dark circles and eye bags


*Under the eyes – dark circles and eyebags!

I totalllllyyyyy understand how you girls feel. I hate dark circles and eyebags too.

…Because dark patches and puffy pouches under your eyes = SUPER UNATTRACTIVE!!!

I’m not being mean, I just thought emphasizing on how horrible it looks would motivate you girls (and guys out there) to do something about it :)

Your eyes are the windows to your soul, your eyes are the most important part of your face – without nice eyes, having good complexion or a sharp nose would be pretty much pointless.

Thankfully for me, I don’t have very dark eye patches, neither do I have obvious eyebags.

Please don’t ask me how I managed to be free from it, it’s all about being dedicated from the very start. If you’ve been taking good care of your health and skin all the while, I don’t see a good reason why you should be having major problems with your looks – unless you’ve inherited some bad genes.

Just like there’s no point in stressing over how to turn fairer now when you were out there tanning in the past.. (because you probably have a horrible load of pigmentation that cannot be saved now)

I have received emails from girls asking me a bunch of random, (and some useless + stupid) “beauty questions” – it reallyyyy pisses me off..

It’s not so much about what other people recommend, it’s about finding out (by YOURSELFF) what actually works for you.

There would be so much more good looking girls around if they were dilligent in making themselves look presentable.

Honestly, I hate looking at really bad make up – the kind of girl who only knows how to apply lip gloss and eyeliner.

If you want to be pretty, then do everything you can about it! Don’t half-fuck around man. It looks pathetic.

Random but important note: Girls, please please trim your eyebrows & draw them well, there’s no point applying make up when you have horrible bushy eyebrows like that. Nice eyebrows say alot about a person..

Moving on,

There are many, many reasons that may cause eyebags and dark circles.

And even though everyone I know has been believing the bullshit that dark eye circles / eye bags are directly caused by the lack of sleep, it is actually not true.

So if you have bad problems with dark circles and eye bags and you’re praying that sleep will cure them, well then keep praying.

Just because you only got 4 hours of sleep last night doesn’t mean you’ve formed weird dark circles under your eyes during that short period of time.

The lack of sleep and any other form of fatigue only causes the skin to look more pale, thus the dark circles (that were originally there) would become more obvious.

Just like how stars are only visible at night – they were always there, just not that obvious.

So now you can go mock at your friends’ stupidity, and pretend that you never believed dark circles and eyebags are caused by the lack of sleep.


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As we sleep, gravity causes fluid to collect under the eyes. That puffiness can create shadows, giving the impression of dark circles. Puffiness can also create those familiar under eye bags.

The very first step you should do is identify your problem (in this case, dark circles and eyebags) then find out what’s causing it.

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#1) Nasal Congestion: The area under the eyes is the thinnest and most delicate skin on the face. It’s webbed with tiny blood vessels, and anything that causes those blood vessels to dilate or get wider will make them show through the skin more.

One of the most common causes of under eye circles is nasal congestion, especially from allergies. (such as mild allergies to your dog’s fur, your boyfriend’s new cologne, etc.. Are you having an allergy that you aren’t aware of?)

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#2) Heredity: When blood passes through the large veins close to the surface of the skin, it can produce a bluish tint. The more transparent the skin — an inherited trait — the darker the circles appear.

Some people are just more likely to develop dark circles or bags under their eyes. For a sneak peek of your future, check out your parents’ faces.

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#3) Diet: Watch what you eat girls! A diet that isn’t balanced, or one that is lacking iron or is too high in sodium will contribute to dark circles. (some girls may notice dark circles when having their period, due to the lack of iron)

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#4) Age: Under eye bags are the result of fat accumulating in the eye area and water retention. This can happen with age as the area around the eyeball weakens, and loses the elasticity. Age can also make skin thinner and less elastic. As you sleep, gravity causes fluid to collect in the lower eye lid.

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#5) Medical Conditions: Any medications that cause blood vessels to dilate can cause circles under the eyes to darken. Because the skin under the eyes is very delicate, any increased blood flow shows through the skin. Another cause of dark circles may be bad blood circulation.

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Those are the top 5 “causes” of dark circles and eye bags. Look through carefully & think hard which may be the ones affecting you!

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Basic Do’s and Dont’s:

  • If you already have under eye circles, stay out of the sun. Sun exposure makes dark circles darker by bringing more pigment to the skin’s surface.
  • Don’t rub your eyes, it just increases the intensity of the darkness under your eyes (not forgetting more fine lines as you grow older!)

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And I think this is the part most of you have been waiting for….

HOME REMEDIES!

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For most people, treating puffiness will significantly reduce the appearance of under eye bags. So what works?

