Archive - August 2009

What’s Your Favorite Full-Coverage Foundation for a Natural Look?

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

Full-coverage natural-looking foundations

Do you think foundations exist that are able to cover everything you need them to cover while still looking natural?

I once thought natural-looking full-coverage foundations were like dragons — aka unreal, mythical creatures from fairy tales — but after much blood, sweat and tears I have found a few that I like.

Reader Korina is a busy student looking for a new foundation:

I’m applying to medical school very soon, working and trying to finish my classes to graduate in a year, so I’m insanely busy!

However, I love doing my makeup every morning and looking presentable for school. It’s my stress reliever.

I currently use MAC Studio Fix Fluid, but it’s getting a little too heavy for me to use every day. I want a foundation that gives me more of that natural beauty, but would still covers my blemishes and acne scars.


Hi Korina,

I give you props for handling your business *and* taking the time to look great. Sometimes when I’m swamped my beauty shizz falls by the wayside (don’t get me started on the week I forgot to shower, oops). 🙂

Here are some foundations I like for natural, everyday looks. My current faves:

Ladies, do you have any natural-looking full-coverage foundations in your makeup stash? It sounds like Korina could use a helping hand.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


A Week with MAC Studio Moisture Tint SPF 15

Published in: MAC Makeup, Product Reviews


Homegirls, here’s a quick followup on the tube o’ MAC Studio Moisture Tint SPF 15 ($30) I picked up from the Baby Bloom collection a couple weeks ago.

I’ve been wearing Medium Dark (a caramel beige) for about a week now. It’s one of the five shades in the new line of super sheer tinted moisturizers.

How does it stack up against my tried-and-true Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer?

Breaking up/out

I’ve had some rotten luck with MAC foundations in the past, and just like the others I’ve tried, Studio Moisture Tint didn’t get along with my skin. After wearing it for a week with MAC Blot Pressed Powder (which *never* gives me zits), I developed a smattering of little pimples all over my face.

On the bright side, they weren’t the volcanic-sized ones that hurt and take forever to go away, but still.

Sheer defeat

Ultimately, the coverage didn’t work for me either. I think it’s just too sheer — not that I can’t build up layers to increase the coverage, but it’s time consuming.

I usually think to wear tinted moisturizer on days when I don’t want to spend a lot of time on my makeup, so having to spend extra time layering kinda defeats the whole saving time thing.

MAC Studio Moisture Tint SPF 15

Price: $30
Use: An ultra-sheer tinted moisturizer with sunscreen
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: C+

MAC Studio Moisture Tint wasn’t my fave, but it still could be one of yours. If your skin gets along with MAC’s other foundations (and you’re looking for light coverage), you might want to give it a try.
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Two Ways to Win Philosophy’s Kiss Me Lip Treatments

Published in: Just For Fun


Christian Bale may never ask to make out with me (still lovin’ ya, you potty mouth!), but it never hurts to be prepared. 🙂

I do my best to keep my tube Philosophy Kiss Me Lip Balm ($12) close, just in case.


If you haven’t tried Kiss Me yet, you gotta get on that, girl! It’s one of my favorite lip balms around, and I’ve been obsessed for years.

When my lips become cracked or dry, it’s the only thing that gets ’em soft and smooth again.

Philosophy packed Kiss Me with enough Vitamin E and sweet almond oil to call it high-density, and it turns out the company has even more Kiss Me awesomeness available now — Kiss Me SPF 20 ($14) and Kiss Me Tonight ($20).

Kiss Me SPF 20


Kiss Me SPF 20
It delivers the same hydrating richness as the original Kiss Me formula but with the added bonus of SPF 20. I’ve been wanting to try it before jogging to protect my lips from sun and wind burn.

Kiss Me Tonight


Kiss Me Tonight
A night treatment that Philosophy says also reduces fine lines on the lips, Kiss Me Tonight is thicker and creamier than the original Kiss Me.

If you’ve been wanting to try Philosophy’s Kiss Me products, enter to win today’s smooch-worthy giveaway.

The prize

One lucky lady will take home two Philosophy Kiss Me lip products: Kiss Me SPF 20 and Kiss Me Tonight Intense Lip Therapy (a $34 value).

How to enter…

Entering is easy. There are two different ways, and you can do both of them for two chances to win.

First, you can enter by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post. In it, reveal the identity of the last person you kissed. 🙂

Do kittehs count? I just gave Tabs a smooch on his tummy. If we’re talking humans, though, then it’s obvs El Hub.

Follow me
Second, enter by following me on Twitter and retweeting (RT) the following message:

RT @karenmbb: RT to Win Philosophy’s Kiss Me Lip Treatments.


  1. Enter by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post, and don’t forget to use a valid email address so I can reach you if you win.
  2. Follow me on Twitter and retweet the following message:

    RT @karenmbb: RT to Win Philosophy’s Kiss Me Lip Treatments.

I’ll pick the winner at random from among the people who enter by 11:59 PM PST on Tuesday, August 4.

Bun cletg!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Aug. 3

Published in: Just For Fun


  1. Mood:
  2. A jumble of good things today: focused, cheerful and playful!

  3. What are three of your favorite eyeshadow crease colors?
  4. Oh, there are so many to choose from! MAC Soft Brown will always be my baby. Lately, I’ve also been lovin’ on MAC Patina and Urban Decay Smog from the Ammo Palette.

  5. Do you think men and women can be platonic friends without any weirdness?
  6. Totally. I have a few great guy friends who are like the older brothers I always wished for but never had — NBLACK, Mark S. and Marc K.

  7. What’s the next book you’d like to read?
  8. I just finished the third Sookie Stackhouse book and can’t wait to read the fourth.

  9. Eyes/lips/cheeks:
  10. Nothing yet, but I’m thinking it might be a Bobbi Brown Ivy League kinda day.

  11. Who makes *the best* jeans?
  12. I have to admit I’m asking this question because I need to buy a new pair, LOL! I used to love my Joe’s, but now they fit funky…

  13. What are you looking forward to most this week?
  14. Watching Julie & Julia on Friday. LOVE Meryl Streep!

  15. If you had the chance to go back and re-live your high school years but with all the knowledge you have now, would you?
  16. High school was a time in my life when I felt steady and safe, so it’s definitely tempting. I would miss the freedoms that come with being an adult, though, so probably not.

  17. Outfit:
  18. Pink and black plaid Dickies pants and a black t-shirt.

  19. Weekly goals:
  20. Schedule a lunch with friends, start researching flooring materials (fake wood versus carpet?), set aside time to relax and try a new recipe from the August issue of Real Simple.

Right now I’m sitting at my desk, drinking tea and going over my to-do list for the day. Tabs is on my lap and purring like crazy!

How’s your morning coming along? I always like it when I can ease my way into Mondays.

Let me know how you’re doing. Grab a cup of tea or coffee, copy the empty list below, and paste it with your answers in the comments.

Let’s make this week a good one! *raises mug* 🙂

Le list

1. Mood:
2. Three of your favorite eyeshadow crease colors:
3. Can men and women be platonic friends?
4. The next book you’d like to read:
5. Eyes/lips/cheeks:
6. Who makes *the best* jeans?
7. What are you most looking forward to this week?
8. Would you re-live your high school years?
9. Outfit:
10. Weekly goals:

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Bloggerati Spotlight

Published in: Just For Fun

The Beauty Bloggerati

Like a sunflower, girls, it’s time for us to rise and shine. 🙂

Hope you had a nice Sunday night. The highlight of mine was watching Jason Stackhouse dig himself in ever deepening holes on the latest episode of True Blood. That poor boy’s not the sharpest tool in the shed.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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