The Weekly Roundup: Posts You Might Have Missed

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The Makeup and Beauty Blog Weekly Roundup

I can’t get over how big the babies were. Yesterday at my friend Jen’s baby shower, which was a lot of fun, by the way, the girls who were just little kids and babies back when Jen and I were kids are all grown up now. It’s weird… I haven’t seen some of them in years, and now the youngest one is 17. The last time I remember seeing her, she literally was a baby; now she’s a young lady!


It’s freakin’ me out.

Anywho, how are things out your way today? How are you doing this morning? I have a routine on Sundays that I follow, and it usually goes a little something like this: some time around 7, which is about an hour later than I get up during the week, I feel a husky tabby paw placed possessively on my chest or shoulder that tells me I’m supposed to get up. I usually roll over at that point and try to go back to sleep, but like most alarms, the tabby alarm clock has a snooze, and it keeps going off until I finally relent and get out of bed.

Which brings me to you and us to right now. 🙂

Can I interest you in some coffee? I just made a fresh pot. It’s a vanilla macadamia nut 10% Kona blend my mother-in-law sent over in a care package from Hawaii. What can I get you for breakfast? Some wheat toast, multi-grain waffles, Trader Joe’s frosted strawberry toaster pastries (TJ’s version of Pop-Tarts), or how about a bowl of cereal? We have Raisin Bran Crunch and Kashi Go Lean.

No? Nothing yet? Okay. I’ll check back a little later (but help yourself to the coffee). In the meantime, let’s take one final look back at some of the things we talked about this week on the blog. We’re kinda between big seasonal makeup releases now, but I like that because it means having more time for drugstore beauty shopping and remembering Unsung Heroes.

The Weekly Roundup: Posts You Might Have Missed

MAC Fast Response Eye CreamMAC UNSUNG HEROES

What good’s a fast-acting beauty product if it takes forever to find?

Not much, which is why I like to strategically place tubes of MAC Fast Response Eye Cream ($30) where I can reach them in a hurry. To that end, I keep one in my travel makeup bag, and another atop my dresser.

Oh, and then there’s the wayward one I found, with all of two drops remaining, in the passenger side door compartment of my car the other day. Poor thing probably thought I’d forgotten it was there (I did)…

Needless to say, I kindasorta love this cream. Read more…

Chanel Olivia Wilde Face of the Day AN OLIVIA WILDE-INSPIRED

I’ve been counting down the days ‘til the release of Cowboys & Aliens, and the invasion is almost here (July 29)! Just gimme a bucket of salty popcorn, a story about angry aliens and 90 uninterrupted minutes with hottie-bo-bottie Daniel Craig, and I’m good to go. 🙂

Sure, the movie looks cheesy (potentially very cheesy), but I’m keeping my fingers crossed because, after all, you never know, right? It’s high time someone pitted gunslingers against extra terrestrials, and maybe it’ll work out as well as other unusual pairings like chicken and waffles, salt and caramel, and Brigitte Nielsen and Flavor Flav.

I’m also looking forward to seeing the lovely Olivia Wilde, whom I’m currently girl crushing on BIG TIME right now. Read more…

MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder Pressed EVEN IF PRESSED, I’D HAVE TROUBLE FINDING FAULT WITH

Sometimes I wonder whether MAC has my house bugged or if they’ve recruited Tabs as a spy. The company always seems to know my secret makeup desires, even when I haven’t shared them with on the blog.

It’s uncanny! Take MAC Prep + Prime Loose Powder, for instance, and how many times in reference to it I’ve said, “I wish MAC made a pressed powder version of this.”

Maybe I just watch too many cop shows, but when I heard that MAC planned to add a pressed version of Prep + Prime to their permanent line next month, the first thing I did was glance at Tabs.

“Are you spying on me?” I asked.

Of course he didn’t answer… Typical behavior for a spy. Read more…


You’re cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway on your way to meet friends for dinner. The sun just set, and the sky’s a mix of orange, pink and violet where it meets the sea on the horizon. Your swimsuit fits in all the right ways, and you’ve got the windows down to dry your hair. You don’t really know the hot boy who sits in dangerously low-hanging board shorts in the passenger seat, but he seems sweet. You’ll get to know him better soon.

