Saturday, October 11, 2014

Random: Mid-Sem Break

I never feel adequately rejuvenated from a mid-semester break. This year, I've only ever felt profound fatigue -- far from the bright-eyed-bushy-tailed first year I used to be. Caffeine intake might have something to do with it too but I think I'm just feel uninspired with the things I'm doing. I tried to make the best of my break but I honestly didn't get much done. I feel like I'm fizzling out but it's almost the end -- I've gone through nearly 3/4 of the semester.

Other than going to see a friend, lending her my manga, giving her some posters for her new room and some Buldak Bokkeum Myun (seriously hot Korean instant noodles), I didn't meet up with any of my other friends. I did, however, had a nice dinner out in the city with my younger sister after a long day of studying (for her) and a day at the lab (for me). I treated her to one of N2's ice cream flavours: Ferrero Reveal (Ferrero Rocher). I think the syringe of chocolate ganache is a nice touch - a little strange but I find it humorous. Bet all the chocoholics out there dream of having chocolate injected into them intravenously...

N2's Ferrero Reveal
I went out shopping on the long weekend and noticed this intriguing setup at a shopping centre. I wonder if it will inspire anyone in need of home decor ideas.

Then I headed to the city. Though I was planning not to spend any money on cosmetics this month, I gave in. I swung by the Illamasqua counter with the intent of getting a red lipstick but I left with an eyeshadow palette, forgot the red lipstick and couldn't be bothered to go back in and get it. Bonus: I got a little lesson in how to wear this palette and also a friendly reminder that I needed to groom my eyebrows.

 In retrospect, it is the better outcome because I lacked eyeshadows suitable for night or parties but I don't need more red lipsticks. The only reason I could justify purchasing more makeup: it was half off and I paid $27.50 for it. To put it into perspective for people foreign to the outrageous prices of cosmetics in Australia, a Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick costs RRP $21.95 and a MAC single eyeshadow is RRP $33. The Fatale palette was part of their Holiday 2013 collection and they're quite festive colours -- perfect for Christmas.

Eye makeup all came from Illamasqua - only products I recall that were used were the Fatale Palette, Precision Gel Liner, Eyebrow Cake, some purple sparkly pigment and concealer
I had Nars Sheer Glow as a base on and Schiap (lipstick) sheered out as a tint
Oh, and I bought some tea from T2. My sister enjoyed this particular special edition blend: Mini Monsoon - she generally hates tea unless it's fruity and has light flavour.

During the cooler nights, I've been sipping on Chai with almond milk. I tweaked it a little with the recipe I was making it from.

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