Topic: Just For Fun

Saturday Surfing: February 25, 2017

Published in: Just For Fun

Good mornin’ and happy Caturday! 🐱

How cute are these flowers?? Aren’t they sweet? See the kitties? My friend Marisol sent them to me for the blog’s 10th birthday, and they’ve been brightening my days all week. 🙂

I hope your coffee is hot and breakfast is on. Just out of culinary curiosity…are there any delicious pancakes involved? I could really go for some pancakes right now… Maybe I’ll make some.

Please tell that me your to-do list is mercifully short today. It’s Saturday, after all. You deserve a day of rest!

My list is relatively short…for now. I’m embarking upon a very daunting eight-week spring cleaning project, so I got some large plastic bins from The Container Store for camera doo-dads and beauty products in my office.

They aren’t fancy, but hopefully they help.

As for choosing to do it for eight weeks — where did I get that number? Well, I started this thing back in January where I try to focus on one personal project at a time for eight weeks. In January, I decided to eat healthy for eight weeks, and I did it! So that’s the rationale.

Sure, I fell off the wagon a few times and had, like, a cupcake or a bite of ice cream, but I managed to meet my goal.

Doing the eight-week-blocks thing just seem to make big projects easier for me to handle.

In other news…

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What’s a Makeup Mistake You Make Over and Over and Over Again?

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These things happen… (At least that’s what I tell myself.)

GIRL. Here’s one: I don’t know why I keep doing this, but I should probably stop putting on my makeup before I’ve had any coffee.

I say this because of the many times I’ve unintentionally applied mascara to my brows, and “many times” is an understatement. I’ve done it at least 10 times over the past few months, and it’s not like my Benefit Ready Set Brow Gel looks just like the NARS Audacious Mascara I keep in my makeup bag.

They don’t look anything alike! The Benefit tube is silver, and the NARS tube is black. Jeez, Karen!

It’s mostly just me not paying attention, but not having any caffeine in my system certainly doesn’t help.

FYI, if you do accidentally put mascara in your brows, grab a Q-tip. Because if you soak a Q-tip in some eye makeup remover, you can do some quick cleanup. Then just let your brow dry (haha), fill it back in again, and you’ll be on your merry way. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


The Return of Velour Track Suits: Are You Down?

Published in: Fashion, Just For Fun

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They’re baaaaaack! (Velour tracksuits by Forever 21, $38 each)

According to US Weekly(so you can take this with a grain of salt, haha!), those matchy-matchy Juicy Couture velour tracksuits made so popular by J. Lo and Britney in the early 2000s?


Say what!?

Yeah, and it looks like a lot of fashion brands are getting in on it. I found them at Forever 21, Express and ASOS.

Honestly…I’m secretly thrilled by this, but I dunno… I mean, they were really comfortable! I remember wearing mine all the time. I even bought one for my mom, dude! I think it was an Old Navy two-for-one sale, so I got one for me and one for my mom.

I only had the one track suit, though, and it wasn’t Juicy Couture, which seemed too expensive to me at the time.

The one I got from Old Navy was tan and — wait for it, because it gets even better — the pants were cropped, and I’m pretty sure that the sleeves were cropped too.

It was ridiculous on so many levels… It looked like a too-small flesh-toned velour tracksuit, and I’m 100% sure that it wasn’t flattering at all, but I rocked that thing! Girl, I rocked that thing while cruising the streets of San Francisco’s Sunset District back in the day.

So, my important question for you, dear fiends of fashion, is this: velour tracksuits — would you rock them in this day and age?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



(Approximately) How Many Bottles of Nail Polish Do You Have, and How Many of Those Bottles Do You Actually Wear Often?

Published in: Just For Fun

That moment when you realize you wear a lot of baby blue nail polish…

I read somewhere recently that in 1932, Revlon made only one shade of nail polish.


Can you imagine? You roll up to a display that has just one shade in it?? In this age of so many color choices, it’s mind-boggling!

Funny thing is, though, that even though I keep a good amount of nail polish around — 30 or so bottles in a rainbow of different colors and finishes, and that’s *after* a recent beauty purge — I mostly wear the same shade families all the time. I usually rotate between a shade of light blue (I’ve been all about Frieda Kahlo Premium Nail Lacquer in FKNL37), a light yellow and a green.

How many bottles of nail polish do you currently have, and how many do you actually wear all the time?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Happy 10th Birthday, MBB! (And the Monday Poll)

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Happy 10th birthday, MBB!!!!

So…what is the Monday Poll?

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 10 (!) 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. Beauty products for which you always have backups/extras around in case you run out?

Two things.

Actually, three things. I always have an extra bottle of Kate Spade… Kate Spade, LOL! I meant Kate Somerville Anti Bac Clearing Lotion to keep the pimples away.

I also keep an extra bottle (or two) of Rita Hazan Root Concealer Touch-Up Spray in Dark Brown/Black around because my roots are all about showing up at the most inopportune times.

Third thing is body lotion. I can’t fathom living in a house where one runs out of body lotion.

2. What are some things you like to buy in bulk?

Toilet paper. I like having obnoxious amounts of toilet paper at home, and I get freaked out by the thought of not having enough toilet paper around… Does anybody ever get one of those little packs with the four rolls and be OK with it? Not me.

3. What are some places, other than where you live now, that you could see yourself living in?

I could see myself living in Southern California, like in San Diego. Ooh! I love San Diego…

And Hawaii, of course.

But both sets of Connor’s grandparents live here in Northern California, so I think we’ll be staying here, but if Connor decides to go to college someday in Hawaii or San Diego or someplace else, maybe El Hub and I will pack up and move there!

4. I think it’s important to…

Get enough sleep! — otherwise, it’s Grumpy Goatville the next day. (I may or may not be referring to myself.)

I also think that it’s important to take the time to think before speaking, because some things can’t be taken back.

And it’s important to moisturize those hands, girl.

5. How often do you leave the house with wet hair?

Oh, like…never. I never do it, not even in the summertime, because my hair isn’t the type that air dries nicely. I end up looking like a rabid poodle.

6. What is your inner voice talking about today?

First, it’s saying HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MBB! 🙂 Because today is Makeup and Beauty Blog’s 10th birthday. I started the blog on February 20th, 2007.

Second, it’s telling me to “bring it” when I go to HIIT class tonight, because there are lots of, like, hardcore athletes in the night class who don’t mess around.

Happy birthday, MBB!!!!

Wow. 10 years. I never imagined… So many fun times.

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