21 Things I’m Thankful For

Published in: Just For Fun

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Good morning, sweet pea. πŸ™‚ Come here a second. Let me give you a big Thanksgiving Day hug because you deserve a little extra love this morning. The coffee machine is firing up, and I’m about to bake some pumpkin scones.

How are you this morning? This is the tenth (I think?) Thanksgiving we’ve had together on Makeup and Beauty Blog. Our first was back in 2007 (!).

That’s a lot of Thanksgivings…and carbs.

Here are 21 things I’m thankful for this year. What are some of yours?

  1. The coywolf/a.k.a Ms. Connor Claire πŸ’—
  2. Your constant kindness and friendship
  3. Another year with family and friends, good health and a roof over my head
  4. Loud kitty purrs first thing in the morning
  5. A rainbow of nail polish color options (OMG, remember when everything was a different shade of pink, red or burgundy?)
  6. Internet radio (Hello, old-school throwback hits from 105.1 The Bounce in Detroit. What’s up?!)
  7. Good lighting; otherwise, I’d look like Gollum in all of my pictures…
  8. The rise of the matte lipstick trend
  9. Spontaneous dance breaks
  10. Oh, gawd — locks on bathroom doors!
  11. Friends who text you out of the blue
  12. Bowls filled with persimmons from my parents
  13. HIIT, because if it weren’t for HIIT, I never would have discovered that I have core muscles
  14. Ooh! — freshly washed tapered blending eye brushes
  15. Doing karaoke with my family and singing “Bohemian Rhapsody” together
  16. Makeup cleansing oils
  17. When babies sleep through the night
  18. Selective amnesia… Trust me, it truly is something to be thankful for; otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to get through life.
  19. Coffee cups filled with hot, milky sweet coffee first thing in the morning
  20. Nutella-filled doughnuts. Side note: I’ve never actually had one, but I know they exist ’cause I’ve seen them on Instagram, and just to know that they’re out there in the world makes me happy.
  21. Lamps that don’t wobble (!)

Happy Thanksgiving, love. πŸ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Get Ready With Me: A Chanel Winter Makeup Look

Published in: Chanel, Makeup Tips/How To, Video

Hello, is this thing on? Yes? No? Yes? I think I see the red dot…

It was a little weird filming this video because…I haven’t put my makeup on in front of the camera in a long time, and I had to re-remember all of the little technical/secret squirrel details like to check your nostrils before you turn on the camera because of renegade boogers…

Hey, just keeping it real! πŸ™‚

So, this is a Chanel winter makeup look — nothing too fancy, but a little fancier than I’d wear to just chill on the couch. I did silvery blue eyes with a soft dainty wing, pink cheeks and nude lips.

The video is totally informal, and I glossed over some parts. It’s not a tutorial, but if you have any questions about anything I did, hit me up in the comments.

Makeup I’m wearing in the video

I used to feel that, especially if I’m going to sit in front of the camera for a video, I had to do everything in my makeup perfectly, but you know what? Life happens. This isn’t a perfect makeup look, but it’s realstic for me and what I wear now. I don’t have the patience anymore to layer three different shades of brown in the crease just to run errands around town. This is just a simple look that represents what I like right now, which is slightly polished makeup that isn’t too involved.

As always, thank you for watching, my friend! Talk to you soon. πŸ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Comment to Win $800 in Makeup in the Mega Deluxe Super-Sized Gigantic Thanksgiving Beauty Grab Bag Giveaway

Published in: Giveaways, Just For Fun

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Yup, I woke up like this…

This could be you, taking a much-deserved nap on a glorious bed of…makeup?

Wait — that would be terribly uncomfortable.

How about this instead: it’s an $800 beauty blanket.

Hello, friend. πŸ™‚ It’s that time of year again, and this year I’m thankful for many things, one of which is you. Thank you for your company through this year of change, your kind words when I’ve needed a few, your sense of humor and your advice. Thank you for stopping by MBB.

So, I thought it might be fun to hold a gigantic Thanksgiving beauty grab bag giveaway. You could win all this stuff!

