Archive - August 2010

Lea Michele: Her Best Hair?

Published in: Hair, Just For Fun

I don’t watch many award shows (I’ll usually opt to read the post-show punditry the following day), but I am looking forward to the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday. Actually, I guess you could say I’m filled with glee. 🙂

I was STOKED to see that actress Lea Michele (born Lea Michele Sarfati on August 29, 1986), who plays the overachieving, annoyingly lovable songstress Rachel Berry on Glee, is up for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

But she’s up against stiff (not in the comedic way, of course) comic competition from Julie Louis-Dreyfus and Tina Fey, among others.

Does she have a legitimate shot? I hope so (wishing her luck!).

Which of Lea's hairstyles do you like best?

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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Say Hi, Shine, with the Jemma Kidd Hi-Shine Glossticks

Published in: Makeup, Product Reviews

jemma kidd hi-shine glosstick review

Some cats possess talent; others are possessed by it. When that happens, as the great Rod Serling once said, “a talent becomes a curse.”

Imagine, if you would, a cat with sharp claws resting on an air mattress (the same one you’ve been sleeping on since your in-laws arrived).

This cat has a talent for destruction…

…and for keeping me awake at night.

As sleep deprived as I’ve been these past two weeks, I’d be a heck of a lot grumpier if it weren’t for Jemma Kidd’s new Hi-Shine Glossticks ($25 each, available in five shades).

Inspired by the beautiful colors of beachy Barbados, these hydrating lipstick/gloss hybrids contain nifty light reflective particles to go with their SPF 15. The particles create the illusion of fuller lips, making them great for gals looking for a little lip boost.

Do you remember the MAC Slimshines (now discontinued)? If you liked those, I think you might also like these. They have a similarly thin, sheer, slick texture — unflavored and unscented — and both last about the same 60-90 minutes on my lips.

I’ve been wearing shimmery peach Sugar Cane off and on for a few days…

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Swatch of Sugar Cane on NC35 skin

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Here Kitty, Kitty: Would You Like Some MAC Fabulous Felines?

Published in: MAC Makeup, Product Reviews

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Yo, as if I needed yet ANOTHER reason to go all crazy cat lady on your @ss, the MAC Fabulous Felines collection claws its way onto makeup counters tomorrow, and from what I’ve seen so far, it might be one of MAC’s most purrr-fect releases to date.

NOTE: If you can’t wait till Thursday, don’t (it’s already available online). 🙂

Here are some pics to help you wrap your tail around everything. It’s a hefty release, with 52 pieces for eyes, cheeks and lips distributed among three different color stories…

  1. Palace Pedigreed — regal blues, grays and silvers
  2. Burmese Beauty — rich olives and teak
  3. Leopard Luxe — tawny creams and golds (Tabs likes these A LOT)

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Tabs auditioned for the Leopard Luxe modeling campaign but never got a call back…

Keep your cool kitten eyes peeled for the Superslick Liquid Eye Liners ($17.50). Available in nine shades, these innovate long-wearing, water-resistant liners actually look wet when they’re dry, and Tabs thinks they’re the cat’s meow.
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What Are You Wearing on Your Nails?

Published in: Just For Fun, Nails

MAC Nail Trend F/W ’10 Nail Lacquers in Ming Blue (left) and Concubine (right), each $13

Today I’m wearing colors — yes, more than one 🙂 — from the counter-bound MAC Nail Trend F/W ’10 collection (arrives tomorrow!). I went with Concubine on my fingers and Ming Blue on my toes.

Speaking of that, the collection includes…

  • Nail Lacquer: a clear frost
  • Concubine: a shimmery blackened red
  • Earthly Harmony: a muted taupe with copper shimmer
  • Ming Blue: a cobalt blue with teal and red shimmer
  • Rain of Flowers: a frosty blackened violet
  • Imperial Flower: a reddish orange with gold and red shimmer
  • Jade Dragon: an emerald green with teal shimmer

Top row: Jade Dragon, Concubine, Rain of Flowers; Bottom row: Nail Lacquer, Earthly Harmony, Imperial Flower, Ming Blue

How about you? What’s gracing your nails on this fine, fabulous hump day?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Two Ways to Win MAC Dare to Wear Eyeshadow in Zingy

Published in: Just For Fun, MAC Makeup

  • The giveaway is now closed, and the winner is being contacted. Before you go, check the home page for ongoing giveaways.

“Because it’s Tuesday.”

That’s my father-in-law’s answer to almost every question.

“It’s so hot outside,” I’ll tell him. “Why don’t you put on some shorts?”

“Because it’s Tuesday,” he’ll reply, an amused look on his face.

So, taking a page from his book, the reason for today’s giveaway is…”because it’s Tuesday.” 🙂

And just like the clear sky overhead, today’s prize is all about blue.

The Prize

One lucky lady will win MAC’s Dare to Wear Eyeshadow in Zingy ($14 value), a highly pigmented matte sky blue.

How To Enter…

2ways2enterEntering is easy. There are two different ways, and you can do both of them for two chances to win.

  1. First, you can enter by retweeting (RT) the following message:

    Follow @karenmbb and RT to win MAC Eyeshadow in Zingy from the Dare to Wear collection

  2. Second, enter by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post, a comment about anything at all — what you’re studying in school, how you feel about bright eyeshadows, or the superpower you’d most like to have.

    What superpower would I like to have? That’s easy: flight! Why? (No, not because it’s Tuesday) I’d love to be able to soar up above the clouds so high, like a diamond in the sky. 🙂 Seriously, I’m not afraid of heights, and I like to go f a s t !

  • Oh, yeah. International folks and readers living overseas, please feel free to enter. The giveaway is also open to y’all. Entrants everywhere, however, must be at least 13 years of age or older.


  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. Retweet the following message on twitter:

    Follow @karenmbb and RT to win MAC Eyeshadow in Zingy from the Dare to Wear collection

I’ll pick the winner at random from among the people who enter by 11:59 p.m. PST on Wednesday, August 25.

Good luck!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


  • The giveaway is now closed, and the winner is being contacted. Before you go, check the home page for ongoing giveaways.

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