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NOTE: If you ever wear gorgeous matte red Kat Von D Beauty Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Project Chimps, please try to rein in your compulsive urge to rub your lips together…

Because I wore this limited edition $20 lippie to run some errands yesterday (Target for canned goods and some baby stuff and Trader Joe’s for groceries), and at some point between leaving the house, running my errands and returning home, I must have rubbed my lips together, because I had red smudged all around my pout and effectively looked like the freakin’ Joker.

DUDE! It was like Halloween had arrived waaaaay too early.

But at least I know now why the Target clerk was looking at me funny when I smiled at him… Haha!

The worst part, though, was that El Hub was with me the entire time and didn’t say a damned thing!

I don’t know if he was secretly laughing on the inside, or if he’s just so used to me looking like a crazy person…

The jury’s still out on that one.

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So, yeah, if you can manage to NOT rub your lips together when you wear Project Chimps, you should be good, because other than that, it’s a righteous red.

It’s a rusty, long-wearing matte red that applies like a gloss but dries to a matte finish.

One of my big issues with most liquid lipsticks is how drying they are. After a few hours wearing one, my lips look like I swapped them out with a prune that has seen better days (you know it’s true, though!).

But Project Chimps stays smooth and doesn’t separate, even after five hours…as long as I don’t rub my lips together.

A matte red liquid lipstick is always a good thing to have around (especially one that’s as easy to apply and looks as rockin’ in pics as Project Chimps), but one that also helps a good cause, like limited edition Project Chimps does, is even better.

Project Chimps is also the name of the nonprofit organization that every tube goes to support. Every time Project Chimps Lipstick is purchased, 20% of the retail price goes directly to the organization, which works to stop the use of chimps in biomedical research, and retire them to a life of freedom and sanctuary.

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The Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks are also vegan and, like all Kat Von D Beauty products, aren’t tested on animals.

Limited edition Kat Von D Project Chimps Everlasting Liquid Lipstick is available now at Sephora stores and sephora.com.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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Paul & Joe Makeup Collection “A” http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/paul-joe-makeup-a-collection/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/paul-joe-makeup-a-collection/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:17:42 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=202418 Believe it or not, I do NOT own a bejeweled pimp cup. Shocker, I know. 🙂 But if I did, I would raise it high and proudly to Paul & Joe for giving us 20 years of cat lady cosmetics catnip. That’s 20 years of CCL domination, y’all! To celebrate this meow-worthy occasion, the purveyors […]


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Paul & Joe Lipstick A (025) from the new $100 Paul & Joe Makeup Collection A

Believe it or not, I do NOT own a bejeweled pimp cup.

Shocker, I know. 🙂

But if I did, I would raise it high and proudly to Paul & Joe for giving us 20 years of cat lady cosmetics catnip.

That’s 20 years of CCL domination, y’all!

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The $100 Paul & Joe Beaute Makeup Collection A

To celebrate this meow-worthy occasion, the purveyors of kitty makeup purr-fection curated the Paul & Joe Beaute Makeup Collection A (a $100 set).

It’s a limited edition box containing their bestselling makeup products…but I’m most excited about the tote it comes with because it FOLDS INTO A CAT HEAD.

I mean, I JUST CAN’T EVEN. WITH THE EARS!?

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The kitty tote!?

It’s big, too, and has more than enough room for all kinds of cat lady shinanigans and those tubes of Paul & Joe lipstick with the cat heads that you just can’t bear to use because they’re so darned cute.

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The kitty tote, unfolded

Oh, and yeah, there’s also makeup in the collection, like a powder blush (a light coral pink with a silver sheen), a cream lipstick (a creamy, semi-sheer pink) and a pressed powder compact (a light beige powder and a shimmery beige highlighter).

Everything is full size and, because we’re talking about Paul & Joe here, adorable.

Paul & Joe Face Color A in Cheerful Tulip (39) from the new Makeup Collection A

Paul & Joe Face Color A in Cheerful Tulip (39) from the Paul & Joe Makeup Collection A

But are they, ya know, good?

