Makeup and Beauty Blog’s Virtual Beach Barbecue: Let’s Play Hooky!

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Tomorrow is going to be a hot one here in Nor Cal… They’re saying 90 degrees, ugh! I wish we could all play hooky together and have a beauty barbecue at the beach.

But since we can’t (at least not this time), let’s have a virtual beach party instead!


Here’s what I’m wearing to the party…

And these are the snacks I’m bringing…

  • Veggie burgers and buns
  • Sunchips
  • Fruit salad

Who wants to work the barbecue? If you help do the cooking, you don’t have to clean. 🙂

Can you make it to the party tomorrow? I hope so.

It’s potluck and BYOM (Bring Your Own Makeup). Tell me what look you’ll be wearing and what food you’re going to bring (oy, my stomach just rumbled!). Can’t wait to see you!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Jeanne says:

    Oh girl, do I hear you on the Bay Area cooking tomorrow! I was walking to the Caltrain station and thinking about what skirt or dress I’m wearing to work tomorrow!

    I’ll be wearing Benefit’s You Rebel Lite, Strobe Kiss (thank you for recommending this, by the way — I love it!), the new Stila Kitten eyeshadow palette, DuWop bronzer in June with Smashbox skin tint in Heat, and L’Oreal mascara in Voluminous (since that’s the one I’ve been testing lately). For bonus beachy goodness, I’ll wear my Kai perfume oil!

    I ordered the new DuWop Revolotion for body, by the way — I’m hoping it’s what I’ve been dreaming of! I desperately need something that bronzes pale legs and protects them with SPF at the same time…

    Jeannes last blog post..Your easy guide to hair modeling!

  2. KK says:

    OH FUN!
    Ok I will be rockin my tarte foundation,benefit hula bronzer,a little benefit 10, and my favorite VSecret lip gloss in pink lemonade.

    Oh but I will also bring my super cute beach bag from VS thats hot pink and says “Make pink not war” with a big ole’ peace sign on it! My hair will be tied back in a knot soaked with ITS A TEN leave in treatment as well!!! Can you tell we do this beach thing alot!! lol!

    As far as food you know the texas girl has to bring chips, hot sauce, adn guacamole!!

    Off the sub but…I am so excited because I just got our sex in the city tickets for the 29th at midnight! yay!!

  3. Hey girly,

    Count me in,

    I’ll be in my pink tankini


    Aveeno Sunblock SPF 70
    M.A.C Prep + Prime SPF 50
    M.A.C Select Tint SPF 15
    M.A.C Strobe Kiss (the pink one)

    i♥makeups last blog post..Shout-out!

  4. KK says:

    Oh crap! I totally forgot my MAUI BABE and my coppertone water babies spf 45!!!

  5. Meaghan says:

    Hey Karen,
    Its supposed to be 95 on Thursday up here in Portland and I sooooo want to play hooky!!!!!

    Meaghans last blog post..The Great Foundation Debate

  6. Glosslizard says:

    Woo-hoo! I am so there!

    I’ll be all sunscreened up, and wearing jeans with a tankini top! Makeupwise…

    Guerlain bronzer in Orient Sun
    LM metallic creme eyeshadow in Gold
    Clinique quick eyes cream shadow in Sunlit Palm
    Chanel Inimitable waterproof mascara in Emeraude
    Chanel glossimer in Gazelle

    I’ll help BBQ, and bring shish-kabobs for the grill!

