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Bright Eye Makeup: What’s One Makeup Tip or Technique That Adds a Lot to Your Look?

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Wearing greens, purples and an orangey copper eyeshadow with a brown liner on my water lines

Wearing green, purple and coppery orange eyeshadow with brown liner on my water lines

Most of the time when I wear bright eyeshadow, I like to add liner along my water lines or top lash lines to ground the look.

Granted, this is not a hard and fast rule. It’s makeup; you can do whatever you want. But when I’m wearing a color that isn’t brown or beige — something bright, like a green, blue or purple — I’ll line it with black or brown eyeliner, or sometimes a darker version of whichever eyeshadows I’m wearing.

I’m always thinking about the transitions between colors when I do a look, like from light to medium to dark — that kind of thing — and when I have, say, a purple or a green eyeshadow on my lids or lower lash lines, and the color runs flush up against the whites of my eyes, that transition seems very stark to me. The green against the white.

MAC Moody Blooms Eye Shadows in Artistic License (inner corner near the tearduct and on brow bone), Deep Fixation (lid and outer crease), Blooming Mad (inner crease), Hidden Motive (outer part of lower lash line) and Lucky Green (inner part of the lower lash line)

That’s MAC Costa Riche Eye Kohl on my water lines

I think that adding a liner smooths out the transition between the shadow and the whites of the eyes, and sort of marries the two together, kind of like stitching.

What’s one bright eye makeup tip or technique that adds a lot to your look?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 330

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The Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll for July 21, 2014

The Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll for July 21, 2014

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. What’s your favorite animal print or pattern (leopard, snake, tiger, giraffe, zebra, etc.)?
    Leopard print, mrow! I guess we can thank the Kardashians for the resurgence of the leopard print over the past few years. If left to my own devices, I’d be wearing it from head to toe like a real life, living and breathing cat lady.

  2. Have you ever been skinny dipping?
    No.

    Not that a bikini really covers that much more…

    But I was stung by a Portuguese man-of-war once while swimming in the ocean, and it did NOT get my lady parts.

  3. On a scale of 1-10, how naturally hairy are you, with 10 being full-on Sasquatch?
    5.75 and rapidly climbing each year.
  4. Your favorite brown eyeshadow or eyeliner in the world?
    MAC Teddy Eye Kohl is my jam!

    But it’s a 50/50 split with MAC Costa Riche.

  5. Have you ever been stung by a bee?
    Twice. I can’t remember what I was doing either time, but I was a kid, and I remember they really hurt.

    My dad took out the stingers, and he’s not exactly Mr. Delicate Touch.

    Matter of fact…I think the stinger removal part was worse than the actual bee sting, haha.

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


1. What’s your favorite animal print or pattern (leopard, snake, tiger, giraffe, zebra, etc.)?
2. Have you ever been skinny dipping?
3. On a scale of 1-10, how naturally hairy are you, with 10 being full-on Sasquatch?
4. Your favorite brown eyeshadow or eyeliner in the world?
5. Have you ever been stung by a bee?

I am bound and determined to have a good, productive week, my friend. Bound and determined!

There are lots of things I want to get done, and I think I can do ‘em if I stay focussed. And when the inevitable does happen and I do get distracted (kitties!), I’ll just wiggle my freakishly long monkey toes and listen to this…

Or this…

Or contemplate buying this, because I think it’s a really cool idea (I just need to find out if the markers are stinky).

You have a great week, OK? Let me know how you’re doing in the comments.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 305

Published in: Just For Fun, Tabs, Video

When I got this gig working for Tabs as his professional pet assistant/kitty modeling agent, I had no idea of the adventures before me.

I thought I was just hanging out with a cat. How could I have known he would turn into such a powerhouse in the feline fashion and modeling industries. :)

Here’s the brief video story of how this all came to pass.

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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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

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A Makeup and Beauty Blog giveaway

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A TABBY IN SEPHORA

“Hello,” the sales associate said as Tabs entered the store. “Can I help you find something?”

“Meow…” Tabs replied, a little unsure. The sales associate smiled expectantly. Tabs knew that he wanted something to brighten his fur, but these stores were always so overwhelming to him. So many rows and rows and aisles and stacks of products taller than him. He didn’t know where to start.

The associate nodded. Tabs, as if on auto-pilot, moved deeper into the store, pulled by an unseen force. Fur brighteners, fur brighteners, fur brighteners, he reminded himself, trying to stay focussed.

Around him were dozens of displays with sparkling glass vials, vibrant posters and trays filled with pigmented products. A mix of perfumes filled the air.

Cats and cat ladies walked up and down the aisles, exploring the many treasures. Many chatted with sales associates. “This one is great for soft paws,” he overheard one of the associates say. She was standing beside a husky Russian Blue Tabs recognized from his neighborhood.

