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Wonder Bread PSA

kim | 28 November, 2005 21:36

In doing research for my book (for which my submission is almost ready!) I found that Wonder Bread offers recipes for Beef Cups, Wonder Blintzes, Peach Pie and Wonder Turkey Stuffing. I shit you not. Most of them require butter, sugar, the other ingredient and the bread. Bon appetit!

Apologies to MAC

kim | 28 November, 2005 11:19

Here's why it's great to be a makeup artist: items that look completely unwearable take on new life and meaning when you have them sitting in your drawer for so long. As you know I loved MAC's fall story although I thought the picture of the campaign was a little silly and I thought the makeup really didn't do the products justice. There was also another problem in the collection - this weird, really dark lipglass called Flight of Fancy. Well, it was the only lipgloss in my bag on Thanksgiving on my way to work and so I wore it. It's the most perfect sheer, dark purple that I've ever seen. Like desire, but with a gloss and a pearl so that it just gives you this exotic great look and makes your teeth look lighter. Pair it with dark eyes (yes, now I'm addicted to Galaxy by Hard Candy with black liner and Belissima and Surabaya duos by Nars) with Hint or Fade blush by Stila, and you have one fierce, fall look.

Sneaky

kim | 26 November, 2005 12:12

I am good at a few things: cooking, makeup, writing, getting all the gifts for the entirety of my in-law family before Thanksgiving. Cleaning? Not so much. But there are so many other things.

A while ago I was working at a job with the second biggest bitch I had ever worked with in my entire career. She? never stopped making life difficult for others. Despite the fact that she was a mother, she tried to hijack someone's job while she had a bun in the oven. She never stopped complaining and she didn't let me do her makeup at first. I went to the studio and she made me sit there and not touch her while she called in her makeup artist.? I'm of the "do unto others" school of social interaction. But this was war, baby - TV. So, I was the most nonchalant, condescending, closed off person I could summon up and she ate me up like a big bowl of chocolate ice cream with a spoon. She luuuved me. Whatever, freak. But the one thing I did get to discover was some Too Faced eye shadow that I had previously never gotten to work with. It was smashingly beautiful and too my breath away. So, this year, when I was ordering presents from Sephora for the holidays (one of the things I am good at) (I always get my mother in law the most lavish gift - shouldn't every matriarch be treated like a Queen Bee?) I snuck in that special deal from Too Faced - the 3 eyeshadows for $25 but it's a $47 value. We are counting our pennies over here, I didn't hide it from my husband--I told him--but I felt bad. But it was a bargain for almost half the price and I never ended up getting that for my birthday, so. I feel a little sneaky. But since you let me confess to you I don't feel so bad anymore.

Yes I do.


Crack of the Turkey's Ass

kim | 25 November, 2005 17:07

I worked on Thanksgiving and today at the crack of ass. I'm too tired to say elbow, it's ass, really. I used to feel bad about myself when I worked holidays--but when you work in show biz, you're on all the time. This year I was grateful that I've had a change in perspective in such a deep way that I felt happy about my job. About my son and my husband and my friends. And all the incredibly bitchy former friends that have dissolved out of my life. There is so much love and so much for us if we can just be a little quiet and step outside of our story for just a few minutes. Some might call that meditating if you couple it with specific breathing and you sure could do that if you wanted to. That's the best beauty tip I can give you: to be grounded in yourself and peaceful in your approach and the world will be happy to receive you. Happy Thanksgiving.

And rim your eye with Hard Candy's galaxy eyeliner and smush it in the crease, too, over Nars Bellissima plus Surabaya eyeshadows. Yes, during the day. Don't you know me by now? Sparkles always.


Beauty Addicts Unite!

kim | 23 November, 2005 15:09

I hereby declare my devotion to Kristen and her gorgeous blog! She is an upstanding person, has great shoes and one hell of a product picker. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Kristen, and to all you beautiful minxes out there.


Blogging Conference: Dos and Don'ts

kim | 22 November, 2005 20:47

Do: Accept invitation heartily.

Don't: Forget this little noun: context. Find out the politics of the aegis under which you will be speaking.

Do: Purchase the sparkliest, pointiest stilletos you can find, especially if the Manolo is moderating.

