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It was so quiet this morning — no dogs barking off in the distance, no cars accelerating, no neighbors talking, no trees rustling in the wind — that I almost couldn’t will myself out of bed!

I’m still not totally awake yet. I know I should be (it’s already 8:30 here!), but I’m typing this without any caffeine in my system, so for all I know I’m typing in tongues.

If I accomplish anything today, I hope it involves my butt in a movie theater seat with a big vat of popcorn on my lap. I go through withdrawals if I don’t go to a movie for more than a week. There could be something narcotic in popcorn…

Here’s the plan: I’m going to bribe Tabs with a piece of sliced turkey. I’ll tell him that he can have it if he cleans the kitchen for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

So what were your overall opinions on NARS Fall 2010 and MAC In The Groove? Basically, I’m overwhelmed. I think there’s so much amazing makeup between them that I could use more time with them both. Right now if I had to choose something to play with today, it would probably be one of the two Urban Decay palettes, Naked or Vegan. With so much makeup stimulus this week, the palettes are easier concepts to grasp, LOL!

While I dig up something with caffeine in it, here’s a look back at topics we talked about earlier this week:

The MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow Trios from MAC In The GrooveMAC IN THE GROOVE

Sometime today, between shaving my toe hairs and vacuuming the stairs (Tabs is shedding like cray cray!), I had an affair…

It started innocently enough with a crush (as they often do). I’d played with three of the nine new MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow Trios ($19.50 each) from the upcoming In The Groove collection. One thing led to another, yadda yadda yadda and BAM! — I couldn’t stop myself.

We’re supposed to meet again this Thursday when the collection arrives on counters.

Shh! Don’t tell El Hub. Read more…

NARS Fall 2010NARS FALL 2010

True story: I was so starstruck when I briefly met Francois Nars last year that I lost all control of my vocal cords. With my head tilted ever so slightly and my eyes locked on his, I asked, “Did you ever know that you’re my hero?”

Yup, I’d quoted Wind Beneath My Wings… If there was anaward for World’s Biggest Dork, someone should’ve handed it to me right then and there!

I appreciate that Francois Nars didn’t bust out laughing at me that day, but I admire him for something else — how he handles his seasonal color collections.

As cheesy at it sounds, I think his color stories are metaphors for how I want to live my life. He’s always dancing to the beat of his own drum and clearly having a blast while doing it. Read more…

Urban Decay Naked PaletteURBAN DECAY

As an international kitteh model, Tabs love the feline form.

After years spent striking fierce poses for fashion and beauty, he’s comfortable in his own fur, but sometimes when a shoot calls for him to pose in the buff, he wonders…is it a Sin to want to get Naked in public?

Not according to Urban Decay!

If you like neutral makeup and palettes, you may want to Hustle on down to Sephora this September when the new Naked Palette ($44) disrobes on shelves. Read more…

Urban Decay Vegan PaletteURBAN DECAY

Ladies, I have an awful case of kitten fever (now with makeup complications).

Because I want a second cat — err, I mean, “Tabs needs a coworker” — I’ve been surfing rescue kitty websites and bookmarking prospective kitty candidates, but whenever I run one of them by El Hub, he replies with grumble, grumble, grumble, “just feeding the CCL fire.”

And that’s not all: Tabs hasn’t been very supportive of the idea either. When I showed him the last batch of kitty resumes, he shot me a dirty look!

Whatev… The boys don’t have final say in the matter. I do.

Come hell or high water, a kitten like the one on the new Urban Decay Vegan Palette ($34) will find its way into my arms. Read more…

MAC In The Groove SwatchesMAC IN THE GROOVE

Today zillions of MACaholics (including yours truly) descended like locusts! were drawn to makeup counters like moths to a flame.

Question: Why did we do it?

Answer: To get MAC In The Groove. The 35-piece beauty bonanza — with makeup morsels for eyes, lips, cheeks and face — relies heavily on MAC Mineralize products.

With goodies ranging from $14-42, it’s like this year’s version of last summer’s Colour Craft, which I kinda adored. Read more…

Gillette Fusion ProGlide RazorGILLETTE FUSION

I was about to say that I can’t believe I’m sitting down to review a beauty product men’s grooming tool, but I was actually looking forward to this.

When Karen asked me to test some new men’s products a few days ago, the first thing I thought was, “oh, please, no.” I love my girl, but god help me I thought she was going to make me moisturize my cuticles or cut my toenails. And then I saw the package for the Gillette Fusion ProGlide POWER Razor ($12.99 with one cartridge; replacement cartridges cost $33.99 for a package of eight).

