Rated X-cellent, the Tom Ford Contouring Cheek Color Duo in Softcore Is Making Sculpted Dreams Come True

Published in: Face, Tom Ford Beauty

Tom Ford Softcore Contouring Cheek Color Duo

Wearing the new Tom Ford Contouring Cheek Color Duo in Softcore ($77) on my cheeks

My kneecaps liquified into jiggly piles of pudding when I swatched the deep red terracotta shade from Tom Ford’s new Contouring Cheek Color Duo in Softcore ($77) and found out that — aaah! — it has a matte finish.




It’s what I was hoping for from Stroked, the other Cheek Duo Tom Ford released for fall, but didn’t get.

Now, Softcore isn’t your run-of-the-mill, standard issue contouring palette. You’ll find no flat browns or grayed-out taupes here.

Tom Ford Softcore Contouring Cheek Color Duo

Instead, it has a dark terracotta red (to sculpt out the hollows just below the apples of your cheeks) and a lighter shimmery, peachy pink (to reflect light off the high points of your upper cheekbones). Very retro ’80s fab, and if you’ve ever wanted to look like you just stepped out of a Jody Watley video circa 1984 — I totally have, not gonna lie! — then this duo could make your sculpted cheek dreams come true.

Tom Ford Softcore Contouring Cheek Color Duo
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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 336

Published in: Just For Fun

The Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll for September 1, 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. This morning we’re getting brunch at the local greasy spoon. What’s your order?
    Ooh! Banana pancakes, two eggs over easy (please, not over medium), hash browns, a side of fruit (easy on the mellon) and coffee (with tons of cream and sugar).

    I swear, I wake up ravenous every morning, as if I’ve been hibernating all winter long. It’s dangerous when we go out to eat, like going grocery shopping when you’re starved, because I end up ordering more than I can actually consume, but whatevs. Bring it on!

  2. When in doubt, throw on ______.
    A bright lipstick, ’cause at least you’ll look like you tried, and/or some black stretchy pants, ’cause then at least you’ll be comfortable.
  3. Have you ever been sailing?
    I have not, even though I live near San Francisco Bay, which is often covered by sailboats.

    The problem is, horror movies. I’ve watched one too many of them involving sailboats, freak storms and pirates…

  4. Do your parents still live in your childhood home?
    They do. They’ve lived in the same house for over 30 years, which is neat when I go home to visit. It brings back a lot of memories.
  5. Tom Ford African Violet

  6. A nail polish shade you never get tired of wearing?
    Tom Ford’s African Violet.

    It’s such a bright, happy shade, but it’s one of those that also has kind of a tough girl edge at the same.

Le List

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

1. This morning we’re getting brunch at the local greasy spoon. What’s your order?
2. When in doubt, throw on ______.
3. Have you ever been sailing?
4. Do your parents still live in your childhood home?
5. A nail polish shade you never get tired of wearing?

Good morning, glory. :) Happy Labor Day, which I hope you’re celebrating by not working (or not working very hard).

I love it when holidays fall on a Monday because, seriously, Mondays can use all the help they can get.

We haven’t figured out what we’re going to do yet — maybe drive up to Guerneville and the Russian River, or maybe go hiking on Mount Tam. Whatever we do, though, I want it to be at least partly outside. Gotta soak up as much sunshine as possible (while wearing sunscreen, of course).

What are you doing today?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME! Win Kitty Noms From Purina Pro Plan (Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 311)

Published in: Giveaways, Just For Fun, Sponsored Post, Tabs

Enter to win cat snacks from Purina Pro Plan

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

Tabs is such a fan of Purina Pro Plan Savory snacks that he made arrangements with a bigwig exec over there to give some away (seriously, he told the lady, “Mrow!”). Five lucky winners will each receive a special prize pack of Purina Pro Plan cat snacks and other swag, paw-picked by Tabs. You can enter in up to five ways, and the giveaway closes at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, September 10, 2014.

Scroll down for the full details… Good luck!


