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Quest for Cats: Bringing You Cat-Themed Cuteness Since 2007

Published in: Fashion, Just For Fun

Have I mentioned that I like cats?

I can’t remember if I’ve ever mentioned that before, that I like cats. Have I…?

Well, I do. I really, really, REALLY like cats. :)

Just a peek into my brain and the things that catch my attention around town…

Loved & Loyal Dishtowel, $18, anthropologie.com

Crazy Cat Lady Mug, $12, urbanoutfitters.com

Cat Nap Flight Aid Kit, $16, urbanoutfitters.com


Meow Pint Glass, $8, urbanoutfitters.com

Cat Sup Spiral Notebook, $8, urbanoutfitters.com

Cat Notebook, $8, Urban Outfitters

Smitten With Kittens tiny gift book/stocking stuffer, $5.95, Barnes & Noble

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Neon Cats Sock, $8, urbanoutfitters.com

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What’s Your Current Brow Routine?

Published in: Just For Fun

Tom Ford Brow Sculptor in Espresso

Wearing Tom Ford Brow Sculptor in Espresso in my fuzzy li’l caterpillars…

Right now I’m not doing much to them. I just brush them through, and fill in the middle and outer tail end with a brow pencil.

That’s it.

No brow gels or concealer along the edges — basically, no frills right now.

That’s compared to the brow routine I was following back in winter and spring, which usually amounted to some combination of eyeshadows, brushes, brow gels and concealer (I’d run the concealer along the edges and blend it in to define the shape).

But you know, since it’s summer, I’ve been paring down… You know how it is.

How about you? Tell me about your brows, babe. What have you been doing with them lately? And out of curiosity, when it comes to your brows, does the season have anything to do with your routine?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. Blerg, guess who has a dentist appointment this morning.

No, not Tabs. :) I do.

It’s just a cleaning, but still…I’m not what I’d call “enthused” about it. I told myself that I can swing by the mall when it’s done as a reward for not stabbing anyone. If I just do a quick circuit through Nordstrom, the Kate Spade store and Anthropologie, I’m sure I’ll feel better.

P.P.S. Happy hump day. I hope you’re having a good week so far.

What Are Your Top 5 Summer Makeup Must-Haves Right Now?

Published in: Just For Fun

Now that we’re sweating in summer’s hot-and-heavy embrace (it sure has been hot here lately), I’ve been wondering about your makeup.

Actually…I’m always wondering about your makeup, but I needed a lead this morning. :)

When it’s hot like this and all of the plants on my deck garden are wilting, I take a more minimalist approach to my makeup (well, minimalist for me, haha).

Here are my top five favorite makeup minimalist products right meow…

  1. MAC Face & Body Foundation — Like Tabs when he’s sleeping on the bed, the lightweight formula absolutely refuses to move, even when I get really sweaty. To sweat it’s like, “What!? Is that all you got!?”
  2. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural — LOVE this, whether on its own or layered on top of Face & Body, and dang if it doesn’t look like real skin (it isn’t overly powdery).
  3. Guerlain Cils D’Enfer Waterproof — Curl hold like WHOA! — and a single layer turns my wimpy Bruce Banner lashes into volumized Hulk-caliber lashes.
  4. Chanel Malice Blush — Easy, effortless and awesome with peach, pink or coral lip colors. Great staying power, too.

    Yeah, I’m rather obsessed with this at the moment!

  5. Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray — Even when I’m not wearing much makeup, I still want the makeup I am wearing to stay in place, and this spray locks it down.

How about you? What are your top five summer makeup must-haves right now?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 329

Published in: Just For Fun

It's going to be a hot one today!

It’s gonna be a hot one today!

You might be wondering, “So what the heck is this Monday Poll thing anyway?”

Well, it isn’t much of a poll. It’s more just a constantly evolving (devolving?), somewhat random list of questions I’ve been putting out to readers every Monday morning for the past seven years. I’ve always enjoyed reading your answers in the comments, and I hope you enjoy reading mine.

  1. Did you watch any World Cup matches?
    So, I just found out that Germany won the World Cup yesterday… That tells you right there how closely I follow soccer (oops!).

