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3 Fun Facts About Connor Claire

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Fun fact #1: Although she likes wearing fancy dresses, sometimes she enjoys dressing casual, too (the jeggings and the top in these pics were a gift from her Uncle Al, who’s in one of the pics below).

Fun fact #2: Her nickname is Coywolf.

I know, completely ridiculous… The backstory: Connor likes to make these coy expressions where she purses her lips and looks mysterious, and so I say to her all the time, “You’re cute and you’re coy!” El Hub kept hearing me say it over and over, so one day he dubbed her “The Coywolf.”

Yes, I know. Ridiculous! 🙂

Fun fact #3: Her favorite lullabies are “I Just Called to Say I Love You” by Stevie Wonder and “Hey Jude” by The Beatles.

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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 420

Published in: Just For Fun

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Have a peaceful Monday

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 eight (!) 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. Can’t stop/won’t stop! What beauty products are you guilty of hoarding?
    GURL, you know I love me some foundation. I’ve got a drawer full of them because I fall in love with a new one every five minutes, LOL! (It’s so true, though.) I also stockpile lipsticks, nail polishes, body lotion and perfume.
  2. What’s your favorite thing to do on Sunday morning?
    Sleep in as late as I want, and then have a leisurely breakfast (ideally, made by someone else!) and sit on the couch and watch TV or read in my jammies for a couple of hours.

    Mind you, right now with the baby it feels like this is never, ever going to happen again, but I’m holding out hope…

  3. What are three makeup-related things you need/want?
    Mostly, I need errrday basics…

    1. A new pan of MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural face powder in Medium Tan (I’m just about done with mine)
    2. A stick of Urban Decay Brow Beater (I can’t find mine, and it’s breaking my heart into a million little pieces, WAH!)
    3. A lengthening mascara with killer curl hold, but I’m not sure which one… Ever since I gave birth, the lash situation has been dire, man. I don’t know what happened, but my lashes are even shorter now and absolutely will not hold a curl! If you have a recommendation, please let me know.
  4. Who always calls at the most innopportune moments?
    My mom! I always love hearing from her, but she has an uncanny ability to call right as I’m about to fall asleep, or when I’m in the shower, or when I’m cleaning the bathroom, or when I’m almost to the front of the checkout line at Trader Joe’s, or when the baby’s feeding and my phone is somewhere on the other side of the house.
  5. When was the last time you felt on top of the world?
    This morning when Connor opened her eyes, smiled from ear to ear and made cooing noises when I picked her up and held her in my arms. It made my heart sing!

    I know, I’m such a cheeseball! But it was a great feeling.


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

1. Can’t stop/won’t stop! What beauty products are you guilty of hoarding?
2. What’s your favorite thing to do on Sunday morning?
3. What are three makeup-related things you want?
4. Who always calls at the most innopportune moments?
5. When was the last time you felt on top of the world?

Hi, friend. How are you doing this morning? What’s going on?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 395

Published in: Just For Fun, Tabs


Dear Diary,

You’ll never guess what happened! I was going through one of my boxes of kitty modeling mementos when I found a treasure trove of modeling pictures from some of the old editorial and print campaigns I worked on. I totally forgot about these!

I’m going through and picking out my favorites to add to my portfolio.



I call this one “Interested Stair…” Get it? Because I’m standing by some stairs? Haha.



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Leave a Comment for a Chance to Win a $50 Sephora E-GIFT CARD! (Ends Monday)

Published in: Giveaways, Just For Fun


This giveaway is closed, and the winner has been contacted (CONGRATULATIONS, MARIA!!!), but check back next Saturday for another giveaway.

Win a $50 Sephora e-gift card!

Win a $50 Sephora e-gift card!

I actually have to wash my makeup brushes today because I haven’t washed them since before I left for the hospital seven weeks ago.


Yeah! But I haven’t been wearing a lot of makeup, and it’s weird — when you don’t wear a lot, you kind of get used to it. I mean, the other day I did full-on makeup, like foundation, concealer, brows, eyes, cheeks, lips — the whole kit and caboodle — and when I looked in the mirror, I was just like, “Who is this girl?”

Maybe I’m just used to seeing myself looking really tired…

Today I wanted to try another look with the Chanel Summer 2016 collection I mentioned yesterday. I’ve used all of the products so far, but there’s a green eyeshadow in the eyeshadow quad I really want to play with.

Also, in baby-related stuff, because a baby runs my life these days, I need to figure out how to collapse her stroller so I can get it in and out of my Mazda. And unlike my dad and my husband, I will actually read the instruction booklet instead of standing there for two hours grumbling, “I can’t figure this thing out!”

I do also plan to do some weekend-y stuff, like maybe rent a movie and leave the house at some point… Whatever you’re doing, I hope it’s fun. Good luck in the giveaway. 🙂


  • One (1) Sephora eGift card containing $50 sent to the winner by email (international readers, you may opt to receive $50 sent by PayPal instead).



  • Enter by leaving a comment below.
  • Open to U.S. and international readers.
  • You must be 18 or older to enter (or otherwise an adult based on your local laws).
  • Your comment can be about anything at all, but here are some ideas if you’re stuck:
    • Can you touch type (type without looking at the keys)?
    • Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Cider: yes or no?
    • Have you ever used a virtual makeover app?
    • Have you ever worn theater or stage makeup for a performance?
    • Do you ever use color correcting concealers?
    • Favorite Prince song?
    • Do you know anyone who eats with a fork and a spoon at the same time?
  • One entry per person.
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  • The giveaway ends on Monday, April 25, 2016 at 11:59 PM (Pacific Time). 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Bookstore Babe

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Baby's first visit to the bookstore

Baby’s first visit to a bookstore!

So, where do two book-loving parents take a little explorer on her very first “out-in-the-world” excursion?

A bookstore, of course!

Now that Connor Claire has passed the six-week mark, she’s eager to get out there and start exploring the outside world, beginning with literature.

Checking out Mom's favorite area -- the YA books!

Checking out the YA section (Mom’s favorite)…

El Hub and I headed to the brand new Novato branch of Copperfield’s Books, an independent bookseller here in the Bay Area.

I slipped Connor into her Moby baby carrier, and we browsed for books for about 30 minutes. Granted, she was sleeping most of the time, but I still think she enjoyed being surrounded by so many books.

Why yes, I'd love some temporary cattoos

Why yes! — I’d love a temporary “cattoo”

We ended up getting her a souvenir to commemorate the occasion, her very own copy of A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh to add to her growing book collection.

Another addition to Connor Claire's book collection

Another addition to Connor Claire’s book collection

Yesterday was a day of firsts for Connor Claire. Other than her first visit to a bookstore, it was also the day she listened to her very first Prince song…

This song was always one of my favorites, but now with Connor Claire, it’s taken on new meaning.

RIP, Prince… I’m still in shock about his passing. His creativity has always inspired me, and it makes my heart heavy to think that the world has lost such a rare gift.

Oh, and did you know that Prince also wrote songs for other musicians? I found this story, “15 Great Prince Songs That Were Hits for Other Artists,” in Rolling Stone really interesting.

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Here comes the sun…and Chanel Summer 2016

Today I plan to have my favorite Prince songs on heavy rotation while I play with Chanel’s Summer 2016 collection (I’m wearing it in these pics, by the way) — Raspberry Beret, I Wanna Be Your Lover, Little Red Corvette and I Would Die 4 U.

What’s your favorite Prince song? I think it’s impossible to pick just one.

In other, less sad news, today is also Earth Day, so happy Earth Day to you, my friend. I think Connor and I will celebrate by taking out the recycling.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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