The $44 Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Volume 3 – Florals

Published in: Eyes, Make Up For Ever, Makeup

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The $44 Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Volume 3 – Florals

I know that April showers are supposed to bring May flowers, but what about the January showers? What do we get for all of those? LOL!

Hurry up with the flowers already please! Perhaps just an early spring bloom?

And might I suggest tulips and freesia? I think they’d go well with the new $44 Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Volume 3 – Florals.

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Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Volume 3 – Florals

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Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Volume 3 – Florals

How pretty is that first row? I wanna smear that blue, purple and taupe all over my… I was gonna say lids, but heck, I want it all over my body! Then I’d put it on Tabs, too, so we could be all matchy-matchy.

Yes…I’m a crazy cat lady. :)
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Day in Beauty Vol. 6: Narwhals, Foaming Face Cleansers, More Korean Skin Care, and an Improv Journal

Published in: Just For Fun, Skin Care

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Note: any time you start your day seeing a narwhal, or a picture of a narwhal, emerging from the sea with Christmas ornaments or other seasonal or holiday decorations on his/her tusk, well, chances are you’re gonna have a good day. :)

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This is one of the reasons I looove this Trader Joe’s Decaf Candy Cane Green Tea. My heart will break into a trillion tiny pieces when I finish the box.

I was hoping it would last me through this last leg of my pregnancy, up through BG’s big debut, a.k.a. the day she gets her eviction notice, but I don’t think that’s gonna happen, and I’m kinda freaking out a little… Since it’s seasonal, I think they already pulled it off the shelves for the year at Trader Joe’s.

Serves me right for not stockpiling…

Also in green tea news, this cleanser!

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It’s called Neogen Dermalogy Real Fresh Foam Green Tea Cleanser. It’s $19 and looks good enough to drink (but please don’t).

It looks like there are bits of real tea down there at the bottom…

Anywho, I’m still on that Korean beauty and skin care kick, so I’ve been trying lots of Korean products, and this Neogen Dermalogy is another one of them.

The bottle says that it’s a 100% Naturally Brewed Soothing Bio-Cleanser for sensitive skin.

I’m very finicky about my cleansers, and a lot of them leave my combo skin feeling super tight and dry, but this foaming face cleanser doesn’t. As far as I can remember, I’ve never used a foaming face cleanser before (I’ve used plenty of foam hand washes, but never a face cleanser), and I like it. It feels like I’m really babying my face.

When I rinse off the foam, my skin feels clean, great, and it smells faintly of green tea.

The ingredient list is RIDICULOUSLY LONG, but most of the things in there are plant extracts…

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I’ve also started using Son & Park Beauty Water, a $30 hydrating toner that smells like roses and adds a great deal of moisture (I apply it with a cotton pad after cleansing).

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Tuesday Quick Tip: For Easier Eyeliner Application, Warm Up Your Liner on the Back of Your Hand

Published in: Makeup, Makeup Tips/How To

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Improv leopard spots or liner trick? You be the judge…

This one’s just a super quick makeup tip, but I wanted to mention it before I forgot.

To make lining your water and lash lines a little easier, and your application smoother, try warming up your liner first on the back of your hand. Just run the tip of the pencil back and forth a few times to get that warm friction going, which slightly softens the product.

I always do this before I apply liner. It’s just a simple thing, but it makes a noticeable difference.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. Aaand since we’re on the subject of liner, do you have any good liner tips? Inquiring minds want to know. :)

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The Day in Beauty, Vol. 5: The Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly Eye Shadow Palette, Party Noms, and the Ultimate in Practical Baby Shower Presents

Published in: Eyes, Just For Fun, Makeup, Palettes, Too Faced

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Wearing the new Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly Eye Shadow Collection palette ($36, coming soon exclusively to Ulta)

OK, it’s just not cool to mention a party unless you also talk about the food.

Because it’s the most important part! — or at least one of the most important parts, right? I mean, who wants to leave a party ravenously hungry? Shoot, not this girl. Huh uh. Not me.

Luckily, there were some pretty epic moments involving food at the baby shower on Saturday, like this lovely spread of Italian- and Filipino-inspired nommage…

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Almost everything was homemade (some of my friends and their spouses are great cooks!).

I’ve been craving Italian food lately (actually, I’m always craving Italian food), and there were those cute little tea sandwiches with the crusts cut off, along with some caprese salad-style appetizers and a cheesy tortellini pasta salad dish that was DELISH.

And then my mom brought lumpia (sort of like a Filipino eggroll) and a Filipino noodle dish called palabok.

Oh, and then there was this cake…

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OMG! It was a light, airy chantilly lace cake with almonds and berries (I believe it came from heaven/Whole Foods). I almost floated away right there…

CAAAAAAAAAKE!

