Saturday, May 30, 2015

To Every Season, Turn [May 2015 Updates]


*Wakes up, yawns, stretches…* Wait, what? It’s almost June already? Where did May go?!

It’s been another quiet month, I know. End of the semester completion, right into an anxious rush for a position, and then in prep mode.

The course went well for me. I found my final topic so interesting that I went full Ti-mode on it; I got an A, of course. The course had an oral/ speech focus, which was helpful for me to practice presenting in front of people again. If I know my subject well enough and I have at least a day to prepare, I am generally okay with public speaking; while several classmates would get sick to their stomachs, I enjoyed presenting my studio projects and receiving feedback. Well, I think I’ve also improved my system for presenting, like note prep and slide coordination, etc., so that’s cool.

I’m rejoining the work force! At least for this summer. The title picture is me trying on possible new work clothes. 

Thanks to my bro and his gf for alerting me to the open position and getting the connection going. I’ve been given a summer internship, with the possibility of staying on after. It all happened quite quickly. I also met the person who heads up the interiors department, and it looks like I might get to work with her some – I am excited for that. I really needed this break and I hope I do the job well.

Previously, I would pull out the resume and portfolio every so often and kind of work on updating them. I applied online for a couple of jobs, but not really with full pursuit. I haven’t had a paid position in about a decade (I had an unpaid internship) and all the pressure I put on myself over it – I mean, I’ve been feeling for several years now that I’m ready to work again, just been psyching myself out. I am very grateful that God placed me in such a supportive family all these tough years – it couldn’t have been easy for my family yet there is much love.

I’m also relieved because I was looking at an interesting internship opportunity on Maui and kicking myself for not being in a position to make the move on my own. I didn’t want to ask my family to finance me living elsewhere.

So, I don’t know what my schedule will be yet, and it might flex at times. What that means for posting here, I don’t know. Subjects will probably get more varied again. The office is on the conservative side, so makeup looks probably won’t be that exciting and colorful to share. Maybe I’ll show you guys around town or something more like that. I’ll be scoping out the stair conditions for HG for sure.

Now that I have a rough idea of an income, I looked up budget advice and worked out one for myself, tailoring a spreadsheet to keep track – I’m thinking I could write a post on it. This will also be an experiment on how I tend to do a minimalist workplace wardrobe. Meal planning… is kind of here and there, we’ll see. Adulting is tough, yet perhaps someone might prefer to take advice from a friend’s journey – I’d be sharing what worked and didn’t work for me, and any mistakes from which I think another might learn.

This opportunity came so suddenly that it also gave me the push to completely rework my portfolio, sad though it may be for lack of recent work. Looking at my old projects, I was reminded of why I was so proud of them and how much work I had put into them, how much I really do enjoy architecture. I wish I had the time to rebuild some of it for better images. Ugh. Well, with this push, and great online resources, I think I can pull off a decent portfolio and set up a system that will make it easier to update for the future, so that at least I shouldn’t be so stressed about it the next time should I need it. I’m considering an online portfolio also.

I know, one thing changes and I’m raring to do everything! Because I am also considering a photography portfolio. I think I have a good eye for composition and colors and such, but that I should also invest in a class or two, so that I can polish my skills and be able to speak technical more. And save up for a better camera.

Before I do that, I would like to take a Revit course on the architectural modeling side. I want to i.d. my room, partially for practice since technically, that’s what my degree is in. I need to practice drawing by hand again.

I have a lot I would like to read. I also have a lot I would like to write.

I just want to do all the things I want to do, what else? Just having this big break for me gives me hope and some means to maybe accomplish some of this. At least I don’t have to cringe so much when someone asks me what I do (nothing, I still do nothing).

And before all of that, the big monkey on my back – THESIS.

I’m trying to stay cool. It’s all not quite real to me until I start. And then finish the first day. And then the first week. And have deposited the first check.

One thing at a time, Jenn.



