9 things all women do on a long weekend

(Besides, you know, sleeping) 

PHOTOS: ING Image
PHOTOS: ING Image
03 Apr 2015

PHOTOS: ING Image

2015 has proven to be a glorious year for long weekends, as seven out of 11 public holidays this year fall on a Friday, a Sunday, or a Monday. In a perfect world, that would translate to overseas trips galore, but we’re er, budget-conscious and fond of the indoors. And anyway, sometimes the best way to recover from a long week of work is to stay at home doing one of the following:

1. Watch an entire TV series while painting your nails
1. Watch an entire TV series while painting your nails
03 Apr 2015

1. Watch an entire TV series while painting your nails

How can you possibly pass up a day to marathon 10 hours of TV shows guilt-free? You resolved to spend the extra day off reading, but you have Kim Soo Hyun’s entire body of work at your disposal and you are powerless to resist. And when else are you going to paint your nails? It’s not like you can apply nail polish while reading books. MULTI-TASKING, guys.

2. Actually attempt nail art
2. Actually attempt nail art
03 Apr 2015

2. Actually attempt nail art

By nail art, we mean the kind that needs toothpicks, brushes, and micro-sized stencils.  You’ll spend an hour scrolling through Tumblr and Instagram for inspiration, another hour attempting a design on one hand, and another half hour correcting all the mistakes on the other.

(Yeah, yeah, we know there’s such a thing as gelish manicures, but we’re not ready to give up on the possibility of discovering our latent artistic talents.)

3. Apply super “bo liao” face masks
3. Apply super “bo liao” face masks
03 Apr 2015

3. Apply super “bo liao” face masks

Sheet masks are a career girl’s best friend. Slap one on, surf the internet for twenty minutes, and then peel it off, simple as that. But all of us have at least one or two high-maintenance face masks that we save either for times of desperation, or for times when we are extremely free. You know, the kind that come with two steps (serum plus mask), or the kind that needs to dry before we can peel it off, followed by another mask for moisture and radiance.

4. Listen to the entire One Direction discography and mourn the loss of Zayn Malik
4. Listen to the entire One Direction discography and mourn the loss of Zayn Malik
03 Apr 2015

4. Listen to the entire One Direction discography and mourn the loss of Zayn Malik

On the best nights, such flights of fancy will lead to a spontaneous karaoke outing with your friends. On the worst, it leads to a sad contemplation about what age it stops being socially acceptable to know all the names of the boys in One Direction. 

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5. Journey to a super ulu café with your girlfriends
5. Journey to a super ulu café with your girlfriends
03 Apr 2015

5. Journey to a super ulu café with your girlfriends

If you’ve ever wanted to visit Riders Café or Dempsey sans car, today is the day to do it! You might not be able to go overseas, but perhaps journeying to inaccessible cafes is the closest thing you’ll have to a road trip on this little island. Just remember to call the restaurant ahead of time to make sure they’re open on a public holiday. 

6. Perm or colour your hair
6. Perm or colour your hair
03 Apr 2015

6. Perm or colour your hair

It is a truth universally acknowledged that 100 per cent of girls look like goddesses after a long weekend. Complexion? Flawless. Roots? Covered. Hair? Curled and glossy. Manicure? Perfect. If you feel a little guilty about spending four hours of your precious public holiday in a salon, bring your longsuffering copy of Pride and Prejudice. We can guarantee that you’ll finish at least a chapter before the afternoon is over. Brains and beauty, right guys?

7. Clean out their closets to make room for new clothes
7. Clean out their closets to make room for new clothes
03 Apr 2015

7. Clean out their closets to make room for new clothes

Yes, it sounds frivolous, but it’s not easy to maintain your belongings on a day-to-day basis. Long weekends are the best time to mend buttons, inspect your clothes for signs of wear, and to throw out everything pilled or saggy. The same goes for shoes, bags, and makeup. Spring cleaning can be pretty tedious, but we always reward ourselves with an afternoon of shopping the next day.

8. Give themselves a makeover at 12 midnight after falling into a Pinterest tutorial death spiral
8. Give themselves a makeover at 12 midnight after falling into a Pinterest tutorial death spiral
03 Apr 2015

8. Give themselves a makeover at 12 midnight after falling into a Pinterest tutorial death spiral

Whoever said that women wear makeup to impress guys has clearly never seen a girl apply a full face at midnight just to experiment with different colours and technique. Putting on makeup is fun, especially when you’re not rushing for work – and when there’s no one around to question your choice of pairing green eyeshadow with purple lipstick.

9. Host a fancy wine and cheese night with your girlfriends
9. Host a fancy wine and cheese night with your girlfriends
03 Apr 2015

9. Host a fancy wine and cheese night with your girlfriends

…only to spend the entire evening sending drunk texts to all the guys that they like. Kidding! More like watching Mean Girls for the hundredth time, reaffirming each other’s belief that cheese deserves to be its own food group, and discussing what would it take to convince their bosses that every week should be a four-day work week. 

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