Monday, January 19, 2009

Job interviews...

I was tracking my MAC orders and its scheduled for delivery today, so I'm at home waiting for them to get here...

Surfing the web and came across this very interesting article about what questions you shouldn't ask when you're at a job interview... I hope this helps you job seekers out a lot! I know when I was looking for a job, the worse part for me was the interview process, I never knew what to say!

The Savvy Networker
10 Questions Never to Ask in Job Interviews
by: Liz Ryan

You know enough to bring a list of questions to a job interview. When the interviewer asks you, "So, do you have any questions for me?" the last thing? You want to say is "No." But that could be the best option if you're at a loss for words, because some interview questions are better left unasked.

Here are 10 highly unsuitable interview questions that should never make an appearance, unless you don't want the job:

1. "What does your company do?" This was a reasonable interview question in 1950 or in 1980, before the Internet existed. Today, it's your job to research any company you're interviewing with before setting foot in the door. We need to show up for a job interview knowing what the employer does, who its competitors are, and which of its accomplishments (or challenges) have made the news lately.

2. "Are you going to do a background check?" It is amazing how many job candidates ask this question, which provokes alarm on the part of the interviewer, instead of the more general, "Can you please tell me a little about your selection process, from this point on?" Lots of people have credit issues that cause them worry during a job search, or aren't sure how solid their references from a previous job might be. If you're invited for a second interview, you can broach any sensitive topics from your past then. Asking "Will you do a background check?" makes you look like a person with something to hide.

3. "When will I be eligible for a raise?" Companies fear underpaying people almost as much as they fear overpaying them, because a person who's underpaid vis-a-vis his counterparts in the job market is a person with one eye on the career sites. Instead of asking about your first raise before you've got the job, you can ask (at a second interview) "Does your organization do a conventional one-year performance and salary review?"

4. "Do you have any other jobs available?" A job search requires quick thinking about straight talk, and if a job is far below your abilities, you're better off saying so than beating around the bush with this question. You don't have to take yourself out of the running; you can say, "The job sounds interesting, but frankly I was earning 30% more and supervising people in my last job. Could you help me understand the career path for this role?" That's the cue for the interviewer, if he or she is on the ball, to highlight another job opening that might exist.

5. "How soon can I transfer to another position?" You're broadcasting "I'm outta here at the first chance" when you ask this question. If you like the job, take the job. If it's not for you, wait for the right opportunity. Almost every employer will keep you in your seat for at least one year before approving an internal transfer, so a job-search bait-and-switch probably won't work out the way you'd hoped.

6. "Can you tell me about bus lines to your facility?" Get online and research this yourself. It's not your employer's problem to figure out how you get to work.

7. "Do you have smoking breaks?" If you're working in retail or in a call center, you could ask about breaks. Everyone else, keep mum; if your need to smoke intrudes so much on your work life that you feel the need to ask about it, ask your best friend or significant other for smoking-cessation help as a new-job present. Lots of companies don't permit smoking anywhere on the premises, and some don't like to hire smokers at all. Why give an employer a reason to turn you down?

8. "Is [my medical condition] covered under your insurance?" This is a bad question on two counts. You don't want to tell a perfect stranger about your medical issues, especially one who's deciding whether or not to hire you. Ask to see a copy of the company's benefits booklet when an offer has been extended. This is also a bad question from a judgment standpoint; no department managers and only a tiny percentage of HR people could be expected to know on a condition-by-condition basis what's covered under the health plan. Anyway, your pre-existing condition won't be covered under most corporate plans for at least a year.

9. "Do you do a drug test?" If you have a philosophical objection to drug tests, wait until they ask you to take a drug test and tell them about your objection. Otherwise, your question sounds like, "I'd fail a drug test," so don't ask.

10. "If you hire me, can I wait until [more than three weeks from now] to start the job?" Employers expect you to give two weeks' notice. If you're not working, they'd love to see you more quickly. If you ask for tons of time off before you start working -- unless you have a very good reason -- the employer may think, "How serious is this candidate about working?" In any case, a start-date extension is something to request after you've got the offer in hand, not before.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

MINI Nars & mac haul

I don't know why I even titled this a haul because its only three things lol..

Nars Duo Eyeshadow(BellyDance)- I love Nars eyeshadows because they are so pigmented and the colors are so vivid. This duo has a deep purplish-red color that I love along with a beautiful metallic green. I wouldn't normally put the two colors together I use them separately.

MAC Brushed Metal-X (Gilded Ash)- Somehow I was convinced into buying this as a base instead of a dark paintpot.. Don't ask me why I chose this over a paintpot.. I regret buying this. I should have known! It creases under eyeshadow on my oily lids =[
*TIP- When you're shopping anywhere, not only MAC make sure you end up buying what YOU think is best for YOU, not what someone else tells you you should get (even the makeup artists there). No, I'm not putting down the MAC makeup artists because I think the ones that I've met are AMAZING! But I think they push you to or suggest that you should get certain things that haven't been selling..

Nars Blush (orgasm)- Everyone raves about this blush so I had to get it.. I wasn't really a blush person before, but I'm using blush more and more.. And this blush is beautiful!! It's buildable and gives me a really nice and natural color when applied lightly.

Allure best of beauty 2008 (lips and liner)

Here is a list of some products Allure named their favorites after testing thousands of products...


Dark Lipstick
Chanel Rouge Hydrabase Creme Lipstick in Vamp, $27.
The Châteauneuf du Pape of wine lipsticks, this is still the classic.

