Murad Transforming Powder Dual-Action Cleanser and Exfoliator

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Murad Transforming Powder Dual-Action Cleanser and Exfoliator

Murad Transforming Powder Dual-Action Cleanser and Exfoliator

There’s something so dang satisfying about exfoliating, especially in the morning. I’m all, “Hey, pores! Take that!”

Sometimes I play as if all of the dead skin cells are being Swiffered away…

I wonder if I am alone in this. :)

Lately I’ve been using this new exfoliating product with salicylic acid (which my skin lurves) by Murad called Transforming Powder Dual-Action Cleanser & Exfoliator ($30 for a 0.5-oz. bottle). It’s made for acne-prone skin like mine.

You dispense a small amount of the powder (yup, powder) into your palm, add water, work that into a lather, and then massage it all over your face and neck.

The bottle has a special stopper at the top to regulate how much comes out, so no worries about accidentally pouring out half of the bottle at one time (something I would otherwise almost certainly have done).

According to Murad, water activates bio-enzymes in the powder that digest oil, dirt and dead skin cells, while dissolving beads then smooth and soften the skin.

Wait — did she just say that it digests oil, dirt and dead skin cells?

Yes, she did.

Eww…

But it works!

The exfoliation is slightly more aggressive than the AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel I usually use, but I wouldn’t call it scratchy or irritating, by any means. It’s still pretty gentle.

A couple of rand-o pimples popped up near my hairline last week, and Dual-Action Cleanser & Exfoliator seems to be helping.

It’s available now for $30 online, and at Sephora and Ulta.

Murad Transforming Powder Dual-Action Cleanser and Exfoliator

Murad Transforming Powder Dual-Action Cleanser and Exfoliator

Tabby of the Catnip Forest

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Tabs with his catnip plant (2)

Tabs loves his catnip plants.

He nibbles on them, pounces in and around them, swats at them and, on occasion, likes to model with them.

Tabs with his catnip plant (3)

Tabs with his catnip plant (4)

Tabs with his catnip plant (5)

Tabs with his catnip plant (6)

Tabs with his catnip plant (7)

Public Nakedness Epidemic Continues With the New $65 Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude Palette

Published in: Bobbi Brown, Eyes, Makeup, Palettes

Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude Palette

NOVATO, California — Police, weary after years of higher than normal public nakedness, are bracing for another surge. Tabs the cat, kitty supermodel and current Makeup and Beauty Blog mascot, feels that it’s Urban Decay’s fault.

“Meow!” says Tabs.

Whatever the cause, all signs point to even more public nudity, and the trend shows no sign of stopping. In fact, a new palette by Bobbi Brown could make things worse.

“Mrow!” says Tabs of the new Nude on Nude Palette.

The $65 palette comes with 12 powder eyeshadows in a mix of neutral mattes, shimmers (metallics) and glitters (sparkles).

The palette contains…

  • 5 x 0.05 oz. matte eyeshadows in Ivory, Naked, Birch, Truffle and Espresso
  • 4 x 0.05 oz. metallic eyeshadows in Golden Pink, Bare, Smoky Topaz and Golden Bronze
  • 3 x 0.06 oz. sparkle eyeshadows in Chiffon, Graphite and Gold

While many makeup lovers still appear hungry for more neutral eye makeup palettes, some are ready for a change. “I love me some practical browns and beiges,” says one woman, speaking on condition of anonymity, “but I wouldn’t mind if something fresh and new came along to blow my high ponytail back, ya know?”

“Meow!” says Tabs, and police agree.
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New From BECCA: The Ombre Nudes Eye Palette and Shimmering Skin Perfector in Rose Gold

Published in: Becca, Makeup

BECCA Ombre Nudes Eye Palette

What’s new from BECCA cosmetics?

And a good time was had by all.

Well, all except for El Hub, who hovered outside the Sephora store for half an hour today while I picked up some things I needed/wanted (something from Kate Somerville and a NARS concealer).

“I’ll be quick, I swear!” I told him, and he rolled his eyes. He had his phone, though, so at least he had something with which to occupy himself.

Every once in a while I glanced out the window to check on him. Twice he pointed at an imaginary watch on his wrist to remind me that more than 10 minutes had passed, haha!

Poor guy… :)

Seriously, someone needs to invent a comfortable folding chair for significant others that’ll fit in a purse. Then when I need to go to Sephora, I could just whip it out for El Hub. That, plus his phone to play with, and he’d be set for a while.

Oh, well. Until then, the “I’ll be quick, I swear!” routine will have to do.

I really would have been 10 minutes today, but I got distracted by some new things from BECCA, namely a beige and brown matte eyeshadow palette and a rose gold highlighter.

The BECCA Ombre Nudes Eye Palette ($40)

BECCA Ombre Nudes Eye Palette, $40

The BECCA Ombre Nudes Eye Palette ($40)

“What’s up, matte?” The BECCA Ombre Nudes Eye Palette ($40) comes with all your basic matte beiges, tans and browns and a formula that feels soft and silky.

The downy powders remind me a little of Urban Decay’s matte eyeshadows, and I like the color temps. None of them are too warm or cool, so I have a feeling they’ll work well for a lot of different skin tones.

BECCA Ombre Nudes Eye Palette, $40

BECCA Ombre Nudes Eye Palette, $40

BECCA Ombre Nudes Eye Palette, $40

The BECCA Ombre Nudes Eye Palette, $40


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Dastardly Dilemmas: You Can Only Have One Makeup Brush for the Rest of Your Life. Which Brush Is It?

Published in: Just For Fun

Dastardly Dilemmas: You Can Only Have One Makeup Brush for the Rest of Your Life. Which Brush Is It?

Asking the tough questions…

Good grief, this one was hard! I don’t know what I was thinking. It’s bordering on cruel.

I use so many different brushes, and I can think of good reasons to use each and every one of them, too, like, could you even imagine having to do your eye makeup without an angled brush?

Well, I’m sure you can imagine it because you’ve probably done it before, but doesn’t an angled brush make it easier? I use them for so much of my eye makeup heavy lifting, like tightlining, filling in my brows and creating the little flicks at the end of my cat liner.

Straight up, without an angled brush, my makeup life would be a colder, harder, more desolate place. Picture rocky, storm-battered canyons with me huddled on an empty plateau under angry clouds shouting “WHY?!” at the sky as thunder roared and black mascara streaked down my face.

Yeah, bad place.

Buuut, since we’re doing this anyway, let’s see… :)

If I were forced to pare down to just one brush (GOOD LORD!), I guess it would be something versatile, like a domed blending brush. Like the MAC 217. I use mine to…

  • Apply cream shadows on my lids
  • Buff and blend out any edges
  • Sweep color into the crease
  • Dust highlighter on the tops of my cheekbones
  • Apply and blend under-eye concealer
  • Pat loose and pressed powders on my face and cheeks

And I’m sure (I’d hope) as time went on I’d discover more ways to use it and more makeup hacks, like maybe bundling a bunch of them together like sticks with a rubber band and using that as a powder or bronzing brush.

OK…I dunno about that one, LOL!

Dastardly dilemmas: You can only have one makeup brush for the rest of your life. Which brush is it?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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