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Tabs loves 💖 the ladies…

And the ladybugs. 🐞

They’re all over the place right now because we got some from a lawn and garden store to go to town on the aphids in the official Tabs the Cat Industries LLC employee deck garden, and they’re doing a GREAT job, but Tabs doesn’t exactly know what to think of them…

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He gets up really close to check ’em out, and then watches them do their work, but he leaves them be. He mostly just watches…

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Even when he has lunch at the corporate salad bar, he nibbles the grass all around where the ladybugs are, but he lets them have their space.

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I think it’s because he can tell that they’re industrious, and he has mad respect for hard work. 🙂

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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addicts,

Karen and Tabs


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The MAC Taraji P. Henson Collection http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/mac-makeup/mac-taraji-p-henson/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/mac-makeup/mac-taraji-p-henson/#comments Sat, 27 Aug 2016 15:31:26 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=202578 Good morning, glory! Happy Caturday. I hope you slept well. 🙂 So, honey. HUH-KNEE. I haven’t watched Empire in ages (I dunno what happened… I think it just got too redonk for me, and I had to peace-the-heck out), but that show will be forever ingrained in my mind as the magical, mystical place where […]


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Someone in the makeup world finally came to their senses and did a collab with Taraji P. Henson.

Good morning, glory! Happy Caturday. I hope you slept well. 🙂

So, honey. HUH-KNEE. I haven’t watched Empire in ages (I dunno what happened… I think it just got too redonk for me, and I had to peace-the-heck out), but that show will be forever ingrained in my mind as the magical, mystical place where the world discovered the hurricane of fierce that is Taraji P. Henson.

If I could only channel a tenth of Cookie’s sass and attitude into my fingertips, I could rule the world! (Or at least get a handle on my condo.)

I think Taraji’s awesome. Yeah, she’s gorgeous (those cheekbones and lips, WOW), but I also read that she didn’t get her big acting break until later in life. She just kept working and reaching for the stars.

And now she has her own MAC collection.

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Yes, someone somewhere is doing the cabbage patch.

Oh, wait — that someone is me, and it’s happening right here in my office chair, RIGHT AT THIS MOMENT!

With six pieces, half of them new and half of them re-promotes from the permanent line, the collection is on the smaller side…

I know, I would’ve preferred a 20-piece Taraji collection with all new things instead, but let’s see what we’ve got…

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MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Highlight the Truth ($33)

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MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Taraji Glow ($33)

Among the new pieces, it’s all about the two Mineralize Skinfinishes ($33 each) in Taraji Glow and Highlight the Truth for me.

On my NC42 skin, Highlight the Truth looks like a peachy coral with golden shimmer, and Taraji Glow looks like a peachy coral with pink shimmer.

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Wearing Highlight the Truth, Taraji Glow and Strip Me Down Lipstick

I don’t know if it’s just a weird trick of the light in my house, but both of them appear pretty similar in swatches side by side… When I apply them on my cheeks, though, Taraji Glow POPS more than Highlight the Truth, and I bet it’s because of the former’s pinkish pearl.

Taraji Glow’s finish looks shinier and more pronounced to me, so it seems more dramatic. If you’re looking for a bolder highlight from something in the collection, that’s the way to go.

Both are super pretty, though. It’s hard to choose which one I like better…but I’d probably go with Taraji Glow, because with the pink in the mix, it could double as a highlighter and a blush.

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MAC Taraji P. Henson Matte Lipstick in Strip Me Down ($17)

Strip Me Down Lipstick is NOT playin’. It’s a deep matte beige with, like, a ’90s-style matte finish, so it’s very flat and doesn’t reflect any light whatsoever. It should look lovely as a nude on medium and dark skin tones, but the formula is unforgiving… It’s on the drier side, and after wearing it for about 45 minutes, my vertical lip lines take center stage at Coachella.

Hrmph.

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MAC Taraji P. Henson swatches from the left: Highlight the Truth, Taraji Glow and Strip Me Down

Look for the MAC Taraji P. Henson collection on the MAC website starting September 6 and at select MAC stores and counters September 8.

September…

Can you believe it’s already September? Where’d the summer go?!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. Taraji, if you’re reading this, let’s kick it sometime. I feel like you’d get my jokes.

Granted, most of them are super corny, but I think you’d totally get the refs. My door’s always open if you want to split a bottle of rosé and watch Gilmore Girls.

