Time bids me silent goodbyes. It’s fleeting properties not lost on me.
Yet how can it be, that something so intangible can be so stifling.
The seconds are ticking. Each moment slipping away before I can fully grasp and and understand its depth and difficult implications.
Why does it decree our limited existence; driving you to limits bounded by the hands of the hour and seconds; driving you to territories you’ve never charted previously.
Will you run the race till the end.
Which direction will you head in.
Will there ever be an ending.
I will now attempt to show you what goes into making a pretty face. The effort women put into looking good. As they say, there are no ugly women, there are only LAZY women.
Yes, there may be photoshop and digital makeup what with technology so advanced. But seriously, if you’re going on a date with that hottie, how are you going to photoshop your face in that expensive restaurant? Unless you have a computer screen for your head, I still say old school techniques wins hands-down. No wonder cosmetic companies over the world are filthy rich.
And after this tutorial, boys you will also have gained a little insight into why your girls take forever in the wash room.
I absolutely love makeup. Though I wouldnt consider myself a beauty junkie, I still have a pretty decent arsenal of cosmetics. Make up can change your appearance and enhance/conceal a lot of the flaws we so constantly lament about. It can turn a sultry girl into a sweet, girly girl, a girl-next-door into a va-va-voom vamp or need be, transform you from normal person into something gruesome out of your horror story pages for Halloween. But, I wont be showing you the latter. Hahaha. Cause I dont want to terrify you. But rather, this is more for when I have to attend a special dinner function or spend a night out on the town with ma girlies.
Smokey eyes with dramatic lashes.
Always start by washing, toning and moisturising your face. The three most basic steps to maintaining good skin. Of course, sweep hair off face.
I start by concealing dark-eye rings. Always use your ring finger, because the skin around the eye area is delicate and subjecting it to undue mechanical stresses and pulls will cause fine lines. Trust me, I know. T___T
For concealing, I use Covermark foundation. Not to be confused with the American Covermark.
This one is Japan made.
The formula is thick, but apparently too thick and heavy for use as a foundation in Singapore weather. Thus many of the consumers actually use it for concealing. I tell you, this foundation works wonders. Sometimes I use it for stage or concealing my birthmark. So you can imagine how heavy-duty it is. It retails for 40 bucks a pot, but lasts pretty long if you use it mainly for concealing.
Exactly in cases like this, I usually use a thin layer to veil under eye dark rings. You dont want to have 2 patches of thick foundation under your eyes do you. Haha.
Up next, foundation.
For special occasions, I use my favourite Moisturing Fluid foundation by Anna Sui. It comes in a pretty flower motif bottle. It’s light and feels airy on your skin, you dont feel as though you’re wearing foundation, yet it provides good coverage.
Dab it across your forehead, left and right cheeks, nose and chin – 5 points.
Spread evenly across face and neck. Foundation evens out our skin tone because we generally have different skin tone across the face.
Next, after your foundation is dry, set foundation with loose powder. This is to mattify your foundation and give your face a flawless complexion.
Now comes for the splash of colours! The eyes are the trickest part, I feel, in the entire line up. But it takes practise and soon enough you’ll be experimenting with different colours of your own! For smokey eye effect in this tutorial, you can use whatever dark colours you like – blue, brown, dark green or even purple. I use a combination of brown and grey/metallic silver from M.A.C Royal Assets Smokey Eye Palette.
Using the lightest shade, cover the entire eye area up to your brow bone.
For the second colour, I use a brown (the middle colour in the left column). And the darkest grey for the third colour. The method shown is a left-to-right gradient. Make sure when you apply your shadow, you use left to right strokes and BLEND BLEND BLEND! You want to make sure your eye colours blend and transit smoothly from one colour to the other. There shouldnt be 3 separate colours on your eye. Haha. Not unless you are a painter’s palette.
After blending you should get a smoother transition like that shown below.
Once you are satisfied with your eye shadow, it’s time to blush it on!
To get the sunken cheeks/high-cheekbone look spawned by them runway models, you should brush your blush DIAGONALLY downwards in the hollow of your cheeks. Your blush usually starts at the hair line at your ear and reaches just above the corner of your mouth. If you dont know where the hollow of your cheeks are, suck in your cheeks and brush your blush below the apples of your cheeks.
After applying eye shadow and your blush, you should get….
And now, to really transform your eyes into them doll eyes, big, fatty, luscious lashes are the key to making your eyes pop!
I use 2 mascaras to do the trick. First apply the primer of Maybelline XXL Volume + Length and it’s corresponding black formula.
