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  1. Early February! Let's do it! Venue ideas? I'd definitely like to stay ITP if possible and if convenient for other folks.
  2. TankQ!! I used this tutorial for the eyeshadow in case anyone's interested. Seriously, I've worn it countless times and I'm not sick of it.
  3. Alas! Pictures! Hair went a little wilder than I would've liked due to it raining that night, but whatevs. Very successful. I went full-on with eyes and lips because why not? I apologize in advance for the mirror selfies -- I literally had no one around to take a photo of me until midnight, and by that point, it was half-way melted. Lips were a mix of MAC Rebel lipstick and Too Faced Melted lip color in Melted Berry. Berry feels more holiday-ish to me than red (red is a year-round color for me, womp).
  4. Okay, reviving this thread to get some advice. I'm going to a black-tie event on Saturday and I'm wearing this dress: I need suggestions on makeup. Pretty sure I'm doing a simple, clean eye with false lashes and a wine lip, but I can be persuaded otherwise. What say you, ladies?
  5. I am only free that first weekend of January, right after New Year's, then I'm either out of town or it's my birthday weekend (WOOOO).
  6. For as much of a beauty product junkie as I am, it's shameful that I still haven't found a skincare routine that works for my finicky-ass skin. (Oily in general, but as I'm getting older, getting to be more combination, acne-prone, clogged pores, starting to be sensitive in a way it didn't used to be at all... yeah. That's fun.) For right now, I am removing my makeup with either MAC wipes or MAC cleansing oil, both of which irritate the piss out of my eyes, unfortunately. But after that, I cleanse with philosophy Purity Made Simple, then moisturize with a thin layer of Josie Maran Pure Argan Oil (yeah, even on my eyes). I'll keep using the oil, but trying to find a less irritating brand/product to remove my eye makeup.
  7. I have what my hairstylist calls a "body wave." Which basically means my hair is the bastard child of my dad's fine, stick-straight hair and my mom's coarse, curly hair. (Or, in Beyonce parlance, the type of wave her hair has in the "Drunk In Love" music video.) I find that I can go a couple of days between washes when my hair is nice and moisturized and when I have the help of a great dry shampoo. I know it's expensive, but Josie Maran's pure argan oil has saved my hair's life, truly. And the good news is that I've taken to using it on my face and cuticles as well, so it's multipurpose. You can get a big jar of it for $48. And, girl, embrace the shower cap. Your hair will thank you.
  8. I will NOT let this thread die!! Ladies, I just bought a ton of fancy makeup. Thankfully, some of it came at a pretty heavy discount. HSN was running a special on the full-sized Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette and a full-sized Shadow Insurance for $29 with a code for first-time customers. Together, they retail for $69. But really, the eyeshadows smell like chocolate and I feel like a total weirdo for opening the palette just to smell it. They smell. Like. Chocolate. Fancy makeup is worth it because they think of everything. And I just swatched the whole thing on my arm and I'm trying not to get eyeshadow all over my clothes. The struggle is real. My co-worker/friend's birthday is Friday, so I'm going to try and do something ~*fancy*~ for that, will try to post some pictures! Let's keep inspiring each other, guise.
  9. I hope you know that even if you change your mind, it's 100% okay. I also hope you don't take what I'm about to say as overly cynical, but don't put all your emotional eggs into this particular dude-basket. What I'm trying to say is don't fall for his potential. Don't give him your entire heart before he's earned it. It's okay to be excited, but invest in him only as much as he invests in you. And always pay attention to his actions more than his words. If they don't match up, you know that you need to steer clear.
  10. I don't know that it's a cultural thing so much as a thing about each person having the right to draw their own boundaries re: what they do with their bodies. It's great that a kiss isn't a super physical thing to you. But if it's more than OP is comfortable with, that's her right to draw the line before kissing. You know what's a genuine signal that someone is interested romantically? Saying to the person, "Hey. I'm interested in you romantically, but I don't know that I'm ready to kiss you." It's your body. And you always get to govern how you let others touch and approach you. Always.
  11. I was you at a certain point in my life. What I wish someone had told me was that until you have a solid core of confidence in yourself and what you have to offer the world (which, by the way, is not limited to your visual appeal to others), all the dating tips in the world aren't going to do anything. Because until you are in love with yourself and know the behaviors you will and won't accept, and how to relay those standards to others in a way that doesn't put them on the spot, you're more than likely going to accept a whole lot of sub-par behavior. And that's just wasting time. And please understand: it's better to be alone than to be with someone who doesn't honor what's important to you. Or worse, doesn't honor you. (Which is basically one and the same.) Also, dating is a numbers game. How many new guys do you meet in a given week? Think about all the guys in the world. Then eliminate the taken ones. Then eliminate the ones you're not attracted to. Then eliminate the ones you're attracted to. Then eliminate the ones you're attracted to, but don't meet your standards. Then eliminate the ones that you could date for a little while, but not have a serious relationship with. ...See where I'm going with this? The more new folks you bring into your life, and the more social networks (not the online kind) you tap into, the higher likelihood of finding someone worth your time.
