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Badly behaved blushes, FTW!

Let’s get into some mischief with the new Fall 2016 Tarte Naughty Nudes blushes, shall we? Because, c’mon, if they’d been named the “Well-Behaved Nudes,” it would have sounded like a snooze-fest. Plus, what’s the point of being nude if you can’t also be naughty, hello?!

I swear on my plaid pleated mini skirt, my favorite flannel, my Timbs *and* my hoop earring with the key dangling from it that these four new fall shades of Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush ($28) are channeling so much ’90s realness!

Throughout much of that decade, I wore matte blushes in similar colors to these subtle shades of peach and pink.

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The $28 Tarte Fall 2016 Naughty Nudes Amazonian Clay Blushes (the four shades on the far left), and a new $28 Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter (far right)

Nude pink Exposed, golden nude Sensual, rosy nude Seduce and peachy nude Risque remind me of the color of bare lips when they don’t have any product on them…except captured and placed in a pan.

I like wearing them with a sheer tinted moisturizer for a no-makeup makeup look, and my favorite one is Seduce because it matches the color of my bare lips.

For some reason, matching bare lips with a nude blush really seems to work…

Anywho, I like that it’s sheer and takes zero effort to blend. I also like that the Amazonian clay formula hangs in there for about 10 hours on my combo skin.

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Tarte Naughty Nudes from the left in Seduce, Risque, Sensual and Exposed

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Tarte Exposed Highlight

Oh, and because we’re living in a world currently obsessed with highlighting and contouring, there’s also a fall 2016 highlighter up in the mix. Tarte Amazonian Clay Highlighter in Exposed Highlight is a fabulously soft, beautiful beige with a hint of pink.

The finish is a frosty high-shine shimmer…which isn’t very ’90s (unless you’re wearing it on your lips as a lipstick with a dark plum pencil liner, oy!), but it’s lovely. I’ll take it.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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My Favorite Face Products From The Estée Edit for Quick, Cute and Casual Makeup http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/the-estee-edit-face-products/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/the-estee-edit-face-products/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:49:39 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=201961 Five-minute makeup with The Estée Edit? Heck, yeah! I love a carved out cat eye, and ooh! — sparkles. I also love sparkles, but I don’t feel like wearing them every day. Some days, like today, barely-there five-minute makeup just hits the spot. It’s barely 9 a.m. here, and it’s already above 80. I’m sitting […]


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Keeping it casual with The Estée Edit Flash Illuminators ($28)

Five-minute makeup with The Estée Edit? Heck, yeah!

I love a carved out cat eye, and ooh! — sparkles. I also love sparkles, but I don’t feel like wearing them every day.

Some days, like today, barely-there five-minute makeup just hits the spot. It’s barely 9 a.m. here, and it’s already above 80. I’m sitting in front of my Beyoncé fan, and I still feel hot.

When it’s hot like this, I’m not gonna wear a ton of makeup, and I won’t spend a lot of time on it either, but I still want to look like I’m trying, you know what I’m saying?

Easy, fast and casual makeup today with products from The Estee Edit

Quick and casual makeup today with products from The Estée Edit

The still fairly new Estée Edit line (available at Sephora) is a good fit for how I’m currently feeling. It has that unfussy, fresh and youthful “just throw on your favorite white tee, jeans shorts and Chucks” vibe to it.

If Connor were of age and wanted to start wearing makeup like this, I could get behind it. It’s sheer and casual — stuff that you can put on with your fingers and don’t have to fuss much with.

Here are four of my favorite cute and casual products from the The Estée Edit line…

The Estée Edit Rescue Balm for Face and Body ($50)

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The Estée Edit Rescue Balm ($50) and Beam Team ($42)

My dry skin loves The Estée Edit Rescue Balm. It’s a super rich (and, unfortunately, also pricey) moisturizing balm — first and foremost, a moisturizer — and I apply it all over my face to prep the skin before applying the Skin Glowing Balm.

I think it also works kind of like a primer because it does help my makeup last longer, even though they don’t claim that it’s supposed to do that.

The Estée Edit Beam Team ($42)

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The Estée Edit Rescue Balm ($50) and Beam Team ($42)

The Estée Edit Beam Team is a two-for-one with a golden liquid illuminator in the tube and a creamy golden illuminator in the cap. Wear them underneath tinted moisturizer or atop your favorite face products.

It reminds me a lot of MAC Golden Elixir Strobe Lotion, which is a golden version of their cult classic Strobe Cream.

I think it looks absolutely gorgeous on bare skin. Great for an instant skin pick-me-up!

The Estée Edit Skin Glowing Balm ($36)

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Get glowing with The Estée Edit Skin Glowing Balms ($36)

The Estée Edit Skin Glowing Balms are uber-sheer, minimal-coverage tinted moisturizers with the faintest hint of opalescent pearl. Super lightweight and very natural looking.

If you’re desperately seeking coverage, you’ll need an additional concealer (I’ve been loving Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum as of late), but if you just want to even out your skin tone a touch, these balms are great. They’re $36 each and available in 12 shades.

