The MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show Collection: Even If You Don’t Know the Show, the Swanky Red Lips Still Make This Picture a Party

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MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show Collection

The place: biology class, James Logan High School, Union City, California.

The time: the early 1990s…

Karen’s head pulsed as she thought about how far behind she was on memorizing her SAT vocabulary. “Seriously,” she said to Jen, “I would love to go, but I can’t. I have too much SAT stuff to get through.”

Jen crinkled the Snickers wrapper and tossed it at Karen. “Party pooper,” Jen said. “You’re gonna regret this someday. Mark my words.”

You’re probably right, Karen thought, agreeing to herself, even though she didn’t know anything at all about this Rocky Horror Picture Show business. What was it anyway? A movie? A play?

MAC Rocky Horror Collection boxes

Honestly, though, looking back on it now, truer words were never spoken. After all these years, I wish I’d said yes to Jen that night, and all of the third-wheeling and vegetable-throwing I later found out had happened.

Plus, if I’d actually gone with Jen to see the show, I’d probably understand the references in the new MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show collection better, because right now…I don’t understand them at all.

Not one bit. :)

The limited edition 21-piece release of new and re-promoted products is available now online and coming to MAC stores and counters October 2 though October 30.

For someone totally unfamiliar with the Rocky Horror Picture Show, like yours truly, overlooking the fact that I don’t get any of the inside jokes, I still think the collection is worth checking out…even though, admittedly, it’s not moving me as much as MAC Brooke Shields does.

MAC Rocky Horror Lipstick in Strange Journey

Wearing MAC Lipstick in Strange Journey, from the new Rocky Horror Picture Show collection available now online

Along with some dramatic red lip colors, there’s also a really intense burgundy pigment (so pretty!), loose glitters, a palette of six cool-toned eyeshadows and a couple of Greasepaint Sticks, among other things, but none of those others stand out to me like the four red lipsticks. For me, the red lippies, particularly Strange Journey, the smooth matte yellowish red, with its 1940s pinup sensibilities (looks epic in pictures!), are the stars of this launch.

Back to the early ’90s…

Karen stood by her locker, her biology book and binder in hand, wondering if she had time to touch up her lipstick before her first class. She looked up at the clock in the hallway, realized that she was about 30 seconds from being late, and slammed her locker door.

One day, she thought, I will get my lipstick on before the bell rings, and on that day, angels will sing. She sprinted to class and slipped into her seat, just as the bell rang.

Her best friend Jen sat next to her. She peeled open a Snickers bar, broke it in two, and handed Karen the bigger piece. “Breakfast of champions,” Jen said.

“Thanks,” Karen said, as she took a bite. She fished her homework (“mitochondria, the powerhouse of the cell!”) out of her binder, and watched her teacher, Mr. Greene, dressed in his usual uniform of a rumpled short-sleeve shirt and khakis, shuffle papers at the front of class. Crossing the room he almost tripped over his own feet. Someone please get that man some coffee, Karen thought.

She waited for Mr. Greene’s customary greeting. “Class,” he eventually said, “why don’t you spend five minutes double-checking your homework while I set up, yes?”

That was their cue to start chatting.

MAC Rocky Horror Collection packaging

Jen lightly tapped her pencil on the side of her desk and leaned in. “James Trejo asked me out this morning,” she said.

MAC Rocky Horror Eye Shadow X 6 in Riff Raff, $44

Rocky Horror Eye Shadow X 6 in Riff Raff

Karen wrinkled her nose. “You mean James Trejo from drama class? Like on a date? Ew.”

“What do you mean, ‘Ew’?” Jen said, scratching at the fading screen print of Bart Simpson on her jeans. “He’s kind of cute.”

“He creeps me out,” Karen replied. “I’ve caught him staring at my neck a few times.” She paused. “It was odd. And why does he always wear vests?”

MAC Rocky Horror Eye Shadow X 6 in Riff Raff, $44

Eye Shadow X 6 in Riff Raff, $44

Jen’s eyes went wide as she flashed her million-dollar smile. “He asked me to go to see Rocky Horror Picture Show with him on Saturday.”

Jen waited as if expecting a response.

MAC Rocky Horror Pigment and Glitters

Rocky Horror Pigment and Glitters

Eventually, Karen realized what Jen was asking. “Jen?” Karen said. “Nuh-uh. No, no, no.”

“Please?” Jen begged. “Please, please, please!”

MAC Rocky Horror Pigments and Glitters from the left: Pigment in It's Not Easy Having a Good Time, Glitter in Gold and Glitter in 3D ($23 each)

From the left: Pigment in It’s Not Easy Having a Good Time, Glitter in Gold and Glitter in 3D ($23 each)

Karen shook her head. “No way. Nope. You’re gonna have to find another chaperone. I’m not doing it again. Why don’t you ask Cindy?”

“I already did,” Jen said. “She’s going skiing this weekend.”

MAC Rocky Horror Lipsticks

Rocky Horror Lipsticks

“So,” Karen said, raising an eyebrow, “I’m your sloppy seconds?”

“Well…” Jen replied, “Look, all you have to do is come to dinner and the movie. Please? You know my parents won’t let me go out unless there’s someone responsible with me. I’d do it for you!”
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Tell Me About Your Cutest Clutch or Purse (And Link to a Picture If You Have One)

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Three years old and already accessorizing…

You know I love me some Kate Spade, but my girl didn’t make the clutch I like the most in my collection.

My cutest is a white satin clutch with a unicorn on it…

Yes, that’s right. A unicorn. :)

Paul & Joe Holiday 2012 unicorn clutch purse

It’s from the Paul & Joe 2012 holiday collection, but wait! — this gets better.

