This Made My Day! I Finally Filled My Small NARS Pro Palette With Blushes

Published in: Face, Makeup, NARS

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Even though a small storm blew in this afternoon, my today got off to a great start! The sun was shining, the birds were singing, Baby Girl was kicking like a kung fu rockstar in my tummy, and I finally managed to fill my small NARS Pro Palette with blushes. :)

You might remember when I first mentioned this same palette back in September. At the time there were only two lonely blushes in one corner…

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My small NARS Pro Palette, empty except for a couple of lonely blushes (Amour and Dolce Vita)

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But the order I placed came in, and now it’s filled to the brim with blushes. I’m ready to rumble. The pans will never look this pristine again, LOL!

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NARS Blush swatches from the left of Mata Hari, Sin and Taj Majal

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Also from the left: Dolce Vita, Desire and Deep Throat

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Have You Tried These PUR Cameo Contour Dual-Ended Contour Sticks?

Published in: Daily Beauty

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I’m not cuckoo for contouring. On myself. I feel like it looks a little harsh on me, and whenever I do it, my cheeks and my nose end up looking sharper and more chiseled than I’d like, which makes me look more, I dunno…villainous?

Call me crazy, but I’d rather have chubby cherub cheeks any day of the week.

Still, every once in a while (it’s a rare occasion), I will “go there” and do some contouring, and when I do, I like creams more than powders, just because I think it’s a softer, less obvious look, which is the effect I get with these $39.50 Cameo Contour Dual-Ended Contour Sticks by PUR Cosmetics.

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pur cameo contour
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Rimmel Keep Calm and Lip Balm Is More Than a $2.50 Makeup Meme

Published in: Daily Beauty

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Tabs and I both agree that the whole “Keep Calm and Carry On” meme/slogan thing feels pretty played out, but he has a suggestion to revitalize it…


Ha! I don’t even care if it’s overdone. I’m a sucker for colorful packaging and sans-serif fonts, so I’m all about these almost unbelievably affordable $2.50 (!) Rimmel Keep Calm Balms.

All ahead, cute factor 12. :)

When Baby Girl is in elementary school, if she asks for a lipstick to call her own and keep in her My Little Pony backpack, I’d get her one of these…and then I’d borrow it all the time, LOL!

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They cost less than a Starbucks latte — just $2.50 each — which makes them prime targets for drugstore stress shopping, so when an obnoxious stranger at Target offers you unsolicited, highly personal advice (FYI, it happens a lot when you’re pregnant), and you desperately need something to calm your nerves, you can add one of these to your basket without throwing your monthly makeup allowance out of whack.

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The Smith & Cult Holiday Trio in Red and Glitter

Published in: Nails, Product Reviews, Smith & Cult

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The Smith & Cult Holiday Trio in Red and Glitter ($54, available now at Neiman Marcus stores and online)

I can haz Smith & Cult paw polishes…? Because I’d like a wall of shelves filled with them.

It’s the bottles, man! I could spend hours starting at the bottles…

It’s as if whoever designed the bottle plumbed the depths of my makeup-loving soul for things that make my heart flutter, like the cursive typography, the hefty glass, the oval curves and the Dali-like cap (it looks like it’s melting!).

I love it when beauty products are actually, like, beautiful…and I friggin’ LOVE these bottles.

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Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Shattered Souls

These three fun shades are part of the new $54 Smith & Cult Red and Glitter Holiday Trio available now at Neiman Marcus stores and online. The trio comes with three full-size bottles of Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer from the brand’s permanent line in poppy red Kundalini Hustle, creamy eggplant Dark Like Me and golden glittery Shattered Souls.

Kundalini Hustle and Dark Like Me are both fully opaque, while Shattered Souls is glitter in a clear base.

As far as bargains go…this isn’t one of those sets. Smith & Cult nail polishes usually sell for $18 each, so $54 for three doesn’t constitute a price break, but I still think you get a nice combination of complementary colors (there’s also another trio available with pastels).

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Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Kundalini Hustle

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 348

Published in: Just For Fun

The Monday Poll

You might be wondering, “So what in tarnation is this Monday Poll thing anyway!?”

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 seven 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. Where do you usually spend the holidays?
    Well that’s a good question! It gets a little complicated sometimes, but we usually spend Thanksgivings here in the Bay Area at my parents’ house in Union City, which is about 40 or 50 miles away. I little more often nowadays, though, El Hub and I will just spend a quiet holiday here by ourselves with Tabs in Novato, which, truth be told, has been nice (I like being in my own house, ya know?).

    Christmases are more complicated. El Hub’s parents live in a town called Redding, which is about 200 miles north, just south of the Oregon border, and my parents live in the East Bay, so we usually split the holiday between the two sides of the families, which means A LOT of driving on our part.

    We’ll spend Christmas Eve at my parents’ house, which is when we’ve always celebrated, and then, at the crack of dawn on Christmas morning, we drive up to Redding, which gets us there around noon, where we celebrate the day with El Hub’s side of the fam.

    Things will change after Baby Girl arrives, ’cause you know how that goes. When you have the babies, people come to you (I hope), and all I have to say about that is THANK GOODNESS.

    I’m looking forward to hosting the holidays at our house, to be honest, and starting some traditions of our own at home with our daughter. :)

  2. Time to toot your own horn! What’s your Thanksgiving specialty dish?
    I make some killer garlic mashed potatoes, yo. Fluffy, buttery, and they melt in your mouth.

    And my blueberry peach cobbler isn’t half bad, either, and it’s really easy to make. (Here are both recipes if you’re interested!)

  3. To fill in your brows, which do you prefer — brow gels, powders, pencils or a combination of two or more?
    I’m a brow pencil/gel combo girl, because I like that when I fill in my brows with a brow pencil, it looks like I’m creating more little brow hairs, and then the gel sets everything, holds the shape and keeps the hairs from flying all over the place.

    Also, at least for the time being, until I embrace some other technique, my brow filling workflow is a little unorthodox, because I start with the brow gel, before going in with the brow pencil…which sounds backward, I know, but it works for me.

  4. How do you feel about rimming your water lines? For you, is it a do or a don’t?
    It’s definitely a do! I love wearing liner on my water lines to draw extra attention to my eyes, especially when I use greens, blues, purples and reddish browns, which I think go well with my brown eyes.
  5. Do you have freckles?
    I most certainly do, like the one I’ve had just under my right eye ever since I was a little kid, and now I have a bunch more of them on my nose and cheeks.

Le List

Your turn. :) Just copy and paste the following questions into a comment with your answers. I look forward to reading ’em!

1. Where do you usually spend the holidays?
2. What’s your Thanksgiving specialty dish?
3. What’s your preferred method of filling in your brows? Gel, powder, pencil, a combination of a few things etc.?
4. Rimming your water lines: a do or a don’t?
5. Do you have freckles?

T-minus three days till turkey day, aah!

As you can probably tell, I’m very excited about that. My parents are on a trip, and El Hub’s parents have other plans up north, so it’s just going to be me, El Hub, Baby Girl, Tabs and maybe my younger brother, who’s one of those people who may or may not show up at the last minute with a tub of macaroni salad…but you just never know.

I hope you’re having a good Monday so far, and I hope it’s the start to a great week. Thank you for being here with me on this Thanksgiving week. :)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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