5 Things I’ve Been Loving Lately, Beauty and Otherwise

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9 Things Beauty and Otherwise, That I've Been Loving Lately.

I heart all five of these bad boys!


1. Ouidad Wave Create Sea Spray ($23)

Ouidad Wave Create Sea Spray

Have you ever had coconut Lifesavers before? I don’t know if they still are, but they used to be in the Tropical fruit packs.

Dang, I sure loved those things…

I’d always eat the other flavors first and save the coconuts for last, and then devour them all one after another like Cookie Monster eats Chips Ahoys! until I reached a state of sugar-fueled ecstasy.

I haven’t had one in years, which makes me a little sad because I looked them up online today, and apparently the Tropical Lifesavers are going the way of the dinosaurs… (*tears*)

Oh, well. At least I’ll still have Ouidad’s new Wave Create Sea Spray. Stuff smells EXACTLY like coconut-flavored Tropical Lifesavers.

And it’s not just the scent I like. When I spray it on my wavy hair while it’s wet and let my hair air dry, I get perfectly tousled tresses, well-defined waves and lots of great volume — a little messy, but not too messy, which I like. None of that annoying crunchy business, either, you sometimes get with other beach wave sprays, blech! And my hair still looks pretty good on the second day.

Ouidad Wave Create Sea Spray

What it contains

Ouidad Wave Create Sea Spray

Crazy smile and Ouidad Wave Create Sea Spray in my hair…

The 6.4-ounce bottle sells for $23 at Ulta stores and ouidad.com.

2. Lollia At Last White Petals & Rice Flower Handcreme ($25 for a 4-ounce tube)

This has been my favorite hand cream for a while because of the majorly moisturizing shea butter formula and the powdery rice flower, mimosa and magnolia scent.

I love the refreshing fragrance, so I like that it lingers throughout the day, and because the cream absorbs quickly into my skin, my fingers don’t feel slimy or greasy…so I can keep typing away at Tabs’ memoirs without skipping a beat. πŸ™‚

I keep the big, cheerful 4-ounce tube at my desk right where I’m bound to see it, and it can remind me to moisturize during the day.

It’s available now at Neiman Marcus and neimanmarcus.com.

There’s also a smaller 0.33-ounce tiny tube for $7.50.

3. Mr. Bob Harris

I’ve seen Lost in Translation so many times that I’ve lost count.

Such. A. Great. Movie. And brilliant the way it just observes a shared moment in two lives in such a bittersweet and funny way.

I feel like I’ve had moments like that in my life.

And Bill Murray is just frickin’ hilarious! Next time you watch it, keep an eye on the people in the background in Bill Murray’s scenes (like the scene where he’s in the hospital waiting room). You can see a lot of them on the verge of cracking up!

I caught it on TV again last weekend and noticed something I’d never seen before. In the scene where Scarlett Johansson’s character gets a fax from her husband (it’s near the end of the movie), there’s a tube of NARS Lip Gloss right next to the fax machine!

Yes, I nerd out when I recognize makeup in movies. πŸ™‚

It looks red…so I’m guessing it’s maybe Scandal?

I wonder if it’s a color Sophia Coppola likes…

Makes me love the movie even more!

4. Betsey Johnson Stocking Stripe Underwire T-Shirt Bra ($48)

Betsey Johnson Stocking Stripe Underwire T-Shirt Bra

I picked up two of these amazing Betsy Johnson Stocking Stripe T-Shirt Bras during the last Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for $31 each (regular $48), and now that they’re no longer on sale, I’m kicking myself for not getting one more!

Two words: life changing. They’re cute, comfy and lift the girls nicely while adding just enough padding — but not so much that you feel like you’re wearing two torpedoes.

And there’s this clip in the back where you can hook the straps together to convert the bra into a racerback, so it’s like getting two different bra styles in one.

Betsey Johnson Stocking Stripe Underwire T-Shirt Bra

The clip in back…

Betsey Johnson Stocking Stripe Underwire T-Shirt Bra

…turns it into a racerback!


