The Best in Beauty From the Boot: The GIVEAWAY Edition! ($148 Value)

Published in: Giveaways, Guest Post, Just For Fun

Italian Makeup Giveaway

Who’s ready to win some Italian makeup?

Good luck!If you thought that Italians were only good at making cars that cost more than houses, drool-inducing food, shoes, colosseums, towers, and thousand-year-old churches…

Well, I hope my Best in Beauty From the Boot series here on Makeup and Beauty Blog during Karen’s maternity leave showed you that we may also know a thing or two about makeup.

It’s forming neat and tidy queues (there are literally no queues in Italy; just messy groups of people ruled by “survival of the fittest,” LOL), yielding the right-of-way to vehicles or pedestrians, and parking within the lines that we struggle with, and I guess you can blame that on our national artistic soul. I mean, artists do have a reputation for not conforming to rules, right? No one’s perfect. 🙂

But let’s focus on the good things that my country has to offer (always focus on the good!).

You know, I was taught to share the best things in life with friends and family, and I wish I could share some of the things that Italy is known for with you, like homemade lasagna, Valentino pumps, shiny Lamborghinis, or magnificent colosseums…but for shipping and budgetary reasons, it looks like I’m not going to be able to do that.

SORRAY!

How about a whole lot of UH-MAZING Italian makeup instead?!

IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME!

I’ve partnered with Karen to give away this handpicked prize package of some of my favorite Italian makeup (a $148/€134 value) to one lucky reader. I really think you’ll love these products.

PRIZE

Italian Makeup Giveaway

Ready to be shipped out to one lucky reader!

I’ve talked about most of these items in my Best in Beauty From the Boot series over the past few months since Connor Claire was born.

Here’s everything you’ll get in the prize:

  1. NABLA Eyeshadow Pan in Caramel
  2. NABLA Eyeshadow Pan in Rust
  3. NABLA Eyeshadow Pan in Desire
  4. NABLA Eyeshadow Pan in Sandy
  5. NABLA Eyeshadow Pan in Glitz
  6. NABLA Eyeshadow Pan in Water Dream
  7. NABLA Liberty Magnetic Palette
  8. NABLA Diva Crime Lipstick in Alter Ego
  9. NEVE Cosmetics Blush Garden in Tuesday Rose
  10. Collistar TWIST Ultra-Shiny Eyeshadow in 106 Bronze
  11. MADINA Exact Color Lipstick
  12. MADINA Prisma Blush in 03
  13. MADINA Prisma Allover Highlighter in 01
  14. Deborah 24ORE Color Mat Eyeliner in 10 Bamboo
  15. PUPA I’M Lipstick in 301 Poppy
  16. WYCON Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick in 20 Sweet Strawberry

Italian Makeup Giveaway

If you’d like to sample some of the best makeup that Italy has to offer, enter this Instagram giveaway now!

TO ENTER

  1. Follow me, @carol_in_a_page, on Instagram
  2. Post a picture of one of your favorite pieces of makeup in the whole, wide universe, and include #winbeautyfromtheboot
  3. When you’re done, come back here and leave a comment on this blog post to let me know. The deadline to enter is midnight (PST) on Sunday, July 31st.

The giveaway is open to readers worldwide, but the prize will ship from me here in Italy, so if you win and you live outside the EU, you’ll be responsible for paying taxes and duties when the prize arrives.

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 432

Published in: Just For Fun

I say yum to dim sum!

I say yum to dim sum!

You might be wondering, “So what in tarnation is this Monday Poll thing anyway!?”

Well, it isn’t exactly a poll. It’s more of a constantly evolving (devolving?), somewhat random list of questions I’ve been putting out to readers every Monday morning for the past NINE (!) years. (It’s like a kickstart for your brain.) I’ve always enjoyed reading your answers in the comments, and I hope you enjoy reading mine.

  1. What did you have for lunch yesterday?
    Dim sum! I haven’t had it in a long time, but my friend Cindy suggested it, so we went to this place in the city yesterday for lunch.

    If you haven’t had dim sum before, it’s kind of like tapas, but Chinese style, and they bring them to your table on little carts. There are lots of savory dishes, like different kinds of dumplings — little bite-sized things like potstickers with different wrappings and meats and vegetables and spices inside — and also some sweet treats, too, like fried, sugary dough balls. Yum.

  2. Do you understand this whole Pokémon GO phenomenon?
    So, Pokémon is yellow, right? That yellow, cheeky-looking animated… What is he? Or she? Is she a cat? Or a squirrel? I have no idea…
  3. Which way do you part your hair?
    On the right so that my side-swept bangs swoop to the left, but I think I might be doing it wrong, because I’ve been falling asleep lately with wet hair, and when I wake up, my hair is sort of parting itself the opposite way.
  4. Have you ever attended Comic-Con?
    No, but I’ve wanted to for years. I actually got tickets to San Diego Comic-Con in 2008, I think it was, but something came up. I don’t even remember what it was now, but I ended up not being able to go.

