Tips and Tutorials

A Rocking Red Carpet Makeup Tutorial

Published in: COVERGIRL, Makeup Tips/How To, Olay, Sponsored Post

Quick question for you: would Nick Jonas count as a rockin’ red carpet date?

I was totally feeling his song Jealous last night. It sounds like old-school Babyface, doesn’t it? Love it.

The funny thing is that El Hub actually knew the song when it started playing. He was all, “Oh, that’s that Jealous song. I’ve heard it on the radio.”

LOL! This coming from a 40-something-year-old dude who reads sci-fi blogs and watches YouTube videos about carpentry. Seriously, what rock have I been hiding under that I missed that song? I am usually the last person to get to the party/figure things out, but dang! — go on with your bad self, Nick Jonas!

Anywho, what we’ve got here are two fun, un-intimidating pops of color — a smokey purple lower lash line and a hot pink lip (this is a video tutorial of the look I did earlier this week).

As always, thank you for watching. See you on the red carpet! :)

overgirl Eye Shadow Quads in Notice Me Nudes and Va-Va-Violets
Covergirl Eye Shadow Quads in Notice Me Nudes and Va-Va-Violets


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90 Seconds With the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Published in: Eyes, Palettes, Too Faced, Video

Hello from Sniffles McGoo! *sniffle*

I can’t even recognize my voice right now. (In real life. Not in this video, because I recorded it a couple days ago, pre-cold.) I sound like a cartoon character.

This is just a quick look at the palette I used for my blueberry truffle look the other day, the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Eye Palette.

It’s a good one for warm neutral looks, and of course I love the pop of blue in the center.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Dolce & Gabbana Shimmer Glow Winter Collection Recap and Moon 69 Shine Lipstick in Action

Published in: Collections, Dolce & Gabbana, Video

Tonight on The Rhinovirus Chronicles, Karen has been wearing the same pair of pajamas since yesterday, and she smells like Vicks VapoRub…

But that’s neither here nor there right now. Right now we’re talking Dolce & Gabbana, specifically the new Dolce & Gabbana Shimmer Glow winter collection. Here’s a quick video recap to go along with the bloggy review. (I recorded this a couple days ago… You do not want to see what I really look like right now.)

Lots of cool tones and gray here. In fact, I’m wearing that weird gray lipstick (Moon 69) in the video.

Now all I need is a matching suit of chain mail…

Achoo!

Your sniffly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

A Rocking Red Carpet Makeup Look – Plus a CoverGirl & Ulta Giveaway

Published in: COVERGIRL, Drugstore Beauty Finds, Giveaways, Makeup Tips/How To, Olay, Sponsored Post

A COVERGIRL makeup look and Ulta giveaway

A red carpet rock-inspired makeup look with pops of pink and purple

You know what they say: “Always be prepared…”

…to walk a red carpet with rock stars. :)

Because seriously, you never know.

In the event you find yourself alongside the left shark Katy P. as her plus one at a fancy awards show, you need a makeup look with an edge, maybe like this sassy red carpet rock-inspired eye with smoked-out purple liner and cool-toned lids.

Here’s a step-by-step in pics (YouTube tutorial coming later this week, and there’s also a giveaway at the bottom of this post). First, I prepped my skin with some products from Olay, then followed that up with lip colors and eye products from Covergirl (all available now at Ulta)

By the way, Ulta shoppers, from now through February 14, 2015, buy any Covergirl product, and get an extra Covergirl product for 50% off! (BOGO 50% off)

A quick step-by-step red carpet rock-inspired makeup look with pops of pink and purple

First, gotta prep! I started by washing my face with Olay Regenerist Regenerating Cream Cleanser before moisturizing with Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream and Olay Regenerist Intense Repair Treatment.

First, gotta prep! I started by washing my face with Olay Regenerist Regenerating Cream Cleanser before moisturizing with Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream and Olay Regenerist Intense Repair Treatment.

Olay Regenerist Regenerating Cream Cleanser

Olay Regenerist Regenerating Cream Cleanser

Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream

Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream

Olay Regenerist Intense Repair Treatment

Olay Regenerist Intense Repair Treatment

Next, I evened out my skin tone and texture by applying primer, foundation and concealer, then filled in my brows with Covergirl Bombshell Powder Brow Liner in Dark Brown.

Next, I evened out my skin tone and texture by applying primer, foundation and concealer, then filled in my brows with Covergirl Bombshell Powder Brow Liner in Dark Brown.

Covergirl Bombshell Powder Brow Liner in Dark Brown

Covergirl Bombshell Powder Brow Liner in Dark Brown

Then I dove into the Covergirl Eye Shadow Quad in Notice Me Nudes, applying the colors on my lids.

Then, I applied the Covergirl Eye Shadow Quad in Notice Me Nudes.

tweetyUPDATE: Come say hi this Thursday night, Feb. 5, at 8 p.m. EST on Twitter, and we’ll talk about red carpet looks, among other things…very likely cats (use hashtag #ULTAglam). I hope to see you there!

Covergirl Eye Shadow Quad in Notice Me Nudes

Covergirl Eye Shadow Quad in Notice Me Nudes

To give my eyes more depth and drama, I lined my water and lash lines with a black eyeliner and smudged out my upper lash lines with the darkest shade from Stunning Smokeys, another Covergirl Eye Shadow Quad.

To give my eyes more depth and drama, I lined my water and lash lines with a black eyeliner and smudged out my upper lash lines with the darkest shade from Stunning Smokeys, another Covergirl Eye Shadow Quad.

Covergirl Eye Shadow Quad in Stunning Smokeys

Covergirl Eye Shadow Quad in Stunning Smokeys


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Latest Shoe Obsession: These Leopard-Print Flats From DSW

Published in: Fashion, Video

There’s nothing like a new pair of shoes to make you feel like you conquered the world, and these are my newest pair. And I love them, love them, love them! They’re my reward for making it to the end of the week in one piece.

Hey, sometimes you just gotta reward yourself for crossing the finish line. :)

What are you up to tonight? If it’s high energy fun, I will be with you in spirit, but me — I’m kind of tired today, so I’m gonna take it easy and grab some dinner.

I may or may not be going back to Super Duper again because I’m craving that veggie burger hardcore… Maybe this time I’ll actually snap a picture of it before I inhale it. After that, the movies to see A Most Violent Year.

Have a great night, whatever you’re doin’.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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