Go from Day To Night in a Flash with the MAC Bloggers’ Obsessions Collection

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Never work for a cat. I’m serious. Mine has me running around like a chicken with its head cut off this week, and I’ve been puting in some long 14-hour days, dashing from meetings with kitty modeling agency executives, to working lunches, to Petco on behalf of Tabs, who just broke another cat toy, and apparently replacing it is “the company’s top priority.” WHATEVER, DUDE!


tabs broke his toy
Edward Scissorpaws strikes again!

What’s that old saying? When it rains it pours? I try to remember that this surge of stuff on my calendar is only temporary and something we all go through from time to time. We’re busy gals, after all, with places to go, pets to appease and shoes over which to obsess. πŸ™‚

Michael Kors Braided Chain Platforms

Speaking of obsessions, I haven’t had a lot of time between errands and events to do my makeup this week, so I’ve been trying a new day-to-night routine using a mix of MAC Bloggers’ Obsessions items and pieces from the permanent collection. Here’s a look that with a few simple tweaks can take you from work to dinner/drinks.

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MAC Bloggers’ Obsessions products from the left: Eyeshadow in Hocus Pocus ($14.50), Lipglass in Evolution Revolution ($14.50), Lipglass in Caqui ($14.50) and Lipglass in All Of My Purple Life ($14.50)

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Additional MAC products clockwise from the pan on the lower left: Eyeshadow in Woodwinked ($14.50); Eyeshadow in Soba ($14.50); Lipstick in Impassioned ($14.50); Blush in Sunbasque ($19.50); Eye Kohl in Feline ($14.50, please note this is a limited edition color; Eye Kohl in Smolder also works); Lip Pencil in Subculture ($13); Lip Pencil in In Synch ($13)

As a bonus, you won’t have to haul your entire makeup collection around to switch things up — a HUGE plus if you’re already loaded down with technology (i.e. cameras, laptops and cell phones with 800 pictures of your cat).

Day look

When I have meetings and errands to run during the day, I like simple, conservative looks designed to subtly enhance my features while drawing just a little attention to my face. In a professional environment, I want people to see me, and not the multi-colored, neon eyeshadow on my lids, you know?

A look with slightly smokey eyes, soft matte cheeks and a nude lip fits the bill.

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Blush in Sunbasque on cheeks; Lipglass in Evolution Revolution atop Lip Pencil in Subculture on lips

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Eyeshadow in Soba in crease; Eyeshadow in Woodwinked on inner half of lid; Eyeshadow in Hocus Pocus on outer half of lid

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Night look

I like to give myself a little bit more room to play with color after the meetings end and the ties loosen up, and taking this look from daytime to drinks is a snap. If I’m pressed for time, I’ll opt for the simplest way to switch things up, by keeping the same eye makeup but going with a bolder lip.

I might layer a punchier hot pink lipstick beneath a nude gloss…

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Lipglass in Evolution Revolution atop Lipstick in Impassioned

…or reach for a coral gloss!

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Lipglass in Caqui

If, on the other hand, I’m in the mood to play up my eyes, I may smoke out my eye makeup instead, lining my lash and water lines with a dark pencil, smudging out the edges, and then packing on a shadow in dark gray or taupe.

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Eye Kohl in Feline on lash and waterline; Eyeshadow in Soba in crease; Eyeshadow in Hocus Pocus on lid and lower lash line; Eyeshadow in Woodwinked on inner corner

I’ll usually pair a look like this with nude lips to keep as much of the focus on my eyes as possible.

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Lipglass in Evolution Revolution atop Lip Pencil in In Synch


And for something sassier, with a sharper edge, I’ll often reach for a dark purple gloss.

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Lipglass in All Of My Purple Life

With just a few quick adjustments, it’s easy to go from meetings to dinner/drinks (or from meetings to Petco).

