When It Comes to Types of Makeup Products, When Is One Never Enough?

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A beauty product where one is never enough?

Rollin’ deep

Oh, that’s easy! For me, it’s lipgloss. Definitely.

I always have at least three or four tubes in my purse, but the funny thing is…they’re usually all variations of pink, coral or peach! — with maybe also a tube of something shimmery and gold in the mix.


I start my days wearing one shade, and move on to others as the day goes on.

MAC Lipglasses and Plushglasses in my purse

MAC attack!

I really can’t even imagine only having a single tube of gloss…

OK, well, of course I can, but I don’t want to. πŸ™‚

I mean, I can get behind the notion of streamlining — getting my makeup bag down to a single bronzer, mascara, foundation, primer, brow product and maybe even a single blush or eyeshadow (!), but one tube of lipgloss…? That just blows my mind.

Options… I guess that’s it for me. I like my lipgloss options.

How about you? When it comes to types of makeup products, when is one never enough?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. I hope your year got off to a great start.

First thing this morning, Tabs sent out a company-wide memo ordering an end to the holiday break and demanding that all employees of Tabs the Cat Industries, LLC, return to their desks immediately.

Oh, well. πŸ™‚

I haven’t done much product testing over the past week, and we’re sort of between seasonal releases, so I’m trying to think of things to blog about.

Do you have any things you’d like to see? Posts on permanent collection products? Makeup tip-type things or tutorials?

Or just nonstop pics of Tabs in various sexy cat poses?

You know what time it is...IT'S SEXY-TIME!

Lemme know. Meanwhile, I think another cup of coffee is in order.


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  1. For me it will always be foundation. I used to think I was on a quest to find a foundation that suited my skin perfectly, but then realised even when I found “the one” I was still thinking of which foundation I should buy next. I could never wear the same one month after month but at least I can say I know a good foundation when I wear one!

    Lovely photos by the way, I love the shimmer and peach tones, they’re so summery and warm!


  2. Ariel says:

    Red Lipstick! I rock red lips 90% of the time and I own so many I can never decide on just one. Also, my mini dachshund poses just like Tabs in that last picture! So adorable.

  3. I second that on the red lipstick! I have a lot, maybe shades and before I use them, I would swatch them to see which one is brighter. The brighter the better ya know. ;]

    But yes, in general I have a lot of lipstick. Hubster thinks it’s too much but what does he know. Lol. He likes every shade on me btw so eh.. men lol.

  4. Agata says:

    Hello pretty lady. I agree- I always need more than one (or three) lipsticks and lipglosses! I am really excited about all the spring releases- Guerlain, YSL and Dior collections look stunning! I am trying to wait for some reviews first before I buy anything though.

    You could do a video on your hair styling- how to get those luscious curls! Or an eye make up tutorial or some tips on contouring?

  5. Taylor says:

    I would love a cat eye tutorial done with eyeliner. I’m not sure if you’ve done one before (I know you did an outer eye tutorial with tape) but it’s a look I really like and have yet to master.

  6. Colleen says:

    Lip products and blush are my 2 weaknesses. I have way more than one girl needs. I would love to see how to tips or tutorials or Tabs photos. You always look flawless & I think I could learn alot from you. Of course, Tabs is flawless too.

  7. AmyAnn says:

    Hi Karen! My vote is for reviews of permanent products in the high end lines. Like Laura Mercier, Chanel and Guerlain. Thank you, you are doing a great job!

  8. Chris says:

    Pink/MLBB lipsticks… I usually have 3 in my purse at any one time.

  9. Tinted lip balm for me, and of course eyeshadow!
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  10. Karen says:

    Happy New Year, Karen!! I can never have enough pink lipsticks. I’m always on the hunt for that perfect shade of pink/dupe of my holy grail MAC 3N.

    I’d love to see more Unsung Heroes posts. They’re my faves. Maybe do on video? Your new vids have been terrific. Thanks so much for all you do to make the world a little more fun and a little more beautiful!

  11. Lynn says:

    I need blush options! Hands down, I have more shades of blush than lipstick or eyeshadow (I stick to Chanel’s Complice because it makes me look awake). I really think blush can make the rest of your makeup look just plain wrong if you pick the wrong shade.

    As for what to blog about, I always enjoy your blogging and photography posts. I would love to see photo tips! Thanks for asking, BTW! That was nice.

  12. Lynn says:

    Also! What is going on with your hair in the last couple weeks? It looks amazing.

  13. hanna says:

    I love all the tutorials.
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  14. Alison M says:

    Lipstick all the way! I never intend on using something I left in my handbag on a previous day, but as it all piles up I eventually switch shades during the day because I missed a particular shade. Lately it’s been a lot of TF Spice Spice Baby, UD Naked, and Hourglass Fresco.
    Alison M recently posted … Get a Fireside Glow With Tarte Natural Beauty and Too Faced Sun Bunny

  15. Natalie says:

    Nude lipsticks…. I have a ton of them, and all in regular rotation!

