Unsung Makeup Heroes: BECCA Damselfly Mineral Blush

Published in: Becca, Face, Makeup, Unsung Heroes

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Ah, my Halcyon Days…

No, really. Those were my Halcyon days. That’s when I started wearing BECCA Mineral Blush in Damselfly ($32), with the BECCA Halcyon Days Collection.

And I still get the same thrill from it whenever I see it on my cheeks, which is really something else when you think about it. I mean, if after four years, you’re still excited by a shimmery golden coral powder blush — one among countless other shimmery golden coral blushes on the market — you know it has to be a gem.

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BECCA Mineral Blush in Damselfly ($32)

Damselfly’s lovely luminous finish still looks natural, and it takes it from casual Facebook friend to “in a relationship” status. Before the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes, there was Damselfly, and its appearance was a straight-up revelation.

Its understated sheen makes cheeks glow without glistening, and it’s unmistakeable in pics and in person. I don’t know how Damselfly does what it does, but it usually steals the show whenever I wear it. Even in posts about — oh, I dunno — bright coral glosses or matte reds or out-of-this world nude lipsticks (all of which look amazing with Damselfly, by the way), I get different versions of the same question: “What are you wearing on your cheeks?”

It’s BECCA Damselfly, my friend. BECCA Damselfly. :)
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MAC Men Love Mystery Matte Lipstick: Men May Love Mystery, But This Woman Loves Violet

Published in: Lips, MAC Makeup

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Wearing the new MAC Men Love Mystery Lipstick ($16)

Here’s my mysterious look!

I tried to look mysterious for this picture because I was wearing the new $16 MAC Matte Lipstick in Men Love Mystery, and I was shooting for sultry and elusive…but these are what I got instead.

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Wearing the new MAC Men Love Mystery Lipstick ($16)

Haha! I have no idea what’s going on in this picture…

I think I may have been halfway through a “Haaay” move when the camera shutter button clicked.

Yeah… Hard to tell now. :)

Men Love Mystery is one of the 22 matte MAC Lipsticks in the new The Matte Lip collection, which is en route for the permanent line and coming to the MAC website May 28, and then to MAC counters and stores a little later on June 11. They’re all $16 each.

This color though! It has shown me the way… Now I have come to realize that I’m all about violet matte lips.

I’ve worn similar colors before that were creamy or glossy but never a matte quite like this. I think that the finish, because it’s matte, sort of tones down the natural brightness and intensity that this violet would otherwise have, to make the whole effect more serious and, dare I say it, mysterious…

Of course I love the color because it’s ah-maze-ballz. And I also love almost everything about the formula — how smoothly it applies, the classic MAC vanilla flavor and scent, and the six-hour wear time (when I apply, then blot, then apply again, although it’s pigmented enough to get away with a single layer if you don’t mind sacrificing some wear time) — but at the risk of sounding like a broken record, or at least a stuck CD, the MAC Matte Lipstick formula is fairly drying. Maybe I notice it more because of my lips, which are naturally dry, but it still might be something to keep in mind if you’re thinking about this color or one of MAC’s other mattes.

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MAC Men Love Mystery Lipstick swatched on NC42 skin


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Zoya Nana Nail Lacquer, a Refreshingly Creamy Bright Pink

Published in: Daily Photo, Nails, Zoya

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Zoya Nail Lacquer in Nana ($9)

My stylish nana, whom I call my lola, which is Tagalog for “grandmother,” would probably love this lacquer, because she’s all about the reds and pinks.

It’s new $9 Zoya Nail Lacquer in Nana, and it’s part of the new Zoya Island Fun & Paradise Sun Summer 2015 Collection available now online and wherever Zoya is sold.

Doesn’t it look refreshing?

Yes, I’m referring to both the smoothie and the lacquer.

And speaking of smoothies, I’m still all about ’em, especially for breakfast, and here’s my current favorite at the moment. It’s the Pink Power Smoothie (here’s the recipe).

I keep trying to get myself to slow my roll and drink them less often, because I don’t want to burn myself out on the power of the pink smoothie, but I cannot. I’m wickedly addicted.

Same goes for Zoya Nana. I’ve already worn Nana twice this month, which is like a world record for me, LOL! I suffer from a severe case of New Nail Polish Compulsive Disorder (NNPCD).

Nana is smooth, non-streaky and highly pigmented, so I can get away with one coat if I’m in a rush.
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Dressing Up Denim With the Dynamic Duo of a Jacket and a Pair of Printed Shoes

Published in: Fashion

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I recently had a fashion revelation, and by recently I mean a few days ago. If you throw on a cute jacket and a pair of shoes with a snazzy print, you can pretty much turn any standard-issue outfit into something pretty darned cute.

