Topic: Daily Beauty

I Tried a New Technique Today!

Published in: Daily Beauty

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You guys, you already know that I’m a big fan of layering primers and using different primers to address different concerns and specific areas of my skin. Well, I tried a new layering technique today, and I’m frickin’ lovin’ the results.

I usually start with a primer that has a little subtle shimmer for glow and radiance, then layer a heavier duty pore-blurring primer on top to smooth everything out, but today I reversed the order. I did the pore-blurring primer first (you gotta give Make Up For Ever Smoothing Primer a try), then patted shimmery BECCA Backlight on top.

LOVE. My skin looked smooth, and since I applied the shimmery primer on top of the pore-blurring primer (which tends to matte everything down), it still looked radiant and glowing and natural too, even after I layered my foundation on top, which is exactly the look I’m always trying to get.

Try it sometime! I think you’ll like the results. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

The Too Faced Funfetti Set: An HSN Exclusive Coming Nov. 11

Published in: Daily Beauty, Too Faced

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Too Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting 16-Hour Blush

I’ve named the bunnies on this pan Winston and Churchill because I’ve been watching a lot of this show on Netflix called The Crown.

I do wish I could have bunnies, but I can’t.

I know. Sad Panda. 🙁

It’s because Tabs fancies himself a mighty hunter, and I know that if I were to hire/adopt a real life Winston and Churchill…something untoward would befall them within about 6 seconds.

I’ll just have to settle for the bunnies on this pan of Too Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting 16-Hour Blush. They may not be real, but they are pretty.

That purple in the pan though…

Too bad it’s an over-spray. Yup, when you run your finger across the pan, the purple disappears. It’s gone in one or two uses.

This little set here is a Too Faced HSN (Home Shopping Network) exclusive coming November 11. I’m not sure about the price yet, but I’m trying to find out.

With a name like Funfetti, it couldn’t not be cute, and that makes sense. After all, Too Faced is known is known for their cute style.

Sometimes, though, I don’t know whether it’s… Well, it’s kinda confusing, because I’m attracted to their stuff but, at the same time, I’m like, “Am I eight years old?” Because sometimes it seems a little young. But that’s OK. The part of me that loves unicorns loves this kind of thing.

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The Too Faced Funfetti Set

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In my paw for scale

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This $42 Set Is a Buxom Stone Cold Babe

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The Buxom Stone Cold Babe, a $42 set

Who is that stone cold babe? That’s what I’d like to know. I guess she likes diamonds…

BIG diamonds.

Can you imagine having a diamond this big? Good lord. I wouldn’t even bother getting attached to it though. My mom would probably try to steal it from me, put it on a ring and wear it to her SilverSneakers aerobics class. Then she’d try to be all cool about it…

“Oh, this? This is just my diamond ring.”

But I would sell that thing in a heartbeat. Then I’d try to buy that island François Nars was selling.

The pans in the palette, which is part of this $42 set, are removable, and you can arrange them however you like. Or, if there are some other Buxom eyeshadows you prefer, you can replace some of these with them.

I would probably replace about haalf of these here… I’ve only swatched them, but a few seem pretty sheer, patchy and dicey to me. They’re also on the harder side.

I don’t know… I love cool tones. And I do like the thought of turning myself into a stone cold babe. 🙂

The mascara, by the way, is great for lash volume. I went through a couple of tubes when I was going through a Buxom mascara phase.

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Hello, customizable palette!

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The duos slip in and out

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When you’re done deciding on what to put where, slide the pans in through the side

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Stone cold, babe!

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Le swatches…

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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NARS Rita Audacious Lipstick in Limited Edition Red

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RED! NARS Rita Lipstick in limited edition red

Yeah, I got pretty excited too when I saw this because for a second there I thought, “Is NARS gonna do special colors for each of their Audacious Lipsticks??” And then I thought, “What will Anita look like? Will it be PINK!?” Because — hoh! — I would love to have a pink lipstick like that in my bag…

But no. Not the case.

This rockin’ red is limited edition NARS Rita. Good ol’ re-promoted Rita. It’s $32 and available now at Sephora stores and online.

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Ooh, red!

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Wearing NARS Rita on my lips and the Laura Mercier Master Class palette on my cheeks and eyes

Warm-toned red Rita is part of the long-lasting NARS Audacious Lipstick fam, which I love, and she’s opaque and awesome. Like the other Audacious shades, it has a slightly shiny finish and lasts FOR HOURS.

Speaking of audacious reds…

flouncy-redI was rifling through my closet yesterday, looking for a pair of jeans that I could actually fit into because I still have a bit of baby weight I’d like to lose, when I saw a red dress I have not yet worn.

It’s the Petite Scuba Flounce Dress, and I got it from LOFT right before I found out that I was pregnant with Connor. It’s made out of a thick scuba-like material and has a flouncy ruffled hem.

“One of these days,” she said, staring at the bag of Snickers out of the corner of her eye, “I will get into that dress!” 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Lombard Street, Painted Ladies and Adventures in San Francisco

Published in: Daily Beauty

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El Hub and I played hooky to spend the day in San Francisco and celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary (10!) last Thursday.

We didn’t go having any plans. We just kind of wanted to wing it and hang out with each other doing something fun, since we haven’t done much of that over the past few months since Connor arrived.

So, um…yeah, we went exploring. 🙂

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San Francisco’s steep and winding Lombard Street

I wanted to do things that I’d never done in the city before, and I’d never seen the crooked part of Lombard Street with all of the switchbacks and hydrangeas.

My dream house on Lombard

My dream house on Lombard…

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The view down Lombard Street

The view down Lombard Street

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