Brace Yourself for Bodice Ripping Beauty: The MAC A Novel Romance Collection Is a Page-Turner

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MAC A Novel Romance Collection

The MAC A Novel Romance collection for fall 2014

Normally I wouldn’t have struggled to carry the bags of cat food, but I was wearing 5-inch stiletto heels that day. Not exactly farm-friendly footwear.

“Oh, fudge,” I said, to no one in particular. One of the bags of kibble slipped from my grasp. It spilled open on the ground, and cats came running from all over the farm.

“Need some help with that?”

I spun around. There was a man walking toward me from the barn. He was shirtless, in blue jeans, and had a wry smile. Sun and perspiration glistened on his bulging biceps and muscled body.

“Uh…” I said, preoccupied by his rippling abs, which looked like they had never seen a carb before.

“I’m Kyle,” he said, removing his leather work gloves. “And you must be Karen.”

“Uh…” I said again. I was still not completely lucid. I mean, those shoulders, though. They were huge!

“That’s a lot of cat food,” he said. “Are you one of those crazy cat ladies?” He winked, and I literally saw a twinkle in his eye.

“If you only knew,” I said. “Yeah, I come out here to feed the feral cats a few times a week. Mr. Hargrove likes to keep them around, you know, to catch the rats. Plus they’re cute.”

“I see,” he said. “Do the cats like it when you wear high heels?” He gestured toward my feet.

“Well, no,” I said, “But I was planning to go to a MAC store after this because they have a new collection out. It’s about romance novels. You know, heaving bosoms, long-haired naughty pirates, that kind of thing.”

“Naughty pirates?” he asked.

“Obviously,” I said, “you can’t have a romance novel without naughty pirates.”

“Interesting,” he said. “Fair enough.”

Cats swarmed around my ankles devouring the kibble. Kyle was the new farm hand I’d heard about. Mr. Hargrove mentioned hiring him, but I hadn’t seen him before today. He looked a little like Alcide from True Blood. Part of me hoped he wasn’t a werewolf. Part of me hoped he was.

“Well my work here is done,” I said, looking at the kibble. “I think these cats are sufficiently fed.”

Kyle took a step toward me, and the hairs on the back of my arms stood up. “Do you have to go?” he asked.

The MAC store was already open, and I wanted to get there soon, but Kyle sure looked good in those jeans. I decided that A Novel Romance would have to wait.

–THE END–

Or is it? :)

MAC A Novel Romance Collection: Wearing the Quad in An Amorous Adventure, Powder Blush in Fun Ending, Cremesheen Lipstick in Yield to Love and Fluidline Eye Pencil in Black Brilliance

Here I’m wearing the Quad in An Amorous Adventure, Powder Blush in Fun Ending, Cremesheen Lipstick in Yield to Love and Fluidline Eye Pencil in Black Brilliance

A Novel Romance is the most memorable fall campaign art I’ve seen since MAC Fabulous Felines. First of all, homeboy looks like Khal Drogo. I wonder if that was on purpose…

MAC A Novel Romance

Second, the whole idea just makes me smile. It’s cheesy, but still feminine and pretty. I mean, I get it, even though it’s been years since I’ve read a romance novel.

What we have here is very seductive makeup, but there’s also a softness to it that I like, especially around the eyes. There’s a lot of shimmer, and nothing too hard edged.

MAC Fluidline Eye Pencils (left to right) in Atomic Ore, Earth Sign, Deep Blue Sea, Metropolis, Water Willow, Evil Twin and Black Brilliance

Fluidline Eye Pencils (left to right) in Atomic Ore, Earth Sign, Deep Blue Sea, Metropolis, Water Willow, Evil Twin and Black Brilliance

I may or may not have breathed a lusty sigh when I saw the new Fluidline Eye Pencils. I’m never without my pot of Blacktrack, and I love me some Fluidline in the pots, so I ’twas intrigued.

I used one of the shades yesterday, Black Brilliance, the basic black. It’s a pencil gel liner, which a lot of brands have, but these pencils have a very fine point. Finer than usual for products like these, and I think it makes them great for getting liner down between each lash at the base…because it seems like I spend half my day trying to get eyeliner between the roots of my lashes.

MAC Fluidline Eye Pencils in Atomic Ore, Earth Sign, Deep Blue, Metropolis, Water Willow, Evil Twin and Black Brilliance

Fluidline Eye Pencils in Atomic Ore, Earth Sign, Deep Blue, Metropolis, Water Willow, Evil Twin and Black Brilliance

They’re highly pigmented and glide along the skin, but if you want to smudge them at all, you have to work quickly, because once they set, they don’t move. I wore Black Brilliance on my lash and water lines yesterday and had it on for about six hours before removing it, and it looked great the whole time…on my upper water lines and lash lines, that is.

