Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Zero Waste or Low Waste? Bonus Low Waste Swaps

Hello, lovelies~ Have you heard about plastic pollution? It's all over the news and some places have even banned those single-use plastics. According to TIME, 8 million metric tons of plastic ends up in the ocean EVERY YEAR.
Photo by John Cameron on Unsplash

I'm not against all single-use plastic, of course. Syringes are made from plastic that is disposable or single-use, but it has benefits of being able to keep infection rates low to none. There is no more cross-contamination thanks to sterile equipment that is wrapped in plastic. So? I'm not against plastic nor do I avoid them like the plague.

Would I call myself a zero waster or living a zero-waste lifestyle?

I don't think so.

Maybe it's more of a Low Waste Lifestyle instead

Anyway, I have a few tips for you who are interested in learning more about this lifestyle or looking for ideas on swaps to be more conscious of our waste. Just know that it's not gonna always be smooth sailing in our journey for minimal waste.

Don't be too hard on yourself if a waiter gave you straw in your drink or a plastic bag with your food order. We live in a linear economy, so breaking up from it will be a task. We have to slowly change into a circular economy, so there would be less waste. Remember this mantra when you're starting this lifestyle,

We don't need a handful of people doing it perfectly.
We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.

Let's get on with the swaps I did on my journey of minimizing my waste.

Bringing my own shopping bag so I don't have to use the plastic bags that stores usually provide. I usually have 3 or 5 of these in my bag. Sometimes, I do still forget to use my own shopping bag when I'm getting my food to go. When I do remember, I return the plastic bag back to the shop. 

Not using straws and using our own reusable cups when we're getting bubble tea. I have to admit that this one habit is slightly harder than the previous ones. G and I don't really use straws when we're drinking, except when it comes to bubble tea. We can't drink it straight from the glass because they're at the bottom and it's hard to get both the tapioca balls and the drink at the same time. Am I making any sense? Sorry if it didn't.

Anyway, we ended up getting those wide reusable glass straws to suck up those pesky, delicious balls of tapioca and sugar.

We're both hot tea drinkers, so we have opted for loose leaf tea when it comes to steeping a hot cup of tea. No more using tea bags for us since some of them (may) contain plastic within the bags to make it more durable when steeped with hot water. Of course, not all tea bags have this, you have to research the brand.

Ice cream would have to be my favorite dessert out of all of them. I like to have them in a cup because I'm not too fond of eating the cone. In my bag are two reusable cups (around 400 ml) and two metal teaspoons that I bring so I can use them for ice cream sundae. This way, I won't feel guilty when I'm enjoying my ice cream in a cup.

I have started using a menstrual cup for that time of da' month. It was (really) a learning curve and I have written about it in-depth in this post right here. All I can say is you really gotta be CHILL when using a cup.

I am starting a compost box at home where all the food waste (vegetable scraps, fruit peels, etc) goes to rot safely and turn to compost for the plants. Our landfill is overloaded with organic and inorganic waste that they formed mountains of garbage. The organic waste (food scraps mostly) gets buried underneath and decomposed anaerobically because of lack of oxygen. When it starts to decomposed anaerobically, methane is formed and released into the atmosphere as one of the worst greenhouse gases. Methane is able to trap 100x more heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide.

This is all I can think of now. If I have more swaps, I'll it in a new blog post later on. My bag kinda looks like I'm going to have a picnic by the river because of the eating utensils. All I'm missing is a rug to lie down while I enjoy the calming sounds of the river.

I know this isn't much and I'm only one person doing all of this (2 if you count G), but I'm trying to help in any way I can to the best of my ability for the earth. I know that companies should be held responsible for managing their own waste, but I don't think there is a law for that, so until then, I'll just be here and do my best to help our Earth.

Have you made some low waste swaps to help reduce plastic pollution or reduce waste in general? Let me know in the comments below. Until then, I'll see you later~

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Organicup Review and Experience

Disclaimer : If you are someone who are easily grossed out or uncomfortable with the topic of woman reproductive system and chunks of blood and menstruation, then this blog post is not for you. 

