Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 331

Published in: Just For Fun

The Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll for July 28, 2014

The Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll: July 28, 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. What’s one thing about yourself that a lot of people don’t know?
    My favorite roller coaster is the Demon at Great America, and whenever we’d go, I’d ride it over and over and over, like, 10 times every trip.
  2. Have you ever been in a commercial, or know someone who’s been in a commercial?

    Oh, wait! — I change my answer. In elementary school, one of my classmates played a “hip skateboard kid” in a Sony Walkman commercial, I think, and all the kids thought he was so cool because he was on TV.

  3. Do you ever use those roll-on fragrance thing-a-ma-bobbers?
    Ya know, I pick one up on occasion from Sephora or Nordstrom because I think they’re really cute and convenient, but I never end up actually using them. They just sit in a drawer all sad and neglected…

    I guess I prefer my perfumes in regular ol’ bottles.

    And then when I go on trips, I usually bring those little fragrance samples you get for free at a counter, because they’re so tiny and don’t take up much room in my fragrance/lotion/miscellaneous beauty product Ziploc bag.

  4. Great things come from ____.
    …getting a good night’s sleep. LOL! Or, alternately, pushing yourself out of your comfort zone.
  5. Doughnuts or croissants?
    I feel that being forced to choose between the two constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.

    But, if I were literally forced to choose, I’d choose doughnuts.

    More variety, ya know? Cake, glazed, jelly, chocolate…

    Mmm, doughnuts…

Le List

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

1. What’s one thing about yourself that a lot of people don’t know?
2. Have you ever been in a commercial, or know someone who’s been in a commercial?
3. Do you ever use those roll-on fragrance thing-a-ma-bobbers?
4. Great things come from ____.
5. Doughnuts or croissants?

In productivity news (OK, not really), how do you feel about overthinking things — you know, where you’re thinking about something, like an important date on the calendar, or something you have to do for some reason, and you just keep thinking about it and thinking about it, and because you’re thinking about it so much, nothing ever really gets done?

Yeah, I do that sometimes…

Here’s an interesting article on the subject: How to Stop Overthinking Everything and Find Peace of Mind.

I like the “stop talking about it” idea. I can see that helping because, you know, the power of internal dialogues. Like, when I say that something is a problem for me, and I say it over and over and over, I think it sort of reinforces the problem.

Sometimes, it’s good to just change the convo, you know, even when it’s with yourself.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Have a wonderful week, babe. :) I hope it’s a good one for you.

Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 306

Published in: Just For Fun, Tabs

Tabs the Cat for Cobalt Cop Claw Polish

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

When you hear the words, “international kitty supermodel,” who comes to mind?

Exactly. Tabs.

And for good reason, too. As the face of more than 650 kitty modeling campaigns since the mid 2000s, Tabs has been a dominant force in the kitty modeling business and a role model for millions of ambitious, good-looking cats.

Now, back from graduation with a kitty business degree under his belt, it’s time for his next big endeavor.

Cat Scratch Claw Polish — the largest product rollout of his career. Introducing a new line of feline friendly claw polishes in an assortment of professionally inspired shades.

Enjoy. :)

Tabs the Cat for Periwinkle Paws Claw Polish

Tabs the Cat for L'Artiste Claw Polish

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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

Dolce & Gabbana summer 2014

Dolce & Gabbana summer 2014

You know when you’re too tired to cook and just want good food to magically appear in front of you? Yeah…that’s exactly how it was last night.

Good morning, glory! I hope you had a good week. Mine wasn’t bad at all, and any week that ends with pizza and a movie ends on a high note (unless either of those is terrible).

That’s what we did. We grabbed slices for dinner and then went to see Lucy, that new sci-fi flick with ScarJo and Morgan Freeman. She plays someone exposed to a new drug who starts being able to use more of her brain power, but it comes with a big catch 22.

Not great, but not bad either. There were some cool parts, and she does kick some @ss.

Today, now, I’m just hanging out. I don’t really have any big plans. Tabs is sleeping in the other room, I just finished watering the plants (TONS of tomatoes ready to pick), and now I’m saying hello to you.


What are you up to today? Is it hot out there? It’s, uh, like Death Valley out here… It was about 95 degrees yesterday, and it’s supposed to be almost that hot again today.

Yeah…we don’t have a working air conditioner, and it usually doesn’t matter because it rarely gets that hot here, but this is one of those weeks. Late in the day my office has been like a sauna, and even Tabs leaves the room.

It’s kind of funny, actually. If you could see the shenanigans and hoops I hop through to take face pics without my makeup melting off, you’d laugh. Let’s just say that I get pretty creative with fan placement, cross ventilation, towels and ice…

In other news, you know what time it is, right?

(Here’s a hint: it’s giveaway time.)

I hope you enter. Good luck. :)

Win a $50 gift card from Sephora

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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Meet My New Neighbor, Charlotte

Published in: Daily Photo

Charlotte the Spider

She’s a good listener, and you know how some neighbors make a lot of noise? Well, Charlotte’s really quiet. :)

She lives on the deck between a cherry tomato plant and a bell pepper. Next time you swing by, I’ll introduce you.

Charlotte the Spider

Charlotte the Spider

Speaking of bell peppers, I have a question for the green thumbs out there.

Uh…how do you tell when green bell peppers are ripe?

Mine look plump, and green, but they’re still kind of small (the biggest one fits in the palm of my hand), so I can’t tell. A lot of the veggies I grow on the deck are in planters and don’t usually get huge like grocery store size.

I’m wondering, though, should I pick it now or wait?

Urban Decay’s Fast Easy Sexy Partial False Lashes Are Exactly What Their Name Implies

Published in: Eyes, Makeup, Product Reviews, Urban Decay

Urban Decay Instaflare

Wearing Urban Decay’s new Fast Easy Sexy Partial False Lashes in Instalure ($15) on the outer corners of my upper lash line

I’m keeping Urban Decay’s new Fast Easy Sexy Partial False Lashes ($15) on metaphorical makeup speed dial for the next Monday morning when I’m feeling blah and need an easy pick-me-up. These will definitely hit the spot, since they’re so quick to use and easy to apply.

Urban Decay Fast Easy Sexy Partial False Lashes

When you and/or your lashes need a lift, and you either don’t have, or don’t want to spend, the time dealing with the drama that often accompanies false lashes, partials like Fast Easy Sexy are great.

I’m a big fan. :)

Urban Decay Fast Easy Sexy Partial False Lashes box back

I call them starter falsies, since the shorter band makes them much easier to manipulate and control.

Perfect for fledgling false lash aficionados, or anyone who wants an easier fancy fringe.

Urban Decay Instalush


These three new styles from Urban Decay are like lightning in a bottle. I can apply any one of them in less than a minute.

Urban Decay Instaflare


Because they’re not as wide as full-size false lashes, I don’t have to trim them at all to fit, and ’cause they already have a blackened band, I can also skip the extra step of having to darken the band with liner.

Urban Decay Instalure Falsies


And I think they just dramatic enough to get the job done.

Urban Decay Instalush


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