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Chris25 says:

    These are great looks, Karen! I love kohl liners because they can easily be smoked out for an evening look. Anything that saves time and leads to more kitty play time is fine by me. πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Yes! πŸ™‚ What are your Jazz and Rock ‘n’ Roll’s favorite toys? Tabs loves anything attached to a piece of string.

      • Chris25 says:

        They like my shoelaces, expensive makeup brushes (not the cheap ones), bottle caps and this small plush fish that Rock n Roll goes crazy for. It’s like she has a vendetta against that poor fish!

        I have to buy them another feather teaser. They destroyed the last one.

        • Karen says:

          Oh, your kitties have good taste in makeup brushes, LOL! Maybe they think they’re another cat?

          I can’t believe the feather teaser didn’t even last a week. Damn that Edward Scissorpaws. πŸ™‚

  2. megan says:

    these all look fantastic Karen!

  3. Karen says:

    Thanks, Megan!

    Do you think you might pick anything up from the collection?

  4. Paris B says:

    Gorgeous and very practical, very good tips! I don’t use many MAC products (and no Evolution Revolution here boo!) but I could dupe this with other similar colours. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Liz says:

    Love these looks Karen particularly the last two photos – stunning! Can’t wait for my items from the collection to arrive πŸ˜‰ xoLiz

  6. Appu says:

    I love all the looks! Evolution Revolution + Impassioned is da bomb! I love Woodwinked too..it’s my favourite bronzy-gold shadow πŸ™‚
    Appu recently posted … NYC 16H Smooch Proof Lip Stain – Review- Photos &amp Swatches

    • Karen says:

      Hi Appu,

      I love, love, LOVE Woodwinked. Seriously. I wear it all the time! Do you have Powersurge Eye Kohl? The two look so pretty together.

  7. Jessi says:

    These looks are so gorgeous! they make me wish I had picked up more lipglasses than just yours!
    Jessi recently posted … My Cult Nails Order

  8. angie says:

    seriously every color from this collection looks amazing on you! i really wanted hocus pocus, but it is sold out online! πŸ™

    • Karen says:

      Hi Angie,

      Aww, bummer you weren’t able to get a hold of it. Did you pick up anything else from the release?

      I remember you saying a while back that you work for MAC. Are you a makeup artist?

    • Rachelle Zenor says:

      As of right now, Hocus Pocus is no longer sold out! πŸ™‚

  9. Andrea says:

    You Look Stunning with the collection items

  10. Gladys says:

    Karen, you should come see Sam Fine July 7-9 at the WSC in Orlando. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pt5U67BzsM

  11. Andrea says:

    You look stunning with this collection colors πŸ™‚ love these colors and much more the blush has a bronzers color

  12. Heidi says:

    Great looks! I can’t wait to start playing with my Ev Rev & Caqui when they get here!

  13. Tracy says:

    So gorgeous Karen!! All of it!! I’m excited to put Evolution Revolution on top of Impassioned now!!
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  14. Lola says:

    I love posts like this! I can’t wait to play around with them when they arrive πŸ˜€

  15. Jen W says:

    eep, so gorgeous! They smokey eye with Woodwinked you created is incredible, and I can’t decide which lip colours I love more!

    ‘All of my Purple Life’ lipglass looks similar to

  16. Jen W says:

    … woops sorry, not sure what happened but my comment got published as I was typing the last sentence!

    I was saying, the lip glass looks similar to NARS Bougainville on your lips. Are they similar IRL?
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  17. Emma says:

    Yup, this confirms my predicted purchase of EVERY SINGLE LIPGLASS from the Bloggers’ Obsessions collection. Gorgeous colors! And I love the daytime look! It’s so polished.

  18. mterry2992 says:

    I somehow already got my MAC order and I love Ev Rev sooo much I feel like I might need a backup. It’s really gorgeous, great job!

  19. Caqui looks so nice and punchy on you! And it’s amazing how something as simple as switching up your lipcolor can transform your entire makeup look.

