NEW: Direct Replies in the Blog Comments

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Minor blog remodel

Hi, ladies. There are a couple of small changes on the blog today — just some little things to hopefully make your visits more enjoyable. πŸ™‚


Direct Replies

This one’s long overdue, but now we can respond directly to other readers by clicking the small speech bubble to the right of a comment.
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Shortcuts to Bargains, How To and Popular Posts

The sidebar box has new shortcuts to some of my favorite budget beauty products and how-to posts, which I’ll update often. Just click the tabs marked POPULAR, BARGAINS and HOW TO to peruse.

Hope you’re having a good weekend so far. I’m kinda taking it easy today…

Anyone else see New Moon yet? I’m dying to dish but don’t want to post any spoilers. The comments are fair game, though! πŸ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. tyna says:

    Nice upgrades Karen! I love that people can answer a question or reply directly to someone – sure to be super helpful!
    Hope you are all having a great week-end!
    .-= tyna’s last blog post… Etsy 4 for Friday Γ’β‚¬β€œ Gearing up for the Holidays =-.

  2. jeannie says:

    Way to go for making bargains easier to find! =)

  3. DonnaN says:

    Love the upgrade….did you have to press that “button”??…..LOL!

    Seriously, saw New Moon yesterday…..more “young-ins” than I expected….there were mom’s bringing their 7 & 8 year olds…..REALLY?!?

    Best scene……Bella crashing the bike and Jacob taking of that shirt!…..OMG!!! HOT would not even DESCRIBE it!!

    I’m happily-married and my heart skipped a flutter!!! (And I’m blushin’, just typing about it…….)

    • Karen says:

      Hi DonnaN,

      LOL! I distinctly remember that scene. All the women in the theater let out a collective gasp!

      • DonnaN says:

        My theater too……it was hilarious. I actually was there early, and I think I counted a total of 7 guys in the WHOLE theatre.

        Cannot wait to see ECLIPSE!

        • Karen says:

          Hi DonnaN,

          Too funny! Yeah, I brought poor El Hub against his will.

          What did you think of all the cutoff jean shorts action? I wish they gave the wolves something cooler to wear, like breakaway pants.

          • DonnaN says:

            Yeah, I wasn’t totally lovin’ that fashion statement. Maybe some camo or something?

            The whole Victoria sequence…..eeh….had heard that alot of her filmed stuff was left out, as the actress who played her will be replaced in ECLIPSE by Bryce Dallas Howard (M.Night Sham’s go-to-gal & Ron Howard’s daughter)….

            Also, I couldn’t help but stare at the bad wig used by Nikki Reed this go round….heard she didn’t want to go through the agony of the white dye job again. Shame, cause the wig wasn’t that good…

            Very impressed with the special effects for the “pack”……also the effect on Emily’s face….scary!!

          • Karen says:

            Hi DonnaN,

            Camo would’ve been better… or maybe cargo shorts? Anything but the cutoff jeans!!!

            I was wondering why the heck the director left the Victoria storyline dangling. Weird how they are replacing her in the third movie… I wonder what happened? I bet there’s some drama behind that story!

          • amy says:

            I don’t want to give too much away, but the Victoria story line will be resolved in the 3rd movie. The story behind replacing the original Victoria is that the original actress is filming a movie in Europe at the same production time as Eclipse(3rd movie). Twilight’s product company feels that she is not committed to the Twilight saga, hence hiring her and replacing her, even though the actress claims the schedule would not with Eclipse’s schedule.
            .-= amy’s last blog post… Tarte Treasure Chest Tier 3: Lipglosses, Review and Swatches Part A =-.

  4. Marisol says:

    Great improvements Karen!

    I really liked New Moon. I even got teary eyed during the break up scene. I also liked how they dealt with Bella’s depression with the months going by. And Taylor was a hottie but I am still Team Edward.
    .-= Marisol’s last blog post… Wish they could all be 4 day work weeks =-.

  5. Sonja says:

    Great improvements!!!

    About New Moon, my whole theater laughed like crazy on this movie. I guess that’s a complete opposite from all the screaming but this was amazing! Things ‘ woman, you are not the first one to get dumped’ were heard. Everybody kept talking and commenting out loud every scene (and that’s very unusual here!), and laughing every time Edward came on the screen…The TL scenes were very well received though, πŸ˜‰ I have to say, it was one of the best nights in theaters I’ve had in a while, but then again, I’m really not into the saga.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sonja,

      I cracked up in a few places — 1.) when Dakota Fanning showed up on the screen (her red eyes were just too much) and 2.) when they first showed Edward… in SLOW MO. LOLOL!

