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Chanel Les Ombres Multi-Effect Eyeshadow Quad in 278 Codes Subtils

Published in: Chanel, Makeup, Product Reviews

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Wearing the new limited edition Chanel Les Ombres Multi-Effect Eyeshadow Quad in 278 Codes Subtils, $61 and available now

If you would, please direct your attention away from my hair for a moment (I know, it’s CRAY, but I just couldn’t deal with it this morning), and kindly observe my lids.

Don’t they look glossy and glowing in the best possible way? I think so.

That’s Chanel for ya.

Yeah, their eyeshadow quads are crazy expensive ($61, HOLY CANNOLI), but nobody does glossy glow like Chanel.

Well…Tom Ford gets pretty close with Nude Dip and Honeymoon, but they’re $82! In comparison, $61 for Chanel is practically a steal (at least that’s what I tell myself).

Behold the new Les Ombres Multi-Effect Eyeshadow Quad in 278 Codes Subtils, and brace yourself for all the lusty eyeshadow thoughts.


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Wearing Chanel Coco Code Blush Harmony on my cheeks, Hourglass Girl Lip Stylo in Seeker on my lips, and the Chanel Les Ombres Multi-Effect Eyeshadow Quad in 278 Codes Subtils and Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eye Pencil in Noir Petrole on my eyes

Limited edition… Why?

It’s really annoying that this quad is limited edition (it’s part of the Chanel 2017 Spring collection). I wish it was permanent, because all of the colors — the pale seashell pink, golden taupe, golden brown and khaki taupe โ€” go SO WELL with the pink, nude and coral lip colors I love to wear in spring and summer.

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This needs to be permanent

A fabulous finish

All of the shades have varying levels of age-appropriate shimmer and almost look like wet gloss. And they’re absolutely perfect for mature lids. This kind of glow won’t age you.

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Swatches of Chanel Les Ombres Multi-Effect Eyeshadow Quad in 278 Codes Subtils

Easy-to-blend, potent pigments

I don’t know how or why (it might be a miracle), but I don’t think you really even need to know what you’re doing with these because, despite them being highly pigmented, they also have a blurring effect that makes blending them drama-free. You can practically swipe your tapered eye brush back and forth a few times, and forget about it.

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A closeup of my lids wearing Chanel 278 Codes Sutbils

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January #mbbinstachallenge Look 2 (Week of Jan. 16-22): Kitten Flicks and Glitter Lips

Published in: Just For Fun, Makeup

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Just an FYI: If you ever want to take yourself seriously, don’t combine a headband with cat ears and pink glitter lips.

It’s just too hard. You’ll just be laughing at yourself all day long! ๐Ÿ™‚

The cat headband is from Etude House, and it’s $5.20. Mine was a gift from a friend, but I love it so much that I’m ordering a backup (side note: Do you want me to review it? LOL!).

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Without further ado, it’s #mbbinstachallenge time!

It’s week two, and this week’s theme is kitten flicks and glitter lips.

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Here was my inspiration for this week’s look…

I chose to stick closely to the O.G. inspiration pic this time, so I drew sharp black kitten liner all the way into the inner corners but kept that center area on my lower lash line bare, for negative space.

I suppose I could have done something like a bronze or a gold liner in that area instead…

Ooh! That could be super cool. I might try that next.

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I used Tom Ford’s absurdly expensive liquid liner, which is SO bomb (despite being absurdly expensive. I was reminded why I love it so much as I was trying to place it into the inner corners and needed to be super duper precise. It’s amazeballs.

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And for my glittery pink lips, I used sticky pink MAC Big Baby Plushglass, then patted a multicolored pink glitter on top, concentrating it in the center of my lips.

I wanted big, chunky, flashy glitter, so I went with MAC 3D Pink Glitter.

Here’s something I learned while doing this look: If you pop glitter on top of gloss, don’t rub your lips together right afterward, because the gloss will mix with the glitter and bring down the sparkle and shine several notches.

As a bonafide lip rubber…I struggled with this.

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Warm Vs. Cool Colors: Do You Ever Wear Makeup That Contradicts Your Undertones?

Published in: Just For Fun

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Wearing one of the best cool-toned eyeshadow products I’ve ever used, the Hourglass Prism Duo (sadly, it’s discontinued!)

GIRL, I do it all the time, but mostly with eye and lip products…and occasionally also with blush and bronzer.

I never do it with foundation, concealer or powder, though. So, basically, no for the big skin products, because they cover such large areas, so mismatches are more obvious. But a green eyeshadow isn’t meant to match your skin color at all. It’s supposed to be different.

I have warm-toned skin, and I love a good cool-toned grey or icy silver eyeshadow. And I’ll wear a blue-based pink lip in a hot second.