I’m just sayin’. 🙂


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Finding Great Cards for Great Grandparents This Grandparents Day #sponsored http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/just-for-fun/hallmark-grandparents-day/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/just-for-fun/hallmark-grandparents-day/#comments Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:12:40 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=202528 As a participant in the Hallmark at Wallgreens Card for the Ages campaign, I received compensation in exchange for writing this review. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own. @walgreens #HallmarkAtWalgreens #CardForThe Ages #sponsored Guess who met her great-grandmother a few days ago! Yup, Connor Claire met my glam granny — her […]


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As a participant in the Hallmark at Wallgreens Card for the Ages campaign, I received compensation in exchange for writing this review. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own. @walgreens #HallmarkAtWalgreens #CardForThe Ages #sponsored

Guess who met her great-grandmother a few days ago! Yup, Connor Claire met my glam granny — her great-grandmother — last weekend at my parents’ house in Union City.

What a trip! It brought back so many memories of my childhood with my glam granny and made me realize how lucky Connor is to have both sets of her grandparents (hi, Nana and Grandpa El Hub!) AND a great-grandparent in her life. I can’t wait for her to make her own memories.

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When I was a kid, my glam grandma was the only grandparent in my life. She came to the United States from the Philippines in the early ’80s a few years after my parents did and lived not far from us in the same town.

Up until she retired, she worked doing laundry at the local Holiday Inn. Every morning on her way to work she drove me to school in her red Ford Tempo — which she loved because it matched her glamorous hair, which she dyed red — and every day she said, “I love you!” when I got out of the car.

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I remember one summer she took me and my younger brother on a day trip to Lake Elizabeth, where people have picnics and parties, in the nearby town of Fremont, but first we stopped at a pizza place and grabbed a pepperoni pizza.

We brought it out to the lake and dined al fresco, and while we were eating, granny noticed that some people were tooling around the lake on paddle boats (the kind you power with your feet). She asked me and my brother if we’d ever done it before, and when we said no, she took us over to the dock and rented one for us.

We spent the rest of the afternoon paddling back and forth across that lake and having a grand old time.

Come to think about it, Grandma was always pretty outdoorsy. She loved going for long walks and also loved riding her huge blue three-wheeled bike, which was essentially a tricycle for grownups, all over town.

Granny’s bike had a big silver basket in the back for carrying groceries and whatnot, and when I was very young, she let me climb into the basket. Then she’d ride around the neighborhood for exercise.

It must’ve been a hoot to see a glamorous older Filipino lady on an oversized tricycle with her tiny little grandchild in the back, LOL!

From two Christmases ago --- my granny touching up her red lipgloss!

From two Christmases ago — my granny touching up her red lipgloss!

Yeah, my granny was always glamorous, even when she exercised. She always had her nails painted, her hair dyed her favorite color (red) and always carried a tube of Revlon lipstick.

It was a green tube — I remember — and the color was Orange Flip. I always wanted to try it but was too shy to ask.

As far as I know, she’s always been into makeup and beauty. Back when she was a young woman in the Philippines just before World War II, she competed in beauty pageants, which is where I’m guessing she learned how to pose, because she’s always been so photogenic (I honestly don’t think I’ve ever seen her take a bad picture), and she still is today, even at 88 years young.

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She even went to cosmetology school here in the U.S. to learn how to do hair and makeup.

In fact, after she learned how to do perms one day she came home and practiced on me and my mom…but that’s another story for another time, LOL!

I still have a business card she gave me years ago, and right below her name and number it says “Cosmetologist” in a scripty font.

I have a lot of great memories of growing up with my grandma, and now it’s time for Connor Claire to make some of her own with her grandparents.

This September 11 will be her first Grandparents Day, and her first time giving Grandparents Day cards, so I went to Walgreens this week to (help her) pick out her cards.

And for my grandma I looked for a card with a sweet message that also had her favorite color in it — red. This one with flowers was perfect.

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Since Connor can’t pick out her own cards yet (she is a baby, after all!), I picked out these cute ones with animals for her.

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They seem like something she’d like.

