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Which Do You Prefer and Why: Cream, Powder or Liquid Highlighter?

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BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Illuminator

The BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Illuminators from the top down in Pearl, Moonstone, Opal and Topaz

I have mad love for all of ‘em — creams, powders and liquids — but lately I’ve been reaching for liquid and powder highlighters more often than creams.

I don’t dislike cream highlighters, though. I think it’s mostly just a phase… You know how it is.

MAC Strobe Cream

MAC Strobe Cream — one of my faves!

It really depends on the situation and the look I’m going for. Like, some mornings when I get up and I feel like my skin looks kind of dull and blah, I’ll grab MAC Strobe Cream or BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector and apply that all over on my face first. Or, I’ll mix a bit in with my moisturizer or foundation for a dewy effect and some extra dimension.

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Illuminators

The $41 BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Illuminators from the left in Moonstone (a pale gold), Pearl (a white pearl), Opal (a golden opal pearl) and Topaz (a golden bronzed pearl)

Again, it depends. I won’t necessarily do this when I know I’ll be taking pictures because of the way all-over shimmer shines when you add a flash up in the mix.

OH! And I’ve also recently realized that I like applying liquid highlighter to specific areas of the face using a flat foundation brush for a really pretty, casual, “I just got a facial at the spa” look.

Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed 2

Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal

Highlighting powders — I love! Particularly for pics, because they make it easy to control where I place the shimmer on my face. When pictures are involved, I like my highlights to be more precise, since all-over shimmer makes me look like I’m running a marathon (i.e. sweaty).

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 318

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Welcome to Nashville

Excuse me, does this horse go to the Grand Ole Opry?

You might be wondering, “So what the heck is this Monday Poll thing anyway?”

Well, it isn’t much of a poll. It’s more just a constantly evolving (devolving?), somewhat random list of questions I’ve been putting out to readers every Monday morning for the past seven years. I’ve always enjoyed reading your answers in the comments, and I hope you enjoy reading mine.

  1. Have you ever walked up to someone and asked for their autograph?
    Nobody really famous, but when I was a kid and we’d go to Disneyland, I’d walk up to Minnie Mouse with my autograph book and be like, “Excuse me, Ms. Minnie? Would you please sign my book??”

    That was a really big deal for me because I was very shy.

  2. What’s the oldest piece of working technology in your home (record player, tape recorder, etc.)?
    Well, the other day I was doing some cleaning, and I found my old Blackberry from 2007. I didn’t test it out, but I’m pretty sure it still works.
  3. What’s one essential personal care product (cuticle oil, Wet Ones Wipes, a particular hand cream, Purell, etc.) that you have to have with you when you travel?
    I ALWAS have to have Wet Ones Wipes with me. I am that freaky lady who wipes down her tray table on the plane, the armrests, and when I get to the hotel I give everything a once over.

    I actually just did that right now, haha! :)

  4. Has anyone ever painted, drawn or sketched a picture of you?
    “Draw me like one of your French girls.”

    No.

  5. What’s your stance on wearing rhinestones on nails?
    I am pro rhinestones on nails. I’m a strong supporter, but I do believe that they shouldn’t be a rhinestone free-for-all. I think it should be regulated rhinestones.

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Your turn. :) Just copy and paste the following questions into a comment with your answers. I look forward to reading ‘em!


1. Have you ever walked up to someone and asked for their autograph?
2. What’s the oldest piece of working technology in your home (record player, tape recorder, etc.)?
3. What’s one essential personal care product (cuticle oil, Wet Ones Wipes, a particular hand cream, Purell, etc.) that you have to have with you when you travel?
4. Has anyone ever painted, drawn or sketched a picture of you?
5. What’s your stance on wearing rhinestones on nails?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

HaydenP.S. Save the cheerleader, save the world…

Your burning beauty questions for Hayden Panettiere! I needs them! I have a short interview with Hayden, who’s a Neutrogena Brand Ambassador, here in Nashville this afternoon. Should I ask her about skin care, color products, or what her makeup routine is like on the show, Nashville? Lookin’ for help with question ideas…

I can’t guarantee what I’ll be able to ask, but I’ll try to get as many questions answered as possible. I can be very persistent, so ya never know… :)

Just leave your questions here in the comments for me because I’ll be checking the blog all the way up till the interview starts.

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

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Win a $50 Sephora eCard from Makeup and Beauty Blog

Win a $50 Sephora eCard from Makeup and Beauty Blog

Rise and shine, morning glory! Happy caturday! :)

How’s it going this morning? Tabs and I are just having some mommy and toygie time on the couch for a few minutes before El Hub and I go grab breakfast and coffee at Panera.

What’s a toygie, you may ask? Well, “toygie” is shorthand for “18-pound diva kitty supermodel.”

Here’s an example of it in everyday use:

“Hi, buddy! Hi, beauty. I love you, toygie-boo. Look at this Jabba on me! Yeah, we’re having mommy and toygie time… Mommy and toygie time…

Don’t bite. Don’t bite. DON’T BITE.”

