NARS Last Resort Collection Temporary Tattoos and Tahiti Bronzer [VIDEO]

Published in: Makeup, NARS, Video

I can only imagine what my mom would say about my current state of tattoo-ness.

“Tattoos are for sailors…”

That’s probably what she’d say, and then insert disapproving frown [HERE].

But I’m kind of liking being tatted up! — albeit it’s a temporary thing with these new NARS temporary tattoos. I feel like a different person.

Just another quick video. I’m also wearing the new Tahiti Bronzer. Both are from the new Last Resort Collection, available now at Sephora.

As always, purr usual, thank you for watching. :)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

MAC Haute & Naughty Waterproof Lash Is a Good Monday Through Fri-Yay Mascara

Published in: Eyes, MAC Makeup, Makeup, Product Reviews

MAC Haute & Naughty Waterproof Lash

MAC Haute & Naughty Waterproof Lash mascara ($22), available now online and at MAC counters

MAC’s new Haute & Naughty Waterproof Lash mascara ($22) made it through the “AVOID EMOTIONAL TRIGGERS” dates on my calendar with flying colors, so it’s alright by me.

Yes…there really is a 10-day block of time highlighted in red on the calendar that I share with El Hub, and there really is a note on it (in all caps) that says, “AVOID EMOTIONAL TRIGGERS.”

I consider it a courtesy alert for my husband, so that he knows to prepare for possible PMS-induced mood swings, and thus stay outta my way…lest he suffer the consequences.

Haha! Kidding. :)

Kind of.

OK, not really.

I’ll be going along, doop-da-doo, happy as a lark with a clam, until out of nowhere — BOOM! — I’ll see a commercial about adoptable kittens or read a sad story on Facebook, and just like that, I’ll start crying.

Hence the need for waterproof mascara like Haute & Naughty Waterproof Lash.

Like the other day, I was thinking about the first time I met Tabs (it was about eight years ago), when it occurred to me that he’s not going to be around forever…

*sniffs*

I burst into tears! My baby cat is getting older. :(

Waterproof Lash is MAC’s latest addition to their Haute & Naughty Lash mascara line, and it’s available in a single shade, a deep glossy black called Shockproof.

MAC Haute & Naughty Waterproof Lash

Like MAC’s other Haute & Naughty line mascaras, depending on how you twist off the cap, you can load the brush in one of two ways, with either more (in this case, twisting it off from the sparkly section) or less (twisting it off from the dark blue section) product. Load the brush with extra product for thicker, fuller lashes, or with less product for less volume, but better length and lots o’ separation.

I like to create a lash cocktail, starting with two layers for length and separation, followed by a final layer with the thicker application to add some drama for yo’ mama.

The result is noticeable, but not cray (no spider lashes!), criss-crossing lashes with fullness at the base.
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What’s the Craziest, Most Outrageous Look You’ve Ever Done With Your Makeup?

Published in: Just For Fun

Disco Diva Flashback

It’s probably not crazy compared to those transformative looks people do where they turn themselves into mountain lions or green aliens from two galaxies away, but for me it was pretty crazy.

A few years ago I did a Halloween look — I think I was supposed to be a disco diva — with sparkly eyes and super shiny lips.

Disco Diva Flashback

It was A LOT of look.

But it was made extra cray by the fact that the day I did it, I had painters coming over to paint my kitchen, and so it was me, these two gruff dudes and, like, all this glitter and crazy lipgloss, and I was wearing a black sequined capri-length jumpsuit.

I looked completely insane, and the entire time I’m trying to be cool. I’m like, “Please leave the ceiling color. We’re very happy with that,” and “No need to paint the trim. If you could please just paint the room that flat matte.”

Disco Diva Flashback

But the whole time I’m dressed like this disco diva crazy person. :)

How about you? What’s the craziest, most outrageous look you’ve ever done with your makeup?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S.

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More Pics and Swatches of the MAC Bao Bao Wan Collection Beauty Powder and Lipsticks

Published in: Daily Photo

MAC Matte Lipstick in Lavender Jade

MAC Matte Lipstick in Lavender Jade ($17.50)

I keep wanting to say “MAC Bao Bao wow!” because of Forbidden Sunrise, the head-turning, heartbreaking, traffic-stopping bright orange lipstick that basically has all the good stuff I like in a bold lipstick.

