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You Can’t Help But Notice This Beautiful, Bold Stranger: The New $35 NARS Beautiful Stranger Nail Polish Set

Published in: Kits and Sets, Nails, NARS

NARS Beautiful Stranger Nail Polish Set

The NARS Beautiful Stranger Nail Polish Set (with the lips from NARS Fling Lip Kit)

The new $35 NARS Beautiful Stranger holiday nail polish set, the only nail set in the Guy Bourdin collection, comes with four nail polish minis packed with pigment.

Shameless Red, my favorite of the bunch, could have been called Shameless Coral, and I would have liked that because I have no quarrels with corals. I love coral, and this one feels very tropical to me. It reminds me of hibiscuses.

The purplish shade, Dance Dance Dance, despite its awesome name, is probably my least favorite one. I had to apply three coats because I saw some streakiness after two.

Oh, I’m not wearing a base or top coat with these…only because I didn’t want to take the time. I would for normal wear to eek out as much longevity as possible.

NARS Shameless Red Nail Polish, a bright pink

Shameless Red Nail Polish, a bright pink (two coats)

NARS Lost Red Nail Polish, a bright red

Lost Red Nail Polish, a bright red (two coats)

NARS Dance Dance Dance Nail Polish, a bright purple

Dance Dance Dance Nail Polish, a bright purple (three coats)

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Pics and Swatches of the MAC Nocturnals Mini Gloss and Mini Tinted Flavoured Lip Conditioner Kits

Published in: Collections, Kits and Sets, MAC Makeup

MAC Stroke of Midnight Collection

A smattering of delightful delectables from the MAC Stroke of Midnight and Nocturnal holiday collections, available now online, and coming to MAC counters and stores November 7

In case you weren’t sure which of the four Mini Lip Kits from the new MAC Nocturnals collection to get (or which ones not to get), here are some pics and swatches to hopefully help.

For reference, I’m a MAC NC42.

The collections include three Mini Gloss Kits (in Coral, Nude and Pink) and one Mini Tinted Flavoured Lip Conditioner Kit, all of them arriving to MAC stores and counters November 7 (although they’re available now online). :)

Let me know if you’re planning to get any of these or if you already have.

I’m all about the Coral…

MAC Nocturnals Mini Gloss Kit in Coral ($32.50 US and $38.50 CAN)

MAC Nocturnals Mini Gloss Kit in Coral

MAC Nocturnals Mini Gloss Kit in Coral ($32.50 US and $38.50 CAN)


MAC Cremesheen Glass in Night is Young, a bright red cream

Cremesheen Glass in Night Is Young, a bright red cream


MAC Cremesheen Glass in Star Quality, a bright orange coral

Cremesheen Glass in Star Quality, a bright orange coral


MAC Cremesheen Glass in On the Scene, a pink with pink and white pearl

Cremesheen Glass in On the Scene, a pink with pink and white pearl


MAC Dazzleglass in Moth to Flame, a sheer neutral beige with violet pearl

Dazzleglass in Moth to Flame, a sheer neutral beige with violet pearl


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A Memo From Management, and a Bronzey, Smokey Cat Eye of the Day With the MAC Stroke of Midnight and Nocturnal Holiday Collections

Published in: Face, Kits and Sets, MAC Makeup, Palettes

MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyes Warm

Wearing products from the MAC Stroke of Midnight and Nocturnal holiday collections on my eyes and lips

To all current and future employees of Tabs the Cat Industries, LLC:

It has recently come to the attention of management that several employees celebrated National Cat Day yesterday, October 29.

While the formal acknowledgement of the fabulousness of felines is always encouraged, we would like to take this time to remind you that, here at Tabs the Cat Industries, every day is Cat Day.

Purr the management, please advise your teams that kitty-themed clothing and makeup are mandatory components of the company dress code.

Please direct all inquiries regarding this memo, or eye makeup looks, like this bronze and brown smokey cat eye using products from the new MAC Stroke of Midnight and Noctural holiday collections, to Karen in the executive offices, care of Tabs the Cat. Karen would be happy to purr-vide you with further details.

MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyes Warm

Company CEO and Kitty Supermodel Tabs the Cat

MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyes Warm

That’s the MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyes Shadow X 5 Compact in Warm on my lids…

MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyes Warm

On my upper lash lines I’m wearing MAC Fluidline in Past Twilight from the Stroke of Midngiht Eye Look Bag in Nude; on my water lines, MAC Teddy Eye Kohl from the permanent collection

MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyes Warm

MAC Cremesheen Glass in Over Indulgence from the MAC Nocturnals Mini Lip Gloss Kit in Nude on my lips; NARS Laguna Bronzer, Orgasm Blush and Albatross Highlighter on my cheeks; and Ardell 135 Glamour Fashion Lashes

The MAC Stroke of Midnight and Nocturnal holiday collection products I’m wearing in this look

MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyes

The Stroke of Midnight Eye Shadow X 5 compacts

MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyes Warm

MAC Stroke of Midnight Eyes Warm ($39.50 US and $47.50 CAN); shadows from the left: Femme Fi (a frosty golden cream with a Veluxe Pearl finish), Amber Lights (a peachy brown with shimmer and a Frost finish); Mulch (a reddish brown with bronzy pearl and a Velvet finish), Socialite (a warm copper with a Satin finish) and Midnight Hour (a warm blackened plum with a Velvet finish)

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My Lips Are Glazed: The Secret to Successful Gift Giving Lies in the New Stila Color Me Glossy Set

Published in: Kits and Sets, Lips, Makeup, Product Reviews, Stila

Stila Color Me Glossy

The new $28 Stila Color Me Glossy Lip Glaze Set

Shhh… I won’t tell if you don’t. Cross my heart and pinky swear. It happens to the best of us at least once this time of year.

Stila Color Me Glossy

You pick up a holiday set, like the $28 Stila Color Me Glossy Lip Glaze kit, and think, “Woo-hoo! What a great deal.”

You contemplate the set’s three trios and conclude that you could give two of them away and keep one for yourself.

Nothing wrong with that. :) It’s totally cool.

That’s because this limited edition Stila set is designed for all kinds of gift-giving, even gifting to yourself. It comes with three separate trios with three Lip Glazes each.

Stila Color Me Glossy

Each trio even has a tag on which to write the recipient’s name, like “TO: Me, FROM: Santa.” How cute is that?!

Considering that one full-sized 0.08-ounce Lip Glaze regularly costs $22, the nine slightly smaller ones (0.05 ounces each) you get for $28 here seem like a steal (cue the endorphin rush)!

But beware the slippery slope of bargains like these…

It usually starts while you’re futzing with the separate sets, which in this case contain coordinating gloss colors.

You spot a color you like from one pack and a second color from another. Next thing you know, you’ve cherry picked the ones you want to keep for yourself!

Pretty soon half (or more) of them are sitting in your pile “to keep.”

At this point, feel free to blame it on the holiday makeup elves. That’s what I usually do. ;)

Stila Color Me Glossy Swatches

From the left: Amaretto, Kaleidoscope and Passion Fruit


Stila Color Me Glossy Swatches

Melon, Persimmon and Cranberry


Stila Color Me Glossy Swatches

Strawberry Cream, Wildberry and Dazzleberry

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Bene-Babes Who Like Stripped Down Looks Will Luv It Up! Benefit’s New Holiday Kit Flaunts Nude Colors for Eyes and Lips

Published in: Benefit, Kits and Sets, Makeup, Product Reviews

Benefit Luv It Up Holiday Kit

Wearing Benefit’s new Luv It Up kit on my lips and eyes

It’s been a minute since I was a teen (give or take, oh, 25 years), but I’m pretty sure 14-year-old Karen would have flipped out over Benefit’s new Luv It Up eye and lip kit.

For starters, it’s only $25, which means I might have been able to afford it on my meager paycheck, which consisted of what I earned giving piano lessons to the neighborhood kids for $5 a pop.

Benefit Luv It Up

Second, the sheer nude shades — totally appropriate for a young lady — would have been (and are) infinitely easy to wear (just swish a single shade on your lids and go).

I may even have been able to talk my parents into getting it for me as a Christmas gift, but that conversation would have gone down a little something like this…

14-YEAR-OLD KAREN: Mom, could you get me this kit for Christmas? I really like nude makeup.

MOM: What do you mean you’re going to be a nudist!?

14-YEAR-OLD KAREN: No… I… It’s nude makeup. Not nudist. Nude.

MOM: No daughter of mine is going to be a nudist!

And that pretty much sums up my teenage years.

Benefit Luv It Up

But enough about that. :) Let’s get back to the kit!

It contains five pieces of soft, flattering makeup for subtle eyes and lips.

Benefit Luv It Up

You get three Longwear Powder Eyeshadows in shimmery beige Call My Buff, shimmery pink Nude Swings and shimmery golden taupe Thanks a Latte; one Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow in shimmery pink R.S.V.P.; and one Ultra Plush Lip Gloss in sheer pink Dandelion.

All of them are travel-sized, and the entire kit, which comes in a cute tin, almost fits in the palm of my paw.

Benefit Luv It Up

Benefit Luv It Up

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