Topic: Just For Fun

Deep Thoughts/Braid Talk: Do You Have a Hard Time Braiding Your Hair When You’re Looking in a Mirror?

Published in: Just For Fun

Messy reverse french braid

All about that braid life!

Uh…I’ve been doing a lot of braids lately because I’m growing my bangs out, and they’re driving me bananas, and for the life of me I cannot braid my hair while looking at myself in the mirror.

Is that just a me thing? Is anyone else having this issue??

Like, sometimes I’ll be sitting there NOT looking in the mirror, and I’ll bust out all sorts of cray-cray braids that don’t turn out half bad, but the minute I try to do it looking in the mirror (like if I go into the bathroom and braid my hair in there), I get lopsided, uneven braids.

What’s up with that?

Shouldn’t it be easier if you can see yourself in the mirror? Am I just a weirdo? Does this happen to you too?

Deep thoughts today, LOL! ๐Ÿ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


SO GOOD! The Tom Ford 2017 Summer Soleil Cream and Powder Eye Colors in Young Adonis and Sun Worship

Published in: Just For Fun, Product Reviews, Tom Ford Beauty

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Tom Ford Cream and Powder Eye Color in Sun Worship (left) and Young Adonis (right), $62 each

Will life go on if you pass on these outrageously expensive stackable Tom Ford potted shadow duos (OMG! They’re $62!)?

Of course it will. You’ll survive… To paraphrase Celine Dion, life will go on. Your heart will continue to beat, your lungs will continue to function, but on a makeup level? Honestly, I don’t know. I can’t say for sure.

You’ll live, but chances are good that your eye makeup won’t be as sassy or sparkly as it would be if had one of Tom’s new Cream and Powder Eye Colors in your life.

Girl, I’m freaking out over these! ๐Ÿ˜

Tom did something similar back in 2015. They combine a cream shadow and a glitter into a stackable duo, to which I have to say, YES.

There are four of them in the 2017 Summer Soleil Collection, and here are pics of two of the four in Young Adonis and Sun Worship. I’ve seen the other two, which are called Naked Bronze and Golden Peach, in previous TF summer collections. I have an older version of them, and I love ’em, but I haven’t seen the new ones in person yet.

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Wearing Young Adonis on my lids

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 466

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 10 (!) 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. ๐Ÿ˜Š

1. If you could get a phone call from anyone today, who would it be?

Future me. Like, me in about 10 years, and I would ask her if there’s anything she’d do differently in life, work, with raising Connor…

Geez, why am I getting teary right now? Karen, get a grip, LOL!

OK, if we’re only talking about non sci-fi reality, then I would like to talk to brother, because he always makes me laugh.

2. What’s something you have in your makeup collection that you absolutely LOVE and think EVERYONE needs to have in their life ASAP?

Let’s see… I’m looking at my Mia Moretti makeup bag right now, which is a mess, by the way. It was only supposed to be for my makeup necessities, but I just keep throwing stuff in there, and now I can’t even zip it shut, LOL!

Anyway, I think that everyone needs NARS Translucent Crystal setting powder. Granted, it’s not very sexy, but it’s BEYOND great for setting under-eye concealer, especially if you don’t want your concealer to look heavy or powdery or cake-y. I have three of them because I’m freaked out by the thought of them going away someday.

3. What was the last book you read?

Instant Mom by Nia Vardalos. She’s the lady who wrote and starred in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and the book is about her journey through the process of adopting her daughter. I thought it was very interesting.

Before I got pregnant with Connor, El Hub and I had been trying for a long time (years), but we just couldn’t get pregnant, so we were like, “You know what? We’re going to adopt,” and right when we started seriously looking into it and weighing our options, lo and behold, I got pregnant.

4. Eyeshadow is…

Unnecessarily complicated sometimes, especially on YouTube. It’s lovely, though, and it’s my makeup weakness.

5. What’s one big life lesson you’ve learned?

That learning new things can be difficult at the beginning, and you might suck at them, but you just have to get through that phase and over those horrible feelings of self-doubt. Then, as you start to figure things out, they get easier. The beginning is always the hardest part.

It took me a while to learn that one.

Good morning and happy Monday!

See that cute hot pink stroller in the top pic? Yeah, it isn’t Connor’s. It’s a pet stroller for cats! Dogs can go in it too, but you know… #crazycatlady. I saw it at HomeGoods last weekend.

I would’ve loved it for Tabs, but something tells me he would *not* be into it at all… But I’m still going to keep holding on to my hot pink kitty stroller dreams.

OK, I’m off to take a quick walk. It’s amazing how a walk can just totally make me feel so much better. Lately I’ve been taking walks around the circle throughout the day; I go out, hold the baby, we do a turn or two and then come back inside. It’s just so nice to get some fresh air, change my view, listen to birds and look out for the neighborhood kitty cats. It’s such a small thing, but it’s a nice thing, and I think it’s extra nice to have those nice things on a Monday.

Maybe try taking one or two today if you can. ๐Ÿ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 440

Published in: Just For Fun, Tabs

Strike a pose

Mmm, Tabs did not wanna go back in the house after his walk today. No, sir, he was feelin’ the outdoors, because this is that sweet spot time between the rains we had and when the neighborhood landscapers mow the grass on the hill. Plus, it’s been sunny for a week, so the grass is growing, and it’s primo time for tabby skulking.

Cat on patrol

He totally gets into it, too, like he’s hunting a gazelle, but it’s really a lizard or a grasshopper or something else.

Kitty tresspassers converge on the property every spring

Cats love spring

And he ate so. Much. Grass. I’m still expecting him to barf, which is usually what he does when he eats that much salad.

Catchin' some rays

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Saturday Surfing: March 11, 2017

Published in: Just For Fun

Wow… THIS IS BREATHTAKING! One of these days — I swear — I’m going to learn how to ride a horse!

The most realistic makeup tutorial to EVER hit YouTube! My favorite part? “My everyday makeup routine generally starts with a primer. I use this MAC primer that a lady sold me against my will. She was really attractive, and I was threatened by her, so I was just like, ‘I’ll just buy it because I’m intimidated by you.'”

Ooh, I’m going to try this combo with MAC Swiss Chocolate and Heroine Lipstick!

I keep trying to convince my body that’s it’s OK to sleep in a little on Caturdays, but it’s like, “Nope! Not gonna do it. WAKE THE EFF UP ALREADY.”

So I’m up early…but on the #glasshalffull side, maybe I can get my chores done early. ๐Ÿ™‚ That way I can finish marathon-ing the second season of Love on Netflix. I’ve got a box of Pop Secret and a couch ready for my butt, LOL!

I may or may not also run a few miles on the treadmill…but we’ll see about that.

I hope your coffee is already on its way to your tum, my friend. May adventure find you.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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