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10 Reasons to Rock Smokey Purple Eyes (and Pics of the New Purple MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow in Leap From the MAC Lightness of Being Collection)

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

Wearing makeup from the new MAC Lightness of Being collection

10 reasons to rock smokey purple eyes…

  1. Because you’re on day three of “third day hair,” and your roots feel hella janky, and you really need to feel glamorous despite this.
  2. Any excuse to bust out MAC Sketch. Any. Excuse.
  3. Because purple smokey eyes are a temporary distraction from the chaos that is happening around your eyebrows. Note to self: schedule time for some TLC with those fussy, fuzzy little caterpillars.
  4. Purple is the color of royalty, and what better way to stake your claim as Queen of the Crazy Cat Ladies?
  5. Because, hello! — rainy days and Prince songs. *Cues Purple Rain*
  6. Because it’s long past time to pay homage to one of the greatest MAC trifectas of purple power — Bamboo, Saddle and Shroom.
  7. Because it’s been a minute since you’ve done black cat liner, which is a perishable skill. Use it or lose it, yo!
  8. Because scientific studies prove that the best eye makeup to wear while gorging on Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Stars is smokey purple eyes… OK, not really, but in my mind this is true.
  9. Because heaven forbid you go to HomeGoods for the fourth time this week without at least a little makeup on.
  10. Because you never know when the urge to go dancing will hit! Preparedness is key! :)

Wearing makeup from the new MAC Lightness of Being collection

Wearing makeup from the new MAC Lightness of Being collection
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Unsung Makeup Heroes: Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Pink Explosion

Published in: Chanel, Makeup, Unsung Heroes

Chanel Pink Explosion

10 reasons why Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Pink Explosion will blow your mind…

  1. It’s an explosion! Of Pink! Seriously — Pink Explosion — how could you not love that name?
  2. Looks so lovely with Hourglass Fever lipstick. (I’m just saying…)
  3. Also goes great with NARS Angelika Lip Gloss, which is what I’m wearing in these pics.
  4. Actually…now that I think about it, it goes great with errrthing. I’ve been wearing it regularly for the past month in a bunch of different eye/lip combos, and I can’t remember ever thinking that it didn’t work well with a look.
  5. The secret squirrel micro-glitter (you can only see it if you get up really close) will make you feel like you’re getting an extra large scoop of Chanel special sauce.
  6. If you’re feeling extra crabby with a side of cranky, Pink Explosion will make you look like you don’t have a care in the world, so maybe then somebody nice and cute will walk up to you and start a conversation about something light and fun, and then you’ll temporarily forget your crabbiness. :)
  7. It smells like roses! — so you’ll be reminded of the last time someone surprised you with a huge bouquet of flowers (hopefully it wasn’t too long ago).
  8. It’s so powerfully pretty that it can even cancel out the memory of needing the Jaws of Life to get into your skinny jeans this morning.
  9. And not having to spend a ton of time carefully blending out any edges means you’ll have time left over to look for a purr-fect faux leopard-print Christmas coat.
  10. Did I mention it’s Chanel?
Chanel Pink Explosion

Chanel Pink Explosion

Chanel Pink Explosion
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Clinique’s $36 The Nutcracker Suite Act II Palette Is Perfectly Purple

Published in: Clinique, Collections, Eyes, Makeup, Palettes, Product Reviews

Clinique Nutcracker Suite Act II

Wearing the $36 Nutcracker Suite Act II Palette on my eyes and cheeks, along with the Chubby Stick Baby Tint in Flowering Freesia and Blended Face Powder in Snowflake Dreams, all from Act II of Clinique’s The Nutcracker Suite holiday collection

Part deux of Clinique’s holiday collection, The Nutcracker Suite, puts the spotlight on soft, romantic colors… And purple!

The overall collection is split into two parts, with the first part, Act I, being pumped up about pink, and the second part, Act II, being passionate about purple.

In Act II, purple eyes and a sheer purple lip pair with pretty pink cheeks, and for the eyes, there’s The Nutcracker Suite Act II Eye and Cheek Palette ($36).

Clinique Nutcracker Suite Act II

Clinique’s The Nutcracker Suite Act II sub-collection, clockwise from the purple pencil on the left: Chubby Stick Baby Tint in Flowering Freesia, Blended Face Powder in Snowflake Dreams and The Nutcracker Suite Act II Palette

The Nutcracker Suite Act II Eye and Cheek Palette ($36)

Clinique The Nutcracker Suite Act II Palette

The Nutcracker Suite Act II Palette ($36)


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The New Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzers Are Powder Power Couples

Published in: Makeup, Product Reviews, Too Faced

Wearing the new Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer in Carrie & Big on my cheeks

Wearing the new Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer in Carrie & Big on my cheeks

Carrie & Big? You gotta be kitten me! I think Carrie & Aiden would’ve been a far better name for this new $34 Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer (it’s one of two), but that’s because I’ll never, ever, EVER get over how Big stood up Carrie at the wedding. I’m all for forgiveness, but if some dude left my BFF hanging in her big white dress, I would kick that man’s booty from here to next Tuesday.

Team Aiden 4 life! :)

Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer in Carrie & Big (left) and Ross & Rachel (right)

Blushing Bronzer in Carrie & Big (left) and Ross & Rachel (right)

Now where was I…?

Oh! — these new cuties. So adorbs. I almost can’t take it.

Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer
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Dolce & Gabbana The Illuminator in Eva From the Holiday 2014 Collection

Published in: Dolce & Gabbana, Makeup

Dolce & Gabbana Illuminator in Eva

Wearing Dolce & Gabbana’s The Illuminator in Eva on my upper cheekbones, and MAC Satin Lipstick in Toxic Tale from the MAC Red, Red, Red Collection on my lips

To think that once upon a time, many, many moons ago, gorgeously glowing skin was just something that happened sometimes on one of Mother Nature’s whims.

“Ooh! My cheeks are a little oilier than usual today? Woot! That means my skin will glow like Sheila’s, the cave-girl who lives down the way.”

Well, OK, that’s probably not exactly how it went down back in prehistoric days…but throw a girl a bone here please! I had awful insomnia last night (stayed up too late watching TV), so it’s the best I can do under the circumstances.

I did have a point though…

Now that we’re modern women living in modern times, we have access to a much wider range of illuminators than ever before, from frosty highlighters that leave your cheekbones lookin’ like Rihanna’s in a video (shine bright like a diamond!), to shimmers so soft that you can barely see their candlelit glow on your skin, and everything in between.

Dolce & Gabbana’s new six-piece holiday 2014 collection has a very interesting illuminator named Eva ($51, called The Illuminator in Eva; there’s also a bronzer in the collection called Desert), a creamy beige face powder blended with tiny flecks of gold glitter. It has a soft, sheen-like finish that reminds me of the Hourglass Ambient Powders, only the sparkly flecks seem finer…

They create a slightly different effect that’s flat-out gorgeous.

Available now in a limited edition holiday version with a pretty design on the pan (but also available in the permanent line) online and at Dolce & Gabbana counters.

Dolce & Gabbana Holiday 2014

Three of six pieces in the Dolce & Gabbana holiday 2014 makeup collection

Dolce & Gabbana Illuminator in Eva

The Illuminator in Eva


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