Retro Roundup: One Year Ago on Makeup and Beauty Blog

Published in: Just For Fun

WOW! It blows my mind how quickly time flies. I just checked the calendar; it looks like the blog’s second birthday is coming up next week.


According to the WordPress admin panel, this is the 1,068th entry.


What should we do to commemorate the occasion? I feel like we should do something…

While I get my bearings this morning (aka sip my coffee), here’s a look back at some of the posts that appeared on the blog a year ago this week. πŸ™‚

MAC Fafi: The Things I Do For Love

“Approaching the MAC store yesterday my spider sense started tingling. I knew deep in my veins the powers-that-be would not let me get swatches and take pictures of Fafi without a fight. I had El Hub, my getaway driver and co-conspirator, circle around the block a few times, with me ducked down in the passenger seat beside him, so I could case the joint before embarking upon the mission. Peering into the store as we circled the block, I could see what I’d be up against.”

9 Random Things: The Getting-to-Know-You Stage

Last week, during dinner at one of my favorite Thai restaurants, there was a couple sitting next to me who were clearly on a first date. My nosy ass couldn’t help but eavesdrop on their conversation between bites of yellow chicken curry (what can I say? I multi-task) and spring rolls. The boy hailed from Texas and liked indie rock; the girl liked to meditate and go hiking. They looked cute together, but there were several awkward moments of silence during which both of them sat there, obviously nervous, nibbling away at the Pad Thai for way too long. It got me thinking about the-getting-to-know-you stage of friendships and relationships…”

MAC Makeup Fafi Tutorial: A Black and Gold Smokey Eye

I finally got my paws on MAC Fafi yesterday, and all I have to say is MEOW! Love it. This morning I busted out a few things from the collection — Fafi Eyes 1 Quad, Nice Vice Paint Pot and the Not So Innocent Lipstick — and created this subtle gold and black smokey eye for work.”

Jurlique Versus La Mer: A Cleansing Lotion Smackdown

“I pitted two popular brands of cleansing lotions head-to-head — La Mer’s The Cleansing Lotion and Jurlique’s Replenishing Cleansing Lotion — and the victor earned a spot alongside my previous cleansing lotion champion, Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple. Two cleansing lotions, one dry face. Which one prevailed in the cleansing lotion smackdown?”

Makeup Inspiration: MAC Fafi Fun ‘n’ Sexy Lipstick, Pink Lilies

“What kinds of things inspire your makeup looks? I get a lot of my ideas for looks from magazines, other beauty blogs and books, but some of my favorite looks are based upon things in nature, especially flowers. I’m a sucker for flowers.”

Don’t Stop Believing

“Why is your friendly neighborhood beauty addict so happy in this picture? A. Because she got her roots highlighted (they had been completely unacceptable and just totally wrong for the past month). B. Because she’s wearing her new favorite lip gloss, Coach 01 Gardenia, which also happens to fit into her favorite Coach wristlet…”

Kiehl’s Spiced Plum Lotion Is Good Enough to Eat

“Food-scented lotions don’t always do a lot for my soul. When I slapped a layer of Kiehl’s Spiced Plum Hand and Body Lotion ($19.50) on my arms the other day, I didn’t expect it to make me want to gnaw them off an half hour later. But that it did.”

Au Revoir Fashion Week: Thanks for the Super-Blended Eye

“I love NY Fashion Week as much as the next girl, but it feels weird lusting after fall looks in the middle of winter. One look that has warmed my winter heart this year is a variation on a classic. The NY runway makeup gods have decreed that we all must bask in the glory that is the smokey eye! The variation I’m referring to is called the “super-blended eye,” and, according to MAC VP of Makeup Artistry Gordon Espinet, we should expect to see a lot of it in all our favorite magazines come fall.”

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Amanda says:

    well, I’m sure you will think of something fun for the blog birthday. Maybe we can do another “virtual” party and list our faces of the day, or you can challenge us to recreate something you feature (like one of your favorite looks)……

  2. Karen B says:

    I’m sure you’ll think of something.
    It’s so nice, I started reading your blog a year ago (I think the Fafi swatch adventure was the very first post of your blog I ever read… hehe)

  3. Anna says:

    Wow, two years already, time goes quick ! I remember the Fafi adventure…I even remember what reply I wrote !!Awww the blog is still a baby πŸ™‚

  4. Glosslizard says:

    Ooh, happy upcoming anniversary! I’m glad to have been along for the ride! Whatever you do to celebrate, I think it should involve cake! πŸ˜‰

  5. ParisB says:

    Hi Karen, Congrats on your 2nd year! Incidentally, I’m hitting my 2nd year too! πŸ˜€ Guess we started about the same time. Here’s to more makeup and beauty adventures with you and Tabs! πŸ˜€

  6. Miss QQ says:

    Hi Karen. Fafi was fun! I have nothing from Fafi but I wish I have gotten the paint pots. Thanks for jolting my memory. πŸ˜‰

  7. Karen says:

    Hi Amanda,

    I was thinking another virtual party would be fun, too! Last year it was a potluck… maybe a barbeque or a cocktail party this year. πŸ™‚

  8. Karen says:

    Hi Karen B.,

    Wow, has it already been a year since we’ve been chatting? Time flies so fast!

  9. Karen says:

    Hi Anna,

    It is! She’s growing up fast, though. Seems like just yesterday was that first post…

  10. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard,

    LOL! It’s gotta be chocolate cake, right?

  11. Karen says:

    Hi Paris B.,

    Congrats on your two year anniversary as well! πŸ™‚

  12. Karen says:

    Hi Miss QQ,

    Fafi was a lot of fun. I wish you could’ve gotten a few Paint Pots, too. Nice Vice is one of those that I can’t live without!

  13. Karen B says:

    Well, a bit less as I only commented a couple of weeks after or so. I was a bit shy… hehe

  14. Erin says:

    LOLOL ohhh the Fafi post. Good times, good times. I remember dying laughing about that post!

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