The Makeup and Beauty Blog Freak-out

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I keep seeing these Burger King commercials on TV where they show footage of real people freaking out at the counter after being told the Whopper is no longer for sale. It’s all a prank with hidden cameras done for the commercial, but most of the unwitting victims stare ahead in utter disbelief; others totally flip out, launching into verbal assaults on the poor cashiers who delivered the bad news. It’s as if a major paradigm shift has occurred. I love passionate people, but jeebus, guys, it’s a fast food burger!

Still, it got me thinking…. Is there anything I love so much that losing it would make me freak out like that at a sales counter? I always strive to be nice to customer service folks because I worked in retail for many years (girl, don’t make me bust out my pocket-T folding moves on ya), and I know how it is to be on the other side of a full-fledged customer freak-out. It takes a lot to get me to launch into a Whopper-esque meltdown in front of a sales person. It would have to be the loss of something really frickin’ great to push me over the edge. Perhaps integral to my existence, even.



Such things do exist, however, and without further ado (drumroll, please), here are nine things I would FREAK THE EFF OUT over if a sales person told me, “Sorry, we don’t sell _____ anymore. And neither does anyone else.”

In no particular order whatsoever:

  1. Saucony Grid running shoes
  2. The T3 hair dryer
  3. Strawberry Frosted Pop Tarts
  4. DKNY bras (Side note: this would be a freak-out of epic proportions. It’s so hard to find a bra that really fits!)
  5. Dental floss
  6. Toilet paper
  7. Bumble & Bumble hair products
  8. iPods
  9. The holy grail minimal makeup trifecta: MAC 266 Brush, MAC Concrete Eyeshadow, MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer

So what’s on your freak-out list?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Ping. says:

    haha this is fun.
    1. Bobbi Brown pot rouge! i love the dewy glow effect it leave on me.
    2. Shu curler. seriously i wonder is it make out of drug. i hate to curl eyelashes before I had it.
    3. gotta say Ipod. haha music is my life.
    4. MAC Technakohl eyeliner

    so far this is my list. haha

    oh yeah on the previous post comment you mention Asian market cosmetics, for luxury, I quite like Shu and Bobbi because of service and quality. MAC service here is really bad, it turn a lot of people off from buying. for drugstore, there are always maybelline, loreal, kate. Nowadays a lot of jap and korean brand coming to South East Asia (where I’m at)

  2. Ping. says:

    and Starbucks Java chip! they took it down for a while. I can’t stop complaining.

  3. Glosslizard says:

    Hmm, at first I thought “Oh, there’s nothing that would make me freak out…” Then I saw toilet paper on your list. Got me! πŸ˜€ So I started thinking, and here’s my list:

    1. Yes, me too, TP!
    2. Chanel Teint Innocence compact foundation
    3. Sunscreen!
    4. Vans slip-ons
    5. Cat food
    6. Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple cleanser
    7. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle

  4. AshB says:

    Great post, Karen! It gave me something to think about in the shower this morning. I’m really anal about nearly everything in my life, so it was hard to pare the list down to 10 things:
    1. Prescriptives Flawless Skin concealer (heavy duty stuff for my heavy duty undereye circles :D)
    2. MAC Teddy Eye Kohl (a lot of brands have good black kohl eyeliner, but this brown is unique and perfect in every way and I would throw a huge tantrum if it were ever discontinued)
    3. Shiseido The Skincare Purifying Foam Cleanser
    4. Olay Complete Defense SPF 30 moisturizer
    5. Shikai body wash (inexpensive, the scents are amazing, and it’s the only soap that doesn’t dry out my skin)
    6. Miss Sixty Jeans
    7. Pentel Powerpoint II Pens (VERY hard to find, and when I do find them I buy them by the box. These and Microns are the only pens I use.)
    8. Korean kimchi beef tofu soup
    9. Bumble & Bumble hair products (I’m with you on this one Karen)
    10. Pumpkin muffins (I could eat tofu soup and these for every meal for the rest of my life and die happy. They’re seasonal at my local grocery store’s bakery and have a ridiculous amount of fat in them, so I made myself stop eating them. Then last week I was having a bad day, so I thought a pumpkin muffin would cheer me up. When I went to buy one they were gone, and I teared up. Seriously.)

  5. AshB says:

    Okay, wait replace #6 (Miss Sixty jeans) with Gmail. oh man, this is hard…

  6. Holly says:

    Haha Glosslizard two of mine are the same as yours!

    1. Chanel teint innocence compact foundation.
    2. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle.
    3. Chanel Hyramax moisture cream.
    4. sensodine toothpaste
    5. johnsons baby wipes
    6. Keratase intensive hair conditioner
    7. My Chanel makeup brushes
    8. tropicana orange juice
    9. GHD hair straightening irons

    oh my gosh just the thought of any of those things being taken away from me makes me feel physically sick!

