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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2025
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Tuesday, March 27th, 2012
10:52 pm - Review of Stila "In the Garden" eyeshadow palette and Laura Mercier Bronzer in "Dune".
Hi everyone! At the end of February, I went shopping in Shadyside (one of the SEVERAL neighborhoods of Pittsburgh); my Mom and I decided to visit Shadyside in order to use a Groupon for the Harris Grill. We haven't been shopping in Shadyside for months. Thus, I figured I would cease the opportunity to shop! One of the stores I visited was SEPHORA! ( Recently, I've been watching a few of the makeup ladies on youtube (mainly: BeautyCrush, Pixi2woo (Tanya Burr), MissGlamorrazi (Ingrid) & FleurdeForce)

If you wish to watch and listen to my review digitally, please click on this link to my youtube video review! :D
Based on my observations, I noticed that most of these ladies use a bronzer in order to contour their cheek bones. Moreover, these ladies have recommended Laura Mercier (both in particularly: BeautyCrush and Pixi2woo). I decided to test out the Laura Mercier Bronzer in Dune.

image courtesy of Laura
I've tried other bronzers before (mainly, bronzers from Rimmel London). Previous bronzers have felt heavy and looked unnatural on my fair skin tone. In contrast, the Laura Mercier bronzer in Dune appears to be natural and is very slimming for my round face shape. I highly recommend this product! Plus, the packaging is BEAUTIFUL! The overall design of the makeup and the packaging exhibits a luxury quality. Also, I enjoy the sea-shell pattern, displayed on top of the makeup!

Next, I bought the Stila "In the Garden" eye shadow palette. Stila Cosmetics is one of those makeup brands that has intrigued me for quite some time. I appreciate the fact that Stila is founded by a women entrepreneur. Plus, several of the "teen" magazines (such as: CosmoGirl! J-14 and Seventeen) I read growing up would feature Stila products. Although I have sampled Stila lip glosses in the past, this was my FIRST purchase of their makeup line! 

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This eyeshadow palette is IDEAL for young, mid-level and advance professionals (whether you're an intern, a recent college grade or an Executive Director)! I appreciate the versatility of this eye shadow palette. The first-half of the palette (from the left to the middle of the box) features more neutral tones (PEFECT for a day at the office), while the second-half of the palette (from the middle to the right) is ideal for an evening out on the town. 

In addition, the "In the Garden" eye shadow palette provides the user with a "lookbook" aka a "how-to" guide, with tutorials on different eye shadow looks from this collection.

In my opinion, the Stila eye shadow palette is very versatile and would be compatible with any skin tone and skin type. Although the Laura Mercier bronzer is PERFECT for my fair skin (and is recommended for beige skin-toned ladies as well), I’m not sure how effective the bronzer would be for darker skin tones. Even so, both of these products are good quality and worth the money! I’ve been using both products since the beginning of March and I’m so pleased with their quality and their wear-ability!  

Once again, here is my Youtube Review of these two products:
If you desire, you may watch my Sephora HAUL video on youtube (featuring these products):

Thanks everyone! My next mission: I will attempt the different looks from the Stila "In the Garden" lookbook and post them soon for you all! Feel free to either post a comment here, respond to my youtube video or post a photo with you and a makeup "look" from one of the mentioned products!

Ciao Bella,



Laura Mercier Pressed Bronzer
Stila "In the Garden" Eye Shadow Palette

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Sunday, December 19th, 2010
7:04 am - My tweets
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Sunday, December 12th, 2010
10:44 am - Well, it's that time of year to post New Year's Resolutions!

I decided that I need to improve upon the ones from last year. So, they're the same as last years:

Deppthinking's New Year's Resolutions: 2011:

1) Take better care of myself and live a healthy life- EDITI've been exercising for THREE months and following a Flexitarian (6/7 days a week, I'm a Pescatarian/Lacto-Veggie) diet for TWO months! :D which I've started to do but I must take more seriously- I started doing yoga and I am in the process of reading Alicia Silverstone's Book, The Kind Life, about vegetarian/vegan dieting.

2) EDIT: Work on being at peace with myself and the world- in progress/closer than EVER to accomplishing!: I am re-reading my SIMPLE ABUNDANCE book and I am going to buy the BEING PEACE book and start tackling this New Year's resolution soon! Bought BEING PEACE; can't wait to start reading it!

3) EDIT: Either Full-Time Graphic Design, Web Design, Marketing, Writing or Public Relations job: Mission Accomplished! I work Full-Time position as a Visitor Services Representative for Visit Pittsburgh. I give direction, inform visitors on what to "see & do" in Pittsburgh, book hotels; also, Graphic Design, Marketing & Admin. task! :D

Wish me luck; hoped you liked the update! :)

Pretty soon, it will be time to post my 2012 resolutions! :)

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Saturday, December 4th, 2010
7:02 am - My tweets
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Sunday, November 14th, 2010
7:02 am - My tweets
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Saturday, November 13th, 2010
8:31 pm - Groundswell Book Review

Jackson/Groundswell Book Review



            Through reading Groundswell, I learned about social media marketing and strategies to connect with an audience. Ironically, I chose the book Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies by Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff because this was the title my local Borders had in stock. Thanks to my local Borders (and fate), I have gained knowledge of the Groundswell and I believe I am capable of sharing this information with others.

