Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Favourite Products for 2013!

Can you believe it's been months since I've last updated? More unbelievably though, it's amongst the last few days of the year. As in, 2013 is almost over.. in a matter of days.

AND I've finished second year, passed it and moving onto third year (AKA death year) already.

Because I can't.

And just when I thought things couldn't have been any weirder, I finished my 4 week rural placement a few weeks ago. It's gone so fast.. and it's now past Christmas. I really cannot believe it.

I thought I would fit at least one more post in before 2014 and present to you my favourite products for the year. I was originally going to make it 10, but then I totally lost count and probably couldn't have brought the number down anyway. I actually haven't counted how many I chose, so it may be a little awkward if it turns out to be less than 10.

NTS: sleep more. I'm sitting here yawning out of my mind, and my brain is just about to fall asleep.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

August lips

Firstly, I'd like to apologise (yet again) for the lack of updates.

I don't know how long this lack of bother is going to last.

(Probably indefinitely.)

Secondly, I just want to share that Kimbra is officially taking fashion tips from yours truly.




Just kidding. But seriously.

If only you knew how mean she really is... You'd know that I'm not allowed to these glasses, right? Yeah! Two years ago she [Kimbra] told me these glasses were her thing and I wasn't allowed to wear them anymore. And then for Chinese New Year my parents got this pair of really expensive gold rimmed sunglasses and I had to pretend like I didn't even like them and... it was so sad. And you know she cheats on Aaron? Yes, every Thursday he thinks she's doing SAT prep but really she's hooking up with Shane Oman in the projection room above the auditorium! I never told anybody that because I am such a good friend!*

*Although inspired in part by a true incident, the aforementioned story is fictional and does not depict any actual event.

Thirdly, I'm in Vietnam for my brother's wedding (which happened last weekend). It was a beautiful event, with emphasis on the HOT. I was in a full length, full thickness áo dài and bore the whole brunt of the heat. There was a really cute guy wearing FuLLy InDiE clothes and tassled loafers. Ugh. Probably 10 or so years too old for me. Ah well. Never hurts to look, does it?

Lastly, this post actually has a purpose. Showing you my favourite lip products for.. August!

And it's now.. (not even September) October! Another totally timely post brought to you by me.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Favourite Eyebrow Pencil and Powder

Hi, hey, hello everyone!

Time flies. The last time I logged into blogspot was before I left for uni.. and that was about 4 weeks ago. We're now going into week 3 of semester 2 and I don't think I want to be scaring people, but it's almost 25% through.

And I have 3 assignments already.

What joy.

Anyway, the main purpose of this post was not to rant about how much I'm enjoying this semester. It was to post about my eyebrow products.

So, without further ado, I present to you my daily brow routine! Well.. I haven't posted about the brush or concealer, just the pencil and powder.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Dove Foaming Make Up Remover

Not long ago, I decided to take the plunge and buy a proper makeup remover because my method of just cleansing my face several times was time-inefficient and just wrong.

It didn't help that my face looked like a prune afterwards.

After a while, moisturising seemed futile as well. So, during one of my many Priceline visits (I think it's probably one of my favourite stores in the entire world) I did the unthinkable. Well, not really, but it adds effect.

I love it. I think it's one of those products that you can just keep repurchasing and repurchasing. For $10.50, I think it'll last me a while, although probably not that long considering I do wear make up quite often.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Revlon ColorStay Mineral Finishing Powder in Brighten

It's been an extremely long week. I was at the AMSA (Australian Medical Students Association) convention on the Gold Coast. It was such a hectic week, but the best week of my life. Really, it was.

However.

All actions have consequences. I have been unofficially diagnosed with conventionitis (yes, ladies and gentlemen, it is actually a thing) and PCD (post-convention depression). Both are legitimate diagnoses. Promise.

Anyway, shortly before I left, I got this little beauty in the mail.

The bottom line? I love it.

