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

Published in: Giveaways, Just For Fun

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Dolce & Gabbana summer 2014

Dolce & Gabbana summer 2014

You know when you’re too tired to cook and just want good food to magically appear in front of you? Yeah…that’s exactly how it was last night.

Good morning, glory! I hope you had a good week. Mine wasn’t bad at all, and any week that ends with pizza and a movie ends on a high note (unless either of those is terrible).

That’s what we did. We grabbed slices for dinner and then went to see Lucy, that new sci-fi flick with ScarJo and Morgan Freeman. She plays someone exposed to a new drug who starts being able to use more of her brain power, but it comes with a big catch 22.

Not great, but not bad either. There were some cool parts, and she does kick some @ss.

Today, now, I’m just hanging out. I don’t really have any big plans. Tabs is sleeping in the other room, I just finished watering the plants (TONS of tomatoes ready to pick), and now I’m saying hello to you.

Hello.

What are you up to today? Is it hot out there? It’s, uh, like Death Valley out here… It was about 95 degrees yesterday, and it’s supposed to be almost that hot again today.

Yeah…we don’t have a working air conditioner, and it usually doesn’t matter because it rarely gets that hot here, but this is one of those weeks. Late in the day my office has been like a sauna, and even Tabs leaves the room.

It’s kind of funny, actually. If you could see the shenanigans and hoops I hop through to take face pics without my makeup melting off, you’d laugh. Let’s just say that I get pretty creative with fan placement, cross ventilation, towels and ice…

In other news, you know what time it is, right?

(Here’s a hint: it’s giveaway time.)

I hope you enter. Good luck. :)

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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Meet My New Neighbor, Charlotte

Published in: Daily Photo

Charlotte the Spider

She’s a good listener, and you know how some neighbors make a lot of noise? Well, Charlotte’s really quiet. :)

She lives on the deck between a cherry tomato plant and a bell pepper. Next time you swing by, I’ll introduce you.

Charlotte the Spider

Charlotte the Spider

Speaking of bell peppers, I have a question for the green thumbs out there.

Uh…how do you tell when green bell peppers are ripe?

Mine look plump, and green, but they’re still kind of small (the biggest one fits in the palm of my hand), so I can’t tell. A lot of the veggies I grow on the deck are in planters and don’t usually get huge like grocery store size.

I’m wondering, though, should I pick it now or wait?

Urban Decay’s Fast Easy Sexy Partial False Lashes Are Exactly What Their Name Implies

Published in: Eyes, Makeup, Product Reviews, Urban Decay

Urban Decay Instaflare

Wearing Urban Decay’s new Fast Easy Sexy Partial False Lashes in Instalure ($15) on the outer corners of my upper lash line

I’m keeping Urban Decay’s new Fast Easy Sexy Partial False Lashes ($15) on metaphorical makeup speed dial for the next Monday morning when I’m feeling blah and need an easy pick-me-up. These will definitely hit the spot, since they’re so quick to use and easy to apply.

Urban Decay Fast Easy Sexy Partial False Lashes

When you and/or your lashes need a lift, and you either don’t have, or don’t want to spend, the time dealing with the drama that often accompanies false lashes, partials like Fast Easy Sexy are great.

I’m a big fan. :)

Urban Decay Fast Easy Sexy Partial False Lashes box back

I call them starter falsies, since the shorter band makes them much easier to manipulate and control.

Perfect for fledgling false lash aficionados, or anyone who wants an easier fancy fringe.

Urban Decay Instalush

Instalush

These three new styles from Urban Decay are like lightning in a bottle. I can apply any one of them in less than a minute.

Urban Decay Instaflare

Instaflare

Because they’re not as wide as full-size false lashes, I don’t have to trim them at all to fit, and ’cause they already have a blackened band, I can also skip the extra step of having to darken the band with liner.

Urban Decay Instalure Falsies

Instalure

And I think they just dramatic enough to get the job done.

Urban Decay Instalush

Instalush

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Like a Good Pair of Kicks, Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel Offers Major Arch Support

Published in: Eyes, Makeup, Product Reviews, Tarte

Tarte Amazonian Clay Tinted Brow Gel in Taupe

Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel in Taupe

Tarte’s new cruelty-free Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel ($21) comes in three shades, and the one we’re looking at today, Taupe, is actually nowhere near my natural brow color. It’s the lightest of the three shades, and the one best suited for blondes.

Buuut, I thought I might be able to use it for the inner part of my brows to do that whole ombre brow thing, or when I just feel like wearing my Lil’ Kim/Nicki Minaj wig to scare the UPS guy.

Good times, my friend… Good times. :)

Just to see how it would look, I also pulled the color all the way through my brown to the outer tail, and HOLY WOW MAMA! — this stuff is unbelievably pigmented.

Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel in Taupe

Despite it being way too light for me to use as my primary brow gel, Taupe still completely covers Raul, also known as “the bald spot in my left brow.”

Taupe also keeps my stray hairs from flapping in the wind and has so much pigment that it even lightens the overall color of my dark brunette brows by several shades (only while I wear it, of course).

Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel in Taupe

Kind of shocking, considering that the tiny brush, which doesn’t look like much, has bristles so small that they look like they wouldn’t be able to hold much product at all.

“No frickin’ way,” I thought the first time I saw it, but it works, both the brush and the gel. Together, they fill in all the sparse spots, lay down plenty of color (on the hairs and the skin), and corral those wayward hairs into place.

Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel in Taupe

Taupe

It’s a firm, yet manageable hold, and I can still run a brush through my brows when the gel dries down if I want to, so the hold isn’t as firm or stiff as, say, Anastasia’s Clear Brow Gel, which could hold those hairs down through a category 5 storm, I kid you not.

But it is firm enough to hold the hairs in place when I dance in front of my Beyonce fan. #truestory #dontjudge :)

Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel in Taupe, before (left) and after (right)

Before (left) and after (right) Tarte Amazonian Clay Tinted Brow Gel in Taupe

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Rouge Bunny Rouge When Birds Are Singing Long-Lasting Eye Shadow in Rufous-Tailed Weaver Serenades My Makeup-Loving Soul

Published in: Daily Beauty

Rouge Bunny Rouge Long Lasting Eye Shadow When Birds Are Singing in Rufous-Tailed Weaver

Rouge Bunny Rouge When Birds Are Singing Long-Lasting Eye Shadow in Rufous-Tailed Weaver

*Cue birds chirping!* chirping

I think I may have literally heard a symphony of birds singing outside my window the first time I opened Rouge Bunny Rouge When Birds Are Singing Long-Lasting Eye Shadow in Rufous-Tailed Weaver ($25).

It’s like powder eyeshadow makeup LOVE in a pan.

I almost can’t describe it… One minute, I see a beautiful bronzy brown. Next minute, a gorgeous golden tan taupe and oh! — it’s also freakishly smooth.

You know those products that make you fall in love with makeup all over again?

Yeah, this is one of those for me.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Long Lasting Eye Shadow When Birds Are Singing in Rufous-Tailed Weaver

Rouge Bunny Rouge Long Lasting Eye Shadow When Birds Are Singing in Rufous-Tailed Weaver

Rouge Bunny Rouge Long Lasting Eye Shadow When Birds Are Singing in Rufous-Tailed Weaver

Rouge Bunny Rouge Rufous Tailed Weaver Swatch

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