Hello, lovelies~ I know, I know. I am SO late in the game with these menstrual cups, huh? It takes me that long to join the cup users.

Nobody says that.

Ever.

Anyway, I am going to share with you the menstrual cup that I used during my last period, which is Organicup. Since I have only used this brand, I can't really tell which one is more comfy or less firm or whatnot, but maybe in the future, I will.

Who knows.

Alright, so what is a menstrual cup, I hear you asking from a distance. Well, my fellow first-time cup users, it's basically a cup that you insert to your vagina to collect the blood to sacrifice to the Gods for you to later dump out. It's made of medical-grade silicone, so none of that nasty chemicals on the lining, etc.



Before using it ( at the beginning of the menstruation cycle), I boil the cup for 5 minutes. Make sure that the water is already boiling before you put the cup in so the cup won't touch the sides of the pan. Afterward, just make sure it's cooled before removing it from the pan. Wash your hands and the cup before insertion.


MY EXPERIENCE                                   
The morning of the first day using it was surprisingly pleasant and easy. I used a C cup fold, but it wouldn't go in easily, so I switched to the punch down fold. It went in way easier because of the smaller diameter. Once it's inside and a little adjusting, I couldn't really feel the stem.

As a reference, I work at an office from 9 to 5 mostly sitting, maybe walking up and down the stairs a few times to get my papers from the printer. I thought I was gonna have spots when I check after 12 hours, but nope. My pants are clean as a whistle!


Getting it out is easier than inserting it because it's just a slight pull at the stem, pinching the base and pulling it out gently. I never thought I'd be satisfied to see the 'red juice' collected inside the cup. My first day has a quarter of the blood collected.

Now, I have a short temper that is a bad quality when combined with elevating hormones that makes me go into mood swings with just a snap. When I was gonna change the night of the first day, I had a hard time making the cup unfold. It didn't occur to me that I can just simply TURN the cup at the base to make it a round shape, hence sealing the deal.

but I didn't think about that

I LOST IT.

I HAD A BREAKDOWN.

G even offered to help since he said he would have a better sight at the 'target'. I politely declined in tears and hysterics. I was thinking of how I have failed as a medical doctor, not being able to place this medical device inside of me successfully. I started to think about how my family would be disappointed in (not that they're proud, to begin with) me because of my failure. I started to feel like a failure. Oh my, it was just nasty to look at. Geez...

Yup. That's what my hormones + short temper does to me during my period.

I SERIOUSLY DON'T KNOW WHY I DIDN'T TURN THE CUP.

I tried again for the last time before going to bed, but no luck. The cup is still left there unfolded and I'm still bawling my eyes out because of the failure. G consoled me and reminded me to take deep breaths and that this isn't the end of the world. If it wasn't for him, I would probably be in the middle of an anxiety attack. So, I took the cup out, used my sanitary pad and cried myself to sleep.

*phew*

The second day was a lot better since I did turn the cup at the base once it's already inside. There were a few leaks because I inserted the cup way too deep that it probably slanted to the side. It still caught a few milliliters of blood, so that was good.

The third and fourth day went smoothly because there was less blood than the day before. I already got the hang of inserting the cup and how deep it should be. My cue was inserting it until my index finger was about a quarter inserted. I then let go and it usually unfolds automatically. Right after my period ended I boil the cup for 5 minutes and store it in the cloth bag.

Verdict?

I enjoyed using it to the point that I wanna say...

SANITARY PAD WHO?
and

WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?!

also ...

HOW DO I LIVE WITHOUT YOU~?

I like that I can't feel anything while using the cup. There is no need to change pads every few hours. I don't have irritation because of the friction between my skin and the sanitary pads. There is also the financial and environmental effect of using menstrual cups. Sure it costs a lot in the beginning, but for the convenience and less (much less) waste piling up at the landfill, this is a worth to buy product for me.