But please excuse while I have my usual banter. I really hope that it's not too overwhelming and redundant for you all.

Where do I even start? My mind is a mess and my sickness is taking over my own capacity to think. Euck. Luckily I'm still on holidays. Man, that'd suck. Imagine that. Having convention and then uni straight after.

I don't even want to think about that.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Shu Uemura Liquid Eyeliner Pen

Today, I share with you my current and HG eyeliner. If there were only one product I had to take with me from home, this would be it.

But not really.

Why? Because I don't need to. The finish is flawless, there is no smudging, it's quite water (and scrub) resistant and the packaging is excellent. Oh, and it's refillable, so it's also extremely practical and in the long term, pretty economic I'd say.

Shu Uemura products are known for their quality, and this is no different. My first purchase back in 2007 was a pair of false eyelashes and the glue, and they lasted brilliantly, until someone came over to my house and decided to (accidentally) rip them.

That was, indeed, a very sad moment.

I have always been an avid fan of liquid eyeliners. I guess I haven't hopped on the gel eyeliner bandwagon.. yet. As far as I'm concerned, liquid eyeliner is my liquid gold. Maybe in the future, when I'm bothered enough to buy a proper brush and the MAC Fluid Liner or BB Long-Wear Gel Liner, I'll think otherwise, but I'm still at the experimental stage.

Truth?

I just can't be bothered. I've hardly enough time to maintain a blog, let alone time enough to do most things that I want to do.

All excuses aside.

This is a freaking awesome eyeliner.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Product Talk & Giveaway: Clearasil Vitamins & Extracts Daily Clear Wash (and Mask!)

This post is brought to you by Nuffnang Product Talk.

Designed for women who work hard and play hard, the new wash and scrub contains fruit extracts known for their skin conditioning properties, delicate enough to be used as part of a daily skin care routine.

It contains avocado extracts and vitamin E, glycerine for hydration, as well as pomegranate fruit extract, an anti-oxidant known to help keep skin looking  and feeling healthy.

Codeword: giveaway. Keep reading.

Monday, June 24, 2013

LookFantastic haul #1: Kerastase with a Bare touch

Firstly, I am finally back home in Brisbane! Secondly, my dad gave me a call about 2 days ago saying that there were approximately four packages waiting for me at home.

Hold up.

How do you approximate four packages? There are either four, or not four. No in-betweens.

To my delight, upon walking into a house I have not seen for 3 weeks, there were indeed exactly four. Exactement. I ordered a new fan for my laptop because it was absolutely killing me with this horrendous sound. Honestly, I couldn't even localise it when I first heard it and after reading a few forums, I was panicking in angst because it could have been coming from the right side. Right side = hard drive.

Right side. Catastrophe. Right side. $2000 that I do not currently have.

Thankfully, I opened up my baby (and almost killed my hand in the process, escaping with a mere but foul swoop of the aluminium with one of the screwdrivers) and discovered that it was the fan. Thank goodness.

Left side. Sécurité.

And just when I thought things couldn't get any worse, I almost stripped the head on one of the unibody screws trying to detach the fan in case it was a piece of dust or something caught in the fan. No luck. Doesn't help that I was trying to unscrew a torx screw with a phillips.. that was even too small for the casing screws. I should have just left it right there and then, but I had to continue and almost single-handedly destroyed my laptop in one night. Magnifique. Anyway, the point of the story is that you should always buy the right sized screwdrivers if you want to unscrew a.. screw. That's a lot of screws. So, $6.00 and a new fan later, my laptop is in perfect working order.

Oh, right. LookFantastic. Whoops.

Being a bleacher, I'm constantly on the lookout for hair products that aren't going to make my hair feel like absolute death. Basically I want the facade of "healthy" looking hair without letting everyone know that I've indeed murdered it already.

(And I have.)

