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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 600 – Beauty Article

Keep looking ahead, my 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 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. Black liquid liner or brown pencil liner? I’m equally…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 579 – Beauty Article

I feel so lucky to have been able to work with one of the most iconic figures in feline fashion history. Tabs was a fiercely fashionable cat who cared just as much about his coat as he cared about his accessories. He was also the first cat to make affordable fashion-forward feline felt merchandise for the masses, thanks to his huge distribution deal with Target. He was a legend in the feline fashion community. He really was. His Gorgeous Glistening…

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Saturday Surfing, Nov. 9th, 2019 – Beauty Article

Thank you for being a friend! In case you need to reach me, I’ll be at the Michaels in San Rafael, California, because apparently I live there now! 😂 What is it about craft items I technically don’t need but desperately want? — like this Golden Girls cross stitch kit?! Never you mind that I’ve never stitched a cross in my life (?), but I want it anyway. I’m going again later today to get some frosting tips and bags…

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Have You Stolen Any Beauty Secrets From Your Significant Other? – Beauty Article

Dear El Hub…please don’t use my fancy shampoo as your body wash. I would totally say “no” to this if it weren’t for one thing, because El Hub is very low maintenance. Very. I’ve been trying to get the man to use moisturizer and/or sunscreen for about one billion years, and he still rebuffs my efforts. Be that as it may, there is one beauty-related tip I’ve learned from him, and it’s this: in a pinch, you can totally use…

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 599 – Beauty Article

Mantra for the week 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. Is it too early to put up Christmas decorations? Man…it…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 578 – Beauty Article

Tabs was a real dynamo, in more ways than one. He was also a skilled dynamo operator. Dynamo, as in one of those emergency radios with the hand crank you can turn to juice them up. I’ll never forget the time we lost power at the home office for three days, and Tabs kept the entire office running through sheer force of will and gravy-fueled feline ingenuity. If you heard him tell it, he would say that he did what…

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Saturday Surfing, Nov. 2nd, 2019 – Beauty Article

Besties Happy Caturday from The Cat Lady Crew (TCLC)! Pretty Girl Rosie has been a member of Team MBB for a little over a month now, and my two girls are getting along famously. Rosie kindly allows Connor Claire to attend to her demanding kitty needs, and the two of them spend a lot of time chatting, playing hide and seek, and doing art projects. Rosie transforms into quite the micromanager when someone is sitting at their desk, and she’ll…

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13 Unexpected Side Effects of Makeup Addiction – Beauty Article

November 1st, 2019 by Karen Leave a Comment You can never leave the house without at least three lipsticks and two lipglosses. You have a dedicated stash of neutral eyeshadow palettes, and while most “non-natives” would just see a whole bunch of pans of brown and beige eyeshadow, you can thoroughly break down the differences between each and every palette by undertone, finish, appropriate place to wear, etc. You have a collection of several brown, black and/or gray eyeliners,…

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Your Best and Worst Halloween Costume? – Beauty Article

I think all the plastic costumes I wore as a child in the ’80s fall into a collective “worst” category. 😂 If you had to suffer through a plastic mask back in the day, you know what I’m talking about. The eye and nose holes were always juuuuuust a little bit askew, which left me unable to see or really breathe for that matter, LOL! Every Halloween in a mask was hot, sweaty and uncomfortable. The candy made up for…

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 598 – Beauty Article

Today and every day 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. When you were a kid, did you go trick-or-treating? Oh,…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 577 – Beauty Article

Got a message from Tabs today via The Rainbow Bridge: These amateurs. They don’t understand the level of dedication and commitment one needs for a true work of Halloween costume art. Take, for instance, the year I dressed up as the Queen of Hearts/Queen of Everything. I watched so many royal biographies that fall, and I actually lived in character as a royal for, not one, not two, but three weeks. Honestly, I don’t think my assistant thought I was…

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Saturday Surfing, October 26th, 2019 – Beauty Article

When you find retinol thrilling… Well, hello there, Caturday! 😊😺 This entire week, I’ve been diligently focusing on appreciating the little things, like that first sip of coffee in the morning… Oh! It gives me life! Or like the cat weaving between my legs as I stand at the sink washing my face in the morning. Or like glancing over at my bedside table to see new (to me) nighttime skincare treatments… Retinol, baby! I have seen the light (thank…

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5 Things I’ve Been Loving Lately – Beauty Article

Lovin’ these perfumes 1. These fall fragrances Mind you, I don’t know if these three should be officially considered “fall scents,” but it is fall here now…and I have been rotating among these scents and lovin’ ’em. 2. This funk version of Alicia Keys’ If I Ain’t Got You by Scary Pockets Those runs are so crisp! Plus, how could you not love that name: “Scary Pockets?” LOL! 3. Vegetables My sweet tooth GOES HARD, so 99% of the time…

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Three States of Being – Makeup and Beauty Blog – Beauty Article

Just the girls taking a nap (please note the sparkly heart ring on her finger) At the pediatrician’s office last week, Connor’s doc said what were perhaps the most accurate words I’ve heard about toddler-hood so far. She said that all preschoolers are either 1) currently sick, 2) recovering from being sick or 3) about to get sick again. Oh, my goodness! It’s like a viral triathlon… Why doesn’t anybody tell you about this at the baby shower? (Also, why…

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 597 – Beauty Article

You light up the world, my sweet 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 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. What was the first skincare product…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 576 – Beauty Article

Tabs met Heidi Klum through Tim Gunn, his mentor, and from the moment Tabs met Heidi, they hit it off. Every year she invited him to her annual Halloween party, but with him being a workaholic and all, his schedule just never allowed for him to make it, except for that one year… Picture it: Los Angeles, 2011. Tabs was booked for a kitty modeling campaign in LA with Dolce & Gabbana, but at the last minute, famed photographer Steven…

