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This giveaway is closed, and the winner has been contacted (CONGRATULATIONS, STORMY!!!), but check back next Saturday for another Sephora giveaway.

Win a $50 Sephora e-gift card

Someone’s a sleepy sheepy this morning. Zzzz…

Rise and shine, morning glory! I was just getting some nice “mommy and toygy time” (pronounced: toy-ɡē) in bed, which is what I call it when Tabs lavishes me with lurvies, but now it’s time to get up. After all, someone’s gotta man the tabby command center’s first watch and make sure that none of the neighborhood cats are invading the property.

In other news, we may drive out to the East Bay today to visit my parents and hit up a couple of furniture stores. I desperately need some kind of storage cabinet and a new bedroom dresser. The drawers on mine don’t even close anymore (and it’s so annoying).

I hope it’s sunny where you are, my friend. :) Good luck in the giveaway, and I’ll talk to you soon.

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  • One (1) Sephora eGift card containing $50 sent to the winner by email (international readers, you may opt to receive $50 sent by PayPal instead).

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    • Do you watch Face Off?
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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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Eyeliner: With or Without Wings?

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A big ol’ wing! Here I’m wearing the MAC Maleficent collection

Hmm… That’s a good question.

Well, I usually like my liner with a little baby wing, but sometimes for more dramatic looks I’ll “go there” and do those crazy bat wings that look like they could take off into outer space, like in a Red Bull commercial. “Eyeliner gives you wings!”

Most of the time, though, I like a teeny kitten flick. One, because I feel like if I’m not doing big ol’ false lashes and BAM! eyes and BAM! lips, it won’t overtake my face. And two, because it’s technically easier for me, because with big liner you’re dealing with, you know, more product and longer lines, and you gotta get the wings correct, and there’s always something that goes wrong (for me at least). Something always goes wrong. So I like a tiny little kitty flick.

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And I usually prefer it in black, and I’ll vary what I have on my lower lash line. Sometimes it’s black, sometimes it’s MAC Powersurge, sometimes it’s a beige eyeliner on the water line to open up the eyes.

It depends on how I’m feeling that day.

So I guess in terms of my overall eyeliner philosophy, you could say, “It takes all kinds.” I go through phases, where sometimes I’ll be loving on a particular formula, like gel or kohl or…

Eyeliner: With or Without Wings?

Oh, hai, eyeliner!

Right meow my thing is a black kohl liner smudged tightly along the upper lash line and inner water line, and you gotta really get it down around the base/roots. Either the kohl liner drawn out to a little wing, or with a gel liner on top, and then with black powder eyeshadow smudged along the edges of that liner to keep it from looking too crisp. Lately I’ve been loving the idea of softer, sort of hazy liner.

How about you? Do you usually take your liner with or without wings, and what’s your overall eyeliner philosophy?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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How Many Shadows Do You Usually Use in a Typical Eye Look?

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Hourglass Modernist Eye Shadow Palettes in Color Field and Obscura on my eyes, NARS Lodhi on my lips

Wearing the Hourglass Modernist Eye Shadow Palettes in Color Field and Obscura on my eyes and NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Lodhi on my lips

Ooh, gurl! Probably a little more than I need to.

My typical work look is smokey (smoky?), which requires lots of transition shades, you know, ’cause you’re going from lighter to darker, yadda-yadda-yadda, so I’d say…

One, two, three, four…five!?

Oh, my heavens.

Five. Sometimes six.

Yeah…I’m trying to do this whole less-is-more thing, though.

Oh, well. It takes a village to do a smooth smokey eye.

Wearing the new Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes in Color Field and Obscura on my lids

Wearing the new Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes in Color Field and Obscura on my lids

Mind you, this is just for pics, meetings and events. For something like going to the grocery store, I’m not gonna put on six eyeshadows, no. For things like that, it’s usually just one or two. Sometimes three if El Hub’s not yelling, “Come on, let’s go!” :)

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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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Where Are You at Right Now in Terms of Your Foundation Coverage? Have You Been Wearing More Full Coverage, Medium or Sheer and Why?

