Archive - June 2009

Comment to Win MAC Style Warrior Bright Future Eyeshadow

Published in: Just For Fun, MAC Makeup

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If the summer sun hasn’t brightened your corner of the world yet, MAC’s Bright Future eyeshadow may be able to help.

One of five shadows in the new MAC Style Warrior collection, it’s a vibrant yellow — almost like a slice of summer in the pan.

If Mother Nature isn’t cooperating and you need a summer sunshine fix, enter today’s giveaway! 🙂

The prize

One lucky lady will win a pan of frosty, golden MAC Style Warrior Bright Future eyeshadow (a $14.50 value).

How to enter

It only takes a second to enter (well, a few seconds). Just leave a quick comment on this post letting me know something that always brightens your day.

A big cup of coffee, an upbeat song and well-behaved hair are all things that brighten my day!

I’ll pick the winner at random from among the people who enter by 11:59PM PST Thursday night.


Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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What’s Your Hot Weather Makeup Routine?

Published in: Just For Fun, Makeup Tips/How To


I *loves* me some hot weather, but extreme heat and/or humidity wreak havoc on my makeup.

MBB reader Sara knows where I’m coming from, and she’s hoping we can help her with a few makeup tips to beat the heat.

I live on the East Coast (New Jersey), and it’s starting to get warmer out. What’s the best summer makeup, and what works best for minimal/warm weather coverage?

I found myself blotting my makeup off the other day because it was so hot, and I was sweating.


Hi Sara,

First off, when it’s REALLY hot outside, I stick to minimal makeup.

Here’s a routine I started doing a few years back while living in a town called Davis (go Ags!). Temps there would often reach triple digits. People would call it “hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk!”

I never gave that a try, but I always wanted to. 🙂

My “It’s Getting Hawt in Here” Makeup Routine

  1. It all starts with a great sunscreen. Then, I fill in my brows and conceal my dark circles.
  2. Next, to brighten my eyes, I curl my lashes and apply two coats of a waterproof mascara (I usually go with waterproof mascara when it’s hot out) like Stila Lash Visor, and if I have the time, I’ll also line my upper lash line with a black waterproof eyeliner like Benefit Bad Gal Waterproof Liner.
  3. For a little color in my life, I’ll dot some liquid blush on my face, and I really like Benefit’s Benetint on my cheeks, blended in with my fingers. I like liquid blushes because they seem to outlast creams or powder blushes in uber-intense heat.
  4. I usually wear both powder AND a tinted moisturizer, but not when it’s hot. It just feels too heavy. Instead, I’ll skip both, but in their place I’ll bring along some blotting papers like MAC Blot to cut down on the shine throughout the day.
  5. I’ll finish with a sheer lipgloss on my lips, something like Chanel Aqualumiere Lipglosses for work or Neutrogena MoistureShine Lip Soothers for play.

Lovelies, what’s your take on summer makeup? Do you change your routine when it heats up outside? What can Sara do with her makeup to breeze through the Jersey summer in style?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


It’s All About the Glitter!

Published in: Makeup, Makeup Tips/How To

Today Jessica of Little Thoughts and Lovely Things gives the 411 on ways to wear glitter.

All about the glitter

My name is Jessica, and I’m your guest beauty blogger this afternoon. 🙂


MBB guest mascot Kitty and I (yes, I do have a kitty named Kitty) are easy to please. As long as Kitty gets her naps and can shed all over the house, and I have my makeup — particularly glitter — we’re great!

NOTE: Make sure you’re careful with glitter around your eyes, and only use glitter products approved for use with makeup (no craft store glitter!).

Glitter adds that extra “pop” to any look. Apply a lot to, say, the entire lid, and people will definitely look your way. Or, play it safe for school or work with a lighter application for a subtle shimmer.


The first time I tried using a loose glitter shadow, I skipped the base and applied it directly to my eyelid. By the end of the day… well, you know how that went. I got it everywhere but my eyes! — on my hands, my clothes, my desk and all over my cheeks.

No problem. You can definitely apply glitter in a way that won’t leave your coworkers wondering why you looked dressed to hit the disco, or why there are bits of glitter in their sandwich.

