Author Archive: Karen

Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 415

Published in: Just For Fun, Tabs

This cat doesn't do oranges

Tabs seriously does not care at all about citrus.

Before I explain, he does, however, care a great deal about whatever goes on outside, and he surveils the neighborhood like the world’s greatest security guard from his window perch.

But we planted a new dwarf orange tree outside this week, and I expected Tabs to be hella interested in it when we went outside today for our walk, but he couldn’t have cared less.

This cat doesn't do oranges

This cat doesn't do oranges

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It’s a New Nuance Makeup Line: Nuance by Salma Hayek Revamped

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Makeup, Nuance Salma Hayek, Product Reviews

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Nuance by Salma Hayek

Get up, sleepy head! It’s Caturday morning! 🙂

There’s a time to be nuanced, and there’s a time to…talk about Nuance, as in Salma Hayek’s CVS-exclusive Nuance makeup line.

If you’ve been kickin’ it at CVS lately, you may have noticed that Salma Hayek’s Nuance makeup products have a new look to them.

Nuance debuted in 2011 (remember the alien egg eyeshadow packaging?), but the color products sort of drifted away for a while… But they’re back now with new products, formulas and packaging.

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Wearing Nuance Flawless Finish Blur Perfection Primer, the Natural Definition Angled Brow Pencil in Medium Dark, Long & Lush Volumizing Mascara, Flawless Finish Illuminating Blush & Bronzer Duo, Endless Eye Effects Shadow Collection in Neutral Expressions and Moisture Rich Lipstick in Pink Lotus… P.S. Could this hair be any bigger? LOL!

The brand is all about ingredients, and some of them are exotic, especially for a drugstore brand. Salma says that the women in her family have used some of them for generations, like monoi butter (in the lipstick); cotton blossom (in the mascara and brow gel); soothing tepezchuite extract (in the night cream, anti-aging cream and skin cleanser); blue agave, a naturally moisturizing humectant (the Blue Agave hair line); mamey fruit sapote to condition hair; jojoba oil and raw honey.

The entire color line has been reformulated (but they kept the original foundation) and includes eye shadows, a cream concealer, moisturizing lipstick, brow pencil, cream illuminators and shadow sticks.

nuance salma hayek eyeshadow swatches

Endless Eye Effects Shadow Collection in Neutral Expressions 800

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I Find Myself Asking the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette in Surreal Light If We’ve Met Before…

Published in: Hourglass, Makeup, Palettes, Product Reviews

I love a cat with marbled sides.

And I also love marbled packaging.

hourglass surreal light palette

The new $80 Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting Palette comes dressed to impress in an elegant marbled compact which, by the way, looks a lot like the kitchen of my dreams in my dream house.

When I finally win the lottery, I’m going to point to a pic of this palette and say, “Please do this for my counters, OKTHANXBAI.”

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The Hourglass Surreal Light Palette in my paw for scale

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5 Things I’ve Been Loving Lately

Published in: Just For Fun


1. It’s a HIIT!

Or “high intensity interval training.” It’s a full-body workout where you do all sorts of things, like throwing 10-pound medicine balls around (which I did yesterday), old-school burpies, squats and other interval exercises, and there’s always something different thrown in to keep your muscles guessing.

Anyway, I just started taking classes at a studio down the block, and oh, my lanta! — to live in a constant state of soreness… But it’s a good sore, ya know?

One of my neighbors is an instructor and a personal trainer, and the studio is in her garage, so I just walk down there for an hour of sweet, sweaty torture.

There’s a woman in the class in her 50s who I swear needs to be my BFF. She comes dressed in black from head to toe with her hair in a perfect high bun, and she works out wearing a full face of makeup. And she likes to make naughty jokes. 🙂 Oh, and homegirl goes HAWD when she planks, whereas I just end up laying there sadly on the floor ready to pass out.

2. Champion sports bras


On that note, these Champion Double Dry Sports Bras are the sh*t. They’re soft, comfortable and keep me dry when I’m sweating up a storm. Plus, they never chafe or irritate my skin. When I work out, I layer two of them to keep “the girls” firmly in place.

They’re usually $25 each, but they’re on sale for $19.99-$21.99 right now at Kohls.

3. L’Oreal Root Cover Up Temporary Gray Concealer Spray


I picked up a bottle of $11 L’Oreal Root Cover Up Temporary Gray Concealer Spray in Dark Brown a couple months ago at le drugstore to cover my roots because I was running low on my fave Rita Hazan Root Concealer and couldn’t make it to Sephora before it closed (#beautygirlproblems), and yay! — I like it. It gets the job done, and it costs half as much as the Rita Hazan spray, which is still my number one, though, because I think it does work a little better (it’s more pigmented and doesn’t leave my hair as stiff as the L’Oreal one does).

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A Day of Firsts

Published in: Just For Fun

pumpkin spice latte


OK, grumpy goat, if the thought of drinking a Starbucks #PSL in summer (fall doesn’t officially start ’til the 22nd) makes you grit your diamond grill, please look away, I say. LOOK AWAY!

Because I had my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season the other day, and it was glorious.

It was one of those cool, crisp sunny days that feels like fall — when it’s still nice enough to sit outside but cool enough to wear long sleeves and pants.

Connor hung out with me as I enjoyed my drink outside, but I think she was missing her daddy…

lipstick love lattes

“HALP! Send reinforcements!”

The trip was our first official mommy-daughter outing together…

I know, it only took six months! That’s how long it took me to build up the courage to take her out by myself.

Yes, when I see that in print, it does seem pretty lame… Heck, I jumped out of a plane once! I should be able to take a baby out of the house by myself, LOL! But seriously, I was nervous about not having anyone around to help, like to hold the doors open for the stroller, or to help carry the massive baby bag that I feel the need to stuff with everything and the kitchen sink, or to call 911 if Connor gets stung by a bee and I freak-the-eff out, or whatever.

But we did fine.

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Those lashes, though!

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