What was the best gift you’ve ever received? What made it so outsanding — something sentimental, the item itself, what?
For me, while I have received a great many wonderful gifts, I think one of the most sentimental gifts was a sterling silver heart-shaped locket my boyfriend gave me for my birthday/anniversary in 2006. We were in a long-distance relationship, so I used to wear it everyday so I would have him close to my heart. I wear it still, but less often, as we live together, and I know he’s near.
P.S. — What does everyone have lined up for the weekend? My boyfriend and I are meeting with my parents who are coming into town, and then I’ll be spending the day/afternoon at my parents’ house (um, laundry!).
Nadine Haobsh has recently published her book entitled Beauty Confidential. Nadine brings beauty to your door step with this humorous and guilty-pleasure-reading book with all sorts of tips, tricks, and secrets on how to look your very best. This is a great stocking stuffer for your favorite beauty addict, because Nadine gives such a refreshing account of the beauty industry from her unique perspective from being a current beauty blogger and former beauty editor.
Nadine was available to answer some questions submitted by the Beauty Blog Network, and here’s ours:
Q&A with Nadine Haobsh
What are some tips for traveling light, without missing any essentials, for the upcoming holiday travel season? — Temptalia
Hmm, so you mean you can’t bring an entire suitcase devoted entirely to beauty products? (Kidding, of course even though I have been known to do just that a time or ten.) Start with the basics, and then add more if you have room:
- SKIN: 1) A cleanser, 2) A day moisturizer with SPF, 3) A night moisturizer with peptides, retinol, glycolic or salicylic acid. (My favorites: Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash, Olay Regenerist Touch of Sun SPF 15, MD Skincare Hydra-Pure Vitamin C Serum)
- HAIR: 1) Travel sized shampoo and conditioner, 2) Leave-in conditioner. (Scrunch leave-in conditioner and let hair air-dry, or apply before heat-styling to help hold and condition. You probably have a hairdryer at home, but may not have other tools. If you have room, throw in a curling iron or flatiron, to dress up hair and impress relatives who have driven in from five hours away and will secretly pick on your appearance otherwise.) (Herbal Essences makes yummy travel-sized versions, and I’m a huge fan of Infusium leave-in)
- MAKEUP: 1) Foundation, 2) Bronzer or blush, 3) Mascara, 4) Lipgloss. (If you have room, add black eyeliner and a neutral colored eyeshadow. Otherwise, the bronzer can double as shadow.) (In my bag: Bare Escentuals, Guerlain Terracotta bronzer, NARS Orgasm, Max Factor Lash Perfection, and Clinique Black Honey)
- MISC: Throw a sample-sized tube of perfume in your makeup bag (Bond no 9 Chinatown is too good to be believed), don’t forget a razor, and depending on how long you’ll be home consider bringing tweezers, mini scissors and an emery board.
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What do you do to fill up your days? Beauty is fun and all, but what is everyone doing for their days (or nights)? Are you a full-time career woman, devoted mom, studious student (giggle)?
Me? Temptalia is like a full time job where you don’t get paid, but you put in all the effort and energy for it. I’m also a full-time law student! I used to part-time work as a transcriptionist, but I just don’t have enough time to all that. I’m not Wonder Woman, unfortunately.
Just got back from The Stylistics event at Valley Fair! I attended with my boyfriend, and a few artists joked that we were the best dressed couple there. Cute, right? My boyfriend’s such a stud, but he refuses to let me share his moneymaker with you all (I even tried pouting). I ran into a few of my favorite MAC artists (Victor, Paula), but it was really a madhouse with a zillion of MAC artists rushing around. There was a slight dress code enforced (or at least heavily suggested), hence why I chose a dress to head out in.
The event was sponsored by Belvedere, which meant glasses of champagne and martinis were being passed around. They passed around little appetizers as well, but I skipped on those. A DJ was set up in one corner, and they played a lot of jazzy and era-inspired tunes. All in all, it was a fun time, but thank goodness I had already picked up most of my goodies this morning–I don’t know if I’d have had the time to really scope things out otherwise! Anyone else go to one of The Stylistics events held yesterday or today?
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I used Teal pigment on lid, Aquavert eyeshadow on inner lid, Shimmermoss eyeshadow on middle of lid, Freshwater eyeshadow on outer lid, Deep Truth eyeshadow on outer crease, Carbon eyeshadow in outer crease, Aquavert eyeshadow above crease, Motif eyeshadow on brow, Aquavert eyeshadow on lower lash line, Mystery kohl power on lower lash line, and Graphblack technakohl on lower water line. I wore Springsheen blush with Peach Haze beauty powder to highlight and Sculpt sculpting powder to contour. I had Soft Pout lipstick with Vital Spark lipglass on my lips.
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What part of beauty do you feel you’re a master of? Are you the skincare queen? Do you know everything there is to know about mascara? What’s your area of expertise?