  7. lindsay says:

    ugh its been hot in hawaii too! i’m not sure of the temperatures, but almost NO clouds! good days for the beach though, i can’t wait til summer!
    mm i love potlucks, when i was little i used to think it was something only people in hawaii would know like eat rice for breakfast, saimin, loco moco, spam musubis, things like that but i guess not(:

    i’d wear..shu uemura mascara and some eyeliner..sunscreen of course and i’m good to go(:

  8. Karen B says:

    Summer weather in Belgium as well. Barbies!!!! Wohoo. Some people from school actually had a bbq on campus last week, it was hilarious.
    I’ll take care of the fire, I’m pretty good at it even if I say so myself.
    And for the heat I’ll be wearing:
    – sunscreen of course SPF 30 or so
    – Chanel inimitable waterproof mascara
    – peach and pink e/s of garden party (was going to go for a wash of Icon but alas)

    Karen Bs last blog post..Icon meme

  9. Cally says:

    YSL Easy Liner
    YSL Faux Cils mascara

    Oh, and a watermelon.

    When it’s hot all I seem to eat is watermelon. Anything else makes me feel sick.

  10. Megan says:

    Okay Karen…I’m in…it’s actually high 70s here today…so it’s pretty nice for us.

    I’m wearing:
    Shiseido 55 SPF Sunscreen
    Clinique Quick eyes in Starlit pink
    waterproof lash stylist in very black
    A little Nars Laguna bronzer and
    some Blistex silk and shine SPF 15 on the lips.

    I can totally help with the grill. Or I can bring potato salad, pasta salad, Corn on the cob, some killer banana pudding, or a nice strawberry shortcake.

  11. Karen says:

    Hi Jeanne,

    Do you have L’Oreal Voluminous or Voluminous Carbon Black? VCB is the shizz and is one of my go-to mascaras.

    It’s pretty hot up here in the North Bay. I’m wearing a dress to work today, too!

    BTW, I am so pleased that you like Strobe Kiss! It’s such a wonderful product and a really pretty color.

  12. Karen says:

    Hi KK,

    VS Lipglosses seem to be really popular! I am going to test one today, me thinks. I love PINK pajamas, too. I have several different fun t’s and jammies and wearing the bright colors always makes me happy.

    Oh! I still have to look for that hair leave in. Gotta write that one on the list. 😉

    And girl, I am all over the guac. I loves me some well executed chips and dip.

    NICE! I will have to check if there’s any SATC midnight showings in my ‘hood. Who are you going with?

  13. Karen says:

    Hi Iheartmakeup!!

    Thanks for coming to the BBQ! BTW, what do you think of MAC Select Tint?

    How’s the new job going?

  14. Karen says:

    Hi KK,

    Good call… gotta have the sunscreen at the beach! I will bring some big beach umbrellas for shade, though, just in case we get tired of sitting in the sun. 🙂

  15. Karen says:

    Hi Meaghan,

    SWEET! I have friends who live up there. They are trying to get us to move up there and one of the things that holds me back is the weather. How often is it hot up your way? How long does your summer last?

  16. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard!

    Rockin’! I am not so good with open flames so I’m glad someone is manning the BBQ.

    Girl, you are rocking those cream shadows. 🙂

  17. Karen says:

    Hi Lindsay,

    Last week all I wanted to eat for breakfast was rice and Spam, ha! When I go home with El Hub next month I hope my mom in-law makes my faves: Kahlua pork, Portuguese sausage and rice (so yummy), etc. El Hub practically spent half his childhood at potlucks, LOL.

  18. Karen says:

    Hi Karen B,

    Yay! Another girl that can handle the grill. Thanks for volunteering. 🙂

    I love that peach from Garden Party. Hmm… maybe I’ll wear it today!

  19. Karen says:

    Hi Cally,

    I love watermelon during hot weather, too. I hate cutting it open – so lazy. 🙂

  20. Karen says:

    Hi Megan,

    Bring it all! After I read your list my tummy seriously started rumbling. I am sucker for a good potato salad. 🙂

    High 70s – that’s perfect sandal weather!

