Lounge By the Pool in the Open Thread

Published in: Just For Fun

Summer’s winding down, girlfriend, so let’s make the most of it before fall. Grab your towel, sunscreen and flip-flops, and brace your bum for a lounge chair; this week’s open thread starts now.


Makeup and Beauty Blog Open ThreadIf you’re new to the open thread, here it is in a nutshell:

It’s our very own club house where we kick it in the comments and chat about whatever we want — beauty (of course), books, B-movies, business, buffoonery — and all sorts of other things that don’t start with ‘b’. πŸ™‚

It runs all day and night (even after I’ve hit the haaaaay), so stop by whenever you can, and as often as you like.

There’s a pitcher of iced tea and lemon slices over there. Just help yourself.

See you soon!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. allie says:

    This is my first open thread post…hello!! I am enjoying the sunny weather, testing out the staying power of my Buxom Stay there eyeshadow, and waiting for my papa murphy’s pizza to finish cooking. What are y’all up to?

  2. Marlie says:

    Hi! This is my first post as well! I wish it were warm enough to lounge by the pool, but it’s a little cool here in Canada tonight. I’m just finishing up my shift at work before dashing home to do a little online retail therapy!

  3. Tammy says:

    I’m catching up on shows on my DVR. Lots of Anthony Bourdain, lol! I’ll be catching the VMA’s tonight. I don’t watch MTV, but I will to see Chelsea Handler kill it! Anyone else like her? or MTV?
    Tammy recently posted … I Am Too Pretty For This

  4. emma says:

    i’m watching old mad men episodes πŸ™‚ and drooling over the photos of mac’s villainous collection….ugh i want the whole thing so bad
    emma recently posted … Shu Shop

  5. Nina says:

    i didnt sleep to great last night – was up til 430am reading. so everything is kinda wonky today.

    we made tacos for lunch and then i kinda napped and kinda watched jersey shore (i dont watch it on its regular night so i caught up).

    we got take out sushi for the hubs’ dinner. i was craving for cake so i have some chocolate cake just from the grocery store and i had half of it for dinner.

    still happy bout my haircut … trying to get the hang of the dry shampoo i got because the stylist said i wash my hair too much. πŸ˜€

    • allie says:

      what were you reading?

      • Nina says:

        its called Turn Coat and its a novel of the Dresden Files. its about a wizard turned private detective and his war against supernatural crime in Chicago. Im addicted: the writing is pretty awesome. Bummer though is after im done with this, I have to wait til March 2011 for the latest one to come out in paperback. πŸ˜€

    • Karen says:

      Ha! I stayed up late reading too! Just picked up the third book in the Hunger Games series, Mockingjay!

      Something sweet for dinner sounds good… I might get taro frozen yogurt. A new self-serve yogurt shop opened up in my town, and it’s less than five minutes away.

      • allie says:

        That happened to me and my waistline hasn’t been the same since, haha πŸ™‚

        • Karen says:

          I have a feeling it’s going to be dangerous for me. I pretty sure that I’m going to try to find ways justify eating there every day, like:

          “Hey, at least I’m eating fruit!”
          “It’s not as bad as full-fat ice cream!”
          “Yogurt’s got some protein!”

      • Nina says:

        I ordered the trilogy from borders.com — i was going to wait for all three to come out in paperback but there isnt even a paperback release date! πŸ˜€

        I should get it Tuesday and will start reading it then.

        Taro froyo sounds good … I dont know if they have that at my fave froyo shop…

  6. yiota says:

    Hello Karen!
    Here are my news of the week:
    I went clubbing yesterday for the first time.. Let me tell ya, it is not my thing. I love dancing, but please do not try to dance with me or touch me cause I will smack you!
    I thought what better occasion to try out my Naked palette! I used Toasted all over the lid, Hustle in the crease, added some of my own purple eyeshadow under the Hustle and added the 24/7 liner in Zero. I love the colors! πŸ˜€
    So that’s pretty much it. I’m going to have calzone now for supper, yummy!
    Talk to you soon!

    • emma says:

      i want the naked palette so bad,…its like all my favorite shades in one case
      emma recently posted … Shu Shop

    • Karen says:

      Hi Yiota,

      Aww, give it another chance. Not all clubs are the same… I like the ones that aren’t too big and that are out of the way, but that’s because I mostly go to dance, not for “the scene.”

      Your look sounds really pretty, btw.

      • yiota says:

        Oh I will.. I’ll try to go to a classier one next time. loll
        Maybe my makeup attracted all the guys loll
        I wanted to watch the VMA’s really badly.. but my mtv is showing Cribs until 11pm and nothing else.. and the rest of my channels are showing the Canadian Country Music Awards. This is not fun.
        Thanks Karen! I wish I could’ve added some more color but I’m currently obsessed with neutrals! At least it’s almost fall..

