Because I watched the latest Star Trek movie again last night (BEST OPENING 9 MINUTES IN SCI-FI MOVIE HISTORY!), I was thinking about doing something Star Trek-inspired for the black-and-white roundup pic at the top…but I thought I might be the only person in the world who’d appreciate the randomness of it, LOL!
How’s it going today? What’s shakin’ in your neck of the woods? I’m just over here loading up on tea and reading some gossip blogs.
Speaking of that, do you have a favorite one? Mine’s pinkisthenewblog.com because I like my celeb news on the light side, ya know? Nothing too snarky or mean.
On Sundays I like to wrap up the week with a quick look back at some of the things we talked about in the worlds of makeup and beauty (and also spend a few hours playing/practicing with Photoshop).
What was the best beauty news you got this week?
My bad luck in the crap shoot that is genetics = totally your gain. Why else would the powers that be bestow upon me a dense thicket of body hair if not to serve as a guinea pig for all of (hairy) womankind?
Peep the latest episode in the epic struggle between Karen and all forms of hair removal technology â€” this bottle of EOS Evolution of Smooth Pomegranate Raspberry Shave Cream.
I picked it up at Target last week when the cute pink bottle caught my eye (it was also on sale for $2, down from the regular $5). Read more…
Ever since an â€œincidentâ€ about a decade ago involving free cosmopolitans (long story short, but I hadnâ€™t eaten anything beforehand and weighed 98 pounds at the time), I havenâ€™t been a big boozer, but I am a total lush (as you well know) when it comes to makeup.
I canâ€™t restrain myself around colors like Becca Glossy Lip Tint in Mimosa ($23). Seeing how I only just recently got wind of shimmery golden bronze Mimosa, it might be a little premature to declare it â€œThe best Becca Glossy Lip Tint evah.â€
But Iâ€™m still doing it.
Like Beccaâ€™s other Glossy Lip Tints in Frappe, Colada and Cherry Bomb, Mimosa lavishes lips in wet, glossy color, but itâ€™s even more pigmented and hydrating on the lips. As a matter of fact, with Mimosa I havenâ€™t felt the need to start with a layer of lip balm worn underneath. Read more…
Friends, citizens, insomniacs, lend me your eyes; I come to bury complicated eye looks, not to praise them. Put down that Sleepytime Tea for a second, Caesar, and take a look at the new Smashbox Masquerade Eye Palette ($35) â€” enemy of complicated eye looks everywhere!
You donâ€™t have to be an aeronautical engineer to put together fly looks with this palette of nine powder shadows in neutral and jewel-toned shades. In it, Smashbox cleverly placed complementary colors in three horizontal rows, basically taking the guesswork out of color matching. Itâ€™s a breakthrough of epic proportions, yo! â€” particularly for lazy chicks and insomniacs (oh, hai!) like me. Read more…
COLLECTION FALL 2010
Iâ€™m as happy as a kid at the front of the deep fried Twinkie line at the county fair. Girl, grab your ball gown and bedazzled mask, and prepare to be lured by a Smashbox Masquerade.
Available online now, Masqueradeâ€™s a small but comprehensive fall release with seven limited-edition pieces dressed in sophisticated indigo blue packaging. Pink, gold and peach shades softly light up lips and cheeks, and rich browns and beiges â€” along with a sprinkling of jeweled shimmery greens and blues â€” smolder on the eyes.
I think thereâ€™s something scary seductive about this collection. When I read the color story, I felt the shades drawing me into a fantasy that starred detailed satin ball gowns and glittering masquerade masks. I think the collectionâ€™s much prettier and softer than last yearâ€™s Reign, which had a cool edginess to it, but some of the colors in Reign werenâ€™t the easiest ones to wear (two words: red eyeshadow). Read more…
Seriously, where would we be without our friends to show us the beauty light? I imagine weâ€™d bumble our way through the beauty-sphere, eventually finding the best stuff on our own, but isnâ€™t it nice when a buddy offers a heads up about something truly great (and cheap!)?
To wit: my pal Marisol recently turned me on to TRESemme Heat Tamer Spray ($5), and HELLO! â€” talk about bomb-@ss drugstore beauty finds.
Iâ€™d been seeing it on shelves for months but wasnâ€™t compelled to give it a try until Marisolâ€™s recommendation.
TRESemme designed the spray mist to protect hair from heat damage, to tame frizz and to add shine.
Itâ€™s a breeze to useâ€¦ Just spritz on wet hair before blow drying, curling or flat ironing (it can also be used on dry hair). Read more…
BLUE DAHLIA COLLECTION
Do you ever just stop and stare up at the sky as it changes colors at dusk? As the day slinks away? Doesnâ€™t it look like someoneâ€™s cranking up the saturation on everything? Okay, yeah, so it might sound kinda boring, but you gotta do it every so often.
Estee Lauder Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux says thatâ€™s the kind of light â€” the colors that emerge at the moment day turns to night â€” that inspired the companyâ€™s new Blue Dahlia collection (have you seen the 1946 movie of the same name?). Read more…
What follows is a brief cautionary taleâ€¦
Neglect your mani/pedi long enough, and your fingers and toes may turn to eagle talons. Itâ€™s true. I speak from experience. Iâ€™ve neglected my nails to the point where I could carve hearts in trees, bluh!
Enter the Lori Greiner by Orly Manicure Keeper Nails Necessities Kit ($18), a handy (ha!) three-piece set of goodies designed to make at-home manicures easier. You get a bottle of Rubberized Basecoat to bump up the wear time of your polishes, a bottle Smudge Repair to smooth over any nail polish mistakes (I always make at least one) and a small bottle of Fast Dry Drops to cut down the drying time of polished nails. Read more…
BLUE DAHLIA POLISH
An inky blackish blue with a whisper of deep purple, Blue Dahlia Pure Color Nail Lacquer ($18) looks like a midnight summer sky on tips and toes. One of two polishes in ELâ€™s fall 2010 collection, (the otherâ€™s called Surreal Violet), it makes me long for late-night adventures and broken curfews, and itâ€™s yet another reason Iâ€™ve joined the Blue Dahlia bandwagon.
The shine? Otherworldly. If I were a super heroine, Iâ€™d deflect laser beams with Blue Dahliaâ€™s luminous shine.
The thick texture (almost like molasses!) might not appeal to girls who prefer thinner consistencies, but itâ€™s not exactly goopy. As long as Iâ€™ve taken my time to apply it slowly, Iâ€™ve been able to lay down smooth streaks of color from nail base to tip. Read more…
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,