WOW! Um, Gillette must have gotten help from someone who knows male psychology when they designed this razor because it has shiny chrome parts (ooh…), black plastic ridges (ahh…) and a big power button on the back — all good things! Read more…


Yeah, my tummy just rumbled, but I can’t tell if Iรขโ‚ฌโ„ขm hungry for food or hungry for more makeup. Some days I swear I derive more sustenance from NARS and MAC (more In The Groove swatches coming soon) than I do from actual edibles, ha!

This afternoon I invited four tidbits from the nine-piece NARS Fall 2010 collection to play with me and the NARS Orgasm/Laguna Blush and Bronzing Duo (NOTE: all seasonal NARS products are rolled into their permanent collection). At the time I didn’t have dinner date makeup in mind, but El Hub just asked me to Thai…and he suggested I call this look my Dinner Date Face of the Night/Day.

For the eyes, I layered the shimmery gunmetal gray shadow from the Tzarine Duo on top of the Palladium Soft Touch Shadow Pencil and swept the shimmery beige shadow from Tzarine below my brow bone. Then, I lined my lash and waterlines with Coconut Grove Single Eyeshadow. Read more…

MAC by Candlelight Mineralize SkinfinishMAC MINERALIZE POWDER

If there’s a cure for my addiction to MAC Mineralize Skinfinish powders, I don’t want it! Whenever MAC releases these limited edition shimmery powders for face and cheeks (so fab for highlighting!), I always fall for at least one of the new pans.

My latest MSF obsession? By Candlelight, from the upcoming MAC In The Groove collection (arrived Thursday, July 8).

It may not look like much in the pan (just another blah brown, right?), but don’t be fooled. Introduce it to cheeks, and By Candlelight comes to life! Read more…

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Nina says:

    Happy Sunday – were staying in because of the World Cup Final (that was the reason for the macaroni salad making and hello dolly bar baking last night). I hope you get to watch a movie. I am addicted to going to the movies – there was something about the smell of popcorn and the dark cold interiors that I loved. The Hubs, not so much. We try to compromise though.

    I loved In The Groove: one of the best releases so far. I cant really use MES because it makes my eyes itch but the MSFs and lipsticks did me in.

    Im waiting for 2 eyeshadows from the NARS collection and the Naked palette (out of stock) … and of course, the Fabulous Felines collection from MAC. The makeup frenzy never stops! LOL!

    Have a good weekend!

    • Karen says:

      I love going to the movies too. I especially love it when it’s a film that a lot of people are excited about!

      Ooh, what lipsticks did you get from In the Groove? Did you pick up Jazzed?

      • Nina says:

        Yes ma’am. Pllus All Styled Up and I Like it Like That. ๐Ÿ™‚ And 3 MSFs shhhhh … ๐Ÿ˜€

        Were watching the World Cup Finals right now — well he is and im interwebz-ing. ๐Ÿ˜€

        • Karen says:

          Ooh! I will keep your MSF’s on the low. Please tell me you got By Candlelight!

          • Nina says:

            Yep. I LOVE IT! It is probably one of the awesomest MSFs evarrrr! ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Karen says:

            YES IT IS! I know Stereo Rose gets all the hype, but I also think By Candlelight is just as worthy. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Nina says:

            I think all four MSFs in this collection are pretty impressive. Petticoat makes an awesome blush and Comfort is a good bronzer! The true strenght of this collection is its MSFs and lippies!

  2. Tiffany says:

    hey girlie! what movie do you wanna see?

    also, in your NARS look, what face makeup do you have on? your skin looks really amazing; I can’t figure out if it’s your face makeup or skincare or natural beauty or all of the above! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Karen says:

      What’s up!? Hmm, I think we might end up watching Toy Story or Predators (El Hub’s idea, LOL).

      As for the NARS look — I used Tarte’s ReCreate Primer, Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation and a 50/50 mix of MAC Prep+Prime Powder and MAC Blot in Medium Dark buffed in w/a Kabuki brush. This particular combo photographs *really* well.

      How’s your weekend been so far?

  3. Tiffany says:

    I saw Predators yesterday! It was my father-in-law’s idea, lol. it wasn’t bad, just a little repetitive. there’s some man candy, so that’s a plus ๐Ÿ™‚

    I may need to look into that LM foundation! I would love to know what your skincare routine is like… or maybe you’ve done a post like that already and I’ve missed it.

    My weekend is ok. Movie and errands yesterday (we finished setting up our home office – it’s nice and comfy now). Today we are organizing and I’m over it already!

    How’s your weekend going? Looks like you had a nice day of sightseeing and shopping yesterday!

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