Makeup and Beauty Blog | Makeup Reviews, Swatches and How-To Makeup http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com A beauty blog blooming with fresh makeup reviews, swatches and beauty tips from your friendly neighborhood beauty addict Sun, 22 Jan 2017 22:41:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.1 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/cropped-makeupandbeautyblog-amp-site-icon-v3-2016-32x32.jpg Makeup and Beauty Blog | Makeup Reviews, Swatches and How-To Makeup http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com 32 32 Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 433 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/just-for-fun/sundays-tabs-cat-makeup-beauty-blog-mascot-vol-433/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/just-for-fun/sundays-tabs-cat-makeup-beauty-blog-mascot-vol-433/#comments Sun, 22 Jan 2017 22:39:57 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=207773 Tabs is definitely a cat of the people, but he can’t deny that he has a taste for the finer things. When I think of Tabs, I think “luxury personified.” Like, he wears head-to-toe Tiffany jewelry just to walk downstairs and have gravy on a Tuesday. Sometimes on Sundays he likes to just sit around […]


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Tabs the cat, luxury feline diva

Tabs is definitely a cat of the people, but he can’t deny that he has a taste for the finer things.

When I think of Tabs, I think “luxury personified.” Like, he wears head-to-toe Tiffany jewelry just to walk downstairs and have gravy on a Tuesday.

Hey baby

Tabs the cat, luxury feline diva

Sometimes on Sundays he likes to just sit around and quietly celebrate his fabulous fanciness, so he’ll ask me to light his favorite Tom Ford candle so that he may enjoy his jewels by candlelight.

Chanel me

It’s much more romantic that way. 🙂

Chanel

Tiffany tabby

Chanel, for cats

He rarely shows the public his indulgent side, but he hopes you enjoyed this peek behind the scenes at the private life of Tabs. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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New Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick (Part 2): The Pink and Brown Shades http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/new-urban-decay-vice-liquid-lipstick-part-2-pink-brown-shades/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/new-urban-decay-vice-liquid-lipstick-part-2-pink-brown-shades/#comments Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:18:18 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=207675 ME: Hey, there’s a shade in this line of liquid lipsticks I’m reviewing called “Brat.” EL HUB: Did they name it after you? ME: … Ooh, yeah! There’s an Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick shade called Brat. And I might be a brat; therefore, I will wear Brat, and I will be extra bratty, with […]


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Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipsticks (the pink and brown shades) from the top: Brat, Naked, Rapture, Backtalk, Trivial, 1993, Amulet, Disturbed, Blackmail, Conspiracy and Studded

ME: Hey, there’s a shade in this line of liquid lipsticks I’m reviewing called “Brat.”

EL HUB: Did they name it after you?

ME:

urban decay studded

He may or may not have a point…

Ooh, yeah! There’s an Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick shade called Brat. And I might be a brat; therefore, I will wear Brat, and I will be extra bratty, with a side of brat, when I wear it. 🙂

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Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in Brat

Round two of the UD Vice Liquid Lipstick swatches (here was round one: the red and orange shades)! These are the pinks, nudes and browns…and some funky brownish taupe business (see: Studded).

urban decay vice liquid lipstick swatches

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipsticks (the pink and brown shades) from the top: Brat, Naked, Rapture, Backtalk, Trivial, 1993, Amulet, Disturbed, Blackmail, Conspiracy and Studded

Just like the reds and oranges from the other day, these all look amaze-balls in pics. Even the metallics! I was so surprised. I had so much drama with the first metallic I tried from this line, golden orange Flame, which was basically a mess on my lips, but all of the metallics in this second batch are flawless. No vertical lip lines, patchiness, no drama.

I think Amulet looks particularly beautiful. I’m not normally a metallics person, either, but I’m totally into it.

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Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in Amulet

These are unscented, unflavored and hella pigmented. And for $18, they aren’t crazy expensive. Plus, yay! — the line is finally available on the Urban Decay website.

