Archive - December 2009

Sundays With-OUT Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 68

Published in: Just For Fun

Beauty Word Jumble

I sure miss my tabby Tabs, ladies… I wonder what he’s up to right now. I haven’t Skyped him yet today, but I bet he’s doing calculus in the living room, probably wearing some professor glasses and drinking tea with milk.

Or maybe he’s just sleeping in the sink. 🙂

Sometimes at home Tabs likes to do crossword puzzles and word jumbles. Can you figure out these four jumbled beauty words? First one to leave the right answers in the comments wins!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


How to Make the Most of Your Mascara and Perfect Your Lash Look

Published in: Makeup Tips/How To


Good morning, glories. 🙂 A few weeks ago I asked for some of your favorite mascara tricks, and the ones you left were brilliant!

So, here are five fantastic ways to work those lashes with a little help from our friend (mascara)…

1. If you build it…

Try layering multiple mascaras for a look that’s tailor made. buxom-lash-mascara-small

“I love using two different mascaras (one specifically for lengthening, and one specifically for volumizing) to get that full, fake lash look. First, I swipe on a coat of a lengthening mascara, then a coat of a volumizing mascara. If I really really want super huge lashes, I swipe on a another coat of each. Et voila! Fake lashes in a bottle!” – Carolanne

“My tip is to use a variety of mascaras to achieve the perfect look! I currently have Maybelline Full ‘n’ Soft, Maybelline The Colossal, several Clinique samples I’ve received with free gifts and some Bare Escentuals mascara. They are all different formulas, from plumping to curling and everything in between, so I get new benefits with each coat I brush on! My friends tease me about my collection of mascaras, but trust me –- IT WORKS!” – Holly G

2. Getting down to business

Business cards aren’t just for networking anymore, LOL! Keep a few of them handy for lash

“I use a business card to shield my lid. It helps me curl my lashes and make sure they’re all coated!” – Spiff

“[I] use a credit card beneath [my] lower lashes to get get them coated nice and good!” – Nina

“I use a business card to gently pull back my upper lid so the lashes are vertical, and I can get at every single one. 🙂 The business card also stops me from getting mascara smudges all over my eyeshadow!”J

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10 Days of Giveaways: Two Ways to Win Estee Lauder’s Signature Eyeshadow Quad in Black Smoke

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  • UPDATE: Dec. 28, 2009. The giveaway is now closed, and the winner will be contacted soon. Good luck! 🙂

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Happy Saturday, girls! 🙂 I hope you’ve been having a good weekend so far.

It finally stopped raining here for a few minutes, LOL! Today we went for a drive, looking for sunny weather. We found some on the south side of the island and to the east to an area called Hawaii Kai. I’m not sure what our plans are for tonight, but I’m kinda in the mood to see a movie.

Any recommendations? I’m thinking about Avatar or It’s Complicated

Before you go (post-Christmas shopping, maybe?), take a moment to enter today’s giveaway. 🙂

The prize

One lucky lady will win Estee Lauder’s Black Smoke Eyeshadow Quad (a $35 value), a palette with four powder eyeshadows perfect for creating black/gray smokey eyes.

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How to enter…

2ways2enterEntering is easy. There are two different ways, and you can do both of them for two chances to win.

First, you can enter by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post. In it, tell me your favorite eyeshadow palette of the year.

That’s EASY! Urban Decay Get Baked, hands down. The colors cooperate like they were destined to be together, and the texture — so smooth…

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Second, enter by following me on Twitter and retweeting (RT) the following message:

RT @karenmbb: RT to win an Estee Lauder Black Smoke Eyeshadow Quad (a $35 value)


  1. Enter by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post, and don’t forget to use a valid email address so I can reach you if you win.
  2. Follow me on Twitter and retweet the following message:

    RT @karenmbb: RT to win an Estee Lauder Black Smoke Eyeshadow Quad (a $35 value)

I’ll pick the winner at random from among the people who enter by 11:59 p.m. PST on Sunday, December 27.

Go n-éirí leat!!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


  • UPDATE: Dec. 28, 2009. The giveaway is now closed, and the winner will be contacted soon. Good luck! 🙂

10 Tips to Help You Do a Better Smokey Eye

Published in: Makeup Tips/How To

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Written by Allison Barbera

Today Allison of Allison Barbera Makeup Artistry breaks down the Little Black Dress of the eye makeup world.


The Smokey Eye.

Some call it the Little Black Dress of the makeup world — sexy, fun, flirty, and definitely attention-grabbing. It’s also the number one request I get as a makeup artist. And with the right tools, products, and application techniques, it can be just as easy as slipping into your knock ’em dead little black dress.

My Top Ten Smokey Eye Tips

1. Start with the eyes


It may seem natural to apply your face makeup first, but doing your eyes first will save you time (and possibly frustration). Since you’re probably going to get some shadow fallout and smudging, it’s much easier to do a quick swipe with some makeup remover on bare skin than on skin that’s already been made-up. I’ve been using L’Oreal Eye Makeup Remover ($7) for years and love it!

2. Use a primer


I recommend using a primer under all of your shadows, but it’s especially important with a smokey eye. The primer gives a smooth, even base, which is necessary for all the blending that goes on with a smokey eye. Primer also makes the shadow last longer and prevents creasing. I use Too Faced Shadow Insurance ($17) for smokey eyes and all of my other looks.

3. Have a good selection of colors in the same color family

You can do a black smokey eye, a silver one, a teal one — whatever you want. But since the point of a smokey eye is to have the colors form a gradient — from darkest to lightest — it helps to have a variety of shadows to work with. For example, if you’re doing a black smokey eye, you’ll want a dark black shadow, a lighter black shadow, a couple of grays, and a white or silver (for highlight). A palette like the Coastal Scents 88 Color Palette ($19) makes things easy by grouping similar colors together.

4. Keep an eyeliner handy


Eyeliner accessorizes smokey eyes like killer heels do for the LBD. I recommend pencil, crayon or gel formulas, as liquid liners dry quickly and are harder to smudge. You’re going to need a liner to line the top lashline, the bottom lashline, and the waterline. But relax, you don’t need to draw a perfect line, because the liner is meant to blend right into the shadow. When doing a smokey eye, I always find myself reaching for the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils ($17).

5. Use a few good quality brushes

You’ll need a flat shader brush to apply shadow to the lid, a mid-sized brush for the crease, a pencil brush to work on the tearduct and lashline, and a fluffy brush to blend and apply highlight color. I prefer brushes from MAC and CVS’s Essence of Beauty line.

6. Blend, blend, blend

The last thing you want are obvious lines where one color has ended and another has begun. Use that fluffy brush to blend out any harsh lines. When blending the crease color, use small circular motions to “smoke it out.” Gently wipe the brush on the back of your hand to remove color before blending each new section.

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Best Beauty Brand of the Year?

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Best Beauty Brand of 2009

Okay, ladies. It’s that time of year! Time to look back on the best/worst in makeup and beauty of the year. Cast your vote in the comments for the best brand, based on any criteria. Did your best brand exceed your expectations with a single particular release, or did they consistently knock it out of the park time and time again?

Who hit it f u r t h e s t out of the park this year? A titan like MAC, Chanel, Shu or Dior? Or was it a relatively new participant like Illamasqua or Dolce & Gabbana Make Up?

Cast your vote in the comments, preceding your pick with the word “VOTE:”

VOTE: Chanel

Under Peter Philips, global creative director for Chanel Makeup, every collection has been filled with surprises, like their latest holiday stuff — WOW! Not just your typical smokey eyes and red lips. They went with teals, blues and golds, and more sheer colors than I would have expected from a holiday release.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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