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ID #65473

Name: Catalina
Age: 20
Country: USA

ENTP. I just finished my second year at the University of Georgia, where I am majoring in Biology and German. In my free time I like singing, photography, partying, DIY crafts, and some good ol’ puns. Total child at heart, I am easily entertained. I’m also really coupon crazy and a freak for freebies and giveaways, and I’m almost always reviewing some new product (cosmetic sample are probably the most fun)! I love being challenged, whether through a good heated debate or a simply stumping sudoku puzzle.
As far as my friends say, I can be nuts, like REALLY REALLY nuts, and a bit of a smartass, but at the end of the day, I’m pretty sweet and kind, I am super open-minded and really great listener.
Overall, I just love meeting new people and trying new things, which is why I am searching for pen pal. A new friend and a new experience at the same time?! I love that!!! I also don’t have many people whom with to practice my Spanish (besides my family), my German (a lot of my German major friends just graduated), or my American Sign Language (I’m a beginner, and none of my friends know it).
Thanks for reading! I cannot wait to start connecting with somebody–or some buddies! Peace and love to all of you! :)

Preferences: 18+, preferably has a good command of (preference from high to low) ASL, German, or Spanish.


Calendar sheet: 28 May 1987 — West German teenage hobby pilot lands on Red Square in Moscow

On May 28, 1987, 18-year-old German hobby pilot Mathias Rust landed on the Red Square in Moscow after passing the heavily guarded Soviet-Russian airspace.

Rust hired a Cessna 172 from his flight club in Hamburg, saying that he wanted to do a round trip over the North Sea. During a stopover, he removed the rear seat to gain more range. He then continued for the next two weeks with stops at the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Bergen (Norway), to Helsinki. From there, he continued, flying first to Leningrad (today St. Petersburg) and watched out for the railway station there. He then navigated along the railroad tracks to Moscow.

His first attempts to land on the Red Square failed because the square was crowded with people. Rust the decided to land on Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge instead. Incidentially, the trolleybus lines were removed for maintenance on this very day, so a landing was possible. Rust then taxied onto the Red Square where he parked the plane on a parking lot for tourist buses and talked to people until he was arrested by the KGB.

Mathias Rust was convicted to 4 years of labor camp for hooliganism and disregard of aviation laws, but was released after 14 months in prison and immediately deported to Germany. The plane was bought by a German cosmetics company, which sold it later to Japan, where is was displayed in an amusement park. In 2009, the German Museum of Technology in Berlin bought the plane, restored it and put it on permanent display.

The Soviet air defense spotted Rust’s plane very soon and accompanied him with MiG-23 fighters, but did nothing to stop him for various organizational reasons. Incidentially, his landing on the Red Square happened on the Day of the Border Soldiers. Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev used the incident as a reason to fire a number of his opponents in the military in the largest turnover since Stalin’s purges, further securing his position.

Rust remained an instable person, being sentenced for attempted manslaughter for 2.5 years in prison after stabbing a female co-worker who refused to kiss him. He was also convicted for theft and fraud. Since then, he has led a fragmented life, financing himself at times as a professional poker player, analyst in Switzerland and founder of a yoga school.

A German comedy series circling around the fictional town of Stenkelfeld renamed Stenkelfeld Airport to Mathias Rust Airport.


The celebrity makeup artist and founder of Surratt Beauty shares the inspiration behind his luxurious makeup line.

“I think it’s a dream of many makeup artists to actually create product, their dream textures, and their dream componentry,” explains Troy Surratt. “So, it’s always been a dream of mine to create products I would want to use and buy myself.” And we’re so glad he did: Makeup artists and beauty lovers alike count his Japanese-made products as new favorites. We sat down with Surratt to learn more about his chic line. KELLEY HOFFMAN

Are you excited to have your brand available at Sephora?

I’m super excited about it. Sephora is like a candy store for beauty lovers. I always joke that I can’t walk by a Sephora without going in. It’s as if there’s a magnetic force that pulls makeup junkies into its vortex of beauty, if you will.

Why did you decide to create Surratt Beauty?

I wanted to create product for a cool, modern, jetsetter-influencer type of girl that I felt wasn’t being spoken to in the marketplace.

I know your line is inspired by your love of Paris and Toyko. Can you elaborate?

I love the beauty of Paris, and its heritage and romanticism. I love the appreciation of beauty and the appreciation of quality and craftsmanship and doing things the old way. Many of my products have French names.

It’s in contrast to my love of Tokyo, which is really about looking forward. The Japanese believe that the best is yet to come. So, there is a constant looking to tomorrow and to the future, to renovate and innovate and create newness inspired by the past but not resting upon its laurels. All of our products are made in Japan.

So, I joke that you want to buy Italian shoes, French handbags, Swiss watches, German cars, and Japanese cosmetics. I really think they do cosmetics so well.

Which of your products would you say are the most innovative?

I think there are several. My mechanical Expressioniste Brow Pencil, with its aluminum barrel, is super-fine and elegant, and really a luxury tool for brow application.

I think that my Auto-graphique Eyeliner is innovative in that it’s resealable, and it’s a brush, not a felt tip. It’s inspired by the finest Japanese calligraphy brushes.

The Smoky Eye Baton is also a huge hit. As a makeup artist, I’ve been asked by beauty editors my entire career how to create smoky eyes. I wanted to create one tool that could demystify it. So, I created a double-ended pencil that has a creamy liner on one end to line the inner rim and lash perimeter, and a spring-loaded smudger on the other end that blends, defuses, and sets.

Your customizable palettes are also so beautiful. Can you tell us more about them?

I think women and beauty lovers want the freedom to decide for themselves. So, whether it’s choosing monograms on a bag, the fabric for a suit, or the settings of your engagement ring, people want to be a part of the design process, and to have an interaction with the product before they take it home with them.

I made everything geometric tiles you can fit together and customize to your whims. I opted to use stickers instead of magnets to not add bulk or weight. I think that the idea of sitting at a vanity and leisurely doing your makeup and leaving it there is a romantic version of the way women do their makeup, but not realistic. So,  it needs to be lightweight and easily transportable, so it’s not a cinderblock in your purse you have to carry around all day.

Do you have a favorite no-fail beauty tip?

I think that I have never shown a woman how to use an eyelash curler and not had her say, “My God, that’s amazing.” You show her that by changing the angle of her eyelashes, flipping them up, they automatically look two to three times longer, and it allows more light onto the eyes, so they look bigger and brighter automatically.

My Relevée Lash Curler is hand-calibrated to make sure it operates correctly before it ever ships. It has less of an arc than other eyelash curlers. So, the actual arc line is less severe, less U-shaped than many other curlers.  It fits the eye more easily and comfortably.

It also opens a great deal wider than traditional cage curlers. Ours opens up to at least an inch, so you can really open it up wide and get the lashes to sit upon the silicone pad beautifully. There’s less risk of pinching. Most lash curlers have one loop of metal that you put your finger through. Ours has two loops, so it requires less pressure ergonomically.