Nike Women’s Half Marathon Post Run Shenanigans at the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts

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13.1 miles done!

Fun fact about the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts: it’s where the “Come, let us dance like children of the night!” scene from So I Married an Axe Murderer (one of my favorite SF movies of all time) takes place.

The city was packed for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon yesterday, so El Hub, who was my one-man cheering section/ride home, ended up parking at the palace about five blocks away from the finish line at the Marina Green, which is this big park right next to the water where people often picnic and play on sunny days.

On the way back to the car, I really wanted to prance, jump and twirl through the palace’s central foyer like Mike Myers does in the movie, but my body had other plans. After running 13.1 miles, my legs were like, “Oh, hell no, hookah!” The best I could manage was an enthusiastic hobble. :)

I did take a few snapshots of the palace though. It was too beautiful to resist.

It’s one of my favorite places in all of San Francisco. I love the columns and the prehistoric-looking plants and the little trail around the pond. It’s a great place for pics, if you ever make it out this way. Sometimes I’ll see bridal parties there with professional videographers and photographers snapping pics.

Before I forget, the race was a blast! One of the most enjoyable runs I’ve ever done, despite my now aching legs and back.

Just crossed the finish line… Now lemme take a selfie!

The hills on the route were hard for me, not gonna lie, especially the ones near the beginning before I’d really warmed up, but the course was scenic and pretty, and I got to run through some of my favorite San Francisco neighborhoods.

Unlike the only other half marathon I’ve run, which was about a decade ago, I felt stronger and more focused this time. I didn’t feel like crying at any point, and nothing was chafed when I crossed the finish line with my NARS lipstick and Cle de Peau mascara still intact, huzzah!

Seriously, despite my aches and pains today (I’ll be doing an epsom salt bath tonight), this 39-year-old cat lady felt like she crushed it, which made opening the little blue Tiffany box they gave each of the competitors at the finish line that much sweeter. :)

Thank you, Team Neutrogena, for talking me into doing the race!

The Shupette by Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura Holiday Collection: First Look and Giveaway!

Published in: Collections, Makeup, Shu Uemura

Shu Uemura Shupette

There’s no doubt about it. Choupette Lagerfeld (as in Karl Lagerfeld’s fashionable feline) has the whole cute kitty thing down. Even Tabs, as much as he would like to, can’t deny it. Those bright blue eyes, that plush, snowy white coat, and those killer ear tufts…


Every time I see a Choupette pic, I want to reach into my computer screen and eat that delicious belly meat! Or, en lieu of that, I want to accessorize her.

(I’m thinking a diamond tiara or bejeweled bib necklace…but please don’t tell my boss!)

Now, if my cat lady barometer is correct, which it often is when it comes to pressing matters involving makeup and felines, then tails will be a-twitching when the new Shupette by Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura holiday collection sashays onto Shu Uemura counters this month (however, it’s available online right meow!).

To receive an exclusive Shupette by Karl Lagerfeld Tote bag and free shipping on any purchase of $25 or more on, use the promo code SHUBLOG.

How freakin’ cute is this collection!? When I see Choupette’s sweet face on the packaging, I’m compelled to squeal, “SHU-PETTE!” much to my kitty overlord’s chagrin.

The collection purrs with pieces for eyes, cheeks, face, lips and nails, as well as a smattering of other Choupette-themed beauty accessories, like flirty false lashes, a lash curler, a brush set and a luxe makeup trunk (not shown in these pics).

It’s catnip for cat ladies!

To my cat-loving eye, the star of the collection is the Shupette Has-It-All Eye & Lip Palette, with its mix of cool-toned blue, gray, pink and berry on the left, and its warm gold, bronze, pink, orange and coral on the right. I feel like there’s something for everyone in this palette, and to top it off, you also get a fuzzy white makeup bag.

I’m actually wearing the Has-It-All Palette in the pics below. :) For a shimmering, smokey blue cat eye, I blended the blue, gray and black shades on my lids, then lined my lash lines with Eye-Need-Shu Liner in Midnight Black (a deep black with blue pearl), before adding a dash of glitter from the My Precious Glitter Set in the inner corners.

To finish the look, I dabbed the Silk Cushion Cheek Palette in Orange on my cheeks and brushed the Has-It-All Palette’s bright pink lipstick on my lips.

