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What Are You Wearing on Your Nails?

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Smith & Cult Tenderoni

Smith & Cult Nail Lacquer in Tenderoni ($18)

I’m almost ashamed to admit this (but apparently not ashamed enough to keep it to myself): when I was 15, I was obsessed with Bobby Brown.

Not the makeup maven (Bobbi), but the R&B one (Bobby), as in the former member of New Edition/ex-husband of Whitney (RIP, Whit).

I knew all the choreography in the Every Little Step video, had a picture of him on the front of my geometry folder (he was wearing a shiny gold and purple suit, wha?!) and, on more than one occasion, slow danced to Roni, Bobby’s ode to cute girls looking for love in all the wrong places.

I also may or may not have thought of myself as a Tenderoni.

Um, barf!

I do have a point with all this, and here it is: when I saw that this creamy taupe nail lacquer by Smith & Cult was called Tenderoni, something in me clicked. I had to get it on my paws!

Smith & Cult is a new nail line by Dineh Mohajer, the founder of Hard Candy, and they get my vote for “Most Clever Nail Polish Names, Ever” (like Dirty Baby, Cut the Mullet, Bitter Buddhist, and Feed the Rich). Each of the 30 shades in the line is inspired by different key life moments…and apparently this one relates to when I was 15 and had designs on marrying Bobby Brown, LOL! Ew…

Well, at least I can look back at that clueless but lovable Karen and laugh my @ss off now. Yup, nothing but mad love for that girl. :)

Smith & Cult Check the Rhyme

Check the Rhyme ($18)

So, of course, with this mani I had to do an accent nail. The creamy purple is Check the Rhyme, also by Smith & Cult.

With both shades, I’m wearing two layers and a base coat.

Smith & Cult Nail Lacquers are $18 each, and if you’re curious (and how could you not be? That packaging is killer!), you can check out the full collection online now.

Let those fingers do the typing, and let me know what you’re currently wearing on your nails. Bonus points if you also happen to have an embarrassing story from your teenage years. :)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

What Are Your 5 Favorite Face Makeup Products Right Now?

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I really enjoyed seeing your favorite five in yesterday’s eye products post. I saw a ton of great products that have slipped off my radar screen (but need to go back on). Now let’s talk face products today.

For the formal transcript of the official makeup record, I have acne-prone (especially around my chin area, boo) combination dry/oily skin, and these are the top five face products currently rockin’ my boat…

  1. Laura Mercier Flawless Fluide Foundation ($48) — I must sound like a broken record with the way I’m always singing Flawless Fluide’s praises, but dangit I love the stuff! I think it’s one of the best liquid foundations out there meow.
  2. MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance Base Visage ($41) — Currently addicted to this primer: me. I’ve been using it daily.
  3. Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer ($39) — I like this so much that I bought a backup during the Sephora VIB sale…even though I’m not even halfway finished with my current bottle. :)
  4. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette ($58) — When I’m not testing other blushes and can use whatever my heart desires, I grab this palette.
  5. Guerlain Perles d’Etoiles Illuminating Pearls ($60) — Super obsessed with this (said in a singsongy voice)! It gives me that magical holiday Guerlain glow.

Your turn, babe. What are your five favorite face makeup products right now?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. Happy hump day.

What Are Your 5 Favorite Eye Products Right Now?

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Rise and shine, pal o’ mine! Let’s talk top eye products on this terrific Tuesday…

Here are my five favorite eye products right now. Mind you, the list changes all the time…so this is just a current snapshot.

  1. BECCA Ombre Nudes Eyeshadow Palette ($40) — Really great for easy, blown-out matte neutral eye looks.
  2. Rouge Bunny Rouge Satin Eyeliner in Blue Roan ($28) — Kind of obsessed with this blue liquid liner…
  3. Tom Ford Brow Sculptor in Espresso ($44) — It’s crazy stupid expensive, but I swear, Tom makes the best brow pencil out there now (also available in Blonde, Taupe and Chestnut). Life changing.
  4. MAC Eye Shadow in Woodwinked ($16) — This warm golden oldie is a goodie.
  5. Cle de Peau Perfect Lash Mascara ($50) — So waterproof that it laughed at the perspiration that poured off my face in the 13.1-mile half-marathon, as if to say, “Is that all you got?!” Too expensive, but it’s so, so good…

How about you, sweets? What are your five favorite eye products right now?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 347

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The Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll for November 17, 2014

The Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll for November 17, 2014

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. Have you ever accidentally spilled the beans on a secret you were supposed to keep?
    Naw. If it’s really important, I’m pretty good about keeping my mouth shut.
  2. Would you rather be able to fly, or have telekinesis (the ability to move things with your mind)?
    Oh fly, definitely. That way if my car didn’t have gas, I could still get around and wouldn’t have to rely on public transportation.

    Of course, I’d have to bring a bag of accoutrements with me to fix my hair and makeup once I arrived at my destination, because knowing my luck, I’d always end up with insects up in my grill…

  3. Have you ever had a crush on someone at work?
    Yeah, but you know, that was ages ago. I think it’s kind of inevitable, especially with people you spend a lot of time with, but that old saying is there for a reason: “Don’t sh*t where you eat.”

    At least I think that’s the saying… Whatever it is, it’s true.

  4. On a scale of 1-10, with one being a complete klutz and 10 being a world-class ballerina, how graceful are you?
    Exactly 7.25. No more, no less. :)
  5. I’ve always thought I have a good eye for __________.
    Photography composition. I struggle with a lot of the technical aspects of photography, but that’s one part that’s not so hard for me.

Le List

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


1. Have you ever accidentally spilled the beans on a secret you were supposed to keep?
2. Would you rather be able to fly, or have telekinesis?
3. Have you ever had a crush on someone at work?
4. On a scale of 1-10, with one being a complete klutz and 10 being a world-class ballerina, how graceful are you?
5. I’ve always thought I have a good eye for __________.

T-minus four days till Mockingjay: Part 1. Have a great Monday, and may the odds be ever in your favor.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 322

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Taking time to give thanks

Dear fans, friends and felines,

It’s with a happy heart and a full tum that I say, “success!” I just finished hosting my very first Thanksgiving, and it went extremely well.

Due to scheduling conflicts later this month, my guests and I celebrated today. A couple of the major shareholders of Tabs the Cat Industries LLC attended, as well as my assistant Karen. Overall, it was an intimate gathering. Lots of food, friends and fabulousness.

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