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Saturday Surfing, January 25th, 2020 – Beauty Article

You’re doing alright, friend. Happy Caturday, lady! Or, should I say, “Happy Unicornday?” Hmm… Doesn’t flow off the tongue as readily, but I like it. 😊 There are two reasons I’m into that unicorn up there at the top. 1) Its silver-haired mane gives me something to look forward to someday. (Oh, to be a silver-haired unicorn! #BIGDREAMS) And 2) because the picture is on every single card in this deck of Affirmators! (exclamation mark included!) cards I got in…

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What Was the Last Thing You Got at Sephora? – Beauty Article

January 23rd, 2020 by Karen Leave a Comment The littlest beauty lover! Yes, girlfriend, I was just there! I picked up a bottle of Kate Somerville Anti-Bac Clearing Lotion, one of my favorite products of all time, and the best acne cream I’ve ever found, hands down. How about you? What was the last thing you got at Sephora? Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict, Karen What Was the Last Thing You Got at Sephora? / Originally published January 23rd, 2020…

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 610 – Beauty Article

Have a fashionable 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. What’s something you say a lot? I’m 100% guilty of…

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Saturday Surfing, January 18th, 2020 – Beauty Article

Angora Cardi by Essie. I love this polish! Hello and happy Saturday, my friend! 🤗 Before we get goin’ and do this, I just want to say thank you for visiting me this morning. It’s still early, but I already have a list *this long* of things I’d like to do before the weekend ends. At the very top, paint my nails! I NEED PAW PAINT. DESPERATELY. We have to have bare nails when we work at the bakery to…

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Hooray for Dansko Clogs! – Makeup and Beauty Blog – Beauty Article

Oh, hi there, happy feet! Thanks, gals, for recommending Dansko work clogs. I found a basic brown leather pair (nothing fancy) at DSW in their sale section on deeeeeeep discount — fifty bucks! They’re usually $109 at DSW and online, but for some reason this pair was the only pair I could find in the store at that price. Weird! Anyway, I wasn’t sure about them at first because when I tried them on in the store, they looked a…

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Need Your Accessories Advice on These Pink Kate Spade Glasses, Plus Some BOMB Bread From Costco – Beauty Article

Cat lady vibes OK, fam. Need your input on these *very pink*, very cat lady-esque frames by Kate Spade, which I tried on at Costco last weekend. Normally, I’d be totally down for fun frames, especially fun pink ones, but I feel like going this bold would be a significant commitment, since there’s really nothing subtle about them AT ALL. If I get these, whenever I walk into a room, my glasses would walk in first. Know what I mean?…

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 609 – Beauty Article

Let’s have a great 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. Right now I’m craving… A Southwestern salad with avocado…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 588 – Beauty Article

Oh, boy, I bet Tabs is hooting and hollering in kitty heaven! His team is still in the playoffs! He loved rooting for the San Francisco 49ers. In fact, that tabby just loved sports in general. I mean, he loved relaxing, obviously. He spent a lot of quality time napping, but he also loved sports, ever since his days playing kitty football for the Mill Valley Wildcats. And whenever a kitty modeling campaign with a sports theme came available, he…

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Saturday Surfing, January 11th, 2020 – Beauty Article

January 11th, 2020 by Karen Leave a Comment Hiking the trail to see the waterfall at the Indian Valley Open Space Preserve is one of my favorite things to do this time of year! Hi, and happy Caturday, sweet girl! I read somewhere recently that you should spend at least one day a month outside. In nature. And you know what? Today is that day for me. There’s a trail here in Novato that leads to a small waterfall, and…

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What Were the Last 3 Beauty Products You Finished All the Way Down to the Last Drop? – Beauty Article

January 10th, 2020 by Karen 2 Comments Good to the last drop I’ll be the first to admit that part of the reason I’m asking this today is because I wanted to take a picture of my empty jar of By Terry Baume de Rose Lip Care ($60), which I’ve had forever and only just finished. 😁 I was hoping Santa would drop off another jar, but I guess he didn’t get the memo. Last few empties… By Terry Baume…

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New Favorite Easy Snack: Asian Pears and Creamy Toscano Cheese – Beauty Article

The sample lady at TJ’s was giving out tiny cups filled with this fruit-and-cheese duo at last weekend. Connor took two bites and said, “Mama, this is the good-est cheese ever!” Have you had Asian pears before? They look like apples, but they aren’t. I grew up eating different varieties of them. I think they taste like regular green pears, except they’re crunchier, slightly grainier and slightly more watery… Waterier? And they’re usually a bit sweeter too. The skin is…

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13 Unexpected Side Effects of Cat Lady Life – Beauty Article

January 8th, 2020 by Karen Leave a Comment A cat lady and her bestie. Side note: Rosie loves to be hugged like a tiny little fur baby! You stash pet hair remover rollers everywhere — inside your bathroom, your car, at work — EVERYWHERE. You may even have mini travel ones stuffed in each and every one of your purses. You’re friends with all the neighborhood cats, and you even know what treats each and every one of them likes/doesn’t…

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 608 – Beauty Article

Have a sweet week, 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. How skilled are you at using chopsticks? I…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 587 – Beauty Article

Not to take anything away from Baby Yoda, who has admittedly rocked in that role, but Tabs also auditioned for the part of cute sidekick in The Mandalorian. Yup, we don’t really know for sure why he didn’t get the part, but I suspect it had to do with his long-running feud with Jon Favreau. You see, Jon wrote Chef with Tabs in mind for the lead part, but Tabs turned it down because he said there weren’t enough recipes…

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Saturday Surfing, January 4th, 2020 – Beauty Article

