Archive - September 2010

Saturday Surfing

Published in: Just For Fun

Hey, lady! How’s it going today? What are you up to? I’ve been up for a while but just not in front of the computer (for a change). Tabs was actually using it to write another email to MAC. He still hasn’t heard back from the company. 🙂

The stress of potential litigation is getting to him, too, because he’s been acting out lately. Dang cat has even taken to BITING THE CRAP OUT OF ME in frustration. It’s how he got me out of bed this morning — with a series of bites to my chin. I hope both parties settle out of court soon…

Did ya do anything fun last night? The highlight of my evening was the cup of coconut frozen yogurt (topped with blueberries and strawberries) that I ate for dinner while watching the most recent Project Runway online. No spoilers (the comments, however, are fair game), but what did you think of the dresses by Michael C. and Mondo?

And speaking of the show, haven’t the contestants been cranky this season? Seems like their claws are always out, and it’s flat-out getting on my nerves.

Anywho, right now I’m getting ready to head into San Francisco to see Dreamgirls with El Hub. The boy asked me totally out of the blue last week. I know, right? I’m shocked (but delighted)! 🙂 I haven’t been to a musical in years, and I must say I’m really looking forward to it.

Before I go, can you catch some e-waves with me? Come on, the water looks perfect!

Random Bright Spots

New in Beauty

Simply put, this song makes me 🙂

Enjoy the rest of your day, boo-boo!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Prada Shows Their Softer Side with New Infusion d’Iris Eau de Toilette

Published in: Fragrance

prada infusion d'iris eau de toilette

Well, I guess you really do learn something new every day. I always assumed that when I was sniffing an iris flower, I was smelling the very same scent so often used in perfumes, but apparently that version, according to Prada, is actually an extract derived from the plant’s roots.

It’s also the main note in Prada’s pricey new Infusion d’Iris Eau de Toilette ($85 for a 100ml bottle), a fresher, lighter, just-stepped-out-of-the-shower take on their famously floral d’Iris Eau de Parfum, which launched back in 2007.

Keeping this iris company are also notes of neroli, lily of the valley, violet, heliotrope, ceder and galbanum (spicy, woody and reminiscent of pine).

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Two Ways to Win an Urban Decay Good Karma Finishing Brush

Published in: Just For Fun

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

Karma: it’s not just the club where The Situation and Snooki practice their dance moves on the Jersey Shore.

It’s also a force of nature that states, like the old J. Timberlake song, “What goes around, comes around.” Both the good and the bad.

And speaking of the good stuff, have you seen the new Urban Decay Good Karma brushes? Today’s giveaway could be your chance to take one of them home.

The Prize

One lucky lady will win Urban Decay’s Good Karma Finishing Brush ($39), a Tabs-approved (cruelty-free) face brush. It’s one of 11 new Good Karma makeup brushes for eyes, lips and face.

While designed for hi-definition powders, something tells me it would handle regular face powders pretty well too. A multitasking tool, Urban Decay also recommends it for brushing away excess eyeshadow fallout from beneath the eyes or for toning down excess blush or bronzer colors on the face.

Imagine your nimble little fingers wrapped around the gunmetal handle. 🙂 It’s made from recycled aluminum, and the synthetic brush head’s made from recycled PET bottles.

The fibers feel whisker soft and feather light against skin, and they can be used either wet or dry.

When you’re done beautifying yourself with this bad boy, just put it away in its sassy purple box (made from recycled egg crates, wouldn’t ya know it).

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 an Urban Decay Good Karma Finishing Brush

  2. Second, enter by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post, a comment about anything at all — tell me what food you’re craving, describe your weekend plans, or reminisce about your favorite Urban Decay product of all time.

    My favorite Urban Decay product? I’ve been hooked on phonics on Eden Primer Potion for months. It’s a non-drying eye makeup primer (I apply it to bare lids) used to keep liners and eyeshadows from creasing and disappearing throughout the day. Stuff works! And it’s hella easy to remove.

  • 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 18 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 an Urban Decay Good Karma Finishing Brush

I’ll pick the winner at random from among the people who enter by 11:59 p.m. PST on Sunday, September 5.

