October’s 10 Top Posts, and Tabby Cat Trubs

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Tabs: Harmless Cat or Hell Spawn?

Yowza, I got off to a late start today… Dark, primeval forces took hold of Tabs last night, turning our cute little tabby cat into some kind of furry hell beast. At around 2am, after El Hub and I had gone to bed, Tabs started meowing at the front door to be let outside, so, El Hub, being the trooper that he is, got up to let him out.


Ten minutes later we hear “Meeeoowwww! MEOW!!! MEEEEoooOOOOOoow!!” at the door. He’s screaming his little tabby brains out to be let back inside, so, El Hub goes and lets him back in.

This cycle of doom went on for a couple hours — cry to go out, then cry to come in — until Tabs finally decided in his little evil way that he’d tortured us enough and stopped. We would have just let him cry himself silly outside, but he’s got a set of Pavarotti pipes on him that would have kept the entire neighborhood awake.

But now, of course, Tabs knows that he can control us with his cries, so he feels empowered, and we’re basically at the mercy of our cute 10-pound cat.

My tired ass sure would appreciate any insights into feline psychology, LOL!

1. Chanel Holiday 2008!

“It looks like nothing can stop the gold fever train that roared through the makeup world earlier this year, and now it’s chugging all the way to the holidays! Remember Chanel’s Gold Fever Collection? Well, Holiday 2008 is here, and — you guessed it! — gold (with touches of red, bronze and beige) still plays a starring role.”

2. 10 Fantastic Smokey Eye Tutorials

“One of my favorite things about makeup is that there’s always room to step up your game. I love to imagine all the tips and tricks that I’ve yet to learn. I’m always looking to get better at doing smokey eyes. I’ve come across hundreds of smokey eye tutorials, and I think these 10 are some of the most helpful ones. I hope you find them useful…”

3. MAC Infatuating Rose: 6 Ways to Wear the 6 Cool Eyes Palette

“I momentarily set aside my issues with the huge bling-bling jewel on the top of the MAC Infatuating Rose: 6 Cool Eyes palette ($38, part of the Passions of Red collection) today. Sure, the packaging is cheesy enough to pair with crackers and wine, but I don’t care because the shadows inside this little cheese log more than make up for it.”

4. MAC Emanuel Ungaro Product Pictures, Swatches and First Impressions

“MAC’s highly anticipated collaboration with designer Emanuel Ungaro arrived on counters nationwide today, and it reminds me of stargazer lilies — like a dreamy watercolor painting, with pops of bright but sheer magenta accenting its palette of soft pastels.”

5. 11 Great Makeup Wipes and Cleansers

“A few days ago I reviewed L’Oreal Skin Genesis Wet Cleansing Towelettes with BHA. A few of you gals then offered up your fave makeup removing wipes and cleansers in the comments. Here’s a list featuring your recommendations and why you love ’em!”

6. Does L’Oreal Bare Naturale Mascara Thicken, Lengthen AND Separate Lashes?

“Have you seen that commercial for L’Oreal’s new Bare Naturale Mascara ($9) in which Penelope Cruz looks into the camera, bats her eyelashes and then BAM! — they morph into super lashes, all thick, lush and magnificent?”

7. Chanel Les Tissages Blushes: When Shimmer Meets Matte

“Slivers of silver and gold thread through these mixes of matte and shimmer. Inspired by classic Coco tweed, each of the four Les Tissages blushes (also referred to as the Chanel Tweed blushes) look like little works of art set in classic black Chanel compacts.”

8. Add Red to Your Lipstick Repertoire with these 10 Tips

“My secret to wearing reds like Lancome’s Absolute Rouge is to apply them using a MAC 316 Covered Lip Brush ($19). With the 316’s firm, pointed tip I can really get in where I need to get, precisely controlling my lines and delivering the right amount of pigment for my look — kinda like drawing with a sharpened pencil versus trying to draw with a stubby crayon.”

9. Bobbi Brown Holiday 2008 Limited Edition Palettes

“A few years ago, when I worked a 9-to-5 gig in downtown San Francisco, I’d bring my makeup and brushes with me to work and apply makeup in the bathroom on my breaks. I’ve always had issues packing light, even for work, so streamlined I was not. I’d walk around looking like I had a turkey stuffed in my bag. If I could turn back time, I’d totally give myself this palette along with a note that read, ‘Streamline, girl!’

