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What’s the Most Unlikely Thing in Your Makeup Bag? – Beauty Article

Lemme guess… Is it a toothbrush? (They do come in handy for taming flyaways.) Or a business card? (So convenient for stenciling out crispy cat eye flicks!) For me, it’s a tossup between the bottle of Essie Gel Couture Top Coat and a small tin of Hollywood Fashion Tape! I keep the top coat around because I’ve become the person who gets wherever she needs to go a half an hour early these days (to make a long story short,…

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Transitional Booties at DSW – Makeup and Beauty Blog – Beauty Article

Take me to the mothership I got a coupon in the mail for some good deals on early season boots at DSW, so I went! — despite the fact that it was 92 degrees with nary a cloud in the sky. Thankfully for me and my feet, DSW has the answer to navigating this very confusing time of year between summer and fall, and the answer is something I call “transitional booties.” Did you laugh like a teenage boy when…

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 592 – Beauty Article

A gentle reminder on this beautiful 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. Are you better at remembering names or…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 571 – Beauty Article

Of all the things Tabs was, low-carb wasn’t one of them. That cat loved his bread. Sourdough, French, honey whole wheat — if it was bread and I was eating it, I was sharing it with Tabs. It was one of his many enduring quirks. Not a lot of people know this, but Tabs was supposed to be one of the original hosts on The Great British Baking Show. He was cast as the Paul Hollywood character. Yeah, we flew…

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Saturday Surfing, Sep. 14th, 2019 – Beauty Article

Chrissy Field Beach Park in San Francisco, California Good morning from the Bay Area! It’s that time of year around here when the microclimates go cray. You can leave the house in shorts and a sleeveless shirt and be desperate for a warm sweatshirt a few hours later. People are NOT playing when they say to bring layers for Bay Area adventures. The pic up top was from the beach a couple weeks ago in the heat of summer. It…

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Notebook Nirvana… – Makeup and Beauty Blog – Beauty Article

I jokingly mentioned to El Hub that I could fill countless volumes of this blank notebook titled “Ledger of Perceived Slights,” and he replied, “Yeah, you could,” a little too enthusiastically. HMMM. I honestly didn’t know whether to punch him or kiss him… The man knows me too well, HA HA HA! 🤣 I saw it while shopping for a birthday gift at Copperfield’s Books in Novato, but it’s also available online. Even though I really wanted it and the…

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Do You Mind If Your Makeup Feels “Heavy” on Your Face? – Beauty Article

Wearing all the things… Do I mind if my makeup feels heavy? Hmm… Yes and no. I’m not as accustomed to wearing ALL. THE. THINGS. on my face as I once was. I mean, four or five years ago, when I’d contour my nose just to go to Trader Joe’s to buy bread, I reveled in my multi-step process, but I had more time. Heck, I remember my base alone would take a minimum of seven products, and that was…

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The DKNY Fusion Perfect Bra Is a Bad-@ss Brassiere – Beauty Article

Do your girls a favor. Transcript of me talking to a stranger in a Nordstrom Rack fitting room a few weeks ago: Me: “Oh, my god. Ohmygod ohmygod ohmygod ohmygod. OH. MY. GAWD!” Stranger in the stall next to me: *knocks politely on wall* “Miss? Are you doing OK?” Me: “Yeah, I’m OK. I’m so sorry. I forget sometimes that I’m, ya know, out in public.” Stranger in the stall next to me: “Erh… Alright.” This exchanged happened as I…

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Down the YouTube Rabbit Hole: Braids! – Beauty Article

I like big braids! You can always count me in for 1) a Keanu Reeves movie and 2) an iced latte, but a fun bun? These days, they’re hit or miss for me. Sometimes, you can’t beat a quick and messy bun for convenience, but there are also days when haphazardly shoving my hair up just won’t do. I’m the type of gal who absolutely NEEDS to get out of her pajamas first thing in the morning; otherwise, I feel…

