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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 290

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Tabs the Cat for the Benefit Good Grooming Cat Kit

Who is Tabs the Cat?
About seven years ago I befriended a stray, flea-bitten tabby cat with a bad case of worms. I could see he’d fallen on hard times, but his profound knowledge of high fashion and department store cosmetics led me to believe that he was more than meets the eye. We became fast friends, and now he’s actually my boss (and a successful kitty model).

The sun was out in full force today, as were the neighborhood crows…

But more on that in a second. :)

Tabs went for a wonderful walk this afternoon and soaked up plenty of outdoor adventure and sunshine.

Taking a short break

He had a blast. First, he met one of our new neighbors who, despite pet assisting for an unruly Rhodesian Ridgeback, turned out to be quite nice. The man even gave Tabs a quick scratch under the chin.

Tabs got his fill of grass, too. He was workin’ it like a lawnmower, LOL! Everything was going great until a pair of HUGE crows, evidently unafraid of me and Tabs, landed nearby and started cawing.

“Go away! Go away!”

That’s how it sounded…

Tabs didn’t know what to make of ‘em. He didn’t attack. He just stared, curiously.

For Tabs, it was the most thrilling walk of the year so far.

And in kitty modeling news, Tabs has been keeping busy, of course. With spring finally here, the winter campaigns are finished, and now it’s time for outdoor activities, travel and water/leisure sports.

Yup, it’s a good time to be a kitty supermodel. :)

Tabs the Cat for Too Faced Tabby Tum Tint in Mimosa

Tabs the Cat for Tarte Catnip Powder Dry Shampoo

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

Published in: Giveaways, Just For Fun

A Makeup and Beauty Blog giveaway

A Makeup and Beauty Blog Giveaway

Win a $50 Sephora eCard from Makeup and Beauty Blog

Rise and shine, morning glory!

I love that phrase… :) I’ll tell you the story behind why I use it one of these days.

How did you sleep? Did you have any dreams? I don’t remember if I did last night. Sometimes I do, but last night is just a sleepy blur.

The sun is out this morning, but I don’t know how long it’ll last, so after I finish my French toast, I’m going for a long walk outside (yes, I’m brining cat treats).

Not much new to report. Last night I did see the new Captain America movie with El Hub and thought it wasn’t bad. Honestly, though, sometimes the superhero movies sort of merge together for me. I love sci-fi — you know that — but the Marvel comic themes generally stick to a handful of story lines. Vengeance, misunderstood hero, quest for power, greed, bizarre need to destroy the world in order to rebuild it anew.

Anywho, I hope you have a nice weekend lined up. I have some blog work to do (some BIG stuff happening next week), but I’ll try to spend some time outside. I do have to repair the damage the storm did to the garden on my deck.

Oh! And guess what? Some neighborhood birds totally destroyed the planter filled with cat grass seedlings for Tabs. I guess they found the seeds yummy.

Yeah, Tabs was none too pleased about that.

Good luck in the giveaway. Talk to you soon. :)

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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

How Do You Store and/or Organize Your Makeup Brushes?

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under eye concealer brushes 3

Brush lovin’

Right now? Not very well! LOL. Right now my makeup brush storage situation is kind of a hot mess.

I just underwent a major brush housecleaning where I washed a gajillion brushes, and when they were dry I put them all in a makeup bag — this old rectangular Sonia Kashuk bag with a zippered top. It’s very deep, so it holds a lot.

So there’s no rhyme or reason to it. The bag doesn’t have any compartments, so the brushes are all mixed together. Whenever I need one I have to rummage through it.

Kinda driving me nuts. (Note to self: organize brushes this weekend!)

Before I did that big brush cleaning, though, I though I had a good system. I kept all of my brushes in two separate Sonia Kashuk Roll-Up Valet bags — the face brushes in one bag and the eye brushes in the another.

Sonia Kashuk Roll Up Valet

Sonia Kashuk’s fantabulous Roll Up Valet ($19.99)

Each of the bags has four compartments, into which I separated the brushes according to brush head shape.

A side view of the Sonia Kashuk Roll Up Valet

Sonia Kashuk Roll Up Valet

Flat eye brushes went in one compartment, domed brushes in another — that kind of thing.

It really worked for me. I just have to get back in the habit and do the initial organizing again.

If you’re interested, Sonia’s Roll Up Valet is available now at Target stores and target.com. The black, white and green print in these pics is no longer available, but I’ve seen some other cute styles out there for spring.

So, because inquiring minds (like mine!) want to know…

How do you store and/or organize your makeup brushes?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S.

TGIF!

What Kind of Foundation Coverage Do You Usually Wear? Sheer, Full-Coverage or Something In Between?

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MAC Face & Body Foundations in C4, C5 and C6

MAC Face & Body Foundation in C4, C5 and C6

My answer: the whole kit and caboodle!

Because I am a foundation junkie, and I’m finicky (or persnickity, depending on your choice of phrase), I keep a variety of formulations around in different levels of coverage.

Like just about everything else makeup related for me, which one I wear depends on my mood and plans for the day…and whether my skin’s behaving.

Which reminds me, I have a red pimple on the tip of my nose right now and it hurts. :( I’ve been using Becca’s Ever-Matte Shine Proof Foundation to cover it, and dang if I don’t love that stuff! It completely covers the pimple (I feel like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, not gonna lie) yet doesn’t look fake.

Good stuff, but I digress…

When I intend to take pics (which is almost every day), I usually reach for something full-coverage, or coverage that’s just shy of full if my skin’s in good shape.

NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation

For taking pics, I love full-coverage NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation…

But for regular errand-running day wear, I prefer sheer (ideally, sheer with a dewy finish).

Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation in Amber and NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Stromboli

I like to mix Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation in Amber and NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Stromboli for sheer coverage…

Fresh, glistening “I spent the day at the spa” skin is my goal. :)

How about you? What kind of foundation coverage do you usually wear? Sheer, full-coverage or something in between?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Do You Prefer Eyeshadows in Palettes or as Single Pans?

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I lean toward palettes — ideally, palettes where all of the colors are related in some way that make sense to me, like, all of the colors are warm-toned neutrals, or classic MAC shades that I wear all the time. Something thematic like that.

And I’m not a big fan of those Godzilla-sized palettes with quadrillions of eyeshadows, because as much as I like the idea of big blockbuster palettes, anything beyond 20 shades is stimulus overload for me.

How about you? Do you prefer eyeshadows in palettes or as single pans?

Inquiring minds want to know. :)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. I can’t even tell you how happy I am to see the sun this morning! Yesterday my condo was like a 17-century schooner struck by a squall off the coast of New England. Rumbling thunder that you can feel in the floorboards, hail and rain that reaches out to strike the windows — I wasn’t sure we were gonna make it!

Right now we’re either in the eye of the storm, because it’s sunny but eerily still and quiet out there…or the storm has passed.

Either way, I’m taking it as a sign to get out of the house today. I’m thinking Sephora and Ulta runs are in order.

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