A cold compress of any sort will help, but cucumber slices and cold tea bags may work especially well. Both contain natural compounds that help reduce puffiness.

Relax, and leave them on your eyes for 15-30mins. (So who said putting cucumber slices on your eyes looks stupid and is useless?!)

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Extra Pillows at night: Propping your head higher while you sleep will also reduce puffiness by encouraging fluids to drain away from the eye area.

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Cardio exercise increases blood circulation and may help the dark circles to disappear!

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Smoking and eating foods high in salt both increase fluid retention in the eye area. Following a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, and not smoking can all reduce the risk of under eye bags. Remember to have sufficient iron~

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There are numerous products in the market that promise to make under eye bags and circles less visible. What works for one person may not work for someone else, so expect some trial-and-error to find a good product.

Dermatologists recommend looking for products that contain vitamin C, vitamin K, alpha hydroxy acids, or kinetin.

And that’s the end of it!

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If all else fails, don’t overlook the obvious: concealer, foundation, and lots of it!

It doesn’t have to be expensive, Watsons sells Za Concealer (im using it) for only $13.90

The only “permanent” way to get rid of true under eye bags is a surgery called blepharoplasty, which removes the excess fat and skin. Dermatologists can also offer laser treatments or prescription creams.

“Whitening” of dark under eye circles does not work, so don’t be fooled into buying those!

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Hope you girls will have prettier eyes from now on~~ ;)

After you’ve tried out the remedies I’ve recommended, do let me know if in the future it works for you okay!

xoxo,

Jess

xoxo,
Jess

empty

Been nothing but empty feelings, school, shoots, school recently..

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….Where has all my happiness & love gone?

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Even the roses have wilted by now, babe.

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& I miss you so.

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Give me some time to post the other entries, alright? I have alot to answer.

xoxo,
Jess

eyelashes!

Ohhhh my. Slightly overwhelming response :o

But no worries, I’ll start off with a lashes post first :)

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*Eyelashes*

If you’ve ever wondered what is that suspicious piece of metal that looks like a surgical equipment which you often see women use on their eyes, well then my friend, those are called eyelash curlers.

Unless you have naturally curly lashes by nature, the use of eyelash curlers is absolutely necessary. Most Singaporean chinese have short, stubborn lashes that don’t curl the slightest – that is why faux lashes are very popular here.

And of course you have to curl your lashes before using mascara! What’s the point of putting mascara onto lashes that aren’t curly? The very use of mascara is to emphasize and dramatize your lashes, and surely you don’t wanna emphasize on the fact that your lashes are droopy.

Tip: Always curl your lashes first before applying mascara. The mascara will help set the lashes in their curled positions, as the mascara “hardens” your lashes when it dries. If you were to try curling your lashes AFTER applying mascara, you would find your lashes being too thick, heavy and “hard” to curl already.

It is not compulsory to apply mascara before putting on faux lashes, but you can if you want a further dramatized look.

However, you should apply a layer of mascara after you’ve put on the faux lashes, and use the mascara brush to “push” your real lashes into the faux ones, making them seem like they were one complete set of beautiful lashes, instead of 2 separate ones (which looks horrible and gives away the fact you’re wearing faux lashes)



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Should I get fake lashes, eyelash extensions or just use mascara?


Well, that’s completely up to you.

If you are really lazy, go for eyelash extensions, so you can save the trouble of sticking on faux lashes and using mascara all the time. Eyelash extensions are good for a standard, everyday-nice-natural-lashes look. (but they have more dramatic ones of course)

I’ve done eyelash extensions before, and contrary to what other girls have said, THEY ARE REALLY UNCOMFORTABLE!

A girl would use a tweezer to pick up lashes one by one to stick onto your lashline using a “permanent glue”. When I opened my eyes after everything was done, the glue went into my eyes and I cried like fuck :( It really hurts.

Eyelash extensions only last up to about 3 months if you take really good care of them. But I plucked mine all off within a week :)

Warning: DO NOT attempt to “pluck off” your eyelash extensions if you’ve done it not long ago and don’t really like them, unless you’re willing to brace extreme pain and irritation to the eye. (Not forgetting alot of tears..) The glue is much stronger than you think, and if you insist on plucking the extensions off, undoubtedly your own lashes will fall off as well. Just let the extensions drop off naturally. (which they will, if you don’t take good care of them)

I couldn’t handle how uncomfortable the extensions felt – Imagine having a whole new set of hard, fake eyelashes “permanently” glued onto your lash line. It is in a constant curled, fixed position, so people who are wearing spectacles may find that it is pushing against your lenses.