Sağlıqla qalın!

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.

How Do You Stop Eyeliner from Migrating?

Published in: Makeup Tips/How To

Yesterday MBB reader Megan emailed with a question about something that I’m guessing all of us have encountered at one time or another but may have been too shy to discuss: eye boogers.

Yep, eye boogers. 🙂

Megan writes: I have a problem with eyeliner buildup in the outer wrinkles between my lower and upper lids. What I can I do about it? Also, to be blunt, eyeliner builds up with my eye boogers throughout the day, and it makes me want to stop lining my upper or lower lashes. How do I remove them without messing up my makeup?

Hi Megan!

Ahh, migrating eyeliner… Such a pain, isn’t it? But there’s hope! You didn’t say which liner you’re using, but I’m assuming it’s a pencil or cream because both are rather nomadic and tend to migrate throughout the day.

Here are a couple of things you might try:

Layer a primer beneath your liner

LOL! I just made a rhyme. 🙂 Seriously, though, if you haven’t tried using an eye primer, give one a try. They’re like makeup magnets, strengthening the hold of eye products that are layered on top of them. I’ve been using Urban Decay Eden Primer Potion ($18) lately and am pretty happy with it, but Too Faced Shadow Insurance ($18) and LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer ($20) work well for me, too.

Set your liner with a coordinating powder eyeshadow

If you’re lining your eyes with pencil, it could help to set your liner by applying a powder eyeshadow directly on top. For black liners, consider MAC Eyeshadow in Print; for browns, try MAC Eyeshadow in Brun ($14.50 each). I like to use an angled brush like the MAC 266 Small Angled Brush ($19.50) for precise application.

Switch to a long-wearing liquid or gel

Liquid and gel liners can take a little more time to apply than pencils do…but they frickin’ stay on like Donkey Kong! The most smudge-proof, user-friendly ones I’ve worn are LORAC Front of the Line Pro Liquid Liner ($22) and MAC Fluidline Gel Liner ($15).
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I’m a Softie for LORAC’s Private Affair Palette

Published in: Makeup, Product Reviews

lorac private affair palette review

For Christmas last year my little brother got our mom a Snuggie (“as seen on TV!”).

What’s a Snuggie? Well, if you’ve seen the late-night commercials, it’s the world famous blanket with sleeves (kinda looks like a reverse wizard’s cape), and my mum thinks it’s cooler than a young Paul McCartney in butt-hugger pants.

I talked a lot of crap about ’em until the day I tried one on…

DANG, they’re unbelievably comfortable and soft.

Which reminds me of another “so soft!” moment I’ve had recently, this one with LORAC’s Private Affair Palette ($38).

It had been a while since I’d used one of the company’s powder shadows (not the baked ones) from their regular line, and Private Affair’s six shades refreshed my memory. There’s one thing I think LORAC’s always done well, and that’s make smooth eyeshadows.

I mean, if these were any smoother, I’d heat ’em in the microwave and pour ’em on pancakes.

Mmm… pancakes. 🙂

Unfortunately, they’re also a little fragile. The other day I accidentally pushed a brush head too hard into the gray pan and took a big chunk out of it (oops!); they’re THAT soft (and consequently easy to blend).

Joining the six shimmery pigmented shadows in plum, beige, pink, bronze, gray, and blackish plum, Private Affair also comes with a tiny tube of Behind the Scenes Eye Primer and a dual-tipped brush tucked in a drawer, secret squirrel-style.

NOTE: The brush that comes with Private Affair is identical to the one that comes with LORAC’s Close Up Eye Tutorial Kit, and, um, remember how that one broke? I saved myself the time and heartache and ditched this one immediately.

Private Affair’s shadows lean toward the cool end of the color spectrum, and several have reddish purple undertones, which I tend to have trouble wearing (they can make me look like I’ve been crying). I think if you have a cooler skin tone than I do, you might like these a lot.

TIP: How do you tell if you’re cool toned or warm? It’s based on the undertone of your skin. If the veins on the underside of your arm appear bluish, you’re cool toned (and probably wear pink-based foundation); if they appear greenish, you’re warm (and probably wear yellow-based foundation).

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