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Stolen Survey


I’ve been in a blog rut lately, actually more of a life rut. I had a wisdom tooth out and the painkillers dulled my brain and made me think my body was made of wood. I can’t handle medicines. I can’t even take two aspirin at the same time. I’m much better off with wine. Anyway, my imagination has been turned off by some prescription evil force. So, I am borrowing this survey from Max. Go read Max’s blog. It’s much more interesting than mine.

The A to Z Survey.

A is for Allergies – none
B is for Beer – Guinness, but if that doesn’t count because it’s technically stout, then Boddingtons. And that starts with a B as an added bonus.
C is for Career – journalist, editor, answerer of questions
D is your Dog’s name – no dog, but my favorite dog ever was named Holly
E is for Essential item you use Everyday – lip gloss
F is for Favorite TV show – hmm, I’m working my way through The Wire
G is for Game – pheasant (just kidding)
H is for Home town – originally Philly, then New York, now L.A.
I is for Instruments – can’t play anything, got good vocals though
J is for Juice – that thick green stuff that looks gross but tastes really good
K is for whose butt you’d like to Kick – everybody’s
L is for Last place you Lived – does that mean previous to now? Beverly Hills adjacent. Only L.A. people will understand that Westside Rentals term
M is for Marriage – never been a goal of mine
N is your Name – it’s not Grace, my lovely readers just started calling me that
O is for Overnight hospital stays – none
P is for Passion – wasn’t that the show with the puppet that came to life?
Q is for Quote – “Brevity is the soul of lingerie” (Dorothy Parker) It’s all I can think of on short notice. Heh.
R is for Regret – I regret everyone I never punched in the nose who deserved it. Jeez, I’m in a bad mood.
S is for Status – almost sober
T is for the Time you woke up – not yet
U is for Underwear – right now? blue lace
V is for Vegetable – mashed potatoes
W is for Worst habit – biting my lip
X is for X-ray – just had a full head one at the dentist
Y is for Your favorite sport – it used to be hockey, then it was baseball, then Formula 1, now it’s nothing
Z is for Zodiac – Virgo, but I have a thing for Pisces

Waiting for the Sun


Sephora has a new sampler kit that features a whole bagful of premium sun protection products.

I just purchased the kit so I can review the products for you.

100% of the net profits from the sales of this set will be donated to The Skin Cancer Foundation

Sephora Sun Safety Kit

Set includes:
0.14 oz Murad Essential-C Eye Cream SPF 15

0.23 oz DDF Protect and Correct UV Moisturizer SPF 15
0.5 oz Jack Black Double Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20
0.25 oz Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Defense Lotion SPF 30

1.0 oz Anthony Logistics Facial Moisturizer SPF 15

0.1 oz Clarins UV Plus Day Screen High Protection SPF 40

0.34 oz Korres Watermelon Sunscreen Face Cream SPF 30

0.33 oz Cosmedicine Medi-matte Oil Control Lotion SPF 20

0.08 oz Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream SPF 55 PA+++

0.25 oz Ole Henriksen Herbal Day Cream SPF 15

0.4 oz Philosophy Hope in a Jar SPF 20

0.25 oz Smashbox Photo Finish UVA/UVB SPF 15

0.01 oz Bare Escentuals BareMinerals Well-Rested for Eyes SPF 30

expandable, brightly colored beach bag made from recycled plastic.

Stay tuned for more after the kit arrives.

Kiss Any Frogs Lately?


Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day from Grace Magazine.


May your day be filled with love and happiness.

World Nutella Day – Thursday February 5, 2009


Thanks to bleeding espresso I am ready to celebrate World Nutella Day.

I like its chocolatey hazelnut goodness spread thinly on toast. But there are all kinds of recipes for things you can do with Nutella.

Check out these sites for more information:

bleeding espresso
Ms. Advertures in Italy
At Home in Rome


Enjoy Nutella today.

Quiz Time: What MadMen-Era Female Icon Are You?


You are a Bette — “I must be strong”

Bettes are direct, self-reliant, self-confident, and protective.