In other news…guess who’s goin’ country tomorrow!? Yup, I’m heading to Nashville, Tennessee, also known as Music City, for a quick couple days to cover an event for Neutrogena. It’ll be my first time in “the home of country music,” so I’m very excited about it. Today I’m charging up all my gizmos and camera batteries to capture and share as much of the trip as possible.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, I hope it involves something fun. Good luck in this weekend’s giveaway. Talk to you soon.

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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Do You Consider Yourself a Makeup Minimalist?

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Clinique Cheek Pop in Ginger Pop

Up above, that’s a typical minimal makeup look for me. Here’s what I’m wearing…

Do I consider myself a makeup minimalist?

Generally, no, not really. I’m a product junkie through and through.

I mean, I usually sit down intending to do something quick, but it so often turns into a full face of makeup! Given any extra time at all, I will gladly keep playing with brushes and makeup until I am forced to stop. :)

Poor El Hub… He knows all too well that “I only need 5 minutes to get ready” is code for “See you in half an hour! Maybe. Probably not.”

Sure, there are times, like when I’m tired or just not in the mood, when I don’t wear any makeup at all or just do the bare minimum, like if I’m running out of the house at 8:52 p.m. to buy emergency gravy before Petco closes (it happens more often than you’d think) or when I’m traveling.

For me, my minimum usually involves brows, mascara, under-eye concealer, a little foundation, blush and gloss.

How about you? Do you consider yourself a makeup minimalist, or do you always go full-bore?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. Good morning, my friend. :) How goes it? I’m waving a sleepy hello to you this morning.

It’s been quite warm here this week, so we’ve been sleeping with the windows open at night. It’s so nice to have a breeze circulating in the the room, but oh! — I’m payin’ the piper when the birds go cray-cray before dawn.

Don’t get me wrong, there are worse ways to wake up than birds singing… I just wish they’d start after my alarm, LOL!

carrot-to-do-list

Which reminds me, Carrot.

No, not the awesome veggie. It’s a new productivity app I just installed on my phone. Two apps, actually. There’s an alarm and a to-do list manager. Both of them have sassy A.I. personalities to keep you on task.

It’s like having a sassy assistant. If you don’t get your stuff done on time, Carrot gets mad and gives you attitude (Haha! Sounds like Tabs). From what I’ve read, the apps are pretty popular.

I guess they’re like tough love? I dunno… Gonna give them a try today, and I’ll let you know.

What’s shakin’ on your end of the keyboard? Happy hump day.

Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 317

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Please note the delicious belly meat.

Please note the delicious belly meat.

You might be wondering, “So what the heck is this Monday Poll thing anyway?”

Well, it isn’t much of a poll. It’s more just a constantly evolving (devolving?), somewhat random list of questions I’ve been putting out to readers every Monday morning for the past seven years. I’ve always enjoyed reading your answers in the comments, and I hope you enjoy reading mine.

  1. What are your most comfortable shoes? Jeans?
    If we’re talking, “ultimate comfort,” it would have to be my running shoes (the Brooks Ravenna 4; I have them in black and purple with the neon laces), because I can spend 10 miles in them, but for everyday tooling around town, I have a pair of Toms Classic Canvas flats I like a lot. And I also like my Reef’s flip-flops.

    For jeans, my AG Adriano Goldschmied super skinny ankle jeans. I walked into Nordie’s one day and said, “I need a pair of jeans that feel like pajama jeans,” and these are the pants I left with.

  2. Have you ever been wine tasting?
    I have, and I enjoy it very much! We’re conveniently close to Napa out here. You can talk to the people around you, so it’s social, and I like the variety. You get to taste a bunch of different wines, and not just have a single glass. I also like wine tours, because you can learn some fun facts about the property you’re visiting or the wines you’re tasting.
  3. Swedish massage or deep tissue?
    Swedish massage when I want TLC; deep tissue when I need tough love.

    But I should clarify — with Swedish massage, I need at least medium pressure. Anything less than that feels like my skin’s just being pushed around.

  4. Are you a light sleeper?
    Nope. I’ve slept through thunderstorms, earthquakes and El Hub’s snoring (for years).
  5. Are you good under pressure?
    I’d like to think so. I’m better at handling it when I’ve had enough sleep.

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Your turn. :) Just copy and paste the following questions into a comment with your answers. I look forward to reading ‘em!


1. What are your most comfortable shoes? Jeans?
2. Have you ever been wine tasting?
3. Swedish massage or deep tissue?
4. Are you a light sleeper?
5. Are you good under pressure?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. It’s always good to feel a sense of accomplishment. Try to start your day with a really short to-do list of just two things (even if have you have many more things to do), and try to cross them off as soon as you can. Getting a couple things under your belt will help propel you through your day.

Have a great week, babe. :)

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