The Weekly Roundup: Posts You Might Have Missed

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The Makeup and Beauty Blog Weekly Roundup

It’s true. Time flies when you’re having fun, and my afternoon in SF yesterday with Jen and Cindy flew by in a blink of an eye!


I miss living closer to them… I can’t believe there was a time when we’d see each other every single day (we were band geeks in high school).

Oh! About those french fries at Absinthe. They ranked right up there with some of the best I’ve ever eaten — thin, tasty, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside — but I don’t think I’m ready to award them the “Best in the City” prize. Not while there are still so many tasty fries out there I haven’t tried. 🙂

After the restaurant we went to the movies and saw Young Adult, starring Charlize Theron. I thought she did a great job, as usual, but let’s just say that the movie wasn’t my idea of a rollicking good time. I thought it was a little slow and quiet — so quiet that I’m sure everyone around me in the theater could hear my stomach gurgling (I guess I had too many fries).

And Charlize’s character in the movie isn’t the nicest gal in the world. She’s a narcissistic, alcoholic young adult fiction writer who’s having something of a mid-life crisis. Liked the performance, but it wasn’t one of my favorite flicks as of late.

No problemo. I still had a great afternoon spending time with the girls.

How about you? What are you up to on this lovely Sunday? Chillin’ at home, or are you out and about?

Before we close the book on another week, how about one final look at some of my favorite recent posts from this blog and others?

Please be careful while you’re reading. A new makeup monster has been sighted in the area…


The Brush BreakerFREQUENCY: Rare
SPEED: Normal
SPECIAL ATTACKS: Simply put, they break brushes. They’re not the strongest creatures, but they have perfect technique when it comes to breaking brushes. They can break even the thickest brushes in half, but they prefer to cause ferrules to come loose and fibers to fall out (because they’re insidious like that).
SPECIAL DEFENSES: They wear chain mail armor made from broken metal brush ferrules.
INTELLIGENCE: High (They have to be pretty smart to figure out how to break all the different kinds of brushes.)
SIZE: M (6′ tall)

The Makeup Monsters

A few beauty posts that caught my eye…

  • Everyday Makeup: A Recreation of Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2012 RTW Runway Look — Glitter Geek
  • LOVE this Orla Kiely dress… — See Creatures
  • Josie Maran Argan Color Stick in Petal Pink — My Weekend Ramblings
  • Best Nail Polishes of 2011 — à la Peach
  • If you’ve ever played Guitar Hero… — The Nailasaurus
  • A tutorial using Urban Decay’s Rollergirl palette — Style By Cat
  • 3 pieces of advice I’d give my 18-year-old self — Raptitude
  • For high schoolers out there thinking about college: How to make the most of your great scholastic adventure — Bailey Powell
  • How to dress like a rebel or a disco doll — Rookie Mag
  • This tutorial on how to style a twisted bun makes me want to grow my hair out again — A Beautiful Mess

The Weekly Roundup: MBB Posts You Might Have Missed

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipsticks The New Smashbox Be Legendary Lipsticks
Answer the Question, “What Are Legends Made Of?”

Ugh. Projectile sports. You know, the ones that involve airborne objects like baseballs? I’m just so bad at them. Whenever I see something flying at me at high speed my first instinct is to run away, but if there were a projectile sport involving lipsticks and perhaps cute uniforms, well, that I might play.

Especially if the lippies were as pigmented as the new Smashbox Be Legendary Lipsticks ($19 each).

The new line of 20 bold lipsticks in matte and creamy finishes recently launched at Sephora stores, on Smashbox counters and also online, and I’ve been wearing three of the creamy shades for about a week — Chai (a caramel nude), Fig (a red grape) and Vivid Violet (a bold berry). Read more…

The Smashbox Be Discovered Cream Cheek Trio A Good Zombie Survival Kit Should Include
the New Smashbox Be Discovered Cream Cheek Trios

To someone with survival training, including the Smashbox Be Discovered Cream Cheek Trios ($29 each) in my zombie apocalypse survival kit probably makes about as much sense as a Shake Weight, but believe you me, if the dead one day rise, I will not go down without a fight, and I won’t evacuate without bringing at least a little bit of makeup.

El Hub laughs, but it’s the truth. (SIDE NOTE: I used to work with a woman who wore false lashes every single day, even once when she had to go in for surgery! Now that’s what I’m talking about.)

The two new trios are part of the Smashbox Be Discovered collection for spring 2012, and since they fit in the palm of a hand, it’s not like they’d take up much space in a typical survival kit. There’d still be plenty of room left for peanut butter, toilet paper and various kinds of weaponry. Read more…

The Smashbox Be Discovered Jet Set Waterproof Liner I’m Feeling Catty About the New Smashbox
Be Discovered Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner & Brush

Ooh, Tuesday morning cat drama! Guess who just sauntered across the front yard with a twitchy tail and her little kitty nose raised up in the air? — the Russian Blue from next door, exuding tons of cattitude.

It’s been a while since the last time she visited, and when Tabs caught a glimpse of her through the window in my office upstairs, he hissed like a fiery cobra!

The window overlooks a row of overgrown rosemary bushes and what’s left of a large catnip plant, the same plant that Tabs caught her snacking on before their last altercation. Read more…

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush Bounce with Me and the
Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blushes

It started with pics of the new Dream Bouncy Blushes and my ’90s hip-hop playlist.

