Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 459

Published in: Just For Fun

So…what is the Monday Poll?

Well, it isn’t exactly a poll. It’s more of a constantly evolving (devolving?), somewhat random list of questions I’ve been putting out to readers every Monday morning for the past NINE (!) years. (It’s like a kickstart for your brain.) I’ve always enjoyed reading your answers in the comments, and I hope you enjoy reading mine. 🙂

1. What’s the earliest you can get up in the morning and still be functional?

Fully functional? Probably 6 a.m. Anything on or before the 5:30 range is still technically doable…but I’ll be really, really out of it, so even though I could do simple tasks like make coffee or feed the cat, I can’t do (not well, at least) more complicated things like drive or, I dunno, chop carrots with a sharp knife.

2. What are you currently wearing on your nails?

I just painted them last night! I’m wearing two coats of Chanel Beige Beige from the spring 2017 collection.

Monday mani: Chanel 556 Beige Beige. @chanelofficial #chanel #nailpolish

A video posted by Karen | Makeup and Beauty Blog (@karenmbb) on

They look like responsible interview nails, LOL! I’ve been defaulting to blues and greens lately, but I felt like trying something different…

3. What are you looking forward to this spring?

So many things! Sunshine, warmer weather (I’m such a California weather wimp), my neighbor’s freesia plants blooming (I look forward to them every year), being able to go jogging and walking outside, dresses and sandals, visiting the Japanese Tea Gardens in SF when the cherry blossoms are in bloom…

4. Three things you’d like to do today?

  1. Catch up on my emails, because I am so behind on them
  2. Do another load of laundry, and I’m not going to say “finish the laundry,” because it never ends, especially with the baby’s stuff. I’m ALWAYS doing laundry.
  3. Attend a mini dance party with Connor Claire

5. What’s a makeup or beauty product you’ve been extra into lately, and why do you love it?

Hourglass Peacemaker Girl Lip Stylo, because it’s a perfect peachy nude, and I can just throw it on without stressin’.

We meet again!

You know what I was thinking this morning? Isn’t it funny how we can learn life lessons, but then forget that we’ve learned them, and then re-learn them later again?

Why do we do that?? Why did we ever forget it in the first place?

This applies to so many things for me, but right now I’m talking about hair. LOL! I usually deal with mine in the mornings, but I had some extra time last night after I put the baby down, so I decided to blow dry and curl it so I wouldn’t have to style it this morning. And it saved so much time!

Anyway, just some food for thought…

Have a good day and a wonderful week, my friend. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. Here are the questions to copy and paste…

1. What’s the earliest you can get up in the morning and still be functional?
2. What are you currently wearing on your nails?
3. What are you looking forward to this spring?
4. Three things you’d like to do today?
5. What’s a makeup or beauty product you’ve been extra into lately, and why do you love it?

Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 433

Published in: Just For Fun, Tabs

Tabs the cat, luxury feline diva

Tabs is definitely a cat of the people, but he can’t deny that he has a taste for the finer things.

When I think of Tabs, I think “luxury personified.” Like, he wears head-to-toe Tiffany jewelry just to walk downstairs and have gravy on a Tuesday.

Hey baby

Tabs the cat, luxury feline diva

Sometimes on Sundays he likes to just sit around and quietly celebrate his fabulous fanciness, so he’ll ask me to light his favorite Tom Ford candle so that he may enjoy his jewels by candlelight.

Chanel me

It’s much more romantic that way. 🙂

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New Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick (Part 2): The Pink and Brown Shades

Published in: Makeup, Product Reviews, Urban Decay

urban decay vice liquid lipstick swatches

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipsticks (the pink and brown shades) from the top: Brat, Naked, Rapture, Backtalk, Trivial, 1993, Amulet, Disturbed, Blackmail, Conspiracy and Studded

ME: Hey, there’s a shade in this line of liquid lipsticks I’m reviewing called “Brat.”

EL HUB: Did they name it after you?

ME:

urban decay studded

He may or may not have a point…

Ooh, yeah! There’s an Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick shade called Brat. And I might be a brat; therefore, I will wear Brat, and I will be extra bratty, with a side of brat, when I wear it. 🙂

urban decay brat liquid lipstick

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in Brat

Round two of the UD Vice Liquid Lipstick swatches (here was round one: the red and orange shades)! These are the pinks, nudes and browns…and some funky brownish taupe business (see: Studded).

urban decay vice liquid lipstick swatches

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipsticks (the pink and brown shades) from the top: Brat, Naked, Rapture, Backtalk, Trivial, 1993, Amulet, Disturbed, Blackmail, Conspiracy and Studded

Just like the reds and oranges from the other day, these all look amaze-balls in pics. Even the metallics! I was so surprised. I had so much drama with the first metallic I tried from this line, golden orange Flame, which was basically a mess on my lips, but all of the metallics in this second batch are flawless. No vertical lip lines, patchiness, no drama.

