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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 331

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The Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll for July 28, 2014

The Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll: July 28, 2014

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’s one thing about yourself that a lot of people don’t know?
    My favorite roller coaster is the Demon at Great America, and whenever we’d go, I’d ride it over and over and over, like, 10 times every trip.
  2. Have you ever been in a commercial, or know someone who’s been in a commercial?

    Oh, wait! — I change my answer. In elementary school, one of my classmates played a “hip skateboard kid” in a Sony Walkman commercial, I think, and all the kids thought he was so cool because he was on TV.

  3. Do you ever use those roll-on fragrance thing-a-ma-bobbers?
    Ya know, I pick one up on occasion from Sephora or Nordstrom because I think they’re really cute and convenient, but I never end up actually using them. They just sit in a drawer all sad and neglected…

    I guess I prefer my perfumes in regular ol’ bottles.

    And then when I go on trips, I usually bring those little fragrance samples you get for free at a counter, because they’re so tiny and don’t take up much room in my fragrance/lotion/miscellaneous beauty product Ziploc bag.

  4. Great things come from ____.
    …getting a good night’s sleep. LOL! Or, alternately, pushing yourself out of your comfort zone.
  5. Doughnuts or croissants?
    I feel that being forced to choose between the two constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.

    But, if I were literally forced to choose, I’d choose doughnuts.

    More variety, ya know? Cake, glazed, jelly, chocolate…

    Mmm, doughnuts…

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’s one thing about yourself that a lot of people don’t know?
2. Have you ever been in a commercial, or know someone who’s been in a commercial?
3. Do you ever use those roll-on fragrance thing-a-ma-bobbers?
4. Great things come from ____.
5. Doughnuts or croissants?

In productivity news (OK, not really), how do you feel about overthinking things — you know, where you’re thinking about something, like an important date on the calendar, or something you have to do for some reason, and you just keep thinking about it and thinking about it, and because you’re thinking about it so much, nothing ever really gets done?

Yeah, I do that sometimes…

Here’s an interesting article on the subject: How to Stop Overthinking Everything and Find Peace of Mind.

I like the “stop talking about it” idea. I can see that helping because, you know, the power of internal dialogues. Like, when I say that something is a problem for me, and I say it over and over and over, I think it sort of reinforces the problem.

Sometimes, it’s good to just change the convo, you know, even when it’s with yourself.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Have a wonderful week, babe. :) I hope it’s a good one for you.

Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 306

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Tabs the Cat for Cobalt Cop Claw Polish

This post is sponsored by Purina Pro Plan #proplancatpartner. For information about my posting policy, please see my Disclaimer.

Sponsored by Purina Pro Plan Cat

When you hear the words, “international kitty supermodel,” who comes to mind?

Exactly. Tabs.

And for good reason, too. As the face of more than 650 kitty modeling campaigns since the mid 2000s, Tabs has been a dominant force in the kitty modeling business and a role model for millions of ambitious, good-looking cats.

Now, back from graduation with a kitty business degree under his belt, it’s time for his next big endeavor.

Cat Scratch Claw Polish — the largest product rollout of his career. Introducing a new line of feline friendly claw polishes in an assortment of professionally inspired shades.

Enjoy. :)

Tabs the Cat for Periwinkle Paws Claw Polish

Tabs the Cat for L'Artiste Claw Polish

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7 Ways to Win a $50 eGift Card From Sephora! (Ends Monday)

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A Makeup and Beauty Blog giveaway

Dolce & Gabbana summer 2014

Dolce & Gabbana summer 2014

You know when you’re too tired to cook and just want good food to magically appear in front of you? Yeah…that’s exactly how it was last night.

Good morning, glory! I hope you had a good week. Mine wasn’t bad at all, and any week that ends with pizza and a movie ends on a high note (unless either of those is terrible).

That’s what we did. We grabbed slices for dinner and then went to see Lucy, that new sci-fi flick with ScarJo and Morgan Freeman. She plays someone exposed to a new drug who starts being able to use more of her brain power, but it comes with a big catch 22.

Not great, but not bad either. There were some cool parts, and she does kick some @ss.

