Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The 2013 Non-Annual Non-Birthday Birthday Celebration of Jennifer

Broccoli with Parmesan cheese and Filet Mignon topped
with mushrooms and bleu cheese. 

The week prior to my birthday, I did a little makeup related shopping. I stopped by Sephora for the free birthday sample gifts that they offer. This year, it is the Watt’s Up! highlighter stick and the They’re Real! mascara, both from the brand Benefit. I don’t have a good handle of highlighter yet and so I don’t know if I’ll get around to trying this one out. I have already given the mascara a try and while I liked the volume and definition it gave, it’s not waterproof, at least on me, and so I don’t know if I’m going to keep trying it out.

Sephora birthday gift: They're Real! mascara and
Watt's Up! highlighter, both by Benefit.

Usually, I can walk into a store and not feel obligated or pressured into buying anything, but I decided to pick up a Nars blush. I’ve been hearing good things about their blushes for a long time, looking up reviews and swatches of them. Orgasm is their famous shade, but I went with Deep Throat (I know, the names; part of why I held out from buying any for so long) and it is so pretty! I’ve worn it twice so far but I will probably use it more for special occasions.

The reason I felt the obligation more was that I also asked for a foundation sample. The young lady who helped me, Katrina, did a wonderful job. She seemed to know what she was doing with the color-matching, making me feel at ease. She answered my questions and I ended up with a decent amount of samples for two foundations. I was very pleased with the service.

Nars Deep Throat (Sephora)
Charcoal Brown and Bamboo (MAC)

I also stopped by the MAC store. This trip had a little more purpose behind it – I am in need of more neutral and matte eye shadows. I am drawn to the satiny/ shimmery and bright colors that I am starting to slowly infuse more natural colors into my collection. I thought I was certain of which color I wanted, but as I swatched them in the store I wasn’t so sure. The lady who attended me wasn’t as helpful as Katrina. I did buy Bamboo as she had suggested, but I wasn’t that comfortable with the decision. Fortunately, the color has worked out and I am more at ease about it now. I also picked up Charcoal Brown and a good-sized sample of the Prep + Prime Translucent Powder; I am liking both so far. 

I used an ExtraBucks rewards at Longs’ (CVS) to get two more of Real Techniques Shading Brush. I have been slowly building up my brush collection; it is not even decent yet but getting there. I have been very satisfied with the quality and cost of the RT brushes so far. Each one has worked very well, and has been washed while producing no shedding.

The Vera Bradley store gives a good percentage off for a purchase during one’s birthday month, so I let Mom use it for something she might want. She found something she liked. Otherwise, I would have picked out an umbrella, but I am not in need of another one yet.

On the day of my birthday, it was mostly like any other day – I went with the family to run errands.

We had lunch at Sugoi’s. I think that was my first time there. I had the spicy ahi bento. It was very good and flavorful!

A philosphy book, Drawing: A Complete Guide by Giovanni Civardi,
and two Real Techniques shading brushes.

We stopped by Barnes and Nobles where I did pick up a couple of books. It’s been awhile since I’ve bought books that weren’t for classes.

The first book was one on Western Philosophy. When choosing courses, I chose to go for an English minor rather than a Philosophy one because with a rather heavy major, I wanted a minor that would be a mix of heavy and light subject material and course objectives; this is not to say that English was an easy minor but that it would also be enjoyable for me. The two introductory philosophy courses I was able to squeeze in were years ago, and so I look forward to reading more about the subject from a more recent publication.

The second book is Drawing: A Complete Guide by Giovanni Civardi. For my major, being able to draw well by hand can be very useful, even with the advances in graphic technology. I don’t think that the drawing courses at First College were adequate but I did have one good teacher at Second College. At the store, I looked through several drawing books, and while the ones in color looked pretty, I thought that the Civardi one would be more instructional. He included various examples that well illustrate his points. I especially appreciate the practical advice that he gives. I’ve already been diving into it and have been inspired to improve my drawing skills more; I did a sketch (from a photo) already so that in time, I’ll be able to see any progress.

Starbuck's Salted Caramel Frappuccino, water from Sugoi's,
and a Petit Chiffon from Liliha Bakery.

We stopped by Liliha Bakery. I picked up a Petit Chiffon for a mini celebration. It was good!

Later that night, I stopped by Starbucks for my free birthday drink – Salted Caramel Frappuccino Light – mmmmm! 

I guess I quasi-celebrated myself on the actual day this year. This doesn’t affect the post title, does it?

About a week later, the family took me out to dinner to celebrate. I chose to go to Stuart Anderson’s because I wanted the Mushroom and Bleu Filet Mignon – it is still so delicious! I also had a Raspberry Lemon Drop, clam chowder, broccoli with parmesan cheese, stuffed potato skins, artichokes, some strawberry cheesecake, and a chocolate torte. It was all good!


That will probably be the extent of the celebrating for this year. One never knows, there may be some rock-climbing or other gathering with friends later for which I might use the birthday excuse. I know, I’m weird about my birthday, as some of you already know and tolerate so patiently – thank you!

Thank you for all the birthday wishes on Facebook, texts, e-cards, and however else you managed to contact me!

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