How to Get Along with Me
-Stand up for yourself… and me.   
-Be confident, strong, and direct.   
-Don’t gossip about me or betray my trust.    
-Be vulnerable and share your feelings. See and acknowledge my tender, vulnerable side.   
-Give me space to be alone.   
-Acknowledge the contributions I make, but don’t flatter me.   
-I often speak in an assertive way. Don’t automatically assume it’s a personal attack.   
-When I scream, curse, and stomp around, try to remember that’s just the way I am.

What I Like About Being a Bette   
-being independent and self-reliant   
-being able to take charge and meet challenges head on   
-being courageous, straightforward, and honest   
-getting all the enjoyment I can out of life   
-supporting, empowering, and protecting those close to me   
-upholding just causes
What’s Hard About Being a Bette   
-overwhelming people with my bluntness; scaring them away when I don’t intend to   
-being restless and impatient with others’ incompetence   
-sticking my neck out for people and receiving no appreciation for it   
-never forgetting injuries or injustices   
-putting too much pressure on myself   
-getting high blood pressure when people don’t obey the rules or when things don’t go right

Bettes as Children Often   
-are independent; have an inner strength and a fighting spirit   
– are sometimes loners   
-seize control so they won’t be controlled   
-figure out others’ weaknesses   
-attack verbally or physically when provoked   
-take charge in the family because they perceive themselves as the strongest, or grow up in difficult or abusive surroundings

Bettes as Parents   
-are often loyal, caring, involved, and devoted   
-are sometimes overprotective   
-can be demanding, controlling, and rigid

Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? MadMen-Era Female Icon Quiz

Take the quiz and let us know.

Live Blogging: Bare Escentuals on QVC Now

I’m a makeup junkie as you’ve probably noticed. Some of my favorite products are made by Bare Escentuals.

I just got home from work and put on the TV and voila BE is on QVC for 3 hours.

hydrating-mineral-veilRight Now, they are presenting a glowing hydrating mineral veil. I don’t know this presenter. Where’s Lisa? She works better with Leslie.

But the product looks interesting. It’s a loose mineral veil powder but it’s hydrating and “combats the feeling of dryness.”

Next up, a brush-on powder sunscreen with SPF 30. You can use it every day with your makeup or wear it to the beach. It’s tinted and comes in three colors (light, medium, tan). Water resistant and gentle enough for kids, too. Sounds very convenient.

gossamersGossamers Illuminating face powder in 3 colors with brush. These are sheer and shimmery and so pretty. You can wear them on your face, decolletage, lips. I want everything on this show so far.

Remember, swirl and tap.

If you are new to the Bare Escentuals line, they are now showing a 4-piece Bare Skin kit for first time users. It has the basic kit with foundation, mineral veil, warmth to add some color to your skin and a brush. This is the original Bare Minerals kit. This comes is 9 colors, just choose your skin tone.

I sound like a commercial, but I really love these products. And I thought it would be fun to live blog.

private-eyeNow, we’re getting into the fun stuff. The Public/Private 4-piece eye collection. Three shadows and a double-ended brush. Really nice basic colors with some shimmer to add interest. This is a kit you will use every day.

lip-paletteLip Color Mixer Palette with 8 colors and a lip brush in a mirrored case. I have this kit and I love it. Usually, when you buy a palette, you end up using only 1 or 2 colors. But I use all of these. There are 4 of them that I wear all the time. The kit includes a mix of formulas, so some are cream, some shimmer, some are glossy. Buy it now.

Now, they are showing the Purist 9-piece collection that comes with a really cute white train case. This is the showcase kit of the night for the today’s special value price of $96.72. I’m not really into gigantic kits like this. But if you want to try things from each part of the BE collection, this is the way to go. It has foundation, lip gloss, blush, eye colors, and more.

Moisture Burst Facial Mist. You can spray this on while traveling on a plane or any time you need a little added moisture. This looks like it feels great.

lip-kitOoh, more lippies.

