"I'm most definitely a woman and I enjoy it" -Marilyn Monroe
Because makeup makes me broke and I babble on.
Get it? Broke and...babylon...
Ha ha, on to the makeup, right?

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Nursing School Graduation Photo! THEN comes the NCLEX!

Hi there!

You know that feeling of accomplishing something big?  Something so big that you feel like you've put everything into it for a long time?  I'm on the verge of that because :drum roll: I am weeks away from graduating nursing school!

Now in typical teenage fashion my 16 year old son said to me about two months ago, "I don't know why you make nursing school sound so hard it's not like you're studying to be a doctor or anything."  With an eye roll that cleared a good 180 degrees and then some I just shook my head at him, knowing that he would someday figure it out when he was walking his own college path.

With this big goal crossed off my bucket list, I know I'll take a deep breath and feel like a huge weight has rolled off of my back.  You feelin' me?  Since 2011 I've been taking over 12 credits a semester (remember your college days or are you in them with me?) and finally a big hurdle is in sight.

With that, here's my graduation photo.  Just between me and you, you bet your sweet bippy I photoshopped the begeez out of my wrinkles.  A few more lines had crept up under the ol' eyeballs and no way was I letting them stand in the way of my yearbook glory!  I had to have big hair, mega gloss, and my trusty stethoscope and trademark green scrubs- this is me, pre RN, ready to take the NCLEX- hear me program that IV pump, world!

Nurse Tianne, at your service (almost):


And this post wouldn't be complete without my buddy Jerri.  Let me extol her for a few.

Dear Jerri,

Remember the day we met?  I was walking across the green, near the suspended airplane by the tech building when you came up to me.  In your sweet way, you smiled and struck up a conversation.  We'd just been through a three hour 'first day' anatomy lecture that left me wondering if maybe my 5 year school hiatus had been too long.  I then lamented that I was in math 1010 and didn't have a clue.  You offered your book to me.  Just like that- I could've been a thief royale and you just gave me your best.  Fast forward three and a half years and this sweet way of yours is still your hallmark.  You've listened to me cry.  You've not cried once.  I've ranted and complained and been hurt and flunked- you kept going but without the melodrama.  You've made me food, comfy fires for a movie on your happy couch, gave me taco seasoning recipes and mothered and loved me in a way that would've changed my life in so many ways had I known you sooner.  Yet even in this time span, I've become a better person altogether for knowing you.  You've shown me Christ-like love and real friendship and you are an example to me of goodness in the eye of the storm.  Every test, every study guide, every single stinking night of 3 hours of sleep- here we are:  Day one to the finish line.  You dragged me along and we both learned to fly- I have you to thank for getting through this.  I know I've found a friend of a lifetime.

Here's to us!  San Diego, anatomy, Sim codes, bad test scores, Huge A's on our transcript- and I know we'll be together when RN is behind both our names.

You are one of my treasures.  I love you.

Love,
Tianne

P.S.  Don't kill me for posting your photo on my blog.

Jerri
And if you wonder what makedy makes made up this look- here's my face and Jerri's product reference list:

Tianne
Foundation/Concealer, Cinema Secrets 500 series (but I used a load of dark/yellow light/golden tan to contour quite a bit)
Powder, Ben Nye Luxury Powder, Cameo Visage
Bronzer, NARS Laguna
Blush, MAC Petal Power
Highlight, NARS Albatross
Lip Liner, MAC Boldy Bare
Lipstick, MAC Cherish
Lip Gloss, MAC Sugarrimed
Brows, MAC Mystery with angle brush
Eye inner corner/Browbone, MAC Vanilla
Eye lid, MAC Yogurt
Eye crease, MAC Copperplate (also lower lashline)
Liner, BH Cosmetics in Storm and MAC Undercurrent
Mascara, L'Oreal Collagen Formula in Blackest Black

Jerri
Foundation/Concealer, Maybelline Age Release formula in Medium shade (her own)
Powder/Bronzer, Nyx Taupe blush
Blush, MAC Dainty
Highlight, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light Medium
Lip Liner, Jordana Twist & Shine lip pencil in Candied Coral
Lipstick/Lipgloss, MAC Power Supply
Brows, Coastal Scents Revealed Palette deep brown shade on bottom row
Eye inner corner, Coastal Scents Revealed Palette, lightest shade on top row
Eye lid, Coastal Scents Revealed Palette, taupe on top row
Eye crease, Coastal Scents Revealed Palette, black on bottom row (same on lower lashline, outer corners)
Liner, MAC Feline
Mascara, L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes in Blackest Black

If you're climbing the hill of something you're trying to accomplish- don't give up. The finish line will come and it will be as sweet as you can imagine!  I can't wait for you to feel like you've climbed the mountain- go get it!

