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Ode to Winged Liner – Makeup and Beauty Blog – Beauty Article

WINGS! Two little lines. At its core, that’s what winged liner is — just two little lines — but anyone who’s ever scored two fierce flicks knows that winged liner is so much more than double dashes angling from outer corners. To non-makeup people, winged liner may seem trivial, but we know the truth… It’s totally transformative! On any given day, all it takes is a small adjustment in the flick of a wrist, or a choice to use a…

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Good Girls and Great Makeup – Beauty Article

When good girls go bad When the three ladies in Good Girls aren’t robbing their local Fine and Frugal discount grocery store; stashing kidnapped, would-be assailants in backyard tree houses; or laundering counterfeit money, I suspect they’re reading beauty blogs, watching YouTube makeup tutorials and stalking the aisles at Sephora. Why? Because their makeup is always on point! Who knew suburban moms falling into lives of crime could pull off shimmery olive lids?! I just started watching this dark comedy…

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Saving All My Kale for You… – Beauty Article

😍 Real talk: Does anyone actually sit at a pretty vanity table with a special lighted mirror, and scented candles burning in the background, and music playing, and perfect lighting hitting all the good angles while they apply their lipstick or other lip products for the day? — because my usual scenario involves me using the rearview mirror while sitting in my car as it warms up in my dark garage, and putting on whatever I’ve got in my purse…

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Crazy Clips for the Win! – Beauty Article

Don’t mind me! Question for ya: Have you arrived at that point in life when you don’t care if the world sees the weird things you do to bend your hair to your will? Although I’m not quite the lady at the supermarket with the giant pink curlers in her hair yet (because she don’t give an eff what people say when she’s buying frozen breakfast burritos!), I’m almost there. I’ve taken to wearing these long hair clips when I’m…

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 583 – Beauty Article

YUMMY! So…what is the Monday Poll? Excellent question! It isn’t, contrary to its name, an actual poll, like with little clicky buttons. It’s just a list of five more or less random questions I’ve been posting on this blog every Monday morning for the past quadrillion years (since 2007). I love reading your answers, and it helps me get my week off to a good start. 1. Statement bag, statement shoe or statement lip? This like my Sophie’s choice of…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 562 – Beauty Article

July 14th, 2019 by Karen Leave a Comment Years before Choupette Lagerfeld’s reign at Chanel, Tabs was the fashion house’s most fabulous spokescat. His kitty modeling ad campaigns decorated subway tunnels, murals, cat condos and billboards across America and around the world. Tabs dominated haute cat-ure catwalks for more than a decade and still holds the record for “Longest Feather Boa Worn by a Cat Model” at Milan, New York and Paris Fashion Week. Here were some of his…

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Saturday Surfing, July 13th, 2019 – Beauty Article

Poppyseed, asiago, cinnamon raisin, blueberry… I’m thinking about bagels this morning, and not just because of their carb-o-licious goodness. I’m currently “reading” an audiobook called Take Control of Your Life by Mel Robbins, and it’s about fear and learning how to move past it. I just finished a story in it about bagels, of all things. In the book, Mel talks about viewing things as either obstacles or opportunities, and she tells a story about two men who finish a…

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Next Stop: Caron Paris – Makeup and Beauty Blog – Beauty Article

Meow-za! Saw this on my feed this morning, and it hit a little too close to home, LOL! As Fox Mulder famously said, “The truth is out there…” I agree, and I think that someday the truth will finally be revealed about whether some Starbucks baristas purposefully muck up your name. 😒 Was this on purpose?! Extra points for creativity to the young man who spelled my name exactly like this luxury French fragrance house: Caron Paris. Thanks to my…

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You Can Always Play With the Unicorns – Beauty Article

Connor is a busy, busy bee! At some point within the last month, she entered the phase where she repeats every word she hears — from me, her dad, the TV, school. Sometimes, it’s endearing, like when she’s learning new words and phrases. (Yesterday we were bird watching, and she said, very matter-of-factly, “Let’s write down all the observations in a notebook.”) Other times, it’s full-on shocking. What did you just say…? So…in the Trader Joe’s parking lot last Sunday,…

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What Beauty Products Do You Keep in Your Car? – Beauty Article

