43 Things I’m Thankful For – The Makeup Edition, 2007

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Have you heard of 43 Things? It’s a Web site where people make lists of 43 goals they want to achieve — learning French, building a better mouse trap, reading War and Peace, etc. It’s pretty fun to read the different hopes and dreams that people have.

I’ve been in a contemplative mood all weekend. When I haven’t been stuffing myself beyond maximum capacity, I’ve been thinking about all of the things I’m thankful for.


So, what happens when you think about what you’re thankful for while staring at your makeup for too long? Well, the Makeup and Beauty Blog version of 43 Things, of course.

Here’s my list of 43 makeup and beauty things I’m thankful for this year!

43 Things I’m Thankful For – The Makeup Edition

1. The magical power of the MAC 266.
2. Chanel Glossimer lip gloss is almost too sexy for this blog.
3. MAC Mineralize Eye Shadows, aka my newest obsession.
4. Celebrity Perfumes that surprised me: Covet, CAN CAN and Midnight Fantasy.
5. The perfect red lipstick: MAC Dubonnet.
6. Eyeliner for dummies #1: MAC Fluidline.
7. Eyeliner for dummies #2: MAC Technakohl.
8. Eyeliner for dummies #3: Rimmel Jungle Green.
9. The Barbie Loves MAC limited edition collection: WOOT!
10. Foot Petals save my feet from getting TOW UP.
11-14. Finding products that finally helped cure my adult acne: Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser, Clinique Mild Clarifying lotion, DDF Benzoyl Peroxide Gel, and Clinique Moisture On-Line moisturizer.
15. Meeting makeup artist Billy B. was inspiring and fun.
16. MAC Soba never lets me down.
17. Kick-arse pedicures from San Francisco’s Bliss Spa rock my world.
18. Shiseido Face & Body Sunscreen, the only sunscreen that doesn’t leave my neck feeling sticky and gross.
19. Micellar cleansers: feeding my inner lazy beast since October 2007!
20. The Clinique Pink Truffle Quad was love at first sight.
21. MAC Smoke Signals Collection is my favorite MAC collection this year (so far!).
22. Wet Ones Wipes make cleaning my makeup brushes easy.
23. MAC Pink Treat Cremestick Lip Liner doesn’t dry out my lips and goes with everything!
24. Trips to the MAC Pro Store are fun.
25. You never know what you’re gonna get when you’re in the mood for makeup experiments.
26. MAC Viva Glam
27. MAC Lychee Lux Lipglass
28. San Francisco Fashion Week
29. Seche Vite Top Coat RULES.
30. MAC Plushlash makes my lash life so easy.
31. My Chanel obsession started with a lil’ thing called the Garden Party Quad.
32-35. I’d look like a zombie if it weren’t for Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder, MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer, Biotherm Forget It! concealer and Make Up For Ever Lift concealer.
36. I can’t live without Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer.
37. There’s only one word to describe Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream — HALLELUJAH!
38. Just say no to living a life of mustache hell on earth with Sally Hansen Hair Remover Wax Strip Kit.
39. Alberto VO5 Tea Therapy Clarifying Conditioner in Vanilla Mint Tea saves my hair from dry destruction.
40. Because nobody wants Austin Powers teeth —Crest Vivid White Toothpaste.
41. I always have a few DHC Olive Virgin Oil Swabs in my purse.
42. One of my favorite drugstore mascaras: L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black!

And last, but certainly not least …

43. Almay Moisturizing Eye Makeup Remover Pads because what goes on must come off.

What makeup products are you thankful for?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Your weekend isn’t over quite yet! Here are the best posts of the week from the lovely ladies of The Beauty Blog Network!

I know you didn’t miss the Makeup and Beauty Blog interviews Paris Hilton !

Bionic Beauty shares her mineral makeup look of the day: “Rockin’ the Glow”.

Lipsticks are Like Men: Makeup Moxie Reviews Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick.

Beauty and Fashion Tech has a list of makeup palettes that are perfect for holiday gifts.

The Muse shares her collection and reviews of Be Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful Perfumes.

Savvy Skin covets all of Oprah’s Favorite Things 2007

Temptalia reviews MAC’s Metal-X Collection with swatches!