I do two pumps of Chai to cover my face and rub it in with my fingers.

The Estée Edit Flash Illuminator ($28)

These liquid highlighters remind me a little of quieter BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfectors with more nuanced pearl and pigments.

You can use any of them (they’re $28 each and available in five shades) as straight-up highlighters, but some of the shades, like 03 Sun Light and 04 Daylight, can also work as a blush (I’m wearing 04 Daylight today as my blush).

Oh, and 05 Nightlight works as a bronzer, too.

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The Estée Edit Skin Glowing Balm swatches

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The Estée Edit Skin Glowing Balm swatches

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The Estée Edit Flash Illuminator swatches in 01 Spotlight, 03 Sunlight, 04 Daylight and 05 Nightlight

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The Estée Edit Beam Team Hydrate + Glow

I can totally appreciate going full-on glam sometimes, but I think there’s also beauty in low-maintenance looks.

Some days it’s just fun to keep it casual. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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The New Tarte Tartiest Naughty Nudes Creamy Matte Lip Paint Line, and Things I Did in the ’90s While Wearing Brown Lipstick http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/tarte-tartiest-creamy-matte-lip-paint-naughty-nudes/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/tarte-tartiest-creamy-matte-lip-paint-naughty-nudes/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2016 01:15:31 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=201975 Things I seemed to always be doing in the ’90s while wearing brown lipstick… Running to the bus stop (I was always *that close* to missing the bus). Standing awkwardly in the corner of the room at house parties with a red cup in my hand. Checking my pager, which I kept in the front […]


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The new Fall 2016 Tarte Tartiest Creamy Matte Lip Paint Naughty Nudes line ($20 each)

Things I seemed to always be doing in the ’90s while wearing brown lipstick…

  • Running to the bus stop (I was always *that close* to missing the bus).
  • Standing awkwardly in the corner of the room at house parties with a red cup in my hand.
  • Checking my pager, which I kept in the front pocket of the jeans I got using my employee discount at Miller’s Outpost (OMG). And I thought I was hot sh*t because my pager was white, LOL!
  • Falling asleep in the library with my head in an open chemistry book and waking up covered in drool.
  • Going to Tower Records (but never actually buying anything).

I’m getting all the ’90s feels from the new liquid lippies in the Tarte Tartiest Creamy Matte Lip Paint Naughty Nudes line ($20 each, available in five shades).

These vegan full-coverage mattes glide across lips with an unscented, unflavored, cruelty-free formula, and they feel like soft mousse. Plus, unlike many of the liquid lipsticks out there now, they stay wet and maleable while you wear them, so they don’t dry all the way down.

The five comfy, creamy, moisturizing shades even have ’90s-inspired names. There’s Choker (a warm brown), Rave (a greige), Grunge (a dark brown), Crop Top (a mauve brown) and Brownie (a brown).

I know they look kinda shiny in these swatches (I think it’s due to the flash), but I swear on my favorite Biggie Smalls mixtape that they’re full-on mattes.

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The Tarte Tartiest Lip Paint Naughty Nudes swatches from the left in Rave, Choker, Brownie, Crop Top and Grunge

Overall, I think these are fetch! The only thing is, they do tend to move, so be careful, or they’ll smudge outside your natural lip lines.

What were you always doing (or doing a lot) in the ’90s while you were wearing brown lipstick?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. Not a day goes by when I don’t thank the stars above for the non-existence of social media when I was a teen, partly because I was a hot mess, and partly because of my questionable fashion sense.

Have you ever seen the movie Fear with Reese Witherspoon?

I dressed exactly like her character. 🙂

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The Day in Beauty Vol. 24: The Best Black Liquid Liner and a Makeup Tip for Late Nights http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/best-black-liquid-liner/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/best-black-liquid-liner/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:17:43 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=201930 I Love the ’90s… That was the name of the concert I went to last Saturday night — I Love the ’90s — with my friend Marisol, and it was the first time I stayed out late since… Shoot, I can’t even remember, but it’s been a looong time. I’ve been serving hard time in […]


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Essie Gel Couture in Pre-Show Jitters ($11.50)

I Love the ’90s…

That was the name of the concert I went to last Saturday night — I Love the ’90s — with my friend Marisol, and it was the first time I stayed out late since…

Shoot, I can’t even remember, but it’s been a looong time. I’ve been serving hard time in baby jail for almost five months now, and even before Connor arrived, back when I was still pregnant, I wasn’t going out a lot because I was ginormous, always tired and constantly uncomfortable.

Anywho, like I was saying, I hadn’t been out since forever, and when we were driving back home in the middle of the night from Jackson, California, which is a small town — I’m sorry, Jacksonites — out in the middle of nowhere, I suddenly got the feeling that I was wearing 20 layers of makeup on my face.

I wasn’t wearing a ton, though. Just, like, NARS tinted moisturizer, some powder, a little bit of cat eye makeup, so nothing too cray, but after being out and about in the summer sun for a few hours and perspiring at the concert, that drive home was rough.

I couldn’t wait to get home and wash my face, and Marisol said the same thing.