Today, now, I’m just hanging out. I don’t really have any big plans. Tabs is sleeping in the other room, I just finished watering the plants (TONS of tomatoes ready to pick), and now I’m saying hello to you.


What are you up to today? Is it hot out there? It’s, uh, like Death Valley out here… It was about 95 degrees yesterday, and it’s supposed to be almost that hot again today.

Yeah…we don’t have a working air conditioner, and it usually doesn’t matter because it rarely gets that hot here, but this is one of those weeks. Late in the day my office has been like a sauna, and even Tabs leaves the room.

It’s kind of funny, actually. If you could see the shenanigans and hoops I hop through to take face pics without my makeup melting off, you’d laugh. Let’s just say that I get pretty creative with fan placement, cross ventilation, towels and ice…

In other news, you know what time it is, right?

(Here’s a hint: it’s giveaway time.)

I hope you enter. Good luck. :)

Win a $50 gift card from Sephora

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    • If your pet had a catchphrase or slogan, what would it be?
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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


What’s Something You Recently Asked a Makeup Artist or Sales Associate About?

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Make Up For Ever HD High Definition Concealer

I rolled up to Sephora about a month ago and asked one of the sales associates if she could help me find the best dang under-eye concealer in the universe.

(That’s how I put it too. “…best dang under-eye concealer in the universe.”)

Then I regaled her with my recent woes related to my under-eye area (you know about all this), and she directed me to a few things I’d unfortunately tried before, like Bobbi Brown’s Peach Corrector, which I’ve liked, but they just haven’t been working well for me lately, on account of the whole dry skin situation.

Then she suggested Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Concealer ($29).

It’s kind of neat. She said it was full coverage, and it has a silicone tip applicator I’ve never seen on a concealer before, so I brought it home and gave it a try.

Make Up For Ever HD High Definition Concealer

Well, I like that it’s easy to blend, but I’m not so sure about the full coverage part, because I think I still look very tired.

I dunno… It might be the color I picked, 345 Dark Beige, which has a lot of yellow. I usually wear peachier toned concealers because they cancel out more of the darkness in the inner corners of my eyes, but I wanted to try something new.

Unfortunately, this one doesn’t really seem to be doing a lot for me.

The quest continues, le sigh…

How about you? What’s something you recently asked a makeup artist or sales associate about?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,




What Are You Into Makeup-Wise, Like, REALLY Into, Right Now?

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Things That Make You Go Hmm

Deep thoughts…

I want to know what’s really lighting your fire right now and getting you excited about busting out those brushes and painting yo’ face, girl.

Here are some of the things currently lighting my fire…

  • Foundation that looks like real skin. Vacation skin, basically, and skin that looks slightly dewy. I’ve been using MAC Face & Body to get something like that all summer, but I’ve heard great things about Armani’s foundations, so I think a trip to one of their counters is in order very soon.
  • Anything brow related that keeps brows looking natural. I saw a pic of myself and a friend the other day from 2007, and HOLY WOW! My brows were so thin and blocked out that you couldn’t even see any of the individual hairs. Oh, well… I guess it was the style at the time.
  • Minimal makeup. I think you’re tired of me talking about this. :)
  • Haven’t been contouring much lately, whereas I was a lot last summer. See: the whole minimal makeup thing.
  • I’m into not washing my hair… LOL! Dry shampoo all the way.
  • I’m into finding the ultimate under-eye concealer. I’ve been using MAC Pro Longwear for a really long time and have been, for the most part, happy with it, but my under-eye situation has been more dry lately than it used to be, and Pro Longwear just looks dry on me now. (And I can’t stand the pump.)
  • I’m into eye makeup that doesn’t require, like, eight eyeshadows. I want to get the effect of a super complicated eye look but with three eyeshadows, max.

    OK, maybe four.

  • I’m also into matte eyeshadows in the crease. I think it just looks more defined.
  • I’m into a brow bone highlight that isn’t too shimmery or frosty.

    Just for something different, you know, changing of the times.

  • I’m into accent nails. That way I’m not forced to pick one single color to wear.

    That would be too cruel.

How about you? What are you into makeup-wise, like, REALLY into, right now?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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