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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 322

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Taking time to give thanks

Dear fans, friends and felines,

It’s with a happy heart and a full tum that I say, “success!” I just finished hosting my very first Thanksgiving, and it went extremely well.

Due to scheduling conflicts later this month, my guests and I celebrated today. A couple of the major shareholders of Tabs the Cat Industries LLC attended, as well as my assistant Karen. Overall, it was an intimate gathering. Lots of food, friends and fabulousness.

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

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Win a $50 Sephora e-gift card from Makeup and Beauty Blog

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Beyond the Lights. I think it just came out last night. El Hub and I went, and I really enjoyed it.

I just caught myself because I almost wrote a spoiler… Don’t worry, I won’t. :)

It was directed by the same woman who directed Love and Basketball, Gina Prince-Bythewood, which I also liked, so if you liked that, I think you’d also like this. It’s about a young, hyper-managed pop star whose every action is spun for the tabloids or gossip blogs, or covered up, and everything has PR implications — who she’s dating, where she’s going for lunch, what she’s wearing. It exhausts her.

She also has no creative control over her career either, at all, and the things she wants aren’t compatible with the manufactured image that her manager (her mom, in this case, played by Minnie Driver) and her record label are trying to create.

She starts to unravel until… Cue the romantic part of the story!

It sounds like it could go Lifetime movie in a second, but it doesn’t. Not really. It’s a little cheesy, but it’s not super cheese. You get a very clear sense of who these characters are, and they don’t seem wooden or one-dimensional. They feel like real people.

Go see it and have fun!

It probably won’t win any awards, except maybe for a couple of acting performances (Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Minnie Driver are great!) or set the literati ablaze, but that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable.

After the movie we just came home, read a little on the couch and went to bed. I woke up early this morning because El Hub was tossing and turning, so I read for about an hour, and now I’m here with you. :)

Good luck in this weekend’s giveaway, my friend. Hopefully I bump into you in the comments or social media somewhere along the way.

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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

What Are You Wearing on Your Nails?

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Uslu Airlines NMA Namangan and BGX Brazil Swatches

Ding! Thank you for flying Uslu Airlines. Have a colorful day. :)

Today I’m wearing two shades from upstart Berlin beauty brand Uslu Airlines. The dark creamy oxblood shade is called NMA Namangan, and the metallic rose gold is BGX Brazil.

Uslu Airlines NMA Namangan and BGX Brazil Swatches

The names are kind of funky, right? They’re actually airport codes, like SFO is for San Francisco International. Isn’t that cool?

So, Uslu Airlines, their thing is that each of their pieces takes you on a different trip to a different virtual destination, except without the delayed flights, baggage claim and narrow airplane aisles.

Ooh! I would love a collection baed on places I’ve been. Hello, note to Uslu Airlines — whom do I talk to about that? :)

The brand has their own makeup (lipsticks, glosses, powders and concealers) and nail polishes.

Uslu Airlines NMA Namangan and BGX Brazil Swatches

They’re also damned hard to find here in the US right now, which is both a blessing and a curse. It makes them more exclusive, which, ya know, I like, but then there’s whole not being able to find them thing…

They do have a few shops in Europe (Colette Paris, Departmentstore im Quartier 206 Berlin, Apropos Cologne, 10 Corso Como Milan, and Stefano Saccani Parma), but that doesn’t exactly help me, LOL!


And they also sell their products through their website. The nail polishes go for €19,00 each, or about $23 US.

There is another option. Some of their polishes and lipsticks are available from netaporter.com for $16 and $25 each, respectively, although I don’t see the two shades I’m wearing here…

Happy hump day, my friend. Tell me — what are you wearing on your nails?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 346

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The Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll for November 10, 2014

The Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll for November 10, 2014

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 seven 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. If you were an instrument in a symphony, which instrument would you be?
    I’d really want to be a cello, because the cello is kind of moody, but there’s still a sweet sadness to it.

    But I’d probably end up being a piccolo… They’re small, and sprightly, and high pitched, and you really can’t ignore ‘em.

  2. Have you ever driven or been a passenger in a motor home?
    Driving a motorhome is basically my nightmare, so no to the driving! — but yes to being a passenger. My parents had one, and when I was a teenager they went through this phase where they wanted to drive all over the United States with the whole family in it.

    I just remember the constant motion in that enclosed space and not being able to get out FOR HOURS. Needless to say, I listened to my Walkman a lot.

  3. How do you feel about psychics and fortune tellers? Have you ever been to one?
    I’m open to the possibility that there are legit people out there with psychic abilities.

    The only time I’ve been to a psychic was when I was working at a law firm. I was in my early 20s, and the office I worked for did this fun thing where they’d hire a bunch of psychics, and then all of the employees would go to them.

    The first thing the lady said to me when I walked in was, “You’re not meant to do this.” LOL! She was talking about me someday becoming a lawyer.

    Yeah, deep down, I already knew that…but it was nice having her confirm it.

  4. What was your best (and worst) job interview or audition?
    Not to toot my own horn, but I usually do OK in interviews. People tell me I can be quite charming (when I’m not driving them crazy).

    As for my worst interview ever? Well, it didn’t start off badly, but it got there in a hurry. It was for a job as a legal assistant in a building’s basement with no windows. I just remember being taken down there and seeing these stacks of documents up to the ceiling and hearing a menacing hum, like some force was telling me to stay away. I don’t know if the hum was from the air conditioning or just the building itself, but I couldn’t breathe! It was terrible.

    I did not take that job, by the way.

  5. If you could hang out with the teenage characters in any movie or TV show, which show or movie would it be?
    Gilmore Girls! Rory and Lane, the early years.

Le List

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


1. If you were an instrument in a symphony, which instrument would you be?
2. Have you ever driven or been a passenger in a motorhome?
3. How do you feel about psychics and fortune tellers? Have you ever been to one?
4. What was your best (and worst) job interview or audition?
5. If you could hang out with the teenage characters in any movie or TV show, which show or movie would it be?

What’s the recipe for a good Monday? For me, it usually involves getting a good night’s sleep, waking up to a fresh pot of coffee, and then saying hi and doing the Monday Poll with you. So, hi, and good morning! :)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 321

Published in: Just For Fun, Sponsored Post, Tabs

Acclaimed kitty supermodel and business mogul Tabs the cat sat down with me for a very special interview this morning (he was paid in treats), and we covered important topics like pet peeves, bucket lists and zodiac signs.

We didn’t have time to get to all of your questions this time, but keep ‘em coming because Tabs definitely wants to do it again. :)

This post is sponsored by Purina Pro Plan #proplancatpartner. For information about my posting policy, please see my Disclaimer.

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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addicts,

Karen and Tabs

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