Friday, February 26, 2010

It's a Good Day, Actually, It's a Good LIFE!

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It's Friday and the sun is shining! Thank goodness the weekend is here. I'm telling you, the best feeling for me is looking at the clock on my desktop and seeing 5:00pm. I punch out and drive my car far, far, away from the office. It's kind of like that feeling when you see kids run off the bus to their house! Haha, yeah that's me in an adult sense.

Good news! My husby found a place for us in San Diego! Yes, I now have an address in San Diego, well actually not till mid March, but still.

Any exciting plans for the weekend? Mine consists of attending a sushi birthday dinner then grabbing a drink to celebrate. Then, hitting the malls for interview outfits and prepping my portfolio. So it looks like one night out and two nights in! Maybe I'll be able to bake some cupcakes this week, who knows?

What are you up to this weekend? Whether it's a night out with the girls, a romantic night in with your significant other, a shopping escapade, or slamming the books, just be glad it's the WEEKEND! CHEERS!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Under The Weather

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I took a shot of NyQuil last night, hoping that'll I have a better morning. But that wasn't the case this morning, I still feel restless and my sore throat didn't seem to get better. The good thing is that the cold chills are gone. So that's why I didn't blog yesterday, simply because I was under the weather. Which makes me thing, should I blog everyday, every other day? Hmmm....

I feel like my life has pushed on the accelerator. Things have been happening so quickly, but no matter what, it's all coming together. Next Wednesday, I'll be leaving VA to take care of some personal matters in San Diego. I'm so ready to escape this 30-40 degree cold and have some sunshine in my life. Any places that you recommend in San Diego? Whether it's food, shopping, etc, let me know! I'm def having my share of carne asada fries, In-N-Out, and YogurtLand for sure (or as my cousin would say, "fo sho!")

OH! So let's talk career lifestyle. In preparation for the move to Cali, I have to prep myself for the interviews. I don't actually have a good suit in my wardrobe, and I know that's essential. But, I don't want to go interviews looking stale in a suit. I want to look sharp, chic, and comfortable. Any suggestions for interview outfits? Or what stores do you recommend? This weekend, I'll definitely swing by Express, The Limited, and New York & Co, H&M, Banana Republic, J.Crew and perhaps Nordstrom. Any store recommendations?

I catch myself daydreaming about Cali during work at times. I try to snap out of it but it's so hard. I mean, having to start up your car a few minutes before the drive just to warm it up isn't cool. So, I'm excited to get ready, see the sun, and walk out with a light jacket (or not even a jacket!). We'll see, I'll still miss you Virginia.

Keep the comments coming guys! It makes me know I have some readers out there! Haha! So here's a question, for all you bloggers out there, do you respond to each of your comments? Hmm, should I reply to comments or not?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Quality Time Over Cupcakes

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A special thanks to the ones that left comments and twitter messages welcoming me back. It's good to be back! Haha, it's only a few, but I know there's some readers out there, don't think I can't track you. PUAHAH! I'm kidding, I seriously have no idea who's reading this! I'm just glad you're reading.

As most of you know, me and the husby will be moving to San Diego due to his military orders. I'm anxious, but I'm a nervous wreck at the same time. Why? Maybe, it's because I've never moved before. I've been stuck in good ol' Virginia for a quarter of my life (Yes, that means I'm 25). I wish I could use the excuse of feeling like a big fish in a little pond, but I'm no big shot here, so that wouldn't be valid. But the farthest I've moved was from about 15 miles from my parent's house.

I have a big family. But, throughout the years and even the most recent days, my big family started to migrate. Some in Texas, some in San Diego, and who knows where to next. I've always been the one left behind, but in a little over a month, it'll be my turn to say, "see you later!". All I can say is I'm going to be a wreck!

So as my days in Virginia start to dwindle, my parents never fail to consistently remind me how much they are going to miss me. It's going to be tough on them, even on me. I'm very close with my family, not just my immediate but my extended. The good thing is that I have family in California. My brother, his fiance, and my sister-in-law all moved to San Diego recently. Also, my husby's side of the family isn't too far away either, so as long as I'm with family, I'll know I'm in good hands.

