These L’Oreal Glossy Balms Are Ideal for Lazy Sunday Afternoons Filled With French Fries and Vanilla Shakes

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Lips, Loreal, Makeup, Product Reviews

L'Oreal Glossy Balms

Four of the eight new L’Oreal Glossy Balms ($7.99 each); from the left: My Babydoll, Pink Me Up, Petite Plum and Lovely Mocha

Dear Karl Lagerfeld,

Look, I get it. I do. I totally understand why you feel so strongly about sweatpants. I feel the same way about wearing pajamas in public.

When I grew up, pajamas were strictly for use at home, and I still hold on to that belief. No one should have to see a grown man wearing red plaid pajamas on a Tuesday afternoon at the mall. I mean, really? You couldn’t spare 10 seconds to put on jeans? Please…

Sweatpants, however, I don’t know… I really love some of mine, and they’re not all bad, Karl. I have a killer pair by Zella that does great things for my bum. Makes me look like I spend all day doing squats with J. Lo and cutting carbs.

Plus, I wouldn’t know what else I’d wear with my L’Oreal Colour Riche Glossy Balms.

Loreal Gloss Balm from the left: Pink Me Up, My Babydoll, Lovely Mocha and Petite Plum

From the left: Pink Me Up, My Babydoll, Lovely Mocha and Petite Plum

Come on, Karl, don’t act like you’re too good for the drugstore. *Snaps in a Z formation.* I’m telling you, I really think you’d like these balms. They have as much pigment as any of the other lippies in my makeup bag and an elegant, soft shine worthy of the House of Chanel.

Loreal Gloss Balm packaging

Cute type!


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What Are Your Favorite Everyday Accessories?

Published in: Just For Fun

Kate Spade One in a Million Initial Pendant Necklace (1)

Kate Spade One in a Million Initial Pendant Necklace

The everyday accessories — the necklaces, bracelets, shoes, rings, purses, hair pins, glasses, hats or what have you — that you wear on the daily.

My shoes and purse situations are ever-changing, and to a large degree it depends on what I’m doing on any given day, but for jewelry, there are a few particular pieces I wear all the time.

Those are my wedding and engagement rings, a pair of square gumdrop studs by Kate Spade (Only $38! I love the heck out of these.) and the Kate Spade One in a Million Initial Pendant Necklace in the pic at the top.

There’s also an Anne Klein watch that my brother and his sweetheart got me for my last birthday that sees a lot of action…

All together, these are the things that regularly satisfy my bling monster. :)

How about you? What are your favorite everyday accessories?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. Of course there’s also my iPhone (in a basic black, boring case that gives me some extra battery life), which I’m never without for long.

Never Forget You Are Loved

Published in: Daily Photo

Just a gentle reminder in case you needed one. :)

I saw this piece of canvas wall art for $14.99 at TJ Maxx last weekend and couldn’t resist. I’m going to hang it in my kitchen so El Hub and Tabs (and any other poor soul who’s subject to my questionable cooking) can see it when they pass through.

I feel like the kitchen is the center, the heart of our house, so it belongs there.

Flower Beauty’s Double Take Eye Marker and Creme Eyeshadows in Poolside Kiss and Lovely Lilac

Published in: Daily Beauty

Flower Beauty Double Take Eye Marker and Creme Eyeshadows in Poolside Kiss and Lovely Lilac

Flower Beauty Double Take Eye Marker and Creme Eyeshadows in Poolside Kiss and Lovely Lilac, $9.98 each

Is it makeup or a marker?

Or a little bit of both?

[INSERT CARTOONY DOUBLE TAKE HERE]

These Double Take Eye Marker and Creme Eyeshadows ($9.98 each) by cruelty-free drugstore brand Flower Beauty are dual-ended eyeshadow/liner pens, and since I have a thing for makeup that looks like something you’d find in a steno store, I wanted to give ‘em a try.

They’re $9.99 each and have a cream shadow with a doe-foot applicator on one side and a liquid liner with a chunky-monkey felt tip on the other.

I’ve started using these for hurry-up-and-go eye makeup. I swipe a small amount of the cream shadow on bare lids with the doe foot, and mellow out the edges with a finger. Then I line my upper lash lines with the marker.

Since the shadows are super sheer, they don’t require much blending.

Oh, and FYI — the shadows seem to dry out quickly, so don’t forget to close them good and tight (might also want to keep your receipt, just in case).

Poolside Kiss has a sheer mossy green eyeshadow on one end and a jet black liner on the other. Lovely Lilac has the same black liner, but pairs it with a purply taupe shadow on the other end.

There’s also an additional shade not shown here called Steel a Kiss (love that name), a dark purple, which you can check out at Walmart stores and online.

Flower Beauty Double Take Eye Marker and Creme Eyeshadows in Poolside Kiss and Lovely Lilac

Flower Beauty Double Take Eye Marker and Creme Eyeshadows in Poolside Kiss and Lovely Lilac

Flower Beauty Double Take Eye Marker and Creme Eyeshadows in Poolside Kiss and Lovely Lilac

Flower Beauty Double Take Eye Marker and Creme Eyeshadows in Poolside Kiss and Lovely Lilac

Flower Beauty Double Take Eye Marker and Creme Eyeshadows in Poolside Kiss and Lovely Lilac

The Urban Decay Black Magic 24/7 Glide-On Double Ended Eye Pencil Set: Urban Decay Sacrificed Newness To Create This Magical Binding

Published in: Eyes, Kits and Sets, Makeup, Product Reviews, Urban Decay

Urban Decay Black Magic

The new Urban Decay Black Magic 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil Set ($39)

Of the many valuable lessons I’ve learned watching Game of Thrones, including 1) that dragons can’t really be tamed, 2) always bring a weapon to a wedding, and 3) stay away from places called King’s Landing, the most valuable lesson by far has been this: just say no to blood magic.

Because it never turns out right! I just think as a general policy, it’s wise to avoid it.

Thanks for the sage advice, George R.R. Martin. :)

While we’re at it, it’s probably also a good idea to avoid black magic. I mean, I may have been expelled from Hogwarts after one semester (my parents were so bummed!), but even I know that.

Urban Decay Black Magic Double-Ended Eye Pencil Set Packaging with a MAC Lipglass for scale

Beside a MAC Lipglass for scale…

Of course, black magic as it pertains to makeup? — that’s a different story. By all means, feel free to allow Urban Decay’s new pigmented, silky smooth Black Magic 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil Set ($39) to cast its spell on yo’ lash lines.

Urban Decay Black Magic liners

This captivating kit comes with four dual-ended pencil liners. Each one comes with one of UD’s signature black liners (black cream Zero, smokey black Black Velvet, charcoal satiny black Black Market or blackest black matte Perversion) on one end and a different intense, colorful shade (deep brown matte Demolition, deep gray matte Smoke, dark eggplant Tornado or bright turquoise LSD) on the other.

This time, there are no new shades up in the mix. Zero, Black Velvet, Perversion, Demolition, Smoke and LSD are re-promotes from the permanent line, while Black Market and Tornado are re-promotes that previously appeared in other sets.

Urban Decay Black Magic swatches from the left: Zero, Black Velvet, Black Market and Perversion

Swatches from the left: Zero, Black Velvet, Black Market and Perversion


Urban Decay Black Magic swatches from the left: Demolition, Smoke, Tornado and LSD

Demolition, Smoke, Tornado and LSD


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