Makeup Stops for No One!

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I’m sick and feeling like complete crap, but, alas, beauty stops for no one! — so I chug onward. *Achoo!* Sniffling, sneezing and coughing won’t stop your girl from aching for…

Swarovski sparkles


Did you know L’Oreal has two free-standing retail stores, one in Connecticut and the other in Southern California? Too bad the closer one to me is approximately 400 miles south at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles because I’d love to peep Red Carpet, a fancy shmansy mirrored compact designed by Kwiat for the Golden Globes.


It doesn’t come with any product inside and costs $50 (oy!), but 20 percent of the purchase price goes to support the Ovarian Cancer Fund, which I think is awesome. I dig the curvy star pattern of Swarovski crystals. Pretty, yah?

Eye-safe glitter

There seemed to be a lot of reader distress last week about MAC Glitters not being safe for eye use. In the spirit of glitter and makeup research, I went to Nordstrom and asked a few makeup artists for some recommendations.


They tipped me in on Prescriptives Eye Shadow Effects ($25), a fine glitter powder safe for use around eyes. One of the makeup artists applied some Cool Effects shadow on top of my Chanel Aurora Blues, and the tiny silvery flecks made my eyes really pop!

Both the Cool Effects (silver) and the Warm Effects (gold) shadows can be used to transform a matte look into a shimmery one. Too bad the counter was out of stock of both products at the time. Le sigh.

Japanese language comprehension

Would someone please translate this screenshot for me? I’m looking for a button that says, “spend all your money here.”


I found out about this super cute limited edition collection by Paul & Joe for Disney via Muse Media. Check out her blog sometime. It has lots of awesome Japanese makeup.

The collection contains two powders, a hand cream and a lip cream in cute Disney themed packaging. Too bad it’s only available in Japan because it’s too cute, and my irrational self says that I need it all!


Sidenote: Speaking of Disney, I just read a story today about how one of their Disney World Florida restaurants actually banned children, LOLOLZ!

Sorry for the short post, ya’ll, but I gotta get back to the couch to eat more chicken soup and then pass the eff out. Will (hopefully) be back tomorrow in full force. πŸ™‚

Have a great makeup-filled night.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Sandy says:

    Prescriptives got good foundation πŸ™‚ I remember buying one of their foundation back when I was about 14. It wasn’t really a foundation, tinted moisturiser to be more precise. It didn’t clog my pores & didn’t leave any booboos on my young skin πŸ™‚

    Paul & Joe got good stuff. They’re so cute too. On that screenshot, it’s just talking about dates.

  2. Apple Diva says:

    Get well soon, Home Fry!!! Glitter is for the keedz (kids)!! LOL

    Parents must control their children. I am not mad @ Disney for not letting those rugrats into the restaurant.

  3. Megan says:

    Okay…so definitely who would take their kid to a restaurant that starts at $125 per person…seriously…I am childless…but my neices and nephews tend to prefer grilled cheese and chicken nuggets to swiss chard and coq au vin (not that I know what Victoria and Albert’s serves…I’m just saying)LOL I’m definitely not mad at Disney for that. There are a number of nice restaurants where children aren’t allowed. In fact…I think there are a lot more places where children should not be allowed. Seriously…don’t get me started on the bad parents who drag babies out to the movies at 9 at night. Or the wonderful *eye-roll* mother who brought a 4 year old to the nail shop and wanted to get mad when the kid can’t sit still through her mani and pedi…seriously I’m all for beauty and making time for yourself… but you can’t expect a 4 year old to sit still and do nothing for 40 minutes…and getting mad at the 4 year old and yelling at them for wanting to play just proves you are a bad parent.

    Anyway Karen I hope you feel better soon.

  4. Abi says:

    makeup stops for no one…ay, i hear that! i’m sick too, a bug that’s been going around, bleh x100.

    but seeing that cute disney makeup collection perked me up a little πŸ™‚

    feel better soon, Karen πŸ˜€

  5. tricia says:

    i have been to the store at the beverly center, a couple times but i some how still buy the hip products atwalgreens or rite aid, why? because they always have buy one get one free they have it going on right now again. i am a mac girl but if i want a color i will not use often then i use the hip loreal hip cosmetics. it actually last longer than the usual drugstore brands. i have not tried pigments but reading your blog have me considering getting some. so is there a difference between the glitter and pigments? are they both safe for the eyes?