For volume, I use Loreal Voluminous Mascara. Bought it online cause it’s not available in Singapore.
It’s pretty good and it really gives the volume it promises.
Though not water-proof, applied over the waterproof Maybelline mascara, it stays.
And the result?
To really get OVER the TOP lashes, after all the mascara, I apply falsies. Haha. With falsies, you save yourself the trouble of using eyeliner. Wo0ot!
The trick to using falsies is remembering to CUT the length of the falsies to the size of your eyes or slightly shorter. Most falsies sold are really long and they dont fit the length of your eye. Using them straight out of the box would only result in the extra length stabbing your eye balls. Cut them to about THREE-QUARTERS of your eye before applying a thin layer of glue to the bone of the lashes.
Stick from the OUTER corner of your eye to ensure that the inner corner of the eyelash doesnt stab your eyeball when you open your eyes.
Falsies on both eyes. LOOK AT THE VOLUME MAN!
When that’s done, all that’s left, is for you to apply your favourite lippie or lip gloss!
And then.. START CAMWHORING the final results. HAHA!
Here are mine.
I like this shot. Perfectly flawless skin.
And finally, one last shot.
You mean that’s it?
That’s it. Finito. Goodbye.
First it was trepidation and a tight knot in my heart as I trudged down the stairs.
Then it was excitement as the paper commenced.
Soon, I got fidgety and couldnt wait for the 2 hours to be up.
When time slipped through my fingers, and it was nearing the end, I was plagued with a mixture of excitement and uneasiness. I needed to finish writing my essay!
And then. It was over.
“Please stop writing. You are not allowed to continue writing. Any student found writing will be deemed to have cheated and your identity will be taken note of. Disciplinary actions will be taken against you. You are reminded that you are responsible for submitting the correct answer booklet. If you fail to submit the correct answer booklet, you will be deemed to have sat for and failed the examination. Please sit quietly as your exam scripts are being collected. You are not allowed to leave the examination hall until you are to do so.”
There was no excitement at first. It was over. And there was no fanfare.
Until we stepped outside the MPSH.
“Eh take picture! Take picture!”
So we took pictures. With our lecturer. Who is also on Facebook. Haha!
And until I saw familiar faces from Cognition the excitement didnt overwhelm me.
Students streaming out. WE’RE DONE!
Twinnie who was also in the same exam hall.
Where it all ends.
With the source of our torture. Haha. But honestly, it wasnt THAT bad I guess. Though the questions were a little vague.
Cam whoring friends.
Raymond goofing off with everyone’s glasses.
Pretty Fangling. Check out my sleep-deprived face. That’s the face of an Honours student yo. Haha!
NO MORE EXAMINATION IN PROGRESS. HAHA! WE WILL MAKE AS MUCH NOISE AS WE WANT!
Past the swimming pool.
Onto the stairs to freedom. National University of STAIRS. There are STAIRS everywhere in NUS.
More shots to commemorate new found friends. And our new found freedom.
With counseling peeps after Counseling paper. The presentation we had so much fun preparing for. We worked hard and played hard, eventually bagging ourselves a schweeeet A.
We re-enacted a murder for our presentation and it seems like Melvin cant get enough of being EVIL. Haha!
We love being QUIET.
The criminal and his PINK gun. Courtesy of the 9eek9oddess in the PINK. Haha.
This is really it. After 6+ 4 + 2 + 4 (does 2 years of Kindergarten count?) years of formal education, we have GRADUATED! And I can safely call myself a University GRADUATE or a Psychology student. I’ve sat for countless exams testing me on my half-baked knowledge on the empirical science of human behaviour. I have been trained and grilled in the art of reading journal articles after journal articles. I’ve skillfully mastered the art of skipping lessons yet managing to catch up eventually. Doctrine upon doctrines of theories including Biological Psych, Abnormal Psych, Developmental Psych and what not have been ingrained in my system. And above all, I’ve managed to endure 4 years of bi-annual exams! Wahahaha!
I AM NOW A PSYCHOLOGY STUDENT WITH HONOURS! HAHAHAHAHAHA!
WTF. Hao lian la. HAHAHA.
Eh. People just
ORD GRADUATE can, let them hao lian a bit or not. Haha.
Since Im on that note, people like ME have the honour of using the term, PSYCHOLOGY STUDENT because I’ve endured 4 years of training and grinding in the scientific art of conducting experiments on human subjects. Hee. People who are undergraduates and are still doing their course, should just say that they are UNDERGRADUATES because you never know if you might decide to change your major halfway. Plus you dont have as much knowledge as we 4th years do. HAHAHA! You have to be humble yknow. It sounds really prestigious to tag yourself a PSYCHOLOGY STUDENT, WAH SO BIG LIDAT. But dont do it for the sake of being GLAMOUROUS. Because it is an INSULT to Psychology, for it is a SCIENCE.