             Before revealing my own opinion of the book, I wished to read reviews of the book in order to learn more about the Groundswell. First, I read a review on by a user named Robert Morris from Dallas, Texas. Morris defines he Groundswell as socially interactive sharing of information between the employer and the customer (and vice versa). Throughout the book, Charlene and Josh cite examples of different corporate companies utilizing digital media. Even though Robert believes some of these examples lack relevance, the examples create a point of reference for each key element of the Groundswell (Morris). I enjoyed reading Robert’s review since the writing stemmed from an actual customer, not a publishing house attempting to glorify the book. Morris shared his honest opinion with the many users of In my opinion, a customer review is more reliable than an editorial review since there is no bias intact.

           The next review I read is from; the blogger’s name is Venkatesh Rao. He is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Xerox Innovation Group and he blogs about philosophy, art, sociology, business, technology and innovations. Rao believes Groundswell presents a good mix of “abstraction and anecdote" (Rao). Venkatesh believes Groundswell is an instructional book, not a conceptual read. Even though Li and Bernoff claim to explain all the aspects of the Groundswell, Rao thinks they only covered “pieces”. Even so, Charlene and Josh are off to a good start- sharing operations and tactics, not strategy, with the audience (Rao). I chose this review since (once again) it’s a customer review and this particular user is invested in business, technology and innovation.

          After researching the book, I felt I was able to articulate my opinion in a more effective manner. I recommend reading the Groundswell Book- especially if you are eager to learn more about the digital world and how to market to consumers. In my opinion, Groundswell gives professionals (such as technical writers) a basis for blog writing, social media, online journals and publications. I discovered the key to the Groundswell: if you allow the consumer to interact and create within the Groundswell, you will succeed. Also, start with a marketing plan, not with the technology. Despite the book’s usefulness, I thought there were too many Groundswell examples within the book. While I found some of the examples informative, other examples were unnecessary to me since I had not experienced them at a professional level. In addition, some of the examples were a bit lengthy. Even so, I believe Li and Bernoff have provided us with vital information to tackle digital media and please our audience.


Works Cited


Morris, Robert. (2007, May 3). How Groundswell Thinking can Help Achieve Success

In a “Flat” World (Review of Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed
by Social Technologies). Retrieved from

Rao, V. (2008, June 11). Groundswell by Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff (Review of        
            Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies).
   Retrieved from

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Tuesday, November 9th, 2010
7:57 pm - Wireframe Project
In my Writing for the Internet class, we are assigned a practice wireframe project. What is a wireframe? Basically, it's a sketch or skeleton of the layout of a website. For this assignment, we had to review the website and create a wireframe for it (in this case, working backwards). Here is my wireframe project- enjoy!

Past the point of no backward glances.Collapse )

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Thursday, October 21st, 2010
6:17 pm - Groundswell by Charlene Li & Josh Bernoff
For my Writing for the Internet class, we had to choose a book (from a list of three) to read and give a Book Report on by Week Five. Luckily, my local Borders left me with an easy decision, as they only had one of the three books in stock. Needless to say, I am happy I chose Groundswell by Charlene Li & Josh Bernoff.

Groundwell discusses social technologies and new media, what they are and how we can use them. PART ONE of the book is drawing near and I'm already hooked! :D

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Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
9:36 pm - Hello World!
Hello friends, classmates, professors and web surfers!

I haven't written in this blog for quite a while, but this bad habit will be changing soon. For my Writing for the Internet class, my professor asked us to keep a blog of our book discussion, class topics and new media experimentation. Let the mayhem commence!

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Wednesday, May 12th, 2010
11:15 pm - Short lil update!
I visited Tori at the end of April/Beginning of May at Edinboro and had a blast!

I was accepted into Chatham University's (Pittsburgh) Masters of Professional Writing Program.

I am enrolled for a Letterpress Workshop w/ AIGA (The Professional Association for Design) on June 12 at Carnegie Mellon University.

I begin volunteering at The Mattress Factory Museum on Sunday.

One of my BEST Digital Photographs will be exhibited in the "Standing Out From The Crowd" Photography Exhibition at Sweetwater Center for the Arts (Sewickley, PA) in June!! :D

My life rocks!

Now, if I could only find a full-time graphic design job...

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Monday, March 1st, 2010
12:52 am - WOW
"The just man falls seven times and rises again..." This is from Proverbs, Chapter 21 part 14 of the Old Testament.

Wow!  What a powerful statement! Basically, this means one will encounter infinite misfortunes, but he/she will always overcome them. I have decided that THIS will be my new mantra for my Graphic Design Job search.

I feel so much better! :D

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Thursday, February 11th, 2010
11:37 pm - Designs for YOU! :)
I created some Zooey Deschanel (I LOVE her!) icons and blends for you! Enjoy!

