Archive - March 2010

Extra, Extra! Sonia Kashuk’s Matte Oil Blotting Papers are EXTRA Large

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Product Reviews

Sonia Kashuk went big with her Matte Oil Blotting Papers ($7), not only making them significantly larger than comparable ones from MAC (about a quarter of an inch longer on all sides), but also giving three times as many sheets for just about half the cost (100 sheets for $7, versus 30 for $13.50 of the ones from MAC).

If you’ve never used blotting papers before, they’re usually just thin sheets of tissue paper used to absorb oil and remove shine from skin without the need for additional layers of makeup. Lots of different brands make ’em, including MAC ($13.50), Shiseido ($17), Too Faced ($12) and Clean & Clear ($6).

You wouldn’t think there’d be much difference among different brands of blotting papers, but there can be, both in terms of size and performance; some feel softer than others, too, and use different kinds of paper or fabric. Some even contain absorbent powders or clay.
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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Mar. 1

Published in: Just For Fun

  1. Mood:
  2. Pretty good. I have high hopes for the week.

  3. Where’s your home town?
  4. It’s called Union City, a suburb of San Francisco and Oakland. Growing up there in the ’80s and early ’90s there was literally NOTHING to do except go to the drive-in (the closest decent mall was 15 minutes away), and eventually even that was leveled for a strip mall and a Wal Mart.

  5. Are you a gadget girl?
  6. I have a weakness for Apple stuff and photography doo-dads…

  7. Do you have any children?
  8. Only if Tabs counts. 🙂

  9. Eyes/lips/cheeks:
  10. Minimal makeup right now: MAC Studio Fix Lash Mascara (lemme know if you want to see a review)/Clinique Superbalm Gloss in Grapefruit/Benefit Coralista

  11. Have you ever made a mix TAPE for someone?
  12. Ha, more than a few times! I’d always add a few songs recorded straight off the radio, too. The hardest part was getting songs without the DJ talking over them!

  13. What’s your default hurry-up dinner dish?
  14. Garlic fried rice with spicy chicken sausage from Trader Joe’s. For fiber (hey, gotta keep it real!), I’ll slice whatever fruit is in the ‘fridge and have it for dessert.

  15. Glossy red lips: yay or nay?
  16. Even though they’re super high maintenance, a big fat YAY!

  17. Outfit:
  18. Dark skinny stretch jeans from Old Navy, a striped teal tank top and a gray zip-up hoodie.

  19. Weekly goals:
  20. Cardio at least three times, approach everything I try to do from a place of relaxation and joy (sounds cheesy, but it really helps!), drink plenty of water, break in the black platform sandals I found at Marshall’s yesterday, and remind myself of my strengths whenever I feel like focusing on my faults.

Good morning, love bugs! Tabs and I just got back from our walk. I sipped some green tea while he and the calico down the street stared each other down for five minutes. To cats that’s exciting stuff!

I hope your Monday got off to a good start and that everyone around you treats you kindly today. It always helps set the tone for a good week. If you have a second between the tasks on your to-do list, let me know what’s new with you.

Just copy and paste the following list in the comments with your answers. 🙂

Le list

1. Mood:
2. Where’s your home town?
3. Are you a gadget girl?
4. Do you have any children?
5. Eyes/lips/cheeks:
6. Have you ever made a mix TAPE for someone?
7. What’s your default hurry-up dinner dish?
8. Glossy red lips: yay or nay?
9. Outfit:
10. Weekly goals:

I’ll keep my chin up if you do! 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. March? Already? YIKES!

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