Lavender Jade is no slouch, either. Powerfully pigmented and oh, so purple.

Here are more pics and swatches of the MAC Bao Bao Wan collection Lipsticks ($17.50 each; here are three of the four in the collection) and Beauty Powder ($28), which are available now on the MAC website, at MAC counters and in stores Bao Bao now.

Bao Bao WOW!

MAC Matte Lipstick in Forbidden Sunrise

Matte Lipstick in Forbidden Sunrise

MAC Lustre Lipstick in Romantic Breakdown

Lustre Lipstick in Romantic Breakdown (I’ve had my share of romantic breakdowns, haha…)

MAC Bao Bao Wan Lipsticks

From the left: Forbidden Sunrise, Lavender Jade and Romantic Breakdown

MAC Beauty Powder in Summer Opal

Beauty Powder in Summer Opal


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The MAC Julia Petit Collection: Flexible, Fabulous Colors for Everyone

Published in: Collections, MAC Makeup, Product Reviews

MAC Julia Petit Collection

Wearing Petite Red Lipstick from the new MAC Julia Petit collection coming March 12 to the MAC website and March 18 to MAC stores and counters

If all makeup collections tell a story, then for me, the new MAC Julia Petit collection starts in a colorful cafe somewhere in the heart of São Paulo.

Our heroine, uber-famous Brazilian lifestyle blogger Julia Petit, is sitting at a table outside with a girlfriend e uma xícara de café. They’re chatting about makeup and cats and laughing and having fun.

Over the course of a couple hours, more friends trickle in, taking seats around the table and ordering coffee and snacks, until every square inch of table space is packed.

Some pieces from the new MAC Julia Petit collection

Eight of 11 pieces in the new MAC Julia Petit collection

That’s how this collection feels like to me. It’s like, all the girls are there, and everyone’s enjoying themselves, and absolutely nobody feels left out.

In the time I’ve spent with the collection so far, I get a strong sense of inclusiveness, like Julia wanted flexible colors that would suit everyone.

From the neutrals in the eyeshadow duos to the blush and the lipsticks, all of them seem very accessible to me, which is to say that there aren’t any crazy-pants blackened forest green eye glosses here (although those certainly have their time and place!).

From the matte browns in the eyeshadow duos, the red lipstick (always a classic), the soft pinkish peach lipstick (do neutral lips ever go out of style? HELL NAW!) and the peachy pinkish bronze powder blush (which should look AMAZEBALLS with or without a tan), I’m also getting a trend-defying ladylike vibe.

That said, there’s still room for bad-girl black eyeliner and a pair of @ss-kicker motorcycle boots. The deep violet matte lipstick adds just enough rebelliousness for gals who like their makeup with an edge.

MAC Julia Petit Lipsticks from the left: Boca, Petite Red and Acai

Lipsticks from the left in Boca, Petite Red and Acai

All three of these lipsticks are wish list worthy. Satiny soft pinkish nude Boca, matte strawberry cream Petite Red and matte deep violet Acai are a saturated symphony of smoothness that would make Fred and Ginger proud.

MAC Julia Petit Lipstick in Boca

Lipstick in Boca

MAC Julia Petit Lipstick in Petite Red

Lipstick in Petite Red

MAC Julia Petit Lipstick in Acai

Lipstick in Acai

Same goes for the soft pinkish brown Powder Blush in Linda. Super pigmented, and it lasts all day long on my cheeks (for reference, I have combo dry/oily skin). As for the finish? Swoon city.

MAC Julia Petit Powder Blush in Linda

Powder Blush in Linda

At first glance, I think it totally looks like a matte on my skin (so there’s no drama involving my pores, YAY!), but when I look closer…I see a lovely, subtle sheen.

Perfect, because I love the look of glowing skin and cheeks. I think Linda will definitely help in that pursuit.

I’m Team Glowing Skin all the way!

Then there are the eyeshadow duos, which get two paws up from me for their smooth matte finishes and wearability. They’re a good place to start if you’re completely new to eye makeup.

MAC Julia Petit Eye Shadow X 2 in Morganite

Eye Shadow X 2 in Morganite

MAC Julia Petit Eye Shadow X 2 in Sagu

Petit Eye Shadow X 2 in Sagu

MAC Julia Petit Eye Shadow X 2 in Moving Sand

Eye Shadow X 2 in Moving Sand


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