It’s a CeraVe Jamboree! CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream Releases Moisturizing Ingredients All Night Long

It’s a CeraVe Jamboree! CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream Releases Moisturizing Ingredients All Night Long

This month I’m highlighting skin care products from CeraVe, a most-excellent drugstore brand. It’s a CeraVe jamboree! This week’s allstar is a notable night cream for all skin types — CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream.

Why does this night cream not come in a big ol’ vat…? Because it should! Yes, the dainty jar is convenient and cute. Also, yes, technically, one only needs to use a little (just a few tiny dots), but a supersized, super-fantastic jar if this hella hydrating, no-frills night cream needs to happen!

To the gals and guys who love rich bedtime moisturizers, CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream could be a game-changer.

Made for all skin types, this fragrance-free, time-released face cream parses out intensely moisturizing ingredients throughout the night, so, as you sleep, your skin constantly receives a steady stream of moisture via CeraVe’s signature essential ceramides, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide (among other ingredients).

Benefits

  • Helps soften and renew the look of tired skin overnight
  • Provides intense hydration
  • MVE Technology: This patented delivery system continually releases moisturizing ingredients for all night hydration
  • Biomimetic peptides: Improve the appearance of tired-looking skin
  • Ceramides: Help restore and maintain the skin’s natural barrier
  • Hyaluronic acid: Helps retain the skin’s natural moisture
  • Niacinamide: Helps calm the skin
  • Non-comedogenic and fragrance-free
  • Developed with dermatologists

— cerave.com

It’s a trite term, but I have “combo skin,” meaning in my case that I have an oily forehead, dry cheeks, and my face is acne-prone allllll over. I use a retinol, a BHA and benzoyl peroxide daily, and I think that one of the reasons I can tolerate all of that exfoliation is because I use CeraVe Night Cream every night.

cerave skin renewing night cream ingredients

Right after I get out of the shower, when my skin is still damp, I dab a few dots on my forehead, cheeks, chin and neck, and gently massage it in. Then I leave it to fully absorb while I put Connor to bed and prep for the next morning. Then, right before I pass out I go to bed, I apply a thin layer of retinol.

This stuff isn’t greasy (a.k.a. no sticky neck), it layers well underneath the retinol I’m currently using, and, most importantly, it’s rich enough to keep the painful peeling and dryness at bay. I probably wouldn’t be able to keep going with all of the acids, retinol and exfoliating products if I weren’t using this. To be blunt, it makes a big difference.

It’s definitely on the pricey side for drugstore skin care (about $20 for a 1.7-oz. jar, depending on where you get it), but a little goes a long way. Right now it’s $18.49 at Ulta, and they’re currently doing a buy one, get one for 50% off online, so if you’re curious, that might be the way to go.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  • Tatiana says

    January 28th, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    I always thought you were supposed to put retinol on first on clean, bare, and dry skin then put moisturizer over it, so that the moisturizer doesn’t block the effectiveness of the retinol. If I’ve been doing it wrong it could explain why I can’t tolerate retinol in any form.
    I bought a tub of this CeraVe hoping it would be a replacement for the two rich creams I have loved, (one priced at an arm and a leg and the other discontinued) but I’ve only used it once and I don’t have an urge to try it again.

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  • MelodyJ says

    January 28th, 2021 at 3:18 pm

    It works for my combo skin. it sells really well here no matter what store I get it from.

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  • CC says

    January 28th, 2021 at 6:24 pm

    I too thought that about retinol application (before serum and moisturizer). I’m using Cerave retinol serum, but don’t know that it’s doing much for my skin. Skin care is perplexing ?.
    I recently bought the cerave night cream on walmart.com and I think I paid around $13.00?
    It’s a great night cream.

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  • Anne says

    January 29th, 2021 at 2:18 am

    I love moisturizers like that to buffer my Tretinoin – if I did not put something like this on beforehand, I get a lot more peeling.

    Reply

  • Erika says

    February 10th, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    I use tretinoin and I just bought this CeraVe night cream as a dupe for Drunk Elephants Lala retro intense whipped moisturizer and it only cost like $13 at Walmart… I just put it on and it feels so nice on my skin. I’m use to exfoliating products and peels like glycolic and lactic acids so finding a good cream is imperative I was spending a lot but have found cheaper just as good product such as CeraVe. Stay beautiful ladies!!

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    5 Sheer Foundations to Ace Your WFH Base | Friday Thoughts on Looking Good on the Outside and Feeling Good on the Inside

    5 Sheer Foundations to Ace Your WFH Base | Friday Thoughts on Looking Good on the Outside and Feeling Good on the Inside

    5 sheer wfh foundationsFive wonders of the makeup world

    If there were ever a time to appreciate the wonders of a sheer, everyday workhorse foundation, this would be that time!

    These are my favorites at the moment. What are yours?

    5 Sheer Foundations to Ace Your WFH Base

  • Lancôme Skin Feels Good Hydrating Skin Tint Healthy Glow: Ultra lightweight with a demi-matte finish; looks great in person AND in pics.
  • MAC Face and Body Foundation: The most natural-looking of all the sheer bases, and it’s long-lasting too. I kid you not, skin still looks like skin when you wear this.
  • First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer: A beautiful satiny finish with medium coverage! Plus, it blurs pores.
  • It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation Skincare: This one is also medium coverage, but the finish is closer to matte than the others. The barely-there formula practically feels like water.
  • MAC Studio Fix Soft Matte Foundation Stick: This one is SO easy to blend and has a gentle, soft matte finish. Sometimes I like layering this on top of Face and Body. ?
  • Thoughts on looking good and feeling good

    Most of the time, when we look good, we feel good. I heard something along these lines recently in a fashion video (it was about how not to look “frumpy,” in case you’re curious), and it spoke to me.

    At the beginning, Erin, the host of the show, says…

    “We’re talking about how the way you look affects the way that you feel, affects everything in your life. When you’re looking good, you will feel better. You will feel great. You will have more to give everybody else.”

    This struck a chord with me, because whenever I have something to give — whether it be my time, energy, money, love, etc. — I always give what I have to my friends and family, which I’m always happy to do, but what I hadn’t realized, though, is that the strain of the past year has left me with very little (or rather, zero) leftover “oomph” for myself, and it’s been slowly chipping away at my confidence. My proverbial well is bone dry.

    Lately, I can feel myself getting dangerously close to the point where one rolls out of bed one day and stays in the same crusty pajamas for two weeks straight.

    I think a part of it is my hair, to be honest. I haven’t had a cut in more than a year, and it’s been bothering me. I haven’t wanted to do anything with it lately, because it’s almost impossible to wrangle it into any sort of workable style. That frustration then leads to me saying, “well, f*ck it,” to everything else. Why bother putting on sunscreen or mascara when none of it feels fun?

    ouai pet shampooThis cat looks like how I feel in the mornings lately…

    Oh, and forget about getting properly dressed, because nobody will notice if my shirt is inside out or backwards — not even the people I live with, and I know this because it’s happened several times.

