Chanel Les Ombres Multi-Effect Eyeshadow Quad in 274 Codes Élégants

Published in: Chanel, Makeup, Product Reviews

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Getting my glow on with the Chanel Les Ombres Multi-Effect Eyeshadow Quad in 274 Codes Élégants ($61, new for spring)

Between the new Chanel Les Ombres Multi-Effect Eyeshadow Quad in 278 Codes Subtils, and this one I’m wearing now, 274 Codes Élégants, both of which are $61 each and new for spring, I’m convinced that Chanel is at the front of the pack when it comes to shimmery shades for ladies 30 and up.

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Chanel Les Ombres Multi-Effect Eyeshadow Quad in 274 Codes Élégants

Codes Élégants, like Codes Subtils, is $61, but unlike Codes Subtils, Élégants is permanent. And I kinda wish it was the other way around!

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Codes Élégants on my eyes, Chanel Coco Code Blush Harmony on my cheeks and Hourglass Girl Lip Stylo in Explorer on my lips

Not that this quad doesn’t have a lot going for it. It does! — like that glow, for one, and a silky, easy-to-blend formula. And the finish on that brown shade? SO GORGEOUS! Can I just get that on its own with the special sauce on the side? Please? The satiny finish shines on the down low. You can barely tell it’s there, but it’s there, and you know I live for that subtle sh*t, LOL! I’m so predictable… Yes, workhorse, everyday satins. I love ’em.

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Wearing Chanel Les Ombres Multi-Effect Eyeshadow Quad in 271 Codes Élégants on my lids and Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eye Pencil in Noir Petrole on my water lines and lash lines

The thing is…the other three shadows in the quad — the two golden shades and the platinum — all look like slightly different versions of the same highlighter on my skin. They look very similar on me, so I don’t think I’ll be able to do as many different looks with this quad as I could with Codes Subtils, which has a more classic combo of one darker shade, two mid-toned shades and a highlighter.

I know that four shadows doesn’t seem like a lot in this world of 12-pan and 24-pan eye palettes, but you can really do a lot with four shadows if they’re the right four shadows, and if two of them are mid-tones. The mid-tones are totally key.

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Swatches of Codes Élégants

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I Tried a New Technique Today!

Published in: Daily Beauty

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You guys, you already know that I’m a big fan of layering primers and using different primers to address different concerns and specific areas of my skin. Well, I tried a new layering technique today, and I’m frickin’ lovin’ the results.

I usually start with a primer that has a little subtle shimmer for glow and radiance, then layer a heavier duty pore-blurring primer on top to smooth everything out, but today I reversed the order. I did the pore-blurring primer first (you gotta give Make Up For Ever Smoothing Primer a try), then patted shimmery BECCA Backlight on top.

LOVE. My skin looked smooth, and since I applied the shimmery primer on top of the pore-blurring primer (which tends to matte everything down), it still looked radiant and glowing and natural too, even after I layered my foundation on top, which is exactly the look I’m always trying to get.

Try it sometime! I think you’ll like the results. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Soup Is Good Food

Published in: Daily Photo

Soup is one of those things that seems (to me) like it would be hard to make, but when you really get down to it, it’s basically just throwing a bunch of stuff into a pot, mixing it around and waiting.

It’s not that hard! It’s kind of like smoky eyes. A little bit of practice, and you start to figure out how the pieces fit together. Then it’s not that hard to execute.

Soup is my favorite thing to eat when I’m feeling under the weather (I’m still getting over that cold), and I made this chickpea tomato soup last night from a recipe on It turned out SO delicious. I can’t wait to make it again, but I think I’m going to double everything and make twice as much. Then I’ll freeze the extra.

It was kind of a last-minute decision, and I didn’t have the fresh herbs, so I substituted them for dry herbs from my cupboard.

I used my new Dutch oven (got it from Target last month), and I freakin’ love that thing. How did I make it this long without a Dutch oven??

This is basically the same as the recipe on Skinnytaste, but I started by warming a teaspoon of olive oil in a medium sauce pan. Then I dropped in the chopped celery, carrots, onion (I used shallots because I had them) and garlic and cooked until they got nice and soft.

Then I poured in the broth and made a point of scraping up any bits of veggies that got stuck to the bottom of the pan, because it would add flavor to the soup.

After the broth, I added two cans of chickpeas (drained and washed), a big can of diced tomatoes (I think the original recipe listed crushed tomatoes, but I had diced), Parmesan and the herbs. I stirred it all together, then put the top on the pot and let it cook on low for 30 minutes.

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New Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick (Part 1): The Red and Orange Shades

Published in: Makeup, Product Reviews, Urban Decay

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Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in Tryst, $18, and one of 30 Vice Liquid Lipsticks in a completely new line from UD

Apparently, I have been remiss in keeping up with my gossip/pop culture blog reading, because I had no idea what a trap queen was.

Do you? Because when I saw this new Vice Liquid Lipstick from Urban Decay, I was like, “What the hell is a trap queen??” Is she the queen of setting traps? Does she hunt? What’s the deal?

Well, apparently, it’s a song, and it’s about a bad-@ss chick.

So there you go. It’s just a glimpse into my future. I can see it now… Connor Claire will throw out pop culture references, and I won’t get them.

The new Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipsticks

Trap Queen is one of 30 brand new $18 Vice Liquid Lipsticks, a new line coming soon from Urban Decay. (To find out exactly when they arrive, you can sign up on the Urban Decay website, and they’ll let you know.)

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25 of 30 new Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipsticks, $18 each

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Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in Trap Queen

Most of the 30 shades are mattes, and there are also a few metallics. Not all of the shades will be available everywhere, either. Some of them will only be available on the Urban Decay website and at freestanding UD stores (there’s a list below).

I hope you don’t mind if I break these up into a couple of posts, because Baby Girl is due for lunch (a chicken-apple-sweet potato puree), and she can’t wait for mommy to finish swatching two dozen liquid lipsticks for hours (she’s actually “talking” about it right now, a.k.a. “baby talking really loudly,” and I can’t hear myself think).

The oranges and reds

She did, however, allow me to swatch the reds, and I can already tell this much about this line: they look breathtaking in pics! Like, if I just slept in a chaise lounge all day long while people snapped pictures of me, and I didn’t have to eat or drink or interact with anyone ever, my matte lip game would be SO on point.

Of this first batch here, Flame (has a metallic finish) looks like a hot mess up close, with vertical lip lines galore, but somehow it still looks AMAZING in pics.

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Six of the seven red shades in the Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick line from the top: Crimson, Trap Queen, 714, Tryst, Tilt and Flame

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Would You Ever Consider Flying (or Driving Hours) to See Your Favorite Hair Stylist?

Published in: Hair, Just For Fun

I’m asking because of a very sad turn of events… 🙁 My hair soulmate Alis, who’s been doing my hair for years, just moved to Las Vegas (SAD 🐼 PANDA!), and it crossed my mind (I even looked up airfares) to schedule a trip out there just so that she can cut and color my hair.

The rational part of my brain realizes how crazy pants this sounds, because 1) the money, and 2) I live 30 minutes from San Francisco, so I should be able to find someone within driving distance who can trim and color my mop and do it well, but it’s SO SCARY to go to someone new, especially when you have wavy hair that’s been hacked and butchered by strangers before.

A trip to Las Vegas almost seems rational… Almost?

No, I don’t think I’ll do it. I should just suck it up and find someone new, but if my California Lottery dreams ever come true, I’m heading to Vegas that afternoon!

Has this ever occurred to you? — either flying or driving a loooong distance to get your hair done?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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