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 591 – 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. When was the last time you were stung by a bee? It was in…

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Saturday Surfing, Sep. 7th, 2019 – Beauty Article

Saturday selfies! Here’s a Caturday meta moment for ya: behold, a selfie of a selfie, with one of them taken from a toy smartphone that makes a shutter *click* sound. And, chances are you’re looking at this pic on your smartphone right now, so that would be a picture of a picture of a picture… SAY WHAT?! I know, I’m blowing your mind right meow. 🙀😁 Oh, and after that selfie session, Connor Claire pretended to text the pic to…

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Loose or Pressed Powder? – Makeup and Beauty Blog – Beauty Article

Feelin’ loose? I tend to wear pressed more because my holy grail face powder (MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural is THE BEST!) just happens to come in pressed form. But hey, if it also came in a loose powder version, I’d probably be all over that, too. I do like wearing both pressed and loose for different reasons, though. I think pressed powder is better in terms of convenience and for on-the-go touch-ups (obvs), and when I apply it with a…

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What Changes Do You Make to Your Skincare Routine in the Fall? – Beauty Article

Oh, my gosh! I make so many changes. Creamier cleansers, richer moisturizers (dry skin 4-eva) and ‘ze intensification of exfoliation. Fall is still officially a few weeks away, but unofficially for me it’s starting right meow… I’m guessing that your opinion of fall partly depends on where you fall (ha ha) on the Pumpkin Spice/Halloween spectrum, am I right? You’re either delighted by the idea of cooler weather, cozy sweaters and crunchy autumn leaves crackling beneath your ankle boots, or…

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 590 – 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 last beauty purchase? I just ordered some metal duckbill hair clips because I’m…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 569 – Beauty Article

Serenity meow! As as I’m sure you’re aware, Tabs was a huge advocate for cat-friendly gardening and creativity-stimulating power walks in the great outdoors. He was also the cat who coined the phrase, “purr-fect zen,” to describe the state of becoming one with your garden… While a lot of cats enjoy hanging out in nature, Tabs actually enjoyed gardening. In fact, he grew and harvested his own salads. Obviously, he also drew feline fashion inspiration from flowers throughout his life.…

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Saturday Surfing, Aug. 31st, 2019 – Beauty Article

Hiya, friend! 😃 OK, listen… I’m all for healthy, balanced meals, but sometimes you just gotta start Saturday with a cupcake. The one above is a carrot cake cupcake with cream cheese frosting. Mmm… 🥕🧁 I guess one could argue that the shredded carrot counts as a serving of veggies… Perhaps? Yes? Am I reaching? I think I may have mentioned this before, but I recently stumbled upon a new career as a toddler chauffeur, and in case you were…

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A Gentle Reminder… – Makeup and Beauty Blog – Beauty Article

Hiya, friend. Earlier this week I talked about turning negatives into positives with a quickness. Well, I’m still working on flipping and reversing it à la Missy Elliott, and the issue I’m dealing with right now is one of the things I find most challenging: setting realistic expectations of what I can accomplish in a set amount of time. I don’t know if it’s the former perfectionist in me (I’m working on it), but I always want to do more,…

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What’s Currently in Your Makeup Bag? – Beauty Article

August 29th, 2019 by Karen 1 Comment Everyday favorites at the moment I’m partially asking this because I’m always looking for things to add to my “want” list (much to El Hub’s chagrin… I just smile and cackle whenever he says, “Do you really need to buy more makeup?”). 😁 I’m also asking because I’m a nosy noodle, ha ha ha! So, I have a few (several) makeup bags right now, each with different themes. I have a couple…

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Beauty Surprises – Makeup and Beauty Blog – Beauty Article

As Forrest Gump famously said, life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get, and I feel that that is 100% the way it is in beauty, too — because I’ve been a makeup/hair/nail enthusiast now for, what, a billion years? — and I’m repeatedly utterly shocked by the things that happen. A (shockingly) hairy situation I cannot even BEGIN to describe how repeatedly surprised I’ve been by the hair-related changes on my person…