  7. Tekoa says:

    The things that would make me wail in agony if they were cancelled are (in no particular order)…
    1) Jugo Juice. If it shut down I might die of scurvy because of a lack of fruit.
    2) Blacktrack eyeliner from MAC
    3) French Vanilla coffee from Tim Hortons
    4) AVEENO foaming facial cleanser
    5) Paula’s Choice extra strength blemish fighting solution
    6) Mechanical pencils
    7) GAP jeans
    8) Feather covered cat toys (my kitten loves them)
    9) Dubbonet MAC lipstick
    10) MAC powder foundation

  8. Karen,

    Here is my freak out list:

    1. Dior Show Mascara
    2. Aveda Hair Spray
    3. Kryolan concealor palette (in light) — Holly grail of concealors!
    4. IPhone
    5. TP — totally! Using newspaper would suck!
    6. MAC 1N Lipglass (I know the end is near, but I purchased 5 of these and hoping it is soooo popular they will regularly carry it).
    7. Seven jeans! So much lycra that my ass looks 16 again (well almost).
    8. Avene Skin Care — will freak if this ever gets discontinued.
    9. Fiji water

    Am I totally vain or what?

  9. Jamie says:


    This post made me laugh out loud! And I am totally in concurrence with you about the strawberry pop-tarts. πŸ™‚ I actually wrote about my beauty freak-outs on my blog, you can check it out here —

    Have a great day — and let’s hope none of these products are ever discontinued!

  10. Amanda says:

    hmmm. I think part of my obsession with buying more and more makeup is the “hunt”….I like trying new brands, always on the lookout for the lastest product. So while I have many, many favorites I can’t think of any that I would really freak out over losing forver-there will always be something else to try! That said, I did come up with a couple other things in my life: (in no order), and a few are beauty-ish. πŸ™‚ And stragely mine are all general items….I’m not super attached to brands I guess.

    1. lip balm
    2. agree w/ some of the personal care items in posts-mine is toothpaste and toothbrushes
    3. Pets-not being allowed to have dogs or cats as pets
    4. Good scripted TV (dramas, comedies, etc). Sadly we are getting close to this point, with the WGA strike and all. boo. πŸ™
    5. milk
    6. cheese
    7. coffee

    BTW Karen, I watched “Rescue Dawn” with the hubby last night-it stars your man Christian Bale! have you seen it? Not bad for a *war* movie.

  11. Kristi says:

    A lot of my freak-outs are food related, go figure:
    1) Mountain High Fat Free Vanilla Yogurt
    2) Burt’s Bees chapstick
    3) Johnson & Johnson Calming Nighttime lotion
    4) Coffee Mate Sugar Free creamer in French Vanilla
    5) Dreyer’s Slow Churned Peppermint Ice Cream (Seasonal)
    6) Kashi’s Honey & Cinnamon Oatmeal (I have a mini freak-out whenever Target is sold out, but I always recover becuase I know more is on the way)
    7) If Jessica Simpson ever stops making shoes I’m holding a memorial service in their honor

  12. Megan says:

    I would freak out over:

    1. Tampons. Seriously can you imagine PMS’ing, going to the store and being told that they are no longer making tampons. I would lose it. πŸ™‚
    2. Ibuprofen and allergy medicine. I would be a mess if they were gone from my life.
    2. Clinique moisture surge. I’ve been using it since I was 12.
    3. Dove Soap. I’ve used it all my life. πŸ™‚ I used to break out in hives if I didn’t.
    4. My Sonicare Toothbrush…a regular toothbrush can’t compare.
    5. Chocolate…if they suddenly made it illegal…i’d be a dope fiend.
    6. Cell Phones…I’m dependent on it.
    7. Bathroom Cleaner…I would have major issues on this one.
    8. Aveeno lotion
    9. Kathy Van Zeeland purses

  13. AshB says:

    oh! and Woodwinked! I forgot Woodwinked!

  14. Ashlee says:

    1. ipod ( I love music & I’d be absolutely miserable without it)
    2. old navy flip flops
    3. Love Spell perfume by Victoria’s Secret (It’s my favorite scent)
    4. all of the mascara by Cover Girl
    5. Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Oil Gel

  15. Chamayne says:

    I just love these list…okay off the top of my head

    1. Caudalie beauty elixir and vinoperfect serum…I shudder to think of such a day when we can no longer be together

    2.Tuna- gotta have my tuna steaks and my spicy tuna rolls. Perhaps the increased mercury will kill me but i’ll die happy

    3.Ojon revitalizing mist- my hair needs this for behavior modification hot tools ceramic flat iron. it heats to 430 degrees. I can ask for no more

    5.Gelee browning oil by Carol’s Dtr. Smells terrific and gives me a perfect summer tan

    6. Tinted moisturizer and my Lancôme Fatale mascara. I love them and I suspect they love me back

    7.Pinot Noir because life is tough

    8.facial scrubber. I have oily skin and without daily exfoliation my face is a sea of blah

    9.Fresh Sugar Lip gloss in sugar shag

    10. Fabulous totes and stilettos.

  16. Glosslizard says:

    Holly! Yay! It’s good to have company (plus with two of us freaking out, they’re far more likely to give in to our demands)! πŸ™‚

    Hi Melissa Street!

    Do you mean Seven for all Mankind jeans? I’ve been hearing amazing things about them and if they do that for a rear, I’m sold!

    Hi Amanda!

    OMG you’re right! How could I have forgotten coffee on my list!?!

