Sunday, 27 November 2011

Dear Myself, Happy 10th Anniversary Sweets!

The shallow and vain side of my personality is a strong believer in hair making a person. Honestly, an average person with an average haircut just looks average. But an average person with a custom-made haircut that is suitable to their persona and face shape has the ability to become above average and, in some cases, borderline hott. 

That's why the vain side of me celebrated ten years of ionically straightened hair two days ago! Congratulate me! AHAH.



This is me. . .with pink blobs on my face. Although I don't usually look great in photos, this photo is beyond acceptable. So let me retain my animosity? Please? AHAH. 

This is what I look like the night before I go to get my hair ionically straightened. My father has slight waves and curls, and my mother has thick hair. Then there's me. . .with hair that is wavy, thick, coarse and unmanageable. My hair is seriously the bane of my existence. I subscribe fiercely to the idea that hott hair equates to decent presentation, and therefore hair maintenance is an imperative in my life. 

Admittedly, the lower length of my hair looks pretty straight, doesn't it? The bottom bits of my hair have been straight for the past ten years. Before that, they were slightly wavy and coarse. A hair straightening treatment has always been the only solution to my hair problems. Not only does it straighten out my curls, it also leaves my hair looking glossy and feeling soft. . .for at least two months. 
 
Other than being obsessed with skincare, I am obviously hair-vain. I do some crazy things to my hair. I straighten my hair flat at the slightest sight of volume and sleep with salon-style hair clips/clamps on my head and fringe to keep everything in place. I am beyond control!

If I have a bad hair day, it's the end of that day! AHAH. I confess that there have been way too many times where I have said, 'Nup. Not going out today. My hair is looking weird.'

And I doubt that anyone I know thinks it's a joke when I say that my hair is the most expensive part of my body. If only, I could have a dollar for everytime a friend has tapped me cautiously on the shoulder and said, 'AHAH. I saw your hair and I knew it was you!'

My long, straight and black hair is kind of my trademark, you know. It's kind of like this black cape flowing behind me *tosses hair over shoulders* BAHAHAH!

God, I sound terrible! Someone stop me. 



Can you see the curls? That's my regrowth. You can't really see how thick my hair is but if I were to turn on my side, you'd see. You'd never miss it. 

I've been getting my hair ionically/permanently straightened for ten years now and each session is a tiring process for the hairstylists. The thickness and length of my hair makes the entire process very long and tedious for them. There have been times where I have two or three stylists hovering over my head with hairdryers, hair straighteners and brushes loaded with relaxant creams.

This year, the treatment took 4 hours and I would say that's the quickest my hair has ever been done. I remember the first time I got it done, it took a whopping 8 hours!



This is what my hair currently looks like. This photo wasn't taken today but two years ago when I was in Taiwan. Ahhh, Taiwan. What I wouldn't give to return for a night of food and street markets!

As to why I didn't bother to take a more current photo, the answer lies in why I haven't been blogging. So much has been happening lately that it's affected my sleep patterns and has left my entire body stressed out. I'm not exactly photo friendly at the moment! AHAH.

A treatment lasts me for about three months and then I'll get wavy regrowth. At that point, I revert back to my crazy ways and will whip out my trusty hair straightener. It's a never ending cycle!

Which part of your body do you obsess over? What makes you go completely vain and pedantic?

Friday, 4 November 2011

Review : Lancome's Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara



Lancome's Hypnose Doll Eye Mascara was sent to me as a gift. The mascara retails for $52 in Australia. 



When it comes to lashes, I barely have any. 

I am a typical Asian girl with lashes that are short and sparse. They also have a tendency to slant downwards regardless of how much I curl them. I have zero luck with fake eyelashes because I always end up with glue in my eyes. I also have to cut the lashes up a fair bit and so I have a long piece of lash sticking out of my inner corner. It just looks so amateur and unnatural!
 
How I long to have long, luscious lashes that curl at just the right angle to make me look more awake. 




Recently, Lancome released Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara which promises separated, thick, long and 'nylon' shine lashes. The mascara is meant to lengthen, curl and plump lashes giving you the ultimate wide-eye look. 

It definitely makes the mascara sound like a one stop shop for all your mascara needs. But does it really live up to all the hype?


 

When buying mascaras, the most important thing is the brush because it is the shape of it is responsible for sculpting your lashes. I am someone who has a good variety of mascaras with different brush sizes. I find that the smaller the brush, the easier it is to lengthen my lashes and therefore the more natural look. The thicker the brush and closer the bristles, the more volume I get and therefore is great for dramatics looks.