The 3-piece lip color collection comes with a lipstick, a liner and a gloss. Your choice of mauve, bronze or berry. The berry looks adorable and would be perfect for spring.

Onto the Look of Now Earthy Chic 5-piece kit. This comes with three eye colors, a blush, and a lip gloss. It’s a nude, natural look with a little added prettiness. What a perfect daytime look for summer. According to Leslie, this look is “less about flip-flops and more about heeled sandals.”

I’ve talked about this next product before. The 3-Piece Brow Essentials Kit. This is a powder brow color that comes with a setting gel and a brush. Just match your hair color and you’re good to go. It’s super easy to use and gives a natural look. It never looks like drawn on brows. And it’s practically impossible to mess up. So simple to apply. I use Brunette. It’s a medium brown for dark blonde to medium brown hair. And Leslie says you can also use the powder as eye shadow for a great neutral.

gossamerMore pretties. Gossamer All-Over Face and Body Mineral and Body Buki Brush. This comes with a huge kabuki brush. The shimmery powder can be used all over. Use it on your legs for the look of silk stockings. The model just put it in her hair. Beautiful.

Back to skincare. Rare Minerals Renew and Reveal Facial Cleanser. This is a powder cleanser. You wet your face, put a little powder in your hand, add a little water, and it will froth. Wash your face and just rinse it off.

Multi-Tasking Face Makeup and Concealer with Brush. Choose from 5 colors. This is one of their original products. Use as a concealer or an eye shadow base.

bareMinerals foundation with brush. This is the best product in the whole line. This has radically changed the way I apply makeup. No more liquid bases for me. Just swirl, tap and buff with the soft brush. I use fair. It’s the lightest shade out of the 9 offered. You don’t need much of this. Less is more with this product. I use it every day and I still have the original jar I bought 2 years ago. I think probably 7 out of 10 women I know now use this as their foundation. I’m not exaggerating.

brighten-upBrighten Up 4-piece collection and gold case. These are all-over sheer colors to lighten and brighten your face. Wear them alone or with your blush. The pale gold shade can be used to highlight. The rose color to add color and the soft-focus warmth to add depth. This kit comes with a brush.

Amazing. The second person just called into the show and had tears in her voice. Bare Escentuals has changed their lives. The first woman had acne and could never wear makeup until she found bare minerals. And the next woman also could never wear makeup and has been buying everything that Leslie sells.

Uh oh. I think the credit card might have to come out now. Its the 5-piece buffing brush set for $49.00. I love the BE brushes. You get a buki brush, blush brush, soft focus shadow brush, wet/dry shadow brush, eyeliner brush in a carrying case.

bareMinerals 3-piece eye collections. Each set has a light, medium, and dark of the same shade. I don’t actually like these sets. I’m not the type to wear 3 matching shadows in colors like blue or plum. Not for me. I like the more dramatic kits.

buxom-lipsBuxom lip duos in 5 color combinations. These are lip glosses with a glassy finish. I like more color than this but these are good for daytime or for when you have a dramatic eye look.

Buki brushes. Yay! I love me some buki brushes. I always use the full coverage buki when I apply my mineral veil. I also use it for blush. I don’t have the baby buki but I must get it. It’s so cute.

Prime Time Mineral-Infused Foundation Primer. I’ve never tried a primer but I know some makeup artists who swear by it. It smoothes out the skin and pores on your face and gives you a blank canvas for your makeup.

RareMinerals night treatment. I think this is something I must try. At night you cleanse and moisturize your face, then apply rare minerals. It has some color to it so you look good when you go to bed. But more importantly, it reduces pore size and smoothes wrinkles.

Well, that’s it. I hope you had as much fun as I did. Go forth and be beautiful.

Vintage Hollywood Manga

louise-brooks-manga is a Web site that hosts digital art contests. These images are from a contest to create Manga versions of classic Hollywood stars.

Some of the stars are immediately recognizable but some of them are just plain freaky. My favorites are Louise Brooks (above) and Greta Garbo (below).

Scroll through them all at this link.


Which one do you like best?