Monday, May 3, 2010, 4:43 PM
NoiretteBeauty's Monday Poll, May 3
1. Mood:
Uneasy because I'm back home, but I did have a great weekend with the mr

2. Hair:
ponytail with bangs down...Rare, I know.

3. What are your plans this summer?
Take the NCLEX (hopefully pass) and work as a LVN at a relaxed long-term care facility.

4. What’s the last thing you’ve eaten?
Butter Coconut cracker with chocolate soymilk. Mmm!

5. Eyes/lips/cheeks:
L'Oreal Voluminous in Carbon Black (waterproof) / Aquaphor / MAC Creme Color Base in Fawntastic (cheekbones)

6. What’s one of the best things that’s ever happened to you?
Meeting Caleb. Dreams do come true! I'm so glad I didn't settle for all those horrible interactions of my past.

7. What’s a quality you like about yourself?
I'm quick to learn and I try my best to sense people 'cuz I don't want them to feel uncomfortable.

8. Something you’re looking forward to this week:
Coming back to spend the weekend with Caleb. Wesley's birthday celebration is Saturday night! It'll be VERY interesting

9. Outfit:
Grey hoodie, white scoopneck tee, charcoal yoga pants, white DCs

10. Weekly goals:
Study for NCLEX, maintain skin regimen until Friday, be a good girlfriend and considerate person, get my outfit together for Cheryl's wedding, and figure out what to do for Mother's Day and Ena's birthday!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 11:03 AM
Makeup and Beauty Blog Tag: Getting To Know You, Revisited (from MBB)

* Things I’m passionate about

good makeup (I love seafoam green smoky eyes, winged-out deep plum eyeliner, beige lipstick, dewy skin, and the natural no-makeup look!)

good music (good beat, good lyrics, good vocals, or atleast a good production team)

good food (yum!!)

good movies (make me laugh, make me cry, make me sing along, or enlighten me!)

good people ('nuff said!)

good things !!

* Things I’d like to do before I die

live in White Rock or Tillamook County

retire to Busilac

see the historical landmarks along the East Coast and the world (pyramids of Egypt, the sea ports in Portugal, Roman coliseums in Spain, the Louvre and Eiffel Tower in France, the Sistine Chapel and Italian countryside, ruins in Greece, the temples in Burma, the tranquil waters of Halong Bay, the rainforests in Borneo, a romantic kiss at the Taj Mahal, and all over Japan)

take classes with Second City

learn how to swim/surf/bike/knit/sew/cook American food

become a nurse practitioner

oh...and marry that handsome All-American boy in a beautiful ceremony on a warm evening at the Palace of Fine Arts!

* Things I say often

"How silly!"



"Wait, that didn't sound right"

"Oh...Just kidding!"

* Books I’ve recently read

Uhm...Fundamentals of Nursing and Introduction to Medical-Surgical Nursing. Do those count? Other than DMC, I haven't read an actual book since spring 2006 ("The Autobiography of Malcolm X," re-reads of "Ishmael" and "1984"). Bad, I know.

* Songs I could listen to over and over

IMX - Beautiful You Are

Ginuwine - Changes

Bob Marley and Lauryn Hill - Turn Your Lights Down Low

Wayne Wonder - No Letting Go

Goapele - Crushed Out

Ciara - And I

98 Degrees - Still

Boyzone - I'll Never Not Need You

Passion - Lemonade

Kai - Say You'll Stay

Crystal Kay - Tears, Flowers, Boyfriend, Kiss

Kaskade - Everything

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps

Tori Amos - A Sorta Fairytale

Fiona Apple - Pale September

Goo Goo Dolls - Slide

Snow Patrol - Run, Chasing Cars

covers: JC Chasez covering "Now and Forever" by Bryan Adams, Josh Lehman covering "Take You Down" by Chris Brown!, Leona Lewis covering "Without You," Westlife covering "I Don't Wanna Fight No More"

* Traits I’m attracted to in my best friends

supportive and nurturing

witty, quick, funny

fun to be around

upfront--no games, they tell you how it is!

hate guys that are toxic for me, will tell me straight-up, with tough love as needed

happy for me when i did find the right guy! (supportive again)

forgiveness and the willingness to admit when they're wrong

love for good food

read people, street-smart

experience with the world!

