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Will New Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer Help Your Shadows Stay Strong While You Dance Till Dawn?

Published in: Eyes, Makeup, Product Reviews, Smashbox

Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer

New Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer ($20) and a sultry tabby’s tum

It’s been a while since the last time I wore the same makeup for a full 24 hours.

I seem to recall something about a nightclub and having to run a race early the next morning. But, as these things sometimes go, one thing led to another, and pretty soon eating French fries at the witching hour seemed like a really good idea (“I’m carbo loading!”).

Oh, hell yeah!

Then you’re doing the robot at the End Up (the club where you “end up” when all the other clubs in San Francisco close) while the sun is rising outside…

Anywho!

If you’re all about that 24-hour, French-fry-eating, robot-dancing life, or you just like wearing eyeshadow all day, errr-day, the new 24 Hour Photo Finish Eye Primer by Smashbox says, “Hey, girl, haaay!

Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer

Tabs is all about the 3 a.m.-gravy-eating life, yo

That’s a name with a bold claim right there. It’s supposed to lock your shadow down for 24 hours, even under extreme conditions — perspiration, high humidity, thunder showers, you name it. It also promises to amplify the vibrancy of any shadows worn with it and prevent creasing and smudging.

Just give it a squeeze (the tube, not the tabby’s tum), and apply a thin layer of the colorless primer to your lids. Wait 30 seconds for it to dry, then go at it with your brushes and shadows.

Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer

I’ve been using it for about a week now with powder shadows, creams and various eye combos, because girlfriend likes to play. :)

The smooth formula feels wonderful — like a silky eye cream — and doesn’t change the color of the shadows I layer on top.

Everything stays true.

Unblended (left) and blended (right)

Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer

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The New Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, Also Known as the Mullet of the Neutral Palette World

Published in: Eyes, Makeup, Palettes, Product Reviews, Smashbox

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

Wearing the new Smashbox Full Exposure Palette on my eyes

I know what you’re probably thinking… Cats are the most incredible animals to have ever walked the earth.

Wait — that’s not what you were thinking? Oops! Sorry, my bad. :)

After seeing my eye look in the top pic, you might be thinking, “Good grief! Another neutral eye palette, Karen?”

OK, fair enough, but before you leave to pet your cat, who for unknown reasons decided to grace you with his presence today (SHOCKER), hold on a sec.

This new Smashbox Full Exposure palette is like the mullet of neutral eyeshadow palettes! — and I mean that in the best possible way — except that instead of being all party in the front and business in the back, it’s party on the top and business on the bottom. Equal parts play and work.

We’re talking major possibilities.

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

Shimmers on the top row and mattes on the bottom

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Box

The palette also includes a dual-ended brush and a mini mascara

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Packaging

The front of the palette’s packaging

Full Exposure and I spent last weekend together. Just the two of us (and El Hub). On Friday night, we did a cool-toned smokey eye (like what I’m wearing in these pics) and went out to dinner. Then on Saturday we did a nude shimmery lid with a little liner, stayed home, did laundry and watched Game of Thrones (the palette is not a fan of House Lannister). I whipped up this warm brown cat eye while unsuccessfully trying to stop Tabs from jumping into a pile of clean shirts and jeans that needed to be folded…

On Sunday I just kept things simple with a nude matte lid and a smidgen of brown liner along my upper and lower lash lines.

So many possibilities!

And with all of the looks I tried, I still always felt like me, and not like “me with a sh*t-ton of eye makeup on,” if that makes any sense.

Full Exposure is one of those palettes that packs just enough pigment to define and call attention to my lids, but not so much that I feel like a rodeo clown…

Hahaha! I just totally made myself laugh. :)

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

That’s NARS Lustre Blush and BECCA Opal highlighter on my cheeks, and MAC Boldly Bare Lip Pencil and MAC Evolution Revolution Lipglass (LOVE) on my lips

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According to Mayan Makeup Calendars, the Santigolden Age Summer Collection Is Right on Time

Published in: Collections, Smashbox

Smashbox Santigolden Age Collection Eye Shadow Collage

The new Smashbox Santigolden Age Collection Eye Shadow Collages in Apocalypse Now (left) and Earth As We Know It (right), $36 each

Shout-out to the Mayans, yo! The feathered serpents, jaguars, pyramids and gold rings — you know, the usual Sephora fare.

