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

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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

$9.99 L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Eyeshadow in Emerald Conquest Could Make an Army of Neutral Eyeshadows Surrender

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L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Eyeshadow in Emerald Conquest

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Eyeshadow in Emerald Conquest, $9.99

Sometimes I feel like I’m being held hostage by practical neutral eyeshadows. I fall into these long-term relationships with wearable browns, beiges and golds and don’t even realize when I’ve been wearing them on the daily for weeks until something, or someone, like my favorite checker at Target who always notices my makeup as she rings up my bottles of Vitamin Water Zero (Glow is my favorite!), points it out.

Life is way too short to wear beige 24×7, so my makeup goal for the week is to wear at least one look with L’Oreal’s Paris Riche Eyeshadow in Emerald Conquest ($9.99), a quad of super creamy, super pigmented powder eyeshadows.

So pretty, right?! I can’t wait to get that teal, deep blue and glitter up in my mix, perhaps with something like this glittery teal eye makeup look on makeup artist Troy Jensen’s Instagram.

Then I’ll go to Target to buy candy corn because, based on the decorations I’ve already seen in the store, Halloween apparently starts in September now (that’s crazypants).

Emerald Conquest and the other Colour Riche Eyeshadow Palettes (there are eight of them in all) are available now at drugstores, Ulta stores and online for $9.99 each.

L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Eyeshadow in Emerald Conquest

L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Eyeshadow in Emerald Conquest

L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Eyeshadow in Emerald Conquest

L'Oreal Emerald Conquest Swatch

I’d Like to Make a Toast to Topshop’s $10 Deep Bordeaux Lip Bullet in Wine Gum

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Topshop Lip Bullet in Wine Gum

Topshop Lip Bullet in Wine Gum, $10

AAAH! Finally. A matte lipstick that doesn’t leave my lips feeling like I just finished the Iron Man Triathlon. I’ve been looking for an affordable deep bordeaux shade with a matte finish to wear with my button-up plaid shirts and vintage plastic choker necklaces from the ’90s (you know I’m kidding about the necklaces, right?!), and Topshop’s $10 Lip Bullet in Wine Gum is filling my heart-shaped box to the brim.

Three things: one, I like this product’s name. Wine Gum. That’s just neat to me. :)

Second, I like the way Wine Gum feels and works. The moisturizing, super pigmented formula (unscented and unflavored) starts off with a hint of shine, then dries down to a flat matte before eventually transitioning into a matte stain.

Third, I like the price. It’s only $10.

Oh, and I also think the crayon packaging is hella cute.

If you aren’t able to find Wine Gum online, check Topshop or Nordstrom, if you’re so inclined. Topshop also has these Lip Bullets in other colors, too, like fun oranges and reds, and I have spotted those shades available online at nordstrom.com for $10.

Topshop Lip Bullet in Wine Gum

Comment to Win a $75 Walgreens Gift Card and a Crest Sensi-Stop Strips Prize Package

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Win a $75 Walgreens gift card, Crest Sensi-Care Strips and more!

Comment to win a $75 Walgreens gift card and a prize pack of Crest Sensi-Care products for yo’ sensitive teeth

Me-OWCH! The only things more painful than catching a kitty claw in the corner of your cuticles or having to hear about Ryan and Eva’s “alleged” baby (until actual DNA evidence comes to light, I refuse to believe it’s true) are my sensitive teeth.

Sensitive teeth: I haz them. Having anything cold touch my back teeth (particularly the back teeth on my upper left) is about as much fun as losing a beloved brow pencil on vacation.

In other words, not fun at all.

How can Crest Sensi-Stop Strips help?

Because you know I’m not about to give up my Three Twins ice cream, I use a number of accoutrements to keep my cold-sensitive chompers in check, including a toothpaste and mouthwash made for sensitive teeth.

I also started using these new Sensi-Stop Strips by Crest…

Crest Sensi-Stop Strips

They’re thin, flexible strips that you apply directly to your sensitive teeth for a targeted, fast-acting desensitizing treatment. All you do is peel one of the strips, and stick it on the outside of your sensitive teeth, right where the teeth meet your gums, for 10 minutes. (The strips are so thin that you almost can’t even feel them.)

Then, after removing the strip, wait 30 minutes before eating, drinking, rinsing or brushing.

