DIY, Links, Nails

DIY Try: Watercolor Mug

I’m always on the lookout for new projects to start and abandon. I can’t help it, I’m just really passionate about half knitted scarves! Unfinished crafts are my life’s work.

Every once in a while, I screw up, and one gets done. Like these DIY watercolor mugs I found from Poppytalk.

photo via Poppytalk

Gorgeous, right? I had the idea to put that lovely splash of color on a white ceramic pot as a birthday gift for a green thumbed friend! In my mind, she opens the box, pulls out the pot, and gets a tear in her eye from my beautiful, and very expensive looking, gift that was made all the more special by the fact that I did it with my own little hands. It was a very, very good plan.

Would the owner of this one of a kind piece of functional artwork please raise her hand?

Ok. I never sent it.

I have a good reason though! It came out, umm, not so good. She would have cried a little tear, but not from being overwhelmed by beauty and friendship.

Sorry, Missy.

Happy birthday?

This was extremely perplexing because my trial run came out pretty nice!

watercolor mug

Before I did the pot, I tried the process on a mug. It’s cool! I would have been happy if the pot had come out like this! I’m really sad it didn’t. I kind of feel like I know what I did wrong though, and I want to try it again. I’ve got nail polish out the yang, and a lot of free time. Missy’s birthday might not be licked yet!

I bet you’re waiting to see the fucked up pot. Well, too bad. It’s too crusty looking, and it would bring great shame to our household. I’ll show it off when I get it right! Fingers crossed!

See Poppytalk’s Watercolor Mug tutorial HERE.

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Peep this! DUPE THAT

I love makeup and spending money (and chihuahuas, and pizza, and Jane the Virgin, and big d). I really hate being broke (and bell peppers, and Monty Python, and mansplainers).

Thankfully, the diligent swatchers over at one of my favorite Instagram accounts, DUPE THAT, are all over the buying lots of makeup/still having money dichotomy. They’re in there every day, showing us how often we’re paying extra for luxury brand names. When you collect lipsticks like I do, this is some valuable information.

It only took some playing in our collection to realize that we had a dupe for Lime Crime's Airborne Unicorn! @nyxcosmetics macaron lippie in Violet looks just like Airborne Unicorn, and even more vivid if possible! We love this bright lip color!


Look at that! Every post is this good. They’re doing the Lord’s work over there.

DUPE THAT recently launched a full site. The site is searchable for brands and color names, thereby fixing the one issue I had with their IG only operation. It’s very exciting!!

Are you off today? Maybe spend some time browsing their site and making lists. Are you working today? My suggestion still stands. Your boss says it’s cool!

Check out DUPE THAT’s full site, HERE!

See their Instagram page, HERE!



Ask Jane Marie

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Jane Marie, one of my favorite personalities, beauty or otherwise, has a new beauty advice column at Rookie, and you should check it out! Jane is THA SHIT. I’ve been loving her work over at The Hairpin forever, and I was sad when she left. So, I’m super excited to see her popping up at Rookie! 

Jane is rad. I love her whole everything! Her beauty videos at The Hairpin are especially great. Seriously, you’ll fall in love with her! Her videos are what made her part of my imaginary friend crew. I watch them, and then, it’s nothing but shopping montages and imaginary hip-hop slumber parties with Jane and Mindy Kaling in my mind….

Check out Jane’s new column at Rookie HERE.

And, check out her work at The Hairpin HERE.

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It’s a sad fact of the beauty industry that Women of Color are largely underrepresented. Products like BB creams often come in only one or two, light, colors, foundation shades rarely adequately consider darker skin tones. And “nude” colors? Don’t even get me started. The mainstream beauty industry’s limited offerings are the reason why, for as long as I can remember, I’ve watched my beautiful Latina mama struggle to find cosmetics that suit her complexion. She is a master of return policies, because everything from skin care products to eyeshadows have been troublesome. It makes me feel terrible for her! She has fantastic taste and she deserves to have a wide range of product choices!