As I was cleaning out the glove compartment in my car, I found an expired travel bottle of contact lens solution (I can’t tell you how many times one of my contacts has felt wonky or popped out in the car.) This made me wonder two things… First, do people ever actually put gloves in their glove compartment? And second, what beauty products do other people keep in their car? 💄🚗 Currently, all of the following items are in my…

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 582 – Beauty Article

Have a colorful Monday! So…what is the Monday Poll? Excellent question! It isn’t, contrary to its name, an actual poll, like with little clicky buttons. It’s just a list of five more or less random questions I’ve been posting on this blog every Monday morning for the past quadrillion years (since 2007). I love reading your answers, and it helps me get my week off to a good start. 1. Something you collect? In addition to my growing collection of…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 561 – Beauty Article

Tabs has been at his new apartment in the sky for a little over two months, and I’m sure he’s throwing some incredible parties up there… Meanwhile, down here on the Earth, July was one of his busiest kitty modeling months, and MAC was arguably his favorite mainstream department store brand. He worked on literally dozens of MAC ad campaigns, including the following, which were among his summertime favorites… Tabs still has a huge backlog of unreleased kitty modeling work,…

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Saturday Surfing, July 6th, 2019 – Beauty Article

Hi, friend. How’s it going today? What are you up to? I hope it involves food and fun, whatever it is. 🤗🍉🍧 I don’t know if it exactly qualifies as fun, but I’m heading out the door for an early HIIT class at the gym. After that, though, I’m taking coywolf to a playdate because, apparently, I am now an Uber driver at the beck and call of a threenager, ha ha ha! But first, a little Saturday surfing… Get…

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5 Things I’ve Been Loving Lately – Beauty Article

1. Mrs. Casual on Instagram WARNING: Do not — I repeat — DO NOT visit Jenn’s (otherwise known as “Mrs. Casual’s”) feed if you’re trying to curb your Target habit. She has a knack for finding the cutest clothes, and she pieces together inexpensive finds into outfits that look like you spent some serious $$$ on them. 2. Going up and down the ladder We’ve been doing a lot of ascending and descending endurance training in that HIIT class I…

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 581 – Beauty Article

So…what is the Monday Poll? Excellent question! It isn’t, contrary to its name, an actual poll, like with little clicky buttons. It’s just a list of five more or less random questions I’ve been posting on this blog every Monday morning for the past quadrillion years (since 2007). I love reading your answers, and it helps me get my week off to a good start. 1. Fictional character you’d like to hang with? The former English major in me feels…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 560 – Beauty Article

“First time I saw Tabs in that Dior Jet Ski ad, I knew he’d be an action star. I tried to sign him when we were casting for Transformers, but we couldn’t get the schedules to line up. Really, Shia was available, and Tabs wasn’t. And the rest, as they say, is history. Would have been cool to see what Tabs would have done with the role, though.” — Michael Bay, Producer, Director “Look at that paw placement and how…

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Saturday Surfing, June 29th, 2019 – Beauty Article

Sometimes, you can’t beat drive-through coffee! Every time I roll up to Marin Coffee Roasters — no, seriously, I literally roll up because it’s a drive-through — I like to watch the other drivers in line, because most are white-knuckling their steering wheel and rocking back and forth in their seat with a crazed look in their eye, and I don’t blame ’em, because this place sells the best coffee in the county, hands down, and when you need your…

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Weird Things I Like to Do – Beauty Article

Teeny, tiny! 1. Terrifically tiny You’d think that most people would find miniature versions of makeup products mildly aggravating, because why have less when you can have MOAR? But the daintiness of diminutive perfume bottles, lipsticks and eyeshadow palettes like the NARS Wanted Mini Eyeshadow Palette have me hoarding all teh tiny treasures. Fits in the palm of your hand So what if they aren’t always practical? — especially the tiny tubes of mascara. (My hands suddenly seem Shrek-sized when…

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What’s Floating Your Skin Care Boat Right Now? And What’s Your Skin Type? – Beauty Article

June 26th, 2019 by Karen Leave a Comment Clearly on a KS kick Seeing a quick list of the skin care products you’re using at the moment, along with knowing your skin type, would be cool. That way I can be the nosy noodle that I am and virtually peep inside your medicine cabinet, ha ha! Also, I think it would be helpful to see what other people with a similar skin type use and if there are any…

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5 Things I’ve Been Loving Lately – Beauty Article