A look behind the scenes…

Oh, hai, Karl! A behind-the-scenes video of the Shupette collection

IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME! Enter to win a Shupette Has-It-All Palette (an $89 value)

Would you like a Shupette Palette of your very own? Let’s make that happen! :) Tabs and I have teamed up with Shu Uemura this week to give one away. Enter using the widget below. Giveaway open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only (please see the widget for complete rules).

But wait, there’s more! A SECOND giveaway. Enter to win the entire Shupette collection…

Meow-za! You can also enter to win the entire collection (a $1,500 value). Just hop, skip or jump on over to the Shu Uemura Facebook page to enter: Enter to win the entire Shupette collection!

Shu Uemura Shupette

Shu Uemura Shupette by Karl Lagerfeld collection


Shupette Has-It-All Eye Lip Palette

Shupette Has-It-All Eye & Lip Palette

Shupette Has-It-All Eye Lip Palette

Shupette Has-It-All Eye & Lip Palette

Shupette Has-It-All Eye Lip Palette

Shupette Has-It-All Eye & Lip Palette

Shupette Has-It-All Eye & Lip Palette

Shupette Has-It-All Eye & Lip Palette

From the Shupette collection, Clockwise from the left: Eye-Need-Shu Trio in Tokyo Kawaii, Parisienne Chic and Rouge Bonbon Fantasy Trio in Parisienne Chic

Clockwise from the left: Eye-Need-Shu Trio in 02 Tokyo Kawaii, 01 Parisienne Chic and Rouge Bonbon Fantasy Trio in 01 Parisienne Chic

From the Shupette collection, Clockwise from the left: Eye-Need-Shu Trio in Tokyo Kawaii, Parisienne Chic and Rouge Bonbon Fantasy Trio in Parisienne Chic

Clockwise from the left: Eye-Need-Shu Trio in 02 Tokyo Kawaii, 01 Parisienne Chic and Rouge Bonbon Fantasy Trio in 01 Parisienne Chic

Shupette Eye-Need-Shu Liners in Gala Brown (left) and Midnight Black (right)

Eye-Need-Shu Liners in Gala Brown (left) and Midnight Black (right)

Shupette Silk Cushion Cheek Pink (left) and Orange (right)

Silk Cushion Cheek Pink (left) and Orange (right)

Shupette Silk Cushion Cheek Pink (left) and Orange (right)

Silk Cushion Cheek Pink (left) and Orange (right)

Shupette My Precious Glitter Set

My Precious Glitter Set

Shupette My Precious Glitter Set open

My Precious Glitter Set

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 343

Published in: Just For Fun

The Monday Poll for October 20, 2014

Who’s that happy girl getting her picture taken with a fireman after the SF Nike Women’s Half Marathon yesterday? Hmm, I wonder…

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. You’d think I was crazy if you saw my __________.
    Office, because it looks like a giant makeup-filled piñata exploded in the middle of the room…but there’s a method to the madness, I swear!
  2. Something you’re constantly forgetting to do?
    Turn. Off. The. Front. Porch. Light. In. The. Morning.


    It’s not like I’m trying to remember complex chemistry equations, but you might think it based on how often I forget to do this one simple thing.

    So, a few months ago there was an arsonist on the loose in our neighborhood. After a string of brush fires in residential areas and one fire right near someone’s front door, the local police and fire departments went door to door to educate residents and ask them to start leaving their porch lights on at night to discourage more criminal activity. It was a pretty scary time because we live in a high fire risk area with lots of open space with grassy fields and vegetation.

    Anyway, I got really good about remembering to turn the light on before bed… Truth be told, El Hub usually does it. :) But I always forget to turn the light off again in the morning, so sometimes it’ll be on for hours and hours during the day.

  3. What have you been reading these days?
    Book-wise, I’m reading Daughter of Smokey and Bone, by Laini Taylor, for the second time because I just love the writing.

    I’ve also been reading lots of magazines, like Nylon, a beauty and fashion magazine with spunky, down-to-earth writing that isn’t super “magazine-y” or official. I think it’s written more for 20-somethings, which was a while ago for me, but I like the authenticity. They also devote a good chunk of each issue to beauty, which is a big plus!

    I also like Entertainment Weekly for the movie, book, music and TV reviews. Gillian Flynn, the author of Gone Girl, also wrote for them for a while, and I remember really liking her articles.