Yes, I think so. Pretty good. Keep in mind, though, that Paul & Joe is geared toward the casual makeup enthusiast — at least that’s always been my perception — so if you’re a stickler for the finer technical aspects of professional makeup performance, then these products might not live up to those expectations.

Take the blush, for instance. I like how sheer and natural it looks on my cheeks, especially in natural light and in pics, but when I wear it and see myself in flourescent lighting, I think my pores look kinda big… Perhaps due to the sheen (it could be a touch finer), but then again, I could also just chill-the-eff out. 🙂 Like, if I didn’t know anything about blush, I’d probably just think it looked pretty and I’d like it.

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The bag…

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Inside the bag… There’s also a coin purse!

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Paul & Joe Pressed Compact Duo A (001) from the new Makeup Collection A

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Paul & Joe Pressed Compact Duo A (001) from the new Makeup Collection A

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Paul & Joe Pressed Compact Duo A (001) from the new Makeup Collection A

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Wearing Face Color A in Cheerful Tulip, Lipstick A and the highlighter from the Pressed Compact Duo

Same goes for the lipstick. It’s a flattering color and feels smooth and comfy, and I like how I can just ba-boomp-ba-boomp it on without any drama, but some might have issues with the fact that it isn’t completely opaque (although I like that it’s sheer).

So, yeah. If you’re hawd koa and you never leave the house without contouring the back of your neck (OMG, yes this is a totally thing; I saw it on Instagram!), baking and strobing, you could probably invest those same 100 tacos into something else and be happier.

But if you go ga-ga over things like cute cat totes and just want fun products to use in your minimalist makeup routine, these would be SO MUCH fun.

Paul & Joe Makeup Collection A is available online meow (you know I had to go there) at beautyhabit.com.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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The NARS Audacious Collection for Fall 2016, and Apoline, My New Favorite Pink Lip http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/nars-audacious-collection/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/nars-audacious-collection/#comments Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:47:24 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=202380 François, homeboy, I know you’re busy — what with selling your Bora Bora island and working to create the best lipglosses on the planet — so you’ve got, like, NO spare time, but couldn’t you have squeezed in a few minutes to name one of your five new Audacious Lipsticks “Karen”? I mean, it’s not […]


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The five new NARS Audacious Lipsticks from the Audacious Collection

François, homeboy, I know you’re busy — what with selling your Bora Bora island and working to create the best lipglosses on the planet — so you’ve got, like, NO spare time, but couldn’t you have squeezed in a few minutes to name one of your five new Audacious Lipsticks “Karen”?

I mean, it’s not like I’m asking you to get a prison tattoo of my face on your forearm. ALL I WANT IS A LIPSTICK NAMED KAREN.

Is that too much to ask?

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The five new NARS Audacious Lipsticks from top to bottom in Apoline, Mona, Kate, Stefania and Shirley

I’m not the only Karen, and I suspect that most of us would love to have our name on our very own Audacious Lipstick. I imagine that having one would feel really great, like discovering that you’ve been made an honorary member of Salt ‘n’ Pepa and En Vogue.

This time around, Apoline, Shirley, Stefania, Kate and Mona get the honor, and they’re part of the new NARS Audacious Fall Collection, which launched August 15 at NARS boutiques and the NARS website and arrives September 1 to Sephora.

I’d lipsticks could talk, I’d ask these, “Why are you so creamy and opaque? Why don’t you ever settle into my fine lines? WHY DO I LOVE YOU SO MUCH?”

From this batch, I’m all about Apoline (the pink rose) and Stefania (the deep fuchsia), because they’re pink, and I’m predictable that way, haha.

But I also think that Shirley (the crimson), Kate (the purple orchid) and Mona (the mahogany) are pretty, too.

The NARS Audacious Collection also includes a completely new line of potted brow creams called…the Brow Defining Creams.

Available in four colors, they feel drier than a MAC Fluidline Brow Gelcreme to me and are slightly less pigmented, but in this case, I don’t think that’s a bad thing, because if I had a dollar for every time I tried a product like these and accidentally “Instagram browed” myself beyond oblivion, I’d have enough money to buy that Bora Bora island from François myself.

