Topic: Just For Fun

She Woke Up Like This

Published in: Connor Claire, Just For Fun


What exactly is going on here?

Is it creative baby fashion? I don’t know. I think it might be Connor’s version of sleeping with one leg outside the covers.

I walked in her room the other morning and found her awake like this in her Pack ‘n’ Play, bright-eyed and ready to go. It was equal parts weird and hilarious at the same time.

Connor is 7 1/2 months old now, which makes me a little emo, because pretty soon she will have been in the outside world longer than she was in my tummy.

I know, I’m a sap…







A lot has happened in the “Learning the Ropes” department lately. She said her first word not long ago: “mama.”

Wha!? I know. I high-fived a million little angles. Both of us thought she was going to say “dada” first because of how obsessed she is with him.

Oh, and she can crawl now, sit up by herself, and she does this coy over-the-shoulder pose (I think she learned it from Tabs).

She is SO obsessed with Tabs, too. I think that she thinks she’s a cat, because whenever she hears Tabs meow, she meows right back at him. Mind you, it’s not a full-on, throaty meow (due to her limited baby vocab, obvs). It’s more of a high-pitched, exploratory kitten meow (“Mmmmmmah!”), but she tries, though!

She’s always reaching out to pet and grab him, and Tabs plays along. He’s the most patient cat in the world, you guys, because sometimes she plays a little rough (she is a baby, after all). He lets her rub his haunches, touch his cheeks and scratch his head between his ears. Of course, I’m always supervising just in case.

Happy Caturday, my friend! How are you? What are you up to? I’m heading to the salon in a little while to get a quick bang trim. Do you have any beauty errands you have to run or anything like that? I mean, I have to do some regular errands, too, like grocery shopping, and I want to go to Cost Plus to get these stackable bowls for my mom and dad that look like oversized mugs. Let me know if you’re doing anything fun. I hope you’re doing something more exciting than I am.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Do You Have More Limited Edition Products or Permanent Products in Your Makeup Collection, and What Are Your Current Favorite LE and Perm Products?

Published in: Just For Fun


Do you have more limited edition products or permanent products in your makeup collection, and what are your current favorite LE and perm products?

Because of reviewing things and the blog, most of the products in my closet, a.k.a. “a hoarder’s dream come true,” are limited edition, but a good chunk of my core makeup collection of products that I love and use all the time is permanent.

That’s mostly because I like to know that I can replace something great when I run out of it with a trip to Sephora or Target or Ulta. Like, I’m totally not freaking out right now even though I’m halfway done with my favorite Urban Decay tinted moisturizer because I know my car has enough gas to take me to the Sephora down the street.

The scary thing is, just because something is permanent doesn’t mean it always will be. I was thinking about this talking to Fran in the comments the other day (‘sup, Fran?). I said that one of my favorite blue eyeshadows of all time is in this duo by Hourglass called Prism, which used to be permanent, until Hourglass discontinued their eyeshadow duos…

I still love using it, but every time I do, I think, “One day it’s gonna be gooooooooone!” even though I can’t remember the last time I actually finished a pan of blue eyeshadow (seriously, can you?!).

Regarding my favorite perm products right now, gosh, I don’t even know where to start! Maybe with my MAC essentials… There’s Soft Brown, Cork, Saddle, Soba and Swiss Chocolate (leave it to me to start with browns right off the bat, haha!). And then there’s Powersurge Eye Pencil and Woodwinked.

Oh, and the stuff from NARS that I adore, including Kalahari, Alhambra, Abyssinia, Sophia and Bengali.

And these NARS Blushes, of course: Dolce Vita, Amour and Albatross, which I’m having a major moment with right now.

Those are all among my favorites of my faves, but seriously, if I were to list them all, we’d be here for days. Possibly months!

In terms of limited edition products, the MAC Nordstrom Naturals Palette is one I use A TON, but I don’t know if it counts as LE because the shadows in it are from the permanent line…

Oh! — and I can’t forget about Chanel Jade nail lacquer, which I don’t wear all the time, but I derive so much joy from just seeing the bottle in my closet that I count it as a fave. If it were to ever have an encore performance, I would hoard like five bottles of it, no joke. I LURVE YOU, JADE!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. TGIF! Product Spotlight: Makeup Nerd Tee

Published in: Connor Claire Store, Just For Fun

Makeup Nerd Tee

You’re not the only one


  • You have 12 brown eyeshadows that are almost identical but you know all of their names and subtle undertones
  • You have 10 tubes of lipstick in your purse at any given moment and have a valid reason for carrying each one
  • You already have a drawer filled with neutral palettes and have no qualms about starting a second one
  • You can easily talk for 15 minutes about black eyeliner, or
  • You spend a little too much time staring at other people’s brows

You might be a makeup nerd! 🙂

Welcome to the club.

