Fall Favorites: The Makeup I’ve Been Using and Loving This Fall

Published in: Makeup Tips/How To, Video

OK, so I know I’m talking waaaay too fast in this video and I’m super stiff (like a robot version of myself, haha!), but I was very nervous.


I assure you — this is not an android stunt double. It’s me, Karen. It’s just that it’s been ages since I filmed one of these, so please forgive me for rambling and staring off into space like a crazy person.

With that said…I actually enjoyed doing it, so I might do more vids in the future.

Anywho, fall faves! Here are prices and links for the products I mention in the video…

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict (no, not the robot version),



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  1. Lauren D. says:

    :O This is the first time I’ve heard your voice! It’s so different (not in a bad way)! I’ve had my eye on that NARS blush palette AND the creamy concealer, and now I’m even more tempted to get them. 🙁 If only I had 93 dollars lying around. I hope the blush palette is around for a while longer so I can put it on my wishlist!!

  2. Lina says:

    SOOOO HAPPY to see you doing videos again! I nearly jumped up off the couch. 😀

  3. Rachel says:

    Cool video, Karen! I totally forgot about that Nars one night stand palette but I think I need it as I just ran out of my orgasm/ Laguna duo! BTW, where did you get your shirt? It’s soooo cute and plaids/flannels are definitely having a moment right now, as I’m sure you’ve noticed!

  4. Chaitra says:

    Awwww 🙂 Look who made a video! It was delightful to see you talk karen 🙂 Love love!<3
    Chaitra recently posted … Cherry Chatters #3 : That Perfect Life

  5. Katie says:

    Omg! Your voice is soooo different that I thought! I have been reading your blog for a long time and always imagined a much different voice! You’re so cute, I don’t think you are stiff at all.

  6. Ur video is just amazingg.. liked u talking so fasstt!! 🙂
    I would like to try the YSL highlighter, NARS concealer and UD lippie 🙂
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  7. breyerchic04 says:

    I was always sad you didn’t like YSL Touche Eclat. Glad you found the love! I like it for eyes (it’s easier than my bobbi brown combo), but also as a highlight on my temples.

    And OMG I have to get the Naked lipstick when I get Naked3, I’d been thinking about another of their lipsticks, I got rapture during the launch and it’s been one of my fall go-tos.
    I was planning on looking for one amazing rose gold eyeshadow, then N3 launched and well who needs one, really? Can’t wait! I’m not quite a redhead but have natural reddish highlights in my lightened to light brown hair.

  8. Mich says:

    I didn’t know you used to do these. This is my first time seeing you on camera! I hope you keep making them 🙂 Maybe we can convince you to do a hair tutorial! I love the way you style it.

  9. kirti13 says:

    Oh I’m so glad you’re making videos again! I watched all your old mine and started my MAC eyeshadow collection based on them!

    Would you say the Nars Creamy concealer works well for blemishes and to conceal redness around the nose? I didn’t find it covered my extreme dark circles very well but your review is making me consider it for my face!

  10. Gowthami says:

    Lovely hearing you Karen <3
    Gowthami recently posted … 10 Best Drugstore Moisturizers for Oily Acne Prone Skin

  11. Liz says:

    I think we need more videos from you! *subscribed* 😀
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  12. Rozae says:

    Karen for some reason, I pictured you with a different voice. But the video was great, your personality comes through and please do more!

  13. Rads says:

    Karen…you are soooooooooooo cute! And you sound like a real/normal person…err..not that I thought you were abnormal to start with, but you know, you sound like a friend 😀

    And I really do need to get that YSL Touche Eclat – I have been trying it out at Sephora so many times now!!!!!
    Rads recently posted … Guerlain Maxishine Lipgloss D’Enfer – Swatches

  14. Kat says:

    I totally pictured you with a different voice! 🙂 But I’m so glad to see a video of you and I love the mini reviews. Please do more vids and I hope to see Tabs pop in…

  15. Jessica says:

    You should make more videos!

  16. Vineetha says:

    Great! I am loving NARS Cheek palette and creamy concealer a lot these days!
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  17. Jenn Holmes says:

    Karen, your voice is adorable! I’m really glad you made this video 🙂

  18. Nurus says:

    Great video! So thrilled to have a voice to match the face and makeup-enabling :p i had imagined u having a different voice too! Keep ’em coming so I’ll have a ‘new’ face to look forward to in my youtube subscription feed 🙂 xx

  19. Nisa says:

    Eeeeek! I didn’t imagine that voice at all! I love it XD
    It’s like watching a friend talk :3

    Kinda interested in some of the stuff (like the concealer and the lipstick!) but nuuuu, I have to resist!

    Naked 3. Naked 3. NAKED 3!!!! *wallet cries* (but in my country I can’t get it though, air plane ticket it is lol)

  20. FreshEyre says:

    Wow, Karen – it feels like my birthday because you gave me a present ! What a great video !