I’m not sure why this trick works, or what the fashion-based scientific logic is, but it does. Something about the different shapes, lines, textures and patterns on what would otherwise be a ho-hum canvas…

Take this white tank and skinnies…

Super casual on their own, yes? But instead of wearing them with “the usual,” also known as my favorite black Zella hoodie and a pair of flip-flops (seriously, most of the time I’m tempted to dress like I’m going skateboarding by the beach), I put on this casual beige and gray zip-up jacket with these cute cat-print Vans.

The addition of the jacket and printed shoes slightly dresses up the outfit but doesn’t make it look overly dressy. Perfect to go to a baseball/basketball game, a picnic or a barbecue.

You might remember these shoes… I got them last year when Vans did their ASPCA collaboration. You’d think that a pair of shoes covered with cats would only interest a minority of crazy cat ladies, but I get a surprisingly high number of compliments on these shoes, and not only in pet stores, LOL!

VANS Cat Shoes

Vans Cat Shoes

VANS Cat Shoes

I think in the case of these particular shoes, the cat print works with so many different outfits because of the preponderance of neutral-colored kitties. The gray, beige, tan and black go with almost everything in my closet.

See how the gray and beige in the shoes matches with the beige and gray in the jacket?

Ooh, matchy-matchy…but not ridiculously so.

The jacket, by the way, is from LOFT (big surprise), and it’s very soft and cozy. Feels almost like high-end sweatshirt material. I’ve wanted to upgrade my casual outerwear situation, and this achieves that nicely. It goes with jeans and tees, casual dresses, shorts, rompers…and you can even wear it with workout clothes, too. It’s very flexible!

And it’s on sale online right now for 60% off with the promo code FLASH, if you’re interested.

Here’s another example of the same jeans and tank, but this time with an oversized alligator green jacket with big pockets, and a pair of leopard-print flats.

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 374

Published in: Just For Fun

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The Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll for May 25, 2015

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. Are there parts of your beauty routine that you won’t let anybody see?
    Well, yeah. El Hub doesn’t need to see me attending to my upper lip hair, aka “the stash,” and I’m very self-conscious about my grey hair roots at the end of my coloring cycle.

    Sometimes I’ll get these little white baby hairs at the front of my head that I’ll just pluck out behind closed doors. :)

  2. Wearing workout clothes when you’re not working out — a do or a don’t?
    Honestly, I am so conflicted about this one because there are days when I just want the stretchy Spandex to hold everything in, but I also feel that if you’re gonna wear workout clothes outside the house to someplace other than a class or the gym…your butt and your lady parts should also be covered by something else, like a hoody or a long sweatshirt.
  3. What makeup did you wear to your prom (if you can’t remember exactly, do you remember the general idea)?
    I don’t remember exactly, because this was roughly… I don’t even need to say how long ago it was, LOL! Let’s just say “the ’90s,” but I’m pretty sure that I wore a dark warm brown lip — the same one that’s very popular again right now — and I probably did thick black cat eyeliner.

    I didn’t go someplace to get my makeup done, either. I don’t know why, but it didn’t occur to me, so I just did it at home by myself in my parents’ bathroom, which had the worst lighting imaginable.

    But, of course, when I left for the evening, I thought I was hot sh*t (although I probably looked like a hot mess).

  4. When was the last time you returned makeup? What was it, and why did you take it back?
    It was after the last Sephora VIB sale. I bought a tube of Anastasia Clear Brow Gel, because that’s just something I usually do on the VIB sales (I go through brow gels quickly), but then when I got home and opened the drawer where I keep my brow products, I realized, “Oh, snap! There are like six clear brow gels here…” So I returned the new one.
  5. Do you own any neutral/nude/naked palettes, and what’s your favorite one?
    My favorite one is the MAC Brooke Shields Gravitas palette, because of its combination of warm and cool neutrals, and because I just think the colors are incredibly flattering. It has a lot of my favorite MAC eyeshadows like Soft Brown, Satin Taupe, Carbon and Shroom, but there are also some purples and khakis that make it more flexible than the average beige-brown neutrals palette.

    This time around, I also think that the quality of the shadows in the palette rose to the level of MAC’s single pan shadows, which hasn’t always been the case with MAC palettes.

Le List

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

1. Are there parts of your beauty routine that you won’t let anybody see?
2. Wearing workout clothes when you’re not working out — a do or a don’t?
3. What makeup did you wear to your prom (if you can’t remember exactly, do you remember the general idea)?
4. When was the last time you returned makeup? What was it and why did you take it back?
5. Do you own any neutral/nude/naked palettes, and what’s your favorite one?

Happy Monday, my friend. :) Are there any barbecues or swimming pools in your Memorial Day future? I hope so. Neither one for me, though, because it’s actually kind of chilly here… The Bay Area is doing its weird weather thing, where the days start out cloudy but then warm up a little in the afternoon, so that’s when I’ll hopefully be catching some rays and doing some window shopping at the Corte Madera mall.

Have a good holiday. I’ll talk to you soon.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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