Category: Just For Fun

Here’s My “Light Bright” Busy Mom Makeup — How Do You Get Ready in a Flash?

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

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Me getting ready, every day that ends in Y!

I’m pretty sure it’s no secret that I’m a working mom. I’ve mentioned this aspect of who I am in several posts because it is a CONSTANT struggle that I’m forced to confront on a daily basis. I would do anything to be home full time, but that’s not our reality, and as a result I find myself regularly coming up with ways to look awake! alert! peppy! — you name it. It’s something I think about.

I also think it’s no secret that your world gets turned upside down when children bless your life. Fellow mommies know that things change in both anticipated and unanticipated ways. I knew, for instance, that the morning struggle to get ready would be far different after my maternity leave, but what I couldn’t have guessed was that I’d find teeth marks on my YSL lipstick tubes (my son thinks they’re great for teething!), or that I’d look up from cleaning to find my daughter attempting to sneak into my makeup collection to play because she was “looking for something [she] lost in [our] bedroom.”

Suuuuuure…

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My “five second” makeup go-to’s!

Before I had children, I promised myself that makeup would still be “my thing” as a mom. Everyone needs an escape, and a “me time,” and this would be mine.

Unfortunately, “my thing” is also a hobby that happens to overlap with the hectic morning rush, so I’ve started to gravitate toward products that I refer to as my “light bright” favorites.

Why, do you ask? Because they’re light and bright and make me look awake! alert! peppy! (I think I’m trying to convince myself that I’m all of those things by typing it more than once… *drinks more coffee*)

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 419

Published in: Just For Fun

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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 eight (!) 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’s the next beauty product you’d like to try?
    I’m counting down the minutes (nay, the seconds!) until I shower this morning, just so I can try Laura Mercier’s new Tea Menthe Citron Gel Body Moisture body moisturizer.

    Remember Laura’s Gel Moisturizer from last year? The lemon verbena one?

    Ahhh! Beyond good. My heart broke a little when I finished the big 8-ounce jar…

    Anyway, she has this new one out (it just arrived on counters), and it smells like citrusy, minty black tea.

    Yum!

    I’m hoping it’ll be just as moisturizing and absorb just as quickly (none of that icky, sticky skin you get with some gels) as the O.G. version.

  2. Is there anything missing in your life?
    You mean other than sleep? Well, yeah…for sure. Nothing material, although some new living room furniture (and hardwood floors) would be nice.

    But right now what I’m missing most are steady emotions — my emotions being not so up and down. More “even.”

    I know it’s because of post-baby hormones and that “this too shall pass,” but I’m just over it, you know? One day things will be easy and even, and the next day I’ll be crying at the drop of a hat because of something completely dumb. Man!

    Like the other day I cried watching Gilmore Girls (I’m re-watching the first season). It was the episode where Rory has two sixteenth birthday parties, in the scene where Lorelei wakes Rory up early in the morning on her birthday and talks about the day she was born, and I totally burst into tears because one day my baby will turn 16, waaah!

    See? Totally can’t handle it right meow.

  3. When was the last time you had pizza? What kind?
    Caturday night. El Hub made his famous (well, famous in our house!) ultra thin crust pizza. :)

    He gets the pre-made thin crusts from Target, then adds pizza sauce, mozarella, pepperoni, brocolli, tomato, fresh garlic, chopped olives and drizzles it all with olive oil. NOM!

  4. Moderation or excess?
    I know myself waaaay too well. When I do things to excess (food, exercise, shopping, what have you), it always, ALWAYS comes back to bite me in the @ss.

    So, moderation FTW.

  5. What’s the next book you want to read?
    Ah! So many. There are two in the number one spot — Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter and Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple. Both have been on my reading list forever!

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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 the next beauty product you’d like to try?
2. Is there anything missing in your life?
3. When was the last time you had pizza? What kind?
4. Moderation or excess?
5. What’s the next book you want to read?

Kinda, sorta related to the last question, but I’m thinking about signing up for a speed reading class through the Novato adult learning program.