Loose glitter

What it is
The most concentrated form of glitter you can get. Unless you don’t mind getting glitter all over the place, you’re either going to want to mix it with a base or something else.

You could use something creamy like a MAC Paint Pot ($16) as a base for loose glitter, but you’ll probably end up with more fallout than if you actually mixed it with something like Mixing Medium.

Ask about Mixing Medium at your nearby MAC Pro Store (the water-based kind, about $15), or you can make a base yourself by mixing 2/3rds water with 1/3rd glycerine (bought from a drugstore).

The glycerine just makes everything sticky, so in this case the glitter adheres to your skin.

Consider also trying MAC Fix+ ($17), which combines glycerine with a couple of other ingredients like cucumber extract.

Just drizzle a few drops onto your brush, dip your brush into your loose glitter, and then pat it on your eye.

If you’d prefer a more liquid consistency, you can actually mix your MAC Fix+ and glitter together in a container or in a palette and can even make your own glittery shadow or liner.

A makeup sealant like Benefit’s SheLaq ($30) also helps make glitter stick to skin, but it’ll cost you a lot more than either MAC Fix+ or its drugstore equivalent.



There are many different ways to apply glitter. One way is to apply it to the entire lid. In this pic I’m wearing NYX Glitter Powder in Silver (about $2).


Or, in the center of your lid above the iris, for a little understated sparkle (MAC Glitter in Reflects Antique Gold over MAC Amber Lights shadow, about $20, but much cheaper if you get it with a holiday pigment set).


Glitter also works added to your lipgloss. Here’s some NYX Glitter in Clear over NYX Round Lipgloss in Doll Pink…


Or perhaps above your blush as a highlighter for your cheekbone, though I don’t apply glitter on my face on a regular basis. Above shows some NARS Orgasm Blush and NYX Glitter in Clear over Revlon Crème Shadow in White…
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Highlights from May 2009

Published in: Just For Fun

040609-in-what-order-do-you-apply-your-makeup-11. In What Order Do You Apply Your Makeup? — Most of the makeup artists I know suggest starting with concealer, foundation and powder, but I prefer to do my eyes *first*. That way, if (when) I make a mess, I haven’t gotten too far into the overall look, and things are still easy to clean up.

urban decay pocket rocket lipgloss2. Urban Decay Pocket Rocket Lipgloss: Stand By Yo’ Man — Each of the eight glosses in the set has a hologram hottie in the cap. Each hottie has a different guy’s name, and if you tilt the gloss from side to side, its hottie transforms from fully clothed to undies only. I think that’s just the coolest. Thing. Ever.

whats-your-favorite-drugstore-hairspray3. What’s Your Favorite Drugstore Hairspray? — I usually use hairsprays to set a final style, and there are two drugstore products I really like. If I want soft, flexible hold (say, if I’ve curled my hair), I reach for L’Oreal’s Elnett Extra StrongHold UV Hair Spray ($15). It’s an aerosol spray with UV protectors, and I love fine mist.

mac style warriors peaceable violet fire mercenary nail polish4. MAC Style Warriors Swatches and Pictures — I’m on the fence about the collection, but I definitely like the packaging a lot. The overall color palette isn’t as warm as I thought it would be, and where am I going to wear yellow lipgloss and eyeshadow, LOL? I get the feeling they may be more arty than wearable.

wednesday-lashexact5. 5 Drugstore Mascaras, 5 Days — This post was written by blogger Caroline K, who takes us through five days of testing with five popular drugstore mascaras. This was one of my favorite posts of the month.

Banana Boat Ultra Defense SPF 306. Poolside Champ: Banana Boat Ultra Defense Continuous Spray Sunblock — This shizz is probably the best waterproof aerosol sunblock I’ve ever used and has only a couple little downsides. First, the good stuff — it’s a broad-spectrum sun protectant offering both UVA/UVB protection and comes in three potencies, SPF 30, 50 and the uber-powerful 85. SPF is all well and good, but why I really love it is because it works like a lotion and not a flighty spray.

052809-whats-your-favorite-makeup-primer7. What’s Your Favorite Makeup Primer? — When my skin was super oily a few years back, summertime was always the toughest season for me. By mid-morning, my forehead and face would always take on what I liked to call THE SHINING!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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