I've been tossing up whether I should take the plunge and delve into the depths of Kérastase. I've heard mucha glory about their products and even though I'm in the possession of, I still have not, to this day, put a drop of any of their products to my head. All dramatising aside, I ripped open the box last night and was pleased to see that everything was packaged so nicely. It looks like I bought a lot, lot more than I actually did. I really like the site - I was reading a few reviews on their shipment times, but honestly it's not much of a problem for me even if shipping is a tad slow. Unless I'm tight for time (which I am never, might I add, when it comes to online therapy), so long as there is a package that arrives on my doorstep sometime, I am pleased.

And here we have it.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder

Greetings everyone!

Exams have been over for a week and I have had a (I think) well-deserved break so far. I had a pseudo-weekend in Cairns with le boyf and came back on Wednesday. I didn't even think to take photos.. and I mean it didn't help that I only just found my SD card about an hour ago. That's how out of it I was. I say it's a pseudo-weekend because it wasn't really the weekend, but it was still 2 days. I sort of realised that it was our one month anniversary that day.. man, I suck. Anyway, the weather was magnifique and it was so good to get out.

As a small aside, I'm going home tomorrow and I'm super excited to see everyone! Time flies. Seriously. I remember leaving home at the beginning of the semester, and already it's been one week out of six of my holidays.. just gone.

Anyway, I thought I might introduce one of my everyday products: MAC's Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder. Personally, I find it a bit annoying and after it's finished I will definitely be moving onto pressed powder. It's just that when I'm on the go, it's a hassle opening the container to an explosion of powder when it's moved around in my makeup bag or whatever. Not ideal. Overall though, it's pretty good, although the only other powder I have to compare it to is one from Natio. I want to try Urban Decay's finish powder so it's definitely on my list of next purchases.

To be honest, I didn't ever think of finishing powder as a necessity but once you go MAC, you can never go back. Kidding. I just wanted to put a rhyme in there. But seriously. I don't think I could ever put on foundation again without setting it with some sort of finishing powder. I'm the type of person who has fairly dry skin, but I still opt for oil-free foundations because I absolutely hate my skin feeling really dewy, moist and just.. gross. That's my opinion anyway. I will do anything in my pow(d)er to attain a matte finish. That's just how I roll. I just like the way it feels.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

An update on the last 24 hours

Aside: I had the weirdest dream last night. I dreamt that someone from uni got cut to pieces by her parents and then they did it to themselves. Somehow, my friend came back to life. It was so weird.

In order to make up for the past 3 months of absence, I have decided to make my re-entrance during the most impractical time within the academic year. My level of care ain't happening right now, let me tell you.

But before I start, I'd just like to say that my 4mL sample of Tom Ford Champaca Absolute arrived this morning and I can smell it from here. It's so delicious and I'm so tempted to start spraying myself, but I'm refraining and using it as a reward instead.

I know this post is a little overdue, but I'm guessing it's before exams for most people. Oh well. Point taken. A common question I get asked is how to focus study. Basically, how do I revise the main points while making sure I cover everything?

I like to divide my learning up into two phases: concepts and detail.

Look at your learning objectives. You'll be given an overview of things you have to cover, and those are probably the bare basics that you'll be looking into for each week. Make sure you can answer all of those objectives because the bulk of the exam will be based on them. There's no point in trying to go into insane amounts of detail if you don't have to. I mean sure it's interesting and it might be something to come back to, but you probably can't afford to spend so much of your efforts/brain capacity trying to shove a new bit of information that isn't that relevant (to your exams).

The learning objectives are keys because most questions will stem from them. If you have tutes, look at those too. This isn't for university exclusively - high school has learning objectives and in fact, they're probably a lot more structured than those given to you post-high school. Ugh. I want to be back in high school, where pretty much everything is done. Sure you get freedom, but at the same time, you're subjected to about 10 times the amount of content. Literally I learn an entire term's content (equivalent at a high school level) in 2 weeks. Sometimes even less. It always acts as a constant reminder of how much more I could have done in high school.

