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Makeup and Beauty Blog Weekly Roundup

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 Nail Polishes for Fall 2010LES KHAKI DE CHANEL

Leave it to Chanel to make baby poo/army green into a nail polish that looks downright effin’ 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) just…works.

These are well-groomed thugs wearing tuxedos, y’all, and I hope to see them gracing fingers and toes this fall. Read more…

Dior Nude Pink Design PaletteDIOR NUDE PINK

It’s a little funny to me that Dior calls this 5-Colour Designer All-in-One Artistry Palette “Nude Pink Design” ($58), seeing as how there isn’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 you’re good to go.

As for the pink, well, it’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 “Nude”) earlier this summer, but if you had trubs with that palette’s cool-toned pink and purple shades, you might have better luck with this one’s warmer palette.

Oh, and if you’re torn between what’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…

9 Things: I Could Never Date Someone Who...9 THINGS

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: “I could never date ______.”

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 lookin’ for love in all the wrong places.

Here are nine things on my “I could never date______” list. What’s on yours? Read more…

A MAC Venomous Villains Cruella de Vil Face of the DayMAC VENOMOUS VILLAINS

WOW! Where does the time go? Today it occurred to me that the MAC Venomous Villains collection’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 — 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 aren’t for kids. The colors are decidedly grown up, and the products MAC caliber through and through. Read more…

Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme LipstickHOURGLASS FEMME ROUGE

Before El Hub I kissed quite a few frogs, and truth be told a few of those kisses were…awkward, like the one with Mr. Sharp Tooth (it was like a single vampire fang!), or the one with Señor 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 felt…off.

It wasn’t the texture; no, Femme Rouge feels as light and smooth as a baby-making slow jam. It was something else…

It was the bullet! — 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 Cupid’s bow. Lips are all smooth turns and rounded corners, right? Things this tube is not. Read more…

Tarte emphasEYES Gel EyelinerTARTE EMPHASEYES

No. 4,572 on the list of things I do badly: hip-hop glide moves.

Yeah… The only gliding I’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.

I’ve been wearing the bronze, plum and black ones lately, and they’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 doesn’t end in disaster, either, as the colors latch on to my lids with the strength of Greek gods, and they don’t migrate into my crease or smudge into places I’d rather they didn’t, even on bare skin.

Tarte also attributes a whole bunch of skin-loving benefits to the line. Read more…

The Tarte TEN PaletteTARTE

It’s true, your honor. I’m horribly, terribly guilty — of abusing denim.

Especially in the late ’80s.

I guess I was just copying my friends. First, it was that pair of cheesy Guess overalls… 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 wasn’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 crime…

To help you understand — not that I’m trying to defend my actions — this all happened around the time my parents forced me to get a boy’s haircut. Read more…

Rimmel Max Volume MascaraRIMMEL MAX

Have you been watching the US Open? I’m probably the world’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 there’s just something about watching two world class athletes go one-on-one, ya know? Oh, and it doesn’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 — big surprise — makeup.

If, by some miracle of modern science, I morphed into an elite 35-year-old tennis player, I’d be all about waterproof mascara. With that unlikely future in mind, today I gave Rimmel’s Max Volume Flash Waterproof Mascara ($7, available in a single shade called Black) a try. Read more…

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Nina says:

    Hello Karen!
    How are you? I’m feelin’ gooood 😀 And Tarte’s gel eyeliners have smt to do with it too (but only partially) 🙂 A brown one is on its way to me, so thank you for the review. I’ve always wanted to try gel liners but couldn’t bare the thought of letting my beloved eyeliners go, you know. Other than that, I’m glad I finally have time to just relax and read some book. It’s been a busy busy week for me. Have a good day!

  2. Nina says:

    Lazy Sunday! 🙂 Rereading some of the entries and making a list… 🙂

  3. lexi says:

    Hi Karen,
    I went to a house warming party Friday and my ex roommate’s son’s birthday on Saturday. Sunday – did a whole lot of nothing. Well I did make homemade guacamole for the first time (YUM) and watched some football/baseball with my husband. The guacamole thing is so easy and just makes me feel like an idiot for not doing it myself a lot sooner – this is how I felt the first time I made hummus and now I refuse to buy packaged hummus!

    Lately, I have been craving more lipsticks. I guess I’m making a full circle – back in the mid 90’s I was anti-gloss girl. I was all about the lipstick – you couldn’t pay me to put on Lipglass then all of the sudden I had to have every gloss MAC created…I went through a Prrr and Nymphette phase and now I cannot wear a MAC gloss. I have moved on to other glosses – Chanel, NARS and Burberry glosses are top of my list. But lately, I have been uninspired and crave to have a more pigmented pout. I am now obsessing over luscious wine/port colors. I guess it’s my way of ushering in the Fall/Winter season. So that’s been the current obsession.

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