Hey, baby, you’re a ChocStar!
Yes, you read that correctly — a ChocStar, which is somewhat different than a rock star.
How funny are these chocolate bars, though? (Please note the tabbies.) I found them at a fun candy store called SweetE Organic in my old stomping grounds in Mill Valley. It’s just a little shop, but they have every square inch filled with interesting speciality candies — like organic chocolates, gluten-free gummies, vegan candy, sugar-free candies, dairy-free candies, SO MANY CANDIES!
Add it to your list of dessert-related things to do in Southern Marin before or after hiking Mt. Tam, sightseeing in Sausalito or shopping in Corte Madera or Mill Valley. You could have lunch at Pizza Antica (OOH! Try one of their chopped salads with a piadini.), and then swing by SweetE Organic for dessert.
It’s right next to a wonderful store called The Spanish Table, where I could literally spend hours looking at olives, wine, recipe books, maps and bars of Spanish chocolate.
I walked in yesterday while El Hub and I were out and about. With Baby Girl coming very, very soon, we’ve been trying to stay close to home and be ready to hop on the freeway to the hospital in San Francisco, buuut I was starting to go a little stir crazy, so I had to get out of the house.
Can’t help it. I’m antsy!
MAC Zac Posen
And the shopping yesterday was exactly what I needed. It was also a perfect excuse to wear makeup. 🙂 I busted out the new MAC Zac Posen collection (available now online and coming to stores and counters Feb. 25 through March 24) and did a look similar to what I’m wearing today — matte black winged liner; soft purple, plum and taupe lids; warm bronzed cheeks; and hot pink matte lips.
I was secretly hoping the collection would allow me to achieve Zac’s signature eye roll from Project Runway, but alas…it did not.
It’s really, really hard to look as tired and completely over it as Zac does when he’s sitting in the judge’s chair, LOL!
Along with the provocative packaging, which reminds me a little of MAC Brook Shields part deux, with all the matte gray, I like the mix of warm and cool shades. With its plums and taupes, the eye palette is quite cool toned, while the bronzer and some of the lip colors (like the orange and the nude) are surprisingly warm.
As for skin, it gets the matte treatement, and the eyes get the extra oomph of black liner.
For the record, there are quite a few re-promotes in the collection (the liner, the mascara, the face powder and Phloof eyeshadow), and even though I like this kind of classic, refined look with black liner and vintage orange and hot pink lipsticks, I don’t know if I’d kick down doors for these particular products… Nothing is really standing out to me. I dig the bronzer and lipsticks, but they remind me of things I’ve seen over at MAC.
Happy belated birthday!!!
In other news, guess which makeup blog quietly turned nine years old last Saturday. 🙂
Sometimes I can’t even believe it. Who knew that writing this little review of the Barbie Love’s MAC haul I got at Nordstrom all those years ago would lead to nine years and 11,000 beauty posts? I can’t believe I’m still at it nine years later…
The blog has been BY FAR the longest project I’ve ever worked on, and it’s been an amazing ride. Thank you for hanging out with me. Who knows? Maybe next year we’ll make it to 10. Fingers and toes crossed!
How’s your Monday coming along?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,