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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,


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,


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.

A Walking Dead Walk-On! See You in Season 5!

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I'm going to be on The Walking Dead!

I’m going to be on The Walking Dead!

I had a feeling I’d get turned into a zombie sooner or later, but I honestly didn’t think it would be this soon! As in this summer! In Georgia! ON THE WALKING DEAD!

Oh, please let me be in a scene with Daryl Dixon’s biceps…

That may or may not have been the first thought that went through my mind when I got a call last night out of the blue from AMC.

Apparently, one of the bigwig writers on the show, Angela Kang, likes reading beauty blogs (seriously, who knew there were so many makeup-loving zombie fanatics out there?!), and she got wind of our little #zombiebeautylove Twitter party during the finale.

So she invited me to be an extra on the show!

See!? Dreams really do come true.

I still can’t believe it… I’m going to be a zombie on The Walking Dead, but that’s actually just the icing on the cake. I’m also going to be getting a behind-the-scenes look at the makeup department and see first-hand how they turn someone into a zombie, which I’m really, REALLY excited about.

You can bet that’s gonna be a fun post.

I have no idea if I’m going to be in any scenes with any of the main actors, but you know me — I will do everything in my power to make it happen. :)

If you have any questions you’d like me to ask — just on the off chance I’m actually able to ask them — let me know in the comments.

I’ll see you in season 5! WOO-HOO!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 316

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The Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll

Have a lovely day.

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. Do you stretch?
    Not nearly enough. I think I’d do it more often if I were naturally flexible, but I can’t even touch my toes.
  2. Are you currently enrolled in any classes or training for anything?
    Nope, although I’d really like to take a martial arts class this summer.

    I’ve been saying that FOR YEARS, but I really want to make it happen this year.

  3. Puppies or kittens?
    Yes, please. :) Unfortunately, because of my employment contract with Tabs the Cat Industries LLC, I’m contractually obligated to say, “Kittens, all day, every day!”
  4. Do you have any cat-themed makeup?
    Of course! When Paul & Joe did their cat collection, I went a little crazy…
  5. Do you think you’d make a good ninja?
    I think I’d make an adequate ninja as long as I didn’t have to beat anybody up. If I were only required to slink around while wearing all-black outfits, then heck, yeah.
  6. What’s your least used makeup brush?
    I don’t remember the name, but I can describe the shape (I have one by Sonia Kashuk and one from NARS). It’s an eyeshadow brush with an angled, wedge-shaped head. I only use it when all of my other eye brushes are dirty.
  7. Are you more cute or sultry?
    Oh, gawd, definitely more cute. I’m so not sultry… My friend Jen’s the sultry one.
  8. Have you ever worked a job where you received tips?
    I have, actually. I played flute in a handful of church performances back in high school that my band teacher arranged. He was a professional musician on the side and booked me for gigs he wasn’t able to make.
  9. Who wants to run a cat cafe!?
    I do! I do!
  10. Have you ever won a medal or trophy for something?
    Yes, but they were always, like, trophies for participating. I got some for band things and piano recitals.
  11. BONUS: Do you have any stuffed animals or dolls from your childhood?
    Yup, Charmie the bunny still lives with me, but most of my stuffed animals live with my parents. My mom is always threatening to get rid of them, but she never has (thank you, Mom!).

Le List

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

1. Do you stretch?
2. Are you currently enrolled in any classes or training for anything?
3. Puppies or kittens?
4. Do you have any cat-themed makeup?
5. Do you think you’d make a good ninja?
6. What’s your least used makeup brush?
7. Are you more cute or sultry?
8. Have you ever worked a job where you received tips?
9. Who wants to run a cat cafe!?
10. Have you ever won a medal or trophy for something?
11. BONUS: Do you have any stuffed animals or dolls from your childhood?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. What’s the most important thing to you personally today? Whatever it is, do some of that. :)

Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 289

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Sundays with Tabs the Cat: Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot

Dear Tabby is written by Tabs the Cat, commonly regarded as “the world’s first plus-size kitty supermodel.” Founded in mid 2012, it has quickly become the most widely syndicated cat advice column on earth — known for its fresh, feline perspective on lifestyle, fashion and style issues affecting cats and humans.

