Happy St. Patty’s Day, my green beer-loving beauty baking buddy! ☘️ Good morning to you. My first question for you on this lovely (albeit overcast) morning is this: are you wearing green? I am…sort of. I’m wearing a greenish blue Chanel, which I think should totally count.
My second question for you pertains to brownies (yes, brownies), and I need your opinion on this. It’s VERY important.
OK…are you ready?
OK, so, as you know, I’ve been tweaking my brownie recipe for months, slowly but surely modifying it to create what I hope will be the best darned brownies in the city of Novato, and just when I thought I had my ultimate go-to recipe figure out, something occurred to me last night…
What if I toast the walnuts BEFORE adding them to the batter?
What do you think? Next level perhaps…? Would it be worth the effort?
If you have any experience in this area, lemme know. I’m thinking that the oven will be on anyway, so it wouldn’t take that much more time to toast a handful of walnuts in a pan.
I found the cutest trays at HomeGoods! They’re these Rae Dunn rectangle trays, and each one has a hand-drawn pic of an insect with its own little bio, like in a nineteenth century biologist’s field guide.
I’ve got Ladybug and Bumblebee. 🐞🐝🙂
I like that they’re equal parts cutesy and science-y at the same time.
Is that nerdy of me?
Plus, rectangle trays are so useful around the house. I keep one in my kitchen for ingredients I use often, like olive oil, salt, pepper, that kind of thing. I also keep one on a table in my living room that I put jewelry and my glasses on, because I’m the type of person who will naturally set things down, like, anywhere… And then forget about it.
When I designate places for things, though, and I know that, “OK, this is where I put my glasses, and this is where I put my rings,” it just makes my life easier, and these trays are great for that.
They’re also good in bathrooms, too. I have a tray by the sink for my watch or my ring before I wash my hands.
Remember when you could stroll right up to any MAC counter and buy as many sticks of MAC Coffee liner as your heart desired? That’s something I’d bring back — MAC Coffee!
Who brings back a basic brown eyeliner? THIS GIRL DOES.
Um, whatever! It’s only the best, most perfect true neutral brown pencil liner around, and I regret to say that I didn’t find this out until later in life. It isn’t a reddish brown or an orange-y brown. It’s just a straight-up chocolate neutral BROWN, and it doesn’t budge on lash or water lines.
I’m feeling extra nostalgic about it today because I DON’T KNOW WHERE MY STICK IS! I think it’s somewhere in this office, but I don’t know exactly where… Dangit! And it’s my last one!
On a related note, MAC has an ironically LE collection out now called Throwbacks that contains colors they “disappeared” from their permanent line, some of which… I have no idea why… Like, why in the heck did they ever pull Uninterrupted Eye Shadow?
If you know this incantation (and I do!), you’re probably a MAC gal or guy, and if you are, then it’s OK to freak out a little (go ahead, I’ll wait), because MAC just dropped three new MAC Girls Palettes into the permanent line. They also brought back the six they launched last year.
So yeah, now you can get them whenever you want. They’re $39.50 each and available online and at “select” MAC stores, which is MAC code for “better call your local counter to check first.”
This one is Risk Taker, and it riffs on some MAC permanent colors I’ve loved for years. Like, Bossing It looks a little like Woodwinked, Outfitted looks kinda like Honeylust, and Risky Business is like the more sparkly version of Satin Taupe. The whole thing spoke to my soul when I opened it for the first time, so of course I automatically assumed I’d have a good time with it.
And I did… Mostly.
I wore it for the first time yesterday, and I’ll start by saying that the shadows swatch beautifully.
Hark! Dost thou hearest the 🎺 trumpets? ’tis the clarion call of the makeup goddesses! Have they answered my call? Because the blushes in the new NARS NARSissist Wanted Cheek Palettes are JUST AS GOOD as the blushes in the permanent collection. If you’ve been into makeup for a while, you’ve probably seen some pretty dicey LE products before, but everything in this palette is permanent collection caliber. Same quality as the NARS blush singles.
Six powder blushes live in the $59 NARS NARSissist Wanted Cheek Palette II — three mattes and three shimmers — and the only re-promoted shade is Taos. The other five are limited edition.
Wanted II is the Wanted option designed for darker divas, whereas Wanted I caters to lighter lovelies.
As you may already know, because I’ve been saying it for, oh, 11 years (!), I’m a MAC NC42, and I feel like I can wear these blushes, but it definitely takes more effort than Wanted I. I have to bust out my fan brush AND an additional blending brush, because the Wanted II colors look dark on my skin (so they’re more effort to buff and blend), but because they’re so finely milled, they’re still easy to work with.
When I’m not at my tabby’s beck and call, I do other things…like baking (or trying to), watching The Voice, or Humans 2.0, or The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, or designing tees for connorclaire.com.
Yes, I have an online store.
