Leave a Comment for a Chance to Win a $50 Sephora E-GIFT CARD! (Ends Monday)

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Win a $50 Sephora e-gift card

OK, best Thanksgiving dish this year — what was it? I’m gonna have to go with the turkey, even though I’m usually all about the sides, which were also delish, but this year the turkey was fab. (Props to the Nugget market in Novato! You guys are rad!).

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I really needed not having to hit the road and being able to just spend time (eating) and relaxing here at home.

My brother made it up from the city and spent the night, which was nice. My parents and El Hub’s were out of town, so it was just us kids, and we don’t get to see each other that often. You know how it is… Everyone’s so busy doing their own thing.

We didn’t do much, really, other than eat. A TON. :) We did make it to a late afternoon movie after all of us awoke from our food comas. We went to see Creed, the new Rocky boxing one with Michael B. Jordan?

We joked about going to see a boxing movie on Thanksgiving, but it was great. I’m really starting to appreciate the athleticism and skill involved in boxing.

The movie wasn’t cheesy at all like the zillion Rocky sequels that came out in the ’80s and ’90s (remember the one with Mr. T?), but it still ties into the legacy. Apollo Creed was Rocky’s adversary/friend in the original movies, and Michael B. Jordan plays his son. The Rocky character is his boxing trainer…and there’s a lot more stuff that goes on. Highly recommended, especially if you liked Rocky.

I didn’t really do any fun Black Friday shopping. The only thing I got was a daybed for when family visits after Baby Girl is born. I found one on sale at Sears. So, yup… Gotta be all practical and sh*t now. LOL!

OK, time to enter the giveaway…


  • One (1) Sephora eGift card containing $50 sent to the winner by email (international readers, you may opt to receive $50 sent by PayPal instead).



  • Enter by leaving a comment below.
  • Open to U.S. and international readers.
  • You must be 18 or older to enter (or otherwise an adult based on your local laws).
  • Your comment can be about anything at all, but here are some ideas if you’re stuck:
    • Did you jump on any of the Black Friday sales?
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  • The giveaway ends on Monday, November 30, 2015 at 11:59 PM (Pacific Time). :)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Happy Thanksgiving

Published in: Just For Fun


Happy Thanksgiving, my sweet friend, and thank you very much.

I don’t tell you that often enough — how grateful I am for your friendship and companionship over all these years. Thank you for your funny stories, your baby carrier suggestions (and other baby-related recs and advice), your banana bread recipes (YUM!), your compassion, your cat stories (and your dog and bunny stories, too!), your Trader Joe’s recommendations, your movie recs, your TV recs (OMG, GLENN!), your makeup recs (obvs), your book recs, and the glimpses you’ve given me into your life.

You have literally made my life these past — almost nine years (!) — and I’m eternally grateful for it.

I love you. :) I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday.

Your tabby nephew also sends his regards, BTW. We went out first thing this morning literally BEFORE the crack of dawn, in the dark, at like 6 am, when I could still see my breath in the cold, because Tabs loves skulking around in the dark. And I do too, truthfully. The world is so quiet and peaceful, and it’s a good time to think, ya know? — outside with my cat on his leash… LOL.

We’re all set for our little T-giving feast over here. My brother is supposed to be driving up from the city, and then it’ll just be him, me, El Hub, Tabs and Baby Girl. I picked up a pre-cooked turkey from a deli this year, so we’ll see how that turns out (fingers crossed).

Enjoy the rest of your day, my friend. I’ll talk to you soon.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


The Clinique Holiday 2015 Travel Exclusive Set: Chubby Sticks for Cheeks, Eyes and Lips

Published in: Daily Beauty

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The Clinique Holiday 2015 Travel Exclusive Set: Chubby Sticks for Cheeks, Eyes and Lips

Where the heck are you!?

Um…I mean, are you traveling this weekend? Did you fly anywhere for Thanksgiving, or do you plan to go anywhere for Christmas? Because if you did or do, this new holiday 2015 travel exclusive kit from Clinique has not one, but TWO of my favorite Chubby Sticks for Eyes. It comes with Bountiful Beige and Fuller Fudge. So, to the creator of this fantabulous five-piece set, haaay! — you’re officially awesome. :)

clinique travel exclusive chubby stick cheeks eyes lips

From the left: Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes in Fuller Fudge, Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes in Bountiful Beige, Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in Oversized Orange, Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in Heftiest Hibiscus and Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm in Amp’d Up Apple

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MAC Unsung Heroes: MAC Fleur Power Blush

Published in: Face, MAC Makeup, Makeup, Unsung Heroes

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MAC Fleur Power Blush

The long-running Unsung Heroes series here on Makeup and Beauty Blog features some of my all-time favorite permanent collection products.

