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

Published in: Giveaways, Just For Fun

A Makeup and Beauty Blog giveaway

Win a $50 Sephora eCard from Makeup and Beauty Blog

Win a $50 Sephora eCard from Makeup and Beauty Blog

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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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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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Party-Ready Eyes for Just $2.99: The Essence Metal Glam Eyeshadows

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

Essence Metal Glam Eyeshadow

The new Essence Metal Glam Eyeshadows, $2.99 each

So much metallic, glittery, shimmery goodness for just $2.99! I almost can’t believe it’s true, because sometimes, when you add glitter, metallics and discount together, the formula equals “something sketchy.”

But in this case the formula equals fun.

Essence Metal Glam Eyeshadow

Three of five new $2.99 Essence Metal Glam Eyeshadows

You know how I feel about sci-fi… LOVE IT! And that might be one of the reasons I like these new $2.99 Essence Metal Glam Eyeshadows. Pressed metallic shadows with a glittery overspray, their shiny, shimmery metallic finish looks kinda like Terminator-esque liquid metal/chrome.

Essence Metal Glam Eyeshadow in Jewel Up the Ocean

Jewel Up the Ocean

You can wear them wet or dry, but I prefer wet because it turns up the intensity of the metallic effect (metallic-ness?). And I figure that if you’re going to wear metallics on your lids, you might as well go all out.

For me, they were a little tricky to apply at first, but once you get the hang of ‘em, I think you get a lot of bang for your buck.

I mean, shoot, they’re only $2.99.

Essence Metal Glam Eyeshadow in Coffee to Glow

Coffee to Glow

The trick is figuring out how to keep the fallout under control. Use a fluffy brush like the MAC 217 or 224, and you could very well end up with sheer shimmer on your lids and glitter all over your cheeks.

Now, if that’s what you want, it’s all good.

Essence Metal Glam Eyeshadow in Frosted Apple

Frosted Apple

But I like to just use a clean wet finger. It gets the job done and eliminates fallout. Plus, because the finger’s wet, it cranks up the intensity of the pigments and shine.

Essence Metal Glam

Metal Glam, man!

I’ll wet a finger with MAC Fix+, swipe it across the pan a few times to pick up some product, and apply on my lids.

BOOM! — dramatic metal.

Essence Metal Glam

Can I get that coffee to glow?

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