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Andy Tauer's Advent Calendar Giveaway (And a Holiday Recipe)

The annual Andy Tauer Advent Calendar tradition is here. We're between the last couple of Hanukkah nights and Christmas Eve, a time of double joy, entertaining, and a special prize. Our other tradition is sharing a recipe for a holiday treat, this time a nut brittle in s cheater's toffee that's as quick and easy to make as it is to gain the weight. Show More Summary

Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liner In 3D Neptune

I really like the blackened blue color of this Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liner in 3D Neptune, but the amount pearl/glitter is at an OMG level. The problem is less about the way it looks, since a thin, shimmery blue line is actually very nice and flattering, but more with what happens when you remove (or try to remove) your makeup. Show More Summary

Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette Skintones

Skintones is one of Clarins six permanent mineral eye shadow palettes that were released not so long ago (there are also a couple of seasonal limited edition ones, and I just saw a new spring palette containing the requisite pinks and greens). Show More Summary

Currently- December 2014

BookJojo Moyes- One Plus One. A truly nice story that doesn't insult one's intelligence, provides well-written characters, and a believable plot.MusicPhosphorescent- Song For Zula TVElementary. Forget lizard-faced Cumberbatch. Johnny Lee Miller is the real Sherlock.PerfumeAnything and everything by Alexis Karl.MakeupRed blush. Show More Summary

Scent By Alexis- The Poetry Of Longing

The Day is Done BY HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW The day is done, and the darkness Falls from the wings of Night, As a feather is wafted downward From an eagle in his flight. I see the lights of the village Gleam through the rain and the...Show More Summary

Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush

I have a soft spot for Bobbi Brown makeup brushes, probably since they were the most beautiful and luxurious looking ones in my collection for years. Some of my older Bobbi Brown brushes have been reworked (for the better) or discontinued...Show More Summary

Alyssa Milano- Three Makeup Looks

#460167226 / If you're watching the current season of Project Runway All Stars you get to see a very pregnant Alyssa Milano rocking bold and fun fashion, and usually some very bad makeup (I'm guessing that this is what happens when the show is sponsored by Mary Kay). Show More Summary

Au Pays de la Fleur d'Oranger- Lavande Ombree

Travel posters, mood-boards, advertisement, and fantasies about the south of France tends to focus on sunshine, beaches and the promise of an eternal summer (I'll take one of each, thank you very much). Most of the perfumes by Au Pays...Show More Summary

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Part 2: The Shimmers

This is the second part of my Smashbox Full Exposure Palette review. This one focuses on the seven shimmery eye shadows. Like the matte colors, the shimmer ones come in a range from cool to warm toned. Once again, the shades are pretty basic and kind of expected (charcoal, bronze, etc.), with a couple of standouts, the more complex S1 and S5. Show More Summary

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Part 1: The Mattes

Mega palettes are somewhat of a craze right now. Urban Decay started it, of course, with their Naked palette and its sequels. Then there was Lorac Pro (and other ginormous offerings from the brand), not to mention Laura Mercier's several Artist palette in more variations that I could follow. Show More Summary

Yves Saint Lauren- Rive Gauche (vintage Perfume)

Rive Gauche by Yves Saint Laurent is a good reminder that the 1970s offered more than John Travolta and polyester. It's so incredibly chic that it's sometimes hard to accept it as part of that particular decade, until two things happen:...Show More Summary

Shu Uemura Gloss Unlimited PK 70C & RD 20 C

These two Shu Uemura lip glosses were gifts with various purchases (hence the travel size), and to be honest, I was rather shocked to see the $25 price tag of the full size product. It's not that shu's Gloss Unlimited is a bad product, but it's barely a makeup product. Show More Summary

Why Haven't I been Wearing It More?

One of the perils of having a large perfume collections is neglecting parts of it. At times I get fixated on a bunch of things, going through a leather phase, a seasonal obsession, or simply testing so many new (and new to me) things that I don't even get to my own cabinets often enough. Show More Summary

Want: Enamel Rose Earrings

This is more of a theoretical want because first I need to check if this earrings fit in those pierced-to-clips convertors (some do, some don't), but look how pretty are these handmade sterling silver and cold enamel roses. They come from a Turkish jeweler on Etsy that offers a large selection of interesting items. Show More Summary

Bobbi Brown Sultry Red & Bordeaux Lip Color- Scotch On The Rocks Collection

Sultry Red and Bordeaux lipsticks were my last selection from Bobbi Brown's Scotch on the Rocks collection (here are my reviews of the bronze highlighter and the lip gloss in Scarlet). I skipped the two lighter colors offered (though I admit that Malt Shimmer looked tempting) and went straight for the reds. Show More Summary

New From Viktoria Minya: Eau de Hongrie, Hedonist Iris, Hedonist Rose

Hedonist by Viktoria Minya was one of the brightest perfume spots of 2013. The Husband got me a bottle of this gorgeous boozy floriental for our anniversary last year, and I like wearing it on special date nights, New Year's Eve and the like. Show More Summary

Want: Proenza Schouler Printed Crepe Dress

It's rare for me to fall so madly in love with a Proenza Schouler dress, since the designers rarely recognize my body type (short and bosomy) as worthy of their clothes. This printed crepe dress might also be pushing it (too high a neckline), but the design is very clever. Show More Summary

Gucci Spicy Petal Face Sheer Blushing Powder

I'm somewhat of two minds about this Gucci Face Sheer Blushing Powder in Spicy Petal. It's a pretty color that goes well with the brown lipstick trend of this season and adds a little warmth to winter skin. The texture of this GucciShow More Summary

Ego Facto Perfumes- An Overview

Ego Facto is a perfume brand that was launched in 2009 but hasn't caught much traction in the US, mostly because unlike in its native France where it's sold at the ubiquitous Marionnaud chain (basically on every street corner in Paris), here it's only available at Luckyscent. Show More Summary

Bobbi Brown Scarlet Lip Gloss (Scotch On The Rocks Collection)

Scotch On The Rocks collection was the first Bobbi Brown release in a very long time that got me shopping. While I skipped the eye shadow palette for lack of interest, I did get the bronze highlighter and a bunch of lip products. Like...Show More Summary

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