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 Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:23:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 What an Amazing Moment… I Remember It Like It Was Yesterday #sponsored http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/dove-3/dove-amazing-moments-campaign/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/dove-3/dove-amazing-moments-campaign/#comments Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:23:26 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=200638 As a participant in the Dove Clinical Protection Amazing Moments campaign, I received compensation in exchange for creating this post. Although the post is sponsored, all opinions are my own. @Dove #DovePartner #SimplyStylist #sponsored Thank goodness for waterproof mascara, because every single time I watch this video from Dove, I get super emo. Part of […]


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Thank goodness for waterproof mascara, because every single time I watch this video from Dove, I get super emo.

Part of the reason — and I still can’t believe this is real — is that my 10-year wedding anniversary is coming up (first week in July!), and this short film is about a young lady named Louisa and her proposal story with her fiancé Rob.

All of us have amazing moments in our lives, and some of them seem almost impossibly unexpected and unreal. In this short film by Dove, a real woman named Louisa surprises the love of her life with a marriage proposal and puts Dove Clinical Protection Antiperspirant to the test.

When I watch it my insides turn to goo. It also brings back memories of my wedding day…

I know that everyone says this, but for reals! — it seems like it was yesterday. El Hub and I got married on the island of Oahu in Hawaii, which is where his family is from. It was at a resort on the North Shore called Turtle Bay, and I’ll never forget how nervous I was about everything going smoothly because we decided to do the planning ourselves instead of hiring a wedding planner (note to self: it was MUCH harder than I expected).

On the actual day, literally as I was getting my hair and makeup done, I was also on the phone making sure the musician got paid and that the caterers were remembering to put the toppers on the wedding cake — basically handling all of those little last-minute wedding details — and this was going on right up until the instant I put on my shoes and my veil!

I was sweatin’, but it was all worth it. I didn’t have Dove Clinical Protection Antiperspirant that day. I only discovered it later, but in hindsight, I could have used it. Dove Clinical Protection provides undeniable wetness protection and has ¼ moisturizers for softer, smoother skin.

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One of my fondest favorite memories is of us in the bridal suite when I finally put on my dress. My mom, my mother-in-law and my two best friends from childhood, Cindy and Jen, were also there.

It was a beautiful Hawaii day, and we had all of the windows open in the suite to let the trade winds cool us off. The room overlooked the ocean, and I could hear the waves gently rolling on the shore.

I still recall how the fabric rustled as the dress slipped over my head, and the chatter between my moms, Jen and Cindy as they zipped, buttoned and tied sashes.

Getting ready with the ladies in my life

Getting ready with the ladies in my life

When I had the dress on, fully, I remember turning around to face the ladies, standing there in front of them, and suddenly all of us got very quiet. The only sounds were the waves crashing and the coconut trees rustling in the breeze and the myna birds chirping and all of us sniffling and getting all choked up.

I remember realizing that it didn’t really matter if the caterer remembered to wrap the shrimp in bacon, or if the florist remembered to place flower petals in the aisle. All that mattered was that I was lucky to be sharing that moment with the women in my life.

Ready to walk down the aisle

Ready to walk down the aisle

So many wonderful things happened that day, and it’ll go down in my life story as one of the best days of my life.

Of course I remember the high notes — saying “I do,” the kiss (of course!), dancing at the party with my friends and family — but I also cherish those other amazing moments, too.

One of these days, remind me to tell you the full story of how El Hub proposed. Here’s a teaser: It took place in a small dining room in a faraway land about 8,000 miles from Hawaii. I didn’t even speak the local language.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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Mixed Prints and Wiggles http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/daily-photo/mixed-prints-wiggles/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/daily-photo/mixed-prints-wiggles/#comments Thu, 30 Jun 2016 04:19:00 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=201125 Oh, boy, sweets, I think your niece is going to be a handful. This baby… She does not stop wiggling! I tried to take pictures of her in this lovely outfit with mixed prints, and for the life of me I couldn’t get her to sit still. Notice how her limbs are always in a […]


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Oh, boy, sweets, I think your niece is going to be a handful. This baby… She does not stop wiggling! I tried to take pictures of her in this lovely outfit with mixed prints, and for the life of me I couldn’t get her to sit still.

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Notice how her limbs are always in a different position!

