43 Things I’m Thankful For: The Makeup Edition

Published in: Just For Fun, Makeup

Happy Thanksgiving, ladies! Guess who’s back in the foggy Yea Area, aka home.


I hope you’re having a great day so far. Is there a turkey in your immediate future?

I was sitting here at my computer, daydreaming about food, when I remembered that last year I made a list of 43 makeup and beauty related things I was thankful for. It was a play on the website 43things.

I can’t believe that was a year ago… I swear — the older I get, the faster time flies!

For sure, there’s much more to life than makeup, but for now here are 43 more (makeup and beauty) things I’m thankful for, *raises glass*. 🙂

43 Things I’m Thankful For: The Makeup Edition, 2008

1. My favorite makeover of 2008.

2. Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia Perfume.

3. Trying out this crazy pastel eye in the Shu Uemura Rebirth Spring Collection Tutorial got me thinking outside the box.

4-9. My favorite Chanel of the year: Summer 2008 , Smokey Eye Quad, Aurora Blues Spring 2008, Les Tissages Blushes, Aqualumiere lipglosses and Leopard Lipstick.

10. The MAC Fafi collection made me realize that makeup stakeouts = fun.

11. Olay Quench Mousse, aka moisturization for lazy ladies.

12. MAC Cream Color Base in Pearl: a hidden gem.

13. Bobbi Brown’s Beach Shower Gel gave me my ocean fix.

14. I learned so much and had a lot of fun attending MAC and Chanel makeup classes.

15-16. Dior Eyeshadow Quints that really brought the hotness: Golds 569 and Earth Tones from the Impression Cuir collection.

17. The Essie Neon Collection made me fall in love with yellow nails (wait… that sounds bad).

18. Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer.

19. So long, Chewbacca legs: Say howdy to the Gilette Venus Embrace.

20. Clinique Long Glass Glosswear SPF 15 protected my pucker from the hot summer sun.

21-24. The mascaras that rocked my year: Chanel Exceptionnel, Shu Uemura Precise Volume, Clarins Wonder Mint (aka the Teal Terror), Diorshow Iconic.

25. Lancome Le Stylo Waterproof in Noir stayed on my waterline through tears of joy at my brother’s graduation.

26. I fed my brush addiction with Sonia Kashuk’s fanstastic Synthetic Flat Top Blusher, Eye Shadow and Face Brushes.

27-32. The MAC releases that made my heart skip: Neo Sci Fi, Cremesheen, Cult of Cherry, Cool Heat, Beauty Powder Blushes, and Originals.

33. Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadows.

34. Drool-inducing palettes: Mika Shu, Cargo Vienna Palette, Clarins So Sublime, Laura Mercier Toolbox, Stila Front Cover Look No. 4, Beiges de Chanel, Lancome Couture Warms and Sonia Kashuk Blue Lagoon.

35. My easiest smokey eye, EVER.

36. Bag Balm: not just for udders anymore!

37. Poof! makes “dropping off the kids at school” (*ahem*) a more pleasurable experience.

38. Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Mist.

39. Clean & Clear Soft In-Shower Facial kicked my clogged pores to the curb.

40. Sally Hansen Fall Nail Lacquer Colors by Tracy Reese.

41. The bargain hunter in me loved The Cosmetics Company Store.

42. More bargain lovin’ with Aussie Opposites Attract hair products.

And holla! — Last, but not least…

43. Give the girl a hand with Miss Oops Mishap Tape!

What beauty products are you thankful for?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. jojoba says:

    i have you to thank for my lovely Clarins Eye Colour Quads. I wouldn’t have known them if it weren’t you. Thank you! And Happy Thanksgiving!

    jojoba´s last blog post..Review: Shu Uemura Eye Color Palettes, Mika Holiday Collection 2008, Part 2 – Secret Luscious Rose

  2. Nikki says:

    I think you too for making my day great reading your entries. Happy Thanksgiving day!

    Nikki´s last blog post..Reader’s Corner: Philips JetSet Control ION HP 4883

  3. Miss QQ says:

    Hi Karen. Happy Thanksgiving! No turkey for me, LOL. Chanel Summer 2008 was the collection I was most excited about this year. I looked at the swatches and your EOTD over and over again. The colours are incredible. I can’t wait to see what Chanel will do next year!

  4. Amy says:

    Thank you Miss Karen for keeping me apprised of what’s going on in the beauty world and for making me smile. As far as beauty stuff, I’m thankful that I tried Kat Von D’s Beethoven Eye Shadow palette at Sephora. It is my most favorite beauty purchase of the year.

