Makeup survey

Yeah, I’m bored.

What is your favorite mascara?
Buxom Lash Mascara — non-waterproof.
What is you favorite eye primer/base?
Urban Decay Primer Potion
What are your 5 favorite eyeshadows?
Stila “Kitten” is what I wear every day.  I have the Too Faced Romantic Eyes Palette and Stila In the Light.
What color eyeshadow looks best on you?
Neutral shimmer.
What color eyeshadow looks bad on you? 
I’m not sure?  I don’t really do smoky eyes.
Do you define your brows?
Hell no.  I’m Sicilian.  They don’t need definition.
What are your favorite liquid, gel, & pencil eyeliners?
I don’t wear liquid or gel.  My favorite liner is by Cover Girl.
Do you curl your lashes before applying mascara?
I always forget to curl my lashes.
What drugstore eyeshadows do you find the best?
Don’t know, don’t use them.
Do you wear false lashes?

What is the lip color you wear the most?
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Lip Gloss in Rose Gold.
What lip color do you wear on special occasions?
See above.
What is your favorite lip balm?
Blistex.  I’m allergic to beeswax so I can’t use Chapstick or Burts Bees or anything like that.
What is your favorite lipstick?
L’Oreal Color Riche in Nourishing Nude.
What is your favorite lipgloss?
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Lip Gloss in Rose Gold.
Do you prefer lipgloss to have a flavor or no?
No preference really.
Do you like matte finish or shimmer finish more?
Do you wear lip liner?
Ain’t nobody got time for that.
What lip colors look best on you?
Nude, pink.

Do you wear blush/bronzer?
Yes to blush, no to bronzer.  It always makes me look muddy.
Do you wear face primer?
Only on special occasions.
Do you wear highlighter?
What is your favorite liquid foundation?
Josie Maran Tinted Moisturizer in Fair.
What is your favorite concealer?
Right now I’m using NYX in Porcelain.
Do you wear powder to set your liquid foundation or concealer?
Yes, I use the Sephora Translucent Powder.
Are you warm-toned or cool toned?
Do you wash your face daily?
Twice daily.
Do you exfoliate when needed?
What is your favorite moisturizer?
Lancome Energie de Vie, only I’ve recently run out and I’m trying to be good and not drop the money on the full size.
Do you prefer shimmer finish or matte finish?

Ones that aren’t categorized:

What is your favorite part on your makeup routine?
All of it.  I love putting on makeup.
What do you bring in your makeup travel bag?
Eyelid primer, concealer, foundation/bb cream, one eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, finishing powder, blush, highlighter.  And brushes.
Who is your biggest inspiration makeup wise?
Lisa Eldridge.
What are your favorite makeup brushes?
I have a really nice one from Sephora that I like.
What is your your favorite makeup brand overall?
Stila or Bobbi Brown.
What is your one product you can not live without?
What is your favorite makeup look?
Natural face, little bit of shimmer eyeshadow, black mascara and eyeliner, and neutral lips.
When did you start using makeup?
I started using eyeliner in college.  I started doing full face makeup when I was 29.
Your everyday makeup routine?
Wash, spot treatment, eye primer, concealer, eyeshadow, foundation, setting powder, eyeliner, blush, highlighter, mascara, and lip gloss.
What is your favorite makeup remover?
I use the Maybelline eye makeup remover.
How often do you wear makeup?
Every day.  The exception is when I’m staying at home to do research and I’m not going anywhere.


I want the world to know I burn for you

OK.  So here we are, almost a month in to 2014, and I feel quite behind.  Not behind where it counts, on my thesis (157 pages and counting) or on my books (finished the rough draft of Book 3, Book 1 is almost finished and ready to go to beta readers, and Book 2 is in its first round of edits), but on self-care, and setting my goals for this year.  Last year, I made a list of 10 goals, and I achieved six of them.  Not too shabby!  In the last month or so I’ve realized that I’m definitely a person who needs something to strive for, something to drive my nature.  2013 was SUCH an amazing year.  As soon as I got over the hump of my divorce and setting massive goals for myself, I went on to hit most of them — and feel really good about myself in the process.  So without further ado:

Goals for 2014:

1. Graduate.  Well, this is a no-brainer.  Right now I’m slated to graduate on May 15, 2014.  I’d say “fingers crossed”, but I don’t believe luck has anything to do with it.

2. Complete my Master’s thesis.  Obviously this goes along with 1.

3. Get a second job.  Ah, this is the toughie.  My hopeful plan is to start shopping my resume even before graduation, in the hopes of getting a summer job.  I’d love to be teaching this summer, and hopefully I’ll score a teaching position by fall.  But even if I don’t, I’ll need to find a second job to pay for my student loans.  Even if I have to work retail, I’ll have to grab something.  I’m fortunate enough to have a really great, secure day job right now that pays enough for me to live on (but probably not enough when the student loans start rolling in, come June).

