Believe in the Magic of Unicorns, Makeup and a Cute-as-all-Heck Clutch Purse: The Paul & Joe Make Up Collection 2012 Holiday Kit

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Paul & Joe Holiday 2012

Deep thoughts on unicorns and the new Paul & Joe Make Up Collection 2012 Holiday Kit…


Question: why are unicorns called unicorns when they’re rarely seen around, or eating, corn? Wouldn’t “uni-horns” make more sense? Granted, it doesn’t sound as pretty, but it would be more accurate, don’t you think?

Question: if one were to spend a lot of time hanging out with unicorns, how often would accidental horn injuries occur? The phrase, “you could put an eye out,” seems particularly apt.

Question: what magic did Paul & Joe employ to make one of my favorite mythical beasts, one that I’ve loved since the age of 6 (You should’ve seen my unicorn sticker collection! It was epic!! The stuff of little girl dreams!), seem even cuter and cooler in their new limited edition $60 three-piece set?

Paul & Joe Holiday 2012 unicorn clutch purse

As an accessories ho a purse enthusiast, I can’t decide what I like more about this set, one of three prancing onto shelves for the holidays — the sweet satin purse with its golden detailing and purple inner liner, the makeup that comes with it or the unicorn with purple flowers weaved into its mane.

It’s like a treasure you’d find on a dusty shelf in a vintage store behind a row of empty perfume bottles and silver combs (I love finding things like that). 🙂

The clutch also comes with a couple pieces of pretty great cosmetics, like a shimmery, peachy pink blush with tiny flecks of gold and silver glitter (NOTE: the snowflake pattern is just an overspray that disappears after the first use).

Healthy, glowing skin a la Charlize Theron can be found here.

Paul & Joe Creamy Cheek Powder in 002 on the left and Face Powder in 001 on the right

Paul & Joe Creamy Cheek Powder in 002 on the left and Face Powder in 001 on the right

Paul & Joe Face Powder in 001

Paul & Joe Face Powder in 001

Paul & Joe Creamy Cheek Powder in 002
Paul & Joe Creamy Cheek Powder 002

Paul & Joe Creamy Cheek Powder in 002

paul & joe holiday 2012 swatches

Swatches of Creamy Cheek Powder 002 on the left and Face Powder 001 on the right

paul & joe holiday 2012

Paul & Joe also included a jar of nearly weightless matte translucent face powder, which I like to use to set my under-eye concealer.

I’m tempted to just display the jar on my bathroom shelf, where I can see the unicorn on the cap every single day…

What a sweet set! It’s small, but the purse is just too cute, and the makeup should work well on most skin tones.

I can see this being a very special gift for a teenager, or otherwise young-at-heart individual who still believes in magic. 🙂

PRICE: $60
AVAILABILITY: Coming soon to Paul & Joe counters and

Pumpkin madness!

Sooo, I went to Trader Joe’s yesterday to pick up a few groceries, and hello! — it was pumpkin madness up in there. The pumpkin-flavored products are out in force.


I had their delicious pumpkin soup for dinner last night and would have gobbled down every last drop had I not dropped the stupid TV remote control into my bowl (a classic Karen move).

The soup, though, was great. Kinda savory and sweet. I bet it would be NOM with a grilled cheese sandwich, and speaking of that…my tummy’s rumbling!

What’s for din-din? 🙂

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  1. Brenda says:

    you look amazing!!!!!

  2. Heidi says:

    I just had that soup last night! I had some leftover cornbread that I turned into croutons and they were yummy in the soup.

    Tonight I was out running errands late so I stopped into my favorite local diner and had some seafood pasta.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Heidi,

      That’s a genius idea. Sometimes I get the cornbread at Whole Foods and just can’t finish it all…how do you turn it into croutons?

      • Heidi says:

        It’s so easy. It works best when the cornbread’s a little stale. Cut it into cubes, toss with olive oil, salt and pepper and whatever seasoning floats your boat (I used some thyme and sage to go well with the pumpkin soup), and then bake in the oven on a cookie sheet for about 10 minutes or until it’s golden and crispy. Anywhere around 375 or 400 degrees is fine. Toss them around once or twice while they’re baking.