  6. Glosslizard says:

    I want skunk powder!! πŸ˜€

  7. Karen says:

    Hi Sandy,

    Yeah, I used Prescriptives foundation back in the daaaaay. I remember really liking it, too. They have a new one called Virtually Fresh which is supposed to be pretty amazing too – lightweight, with SPF 15.

    Thanks for the translation πŸ˜‰ I’m gonna have to start making blog friends in Japan so I can get my mitts on the Paul & Joe.

  8. Karen says:

    AppleDiva, thanks for your well wishes. I’m sniffling like crazy but I’m feeling better. I’m drinking OJ and making a casserole, yummy comfort food for a cold.

    And yeah, I hear ya about the rugrat control. Who would bring their child to a place serving $125 meals anyway?

  9. Karen says:

    I hear that, Megan. That poor kid at the nail shop, that’s terrible. And all the youngin’s in my fam are the same way too – no fancy shmansy meals, just mac & cheese and frozen corn is considered gourmet in their book.

    Thanks for the well wishes. I’m feeling better today. πŸ™‚

  10. Karen says:

    Hi Tricia,

    One of these days when I’m in LA I’ll make it to that store. I totally want to check it out. But yeah, you’re right, if you can get a 2-for-1 you might as well stock up!

    Anyway, the pigments are different from the glitters. Glitters aren’t usually eye safe, but pigments are (depends on the color though – the jar will indicate if it is/isn’t). Lots of people love MAC pigments because they have a lot of intense color, and they’re great for bold or shimmery looks!

    If you’re thinking about either I’d suggest getting the pigments. I think they’re way prettier and more useful. Golden Olive is very pretty, and I’ve heard Vanilla is also good too! Hope this helps.

  11. Karen says:

    Thanks Abi, I hope you feel better soon. Keep drinking those liquids and take care of yourself. *sniffle*

  12. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard, isn’t that the CUTEST?!?!

    I gotta make friends in Japan, ASAP πŸ™‚

  13. Glosslizard says:

    Or maybe plan a little vacation for the summer? Hmmmm….. πŸ˜‰

  14. I quite like the “blingged-up” with Swarovski crystals mirror. This is quite the little chic addition for parties or just to impress your gal pals!

  15. Apple Diva says:


    I have too many friends who are not leaving their kids @ “the crib”. Babysitting was invented for a reason. Get with the program people.

  16. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard,

    That would be so boss. I’ve been wanting to go to Japan ever since I watched “Lost in Translation.” I really love Japanese-style fashion and think it’s very cool.

  17. Karen says:

    Hi Miss Gisele,

    Yup, it’s quite pretty, yes?

  18. Karen says:


    Ha, you are sooo preaching to the choir!

  19. Glosslizard says:

    I’m trying to get my dojo to do a “field trip” to Japan! How cool would that be to actually train in the founding dojo at Hombu (sp?)!?! If I go in time, I’ll get a skunk powder for both of us! πŸ™‚

  20. Karen says:

    That’s quite a field trip, Glosslizard. I’m sure that would be the trip of a lifetime, especially because you’d get to learn from the OG martial artists!

    And, helllll yah girl, you better hook up that skunk powder πŸ˜‰

  21. Katie says:

    Hey Karen,
    I love, love, love your blog – the writing is so funny and I found it a few weeks ago when I was trying to decide if I should buy MAC softsparkle liners online since I live in Japan! I spent the next few nights reading freaking everything on here and loving the swatches – what a great site. Anyways the Takashimaya department store in Tokyo is right near where I work and they carry Paul & Joe – they say it starts from 1/25 so I am on it and will go check it out for everyone for sure. You can’t get much better than Bambi and Skunk powders right?

  22. Karen says:

    OMG KATIE! We’re all going to have to live vicariously through you. Both look products look so cute and pretty … jealous πŸ™‚

    Did you end up getting the Soft Sparkle pencils?

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