I’ve Got Anastasia Bright Eyes, Big City in My Suburban Sights

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My inner urban girl, the one who after 10 years living in the surburbs still tells herself that “it’s only temporary,” loves that Anastasia gives a shout-out to city girls with the name of her $39 Bright Eyes, Big City Brow & Eye Collection kit.


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The kit, one of four available now from Anastasia for the holidays, comes with a nice array of eye and brow products put together to create natural, wide-eyed looks.

The kit includes…

  • One pan with a trio of matte eye and brow powders
  • Another pan with a trio of baked shimmery eyeshadows
  • A travel-size mascara
  • A full-size Cooling Eye Brightener
  • A full-size Clear Brow Gel
  • A tiny tweezers
  • A mini dual-tipped brow brush
  • And a mini dual-tipped eyehadow brush

Anastasia’s known for bodacious brow products, and they’re my favorite pieces in this kit. With the brow/eye powders, gel, tweezers and mini brow brush, perfect brows are just a minute or two away.

As for the rest of the eye makeup here, well, I feel like it’s just okay. I do dig the glowy effect I get with the shimmery eyeshadows, but it’s accompanied by some fallout. That, and I feel like the mascara, despite the great lash separation it creates, doesn’t deliver the drag queen length and volume I crave.

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And when I applied the Cooling Eye Brightener, a creamy highlighting serum designed to soothe, de-puff and brighten the under-eye area, on my dark circles, my eyes protested by watering for about 10 minutes (it felt like when I get products containing menthol too close to my eyes).

Overall, I like the kit’s vibe — like Sunday brunch with the gals — but feel just so-so about some of the eye products. It’s a practical, mostly neutral, aesthetic that looks natural, not fussy. A girl could pair these pieces with neutral cheeks and lips for no-makeup makeup look, or add a brighter red lipstick for dramatic contrast (perhaps Lancome’s new Caprice?).

PRICE: $39.50
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Nordstrom stores and also online


Not that your nephew, international kitty supermodel Tabs the Cat, needed another feather in his cap, but now he can add LOLcat to his impressive resume. πŸ™‚

Appearing now on I Can Haz Cheezburger

I have no idea who posted this or who wrote the caption (to quote Shaggy, “It wasn’t me!”), but I love love it! He’s my little Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. stephanie says:

    that is bright! nice for summertime glow or winter shimmer… maybe not all in one for me.

  2. Alison says:

    Loved to see tabs when I was perusing LOL cats this morning! He’s totally famous. Anastasia brow gel is on my wish list for my next trip to Sephora (maybe thursday for the VIB party), but I think I’ll skip the kit. My brows are super unruly, though, and are calling out for more than my benefit brow zing kit can offer.Thanks for your review, Karen!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Alison,

      You’re welcome! πŸ™‚

      Glad you enjoyed seeing Tabs this morning. I was really surprised when I heard about it… I feel like a proud stage mom. πŸ™‚

      Anywho, what else is on your Sephora VIB wish list?

      • Alison says:

        Pacifica body butter (maybe the shimmery one?), korres lip butter, and I’m checking to see if they carry those fabulous brazilian peels that do wonders for my face. I really should be buying christmas gifts, though. Maybe a fresh sugar gift set for a friend? We will see!

  3. EsteeDarla says:

    How is the brow set they have? Or what’s you take on it

  4. The kit looks amazing! This is going on my Christmas wish list!

    Kisses, Melanie
    Beauty and Bows

  5. Kimberly says:

    I think what I’m most excited about in this post is Tabs on LOL cats! I’m sure he’s very pleased that he can now add that to his kitty resume. πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kimberly,

      I was thrilled when I found out! Tabs, of course, is now using it as an excuse to be even more of a diva than usual. πŸ˜‰

      How’s your evening going? I’m not doing much… just gonna chill and watch Ringer.

  6. Gina says:

    I LOVE that mini brow brush! I bought it on its own, and at the time, I thought $18 was a bit pricy for such a little brush. But it’s so worth it! I use it everyday, and since it’s small, I can tuck it into my makeup bag to brush out my brows if they get unruly during the day. Also, it doubles as an AMAZING gel liner brush since it’s so thin!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Gina,

      I didn’t even think to try it with a gel liner! Thanks for the heads up. πŸ™‚

      You’re so right about it being a great little brush. I think it’s gonna be a staple in my travel makeup kit.

      Have you used any other makeup from Anastasia?

  7. Kaelin Chan says:

    Oh my goodness you’re skin looks amazing! I saw that top picture and immediately thought of the Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful Campaign. You know, inner strength, polished features, glowing skin and all that.
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    • Karen says:

      Thanks, Kaelin.

      I just started using a new combo: Cover FX’s Skin Prep Primer, MAC Studio Sculpt and Tarte Provocateur Pressed Mineral Powder. I’m liking it so far.

      What face products have you been using lately?

  8. Emily says:

    I’ve been into fine-shimmered eyeshadows lately for that “bright-eyed” look. It’s surprisingly work-friendly! πŸ™‚ This kit looks good on you!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Emily,

      You’ll probably like this kit, then. πŸ™‚

      What eyeshadows have you been wearing to work?

      • Emily says:

        I’ve been doing a quick sweep of MAC’s Sweet Satisfaction Pro Longwear shadow over my lids. I felt that the shimmer in it perked my face up without going overboard haha

        P.S. Tabs is too cute! Congrats!

  9. Jenn says:

    Tabs is such a cutie patootie LOL
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  10. peach_ says:

    OMG, congrats to Tabs on the I Can Haz Cheeseburger debut! Hope to see many more. πŸ˜‰

    As for the kit, it looks like a no-makeup makeup look! Very fresh!
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  11. Nina says:

    omg … i love that picture of Tabs and the accompanying caption!

    the look you did w/ the kit is pretty, but im not one for watering eyes. i mean — my eyes are watery enough as it is, i dont need to make it worse!

  12. Kim says:

    HAHA! I love the bell ringing comment. It’s too funny. You know Tabs’ modeling career is getting a little out of control when his assistant can’t keep up with his gigs. πŸ™‚

    I’m feeling so-so about the Anastasia kit too. You look great and it seems perfect for a no-makeup makeup look, as you say. I guess I just didn’t see anything that really jumped out as a must-have.

  13. Looks like a great kit to bring around, too bad the quality of the products are only so-so~

  14. Brian McD aka Roulette says:

    “doesnÒ€ℒt deliver the drag queen length and volume I crave”

    BUAHahahhahahhahah!! I <B U Karen!! πŸ™‚ Hope things are well!!

  15. Too bad this kit doesn’t live up to her other offerings. The Beauty Express kit is FAB-U-LOUS! The shadows are great, and the brow products are awesome (love using the stencils). Her eye shadow palettes are good quality too.
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