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What YouTube Channels Do You Turn to When You Don’t Know How To Do a Specific Makeup Technique or Look?

Published in: Just For Fun, Makeup Tips/How To

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I feel like there are a lot of looks I can do on my own, but sometimes I want a different way to approach things, like a fresh perspective on a smokey eye or a cat eye.

When I need some inspiration, new ideas, or just want to see how someone else is doing things, I go to YouTube…which I think is one of the greatest inventions on earth.

Seriously, where was YouTube when I was 13 and had that purple Lancôme pencil and no clue? That’s what I want to know… It would have saved me a lot of heartache!

Lisa Eldridge

When I want to do something, or try something new, or get a different perspective, there are a few YouTubers I really enjoy watching, and the first one is Lisa Eldridge.

First of all, she has a cat, and her cat’s name is Betty Kitten. Betty Kitten is absolutely adorable so, of course, cat lady bonus points. :)

Lisa’s also worked with a lot of celebrities, so her work’s all over the place, and you know she’s totally legit.

Third, she has this wonderful British accent, and she delivers information in a way that I think is very accessible and thoughtful, and it’s not like you ever feel like she’s telling you that “you absolutely have to do it this way!” or if you don’t do it this way you’re doing it wrong. She just seems like a cool girl I’d want to hang out with.

Her tutorials are… You feel like you can do them, you know? Sometimes when I watch YouTube tutorials, I’m like, “There’s no freaking way I’m going to be able to do this eye look in 30 minutes,” but she delivers information in this sort of simplified, accessible way that I really enjoy. It makes me feel like every woman can sincerely do this.

Jaclyn Hill

Another person I like is Jaclyn Hill. Her style’s very different than Lisa’s in that she tends to do things that are a bit more glam. She loves smokey looks, which I like as well, and she’s got a lot of energy, which I think you’re either going to really gravitate toward, or not, LOL! But I like her perkiness and her bubbly personality.

Her looks generally take a little bit more effort. They’re not as simplified as Lisa’s, but I find that she explains things in a way that works for me. If you want to go that extra step with your makeup, she’s easy to understand.

Batalash Beauty

Another person I enjoy is Samantha from Batalash Beauty. She’s relatively new, and young, and very spunky.

I appreciate her spunkiness, and she does these very dressed up glam looks along the same lines as Jacqueline Hill, but her style’s a bit harder, a bit edgier. She curses sometimes, so you know…but she’s just, like, a sassy young person whose attitude I appreciate, and her makeup’s very pretty. She’s got a big Instagram following too.

Pixiwoo

Ooh! — last but not least, the Pixiwoo sisters. Points for having that kick-@ss British accent. They’re two sisters who work on the same channel. They both have different styles, so you get different perspectives.

Besides seeming very cool to hang out with (and they’re kind of, like, my age), their tutorials are easy to grasp, yet they also do some out there things, too. One of the sisters, Sam, does these crazy fancy looks sometimes that I wouldn’t do on myself…but they’re neat to see! :)

They also do a wide range of different tutorials from glam to everyday to more artsy-fartsy, so you get a bit of everything.

How about you? What YouTube channels do you turn to when you don’t know how to do a specific makeup technique or look?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. TGIF!
TGIF

Quest for Cats: Bringing You Cat-Themed Cuteness Since 2007

Published in: Fashion, Just For Fun

Have I mentioned that I like cats?

I can’t remember if I’ve ever mentioned that before, that I like cats. Have I…?

Well, I do. I really, really, REALLY like cats. :)

Just a peek into my brain and the things that catch my attention around town…

Loved & Loyal Dishtowel, $18, anthropologie.com

Crazy Cat Lady Mug, $12, urbanoutfitters.com

Cat Nap Flight Aid Kit, $16, urbanoutfitters.com


Meow Pint Glass, $8, urbanoutfitters.com

Cat Sup Spiral Notebook, $8, urbanoutfitters.com

Cat Notebook, $8, Urban Outfitters

Smitten With Kittens tiny gift book/stocking stuffer, $5.95, Barnes & Noble

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Neon Cats Sock, $8, urbanoutfitters.com

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What’s Your Current Brow Routine?

Published in: Just For Fun

Tom Ford Brow Sculptor in Espresso

Wearing Tom Ford Brow Sculptor in Espresso in my fuzzy li’l caterpillars…

Right now I’m not doing much to them. I just brush them through, and fill in the middle and outer tail end with a brow pencil.

That’s it.

No brow gels or concealer along the edges — basically, no frills right now.

That’s compared to the brow routine I was following back in winter and spring, which usually amounted to some combination of eyeshadows, brushes, brow gels and concealer (I’d run the concealer along the edges and blend it in to define the shape).

But you know, since it’s summer, I’ve been paring down… You know how it is.

How about you? Tell me about your brows, babe. What have you been doing with them lately? And out of curiosity, when it comes to your brows, does the season have anything to do with your routine?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. Blerg, guess who has a dentist appointment this morning.

No, not Tabs. :) I do.