    Amy´s last blog post..Thunderstruck

  5. Brenda says:

    Bobbi Brown Gel eyeliner, it is god sent.

    Brenda´s last blog post..Getting the most bang out of your buck

  6. Jen says:

    Hi karen,
    I’m so thankful for your blog, your humor and your knowledge!
    Can’t wait to see what’s to come!
    Happy thanksgiving!!!

  7. yadiq says:

    Happy thanksgiving!! Woo hoo

    Thank you Karen for mbb and creating a beauty-full community

    Hope you have a great evening and I hope tabs gave you lots of cuddles upon your return

  8. Katee says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!! I am happy and thankful for nail polish, all kinds.

    Katee´s last blog post..Essie "Love, Beverly Hills xx" Limited Edition Nail Polish – Swatches Finally!!

  9. Daya says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! I’m going to go through your list before I go shopping again 🙂 It’s a great one!

  10. shopgal says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Karen!!

    I am thankful for the amazing community of beauty blogs including yours and all the youtube tutorialists that have taught me how to correctly experiment and apply makeup to enhance my fab features!

    I am also thankful for having a beautiful smile (which is my best accessory!) and my favorite beauty product The Body Shop’s All Over Shimmer Cubes in Warm Palette which takes the guesswork out of my everyday eye shadow. It may be too shimmery for some girls, but I’m a brown girl and love the way it accents my eyes!

    Hope your Thanksgiving weekend is full of blessings and wonderful fattening food!

  11. Ellery says:

    I wish we celebrated Thanksgiving here. 🙁

    I laughed at Poof. I remember reading it when you posted it and I was thinking “wow this is weird.” ahaha.

    I can’t write a list (I’m too lazy and just came back from a 2 hour dog walk so I’m sore all over) but I’m most thankful for MAC Fix+!

  12. Just got back from MAC and among other things, I got your #12 recommendation. Also got Shroom and Sumptuous Olive eyeshadow’s, Wolf eyeliner and Viva Glam IV lipglass. Yay!

    Vampy Varnish´s last blog post..Carolyn New York Swatches (More!)

  13. Karen says:

    Hi Jojoba,

    Aren’t those Clarins quads like eyeshadow CRACK? I want all of them now. 🙂

    Happy (belated) Thanksgiving to you, too!

  14. Karen says:

    Hi Nikki,

    🙂 I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  15. Karen says:

    Hi Miss QQ,

    Girl… every time I think of that collection I swear I get a little teary. Gazelle still makes my heart flutter when I take it out!

    Spring should be hitting counters here soon. I can’t WAIT!

  16. Karen says:

    Hi Amy,

    🙂 You make me smile, too!

    I have heard many things about those Kat Von D palettes. What do you like about it?

  17. Karen says:

    Hi Brenda,

    I like those liners, too. What’s your favorite color?

  18. Karen says:

    Hi Jen,

    You are so sweet! I am thankful for lovely and supportive readers like you!

    Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

  19. Karen says:

    Hi Yadiq,

    Aww! Thank you for always bringing a smile to my face. 🙂

    Give Diva a hug for me!

  20. Karen says:

    Hi Katee,

    LOL, me too! I am thankful for killer topcoats, like Seche Vite, which keep those colors looking great.

  21. Karen says:

    Hi Daya,

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, too! Did you hit up any sales today?

  22. Karen says:

    Hi Shopgal,

    Those cubes are a lot of fun! I had some cool colors a few years back and I remember liking them.

    Many blessings and happiness to you this holiday! 🙂

  23. Karen says:

    Hi Ellery,

    Aww… do you have any celebrations that revolve around food? I hope so!

    I used to talk a lot of crap about Fix+, but I find myself using it more and more, especially when I want to apply wet shadow. I officially like it now.

  24. Karen says:

    Hi Vampy Varnish,

    Shroom is the best! Oh, I can’t wait for you to try Pearl!

  25. lexi says:

    MAC should be thankful for me – when I was pregnant I was buying their makeup like I was going to hibernate for the winter! I am thankful for the Cult of Cherry line, I discovered pigments and NARS glosses and lipsticks. I also began another expensive relationship with Fresh soap/lotion line (which I am sure my husband is thankful for)!

  26. Marisol says:

    Great list Karen! Some of mine include:

    MAC Strobe Cream
    Too Faced Shadow Insurance
    MAC E-Z Baby Tenderton
    MAC Blossoming Cream Blush
    OPI Nailpolishes

    Marisol´s last blog post..TILT 11.27.08

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