The benefit of the Doll Eyes Mascara is that it comes in a conical brush that is designed to give you the best of both worlds. The tapered tip allows you to reach the smaller lashes in your inner corner and the thicker end of the brush allows you to give your lashes some volume.


 
 
To be honest, I haven't had much luck with this mascara. Firstly, I am a huge fan of Clinique's mascaras and I like the vast majority of them. I compare all mascaras to what I've used from Clinique and nothing works quite as well. This Doll Eyes Mascara is no different. Compared to Clinique's mascaras, this product from Lancome comes up short. 

For me, the Lancome mascara did not dramatically lengthens or separate my lashes. It did not darken, thicken, curl or voluminise my lashes either.

I found that the difficulty with this mascara is that you have to coat your lashes gently and lightly. I tried applying it quickly and I ended up with clumps and scary spider legs poking out of my eyes. It made my few lashes look even more lonely.

I also curled my lashes before I used the mascara and initially it seemed to hold the curl pretty well. However, within a few minutes, my lashes were drooping.




The Doll Eyes Mascara only gave my lashes the tiniest bit of colour. When I tried to coat it with a bit more product, all I got were clumped and droopy lashes. I actually swiped the brush onto the back of my hand to see if there was actually any product in the tube. 

One of my pet hates is getting a mascara that's already dry and then having to bring it back to the counter for a refund. Because we all know how difficult it is to get sale consultants to refund or exchange a beauty product that you've opened. . .and swatched. 

I swiped it three times on the back of my hand. The bottom splash of colour is two swipes of the brush and on top I've got one swipe. To me, it looks as if my mascara didn't have much product in it  to begin with.

Having said that, I bought a Diorshow mascara last year and had the same result on the back of my hand. I took it back and the consultant said that was normal and that Diorshow mascaras aren't wet with product. Maybe that's the same with Lancome?




Just for comparison, my Clinique Lash Power Mascara is on it's last leg and when I swiped it on the back of my hand. I still have heaps of product! Generally speaking, Clinique mascaras are wetter than most and that's the way I like it. At least my lashes will get some colour, regardless of the effect.

I kind of expected a fair bit from the Doll Eyes hype. When you say Doll Eyes, I think of vibrant anime looking eyes that have long, luscious, dark and voluminous lashes. Unfortunately, Lancome's Hypnose Doll Eyes hasn't done that for my lashes. At the most, it lengthens and separates.

So this mascara does not have much use for me. There are probably cheaper, even drugstore, alternatives to Doll Eyes

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

RE : Flying 9+ Hrs For Your Dreams & Project To Get Old Body Back

Hey guys! How are we today? I hope this finds you well no matter where you are in the world!

It sure feels like it's been awhile since I last sat down and wrote a blog entry. A lot has happened since the last time I blogged. For one, I FINALLY decided to fly 9+ hours for my dreams. I decided that you only live once and that if I don't do it, I won't ever forgive myself. More importantly, if the same opportunity comes at a later date, the circumstances just won't be right.
 
Sure, it's a 1 in 100 chance of success and there is no guarantee in sight. . .but surely, the experience itself will be worth the risk. 

So I booked my ticket. 

And of course QANTAS decided to ground their planes. Of course.

I was stressed for three days straight. I didn't get a wink of sleep and I looked/continue to look like a panda. Real story. 

THEN they announce that QANTAS will fly. Wonderful news. Seriously wonderful. So there I was anticipating a good night's sleep but all I got was me staring at my ceiling until 4AM. I wasn't thinking, don't get me wrong. It's just that my mind was so worn out that it was too scared to even sleep. 

Surely this makes sense to someone, right?

AND THEN, here's the grand finale I promise, something came up. Something came up a day before I was due to fly.
And all of a sudden, I couldn't fly the next day. I had to cancel my flight.

I don't want to sound over dramatic but seriously. . . Goodbye flight, goodbye dreams.

When humans are faced with disaster, distress or hardship, it is normal to philosophise. So in my situation, I call on Katy Perry. AHAH. I mean, there has to be SOME truth in 'Maybe your reason why all the doors are closed. So you could open one that leads you to the perfect road'.
RIGHT?!

Soon enough, *dances* I'll be a firework and I'll show them what I'm worth!

AHAH.







 

Yeah, RE: Project To Get Old Body Back has been put on a hiatus. AHAH. Though the last photo deserves a mention! My mother makes water dumplings and her own chilli sauce from scratch. She's just amazing like that. They taste delicious! 

Anyway, do any Aussie readers know a good US Forwarding Service? Has anyone used one that's really reliable and prompt with responses?
 
Other than that, I hope everyone is well! <3

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