  20. Instant Karma says:

    They all look great! This is making me really excited about my MAC order. I purchased Ev Rev (of course), Caqui, Sonoran Rain and Jealousy Wakes, and I’m finally trying out Pro Longwear. I can’t wait until it arrives πŸ˜€

    • Karen says:


      I’m stoked for you to try the Bloggers Obsessions colors, but I’m also excited about Pro Longwear. It’s one of my favorites from the line. Did you get the chance to try out the colors beforehand? They tend to run a little different from MAC’s other concealers.

      • Instant Karma says:

        Eep, no I didn’t :/. Oh well, I guess I can return it if it doesn’t work. How are the colors different?

  21. gio says:

    They are all gorgeous! All of the colors in this collection really suit you!
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  22. Brooke says:

    Love Ev Rev alone and over Impassioned – Gorg! According to my tracking number, my Ev Rev will be here Friday! Yey!

    P.S. My kittays had a similar toy and I think it lasted a little less than a week before it was broken…and one tried to eat the feathers :/

    • Karen says:

      That’s awesome, Brooke! I can’t wait for you to get it.

      So did you get your kitties the toy from Petco? Tabs absolutely loved it for the TWO DAYS that he had it, LOL! He certainly has an appetite for destruction.

      • Brooke says:

        Yep, got it from Petco! At least Tabs enjoyed it for a couple days πŸ™‚ I’m sure he appreciated it while it lasted!

  23. nidhi says:

    The blogger”s obsession is not going to be launched in Europ. πŸ™ I was so hopping to buy these. Love you look simple but attractive
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  24. Vonvon says:

    I love how versatile these products are that can create and day look and transform it into something glam! πŸ˜€
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  25. Ele says:

    As nidhi said, no Blogger’s obsession in Europe… =( so sad. I love the caqui lipglass! It looks fab on you!

  26. Bregit says:

    Hello Karen

    Can you please tell Tabs that I absolutely adore him. He is very handsome and cute:))))))

    Greetings from a crazy catlady from The Netherlands.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Bregit,

      Will do! He’s actually sitting on my lap right now as I’m typing this (godness he’s heavy!). I just gave him a squeeze and a kiss on top of his head for you.

  27. Eesha says:

    Loved how beautifully you have created looks for day/ night time. Your hard work helps us a lot in selecting the right product. Thanks.
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  28. Raphou says:

    I love the earrings! where can we get them?

  29. Melitina says:

    Amazing looks Karen!! Especially the first day look (simple and sleek, beautiful lids make up), and the smoky night MU (very JLo like, heehee!).

    • Karen says:

      Thanks, Melitina. πŸ™‚ The best part is they’re so easy to do!

      Are you planning on picking up anything from the collection?

      • Melitina says:

        Would love to!!! But… I don’t live in the US nor Canada, so it will be little difficult, heehee πŸ˜‰ But hey, no problem, you’re such an inspiration to me. I think we have the same skin colour so your swatches – and your looks – are really useful for me πŸ˜‰ Keep on strong!

  30. Kim says:

    All of My Purple Life is such a good evening color for you! Poor Tabs – he just has that look of “what on earth happened here?!”.

    I thought of you last night while watching Burt the Conqueror on Travel. I’m sure you know all about this but it was the first I’d seen of the Bring Your Own Big Wheel race down Vermont in San Francisco. It looks like such a blast! Have you ever been? I’d totally be tricking out my Big Wheel for that! πŸ™‚

  31. Jenny K says:

    I absolutely LOVE the MAC “woodwinked” eyeshadow! I had been looking for the perfect golden brown eyeshadow for the longest time and finally found it in this one! It looks great on you!

    Also, I can’t wait to purchase your lipglass “Evolution Revolution”. Such a pretty colour with a great story behind it!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jenny K,

      Woodwinked is THE BEST. I wear it all the time. Do you have Powersurge Eye Kohl? They look really pretty together.

      And yay, I can’t wait for you to purchase Evolution Revolution!

  32. Nina says:

    gorgeous looks! πŸ™‚

    linus was a naughty boy yesterday …. he managed to turn over the litter box… and chaos ensued!

