Happy Friday, and a MAC Billion Dollar Smile

Happy Friday, and a MAC Billion Dollar Smile

Happy Friday, and a MAC Billion Dollar Smile

mac billion dollar smile makeup uniform

Hey, guys! Happy Friday to ya. I’m happy to report that this week’s makeup and hair uniform experiment was a success. I was afraid I would get antsy to try something different halfway through the week, but it was quite the opposite; knowing I already had a basic template to work from was, in a way, strangely freeing.

I especially looked forward to picking a lip color, and the one I wore yesterday is one of my favorites from MAC called Billion Dollar Smile.

mac billion dollar smile makeup uniform

Another thing I noticed was that as the week progressed, the liner got progressively bigger. I started off the week with the tiniest wisp of kitten liner and ended the week with a thick flick! LOL.

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I’m planning next week’s “uniform” and am contemplating doing something like this crown braid.

And maybe perhaps pairing it with monochromatic makeup on eyes/cheeks/lips? I’m thinking fall tones, like warm orangey browns and whatnot. What do you think?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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    October 1st, 2021 at 11:25 am

    Girl! You look so elegant and professional!
    I feel like this is the end of an era seeing you like this in “corporate beauty mode!” 🙁
    I’m happy for you but I’m sad for us.
    I selfishly want you at home testing makeup and photographing cats and writing about it!
    I prefer you in pinks but I prefer everyone in pinks so probably you shouldn’t take my opinion.
    How’s it going so far?


    • Karen says

      October 1st, 2021 at 3:45 pm

      Aww, I’ll still be reviewing products! It’ll just be in a different way… I figure it’ll evolve into something, and hopefully that something will still be entertaining. I’ve been writing here every day for 14 years (going on 15 next February), so I don’t see myself stepping away soon. It’s hard for me to imagine life without this creative outlet!

      So, the job has been great for stretching my writing muscles. I’ve been learning a lot. How are things going with you?


  • Sarah Lowes says

    October 1st, 2021 at 11:54 am

    What lovely smooth skin you have!


    • Karen says

      October 1st, 2021 at 3:41 pm

      Thank you, Sarah! It’s the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Powder working it’s pore blurring magic!


  • Vita says

    October 1st, 2021 at 1:52 pm

    Karen – I love your Audrey Hepburn look today!!! So pretty and pearls are my all time favourite for a classic look.

    Thank you also for getting me back in touch for my love of all things MAC – I started my makeup journey with them in Grade 12 for my grad and you brought me back to it. Thank you!! I LOVE the studio fix foundation. It is gentle and covers my rosacea skin well.

    Go for the fall colours in your uniform next week – I need ideas for shadow play. Any chance you can do a step by step for a beginner to the art of the Smokey eye too?

    Happy Weekend to all.

    Happy weekend!!


    • Karen says

      October 1st, 2021 at 3:40 pm

      Thank you, Vita! These pearls were a gift from my daughter and hubs. I wear them whenever I need a boost.

      And yes, Studio Fix is so, so good. Hands down one of the best things in the MAC line. Whatever items do you love? I like the MSF Powder, the Extra Dimension shadows (Havana is a go-to), eyeliners (Teddy, Powersurge and Prunella for life) and, of course, the lipsticks and glosses.


      • Vita says

        October 1st, 2021 at 11:52 pm

        What a nice gift of pearls from your two fav people – next to Rosie of course and Tabs!! We all need those feel good items to pick up up sometimes hey?

        I have never tried the MSF powder but will add to my wish list. I too like the Teddy eyeliner and picked up Prunella for this fall to try out. I like the Extra Dimension eyeshadow in Sweet Heat and I always enjoyed the regular shadow Swiss Chocolate. Paint pots are my quick look in Painterly or Bare Study. Viva Glam 1 was a fav but super matte so not as good a look as I age – to many creases and our dry weather here doesn’t help. Dubonnet is so pretty and I recently got the Dubonnet Buzz in the Powder kiss lipstick formula. It is really really pretty. You should check it out


  • jane says

    October 2nd, 2021 at 4:55 am

    Very classic look. That’s how I roll! Go for the warm tones. They’d be amazing on you!

    Enjoy the weeken!


  • Anne says

    October 4th, 2021 at 5:39 am

    You look SO pulled together and chic in your pictures, that makeup and hair uniform is a complete success!
    I love wearing crown braids, but am not sure I would have the patience to actually do one every single day, they do require some time.


  • Kim says

    October 4th, 2021 at 7:53 am

    Lovely, as always. Your jacket (esp with the pearls) has a very Chanel feel. 🙂

    Absolutely! Go for the fall colors – I’m sure you’ll look amazing. I’m glad to hear that your new “side gig” (haha) is going well. Congrats again on the big change!


  • Elizabeth says

    November 26th, 2021 at 4:56 pm

    Gorgeous look !
    Thank you for the idea.
    Would you please share where we may purchase that cardigan? Love it !!


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