  12. I have a couple of the Maybelline foundation sticks. They're absolutely terrible for oil control, but for the two hours they do last on my oily skin, they're not half-bad.
  13. I just want to take this opportunity to tell everyone: hey. Long time no post pictures of my face. Also, Ulta has their 21 days of beauty coming up on March 16 and it's a great time to buy stuff that you don't feel like paying full price on. Which is pretty much everything for me. Will especially be eyeballing the butter london polishes and Mario Badescu products. http://www.ulta.com/21days/ Work has basically made me so tired that I don't have the energy to do anything but some eyeliner and lipstick except for special occasions. I love my job, I'm just tired all the time.
  14. ALSO, I'm not sure how many folks on NF also listen to Beyonce, but her newest album is basically a case study in modern feminism and I would love to start a thread on it... as long as I'm not the only one talking. Has anyone watched the album (can't say listened because, duh, it's a visual album)?
  15. I like to think of feminism as the luxury of being treated like a person before being treated like a woman. Pick that statement apart all you want. It sits well with me. If I don't feel like shaving my legs for 6 weeks, I don't. I still manage to not have men running for the hills at the sight of me. I'm not adhering to standards of beauty that I had no voice in. Which isn't to say I don't do it when the mood strikes. I love being a woman. It just sucks that we have to work twice as hard to be taken half as seriously.
  16. Me. This was me. So many times in my life, I felt obligated to give creepy, over-imposing boys (and later, men) my attention, even though they did nothing to deserve it and it made me feel so powerless and worthless. Thank god I've gotten over that. I still struggle with it, but there are more victories to count than losses. The victories help me gain momentum.
  17. Great blog post on the big and small victories to be had by women having each others' backs rather than slinging negativity (also, great blog name): http://iambeggingmymothernottoreadthisblog.com/2013/09/30/whoo-boy-lets-talk-about-feminism/ Posted it here because it starts off with a couple of examples of street harassment and how damaging it can be.
  18. I don't think it's what you say so much as the way you say it. "Leave me alone, please," said in a very sweet tone carries a much different message than not making eye contact and saying, firmly and while supporting your diaphragm, "Leave me alone. I'm running." You don't owe anyone anything simply by virtue of existing. Kindness, conversation, attention. Nothing. It took me a long time to learn this, and it was so freeing when I did. What do you care what a stranger who you'll probably never see again thinks? Especially when said stranger is distracting you during YOU time? (I don't know about you guys, but when I run, that's ME time. And I need my me time.) Maybe it's brusque, but I'm past the point in my life where I care what strangers think of me.
  19. HAHAHHA. It has been quiet in here; I'm transitioning to a new role at work and it got crazy for a bit. BUT! The good news is that I've been doing eyeliner more consistently, and I think I'm getting better at it! I used to have a problem with the angles of the wings on each eye being at different heights. It drove me crazy, but I think I'm getting better at it. Unfortunately, no pictures to share, but I'll try to snap a couple before I leave -- I'm heading out in an hour or two to do my friend's makeup for her WEDDING! Kind of scary, because she's going to share these pictures forever, but we already did a trial run and it'll be fine. I think. (Side note: her reception is going to be in her backyard... but it's been raining all day. Don't know if she arranged for a tent. :/)
  20. This seems as good a place as any to leave this. http://jezebel.com/amazing-missed-connection-takes-down-street-harassing-d-1331082801
  21. Not okay (wouldn't be for me, anyway). I don't care how encouraging this person's intentions were. If you do something that can be perceived as threatening, even if the end result is anything but, don't do it. Ugh. I can feel my adrenaline bubbling up just thinking about it.
  22. I just want to take a moment to commiserate. I've sent out dozens -- dozens -- of cover letters & resumes to positions in my field and I haven't gotten even a single interview. Granted, I'm happy in my current job, but I don't think I can make it last forever. I'm already on borrowed time over there. I'm so mad at the adults around me when I was a kid who told me that if I just studied hard and got a college degree, then I'd have no problem getting a full-time job out of college. Garbage. Utter poppycock. I'm keeping my head up, because I'm choosing to, but god it's hard. Let's hug it out.
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