Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Interesting that I *loathe* the American Idol group performances about as much as I absolutely *love* the So You Think You Can Dance group performances.

(Although I would love to be in a dance studio learning from Paula Abdul. She may be crazy but I love her choreography from her old videos back in the day!)

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Urban Decay sale - 30% off

Ooh... this is a good one, you guys! is having a Friends and Family sale (30% off) from April 6-17th using code FNFS9.

It looks like they have a bunch of other promotions going on as well - free shipping for orders over $50 and free lipstick sample for orders over $35.

Not sure what to get? Here are some of my favorite UD products:

Deluxe Shadow Box, $38

See my full review here.

Eyeshadow Ammo Shadow Box, $36

I like this palette a lot as well... the only thing I don't like is that 4 out of the 10 shadows have that chunky glitter that I can't stand! (I just hate having that glitter fall out on your face that you can't remove. What's worse is when you get the glitter everywhere else as well!)

Eyeshadow Primer Potion
, $17

This seems to be a staple for a lot of people. I personally firmly believe in using an eyeshadow base (click here for why) and this one works great. Although cool looking, some people complain about the packaging because the wand applicator can't reach all the product in the bottle. Unless you cut it open and scoop it out, you end up wasting a lot of product. Another popular alternative is Too Faced Shadow Insurance which comes in a tube. As a side note, I have heard UDPP is better for those with oily lids - although I think I have oily lids and I don't really notice a difference between that and TFSI.

24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Travel Set, $29

These are great if you like "samplers", like I do. These aren't my everyday eyeliners but I like them when I want to mix it up and add some fun color accents. I have the "Velvet Rope" set which is the one in front that has more of the neutral colors. The "VIP" set has the brighter and more colorful pencils. Here are the colors in each set:

- Velvet Rope: Yeyo (metallic white), 1999 (plum w/ teeny gold glitter), Zero (zealous black), Bourbon (brown w/ teeny gold glitter), Stash (dark green/gold)
- VIP: Zero (zealous black), Lucky (brilliant deep copper), Covet (peacock green), Electric (bright aquamarine), Lust (plush purple)

Happy Shopping! Let me know if you pick up anything.

Mini sets of your fave TV shows!

Does this "set" look familiar?

How about this one?

Aren't these cool? I guess they are dioramas from old TV show sets. See a bunch more here!

And in case you couldn't figure them out, the sets are from "Family Ties" and "Three's Company".

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Jon & Kate Plus 8 unfortunately continues...

Saw this on Entertainment Weekly's blog:

'Jon & Kate Plus 8' gets another season: Are we happy?

My answer: Heck no! But I guess at this point, I'm indifferent to the whole thing.

My sister got me hooked on the show awhile back and I was a very dedicated viewer. It was so cute seeing how a couple deals with doing basic every day things but with the challenge of tackling this with one set of twins and one set of very young (and adorable) sextuplets - things like how they go to the grocery, make dentist trips, go to church, go clothes shopping, or buy new bedroom furniture. Sure there were the occasional "non-typical activity" episodes like when Kate got her tummy tuck and Jon got his hair implants (both at no charge to them), but I went along with it.

Then I slowly became more and more disenchanted with Jon and Kate. It was a little sketchy when regular participants (such as Kate's BFF, Beth, and her caring and patient sister-in-law, Aunt Jodi) no longer appeared in the episodes. It was later reported (and I think confirmed) that Kate broke off all ties with them when she got word that TLC had offered to pay them for their show appearances.

And then the show no longer covered day-to-day activities... it was more like a travel channel show where the family would get treated to complimentary trips everywhere but they would still act like this struggling family. I think I heard they would still collect donations/offerings at churches during their speaking events.

I decided to finally kick them off my DVR after the wedding in Hawaii episode. That was like the epitome of how the show has dramatically changed from its early beginnings. 1) They get this all expenses paid trip to some luxury resort in Hawaii 2) They decide to renew their wedding vows yet they are so nasty to each other - and do you really need to renew vows 9 years later or whatever it was? 3) The only family present was family Jon hadn't seen in years - where were all the people they were so close to in previous years? I don't know... it was so over the top.

And then they moved into that ridiculously huge mansion that is so huge that they have no idea where their kids are.

Eh... it just has lost all the charm that was present in the first couple of seasons. And more importantly, I feel bad for the kids and that they have to live such an exposed life. There are so many embarrassing moments for the kids. I'm sure the other kids (classmates/friends) must tease them about it later, especially for the twins. I know I wouldn't want my meltdowns broadcast for all the world to see.

I was hoping this would have been the last season especially with all the negative reports going on. (Jon + Kate = Disaster, Lookin good, Jon Gosselin, Show Biz: Jon + Kate + 8 = $$$) But I guess they decided to continue with this show anyway. I think this is a bad idea but the ratings are the highest they've ever been so I'm not too surprised.

I'm sure there is a lot more going on that I don't know about but I worry about those kids and I think it's time to get them out of this "The Truman Show"-like atmosphere.

Anyone else catch this show?