Topic: Just For Fun

Do “Best of Beauty” Lists in Magazines Influence Your Makeup Decisions?

Published in: Just For Fun

allure nylon magazine

A couple of mags on my reading list

You know the lists I’m talking about — the best-of products for hair, makeup, skin, etc. The roundups. They pop up a lot around the end of the year, and sometimes also between the seasons.

Allure does them every year, and they’re pretty extensive. I read a good one recently in Real Simple.

Back before social media, blogs and YouTube, magazines had more influence over how I spent my makeup money. Now, not so much. I’ve definitely purchased products based on magazine best-of lists before, but I can’t remember the last time I did it. It’s been a few years…

At one point a few years ago, I remember seeing Maybelline Great Lash Mascara and NARS Orgasm Mascara win year after year after year, and thinking, “Yeah, Orgasm is a good blush, for sure, but there are SO MANY other great blushes out there. Why does it keep winning??”

I dunno…

I love reading those lists, because I love lists (you know me). I think they’re interesting, but when I’m in the mood to do some hauling (which I still love to do, much to El Hub’s chagrin), I don’t really use them.

How about you?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Are you doing food and snacks for the Super Bowl? I want to do something low key but also yummy that doesn’t take a lot of time to plan. It’s just going to be El Hub, Connor, Tabs and me, so burgers? Nachos? What are you doing? Do you have any favorite dip recipes? Inquiring minds want to know.


5 Things I’ve Been Loving Lately

Published in: Just For Fun, MAC Makeup, Makeup

aldo stessy k shoe

The Aldo Stessy K shoe ($80)

1. Lip print errrthang

It started with a sweater I got ages ago at Nordstrom by a brand called Halogen that I, um…haven’t worn since I got pregnant with Connor last year.

Essentially, the sweater looks like a pair of bedazzled lips on my boobs, LOL!

I think it’s super cool.

I also LOVE this pair of Aldo Stessy K heels.

aldo stessy k shoe

The soles!

Aren’t they incredible!? They’re just so… They have… There are lips ALL OVER THEM (even on the soles and inside the shoes!)

And they’re high, too! I’m guessing the heels are 4-5 inches, and I’m so out of practice when it comes to walking in heels… It’s a skill, right? If you don’t use it, you lose it.

I received these as a gift. I also looked for the same shoe in a flat, but I couldn’t find one… There is this really cute purse, though!

2. This $5 cat headband by Etude House

I’ve also been loving this headband by Etude House because — you guys, if you’re a cat lady, why hide it? There’s no shame in that game. I mean, if you’re going to be a CCL, then accessorize like a CCL. Go all the way!

etude house cat headband

All about that CCL life…

It’s bomb-@ss and only $5.20! It also stays put on my head. It never slips off, unlike those headbands that are a little too small or too snug and start to slip off as the day goes on…because why wouldn’t you wear a cat ears headband all day long?

I’ve actually worn it to bed, and it stayed put overnight.

Oh, and it’s really, really, REALLY soft. I wish they also make a black cat version.

3. Old Navy Rockstar Jeans

As I was digging through my closet this morning, I rediscovered a couple of pairs of Old Navy Rockstar jeans that I kindasorta misplaced for a while.

They usually go for between $30-35 a pair and come in a bunch of different rinses and regular, tall and petite lengths. The mid-rise ones I have also tuck in the gut pretty well.

I just saw that they also have high-rise Rockstars, too. I’m gonna go tonight, and try them on.

old navy high rise rockstar jeans

Mind blown! The Old Navy High-Rise Rockstar Jean!

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How Old Were You When You Started Doing Any Sort of Facial Hair Removal (Brows, Upper Lip, Etc.)?

Published in: Just For Fun

mac men love mystery

What do you mean I have a mustache?

I was in college! I think I might’ve been 19 or 20 at the time. That’s when I started plucking my brows doing stuff to remove my upper lip hair. And it all started with facial bleach, which was…not my most genius idea, LOL! Because I just ended up looking like a girl with an orange mustache.

When I was sort of coming of age in the ’90s, facial hair, at least in the circles I ran in, wasn’t a big deal. Like, all of the girls I knew in high school had upper lip hair, and nobody ever did anything about it. It was just there. No big deal.

And I definitely had upper lip hair because — UGH! — this boy who allegedly liked me in freshman year would come around at lunchtime and just say ridiculous things, like, “Ooh, do you have a mustache? Because it looks like you have a mustache. I wonder what it’s like to kiss a girl with a mustache!” 🙄

You know, typical 14-year-old boy… That’s how they spit game. LOL!

Anyway, I was aware of it (the hair) back then, but I didn’t do anything about it until I was in college.

I don’t know if that was because I was busy with band and studying (I was a nerd). I think it was more just a sign of the times. No one I knew really talked about hair removal or brow plucking at the time, and it wasn’t a thing in the magazines (“the” magazines, LOL!). I don’t recall Seventeen doing an extensive exposé on removing your upper lip hair or anything like that!

It’s interesting, though, because my friend Jen has a bunch of cousins who are all about 15 years younger than we are (but they aren’t so young anymore; they’re getting married and having kids!), and I remember that they started plucking their brows and waxing their upper lips when they were younger than Jen and I were when we started doing it. I think they were like 13 or 14 when they started doing that stuff.

I don’t know… Do girls start removing their upper lip hair at that age now? I hope not! I want Connor Claire to be blissfully unaware of it as long as she can.

How old were you when you started doing any sort of facial hair removal?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. TGIF! 🙂

P.P.S. Are you watching the Super Bowl on Sunday? I think we’re pulling for Atlanta around here, just to give someone new a chance, LOL.


Your 3 Most Recent Empties?

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Good to the last drop!

Were they makeup? Skin care? Hair products? Something else?

Mine were skin care, and side note — please don’t ask me why I keep these empty jars around, because allegedly I AM NOT A HOARDER (keep telling yourself that, Karen).

  1. Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil: I’m on my third bottle of this! At night I layer it on top of Sunday Riley Good Genes.
  2. Clinique Superdefense SPF 20 for Very Dry to Dry Combination Skin: This hella moisturizes my dry winter skin, and I love how well it layers underneath makeup. Next time I go to Sephora, I’m definitely grabbing another jar.
  3. Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Multi-Correcting Cream: It’s pretty moisturizing, but I didn’t really notice a difference in my skin after using this day cream for wrinkles, pores and texture. It’s not bad… I’m just not really in love with it.
recent empties

Empty, empty, empty

What were the last products you finished, and do you ever save your empties for nostalgia’s sake? 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


What’s a Beauty Trend You’ll Never, Ever Do Again?

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Circa 2010 — super skinny brows, and Tabs as a wee baby cat of four or five years

I know that one should never say never…but as it pertains to super skinny brows, I’m 100% sure I’m never going there again.

Been there, done that, don’t need to do it again, LOL!

I had them from about my early-20s until my mid-30s, which is more than enough skinny brow action for this lifetime. For being as narrow as they were, they were surprisingly high maintenance. I was forever plucking those thin arches, man!

When I finally decided to grow them back out a few years ago, it took almost an entire year, and now that they’re big and bushy again, I plan to keep them that way.

Of course…now that I’ve said that, super skinny brows are sure to come back in style, haha! But even if/when they do, I’m going to pass next time.

How about you? What’s a beauty trend you tried but vow to never, ever do again?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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