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Yelling at the Telly While Wearing the New Too Faced Cosmetics Bonjour Soleil Bronzing Wardrobe Palette

Published in: Face, Palettes, Too Faced

Too Faced Bonjour Soleil Palette

Oh, no, she didn’t!

If you’re going to yell at your TV for any reason, be it to protest the nonsense that occurs on those Bravo reunion shows (“Leave Lisa Vanderpump alone!”), or to scream “NO! DON’T DO IT!” at that one character in that movie who goes down into the basement where the killer clown is hiding, even though everybody with any common sense at all knows that’s where the killer clown is hiding, I highly recommend that you do so while wearing bronzer.

Too Faced Bonjour Soleil Palette

OOOH, GURL! You better stay out of that basement!

Here, I’m screaming at the movie The Stepfather while wearing the new Too Faced Bonjour Soleil Bronzing Wardrobe palette, which, by the way, does all sorts of cool sh*t.

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It sculpts cheeks, warms your overall complexion and highlights skin for that “I’m dancing in the middle of a Miami street in booty shorts and a crop-top” J.Lo glow.

Too Faced Bonjour Soleil

The Too Faced Bonjour Soleil Summer Bronzing Wardrobe palette

Heck, even just holding the sassy striped package makes me feel a little better.

Too Faced Bonjour Soleil Palette

How cute is this?!

I really do believe in the positive power of surrounding yourself with beautiful things — even the littlest, most frivolous things like makeup.

Too Faced Bonjour Soleil Palette

Wearing the new Too Faced Bonjour Soleil Palette ($44), available now at Too Faced counters and

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Chisel Those Cheeks! Contouring Made Easy With the New NARS Contour Blushes

Published in: Face, Makeup, NARS, Product Reviews

NARS Contour Blush in Paloma

Wearing (and holding) the new NARS Contour Blush in Paloma

I don’t want to divulge too much, because I like being mysterious, and I want RyGos to continue thinking that I wake up with these chiseled cheekbones (Haha! Not). Better to have him believe they were sculpted by Michelangelo than have him know they were actually contoured by NARS.

I mean, you already know so many of my secrets — what’s one more? Like, you know that I hide a Mini Babybel Cheese in my purse (because you never know when the urge to eat a small cheese wheel will hit you. #imjustsaying). You know that I love Bravo. You know that I am obsessed with makeup, Trader Joe’s and cats. You also know that one of my legs is slightly longer than the other.

Wait — you didn’t know that? Oops, I thought you did. :)

I guess what I’m trying to say is this: being as how you already know so much about me, what’s a little covert contouring talk between friends?

The secret to the chiseled cheeks I’m currently sporting is the new NARS Contour Blush in Paloma, one of three $42 contouring powder blush duos recently added to the permanent line.

Babybel Cheese, yo!

Um…is that cheese in your purse?

Babybel Cheese, yo!


Each of the duos has — no surprise here — two shades, one darker than the other. The darker shade is used to define and add depth to the face, while the lighter shades is used for highlights.

Paloma, the one I wear, is the middle-of-the-road option.

NARS Contour Blushes

The new NARS Contour Blushes ($42 each)

Olympia, the lightest of the three duos, has an ivory and a rose; Paloma, a pinkish beige and a deep rose; and Gienah, the darkest duo, houses a honey and an amber.

NARS Contour Blush in Olympia

NARS Contour Blush in Olympia

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Ask MBB: Makeup Tools of the Trade for Natural-Looking Contouring and Definition

Published in: Face, MAC Makeup, Makeup, Makeup Tips/How To, Video

I usually like to wear a little MAC Give Me Sun Mineralize Skinfinish or Guerlain Terra Nerolia Bronzer — just to add some warmth to my skin after applying foundation — and to get a very soft, natural contour.

Here’s what I typically do to contour in this video at the 10:21 mark…

I like that way just fine, but lately I’ve been wanting to try something different — a more defined, contoured look that’s a bit more sculpted, but not scary.

In this episode of Ask MBB, MAC Senior Artist Victor Cembellin weighs in with a few products and tools to get a sculpted, contoured effect that still looks natural.