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It’s a good thing, I suppose, and it’s great to see that she’s active and interested and playful (although I may live to regret those words when she’s running around the house like a bouncy kitten).

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El Hub has a theory that she’s going to be a high energy baby, and I’m inclined to agree. This week she discovered her feet, and now when she’s lying on her back she uses them to scoot herself across the floor. She also just figured out how to turn herself over. I found her in her baby gym on her tummy with her head up.

It’s exciting and scary at the same time. Our little angel is officially on the move!

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Oh, and this outfit is yet another example of baby clothes that I wish were available in adult sizes, LOL! I’d wear striped rainbow pants with a polka-dot shirt in a hot second. Wouldn’t you?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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7 of My Favorite Affordable European Makeup Products http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/cosmetics/best-affordable-european-makeup-products/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/cosmetics/best-affordable-european-makeup-products/#comments Wed, 29 Jun 2016 22:00:09 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=200738 Europe definitely has a lot to offer the international traveler. I mean, so many different countries and cultures concentrated in a relatively small area… But visiting a dozen countries in a month can get extremely expensive, so what’s a beauty lover to do? Pass on the makeup shopping?? Of course not! On the good ol’ […]


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Best Affordable European Makeup

Some of my favorite (affordable) European makeup

Europe definitely has a lot to offer the international traveler. I mean, so many different countries and cultures concentrated in a relatively small area…

But visiting a dozen countries in a month can get extremely expensive, so what’s a beauty lover to do? Pass on the makeup shopping??

Of course not!

On the good ol’ continent, you can find lots of top quality products that cost less than a latte.

Here are my top recommendations!

Best Affordable European Makeup

These are my favorite affordable European (but non-Italian) makeup products; for recommendations on Italian makeup, check out my series, “Best in Beauty From the Boot”

1. Catrice Defining Blush in 040 Think Pink (€3.99)

Matrice Defining Blush 040 Think Pink

If someone made me try the Catrice Defining Blush in 040 Think Pink after having depotted it, I’d for sure think it was a high-end blush.

I swear, I’d bet my entire makeup collection on it! It’s that good.

Creamy and not in the least bit powdery, nicely pigmented but easy to blend, and long-lasting, too.

Oh, and here’s the best part: it’s only €3.99!

2. Catrice Camouflage Cream in 010 Ivory & 020 Light Beige (€3.49)

Catrice Camouflage Cream

If you’re blessed with oily skin and occasional hormonal spots like this mama, then you’ll know that liquid concealers just don’t last.

To cover up those angry red zits and the marks they usually leave behind, I think it’s much better to use a dry-texture concealer.

In my opinion, the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage ($35) is the best in this category, but Catrice’s Camouflage Cream comes in a close second, and it’s just a fraction of the price.

Should you ever spot a Catrice stand during your European adventures, make sure you put your paws on this fantastic concealer.

3. Essence Long-Lasting Eye Pencils in 01 Black Fever & 02 Hot Chocolate ($2.49/€1.99)

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Ok, I know that you can get Essence at Ulta these days, but wouldn’t it be cooler to pick up something from this affordable German brand after admiring the majestic Cologne Cathedral or visiting the breathtaking Neuschwanstein Castle?

My first recommendation would be the Long-Lasting Eye Pencils in 01 Black Fever and 02 Hot Chocolate, because I mean, who doesn’t need black or brown eyeliner?

These glide on super easily and last amazingly well both on the waterlines and lashlines.

4. Essence Sun Club Matte Bronzing Powder in 01 Natural – Blondes/Lighter Skin ($4.99/€4.99)

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Essence Sun Club Matte Bronzing Powder in 01 Natural is one of those bronzers that’s impossible to go overboard with, and that’s my favorite kind.

No patchiness, no Oompa-Loompa-ness. Just a healthy-looking complexion.

Plus, if you like coconut-scented products, you’ll find yourself opening the compact just to give it a sniff more often than you’d like to admit…

5. Essence The Gel Nail Polish Top Coat ($3.99/€3.19)

Essence The Gel Nail Polish Top Coat

I wonder if Cosnova (the German company that makes Essence and Catrice) keeps the exact formula of the Essence The Gel Nail Polish Top Coat in a vault like Coca-Cola does with their secret recipe…

This stuff is magical!