  3. Chelsea says:

    OMG! This set is beyond adorable! I’ve never used anything Paul & Joe, but UNICORNS. I love the lid on the powder jar.

    I might have to put together some gluten-free pumpkin muffins or something. And I’ll definitely have to stop by TJ’s and get pumpkin butter – my mom LOVES it, and they don’t have a TJ’s anywhere near my hometown!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Chelsea,

      They ALWAYS get me with their packaging. 🙂 It’s like they know cat ladies (and unicorn enthusiasts) inside and out.

      Random Trader Joe’s moment: if your mom likes gingersnaps, they have a really good cookie called Triple Ginger. It’s so good!

  4. Hellooo, sequins! For a second there, I was expecting a Sephora + Cinderella post… but then my reading skills kicked in and my brain picked up the ball 😛

    Hope pumpkin season keeps going this well for you ;o) We get started early up here in Canada (the pies have to start coming out for our just-passed Thanksgiving), but I think you guys still win out in the end — our green grocery stores aren’t nearly as tasty as Trader Joe’s!

  5. Anna says:

    Umm hello gorgeous! How stunning are you! =D

  6. Agata says:

    You look stunning Karen. What nail polish are you wearing?

  7. Let says:

    Cute collection! Paul&Joe always makes the most adorable stuff.

    Speaking of pumpkin and TJ, you should try their Pumpkin Greek Yogurt. It tastes really good (and this is coming from someone who doesn’t really eat Greek yogurt) 😀

  8. peach_ says:

    That sequin dress is amazing! You look lovely, Karen.

    Funny, I just bought pumpkin soup in a carton the other day, too, but not from Trader Joe’s since we don’t have it on this side of the world. So yummy!
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  9. Good lord woman you are positively GLOWING in that picture! Is it the powder? Because if it is, I need me some of that ASAP! Oh and PS: love the muted color of that blush!
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  10. Jen says:

    These are too pretty. I’d never want to use that blush, damn.
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  11. GOD I would have DIED to get that Unicorn purse when I was 15!
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  12. Marina says:

    You look fantastic, almost like a fairy 😉 Also love the collection.
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  13. Nina says:

    Din din was a fish sandwich made at home. 🙂

    My current obsession is Pumpkin Spice Waffles. LOVE.

  14. YadiQ says:

    OMG KAREN UNICORNS!!! i just died a little !need in my life – NOW!!

    now when will we have a pegasus inspired makeup collection???

  15. Karen says:

    I want to see your whole outfit!!

  16. Ester says:

    Wow….you are really glowing! Look so princess like!

  17. kate says:

    can you tell me what makeup your wearing? you look stunning, your face is glowing!

  18. Christina says:

    Karen, this collection looks amazing! I am itching to find some nice new holiday products. I’ve been on this organizing high and am planning on getting some mini drawers for my makeup. I recently got an earring organizer and it’s AMAZING.

    Also, I totally went pumpkin crazy at Trader Joe’s too!! I got the Pumpkin Spice coffee, Pumpkin and Chocolate mousse cake, Pumpkin macarons, and Pumpkin Ale (I was curious!) The person at the register was amused 😛

  19. Katrina says:

    I love the pumpkin madness! I bought the bread mix too. It lasted all of two days because it was so delicious!

  20. Marilyn says:

    I love that bag! I wish it was available without what is inside. It’s so cute!

    I also must know, what are you wearing on your nails? I love the purple!

    Have you ever read the Last Unicorn? It’s one of my favorite books (and movies)! The Butterfly defines them as such: “Unicorn. Old French, “unicorne”. Latin, “unicornis”. Literally, one horned: “unus”, one, and “cornu”, a horn. A fabulous animal resembling a horse with one horn. Visible only to those who search and trust, and generally mistaken for a white mare. Unicorn.” Man, now I want to re-read it!

  21. Marilyn says:

    PS: I love your new layout! It’s so interactive and beautiful!

  22. Lorraine says:

    OMG. I still love unicorns! Too bad I don’t know of any Paul and Joe counters here in Canada. 🙁

  23. Mahnaz says:

    Hi Karen! I love your look! Where did you get those gorgeous earrings from?? Thanks so much!

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