Happy Birthday: Makeup and Beauty Blog Turns 2!

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Hey, ladies!


Today the blog turns two, and I decided to celebrate by dressing her in a new outfit. πŸ™‚

I’m still working out the kinks. Shouldn’t be long now…

Oh! Tabs just got back from New York Fashion Week. After inhaling two cans of Friskies he hopped on my computer and pulled up his new blog, Party with Tabs.

party with tabs

I have no clue where that cat finds the time for all this stuff: modeling, acting and now blogging, too?

On the new blog Tabs will report celebrity news, dish on gossip and review fashion and beauty accessories.

Let me know what you think of both sites, the new Makeup and Beauty Blog and (introducing!) Party with Tabs.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Vanessa says:

    Congrats – I love the new outfit (it’s about time too)!

    I think Tabs site is amazing – that rotating disco ball has got me hooked lol.

  2. Yay, happy birthday blog!

    And of course Tabs needs his own blog, he’s got a lot to say!

    Vampy Varnish´s last blog post..Stage and Make Up Store Nail Polish Swatches

  3. Karen says:

    Hi Vanessa,

    Thank you! πŸ™‚

    LOL, Tabs always gets the party started!

  4. Karen says:

    Hi Vampy Varnish,

    Thank ya! πŸ™‚

    For the life of me, I have no idea how that cat manages to type on a querty keyboard.

    Happy Friday!

  5. Georgia says:

    Happy birthday! The new layout is really fun.

    Georgia´s last blog post..Review: Olay ProX

  6. Amber says:

    Happy blogiversary! Stumbled onto you by accident a few months ago, but now you are essential to my day. πŸ™‚

  7. Marlo says:

    I think the new layout fits the blog so well. It shows how fun it is, and is still simple to navigate.

    And I’m looking forward to hearing more from Tabs, since he seems to be quite an insider. πŸ˜€

  8. Arianne says:

    Happy birthday Makeup and Beauty Blog! Your new layout looks fantastic Karen. πŸ™‚ Love it.

    Oh, I didn’t know Tabs was such a deep thinker. I finally get to know what he’s been thinking about all this time.

    Arianne´s last blog post..Crazy Cat Lady.

  9. connie says:

    happy birthday! congratulations on two AMAZING years. πŸ™‚

    and i’m looking forward to tabs’ blog. i’m glad that cat is finally letting us in on his deep thoughts!

  10. ponikuta says:

    Happy Birthday awesome blog!! Keep the goods coming and keep the passion alight Karen!!


  11. Kailey says:

    ohemgee this looks amazing! I didn’t know you coded too! I absolutally love using my CS2 and web design skillz haha. and party with tabs is just freaking cool. that darn cat is cooler than my iPhone πŸ™‚

  12. Ali says:

    love the new layout.. especially the banner at the top with Tabs sitting on the chair like a king on his throne haha and the beautiful plumerias(one of my fav flowers)!

  13. Briana says:

    Happy Birthday! Love the new look!

  14. Nessa says:

    Wow this looks awesome! It’s gonna take a while getting used to not seeing the girl with the white paint brushed across her face.
    No wonder there haven’t been many posts today, you have been a busy girl!
    Loves tabs’ too!

  15. Jaclyn Rose says:

    Happy 2nd Birthday Makeup and Beauty Blog!

    Looks like Tabs is slowly taking over! =) Love the new look, Karen.

    Jaclyn Rose´s last blog post..I entered! Did you?

  16. Madeleine says:

    Happy Birthday Karen and your blog.The new layout is fantastic.
    I feel also happy,beacause somehow I have come across you blog (don’t remember how – sorry),and stayed with the two of you ever since.

  17. ParisB says:

    Oh my! I love your new layout – simple and chic. Great job Karen!

    ParisB´s last blog post..Olay Total Effects Touch of Foundation SPF15 – hot or hype?

  18. Glosslizard says:

    Happy second blogiversary, I’m happy to have been along for most of the ride! Here’s a bottle of virtual champagne to celebrate!

    I like the new look, it’s clean and pretty, and it showcases your wonderful pictures quite nicely! I’m looking forward to seeing more of it!

