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Friday, April 30, 2010

The Brow Job

The technology of improving one’s looks is amazing, yet scary at the same time. You have boob jabs that increase one cup size (or more) within an hour (perfect for lunch time quick fix!), you have body sculpting that give already-slim people those defined abs. The ugly becomes better-looking (if not gorgeous), the beautiful become even more beautiful.
Beauty fixes are now no longer exclusive only to the rich. If you don’t have the dough to splurge on surgeries, there’re plenty of “substitutes”. Like fake eyelashes & padded bras.
I must say I love the witty marketing/ advertising of Browhaus/ Strip. Their concept stores are always eye-candy, so are their publicity materials. From experience, their services do match up too, it wasn’t false advertising.

Their latest campaign “Face Booked” demonstrates their latest/new services. I think such techniques already existed since our mother’s era. It’s just that the technology now is better, more natural & semi-permanent instead of permanent.
I overheard the therapists chatting about some clients coming in to remove previous “tattoos”. Imagine zapping your eye line or lips in the removal process.
Personally, I don’t think having permanent lower eye line or upper eye line drawn is natural. I won’t do it.
Same with the lips. I’d rather use different lipsticks for different moods.

Getting fake eyelashes permanently stuck is all the rage now. Sitting next to me in the beauty parlour was a GUY having falsies put on. It wasn’t dramatic, and I wouldn’t immediately say he’s gay. Perhaps metrosexual, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Well, even if he’s gay, there’s isn’t anything wrong either.
See, it’s not fair! Ang Mohs are already naturally blessed with big eyes and lush lashes, but they must become EVEN MORE beautiful! I’ve contemplated trying them out for the same reason, but I’ve put it off for various disadvantages.

a) It’s VERY high maintenance. You have to wash your face gingerly, avoiding your eyes.
b) You can’t swim, you can’t sweat, you can’t steam (I can’t do without sports!)
c) Removing it is at extra cost
d) It might cause your own lashes to fall. (This is the Ultimate; my lashes are longer than the average Jane so technically I don’t need it. I don’t want to risk it.)
e) I’m afraid that once I start, I can’t stop. Because everyone is so used to seeing you with full lashes, doll eyes that without them, you feel naked, you feel insecure. I DON’T WANT FALSIES TO RULE MY LIFE.

Besides, I really think that falsies will damage the delicate skin around your eye with the use of glue. I use them sparingly and on special occasions.

I permed my eye lashes before though. I’ll never do it again and I shouldn’t have done it. It didn’t damage my lashes per say (other than the first time at Bio Skin where it came out looking like cockroach feelers), but the chemicals were so strong that I could smell it for days after. Plus, the necessary (or so they say at Browhaus) after-care products you have to purchase to nourish your lashes back after such damage done is very expensive! They add up to about $150 and I didn’t really think it made any difference. Can lashes be moisturized actually? I should really think twice the next time any salon sells me any product. Cheaper alternatives can usually be found outside. Then again, Browhaus have their own formulas & I love the witty packaging but still…

Anyway, I won’t do that again because a) it didn’t enhance your looks greatly b) it’s just like rebonding your hair = damaging.

I’ve been trained by my parents to be natural, eat natural, use natural. With all these new technologies I’m itching to experiment with, it’s very hard to stick to that rule.

I flouted it once again with brow resurrection.

I was waiting for a friend getting her brows plucked at Browhaus & these huge ass posters keep staring at me. Serves eye candy while waiting.
You’d think he’s already pretty good looking before but after getting his brows done, he looked fresh & clean? Although before, he probably have a rougher look. He turned from manly to metro sexual. I’m not quite sure before or after is better.
But Pepper needs this. She probably draws her eyebrows all the time because it stops short. Such is the type where once she gets out of the shower or pool, her eyebrows disappear.
Holly really did it for me. I found myself similar to her. She didn’t really need it, her eyebrows were there. But still, she did it. SHE SOLD BROW RESURRECTION TO ME. Or rather, her picture did. She didn’t even have to talk.
 My brows have always been there, i am blessed with the natural arc. Perhaps in the last picture, abit overplucked (not by me, but some Hollywood Secrets therapist).
I never trim/ pluck my eyebrows because i don't know how to do it. Neither do i really know how to draw brows either (but luckily i don't need to). I thought i had perfect brows, but when beauticians and make-up artists see it, they still commence work on my brows. I always thought "what's with that?!"

