An Autumnal FOTD With Orange, Warm Brown, Red and Copper (Mostly MAC Makeup) – Beauty Article

If you require makeup inspiration, might I suggest looking at your doorway? Wait — hear me out. That’s where I’ve been finding “inspo” for looks all week long. First, Samantha the ghost bride was my muse. Now it’s the fall leaf garland that hangs on my doorway. Back when Coywolf was a tiny toddler with teeny pig tails! I wore this subtle smokey eye with a warm orangey reddish brown lip to preschool pickup yesterday (I took the lipstick off…

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A Ghost Bride Vibe: Sooty Smokey Lids With Matte Black Lips – Beauty Article

Is this look wearable? I guess it depends on who you’re talking to. If you’re chatting with El Hub, he’d probably say, “Um, not really,” and he would encourage you to *not* wear this sooty smokey purplish blue smokey eye to pick up a small child at her preschool. (Side note: I seriously considered it, but then I chickened out at the last minute, and now I deeply regret not cementing my legacy as the crazy-@ss mom who showed up…

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Moody Makeup Time! Smokey Blue Lids and Matte Berry Lips (and a Trip to Gabriel Farm) – Beauty Article

When your hair and makeup evoke Disney Villain vibes You know you’re a makeup lover when your penchant for puffs of sooty blue drives your Halloween decor decisions. OF COURSE I would want the ghost wearing makeup. Behold the floaty ghost bride currently welcoming visitors to our humble abode. Despite being undead, she’s very proud of her dark lip and blue smokey eyes. Oh, and her dark burgundy nails. This is Samantha, and she hangs out in my doorway. I…

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Checking In: A Chanel Blush Brush Haunting, and a Jewel-Toned FOTD With Purple Lids! – Beauty Article

I will totally get to these purple lids in a second (BECAUSE PURPLE), but first, can we pleeeeease talk about the latest mystery to unfold on this end of the keyboard — a mystery also known as “The Haunting of Casa MBB”? Don’t worry, there’s nothing terribly sinister afoot (I’m not splashing buckets of holy water on things left and right, in case you’re wondering!). I’ve been gently “haunted” for the past few weeks by my favorite Chanel blush brush,…

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Easy, Elegant Fall Eye Makeup With Sapphire Lids and Liner – Beauty Article

Just a little flash of sapphire Just a friendly reminder (UM, MOSTLY TO MYSELF, LOL!) that one doesn’t need to constantly reinvent the wheel when it comes to eye makeup. For this look with sapphire blue lids and a warm brown matte crease, I used the same base, crease and lower lash line eye products from yesterday’s fall green look. All I did was swap out the greens on the lids for blue! Here’s a makeup map of the eye…

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Easy, Elegant Fall Eye Makeup With Green Lids and Liner – Beauty Article

Gotta wear green! Is green eye makeup more of a fall or a spring look for you? ASKING FOR A FRIEND. I think if you’ve got a dark green up in the mix, like a jewel-toned green or an emerald green, then yeah, whatever’s happening on your lids is totally a fall look, especially if you add a matte nude or matte brown lippie to the mix. That’s what I did the other day. I wore this green lid-and-liner combo…

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FOTD: Unintentionally ’80s Copper and Purple – Beauty Article

Dreaming of Duran Duran?! I blame all of the talk about Duran Duran in the Monday Poll comments on this makeup. I was going for colorful and modern with copper and plum lids, but I think I may have ended up unintentionally recreating the ’80s instead. WHOOPS! 🤭 (While we’re at it, would someone please pass me a pair of big-@ss shoulder pads and a bottle Aqua Net, STAT?) That’s the Urban Decay Naked Ultraviolet Palette on my lids again,…

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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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