beauty · thoughts

3 Stuffs That Blows My Mind!

New Stuffs that Blow My Mind

I know that some of these stuffs are not brand new, as in just came out of the oven. But they still seem new to me, so they are in the list.

Image from Charlotte Tilbury

Dry Mask… you read that right! Dry, not wet with liquid but dry. It boasts to work for up to eight hours after you take it off! Quoted by Charlotte Tilbury website, you can even use it thrice at it is dry, and will have less places for bacteria to grow. Plus, it is great for travelling, not having gooey stuff dripping every where right? Getting of the plane looking awesome is not a dream now.

At USD 35 per mask, that better be multi-use. Buy Link here, not affiliated.

Moschino Bag

Moschino Should Bag

This $850 Capsule collection from Moschino is something that I will never ever recommend people to buy. I am an avid Feng shui follower, and one of the important mantra is not to dress trashy. Imagine all the bad luck following this pretty interesting thing around.

Same goes for ripped jeans and shirt, a lot of people would think that it is nothing. For Feng Shui, it attracts negative energy hence will effectively make your luck worse. Well, buying this bag will definitely make my finances turn worse.

Meat That is Not Meat

Solyent

In the quest of finding a way to feed the world, many companies try to focus on producing food that is nutritious and sustainable. Often that means plant based protein, like soy and hemp. Rice is more starch than protein, while eggs and meat comes from an animal, which some considers carbon footprint and cost.

So, soylent is GMO and has a lot of nutrients added into the mix. Consider this a soy drink that has everything you need on the go. Another thing to note, is that this is not really the newest thing that blows my mind, it is just how it is going to be.

Sooner or later, I’m going to be eating soy meat and not know it. That, is what blows my mind.

Is man trying to play God?

This is kind of funny, considering man has been playing God for a long time now. They use God as an excuse to kill people in Salem. And men also selectively bred animals and plants to their own liking, if it were up to nature, I am sure things a lot different.

To say that now, is just hypocrisy I think. I think we wouldn’t be eating soy burgers while wearing trash can leather bags if we were not playing God.

beauty · thoughts

Makeup Brushes : Why they are an Investment

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suddenly I have 2

Makeup Brushes : How I have 2

Walking into a pharmacy one day, the bigger box of Model Co brushes had a AUD9.90 tag on. Upon closer inspection, the price before the discount : AUD50. Like every good bargain hunter/ beauty wannabee, I bought it. Makeup brushes are useful, because those makeup sponge tip does not always give you a look that you are going for. And brushes are easier to clean and dry, so it is a good buy generally.

By the way, this photo does not include the set that I have currently. I am looking to throw those away, as they are more than five years old. Prince Brat is four already, so that means they are closer to six than five. The bristles are going anyway.

Here a photo of the Model Co brushes

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And the Purple gift brushes that I got free with purchase, sometimes loyalty does have it perks.
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While not all of the brushes are the same, I can tell you now that even the quality is different. Yes, the ModelCo I did pay less than 10, but it is a discounted price. When I touch the bristles, they are soft and none of it falls out. Same goes for the purple gift, but you will notice that the brush heads are not as full looking, and there is a sponge applicator and an eyebrow comb. Running my finger over the bristles, they are slightly coarse. Until I try them out for a good amount of time, I cannot say much about these two.

By Experience

You get what you pay for in terms of makeup brushes usually. Yes, you will find bargains now and again, but there is good reasons why some brushes are more expensive than others. Mainly is the quality of the package. I have tried Nude’s kabuki brush, it costs a pretty penny but it is so soft and as long as you clean it right and dry it well, the brush lasts a good while.

I do have free brush sets, and I have thrown a lot away, as they just fall apart. I am not saying that all cheap makeup brushes will do it, but the risk is higher there. No matter expensive or cheap, maintaining the brushes is an important step in promoting longevity.

