A little sleepy so far this morning, but I’m trying to get myself in gear. I have a warm mug of green tea beside me, and it sounds like the toaster just dinged with my toast, so that should help.
How are you doing this morning? Did you get enough sleep? I think I stayed up a little too late, and I’m paying for it now. I probably shouldn’t have started watching HBO’s Game of Thrones at 10. Bad idea. At midnight I still wasn’t tired at all.
Have you seen the show? I was fairly lost through the first episode (what’s a White Walker?), but I love the political dynamics and horror movie/sword & sorcery feel — like Legend of the Seeker if it mated with HBO’s Rome. 🙂
Did you have a good week? What was your favorite part?
The Weekly Roundup: Posts You Might Have Missed
DRUGSTORE LIPGLOSS NIRVANA FOR LESS THAN $3 WITH THE
NYC NEW YORK COLOR LIQUID LIPSHINES
Today El Hub found out about my affair.
It had been going on since way back in 2006. Thatâ€™s when I met the Sally Hansen Diamond 12-Hour Lip Treatments while cruising the aisles at Walgreens one afternoon for a pick-me-up after a really tough day.
There they were, non-sticky and pigmented, with a wear time that lasted for hours and hoursâ€¦
What can I say? It just happened. When I saw they were a mere $6, I was willing to throw everything away. They were the closest thing to drugstore lipgloss nirvana I had ever seen.
But Iâ€™m not going to say I would have done it all again. No way. What I should have done is hold out for the NYC New York Color Liquid Lipshines I met last week. Read more…
EOS SHAVE CREAM IN VANILLA BLISS
SHAVES HAIR AND A FEW MINUTES EVERY TIME
My BFF Cindy is a practical girl, and lawd she knows me well. Fed up with me arriving late to our homegirl dates, she gave me an ultimatem after the last time, threatening to take away my lipgloss if I ever did it again.
Got. My. Attention.
With horror like that hanging over my head, I was extra careful to set aside enough time to get ready last Friday before our ballet date.
I was ahead of schedule when I finished my hair and makeup, so I pulled up Google Images on my computer to take a really quick break. “shirtless channing tatum” [ENTER]
When I bolted back to consciousness 15 minutes later, I was, as usual, running late. â€œNo problem,â€ I told myself in a soothing voice. â€œLots of time.â€ And then I glanced down at my legs and noticed â€” WHOA! â€” a thicket of fur on my shins (enough to make a full-length coat). Read more…
MAC UNSUNG HEROES
TEDDY EYE KOHL
I firmly believe that lifeâ€™s too short to waste it wearing boring brown eyeliners (or, on an unrelated note, wearing shoes in summertime).
Todayâ€™s inductee in the hallowed halls of MAC Unsung Heroics is called Teddy, and when it comes to boring, heâ€™s anything but. Teddyâ€™s a MAC Eye Kohl ($14.50) pencil, an intensely rich, dark bronzy brown with subtle golden shimmer, and itâ€™s that shimmer that takes Teddy from the bored-room to the bedroom best room (haha! oops, bad pun).
I think I use Teddy almost as often as MAC Powersurge. Itâ€™s one of those colors that always seems appropriate, day or night, and it totally hits the spot when I want to draw extra attention to my eyes, but donâ€™t feel like wearing basic black. Read more…
A NARS SUMMER 2011 FACE OF THE DAY
INSPIRED BY TABS THE CAT AND HIS PRETTY GREEN EYES
Tabs woke me up early this morning and then insisted that my makeup today pay homage to him (what a diva!). Refusing his requests usually leads to scratches, so I reached for one of his current collection crushes, NARS Summer 2011, and told him I would â€œsee what I can do.â€
I built the look with two things in mind â€” 1) Tabsâ€™ pretty green eyes, and 2) the word â€œMixey,â€ one of his many nicknames (a shortened version of Meow Mix).
Green crops up a few times throughout the NARS Summer 2011 collection, and I tried to really incorporate it into this look, mixing some different colors together.
