Monday, 28 February 2011

I don't even know what I should title this post. I missed out on an important opportunity through my lack of self discipline and motivation. I hold so little hope for the future now. I am so close to giving up. Funny how this blog was never intended for posts such as these but I still post them here. I don't even know who reads these posts but I still feel like I'm talking to someone. I escaped from xanga to try and get out of my depressing posts.. and here I am just posting more. Funny how things don't change really.

I guess I've learnt an important lesson this time. Apparently, everything happens for a reason. I'm not into believing that right now. I'm believing everything happens because of a reason. And that reason is my own stupidity. Who would've thought? At least it wasn't a life or death situation.. then who knows who would be dead apart from me?

This should really be one of the greatest motivations and lessons in life for me to move on. Weird, isn't it, how nothing makes you see things more clearly than failure. It seems like the only things that make you upset are the ones that end up changing your world.

I just hate how it takes falling down and getting upset in order to learn lessons from the consequences. But then I guess that's life.

Such a shame that I always forget my lessons and then have to be taught them again constantly.

Sunday, 27 February 2011

28 Days

There definitely aren't enough days in February. The deadlines keep piling on but time never slows down or increases. I have so much work to do and yet I'm typing this instead -_- Courseworks never meant more than they do for this year, and I'm finding it increasingly difficult to keep up with the pace of things. I feel like there's no time left to do what I want to do, and my life is entirely revolved around work. I should probably stop moaning seeing as so many people have managed it before me, and are managing now without any trouble, but I know that there are those with similar stories to mine and just want to give up because they no longer see the point of what they're doing. To be honest, what am I going to do with my life afterwards? I really don't see myself staying in this field because of the lack of interest I have. I can't even remember half the things that I'm supposed to know. I lack the fundamental basics and skills, and sometimes I have no recollection of even learning them. I miss the times when life wasn't focussed solely on one subject, or one large topic, and my outlook seemed a lot brighter. Perhaps I should realise that there isn't really anything difficult about my situation, and that a lot of people have it worse than me. The stress has gotten so badly to someone that I know, that they have had to go to the doctors due to anxiety attacks. I wish I could do something to help them, but all I can do is offer them help whenever they need it. I think said person is going home for two weeks tomorrow. Is it bad that I wish I could be going home too? This place is depressing as hell. I swear that if I hadn't gone out this weekend, I would've self combusted or something. God, someone help me.

Saturday, 26 February 2011

E.L.F. Order: Swatches & First Impressions

I made my E.L.F. order on Wednesday (23rd Feb), got a text on the next day telling me they'd dispatched it, and went to collect it from the office today (Friday).. talk about speedy! Apparently they used to be really bad with orders, and they'd take about a month to arrive? Luckily they've improved their services and I've always got mine 2-3 days after I've ordered.

If you didn't read my post about deciding on what to order, here's a list of things that I got:

From the standard line:

- Natural Radiance Blusher in Shy
- Natural Radiance Blusher in Innocence
- Limited 32 Eye Shadow Palette in Every Day Basics
- Limited 32 Eye Shadow Palette in Every Day Brights
- Nail Polish in Teal Blue
- Eye Shadow Brush
- Defining Eye Brush
- Eye Crease Brush
- Blending Eye Brush

And from the ELF Studio line:

- Cream Eye Liner in Gunmetal
- Blush in Peachy Keen
- Blush in Tickled Pink
- Tinted Moisturiser SPF 20 in Porcelain
- Mineral Lipstick in Cheerful Cherry
- Powder Brush
- Blush Brush
- Small Smudge Brush

It gets very picture heavy from here. I think I edited about 50 photos -_- All pictures were taken in direct sun light. As always, click on the photo to view it in full size. 

I was quite surprised they managed to squash everything into this box at first, but when I opened it, I realised that it was because I bought a ton of brushes so there was plenty of space.

So desperate to open it I forgot to take a pic before, haha.

Not really a lot of stuff!

Anyway, let's start off with the blushes from both lines. Obviously the main difference between the standard line and the studio line is the packaging:

Top: Studio blushes. Bottom: Standard blushes

Standard line blushes in Innocence and Joy.

I didn't really expect the standard lined blushes to be that small, and it took me ages to work out how to open it -_- I'd heard about people not being able to open them, and then realising that you had to slide them open. So I sat there trying to slide it gently, but it just wouldn't budge! So eventually I had to use a load of force and slid it so hard that the whole lid flew off.. LOL I'm not sure it was supposed to do that..

Studio blushes in Tickled Pink and Peachy Keen.

The studio blushes were also smaller than I expected, because I expected them to be the size of the blush/bronzer duo. Obviously they're smaller because there's only one pan rather than two.. duh.. -_- how thick am I?

