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How Old Were You When You Got Your First Makeover at a Counter? Tell Me About It.

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Time for a trip down memory lane

Time for a trip down memory lane…

The year was 1989.

Saved by the Bell was in its inaugural season (Zack and Kelly 4 ever!), and I was just a wee lass of 14, but because I was a freshman in high school, of course I thought I was all grown up and mature.

LOL!

Little did I know…

That fall my mom took me on my very first trip to a makeup counter. It was Clinique.

It’s one of my fondest makeup memories, and one of my favorite memories with my mom, because she’s never been a real makeup person at all, but she did it for me.

I was devouring teen magazines at the time and scouring them for makeup tips and stuff (oh, to live in the time before beauty blogs) when one day, on the drive to school, my mom asked me if I was interested in going to get some makeup.

Uh…of course I said yes. :)

So, that weekend we went to a Clinique counter at the Newpark Mall. I picked out a blush, an eyeshadow (’twas pink and blue… So late ’80s!), a lipstick and a foundation.

No mascara, though, because my mom deemed it “too mature.”

Not to be overly dramatic…but that trip kind of changed my life. Before that trip to the Clinique counter, I was forced to sneak and wear makeup on the down-low because my parents were very strict.

Finally, I didn’t have to sneak around anymore, and it was pure joy. The makeup floodgates opened. I could finally express myself without hiding.

Your turn! How old were you when you got your first makeover at a counter? Tell me about it.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. I hope you had a wonderful Labor Day, babe. Ours was nice. We spent the afternoon in the city at Golden Gate Park, and I did something new, too. El Hub and I rented a paddleboat and tooled around Stow Lake, which I don’t remember ever even seeing before (and I lived right next to the park for a couple years!). It was quite a fun day.

Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 336

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The Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll for September 1, 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. This morning we’re getting brunch at the local greasy spoon. What’s your order?
    Ooh! Banana pancakes, two eggs over easy (please, not over medium), hash browns, a side of fruit (easy on the mellon) and coffee (with tons of cream and sugar).

    I swear, I wake up ravenous every morning, as if I’ve been hibernating all winter long. It’s dangerous when we go out to eat, like going grocery shopping when you’re starved, because I end up ordering more than I can actually consume, but whatevs. Bring it on!

  2. When in doubt, throw on ______.
    A bright lipstick, ’cause at least you’ll look like you tried, and/or some black stretchy pants, ’cause then at least you’ll be comfortable.
  3. Have you ever been sailing?
    I have not, even though I live near San Francisco Bay, which is often covered by sailboats.

    The problem is, horror movies. I’ve watched one too many of them involving sailboats, freak storms and pirates…

  4. Do your parents still live in your childhood home?
    They do. They’ve lived in the same house for over 30 years, which is neat when I go home to visit. It brings back a lot of memories.
  5. Tom Ford African Violet

  6. A nail polish shade you never get tired of wearing?
    Tom Ford’s African Violet.

    It’s such a bright, happy shade, but it’s one of those that also has kind of a tough girl edge at the same.

Le List

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


1. This morning we’re getting brunch at the local greasy spoon. What’s your order?
2. When in doubt, throw on ______.
3. Have you ever been sailing?
4. Do your parents still live in your childhood home?
5. A nail polish shade you never get tired of wearing?

Good morning, glory. :) Happy Labor Day, which I hope you’re celebrating by not working (or not working very hard).

I love it when holidays fall on a Monday because, seriously, Mondays can use all the help they can get.

We haven’t figured out what we’re going to do yet — maybe drive up to Guerneville and the Russian River, or maybe go hiking on Mount Tam. Whatever we do, though, I want it to be at least partly outside. Gotta soak up as much sunshine as possible (while wearing sunscreen, of course).

What are you doing today?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME! Win Kitty Noms From Purina Pro Plan (Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 311)

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Enter to win cat snacks from Purina Pro Plan

This post is sponsored by Purina Pro Plan #proplancatpartner. For information about my posting policy, please see my Disclaimer.