They said my brows though good enough, but still imperfect. Right is higher than left, left has small gaps and both don't have tails. Ok, the boys probably won't understand what i'm talking about. So i started drawing my brows when i have make-up on (otherwise i really don't bother since my brows don't disappear like Pepper). Now, i perspire alot & i'm constantly dabbing with tissue. So when you've blusher, mascara and the full works on, the first to go when you perspire are my brows. Which isn't a stark difference, but yes, there is a tiny crack in the perfect art.

& because i am a gian peng, i did it. I am not sure if i regret it or not. 1) I spent $78 extra for the after-care products (again!) 2) Technically, i really don't need it. The process is painless, although after your brow area feels raw.

It certianly gives me a more defined look, abit of a character i would say. But beware, when your face is nude, the brows can be a strong contrast. Thus like how anxious you are for your newly rebonded hair to not-be-so-flat, i will wash my face, steam my face & go against those warnings the thearapists told me not to do to prolong the effect.

I supposedly now have the "perfect arcs" because i balanced out my left to match the right (which originally has a higher arc), lengthened my tails and filled in the gaps (because of my scar on my left brow).

Fresh faced in the morning, second day after treatment. My brows look very thick and bushy!
 After i slap on some foundation & blusher, it evens out the contrast.
But no, i don't think i'll do it again when this fades. I still think it's CHEMICAL.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Making Cards

I like making cards, i like creating things. Every occasion, i make a card for my parents. I demand that my brothers do too.
My younger brother was more obedient. He did try.His art is the worst among us 3. The other day he was preparing his anniversary gift to his girlfriend. He bought an expensive box to lay a Forever Friends bear in. Then he decorated it with cotton, petals and glitter. Still, it looked more like a coffin instead of anything else.

But he is so so so cute! My older brother is my protector. He stands up for me in the school bus, he buys me Barbie dolls. My younger brother is for me to bully, he plays Barbie dolls with me and role played as my robot (and fetch anything i want).

I don't know why i laid all my soft toys out for this picture. It's SO SISSY!
All 3 of us were pretty creative, but again i think my younger brother was weaker in thinking out of the box.
Still, he tries! Creating a "surprise" on his card.
His drawing is just too cute lah. He still draws like this now i think.

My elder brother was the best artist, but the laziest too! Every time i ask him to make a card, he just take paper and pen. Otherwise, paper and pencil.
But i thought he was the best artist. Now i look at it, i ask why are his humans "so ugly?!"Then, I realised....
my elder brother seeked inspiration from Beavis and Butt-head. Andi think he founded this style of drawing because he drew them before the cartoon even started! I thought he was trying to make it life-like, and i teased him who in reality will look so ugly! Then i found this...

I was the most sincere child i guess.


I made countless cards. Reading back what i wrote to my parents, they make me cringe.

I even presented my dad with a CERTIFICATE and i called him the 42-year old BOY. We don't usually have much to write in the cards, it's always "sorry i don't have a present." or "you're the best."

When i was 13, a 16 year-old boy made me cards. He was the only one who ever made me cards. There were some others who wrote cards to me but not hand-made.
The ultimate was this 3 page one.
It totally rocked my boat and that inspired me to go on making cards for special people..
Take a cue from me, flowers are not romantic. Hand-made cards are & they last a life time.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Laugh Your Monday Blues Away

I once played a prank on a friend in laboratory lesson. She fell asleep during class, and I screamed in her ear “Fire Fire!” She immediately stood up, panicked and screamed.

Everyone stared and we BOTH got detention.

As they say, Monkey See Monkey Do.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Flaunt like a Peacock

Stand out with these peacock feather earrings. Brand New over here.

The History of Sex Dolls

8 AD. --- The First Sex Doll Story Told.
There was a myth involving a woman sculpted from ivory by Pygmalion. Her name was Galatea and he became so obsessed with her, bathing her feeding her and of course sleeping with her, eventually Goddess Aphrodite (presumably sick of being disgusted) made her into a real woman. Thus, the porno version of Pinocchio was born. 

11th to 12th Century --- Touching of Naked Statues Encouraged.
Naked women made of marble, called “Sheela-na-gigs,” were carved into the sides of English and Irish churches to ward off evil spirits. The carvings had exaggerated vulva and a legend at the time said caressing these sexy busts gave you the power to heal others. Perhaps, sexual healing?  

