The It Cosmetics Superhero Palette Has a Smoooooth Superpower

Published in: Eyes, It Cosmetics, Makeup, Palettes, Product Reviews

It Cosmetics Superhero Palette

Wearing the new $42 It Cosmetics Superhero Palette on my eyes

The new $42 It Cosmetics Superhero Palette should just put on a cape and soar across the sky already.

Like the next summer superhero movie…it’s coming soon! — to the It Cosmetics website (August) and Ulta (September), and its superhero power is allegedly that it has the ability to help lids look as though they’ve turned back time.

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The limited edition It Cosmetics Superhero Palette

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What’s your superhero power?

In addition to the nine incredibly smooth powder eyeshadows in the main row, which are divided among Nudes, Neutrals and Liners, the palette also has three larger Eye Foundation shades, which are good base colors for your entire eyelid.

I think my lids look really smooth with these shadows, and the formula is also supposed to help lids long term, thanks to anti-aging collagen, silk, peptides and antioxidants.

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Wearing Pow! all over my lid, Superstar from my lash line into the crease, and Superhero along the lash line

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These Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Sticks Make Unevenness and Redness Go *POOF!*

Published in: Face, Hourglass, Makeup, Product Reviews

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The new Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Sticks ($46 each) and Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Brush ($46)

It’s kind of amazing how far foundation has come in such a relatively short amount of time. There are so many products on counters now that are getting close to realistic-looking skin. I’m talking finishes and textures and colors and coverages that are virtually imperceptible, and all I have to say to that is “yay!” This is a trend worthy of an all-caps WOOT-WOOT.

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Houglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Sticks in Warm Beige and Beige ($46 each)

These new $46 Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Sticks are the latest realistic-looking foundations to jump into the ring, providing the coverage of a concealer, the maneuverability of a liquid and the weightlessness of a powder.

And that’s all great, but I also like how quick they can be used (roughly a minute or two). It’s like boom, boom, boom! — a little swipe here, a little swipe there, cheeks, nose, forehead, chin. Then blend that in with a brush for lovely, even-toned skin without any of that heaviness, or that caked-on nonsense where it feels like you’re wearing a mask.

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From the left: bare skin, then a layer of Beige by itself, and then Beige worn with additional makeup

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NUDESTIX Gel Colour Lip + Cheek Balm: These Glossy, Pigmented Pencils Do Double-Duty

Published in: NUDESTIX, Product Reviews

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Four of the eight NUDESTIX Gel Color Lip + Cheek Balms ($24 each)

I had a dream the other night that I left these NUDESTIX Gel Colours out on my desk, and a toddler-sized Connor Claire found them and used them to draw all over my office walls.

But like, honestly, I wasn’t even mad at her, because I thought, “Girl, you’ve got good taste! If I were a kid, I’d probably do the same thing. BRAVO.”

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These NUDESIX Gel Colours came out a while back (late spring/early summer, I believe) in eight $24 shades.

They may look like standard-issue lip pencils, but naaaah — they’re much more than that. With these you get an uber-moisturizing, long-lasting, easy-to-blend lip balm (my dry lips totes approve) with a shiny gel finish, and they also double as blush.

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NUDESTIX Gel Color Lip + Cheek Balm in Rebel (my fave!)

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Future Lady Nerd

Published in: Daily Photo

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GURRRRL, you know I had to do it. When I saw the words, “Future Lady Nerd,” at Target, it took me less than two seconds to get that onesie in my cart.

These cute baby clothes are by a new brand — well, new to me — called Baby Cat & Jack.

I’d never seen them at the Target by my house before, and target.com says they don’t even launch until August, so I guess this store got them in early.

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They feel really soft and sturdy and pretty well made. And they’re affordable. The onesies are $4.99, and the set with the top and pants is $10.

So often when I see onesies with sayings on them for girls, they’re things like “Born to shop!” which, yeah, not the most inspiring message, but I can get behind something that promotes future lady nerdiness. 🙂 If Connor wants to be an astronaut on one of the first missions to Mars, I’m in total support of that (although I’d miss her terribly if she were 40 million miles away in space, waaah!).

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I ended up getting the “Morning Person” onesie because Connor is, like her daddy, a total morning person, and I also got the other set with the — what is that, a bear? Or a cat? I couldn’t resist the print and the matching pants with the ears and the eyelashes on the knees.

Yet another baby outfit I wish I could find in adult sizes. That list is getting alarmingly long, LOL!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

The Day in Beauty Vol. 23: MAC Bangin’ Brilliant Blush…and One of the Best Movies of 2016!

Published in: Face, MAC Makeup

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The five new MAC Bangin’ Brilliant Blushes ($16 each)

Why are the $16 MAC Bangin’ Brilliant Powder Blushes in eyeshadow pots?

For the life of me, I can’t figure it out. I’ve picked one of them up assuming it was a shadow at least half a dozen times. Like the matte red, Never Say Never? — call me crazy, but I kinda wanna put it in my crease.

I dunno… Sometimes I think red smokey eyes can look super cool, but maybe I’ve been spending too much time on Instagram lately.

LOL!

These are so bright and so juicy that they remind me of summer fruit.

Mmm… Watermelon…

These five new blushes have joined the MAC permanent line, along with the rest of the Bangin’ Brilliant band, and after spending the past few weeks with them, I think they compare well to my regular MAC daily blush musts, which are Gingerly and Blushbaby, at the moment, in terms of wear time (they last all day long) and blendability (although you do need to use them with the right tools, but I’ll get to that in a few).

Where they definitely differ is size, obvi, and intensity.

I don’t know how MAC did it, but they made these even MORE vibrant than the boldest and brightest MAC blushes around, which is really super cool. I just wish they came in the regular 0.21-oz. $22 MAC blush pans.

These may cost a little less at $16, but they’re also much smaller (0.05 ounces). Technically, though, since you’ll probably need to use so very little, a small pan like this could still last a year or two, depending on how often you wear it.

But that part of me that likes to buy toilet paper in bulk at Costco still wishes they were bigger, man.

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From the left: MAC Never Say Never, News Flash, Bright Response, Bright Pink and Saucy Miss

Lately I’ve been liking very minimal cheek color, so because these are so intense, and because the pans are on the smaller side (which makes it kind of hard to load up a regular-sized blush brush with them…but really, I probably wouldn’t use a blush brush with them anyway because I only need to use a tiny amount, and a big brush head would be excessive), I use a small duo fibre face brush with them instead.

I like the MAC 199 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush ($35). It’s small and fits these pans better than a big blush brush does. I just lightly swirl the brush head in one of the pans, tap most of it off, then buff, ever-so-gently, like whisker kisses on my cheeks.

Then I grab the biggest powder brush I can find and gently run that over my cheeks to slightly take the edge off. The end result looks very natural.

Since these are so bright, I assumed I would look like a resident of crazy clown town, but that totally wasn’t the case! I’ve been wearing the orange shade, Bright Response, on the regular, and it’s completely doable.

But hey, if you are all about the “too much,” that’s cool too. You can easily get there with these blushes.

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Wearing MAC Bright Response

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