    The cupcake looks yummy! πŸ˜‰

  19. Rovie says:

    Happy blogiversary! The new look is great and I love Tabs’ new blog. Tabs reminds me of my old cat Envy since they have similar coat colors.

  20. lexi says:

    happy anniversary and thank you for encouraging an already troubling makeup addiction! i’m sure my husband THANKS you too! =)

  21. Chris says:

    Happy (blog) Birthday!
    I have to say that this blog is where I visit when I need a smile or a quick bit of makeup inspiration. I totally appreciate all the hard work you must put in to the site.
    Hopefully in your “new position” as Tabs assistant, you will still have plenty of time for fun.

  22. Karen says:

    Hi Georgia,

    Thank you! Have a great weekend:)

  23. Karen says:

    Hi Amber,

    I’m so glad to be part of your day. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the blogiversary wishes, and have a wonderful weekend!

  24. Karen says:

    Hi Marlo,

    Thanks for the feedback. I was aiming for fun and easy-to-use so that is great to hear.

    LOL, Tabs has some connections. I guess he meets all the “important” people when he’s out partying. πŸ™‚

    Hope you’re enjoying your evening!

  25. Karen says:

    Hi Arianne,

    Thank you for the blog birthday wishes!

    I didn’t even know Tabs could type. That tricky tabby… πŸ˜‰

  26. Karen says:

    Hi Connie,

    The past two years have been so much fun. πŸ™‚ I am glad that you are here to celebrate with me!

  27. Karen says:

    Hi Val,

    Will do, hon! Hope you had a lovely Friday. πŸ™‚

  28. Karen says:

    Hi Kailey,

    Girl, I *wish* I had the coding skills to pull this off! The lovely folks at The Blog Studio worked it out. πŸ™‚

  29. Karen says:

    Hi Ali,

    Thank you! πŸ™‚ I wish I had a whole garden filled with plumerias. I love ’em, too.

  30. Karen says:

    Hi Briana,

    Thanks very much, m’dear!

  31. Karen says:

    Hi Nessa,

    LOL, yeah, she was from the MAC Prep + Prime release — hella old school!

    I hope you had a great Friday!

  32. Karen says:

    Hi Jaclyn Rose,

    I am afraid Tabs is aiming for blog and world domination. πŸ™‚

    Thank you for the blog birthday wishes! Have a nice weekend!

  33. Karen says:

    Hi Madeleine,

    I’m glad to have shared the last two years with you! Here’s to many makeup adventures ahead! *raises glass*

  34. Karen says:

    Hi ParisB,

    Oh sweet! Those were two of the things I am really tryin’ for. πŸ™‚

    Have a splendid weekend, hon!

  35. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard,

    Let’s pop the bubbly! *gets out glasses*

    Thank you for being here for the last two years. It’s been so wonderful to get to know you (along with everyone else on the site). I feel so lucky to have made so many friends over the last two years! πŸ™‚

    Have a fantastic weekend!

  36. Karen says:

    Hi Rovie,

    Oh, maybe Tabs and Envy are long lost soul mates. πŸ™‚ How did Envy get her (his?) name?

  37. Karen says:

    Hi Lexi,

    LOL! Don’t worry, your husband isn’t the only dude in that boat. El Hub pretty much believes that I absolutely don’t need any more lipgloss in my life. He’s crazy!

    Thank you for your birthday wishes and Happy FRIDAY! We made it!

  38. Karen says:

    Hi Chris,

    It brings me so much happiness to hear that this is where you go for a smile. Thank you for being a part of this blog! πŸ™‚

    LOL, I hope Tabs doesn’t plan on asking me to work overtime…

  39. Kate says:

    Happy 2nd birthday!

    Wait, does that mean you won’t be posting photos of Tabs on here anymore? I don’t want to bookmark another site!!!

    Ooo, I finally got a brush targeted for the undercoat for Zena. I haven’t been able to properly test it as Zena refused to be brushed today but as far as I could test it, it works pretty well. I shelled out $25 for the darned Bamboo Undercoat thinger at Petsmart. I did think about getting the Furminator but at $46 for a brush for a medium sized dog (aka Zena) there was no way I was buying that. I almost cried as the one from the company Bamboo was more expensive than the Fur Buster at Target! It better work darned well or there will be words exchanged!