And for proof you'll survive- here are Jerri and I, day one of nursing school- 2012


Aren't we a couple of giddy nursing girls?!  What an adventure.

Have a great day,
T
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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Winner of the Little Lazies Giveaway!

Hi there!

Congratulations Jennifer Slagle!  You just won yourself a Little Lazy!  Please email me your shipping info and preference of a Lazy and that little cutie will be all yours!




 Have a great day,
T
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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Heeeey Sugar Lips! Iridescent and Pink Glitter Lips!



Hi there!

I love the song 'Lips Like Sugar' by Echo and the Bunnymen.  I even love the cover by Seal on the 50 First Dates soundtrack- that movie makes me laugh.  I love it's silly, sweet message.

Ombre sugar hearts by Brit + Co

So after seeing some pretty pink inspiration, out of nowhere today I decided to do a pale pink 'Sugar' lip.  I used MAC's Hip n' Happy lip pencil, Nyx jumbo pencil in Milk, lots of pink/iridescent glitter (some small, some large) and finished it up with Jessie's Girl Gloss Stix in Tangerine.

Hope you like it too!



My Inspiration



Have a great day!  Go outside- if the sun is shining.  I'm going to take my Boston Terrier for a walk (after I wash off all this glitter).

Love,
T
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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Little Lazies Etsy Shop: Or How I Adopted a Little Lazy Named Wicked Wanda! Also Little Lazy Giveaway for YOU!



Hi there!

I first saw Little Lazies via Wendi at www.wendizombie.net and I thought to myself, 'That little thing is dang cute!"  So then I ordered one.  When they arrive in a few (about 2 1/2) weeks, you'll get a cute little box hand drawn for you.  If you're interested, open a new window using the link below and pick one out- you'll love the surprise of getting a new friend in the mail (I ordered two more, one for my daughter and one for a friend I loved them so much).

Etsy Shop
They are around $19.00-20.00 US for each 2"-3" tall figure.  They're hand sculpted, made out of clay, and have such expressive, sweet faces- they are nostalgic and whimsical to me- I appreciate that they are so charming and well made.

Here's what happens when you open up the hand illustrated box!


Darling return label complete with monster smiling away.



Each little creature comes with an adoption card giving you a name and likes and dislikes.  Apparently mine has issues with winter.  Yeah, me too- boo to snow.


As I am a nurse (NCLEX in June!) I wanted something that looked like a reaaaally bad ER day so I picked the zombie version.  Leah Lazy offers all kinds of Little Lazies:  cupcakes, mustachio'd, pirate, zombie, cyclops, little owls....I know you'll find one you like.


Wanda has glitter on the brain (like me), freckles, pink eyeballs, one blue horn and a really long and exposed radius.  Let's assess and diagnose Wanda a bit:

Small, orange colored female, age unknown, presents with open cranial wound with exposed brain matter, exophthalmos with right orbital enlargement, unilateral horn on the right side, evisceration of heart and bowels, and large open fracture of the right wrist.


Super cute!  Polish is Orly Rage.


Waving goodbye!  Pick up a Little Lazy for yourself- they're fun and nothing beats getting a cute little monster in the mail.  I want to get one for all of my kids- even my 16 year old son.


The back of the Lazy isn't as polished.  I am a bit of a perfectionist so the exposed cracks in the clay and fingerprints could've been smoothed easily, so I'm not sure why they weren't.  It's not a complaint per se other than it takes away from the overall quality of the product as it is a three-dimensional item.


The bottom of our cute little thing- sits flat and even, not a wobble in sight.  Also these aren't very heavy and I have set mine on my vanity because I hate for it to get broken.


Did you find a Little Lazy?  I have this compulsion to buy like 6 more just to see what I get.  I love surprises and these are just too fun to open up!

I'd like to offer a Little Lazy giveaway which will close April 1 (no joke).  A single Little Lazy figurine will be purchased by me via the Etsy store and once you win, I will contact you for shipping details. This is not a sponsored giveaway.  I just love the Lazies that much :)

Here is what is needed to get a Little Lazy of your very own:

1.  Comment with your favorite Lazy & favorite beauty product
2.  Like Baroque in Babylon on Facebook


Just two steps- easy peasy!  Good luck and I will create a random generator to select the winner.  I will contact you via this blog post so check back April 1st!  Thanks so much!

Have a great day!
T
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Saturday, 15 March 2014

Rose Gold Heirloom Finds earrings: Diamond Drops, Filigree, and Rose Gold! Rose Gold Glitter Lips part 2!

Heirloom Finds, Rose Gold Tone Filigree earrings



Hi there!

Keeping up with the rose gold theme, here are some lovely earrings I've received from Heirloom Finds. They are available on Amazon and at their website HERE.  They are affordable and light to wear!  I think this is my favorite jewelry site right now.



