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Blue Monday, Take 2: A Face of the Day With the Tom Ford Unabashed Eye and Cheek Compact

Published in: Face of the Day (FOTD), Tom Ford Beauty

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye and Cheek Compact

Crazypants!

In its former life, this ratty blue wig was part of a last-minute Halloween homage to Katy Perry. It has since evolved into one of Tabs’ favorite toys.

He stalks it, swats it and basically beats-it-the-eff-up whenever he’s “supervising” me in my office.

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye and Cheek Compact

Doopdadoo, don’t mind me…

I should probably retire it already, seeing as how it’s clearly on its last legs, but I keep it around to startle my neighbors (a favorite pastime of mine) and take crazy-@ss pictures when the mood strikes.

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye and Cheek Compact

Haaay!

‘K. Now, how about the same makeup look, but with a little less crazy? :)

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye and Cheek Compact

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A NARS Tropical Princess Eyeshadow Face of the Day, Or, It’s So Hot Here Today That I Spontaneously Transformed Into a NARS Tropical Princess

Published in: Face of the Day (FOTD), NARS

NARS Tropical Princess

Wearing the new NARS Tropical Princess Eyeshadow Duo from the Adult Swim summer 2014 collection

I was originally going to wear basic neutrals and black liner on my lids today because it was deceptively chilly this morning, but that didn’t last long. It was 80 degrees by 9!

After shutting all the windows, drapes and blinds (much to Tabs’ chagrin, because it obstructs his view of the bird feeder outside), I felt like summery makeup was in order — something like the new NARS Tropical Princess Eyeshadow Duo from the Adult Swim summer 2014 collection.

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A Monday Face of the Day With the New Tom Ford Unabashed Eye and Cheek Compact

Published in: Eyes, Face, Face of the Day (FOTD), Tom Ford Beauty

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye and Cheek Palette

Wearing Tom Ford’s new $95 Unabashed Eye and Cheek compact

The bright matte blue eyeshadow chilling in the corner of Tom Ford’s new summer eye and cheek compact is, well, unabashedly blue and comes, ironically, out of the blue, or so it seems to me.

Then again, maybe that was the point. The compact is called Unabashed, after all, and with a name like that, I guess it makes sense to have at least one outrageous color, methinks.

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye and Cheek Compact

The bold electric blue looks like it wandered over from the Urban Decay counter and decided to kick it with TF for the summer, and it’s not one of those bait-and-switch blue eyeshadows, either — you know, the kind that scream from their pans, “Haaaay, look at me, playa!” only to apply all shy and sheer.

No way, this blue’s bright and bangin’ — perfect for bold blue eye looks, if you feel so inclined.

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye and Cheek Compact

When I see blues like this one, my gut usually tells me to do a neutral lid and smudge the blue along my lower lash lines, or perhaps do a soft blue cat eye, but this morning my gut told me something else. It said, “Um, Karen, let the blue play with the other colors in the compact, OK?”

And I said, “Sure.” :)

The compact also includes a matte taupe eyeshadow, which looks a little like the taupe from She Wolf, only lighter; a glittery taupe; a shimmery golden peach blush; and a shimmery golden tan bronzer/highlighter.

I found out that if you layer the matte blue on top of the golden bronzer, it summons a dark and beautiful peacock feather teal.

COOL!

For my eyes…

  1. Apply the bronzer/highlighter in the crease.
  2. Sweep the matte blue into the lower crease.
  3. Pat the matte taupe on the lids, then layer the glittery taupe on top (which I’ve applied here with a wet eyeshadow brush to intensify the glittery effect).
  4. Line the upper lash line with Tom Ford’s Eye Defining Pen in Deeper.
  5. Line the upper and lower water lines with Guerlain’s Black Jack Eye Pencil.
  6. Smudge the matte taupe along the lower lash line.
  7. Apply Katy Perry false lashes to my upper lashes.
  8. And coat my lower lashes with Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara.

For the rest of the look, I swept the golden peach blush from the compact on my cheeks and applied the highlighter/bronzer on my upper cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose and on my Cupid’s bow.

I finished by applying a single layer of Tom Ford’s sumptuous Sable Smoke Lipstick (THE BEST high-end nude lippie, EVAH!) and topped it with a little NARS Striptease Lip Gloss.

Tom Ford Unabashed Eye and Cheek Palette

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Yummy Mimosas and MAC Studio Sculpt Shade and Line in Apricot Blend

Published in: Eyes, Face of the Day (FOTD), MAC Makeup

MAC Apricot Blend Studio Sculpt Shade and Line

Wearing the new MAC Studio Sculpt Shade and Line in Apricot Blend

I love mimosas… Last weekend I had a very nice Apricot Blend.

