Topic: Just For Fun

Saturday Surfing: February 18, 2017

Published in: Just For Fun, Makeup

Heya and happy 🐈🌸😺 Caturday!

With the whole athleisure makeup trend blowing up, I assumed that the MAC Work It Out collection (coming March 2nd) would be all about sweat-proof products to wear while doing switch lunges and pull-ups, buuut now I think it was more inspired by ’80s ladies in Jazzercise leotards and leg warmers, as opposed to actual sweating.

Hey, that’s cool, too!

The collection’s all about lashes and features 16 (!) colorful versions of MAC In Extra Dimension Lash Mascara, as well as four Lipsticks, six Crystal Glaze Glosses, three Studio Quiktrik Sticks and six Chromagraphic Pencils.

Oh, and remember the scented Prep + Prime Fix+ from last year that basically broke the Internet? Mini “to go” $12 bottles of Coconut, Rose and Lavender are coming back in Work It Out.

There are a bunch of MAC collections arriving in March and April (but, honestly, when is there NOT a MAC collection coming out?).

Like…

MAC Great Brows (also March 2nd), which introduces a new all-in-one brow kit, and also includes Brushstroke Liner, a.k.a. “the pizza cutter liner,” which was heavily hyped over NYFW.

Eyes on MAC (another March 2nd release) launches with a bunch of nine-pan eyeshadow palettes…

I haven’t had the greatest luck with these pocket-sized pretties in the past… A lot of the time I just don’t think they’re of the same quality as the shadows in the permanent line, but we shall see.

In other beauty news…

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Hair Stencils: What Do You Think About ‘Em?

Published in: Just For Fun


WOW! This is totally something I can see the stylish people from the Capitol in the first Hunger Games book would do.

Janine Ker, an AMAZING hairstylist I follow on Instagram, creates these fantastical hairstyles using stencils and temporary hair color sprays.

A photo posted by Janine Ker (@janine_ker_hair) on

These are giving me ideas! It would be fun to do for a birthday party, a festival or a concert (Mariah Carey is coming to Vegas in July… Maybe I can find some silk butterflies?!).

I wouldn’t be able to do it myself, though. I’d need a stylist’s help for sure.

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 462

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. 😊

1. What food is your guiltiest pleasure?

Pasta! Ooh! Pasta with cream sauce. Like An alfredo.

Mmm, alfredo…

I’ll take a huge bowl of that topped with a mountain of grated Parmesan cheese, and you could just leave me in the corner with that and not talk to me for forever.

2. What is/will be your mantra today?

“I’m a motherf*cking champion!” 🏆

3. Carry-on or checked luggage?

GIRL, carry-on all the way. I’ve had way too many traumatic check-in incidents. Plus, when I get off a plane, the last thing I want to do is wait in the baggage claim area for a bag that may or may not arrive. I wanna grab my crap and go!

4. Do you ever go bra-less during the daytime?

I get distracted by just living life. I don’t need my bosom flapping around. Hell no. I never do it.

5. Did you ever go through a phase when you dressed like a particular celebrity?

When I was eight, I wanted to look like Madonna, but my parents weren’t about to let me go to elementary school wearing fingerless gloves, a lace crop top and a belt buckle that said, “Boy Toy.”

Also, in college, I desperately tried to channel Gwen Stefani (this was in the early No Doubt years), so I wore lots of plaid and red lipstick, and I parted my hair down the middle and twisted it into a low bun.

In retrospect, I’m sure I looked ridiculous and absolutely nothing like her, but that reminds me — thank ye gods that social media wasn’t around back then.

6. What really relaxes you?

I have to work at chillin’-the-eff-out. It’s a process, but I like long, hot showers before bed and just letting my mind wander under the water. I also like quiet time with actual books, physical books you can hold on to. Reading always relaxes me.