4. Finish C25K.  I was doing SO WELL with this last year!  I made it all the way to Week 7 before arthritis sidelined me, and between school and the book, I gave up on it.  I restarted C25K this week, this time with a 1.0 incline, so I didn’t feel like I was completely back at square one.  So far, so good.  I’m doing Week 1, Day 3 today.  We’ll see how this goes.

5. Climb Bear Mountain.  I climbed Mt. Washington in September of 2013, and it was an amazing, amazing experience.  And one that I will never repeat.  In hindsight, with my physical issues, it was dangerous and foolhardy and I was in no way prepared for it.  But that doesn’t mean I want to stop climbing in general.  Drea suggested Bear Mountain in CT for this summer, and I think I’ll go for that with her.  Could be fun!  And at 1/3 the height of Washington, it isn’t nearly as dangerous.

6. Work out an adult budget.  *sigh*  I am so bad at this.  I’m great at paying my bills, I’m great at putting money away, I’m not so great at avoiding skidding into payday with minimal money in my checking account.  This needs to stop.  ESPECIALLY with the possibility that I very well may be living on my own come May, with student loans rolling in.

7. Stop having kittens over it and send the book out to more beta readers. Drea read Book 1 and she loved it.  She keeps asking for more.  I need to get over my ridiculous fear and send it to other people.

8. Get over my fears and ship the book to a publisher.  Damn right.

9. Work on my fire spinning, get more prolific with staff and flow wand.

10. Lose at least 10 lbs.  I’m on MyFitnessPal and I’m back to three times a week at the gym.  Hopefully this sticks this year.

I think that’s quite enough to be going on now.  Obviously I’m allowed to add goals as I go.


Not how I wanted to start off the year…

I’m manic today.

Two of my books are missing for my thesis.  Two.  I ordered them from Barnes and Noble a week and a half ago, and as of last night, I hadn’t seen them.  They were delivered by #$(#&$*(@&$ UPS to the BACK door of my apartment building, which is someone else’s private residence.  Usually, when this happens, they put the packages on the back steps leading up to my apartment.  Not so much this time.  I fucking hate UPS, I really do.  And they didn’t even really respond to my complaint, just said that I had to be a registered UPS user to file a complaint.  Fuck you very much.  I’m hoping that one of the boys who live downstairs is home this afternoon and that they have my package.  If they don’t, I’m well and truly screwed for my deadline for next week.

I have double- and triple-booked myself for this week, which is also bad.  I don’t want to spend every waking minute doing thesis but that might just be exactly what I end up doing.  I’m on my fourth cup of coffee today, that should carry me at least until 1 AM.  Lunch was nonexistent — the soup that I had in my car apparently froze and then thawed into sludge and was inedible.  So I’ve had toast and coffee all day, whee.

I have to spend tomorrow afternoon at Verizon (my phone contract with David is up as of today and I need to go on my own plan) and Wednesday afternoon at the DMV (have to register my car in my own name).  What joy is mine.  Yes, I would love to spend something like $1000 this week.  I don’t even HAVE that money in my account, I’m going to have to chip into savings, which really upsets me because I have more in savings than I’ve ever had and I HATE chipping into savings, but at the same time, I knew I would have to do that when I got the car signed over to me ANYWAY, so it’s not the end of the world.  Hoping that I can get a decent phone with my free upgrade through Verizon and that I don’t have to pay for anything really up front.

I do have SOME good news.  After a fruitless six weeks of trying to have my lung issues diagnosed, I finally went to Urgent Care in Newington and they took care of it.  All of my tests (EKG, chest x-ray) came back negative, and I apparently have the heart of an 18 year old (which is awesome), but my cough is horrible, really raspy and hacking, and I’m having trouble breathing.  So the doctor is treating me for pneumonia, bronchitis, and asthma.  I’m on prednisone, a z-pack, and an inhaler.  And I’m happy to say that this battery of meds is working.  I made it through the night on Saturday without choking or gasping for air, and my lungs don’t feel quite so heavy.  So SOMETHING is working.  And that’s great.

I am nine days away from the deadline for my lit review and my perfectionism has resulted in procrastination which has resulted in panic attacks.  The three p’s of being a Virgo.  Amazing.

Work is insanity.  My boss’s email got hacked, and we’ve been inundated with phone calls all day about it.  One of my coworkers is even more manic than I am, and I just got sniped at by a woman who misunderstood me on the phone.

Is it Friday yet?