A Saturday surprise, courtesy of my TJ’s reusable bag. How you doin’, Caturday?! I’m low-key thrilled right meow because of this unexpected discovery I found on the bottom of my Trader Joe’s New Hampshire shopping bag, which I got in one of the Trader Joe’s 1-2-3 Mystery Packs before Christmas. It’s a — wait for it! — recipe for a maple bacon sundae. 🍁🥓🍨 SAY, WHAT? How cool is this? I may never have seen it if it hadn’t been…

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What Are Your New Year’s Eve Traditions? – Beauty Article

Before things went absolutely bonkers beneath a cloud of powdered sugar and flour at the bakery right before Christmas, there was a brief lull, during which my coworkers and I talked about our New Year’s Eve traditions — ya know, things our families do to ring in the New Year. One tradition that seems to be shared by many families is that of cleaning the house to make it spic and span (or as close to it as possible) before…

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 607 – 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. First thing you wash in the shower? Totally depends on the scenario. (Side note:…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 586 – Beauty Article

When Ryan Seacrest calls you at noon on New Year’s Eve and begs you to fly to NYC before the ball drops so you can fill in for a last-minute cancellation by Justin Timberlake in the big show, if you’re the incomparable, indefatigable Tabs the cat, you make it happen, even if it means chartering a private jet. In the entertainment business, Tabs had a reputation as a fixer. He was the cat you called when the stakes were high…

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Saturday Surfing, December 28th, 2019 – Beauty Article

Have a delicious weekend! Hi, friend. 😀 Happy last Saturday Surfing of the decade. THE DECADE. Crazy, right? You know what else is crazy? How delicious these Harry & David Pears are! 🍐 TJ’s had them in gift boxes for the holidays, and I bought one for Christmas. They’re juicy and sweet, and they taste like biting into a cotton candy grape that makes your eyes roll back in your head in sheer ecstasy… I think we’ll have them with…

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The Mystery of the Trader Joe’s Mystery Bags…Revealed! – Beauty Article

Well, this was a first. I can say with 100% certainly that I’ve never been as excited about reusable shopping bags as I was on Christmas Day when I opened those sets of Trader Joe’s Mystery Bags. I was hoping for bags from remote locales (remote to me, like Anchorage and Key West), so I gnashed my teeth when I saw this one from another town in Northern California… [SIGH] There’s a donkey on it saying, “Eureka!” though, which kinda…

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Merry Christmas – Makeup and Beauty Blog – Beauty Article

Merry Christmas, sweet friend. How are you? I hope your day is filled with love and light (and that Santa stopped by with a lipstick or two). I’m about to sit down to Christmas breakfast with my parents, El Hub, Coco and my brother, and then in a bit, we’re off to visit my glam granny. Kind of a funny story – one Christmas Eve when I was a kid, it was raining nonstop. It was a full-on deluge! My…

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 606 – 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. What can you tell me about your toothbrush? It’s green and white! I think…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 585 – Beauty Article

I was looking through some old pictures of Tabs from last Christmas, like this one. He was so happy because he’d just redecorated his office… Oh, and this one: this was his outfit for the company Christmas party… Simply put, he was a fashion genius. The coat was custom made from the actual red carpet for the 85th Cat Academy Awards in 2014. That was the year Tabs won the Oscar for Best Cat Actor… Every year, he pulled out…

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Saturday Surfing, December 21st, 2019 – Beauty Article

Mama and daughter lunch date yesterday. (Please note the headless gingerbread man.) Good morning and happy Caturday, my friend. 🤶 Are you feeling the Christmas spirit today? I am, coupled with excitement and a tinge of exhaustion, because… In case you didn’t know this, sugary baked goods are in high demand this time of year. 🙃 Yeah, it’s been busy at the bakery (!), and I’ve baked more cookies and cakes over the last two weeks than I’ve ever baked…

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How Do You Like to Wear Your Liner These Days? – Beauty Article

Can we talk about liner? I have an auntie (I think she’s my auntie… To be honest, I’m not really sure. She’s a lady of a certain age who I’ve always called “Auntie,” but I don’t know if I’m actually related to her, HA HA HA!) who has her eyeliner and brows periodically tattooed every few years, and every single time I see her, I think, “Now THAT is commitment to your eyeliner.” #truth I don’t think I could ever…

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 605 – Beauty Article

We make our own rainbows 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 are the first few things you do when…

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Saturday Surfing, Dec. 14, 2019 – Beauty Article

The $2.99 Trader Joe’s 1-2-3 Mystery Bag Gift Set Sometimes I feel like a lone wolf weirdo prancing my way through life… But I know, deep down inside, that I cannot be the only person who gets cheap thrills out of things like the $3 Trader Joe’s Mystery Bags. (Good mornin’, by the way.) How cool are these?! They’re supposedly available at all Trader Joe’s stores in the US. For $2.99, you get a collection of three randomized reusable TJ’s…

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How Has Your Life (and Your Makeup!) Changed in 2019? – Beauty Article

Things change, but my love for neutrals always stays the same. 💖 I say this every December, but where did the year go?? Has it really been a year? I worked as a legal assistant at a law firm in my 20s, and one of the lawyers said something I still remember. He said that time moves faster as you get older, and I didn’t understand it at the time, but I totally get it now. Nowadays, it feels like…

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 604 – Beauty Article

Float like a butterfly… 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’s your morning grooming routine as of late? First things…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 583 – Beauty Article

A lot of people just starting their careers as professional pet assistants ask me, “What was Tabs really like? What was it like working for such an iconic figure in the feline fashion industry?” and I usually tell them about Christmas 2016. Tabs was at the pinnacle of his kitty modeling career. I was juggling working full time as a pet assistant with being a new mom to Connor Claire, who was born in March of that year. I won’t…

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