Sunday, 13 March 2011

My Estée Lauder Encounter

So help me God! :)
I've always been fascinated with make-ups and the process of putting it on a plain canvas (or even distorted) and creating something so beautiful.  

Since I was in my pre-adolescent years, I have started using make-up.  Sneaking my mom's stuff every time she's not at home.  I remember, I enjoy putting it on my lids. Applying it in a not so perfect fashion.  Then erasing it again to make it look even on the other side.  (More like trial and error process) Recreating what I see in "Moms" magazines.  On how local celebrities make-up would be done by famous beauty experts.

James Cooper, Fanny Serrano and Ricky Reyes would rule the boob-tube when it comes to creating different looks.  I would copy how Sharon Cuneta's sophisticated do using different shades of blue.  From light to dark, creating an illusion of a deep seated and  doe eyes.  (At the same time, listening to 90's songs!)  All of these and more, inspired me on why I wanted to make people look beautiful.

2004: Hair and Makeup
I did for my sister's wedding.
1997, was the year I earned my first pay check as a make-up artist.  I did a sister's friend wedding make-up.  I remember, I did a simple, au naturalle, blushing-blooming look to the bride (combination of pinks, mauves, nude and browns).  It was at that time, the major colours in the runways of New York, Italy and Paris.  Going natural was the way to be.  Since then and now, I have in some way, made this a living and a way of earning extra income part time.  And I have always partnered with a good friend, Ryan Wong - also, up to now, continues to hone his craft as a make-up artist.

Last Thursday, 10th of March.  I had a chance to meet with one of the executives of Estée Lauder for the brand La Mer and Bobbi Brown.  I was up for an interview, qualified after several screenings that I am considered for the job as a make-up artist.  I was so overwhelmed.  I mean, that's Estée Lauder.  A renowned company that holds several brands.  A multi-billion company that is.  The final interview went very casual.  Jasmine, who I spoke to was so elegant and very sophisticated.  Charming and bubbly.  The interview went on like a chat in some, early morning show (Good Morning America).  As always, I was candid and spontaneous with how I answered every question.  I asked her questions too.  LOL  She was honest and happy to answer them.  All in all, the rapport was fabulous and chic like SATC in their Sunday brunch.

2011 Pilates Instructor/Couture Model, Sash in
our tribute to the movie "The Black Swan"
MUA/Photograper: Noeh A. Jani
I was told that I am fit and very right for the job.  The only problem is, I fail to have one qualification which is a degree/diploma/certification that I have undergone proper schooling/training as a make-up artist.  And if I will be applied to M.O.M. (Ministry of Manpower - the government agency that issues work permit/pass to foreigners), I will not be issued with a pass cause I lack documents to support this profession.

I didn't feel bad.  I was even inspired to do better and to further pursue this career professionally.  In fact, she did gave a lot of advices.  Telling me to enrol myself locally here in SG and then email/call  her again once I earn that diploma and if I want a job in Estee Lauder.  It sounded like she was mentoring me.  And it did feel good.  Promising even!

I think what she saw in me was a passion in the craft.  Maybe she saw herself in me when she was still starting.  Or maybe she just like me because I'm me.  For whatever it is, THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE WAS WORTH IT! Educational and very informative.  At least now, I know how to conquer that company. Right? Weeeee!

This is the scenario in Estee Lauder office.  

Imagine the scene in the movie "The Devil Wears Prada?"  Everyone is so chic.  Designer boots, stilettos, pumps and the likes (I saw Loubuotin's, Ferregamo, Chanel, Tod's, Prada and etc. - all the latest and some classics) clangs the hallways of the office.  T'was 12nn that time when I arrived there for my 1pm interview.  Of course, with those designer shoes,  adorned with stylish office wears that can transform to evening party clothes.  All sophistication.  It was like, I was in that movie.  And not to mention the interior design of the office.  Jasmine, who did the inteview was a combination of Zhang Ziyi and Kim Chu.  

So that's it.  

That was my Estée Lauder encounter.

Miranda Priestly's office.

Friday, 4 March 2011

. . . . NOT FOR SALE . . . .

lighter from a friend
For more than two years now, I became a member of the Singleton’s Anonymous (S.A.). Two years without someone who you spend idle minutes doing nothing but stare at each other’s not-so-perfect eyes, or just smell your partner’s not-so-minty breath and humping while you exhaust all energy you have. Those times while I was a S.A. member (not a choice, a circumstance!), I enjoyed myself with friends thru drinking, partying, outdoor activities, roadtrips, videoke, TV series marathons (thanks to piracy-guilty pleasure!), cooking for my family, bargain hunting, work, and more work, foreign exams and et cetera.

But I never really thought of myself as S.A., I fought with the idea by making myself busy all the time. It’s always true that when all your waking hours you do something and busy yourself with anything, you don’t think of yourself as S.A. It’s not like you’re really force to do things, but work and goals in life you try to pursue does ermake things easier for you to forget why you’re at some S.A. convention (trying to have fun with your single friends). 

While doing all crazy stuff to relieve the pressure of having someone, and subconsciously you forget that you really are a single/pathetic creature in this all-with-partners/need-to-have-B/GF world, there at the most unpredictable and at a big surprise, you find yourself - not really in love, but in someone’s strong and big arms. It’s not really that you wanted so bad to start a relationship, but opportunity rarely comes (although it does for me all the time…LOL), but this one is worth to start with. This someone I have now is the one I’ve dreamt of having. I mean, he treats you like he is someone straight out from those romantic movies which we all dream of wanting to be the leading ladies they love monogamously. And to top it all, he has everything, including the right package that comes with the biggest gadget. That rarely comes. And a rare opportunity must be agreed upon with right away, with no questions asked!

Okay, this has been going on for almost four weeks now. Every minute of it is worthwhile. We do a lot of crazy things with his crazy gadget (get the picture) but nothing really I feel now is what they call L.O.V.E. As we are about to reach our four-week journey, I’ve come to realize that I’m NOT FOR SALE. This bitch is still on the market. But for the moment, with this one, I can hoard myself so to keep the stocks high. Beside, this guy’s thing is rare for me and I’m currently into gadgets. 


This entry was posted in my friendster account on Friday, July 20th, 2007 at 11:42 am and is filed under The Diary of Noeh A. Jani.

Currently, I don't have his celly anymore so I have no idea where he is now. We went out for over a year and it was fun. I think he is now a policeman. Cute right?! urggghhhhh With all the uniform and stuff. . . 

Wednesday, 2 March 2011


For the past days, I just can't stop eating. Am I too growing a baby inside me? Am I eating for two as well? LOL  

These are just some of the stuff I've had lately.  But nothing beats my mom's cooking. I miss her Caldereta, Chicken Adobo, Adobong Pusit, Lau-uy and many more. I also miss my sister's baked goodies. And my dad's marinated bangus or salmon and kinilaws.  :c
Chicken Ham Tartlets, small bites for a small lady like moi! :D
Walls Magnum Ice Cream, sinfully delicious.
Black Chicken in Ginseng Soup. Taste good and healthy too.
Kai Lan in Oyster Sauce, greens equals healthy
Chocolat de Otaru from Japan, eaten mostly post dinner.
my new friends, Ben & Jerry. Guilty pleasure.
Chilli Crabs in Makansutra Gluttons Bay.. Superb! 

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