Mad Men… Made-Up Women

Mad Men… Made-Up Women

*Photo courtesy of
Jessica Pare as Megan Draper

I am a little ashamed to admit that despite my obsession with beauty products, most days, my idea of a beauty routine is washing my face, slapping SPF lotion on, and swiping on lip balm.  If I’m feeling fancy, I might smudge some shadow on with my fingers and swirl a little bronzer on my cheeks, too.  That’s why I can’t help but admire the polished and primped glory of the ladies on Mad Men.  Regardless of who your favorite femme is, there is a tutorial for you here. Now go rock that bouffant, meticulously lined cat-eye, and red lip with your cocktail at that Mad Men viewing party you’re headed to.


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Makeup Collections: Into the Gloss’s Top Shelf

Makeup Collections: Into the Gloss’s Top Shelf

I am one of those people you might be hesitant about inviting to your next party because I L-O-V-E sneaking a peek behind the shower curtain to see what kinds of soap and shampoo and conditioner you’ve got, and opening your medicine cabinet to see what kind of toothpaste you use.  Some of my favorite kinds of videos and blog posts from beauty gurus and bloggers are those ridiculously large beauty collections and what’s in my shower type posts.  Maybe it makes me nosy, but who doesn’t have a little bit of a voyeuristic streak in them?

That’s why I adore Into The Gloss for their Top Shelf section, which showcases the actual vanities, bathroom counters, and beauty habits of various fashionable persons.  It’s kind of like the Coveteur, but way more exciting for beauty-philes.  This past week they profiled Anna Sui!  ANNA SUI, people!  I literally let out a tiny yelp of excitement when I saw her pic.  She was one of the first fashion names I ever became familiar with, and Sui Dreams was my first designer fragrance splurge.  I even remember how excited I was when she launched her color cosmetics line, with its black lacquer rose packaging and beautifully bohemian punk vibe.  My first purchase was a purple eyeshadow.  Of course!

Her feature does not disappoint; she is utterly candid and entertaining about her beauty routines and how they’ve evolved over time, and her decor is all you would expect and more.  I absolutely dig her old school hexagonal bathroom tile and the white rose candelabra.

Okay, now that I’m done swooning, I’m off to hunt for lipstick #400.

Staples: Strip & Lube

Strip & Lube

Strip & Lube

Lancome Bi-Facil  / philosophy purity made simple cleansing oil  / Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Cream Cleanser / Cetaphil Normal-to-Oily Daily Facial Cleanser  / St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub / Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask (oops, not the scrub in the picture!)  / Shiseido Benefiance / Olay Complete SPF 30 Sensitive Skin / Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair / The Body Shop Satsuma Body Butter / Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Oil

These products are my tried and true beauty weapons.  As you can see, I’m not terribly picky about high or low end products, provided they are actually effective.  Also apparent – I like to be extremely moisturized.

Like any other beauty junkie, I’ve strayed and have a shamefully large hoard of other goodies that caught my eye and that I need to use up, but these are the staples that have given me consistently great results and that I keep coming back to (some of them for years – I have been using the Neutrogena Acne wash and St. Ives scrub since high school).  The Shiseido eye cream and Estee Lauder serum are more recent additions, given the changing needs of my maturing skin (life changes after you hit 30, yes indeedy).

I also need to give a special shout out to Head & Shoulders shampoo, plain ole Vaseline, and the white Dove beauty bar (not shown) – all amazing classics with high nostalgia factor that probably deserve their own posts.

What are your non-makeup staples?