Heirloom Finds describes these lovelies as:

These rosy toned drop earrings have a classicly cute style. Their rose gold tone filigree swirls around inside their teardrop design while clear crystals add a touch of sophisication to this already shining stule. These long drop earrings measure 2.5" long by 1.25 " wide with post backs for pierced ears.

Below I'm wearing them for my Rose Gold Glitter lips look.  I will post the makeup and all soon- but for now I wanted to share these pretty earrings.



They are disc-backed posts and they are not heavy to wear.  I loved how sturdy they were, because I hate it when affordable jewelry falls apart.  I think if you checked out Heirloom Finds you'd love them too.  Free shipping and this isn't an affiliate post, I bought all items myself.

Have a great day,
T

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February 2014 Starbox by Starlooks: Open Up With Me!


Hi there!

Come open the February 2014 Starbox with me.  I'm excited to see what's inside!  If you're interested in subscribing, check out the right sidebar.  Starbox is a monthly subscription for $15 that will get you three full-size products from Starlooks.

The box this month is standard cardboard colored with silver metallic tie and font.


The look is all about metallics and futurism, okay, card noted above for blog header- now, get me to the good stuff.


At first glance I thought that thing in the upper right was pantyhose.  I thought- they are sending me stockings?!  Nude ones?  Keep opening with me and we'll get it figured out.  See the freebie?

First up!  A nice pigment in the shade Wall Street.  It's a sooty charcoal black with silver reflects.  Retails for $17.00.


They are smaller than a MAC pigment but the packaging is sleek.  You open it to find a small sifter hole that allows for a bit of product.  I like the opacity and payoff.  


Swatch on bare skin, natural sunlight.  I like this one.  It is a deep, solid color with a nice metallic edge with the silver sparkle.


Next the weird pantyhose thing.  It's actually a fabric headband.  I appreciate this because I don't own a lot of headbands and I'm tired of my hair getting in the way when I do my makeup.  At first this was a flop item, but now I'm happy with it.  Score!


Next up, a full-size lipstick in the shade Lilu.  It's a creamy metallic orange based bronze.  Thankfully it's not full on metal in texture.  I mean, David Bowie is not my everyday look.  So instead this is a lovely metallic neutral that you can pair with other shades to give it a bit of punch.


The texture is similar to a Nyx Round lipstick, but not as creamy.  It has less shine and feels less wet on the lips.


Below is a hand swatch, three swipes to get that dense of a color.  It's truly not as frightening as it looks.  I used it as a basis lip for my Bronze glitter look the other day.  Retail on this is $12.00.


The real fave is the cream eyeshadow.  I couldn't find these on Starlooks' website, so either they're new or not listed.  I would gather the price is no lower than $9.00- that brings the box's value to about $38!  As I paid $15.00 and received a headband and a fun little freebie item, I'm a-okay with that.


The shade is a taupe duochrome with a pink shift.  It is super nice.  Check it out.


Look how pretty this is.  I only swiped this once to get such opacity.  I am really pleased with how nice of a product this is.  I haven't tested it for longevity or creasing so I can't say much on that, but I really like the color.


The freebie is a little crystal- not as wide as the last month's but still cool.  I like it.


Thanks for opening up my Starbox with me!  If you're interested, try them for a month and see if you like their products too.  I am excited to see what I get next month- it better not be pantyhose.

Have a great day,
T


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Friday, 14 March 2014

Rose Gold Love Continued: Jessica Simpson Fancy Perfume


Hi there!

I have this weird love/hate thing going on with Jessica Simpson.  Whenever she was married to Nick Lachey I watched the Honeymoon show and thought she was a major babe but annoying as crap.  Then suddenly she had all these purses and junk she was labeling and I thought, okay businesswoman- but what celeb doesn't make purses and junk?  Then the perfumes.  I never bought them.

But then suddenly, I realized one had some major rose gold going on.  I couldn't help myself.  It could've had Jessica's face on it in rose gold and I probably would've loved it anyway.  But it doesn't.  AND the best part is- it smells great!  As in brown sugar mixed with warm summer days and that sexy way your man's shirt smells and you love it....all rolled in one.  It is rather lovely- with a feminine foo foo edge to it that makes it delicious.

Here she is, peddling the goods!
It's called Fancy.  It makes me think of that old Reba song about a hooker.  I don't know if that was Jess' angle, but there it is.

Below is the ad for the perfume.  It's pretty, with a nice pattern to the flowers.  The actual bottle is more metallic looking.  The actual launch for this fragrance was 2008.  FYI, Forbes reports it made $18 million in sales in 2011. EIGHTEEN Meeeellyunnn dollars......good grief Jessica!  It is also made by Parlux, the same company that creates Paris Hilton's super classy perfumes (snark snark).