And it also really irritates the hell out of me when people say, “OH YOU DO PSYCHOLOGY. WAH I DONT WANT TALK TO YOU. WAIT YOU READ MY MIND.”
Eh. I dont have extra sensory perception. Only PSYCHICS do that. Not psychologists. We’re the people you come to see if you are a bit gila.
But seriously, Psychology isnt about the reading OF ONE’S MINDS. We read BEHAVIOUR. And the reasons that instigate said behaviour. We’re like detectives. But we look into processes such as the brain, group processes or early childhood development problems that may have casual influences on a person’s behaviour.
Still dont get it?
I READ YOUR MIND THEN YOU KNOW.
But enough about school, though I know I will really miss reading my textbooks cause Im a geek that way, though commencement isnt till July, excitement buzzed through me as I made my way home. I wanted to scream and shout and rejoice. Because now the rest of my life looms ahead of me. And I dont know what exciting things lie ahead. Though the job search may be tedious and rejections aplenty, it’ll only mean landing myself the right job.
As we bid one institution goodbye, we say HELLO to the rest of our lives.
Note: This is a scheduled post! Scheduled on May 6th 4.39am for May 8th 1.30pm as I’m sitting for the 2nd last paper of my formal education. EVER.
Quiet Sunday mornings are filled with….
the aroma of freshly brewed coffee made by the cute coffee boy (acronym-ized to be CCB). And you know what coffee means. Coffee means lack of sleep, and it means looking crappy. So the only time I’ll ever get to see CCB is when Im looking shabby and in need of a perk-me-up. T_T
Well at least, I get a two-in-one when I order my coffee. Haha. Caffeine shot plus eye-candy.
Hearty wholemeal sandwich. Toasted to a crisp with cheese. I love it.
While friendship dinners are made of…
hot pot steamboat filled to the brim with yummy seafood
including tasty salmon, fresh crisp crystal prawns, juicy, succulent scallops and springy mushrooms.
Stewed and boiled over bitching about rich drunkards at the next table (who think they have the privilege of speaking at the top of their voices because their prefrontal cortex is depressed by the alcohol), other plates of yummy sushi goodies, kani avocado salad and your regular dose of chilling and relaxing.
Even though we were soooo full, we still had space for the yummy fishy ice-cream! AWESOME!
Baiting the fish, and then going in for the keeel.
Waffle top, injected with vanilla ice-cream on the inside with a thin delish layer of red-bean. Just the right amount, not too sweet and not lacking in any department! It is a MUST-HAVE from Sushi Tei.
At the end of all that food you get…?
Very satisfied girls.
No pictures of bulging bellies of course. But with our svelte frames, you wouldnt expect any of that would you. Haha.
We must do steamboat dinner again! Grrr. Looking at the pictures just makes me hungry already! Graduation dinner? Haha!
And finally, Hello Panda as my companion during the exams.
See he studied till the top of his head fell out already.
Eternal freedom looms!
A group shot of the 16 finalists the day at our photoshoot.
Not hard to spot me aye?
I stick out like a sore thumb. Moreover, I look FAT next to all these girls.
More shots uncovered.
Dude, where are my eyes?!
And why do I look like Im gonna kick/stomp on someone in this picture?
But the dress looks really good in this picture and you can see the pretty lace at the foot of the dress. Sweeeet!
After ordealing through what might haven been the toughest module I’ve ever taken in my entire 4 years in NUS (Cognition by CFK if you’re interested), I had a humble lunch with new found classmates in the unusually sparse Arts Canteen. Eh, how come I didnt ask for a picture. Bah. It might have been the first and last time the 8 (+1 guy whom I dont know) of us gathered at one table sharing stories and throwing suggestions of how to spend the next few days/weeks after our last papers. Ordinary beehoon with your everyday sunnyside up fared well with my starved tasted buds. My favourite avocado milkshake was watery which hardly surprised me given that it’s quality fluctuates as often as the tide and you can never really expect how it will turn out every time you order it.
The paper was astonishingly comprehensible. And we were all pretty surprised that we UNDERSTOOD THE QUESTION. HAHAHA. I was amazed I had answers to it in fact.
As a treat to myself for making it through 2 hours of torture, I did my nails when I got home. And here’s the result. With a couple of artistic shots to show for it. Bling it on baby! I LOVE PRETTY NAILS!
I call them red tipped superstardom. Hahaha!