Dolce & Gabbana Italian Summertime Lipstick Swatches and Working with Demanding Cats

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Seriously, if I don’t start getting some recognition from my boss, I just might go apesh*t. Don’t get me wrong, I love working for Tabs. Being his executive assistant/gravy chef has been an amazing experience, but he refuses to acknowledge any boundaries between my work and personal life.


Last night I literally had one foot out the door when he stopped me.

“Meow!” he said, knowing full well that El Hub and I had reservations for dinner.

“But it’s our anniversary,” I replied. I pleaded with him, but he just stared back at me, expressionless, as if to say, “And?” He told me dinner would have to wait until I finished swatching these new lip products from the Dolce & Gabbana Italian Summertime Collection, available now at Saks stores and also online.

Apparently, he got an e-vite from Domenico and Stefano to spend the weekend at their villa on Lake Como in Italy, and he wanted the swatches to help him decide which lip colors he should wear for the trip.

Whatev. A kitty assistant’s work is never done…

Dolce & Gabbana Italian Summertime 2011 lip products from left to right: Precision Lipliner in Caramello ($30), Shine Lipstick in Luna ($30), Classic Cream Lipstick in Madorla ($30) and Shine Lipgloss in Cannella ($29)

Swatches from the left to right: Luna, Mandorla, Cannella and Caramello

Precision Lipliner in Caramello

Classic Cream Lipstick in Madorla

Shine Lipgloss in Cannella

Shine Lipstick in Luna

Tabs has always loved smokey eyes (they’re his favorite look), so he really likes how the darker Lipliner in Caramello and Ultra Shine Lipgloss in Cannella work with this smokey eye look here.

It’s not really my kind of color, but frosty beige Shine Lipstick in Luna has a ’60s go-go girl vibe Tabs also likes.

He ended up going with Classic Cream Lipstick in Mandorla for the flight over, adding that you just can’t go wrong with the classic smokey eye/nude lip combo.


Even though I was late for dinner, I have to admit — the cat’s got good taste. πŸ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,




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  1. Faye says:

    Oh, that Tabs. These celebs never let up on their poor assistants, do they?

    Happy anniversary!

    • Karen says:

      No, they insist that they’re the center of the universe! I guess that’s why we love ’em. πŸ™‚

      Hope you’re having a good Friday so far! What plans do you have for the weekend?

  2. Naj says:

    The lipshade for the first picture is great! I believe it’s the cream one in Madorla? I need a nude lip shade. But I always end up having one that’s not nude, drying, streaky, ill-looking, weird, or fake. πŸ™

  3. Kaitlin says:

    I’m glad to know I’m not the only parent of an incredibly demanding kitty! Although mine just usually demands belly rubs! πŸ™‚

  4. Nina says:

    lovely lipsticks! πŸ™‚ looks great on you!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks, Nina. TGIF!!!!

      • Nina says:

        oh yeah! TGIF indeed!

        had my brows threaded by my fave threading lady, then picked up some nomalicous vietnamese food for dinner!

        i wanted to stay in tonight to get some work done on an embroidery piece im working on. πŸ™‚

        mandorla looks like a great pinky nude that would work for warmer skintoned gals (and guys!) … love it!

  5. lexi says:

    Loving Mandorla and Cannella! I also love your smoky eyes – what did you use?

    I wish we could have a kitty – this is when I hate renting!

  6. DanaJae says:

    Oooh I”m loving Madorla!!!!

    What is the greenish color you have on your eyes? I have tried stuff like this but i’m a NC25 and I usually feel like the color is to harsh for my lighter skin tone, any suggestions?

    Have a great weekend!

  7. Vijaya says:

    Stunning as always!
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  8. Jessi says:

    Cannella looks amazing on you! I could never pull off colors like that without looking “gothy” but on you they’re vampy and gorgeous.
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  9. Vonvon says:

    I like Canella and Caramello!! And you look HOT!

  10. Vanessa says:

    Happy belated anniversary, you looked lovely :)!