I usually steer clear of brow products like these for that reason — because of how intense they usually are — but these are just pigmented enough to fill in the sparse spots without leaving my brows looking heavy or overdone. The results look very natural, which makes me want to kiss François on both cheeks. 🙂

They’re $23 each and available in Sonoran (a blonde), El Djouf (a light brown), Tanami (an auburn) and Danakil (a dark brown).

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The NARS Brow Defining Creams from the top to bottom in Sonoran, Tanami, El Djouf and Danakil

There are also two new dark, pigmented Unrestricted Eyeliner Stylo liquid liners. Both are black and $27, but one has a matte finish and the other is satin.

The only thing is, I’m a flexible felt tip gal, and these have a stiff tip, so my lines end up with shaky, mousey, unsure edges, and I prefer my lines to say, “If need be, I will cut a b*tch.”

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NARS Unrestricted Eyeliner Stylo in Matte and Satin

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NARS Audacious Mascara

The Audacious Mascara in the collection is a re-promote from the permanent line, and I like it for separation, lift and curl — that, and it doesn’t smudge or flake. So it’s a good one, and it’s $26.

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NARS Audacious Lipsticks

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NARS Unrestricted Eyeliner Stylo in Matte and Satin

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NARS Brow Defining Creams

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NARS Audacious Lipstick in Apoline

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NARS Audacious Lipstick in Stefania

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NARS Audacious Lipstick in Kate

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NARS Audacious Lipstick in Mona

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NARS Audacious Lipstick in Shirley

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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Too Cool for School Artify Max in Pocket Lip Balm http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/too-cool-school-artify-max-pocket-lip-balm/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/too-cool-school-artify-max-pocket-lip-balm/#comments Sat, 20 Aug 2016 15:19:10 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=202409 “Girl, you are lookin’ FLY today in those dope-@ss earrings.” These are the new $12 Artify Max in Pocket Lip Balms from Too Cool for School. They’re available in three shades, and the one I’m wearing is #2 Pink Pink. I wore these everywhere yesterday, and I got SO MANY compliments on my jewelry… Haha, […]


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$12 Too Cool for School Artify Max in Pocket Lip Balms in #1 Kiss Kiss (top) and #2 Pink Pink (bottom)

“Girl, you are lookin’ FLY today in those dope-@ss earrings.”

These are the new $12 Artify Max in Pocket Lip Balms from Too Cool for School. They’re available in three shades, and the one I’m wearing is #2 Pink Pink.

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HAAAAY

I wore these everywhere yesterday, and I got SO MANY compliments on my jewelry…

Haha, totally kidding. 🙂 But far be it from me to deny one’s inner diva urges to over-accessorize. I LIVE to over-accessorize.

Cute in a “DAMN, is that cat rockin’ a monobrow?!” sort of way, the Too Cool for School Artify Max In Pocket Lip Balms are actually lip glosses.

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Too Cool for School Artify Max in Pocket Lip Balms in #1 Kiss Kiss (top) and #2 Pink Pink (bottom)

Technically, they aren’t earrings…but with the removable keychain, you can clip them onto your makeup bag, your key ring, your backpack or, yup, around your ears to pretend they’re kitty cat earrings.

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Too Cool AND too cute!

Let’s get real… I wanted to try these because they look like something from a hip store in Japantown, but as luck would have it, the balm inside them is really good! The moisturizing, lightly tinted formula has shea and mango seed butter, and they’re non-sticky, comfortable and taste and smell a little like raspberries.

Nommage.

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The $12 Too Cool for School Artify Max in Pocket Lip Balms

Oh, and please note all of teh kittehs. POWER TO THE CAT LADIES! — because I believe that Anke Weckmann, the illustrator who designed the packaging, is part of the CCL tribe. Pin her work, and rejoice in the knowledge that our people, the crazy cat ladies of the world, are slowly taking over…

Meow’s about time you pocketed Max in Pocket, my fellow feline fanatic. They’re at Sephora for a limited time for $12.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. Happy Caturday, my friend! 😺 I hope you’re doing something fun this weekend. I’m beyond stoked because I’m going to the salon today, yay!