The unicorn has flowers woven into its flowing mane, and it looks a little morose, awww! :(

Sad unicorn may not hold the number one spot for much longer, though. If the Kate Spade Hello Tokyo Cat Clutch ever goes on sale, I’ll be all over that faster than you can say, “That baby ain’t Ryan’s!”

Tell me about your cutest clutch or purse (and link to a picture if you have one).

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. Um…I wish this was my cutest clutch!

Tabs for the Kate Spade Cat Cosmetics Clutch

Any Time of Year Is a Good Time to Play With These BECCA Beach Tint Shimmer Soufflés

Published in: Daily Beauty

BECCA Beach Tint Shimmer Souffles from the left: Fig/Opal, Lychee/Opal, Guava/Moonstone, Raspberry/Opal and Watermelon/Moonstone

BECCA Beach Tint Shimmer Soufflés from the left in Fig/Opal, Lychee/Opal, Guava/Moonstone, Raspberry/Opal and Watermelon/Moonstone, $27 each

Busy day! I’ve been working on a secret squirrel project for a while (I’m not quite ready to talk about it yet)…so I haven’t pulled my head out of the sand today except for a few times. On one of them I thought about cream blushes and how much I like them…

Have I mentioned these BECCA Beach Tint Shimmer Soufflés?

They’ve been out for a while, but I don’t know if I’ve really talked about them much before. I think they’re great any time of year because they’re so quick and easy to apply.

The makeup minimalist in me greatly appreciates that, especially on the weekends, when she loves to pat and blend these with her fingers on the apples of her cheeks…

OK, no more referring to myself in the third person. I’m done for now. :)

You can find the BECCA Beach Tint Shimmer Soufflés now at BECCA counters, Sephora stores and sephora.com. They’re $27 each.

BECCA Beach Tint Shimmer Souffles from the left: Fig/Opal, Lychee/Opal, Guava/Moonstone, Raspberry/Opal and Watermelon/Moonstone

BECCA Beach Tint Shimmer Souffles swatches from the left: Fig/Opal, Lychee/Opal, Guava/Moonstone, Raspberry/Opal and Watermelon/Moonstone

Swatches from the left: Fig/Opal, Lychee/Opal, Guava/Moonstone, Raspberry/Opal and Watermelon/Moonstone

P.S. You having a good Monday so far?

Unforgettable, That’s What You Are, L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Ombre Quad in Unforgettable Lilac

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L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Ombre Quad in Unforgettable Lilac

The L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Ombre Quad in Unforgettable Lilac, $9.99

Mondays are for making plans, dreaming big and playing with purple eyeshadow. :)

This beauty is the Colour Riche Ombre Quad in Unforgettable Lilac by L’Oreal, and it’s only $9.99. Available now at drugstores, Ulta stores and also online.

Man, I just love that name… Unforgettable Lilac.

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Ombre Quad in Unforgettable Lilac

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Ombre Quad in Unforgettable Lilac

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Ombre Quad in Unforgettable Lilac

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Ombre Quad in Unforgettable Lilac swatches

Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 340

Published in: Just For Fun

The Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll for September 29, 2014

The Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll for September 29, 2014

You might be wondering, “So what in tarnation is this Monday Poll thing anyway!?”

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

  1. Stay in or go out?
    Let’s go out! Take me somewhere I’ve never been before, and show me something I’ve never seen.
  2. A piece of makeup you can’t stop wearing?
    Laura Mercier’s Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation.

    Oh! It’s the stuff of legend. Full coverage, feels lighter than Fred Astaire looks on his toes, smoothes out pores, and it’s more comfortable than a great pair of socks.

  3. If you won the lottery, what’s the first thing you’d do?
    I wish I could say I’d do something eccentric or extravagant like hopping on the very first plane to Kauai with nothing but the clothes on my back, or going to an animal shelter and proclaiming, “I will take ALL of the kitties!” but things like that would have to wait until after I took care of some practical things first.

    Assuming I’d already signed the back of the ticket and hidden it away in a secure location, the first thing I’d do is find a good lawyer, then a good financial advisor — both of whom have extensive experience shepherding lottery winners.

    I guess I’m just boring and responsible that way…

  4. What posters and pics did you have on your walls growing up?
    Oh, man, I had so much random crap on my walls when I was a teen. I remember a HUGE New Kids on the Block poster; I think they were all sitting on a stoop and smiling up at the camera. It was hung right beneath a framed picture of five kittens, each a different color, that my mom embroidered by hand.

    But my pride and joy was a Nagel-esque picture of an ’80s lady with a single tear rolling down her cheek and a caption that read, “Memories…” My grandma got it for me from a poster store at the Newpark Mall for my sixteenth birthday.

    I wish I still had that thing…

    Oh, and I also had a movie poster for Casablanca hanging just above my desk.

  5. Do opposites attract?
    Sure, why not? Based on my dating experiences, though (mind you, I’m happily married now and have been with the same guy for 13 years), I think it’s easier on the relationship when you’re not constantly at odds with each other over hot-button topics like religion, politics, kids — that sort of thing.

Le List

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


1. Stay in or go out?
2. A piece of makeup you can’t stop wearing?
3. If you won the lottery, what’s the first thing you’d do?
4. What posters and pics did you have on your walls growing up?
5. Do opposites attract?

Good Monday morning, my friend. :)

I always make my first cup of coffee extra large on Monday mornings…and then I treat myself to a few minutes of Karl.

Here is your Karl Lagerfeld quote for the week:

“Change is the healthiest way to survive.”

– Karl Lagerfeld

Word, Karl… Word. We may disagree on sweatpants, but we’re in tune on this.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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