Don't: Get yourself seated between two thin, beautiful women if you have not lost your two-year-old pregnancy weight. Who are you kidding? It's toddler weight. Why do they have to snack on frigging crackers and cookies all the time, despite your urgings of fruit and veggies? You WILL be photographed looking like Jabba the makeup artist and the unflattering photo will be posted on Yahoo News, so that all of your ex-boyfriends and former friends and enemies can gloat and bask in your back-fatness.

Do: Your makeup impeccably.

Don't: Keep touching up your lipstick in the middle of a political blog conference. A sign of weakness, to be sure.

Do: Hold your own during conference.

Don't: Try to play both sides of the fence with Elizabeth Hayt.

Do: Speak your mind.

Don't: Call journalists arrogant, exclusive, mean and subservient to the advertising business when you are addressing a room filled with journalists. Hee hee.

Do: Point out people's logic flaws privately.

Don't: Plaster them all over the internet whether in comments section or otherwise.

Do: Get mad when your panel is hijacked.

Don't: Take unstylish women political bloggers seriously when they ignore you, insult you, mis-attribute your quotes or call you boring. Don't even attack their long sleeves in comments sections of other blogs. I said stop it!

Do: Read other blogs for summaries.

Don't: Feel old, irrelevant, invisible or like Mrs. Cellophane when nobody mentions a word of what you said or steals your quotes or cheers on other people and ignores you.

Do: Pick yourself up and start all over again.

Don't: feel like you have no skin for a whole week and a day. It's not worth it.


It's Raining

kim | 22 November, 2005 14:31

It's raining today over here. Just a tiny bit of sleet, too. You know what? Today I said F-it! I'm blowing my hair out. With a rain hat, the hair obeyed through taking the kid to school and back. Truth be known? I've not been feeling so hot this last week. So I'm just going to pretend that I feel fabulous. Blow out, full makeup, nice clothes and a big, hot cup of green tea. I like the Choice Genmaicha kind (with toasted brown rice). I got nothin'. I'm spent, but I thought I would check in to say hi. Hi! I will have something more soon. Almost done with some critical pages on my novel and I'm crawling to the finish line. It's taking all my energy. Pant. pant.

It's Over

kim | 18 November, 2005 14:00

This week was the biggest rollercoaster ride of the year. Here's what I have to remember: if you put it out there, it will come back to you. Not, perhaps, from the exact same avenue, but it will always come back to you. So remind me of that, okay?

Who's Sorry Now?

kim | 16 November, 2005 23:46

Today I saw two people in the same place that stood by idly and watched bad things happen to me professionally a long, long time ago. Now, they might feel bad about it or not. And it might impact me or not. But what I am saying, people, is: don't be screw people over in your own business. Especially in a business that is like a meta-chessboard. You will meet those people on the way up and on the way down again.

Sooo Boring

kim | 16 November, 2005 18:33

Says LaShaun Barber of our panel. You should see her haircut and her mustard-colored caftan. Maybe she should get more interested. Elizabeth Hayt got all the press for being antagonistic. Me and Kristen of Beauty Addict got a picture in Yahoo News in which she looks beautiful and I look like a fat cow. Did I mention how nice Kristen is? And how nice Christa Weber is? We had fun together. And Tom Julian was nice, too. Sorry I was so selfish and didn't say much about the event. I guess I was completely self absorbed. And since my back fat is so vast, it took me a while to emerge...

All That And A Bag of Chips

kim | 16 November, 2005 13:58

Today I sat on a panel discussion for OSM. I thought I would be the least prepared, knowledgeable fraudulent blogger there. Why? Because it's all well and good when I tell you to love yourself, but when it comes to me...well, it turns out that I really was not the least prepared and that I actually had a few good things to say and that I did refrain from calling some people a slut, but did refer to it obliquely and got a laugh. Actually, I got a few laughs. Maybe I should try stand up again. There's nothing more delicious than getting a bunch of laughs. Okay, a few things, but that's a good one.

