Sunday, August 24, 2014

EOS Blytheye Blue

If I need to talk about contact lenses, it seems like I always mention EOS. In my opinion, EOS, so far is the best choice for both aesthetics and comfort reasons. Plus, it's not pricey at all. Glad that my eyes are really comfortable with this brand.

Usually, people tend to avoid bright lenses because they're not confident to wear it. So do I. I used to keep being in my safety zone by purchasing brown or grey lenses, even though bright green or blue lenses have always seemed appealing to me since I was a kid. We sometimes envy anime colorful eyes, right?! Then I tried to be out of the zone by purchasing EOS Blytheye Blue. This is the first blue lenses that I own.

EOS Blytheye
Diameter : 14,8mm
BC : 8,8
Water Content : 52%
Origin : Korea

This is the second Blytheye series that I've ever got. Before this, I've bought EOS Blytheye Grey. I intended to buy this lenses for my everyday's look, but when it arrived and I tried on my eyes, it turned out to be too bright. You can read my review here. It's not that I regret in buying it. I was able to create dramatic looks wearing that lens, but failed to wear it to work (of course!)

The Blytheye series is created to make the color pops up, so surely it will be bright, very bright. But what I like from this lens is its normal pattern. I think this simple pattern is important to make our eyes not being 'too scary' or over-over-dramatic. The color is emphasized but at the same time it also keeps the casual look.

Here's how it looks without flash,

and with flash.

Flash almost gives no difference because the lenses are already bright without it.

I wore this lenses to create my Koichi look. Check the post here.

EOS Blytheye Blue will be great to be worn for a cosplay look. But it is great too for a casual day look. Kinda different with the EOS Blytheye Grey. The grey one seemed too bright and the color appeared almost like white on my eyes, so it looked scary. This EOS Blytheye Blue, I can wear it to go to the mall, hang out with friends, have dinner, and etc. I bought it at Dreamie Chuppa for less than IDR 100,000. Good deal!

My tips: wear this lens with smokey eyes, black liner, black eyeshadow to balance the look. I also prefer to wear nude on my lips, so everyone will know that they need to look at my blue eyes(^_−)☆

Thursday, August 21, 2014

No Shows

That's Gerard Way!

I don't like comparing Gerard Way now with My Chemical Romance back then, but I want to say that they are completely different. When listening to 'Action Cat' for the first time, I still felt like I was listening to My Chemical Romance in their 'Danger Days' era. And now 'No Shows' has been revealed, it makes me gasped. The music video and the music itself give very different feeling from the Gerard from My Chemical Romance. To be honest, I prefer darker side of him, like in 'Three Cheers' era. LOL. But I think it's the matter of preference. I still enjoy this Gerard Way though. Because what?! Because it's Gerard Way! I cannot not to like him #using double negatives.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Koichi ‘Theatrical Blue-Black' Makeup

These past months, I've been really attracted to a visual kei band named Mejibray. I admit that the first time I saw Mejibray, I liked MiA, the guitarist, and I found out that his skill is also amaaaazzzziiinnnngg. Then I dug more about this band, searching their songs, the MVs, lyrics, and meanings, also knowing more about their members, until I became obsessed with their pink-haired bassist, Koichi. So, let's say like this: I'm in love with MiA, but with Koichi, I'm obsessed.

Why? Because he has face like this!!

I will be obsessed with someone who's beautiful, and Koichi is too beautiful.

Mejibray celebrate their third anniversary this year. They will release their new single 'Theatrical blue-black' on September 24. They already released the teaser. You can see how pretty Koichi is...MiA too, of course, and Meto the drummer is so weird yet cute, and Tsuzuku the vocalist is as charismatic as always.

Way before this, it just came in my mind that I thought someday I really wish to create the look of Koichi. So when he released his concept look for 'Theatrical Blue-Black', I instantly thought it's the time. Later on, I learned the details of his makeup, especially the eye-make, and then I gathered materials, watched tutorials from youtube, practiced it, until finally, I can show you the result.

