Layer Glitter on Top of Shiny Liquid Liner for Wicked Wings (And ConnorClaire.com Clue #2)

Published in: Eyes, Makeup, Makeup Tips/How To, Urban Decay

Winged liner gives me wings! (and there’s another clue in this pic about connorclaire.com…)

Winged liner gives me wings! This is clue #2 for connorclaire.com

Oh, winged liner… If this had been 1988, I would have put you on the mix tape I made by recording songs off the radio.

I love you. 💖💓💞

You’re so eternally chic, and you make me feel juuust rock ‘n’ roll enough to hang out with Stephanie Seymour during the height of her Guns N’ Roses phase.

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But because womankind cannot subsist on black winged liner alone, sometimes I like to remix that ish by layering a glittery eyeshadow on top of a super shiny liquid liner to reach the next level of winged liner realness.

Truer words were never spoken...

Truer words were never spoken… (source: connorclaire.com)

This time I started by drawing an exaggerated wing with Urban Decay Razor Sharp Liquid Liner in Deep End, a deep, iridescent green chorus of long-haired headbangers belting a power ballad, upon which I layered a mix of two of the Urban Decay Moondust shades from the new Moondust Eyeshadow Palette on top.

First, I dabbed my angled brush into the pan of bright green Lightyear, then took it over to teal green Galaxy. Then I spritzed the loaded brush head with Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray to crank up the glitter EVEN MOAR. Then I just layered that on top of the liner.

After that, I tightlined both my upper and lower water lines with an old-school (and, sadly, limited edition) dark greenish black called Mars, one of UD’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils.

On my lips I'm wearing NARS Audacious Lipstick in Stefania and on my cheeks I'm wearing Hourglass Lighting Bronzer in Radiant Bronze Light and Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes in Luminous Flush and  Incandescent  Electra

Wearing NARS Audacious Lipstick in Stefania on my lips, and Hourglass Lighting Bronzer in Radiant Bronze Light and Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush and Incandescent Electra on my cheeks

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The NARS Audacious Collection for Fall 2016, and Apoline, My New Favorite Pink Lip

Published in: Collections, Makeup, NARS, Product Reviews

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The five new NARS Audacious Lipsticks from the Audacious Collection

François, homeboy, I know you’re busy — what with selling your Bora Bora island and working to create the best lipglosses on the planet — so you’ve got, like, NO spare time, but couldn’t you have squeezed in a few minutes to name one of your five new Audacious Lipsticks “Karen”?

I mean, it’s not like I’m asking you to get a prison tattoo of my face on your forearm. ALL I WANT IS A LIPSTICK NAMED KAREN.

Is that too much to ask?

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The five new NARS Audacious Lipsticks from top to bottom in Apoline, Mona, Kate, Stefania and Shirley

I’m not the only Karen, and I suspect that most of us would love to have our name on our very own Audacious Lipstick. I imagine that having one would feel really great, like discovering that you’ve been made an honorary member of Salt ‘n’ Pepa and En Vogue.

This time around, Apoline, Shirley, Stefania, Kate and Mona get the honor, and they’re part of the new NARS Audacious Fall Collection, which launched August 15 at NARS boutiques and the NARS website and arrives September 1 to Sephora.

I’d lipsticks could talk, I’d ask these, “Why are you so creamy and opaque? Why don’t you ever settle into my fine lines? WHY DO I LOVE YOU SO MUCH?”

From this batch, I’m all about Apoline (the pink rose) and Stefania (the deep fuchsia), because they’re pink, and I’m predictable that way, haha.

But I also think that Shirley (the crimson), Kate (the purple orchid) and Mona (the mahogany) are pretty, too.

The NARS Audacious Collection also includes a completely new line of potted brow creams called…the Brow Defining Creams.

Available in four colors, they feel drier than a MAC Fluidline Brow Gelcreme to me and are slightly less pigmented, but in this case, I don’t think that’s a bad thing, because if I had a dollar for every time I tried a product like these and accidentally “Instagram browed” myself beyond oblivion, I’d have enough money to buy that Bora Bora island from François myself.

I usually steer clear of brow products like these for that reason — because of how intense they usually are — but these are just pigmented enough to fill in the sparse spots without leaving my brows looking heavy or overdone. The results look very natural, which makes me want to kiss François on both cheeks. 🙂

They’re $23 each and available in Sonoran (a blonde), El Djouf (a light brown), Tanami (an auburn) and Danakil (a dark brown).

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The NARS Brow Defining Creams from the top to bottom in Sonoran, Tanami, El Djouf and Danakil

There are also two new dark, pigmented Unrestricted Eyeliner Stylo liquid liners. Both are black and $27, but one has a matte finish and the other is satin.

The only thing is, I’m a flexible felt tip gal, and these have a stiff tip, so my lines end up with shaky, mousey, unsure edges, and I prefer my lines to say, “If need be, I will cut a b*tch.”

