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This $42 Set Is a Buxom Stone Cold Babe

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The Buxom Stone Cold Babe, a $42 set

Who is that stone cold babe? That’s what I’d like to know. I guess she likes diamonds…

BIG diamonds.

Can you imagine having a diamond this big? Good lord. I wouldn’t even bother getting attached to it though. My mom would probably try to steal it from me, put it on a ring and wear it to her SilverSneakers aerobics class. Then she’d try to be all cool about it…

“Oh, this? This is just my diamond ring.”

But I would sell that thing in a heartbeat. Then I’d try to buy that island François Nars was selling.

The pans in the palette, which is part of this $42 set, are removable, and you can arrange them however you like. Or, if there are some other Buxom eyeshadows you prefer, you can replace some of these with them.

I would probably replace about haalf of these here… I’ve only swatched them, but a few seem pretty sheer, patchy and dicey to me. They’re also on the harder side.

I don’t know… I love cool tones. And I do like the thought of turning myself into a stone cold babe. 🙂

The mascara, by the way, is great for lash volume. I went through a couple of tubes when I was going through a Buxom mascara phase.

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Hello, customizable palette!

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The duos slip in and out

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When you’re done deciding on what to put where, slide the pans in through the side

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Stone cold, babe!

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Le swatches…

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

NARS Rita Audacious Lipstick in Limited Edition Red

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RED! NARS Rita Lipstick in limited edition red

Yeah, I got pretty excited too when I saw this because for a second there I thought, “Is NARS gonna do special colors for each of their Audacious Lipsticks??” And then I thought, “What will Anita look like? Will it be PINK!?” Because — hoh! — I would love to have a pink lipstick like that in my bag…

But no. Not the case.

This rockin’ red is limited edition NARS Rita. Good ol’ re-promoted Rita. It’s $32 and available now at Sephora stores and online.

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Ooh, red!

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Wearing NARS Rita on my lips and the Laura Mercier Master Class palette on my cheeks and eyes

Warm-toned red Rita is part of the long-lasting NARS Audacious Lipstick fam, which I love, and she’s opaque and awesome. Like the other Audacious shades, it has a slightly shiny finish and lasts FOR HOURS.

Speaking of audacious reds…

flouncy-redI was rifling through my closet yesterday, looking for a pair of jeans that I could actually fit into because I still have a bit of baby weight I’d like to lose, when I saw a red dress I have not yet worn.

It’s the Petite Scuba Flounce Dress, and I got it from LOFT right before I found out that I was pregnant with Connor. It’s made out of a thick scuba-like material and has a flouncy ruffled hem.

“One of these days,” she said, staring at the bag of Snickers out of the corner of her eye, “I will get into that dress!” 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Lombard Street, Painted Ladies and Adventures in San Francisco

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El Hub and I played hooky to spend the day in San Francisco and celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary (10!) last Thursday.

We didn’t go having any plans. We just kind of wanted to wing it and hang out with each other doing something fun, since we haven’t done much of that over the past few months since Connor arrived.

So, um…yeah, we went exploring. 🙂

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San Francisco’s steep and winding Lombard Street

I wanted to do things that I’d never done in the city before, and I’d never seen the crooked part of Lombard Street with all of the switchbacks and hydrangeas.

My dream house on Lombard

My dream house on Lombard…

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The view down Lombard Street

The view down Lombard Street

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What Had Been a Pre-BG Mini Sephora Haul

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I wrote this post shortly before Monday’s Cirque du BG got underway, but I still wanted to share it.

They (and by “they” I’m referring to folks on the interwebz) say that walking helps to encourage babies to exit le womb…so I took a nice, long walk around my local Sephora the other day.

LOL! No, seriously, I did laps around the store, going up and down the aisles, to get labor to start, and got friendly words of encouragement from the girls I know who work there.

A few things also somehow mysteriously found their way into my hot little hands. Whoops!

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I grabbed…

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Fresh Cut Split End Mender ($24): This treatment is supposed to seal and heal split ends, and I have been seeing a few split ends here and there… It’s probably because it’s been a while since I got a haircut, and since I may or not be getting another one until May, I hope this helps!

Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Tint-In-Oil in Peach Me Love ($32): From the YSL Permanent line. A moisturizing glossy lip color suspended in a moisturizing treatment oil, and OH! — it’s so freaking good. Why did it take me so long to get on this train? I want all of teh colors right meow!

Lancôme Definicils Waterproof High Definition Mascara ($27.50): Bought this because it holds curl and stands up to tears. I like the brush, too, because it’s on the skinny side and easy for me to control.

I also grabbed this L’Occitane Sephora Perk (I think it was VIB 500 points… Or maybe it was 550. I can’t remember.) with minis of their shower oil, makeup cleansing oil, skin oil, one of my favorite hand creams and a cute makeup bag. I just packed it into my hospital bag!

Also, you know what I just realized? I just realized that the next time I go to Sephora, Baby Girl will probably be with me. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

My Latest Kate Spade Love: The Grand Street Layton Wristlet

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Finally! At long last! (Huzzah!) The great hunt is over…and I’m not referring to the hunt to find the perfect product to tame the out-of-control baby hairs in my bangs, because they have been extra unruly lately (if you happen to have a recommendation, please help a homie out).

No, I’m referring to my hunt for a new wallet/wristlet/smart phone holder thingamabober-doohickey.

I’ve been looking for one big enough (but not too big) to hold my behemoth of an iPhone, credit cards, spare change, keys, cat treats (#ccl) and a tube of lipgloss (very important) because I’m trying to streamline before BG arrives, and I want something that I can just toss into a diaper bag. And when I’m out and about, and she’s in one of those baby carrier contraptions around my middle, with a wristlet, I’ll be able to keep my hands relatively free.

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The real challenge has been finding one big enough to fit my phablet iPhone 6+, but the Grand Street Layton by Kate Spade does (originally $228, marked down to $79!). It has 12 small pockets for business and credit cards, four big pockets (including two zippered exterior ones, which are where I keep my keys), a zippered interior compartment for spare change, and the main pocket, which is roomy enough for a big-@ss phone and a full-sized tube of NARS gloss.

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The whole thing isn’t exactly petite, because, hello! — it fits a lot of stuff. It’s a little larger than 4×8 inches, which is kinda big for a wristlet, but it’s still small enough to fit in any of my purses. Plus, it’s reasonably thin and not too bulky. Oh, and it’s made of leather with light-colored 14-karat gold-plated hardware.

I grabbed it in black at a Kate Spade online surprise sale a few weeks ago. There were two colors available at the time, the black and a hot pink, and even though every fiber of my being was screaming “KAREN!!! HOT PINK!” I went with the black, because I thought it would go with everything, and it wouldn’t get dirty as easily.

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I wish I could find the exact same wallet now online, but the closest one I’m finding is this one called the Primrose Hill Layton, which is kindasorta similar, and I bet also fantastic.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. Wristlets: how do you feel about them?

P.P.S. I am so pregnant right now!

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