Using a strip like this, versus a toothpaste or a mouthwash for sensitive teeth, keeps the key desensitizing ingredients in contact with the surface of the tooth longer, which builds a lasting barrier and relieves the symptoms of dental sensitivity for up to 30 days.

It also works almost instantly! None of that having to wait days for relief.

Using the strips, which work shockingly fast (I’m talking within 30 minutes, versus the toothpaste, which can take up to a week for me), my teeth don’t freak out as much when I have cold drinks and ice cream.

Good news for my ice cream habit! Bad news for my muffin top…

September 27: The Walgreens Saturdate with Crest Sensi

Speaking of ice cream, Walgreens carries it! :) But seriously, if you have sensitive teeth or know someone who does, stop by your local Walgreens store on Saturday, September 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Crest coupons and free samples of Crest Sensi toothpaste, and pick up a box of these awesome Crest Sensi-Stop Strips ($17.99) while you’re there.

And now, it’s giveaway time!

Crest Sensi-Stop Strips Giveaway!

This could all be yours. Sensitive teeth sufferers, rejoice!

Question: Does one have to suffer from sensitive teeth to enter and win this week’s Crest giveaway?

Answer: one does not.

But if one does, they’ll probably be extra stoked about the prize. :)

I’ve partnered with Crest and Walgreens on a prize pack worth more than $100. One lucky winner will receive…
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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 339

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The Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll for September 22, 2014

The Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll for September 22, 2014

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. If you could dye your hair any color for exactly one month and then instantly go back to your current hair color without any damage/time spent growing it out, what color would you choose?
    Hmm… I’ve always LOVED the idea of pastel pink hair, but I haven’t realistically thought I could pull it off, since pale colors tend to make me look tired.

    But I’d still probably go with something bright and striking that you could see from a mile away.

    Maybe a lapis lazuli blue, or a bright pink like MAC’s Impassioned Lipstick.

  2. How do you like your pancakes? — plain, or with gobs of butter, fruit on top, syrup and/or other toppings?
    I like mine with bananas mixed into the batter, a tiny pat of butter on top, and lots of (room temperature) maple syrup.

    Yup, room temp. Me no likey cold syrup.

  3. A Bath & Body Works scent that always triggers fond memories for you?
    I was all about Country Apple back in the day (the ’90s), and whenever I’d be over at my friend Jen’s house, I’d steal a spritz of Juniper Breeze.
  4. I’m so over ____________.
    Super sharp and defined, sculpted brows. I still like the look on other people…but I’m totally over it on myself.

    It just takes too long, and I can’t be bothered with using six different products to fill in my brows.

    I’ll take a Tom Ford Brow Pencil any day.

  5. Do you have any weird rituals/habits you do when you’re in your car (or someone else’s)?
    I’m sure I have a few, but I can only think of one right now.

    Whenever I’m a passenger in someone’s car, and this is assuming I’m comfortable with the driver and haven’t just met them two seconds ago, I usually take off my shoes, because I just don’t see any point in wearing shoes unless you absolutely have to (they oppress the feet). :)

    But if I’m the one driving, of course, I keep my shoes on.

    Oh, boy… My dad used to give these long (and somewhat odd, now that I think about it) lectures about the perils about driving barefoot.

Le List

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


1. If you could dye your hair any color for exactly one month and then instantly go back to your current hair color without any damage/time spent growing it out, what color would you choose?
2. How do you like your pancakes? — plain, or with gobs of butter, fruit on top, syrup and/or other toppings?
3. A Bath & Body Works scent that always triggers fond memories for you?
4. I’m so over _________.
5. Do you have any weird rituals/habits you do when you’re in your car (or someone else’s)?

The more I think about it, the more I’m convinced that Karl Lagerfeld and I could be BFFs, as is “Best Frenemies Forever,” haha!

We’d be bound by our common love of beauty and our high maintenance diva cats…but we’d never be able to make it through afternoon tea without wanting to kill each other.

Your Karl quote for the week:

“Music gives color to the air of the moment.”

– Karl Lagerfeld

In related news, here are the songs currently coloring my air. I’m making a list of music for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon, and these are some recent additions…


Dreaming by Smallpools


Agora by Bear Hands

Eek! I’m off to a late start today.

Blast you, Monday! You will not get the better of me. This, I swear. :)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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