ColourPop is now at Ulta!

After an initial foray into bricks-and-mortar stores at Sephora, ColourPop has arrived at Ulta!  The collection includes liquid lip colors, eye shadows, and highlighters.  You may order ColourPop through or select stores.

For the benefit of my readers in the DC metro area, here are the local Ulta stores that carry ColourPop:


20 Ultimate Things to Do in #Montreal #Quebec #Canada

Parks, food, and more. I missed all this when I was in Montreal last spring. So there’s more to Montreal than Leonard Cohen and Pharmaprix and Jean Coutu.

Basilica of Montreal

Montreal is a city of old beauty, charm, and multi-cultural influences—not just French and Anglo, but Italian, Indian, Portuguese, Jewish, and Vietnamese (just to name a few).

Source: 20 Ultimate Things to Do in Montreal

#MusicMonday – Nancy LaMott – All Those #Christmas Cliches

Nancy LaMott was a cabaret singer who broke out into radio and the national and international scene in the 1990s. Plagued by serious illnesses for much of her life, she died from uterine cancer on December 30, 1995, only 17 days before her 44th birthday. Her priest blessed her union with Peter Zapp, a little more than an hour before she died.

According to her father, she sang along with Barbra Streisand records when she was a girl. It shows. Sometimes my husband and I confuse Nancy LaMott for Barbra Streisand when we hear her recordings on WPFW 89.3 FM’s Sunday afternoon program The American Songbook.

It was through The American Songbook that I discovered All Those Christmas Cliches. It’s wistful and takes me back to childhood. Even today Christmas lights fill me with happiness and wonderment.

From four years ago:

My husband and I came back from India last Sunday.  It was not a happy occasion.  My mother-in-law passed away late last month, and we went back to perform rites.  Her passing hit me hard: she was the last of our parents to go.

To change the subject, as we were returning to the U.S., I realized that I missed much of the Christmas season! At the Dubai airport (our layover), there were Christmas trees (or should I say “holiday trees”?) and Christmas songs, but any reference or allusion to Christ was suppressed.  When we arrived home on Sunday, December 15, I realized that there were only 10 calendar days to Christmas.

We arrived in the morning.  By the afternoon, I was ready to nap.  I turned on WPFW 89.3 FM to listen to The Great American Songbook …

That’s what I long for: All Those Christmas Cliches.

Best of #beauty – Hourglass, Cover FX and more

Best of beauty

Clockwise from top left:

Hourglass Vanish™ Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

A creamy stick foundation that serves as both a full-coverage foundation and concealer.  I like blending it with my Sigma 3DHD™ Kabuki Brush.

Cover FX Clear Cover Invisible Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Don’t like the whitish cast of many sunscreens? Then try Cover FX Clear Cover Invisible Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30.  This sunscreen goes on clear and has a serum-y consistency.

Touch in Sol No Poreblem Primer – press sample

An unbelievably silky face primer with a serum-y consistency from K-Beauty brand Touch in Soul

L.A. Colors 5-Color Matte Eyeshadow Palette

OK, so the eye shadows aren’t silky, but they have good pigmentation.  A bargain at USD $1.50.  Yep, you read that right: one dollar and fifty cents.  Like neutrals as much as I do? Then try Tan Khaki, Brown Tweed, or Natural Linen (shown).

Jane Iredale Daytime eyeshadow palette

The perfect neutral eyeshadow palette

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Jane

One swipe, and you’re done.  Jane (Fonda? Birken?) is described as “terracotta rose.”  The terracotta makes the rose less precious. For other terracotta faves, visit Meet the Lipstick Shade That’ll Replace Your Nudes This Fall.

Burt’s Bees Satin Lipstick

Burt’s Bees Satin Lipstick is every bit as good as luxury lipsticks (including NARS).  It’s a great value at USD 9.00. My lipstick wardrobe includes Burt Bee’s Satin Lipsticks in Ruby Ripple and Russet River.  Buy wherever Burt’s Bees are sold (and that’s practically everywhere).

IsaDora Eye Shadow Quartet in Muddy Nudes

Yes, I sprang for the IsaDora eye shadow palettes as soon as they became available on  I am delighted with the smoothness and pigmentation of the eye shadow quartet and the subtle gradation of shades.

#MusicMonday Nat King Cole “The #Christmas Song”

In tribute to the holidays, here is Nat “King” Cole singing “The Christmas Song”, better known by its opening lines:

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire


The Christmas Song was written by Mel Tormé, a crooner in his own right, and Bob Wells.  It is among the Top 10 Christmas songs written by Jews, from ‘Silver Bells’ to ‘Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow.”


Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year is …

(drum roll, please) Ultra Violet!

Pantone used to be for industry insiders only; now it announces its Color of the Year to great fanfare.  Here is a color story for Ultra Violet:

Actually, Pantone created 8 palettes (Sigh.  I miss the color stories in InStyle).

Source: Pantone Color of the Year 2018 Tools for Designers I Ultra Violet 18-3838

Think that store closings are due to online shopping? Think again.

Private equity firms are driving major retailers into bankruptcy by buying stores and then paying themselves back by stripping the companies of their assets. Stores incur huge debts, are unable to modernize and become less attractive for shoppers. Sears and Kmart are prime examples.  Eddie Lampert, a hedge fund owner who incidentally (or maybe not!) was Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s roommate at Yale, bought these companies.

The greed of the hedge funds and equity buyout companies is literally stripping these companies of all their assets, shuttering them down and causing the loss of millions of retail jobs, a byproduct of financial schemes that some call robbery. So when you see the abandoned buildings, don’t blame Amazon. Blame the financial wizards who have come up with this new scheme to suck companies dry for their funds’ personal gain, with no concern for their employees.

The rich get richer, the poor get the picture … HT Midnight Oil

Source: How Predatory Private Equity Firms Are Destroying Our Shopping Centers