September Retro Roundup: One Year Ago on Makeup and Beauty Blog

Published in: Just For Fun, Makeup Tips/How To

Happy hump day, ladies. Yours truly came down with a summer cold last night. My nose is stuffed up, my body aches, and I can’t taste anything. What is life, I ask you, if you can’t enjoy the taste of your greasy Chinese chicken chow mein?

Have a great day today, and wash those hands often because the cold is going around.


I thought I’d take a quick look back into the archives while I sip some guava juice. Last September was a fun month.

Interview with MAC Viva Glam Spokesperson Dita Von Teese

Makeup and Beauty Blog: So what MAC makeup are you wearing today?
Dita Von Teese: Well, lets see … I hope I can remember! I think my cheek color is called Dame. My lip color is Russian Red with a Lip Lacquer called Fan Plastico over that. And I have liquid liner and MAC false lashes (of course!). I have Vapor eyeshadow and MAC mineralize powder on. Click to read the rest…

MAC Mattene Lipsticks Review

While I was initially skeptical of the return of matte, I ended up being pleasantly surprised. I guess if Marky Mark can morph from an underwear model with a busy, pants-dropping schedule, to an Academy Award Nominee, matte lipsticks can evolve as well. Click to read the rest…

Hair Product Reviews – Phytodensium Anti-Aging Shampoo and Serum

You might need anti-aging products if…

  1. You didn’t get an e-mail account until you took a class that required you to get one … in college.
  2. You own a mix tape that you made off the local hip hop station; extra points if Salt & Pepa’s “Push It” or MC Hammer’s “Can’t Touch This” are on it.
  3. You remember when girls didn’t talk about waxing or tweezing their eyebrows.
  4. Your O.G. “skinny jeans” were of the Bongo or Guess variety, and they were so tight that after lunch you could barely breathe in history class.
  5. You had or knew someone who had a spiral perm gone wrong.
  6. Your bullsh*t-o-meter is finely tuned because you’ve “heard it all before.” Click to read the rest…

Tarte Fall 2007 — Natural Beauty Cheek Stain, Inside Out Lipstick, Rejuvalash Set

“A lovely color that would be good for ladies or makeup loving gents who want an easy, natural cheek look. Apply sparingly or risk Bozo the Clown mega-status.” Click to read the rest…

Makeup Tips from Emmy Makeup Artist Bruce Grayson

Makeup and Beauty Blog: HDTV is notorious for showing extreme detail in makeup, and some makeup companies like Kryolan are even creating special products to adjust to the fine detail of High Definition TV. What tricks and products do you like to use to deal with HDTV?
Bruce Grayson: The first thing I do is become buddies with the cameraman. Lighting is the most important element in HD. Second I make sure that the skin is even tone using a minimum of foundation and thin concealers only where needed. I always defuse eyeliners, especially black which can look harsh in HD. Before I even begin to apply eye make-up, I like to start with Olay Definity Eye Illuminator ($25.99 at drugstores nationwide) because it has multi-colored micas that help to hide imperfections. It limits the amount of make-up I need to use around the eye. Click to read the rest…

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Jess says:

    Feel better soon Karen. You look so cute in that picture with Ms Von Teese!

  2. Karen says:

    Hi Jess,

    Thanks, hon. I am trying to drink lots of water and to eat. When I’m sick everything tastes gross, blah!

    Hope you’re having a good day so far! 🙂

  3. Louise Gray says:

    Aw. . . .Karen,
    It’s no fun to be sick; but milk it and use it as a good opportunity to take it easy. Hey, do you look HOT in that photo with MAC person Dita Von Teese. Is that her real name or her stage name? hahahah Your skin is so glowy and the colors look great on you. So pretty. Gets lots of rest and drink some iced tea. Have Dear Hub make you some delish vegetarian chicken noodle soup. Get well! Louise

  4. Trisha says:

    Wow… You met Dita Von Teese. I’m so jealous.

