Archive - October 2008

10 Fantastic Smokey Eye Tutorials

Published in: Beauty Tips, Makeup Tips/How To, Top Posts

One of my favorite things about makeup is that there’s always room to step up your game. I love to imagine all the tips and tricks that I’ve yet to learn.

I’m always looking to get better at doing smokey eyes. I’ve come across hundreds of smokey eye tutorials, and I think these 10 are some of the most helpful ones. I hope you find them useful, too!

1. A smokey eye video tutorial with MAC Pro makeup artist Chantel Miller

2. A black smokey eye by Christine of

3. A video how-to showing ways to use Stila’s Talking Palette

4. Get a high fashion look with this smokey eye by MissChievous of

5. A smokey eye video tutorial starring Kim Kardashian (and her awesome makeup artist)
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Which China Glaze Rodeo Diva Shade Do You Like Best?

Published in: Just For Fun, Nails

Giddyup, girl! I always wanted to be a cowgirl, ropin’ steers and such and whatnot … but growing up in the suburbs and listening to Public Enemy didn’t lend themselves to the fulfillment of this dream. I’ve never even ridden a horse.

That said, I can still get my fingers and toes ready for the rodeo with China Glaze’s Rodeo Diva nail polish collection, my favorite China Glaze release of the year.

I found the China Glaze Rodeo Diva collection online for $2.68 per bottle.

I think these dark colors are perfect for fall, yet they pack enough shimmer to make ’em fun and spunky at the same time. The shades aren’t as bold as previous releases like Ink, 2BHAWT and 2BKEWL, and I’m glad to see China Glaze is keeping things interesting.

Six of the 12 shades from the Rodeo Diva release…

Which of these China Glaze Rodeo Diva shades do you like best?

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Wedding Palette Auditions: Stila Cover Look No. 2

Published in: Face of the Day (FOTD)

Heya, girlies! Thanks for your feedback on potential makeup looks I could wear to my friend Jen’s upcoming wedding in November. For this go ’round of Wedding Palette Auditions I thought I’d try a gold eye with light cheeks and pink lips using another Stila palette, Cover Look No. 2. Let me know your thoughts.

I found Cover Look No. 2 on on sale for $15.20 (originally $40). It’s all about gold and combines the shade with peach, pink and taupe.

    Lame eyeshadow: a shimmery cool gold
    Oasis eyeshadow: a shimmery peachy gold
    Coin eyeshadow: a shimmery peachy-taupe with gold flecks
    Tint cheek color: a matte peach
    Enchanting lipgloss: a shimmery peachy pink gold

Most of us felt the look with Stila Cover Look No. 4 didn’t pack enough oomph, so to bump up the drama with this look I added a thick line of MAC Fluidline in Graphic brown on the top lash line. On the lips, I layered MAC Cremesheen lipstick in Speak Louder beneath the Stila lipgloss.
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Does L’Oreal Bare Naturale Mascara Thicken, Lengthen AND Separate Lashes?

Published in: Makeup, Product Reviews

Have you seen that commercial for L’Oreal’s new Bare Naturale Mascara ($9) in which Penelope Cruz looks into the camera, bats her eyelashes and then BAM! — they morph into super lashes, all thick, lush and magnificent?

I want those lashes, but after years of mascara disappointment, I have a question for the cosmetics companies of the world: is it too much to ask for a single mascara able to thicken, lengthen AND separate?

Bare Naturale’s tortoise shell tube is a nice departure from all the solid color tubes on the market, and the application brush feels soft against my fingertips.

So, does this mascara bring it?

I applied three coats of Brown-Black and peered into the mirror hoping for some P. Cruz eyelash magic…

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Oct. 20

Published in: Just For Fun

  1. Mood:
  2. Cognizant… but just barely!

  3. Eyeshadow:
  4. Stila Front Cover Look No. 2 (the next palette up to bat for my Wedding Palette Auditions).

  5. Fragrance:
  6. Very Irresistible Givenchy.

  7. Anxious about…:
  8. Getting through the workweek. It will be another hectic one ’cause I’m training somebody new. And I still haven’t thought of a Halloween costume!

  9. Happy about…:
  10. The sun (it’s bright and crisp outside on this lovely fall day), my Strawberry Frosted Pop Tart, the boots I’m going to wear today — It’s all about the small things… 😉

  11. Blush:
  12. Stila powder blush in Tint.

  13. Nails:
  14. Sephora’s OPI Metro Chic on my toes. Bare fingertips (for now).

  15. Morning drink:
  16. A steaming hot mug of mango white tea… YUM!

  17. Song of the day:
  18. Pink’s So What. Sidenote: Dang, Pink is cool! Who puts their ex-husband in a video for a song about their breakup? I’d love to meet her.

  19. Goals for the week:
  20. To remember to *breathe* and to find Tabs a kitty Halloween costume.

Let’s get Monday off to a good start. If you’re just sitting in that cube/class/hella boring meeting right now… copy the empty list, and paste it with your answers in the comments. 🙂

Le list

Anxious about…:
Happy about…:
Morning drink:
Song of the day:
Goals for the week:

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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