What do you think?  The eye-make is still lame though. It's not as jet black as his. I don't use any gel liner on this.

The step-by-step how to do Koichi's eye makeup:

Besides eye makeup, thing that needs to be focused on is shading technique. People who used to do cosplay or visual kei makeup must be familiar with this kind of really dramatic shading. The point is to create illusion of extra small and pointy nose. Even though my nose is not pointy at all, it will change with such an effort.

The red line shown below is the area that need to be filled in with the shade. I use brown eyeshadow.

The difference is obvious. The reason why I love makeup is because I can do magic with just few strokes of brush.

Back to Koichi, I remembered he had one look in which he wore devil's horns and a hoodie. I think it was during their 'Sadisgate' era.

I also want to imitate him this time. Please bear the sighting of my ugly black roots.

If anyone wonders how I get the eye patch and the horns, I made it by my self, following this tutorial: eye patch and devil horns

When taking selfies, I usually have some favorites. This time it turned out to be this one below, because my expression looks like Koichi (or at least in my mind). However, the background is not so nice, my messy wardrobe. Errr~ so blurrrr it.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Tokyo Ghoul

WARNING: Contains spoilers

Do you want to know what manga that has driven me becoming the most anti-social family member during my stay in my hometown? Even if you don't want to know, I will tell you.

It's Tokyo Ghoul, or Tokyo Kushu.

I've wanted to read this manga since it became popular on internet. I often found the post about this manga on my Tumblr dashboard. Even once, Ruki from The Gazette posted his reading it on Instagram. "Oh! Ruki reads it! I must read it!" said me.

I ended up watching the anime first, and it was completely not planned. I was getting bored waiting for my Dad to come home, because we were supposed to go Mudik once he's arrived. So I just turned on my laptop again, and decided to watch this anime. The anime has just started this July and reached its 5th episode. Because the anime only showed a tiny part of a whole story, I became really curious. I started to read the manga, and next thing happened was me looking at my phone screen all day long. I read it on my phone, by the way.

I knew it from the start this manga would be thrilling and gory. So I had prepared to see the most horror thing I expected from a manga. Frankly speaking, this genre is my favorite. Don't judge me a psycho, because I can't stand to see the real blood nor human flesh. NO..NO.. But usually the suspense mangas have interesting story or I may call it as the genius one. 

Despite every expectations I had for the goriest scene that might happen in this manga, I was still aghast. It's mindblowing, twisted, and....TRAGIC.

Rize and Kaneki
The story is about Ken Kaneki, an ordinary college student who likes to read novels. He has had a nice personality and is was a bit shy. He was attracted to a girl whom he saw often in a cafe. That girl seemed to have an interest in novels, just like Kaneki. And finally, he was able to talk with her and ask her for a date. That girl's name is Rize Kamishiro.

Conflict began when things turned out bad, because Rize is actually a ghoul. Ghouls are creatures that eat humans. Their existence has worried human beings, because they're incredibly strong, they can regenerate their cells to heal wounds, and most importantly, they NEED to eat.

Kaneki had almost become the main dish until suddenly steel bars fell on Rize's body, resulting her 'death'. Unconscious, Kaneki was brought into a hospital. There was a doctor named Kanou, transplanted Rize's organ to Kaneki's body in order to save his life.

Kaneki becomes a ghoul
Since that day, strange things happened to Kaneki. Well~ he has become a ghoul...or maybe half-ghoul. Ghouls' eyes turn red when their appetite grows. But only one eye of Kaneki that turned into ghoul's eye.

He just would not accept this. It was against his morality. Eating human flesh is sinful, evilest thing, right?! No matter how much he craved for food, he could not do it.

