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A Metallic Green and Warm Smokey Brown MAC Alluring Aquatic Face of the Day

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

MAC Alluring Aquatic

Wearing the new MAC Alluring Aquatic collection on my eyes, lips and cheeks

Whenever I have mermaid dreams (yes, it’s a thing), they more or less go down something like this…

They’re usually in slow motion, lots of bubbles, tons of makeup…

Shoot, I can’t even fathom (Haha! Fathom…? Get it?) being a mermaid without makeup. That’s absurd.

The video is from MAC, timed for the release of their Alluring Aquatic collection, which launched online today (it’ll be in stores on May 22).

Not that I needed a reason to channel my inner mermaid (because every day is a good day to channel your inner mermaid), but I used it (the new collection) as such for my makeup today.

MAC Alluring Aquatic

There are lots of things I like about this look. It’s slightly smokey, has warm browns in the crease, some color along the lash lines and leagues o’ lashes (thank goodness for falsies). Oh, and just the lightest dusting of glitter.

All good things. :)

I’m pretty comfortable with looks like this. I feel like this one’s a little flashy but stops short of full-on cray.

I might tone it down a tad if I were hanging out with the family or spending time with friends or going out to dinner with El Hub, and then just add the falsies for big events or fancy parties.

Today, though, I decided to put them on because, heck, it’s Thursday, and that seemed like a good enough reason for me, LOL!

MAC Alluring Aquatic

Most of the products I’m wearing here are from MAC. On my eyes that’s…

  • MAC Legendary Lure Extra Dimension Eye Shadow: lids and lower lash lines
  • MAC Black Line Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner: as an eyeshadow base on my lids (it coaxes the green tones in Legendary Lure, and buffing it out brings out the small bits of golden glitter from the liner…super cool!)
  • MAC Delphic Extra Dimension Bronzer: crease and lower lash line
  • MAC Texture Eye Shadow: outer part of crease, to darken and add a slight lift to the eyes
  • MAC Black Swan Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner: upper and lower lash lines
  • Urban Decay Perversion 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil: water lines
  • MAC Mylar Eye Shadow layered on top of MAC Light Boost Prep + Prime Highlighter: on my brow bones
  • MAC Lorelei Extra Dimension Eye Shadow: inner corners
  • Ardell Demi 120 Lashes: upper lashes
  • Guerlain Cils D’Enfer Mascara: lower lashes
  • MAC Deep Dark Brunette Fluidline Gelcreme: brows

Cheeks and lips are all Alluring Aquatic. :)

MAC Alluring Aquatic

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Blue Monday, Take 3: Laura Mercier’s Summer in St. Tropez Baked Eye Colour Quad

Published in: Face of the Day (FOTD), Laura Mercier

Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour Quad in Summer in St. Tropez

Turning the idea of “blue Mondays” on its head!

Another Monday, another excuse to wear blue eyeshadow. And glitter. And false lashes. :)

Seriously, though, I can’t think a better day to bust out the blues.

For starters, there are a ton of ‘em out there right now; they’ve been popping up in a bunch of the summer collections (like Lancome’s French Riviera, Tom Ford’s Unabashed and Urban Decay’s Electric Palette , just to name a few).

On top of that, I feel that if we’re going to have to put up with the oftentimes annoying nature of Mondays, we might as well have something fun happening on our lids.

Am I right?

Laura Mercier Summer in St Tropez

Turn up the music!Laura Mercier’s Summer in St. Tropez Baked Eye Colour Quad from the New Attitude summer 2014 collection ($44) has three such shades of fun blue — a sheer, pearlescent baby blue; a pigmented, satiny teal blue; and a sheer and shimmery dark royal blue.

Um…yeah, that’s a lot of blue, so if you feel the need to break it up a little, you could try mixing the bronze shade from the palette with the dark blue, which gets you a really cool purplish bronze.

That’s what I did today, popping it along my lower lash lines to contrast with the satiny teal I placed in the crease.

Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour Quad in Summer in St. Tropez

And because I still have those glittery eyes from that fashion show last week at the San Francisco Academy of Art University on my noodle, I swiped a small amount of glitter — Urban Decay’s Heavy Metal Glitter Liner in Spandex, which has flecks of blue and purple glitter — in the inner corners, figuring that the flickering sparkles would add a little splash to the eyes while tying together the blue on the lid with the purply bronze along the lower lash line.

A’ight then, here’s a breakdown…

Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour Quad in Summer in St. Tropez

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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


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


‘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.


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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