SPONSORED: The Purina Pro Plan Cat Christmas Treats Giveaway

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A Purina Pro Plan Cat Treat Giveaway

Ho-ho-ho! Meowy Christmas!

Tabs pulled his weight this year to finagle a feline giveaway of taste-tacular proportions with his sponsor, Purina. It’s a prize package of Tabs-tested treats and swag/accessories, like food bowls and Catty Stacks, which are these cool cardboard boxes you can stack like Lego into custom kitty condos.

To enter on behalf of your cat (unless your cat can type…because some can), just leave a comment about anything at the bottom of this post before the deadline at 11:59 p.m. Pacific on Wednesday, Dec. 31 (New Year’s Eve!). Full details below.

Good luck! :)

This post is sponsored by Purina Pro Plan #proplancatpartner. For information about my posting policy, please see my Disclaimer.

Sponsored by Purina Pro Plan Cat

Santa Tabs and I will choose one lucky winner at random to receive a prize pack with the following…

Because cats love boxes

  • (2) 2.1-oz. bags of Purina Pro Plan Savory Bites in Chicken (Rated #1 by Tabs!)
  • (1) 2.1-oz. bag of Purina Pro Plan Savory Bites in Tuna
  • (1) 2.1-oz. bag of Purina Pro Plan Savory Bites in Salmon
  • (1) Purina Pro Plan convenient treat dispenser
  • (2) Purina Pro Plan plastic food bowls
  • (2) Purina Pro Plan easy-clean placemats
  • (2) Catty Stacks cardboard box kits (because cats love boxes!)

A Purina Pro Plan Cat Treat Giveaway
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10 Things I Love About MAC

Published in: MAC Makeup, Makeup

10 Things I Love About MAC Cosmetics

1. Their classic neutral brown and beige shades

Before the Urban Decay Naked palette took the makeup world by storm, there were old-school MAC brown and beige neutrals like Brule, Mylar, Ricepaper, Shroom, Soba, Samoa Silk, Kid, Bamboo, Omega, Cork, Wedge, Brun, Soft Brown and Saddle, among other shades. I could write sonnets and dissertations on their awesome sauce.

MAC has a well-deserved rep for crazy colorful shades and brights, but that’s just part of what they do. Some of my friends who are less enthusiastic about makeup than I am say things like, “They’re the ones that do the crazy bright green drag show eyeshadow, right?” and I’m like, um…yeah, they do some of that, but there are also so many great neutrals in the line.

Some of their permanent collection neutrals are timeless classics that women (and men) of all ages can wear.

Shoot, I hope I’m still rocking Soba when I’m 80. That’s the plan. :)

Maybelline Blackest Black Lasting Drama Eyestudio

Wearing MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot, Mylar Eye Shadow, Cork Eye Shadow and Brun Eye Shadow on my lids

2. The MAC Rick Baker Monsters Bride Palette

I never expected to like this LE palette as much as I do, but it quickly became one of my most trusted companions this year. It always goes with me on trips, where it gets a coveted spot in my everyday essentials makeup bag.

There is one eyeshadow in it called Bitter, a crazy green, that I never use, but all of the other shades are ones I use and love, like Brun, Mylar, Omega, Club and Carbon.

My default neutral look with this palette is something soft and defined that I do all the time with Mylar all over the lid from lash line to brow bone, Omega in the crease, Brun in the outer corner and Carbon smudged along my upper lash line…

Then, if I’m feeling sassy, I’ll add Club on my lid on top of Mylar.

MAC The Monsters Bride Pro Palette X 6

MAC The Monsters Bride Pro Palette X 6

3. Woodwinked Eye Shadow

Woodwinked is one of all-time greatest two-for-one shadows. Pat it on with a flat 239 Eye Shader Brush for a warm and shimmery golden brown, or buff it out with a 217 for a warm orangey brown with a satin finish. Either way: beautiful!

4. The 217 blending brush

I use the 217 every. Single. Day. It’s not just a brush for me; it’s an investment.

I have multiple 217s. That’s how serious I am about it, and I use them for so many things, like for applying and blending eyeshadow and under-eye concealer, applying highlighter and spot application of face powders. Those are just a few of the things I use the awesome 217 for.

5. Fix+

Another MAC ride-or-die product I never knowingly leave the house without (I always bring a tiny bottle with me when I travel). I use it for many different things, but mostly for blending out full-coverage foundations and under-eye concealers to make them look more natural.
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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 352

Published in: Just For Fun

The Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll for Monday, Dec. 22, 2014

The Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll for Monday, Dec. 22, 2014

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.