      • Sonja says:

        I loved the Dakota moments the best, but the eyes were a wee bit too much.
        But every sentence EC says was just ridiculous to me. If only he could just be silent and look pretty…
        But TL taking his shirt off was such a memorable scene, I remember a girl next to me screaming ‘Rewind, rewind!!’..

        • Karen says:

          A gang of girls behind me did the same thing… and then the girls next to me whipped out their camera phones and started taking pictures of the screen, LOL!

  6. Rae says:

    !!! The site looks amazing, Karen =D I love the new layouts of the “related reading” box and sidebar — it all just looks really great!

    New Moon’s definitely on my list of things to see, but I’m waiting for the craze to die down so I don’t have to deal with noisy tweens throughout the show ^^ I’d like to be able to snicker at the way-too-over-the-top moments in peace πŸ˜›
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… Making shadows POP using milk =-.

  7. Hyzenthlay says:

    Awesome upgrades, Karen! I LOVE the fact that it’s possible to reply to specific messages now . . . very cool!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Hyzenthlay,

      Thanks! I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time… I’m so happy to hear you find it useful.

      BTW, did you pick up anything at the UD Friends and Family sale?

      • Hyzenthlay says:

        I did πŸ™‚ and it was delivered just before he end of the week (and we left to come north for Thanksgiving). I got several of the liquid liners (Roach, Oil Slick, Revolver (which looks like a taupe on me, strangely), and Radium. I am SO much better at putting on the liquid liner now! I like Oil Slick, because it’s a soft black; the Maybelline one I’ve been using is super black and a little harsh on my super pale yellow based skin. I also got 24/7s in Yeyo (which pulls silver on my skin, but only slightly), Underground (GORGEOUS), Baked, Rockstar, and the Covet/glitter liner set. Love love love all of it πŸ™‚

        How about you?

        • Karen says:

          Just a glitter liner or two or five (LOL!).

          OH! So lately I’ve been really loving on the 24/7 in Bourbon. It’s a brown with tiny flecks of gold glitter. Do you have it? It’s so pretty layered beneath so many different shades of shadow.

          • Hyzenthlay says:

            I have a full sized Bourbon, as well as two minis. Totally love that color πŸ™‚ I’ve been using it on the outer portion of my eye with Underground on the inner portion. I also have been loving UDPP in Sin, Bourbon smudged over my lid, and then relined with Bourbon. Sometimes I line a tiny bit of liquid liner into my lashes to make them look thicker. Have you tried doing that with Bourbon?

  8. Kate & Zena says:

    YES!!!! Commenting within the comment! Finally!!!

    Everything is so well organized now. No more clicking the “older post” button five million times. :watching the heavens opening with angel chorus: Yay!!!

    Nope, I still won’t see the movies. I haven’t even seen the first. I’ve seen clips and my appreciation of films-to-movies went down a few notches. There are some stunning adaptions of books turned into films (Chris Weitz’s Golden Compass, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Outsiders, Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle, the Harry Potter series, The Devil Wears Prada, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Holes, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day) and there are some that should have NEVER been made into a movie (The Tale of Desperaux :shudder: and what I’ve seen of Twilight). The books are pretty cheesy but I admit, they’re a guilty pleasure (every one except the last one, I seriously considered burning the last one it was that bad). I’ll keep my mental images of Jacob and the Cullens, thank you.

    How’s Tabs adjusting to the indoor kitty life?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kate & Zena,

      Yay, I know! I feel so high tech, ha ha ha.

      Tabs is okay. He’s been very feisty and VERY interested in the front door.

      How is Zena?

      • Kate & Zena says:

        Zena is….being Zena. In other words, sleeping eighty percent of the day, then being positively psycho by running around the house burning off Terrier energy. She’s been running around with Mr. Chicken and setting him off by dropping him so he goes, “COCKADOODLEDOOOOOOOOOOO! COCKADOODLEDOOOOOOOOOOO! COCKADOODLEDOOOOOOOO!!!” I’m starting to hate that toy. One can only stay sane for so long whilst that thing goes off. She’s been throwing the toy down the stairs too. It’s rather funny watching her fling the toy down the stairs until it goes off. His wing and tail feathers are a bit ruffled (i.e. chewed) and he’s missing an eyeball but Zena is in love with that toy. You can practically see the big pink hearts floating around the toy.

