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 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:00:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.4 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 When a Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words, or How I Really Feel About Hourglass Incandescent Electra Blush http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/cosmetics/hourglass-incandescent-electra-blush/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/cosmetics/hourglass-incandescent-electra-blush/#comments Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:00:21 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=203565 It’s expensive, but it’s so good. Even though Hourglass has really expensive products, especially the blushes, the powder products? — oh, my gosh. Basically, my nightmare scenario with blush is that I go outside and I’m wearing two little circles on my cheeks, but with this blush, that never happens. I can put it on […]


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Living for the Hourglass Ambient Blush in Incandescent Electra (I’m wearing it on my cheeks!)

It’s expensive, but it’s so good. Even though Hourglass has really expensive products, especially the blushes, the powder products? — oh, my gosh. Basically, my nightmare scenario with blush is that I go outside and I’m wearing two little circles on my cheeks, but with this blush, that never happens. I can put it on with one foot out the door, and it looks great. You could be falling out of a plane while putting on blush, and you’d land, and your cheeks would look legit.

PRICE: $38
AVAILABILITY: Available now in the Hourglass permanent line
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A+

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. Well, basically my whole life has been a lie. I found out yesterday that NASA says that the sky has essentially shifted, and so all of the zodiac signs are a little different. Plus, there’s a thirteenth zodiac sign now, and apparently I’m no longer a Gemini, at least according to NASA. I’m a Taurus.

I can’t even deal… I just can’t.


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A Close Call http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/daily-photo/a-close-call/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/daily-photo/a-close-call/#comments Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:55:24 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=203572 So…something scary happened last night. There was a big fire on the ridge across the street from our house! Right after I took this pic, big flames shot up the hill. Needless to say, I freaked out a little. El Hub started hosing down the roof and the trees and the hill outside, while I…well, […]


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So…something scary happened last night. There was a big fire on the ridge across the street from our house!

Right after I took this pic, big flames shot up the hill. Needless to say, I freaked out a little.

El Hub started hosing down the roof and the trees and the hill outside, while I…well, I ate an apple.

Yeah, that goes to show how useful I am in stressful situations, LOL!

Maybe I was subconsciously carbo-loading for what I thought would be a long night ahead…

We started preparing to be evacuated, which has happened to some of the neighborhoods in the Bay Area lately because of wildfires. I pulled the cat carrier out of the closet, called my parents to let them know what was up, and made an odd mental list of things I’d need to grab before running out the door, like the baby (of course), Tabs, the backup drives, my personal documents and a box of keepsakes and mementos I’ve had since I was a kid.

I also came to the humbling realization that I really have no control over anything. In my mind, I like to think that I’m in control of my life and the things that happen in it, but if those flames had turned our way, I wouldn’t have been able to do anything about it.

It was very scary.

We found out later that it was a two-alarm vegetation fire. Dozens of homes were evacuated, but luckily there were no injuries, and no homes were destroyed.

That was a close one!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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15-Minute Makeup: MAC Lilacked/MAC Woodwinked/MAC Wedge/MAC Post Modern/Hourglass Incandescent Electra http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/mac-makeup/15-minute-makeup-mac-lilackedmac-woodwinkedmac-wedgemac-post-modernhourglass-incandescent-electra/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/mac-makeup/15-minute-makeup-mac-lilackedmac-woodwinkedmac-wedgemac-post-modernhourglass-incandescent-electra/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:38:43 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=203552 Honestly, because most days, 15 minutes is about all the time I get to put on makeup. Oh, and I may or may not be wearing a sports bra as my top in this pic. 🙈 Eyes MAC Lilacked Pro Longwear Colour Waterproof Colour Stick MAC Eye Shadows in Woodwinked and Wedge Clinique Intense Ebony […]


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Honestly, because most days, 15 minutes is about all the time I get to put on makeup.

Oh, and I may or may not be wearing a sports bra as my top in this pic. 🙈

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Eyes

  • MAC Lilacked Pro Longwear Colour Waterproof Colour Stick
  • MAC Eye Shadows in Woodwinked and Wedge
  • Clinique Intense Ebony Liner
  • Urban Decay Cannonball Mascara
  • Estée Edit Iced Kohl

Face

  • Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done in Medium Dark
  • NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder in Translucent Crystal
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium Golden
  • Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealers in R40 and Y33
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Incandescent Electra

Lips

  • MAC Lipstensity Lipstick in Postmodern

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. Tell me about your makeup today. Inquiring minds want to know.


