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When It Comes to Eye Makeup, Are You Adventurous, Where You Frequently Try New Looks, or Do You Generally Stick to One Safe Look That You’re Really Comfortable Doing?

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Well, I’m adventurous when I have time and really no place to go (other than the living room), but if it’s for a work thing or a family get-together or some other event where I kind of want to play it safe, I’ll usually do some form of neutral brown, bronzy gold cat eye, and lashes if I have the time.

That’s my safe-bet look. I’ve probably done it about a million times before.

How about you? When it comes to eye makeup, are you adventurous, where you frequently try new looks, or do you generally stick to one safe look that you’re really comfortable doing?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. I know I’ve been unusually quiet this week. Between the trip to Nashville, entertaining the parents last weekend (which, ya know, I love ‘em, but they can be work sometimes) and all of the big collections coming out, I kind of just needed a mental health day, so I slept in, did some laundry, actually finally unpacked from Nashville (only been a week!) and spent some time with my husband.

We went to see Oculus last night, and it was enough to keep me out of antique shops for the next, oh, rest of my life, actually!

Great horror movie, but seriously, if you don’t want to develop a fear of antique mirrors, stay away from Oculus.

Hope you are doing well out there. Your nephew says “meow.” He’s been getting more emails than I am. I am so not kidding.

What’s the Longest You Can Go (Tolerate) Without Washing Your Hair?

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One day…? Two days? Three days?? Four?!

My max is three days.

Or four. Sometimes I can do four as long as I haven’t worked out.

Buuuut, the longest I’ve ever gone was five days, and that was pretty rough. I had a really killer blowout, and I wanted to get as much milage out of it as I could.

I remember my scalp feeling really greasy on the fifth day… I almost went through an entire bottle of dry shampoo. :)

How about you? What’s the longest you can (happily) go without washing your hair?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 319

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The Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll for April 21, 2014

The Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll for April 21, 2014

You might be wondering, “So what the heck is this Monday Poll thing anyway?”

Well, it isn’t much of a poll. It’s more just a constantly evolving (devolving?), somewhat random list of questions I’ve been putting out to readers every Monday morning for the past seven years. I’ve always enjoyed reading your answers in the comments, and I hope you enjoy reading mine.

  1. Ponytails — high or low?
    Low ponies (LOL! Sounds like a bummed-out horse) because they don’t give me headaches as much as high ponies, although I do like the look of a high pony. I think they’re very elegant and chic.

    So both, I guess. High and low ponies. :)

  2. List all of your leopard-print shoes, clothes, mugs, bags, scarves, furniture, cat collars, etc.
    Hmm… Surprisingly, I don’t actually have as much leopard print as I’d like. I have a…

    • Pair of high heels, which are a tad too high for me, so I don’t really wear them… I just like to look at them.
    • A scarf from Target that my mom got me for Christmas
    • A pink vinyl leopard-print makeup bag
    • A baggy leopard-print sweater from Target…with the face of an actual leopard on it

    Wow, that’s it… Not as much as I thought. I think this is something I must rectify ASAP.

  3. Do you do music festivals like Coachella?
    Not really. When I watch a concert, I like to be sitting on the couch with the Tivo remote so that I can pause for bathroom and snack breaks and don’t have to wait for two hours standing up for the headliner to start.

    LOL! I’m so grumpy.

  4. Have you ever had a rain-related hair or makeup mishap?
    I’ve definitely had hair mishaps, like the time I’d just gotten my hair blown out stick straight in the city, and it started raining like crazy. Of course, I didn’t have an umbrella…
  5. Which of the following do you use: hair dryer, curling iron, flat iron, waving iron, hot rollers?
    D., all of the above.

    The hair dryer and curling iron most often.

Le List

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


1. Ponytails — high or low?
2. List all of your leopard-print shoes, clothes, mugs, bags, scarves, furniture, cat collars, etc.
3. Do you do music festivals like Coachella?
4. Have you ever had a rain-related hair or makeup mishap?
5. Which of the following do you use: hair dryer, curling iron, flat iron, waving iron, hot rollers?

Last weekend hanging out with my family over Easter I really thought a lot about counting my blessings. Life is very short, and everything is temporary, and I see that much more clearly as I get older.

I think it helps to take a moment from time to time when you feel stressed out to close your eyes and think about some of the things you’re grateful for. It helps prevent any potential meltdowns/orange alert incidents.

Have a good week, my friend.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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

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Win a $50 Sephora eCard from Makeup and Beauty Blog

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Rise and shine, pal o’ mine! It’s going to be a beautiful day. :)

Happy caturday to ya. I hope you slept well and did a little recuperating from the week. Did you have any good dreams that you remember? Or any weird dreams?

I can’t recall if I did… I hope so.

Oh! — get this: your nephew tabby was unusually affectionate this morning. Before I got out of bed, he was all up in my grill, giving me headbutts galore with slow blinks and purring loudly.

Yes, it was a nice way to start the day.

In other news, dinner with my in-laws last night. We had a good time. If you’re ever out this way and craving Italian food, I can’t recommend Fabrizio’s enough (aren’t those food pics on the website gorgeous?). It’s a family-run place right downtown near lots of little shops and cafes along the boulevard.

Well worth a trip across the bridge if you live in San Francisco, and after dinner you could walk a block down the street and catch a movie at the Lark.

I think Larkspur is an underrated gem out here in Marin County. Sausalito gets tons of attention, but people sometimes forget about Larkspur.

Good luck in this weekend’s giveaway, and if I don’t catch you again before tomorrow, have a very happy Easter. :)

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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Which Do You Prefer and Why: Cream, Powder or Liquid Highlighter?

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BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Illuminator

The BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Illuminators from the top down in Pearl, Moonstone, Opal and Topaz

I have mad love for all of ‘em — creams, powders and liquids — but lately I’ve been reaching for liquid and powder highlighters more often than creams.

I don’t dislike cream highlighters, though. I think it’s mostly just a phase… You know how it is.

MAC Strobe Cream

MAC Strobe Cream — one of my faves!

It really depends on the situation and the look I’m going for. Like, some mornings when I get up and I feel like my skin looks kind of dull and blah, I’ll grab MAC Strobe Cream or BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector and apply that all over on my face first. Or, I’ll mix a bit in with my moisturizer or foundation for a dewy effect and some extra dimension.

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Illuminators

The $41 BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Illuminators from the left in Moonstone (a pale gold), Pearl (a white pearl), Opal (a golden opal pearl) and Topaz (a golden bronzed pearl)

Again, it depends. I won’t necessarily do this when I know I’ll be taking pictures because of the way all-over shimmer shines when you add a flash up in the mix.

OH! And I’ve also recently realized that I like applying liquid highlighter to specific areas of the face using a flat foundation brush for a really pretty, casual, “I just got a facial at the spa” look.

Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed 2

Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal

Highlighting powders — I love! Particularly for pics, because they make it easy to control where I place the shimmer on my face. When pictures are involved, I like my highlights to be more precise, since all-over shimmer makes me look like I’m running a marathon (i.e. sweaty).

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