I’m sure there’s a secret ingredient that makes their nail polish shine brighter than a Swarovski store and last longer than finals week.

6. Max Factor Crème Puff Blush in 10 Nude Mauve (£8.99)

Max Factor Crème Puff Blush 10 Nude Mauve

Despite what the name suggests, the Max Factor Crème Puff Blushes are actually powder blushes (although, the non-powdery kind), and are said to be dupes for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes ($38).

My favorite thing about Nude Mauve is that it gives me a nice definition and very subtle luminosity without interfering with the color scheme of the rest of my makeup.

Best Affordable European Makeup Swatches

L-R: Essence Long-Lasting Eye Pencils in 02 Hot Chocolate and 01 Black Fever, Essence Sun Club Matte Bronzing Powder in 01 Natural, Catrice Camouflage Cream in 010 Ivory and 020 Light Beige, Catrice Defining Blush in 040 Think Pink, Max Factor Crème Puff Blush in 10 Nude Mauve

7. Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette (€21.80)

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Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette Look

On my eyes I’m wearing Bitter Start, Substitute For Love, Pure Ganache, and Subtle Blend from the Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette

Aaaand… I saved the best for last. This palette is UH-MAZE-BALLS!

Compared to the products I’ve mentioned so far, the Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette might almost seem pricey, but €21.80 for 10 top quality eyeshadows is still pretty good in my opinion.

From the buttery texture, to the high pigmentation and blendability, there’s nothing I don’t love about these shadows.

The color selection is perfect for my taste (lots of warm goodness!), and there’s a good balance between shimmers and mattes (6-4).

If you want to have your mind blown by how well the Cocoa Blend shadows swatch, click on this Portkey (#harrypottergeek) to go straight to my blog! 😉

Best Affordable European Makeup

All the makeup I’ve used today is European, and here’s a breakdown of what I’m wearing:

Anyone coming to Europe this summer?


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Hey, ladies (and gents), it’s Carolina here, reporting live from Bologna, Italy, to bring you the latest and greatest in beauty from the good ol’ continent! For an extra dose of that timeless Italian glam with a touch of humor and self-irony (because, you know, laughter is the best makeup), come say hi at carolinapage.eu and Instagram.

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Bringing Back the ’90s With MAC Tendertalk Lip Balm http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/mac-makeup/mac-tendertalk-lip-balm-review/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/mac-makeup/mac-tendertalk-lip-balm-review/#comments Wed, 29 Jun 2016 16:10:35 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=200905 These MAC Tendertalk Lip Balms 100% sent me on a trip down memory lane. 🙂 They’re meant to react to your natural pH level to give you a perfect lip tint. Now all I need is a mood ring and I’m set! Please tell me I’m not the only one totally reminiscing about those Hypercolor […]


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You just might need a MAC Tendertalk Balm

These MAC Tendertalk Lip Balms 100% sent me on a trip down memory lane. 🙂 They’re meant to react to your natural pH level to give you a perfect lip tint. Now all I need is a mood ring and I’m set!

Please tell me I’m not the only one totally reminiscing about those Hypercolor T-shirts that changed color with your body heat!! Lightweight but super hydrating, the Tendertalks are available now in five sheer shades at Nordstrom for $20 each.

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So moisturizing…

Candy Wrapped, Play With Me, Pretty Me Up, Side Dish and Teddy Pink adjust and intensify ever-so slightly after being applied to give you a very natural flush, but to me the best thing about them is how incredibly moisturizing and shiny they are without feeling heavy or sticky at all. They also work great as bases under liquid lipsticks because they provide lots of slip but don’t affect the wear time or the look of matte liquid lipsticks.

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Available in five sheer shades

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Swatches of the MAC Tendertalk Lip Balms (L to R) in Candy Wrapped, Pretty Me Up, Teddy Pink, Side Dish and Play With Me

Right when I apply these on my lips they’re extremely sheer, but with some generous layering and a little patience, the color gradually becomes more visible. I’d say it takes about two minutes for them to change to the colors you see in the pictures below.

