The Weekly Roundup: Posts You Might Have Missed

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The Makeup and Beauty Blog Weekly Roundup

Good morning, beautiful. pink hibiscus Ooh! You’re just in time for breakfast. We’re having hot buttered pancakes, hash browns and omelets made to order. Just make yourself comfortable, and I’ll be right back with some coffee.

Yum, right? I’m so starvin’ like Marvin right now…

So what did you do yesterday? I hope you had some fun. El Hub and I kinda just lazed around together; it was glorious. In the afternoon we went to a surprise 70th birthday party lunch for one of his coworkers, a sweetheart named Joan. Joan is one of the kindest people and most interesting characters you’d ever want to meet. Before blowing out the candles on her cake, she made everyone with cameras pause so she could reapply her lipstick first. And about her famously fantastic memory, she says, “I haven’t had a printer for so long that I’ve become used to memorizing vast quantities of information from the Internet.” LOL!

Anywho, what’s on your agenda for today? Have you seen any good movies lately? I wanted to see I Am Number Four until I read some of the reviews, like this one from Avi Offer of NYC Movie Guru: “Suffers from so much style over substance, lack of internal logic, contrived subplots and wooden performances that it makes Twilight look like Gone with the Wind.”

Ouch! I might go see The King’s Speech instead. Have you seen it yet?

The Weekly Roundup: Posts You Might Have Missed


Lush R&B Revive & Balance Hair Moisturizer ($18.95) is so damn good that whenever I use it, I burst into song. “Whoever invented Lush R&B, homeboy was such a whiz! Now my waves, soft and shiny, hardly ever frizz. It hydrates my hair while it soothes my scalp. (It really has been a great deal of help.) With a touch of hold, I’m totally sold On Lush R&B!”

Okay, so maybe this won’t be my year to win a Grammy, but really, this stuff rocks. I’ve been using it lately to get what I’ve referred to on the blog as “brunch hair” and “vacation hair” — touchable, cooperative hair with a bit of hold and definition.

Lush markets R&B as a hair moisturizer, a kind of rich, hydrating leave-in conditioner designed for dry scalps and hair. It’s a frizz-smoothing, shine-enhancing hair hero recommended for hair types that often benefit from extra hydration, and they mention African American, curly, wavy and generally dry hair. Read more…

MAC Look in a Box: Girl Next DoorMAC LOOK IN A BOX

What would you do if I told you that MAC put a look in a box? Would you want to set it free?

Before you answer that, what if I also told you that the neutrals in this particular box don’t bite? No, they’re much too sweet for biting. As a matter of fact, the shades in the MAC Look in a Box: Girl Next Door kit ($40) are sugar and spice and everything nice (i.e. charming), like the kind of makeup you’d wear to meet a new beau’s mom for the first time.

The limited edition 2011 travel exclusive boxed set, one of three from the MAC Packed to Go Collection, comes with five products, a few of them full-size items from the MAC permanent line, and a couple of hard-to-find limited edition shades from previous releases.

I really love this set, but I wish it was easier to track down. As a travel exclusive, it mostly hangs out at select airports and duty free stores.

I guess that’s (part of) the beauty of these the travel exclusives — the thrill of the chase. :) Read more…

MAC Packed to Go: 3 CremesheensMAC PACKED TO GO

I thought you might like to see another of those MAC travel exclusives, and this one’s a real trip (LOL!). It’s called 3 Cremesheens, and it’s part of the new MAC Packed to Go collection.

Like all of MAC’s other travel exclusives, 3 Cremesheens will spend most of its time at select domestic and international airports and duty free stores when its flight arrives this spring (prices will vary by location).

I’d originally heard that the set would include Boy Bait, one of my favorite Cremesheens, but that appears incorrect. The set I have came with a pretty light pink called Right Image instead.

I thought you might like to see another of those MAC travel exclusives, and this one’s a real trip (LOL!). It’s called 3 Cremesheens, and it’s part of the new MAC Packed to Go collection.

Like all of MAC’s other travel exclusives, 3 Cremesheens will spend most of its time at select domestic and international airports and duty free stores when its flight arrives this spring (prices will vary by location).

I’d originally heard that the set would include Boy Bait, one of my favorite Cremesheens, but that appears incorrect. The set I have came with a pretty light pink called Right Image instead. Read more…

Tarte LipSurgence Natural Lip Lusters TARTE LIPSURGENCE

You know how they say that every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings? Well, every time I take out a Tarte LipSurgence Natural Lip Luster, a drag queen cheers and whips out two snaps in a circle. :)

The six new moisturizing lusters ($24 each) are souped-up versions of Tarte’s best-selling LipSurgence Lip Tints with punchier pigmentation and a finish so shiny (I gotta wear shades).

In the plus column, I really like that these pencil tips are twisties, because I don’t like having to tote around a sharpener (ahem, I’m talkin’ to you, NARS Velvet Gloss).

I also tip my hat to Tarte for keeping a lot of the common lip gunk out of these, like formaldehyde-based preservatives. They’re also gluten, oil, talc and MEA/DEA/TEA-free. And because they’re also cruelty-free, Tabs gives his husky-pawed kitty stamp of approval. Read more…

5 Fantastic Drugstore Brushes DON’T MISS THESE 5 FANTASTIC

Makeup brushes are lightweight, easy to pack, and make fantastic little travel gifts. Both of the chains you mentioned, Target and CVS, carry several affordable, high quality brushes like the EcoTools Bamboo Bronzer Brush.

