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Tutorial: Halloween Zombie Nurse Makeup And Costume

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Back in the old days, patients called nurses ‘Miss’. But those who couldn’t pronounce it replaced it with ‘Missy’.

No, I don’t think any real nurse in any part of the world dresses like this. Definitely not! It’s too short, too sexy, too revealing to be worn as work clothing. But perfectly alright for a Halloween zombie nurse’s night out.

I went to Evonne’s house to pick something to wear for Halloween. She has plenty of kinky and slutty costumes. LOL. TOO EROTIC FOR ME!! I cannot carry sexy. This nurse costume was the most decent of the lot and I didn’t have to suck in my tummy (not as much as I’d have to for the rest).

It came with a matching hat and a collar (kinky, I tell you). So I only had to spend on white stockings and white shoes which were conveniently available at Bugis Street. The stockings cost SGD 10 and the shoes… SGD 19.90, I think.

I aim to spend as little as possible for Halloween coz it’s really not that sensible to spend hundreds of dollars on a costume you’ll probably never wear again. Even renting a costume for SGD 50 is over budget for me. I can be a zombie over and over, but must be of different characters.

On the day of the Halloween event, I hardly had enough sleep having just returned from a trip to Guangzhou in the wee hours of the morning. That made my eyebags more puffy and my dark circles more pronounced. Natural effects accomplished.

Zombies have dull and desiccated skin, with decay and emaciation on their face and body. My idea of looking like The Undead was simple. Gaunt.

So I added plenty of eyeshadows in shades of brown, plum, and maroon to achieve this.

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Contouring the hollows and leaving the top of the bones clear created the effect of sunken and sallow-looking skin.

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The Undead: Halloween Zombie Nurse And Her Friends

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The time now, here in Singapore, is 0400. Probably the worst time to be selecting and editing pictures of The Undead.

It’s nowhere near Halloween and definitely a long time since last year’s, but I just HAD TO blog about it because if I delay any further, I’d have to blog Halloween 2012 and 2013 together. BAHAHA!

I was a zombie geisha in 2011 and wanted something similar but different in 2012. Similar in the way that I’ll still be a zombie, but in a different costume and with better makeup techniques (we improve all the time, don’t we all? :D).

I wanted to name this post ‘Halloween Zombie Nurse Costume And Tutorial’ but after selecting and editing (OMGGGG X_X”) the sheer amount of photos, I had to split it into two posts, just like what I did for the geisha makeup tutorial last year. So hooray for another post!

My friends and I entertained the thought of going to Universal Studios for Halloween but the ticket was wayyyyy out of budget and most importantly, they had a clause stating that ‘no halloween makeup or costume allowed’.

Like, WHAT THE?

The best part about Halloween is getting to dress up outrageously – sexy, cute, awkward, scary, funny – so taking the creative quotient out of the Halloween equation made it a real dampener.

The geisha year was at Sentosa, it was fun but not enough to make me want to go back for the same thing so I wasn’t for the idea of Sentosa again. However the trailer and website looked extremely promising and with tickets priced more reasonably, it was Sentosa again! Glad we made that decision coz it was so much better than the year before!

The location played a big part in our decision – Fort Siloso.

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Fort Siloso was built in the early 1880s as coastal artillery to defend the land against sea invasion from the south and the guns were used to defend against land invasion during the Japanese Occupation. With the fall of Singapore, it was converted into prisoner-of-war camp.

Omg, just mentioning the name brings a tingle down my spine. It’s the place where blood was shed, lives were lost, bodies and minds were tortured and ghosts roam+roamed. Eeeks!!!

Makeup makes me feel confident, no matter the type. Without Halloween costume and makeup, I’m just a I’m-afraid-of-everything-that-moves timid little mouse. Forbidding me my confidence boosters would totally handicap me. I’ll tell you why in a while.

Here’s Min and me. We took a cab from my house (I did her makeup too) and the uncle didn’t know at first that we had makeup on. It was not until we chatted about where we were going that he turned around at a traffic light to look at us. “AIYER!!! You all look so scary!!” LOL.

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That would be the last happy shot of Min before we started the night proper.

