MAD CHIPMUNK

BEAUTY REVIEWS & VINTAGE FINDS

Confessions of an Audiophile

I’ve loved music all of my life and I’m a dedicated fan of vinyl.  As a kid, I spent my allowance on 45’s and always had a lengthy Christmas wishlist of Barbies and the biggest hit records of that year.  When it came to books (Scholastic Book Club in particular) and records, my parents always obliged. Being fans of music and books themselves, I assume they were excited to see their

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Pharmacy: Vienna

When I’m perusing pharmacies in foreign countries, I try to stay focused on skincare and treatments loved by locals and unavailable in the USA.  No reason to spend money on things I can buy at home.  I didn’t see too many brands unique to Vienna in the two pharmacies I popped into but they are well stocked in wonderful French skincare lines.   I picked up a few things such

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Makeup Favorites: September 2018

My makeup routine of the past month including some new discoveries and old favorites.  Wet n Wild Photofocus Foundation – A favorite drugstore foundation of mine. It’s light to medium coverage. I use the shade, Soft Ivory. Available at Ulta. Tarte Undereye Corrector – I love peachy cream corrector concealers. I’m on my second pot of this one. It’s not too heavy under the eyes, counters my undereye darkness and

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Hall of Fame: Micellar Cleansing Water

Micellar water is a decades-old French creation supposedly due to the days of poor plumbing and awful tap water.  No one wanted to wash their face in it.  Most skincare brands have jumped onto the trend by now with their own version.   Don’t confuse micellar water with toner.  Micellar water is a cleansing water that removes makeup and hydrates the skin.  Some have instructions not to rinse off.  I

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Sunday BBQ For One

This being the last weekend of summer, I decided to barbeque.  As a vegetarian, I don’t partake as often as some but I do love the opportunity to toss some veggie dogs onto the BBQ. My brother-in-law made this awesome cast iron grill and gave it to me as a Christmas gift.  It’s perfect. I bought these milk rolls from Trader Joe’s to use for my hot dog buns.  

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95 Year Old Workwear

Collecting American vintage workwear has been an interest of mine for a while.  Finding sources for very old denim can be tough and I didn’t have any luck until I found a few of vendors at a vintage clothing fair a couple of years ago.   I own two pieces of vintage workwear; a pair of blue denim jeans from the 1930’s, and these Hickory Striped trousers from the early 1920’s.

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10 Beautiful Things

10 stories of inspiration for your Monday morning.  1. The Most Beautiful Spot in Every U.S. State 2. 5 Beautiful New Orleans Homes 3. How to Set Up Your First Kitchen 4. 10 Ways You’re Making Your Life Harder Than It Has To Be 5. Dirty Car Owners Find Their Cars “Vandalized” 6. Photochrome Images From The 1890’s 7. Modern Victorian Decor In Your Home 8. 21 Genius Grandparents’ Cooking Tips  9. 8 Money Habits You Really

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Pharmacy: Stockholm

I always bring back a sampling of beauty products when I visit a new city.  The amount of which is usually dictated by how much room I have in my suitcase.  I love to explore the numerous offerings (foreign to me) in far away pharmacies.  When I’m able to strike up a conversation with the store clerk, I enjoy learning which creams, treatments, and routines their local clientele gravitate toward as well as

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5 Things To Love About Summer (From Someone Who Hates Summer)

Seriously.  I know it sounds harsh but I do hate summer.  Always have.  As a kid, I was happy to be out of school but that was literally the only thing I liked about summer.  I want boots and jackets, falling leaves, hot drinks, a cool breeze or crisp air, and Mac and Cheese.  I love Snow Days.  I want to live as close to the Arctic Circle as possible.

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Talking Palettes

I am long overdue for an edit and declutter of my eyeshadow palettes.  I’m a huge fan of palettes because you almost always get more for your money considering a single eyeshadow can average $6.00 at the drugstore, MAC eyeshadows are $17.00 each, and more for single luxury eyeshadows.  Armani single eyeshadows are a whopping $32.00 a piece.   Having said that, I’ve vowed not to buy any new palettes

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