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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 338

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll

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. Do you prefer spicy, salty or sweet?
    When Tabs isn’t running my life like a little dictator, my sweet tooth is.

    I have noticed, though, that over the past few years some of the sweet things I used to ravenously crave, like Reese’s Pieces and Ghirardelli milk chocolate, don’t light my fire the way they used to. Now they taste almost too sweet for me.

    I think I’m gradually turning into one of those peeps (mmm…peeps) who likes a little salt with her sweets.

  2. Who’s been doing your brows these days?
    To quote De La Soul, “It’s just me myself and I.”
  3. What was the last topic you and your BFF talked or texted about?
    Surprisingly, for once, it had nothing at all to do with capri pants, haha.

    We talked about books. She just finished rereading The Great Gatsby (she’s on a classics kick), and I’m in the middle of Daughter of Smoke and Bone and loving every minute of it.

  4. This week I give myself permission to _____.
    This week I give myself permission to take it easy because, note to self, not everything has to be difficult, Karen!
  5. Have you ever fostered an animal?
    No, not yet. I’d love to. I can definitely see myself fostering kitties someday, but my current employment contract stipulates that I not take on any additional jobs assisting other felines while I’m employed by Tabs… He’s spoiled and ferociously territorial. I’d be worried about bringing any other cats into this office environment.

Le List

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

1. Do you prefer spicy, salty or sweet?
2. Who’s been doing your brows these days?
3. What was the last topic you and your BFF talked or texted about?
4. This week,I give myself permission to _____
5. Have you ever fostered an animal?

So, I’ve been on a Karl Lagerfeld quote kick lately (blame it on the sweatpants!), and the more of them I read, the more I’m convinced that hanging out with him would be simultaneously terrifying and fun.

Homeboy says some crazy sh*t! Some of it is just so ridiculous that I can’t help but laugh.

“When I was four I asked my mother for a valet for my birthday.”

But he also says some things that resonate with me…

“I’m never content with what I do. I live in a sort of permanent dissatisfaction. I think that’s the secret to doing things well.”

I don’t know about it being the secret to doing things well, but I can relate to the part about never being content with what I do.

Freakin’ Karl… I’d love to have coffee with him someday. I think a conversation with him would be wonderfully weird and inspiring.

And speaking of inspiration (and lame transitions, yes), here are some things I’ve been liking lately…

I hope you have a wonderful Monday, babe, and a great week. :)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 313

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Sundays with Tabs

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
It sucks when you don’t get any downtime.

Forty-five minutes after his paw stepped off the catwalk at New York Fashion Week last Thursday, Tabs was on a flight from JFK bound for Kansas.

It’s because I booked him for back-to-back kitty modeling jobs immediately after New York, even though I didn’t think it was a good idea at all. I thought he’d need some rest after walking in so many shows, but he insisted, and whatever tabby wants, tabby gets.

The Kansas job was an historic first for us — an on-location shoot for a brand new line of eyeshadow duos made by Tabs. So he was both the model and the client.

It worked out great. They did the shoot in a corn field and hired a local turkey actor. I couldn’t believe they actually found a turkey who could model, but Tabs said the bird had skills…

And then right after the Kansas shoot, Tabs took the redeye to Los Angeles, where he had a couple of meetings and worked on four more kitty modeling jobs.

He only got back from L.A. this morning, and now he’s upstairs in the sink taking a nap.

If you’re interested, here are the kitty modeling campaigns Tabs worked on… :)

Tabs for the new Awesome Air Cat Eyeshadow Trio

Tabs for the new Awesome Air Eyeshadow Trio in Sunrise

New Fall Favorites Cat Eyeshadow Duos in Turkey and Chicken

Tabs for the new Fall Favorites Cat Eyeshadow Duos in Turkey and Chicken

Tabs for Determination, a new fragrance for cats

Tabs for Determination, a new fragrance for cats

(read more…)

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

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A Sephora giveaway on Makeup and Beauty Blog

Do you dare enter now for your chance to win a $50 e-gift card to Sephora…?