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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Face Files: Mermaid in Tijuana


Today, I’m taking us all to Tijuana!

I wish. I really do. It would be fantastic. I’m sorry.

Let’s just get into it before I say anything else.
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1. Maybelline Color Tattoo – Icy Mint [LE]
2. Sei Bella eyeshadow – Tijuana
3. Sei Bella eyeshadow – Mermaid
4. Sei Bella eyeshadow – Moss
5. Makeup Geek eyeshadow – Cinderella
6. L’Oreal Infallible eyeshadow – Endless Pearl
7. MAC eyeshadow – Ricepaper
8. Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil – Junkie
9. Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil – Radium
10. Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil – Perversion


Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles – Brightener
Revlon Photoready Concealer – Light Medium
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup – 60 Natural Beige
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder – Transparent
11. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Soft Matte Bronzer
12. MAC Powder Blush – Immortal Flower [LE]
13. Benefit Watt’s Up! Soft Focus Highlighter
NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder – Taupe/ Ash
14. L’Oreal Colour Riche Collection Privee – Jennifer’s Nude

Salon Perfect eyelashes – Demi Wispies
Duo lash glue – Dark Tone
*Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara
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1. Icy Mint all over the lid and slightly past the crease.
2. Tijuana over the lid.
3. Mermaid above the crease.
4. Moss lightly in the crease and outer corner.
5. Cinderella to blend out Mermaid.
6. Endless Pearl to highlight the browbone.
7. Ricepaper to highlight the inner corner.
8. Junkie on the upper lash line (topped with Moss) and outer half of the lower lash line.
9. Radium on the inner half of the lower lash line.

I put Perversion on the waterline, but nothing really stays on my waterline for long, so I usually skip that. The usual suspects were used on my face. Bronze Goddess is said to be matte, yet has sparkle in the pan, and does come off matte; I used it for a contour and it works well. Immortal Flower is a really pretty light peachy blush on me. I haven’t used Watt’s Up! much yet, and so this was just practice; I think it works for me color-wise at least.

At first, I thought I’d do a bright fuchsia lip (I have so many of them) but went with Jennifer’s Nude instead. It is a touch darker than my lip color. I haven’t worn false lashes in a long time so I took out the Salon Perfect Demi Wispies. I used Big Fatty to beef up my lower lashes.
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Tijuana is one of my favorite eyeshadows that I own. It’s such a beautiful aquamarine shade. I use Mermaid with it usually – a slightly green silvery shade. I’ve been trying something a little different with the top eye liner by bringing it up and smudging it out some; I think it helps to lift the look of the eye lid. I like it so far.

There it is! What do you think?




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Disclaimer: I am not a professional makeup anything. I am a journeyman makeup enjoyer, hopefully contributing something interesting to my audience. All items purchased by myself unless otherwise noted. For comparison, my skin is a medium yellow tone with cool undertones; the foundations that best match me has been: MAC Studio Fix C30, Neutrogena Healthy Skin Natural Beige 60, Revlon Colorstay Whipped Medium Beige 250.

*Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara - giveaway prize.



Outdoor natural light.
Outdoor natural light.
Outdoor natural light. Phone, slight filtering.
Outdoor natural light.
Outdoor natural light.




Monday, May 11, 2015

May 2015 Beauty Palette


I feel like I wore makeup consistently and yet hardly at all. I have a lot of pictures that I didn’t use so I might have to just do a miscellaneous Face Files post or something.