This is one of the new tees in the store. It’s made of super soft tri-blend fabric (50% polyester/25% ring-spun cotton/25% rayon), and it’s black, so it goes with everything (including tabby cat hair). The fit is on the looser side, so there’s some room for casual slouchiness.

I’m wearing a small in this pic, but this shirt also fits dudes! If you have a makeup nerd friend who happens to be a boy, hey, he just might freak out when you get him this for Christmas or Hanukkah or his birthday, or just because he’s awesome.

Makeup Nerd Tshirt

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 445

Published in: Just For Fun

Have a delicious day!

Mmmm, persimmons!

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 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. 🙂

London, Paris, LA or Tokyo?

Bonjour, Paris! Today, Paris, for sure, because I’m in the mood to eat yummy French things. Also, I love little French babies with their little French accents. THEY’RE SO CUTE! I think it would be so cool, too, if Connor grew up speaking French. She’d be this little half Asian baby speaking French.

And the architecture, the history, the art and the stylish people who ride around on bicycles with loaves of bread under their arm. In this particular fantasy, I wear red lipstick and high heels every day and carry a really long, elegant umbrella as I walk to my office where I do something fabulous, of course, like write copy for Chanel.

2. Do you ever wear men’s fragrances?

I just finished rocking Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue Men’s Shower Gel every day for about three months until I used up the bottle, so the short answer to this question is “yes.”

3. Have you ever driven a classic car?

Nope. Not that I’m a bad driver, because I’m not, but I don’t think you should trust me with your teal ’57 Chevy that you lovingly restored from the ground up with your bare hands because I’d probably be so stressed out about putting a dent in it that the stress of putting a dent in it would probably lead me to put a dent in it. 🙂

4. Are you wearing false lashes today?

Nope, just a coat of mascara today.

OK…not just “a” coat. Maybe like five coats!

No false lashes today, but maybe later this week.

It’s funny, but if you watch enough YouTube videos, you start to think that every lady who wears makeup also wears false lashes every day, which is just not even true! For normal life, I wear false lashes maybe once or twice a month. The main reason I wear false lashes is for makeup looks on the blog.

5. Is the inside of your purse neat or messy?

You don’t want to look inside my purse unless you want to see inside a nightmare, haha.

It’s super messy right now. There are receipts I need to file away, half a dozen lipsticks rolling around, an empty plastic bag that was at one time used to carry Connor’s binky… And those are just the tip of the iceberg.

6. Who was the last person you held hands with?

It was Connor. She wraps her little baby fingers around one of my fingers when I feed her.

I give you…fruit!

I don’t know why, but fruit always tastes better to me when somebody else peels it.

I mean, I’ll happily wash a piece of fruit for myself and eat it with the peel on, but when my mom came over the other day, she peeled the persimmons in the picture at the top and arranged them so cutely and sweetly in a bowl. It was nice.

Happy Monday, my friend. 🙂 I really hope today goes smoothly for you. Please have a wonderful week. I’ll talk to you soon.

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

1. London, Paris, LA or Tokyo?
2. Do you ever wear men’s fragrances?
3. Have you ever driven a classic car?
4. Are you wearing false lashes today?
5. Is the inside of your purse neat or messy?
6. Who was the last person you held hands with?

Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 419

Published in: Just For Fun, Tabs

The Go Cat Cat Catcher

Any cat toy capable of coaxing a kitty supermodel senior tabby down from his penthouse suite high atop his favorite cat condo is worth adding to your cat’s collection.

The Go Cat Teaser Cat Catcher Wand Cat Toy ($8.45) doesn’t look like much. It looks a little basic, but it’s a truly revolutionary cat catching product.

It has a shiny wire instead of a string, so it’s almost indestructible, and somehow, for some reason I have yet to understand, Tabs can’t resist it.

He has a drawer filled with other cat toys, and some of them look like this with string and dangly toys or feathers, but there was only one other string toy that Tabs liked as much as this, and it wasn’t even a legit toy. It was a piece of glittery string that came wrapped around a gift box, and Tabs absolutely loved that thing…until he shredded it and tore it apart.

This one is a little expensive for one cat toy, but Tabs loves it, and I’d rather get him something he likes than a toy that will just sit in a box.

The Go Cat Cat Catcher

The Go Cat Cat Catcher

The Go Cat Cat Catcher

The Go Cat Cat Catcher

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