Mar 022014

A note from cafe makeup1

Over the years, some readers have asked us about our picture taking set-up. I’ve always warned that our set up is a little “experimental,” sometimes we wander the house and yard in search of the best lighting. Above, you can see our little lip-swatching assembly line. We have our lipsticks along our bathtub counter, Liz’s cell phone standing by for on-the-fly Instagram updates, and our labradoodle Sherman to keep everyone company. It’s a little rickety some times, as we find ourselves balancing on stair landings and tables propped up in the backyard.


On another note, thank you to our readers for hanging in there while we’ve both been so very busy over the last several months. We’ve both been focusing on career issues that will lead me toward a major geographic move during this calendar year. The task of attempting to ready our home for a move is daunting and moving quickly. As part of this clearing out effort, I’m putting some items up for sale on a Cafe Makeup Blogsale page.


Because of the volume and my schedule, I’ll be posting some items on Cafe Makeup’s blogsale for only a few days and only to U.S. buyers. Unfortunately, I cannot devote the time to doing custom forms and the like. After that point, I’m putting the items on eBay under my username “buttercup5405.” Yes, LOL, I realize that’s a silly name. When I first joined eBay, I used my actual name. That’s how the Internet was back then. When I realized that was not a good idea, I randomly chose that name in a hurried moment. After that, I’m hoping to put up more batches of items, so keep checking back occasionally.

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We’re hoping that Cafe Makeup will continue over the coming years and be stronger than ever. It will be a wonderful way to have continuity in our lives as we move forward through this wonderful and exciting year of change.

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Dec 242013

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In the middle of a busy week just as I was leaving to catch a flight, arriving at my door was my Popsugar December Must-Have Box ($39.95/ code DECSELECT gives you $10 off a 3-month subscription till 1/24).  I have friends who are content to go looking for the coolest things to bring home, but most of my shopping time is (ahem) pretty much devoted to makeup. It is always fun to see what kinds of things the geniuses at Popsugar have found to delight us.

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This December’s box was holiday themed. After opening this well-stuffed box of goodies, our family friend enjoyed picking out the Ghiradelli chocolate back home to his family. Because both Popsugar and Ghiradelli are San Franciscan natives, we thought playing off of the geographic connection between them was a cute idea. He also picked up the CC Made caramel crunch, hand-baked using organic corn and nuts.

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These NCLA Peppermint Lane nail wraps (typically $18) are self-adhensive, and look party ready and fun.

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Popping a new Model Co. Fibre Lash Extend (typically around $24) black mascara and a $10 gift card warmed our makeup-loving hearts. You can’t see it in the picture, but the mascara tube has a built in mirror on the side.

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Mixt Studio’s Holiday Gifting set (typically $9) includes three sheets of besoke paper made from recycled materials, and well appreciated this time of year.

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One of my favorite items was this adorable crystal charm bracelet, designed by Lulu Frost (custom piece/price unavailable). This nicely-weighted, substantial piece adds a touch of sparkle (and who doesn’t love a touch of sparkle?). Click the image above to enlarge.

Govino Go Anywhere flutes

Finally, to ring in the New Year, Popsugar included this set of four genius Govino Go Anywhere Flutes ($12.95). Their lightweight plastic design are re-washable and re-usable. Don’t toss these after use, they are substantial enough for your next on-the-go champagne picnic. Their size was certainly large enough for a standard serving of bubbly goodness, and their thumb grip made holding the glass easy despite the lack of a stem.  Throw in your bag for an on-the-go celebration.

Overall, the Popsugar December Must-Have Box included some items that I would never have found on my own that are imaginative and fun. If you are interested, Popsugar is offering a $10 off a 3-month subscription with the code DECSELECT now through January 12, 2014.

This box was sent to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review.


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Nov 052013

sephora vib saleFor those of you who are Sephora VIB’s, you are probably already aware that the annual 20% sale is about to start on November 7th and runs just a few days (through November 11th). Here’s a list of things that I’d keep my eye on:

1. Nars One Night Stand Blush Palette (reviewed here):  Although this 6-color palette is already a great deal at the full $65 price, getting an additional 20% off makes this a real steal.  I’d use this sale to jump on this if I didn’t already own one. Another good option is the Nars Promiscuous lip pencil set (reviewed here).

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2. Guerlain Holiday:  This includes the Gueralain Meteorites Crazy Pearls and the Guerlain Crazy Terracotta Healthy Glow Powder.  I was happy to get these at full price–both give an allover glow–so who doesn’t love a little luxury at 20% off?

