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

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A Makeup and Beauty Blog giveaway
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*sigh* I would love to be playing in the tropics right now and having my coffee with fresh papaya at a beachside cafe overlooking a bright blue lagoon while we make our plans for the day. Should we hike to that waterfall on the map we got from the concierge, go snorkeling, or just take a chill drive around the island and sightsee? Or do you think we have time to do all three?

Aah! That sounds like heaven to me. :)

Meanwhile, back in Novato… LOL!

Rise and shine, morning glory! It’s going to be a beautiful day, even though most of us aren’t lounging about in the tropics.

What are you up to today? I’m just prepping for my trip tomorrow, doing laundry, packing, charging up my cameras, spending some time with the tabby, stuff like that. Nothing too exciting.

I hope you have a nice weekend lined up. I’ll be around, purr usual. Talk to you soon.

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Summer Snackage From the Garden

Published in: Daily Photo

Now that’s a hot pepper.

Get it…? Pepper? Hot? :)

Anyway, gardening. I love it, especially this time of year when everyone’s gardens are overflowing with fruit and vegetables.

My current produce bounty: bell peppers and cherry tomatoes from my deck garden.

The lemons, peaches and regular tomatoes are from my uncle’s garden in Union City, and the blackberries are from my parents’ yard.

In a word, yum.

Have you been noshing on any fresh fruit or veggies lately from your garden or someone else’s? What kind of stuff grows there?

Pre-Emmys Shenanigans and a Dress Poll

Published in: Daily Beauty

It’s almost time! OMG. Two more sleeps ’til I leave for the Emmys with Dove in Los Angeles. I head down there on Sunday, and the show is Monday night.

Here are the two gowns I rented from Rent the Runway. It’s important that I see how they move and look in pics because, you know, the paparazzi from Crazy Cat Lady Weekly will be there, and I want to look my best. Obvs.

Yup, I said gowns. Plural. Because I also ordered a backup (hey, how many times does someone get to go to the Emmys?), a black mermaid silhouette dress by Monique Lhuillier, which I got in case the hot pink Badgley Mischka Fluorescent Chiffon Gown made me look like a rejected extra from Toddlers and Tiaras.

I’m barely five feet tall, so this is a legitimate concern.

Anywho, Tabs votes for the pink.

What do you think? (This is a non-binding poll. I can still wear whatever I want, and I’m leaning toward the pink.)

Which dress should I wear to the Emmys?

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With MAC Matchmaster Concealer, Concealing Is Personal

Published in: MAC Makeup

MAC Matchmaster Concealer

The new MAC Matchmaster Concealers, $21 each

Babe, if we could harness the technological power behind MAC’s new Matchmaster Concealers and direct it toward conquering the planet, we’d probably lock that ish down in half a day. Earth would be ours.

MAC Matchmaster Concealers from the left: 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, 6.0 and 7.0

A look at eight of the 12 Matchmaster Concealers, from the left in 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, 6.0 and 7.0

Right when I swatched these shades, I didn’t think any of them would work well for me, because all of them seemed pretty peachy. I thought they’d look too jarring on my olive skin.

But then I started working shade 5.0 on to my forehead, cheeks, nose and chin, and shade 4.0 under my eyes. As I did so, they seemed to self-adjust to my skin…

Wearing MAC Master Concealer: Before and After

Before (left) and after (right). That’s shade 5.0 on my forehead, cheeks, nose and chin, and shade 4.0 under my eyes

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The New MAC Studio Sculpt Superblack Lash Mascara, As Seen Through the Eyes of the Mascara Monster

Published in: MAC Makeup

MAC Studio Sculpt Mascara in Superblack Lash

The new MAC Studio Sculpt Mascara in Superblack Lash ($17), coming September 4 to MAC counters and maccosmetics.com

“More!” the mascara monster roared. “I WANT MORE!”

She growled, baring her fangs, and her lips curled back. It was the deep, low growl that signaled danger was near. I steeled myself for her usual hissy fit.

“I know you want more,” I said, “but decent length, a good amount of separation and a jet-black carbon color are what you’ll get with MAC’s new Studio Sculpt Mascara in Superblack Lash.”

The mascara monster stomped her feet like a T. rex in four-inch Louboutins. “More!”

“Look,” I said, “it’s basically the same as the Sculpted Black Studio Sculpt Lash Mascara MAC released earlier this year, but richer and darker. Remember when I fed you Sculpted Black back in March? It was that one with the wand that looked like teeth…”

MAC Studio Sculpt Superblack Lash

With a MAC Lipglass for scale

The mascara monster paused to consider this for a moment and then grunted, which I took for a “yes.” She appeared to relax somewhat, and then nodded, as if to say that she was ready to proceed.

“You liked that one just fine,” I said, “especially the brush’s teeth. You thought they made it super easy to separate your lashes, and you appreciated the lack of flaking and smudging, but, eventually, you grew dissatisfied, as you always do, and proceeded to grumble about craving more volume and better curl hold.

“This new Superblack Lash creates the same exact lash look. The separation and length are there, but it doesn’t add a ton of volume. Oh, and would you look at that? It’s more expensive. MAC raised the price a dollar from $16 to $17.”

MAC Studio Sculpt Superblack Lash mascara

Before and after yo!

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