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What Are Your Three Biggest Tips for Faster Makeup Application?

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Tips to do your makeup faster

Here are my three…

1. It’s timer time

Use a timer, and place it right within your line of sight (where you can’t possibly ignore it).

I use the timer on my iPhone (and I disable the screen lock feature, so the display doesn’t go to sleep), but a good old-fashioned kitchen egg timer works, too. Anything with a countdown timer or an unmistakeable alarm… Just watching the clock doesn’t work for me. I guess it’s too easy to ignore, LOL!

2. As Spock would say, “Organization is logical.”

Keep all of your most important makeup essentials together, organized and accessible, in a way that makes sense to you.

I keep my most-used products in a clear tray with different compartments. That way I’m not wasting time rutting around in different bags and drawers trying to find my everyday essentials like primer, foundation, concealer, etc.

3. Let’s keep it clean, people

Clean your brushes after every use so they’re in good shape when you need them.

Hourglass No. 2 Brush

Seriously, I don’t even want to think about how much time I used to waste looking for clean brushes while getting ready. Now, whenever I’m done doing my makeup — if not right then, then later that night — I thoroughly clean my brushes (or at least give them a quick once-over with Wet Ones Wipes).

Your turn! What are your three biggest tips for faster makeup application? Time-strapped minds want to know…

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

What Was the Last DIY or Homemade Hair, Makeup or Beauty Product You Made and Used?

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Remember how I said my lips were painfully windburned and chapped from that four-hour marathon kayaking mis-adventure on Lake Tahoe a little over a week ago? Well, I made a homemade sugar and olive oil lip scrub for them last weekend, and yay! — now they’re almost back to normal.

I mixed a little olive oil and some granulated sugar into a thick paste. (I didn’t really pay attention to how much I used of each. I pretty much just eyeballed it.) Then I rubbed that on my lips.

Sometimes when I do this I use an old toothbrush to buff the paste on my lips like an exfoliator.

But this time I just used my fingers…

It works great! And it’s super cheap, too. Plus, if you want to, you can lick the leftovers off your lips instead of rinsing, LOL!

I’m just sayin… :)

How about you? What was the last DIY or homemade hair, makeup or beauty product you made and used? (I would not turn down any recipes if you have them.)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 334

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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 seven 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. Spam (as in the canned “meat”): love it or leave it?
    Ugh…as much as I hate to admit this, I kind of love it. :) Not gonna lie. Even though I’m not a big meat eater anymore, sometimes I crave eggs over easy, fried Spam, rice and ketchup. I grew up eating that kind of thing for breakfast (it’s a Filipino thing), and occasionally I’ll still get a hankering for it.
  2. Love smells like [FILL IN THE BLANK].
    • Freshly baked chocolate chip cookies
    • El Hub right after he gets out of the shower and gives me a big bear hug
    • My parents’ house at Christmas
    • Tabby’s stinky kitty breath first thing in the morning
  3. Have you ever had really terrible bangs?
    Well, I was a tween in the late ’80s, so yes, I have. And they were TERRIBLE! They looked like a Brillo pad that someone had just used to clean a BBQ, LOL!

    No matter how hard I tried, I could never get them to look the way I wanted them to — like the big haired bangs all the cool girls had at my school.

    Not my best hair years, that’s for sure.

  4. When you take selfies, do you ever make those kissy/fish faces?
    I’ve tried a few times, but I must be doing something wrong with my kissy fish face looks because, yeah, not cute.
  5. Do you ever see wild animals where you live?
    OOH! Wild animals… Sounds so primeval. No, no lions, tigers, bears and that sort of thing, but we do see coyotes, raccoons, squirrels, foxes, turkeys, deer and the occasional bunny rabbit.

Le List

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


1. Spam (as in the canned meat): love it or leave it?
2. Love smells like [FILL IN THE BLANK].
3. Have you ever had really terrible bangs?
4. When you take selfies, do you ever make those kissy/fish faces?
5. Do you ever see wild animals where you live?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. It’s back-to-school week, isn’t it? If you’re currently in school, what are you studying? I was sort of a confused academic soul. I studied two totally different things, English and Biology.

My folks wanted me to be a scientist or doctor, but I was more into artsy stuff… Go figure. :)

Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 309

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The Tabs Diaries: Uncensored

Dear Diary,

I could really use a bowl of stress relief tea right now. This promises to be a hectic fall. Busy, busy, busy. Being an international kitty supermodel, fall is typically a really intense time for me, and this fall will be no exception.

I have a lot on my plate over the next few weeks — the VMAs on the 24th, the Emmys on the 25th, Fashion Week next month, the US Open (paws crossed!).

I’m booked to cover the awards shows for E! News this year as their exclusive kitty correspondent, which is a brand new gig for me. Am I excited? Absolutely, but I’m also a little nervous, as I have yet to figure out what bow tie to wear (or if I should wear one at all?).

Fashion-wise, I’m usually a Chanel cat, through and through. Always have been. Karl and I have an excellent relationship, but with the issues I’ve been having with Choupette lately, I’m not sure…

Dolce & Gabbana called, so I may go with something from them, but this is all off the record, of course. I’m even nervous writing it here.

Let’s see, what else… Oh! Fashion Week is coming up, and I’m booked for a slew of shows. For sure, I’ll be walking for Marc Jacobs, Badgley Mischka, Diane Von Furstenberg and Rebecca Minkoff, but I’m not sure as to what my final show schedule will look like, purr usual. My assistant is in charge of all that, and she hasn’t yet programmed it into my iPhone.

(read more…)

7 Ways to Win a $50 eGift Card From Sephora! (Ends Monday)

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A Makeup and Beauty Blog giveaway
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You know that movie The Time Traveler’s Wife?

I watched it again… It was on TV last night.

That movie is just so incredibly sad, isn’t it? But neat. It’s like, here’s what happens when something that could be a gift is actually a curse.

Rachel McAdams sure knows how to pick those heart-wrenching love stories…

Speaking of gifts, happy caturday! Every day we share together, my friend, is a gift, and yes, that’s corny, but I do not care. Not one bit. :)

How’s it going this morning? Did you do anything interesting or fun last night? El Hub and I had dinner at a Japanese place here in town that we hadn’t been to before (eh, it was OK), and then walked down the street and got ice cream at Powell’s Sweet Shoppe, and that store is always fun. I’m serious, if Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory had a satellite corporate office, it would probably look just like that store. They have every kind of candy imaginable, from chocolate-covered bacon necklaces to giant rainbow lollipops to caramel peanut clusters the size of small watermelons.

And after that we watched that movie at home. Pretty quiet evening.

Your nephew seems to be in good spirits this morning. Right after I woke up I pet him for a while, so he met his quota for lurvies, and as you know, his moods are pretty much entirely dependent on food and love. Like mommy like tabby.

Well, that’s about it for me. I’m gonna go make my first cup of coffee now and something to eat (Eggo waffles, perhaps?). Good luck in this weekend’s giveaway. Talk to you soon. :)

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