Guerlain Terracotta Pause d’Eté for the Crème de la Crème of Bronzing Bad-@ssery

Published in: Face, Guerlain, Makeup, Product Reviews

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I don’t know which is more breathtaking — the intricate braided design on the Guerlain Terracotta Pause D’Ete Bronzing Powder Duo pan or its breathtaking price.

$86.

I KNOW.

Both are equally able to knock the wind out of you.

When I think of high-end, crème de la crème bronzing bad-@ssery, Guerlain is the first brand that comes to mind (Terracotta Healthy Glow Powder Duo in 03 Naturel Brunettes is always in my makeup bag). Whenever I wear their easy, effortless, beautifully buttery bronzers, I feel like I’ve been kissed by the sun…even when I haven’t spent any time in it.

Unfortunately, they’re also expensive.

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This summer their Terracotta Pause d’Eté bronzer pan has three powder parts — a brown powder ring of Guerlain Terracotta shade in 03, and a golden braided overspray (which blends away after a few uses) surrounding a peachy blush center.

Mixing the three together creates a warm peachy brown with a hint of golden pearl that reminds me a little of MAC Gingerly Blush, which is probably why I’m into it. I’ve been into barely-there cheek color lately (it’s a phase), but you can build up the intensity.

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This Hair Towel Will Change Your Life: The Awesome Aquis Hair Towel Is Now at Sephora

Published in: Aquis, Hair, Product Reviews

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I had to do the math — not once, but TWICE. Has it really been seven years since I discovered the amazing-ness that is the Aquis Hair Towel?

Holy yikes!

The one I got back in 2009 as a gift from my friend Jen is still going strong (I just used it last night, as a matter of fact), and to this day, I use it all the time.

I’m so devoted that it comes with me on trips, and if I forget to bring it, I freak-the-eff-out. It’s not just a hair towel… It’s a way of life!

Anyway, I’m excited because now my favorite hair towel is available at Sephora.

It used to be that I could only find them at Bed Bath & Beyond, but now when you roll up to replenish your favorite blush or grab a new liner, you can also drop one of these Aquis towels into your little basket and thus change your life. Ploop!

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Once I started using it, I couldn’t go back. It’s a supernaturally absorbent hair towel made with a special microfiber fabric that sucks the living crap out of every water molecule in wet hair.

I have long hair, and at its longest, it takes — I’m not kidding — about three hours to dry if I let it air dry after using a regular cotton bath towel. But when I use the Aquis, it takes half as time. Plus, my hair looks less frizzy and even breaks less! The fabric is much smoother than a regular bath towel and doesn’t tug on or rough up my hair cuticles as much.

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Paint Your Paws at Your Keyboard: Multitasking Manis Are a Thing

Published in: Essie, Makeup Tips/How To, Nails

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I had to paint my paws this morning for the secret squirrel project I’m working on, but I didn’t have time to do a full-on mani with the works — soaking, filing, pushing back my cuticles with an orange stick, etc., you know the drill — so I did everything right at my keyboard.

Yeah, that’s totally a thing.

In my world, LOL!

If you’re always in front of your computer like I am, painting your nails at your keyboard takes multitasking to the next level, and it’s a real option, especially if you use a quick drying polish.

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I like these Essie Gel Couture Polishes, which I know I’ve already mentioned, but I like ’em that much. I’m wearing First View today, which is a baby blue with a hint of pearl).

Technically, the formula isn’t called “quick drying,” but it is. Layers dry in about five minutes, and I’ve been wearing these a lot lately and talking about them all the time because they’re grrrrreat. I love the colors, and I can usually get 6-7 days out of them before any chips.

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Like I was saying, for my keyboard manis, I’ll do a layer, then type a little while it dries. This time I answered some comments on MBB and wrote two emails. Then I’ll repeat with a second layer.

And as long as I’m careful when I type and don’t bump my nails, I don’t get any nicks.

Time really flies, too, while I’m at my keyboard, so this is truly a nifty mental trick to actually getting your paws painted.

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 435

Published in: Just For Fun

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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. Facial or massage?
    Ooh! Tough choice. But I’ll go with the massage, and I know exactly what kind I want — a 90-minute deep-tissue spa massage in a dark, quiet (except for a soothing CD playing whale sounds softly in the background) room that smells like lavender.
  2. High heels or tennis shoes?
    GIRL. The aisles at Target are my runway. I stomp-walk down them as I push my cart in my tennis shoes, haha!
  3. Big earrings or big rings?
    I love big-@ss hoops (the bigger the better), but they’re off limits for me right now because Connor is going through a grabby hands stage and apparently believes that all jewelry exists for her personal amusement, either to be tugged on or placed into her mouth.
  4. Romance or comedy?
    Rrrrrrromance, but you have to say it with a long rolled “R.”
  5. The ’80s or the ’90s?
    Please don’t make me choose! I love them both, but if I HAVE to choose…I choose the ’80s, because the makeup was colorful, the hair was big, and the pop music was killer.

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

1. Facial or massage?
2. High heels or tennis shoes?
3. Big earrings or big rings?
4. Romance or comedy?
5. The ’80s or the ’90s?

Could you please do me a solid and pour a little of that “real” coffee into my mug of fake coffee, a.k.a. decaf? I’ll be your best friend. 🙂

I’ve yawned 12 times in the past two minutes. I NEEEEED it!

Yup, it’s Monday again. It’s baaaack, and it’s back with a vengeance! But there’s nothin’ to it but to do it. I promise, you can do it. Just take one tiny task a time, and try to ignore the noise.

I’ve been secretly working on a big side project for what feels like forever, and it’s almost ready to go. Here’s a hint: it involves cats and makeup, and it’s just about ready to announce. I’m very, very, very excited about it, and while I put on the finishing touches this week, I won’t be posting as often as usual, especially today and tomorrow. But I’ll still be around and checking in throughout the day.

Sending massive amounts of positive energy your way, friend. Have a wonderful day and a fabulous week. Talk to you soon.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 409

Published in: Just For Fun, Tabs

Rio Cat Olympics

“Mrowww!” — which translates to “Victoryyy!” That’s what Tabs hopes to shout this week after he competes in his Summer Cat Olympic events in Rio.

Yes, as I’m sure comes as a surprise to absolutely no one at all who’s reading this… 🙂 Tabs is a favorite to win gold for Team U.S.A. in a number of events…

Like butt showing, which he’s been practicing for his entire life.

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He’s also expected to win at least one silver medal. He came in second to world champion French fence sitter Jacques Durand in the prelims, but you know what they say about the Cat Olympics. Anything can happen.

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His other best chance to take home the gold is in the bacon hiding competition, which he’s really only been practicing for a few months. His training started one morning when I gave him a small piece of bacon after breakfast, and he picked it up out of his food bowl and ran away with it to hide it somewhere in the house!

I never found it…

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