For the time I have left in VA, I'm savoring every moment with family and friends. My little cousin, Jazmyn is my "mini-me", so spending time with her and brother is one of my favorite things. We love baking together and she's an awesome helping hand. So, we've paged through the Martha Stewart Cupcake book together and made a deal to make cupcakes when we can. Take a look at our cuppycakes! All scratch baby!

Now that I'm back into blogging, I'll be sure to take better pics. The pics below are from my iPhone so the quality is pretty whack. But you get the idea.


Over the weekend, it was a sad realization that cupcakes are hard to transport! Seeing smeared frosting on saran wrap straight up sucked! I was on the hunt for this at Macy's but then ran out! Grrr... Guess I'm going to have to visit another Macy's cause I really want this!










I told you this blog was going to be different from before! Haha, hope you don't mind. Like I said in my last one, I'll still do my beauty reviews. Welcome to the life of JenTheJunkie!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Holy Hiatus! Look Who's Back?

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Why hello! It's been a long six months. Are you guys (my readers) still there? Just curious. Well, I guess it was a well needed break, and I noticed that bloggers were starting to fall off my blog roll. But here I am, back in full effect. I changed the aesthetics of my site, any thoughts?

I'm going to start blogging again. I can't gurantee that it'll be like my old blog filled with hauls and beauty reviews (I'll still write my reviews!). I'm at the point where I've plauteued on my purchases. Sure, I've bought a thing or two, but seriously, my MAC visits are at the point where they are bi-monthly or even longer. I've slacked on keeping up with current collections. Don't get me wrong, I'm still quite the product junkie, I've just learned to appreciate the stuff I already have.

So what's the new and improved blog going to be like? Well, let's see. Lots of big changes are happening for 2010, not to mention the big move to the west coast. I'll keep you guys in the loop with all that stuff as me and the husby move to San Diego (SHAMELESS PROMO: Which by the way, if any of you guys know of companies hiring in SD, let me know!). Hmm, what else? Oh yeah, and I'll probably post some pics as I bake my way through some recipes in Martha Stewart's Cupcake book.

That's basically it. Hope you're glad that I'm back!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Look Who's Back with MAC!

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Ahh! It's already August, guys! Where has the time gone? OH man, it's been pretty busy on my end, so let me fill you in!

First off, I got honorable mention for the CIBU17 contest! WOOT WOOT! My husby was joking around with me and he kept teasing me saying "So, um, technically, you were like 4th place?" LOL! HAHAHAHA! SO what?!?! I got some freebies! It was my first YouTube vid and I was nervous. Not sure if I'll be doing any more vids, I'm a tad bit video camera shy! I also won a trivia question from CIBU17 via Twitter, so I'll be getting the Spring Roll Moisture Masque. WOOHOO! I love CIBU products, they tame my beastly hair! Follow CIBU17 on TWITTER!!


Ookay, next topic! A few weeks ago, I went to TJ Maxx and found this amazing double barreled curling iron. It's by RUSK! Originally $60 bucks, I got it on clearance for $15! I looovvee this iron, there's three different curls you can do. I did the weaving technique on my cousin, Irene's hair. Look how gorgeous it looks! Oh yeah, and check out my flat iron case for $5! I love bargain steals!





Oh yeah, I started wearing earrings! LOL! I haven't worn earrings since my wedding, which by the way, our one year anniversary is coming up soon!!! When I'm not wearing this, I do rock my DSK black heart earrings!

Hmmmm.. what else? Sorry, I'm just basically updating you on the past month of my life. If you're bored, STOP HERE! Oh yeah, one of my little cousins left me! BOOO! His dad got transferred for another job. It was hard to say bye, but we all made a cake for him and his family. We made another cake for my cousin's birthday. So check out my two monstrous cupcakes! That's one whole box of mix to make on huge cupcake! MMmM! It was delish!




