Product Reviews

Product Spotlight: Urban Decay Inked Brow – Beauty Article

There’s a new line of long-wearing brow gels from Urban Decay! This cruelty-free vegan brow-filling gel is pigmented and lasts a loooong time. If you’re a fan of Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow, you’ll like this too. Inked Brow comes in seven $26 shades and is available now at UD counters and online. Things I’ve done to dislodge Urban Decay Inked Brows from my face: 1) Chased a preschooler while they sprinted and splashed in rain puddles. 2) Grunted,…

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Product Spotlight: Laura Mercier Caviar Volume Mascara – Beauty Article

Ready to give you a lift FOR DECADES I believed that a lash curler was a non-negotiable when dealing with stick straight lashes (mine will flex the curl outta everything), but that’s totally not so, man! My opinion changed when Laura Mercier’s marvelous Caviar Volume Mascara, which is part of LM’s permanent collection and available at Ulta for $25, rocked my world. It all started one day a few weeks ago… I was running late for work and couldn’t find…

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Are You an Aveeno Kinda Girl or Guy? – Beauty Article

AHHHHHHH Ahhhhh, Aveeno! Remember that ad? Whoever dreamt that up is the real MVP because here I am, years later, saying “Ahhhhh, Aveeno,” every time I use Aveeno. I’ll admit it; I’m an Aveeno girl, and I always have something from Aveeno in my bathroom. In fact, I just picked up a couple refills from Targhay for Stress Relief Body Wash (creamy, smells like lavender, and it’s hella hydrating and comes in a big ol’ 33-oz. bottle for $9.99) and…

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Electric Eyes and Urban Decay Wired – Beauty Article

B-A-N-A-N-A-S *ring* *ring* ☎️ Hello? Is anyone there? Hellooooo. It’s me, Karen, calling on my fruit phone, because this eye makeup is BANANAS. 🍌🍌🍌 There’s a lot going on here, I know! Not my usual neutral style at all, but I was inspired by the rainbow eye makeup on the model for the new Wired pressed pigment palette. 🌈 Plus, I was in the mood to try something new, which I highly recommend doing as often as possible, even if…

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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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Covergirl Clean Fresh Skin Milk – Beauty Article

Good stuff! I just found your new favorite base for no-makeup makeup days. 🙂 And guess what? It’s less than 10 bucks! (Technically, $9.99.) Say, “Oh, hai,” to Covergirl Clean Fresh Skin Milk, which for the official makeup record is a foundation, but performs like a sheer tinted moisturizing rock star. Remember the limited edition Hydrating Glow Tints NARS did a couple years ago? Clean Fresh Milk has the same effect (although Covergirl’s is thinner, like a liquid, and not…

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Covergirl Clean Fresh Tinted Oil Lip Oil Review – Beauty Article

Lightweight and lovely new lip oils by Covergirl Has anyone, throughout the history of makeup-kind, ever sat around thinking to themselves, “You know what I *really* wish I could have? — flaky, thirsty-as-all-hell chapped lips. That would be so great.” As a person of the parched pout persuasion, I can 100% assure you that this has never happened. What exactly are lip oils? I’ve got enough lip oils to last me into the next century, lady, because unlike many lip…

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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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Product Spotlight: Hawaii Edition – Makeup and Beauty Blog – Beauty Article

A few things (aloha and TGIF, BTW): 1. Running in 85-degree weather with 67% humidity is like hauling your limbs slow-motion through corn chowder. Wait — now that I think about it, merely existing in humid weather is like that. I am SWEAT-TAY in Hawaii, man. 2. If you’re staying with your in-laws in their one-bedroom condo with one bathroom and your child is a toddler, it’s probably a good idea to lock the bathroom door while you’re in there;…

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I’m Super Obsessed With Athleta Workout Leggings – Beauty Article

These stretchy pants take it to the next level. Why didn’t I heed their advice sooner? I should’ve known the ladies in my HIIT class — the women who lift heavy, run fast and push me every time I step into the gym — would steer me in the right direction. For years I heard them rave about Athleta workout leggings, but I never considered buying a pair for myself because they’re like $100 a pop! Super. Crazy. Expensive. However…when…

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Bay Area Beauty Love: ESUM – Beauty Article

With ❤️ from the Bay! Shout-out to San Francisco, my former home, and the current home of ESUM Cosmetics>, an as-yet under-the-radar Bay Area beauty brand. ESUM has been around for about 10 years, but I just recently discovered them. They have a line of brushes and makeup pencils made for industry pros and makeup enthusiasts. I really like their specialty eye brushes, which range in price from $18-58. They have these precision eye brushes with small, unusually shaped (but…

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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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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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Will Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream Cast a Spell on You? – Beauty Article

Nothing can stand in our way… Brace yourself: if you happen to see this jar sitting atop your dressing table, it means that any second now, your lady’s maid will magically materialize to dress you, gently brush every lock of hair into place, and pin a diamond tiara on your head. (Side note: I have watched an obscene amount of Downton Abbey over the past few days.) Only Charlotte Tilbury could turn a standard-issue makeup artist’s trick — applying a…

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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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Unsung Makeup Heroes: e.l.f. Solid Sponge Cleanser – Beauty Article