A red carpet quandary

DEAR TABBY: Exciting news, Tabby! Last night I found out that a film I recently worked on, 300: Rise of an Empire, is going to have a big red carpet premiere IN HOLLYWOOD, and I’m going to walk the red carpet!

As you may have guessed, I work in the film industry — but not as a cat actor or anything. I’m more of a behind-the-scenes kitty, primarily working in security (I hunt rodents on the set).

I’ve been doing it a few years, but this will be the first major event I’ve attended.

I’m a little nervous because I have absolutely no idea what to wear! Would a glitter-encrusted collar be appropriate? With or without bells? Or should it be something more subtle? I don’t want to stick out like a sore paw.


Hapless in Hollywood

One of my blockbuster roles

DEAR HAPLESS: How funny! I’m actually going to be at that same event! One of the fight choreographers on the new 300 also worked with me on Spider Tabs. If you see me there, please come up and introduce yourself. I would love to meet you.

As for your question, for red carpet events, I generally stick to classic kitty wear. Collars with simple lines and elegant touches in neutral shades like black or beige, coupled with a few tasteful details like diamonds and/or Swarovorski crystals, always works. Simple and timeless. Something like that would still look good 50 years from now.

Not that there’s anything wrong with current trends like a brightly colored glittery collar. That could totally look fierce. If you’re sure you can pull it off, go for it, but if you have any doubts at all, classic always works. You don’t want to end up on somebody’s Worst Dressed List (remember the Bjork swan dress?).

I have a litmus test when it comes to my event outfits. If it looks like something a cat James Bond would wear, do it. Hasn’t failed me yet (knock on wood!).

One last tip: if you can, book an appointment way in advance with a professional fur stylist for the day of the event. I’m paws-itive you could handle your own styling, but having a pro take care of it for you means one less thing to worry about.

A cat in pursuit of a lifelong dream

DEAR TABBY: I’ve decided to pursue my lifelong dream of competing as a professional kitty bodybuilder, and I remembered reading in your World’s Sexiest Cat interview for People magazine that you adhere to a strict diet and workout regimen when you’re preparing for major roles. Do you think I should start growing my own organic cat grass and juicing, or should I cut my carbs and increase protein from seafood? I’m not sure where to start. What foods work best for you when you’re bulking up for a role? And what are your favorite exercises?

Fitness Fan in Florida

Fine-tuning my abs

DEAR FITNESS: Congrats for pursuing your dream! That first step is always the toughest.

As for nutrition, well, when I have to bulk up for a role, my personal trainer ups my gravy and protein intake — especially turkey. In addition to plyometric exercises (lots of jumping), I do a lot of yoga to prepare myself mentally and help with focus. It’s always important, but even more so when you’re competing. Eye of the tiger and all, you know.

Keep me posted on your progress, and don’t forget to take some before and after pics. Perhaps you’ll send me a ticket to your first pro event? Hint-hint. I’d love to go.

An appropriate gift for a host family?

DEAR TABBY: I work as a medical researcher, and I’m conducting a study on Japan’s cat cafe culture — specifically any relationship between cat cafes and lowered stress levels in humans. Next fall I head overseas to live and work in Japan, and when I first arrive, I’ll be staying with a host family, with whom I’ll be living until I acclimate and find a place of my own.

I’d very much like to bring them some kind of small present, something to say “thank you for welcoming me into your home.” What do you suggest?

Traveling Researcher in Riverside

It never hurts to bring a gift

DEAR TRAVELING: That’s very thoughtful and classy of you. A small token sets the stage for a smooth visit.

I’ve stayed with host families overseas a number of times, and I always like bringing gourmet cat treats from home — things my hosts may not have easy access to over there.

What about swinging by your favorite artisanal catnip shop before you leave, or do you know of anyplace near you that makes organic, locally-sourced kitty treats? Once you’ve decided on a gift, wrapping it up makes it a little more practical and special. Your hosts will be able to re-purpose a ribbon, say, and be able to play with it after they finish the treats.

Oh, and don’t forget the thank you card!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addicts,

Karen and Tabs

P.S. I had a blast with you in The Walking Dead Twitter party tonight. Thanks for keeping me company during the show. I still haven’t completely recovered from that scene with Rick about Carl, and I’m not sure I ever will. HOLY LOSING YOUR SH*T, BATMAN!

What a great show!!!

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