  17. Mariana says:

    1. I have to agree with the TP for obvious reasons
    2. Coke Zero
    3. Lip balm, any kind
    4. My treo
    5. Concealer, preferably Becca or LM (this is probably my biggest freak out since I would scare the crap out of strangers, family, and myself
    6. Cuticle cream (Lush lemony flutter)
    7. Ponytail holders!!
    8. LM bleu marine cake liner and the LM flat brush (surely this can count as one since they NEED each other)
    9. Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA acne clearing gel

  18. Holly says:

    since writing that ive thought of loads more things I need it is impossible to keep this to 9!
    I could never live without Topshop basic vest tops, tetley tea bags and Chanel Ballerina nail polish either! ooohh and Ugg boots, I dont care what anyone says about them being ugly they are the warmest, most comfortable things in the world and winter in England would be absolutely unacceptable without them!

    p.s. Glosslizard dont worry the ammount of refils i go through i will keep teint innocence going single handed!

  19. Mariana says:

    I just have to add Body Shop’s nut butter. I just can’t live without that!!

  20. Breezy says:

    Ok here’s my list

    1.)Picot – its an antacid, I think its from Mexico actually lol but I love love love this stuff, I think its just baking soda and citric acid in it or something like that but if you feel all yucky and nauseated this is a miracle worker immediately.

    2.)Dove cool moisture line – Target already pissed me off cuz I think they recently stopped carrying the lotion and I never use to be hooked on any type of lotion or body wash till this line came out. So fresh.

    3.)Arm & hammer baking soda and peroxice toothpaste- nothing makes my mouth feel cleaner and fresher.

    4.) Targets brand of spanx πŸ˜‰ they’re more comfy than spanx, cheaper and they fit better.

    5.)Smashbox primer – use it under my concealer under my eyes all the time so it won’t crease. its a must

    6.)Diet Pepsi – I am truly addicted. If this went away I would have a fit of epic proportions…….even though I’m trying to quit….or cut down at least haha.

    7.)Loreal voluminous mascara – used it forever, it works, the waterproof one never flakes or smudges and its not expensive, what more could you ask for?

  21. Breezy says:

    Ooh thought of another

    9.)My AHA brand aha lotion, its ph balanced, its well concentrated, and its cheap. Can not be beat.

  22. Mrs. Lynne says:

    1. Although life will go on, as it stands, I will definitely have a freak-out if MAC decided to shut it’s doors. “Get-me-an-eyeshadow!”
    2. My Fisher-Price cradle swing. Honestly? I don’t know how our parents held babies 24/7 without this machine. This is by far THE BEST baby shower gift to ever receive!!
    3. Toy cars – nuff said πŸ™‚
    4. Feminine sanitary products/diapers/toilets – can you imagine the mayhem behind this?
    5. With you on the toilet tissue and pop-tarts.
    6. RICE!! (for the big boy)
    7. Thai Iced Tea, just shoot me already.

  23. Glosslizard — who is ya???

    And yes — I do mean Seven for all Mankind! They are the best! Nordstrom has them!!!

    Send me an email and introduce yourself —

  24. Brittany says:

    1. International Delight Sugar-free Hazelnut coffee creamer
    2. Splenda
    3. Starbucks Anniversary Blend-only comes out once a year
    4. MAC Satin Taupe eyeshadow
    5. BE foundation
    6. MAC Nymphette Lipglass
    7. Benefit Browzings
    8. Dickies scrubs that are made for females
    9. Allure magazine
    10. iPods
    11. Grey’s Anatomy

  25. LaurenIvy says:

    Fun post idea!
    I’d absolutely die without:
    1. DVDs (esp. Grey’s Anatomy, yo)
    2. Romance novels
    3. Victoria’s Secret PINK underwear (I would cry)
    4. Bath and Body Works Body Cream
    5. Glamour magazine
    6. Bubble Tea (Chinese drink, don’t sleep on it! I can only find it in my hometown but not when I’m away at school, I barely survive!)
    7. Old Navy tank tops
    8. Zetia and Lipitor (I really might drop dead without my meds LOL)
    9. Rosebud Lip Salve
    10. OPI nail polish
    11. The Sprint? MotoQ phone
    12. Detroit Pistons gear
    13. Detroit Pistons tickets, for that matter
    14. Big soft pretzels!!!

    Got a little carried away πŸ™‚ but oh, the horror if this ever happened!

  26. LaurenIvy says:

    oh, and I forgot my Ipod…seriously, the smoke alarm went off in my dorm in the middle of the night, and instead of my phone, I grabbed my Ipod. We’re attached at the hip (or ear, I guess)!

  27. Jen says:

    1) Revlon Colorstay (Oily/Combo) Foundation in Buff
    – – been using it everyday for 12 years.. I would FLIP. They had it on “Clearout” for 2 months (I didn’t know they were changing the packaging) and I called, wrote, emailed Revlon many many times..

    2) Coco Chanel Madamoiselle. Love it. It reminds me of every special night/occassion ever. Because that is when I wear it.

    3) Aveeno Creamy Moisterizing Oil Lotion. It’s not too thick or greasy and it heals my dry skin that I ignore until it’s “bad”.

    4) Avene Cold Cream Lip Moisterizer. Wow..this stuff is the shiz. It saved my lips when I was sick for a long time once and now I use it as maintenance once a day or so.

    5) Shiseido Gentle Cleansing Foam. A tube lasts 6 months. It takes off all my stay put make-up, like ACTUALLY. Smells great, lathers. Love it!!!

    6) Miss Vickie’s chips. Darn it….maybe these SHOULD be discontinued. They are just so so good.

    7) Lush’s American Cream conditioner and solid scent. Heavenly!

    8) Elizabeth Arden 8 hr hand cream.

