wearing colors from the new $48 Smashbox heat Wave Eye shadow palette on my eyes
I’m equal parts enthralled and dismayed that there’s a TV show called America’s Worst Tattoos.

My mind wanders when it’s on…drifting like an asteroid in the Kuiper belt, but then I start to feel guilty for enjoying it, because I know that I must probably be doing something productive instead, maybe reading something a lot more substantial, like The Grapes of Wrath or For Whom the Bell Tolls or Are You There, God? It’s Me Margaret.


But I have learned one or two things from the show, like that there is A lot of tattoo regret out there, and that because of my fickle nature, I must restrict myself to tattoos of the momentary cracker Jack variety.

I’m way, waaaaaay too fickle for permanent ink.

Even if I went with something safe, like a picture of Tabs, how would I decide which one?? A single photo of Tabs to stare at for all eternity? But…he has so lots of good looks.


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T-Money insists on being hand fed at snack time
As an example of my fickleness, I can’t decide whether I like the powder eye shadows in the new Smashbox heat Wave Eye shadow palette a lot more when they’re applied wet or when they’re applied dry.

I like both ways for different reasons.

Flexible like WHOA!

Smashbox created this palette of 10 warm and neutral summer shades to be worn wet or dry. A big WHOOP-WHOOP for that, right?

Why wet?

When I wear ’em wet, I like to spray my brush head with water or a setting spray like MAC Fix+, which cranks up the colors and shimmer. The soft powders blend and spread on my lids like butter on toast.

The top row eye shadows…
Fallout frustrations

Wearing them wet also prevents fallout, which can get pretty gnarly with these when I wear them dry, especially when I don’t remember to unload the excess from my brush first before applying.

If it slips my mind, little specks and flecks of powder appear on my cheeks, in my hair (yup!), my lashes, and often even in my brows.

The bottom row eye shadows…
Dry me a river

I also like the softer effect I get from wearing them dry.

Say, for instance, someone we know cried at the dentist today (let’s call her Karen). The tears streaming from her eyes didn’t completely spoil her makeup because of how forgiving the semi-transparent shadows were/are.

The same must hold true for blending mistakes, too.

You’re wearing me out!

Either way, applied wet or dry, these shadows stick around for a respectable amount of time. I start to see some creasing, and maybe a bit of fading, about six hours in.

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I like this palette.

Tahdon. I dig the mix of warm and neutral colors and how they opt for one another, but fallout like this from a $48 palette?

I don’t think so.

Best for…

A flexible feline. someone trying to find a flexible eye shadow palette with classic summer shades in warm and neutral colors who doesn’t mind having to deal with fallout.

PRICE: $48
AVAILABILITY: limited edition, available now at Sephora stores and online
MAKEUP and appeal blog RATING: B

Dental drama

Well, shoot. found out today that I have “deep pockets,” and unfortunately, it’s not the kind that involves dolla-dolla-bills-y’all.

My dental appointment this afternoon involved some intense scraping, tears (I’m such a baby, but what else is new?) and antibiotics.

Now I have to stay away from sticky and crunchy foods for a week, so no caramel, popcorn, Rice Crispy treats…



On the bright side, I didn’t have any cavities. So I celebrated by stopping by See’s on the way home to get a Milk chocolate Buttercream.

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