Archive - September 2010

Just in Case You Ever NEED Your Toenails Clipped at the Airport…

Published in: Just For Fun

When I was waiting for my flight out of San Francisco, I passed something I’d never seen before in an airport at a little spa called Xpress.

They offer the usual spa services like massages, manicures, pedicures, stuff like that, but also something that was a regular kick in the pants. They’ll even clip your toenails…for $15 (on top of the cost of a foot massage). Fo’ serious! You REALLY gotta have scary long toenails to spend $15 to have ’em cut at an airport, LOL! I’d rather wait till I arrived at my destination and buy a $3 pair of clippers.

Hmm, I wonder if the TSA ever orders people to do it. Yeah, that would be a little embarrassing. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Zzzz… It’s just after 11:30PM here, and tomorrow’s the day of the big show. Time for sleep!

Saturday Surfing

Published in: Just For Fun

Driving into Milan

Buongiorno, signorina! To quote many American toddlers during football season, “Touchdown!” Greetings from Milan. 🙂 I’m just getting settled in my hotel, but I couldn’t let a little jet lag and delirium (Italy is 9 hours ahead of the U.S. West Coast) stand between me and the Web. Are you ready for today’s intercontinental installment of Saturday Surfing?

I’ve only been in the city for a few hours, so I haven’t had a chance to explore very much, but the surrounding area is an interesting mix of rural houses, open tracts of land and high-rise buildings.

Lots of green!

…juxtaposed with random buildings like this one named after El Hub, ha ha!

A Milan street

See the rooftop garden across the way?

One of the first things I noticed here was how fashionable folks are. Within the span of 5 minutes, I saw a guy in leather pants with a well sculpted mohawk, another dude in a full-length faux fur, and a woman wearing a pair of crazy sky-high leopard print shoes.

Being fashion challenged myself, I feel like I stick out like a sore thumb, but hey, what can ya do? I just smile and hope for the best. 🙂

Have a great day today, and I’ll catch up with you soon. I think I need a quick nap…

Eh, it can wait a few minutes. Surf’s up!

Random Bright Spots

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Would You Flip for Chanel SoHo Rouge Allure Lacque in Stunt?

Published in: Makeup

Happy Friday, young lady! 🙂 Greetings from the past — YES, the past.

Okay, not exactly. I scheduled this post before I left for the airport this morning. Right now I’m probably somewhere over Greenland begging a flight attendant for another small bag of pretzels and nuts (I just love those damn things).

Speaking of nuts, one of the things I’ve never wanted to be: a stuntwoman.

Sure, I’m down with heights, and I like fast cars, but why would I ever leap from a building onto a speeding train in three-inch heels?

Oh, hail, naaaw!

The closest I think I’ll ever get to stunt-work: the new Chanel Rouge Allure Lacque in Stunt ($32).

It’s a cute creamy plum lipgloss, one of the limited edition goodies in the Chanel SoHo collection. For full coverage color with lots of shine, slick this densely pigmented gloss on sparingly because a little goes a long way (thankfully).

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Reporting from Milan Fashion Week, aka We’re Not in Kansas Anymore!

Published in: News

What it do, homeskillet? Are you ready for a few days of gelato-fueled fun!?

Remember how I spent most of Monday stuck in San Francisco working out the kinks with my passport? Well, tomorrow morning my cameras and I are off to Italy to cover Dolce & Gabbana’s Milan Fashion Week show.

I’ll be knee-deep in makeup backstage at the Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2011 show on Sunday, digging up deets on the runway looks and bringing you insider beauty tips from the incomparable Pat McGrath (she collaborated with Dolce & Gabbana on their makeup and brush collection).
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Chanel SoHo de Chanel: Because It Never Hurts to Be Prepared…for Space Invaders!

Published in: Makeup, Product Reviews

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You know what they should give out during mass at the Church of Chanel? Coupon codes. Or maybe instead of a church raffle they could hold a friends & family sale (hint, hint, Karl!).

Wishful thinking, right? Yeah, I get the feeling we’ll be waiting a long time before we see a big sale at Chanel. I’d be less surprised to see one of the aliens from Mars Attacks win a gold medal in figure skating (“Ack! Ack!”).

But if you’re willing to throw down $65 (!) for the new limited edition SoHo de Chanel Highlighting Powder and Blush, maybe you won’t care how well the aliens do at some future Olympics because your cheeks will radiate an otherworldly glow.

Coupled with the package’s striking good looks (LOVE the design on the pan!), this is Chanel at the top of their game, and the only thing holding it back is the price.

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Wear each of the pan’s three finely-milled powders separately — a light reddish plum, a pinkish ivory and a peachy pink — or swirl a brush over all three to mix them for a soft, shimmery glow (I prefer the latter).
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