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Come With Me on My Walk!

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This walk takes about an hour, and we go about three or four miles.

My favorite time to go is about an hour before the sun sets, because that’s primo critter time, also known as “the best time to spot deer,” although the only critters I saw today were a standoffish tuxedo cat and one very handsome quail.

Let’s go!

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Novato is a beautiful town right next to Wine Country, and there are lots of fruit trees and interesting plants, like apples and pears and pomegranates, and sometimes they even grow right along the sidewalk.

Technically, these delicious-looking noms belong to other people, so I haven’t picked one yet…but I AM SERIOUSLY TEMPTED TO EVERY TIME.

I don’t know how much longer I can resist…

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Restocking Old MAC Faves

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From the left: MAC Paint Pot in Layin’ Low, Paint Pot in Camel Coat, Eye Shadow in Trax, Paint Pot in Perky and Paint Pot in Constructivist

Doesn’t it seem like the MAC Paint Pots dry out in bunches?

Or does it just seem that way to me? There I’ll be, doopdadoo, going about my business, when I’ll open one of ’em to find it dried out, and then it’s like all of a sudden the rest of them are dried out too!

I dunno. It’s weird…

On the subject of MAC Paint Pots, here are some of my old-school faves I’ve recently restocked…

Mostly, I use the Paint Pots as eyeshadow bases, but some of the shades, like Constructivist and Camel Coat, I love, love, LOVE as single washes of color on the lids and lower lash lines. Then just line your eyes with black liner, add mascara and boom! — you’re ready to party with your cat.

Or do whatever else you need to do. :)

Oh, and Trax? So old school, man. It was one of the very first MAC eyeshadows I ever bought (so this was about a quadrillion years ago). It’s a golden bronzy purple that — I swear! — looks amaze with Powersurge liner.

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MAC Paint Pot in Perky (left) and Paint Pot in Constructivist (right)

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MAC Paint Pot in Layin’ Low, Paint Pot in Camel Coat and Eye Shadow in Trax

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Swatches from the left of the MAC Paint Pots in Layin Low, Camel Coat, Perky and Constructivist; Eye Shadow in Trax

Swatches from the left: Paint Pots in Layin’ Low, Camel Coat, Perky and Constructivist; MAC Eye Shadow in Trax

Have you restocked any of your makeup faves lately?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Chanel Fall 2015 Collection Les Automnales: Quick Look

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Hello, warm, brown smokey eyes. :) That’s what I’m thinking about the eyeshadow palette and quad in the new Chanel Fall 2015 Collection Les Automnales.

Normally, I’d already be looking forward to fall — as in the real season — but this summer’s been a mild one for us, and I don’t want it to end.

But I am looking forward to wearing these new pieces from the limited edition Les Automnales collection, which is available now at Chanel counters and chanel.com.

Here are some swatches and pics…

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Chanel Entrelacs Eyeshadow Palette


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Let’s Glow Crazy! L’Oreal True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator Prime & Highlight in Ice

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L’Oreal True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator in Ice ($12.99, one of three True Match Lumi shades)

This is the kind of high-beam headlights liquid highlighter I can totally see Beyonce rocking with head-to-toe leather on stage. It’s L’Oreal True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator in Ice ($12.99, one of three shades), and it’s bold, brash and shines so brightly that you can see it from across a room.

My first thought when these came out earlier this summer was, “Hm! Looks like a drugstore dupe of BECCA’s Shimmering Skin Perfectors.” Because they are similar. Both are liquid highlighters for use under your foundation or tinted moisturizer (so the shimmer peeks through your base), or on top of your foundation or tinted moisturizer (so the shimmer’s more obvious), or mixed in with your foundation or other base, and then applied all over yo’ pretty face (for an all-over glow).

It’s available in three shades — Rose (for people with yellow, peach, pink or blue) Golden (for peachy or yellow undertones) and Ice (for pink and blue undertones).

My skin tone is warm (MAC NC42), and I chose to try Ice…partly because I just like the pink color. :)
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L’Oreal $12.99 True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator: For Highlights So Shiny That They Make Mirrors Quake in Their Shiny Boots

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L’Oreal True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator ($12.99 each, available in three varieties/shades)

Sooner or later I’ll make through a day without saying the word “strobing” at least once, but today? — totally not that day.

Yes, sweets, these new $13 L’Oreal True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminators are all about that high-shine frosty life, and they’re just in time for strobing madness! — the latest craze sweeping the nation.

These three illuminating powders work a little like Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Bricks. Each pan is comprised of four different colors of varying levels of shimmer, glitter and opacity. You swirl ’em together and use the combined mix to highlight specific areas, or your entire face, although I’d be wary of doing the latter, unless your skin is smoother and more perfectly porcelain than a baby’s butt, because the frosty finish seeks out pores and fine lines like a tabby seeks out gravy.

I actually tried it once… I applied one of these all over just for kicks and ended up looking hella sweaty with, like, huge 3D horror movie-sized pores.

Basically, I’m not the biggest fan of frosty highlighters, and I kinda wish that the shimmery effect were subtler, but these could prove useful if you like dramatic frosty effects that shine like high-beam headlights, perhaps for spot highlights on your cheekbones and/or down the bridge of your nose.

They’re available now online and at drugstores, Walgreens and Ulta in Golden for warm skin tones, Ice for cool skin tones, and Rose for neutral skin tones.

Oh! — one last thing. Try not to drop these, because they’ll almost definitely shatter (see the sad pan of Rose?). :(

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L’Oreal True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator in Golden

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L’Oreal True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator in Ice

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L’Oreal True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator in Rose


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