Elke reviews the ColorPro stick on eye shadow stencils, with somewhat iffy results.

Stylish Opinion finds a new ‘green’ beauty skincare line, “Green By Nature”.


The Beauty Blog Network welcomes newest member Scandalous Beauty to it’s team.

Beauty Banter muses about the hot new trend: Cat Eyes… Who is wearing it and how you can achieve the look too!

15 Minute Beauty Fanatic checks out Prescriptive’s Holiday 2007 Sets

A Touch of Blusher can’t live without this hand cream!

Beauty and Personality Grooming – Herbal after shampoo hair rinses


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  1. nilla cookie says:

    Love your list, Karen! And I’m thankful that you shared it with us! Especially the Wet Ones Wipes tip!

    I’m also thankful for Chanel Glossimers (who isn’t thankful for this?!) and Hydramax moisturizer, Philosophy’s Microdelivery Peel, Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliners, and Vera Wang Parfum. 🙂

  2. Karen says:

    Hey Nilla,

    The Wet Ones Wipes really make brush cleaning so much easier. I like to clean my brushes when I’m watching TV at night, ha!

    Oh, I like Vera Wang perfume, too. Sheer Veil is my fave. 🙂

  3. OMG, I totally love 43 Things. I’ve been on there for about a year and it has been really instrumental in helping me achieve some goals. It’s fab!

    I too am grateful for MAC Pro. It’s like heaven.

  4. Karen says:

    Hey Divine Blackness,

    Congrats on achieving your goals. It really does help to see it them in print!

    Mac Pro is amazing. I think I’m going to pop by my local Pro and free-standing stores this Friday. Stylistics is gonna be out, and I don’t know if I’ll be able to resist!

  5. TUPRNUT says:


    Thanks so much for sharing the list! I’m new to your blog & it was so nice to see many of your favs all packed into one list.

    I went to the MAC counter yesterday to pick up a few things I’ve run out of… it took all of my self-control to not buy many of your favs.

    Oh, one product I’m thankful for: the complete Dr. Wexler Acnostat line. It’s saving my skin!

  6. Christine says:

    Wow, what a list. I don’t think I could come up with 43 product smyself!

  7. Karen says:

    Girlfriend, I know you could work the MAC list, for sure.

    Good luck on all of your finals! 🙂

  8. Karen says:


    I gotta go to the MAC counter soon to buy some more concealer and a few Technakohls. I have to say, if I were to triage all my MAC faves then I’d suggest not passing up Lychee Luxe, Soba and the Technakohl liners.

    I’ve heard good things about the Dr. Wexler line. I watched a segment on it on QVC (confession time! I like watching those beauty segments on QVC!) and some of her products seem pretty cool.

  9. Megan says:

    I have to say I’m thankful for your blog…because I have learned some new tips and products that make my life easier. DEFINITELY in love with the wet ones. I also picked up the Clinique pink truffle quad which rocks my world. I used the Neutrogena body wash after a hair product broke out my neck. I have also dabbled with some Max factor 2000 calorie…and have started to possibly accept that I don’t have to be addicted to Diorshow. I’m also thankful for Clinique Moisture Surge Extra, Tarte Cheek stain (I don’t remember my color…), Fragrances – Versace Crystal Noir and Ferragamo Incanto dream, My hairdresser Laura who I cannot live without, and the general existence of eyeliner and Mascara which I think are the beauty products I am most addicted to. 🙂

  10. TUPRNUT says:

    “I gotta go to the MAC counter soon”… I think I say this at least once a week. I just get a look from my hubby. My makeup cabinet is overflowing, but I still have a need for a fix.

    I looked up the products you mentioned… may need to get to Macy’s soon to look at Lychee Luxe & Soba… they look beautiful. Yeah, I’m a Technakohl liner junkie. I’ve tried so many other brands and have finally found one worth commiting to.

    I have to say how glad I am to have found your blog. It’s so nice to get feedback on products before I go out and spend a chunk of change on something I’m going to regret. Thanks for what you do. Keep on keeping on!!

