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Current Nail Polish Situation: MAC Blog This and Simply Swinging

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It’s gonna be a purple paw weekend! I’m wearing two of the polishes from the new MAC MACnificent Me! collection, which arrives online September 21 on the MAC website and at stores and counters October 1 through November 12.

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The lighter purple is called Simply Swinging, and the darker one is Blog This! — a name that I totally love. :) I’m wearing two layers of each.

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With MAC nail polishes, I find that I really need to wear them with a base and top coat; otherwise, they’re chip city within a day.

I used Sally Hansen’s Green Tea Bamboo as the base coat with OPI’s Top Coat on top, and so far, so good! I’ve only had the mani two days, but I haven’t seen a chip yet.

Oh! — if you’re wondering, the bag is by Sonia Kashuk.

What’s your mani situation heading into this weekend? Are you sporting freshly painted paws today? Lacquer-loving minds want to know. :)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


A Sunny September Day in San Francisco

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It’s not often when you can visit SF and walk around in a dress, sweater and sandals and NOT be cold, although it does happen…and when it does, it’s usually in September or October. Sometimes it’s hard to predict Karl the Fog (that’s what they call it) and our unpredictable Bay Area microclimates.

But my trip to SF yesterday went well! Thank you very much for the maternity clothes recommendations. I found some pretty good prospects at H&M, and I’m keeping a list of the ideas you gave me in my cat lady day planner. I’ll show you what I found yesterday in a little while, but I have a couple other things I have to do first.

In the meantime, San Francisco says hello. :)





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Snacks From Hawaii

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I got the nicest surprise in the mail yesterday — a care package filled with local Hawaii snacks from my friend Fern on Oahu.

She sent quite a few of my favorites, like Passion Orange Drink Mix (YUM), Coconut Pudding Haupia (it’s kind of like coconut Jell-O), Red Coconut Balls and Mauna Loa Macadamia Nuts, and some things I’ve never tried before, which I’m super stoked about. Seriously, I can’t wait to get those Hawaiian Sun Pancake Mixes (Lilikoi Passion Fruit, Pineapple Coconut and Chocolate Macadamia Nut) into my tum! I’m going through a breakfast-for-every-meal-of-the-day phase, and these should totally hit the spot.

There are some non-food-related things in there, too, like yummy-smelling soaps and lotions, a sweet card, a magazine, lip balm, and some drops to keep in the potty for those, um…less-than-fragrant moments when you’re on the throne (it happens to us all). :)

THANK YOU, FERN! This was very sweet of you. You made my week.

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Tabs the Cat: Ranger, Globetrotter, Salad Enthusiast

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PATROL REPORT BY: Private First Class Karen


Purr the daily mandate as issued by senior leadership, Lieutenant Tabs and I conducted a patrol of the Novato sector this morning at 0600 hours.

We observed minor intruder activity at approximately 0615 hours when a human male was spotted on patrol with some type of miniature canine. Lieutenant Tabs ordered us to fall back to base, at which point we proceeded to investigate reports of a feline trespasser at the rear perimeter, but no trespasser was observed.

After completing our patrol, Lieutenant Tabs engaged in behavior that can only be described as “strange” when he proceeded to roll around in a pile of dry leaves.

Shortly after this, we had a green salad for lunch and returned to HQ.

No other anomalies were observed.


/TGIF :)




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MAC Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner: Have You Felt the Pearlglide Power?

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Four of the seven MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liners ($16.50 each)

Metaphorically speaking, the MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liners, which are members of the MAC permanent line and available now in seven $16.50 shades, have pure pearlglide power. They’re pigmented eye pencils with a smooth, creamy formula that contains a touch of glittery sparkle, and because of that, I don’t wear them on my water lines (because of the glitter), but I do love ’em on my lash lines.

Have you played with these before?

The smooth, smudgy formula glides across the skin like a gel liner, then sets in about three minutes, after which time it doesn’t budge for up to 12 hours.

I use these all the time as part of my layering stack for winged liner, where I start by applying a layer of one of the Pearglides first, then add a coordinating powder eyeshadow on top, then a gel or liquid liner on top of that. Even from the bottom of the stack, a little of the glitter still shows through, so you get a subtle sparkling effect!

(They also look incredible smudged out along the lower lash lines.)

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The MAC Pearlglide Intense Eye Liners from the left in Black Swan, Lord It Up, Petrol Blue and Designer Purple

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And from the left in Black Swan, Lord It Up, Petrol Blue and Designer Purple

Check ’em out one of these days if you haven’t before. They’re permanent, so they’re always available online and at MAC stores and counters.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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