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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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With Four Neutral Eyeshadows and More, Benefit’s New $36 Set Is a Groovy Kind-a Kit

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Benefit Groovy Kind-a-Love

The new $36 Benefit Groovy Kind-a Love

I tried hard not to think about Phil Collins today while playing with Benefit’s new $36 Groovy Kind-a Love holiday kit…but it was really, really hard, man.

I told myself, “Focus! Think about the eyeshadows!” (There are four of them, all neutrals and very wearable.) and “Get your head in the game, Karen! You could use the blush combo as a highlighter if you layer it on top of Benetint.”

But nooOOOoo. I just kept hearing Phil ask, “Wouldn’t you agree? Baby, you and me, got a groovy kind of love?”


That tune is etched in my mind as the song my college neighbor played whenever a girl would break up with him.

He’d play it on full blast, too, and whenever Phil got to the chorus, the guy’s dog would get in on the action and start howling. :)

It was…sweet, and yet also painful.

Hopefully, wearing this limited edition eye and cheek kit will paint a different, but just as groovy, kind of love on my memory banks.

There’s a lot to like about it. It must have been designed with girls who love natural-looking pink cheeks and shimmery brown, beige and gold eyes in mind (like me!).

Benefit Groovy Kind-a Love

Benefit Groovy Kind-a Love

Benefit Groovy Kind-a Love

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For the Lipstick Commitment-Phobes, Introducing the New NARS Guy Bourdin Promiscuous Lip Pencil Holiday Set

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

NARS Guy Bourdin Promiscuous

The new NARS Guy Bourdin Promiscuous set

When it comes to lip products, “I’m not a player, I just crush a lot,” she said, quoting Big Pun as she poured her 40 on the ground (RIP).

This does not, however, apply to other aspects of my life, although it briefly did when I was in my early 20s. That’s when I had my YOLO moment and tried being a player. The results were…disastrous. (This was around the time I dated that boy I met dancing in the cage. Oh, gawd!)

I quickly learned that I’m built for long-term monogamy when it comes to real relationships, but I’m kind of a ho as it pertains to lip products. :) I’ve been known to have a new crush every day!

NARS Guy Bourdin Promiscuous

The included pouch and lip pencils

Enter the cheeky new $45 NARS Guy Bourdin Promiscuous Lip Pencil set, which kisses lips this holiday season with five NARS Lip Pencil mini faves (all existing colors).

NARS Guy Bourdin Promiscuous

From the left: Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in New Lover, Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Never Say Never, Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine, Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita and Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella

No need to commit to just one color when you have…

  • Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in New Lover, a golden strawberry pink
  • Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Never Say Never, a pink lilac
  • Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine, a pink mauve
  • Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita, a dusty rose
  • Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella, a scarlet red

And the minis come in their very own black zippered makeup pouch, complete with shiny blue lips.

Um…weird! They look like my lips do after I have a blue raspberry Icee (I was craving one today).

I kind of wish the lips were red, though, like the box in the Fling set, but maybe that seemed too matchy-matchy to the peeps at NARS.

NARS Guy Bourdin Promiscuous

In my paw for scale…

Whatevs, I think the set’s still more fun than Fling. It has more intense brights, like Cruella and Never Say Never.

The bulk of the set is comprised of colors from the Velvet Matte collection and ooh! — I love the textures. The pencils feel smooth on my lips, not heavy at all, and they aren’t the least bit drying. We’re talking very comfy mattes, and they last from 4-5 hours.

NARS Cruella


NARS Never Say Never

Never Say Never

NARS Dolce Vita

Dolce Vita

NARS Sex Machine

Sex Machine

The Velvet Lip Gloss in the set, New Lover, has a shorter wear time of 2-3 hours, but I’m cool with that because I really like how it looks. It sure is shiny, and it’s nowhere near as thick or heavy as some glosses. It’s one of those great neutrals you can just throw on when you have to get up early for work but didn’t sleep well the night before.

But here’s a brief warning from one cat lady to another: if you’re wearing this, kitty fur will definitely cling to your lips. Yes, it’s kind of sticky.

NARS New Lover

New Lover

I really like this set and can see myself wearing these glosses down to nubs, but since there are no new colors here, you may already have some of these shades in your kit.

NARS Guy Bourdin Promiscuous

Swatches from the left: Sex Machine, Never Say Never, Dolce Vita, Cruella and New Lover

I recommend it more for NARS newbies who want a grand tour of some of the brand’s greatest Lip Pencil hits. All in all, it’s full of win, even with the weird blue lips.

PRICE: $45
AVAILABILITY: Coming November 1 exclusively to Sephora and

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


The Four Lippies in This New NARS Guy Bourdin Holiday Gift Set Fling Giant Kisses

Published in: Kits and Sets, Lips, Makeup, NARS

NARS Guy Bourdin Fling Gift Set

Big kiss!


I dunno… Do you think it’s too much to walk around with these red lips from the NARS Guy Bourdin Fling holiday gift set like this?

Too much?

It might be the closest I ever come to looking like one of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (go team Vanderpump!).

The set’s called Fling, but I suspect a great many girls will want to go steady with it.

It features four lippies — pastel pink Roman Holiday Lipstick, dusty rose Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, sheer grape Damage Lipstick and raspberry Baroque Velvet Gloss Pencil — in transitional colors that sort of skirt the line between traditional winter and spring shades (or perhaps summer and fall).

NARS Guy Bourdin Fling Gift Set

My, what luscious lips you have…

NARS Guy Bourdin Fling Gift Set lipsticks from the left: Lipstick in Roman Holiday, Lipstick in Damage, Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita and Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Baroque

Lipstick in Roman Holiday, Lipstick in Damage, Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita and Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Baroque

NARS Guy Bourdin Fling Gift Set swatches from the left: Roman Holiday, Damage, Dolce Vita and Baroque

Swatches from the left: Roman Holiday, Damage, Dolce Vita and Baroque

NARS Roman Holiday

NARS Roman Holiday, a pastel pink

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Laura Mercier’s Luxe Stickgloss Holiday Collection Sticks It to Dry Lips

Published in: Kits and Sets, Laura Mercier, Lips, Makeup, Product Reviews

Laura Mercier Baby Lips Stickgloss

Baby Lips

To all my dry-lipped ladies, throw yo’ hands up! Throw yo’ hands up! Throw yo’ hands up!

If I were a platinum record-selling rap superstar, and not just a husky tabby’s professional pet assistant, that would be my on-stage audience response chant.

I seriously doubt that it would catch on pop culture fire like “Who let the dogs out” did, which reminds me, remember when people were using that in casual conversation, like “How’s it going, Jane?” “Oh, it’s going great. Who let the dogs out!? Who, who, who, who — who let the dogs out!?”

So annoying…

Whatevs, I live for excitement! I want everyone to throw their hands up like I did when I tried the four lippies in Laura Mercier’s new $48 Luxe Stickgloss Collection holiday set.

Sheer and slick, like a cross between a lipstick and a balm, they hydrate like ca-ray-zaaaay! — and look great, too. Rosy pink Brown Sugar, warm pink Baby Lips, coppery Courtisane and plummy Peony glow with a soft, sophisticated shine, and they also make my lips look a little fuller, methinks.

Laura Mercier Stickgloss Set

Pretty ladies!

Laura Mercier Stickgloss Set

From the left: Brown Sugar, Baby Lips, Courtisane and Peony

Laura Mercier Courtisane Stickgloss


Laura Mercier Brown Sugar Stickgloss

Brown Sugar

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