Tabs stopped in front of a display placed at cat eye level. New Urban Decay Fabulous Feline Fur Brightener! it read. “Meow,” he purr-chirped. Yes!

The display showed that it was available in eight colors. He saw Orange Tabby, Siamese, Tortie, and yes! Tabby too!

He pawed at the small boxes, looking for the shade, but there were none to be found. Shoot, he thought, I think they’re out.

“Meow?” he asked the nearest sales associate.

“Let me check,” she said, heading behind the counter. “Yeah, those have been really popular lately. It’s weird, a seal-point Ragdoll came in yesterday and purchased all of the ones in the Tabby shade we had in stock.”

Choupette! Tabs immediately thought. That cat was always trying to sabotage him.

“I’m sorry,” the sales associate said, “it looks like we’re completely out, but I can order one for you if you’d like.”

“Meow-rrow,” Tabs said. Yes, please. That would be great. There had to be a reason Choupette didn’t want Tabs to get his paws on that shade. A good reason, indeed.

–TO BE CONTINUED–

Rise and shine, morning glory. :) Happy caturday!

Did you do anything fun last night? We pretty much took it easy out here, buuut I did see kittens.

Yup, after dinner we stopped by a local shopping center (I needed ice cream), and the pet food store there had three black and white kitten siblings up for adoption.

I seriously considered bringing all three of them home…

In other news, we watched a fantastic WWII miniseries this week on Netflix called Generation War. It’s from the German perspective (English subtitles), which we don’t see a lot out here, about a group of five young friends and what happens to them during the war. Highly recommended.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, I hope it’s grand. I’ll talk to you soon.

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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

What YouTube Channels Do You Turn to When You Don’t Know How To Do a Specific Makeup Technique or Look?

Published in: Just For Fun, Makeup Tips/How To

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I feel like there are a lot of looks I can do on my own, but sometimes I want a different way to approach things, like a fresh perspective on a smokey eye or a cat eye.

When I need some inspiration, new ideas, or just want to see how someone else is doing things, I go to YouTube…which I think is one of the greatest inventions on earth.

Seriously, where was YouTube when I was 13 and had that purple Lancôme pencil and no clue? That’s what I want to know… It would have saved me a lot of heartache!

Lisa Eldridge

When I want to do something, or try something new, or get a different perspective, there are a few YouTubers I really enjoy watching, and the first one is Lisa Eldridge.

First of all, she has a cat, and her cat’s name is Betty Kitten. Betty Kitten is absolutely adorable so, of course, cat lady bonus points. :)

Lisa’s also worked with a lot of celebrities, so her work’s all over the place, and you know she’s totally legit.

Third, she has this wonderful British accent, and she delivers information in a way that I think is very accessible and thoughtful, and it’s not like you ever feel like she’s telling you that “you absolutely have to do it this way!” or if you don’t do it this way you’re doing it wrong. She just seems like a cool girl I’d want to hang out with.

Her tutorials are… You feel like you can do them, you know? Sometimes when I watch YouTube tutorials, I’m like, “There’s no freaking way I’m going to be able to do this eye look in 30 minutes,” but she delivers information in this sort of simplified, accessible way that I really enjoy. It makes me feel like every woman can sincerely do this.

Jaclyn Hill

Another person I like is Jaclyn Hill. Her style’s very different than Lisa’s in that she tends to do things that are a bit more glam. She loves smokey looks, which I like as well, and she’s got a lot of energy, which I think you’re either going to really gravitate toward, or not, LOL! But I like her perkiness and her bubbly personality.

Her looks generally take a little bit more effort. They’re not as simplified as Lisa’s, but I find that she explains things in a way that works for me. If you want to go that extra step with your makeup, she’s easy to understand.

Batalash Beauty

Another person I enjoy is Samantha from Batalash Beauty. She’s relatively new, and young, and very spunky.

I appreciate her spunkiness, and she does these very dressed up glam looks along the same lines as Jacqueline Hill, but her style’s a bit harder, a bit edgier. She curses sometimes, so you know…but she’s just, like, a sassy young person whose attitude I appreciate, and her makeup’s very pretty. She’s got a big Instagram following too.

Pixiwoo

Ooh! — last but not least, the Pixiwoo sisters. Points for having that kick-@ss British accent. They’re two sisters who work on the same channel. They both have different styles, so you get different perspectives.

Besides seeming very cool to hang out with (and they’re kind of, like, my age), their tutorials are easy to grasp, yet they also do some out there things, too. One of the sisters, Sam, does these crazy fancy looks sometimes that I wouldn’t do on myself…but they’re neat to see! :)

They also do a wide range of different tutorials from glam to everyday to more artsy-fartsy, so you get a bit of everything.

How about you? What YouTube channels do you turn to when you don’t know how to do a specific makeup technique or look?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. TGIF!
TGIF

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