When I was a kid, my mom would sometimes take me to work with her on the weekends. Throughout the day, I’d sneak into the break room and shove *hella* sugar cubes into my mouth — four or five, sometimes six at a time.
I’d then spend the next hour sprinting down the halls and drawing feverishly in my notebook. My favorite subjects were pictures of calico cats in business suits.
Mom never quite figured out the source of all my “energy.”
I think my crazy sweet tooth partly explains why I really wanted to like the MAC Sugarsweet collection.
It arrived last week, a springy, pastel collection for eyes, cheeks and lips. Have you had a chance to check it out?
Aquavert (top), Cakeshop (bottom)
Overall, I’m on the Sugarsweet fence because I feel like the pinks, peaches and yellows aren’t the most flattering shades in the world for my skin tone, like they look too pale and cool on me, but I am drawn to a few of Sugarsweet’s tasty treats.
Two products really stand out because of how they work with my coloring — Aquavert Eyeshadow ($14.50) and Cakeshop Shadestick ($16.50).
Patting Aquavert onto my lids, curling my lashes and then adding lots of black mascara is like an instant sugar rush. The shimmery mint green adds a surprising touch of brightness to my eyes, making me look, for all intents and purposes, like I’m actually alert and well rested, LOL!
Or when I’m in the mood for a more complicated look, I’ll add Cakeshop Shadestick (a shimmery greenish gold cream eyeshadow in stick form) and MAC Humid Eyeshadow (a shimmery dark green) up in the mix.
For that look, I’ll start by layering Cakeshop beneath Aquavert on the lids and then sweep some MAC Soft Brown into the crease. To define the look with a soft line, I’ll follow that up by applying Humid along the lash line, or into the outer corner of the lid for a smokier look.
I think Cakeshop Shadestick even looks pretty worn all by herself.
Sometimes, for a quick and simple look, I’ll apply Cakeshop directly onto my lid and use a finger to draw the color up into the crease. A quick curl, some mascara and I’m out the door.
Beyond matching well with Aquavert, I think Cakeshop looks fab layered beneath golden eyeshadows or pigments like MAC Gold Mode and Gold Dusk Pigment( from the MAC Little Darlings Warm Pigments Holiday Set), MAC Amber Lights, or the Dior 569 Gold palette.
Even though the collection hasn’t set my world on fire, I think it’s a welcome release, and the shades may work better for you than they do for me. If you look great in shimmery Easter pastels, give Sugarsweet a try.
Do you take sugar? One lump or two?
Speaking of sweet things, last week reader Babyu21 asked me for my cobbler recipe, YUM!
“Karen, did you say something about a peach cobbler recipe? I have been looking for one, please share.”
This recipe for BLUEBERRY-PEACH CRACK (yes, it needs all caps ’cause it’s that addictive) ain’t diet food, but it sure tastes killer.
THE BLUEBERRY-PEACH COBBLER CRACK RECIPE
1 pint fresh or frozen blueberriesâ€¨
1 can of drained, canned peaches (or sliced fresh ones if you like)
â€¨1 14 oz can condensed milkâ€¨
2 teaspoons grated lemon peelâ€¨
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cold butter or margarine
â€¨2 cups biscuit baking mix, dividedâ€¨
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugarâ€¨
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional — I usually leave these out)
1. Preheat oven to 325. In bowl, combine blueberries, condensed milk, and peel. I usually add drained, canned peaches during this step (but you can leave â€˜em out either one out if you want a single fruit cobbler â€” totally up to you). I donâ€™t add the entire can though, because I like an even blueberry to peach ratio. How much you add is up to your own peach preference!
2. In large bowl, cut 3/4 cup butter into 1 1/2 cups biscuit mix until crumbly; add blueberry/peach mixture. Spread in greased 9-inch square baking pan.
3. In small bowl, combine remaining 1/2 cup biscuit mix and sugar; cut in remaining 2 tablespoons butter until crumbly. Add nuts. Sprinkle over cobbler.
4. Bake 1 hour and 10 minutes or until golden. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
5. Watch everybodyâ€™s eyes roll back in ecstasy.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,