Archive - December 2010

Sundays with Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 116

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Your Makeup and Beauty Blog December Horoscope
Disclaimer: Tabs is NOT a certified astrologer…but he does read Susan Miller, a lot.

Your Makeup and Beauty Blog December Horoscope

Aries (March 21- April 19)
Make room in your luggage for an extra large makeup bag, amazing Aries, because travel’s on the table this month. Make sure you pack your beauty necessities (how’s your lash curler?), and triple check everything, including the fine print on your itinerary, because Mercury, being in retrograde, might try to cause problems.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Peruse the perfume department for a sexy new scent, tempting Taurus. With Venus in Scorpio cranking up your levels of passion and affection this month, you’ll find yourself in the mood to get a little closer to others (now don’t be shy).

Gemini (May 21-June 20)
If you’re single, jazzy Gemini, get ready for a grand adventure. If you’re attached, book a couples massage at a fancy schmancy spa. Your independent streak will shine brightly this month, and you might feel the need to exercise your freedom (which could make things difficult for your partner). Try to plan some activities with your sweetheart so you don’t grow apart.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Treat yourself to some new work-friendly eye makeup, charming Cancer. With a New Moon in Sagittarius, your career could shift into overdrive, making you feel extra motivated and optimistic at work.

Leo (July 23-August 22)
Fill your makeup bag with long-wearing makeup essentials for last-minute party invites, lovely Leo, because adventure’s in the air! Your month will be filled with opportunities to mix and mingle with a new love interest; expect a fun romantic adventure around December 21.

Virgo (August 23-September 22)
Break out your little black dress, vivacious Virgo, and get ready for action, because Cupid has an arrow with your name on it. Don’t be surprised if a former flame reconnects with you; Mercury’s making you remember an earlier love, and what approaches will be an intensely romantic phase… There’s no telling what could happen!

Libra (September 23-October 22)
Don’t forget to breath, alluring Libra, and try some calming essential oils on your pulse points. Expect a last-minute travel invite or some unexpected news from afar on or around December 21. Practice your relaxation exercises (and do your best to unwind), so you’re able to keep your cool.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21)
My goodness, what’s that glow?! Why, it’s you in the spotlight, stunning Scorpio. With Venus moving though Scorpio, all eyes will be on you this month. Make appointments to get your hair and nails did, because you’ll want to look your best.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)
Break out your makeup brushes, and let your imagination run wild, sassy Sagittarius! This month will fill you with lots of energy, confidence, motivation and creativity; it will be a great time to express yourself through a few bold new makeup looks.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)
Find the time to buy a new pair of comfortable (and cute!) dancing shoes, captivating Capricorn, because Jupiter and Uranus will give you happy feet. Stay limber, because this month will have you feeling extra festive and energetic!

Aquarius (January 20-February 18)
Plan a movie night at home with a friend, adorable Aquarius, or an at-home spa day with your closest buds. With Mars in Capricorn, you may crave the comforts of home over being out and about.

Pisces (February 19-March 20)
It’s party time, playful Pisces! If anyone out there could handle the coming flood of holiday parties this month, it’s you. Don your favorite party makeup looks (perhaps something with glitter?), and enjoy this festive time.

May the stars be with you,

The Weekly Roundup: Posts You Might Have Missed

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The Makeup and Beauty Blog Weekly Roundup

Rise and shine, morning glory! Breakfast is served. 🙂 Come grab a seat at the table. There’s plenty to go around. We’re having Spam and rice with a fresh cut papaya and King’s Hawaiian Sweet Bread. So ono!

Howzit going this morning? What are you up to today? I’m just getting up now so everything’s still a little blurry (OOPS! Sorry Tabs. Mommy didn’t mean to step on your tail). I didn’t get in until 3 this morning because I met some friends for dancing in the city last night, and now I’m paying the price.

I seem to remember the process of extricating myself from bed after staying up late being a bit easier in prior decades, LOL! Oh, well… C’est la vie.

No big plans on my end for today. I would love to catch a movie, maybe Black Swan, Tangled or Unstoppable. Have you seen any of them yet?