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Saturday Surfing, October 19th, 2019 – Beauty Article

Happy Caturday from the Unofficial Queen of Shade, the Dowager Countess. Who’s down for a Downton Abbey marathon this weekend? Are you? PLEASE SAY YES. I’ve been re-watching the series all week long (currently on Season 4) in preparation for seeing the movie, and seriously, I’ve watched SO MUCH over the past few days that I may start speaking with a hoity-toity aristocratic English accent. All of this recent Downton-ing has reaffirmed my belief that the Dowager Countess is the…

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How Often Do You Wear Perfume to Bed? – Beauty Article

A spritz before slumber? Saw an article recently in Allure about how mega-influencer Huda Kattan likes to spritz some perfume before she goes to bed. I’m wondering… Do very many other people do that? Is that a thing here in the United States, or wherever you happen to be in the world? Do you do a spritz before you drift off to slumber? When Target knows your truth… I do. Wearing perfume to bed has become a habit/tradition I accidentally…

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Have You Ever Had an At-Home Hair Dye Mishap? – Beauty Article

Talk to me about hair, babe! At the time, I probably wouldn’t have described any of my attempts at dyeing my hair at home as “mishaps,” but looking back…every single time I dyed my hair in college could have, in fact, been characterized as a massive mishap. LOL! Nothing ever looked quite right when I did it myself. Not then, not now. DIY at-home hair dyeing is just not my forte (which is one of the reasons I’m growing out…

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3 Important Cat-Related Housekeeping Items of Note… – Beauty Article

Oh, hai Just a few VIP cat-related news items happenin’ ’round these parts… 1. Charlotte Tilbury has a black liquid liner called “The Feline Flick,” and it’s the cat’s meow. It’s absolutely worthy of its kitty-inspired name, because this stuff will last you through nine lives and then some. Truly worthy of kitten flicks and cat eyes Much like a napping cat on your lap, THIS STUFF DOES NOT MOVE. I’ve been re-watching Downton Abbey (right now I’m at the…

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 596 – Beauty Article

Beauty is everywhere, my 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 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. Would you rather wear red lipstick or black lipstick?…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 575 – Beauty Article

The days are getting shorter… Tabs became more of a night owl in his senior years after his retirement, up at all hours, but he still managed to stay busy and productive. Of course, I made it explicitly clear to him that I could not chauffeur him between the hours of midnight and 3, but he took it upon himself to find alternate means of transportation to his gigs. Like Uber Black for Cats… I would just hear the click…

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Saturday Surfing, October 12, 2019 – Beauty Article

Let’s makeup. 💋 Do you ever wake up, walk to the mirror and say to yourself, “I’m gonna put on all the things”? I felt that way this morning (happy Caturday, by the way!). It’s been about two weeks since I’ve done a full face. I’ve been mostly just doing a lash curl here and some brow gel there, but today? Today I want it all! First, a little backstory… Connor spent pretty much all of last week sick with…

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Let It Go… – Makeup and Beauty Blog – Beauty Article

Did homegirl just quote Frozen? She sure did. Can you blame her (me), though? My primary source of social interaction is a toddler, LOL! “Let it go” isn’t just a song lyric. It’s also a gentle reminder for both you and me to just let the little things go, a.k.a. not sweating the small stuff. That’s hard for me — not getting too frustrated about all of the little annoyances that happen throughout the day. I’ve been diligently working on…

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Saturday Night San Francisco Streets – Beauty Article

I snapped a few pics in the city last weekend. El Hub and I went to meet some old friends who were visiting the city and stopped by a couple of bars for a few hours on Saturday night, mostly in the Union Square/Nob Hill area. I used to live in San Francisco and walked all around this neighborhood when I worked in one of the tall buildings near Union Square. Just when I think I’ve seen ever corner and…

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 595 – Beauty Article

Gentle reminder for today and the rest of the week. 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. Liquid or cream eyeshadow?…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 574 – Beauty Article

Tabs’s relationship with birds was complicated. On one hand, he deeply believed, to the core of his being, that he was a birder. Not a mouser, but a birder 100%. This, of course, was all fine and good till he actually had to work with birds. I can’t imagine how challenging it must have been to pose alongside a coworker, while also wanting to gobble them up. But Tabs was a consummate professional. He never actually ate a bird on…

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Saturday Surfing, October 5, 2019 – Beauty Article

Market Street, San Francisco, California Hello and happy Caturday, my friend! Just a quick hi before we head to the city to meet a couple of friends visiting from out of town. Wow… This was a challenging week. I know I haven’t been around as much as usual, but we’re only just now getting back into the swing of thing around heres. Connor was fighting a virus and missed a few days of school, but she’s back to her charming,…

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Funky Fresh Finds Vol. 1: Holiday Stocking Stuffers – Beauty Article

Let the holiday shopping season commence! Christmas is 12 weeks away. That’s approximately 87 sleeps! This year, I’ve decided that I’m going to the annoying mom/auntie/sister-from-another-mister you never wanted, because I’m officially going to start bugging you to start your gift shopping MEOW. Don’t wait till the last minute, babe. It’s so much less stressful for you (and me) this way! Anyway, I’ve been doing some initial canvassing for stocking stuffers lately, and here’s a couple of cool things I’ve…

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13 Unexpected Side Effects of Motherhood – Beauty Article

October 2nd, 2019 by Karen Leave a Comment Ch-ch-ch-changes You sometimes (translated = ALL THE TIME) find yourself going to the bathroom with the door open, and you have absolutely no qualms about relieving yourself in front of anyone anymore. You can carry on three simultaneous conversations while washing dishes, making dinner and planning out the next few steps on your conquest/world domination plan. You sneak in a cat nap during every single movie you go to, even the…

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