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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 289

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Sundays with Tabs the Cat: Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot

Dear Tabby is written by Tabs the Cat, commonly regarded as “the world’s first plus-size kitty supermodel.” Founded in mid 2012, it has quickly become the most widely syndicated cat advice column on earth — known for its fresh, feline perspective on lifestyle, fashion and style issues affecting cats and humans.

A red carpet quandary

DEAR TABBY: Exciting news, Tabby! Last night I found out that a film I recently worked on, 300: Rise of an Empire, is going to have a big red carpet premiere IN HOLLYWOOD, and I’m going to walk the red carpet!

As you may have guessed, I work in the film industry — but not as a cat actor or anything. I’m more of a behind-the-scenes kitty, primarily working in security (I hunt rodents on the set).

I’ve been doing it a few years, but this will be the first major event I’ve attended.

I’m a little nervous because I have absolutely no idea what to wear! Would a glitter-encrusted collar be appropriate? With or without bells? Or should it be something more subtle? I don’t want to stick out like a sore paw.


Hapless in Hollywood

One of my blockbuster roles

DEAR HAPLESS: How funny! I’m actually going to be at that same event! One of the fight choreographers on the new 300 also worked with me on Spider Tabs. If you see me there, please come up and introduce yourself. I would love to meet you.

As for your question, for red carpet events, I generally stick to classic kitty wear. Collars with simple lines and elegant touches in neutral shades like black or beige, coupled with a few tasteful details like diamonds and/or Swarovorski crystals, always works. Simple and timeless. Something like that would still look good 50 years from now.

Not that there’s anything wrong with current trends like a brightly colored glittery collar. That could totally look fierce. If you’re sure you can pull it off, go for it, but if you have any doubts at all, classic always works. You don’t want to end up on somebody’s Worst Dressed List (remember the Bjork swan dress?).

I have a litmus test when it comes to my event outfits. If it looks like something a cat James Bond would wear, do it. Hasn’t failed me yet (knock on wood!).

One last tip: if you can, book an appointment way in advance with a professional fur stylist for the day of the event. I’m paws-itive you could handle your own styling, but having a pro take care of it for you means one less thing to worry about.

A cat in pursuit of a lifelong dream

DEAR TABBY: I’ve decided to pursue my lifelong dream of competing as a professional kitty bodybuilder, and I remembered reading in your World’s Sexiest Cat interview for People magazine that you adhere to a strict diet and workout regimen when you’re preparing for major roles. Do you think I should start growing my own organic cat grass and juicing, or should I cut my carbs and increase protein from seafood? I’m not sure where to start. What foods work best for you when you’re bulking up for a role? And what are your favorite exercises?

Fitness Fan in Florida

Fine-tuning my abs

DEAR FITNESS: Congrats for pursuing your dream! That first step is always the toughest.

As for nutrition, well, when I have to bulk up for a role, my personal trainer ups my gravy and protein intake — especially turkey. In addition to plyometric exercises (lots of jumping), I do a lot of yoga to prepare myself mentally and help with focus. It’s always important, but even more so when you’re competing. Eye of the tiger and all, you know.

Keep me posted on your progress, and don’t forget to take some before and after pics. Perhaps you’ll send me a ticket to your first pro event? Hint-hint. I’d love to go.

An appropriate gift for a host family?

DEAR TABBY: I work as a medical researcher, and I’m conducting a study on Japan’s cat cafe culture — specifically any relationship between cat cafes and lowered stress levels in humans. Next fall I head overseas to live and work in Japan, and when I first arrive, I’ll be staying with a host family, with whom I’ll be living until I acclimate and find a place of my own.

I’d very much like to bring them some kind of small present, something to say “thank you for welcoming me into your home.” What do you suggest?

Traveling Researcher in Riverside

It never hurts to bring a gift

DEAR TRAVELING: That’s very thoughtful and classy of you. A small token sets the stage for a smooth visit.

I’ve stayed with host families overseas a number of times, and I always like bringing gourmet cat treats from home — things my hosts may not have easy access to over there.

What about swinging by your favorite artisanal catnip shop before you leave, or do you know of anyplace near you that makes organic, locally-sourced kitty treats? Once you’ve decided on a gift, wrapping it up makes it a little more practical and special. Your hosts will be able to re-purpose a ribbon, say, and be able to play with it after they finish the treats.

Oh, and don’t forget the thank you card!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addicts,

Karen and Tabs

P.S. I had a blast with you in The Walking Dead Twitter party tonight. Thanks for keeping me company during the show. I still haven’t completely recovered from that scene with Rick about Carl, and I’m not sure I ever will. HOLY LOSING YOUR SH*T, BATMAN!

What a great show!!!

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

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A Makeup and Beauty Blog giveaway

Win a $50 Sephora eCard from Makeup and Beauty Blog

Win a $50 Sephora eCard from Makeup and Beauty Blog

It’s that time again! Rise and shine, pal o’ mine. Happy caturday! :)

Goodness, it’s raining cats and frogs here this morning, and it looks like it rained all night. I have absolutely no problems with that, mind you, because the rain makes everything greener.

