Next Time You Go to the Cheesecake Factory for Lunch…

Published in: Daily Photo

Cheesecake Factory Grilled Salmon (2)

Remember this: the grilled salmon on the lunch menu at the Cheesecake Factory.

BOMB.

I remembered my mom-in-law mentioning it, so I ordered it the last time I was there, and it totally hit the spot.

The fish was cooked perfectly and lightly seasoned with herbs, salt and pepper. Simple, but delicious.

It also comes with mashed potatoes and broccoli, but I substituted the potatoes for white rice because fish plus rice equals one happy Karen. :)

You know a meal is good when the food comes out and everyone at the table immediately stops talking because they’re so busy chomping and scarfing it down, LOL! Seriously, you don’t mess with a Filipino girl getting down with some fish and rice. Best to just get out of the way until she’s done, for real.

Cheesecake Factory Grilled Salmon (3)

So I Was Wearing This Pink Lip Gloss From theBalm When All of a Sudden, Bam!

Published in: Daily Beauty

theBalm Read My Lips Lip Gloss in Bam

“BAM!”

For some reason, this is what I imagine Tabs says in his little kitty brain whenever he strikes a pose that involves showing off his butt (which is often).

Wait for it… Wait for it… Aaaaand, BAM!

LOL!

That was probably a little too much crazy cat lady to admit in print, but what the hell.

Full-coverage yellowish pink Bam is one of the new Read My Lips Lip Glosses from theBalm, a gang of 11 glosses with a comic book theme. They’re enriched with green tea, antioxidants and moisturizing aloe, with coverage ranging from medium to full, depending on the color. Cost, $15 a pop.

The basics on Bam

  • Finish: Creamy, with no glitter at all.
  • Texture: Comfy. Bam’s non-sticky formula goes on smoothly and feels great.
  • Moisture level: More moisturizing than Aquaman and Prince Namor combined, aka hella moisturizing.
  • Wear time: About 2-3 hours on my lips.
  • Flavor and scent: Yup, both. Bam has a faint berry flavor and scent that quickly fades.

Bam has been a steady member of my purse gloss superhero team for about a month because it goes with everything. Smokey eyes, neutral eyes — you name it. And because it’s highly pigmented, I can get a nude lip look with just a couple swipes.

Plus, the warm yellow undertones keep my lips from looking too flat or blah…which can happen sometimes with light pink glosses.

I can only think of one thing that would have taken it to the next level… Wear time. Four hours would’ve been nice (instead of 2-3), but that’s just me being picky.

Other than having room for a little longer wear time, Bam is a winner with me.

PRICE: $15
AVAILABILITY: Available now at theBalm counters and online at thebalm.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A

theBalm Read My Lips Lip Gloss in Bam

theBalm Read My Lips Lip Gloss in Bam

theBalm Read My Lips Lip Gloss in Bam

theBalm Lip Gloss in Bam

Better Together: MAC Nail Lacquers in Quick Million and Erogenous

Published in: MAC Makeup, Nails

MAC Nail Lacquers in Quick Million, Erogenous, Underlacquer and Overlacquer

MAC Nail Lacquers in Quick Million and Erogenous, next to MAC Underlacquer and Overlacquer base and top coat ($12 each)

Yeah, I made my first quick million by being erogenous.

Haha. No, not really. :)

But what if I could? I don’t know. I would not…say no to that. Perhaps. Maybe?

Anywho, I wanted to paint my nails last weekend with something summery but not all-out bright, and these two shiny, almost gel-like polishes from the recently relaunched MAC nail polish line ($12 each) fit the bill.

I’ve been inspired by pale rose and peachy golden tones lately, and they seemed like they’d go well together.

Creamy peach Erogenous just said “summer” to me, but I felt like it needed a dance partner…

Enter glittery yellowish gold Quick Million, with its little yellowish golden flecks of glitter and larger flecks of hexagonal peachy rose.

Great by itself, which is how I’m wearing it here (two coats), Quick Million can also work as a top coat.

You know, in case you’re interested.

I like these two together even more than I like them apart. The peach in Erogenous goes well with the hexagonal flecks in Quick Million.

Both are available now, along with the rest of the Studio Nail Lacquer line, for $12 each.

Incidentally, I’m also wearing them with MAC’s Underlacquer and Overlacquer base and top coats (also $12 each), and I have to say that despite it being only two days since I put these polishes on my paws, I’ve typed a lot and cleaned my office during that time, so my nails have already taken a beating, but the polishes have handled it with aplomb.

Because of how hard I am on my nails (especially the nails on my right hand, for some reason), I always — always — see chips within one or two days, but I barely see any signs of chipping now at all.

Good sign.

MAC Erogenous (peach shade) and Quick Million (glitter)

MAC Erogenous (peach shade) and Quick Million (glitter)

MAC Quick Million and Erogenous Nail Lacquers

Accent nail, yo!

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New Baked Goods From Chanel: The New Baked Formula Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadows for Fall 2014

Published in: Chanel, Eyes, Makeup

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow in Tissé Poésie

Wearing the new Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow in Tissé Poésie on my eyes

Darling, you’re so fancy! You’re so fancy with your tweed shift dress and your strand o’ pearls and your Kate Spade purse and your boots with the fur…

Wait — the boots there took it in the wrong direction.

I guess what I’m trying to say is this: sometimes drugstore just won’t do.

Although I love it. Don’t get me wrong, drugstore has its time and place, but sometimes it just won’t do, you know? Like when you’re heading to the Hamptons or Napa or a fancy to-do, and you want/need something a little more special or dressy than your usual fare.

Sometimes, you just want to treat yo’ self, and for those occasions, Chanel has new eyeshadow quads. :)

Yup, there’s some exciting stuff happening at Chanel this fall. They’re relaunching their famous Les 4 Ombres Quadra eyeshadows in a completely new baked formula.

