Section: Makeup

A Refreshing Watercolor Nail Tutorial to Quench Your Thirst for Color

Published in: Guest Post, Makeup Tips/How To, Nails

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I’m a little giddy today because we’re headed on a little vacation this weekend! We’re headed down south to warmer weather (not that it’s been cold here in Logan, Utah), or should I say, “sweltering weather,” where it’s supposed to be right up around 100 degrees while we’re there. That’s alright with me, though, because I plan to live in the pool.

Since I’m pregnant, there’s been no working out or eating healthy to do (one of my favorite perks), so all I had to do to get ready was just slap on a layer of my favorite fake tan, and grace my usually bare nails with a fresh, summery manicure.

While browsing Pinterest for some inspiration, I fell in love with watercolor nails. You can literally use any colors you want, and it’s so easy! The only special tool you need is a sandwich bag, and I’m pretty sure everyone has those on hand. (See what I did there? Eh?)

Let me show you how quick and easy this is!

1. Start with white nails

Start off with white nails (I’m using China Glaze White On White), and I painted mine the night before to make sure they were completely dry.

From experience, I’ve figured out that if the nails are still a little wet, it’ll cause problems with the rest of the process.

Start off with a white base

Start with a white base

China Glaze White on White

China Glaze White on White

2. Apply your colorful blobs

Working one nail at a time, put a fairly generous blob of each color you want to use on the nail. I put the blobs in different areas so that the nails don’t all turn out looking similar.

I wanted mine to resemble pools of water, so I used two blues — Zoya Blu and Sally Hansen Blue Rose (discontinued) — and a turquoise called Essie Turquoise and Caicos.

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Sally Hansen Blue Rose

Sally Hansen Blue Rose

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Zoya Blu

Zoya Blu

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Essie Turquoise and Caicos

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Sneak Peek! MAC Vamplify Is Making a Comeback #MACVamplify

Published in: MAC Makeup

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Arriving July 7, 2016 to the MAC website and to stores July 14 – through August 25

Erhmahgawd, that blue!!!

But where the heck am I gonna wear it?

Hmm… I’m sure I’ll find someplace wildly inappropriate, like the Babies “R” Us or the farmers’ market, LOL!

Lip swatches coming soon, but here’s a quick peek at the upcoming MAC Vamplify glosses.

I’m so excited that MAC is bringing these back! Remember these from last summer? They’ll always have a special place in my heart because I was wearing Spankin’ Haute when El Hub and I told the parents we were pregnant. 🙂

mac vamplify swatches

MAC Vamplify swatches

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And more swatches…

Spankin’ Haute is back, yay! In total, this batch will include 16 shades, with nine of them being re-promoted colors from last year, and seven of them being new, and they’re all $20 each.

It’s a limited edition launch and arrives on the MAC website July 7, and then on counters from July 14 – August 25.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

An All-Matte FOTD With the Buxom Suede Seduction Eyeshadow Palette

Published in: Buxom, Face of the Day (FOTD), Guest Post

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Trying an all-matte makeup look today with the Buxom Suede Seduction Eyeshadow Palette

Yes, you read that right — all matte! — which is a big jump for me because, as you guys probably know about me by now, I live for the GLOW. I like my eyeshadows sparkly, my blush shimmery and my lips glossy.

But I felt like challenging myself today with a look using all matte products, and the Buxom Suede Seduction Eyeshadow Palette, which is available now at Ulta for $40, has five neutral matte shades.

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The subtle shades in the Buxom Suede Seduction Eyeshadow Palette

I really how it turned out! I’m surprised! I think it’s a classic makeup look. I certainly won’t be abandoning my hoard of glowy things, but I can incorporate more matte finishes into my makeup routine. I think this makeup would be very appropriate for a job interview or for some kind of professional pictures. I remember a while back that Marcella emailed Karen and all of us interns asking for advice on makeup for a job interview, and if I’d known about this Buxom palette then, I definitely would have recommended it!

The shadows are very soft and easy to blend. Plus, the colors aren’t too warm or cool, so they’re super versatile.

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Very subtle eyes, with neutral cheeks and lips

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Sometimes Your Survival Depends on a Pretty Pink, and for Those Times There’s the NARS Survival Kit 1

Published in: Kits and Sets, Makeup, NARS, Product Reviews

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The new $59 NARS Survival Kit 1 (coming exclusively to Nordstrom and the Nordstrom website July 1)

“I need makeup to survive!” she exhaled, placing the back of her left hand against her forehead melodramatically and tipping her head.

OK…so maybe eyeshadow, blush, gloss and mascara aren’t as important to your day-to-day survival as, you know, food and water, but they’re handy to have around! — especially when they come in chic limited edition packaging like they do in the new NARS Survival Kit 1.

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Wearing NARS Naiad, Kalahari II and Audacious Mascara on my eyes, Off Limits and Mata Hari on my cheeks and Party Girl on my lips

The new limited edition set will cost $59 when it arrives in the Promised Land, also known as Nordstrom stores and the Nordstrom website, July 1st with a compact containing two powder eyeshadows and two powder blushes, a mini lipgloss and a mini mascara.

NARS Survival Kit 1

  • Naiade Eyeshadow
  • Audacious Mascara
  • Kalahari II Eyeshadow
  • Off Limits Blush
  • Mata Hari Blush
  • Party Girl Lip Gloss

I’d like to make a shout-out to Kalahari II, one of the eyeshadows in this kit. It’s a glistening taupe-plum, and I think it’s one of those “Ya gotta have it!” pieces from NARS. I’ve been wearing it for years (it’s also in the permanent collection). It lasts all day long and looks amaze-balls with bronze eyeshadow and/or liner.

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NARS Survival Kit 1 swatches

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My Favorite Products From Sephora Collection

Published in: Guest Post, Makeup, Sephora

Poor Sephora Collection!

I feel like it’s the Cinderella of all the brands you can find at Sephora.

I mean, I don’t know about you, but 99% of the times I go to Sephora, I don’t even look at their own brand.

1% of a bajillion times is still quite a few times, though, so over the years I’ve actually managed to find some real gems.

So get ready, Sephora Collection. Polish your glass slippers because today’s your day to shine!

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My favorite products from Sephora Collection

Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 01 Always Red & 03 Strawberry Kissed ($14 each)

Sephora Cream Lip Stain 01 Always Red Swatch

The Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 01 Always Red is my go-to for holiday dinner parties as it remains pretty much intact even if I end up eating my own body weight in one meal

Sephora Cream Lip Stain 03 Strawberry Kissed

03 Strawberry Kissed is a shade I prefer using in the summer months, and I included it among my five bright pink lipsticks to try this summer

Sephora definitely knows how to make liquid lipsticks, that’s for sure! I’ve tried three different types, and they all rock.

I’ll start with the one I think is the most popular, which is the Sephora Cream Lip Stain.

I have it in two shades, 01 Always Red and 03 Strawberry Kissed, and they’re both equally good.

Even though they’re completely matte and transfer-proof, they’re not overly drying or uncomfortable.

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