    Foundation – like the poster above I am always thinking of the next foundation to buy, and I have realised that you don’t have just one jumper, you have a wardrobe of jumpers for different weathers and events, and foundation is the same. It is rare to find a foundation that does everything!

  16. Red Weather Tiger says:

    I love all your posts, and Happy New Year! I’d always love more Tabs, but one thing that has really stuck with me is that post about brightening products for undereye tiredness (it was a bunch of MAC pro products). Could you do more brightening products? More blushes, lip glosses, things for a whole brighter look, even in winter? My face needs some brightness, dude! πŸ™‚

  17. Katherine M says:

    I do have more than 1 lip balm/gloss but my real Achilles’ heel is eye makeup. I have way more eyeliners and eyeshadows than I really need. I try to be good about only hanging on the mascara that works for me like Dior Show or that new L’Oreal Butterfly one. Buying makeup in general is such a great pick-me-up on a bad day or when I am out shopping in general.

  18. Kim says:

    Happy New Year!! Oh, Tabs. Such a slave driver! πŸ™‚ I hope you had a great holiday. Everything went by too fast, here. And it is minus 18 today without wind chill. That didn’t really help the “first day back to work” mood this AM. HAHA!

  19. Sunny says:

    Coral lipsticks :p I wear them all year round, and I’m always looking for more to add to my collection!

    Sooo can we maybe see a look or two with Chanel’s spring collection, pretty please? πŸ˜‰
    Sunny recently posted … Rouge Bunny Rouge Blue Roan Satin Eyeliner Nocturnal Ink

  20. Icaria says:

    Oh gosh for me it’s definitely lipstick and I too will often start the day with one color and wear 2 or 3 different ones during the day. Another makeup item I’m a bit addicted to is bronzer! Pretty compacts are just soooo hard to resist! πŸ™‚

    Now how about a bit of both of the following? Reviews of products that have reached a certain cult following combined with sexy pics of Tabs? That would sure work for me. I’d be curious to see which you pick since I’m planning one later this year. πŸ™‚
    Icaria recently posted … 2013, The Favorites…

  21. Bella says:

    Lipstick and gloss, definitely. When I clear out a handbag I’ll probably find on average 7, and I have MANY handbags ;).

  22. Abby says:

    LIP STUFF!! Lip glosses, lip sticks, lip stains, lip balms, lip liners…I have to have them all and I can definitely never have enough of those!lol I probably have about 12 lip stuff in my purse! I know it’s crazy!lol

  23. ericca says:

    OMG, I can never have too many lipsticks especially purple and red. I cant get enough of blushes, there is always a perfect brown girl color but that color can always be topped. For some reason 1 mascara that works well is fine for me.

  24. Victoria says:

    What about the anastasia contour palette? I can’t seem to find many reviews on it and it sold out online super fast!

  25. I completely agree, it’s shimmery, pink/gold lip gloss all the way for me! A close second would be fuchsia lipsticks :).
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  26. Chillgee says:

    It’s def lip products for me . . . has been since I was in junior high.

    I know you love Anthro; ever try their candles? I binged on candles for the holidays ( and ever after . .) and am just LOOOOVING different scents every day I’m home. The more unusual and subtle ones like oatmeal, cream and pear are at the top of my list. I hope some of your followers comment on ones they are enjoying.

    Give a big hug to Tabs. I miss my cat that passed in September after over 20 years. My first cat back in the 60s was a tabby.

    Happy New Year and thanks for your great blog!


  27. Mandy Sark says:

    Definitely moar pictures of his Tabness.

    I can’t have just one lipstick. Not doable. How would I represent my various moods or match my clothes?

  28. Trisha says:

    Everything! Ahhh!!

    To be more specific, eye shadow. To be even MORE specific, eye shadow palettes. I need them all! MOAR!
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  29. Deanna says:

    I’m the same way! I always have at least 5 lip products in my purse, and I don’t even know how many are rolling around in my makeup bag right now (too many to count, I’ll bet).

    I’d love to see a post about products that you never travel without. What are your favorite eye shadow palettes to travel with? How do you pack your makeup when you travel? I’ve had some horrible makeup spills while traveling, so I’d love some tips!

    I’d also love to see some spring makeup looks. I have a hard time changing up my makeup routine for the different seasons, so I’d love some fresh ideas!

  30. Andrea says:

    Lipgloss and lipstick, definitely! I usually drink my coffee on my way to work, so I wait until I’m done with that before applying instead of putting lipgloss or lipstick on with the rest of my makeup in the morning. But I can never decide on just one, so I bring a whole bunch with me so I have several options. πŸ™‚

    As for posts, I’ve always been a lipstick/lipgloss girl, and I’m only just starting to experiment more with eyeshadow. Any tutorials or inspiration for eye looks would be great.

  31. gio says:

    It used to be lipglosses, but now it’s eyeshadows. I just can’t resist all those pretty colourful shades!

    Happy New Year Karen!
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  32. Asma says:

    Mine has to be brown eyeshadows! I find it really difficult to pull off any other colour so I must own the largest collection of brown eyeshadow ever!
    I’ve only recently branched out to lip products and would love a post on your best lip glosses. I’m not in to shimmers and glitters in my lips so finding it a bit difficult to find the right one. I’ve just bought coralista and I love the colour but not the taste!

  33. Chris25 says:

    Lipstick, especially red. There is just something so quintessentially feminine about lipstick. I always fall for them, whether they are high end, drugstore, cheap packaging or luxurious tube.
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  34. Bree says:

    EYESHADOWS! Specifically palettes, are my weakness. I probably have enough for a lifetime, but when a new one comes out I just cave : / got Naked 3 the second it launched and now I just cashed in my Ulta points for the Too Faced Chocolate bar palette. (It was practically free tho!) I’m such a sucker for neutrals and I just couldn’t resist chocolate scented Eyeshadows! I’m mean for real what’s better than chocolate on my eyelids? LOL

    I LOVE me some cream shadows too! I MUST purchase more LM Cavier eyesticks! See I can’t stop!!!

  35. Sylirael says:

    Lipstick, hands down. Especially sheer, colourful shades, because they’re so effortless I can take them with me anywhere (hence the pileup in my bag!).

    It used to be gloss, but no matter what I do with my hair, it *will* get stuck in my gloss at some point πŸ˜› I still like gloss, don’t get me wrong, but man is that ever annoying! πŸ˜€
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  36. Majick says:

    OMG- it may be a toss up between lippies and shadow palettes. My DH says I’m a hoarder but then I remind him of his fishing lures heh heh heh.

    I always have at least 5 different lip products in my bag in case I forget the one I start out with in the morning. I always carry at least 2 reds (bright and dark), a pink, a nude, and a couple lip glosses.

    Eye palettes are just so much fun to look at all the pretty colors and I have this idea that I’m going to be doing all my friends makeup – but seriously? most of my friends don’t wear any – WTF? who ARE these people? LMAO Sometimes I go to Ulta just to hang out with like-minded individuals.

    I always enjoy ANY posts about Tabs. I must confess I usually jump on here from work so I have not seen any of your vids yet. I want to though. I think your photography is inspiring. I wish I could get a good picture of myself when I do a bang up job on the makeup but my pics always look the same (not so good ugh) lol.

    I’m sure I will enjoy whatever you choose to write about because you keep me smiling and that is no easy feat. THANK YOU!!!

  37. Iris says:

    I have many, many eyeshadows and lip products. Mostly darker colours for shadows as I look good with smokey eyes. I’m currently carrying four lip products in my makeup bag. I had to have the Bite x Sephora anniversary set despite having so many lipglosses.

  38. RM says:

    peach/coral lipsticks, lipglosses and blushes. i probably have 10+ of each.

  39. Crystal says:

    I get so excited when you do eye-look tutorials! I’d love to see that featuring some new products you’ve blogged about in recent weeks. I’m on Breaking Bad Season 3 and there is no way me and my hubby are stopping. What a show!
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  40. Ashleigh says:

    I have entirely too many sheer lipsticks. Like, I have a compulsion to buy at least one per drugstore or makeup store trip. I mean, there are only so many sheer coral lip products made in the world, and I’m on the hunt for perfection.

  41. Kat says:

    Lipstick! Almost every lipstick I own is a nude, coral, neutral pink, or some mixture of the three. At least we know what looks good on us, eh?

  42. Kat says:

    By the way, I HAVE to know what the leftmost and third Mac lip glasses (ha) are. They look like such gorgeous peach shades!

  43. Marisa says:

    For me, I can’t live without a least like a dozen lip balms, like, Baby Lips by Maybelline. Can’t have too many of those. =D
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  44. Nicole says:

    Ohhh I am a shameless lippie whore! Gloss, sticks, liners, tinted balms, pots. I usually have 2-3 glosses, 2 lipsticks, a sheer option as well as a liner in my purse at any given time.

    I’d love to see some eye shadow tutorials. I feel like I need to focus more on that lately. Also Bobbi Brown reviews as well as that’s my newest fixation!

    Tabs photos are always a smile bringer πŸ™‚

  45. Chelsea says:

    I think I maybe own one tube of gloss that I never wear!