    I’m off to read the long list of books that I need to read before I can read The Complete Sherlock Holmes which has every Sherlock novel and short story written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as he is the best and only Sherlock author I’ll read. Authors who do write new stories on Sherlock just stink; they either get Watson’s narration wrong, Sherlock’s personality and quirks wrong or just get the whole thing WRONG. Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong!

    With my book, I got two shirts from Go International which need washing as they’ve got that brand-new itchy starchy feeling. The shirts fit too–off the rack!! That never happens as I’m 5’2″ and barely 105 pounds (I’m a skinny little bugger). It’s unheard of that something fits off the rack. I’m constantly hemming or raising or taking something in. They’re very cute. Here’s a picture->http://www.target.com/GO-International-Ruffle-Tie-Top/dp/B001GK8VOK/qid=1235193810/ref=br_1_6/184-7040358-9307061?ie=UTF8&node=667549011&frombrowse=1&pricerange=&index=target&field-browse=667549011&rank=salesrank&rh=&page=2
    I got it in both that color and the navy color they have. Now, all I need is a pair of black jeans or pants. While dark wash jeans look good with them, they’ll look divine with black pants.

  40. Rovie says:

    Hi Karen! Envy is a girl and she got her name because I loved her super green eyes. That got me thinking about jealousy and envy and the name Envy stuck.

  41. Renee says:

    Happy 2nd birthday!

    The new look looks great – congrats on the new site, too! πŸ™‚

  42. Karen says:

    Hi Kate,

    Thank you for the blog birthday wishes! There still will be Tabs pics on this site. Both sites will have ’em so you’ll get DOUBLE THE TABS!

    I’ve never shopped at Petsmart. Hopefully they have a good return policy if Zena’s brush doesn’t work well. *crosses fingers*

    Your new top looks really cute. I love little ruffle details. I went window shopping this evening to de-stress and was tempted by a few tops on sale at Gap. Strangely enough, I was also drawn to an orange pair of pants I saw at J. Crew. Does one need orange pants? I’m not sure yet. πŸ™‚

    I hope you have a nice weekend with your books! El Hub and I were chatting the other day about how great it is when you have a good series of books … that way the characters always live in, ya know?

  43. Karen says:

    Hi Rovie,

    Envy’s eyes sound so pretty! I get jealous of Tabs’ green eyes, too, LOL!

    How long have you had her?

  44. Karen says:

    Hi Renee,

    Thank you very much! πŸ™‚ How’s your Friday been? Got any exciting plans for the weekend?

  45. Curt says:

    Happy Birthday MaBB. Where’s the karaoke machine? I want hear Tabs sing “I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred. Congrats on the new outfit too. I fits so well. I love the pictures at the top.
    Anyway, after the party dies out here I’m heading over to Tabs’ place. That cat is crazy.

  46. Rovie says:

    I only had Envy for about a year (she was a stray that I adopted). Unfortunately, I had to give her away since I moved into an apartment complex that was not pet friendly. I miss her and wish I could have kept her. What sucks now is even though I moved out of that complex, my bf is allergic to cats so I can’t have one anymore. =(

    • Karen says:

      Hi Rovie,

      Isn’t it amazing the bond you create with an animal just after one year? That’s too bad Envy had to go and live with another family. It must’ve been really tough for you both. I’m sure her new people love her dearly, though, and that she’s happy.

      Bummer that your sweetie is allergic to cats, awww! You can borrow virtual Tabs whenever you need some kitty lovin’. πŸ™‚

  47. Karen B says:

    The new look is gorgeous πŸ™‚ And of course Tabs neeeeeeeds his own blog, he’s a star after all πŸ˜‰

  48. Karen4 says:

    Happy Anniversary, Karen! Love the new layout. I’m so happy that I found you on the web a few months ago. A day can’t go by without a visit! You are the best!

