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For Pictures, Do You Feel Like You Have a “Good Side”?

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Turn left (my left), chin down…

Oh, yes. Definitely.

I think I photograph better from the right — so the right side of my face.

From the left, I swear, I look like a linebacker! Like I could run you over in a hot second and chew you up afterwards. But from the right, I’m a normal girl. It’s the weirdest thing.

To me, in the pics where I’m facing left, something always looks wonky (for lack of a better word)…

Which way?

I guess I should’ve paid closer attention to Tyra’s modeling advice on America’s Next Top Model…

But seriously, when I actually started thinking about where/how to position myself in front of the camera (like, by turning my body slightly so that I wasn’t facing directly at the lens, tilting my chin, that kinda thing), taking pictures that I liked got a whole lot easier.

How about you? For pictures, do you feel like you have a “good side”?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. Since we’re on the topic of taking pics, here are some other posts you might like… :)

As a Woman (or a Dude!), What’s Your Favorite Men’s Cologne or Deodorant?

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Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue Pour Homme

You know what’s weird? Between El Hub and Tabs, I’m surrounded by dudes 24/7, and interestingly enough, they usually smell similar — like a blend of boxed mashed potatoes, over-ripe peaches, tuna and preserved meat.

Sometimes, though (like when he’s too lazy to shower), El Hub will do me a solid by spraying Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Pour Homme on himself.

It’s my flat-out favorite men’s cologne. Even amidst the backdrop of eau de mashed potatoes, peaches, etc., the light and citrusy, yet masculine, scent still makes me swoon.

Sometimes I’ll even steal a spritz or two… :)

Oh! And here’s the best part: whenever El Hub is wearing it and Tabs climbs up on his shoulders, which he does at least once a day for lurvies, the scent permeates his fur.

Sweet!

As a woman (or a dude!), what’s your favorite men’s cologne or deodorant?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. Happy hump day.

Have You Ever Shown Up to a Party/Event and Seen Someone Wearing the Same Outfit or Dress?

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Macy's Passport 2008

Flashback: 2008, San Francisco Macy’s Passport fashion show. Those brows, though…

OMG, yes!

And I think that “she,” the other wearer of my outfit, looked better in it, too. I wasn’t winning any points for styling. I mean, the Christmas-colored press pass and single strand of pearls? LOL!

Yeah, didn’t really do a whole lot for the outfit. :)

This was at the 2008 Macy’s Passport fashion show in San Francisco, a big to-do in the same vein as Fashion Week, only smaller.

I went to cover the show for the blog (I think it was the first event where I brought a big DSLR camera, so I felt very “official”).

I was just walking around in the meet-and-greet area, trying to look “official,” which is code for “I didn’t exactly know where I was supposed to be,” when I saw this lady wearing the exact same black lace dress.

The dress, I picked out at home the night before because it was clean, didn’t have to be ironed, looked somewhat respectable/responsible and, most importantly, had some give to it, so I knew I’d be able to move around in it (important when you’re going to be hauling a heavy camera).

Honestly, though, I would’ve preferred to twin it up with Dame Edna, who was also in attendance that night, wearing a hot pink sequined number with a HUGE statement necklace…

Dame Edna Macy's at Passport 2008

Dame Edna Everage at the Macy’s Passport fashion show, 2008

Gimme sparkly pink and bling any day of the week! :)

How about you? Has the unthinkable ever happened? Have you ever shown up to a party/event and seen someone else wearing the same outfit?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 333

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The Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll for August 11, 2014

The Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll for August 11, 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. What’s the weirdest thing in your refrigerator right now?
    You mean, other than what’s left of El Hub’s two-week-old birthday cake (which has very likely gone bad, but he refuses to throw away)? This: two Bath & Body Works Body Splashes. LOL! Putting them on just feel so friggin’ good when it’s hot…

    I used to also keep an eye serum roller in there (Clinique’s All About Eyes) for hot days, but I recently used it up (NOTE TO SELF: Get a new eye serum roller for the fridge).

  2. Some of the best moments in life are [FILL IN THE BLANK].
    Quiet. And they usually don’t seem epic or significant at the time, but later you realize that they were.
  3. [FILL IN THE BLANK] brings me major makeup joy.
    Perfectly applying false lashes in one try without having to adjust them brings me major makeup joy. Just dropping them down and then whoomp! — there it is!
  4. [FILL IN THE BLANK] is overrated.
    Being a grownup is overrated…

    As are pants. Pants are terribly overrated.

