The Weekly Roundup: Posts You Might Have Missed

Published in: Just For Fun

The Makeup and Beauty Blog Weekly Roundup

Well, it’s official. Welcome to 2012. 🙂


I hope you had a blast last night. Did you stay up to midnight or conk out early? I was tempted and tired enough to go to bed around 10:30, but El Hub talked me into renting a movie that kept me up the rest of the way (Fright Night — a cheesy vampire flick, and you know how much I like those).

Yesterday I actually went ice skating! There’s a rink at Union Square in downtown San Francisco. I’ve only been ice skating a few times, so I’m not exactly an Olympic figure skater, but at least I didn’t fall (or cause anyone else to fall), which is something.

After skating El Hub and I went to see Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and then stopped at a sushi place for dinner.

It was one heck of a day… I can’t remember the last time El Hub and I had so much fun. It was such a clear night that we were even able to see fireworks off in the distance from our deck.

What a nice start to 2012. Something tells me it’s going to be a great year, but certainly not if these guys can help it…

Highlighter Haters. They’re awful beasts!


The Highlighter HaterFREQUENCY: Rare
SPEED: Deceptively fast
SPECIAL ATTACKS: These guys feed off of light and brightness, sucking it out of their surroundings and making the world (and the cheeks) around them dull and lifeless.
SPECIAL DEFENSES: Well, they’re made of pure energy, so they’re immune to most physical attacks.
INTELLIGENCE: Low (animal)
SIZE: Massive (30′ tall)

A few beauty posts that caught my eye…

The Weekly Roundup: MBB Posts You Might Have Missed

NARS Star Sailor Eyeshadow Duo NARS UNSUNG HEROES

I have to say, for a long, long time I didn’t think much of NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Star Sailor ($33), and I sailed past it many times without giving it as much as a sneaky side-eye glance.

Then, one day, the planets and stars were aligned just right, and I decided to see what swatches of its two shadows would look like on my skin.

Over the moon! — that’s how I felt when the first shade, a shimmery yellow gold, and the second, a shimmery golden bronze, blossomed before me, like a nebula under the watchful eye of the Hubble Space Telescope…

Sorry, I’m a sucker for a good (or middling) space reference. Read more…

A Holiday Travel Face of the Day A VEGGIE BURGER, FRIES AND

Since all I really had to do today was eat, I decided not to go all out with my makeup. I went with a mostly neutral look using products from NARS, MAC, Buxom, Tarte, Boots, Hourglass, Urban Decay and Madina Milano.

I guess I’d describe this as neutral with a side of sparkle… I think the eyes are probably sparklier in person than they might appear here because the sparkles from NARS Eyeshadow in Night Star are shy in front of the camera.

They are there, though, doing their sparkly thing.

I wore this out to lunch with the fam today to a local Redding institution, a great little burger joint here called Damburger, which has been around since 1938! El Hub has a relative who’s been getting burgers there since about 1946. Read more…


Over my four-day Christmas trip up and down Northern California to visit with my parents and in-laws, I relied on one particular makeup trick a little more than the others. I’m just about to hit the road back home to Novato, but first, if you like to wear different looks often but don’t usually have a lot of room to spare in your travel makeup bag, here’s one quick and easy way to increase your color options.

Pack as many colorful sticks of eyeliner as you can find, and with one quick swipe along your upper and/or lower lash lines, you’ve got a new fast, fun look.

This trip I brought MAC, Urban Decay and NARS eyeliners in gray, purple, green, gold, blue and bronze, along with my usual liners in black and brown.

That’s it! Quick and easy color that doesn’t take up much cargo space. Read more…

A+ department store makeup and beauty of 2011 10 OF MY PICKS FOR HEAD OF THE CLASS

2011 was another awesome year for feline and human makeup and beauty. Along with rediscovering/falling in love again with a slew of pulse-pounding permanent products from some of my favorite lines like MAC and NARS, I also bumped into bunches of beautiful products to lurve on drugstore and department store shelves.

If you’re on the market for something special to spend a Christmas gift card on, consider one of the overachieving A+ department store products below. All of them are looking for new homes just like yours and can be found in stores now. Read more…

A+ Drugstore Makeup and Beauty Products of 2011 10 OF MY PICKS FOR HEAD OF THE CLASS

Going to a drugstore after a long day is one of my favorite ways to unwind. I’ll flip through a few magazines, grab an ice cream cone, and cruise the cosmetics aisle looking for a little something I can get myself as a budget beauty treat.

It’s been a ritual of mine ever since I was a teenager.

Sure, I do love department store beauty and big brands like Benefit and NARS, but some of my favorite makeup and beauty products don’t reside at stores like Nordstrom, Sephora or MAC, and that’s why I’ll always have a soft spot for drugstores. Not only because they make it possible for gals on a tight budget to look great from head to toe, but because they also make it easy to treat yourself without breaking the bank. Read more…

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer HOURGLASS VEIL MINERAL PRIMER SPF 15

While it’s not a brand new product, Veil is new to me. I only recently got to know it well while visiting and staying with family over the past few days, when I was doing my makeup early in the mornings and needed something to help my looks last from dawn till dusk. This month, that something was Veil.