10. 5 More Smokin’ Smokey Eye Tips

“Ladies, when it comes to smoldering smokey eyes, the secret sauce is in the blending. Dark eye makeup looks best when it’s blended really well, and nothing can steal smokey eye thunder like a patchy makeup job that draws attention away from your eyes and onto your makeup. Lawd knows I’ve rushed through my share of smokey eyes. Regrettably, there are few eye makeup looks that can so easily go awry.”

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. vampyvarnish says:

    Hi Karen – I have 3 cats, all with their own personalities and annoying quirks. Trust me, all the feline psychology in the WORLD won’t help you! 😉

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  2. Dao says:

    Ah, I wish they had a show called “The Cat Whisperer”! Maybe a little bit of Benadryl would help? (My cousins did that to their kids when the kids were young.) Or maybe he needs attention?

    Dao´s last blog post..Funny Friday: The Kitty Edition

  3. Marisol says:

    Great posts!

    Marisol´s last blog post..Rainy days in the Bay Area

  4. Holly says:

    Oh Karen I feel your pain! My dog does the exact same thing all the time! And he has a great little routine when I am working a late shift at work so am supposed to get to sleep late, the moment my mum and dad leave the house at like 7am he starts barking none stop until I come downstairs and let him come up and sleep on my bedroom floor! Grrr its lucky hes so cute or I may have sent him to the bad dogs home by now!!

    On the subject of the Chanel Christmas collection- we only got it on counter yesterday and it is flying out! Im in love with the gold dusting powder it is so versatile, we have had it in our hair, as an eye shadow, mixed with lipgloss and as a highlighter already!!

  5. Karen says:

    Hi Vampyvarnish,

    Shoot! I was hoping there would be some method to his madness!

    I guess I’m just SOL…

  6. Karen says:

    Hi Dao,

    Oh my gawd! I guess that’s one way to get the children to settle down.

    I am actually thinking about giving him this all-natural herb tranquilizer thing I got from the pet store a few weeks ago (for when we take him to the vet). I dunno if it’ll work, though! He’s been gallivanting all day long, so we’ll see if he comes home feeling less frisky.

  7. Karen says:

    Hi Marisol,

    Thanks, hon!

  8. Karen says:

    Hi Holly,

    I tell Tabs the same thing… he was lucky he was born pretty! 😉

    Oh sweet! I don’t have the gold dusting powder from this year’s collection, but I do have a big jar from last year’s Estee Lauder holiday release… I’ll have to try putting that in my hair. How fun!

    How was your Halloween?

  9. Holly says:

    Hi Karen,
    Yeah the gold powder looks even better in dark hair, it is a bit lost in my blonde but looked great on my collegue who is dark! I can see us going wild with that, craft glitter and stick on gems in the run up to Christmas on the counter haha!

    My Halloween was spent in work unfortunately 🙁 so no fun was had at all, I haven’t been able to have a day off in 10 days so far and it doesnt look like I will get one until thurs so im pretty much just working and sleeping at the moment haha! I cant believe how busy we have been already Christmas seems to be getting earlier every year!

  10. Karen says:

    Hi Holly,

    OoOooOOO! Maybe I can snag a sample at the Chanel counter … I hope it looks good in my hair!

    I think it’s better to be busy than to be bored; plus, think of all the extra pocket change you’re racking up! Are your favorite clients snapping up all holiday stuff?

  11. Maria says:

    Hey Karen,

    watch this vid..


    it might brighten up yor day about Tabs!


  12. Karen says:

    Thanks, Maria! That was too cute! That cat is Tabs’ clone!

  13. Holly says:

    Hi Karen,
    Your right I love being busy I just hate it when its so rushed that I dont feel like im able to sit people down and make sure they get the right things for them!
    I just shopped up a storm at boots! It was the first day of our double staff discount and I bought more than I could even carry to my car on my own!! I didn’t buy much high end stuff but did pick up a limited edition Dior highlighting shimmer powder which comes in a beautiful compact and got a greta gift from them which is a silver makeup bag with a mini dior show mascara which I have wanted to try for a while now and a mini lipstick in a cute dusky pink colour! I also picked up Dallas blush and one of the creasless cream shadows from Benefit! I also got another Clarins pure melt cleanser which im in love with and a Delicious self tan which is great!

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