[early] Happy New Year’s!

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

I know today is only New Year’s Eve Day, and the new year doesn’t begin for another number of hours, but I’m giving you a scheduled post right now anyways. Why? I’m currently in a car on the way to Saskatoon to spend New Year’s Eve with family!(So, no comments will be moderated until Saturday night at the earliest, but you will continue to get posts. I promise!)

theNotice’s un-preachy tips on: not waking up in a foreign location with no underpants, because that’s just plain ‘ol awkward follow. This list may contain fun links, pictures, and supposedly quirky and amusing comments to keep you reading, because I have ADD too.

  • If you’re going out, arrive with your friends and leave with them as well. Make sure you all have cell phones or you’re with someone who has one, so if you get separated wherever you are you can still find each other. “Hey gramma, can I borrow your cell phone? Mine’s dead and I want to make sure I have one on me tonight. Gramma? Gramma, have you been in the liquor cabinet again?!”
  • Don’t just watch your drink, hold it. You want to have your hand over your glass, not just on it. Check out this link – I promise, you won’t be sorry you did! Until they slowed it down and zoomed in, I didn’t catch it!
  • If you’re given the option of a small-ish party where you know everyone and a huge one where you don’t, go to the small one. I shouldn’t even have to say it, people.
  • Go ahead and kiss a stranger, but don’t go home with him. Honestly, that’s just stupid – and don’t think it doesn’t happen. It does. (And check for cold sores, sneezing, coughing, bloodshot eyes, and dilated pupils first. Also make sure he’s not about to kiss the guy standing next to him. Awkward meter of 10, and I guarantee you’ll be their funny story of the year. “Remember that girl on New Year’s who…”)
  • While we’re at it, make sure he’s not there with someone. If you’re doing random 12:00 kissing and his girlfriend shows up, it’s just a bad idea all around. If it does happen, though, it would probably be a good time for you to call a cab and get the hell outta there.
  • Now is not the time to “experiment” with drugs. I mean, never is a good time, but a party-full of drunk strangers is not the safest environment to have “fun”.
  • Keep at least $30 on you, in cash. Not in your purse is the best idea (in case you lose your bag) but not all of us are comfortable with money in our bras, and not all of us have pockets in our dresses, so I guess the purse would be fine. You might need it for food or cab fare, so keep it around just in case.

Also, tips on: not waking up in a hospital ER with no underpants, because that’s not awkward, it’s just scary.

  • Designate a driver or take a cab – I’m not sure how the whole cabbing thing works on New Year’s Eve, so call to make sure you don’t have to book one in your area just in case. You can always spit a cab with a few friends if it’s the fare you’re concerned about, and depending on your city, the bus is an option as well! (Our transit system is pretty good, and offers free rides on New Year’s to make sure everyone makes it home okay.)
  • I don’t care if you get buzzed faster this way, but don’t drink on an empty stomach. Keep a granola bar in your purse if possible so you have something to snack on if you’re getting hungry from all the dancing, or whatever it is you’re doing. (I don’t want to know.)
  • Make sure you can walk in those heels, girl! After a few tequila shots and four hours of strobe lights, six inch heels aren’t sounding so great.
  • Lastly, if you’re taking medication, make sure you can have it with alcohol. A lot of antidepressants and the sort can’t be combined with any sort of alcohol, not even “just one beer!” so read your labels.

Lastly, tips on: not looking like a mess by the end of the evening (hey, we have to have makeup at least mentioned in this post!)

  • Waterproof or tubing mascara is your best friend. I promise.
  • Keep cotton swabs, makeup remover, eyeliner, and blotting tissue in your bag. Mascara, eye shadow, base, and cheek products are optional and probably too heavy for you to tote around the whole night anyways.
  • Waterproof everything is your NBF, actually. Waterproof liner, like my new favourite, especially.
  • Shine control is optional but nice to have, and a setting powder is probably a good idea. (I’m loving this one, which is both!)
  • A good not-too-smelly hairspray or other “style holder” will keep that gorgeous hair from falling flat in the humidity of the club/bar/family home!

That’s all for now. Have fun, and enjoy your hangovers tomorrow ^^ I’ll probably be the only one with out one!

Just balmmy

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Product: TheBalm’s TimeBalm concealer (lighter than light)

Price: $17 US, $24 CAD (darn you, Sephora!)

What’s great: A little goes a long way with this stuff, and it covers all day long. It comes with a little sponge if you choose to use it (I don’t – I don’t think they’re hygienic at all, so I took mine out. However, if you’re a little less OCD, it’s great to use on-the-go!) Additionally, it doesn’t smell horrid, which is always lovely. The coverage is fantastic as well, disusing anything from dark circles to acne.

What’s not so great: Um… I got nothin’. This may crease on you if it’s not properly set, but a light layer of powder should solve that! 


Edited to add: I’ve been working on my little jar for over a year now, and with daily use for concealing acne, redness, eyelid veins, and undereye circles, it’s not even half gone.

Other stuff: Lighter Than Light works just fine under my eyes, which is where we tried in on in-store, but when I do have to conceal elsewhere, it’s a touch too warm. However, it’s not enough of a difference to make me leave my darling timeBalm! If it’s particularly obvious on any given day, I’ll just set with minerals to tone it back. The verdictI absolutely adore this — the coverage is excellent, the cream stays creamy, even after a year (and especially in the summer,) and it lasts all day long. (For a normal workday, at least. I’d say it starts to go around ten hours or so.) Definitely recommended!

We bought new ornaments this year :P

Friday, December 26, 2008

So how were your Christmases?

Mine, in a nutshell:

  • No MU pressies :(
  • Soup noodles for breakfast and waffles for lunch! lol
  • Pizza on Christmas Eve – oh, how common! We do try.
  • And usually fail… they were whole wheat, thin crust, topped with feta, baby spinach, black olives, and sun-dried tomatoes.
  • Well, there was one normal-person one. Mozzarella, old cheddar, asiago, black olives, artichokes, and Genoa salami.
  • Christmas was great!! No grandmother to cause arguments or bitch at us. Just mum, dad, my sister and I – everything went pretty well, and we had a ton of fun.
  • Two words for the activities on the night of the 25th: Speed. Scrabble.
  • Tried alcohol for the first time. White wine – felt like hellfire crawling down my throat! Not for me, I’m a little too sensitive. (I can’t even eat spicy chips)
  • Lamb for Christmas dinner – whoo! Traditionally people eat turkey or ham, if I’m not mistaken, but I hate turkey and my sister hates ham.
  • No boxing day shopping. Just movie-watching, sleeping, and eating instead.

In all honesty, this was one of the least memorable and least eventful Christmases ever.

Also probably my favourite.

<3

Christmas Eve, putting up the tree:

My sister: [grabbing a ball to hang] “Hey, where are the rest of the hookers?”

Mum and I gave her hell for that one :P (She was referring to the hooks used to hang the ornaments. Not the other connotation, lol!)

Merry Christmas, all

Thursday, December 25, 2008

You try being me for a year
[Said alright, I'll be you for a year]
You try being me for a year
[I said alright I'll be you]
[For as long as you need me too.]
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