    • Karen says:

      Nooo! Bad kitteh!

      I think there’s something in the air. Tabs has been raising hell in the middle of the night lately, running up and down the stairs and basically chasing god knows what in the dark!

      Maybe our cats are in cahoots.

  33. Lustre BonBon says:

    I was already buying the lipglasses but after seeing the looks you combined them with using the collections shadows I bought 3 of them too. Hocus Pocus and Sparkle, Neely, Sparkle, were “maybe laters,” to me.
    But yu paired them with those 2 eyeshadows and i was sold. I just SNS doesn’t have the fallout I’m thinking that it will. It’s a shot in the dark as no one gave any constructive critiscism (which is understandable). But I went for it.

  34. Twyla Munden says:

    I wanna THANK YOU!… I’m a M.A.C. addict with a small addiction to Bare Minerals ID, Inglot, and GOSH…. But I’d been slacking off on makeup on a day to day basis – mascara was it… Even in winter I was not using my foundation to even out my skin tones… But, after reading your blog, and following you I’ve renewed my passion for makeup!! Makeup every day!! I like the eyeshadows you use here – most of which I have …thanks for the inspiration!!

    • Karen says:

      That’s fantastic, Twyla!

      What are your MAC faves? Mine change often, but my go-tos are Powersurge Eye Kohl, Woodwinked Eyeshadow, Feline Eye Kohl, Soft Brown Eyeshadow and of course EvRev, just to name a few. πŸ™‚

  35. Miri says:

    I love all looks and will try Evolution Revolution with In Synch as soon as I get my package. Many thanks!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Miri,

      You’re welcome. πŸ™‚ I’ve found the key to the EvRev/In Synch Combo is to blend line and fill the lips with In Synch first, and then blend with a finger before applying EvRev. It’s seriously my new favorite nude lip combo… I hope you love it!

  36. Karen – I think you look so pretty with all your hair tied up, see more of your face. The Evolution Revolution lipglass is gorgeous.
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  37. Alka says:

    Love that day look! I didn’t pick up Hocus Pocus but now I am really wishing I had.

  38. Josie says:

    Loving these looks! So sad that Hocus Pocus is sold out on the Canadian site!

  39. Celia says:

    They’re all wonderful looks! I love how you can rock the purple gloss as I can’t.

    BTW, I just got my shipping notice from MAC. Can’t wait to get my Evolution Revolution gloss in a few days!
    Celia recently posted … Irish Girlie Knit Design Samples

  40. Larie says:

    Beautiful, Karen! How is it that alllll of the lipglosses look fabulous on you? Haha. Love the smoky eyes, too.
    Larie recently posted … The Thursday Post

  41. Annessa says:

    I love this post! I ordered Evolution Revolution and Cacqui. While Evolution is something I would normally purchase and feel comfortable wearing, Cacqui is all new to me. I’m actually kind of nervous on how I’ll like it, and if I’ll actually wear it. We do have a similar complexion though, and it looks great on you, so I have high hopes!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Annessa,

      You could totally rock Caqui. If it makes you nervous at first try wearing it around the house… that way you get used to seeing yourself in it. πŸ™‚

  42. Paigest says:

    Karen I can’t wait to get my stuff!!!! I also got the True Blood stuff yesterday! My husband said he is going to block your blog!! I might have to sell some stuff on EBAY! What does your lip gloss look like over Pink Friday? I like the 3rd look the best! I hope everyone sends in some pics to show there best look with your lip glass!!!


  43. Maia says:

    impassioned is currently my fave lipstick! i am def gonna try it with that lipglass πŸ™‚ thanks for the great idea!

  44. Elle says:

    I JUST got my MAC package. I’m in love, K-Dawg!! You did such an awesome job! πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Thank you, Elle! πŸ™‚ Imagine all the awesome things that will happen to you when you have your gloss on…

      I’m really, REALLY thrilled to hear that you love it!