1941 ---- Hitler, the father of sex dolls
The Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler ordered, in 1941, a Danish doctor named Olen Hannussen, to develop the world's first inflatable sex doll, the Italian newspaper "Corriere della Sera' reported.
The doll was went meant to serve the sexual needs of the German fighting man, who might otherwise go to brothels and contract a sexual
transmitted disease – or worse, have sex with non-Aryan women and thus pollute the race. 

Hitler himself provided the measurements and design or the doll: "She should be a natural size with a pretty woman's appearance with white skin, blonde hair, blue eyes, 1.76 meters (5 feet, nine inches) high, with large lips and breasts."
Now ---- Humandroids
A German company called First Androids created a sex doll, that is very close to a real lady. So close in fact that they have a pulse, can perform oral sex acts and a g-spot that responds to orgasm!Possibly for low self-esteemed men who have never made a real woman come.
 The Japanese don't lose out with their Asian versions.
Is your jaw hanging wide open like mine? Sorry, i have to mosaic the bits as I am erm, quite conservative. Hahahahahaha.

Trust me, she has HUMAN LIKE nipples.

1995- It gets wilder (i'm biting my tongue in judging men ;p)
It's sold in Singapore and i saw it. If i remember it correctly, it isn't sold any less than $90.

Anatomically correct inflatable sheep called the Love Ewe. I hope men buy it as a gag gift.

What about the women? Theirs ain't as fancy as the men. I suppose as stereotype has it, women are not as visual as men so there's no need for aesthetic beauty of these dolls for women?
But if you'll like a human-like one, you can! Provided he doesn't freak you out when you wake up gazing into his gaping expression.
There is a community where they "swap partners".

Advantages of using a sex doll:
1) it won't talk back
2) it won't cheat (unless you "swap it", another man will fall in love with "her")
3) it is easy to clean
4) no diseases/ no pregnancy

Disadvantages of using a sex doll:
1) it is a "dead fish"
2) it is not warm (heat will melt the plastic)
3) it stinks (knowing how lazy men are, they're likely not to clean the doll immediately after, thus leading the gunk to crust up)
4) no expressions

I'll check these out in my upcoming trip to Japan & report in this space.

Orient Industry
The first and largest showroom for Orient is located a stone’s throw away from Akihabara (left). Reservations are required for a 30-minute visit, but inside are dozens of models and lines, including some 15 variant faces. The atmosphere is decidedly disquieting, but under the gaze of hundreds of dolls one can test the weight, durability and flexibility of Orient products before buying.
Suguru Building, 2F, 5-23-11 Ueno, Taito-ku. Tel: 03-3832-4832. Open daily 11am-6pm. Nearest stn: Okachimachi.

Volks Akihabara Showroom
This shop on the sixth floor of the Radio Kaikan is the crowning jewel of the Volks doll empire—more a museum than a store. Walk the aisles and see completed Dollfies, consult experts and thumb through albums of photos taken by customers. The showroom also offers the latest information on dolls parties.
Radio Kaikan, 6F, 1-15-16 Soto-kanda, Chiyoda-ku. Tel: 03-5295-8160. Open daily 11am-6pm. Nearest stn: Akihabara.

St. Grace’s Court
This unique costume diner is a “sister café” where nuns alternate between serving tea and engaging in mock Catholic ritual. The staff and customers are all hardcore fan types, and the owner allows them to organize exchange parties (koryukai) and take pictures of their dolls. There is even a “doll set” (¥700) of miniature tea and sweets on the menu for users to order for use in posing their dolls or offering them refreshments.
Chiyoda K1 Building, 1-B1F, 2-19-33 Kanda Sudacho, Chiyoda-ku. Tel: 03-5298-5947. Open Mon-Thu noon-11pm, Fri-Sun noon-5am. Nearest stn: Akihabara.

Café Saya
A hotbed of doll user activity located outside Shinjuku, Saya is an antiquated café boasting an impressive lineup of doll events, including private exhibitions and sales, do-it-yourself workshops, and doll exchange parties. Like many such places, the space is typically only open when rented out for events, and these can be reservation-only or private affairs. Saya does, however, run a doll café most Saturdays.
3-37-1 Kamiya, Kita-ku. Tel: 03-3903-5462. Open noon-6pm (different if there is an event). Nearest stn: Higashi-Jujo. 

 Sex Doll commits suicide when lover brings back the latest and newest android that can pleasure him in more ways.
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