    I showed my hub your video with Tabs–he loves cats! Also enjoyed his blog. It’s “refreshing” to get a cat’s perspective on fashion, etc. I happened to see Isaac’s show yesterday, and thought “what’s up with the crazy purse/hats?” I’m sure they were just a fun thing for the show (OMG I hope so!) The collection had some nice items…

    Have a great weekend!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Karen4,

      Thank you, hon! I love that the site is a part of your day. It makes me so happy to hear that. πŸ™‚

      Isaac’s hats were crazy. There were some nice things in the show, but I couldn’t help but think of Carmen Miranda when I peeped those hats, LOL!

      I hope you’re having a nice weekend so far. Got anything fun lined up?

  49. Eru says:

    Congrats for the two years!! Time surely flies~~
    I love both the new outfit and Tab’s new blog!!
    Hugs :3

  50. gio says:

    Happy birthday! The new layout is gorgeous and I love Tabs’ new blog!

  51. Brittany says:

    Happy Birthday! Love the new layout and I love Tabs blog too πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Brittany,

      Thanks! I am happy to hear that you like it!

      Are you having a good weekend so far? I just got done brewing some coffee (it’s 8:30 there) and I’m slowly waking up!

  52. Briana says:

    I have got a question for you now…
    I’ve started curling my lashes again, was just to lazy before, but I’ve noticed that about 10 minutes after I’ve applied mascara that they’re back to straight & flat…
    Any ideas? Does the kind of mascara you use affect the hold? I usually use non-waterproof because I dislike makeup remover. Would using waterproof help the curl hold better?

    Briana´s last blog post..9 Days!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Briana,

      I’ve noticed that some mascaras work better at holding the curl (my lashes are super straight, too).

      I like Chanel Exceptionnel for high-end, Clinique High Impact Curling mascara for mid and L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black for drugstore mascara. πŸ™‚ For me, these hold the curl very well!

  53. yadiq says:

    Happy birthday !!

    It’s been a little over a year since I started reading your blog ( I started reading when you had el hub as your get away driver for fafi swatches – hilarious!!) I have been hooked ever since keep up the hard work hopefully tabs doesn’t make you work overtime diva is thrilled about party with tabs !!!

    I thank you for providing me with sanity advice and the drugs for my addiction – makeup!!

    Your site is fab girl!!! Keep up the good work !!

    • Karen says:

      Hi YadiQ,

      It’s been so much fun getting to know you along with the other friends who pop by the site. πŸ™‚ I love that we can all share are passion for makeup while having a great time.

      LOL, you know I’m always happy to be your makeup pusher!

  54. cloudburst says:

    I just saw your “intro to Tabs” – he’s a big boy! Not fat, but physically a big kitty! Well congrats on the anniversary, I certainly enjoy your blog & hope it has many more anniversaries to come.

  55. Rae says:

    Happy blogaversary, hon!!

    I’m loving this new layout – it’s going to be so much easier to surreptitiously check for updates throughout the day πŸ˜› “Oh, but look at this conventional white background! Clearly it’s a serious non-makeup website.”

    Keep on blogging, and we’ll all keep on reading and loving it πŸ™‚

    Rae´s last blog post..The battle of the HG powders

  56. Brandy says:

    I love the new look, but HATE the pop-up ads!! YUCK!

  57. Lakish says:

    Hey Karen!

    I’ve been a stan of your site for a while now…I love the new layout! Are on SquareSpace or another blogging platform? I’m currently on Blogger but I want to switch to another platform for when my site turns 1 this June…any ideas? Thanks!

    Lakish´s last blog post..The Beauty Closet: Solessence Creme de La Coconut Set

  58. cloudburst says:

    Hi Briana

    Obviously I’m not Karen but I do have some tips on mascara’s that keep lashes curled. Choose a drier gel formula, waterproof mascaras do hold curled lashes better. Apply your mascara in thin layers (wiping off the brush before you use it on a tissue helps), allowing each layer to dry before you put on the next – too much mascara at once will make the eyelashes too wet & the curl will come out. I like Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof & Cover Girl Lash Exact Waterproof. Cheers!

  59. Briana says:

    Great, Thanks for the tips Karen and Cloudburst!
    Very much appreciated πŸ™‚

    Briana´s last blog post..its getting close!

  60. Karen says:

    Hi Rae,

    Thank you, hon! I am happy to hear that you like the new layout!