    Because I haven’t really talked to anyone in person lately, unless it’s the occasional curt one- or two-minute conversation with the sales associate in the checkout line at Petco, or a brief in-passing conversation at preschool dropoff, I sometimes find myself wondering, “Why do I even keep trying?”

    The funny thing is, logically I know that 1) this is all temporary, and 2) what’s mostly bothering me is exterior stuff. It’s all frosting, and not the cake, which is something I tell Connor all the time. I know in the grand scheme of things that the outside stuff is frippery. I’m 100% aware that what’s on the outside does not determine my worth on the inside.

    baked sprinkle cakeYou know I had to do it.

    Yet…when I look in the mirror and see myself looking sloppy or unkept, even when I remind myself that the exterior stuff isn’t everything, and all the best stuff is on the inside, I still feel yucky. ?‍♀️

    People often say that the first step to helping yourself is being able to admit that you need help, and watching that video made me realize that I need a little help.

    So, here I am, gently reminding myself that doing the things that make me feel good are not a trivial burden. Brushing my hair, putting on sunscreen in the morning, and curling my lashes — these are all good things, and they are worth the effort, because when I look good, I feel good, and I will have more to give.

    keep room in your heart

    Oh, and another gentle note to self: it really doesn’t have to be hard. The effort does not have to be Herculean.

    For the last few nights, right before bed, I’ve been setting out a bottle of one of the sheer bases listed above, along with a lash curler, a mascara, a brow pencil, blush and a lipstick, and I make sure to put on makeup first thing in the morning.

    Surprise, surprise! — I’ve been feeling a little better since I started doing this, and my plan for the next few days is to do the same tomorrow, and the next day, and the next….

    Oh, and earlier this week I bought myself some clothes for the first time in…I can’t even remember how long.

    Also, I found a stylist who does outdoor cuts. Mind you, I haven’t booked an appointment yet because of the virus and whatnot. I’m still nervous about the pandemic, but at least I know that, when I’m ready, she’ll be there, and that’s such a mental relief.

    Anyway, that’s what’s been going on with me. Thanks for listening, and on that note…

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    Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

    Karen

    P.S. TGIF!

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  • Christine says

    January 29th, 2021 at 12:22 pm

    Happy Gentle Friday, Karen.
    I love the little “love MU kit” you put out for yourself for the morning-time. All the small rituals — makeup, making the bed, coffee, etc. — are very important, even if, especially because, they are exterior. They are the little things that CAN be done that CAN be controlled to allow you to deal with everything else that you cannot.
    We’re all on similar life rafts and I feel like rooting for everyone who is going through something (because there is always something, even on top of pandemic ish), big or small, drama or no drama. We all need to feel supported and if extending ourselves a bit of gentleness, a bit of beauty in our day takes just a small bit of energy, I think multiple times more energy comes back. You got this! And we got your back, too! xo

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    • Karen says

      January 29th, 2021 at 1:20 pm

      Thank you, Christine. Hang in there! Hold onto that life raft with last bit of strength of your perfectly painted fingernails. 🙂

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  • Christine says

    January 29th, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    P.S. I’ve been loving my Typology Tinted Serum, the 2 drops that I manage to spread just around my eyes, above the mask line. LOL

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    • Karen says

      January 29th, 2021 at 1:18 pm

      So smart to keep it above the mask line! I just looked up the shades and gah, I wish they had something between 4 and 5.

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      • Christine says

        January 29th, 2021 at 1:22 pm

        No worries! Because the offered shades are based on Fitzpatrick skin types, they are sheer and general enough to cover a range of skin tones. I believe I got a 4. It blends in really well and gives a nice, sheer even tone without highlighting pores or even feeling like anything on top of the skin.

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        • Karen says

          January 29th, 2021 at 1:44 pm

          Well you know I love lightweight. Hmm. Maybe I just put a 4 in my cart. 🙂

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          • Christine says

            January 29th, 2021 at 1:51 pm

            Maaaaaybeeeee…. I’m about ready to pick up the regimen for my skin type. They give you a good list of products based on your skin type from a detailed questionnaire and then update it! You will love all the packaging…

          • Karen says

            January 29th, 2021 at 4:01 pm

            Oh, how fun! Do it in the name of self care. 🙂

  • Alison says

    January 29th, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    Karen. All of this! When I give up on putting myself together for the day, what I’ve really done is given up on the day. My productivity, mood, and contribution to the day are largely tied to my outward appearance. When I still worked outside of my home, I would even reapply lipstick right before tackling a long session of document review. That little act turned into higher focus and mental acuity. Some days I need to be cozy with my laptop on the couch, and other days I consider wearing pumps around the house. Whatever it takes to get the job done! A little wardrobe refresher never hurts either 😉

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    • Karen says

      January 29th, 2021 at 1:16 pm

      Hi Alison,

      Yes! The little things really do matter. Love your idea of putting on some lipstick before a task… I might just do that right now.

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  • Jade says

    January 29th, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    The little things do make a difference! I will say my friend has similar hair to yours (what I call mermaid hair) and she ended up cutting it herself and it looks great, so there’s always that!

    I hope you feel better and have a great weekend!

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    • Karen says

      January 29th, 2021 at 1:15 pm

      I figure that if I get really desperate, I’ve watched enough Youtube videos to not totally ruin it. LOL

      Have a great rest of your Friday. 🙂

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  • Efra says

    January 29th, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    Hey girl, I really get you. I’ve been also in that situation right now and between the pandemic and unemployment; I truly can find the energy for many things. That’s why I have to thank you because your posts have been like a safe place for me during this times.

    For me right now I’m struggling with the lack of energy and management of time, but I think I really need to put all my war paint in order to get the job done.

    If you ever try to do your hair by yourself, please start slow and with the idea that if something goes wrong the process to correct it may not be ideal. That’s how my sister and I have acted while all the bleaching and coloring (actually part of me thinks about becoming a colorist) so we have always know that if something went bad we will end up with a darker dye to cover everything or getting short hair to disguise it. You have already watched many videos, so I think you already have enough insider advice to avoid common mistakes.

    I send you a virtual hug and remember we’re going through this together.

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    • Karen says

      January 29th, 2021 at 4:00 pm

      I will take that hug. 🙂

      Hey, and if you put on makeup this weekend, I will too!

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  • Shannon says

    January 30th, 2021 at 11:53 am

    Words of wisdom, my friend!! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this subject. I know I feel the same way.

    Sending you SO much love. ❤️❤️

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  • Jenna says

    February 1st, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    I totally agree with you! I need to keep up with my routine, even when WFH, just so I still feel like “myself” and not like I’m home sick. I’ve decided to use this time to be creative with my makeup and put together a new look every two weeks, shopping my stash and rediscovering old favorites. Right now I’m on a Babes of the 90s kick, so my current look is a neutral, but sparkly brown eye (Lancome Brun Captivant shadow stick, dark brown liner, MAC Powersurge on the waterline, dark brown mascara, defined dark brown brows), plum lips (NARS Shrinagar), soft plum blush (MAC Animal Instincts) for my super pale winter skin. Then my look is set, and I don’t need to think about it for two weeks. I’m even incorporating music and old perfume for total nostalgia. Like – yep, that was my look 25 years ago. Not something I’d wear in real life today, but fun to revisit those times.