Studio packaging comes with protective plastic.

Some swatches of the four blushes:

All the blushes were pretty silky, and the standard line blushes were especially fine. I mentioned how I was worried about Tickled Pink being too dark for me but its actually quite.. sheer? It took quite a lot of swipes to build it up to the colour intensity seen on my arm (above).

I think my favourites are Shy and Innocence right now.. they're so baby doll :P

Next, I got the Studio Mineral Lipstick in Cheerful Cherry. I was a bit skeptical about it because red is such a difficult colour.. like I didn't know if it would match me? Anyways.. photos:

This lipstick is so pigmented that one coat is probably enough, and you'd probably put on a second coat if you wanted to look extra classy. I'm not sure it's the perfect match for me but I think it looks okay if I put on a really sheer layer. Like the other mineral lipsticks I have from E.L.F., I think they're quite moisturising, and definitely not drying. The finish is also kind of shiny? It's definitely not matte.

I also got the Studio Tinted Moisturiser in Porcelain in my order. It came in cardboard packaging which was probably a bit pointless seeing as everything was written on the tubing anyway:

I thought I'd compare the shade to NC20 to give a rough idea of how close the two shades were:

As you can see, the tinted moisturiser appeared to be more yellow than NC20. But it still blended out well on my face, and it made my face feel smooth. The only thing I didn't like it was the smell.. reminded me a bit of their 'sugar orange' scent they had in their all over cover sticks, and I also didn't like how it settled into drier areas of my face.

Next thing is the cream eyeliner. I already own one in black so I thought I'd try out gun metal. The colour actually looks the same as E.L.F.'s gun metal nail varnish when worn.

I decided to compare black and gun metal to show you exactly how dark gun metal is:

Gun metal contains shimmers.

I found that the intensity of the blue hue changed depending on the light.

Like the black cream liner, I really like it. I originally wanted to get brown and copper as well.. and now I'm kind of regretting not getting those too -_-

Also got their nail varnish in Teal Blue and it lived up to my expectations. I love the colour and two coats is enough :P

I did have to ask E.L.F. why there was no boxed packaging, and they said that they're switching over to this way instead, where they seal around the bottle. So I guess they're becoming more environmentally friendly as well as being animal free. *big thumbs up*

Was majorly excited for the next two products!

Some of the colours actually do repeat themselves between the two palettes but I still think it's worth it for the colours that aren't! I played around with the colours earlier and most of them are quite pigmented, apart from the ones with chunks of glitter. They don't seem to show up that well.

And then I got some brushes, but they're pretty standard. Both the standard and studio line brushes are quite soft (can't find the individual photo for blending brush):

Not a lot to say really.. hope you found this extremely long post helpful!

Priscilla, Xx

Thursday, 24 February 2011

China: Day 1

Day 1: 26th August 2010

The first day to my first independent travelling experience!

On the day, I checked that I had everything a crazy number of times before we left the house, and then we set off for the airport. I'd never been to Terminal 5 before so wasn't really too sure what to expect. Got there and my Dad searched for somewhere to buy a charger adapter because I'd lost my old one. After my family left, I hung out with Christine until Anna joined us later. We stood around waiting for everyone to arrive but after receiving some phone calls, our group leader Claire decided that we should all check in first. It was pretty weird because all we had to do was kind of log in on a computer ourselves, and it printed off our tickets. Then we just had to drop our huge bags off at the counter and go through security; it was so army-like! What's the word.. so.. military? (I have no idea if that makes sense, lol) The queues were crazy long! We were there for ages -_- It was quite efficient though compared to Terminal 3. Eventually our other group leader Alex arrived just after we'd all gone through security.

At this point, I was starting to think that Terminal 5 was basically a copy of Hong Kong airport! I guess because it was so much brighter and more spacious than all the other terminals that I've been in. The simplicity probably had something to do with it too.

After getting through security, we decided to split and get lunch. My flight was at 4.40pm so obviously we'd all gotten there around 12 ish to check in and stuff. We went to Boots for a quick meal deal and then ate it in the waiting area at some huge gate. After visiting all the Duty Free shops, we reunited with the group and sat around waiting for everyone. I don't think we realised at the time that we had to travel for so long towards our gate. We had to take some lift and then take a transit train to our gate (very similar to the transit trains in HK airport..) and once we got off we actually had to leg it to the gate!! We kept hearing them announce that the gate was closing soon, but when we got there the BA people told us it was fine and we all just filed onto the plane.