Okay, so I realized I haven't purchased any MAC since the Family and Friends discount, which I'd say, that's pretty darn good. I'm really calming down with my beauty product purchases because I'm finally finding a good skin care routine and makeup routine. Phew!

Last week, my sister-in-law, Tricia came over for dinner. Well after dinner, she was craving some FroYo and so we hopped in the car. Then, being sneaky and mischevious (I'm exaggerating), we ended up talking about MAC's new tinted moisturizer. She said, "Well we can just look!". Then my eyes widened, "Yeah right! Since we do ever go just to look!". Ookay, blame it on me cause I was the driver, we flipped an opposite turn and headed over to MAC. DOOHHH!! LOL!

After gawking at the new tinted moisturizers, it didn't feel absolutely amazing on my hand when I swatched. I wasn't ready to fork out $29 on a moisturizer that didn't tickle me. So Tricia recommended that we get samples. WOOT! I'm so glad we got a sample of this stuff. First off, it's a huge sample, it's almost been a week and I still have a ton leftover! So since I didn't pick up the tinted moisturizer, I had to get my hands on the new StarFlash eyeshadows from LoveThatLook. Oh man, I love the texture of these e/s! I wish it was permanent. I had Glamour Check! from a past collection, so I picked up Smoke and Diamonds and Snob. Let me say, these have the most amazing finish! Anyways, turns out that I really love MAC's Studio Moisture Tint! OH man, it's the best tinted moisturizer I've tried and trust me, I've tried quite a few. I even posted a blog a long time about about my review of TM's.

Then, Tricia kept raving and raving about the 131 brush. I was eyeballing it, but $40 bucks for a brush? Eh, I'm trying to save here! But luckily, I found this in the mail!!


Isn't he amazing? Yes, proud of it! My husby surprised me! On Fridays, when I get off work, I usually change out of my work clothes and we head out somewhere. Before we went out, he told me to check the mail. Once I opened the mailbox, there was a MAC bag. I thought, "WAH? A package? I didn't order anything!" Then I realized it was a bag, then I though "Oh the heck got in our mailbox!" Then finally, after slowing down my thoughts, I realized it was from the husby. The lovely note and gift made me giggle like a kid! I jumped back in the car and smothered him with kisses. PUAHAHAHA! TMI? He just knew how to make my FRIDAY!
Ookay, I think I'm all caught up now. PHEW! That was a loonnngg post. Hopefully you enjoyed! So I realized, the next 30 days are going to pretty packed... wanna know why?
  • My Husby picks a new duty station for us in about a week! OH MAN! I'm hoping for the west coast
  • Our one year wedding anniversary is on August 17, 2009!
  • My 25th birthday (Oh man I'm getting a old!) is on September 1!
  • Leaving for a CALI vacation! I'm soooo excited!

Okay, this blog definitely peeked into my personal life. OH WELL! Later Beauty HOMIES!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Out with the OLD, in with the NEW!

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I've been on the prowl for new makeup storage for awhile. My bathroom countertop started to look like a hot mess, the products have finally won and have consumed my countertop. I was sick of Rubbermaid/Sterlite drawers, and I wanted something chic! My Sterlite drawers were piling high and the husby always teased me of my towering product storage. I googled "makeup storage" like a maniac, and then I even looked up "stationery storage" because it could serve as a multi-purpose storage. Then finally, I'm stumbled on a crafty blog! She had regular IKEA drawers, then decided to slap some vintage wallpaper on the drawers. Then it hit me, I was finally inspired....

Being that I live in an area that lacks the better things in life (i.e. Ikea, Georgetown Cupcakes, Urban Outfitters, American Apparel, Coastal Flats, etc), I usually have to travel 3 hours to get to these places. BLAH! My dear friend, Mar offered to pick up the storage at IKEA for me, but unfortunately they didn't have it there. Being the persistent person I am, I eBayed that bad boy! WOO! Lo and behold, I got it! It was $19.99 plus $12.99 shipping. UGH! Shipping was expensive, but hey, I ordered on Thursday and I got it this past Saturday!

