What I Wore Wednesday, Vol. 5: MAC Swiss Chocolate and Heroine Lipstick

Published in: Face of the Day (FOTD), MAC Makeup, Makeup

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I feel like this eye look with MAC Swiss Chocolate Eye Shadow is more fall than spring, but eh, whatcha gonna do? Sometimes, the body wants chocolate, and when the body wants chocolate, YOU GIVE THE BODY 🍫😍 CHOCOLATE, lest horrible consequences ensue.

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I don’t know why it occurred to me today (CHOCOLATE, CHOCOLATE, CHOCOLATE), but I got this idea to wear Swiss Chocolate shadow with Heroine Lipstick from Sam at Pixiwoo (don’t you just love her?). She wore them together in a video a few years back. On her lighter skin tone, Swiss Chocolate looks reddish brown, but it leans a little more purplish on me. I think it’s a lovely color.

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I didn’t follow Sam’s tutorial to a T because, ya know, I’m all ’bout that improv life, but I tried to maintain the “essence” of the look… I just put my personal Karen spin on it. 🙂

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The Lust List, Vol. 1: Stuff That I Kinda Want

Published in: Just For Fun, Makeup

Ah, my makeup wish list/lust list is long and seemingly never-ending. Here’s what’s on my list and mind this week…

  1. Smith & Cult’s nail polishes in creamy grayish jade Bitter Buddhist and buttery pale yellow The Bee Side, which are $18 each.

    Exit the Void was the color that officially converted me into a Smith & Cult fan. One coat of that is like three coats of any other nail polish. We’re talking REAL DEAL pigment, and now I want to try Bitter Buddhist and The Bee Side.

  2. Right now there are TWO of these extra large refillable metal palettes in my cart at makeupforever.com. They’re only $14 each, and I’ve got dreams of filling them with Kjaer Weis products. I’d like one for creams and one for powders.

    I’d start the cream palette with Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Blossoming (because my pan of Sun Touched needs a friend) and the powder palette with Eye Shadow in Magnetic (because I gotta have ALL. THE. BROWNS.).

  3. Souffle D’ Eclat Finishing Veil, a loose powder from YSL, needs to stop tempting me… I heard about it from Candace Sheppard, a makeup artist on Instagram who I love for the glamorous (but not over the top) beauty looks she does. It’s for setting highlighted areas on your face, and I feel like I need it my life like yesterday.
  4. And I’m dying to try Stellar makeup at Sephora. It’s a new makeup line with foundations and highlighters and face products made specifically for medium skin tones.

    Get this: they have all of the in-between shades for medium girls. STOKED.

  5. And lastly, this Drunk Elephant C‑Firma Day Serum, which I keep hearing good things about. It’s a vitamin C serum, and I have some pigmentation on my cheeks that I’d like to address.

I haven’t purchased any of these yet, but I’d like to. I’m seriously considering one or two of them.

What’s on your lust list now?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Make Up For Ever Star Lit Powder: I’ll Happily Navigate by This Star

Published in: Make Up For Ever, Makeup, Product Reviews

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Make Up For Ever Star Lit Powder

Do these jars of Make Up For Ever Star Lit Powder look like something from Ursa Major?

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LOL! Seriously, these things are shiny, man! If it was just you on a boat and these Star Lit Powders, you could navigate your way back to land.

SO SHINY.

100% Instagram-friendly highlighter

If there were an official OTT Instagram-friendly highlighter, this would be it. Each of the eight $21 shades has 0.09 ounces of loose, shimmery powder that you can wear wet or dry on your eyes, lips or cheeks.

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Make Up Forever Star Lit Powder swatches from the left in 19, 15, 13 and 02

INTENSE pearl

The shimmer is less like a glitter and more like an intense pearl. As highlighters, these are a little too bada-bing-bada-bang for me, but I like them as lid colors, because when you get them right up next to a satin or a matte in the crease, the high-shine POPS! — and if you have hooded, or slightly hooded, lids like I do, it makes your crease look deeper, like it’s comin’ right atcha.

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Unsung Makeup Heroes: Kjær Weis Sun Touched Cream Blush

Published in: Kjaer Weis, Makeup, Product Reviews, Unsung Heroes

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Kjaer Wis Cream Blush in Sun Touched

The long-running Unsung Heroes series here on Makeup and Beauty Blog features some of our all-time favorite permanent collection products.

If you think about, if you were to be literally touched by the sun — as in, within the corona of a hot ball of glowing gas — that would probably not be very good.

However, being touched by Kjær Weis Sun Touched Cream Blush, on the other hand, is another story.

For a healthy glow

This has been my favorite blush since I discovered it last December. I didn’t get a lot of sun this winter, but this blush helped me pretend like I did.

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Best cream blush ever!

This particular coral color works really well with light and medium skin that has golden or olive undertones, and the finish looks completely natural. It isn’t too shiny or matte, so your skin still looks like skin.

100% luxe

I’m really starting to love Kjær Weis. I highlighted the brand a few months ago, and since then I became a full-on Kjær Weis stalker. Let’s just say that I would not be hating life if I had an entire steamer trunk filled with their makeup!

They’re a pricey green beauty brand by makeup artist Kirsten Kjær Weis, with high-performance department store-caliber products. Sun Touched costs — wait for it — $56 for a 0.123-oz. pan, but the compact is refillable, and the refills cost $32, so they’re a little less.

In fact, you could just get one of the refill pans and keep it in your own palette.

The compact looks like jewelry but feels like a ninja weapon. It’s hefty, so it could come in handy in a fight-or-flight situation.

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The stuff that cream blush dreams are made of…

This pan werks

It gives everything its got! I only need to use a little because of how pigmented it is, and I can be blushed and ready to rock and roll in less than 30 seconds. I don’t have to build up layer upon layer… A few quick sweeps is all it takes to erase the edges.

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Yup, even after all these years, I’m still a MAC NC42 for reference

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Why Paper Towels Are a Blending-Challenged Girl’s Best Friend

Published in: Makeup Tips/How To

I’m writing this in part because this is something that I always forget, but then I remember, but then I forget, and I want to remember it because whenever I do remember it, I’m like, “Dang, girl! You have to keep doing that!”

It’s just this: whenever you’re blending multiple colors on your lids — like more than three — it helps A TON to have a couple of clean paper towels handy that you can use to remove product from your brushes along the way while you blend your eyeshadow.

This is my big issue with blending: sometimes when I blend multiple colors, they start to get muddy, so instead of seeing a gorgeous gradient that transitions from one color to the next, and the next, I end up with a single mixed, muddy shade that’s made up of a combination of all of the colors from my lash line up.

If you want to look completely insane, take a picture of yourself holding a roll of paper towels…

I think that my blending brushes end up with too much product on them. With all the swiping and the tiny little circles, the bristles on my brush get overloaded, so instead of lifting and pushing each eyeshadow along the skin, the bristles end up just depositing more product, instead of moving it around.

Bottom line, everything muddles together.

To prevent this, I’ll gently run my brush back and forth across a clean paper towel a few times, and I’ll do it several times along the way while I do my eye makeup, to clean the brush as much as possible without actually cleansing it.

It’s a little thing, nothing fancy, but it keeps the muddiness away.

Try it sometime! I know it’s super simple, but I think it’ll help. It sure helps me. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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