The Weekly Roundup: Posts You Might Have Missed

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Happy All Hallow’s Eve, ghouls! I hope you’re having a frightfully fantastic day filled with mini-Snickers, candy corn or whatever sweet treat floats your boat.


Ladies, I had such a blast at the Monster Bash on the USS Hornet last night. I wish you could have been there. I’ve never danced on a big ship like that before. I wanted to go as a ’50s sock-hop girl but ended up going as a wannabe member of Run-D.M.C because 1) I couldn’t find my poodle skirt and 2) it was an easier costume to do.

About 1,000 people showed up, most of them adults but also some teens and younger kids. A band called The Cocktail Monkeys played cover songs from the ’60s through today. Lots of fun costumes and a great haunted house, too. I danced beside a storm trooper, a guy with massively large lobster claws and even the infamous Michael Myers!

The ship itself was so cool! It was huge, and the area where they held the party was filled with old helicopters and planes. When El Hub and I weren’t dancing, we checked out different planes and I even got to sit in the cockpit of an old jet. I learned it wasn’t easy to climb in and out of those things in four-inch heels!

Anywho, right now I’m watching Legion again and counting down the hours till The Walking Dead premiere (yay, zombies!).

I had so much fun this week with all the different Halloween themed hair and makeup looks. I hope you had a great week too. 🙂

USS Hornet Monster Bash 2010, Alameda, CA
USS Hornet Monster Bash 2010, Alameda, CA

USS Hornet Monster Bash 2010, Alameda, CA

USS Hornet Monster Bash 2010, Alameda, CA

USS Hornet Monster Bash 2010, Alameda, CA

USS Hornet Monster Bash 2010, Alameda, CA

The Weekly Roundup: Posts You Might Have Missed

Bobbi Brown Crystal Eye PaletteBOBBI BROWN

You know you’re from California when you’re already complaining about the weather after the first rains of the season. You see, I’m a certified weather wimp, and I was over the moon this morning when I looked out the windows and saw blue skies.

Tabs was even happier than I was because it meant he’d be able to go outside again after being cooped up all weekend long, and the first thing we did was go for a nice, long walk.

While he mouth mowed his favorite patch of grass, I gazed up at the sky and thought, “blue…” I know! — I’ll do a blue eye look with maybe a dash of purple to celebrate the day. Right away I knew I wanted to use the Bobbi Brown Crystal Eye Palette from the Holiday 2010 Collection. Read more…

Make Up For Ever Rock For Ever Eyeshadow PaletteMAKE UP FOR EVER

Oh, gawd! So I have another bad TV addiction, and they call it Dancing with the Stars. Why they call it that I’ll never know, since said “stars” include third string reality TV-ers like The Situation from MTV’s Jersey Shore and Audrina from The Hills, but I digress…

I was just channel surfing one night a few weeks ago when I randomly stopped to watch. I swear it was like when Britney had her breakdown and shaved her head. I desperately wanted to look away but couldn’t. The show had me by the eyeballs and would not let go!

Maybe it was the sparkly costumes or the pyrotechnic displays (seriously, on stage fire is like the oldest trick in the “you gotta watch this!” book), but now I’m hooked. And who knew that Jennifer Grey would still be such a kick @ss dancer after all these years, or that 6’8″ Rick Fox would have to work on pointing his toes?

Last night’s episode had a rock n’ roll theme, which means flames, a weird appearance by Bret Michels and his blonder than blond weave, and an awkward pasodoble danced by former NFL champ Kurt Warner (El Hub is totally rooting for him!).

None of it really rocked and rolled to me, but the Make Up For Ever Rock For Ever Eye Palette ($45), on the other hand — that’s another story. Now THAT to me is ROCK. N. FRICKIN’. ROLL! Read more…

Korres Lip Butter GlazeKORRES LIP

Blue skies may have been smiling at me yesterday, but my face of the day left me with lips like the Sahara. My kisser needed TLC today, and Korres Lip Butter Glaze ($14; available in five shades) came to my rescue.

The mad moisturizing, non-sticky formula is surprisingly thin and lightweight, but Korres still found room inside it for a subtle vanilla fragrance, which I like (it is unflavored, though). I put Pomegranate (a pinkish coral) on this morning, and by mid-day my lips already felt and looked a lot better.

Both of the colors I’ve tried, Pomegranate and bright red Wild Rose, could almost pass for Jello from afar (peach and fruit punch, respectively!). They create a semi-transparent, shiny layer of goodness on my lips. Read more…

L’Oreal Midnight Muse HiP Studio Secrets Professional Shadow DuosL’OREAL MIDNIGHT

It’s not like I needed another reason to swing by the drugstore, aka my home away from home, but these limited edition $8 L’Oreal HiP Studio Secrets Professional Shadow Duos gave me one anyway.

Here are four of the six HiP (High Intensity Pigments) Studio Secrets from the Midnight Muse collection that arrived on counters in September.