5. Senna’s Sketch-A-Brow Pencil ($18)

This twist-up brow pencils’s tip is very thin, and when I use it to fill in my fuzzy lil’ caterpillars, they end up looking full, like regular eyebrows! — not a bald brow spot in sight (I’m talkin’ to you, Raul!).

Check out the tiny comb on the other side of the pencil. It’s super small, super precise and super adorable.

I feel like I have a lot of control with this pencil and really like how natural my brows look when I use it.

It comes in four shades; the one I use is Dark Taupe, a medium dark brown — the third darkest of the four.


Lasts all day, too, and it’s available now on Senna counters and online.

Viva la big brows! πŸ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Gowthami says:

    Brow pencil looks wow!!
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  2. Katie says:


    Apologies – I get excited about brows, especially for beautiful arches such as yours, Karen. πŸ™‚

    I really am gonna look into that Senna pencil, though, because it looks like my Holy Grail Anastasia Brow Wiz, but without the pricey tag. (Brow Wiz is $21.) I prefer skinny brow pencils for my sparse brows. Have you ever tried the Brow Wiz, Karen?

  3. Sunny says:

    The brush of the brow pencil looks interesting! For the price I’d totally love to give it a try!
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  4. Chic Lapin says:

    Sea Salt spray is LOVE! I swear by Tigi’s Catwalk Session Series Sea Salt Spray but the Ouidad sure looks great on you. Maybe when I finish mine… πŸ˜›

  5. I love how this spray looks like in your hair, so much oomph! πŸ™‚ And I am loving my SachaJuan one ATM.
    As for the films, I always pay attention to the beauty products, as well. There are actually quite a few NARS products in Sex and the City, BTW.
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  6. Suzanna says:

    That’s my favorite movie and I’ve seen it so many times that I’ve lost count. Every frame is perfection!

  7. Ruchita says:

    I am excited to try the Ouidad spray! If I let my hair dry naturally, it has a little bit of natural wave. It would be great if I could skip using the hair dryer and flat iron.

    I have that same Betsy Johnson bra. It’s comfy and cute. One of my favorites!

  8. Kim says:

    I am with you 100% on the tropical Lifesavers. They’re impossible to find (and I tried very hard a couple of years ago). I love all the flavors in that pack (banana, tangerine, pineapple, coconut). I’m sad just thinking about it. πŸ™

    I haven’t tried the Lollia hand cream but I love Love & Toast (another Margot Elena brand).

    The Senna pencil sounds great. I just picked up an Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil and it’s OK. I was looking at the Diorshow Brow Styler online but I think it’s something I’d like to swatch before buying. Have you tried it? Sorry, I could probably just search the site for your review if you have. πŸ™‚

  9. Stephanie R says:

    Karen, check out the Lifesavers Sweet Storybooks that are usually out during the holidays (Christmas and Valentine’s, I believe). Those usually have the original, Wild Cherry, Butterscotch and Tropical flavors in them and two rolls of each.

  10. MARLA ROBINSON says:

    My favorite brow filler for dark eyebrows is Maybelline’s Color Tattoo 24hr eye shadow in “tough as taupe”. It lasts all day and looks so natural. I just apply it with a Mac eyebrow brush.

  11. Amy says:

    I alternate using a curl cream and a mousse right now, but it gets crunchy sometimes and I hate that sticky hand feeling after. Plus, I think the less I put my hands on my hair, the better. I’ll have to look into a spray like that…

  12. Lynnrv says:

    Wow! You look great in that first picture, prettiest I’ve ever seen you!

  13. Maja says:

    I love it, will try the wave spray>!! :))

  14. Chelsea says:

    Those were my favorite bras when I was thinner! They came out with more cup sizes recently I think though, so maybe I”d find my size now…

  15. hanna says:

    I love those bras, some of my favorites.
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  16. Kerry says:

    Ummmm one thing I’m loving: that bracelet you are wearing in this post header! Where can I find one?

    BTW: own three of the Betsy bras LOVE them!

  17. lydia says:

    Karen, your make up looks AH-mazing! What foundation are you using?

  18. Rosie says:

    Great list! Just out of curiousity, do you know how the sizes run on the Betsey Johnson bras? They’re so adorable, but I tend to be between sizes.

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