Has that ever happened to you? — where you get the sudden urge to wash your face in the car on a long drive home in the middle of the night? I mean, Marisol and I can’t be the only two people.

Oh! — I just thought of a genius (if I do say so myself) idea for the next time I’m out and about in the wee hours (whenever that may be). I’ll bring along a pack of makeup wipes to keep in the car! 🙂

That way I can remove my makeup, wipe down my face, and let my skin breathe. Then when I get home, I can just fall right into bed, ah…

By the way, these new Clinique Take the Day Off Micellar Cleansing Towelettes are SO BOMB.

Clinique Take the Day Off Micellar Cleansing Towelettes for Face & Eyes ($14 for 50 wipes)

Clinique Take the Day Off Micellar Cleansing Towelettes for Face & Eyes ($14 for a pack of 50 wipes)

So what’s this micellar business about? Apparently, they’re ambitious little oil molecules suspended in water, and they attract oil, dirt and makeup.

These gentle wipes remove just about everything (including waterproof makeup), and they’re soft and don’t dry out my skin. Plus, you don’t have to rinse with water after using them because they don’t leave behind a sticky residue. They’re also fragrance free.

Speaking of Clinique…I was chatting with Chelsea (hey, girl, haaay!) in the comments on my cat eye post yesterday about Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Liner ($19.50), and I HAVE to give it an extra shout-out.

I actually started using it a few months ago but then got distracted by something else (can’t remember what it was), and I liked it back then, but now I love it.

LOVE IT.

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Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen ($19.50)

It’s a fabulous liquid pen liner with a felt tip, and it’s available in black and brown (I wear black). The felt tip flexes, so it has some give to it, but it draws sharp, crisp lines of deep, intense color, and it doesn’t budge.

It doesn’t make my eyes water, either. Give it a try if you’re looking for a new liquid liner, because it’s SO good.

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Essie Gel Couture in Pre-Show Jitters ($11.50)

One last thing — the nail polish I’m wearing? That’s Essie Gel Couture in Pre-Show Jitters ($11.50). It looks like a stark white at first glance, but there’s a hint of pink in it. It’s my new fave shade!

Have you discovered (or rediscovered) any beauty faves lately?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. Happy hump day. 🙂


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It’s Just The Barest Blush by The Estée Edit http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/estee-edit-blush-review/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/estee-edit-blush-review/#comments Tue, 26 Jul 2016 22:23:12 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=200534 I really hope I don’t drop one of these blushes by The Estée Edit because… I have a penchant for dropping things. I don’t know why, but when I’m applying makeup, gravity always gets involved, and something usually lands on my foot (P.S., it usually hurts). And I also have a feeling that if I […]


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Wearing The Estée Edit Barest Blush in Coy Coral ($28, one of four shades)

I really hope I don’t drop one of these blushes by The Estée Edit because…

  1. I have a penchant for dropping things. I don’t know why, but when I’m applying makeup, gravity always gets involved, and something usually lands on my foot (P.S., it usually hurts).
  2. And I also have a feeling that if I were to drop one of these compacts, the precious pan inside it would break, triggering a loud WAHHH!

These silver sweethearts are called The Barest Blushes by The Estée Edit. They’re $28 each and available in four shades.

The packaging may look sturdy, but really, it’s not. It’s lightweight plastic and, truth be told, feels fairly flimsy. I fear these won’t be able to handle the rigors of my butterfinger life.

(Seriously, every single piece of makeup I own? — on the floor at least 20 times a day. Totally not kidding.)

Even so, what lives within these delicate darlings is pure gold, and that’s why I keep wearing ’em.

These aptly named blushes came out with the rest of The Estée Edit line earlier this year. The two shades I’ve been wearing the most — Coy Coral and Ember Glow — look completely natural. I’m talking about that heat-rushing-to-your cheeks kind of flush, and they’re totally spot-on if you like a natural cheek look.

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The Estée Edit Barest Blush in Coy Coral

Yes, if I were ever in a position where all of my goodies were hanging out and all eyes were on me (also known as “my nightmare”), my cheeks would probably turn a shade similar to Coy Coral. 😊

These have a fine shimmery golden overspray on them that disappears after you’ve used them a few times and, not gonna lie, I don’t mind that they disappear, because I’ve been into matte, and low-level shine, cheeks lately.

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The Estée Edit Barest Blush in Ember Glow

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Wearing The Estée Edit Barest Blush in Ember Glow

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Coy Coral (left) and Ember Glow (right)

The soft, silky powder formula reminds me of BECCA blushes, and these also have that same easy-to-use vibe, which I’m into.

Yeah, dude…I’m into that easy blush life. Like, I don’t mind being challenged when I’m reading or working or assisting my husky tabby, but I don’t want to be challenged by my cheek color, ya know? Nope, not gonna do it.

I want to be able to tap a little on, erase any edges with a few swooshes of my brush, and get on with my life. And that’s how it is to use these beautiful blushes.

I don’t see myself quitting these anytime soon, not even with the packaging woes.

I just hope I don’t drop them, oy!

If you want to see them in person, you can find them now at Sephora for $28 each.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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