I do love ordering stuff online, and I have a sick obsession of tracking my stuff constantly. Knowing that I would get my package on Saturday, I had to stop by Target on Friday night. I made way to the scrapbooking section and fumbled through all the paper. I saw the usual, floral prints here and there, baby prints, wedding themes, and then, I saw zebra stripes! WOO! Safari theme! I own you!

On Saturday, me and the husby came home from the beach (oh yeah, we also made a detour to get some "Just Cupcakes!"), and as soon as we parked, I saw the FedEx note on the door. I was crushed! I thought "ERGH! Now I have to wait till Monday... SON OF A..." THEN! I read the note closely and the box was checked that said "Left at Front Door". I swung the door open and there it was.

I danced on my porch, and the husby just said "OH MY GAH!" HAHA! I'm sick, I know! I pulled out the husby's tools. He asked if I needed help, and my excitement ran through and I said "No, I'm good!". When I laid out all the pieces.. I thought "CRAP!". But I took a deep breath, and opened the direction and began hammering away.


I did it! I felt accomplished, I like assembling stuff. I'm quite handy, ya know? So check it out! Pretty nifty eh? With the scrapbooking paper I bought at Target, I just traced out the drawers then slapped some craft glue.



So while I was doing this, I figured I'd let you guys peep my stash. It's not much, but it's okay. I also bought purple inserts from Office Depot for better organization (thanks for the tip, Trish!). After doing this, I went crazy with my whole bathroom countertop. I bought a basket for my hair products for my countertop, and I cleaned out all my other bathroom drawers. I threw away old products and old makeup. But I felt better and now I have a fresh start!




Drawer 1: Lip Products
Drawer 2: Mascara Primer (note: I LOVE Lancome better than Shiseido!), Mascaras, Concealers, and Brow Sets
Drawer 3: Other Palettes and Beauty Sponge

Drawer 4: Eyes! Primers, Bases, Eyeshadows, Small Palettes, Fluidlines, Quads, Pigment Samples, etc



Drawer 5: My "MUG-shot" drawer, a.ka. the face drawer! Prep +Prime, Tinted Moisturizers, MSFs, Cream Colour Bases, Blushes, Highlights, etc.


My basket of goodies! This is only a partial of my sick obsession with hair products! There's more in my bathroom drawers, but these are my favos. Oh yeah, and my lotions are in here!

BEFORE



AFTER


So this is my new storage baby! I'm so proud! I stored my brushes and palettes on top. The brush containers are from Michaels. I love it cause they are black and it's rectangler. It's a Sephora inspired brush holder, so I do have the clear beads inside, but I doubt you can see them.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Whoa, First YOUTUBE Vid!

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AHHH! What was I thinking? I know, I want all whole freakin CIBU Spring Roll Line and that Deva Fuser! Haha, this is embarassing but I shouldn't have any shame. Wish me luck! This is my video response to the lovely CIBU17!

PUAHAHAH! That screenshot is not flattering at all! PUAHAHAHAH!



BUMMER! This is a fallout tutorial! My hair didn't turn out the way I wanted it to because I flat ironed it in the morning. BOO! But it still has tons of volume. PUAHA! AH well, it was def. worth a shot. There's lots of good entries, so we'll still where this goes. OH! And sorry about the volume, I have no idea why it's sooo loooow. It was loud in iMovie and in QuickTime. GAH! I have a new found respect for people that do videos on YouTube. It's toughie!

A big thanks to Tricia and Carmen! THey uplifted me with this whole video thing. I was uber shy and nervous to do this, but they told me it turned out good. Thanks, loves!

Well, today is practically my FRIDAY at work! And tomorrow, we're going to do some outlet shopping! WOOT WOOT!

Have a lovely 4th everyone! Later beauty homies!