Before I settled on Veil, though, I tried a number of other primers from MAC, Make Up For Ever, Smashbox and Cover FX over the month or so since Thanksgiving. Veil’s been my favorite so far.

A lot of primers feel thick and heavy to me, like they’re smothering my combination dry/oily/acne-prone skin, but lightweight Veil quickly absorbs and doesn’t feel like it’s just sitting on the top layers of skin like a lake of pore-suffocating product. It also hasn’t caused any breakouts, near as I can tell, and I’ve heard from other girls who love it specifically for this reason. Read more…

NARS Indian Summer Eyeshadow Duo NARS UNSUNG HEROES

NARS has a knack for neutral eyeshadows but likes ‘em with a twist, like Star Sailor, which accompanied me on my quick holiday trip last weekend. Keeping us company on the open road was another dynamic neutral duo from NARS, the $33 Indian Summer Duo Eyeshadow, which happens to be the subject of today’s Unsung Heroes post.

Like both of the colors in Star Sailor, Indian Summer’s shadows keep a low profile until they get out of their pans; that’s when their powder shadows sing. In the official PR, the shades are described as a frosted champagne and a mustard seed, but I think they’re much more exciting than that. Read more…


Wow, okay, December 29? And we’re still kicking? Shoot, we need to reward ourselves for making it through the holidays.

Yes, I’m totally serious! Perhaps some small token for artfully dodging the family drama (which takes tremendous skill), for enduring that undercover sibling rivalry that never quite goes away, or for cooking that monster meal that catered to everyone’s preferences and food allergies (SIDE NOTE: Does anyone else out there still like cilantro?). Whatever the justification, I think we’re all due a small “Woo-hoo, we made it!” kind of prize, and I can’t think of a better one than Boots No7 Poppy King Lipstick ($9.99).

The new line of seven limited edition lipsticks launched last month at Target, and there’s a lot to like about it beyond the price. Read more…

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. About those makeup monsters, I know I’m not the only one here who likes to draw, so if you’ve seen any makeup monsters you’d like to draw or paint, shoot them over to me! I’d love to feature them here.


Like this post? Tell your friends!

So far, 15 people have commented on this article. How cool is that?

  1. Nina says:

    happy 2012, Karen! 🙂

  2. Sunny says:

    Hey Karen, happy new year! Glad to hear you and El Hub had such a great time! D the boyfriend and I went over to some friends’ for dinner, and then we took a little walk in the neighborhood to see the fireworks. The Belgians get pretty crazy. Every little town has its own firework displays!

    I saw the makeup4all post about the new Paul & Joe collection too! It’d be outrageous not to get an item or two from that one!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sunny,

      Sounds like you had a lot of fun. I’d love to visit Belgium someday for New Years! It sounds like a blast.

      What are you thinking of getting from thew new Paul & Joe?

  3. Crystal says:

    We went to see Mission Impossible today, not bad! I like me an action flick but I think I got the most excited about the Avengers trailer! I can’t wait to see that!
    Crystal recently posted … Drugstore Makeup Haul (New Releases) Video

  4. I also saw Mission Impossible over the weekend. It was better than I thought it would be. Hehe, and of course there were lots of funny parts like running down a building in classic Tom Cruise running style. 😛

    Swatch And Learn recently posted … Smorgasbord Sundays: Happy New Year

  5. Rads says:

    Happy New Year Karen!

  6. Wow, Karen! Thanks so much for mentioning me!! I’m glad you enjoyed your post:)
    Happy New Year to you! I hope 2012 will be the best year so far, both for you and your amazing blog.
    Antonia at Swedish Love Affair recently posted … OPI Jade is the new black swatch: matte vs shiny nail polish using ELF Matte Finisher

  7. DalaLuz says:

    Happy new year 😀
    We actually had a great time, even though we ‘just’ stayed at home. We danced, laughed, vegged, ate and even had a blast stamping ‘tattoos’ on each other. First year in a long time that I actually stayed up till 2 am!

  8. Jess says:

    Did you make those makeup monsters yourself? They are so cute <3 Do you have a degree in digital art or something?

  9. peach_ says:

    What a fab location for ice skating and fun with your hubby. Thank you for reading and mentioning my post!! I’m –> 😀 Happy New Year, Karen!

  10. xiao says:

    You did all my favorite things! Movie, sushi, and skating, what fun 🙂 I’m glad you had fun with your husband. Beyond honored you mentioned my post! I hope you have a fab year ahead. 2011 is one to beat for me 🙂

  11. Jenn Staz says:

    Aww yay, this is way late but thanks so much for including my blog post in your roundup!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge