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mac oh my mocha

Oh My Mocha!

I think the Internet may be giving people, and by “people,” I mean me, this belief that they can do *anything* just by looking it up online, because yesterday I made the most questionable (translation: gross) mocha at home.

What’s an unsung makeup hero? For me, it’s an oftentimes underrated makeup morsel, a permanent collection product that scoots under the radar screen of many makeup lovers but regularly rocks my world. The long-running Unsung Heroes series features some of my favorites.

I had just put on a little MAC Oh My Mocha Eye Shadow ($16) and thought, “I’m gonna drink a mocha while I’m wearing Oh My Mocha,” because the idea seemed kinda poetic, but then I looked outside and saw that a creepy, supernatural fog had descended upon my neighborhood…

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MAC Oh My Mocha Eye Shadow, meow!

It gets foggy here sometimes, especially in the mornings in fall and winter, and when it happens, it’s usually foggy at the crack of dawn but burns off quickly.

Yesterday, though, started out sunny, but then it got horror movie foggy… It was that creepy cemetery fog that appears out of nowhere right before the main character walks into it and disappears forever.

Anyway, I wasn’t brave enough to walk outside in it, but it did make me crave a mocha. 🙂

The coffee/milk/cocoa combo...

The coffee/milk/cocoa combo…

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A little whipped cream makes everything better? I think?!

So I googled a recipe, mixing coffee, milk, cocoa powder and sugar, and then added a boat load of whipped cream on top. Aaand it pretty much tasted like a pair of old Doc Martens with chocolate sauce, BLUH!

Oh, well. At least I think my eyeshadow turned out pretty sweet.

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Wearing MAC Oh My Mocha on my lids, Hourglass Euphoric Fusion Ambient Blush on my cheeks, and MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick topped with Estée Lauder Victoria Beckham Gloss

Oh My Mocha is a must for smoky eye-lovin’ ladies. I mean, I’m always into smoky eyes, 24/7 x 365, but they seem extra appropriate this time of year. Right now I’m into the kind where you just plop a little eyeshadow on your lids, whip out a brush to blend out the edges, and then go about your merry way.

Oh My Mocha is a perfect mix of frosty, festive cranberry purple pigment wrapped in a coffee-colored base, so when you lay down a layer, then buff away the edges with your brush, the cranberry/purple part dissipates into a decadent, delicious dark coffee.

The result? Instant smoke.

To kick it up a notch, I like to dip a flat eyeshadow brush into my pan, wet it with MAC Fix+ to ramp up the shimmer, and pat it on my lids. I think it really makes the gold flecks peek through. And did I mention the fallout factor is practically nill?

Oh My Mocha is absolutely delicious in every single way…unlike my at-home mocha, which I ended up tossing. Next time I’m just going to Starbucks, horror movie fog be damned. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

The MAC Unsung Heroes series (a subset of my regular Unsung Makeup Heroes series) features some of my all-time favorite products from MAC’s permanent collection

If you’re looking for permanent collection ideas or inspiration, there are literally hundreds of unsung makeup heroes posts in the MBB archives. These 20 are just the tip of the iceberg.


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Holiday Gift Idea for Your Gal Pal: Ear Crawlers http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/just-for-fun/gift-ideas-for-your-gal-pal-ear-crawlers/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/just-for-fun/gift-ideas-for-your-gal-pal-ear-crawlers/#comments Tue, 06 Dec 2016 04:00:38 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=205867 Ear crawlers are the new studs! — at least according to my oh-so-scientific gathering of anecdotal evidence, which is comprised of a single conversation I had with a friend. ME: Have you noticed that ear crawlers are, like, everywhere these days?MY FRIEND: Yeah, I have.ME: They’re the new studs. Earrings that look like they’re crawling […]


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Get your gal pal a pair of these earrings!

Ear crawlers are the new studs! — at least according to my oh-so-scientific gathering of anecdotal evidence, which is comprised of a single conversation I had with a friend.

ME: Have you noticed that ear crawlers are, like, everywhere these days?
MY FRIEND: Yeah, I have.
ME: They’re the new studs.

Earrings that look like they’re crawling up your ear lobe, ear crawlers don’t dangle, so there’s zero chance of the baby (or Tabs, for that matter) swatting or grabbing them, and I like that they’re different than your run-of-the-mill studs.

I like ’em a lot. I think they’re the perfect Christmas present for your best gal pal because they’re kinda trendy (so chances are she probably doesn’t have a pair yet), and even though they’re kinda trendy, they aren’t too out there, ya know?

My favorites are the Marquise Ear Climbers by Kristin Perry because they’re understated but yet sparkly (a balance that isn’t easy to strike). They’re 18K gold-plated with crystals, available in both rose and white gold, and are pretty affordable at $38.

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Kristin Perry’s beautiful Marquise Ear Climbers in Rose Gold

If I had moolah to burn, I’d give the Misa Jewelry Branch Ear Crawlers to all my gal pals, and I’d splurge on the yellow gold ones with diamonds (which are $1,125 a pair!). Then I’d also get a pair for myself…because the part of me that’s a perpetual eighth grader would very much like to match with her friends. 🙂

Buuut since I’m living in reality (most of the time), Kate Spade’s $48 14K gold-plated Shine On Ear Crawlers are more in line with my budget.

I love giving Kate Spade jewelry as a gift because it’s girly and cute. Yes, it’s costume jewelry, but it’s high quality costume jewelry, and the pieces I’ve had for years still look new and, thankfully, haven’t turned my skin green.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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Live Every Day Like It’s Candle Day http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/bath-body-works/live-every-day-like-candle-day/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/bath-body-works/live-every-day-like-candle-day/#comments Mon, 05 Dec 2016 21:41:59 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=205856 Candle Day at Bath & Body Works, the once-a-year event where their $22 3-wick candles go on sale for $8.50, is like Christmas…except there’s no Santa Claus, no reindeer games, no tree, no presents, no going to Midnight mass and freezing your butt off because you got there late, and so you’re stuck sitting in […]


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Marshmallow Fireside from Bath & Body Works aka my current candle jam

Candle Day at Bath & Body Works, the once-a-year event where their $22 3-wick candles go on sale for $8.50, is like Christmas…except there’s no Santa Claus, no reindeer games, no tree, no presents, no going to Midnight mass and freezing your butt off because you got there late, and so you’re stuck sitting in the pews closest to the doors…

So, basically, the only thing it shares in common with Christmas is that it comes but once a year.

Hmm… Maybe that wasn’t the world’s best simile, but whatevs. 😂

Candle Day was last Saturday, and I came, I saw, I got my 3-wick candle fix on.

Did you go?! I heard from some gals on Instagram that it was controlled chaos at some stores, with hour-long lines.

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I’m always in the mood for Sweater Weather

I waited until late afternoon to go because I thought the crowds would be less crazy, and even though the shelves had been pretty well picked over by then, I got in and out in less than 15 minutes with a few snazzy goodies.

But, any time you go to one of these sales, if you go late in the day after the first few waves of shoppers, it really does help to set your expectations kind of low. You might find a scent you like, but it might not be available anymore in the design you want, so you have to be cool with that.

I suggest employing a strategy similar to how one might scavenge supplies during the zombie apocalypse. Basically, there’s still good stuff out there, but it’ll be hidden.

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Spiced Apple Toddy — the perfect kitchen candle. Not too sweet, not too spicy.

Like the Marshmallow Fireside and Sweater Weather candles I got — they were the last of the scents in these particular designs, and I found them on a table toward the back of the store behind a whole bunch of other rand-o scents.

Also, don’t leave without grabbing a cover for your candles, because you can use them to extinguish the wicks. Instead of blowing out the candle, just plop the cap on top.

Unofficial fragrance notes of my B&BW candle haul

Marshmallow Fireside — wet pine needles after the first snow, a crackling log on the fireplace on a chilly night, freshly baked gingerbread cookies

Sweater Weather — a cozy knit blanket that your mom made for you, pine tree trunks, a hot cup of cider

Spiced Apple Toddy — cinnamon sticks, a slice of homemade apple pie, just-peeled orange rinds, cloves

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Am I the only person who gets new candles and wants to light all of them at once? I started Marshmallow Fireside on Saturday night, and it took a lot of self-restraint to resist lighting all three at the same time.

Uptown funk gonna give it to you

Check it. This is you and me at the club in a few decades, babe, dancing like no one’s watching.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 452 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/just-for-fun/makeup-beauty-blog-monday-poll-vol-452/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/just-for-fun/makeup-beauty-blog-monday-poll-vol-452/#comments Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:59:45 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=205841 So..what is the Monday Poll? Well, it isn’t exactly a poll. It’s more of a constantly evolving (devolving?), somewhat random list of questions I’ve been putting out to readers every Monday morning for the past NINE (!) years. (It’s like a kickstart for your brain.) I’ve always enjoyed reading your answers in the comments, and […]


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So..what is the Monday Poll?

Well, it isn’t exactly a poll. It’s more of a constantly evolving (devolving?), somewhat random list of questions I’ve been putting out to readers every Monday morning for the past NINE (!) years. (It’s like a kickstart for your brain.) I’ve always enjoyed reading your answers in the comments, and I hope you enjoy reading mine. 🙂

1. You’re given the opportunity to walk the Victoria’s Secret Runway Show. Is this a dream or a nightmare scenario?

Umm…a little bit of both?

The world doesn’t need to be staring at my butt as I strut down a runway in a bejeweled thong…but you only live once! 🙂 So why the hell not? Plus, can you imagine the swag? I’d be all, “Please, is there any way I can exchange this diamond-encrusted corset for a pair of plaid flannel pajamas? No, seriously.”

2. Candy canes or gingerbread cookies?

It’s a little weird for someone who goes to great lengths to avoid ginger at any cost to say, “I’ll take gingerbread cookies for $500, Alex,” but eh, it is what it is. I despise ginger in its savory form, but add sugar and icing to the mix, and I’m SO down.

3. How many cats is too many cats?

As a bonafide, certified cat lady, my official answer is, “There’s no such thing as too many cats.” Off the record, though, the maximum number I think I’d be able to handle is two (based mostly on daily litter box maintenance).

OK, three.

4. Your favorite winter sweater?

I have a black and white cardigan that I call my “Muppet sweater” because it has long bits of yarn for texture that make it look like a long-haired puppet.

It’s black and white, so it goes with almost everything in my closet. Plus, it’s warm and, most importantly, it’s a little ridiculous. My favorite articles of clothing have some whimsy to them, and this piece does.

5. What nail polish colors do you wear the most?

I wear a lot of colors in the YGVB end of the ROYGVB spectrum.

The holiday spirit

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FYI, in case you were wondering if it’s ever a good idea to go shopping for Christmas decor late on a Sunday afternoon during the first weekend of December, it’s not. Go get a gingerbread latte instead.

Twenty days ’till Christmas! Are you in holiday mode yet? We got our tree this weekend, so I’m getting there… At the place where we get our tree, Cousins’ Christmas Trees in Novato, it’s an event.

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There’s hot cocoa and cookies, a Santa’s Workshop area for kids to play and draw on a big chalkboard, and a mini-petting zoo with two goats (my favorite part, of course).

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. Here are the questions to copy and paste…

1. You’re given the opportunity to walk the Victoria’s Secret Runway Show. Is this a dream or a nightmare scenario?
2. Candy canes or gingerbread cookies?
3. How many cats is too many cats?
4. Your favorite winter sweater?
5. What nail polish colors do you wear the most?

P.P.S. Have a great week, my friend! 🙂


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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 426 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/just-for-fun/sundays-tabs-cat-makeup-beauty-blog-mascot-vol-426/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/just-for-fun/sundays-tabs-cat-makeup-beauty-blog-mascot-vol-426/#comments Sun, 04 Dec 2016 23:17:45 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=205823 Yay! We got our tree! 🎄 Of course, Tabs has to thoroughly inspect it before any decorating can take place. He has to make sure there are no chipmunks hiding in the branches, because you know chipmunks… You can’t trust them. This year we set up the tree next to the windowsill where Tabs liks […]


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This is a cat-approved Christmas tree

Yay! We got our tree! 🎄

Of course, Tabs has to thoroughly inspect it before any decorating can take place.

He has to make sure there are no chipmunks hiding in the branches, because you know chipmunks… You can’t trust them.

This is a cat-approved Christmas tree

This year we set up the tree next to the windowsill where Tabs liks to look outside and survey the hill, and he really seems to like it. Sometimes he hides on the floor behind the tree under the branches, or sometimes he hangs out on his little platform perch.

Thankfully, he hasn’t tried to climb the thing.

Yet.

But it’s bound to happen…

This is a cat-approved Christmas tree

This is a cat-approved Christmas tree

This is a cat-approved Christmas tree

This is a cat-approved Christmas tree

We’re all just starting to get into the Christmas 🎅 spirit around here. The tree was the first step, and it looks like Tabs approves.

Now he can embrace his role as the official MBB decoration tester. 🎁

It’s a responsibility he takes very seriously… 🙂

This is a cat-approved Christmas tree

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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