      • Nina says:

        speaking of dance – i kinda miss dance classes @ the gym. the one i go to now thats closer to our house doesnt really have those. :/

        • yiota says:

          Have you ever tried zumba? That’s the dance class we used to have at my gym! Was fun until the teacher changed and the new one made us do silly things..

          • Nina says:

            i have and i enjoyed it a lot! the old branch i went to had it every friday and i would go all the time.

            now they have something called latin heat whc is silly! πŸ˜€

          • Karen says:

            Okay, Latin Heat sounds like it could be really fun or really cheesy.

            I took a striptease class at my gym once and it was super cheesy! The instructor made us crawl across the floor like prowling cats… I’m usually down for making a fool out of myself but I couldn’t stop laughing. It was hilarious!

          • Nina says:

            thats crazy! my friend who did latin heat said it can be good depending on who teaches it!

        • Karen says:

          I miss taking dance classes! πŸ™ It’s been over a year since I’ve been to one…

    • Nina says:

      your look is pretty! thats why you got asked to dance and all that! πŸ˜€

  7. emma says:

    @tammy-its kind of boring honestly, i mostly care about the clothes, haha
    emma recently posted … Shu Shop

  8. allie says:

    I like Mad Men a lot. It’s a hard show to watch sometimes because every character is flawed (and therefore real) that it’s hard to figure out who to root for, you know? I’m so used to people being presented as perfect. It’s a beautifully done show. I don’t have TV (I watch it on the computer) but I can’t wait to see the VMA highlights!! πŸ™‚

    The buxom eyeshadow is interesting, haha. I love the texture and color, but it actually creased WITH primer. So far it hasn’t creased without it. I’m hoping it won’t because I LOVE it.

    MAC venomous villains– Can’t wait!! I must have the french quarter eyeslick thing. And the mineralize eyeshadows. SWOON.

  9. Karen says:

    Hey ladies,

    Will you please join me in wishing MBB reader Tiffany a very Happy Birthday?

    Happy Birthday, girlfriend! Here’s to many, many b-day wishes coming true.

    *raises cupcake*

  10. emma says:

    Happy Birthday Tiffany!!!
    emma recently posted … Shu Shop

  11. Hey everyone πŸ™‚

    I’ve got two essays to write today. I’m motivating myself like this: when the first one is done, I get to paint my nails. Then onto essay #2 lol.

    Karen, I’ve got a question for you. Actually, I’ve wanted to ask this for a couple of years, it’s just that my memory is horrible. Where do you get those…animated-ish pictures that you put up in front of your open thread posts sometimes? Like this one: http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/just-for-fun/grab-a-seat-and-stay-for-the-open-thread/

    I just think they’re really cute xD
    I’m also craving Nutella like crazy right now. Did you do anything fun this weekend?
    makeup morsels recently posted … NOTD- Party Nails

  12. hi, all!

    right now, i’m just compiling some photos of a look i did for tomorrow’s blog post while listening to sara bareilles’ new record (LOVE!).

    hope everyone’s doing well πŸ™‚
    dani@callitbeauty recently posted … Weekly Roundup- 9-4-10 – 9-11-10

  13. Brian McDowell aka Roulette says:

    Hey Karen and the rest of the crew!! Wishin you all a sunny Sunday from Phoenix Arizona. I read MBB everyday at work much to my bosses chagrin πŸ™‚

    You all have got me craving cake!! I went earlier and with my roomy to try the grand opening of a new chinese food restaurant that is like two blocks aways (yum!!) and we got extras so we’d have dinner and not have to leave the apartment again…but now cake sounds sooooo good LOL.

    I am also psyched for Venomous Villains…looking forward to the mineral shadows, and picking up push the edge purple pigment..has the prettiest blue violet shimmer, when rimmed in brown script e/s…great for brown eyes! I missed it in the last round so I’ll be sure to have them put one on hold for me. Also want the Briar Rose beauty powder and Darkly My Dear looked so pretty on Karen the other day I may pick that one up too. We are having a launch party here in Phoenix at the Biltmore Mall location so Im very excited to go.

    Hmmm…I better decide if the trek out is worth it…Big Brother is going to be on soon!! (I dont have cable, or i would be drooling over the true blood finale as well…LOL!)

    Oh, and happy B-day Tiffany!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Brian (aka Roulette!),

      I’m so glad you popped by! A big hello from sunny Nor Cal. We usually get an indian summer here in the bay area, which means it’s wonderfully warm in September and October.