Oh — you thought those two things were related? No, I meant to say, “I like mimosas, and last weekend I wore Apricot Blend.” :)

It’s one of the eight recently released MAC Studio Sculpt Shade and Line trios — $21 eye makeup trios with two coordinating eyeshadows and one powder liner in each.

You can wear them wet or dry (wet makes the colors more intense), and each of the pans has coordinating colors — some matte and some shimmer, depending on the pan.

Apricot Blend has a matte orangey brown (like MAC Bamboo), a shimmery beige (like MAC Shroom) and a matte reddish brown liner (which is basically like MAC Costa Riche Eye Kohl in powder liner form).

On me they last about 8-10 hours when I wear them with an eyeshadow primer, which is pretty great wear time. They’re available now at MAC counters, stores and online.

MAC Apricot Blend, a champagne beige/dirty berry brown/warm coral peach (pearl/matte)

Apricot Blend, a champagne beige/dirty berry brown/warm coral peach (pearl/matte)

MAC Apricot Blend Swatches (dry)

MAC Apricot Blend Swatches (dry)

I wore this one, Apricot Blend, a lot last weekend to hang out with ye olde parents, 1) because I didn’t think sparkly glitter was appropriate for Easter brunch and din-din with the folks, and 2) because Apricot Blend caught my eye earlier in the week and looked fairly wearable and neutral. I decided to give it a try, after which I pretty much wore it all weekend long.

I call this my “warm orangey matte brown in the crease, with a shimmery, peachy beige on the lid, along my brow bone and in the inner corner; and a soft reddish brown liner mixed with black eyeshadow on the upper lash line with a warm reddish brown powder liner smudged along my lower lash line” look.

Yes, that’s a very long name… :)

The look is very similar to something I do all the time with other MAC products, but this time I used Apricot Blend.

What else am I wearing?

On my eyes: Katy Perry Lashes, MAC Costa Riche Eye Kohl (lower water line), Guerlain Blackjack Liner (upper water line) and MAC Carbon (mixed with the darker brown from Apricot Blend and applied along the upper lash line).
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Makeup Adventure Seekers, Prepare To Be Amped Up and Turned On by the Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette

Published in: Face of the Day (FOTD), Urban Decay

Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette

Wearing the new Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette, $49

Thunderous!

No, the colors will not shock your @ss when you touch them, and your hair will not stand on end, but the colors in Urban Decay’s new Electric Pressed Pigment Palette are very bright — like neon sign bright.

Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette

Buuut, not everybody likes brights, right? This one is for the risk takers — the guys and dolls who aren’t afraid to wear a bright teal eye to the bank on a Wednesday, which is not to say that those are the only makeup lovers who might like it. Just that they’d probably be more attracted to it immediately. Even if you don’t think of yourself as a bright teal, electric blue or chartreuse fan, however, does not mean you would not be able to rock this.

I just got back from a quick 10-minute walk around the neighborhood, and it was so beautiful outside. It rained here last night, and all of the flowers and grasses and trees are covered in raindrops from the storm. The colors are intensified because of the rain — the pinks, the greens, the blues, the yellow daffodils — but they’re also surrounded by neutrals — the brown dirt, the gray tree bark and the boring-@ss beige buildings in my neighborhood. The neutrals make the bright colors a little less shocking, but a little more at home in their environment at the same time.

Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette swatches from the left, top row: Revolt, Gonzo, Slowburn, Savage and Fringe; bottom row: Chaos, Jilted, Urban, Freak and Thrash

From the left, top row: Revolt, Gonzo, Slowburn, Savage and Fringe; bottom row: Chaos, Jilted, Urban, Freak and Thrash

Similarly, I think the brights in this palette also look that much more beautiful when they’re used in tandem with neutrals.

Sorry…I rambled on there!

My point is this: you can use your existing wardrobe of neutrals, take this palette, and incorporate one or two of its colors as accents in your looks, making the palette into something perfectly wearable.

You know, I had a feeling that Urban Decay was about to release something bright soon… I mean, shoot — after all of the Nakedness dominating the line over the past few years, it was only a matter of time.

Speaking of time…

Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette

The first time I saw Electric, I said, “Ooh! I think I have a Pop Beauty palette just like this sitting in a drawer.” It was a palette from last fall, and it’s only sitting in the drawer because I get easily distracted. Not because I don’t like it. I do (incidentally, it’s still available and much less expensive than Electric).

Then when I opened Electric for the first time, I thought, “I have to get Fringe on my lids.”

Fringe, the metallic teal all the way to the right in the first row, is all that and a bag of deep-fried chips. Deep and rich and shimmery and pigmented, and it buffs out perfectly.

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