Archive - September 2011

Vintage MAC: The MAC Neo Sci-Fi Collection, Summer 2008

Published in: Daily Beauty

Neo Sci-Fi was one of those releases where you either totally loved or hated the packaging (I loved it).

So very orange, like Tabs’ tum…

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From the left: Lipstick in Pleasureseeker (Glaze); Lipstick in Sunsonic (Frost) and Lipglass in Supreme

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Sheertone Shimmer Blush in Spaced Out

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Eyeshadows in Magnetic Fields (Veluxe Pearl) and Expensive Pink (Veluxe Pearl)

What Were the Must-Have Makeup and Beauty Products When You Were Younger?

Published in: Just For Fun

Wow, this takes me back… Among my circle of high school friends in the early ’90s, Wet ‘n’ Wild Lipsticks and their infamous 666 Lip Liner were the cat’s meow (hey, they were only a buck!), and Cornsilk pressed powder showed up a lot, too.

Sea Breeze toner, Noxzema cleanser and Buff Puffs could usually be found in my friends’ bathrooms, and the scent of Debbie Gibson’s Electric Youth, Coty’s Exclamation, Cover Girl’s Navy (my personal fave) and Liz Claiborne (remember the triangle bottle?) almost always filled the air.

Our hair was usually BIG and totally defied gravity, which required massive amounts of hairspray, of course. Almost every girl I knew carried a bottle of Aqua Net in her purse, and if you had a perm (or naturally curly hair), you probably also toted around L’Oreal’s Pumping Curls.

How about you? What were the must-have makeup and beauty products when you were younger?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. What are you up to tonight? I’m off to check out Novato’s last farmers’ market of the season because I wanna get my fruit on, haaaay! 🙂

Bumble and Bumble Shine On (And On) Finishing Spray Is Diva Kitty Approved!

Published in: Hair, Product Reviews

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“Bitch, don’t hate me because I’m beautiful.”

–Tabs the Cat

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to live with a creature so beautiful, so genetically blessed, that the mere sight of his silky fur fills supermodels with envy and makes stylists question their careers, let me tell ya, it ain’t easy.

Don’t get me wrong — I love Tabs’ shiny coat. It’s one of the reasons I fell in love with him. Even though he’d been living on the streets when we met, he had fur like a feline Adonis.

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Even my mom is obsessed with it. When she visited this summer she asked, “Do you guys feed him something special? His fur is so shiny! I wish I had hair like that.”

When I told her that he weighed 18 pounds, rather than suggest he get more exercise or go on a diet, she said, “Leave him alone. He takes after the big-boned side of the family!” 🙂 She lavished so much attention on him that I think his little kitty ego was about to explode.

Since that visit, Tabs has been even more of a diva when it comes to his fur, and now he refuses to be seen in public with me unless I do something to drastically enhance my hair.

Just the other day he texted, “Woman, that mop you call hair needs to shine. Make it happen, ASAP! I can’t take it anymore.”


Since whatever Tabby wants, Tabby gets, I paid an emergency visit to the salon and asked my stylist, Alis, for a recommendation. As a fellow cat lady, and one living with not one but two demanding kitties, she understood the urgency and handed me a bottle of Bumble and Bumble Shine On (And On…) Finishing Spray ($25 for a 4.2-oz. bottle).

It’s a new lightweight liquid spray to add shine while taming flyaways and enhancing dimension. In a way, it does for hair what ribbons and bows do for presents.

Mist it directly on your hair or into your palms first, and then run your fingers through from roots to ends to thoroughly distribute the product. I’ve been using two sprays on my thick, medium-length hair.

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I’m Spellbound by the Natural Flush and Light Sheen These Pixi All-Over Magic Powders Deliver

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Makeup, Product Reviews

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Wearing Pixi All-Over Magic Powder in No. 2 Rose Radiance on the apples of my cheeks and No. 3 Brightening Radiance on my upper cheekbones

These new Pixi All-Over Magic Powders ($24 each) take me back to my teens, and those kinder, gentler days when I’d wake up every morning with a built-in youthful glow.

Subtlety and sheen characterize the three brightening blushes and highlighters (one isn’t shown here), each of which contain five colors designed to be swirled together when applied.

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No. 2 Rose Radiance (applies as a warm pink with shimmer)

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No. 3 Brightening Radiance (applies as a light pinkish peach with shimmer)
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Because If You Want Rosemary…

Published in: Daily Photo

…I’ve got rosemary.

The previous owner planted three rosemary bushes in the front yard, and now they’re out of control. I like it fine as an herb, but I’m not a ho for it like I am for basil.

Got any ideas for things to do with rosemary? Other than fish and potato dishes, I have no clue.

P.S. Remember the catnip plant my neighbor’s Russian Blue destroyed? That’s it in the upper right. It’s still hangin’ on!

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