When he was really starving and tempted by the smell of 'something's delicious', he found a ghoul who was enjoying his 'meal'. Disgusted by the fact that he was dragged there by the smell of corpse, he insisted to refuse to eat, being stressed out instead. Another ghoul named Nishiki appeared. Easily, he killed the ghoul who was eating, then confronted Kaneki for being in his territory, even though Kaneki had explained his not-knowing for such a rule.

Touka Kirishima appeared and saved him by wounding Nishiki. Touka is a high school girl who worked at Anteiku, a cafe which Kaneki and Rize visited. She's, of course, a ghoul. She has such a rude behavior and has a hobby to kick someone's ass (literally), even Kaneki always said that Touka-chan is scary. But she actually has a gentle heart, and she seems to envy normal human's life.

Started from this meeting, Kaneki found out that Anteiku, the cafe, was actually a place for ghouls. The manager and the staffs are ghouls. They live in a group to help each other as their fellow ghouls. Here, Kaneki was taught many things. Besides human flesh and blood, ghouls only can eat/drink coffee, while any other human food will taste horrible. He was trained to eat sandwiches though, in order to easily blend in the human's world. He also started to practice martial arts, because ghoul's world is...cruel.
Juuzou Suzuya

To eliminate the ghouls, there's a special agency called CCG, Commission of Counter Ghoul. Thus the ghouls must surely hide themselves to prevent getting killed by CCG agents. The mindblowing thing is I found a purer heart in a ghoul like Touka than in an agent or human like Kureo Mado or Juuzou Suzuya. They are absolutely psychos. The fact of Juuzou Suzuya is he's a pretty popular character, but I really don't like him. I can't accept his being as the happiest one, and free, and gives no fuck while slicing ghouls' flesh (or perhaps it doesn't matter for him if it's humans' flesh). Meanwhile, Kaneki is in his misery for trying to save everyone he knows. No fair! But the story's still going on. Not sure if one day I will have my sympathy to him.

Now speaking of Kaneki, I found one interesting quote in the manga and someone posted this on tumblr, saying that the quote has summed up entire story.

Here it is:

Exactly it is! So I have sort of thing like...maybe...protagonist complex. If I read a story, I would like to be the protagonist, even if it's Katniss Everdeen. But Kaneki is just too unfortunate until I wish nothing except he gains his normal life again.

First, he was changed into a half-ghoul by, later I found out, an illegal experiment conducted by Dr. Kanou. Then, he needed to throw away his humanity and curse his own life as a ghoul. And, he was tortured so badly until he kinda lost his sanity.

White-haired Kaneki in anime opening
When I watched the anime, I saw a white-haired guy in the opening, and I was like 'Wow, he's cool. Who is he?'. I found out that he was Kaneki himself whose hair turned white after being tortured when he was kidnapped by Yamori, a psycho ghoul who likes to 'play' with his victim before eating him. So when I read the manga, I had a thought of wanting to see white-haired Kaneki very soon, because he looks so cool with it. Theeeennnn, when I had reached that chapter, I was like 'this is fucking insane.'. I know there's written 'torture', but having all fingers and toes tore off with a plier and a centipede creeps into his ear are fucking insane. Geez, all my tears goes to you, Kaneki. I instantly regretted my wishing to see your white hair. I regret it so much.

As his hair changed color, his personality can change like a flick of switch. It still remains, the gentle personality of the old Kaneki, but in a glance he can change into the most ruthless ghoul ever.

The whole story of this manga follows Kaneki's ghoul life, solving the mystery of what's going on in this wrong world. But the more he knows, more miserable he becomes. It has crushed my idealism of knowing is way better than not-knowing, seeing more is way better than not seeing. It shows a completely twisted idea. Ken Kaneki is fucked up. I never know a story in which I wish to know more, but at the the same time, I would be happy if everything just stops and goes back to normal. If other mangas, such as Shingeki no Kyojin, promise me someday it will be the bright light that clear off all the mystery, Tokyo Ghoul makes each of its chapters becomes worse to the protagonist.