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 589 – Beauty Article

We’re going to have a great 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. Navy or nude nails? Navy!…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 568 – Beauty Article

A lot of people don’t know how important cats were to the space race. They call it the final frontier, but the “feline frontier” is more accurate. In fact, some of the greatest astronauts in history were cats. Like Tabs. He was the first American to orbit the Earth wearing a feather boa, and that was just one of his many astronomical feline fashion firsts. He also created the uniforms for CASA, the Cat Aeronautics and Space Administration, and started…

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Saturday Surfing, Aug. 24th, 2019 – Beauty Article

I hope this works! Hiya, friend! I hope your coffee ☕ is strong and your spirit is light on this lovely Caturday. If you need me, I’ll be the cat lady in the plastic hair cap, which I’ll be wearing all day long so the Olaplex No. 3 at-home hair treatment I’m trying can work its alleged magic. Speaking of that… I walked into Sephora a couple days ago planning to get just one or two things from Olaplex and…

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We Got This – Makeup and Beauty Blog – Beauty Article

Watch out world; here she comes! I *really* didn’t think I would cry this time. We’ve been doing preschool drop-off for, what, a full year now? A full year! All last year, all summer long, so this morning I thought, “We got this!” Today was Connor’s first day of school in the Honeybee class (3-4 year olds), so I got her up a little early, and we had a fun breakfast (strawberries and a Trader Joe’s Pop Tart), did some…

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5 Things I’ve Been Loving Lately – Beauty Article

“Why, yes, I am wearing false lashes in this look!” 1. Coloring With colored pencils, and using said pencils to draw false lashes, questionable eyeshadow and winged liner on cartoon horses. 😊 “Fine Art” — a collaboration by me and the coywolf 2. Retinol I have a pimple on my chin. It’s one of those *painful* ones with roots like an old oak tree, but instead of doing what I usually do with a pimple like this one — bombarding…

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What’s on Your Sephora VIB Sale Wish List? – Beauty Article

August 21st, 2019 by Karen Leave a Comment The Sephora VIB 15% sale is happening meow (it goes until August 27)! Inquiring minds want to know… What’s on your wish list? This time around, mine list includes a beauty bouquet of the usual suspects I hoard. For instance, I “need” another bottle of Kate Somerville Ani Bac, and another Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen, a few hair things, and (of course) foundation, which is apparently my makeup Achilles’ heel.…

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 588 – Beauty Article

Have a colorful 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. How often do you exfoliate your face? I try to…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 567 – Beauty Article

Tabs wasn’t simply content being a seafood lover. He loved fish so much that he wanted to know everything about it. He wanted to know everything there was to know about fish because he loved it so much. In fact, among his many careers, he was a sushi chef, a professional bass fisherman and bass fishing lure designer, a marine biologist, and he also starred, of course, in the hit Hollywood superhero movie Aquacat. While studying for his dual degrees…

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Saturday Surfing, August 17th, 2019 – Beauty Article

Well hello there. (Yes, this is the mama cat I met last week!) G’morning, sweet girl! First things first: Welcome to the weekend. 🖐️🤗 I know you probably want to use it to get stuff done, but don’t forget to take some time to take care of *you* today, even if it’s just 15 minutes sitting in your air-conditioned car listening to music (now THAT’s my idea of “me time”) or going to the mall for a couple hours to…

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 587 – Beauty Article

Big glossy kiss on this 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. Liquid or powder foundation? Oh, liquid. For sure.…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 566 – Beauty Article

You know how the notion of balance is big these days? Balance at work, balance at home, work-life balance, balancing life, love, career? Well, Tabs was big into balance way before it was en vogue. In fact, one of his first jobs was working in the Marin County Circus. It was there he learned to tune out distractions, focus his chi, and achieve the perfect poise and balance that propelled him to the top of the kitty modeling world. He…

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