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NARS Unrestricted Eyeliner Stylo in Matte and Satin

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How I Prep for an At-Home Manicure…and ConnorClaire.com Clue #1

Published in: Makeup Tips/How To, Nails

Wearing Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish in Lemon Heaven; iPhone case from connorclaire.com

Wearing Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish in Lemon Heaven (and there’s a clue in this pic about connorclaire.com…)

So you know that super secret squirrel project I’ve been talking about and working on and hinting at for a while?

Well, this is the first official clue! — and it may or may not have something to do with pineapples…

Stay tuned this week for more hints and clues. I’ve been working very hard on this project for months, and I really think you’ll like it. It all takes place at www.connorclaire.com, where you can sign up, and I hope you do.

Now, let’s talk nails. 🙂

How I Prep for an At-Home Manicure

Hell, yeah, I do my own nails at home, although I do like to make it rain on occasion at the nail salon, because I don’t like to deal with my toes.

You don’t want to deal with my toes; I don’t want to deal with my toes; so sometimes I will go to a nail salon to have somebody else deal with my toes.

But seriously, nails. Come on, do them at home! It’s fun and easy, and here’s my nail-prep-at-home process. This is how I get my paws ready to paint.

1. Shower

I start by taking a shower (or soaking my nails), which moisturizes everything and loosens things up, including whatever nail polish I might be wearing.

It makes my nails soft and supple and less likely to split when I clip/file them.

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2. Remove any existing nail polish

Right after my shower I remove my old polish using Essie Naturally Clean Purifying Polish Remover ($6 for a 4-oz. bottle), which I love because it werks (even with glitters), and it doesn’t dry out my nails or smell bad (kind of important).

I thoroughly soak a makeup remover pad, then press and hold it on the nail for about 30 seconds before pushing and pulling it down, and the nail polish slides right off.

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3. Use nail clippers

Next I clip my nails with these Tweezerman Clippers ($11 for two in a set) because they cut cleanly and never split my nails.

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 437

Published in: Just For Fun

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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 NINE (!) 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. How do you feel about spidery lashes?
    Maybe I’m not rock ‘n’ roll enough for ’em. I see them in magazines and Instagram and think, “Ooh, artsy! I should try that,” but then I try them, and I feel like it looks like a hot mess.

    Also, I spend my entire life trying to remove clumps from my lashes, so I don’t understand purposeful clumps.

  2. Have you ever worn a gymnastics leotard in public?
    You’d think the answer to this would be “yes.” I mean, why wouldn’t one wear a gymnastics leotard in public, even if they weren’t a gymnast?

    But the real answer is “no, I have not.” 🙂

    I think I have the height to be a gymnast (I’m 5’1″), but I don’t have any of the jumping or the prancing ability…or really any of the skills whatsoever.

  3. What was your favorite thing about the Olympics?
    Lots of things, but I loved hearing how everybody behind the scenes liked Usain Bolt. He’s supposed to be a really nice guy.

    I heard this one story where he’s being interviewed, and he hears the US national anthem being played in the background, so he stopped the interview so that they could listen to the anthem.

    I just thought that was very respectful and very cool.

  4. How many earrings are you wearing today?
    Two (I just have one piercing per ear), and they’re studs, so they’re hidden underneath my new haircut.

    I need to get some new hoops.

  5. Do you prefer little purses or big purses?
    The struggle is so real!

    OK, with little purses, I’m forced to edit down to the bare essentials, which is great, right, when you need to mobile? But with big purses, you can just keep stuffing them with everything and the kitchen sink.

    So I’m going to go with little purses.

    No, wait! Scratch that. I’m going with big purses, because I’d rather be prepared than not be prepared.

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

1. How do you feel about spidery lashes?
2. Have you ever worn a gymnastics leotard in public?
3. What was your favorite thing about the Olympics?
4. How many earrings are you wearing today?
5. Do you prefer little purses or big purses?

Time to head back to the kitchen now because even though I already drank a huge cup of coffee…it was decaf, and it’s not really doing anything for me, so tea it is! 🙂

What are you drinking this morning? How was your weekend, by the way? Let’s have a good week, shall we?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. OMG, all of the reds! —-> Chanel Le Rouge N°1 Fall 2016 Makeup Collection

P.P.S. Would you wear red eyeshadow? Yeah…I think I would if it was Chanel.

Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 411

Published in: Just For Fun, Tabs

Watercolor tabby in the meadow

As Tabs climbs the stairs a little slower and slower every day in his senior years, I catch myself thinking about his life and hoping that he’s had a happy life, even though we moved him away from his kittenhood home in Mill Valley, where he lived outdoors and slept beneath the stars.

I know he’d love nothing more than to spend every waking hour outside.

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I wish I could read his little kitty brain and ask him, “Tabs, are you happy?”

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I know he’s always loved going for walks, and he’s a good leash cat, but it’s not the same as when he lived full-time outside.

Just to give him his own little slice of outdoor heaven, I’ve tried to turn our back deck into a tabby paradise, and I think he enjoys it…

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