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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.

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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

Heads Up, Neiman Marcus Beauty Shoppers…

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Neiman Marcus Eddie Borgo

Guess what’s happening right meow??

(It’s the Neiman Marcus Spring Beauty Event.)

Just a heads up in case you find yourself near a Neiman Marcus store…or watching Lifetime on the couch while browsing the Neiman website on your phone. There are a bunch of gift with purchases deals from brands including Laura Mercier, La Mer, Bobbi Brown and Le Metier de Beaute.

Also, if your purchases add up to $125 or more, which I know is a lot, they’ll throw in a tote made special for the event by designer Eddie Borgo filled with the following goodies…

  • Kiehl’s Since 1851 Super Multi-Corrective Eye-Opening Serum
  • Oribe Beautiful Color Shampoo and Conditioner (I’ve used both and they’re fabulous!)
  • Molton Brown Ylang-Ylang Body Wash (I love this stuff too)
  • Amore Pacific Time Response Eye Renewal Creme (another thumbs upl)
  • Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask
  • Yves Saint Laurent Beaute Faux Cils Mascara. (Good ol’ Faux Cils… It’s the Old Faithful of mascaras.)
  • Lancer The Method: Polish, Cleanse, and Nourish

If you’re a baller and hit the $500 level…1) can I come over to your house and play? :) And 2) you’ll also receive a matching Eddie Borgo wristlet and samples of Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask, Chantecaille Rose de Mai Face Oil and Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair, in addition to all the stuff you get for hitting the $125 level.

The promotion works both in stores and on the Neiman Marcus website, and it runs through March 1, 2015.

Happy shopping! — and if you discover anything that changes yo’ life, please let me know.

Neiman Marcus Eddie Borgo

Neiman Marcus Eddie Borgo

:)

Charlie the Rainbow Pegasus (and a Special Anniversary)

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You know how when people say that they feel like a big kid at heart, even though they’re technically adults? Yeah, I think that’s a real thing, because I felt like a kid masquerading as an adult all the way up through my early 30s.

There wasn’t one moment where I woke up and said, “Oh, gee! Would ya look at that?? How cool! I’m an adult now!” like a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis.

It happened slowly over the course of a few years…

Even before I started thinking of myself as a grownup, I still went to work and paid my bills and did the regular adult jazz, but I never quite felt like an honest-to-goodness adult.

Then a couple of big life things happened. The first was my friend Jen’s parents passing away, and the second was El Hub’s mom getting cancer.

The kid in my heart didn’t disappear…but she had to let grownup Karen take over for a while.

Every once in a while, kid Karen lets me know she’s still kicking around, though, like when I met this stuffed blue pegasus with her rainbow mane.

Yeah, this was a Valentine’s Day present from El Hub.

Seriously, my friend, if you can, marry a man who knows that you will derive great joy from a blue pegasus because SHE HAS A RAINBOW LIGHTNING BOLT ON HER BUTT.

This toy brings me joy (just made a rhyme!). I’ve named her Charlie, and here she’s posing for you with flowers. :)

charlie-pegasus_2P.S. TGIF!

P.P.S. Today — actually this very day — marks the official eight-year anniversary of Makeup and Beauty Blog.

Yup, eight years ago today I typed up my very first post.

10,223 posts later…WE’RE STILL TALKING ABOUT MAKEUP AND PLUSH RAINBOW TOYS WITH LIGHTNING BOLTS ON THEIR BUTTS, LOL!

And I’m still typing “LOL” and using ellipses…

Holy sh*t, right!? I’ve written more than 10,200 posts over 2,900 days. I don’t know if I should be embarrassed or proud!

Probably a bit of both…

You know what, though? I’ve had fun. :) I hope you have too.

Fill Your Prescription for Pretty Lips With the New Marvelously Moisturizing Dior Rouge Dior Brilliant Lipshine & Care Couture Colours

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Dior Rouge Dior Brilliant Lipshine & Care Couture Colour in Victoire (left) and Darling (right)

The new Dior Rouge Dior Brilliant Lipshine & Care Couture Colours in Victoire (left) and Darling (right), $35 each

Dr. Dior doctor is in, and she’s ready to dispense the right dosage of your next new (possibly) favorite moisturizing lip gloss.

Yes, that’s right! The new Dior Rouge Dior Brilliant Lipshine & Care Couture Colours, of which there are 12, may look and feel like run-of-the-mill lip glosses, but they’re filed under the “Lip Balm” category.

They’re formulated with a blend of oils and vitamin E to quench parched pouts, although quickly scanning the ingredient list, the first oil I recognize is luffa cylindric seed oil, and it’s quite a ways down, but I digress…

Beyond how moisturizing these are — and they are moisturizing — one of my favorite things about them is the design of the doe foot. It has a divot in the center that holds some of the gloss in a tiny reservoir, making it easy to apply/deliver a good dose.

Dior Rouge Dior Brilliant Lipshine & Care Couture Colour

I’m lovin’ orangey coral Victoire and hot pink Darling. Both douse my dry lips with unflavored, unscented moisture and last 2-3 hours. If you like the medium-weight, non-sticky formula of the Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait De Glosses, you’ll probably also like these. They’re very similar.

Now THIS is the kind of medicine I don’t mind! :) All 12 shades ($35 each) are available now online and at Dior counters in Neiman Marcus stores.

Rouge Dior Brilliant Lipshine & Care Couture Colour in Darling

Rouge Dior Brilliant Lipshine & Care Couture Colour in Darling

Rouge Dior Brilliant Lipshine & Care Couture Colour in Victoire

Rouge Dior Brilliant Lipshine & Care Couture Colour in Victoire

Dior Rouge Dior Brilliant Lipshine & Care Couture Colour in Darling (left) and Victoire (right)

Rouge Dior Brilliant Lipshine & Care Couture Colour in Darling (left) and Victoire (right)

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