30 Days of NARS: Striptease Lip Gloss, Day 10

Published in: Daily Beauty

NARS Striptease Lip Gloss

Striptease, baby!

I use NARS Striptease ($26), a classic milky, peachy nude gloss, more as a layering lipgloss, because on bare lips, like I’m wearing in these pics, it likes to shimmy down into my lip lines…

Still pretty, though, and I love that subtle glitter. :)

It’s available now with the rest of the recently revamped and reformulated NARS Lip Gloss line.

NARS Striptease Lip Gloss Swatch

NARS Striptease Lip Gloss Lip Swatch

NARS Striptease Lip Gloss

The 30 Days of NARS series features a different NARS Lip Gloss every day

7 Ways to Win a $50 eGift Card From Sephora! (Ends Monday)

Published in: Giveaways, Just For Fun

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Win a $50 Sephora eCard from Makeup and Beauty Blog

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Rise and shine, pal o’ mine! It’s going to be a beautiful day. :)

Happy caturday to ya. I hope you slept well and did a little recuperating from the week. Did you have any good dreams that you remember? Or any weird dreams?

I can’t recall if I did… I hope so.

Oh! — get this: your nephew tabby was unusually affectionate this morning. Before I got out of bed, he was all up in my grill, giving me headbutts galore with slow blinks and purring loudly.

Yes, it was a nice way to start the day.

In other news, dinner with my in-laws last night. We had a good time. If you’re ever out this way and craving Italian food, I can’t recommend Fabrizio’s enough (aren’t those food pics on the website gorgeous?). It’s a family-run place right downtown near lots of little shops and cafes along the boulevard.

Well worth a trip across the bridge if you live in San Francisco, and after dinner you could walk a block down the street and catch a movie at the Lark.

I think Larkspur is an underrated gem out here in Marin County. Sausalito gets tons of attention, but people sometimes forget about Larkspur.

Good luck in this weekend’s giveaway, and if I don’t catch you again before tomorrow, have a very happy Easter. :)

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Some Flowers for You, My Friend

Published in: Daily Photo

To kick off your weekend. :)

Which bouquet would you like? Pink or magenta?

30 Days of NARS: Stella Lip Gloss, Day 9

Published in: Daily Beauty

NARS Stella Lip Gloss

Wearing NARS Stella Lip Gloss

You gotta do a yell like from A Streetcar Named Desire when you wear this shimmery raspberry gloss…


“Ever asked yourself why a woman like Stella stays with a man like Stanley? This’ll tell you why!!”

I like this one a lot. :) It’s one of the more pigmented shades in the recently reformulated NARS Lip Gloss line, and it’s available now, along with the rest of the NARS Lip Gloss crew.

NARS Stella Swatch

NARS Stella Lip Gloss swatch

NARS Stella Lip Gloss

NARS Stella Lip Gloss


The 30 Days of NARS series features a different NARS Lip Gloss every day

Try Essence of Eye-Opening Energy for Sleepy Afternoons: Essence Crystal Eyeliner Is a Perfect Pick-Me-Up

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Essence, Eyes, Makeup

Essence Crystal Eyeliner

Two of five new Crystal Eyeliners by Essence ($2.99 each)

Some people use coffee or tea for an afternoon pick-me-up.

Me? I like glitter liner because 1) it doesn’t give me the shakes or keep me up at night, and 2) it works almost as well as caffeine.

A little glitter on my lids or along my lower lash lines is a fantastic pick-me-up.

After lunch this afternoon (homemade tuna salad on rice cakes, which, OK, may sound weird, but it’s actually really good), I started feeling run down. I was getting the afternoon sleepies, so I thought, “needs glitter.”

I busted out Gold Rush and Twinkly Starlight, two of the five new glitter liners by Essence.

Essence Crystal Eyeliner

Twinkle Starlight (top) and Gold Rush (bottom)

They’re $2.99 each and new additions to the Essence line. They’re on the creamy side, too, because they have a gel base, so they’re a little easier to work with than your run-of-the-mill liquid glitter liner.

Because the flecks of glitter are different shapes and sizes, the formula looks bumpier and more textured on lids than, say, something like the Heavy Metal Glitter Liners by Urban Decay, which have tiny flecks of uniformly shaped glitter.

Twinkly Starlight (left) and Gold Rush (right)

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