Sheer Lipstick
Three Custom Color Specialists Lipstick in Ballet Russe, $18.50.
Many sheer lipsticks deposit so little color, you might as well be wearing ChapStick. But this smooth formula creates a translucent cherry stain on lips.

Nude Lipstick for Medium and Dark Skin
M.A.C. Lustre Lipstick in Fresh Brew, $14.
Nude shades tend to look dead, but this shimmery peachy tone is perfect.

Bright Lipstick
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Lipstick in Provocative Pink, $34.
As smooth as butter, this pink makes our eyes seem brighter and our cheeks rosier.

Nude Lipstick for Fair Skin
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Sheer Lipstick SPF 15 in Natural Pink, $29.
Tinged with pink, this nude will warm up your pale complexion, not wash it out.

Red Lipstick
Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipstick in RD 165, $23.
Unbelievable—a red that looks good on everyone. The best part? It's as hydrating as a balm but stays put for hours.

Pink Lipstick
Clé de Peau Beauté Lipstick in 13, $55.
If you've been burned by Barbie-ish, chalky, or overly glittery shades this soft rosy tone will restore your faith in pink.

Pixi Lumi Lux Lip Palette, $35.
Most palettes are all pinks, all reds, or all awful but this one's 20 shades offer nearly every lip color under the sun.

Lauren Hutton First Kiss Lip & Cheek Stain + Lip Balm in Larry, $24.
This tube has the prettiest strawberry hue on one side and a clear balm on the other. And the sponge-tip wands mean no drips.

Clinique Long Lasting Glosswear SPF 15, $14.
Each of the 18 pigment-rich, nonsticky glosses makes it possible to go two hours without reapplying. (Ask any gloss junkie—that's a big deal.)

Nivea Sun Protection Lip Care SPF 30, $2.99.
We expected this high-SPF balm to feel like a mouthful of zinc but were pleasantly surprised with the smooth results. Previously only available in Europe, it's now stocked at U.S. drugstores.

Vincent Longo Baby Balm Lipstick SPF 12, $23.
Some tinted balms look too seventh-grade, but this soft, sheer formula comes in a sleek black tube—with colors from pale pink to translucent berry.

Revlon ColorStay Soft & Smooth Lipcolor, $9.99.
Some long-wearing formulas can be a drag, literally, on lips. But not this one. It glides on, stays soft for hours, and doesn't require a scrub brush to remove.


Black and Brown Eyeliner
Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in Matte Brown and Pearly Brown ($16) don't set too quickly, giving you time to get the line right. Then they sit tight, even through heat or tears.

Color Eyeliner
Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eyes Powder Pencil in Midnight ($16) is a rich indigo that's brighter than navy but just as tasteful.

Liquid Eyeliner
CK Calvin Klein Beauty Electric Edge Liquid Eyeliner Pen ($16) is a long, thin pen that's as easy to apply as pencil and stays smooth until the tube is empty.

Not only does Shiseido The Makeup Accentuating Cream Eyeliner ($25) never flake, it comes with a full-size brush for a flawless line.

More to come.. shadows, skin, scents, cheap thrills & more...

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Mac Haul =] 1/15/09

So, I've been shopping a lot! Here's the stuff that I've bought recently...
I got Blanc Type e/s because I noticed that i have way too many shimmery eyeshadows and need to build up my matte collection lol. Blanc Type (Matte²) is a creamy beige color, it has a great texture; almost creamy-like. I think its a great highlight.

I'm really diggin' purple right now and when I saw Fig. 1(Matte²) e/s I knew it would be a great crease color for smokey looks. Its an eggplant purple and is very pigmented love it!

Humid(Frost) e/s- I've been meaning to get Humid for the longest time! Every time I go to MAC, I always get caught up and forget about getting it.. And today when I went to MAC I dropped their humid display on the floor and it broke! I felt soo bad! Humid is an intense vivid green with shimmer & I love it, I know I'm going to use it a lot with my green looks.

Gesso(Matte) e/s is another color I've been meaning to get for a while, but always forget! I needed a Matte white color and Gesso is perfect.

Plumage(Matte) e/s is Dusky peacock bluish grayish color lol.. so hard to describe! I think it would go great with Humid and cant wait to do a look with this color!

Shale (Satin) e/s is a muted mauve-plum with subtle shimmer. This color is probably going to be my favorite eyeshadow.It doesn't look pretty the pan but on the lid, it's beautiful! Its soo pretty and is a good color for a smokey look. I like to use plum-purple colors because it brings out my eyes.

At this point my computer wouldn't upload anymore images for some reason but here's two lippies I got.... (click the name of the product to see the colors on the MAC website)

Soft Wave Lipglass (BBR) Tan bronze color. This lipglass is a great color for me if i want a kind of chrome look.

Viva Glam V Lipglass(frost) Neutral pink with pearl and Looks a little brownish. I wish it was a little more pigmented, but the color is very pretty.

Blankety Lipstick(Amplified Creme)Vaguely vacant soft pink beige. Very nude pink. I really like this color, but its a little light for me.. I just add a darker lipgloss on top.

Marquise D'(BBR) Sandy cream peach. May be up there with my top lipsticks! i love this color its a great neutral pink color for daytime. Need to buy more before BBR collection is gone.

New MAC palette

Finally got a MAC palette.. What was I waiting for?! I used to just buy the Coastal Scents empty palettes, but forget that.. Ya they're like $4 cheaper, but it doesn't have a magnetic backing and the slots are slightly too big for the MAC pots. I'm just going to keep buying mac palettes because i love them