The mega deluxe super-sized prize includes…

  1. Milani Amore Matte Metallic Lip Creme in Mattely in Love
  2. Milani Amore Matte Metallic Lip Creme in Automatic Touch
  3. Milani Amore Matte Metallic Lip Creme in Pretty Problematic
  4. Milani Amore Matte Metallic Lip Creme in Pure Mattness
  5. Milani Amore Matte Metallic Lip Creme in Cinematic Kiss
  6. Milani Amore Matte Metallic Lip Creme in Dramatic Diva
  7. Milani Amore Matte Metallic Lip Creme in Matterialistic
  8. Milani Amore Matte Metallic Lip Creme in Matte About You
  9. Milani Amore Matte Metallic Lip Creme in Chromatic Addict
  10. Milani Amore Matte Metallic Lip Creme in Raving Matte
  11. Senna Powderscope Brush
  12. Senna Brilliant Blush Baked Mineral Blush & Highlighter in Tango Marango
  13. Senna Brilliant Blush Baked Mineral Blush & Highlighter in Vanity
  14. Senna Brilliant Blush Baked Mineral Blush & Highlighter in Dawn
  15. Maybelline Color Sensational Bold Lipstick in Smoking Red
  16. Maybelline Color Sensational Bold Lipstick in Violet Vixen
  17. Maybelline Color Sensational Bold Lipstick in Violet Vixen
  18. Chapstick Total Hydration Moisture + Tint in Rose Petal
  19. Chapstick Total Hydration Moisture + Tint in Coral Blush
  20. Chapstick Total Hydration Moisture + Tint in Merlot
  21. Essence Lipstick in Glamour Queen
  22. Essence Lipstick in Sparkling Miracle
  23. Essence Lipstick in Cute Nude
  24. Essence Lipstick in Candy Love
  25. Essence Lipstick in I Feel Pretty
  26. Essence Lipstick in Like a Princess
  27. Essence Lipstick in Frosted
  28. Essence Lipstick in BFF
  29. The Original Makeup Eraser in Purple
  30. The Original Makeup Eraser in Pink
  31. The Original Makeup Eraser in White
  32. Cellu-cup
  33. Pixi by Petra Black Laquer Lash Primer
  34. Pixi by Petra Lengthy Fiber Mascara
  35. Pixi by Petra Lash Booster Mascara in Blackest Blue
  36. Pixi by Petra MultiBalm Cheek & Lip in Watermelon Veil
  37. Pixi by Petra MultiBalm Cheek & Lip in Wild Rose
  38. Pixi by Petra MultiBalm Cheek & Lip in Sheer Sculpt
  39. Pixi by Petra MultiBalm Cheek & Lip in Baby Petal
  40. Pixi by Petra MultiBalm Cheek & Lip in Baby Petal
  41. Hada Labo Tokyo Hydrating Facial Cleanser
  42. Hada Labo Tokyo Anti-Aging Hydrator
  43. Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream
  44. Hada Labo Tokyo Replenishing Hydrator
  45. Hada Labo Tokyo Age Correting Eye Cream
  46. Blinc Eye Shadow Primer
  47. Blinc Eyebrow Mousse
  48. Blinc Mascara Amplified
  49. Blinc Eyeliner Pencil
  50. Maybelline Master Contour in Light
  51. Maybelline Master Contour in Medium
  52. Maybelline Superstay Better Skin in Warm Nude
  53. Maybelline Superstay Better Skin in Porcelain
  54. Maybelline Dream Blender
  55. Maybelline Strobing Stick in Meidum Nude Glow
  56. Maybelline Master Contour in Medium to Deep
  57. Maybelline Master Fix Setting Spray
  58. Maybelline Master Fix Loose Powder
  59. Maybelline Shine Shot
  60. Maybelline Color Jolt in Talk Back Red
  61. Maybelline Color Jolt in Never Bare
  62. Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid in Nude Thrill
  63. Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid in Orange Shot
  64. Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid in Nude Thrill
  65. Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid in Nude Thrill
  66. Maybelline Color Tattoo in Electric Emerald
  67. Maybelline Color Tattoo in Sharp Purple
  68. Maybelline Color Tattoo in Gilded Rose
  69. Maybelline Colossal Spider Effect Mascara
  70. So Fresh So Clean Great Grapefruit Blotting Sheets
  71. So Fresh So Clean Charcoal Cleansing Nose Strips
  72. Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Paper Mask
  73. Boscia Vitamin C Brightening Hydrogel Mask
  74. Ampliliash Mascara Serum & Fiber Lash Duo
  75. Milani Stay Put Matte Matte Liner in Black Matte
  76. Milani Stay Put Matte Matte Liner in Safari Matte
  77. Milani Stay Put Matte Matte Liner in Coffee Matte
  78. Milani Stay Put Matte Matte Liner in Midnight Matte
  79. Vapour Organic Beauty Lipstick in Siren
  80. Covergirl Katy Perry Katy Kat Eye Mascara
  81. Covergirl Katy Katt Matte Lipstick in Cosmo Kitty
  82. Tarte FRXXXTION Stick
  83. Tarte Harlequin Lipstick
  84. Tarte Lip Facial Lip Scrub
  85. Pacifica Dream Big Mascara
  86. MUA Under-Eye Illuminator
  87. MUA Amp Up Your Lashes Primer
  88. MUA Makeup Correcting Pen
  89. The Honest Co Organic Healing Balm
  90. Aynara 100% Organic Argan Oil
  91. Worker B Balm
  92. Worker B Serum
thanksgiving giveaway

You could win ALL THIS

That’s a lot of stuff!