    I’m sharing the love with Urban Decay’s Revolution Lipstick in Naked – it’s new to me but I’m already a diehard fan – I’m wearing it right now and it’s 3 AM !

    All part of my prep work leading up to UD’s release of the Naked 3 Palette – it’s going to be joining 1 & 2 here at Casa de FreshEyre but it looks like it’s going to be a hands down favorite as rose gold is the most flattering tone/color for me. Can’t wait to get my hands on it and also to see your beautiful look when you get the new arrival as well…

    Hugs to Tabs

  21. Alexis D. says:

    Wow! I have never herd your voice until now! It is so bright and bubbly! This is such a great video. I love your blog and this video is great. Yeah, you talk a little fast, but the video is full of great stuff. 🙂

  22. Sarah says:

    You should do this more often! I loved the guerlain bit and it really seemed like you do this all the time.

  23. Chantelle says:

    I didn’t realise you had a YT channel Karen, just subscribed! I’ve only started doing videos, was really nervous doing my first couple but now I don’t really mind it! You’re a natural in front of the camera, you should definitely do more 🙂 x

    The Girl In The Tartan Scarf

  24. Hina says:

    Lovely video Karen.. Try to do them often 🙂

    Makeup By Hina

  25. sahana says:

    Hey there, nice video! Is this your first one? You do it like a professional.
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  26. Abby says:

    This made my day, Karen! I hope you’ll make more videos. Now I really want to try Naked lipstick – I have Naked2 and love it.

  27. Sandy says:

    Hi Karen! I loved the video–I didn’t know you did videos, so this was a fun treat. I hope you do more of ’em–it’s fun getting more of an off the cuff review sometimes. 🙂 Great job!

  28. Tami says:

    First time hearing you! And it’s exactly what I heard in my head as I’ve been following your blog! Lol not sure how I did that! Wonderful fall favs! I can’t wait to try the highlighter peaking through the blush trick!

  29. meredith says:

    This was so fun to watch, Karen! Thanks for sharing your fall favorites. I hope there will be more videos in the future.

  30. Martha Nelson says:

    Almost like meeting you in real life! 😀 you’re a funny girl (a charming one!) I used to buy high end cosmetics but now, I’m more thrifty, although, is very tempting to get one of those YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch! Thanks very much for the video I really love your website

  31. Adrienne says:

    Whoa! You were a little stiff but I was kind of surprised by how totally normal you sound! I don’t mean that in a bad way, I guess I just expected your voice to be higher and you to sound a bit girlier or ditzy or something but you have a voice kind of like my own. AND I’m not the biggest fan of videos in blogs but I really liked yours! You did a great job talking about why each product made the cut – and I like hearing about multiple ways to use a product like you did with the Nars concealer. I could handle a regular video feature… 🙂

  32. Amy says:

    Omg your voice is so pretty! It’s funny to hear it after reading your blog in my head in my own voice I guess. Anyways, loved the video. It’s a nice change of pace. Don’t be nervous!

  33. Thanks for this vid Karen. It’s been a while since you last posted one. You’re so pretty, girly and quirky. Many of my friends think you sound like Reese Witherspoon <3

  34. Leslie says:

    Karen! You’re so cute! Love how you described yourself in writing! LOL “staring into space” LOL Yes, more VIDS please, you did a great job! Its nice to hear your voice! I rec’d the YSL Touche Eclat in a Sephora sample, and LOVED IT!!! But girl, spending that much on that mug, isn’t an option for me! I’ll stick the MAC one! Thanks, Leslie

  35. Alison M says:

    Love this video!! I recently bought UD Naked and can’t stop wearing it. So hard to find a lighter pink that works on anything darker than medium skin, but Naked really is perfect. My NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer addiction has gotten a bit out of control. Have you tried Honey as a brightener? Game changer!
    Alison M recently posted … Urban Decay Naked 2 Review and Swatches

  36. Shannon says:

    Yaaay video!! Loved it! You should TOTES do this on the reg.

    Is it weird that I noticed the color you have on your walls? 🙂 That blue is SUPER pretty!

  37. Emma Lam says:

    Soooo great to put a voice to your face! Great to see you do videos! Really enjoy watching it, please do some more in the future!!

  38. musical says:

    Adorable! Thanks for doing vids again! It would be SO much fun to go makeup shopping with you :). And so thrilled that you addressed the most important topic (a husky tabby) in the end :).


  39. Kim says:

    Oh, be quiet – you’re adorable! And I like the background staging – nicely noticeable but not distracting. 🙂

  40. Appu says:

    Loooveed the video! I remember watching a few videos a couple of years back…absolutely loved those too! Hope you’ll do a lot more of these!! 😀

  41. Amanda says:

    Great job! How nice to hear your voice. I work in media relations, and nine times out of 10 I have to remind people to slow down when speaking on air. I hope you’ll do more of these in the future. Pretend you’re having a conversation with Tabs 🙂

  42. Agata says:

    Karen, I absolutely love the video, you have to do it more often. It’s so nice to hear your voice. And I really like your picks, actually some of them are my favorites too! Like the UD Naked lipstick- gorgeous! I am looking forward to your next video!

