The Weekly Roundup: Posts You Might Have Missed

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Weekly Roundup

Isn’t it funny how sometimes when you go shopping, you go in for one thing and end up leaving with something completely different? Well, my pants have been fitting me kinda strangely lately (I’ve been running a lot), and since it isn’t cool to have your bum accidentally fall out of your jeans, I went to the mall yesterday afternoon to get a couple of new pairs from Old Navy.

And I figured that since Sephora is right across the street, I might as well pop in. Next thing you know, I’m at the NARS blush display swatching for like 45 minutes (WHEE!)…


Sephora V.I.B. Haul: NARS blushes and hair essentials from Bumble & Bumble and Phyto

…and then I’m at Marshalls trying on tops.


The yellow Michael Stars tee on the left was marked down from $59 to $12.99!

And since Petco was next door, of course I had to check out their rescue kittens (of course).

Much to Tabs’ relief, though, none of them came home with me.


You better believe I’m not sharing my gravy…

All in all, it was a successful Saturday shopping experience, except that I didn’t find any pants! :)

In other news, have you ever wondered what happens to lipsticks that get lost and disappear? Like where they go?

Check it — I finally found the answer…

They’re consumed by a creature called the Lipstick Monster!

Lipstick Monster

LIPSTICK MONSTER

FREQUENCY: Rare
SPEED: Slow
ARMOR CLASS: 5 (immune to bludgeoning weapons)
SPECIAL ATTACKS: Can sense the presence of lipsticks in the area
SPECIAL DEFENSES: Nil
INTELLIGENCE: Low
ALIGNMENT: Hungry
SIZE: L (8′ tall)

A few beauty posts that caught my eye…

  • Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Mirifique Is on Many Fall Favorites Lists This Year — My Funny Valentine
  • Essence Vampire’s Love Trend Edition Nail Polishes — Nihrida
  • A Geek Chic How-to: Makeup + Glasses — Unplggd
  • 33 Hours Without Sleep and the Havoc It Wreaks on Your Health and Skin — My Women Stuff
  • A Step-by-Step Orange and Taupe Eyeshadow Tutorial — Makeup and Macaroons
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes — Makeup Your Jangsara
  • Tweezerman Professional Classic Lash Curler Review & Pictures — Swatch and Learn
  • I Collect Hair Tips Like It’s My Job (Which It Is!), and Here are 5 New Ones, from the Best Styling Prodz to Where to Buy Hair Accessories — Beauty Editor
  • Revlon Lip Butters: Because You Haven’t Heard Enough About Them Yet — Bloomin’ Beauty

The Weekly Roundup: MBB Posts You Might Have Missed

Lancome Golden Hat Mini Le Vernis in Shade 102LANCÔME MUST HAVE RED THE BOOK ON CLASSIC COLOR AND SHINE
BEFORE CREATING MINI LES VERNIS IN SHADE 102

Somewhere out there is a bottle of Lancôme’s Mini Le Vernis in Shade 102 looking for a new nail to call home. One of five nail lacquers in the new Lancôme The Golden Hat Foundation Holiday 2011 Collection, it’s a true red-lovers dream, with a creamy finish that matches L’Absolu Rouge Lipcolor in Caprice to a T.

One coat delivers rich, opaque coverage and Swarovski-like shine, and if that wasn’t enough, the brush is just the right width, with firm bristles that don’t splay, making the brush easy to control. Read more…

Tarte Glossed Over PureOptic  LipglossTHE SHEER, SHINY GLOSSES IN THE NEW GLOSSED OVER
PUREOPTIC LIPGLOSS COLLECTION ARE A WORK OF TARTE

Rich holiday reds are so much fun, but sometimes I wanna get low…maintenance with my lip color.

On days like that, I like sets like these. The eight glosses in Tarte’s new $29 limited edition Glossed Over PureOptic Lipgloss Collection make sheer, shiny lip looks as easy as 1-2-3.

Available exclusively at QVC.com, the set includes eight 0.04-oz. travel-size PureOptic Glosses (the full-size 0.14-oz. ones cost $21 each) in Nectar, Nude, Pink Blush, Coral, Warm Pink, Nude Pink, Mauve and Berry.