    I’m a skincare product junkie, which is awful because I react badly to a lot of things! So many shelves of product!

    I love buying blushes too. Just got a new Bourjois one from HauteLook today (Thanks UPS man!)

  46. Vanessa says:

    Hi Karen!

    I would love to hear more about your favorites in the permanent collections — bonus points for your favorite eyebrow products and drugstore finds. I’m on the hunt, and right now my world is wide-open. I’d be interested in hearing about a variety of them — your favorite for everyday, your favorite for heavy filling, your favorite waterproof… πŸ™‚

    Hope your new year is off to a good start as well.

  47. Susan says:

    I also vote for a cat eye(liner) video tutorial! And I can’t seem to stop by lipsticks or eye shadows. Always something prettier than the one I bought last; usually some shade of pink or coral for lips, brown/neutral or purples for eyes. I need options when I’m getting dressed, you never know what kind of mood you’re gonna be in!

  48. Baby A says:

    Please do a tutorial on how you do your hair. Those waves look amazing!!

  49. Kaelyn says:

    I cannot seem to have enough eyeshadow palettes… and it is definitely becoming quite a problem! No one should own as many palette’s as I do right now, and I know I don’t have as many as lots of other bloggers do lol. Oh well, palettes are my weakness…


  50. musical says:

    That would be lip products ;). Hey, you can’t just have one coral lippie, can you?!!

    More Tabby posts, please!! That’s a major beauty treat for my soul (and fellow cat ladies and gentlemen will agree.)

    And your favorite products: skin care, drugstore finds and faves!

    You are such a gifted writer, Karen-so it would be a pleasure to see your “life and beauty” posts (think Evolution Revolution).

  51. Alice Ann says:

    Lipsticks, definitely! Closely followed by nail polish, especially gold nail polish. Happy New Year!

  52. leslie says:

    I am a total lip balm junkie!! My newest AND all time favorite is BITE BEAUTY AGAVE LIP MASK. I am in LOVE with this. Karen girl,you have to try it!!

  53. Danielle says:

    I feel like I have a lot of everything, but blush and lipstick are the two things that I do change up daily. The only product that I can really narrow down to one to keep in my makeup bag is whatever brow product I am currently loving (lately it has been MAC Cork eye shadow).
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  54. FreshEyre says:

    Hey, Karen ! Hope you and Tabs the Awesome are having a great Friday !

    Oh, my – what a great question ! My view has always been “Too much is never enough” and I live that motto with purses and makeup…

    I have more makeup that any one human being could ever, ever use in a dozen lifetimes, but I just. Can’t. Stop. I carry a small purse – right now a Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac Crossbody (I have ELEVEN of them !) – AND a shoulder/tote bag and always have a way-too-big makeup case with me. I always carry at least 5 or 6 lipsticks/glosses, powder, blush, whatever eyeshadow I’m sporting that day, a brow pencil and mascara-type color gel, mascara, highlighter, and at least a dozen eyeliners, just in case, with Urban Decay’s Perversion and Stila’s Stingray always in attendance.

    And at home ? My haul/stash/treasure trove ? I have many, many multiples, just in case something is discontinued, of Stila’s Forever Your Curl mascara, my hands-down fave, any and all blacks, browns, and purples in the Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner line, Benefit’s Dandelion, and Naked 1, 2, and 3.

    I have 273 different lip glosses. Two Hundred and Seventy Three. All together they cost more than I paid for my first car.

    I think I need professional help. But it’s a lovely kind of crazy, and I have so many fellow soldiers here at MBB that understand. You guys “get” me, and make me think that 273 lip glosses isn’t such a bad thing after all…

    Happy weekend to one and all and hugs to Karen and Sexy Tabs πŸ™‚

  55. CosmeticFiends says:

    I would LOVE to see an emphasis on Cruelty Free cosmetics! Anything!!!

  56. Diana says:

    I’m addicted to red and plum lipstick and nail polish! I’m not into lip gloss, though.

  57. Adriana RP says:

    Hey… This is a really nice question… I have a friend that never has enough lipsticks (in all colors and finishes you can imagine). My “problem” is not only one at really, but two… I never had enough eye shadows and eye liners in nude and dark blue colors. I love the combination of a nude eye shadow and a blue eye liner to the day by day makeup… so… I never have enough. To realize how complex it is I have some very similar colors that I refuse to assume that are dupes! LOL

  58. Anj de la Cruz says:

    yes to more makeup tips please!

  59. Mandy says:

    Love your blog! You are partly my inspiration to start my own. The thing I really need help with now is dry hair and skin. Face oil is pretty good for my skin but my highlighted, fine hair is thirsty and dull and many products just weigh it down. Any ideas?

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