Then again, because it is “hard” as compared to your own natural lashes, it will feel very heavy and irritating. Even if you have not applied mascara, you CANNOT rub your eyes when you have extensions on, because you would be yanking the lashes from your skin. Not good, very painful. You would have to be extremely careful when it comes to dealing with the eye area – and you will also find that basic removal of make up and daily routine of washing the face may become a problem.

Personally, I prefer faux lashes to eyelash extensions because they’re so much easier to handle. True, it may be a teeny weeny bit more troublesome to go through the trouble of sticking on faux lashes all the time, but the trouble is nothing compared to the discomfort you would experience during eyelash extensions.

Eyelash extensions are also much more expensive, the other time I did it was $90. A good pair of faux eyelashes won’t cost more than $6, unless you’re going for the high-quality ones like lashes from Shu Umera.

Think about it – if you did eyelash extensions, everyday you would have that fixed amount of thickness in your lashes. It is not advisable to apply mascara onto extensions as removing the mascara may be a problem. So your lashes would look the same everyday. How boring would that be?

If you were like me and you enjoy having different looks for different occasions, then you should go for faux lashes instead. You can easily apply & remove them ANYTIME you like. The many different kinds of faux lashes available makes it fun to wear different-looking lashes all the time. Faux eyelashes can range from very natural to uber dramatic.

If you have really nice, full and long lashes then just stick with mascara. It is alot more comfortable than faux lashes.

Mastering the skill of putting of faux lashes quickly and nicely is art!

For those of you who don’t know how to put on faux lashes, XiaXue has a useful video right here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXqnP9pt6nQ

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Random tips & facts:

“Any good mascara brands to recommend?”

Yeah, I would recommend L’oreal Double Extension Mascara – This long lasting mascara is extremely useful for lengthening lashes without clumping. It is also the same mascara that XiaXue is using in her eyelash tutorial video.

And since I am such a lovely sweetheart, I have gotten stocks of the mascara for you guys! =P I’m selling the L’oreal Double Extension Mascara at $22, it retails for about $26 in stores. It is brand new in packaging.

Simply email me at **Shiberty@hotmail.com** to place an order, then specify if you want registered/normal mail or meet up for the purchase. No payment, no order.

Limited stock babes, mascara will be served on first-come-first-serve basis so you may want to email me now in case you miss out :)

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“Where can I get nice faux lashes?”

You can get nice eyelashes @ Orchard Cineleisure’s basement, Dodo Club. Alternatively, just visit any other beauty shops like Chamelon & whatever.

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“I can’t seem to apply mascara properly!”

For easier mascara application, move your mascara wand in a zigzag motion as you brush it from the base of the lashes to the top. This helps the mascara brush to get all of the lashes, not missing any, and it’s a useful tip to volumize your lashes. Remember, always curl your lashes before applying mascara :)

The ultimate eyelash horror is ugly clumpy lashes, so refrain from applying more than 2 coats.

Change your mascara every few months so that it won’t be clumpy on your lashes. If your lashes are clumpy, don’t attempt to use your mascara wand to “brush it off”, you will only thicken the clumps. Use an eyelash brush to remove the excess clumps. It also helps to separate the lashes and spread them nicely.

An eyelash brush looks something like this:

Again, you can get them at Dodo Club, Chamelon, SaSa etc.

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“Bah, no matter how hard I try, my lashes won’t seem to curl.”

If you find that your lashes are stubborn, heat your eyelash curler beforehand. This will help tame your stubborn lashes. Make sure you’ve got all lashes captured in the eyelash curler, then press down but not with too much force until it makes your eye hurts.

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“How do I remove my faux lashes at the end of the day?”


Simply hold the lashline from the outer corner of your eye, then pull gently along towards the inner corner of your eye.

It may seem abit scary at first, but you’ll get used to it. If after removing the faux lashes there are some remaining glue residue, just use eye make up remover to remove it gently.

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“Is there a right or left side for faux lashes, and should I cut them from the inner corner or outer corner?”

Of course there are, hahaha.

It’s already placed in the correct positions for you in the packaging. If you wear them on the wrong side, they will look absolutely h-o-r-r-i-b-le. Whether to cut it from inner or outer corner is up to you, if you want your lashes to seem longer than cut from the inner corner.

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Alright, these are all the eyelashes stuff that I can come up with at the moment! If you have anymore questions, just email me or tag at my tagboard & I’ll add them to the above list.

Took me quite awhile to do this post… eeeeks can’t believe how many more posts I’m gonna have to type out =S

I’ll do the others later or other days when I have the energy. I have a shoot later on, I gotta go now!

I do hope you girls enjoyed the post though! =)

Leave a comment @ my tagboard so I know I’m not doing all these for nothing, okay?

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess
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