Tabs is quite the taskmaster, as you well know, but every once in a while, about as often as a solar eclipse, he takes pity on his lowly assistant and grants her (me) a break.
Today was one of those days. I was given a break from my official feline assistant duties and two hours of company sanctioned “me time,” or “meow time,” as Tabs likes to say.
He’s a big fan of meow time.
Behold the face of a kitty dictator!
Today, I decided to spend my meow time on a beauty break — ya know, some noms, a little window shopping and, of course, makeup.
Join me! It’ll be fun.
First order of business: Starbucks. Grab a seat, and I’ll get us some tasty beverages. Gotta fuel up before we browse.
Where should we start? How about Sephora? There’s one just down the street.
Don’t worry about spending money. We’re just going to look around. Promise.
Well…unless we come across a completely awesome life-changing color. In that case, all bets are off.
Lately at Sephora, I’ve been starting in the Tokidoki section. The cheerful packaging gets me every time, like this new limited edition Love From London Palette…
Isn’t it cute!? Eight eyeshadows, a bronzer and a keychain for $42. That’s not bad. And the pans look pretty big, too.
I like the mix of neutrals and blues — oh, but they swatch pretty sheer…
I think I might like it more for the cute factor than anything else. Let’s keep moving…
Ah, some new stuff from Korres!
The Cheek Butter cheek tints ($25 each), which are supposed to be hydrating and long-wearing, feel surprisingly thick and creamy.
I wonder how they’d stand up to my combination dry/oily cheeks. I always have trouble finding blushes that don’t just slip away…
They come in a warm pink called Philia Rose, a rosy pink called Eros Coral and a berry pink called Chara Crimson.
I think I like Eros Coral the best… How about you? Which one’s your fave?
Then there’s the new Korres Magic Light Contouring Trios ($28 each); they also look kinda cool. You get a bronzer, blush and a highlighting powder in the same pan.
That’s always handy.
The two versions, Mykonos (comes with a peach, a soft rose and a matte bronze) and Santorini (with a cream, a soft nude and a deep bronze), seem like they’d suit lighter skin tones well.
I know you’re probably supposed to use the colors separately to shape, contour and highlight…but let’s just swirl ’em all together and see what we get!
Korres swatches from the left: Cheek Butters in Philia Rose, Eros Coral and Chara Crimson; Magic Light Contouring Trios in Mykonos and Santorini
Ya know, since we’re here, I’ve been meaning to swatch the eight new Smashbox Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Shadows ($19 each) since forever. Might as well do that now…
Swatches from the left, top row: Topaz, Riches, Gemstone and Icon; bottom row: Neptune, Sapphire, Iris and Stone
Wow, lots of pigment there. Nice!
Oh, look at that — the light violet, Gemstone, just sent me a text message. It says, “I want to visit your makeup bag soon.” Haha! Okay, that can be arranged.
Just a sec. Someone’s waving at us from over there, by that Laura Mercier display. The hot pink pan — is that a blush?
Ah, it’s actually an eyeshadow. Interesting.
The silver and hot pink in the new limited edition Summer Jewels (“Bold. Glamorous. Radiant.”) release are probably too cool for my warm skin tone, but maybe you could pull them off. What do ya think?
Laura Mercier Summer Jewels swatches from the left: Baked Eye Color in Silver, Baked Eye Color in Rubellite, Shimmer Bloc in Tourmaline, Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Sterling, Creme Lip Colour in Rose Quartz and Faux Lash Mascara in Black
Good grief! Has it already been two hours? Time flies when you’re having fun…
I should probably get back to work before Tabs calls. I’m supposed to give him a kitty shiatsu massage.
Let me just check out this Nude + Neon kit of six mini-nail polishes from Nails, Inc. ($25) first…
How cool is that? You get all these trendy summer colors in one box. Totally takes the guesswork out of choosing what colors to wear.
Which reminds me, I’m supposed to schedule a mani/pedi for Tabs.
“Siri, remind me to call Deborah Lippmann.”
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,