I need my root situation rectified ASAP, and I need to figure out what to do with my hair. It’s just… It’s long, and it’s thinner than it used to be, and I just wake up every morning feeling like Sebastian Bach.

I mean, he can pull it off, but I can’t. I need help.


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Dior Parisian Sky Eyeshadow Palette #506 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/dior-parisian-sky-eyeshadow-palette/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/dior-parisian-sky-eyeshadow-palette/#comments Fri, 19 Aug 2016 16:54:00 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=202345 Hair flips 💁 and air kisses 💕💄💋 to reader Tatiana for pointing out to me that the design on the pans in the new Dior Parisian Sky Eyeshadow Palette look like the frame of the Eiffel Tower’s arches. Seriously, how did I not see that?? Actually, wait — I know how. I’ve had a sh*t […]


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The $63 (!) Dior Parisian Sky Eyeshadow Palette

Hair flips 💁 and air kisses 💕💄💋 to reader Tatiana for pointing out to me that the design on the pans in the new Dior Parisian Sky Eyeshadow Palette look like the frame of the Eiffel Tower’s arches.

Seriously, how did I not see that??

Actually, wait — I know how. I’ve had a sh*t ton on my mind lately! And there’s only so much space up there between the makeup and the cats and the crawling, teething baby…

Hoh! But Dior’s attention to detail is a surefire recipe for lusty-lust.

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Details, details!

First things first, feel free to call me whatever you want — whether it be “hoarder of all the brown shadows” or “neutrals, sucka!” or “last person on earth who needs another palette of earthy golden browns.” Seriously, call me whatever colorful nicknames you can come up with to describe someone who loves browns because…what can I say? I love browns. 🙂 And this palette doesn’t have just one or two of them. It has three, and they make me wanna do the Snake, and the Robot, and the Running Man. At the same time.

THEY ARE RESPLENDENT!

I mean, who gets emo about browns? THIS CHICK RIGHT HURR.

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Dior Parisian Sky swatches

Even though I like them both equally, I think I’ll get more use out of this palette than the purple-powered Dior Capital of Light Eyeshadow Palette #806 we looked at a few days ago.

There’s a dark warm reddish brown that looks like an eyeshadow version of MAC Teddy liner; a glossy, medium golden brown similar to a supercharged version of MAC Soba eyeshadow; and a light and juicy peachy gold brown.

All three glow with Dior’s signature finish that goes easy on the fine lines, and they feel smoother than the sound of LL Cool J whispering “I need love” in yo’ ear…

I mixed all three of them on my lids for a smoky brown eye fest today.

Oh, and FYI, that darkest brown shade? It’s SO not playin’.

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The first time I used that particular shade, I mistakenly assumed that I’d be able to just drop a truck load of it into the outer corner, buff it out, and we’d be good, but nope. I ended up with a case of waaaaay too much of it in the outer corner, so I kept blending it and blending it and blending it, and it was going higher and higher and spreading out…

It just took over the whole dang thing, so I ended up wiping it off and starting over.

*shrugs* Lessoned learned here: go easy on that dark brown, lest you look all sorts of cray. You only need a smidgen because it’s concentrated.

Actually, all of these browns are fairly concentrated, now that I think about it, and thank goodness, really, because who has time to build up layer upon layer of eyeshadows when there are more important things to do like obsess over where the heck Ryan Gosling has been. SERIOUSLY, WHERE IS HE?!? I will never forgive Eva for taking him away from us…

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Anywho, amidst all of this palette’s delicious caramel and chocolatey goodness are also a refreshing baby blue and a dove gray.

At first, I wasn’t sure how or even if they belonged with these browns in the same palette, but they made more sense once I got them on my inner lid, where they make the browns look richer.

Also, and even more importantly, when I plop them on my inner lids and in the corners, I think my eyes look bigger. Yay!

As for fallout, there’s very little with these shadows, and I get 12 full hours of color and shine, which I know because I’ve been working some long days lately. I see very little creasing and fading from them at the finish line.

If you’re interested, get thee to a Dior counter RIGHT MEOW, because this one and the Dior Capital of Light Eyeshadow Palette are limited edition as part of the Dior Skyline fall collection.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. TGIF!


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