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Urban Decay Holiday 2015 First Impressions

Published in: Collections, Eyes, Lips, Makeup, Product Reviews, Urban Decay, Video

I was so confused today because I thought this was Urban Decay’s fall collection, and not the holiday collection, which is what it is.

I know that sounds really dumb…but in my defense, it’s 80 degrees outside! I’m wearing shorts and a tank top. I guess my mind just couldn’t make the leap to snowmen, Christmas trees and wearing mittens.

Heck, I don’t even have shoes on!

Be that as it may, it is holiday time in Urban Decay Land (ho-ho-ho!), so let’s don our mittens, our earmuffs and our J. Lo “Jenny from the Block” coat, and take a look. :)

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Urban Decay Vice4 ($60)

urban decay vice4

Urban Decay Vice4 ($60)

urban decay vice4

Urban Decay Vice4 ($60)

There are a couple of palettes in the release, some new liners (which I’m not crazy about, but I’ll get into that in the video) and a highlighter.

I have no idea how any of it fits with the holidays because, you know, there’s a lot of black in it and references to oil slicks, and nothing that seems particularly holiday-esque, but we’re just gonna go with it. :)
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Benefit Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer

Published in: Benefit, Eyes, Makeup, Product Reviews, Video

Technology… It’s fascinating, really. Not only does it allow mere mortals to soar across the sky in what are essentially huge hunks of metal machinery; it also allows us to simultaneously prime and protect the delicate skin on our lids.

Next stop: Skynet. :)

I think it’s kind of funny that the box new Benefit Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer comes in says that it helps “defend against environmental stress,” when really, what I need help with is internal stress.

Haha, just kidding. Sort of…

Benefit’s new yellowy beige hybrid BB cream/eyeshadow primer comes in a click pen and contains moisturizing shea butter and broad-spectrum SPF 20, which makes it kind of interesting. It’s one of those kitchen sink products in that it does a little bit of everything that primers sometimes do — smoothing lids for makeup, locking products into place and evening out discolorations.

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The MAC Vamplify Collection!

Published in: Collections, MAC Makeup, Video

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15 of the 17 new MAC Vamplify Lipglosses ($20 each)

What’s Going On!?

And I mean that both literally, and also in reference to one of these new $20 Vamplify Lipglosses. What’s Going On is the hot, intense fuchsia shade.

I haven’t felt this amped about a MAC lip product launch in a while. First time I tried one on, I was about ready to drop my stretchy pants, no joke! :) These lipglosses are what your brain cooks up when you’re having a really fantastic makeup dream that you never, ever want to wake up from. There’s just So. Much. Pigment. I needed someone to pinch me at first because I wasn’t sure if I was straight trippin’.

And there’s so much to love about them beyond the pigments and colors. If these fly off the shelves, I won’t be surprised.

Here are swatches and pics, but I go into a lot more detail in the video.

As always, thank you for watching! I hope you like these as much as I do.

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11 of the 12 MAC Vamplify Pro Longwear Lip Pencils ($20 each)

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MAC Vamplify Lipglosses from the left: Suggestive (an intense blue-red), Tease Don’t Touch (an intense true-red), Flash Drive (an intense coral-red), Push Some Buttons (an intense orange-red) and Everybody’s Talking (an intense coral)

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MAC Vamplify Lipglosses from the left: Suggestive (an intense blue-red), Tease Don’t Touch (an intense true-red), Flash Drive (an intense coral-red), Push Some Buttons (an intense orange-red) and Everybody’s Talking (an intense coral)

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MAC Vamplify Lipglosses from the left: What’s Going On (a hot intense fuchsia), A for Attitude (a hot pink) and Speed Up (a bubblegum pink)


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MAC Brooke Candy for Fall 2015

Published in: Collections, Lips, MAC Makeup, Video

Now, if you’re me, your first reaction to finding out about the new MAC Brooke Candy collection might have been, “Who the heck is Brooke Candy?” (I had to Google her.) I gotta hand it to MAC, because following their limited edition collaborations has been a good education in cutting-edge pop culture. My playlists are ever-expanding with new artists and performers.

I still have to listen to some of Brooke’s beats, but she seems kinda edgy…kinda raunchy, but raunchy can be hella entertaining sometimes (i.e. Lil’ Kim).

The new three-piece limited edition MAC Brooke Candy mini release arrives exclusively on the MAC website August 27, and since there are only three products, there’s not a lot to it — just two lipsticks and a liquid eye liner.

The lipsticks have an interesting formula called Amplified Cream, which is a little creamier and shinier than the regular Amplifieds, which I love, but the liquid eye liner, Boot Black, hmm… Of all the MAC liquid liner options, it’s my least favorite. Sucks that I can never get a crisp line with it, and it makes me feel like a 3-year-old trying to do liquid liner, or like liquid liner was put on this earth to torture me (“Liquid liner is your enemy, not your friend!”).

But I digress…

Let’s start the video! :)

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MAC Brooke Candy packaging…

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From the left: Which Witch, Mind Control and Boot Black


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Late Summer Sephora Haul!

Published in: Bumble and Bumble, Clarins, Makeup, NARS, Sephora, Tweezerman, Video, Yves Saint Laurent

My No. 1 rule when I shop at Sephora is to never, EVER walk around the store with a basket, because if I do, I’ll just keep dropping more and more things into it until eventually — whoops! — there goes all my fun money for the next few months.

I tell myself that I can only leave the store with what I can physically carry in my hands, but that doesn’t always work… You’d be amazed at how much stuff a short Filipino girl can carry, haha! :)

On my last trip I grabbed a few things — some re-stocks, some new things I’ve been wanting to try and at least one doodad (maybe two).

As always, my friend, thank you for watching.

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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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