Some Facts About Me

  1. My name is Denise. I don't have a middle name.
  2. I was born on November 15, 1986. That makes me 31, a Scorpio, and a Fire Tiger.
  3. I am a Chinese-Canadian. English is my first language, but I am fluent in Cantonese.
  4. I was born and raised in Toronto, where I still currently live.
  5. I am a professional make-up artist. I got my diploma in Makeup Artistry from CMU College of Makeup Art & Design in 2010. I decided to specialize in fashion photographic makeup, but I do love special effects makeup as well.
  6. Before makeup, I studied Graphic Communications Management at Ryerson University from 2004 to 2008. I minored in Psychology.
  7. I have worked in the cosmetics industry for 12 years. 
  8. I currently work as an artist and manager for a global makeup giant. I'll let you guess which one.
  9. My favourite type of makeup is lipstick (followed very closely by highlighting powder), but the makeup I can't live without is mascara.
  10. I am an introvert with brilliant extrovert skills. 
  11. I lived in NYC by myself for two months when I was 16 while studying Graphic Design at Parsons School of Design.
  12. I got braces, glasses, acne, and really fat when I was 11. That was my dark year.
  13. I prefer coffee over tea, unless it's bubble tea.
  14. Pizza is my ultimate comfort food, but I prefer cold pizza to hot pizza, and also white pizza to red pizza. 
  15. My favourite and most-used lipstick of all time is MAC's Viva Glam II. I have gone through eight tubes of it despite owning more than 500 lipsticks.
  16. My favourite TV show of all time is Gilmore Girls, which is one of the few shows that I started watching from its initial air date all the way to its end (October 2000 to May 2007). I got Netflix for the sole purpose of watching the revival.
  17. That having been said, I prefer reading over watching TV these days. YA novels are my guilty pleasure.
  18. I am right-handed but my left hand is stronger.
  19. I played the piano for six years and the violin for nine.
  20. My first concert ever was Hanson in 1998 at the Molson Amphitheatre. Like many preadolescent girls at the time, I had a huge crush on Taylor Hanson. (I flipped between him and Nick Carter constantly, but Taylor seemed more down-to-earth and attainable.)
  21. I have since been to over 200 shows and festivals.
  22. The bands that I have loved the longest that are still around today are Deftones and Foo Fighters. I have seen them in concert five times and once, respectively.
  23. Despite Taylor and Nick, my first celebrity crush ever was Leonardo DiCaprio. I was 10, and it was right after I watched Romeo + Juliet for the first time, and I thought there was no one in the world more swoon-worthy than him.
  24. Of course, now, I forgo everyone but Ryan Gosling because he is obviously my soulmate.
  25. I have an addiction to The Sims 4. Yes, I like to spend my free time living a fake life for my Sim rather than going out to socialize.
  26. I have a weird thing about touching fake hair (e.g. wigs, extensions, etc.), which might explain my irrational fear of dolls and clowns. But I'm fine with false lashes.
  27. The first movie I ever watched was My Neighbor Totoro. I was three, and my dad had recorded it on VHS. 
  28. I cannot metabolize alcohol so I don't drink, but I am a smoker and it's been an on-going habit since I was 16. Yes, I know it's bad for me. Yes, I know I should quit. I'll let you know when I'm ready.
  29. I traveled a lot when I was younger. I had visited over 20 countries by the time I was 18.
  30. I've had a blog for over 17 years. You know, before Livejournal, with dial-up modems.
  31. I do not advertise here, nor are my posts sponsored. I have been blogging long before you could make money from it, and I don't intend on starting now.