Product Reviews, Makeup, Fragrance, Face of the Day (FOTD), Just for Fun – Elizabeth Arden Mediterranean Perfume; Clinique Holiday 2007 Happy & Bright Makeup; Weekly Beauty Roundup; Chanel Holiday 2007 Palettes and Glosses

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More Holiday Wish List 2007 – Elizabeth Arden Mediterranean Perfume



It’s been months since I’ve gone surfing and I miss being in the ocean. Just looking at the blue packaging and bottle for Elizabeth Arden’s Mediterranean perfume makes me feel like I’m in Hawaii, sitting on my board and waiting for the next wave to come and carry me away.

Aside from the beautiful bottle and packaging, the best part about this perfume is that the scent isn’t too heavy or cloying. Mediterranean is described on the Elizabeth Arden Web site as a “radiant woody floral.” Imagine a hybrid between the best parts of Fresh’s Lemon Sugar perfume and Covet.

When I spray it on I get an initial burst that’s lemony and white floral. It then dries down to a light, black tea scent. On me Mediterranean smells gender neutral and not overly feminine or sweet.

If you have a girlfriend, sister or mom who likes perfumes that aren’t too sweet then she’ll love this. It would also be a great gift for a friend who loves beachy scents but doesn’t like strong “tropical” notes like pikake or tuberose.

The 1.7 fl oz bottle you see in the pic above is $47.50, but for the holidays Elizabeth Arden’s got a special set that includes the 1.7 fl oz Eau de Parfum Spray, Body Lotion and a wee Eau de Parfum replica for $52.00. Don’t you love the extra goodies in gifts sets? I sure do.

A Holiday 2007 Face of the Day with Clinique’s “Happy & Bright” Makeup

Here’s a face of the day I did with Clinique’s Holiday 2007 “Happy & Bright” makeup. What do you think?



I used the pink shade farthest on the left all over the lid, then the peach shade to highlight the browbone and inner eye. I put the lighter brown shade in the crease and used the darker brown on the far right to line the top and bottom. Then I finished it off with two coats of BECCA The Ultimate Mascara in Black.


On the cheeks I used the lightest touch of MAC’s Dollymix blush with Clinique Fresh Bloom Allover Colour in Peony layered on top.

I finished the look off with Raspberry Glace Different Lipstick and Camisole Full Potential Lipglass on the lips.


I really love these colors. They are buildable and pretty much mistake proof. My next Clinique Holiday 2007 mission: use the Pink Truffle quad to create a gentle smoky eye!

Weekend Reading Just For You

Your weekend isn’t over yet! Here’s the latest beauty buzz from The Beauty Blog Network.

15 Minute Beauty Fanatic – Christine Explains how Antioxidants Work
A Touch of Blusher – All About Japanese Cosmetics
All Lacquered Up – All Lacquered Up Reviews OPI’s Holiday in Hollywood Dazzling Darks & Neutrals
Beauty and Fashion Tech – Beauty and Fashion Tech Looks at the New MAC Holiday Collection and Provides Swatches
Beauty and Personality Grooming – Homemade rich nail cream
Etailers Mall – The Blog – PlumSmoke
Face Candy – Bridal Beauty
Makeup Moxie’s Beauty Blog – Makeup Moxie Reviews Cover Girl Lashblast Mascara
Musings of a Muse – The Muse’s First Look at the Sephora 2007 Catalog
Mystical Beauty’s Musings – How do you feel about your makeup talking to you?
Savvy Skin – Skimpy Thinning Eyebrows
SugarShock – Fragrance Notes: Factory Girl
Temptalia – MAC Curiositease Review, Swatches, and Photos!
Makeup Loves Me – Refreshing Facial at Fresh

And oooh girl, I know you didn’t miss Makeup and Beauty Blog’s MAC Holiday 2007 Curiositease Lip Sets: What to buy, What to pass up!

A Few More Random Thangs Currently Up in My Grill

Because the world is constantly moving toward randomness…here are few tidbits that have crossed my radar in the last few days.

In definance to all the laws of the universe, somehow Christian Bale came SECOND PLACE to Wentworth Miller in Entertainment Weekly’s Ultimate Hottie Poll, BOO!

That’s okay, I’ll comfort you, Chris


I saw this kid dancing on “The Soup” and I laughed for about 10 minutes straight. I kept rewinding and laughing, rewinding and laughing. He’s my hero.

Not that I need any more TV in my life, but Torchwood on BBC is FANTASTIC. Tivo it, yo!

What’s My Motivation?

Today I was in an infinitely better mood then yesterday because last night I slept twelve hours. No joke. Every moment of sleep was like manna from the heavens. Ahhhh!

In between working it out at the gym and watching the Colts and Patriots game (that Tom Brady is HAWT!) I thought of all the stuff I have to get done this week that I just don’t want to do.


“Hmmm,” I thought, “What’s the ultimate form of motivation? What’s gonna make me want to go the extra mile to get all this craptacular crapola done?”

The answer? C to the H to the A to the N to the E to the L.

The reward for finishing my first project…

And the second…

And the third…

The moral of this story? A little Chanel bribery goes a long, long way.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Christine says:

    Ahaha, I love it. Chanel bribery!

  2. Karen says:

    The cool thing is I think it will actually work! I did a ton of stuff tonight to get to those lipglosses.

  3. Allie says:

    I just laughed out at loud at your Tom Brady picture and the fact that you used the word “crapola”.

  4. nilla cookie says:

    Oh the FOTD is so pretty! The colors just pop subtly and give your face such a glow – like springtime!