    9)Vichy Thermal Spa Water. So many uses. So little time!

  28. Sandy says:

    1/ Dior foundation compact

    2/ Dior addict lip glosses

    3/ Shu Uemura eyelash curler

    4/ Bubble tea & milkshakes

    5/ Food

  29. Renee says:

    There are many things out there I cant live without…tp, toothpaste, etc… but the most important things are as follows:

    1. Coke zero, one can not live on water alone…
    2. Coffee, from anywhere as long as they can make a nonfat latte I am happy!!!
    3. Clinique Dramatically different moisturizing gel, my boyfriend and I would both throw down a hissy
    4. Pilot G-2 07 in purple – I love this pen, I have a pen fetish (I have three drawers of pens at my office but I only use this one)
    5. Cover girl volume exact in blackest black…love this stuff!
    6. MAC anything…I would breakdown in the middle of the store if there was no MAC…I love everything that comes from them!!!
    7. OPI nail polish…I do mani’s and pedi’s every sunday to relax and get ready for the work week…
    8. Velvetta mac and cheese…this stuff is so bad for you but I have been eating it my entire life and I cant stop now!!!
    9. Books…I would die if they wiped out all of the books in the entire world…what would I do while my sweetie watches star wars, indiana jones & planet earth (No offense but you can only watch them so many times and he has definetly surpassed that)
    10. Flip flops – old navy prefferably!
    11. Boots 4n1 quick thinking wipes – for those lazy days!

    I’ve bored you long enough!

  30. Karen says:

    Hi Ping,

    LOL to your number 2. I actually have my Shu curler here on my desk. Hey, you never know if you’re going to have a lash emergency.

    That’s too bad the MAC service isn’t great where you live. I’m like you in that the customer service I get makes a big difference in how I feel about a line.

    I’ve heard of the Kate line before on Specktra. Is it one of the “better” drugstore brands?

  31. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard,

    I with you on six and seven. I gotta add sunscreen to my list, too.

    Vans slip ons! I rocked the pink checker one back in the day.

  32. Karen says:

    Hi AshB,

    I need to get my hands on that Prescriptives concealer, ASAP! I’ve also heard great things about Teddy Eye Kohl too. Today I’m going to stop by the MAC counter and check it out, because I need to buy some Smolder liner.

    Awww, too bad your muffins weren’t there that day. πŸ™‚ I hope you are feeling better, though!

  33. Karen says:

    Hi Holly,

    I’m totes on board with the Sensodyne tooth paste. That’s on my list now, too.

    I gotta get me some of those Chanel brushes, ahhhhh!

  34. Karen says:

    Hi Tekoa,

    GAP Jeans! So true. I’d probably just pass out if Blacktrack were ever discontinued…they’d need to revive me with smelling salts or have Christian Bale do some CPR on me, ha!

  35. Karen says:

    Hi Melissa,

    HA! I like Sevens too because the cut makes my booty look smaller (I’ve got a lot to spare). Have you tried Joes? There kind of 2003 but I still like ’em.

    I met the prez of Kryolan a few months ago at a beauty convention thing, LOL. We talked about HD makeup for a long time. The brand is kind of hard to find up here, though.

  36. Karen says:

    Hi Jamie!

    Gotta have the real deal Pop Tarts – nothing else will do!

  37. Karen says:

    Hi Amanda,

    I have seen it. πŸ™‚ It’s a good one, I agree. I used to not really like war-themed movies until I watched Apocalypse Now a few years ago. I also read Tim O’ Brien’s book, “The Things They Carried,” and that changed how I felt about the genre, too.

    Oh boy, I’d probably throw a fit if I couldn’t have coffee. I’d be one grumpy girl!

  38. Karen says:

    LOL, Kristi,

    Some of Jessica’s shoes are cute. I’ve seen a few pairs of boots that were pretty hot.

    I *love* Dreyer’s Peppermint Ice Cream. It seems to be something you either love or hate, though…I’ve eaten it in front of many people and 99% of the time someone makes a comment about how gross it looks (like “Pepto Ice Cream” is just one of the creative adjectives I’ve heard). But dang, it’s heaven. I like Baskin Robin’s Peppermint too.

  39. Karen says:

    Hey Megan!

    Ditto ten times over on the chocolate. I’d probably go through withdrawal, with shakes and everything.

    And I agree, Aveeno is some good sh*t.

  40. Karen says:

    AshB! Girrrrl, you know I’d throw a fit if Woodwinked was taken away from me too! πŸ˜‰

  41. Karen says:

    Hi Ashlee,

    Love Spell is a good one. Oh, and after many months of lemming, I finally got my hands on a tube of the legendary Cover Girl Lash Blast!

  42. Karen says:

    Hi Chamayne,

    I hear ya on #7! I can’t live without my glass of Sangiovese.

    I’ve read that Caudalie is a fab brand. There’s a spa north of me in Napa somewhere so I’m saving my pennies to go. πŸ™‚

  43. Karen says:

    Hi Mariana,

    Sweet jeebus, I need to put ponytail holders on my list too. I swear I buy a pack every few months and they all disappear into this magical ponytail holder void (I suspect that all my missing sock pairs are there too).

  44. Karen says:

    Ha! Holly, I’ve added half of everybody’s else’s stuff to my list too.

    Next time I go to the UK I’m all over Topshop, LOL.