It was a different story on my lower water lines. The color was still intense, but the coverage had broken up in places.

I will say that the formula didn’t irritate my eyes, though, which is something….

Regarding the Electric Cool Eyeshadows in the release, maybe it’s because I’m coming off a Chanel New Moon high, but I’m very excited about these. They have the same spongey, soft texture as the Chanel Illusion D’Ombres, which I love.

MAC Electric Cool Eye Shadow in Pure Flash

Electric Cool Eye Shadow in Pure Flash

MAC Electric Cool Eye Shadow in Love Power

Electric Cool Eye Shadow in Love Power

MAC Electric Cool Eye Shadow in Superwatt

Electric Cool Eye Shadow in Superwatt

MAC Electric Cool Eye Shadow in Coil

Electric Cool Eye Shadow in Coil

MAC Electric Cool Eye Shadow in Gilded Thrill

Electric Cool Eye Shadow in Gilded Thrill

MAC Electric Cool Eye Shadow in Switch to Blue

Electric Cool Eye Shadow in Switch to Blue

MAC Electric Cool Eye Shadow in Highly Charged

Electric Cool Eye Shadow in Highly Charged


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Get Me an Orange Soda, Stat! Or, theBalm Lip Gloss in Pop

Published in: Daily Beauty

theBalm Read My Lips Lip Gloss in Pop (2)

Like Fanta, there’s something fizzy and bubbly and refreshing about POP!, this orange lip gloss from theBalm.

It’s called Read My Lips Lip Gloss in Pop ($15), and it makes lips look like they’ve been painted with a Popsicle, and then coated with a high-shine lacquer.

It’s not too late to try the orange lip trend, my friend. If you’ve been wanting to but haven’t, Pop is a sweet, and not full-on frightening orange, way to try the look.

Pop is moderately pigmented and also has a healthy dose of peach in it as well, so it’s not straight-up orange.

I’d say it’s actually less like orange soda, and more like an effervescent mimosa.

Mmm, mimosas…

theBalm Read My Lips Lip Gloss in Pop (3)

theBalm Read My Lips Lip Gloss in Pop (5)

theBalm Read My Lips Lip Gloss in Pop (4)

thebalm read my lips lip gloss in pop

Shape of My Heart

Published in: Daily Photo

It’s like something from a Robert Jordan book! There were dragons in front of The Cheesecake Factory!

Actually, these delightful creatures aren’t winged reptiles. They’re some flowers I saw living in planters right in front of the restaurant last Sunday, and look! — the one at the top forms the shape of a heart.

See, babe, love is everywhere. Even in the drought-resistant succulents at the mall. :)

Now Testing Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation: Will It Blur the Line Between Real Skin and Makeup?

Published in: Face, Laura Mercier, Makeup

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide

I’m busting’ out the air quotes for this one.

“Natural-looking finish.”

“Liquid-light formula.”

“Blurs the line between real skin and makeup.”

Seriously, there was no conceivable way I was going to be able to walk away from this display in Sephora yesterday for the new Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide foundation ($48 for a 1-oz. tube) without taking one of them with me.

I mean, I tried. I told myself, “Step away, Karen. Just slowly step back, and then turn to the left and walk.”

But it didn’t happen. I guess it wasn’t in the cards.

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this (of course I have), but I’ve been a little obsessed lately with finding a new foundation. I want one that gets me as close as possible to flawless, natural-looking coverage that doesn’t look heavy on my skin…or like I dunked my face into a wedding cake.

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide

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Honey, Let Your Lips Do the Popping With the Pigmented Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop Lip Color Sticks

Published in: Lips, Makeup, Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs Kiss Pop Color Sticks

The Marc Jacobs Kiss Pop Lip Color Sticks, $28 each

Well I’ll be a tabby’s uncle… Chrome crayons.

Why didn’t I think of that!?

Seeing these Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop Lip Color Sticks ($28 each), it’s as if my Terminator-lovin’ makeup dreams have come true.

If Skynet ever asks to use my likeness for a fashionable T-1001 model, you better believe robot Karen will have at least one of these on her person-like chassis at all times.

Marc Jacobs Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick (2)

How awesome are these?? See the colorful tips? Each ones goes with its respective lip color.

Marc Jacobs Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick (3)

Essentially, these Kiss Pop Color Sticks are long-wearing lipsticks with a pencil tip. New to the Marc Jacobs Beauty permanent line, they’re $28 each.

Marc Jacobs Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick (4)

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