    You know how I feel about sports with projectiles. Give me iceskating with the pretty, sparkly outfits any day. :)

  2. Do you and your significant other ever talk baby talk or have pet names for each other (honey or sweetums)?
    At the risk of embarrassing El Hub, yes (whatever he likes it). We mostly call each other babe, which I know isn’t very creative. “Babe, where’s Tabs?” “Babe, have you seen the cat lately??” “Babe, Tabs just barfed on the carpet! Um…could you please clean it up?”
  3. What’s one invention that would revolutionize the beauty industry as we know it?
    A drugstore full-coverage under-eye concealer that works as well as MAC Pro Longwear but comes in easier-to-use packaging (like a regular plastic tube with a doe-foot or a pen like YSL Touche Éclat) that doesn’t break (no glass bottle or annoying pump).
  4. What’s your favorite kind of tree (oak, willow, ash, spruce)?
    I like willows. The way they look and the sound of the wind rustling through their leaves.

    They remind me of my childhood because there was this huge willow tree in Union City where I grew up, and every time we’d drive by it I’d gaze at it wistfully and daydream about playing beneath it.

  5. What’s your favorite beach, and why do you like it?
    It’s called Ke’e Beach, and it’s literally at the end of the road — the one main highway — on the North Shore of the island of Kauai in Hawaii.

    The drive up there is along a winding, jungly road, and you feel like you’re going someplace magical and remote (cell phones don’t even work out there).

    The beach itself is sort of a secluded hideaway with a cliff you can hike up on the left to a beautiful view of the ocean and the beach down below, and the water is shockingly blue and warm with lots of cool animals and things to see (last time I was there I chilled out on the sand next to a Hawaiian monk seal).

Le List

Your turn. :) Just copy and paste the following questions into a comment with your answers. I look forward to reading ‘em!


1. Did you watch any World Cup matches?
2. Do you and your significant other ever talk baby talk or have pet names for each other (honey, sweetums, my liege)?
3. What’s one invention that would revolutionize the beauty industry as we know it?
4. What’s your favorite kind of tree (oak, willow, ash, spruce)?
5. What’s your favorite beach, and why do you like it?

A new day, a new start.

Hi, my friend. :)

I hope you had a great weekend and got your batteries recharged. I feel like I kind of did, but there’s never enough downtime, you know? Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could just spend our entire days contemplating gravity and flowers and kittens and looking for shapes in the clouds like the highly evolved citizens of some utopian society?

That would be nice…

So, what’s on your to-do list today? I’m trying something a little new with mine. I’m not sure where I got the idea (probably lifehacker or 99u, two of my favorite productivity sites), but it’s basically this: only put three things on the list.

That’s it. No matter how many tasks you actually have to do today, just put the three most important ones on your list…and basically ignore everything else, LOL!

The three most important tasks. The ones you really want to accomplish.

It’s like, if you can finish those three, you’ll probably have a great day.

The idea is that your entire to-do list, if yours is anything like mine, is ridiculously long and terrifying and overwhelming, so by just picking three tasks to work on each day, you’re removing a lot of the noise.

We’ll see… I definitely like the sound of the idea.

Good luck in your to-do list vanquishing efforts. :)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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

Published in: Giveaways, Just For Fun

A Makeup and Beauty Blog giveaway

The Laura Mercier Sensual Reflections Collection

Some pretties from the new Laura Mercier Sensual Reflections fall collection

THE COFFEE AND THE BLOGGER

“Please, nice lady,” said the terrified cup of coffee. “Please don’t drink me.”

“Why not!?” barked the groggy, bleary-eyed beauty blogger as she ambled toward the carton of almond milk on the counter. “You’re mine! And I need you!”

“But…” pleaded the cup, “if you drink me, I’ll disappear, and I don’t want to disappear.”

The beauty blogger’s left eye twitched uncontrollably, and her hands were twisted into claws. “Bah! I don’t care! I’m not awake yet and I need my coffee!” Clumsily, she dumped the milk-like liquid into the cup, filling it close to the brim.

“Grgglrgl!” the cup cried. “I can’t swim!”

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OK, that was dumb.

SO dumb.

LOL! But I am really that tired right now, and I have no sympathy whatsoever for the coffee I am about to consume, bwahahahahahaaa! :)

Hi, babe. How’s it going this morning? What did you do last night?

I made pasta for din-din and watched some PBS specials on Netflix, one about Chatsworth, which is the palatial house where Downtown Abbey takes place, and the second one was about Selfridges, the department store in London (founded by an American, who knew?). And then I watched the first half of Titanic again (because we all know what happens in the second half).

Sometimes TV is the world’s greatest cure for a frazzled mind, ya know? There are times when I literally need for my brain to be turned into mush.

In other news, I’m counting down the seconds till tomorrow because I’m heading into the city to meet my two girlfriends for the day, and I haven’t seen them in a while.

So that’ll be fun.

I hope you have a great weekend lined up. I’ll be around, as usual, so I’ll talk to you soon.

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Karen

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