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…immaculate new bottle of Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray will stay fresh to def forever, it won’t. LOL! I hate to dash your hopes, but things are going to get dirrrty.

Case in point: the pic above. I didn’t realize just how dirty those white bottles get until I opened a new one and placed it next to an old one.

OK, first of all, I have no idea what nebulous wormhole the left bottle’s original purple cap disappeared into, but I think the ill-fitting cap on there now is from a rand-o bottle of hairspray.

Second, how did I not notice this poor state of affairs until now? I grab this bottle literally every day (which is probably why it’s covered in makeup, ha!). I’ll usually wash the dirt off a bar of soap, so my blatant disregard for this poor bottle’s sorry condition is weird to me.

Anyway! If you haven’t tried this makeup setting spray before (it’s a total unsung makeup hero), you must! I’ve lost count of how many bottles of it I’ve gone through over the years. Maybe five or six? I even bring a travel-sized one with me on trips. It’s that hardcore, man.

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Nails of the Day: Salon Perfect Nail Lacquer in Mermade of Money

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*RING* *RING* Hello? Is that Salon Perfect Nail Lacquer in Mermade of Money ($4)

I was sitting in my car at a stoplight yesterday when I saw a kid skateboard across the street…WHILE TEXTING ON HIS PHONE.

How is that even possible? I can barely text sitting down. Shoot, I’m the person who has to literally stop in the middle of the sidewalk to send a text that takes her five minutes to type and says, “b right there” when she’s only 30 seconds from the destination!

If there were an Olympic event for Slowest, Lamest Texter Ever, I would take home the gold. :)

Since I frequently force the people around me to witness my lame attempts at texting, I might as well give them something interesting to look at.

That was the idea behind these nails, which I applied yesterday morning. This is Salon Perfect Nail Lacquer in Mermade of Money, from their new summer collection, Neon Pop.

I probably could’ve gotten away with wearing two layers, but I wanted complete and total opacity, so I went in for a third. I applied it with a base and top coat, but I still saw my first chip less than 24 hours later. Yup, a gnarly chip on my right hand.

Granted, I’m hard on my nails, but less than 24 hours? That’s kind of crazy-pants.

This was my first time wearing a Salon Perfect Nail Lacquer. They’re only $4 each, so I’ll give ’em another try… But the next one better last longer.

They’re available now online and at Walmart stores.

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P.S. Happy hump day, by the way. :)

Last Call! The Special Edition $48 Tarte Beauty in the Basics Set Is Available For a Few More Hours Today Only on

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The Tarte $47.64 Beauty in the Basics Set, available for — EEK! — nine more hours, today only at

The (final) countdown is on!

The new $47.64 Tarte Beauty in The Basics set is available for just nine more hours today (as of 2:30 p.m. PT) on the QVC website.

Yup, if this thing piques your interest, run — not meander or scoot — run to your nearest computer…which would probably the one you’re using right now, and check it out. For $47.64, today only, you get six of Tarte’s most popular products, including…

  • (1) 0.31-oz. pan of their Amazonian Clay Smoothing Balm in choice of Fair, Light, Light-Medium, Medium, Tan or Deep (your choice) — This stuff is a medium-to-full-coverage cream foundation with a satiny finish. I’ve used it in Medium and barely have to use any of it at all to even out my skin tone. It’s that pigmented.
  • (1) 0.24-fl oz. tube of Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara in Black — Old school! I like Lights, Camera, Lashes for volume, separation and curl hold (but it’s not my favorite mascara for lengthening). It’s an oldie but a goodie.
  • (1) 0.10-oz. tube of LipSurgence Lip Creme in Vintage — Vintage has a minty flavor and scent, a lightweight formula and a moderate amount of honeysuckle pink pigment. Me likey.
  • (1) 0.24-oz. Special Edition Colored Clay Eyeshadow Palette with 0.06-oz. pans of ivory Classic Cream, taupe Simple Slate, Tantalizing Tan and Breathtaking Brown — I have’t worn these soft, moderately pigmented shadows yet, but they feel very much like other Tarte shadows I have used, so I expect similar performance. I like Tarte’s shadows in general, especially how easily they blend (but sometimes they do leave a lot of fallout).
  • (1) 0.03-oz. stick of Amazonian Clay Tightlining Eyeliner in Black Brown — This wonderful little stick is surprisingly great! It’s my favorite thing in the entire set, largely because of the thin tip, which makes it really easy to get deep, down there in between the roots of my lashes, and because it lasts all day long, too.
  • (1) Tarte Smoothing Balm Brush — This fluffy, full brush deftly diffuses the cream foundation that comes with this set and, of course, other cream products.
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The Tarte Beauty in the Basics Set

tarte beauty in the basics

The Tarte Beauty in the Basics Set

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The Tarte Beauty in the Basics Clay of Life Colored Clay Eyeshadow Palette