It was one of those clutch-your-pearls, melt-in-your-mouth cakes. SO GOOD.

Yes, I did splurge a little (OK, a lot) on the sugar front, but I’ve been pretty good about watching what I eat because of the gestational diabetes. I just allowed myself a bit of a cheat day, though, because it was a special occasion.

Baby shower shenanigans!

Baby shower shenanigans

We also played a game, too. Before the party, my friends emailed El Hub a list of questions about me and the pregnancy, and then asked me the same questions at the party — things like, “How often did she [me] get morning sickness?” (Answer: I never barfed, but I was almost constantly nauseous.) and “What smells could she not stand?” (Answer: pretty much everything strong.)

Overall, El Hub did pretty well. Most of our answers lined up. One of them was about food cravings, and my answer was frozen waffles with peanut butter and raisins, and he got that one spot on, word for word, LOL!

That one was probably easy for him because he was the person who made all of the waffles, haha.

Speaking of peanut butter…

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Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly palette

Too Faced has a new eyeshadow palette coming out called the Peanut Butter and Jelly Eye Shadow Collection ($36, coming soon exclusively to Ulta), and the name sounds quite yummy right meow.

The palette was inspired by Peanut Butter, which is also one of the shades in the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar.

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Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly palette

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Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly palette

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More Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly…

They took that shadow, Peanut Butter, and built a mini-palette with nine powder shadows around it. The pans are arranged into three color-coordinating rows, but of course you could also mix and match them however you want. Really, all of the colors look like they go together well.

I’m wearing the palette today…

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Wearing the new Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly palette ($36)

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Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly palette


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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 359

Published in: Just For Fun

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You might be wondering, “So what in tarnation is this Monday Poll thing anyway!?”

Well, it isn’t exactly a poll. It’s more of a constantly evolving (devolving?), somewhat random list of questions I’ve been putting out to readers every Monday morning for the past seven years. (It’s like a kickstart for your brain.) I’ve always enjoyed reading your answers in the comments, and I hope you enjoy reading mine.

  1. Do you have a favorite mug?
    Yup, I’m drinking from it right meow. I’ve had it since the ’90s, and I swear — if El Hub ever breaks this mug, there will be HELL to pay.

    It’s huge and beige with wine-colored painted stripes and some mint green touches, and I can barely wrap my hand around it. My mom got it for me (I think it was from Costco).

  2. Can you concentrate with music playing in the background?
    Absolutely not.

    Well…actually, I take that back. It depends on the task. If it’s something where I have to be very mindful of my time, or something that requires a lot of creativity or heavy mental lifting, then no. No music. None.

    Or, if I’m lost. Like, if I’m driving someplace and I’m lost, I’m that one annoying person who says, “Shh! Shut it down!” and I’ll turn off the radio.

    But if I’m doing something involving numbers or math, like, if I’m balancing my checkbook or paying bills, then I’m fine with background music.

  3. Do you like scented powder products, and if you do, what’s your favorite one?
    Girl, I die over Guerlain Terracotta bronzer every single time I open the compact.

    It doesn’t matter if it’s freezing cold and I’m feeling frumpy in my office, suddenly it’s like I’m wearing a designer bikini and hanging out at a five-star resort.

    I love that tropical, beachy gardenia, tiare flower smell…

  4. Are you a hot pink lipstick kinda girl/guy?
    Well, hello! — yes. :) I haven’t always been though. Before I started the blog, I would have never even thought to go there, but now it’s like, “Oh, it’s Tuesday morning? Let’s put on a hot pink matte lip and walk around the block…”
  5. How’s your hair today?
    Freshly washed but in need of styling, and it’s currently up in a messy bun.

    I know, BIG surprise.

    I think I’m gonna do some loose curls in a little while…

Le List

Your turn. :) Just copy and paste the following questions into a comment with your answers. I look forward to reading ’em!

1. Do you have a favorite mug?
2. Can you concentrate with music playing in the background?
3. Do you like scented powder products, and if you do, what’s your favorite one?
4. Are you a hot pink lipstick kinda girl/guy?
5. How’s your hair today?

Good morning, glory, and happy Monday! How’s it going today so far? I’m still on a post-weekend high out here… The baby shower on Saturday was so much fun! I hadn’t seen some of the people who made it there in so many years, and it was really nice. I even cheated a little on my diet and had a piece of sugary cake. Of course it was ridiculously delicious, as is often the case when you have something that you aren’t allowed to have/haven’t had in a long time… Man, why is that?

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How’s everything out yonder way? What are you up to this week?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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