Product Reviews

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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Get Gorgeous Doughnut Lips with NARS Oil-Infused Lip Tint – Beauty Article

NARS Oil-Infused Lip Tint ($26 each) When your lips gleam like a glazed Krispy Kreme doughnut, you’re doing it right! 🍩 The new NARS Oil-Infused Lip Tints blaze bright neon in their tubes, but they look almost clear on lips. There’s just a wink of coy color, and thanks to the bevy of fruity moisturizing factors they contain, my dry lip flake situation is currently MIA. The formula feels like a cross between a gloss and a balm, and these…

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First Thoughts on First Aid Beauty – Beauty Article

It’s FAB (Psst!) Guess what I heard over by the water cooler? I heard that the First Aid Beauty line is fab for sensitive, moody skin. Spread the word. 😉 Initially, I wanted to give the line a go because of what I’ve heard about their Retinol Eye Cream ($44), even though I’m starting to feel like eye creams are one of those useless endeavors. (Sigh) Part of me still wants to believe there IS something out there that works.…

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The Chanel Les Beiges Natural Eyeshadow Palette – Beauty Article

You know when you get something new that you really like but you want to save it for a special occasion, but then Mother’s Day comes and goes, your birthday comes and goes, and you realize that if you keep waiting for a big moment to bust it out, you’ll just end up waiting forever, so one day you just go for it and use it on a random Wednesday? Well, I’ve been saving this gorgeous neutral eyeshadow palette from…

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Two Coats of Too Faced Damn Girl Mascara: Before and After – Beauty Article

EXCLAMATION MARK! The name of this new $25 mascara seems like a missed opportunity…because if you’re going the cheeky/sassy route, why not go all the way? Just go ahead and call it “DAAAYUM GURL!” rather than “Damn Girl!” However, I do appreciate the Too Faced corporate commitment to proper usage of the English language. 🙂 Damn Girl is the brand’s latest foray into Lash Land, and the brand says it’s for the person who wants extra everything — extra length,…

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New Serums From Kate Somerville – Beauty Article

Kate Somerville is one of my all-time, hands-down go-to skin care lines. (The Anti-Bac Clearing Lotion for acne and +Retinol Vita C Power Serum are must-haves) Well — herald the trumpets! — they have a new line of serums called Kx Active Concentrates that are designed to firm, moisturize and downplay your fine lines, all without irritation (which is the bit that caught my eye). Kate recommends layering two drops (because the serums are super concentrated) of the Kx Active…

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Two $22 Liquid Liners Worthy of Wings – Beauty Article

Easy to use and won’t quit on you. I worked out hard for an hour at the crack of dawn, then showered in water hot enough to melt bones, AND THEN I gallivanted for an entire day wearing black cat-colored PERVERSION Waterproof Fine-Point liquid liner Eye Pen by Urban Decay, and not once did I look in the mirror and think, “Ew, gross… I should probably take this off.” I’m now 100% convinced that I could enter my final resting…

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Hot in Here – Makeup and Beauty Blog – Beauty Article

Let’s just say that grocery shopping has been challenging… Things nobody ever warns you about but probably should: If you’re going to fill your trunk with things to donate to others — things that no longer spark joy for you (like that pink paisley polyester dress from Bebe you haven’t worn since 1999), but that could still hopefully spark joy for someone else, you’ve got to get your booty in the driver’s seat, put the keys in the ignition, and…

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Why Yes, You Need to Revisit the Little Black Backpack – Beauty Article

Does she or doesn’t she have cat food in there? Is it 1994? Are we wearing Doc Martens, flowery black dresses and Revlon Raisin Rage? HAS ANYONE SEEN MY NIRVANA CD? Sorry, for a second there, I could’ve sworn we took a hot tub time machine back to my late teens, which was when the little black backpack was the undisputed Queen of All Accessories. Believe it or not, enough time has passed for them to slingshot back into style…

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