One of these days, my hair won’t be so messy (but today is not that day). 1. Universal Thread High-Rise Destroyed Midi Jean Shorts OH. SO. GOOD. The high waist on these jean shorts hits above the belly button and hold everything in, so I don’t feel like my tum-tum is hanging out the sides of my waistband, and the midi-length completely covers the cheeks and the very tops of my thighs. I feel covered up, but yet the shorts…

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DSW Adventures! I’m Fancying Flatform Sandals – Beauty Article

Don’t knock ’em ’till you try ’em, man! These flat platform sandals — otherwise known as “flatforms” — combine the comfort of a flat shoe with the height of a platform, so you get the extra lift without the achy arches and lower back pain from high heels. Side note: I can’t believe I just wrote that because it was only a few years ago when I was living in high heels practically 24/7, but now I wear flats all…

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 580 – Beauty Article

Keep looking ahead, friend. So…what is the Monday Poll? Excellent question! It isn’t, contrary to its name, an actual poll, like with little clicky buttons. It’s just a list of five ever-changing, more-or-less random questions I’ve been posting on this blog every Monday morning for the past quadrillion years (since early 2007). I love reading your answers. It helps me get my week off to a good start, and I hope it does the same for you. 1. What does…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 559 – Beauty Article

I saw a tiny tiara at Target the other day and thought about Snowflake. She was Tabs’s longtime…how shall we say this — kitty companion? I remembered the time he took her to Tiffany and said she could pick out anything she wanted, but when she picked out an engagement ring, Tabs looked really nervous. “Oh, um…” he meowed, “anything except a ring.” So Snowflake picked a tiny tiara instead. Tabs was funny about relationships… He wasn’t a player, but…

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Saturday Surfing, June 22nd, 2019 – Beauty Article

Watermelon woes… Desperately seeking a watermelon whisperer! 🍉 (You read that right.) I could easily eat two 20-pound watermelons a week. They’re my favorite summer fruit, but so far this has been the Summer of Junk Watermelon (and yes, that’s “junk” as an adjective, which I think might be a local Hawaii thing), since every one I’ve gotten has been about as flavorful as a dirty Styrofoam cooler. The one I got from Target last week made me the saddest…

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 579 – Beauty Article

So…what is the Monday Poll? Excellent question! It isn’t, contrary to its name, an actual poll, like with little clicky buttons. It’s just a list of five more or less random questions I’ve been posting on this blog every Monday morning for the past quadrillion years (since 2007). I love reading your answers, and it helps me get my week off to a good start. 1. Your preferred nail shape? Slightly squared like a very tired, very lazy oval. So…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 558 – Beauty Article

Tabs was many things — pro feline football player, fashion phenom, philanthropist, seafood lover, fabulous chef — but one thing he wasn’t was a skilled fisherman. His lack of fishing skills was his secret shame. He just didn’t have the patience for it. Sure, he loved fishing fashion, designer sunglasses and lounging by the lake with a bottle of bubbly, but the actual fishing part of it? Not a fan, and he REALLY didn’t like getting dirty pond water on…

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Saturday Surfing, June 15th, 2019 – Beauty Article

June 15th, 2019 by Karen Leave a Comment Good morning, sweet girl. This pink pouch looks exactly how I feel when I wake up in the morning and my stomach is rumbling. 👹 And this black one is making a face similar to mine when I’m walking into a store and hold the door open for the person behind me and they don’t say thank you or even make eye contact. 😒 Ha ha ha! I saw these at…

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Hot in Here – Makeup and Beauty Blog – Beauty Article

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

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Rockin’ Good Memories – Makeup and Beauty Blog – Beauty Article

To remember the first day of year 44. Whenever something good happens, I pick up a rock. Then I bring it home. It’s a little ritual I use to help me remember special moments in my life, and I have rocks from all over the world. Including Spain! I picked them up off the ground in a tiny town in Spain on the day El Hub asked me to marry him. Funny story: Those rocks almost didn’t make it back…

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First Year of Preschool, Done! – Beauty Article

This is the last week of Connor’s first year of preschool. Wow! I can’t believe it’s already June. It feels like I took a breath, and BAM! — she’s a full-on little kid. Over the past year, Coywolf has discovered a love for ballet, drawing and counting. Her favorite things are currently Disney princesses, her collection of “treasures” (unusual rocks, coins, dried flowers and sticks), fishing with Dad, and slumber parties with Mom. She’s also still obsessed with Doc McStuffins…

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