About Me

I have a friend in Tennessee who loves Armani lipstick. She doesn’t live near enough to an Armani counter to go check out the new releases, and in the summer of 2008, Armani had a new lipstick collection. My friend was lamenting to me how unhelpful the colored circles on Armani’s website were, and how frustrating it is having to shop blind.

Living in Dallas (a shopping mecca, with representation for almost every brand), I said that it would be no trouble to go to the counter, swatch a few shades on my hand, and go outside to take a picture.

A few weekends later I did the same thing with some Chanel lipsticks, and it occurred to me that I could make a blog out of this.

I’m 32. I started out in journalism, working for a newspaper; I spent several years working in advertising. Now I blog full-time. (I also contribute to Neiman Marcus’s blog, and post videos on YouTube.)

I’m fair, but not the palest person I know. I’m roughly an NW15/20 on MAC’s scale. My current price-is-no-object favorite foundation is Chantecaille Future Skin in Porcelain (it’s just so INVISIBLE, and so perfect a color match). I also wear Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer in Porcelain or Armani Face Fabric shade 2, and I’ve also been matched to MAC Face & Body in N1, Chantecaille Real Skin in Fresh, Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 3.75, NARS Sheer Glow in Mont Blanc (got to sheer this one out a bit with moisturizer), Make Up For Ever HD foundation 115, and Shu Uemura Face Architect Fluid in 774. My arms don’t always match my face (especially at the end of a summer of swatching).

Anyway, thank you for reading — I hope I can help you find what you’re looking for.

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40 Responses to “About Me”

  • lilpea says:

    karla, just a big thankyou for this blog, I love it! please keep up the great work!

  • Romy says:

    Love this column! Thanks for the MAC eyeshadow color swatches.

    I am a conservative, for years I’ve been using only ONE MAC eyeshadow — Satin Taupe, which I dearly love, I have brown eyes and am Asian.

    However, time to get another and I am leaning towards the more natural, closer to skin tone shade.

    Thank you so much for your blog.

  • Jen says:

    This is an amazing website! Love seeing all the latest launches, and the swatches are the best – really show the colours and textures well. Keep up the good work! xxx

  • Mary says:

    Hi Karla,
    Your site is truly brilliant !
    The swatches are so helpful and you are worth your weight in gold.
    All the very best !

  • Style Souk says:

    This website is a BLESSING to me and has saved so many expensive mistakes.

    Thank you, Karla!

    Sarah x

    STYLE SOUK – Fashion and Beauty Blog

  • Jane says:

    I love your website. I think I check it almost everytday!
    I would love to see the By Terry products swatched when you have a chance.

  • Gracie says:

    What a helpful site! I just discovered that I made the right choice of a Bobbi Brown shadow I just purchased online (after actually seeing your swatches), but visiting your site first would have made my painstaking decision making a lot easier… I’ve got you bookmarked for my next online makeup purchases! :) Thank you, Karla!

    - Gracie

    - J

  • Dela says:

    Hi Karla, I love your blog. I live in India and buy a lot of stuff online so I’m normally buying blind without any swatches. I am so happy I found your site. Keep up the awesome work.

  • MariaC says:

    Hi Karla, I’m so grateful for your blog, and swatches. It has greatly helped me, and I personally feel you have the best swatches on the web.

  • Janet says:

    I bookmarked your site The Best Swatch site. Your site is very helpful.

  • Tina says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now and I just wanted to thank you because you have been a tremendous help. Unlike so many other sites the fact that you are so fair and thorough, especially when it comes to displaying and labeling swatches, has really helped me make decisions. Makeup is expensive but well worth the cost (in my opinion) when you know what you’re doing and you have really helped me to make wise choices.

  • debby says:

    hi karla i’m so glad with u, this blog is amazing thank u for share us all
    good look

  • Patty says:

    saw a post on Facebook about Lancome shades and it brought me to this site. I love it, a place for product junkies like myself and the swatches really helped me when I go lipstick shopping, not like I need more, but hey you can never have enough! thanks again! ;)

  • anna says:

    love your blog. Your chanel lipstick swatches are awesome! will definitely read your post regularly :)

  • manuella says:

    Your blog is very helpful. I’m fair (NW15 on MAC’s scale, sometimes NW20 in summer) with brown hair. In make up I love Bobbi Brown looks, I also appreciate stronger looks but afraid with my fair skin (don’t want to look like a gothic !!). I love your style and the way you do swatches and reviews.
    All the best
    Manuella (Paris-France)

  • Nancy says:

    Greetings Karla,
    Your site has been such a help to me regarding the description of shades and colors! I found it accidently and have saved a small fortune(as least to me)already.
    Those swatches on your arms have helped me get perfect shades in lipsticks, blushes and foundation. I love Armani foundation also and the online site doesn’t get close to the colors I have ordered…none of the others such as Nordstrom, Saks, etc. do either. Thanks a lot. Nancy

