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Monday, February 10, 2014

一封你不会读到的信

致 程康:


别担心。我不会强求,也不会再去妄想。我说过当回朋友、当回兄弟,我就说到做到。但是放下也需要时间…


从我第一天认识你,你就知道我的为人、性格是怎样的——粗鲁、鲁莽、幼稚。这一点每个人都知道。记得那天在Kobe喝茶,你坐我对面。我跟B“表白”,他的反应是一句:“不是喜欢我吧?” 而我向你点点头,回了一句:“当然是你,不然是坐我对面那个?”


谁知真的是喜欢上了你…


你知道吗?从来没有男生唱歌给我听,所以那天在大嘴叭你捉着我下巴,把我脸转向你对我唱那首歌的那一刻是我人生里面最甜蜜的时刻之一。我还很开心地跟姐妹朋友说我找到了 the one,完美绝配。我还以为至少能跟你一起度过情人节…


伦很久之前已经间接跟我说了,我自己潜意识中也已经感觉到不对劲了。我却那么笨去否认,要你说出口才投降…


我恨你不因为你跟我分手,但是因为你到最后一刻也坚持不要跟我坦白,也没有去当男人等到我说了你才借口多多。当时还向自己帮你制造借口,对自己说你在压力什么的。


怪就只能怪我太天真,以为上天终于让我得到幸福,认识了那么完美的一个对象。It was really too good to be true.


还有一点:你没有可能不会写我的中文名,因为你以前的她也有同一个字。


在此祝你 如偿所愿


purple倩 上

Sunday, February 9, 2014

MAKE-UP LOOK: Poisoned by Your Love

It's one of the rare times when I suddenly feel like playing with make-up (despite the lack of proper lighting), and that my skin wasn't completely pasty-ugly-looking.


I felt like doing something blue, dramatic, dark, and also somewhat colorful, I guess? In any case, I busted out practically everything - the 120, the new brushes. It took about 1.5-2 hours to complete the entire look, from base to finishing powder. I skipped false lashes because my lash glue is missing LOL




I fixed the contrast and saturation of the photo, which is why the skin is super pale and the colors are a little off, but this is the finished look.


So here's the ingredient list for the magic poison (refer to le 120 palette chart on the sidebar for numbered colors):

EYES
  • shu uemura Creme Eye Shadow in Beige (applied as eye primer extending toward temples)
  • shade #15 [dark muted metallic forest green] (applied to inner half of eye)
  • shade #99 [shimmery light forest green] (applied to outer half of eye, extending towards temples)
  • shade #113 [solid matte blue] (applied to outer half of eye extending upwards slightly in a cut-crease shape)
  • shade #95 [matte green] (applied to lower lash line halfway)
  • Artistry shadow in Ash Black (applied lightly on outer half of eye in a cut-crease shape to darken make-up; applied on the lower lashline lightly)
  • shade #38 [matte hot pink] (applied above the black, blending into it, creating a murky purplish color)
  • Artistry shadow in Sand (applied to entire brow bone as highlight and to blend harsh edges)
  • shade #53 [gold] (applied very lightly to center of eyelid and inner corners)
  • Maybelline Hyper Sharp Liner (applied with a slight wing, a little thicker at the center to widen the eyes)
  • Elianto Ultra Define Eyeliner Pencil in Twilight Black (used to rim upper and lower waterline)
  • MaxFactor False Lash Effect
  • Lancome Hypnose
BROWS
  • shade #28 [deep purple] (to tint the brow)
  • shade #29 [deep mauve] (to add dimension)
  • Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Bare Sparkle 15 (gently laced through brow hairs)
FACE
  • Kate Concealer for Pores
  • Maybelline ClearSmooth Aqua Gel Foundation in 12 Natural (applied with patting motion)
  • Pigeon Compact Baby Powder in Beige (applied with tapping motion with large brush)
  • Artistry shadow in Basic Beige (used for cheek, brow, temples, chin, and nose contour)
LIPS
  • Maybelline ClearSmooth Aqua Gel Foundation in 12 Natural (applied with patting motion all over lips)
  • Avon Ultra Color Rich Lipstick in U250 Cherry Jubilee [deep wine] + Vaseline (mixed and applied with a lip brush on inner part of lips, then gently pressing lips together for ombre lips)

Monday, February 3, 2014

Of children and pets

I grew up in a household without pets... well, at least the larger ones. We used to have fish and hamsters, but they either died out or they were sold.