Which means, please do not clean your brushes with dish washing detergent or body wash, it’s not on and it ruins the whole thing.

Take it from the idiot (me).

Just lucky that I actually experimented on cheap gift brushes.

beauty · review

Bourjois : Liner Feutre Felt Tip Eyeliner Review

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Bourjois Felt Tip Eyeliner

Bourjois, I’m back for more

I got this because I wanted the free birthday gift, which is a set of travel brushes. It is from my favorite online shopping place. Let’s be honest, eyeliners are hard to buy, there are so many but only a fraction actually works well, and within that only a few that actually lasts.

Bourjois Liner Pinceau Liquid Eyeliner still reigns supreme, by a lot. The liquid eyeliner lasts a good eight hours when I last had it. Naturally, I assumed that the staying power would be comparable for the felt tip one. My laziness also was a major factor in me picking this one over the fine brushed liquid, because felt tip is just easier to use.

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The tip is not rock hard, but firm enough for amateurs to get a good line. It is easy to use, but only if you know what you are doing. The tip does not give you a smooth line if you press too hard or just simply uncoordinated. The trick is to do dash lines, and gently close them up.

It will take some practice, trust me you will get beautiful line soon enough with this pen.

When I drew my line, I was impressed. The color is dark and bold for a black, and seems flattering on me.

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Cat eyes, not bad eh?

 The bad

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My Head Looks Big @_@

It does not last!
I could forgive if this could last me long enough so I do not have to reapply while I am at work, say ten hours. I have had brands that easily last until I take it off at night. You can see that the line has all but faded around the corners, and this is a mere three hours later.

It boasts long lasting, but it isn’t. Very disappointed in the “long lasting” claim on the eyeliner. For the same price, I would go back to the liquid liner. Now I will be using that as a calligraphy pen … hmm that ain’t a bad idea.

beauty · book · review

Book and Mask 5 : Tatting with Anne Orr & Snail Gold Mask

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Tatting is an interesting craft

If you haven’t heard of tatting before, it is an old craft that is enjoying a revival of sorts. Tatting is basically tying little knots and manipulating them into picots and flowers to form lace. The tatting yarn is more like crocheting yarn, finer the prettier, but a headache for beginners.

The book I got from Netgalley on a request, I was interested to see the patterns. I had hoped to read more about tatting and how to do it well. If you are a beginner, this is not a good book for you.The book contains a lot of vintage patterns for doilies, handkerchiefs and even a bonnet/ cap. It is really cool, but essentially useless unless you understand the terms and know how to tat well.

For me, I was lost, tatting is still a new skill for me. Yes, those shuttles are mine. I take pride in trying to learn new craft skill, no matter how bad I am overall. I can knit and crochet, but my tension gauge is always wrong. Bleh, when my mom taught me how to knit, she called me stupid because I couldn’t purl.

*sigh*

Tatting With Anne Orr

 
Gold and Snail Mask…luxury

Got this special mask as a souvenir/ Christmas present. It was from a guilty cousin of my husbands, he (the cousin) loves beauty products, and prides on being young looking. The mask is a symbol of luxury facial mask, because not only the mask has gold woven into the material, it was dripping in snail goo.

It’s not that bad, thicker than my normal snail sheet mask, and twice as much in volume. After applying for an hour or two, my skin had never felt that great. Smooth and invigorated, I could see myself buying more of these if I can afford the price tag. Happy that I get to try this at least once.

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Yes, flashy mask. Gold is said to make you younger, but I never know how or why. Is it an antioxidant like silver? Or it possess some free- radical locking, and can temporarily stop the damage. I haven’t read up any research on this, so at the moment I am enjoying the effects of a good facial sheet mask.

