Comment to Win a $50 eGift Card From Sephora! (Ends Monday)

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Rise and shine, morning glory. Happy caturday. :) Thank you for all of your kinds words and encouragement this week and for letting me lean on you for a bit. Maybe someday I can return the favor. I get teary every single time I go into the comments on the Quick Hello post from a few days ago.

I’m feeling a lot better already, partially because I’ve made some headway on cleaning my office. I mean…it still looks like a hornet’s nest, but I have done a lot of purging and a little reorganizing, so one step is better than no steps, I guess.

I hope that you’re having a nice morning so far. What are you up to over there?

I’m just going to continue my office cleaning project and maybe (probably) play with some makeup. I do have to hit up the dollar store and The Container Store a little later, but that’s about it. That’s what I’m doing this weekend.

But right now I’m having breakfast. I made more of those Flourless Thumbprint Oatmeal Cookies (yum!) and some scrambled eggs. And some chai tea, which I’m very excited about. :)

Have a great weekend, my friend. Talk to you soon.

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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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New Bargain Bling: Loft Necklaces on Serious Sale

Published in: Daily Photo

Because woman cannot live on chunky statement jewelry alone, I picked up these dainty necklaces from Loft. Better still — I got ‘em on sale.

ON SALE!

Those are magic words right there…

I’m actually starting to rue the day I discovered that Loft is kind of the sh*t, because, dude — I kid you not — they always have a sale, and none of those wimpy 10% off sales. These sales are usually 40-60% off, which is, like, two steps away from free. LOL!

At least that’s what I tell El Hub when I come home with a Loft shopping bag. :)

The gold necklace is the Delicate Crystal Triangle Necklace, originally $29.50 but currently on sale for $24.88, plus an additional 60% off. The final price? $9.95. I’m wearing it in these pics as a layering necklace. (I can’t remember the designer of the “K” necklace I’m also wearing, though. My bad.)

The silver one is the Delicate Pave Circle Necklace. Same drill. Originally $29.50, but now $9.95 after 60% off.

Another thing I like about these necklaces is that you can wear them in different lengths. See all the loops in the back of the chain? You can use them to take the necklace up or down, depending on your outfit and mood.

Yay for bling on sale! :)

The MAC In Extra Dimension Eye Shadows Are Becoming Permanent Fixtures in Spacetime

Published in: Eyes, MAC Makeup

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The new MAC Extra Dimension Eye Shadows ($22 each), coming May 7 to MAC stores, counters and online

Apologies for just powering my way through this quick look at the new MAC Extra Dimension Eye Shadows, babe. I’ve got a hot date with two clear drawers from The Container Store (yup, operation Get My Sh*t Together is currently underway).

First, I’m so happy to see these being added to the MAC permanent line! I’ve loved ‘em for years and have long hoped this would happen.

See…? Sometimes makeup dreams really do come true. :)

These long-wearing eyeshadows (I get 8-10 hours) have a super soft, almost creamy formula and come in various levels of shimmer, all with negligible (barely any) fallout. I think they’re abso-friggin-lutely heaven, and I’m sure I’ve gushed about them before…

If some of the shades below look familiar, you may be recalling them from past collections like last year’s Alluring Aquatic.

Here are pics and swatches of 16 of the 18 shades (not shown: Smoky Mauve and Silver Sun)…

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MAC Extra Dimension Eye Shadows from the left: A Natural Flirt, Ready to Party, Stylishly merry and Rich Core

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MAC Extra Dimension Eye Shadows from the left: Grand Galaxy, Amorous Alloy, Havana and Sweet Heat


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10-Minute Makeup With Urban Decay, Clinique, MAC , Make Up For Ever, It Cosmetics and More

Published in: Face of the Day (FOTD)

Question: What girl puts on makeup just to clean her office?

Answer: THIS GIRL. :)

I figure what the haaaay! A little eyeshadow will make the act of purging old Post-It notes, product packaging and stacks of magazines that much more “professional.”

At least that’s the idea.

Fast-forward to right meow…

I didn’t want to spend forever and a day putting on mah face this morning, so I gave myself 10 minutes, and here’s what I came up with.

Because it’s a little more colorful than yesterday’s 10-minute makeup, I think it has a little more oomph.

I used cool-toned matte browns on my lids to softly define the eyes, along with a highlight in the inner corners to brighten things up a bit, and a bold fuchsia lip for a flash of extra color.

I think this look would be totally appropriate for most work environments, and you can seriously bang it out in 10 minutes.

Here are a few things I did to save time…

Simplify the primer situation — This won’t apply to you if you already skip primer, but if you’re a fellow primer addict/practitioner (seriously, I use four for most of my makeup looks), try to simplify (just a little!) by limiting yourself to one. For this look, I only used Make Up For Ever’s Nourishing Primer, which I applied all over my face, on my lids and under my eyes.

Then I concealed my under-eye circles with concealer (Maybelline Fit Me Concealer), and since I was already in the area, I took that up to my lids, adding a layer, which I then set with powder. That way I was able to skip my usual routine of NARS Pro Prime.

Same goes for brows (simplify, that is) — Instead of my usual brow rigamarole, which has lately involved filling and setting my brows with Anastasia’s Pencil and then setting them with Anastasia’s Clear Brow Gel, I used just one brow product, Bobbi Brown’s Natural Brow Shaper, because it does a little of everything.

Pick a palette (or two!) — For speed makeup, I like having a face palette that contains a blush, a bronzer and a highlighter, and 2) an eye palette stocked with flexible neutral mattes. That way I have everything I need for a basic everyday look in one place, and I don’t have to rummage through different containers and whatnot.

Try a timer — Do you have an egg timer or a watch? I use the little timer thingy in the Clock app on my iPhone. Today I set it for 10 minutes and placed it right in front of me on my desk where I could watch it counting down…

Don’t obsess about blending — I’m a weirdo perfectionist, and I can easily get carried away with blending, but for time-sensitive makeup looks, I have to let it go… Seriously, it’s OK if it looks a little messy. I think the key is picking two shades — like a light brown, and also a slightly darker brown — that aren’t too far from your natural skin tone. That way you won’t have to do a ton of heavy lifting.

Also, if the bright pink lip is a bit too bold for you, you could swap it out with a neutral lipstick. Here’s the same cheeks/eyes with a soft rosy pink matte (Tom Ford’s Pussycat) in place of the fuchsia…

Makeup I’m wearing in this look…

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The MAC Huggable Lipcolours: For When Pigment Needs to Hug It Out

Published in: Lips, MAC Makeup

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9 of the 10 new MAC Huggable Lipcolour Lipsticks ($20 each, coming soon)

OK, so…what the heck is it about wearing lipstick that instantly makes me feel so much better? That little splash of color is like a nap, doughnuts, ice cream and chocolate rolled into one.

I almost want to hug it out with these pretty lippes, the appropriately named MAC Huggable Lipcolours ($20 each, coming to the MAC website May 7, and a week later to MAC counters and stores).

Do you remember this line of medium-coverage lipsticks? (Cue flashback to waaay back in 2013.) Of the 10 slick, moisturizing shades coming out next month, all of them, with the exception of Fashion Force, look new to me (as far as I’m remembering now).

They last from 2-3 hours for me and have that classic MAC vanilla flavor and scent.

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