Oh, what do you think about the guest posts that have been running here on the blog lately? Pretty great, right? I still can’t believe that Sam is only 17. What the hell’s up with that?!? I don’t remember being that together when I was 17… I just hope that when he makes it big he remembers his Aunty Karen, ha!

And guest blogger Olga is one of the best photographers I’ve come across in a while. I love how she uses textured fabrics in some of her product shot backgrounds. It takes everything up a notch, and she’s not afraid to put herself out there in closeups if it means helping you make more informed product decisions.

My girl Audrey — you remember her post from Friday that took us behind the scenes at a fashion shoot — isn’t just a successful freelance makeup artist here in the Bay Area. She’s also one of the friendliest people I know. I hope to hook up with her for lunch (and makeup recon) one of these days soon.

If you haven’t stopped by in a while, I encourage you to scan through the recent guest posts before you leave. You’re sure to find a new makeup tip or two.

The Weekly Roundup: Posts You Might Have Missed

6 Fast Fixes for Makeup Boo Boos6 FAST FIXES
FOR MAKEUP BOO BOOS

Do you ever have those “Doh!” moments when it comes to makeup? Those little hiccups from time to time? I sure do. Here are six that I encounter with some simple solutions for each.

Boo Boo #1: Glitter Fallout — I recently busted out my Urban Decay Naked palette and was in the process of applying the Sidecar shade across my lids when I saw them: tiny flecks of glitter. Grrrr… That’s definitely one of my makeup pet peeves, and although I did my best to tap off any excess from the brush before applying, there were still tiny flecks of glitter all over my cheeks. Read more…

Makeup Math: Your Face Is a GridMAKEUP MATH
YOUR FACE IS A GRID

Think of your face as a grid.

Draw an imaginary line vertically down through the center of your nose, and a horizontal line going across the tip of said nose. The more something interacts with these lines, the more noticeable it is. Following this logic, a small pimple on the very center of the nose is going to attract more attention than a larger one near the jawline, and the same concept applies to makeup.

A grid can help us figure out where to focus our efforts. Should we spend more product and effort covering up that blemish near our cheekbone (bingo!), or that one near our hairline? Or should we aim that concealer brush at that red mark on the center of our chin, or the port-wine stain near our earlobe?

But maybe concealing isn’t your problem. Maybe you want to enhance your bone structure instead. Read more…

Urban Decay Spring 2011 24/7 Glide-On Shadow PencilsURBAN DECAY SPRING 2011
24/7 GLIDE-ON SHADOW PENCILS

The new Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencils ($20) are the jam, but if you’re gonna do any blending you’ve gotta work hella fast.

“Run, Forest, run!”

New for spring 2011, these 12 creamy shadows in a stick are spin-offs of Urban Decay’s famed 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils. They’re just as smudge- and crease-proof as the originals with the same smoooove texture.

For all my ladies in the sisterhood of the perpetually 15 minutes late, the 24/7 Shadow Pencils should do you right, especially if you love wearing lid looks with a single shadow. One swipe draws solid, shimmery color — it’s like instant eyeshadow gratification in a stick. Read more…

A Look at 3 Fusion Beauty Lip PlumpersA LOOK AT 3 FUSION BEAUTY
LIP PLUMPERS

Many beauty brands carry one lip plumper, if any, but not Fusion Beauty. Known for “fusing beauty with science” and their “tested on scientists, not animals” motto, the company carries many plumping lip products, like the three I recently got the chance to test thanks to a Sephora 500 point perk.

No. 1: LipFusion XL — Also known as 2x Micro Collagen + HA Advanced Lip Plump, XL is advertized as “a spearmint-flavored nighttime lip plumping therapy.” Despite the way they promote its use, my lips look their plumpy best within the first few hours of application (although the effect does last longer than that). This lip plump feels cool and tingly on my lips but doesn’t hurt like some of the other plumpers I’ve tried. If your lips are very sensitive, I recommend the less tingly LipFusion Infatuation (below), but overall LipFusion XL is the most effective lip plumper I have ever used. It’s clear and works equally well alone or over a lipstick or another gloss. It’s also hydrating and long lasting.