    Have a wonderful Saturday. πŸ™‚

  61. Karen says:

    Hi Brandy,

    Thanks for the feedback!

  62. Karen says:

    Hi Lakish,

    I’ve used both WordPress and Blogger and I prefer WordPress! When they release upgrades that can be stressful, but in general I think it’s easier to use.

  63. Karen says:

    Yay, thanks, Cloudburst!

    I hope that your lashes stay curly, Briana. πŸ™‚

  64. Amanda says:

    happy, happy blog bday! it’s been great, looking foward to another fab year.

  65. Toma says:

    Happy Birthday! Love the new layout so far!!

    Toma´s last blog post..HIDDEN GEMS

  66. Shiny says:

    Congrats Karen, I’m hooked on your site and hope you’ll keep blogging for years to come!

  67. Brittnie says:

    After two years of blogging, you’re still as fresh and creative as ever. Congrats on reaching the two-year mark!

  68. Eva says:


    I love reading your blog so much. :o)

  69. Karen says:

    Hi Amanda,

    Thank you, hon! I am looking forward to another year, too. Who knows where we will all be in Feb. 2010? Hopefully we’ll all be getting to a good place together. πŸ™‚

  70. Dao says:

    Hey Karen,

    Congrats! Your blog is 2 years old! When converted from cat year to human year, it’s 25 years old πŸ™‚ I always love you, your blog, and Tabs. Now that he has his own blog, he’s one hot kitty from the Bay πŸ™‚

    Dao´s last blog post..A Sale Announcement and an Update

  71. Madeleine says:

    Hey Karen congrats on 2 years! I actually found your blog a few months ago and spent like four hours until the wee hours to the morning reading the every entry. You have fantastic advice and are HILARIOUS. Here’s to 2 more years!

  72. Kandice says:

    Hola Karen! February 20 is my birthday as well…except I turned 27, not two. Nevertheless, it’s still a great reason to celebrate!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kandice,

      Happy birthday, hon! I hope that 27 is a fabulous year for you and that great things happen. πŸ™‚

      How did you celebrate? Did you go out to dinner or treat yourself to something?

  73. honeybrown1976 says:

    Happy Birthday!

  74. Marisol says:

    Happy Birthday to this awesome blog! Whoo hoo! Thanks for all your hard work Karen. Your blog is one of my must reads.

    Marisol´s last blog post..Ramblings

    • Karen says:

      Hi Marisol,

      Thank you for the blog birthday wish!

      I am glad that you are back here in the Bay. I know you’ve been wanting to come home for some time so it’s good to see that your life is moving in the direction you want it to go in!

  75. Wendy says:

    Happy birthday Makeup and Beauty Blog!
    I Love the new style Karen!

  76. Ale says:

    Hi Karen, happy b-day to this wonderful blog. Just wanted to thank you for your extremely helpful tips and reviews. I love watching your little videos and not just for the tips, but for the delivery, you are the happiest, most radiant and positive person on the web, you put a smile on my face every time I visit this blog, wich is daily.

  77. Luv J says:

    CONGRATS KAREN!!! BUST OUT THE BUBBLY AND THROW ME A PARTY HAT!!! Bestest Beauty Blog everrrrrrrrr! I wish you more sexy lippies and days of clean litter box! πŸ™‚

  78. GirlPaint says:

    Congratulations on your 2-year birthday! I hope you (and your blog) get everything you wish for today. Don’t forget to blow out the candles, Dah-ling. πŸ˜‰

    GirlPaint´s last blog post..Got the Economy Blues? Beat Γ’β‚¬ΛœEm with These Beauty Values

  79. pia says:

    I just went online again today, I missed the party! I hope you posted the party scene on youtube, Karen.
    Happy anniversary! Keep the posts coming! Yours is always one I click first for beauty insights and some giggles.

    Yay@tab’s blog. He has lots of bitchin’ on the fashion/celebrity world I hope.

    pia´s last blog post..NOTW- Misha Chocolate Icing

  80. Lilan says:

    Happy Birthday, MBB! I was out of town and missed the celebration but cheers to the Terrible Twos! πŸ™‚

    Lilan´s last blog post..Pretty Elizabeth Arden Fragrance & Contest

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