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The Fab 5, Vol. 3: NARS Cosmetics

Published in: Makeup Tips/How To, NARS, Video

Wow, this was hard…narrowing it down to just 5.

I should have called this one the Fab 15, LOL! I’m almost certainly going to have to do a part 2 version to dig into the eyeshadows, blushes and lip products. Let me know if you think I should.

Um…as for the video, sorry about the awkward pauses that last a couple beats too long. I had planned to edit them out, but then I was stricken by a bout of fatigue and laziness.

Oh, well. Big sigh…

Products mentioned in the video:

Thank you, as always, for watching, my friend. :)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Makeup Tutorial Time! Coppery Golden Eyes With Black Cat Liner

Published in: COVERGIRL, Makeup Tips/How To, Sponsored Post, Video

Looking for a new makeup look for date night (or any other fun evening activity)? If you’re in the mood to curl your hair and put on a cute dress, here’s a coppery gold eye look idea.

It’s a video makeup tutorial, from start to finish, with black cat liner (aka winged eye liner), coral cheeks and pink lips like I’m wearing in the video above.

I use a lot of different products in the video, including some drugstore makeup from the new COVERGIRL Bombshell collection.

Covergirl Bombshell Collection

The new Covergirl Bombshell collection

COVERGIRL Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Cherry Twist ($8.99)

Applying COVERGIRL Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Cherry Twist ($8.99) on my lips for a daytime look

COVERGIRL Lip Perfection Lipcolor in Bombshell ($6.99)

Switching to COVERGIRL Lip Perfection Lipcolor in Bombshell ($6.99) to turn up the intensity

By the way, if any of the COVERGIRL makeup in these pictures catches your eye, all COVERGIRL products will be buy one, get one 50% off at Ulta Beauty stores and online at from January 5-25, 2014. #ULTABombshelling

Products mentioned…

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5 Steps to Hotter Highlights

Published in: Makeup Tips/How To

5 Steps to Hotter Highlights

Wearing one of my favorite highlighters, MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Fairly Precious, on my upper cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose and atop my cupid’s bow

I cannot believe there was a time in my makeup life when I thought of highlighter as something optional, and a time before that when I didn’t wear it at all.

That is just so crazypants to me, because now, I think of it as an absolute, can’t-live-without-it necessity…like caffeine in the mornings and wearing a bra.

Nowadays, I wear highlighter almost every single day, and I think it makes a huge difference in my overall look. I feel like everything looks livelier, and my face appears just so much brighter when I wear it.

The three MAC Magnetic Nude Extra Dimension Skinfinishes, $30 each US and $35 CAN

A few of my current limited edition highlighting faves — the three Magnetic Nude Extra Dimension Skinfinishes ($30 each US and $35 CAN)

So, I guess you can tell — I’m on Team Highlighter, LOL! :)

To share the highlighter love, here are five things you can do to make your highlighter hotter…

1. It’s prime time, baby!

mac prep prime natural radiance review

OK, now, I know that adding a face primer into the mix is an extra step, but it’s so, so worth it, especially if you have pores for days (like moi).

You know the deal: primer evens out the surface of your skin, creating a smooth surface upon which to apply products. So, if you apply primer before your foundation, powder, etc., everything you layer on top, including your highlighter, appears that much smoother.

Which is great, because highlighter shimmers, and that shimmer can draw unwanted attention to pores and imperfections, so anything you can do to create a smoother canvas beforehand helps you get you closer to a flawless look.

It’s probably not a big deal in your teens and 20s, but as you get up into your 30s (and beyond), primer can make a bigger difference, especially when you’re wearing shimmer on your cheeks.

As far as brands, I swear by MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance. I’ve literally gone through cases of the stuff (OK, bottles), because it does a number on my pores and fine lines. Plus, it layers nicely with skincare products and makeup, and it doesn’t give me breakouts.

2. “T” for tapered (as in tapered eye brush)

mac 224

I learned this tip from one my favorite MAC Senior Artists, Keri B, who introduced me to the MAC Iridescent/Loose Powders (fantastic for highlighting).

Keri suggested that I apply it with a MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush, and I did.

Totally changed my life.

I’m particularly fond of using the 224 with high-shine highlighters, like the Iridescent/Loose Powders and MAC Mineralize Skin Finishes. Compared to a bigger blush brush, the smaller, thinner 224 brush head gives me a lot of control over the product I’m applying, and anything that reduces mistakes gets a big win from me.

3. Play with different levels of shimmer

Hourglass Dim Light Ambient Powder

Hourglass Ambient Powder in Dim Light, a neutral peachy beige ($45)

Dramatic, shimmery highlighters look super cool! — but they aren’t the only highlighters around. There are also highlighters designed for toned-down looks with softer sheens, and their glow is just as gorgeous.

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Course Description: Makeup Stress Shopping 101

Published in: Makeup Tips/How To

Makeup Stress Shopping 101

Welcome to Makeup Stress Shopping 101, students.

Is everyone in the right class?

(Waits for a couple people to sneak out of the room…)

Excellent! Now then, in this course we’ll be discussing a tool in every harried pet assistant’s arsenal (among other busy professionals). It’s a technique in widespread use today and has grown increasingly effective as life has become more complicated and hectic.

I often employ it myself, as my other job — working as the assistant to one of the world’s top plus-size kitty supermodels — can be quite stressful.

How stressful? Well, remember Meryl Streep’s character in The Devil Wear’s Prada? Yeah, my employer is like that on a good day.


There’s a word for it — anyone? Yes, you there in the back with your hand raised.


Exactly! Yes, stress shopping can be a powerful tool, but with great power comes great responsibility…

Here are five tips to get the most from your stress shopping sessions. :)

1. No baskets

Don’t grab a basket. Seriously, if you see a harried-looking lady covered in cat hair at Sephora awkwardly carrying hella products in her hands, FYI — that would be me.

I always try to remember this one. The logic goes like this: without a basket, I can only carry so much in my hands.

Because believe you me, with a basket, I will fill that thing until it runneth over! And that’s dangerous…

It’s a low-tech trick, but it usually keeps me from overspending (usually).

2. In person rather than online

Speaking of low-tech methods, I find that it’s always better for me to stress shop in person rather than online.

First, there’s the instant gratification (no need to wait for things to ship).

Second, I don’t know about you, but those virtual shopping baskets are DANGEROUS! — because I will fill them to their virtual brims, and then spend way too much time trying to justify the purchase.

I think it’s easier to control myself when I stress shop in person…maybe because I see what’s in front of me, instead of just chucking things into a virtual basket.

3. Leave the credit card at home, and shop with cash

Another simple, yet extremely effective method. If I don’t have the cash on hand to buy that umpteenth stick of brown eyeliner (ya know?!), then I can’t get it. That’s the rule.

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The Fab 5, Vol. 1: Benefit Cosmetics

Published in: Benefit, Makeup Tips/How To, Video

Welcome to The Fab 5, a new video series I’m starting where I’ll be rounding up (like wildcats!) various lists of five fab products in different categories and from different brands (think best o’ the beauty best).

In this first video, I share five of my favorite products from one of my all-time favorite brands — Benefit Cosmetics.

Products mentioned in this video

Thank you for watching, and have a great night (we’re gonna just stay in and rent a movie). Happy new year! Be safe out there if you brave the crowds. :)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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