      • Elle says:

        Guuurl, I had no doubt I would love it. You made it, how could I not?? I tried it last night with Hibiscus (ZOMG amazing) and Vegas Volt. Soooooo pretty. It is gorgeous on its own too. I want to try it over my Bare slimshine as well and over my favorite lipliner by Burberry (called Sepia…it was waaaay more than I normally pay for makeup but I couldn’t say no at the time). I’m totally getting a backup since I’m getting all obsessive over trying to wear it over everything!

  45. LuvJaime says:

    You look gorgeous in all the pics Karen!!! Can’t wait to get my MAC order πŸ˜‰
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  46. Baba says:

    You look so FABULOUS with your hair up — your face is the perfect model for any makeup you model.

    WOW – you better get a body guard to keep with you if you go out at night!!!!

  47. smeegal9 says:

    Oh my Lawd girl,
    I spent hours looking at every possible swatch available and only ended up with your lipgloss. What a great and wonderful oppportunity! I know momma ain’t fussing about her baby girl Blogging anymore!

  48. wildwomyn says:

    You’re so gorgeous!!! πŸ™‚

  49. Cherie says:

    Karen all of these colours look so great on you!!!! I picked up your l/g and LOVE it!! Thanks for creating magic in a tube πŸ™‚

  50. Tiffany says:

    You look fabulous in every single one of these looks!! I should be getting my order today… you know I picked up your EvRev. You and all the other ladies did a great job with this collection.

  51. Jenna says:

    Hocus Pocus and Jealousy Wakes are already sold out!

  52. Jenna says:

    Oh and PS I bought Evolution Revolution today =)

  53. saku says:

    You look great in all. Love the 1st look also.

  54. Celi says:

    Hi Karen!
    This is my very first comment but I just had to tell you that when I first learned about this collection and read about the products I knew that I would absolutely be buying Evolution Revolution. But then when I saw this picture using Woodwinked (my favorite eyeshadow of all time) and Hocus Pocus, I just knew that I had to buy both. I would have never thought to put those two together and they are gorgeous! I wore them today with the ER lipglass and received so many compliments. I just had to tell you thank you for the inspiration and for making such a great gloss that I even bought a backup. Thank you for all you do!

  55. Phyrra says:

    I love all the different looks you did πŸ™‚
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  56. Gretchen says:

    Your foundation is different in these photos, am I right? It looks PERFECT. Would you pretty, pretty please tell us what combination of face products you’re wearing? I can’t stop staring at how flawless it looks!

  57. Danica says:

    Hi Karen,

    I love the look you have on here. Its so simple and natural, yet quite glam too Γ’ΛœΒΊΓ‚Β 

    I really want to know if there is a dupe in the MAC eyeshadow collection for Hocus Pocus? I live in the United Arab Emirates, so I doubt the BloggersÒ€ℒ Obsession Collection will ever come here. I did manage to get your Evolution Revolution lipglass online (which btw, is a very pretty shade, at least thatÒ€ℒs what I can make out in your pics. Cant wait to receive it!). But Hocus Pocus is sold out everywhere.

    Do you know of any other MAC shade I can substitute with Hocus Pocus to create the exact same look you have done here, esp the day look.

    Hope to hear from you soon Γ’ΛœΒΊΓ‚Β 

    Love your blog posts!



  58. Denny says:

    Karen, giiirrrrlllll you have captured some great looks here. I love ’em ALL!! I love the night time look. Congratulations on your new gloss. It’s super pretty (you don’t need me to tell you that). I plan on placing my order tomorrow.

  59. Rachel says:

    I love these makeup looks! what foundation and in what colour did you use?Your skin is soo flawless!

  60. Aimey says:

    woo girl, you is lookin absolutely stunning! it’s true, black makes everyone look sexy–no wonder for the LBD! πŸ˜›

    i absolutely love impassioned! & i also love how most of the permanent collection are products I’ll agree actually work!

    my favorite of you is the second to last bit <3

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