Archive - February 2012

Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 209

Published in: Just For Fun

A new pair of running shoes! I wonder how far we’ll go together…

  • You might be wondering, “So what the heck is this Monday Poll thing anyway?”
    Well, it isn’t much of a poll. It’s more just a constantly evolving (devolving?), somewhat random list of questions I’ve been putting out to readers every Monday morning for the past four years. I’ve always enjoyed reading your answers in the comments, and I hope you enjoy reading mine.
  1. Mood:
  2. I’m all smiles today. 🙂 I feel like last weekend did wonders for me. I was able to catch up on some sleep and watch a few hours of brainless TV, which always improves my point of view.

  3. It’s Girl Scout Cookie season! Do you have a favorite kind?
  4. I could eat an entire box of those Lemon Coolers, which I guess are called Savannah Smiles now, in a single sitting. Yesterday I purchased two boxes from the scouts on my street and can’t wait to devour them after dinner tonight!

  5. One thing you absolutely must finish today?
  6. I put off cleaning my office all weekend long, again, which is unfortunate, because now it looks like it was hit by a tornado.

  7. What’s one lesson you wish you’d learned earlier in life?
  8. That waiting for the “perfect time” to do something could lead to a lifetime of waiting.

  9. If you were given the choice to see five years into your future, would you take it?
  10. That’s a tough one… Maybe if I knew I had the power to change whatever future I saw; otherwise, probably not. Where’s the fun in the journey if you know how things will turn out?

  11. Is there anything you wish you spent less time doing?
  12. Worrying, for one. And I could definitely spend less time, as my mom would say, “dilly-dallying in the morning.” To put it mildly, morning is not my most productive time of day.

  13. What’s one of your makeup mottos?
  14. Yes, you most certainly do need another tube of pink lip gloss.

  15. List three makeup brushes you couldn’t/wouldn’t want to live without:
  16. 1) The MAC 266 Small Angle Brush for filling in my brows, 2) the Trish McEvoy 62 Fan Brush for applying foundation and 3) the MAC 224 Tapered Brush for applying under-eye concealer.

  17. Someday I’m going to…
  18. …visit Cannes, stop getting in my own way, cook a pecan pie from scratch, get a dining room table, and lose that last five pounds.

  19. Weekly goals:
  20. To break in my new running shoes, to get my email Inbox under control (it’s pushing 6GB!), to make plans to have lunch/dinner with friends next month, and to try enjoy each and every day.

Good morning and happy Monday to ya. 🙂 How goes it this morning? So far, so good on this end of the keyboard. I just finished my first run with a new pair of running shoes, so that’s been the highlight of my Monday morning so far.

I had to retire my old pair… Poor things had worn through the soles.

Do you have a favorite kind of running shoe? I’m a Sauncony girl, myself, and have been since 1996, but when I first started wearing ’em, man! — they weren’t nearly as cute as they are today, LOL!

If you have a minute this morning, please stop by, and let me know how you’re doing in today’s Monday Poll.

  • To complete the Monday Poll, just copy the following list, and paste it with your answers in the comments.

1. Mood:
2. It’s Girl Scout Cookie season! Do you have a favorite?
3. One thing you absolutely must finish today?
4. What’s one lesson you wish you’d learned earlier in life?
5. Would you want to see five years into your future?
6. Is there anything you wish you spent less time doing?
7. What’s one of your makeup mottos?
8. Three makeup brushes you couldn’t live without:
9. Someday I’m going to…
10. Weekly goals:

Have a lovely Monday, my friend.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



Sundays with Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 180

Published in: Just For Fun

Tabs for L'eau de Chloe

Just a quick note during the commercials. Tabs wanted me to tell you hi from the Oscars! He’s down there right now (that’s him sitting next to Colin Firth).

I’m holding down the fort here at home, while our satellite office in L.A. is taking care of the logistics, which basically means I get the night off. So I’m watching the show, eating a salted caramel cupcake and just hanging out. 🙂

It’s nice not having to put out any tabby-related fires for a change… That’s up to the L.A. office tonight (good luck, guys!).

While I devour this cupcake and watch the rest of the big show, here’s a look back at some of the kitty modeling jobs Tabs had this week.

Tabs for MAC Catchlight Contact Lenses

Tabs for Goody Fur Feather Extensions
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L’Oreal Infallible 8 HR Le Glosses Make One Heck of a Claim

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Lips, Loreal, Makeup, Product Reviews

L’Oreal Infallible 8 HR Le Gloss in Glistening Berry

Now, when a gloss makes a Herculean claim and says that it lasts eight hours, that’s gonna attract some attention, and the first question many people are probably going to have is, “Does it actually last eight hours?”

Let’s find out. 🙂 The new L’Oreal Infallible 8 HR Le Glosses (about $10 each) are so confident in their stamina that they advertise it right on the tube.

Overlooking the possibility for a moment, however remote, that L’Oreal had something other than wear time in mind when they emblazoned these tubes (like eight home runs, eight happy remoras, or eight hungry rabbits), I tried two of the 20 shades available now at drugstores.

The first thing I noticed about Glistening Berry and Pink Topaz was how the texture changed on my lips over time. Both glosses started out feeling thin and smooth but thickened within the first few minutes into a thick, sticky film.

I took that as a positive sign, since sticky glosses tend to last longer for me than glosses with thin textures and consistencies.

And texture wasn’t the only change I noticed. These glosses also start out with a lot of pigment and high shine, but they settle down to a soft, sheer sheen over the first 15 minutes. Long term, I think it makes them more wearable and less intimidating, which I like.

As for the way I think they taste and smell, it’s a little strange… Like minty grape juice — or a magic, wear-time enhancing potion, perhaps? — but it dissipates after about 10 minutes.

Then there’s the million-dollar question: how long do these actually last on lips?

Glistening Berry on the left and Pink Topaz on the right
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