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  • Kim says

    February 4th, 2021 at 10:09 am

    I hope you’ll decide to get your hair cut if that will make you feel better. I hate when mine gets even a little too long, so I sympathize! And everyone is different and I’m certainly not telling you how you should feel, but do keep in mind that we’ve heard so much doom and gloom over the past year that I’m not sure we’re hearing the facts. It’s awful for ANYONE to die, but in the US, 98.4% of people who were diagnosed with covid are still alive. Many people, myself included, had cold symptoms and never even would have known it was covid. So, who knows how many more people have actually had it? Maybe now, with the vaccines, we’ll start hearing good news and people will still follow the safety guidelines, but will be less afraid. 🙁

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    3 Steps to a Sheer, Fresh Base (That Looks Effortless)

    3 Steps to a Sheer, Fresh Base (That Looks Effortless)

    laura mercier beige ultimae pyt no bs paletteWaiting on spring!

    It’s always kinda amusing to me when I watch a tutorial for “skin that looks like skin,” or “effortless foundation,” and it involves, like, 12 steps to get there!

    I know, I know! It comes with the territory of doing makeup. But still. ?

    Admittedly, I’m guilty of over-complicating makeup on occasion (*coughsorry! *cough*), but sometimes I really do just want easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy, and this three-step process to a sheer, fresh base is exactly that.

    The goal here? A low-effort base that looks natural and polished, with a few areas of strategically placed slightly dewy (but not shiny) finish peeking through. Please bear in mind that this type of base will not completely cover everything. Yes, we’re purposefully letting lots of actual skin show.

    You’ll need…

    Three is the magic number here, starting with how much time you’ll need.

    About three minutes.

    Also, you’ll need the following…

  • An opalescent, low-shimmer highlighting lotion, ideally one without any bits of glitter in it
  • A sheer-to-medium-coverage stick or cream foundation that works for your skin type and tone
  • A synthetic blending brush
  • The step-by-step

  • First, dab a few dots of the pearly lotion all over your face, and blend. I like to include a few dots beneath my eyes to lift and brighten that area. After blending all of your dots, wait about a minute for your pearly lotion set.
  • Apply the foundation you selected wherever you want the highest coverage. Gently press and blend it in with clean fingers (ideally, your fingers should be warm for this, and not freezing cold like my fingers get sometimes). I typically do my cheeks, underneath my nose, around my mouth, and in the center of my forehead. This should take just about another minute.
  • Gently diffuse the edges of your foundation with the blending brush, seamlessly blending the foundation into your natural skin. The trick is to not lift off and remove too much product here. That is, you do want some coverage, after all, so use a light touch.
    • Optional: dab some concealer under your eyes, and I’d suggest something sheer because a full-coverage concealer will look disjointed alongside such a sheer base.
    • Additional optional step: set your foundation with a sheer powder (I usually skip this step).

    Here’s a closeup of the base! As you can see, there are a few freckles on my nose and a few places where a little pigmentation is peeking through above my upper lip and on my cheeks, which I’m totally cool with. Like I said, this is the type of makeup that isn’t meant to fully conceal everything.

    laura mercier beige intime pyt no bs palette closeupWell, hi there!
    Fresh skin, olive lids and rosy beige cheeks and lipsSee the freckles on my nose?

    What to pair this base with

    If you want to keep it casual and underdress this base, you could pair it with a combination of brow gel, mascara and eyeliner, but for a little extra polish, you could dress it up like I did here by pairing it with something like a cool-toned olive and taupe on the lids, a matte rosy blush on the cheeks and a light pinkish brown lipstick.

    laura mercier beige intime pyt no bs palette swatchesSwatches of the key eye, cheek and lip products
    laura mercier beige intime pyt no bs palette productsFeatured products I’m wearing on my eyes, cheeks and lips

    Product links

    What I’m wearing

    • MAC Strobe Cream in Pinklight
    • MAC Studio Fix Soft Matte Foundation in NC42
    • PYT No BS Palette in Cool
    • Chanel Espresso eyeliner
    • Laura Mercier Rose blush
    • Laura Mercier Beige Intime lipstick
    • Lancome Lash Idole mascara
    • Urban Decay Brow Blade in Dark Drapes
    • MAC Clear brow gel

    Additional pearly/low-shimmer highlighting lotion options

    • Similar | BECCA Backlight Primer
    • Similar for less | L’Oréal Studio Secrets Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer

    Additional stick or cream foundation options:

    • Similar cream, in a pan | Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation
    • Similar cream, in a stick | Hourglass Vanish
    • Similar cream stick foundation for less | Maybelline Super Stay Multi-Use Foundation Sticks (you might have better luck with it than I do)
    • Similar cream in a pan for less | Honest Beauty Everything Cream Foundation

    Synthetic blending brush options:

    • I used | Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
    • Similar | The Hourglass Foundation/Blush Brush No. 2
    • Similar for less | e.l.f Selfie Foundation Brush

    Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

    Karen

    P.S. Happy Tuesday! ?

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  • Efra says

    February 9th, 2021 at 10:53 am

    I really love the fact that you gave a lot of options to get this base.

    I do have the MAC stick but for me is almost impossible to get more than medium coverage from it, so most of the time I use it all over to get everything a little even.

    And about the pearly lotion, it’s funny I have one that is straight of shimmer but in lotion form, but I discovered that when I mixed with a matte foundation/tinted moisturizer (that sets fast) in a 2:1 ratio I get a “similar” result to Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter.

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    • Karen says

      February 9th, 2021 at 11:16 am

      I really enjoy that Charlotte Tilbury base but yeah, it’s pricey! Glad you were able to find a similar dupe. 🙂

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  • Tatiana says

    February 9th, 2021 at 11:46 am

    I love, love, love this look! So fresh, so sophisticated, yet not over done.
    My favorite glow primer that has been discontinued is the Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base. Sigh.
    I use the e.l.f. foundation brush and love it. For around $5 it works great!
    I need to check out that LM blush and lipstick. Although I’m afraid the lipstick will pull too brown on me.

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    • Karen says

      February 9th, 2021 at 1:15 pm

      This is my favorite type of makeup to wear as of late. Just a little something-something but not too much!

      BTW the LM blush is super great. Sheer enough to not be in your face but still enough color to have some pop.

      How’s your day going, btw? I just finished doing a Zoom meeting with Connor’s kindergarten teacher for next year. ? I can’t believe she’s going to be 5 soon.

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  • Tatiana says

    February 9th, 2021 at 3:32 pm

    For my base I’ve been alternating between MAC Face and Body, Koh Gen Doh and Surratt Dew Drops, all applied judiciously.
    When it comes to blush, I like sheer. I’m so fair, that if I don’t apply blush lightly I look like a clown or a kid getting into mom’s makeup at dress up time.
    Having a good day. Did a Zoom ballet class with SF Ballet, went to the farmers’ market (never know where to put the apostrophe in that one) and did some grocery shopping for my trainer who’s feeling under the weather.
    Yeah for Connor turning 5 soon! I felt like between 5 and when the hormones hit was the sweet spot. Articulate enough to tell you their needs, getting a handle on their emotions so there aren’t as many tantrums and fits and curiosity to no ends. You can almost see their brains growing as they soak up all the knowledge the world has to offer. I hope you enjoy the next 6 to 8 years!

