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For Lips So Shiny the Sun Would Envy: Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss in Envy

Published in: Lips, Makeup, Product Reviews, Tarte

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss in Envy

Step away from the lip pencil!

Don’t worry. You’re not gonna need it with new Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss in Envy ($19), even though I thought I would when I saw the tube.

Turns out I didn’t.

Tarte Envy LipSurgence Lip Gloss (5)

Mauve-ish berry Envy, a limited edition gloss in Tarte’s 2014 fall collection and the latest gal to join Team Tarte LipSurgence, is filled to the brim with antioxidants and moisturizing ingredients, and it’s supposed to push your fine lip lines and wrinkles out of the picture.

The color looks much deeper and more intense in the tube than it does on my lips, where it applies quite sheer.

Tarte Envy LipSurgence Lip Gloss (7)

Actually, all of the LipSurgence Glosses are like that. Natural-looking lip color is the name of their game. Tarte purposefully dialed back the pigment to make sure that some of your natural lip luster peeks through.

Tarte Envy LipSurgence Lip Gloss (2)

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Master Makeup Sculptors Might Love BECCA Shadow & Light Bronze/Contour Perfector

Published in: Becca, Face, Makeup, Product Reviews

BECCA Shadow & Light Bronze/Contour Perfector

BECCA Shadow & Light Bronze/Contour Perfector, $49

I feel conflicted about BECCA’s Shadow & Light Bronzer/Contour Perfector

Released earlier this summer, it’s a split pan powder bronzer ($49). The darker side is for sculpting and shading, the lighter golden side for highlighting and adding dimension.

Initially, it piqued my interest because it uses black undertones to simulate the appearance of shadows on the skin.

I thought that sounded neat.

BECCA Shadow Light Bronze Contour Perfector before and after

Before (left) and after (right)

After trying it out, yeah, in some ways, I do think it’s awesome. Like, it makes it easy to go from regular chubby-cheeked Karen to ’80s Duran Duran video vixen because it carves out cheekbones quicker than you can say “Cheese and sour cream, son!” in line at Chipotle, and it does it in dramatic fashion.

BECCA Shadow Light Bronze Contour Perfector swatches

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Doing the Twist With the $28 Marc Jacobs Beauty Twinkle Pop Eye Stick Twist-Up Eyeshadow Pencils

Published in: Makeup, Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs Beauty Twinkle Pop Eye Sticks

If you thought Marc’s chrome crayon-like Kiss Pop Lip Color Sticks were cute, check out these Twinkle Pop versions.

They might just put a twinkle in your eye…

Get it…? A twinkle? Because the name?

OK, sorry, that was bad, but they are really shimmery. :)

Seriously, these $28 twist-up eyeshadow pencils are pretty cool.

No, really. There’s a cooling sensation on the skin when you use them, allegedly due to the inclusion of Swiss alpine snow in the formula.

Really now? Come on.

Anywho, the Swiss snow is also supposed to be moisturizing.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Twinkle Pop Eye Stick (2)

Marc Jacobs Beauty Twinkle Pop Eye Stick (1)

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Can You Do the Splits? With the $24 Sephora Dramatic Performance Longwear Lash Kit, Your False Lashes Can

Published in: Eyes, Makeup Tips/How To

Sephora Dramatic Performance Longwear Lash Kit

#makeupconfessions. It wasn’t the double-ended glue stick that caught my eye when I stumbled on the $24 Dramatic Performance Longwear Lash Kit at Sephora the other day, although I did think it was interesting and unlike anything I can recall seeing before. (One end has a thin, flexible brush tip for applying the adhesive, and other end has a mascara-like wand. Neat.)

And it wasn’t the false lashes themselves, although I do think they look pretty cool. Rather than a full or partial strip for each eye, they’re split into two halves to give you customized lash look control.

Sephora Dramatic Performance Longwear Lash Kit (2)

Like, if you want a more natural false lash look (natural false lash look?), apply just the outer portion to each eye. Or, if you want more lash volume around the inner corners of your eyes, go with just the inner ones. Or, if you’re in the mood to turn that ish up, apply all four pieces, two per eye.

Yeah…that’s a lot of work. And it sounds kind of complicated, doesn’t it?

But wait, there’s more.

These lashes are designed to be applied under your natural lashes. Not directly on top.

Yup, under yo’ lashes.

Wha?!

I know, it’s blowing your mind. :)

I actually heard about the under-the-lashes false eyelash technique from a makeup artist friend a while back who herself learned it from a seasoned drag queen. I remember at the time I thought, “That’s completely crazy pants. I’m not coordinated enough to do that.”

But with this kit, maybe I am. I think I should give it a try in the name of makeup science.

Sephora Dramatic Performance Longwear Lash Kit (3)

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The MAC A Novel Romance Collection Lipsticks: Yield to Love, Good Kisser!

Published in: Lips, MAC Makeup, Makeup, Product Reviews

MAC Lustre Lipstick in Myself, a soft shimmery nude beige

MAC Lustre Lipstick in Myself, a soft, shimmery nude beige

I’m kinda getting into this whole romance novel thing (maybe I’ll actually read the one I got the other day!), like, by lustily posing for pics and tussling my hair.

My pout likes it, too. It got to try the six lipsticks from the MAC A Novel Romance collection yesterday.

The four pink and rose shades, which look like something you might find in a MAC late winter/early spring launch (see: MAC A Rose Romance… So old school!), and two deeper, more traditional fall matte shades in plum and deep red, almost seem like they belong in different collections.

My first impression? They seemed worlds apart, like the protagonists in an epic love story.

Of course, one of them has to be from the wrong side of the tracks, and their relationship is forbidden (it always has to be forbidden), and just when it seems like they’ll never be together, BAM! — somehow things work out.

MAC Lustre Lipstick in Myself, Cremesheen Lipstick in A Novel Romance, Matte Lipstick in Good Kisser, Matte Lipstick in Hearts Aflame, Matte Lipstick in Lingering Kiss and Cremeshee Lipstick Yield to Love (online exclusive)

From the left, that’s Lustre Lipstick in Myself, Cremesheen Lipstick in A Novel Romance, Matte Lipstick in Good Kisser, Matte Lipstick in Hearts Aflame, Matte Lipstick in Lingering Kiss and Cremesheen Lipstick Yield to Love (the one online exclusive).

Like our intrepid lovers, something also brings these six lipsticks together, and that something is the quads.

Seriously, it’s actually kind of neat. I feel like you can wear any of the lipsticks from this collection with any of quads, and they’ll look great. They mix and match perfectly.

You already heard how I want to ride off into the sunset on a chestnut-colored mare with the rosy shade, Yield to Love, and the bright pink shade, Good Kisser, so let’s move on to the other characters in our story… :)

MAC Cremesheen Lipstick Yield to Love (online exclusive)

MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Yield to Love (the online exclusive)

MAC Cremesheen Lipstick Yield to Love (online exclusive), a mid-tone rose

Cremesheen Lipstick in Yield to Love (the online exclusive), a mid-tone rose

MAC Matte Lipstick in Good Kisser

Matte Lipstick in Good Kisser

MAC Matte Lipstick in Good Kisser, a mid-tone fuchsia

Matte Lipstick in Good Kisser, a mid-tone fuchsia

Hearts Aflame and Lingering Kiss are the two rather traditional fall shades. Technically, both have a matte finish, but they don’t look flat, at least to my eye. I see them as flirty with a kiss of shine that makes them interesting and gives them dimension.

MAC Matte Lipstick in Hearts Aflame, a mid-tone brick red

Matte Lipstick in Hearts Aflame, a mid-tone brick red

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