MAC Makeup

You Get 60 Seconds for Makeup: What Do You Do? – Beauty Article

My mascara jam for the past few months, Laura Mercier Caviar Do you swipe on blush? Brush up your brows? I’m curious to hear what you would do if you were totally pressed for time. I used to know a girl when I was doing theater who’s “quick and dirty” version of 60-second makeup was black liner on her water lines and loads of mascara. Another friend of mine did a swipe of red lipstick — and that was it!…

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The Mystery of the MAC 217 Brush… – Beauty Article

You know you’re a MAC girl for life when, while casually strolling around the neighborhood (six feet away from any neighbors, of course), you spy with your little eye a MAC eyeshadow brush from afar. See that!? Yeah, we were just taking a walk and, kid you not, I saw what looked like a makeup brush in the middle of the common area in our circle. My gut told me it was a MAC brush (note the black handle and…

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Feel Good Makeup – Makeup and Beauty Blog – Beauty Article

Good morning, friend. If you’re struggling right now, I’m right there with you. Nothing personally devastating happened this week (knocks on wood), but the realness of the new world order is sinking in, and it’s manifesting itself in an ever-present tightness in my body. Like many people around the world right now, I feel the weight of an uncertain future, and it’s heavy. 🙁 I keep replaying a memory of something I did with Connor a month ago… Wow, it…

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NARS Alhambra Eyeshadow Duo -> Love! – Beauty Article

I’m still playing my way through that custom NARS palette, and I’m still rediscovering classics that keep speaking to me (because, obviously, my makeup talks to me), saying nuggets of wisdom like, “Karen, you seriously need to consider wearing us every day for THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.” Key makeup in this look (lots of NARS) Case in point: the magic combo of Madrague and Alhambra. If these two duos sang a duet, it would go a little something like…

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A Springy Purple and Orange Makeup Look Inspired By Purple Rain – Beauty Article

When the Purple One inspires your look The first time I saw Purple Rain I was eight, and it was at my friend Peachy’s slumber party. Peachy’s mom let us pick out whatever movie we wanted at the video store (this was right after she took us to Chuck E. Cheese, of course, where I killed it at ski ball), and I’m 100% positive she had no idea what the movie was about when she rented it. Even though none…

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A Fab Friday With Rosy Brown Lids and Lips + Mauve Cheeks – Beauty Article

I swear, in real life this eye makeup is not as orange as it looks in these pics… I think the bright top (J. Crew, found at The Rack last fall) is throwing a monkey wrench in the mix. Hmm… I should probably just be grateful I’m dressed in something that makes me appear to be a real, live grownup. It’s all about the little victories, you know? 😊 I was going for a springy pinkish brown for this look…

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NARS Kalahari Love – Makeup and Beauty Blog – Beauty Article

Love ya, NARS Kalahari! They say, if you love something, set it free, which I guess makes sense if you love butterflies or toucans, but in the case of makeup, if you love something, I say you should talk about it ALL THE TIME, which is why I’ve been raving about NARS Kalahari for years! Kalahari eyeshadow duo is perfect for lightly defining your lids. One side is a shimmery rosy bronze, and the other side is a shimmery taupe…

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Product Spotlight: MAC Glow Play Blush in Grand – Beauty Article

30 seconds to blush FOR THE LOVE OF CHICKEN STRIPS (this is indicative of my colorful language these days, since Connor’s been repeating everything she hears), I’ve been pushing my luck hard in the mornings to get what I need to get done before heading to the bakery for work. When it comes time for makeup, I fly up the stairs, grab my most reliable products and tools, and set my timer for three minutes. One of the reliable products…

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A Simple Everyday Makeup Look That Fits in the Palm of Your Hand – Beauty Article

I gotta hand it to these products… Just a quick reminder that makeup doesn’t have to be overly complicated. 🙂 I did this look with makeup that I could quite literally carry in the palm of one hand! It’s non-fussy, natural-looking makeup that I wore to go to dinner and window shopping with the fam-bam last Saturday, so, minimal base coverage with an ultra sheer tinted moisturizer and soft, barely-there color on my lids, lips and cheeks. There’s also the…

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Monochromatic Makeup With the MAC Loud and Clear Collection and Glow Play Blush: Coral Lids, Lips and Cheeks – Beauty Article

Captain Obvious here, but I am a fervent fan / enthusiastic adherent of monochromatic makeup, and that’s because I only have so many brain cells, and I like not having to expend them all thinking too deeply about matching my lids, lips and cheeks. I’d rather conserve a little more of my life force for other things, ya know? And I need every single drop of life force I can spare to just make it through the day, ha ha…

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All Star Products for 3-Minute, No-Makeup Makeup – Beauty Article