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    • Karen says

      February 10th, 2021 at 7:54 am

      Love, love, LOVE Face and Body. It’s such an old school fave. I think I’ll bust it out today.

      Re blush: I think I need to start a Laura Mercier blush collection. GAH!!!

      What did you get at the farmer’s market? I’ve been craving veggies lately.

      Also… I’m excited but terrified for the next few years. So far it’s been relatively easy in terms of navigating the world because hers is so small. When the issues become bigger and more complex I just hope I’ll be able to handle whatever comes up with enough grace to not traumatize her.

      Happy Wednesday to you. Looks like it’s going to be a sunny day!

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      • Tatiana says

        February 10th, 2021 at 9:08 am

        I really want to see the LM blushes in person before I choose. I’ve been returning so many color products to Sephora lately.
        Baby bok choy, broccoli, onions, garlic, arugula, baby greens salad mix, Sumo tangerines (so sweet and juicy!), apples, blueberries, bread, milk, eggs, cheese. The usual suspects for me. Gonna make a broccoli frittata and a salad for dinner tonight.
        Give yourself credit. It is obvious you have raised Connor with much love. I don’t expect anything to change. Like I said, you’re in the sweet spot of child rearing. The issues that come up now will seem huge to Connor but you will handle them well. Sometimes just being there and hugging and holding is enough. You’re doing a great job! You’ve got this!

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  • Sarah Lowes says

    February 10th, 2021 at 4:33 am

    I’m worried that a highlighting/shimmer lotion will show up every wrinkle on my fair skin like highlighter powder does?

    Other than that, I really liked this tutorial, the eyeshadow colours and lipstick would all work on me and I’m a fair skinned blonde!

    Reply

    • Karen says

      February 10th, 2021 at 7:15 am

      The trick is to find a lotion with a pearly finish, rather than straight up shimmer! MAC Strobe Cream and BECCA Backlight are great for this!

      Reply

  • Chelsea says

    February 11th, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    I love all the options to get the look! Your skin looks amazing.

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    • Karen says

      February 11th, 2021 at 7:02 pm

      Thank you, Chelsea! 🙂

      Reply

  • Anne says

    February 12th, 2021 at 8:53 am

    I am much more into these barely there bases lately, but still can´t go without anything. There is just too much leftover scars and pigmentation for me to feel comfortable, but I will give your way of application a go.

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    One Bronzy Mauve Eye Look, Two Lip Options

    One Bronzy Mauve Eye Look, Two Lip Options

    wander beauty wanderess escape palette mac dance with meOne bronzy mauve eye look, two lip options

    Looking for an easy eye makeup look that looks better than the bare minimum and works with a wide variety of lipstick colors? If you are, have I got an eye look for you! ? Check out this bronzy mauve…

    Yeah, yeah, who’s wearing lipstick these days? Well, I mean, I think a lot of us are. I was chatting with a few gals on Instagram (here’s me, BTW), and it turns out there are a lot of people out there spending a lot of time at home right now (no, really!?), parenting, surviving and hopefully thriving, in, like, full-on bright red lips because they simply miss wearing lipstick. So, before you put your hands on your hips, shake your finger at me and say, “Karen, everybody’s masked up, so lipstick is total and complete nonsense now!” I politely disagree.

    We’re still wearing lipstick, y’all. HEAR US ROAR! ?

    LOL!

    wander beauty wanderess escape palette eye lookA closeup of the eye look

    So, back to the eye makeup… Curl your lashes, fill in your brows, and grab the following:

    Key eye makeup products

  • A bronze cream shadow stick
  • A matte mauve powder shadow
  • A matte cool brown eyeshadow
  • A black or blackish brown pencil liner
  • A shimmery warm champagne shadow
  • Here’s what you do

  • Apply and blend the bronze cream shadow all over the part of your lid that moves when you blink (a.k.a. your mobile lid), as well as the crease, diffusing the shadow into a soft gradient as you move up toward your brows.
  • Layer the matte purplish mauve eyeshadow directly on top of the bronze cream shadow, first using a flat eyeshadow brush. Next, grab a clean tapered or domed blending brush, and soften out the edges. Now, if you want, run the brush along your lower lash line with however much product remains on the brush.
  • Next, line your lash lines with the black or brownish black pencil. Then, load a pencil brush with the dark cool brown shadow, and soften the liner by running the tip of the brush along the liner’s edge.
  • Dab a touch of the shimmery warm champagne into the inner corners…
  • And finish with mascara, false lashes and a shot of tequila (kidding).
  • If you want, you can also do the following

  • Optional step 1: Tightline your waterline. Side note — I *alwaysdo this! Makes my lashes look thicker. ?
  • Optional step 2: Blend some of the cool matte brown eyeshadow in the outer corner for more depth.
  • Two lip options

    I think this works with so many different lip colors because the balance between the warm bronzy shadow base and the cooler mauve and brown tones makes it suitable to wear with neutral, cool and warm lipsticks. I’ve paired it here with a neutral rosy brown lipstick and a warm cranberry red lipstick to give you two options; I also think this look would be great with dark brown, wine or brick shades.

    wander beauty wanderess escape palette mac dance with meThe eye makeup with warm cranberry red lipstick
    wander beauty wanderess escape palette laura mercier beige intimeSame eyes, but now with a rosy brown lipstick (t-shirt: Mascara & Kitties)

    Product links

    What I’m wearing

    • Laura Mercier Burnished Bronze cream shadow
    • Wander Beauty Escape Palette (Enchanted, Overnight and Moonlit shades)
    • Chanel Noir Intense Eyeliner
    • Laura Mercier Soleil 1 Bronzer
    • Laura Mercier Rose blush
    • Laura Mercier Beige Intime Lipstick
    • MAC Dance With Me Liquid Lipstick
    • MAC Studio Fix Soft Matte Stick Foundation in NC42
    • Urban Decay Brow Blade in Dark Drapes
    • Lancôme Idole Lash Mascara
    • Estée Lauder Double Wear Instant Fix Concealer in Medium Deep
    wander beauty wanderess escape palette laura mercier beige intime mac dance with meSwatches!

    Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

    Karen

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  • Tatiana says

    February 11th, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    Another great look! You really inspire me to up my shadow game. I love MAC Dance With Me on you! On me it goes bright fuchsia. I need to dig through my collection and see if I have any similar colors.
    I saw this and I started shopping on-line and then I said to myself, “Wait, you already have plenty of shadows. Look for dupes in zee collection” Haha.

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    • Karen says

      February 11th, 2021 at 2:41 pm

      Ooh, I love that it’s a bright fuchsia on you! I wonder if I can make that happen, hmm…

      And yes, yes, yes to shopping your stash. I’ve been doing that a lot lately and it is SO satisfying. 🙂

      Drizzling up here currently! Hopefully the rain will make its way down to you, too.

