About Me/Contact

Former DJ, traffic reporter, newscaster, morning show host, voiceover and teacher who fell in love with makeup at 30. This blog is my online inventory. In my 40s, I still remember pretty much everything that I buy and try but some products aren't as memorable as others and first impressions can change over time. It's like a makeup diary, I guess. It can be nice to look back and see the circumstances that led me to a purchase and what I've learned.

I am of mixed ethnicity (Filipino-Spanish), with what I consider to be light to medium skin and brown hair. I remember walking into a Guerlain store in Florida and this somewhat elderly lady that worked there (I assume she's French mostly by virtue of her accent) kept saying "so fair, so fair" as she pushed a tub of Meteorites. I didn't have the heart to tell her that I've already amassed a collection of Meteorites but instead said I just needed a compact powder. I kept asking for the medium shade but she was quite insistent that I get the light one. I acquiesced. My point, however, is that skin tone can be a matter of perspective. I don't think myself that fair but apparently, she does. I'm probably closer to an NC20 in MAC but I find I often end up buying NC25. Just my preference.

I generally use a Canon SL1 to take pictures for my blog and and occasionally, I just use pictures taken with an iPhone. I only use pictures I take myself. You're welcome to "borrow" some of the images I have but I ask that you kindly send me an email to secure my permission first before you do so. I sometimes use a flash or I brighten pictures in Photoshop, if only to remedy the variable lighting that I get. I do, however, like the effect of natural light so I try to take a lot of pictures in a sunny room.

I purchase everything that is featured on my blog. I order a lot of things online. But I also frequent a nearby Target and a shopping mall that happens to be one of the largest in the US, possibly still the biggest one in the east coast. Three letters. K-O-P.

I do not purchase for the purpose of reviewing. I purchase for the sheer joy of owning something and I review it if I think it is worth telling the world about. If I am featuring a sample, the sample is usually acquired thru a purchase or a visit to a counter or store as I generally do not receive PR samples. This blog is a way for me to keep track of the things that I buy. If I'm at a store and I can't remember if I already own a particular shade, it's handy to be able to look it up on my blog. If I have featured it, then I guess I own it.

If you have any questions about anything that I write in this blog, you may post your comments anytime. I really would love to hear from you. I can also be reached at ponderingbeauty@gmail.com.