The babysitter got here and did something that thwarted my time, I will not be specific, in the world of mommyhood everything is up for discussion but that's because we live in the human jungle of body fluids. Anyone with a child over seven or with no children at all, I will spare you. But that put me back 25 minutes, which is alot for a girl who cannot give herself a decent blowout. I wore Armani Foundation 5.5 from my kit, Christian Dior Medium Beige Concealer with that MAC corrective pen that's sort of a knock off of Touche Eclat over it in the peachy color. Dude, I so need Amazing Concealer. Laura Mercier Translucent Powder stolen from my kit. The eyeshadow: Belissima by Nars and then a black Laura Gellar (I got it in a Shecky's Goody Bag, that's why - but it's the perfect combo of deep, dark black and smudginess and stablity, I really like it) all around, inside and outside my eye and then Night Breed by Nars over that all around my eye, extending it out on the ends (even more underneath, I didn't want it to look too cat-eyed and '80's because I could looks so '80's if I wanted to) and then Volumious. Cherche cream blush by MAC under the cheekbones and over that (cream over powder, you ask? I could not find my hint or fade by Stila, which I took out and was sitting underneath papers) and then Nars Angelika blush. Just a little on the apples. Lips: MAC Subculture lipliner, Kiehl's Orange Blossom Lipgloss(discontinued, boo hoo), that Sephora #77 lipstick I just got Helena Rubenstein sparkly/purpley lip gloss that's discontinued and kicked out of the US - I only use for special occasions. I kept layering those. If you have the chance to put on a few layers of lipstick and lip gloss, starting with the gloss, it's much higher maintenance but it looks better. Plus I like to re-apply a thousand times and run my fingers through my hair not to be rude or call attention to myself, but because I'm an anxious fidget.

All black and glitter, pointy toed stilletos. And a few good things to say. But my hair is a disaster. I did the best I could but did not have time for a blow out.

Then I went on an audition. Now, it's back to the kid, who thinks I'm a star already.


Armani News!!

kim | 13 November, 2005 23:16

As you may or may not know, I use Armani foundation almost exclusively. It is really the best; and I am forsaking my favorite girl for this, so you know I mean business! This does not mean you, Miss Susan Berkowitz. You are fine with what you have. I promise. Well, they finally came out with a 4.5 and a 6.5, which means they also have 5.5, and now they have shades that can actually accomodate all women. I am so excited, I had to shout it out from the procrastination of what I'm writing right now!!!

Why Won't They Stop?

kim | 13 November, 2005 22:54

God in Heaven and the Earth Below, please stop them from advertising that Bobbi Brown lip stain. It is the ugliest ad I've ever seen for makeup and the product is great and Bobbi is an amazing artist as well as product innovator. Why, why do we have to look at that. I thought it was going to be over for fall, but - no, they've just added some shimmer to that girls' face and taken away her deep eyeliner under her eyes!

You Win Some, You Lose Some

kim | 13 November, 2005 21:29

Today I had the lovliest private client; but had to go back to my place of former employ; which is under Federal Investigation for illegal chargebacks - Hey! Elliot Spitzer, if you need me to testify, give me a call! The client has one boy and is expecting twins. Rarely have I met a nicer, more even-keeled, engaging pregnant-with-twins mom. So nice.

Then I got an email from the glam mom I did for her birthday: the eyelashes that I applied and really sold her on - when she and her husband got to their party, he asked her what the heck was going on with her eye, the lash had fallen across one of her eyes and was dangling. So she pulled them off and nobody was the wiser. She had even asked me how they came off while I was doing her makeup. Good thing I gave her that lesson!

Then, sigh, lip gloss. Revlon Super Lustrous Lip gloss. I cannot get enough of it. Wrap Yourself in Rubies, Cherries in the Glow, Nude. I'm having trouble stopping. Please, someone stop me. They are only $7.49, less, I'm sure if you have your Club Card (Duane's) which I always forget.

And I'm going to get Caleche Eau Delicate. There. I said it.

Plus, did I tell you? I lost my beloved camera. Anyone interested should send me a Nikon D70 as a quick replacement. I am heartbroken and can no longer flog until I get a new one. boo hoo. My flog was funny, too.


