Topic: Just For Fun

Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 430

Published in: Just For Fun, Tabs

Tabs didn’t waste a minute before he started enforcing his new healthy 2017 workout and nutrition regimen for Team MBB. No, sir. Every member of the team has to do their part. Of course, as supervisory tabby, his exertion is more figurative than literal. He doesn’t break a sweat, but he still takes his managerial responsibilities very seriously.

This morning we all worked out to a brutal 1,000-calorie HIIT YouTube workout video by Christine Salus, and Tabs made sure everyone kept pace.

He was all business. He didn’t allow any slacking.

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How Important Is Color Correcting to You?

Published in: Face, Just For Fun

make up for ever primers

Mix and match your primers!

I don’t really have many areas that I feel would benefit from me doing a separate color-correcting step. The main area for me is under my eyes, so it depends on the person. It’s not something I do every day, just because I’m usually going for the natural look these days and I don’t want to be puttin’ on layer upon layer of makeup, so I’d say that it’s moderately important to me.

Sometimes when my dark circles are particularly dark, I will color correct them first with a peach/orange primer, then set it with powder, and then I’ll top it with a concealer in a shade that’s closer to my natural skin tone. I’ll do this because my dark circles are a purplish blue, and if I just go directly on top of them with a yellow-based concealer, they can look grayish (especially in pics).

But the orange corrector cancels out the blue, so that when I put my concealer on top, it looks natural.

There are other kinds of color-correcting products, too, and they can make a huge difference. In one of the free Sephora Beauty Classes I went to (you should totally go!), the model was very fair-skinned and had red spots on her cheeks, so the teacher used a green corrector to cancel out the red before she applied foundation and concealer on top.

It looked amazing. I couldn’t even tell there’d been any red on the model’s skin at all.

Here’s a rundown of my current skin care/skin prep/makeup process, except that my current concealer regimen has changed a little. Now I use either Sephora Future Gel Serum Concealer by itself if I don’t do any separate color correcting (the shade I use already has a subtle peachy tone), or Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Concealer if I feel like going the extra mile and doing more robust color correcting, because of the two shades that I use, one has an orange tint for correcting my purplish blue dark circles.

I set whichever one I use with NARS Translucent Crystal Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder. And here are some additional tips on how I use color correcting primers in general.

For me, it’s mostly a step I’ll do when I’m doing a full-on makeup look. It’s not something I do every day, but I’m curious. Is color correcting part of your regular makeup routine, or is it a once-in-a-while thing for you?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

What Do You Think About Bobbi Brown Leaving Bobbi Brown?

Published in: Bobbi Brown, Just For Fun

Interview with Bobbi Brown

It’s so weird to utter that sentence.

I was shocked when I heard the news. I don’t know a ton about why she left or what she’s doing next, but I’m sure that whatever it is, it’s going to be amazing, because Bobbi does amazing things.

I interviewed her over the phone a few years ago, and I’ll never forget what she said about the importance of diet to good skin.

I’m hoping that the brand maintains her aesthetic for the line because I’ve always liked Bobbi Brown, and I like that kind of makeup style, that idea of accentuating your features, rather than drawing attention to the makeup. That’s always appealed to me on some level and, as I get older, it appeals to me even more.

I hope the brand stays true to her vision.

OMG! — and I hope that nothing happens to her Art Sticks — the ones that look like vibrant, chubby crayons. They last a long time and never make my lips feel dry.

Or her long-wearing potted cream shadows. Those are AMAZING. You pat a bit on your lids, smudge it out, and you’re freaking done. That’s it. They also work well as bases for other eyeshadows.

What are your favorites from Bobbi Brown? And what do you think about her stepping down? Did it shock you as much as it shocked me?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 455

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 NINE (!) 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 was the last TV show you marathoned?

It was The OA on Netflix. I marathoned the whole first season in like two days.

It’s a kind of kookie crazy, really weird, creative sci-fi show, and there are just so many concepts and things in it that I’ve never seen before…

Let’s just say that modern dance may be able to save the world. It’s possible. That’s all I’m saying.

2. What are you doing today?

Hopefully, recovering. I need to recover from the last two days, so I want to sit on my couch, play on my phone, and watch a couple of movies.

There are a few chores I want to do, cleaning up and stuff, but I intend to fritter most of the day away. I could use the downtime.

3. Who is the sexiest tabby you know?

Oh, you know the answer to this. Do I even have to say it? 🙂

4. Favorite George Michael song (RIP, George)?

Freedom, because every time I left a job I didn’t like, or got out of a sh*tty relationship, I would blast that song and walk down the streets of suburbia pretending that I was Naomi Campbell in that video.

George Michael was part of the soundtrack of my youth. 🙁

5. Did you get any makeup for Christmas?

I got zip in terms of makeup for Christmas, but that could be because I have makeup literally coming out of my pockets.

I might stop by the Chanel counter this week because I need to get a couple of “staples” (“staples,” she said in quotes), like 88 Noir Intense. I’m running low. And, while I’m there, perhaps something else will accidentally fall into my hot little hands.

Did you cook anything yesterday?

If you did, how did it turn out? I made Coq au Vin, and somebody said, “The chicken is purple.”

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. Here are the questions to copy and paste…

1. What was the last TV show you marathoned?
2. What are you doing today?
3. Who is the sexiest tabby you know?
4. Favorite George Michael song (RIP, George)?
5. Did you get any makeup for Christmas?

Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 429

Published in: Just For Fun, Tabs

Tabs the Cat, Christmas 2016

The gifts have been unwrapped, the guests have all gone home, and the house is finally quiet. Now I’m sitting here admiring the tree 🎄 with my favorite gentleman tabby while sipping a cup of tea and listening to the crackling of the Netflix yule log 🔥 on TV.

It was a good Christmas for Tabs. He seemed relieved when we left him in command of the house yesterday afternoon while we went to visit my parents in the East Bay. Honestly, I think he cherished the alone time, because when we got back home this morning and he saw that we brought back Connor, Tabs had a familiar look on his face that said, “Oh, I see you brought her back… Great.”

Tabs the Cat, Christmas 2016

Tabs the Cat, Christmas 2016

Tabs the Cat, Christmas 2016

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