This $12 cruelty-free brush has a dense head (there’s a pun in there somewhere) and super soft bristles. It’s designed to be used with bronzer, but I prefer to use it to buff loose powder on top of my foundation for an airbrushed look.

And don’t miss the Sonia Kashuk $6 Bent Eyeliner Brush. An affordable, all-purpose eyeliner brush with an angled barrel, a long handle and a pointed brush head made with soft, yet firm, synthetic fibers. I think it’s a star with gel liners like MAC Fluidline and makes winged cat eye flicks super easy to do. Read more…

China Glaze Crackle Collection GET SHATTERED WITH THE CHINA

China Glaze designed their six new Crackle Glaze polishes to create a worn-in, desconstructed look for fingers and toes.

How it works: first, apply a coat of nail polish (shimmer, cream, matte, whateva!), and wait for it to dry. Then, add a layer or two of one of the China Glaze Crackle colors. In about five minutes, you’ll see the polish separate to form shattered patterns on the nail. I’m wearing a light gray cream beneath the Crackle colors in the pic here.

It’s not really my style, but I give ups to China Glaze for keeping things interesting. If I were 13, listening to a lot of Avril Lavigne and shopping at Hot Topic, however, I’d probably be all over this in a hot second. Read more…

Rimmel Glam Eyes Trio Eye Shadows I’M HAVING A MARITIME WITH THESE

It’s Maritime, young lady. :) Get ready to set sail on a Trio hour tour aboard the USS Glam’Eyes. The ship is bound for the The Land of Cheap Makeup Thrills, and Captain Rimmel’s at the helm.

I absolutely love Rimmel’s Glam’Eyes Mono shadow singles, so I’ve really been looking forward to trying their new Glam’Eyes line of trios ($5 each). Maritime, one of four trios in the line, is a sea of blues designed to bring out the best in brown eyes.

These shadows, like the singles, feel super soft and pack loads of pigment, while still blending like a dream. As good as that sounds, though, I actually think the singles apply a tad more evenly. With these, I get a few uneven patches of color along with some fallout beneath my eyes, but considering how affordable they are, it’s not a deal breaker for me. Read more…


What’s the story, morning glory? You know how much I love MAC Viva Glam, right? I thought that maybe you’d like to check out their latest VG color, MAC Viva Glam Gaga 2, available now in both a Lipstick and Lipglass ($14.50 each).

Unlike last year’s pale pink Viva Glam Gaga shade, the new color’s more of a flesh-toned nude. Check out the swatches below and let me know if you think it’s a go (ooh, call me MC Karen ’cause I just made a rhyme!).

Like all of the Viva Glam products, 100% of the proceeds of the Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipglass and Lipstick sales go to the MAC AIDS fund, which helps women, children and men living with HIV/AIDS. One tube at a time, millions have been raised since the program’s start in 1994. Read more…

Is milk of magnesia a cure for oily skin? IS MILK OF MAGNESIA

The product that finally brought my skin to genesis is incredibly easy to use, portable, and comes in a chic little package. Since I’ve begun using it, my pores have all but disappeared, my skin redness has faded away, and my skin is as smooth as non-comedogenic butter. That’s right. I’m talkin’ about the Clarison — oh, wait. We already did that review.

No, what I’m here to hype today is not meant to be a skincare product at all. It’s actually a digestive aid. Liquid milk of magnesia (about $6 for a 12-oz. bottle) is a suspension of magnesium hydroxide in water, given its name due to its milky white appearance, and its typical uses include soothing raucous stomach acids and easing constipation… Not quite the kind of thing you think about using near your face, right?

Wrong (I bet you didn’t see that one coming).

For a long time, I’d been hearing about DIY beauty remedies involving milk of magnesia as a weekly facial mask to soak up oil and help reduce acne. But, probably like many of you, I was extremely wary of putting anything meant to be in my acidic stomach on my sensitive skin, so I relegated this tip to the REJECTED pile and went on, going through bottles of cleansers, foundations, serums, and medications in an attempt to find something that could control my over-eager sebaceous glands. Read more…

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Rachel says:

    hey karen!
    pretty off topic, but where did you get that grey hat in the photo? it’s hella cute :)

  2. Heidi says:

    Hey, Karen…

    Definitely go see The King’s Speech! Best movie I’ve seen in ages. Usually historically based films are sort of dull to me, but the performances and the writing really made you care about the people… plus the story is just so darned inspiring!

    Joan sounds like a trip. Reminds me of this woman from my church. Her name is Ruth and she’s amazing! She’s in her 90s, still drives, and her mind is sharper than mine is on most days!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Heidi!

      Okay, sold. :) How’s the weather up there? It’s gloriously sunny and cold down here.

      • Heidi says:

        Cold this morning, really cold, but it warmed up and was a nice day. Chance of showers tomorrow morning and then clear through Thursday!

        Went and saw a movie this afternoon, Cedar Rapids. Not for the faint of heart with the raunchiness factor, but really funny.

  3. Nina says:

    busy sunday :) had a birthday party to go to at lunch :) cannot believe the weekend is over!

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