I love their names…Moon Goddess, Luna Noir, Enchantress and Dark Wave. Don’t they sound like a coven of witches (BOO!)? Most of these are highly pigmented (hello, Enchantress!). Moon Goddess, however, looks quite sheer.

Not bad for less than $10 for two shadows, yah? Read more…

Dark Under-Eye Circles Hate This Power CoupleDARK CIRCLES HATE

OOH, GURL, that’s the new MAC Pro Longwear Concealer ($16.50)/Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener ($18) combo (Longwear applied on top of Photo Op).

I don’t remember what prompted me to try the two of them together, but let me tell you — they’re frickin’ rad, especially when my dark circles look extra dark and purplish.

First, I blend in a few dots of Photo Op (a golden peach liquid with a hint of shimmer) under each eye to prime them for concealer. I’ll give them about a minute to dry and follow up with MAC Pro Longwear Concealer patted and blended right on top.

I’m normally an NC 35 in MAC foundation, but I’ve been using Longwear Concealer in NW 30 because I think its peachier tones do a better job on my dark circles. Read more…

Big Sexy Hair Spritz & StayBIG SEXY HAIR

Need big hair in a hurry (heck, you never know)? Big Sexy Hair to the rescue!

Get long-lasting shine and touchable hold in a heartbeat (or so the company claims) with new Spritz & Stay ($15) non-aerosol hairspray. It’s formulated with “fast-dry technology” to (you guessed it) dry f a s t .

I needed help locking down the volume of my Snooki poof yesterday, and Big Sexy did the deed.

I can’t tell if it dries any quicker than other styling products, but I like the hold. It certainly kept my poof nice and high! 🙂

With hold like this, my hair isn’t exactly blowing in the wind — which reminds me, I love the fruit punch scent — but it doesn’t feel crunchy or cemented in place, either. Read more…

The Rusk W8LESS Hair Dryer/Iron Combo KitRUSK W8LESS HAIR DRYER

Do you remember The Far Side comics by Gary Larson? Some of them must have been based on my life, like this one to the right for the Midvale School for the Gifted.

It’s true. I’m like a female version of that kid. “Stupid door! Must. Push. Harder! Gah!”

As a matter of fact, I had a Midvale moment last night with the packaging for the Rusk W8LESS The Power of Light kit ($166).

The kit comes with two limited edition pink products, the Rusk W8LESS Hairdryer and Flat Iron, released for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and, no joke, the box took me at least 10 minutes to open (a Rubik’s Cube would have been easier to solve!). Read more…

Lush Gorilla Perfumes: Gorillas in a Mist AND Solid Stick FormLUSH GORILLA

I’ve been trying to get behind the new Lush Gorilla fragrances mostly because I love, LOVE the packaging.

But there’s one thing I don’t get…

What’s up with the gorilla?

Well, not this particular one here. I mean the use of Gorilla in the name. I just don’t get the reference. None of them smell like gorilla, or how I imagine a gorilla would smell, and the sleek black packaging just doesn’t scream great ape to me.

I’ve sniffed five of the six scents, each of them available in spray and solid stick form — Imogen Rose, Lust, Orange Blossom, The Smell of Freedom and Tuca Tuca — and with the exception of Orange Blossom, which smells like the jasmine plant in my front yard (DIVINE!), I’m not in love. Read more…

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Tracy says:

    Looks like you had a blast at the party! Such a cool venue!
    I am soooooo excited for The Walking Dead tonite too! Thanks for telling me about it!
    Tracy recently posted … Chanel Inimitable Mascara in Rouge Noir is The WORST Mascara Ive ever tried

  2. Nina says:

    you looked hawt! 🙂

    we stayed in and packed funfun — but were stoked to move! 🙂

    ive been searching high and low for the rusk set but its nowhere to be found!!!

  3. Ruchita says:

    That looks like an awesome party! Glad you had a good time. I’ve been answering the door for trick-or-treaters but it’s kinda cold out, so there haven’t been to many kids. I think I think the left over candy will be going to work with me on Monday! Have a good Sunday. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ruchita,

      We don’t get a lot of trick-or-treaters here, either, but I decided to get a big bag of candy just in case. 🙂 It’ll probably go with El Hub to his office tomorrow!

      Did you do any special makeup for Halloween this year?

      • Ruchita says:

        No, unfortunately this year I didn’t get a chance to go to any Halloween parties, so no special makeup. Maybe next year!

        I “accidentally” forgot to bring my candy to work today, so I’m looking forward to having a treat when I get home. 🙂

  4. hahaha that’s awesome w/ the photo color change! I was surprised!

    I’m actually having a candy-free Halloween over here, although I did pick up a German chocolate pie from marie callendars 🙂
    makeup morsels recently posted … Candy Corn NOTD and EOTD

  5. Kim says:

    That looks really cool, Karen! I’m glad you guys had a good time. I would have been all over those planes/helicopters too. It’s so awesome that you got to sit in one!! 🙂

  6. Susan says:

    Thanks for posting the photos of the USS Hornet, Karen 🙂 It looks like you had a great time, and how cool is it that you got to sit in the cockpit of the jet???!

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