NOVATO — “They’re kind of like purse parties,” said Karen of Makeup and Beauty Blog, “but without the purses, obviously, and with much, much more cheese.”
The beauty blogger and self-proclaimed pioneer of the melted party movement hosted one of them recently — so-called “melted parties,” where women (and some men) get together to celebrate “things that make you melt.”
“It’s the latest party crazy sweeping the nation.” said Karen. “A fun festival of figurative flambé!”
At Karen’s last melted party, guests nibbled on tuna melts and fondue (both cheese and chocolate varieties, she was quick to add), then played with blue-eyed kittens and chubby-pawed puppies while watching The Notebook.
All things that make you melt.
The melted theme often extends to the dress code, as well, as Karen frequently encourages melted party guests to arrive wearing makeup like the new $21 Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipsticks by Too Faced Cosmetics.
“These opaque liquid lipsticks,” said Karen, “which are new to the Too Faced line, have set the melted party movement on fuego! I like ‘em for many reasons — first among them being the pigments. They’re intense! They literally lavish lips in smooth, saturated color, so they look great in selfies. On top of that, they last 4-5 hours, so you can raise the roof without having to stop for touchups.”
According to Karen, the slanted tip applicators make them easy to apply. “Even the brighter and more intense colors like Melted Fuchsia, Melted Violet and Melted Coral are a snap to use. I can even skip a lip liner.”
The marketing-schmarketing: An opaque liquid lip color with the shine of a gloss, the lasting power of a stain, the intense pigments of a liquid lipstick, and a precision tip applicator that nixes the need for a separate lip liner. Made without parabens, sulfates and phthalates, they’re available in six shades — light peachy nude Melted Nude, light pink Melted Peony, orangey coral Melted Coral, hot pink Melted Fuschia, purple Melted Violet and red Melted Ruby.
So what’s the 411, hon? Absolutely lovely! — albeit a little drying on my very thirsty lips. The colors are rich, intense and saturated, and the slanted tip applicator all but makes ‘em goof-proof.
On my lips, the Melted lippies feel like thin, non-sticky glosses and look like satin lipsticks.
They fade slowly over the course of 4-5 hours (but won’t last through a meal), and I find the faint buttercream flavor and scent, which fades over the course of about 10 minutes, pleasant.
If you want bright, bold lips but don’t want to exert much effort, these are a great way to go.
Just be be sure to prep your lips first with your fave moisturizing balm if they tend to get dry, because these aren’t the most moisturizing lippies on the block, and keep that balm handy in the event that you see a few flakes after a few hours.
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“Don’t be surprised if you get an invite to a melted party soon,” said Karen. “They’re the hottest crazy sweeping the nation.”
Even celebrities are getting in on the action. “Just last week I hosted a melted party with Ryan Gosling,” said Karen. “He was actually part of the entertainment. He recreated that famous scene from Dirty Dancing by lifting each of the guests, one by one, as The Time of My Life played in the background. Everyone loved it.”
There’s nothing nicer than being welcomed home
Guess who’s been all up in my grill today?
When I walked through the door yesterday afternoon, Tabs started meowing like crazy! Then he followed me from room to room and wouldn’t let me out of his sight.
And today, he slept under the desk in my office practically all day long, except when he wasn’t jumping on my lap. Isn’t it wonderful when your cat is totally into you after you’ve been gone for a little while? I wish it could be that way all the time, LOL!
Anywho…the big news ’round these parts (other than my cat not ignoring me) is Easter and Easter brunch. El Hub and I are trying to coordinate plans with both sides of the family, and it’s been, um, a challenge.
You know what nobody tells you before you get married? That in order to make everyone happy (which, turns out, isn’t even possible), you’re going to be doing a LOT of driving on the holidays.
What are you doing for Easter? Anyone else going to brunch? Tell me about it. I need a really good Easter brunch recommendation either in Marin County or Napa.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,