  5. Shimmer or matte?
    GUUUUURL, you know I love the sparkly stuff. :) But as I get more “mature” (air quotes), I find myself increasingly reaching for mattes. They’re great for defining the crease and carving out cheekbones while not calling out mah pores — all that good schtuff.

    That said…I could never pick mattes over shimmers. I just couldn’t (I mean, I lived through the ’90s), so consider me part of Team Shimmer, but I’ll be on a sub-squad called Team Very Subtle Sheen.

Le List

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 weirdest thing in your refrigerator right now?
2. Some of the best moments are [FILL IN THE BLANK].
3. [FILL IN THE BLANK] brings me major makeup joy.
4. [FILL IN THE BLANK] is overrated.
5. Shimmer or matte?

Photo by  Matt Biddulph.

Photo by Matt Biddulph.

One of the things I do first thing on a lot of Monday mornings is scour my favorite productivity websites for a new tip or technique to latch on to that week… Something to help me focus and get things done.

I was doing that this morning when I spotted this: Schedule Your Day Backwards to Get Everything Done in a Timely Manner.

Interesting… I do a lot of different to-do list-type things, but I can’t recall ever trying this.

Here’s my concern, though: what if I don’t do one of my scheduled tasks at its predefined specific time? Does that throw the whole thing out of whack?

I wonder…

Most of my to-do lists don’t have structured times. They’re just a list of things, and I do it that way so I’m free to pick and choose when I do each one throughout the day, like, the creative stuff when I feel most creative, and the monotonous stuff when I feel…most monotonous, LOL! :)

Eh, what the heck. I’ll give it a try… I like the idea of knowing when you’re supposed to stop.

Yeah, knowing when I’m supposed to take Tabs for his afternoon walk promises to keep me in his good graces, and that’s a very good thing.

Good luck this week, babe. Let me know how you’re doing today.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 308

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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.

Pushed to the breaking point

Stressed cat

DEAR TABBY: I can’t take it anymore, Tabby. My humans are pushing me too hard. They’re always trying to get me to kitty model for them and climb the cat tower and teasing me with toys, which they know I can’t resist. They even make me wear these humiliating outfits, which are almost always glittery and too tight. I feel like I’m ready to snap. I’m also lashing out at friends now, and I actually swatted at the neighbor’s kitten yesterday for pouncing on my tail.

Help! What should I do? Should I tell them the truth? That I just want to sit in a sunny corner all day long and play D&D (I love the dice)? I don’t want to hurt their feelings, but I need some time to myself.

Stressed in Spokane

Every cat feels stressed from time to time

Every cat feels stressed from time to time

DEAR STRESSED: I know exactly how you feel. Humans can be incredibly annoying, but they can also be nice to have around. First, most of them have thumbs, which are essential to opening things like doors and cans of gravy. Second, they can be kind of soothing sometimes, and they’re also pretty easy to train.

In fact, I’ve trained mine to perform a number of tasks, including booking all of my public engagements, paying my iPhone bill, and administering my deep-tissue kitty massage.

I really think you should talk to your humans and let them know you’re stressed, but try to understand that they do what they do from a place of love. Definitely grumble when they pick you up, because they might eventually get the hint, but if not, try to catch up on sleep at night, which is when most humans temporarily shut down.

How much is too much love?

Loved cat

DEAR TABBY: I’m worried that I love my human too much, and I’m not sure what it says about me as a cat. I see other cats who treat their humans with apathy or outright disdain, but I just want to love mine. Is that wrong?

My human actually lives with me. She rents a room and works as my assistant (I work at home in performance art). She pets me every morning, prepares my food, cleans the bathroom, and then goes to her other job. And then when she returns home, she pets me again and we hang out.

I know this is weird because she’s just a human, but she’s also my best friend. Tabby, is it possible to love a human too much?

Devoted in Daytona

She's really pretty great

She’s really pretty great

DEAR DEVOTED: In a word, no, it is impossible to love a human too much, because they crave attention, but there’s also a flip side to this. The more friendly and loving you are, the more treats and massages you’re likely to get.

Many cats are unwilling to acknowledge this relationship because of our independent nature, but it’s true. I’ve seen it myself.

Try this sometime: when food is scarce, pay even more attention to your human, and see if you receive more treats or an extra serving of gravy. I think you will.

Contrary to what many cats believe, I don’t see a downside to loving humans, and I don’t think you can love them too much. Sure, it’s important to maintain professional work boundaries at the office, but that’s true of any family business.

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