Everyone into the pool! Quick, before the kids get here!
Happy Sunday, ladies. How’s it going this morning?
I’m buzzing because our community swimming pool finally reopened for business yesterday (YAY!). It’d been under repairs for months, and I’d all but given up on them finishing before the end of summer.
Now I can get my swim on this afternoon!
What did you end up doing last night? Did you go skinny dipping, win any dance contests or catch any fireflies? Come on, please let me live vicariously through you. All I did was stay home, you know, watching TV and plucking my eyebrows… It was exhausting.
What about beauty? What were your favorite finds this week?
Here are some of the things Tabs and I talked about on the blog:
LES KHAKI DE CHANEL
FALL 2010 NAIL POLISHES
Leave it to Chanel to make baby poo/army green into a nail polish that looks downright effinâ€™ cool to me. Last year, they stormed my beaches with another gorgeous green, Jade, forever and always my five-star general of Chanel polishes, but the three shades in the new limited edition Les Khaki de Chanel collection ($25 each) are bringing up the rear.
I like it when beauty products appear to combine contrasting concepts, and I think the rugged, outdoorsy elegance of Khaki Vert (a creamy army green), Khaki Rose (a creamy, rosy brown) and Khaki Brun (a creamy, cool brown) justâ€¦works.
These are well-groomed thugs wearing tuxedos, yâ€™all, and I hope to see them gracing fingers and toes this fall. Read more…
DIOR NUDE PINK
Itâ€™s a little funny to me that Dior calls this 5-Colour Designer All-in-One Artistry Palette â€œNude Pink Designâ€ ($58), seeing as how there isnâ€™t a lot of pink in its design.
Like the four other quints in the All-in-One Artistry line, Nude Pink Design comes with three powder shadows, a cream liner and a cream base. A little mascara and youâ€™re good to go.
As for the pink, well, itâ€™s there, hiding within a few of the shades. You might remember another Dior quint with a similar name. Dior released the Dior 5-Colour Designer All-in-One Artistry Palette in Pink Design (sans the â€œNudeâ€) earlier this summer, but if you had trubs with that paletteâ€™s cool-toned pink and purple shades, you might have better luck with this oneâ€™s warmer palette.
Oh, and if youâ€™re torn between whatâ€™s behind Door No. 1 (Pink Design) and Door No. 2 (Nude Pink Design), give some thought to where you might wear the colors. The Pink Design palette feels more like a party quint with its POPS of purple, whereas the Nude-ly named one feels more like an everyday product to me. Read more…
I COULD NEVER DATE…
If 41% of all tweets are considered pointless babble, does that mean the other 59% are awesome little pearls of wisdom like this one that crossed my path last week?
Someone posited the following for consideration: â€œI could never date ______.â€
Hilarity (and zillions of retweets) ensued.
Even though El Hub and I have been together since the dawn of time (roughly a decade), I still remember what it was like to be lookinâ€™ for love in all the wrong places.
Here are nine things on my â€œI could never date______â€ list. Whatâ€™s on yours? Read more…
MAC VENOMOUS VILLAINS
CRUELLA DE VIL
WOW! Where does the time go? Today it occurred to me that the MAC Venomous Villains collectionâ€™s just a hop, skip and a jump away (September 30).
Can I get a WOOT, WOOT! (and an evil cackle) from all the MAC-aholics in the hood?
The collection, a collaboration between Disney and MAC, features four separate color stories, each one based on a different Disney villain â€” Cruella de Vil, of 101 Dalmatians fame; Maleficent, from Sleeping Beauty; the Evil Queen, scourge of Snow White; and Dr. Facilier, from The Princess and the Frog (find out more about the whole collection here).
Despite the subject matter and cartoon imagery, these Trix arenâ€™t for kids. The colors are decidedly grown up, and the products MAC caliber through and through. Read more…
HOURGLASS FEMME ROUGE
VELVET CREME LIPSTICK
Before El Hub I kissed quite a few frogs, and truth be told a few of those kisses wereâ€¦awkward, like the one with Mr. Sharp Tooth (it was like a single vampire fang!), or the one with SeÃ±or Saliva (like kissing a slobbery puppy), or Mr. Mannequin (the dude never bent his elbows).
The first time I tried on the new Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick ($30, available in 12 shades), I was reminded of those frog kisses, because, well, something feltâ€¦off.
It wasnâ€™t the texture; no, Femme Rouge feels as light and smooth as a baby-making slow jam. It was something elseâ€¦
It was the bullet! â€” its shape, that is. Like a chisel, or a calligraphy pen, the straight edge at the tip is kinda hard to maneuver into the corners of my lips and around Cupidâ€™s bow. Lips are all smooth turns and rounded corners, right? Things this tube is not. Read more…
No. 4,572 on the list of things I do badly: hip-hop glide moves.
Yeahâ€¦ The only gliding Iâ€™ve done lately has been along my lash lines with Tarte emphasEYES Aqua-Gel Eyeliner ($18).
Released earlier this summer, the eight liners (Tarte refers to them as gel pots in pencil form) turn lash lines into tug-free zones.
Iâ€™ve been wearing the bronze, plum and black ones lately, and theyâ€™ve been helping me out on some harried mornings. Not needing to be sharpened, the twist-up sticks are built for efficiency; just two quick swipes along my lash line delivers rich, pigmented color.
Rushing with these doesnâ€™t end in disaster, either, as the colors latch on to my lids with the strength of Greek gods, and they donâ€™t migrate into my crease or smudge into places Iâ€™d rather they didnâ€™t, even on bare skin.
Tarte also attributes a whole bunch of skin-loving benefits to the line. Read more…
Itâ€™s true, your honor. Iâ€™m horribly, terribly guilty â€” of abusing denim.
Especially in the late â€™80s.
I guess I was just copying my friends. First, it was that pair of cheesy Guess overallsâ€¦ You see, I wore them with one strap up and one down. Yeah, I should have known it was wrong, but I was just a kid then.
And that wasnâ€™t the worst of it, either. Soon, I graduated from overalls to cropped jeans jackets. They were bedazzled, with golden studs.
That was probably my worst crimeâ€¦
To help you understand â€” not that Iâ€™m trying to defend my actions â€” this all happened around the time my parents forced me to get a boyâ€™s haircut. Read more…
Have you been watching the US Open? Iâ€™m probably the worldâ€™s worst tennis player (sports involving projectiles = not a strong suit) and only know the bare basics of the sport, but I sure like watching it. Team sports are great, but thereâ€™s just something about watching two world class athletes go one-on-one, ya know? Oh, and it doesnâ€™t hurt that most of the dudes are cute, heh!
Today was all about the ladies, though, and watching Maria Sharapova duke it out with Caroline Wozniacki got me thinking about â€” big surprise â€” makeup.
If, by some miracle of modern science, I morphed into an elite 35-year-old tennis player, Iâ€™d be all about waterproof mascara. With that unlikely future in mind, today I gave Rimmelâ€™s Max Volume Flash Waterproof Mascara ($7, available in a single shade called Black) a try. Read more…
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,