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      • Tatiana says

        February 11th, 2021 at 4:00 pm

        Lots of lipsticks go bright fuchsia on me. It’s either my chemistry or my blueish mauve lips and pale skin.
        The temptation to buy more makeup is always there. But this months credit card bill had a credit and it felt good to not have to pay anything. And Dear Husband was super happy to boot. I guess the one positive thing with this pandemic is the realization that I don’t need to have so much stuff. And for the most part I’ve enjoyed having Dear Husband around a lot more.
        Yes! I hear a few drops of rain pinging on the chimney cap! Hopefully it will pick up and soak the ground a bit.

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        • Karen says

          February 11th, 2021 at 7:02 pm

          I’ve had the same realization, too. There’s always something bright and shiny, and yes, it’s fun to find something new to love, but it’s also a relief to know that I don’t *needso much stuff. I started decluttering the house and the little bit that I have done feels like so much mental weight has been lifted.

          Reply

          • Tatiana says

            February 11th, 2021 at 8:20 pm

            There really is something freeing about decluttering. It really is like lifting a weight off.

  • Megan Nicole says

    February 12th, 2021 at 6:23 am

    Holy gorgeous subdued eye look! I can see myself wearing this on a special occasion, but I’m interested in your skin! It’s flawless! Have you shared your skincare regimen recently?

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  • Anne says

    February 12th, 2021 at 7:38 am

    I only wear lipstick when I am at home right now, at the office there is no point, it only get smeared around underneath the mask.

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    Romantic Rose Tones With Brilliant Bronzed Browns

    Romantic Rose Tones With Brilliant Bronzed Browns

    mac chatterbox lmac chatterbox laura mercier roseaura mercier roseI like this palette of luscious golden browns and dainty, rosy pinks. ?

    OK, so, I wore this look yesterday, and doggone it — I felt good about my makeup. The pink blush and lipstick spoke to my soul… You can’t go wrong with springy, romantic rosy pinks. Methinks they’re downright therapeutic. Wearing pink in winter reminds me that we will see the sun again.

    mac chatterbox laura mercier roseJust a little makeup!

    I’ve been doing the bare minimum in terms of base for months, but I put a little more polish into this look, and I really like how it turned out.

    For starters, I mixed a dab of pearly lotion into a matte, medium-coverage foundation, then applied a thin layer with a skunk brush all over my face. Then, for slightly more coverage, I loaded a tiny, pointy-tipped concealer brush with the most minimal amount of concealer and strategically dabbed it where I have a little extra pigmentation (spots on my cheeks and around my mouth). And those couple extra things took my base makeup to the next level! Dare I say it? — an elegant level. 🙂

    mac chatterbox k down havanaSwatches of the key products on NC42 skin

    I felt like myself again for the first time in a while.

    Yeah…I was wearing lipstick around the house again, LOL! MAC Chatterbox is an awfully pretty, playful reddish pink, and it can be quite bold if you apply a layer straight from the tube. I was in the mood for something more mellow, so I blotted it down, then used my finger to push in whatever lipstick remained to create a beautiful rosy pink stain… I think it’s springy and cheerful, and I love it. MAC Chatterbox, man! Don’t sleep on it.

    Speaking of MAC, Powersurge eyeliner with Havana eyeshadow = magic. Layer Havana on top of Powersurge the next time you’re wearing warm browns or bronzes on your lids, and don’t forget to send me a thank you note when you’re done. ?

    mac chatterbox laura mercier rose 1MAC Havana eyeshadow Powersurge liner = magic!

    Makeup in this look

    • Base: It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation Skincare in Tan 41, Kevyn Aucoin Concealer in Medium 06, MAC Strobe Cream in Pinklite
    • Eyes:Urban Decay Brow Blade in Dark Drapes, MAC Saddle and Havana eyeshadows, MAC Powersurge pencil liner, Bite Beauty Upswing Mascara, MAC Clear Brow Gel
    • Cheeks and lips: Laura Mercier Soleil 1 Bronzer, Laura Mercier Rose Blush, MAC Chatterbox lipstick

    Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

    Karen

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  • Christine says

    February 3rd, 2021 at 10:41 am

    Karen, you make all shades of brown eyeshadow look amazing!! You must have just a touch more golden undertone in your skin than I have because any shade of brown just looks like dirt on my face, lol. I learned that my best “browns” are actually mauves! I love your hair these days, it looks diabolically gorgeous.

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  • Megan says

    February 3rd, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    Such a pretty, fresh look. And sidenote, your brows look amazing! Havana looks like it would be right up my ally. I love bronzy browns. Maybe a Valentine’s gift for myself.

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    • Karen says

      February 3rd, 2021 at 1:43 pm

      Thank you for the nice comment about my brows, Megan! I tried a new brow gel technique in this post, so hmmm, maybe I’ll post about that next!

      Oh, I think you should totally gift yourself Havana for Valentine’s Day. 🙂

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      • Megan says

        February 3rd, 2021 at 3:47 pm

        Yes! Would love to know about your new technique.

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  • Susan says

    February 3rd, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    Very pretty look! And I’ve been wearing lipstick around the house too, I miss putting it on every day.

    Reply

  • Chelsea says

    February 3rd, 2021 at 5:13 pm

    This eye look is so good! I love it.

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  • Sherry says

    February 3rd, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    I love MAC Chatterbox!! Such a happy color!! I need to go get some soon!!

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  • Kim says

    February 4th, 2021 at 9:12 am

    This is a beautiful look and I’m glad it made you feel happy, springy and more like yourself! 🙂 I went with the full face of makeup on Tuesday for a zoom meeting. OMG. The good was that I was so happy to put on blush again. But, I thought I’d try a Wander Beauty foundation sample to look a bit more polished with full coverage. What a disaster. It was Medium-Light, so not too dark for my skin but it was just not for me. I looked like a cakey-faced Oompa Loompa. I let it sit for a couple of hours. You know, so it could oxidize and look ever darker/worse. HAHA! I’ll just stick with the Tarte BB cream. 🙂

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    Try These 3 Bangin’ Bold Red Liquid Lipsticks

    Try These 3 Bangin’ Bold Red Liquid Lipsticks

    mac quite the standout feels so grand mac smashTime for some red!

    Check out these crimson cuties. Try one of them. Or, heck, try them all! ?

    All of them are MAC liquid lipsticks. If, say, you like to wear warm shades with vintage vibes, may I direct your attention to warm orangey red Quite the Standout? Or, if you prefer deeper reds with subtle blue undertones, take a gander at Feels So Grand. Or, if brighter reds with soft-focus matte finishes rock your boat, there’s MAC Smash.

    mac quite the standoutMAC Quite the Standout liquid lipstick. Winged Liner Tee.
    mac feels so grand makeup nerd teeMAC Feels So Grand liquid lipstick. Makeup Nerd Tee.
    mac quite the standout winged liner teeMAC Smash

    Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

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  • Anne says

    February 12th, 2021 at 7:58 am

    Feels so grand is exactly my color!

    Reply

    • Karen says

      February 13th, 2021 at 9:01 am

      YES! It’s so good!