When I’m extra tense, and I can feel my shoulders creeping up toward my ears (that’s where I hold my stress), another thing that helps is deep breathing and visualizing the oxygen as it goes through my body.

Monday Funday

I was just thinking… If we can have something called Sunday Funday, why can’t we make a Monday Funday? — because I’m tired of dreading Mondays. I’m over it.

Let’s live life a little this week, and try something new. I’m gonna look for another exercise class to try.

Hope your booty shake is extra luscious this week and that someone’s lookin’ while you’re shakin’. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. Happy early 💗 Valentine’s. If you need one this year, Tabs is free (hint hint).

P.P.S. Here are the poll questions to copy/paste:

1. What food is your guiltiest pleasure?
2. What is/will be your mantra today?
3. Carry-on or checked luggage?
4. Do you ever go bra-less during the daytime?
5. Did you ever go through a phase when you dressed like a particular celebrity?
6. What really relaxes you?

:)

Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 436

Published in: Just For Fun, Tabs

Tabs hopped up on the bed this morning shortly after dawn, as he usually does, mugging for lurvies. He has this very specific routine where he first walks around the top of the bed behind the pillows, then goes down between me and El Hub, and then from there he either attempts to place a possessive paw on top of my chest or El Hub’s. Then he tries to climb up on top of one of us for whisker and cheek scratches.

It rained every day this week, a lot, so Tabs didn’t get to go outside like he usually does, and I think he was starting to get depressed about it. He would climb up onto his window ledge and stare at the rain outside. Then he’d look back at me with the saddest tabby eyes. 🙁

But it was really pouring! There was no way he would have wanted to be out there in that rain anyway.

We’ve tried it before. We’ve gone outside when it was raining, but as soon as one of his delicate paws touched the wet ground, he started mewling like he was saying, “Why? Why is this happening? Why!?”

When I saw that it wasn’t raining this morning, I quickly grabbed his harness, and we went for a walk outside.

Because of the rain, the hills are green and lush right now, and everything’s growing.

We inspected the entire perimeter but didn’t spot any intruders, so then it was time for brunch. Tabs had the green salad, of course.

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Saturday Surfing, Feb. 11, 2017

Published in: Just For Fun, Makeup

spacenk spring beauty edit 2017

Coming to SpaceNK stores February 16th

I may or may not have just opened all of these minis from the SpaceNK Spring Beauty Edit gift-with-purchase set and liberally applied them to various places on my body, my face and in my hair. 🤤

SpaceNK’s new GWP comes with some sweet samples, yo! — including dry shampoos from Oribe and R+Co, as well as this Ouai hair mask, which I’m so excited about trying that I’m literally (OK, figuratively) salivating at the mouth…

spacenk spring beauty edit 2017

When a find a fabulous new dry shampoo, I feel like a phoenix rising from the ashes!!

It’s valued at more than $400, and you also get this gigantic beauty bag, too. (Please excuse the chipped mani.)

spacenk spring beauty edit 2017

Um…someone needs to do her nails.

It’s yours with any $250 purchase at the SpaceNK Spring Beauty Edit event on Thursday, February 16th, at all 27 SpaceNK US stores. There will also be spring beauty trend talk and brand experts on hand for makeovers and to give advice and tips.

And now some highlights from the week in beauty news… 🙂

Now I’m off to an early salon appointment with my friend Alis, which I’m VERY excited about! I can’t even begin to tell you… She just moved to Vegas, but she’s in town for the next week, whoo-hoo! I’m still feeling anxious about having to find someone new to cut my mop, but at least for now, I know my hair is in good hands. 🙂

I don’t think today is the time to do anything crazy or high maintenance, so I’m just going in for a trim.

And on Sunday I’m going to a Pilates class for the very first time — yes, my core is terrified. My friend is teaching, so she’s letting me test out the class.

I’ve always wanted to try Pilates, so I’m really looking forward to it.

How goes it on your end of the keyboard? What are you up to this weekend?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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