No wonder that guy is always so young looking.

beauty · thoughts

Review in History : Deadly Beauty

Deadly Beauty : looking pretty used to cost you your life

In the Western civilizations, the most memorable beauty remedy was how Cleopatra used to bath in asp’s milk. Asp or aspis are poisonous snakes that live around the Nile region. Then you had dodgy make up ingredients like lead and heavy minerals. Back then, no one knew that lead and mercury were unsafe; plus I bet no one lived long enough to suffer from the side effects anyway.

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This might not be safe in the next century

What is safe? What was safe today might not be any more tomorrow. Today, we beauties focus on ‘all natural’ and organic. For the eco- warriors, the word ‘sustainable’ comes to mind. That is exactly what beauty products are made of in ancient times, all natural and organic products! But that does not mean that your lipstick isn’t going to give you cancer twenty years down the track.

People in those times died of childbirth and infection, if they wanted to slather gold onto their faces and get gold poisoning, so be it. It is not until we humans start to live longer that we see the effect of our deadly beauty regime. We can laugh, but we are not that far off.

Instead of asp, we use botox. The Romans loved to use lead on their face, white and red. They kept piling on more and more as the lead ate their faces, and then died from poisoning. The practice of using lead only fully stopped at 1906, when FDA officially banned it, along side radium baths and arsenic wafers.

What about Chinese civilization?

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Honey and the Bees …

In contrast to the Sumerian/ Mesopotamian/ Greek/ Roman civilizations, apparently Asians favor using flowers and animal fat to look pretty. With the exception of cinnabar, which is mercury sulfide. Cinnabar gives a bright red color, hence it is a popular rouge in ancient China. Asians did not fancy looking white like a ghost, preferring looking red as a beet. Pretty sure they drank a lot of alcohol for it too.

I think it is safe to say that pearl powder was a popular beauty item for many civilizations, along side arsenic and lead. Oh yes, the Chinese love arsenic. A lot of historical fictions favor the use of arsenic to poison enemies, as well as looking pretty. Imagine scraping some arsenic off your face to poison your enemy’s drink.

Even though Chinese make up and beauty regime is tame compared to the Western counterparts, the culture do have some seriously disturbing opinions about beauty. One classic example was the lotus feet, where females tie their feet up when they were still malleable. The result was a lotus bud looking limbs, but when you open the bandages, it will stick of rotten flesh.

A perfect reason to be thankful that the sordid practice has ended, honestly why did they think that being disabled makes you attractive? Of course, lotus feet only happens in the very rich, or in families wanting to marry well. If you are a poor farmer’s daughter, having your own feet may be a disgrace, but it means you have a certain freedom and responsibility.

The most popular beauty product in Asian civilizations could be the bird’s nest, although Chinese doctors prefer to prescribe a lot of things to keep people looking young. Almond milk, ginseng and many precious herbs were a popular recipe for good skin. A lot of rich people would use pearl powder to lighten their skin tone. The idea back then is good health was also an important factor in looking beautiful, so good food was important.

And if you read Memoir’s of a Geisha, you will probably remember Nightingale poo cream. You can still obtain the cream now, but they come from a specific bird:  the Nightingales that are native to the Japanese island of Kyushu, because they are vegan apparently. Not only that, today you have a sterilized poo that has all the bad bacteria removed. That was not the case back then, ewwww….

Beauty is Still Deadly

Honestly, if you think the age of deadly beauty is over, you are wrong.

One best example is botox. Botulium toxin is a neurotoxin that causes flaccid paralysis, it is useful medicine when used properly. Any overdose is deadly, and there is no way of reversing the effects. Another deadly thing is the fillers that doctors inject into lips, some of it can harden and cause pain. Going under the knife for procedures carries a certain risk of infection as well.

How about the days where people used to tan under the sun or solarium before they realized that the UV was giving them cancer? The Western society regards pale white skin unattractive, while the Asians wants pale white skin (why is that?). In Australia, thankfully we no longer have UV tanning beds, but the sale of tanning sprays has gone through the roof.

I am sure that there are many more deadly beauty practices that I may be forgotten, let me know in the comments below.