Tuesday, May 24, 2005
changing face
I walked into Let's Face It (a facial care / derma center) to have my lashes permed last Sunday - at that that time, I felt that this was a catapult into the world of mega ka-kikayan. That feeling faded as I saw behind the reception area. It was packed like sardines. Men were getting facials, this woman was getting some cellulite treatment, yada yada yada. There was a woman who was having a foot spa, some facial peeling treatment (it made a whizzing sound similar to that of a dentist) and a manicure all at the same time. I was amazed at the menu of things a person could have done on him/herself. All for so-called self betterment. They made my lash-perming effort so miniscule.

As I lay there waiting, I heard this woman arrive. She said she was there for her regular whatever-peeling treatment. How regular could this induced peeling be? Your skin renews itself on its own. I visualize her having only one layer of her epidermis left, with her facial muscles almost visible. Do they even think that they look better? Their skin looks like plastic. Barbie's skin actually looks more natural.

I saw this special on some show about plastic surgery. There's this woman actually spending so much just so she could look like Nefertiti. Because she's a queen and she's the epitome of beauty and she feels that she's a reincarnation. Right. She looks absolutely horrendous. She looks like the bust all right. But maaaan! It's just so unnatural, it's scary. Chips was also telling me about this woman who got addicted to plastic surgery (a special on Dateline). She's like chopsuey. Imagine a face with the nose of Michael Jackson, the lips of Angelina Jolie, the jaw of Jennifer Anniston... and I don't know what else. They showed a picture of her before all the knife-weilding and she looked so much better. Almost like Julia Roberts actually. Then there's this show on MTV called I want A Famous Face. It documents the plastic surgery of teens and young adults. I have no idea what the objective of this show is. To discourage? To promote? To just plain entertain? God knows.

I can't actually fathom WHY these people can't be happy with what they have. Each one is beautiful. Each one is a gift, no matter what the looks, what the shape or size. It's difficult to figure out the deeper motivations for such editing (if there are any) especially if such doesn't even seem to be needed. But it's easy to understand why Al Pacino, playing the devil, calls vanity his favorite sin.
dezphaire strapped in @ 9:58 AM  


  • At 10:22 AM, Anonymous jojo said…

    kumusta ang kulot? hope it turned out well!

  • At 2:31 AM, Blogger Sapphire Dreams said…

    Speaking of the chopsuey-ed face and Nefertiti plastic surgery, I once saw a feature story on this woman who wanted to be the human Barbie doll. She had her face redone so many times, hair dyed, boobs done and if I remember, had a rib taken out to make her waist more defined, like Barbie's. She's soooo obsessed, she even has a hot pink convertible!

    A couple of weeks ago, I read a story on Insider's website about this woman who was so obsessed with having her face done so she could look like her favorite pets-- cats!!! It looks so gross! And despite her look, she was able to snag a husband (her 2nd ata), a French designer at that, and he thinks she's very beautiful! Eh?

  • At 8:19 AM, Blogger dezphaire said…

    jojo: great! now i don't have to lug around a curler to retouch. hehe.

    cat: i know. what is it with those men. abnormal. the Nefertiti woman is also married, and the hubby fully supports her goal... emotionally and financially! i think she also has a kid. man, that must be scary for the little tot.

  • At 11:05 AM, Anonymous slither dude said…

    we all wear masks... some more literal than others, i suppose ;p

  • At 1:01 PM, Anonymous apester said…

    yeah! that woman they show sa entertainment tonight, 26 procedures! dang! more operations than i have toes. wahahaha! nanood ulit kami ng lagaan hahahaha! walang konek...

  • At 10:30 AM, Anonymous sheanne said…

    so how's the perm? i think i want to have my lashes permed too, hehe :)

    you forgot to mention dr. 90210 and the swan :)

  • At 11:13 AM, Blogger dezphaire said…

    gad. what is the world coming to. i didn't realize that there are so much plastic surgery shows out there.

    oh and the perm is grand. just a whish of mascara and you've got instant drama :) if you get one, tell them that you want it to look naturally curled. sometimes they tend to overdo it... para kang dilat na dilat.

  • At 2:33 PM, Blogger The Blue Sixteenth Note (the dark side...) said…

    I sometimes think of the posibility of having one (surgery), good thing I'm not in the position to have one done (gulat ka, no?) I'm just now thankful that God made me accept what He gave me, di ba? Or else, nangungutang ako ngayon ng pang-lippo, he he he. Pero my frustration talaga is to be a lot taller than my normal 5'7. I wanna be 6'2... haaaayyyyy!!!

  • At 3:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    THOUGHT I READ THIS: I can't actually fathom WHY these people can't be happy with what they have.
    READING NOW: I walked into Let's Face It to have my lashes permed....
    WHAT I UNDERSTOOD:Each one is beautiful, each one is a gift... YOU WRITE CRAP and you're full of it.

  • At 2:54 PM, Anonymous nio said…

    EGADS!!! Tama ba ang nabasa ko sa taas??? Duwag yan, tingin mo, nagpaka-anonymous pa!!! Naghahanap ng away or gulo, di naman kaya panindigan!!! SHET!!!


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