Retro Roundup: One Year Ago on Makeup and Beauty Blog

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WOW! I can hardly believe this blog is more than a year old already. Where does the time go? These were some of my favorite posts from this time last year. 🙂


I’m writing this at 5:31AM Hawaii time, typing in the dawn’s early light from the couch in my family’s home. They live at the foot of a lush, jungly mountain that seems like a world away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Honolulu, even though it’s only about 20 miles away. Right now I can barely hear myself think because there’s a constant din of bird calls and songs from outside, louder than I would have thought possible.

I don’t mind the songbirds at all, but the chickens … oh, the chickens. Yes, Mr. Chicken, I know you’re awake, sir. You have made it abundantly clear, lol!

Time to forage for coffee…

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Sylvie says:

    Félicitations! You’ve been the inspiration behind many a purchase that I’ve effectuated. 🙂

  2. Glosslizard says:

    Congrats, girl! You deserve the longevity! 🙂

  3. Ellery says:

    Congratulations on your blog! I’ve been reading it for a looong time ever since I found it. The first thing I read on here was your Paris Hilton interview!

  4. kris says:

    omg karen, these are very cool. How long have you been doing your awesome blog? Billy B sounds like a nice person in addition to a good makeup artist.

  5. Karen says:

    Hi Sylvie,

    Thank you. 🙂 I’m glad to have helped with your makeup purchases! Hope you had a wonderful Saturday. Did you do anything fun?

  6. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard,

    Thanks, homie! I know it’s late your time (almost midnight — 9:00 here right now), but have a good night!

  7. Karen says:

    Hi Ellery,

    Thank ya! Oh sweet! I remember that day still very clearly. Paris looked fierce… but had a pretty tow’ up manicure. She was really nice, too.

    Hope you had a faboo Saturday. 🙂

  8. Karen says:

    Hi Kris,

    It’s been just about a year now; I really love doing it. 🙂

    Billy B. is totally nice in person and has some mad makeup skills. He has a brush line that I really like, too.

    Have you been having a good weekend? I hope so!

  9. Sylvie says:

    Hi Karen, if you count hunting for a big-enough-but-still-affordable apartment in overcrowded Paris as fun, then yes I did do something fun this weekend. And in between the searches, I did consider getting my hair cornrowed some time this month. Counsels for and against, anyone?

  10. mukho says:

    Congrats Karen! You’ve got a superb show running here, and I hope it keeps up for ten years more! 😀
    That bird song is awesome… so refreshing. And I’m definitely going to try out new eye-pencil e/s combos. Great tip! But u got guts getting up at five, that too on vacation. I have to get up everyday at six and run for work, so I woke up at noon today 🙂

    mukhos last blog post..Pretty in pink and green

  11. Karen says:

    Hi Sylvie,

    I’ve never had it done, myself. I do like the look of it, though, especially when there’s intricate braiding!

  12. Karen says:

    Hi Mukho,

    Aww, thanks! I hope so too. 🙂 I really do love this blog and hope that I can still be doin’ my thang in 10 years!

    LOL, I never even wake up at 5:00 when I’m home. Hawaii’s three hours behind so I’m jet lagged. Plus, the birds are crazy loud… especially that damn chicken (he’s making noise right now). Another sound that’s been waking me up is the sound of falling mangos! My in-laws’ backyard is a grove full of mango trees and they are all ripe. They fall all day and night long and you can hear them falling like footballs!

    Glad that you slept in today. That always feels nice, doesn’t it? How’s your weekend been so far?

  13. Dao says:

    For some reasons I always think you’ve been blogging for a very long time. Mind to share your blogging tips with us?

  14. ParisB says:

    Congrats on hitting the 1 year! I’m so glad I discovered your site. I love the way you write and of course, your photos! Here’s to another wonderful and beautiful year! 🙂

    ParisBs last blog post..Sana Maiko Han Geisha inspired Makeup

  15. Karen says:

    Hi Dao,

    Yup, it’s been a little bit over a year. I guess the biggest advice I could give is to write about a topic that really interests you and engage you. The passion you feel for your topic will be reflected in your writing. The second tip is to write every day. Sounds simple, but it works. Oh, and read everything you can get your hands on!

  16. Karen says:

    Hi ParisB,

    Thanks so much! It’s been a lil’ bit over a year and it’s been a wonderful ride. Big hugs to you and have a great week!

  17. Megan says:

    Cool post! I hope you’re having fun…the birds sound gorgeous…

  18. Karen says:

    Thanks, girl! The birds sound beautiful… the chickens are another story! I had to bust out the ear plugs last night!

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