Life of a researcher

The biggest joke of my life is, I actually became an engineer. Wait, it’s not over yet, the greatest one is yet to come, which is….. “I am working as a researcher for more than a year”. Funny, huh? That girl, who barely passed the 4th grade, with two F grades in “English grammar & Literature” in two consecutive term exams (PS: We have three terms in the school curriculum of our country), is working as researcher lol :p Not only that, sometimes she even writes research paper! I think now you can understand why my English is so lame. 😉 How did I come here, it’s whole other different story, which I explained in parts in some articles in this blog. But here I will describe about the life of a researcher:

  • There are so many things in a researcher’s life, and the worst of the worst of them is, “I am supposed to work with something new, that no one ever heard of”. Like, seriously? Even when I am a makeup freak, I never did really buy anything without checking any review, that girl has to work with a new thing? You gotta be kidding me -_- So, the beginning of a any researcher life is all about searching!

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  • Now, when you actually, find some topic, you need to make it work. C’mon, you have to let the world know about your research by writing a paper or an article, huh! 😉 That’s when you realize, even you have a topic, you have no idea, how to make it work!

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aww, poor researcher! 😦

  • Conflict of “what you are supposed to do” vs “what you actually do”.

Research laboratories usually have enough food and free WiFi, which makes them  a perfect resting place. -_-

  • Your parents and relatives will always assume that you are some kinda super hero, who alone is saving this planet by all her research and almost 8 hours of lab duty. Every time you talk with them over phone you will sense their anxiety about how you are managing all these big matter all by yourself and also that how proud they are about you.

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where in reality:

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  • In research life, your Professor is always the boss. And to him/her, no matter how much study you’ve done, you are just ‘JON SNOW’, who knows nothing at all.

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After a long meeting of hearing your work progress and future work plan, his/her reply will be:

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  • The most difficult thing to cope with is when your partner is also a researcher, with a tight schedule. There will be days when he stays in his lab almost 20 hours in a day and comes home only to take rest and you’re like:

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But, no matter how much difficult it is, at the end of the day, life is beautiful and it will always give you a reason to live the best of it. 🙂

Hope you enjoyed the post!

Munira Chowdhury, 16/08/2017

 

 

 

Get rid of dry patch on the face overnight (oily skin routine)!

Korean weather is really weird and unpredictable. Specially if you move here from South East Asian part, it’s harder for you to get adjusted fully. Most importantly, you have to be really careful, conscious and  maintain a strict daily skin care routine to nurture your skin. Sadly for me, as a researcher, my schedule is really tight and little bit time I get for myself, when I get too lazy to try anything. So, my skin’s fate is on the hands of weather always, if the weather is good, my skin gets better, but if it’s bad, well my skin gets really bad. As I mentioned, Korean weather is weird, so even in summer, my face started developing some dry patches, which were giving me some hard time while blending foundations. I have super oily skin, but still my face is getting dry in some areas! >_< Mostly because of the hot weather we sweat a lot, which makes our skin dehydrated eventually. :/ So, after going home yesterday, I realized, it’s time to stop being lazy for an hour, take some proper care for my skin. So, what I did was following:

Moisture pack: First of all I needed something which will make skin feel moisturized. So, I made a pack with 3 tbsp of plain yogurt, 1 tbsp of honey & 2 tbsp of chick pea powder. Mix them well and put it on your face. Keep it for 20 mins at least and then wash it off.

Gelatin Pack:  This is for dealing with black heads and white heads. Take 1 tbsp of gelatin and 1-2 tbsp of milk, and microwave the mixture for 15-20 seconds. Put them on the areas of your face with black or white heads, like nose or chin area. Keep them till it get dry, till you really feel the dryness. Usually takes 15-30 minutes depending on the thickness of the layers of your applications. After that, peel it off slowly.

Black Charcoal Mask: Now, time to deal with the dry flaky skin. Take a small amount from any charcoal mask, and put them on your face. Keep it for 5-10 minutes. Then clean your face with warm water while rubbing and massaging with fingers. I used Freeman Black Charcoal Mask, you can use whatever is available to you. If you can’t find a mask, just a scrubber will do the job, but you may need to do the massaging for a long time.
At last, finish your routine with a watery moisturizer.  I used It’s skin clinical solution AC moisture emulsion. The picture below is taken this morning, and as you can see, my skin looks quite fresh! And this picture is without any edit or filter.

Other than these, I use a combination of It’s skin clinical solution AC (toner+ calming serum+ moisture emulsion) two times a day, in the morning and in the night.
Hope you enjoyed the post! 🙂

-Munira Chowdhury, 09/08/2017

Review: Take me to Brazil palette by BH Cosmetics

Hello everyone! I hope you had a great Saturday with friends and family, drinking and eating the best and still the great vibe is going on! As for me, after so many weeks my husband and I are staying the full weekend in house doing almost nothing and to be honest I kinda enjoying that 😄 Not everyday you get the chance to sit idly with your loved one and to me it’s one great opportunity.