      Reply

  • Jennifer Emmett says

    February 12th, 2021 at 8:21 am

    Gurl. You look like a model! I’ll try Quite the Standout please.

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    • Karen says

      February 13th, 2021 at 9:02 am

      Ooh, that’s a good one. Very vintage! Happy weekend, Jennifer!

      Reply

  • Jennifer Emmett says

    February 12th, 2021 at 8:53 am

    Also- super cute swatches today!

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    • Karen says

      February 13th, 2021 at 9:02 am

      Thanks, lady! 🙂

      Reply

  • Tatiana says

    February 12th, 2021 at 11:51 am

    I love all three of these, but Feels So Grand is definitely my color.
    I’m loving your hair! Like all of us, your hair has gotten so long!
    Have a great weekend!

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    Lancôme Idôle Lash-Lifting & Volumizing Mascara’s Got Lift and Length Locked Down When It Comes to WFH Chic

    Lancôme Idôle Lash-Lifting & Volumizing Mascara’s Got Lift and Length Locked Down When It Comes to WFH Chic

    lancome idole lashLancôme’s latest mascara lifts and fans.

    Can we talk about how great mascara is for a minute?!

    I mean, very few things survived The Great Makeup Culling of 2020 in my makeup bag. But mascara did.

    I usually go for “all teh drama” (See: Bite Beauty Upswing, Laura Mercier Caviar) because I like my fringe brash and bold. I like volume, length, curl and all the drama for your mama, but if you primarily want length and lift, you might like Lancôme’s latest. It’s called Idôle Lash-Lifting & Volumizing Mascara, and it’s $26.

    It lifts, fans, curls and separates lashes with a cool curved brush and a lightweight gel formula that doesn’t make my lashes crunchy, clumpy or heavy.

    I think it creates a lovely natural-ish lash look that really goes well with minimal makeup, like brows that a lightly filled in, sheer bases, soft blush tints and maybe a lipstick or balm. Think WFH chic.

    If, however, you need more KAPOW in the same price range, check out Bite’s or Laura’s mascaras.

    lancome idole mascara afterWearing two layers of Idôle
    lancome idole mascara beforeThe before!
    lancome idole lashBest for separation and length

    Idôle is available now, and it comes in just one shade, Glossy Black. A full-size tube is $26, but they also have a travel-sized tube for $14.

    Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

    Karen

    P.S. TGIF!!!!

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  • Jennifer says

    February 19th, 2021 at 11:03 am

    Hey, Happy National Lash Day!

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  • Tatiana says

    February 19th, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    I really like mascaras that make my lashes look fluttery, so this one might be in my wheelhouse.

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    • Karen says

      February 19th, 2021 at 3:01 pm

      This definitely has the flutter factor!

      Reply

  • Chelsea says

    February 19th, 2021 at 1:05 pm

    Looks nice and separated! I’m working my way through some Clinique High Impact but I’ll probably try a mini of this at some point.

    Reply

    • Karen says

      February 19th, 2021 at 3:01 pm

      The lashes are super defined, which is lovely! Happy almost-weekend, Chelsea!

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      • Chelsea says

        February 19th, 2021 at 3:04 pm

        Happy almost-weekend Karen!

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  • Anne says

    February 19th, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    I need more drama as well, but I adore Lancôme mascaras – they were my first high end mascaras that I bought and repurchased several times.

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    Rainbow Nails and Bright Lips, Funfetti Cake, and the MAC Makeup in “Promising Young Woman”

    Rainbow Nails and Bright Lips, Funfetti Cake, and the MAC Makeup in “Promising Young Woman”

    skittles mani mac all fired upIt’s a rainbow of color

    For the record, it’s very, very awkward to take a picture of yourself that has your hands in it and have it look natural! Why do I feel like my paws look bigger than my head here? ?

    I haven’t worn rainbow nails in a minute, but I absolutely HAD TO after we rented Promising Young Woman last weekend. It’s a thriller starring Carey Mulligan as Cassie, a young 30-something woman who experiences something traumatic that leads her to drop out of medical school, move back in with her parent and…pursue other ends. I don’t want to give away too much, but it involves some revenge.

    Cassie wears a pastel rainbow manicure throughout the movie, and it’s front and center at a few key moments.

    I’ve been reading about the styling for the film, and it turns out that the manicure was writer/director Emerald Fennell’s idea, and fun fact for ya — she’s the lady who plays Camilla Parker-Bowles in The Crown!

    Symbolically, Cassie’s nails and makeup represent both her armor and a weapon. Her sweet girlishness at times conceals her anger.

    I just wanted to wear rainbows on my hands to have a little fun, but I definitely appreciate using makeup as armor.

    • Pink: Smith & Cult Plastic Beach
    • Orange: Chanel Orange Fizz (no longer available, try Chanel Cruise)
    • Yellow: Sally Hansen Lemon Heaven
    • Mint Green: Sally Hansen Prince Char-Mint
    • Baby Blue: Essie First View

    skittles mani mac all fired up

    Near the end of the film, there’s a scene with Cassie in a candy-colored wig putting on a bright lipstick, and dagnabbit, even without my glasses on, and consequently being half-blind, I knew it was MAC. The movie’s makeup artist, Angie Wells, used MAC All Fired Up Retro Matte Lipstick.

    I’m wearing it here with MAC Beet Lip Pencil.

    skittles mani mac all fired upMAC attack!

    Speaking of bright and colorful things…I got a gluten-free sprinkle boxed cake mix and a matching sprinkle cake frosting (both by Pillsbury) at Target a few weeks ago to make a cake, and you know what? It was pretty darned delicious. Both the boxed Funfetti cake and the frosting were surprisingly tasty and flavorful (I could really taste the vanilla). The cake was also light and fluffy, and the frosting spread easily.

    Everything was so good that I went back to the store and got more for the next time I have to bake something last-minute!

    You know that I’m totally 100% down to bake a cake and make frosting from scratch, but sometimes it’s sooooo nice to have something easy around for when you get a hankerin’ for cake.

    While we’re on the topic of baking, look what I found at Michaels…

    Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

    Karen

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  • Noemi says

    March 23rd, 2021 at 11:08 am

    Hi KAren,
    Very nice red lipstick. Looks good and refreshing on you!

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    • Karen says

      March 23rd, 2021 at 11:14 am

      Thanks, Noemi! This color is from MAC’s permanent line. Try it if you ever get a chance. 🙂

      How are you doing? I hope that you’re having a great Tuesday so far! It’s sunny here in the SF Bay Area today and feels like spring so I can’t complain.

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  • Noemi says

    March 23rd, 2021 at 11:33 am

    Warm here in Canada too, rain expected for Thursday.
    Ilia has similar coloure lipstick. Ordered that a while ago. Wish I knew about Mac one earlier.

    Noemi

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    • Karen says

      March 23rd, 2021 at 11:57 am

      It’s in the permanent line so thankfully whenever you get the chance to try it, it should still be there. BTW the matte finish on it is beautiful! And it photographs well too.

      Hope the warm weather holds up for you! It’s nice to finally go outside with just a light jacket again.