So what’s not to love? How about the price. I don’t see myself paying $50 for the full-size product any time soon, although it would make a great Christmas gift (wink-wink!). Read more…

Essie Winter 2010 Nail PolishesTHE ESSIE WINTER 2010
NAIL POLISHES

De ja vu — the feeling you are doing something you’ve done before.

De ja vu — the feeling you are doing something you’ve done before.

De ja vu — the feeling you are doing something you’ve done before.

De ja vu…

I started feeling kinda funny when I was swatching the new Essie Winter Collection, and I’m pretty sure it’s not because of jet lag (I’m back in the Bay, by the way… haha, I just made a rhyme).

About halfway through I figured out why the de ja vu had set in; the limited edition collection ($8 per bottle or $48 for a boxed set of six) kinda looks a little like their last one. Read more…

Balms Hawaii Pineapple Lip BalmBALM HAWAII
PINEAPPLE LIP BALM

Yes, I made it out of the Land of Aloha with more than handmade, cold process soap! For starters, I brought home a bag of red coconut ball candy…

They look kinda scary, but trust me — these are great (if you like coconut). One could easily devour a bag in a single sitting. Um, not that I’d know.

Besides crazy technicolor sweets, I also brought home a tube of Pineapple Lip Balm ($3) from a local company called Hawaiian Bath & Body.

They’re a natural bath and body company from Oahu’s North Shore with an extensive product line of lip balms, handmade soaps (surprise!), bath salts, body washes, body mists, body oils, lotions and scrubs.

Pinapple’s one of six balms in Hawaiian Bath & Body’s Lip Balm line (there’s also Coconut, Sugar Cane, Ocean Mint and unscented Kukui Nut). Its light pineapple taste and scent are downright yummy, and the balm’s soft texture glides easily onto my lips.

To top it all off, it’s moisturizing as all heck! I wore it on the plane ride home yesterday (damn that dry, recycled air!) and my lips stayed hydrated the entire time. Read more…

5 Ways to Beautifully Transition Into Winter5 WAYS TO BEAUTIFULLY
TRANSITION INTO WINTER

As the weather gets colder and that rosy glow pops into your cheeks every time you step outdoors, your beauty routine needs to follow suit. This winter has its own set of trends, as well as some general guidelines to help you switch from your fall face to a chillier complexion.

No. 1: Layering — And not just your sweaters. In winter, it really helps to layer your skincare and makeup products to protect your skin and your hard work. In cold locales, where the weather leeches moisture from your skin, try layering a serum under a heavier lotion to really lock in that moisture. Read more…

A Makeup Artist Backstage at a Fashion ShootA MAKEUP ARTIST’S TAKE
ON A MAGAZINE FASHION SHOOT

Have you ever been curious about what goes on behind the scenes at a fashion shoot? Well you’re about to find out! I recently had the honor to be the makeup artist for the winter issue of Scene Magazine, a women’s style magazine based in northern California, and I’m going to take you behind the closed doors to get a peek on all the fun that was had!

The day started at 9AM where the hair and makeup team immediately got started on beautifying our two lovely models, Brooke and Gina, from Ford Models. Meanwhile, our talented photographer got to work on setting up the lights in the studio while the stylists were in a separate room getting all the looks together.

Before I went to work, I made sure to discuss the desired makeup look, a bold smoky eye, with the editor-in-chief, Katharine Fong, and the contributing fashion and beauty editor, Donna Kato. I also ran over to the styling room to see what ensembles the models would be wearing so I could have a complete vision of the entire look. Once I had that, I was ready to go! I did Gina’s makeup while the two hairstylists, Karie and Shayne from Aveda at Santana Row, styled Brooke’s hair and then we switched models. It probably took about an hour and a half to get them ready. Read more…

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

The Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencil Blending Brush Likes to Push Eyeshadows Around

Published in: Makeup Tips/How To, Product Reviews

urban decay 24 7 blending brush review brush head closeup

If your eye looks pack more colors than a double rainbow, take a gander at the new Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencil Blending Brush ($16). Designed for use with the new spring Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eyeshadow Pencils, its synthetic fiber brush head is certainly better for blending than for application (it’s a little stiff and tends to push products around), but I think it’s still worth having in your makeup kit, particularly if you prefer a sharp or sudden transition between your eye colors as opposed to a subtle gradient.

urban decay 24 7 blending brush review in hand

urban decay 24 7 blending brush review


Here’s a quick look at it blending on my hand…

PRICE: $16
AVAILABILITY: Coming soon to Sephora, Ulta, Macy’s and urbandecay.com.
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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3 Palettes, 3 Ways: From Day to Night to Drag!