  45. Karen says:

    Hi Mariana,

    I used to love the Body Shop’s nut butter back in the day. I remember when the tubs were HUGE and when it was much cheaper. Mango was my fave.

  46. Karen says:


    LOL, I’m making a trip to Target (Tar-ghay) for those Spanx. Thanks for the heads up!

    L’Oreal Voluminous is one of my fave mascaras. I have multiple tubes all over the frickin’ place. πŸ™‚

  47. Karen says:

    Hi Mrs. Lynne,

    OMG – RICE!!!! I’d go into convulsions if I couldn’t have any.

  48. Karen says:

    Hi Brittany,

    Ahhhh, Satin Taupe. That’s a good one. I’ve seen it on many different people and what constantly amazes me is how different it looks on everybody. My friend Chris wears it and I swear it looks like it was made just for her. You must be one of those lucky ones, too (I like it but I don’t love, it, because it just looks so-so on me.)

    Shockingly I’ve never seen one episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Heard that it’s good, though!

  49. Karen says:

    Hi LaurenIvy!

    I’d cry if I couldn’t have VS Pink knickers, either.

    I take it you are a Pistons fan! πŸ˜‰

  50. Karen says:

    Hey Jen,

    Okay, seriously, I need to get my mitts on some Avene!

    I gotta have my 8-hour hand cream too…

  51. Karen says:

    Hi Sandy,

    One of these days I’ll get around to trying some Dior! Their lipglosses are too cute. So much makeup, so little time πŸ˜‰

    I couldn’t live without milkshakes either, especially vanilla ones from In & Out Burger.

  52. Karen says:

    Hi Renee!

    I am a pen freak, too. I have drawers of them at work but can only function with my black Pentel RSVP Fine Point.

    AND Velveeta MAC & CHEESE! I ate so much of that during my formative years. YUM!

  53. LaurenIvy says:

    LOLZ I love these entries!

    Yes, girl, I am a Pistons fan to the death! Matter fact, if they stopped airing the games or moved the franchise, I wouldn’t have a reason to live.

    L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara might come with me in my coffin…

  54. Glosslizard says:

    Happy Tuesday, Karen!

    Just gotta say, this is one of the best entries ever!! I’m getting so many great ideas for things to try from everyone’s freakout lists!

    Thanks for further enabling my obsessions! πŸ˜‰

  55. Hey Karen,

    Joe’s don’t fit my 40 year old butt very well — but J Brand jeans do and I love them as much as Sevens!!! I also like Hudson — I guess my list should say “any ridiculously expensive jean with lycra!”

    Kryolan is an industry brand and it is very hard to find — I have to haul my cookies up to Los Angeles to get it. If you happen to run into it though — pick some up — they make an incredible concealor.

  56. Holly says:

    Hi Karen,
    I heard Topshop is coming to the u.s. soon but i think its just new york and its gonna be twice the price! I actually saw some of the Kate Moss for Topshop stuff in Barneys when i was there but it was soo expensive!
    next time you hit the UK you have to tell me and i will give you a list of all the things you’ve got to try!

  57. Karen says:

    Hi LaurenIvy,

    That’s cool that you’ve got a team you love so much! I enjoy watching sports like basketball and football but I never really felt passionately about a team. I got the mascara gene, but missed the sports fan one. πŸ™‚ Did you always like them, or was is something that was passed down to ya? Everyone I knew growing up here in the Bay loved the Warriors.

  58. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard!

    Happy Tuesday back at ya!

    A thought of bunch of things I’d freak out about last night: eyelash curlers (omfg! imagine a world without them!), socks, really soft Kleenex tissue…

  59. Karen says:

    Hi Melissa,

    I’ve heard J Brand is good. I’ve also heard raves about True Religion, too. They look cute on other women but I’m afraid the pockets will add to my “girth”.

    What else from Kryolan do you like? A hunting we will go…

  60. Karen says:

    Hi Holly,

    Fo’ sho! I’ll also have to go to boots and do a massive buy out of all the bottles of Garnier Cocoon lotion I can get my paws on. πŸ™‚

  61. Hillary says:

    Hey Karen! I love your blog, and read it almost every day. Some of my freakout items are:

    Purity Made Simple cleanser
    Glide dental floss
    Certain-Dri antiperspirant
    MAC Studio Fix powder foundation
    Bare Escentuals Bisque concealer
    Aveeno Ultra Calming moisturizer (both the night time moisturizer and the one with the sunscreen)
    sunless tanner (just a touch so I’m not frog belly white in the summer)
    hand cream with sunscreen
    Frederick Fekkai glossing cream
    Chick Fil-A handspun cookies n cream milkshakes (an occasional treat)

  62. True Religion doesn’t fit me either πŸ™ — oh well, there are plenty of other brands for me to spend big bucks on!!!

    As far as Kryolan — they also make something called the Lip Rouge Mini-Palette. So many awesome colors in there! Not very convenient to throw into your bag, but for me as a make-up artist it is great. I can use several colors on several actors and throw one palette into my set bag for touch up. I also like their Shimmering Event Foundation to add some sparkle to the face for a night out! Yummy!

    I always thought there was like a main Kryolan office up in San Fran, but maybe I am wrong!

  63. theMuse says:

    lol @ TP! Indeed I’d totally freak out of they somehow ran out of Toilet Paper and discontinued making it! That’s not freak out material really it’s more like holy sh*t (no pun intended) it’s the end of the world material!


