Paul & Joe Moisturizing Foundation Primer S in 03 Clear ($36)
According to ’80s spelling bee champion/hip-hop group J.J. Fad, the “S” is for super, and the “U” is for unique. The “P” is for perfection, and you know that we are freaks…
It’s that first part — the “S” part for super — that also applies to new $36 Paul & Joe Moisturizing Foundation Primer S, because dang if this stuff doesn’t smell super good!
It’s how I imagine it must be like to open the door to the penthouse suite of the Ritz-Carlton Paris when a cloud of Chanel Coco Mademoiselle mixed with fragrant orange flower shampoo and luxury baby powder wafts out…
Gimme a second because I need to take another sniff, aah!
Paul & Joe Moisturizing Foundation Primer S in 03 Clear
My friends Jen and Cindy and I all agreed that the main thing we wanted to do on our girls’ weekend in Napa last weekend had to involve maximum relaxation, and yes, napping was on the agenda. At the end of the weekend we tallied up our naps, and here are a few of the places where we collectively napped…
The pool (not inside but near it)
The covered lounge area adjacent to the pool (next to a huge bowl of French fries!)
In the “Serenity Room” at the Meritage Hotel Spa Terra
In the steam room inside the spa area
In the whirlpool lounge inside the spa area
In our hotel room
On the hotel patio
Haha! Who knew that three girls on vacation could sleep so much and in so many places?
Besides napping in Napa, we also had some yummy meals (my favorite was Sunday brunch at a cute bistro called Grace’s Table in downtown Napa), and we did some sightseeing along the waterfront…
I’d like to think she would because I TOTALLY DO THAT, and then Gaga and I could do a duet together, and Tabs could be our backup dancer, and the whole thing would be awesome to the Nth degree…
You know you can see it happening.
There’s lot of good things to sing/say about this latest liquid foundation from Too Faced, which I’ve been wearing off and on now for about a week. Its medium-to-full coverage demi-matte finish delightfully diffuses pores while disguising imperfections, and the lightweight formula looks almost undetectable on the skin.
It’s maybe not quite as inconspicuous and skin-like as Dior Nudeskin Air Serum, but it’s pretty darned great considering the opacity of the coverage. It’s not uncommon for medium-to-full coverage liquid foundations to look pretty obvious, but this one doesn’t, depending on how I apply it.
And I’ve tried a bunch of different methods. It seems to work best for me and look the most seamless when I use very little (literally, like a small drop or two at a time), pat it on with my fingers and build it up slowly in layers.
Applied any other way — with brushes, a BeautyBlender, etc. — it looks heavier, thicker and more obvious.
So that’s one thing. I wouldn’t call it a catch, but still…
Before (not wearing any foundation)…
After applying Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Honey
And now wearing Too Faced Born This Way in Honey along with a full face of makeup
The new Paul & Joe Fall 2015 Cheek Colors ($18 each) and refillable empty Compacts ($10 each)
Why should baby cats be the only ones who get to freely roam about looking all smooth and cute and silky? It’s not fair! Blush wearers should also be able to flaunt colorful cheeks with the same silky smoothness as a kitten’s fur, because silky smoothness is a right, not a privilege!
Thankfully, Paul & Joe has addressed this important issue facing the makeup loving cat lady community with their new Limited Edition Fall 2015 Cheek Color + Compacts.
Their new blush duos, which were inspired by French sweet treats, apply color evenly and smoothly to cheeks, and dude! — they’re really good.
Paul & Joe Fall 2015 Cheek Color in Cafe Calva 003 with the 07 Compact
Paul & Joe Fall 2015 Cheek Color in Glace A La Fraise 002 with the 08 Compact
Paul & Joe Fall 2015 Cheek Color in Cinnamon Roast 001 with the 09 Compact
You might be wondering, “So what in tarnation is this Monday Poll thing anyway!?”
Well, it isn’t exactly a poll. It’s more of a constantly evolving (devolving?), somewhat random list of questions I’ve been putting out to readers every Monday morning for the past seven years. (It’s like a kickstart for your brain.) I’ve always enjoyed reading your answers in the comments, and I hope you enjoy reading mine.
My spirit animal is ______.
A tiger! 🐯
Because deep down inside I’m really just a big jungle cat who loves the water.
Plus, the stripes, and you know how those never go out of style.
Have you (or an airline) ever lost your luggage on a flight?
Yes, and it was hella stressful, but at least it was on the way back home, and not on my way to the destination.
It happened a few years ago on a quick connecting flight from Italy to Germany. It was one of those tight turnarounds where you have to run through the airport terminal to catch the connecting flight, and I guess my checked bag (which had all of my souvenirs in it, like boxes of Italian chocolate , which I really, REALLY wanted to eat, LOL!) got left behind.
I learned a valuable lesson though. Ever since then I do whatever it takes to avoid from having to check in my bags, especially bags containing makeup and chocolate.
Thankfully, the bag showed up at my doorstep in Novato about a week later (so I got my chocolate, yay!).
Does your family have any summer traditions?
No big ones, really, but El Hub and I do like to spend a weekend in Lake Tahoe. We like to kayak on the lake and hike and go out to dinner, but when we were planning to go a few weeks ago, we had to cancel at the last minute because it was straight-up raining up there, which is kind of weird for July.
I’m hoping we can still make it out there before it gets chilly, maybe next month or early September.
Bronzer makes me feel ______.
And less like a member of the Army of the Undead.
Lattes: with or without foam?
The foam does absolutely nothing for me. I’d rather have the foam space dedicated to filling up the cup with more latte.
Your turn. Just copy and paste the following questions into a comment with your answers. I look forward to reading ’em!
1. My spirit animal is ______.
2. Have you (or an airline) ever lost your luggage on a flight?
3. Does your family have any summer traditions?
4. Bronzer makes me feel ______.
5. Lattes: with or without foam?
Hello, sweet pea!
I’m back and oh, so relaxed after spending the weekend with my high school pals Jen and Cindy. It was a belated birthday sleepover involving a whole lotta nothing and the hotel pool.
It’s amazing what a little lounging around can do for your soul. I feel like a reenergized Energizer Bunny Karen.
I hope you were able to get in some relaxing yourself last weekend. How are you doing today? How’s your morning been so far?
You know what time it is. :) It's time to party with Tabs! -- the world's foremost international playboy tabby (and my feline employer). Kitty model, superstar, dreamer and all around lovable diva extraordinaire. See what he's been loving lately on his blog, partywithtabs.com, or follow his missives and adventures on Twitter.