Happy Caturday, my darling! I hope you’re having a wonderful morning so far, and I hope you’re feeling refreshed and ready for a fun weekend.
It’s a lovely day here in Northern California. Nothing but blue sky from rolling hills to rolling hills. It looks like it’s gonna be a hot one, too, which is why I have my hair in a Dutch braid.
GURL, I’ve been all about the Dutch braid lately.
It’s basically an inverted French braid, where instead of pulling the hairs over when you braid, you pull them under so the braid kind of pops out, and you can make it, like, all poofy-looking and larger than life if you loosen up the hairs after you tie the end, which has the added benefit of not giving me a throbbing headache like some tightly braided styles can.
I love the whole messy braid trend… I rue the day if/when they go out of style, because this one here took me less than five minutes, and I was able to do it without having to look in a mirror!
I also rue the day when big, bushy eyebrows go out of style because it took me forever and a day to grow mine out. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time…
Wow, it’s already getting hot here, and it’s not even 8:30. I guess it’s appropriate that I’m wearing the $45 limited edition NARS Long Hot Summer Eyeshadow Palette.
Isn’t it a cutie pie? Six powder eyeshadows — a beige, a taupe, two coppers, a deep brown and a beautiful light gray — and it fits in the palm of my hand. The top row has some cooler-toned neutrals, and the bottom row has warmer tones.
I’ve been wearing the palette all week long, and it gets extra points for not taking up much space in my already overloaded makeup bag. It should be a great travel companion if I take any trips this summer.
Speaking of trips, I gotta get on that. I’m thinking, though, that it might be too hard to travel with a baby. I dunno… Moms, give me your thoughts on that.
I also like that the palette has a nice mix of cool and warm tones, because you know how it goes with some neutral palettes. You either get warm or cool tones. You don’t always get both.
These shadows also start off all punchy and pigmented but fade in a beautiful way throughout the day. In the case of the shimmery shades, they glisten more toward the end of the day, getting to where you look like you’ve been dancing in the front row at a music festival for three straight hours.
It’s pretty cool.
In other news, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m super obsessed with this freakin’ Justin Bieber video for his song Sorry.
OK, did I just say that out loud? Admittedly, I’m not the biggest JB fan, but I’m not extremely familiar with his work, and I know that he’s gotten into trouble a few times.
But whatever. I heard this song on the radio and had to look it up online. The choreography is so much fun! There’s so much booty shaking and hip swaying — I freakin’ love it! Oh, my gosh, I haven’t taken a dance class in years, but it’s making me want to dance again.
Plus, there are several girls in the video wearing those ’90s contruction boots that I rocked back in the day.
I wonder whatever happened to those boots… I think I gave them away? I wore them every day for like two years. I remember that my feet were always hella hot in them, and my arches hurt like a mother, LOL!
Oh, remember how I went on and on last week about how happy I was to be getting back into painting my nails? Well, I painted them again! Yes! Small victories. 🙂 I’m wearing long-lasting Smith & Cult Faunteleroy ($18), a light, creamy lilac. You can see it here in this random picture with my Mrs. Meyer’s Lilac Dish Soap.
Let’s see… I painted my nails with it on Sunday night, and now it’s Saturday morning, so that’s Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday… That’s five full days with barely a chip! For me, not bad at all.
Smith & Cult is a little on the pricey side ($18 a bottle), but I think they’re worth tracking down. Good wear time, and they dry pretty quickly in 10-15 minutes, which is great because with the baby needing a lot of attention, the last thing I need is to wait 30 minutes for my nails to dry.
Before I forget, that Mrs. Meyers Lilac Dish Soap ($3.99), by the way, smells like a walk with bare feet through a fancy manicured garden at the crack of dawn while surrounded by blooming lilacs.
Just in case you were wondering. 🙂
SO GOOD. It’s limited edition. If you’re interested, I spotted it on the end cap in the dish soap aisle at Target.
Before I go, here are a few stories I ran across this week that I thought you might like…
- Shiseido just bought Laura Mercier and the skin care brand Revive. It’ll be interesting to see how/if they expand LM over the next few years.
- It’s coming: the “Sephorization of beauty aisles.” Lots of beauty stores and beauty departments are going the Sephora route with, like, all their testers out on display so customers have easy access to them. What do you think about that?
- Lastly, this video has been around for almost a year, but I just found it (always late to the party). It’s about MAC and features Frank Tonkson, one of the founders, talking about the origins of the brand.
OK, cutie-patootie, I’m off! Connor Claire and I are going for a walk around the neighborhood before it gets too hot. Have a wonderful weekend, and take a plunge in the pool for me, will ya? 🙂
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,