The other day I ran out of mascara and went to the shop to buy a new one. I used to wear make up every day, but with Covid isolation, face masks and working from home my morning rituals have changed. There seemed little point in spending time applying eyeshadows and blush when no one would see it on their computer screen anyway. And once I stopped, I can’t seem to get back into the habit of using make up. The only thing I do use every day is mascara. Anyway, here I am at a shop trying to buy mascara. And it almost feels like mission impossible. We live in Jakarta and apparently women here don’t buy mascara, they buy eyelashes. Rows and rows of fake eyelashes are sold here… different brands… different colors… different sizes... Curled… straight… ultra long… you think of it - they got it. You haven’t thought of it - they got it too. I was absolutely flabbergasted. Speechless. Lost for words. And still looking for what I came here to buy. I did, eventually, and that made me wonder… have you ever tried false eye lashes?