Tabs and I will randomly select five (5) lucky winners to each receive the following: 3 Purina Pro Plan Savory Bites snack bags in Tuna, Salmon and Chicken; 1 Purina Pro Plan tote bag; 1 plastic food bowl; easy-clean placemat; extra large refrigerator magnet; and a $5 coupon for Purina Pro Plan brand cat (or dog) snacks. BONUS: an 8×10″ glossy autographed picture of Tabs. :)

Win snacks for your cat

How to enter

Twitter (1 winner will be randomly selected)

  1. Follow me on Twitter @karenmbb
  2. Send me a tweet and finish the phrase, “My cat is great because…” and include the hashtag #winkittynoms and @ProPlanCat

Instagram (1 winner will be randomly selected)

  1. Be sure you’re following me on Instagram @karenmbb
  2. Leave a comment there on the Instagram post finishing the phrase, “My cat is great because…”

Facebook (1 winner will be randomly selected)

  1. Find the original giveaway post on my Facebook page (here’s a link to it)
  2. Leave a comment there finishing the phrase, “My cat is great because…”

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

Published in: Giveaways, Just For Fun

A Makeup and Beauty Blog giveaway
A Sephora giveaway on Makeup and Beauty Blog

“Let her play with Lego, for crying out loud!”

I’m sitting here on the couch with the laptop watching Extreme Guide to Parenting, and I just heard El Hub yell that from the other room.

And he’s not even watching the show. He’s just eavesdropping, LOL!

Rise and shine, pal o’ mine! It’s caturday! :) Do you know where your husky tabby is?

The one who manages this office is disgruntled and pacing around the house because he wants to go outside. There are these crows who are sort of casing the joint. They’re sitting in the closest tree branches, cawing at the top of their crow lungs, and it’s p*ssing Tabs off. He’s like, “Dammit! Those effing birds!”

Poor kitty…

In other news, it’s giveaway time. Good luck to you. I hope you have a great weekend, too. El Hub and I are talking about going kayaking again on the Russian River tomorrow, but we’ll see. We have a couple other things to do. One of them, actually, involves something special for the cat enthusiasts tomorrow afternoon, so if you have a kitty (or two or 12), be sure to check back tomorrow.

Win a $50 gift card from Sephora

  • One (1) Sephora eGift card containing $50 sent to the winner by email (international readers, you may opt to receive $50 sent by PayPal instead).

  • Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.
  • Open to U.S. and international readers.
  • You must be 18 or older to enter (or otherwise an adult based on your local laws).
  • Your comment can be about anything at all, but here are some ideas if you’re stuck:
    • What was your favorite toy or game growing up?
    • Have you ever braided someone else’s hair?
    • Have you ever had super skinny, thin brows?
    • When was the last time you wore false lashes?
    • Do you currently dye your hair?
    • Do you put mascara on your bottom lashes?
  • You can enter in up to seven ways to boost your chances of winning.
  • The giveaway ends on Monday, September 1, 2014 at 11:59 PM (Pacific Time). :)
  • Full terms and conditions are available in the widget.

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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Nest at WP24: The Food Made Me Happy and Full, and I Drooled

Published in: Daily Photo

Steamed Assorted Dim Sum

Steamed Assorted Dim Sum with har gow, sui mai and chicken

Mmm… Tempura green beans.

What a treat. Last weekend in Los Angeles I met a friend for noms at a place called Nest at WP24. It’s a Wolfgang Puck restaurant serving Asian fusion cuisine. Kinda pricey, but not ridiculously so, and very casual attire.

We shared some appetizers, and they were all super good (here’s the menu), and at the end of the meal I felt decidedly happy and full, which is basically the kind of food critic I’d be. I’d say things like, “The food made me happy and full, and I drooled, so I give it four stars.” :)

If you’re ever down there in the LA area and looking for a good place to eat, you could do a lot worse. I’m just saying. Try to grab a table facing the windows, and time it just before sunset. You’ll get some gorgeous views of downtown LA.

Nest at WP24 Tempura Green Beans

Tempura Green Beans with Gochu Jang chili aioli and curry salt

Nest at WP24 Prawn Toast

Prawn Toast with Sweet & Spicy Garlic Chili

Nest at WP24 Spicy Tuna and Crispy Shrimp & Crab Rolls

Spicy Tuna (scallions, chili aioli, cucumber and sesame oil) and Crispy Shrimp & Crab (shrimp, crab, cucumber, avocado, and ginger-soy glaze)

Nest at WP24 Corn Soup

Corn Soup

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