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Wearing sheer pink MAC Tendertalk Lip Balm in Candy Wrapper

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Wearing sheer peach MAC Tendertalk Lip Balm in Pretty Me Up

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Sheer bright pink MAC Tendertalk Lip Balm in Teddy Pink

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Sheer plum MAC Tendertalk Lip Balm

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Sheer red MAC Tendertalk Lip Balm in Play With Me

I’ve tried similar products in the past, like the Acure Lip Glosses and Palladio Lip Balms, which are nice, but I have to say that these MAC Tendertalk balms are the most comfortable and easy to wear of them all. They’re straight-up lip balms, but with a little glam, thanks to their sheer colors and sleek chrome tubes (they also have a light vanilla scent).

They’re perfect for wearing on weekends or to go to the gym when you want some shine but can’t be bothered with a sticky lipgloss, and they all show on my pigmented lips except for the very sheer Candy Wrapper.

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I love how heavy and luxe these look and feel.

The sheer wash of color + shine reminds me of the Lancome Juicy Shakers I recently reviewed, with the main difference being that the Juicy Shakers have a definite glossy look and feel, while the MAC Tendertalks have more of a sheen.  Also, since the Tendertalks are more solid, they last longer on my lips. 

Both are moisturizing and come in their own sleek packaging (although the Juicy Shakers win on that front for me), so it’s really just a matter of preference in choosing between the two.

I actually took these photos toward the end of a long workweek, so my makeup is pretty simple, and here’s what I’m wearing:

NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Annapurna mixed with Dior Diorskin Nude BB Creme in 004 (I’m in between shades and also trying to finish these tubes so that I can buy something new with a clear conscience!) // Amaretto blush topped with Champagne Pop + Prosecco Pop from the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette (also mentioned in this post) // Chaney Stylo Eyeshadow in Laurier Rose // Dior Diorshow Lash Extension Effect Volume Mascara in 088 (mentioned in this post here) // Glossier Boy Brow in Black (also used in this tutorial).

What do you like to keep nearby to give your lips a little somethin’-somethin’?


Adia Goss


Adia is a lawyer by day and a beauty blogger by night. She believes that makeup should be fun and simple, but she also likes multi-step skincare routines (she’s complicated!). Adia loves the sight of a brand new highlighter, and she’s constantly looking for the perfect concealer. Follow her beauty adventures at Adia Adores (formerly beautyluxelife) and on Instagram.

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Thowin’ Baby Shade http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/daily-photo/connor/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/daily-photo/connor/#comments Wed, 29 Jun 2016 02:00:31 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=201088 I don’t know what I did in this lifetime or a past life, but somewhere along the way I got lucky because Connor Claire is a pretty happy baby. Well, most of the time… I’d say like 83.5% of the time… Maybe 87. She’s easygoing, quick to smile and a joy to be around. It’s […]


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I don’t know what I did in this lifetime or a past life, but somewhere along the way I got lucky because Connor Claire is a pretty happy baby.

Well, most of the time… I’d say like 83.5% of the time… Maybe 87. She’s easygoing, quick to smile and a joy to be around. It’s easy to snap pictures of her smiling or looking thoughtful because those are her usual states of being.

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But sometimes in pics she looks like she’s throwing SO MUCH SHADE. It totally cracks me up!

It’s like when you’re just about to leave the office, and you’ve turned off your computer and swung your bag over your shoulder, and you feel like this inside…

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But then your boss shows up out of nowhere and says, “If you could do this one last thing for me, that would be great…”

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So much baby shade, HAHA! Yeah, I’m pretty sure I made this face on the daily when I was a legal assistant.

Oh, and this is the face she gave me when I made her promise to never star on a reality TV dating show.

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The reason for this request was because I’ve recently started watching The Bachelorette.

Yeah, apparently I’m one of the last people on earth who had never seen it before. It’s streaming on Hulu right now, and I put it on one day while I was feeding Connor.

Holy freakin’ crap! It cracks me up, but in an unintentionally funny sort of way. I know it’s been on for years and tons of people love it, and I can TOTALLY see why it’s addictive, but are these dudes for real?! Because they really seem like they’re trying to “make a connection with Jojo.”

Do people actually get married and stay married after meeting each other on this show?? I guess it’s not technically impossible that you could find someone to marry on a reality show… I guess…

Dearest Connor Claire,

Please note that as of June 2016, the official transcript states you promised your mother that you would refrain from ever starring in a reality TV dating show.

Thank you. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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