It’s just a cleaning, but still…I’m not what I’d call “enthused” about it. I told myself that I can swing by the mall when it’s done as a reward for not stabbing anyone. If I just do a quick circuit through Nordstrom, the Kate Spade store and Anthropologie, I’m sure I’ll feel better.

P.P.S. Happy hump day. I hope you’re having a good week so far.

What Are Your Top 5 Summer Makeup Must-Haves Right Now?

Published in: Just For Fun

Now that we’re sweating in summer’s hot-and-heavy embrace (it sure has been hot here lately), I’ve been wondering about your makeup.

Actually…I’m always wondering about your makeup, but I needed a lead this morning. :)

When it’s hot like this and all of the plants on my deck garden are wilting, I take a more minimalist approach to my makeup (well, minimalist for me, haha).

Here are my top five favorite makeup minimalist products right meow…

  1. MAC Face & Body Foundation — Like Tabs when he’s sleeping on the bed, the lightweight formula absolutely refuses to move, even when I get really sweaty. To sweat it’s like, “What!? Is that all you got!?”
  2. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural — LOVE this, whether on its own or layered on top of Face & Body, and dang if it doesn’t look like real skin (it isn’t overly powdery).
  3. Guerlain Cils D’Enfer Waterproof — Curl hold like WHOA! — and a single layer turns my wimpy Bruce Banner lashes into volumized Hulk-caliber lashes.
  4. Chanel Malice Blush — Easy, effortless and awesome with peach, pink or coral lip colors. Great staying power, too.

    Yeah, I’m rather obsessed with this at the moment!

  5. Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray — Even when I’m not wearing much makeup, I still want the makeup I am wearing to stay in place, and this spray locks it down.

How about you? What are your top five summer makeup must-haves right now?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 329

Published in: Just For Fun

It's going to be a hot one today!

It’s gonna be a hot one today!

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. Did you watch any World Cup matches?
    So, I just found out that Germany won the World Cup yesterday… That tells you right there how closely I follow soccer (oops!).

    You know how I feel about sports with projectiles. Give me iceskating with the pretty, sparkly outfits any day. :)

  2. Do you and your significant other ever talk baby talk or have pet names for each other (honey or sweetums)?
    At the risk of embarrassing El Hub, yes (whatever he likes it). We mostly call each other babe, which I know isn’t very creative. “Babe, where’s Tabs?” “Babe, have you seen the cat lately??” “Babe, Tabs just barfed on the carpet! Um…could you please clean it up?”
  3. What’s one invention that would revolutionize the beauty industry as we know it?
    A drugstore full-coverage under-eye concealer that works as well as MAC Pro Longwear but comes in easier-to-use packaging (like a regular plastic tube with a doe-foot or a pen like YSL Touche Éclat) that doesn’t break (no glass bottle or annoying pump).
  4. What’s your favorite kind of tree (oak, willow, ash, spruce)?
    I like willows. The way they look and the sound of the wind rustling through their leaves.

    They remind me of my childhood because there was this huge willow tree in Union City where I grew up, and every time we’d drive by it I’d gaze at it wistfully and daydream about playing beneath it.

  5. What’s your favorite beach, and why do you like it?
    It’s called Ke’e Beach, and it’s literally at the end of the road — the one main highway — on the North Shore of the island of Kauai in Hawaii.

    The drive up there is along a winding, jungly road, and you feel like you’re going someplace magical and remote (cell phones don’t even work out there).

    The beach itself is sort of a secluded hideaway with a cliff you can hike up on the left to a beautiful view of the ocean and the beach down below, and the water is shockingly blue and warm with lots of cool animals and things to see (last time I was there I chilled out on the sand next to a Hawaiian monk seal).

Le List

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


1. Did you watch any World Cup matches?
2. Do you and your significant other ever talk baby talk or have pet names for each other (honey, sweetums, my liege)?
3. What’s one invention that would revolutionize the beauty industry as we know it?
4. What’s your favorite kind of tree (oak, willow, ash, spruce)?
5. What’s your favorite beach, and why do you like it?

A new day, a new start.

Hi, my friend. :)

I hope you had a great weekend and got your batteries recharged. I feel like I kind of did, but there’s never enough downtime, you know? Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could just spend our entire days contemplating gravity and flowers and kittens and looking for shapes in the clouds like the highly evolved citizens of some utopian society?

That would be nice…

So, what’s on your to-do list today? I’m trying something a little new with mine. I’m not sure where I got the idea (probably lifehacker or 99u, two of my favorite productivity sites), but it’s basically this: only put three things on the list.

That’s it. No matter how many tasks you actually have to do today, just put the three most important ones on your list…and basically ignore everything else, LOL!

The three most important tasks. The ones you really want to accomplish.

It’s like, if you can finish those three, you’ll probably have a great day.

The idea is that your entire to-do list, if yours is anything like mine, is ridiculously long and terrifying and overwhelming, so by just picking three tasks to work on each day, you’re removing a lot of the noise.

We’ll see… I definitely like the sound of the idea.

Good luck in your to-do list vanquishing efforts. :)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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