    Hmmm it’s so difficult to make a list but here’s a try (in no particular order):

    1. Tivo! My god I’d have to be committed if they suddenly stopped making tivo or stopped the service! God it doesn’t bear thinking about!

    2. Peanut M&M’s especially the green ones (I dunno I heard the green ones have some special sexy power!)

    3. MJ Mascara MY GOD It really bear thinking about. Just kill me if I can’t get my hands on Lash Extender!

    4. Lush Cosmetics Gorgeous Moisturizer

    5. Sony CP Lip Silicon

    6. Morgen Schick Hide and Highlight Palette

    7. Lola Blush in Mistress

    8. Lush Cosmetics Big Shampoo and Retread Conditioner

    9. Amazing Superfill Wrinkle Filler It appears I’m coming to rely on this alot lately. I wanna admit I’m getting old like a hole in my forehead.

    10. Canmake Cheek Gradation in Chocolate Brown Praise Jebus it’s now part of the general catalog and no longer a one off!

    Fun post Karen πŸ™‚

  64. Tania says:

    Hey Karen still lovin’ the blog! It’s sooo bookmarked! Anywho’s here’s my freak out list

    -Starbucks Low Fat Blueberry Muffins
    -Dark Chocolate
    -Sally Hansen Hair Removal Cream for Face (wipe off the ‘stash)
    -C+ Taurine Vitamin Water
    -MAC lip conditioner, blot powder, lipstick
    -Ben and Jerry’s Stephen Colbert Americone Dream Ice Cream (omg is it yummy)
    Oh and I just might freak out if I went to a burger king and there was no whopper cuz those things are delish to the max!

  65. Holly says:

    Hi Karen,

    I used to love that Garnier lotion but ive found something better now, not sure if you have it over there its by Dove and its called Firming beauty body lotion and it is amazing!
    It leaves the skin really smooth and moisturises amazingly but also firms the skin. It has been all over TV over here because it actually works lol!

  66. Glosslizard says:

    Oh, yeah, I’ve been known to head out in the pouring rain with a head cold if we run out of the extra soft tissue!!

  67. Kelly says:

    Gotta go with
    1 Toilet Paper
    2 Toothbrushes
    3 Sunscreen (because lobster look is not sexy)
    4 Urban Decay Primer Potion
    5 Chocolate
    6 Coca Cola – gotta wash down the chocolate with something!
    7 Books – always been a voracious reader
    8 Music – nothing else takes one out of a mood like some good music
    9 MAC – yeah, I’m sure no one saw that coming. πŸ˜‰

    Fortunately, I think I’m pretty safe from suffering any “I can’t get what?” meltdowns.

  68. Lilan says:

    hmmm.. This one is a doozy!

    I’d have to say:

    – MAC 266 brush, Coffee Eye Pencil, Beige-ing Shadestick (my MAC trifecta)
    – CHANEL Spark Glossimer
    – Laughing Cow cheeses
    – toothpaste
    – computers
    – Shu eyelash curler
    – Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

  69. Karen says:

    HI Hillary!

    Thanks for reading le blog. πŸ™‚ I’m glad you enjoy it. So I totes need to steal a few things from your list…first off, really need to get on that hand cream with sunscreen ASAP. I am not good about sunscreen on my hands and I know that I better get with the program. (Oh, and feet, too. I read somewhere that people forget to put sunscreen on their feet all the time.)

    Anyway, do you have a favorite brand? I’ll need to find one that’s moisturizing and not greasy.

  70. Karen says:

    Hi Melissas,

    Ha! There’s always a new “it” brand so I’m sure you’ll always have lots of choices. Sadly, I’ve gotten back in the habit of shopping in the junior’s section. Two years ago I made it a resolution to stop dressing like a teenage Hawaiian surfer and I was good about it for a year and then it all went to sh*t. I gotta sign my bad self up for one of those makeover shows on Lifetime (television for women!) or something.

    Yeah, the corp office is here in SF. I tracked down a beauty store in Marin Co that carries a few items so I’m all over it this weekend like mac on cheese.

  71. Karen says:

    MUSE! Thank you for stopping by. Did you ever get your paws on the Paul & Joe for Disney stuff?

    Anyway, yeah, I gotta put the TiVo on the list too. Remember how a few years ago how people said stuff like, “It’ll make your television watching more efficient”? Honestly, I don’t think that’s happened…I just watch a hellavu lot more TV. Bad, reality TV, unfortunately. πŸ™ I think our Tivo is on it’s last legs and when it dies I’m going to shed a tear or two.

    And holla, I need that Superfill Wrinkle filler, like yesterday.:)

  72. Karen says:

    Hi Holly!

    I’m going to the drugstore tomorrow so I’m going to look for that lotion. Hopefully I can find it! You guys always get the good stuff across the pond, I swear. πŸ™‚

  73. Karen says:

    I hear that Glosslizard. My nose needs the extra soft stuff! Personally I like the ones with added moisturizer. πŸ™‚

  74. Karen says:

    Hi Kelly,

    Coca Cola and books! My favorite combo. What are you reading right now?

  75. Karen says:

    Hi Lilan,

    Holy cow, your comment just made me think of one thing that I’d throw a massive freak out over: THE INTERNET. Can you imagine? You wake up in the morning and there’s no internets?!?! HOLY FRICKIN CRAP.