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Robin of Beautyburg

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Rockin’ Robin of Beautyburg runs three palettes through their paces in today’s guest post.

3 Palettes from Day to Night to Drag

Ever get an eyeshadow palette and wonder, “What am I going to do with this?” Whenever it happens to me, and it does happen, I look everywhere for ideas. Here are three different palettes with examples of ways to use each of them for day (work), night (play) and drag (dramatic) looks. By no means are these looks the only combinations you could create, but I hope they give you some ideas! 🙂

Tarte Eye Couture Day-To-Night Eye Palette

The Tarte Eye Couture Day-To-Night Eye Palette ($44 at Sephora) contains 8 eyeshadows, a double-sided brush and double-sided eyeliner to take your looks from “day-to-night.” This palette has an interesting mix of very cool and very warm shadows, and the combinations doesn’t always work for me. The cool and warm shadows don’t really seem to work well together (at least on my skin tone), and I found that the paler shades, though great in texture, are way too frosty. I’m also disappointed by the bulky packaging (the lock and key, albeit cute, make it pretty chunky) and the lack pigmentation from the black shadow.

Tarte palette

Tarte palette

Tarte palette day
Tarte Eye Couture Day-To-Night Eye Palette daytime eye

Tarte palette night
Tarte Eye Couture Day-To-Night Eye Palette nighttime eye

Tarte palette drag
Tarte Eye Couture Day-To-Night Eye Palette dramatic eye!

NYX Smokey Eyes Palette

The NYX Smokey Eyes Palette ($9.75 at nyxcosmetics.com) comes with 10 eyeshadows. I admit I’m not the best makeup artist around, but I find myself more at a loss to come up with creative ideas with this palette than with the other two here. Though the shadows look grey, blue, and buttery cream in the palette, they apply with rather limited color payoff. The shadows themselves are very nice for $10, but I think the arrangement is a little too monochromatic to create a very wide variety of looks…
(read more…)

Saturday Surfing and a Vacation Makeup Question

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A week ago I was sitting on a beach in shorts, a T-shirt and flip-flops. Today, I’m parked in front of my computer in sweats, a turtleneck and rainbow striped toe socks. It’s freezing here in Nor Cal, yo!

If you’re reading this from warmer climes, please note: I envy you.

This morning I desperately needed to warm it up, Chris (I’m about to), so I snagged a chai tea latte from Starbucks (NOM!) and looked through the pictures I took last week.

A few things hit me…

…like, doesn’t Tabs look like a bird of paradise from certain angles?

It’s weird that I hardly wore any makeup on the trip (weird because I usually do). At a minimum, I usually fill in my brows and throw on a little concealer, but this time all I wore was an occasional gloss and some waterproof mascara.

I did buy a tube of Maybelline Full ‘N Soft Waterproof Mascara ($6) on the island because I forgot to bring a mascara, and eh, it was alright. I think it looks its best after two coats and resists smudging pretty well. If you’re looking for a better waterproof mascara for thicker, more dramatic lashes, Stila Lash Visor is a good one.

Because I wasn’t wearing much makeup, there were moments when I felt a little self-conscious, like at the mall or the grocery store, but definitely not at the beach.

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii - Peace

Do you find you wear more or less makeup when you go on vacation? I guess it really depends on what you’re doing, but what’s typical for you?

Anywho, before I start shivering too bad to type (even my booty bones are frozen), I’m gonna try to warm up by web surfing. I got the boards. Care to come with? 🙂

Saturday Surfing: Sites I Surfed Today


‘Cause that’s what I was born to do

Have a splendid Saturday!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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