    And goodness gracias – Tom Brady, you may be HOT but I still can’t believe that you beat my Colts yesterday – BOO! 😉

    Karen, can’t wait to hear which lip glosses you’re gonna treat yourself from Chanel! I’ve got my eye on Bobbi Brown’s Pink Quartz Collection – Shimmer Brick Compact, here I come!

    Happy Monday!

  5. Glosslizard says:

    Wow, I bet I could get an awful lot accomplished if the reward was one of those mini-glossimer trios! I think you’re on to something!

    The FOTD is beautiful, I’ve been eyeballing that pink truffle quad! What did you think of the fresh bloom? When I tried it in the store the other day, I thought it went on a little harsher than I expected.

  6. Karen says:

    Hi Allie! Ha! Glad I could get you to laugh this Monday. (I just *knew* I couldn’t be the only one who appreciated the word “crapola”) Have a good one!

  7. Karen says:

    I’ve always wanted to try that Shimmer Brick compact. Are you getting just ’cause, or is it a bribery thing for you?

    The funny this is that lipgloss is currently the last thing I need, ha!

  8. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard,

    I was working like a mo’ fo last night – I had the pic of the CHANEL UBER PALETTE in front of me to help in the motivation, and it worked!

    I really like the Fresh Bloom. I could see how it might be a little too much if you pick up too much of the pink part of the flower, however, I used a smaller cheek brush and tried to swirl and equal amount so the effect was a nice, soft glow. It reminds me a lot of my beloved Barbie Beauty Powders.

  9. Glosslizard says:

    Sounds nice! I guess next time I’ll just do it myself instead of letting the SA paint me up! 😉

  10. Karen says:

    You’ll *really* like that quad though! The colors are super pretty.

    BTW, I’m going to the Nordstrom Trend show this weekend! I’m so excited!

  11. nilla cookie says:

    I usually pick things up just because, but I’d rather come up with a good reason for it to make me feel less guilty. How about.. I woke up on time and wasn’t late for my 9am meeting today – I deserve to treat myself with a new Shimmer Brick Compact 😉

  12. nilla cookie says:

    PS – I went to the Nordstrom Trend Show at the downtown SF store a couple of months ago. It was super fun and really crowded! Have a great time, Karen!

  13. Karen says:

    Thanks, girl. I’m looking forward to it. I hope I don’t get too tempted, ha!

  14. I voted for my boyfriend Christian and I can’t believe he lost to sucky Wentworth. A guy named Wentworth, seriously? Blech!

  15. Karen says:

    No kidding! DOUBLE BELCH. He creeps me out.

    xoxox to the nth power to Christian!

  16. Megan says:

    Oh wow…I’m at work and I just busted out laughing at the kid dancing…it just made my day. I bought my mom the Mediterranean perfume for mother’s day and she really likes it too. The FOTD is gorgeous and I am definitely going to have to check out the pink truffle quad. This morning I was hit with a wave of sadness when I realized that the lightest color in my smashbox indulgence trio is almost all gone…very sad moment…but that leads to the happiness of knowing it’s time to go buy something new. 🙂 I’m definitely digging the self-bribery idea too…but I think it would be better to find someone else who would be willing to foot the bill…oh I could get so much done.

  17. Karen says:

    Doesn’t that kid ROCK? There are a whole bunch of Yo Gabba Gabba clips on You Tube and they are hilarious, too. It’s like watching a Dee-Lite (“Groove is in the heart!”) video!

    Ohhh, Mediterranean would be a great mother’s day gift. I have to remember that!

    And thanks for your complements on the FOTD. Don’t you hate when one color in your eyeshadow quad/trio runs out first? ARGH! I always, always, always have leftover crease color. You will love the Pink Truffle quad, btw. It’s my new fave thing.

    Oh and self-bribery certainly is a great motivator. I wish somebody else would foot my Chanel bill too, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, right?

    Hope you are having a good day so far!

  18. Irene says:

    Okay, those Chanel die-fors were the ISH, darlin’! Now I need to get the down lo’ on the price…

  19. AppleDiva says:

    Mr. Maven loves the Torchwood. He also is a fan of Dr. Who. Do you remember the episode when there was an alien or human inhabited by alien? She would have sex w/ guys and they would turn into dust. Well, the character and I have the same name, but spelled differently. (So the storyline would seem coincidental!) LOL

  20. Karen says:

    Hmm, AppleDiva, was that story on Dr. Who or on Torchwood?

    I just started watching is recently (El Hub was the one who got me into it.) What surprised me is that the writing on the show is really excellent. I actually cried a few times while watching some of the episodes. God I love BBC America! It rocks!!!

  21. AppleDiva says:

    The episode was Torchwood!! You better go back and watch it!!

    I miss Coupling. *sob*

    Sometimes, we watch Hotel Babylon. Did you ever get into “Footballers’ Wives?” There is supposed to be an American version…

  22. Karen says:

    Oh! maybe that the was first season, which I haven’t seen yet. I heard it’s coming out on DVD so I’m all over that.

    I’ve never seen Hotel Babylon or Footballer’s Wives. I’ve heard that ones a good show, though.

    I would watch BBC all day if I could they have the BEST news shows too.

  23. Apple Diva says:

    Giiiiirl, you gotta see that episode!! ;-D

  24. Karen says:

    Okay, okay! I’ll look for it when the DVD comes out and I’ll think of you…ha!

    I hear that season two is almost over! Isn’t it crazy with all the info that’s coming out about Captain Jack! Holy moly!

  25. Marcela Mendonça says:

    i wanna the thiiiiiiiiiird
    kisses dear karen

  26. Karen says:

    Ohhhh, Marcela, we all want that palette, LOL!

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