Unlike my look last week using the Stila Stunning in Sayulita palette, the green here isnâ€™t as obvious or BAM! Itâ€™s a subtler hint of green. Read more…
MAC SURF BABY COLLECTION
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
You asked some great questions in the comments on last weekâ€™s first MAC Surf Baby pictures post, and I thought it might be helpful to try and answer them here.
The collection breaks onto
beaches makeup counters May 26 in North America (internationally, this month).
Q: How are the Skin Sheen Bronzer Sticks used?
A: Are you familiar with the NARS Multiples? These Skin Sheens are kinda like thicker, stickier versions of those (basically, like a cream bronzer). Theyâ€™re more pigmented, though, so a little goes a really long way.
I generally use the non-shimmery shades, Billionaire Bronze and Tan-Tint, for contouring and to add a bit of color to my forehead and cheeks, which are parts of my face that tend to really darken when I tan. As for the shimmery color, Gilty Bronze, I like to use it as a highlighter, wearing it on my upper cheek bones, brow bones and down the bridge of my nose.
To apply the Skin Sheens, I usually swipe a synthetic skunk brush like the MAC 188 across the top of the stick and then apply the product to bare skin or atop a liquid foundation/tinted moisturizer. Fingers work great, too, but I find that a skunk brush deposits a great amount of color â€” neither too little nor too much â€” and blends the product well, so it doesnâ€™t look obvious or streaky. Read more…
WELCOME TO THE OFFICES OF URBAN DECAY COSMETICS
WHERE WONDERLAND MEETS NEWPORT BEACH
At one point on my quick trip to Southern California this week, I must have taken my eyes off the sidewalk in front of me for a moment (oops!), because before I knew it, Iâ€™d fallen into a rabbit holeâ€¦
And this wasnâ€™t just any rabbit hole. Nope, it was a magic one that transported me to Newport Beach and the offices of the largest independently owned color cosmetics company in the United States.
Despite appearances, this quiet, unassuming gray building nestled on a side street in Newport Beach isnâ€™t an accountantâ€™s office or a place that makes frames. Itâ€™s actually the offices of Urban Decay.
Sweet carnival of chroma, batgirl! The outside belies the pageantry of purple taking place inside these walls. The interior is a cornucopia of color (I never would have guessed it from the buildingâ€™s facade). Read more…
MAC UNSUNG HEROES
MAC CLEAR LIPGLASS
Kissed by the same shining light that blessed that pair of Manolo Blahnik patent-leather Mary Jane heels youâ€™ve been coveting since forever, MAC Clear Lipglass ($14.50) makes other clear glosses question their line of work.
With wear time I can only characterize as supernatural, MAC Clear Lipglass outlasts them all. I applied it once before a marathon shopping day at a four-level mall (I was looking for a new bikiniâ€¦ Lipgloss always seems to ease the pain of seeing myself jiggling from all angles in the fitting room), and six hours later it was still going strong. When it comes to longevity, this is one lipgloss that does not mess around.
It even feels serious on my lips (even through MACâ€™s trademark light vanilla taste and scent), like it came to throw down. The thick, sticky texture gives it great wear time, but itâ€™s a turnoff for some (I kinda love it though).
MAC Clear Lipglass is my favorite clear gloss, and just like a pair of black patent-leather pumps, it works in so many ways. Read more…
THE LONG AND SHORT OF THE NEW BUXOM
AMPLIFIED LASH MASCARA
When the wands started oscillating, I thought Iâ€™d seen it all. After the whole vibrating/spinning mascara brush trend (so 2008!), what else could one possibly do with a basic mascara brush? Wait â€” I know. They could fashion one into the shape of a medieval flail, hi-ya!
But that wasnâ€™t the end of innovation for the mighty mascara wand. Buxomâ€™s Amplified Lash Mascara ($22), a Sephora exclusive, comes with a new twist (literally).
Available in just a single shade called Loud Black, itâ€™s designed to thicken, lengthen and separate lashes. Thatâ€™s all well and good, but I think the brush is what really sets it apart. I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ve ever seen anything like it before. By twisting a little knob on the end of the wand, right where you hold it, you can expand and contract the length of the brush part about a quarter of an inch. The different lengths, says Buxom, create different lash effects. Read more…
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,