  21. Tania says:

    Oh god please take me some place warmer! Highs here are in the mid 70s!!
    To this fantasy beach party I will bring black bean and corn dip, and a jug of iced green tea. Instead of grilling I’ll be DJing. I’ve got some serious mad trax on my iPod!
    As for makeup here’s my list
    -Prep+prime skin with spf
    -Mineralize skinfinish natural
    -either fushia fix tinted lip cond or strobe current
    -heatherette smooth harmony bp

  22. Karen says:

    Hi Tania,

    Yes! The party definitely needs tunes, so thank you for volunteering to DJ. 😉

    I *love* Strobe Currant, too! BTW, how do you like your MSF?

  23. Megan says:

    So how do you feel about olives? I have to admit that for a long time I didn’t really like green olives…except my grandma always put them in her potato salad. Anyway now that i am an adult I can appreciate a good green olive…and I make my potato salad just like my grandma with a little bit of green olives in it. It flips some people out though.

    Seriously though like a week and a half ago I hooked up some crispy baked chicken, corn on the cob and green beans with new potatoes…the boyf was in heaven…and I was sending him home with leftovers…he was trying to be nice and was like now I don’t need to take all the corn (there were like 2 or 3 ears left) and I was like…Oh I already ate corn on the cob twice this week. He got slightly indignant that I didn’t invite him over for dinner earlier in the week. 🙂 I loves me some corn on the cob.

  24. Karen says:

    Hi Megan,

    I like green olives but have never had them in a potato salad! Sounds like it would be super yummy if the olives didn’t overwhelm the salad.

    Corn on the cob = heaven. Every year I try to go to the Marin county fair just so I can go to this one food stand that sells roasted corn, and every year I get that cob and I go apesh*t on it. Last year I ate it with such vigor that I mortified El Hub. Ahhh, good times.

    How complicated is your baked chicken recipe? I am looking for an easy one that I can make during the weekday. I haven’t been cooking lately because I’ve been so scatterbrained/busy but have pledged to get better about eating at home.

  25. PeeChee says:

    Hey Karen.

    I’ll be there with my wide brim “j.lo” hat! I’ll bring some strawberry lemonade!!! With this hot weather my laziness has kicked into overdrive. 🙂 I usually just curl my lashes with my curler but I went and got an eye lash perm yesterday. Just give me a good bronzer, lip balm, some SPF 30 lotion and I’m good to go. 🙂

  26. Megan says:

    The baked Chicken recipe is pretty easy. It takes awhile though because I usually use split chicken breasts and they take a long time to get done in the oven – but the prep is easy – you could use boneless breasts to shorten cooking time some. I use cornflake crumbs…which is why the chicken is crispy out of the oven. I buy the cornflake crumbs in a box in the baking aisle – but I suppose you could but cornflakes and crush them. Typically I just remove the skin (if it’s on the chicken i bought), I make an egg wash in a bowl with an egg, a little milk (I usually get fancy and add a Tbsp dijon mustard and a tsp of hot sauce to the egg wash, but you don’t have to…or you can use buttermilk instead). In a separate shallow dish I pour in some of the cornflake crumbs (about 1.5 to 2 cups depending on how much chicken you’re making) and I season depending on my mood – typically like 1 tsp of thyme, 2 tsp of paprika, salt and pepper…other times I just add seasoning salt and pepper if I’m in a hurry. Honestly I don’t think you can mess this recipe up as long as you put some kind of seasonings in there. Then you stir the seasonings in with the bread crumbs. You just dip each piece of chicken in the egg wash until coated, dip in the cornflake crumb mixture and you can bake them either on a cookie sheet (they will kinda carmelize on the bottom with the juices) or you can cook them on a broiler pan with a rack and they will be crispy all over. I typically bake for an hour at 350/375 or thereabouts until the juices run clear.

  27. vivien says:

    I want the beach!!! I’m in GA and although the weather’s been warmer, its sopposed to be rainy for the next couple days. BOO! NE ways, at least I’ll be at the beach with yall!

