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Comment to Win a $50 eGift Card From MAC! (Ends Monday)

Published in: Giveaways, Just For Fun

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Weird! I just looked up the term “cutie patootie” in the dictionary, and right there on the page was a picture of Zac Efron!

Fo’ reals, though. :)

Girl, how come you didn’t tell me to watch 17 Again sooner!? It was such a cute movie! And I love movies like that. I feel like I really dropped the ball on that one by not watching it sooner… LOL!

Rise and shine, morning glory! Judging by the sun streaming through my windows, it’s a beautiful, but eerily quiet, day. I don’t hear a single bird singing right now, which is highly unusual… Most mornings are a cacophony of bird-related activity, but I don’t hear a single tweet or chirp. I wonder what’s going on out there…

Oh! I can’t believe I almost forgot to mention this, but do you ever play fancy card games? El Hub has been getting me into boardgames and card games lately, and he ordered a really fun one from Amazon called Love Letters. It’s so much fun! It’s quick and easy to play, and only about $10, but we have a blast. Highly recommended for couples.

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I’m kind of anticipating some power outages this fall and winter due to this whole El Niño thing, so we’re stocking up on a few games to have around just in case.

Good luck in the giveaway this long weekend, my friend! I hope you’re doing something fun for Labor Day. :)

Prize

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

$50 MAC eGIFT CARD

Rules

  • Enter by leaving a comment 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:
    • Do you bring your foundation up over your ears?
    • Are there any books from which you’ve memorized certain passages?
    • A highly underrated hair product?
    • A special time of day for you?
    • Who makes the best popcorn?
    • A funny phrase you say often?
  • One entry per person.
  • You must use a valid email address to win.
  • The giveaway ends on Monday, September 7, 2015 at 11:59 PM (Pacific Time). :)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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Are You a Beauty Snoop? Do You Ever Spy in Other People’s Makeup Bags or Medicine Cabinets?

Published in: Just For Fun

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Yes, girl, I’m a beauty snoop. :) Just call me Harriet the Spy of makeup, although I wouldn’t go so far as to call myself a nosy Nellie… It’s fairly innocent. I’d say that I just have a healthy curiosity.

Sometimes, and I can’t believe I’m admitting this because now nobody will ever invite me over, when I go into somebody’s bathroom, I’ll smell the perfumes and colognes if they’re on the counter, try a lotion if I haven’t used it before, and sometimes — OK, all the time — I’ll open up medicine cabinets just to see what’s in there.

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I have found some embarrassing things doing that, but you know…of course I never say anything about it.

On a recent weekend trip with my girlfriends Cindy and Jen I noticed Cindy’s little bag of beauty things on the counter… It was see-through, so it wasn’t like I opened the bag… I just picked it up and peered into it. There were very Cindy things in there, practical things, because she’s not a makeup girl. Like there was floss, Band-Aids, and I think there might have been a small bottle of lotion, but I can’t be sure about that last one.

So, yes, I’m a beauty snoop… There, I said it to the world! :)

How about you? Are you a beauty snoop? Do you ever spy in other people’s makeup bags or medicine cabinets?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. TGIF!

Which of Your Features Do You Regularly Try to Emphasize, Enhance or Otherwise Alter the Appearance of With Makeup, and in What Way?

Published in: Just For Fun

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I have a few things. The first one is my right eyebrow. It kinda stops halfway, so I have to — well, I fill in both of my brows, but my right one is shorter than my left, so I use brow pencils or other sorts of brow fillers to make it look longer.

So that’s one.

Oh, and my left brow is also thinner than my right, so I try to fatten that one up.

Another thing that I like to do is play up my eyes. I have really big eyes, but my crease isn’t very deep. You could call it a “hooded eye,” which is not my favorite term, because I think it makes some people feel bad, but let’s not even go there.

My crease isn’t very deep, so I like to create the illusion of a deeper-set eye with matte shadows, usually matte browns in the crease. Normally cool matte browns — those are my favorites — but I wear warm matte browns too. Matte browns all the way!

Oh! My nose. So, I have a little button nose, which El Hub says is adorable, but in pictures I like for it to look a little bit more, I guess, more — what’s the word? — sharp? So I usually take bronzer, and I just kind of shade the sides so it looks a bit sharper.