White Noise and a List

kim | 13 November, 2005 03:46

First of all, let me say that I detest paying retail for makeup. If I can't get it on my discount card, I'm not doing it. But I have OCD around the Hard Candy Glitter pencil in Galaxy (black with silver sparkles) and I simply can't live without it. Despite being "Temporarily Out of Stock" on Sephora's website, I secured one at a location and set about to purchase it. As you may or may not remember, I tried to get it on my birthday, but they were out. If I have it in my mind that I will buy one thing, then the possiblity of other things creeps in. So you can imagine what happend - I ended up with one pink, sparkly lipstick as well. A color and texture I have sworn off, but I tried it on (my hand, please don't be gross) because I thought it was a creamy skin colored thing and then it was pink and sparkly and I had no will to resist. Sephora brand #77. I think that Mark lipgloss from last year will go perfectly over it. Plus, in Sephora they are slightly evil because they play that loud, pounding music to disorient you and give you some anxiety to boot. I have to go in there today to do a little research for something and I think I will go in with my discman with the Relax with Soothing Waterfalls CD. And a list.

Here's Why I Haven't Written:

kim | 11 November, 2005 12:09

I have had no help with the kid in a week. I either get up at 3:30 am to write and work out or do it late into the evening. Sometimes both. I got something really great and I'm on deadline, I will tell you all about it when it happens. Plus, I'm working on the other thing. Oy. The tape I sent in to be a crack-up makeup artist - they aren't getting back to me. Oh, well. It was a sell out manuver anyway. Would I have taken it? Yes. At this point? Somebody, buy me. I'm so tired. I just need someone else to do everything for just a little while.

In beauty news, I found last winter's lip gloss in last winter's coat. It has retained it's berry-like scent which is nice but also a little scary. By Mark. And the tip has a spngey thing on it which kind of grosses me out: how many bacteria does it take to cross the blood/brain barrier. Yeesh. Also, have you heard of ADD coats? I am totally getting one this year. Please tell me where to find them in NYC. Thanks.


I Forgot the Best Part

kim | 06 November, 2005 21:17

The thing that really freaked me out was when we were talking about his hair, and by we I mean me being held hostage by his monologue, and he lifted up half of his hair and showed me that he had a rug on. The top was blonde and the underneath was gray, and then I mentally pictured him in all of his baldness for the rest of the time he was talking to me. And I'm not allowed to leave until 9. :15. help.

He has not taken in any air since 6:30. I can barely get a word in edgewise. He has chewed off my ear whole and spit out the lobe in a bloody mess on the floor.



Please, Please Go To Therapy

kim | 06 November, 2005 20:47

I have been up since 5:30 this morning. I did a wedding at 7:30. I am working until 9:15 tonight and doing a quick job before Mike goes to work tomorrow morning. I could not do this one job I really wanted to do tmorrow dunring thday because I could not get the childcare. I missed a great kid's party today where the kid would have had so much fun.

I am currently being held hostage by a hairdresser who is telling me all of his problems. About his family. They are really bad, but I don't care. First, I don't care because he's just blowing off steam. Second, I don't care because he has no self knowledge. Third, I don't care because I am trying to edit my redundant, piece of shit novel that I want to hide my head in the sand about.

Earlier in this 9 hour and 15 minute shift the camera person invited me back to her lair to talk about something. We got onto the topic of spooky spirits. I was in the back of the house with a crazy person. I feel like my world is turing and twisting around me, like the crazy people want to eat my jelly brains for craft services. Oh, please, just go to therapy and leave me alone.



Putting Lip Gloss on the Razor's Edge

kim | 04 November, 2005 20:39

Last night I did a mommy friend's makeup for a big birthday she was having. I did big, huge, smoky black eyes and pressed glitter into the center. She looked really hot, like a movie star, but did not recognize herself. I also used false eyelashes. She was opening and shutting her eyes, trying to make them work (because false lashes feel like you have mechanical eyes over your eyes). She looked in the mirror, paused, and said she liked it. Like it? I said, I want you to love it. I don't know if she did, but I did. It was a departure for her, I've never seen a picture of her ultra-glam, but I think it was high time. It was a big birthday, and she's hot, and if you can't look really hot on your big birthday - and you're already married - when are you going to wear glitter? To the playground?