ANYWAY, that's totally besides the point.

In terms of answering the learning objectives, what you want to do is skim over them briefly and just try to form a very brief mental answer, to give yourself an idea of whether you know at least something about what it's asking. Interpret the question. Then you can focus your learning while you look over your notes. You might come across something and say to yourself, "Oh yeah, I remember seeing that in the learning objectives". Big light bulb. Have the learning objectives next to you. Mine are always at the top of my notes, so I just take a photo on my phone to keep them in sight. It saves having to scroll up to the top of the document every time I finish answering an objective.

It's also always really helpful to know what you covered in each week of every subject. That way, you can pinpoint the major concepts behind each week. And there will always be a major concept or idea. Drill those principals into yourself, and then you've laid the foundations needed to build upon it. If you get the major principal, then you can build your detail on that because you actually understand the bare fundamentals going on in that week. Just pinpoint the major concepts underlying in each week. It's usually outlined in the learning objectives anyway. I mean, even in a subject as seemingly non-conceptual as musculoskeletal anatomy, there are still major concepts in there. Like.. muscle is attached to bone. If you pull on muscles, bones will move and it depends on the placement of the muscle as to HOW the bone moves. That's that major principle in almost every week of what I learnt. If you take those bare basics away, then it makes learning a lot more relevant and understandable.

You always want to be reading over your notes. Now that you've looked over the objectives, see what else you've been taught that could be tested. This is the key behind doing well in multiple choice. Because it requires (mostly) no thinking (except if you have bulk calculations to do.. eugh..) and if you see an answer that you recall seeing in your notes, then it's most probably right. This is where you don't really need to dedicate it to memory, but seeing it will stimulate your memory enough. It's amazing what memory recall can do.

Then you want to consolidate. Having done all this work, you're obviously going to have strengths and weaknesses. Write down your weaknesses and just revise the content again. There's no harm in having done more study than less during this week because it's going to be over with in a week or two anyway. You might as well give it 100%, rather than 40% and then regret. For the most part, you get 1 or 2 chances to pass the subject. That's it. Try hard now and then you don't have to worry about it.

If it helps, try making yourself concept maps. Like, if you get one thing, it'll lead to another, and another and another and another and eventually things make sense because it flows. That's mostly how I remember things. I try to group things into logical events.

Hope this helps!

Again, good luck everyone. :)

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

In which I dedicate this post to SWOTVAC

And again, I am alive.

It seems almost surreal as to just how quickly time passes. One minute you're excited to see your friends and fellow doomraiders after having not seen anyone for 3 months, and literally the next moment you're up to your neck in work and you still can't see anyone. It's amazing how quickly that excitement completely diminishes into but a remnant of memory. Well for me at least, I wonder why I ever had any twang of excitement about starting to study again in the first place. No? Am I the only one who feels like my brain cells have lost capacity to learn over the holidays?

It's exceptionally hard to strike that balance. How do you keep your mind educationally active during that long holiday? My answer right now is to be thankful that you never have to put up with the sheer amount of stress you're subject to during that dreaded week of each semester - SWOTVAC.

Hold up. Just wait one second there. Let's just evaluate that very acronym: study without teaching vacation.

Did someone say vacation?

Non. My definition of vacation generally encapsulates feelings of joy, stresslessness, happiness - pretty much anything that points in the direction of happiness. So while I'm clearly in need to stress less by reducing my workload, I have a couple of tips to perhaps lessen the load. And it's (99%) guilt free! While you're in your pursuit of procrastination, you're actually learning a few ways to maximise your efficiency this week.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

My skincare routine

Hello, friends.

I'm not going to lie and say that I've been totally faithful in my attempts to provide a constantly updated blog. Before we proceed any further, I would like to take the time to apologise for any expectations you had of me, like.. at all.

Major caveat: reliability is not my middle name.

