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Eyes Go Au Naturel With the Bare Necessities in Sonia Kashuk’s New Eyeshadow Palette

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Sometimes you run into an eyeshadow palette that you just know you’re going to be all over like a plus-size tabby on an open can of gravy.

That’s how I am about Sonia Kashuk’s new Eyeshadow Palette in Bare Necessities ($14.29).

It houses six nude powder eyeshadows, and get this — there are a couple of mattes, too, so it’s not just shimmer town as far as the eye can see.

Sonia Kashuk Bare Necessities Eyeshadow Palette (3)

I really like the color temps here. None of the colors are too warm or cool, so most gals (and dudes) should be able to rock ‘em.

Oh, and the palette? It’s only $14.29.

HOLLA! :)

Look for it at Target stores.

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Sonia Kashuk Bare Necessities Eyeshadow Palette (5)

Dolce & Gabbana’s New Bronzer Duo Asks, “Are You a Natural Bronze?”

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Smokey eyes, red lips, jet black nails (mmm, Dior Bar)…

I’m sitting here in my office right now wearing a sweater and long pants. If I didn’t know better, I’d swear it was November.

That’s just craziness…

Scientists are saying that the odds of an El Niño happening this year are dropping, but maybe they forgot to tell Northern California because it already feels like fall!

Weather-wise, I’m not ready for it yet. Makeup-wise, it doesn’t really matter, especially when it comes to bronzers.

Because i’m always down for bronzers. :) Bronzers like the Bronzer Duo in Natural Bronze ($66) by Dolce & Gabbana. The finely milled powder practically melts into the skin.

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The compact houses two pans of bronzer — one lighter than the other — which sort of share a beauty bunk bed, with one on top of the other. You can use the shades individually, or mix them together.

Both bronzers have warm golden reddish undertones and delicate sheens. I like ‘em more for adding light veils of warmth all over my face than for sculpting and contouring, since the reddish tones can look a little muddy and funky when I concentrate them below my olive cheekbones.

If, however, your skin has prominent reddish undertones, you should be able to use both of these for adding warmth and/or for contouring, and it would probably look effortless and natural (and who doesn’t want that?).

If you’re interested, say ciao to the Bronzer Duo next time you see it. It’s available now online and at Dolce & Gabbana counters.

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WARNING: The Dior 5-Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Pied De Poule Could Trigger Full-On Fall Makeup Madness

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Between all the lusciously dark NARS Audacious Lipsticks and this sumptuously smokey Dior 5-Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Pied De Poule ($60), I think I’m starting to seriously entertain the notion of leaving behind minimal summer makeup, and embracing full-on fall makeup madness.

BRING ON THE SMOKEY EYES! :D

Who’s with me?

Get Down With Brown: $7 Maybelline Downtown Brown ColorTattoo Pure Pigments Eyeshadow

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Maybelline Downtown Brown ColorTattoo Pure Purigment Eyeshadow

Yeah, the last thing I need in my life is one more brown eyeshadow (rolls eyes), but this one is just so pretty — and it’s only $7!

It’s Maybelline’s Color Tattoo Pure Pigments Eyeshadow in Downtown Brown, a loose eyeshadow with a magical golden brown, taupey glow, and for only $7, I think it looks much more expensive than it actually is.

I’ve mostly been wearing it by itself on my lids with a black liner on my lash and water lines, but I think it’s also really pretty layered on top of creamy gold shadows like Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Mirage and Laura Mercier Metallic Creme Eye Colour in Gold.

Um…did I mention that it’s only $7??

That’s less than I had to pay Zac Efron to show me his abs (wishful thinking). :)

You can get down with Downtown Brown now wherever Maybelline is sold (like Ulta).

PRICE: $7
AVAILABILITY: Permanent, and available now
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A

Maybelline Downtown Brown ColorTattoo Pure Purigment Eyeshadow

Maybelline Downtown Brown ColorTattoo Pure Purigment Eyeshadow

Maybelline Downtown Brown ColorTattoo Pure Purigment Eyeshadow

Howdy, Highlights! It’s the New Bobbi Brown Sandstone Shimmer Brick

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Bobbi Brown Sandstone Shimmer Brick

Give me bold highlighters…or give me cats!

Or both! Give me both, preferably!

I’m on a bold highlighter kick right now — bold as in high-shine, borderline disco diva shimmer.

It’s because I’ve been wearing a new foundation by Laura Mercier, which is super matte, and when I wear it, unless I’m rockin’ a strong highlight, I feel like my skin looks flat.

I’m really into this limited edition one by Bobbi Brown called Sandstone Shimmer Brick ($45, from the new Smokey Nudes collection coming September to Bobbi Brown counters and neimanmarcus.com). It’s like a slightly peachier version of BECCA Opal.

Sandstone’s shiny finish is probably visible from low Earth orbit, but that’s what I like about it. :) You have to be careful not to go overboard with it, though, because it’s very easy to go there, especially if you’re in a hurry…or if you have Hulk hands.

I try to be very careful and use a small tapered eyeshadow blending brush (Laura Mercier’s Ponytail Eye Crease Brush) to precisely place the highlighter on my upper cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose and on my Cupid’s bow, and then I buff out the edges, just slightly, with the same brush. That way, I get the impact from the shimmer, but I don’t get it all over the place.

Bobbi Brown Sandstone Shimmer Brick

Bobbi Brown Sandstone Shimmer Brick

Bobbi Brown Sandstone Shimmer Brick

Bobbi Brown Sandstone Shimmer Brick Swatch

Sandstone is like a slightly peachier version of BECCA Opal

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