Clean brushes in the shake of a kitty’s tail. What’s an unsung hero in beauty-speak? For me, it’s an oftentimes underrated makeup (or polish!) morsel, a permanent collection product that scoots under the radar of many makeup lovers but regularly rocks my world. My long-running Unsung Heroes series features some of my favorites. If you’ve been visiting MBB for a while now, you might already know that my ride-or-die makeup brush cleanser has been good ol’ Dr. Bronner’s solid soap…

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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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Unsung Makeup Heroes: Essie Angora Cardi – Beauty Article

Is it sweater weather yet? What’s an unsung hero in beauty-speak? For me, it’s an oftentimes underrated makeup (or polish!) morsel, a permanent collection product that scoots under the radar of many makeup lovers but regularly rocks my world. My long-running Unsung Heroes series features some of my favorites. (Not so) Deep thoughts: do you suppose Cardi B ever wears Essie Angora Cardi? HMMM… I wonder! If anybody could actually point me in the direction of a chunky, cozy cardigan…

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Unsung Makeup Heroes: Essie Gel Couture Top Coat – Beauty Article

When you love something so much that you have THREE BOTTLES OF IT… 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. Nobody puts baby in the corner, and nobody puts bullsh*t top coats on my nails. I’ve had the time of my life! Like the ladies…

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A Laura Mercier Moment… – Makeup and Beauty Blog – Beauty Article

Dearest Laura…you’re rockin’ my world at the moment. I’m going to assume that you are, or have been, a makeup junkie, and so therefore you have probably had one (or more) moments like I did the other night at back-to-school night, when your makeup universe collides in such a way that you’re, like, “WHOA!” I can’t be the only one. I just can’t. I was just sitting there in Connor’s preschool classroom wearing some Laura Mercier products when my nose…

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Before and After: It Cosmetics Lash Blow Out Mascara – Beauty Article

A blow out for your fringe? I guess since Drybar caters to hair, and since lashes technically are hair, there’s a correlation between having a stylist blow out your unruly mane, and lengthening your lashes with mascara? Weird flex but OKURRRR! Drybar is known for their blow-drying hair services and not for makeup, so I was surprised when they teamed up with It Cosmetics to launch a new mascara. It Cosmetics Lash Blow Out ($25) is supposed to lift, lengthen…

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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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New From Honest Beauty: Liquid Lipstick – Beauty Article

Happiness — an aptly named bright peachy pink 😊 If you feel like you can’t toss your high pony, toast a Pop Tart, or brush the cat fur from your shoulder without bumping into a liquid lipstick, you’re not alone. Especially over the past few years, they’ve been errrrywhere — from fancy brands like Chanel to big drugstore lines (I like the ones from Maybelline and Physicians Formula), and at all price points in between. Now there’s a “clean” beauty…

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Unsung Makeup Heroes: Urban Decay Chaos Eyeliner – Beauty Article

When a little Chaos in your life is a good thing 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. I can’t keep track of all of Urban Eyeliners. I mean, what do I look like, man? — a walking Guinness Book of World Records for makeup!?…

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Unsung Makeup Heroes: Clinique All About Shadow Quad in Teddy Bear – Beauty Article

“Yeah, don’t even TRY to take my palette. I’m warning you!” 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. One of these Teddy Bears is not like the other (and it’s more comfy to hug). But right now, I’m talking about the makeup one, and it’s…

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Before and After: Tarte Big Ego Mascara – Beauty Article

Before and after Tarte Big Ego Mascara This mascara’s hot pink tube means there’s a 99.999% chance I’ll be able to find Tarte Big Ego Mascara in the black hole that is my makeup bag. (Also, I’m wondering if I’m the only person who secretly wishes that the actual color of this mascara was hot pink to match the packaging. Hmm…) Tarte Big Ego Mascara, $23 Two coats of this featherweight formula, which Tarte designed for mega length and volume,…

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Saving All My Kale for You… – Beauty Article

😍 Real talk: Does anyone actually sit at a pretty vanity table with a special lighted mirror, and scented candles burning in the background, and music playing, and perfect lighting hitting all the good angles while they apply their lipstick or other lip products for the day? — because my usual scenario involves me using the rearview mirror while sitting in my car as it warms up in my dark garage, and putting on whatever I’ve got in my purse…

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Unsung Heroes: Sally Hansen Wax Strips – Beauty Article

Smoother then a baby’s butt. 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. Ways to procrastinate when you’re sitting at your desk: Pluck your eyebrows Paint your nails Fall into a YouTube rabbit hole of ’80s music videos Wax your mustache with Sally Hansen Wax Strips…

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Crazy Clips for the Win! – Beauty Article

Don’t mind me! Question for ya: Have you arrived at that point in life when you don’t care if the world sees the weird things you do to bend your hair to your will? Although I’m not quite the lady at the supermarket with the giant pink curlers in her hair yet (because she don’t give an eff what people say when she’s buying frozen breakfast burritos!), I’m almost there. I’ve taken to wearing these long hair clips when I’m…

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MAC Unsung Heroes: Chili Lipstick – Beauty Article

MAC Matte Lipstick in Chili is hot stuff! 🔥 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. So, I was making homemade taco seasoning a few nights ago, and the color of the chili powder reminded me of one of my favorite MAC lipsticks. Smooth, long-lasting…

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