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A Closer Look at the NARS Last Resort Collection Temporary Tattoos and Tahiti Bronzer

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NARS Temporary Tattoos

All inked up with no place to go, thanks to these new NARS temporary tattoos ($35 for a set of four sheets).

As far as fake tattoos go…I gotta say, the new NARS temporary tattoos are LEGIT. If you want to get all tatted up to scare your mom or surprise your friends, they’re well worth the $35.

I wore them to brunch last weekend, and the first thing my BFF Cindy said was, “Good gawd, woman! How could you get all inked up without telling me!?”

Ha! :) Cindy has known me for 25 years (give or take), and she knows that 1) I’m terrified of needles, and 2) I’m one of the last people in the world who would ever get a tattoo (I’m too fickle and would guaranteed change my mind after it’s too late), so the fact that these temporary tats fooled her says something.

It says that these things look real!

They’re still around, by the way, and that’s after three days, during which I had two sweaty workouts and took three showers.

I’m on day four now, and they’re just beginning to look a little long in the tooth (they’re fading and starting to slightly peel), so I’ll probably take them off later tonight.

After what I’m wearing in these pics, I still have quite a few left from the four sheets, but I’m saving them for my next trip home.

My mom is gonna freak out, HAHA! :)

NARS Temporary Tattoos

The NARS temporary tattoos

Joining the temporary tats in the NARS Last Resort collection is a new (“air quotes”) bronzer called Tahiti Laguna ($59). “Air quotes” because it’s basically just good, old golden shimmery tan NARS Laguna, but in a big pan with a tiny Ita brush.

And also a couple of moisturizing beauty oils, which I’ve yet to try.

I do love the color of the bronzer (I’m wearing it in these pics to warm up my skin), but sometimes I get a little Laguna overload…

Both the NARS tattoos and Tahiti Laguna Bronzer are available now online and at NARS boutiques and Sephora. They also arrive at NARS counters April 1.

NARS Temporary Tattoos

NARS Temporary Tattoos

The NARS temporary tattoos


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A Quick Look at the Chanel L’Intemporel De Chanel Eyeshadow Palette: Together We’ll Break These Chains of Love

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Chanel L'Intemporel De Chanel Eyeshadow Palette

Because you can’t go wrong with Chanel.

And/or chains. :)

Behold the new Chanel L’Intemporel De Chanel Eyeshadow Palette (available now)!

Chanel L'Intemporel De Chanel Eyeshadow Palette

But you might want to brace yourself…because it’s $80.

Sticker shock says what, now??

Yup, but it sure is pretty, though…

Chanel L'Intemporel De Chanel Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel L'Intemporel De Chanel Eyeshadow Palette

P.S. Happidy humpidy day, by the way. Your nephew is excited because we might be deploying his new tabby command center late this afternoon. :)

It’s the final countdown!

Sending You Sunshine…

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Purple ranunculus

A purple ranunculus (thank you, college level botany classes, for your gift of knowledge)

Just in case you need some today.

Yesterday I had to make an emergency vegetable run (yes, that’s a real thing), and I saw these pretty flowers at Trader Joe’s.

Spring is not far away, my friend. I’m just sayin’. Hang in there. :)

You know, I swear, if it weren’t for Trader Joe’s, all I’d ever eat are those mini Babybel cheeses and microwave popcorn…

Pink hydrangea

Pink hydrangea

Blue hydrangea

Blue hydrangea

Red Ranunculus

Red ranunculus

Red Ranunculus

Red ranunculus (Ranunculi? Ranunculuses?)

Yellow Mum

Yellow mums

Trader Joe's Flowers

In other news, what did you do for your makeup today? I went with purply brown cat eyes, mrow! :)

Have a great day today. Talk to you soon.

:)

This $21 Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Sculpting Contour Trio Is Sublime

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Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Sculpting Contour Trio in Sublime

The Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Sculpting Contour Trio in Sublime ($21)

** HIDDEN GEM ALERT **

Sephora’s $21 MicroSmooth Sculpting Contour Trio in Sublime is a genius move if you’ve been lusting after the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders but can’t bear the thought of dropping 45 large on a single pan.

Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Sculpting Contour Trio in Sublime

Wearing Sublime on my cheeks and MAC Candy Yum Yum on my lips

Sublime, one of six $21 Baked Sculpting Contour Trios in the newish Sephora Collection, consists of one pan with three shades — a luminizer for highlighting, a matte-satin bronzer for defining and contouring, and a matte-satin blush for cheek color.

At least, that’s how it’s designed, with those three functions in mind, and I’m sure lighter skinned lasses can probably use it that way, but I think of this trio as primarily a highlighting palette, which is where the Hourglass Ambients come into play.

Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Sculpting Contour Trio in Sublime

Sublime with all three shades mixed together (far left) and three shades swatched individually (on the right)

Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Sculpting Contour Trio in Sublime

Two of the three shades in Sublime are nearly identical twins of two amazing Hourglass Ambient shades. Specifically, Sublime’s lightest shade (the one designed for highlighting) is the spitting image of the champagne pearl Ambient Powder in Luminous Light, while Sublime’s darkest shade, the sun-kissed golden beige, could headline a show in Vegas as a Radiant Light impersonator.

And Sublime’s pink middle shade also reminds me of a warmer version of sheer lavender pink Hourglass Ambient Powder in Mood Light.

Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Sculpting Contour Trio in Sublime

Sublime with all three shades mixed together on the far left, and its three shades swatched individually on the right

Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Sculpting Contour Trio in Sublime

The special sauce is Sublime’s finish. All three of its powders impart the same soft candlelit glow (more of a soft glow than a frosty shimmer, so it plays well with my pores) that I love the Hourglass Ambients for, and it’s something I haven’t seen at many other brands.

I think this pan is a STEAL at $21, and worthy of jumping in your hot tub time machine and going back to yesterday to get, so that you could already have it on your cheeks right meow. :)

If Sublime sounds…sublime, it’s available now at Sephora stores and online.

Doohickeys That I Probably Don’t Need But Want Anyway

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Foxrun Banana Slicer

Behold the incredible Foxrun Banana Slicer!

Ever since I discovered the wonder and glory that is the Progressive Wedge & Pop Apple Slicer, I’ve learned that I’ve become that person.

You know — that person who probably doesn’t need weird kitchen doohickeys but still wants them anyway. :)

Pini Ace Hardware

The Pini Ace Hardware in Novato is where it’s at!

The other night I discovered that the Pini Ace Hardware in Novato contains a plethora of rand-o kitchen utensils, doodads and culinary accoutrements.

Who knew?

I’ve actually been spending a lot of time there lately because of Tabs. El Hub and I are building that enclosure/private tower/playpen for him, which has resulted in us taking a lot of trips to the hardware store, usually after dinner at night (we go at least three times a week).

What typically begins as a trip to get gloves or screws usually ends with me marveling at something interesting but altogether unnecessary in the kitchen aisle, like the Fox Run Banana Slicer ($1.95) at the top, which perfectly portions your bananas into convenient slices (great for cereal!).

Chop2Pot Plus

The Chop2Pot Plus

Or, there’s the Chop2Pot Plus…

Don’t you hate it when you’ve chopped a few carrots or tomatoes on your cutting board, and then when you go to carry them over to the pot — whoops! — the cats trips you up and you accidentally spill them all over the floor?

Yeah, me too.

Enter the Chop2Pot Plus ($16), a cutting board that folds up along the edges.

Hello, convenience. :)

Tovolo Stoptop Clip

Tovolo Silicone Ladle Clips

And where, exactly, have these Tovolo Silicone Ladle Clips ($3.95 each) been all my life? I’m not much of a cook, but when I do bust out ye olde pots and pans, it seems like I’m always looking for a place to put down my ladle.

Keep your stovetop clean by holding the ladle over the pot. Genius!

Lid Lifters

The Tovolo Pot Lid Lifters

Speaking of pots, these three sheepish Tovolo Pot Lid Lifters ($10.95 for the set) are not just cute; they’re also helpful. Use them to keep pot lids lifted and prevent food from bubbling over.

Tovolo Ice Cream Sandwich Molds

Tovolo Ice Cream Sandwich Molds

So, I’ve never actually made an ice cream sandwich, but if I did, I could make them look cute with these Tovolo Ice Cream Sandwich Molds ($11.99).

I call first dibs on the heart-shaped one!

Cusinart Double Toaster

The Cuisinart Double Toaster

What does one do when both she and her husband prefer their toast slices scorched to varying levels, and they’re both really, REALLY hungry for toast?

Toast FOUR slices simultaneously, to varying levels of toast-ness, with the Cuisinart Classic 4-Slice Toaster in Metallic Red ($74.99).

And for when you need an onion holder shaped like an actual onion, there’s the Hutzler Onion Saver ($7).

Why I see poetry in this, I do not know…

Hutzler Onion Saver

The Hutzler Onion Saver

Lastly, these Tovolo Whale & Octopus Sandwich Shapers ($7), because I may not be able to eat actual octopus (it’s a texture thing), but at least I can eat a sandwich SHAPED LIKE AN OCTOPUS, if I want to.

Tovolo Whale & Octopus Sandwich Shapers

Tovolo Whale & Octopus Sandwich Shapers

Tovolo Whale & Octopus Sandwich Shapers

Tovolo Whale & Octopus Sandwich Shapers

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