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 UNSUNG HEROES
FAST RESPONSE EYE CREAM
What goodâ€™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 thereâ€™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 Iâ€™d forgotten it was there (I did)â€¦
Needless to say, I kindasorta love this cream. Read more…
AN OLIVIA WILDE-INSPIRED
CHANEL FACE OF THE DAY
Iâ€™ve been counting down the days â€˜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 Iâ€™m good to go.
Sure, the movie looks cheesy (potentially very cheesy), but Iâ€™m keeping my fingers crossed because, after all, you never know, right? Itâ€™s high time someone pitted gunslingers against extra terrestrials, and maybe itâ€™ll work out as well as other unusual pairings like chicken and waffles, salt and caramel, and Brigitte Nielsen and Flavor Flav.
Iâ€™m also looking forward to seeing the lovely Olivia Wilde, whom Iâ€™m currently girl crushing on BIG TIME right now. Read more…
EVEN IF PRESSED, I’D HAVE TROUBLE FINDING FAULT WITH
MAC PREP + PRIME TRANSPARENT FINISHING POWDER
Sometimes I wonder whether MAC has my house bugged or if theyâ€™ve recruited Tabs as a spy. The company always seems to know my secret makeup desires, even when I havenâ€™t shared them with on the blog.
Itâ€™s uncanny! Take MAC Prep + Prime Loose Powder, for instance, and how many times in reference to it Iâ€™ve said, â€œI wish MAC made a pressed powder version of this.â€
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.
â€œAre you spying on me?â€ I asked.
Of course he didnâ€™t answerâ€¦ Typical behavior for a spy. Read more…
WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN MAC TURQUATIC?
OH, GETTING A NEW OUTFIT, I SEE
Youâ€™re cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway on your way to meet friends for dinner. The sun just set, and the skyâ€™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 youâ€™ve got the windows down to dry your hair. You donâ€™t really know the hot boy who sits in dangerously low-hanging board shorts in the passenger seat, but he seems sweet. Youâ€™ll get to know him better soon.
That is MAC Turquatic. Light and watery, itâ€™s like a cleaner, crisper, less sugary sweet version of Dolce & Gabbanaâ€™s Light Blue, and itâ€™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’S LITTLE UP & UP COSMETIC APPLICATORS
ARE BIG HITS WITH ME
You know Iâ€™m all about cheap thrillsâ€¦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.
Theyâ€™re basically custom, generic/Target-branded Q-tips made with makeup in mind. One sideâ€™s pointy, and the other is shaped like a flat paddle. Together, theyâ€™re designed to cover quite a few cosmetic tool needs, from applying and blending makeup, to fixing nail polish mistakes. Read more…
I FEEL LIKE I’M ALWAYS…
I feel like Iâ€™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 â€” ya know, stuff that happens over and over again. In my case, itâ€™s opening cans of gravy, trying to find my iPhone (if I had a nickel for every time I asked El Hub to â€œcall my phone for meâ€¦â€), wanting another pair of shoes that I probably wouldnâ€™t be able to walk in, and, of course, writing lists like these.
We probably all have things like that, right? â€” things we feel like we do over and over again. Well, here are nine of mine. Iâ€™d also love to read some of yours.
â€œI feel like Iâ€™m alwaysâ€¦â€ Read more…
DEAR ESSENCE QUATTRO EYESHADOW
I’VE GOT NOTHING BUT XOXO’S FOR YOU
The Essence Quattro Eyeshadow palette in XOXO reminds me of Mariah Careyâ€™s performance in Precious.
Why? Because itâ€™s also shockingly good.
Letâ€™s be honest â€” after Glitter, for which Mimi won a Razzie Award for Worst Actress despite basically playing herself in the film, I didnâ€™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 somewhereâ€¦on tape), I had to give her a second chance. Read more…
MAC OPULASH OPTIMUM BLACK MASCARA
MORE OF A GOOD THING WITH EVEN BETTER CURL HOLD
It looks like Prep + Prime Powder and Turquatic arenâ€™t the only MAC products getting makeovers next month.
Last yearâ€™s totally tubular MAC Opulash mascara started out, like, totally rad, but now itâ€™s getting even radder with a souped-up sibling called Opulash Optimum Black ($16).
Itâ€™s basically like the original, except in a darker, more intense shade of black.
Iâ€™ve used the original Opulash on and off since the first time I tried it last year, and I like the look. Itâ€™s very distinct, with uniform thickness from lash root to tip.
The original oneâ€™s also great with lifts â€“ like Patrick Swazye was for Jennifer Gray in the last scene from Dirty Dancing (one of the BEST moments in movie history!) â€” 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,