Archive - September 2010

Dolce & Gabbana, Milan Fashion Week, Summer 2011: Ultra Wearable Makeup Hits the Runway!

Published in: News

Dolce & Gabbana Sicilian Lace Fall 2010 swatches review nude quad open
The $59 Dolce & Gabbana Nude quad (#110)

Heya, ladies! The show doesn’t start for a couple of hours, but the air is already buzzing with makeup and beauty. Minutes ago, artist extraordinaire Pat McGrath described the look we’ll be seeing on the runway today as “…ultra natural makeup with beautiful design; [we want] the face to look sensual [and] beautiful.”

She describes it as a big departure from the styles of the last few Dolce & Gabbana runway looks. In effect, today’s models will be rocking less makeup.

Do you remember the Dolce & Gabbana Nude quad from the permanent line? Expect to see it featured this afternoon along with a new lipstick compact called Lip Jewel (contains four shades — Nude, Dahlia, Ultra and Devil).

Nude quad from left on NC35 skin: shimmery plum, shimmery golden peach, matte beige, matte tan

Key elements of today’s makeup look:

  • Sensuality, and an overal natural look
  • Dolce & Gabbana’s Chocolate eyeliner smudged close to the lashes
  • The brown shadow from the Nude quad applied wet and very thinly along the lash line
  • Natural-looking foundation to match the skin tone of the body
  • Dolce & Gabbana Caramel blush
  • The beige and tan shades from the Nude quad applied around the eyes
  • Mascara on the upper lashes only
  • Dolce & Gabbana’s beige eyeliner (Nude eyeliner) at the inner corners of the eyes
  • Lips with a natural-looking stain using colors from the new Jewel lip compact

More deets and pics coming soon! 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Hi From the Dolce & Gabbana Show!

Published in: News

Hi, ladies. I’m here waiting in front of the Metropol building to go backstage for the Dolce & Gabbana show. Just wanted to say hello! I’ll try to send updates!

Lots of stylish ladies wearing black

Someone rockin’ her Chucks at the D&G show

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



Two Ways to Win Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Professional Size

Published in: Just For Fun

urban decay eyeshadow primer potion professional size

Bleep, bleep, bleep!


Bleep, bleep, bleep!

Okay, okay, I’m awake! I’m awake!

Gah, stupid alarm…

Coffee, come to me.

I said, coffee, come to me!

Nothing. Oh, well. You can’t blame a girl for tryin’. 🙂 While I build up the courage to check my dark circles in the mirror get out of bed and look for some coffee, why don’t we start/end the day, depending on your time zone, with a giveaway?

The Prize

One lucky lady will win an Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Professional Size ($29 value), a nude eyeshadow primer that absolutely loves increasing the wear time of other eye makeup worn on top, while also magically preventing shadows from creasing and colors from fading.

Want to find out more about Urban Decay’s Primer Potions?

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 Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Professional Size

  2. Second, enter by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post, and it can be a comment about anything under the sun — your favorite midnight snack, your first memory of snow, how you feel about your current hairstyle, or your most embarrassing makeup moment.

    My favorite midnight snack? Lately, oh, that’s easy. Fresh strawberries or peaches and Nutella, yum!

  • This giveaway is open to U.S. and international readers, but entrants everywhere 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 Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Professional Size

I’ll pick the winner at random from among the people who enter by 11:59 p.m. PST on Monday, September 27.

Good luck!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


The $3 e.l.f. Studio Powder Brush Will Look Right at Home in Your Makeup Kit

Published in: Makeup, Product Reviews

Katie of My Lips But Better

Written by Katie

Have you ever had a brush with elves? No? How about a brush by e.l.f.? Blogger Katie of My Lips But Better has, and today she shares the magic with a review of the e.l.f. Studio Powder Brush.

The e.l.f. Studio Powder Brush and MAC 109 for comparison

I have a confession to make… even though I’m a beauty blogger and people expect me to look nice all the time, sometimes I’m just too lazy to apply foundation. This is especially true when I’m rushing to get ready for class in the morning. But then I discovered powder foundation and my life was complete… except that I didn’t have the right tool to apply it.

See, most powder foundations come with those sponges that I don’t like for two reasons – they’re hard to clean, and most people never wash them anyway. So I tried a kabuki brush, which can easily be washed, except that the short stubby handle meant I couldn’t put it in my brush organizer with the rest my brushes.

I was about to give up entirely when I stumbled onto the e.l.f. Studio Powder Brush. I wasn’t expecting such great quality from a $3.00 brush but this one really proved me wrong! The dense brush head is perfect for picking up powder foundation and buffing it into the skin instead of just dusting it on top. It’s basically a kabuki brush with a long handle, which is exactly what I needed.

The e.l.f. Studio Powder Brush and MAC 109 (again for comparison)

I also love the way this “powder brush” applies my liquid foundation. It gives a smooth, flawless finish (similar to Sephora’s coveted #55 brush) when used with MAC Face & Body or NARS Sheer Glow.
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