Just the Tips


Katy and Katie, putting DIYs to the test, so we don’t have to!

I’m not much of a Pinterest gal, but I’ll read Lifehacker occasionally and glance through Martha Stewart Living every now and then (when I decide to blow through money while stuck in an airport). All those crafts and decorations and recipes! I always think the same thing, “I will probably never try that.” It’s saved me tearing out a lot of magazine pages.

Here come Katy and Katie to the rescue!

They best friends and they are hilarious. The Hairpin features their videos, that’s how I first found them, but they are also on tumblr, twitter, and youtube.


Also, truth:

katyandkatie eyebrow game


“The Talk” Goes Terribly Wrong

When I say “The Talk,” I don’t mean that other version of the The View with Sharon Osbourne, I mean “The [SEX] Talk.”

While surfing old articles on The Hairpin, I found this hilarious video in which Julia Sweeney (from SNL and NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!) describes having “The Talk” with her 8 year old daughter.  It seems to take every possible wrong turn.  Stick around for the ending, the best moment is about 10 minutes in.

Post-Valentine’s Day Sweetness

This video from McSweeney’s (and mentioned on The Hairpin) shows the science behind love: the chemicals that light up our brain when we think about the love in our lives.

The Stanford MRI Lab hosts the world’s first ever love competition, in which seven contestants have five minutes to neurochemically love someone as hard as they can.

Go watch that video, and then browse McSweeney’s.  They have a lot of humorous articles written by famous people such as Jesse Eisenberg, Sarah Vowell, and John Hodgman.

McSweeney’s is a publishing company based in San Francisco. As well as operating a daily humor website, we also publish Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, the Believer, Lucky Peach, Wholphin, Grantland Quarterly, and an ever-growing selection of books under various imprints.

For example, from Rethinking Horse Proverbs by

You’re selling yourself short if you accept the idea that you can lead a horse to water but can’t make him drink. Try taking him to a lake where a bunch of other horses are already drinking and then make him feel inadequate for not joining the group. Or put a skewer of olives in the water and tell the horse that the lake is a giant martini.

How about a song?  Why not?  It is from the Kellogg Special K granola bar commercial, the one with all the chocolate ❤

SNL cast/writers guest star in “I Want to Have Your Baby”

I read The Hairpin and The Awl and am now adding SideSpliter to the list.

Splitsider is a website about comedy and the people who create it. It covers movies, TV shows, web videos, books and any other format that exists to make you laugh.

I came across this article today “This Week’s Web Series You Need To Watch: I Wanna Have Your Baby.”  The author, Luke Kelly-Clyne, describes the wed-series as:

Written, created by, and starring SNL writer Christine Nangle alongside a host of other SNL/UCB talent including Vanessa Bayer, Gavin Spieller, Will Hines, and Taran Killam, I Wanna Have Your Baby follows Dolores Santangeli (Nangle) on her escapades as a surrogate mother for hire.

There are six videos so far. Here is the first:

Corrine and Jerry – I Want to Have Your Baby


Also, yes, that is Mike O’Brien (an SNL writer) of Seven Minutes in Heaven fame as the doctor and, yes, Broadway Video is Lorne Michaels’ production company of Portlandia, Baby Mama, and Incredibad.

Make-up Tutorials

I love to watch make-up videos, even though I hardly wear any make-up ever. I just like watching someone do something and listening to their voice. It’s relaxing.

I first started watching Lauren Luke a few years ago. She has a great accent and beautiful eyes. Since starting her channel, she has created her own make-up line, gone back to school, and garnered YouTube fame.

Lauren Luke – Selena Gomez Make up look


My brother also likes to watch make-up videos and he introduced me to Nic and Sam (aka PixieWoo).  They also have great accents and I feel like they are little more professional in their approach.

PixieWoo – Elizabeth Taylor Look


The reason that I wrote this post is because I have recently been watching make-up tutorials by Jane Marie, editor of The Hairpin, formally Jane Feltes of This American Life.  Jane Marie has a great voice, sans accent (well, she has an American accent), and she drinks a bunch of wine during her vids.  Her make-up tutorials are part of the “How to be a Girl” series.

Jane Marie – Foundation, Blush, Bronzer

So, if you are ever looking for a distraction, or a soothing background voice, make-up tutorials are the way to go!