It's terrible, because I need to work on that. Majorly. Anyway, I'm taking this opportunity to alert you to my existence and announce that my life is still directed here, on Earth. We are all beautiful aliens. You must forgive my.. specialness (for lack of a better word). I have been out and about since 7am this morning, and my brain's usage has just about reached its peak limit.

Today, I learned about the electrophysiology of the heart. How exciting! But seriously. I really love cardiovascular medicine. Ladies and gentlemen, I think I have found my calling. It clicks. The heart clicks, even if it's not supposed to (path, anyone?). I'm just on the same page as the heart. My heart is so happy that I understand it. It's happy.

That brings me to the end of my day.

And the beginning of the actual post.. begins.

As an introduction, I'd like to admit that prior to this year, I was never a moisturiser person. I swore by cleanser, but never moisturiser. In retrospect, I could not have picked a worse product to neglect. Moisturiser is wonderful.

Now toner, that's a different story. Ugh. Toner.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Cleaning Brushes

I was going to combine my previous post on brushes with this one on how to clean them, but I decided against it because it was just too long. Plus, it makes me look like I'm posting more frequently. Definitely a win-win situation.

First and foremost, you must must must must must must must MUST clean your brushes. It's most important with your liquid/cream products, like liquid foundation, concealer and cream blushes because they're the most moist to begin with, and if you pair that with a nice, dense brush, you've got a really nice habitat for bacterial colonisation. And you're going to be wiping that all over your face. All. Over. Doesn't that sound lovely?

Good brushes are an investment. Most of the time, a very expensive investment, so please look after them. Many high quality brushes will maintain their brand new-ness for years if you care for them properly. Years and years.

I try to clean my brushes every time I use them. Like most people, I use two methods to clean my brushes: spot cleaning and deep cleaning. I spot clean every day, which takes literally about 15-20 seconds per brush. Once a week, I deep clean my brushes so that they're product free, which preserves the original condition of the brushes as much as possible.

For spot cleaning, I use the MAC brush cleanser. It's $20 from Myer/David Jones/MAC in Australia. It's about half the price for all you Americans. If make up were the same price here as America, Australia would be perfect. Clothes too.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

My Current Brushes

It's been a little while. Actually, I'm totally exhausted right now because I've had mentor training all day and had to wake up at 7:30. The wake up was definitely far from pleasant, but the fact that I saw some familiar faces made it worth it, somewhat. I'm trying to convince myself of that, anyway. I had a weird dream. I was eating really big raspberries, or mulberries or some sort of berries with room-temperature milk. In another dream, I was in Korea negotiating the price of ribbons. Like, those bows that you put in your hair. It was like 4 for $15 and then I decided to look on eBay and it was around $10 for 25. Then my alarm went off. Charming.

So today I'm here to show you a few brushes that I have. I only use about 4, but my collection will increase as I find good and reasonably priced ones along the way. There are some on the way to my bathroom up here, but obviously I don't have them yet, so these will have to do for demonstration.

I brought some of my makeup up North and I thought I might just show you how I've organised it. It was a rushed job, but I've made things sort of easy to locate and I'm lazy so I'll deal with it later.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Daiso Detergent for Puff & Sponge

Today, I present to you one of the most highly coveted brush cleaners in the makeup world: the Daiso Detergent for Puff & Sponge.

Finding an effective way to clean your makeup tools is almost as important as possessing the right ones. If you don't clean them properly, you may as well be placing your brushes in an entire culture of bacteria and letting them infest your brushes overnight.

Not a pleasant thought, right?

That's exactly what happens if you don't clean your brushes, especially those with liquid products. Poor cleaning means a poor face, promoting pimples and those other nasties. Poor cleaning is less harmful, but if you're going to dedicate the time, then you may as well do it properly.

Plus, I think cleaning brushes is quite therapeutic. Actually, that's a lie. It really depends. Before I bought the Puff & Sponge, it took me so long to clean my foundation brushes. I was really hesitant to use them after that, because I couldn't be bothered cleaning. And that, my friend, is the problem.