  • Cara says:

    Karla, you’re the absolute best! Not only are your swatches amazingly accurate but we have the same coloring, AND taste. Keep posting your favorites—I follow your recommendations with devotion! :)

  • Dee says:

    Excellent descriptions, colour swatches & photos are amazing. I live in the country, in Australia & often buy Online, so your Blog has helped me many times to reach a decision. Thank you so very much, Karla! Please don’t ever stop Blogging! :)

  • Lisa Adams says:

    I have been a fan for sometime but have not been able to figure out how to subscribe to your blog. It’s probably obvious, but I’m going to need you to point me in the right direction! Thanks for all the great blogging! Lisa

  • Julie Park says:

    Hi Karla, Omg I am just thrilled to read this bio about you and where you’re from! I am also from Dallas and had no idea you were residing here as well. I am already a huge fan of your blog (due to your amazing swatches) but this just made me love your site even more! I always felt like everyone was located in the west or east coast. Nice to meet you and look forward to your fantastic blog posts!

  • Tami says:

    Love the blog….I’ve also recently started to take advantage of my wavy hair (which was not wavy until about a year ago, not sure what’s up with that!). I LOVE your hair, and was wondering if you could tell me a little bit about how it is cut. My stylist has put two sets of layers in, one a little shorter on top and the other a bit longer. Seems to leave the top waves pretty flat. How is your style cut?


    Tami O.

  • I just looove your blog!! Congrats!

  • Dawn says:

    great site!

  • clara michishima says:

    you are the best!!!!! this is the best blog that i have ever found!!!!!!

  • Dama Lewis says:

    I just found your blog, and am so thrilled. Seeing the swatches on you are a world away from looking at the online samples. Ironically, it doesn’t help me narrow my selecctions, but it does help me decide which 20+ blush shades I absolutely can’t live without! LOL! Thank you!

  • Tiger says:

    This is absolutely brilliant! Saves you so much time going around the shops trying everything and so much money buying the wrong stuff online! Thanks for your effort! Brilliant job! Keep this up and thank you for sharing.

  • Chelsfofo says:


    Thank you so much for your hard work and effort. If there are ever any affiliate/ contests you are entering personally to win goodies, please let us know. I would love to be able to help out somehow when you show so many amazing things!

    Chelsfofo =)

  • Marta says:

    I love you!! This is so amazing!! I could cry when I found this site!!

    You are amazing1

  • Kristen fuller says:

    just discovered your blog by accident so glad

  • jasminka petrish says:

    Out if curiosity are you of Croatian descent? Loved your site.

  • mary says:

    hi seems lancome does not make eht blush subtil bronze glow…..i’ve tried every big store…they don’t have a substitute, can you help…thank you

  • Sqeaky says:

    I need your help desperately! How can I find a discontinued Chanel lipstick that has been discontinued? Please help me!!!

    I love your site & visit it daily. Your swatches are superb!

  • Paige says:

    Your blog is just wonderful, so insightful I love your detailed description of the products and how you have used them in the past (ie: diluting forndation with moisturizer). your details about your (skin, eyes, hair) coloring and that of those commenting with their coloring, product shades that work for them and sometimes ethnicity is also very helpful & a great place to start for me when choosing a brand or product. Thank you! Also, :) it is nice to know other women have way too many lipgloss, stain stick, balm colors in their purses and drawers!

    What a brilliant career and fan following you have! Congrats!

  • MONA says:

    Hey Karla your blog is very interesting ….:)

  • Heather says:

    Just wanted to say hello and thank-you from London. I stumbled across your blog last Spring and am now visting regularly to do research before I go shopping. I guess someone over here must be doing it too, but you seem to have *everything* and your photos are fantastic!

  • Nar says:

    Is this blog still active?

  • Lais says:

    Not sure if active, but still useful. Finally I found the person who belongs the striped arm. Very useful pictures taken in a proper day light. Thank you so much from Ireland :)
    I shop better because of you!

  • Sun Lee says:

    Thank you SO MUCH! I can’t tell you how helpful I’ve found your blog, and how many times I’ve been on it to check out this swatch or that! I live in San Francisco and don’t have any problems finding products, but you have saved me many a trip downtown!

  • Anne says:

    Hello Karla,

    I don’t know how else to contact you, but I thought you would like to know that this eBay seller is using your photos:


    Anyway, thanks for your blog. I really appreciate your swatches.

  • Donna says:

    Anytime I want to purchase anything make up related I go to Karla’s sugar website and at the counter I know exactly what to ask for! This blog is a life saver I love it! <3 from Las Vegas, NV keep up the amazing work!!!

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