Archive - December 2009

Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Dec. 28

Published in: Just For Fun

Kamehameha Highway, Oahu, HI

  1. Mood:
  2. A little tired but otherwise good. 🙂

  3. A New Year’s Resolution?
  4. To take better care of myself. Can’t say I’ve been eating well or working out enough lately, so it’s time to get back on track.

  5. Hair?
  6. Ugh! Frizz central. My bangs have been out of control. I’ve been resorting to a pinned-back look, pushing most of it into a ponytail. Not my cutest hair, I must say.

  7. Highlight of your weekend?
  8. After Christmas, it was the huge (20′) waves I saw at Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu. The ocean was churning and moving up a storm! — a stark reminder that I’m not the one in charge. I’ll stick to surfing the tiny three-to-four footers at Canoes (a patch of beach in Waikiki), thank you very much.

  9. Eyes/lips/cheeks:
  10. Nothing at the moment (I just washed my face again). Getting ready to apply Time Balm concealer to my dark circles.

  11. Doing anything for New Year’s?
  12. I’m not sure yet. Probably something mellow, though, like dinner and a walk along the water in Sausalito.

  13. Favorite lipgloss of the day?
  14. NARS Greek Holiday. I brought six different colors to Hawaii, but it’s been the only one I’ve worn.

  15. Something you’d like to do today?
  16. Try to have some fun!

  17. Outfit:
  18. An old pair of Lucky jeans (they’re my most comfortable pair) and a blue striped tank top.

  19. Weekly goals:
  20. Get home safely on Tuesday, have fun at my mom’s birthday dinner (happy early birthday, mumsy!) and make the most of the last few days of 2009.

Heya, ladies! Happy Monday afternoon. 😀 I know it’s later in the day than usual for the Monday Poll, especially for you East Coasters, but drop me a line when you can. You know the drill. Just copy the empty list, and paste it with your answers in the comments.

Le list

1. Mood:
2. A New Year’s Resolution?
3. Today’s hair?
4. Highlight of your weekend?
5. Eyes/lips/cheeks:
6. Plans for New Year’s?
7. Current favorite lipgloss?
8. Something you’d like to do today?
9. Outfit:
10. Weekly goals:

I’m on a mission to make these last few days of 2009 good ones! Who’s with me?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



5 of My Favorite How-To Beauty Posts and Tips of the Year

Published in: Beauty Tips, Just For Fun

Mad Men, look out! Big hair is back, ladies, and you may have to duck through doorways if you have this literally hair-raising experience. 🙂

How to bring a pimple to a head

Whoever said that patience is a virtue probably never had one of those sore, swollen pimples just under the surface of their skin. When you can’t take it any more and NEED zit help NOW, here’s a list of tips that might help — from hot compresses to hydrocortisone cream.

Here’s a quick way to handle one of the more annoying things that sometimes happens when applying mascara.
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10 Days of Giveaways: Two Ways to Win MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo in Mayhem

Published in: Just For Fun

  • UPDATE: Dec. 29, 2009. The giveaway is now closed, and the winner will be contacted soon. Good luck! 🙂

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A few things I’m looking forward to doing when I head back to California on Tuesday…

  1. Sleeping in my bed (been snoozing on a couch out here)
  2. Hugging Tabs!
  3. Getting my hands on the new MAC collections! I haven’t really spent much time with Love Lace, Warm & Cozy or MAC in the Studio yet, and I CAN’T WAIT! 🙂

Ah, but it still feels like the holidays! What say we bid adieu to the season with one more MAC giveaway, this one featuring a favorite from MAC Magic, Mirth and Mischief?

The prize

One lucky lady will win MAC’s Mineralize Eyeshadow in Mayhem (a $20 value), a shimmery duo with pretty gold and silver powder shadows.

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How to enter…

2ways2enterEntering 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, tell me your favorite MAC eyeshadow and how you like to use it.

I don’t think I could pick just one, so here are three! 🙂 — Concrete (I use it almost daily to fill in my brows), Soft Brown (the *best* crease color I’ve ever used, evah!) and Club (love it with smokey eyes).

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

RT @karenmbb: RT to win a MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo in Mayhem (a $20 value)


  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 a MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo in Mayhem (a $20 value)

I’ll pick the winner at random from among the people who enter by 11:59 p.m. PST on Monday, December 28.

Chúc may mắn!!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


  • UPDATE: Dec. 29, 2009. The giveaway is now closed, and the winner will be contacted soon. Good luck! 🙂

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