Above is the bottle of the fragrance, 3.4 oz perfume.  You can get it at Ulta HERE.  The scent is described as:

"Yummy, floral fragrance blends deliciously in Jessica Simpson Fancy. Scent opens with refreshing pear apricot nectar wrapped with red fruits. The heart notes feature gardenia laced with the delicate night blooming jasmine. Infused with scents of toasted almonds and caramel, scent ends with notes of sandalwood, then unites with the warmth of vanilla creme."

I think that's fair- I mean I hate perfume descriptions.  How do you find apricots in something you smell when there are all kinds of scents mixed together?  I just know when it smells good, cheap, or amazing- this is probably a solid 7 out of 10 if you don't mind a sweeter, more feminine fragrance.  My all time fave is Calvin Klein Euphoria with Jimmy Choo a close second...this might be in my top three.  It is covered in rose gold after all.  Here are more pics!


And if this doesn't completely ruin it for you, the base of this scent is ambergris.  What a lovely word, almost french looking.  Here's what it is:


Ambergris is a natural ingredient used in fragrance production, that is often reproduced synthetically due to its high price. In its natural form, ambergris is a solid, waxy substance produced in the digestive system of sperm whales, having a sweet, musky odor.
Ambergris is passed in the fecal matter or regurgitated by sperm whales, and sometimes resides in their abdomens. It can be found floating upon the sea and along the shorelines of the Atlantic Ocean, on the coasts of Brazil and Madagascar, on the coast of Africa, of the East Indies, mainland China, Japan, India, Australia, New Zealand and the Molucca islands. However, most commercially-collected ambergris today is sourced from the Bahamas and Providence Island.
Ambergris has been a popular perfume ingredient since ancient times, possibly due to its excellent fixative qualities (it can be used to stabilize more volatile or delicate components). The Ancient Egyptians, Romans, Greeks and Arabians all used it in perfumery. In Asian cuisine, ambergris was used as a spice. Turks brought it as an offering to Allah on their pilgrimages to Mecca.

Ambergris possesses an aromatic and complex scent, described as sweet, earthy, animalistic and powdery, with nuances of musk and marine notes.
Oh Heaven, give me strength.  Whale crap?  I couldn't find anything to back this up- but good heavens, seriously?  Let's move along- this review is going south.  Literally.  Here is what Nordstrom has to say about Fancy:

Notes:- Top notes: Luminous and joyful, the fragrance opens with the radiance of chic, sparkling pear and juicy apricot nectar wrapped in the glow of red fruits. 
- Heart notes: Alluring floral femininity comes from the captivating draw of dewy gardenia laced with the delicacy of night blooming jasmine. Toasted almonds and caramel notes provide a playful and daring element. 
- Base notes: Creamy sandalwood is united with the embracing warmth of vanilla crème and infused with the sensual energy of amber crystals, rounding out the many unique layers of the fragrance and its inspiration.

Better, eh?  I'd rather recline in Nordstrom's next to the cafe than troll the ocean for regurgitated whale cubes.  I didn't see ambergris in the list.  But if you look closely, you'll see 'amber crystals' which are white crystals of a substance named ambrein (most likely what those crystals are, Ms. Simpson) and they are separated from ambergris by heating raw ambergris in alcohol, then allowing the resulting solution to cool. This enhances the durability of the fragrance.  Well, 18 million dollars can't be wrong- regardless of what those unique layers are made of.

I digress- I have no real idea if the genuine whale leavings are in this perfume.  I'd rather not think about it and I'm sure it's in such small amounts...oh who am I fooling- I can't pooh-pooh this away.  If you're adverse to ambergris, perhaps now I've caused you to be ha ha, then maybe most perfumes are not for you.  If you have bought anything ever from a department store, chances are you're familiar with whales in a way you had no idea of before.

Carrying on!

Fancy perfume and why it's great!



The pump is a spray bottle and although it looks expensively rose gold in color, it's plastic and I'm okay with that.  The bottle is glass and the fluid inside is a nice blush color.  Here is the sticker on the bottom of the bottle (that makes me sing Justin Timberlake 'Drink you Away')...but don't drink this!  Save the whales!



A final image of Jessica Simpson at the launch of her perfume- the look on the dog's face (presumably her dog Daisy) tells me everything.  You know he just found out what is in this stuff and Jess is whispering for him to hush it up.


It's what?
Okay seriously though I do love the perfume.  It's wonderful to wear and isn't too cloying or give me a headache.  The atomizer sprays a nice volume of the product so you don't have to make a cloud of it to feel fabulous.  If you're looking for a new fragrance, pick up a sample on Ebay or at Nordstrom's, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised!

Any perfumes you love lately?

P.S.  Kidding about the ambergris- it's a synthetic that is used in fragrances nowadays as it's been illegal in the US for some time.  BUT DANG, synthetic whale poo?!

Have a great day,
T
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