I feel like the 7-piece Santigolden Age collection is about two years late, but hey, I’m not complaining at all. I’m glad that last doomsday prediction was off. :)

Smashbox Santigolden Age Collection

The 7-piece Smashbox Santigolden Age collection…

New for summer from Smashbox, the release, a collaboration with American singer/songwriter Santigold, sort of has a Mayan apocalyptic theme. It features two eyeshadow palettes, which Smashbox refers to as Eye Collages; two double-ended eye liners; two lip glosses; and a lipstick…inside a ring!

I hadn’t heard of Santigold before this collection, so I looked her up on YouTube…

Some pretty catchy stuff! Kind of reminds me a li’l of M.I.A.

At first I thought the colors in the limited edition launch seemed all over the place, but upon closer inspection, I think I see how the pieces fit.

There are a bunch of bright-ish colors — blues, greens, oranges and yellowish golds — held together by neutrals (brown, black and beige).

I think it’s definitely a collection for girls/guys who have a “no fear!” outlook on wearing color.

Smashbox Santigolden Age Collection Double-Ended Limitless Liner

Double-Ended Limitless Liners in Azurite Is Never Wrong/El Dorado and Green Martian/Yellow Dwarf ($24 each)

Smashbox Santigolden Age Collection

Be Legendary Lip Gloss in All Gold E’rything and Hot Lava ($20 each)

Smashbox Santigolden Age Collection eyes

Who is Santigold?

Smashbox Santigolden Age Collection Eye Shadow Collage Swatches in Apocalypse Now (top row) and Earth As We Know It (bottom row)

Eye Shadow Collage swatches in Apocalypse Now (top row) and Earth As We Know It (bottom row)

Smashbox Santigolden Age Collection swatches from the left: Double-Ended Limitless Liner in Azurite Is Never Wrong and El Dorado, Double-Ended Limitless Liner in Green Martian Yellow Dwarf and Be Legendary Lipstick Ring

Swatches from the left: Double-Ended Limitless Liner in Azurite Is Never Wrong and El Dorado, Double-Ended Limitless Liner in Green Martian Yellow Dwarf and Be Legendary Lipstick Ring

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Is the Summery Smashbox Heat Wave Eye Shadow Palette Flexible Enough for Fickle Feline Enthusiasts/Makeup Lovers?

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Smashbox Heat Wave Eye Shadow Palette

Wearing colors from the new $48 Smashbox Heat Wave Eye Shadow Palette on my eyes

I’m equal parts enthralled and dismayed that there’s a TV show called America’s Worst Tattoos.

My mind wanders when it’s on…drifting like an asteroid in the Kuiper belt, but then I start to feel guilty for watching it, because I know that I should probably be doing something productive instead, maybe reading something more substantial, like The Grapes of Wrath or For Whom the Bell Tolls or Are You There, God? It’s Me Margaret.

But I have learned one or two things from the show, like that there is A LOT of tattoo regret out there, and that because of my fickle nature, I should restrict myself to tattoos of the temporary Cracker Jack variety.

I’m way, waaaaaay too fickle for permanent ink.

Even if I went with something safe, like a picture of Tabs, how would I decide which one?? A single pic of Tabs to stare at for all eternity? But…he has so many good looks.

T-Money insists on being hand fed at snack time

As an example of my fickleness, I can’t decide whether I prefer the powder eye shadows in the new Smashbox Heat Wave Eye Shadow Palette more when they’re applied wet or when they’re applied dry.

I like both ways for different reasons.

Smashbox Heat Wave Palette 3

Flexible like WHOA!

Smashbox designed this palette of 10 warm and neutral summer shades to be worn wet or dry. A big WHOOP-WHOOP for that, right?

Smashbox Heat Wave Palette 2
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Smashbox’s Heat Wave Eye Shadow Palette

Published in: Daily Beauty, Smashbox

Smashbox Heat Wave Palette 3

The Smashbox Heat Wave Eye Shadow Palette ($48), new for summer 2013. Find it now at Sephora stores and online.

Smashbox Heat Wave Palette 2

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