      I’ll have to try Push the Edge with Brown Script (aka one of my fave MAC browns, evah!). Thanks for the idea!

      As for Darkly My Dear — you will love it. It’s richly pigmented. A little goes a long way, so I like to put it on with a skunk brush and a light touch.

      Didja get anything from Fabulous Felines?

      • Brian aka Roulette says:

        Actually I did! I got the Leopard Luxe quad, and I got sample of Lithe and Bloodline pigments. I didn’t like Bloodline at first, it looked burgundy in the jar but yucky brown on my hand. BUT, I saw one of the gals I work with wear Bloodline packed solid on the lid with Brown Script mixed with Soba halo-ing it and then a black water and tightline and it turned Bloodline into the most awesome warm grey!!! I tried it myself last weekend and it looked awesome. πŸ™‚

        Ended up making chocolate fudge cake with Ghirardelli chocolate chips mixed in and dark chocolate fudge frosting. OMG it was soooo good. πŸ™‚

    • Nina says:

      i just wanted to say — cake is always a good thing! πŸ˜‰

  14. Iben says:

    Hi all,

    I am going to Japan in a month’s time and I am super excited! I was wondering if anyone has any experience with prices on make up over there – are they comparable to American prices? I’m mostly thinking about MAC πŸ™‚ Thanks and take care!


    • ahh, i’m so jealous! tokyo is on my list of places to travel. hope you have an awesome time!
      dani@callitbeauty recently posted … Weekly Roundup- 9-4-10 – 9-11-10

    • Nina says:

      im pretty sure MAC is more expensive there. however they do have some airport exclusives so check that out – i know they have a bb cream thats sold in DFS stores only!

      i love japanese makeup and skincare – my fave are their cleansing products – either oils (kracie cleansing oil) or fluid (mandom cleaning express).

      majollica majorca makes great mascara and eyeshadow palettes.

      id love to go to japan. i mostly buy my japanese mu and skincare at a local japanese store here or online. πŸ™‚

  15. Karen says:

    So what’s for dinner tonight, girls?

  16. Rae says:

    Why hey there, Karen — and everyone else! What have we been loving for perfumes recently? :o)

    (I’ve been testing out a bunch of new frags, so my head’s stuck in the ‘fume gutter. It’s one heck of a comfy gutter, though, so I don’t mind!)
    Rae recently posted … Sunday Steals and Deals

  17. Terri says:

    Hi Karen and everyone! I hope youÒ€ℒve all had a lovely weekend.

    Is anyone here from (or living in) Orlando? I’m going to a conference there in November, and I wanted to know what the weather was like.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Terri,

      I’ve never been to Orlando, but I did visit Boca Raton and Key West two years ago in November for a wedding and it was really nice. Not too hot, not too cold — just right!

  18. steph b says:

    Anyone else watching Great Food Race? I love food trucks and this is the first reality show I’ve watched in years.

    • HanaBerlin says:

      I like most shows on food network, but i really can’t get into that show. Maybe i’ll give it another shot. I have been watching football this whole weekend. =)

    • Karen says:

      I’ve never heard of that show… it sounds interesting!

      I just started watching Top Chef, and it amazes me how the judges describe food. It makes me wish my sense of taste was more developed.

      • Nina says:

        Top Chef is my fave cooking / reality show. :X

        Theyre having a new spinoff called Top Chef Just Desserts – right up my alley! πŸ˜€

  19. Mai-Huong says:

    Currently taking a break from my schoolwork and chilling with a honey/baking soda/cinnamon face mask on. Trying to convince myself that history is the most interesting subject ever, but it’s not helping me get this work done any faster, hahaha!

    My sister visited and gave me a nice big jar of nutella, which I’ve learned is absolutely divine with deeply toasted almonds. Excellent for the taste buds, but maybe not the waistline. Hmm.

    My soundtrack has been one song all weekend, which tends to play in my head even when I’m not listening to it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivbLlIDP4Oo

    I hope everyone is having a lovely Sunday evening πŸ™‚

  20. Andrea says:

    ITS MY BIRTHDAY TOMMOROW!!!! YAYAYAYA!!!! Take a guess what i asked for?

  21. Vonvon says:

    Hi Karen,

    No Internet for the past one week, and been using Wifi on the go. NOT NICE!!!!

    Missed reading your blog and I have so many of your blog posts to catch up on! πŸ™‚
    Vonvon recently posted … Lemmings! Shu Uemura Dreamy Petal &amp Graceful Bloom Palettes For Fall 10 Swatches

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