The original plan was to sit with Christine, but everyone ended up sitting according to their plane tickets. I'm probably the worst person to sit next to during a plane journey because I basically go into hibernation mode. I don't eat and I don't move. I'd only ever met these people once so I didn't really remember who were who; plus I don't think I actually saw many of them at the group lunch before the trip. Anyways, so yeah, I ended up sitting next to Mickey and Kerry. I remember he introduced himself through offering me Pringles and asking if I was okay, then asking me my name and where I was from, haha. Kerry helped me put my bag into the over head cabinet because I couldn't reach, and then eventually the three of us introduced ourselves properly.

Once the flight took off, I took a nap because I was so exhausted from packing the night before. I tried to watch Dear John but my head phones were messed up so I couldn't actually hear anything -_- Dinner was served, and the air hostess asked me in Mandarin what I wanted: Beef Cobbler or Curry Chicken? I asked for the chicken in English. (Later I'd realise that Chinese people just assume that because you look/are Chinese, it must mean you know how to speak Mandarin, hahaa)

First meal I've eaten on a plane since God knows when

I ended up watching Valentine's Day and Nanny McPhee after dinner, and eventually crashed out again. I never watch movies or do anything but sleep on the plane, so I guess things were already looking up in terms of looking after myself haha. I did feel sick towards the end of the flight though but I couldn't find any sick bags ANYWHERE -_- don't worry, I didn't puke in the end.

At some point during the flight, the air host/esses went round offering arrival forms. The one who came over to us decided that I didn't need one, so I had to call her back and ask her for one -_- See what I mean about them assuming you come from China or speak Mandarin?

Once we landed, I jacked the blanket and socks that they gave us and got off the plane. I know you're not supposed to take the blankets but it was so lightweight and small! I think other people took some as well. I know Christine did, because I told her to hahaha.

After immigration, we went to collect our bags and being the idiot I am, I was practically chasing my bag along the conveyor belt -_- Luckily Mickey was there so I asked him to grab it for me. Practically everyone couldn't wait to get their walking boots off, so we changed into flip flops right there and then. Some of them went to exchange money at the bureau thing, so I went on ahead with Chu to meet her friend who she was exchanging money with her. As soon as we went out, you could feel how much warmer it was in China. It was like they were so environmentally friendly they'd decided to turn the air con on in the lowest setting. So different to Hong Kong. I swear in Hong Kong they have the air con on full blast EVERYWHERE. You could probably catch a cold from the air con..

So yeah, after we met her friend, we were walking out of the arrivals part properly, and some guy shoved a cardboard sign saying 'Really Wild Travel' in my face. Totally took me by surprise. I was like 'huh?' Then he pointed at my t-shirt, and I realised who he was, haha. I didn't know this at the time, but in 10 days time, we would all be upset at leaving this guy.

After the rest of the group had arrived, we all piled onto the mini bus and got introduced to the our tour guides for the duration of our trip. Cheney (my name's Cheney, but you can call me Chen-dubz XD) was our main tour guide, and he was hilarious! He talked about getting shitfaced and other slang terms he'd learnt from foreign visitors before us. Leo (later known as lil' bin) was our other tour guide, and was a giant fountain of all knowledge. Seriously, he knows everything about everything. Initially I found Leo really random. He could talk about Shakespeare one second, then the next he'd be going on about how there's no toilet paper in most toilets.. They both gave us really useful information though, about how to stay safe crossing the roads (I know that sounds tedious but China drivers are CRAZY) and how to keep our money and passports safe. Ironically though, after they'd told us that, they collected all our passports LOL.

We were also told all about our trek and China's history during the journey, and we realised how difficult this trek would be. I didn't expect it to be that tough, but I never thought something that tiring could be so much fun either. An hour and 10 minutes later, we got to our hotel and were allocated rooms.

Chubs and our first of many rooms.

We didn't understand why it was so nice either.

Obligatory bathroom pic!

We unpacked our stuff and then headed down to the supermarket to stock up on water and snacks. Then we returned to the hotel and chilled for a while watching random music channels until it was 5pm and time for dinner. We fell asleep a few times too hahaha.

That night we had so much good food for dinner! Just editing the photos and typing this makes me hungry -_-

Kung Pao chicken apparently. Everyone's favourite dish by the end of the trek.

No idea what this is called but it's SO GOOD.

This was too spicy for me but still, it was good!

Peking Duck nomnomnom!!

No idea what this is either, but it was yum too!

As you can probably tell, I just eat food I'm given provided it looks edible and I might like it LOL.

One of the beer brands that saw us through our independent travels.

Then we just came back, showered, chatted and eventually slept. The rest of the group went out for drinks but we were too knackered.

I'm sure I've bored you enough by now so I will stop typing (and go find food because I'm starving now). If you liked reading about my time in China, I'll try update again (and post more pics in future entries cos I know how boring text can be). If you didn't like it, oh well? hahaha

Thanks for reading!

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