Topic: Just For Fun

Would You Ever Consider Flying (or Driving Hours) to See Your Favorite Hair Stylist?

Published in: Hair, Just For Fun

I’m asking because of a very sad turn of events… ๐Ÿ™ My hair soulmate Alis, who’s been doing my hair for years, just moved to Las Vegas (SAD ๐Ÿผ PANDA!), and it crossed my mind (I even looked up airfares) to schedule a trip out there just so that she can cut and color my hair.

The rational part of my brain realizes how crazy pants this sounds, because 1) the money, and 2) I live 30 minutes from San Francisco, so I should be able to find someone within driving distance who can trim and color my mop and do it well, but it’s SO SCARY to go to someone new, especially when you have wavy hair that’s been hacked and butchered by strangers before.

A trip to Las Vegas almost seems rational… Almost?

No, I don’t think I’ll do it. I should just suck it up and find someone new, but if my California Lottery dreams ever come true, I’m heading to Vegas that afternoon!

Has this ever occurred to you? — either flying or driving a loooong distance to get your hair done?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


January #mbbinstachallenge Look 2 (Week of Jan. 16-22): Kitten Flicks and Glitter Lips

Published in: Just For Fun, Makeup

kitten flicks glitter lips

Just an FYI: If you ever want to take yourself seriously, don’t combine a headband with cat ears and pink glitter lips.

It’s just too hard. You’ll just be laughing at yourself all day long! ๐Ÿ™‚

The cat headband is from Etude House, and it’s $5.20. Mine was a gift from a friend, but I love it so much that I’m ordering a backup (side note: Do you want me to review it? LOL!).

kitten flicks glitter lips

Without further ado, it’s #mbbinstachallenge time!

It’s week two, and this week’s theme is kitten flicks and glitter lips.

kitten flick liner rose gold glitter lips

Here was my inspiration for this week’s look…

I chose to stick closely to the O.G. inspiration pic this time, so I drew sharp black kitten liner all the way into the inner corners but kept that center area on my lower lash line bare, for negative space.

I suppose I could have done something like a bronze or a gold liner in that area instead…

Ooh! That could be super cool. I might try that next.

kitten flicks glitter lips

I used Tom Ford’s absurdly expensive liquid liner, which is SO bomb (despite being absurdly expensive. I was reminded why I love it so much as I was trying to place it into the inner corners and needed to be super duper precise. It’s amazeballs.

kitten flicks glitter lips

And for my glittery pink lips, I used sticky pink MAC Big Baby Plushglass, then patted a multicolored pink glitter on top, concentrating it in the center of my lips.

I wanted big, chunky, flashy glitter, so I went with MAC 3D Pink Glitter.

Here’s something I learned while doing this look: If you pop glitter on top of gloss, don’t rub your lips together right afterward, because the gloss will mix with the glitter and bring down the sparkle and shine several notches.

As a bonafide lip rubber…I struggled with this.

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Warm Vs. Cool Colors: Do You Ever Wear Makeup That Contradicts Your Undertones?

Published in: Just For Fun

Hourglass Prism

Wearing one of the best cool-toned eyeshadow products I’ve ever used, the Hourglass Prism Duo (sadly, it’s discontinued!)

GIRL, I do it all the time, but mostly with eye and lip products…and occasionally also with blush and bronzer.

I never do it with foundation, concealer or powder, though. So, basically, no for the big skin products, because they cover such large areas, so mismatches are more obvious. But a green eyeshadow isn’t meant to match your skin color at all. It’s supposed to be different.

I have warm-toned skin, and I love a good cool-toned grey or icy silver eyeshadow. And I’ll wear a blue-based pink lip in a hot second.

I know that some folks won’t ever do it. They avoid colors that contradict their natural color temp or undertones, but I like things that purposefully “clash” sometimes. I think you can use that like a trick to make things stand out more. Plus, I just like the way it looks. ๐Ÿ™‚

How about you? Do you ever wear colors that technically (according to “the makeup rules”) aren’t suited for your skin tone?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Ugh, I’m getting over a cold, and it hasn’t been the most awesome-est thing in the entire world.

I think I know where I caught it, too. It was at Target (I always seem to get colds at Target) last week. I was walking around getting stuff, and I remember thinking, jeez, we’re deep into cold season, and I haven’t caught a cold yet. I think I’m gonna make it without getting sick!

Of course, the moment you think that, you catch a cold…

I have two words for you: Cold-Eeze. It works.


Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 458

Published in: Just For Fun

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 NINE (!) 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

1. How often do you wear mascara on your lower lashes?

Most of the time. I’d say 80% of the time when I wear mascara, and when I don’t do it, it’s usually because I ran out of time or was feeling lazy.

My lashes are uninspiring by default and fairly sparse (seriously, you can barely see them at all), so it helps when I wear mascara on the top and bottom.

I’m also pretty picky when it comes to my lower lash mascara, though, particularly the brush. I prefer super skinny brushes like the one that comes with It Cosmetics Tightline Mascara to get way down there at the base/roots.

2. Backpacks or cross-body bags?

Cross-body all day, son! I’m always reaching into my bag for something, like my phone, lip balm, baby toys, etc., and it’s just easier for me to grab things out of a cross-body bag than a backpack (because I don’t have to take it off).

3. What are three things you’d like to accomplish over the next two weeks?

  1. Clean my bathroom (it has reached the event horizon between “not quite gross” and “pretty disgusting”)
  2. Walk or run a combined 20 miles, at least
  3. Hang at least one of my framed pictures in the hallway (P.S. Can you tell that I’m into this whole short-term goals thing?)

4. Where do you go when you need a quiet place to think?

If I’m away from the house, I’ll go sit in my car. It’s quiet with the windows up, and it’s a good place to think. And at home, my “thinking space” is the bathroom, LOL!

It’s quiet, especially with the fan on, and nobody bothers me in there…but I suspect that that will change once Connor Claire figures out door knobs!

5. What’s something you need to let go of?

Connor Claire’s little baby clothes that don’t fit her anymore. ๐Ÿ™ I’m about to go full-on hoarders status in about two seconds if I don’t.

Thing is, it’s hard saying goodbye to the things that I remember her wearing when she was a teeny, tiny peanut. I tried to set aside a box filled with things for donation last weekend, but I just couldn’t do it. I got very emotional. I ended up shoving the box in my closet…

I figure, I’ll let go of it when I’m good and ready.

Oh, deer…

Look who visited last weekend! A family of four stopped by to chill on our hill for a bit.

I swear, seeing animals outside never gets old.

Speaking of chilling, I hope it isn’t too cold there, and I hope you’re able to do some relaxing today. Today is a national holiday here in the U.S., Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Take good care of yourself, my friend. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you can, maybe paint your nails, take a nap or read a magazine — something to recharge your batteries a little. It’s important.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Here are the questions to copy and paste…

1. How often do you wear mascara on your lower lashes?
2. Backpacks or cross-body bags?
3. What are three things you’d like to accomplish over the next two weeks?
4. Where do you go when you need a quiet place to think?
5. What’s something you need to let go of?

Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 432

Published in: Just For Fun, Tabs

Don’t get it twisted. Just because Tabs is a senior tabby doesn’t mean he’s lost his mojo. He’s just as sexy today as he was 10 years ago. I witness it on a daily basis.

When he wants to turn on the charm, like when he’s begging for food, he sits there so sensually… I think, dayuuum, dude! — if you were out on the prowl, all the lady cats would be up in your mix.

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