I think Amulet looks particularly beautiful. I’m not normally a metallics person, either, but I’m totally into it.

urban decay amulet liquid lipstick

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in Amulet

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Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in 931 Noir Pétrole

Published in: Chanel, Makeup, Product Reviews

chanel noir petrole

Yay for Chanel Noir Pétrole Waterproof Eye Liner! I’m also wearing the Chanel Codes Élégants quad on my eyes, Chanel Élégance Powder Blush on my cheeks and Hourglass Girl Lip Stylo in Peacemaker

Why, though?

WHY? Why are so many of the best things limited edition? It’s lunacy, and it’s REALLY annoying. Chanel Noir Pétrole Eyeliner ($33) deserves a permanent position — like the Codes Subtils quad — because if you have brown eyes (and even if you don’t), it’s magic.

Glossy, smoky perfection

I recognize that it’s OTT to get this excited about eyeliners, seeing as there are so many flashier products out there in Makeupville, but I love a schmexy liner, and this one is schmexy.

The color is a little hard to describe, but I’m gonna try. It’s a super dark, hella pigmented khaki black with an essence of golden shimmer for an otherworldly finish that begs the question, “How in the Milky Way did Chanel squeeze so much complexity into one little stick?” It boggles the mind. This beauty is glossy liner perfection.

Chanel Noir Pétrole

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in 931 Noir Pétrole, $33

Manna from heaven for brown-eyed babes (and boys!)

Sometimes when I wear this liner, it’ll look brown. Other times, more khaki. Other times still, more of a glossy blackish brown. Then I’ll catch a glance of myself in the mirror and see the shimmery gold winking at me, and I’ll be like totally feelin’ myself, LOL! “Who’s that girl in the mirror? Oh, ME?” 🙂 This liner will have you doing that. It looks amazing on brown eyes.

But it’s not just for brown eyes

I have a strong suspicion that Noir Pétrole will also enchant hazel eyes as well… I wish El Hub would let me play and put it on his lids. I’d ask, but he won’t even let me curl his luscious lashes (rude!).

Anyway, if you have hazel eyes and have a moment with this, you have to let me know.

chanel noir petrole eye closeup

I’m wearing Noir Pétrole on my lash lines and water lines; the eyeshadow is the Chanel Codes Élégants quad

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Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 370 Élégance

Published in: Chanel, Makeup, Product Reviews

chanel elegance blush

That’s Chanel Élégance blush on my cheeks, Chanel Codes Élégants quad and Noir Petrole liner on my lashes, and Hourglass Peacemaker Girl Lip Stylo on my lips

Isn’t it just so typical? Right when you’re ready to drive down to the neighborhood tattoo parlor to get a tattoo of your favorite Chanel blush, because you love it that much (ahem, Malice!), another one comes along and steals your heart away.

Just goes to show ya…getting a tattoo of your true love blush? Not a good idea.

OK, that sounded really dumb, but that’s OK. We’re just gonna roll with it. 🙂

That glimmer, tho!!

For me with Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 370 Élégance, it was love at first brush. The second this peachy golden bronzed brown glimmered on my cheek, I was like, what?! Come here, baby. You and me — we’re gonna ride or die together.

Chanel Élégance Blush

Chanel Élégance Blush

And it wasn’t just because of the color and how it goes with all 20 of the pink and peach lipsticks and glosses that occupy my purse at any given time, or because of the level of pigment (one or two layers and I’m good), how long it lasts, or how easily it blends. It was also the dainty, demure glimmer…

You guys, the glimmer. THE GLIMMER. The glow is a small step up from a satin — similar to the awesomesauce Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes, and you know I’m a fan of those.

Consider this: wonderful wear time

Élégance is available now for $45, which I know… I. Know. But consider this: This blush lasts an incredibly long time. I put it on right after breakfast the other day (Oatmeal with a handful of chocolate chips… OMG, try it sometime! It’s life changing.), and after a full day and dinner, I still saw it on my cheeks. It was at least nine hours later!

chanel elegance blush

Lovin’ this Chanel Élégance Blush!

Similar Chanel shades?

For the gals who’ve been hoarding/collecting Joues Contraste blushes for years, Élégance is like 58 Fresque’s and 84 Accent’s sister shade. It’s darker than Fresque and more shimmery and peachier than Accent, but they’re all in the same fam and look related.

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