It’s supposed to teach you how to read challenging material faster, like textbooks (twice as fast) and magazines (three times faster!).

Are you thinking about taking any classes this summer? If you could, what would you take?

Happy Monday, babe!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 394

Published in: Just For Fun, Tabs

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Dear Diary,

A cat’s gotta do what a cat’s gotta do. As you know, I’m a lifeling Golden State Warriors fan, and when your team needs you, even if you’re a senior tabby and you’re only at the game because you’re supposed to be performing live with Beyoncé at the halftime show — if your team needs you, you bring it! *snaps*

It’s a good thing I take my weekly agility training sessions seriously. It’s the reason Coach Kerr asked me to fill in for Steph Curry last night, because he knew I’d be able to make the game-winning shot if it came down to that.

It’s like I always say: “Preparation is everything.”

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I’m just glad we won.

Today I pretty much just rested. The game, coupled with my performance with Beyoncé, wore me out.

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After napping, I did spend a couple hours working on my personal kitty modeling projects…

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Leave a Comment for a Chance to Win a $50 Sephora E-GIFT CARD! (Ends Monday)

Published in: Giveaways, Just For Fun

** THE GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED **

This giveaway is closed, and the winner has been contacted (CONGRATULATIONS, SUSAN!!!), but check back next Saturday for another giveaway.

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Man…sometimes the weeks blur together, don’t they? I swear it was just April Fool’s Day, and now it’s already the middle of the month!

Weird.

Rise and shine, morning glory! :) Would you mind filling in for me and preparing my feline employer’s morning gravy while I take a quick shower? Everything you need is in the kitchen. Just use the ceramic blue and white polka-dotted serving bowl (it’s his favorite).

How’s everything going this morning? What are you doing today…other than entering the giveaway right now?

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  • One (1) Sephora eGift card containing $50 sent to the winner by email (international readers, you may opt to receive $50 sent by PayPal instead).

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  • Enter by leaving a comment below.
  • Open to U.S. and international readers.
  • You must be 18 or older to enter (or otherwise an adult based on your local laws).
  • Your comment can be about anything at all, but here are some ideas if you’re stuck:
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    • What’s your favorite makeup line that isn’t widely carried in your home country?
    • What’s the most beautiful pattern or design you’ve ever seen on an eyeshadow pan?
    • Have you ever seen anybody steal something before?
    • Who is the funniest person in your family?
    • Are you more stubborn, or easygoing?
    • About when was the last time you rocked a smokey eye?
  • One entry per person.
  • You must use a valid email address to win.
  • The giveaway ends on Monday, April 18, 2016 at 11:59 PM (Pacific Time). :)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

What’s in My (Very Streamlined) Travel Makeup Bag

Published in: Guest Post, Just For Fun, Makeup, Travel

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Picture a 19th-century noblewoman waiting to board a steamer bound for faraway lands.

Can you see her? Standing there on the dock surrounded by wardrobe trunks and chest cases containing all of her earthly possessions?

You can?

Awesome. Because she looks exactly like I did up until a few years ago whenever I traveled anywhere. :)

Yep! I used to pack sooo much stuff, “just in case,” but those “cases” rarely happened, and I’d usually come home with half of the things I brought still untouched.

Thankfully, possibly because I discovered the joy of traveling with only my carry-on bag, I’ve finally learnt how to streamline and pack the bare minimum.

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The things in my (very streamlined) travel makeup bag

Case in point: I just spent a few days in Edinburgh, Scotland, and only brought along a minimal makeup stash (at least by a beauty lover’s standard).

I knew I wouldn’t want to waste the little time I’d have to explore the city on my weekend away doing my makeup, so I streamlined my beauty arsenal.

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Hello from Edinburgh Castle! :)

Would you like to have a look inside my travel makeup bag?

Foundation: Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet

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With its matte yet luminous finish, I ❤ Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet foundation every day of the year, but its plastic packaging makes it especially convenient for traveling.

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