Brainwashed.

Today, I realized why I’ve always thought the media is a brainwashing tool.

and I’m a victim

For example, back in Vancouver (or anywhere in North America for that matter), this is what I wanted to look like:

Just to be clear, I’m referring to the tanned-ness and not the fact that she’s Caucasian cause I’m perfectly fine with my Asian features #ForNow

Now that I’m in Asia, I want to look like this:

It’s only been less than 2 weeks and they’re already brainwashing me into wanting to be a different colour #MakesNoSense #ThatsMyOriginalColour

You may argue that I can’t have both but I disagree:

best of both words?? #JK #DontTakeMeSeriously

I may have exaggerated a bit #ALot, but I definitely realized the impact the media has on me (and maybe you?). It’s difficult to notice when you’re constantly surrounded by this propaganda #DramaQueenHour. It only caught my eye because the ideal image of “beauty” in Asia is different than in North America. So when I began to want to look like typical Asian movie stars rather than tanned American celebrities, I started to ask myself if what I’m starting to like is innate or if I’m just being brainwashed. It’s disappointing to see that our idea of what is beautiful and what we should look like is highly controlled by the media around us. This probably explains the higher bulimia rates in America compared to all other countries. (read this from my psych textbook) #DoYouFeelLikeYoureUnderwater #BecauseThisIsKindaDeep

 

am I being brainwashed? #Probably

Speaking of being brainwashed, I thought I’d drag you down with me and brainwash you with some of the things I (not the TV) discovered in Asia. I usually don’t never post stuff about products because I’m definitely far from being a beauty guru but… #YOLO #FakeItTilYouMake.

It’s amazing how make-up gurus can come up with so many looks so frequently #Pro #WonderWoman

Before I go on to share some of my favourite brands/products, there’s something you should know #SoundsSerious #WhenAmISeriousThough. The most important thing to me when it comes to buying skin-care (and some make-up) products is their ingredients. I would rather spend a ton of money on good quality items than something cheap that looks good but is bad for your skin #URSkinIsImportant #DontSettleForLess. This may explain why I prefer some brands more than others. If you know me, you’re probably aware of the fact that I’m pretty lazy. This is why I prefer to look at brands as a whole (and what ingredients they use) instead of looking at ingredients per product. That saves me time when I shop but at the same time it gives me a sense of security knowing that I’m still purchasing some pretty darn good things.

BRANDS

1. CLINQUE

I actually started to use their stuff a long, long, time ago (like 3 years ago #NotLongAtAll) so it’s not really something I discovered in Asia but I thought I’d share. Initially, I only used their products because I mooched them off my mom so I could spend my money elsewhere. About a year ago, I actually began to really like them when I learned about their ingredients. There are certain ingredients you should try to avoid even though they’re FDA friendly (I’ll share them another time because I don’t have that list on me – it’s in Vancouver). A year ago when I did some intense research (actually not that intense), I found out that Clinque avoided using all of those ingredients and I really like the fact that they’re scent free.

2. AMOREPACFIC 

The reason I’m in love with their stuff is because they use papaya enzymes and other natural ingredients that are good for your skin. I’m not going to go into detail about the science-y stuff (because I don’t feel like embarrassing myself today) but you can read about all their stuff here. They also use advanced technology that hasn’t been used by any other company because they were smart enough to patent everything. This is a Korean brand – I only say this because this is another way for you to know that it’s some cutting edge stuff because Korea is really advanced in the beauty segment (plastic surgery, make-up, you name it – anything to do with your face, basically)

****I’ve been using their face washes and papaya enzyme extract and I’ve been loving it so far! 🙂 #NotConvincingAtAll #Whatever #NotGettingPaidForThis

THEY SELL THIS STUFF @ SEPHORA AND THEY’VE BEEN SELLING OUT ALMOST EVERY DAY SO… THAT TELLS YOU SOMETHING, RIGHT? (Clue: it tells you that they are extremely lazy people #JK)

*Note: There are some other brands that are also affiliated with this corporation such as IOPE, Etude House, Innis Free, etc 

MAKE-UP

1. TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL

I first heard of this brand when Maria told me about a cool make-up store she went to called Too Cool For School #LameName #ThatRhymed #AmIGoodOrWhat. Later on that week my aunt came home with one of their “lunch boxes” and gave one to me to try.

And it was okay, I guess. Whatever.

JUST KIDDING. I LOVED IT. I WANT ANOTHER ONE. EVERYONE GO CHECK OUT THEIR SITE RIGHT NOW. Seriously.

First of all, going back on the whole “lazy” thing, their Lunch Box had foundation, concealer and highlighter #BestThingEver #3in1. I didn’t even get to the best part yet. It compliments my yellow undertone thanks to being Asian so it was a foundation that really matched my skin tone. What I’m trying to say is if you’re Asian you should use this. Okay not really. But kinda.

some of their other things. SO CUTE!!!!

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Since this is my first time sharing beauty stuff, I thought I’d keep it to just these 3 for now. Okay, the real reason is because my uncle just brought me and Maria lunch from Costco (Taiwan version) so I really want to go eat my food now. (And watch last week’s Vampire Diaries) #Priorities

BYE!! 🙂

Love,
Lisa

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