Well, let’s close out April and get into May….
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April featured products & notes:
DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom EDP
Honey by Marc Jacobs rollerball
Tarte Aqualillies Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eye and Cheek Palette [LE]
Custom Eye Shadow Quad:
               MAC Soft Brown
               MAC Moon’s Reflection [discontinued]
               Makeup Geek Mango Tango
               MAC Ricepaper
Maybelline Color Tattoo – Bad to the Bronze
Maybelline Color Tattoo – Tough as Taupe
Maybelline Color Tattoo – Hydrangea Hype [LE]
Milani Liquid Eye Liner Pencil – Brown
Milani Color Statement Lipstick – Nude Cr√®me
Maybelline Vivids Lipstick – Shocking Coral
MAC Cremesheen Lipstick – Ravishing
Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter – Peach Parfait
Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer – Aurora

This was my first concentrated effort to use the Tarte Aqualillies Palette. I like it – it’s great for getting ready in the morning without having to put a lot of thought into what goes with what or what products to use – quick and easy. The only color I am still iffy about is Bikini because it has a purplish sheen that was tricky to use in a flattering way. I’ve taken to using it on the outer part of the lid like an accent or hint of color.

See the April products in use here:
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Products for continuous feature:
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup – Natural Beige
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder – Transparent
Revlon Photoready Concealer – Light Medium
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles – Brightener
NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder – Taupe/ Ash
*Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara

May featured products:
Chloe eau de Parfum by Chloe
Maybelline Color Tattoo – Bad to the Bronze
MAC Powder Blush – Peony Petal
MAC Powder Blush – Immortal Flower [LE]
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Soft Matte Bronzer
Revlon Lip Butter – Peach Parfait
Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain – India Intrigue
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain – Lovesick
NYX Xtreme Lip Cream – Strawberry Jam
L’Oreal Colour Riche Collection Privee – Jennifer’s Nude
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This will definitely not be the only products I use this month. Classes are over and so I am soon to be on official summer break, i.e. no real reason to wake up early in the morning on a consistent basis… for now. I should also be less rushed to take photos. The plan at the moment is to get more creative this month, so we’ll see what happens.
 
Chloe eau de Parfum by Chloe (full size and deluxe sample)
 I’ll be smelling like flowers this month. Chloe is probably my favorite scent currently. It has notes of: pink peony, freesia, lychee; magnolia flower, lily of the valley, rose; cedarwood, amber, and honey. To me, the scent is classy and fresh. I’ll be keeping the deluxe sample in my bag to refresh.


Maybelline Color Tattoo - Bad to the Bronze
I mixed and pushed around Bad to the Bronze to get a better idea of how much was left. I’ve used a little more than half of it, so I am pleased. Though I like the color more now than when I first got it, I want to try to use it up by the end of the year, which is why it’s the only eye product on the list for the moment. I’ll be using it as a color and then as a base for other colors.

MAC Peony Petal
MAC Immortal Flower
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Soft Matte
I’m excited to use the MAC blushes in Peony Petal and Immortal Flower. When I finally decided to up my blush skills, MAC came out with a limited edition collection of 6 blushes a few weeks later. I picked up these two and I am very pleased. Peony Petal has been added to the permanent line, but Immortal Flower has not (maybe yet?). The Bronze Goddess was a free sample that someone gave me years ago so I thought I’d use it.  

Revlon Peach Parfait
Revlon India Intrigue
Revlon Lovesick
NYX Strawberry Jam
L'Oreal Jennifer's Nude
 Apparently, I’m on a Revlon kick. I didn’t realize I had chosen 3 lip products from Revlon until I wrote out the list. I am also on a fuchsia kick. Peach Parfait is my top lip butter, but I would like to use it up since there isn’t that much of it left. India Intrigue , with NYX’s Strawberry Jam are the liquid choices. I haven’t used Lovesick in a long time so I took it out for this month. Jennifer’s Nude (lie! I’m clothed!) is the neutral choice.

Here we go!



Thank you for reading! You are welcome to leave a comment and/or question(s) in the section below :)


Disclaimer: I am not a professional makeup anything. I am a journeyman makeup enjoyer, hopefully contributing something interesting to my audience. All items purchased by myself unless otherwise noted. For comparison, my skin is a medium yellow tone with cool undertones; the foundations that best match me has been: MAC Studio Fix C30, Neutrogena Healthy Skin Natural Beige 60, Revlon Colorstay Whipped Medium Beige 250.


*Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara - giveaway prize.