Enter DOOBOP!!

We are the premier beauty e-tailer dedicated to multiethnic women.
Disrupting the beauty industry one day at a time.

HELL YEAH!! That’s a revolution, baby! It gives me goosebumps. They have a wide range of  carefully curated hair, skin and beauty products for women of varying hair types and skin tones. It’s a really fabulous site! Since I first found out about it, I’ve been suggesting it all around. I want DOOBOP to stick around, I want DOOBOP to have competition, I want there to be a flood of products catering to WoC. Support and exposure are important for this mission, so I want to get the word out! I told my mom, I told friends, I’m telling everyone! You should too! Help your fellow sisters in beauty out. Be cool!

Check out DOOBOP HERE!

And for funsies, here’s a picture of us back when we were very young:

mom and sarah

Even in the 80s, my mom looked FLY. 

Bargain Beauty, Links, SALE Friends & Family Sale 2013’s 20% off Friends & Family Sale starts today, 11/5, and goes until 11/16. They have a lot of the same brands Sephora does, so if you weren’t able to get in on Sephora’s F&F sale, you still have the opportunity to pick up some new products. I bought the Kevyn Aucoin powder. It was a little bit of a splurge, but it looks so beautiful, I need it on my cheeks.

The sale link was sent out via email, but mine didn’t show up. So, you can use Temptalia’s link HERE or The Muse’s link HERE.

And you KNOW I have purchase suggestions for you!!!

Beautyblender Makeup Sponge Applicator

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder

NARS Blush in Orgasm or Super Orgasm

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

You HAVE to use the sale link to access the sale, so be sure you click through to one of the other bloggers to get the 20% off. After you do that, you don’t need a code or anything.

Happy shopping!

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Sephora Friends & Family Sale UPDATE

The Muse over at Musings of a Muse has all the info on the upcoming sale!

“Every VIB and Rouge members get 20% Off their purchase in store or online at Cards are in the mail and should arrive by November 4th or some folks don’t get a card via mail but one via e-mail instead so keep checking your inboxes and regular mail boxes this week and next week for your code. They’ll be a code for yourself as well as one you can share with a friend but you must be with your friend for them to redeem it in store along with your VIB membership card. You’ll also be able to get your hands on the traditional Sephora tote bag that is free with your purchase while supplies last. The promo code is VIBTOPIA.”

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like regular Beauty Insider cardholders are going to get the 20% off coupon. That really eats balls, because I’m only $50 away from VIB status. This one is on me for not buying enough makeup, I guess. But, shit, man! My kid needs shoes! She has four feet, after all! I don’t know if you know this, but that’s double the amount of feet most kids have. Double! Double the school shoes, double the church shoes, double the summer sandals, double the sneakers!

It’s just a good thing she doesn’t eat that much.

Anyways! If you’re a VIB, congratulations! If you’re just a BI, like me, then kick rocks, I guess.


Sephora tweeted they’re doing something special for regular BI cardholders soon! I’ll keep an eye out, and post the information as soon as I see it.

Hair, Links


I want my hair to look like this, so I’ve been sitting here in front of my makeup mirror for, like, an hour, watching YouTube videos, trying to learn how to french braid. Because nobody ever taught me how to do it, MOM.

My arms feel like they’re going to fall off. How many WW Activity Points will all this exercise get me?

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The Blends

One of my biggest beauty pet peeves is seeing unblended eyeshadow out in the wild. Like, I get it, these things take practice. But, DAMN GURL, YOU GOT A MIRROR OR WUT? How do people not see these things?

It can just look really bad. That’s all I’m saying.

Check out this tutorial: 3 Easy Ways To Blend Your Eyeshadow Like A Pro

The first two blends are especially relevant to the looks most people want to do. That last one, the cut crease, that’s some more advanced shit; use only if you’re ok with people looking at you.