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Wearing a medium coverage foundation, Dior Diorskin Nude Air Serum in 40

Wearing medium-coverage Dior Diorskin Nude Air Serum foundation in 40. I love the velvety finish, which isn’t quite a flat matte.

Full coverage was my jam for a really long time. I was all about opaque coverage (sometimes, um, it was even borderline cakey).

I think this was partly because of some skin issues I had a few years ago. I was breaking out badly, and I felt like I had to cover everything up.

Then, slowly but surely, my skin started to improve, but it took a long time. I made some changes in my diet (mainly more water, less dairy) and started using different skin products. My skin grew less fussy (although by no means was it ever perfect), and I started to feel more comfortable.

But I kept wearing full coverage.

I still have pigmentation issues here and there and other blemishes and fine lines, things like that. I also have my share of freckles, but I’m at a point, at least for now, where I’m more comfortable with that.

I wear medium and sheer coverage a lot now, but I don’t know if you can always tell in pictures, because I think I’m getting better at manipulating the concealer. That’s a big key. Instead of caking all of that foundation on or using tons of full-coverage foundation, I’ll go as light as I can with foundation, and then very purposefully place concealer to cover — not cover up, because I hate words like “cover up” and “mask” — and even out the skin tone. The idea is to let the concealer do all of the heavy lifting.

I think I’ve also gotten better about using primers. I used to think they were total B.S. and just an extra step, but no, they really make a HUGE difference, and not just in terms of how long your makeup lasts, but also in terms of the texture of your skin.
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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 363

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The Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll for March 9, 2015

The Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll for March 9, 2015

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. How do you feel about black lipstick?
    I think it can look really freaking cool if it’s done in a certain way. I mean, it’s makeup, so you can do anything you want and wear black lipstick however you feel, you know, but for me, I like it when it’s just that strong black lip, and everything else is kept minimal. Maybe lots of lashes, a filled in brow and just super minimal skin.

    I think it can be very chic, but it has to have the right elements to go with it, and you kind of have to be dressed to suit the black lip, too, because if you’re wearing a black lip and a pink polo shirt, it can be pretty jarring.

    Clothing-wise, I’d probably mirror the same aesthetic as the makeup, with very clean lines, something like a black simple shift, or like a black tank top and skinny black jeans.

  2. Do you know any guys who wear makeup?
    I know a few makeup artists who wear tinted moisturizer and concealer and brow gel and stuff, but in my everyday life, I can’t say that… Oh! — of course I know guys who wear makeup! Yes, I follow a few of them on Instagram. They do their thing, and I like that.
  3. Crimped hair: yes or no?
    Having leftover visions of bad crimped hair from the late ’80s and early ’90s, buuut I think if you do it in moderation, like a little bit of crimping here and there, it can add some textural interest to the hair.
  4. What’s the first thing you do when you get home?
    Let’s see…I open the door, and Tabs is usually at the door, and I say, “What up, play-uh!?” and then I give him pets, because if I don’t pet him right away, he throws a fit. Then I take off my shoes, set my purse down and take off my jacket. Then I sit at the base of the stairs and pet Tabs some more, because he’s kind of a diva that way.
  5. Are people surprised when they find out you’re into makeup?
    Sometimes they are. It really depends on what makeup I’m wearing. If I’m wearing full-on ba-bam! eyes, lips, cheeks, highlight and bronzer that day, then people aren’t surprised, but when I’m usually out and about, like at the grocery store or the dentist, most of the time I’m wearing a toned down version of full makeup.

    I guess most of the time when I do meet strangers and they don’t know what I do, they’re kind of like, “Oh, that’s interesting…” And then they ask for recommendations. Usually. :)

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


1. How do you feel about black lipstick?
2. Do you know any guys who wear makeup?
3. Crimped hair: yes or no?
4. What’s the first thing you do when you get home?
5. Are people surprised when they find out you’re into makeup?

Today might be a three-cup-of-tea day for me… I’m so sleepy right now!

Daylight Savings Time and all…

Hopefully it’s been a nice Monday for you so far. What did you do this weekend?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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