Thursday, April 22, 2010, 11:45 AM
FOTD: Plum liner

For my FOTD, I:

1. Moisturized and primed with Cetaphil UVA/UVB Defense Facial Moisturizer with SPF 50 (it stings, but it's sticky).
2. Dabbed MAC Cream Color Base in Fawntastic atop cheek bones, along nose bridge, and line along forehead above the peak of eyebrows.
3. Smoothed on custom-blend of moisturizer with Dermatologica treatment foundation in Shade #5
4. Blended upside down, corners-out right triangles to my undereyes with LORAC Coverup in C5.

5. Primed eyelids with MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ocher.
6. Dusted MAC eye shadow in Bamboo all over the lid: eyelid and browbone.
7. Fluffed MAC eye shadow in Charcoal Brown (Cork if you're lighter-skinned) into my crease, blending into the rest of the eyelid.
8. Lined my lashline with MAC eye shadow in Carbon.
9. Traced along the upper lashline and outer third of the lower lashline with Coastal Scents Gel Liner in Deep Plum.
10. Curl lashes (MAC eyelash curler if you have rounder eyes, Shu Uemura or Shiseido eyelash curler if you have flatter eyes) and apply a lengthening mascara (I used L'Oreal Double Extend with the red tube)
11. Fill in brows (I used Maybelline Define-A-Brow in Medium Brown).

12. Blended MAC Cream Blush in Ladyblush on cheekbones.

13. Primed lips with SoftLips in Cool Cherry.
14. Dabbed MAC Cream Color Base in Fawntastic atop the upper lip line, concentrating toward the bottom of the philtrum.
15. Finished with Coastal Scents Lip Smacks in Pep Pink.

Monday, April 12, 2010, 3:45 PM
NoiretteBeauty's Monday Poll, April 12
  1. Mood:
  2. Tiiiiredddd. I so didn't want to go home!

  3. What’s your date night fragrance?
  4. I need to work on that one! My new (signature?) fragrance is shea-cocoa butter-scented baby oil!

  5. Can you swim?
  6. No, and I've managed to drown, twice, in one summer.

  7. Your current favorite article of clothing?
  8. My black yoga pants (for home, of course)! The Mr seems to loooove em ;)

  9. Eyes/lips/cheeks:
  10. MAC Cream Color Base in Fawntastic, L'Oreal Voluminous Waterproof in Carbon Black / Aquaphor / bare cheeks

  11. Name something good that’s happened to you recently:
  12. Meeting Caleb! He's an amazing man--yes, MAN! (Brian, I think I found my diamond!) More details to come, as it happens ;)

  13. Maxi dresses: yay or nay?
  14. Yay! I wish I could fit 'em, because they're so pretty for warm weather. I'll likely wear em with some cork platforms or wood heels, because I am so short.

  15. Have you ever painted a room?
  16. When I was 16, after my dad left, my mom felt like changing up the place. She called my aunt and her girlfriend and we painted the walls dark green (living room) and light moss green (dining area, bedroom). You could actually see the line of demarcation at the door.

  17. Outfit:
  18. Tangerine Snoopy Chug-A-Lug tee, jeans, and faux-shearling boots.

  19. Weekly goals:
  20. Begin cleaning, finish the leftovers in the fridge, and do the dishes. Oh, yeah, and study for NCLEX. Boo!!!

Monday, March 29, 2010, 10:53 AM
NoiretteBeauty's Monday Poll, March 29
  1. Mood:
  2. A tad bit cranky a second ago (my mom is getting on my nerves, as usual when we're both under the same roof during waking hours for extended periods of time), but I heard the new Jared Leto cover of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance," and it's absolutely hilarious! I can listen to his roar in the intro on repeat. Perez must've been in desperate need for a karma lift to compliment it, cuz this song is horrible!