Products mentioned…

Eek, I am all over that angled brush! It’s at the top of my mile-long MAC wish list.
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Get a Fabulously Faux Glow With Guerlain’s New Terracotta Joli Teint Foundation

Published in: Face, Guerlain, Makeup, Product Reviews

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint

Working my heart-shaped sunnies and a faux bronze glow with Guerlain’s new Terracotta Joli Teint

Taking bronzer to “the next level” (air quotes!).

Raise your hand if you’re a bronzer enthusiast — also known as someone who wears bronzer almost daily, hook or crook, without fail.

I am totally raising my hand right now. :)

Guerlain’s new Joli Teint was made for you.

Like a lightweight liquid bronzing foundation, or maybe a primer for your bronzer, it couples SPF 20 sun protection with a warm-toned matte finish and a flexible formula you can wear sheer or built up for more coverage.

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint ingredients

Comparable to sunshine in a tube, this magical, lightweight fluid gives skin an instant touch of summer, leaving behind a perfectly radiant glow. Used on its own or paired with Terracotta Powder for buildable color, there is no easier and healthier way to create the perfect customizable tan for every complexion. Terracotta Joli Teint has a feather-light texture that glides on, leaving an incredibly fine and silky veil over the skin. It contains nourishing natural ingredients which counter the visible effects of fatigue, reviving dull skin for a radiant, even complexion. .
–Guerlain PR

Available in five shades — Light, Natural, Medium, Dark and Ebony — it can be worn all by itself as a standalone foundation, or combined with bronzer, which is the way it was designed to be used.

I like it both ways.

The shades are warmer and darker than the shades in Guerlain’s mainstream foundation line, Lingerie de Peau, giving your faux glow an extra boost, like a bronzing support tool.

Wear a little for sheer coverage, or build up layers for more.

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint swatches in Natural

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint swatches of Natural on my NC42 skin — that’s unblended on the left and blended on the right

Natural, the shade I’ve been wearing, has noticeably warm/orangey bronze undertones, and I like the way it partners with Guerlain Terra Nerolia, the bronzer I’ve been hooked on since last summer. It even has the same wonderful tiara flower scent.

At $53 a tube, it’s not budget by any means, but at least it performs. It goes on smoothly (no patchiness, not even on my dry spots, yay!), doesn’t settle into my exuberant pores, stays put all day long, and best of all, feels lighter than a feather on my skin — almost like nothing at all.

I wore it both days last weekend with a bit of bronzer and some blush, and my pores could breathe. I didn’t feel like I was suffocating under a layer of foundation.

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint

Sans foundation on the left, and with Joli Teint in Natural on the right

I do a single pump on the back my hand, and then, using either clean fingers or a foundation brush, stipple it on my cheeks just under my cheekbones where I need the coverage. Then, I run whatever remains on the brush along my jawline, down the bridge of my nose and across my forehead.

By that point, if I feel like I need more coverage, I’ll do an extra “half pump,” patting and blending that to build up the level of coverage on my cheeks.

Then I followup with bronzer.

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint

Applying Guerlain’s Terra Nerolia Bronzer (from last summer) with the new kabuki-like $42 Terracottta Brush

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See Subtle Signs of Lovely Light With $70 Chanel Jardin De Camelias Illuminating Powder

Published in: Chanel, Face, Makeup, Product Reviews

Chanel Jardin De Camelias Illuminating Powder

Chanel Jardin De Camelias Illuminating Powder

If this were a PowerPoint slide about Chanel’s $70 Jardin De Camelias Illuminating Powder, the key bullet points would be…

  • Super pretty in the pan
  • Super subtle on the skin
  • Super expensive
Chanel Jardin De Camelias Illuminating Powder


Available now exclusively online as part of the new 11-piece Jardin de Camelias collection, Chanel Jardin de Camelias Illuminating Powder, it’s a sheer ivory highlighting powder with a dainty pinkish rose opalescence.

Chanel Jardin De Camelias

The Chanel Jardin De Camelias collection, available now exclusively at…

The super subtle shimmer and rosy pink tint are probably easier to see in real life, where they create a delicate halo of light that dances off the skin, illuminating it all day long.

Chanel Jardin De Camelias Illuminating Powder swatch

Chanel Jardin De Camelias Illuminating Powder Swatch

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