Ironically, Tarte describes these as pigmented and rich on their website, but on my lips, all eight shades? Not so vivid. Even the brightest one here, Coral, looks rather sheer to me, and increasingly so as I smack my lips a few times. Read more…

Deborah Lippmann Holiday 2011 CollectionNAILS WILL SPARKLE LIKE A DISCO BALL
WEARING DEBORAH LIPPMANN’S HOLIDAY 2011 COLLECTION

Not even strobe lights could compete with the glare from the glitterific shades in Deborah Lippmann’s latest collection of nail lacquers. I hope you’re ready to pump up the jam, love, because this disco ball’s droppin’, haaay! It’s time to hit the dance floor with Deborah’s holiday collection.

This ode to sparkle and shine, available now, contains six separate nail polishes, four limited edition and two permanent shades ($16-18 each), and the $42 three-piece Get This Party Started set (with full-size bottles).

Today my nails took four of the individual polishes and the entire Get This Party Started set out for a joy ride. With their fun flecks of glitter and rich metallic finishes, these colors are just begging to be worn on a dance floor. Read more…

Becca Mineral Blush in Wild HoneyBECCA MINERAL BLUSH IN WILD HONEY CREATES
SWEET CHEEKS THAT NEVER GO OUT OF STYLE

It was a dark and stormy night…

Wait — no it wasn’t. Not even close. It was actually a Lost Weekend earlier this fall, and matte Becca Mineral Blush in Wild Honey ($32) was there.

The sweet cheeks this pigmented peachy nude powder blush creates are always in style, but they feel like they hail from a kinder, gentler time, a time when afternoons meant studying at the library after school, and your cheeks would flush at a smile from your crush or a single word like, “Hi.” Read more…

Tarte Puttin' on the GlitzTARTE PUTTIN’ ON THE GLITZ IS
GREAT IN A CLUTCH

Indecisiveness doesn’t go well with Tarte’s new holiday kit. Nope, the $48 Puttin’ on the Glitz kit comes with three interchangeable palettes, but you can only fit one of them in the cute silver clutch at a time.

Hmm…

Being a fiend for accessories, my pulse jumped when I heard about this clever limited edition cutie and its 18 powder eyeshadows, highlighter, bronzer and lipgloss. To make it easier to tote the products around (but not all at the same time), Tarte included the clutch, which incorporates a mirror for touch-ups and slots for bills and credit cards. There’s also a tutorial booklet with pretty helpful directions for three different looks. Read more…

Troy Surratt Juicy CoutureTHE JUICY COUTURE TROY SURRATT LIP GLOSS
IS QUITE A SWEET TREAT

To dip or not to dip — that is the question. Whether ’tis nobler on the lips to suffer the slings and arrows of bacterial infection, or to take arms against a tin that contains the tastiest glosses I’ve worn in a really long time…

Even though I’d prefer tubes to a tin, my taste buds are like, “We don’t care!” The new glosses in the Juicy Couture Troy Surratt Lip Gloss Set, a collaboration between Juicy Couture and celebrity makeup artist Troy Surratt (whose resume reads like my iTunes workout playlist, and includes the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige, Fergie and Janet Jackson), smell and taste just like my movie theater Achilles’ heel…

Gummy bears! Read more…

Anastasia Bright Eyes Big CityI’VE GOT ANASTASIA BRIGHT EYES, BIG CITY
IN MY SUBURBAN SIGHTS

My inner urban girl, the one who after 10 years living in the surburbs still tells herself that “it’s only temporary,” loves that Anastasia gives a shout-out to city girls with the name of her $39 Bright Eyes, Big City Brow & Eye Collection kit.

The kit, one of four available now from Anastasia for the holidays, comes with a nice array of eye and brow products put together to create natural, wide-eyed looks.

Anastasia’s known for bodacious brow products, and they’re my favorite pieces in this kit. With the brow/eye powders, gel, tweezers and mini brow brush, perfect brows are just a minute or two away. Read more…

5 Ways to Winterize Your SkinSKINCARE FOR THE CHANGING SEASONS
5 WAYS TO WINTERIZE YOUR SKIN

I ticked off the tabby the other day when I had to cut short our regular morning walk. There was a chill in the air that I just couldn’t shake — certainly not in the sweatshirt, jeans and flip-flops I’d gotten used to wearing on our little jaunts — and even though the first official day of winter doesn’t arrive for more than a month, Jack Frost was already nipping at my toes.