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  • Efra says

    March 23rd, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    I love your nails Karen, I haven’t painted mine in months, I should do it soon.

    About those cake mixes, I’m a fan of them for low-effort stress baking or getting a cake done fast for a unexpected situation. Right now I’m all about Sally’s baking addiction blog, her zebra cake was glorious and easy.

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    • Karen says

      March 23rd, 2021 at 1:47 pm

      Hello my friend!

      I’ve *barelybeen able to get myself to paint my nails, so I totally get it. Next time you’re sitting around and relaxing just grab an easy color — even just a coat or two can make a difference in your mood.

      I’ll have to look up that zebra cake, it sounds fun!

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  • Tatiana says

    March 23rd, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    Love the rainbow manicure! Now I need to see if Dear Daughter or Dear Husband will want to watch that movie with me.
    Went to grocery store this morning and I checked out the UK import end cap. There were lots of imported Cadbury treats; Aero, Bounty Crunch, Curly Wurly, Flake, Lion, Maltesers, Polo, Smarties and Wispa but NO Fruit and Nut Bars. I’ll keep my eye open each time I go, in case they restock.
    I’m all for box cakes. Dear Daughter used to make a dump cake in a tube pan made from a box cake, a box of instant pudding, chocolate chips and the standard oil, water and eggs. It was the best cake ever and the one she brought to the barn every time she came off of her horse. (The rule in the barn was “kids who fall bring chocolate something. Adults who fall bring alcohol”)

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    • Karen says

      March 23rd, 2021 at 1:58 pm

      I can’t find those dang bars anywhere in the Bay Area! We have a candy store here in town that sells them, but they’re not the British version. I only go there when I’m desperate. WAH!

      Your daughter’s cake sounds SUPER GOOD! I think I need to do something similar ASAP, and in a pretty bundt pan!

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      • Tatiana says

        March 23rd, 2021 at 3:12 pm

        Here’s the “ahem” recipe.
        1 box Butter Yellow cake mix. We like Duncan Hines.
        1 box instant chocolate or chocolate fudge pudding.
        3/4 cup oil
        3/4 cup water
        1 TB. vanilla extract
        1 cup chocolate chips (daughter quite often tosses in entire bag)
        1 cup sour cream
        3 to 4 eggs (I know, it just depends on size and how fudge like you want the cake. Try 3 eggs the first time you make it, then decide)
        Sift or stir all the dry ingredients together. Make a well and add wet ingredients. Beat well. Stir in chips. Bake in a well greased and floured bundt pan. Bake at 350 F. for 55 to 60 minutes.

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        • Karen says

          March 23rd, 2021 at 7:09 pm

          YES! Thank you for this! I’m going to try it. Also, would you believe that I don’t own a bundt pan? How I made it this far in life without one, I have no idea.

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  • Carina says

    March 23rd, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    Dear Karen,
    You can wear everything

  • A Soft, Springy Plum Look With Bronze and Mocha (and Warm Nude Lips)

    A Soft, Springy Plum Look With Bronze and Mocha (and Warm Nude Lips)

    honest beauty get it together eyeshadow paletteFeels like spring!

    I got an idea! I decided I’m gonna do looks with this eyeshadow palette from Honest Beauty all week long, and this first one — a soft, springy plum look with bronze and mocha — is firmly in my comfort zone.

    I’m intrigued by this palette… I like the combo of cool and warm plums and browns. Plus, most of the shades are in that mid-toned range, which means that if you have a tan (like yours truly), there’s no extra trickery involved in getting the colors to actually show up on your lids!

    Also, don’t laugh, but I also love that there’s a matte beige and matte black in the palette.

    Is it weird to be thrilled by that? I dunno. Maybe. Probably. 🙂 But let me tell you — having both of them is convenient, because you can use either of them as an eyeshadow base or a liner. Or, mix them with the other shadows in the palette to lighten or darken them up.

    Shoot, you could even mix together to make gray (also super handy).

    Having both a black and gray shade on hand is so useful! I’m a little concerned about the pans being so close together, but eh, you know… When you’ve been to this rodeo before, you can make it work.

    honest beauty get it together eyeshadow paletteThe Honest Beauty Get It Together Eyeshadow Palette, $19.99

    honest beauty get it together eyeshadow palette

    honest beauty get it together eyeshadow palette

    Makeup Worn in this Look

    • Base: MAC Face and Body in C4, Honest Beauty Honestly Bright Eyes Tinted Eye Cream in Sandstone
    • Cheeks: MAC Warm Soul
    • Lips: Honest Beauty Liquid Lipstick in Off Duty
    • Eyes: It Cosmetics Brow Power (brows), MAC Teddy (waterline), Lancôme Idôle Mascara (upper lashes), Honest Beauty Get It Together Eyeshadow Palette (Soft Bronze, Iced Cotton, Matte Plum, Gilded Muave, Burnt Mocha and Vannila’d Velvet)

    I ran out of time to do swatches because I had to get Connor’s birthday present — a hot pink scooter. She turns five next week (!), which means that 1) spring is right around the corner, 2) I’ve been wearing ill-fitting pants for half a decade (I really need to just bite the bullet and buy clothes to replace my pre-pregnancy wardrobe, which hasn’t fit in a long time), and 3) pretty soon I’ll be living with a kindergartner.

    Birthdays in our neck of the woods also mean birthday lasagna!

    lasagna from connors 2nd birthdayYou know somebody loves you when they give you pasta for your birthday…

    I got the idea to make birthday lasagnas from a coworker years ago. Her mom would make her a lasagna every year on her birthday, and I thought that was just the coolest thing ever. I promised myself that if I ever had a kid I’d do the same, and here I am, showing love through carbs and copious quantities of cheese. 🙂

    Last year I made Connor cupcakes from scratch, but this year I decided to make it easy on myself and bought a confetti cake mix and frosting from the store. I’ve used Pillsbury mixes for brownies and liked the results, so I’m hoping this one turns out well too.

    pilsbury gluten free funfettiLet’s. Do. This.

    Even though parts of the country are literally freezing, spring is getting closer, and the Easter/spring decor stuff is rolling out again, all of which I luuuuurve.

    Girlfriend, give me a springy lemon print, and I am in HEAVEN.

    Throwback to when this girl one was a tiny little lemon!

    I spent a good chunk of last night putting ALL OF THE THINGS into my cart at Williams Sonoma because they have the cutest set of springy, citrus-themed dishes.

    (Side note: did I ever mention that I have a thing for nice plates and table settings?)

    This collection is called Citron, and I love everything about it.

    Love the colors, love the botanical print vibes of the lemon drawings, love the graphic patterns on the plates with the leaves and the lemon slices, love it all. Don’t love the price, obvs (SO EXPENSIVE). But le sigh… This makes my heart sing for spring!

    daffodil spring 2021The neighborhood’s first official daffodil

    Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

    Karen

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  • Anne says

    February 23rd, 2021 at 9:22 am

    Five already – how time flies!
    My son (my baby boy…) will be five in two weeks as well, and it is bitter-sweet. He still has the round baby belly I love so much, but also shows signs of being a mini-man and I don´t know if I want to freeze time or speed it up to see who he becomes.
    And yes, for spring and lemon prints – the winter seems to have lasted forever, it is time we move on.