Huff..I gotta off and pray for Kaneki's happiness.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Mudik 2014

Here, in Indonesia, there's a yearly ritual on Lebaran Days, called Mudik. It means going back to hometown to be with family to celebrate Idul Fitri. I've been used to do Mudik since I was a kid. My Mom lived in Central Java before moving to Jakarta. That's why many relatives of hers live there.

I used to see Mudik as an adventure. We always go by car, so it will take more than 12 hours to arrive in a small city where my Grandma and aunts live. That city's name is Blora. I remember I would get excited when Lebaran was near, though I always got sick in every trip. Since I was a kid, my tummy had been so weak so I would got nausea (not carsickness) or diarrhea because of the long trip, and the bad wind entered my body, my tummy. We called it masuk angin, literally wind enters. LOL! But I was still excited.

This year, when my Mom told me that she had a plan for us to go Mudik again, I felt less excited than me in my childhood. Anxiety approached me. I don't know exactly since when, but I cannot fall asleep in a car while it's moving. My eyes will widely open, and I would become fully aware of my Dad's driving style. Not that I'm super paranoid our car will crash, the hell I can sleep in that condition. I just can't.

And, like I've been uttering so much lately, I'm AMAZED about how much people live in Jakarta, this small city, until it's able to create super duper long queue of vehicles, not only everyday in Jakarta, but also every year in whole Java. Truly AMAZING!

Normally, it would take 12-14 hours to go from Jakarta to Blora. But when we go at a wrong time, we can spend more than 24 hours in the streets.

It's a torture to me. 24 hours without sleep, 24 hours without proper internet connection, 24 hours without some things...well~ do. It's torture!

This year, we were trapped in a really bad congestion for many hours...again. I even swore to myself that I won't do this Mudik by car anymore. I won't. When people said that traffic jam is a part of tradition, I won't accept it. I won't. This TRADITION is getting worse, and worse, and worse every year.

Indeed, there're some benefits in doing Mudik by car. I can see beautiful nature surrounds me, like paddy field.

And, sometimes, I can catch a sight of beautiful sunset, sunrise, rainbow, stars, clouds, or many more beautiful things. I also can stop everywhere I want, to buy my favorite telor asin Brebes or to eat my favorite Soto Ayam at Semarang.

But surely, it doesn't replace the energy I've lost and the time I've wasted. Also, this trip by car has reduced the amount of quality time we spend with family in Blora. I remember I used to stay for two weeks in Blora. Now, we are like: we need to go by this day, and go back to Jakarta by this day to prevent the congestion, therefore we don't spend too much time in the streets and go back to Jakarta on time to be back to our routines. But it's still unavoidable. The proof: we were still trapped in traffic jam this year. So every year, my memory of Mudik is only about going back and forth, Jakarta-Blora-Jakarta. That's all.

Thus I think I want to make some post to preserve the memory of my Mudik trip this year, before I cannot remember what exactly has happened except the traffic jam at Comal, Indramayu, and Pamanukan.

I didn't do much though. I spent my holidays reading manga and eating, oh and also smiling to someones I don't know. Most of the people that visit my Grandma's house or whom I visited during Lebaran are strangers to me, but they're like 'Oh, you've grown up!' or 'Wow you're tall!'.

We were eating out a lot, like on the second day in Blora, my Aunt suggested us to go to eat fish at a lakeside restaurant. The sight there was pretty and calming, wasn't it?

And the food was good. The grilled fish were great. Most importantly, it's really cheap comparing to any fish dish sold in Jakarta.

If we're not eating out, many foods were served on the table. My aunt would buy jajanan pasar. It was my favorite menu for breakfast, gooey and sweet, best mated with a cup of black coffee. However it won't satisfy my Lebaran's appetite because several hours later, I would have some rice with meat for pre-lunch, and have lunch at 3, and went out to eat at night. If we summarize my holiday in one word, it's all about eating.

Took the pic in front of the house, right before I went into car and headed back to Jakarta.