  43. Lorraine says:

    Congrats on taking the video challenge on! I know a lot of your readers have been pestering you to please do videos. I, for one, am really pleased and looking forward to what’s next. I KWYM, when you hear your own voice it is really disorienting. But rest assured, even pro actors feel this way at times. In fact, my hubs saw an interview where Ryan Gosling was talking about this very thing!

  44. Noga says:

    I forgot how much I love your voice! Please do more videos 🙂

  45. Jackie says:

    Thanks for the video, Karen! You didn’t seem stiff at all, it was like watching a (knowledgeable) friend talk. You should definitely do more videos if you have the time- you are great at it! (And I agree with Vanessa, your voice reminds me a lot of Reese Witherspoon!) Merveilleux!

  46. Pam says:

    Hi Karen,

    I love your nail polish colour in this video. I’ve been searching for the perfect hunter green. What is it?

    Also, I have your skintone. Do you find the lighter naked 3 shades too light or too pink for you? How does it rate for you in comparison to the other two naked palettes?

    Thanks a bunch!

  47. Kate says:

    Woah! That was my first time hearing your voice and it was so different than I had imagined, haha! Loved the video! You should definitely make it a regular thing.

  48. Barbara V says:

    Thank you so much for the video! It’s like we’re sitting together on the couch talking about makeup 🙂 I’ve been a Touche Eclat user for the longest time – I don’t even need a mirror to touch up. So glad you are a fan now.

    I have the Naked 1&2 palettes and I thought I was naked-ed out. Now I may have to give in to number 3 🙂

  49. natalie says:

    Karen! This is such a great video! I love seeing what you’ve been using more, you’re completely correct, it can all get lost in the stream of new products.
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  50. Elsa says:

    Nice 2 see U in vid 🙂 I was hoping 4 a Tabs cameo but maybe next time 🙂 Loving my UD Revolution lipsticks 2. I have Venom, Turn On, Rush, Manic, Jilted, Catfight, Streak, Fiend and Rapture and my fave colors right now R Manic and Fiend. Well Streak and Rapture 2. I love them all :)))
    Haven’t tried the Guerlain Base and Top coat yet. Will have 2 check them out. Have U tried Deborah Lippmann’s Gel Lab? It is pretty wowsome how long it allows my nail polish 2 last. Up 2 a week. Also want 2 try the new Freedom Top coat from Julep. Hope U will make more vids and Tabs will grace us with his sweet presence 🙂

  51. Azreen says:

    I think it’s so interesting how different a person can seem when you hear their voice, and hear them speak as opposed to reading words they’ve written and forming your own perceptions of them. This video has made you so much more likable to me, and you have such a wonderful and soothing voice. Lovely video.

  52. Daisy D Alary says:

    i so did not know you had a youtube channel! totally subbed you. thanks for the fun vid and recommendations! i just wish i could afford it all.

  53. Cindy says:

    lol! I was laughing at the beginning of this video cuz I went “stress shopping” the other day and threw Touch Eclat in my bag too! SMH.

  54. Steph says:

    This post is so funny because a few weeks ago I tried to look up mbb on YouTube out of a total curiosity to see if you did video as well. I was bummed not to find anything because I ADORE reading your blog. Your stories are hysterical , relateable and so fun to read. You have an awesome writers voice, which naturally is why I tried to look you up on YouTube. Now you posted this and I can not believe what a girlish voice you have! You sound so sweet for a world weary pet assistant. Please keep up the amazing reviews and if Tabs allows…more videos!

  55. Kellie says:

    Karen! Has anyone ever told you that you sound just like Reese Witherspoon? You have such a great voice! I love your old videos, especially the one where you show us your dance moves 😉 keep the videos coming!!!

  56. Zinnat says:

    Ahhh! Karen, I rarely comment, but you should do more videos because you’re so much fun to watch!

  57. Kate says:

    You know how hearing someone talk can either make you like them more or less? In this case, it made me love you that much more! You are absolutely adorable, and it was so nice hearing you talk. I loved the video and hope you do more!

  58. Colleen says:

    You are adorable! That was fun and informative. The only thing missing was Tabs.

  59. Alison says:

    OMG you are absolutely adorable! Please do more videos. I loved getting to see you in a different way!

  60. Janie says:

    Loved how friendly you sound and omg you sold me on the clarins mascara. Your blog is putting a major dent in my finances since I started following it 😛 and can we talk about how fabulous your hair is? Hairstyle tutorial please!

  61. Joanna says:

    Great video!
    Anyone know what that gorgeous brush was Karen pulled out while showing the nars palette?
    I think I need it!

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