That is MAC Turquatic. Light and watery, it’s like a cleaner, crisper, less sugary sweet version of Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue, and it’s my absolute favorite MAC scent, hands down.

When rumors surfaced earlier this year about it being discontinued, and it started disappearing from MAC counters, stores and the MAC website, I freaked! Read more…

Target Up and Up Cosmetic Applicators TARGET’S LITTLE UP & UP COSMETIC APPLICATORS

You know I’m all about cheap thrills…at the drugstore. 🙂

Like these neato mosquito Up & Up Cosmetic Applicators. I bumped into them at Target the other day, $1.99 for a pack of 75.

They’re basically custom, generic/Target-branded Q-tips made with makeup in mind. One side’s pointy, and the other is shaped like a flat paddle. Together, they’re designed to cover quite a few cosmetic tool needs, from applying and blending makeup, to fixing nail polish mistakes. Read more…

9 THINGS: I Feel Like I'm Always9 THINGS

I feel like I’m always writing lists. Like this morning, for example, I was writing in my journal, just jotting down my plans for the day, when I started thinking about things that I find myself doing all the time — ya know, stuff that happens over and over again. In my case, it’s opening cans of gravy, trying to find my iPhone (if I had a nickel for every time I asked El Hub to “call my phone for me…”), wanting another pair of shoes that I probably wouldn’t be able to walk in, and, of course, writing lists like these. 🙂

We probably all have things like that, right? — things we feel like we do over and over again. Well, here are nine of mine. I’d also love to read some of yours.

“I feel like I’m always…” Read more…


The Essence Quattro Eyeshadow palette in XOXO reminds me of Mariah Carey’s performance in Precious.

Why? Because it’s also shockingly good.

Let’s be honest — after Glitter, for which Mimi won a Razzie Award for Worst Actress despite basically playing herself in the film, I didn’t really expect much from her return to the big screen, but as a die-hard fan (I still have the Vision of Love single floating around here somewhere…on tape), I had to give her a second chance. Read more…


It looks like Prep + Prime Powder and Turquatic aren’t the only MAC products getting makeovers next month.

Last year’s totally tubular MAC Opulash mascara started out, like, totally rad, but now it’s getting even radder with a souped-up sibling called Opulash Optimum Black ($16).

It’s basically like the original, except in a darker, more intense shade of black.

I’ve used the original Opulash on and off since the first time I tried it last year, and I like the look. It’s very distinct, with uniform thickness from lash root to tip.

The original one’s also great with lifts – like Patrick Swazye was for Jennifer Gray in the last scene from Dirty Dancing (one of the BEST moments in movie history!) — and I reach for it sometimes when I want a lifted, even fringe with good volume. It delivers pumped up, noticeble lashes that are just shy of drag. Read more…

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Nina says:

    another great week in beauty! im kinda bummed that the weekend is done!

  2. Vijaya says:

    I’m gonna go ahead and reread these because there always seems to be a lull in posts on Sundays.
    Vijaya recently posted … Disney Inspired Look: Jafar

    • Karen says:

      Hi, Vijaya. It’s true. I take it a little easier on Sundays. Well, sort of. I set aside time every Sunday to play with photography and Photoshop, and after a couple of years of doing that I think I’ve gotten quite a bit better at both.

      Hope you have a good week. Do you have a busy one in front of you?

  3. Jessi says:

    I loved the 9 things list. Especially number 9. It was really inspiring, but then again you are an inspiring lady Karen!
    Jessi recently posted … What Makes a Good Frosty Nail Polish? When It Isn’t A Frost! Wet n Wild’s Eggplant Frost

  4. Emma RZ says:

    Karen, speaking of between seasons, are you going to swatch / review the Smashbox Fall 2011 release? It seems a bit sad to me at the mo but maybe a good review might tempt me more.

  5. Sarahc says:

    That picture at the top is breathtaking! I wish I knew how to do that.

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