I know that some folks won’t ever do it. They avoid colors that contradict their natural color temp or undertones, but I like things that purposefully “clash” sometimes. I think you can use that like a trick to make things stand out more. Plus, I just like the way it looks. ๐Ÿ™‚

How about you? Do you ever wear colors that technically (according to “the makeup rules”) aren’t suited for your skin tone?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Ugh, I’m getting over a cold, and it hasn’t been the most awesome-est thing in the entire world.

I think I know where I caught it, too. It was at Target (I always seem to get colds at Target) last week. I was walking around getting stuff, and I remember thinking, jeez, we’re deep into cold season, and I haven’t caught a cold yet. I think I’m gonna make it without getting sick!

Of course, the moment you think that, you catch a cold…

I have two words for you: Cold-Eeze. It works.


The New Hourglass Girl Lip Stylos, Part 2: Yeah, I’m Lovin’ These Lighter Shades

Published in: Hourglass, Makeup, Product Reviews

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Hourglass Girl Lip Stylo in Creator, one of 20 shades in the new $32 Girl Lip Stylo line

How far would you go for the perfect nude lipstick? What would (or wouldn’t) you do? To what ends would you traverse?? Girl, because I know I’d go far! I’d wake up from a dead sleep at the witching hour, and THEN walk several miles, uphill, both ways, IN THE SNOW, to find a perfect nude lipstick.

I’m dedicated to mah nudes! And the one thing I want from them more than any other? — that they play nicely with my lip lines and don’t settle in them.

Well, that and that they don’t make me look half dead… You know what I’m talking about. Those nude lipsticks that wash you out, and make you look like a throwback to Michael Jackson’s Thriller video?

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Batch #2 of the new $32 Hourglass Girl Lip Stylos (here was batch #1)

I’m so happy that this second batch of 10 new Hourglass Girl Lip Stylos — the nudes, pinks, peaches corals and browns — is just as smooth and pigmented as the 10 bolder, brighter colors we looked at the other day. They’re fantastic!

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Hourglass Girl Lip Stylos from the top: Achiever, Influencer, Dreamer, Idealist and Futurist

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Hourglass Girl Lip Stylos from the top: Believer, Creator, Explorer, Seeker and Peacemaker

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 458

Published in: Just For Fun

So…what is the Monday Poll?

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

1. How often do you wear mascara on your lower lashes?

Most of the time. I’d say 80% of the time when I wear mascara, and when I don’t do it, it’s usually because I ran out of time or was feeling lazy.

My lashes are uninspiring by default and fairly sparse (seriously, you can barely see them at all), so it helps when I wear mascara on the top and bottom.

I’m also pretty picky when it comes to my lower lash mascara, though, particularly the brush. I prefer super skinny brushes like the one that comes with It Cosmetics Tightline Mascara to get way down there at the base/roots.

2. Backpacks or cross-body bags?

Cross-body all day, son! I’m always reaching into my bag for something, like my phone, lip balm, baby toys, etc., and it’s just easier for me to grab things out of a cross-body bag than a backpack (because I don’t have to take it off).

3. What are three things you’d like to accomplish over the next two weeks?

  1. Clean my bathroom (it has reached the event horizon between “not quite gross” and “pretty disgusting”)
  2. Walk or run a combined 20 miles, at least
  3. Hang at least one of my framed pictures in the hallway (P.S. Can you tell that I’m into this whole short-term goals thing?)

4. Where do you go when you need a quiet place to think?

If I’m away from the house, I’ll go sit in my car. It’s quiet with the windows up, and it’s a good place to think. And at home, my “thinking space” is the bathroom, LOL!

It’s quiet, especially with the fan on, and nobody bothers me in there…but I suspect that that will change once Connor Claire figures out door knobs!

5. What’s something you need to let go of?

Connor Claire’s little baby clothes that don’t fit her anymore. ๐Ÿ™ I’m about to go full-on hoarders status in about two seconds if I don’t.

Thing is, it’s hard saying goodbye to the things that I remember her wearing when she was a teeny, tiny peanut. I tried to set aside a box filled with things for donation last weekend, but I just couldn’t do it. I got very emotional. I ended up shoving the box in my closet…

I figure, I’ll let go of it when I’m good and ready.

Oh, deer…

Look who visited last weekend! A family of four stopped by to chill on our hill for a bit.

I swear, seeing animals outside never gets old.

Speaking of chilling, I hope it isn’t too cold there, and I hope you’re able to do some relaxing today. Today is a national holiday here in the U.S., Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Take good care of yourself, my friend. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you can, maybe paint your nails, take a nap or read a magazine — something to recharge your batteries a little. It’s important.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Here are the questions to copy and paste…

1. How often do you wear mascara on your lower lashes?
2. Backpacks or cross-body bags?
3. What are three things you’d like to accomplish over the next two weeks?
4. Where do you go when you need a quiet place to think?
5. What’s something you need to let go of?

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