        I’ve also found that trying to type anything coherent while Mr. Chicken goes off is close to impossible. I somehow keep typing the sound of Mr. Chicken. Good thing I’ve got nothing due until December! I’m just being proactive for a change. It’s funny that I only become proactive about my essays when I’ve developed essay-hatred. I cannot wait until holiday vacation. πŸ™‚

        Some people chicken wire an area (like a balcony or the area of a garden) so they’re indoor/outdoor cats can still go outside but can’t escape. I don’t know if you’re condo allows you to chicken wire an entire area, but that’s an idea if you’re allowed it for Tabs. It’s not aesthetically pleasing though.

        • Karen says:

          Isn’t it funny how pets get obsessed with certain toys? Maybe she’ll accidentally break it so it’ll stop making noise (fingers crossed!).

          Yeah, I thought about setting up an enclosure for him. Maybe when the weather gets warmer in the spring I’ll do something like that. πŸ™‚

          • Kate & Zena says:

            Fat chance. That’s her second Mr. Chicken and the other one only got the boot because there was literally nothing left. I think my dad took the sound box to work to annoy his co-workers when he gets bored because it still worked. She rotates toys so she’ll probably bore of it by tomorrow and move onto another toy like her squeaky squirrel. She bores easily.

            It’s funny when she scares my dad awake when she sets it off at night. I’ll be doing my homework, then hear the patented “COCKADOODLEDOOO!!!” three times, and then laugh hysterically as I hear my dad swearing because he forgot to check if the chicken was in the master closet (she hordes her toys in there along with her cage and my room, depending on her mood). We’re talking 1 or 2AM wake-up call. It’s so worth having him cranky the next day for forty minutes of insane laughter because you know that Zena is giving him the “I didn’t do anything. INope, nooooooooot meeeeeeee” look.

  9. Stef says:

    Way to go Karen! Everything looks great.

    Am I the only person in the world who doesn’t care about New Moon?
    .-= Stef’s last blog post… BenefitÒ€ℒs Glam Idol Giveaway! =-.

  10. Kelly says:

    Love the new tweaks Karen!!

    I don’t know why I have no desire to see any of the Twilight movies, though I did watch Twilight on the plane to London. The books I liked, but I just am not fond of the people they picked for the movies, sigh. I’ll take Sookie and Bill any day though! πŸ™‚
    .-= Kelly’s last blog post… China Glaze Out On Safari Swatches =-.

  11. amy says:

    I like the mini makeover, it looks very clean and crisp. The direct reply is definitely a bonus.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… Tarte Treasure Chest Tier 3: Lipglosses, Review and Swatches Part A =-.

  12. Catherine says:

    Love the upgrades! Threaded commenting is definitely the way to go!! I am thinking about giving my blog a revamp soon… but I already have so many projects lined up for winter break LOL.
    .-= Catherine’s last blog post… L’Occitane F&F Haul =-.

  13. keerthamina says:

    great upgrades – direct replies are so helpful!
    .-= keerthamina’s last blog post… top 20! =-.

  14. Ashley says:

    Weee love the little make over/upgrade that you did!
    Did ANYONE else hate how New Moon ended? I wasn’t very fond of the movie/franchise to begin with but… WHAT!? The ending just bugged the heck out of me. Besides all of that, mmm Taylor Lautner πŸ™‚
    .-= Ashley’s last blog post… A November To Remember =-.

  15. resham says:

    perfectly “high tech”////
    Did you do these changes by yourself…can you suggest some tutorials/learning sites…:)
    i just love the slightly changed, upgraded look….
    .-= resham’s last blog post… NARS VELVET MATTE LIP PENCIL (SET 2) =-.

  16. Christy says:

    Love the changes πŸ˜€

    I have yet to finish New Moon, but am almost done. I’ll probably try seeing it sometime this week though.
    .-= Christy’s last blog post… Volturi Twilight Cosmetics Labyrinth Loose Eye Shadow & Enrapture Lip Gloss Review & Swatches =-.

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