How about you? Have you tried or thinking of trying a menstrual cup? Let me know in the comments below. I think I'm gonna do a separate post on tips for using a menstrual cup. This post is already too long I don't even know if you made it here. Until then, I'll see you later~


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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Krave Beauty Great Barrier Relief Review

Hello, lovelies~ I feel that I should change that greeting already. I'll think of something later on. My brain isn't feeling too creative at the moment. I'm having a cold and cough at the moment I'm writing this intro.

As you may (or may not) know, I am someone who grew up with oily skin type that is both acne-prone and sensitive. Over the years I have tried to control the sebum production on my face, so it won't look like a disco ball at the end of the day. Blotting sheets, mattifying powders, lightweight water-based moisturizers, but never oil.

I first heard about using facial oils back in 2016 when I was already on a skincare routine that I was already liking, so I didn't really try it out. I don't wanna ruin a good thing I had going with my skin, you know? We finally made peace and there's no more acne-warfare going on right now.

*Fast forward to 2019*

I began to look into facial oils and their physiology of how it's supposed to help the skin produce less oil. Click upon clicks upon clicks later, I found out about Tamanu Seed oil through Liah Yoo and how it helps her aunt fade sunspots. I did more reading and research on this topic and decided to purchase a sample of the Krave Beauty Great Barrier Relief Serum of Shopee.

The serum comes with a white green-themed cardboard box complete with all of the product information printed on it. Inside the box is the plastic bottle that the serum is placed in. The bottle has a white pump, making it easier to dispense the product.


Here are the ingredients for the serum. There are quite a few beneficial oils inside. I'll sum it up in bullet points :
  • Facial oils: Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Seed Oil, Safflower Seed Oil, Cetearyl Olivate (a mixture of Cetearyl alcohol and fatty acids usually derived from olive oil), Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, most mixtures of olive oils and others
  • There are no parabens
  • There is no fragrance
  • There is no ethanol, alcohol and the likes

Krave Beauty Great Barrier Relief Ingredients 

Water, Propanediol, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil(10), Dipropylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Olivate, Polysorbate 60, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Glyceryl Oleate, Sorbitan Olivate, Sorbitan Oleate, Octyldodecanol, Glycerin, Butylene glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Squalane, Serine, Acetyl Glutamine, Glycine, Ceramide NP, Oleic acid, Sodium PCA, Glycosyl trehalose, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Saccharide Isomerate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Disodium Phosphate, Sodium Phosphate, Tocopheryl acetate, Coco-caprylate/Caprate, Lactic acid, Xanthan gum, Urea, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, Magnesium Chloride, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydroxyacetophenone, Glyceryl Caprylate, Pentylene glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium EDTA
I tried it immediately after I opened it from the package. It has a lightweight texture for a serum that has lots of oils in it. It does have a nutty, earthy, medicinal scent, but I kinda liked it. My skin feels slightly sticky after I pat it evenly on my cheek area, but after 10 minutes it's no longer sticky.

I woke up with a smooth face I can't stop touching it, lol. In my air-conditioned office, my face held up quite nicely without having too much excess oil on my cheeks.

So far, I haven't experienced any redness, itchiness, or acne from using this product. It has been smooth sailing *crosses fingers*

Nah, usually my skin notifies me quite fast when it doesn't like a product. This has been 2-3 weeks without any incident.

As for the sunspot lightening action, I have yet to see it happen because I've only been using it for a short period (2-3 weeks). The (kinda) instant result I saw was the change in my skin's texture. It is smoother and softer, also ever-so-slightly supple.

With all that being said, I don't think I will be repurchasing this again since I can get almost the same results with a fraction of the price. Converted to IDR, I paid IDR 170.000 (USD 12.08) for 10 ml of this product. The full-size product retails around IDR 400.000 - IDR 565.000 which is around USD 28.43 - $40.16 (prices off Shoppe Indonesia). That's out of my budget, unfortunately.