Some days you have 20 minutes to put on your makeup…and some days you only have three. Yesterday was a “three” day for me. I had to drop off Connor at preschool in the morning before heading to the bakery, as usual, but because I was running late (I’d just finished making her lunch, and then I accidentally dropped EVERYTHING on the floor, ARRGHHH! It happened in slow motion, too! I’ve re-lived those slice bananas falling to the ground about…

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Greens and Grays – Makeup and Beauty Blog – Beauty Article

Greens and grays Raise your paw if you ever get stuck in color combo ruts. I FEEL YOU! So, lately I’ve been trying to wear color combos that I normally wouldn’t think to pair together, but it’s hard to break out of old habits, man. Like with this green and gray look. I naturally want to wear greens with warm brown, so it was a little challenging to go against my nature and swap the brown for gray. I ended…

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Lip of the Day: MAC So Me – Beauty Article

I’ve been trying to take my own advice and break free from my usual color comfort zone, and $22 matte gray-plum MAC Retro Matte in So Me adeptly qualifies. It’s waaaaay outta my usual wheelhouse. It may be called “So Me,” but I call it “So Not Me.” 🙂 Ha ha ha! Back in high school algebra class, I sat next to a very sweet girl who I realize now as I look back… I’m pretty sure she was high…

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Throwback Thursdays: Bright Blue Inner Corners and Ice Skating! – Beauty Article

I got all the nostalgic feels with this late ’90s-inspired look with bright blue inner corners (thanks, MAC Tilt). Was anybody else obsessed with blazingly bright inner corner highlights way back when? I most certainly was. I usually rocked MAC Vex around the tear ducts. (Side note: normally accompanied by a frosty brow bone and HELLA SKINNY brows, OMG!) I felt like revisiting old-school inner corner highlights with this look because I saw a character wearing something similar on a…

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Lip of the Day: MAC Fashion Legacy – Beauty Article

MAC Fashion Legacy is a real heavy lifter, and by that I mean that you can wear it with minimal makeup on the rest of your face and have a full finished look in less than five minutes. Bright red lips: spiriting makeup lovers to work on time, one tube at a time! I wore this to the bakery yesterday and didn’t feel the need to touch up at all during my shift, which included making a delicious sheet of…

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A Face Full of MAC Classics – Beauty Article

Sometimes you gotta go with the classics. 👍 As a makeup hoarding enthusiast, I’ll be the first to admit that the thrill of the hunt — the quest itself — to find new makeup to fall in love with, is one of the motivating factors for why I like makeup and beauty so much. There’s always something new to discover, right? A new technique to master? A new finish, new formula, a new plant-based ingredient discovered deep in the jungle,…

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Monochromatic Makeup: Playful Pinks, and a Play on Cat Eyeliner – Beauty Article

Inspired by this pink sweater! I was inspired to do this monochromatic pink look by this quilted sweatshirt I found at the Eddie Bauer outlet store for 50% off (!). I can’t remember the last time I walked into an Eddie Bauer store, but there’s one of their outlet stores at Vintage Oaks in Novato, and El Hub wanted to check it out one day to look for a jacket, which he found…and I found this. It’s incredibly soft, and…

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5-Minute Makeup: Bright Berry Lips and Glowing Taupe Lids – Beauty Article

Yes, Bay Area people will wear scarves and thermals when it’s 63 degrees outside. 😂 So…you know those mornings when everything goes smoothly, and you even have extra time to do a load of laundry or stop by the drive-through coffee shop to get a latte before you start your day? On top of that, you also get to work 15-minutes early (so you don’t have to drive around the block two times to find good parking)? Yeah…this was not…

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MAC Unsung Heroes: Smoked Almond Lipstick – Beauty Article

MAC Smoked Almond, a.k.a. THE BEST. What’s an unsung makeup hero? For me, it’s an oftentimes underrated makeup morsel, a permanent collection product that scoots under the radar screen of many makeup lovers but regularly rocks my world. The long-running Unsung Heroes series features some of my favorites. Warning: do not attempt to picture an almond hunched in a doorway, puffing away at a cigarette when you think of the words, “smoked almond,” because once you see something like that…

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Product Spotlight: MAC Opalescent Powder in Rising Star, From the New Starring You Holiday 2019 Collection – Beauty Article

Shoot for the Stars, Rising Star! This Rising Star from MAC 🌟 is shooting straight to the top of my list of “Best of the Best Makeup to Wear With MAC Teddy.” (Wait…doesn’t everyone keep that list around?) Of all the things in the new MAC Starring You holiday makeup collection (which is the sub-collection of makeup within the mega collection of LE holiday items, including the kits and palettes), warm golden Rising Star ($36) face powder is the 1)…

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The MAC Holiday 2019 “Starring You” Collection! (Swatches on NC42 Skin) – Beauty Article