Acts like royalty too...
The first actual "legit" pet that we got was Sir Duke Lancelot, a.k.a Dukie. He's a handsome American cocker which was gifted to us by relatives. His fur was of creamy cappucino, and the longer layers were slightly lighter, with big paws and fabulously floppy ears. Why I say "was" is because he's no longer a part of our household - he was given to another distant relative due to multiple reasons.


We had some first-hand experience in dealing with 3 large Beagles at our relative's place, so raising Dukie and approaching him wasn't a problem. And fortunately, my mother raised us to be socially-acceptably civilized people who would know how to "play" with a dog.


My family and I went to an open house recently in the wake of Chinese new year, and the house owner had a handsome border Collie called Kenzo. Gentle, excited, and cuddly, he was the complete opposite of what you would stereotypically assume of, let's say, a Rottweiler.


Where open houses are, there will be masses of children of practically all ages - literally. Naturally, the younger ones (the pre-teens) were more curious and wanted to "play with the dog", and since my sister and I had entered Kenzo's custom-made compound with no problem, the two girls asked to be let in.


We did, and that was the biggest mistake we made.


"Playing with the dog" would encompass touching it, having it sniff you (anywhere), and licking if the dog feels you're friendly, which is - to me - common sense.


Unfortunately, the girls would have none of it. Perhaps it was the sheer size of the dog that intimidated them, but they were running around screaming for the dog to not lick them or even go near them. By the time I even tried to get ahold of them to just shut up and get out, some adults had already noticed and were giving us dirty looks.


The adults managed to diverge Kenzo's attention long enough so that the girls could get out, and for the rest of the night, my sister and I were "the criminals" - the two older girls who were reckless and "endangered" two little girls.


This is just one of the less serious cases of disastrous kids' encounters with animals (the two girls were unhurt, lightly scratched by the claws, but one decided to go all out to accuse Kenzo of biting her).


Some parents don't bother to teach their children manners and about treating others. Sure, teach them to say "please" and "thank you", to shake a person's hand when they first meet, to greet a person, etc. But they miss out one crucial point - how to say "please" and "thank you" to an animal (in this case, we'll be talking about cats and dogs and larger-ish, non-fishtank animals), how to greet an animal when you first meet them, how to be polite to them.


There are some cases where parents allow their children to play with an animal - let's say, a cat or a dog. By "playing", we're talking about throwing things at it, pulling its ears and/or tail, pinching it, hitting it - in other words, treating it like a toy. And with all these actions, parents just smile and encourage their "smart baby". When you get mistreated and hurt, you lash out - you defend yourself. The animals do the same, in the only way that they know: since they can't speak out language, the defend theirselves in their own language, which is by scratching and/or biting.


When they start defending themselves, it becomes their fault - the poor, helpless child is mauled almost to death by a crazy mutt. At least, that's how I imagine the "victimized" parents describe the situation to anyone. Reverse the order - you're a pet, but your owner keeps abusing you. Would you lash out? Let's say you didn't know civilization. Let's say you didn't know how to speak, and you didn't know human mannerisms. Let's say you were WILD. You would do the exact same thing.


So dear parents, regardless of whether or not you decide to have a pet in the household, teach your kid how to properly treat animals. Even if they're not gonna come into contact with them within their own household, your kids are gonna meet them at one point of their life or another.


And to the uncles who gave me dirty looks for the rest of the night: divert your attention please, to the two little girls. They asked to be let it, and we did since there was no foreseeable danger. Take your discriminating eyes somewhere else.