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Smell This ASAP: New McQueen Eau De Parfum http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/mcqueen-eau-de-parfum/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/mcqueen-eau-de-parfum/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:09:47 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=203471 The whole idea of fragrance commercials on TV is totally weird. Isn’t it? Companies desperately trying to get us interested in a scent through a medium where we can’t actually smell the perfume. There we are just eating our morning oatmeal while a supermodel rolls around on a beach for 30 seconds whispering about “Seduction […]


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The whole idea of fragrance commercials on TV is totally weird.

Isn’t it?

Companies desperately trying to get us interested in a scent through a medium where we can’t actually smell the perfume. There we are just eating our morning oatmeal while a supermodel rolls around on a beach for 30 seconds whispering about “Seduction happens on the sand…”

I guess it’s supposed to be metaphorical, you know, to capture the essence of what it feels like to wear the scent, and maybe then we’ll stop by the fragrance counter on our next trip to a department store, but I dunno…

It’s kind of like what’s happening with this blog post right now. 🙂

I suppose that I could just list the fragrance notes in this $115 bottle of McQueen Eau de Parfum, the pricey new fragrance by fancy fashion house Alexander McQueen (night-blooming flowers, sambac jasmine, tuberose and ylang ylang).

That would probably be more useful than these pictures…

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And I could talk about how I think it’s feminine but not frilly, how it lasts a long time when I spritz it (a full eight hours), and how I can really detect the floral notes, but they aren’t too heavy or headache-inducing.

I could also tell you that it’s the scent I think I’ll wear every day till spring — I like it that much.

But none of that would really tell you what it smells like to you or how it might make you feel when you wear it.

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All I can do is say how it makes me feel…like a woman ripped from my everyday existence and thrust into a gothic romance novel filled with creatures that only come alive at night. Of course, in this story I also embark upon a tumultuous relationship that burns hot and bright, and my heart is temporarily replaced by a glowing neon hummingbird, and even though I know that there’s ABSOLUTELY NO WAY our love can last more than a month, I still fall head over heels.

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And if I were to suddenly sprout wings in this story and be able to fly, the twinkling sparkles that trailed behind me would smell like McQueen Eau de Parfum…

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So, yeah. That’s what this bottle smells like to me.

Give it a sniff on your next trip to Saks, which is the only place it’s available for now.

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It comes in two sizes — a smaller 1.7-oz. bottle for $115 and a larger 2.5-oz. bottle for $165.

Work, work, workworkworkwork…

Even after just a few days out of town, it’s nice to be back to my regular routine. Why is it that we can’t wait to take trips to break us out of our everyday routines, but then when we actually take the trips, we can’t wait to get back to our routines?

Or is that just me?

One of life’s great mysteries…

Oh, and here’s another one: this video of a random dude dancing in a gym to Rihanna’s song, Work.

Homeboy can freakin’ move! He’s the snake charmer of booty popping, and my new personal hero.

There is SO much weirdness about this video; I love it. The people on the treadmill in the background, the disco lights that fall JUST ON HIM, the fact that all of this booty shaking is happening in a gym and nobody really says anything — truly, this is what the Internet was made for. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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A Day at the Beach http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/daily-photo/a-day-at-the-beach-2/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/daily-photo/a-day-at-the-beach-2/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2016 02:32:20 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=203505 You know you’re from Northern California when you go to the beach and you’re shocked — SHOCKED! — to find that you don’t need to wear a sweater or jacket. We took Connor to the beach for the first time yesterday. We went to Fort Cronkhite, which is on the northern tip of the Golden […]


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You know you’re from Northern California when you go to the beach and you’re shocked — SHOCKED! — to find that you don’t need to wear a sweater or jacket.

We took Connor to the beach for the first time yesterday. We went to Fort Cronkhite, which is on the northern tip of the Golden Gate on the Pacific side, because it was in the 90s and probably the last hurrah for hot weather here in this part of the Bay Area.

It’s usually windy and cold at the beaches here, but it was warm enough yesterday for a tee. And there were actual regular people swimming, too. Not just surfers clad in wetsuits.

It was probably still a little surprising for Connor because she started crying when her toes touched the water for the first time.

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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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