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3. Skincare basics, toners, moisturizers and hair products:  Have you been curious about a new skincare or hair product and haven’t had the chance to try it yet? I’ve got my eye on backing up some of my basics, and maybe trying something new. Already on my list are:

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Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel in Extra Strength (reviewed here), in a larger size.

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Some Perricone MD products (I’m sifting my list now), including some eye-area serums (this Acyl-Glutathione serum is reviewed here). In addition, I’m going to get another heaping helping of the Bumble & Bumble Thickening Full Form Volume Mousse.  Whatever magic you want to use, this sale is a good time of year to stock up on your skin and hair basics.

4. Brushes, Brushes, and more Brushes.  Like hair and skincare, this 20% sale is a good time of year to pick up those necessary tools that seem like a splurge (and now are more price friendly).  I’ve got my eye on this Marc Jacobs Bronzing Brush.  Another type of useful brush is the good old Clarisonic (I still use mine once a day, and gifted another one to Liz).  This is also a nice time to pick up either the Edward Bess Luxury Face Brush, or the Luxury Eye Brush (both work really, really well).

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5.  Fragrances–something old, something new…  I’ve been enjoying some samples lately, including the new Dolce & Gabbana Intense. There are also some classics, and some fun little sample sets that are catching my eye as well.

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Of course, I’m not sure I can check out without through in a new lipstick or nail polish in the mix.  Because, you know, with all of this savings and practicality, there really needs to be some other fun colors in that cart as well.

What do you have your eye on for the sale?

This post contains affiliate links (for more information, see About Cafe Makeup). Items featured, including the Nars One Night Stand Palette, the Nars Promiscuous set, and the Perricone Eye Lid Serum, were sent without charge to Cafe Makeup for consideration for review.

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Oct 202013

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Edit: Congratulations Charlotte!  Your palette has been sent out to you! 

Thanks to everyone for reading and participating!

Sephora sent the Sephora Makeup Academy Blockbuster Palette (value $49) for a giveaway on Cafe Makeup.  It’s a rather glorious selection of products. According to Sephora:

This extraordinary palette will enable you to create thousands of looks for all skintones, desires, and occasions. Combine the waterproof eye shadows and long-lasting cream eyeliners for beautiful, all-day appeal. Discover lip gloss shades from natural and charming to daring and bright. For complexion, apply the concealer closest to your skintone and finish with a flattering blush. Go from day to night and playful to smoldering—all with one versatile palette stocked with easy-to-love formulas and tools. 

The palette can be closed to protect the product inside:

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Open, the palette contains:

- 72 eye shadows
- 28 lipglosses
- 7 x 0.029 oz blush
- 18 eyeliner crèmes
- 3 concealers
- 0.032 oz eye shadow primer
- 0.032 oz lip primer
- 2 x double-ended sponge tip applicator
- Double-ended eye shadow brush
- Double-ended blush brush
- Mirror

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Here’s a few close-ups of the pretties inside the Sephora palette:

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All the details about the palette on Sephora’s site. Otherwise, leave a comment here with your working email in the “Email (required)” section (which does not display to the public but we can see it). We won’t use your email for anything except this contest.  The deadline is 12 pm Eastern time on October  27, 2013 and is open to U.S. readers only. One entry per reader, please.

After the deadline, we will e-mail the winner, who will have 48 hours to reply and provide a U.S. shipping address (check your spam folders!). After 48 hours, the prize will be forfeited, and another winner will be selected. The palette comes in the box as pictured. It’s been opened to be photographed, and is now safely returned to its box. It is unused and unswatched.



Good luck, beautiful readers!! 

This palette was sent to Cafe Makeup without charge for a reader giveaway. 

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Sep 102013

The press from this season’s New York Fashion week is overwhelming. I pulled a few looks from various artists just to keep a little sketchbook of some upcoming Spring/Summer 2014 beauty inspiration. The names on the images are the names of the makeup artists.

This look from Altuzarra:


 Diane von Furstenberg:

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Jason Wu, using Lancome products (unsurprising, given his recent collaboration with this beauty company):

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Donna Karan (unfortunately, product names were not specified).  I wonder if these “MAC cream eyeshadows” are the new Pro Longwear Paint Pots (just guessing), which have lots of neutrals for contouring an eye. Looking like a glowing summer goddess:

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Do you have any favorite looks from this year’s shows?

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