  4. A side of myself I never want to lose?
    My playful side. :)

  5. Generally, what’s your favorite makeup season (winter/holiday, spring, summer or fall?)?
    I want to pick two! Please, please, please? I pick summer and holiday.

    I like the extremes, I guess. Summer for easy and casual, and winter for its formal flair.

Le List

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

1. You’d think I was crazy if you saw my _____.
2. Something you’re constantly forgetting to do?
3. What have you been reading these days?
4. A side of myself I never want to lose?
5. Generally, what’s your favorite makeup season (winter/holiday, spring, summer or fall?)?

I firmly believe that within every person, even self-proclaimed dog people, resides a cat lady waiting to blossom. Case in point: my homeboy Karl Lagerfeld.

“I never thought I would like cats.”

– Karl Lagerfeld

On that note, Tabs and I would like to wish you a most purr-fect week. :)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 318

Published in: Just For Fun, Sponsored Post, Tabs

An Autumn Leaves Fall Makeup Look, by Tabs

Hey, pretty kitties! This cool, crisp fall weather is getting me in the mood to wear autumnal colors like plums and golds. With the holidays approaching, I’ve been starting to wear a little more makeup.

The carpet of autumn leaves covering the hill outside inspired me to whip up this glamorous fall makeup look today as a practice run for Thanksgiving dinner and my other holiday parties. It’s one of those looks that seems like it would be complicated because of the false lashes, but it’s not. You can totally do it! It’s appropriate for all skill levels, even kittens experimenting with makeup for the first time. I hope you give it a try. -Tabs


  • Plum eyeshadow — I chose a plum eyeshadow because it flatters so many different eye colors, including green eyes like mine.
  • Gold cream shadow — You can go as sparkly as you want with this, but I decided to go with a very subtle sheen, since the lashes already provide much of the drama.
  • Bronzy gold kohl pencil liner — A bronzy gold kohl pencil brightens the eyes and adds a subtle focal point that contrasts with the lashes.
  • False eyelashes — It’s the holidays! Go for big drama with long, lush lashes that kitties can see from a mile away.
  • Plum lipstick — Amplify your look with a dark plum lip. I prefer matte finishes myself, which are trendy at the moment and very ’90s.
  • Gold highlighter — To offset the bold eyes and lips, I skipped blush and went for a softly glowing golden cheek using a powder highlighter.
  • Flat eyeshadow brush
  • Domed blending brush
  • Angled eyeshadow brush
  • Lip brush
  • Blush brush


  1. Start by applying the plum eyeshadow all over the lid and crease (if you have one).
  2. Using an angled eyeshadow brush, sweep the same plum eyeshadow along the lower lash line.
  3. With your domed shadow brush, stipple and press the gold cream shadow all over your lid to add dimension and texture to the look.
  4. Apply a bronzy gold liner along your lower water line. This doesn’t have to be very intense. Just enough to open up the eyes.
  5. Apply your false lashes! Do this with gusto and without fear.
  6. Using your lip brush, apply a plum lipstick to your lips.
  7. End with a light dusting of shimmery golden highlighter on your cheeks/whisker pads.

If you try this look, tag me on Instagram! #tabstutorials :) I would love to see it on you!

(NOTE: I know you probably already know this, but please don’t put makeup on your kitty cat. This is just for amusement purposes. No real life cats wore any makeup for this tutorial.)

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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addicts,

Karen and Tabs

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

Published in: Giveaways, Just For Fun

Win a $50 Sephora e-gift card

Heh! Guess who got out of seeing Fury last night. :)

Not that I’m totally against seeing it, mind you. I like Mr. Pitt, but I wasn’t in the mood for a heavy movie with a bunch of dudes.

Instead, I experienced the glory that is The Cheesecake Factory Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake Pie. Picture it: a pecan pie with a pumpkin cheesecake layered on top of it and two huge dollops of whipped cream on the side…


After that we just came home, and I took a really long shower and did a body scrub and a hair mask. Then we watched some TV before bed.

Today I have half-marathon final details to attend to, like I have to paint my nails and straighten my hair, because I’ve discovered that I like running with straight hair. And I have to finalize my music playlist. I know this: the last three miles will be powered by Bloc Party.

Have a great weekend, my friend, and good luck in the giveaway. Your nephew says “mroww!”

Win a $50 gift card from Sephora

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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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