  11. 1. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural
    2. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (Blushes, bronzers, highlightters)
    3. MAC Liquidlast Liners….esp, Aqualine LLL, where the hell have they been all my life
    4. MAC Prep + Prime Skin SPF 50 my skin loves me for this
    5. Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Pencils love love the colors
    6. MAC Mineralize Eyeshadows love love love love these tooo Karen
    7. MAC Tinted Lipglasses my obsession started with these:)
    8. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks
    9. MAC Hyper Real
    10.MAC Studio Fix Fluid
    11.MAC Fluidlines Blacktrack stays on my waterline the whole day, through watery eyes, allergies, everything
    12.Milani Eyeshadows they’re cheap and they come in such pretty colors.
    13.MAC Studio Finish Concealer covers up the occasional pimples that pop up:P
    14.Benefit Boi-ing my favorite under-eye concealer
    15.Loreal Bare Naturale Concealer new-found love, over MAC Studio Finish Concealer and Benefit Boi-ing, it works wonders
    16.Make-up blogs like yours need i say more?
    18.Maybelline Intense XXL Mascara makes me look like I have false eyelashes
    19.Maybelline XXL Curl Mascara I dont need to curl my lashes, gives me voluminous, gorgeous lashes
    my shadow is ironed on to my lids
    21.Revlon Eyeglides they make great bases for e/s
    22.MAC Shadesticks, Paint pots love love love them as bases
    23.Chanel Glossimers i love love love them
    24.MAC Metal X Eyeshadows excellent bases, and they r so glittery
    25.MAC Holiday, need i say more?!
    26.MAC Couture, and MAC Stylistics I’m a sucker for gorgeous packaging
    27.Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler never turned to another curler
    28.MAC Blushcremes gives me dewy gorgeous cheeks, great bases for powder blush
    29.MAC Shooting Star MSF contouring queen
    30.NARS Orgasm hands down the best blush ever
    31.NARS Orgasm The Mulitple My favorite blush is now a multiple
    32.NARS Turkish Delight the perfect lipgloss with smokey eyes
    33.NARS Lipglosses gorgeous colors, longlasting greatness
    34.NARS Multiples perfect when I need to slather blush, I dont even need a brush to do so
    35.Chanel Eye Kohl New love, easy when Im in a hurry
    36.MAC Glitter Liners Makes anything sparkly, and purdy
    37.Dior Diorshow Mascara Mascara love, this and Maybelline Intense XXL gives me gorgeous lashes
    38.Lancome Juicy Tubes love love these
    39.MAC Pigments I love these, super sparkly, super gorgeous
    40.YSL Palettes they are so gorgeous, I just want to admire their beauty, not use them:p
    41.MAC Kohl Power Eye Pencil they have glittery finishes, love them
    42.MAC #7 Lashes they look natural and gorgeous, and give my lashes the oomph factor
    43.MAC Viva Glam 1 the perfect red on me

  12. Wow, haha that was a long post, I hope u enjoy reading it Karen

  13. oops I missed number 17,

    Vaseline i put it all around my eyes at night, my eyelashes,
    under-eye area, and eyelids, feel soft and moisturized

    I added u to my blog roll!!!:)

  14. Karen says:

    I Love MAC, I have only one word to say about your fantabulous list and that’s WOW!


    I bet your makeup collection is AMAZING!

    Have a good week, girl!

  15. Karen says:

    Hey Megan,

    I am glad that you dig the blog and that it helps you! Hearing that it helps other folks always makes my day. (So sorry about your neck break out! It’s alarming, I know!)

    And ha, I agree – thank ye gods for mascara and eyeliner. I’d be screwed without ’em!

  16. Karen says:

    Hi Tuprnut,

    I’m glad you enjoy the blog! (And that I can enable your MAC addiction, ha!)

    Seriously, pick up a pan of Soba. You can use it for so many things – an easy, day time eye (I use it in the crease with Shroom all over the lid), a smokey eye, or even on it’s own if you are in a hurry and just need a little something.

    I want EVERY Technakohl color!

  17. Awww thank u girl, I swear my make-up is exploding outta those huge Sterilite Drawers too now, it’s insanity!!!!

  18. Karen says:

    Oh my, I love MAC. How many drawers do you have? I have three Sterilite Drawers so far. I have a coupon for JoAnne’s art store so I think I’m going to go in and get a few more.

    I looked at drawers and hutches this weekend cause it’s a little out of control, LOL!

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