I just realized that I missed out on a free bear claw…

The last time I went to Panera Bread they said I’d earned one through their membership thingy program, but I had to use it by the ninth. I didn’t want it then because I was there for lunch, and it was noon. Now I’m too late…

See, there’s an important life lesson there. Never look a gift bear claw in the mouth. No matter what time it is, no matter if you want it or not, don’t wait. You take that bear claw, and you eat that bear claw, you hear me? :)


In other news, happy caturday! Rise and shine, pal o’ mine. I hope you got a good night’s sleep. I slept pretty well, considering the scary movie I watched last night. (A sci-fi horror thriller called The Machine on Netflix. Brace yourself for the opening scene. That’s all I’m saying.)

Purr usual, I haven’t figured out what I’m doing yet today… I know that we definitely need some groceries (we’re down to carrots, soy milk and instant decaf coffee, blech!), so probably Trader Joe’s right away. After that, we’ll see.

Good luck in the giveaway, babe, and have a wonderful day. Talk to you soon.

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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Have You Ever Called To Complain About Someone at a Store or Makeup Counter (Please, No Names)?

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GURL, let me tell you something…

Nope, I haven’t. Not yet. Although I have come very close…

So close that I had my phone out and my fingers hovering millimeters over the number pad to call a customer service line one time last year.

It was regarding an incident at a particular store (which shall not be named, just because I don’t feel like ganging up on them in public). I was there looking at NARS and took out my phone to check some notes I’d made earlier in the day.

It was my day off (Saturday), and I was happy to just be there playing with makeup. I thought, “Hey, why don’t I do a quick tweet with a pic of some NARS shadows and give a special shout-out to this great store that I love so much?”

Well, one of the gals working there saw me take the pic with my phone and loudly, and not-so-nicely, ordered me to stop, saying that photography in the store wasn’t allowed.

I understand being told to stop. It was their company policy, but after that, the girl hovered over me until I deleted the pic, saying that she didn’t trust me to do it on my own.

Yes, she actually said that to my face.

I get that some places don’t allow pics, but honestly, I was pretty p*ssed. Not about the policy, but about the approach.

Maybe the girl was having a bad day, but I still felt like she could’ve handled it with more finesse.

I was actually at the store to stock up on some skin care and makeup and planned to drop a good chunk of change (I’d been really looking forward to the visit), but I was so turned off by the way I was treated that I just walked out right then and there. Later at home I purchased the products online from somewhere else.

I haven’t purchased anything from that store since, and now, whenever I walk by it at the mall, I curse them under my breath (“A plague on both your houses!”). And when the store ever comes up in casual conversation, I always re-tell that story…

How about you? Have you ever called to complain about someone at a store or makeup counter (please, no names)?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. TGIF! :)

Reader Poll: What’s the Best Concealer (or Combination of Products) for Dark Under-Eye Circles?

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Another way to cover dark circles...

Another way to cover dark circles…

You probably already know which one I’m currently using to disguise the permanent purple half moon residents living underneath my eyes (seriously, I should charge them rent) because I regularly shout it from the rafters, but for the cheap seats in the back, it’s MAC Pro Longwear Concealer.

It’s a full-coverage liquid concealer that comes in a glass bottle, so it’s a little fragile, and it has a pump dispenser, which isn’t always easy to use (I squirt too much!).

I usually mix it with MAC Careblends Grapefruit + Chamomile Essential Oil (I do about a 50/50 ratio of each) to sheer Pro Longwear out a little, because of how pigmented it is. I love MAC Pro Longwear by itself, but for me, mixing it with the oil helps to keep it from camping in my fine lines and makes the coverage look even more natural, and not as heavy.

I love this combo, but I’m always looking for a better option…because I can’t stand Pro Longwear’s pump. If you have a recommendation for an end-all, be-all under-eye concealer that’s been rocking your world, please share. My dark circles and I beg you. :)

What’s your pick for the best under-eye concealer (or combination of products) for dark under-eye circles?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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