Anyways, as I mentioned in my one post few days ago, My husband went to a conference couple weeks ago. He went for 4 days so I was home alone and as a penalty for leaving me here, he bought me a palette from BH cosmetics😍 Guess which one is that 😉 Yup, TAKE ME TO BRAZIL!!!! I first saw that one in Amazon, and I loved it the very first time I saw it. So when he asked me which palette I want, I immediately responded with take me to Brazil palette 😘

The palette has a combination of 30 vibrant and bright colors that are bound to remind you of a colorful Brazil festival. As we took it from Amazon with shipping it cost us a total of 34000 KW.  All the colors are really pigmented but you need the right brush because with the wrong one they may look like less pigmented. So, while putting them on the lids try using a flat eyebrow brush or your fingers will work just fine. And while putting them on your crease line try to use a blending brush which is not too fluffy or stretchy. The palette has the color combination just perfect for any occasion. You will find red, green, yellow, blue, purple everything in one palette. But if you are a fan of nude makeup, you totally should avoid this one 😁😁

Here’s a look of the palette and my pictures of trying it:

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As you can see even on my brown skin they are shining like hell 😝😝

As you already know I have a small youtube channel, where I sometimes post makeup tutorials, I posted there a video of me using this palette 😜 So you can watch me using this palette 😃 And here’s the link:

This video also contain the full makeup routine of the picture above and details of the product is listed on the description box.

Have a happy holiday, people 😅

 

Munira Chowdhury, 23/07/17

Imperfection for perfection

So, yesterday Bangladeshi media went nuts with the divorce news of one celebrity couple. They both were pretty famous, and a big portion of this generation has had a crush on them. They were the example of an ideal couple to this generation and now as they are separating, everyone is making a fuss about if there’s actually any example of ‘perfect relation’ out there. From yesterday, I am reading facebook posts, where most people expressed their frustration about this news, and almost every one of them concluded that ‘so no relation is perfect’!

And I am like, seriously? What struck me even more is, everyone talks about a perfect relationship! To be honest, I never heard anything more gross than a perfect relationship! Not only a relationship, there’s no beauty in any ‘perfect’ thing. You can value perfection only in the presence of imperfection. I was even telling to my husband that, ‘you know why the moments we makeup becomes wonderful after a fight? because we had a FIGHT!’ If that didn’t even happen, there will be no MAKEUP moment. I wouldn’t even realize how much I love being with him if there’s no pause in being in love.

Perfection is gross and boring!   And people can’t bear being bored. You know, we often heard how people gets sea sickness and bored while ship traveling on sea? I strongly believe those people gets bored by the endless sea. Sea is the most beautiful creation of almighty, but for a day or two, you may enjoy that. Because you’ve never been on a cruising ship, never been in the middle of a sea before. But after three days you will realize there’s nothing exceptional about sea. You’ve already seen what you need to see in two days. And now, it’s just boring! The endless water waves are so perfect, so beautiful, yet they are nothing to you. Their perfection making them even more boring, right? If you are unfortunately fortunate may be you get to see the dark side of the sea, when there’s a storm. And even in danger you will enjoy that anyways because you never saw something so terrible yet so beautiful! Human mind enjoy darkness. For a simple example, even in the simple argument most people will love to win even with the dirtiest way. So, even when that storm is terrible, even when you are afraid about your life, somehow and somewhere inside your mind you will enjoy it.  And after a storm you may feel the sea is not that boring always, but to realize ‘that’ you have to face a ‘storm’.

Human mind can’t take perfection. There’s a dark side of everything in their world. There’s day after night, positive in negative, good in bad, by born mankind is accustomed to versatility. To impress them, you have to present the two sides of everything. They crave perfection, yet they do not want it all. You introduce them perfection with imperfection  and now they will take all of it!

There’s no beauty in light without dark, there’s no perfection in ‘flawlessness’. Imperfection is what makes perfection, ‘perfect’.

-Munira Chowdhury, 21/07/17

Geoje Island

Though it’s been quite a while since I visited this place Geoje island, but writing anything about it just never happened. We actually visited at a friends’ house there. Sadly they are leaving Korea, and moving back to Singapore. Two days ago, while meeting them for the last time reminded of the fact that I never really wrote anything about the nice time I had there. So, here I am writing finally! If you want to know about Geoje Island and which places to visit there, please continue reading!

Geojedo or Geoje Island situated at the southern part of Korea, is the second largest island in Korea after Jeju or jejudo. I guess you understand that do is the Korean word for island. Geoje is known as Blue city of Korea, probably because of all the sea sides and an island in the middle. There was a time when people had to cross by ferry to go to Geoje Island  but luckily from December 2010,  Busan-Geoje Fixed Link is opened and provides a more direct connection to the city of Busan.

