What Were Five Fabulous Products (Makeup, Beauty, Fragrance, Fashion, Etc.) When You Were in High School?

Published in: Just For Fun

With my friend Jen at my high school graduation in 1993

With my friend Jen at my high school graduation in 1993

What were five fabulous products (makeup, beauty, fragrance, fashion — you name it) when you were in high school?

OK, full disclosure — whenever I think of the actual year in which I graduated from high school (class of of ’93, yo!), I make a painful-looking smile with panicked eyes and just my lower teeth showing.

This emoji describes it perfectly: 😁.

Because when I do the math…OMG!

High school was a lot of fun for me. I was a happy teenager (despite the occasional bout of angst), and I loved exploring, in the only ways I knew how to at the time, things like makeup, beauty, fragrance and fashion.

My parents were strict in a lot of ways, like with grades and after-school activities (I wasn’t one of those kids going to ragers at so-and-so’s house on a Friday night), but I was given free reign to express myself, and I tried a lot of different things!

Or course, I loved the trendy stuff, and a lot of the things I experimented with were the same things my friends liked, too.

There was a lot going on at the time (the early ’90s) with beauty, makeup and fashion, like…

Revlon Toast of New York Lipstick

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GURL, three fourths of the flute section in band wore this color, no joke. When band practice was over and all the flutes were put away, the girls would bust out their Cornsilk compacts, and touch up their lips with Revlon Toast of New York. A deep reddish brown, it would be very relevant today because of the current ’90s revival.

I actually just checked online, and Revlon still sells it! I might have to get a tube for nostalgia’s sake.
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Urban Decay Holiday 2015 First Impressions

Published in: Collections, Eyes, Lips, Makeup, Product Reviews, Urban Decay, Video

I was so confused today because I thought this was Urban Decay’s fall collection, and not the holiday collection, which is what it is.

I know that sounds really dumb…but in my defense, it’s 80 degrees outside! I’m wearing shorts and a tank top. I guess my mind just couldn’t make the leap to snowmen, Christmas trees and wearing mittens.

Heck, I don’t even have shoes on!

Be that as it may, it is holiday time in Urban Decay Land (ho-ho-ho!), so let’s don our mittens, our earmuffs and our J. Lo “Jenny from the Block” coat, and take a look. :)

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Urban Decay Vice4 ($60)

urban decay vice4

Urban Decay Vice4 ($60)

urban decay vice4

Urban Decay Vice4 ($60)

There are a couple of palettes in the release, some new liners (which I’m not crazy about, but I’ll get into that in the video) and a highlighter.

I have no idea how any of it fits with the holidays because, you know, there’s a lot of black in it and references to oil slicks, and nothing that seems particularly holiday-esque, but we’re just gonna go with it. :)
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CONCEALER TIP: Put a Little On, Take a Little Off, Repeat

Published in: Eyes, Makeup Tips/How To

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer Pictures

My current concealer love, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

Guess who found a college graduation picture of herself at her parents’ house last weekend from 1998 (!).

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OK, there’s sooooo much to talk about here, between the hand on the hip pose (why?), to the wanna-be Rachel haircut, to the brows (OMG, I just can’t!) and the lip, around which, if you look closely, you’ll see a carefully unblended darker lip liner (believe it or not, that was totally on purpose).

But I’d really like to direct your attention to the under-eye situation, namely 1) the lack of dark circles, and 2) the lack of concealer.


I mean, it blows my mind! Seriously, though, you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.

Fast-forward to today, and you’d literally have to pry the concealer out of my T. rex claws. Ain’t nobody taking away my concealer without a fight, but getting full coverage that doesn’t look heavy is a pain. All I want is to cover my dark circles without it looking like I’m wearing a 10-layer cake.
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Are You Down With Granny Panties?

Published in: Just For Fun

Deep thoughts

Deep thoughts…


I had a long conversation about ’em with my friend Jen a couple months ago on our girls’ trip to Napa, with the gist of it being that we both have an undying love for them.

I dunno. Maybe it’s a Filipino thing? — but waaay back in the day when I was a wee lass, I would always get a pack of what were essentially granny panties whenever a relative would visit us from the Philippines, and they were always from a brand called So-En.


Ya know how it is when you’re a kid. You get weird stuff sometimes from relatives, but at the time you don’t really think they’re weird at all. All you know is that “Hey! These come in pastel colors!” and “Ooh! There are flowers embroidered on the front!” so you just start wearing them because they’re super comfortable. Before you know it, though, you’re wearing them all the time in regular rotation until the left leg band is hanging on by a thread, and there’s a small hole in the butt…

Over time I got to thinking that this was just one of those things with my family, but then Jen and I had a talk once about getting souvenirs from the Philippines, and So-En panties came up.

Turns out I wasn’t the only one who got granny panties from relatives!

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Benefit Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer

Published in: Benefit, Eyes, Makeup, Product Reviews, Video

Technology… It’s fascinating, really. Not only does it allow mere mortals to soar across the sky in what are essentially huge hunks of metal machinery; it also allows us to simultaneously prime and protect the delicate skin on our lids.

Next stop: Skynet. :)

I think it’s kind of funny that the box new Benefit Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer comes in says that it helps “defend against environmental stress,” when really, what I need help with is internal stress.

Haha, just kidding. Sort of…

Benefit’s new yellowy beige hybrid BB cream/eyeshadow primer comes in a click pen and contains moisturizing shea butter and broad-spectrum SPF 20, which makes it kind of interesting. It’s one of those kitchen sink products in that it does a little bit of everything that primers sometimes do — smoothing lids for makeup, locking products into place and evening out discolorations.

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