For You, What’s One Major Skin Don’t?

Published in: Just For Fun

My major skin don’t is to never, ever, under any circumstances — not even when Tabs just barfed on the carpet and I’m running late to get out the house and won’t be able to clean it up until after I get home, by which time it’ll be all dry and crusty — skip wearing sunscreen.

Even when I’m just spending the day looking at kittens on Instagram at home, I still wear it.

For you, what’s one major skin don’t?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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Yellow!

Published in: Daily Photo

Yellow Hibiscus (2)

Saw these beautiful hibiscus in my next door neighbor’s yard this afternoon and had to share them with ya. :)

Bravo, Mother Nature. Bravo.

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“Cat Enthusiast”

Published in: Daily Beauty

Cat Enthusiast (2)

I got some basic business cards from Staples today just in case I run into Matthew McConaughey at the Emmys and he asks me for hair gel recommendations.

I’ll be all, “Matt, baby, here’s my card. Call me and we’ll talk.”

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“Cat Enthusiast” is code for “crazy cat lady,” by the way, haha.

The MAC Studio Sculpt Defining Powders Have a Super Natural-Looking Power

Published in: MAC Makeup

MAC Studio Sculpt Defining Powders

The MAC Studio Sculpt Defining Powders and Studio Sculpt Superblack Lash Mascara

Well, well, well…

I think I just found my new BFF off-duty/weekend face makeup product. MAC’s new Studio Sculpt Defining Powder ($32) has a finish like an ocelot…in that it’s elusive — the finish, I mean (cats on the brain). It has that elusive real skin-like finish that isn’t easy to find in a face powder. No matter how much I pack it on, it doesn’t look fake, caked-on or powdery.

With an ultra-fine, super sheer formula and a delicate sheen, I think it looks very natural on the skin.

Even when I threw caution to the wind and applied several layers of Medium Deep using a kabuki brush (in the interest of makeup science, of course), I still couldn’t see any tell-tale traces of powder. It was as if I wasn’t wearing anything on at all.

But yet my pores looked smaller, my skin tone looked nice and even, and I couldn’t see my freckles at all. It’s the old “no-makeup” makeup effect, and I love it.

MAC Studio Sculpt Defining Powder

Wearing Studio Sculpt Defining Powder in Medium Deep on top of Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation in Chai

Available in eight shades, the MAC Studio Sculpt Defining Powders are part of the new Studio Sculpt Collection, a limited edition 10-piece release heading to all North American MAC locations and maccosmetics.com September 4 (through October 30). Internationally, it’s slated to arrive some time in September.

MAC Studio Sculpt Defining Powder in Light

Light

MAC Studio Sculpt Defining Powder in Light Plus

Light Plus

MAC Studio Sculpt Defining Powder in Medium Plus

Medium Plus

MAC Studio Sculpt Defining Powder in Medium Dark

Medium Dark

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In the MAC Artificially Wild Collection, MAC Takes Nudes Underground With Dirty Mauves, Sooty Greys and Golden Beige Browns

Published in: Collections, MAC Makeup, Makeup, Product Reviews

MAC Artificially Wild Collection

Wearing the new MAC Artificially Wild Collection

Did you ever read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? It’s the Phillip K. Dick story that inspired Bladerunner, and in it there are these ultra realistic android animals, like robotic dogs and cats, that some people have as pets because many of the real animals are driven extinct during a world war. Only the mega rich can afford to have living, breathing pets. Everyone else’s animals are artificially wild…

Which brings me to this: MAC Artificially Wild.

Based on MAC’s promo pics for the 22-piece release, truth be told, I was kinda freaked out. The camo, the dark shadows under the model’s eyes — it seemed potentially drab and depressing, and I couldn’t see myself feeling good in a look like that.

MAC Artificially Wild

But I liked the overall idea. Nudes, with a subversive, fight-the-power angle. Instead of regular warm, buttery browns and beiges, there were dirty mauves, sooty greys, golden beige browns and a light sprinkling of khaki.

In the end, the call of the wild was too strong to resist. After playing with the products, I started to come around…

It was kind of like when you see a dress that you’d never pick out for yourself on a hanger, but just for kicks, you try it on, and then you think, “OK. Yeah. I can work this.”

Cheek products for contouring

There are some cool things here…like the cheek products, in particular. A couple of ‘em contour and carve out cheekbones better than Michelangelo. I really like the Powder Blush in Taupe, which transforms my chubby cherub cheeks into chiseled choppers capable of cutting concrete.

I think Cream Colour Base in Breaking Ground deserves mentioning. A purplish gray mauve, you can use it below your cheekbones to create well-placed shadows on your face. Chanel did something like it a while back with a powder blush called Notorious… Breaking Ground is basically a cream version.

MAC Eye Shadow in Artificial Earth

Artificial Earth

MAC Eye Shadow in Stony

Stony

MAC Eye Shadow in Marsh

Eye Shadow in Marsh

MAC Eye Shadow in Natural Wilderness

Eye Shadow in Natural Wilderness

MAC Powder Blush in Next to Skin

Powder Blush in Next to Skin

MAC Powder Blush in Pink Cult

Pink Cult

MAC Powder Blush in Taupe

Taupe

MAC Cream Colour Base in Breaking Ground

Breaking Ground

MAC Cream Colour Base in Au Nature

Cream Colour Base in Au Nature

MAC Lipstick in Icon

Icon

MAC Lipstick in Shitake

Lipstick in Shitake

MAC Lipglass in Obviously Bare

Obviously Bare

MAC Lipglass in De Nude

Lipglass in De Nude

MAC Eye Shadows in Artificial Earth, Stony, Marsh and Natural Wilderness

From the left, Eye Shadows in Artificial Earth, Stony, Marsh and Natural Wilderness

MAC Powder Blushes in Taupe, Next to Skin and Pink Cult

Powder Blushes in Taupe, Next to Skin and Pink Cult

MAC Cream Colour Bases in Breaking Ground and Au Nature

Cream Colour Bases in Breaking Ground and Au Nature

MAC Lipstick Swatches in Icon and Shitake

Lipsticks in Icon and Shitake

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