  1. My signature makeup look?
    A smokey something-or-other with a cat eye of some sort — some version of a smokey cat eye combination, usually with nude lips because they’re easy. Or, plain lids, big lashes and bright lips.
  2. One of my etiquette pet peeves…
    I cannot stand it when the person who uses the bathroom before me doesn’t change the toilet paper, when there’s clearly not enough toilet paper for the next person. They’ll leave one square or an empty roll. Really? You have to — the toilet paper’s gotta get changed! You’re already sitting on the pot, so you might as well change it. It takes like 2 seconds! :)
  3. My secret beauty weapons are…
    Getting as much sleep as possible (if I could, I’d sleep nine hours per night) and drinking obscene amounts of water.
  4. One or two things that are always in my fridge:
    Some kind of stinky cheese (the stinkier the better) and half-eaten cans of cat food.
  5. I will never care about…
    Lamb chops.

    I just really don’t like the sound of those two words together.

Le List

Your turn. :) Just copy and paste the following questions into a comment with your answers. I look forward to reading ‘em!


1. My signature makeup look?
2. One of my etiquette pet peeves…
3. My secret beauty weapons are…
4. One or two things that are always in my fridge:
5. I will never care about…

I sure hope it doesn’t rain on Christmas, but it looks like it might.

That reminds me — when I was young, I was terrified of it raining on Christmas because my grandma once told me that when it rains on Christmas…Jesus is crying, and when you’re in the third grade, and you hear that, and it’s pouring outside, you’re like, “What did I do to make Jesus cry!?”

Yup.

My friend Cindy’s birthday party yesterday was a lot of fun. I feel like we were just celebrating her thirtieth, but this was her fortieth, and it was carb city! We had spaghetti and meatballs and yummy grilled potatoes, some grilled cheeses. It was awesome.

The Hillside Supper Club in San Francisco

The Hillside Supper Club in San Francisco

And we all gave her gifts that fit our personalities, like her friend Bernadette, who loves to cook, gave her a fancy imported French pâté, and then I, of course, gave her something beauty-related, a Bvlgari perfume. Her other friend, Grace, who’s kind of a jokester, got her a Hot Guys & Baby Animals calendar, also known as “the gift that keeps on giving.” :)

This week, per my feline employer’s demands, we have to leave the premises so that he can hang out with his favorite petsitter, so we’re heading to my parents’ house in the East Bay, and then up to see my in-laws in Redding.

Are you ready for Christmas? Are all the presents wrapped?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 326

Published in: Just For Fun, Sponsored Post, Tabs

10 Felines to Follow on Instagram

Festive greetings, fellow felines and human friends! I’ve been hard at work not hardly working, as my assistant would say.

Eh, but what does she know? It’s hard to take somebody seriously who wears stretchy pants as often as she does.

This week I finally got my new iPhone. Merry Christmas to me! It’s one of those giant ones — I think they call it a phablet? I needed a new phone to take more selfies for work and to follow my favorite felines and feline accounts on Instagram.

Here are 10 of my faves. I think you’ll like these a lot.

Purrs and kisses,

Tabs

fidel_cat (9.3k followers)

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professor_pouncey (44.1k followers)

Hooray it's #Caturday!

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oskar_the_blind_cat (75.6k followers)


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7 Ways to Win a $50 eGift Card From Sephora! (Ends Monday)

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Win a $50 Sephora e-gift card from Makeup and Beauty Blog

Win a $50 Sephora e-gift card from Makeup and Beauty Blog

It’s basically Christmas week, yo. It’s here! Christmas is on Thursday!

Aaaaand I do still have a little shopping to do, but I don’t mind the crowds. Not really. It reminds me of the days when I used to work at the mall during the holidays and how busy it would be, with everyone so happy, and the children waiting to see Santa. And how clueless most of the dudes were. If I had a dollar for every little black purse I sold to a clueless dude shopping at The Limited…

We don’t really get snow out here at sea level (this year, just massive amounts of cold rain), but I always like the idea of it snowing on Christmas. What about where you live? Do you think you’ll have a white Christmas?

A little later today, after a quick run on the treadmill, I’m heading to my friend Cindy’s birthday lunch in the city, so that should be fun. I haven’t seen Cindy in a while.

Whatever you’re up to, I hope you have a nice holiday weekend, my friend. :)

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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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