    One of these days…

  5. Pigtails on adults: a do or a don’t?
    Ooh! I think they’re really cute, but they have to be low pigtails… When they’re too high, I think they look too Baby Spice (for me).
  6. When there’s something strange in the neighborhood, who you gonna call?
    Um…the Ghostbusters? Really, though, if there was a ghost in my house, I’d call a realtor (and a priest).

    Yeah, I saw Exorcist. I know where this is headed. I’m NOT messing around.

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Your turn. 🙂 Just copy and paste the following questions into a comment with your answers. I look forward to reading ’em!

1. What did you have for lunch yesterday?
2. Do you understand this whole Pokémon GO phenomenon?
3. Which way do you part your hair?
4. Have you ever attended Comic-Con?
5. Pigtails on adults: a do or a don’t?
6. When there’s something strange in the neighborhood, who you gonna call?

Good morning and happy Monday! I’m a sleepy girl today, friend… I didn’t get any sleep last night. I just couldn’t turn off my brain. Does that ever happen to you?

What do you have going on this week?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 406

Published in: Just For Fun, Tabs

My best feline friend circa 2008

My best feline friend, circa 2007-2008

We really don’t know how old Tabs is.

Our best guess is that he’s about 11, or 10.

Our vet thinks that’s about right, but we don’t really know. He looked like he was near the end of his kittenhood when he first came into our life as a stray, and that was around 2007.

He was a kitty model right from the start, as you can tell. He took to the camera right away.

2008

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He also lavished me with lurvies from the start. He’s always loved hanging out.

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The Day in Beauty Vol. 22: A Sofa Search and a Meeting With Prince Char-Mint

Published in: Just For Fun, Nails, Sally Hansen

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Good morning, gorgeous! Happy Saturday to ya. I hope you woke up with a big smile on your face.

I’m smiling at the moment because I’m looking at freshly painted nails.

YEAH!

I just did my paws with Sally Hansen’s Miracle gel in Prince Char-mint because, obviously, I needed another mint polish in my life. LOL! I’m all about those mint shades.

Prince Char-mint is from the seven-piece Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Summer 2016 collection. There are some pinks in the collection, a peach, a couple of reds, and this bright and cheerful creamy mint, which I’m all about.

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I talk about the Sally Hansen Miracle Gels all the time (sorry) because you know I love them. They’re a fantastically good deal for $10 each, so if you’re ever, like, just kickin’ it at the drugstore, looking at candy, emergency ice cream or greeting cards, and you decide that you want to treat yourself to something in the beauty aisle, but you don’t want to spend all of your lunch money on a single nail polish, they’re great. They dry quick, too (about 10 minutes), and last about a week before chips (which is good for me).

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A Bangin’ Good Time With the Bright Lipsticks in MAC Bangin’ Brilliant

Published in: Collections, Lips, MAC Makeup

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The new MAC Bangin’ Brilliant Lipstick in Dreampot ($17)

I can’t remember — is wearing blue lipstick and blue eyeliner at the same time a do or a don’t?

Ah, the age-old question… LOL!

I don’t think there are any hard and fast, absolutely unbreakable makeup rules, so I’m gonna say “yes.” Blue eyeliner with blue lipstick is a total do.

I contemplated this conundrum the other day when I was wearing some teal winged liner (just for the heck of it) and decided to also try on a few of the lipsticks in the new MAC Bangin’ Brilliant collection.

You know that cray-cray lip colors are having a moment when you can visit a small mall and bump into a girl wearing a baby pink polo shirt and green lipstick (true story!), and the MAC Bangin’ Brilliants fit right in with that out-of-the box color movement happening right now.

The 29 new lipstick shades ($17 each) were recently added to the MAC permanent line, along with the Bangin’ Brilliant shadows and blushes.

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With these colors, “basic” is about a million light years away. Of course there are bright pinks, oranges and reds, but there also blues, purples, a neon green, a midnight black, a stark white… Seriously, there’s some crazy sh*t up in the mix.

I don’t feel completely comfortable in some of them, to be honest, but if you have that runway stomp-walk kind of swag, they could look super cool.

I dunno… One of these days, I might get the urge to wear a light purple to Costco to buy kitty litter and a jumbo pack of hot dogs.

You never know. Life is short. Might as well.

Matte fuchsia pink Breathing Fire and matte bright red Mangrove are my favorites of the shades I’ve tried so far.

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Breathing Fire

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