Testing these, I was hoping for better wear time than I got with the red shade I wore the other day, 714, and well…

I wore warm pinkish nude Naked, an absolutely GORGEOUS shade that looks similar to my natural lip color, to my HIIT class the other day, which starts 10 in the morning, and after getting my sweat on, driving home, nibbling on snacks, guzzling some water, devouring lunch and doing some work, the lipstick was practically gone by 2.

So that’s four hours.

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Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in Naked

There was still some color in the middle of my bottom lip, but everything on my upper lip and the edges of my bottom lip was basically gone.

Granted, being a nude, it doesn’t look as jarring as it does when red 714, for instance, gives up the ghost, but I’m still kinda bummed that these don’t appear to last as long as I’d hoped, especially since a big part of the marketing is their “insane wear.”

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Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in Rapture

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Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in Backtalk

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Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in Trivial

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Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in 1993

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Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in Conspiracy

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Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in Blackmail

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Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in Disturbec

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Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in Studded

I still gotta give a shout-out to the fact that these feel sooo comfortable on my lips. So many liquid lipsticks suck the life out of my lips and leave them painfully dry, but these don’t. My flakes don’t act up at all either, so if comfort is a higher priority for you than a crazy long wear time, that’s something to think about. You might really like these, because they feel great.

I’ll be posting swatches of the final batch (the purples) soon. Do you see anything from this batch of pinks and browns that you like?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. What are you doing this weekend? The rain finally let up over here, so I’m looking forward to getting out of the house. 🙂


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Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in 931 Noir Pétrole http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/chanel-stylo-yeux-waterproof-long-lasting-eyeliner-931-noir-petrole/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/chanel-stylo-yeux-waterproof-long-lasting-eyeliner-931-noir-petrole/#comments Sat, 21 Jan 2017 05:00:05 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=207692 Why, though? WHY? Why are so many of the best things limited edition? It’s lunacy, and it’s REALLY annoying. Chanel Noir Pétrole Eyeliner ($33) deserves a permanent position — like the Codes Subtils quad — because if you have brown eyes (and even if you don’t), it’s magic. Glossy, smoky perfection I recognize that it’s […]


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Yay for Chanel Noir Pétrole Waterproof Eye Liner! I’m also wearing the Chanel Codes Élégants quad on my eyes, Chanel Élégance Powder Blush on my cheeks and Hourglass Girl Lip Stylo in Peacemaker

Why, though?

WHY? Why are so many of the best things limited edition? It’s lunacy, and it’s REALLY annoying. Chanel Noir Pétrole Eyeliner ($33) deserves a permanent position — like the Codes Subtils quad — because if you have brown eyes (and even if you don’t), it’s magic.

Glossy, smoky perfection

I recognize that it’s OTT to get this excited about eyeliners, seeing as there are so many flashier products out there in Makeupville, but I love a schmexy liner, and this one is schmexy.

The color is a little hard to describe, but I’m gonna try. It’s a super dark, hella pigmented khaki black with an essence of golden shimmer for an otherworldly finish that begs the question, “How in the Milky Way did Chanel squeeze so much complexity into one little stick?” It boggles the mind. This beauty is glossy liner perfection.

Chanel Noir Pétrole

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in 931 Noir Pétrole, $33

Manna from heaven for brown-eyed babes (and boys!)

Sometimes when I wear this liner, it’ll look brown. Other times, more khaki. Other times still, more of a glossy blackish brown. Then I’ll catch a glance of myself in the mirror and see the shimmery gold winking at me, and I’ll be like totally feelin’ myself, LOL! “Who’s that girl in the mirror? Oh, ME?” 🙂 This liner will have you doing that. It looks amazing on brown eyes.

But it’s not just for brown eyes

I have a strong suspicion that Noir Pétrole will also enchant hazel eyes as well… I wish El Hub would let me play and put it on his lids. I’d ask, but he won’t even let me curl his luscious lashes (rude!).