    Funny though, I grew up during the time when the equivalent of emailing and text messaging was leaving a note in your friend’s locker. πŸ™‚

    Hope you are having a good week so far!

  76. Lilan says:

    OMG Karen, stop – I just can’t think about what would happen without the internet. Ack!

    I remember back in high school, my boyfriend and I had a notebook we wrote each other notes in. He’d leave it in my locker in the AM for me to doodle and write in during 1st period math. Can’t imagine anyone doing that now – my 16 YO cousin texts me during his history class.. LOL

    Hope you’re having a fun week too. I’m looking forward to tomorrow – it’s my birthday, woo hoo!! One more year of my 20s and then it’s off to start a new decade πŸ˜€

  77. Karen says:

    Hi Lilan,

    Happy birthday! 29 is a great year! Doing anything fun?

    That notebook story is so cute! I had a ton of notes from friends and boyfriends from high school…I kept them for the longest time. I have no idea where they went (probably into the same void as the missing socks and misc. tubes of lip products).

  78. Mrs. Lynne says:

    Wow, convulsions, huh? I can say that you and the big boy would seize that moment together.

    I’m thinking I’d also freakout if they were having a tweezer confiscation where the tweezer police would go door-to-door tearing homes apart just to get their paws on them. Oh gosh.. then unless the mad caterpillars! *shiver*

  79. Ping. says:

    Hi Karen,

    wow on your desk too got shu curler? haha not bad..

    Kate? yeah it is a pretty good brand, i haven’t really tried the product but its afforable and review from friends say its pretty good!

  80. Lilan says:

    The Boyfriend is taking me to Michael Mina in Union Square so I’m pretty excited. I just hope that the weather stays clear!

    Happy Hump Day, Miss Karen!

  81. Hillary says:

    Hey Karen! As far as hand cream with sunscreen goes, I’m currently using PreVentin-AT Therapeutic Hand Cream & Protectant with SPF 15. I think it’s like a generic version of StriVectin. It’s not greasy, but it’s pretty moisturizing. I got it at CVS. I can’t remember if y’all have those in Cali or not (I live in the South, probably pretty obvious from my use of “y’all”). If you can’t find that, I’ve used one called Rich Girl, I can’t remember who makes it, but I think I bought it at Bath & Body Works. And yes, I’ve realized lately that I’ve neglected my feet, and it’s starting to show. Ewww…nothing worse than thin-skinned old lady looking feet on a girl of only 32. πŸ™‚

  82. Kelly says:

    About two chapters into “Snow” by Orhan Pamuk. Nothing’s really happened yet, so I’m not sure how this one will pan out for me.

    My coke product of late is Cherry Zero. It’s much better than the cough-syrup sweet regular Cherry Coke. I’m also obsessed with Diet Berries & Cream Dr Pepper lately. My two favorite diet sodas. Either of those with a 100 calorie Kudos bar kills my afternoon sweet tooth.

  83. Karen says:

    Hi Mrs. Lynne,

    Yep, on board with that one too. If the beauty police removed any of my hair-removal staples (wax strips, hard wax, razors) I’d be one hairy beast.

    Girl, I have to have rice practically every day. I was so NOT low carb when it was fashionable.

  84. Karen says:

    How fun, Lilan! Did you guys already go or are you heading there this weekend?

  85. Karen says:

    Hi Hillary,

    Thank you so much for the recommendation! We don’t have CVS where I live but I have to buy some stuff from them online anyway (I keep hearing great stuff about Avene skin care, and I think CVS sells it) so I’ll try to find that hand cream.

    The other day I looked at my feet and didn’t realize how, well, different they looked from how I remember. I wish I was better about putting sunscreen on them. All those hours in flip flops without any sun protection (*cringes*).

    Whereabouts in the south are you from? I’ve never been, but I have a friend in Atlanta who is always trying to get me to go out there and visit.

  86. Karen says:

    Hiya Kelly,

    So, when you have a book that starts off slowly that you’re not into, what do you do? I mostly end up abandoning it if it doesn’t hook me after a few chapters. My hub (an avid reader, too) gives me a hard time with this. I figure that life is short, why spend it reading a book you just aren’t feeling? Right now I’m going through a really intense teen novel phase. It’s a bit weird, but I’ve just decided to “go with it.”

    I can’t hang with the Zero and Diet Cokes! I wish I could. I am really sensitive to Nutrasweet and it tastes off to my tastesbuds. I like regular Coke … in a bottle! I swear it tastes different then the stuff in the can.

  87. Karen says:

    Hi Ping,

    Yeah, I’ve got a buncha curlers and they are all over the house. The Shu was a Christmas gift from my husband! Shockingly, I didn’t ask for it. He did it all on his own (miraculous, I tell ya.) Sometimes when I’m writing I need a break so I just curl my lashes for the hell of it, LOL.

    If I ever take my world wide surf tour I’ll be sure to pick up some Kate and Paul & Joe when I hit the Asian Countries! Happy Friday!

  88. Mrs. Lynne says:

    How about brown rice? Have you tried that? I have heard great things of it, but just can’t get myself to try it. And my mom practically ate it ALL the time.

  89. Karen says:

    It’s okay. It tastes kinda, well, grainy and healthy. I know it’s technically better for ya, but I am not crazy about it.