‘Tis the season for smoky eyes, fa-la-la-la-laa-la-la-la-laaaa!

But there isn’t just one season for smoky eyes, fa-la-la-la-laa-la-la-la-laaaa!

Every season is a good season for smoky eyes, fa-la-la-la-laa-la-la-la-laaaa!

OK now I’m gonna stop singing this dumb song, fa-la-la-la-laa-la-la-la-laaaa!

Seriously, though, fall and winter are the BEST seasons for wearing smoky eyes. That’s when they feel extra super duper *right* to me, along with wearing boots and sweaters and chunky knit scarves.

Even just generally, because of the cooler weather and no risk of sweating everything off, this is my favorite time to wear a little more makeup.

Good times, peeps. Good times. :)

And you know what can take your smoky eyes to the next level? — or, at least help you look more awake?

Blush. You gotta get some blush up in there, too.

At least I do; otherwise, I feel like I look asleep, which may be due to the fact that I’m really, really pregnant at the moment, and when it comes to sleep I’m like, “Huh? What’s that?”

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Wearing MAC Fleur Power Blush on my cheeks…and yes, I’m also wearing pajamas

MAC Fleur Power BlushToday, it’s all about MAC Fleur Power Blush ($22), homie. Wear it with smoky eyes — any smoky eyes — and you’ll be set. It’s a mid-temp pink with a kiss of coral, so it goes great with warm- or cool-toned smoky eye looks.

If you love a natural-looking pink cheek flush, like where you look like you just came in from the cold and your cheeks look all cherub-y, Fleur Power kicks butt.

It’s an excellent everyday blush with all-day staying power, and I’d even go so far as to call it universally flattering.

And since it’s part of the MAC permanent line, you can always get your paws on it. No need to worry about it disappearing into limited edition makeup oblivion.

Technically a MAC Satin Blush, Fleur Power looks more like a matte on my cheeks. I hardly see anything satin or shimmery about it, but that also makes it treat my pores and fine lines well.

I usually wear Fleur Power with either brown or gray smoky eyes, by the way, because I like how the pink injects some color into the look without taking over. Then I couple that with either a pale or bright pink lip.

You could also rock it with a brighter eye look, like a purple or blue smoky eye, but in that case, I’d probably go with a nude lip instead of pink, lest you end up with a whole lotta color on your face… Unless that’s what you want, and if you do, hey, that’s cool too.

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MAC Fleur Power Blush swatched on my NC42 skin

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Line! Here Are a Few Eyeko Fall 2015 Liners You Might Want to Try

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Eyeko is one of those brands I think of whenever I picture hip British girls wearing winged liner, ripped jeans, leather jackets and ankle boots with, like, purposefully messy, yet fabulous, hair.

Yeah…I’m nowhere near hip enough to pull off that look, LOL! But that doesn’t stop me from wearing their makeup from time to time. :)


Source: eyeko.com

Here are a few of their things I’ve been wearing lately (all of which are available now at Eyeko counters and online), and some of these are still new-ish for fall…

  • Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner ($18) — New for fall, this stuff is dark, opaque and black — not black with blue or gray undertones, but black, as in black — and it dries to a matte finish.

    The skinny tip is a little on the stiff side, which I don’t usually like, but I don’t mind this one. It works, and I can draw nice, smooth lines with it.

  • Eyeko Me and My Shadow Waterproof Shadow Liners in Quartz and Taupe ($20 each) — I like both of these two new shades SO MUCH MORE than the Charcoal shade I tried last year (which fell out of the tube every time I opened it).

    Both are semi-sheer; shimmery but not too shimmery; easy to blend, whether with the brush on the back end or with fingers; and they fully set in about five minutes.

    Good for the makeup minimalists among us.

  • Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara ($25) — Here’s a good waterproof mascara if you’re on the market. I like the lift, curl hold, length, waterproof-ness (holds up to sweat like a champ) and the deep black color.

    Layers well, too. I believe it’s been in the Eyeko permanent line a while, but it’s still new to me.

  • Eyeko Fat Liquid Liner ($18) — This stuff isn’t my favorite, because every time I take the short, stiff, chubby felt tip to my lash lines, I end up looking like a blindfolded cat did my liner…

    It’s dark and opaque though.

eyeko fall 2015

eyeko fall 2015
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