Next thing I knew, Jay-Z was bumping on iTunes, and I was bouncing with Hov, directly in front of my office window. I was on my feet, waving one of Maybelline’s new $8 blushes to the beat when I glanced outside and saw my neighbor staring up at me from his front door with a look like “she’s crazy.”

Haha! Hella moded. 🙂 Read more…

NARS Cyprus Eyeshadow NARS Unsung Heroes
Cyprus Eyeshadow

Power-nap eyeshadows are like soft white lightbulbs for your eyes — shades that instantly brighten up tired peepers after a late night or an insomnia attack.

Some people yearn to scale Mount Everest; I yearn to amass a collection of power-nap eyeshadows so vast that it would scare the hosts of Hoarders!

My latest power-nap love, NARS Cyprus Eyeshadow ($23), is a shimmery bronze with a golden whisper. The morning after a rough night, I apply one layer over my lids and mellow out the edges with a finger.

“Ah!” Instant relief. And quicker than a shower and mani. Read more…

Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadows $7 Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR Eyeshadows
Vibrant Color for Less Than 30 Cents an Hour

Dang, it’s getting so hot in here that I started sweating glitter!

I mean, just look at these colors from the new Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR Eyeshadow line ($7 each) of what Maybelline calls “gel-cream” shadows.

The line sure looks promising. Vibrant colors in a crease-resistant formula designed to last a full 24 hours. The 10 shades come in a variety of neutrals and brights and shimmy onto counters this month.

So…I can’t exactly remember the last time I needed or wanted to wear an eyeshadow for a full 24 hours, but you never know, right? Read more…

Laura Mercier Lingerie Collection Eye and Cheek Palette A Laura Mercier Lingerie Collection Face of the Day
and a Few Wise Words from Tabs

Whoa! Time to go get my hair cut, but I still haven’t decided what to do!

When I asked style icon and world-renowned kitty supermodel Tabs what he thought, he twitched his tail twice and plopped his husky body beside the new Laura Mercier Eye & Cheek Palette ($60, available now) sitting on my desk.

Tabs believes that if you’re going to be looking at yourself in the mirror for 2-3 hours at the salon (haha, I accidentally typed “saloon”), you want to look cute. Normally, I’d apply some mascara and gloss and head out the door, but today Tabs insisted that I “break my cycle of lameness” (his words via text) by incorporating Laura’s new palette of six eyeshadows and two blushes from her Lingerie Collection for spring 2012. Read more…

The Dior 5 Couleurs Garden Pastels Eyeshadow Palette The $59 Dior 5 Couleurs Garden Pastels
Eyeshadow Palette Is Quintessentially Dior

Might as well take a chisel to Michelangelo’s David. That’s how I felt about swatching the new Dior 5 Couleurs Garden Pastels Eyeshadow Palette ($59) and why it took me so long to build up the courage.

Every time I’d contemplate taking a brush to the raised roses on the pans, I’d see myself tearing into a beautifully wrapped present, squishing a frosted cupcake or picking apart a delicate hors d’oeuvre.

I don’t want to do it! I don’t want to do it! I don’t want to do it!

But I finally did. Read more…

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Courtney says:

    Oh the Brush Breaker. This particular one just really irks me. I mean, I’m putting on my foundation, and all of the sudden, I look like I’m growing huge black hairs from my face from the bristles coming loose. That little rascal!

    However, I love your Makeup Monsters. They are awesome, and my hubs always wants to see them on Sundays 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi, Courtney. 🙂 Gah! The evil, nefarious Brush Breaker tormented me recently with some new Sonia Kashuk brushes where the ferrules kept falling off.

      Hope you’re having a good weekend. Enjoy the rest of your day.

  2. Katie says:

    You are rocking that hair, Karen! It reminds me of Michelle Pfeiffer’s cut in Scarface, actually.

    I didn’t know you read Rookie Mag! I read it daily. Isn’t that website awesome?

    • Karen says:

      Thanks, Katie. I totally forgot about that! Michelle was rocking her fringe in Scarface. I swear, every single boy had a poster for that movie when I was in college. Every. Single. One.

      Yup, I love Rookie Mag! It’s brimming with wacky, whimsical inspiration.

  3. Nina says:

    the weekend flew by! 🙂

  4. I LOVE your makeup monsters and their attributes sounds like something for PS3 and I would totally play!! I’m so in love with your highlights, you have such thick hair…I’m jealous!!

  5. Bailey says:

    Thanks so much for the pingback on my college tips article! I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

  6. Anna says:

    I love the makeup monsters. And yeah… Charlize’s character sounds like a peach. I like goofy movies… next on my Netflix queue is Ping Pong Playa and Kung Fu Basketball.

  7. peach_ says:

    OMG it’s the Makeup Monsters league! Chain mail from broken ferrules made me chuckle. 😀 Thank you for mentioning my post, Karen! Glad you had a wonderful weekend with friends. Hope you girls keep testing out the fries to find the best of the Bay!

  8. Kim says:

    That’s too bad about Young Adult, but at least you got to hang with the girls. We saw MI4 since it got such great reviews, but I thought it was pretty “meh”. Normally I wouldn’t expect much from an action movie but the reviews made it sound like it couldn’t be missed. Oh, well.

    Btw, that Brush Breaker could come in handy during the zombie apocalypse if he can leave sharp, jagged edges when he snaps the brushes. 🙂

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