Since the Puff & Sponge entered my life, this lack of bother is no longer a barrier between me and my perfectly cleaned brushes. Seriously.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Lime Crime Lipstick in Centrifuchsia

I'm in a lipstick mood. I just love lipstick. I think it really provides character and depicts emotion.

Yes. Just from lips. Amazing, right?

Admittedly, until now I have never been a fan of bright pink lipsticks - especially hot pink. Hot pink hasn't been up in my grill since the 5th grade, when I received a hot pink Barbie buggy car for my birthday. Remember those? They also came with stickers to bling up the car. It was a little girl's wonderland. I may or may not still have that car.. in my room.. with all my soft toys. Please quit judging me.

I've actually had a few Lime Crime lipsticks for a while now. Quite.. a while, but I never thought bright pink was my thing. I just read from other reviews that Lime Crime lipsticks are very pigmented and bright. Absolutely correct. I have now decided that I am 100% in love with hot pink-infused with fuchsia lipsticks. It's incredible how opinions change in a matter of a couple of weeks. It does help that I now know how to actually apply the lipstick. Before, I'd just wing it and it feathered* everywhere. Lovely.

Note: feathering (with respect to lipstick) refers to when it spreads from the lips into the little creases in the skin around the lips. Think of putting a drop of ink onto a paper towel - the main drop represents your lips, and where the ink creeps outside that drop, that's what feathering looks like. It's not favourable and certainly not flattering. More about how to prevent feathering later.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Kate Moss for Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick #26

My first makeup review! I don't know how I'll go with this. I've been reading reviews in forever, and suddenly everything changes when you're the one providing feedback.

Yesterday, I went out with Alice and Sandra to the city to window-shop for Alice's laptop, with no avail. I think I've come to the conclusion that Priceline is actually my favourite store. I'm officially a Priceline Sister, according to the card they gave me. Total score.

Anyway, I've been looking for a nice nude lipstick for a while. I have a few MAC shades lined up to try, but I'm not game enough to buy them here. I'll wait until I can find a way to get them from the US. Totally the way to go.

I love Priceline. I can't explain why. I love the diversity and how it stocks almost every good Australian drugstore makeup brand. I picked up the Kate Moss for Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in #26. I fell in love with the packaging. It's so cute!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Korea Part 4: Back to the Start

I've been delaying this post forever. I don't know why. One of my New Year's Resolutions was to always finish what I started, but I guess I didn't stipulate any sort of time restrictions for that. Totally de rien. Still on track.

We didn't have much time the second time around in Korea - 3 days including flight time. Basically, a full day with jetlag and delayed flights either side. This time, we visited the Namdaemun markets. It reminded me a little of Hongdae! Except it didn't have a Hello Kitty Cafe, but I mean, one in a trip is enough for me. Meow.

Needless to say, I scouted for the nearest skincare shop and rushed in.

Namdaemun is just huge. I thought it was going to be a couple of streets, but a good half hour later, my assumption was proved wrong, along with my excellent directional skills. Luckily, my actually good backtracking abilities kicked in and I was able to find the entrance.

It's weird, huh? I can never find my way, but I'll always be able to find my way back.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

USA Part 7: Hollywood/UCLA/The Grove

This post marks the conclusion of my travels to the US of A. I can't believe it. I swear that yesterday it was the 14th of December and I was packing for this humungous trip, with naivety of course. Tres naive. I'd never experienced such a Winter before and I had no expectations at all, so I rocked up at Incheon International Airport with a single sweater and literally paper-thin harem pants. The most rookie error I have ever made.

Currently, I have been in the most chilled state of being, ever. Listening to this baby has never been so therapeutic. Give it a listen and tell me that it doesn't drift you towards total serenity. I dare you. The combination of beat, electric guitar with the ever-so-subtle hint of synth, mmmmm. The best.

Living isn't easy when you've been free, and it's taken away. I will lay my head down, 'til some sense has been found. Perfection.

Hollywood, as you would expect, was totally different to Chinatown and Downtown LA. Like, I'm not talking about apples and oranges. I'm talking about Hello Kitty and lettuce. You could probably draw some point of commonality between the two, but you get the comparison.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

USA Part 6: Miami

Lately, I've been tapping into the Asian side of me. It remained hidden for quite some time because we are the minority where I study. I've been listening to #TBT music this entire holidays. It was probably somewhat fuelled by my trip to Korea. Man, Korea is an inspiring place. You just want to forget that you speak English and dive into the indulgent cheap, yet amazingly high quality holiday you deserve. I don't know how to say it in Korean, but just think of any compliment and it'll be fitting. I promise.

Before I proceed, I think I should pay my respects. Too many young lives have been taken away. The future of our world resides in these people, and I cannot empathise enough with those who have lost loved ones recently. I think the word I'd use to describe this feeling is numbing. The inertia is incredible; overwhelming. Lost for words. Stuck in the past. Immense disbelief. It's unfathomable unless you've gone through loss yourself. Once is terrible enough, but.. I couldn't even believe that it had happened twice to me. It's almost been a year. Still numbing. Still in disbelief. Denial. For the sake of everybody around you, I truly wish that you are in peace.

It's hard to transition from melancholy back to reality.

I guess it's worth a shot.

If you haven't noticed already, I changed my layout a little. I decided that there was just too much text and scrolling, so I'm now in the process of truncating what you can see on the home page. I also redid the icon! I think it looks a lot neater, because I remembered that I could change the size of the image through HTML, instead of doing it the hard way and resizing it manually. Of course I'd find the hard way. Of course.

Off topic. Sorry.

Miami. The land where Winter is still surf weather. This is, of course, a stark comparison to the negative, frozen body-causing Seoul Winter. It's beautiful. I don't know what else there is to say about it. Honestly, we were only here for 3 days.

Actually, we drove to Miami from Fort Lauderdale, straight after disembarking the ship. It was a hectic process and I was exhausted. I think we all were. A break was severely required, so we drove to Hollywood in Florida. I'd never heard of it, but it had a beautiful beach with an even lovelier broadwalk.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

USA Part 5: Oasis of the Seas

It's that time of night again. You know, the time when I really should be sleeping but posting is ever so tempting.

I hope you're not getting sick of reading about my travels.

It's getting a little.. redundant, having to write about everything. I guess it would help if I weren't going out so often to see people, leaving things like this to the late hours of the night, or the early hours of the morning; whichever you prefer.

It may seem clear that my mother was a little ambitious whilst planning this trip. She had good intentions. I haven't been overseas since I visited Vietnam, Singapore and Cambodia at the end of 2009/beginning of 2010. To me, that's quite a while, considering I do travel frequently.

Oasis of the Seas is a cruise ship owned by a line called Royal Caribbean. It's roughly twice the size of the Titanic - 100 000 tonnes. An accurate description? Think opulence. Think luxury. Think.. big.

Opulence. I like that word - mot juste.

My family and I took a cruise around the Caribbean Islands. Fitting, no?

I want to introduce you to this baby. Never have I been on a ship so big. Well, obviously.. it's the biggest ship in the world. Duh, Michelle.

Friday, January 25, 2013

USA Part 4: Orlando

I'm finally home. Actually, I came home 2 days ago but no matter, I have been resting and recovering (biggest joke of my life, I think I've spent about 100% of my time looking for the best makeup brushes I can buy). I had a doctor's appointment today and I bleached my hair again with Sandra and Alice whilst talking about our life stories. It was refreshing to see people outside of my family because I was stuck with them and only them for 6 weeks. Tell me about it.