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Intensive Acne Medic Treatment At Glomax Aesthetics For Skin With Acne Problems

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Every year after a hearty reunion dinner I will discreetly reach under my top and unbuckle my jeans button, or loosen whatever I’m wearing. HAHAHA! We all know that gorging ourselves silly on the enormous variety of Chinese New Year goodies will make us grow horizontal. But we still do it, totally putting faith into the thought ‘I’ll go on a diet after the 15 days are over’.

You don’t?!!?

DON’T BLUFF!! Bahahaha!!

But did you know that the skin will also suffer from all that intake of heaty snacks, late night gambling (my dad prefers to call it ‘bonding’ lol) and a sudden tip of diet balance?

The facial parlors were booked to the brim post-holiday, so I didn’t go for a facial. I am so in need of a facial now!

Previously I went for a sponsored facial at Glomax Aesthetics. My consultant and I discussed my skin issues through an in-depth analysis and she recommended I go for the Intensive Acne Medic Treatment.

This treatment is suitable for problem skin with congested pores and acne. The process involves Sonic cleansing to vibrate off superficial impurities (sounds incredibly cool), extracting impurities from the root, sanitizing problem areas with a mild antiseptic high frequency, and then combining acne IPL to rebalance the sebum level.

This is the cross section of acne skin – with inflamed hair shaft. Mine probably looks like that. =(

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When Does Makeup Expire And For How Long Should You Keep Them?

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In the spirit of Chinese New Year and the accompanying customary (and mundane) act of spring cleaning, I decided to start a new year on a clean slate by firstly, throwing out makeup products that have too ancient of a purchase date.

Actually, I cannot remember the date of purchase for ANY of my products. When I initially started on my little makeup escapade – that would later culminate into this crazy  obsession – I resolved to writing the date of purchase on each and every product. With constant contact, the ink  smudged – permanent ink or not – and sometimes it was really hard to find a spot to write on.

Then I changed to writing on white stickers but that made the product look really ugly. So I tried writing clear tape with permanent marker. That was the stupidest idea as the ink faded and all that was left was the clear tape. Maybe I used lousy tape, or lousy marker. Lol.

From then on, I simply relied on memory, which essentially means nothing at all since I have so many products it’s impossible to keep track. While the occasional clean-up to get rid of old products helps in ensuring you don’t use products for longer than you ought to, here are some ‘rules of thumb’ that we can all find useful in getting the most out of our products.

Period-After-Opening Symbol

You know that little jar with a number and an ‘M’? 6M means 6 months, and it indicates the recommended duration of use after you’ve first opened it.

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Use The Look-Smell-Feel Approach

If the product doesn’t have a Period-After-Opening symbol, exercise the look-smell-free approach. It is high time to throw it out when there’s a change in color or texture, smells funny or different from before, or feels drier or oilier on the skin.

Mascara

Mascara should be the easiest to gauge whether it has gone bad. Once it starts to dry up or flakes more than it did when it was at its prime, I toss it out. I once used a mascara for longer than was safe and it irritated my eyes so much I count my blessings for not getting any serious infection.

Then again, I honestly don’t follow the general rule of ‘throw out mascara after 3 months of opening’ rule. I mean, who throws out a mascara every 3 months!? That’s not only really wasteful and costly, I believe a mascara can function just as well even after 6 months. Just don’t go beyond a year. >.<”

It is best to exercise the look-smell-feel approach. If it smells funny or looks really weird in texture (maybe it became watery or looks murky), trust your instincts and give it up. And of course, if it causes any negative reaction, throw it away immediately.

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Beauty Blog Link Love 18/01/12

Amy Antoinette reviews YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain in Fuchsia Intemporel – the perfect berry shade for winter!

If you enjoy drooling over all things luxe, head over to Makeup Morsels to read Part 2 of MM’s Guerlain Place Vendome Palette Review.

Juli from Bun Bun Makeup Tips reviews 8 eyeshadows from Makeup Geek!

Gouldylox is being blunt: almost everyone at the Golden Globes was a let down. Check out the details on the one person who made an effort to wear makeup that looked complete.

Everyone know that Jessika from polish insomniac loves syrup manis, but this time she has outdone herself! Check out her syrup glitter sandwich!

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