    I’ll be wearing:
    SPF 15 on my body, along with lots of Lancome sunless tanner 🙂
    Benefit You Rebel Lite
    Loreal Telescopic waterproof mascara
    Waterproof black eyeliner
    MAC Shore Leave eyeshadow

    And I’m Bringing:
    Pizza flavored Pringles
    Smart Water

  28. christine says:

    i’ll be wearing:
    -clinique moisture surge moisturizer
    -clinique stop signs eyes spf 15
    -shiseido spf 55
    -covergirl lashblast mascara (black)
    -shu uemura glow-on blush (peach 40)
    -MAC lip conditioner spf 15
    -neutrogena sunblock w/ helioplex spf 70 for body

    i’ll be bringing:
    -tequila and limes! (lol)
    -apple pie and vanilla ice cream
    -fruit salad

    thanks for inviting us! 🙂
    p.s. LOVE your blog!!

  29. Erin says:

    I will be on the clean-up team! No one would want to eat my cooking LOL!

    I’ll be wearing:

    Lots of sunscreen!
    Clarins self-tanner (on face)
    Stila Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer
    MAC Amber Lights eyeshadow (love copper at the beach!)
    L’Oreal Telescopic mascara
    Chanel Aqualumiere gloss in Bonbon

  30. Erin says:

    Ooo and I’ll be bringing make your own ice cream sundae supplies!!!

  31. Karen says:

    Hi PeeChee,

    Cute! Feel free to bring the kids. 🙂 To keep them occupied during all the makeup talk we’ll give ’em some beach toys — a bucket and shovel works wonders!

    You are brave with your lash perm! How did it go? Do you like the results? Every time I hear the word “perm” I think of the bad ones I had in the 80s, aye.

  32. Karen says:

    Hi Megan,

    It must be baked chicken destiny, as I have a bunch of chicken breasts in the freezer and a box of Special K in the cupboard. I am so making this on the weekend. I really love crispy chicken but I don’t eat friend food often (gives me a stomach ache) so I think this will be right up my alley. For spices I’m going to use rosemary, paprika, salt and pepper.

    Thanks a bunch for this recipe! I can’t wait to try it. *stomach rumbles*

  33. Karen says:

    Hi Vivien,

    Boo to the rain! Good thing you can make it to the party!

    LOL, Pringles are my dietary downfall! I’ve never tried the Pizza flavor, but they sound really delicious. 🙂

  34. Karen says:

    Hi Christine,

    Woo hoo! Big ups to the girl bearing the tequila! 😉 I’ll chip in for some cold beers, too!

    And thank you for saying that you dig the site! 🙂

  35. Karen says:

    Hi Erin,

    I love copper at the beach, too. It’s just the right amount of color without looking like you’re trying too hard.

    I am going to have a sundae with two scoops of ice cream and *lots* of caramel sauce. 🙂

  36. Megan says:

    Glad I could help. 🙂 Like I said the prep is super easy. Then you just gotta get it in the oven and let it cook. The boxed cornflake crumbs are a little bigger than the texture of boxed bread crumbs. So I would say maybe fill a plastic ziploc and crush the special K in that. In fact you could just throw your seasonings in and shake the mixture up. It would likely work to coat the chicken in the bag too.

  37. Karen says:

    Hi Megan,

    That’s a good idea to add the seasonings in with the flakes. Ahh, I loves me some stream-lined cooking! I am going to use a broiler pan to maximize the crispiness! I can’t wait. 🙂

  38. Karen B says:

    Yeah, who says girls can’t handle the grill? I once did a barbie for like 14 of my friends in my grandma’s backyard and I did all the grilling. The guys were like: how does it work? It got me my “Barbie” nickname… That, and my blond hair. Lol

    Karen Bs last blog post..Icon meme

  39. Karen says:

    Hi Karen B.,

    That’s a cute story for your nickname! One of these days I’ll learn how to grill; it really does seem like an art form. I am a total wimp, though, when it comes to open flames! They make me nervous, LOL.

    I do love well executed barbeque chicken. Yum!

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