Rise and shine, morning glory! How did you sleep? I’m actually sleeping right now, yep, at this very moment. I’m transmitting this post electrochemically from a dream, a trick I’ve developed after years and years of blogging.
What are you up to today? I’m thinking about going out for breakfast, like a real breakfast with bacon, eggs, pancakes, the whole nine yards. That, of course, means braving the cold rain outside, which I’m not looking forward to AT ALL.
While I get my sh*zz together and get ready to go, what did you think about the Giants winning the World Series this week? To be honest, I’m not a big baseball fan (more of a football/basketball kinda girl), but it’s easy to get excited when the home team is doing well and crazed fans are running around screaming “GO GIANTS!” at every turn.
And I saw some interesting Giants-themed makeup this week, a lot of it being worn by those very same crazed fans. I wonder how many people went to work like that. Heck, I wonder how many people actually went to work at all!
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Holy wow! Thatâ€™s a lot of liners. And theyâ€™re full size too!
The pencils in the Korres Limited Edition Vitamin E 10-Color Pencil Kit work out to just $3.25 each ($32.50 for the kit). Of course, all of them are green. 🙁
No, not literally. I mean theyâ€™re eco-friendly and 100% natural, according to Korres, made with moisturizing Vitamin E and jojoba oil. And considering that eyeliners this size (standard 0.04 oz. pencils) usually go for $16 apiece, the kitâ€™s one of the best holiday bargains Iâ€™ve seen this year so far.
Korres included a wide range of pigmented colors in popular shades from their permanent lineâ€¦ Read more…
NARS TROUBLE MAKER
LIMITED EDITION KIT
I got in trouble today, ladies. Yes, the principal called me into his office and said, â€œKaren, you are no longer my favorite trouble maker.â€
â€œThe new NARS Trouble Maker set is, and youâ€™re just going to have to learn to live with itâ€¦ You may go back to class now.â€
The $60 limited edition kit was designed to help your eyes raise hell. To that end, it comes with a Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara, an Eyeliner Stylo and a bottle of Eye Makeup Remover.
Iâ€™m happy to hang out with this Trouble Maker. It comes with some really nice pieces, like the eye primer. That oneâ€™s the frickinâ€™ bomb dizzle!
The mascara and makeup remover are above average, too, while I think the liquid linerâ€™s just good (not great). In a nutshell, itâ€™s a pretty sweet kit for the money and a good value from NARS. Purchasing the products separately would cost $89 (the Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base alone costs $24), so $60 isnâ€™t too bad.
One could always get the set with stockings in mind, keeping the primer (seriously, itâ€™s amazing!) and the mascara or makeup remover, and giving the remaining items away. Read more…
NARS CRAZY HEART
I learned something oddly thrilling today. The new NARS Crazy Heart Set ($50) glosses are sheer enough to apply while walking down the street without a mirror (try it sometime), yet pigmented enough to make an impact on passers by.
This is brilliant news! Now I can devote more precious time and energy to important things, like unraveling the mystery behind Zac Efronâ€™s allure.
The set comes with five sheer shades from the NARS permanent lipgloss line â€” Easy Lover (a hot pink), Babe (a reddish orange), Orgasm (a shimmery golden pink), Turkish Delight (a creamy light pink) and Misbehave (a cherry red with golden shimmer) â€” all of them highly wearable, with the exception of Turkish Delight, which looks kinda milky before it mellows into an attractive pale pink.
MAC Nymphette-s might like Orgasm, Nymphetteâ€™s sheerer cousin, and ladies whoâ€™ve always wanted to wear red lips but were too afraid to try should take a look at Babe. Read more…
Above is what happens when your home team wins the World Series while youâ€™re swatching Bobbi Brown Glitter Eyeliner in Silver ($20).
Last night was crazy! After the game we could hear loud booms off in the distance that I presumed were revelers detonating cherry bombs, or perhaps the start of that zombie invasion Iâ€™m always talking about.
I was ready to go into Apocalypse Mode and head for the hills! Survival kit? Check. El Hub, Tabs, emergency purse and this new Bobbi limited edition liquid liner? Check.
Why the liner? Ya know, because itâ€™s nice to look good in the face of certain doom. Read more…
SHEEN HOLIDAY SET
I love the blue top Iâ€™m wearing in this picture, but Iâ€™m not entirely proud of the stretchy black pants Iâ€™m wearing with it (too many 100 Grand bars before, during and after Halloween), even though theyâ€™re incredibly comfy.
How comfy are they? Well, theyâ€™re almost as comfy as the glosses in the new Hourglass Extreme Sheen Kit ($45).
Yes, you read that correctly. The three glosses in the limited edition holiday set are almost as comfortable as stretchy pants. 🙂 And theyâ€™re some of the most delightful lip products Iâ€™ve ever worn.
The colors in the kit lean toward the warm end the color spectrum, like Ignite, a golden peachy pink; Siren, a shimmery reddish copper; and Child, a pale warm pink. Read more…
SMOKEY EYE PALETTE
Okay, methinks itâ€™s time to stop scaring the neighbors. With last weekâ€™s beehive and that other blast to beautyâ€™s past, I got more than a few sideways glances every time I went outside.
I donâ€™t really know my neighbors very well, but Iâ€™m sure they know me — as the crazy lady who walks her cat on a leash while wearing lots of eye makeup and bathrobes. Ha! Gotta love it.
I kept getting that look, you know the one, where theyâ€™re afraid to make eye contact, but their glassy, straight-ahead stares betray what theyâ€™re really doing, which is watching you from the side with their peripheral visionâ€¦ I do it a lot at restaurants to see what everyone else is eating, haha.
This morning I decided to give â€˜em a break and go back to wearing something a little less shocking in public. Out came the new Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Palette ($45).
Have you seen it yet? One of three new kits in the just-released Choose Your Glam collection, it comes with four powder eyeshadows perfect for black/gray smokey eyes.
Iâ€™ve been chomping at the bit for this one, specifically for the sparkly black Long-Wear Eye Paint in Onyx. Read more…
$5 WET N WILD
COLOR ICON KITS
I wonder how much it costs to mail a letter to the North Pole. I ask because Iâ€™d really like to thank Santa for releasing these Wet N Wild Color Icon Kits ($5) for the holidays.
Being just $5 each and coming with six coordinating shadows and a mini-eyeliner, the four kits give new meaning to the words, â€œtravel friendly.â€
Well, the linerâ€™s nothing to write home about. I mean, itâ€™s nicely pigmented, but it feels a little rigid against my skin. The shadows, on the other hand â€” oh, the shadows! Rich, bold and just as buildable as the the companyâ€™s fab Color Icon Singles.
Again, these are just $5, WOW!
Of the four kits â€” Sugar Plum Fairy, Golden Goddess, Snow Sprite and Night Elf â€” Iâ€™ve tested two of them so far. Read more…
L’OREAL HiP EYE
SHADOW DUOS, MIDNIGHT MUSE
As much as I love a good bargain, budget beauty doesnâ€™t always deliver. With some drugstore beauty products, you just donâ€™t know what caliber of quality youâ€™re gonna get.
The HiP Eye Shadow duos we looked at last week from the new Lâ€™Oreal Midnight Muse collection showed a lot of promise, and you showed a lot of interest, so I took two of them (Enchantress and Darkwave) out for indoor test drives today.
Now I know why these HiP shadows have so many fans. 🙂
The matte and high-shine shimmer shadows in both duos are easy to blend and exhibit very little fallout. These are top-shelf drugstore beauty products. Weâ€™re talking glass case material here, like the kinds of products that deserve their own display at the very front of the beauty aisle. Read more…
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,