What did you do last night? Did you see any movies, go out to dinner, play any games? El Hub and I were going to go out to dinner or something but opted for pasta at home and a rental instead.

Uh…I watched Catching Fire. Again. For the third time.

I know! But I just love that movie (and the first Hunger Games) so much.

As for Divergent, well, it didn’t really do anything for me. To each her own, though, ya know what I mean? That one just wasn’t my cup o’ tea.

I hope you do something fun this weekend. If the weather cooperates, get out there and enjoy it.

Good luck in this weekend’s giveaway, and don’t forget about The Walking Dead Twitter party Sunday night. I’d love to see you there.

Win a $50 gift card from Sephora

  • 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).

  • Enter using the Rafflecopter widget 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:
    • How many times have you been overseas?
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    • What’s the best toothpaste?
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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Comment To Win $150 in Mariah Carey Fragrances for Mimi’s Birthday (TWO WINNERS)

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Mariah Carey Dream Fragrance

Mariah Carey’s newest Fragrance, Dreams, available now at Walgreens

I may have mentioned once or twice (or 10 times) that I’m unabashedly Team MC (says the girl who saw Glitter on opening day, LOL!).

Happy birthday, Mimi!Today is actually Mariah’s birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MIMI!), so I thought it might be fun to host a giveaway featuring my favorite diva’s latest scent, Mariah Carey Dreams, which has notes of bergamot, salted caramel apple, toasted almonds, star anise, freesia, honeysuckle, muguet, tonka bean, Madagascar vanilla, patchouli and warm musk. You can find it now at Walgreens.

Two (2) lucky ladies and/or gents will win a prize package valued at $149.49 including…

  • Mariah Carey Dreams Hair Mist ($9.99)
  • Mariah Carey Dreams 1.7 oz Eau de Parfum ($49)
  • M by Mariah Carey 3.3 oz Eau de Parfum ($62.50)
  • M by Mariah Carey Moisturizing Body Lotion ($28)

All ya have to do is leave a comment below to enter, and your comment can be about anything at all (like how you feel about selfies, whether Divergent was as good as it could/should have been, what you want for your birthday, what you’re doing this weekend — anything). It’s that easy!

Enter by leaving a comment below. The deadline to enter is Friday, March 28, 2014 at 11:59 PM (Pacific). Entrants must enter using a valid email address to win. Contest is open to individuals in the United States who have reached the age of majority according to their local laws (18 in the United States with these exceptions: Alabama and Nebraska, 19; Mississippi, 21). Tabs and I (heretofore referred to as “T-Money and K-Dawg”) will select two (2) winners at random from the entries left in the comments at the bottom of this blog post. Void where prohibited by law.

Good luck!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


On a Scale of 1-10, With 1 Being Neutral Glitter and 10 Being Bright and Colorful Glitter, Where Do You Fall?

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 Wearing Urban Decay's Glitter Liner in Midnight Cowboy on my lids

Ride ‘em cowboy! — Urban Decay Glitter Liner in Midnight Cowboy, that is.

Well, let’s see… What a thought provoking question, LOL!

I definitely do love bright, colorful glitter (pinks, purples, blues, greens) on my nails, but I think I’m more of a neutral glitter gal when it comes to my eyes. I loves me some gold glitter, especially on my lids.

I guess I fall somewhere in the middle, like a 5 or 6.

Your turn! :) On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being neutral glitter and 10 being bright and colorful glitter, where do you fall? Inquiring minds want to know…

While we’re at it, feel free to share any gorgeous glitter recs.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Happy hump day, babe (or dude).

The Walking Dead-MBB Twitter Party This Sunday Night, March 30!

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Pretty sure that after Z-Day I will become zombie-fied fairly quickly… WATCH OUT, HUMANS! ZOMBIE KAREN IS ALWAYS STARVED FOR BRAAAAAINS!

Me and DarylThe Walking Dead season finale is this Sunday night, and I’m am so, SO EXCITED! Like, so excited that I may just batten down the hatches at home that entire day so that nothing short of the actual zombie apocalypse could possibly cause me to miss the show.

Season 4 has been OFF THE FRICKIN’ HOOK, and I’m pretty sure the final episode will leave me with some mental scarring that will indubitably require extensive makeup therapy.

I was thinking (uh, oh!), we should do a Twitter party during the finale! I’ll be on Twitter when the show airs this Sunday night, March 30, at 6:00 p.m. Pacific (so I think it airs at 9 p.m. East Coast) live-tweeting as events unfold…

What’s the deal with Terminus?
What happened to Beth?
Why doesn’t Daryl love me anymore??

Perhaps we’ll get answers to these questions and more…

Join me! Just include hashtag #zombiebeautylove in your tweets. World War Z!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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