I heard a certain hairdresser of a certain latin pop star got fired because he took a risk (her risk ended up on every cover of every magazine, and was mocked). And by got fired, I mean she just didn't call him any more. This is the peril of the makeup artist: someone is always not going to like what you do. I even heard that the big Kahuna who is now in the sky had a bunch of out takes - by the people who got their makeup done by him during out take time. It's a creative art, so it's always a gamble. If you do the same thing over and over again, you're just stale - and if you take a risk, you put yourself in jeapordy. It's a fine line that we are always skating. It definitely takes a certain kind of person to do this kind of work. Usually a psycho, and I'm not saying that I'm perfectly mentally balanced, but I'm pretty good at it after all this time.


Skating on the Razor's Edge

kim | 04 November, 2005 20:23

Last night I did a mommy friend's makeup for a big birthday she was having. I did big, huge, smoky black eyes and pressed glitter into the center. She looked really hot, like a movie star, but did not recognize herself. I also used false eyelashes. She was opening and shutting her eyes, trying to make them work (because false lashes feel like you have mechanical eyes over your eyes). She looked in the mirror, paused, and said she liked it. Like it? I said, I want you to love it. I don't know if she did, but I did. It was a departure for her, I've never seen a picture of her ultra-glam, but I think it was high time. It was a big birthday, and she's hot, and if you can't look really hot on your big birthday - and you're already married - when are you going to wear glitter? To the playground?

I heard a certain hairdresser of a certain latin pop star got fired because he took a risk (her risk ended up on every cover of every magazine, and was mocked). And by got fired, I mean she just didn't call him any more. This is the peril of the makeup artist: someone is always not going to like what you do. I even heard that the big Kahuna who is now in the sky had a bunch of out takes - by the people who got their makeup done by him during out take time. It's a creative art, so it's always a gamble. If you do the same thing over and over again, you're just stale - and if you take a risk, you put yourself in jeapordy. It's a fine line that we are always skating. It definitely takes a certain kind of person to do this kind of work. Usually a psycho, and I'm not saying that I'm perfectly mentally balanced, but I'm pretty good at it after all this time.


Skating on the Razor's Edge

kim | 04 November, 2005 20:23

Last night I did a mommy friend's makeup for a big birthday she was having. I did big, huge, smoky black eyes and pressed glitter into the center. She looked really hot, like a movie star, but did not recognize herself. I also used false eyelashes. She was opening and shutting her eyes, trying to make them work (because false lashes feel like you have mechanical eyes over your eyes). She looked in the mirror, paused, and said she liked it. Like it? I said, I want you to love it. I don't know if she did, but I did. It was a departure for her, I've never seen a picture of her ultra-glam, but I think it was high time. It was a big birthday, and she's hot, and if you can't look really hot on your big birthday - and you're already married - when are you going to wear glitter? To the playground?

I heard a certain hairdresser of a certain latin pop star got fired because he took a risk (her risk ended up on every cover of every magazine, and was mocked). And by got fired, I mean she just didn't call him any more. This is the peril of the makeup artist: someone is always not going to like what you do. I even heard that the big Kahuna who is now in the sky had a bunch of out takes - by the people who got their makeup done by him during out take time. It's a creative art, so it's always a gamble. If you do the same thing over and over again, you're just stale - and if you take a risk, you put yourself in jeapordy. It's a fine line that we are always skating. It definitely takes a certain kind of person to do this kind of work. Usually a psycho, and I'm not saying that I'm perfectly mentally balanced, but I'm pretty good at it after all this time.


My Day Was Made!

kim | 02 November, 2005 21:31

I am working so hard on my novel, and it's actually finally coming. Thank you, muse, whomever you are. I adore you. You must be gorgeous! Plus, I just got a note from the winner of my book from the Manolo's writing contest. She's a smarty pants law student! I'm sure she's the smartest in her class. Hello, all you luscious creatures at Yale! Study well and purchase Amazing Concealer in Light (only from Sephora's or Amazing Concealer's websites, the display in Sephora is pyech) and a little lip gloss. Bundle up, girls, it's going to be a long winter. But we'll have each other.

It Was A Success!

kim | 01 November, 2005 21:47

I just got reports that the Liza was a success! In other news, I am completely broken out in a Nutrageous constellation, but I did wash my face tonight. Sephora is still out of stock of the Galaxy eyeliner, Hard Candy has it, but I'm going to wait. Whoever has free shipping wins. Know what I mean?

Hey - when I come out with my lipgloss line, will you pay shipping? You'll have to. Unless I sell it on QVC.



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