Unlike the classic quads with the square pans, the pans in these new quads ($61 each and available now), which were inspired by Chanel’s vibrant tweed trappings, have a round shape and a baked formula.

The tweed theme is one Chanel has done before. You might remember the (now discontinued) tweed blushes from back in the day.

So, the theme isn’t a new one for Chanel, but they’ve taken it in a slightly different direction.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadows in Tissé Vendôme, Tissé Vénitien, Tissé Poésie, Tissé Rivoli, Tissé Mademoiselle and Tissé Poésie

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadows in Tissé Vendôme, Tissé Vénitien, Tissé Poésie, Tissé Rivoli, Tissé Mademoiselle and Tissé Poésie

The threads here are metaphorical, as in the relationship among the colors in each quad. Each quad includes the colors to do an entire eye look from start to finish. You have two medium tones for color and contrast, a deeper shade for contouring and a light shade to highlight and illuminate.

The new baked formula also lasts a very long time (7-8 hours on my combination dry/oily lids), so if you have an all-day affair, you can apply one of these in the morning on top of a primer — I like NARS Pro Prime, which is the one I’ve been using with these — and the shadows won’t crease or smudge.

And you can do a bunch of different looks with each of these quads. You could dress it down using one of the lighter medium shades all over your lids, and then maybe add the darkest shade on your lash lines to keep it really simple. Or, you could go fancy-pants on that @ss with something more complicated.

Each of the quads actually comes with a little booklet to walk you through a few different looks.

Here’s the thing, though — I’ve been using five of the nine new quads, mostly the neutrals and one of the brights (the breathtaking bright green one on the Chanel website right now), and I’ve noticed that finish-wise, you don’t get a lot of matte options. There’s a lot of shimmer here, but I like to have a little bit of matte up in the mix, just because my creases aren’t super deep, so I like to define them with something deep and matte for depth.

You could achieve that depth with the darker shades here, which is the intention, but a lot of the darker shades glisten with shimmer. I just find that I get more depth from a matte in the crease than I do with a shimmer.

These new quads create a very distinct glow — very pretty — but it’s just that, you know, I feel like I need a little more matte up in the mix.

Not a big deal, but you know. Whatever. :)

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow in Tissé Poésie

Also on my cheeks and lips: BECCA Lychee Beach Tint

  • Tissé Vendôme: Copper, peachy beige, intense apricot and grayish brown
  • Tissé Gabrielle: Soft gray, iridescent white gold, grayish mauve and velvet gray
  • Tissé Camélia: Grayish lilac, rosy white, lavender pink and eggplant brown
  • Tissé Cambon: Iridescent mauve, pale pink, bright pink and deep violet
  • Tissé Mademoiselle: Intense beige, satin gold, luminous beige and khaki brown
  • Tissé Vénitien: Bluish green, silvery pink, platinum khaki and intense green
  • Tissé Rivoli: Golden taupe, light rosy beige, rose gold beige and reddish brown
  • Tissé Riviera: Metallic blue, light pink, shimmery gray and deep navy blue
  • Tissé Poésie: (Limited Edition) Golden beige, light pinkish beige, bronze taupe and a dark purplish bronze
Chanel Quadra Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow in Tissé Vénitien

Tissé Vénitien

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 330

Published in: Just For Fun

The Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll for July 21, 2014

The Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll for July 21, 2014

You might be wondering, “So what the heck is this Monday Poll thing anyway?”

Well, it isn’t much of a poll. It’s more just a constantly evolving (devolving?), somewhat random list of questions I’ve been putting out to readers every Monday morning for the past seven years. I’ve always enjoyed reading your answers in the comments, and I hope you enjoy reading mine.

  1. What’s your favorite animal print or pattern (leopard, snake, tiger, giraffe, zebra, etc.)?
    Leopard print, mrow! I guess we can thank the Kardashians for the resurgence of the leopard print over the past few years. If left to my own devices, I’d be wearing it from head to toe like a real life, living and breathing cat lady.

  2. Have you ever been skinny dipping?
    No.

    Not that a bikini really covers that much more…

    But I was stung by a Portuguese man-of-war once while swimming in the ocean, and it did NOT get my lady parts.

  3. On a scale of 1-10, how naturally hairy are you, with 10 being full-on Sasquatch?
    5.75 and rapidly climbing each year.
  4. Your favorite brown eyeshadow or eyeliner in the world?
    MAC Teddy Eye Kohl is my jam!

    But it’s a 50/50 split with MAC Costa Riche.

  5. Have you ever been stung by a bee?
    Twice. I can’t remember what I was doing either time, but I was a kid, and I remember they really hurt.

    My dad took out the stingers, and he’s not exactly Mr. Delicate Touch.

    Matter of fact…I think the stinger removal part was worse than the actual bee sting, haha.

Le List

Your turn. :) Just copy and paste the following questions into a comment with your answers. I look forward to reading ‘em!


1. What’s your favorite animal print or pattern (leopard, snake, tiger, giraffe, zebra, etc.)?
2. Have you ever been skinny dipping?
3. On a scale of 1-10, how naturally hairy are you, with 10 being full-on Sasquatch?
4. Your favorite brown eyeshadow or eyeliner in the world?
5. Have you ever been stung by a bee?

I am bound and determined to have a good, productive week, my friend. Bound and determined!

There are lots of things I want to get done, and I think I can do ‘em if I stay focussed. And when the inevitable does happen and I do get distracted (kitties!), I’ll just wiggle my freakishly long monkey toes and listen to this…

Or this…

Or contemplate buying this, because I think it’s a really cool idea (I just need to find out if the markers are stinky).

You have a great week, OK? Let me know how you’re doing in the comments.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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