    Trishas last blog post..Tutorial Tuesday: Daily Lipstick Look Makeup Tutorial

  5. Karen says:

    Hi Louise Gray,

    I feel pretty crummy. The worst part is always the food… everything looks and tastes gross to me.

    LOL, I think that glow in the pic is from a layer of nervous sweat. 😉

    How has your day been so far?

  6. Karen says:

    Hi Trisha,

    She was a real pleasure to interview. Not only was she stunningly beautiful, but just a very open and unguarded. I liked her a lot.

  7. gio says:

    I hope you feel better soon Karen.

    I love the picture of you and Dita, you both look great!

    gios last blog post..Inside Rihanna makeup bag

  8. Jaimie says:

    lmao great post today!

    Jaimies last blog post..My Scent Arsenal Part 2

  9. Vandana says:

    Hey Karen,

    Have been a lurker at your blog for awhile now and I’m delurking because I have two HUUUUUGE makeup questions for you…what concealer do you usually use for undereye circles…i have the makeupforever palette but I’m kind of disappointed with it (if you have any pointers for using it…that would be fab)…and my second question is do you have any recommendations for wearing the mineralize mac makeup?

    Take care, and I hope you feel better 😀

  10. Lehea says:

    Aww! I know how it feels to get sick when the weather’s so nice. Not fun. 🙁 Feel better soon!

  11. Dao says:

    Aww, girl fwend! I hope you’ll feel better soon! I love the pix of you and Dita. She looked like she was about to say, “Girl, I wanna be tan like you!” and you looked like you wanted to tell her, “Nah nah nah nah nah, you can’t be like me!”

    Hope I cheered you up with my silliness.

    Daos last blog post..My Trip to Target: Jemma Kidd, NP Set, and Pixi

  12. Marisol says:

    Feel better Karen! Have you every tried using a nettie pot for your sinuses? Those seem to work really well.

    You are so lucky to have met Dita. I think she is amazing!

    Marisols last blog post..A weekend full of sun, booze and food!

  13. Indian Girl says:

    Get well soon! I had them too last week….thankfully it lasted only for 3 days.Hope you feel better soon!

    Indian Girls last blog post..Essie Nail Polish – Fall Collection

  14. Brittany says:

    I too have a cold right now, which seems ridiculous considering that today it was like 90 degrees and sunny here. I’ve had it since Friday (blah!). Hope you start feeling better soon 🙂

  15. Emme says:

    Hi Karen,

    Oh I hope you get well and by the way, this Johnny thing, I keep having it in like in flash backs or something since the first time the post was around and I saw it. LOL. Hilarious because it’s only meant to be funny and I never really thought about it but then suddenly I keep thinking…that eyeliner…that’s right it must be long wearing…yeah…she noticed that…good observation…LOL!

    Feel better 🙂

  16. Lilan says:

    Hi Karen,

    Happy Hump Day to you too! Funny because I woke up with a stuffy nose and feeling less than 100% too. I actually have a tissue stuck up my stuffy/runny nose as I type right now, LOL.

    Love the throw back post – I actually think I discovered your site with the Mattenes post. Crazy how it’s been a year already!! Hope you feel better Miss Karen!!

    Lilans last blog post..Nails of the Week: OPI Royal Rajah Ruby

  17. lindsay says:

    Aw, I hope you feel better, and I hate when I can’t taste the food I eat when I’m sick 🙁 Guava juice?! YUM, though I prefer POG the most 🙂

  18. Violet says:

    Hi Karen! Hope you feel better soon. I love the picture of you and Dita. You look beautiful!

    P.S. Totally not make up related, but I love guava juice! I am from India and many years ago when I went back to visit, I got to eat fresh guavas. Yum! The last time I had some was at the Guava Kai Plantation in Kauai.

  19. Tali says:

    Feel better soon!! Sorry your not well.. its never a good time is it?

    ps. Ahh Dita.. you met Dita!!!!

