You know the song, Everybody’s Working for the Weekend? I can’t remember the artist, but whoever they are, I think they should rename the song and call it Everybody’s Working on the Weekend. Might as well. I mean it’s true. Whether it’s school, work at the office, driving the kids to jiu-jitsu, getting that oil change, paying bills, making breakast, going grocery shopping — all we do is work!
Well ptooey on that. I’ve had it. Right now, ladies, this time is yours. You know all the things you had to deal with this week, and you did it without any casualties or the credit you deserve. So right now, for the next couple minutes, this is your special time, and I want you to eff anything that stands in your way — I’m serious — eff ’em! 🙂
I know how much you like makeup (great minds think alike), so here’s a sampler platter of posts from the past week, kinda like hors d’oeuvres for your beauty-loving soul.
URBAN DECAY 24/7
But seriously (in a matter of speaking), donâ€™t most of UDâ€™s holiday releases include a couple of shout-outs to stoners (ala their Smoke Out Kits)?
Unless Iâ€™m overlooking something obvs, Mary Janeâ€™s MIA this time around. Well, there is the kit itselfâ€¦ 24/7 Jackpot ($39) â€” heh, I said pot.
Either way, Jackpot brings beautifully rich, blinged-out liners to the holiday makeup table, and if youâ€™re new to Urban Decay, I think youâ€™re in for a treat. Read more…
Iâ€™m going to ask you for a favor, young lady, and Iâ€™d like you to just do it for me as a friend. Please? I need you to channel Elmer J. Fudd while you speak the name of Benefitâ€™s new highlighter out loud.
Are you ready? Okay, itâ€™s called Girl Meets Pearl ($30).
Okay, so maybe Iâ€™m too easily amused, but at least my skinâ€™s glowing while I laugh maniacally by myself in the corner. Viva la Girl Meets Pearl!
New for fall, itâ€™s a creamy highlighter that contains light-reflective pigments to give skin a pearly shimmer.
Applicationâ€™s a cinch â€” easier than downing a pint of Haagen Daz on the couch. Using either my fingertips or a skunk brush with synthetic fibers (more absorbent natural fibers could produce a heavier look), Iâ€™ll apply it to bare skin or atop makeup for a warm, golden pink glow.
Doesnâ€™t it remind you of Benefitâ€™s That Gal? If it does, thatâ€™s because theyâ€™re both wearing similar outfits (party foul!). Read more…
MAC VENOMOUS VILLAINS
MAGICALLY COOL LIQUID POWDER
Donâ€™t tell Tabs (shh!), but I managed to sneak in a little pre-weekend playtime at lunch today (my original plan was to hit up the Whole Foods salad bar, but I fed a different hunger instead) with more devious delectables from the upcoming MAC Venomous Villains collection.
I thought it might be fun to take Magically Cool Liquid Powder in Cajun out for a spin, so I grabbed it and a few other goodies from Dr. Facilierâ€™s color story and put them to work.
I really liked yesterdayâ€™s smokey look, but I had to run a couple of errands this afternoon, so I aimed for something a little daytime friendlier this time around, with a purple, brown and peachy golden eye partnered with bronze cheeks and peachy pink lips. Read more…
Just in case you were wondering, the answer is yes, you may replace the words to the Lilâ€™ Kim/50 Cent joint, Magic Stick, with the name of Benefitâ€™s new liquid liner, Magic Ink ($20).
For reasons unknown even to me, Iâ€™ve taken to singing this while I line my lids with Benefitâ€™s new jet-black liner, and Iâ€™m pretty sure itâ€™s driving my cat cray-cray.
For the record, itâ€™s kinda hard to apply liquid eyeliner, even a smudge-proof one like this, while singing (try it sometime!), but in this case, I think the applicator has something to do with it.
Magic Ink comes with a thin, flexible brush a lot like the brush that comes with NYX Studio Effect Liquid Liner but less firm. Read more…
Thereâ€™s a lot of awesomeness in the world, but very little of it gets the recognition it deserves.
Like, when was the last time you gave big ups to your orthodontist? I know that without mine Iâ€™d still have a snaggle tooth, so Iâ€™d like to say thank you, Dr. Chong, and give you a shout-out. Thanks to you and to all of the people, places and things that make my life better.
Things like frozen broccoli, ponytail holders, two-ply toilet paper â€” all of you deserve a shout-out!
The ideaâ€™s catching on. Shout-outs went viral on Twitter this week (LOL!), with inspired tweeters giving props to everything from single parents, to mix tapes, Snuggies, brow waxers and Santa Claus. Read more…
MAC VENOMOUS VILLAINS
MINERALIZE EYE SHADOW IN SHE WHO DARES
How the heck did this happen? Someone tell me, please. Heads are gonna roll! How did we get halfway through September so fast? I demand an answer!
Before you know it, itâ€™ll be fall, then winter, then FLASH! â€” itâ€™s 2049 and Iâ€™m retiring from the blog to live out my golden years in Boca with my harem of cats!
God help meâ€¦
But maybe Iâ€™m getting ahead of myself. Maybe I should just try and focus on the good things about the end of this month, like the upcoming release of MAC Venomous Villains and how much I Mineralize Eyeshadow duo in She Who Dares ($21).
I think I might even like She Who Dares more than I like to shave my big toe, which is oddly, a lot. One of two Mineralize Eyeshadows in the Maleficent color story (the other being My Dark Magic), it makes short work of smokey eyes.
On one side of She Who Dares, a blackish myrtle with flecks of green glitter; on the other, a blackish sapphire with flecks of blue glitter. Both are quite sheer in pigmentation (semi-transparent), which I like with colors this dark because it makes it easier to find my sweet spot building the colors with layers. Read more…
FLASH MAX BOLD CURVES MASCARA
When I heard that Rimmel designed Volume Flash Max Bold Curves mascara ($7) to boost lash volume by 1,400% (OOH!) and lift by 70% (ahhâ€¦), it was like teasing a dog with a piece of bacon.
Released earlier this summer in a single shade called Black, Volume Flash Max Bold Curves sports a fancy-shmancy brush built with something called â€œPerfect Fit technology.â€
LOL! It seems like every week thereâ€™s a new phrase being coined. Perfect Fitâ€™s flexible bristles were shaped to fit lashes perfectly and coat them for maximum lift and volume, and the mascaraâ€™s formula, enriched with keratin and collagen, strengthens lashes, getting them ready for serious volume-boosting action. Read more…
EAU DE TOILETTE
I admit it. I have a
guilty Gucci conscience, and Iâ€™ve had it for years.
It all started with Gucci Envy back in 1999. I was a young 20-something lass living it up in San Francisco, you know, working for the weekends, and I wore Envy almost every day until my sketchy kleptomaniac roommate swiped the bottle from my room (I guess it really did cause some envy).
Thatâ€™s around the time I moved, and when I did, I changed more than apartments and roommates; I also changed fragrances, switching to Gucci Rush.
I remember it well because I rushed (haha!) to Sephora to buy a bottle of it on my lunch break the day it came out. Read more…
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,