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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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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“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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The Great Big Jump Presents: A Screenplay of Sorts – The Polyvore Version

Those of you who have been following my attempts to write this screenplay may be familiar with my struggle to create the character of Iris Garcia, the foil (and love interest) to our buddy Pete Driscoll. At first I couldn’t  figure out who she is, exactly: putting her character through all the worksheets made her look more interesting than a

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Today’s Dispatch: Won’t You Be My Number Two

Part of me still wishes that I didn’t have to write this entry at all, but… here she is. Left to right: Smartlett Brohansson, Georgina Ace, and Robin Grayson.  Behold: my replacement laptop, Georgina Ace. Like my long-lost Georgia Ace (RIP), she’s also an Acer Aspire One, with Windows 7, 2GB of memory, scads of storage and Bluetooth capability, among

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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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Stella Torres

is the author of the adult contemporary romances Save the Cake, Crushingly Close, and Nine Years Away, as well as the short story “Be Creative” in the anthology Kids These Days: Stories from Luna East Vol. 1.

In her previous life, she has worked in public relations, taught English as a second language, and even attended graduate school (twice!). She has lived in Indonesia, Honolulu, and Quezon City before moving back to her hometown of Los Banos, a few hours’ drive (with traffic) from the heart of Manila.

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