    CoC came to the uk today!!!
    I shot through the door to the amusement of the people working there (lets put it this way.. i was probably their only customer who cared.. england wasnt on cherry buzz) and purchased with the grocery money.. ((a girl must do what a girl must do))
    Coc Lipglass
    Cherry Blossom Lipglass
    Ripe and ready Lipglass
    Kirsch Lipstick
    Russian Red Lipstick
    Lightly ripe Lipstick
    Spiced Choc 4

    And then my poor boy had to go get me another coc lipglass incase it ran out. 😀

  20. Eru says:

    Hey Karen!
    Get well soon, girl! You should ask El Hub to give you a really nice and relaxing massage plus some hot chocolate. 😀 Gossip magazines and a nice mani/pedi work wonders as well.

    Erus last blog post..Lips for the daring~~

  21. Karen says:

    Hi Gio,

    Thanks hon! I am feeling so much better today. I hope you’re having a good day!

  22. Karen says:

    Hi Jaimie,


  23. Karen says:

    Hi Vandana,

    For undereye circles I am now using Stila Perfecting Concealer in Shade F, but I have other standby favorites too. The common thread between all of these is that they are all liquid concealers — I don’t really like cream kind in a pan for the under eye area.

    Here are the reviews:

    Dior Moisturizing concealer — I use this during the winter when my skin is lighter.
    MAC Select Moisturecover — This is thinner than Stila, but still works great
    Biotherm Forget It concealer — It’s getting hard to find this one since Macy’s no longer carries the line. It’s highly pigmented like Stila’s, but it’s thinner.

    Regarding the Mineralize MAC makeup, are you referring to the eye shadows, blushes or the powders?

  24. Karen says:

    Hi Lehea,

    Thanks girl! 🙂

  25. Karen says:

    Hi Dao,

    You did! I swear that woman’s skin was flawless. I kept trying not to stare at her but I couldn’t help myself!

  26. Karen says:

    Hi Marisol,

    I haven’t! They kinda scare me. Have you tried it yet?

  27. Karen says:

    Hi Indian Girl,

    Thanks, hon! I’m feeling good today, and hopefully will be 100% soon. I hope you are having a great week so far. I’m sooo ready for Friday!

  28. Karen says:

    Hi Brittany,

    It’s really warm and sunny here, too! It’s just wrong to have the sniffles when the weather is perfect for playing hooky. 🙂

    I hope you’re feeling better… take care of yourself!

  29. Karen says:

    Hi Emme,

    Thank you! 🙂 Today I’m definitely feeling more like my regular self.

    Johnny *works* that liner, doesn’t he?

  30. Karen says:

    Hi Lilan,

    I hope you’re feeling better and that you’re not catching a cold! Hope you’re having a good day!

  31. Karen says:

    Hi Lindsay,

    My taste buds are slowly coming back! I am looking forward to tasting food again, LOL.

    Heya, gotta love the POG! 🙂 I wish I could get it here (sigh).

  32. Karen says:

    Hi Violet,

    Thank you, girlie. 🙂 I’m feeling good today…

    Guava juice tastes sooo good, especially when you have it with ice! I haven’t been to Kauai in a few years, but when I go back it sounds like I’ll have to go to the Guava Kai Plantation.

  33. Karen says:

    Hi Tali,

    Oh yay! Have you played with your haul? That’s so cute that your sweetie picked up a Lipglass for you, awww!

    My new favorite combo is Lightly Ripe with Ripe and Ready.

    Thanks for the well wishes, too. I am feeling much better today.

  34. Karen says:

    Hi Eru,

    That sounds good. I’ll ask him to get me an Us Weekly (a gossip mag here in the U.S.) and perhaps a nice frosty drink (it’s very hot!).

    How’s your week been?

  35. Missy says:

    You look amazing in the photo with Dita!!! You are definitely holding it down with your look. I saw Dita on Chelsea Lately talking about her work with MAC.

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