Have you tried this serum from Krave Beauty? What do you think about it? Let me know in the comments below. Until then, I'll see you later~


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Saturday, July 6, 2019

June Favorites

Hello, lovelies~ It has been a while since I made a favorites post. To those who are new to my blog, this is a post where I compiled my favorite items in the past month. Be it skin care, makeup, movies, TV shows, etc. You know, like the typical favorites posts. I’ll just start the post…


Jojoba Oil
This is one of the things that made my jaw dropped last month. Like I posted on my “Week with facial oils”, I used this all over my nose and chin areas. The areas that are “populated” with blackheads. I used a few drops and massage them in a circular motion all over for around 2 minutes. I leave it like a mask for 5 minutes and proceed to wash my face as normal. My skin becomes smooth and some of the blackheads are gone. However, extracting them makes it easier after the jojoba oil application.

Hemp Seed Oil
Another facial oil for the win. Hemp seed oil seems to be the new BFF to my skin. It gives enough moisture without inviting any of the unwanted guests (acne). In the morning, my skin feels bouncy. I’m not even sure how the science behind it is. I need further research on this matter.

Instax Share SP-2
I just got this last month and have been printing out photos like crazy. This has been on my wishlist since the day it came out, I think. Polaroids make me nostalgic. Dad used to have the old Polaroid camera that’s bulky and gives out large prints. My brother and I snapped tons of pictures only to have Dad scold us because the film was expensive. Oh yeah, back to why I love this printer. It gives out a vertical polaroid ratio instead of the wide/square one. The photos look retro and I just love the tone and feel to the print photo.

Allie Sunscreen
I bought this because I saw a Facebook post comparing different sunscreens and this one has the greatest result out of all of them. I mean, after wiping the sunscreen off, the skin looked the lightest. I bought it from Shopee. It has no scent, blends easily, and doesn't leave a greasy residue on my face. I'm gonna have to do a separate review on this superb sunscreen.

Brooklyn Nine Nine
If you like funny TV shows and Andy Samberg, you probably already watched this one. I am excited for the latest season and have been watching it. I don't binge watch it, I save it. lol

Black Spot
Mystery, thriller and supernatural genres are my favorites in a TV show. I found this when I was browsing my Netflix early June and love it. It's a story of a detective in a small village in France that has a forest shrouded in mystery whether or not there is a spirit or hermit living in it and making things extra supernatural-y. Yup, not a word.

That is all I can think of for last month's favorites. I gotta say I am pumped to be back blogging. It really does take the stress off my head. What are your favorites this month? Write it in the comments section. Until then, I'll see you later~

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

A Week With Facial Oils

No, not the oils on my face that I am regularly spouting waiting for someone to profit off of it to make fossil fuel or power transportation devices. 

It's these babies right here. 

I never thought I'd see the day where I would apply oil on my (already very) greasy face and can actually get away with it. I kid you not. For reference, I have sensitive, acne-prone skin that has been on Vitacid 0.025% (retinoic acid) for the past year or two.

It all has to do with the ratio of oleic acid and linoleic acid on your skin. I'm thinking of doing a separate post on in-depth about these two. Long story short, I read that people with blackheads and acne prone skin has a lower level of linoleic acid compared to oleic acid. However, if you have severe acne or fungal acne, I recommend that you consult with your doctor before applying these on your skin.

EXPECTATION
Upon contact with the oil, my skin turns red with a few bumps and whiteheads all over the surface. The grease level increases so much that it can reflect sunlight and ignite a small fire for camping. Too much?

REALITY
My skin feels soft and smooth in the morning as if I have just used an industrial skin softener, even though it's totally non-existent. There are no clumps of acne on my skin and it even calmed an already existing single acne on my chin. Dare I say there is a slight glow on my cheeks now?!

Let's start with Tamanu Oil. It has a nutty, earthy scent that may be slightly overbearing to the senses. There hasn't been much research done on this plant, but one of them said that Tamanu oil contains an ingredient called calophyllolide that has anti-inflammatory properties. This is one of the reasons why it is suitable for those with acne, eczema, etc. 

Technically, you're supposed to apply the oil as the last step of your skincare routine to help lock in all the moisture. I feel that Tamanu oil takes forever to sink in (even though it does eventually), unlike Hemp oil that doesn't linger. Also, I like combining tamanu oil with my body moisturizer. My arms and legs were hydrated and smooth for a day.