Anyway, if you have hazel eyes and have a moment with this, you have to let me know.

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I’m wearing Noir Pétrole on my lash lines and water lines; the eyeshadow is the Chanel Codes Élégants quad

The BEST liner formula, I swear

Noir Pétrole comes in Chanel’s waterproof Stylo Yeux formula, which you know I swear by and love to pieces. The Stylo Yeuxs are twist-up pencil liners, but they feel smooth and soft like a gel, so yay! — no tugging on those lash or water lines. They aren’t drying either. I think they feel fabulously comfy and last all day long.

Hoard it like your life depends on it

Sadly, this baby is limited edition for spring 2017. 🙁 Get it while you can before hoarders like your girl here snatch them all up, LOL! Whoops, did two of them just fall into my cart?

Sunshine…and rain

rain in the sunshine

The first time I went to Hawaii, I couldn’t believe the weather. It would pour down rain for five minutes, and then bam! — just like that, the sun would come out. And sometimes it would rain and be sunny at the same time.

Where I live in Novato, that happens a lot. The other morning I looked out my window, and it was raining and sunny at the same time. I’ve lived here for years, and it never gets old!

What does get old, however, is the rain… I feel like it’s been raining nonstop for days. I hope it lets up tomorrow, though, because I can’t be bothered to carry an umbrella while I do my Saturday morning errands. 🙂

What are your plans for the weekend, babe?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 370 Élégance http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/chanel-joues-contraste-powder-blush-370-elegance/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/chanel-joues-contraste-powder-blush-370-elegance/#comments Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:51:56 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=207698 Isn’t it just so typical? Right when you’re ready to drive down to the neighborhood tattoo parlor to get a tattoo of your favorite Chanel blush, because you love it that much (ahem, Malice!), another one comes along and steals your heart away. Just goes to show ya…getting a tattoo of your true love blush? […]


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That’s Chanel Élégance blush on my cheeks, Chanel Codes Élégants quad and Noir Petrole liner on my lashes, and Hourglass Peacemaker Girl Lip Stylo on my lips

Isn’t it just so typical? Right when you’re ready to drive down to the neighborhood tattoo parlor to get a tattoo of your favorite Chanel blush, because you love it that much (ahem, Malice!), another one comes along and steals your heart away.

Just goes to show ya…getting a tattoo of your true love blush? Not a good idea.

OK, that sounded really dumb, but that’s OK. We’re just gonna roll with it. 🙂

That glimmer, tho!!

For me with Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 370 Élégance, it was love at first brush. The second this peachy golden bronzed brown glimmered on my cheek, I was like, what?! Come here, baby. You and me — we’re gonna ride or die together.

Chanel Élégance Blush

Chanel Élégance Blush

And it wasn’t just because of the color and how it goes with all 20 of the pink and peach lipsticks and glosses that occupy my purse at any given time, or because of the level of pigment (one or two layers and I’m good), how long it lasts, or how easily it blends. It was also the dainty, demure glimmer…

You guys, the glimmer. THE GLIMMER. The glow is a small step up from a satin — similar to the awesomesauce Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes, and you know I’m a fan of those.

Consider this: wonderful wear time

Élégance is available now for $45, which I know… I. Know. But consider this: This blush lasts an incredibly long time. I put it on right after breakfast the other day (Oatmeal with a handful of chocolate chips… OMG, try it sometime! It’s life changing.), and after a full day and dinner, I still saw it on my cheeks. It was at least nine hours later!

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Lovin’ this Chanel Élégance Blush!

Similar Chanel shades?

For the gals who’ve been hoarding/collecting Joues Contraste blushes for years, Élégance is like 58 Fresque’s and 84 Accent’s sister shade. It’s darker than Fresque and more shimmery and peachier than Accent, but they’re all in the same fam and look related.