I don’t have any issues with my nose. I love my nose. It’s just that in pictures, and I don’t always do this, but in pictures, I do feel like when I shade the sides of my nose, my face looks a little more symmetrical.

One last thing: symmetry. See…and the only reason I notice these things is because I’ve taken pictures of myself over and over for eight years, but the left side of my lips is slightly thinner than the right, so I slightly overdraw that side in order to match with my right.

I mean, this is all just face paint, and it’s unnecessary. I don’t ever want to feel bad about myself without makeup, and I don’t want any other person to feel bad. I think that if you have the ability to sort of play and experiment and do what you want with your makeup, that’s a good thing for your self-esteem. At the same time, I’m perfectly happy with a bare face.

Just remember that you’re beautiful the way you are. I know that sounds cheesy, but it’s true.

Which of your features do you regularly try to emphasize, enhance or otherwise alter the appearance of with makeup, and in what way?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

:)

You Go, Girl! Agata’s Cocktail Party Makeup in Action

Published in: Just For Fun

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The lovely Agata of Her and Makeup (hey, girl!) sent these pics of her gorgeous makeup look yesterday. Doesn’t she look ready to par-tay!? She used the cocktail look tutorial from a few days ago as inspiration and tried the look first with a nude lip, and then with a bold.

I think both look beautiful, and a girl’s gotta have options (I’m gonna try that bold pink lip next time I do this look!). :)

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I just wish we lived closer so we could actually go to a real life cocktail party. Tabs would also be invited, of course. :)

If you decide to give the cocktail party tutorial a try, send me a pic of your look, or tag me on Instagram @karenmbb. I would love to see what you do with it.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

5 Things I’ve Been Loving Lately

Published in: Aveda, Fragrance, Hair, Just For Fun, Tocca

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1. Pears

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Mmm… Sweet green, juicy pears. I love them so much right meow! I got a huge bag of organic pears at Trader Joe’s last Sunday, and most of them have already managed to find their way into my tum. :) I might be on the verge of a full-on pear obsession.

I get that way sometimes about certain foods, where I ravenously crave them every day, over and over for weeks or months, and it’s starting to happen with pears.

I still haven’t succumbed to the temptation to “borrow” any from the huge pear tree I pass every day on my walk, but today may be the day… We’ll know by around 7 o’clock tonight.

2. Tocca scents

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I keep a bunch of perfumes on this cake stand display on top of my dresser, but the only one I’ve been wearing lately is Byredo Gypsy Water, and I’ve been wearing it for months.

Hmm… This might be a good time to try a different scent every day with a scent of the day series on Instagram! That might be fun.

In the process of sniffing some of these today I discovered that a couple of them had gone sour. :( The ancient bottle of Estée Lauder Private Collection perfume I’ve had forever smelled like moonshine, OMG!

It broke my heart to ditch it because it was a gift, but in the process of test sniffing these, I rediscovered some old faves, like, basically, EVERYTHING from Tocca.

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Why did I ever stop wearing Tocca?? Their scents, while delicate, still have such presence, and whenever I wear one I just feel…chipper and glad. And, hello! — they last all day long too.

Today I’m wearing Violette, which I really like (but I like Bianca and Graciella even more).

3. Aveda Clove Color Conditioner

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I have caramel highlights in my hair from about the mid-shaft to the ends, and I’ve been using and LOVING this Aveda Clove Color Conditioner ($21) to keep ’em looking vibrant and fresh.

All I do is wash my hair, then use Clove instead of my regular conditioner, and I leave it in for a few minutes before rinsing it out. I think it makes my highlights much richer (Clove in place of my regular conditioner once a week is enough to keep the highlights poppin’), and it has a fresh, very Aveda-esque herbal scent that I like. The only thing is…it’s kind of pain to keep the shower stall clean when you use it because it’s pigmented, so it’ll leave a stain in the tub if you’re not careful.

That’s why I bring a scrub brush with me into the shower, and after I rinse my hair, I’ll quickly scrub the shower walls to remove any spots or smears.
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