Section: Just for Fun

The Day in Beauty Vol. 23: I Love the ’90s and Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Whiskey

Published in: Bite Beauty, Just For Fun

bite beauty whiskey

Wearing Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Whiskey

Good morning, glory! Rise and shine! 🙂

This is Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Whiskey ($26), a dark reddish brown with a satin finish, and it’s very much like something I would have worn back in the day while listening to the fabulous vocal stylings of Color Me Badd and Coolio.

YEAH! I’m headed to an I Love the ’90s concert tonight, so I’m wearing a ’90s-style lipstick this morning to get in the spirit.

Both Color Me Badd and Coolio are performing at the concert, along with (wait for it!) Vanilla Ice (OMG), Tone Loc, Rob Base and Young MC.

The concert is in the town of Jackson, California, east of Sacramanto — HELLOOOO, JACKSON! — so if you’re out that way, wassup? I’ll be in your neck of the woods tonight!

Anyway, that’s my big adventure this weekend.

bite beauty sweet savory

Bite Beauty Sweet & Savory Collection

Whiskey, by the way, is from the Bite Beauty Sweet and Savory Collection of six Amuse Bouche Lipsticks that came out last spring, but there are more than 40 Amuse Bouche Lipsticks total in the Bite Beauty line, so it’s very extensive (they’re $26 each).

The Amuse Bouche Lipsticks made a big splash last spring when they arrived on counters. They’re bold, lightweight and creamy with an uber-hydrating formula (each lippie contains 12 edible oils), and they’re absolutely lovely.

bite beauty sweet savory swatches

From the left: Kale, Squid Ink, Taro, Lavender Jam, Thistle and Whiskey

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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.


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


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.


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!


  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.


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,


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.




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



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