You are very good at Decorating that tree...Collapse )

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Monday, December 28th, 2009
10:48 pm - Oh, I forgot YOU DO OWN ME! :)
I forgot to post my New Year's Resolutions. Since I posted them on here last year, I figured I better keep the tradition alive. If I write them down, they seem more real and more likely to be accomplished lol.

Deppthinking's New Year's Resolutions: 2010:

1) Take better care of myself and live a healthy life
2) Work on being at peace with myself and the world
3) Get that paid internship or full-time graphic design job

Woot! :)



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Friday, January 2nd, 2009
6:00 pm - Doctor Who, Scarlett, The Hills and The City Graphics
It's been a while since I've posted graphics on here, but alas I have just created some new goodies for all of you!



Alons-y!Collapse )


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Monday, July 28th, 2008
3:33 pm - Blends and Icons!
You're in for a Dalek surprise...Collapse )

So what's new w/ everyone? I saw WALL-E and The Dark Night (both twice). Amazing! Best two movies I've seen in the theater all summer!

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Saturday, February 2nd, 2008
1:30 pm - Sigma Alpha Iota oh yeah!
I have a WONDERFUL girl I am "sponsoring" for SAI! <3 you Little Sarah!

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Saturday, January 12th, 2008
6:54 pm - Back for another semester...
Live journal, how severly I have neglected you! I did make time for facebook and not you. For that, I am truly sorry. On the bright side, at least I didn't give in to the evil that is myspace lol.

Anywho, the Fall 2007 semester has long gone. This past semester was my toughest one yet but my best (college) semester academically. I busted my butt in all my classes, seeked helped in almost all of them (especially physics...I had a peer tutor for that class) and in the end reigned victorious.

I befriended some new people, continued great friendships and let go of the ones I didn't really need.

I learned to deal with the fact that yes, I will see my ex-boyfriend around the campus. His presence bothered me through most of the semester. Finally at the close of the semester I learned that it's not going to kill me to see him walking around the campus or dining in the cafeteria lol.

I grew as an artist and improved my graphic design skills (yay!).

I worked up the courage to inform one guy of my feelings towards him. The result was a noble rejection. In the end, I learned that hey, this guy's a jerk and I can do a lot better than him. I cared about him so much for a year. If he were to ask me out now, I would say no b/c honestly, I'm over him. Even so, I learned a lot from this fellow. He made me realized how courageous it was of me to admit my feelings to him. He also taught me not to be so nervous all the time. Also, I should be able to say anything I want to any guys. Why? Because what do I have to loose? If I haven't even built a relationship up yet, then nothing. Nothing to loose.

The other guy I liked...well, I didn't even bother. I realized he still wasn't over his ex-girlfriend and would get back together with her when she returned from Italy (and he did, too).

 I FINALLY have experienced an annoying roomate lol. She's such a nice girl and such a talented artist, but she ALWAYS has friends over. I've talked to her about this twice. One more time bitch and you will meet the no-so-nice side of depppthinking (which doesn't come out too often).

I became the Editor of Sigma Alpha Iota at Edinboro. Fun but do I have the time for probably one of the easier offices? Not really. No officer positions for me senior year. I'll probably have four studios each semester senior year. There's NO WAY I'll have time for four studios and an officer position in SAI. Anywho, I'm excited for this semester with SAI. Fun times! Hopefully, a little that sticks with me this time.

I'm excited for all of my classes:

Principles of Typography (graphic design class)
Printmaking 1
Photography 1
Art/Arch. of England
Costume/Makeup Design or Public Speaking (it long as costume/makeup design has no sewing, I'll stick with it).

I'm REALLY excited for the visiting artists and the Graphic Design Exihibit @ the library for graphic design club as well.

Winter Break was SWEET. I think I'm the only person I know who DOESN'T want to return to Edinboro b/c I'm enjoying my break so much. I'm sure I'll be fine once I get there. I worked a lot, spent a lot of time with family and visited a few friends as well.

I hung out with Clara, Ann, Chris T., Anna, Steve, Lou, Dana and her fiance Brian. I watched Juno, Sweeney Todd, Enchanted, National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets and Dan In Real Life.

Best movies I saw in 2007:  Juno, Waitress, Sin City and Saved! (I know Sin City and Saved! aren't from 2007, but DVDs count, too)

Juno and Waitress were two independent films released into theaters. Funny how nowadays (for the most part), the only good movies these days are independent movies or foreign films.

I started the summer intership hunt and the graduate school hunt over break. FUN TIMES. So far, Michael Sahaida (a prominent advertising/editorial photographer) seems promising. I also applied to: Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Suburban Living, Designing Home Lifestyles-Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, At Home with Jennifer and UBIC/UB Interactive.

Graduate schools I'm going to apply to this summer:

Penn State, Main Campus
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Duquense University
California University of Pennsylvania
Carnegie Mellon University
Chatam College

This is what the future holds for deppthinking. Wish me luck.


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Monday, August 20th, 2007
9:38 pm - Just for fun...

Click on the link below to find out what Poison song you identify with hehe lol.

Good Lord, Bret Michaels (the guy in the picture/lead singer of Poison) is hot! Very nice lol.

Okies, that was just for fun.



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Thursday, December 28th, 2006
12:47 pm - Keith Urban Graphics!

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