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post about anything at all, but here are some thought starters: Have you ever made a snow angel? Have you ever played beach volleyball? Why do birds sing? How do YOU make a grilled cheese sandwich? What’s your most-used makeup brush? Why does Karen always ask such random questions?? (haha)

The giveaway closes at midnight (PST) on Monday, Nov. 28. (or…I always get confused about what day midnight actually falls on, so let’s call it 11:59 p.m. on Monday night). It’s open to U.S. and international readers, but international winners would be responsible for paying any taxes or customs duties.

Good luck, and have a happy Thanksgiving wherever you are. πŸ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

:)

The Aveda Foklor Autumn/Winter 2016 Makeup Collection

Published in: Aveda, Makeup

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I’m wearing the Aveda Foklor Collection on my eyes and lips

Well, someone was feeling creative when they named this collection. πŸ™‚ Why is “folklore” spelled like that (like “Foklor”)? I’d really like to know. It’s interesting, though, right?

So, I don’t know a lot about Aveda makeup, but I’ve used it a bit before, and one of the things I like about the line is their botanical ingredients (fun fact: I was a botany major for about 2 seconds). Like, their Petal Essence Single Eye Colors contain aromatic waxes from jasmine flowers and geranium leaves, and their Nourish-Mint lip products have organic mint.

Foklor is their fall/winter 2016 collection, and it’s so colorful! I don’t know why, but I expected more subdued colors, and these are punchier and more exciting than I thought (yay!).

The eyeshadows are my favorite things in the collection. There are four of them, and the greens, in particular, are absolutely stunning. The powders are a little frostier than I usually like, but I love how easy the pigments are to build and blend. I can get a dramatic look fairly quickly with them without having to layer too much.

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On my eyes: Balsam, Dusted Sage, Chia and Rose Quartz Eyeshadows; Gypsum Gold and Slate Shimmer eyeliners; on my lips: Sheer Primrose Lipstick and Pink Lupine Lip Glaze

The Aveda Foklor Collection
Limited edition for autumn/winter 2016, available now at Aveda counters and online

Nourish-Mint Smoothing Lip Color in Carnelian ($18)
Nourish-Mint Sheer Mineral Lip Color in Sheer Primrose ($18)
Nourish-Mint Rehydrating Lip Glaze in Pink Lupine ($18)
Nourish-Mint Lip Shine in Chuparosa ($18)
Nourish-Mint Lip Liner in Tarragona ($18)
Petal Essence Eye Definers in Slate Shimmer and Gypsum Gold ($17 each)
Petal Essence Single Eye Colors in Chia, Rose Quartz, Dusted Sage and Balsam ($15 each)

I’m all about these eyeliners, too, like Slate Shimmer, which is a gorgeous, dark and smoky bluish gray with tiny flecks of teal glitter. It’s very…almost NARS-y and really pretty.

The liners have a harder texture, so you might want to warm them up on the back of your hand first to get them nice and soft.

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The Aveda Foklor Collection

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Aveda Foklor Eyeshadows and Eye Definers

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Aveda Foklor lip products

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What Would You Do if You Had Free Rein and Could Do Whatever You Want in Your Own Dream MAC Collaboration?

Published in: Just For Fun, MAC Makeup

My Dream MAC Collaboration

If I had free rein? — oh, my gosh, I don’t even know where I’d start.

I had a little taste of it once upon a time, a long time ago. I made my own Lipglass called Evolution Revolution, but if I could go back to that lab again, I’d go buck-freakin’-wild.

Oh, my gosh! Yeah, like, first of all, MAC has so many great things already, so I wouldn’t want to reinvent the wheel, but I’d take existing colors that I love and use all the time, and I’d try to utilize them in different ways.

For example, I would turn Soft Brown, Brun, Saddle, Cork and Club Eye Shadow into Paint Pots.

Ah! Cork as a Paint Pot!? Can you imagine!? I would die. Club as a Paint Pot?? I would f*cking die. Soft Brown as a Paint Pot!? OK, calm down, Karen…

OK, so I would do that for sure.

I would also turn Powersurge into a multiuse liquid. Now, I have no idea how MAC would do this, but I would love a liquid version of Powersurge that I could use as a liner or put on my brows or use on my lips.

Powersurge lips? — how cool would that be? I think that would be awesome.

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