about me, beauty, busy-ness

The Non-Writing Things

It’s no secret that I don’t write all the time. I have this blog when I’m not working on my manuscripts, and my social media presence (mostly Twitter and Instagram) is mainly half self promotion and half stream-of-consciousness fun. And it’s not like writing is my entire life; in fact, I also take care of my elderly parents, and you’ll…

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about me, beauty, this is how I write


This post is brought to you by this tutorial from Pixiwoo.   I’d like to bring up the sisters Chapman on this blog again, because I used to be a casual viewer of their videos. That explained why I had complained the first time about the repetitiveness of their celebrity makeovers – I watched them from the POV of someone…

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beauty, fashion

Randomesticity: The Beauty Grails

Short post for now, just to talk about what I’m loving at the moment. – White Linen by Estee Lauder. This is one of those things that I would never have picked for myself; apparently my Dad went to the fragrance counter and had two packages gift-wrapped for me and Mom, but I ended up with White Linen and she…

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Vlog Like a Makeup Artist

Before this blog goes quiet for Holy Week, here’s a rejoinder to some of the Pixiwoo-related posts that I’ve been writing lately. My faith in the Sisters Chapman has been restored. (Here is Sam’s “sunset eyes tutorial”; there’s also a similar version from Destiny Godley as well.) See you in April.

beauty, fashion, good advice, style

Steal Like a Makeup Artist

This post was brought to you by Urban Decay’s Glinda palette, inspired by the movie Oz: The Great and Powerful. (Read the review from Makeup and Beauty Blog here.) (I like this video, by the way. Not just for the look, but also for the way Sam talks about how she doesn’t expect the ethereal “good witch” look to work for her…

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beauty, fashion, good advice

“Don’t Go on Autopilot.”

I had to post this video here because I feel like this sums up my philosophy: in makeup, in writing, and in life. (Note: Featured YouTuber EmilyNoel83 – real name: Emily Eddington – is also a morning-news anchor who does her own makeup; she knows whereof she speaks, since I’ve worked with TV reporters before and I understand how important it…

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about me, beauty, busy-ness

Today’s Dispatch: The Beauty Arsenal

I don’t know about you, but I tend to have way too much fun with photo-editing software. First and foremost, let me state for the record that this photo has not been retouched, as evidenced by, um, certain imperfections that have become more pronounced now than they were in my 20s – the likes of which I plan to take…

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beauty, fashion, pinterest, procrastination, Script Frenzy, work in progress

Today’s Dispatch: Hello, I’m Stella, and I’m a Pinterest Addict.

I am somewhat ashamed of the fact that I put this together on Pinterest, at a moment when I should be studying for my exams. (I am even more ashamed that the pinboard contains a picture of Channing Tatum with his shirt off, and another of you-know-who threatening to rip his apart… but that’s another story.) I am not ashamed, however, of…

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