  3. Describe your favorite bag and why you love it.
  4. My Rebecca Minkoff Morning After Mini bag in black. It's huge for me, but it's proportional to how it's supposed to be on a normal 5'4 woman. Jeannot got it for me for my 21st birthday. I love it because of (his sacrifice for his retail job,) its classic, structured shape, the large size (I can put my whole makeup bag plus some skin/hair samples, comb, my sunglasses, my fatty blackberry, and yet more), the canvas interior is easy to clean, and the soft leather in a deep black. It even has feet so that the bottom to minimize actually touching the floor!

  5. Popcorn-flavored jelly beans — yay or nay?
  6. Wth? Nay! I hate jelly beans and popcorn!

  7. What makes up the makeup in your five-minute makeup routine?
  8. Smashbox Photofinish SPF 15 primer, custom-mixed Dermatologica treatment foundation, LORAC concealer, random silica powder (it moves on its own!--it's so finely ground), nude eyeshadow, black eyeliner, waterproof mascara, and cream blush. I'll add the lipstick/liner during transportation.

  9. Eyes/lips/cheeks:
  10. Nothing yet, but I’ll be doing my routine.

  11. When did you realize you were officially a grownup?
  12. I felt grown-up for a moment, when I lived on my own in Rohnert Park for a few months. The experience itself, when you've got a low-paying job with very few hours to work in a nowhere town, and the bills just build up, is humbling at the least.

  13. Were you stoked or annoyed to get your first bra?
  14. LoL, bras are still optional, haha

  15. Your sweetest pet?
  16. Billee!! He's a cockatiel at my dad's house. I hadn't seen him since I was 16 when my parents began the divorce settlement and he was trying to lower how much child support he had to pay. Billee was confused when he saw me, and he would lower his head to get his neck feathers fluffed for a long time, raise his head, come back down, and then raise his head promptly, like he didn't know when he'd see me again. I had Billee on my shoulder that whole November weekend.

  17. Outfit:
  18. grey tunic under my magenta Snoopy hoodie, over--get this--my WHITE SCRUBS. I KNEW they were going to come in useful someday, for laundry when all my jeans are to be washed!

  19. Weekly goals:
  20. Keep the home clean, not break anything, eat healthy, and get back to that NCLEX studying!

Thursday, March 25, 2010, 1:32 PM
Preview: CG Lashblast Fusion
I loved how LashBlast Volume (original LashBlast) brought out the lashes I never knew I had, and I hadn't tried Lasthblast Length. All I know is, I absolutely HATED (Oh, how I hate the word 'hate') the brush because I would get it on my eyelid (my darned dainty Asian lashes). Unfortunate for me, the Fusion will be using the Lashblast Volume brush.

World-renowned makeup artist Pat McGrath would layer Lashblast Length followed by Lashblast Volume for runway shows. She devised Lashblast Fusion to save on time-pressed steps.

Lashblast Fusion hits stores April 8, 2010.

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Monday, March 22, 2010, 12:18 PM
NoiretteBeauty's Monday Poll, March 22
  1. Mood:
  2. Happy! I'm digging a sweet country boy from a good family that likes me regardless of my skin, height, body, and makes a point to remind me that I'm beautiful And I could not ask for more!

  3. Are you a hat person?
  4. Only for snoods. I'm more of a headband person.

  5. What do you wish you had more time for?
  6. Everything! I spend too much time catching up with friends, tutoring, and not enough time studying for me!

  7. What was the last book you couldn’t put down?
  8. Cousin Bette. It's epically long but has a LOT of family drama--I loved it!

  9. Eyes/lips/cheeks:
  10. Still deciding, nothing yet Probably another lazy day, but last night I wore:

  11. Crocs (the shoes, not the animal) — yay or nay?
  12. NO! NO! NO! Not even with scrubs!

  13. What’s one of your strengths?
  14. I learn factual stuff quite quickly :)

  15. What’s one of your favorite time-saving beauty tricks?
  16. MAC Cream Colour Base in Fawntastic: Before applying foundation, I apply Fawntastic to my inner canthus, brow bone, and top of my cheekbones. Done! I look instantly awake and ethereal.

  17. Outfit:
  18. Pink jammies with a white thermal. Barefoot.

  19. Weekly goals:
  20. Learn to take things as they come, study for NCLEX, and work on my growing tummy (yuck) with a healthy diet and mild exercise!

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