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What’s a Hairstyle You Haven’t Tried Yet But Would Like To?

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I’ll take one of those elaborately braided Katniss Everdeen hairdos. Either that, or an effortless, messy boho fishtail braid.

I’m kind of regretting not trying something like that when my hair was longer a few months ago, but I didn’t have the patience to attempt it myself… When it comes to intricate or complicated braiding, my hair patience usually ends around the 5-minute braided bun mark.

What’s a hairstyle you haven’t tried yet but would like to?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. TGIF!

P.P.S. Speaking of The Hunger Games, and no, I’m not referring to Tabs, guess what’s coming out soon? :)

What Are Your Favorite Everyday Accessories?

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Kate Spade One in a Million Initial Pendant Necklace (1)

Kate Spade One in a Million Initial Pendant Necklace

The everyday accessories — the necklaces, bracelets, shoes, rings, purses, hair pins, glasses, hats or what have you — that you wear on the daily.

My shoes and purse situations are ever-changing, and to a large degree it depends on what I’m doing on any given day, but for jewelry, there are a few particular pieces I wear all the time.

Those are my wedding and engagement rings, a pair of square gumdrop studs by Kate Spade (Only $38! I love the heck out of these.) and the Kate Spade One in a Million Initial Pendant Necklace in the pic at the top.

There’s also an Anne Klein watch that my brother and his sweetheart got me for my last birthday that sees a lot of action…

All together, these are the things that regularly satisfy my bling monster. :)

How about you? What are your favorite everyday accessories?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. Of course there’s also my iPhone (in a basic black, boring case that gives me some extra battery life), which I’m never without for long.

Dastardly Dilemmas: You Can Only Have One Bath or Shower Product for the Rest of Your Life. What Is It?

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El Hub would probably (absolutely, definitely) say that most of the 20-some-odd bath and body products in our shower are unnecessary, but I have to politely disagree. That man may be able to survive on a single bar of soap, but I can’t. I NEED EVERY DAMN THING IN THERE.

You don’t even know. Without the proper care and attention, my hair goes wild! I’m talking star of its own show on Animal Planet. I’d have hairy hobbit toes, too. And without the right scented bath products? Huh uh. I don’t want to smell like overripe peaches.

So, yeah, this is a tough one for me… Do I pick the razor, (’cause sister is hairy), or hair conditioner, or soap, or one of the other things in my shower?

If this were the end times, like if things were really, REALLY bad, I’d go with a good cleanser, like Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser, and use it on my face, body and hair. I’d stockpile bottles of that stuff.

Then, and this is totally fair game because I didn’t say anything about DIY or kitchen products, I’d condition my crazy mane with olive or coconut oil.

This is assuming, of course, that I’d be able to find some (post-apocalyptic Karen would be crafty), and then I’d trim my rogue body hair with a sharp knife or a pair of tweezers, which I could also use as an anti-zombie weapon in a pinch.

If this were some other kind of situation, like if an eccentric billionaire said to me, “Karen, I’ll give you $10 million if you only use one bath or shower product for the rest of your life,” then I’d still go with soap…but I’d spend some of my millions on waxing and deep conditioning treatments at the salon. :)

Dastardly dilemmas: You can only have one bath or shower product for the rest of your life. What is it?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. Happy hump day!

What Are You Wearing on Your Nails?

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Today I’m wearing two coats of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquer in Distortion ($10), a deep metallic navy from the fall Unknown Pleasures collection, along with Sephora X Base Coat and Shine Top Coat, my current go-to polish protectors.

I did this pretty haphazard mani last Saturday while simultaneously reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone on the couch, and I was at a thrilling “OHMYGOSH!” moment in the book, so I wasn’t really paying close attention to my nails.

You know what though? Sometimes good enough is fine. :)

As for Distortion’s durability, after two and a half full days, tiny chips have already started to appear on the nails of my right hand, but I can’t spite the lacquer for that because I rushed through the application, and I do put my hands through a lot. Lots of typing, testing cleansers and lotions, stuff like that, and I usually don’t (read: almost never) wear gloves when I do the dishes, so there’s also that.

How about you, babe? What are you currently wearing on your nails (and what are you thinking about wearing next)?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. Out of curiosity, what’s the longest lasting nail polish formula you’ve ever tried? So far on my list of long-lasting lacquers, I have OPI, Tom Ford and Dior.

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,

Karen

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