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    • Karen says

      February 23rd, 2021 at 9:34 am

      I know exactly how you feel. I can barely see any traces of Connor’s baby face; I miss those chubby cheeks!

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  • KP says

    February 23rd, 2021 at 11:23 am

    This makeup look is gorgeous. Love, love, love the pop of lighter color on the lids. Thank you for the inspiration!

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    • Karen says

      February 23rd, 2021 at 12:55 pm

      You’re so welcome, KP. I love this type of look too. Simple, easy and elegant.

      I hope you’re having a great day so far!

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  • Sarah Lowes says

    February 23rd, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    What a cutie that baby girl was/is!

    Looking online to get that palette right now…

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    • Karen says

      February 23rd, 2021 at 2:10 pm

      The more I wear it the more I love it!

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  • Miss Kitty says

    February 23rd, 2021 at 1:41 pm

    Once we got too old for presents, our birthday tradition was that we could pick whatever we wanted for dinner, and Mum would either make or buy it, depending on the request. It was one night where calories didn’t count and we could shamelessly stuff our faces with our favourite dishes until we popped ? It’s a fun tradition 🙂

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    • Karen says

      February 23rd, 2021 at 2:10 pm

      What a fun tradition! Did you always ask for the same thing, or did you get something different every year?

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  • Miss Kitty says

    February 23rd, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    Normally we ended up having the same thing each year, something that normally Mum might not cook because it was a bit pricier or time consuming, but for birthdays that didn’t matter ? We could pretty much predict what we would be eating for each sibling’s birthday, although sometimes there would be a surprise request thrown in ?

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  • Chelsea says

    February 23rd, 2021 at 3:35 pm

    I can’t believe she’ll be five! A scooter sounds like a great gift for the spring. It was 48 degrees here today, and there’s still a ton of snow left but it was so nice!

    Lovely look! I love plum colors.

    I want to try making lasagna from scratch for the first time – I’ve been thinking about it for a while.

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  • Rachel R. says

    February 23rd, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    That palette looks really perfect for you. It’s pretty.

    Who told Connor she could be five already?! How time flies. I hope she has a wonderful birthday.

    Aaric’s 26th birthday is tomorrow. I was pregnant with his brother at that age. It’s so rude of him to make me feel so old. LMAO

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  • CL says

    February 23rd, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    That daffodil in the photo appears to be an “Ice Follies” daffodil. I’ve been growing those for many years, as they are just about the only true large daffodil that is a fairly reliable bloomer in Texas. This blast of super-cold weather came at a bad time, as the leaves were already coming up several inches high. The leaves look pretty bad right now, so there’s a pretty good chance I’ll get either no daffodil flowers, or very few this year (they bloom best when we have long periods of cold, but not super-cold, weather).

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  • Kim says

    February 24th, 2021 at 11:09 am

    This is a great look! You know when my birthday is, right? HAHA! That lasagna looks sublime. 🙂 I think you’re right about lemons and pale yellow in general – so springy. I still see Connor in her baby pics and also in the pic where you itemized the products you used. So, a little less baby and a little more mama. I think that’s a great tradeoff! 🙂 It’s a milestone year for her, so enjoy. Not going to lie, I just updated our hockey roster and changed “Junior” to “Senior” for my boys (grade level) and had a dangerously-close-to-sobbing moment. Did you see that supersonic flash out of the corner of your eye? Time. 🙁

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    Fresh, Fun Spring Trends to Try

    Fresh, Fun Spring Trends to Try

    easy fresh spring trends 2021

    Which of these spring trends would you like to try?

    Peach and plum layered blush

    This trend combines two of my favorite shades of blush — peach and plum!

    Start by sweeping a satin or matte peach blush on your cheekbones; then, dab a touch of a satin or matte plum just on the apples of your cheeks.

    Gently blend the colors with a blush brush for fresh, glowing cheeks. ?

    easy fresh spring trends 2021 layered blush

    Matching or complementary pastel nails and liner

    This is an easy way to add some fun color to your look during these mask-wearing times.

    First, if you want foolproof, choose a matching nail polish and liner. If, instead, you’re in the mood to play, then pair pastels together. Here I’m wearing a creamy pastel purple polish (Chanel Purple Ray; it isn’t available nowadays, but Chanel Mirage is similar) and shimmery pink liner on my upper lash lines.

    easy fresh spring trends pastel nails and liner

    The hottest trend in liquid liner

    Introduce an unexpected element into your makeup with some unique, organic shapes. To make the most of this up-and-coming spring trend, I suggest incorporating your mask in some way.

    easy fresh spring trends graphic liner

    easy fresh spring trends graphic liner

    easy fresh spring trends graphic liner

    This one’s obviously for folks who like an edge!

    Overdrawn, larger-than-life lips

    Use any colors you’d like, but I suggest going for colors you wear often. Here I’m wearing two old faves, MAC Mahogany Lip Pencil and MAC Half ‘N Half Lipstick.

    What do you think? ?

    Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

    Karen

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  • Chelsea says

    April 1st, 2021 at 6:56 am

    The whiskers are so cute, and I’ll have to try the peach and plumb blushes – my two favorite colors of blush!

    Happy April!

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    • Karen says

      April 1st, 2021 at 1:09 pm

      Happy April 1st, Chelsea!

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      • Chelsea says

        April 2nd, 2021 at 8:09 am

        You too!

        Off topic but I keep meaning to ask if you have a particular lasagna recipe you like for birthday lasagna – I want to give homemade lasagna a go.

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  • kellly says

    April 1st, 2021 at 11:21 am

    LOL on the lips! ! !

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    • Karen says

      April 1st, 2021 at 12:14 pm

      Seriously the best part about the look, hahaha!

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  • Christine says

    April 1st, 2021 at 11:35 am

    The lips actually look good heehee…. they remind me of my favorite K-Pop star, Jessi.
    Pretty necklace!!

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    • Karen says

      April 1st, 2021 at 12:14 pm

      Ooh, thank you for noticing my necklace! 🙂

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  • Sherry says

    April 1st, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    So cute!! This brightened my day. I actually have Sunset Glow blush. It’s a great color and it does make you glow!!

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    • Karen says

      April 1st, 2021 at 12:14 pm

      Hi, Sherry! Sunset Glow is the best. I love Clinique blushes and I think they’re unsung heroes!

      Happy April 1st!

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  • L says

    April 1st, 2021 at 5:14 pm

    Those lips made me LOL! Who makes the pink liner, please?

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  • Anne says

    April 2nd, 2021 at 3:04 am

    Happy April 1st – I was willing to believe everything, but then the whiskers came and I remembered the date.

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  • Kim says

    April 5th, 2021 at 12:02 pm

    HAHA! I love it! Did you use Donutella for the pink liner? Mother Nature had the biggest laugh on 4/1 in these parts. She’s been luring us in with a Spring is Here vibe. But we woke up to snow on the morning of April 1st. What a sense of humor. 😉

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