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The Walgreens I go to has a huge selection of cards, so there was a lot to choose from, and shh! — while I was there, I may or may not have also picked up some beauty goodies for myself. 🙂

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Hey, my grandma is a beauty girl! I’m pretty sure she would have approved. 🙂

Happy early Grandparents Day to all of the wonderful grandparents (and future grandparents) out there. Thank you for being you.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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What’s in My Bag…and ConnorClaire.com Clue #4! http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/cosmetics/whats-bag-connorclaire-com-clue-4/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/cosmetics/whats-bag-connorclaire-com-clue-4/#comments Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:26:08 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=202601 Because I’m a voyeur like that and love to see what’s in OPP (Other People’s Purses), here’s what’s currently in my main bag, and here’s also the next connorclaire.com clue… Of course my trusty Kate Spade Grand Street Layton Wristlet is in there. Of course. Because I could stuff the whole Internet into it, and […]


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Things I’m currently carrying in my bag, and another ConnorClaire.com clue

Because I’m a voyeur like that and love to see what’s in OPP (Other People’s Purses), here’s what’s currently in my main bag, and here’s also the next connorclaire.com clue…

Of course my trusty Kate Spade Grand Street Layton Wristlet is in there.

Of course.

Because I could stuff the whole Internet into it, and there would STILL be room for Tabs’ business cards.

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And I never leave home without my iPhone and a pair of sunnies (these are LE from Quay Australia that were made for Too Faced).

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As for beauty goodies…

(Can’t forget the beauty goodies.)

I’m rollin’ with an Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon Rollerball, two tubes of lipstick (the NARS Audacious Lipsticks in Apoline and Stefania), a tube of MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande 2 Lipglass, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Golden and an LE face brush from Guerlain.

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And for when my hair gets unruly (as it so often does), I also carry a claw clip and a hair band.

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It’s always a good idea to also have cleanup accoutrements to handle unexpected food/snot/slobbering situations, so I also have a burp cloth (this one from Aden by Aden and Anais), some Wet Ones Wipes, Shout Wipes and a small bottle of hand sanitizer.

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My trusty Sony point-and-shoot camera (the first-gen RX100) also comes with me most of the time, because it’s smaller than a DSLR but much better than my iPhone.

I’ve had this one since roughly the dawn of time, and it’s all scratched up and stained, but it still works perfectly. That thing is built like a tank!

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And that’s what I’ve got going on. How about you? What’s in your main bag right meow?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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Righteous Red Kat Von D Beauty Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Project Chimps http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/kat-von-d-beauty-project-chimps-everlasting-liquid-lipstick/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/kat-von-d-beauty-project-chimps-everlasting-liquid-lipstick/#comments Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:51:43 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=202399 NOTE: If you ever wear gorgeous matte red Kat Von D Beauty Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Project Chimps, please try to rein in your compulsive urge to rub your lips together… Because I wore this limited edition $20 lippie to run some errands yesterday (Target for canned goods and some baby stuff and Trader Joe’s […]


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NOTE: If you ever wear gorgeous matte red Kat Von D Beauty Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Project Chimps, please try to rein in your compulsive urge to rub your lips together…

Because I wore this limited edition $20 lippie to run some errands yesterday (Target for canned goods and some baby stuff and Trader Joe’s for groceries), and at some point between leaving the house, running my errands and returning home, I must have rubbed my lips together, because I had red smudged all around my pout and effectively looked like the freakin’ Joker.

DUDE! It was like Halloween had arrived waaaaay too early.

But at least I know now why the Target clerk was looking at me funny when I smiled at him… Haha!

The worst part, though, was that El Hub was with me the entire time and didn’t say a damned thing!

I don’t know if he was secretly laughing on the inside, or if he’s just so used to me looking like a crazy person…

The jury’s still out on that one.

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So, yeah, if you can manage to NOT rub your lips together when you wear Project Chimps, you should be good, because other than that, it’s a righteous red.

It’s a rusty, long-wearing matte red that applies like a gloss but dries to a matte finish.

One of my big issues with most liquid lipsticks is how drying they are. After a few hours wearing one, my lips look like I swapped them out with a prune that has seen better days (you know it’s true, though!).

But Project Chimps stays smooth and doesn’t separate, even after five hours…as long as I don’t rub my lips together.

A matte red liquid lipstick is always a good thing to have around (especially one that’s as easy to apply and looks as rockin’ in pics as Project Chimps), but one that also helps a good cause, like limited edition Project Chimps does, is even better.

Project Chimps is also the name of the nonprofit organization that every tube goes to support. Every time Project Chimps Lipstick is purchased, 20% of the retail price goes directly to the organization, which works to stop the use of chimps in biomedical research, and retire them to a life of freedom and sanctuary.

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The Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks are also vegan and, like all Kat Von D Beauty products, aren’t tested on animals.

Limited edition Kat Von D Project Chimps Everlasting Liquid Lipstick is available now at Sephora stores and sephora.com.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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