Geojedo Island is historically a significant place. Memorial services are held annually in memory of General Lee Sun-Shin at the Okpodaecheop (war) Memorial Park, built in memory of the battle of Okpo(1592.5.7 – 5.8). Geojedo Island also had the biggest prisoner-of-war camp during the Korean War, and the camp has been restored as a historical relics site.

 

POW camp was the first place we went. Our friend had a car, so transportation or how to get there was not a big deal for us. But when you go to a new city in Korea, you will often see small tourism office near bus station or train station. Just pick a map from there, and go find your place! Also, if you ask any person in that office for direction, they would surely help you out! Anyways, in POW camp they tried to create a vision of what happened there with little sculptures, lighting, paintings. They even contain some of the remaining things from the war like tanks, planes etc.

Next, we went to Hakdong pebble beach and then to Windy hill. I don’t have much pictures of these two, cause I kinda got sick during these times. Sorry for that. 😥

Hakdong Mongdol Beach, made of pebbles called Mongdol, has camellias and fairy pits in spring, and comes alive as a beach resort in summer. Windy Hill is a hill covered in grass and overlooking the sea. A growing number visitors come to the place after it was used a filming site for popular Korean dramas such as Eve’s Garden (2003, SBS) and Merry- Go-Round (2004, MBC). The name “Windy Hill” was given by those who visited the island and became a fan. Walking toward the hill along the wooden promenade from the wharf, one can see Hakdong Village from a distance.

Both of this place is so peaceful! Beside the sea, full of natural beauty, and cool breezes, one of those places to enjoy with your loved ones! I just wish I wouldn’t get sick and enjoyed a little more then!

And the best for the last, Oedo Island!!

Oedo-Botania is a marine botanical garden located in Hallyeo Maritime National Park, which has a beautiful view of the crystal blue South Sea and surrounding landscape. It is 4 kilometers away from Geojedo Island. About 20 minutes by ship from Gujora Port, past Naedo Island lies the European-like Oedo Island. In 1969, Lee Chang-ho first came to this island to escape from the wind and waves as he was fishing. He and his wife created this breathtaking landscape with all the care for 30 years.

In April, the island is covered with a plethora of flowers. The Venus Garden displays twelve sculptures and a western-style garden. At Paradise Lounge, one can enjoy the sunshine and the sea while drinking beverages. Camellias and various kinds of rare flowers from all over the world can be found in Oedo. When coming down the ‘Stairway to Heaven,’ visitors can view the beautiful garden and the ocean in the background. Magnificent terrace landscaping line both sides of the stairway. Oedo Paradise Island is without a doubt, a true paradise.

Oedo island is the most beautiful garden I ever saw, and I want it to stay that way! The most amazing experience was crossing the sea with a boat! You will see endless beauty of sea and the sun is shining just above your head, and once again you will realize life is beautiful!  The boat driver was very generous, he allowed us to go and watch the sea closely from the deck. And that’s how we took these pictures. Just a suggestion here, visit with your partner and hold each others hands while standing on the deck, which is simultaneously safe and romantic, and of course because this beauty is even more beautiful when you have someone to share with. The place is a little crowded, and the boat comes at certain interval only, so make sure to keep tracks of time as well as take a whole tour of the place without spending much times on taking pictures or etc.

As I mentioned before, we went to a friends’ house, so we didn’t need to worry about accommodation, but if you are just a tourist, check Visit Korea site here: ( http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/index.jsp ), they have some lists of hotel for every place in Korea.

Hope you enjoyed the post! Let me know of your thoughts!

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Munira Chowdhury, 10/07/17

Review: Elizabeth Arden eye & lip beauty perfection 

So, yesterday my husband was coming back from a conference in Jeju, and he suddenly called me from airport. He was at a duty free shop then and asking if I want something. I was like, wow, really! Since when my husband became so concern about makeup and stuff! He was roaming around the shops and telling me all the available brands, and what I want from them. Hearing all the brands I kinda got confused and couldn’t decide what I need. So, I totally let him decide saying just pick some eyeshadow.

And guess what he chose! Yup, Elizabeth Arden Eye & Lip Beauty Perfection! To be honest, I never really used anything from that brand, so I was really excited this morning when I was using it for the first time. Here’s a look of the palette:

So, it is a combination of eye and lip palette. It contains 5 creamy eye shadows & 4 lip glosses. The colors are perfect for a nude makeup or nude look. The shades are creamy, so they are not like the regular eye shadow. But they come easily in the brush and also they are pigmented in a good way. So are the glosses. But as the eye shadows are creamy it may mess in your crease line few hours later, so I will suggest to set them with a tiny bit of translucent powder or shiny eye shadow. The total cost was 33$.

So, enough talking, let’s take a look what it actually looks when you use it!

Just as I mentioned, perfect for nude makeup^^

Let me know about your thoughts of the palette, whether you used it, or if you like it or not ^_^

Hope you enjoyed the post!

Munira Chowdhury, 07/07/17

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Munira Chowdhury, 05/07/2017