Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 451

Published in: Just For Fun


So..what is the Monday Poll?

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. Best pie?

Well, pecan, obviously, with strawberry a close second.

I don’t know… I just really like pecan pie.

2. How do you feel about cruises?

I’ve never been on one, but I’ve heard they’re fun. I’ve watched one too many Lifetime movies about pirates, though, so I don’t know. And I might get freaked out being on the same vessel for such a long time. The claustrophobic part of me starts running through scenarios, so there would have to be a few stops along the way.

3. If your milkshake could bring all the boys to the yard, what flavor would it be?

Oreo. It would have to be Oreo.

4. Ugly cry or bitchy resting face?

Ugly cry, because I need to emote.

5. Would you rather walk around all day without your pants on or without your shirt on (you have to pick one)?

I would go with pants…mostly for practical reasons.

I mean, either way I’d be completely mortified, but my legs don’t get as cold as my upper torso does, so as long as I had a really warm sweater or a jacket on top, I think I’d be OK with my @ss and lady goods hanging out.

Two holidays down!

OK, these questions are extra cray-cray this week, but there are only so many times you can ask someone about their favorite Thanksgiving dish (but seriously, what was yours?). 🙂

Two mega holidays crossed off the list, babe! I hope you managed to avoid any family drama last week and got your fill of good food.

What’s going on this week? Do you have any projects lined up? Anything exciting? Whatever you’re doing, remember, you can handle it, and nobody can mess with you. To quote MC Hammer, “You can’t touch this.”

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Here are the questions to copy and paste…

1. Best pie?
2. How do you feel about cruises?
3. If your milkshake could bring all the boys to the yard, what flavor would it be?
4. Ugly cry or bitchy resting face?
5. Would you rather walk around all day without your pants on or without your shirt on (you have to pick one)?

Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 425

Published in: Just For Fun, Tabs


Sometimes it’s hard to tell if Tabs is really enjoying himself…or if he’s just being a cat and doing cat things.

Like on this last Thanksgiving, with my parents and El Hub’s parents and my brother here, we had a pretty full house, and Tabs was always in the mix, walking from person to person for pets and hanging out, but there were times when the convo got loud that he also seemed a little tense..but he still wouldn’t leave the room.

I dunno… It’s just hard to tell sometimes if he really likes something, or if he just can’t leave the room because it’s action, and he can’t help but be where the action is.

Did that make sense? I’m not sure if it made any sense, but I think it might’ve if you have a cat. Sometimes it’s like they can’t not be wherever the action is, ya know? — even if it appears to drive them crazy. Like they can’t help themselves.



I hope Tabs had a nice Thanksgiving this year. I think he did. He did get tons of lurvies from everyone, even though he couldn’t understand why the folks with bad allergies wouldn’t let him sit on their lap, and he devoured his few pieces of roasted turkey.

I think my tabby is grateful for a lot. I know that he loves going for walks on the hill, sitting on my lap while I work, spending quiet time with me, and he loves his custom built Tabby Command Center.



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A Little Fun With MAC Mariah Carey and A LOT of High-Intensity Thanksgiving Day Recovery

Published in: Just For Fun, MAC Makeup, Makeup

Recovering with a little bit of MAC Mariah Carey

I got in some quality “me” time today with the MAC Mariah Carey collection…

Hey, babe! I hope you’re having a great weekend so far. I’m mostly taking it easy today, still recovering from the excitement of the past two days and, you know, the getting everything ready, and the cleaning the house. And the eating too much food, of course.

I think I still have a pie hangover… Is that a legit thing? Because I feel like I need to drink green smoothies every day for the next 25 years.

I’m also still recovering from that last episode of the Gilmore Girls! I watched all four of the new ones yesterday (and re-watched them again today), so if you need to talk about them, because I certainly feel like I need to talk about them, hit me up in the comments.

Wearing MAC Mariah Carey

I wonder if Mariah watches Gilmore Girls…

I also sneaked in a couple hours of solo makeup playtime in my office this afternoon because I haven’t done much more than mascara and my brows since Wednesday. I dove into MAC Mariah Carey, and no, I’m not going anywhere wearing these lashes, haha.

I wish I was…

No, actually…I totally don’t. 🙂 It’s cold and rainy here. I’d MUCH rather just eat leftovers and watch Gilmore Girls again on the couch.

So I’m wearing the cooler toned quad in these pics (It’s Everything), the coral blush (Sweet Sweet Fantasy), Dahhlinggg! Lipstick and Butterfly Bling Lipglass. And lashes, of course — the 05s.

The more I wear these lashes, BTW, the more I’m convinced that I need to get a couple more pairs when the collection comes out on Dec. 8. I really like ’em.

OK, I’m off to re-watch the new Gilmore Girls “Spring” episode again. Have a great night. If you have a minute, say hi in the comments and let me know how you’re doing.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. A Thanksgiving Day feast. I ate all of this…

P.P.S. Well, not all of it…but I ate a lot.

T-day 2016

T-Day 2016

Cranberry sauce

Cranberry sauce!



Green beans

Green beans

Lumpia, the Filipino version of an egg roll

Lumpia (they’re like a Filipino egg roll)

Pancit, a Filipino noodle dish

Pancit, a Filipino noodle dish

Sweet potatoes

Oh! Sweet potatoes…

Mashed potatoes

Mmm…mashed potatoes…


Piercings: Whatchu Got?

Published in: Just For Fun

I only have my ears pierced...I'm basic like that

I only have my ears pierced… I’m basic like that.

Absolutely nothing interesting. All I have are pierced ears, and I didn’t really have a say in that. My mom got them pierced when I was just a little baby in the hospital (it’s a cultural thing for Filipinos). I think I must have been a day or two old.

I plan to get Connor Claire’s ears pierced one of these days when El Hub isn’t looking, because he says that he just wants to preserve her babyhood forever (like, until she’s in her 30s, haha), but he probably won’t even notice for a few weeks afterward.


The only other thing I ever wanted to get pierced myself was my nose. I went through a phase circa 1993 when I wanted a nose ring, but it didn’t last long.

That’s all I can think of right now. I didn’t go through a pierced belly button phase because, I don’t know…I never really had a tummy that I wanted to show off.

Hmm… I don’t really like how that sounded, but it’s the truth.

How about you? What piercings do you have?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. It’s you, me and the Gilmore girls, love. That’ll be our post-turkey day recuperation/celebration. I’ll bring the peach Bellini and pecan pie. See you in Stars Hollow in approximately 90 minutes. 🙂

An Ode to Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Sticks

Published in: Hourglass, Skin Care, Video

Do you have a second? — because if you do, get into my Mazda, girl! Let’s go to Sephora! You need to check out these Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Sticks. They’re my favorite foundation at the moment. Period. The coverage is flexible, and that’s perfect for my current mission in life, which is to have my makeup look as natural as possible.

hourglass vanish

The Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Sticks ($46 each) and Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Brush ($46)

hourglass vanish foundation before-after

From the left: bare skin, a layer of Beige, and Beige worn with additional makeup

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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