Archive - April 2009

MAC Trip 3 Neutral Lips: Swatches and Pics

Published in: MAC Makeup

mac trip 3 neutral lips

Um, do you remember the exclusive MAC Trip palettes we were talking about a few weeks ago?

As if they weren’t enough to drive me to drink: behold! Take a look at the 3 Neutral Lips Palette (*swoons*), another travel exclusive from MAC. Everything about it is rocking my world — the packaging, the colors and even the box.


Neutral Lip is one of the three lip palettes in the limited edition collection (available at select airports this spring and summer). It includes one gloss and two lipsticks in nude colors.

  • Poetic License: a light, creamy peach
  • Expensive: a shimmery pinkish beige
  • Plastique: a shimmery, peachy bronze

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Sonia Kashuk Hidden Treasures Brush Set: Carry On

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Makeup Tools

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Sonia Kashuk Hidden Treasure Brush Set and Bag

For the life of me, I can’t travel light.

I like to be prepared, which is my excuse for overpacking. 🙁

The last time I went somewhere on a plane, I thought I’d been good ahead of time and packed what I thought was the bare minimum of makeup and beauty, only to be told at the airport that I’d have to check my bag (and pay the $15 check-in fee) because of weight.

And I thought I’d been so good… Go figure.

Next month, come hell or high water, I’m determined to pack lighter than usual, and it boils down to limiting the makeup and beauty products I bring.

Having to leave things behind feels like cruel and unusual punishment, but I think I can do it with the help of Sonia Kashuk’s Hidden Treasure Brush Set ($20).

sonia kashuk hidden treasure brush set bag
Fits in the palm of yo’ hand!

New for spring, the Hidden Treasures Brush set comes with six essential makeup brushes with sassy faux silver handles and a cutie-pie orange and white coral print bag.

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The whole clan of Hidden Treasure makeup brushes

These brushes feel much softer against my skin than other travel brushes I’ve tried from MAC and Smashbox, and the long handles fit better in my hand.

Included in the set…
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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, April 27

Published in: Just For Fun


  1. Mood:
  2. Hopeful and optimistic. Yes, I have a million things on my to-do list, but I swear I *will* be organized and meet all of my writing deadlines.

  3. _____ makes me happy:
  4. Tabs makes me happy.

  5. _____ makes me b*tchy:
  6. Having to rush through tasks makes me b*tchy.

  7. Makeup or beauty confession:
  8. I can’t remember the last time I got a haircut, and my hair has pushed me to the brink of critical mass. My mane is always unruly, but now a sprinkling of white hair has appeared at the roots. So not cute…

  9. Book I’m reading:
  10. Painless Grammar, by Rebecca Elliott

  11. Three ways to learn from my mistakes:
  12. Put sunscreen on your feet, brush your chompers with ADA approved toothpaste, and speak your mind because people aren’t mind readers (I’m still working on this one).

  13. Three makeup products I can’t live without:
  14. Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer, Stila Sun SPF 15 Bronzer, MAC Lychee Luxe Lipglass

  15. Eyes/lips/cheeks:
  16. I’m wearing a bunch of stuff from the Smashbox Untamed Summer 2009 collection, like Waterproof Shadow Liner Trio in Exotic ($29) and the Double-Ended Eye Brightener ($22) on my eyes, Creamy Cheek Color in Untamed ($24) on my cheeks and a mix of the Raw and Flesh Lip Glosses on my lips ($18 each). Yep, expect reviews of these soon.

  17. Outfit:
  18. Dark skinny jeans, a green, floral Hawaiian print button-up shirt and yellow sandals

  19. Weekly goals:
  20. Same as usual… Organize all of the crap that’s piled up around my desk, because if I don’t, it just might bury me alive. Also, I have to start flossing my teeth after every meal and getting better about doing my core exercises.

Hiya, homies. It’s mornin’ time here in Nor Cal and looks like it’s going to be a nice and sunny day.

I hope I get everything off my plate today. My plan is to abide by this quote from my man Hugh Jackman: “You just have to stay positive, because if you worry too much about things, madness lies therein.”

Sage advice, right?

Let me know what’s going on with you. If you haven’t done the Monday Poll before, it’s easy and just takes a minute. All you do is copy the following list and paste it with your answers in the comments. 🙂

Le list

_____ makes me happy:
_____ makes me b*tchy:
Makeup or beauty confession:
Book I’m reading:
Three ways to learn from my mistakes:
Three makeup products I can’t live without:
Weekly goals:

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Those of you who’ve emailed about guest blogging, THANK YOU SO MUCH! I’ve received your messages and will touch base with you about them as soon as I can. You rock!


Sundays with Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Apr. 26

Published in: Just For Fun

Is cute packaging enough?

Who am I kidding? Sometimes, all it takes is cute packaging to trigger my makeup desire mechanism, ha! Matter of fact, there were things in MAC’s Hello Kitty collection that I *almost* bought simply because of the packaging, even though I didn’t really care for the products themselves.

I passed because of the cost, but drugstore beauty products — that’s a different story. When something only costs a couple bucks, sometimes I’ll buy for no better reason than the packaging.

What do you think? Is cute packaging reason enough to buy makeup and beauty products?

Do you ever buy makeup strictly because of the packaging?

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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Light Up The Summer with Essie Neon 2009

Published in: Nails

essie neon 2009

Holla back, ya’ll! Essie’s Neon 2009 collection takes me back to fourth grade, circa the mid-’80s, when neon was all the rage. The cool girls were rocking oversized, highlighter-bright neon sweatshirts that hung all the way down to their knees.

The colors were so bright they’d reflect off our chins. I’m surprised we didn’t burn out our corneas.

essie neon 2009 flirty fuchsia

The four limited edition polishes ($8 each) build upon last summer’s ultra hot Essie Neon 2008 collection (arguably one of the *best* Essie collections, ever), by going even brighter this time around, into full-on neon highlighter territory.

But one thing really surprised me about these colors, and it rhymes with phat. 🙂
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