Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 433

Published in: Just For Fun


You might be wondering, “So what in tarnation is this Monday Poll thing anyway!?”

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

  1. Men who groom their brows — your thoughts?
    Dear homeboys of the world, I appreciate a well-done, manscaped brow, but please — not too Instagram, like with a super sharp tail and ombre from front to back. Just a slightly cleaned-up brow, but not too obviously clean, ya know?

    That’s my stance and I’m sticking to it.

  2. Have you ever mowed a lawn?
    Although I pride myself on my willingness to try new things, I can safely say that I’ve never mowed a lawn. The last time I lived somewhere that actually had a mow-able lawn was when I lived at home with my parents, but the front and back yards were considered sacred Dad space.

    I’d totally mow a lawn, though, if I had one of those riding mowers…as long as it had a canopy roof and a drink holder. And a stereo. And a space for Tabs to sit next to me. 🙂

  3. Do you wear many hats (figuratively or literally)?
    I wear one hat, literally, and it’s my Kate Spade fedora with a little bow on the side.

    Figuratively, I wear a ton of different hats. I’m a wife and mom, exhausted person, professional goofball, daughter, Khaleesi of the one-liners and a professional pet assistant.

  4. Your favorite lipstick at the moment?
    I’ve been rocking Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo No. 6 for four days since I grabbed it randomly last week.

    It’s been out for years, but when I wanted to do an ultra nude lip the other day, I remembered how much I liked No. 6.

    It’s a deeply opaque, moisturizing mauve nude, but it’s still lightweight and super smooth, and you can layer it underneath different lipglosses for different effects, like under MAC Myth for a pale nude lip or MAC Big Baby for a more casual pinky nude — that kind of thing.

  5. If you could dye your hair any color, or combination of colors, just for today, what colors would you use?
    Cotton candy pink from roots to tips!

    Oh! Or a flamingo pink. 🙂

    The theme here is pink.


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

1. Men who groom their brows — your thoughts?
2. Have you ever mowed a lawn?
3. Do you wear many hats (figuratively or literally)?
4. Your favorite lipstick at the moment?
5. Hair color just for today?

Blue skies and sunshine to you, friend. I hope that’s what you’re seeing outside.


Sorry, I’m a little sleepy this morning, but I have a busy day. One step at a time, though, right?

I had a blast at that ’90s concert the other night! It was like being at a high school dance…except none of us were in high school anymore. I can’t lie, it was kinda surreal watching Tone Lōc sing Wild Thing, and then after the song have him talk about how he just turned 50.

But now I can cross something else off my bucket list! — taking a selfie with Coolio.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 407

Published in: Just For Fun, Tabs


Tabs has a wanderer’s heart. Whenever we’re on our walks together on the hill behind our house, he always wants us to go south. He gently tugs on his leash as if to say, “Let’s go that way,” and stares off in the distance toward the town of Mill Valley, which is where we used to live before we moved here.

I don’t know if it’s just my imagination, but whenever I let him lead us, he always wants us to go the same way: south.





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The Day in Beauty Vol. 23: I Love the ’90s and Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Whiskey

Published in: Bite Beauty, Just For Fun

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Wearing Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Whiskey

Good morning, glory! Rise and shine! 🙂

This is Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Whiskey ($26), a dark reddish brown with a satin finish, and it’s very much like something I would have worn back in the day while listening to the fabulous vocal stylings of Color Me Badd and Coolio.

YEAH! I’m headed to an I Love the ’90s concert tonight, so I’m wearing a ’90s-style lipstick this morning to get in the spirit.

Both Color Me Badd and Coolio are performing at the concert, along with (wait for it!) Vanilla Ice (OMG), Tone Loc, Rob Base and Young MC.

The concert is in the town of Jackson, California, east of Sacramanto — HELLOOOO, JACKSON! — so if you’re out that way, wassup? I’ll be in your neck of the woods tonight!

Anyway, that’s my big adventure this weekend.

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Bite Beauty Sweet & Savory Collection

Whiskey, by the way, is from the Bite Beauty Sweet and Savory Collection of six Amuse Bouche Lipsticks that came out last spring, but there are more than 40 Amuse Bouche Lipsticks total in the Bite Beauty line, so it’s very extensive (they’re $26 each).

The Amuse Bouche Lipsticks made a big splash last spring when they arrived on counters. They’re bold, lightweight and creamy with an uber-hydrating formula (each lippie contains 12 edible oils), and they’re absolutely lovely.

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From the left: Kale, Squid Ink, Taro, Lavender Jam, Thistle and Whiskey

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The Six New NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow Shades for Fall 2016

Published in: Eyes, Makeup, NARS, Product Reviews

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The six new $28 limited edition NARS Hardwired Eyeshadows, coming exclusively to Sephora August 1

Could there be a hidden corner of the human brain tucked away near the back that makes us hardwired to make grabby hands whenever we see shimmery, sparkly, glittery things?

Solely based on my experience, I think the answer to that is “yes,” LOL! Because homegirl wants ALL OF THE GLITTERS. 🙂

All of them…

I definitely feel that familiar, inescapable tug in my gut when I open the NARS Hardwired Eyeshadows.

NARS is adding six new shades for fall, coming exclusively to Sephora starting August 1, and holy wow! — the shimmer.

Like the previously released Hardwired Eyeshadow shades, these shine bright enough to see from across a room — heck, or across town. Maybe from across state lines, even.

These highly pigmented powder shadows have varying levels of glitter, shimmer and pearl, so you get a lot of light reflecting back when you pop them on your skin. It’s very eye-catching.

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Wearing NARS Hardwired Eyeshadow in Parallax on my lids

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