The verdict

First, this cutie is permanent! Yeah! So it’s not going anywhere, thank goodness. I think it’s a Chanel home run. 🙂

Gym lighting hates me…

I am BEYOND sore today, because I went to my HIIT class yesterday for the first time since I caught that cold I had, so it’s been over a week since the last time I burpied and push-upped, and I feel like I wrestled a meat grinder. I can barely climb up the stairs, and the baby feels like she tripled in weight overnight.

The class moved, so it’s at an actual gym now. It used to be in my neighbor’s garage down the street. She had an at-home studio, but now she’s teaching the classes at a gym a quick 5-minute drive from my house.

Anyway, I hadn’t taken a real workout class at a gym since forever, and the lighting in there is SO ROUGH. Oh, my goodness. Every time I see myself in those gym mirrors, I feel like I’m looking at the face of an alien.

So rough.

I think I’m gonna have to figure something out, maybe some brow filler or something… Either that, or I’ll show up to class in sunglasses (Oh, don’t mind me. I’m just doin’ mah squats in mah sunnies!), which, by the way, I learned from Mariah Carey’s reality TV show.

Apparently, whenever Mariah has a dance rehearsal and the lighting in the room is overhead fluorescent, she does the entire rehearsal wearing sunglasses.

LOL! I find this weirdly inspirational… High maintenance and diva-esque, of course, but also weirdly inspirational. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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Try This Tip When You Want to Look Like You Aren’t Wearing Any Foundation or Concealer (But You Still Want to Wear One or Both) http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/makeup-tipshow-to/try-tip-want-look-like-arent-wearing-foundation-concealer-still-want-wear-one/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/makeup-tipshow-to/try-tip-want-look-like-arent-wearing-foundation-concealer-still-want-wear-one/#comments Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:18:54 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=207605 Good morning, my friend. How are you doing? I hope you’re hanging in there… So, you know me pretty well, and I think that you know that my whole makeup agenda in life is to do my skin — my foundation, concealer, powder, etc. — and have it look like I’m not wearing any makeup […]


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Oh, hi, freckles!

Good morning, my friend. How are you doing? I hope you’re hanging in there…

So, you know me pretty well, and I think that you know that my whole makeup agenda in life is to do my skin — my foundation, concealer, powder, etc. — and have it look like I’m not wearing any makeup at all, otherwise known as “no-makeup makeup.”

One trick I use is to use very little product (and in some cases, no products) on strategic areas of my face, namely on the bridge of my nose and my upper cheeks.

I have some freckles there and a small beauty mark next to my mouth, and I feel that freckles and beauty marks tend to make us look more youthful, so I try not to cover all of mine. Also, skin isn’t naturally perfect. Most people do have some freckles and pigmentation and textured areas somewhere, and when you allow some of those “imperfect” (air quotes) areas to peek through, your coverage looks more natural.

Try this

Apply your foundation and concealer strategically. Use the least amount of product possible on your strategic areas. Sometimes I leave mine completely foundation- and concealer-free (and, if that’s the case, sometimes I’ll just use primer and maybe a little powder on those areas).

Then, blend the crap out of those edges!

Now, if you’re going to do this, it really, really helps to pay close attention to your blending; otherwise, it can look like you just forgot to put foundation or concealer on those areas. So it really helps to use something like a wet beautyblender on the edges to seamlessly blend them into your skin.

When the magnifying mirror is your friend (for once)

Even though I’m not a huge fan of magnifying mirrors because I think they give people (especially me) a complex by exaggerating every fine line, blemish and flake, when you’re trying to get that hyper-blended look, they’re helpful. With them you can really see where your blending edges stop and start.

Be picky and choosy

Obviously, you don’t have to leave every freckle hanging out. Makeup goddess Lisa Eldridge suggests using a very thin, pointed eyeliner brush loaded with your concealer, and just dotting it on the freckles and marks you want to cover. That way, you can pick and choose which areas you want to show, and which ones you want to conceal. I do this all the time (thank you, Lisa!) for the spots on my upper cheekbones.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. TGI-ALMOST SATURDAY!!!


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