Sponsored by Purina Pro Plan Cat

Tabs is such a fan of Purina Pro Plan Savory snacks that he made arrangements with a bigwig exec over there to give some away (seriously, he told the lady, “Mrow!”). Five lucky winners will each receive a special prize pack of Purina Pro Plan cat snacks and other swag, paw-picked by Tabs. You can enter in up to five ways, and the giveaway closes at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, September 10, 2014.

Scroll down for the full details… Good luck!

Prize

Tabs and I will randomly select five (5) lucky winners to each receive the following: 3 Purina Pro Plan Savory Bites snack bags in Tuna, Salmon and Chicken; 1 Purina Pro Plan tote bag; 1 plastic food bowl; easy-clean placemat; extra large refrigerator magnet; and a $5 coupon for Purina Pro Plan brand cat (or dog) snacks. BONUS: an 8×10″ glossy autographed picture of Tabs. :)

Win snacks for your cat

How to enter

Twitter (1 winner will be randomly selected)

  1. Follow me on Twitter @karenmbb
  2. Send me a tweet and finish the phrase, “My cat is great because…” and include the hashtag #winkittynoms and @ProPlanCat

Instagram (1 winner will be randomly selected)

  1. Be sure you’re following me on Instagram @karenmbb
  2. Leave a comment there on the Instagram post finishing the phrase, “My cat is great because…”

Facebook (1 winner will be randomly selected)

  1. Find the original giveaway post on my Facebook page (here’s a link to it)
  2. Leave a comment there finishing the phrase, “My cat is great because…”

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

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A Makeup and Beauty Blog giveaway
A Sephora giveaway on Makeup and Beauty Blog

“Let her play with Lego, for crying out loud!”

I’m sitting here on the couch with the laptop watching Extreme Guide to Parenting, and I just heard El Hub yell that from the other room.

And he’s not even watching the show. He’s just eavesdropping, LOL!

Rise and shine, pal o’ mine! It’s caturday! :) Do you know where your husky tabby is?

The one who manages this office is disgruntled and pacing around the house because he wants to go outside. There are these crows who are sort of casing the joint. They’re sitting in the closest tree branches, cawing at the top of their crow lungs, and it’s p*ssing Tabs off. He’s like, “Dammit! Those effing birds!”

Poor kitty…

In other news, it’s giveaway time. Good luck to you. I hope you have a great weekend, too. El Hub and I are talking about going kayaking again on the Russian River tomorrow, but we’ll see. We have a couple other things to do. One of them, actually, involves something special for the cat enthusiasts tomorrow afternoon, so if you have a kitty (or two or 12), be sure to check back tomorrow.

Win a $50 gift card from Sephora

  • One (1) Sephora eGift card containing $50 sent to the winner by email (international readers, you may opt to receive $50 sent by PayPal instead).

  • Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.
  • Open to U.S. and international readers.
  • You must be 18 or older to enter (or otherwise an adult based on your local laws).
  • Your comment can be about anything at all, but here are some ideas if you’re stuck:
    • What was your favorite toy or game growing up?
    • Have you ever braided someone else’s hair?
    • Have you ever had super skinny, thin brows?
    • When was the last time you wore false lashes?
    • Do you currently dye your hair?
    • Do you put mascara on your bottom lashes?
  • You can enter in up to seven ways to boost your chances of winning.
  • The giveaway ends on Monday, September 1, 2014 at 11:59 PM (Pacific Time). :)
  • Full terms and conditions are available in the widget.

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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Do You See Yourself Wearing Makeup Into Your 40s (If You’re Under 40), 50s, 60s and Beyond?

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From a few Christmases ago — my granny touching up her red lipgloss!

I can definitely see myself wearing makeup into my 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond (I’m 39 now and lovin’ it!). It’s such a big part of my everyday life, and I still enjoy it very much. I can’t imagine not wearing it.

I’m sure my style will change as I “grow up,” of course, but I like to think that even when I’m a sassy 60-something surrounded by 18 cats, I’ll still be busting out the big glam fairly often. :D

If, as I grow older, I’m judged for still playing with makeup, I’m perfectly comfortable with that.

How about you, friend? Do you see yourself wearing makeup into your 40s (if you’re under 40), 50s, 60s and beyond? Please leave your answer in the comments below!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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