Author Archive: Karen

Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 393

Published in: Just For Fun, Tabs


Dear Diary,

It has come to my attention that my assistant photobombed one of my selfies and then shared it on Instagram.

While I do look quite dashing in the picture, this is a gross violation of her employment contract, and I might have to write her up… We’ll see how she does with my dinner tonight. If it meets with my satisfaction, I may just let her off with a verbal warning.

Oh! This weekend I continued updating my portfolio. I found some old kitty modeling pics on a thumb drive. What do you think of this glamour shot of me gazing up at a bejeweled crown?


Don’t I look majestic and regal?

Or how about this more casual picture of me and my assistant? She appears to be understandably enthusiastic about appearing in a photo with me.


I also came across a series of instructional kitty modeling memes I did with Marmalade, my professional nemesis.


I remember that shoot… Marmalade was so annoying! I really wanted to swat his face, but that wouldn’t have been professional.

And then some of these are pics I took myself using my tripod and a timer.


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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, KATHLEEN!!!), but check back next Saturday for another giveaway.

Win a $50 Sephora e-gift card!

Win a $50 Sephora e-gift card!

So. Much. Baby jail right meow.

I hope you’ve done some exciting things this week that you’d be so kind as to graciously share with me because I’m serious — the highlight of my days usually involves a quick shower OR a quick 30-minute emergency sneak away trip to Pier 1, See’s Candies (I’ve eaten about two pounds of chocolate this month), Marshalls, Old Navy or Target, during which time El Hub will watch the baby, because those stores are close to home.

Those little daily jaunts, plus the MBB interns and Netflix, have been my only breaks, as of late, when I’m not attending to Connor Claire.

It just gets a tad monotonous is all, and by “tad,” I mean ridiculously monotonous, LOL!

Thank goodness for the MBB interns. Those ladies are incredibly talented, aren’t they? Have you been following their posts? These have been some of my faves…

Their styles and perspectives are all so different, too. It’s refreshing.

In other news…it’s giveaway time. :)


  • 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:
    • Do you know anyone who writes in ALL-CAPS all the time?
    • Are you a good storyteller?
    • Dumbest makeup gimmick?
    • Last time you stuck your foot in your mouth?
    • When you think of big, fancy store signs, what’s the first one that comes to mind?
    • Do you ever change your makeup during the day because of your mood?
  • One entry per person.
  • You must use a valid email address to win.
  • The giveaway ends on Monday, April 11, 2016 at 11:59 PM (Pacific Time). :)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


One Month Old

Published in: Just For Fun

connor claire one month

How did this happen?! Time really does fly when you’re sleep deprived having fun!

connor claire one month 1

So far Connor Claire likes…

  • Listening to music, although I’m not too sure if she enjoys her mom’s lullaby versions of ’90s hip-hop hits… She looked mildly irritated when I did Salt-N-Pepa’s Push It the other night, but that could’ve been because I was messing up the lyrics pretty badly.
  • Smiling right back at you when you smile at her. SO. CUTE.
  • Chillin’ in her baby carrier (I use a Moby Wrap, and it’s awesome) while mom putters on the computer.
  • Staring up at the sky and at the branches and leaves of the oak trees outside, especially in the afternoon.
  • Hanging out with her dad at 3 in the morning…

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



All the Feels…

Published in: Just For Fun

connor claire with mom hair

I was filling out Connor Claire’s baby book the other day when I suddenly burst into tears as I thought about her growing up.



She just turned one month old, but I can’t even deal with the idea of her turning one year old, or five years old, or 15! Or 25!

I dunno… I just get so emotional. She’s such a tiny little person, and this can be such a big, scary world.

connor claire with mom hair 2

I worry…

Do you think this will ever go away, or will I be carrying around this worry for the rest of my life?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 417

Published in: Just For Fun


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 seven 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. What makeup colors are you wearing today?
    Today I’m wearing the new Tarte Sultry Star Power palette from the Double Duty Beauty collection.

    Yay! One small step toward business as usual!

    (Small victories…)

    It’s a cool-toned palette, so I’m wearing cool-toned matte and shimmery taupes on my eyes with smudgy black liner, matte plum blush on my cheeks and a neutral peachy lip.

    It’s by no means a perfect look because I banged it out in 15 minutes, but I’m at the point now where I don’t really care if my liner is a little wonky, ya know?

    As long as it stays up there and isn’t completely tragic, I’m happy… LOL!

  2. Whom do you feel closest to?
    Um…my cat Tabs? And El Hub, of course, and Connor Claire. :)
  3. Where do you see yourself this time next year?
    Hopefully someplace where I’m less tired!

    I dunno, though…

    Anywho, wherever I am, and whatever I’m doing, I hope I feel creatively satisfied. Like, I’d love to explore my other creative interests more, like with lettering and calligraphy, music (learning to play the cello and the accordion have been on my bucket list forever), painting and interior design.

  4. What do you always avoid?

    I’m not very good at it, so I avoid it whenever I can. Oddly enough, however, the universe regularly places confrontational people in my path, and so I’ve had to learn how to handle it a bit better.

    Er…and I also avoid cleaning the bathroom, ’cause it’s my least favorite household chore.

  5. What was the last fruit you ate?
    Grapefruit! I had a big ol’ one for breakfast.

    Here’s the thing about grapefruit, though: I have to have it cold (like right outta the fridge); otherwise, I can’t eat it.

    Room temperature grapefruit is a no-go for me.

Le List

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

1. What makeup colors are you wearing today?
2. Whom do you feel closest to?
3. Where do you see yourself this time next year?
4. What do you always avoid?
5. What was the last fruit you ate?

Have a fabulous week, my friend. I hope you’re feelin’ fly.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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