From here on out, at least for the next few months, it’s cold weather season, and that means dry air, dry skin and cold, cold, cold.

For me it also seems to mean scaly shins and crusty cuticles that get worse and worse every year. Thankfully, I’ve figured out a few ways to keep my skin from staging a revolt as the temperature drops. Here are five ways to winterize your skin care routine. Read more…

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. LOL @ the lipstick monster! I can’t say I’ve ever lost a lipstick (or happened upon a lipstick monster), but the likelihood of their existence is very high :P Hope you’re having a good weekend thus far, Karen! Though, with the VIB sale, Marshall’s, and cats – how could you not, right?
    Rae // theNotice recently posted … Kate Spade New York | Holiday 2011

  2. Ana says:

    Karen, I am really enjoying the “beauty posts that caught my eye” section. It reminds me of the Saturday Surfing you used to post. Thanks for sharing. I’ve really enjoyed your posts this week! Have a great Sunday :)

  3. PinkGlitter says:

    What, no little brother or sister for Tabs?! Lol. Looks like you had a fun time shopping. I love that sparkly top you got from Marshalls. Can’t wait to see what NARS blushes you picked up!
    PinkGlitter recently posted … Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Amused

  4. Chris25 says:

    I’m looking forward to blushes swatches!

    I think Tabs could use a kitty model protege….he could be the kitty version of Tyra Banks and mentor models on “America’s Next Top Kitty Model”. :P

  5. Katrina says:

    Hahahah! d&d reference! You are awesome lady.

  6. BeccaTheCyborg says:

    You just made a D&D joke. You’re already my favourite beauty blogger ever, but I adore you even more for that. <3

  7. April says:

    I stocked up on NARS during F&F, too! I got New Order, Miss Liberty, and Sex Appeal. You?

  8. Paris B says:

    I have most definitely had lipsticks eaten by the lipstick monster! Thanks for the link Karen and I’m enjoying reading the other links you posted too!
    Paris B recently posted … MWS Open Cafe Vol. 6 : Food glorious food!

  9. Jen W says:

    Aw I can never resist having a look at rescue kittens too, although every time I look I’m in danger of taking the entire litter home with me (and having to deal with Dizzy’s disapproving face).

    Thanks so much for the shout out Karen!

  10. Rozae says:

    Which Nars blush did u get?

  11. Emerald says:

    I love that black sequin top! Ross and Marshalls have such great deals. I just started yoga so I popped into Ross and bought two pairs of exercise tops and bottoms and a yoga mat for dirt cheap! It definitely motivated me and solidified my commitment to exercise.

    I can’t wait to see your NARS swatches. I’m loyal to my Orgasm blush and haven’t experimented with any of the other shades.

  12. Lilit says:

    Thanks so much for the link love Karen, much appreciated! xo
    Lilit recently posted … MAC Impassioned lipstick – too pretty to use up?

  13. Nina says:

    my VIB haul was a bit sparse — the tokidoki skateboard palette, the fullsize caudalie vinoperfect radiance serum and 2 bottles of bumble and bumble tonic lotion! :-)

    off to read some posts i missed!

  14. Hey Karen,

    Just wanted to say a huge thank you for the mention! My friend, Carmela, noticed it and told me. I’m so ecstatic and flattered that my Tweezerman eyelash curler post caught your eye and that you shared the link to my blog with your visitors. :)
    Swatch And Learn recently posted … China Glaze Glittering Garland Swatches & Review

  15. JoElla says:

    I wonder if the lipstick monster is related to the sock monster?

    Petco is where I found my 2 jet black kitty cats! King Louie and Baby just had to come home with me =)

  16. Audrey says:

    Hey Karen!
    Speaking of Nars blushes… I was wondering if you could recommend a good blush? I have very pale skin with cool undertones. A powder blush would be best, but I am open to all suggestions!
    Also, I had a shopping experience just like yours the other day (not the first time it has happened to me). Went to Target for shampoo, conditioner, face wash, and a razor (lost mine…oops!) and came home with assorted shirts, bras, shoes, a jacket, and perfume. I got the shampoo, conditioner, and face wash, but NO RAZOR. At least it’s too cold to wear shorts, am I right?

  17. nihrida says:

    Thanks for the mention! You know, it always happens to me – when I’m trying to find new pair of jeans, they’re nowhere to be found. The best buys are the spontaneous ones in my case. =)

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