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From the left: Amazonian Clay Smoothing Balm in Medium, Amazonian Clay Tightlining Eyeliner in Black Brown and LipSurgence in Vintage


The $32 Clinique Sculptionary Cheek Contouring Palettes: Three Shades, Three Jobs, One Coordinated Mission

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Three of the new Clinique Sculptionary Cheek Contouring Palettes, $32 each

Like Kevin Federline circa 2005, highlighting and contouring are having a moment. You literally cannot escape them. They’re the Alcatraz of the makeup world right now.

The new Sculptionary Cheek Contouring palettes by Clinique have that highlighting/contouring trend in mind. Three shades, three jobs, one coordinated mission — to sculpt and shape yo’ cherub cheeks! They’re $32 each and available now in six oil-free shades at Clinique counters and online.

Use one of the mid-tone shades as blush for your cheeks, the deeper shades for contouring, and the lighter shade for highlighting. Or, mix them however you’d like to create a custom blush color for the apples of your cheeks.

I think these are really fun to mix, especially if you use them as blushes and highlighters…

I love me a customized cheek color! :)

Here I’m wearing the Defining Nectars palette. I mixed the mid-toned and darkest shades together by tapping my brush back and forth between the powders. Then I swirled the powder on the open lid to mix them together (you can also do this on the back of your hand or in your palm) and applied the combined color to my cheeks as a blush. Then I cleaned off my brush, loaded it with the lightest shade and swept that on my cheekbones to highlight.

If you’re going to be mixing these, I think it’s important to use a small face brush because the individual pans are pretty petite (the entire palette fits in the palm of my hand). I like the Contour Brush by Real Techniques; it’s small enough to pick up the colors separately.

As for contouring, I probably won’t be using these palettes to do a true contour as all of the darkest shades have shimmer, which really doesn’t do a lot in terms of chiseling my cheeks. Plus, I’m kind of afraid of things looking a little too ’80s with the colorful contour.

Totally go there if it’s your thing, though. You do you! That’s one of the things I love about makeup. :) There’s an endless number of ways to interpret a look.

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Clinique Sculptionary Cheek Contouring Palette in Defining Berries, $32

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Clinique Sculptionary Cheek Contouring Palette in Defining Nectars, $32

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Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer: A Fabulously Affordable Option to One of My Favorite High-End Lippies of All Time

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Several lipsticks from the new Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer line ($18 each)

The only thing that could make these new Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primers better is if they actually came with Pop Tarts.

That, and if they were free and summoned fluffy kittens and unicorns. :)

By the way, if we’re handing out Pop Tarts here, I’ll take a strawberry with frosting, please. The others are a complete and total sham!

But I digress…

These new $18 lippies resemble one of my favorite high-end (much more expensive) lipsticks of all time. Keep reading to find out which one!

The Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primers: Deets you need to know/overview

  • These are a brand new line of $18 full-coverage, long-wearing, moderately moisturizing lipsticks with a built-in smoothing primer.
  • There are 16 unflavored, unscented shades divided into four color families — nudes, tawnies/corals, pinks, violets.
  • They have an interesting finish that I’d characterize as about two-thirds cream, one-third matte. Still a little shiny, but not completely matte. It reminds me of the NARS Satin Lip Pencils.
  • Texture-wise, they feel creamy and slightly thick on my lips but aren’t heavy.
  • I get five or six hours of wear time from the more intense shades, and four or five hours from the less intense ones.
  • Of the six I’ve tried, the vibrant, colorful shades, particularly hot pink Punch Pop, reddish coral Poppy Pop and warm red Cherry Pop impress me the most. One layer of each gives me full, even coverage that stays out of my horizontal lip lines (yay!).
  • I’m not crazy about pastel pinkish purple Fab Pop, though. It settles into my lip lines, looks patchy, and I can’t get it to stay where it belongs on my lips.
  • For me, the stars of this show are the brights! :) They totally remind me of Guerlain’s $51 Rouge G line. They look the same and feel the same to me, but they don’t taste or smell the same, so FYI, if you absolutely must have that rosy Guerlain flavor and scent, you won’t find that here.

    I still love the Rouge Gs to bits and probably always will, but these Clinique Pop Lips are a fabulously affordable $18 option (versus $51!).

Pop over to your neighborhood Clinique counter or Sephora store to check ’em out (or find them online).

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Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer packaging

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