Both oils gave me soft, smooth and supple skin in the morning with a slightly greasy T zone. I prefer hemp oil because of its lightweight consistency and how it sinks in faster than tamanu oil. I still can't stand the scent of hemp oil that kinda smells like damp, raw, young mung bean sprouts mixed with dirt. If you like that scent, hey, kudos to you, dude. You're gonna like this oil.

Moving on to Safflower Oil that is supposedly (also) great for acne prone skin because of the linoleic acid content. I think my skin didn't quite like this one as I noticed a small bump on my face the morning after I applied this on my skin. I'll give this another try sometime next week.

Grapeseed oil is probably one of the most famous oils out there, despite the lack of research or papers on it. If eaten, it contains vitamin E which is a good source for antioxidants. It doesn't have a strong scent and applies easily on the skin. I feel that this is heavier compared to hemp oil (which feels light).

One of the oils I hear works wonders for blackheads is Jojoba oil. It claims to "suck up" all of the comedones inside the pore because of the "like dissolves like" principle. How can I NOT be intrigued by such a brilliant idea?

I tried cleansing my T-zone with Jojoba oil on my dry face and just rubbing it in for a good 5-10 minutes. It hasn't worked miracles to a point that it sucks up all of the blackheads on my nose, but it does remove some of the less stubborn and smaller blackheads on my nose. I can't believe I'm saying this but I LOVE THIS OIL.

Some of the blackheads that are left behind I extracted manually. I noticed that the extraction process became easier because they just came out fast. They don't have a thick and gooey consistency.

WHAT MAGIC IS THIS?

WHERE HAS THIS BEEN ALL MY LIFE?

After a week of using oils for my facial area, I am quite impressed by how soft, smooth and supple my skin feels. I haven't noticed any acne or breakouts anywhere on my face. The redness on my cheeks has minimized as well. I think I'll continue using this for a month and update you later on. Deal? Until then, I'll see you later~


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Sunday, June 16, 2019

15 Years

Heyo~ I am having the most annoying headaches slash migraine as I'm writing this post. It's a Saturday night and we're at home because a) I am having a cold and b) G is currently working from home. 

Win-win.

We planned on celebrating our anniversary this year somewhere nice in the city. Just a casual dinner probably. We don't usually celebrate it with cakes and presents, but we've been together for 15 years this year, it's a nice number, so hell yeah to celebration, lol.

Now, here's the thing. I am someone who gets pumped when reading the reviews of the restaurant,  but upon seeing the traffic being all red on google maps, my laziness goes WAY UP.

And that's what happened. I wanted to go to Nomz Kitchen at Grand Indonesia for a lunch date, but it was crowded that we got lazy just thinking of going there. We ended up in one of our favorite restaurants ...

Holy Cow Pantai Indah Kapuk.

We got our usual order of steak with a side of french fries and chatted about stuff. Oh, we tried out the meatball with a creamy sauce and it was surprisingly delicious! I didn't take pictures of the meatball because we got too excited that I forgot to do that. :D

Dessert is up next and we planned on trying the gelato shop at PIK called Latteria. The parking, though. Amazingly stuffed.

Jam packed.

Like sardines in a can.

Just.

Wow. 


We went home straight after looking at it.

I just bought a slice of G's favorite cheesecake and a slice of chocolate cake for me for dessert at home. Thank you, Go-Food!

G went back to work and I watched a few episodes of Black Spot on Netflix. He has tons of work when it's the middle of the month. I'd say that was a day (anniversary) well spent because we get to do the things we like and spent time together. Here's to another 100 of these!


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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Etude House Soon Jung 5-Panthenoside Cica Balm Review

Hello, lovelies~ My blog used to be post after post of just skincare reviews, tips, and routines. Back then (in 2010-2013), skincare wasn't as big as it was right now. People prefer foundation reviews, over serum reviews. However, I am still in love with skincare products and procedures even after all those years of not blogging.

One of the first skincare products that I am currently loving for my combination-oily skin is an Etude House product. Luckily, this didn't break me out (horribly) like other EH products on my skin. Let me introduce you to ...