I KNOW! It has been a tad neglected for a while, but I just launched some new products I’m really excited about. Purr-usual, most are for my fellow cat ladies and makeup lovers.
There are some new clothes and accessories, too! I’m currently living in The Makeup Nerd Sweatshirt (New 2018 Version). It’s cute, cozy, soft, and the purple accent just happens to be on trend this year (purple is also my favorite color). Plus, it’s black and goes with everything (bonus: also conceals most colors of cat fur pretty well).
I’m also loving the new Lipstick Hearts iPhone Case, and I think you would, too. I used real lipsticks to draw the hearts, and you can actually see the texture of the waxy bullets in the print…which I think is kinda cool.
Connor, by the way, insists on wearing the Future Crazy Cat Lady ensemble every chance she gets.
WANTED! Reward offered for the capture of the new NARS NARSissist Wanted Cheek Palette I, which may or may not have fallen between the cushions of my couch.
This bad boy is $59 and one of two new LE NARSissist Wanted blush palettes to launch with the new NARSissist Wanted Power Pack Lip Kits. It comes with six 0.13-oz. pans of powder blush, which are just sliiiightly smaller than regular full-size 0.16-oz. NARS blush pans.
Four of them are mattes, and two are shimmers.
Now for the really good news: 🙂 Only one of the shades is a re-promote — shimmery candy pink Bumpy Ride. The other five colors are LE.
Of the two Wanted Cheek Palettes, this one, v. 1, is the lighter option, and while its raison d’être is to kiss the cheeks of lasses with light and medium skin tones, I also like it for brown skin because it’s so easy to wear, on account of the mid-toned shades, which means that I can apply them half-asleep using a regular blush brush… Because they don’t look too intense or deep on me, I don’t have to overthink the application.
When my friend/red lipstick kindred spirit Alis cuts my hair and we get to talking about red lipstick, girl, time ceases to exist. I’m not kidding, seasons will change! We’ll spend 15 minutes deconstructing minute details, like the differences between NARS Red Square and NARS Dragon Roll Girl, or MAC Russian Red and MAC Red. She’s that person in my life!
She’s precisely the kind of makeup lover the new NARS NARSissist Wanted Power Pack Lip Kit in Hot Red was made for, because, at first glance, both of the red liquid lipsticks in it probably look more or less the same to most peeps — but they definitely do NOT look the same to members of #teamredlips like Alis. If you’re a red lippie lover, you probably already noticed that Cherry Bomb is cooler and bluer than Don’t Stop, which is warmer and yellower.
Really, they’re totally different!
The $26 kit, one of three (the others are Warm Nudes and Cool Nudes), is coming March 18th to Ulta. Each one contains two mini liquid lipsticks from the groundbreaking NARS Powermatte liquid lipstick line.
Only thing is, these diminutive versions leave my lips feeling noticeably drier than the NARS reds in the permanent collection.
If you listen to disco, you know that your booty is guaranteed to start shaking whenever this song plays.
Le Freak, by the way, is also the name of one of the liquid lipsticks in the new $26 NARS NARSissist Wanted Power Pack Lip Kit in Cool Nude, which is coming exclusively to Ulta very soon — March 18th!
Cool Nudes is one of three new liquid lip kits from NARS, and each comes with two cute Powermatte Pigment minis. One of the shades is a re-promoted shade from the permanent line (American Woman), and the other, Le Freak, is a new limited edition pale pink.
The other liquid lippie, matte chestnut rose American Woman, is from the permanent Powermatte line, and I wear it all the time. I wear it so much that I’m constantly transferring it from purse to purse (it’s like a round robin!), and I don’t even know which purse my full-size one is in at the moment, so the other day I wore the mini instead.
Same color as its full-size brethren, and it’s just as lovely, light and comfortable.
LOL! Wouldn’t that be a hoot? — Padma Lakshmi congratulating Tabs on his award-winning final meal on Top Chef.
I mean, even considering that he’s a cat, chances are Tabs would win Top Chef before I did because I don’t have that special something. Sure, I can follow a recipe, but I’m no wonder in the kitchen.
I do, however, have strong opinions on 💄 lipstick. 😊 If that counts for anything.
1. There’s a lotta lipstick in the MAC Padma Lakshmi collection!
The 17-piece release, which is coming to MAC counters Thursday, March 15th, has been released early online. It includes six lipsticks ($17.50 each) and a Cremesheen Glass ($21, which is an online exclusive). Four of the lippies are MAC Mattes, one is an Amplified, and one is a Cremesheen. Oh, and the Cremesheen Glass is glossy, of course.
2. The nude lipsticks are a go, ESPECIALLY for tan temptresses and darker divas.
If you have a toasty tan, you know how some nude lipsticks can be, right? Particularly pale pink and pale beige lipsticks? How some will wash you out?
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