget to choose your nail design! I recommend going to Pinterest and just start from there. I’m thinking about getting my nails done again some time later with another Wes Anderson’s color palette. Should I do another version from The Royal Tenenbaums or try the Grand Budapest Hotel’s pinkish color palette? Options, options...

Thursday, December 15, 2016

50 Shots of Makeup... Sorta

Who loves guacamole? I sure do. But I’m not talking about the guacamole that you constantly dip your nachos in. I’m talking about an Oscar nominated short movie titled Fresh Guacamole, which is just all kinds of amazing. It was created by PESFilm, which you should be subscribed to (or at least take a peek at some of their creative videos!) I then had this idea to create my take on it, and here it is!

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As always, I thank you for watching!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

My All-time Favorite Flick

It was a Friday night and I was wanting to watch some movies. I wanted something that wasn’t mind-bending, Christopher Nolan-ish type of thang, so something casual and laid-back. I wasn’t feeling the Hollywood vibes, and suddenly the urge to binge-watch on Thai flicks suddenly kicked in. Google then led me to this movie called Freelance (a. k. a. Heart Attack) and after seeing a rather handsome lad (Sunny Suwanmethanont) pictured on the movie’s poster, I immediately hit the play button. 2 hours later, I was head-over-heels in love with this movie. And the said lad. Basically, the movie followed a story of a 30-year-old freelance graphic designer named Yoon (Sunny) who got ill after working for days with no sleep, saw a doctor (the insanely gorgeous Davika Hoorne), had a little crush on her... but there was a twist.

Apparently, this motion picture was directed by Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit, who was also known for directing some of Thailand’s indie movies. I didn’t know how the hell he did it, but he did it good with this one. I mean, there must be good reasons behind why this movie won soooo many awards. It is THAT good. Now, allow me to share with you my personal opinions as to why this movie should be on your priority watch-list...

1. Eargasmic soundtracks/scores.
This had me at hello. And goodbye. Nawapol and the whole gang  did an absolutely brilliant job of selecting the songs to complement the scenes. Most of the songs are just amazing. But the one in particular that I’ve been listening to while I’m taking a shower, preparing my meal, and basically doing everything ever since I saw that movie is Sol by Napat Snidvongs.

2. The somewhat realistic story, acting, everything.
There are small details that made the movie seemed so realistic; Yoon’s cracked iPhone screen, a computer desktop that was filled with lots of shortcuts/files, repetitive use of certain wardrobes, even the makeup as well. The actors and actresses portrayed their roles impeccably. I especially love everything about Je (Violette Wautier) and the scene where Yoon and Je... ah, you’ve got to see it yourself! Told ya, there was a twist! Oh, I also love love love the cinematography.

3. It was hilarious af.
And very, very entertaining indeed.

The only negative thing about this movie is the fact that it had to end. God I wish it never had to! It makes me feel that I’m at this state where half of me wants to live inside the movie, but at the same time the other half of me knows that it’s just a movie and that I’m stuck on this reality that I can only wish Nawapol would direct. You see, it does things to me, this movie.

Stumbling upon this movie was definitely one of this year’s highlight o’ mine! Huge thanks to ma homegurl Shirin for getting me this book!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Somebody Wants to Know How I Did My Brows..., I filmed it for her!

The other day, I uploaded a Boomerang photo of me sportin' dem brows which I did using these products. One of my friends left a comment asking me to create a tutorial for that look (shout out to @inkeey!). So, I did! Actually, I don't like to call this a tutorial, as I don't see myself as a makeup tutor, guru, or whatever. This is more so how I did my brows for that particular photo, and just me having fun with makeup (and video-making) in general! 

There's also a poll goin' on towards the end of this video, so be sure to vote! I'd be happy to know what you'd like to see next :)

Ngalis basically means doing your brows in Indonesian. How do you do your brows?