  11. You and Tabs need a “come to Jesus” meeting! What do you have on your eyes? YOu look stunning! Ilike the Madorla, then Cannella. Luna reminds me too much of my sister in the 60’s although as a kid I thought it was pretty cool then!

  12. Andrea says:

    funny pic with Tabs wearing a hat in a boat πŸ™‚

  13. Liz says:

    Mandorla is beautiful BUT your smokey green eye is even more gorg. What are you wearing on those brown peepers? xoLiz

  14. Lilly says:

    Your teeth are ppuurrrrfect!

    • Karen says:

      I gotta give credit where it’s due: props to my orthodontist, Dr. Chong, for his mad teeth-straightening skills, and to my mom, for kindly funding the endeavor!

  15. gio says:

    Cannella looks gorgeous on you! Madorla is very pretty too.

  16. Chris25 says:

    I love, love the smokey eyes! I just bought the NARS Cordura duo and I want to play around with it to create a wearable daytime smokey eye.

    I have great news…I got into Columbia University! My boyfriend is proud to be dating a smarty-pants. πŸ˜›

  17. missy. says:

    That is my favorite color as well. He def has great taste.

  18. Eva Sofia says:

    Karen, you look absolutely beautiful with dramatic eye makeup!!! Mandorla lipstick looks pretty, its not that unique…but as you said, you can’t go wrong with a nude lipstick πŸ˜€

  19. Aimey says:

    i def agree with everyone else–your eyes look stunning! the scarf def. brings out your eyes; i’m definitely in it for the purchase! (since it looks so great on you). as for the smoochers, i’ve never worn a bold red, but i’m excited to try it! mandorla is lovely! & i think luna would be sometimes fun, especially in dull lighting πŸ™‚ last but not least, i’m glad you love tabs! i’ve never been fond of full-grown cats (just the kittens) because i’ve never had good experiences with them, but if i had a cat as sweet as tabs, i’m sure i’d love it! (even if they may be a little bossy ;))

  20. Jen says:

    Karen, you look stunning w/the smokey green eye! Very VERY gorgeous!

  21. Vixen says:

    I adore the eye makeup! It looks so good on you, I’m gonna have to try that someday. Green is just flattering I think!
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  22. Ariel says:

    Wow, the green eyes and nude lip look fantastic on you.
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  23. singrsling says:

    These looks on you are some of you best! You look stunning, and your eyes look so big in the first pic. Great job – you go girl!

  24. Soos says:

    Love the scarf, green eyes and Mandorla!
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  25. Vesna says:

    Madorla looks great on you! Really lovely! πŸ™‚
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  26. Shauna says:

    Love the whole look, eyeshadow is beautiful color (lookslovely on you too) and looks great paired with all the lip combos πŸ™‚

    Really like both the nide colors but, I cannot pay $30 bucks for one tube of lipstick…

  27. Magi says:

    I am so obsessed with Smokey Eyes with nude lips so I fell in love with the first picture of you here. You look sooooo wonderful!

  28. Alix says:

    Karen, you are rockin’ the Mandorla!

  29. Libby says:

    Hi Karen,

    I love this look! I did something similar last night for my sister’s birthday party, but with purple and gray. You were my inspiration!

    Also, I love the scarf you’re wearing in these pics. Could you tell me who makes it or where I could get it? Thanks.

  30. Kayla K says:

    Oh, Madoria is so pretty! For my skintone I think it will be too dark to be a “nude”, but it is super gorgeous on you. I think my nude lipstick search is never-ending :[ Happy Anniversary!

  31. Jess Lee says:

    omg karen! u have to do a step-by-step thing on how U do you eyes here – simply stunning! πŸ˜€ xox

  32. I love her smoky eyes!!

  33. Kim says:

    I think Canella is definitely my fave. Darn that Tabs – he gets all the glory travel! πŸ™‚ I’ve never been to Lake C, but it’s certainly beautiful (from pics I’ve seen). I remember reading that it was too polluted to swim in, though. It’s too bad because it looks so gorgeous.

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