Florida was the place we stayed the longest. It was a really nice change away from the biting Seoul Winter and the milder West Coast chills. Despite raining the first and last days of our trip, the rest was magnifique. However, I must inform you all that I currently never want to go to another theme park for the rest of my life. It's something you must do in your life though - visiting at least one of the Disney theme parks around the world. Actually, rethinking it through, it would be rather nice to visit Disneyland in Paris. Although, I think I like the idea of it rather than the idea of it.

Anyway, topic calls.

We were in Orlando for 9 days. Those were possibly the 9 most tiring days of my entire life.

So the theme parks we went to were:
  • Universal Studios
  • We were supposed to go to Sea World but then mum got sick so we stayed home and went to Downtown Disney instead
  • Kennedy Space Centre
  • Epcot Centre
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • Animal Kingdom
  • Magic Kingdom

My favourite was definitely Epcot Centre. I'm pretty much in love with their International Village. Tres magnifique! Little Japan. Seriously. Get on that.

Just a few words of warning: there are a lot of photos. Prepare to exhaust that scroll. Dat. Scroll.

Monday, January 21, 2013

USA Part 3: Santa Monica

I've been up since 2am this morning, because my body is too stupid to realise that I'm not in the US anymore.

It's now 6:40 in the morning and I've spent the past 4 hours looking at and comparing different makeup products. I've grown an obsession over the past week or so and the cravings aren't satisfied. It doesn't help that almost all of the products that I want don't actually ship to Australia, so I've conducted a little research of other sites to try to combat that problem. It also doesn't help that I'm in Korea right now, and have been surrounded by a plethora of makeup and skincare shops. I just want everything. I can't help it, I swear!

I'm too tired to think, and my neurons have just about exhausted their action potentials thinking up a list of things to buy. Just when I thought I'd broken the bank with clothes in the US, here comes another department to rob me even more! I say that in the most positive light possible. Seriously.

I mean, what? Back to business. Now, where were we? Oh yes.

Santa Monica. A beautiful city.

Disclaimer: Once again with my amazing geography, I thought SM was in LA. I mean, it's right next to it. An honest mistake that many people make, so I guess it's one of my more.. acceptable misunderstandings. With a cherry on top? Absolutely.

Whilst downtown Los Angeles is a relative ghost town, Santa Monica boasts absolute opulence, lively and endless crowds, beautiful apartments, all complete with a pier of its own on the beachfront. C'est une belle ville!

To be perfectly honest though, the majority of my memory from this place escapes me. It's clear enough so that I can accompany my current opinions with photos in order to prompt myself. I'll let the pictures talk. Memories change. Pixels don't.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

USA Part 2: Las Vegas/Grand Canyon

Let me update you for 2 seconds. I send my most excited but exhausting greetings from Miami. Apologies for the lack of posting. I'm sure many of you know that I've been cruising.

(Now I mean this in a literal sense, as in sailing upon the seven seas, although it also makes sense in the mighty holiday spirit of absolute, sheer bliss while in the midst of relaxation and basically doing nothing.)

It has come to my attention that I like to post photos. Perhaps too many photos. Perhaps this is just an excuse to cut down on uploading time and basically effort because I have many more a post to.. post. Regardless, I hold true to my word (you may notice that I never set a time limit on myself).

So, first up after LA was Las Vegas. Just to fill you in on my extremely poor geography, I had no idea that Las Vegas was in Nevada. I thought it was in California. Like, honestly, I didn't even know San Francisco was in California. I'd heard of "NorCal" and "SoCal" from my friends, but I just thought it was a divide, like East or West Germany.

Wow. I must sound really, really blonde right now. That's honestly me. My geography is just.. atrocious. Especially that of the US. There's just too many states.. but I think I've figured out a few things. Like how Florida and California are NOT on the same sides of the country. New York is NOT in the middle of the country. Just a few things. I guess it's not hard to learn, but US geography just never struck any interest during high school, or ever.

.. It's never too late to start, right?

In case you were wondering, the answer is yes. The question is, of course, whether the road trip to Las Vegas is just like in the movies.