    One good for you grain is quinoa. Have you heard of it?

  90. Hillary says:

    Hey Karen! I live in Atlanta as well. You should definitely take your friend up on that offer and come visit. I think a lot of people have this image of ignorant, racist rednecks when they think of the south, but I’ve found that most people in Atlanta aren’t like that at all. We have friends from Cali that come and visit us, and they can’t get over how friendly people are here, and how good the food is. πŸ™‚ Spring and fall are probably the best times to visit, it’s beautiful here! Take care, and have a great weekend!

  91. Lilan says:

    Hey Karen!

    We went to Michael Mina on Wednesday. Boy was it YUM-O!! Girl, I could eat the short ribs all day long and probably in my sleep πŸ˜‰

  92. Karen says:

    OH no, you had to go and quote crazy Rachel Ray!!! AHAHHHH! J/K πŸ˜‰

    Sounds finger lickin’ good! Hope you had a wonderful birthday, Lilan!

  93. Mrs. Lynne says:

    I have not, no. I can already tell it’s healthy, hah.

  94. Chic Girl says:

    I love you post! Hope you don’t mind, but I’m going to share it on mine. It’s hilarious!
    Off the top of my head:
    cotton balls
    Aveda Hang Straight

  95. Karen says:

    Thanks Chic Girl! Have a good week πŸ™‚

  96. Karen says:

    Mrs. Lynne,

    Just stick the white rice then; seriously, the brown will taste like cardboard.

    I had dinner at an Indian friend’s house on Saturday and I discovered my new favorite thing to do with rice: add white rice (w/ a lil’ bit of butter and salt) to plain yogurt (Mountain High is good). It’s sooooo good. I’ve been craving it 24/7 since then.

  97. Mrs. Lynne says:

    Intersting… definitely different than our everyday dish. Almost sounds Mediterranean! They have yogurt with EVERYTHING. Hubbo and I went to eat out with a co-worker before at a Mediterranean restaurant and I couldn’t believe that the dipping sauce was yogurt. But it was soooo good. You know what I do love, is nan. it’s just like a warmed up pita wrapper, but it’s so good to snack on.

    Now I’m hungry, lol. Will have to rummage through the pantry for something to fill the void.

  98. Karen says:

    I love naan (I think that’s how you spell it!), especially when it’s hot and fresh. I could probably eat Indian food every day if somebody would make it for me, ha!

    I think I know which Mediterranean restaurant you’re talking about…there’s like, three on the island.

    BTW, do you miss really good Mexican food? I would miss good burritos if we ever moved there fo’ reals.

  99. Mrs. Lynne says:

    Gosh, when I used to live in the bay, one end of the El Camino was getting taken over by Indian stores and restaurants, while the other end was taken over by Korean stores and restaurants.

    We actually haven’t tried any Mediterranean restaurants on the island. The one we went to was in Sunnyvale by the mall before.

    OMG! We do miss Mexican food. Hubbo is a HUGE HUGE HUGE burrito fan. We tried a couple joints here but they’re just alright. Still haven’t found the right spot yet. The one we used to go to a lot was La Victorias in San Jose next to SJSU. The wait is kind of long, but so worth it. And I really liked the burritos at Chipotle even though that’s not true Mexican food, hah. Have you ever been to the Burrito Factory? They have this burrito there called the Super Mojado and it is ENORMOUS! Hubbo only finished it once and homeboy can eat so it was quite shocking.

    You know what else I miss. Erik’s Deli. I loves me an Abbott’s Habit with Chicken Vegetable Rice soup. *drool* Oh girl. I have a list of restaurants that I miss. Ok, I’m rambling, lol.

  100. Karen says:

    Yeah, from what I recall there’s like three places on the island to get a burrito. I’ve eaten at Cholo’s in the north shore a few times but it was just okay. When you’re desperate for burritos it’ll do in a pinch.

    I’m hungry, too, right now. I could go for a falafel or a kick ass gyro from the mall in San Rafael…

  101. Mrs. Lynne says:

    Haven’t been to Cholo’s yet. We pass by it all the time when we get shaved ice but never stop. My old co-worker used to go there every weekend with her Hubbo. But I think they went to grab beers mostly.

    Oh, Hubbo loves falafels. Have you tried the shrimp trucks here? Like Giovannis? Sooo damn good!!

  102. Rachel says:

    Hi Karen and girls πŸ™‚

    Love the blog!

    My Top Ten Major Freak Outs (in no particular order) –

    1. Cetaphil
    2. MAC Blot
    3. Fried Flake (Fried shark, we call it Flake here in Australia)
    4. Ice Choc Magic (choc topping that sets hard)
    5. Corn chips/potato chips
    6. Coca Cola/Coke Zero
    7. Rimmel Vinyl Lip Gloss
    8. Eyebrow Tweezers
    9. Magazines
    10. Electric blankets

  103. Christina says:

    -Tweezerman tweezers
    -orly nail products
    -A&W root beer
    -Calvin Klein perfectly fit bras. I lovvvvve these!
    -Aquolina pink sugar!
    -Colgate Total Advanced Clean + whitening toothpaste.
    -Mac 208 and charcoal brown
    -CG lash blast

  104. @Christina,

    I’ll see your advil and raise you aleeve (advil just makes me boot!)
    100% agreement on the aquolina pink sugar
    Jockies french cut briefs

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