The new limited edition MAC Starring You Holiday 2019 collection, available now As the name would imply, “you,” or “we,” are intended to be stars of this show — the MAC Holiday 2019 “Starring You” collection show — since it’s starring…you, buuuut as much as I love ya, the real stars of this show are the glitter and frost. Sorry! But yeah. Lots. O’. Glitter. This release is all about big bling. Quick MAC backstory: every year, MAC releases a…

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Space Buns and Sparkly Purple Lids – Beauty Article

I may or may not have about a billion bobby pins in my hair at the moment. I’m sure this tri-bun hairstyle has an official/formal name, but I intend to call it “space buns,” because there’s something undeniably Star Wars about it… If I were hurtling through space on a rocket bound for Mars, and I was required to wear my hair up (to protect the sensitive electronic equipment from static discharge, you see), you better believe I would NOT…

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3 Tips for Wearing Red Eyeshadow (and a 20-Minute Makeup Look) – Beauty Article

I may or may not be in my pajamas, FYI. Fall-inspired look, TAKE TWO. I think this one’s a little closer in terms of vibe to the Thanksgiving baking accouterments I found at Michael’s the other day… More fall, and less summer, with shimmery reddish copper lids, bronze cheeks and nude-beige lips. I wore it to the bakery the other day… The bakery in my kitchen, THAT IS! Had this on while trying to work out the pumpkin/pecan cupcake situation…

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Red Lip Redux: MAC Matte Lip Mousse in Cordon Bleu – Beauty Article

MAC Cordon Bleu, I heart you Officially, this MAC matte lipstick is a warm pink, but on my lips it looks red, yet the name is Cordon Bleu, like the color blue. We should just rename it something like, “When Colors Confusingly Collide.” 😂 I wore this lippy last week in one of the Charlotte Tilbury posts not realizing just how much it would steal the show. It’s one of the Matte Lip Mousse lipsticks from the MAC Pony Park…

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5 Things I’ve Been Loving Lately – Beauty Article

Lovin’ these perfumes 1. These fall fragrances Mind you, I don’t know if these three should be officially considered “fall scents,” but it is fall here now…and I have been rotating among these scents and lovin’ ’em. 2. This funk version of Alicia Keys’ If I Ain’t Got You by Scary Pockets Those runs are so crisp! Plus, how could you not love that name: “Scary Pockets?” LOL! 3. Vegetables My sweet tooth GOES HARD, so 99% of the time…

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Doing the Dew With MAC Cream Colour Base in Luna – Beauty Article

MAC Cream Colour Base in Luna Dear 1990s-era mattes, Enjoy your moment in the makeup world, my friends, because in 30 or so, tastes will shift, and people will be all about shimmering skin. They’ll even go so far as to talk about varying levels of dewiness… Can you imagine? I KNOW. It’s craziness. Your friend, MBB As you know, I’ve been into dewy skin for… What has it been now? Years? And what has propelled this obsession to stratospheric…

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The MAC Pony Park Collection Is Luminous and Lighter Than Air! – Beauty Article

In the MAC Pony Park collection, you’ll find MAC’s latest lippie: a lightweight matte mousse MAC’s new tarot-inspired collab with South Korean beauty blogger Pony Park (a.k.a. Park Hye-Min, a.k.a. a bondafide Instagram mega-star with over six million followers) makes me wish I could find my tarot cards… I had a brief side gig as a tarot card reader, and by “brief,” I mean that it lasted all but a week, because I did one reading on my college roommate’s…

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These Are My Current MAC Crushes (What Are Yours?) – Beauty Article

Wearing my latest MAC Crushes: Studio Fix Soft Matte Foundation Stick (I’m an NC42), Love Me Lipstick in Under the Covers, and a mix of Satin Taupe and Woodwinked eyeshadows Sometimes, you just gotta spend some quality time with your first love… Your first makeup love, that is! For me, that’s MAC, ’cause I am still, and always will be, forever a MAC girl at heart. There are a couple of things (actually, quite a few things) they’ve released recently…

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MAC Unsung Heroes: Half ‘N’ Half Lipstick – Beauty Article

One of the best nude lippies in the MAC permanent collection! What’s an unsung makeup hero? For me, it’s an oftentimes underrated makeup morsel, a permanent collection product that scoots under the radar screen of many makeup lovers but regularly rocks my world. The long-running Unsung Heroes series features some of my favorites. MAC Half ‘N Half Lipstick ($18.50) is a neutral girl’s neutral — a nude pinkish brown with a creamy finish that you can wear with warm Havana…

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Milkshakes and Massages – Makeup and Beauty Blog – Beauty Article

YAAAAS KWEEN!!! Things that go together like cookies and cream: Reality TV and bad decision making Underwear and pants (generally speaking) Prince and the Revolution Fast food and deep-tissue massage And yes, I just figured out that last one, and I think it may be the key to the universe’s riches — a business that combines a luxury spa with bougie-bouge fast food. I know this ’cause I saw my high school friends Jen and Cindy last weekend for our…

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