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How Outrageous Do People Get With Their Makeup at Your Workplace?

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Luckily, the dress code here at Tabs the Cat Industries, LLC allows for a certain degree of creative flexibility (on pre-approved days, of course). My boss barely bats an eye when I show up to work wearing false lashes and a cray-cray cut crease. In fact, he’s more apt to reprimand me for not taking chances enough with my makeup looks, and I think he’s gotten tired of seeing me with neutral eyes, cheeks and lips.

Sorry, sir, but I’ve been in a makeup rut. :( I’m just waiting for it to run its course. Hopefully fall inspires me to attempt some more interesting looks.

In the years prior to working for Tabs, I worked in a lot of different office environments, some with very casual dress codes and others with a more conservative corporate atmosphere.

The last one was a small literary agency where the dress code was super casual (so casual that it was nonexistent, really). My boss was kind of a hippy-dippy, very natural chick whose idea of outrageous makeup was lip balm. At that office, I was definitely the outrageous one, and I went buck wild! Sometimes I’d show up with colorful blue eyeshadow for no better reason than, “Why not? It’s Tuesday!!”
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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 387

Published in: Just For Fun


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. A place for you that feels magical?
    There’s a surf spot on Waikiki Beach near the big pink Royal Hawaiian hotel called Canoes, and it’s magical early in the morning, right at the crack of dawn.

    It gets crowded later in the day because of where it is (right there on Waikiki), and it’s a popular spot for beginners…

    Have I mentioned that I’m not a great surfer (I’m not about to charge any big waves or anything like that)? Because I’m not, but it’s still one of my favorite vacation activities. Right there at Canoes, right after sunrise, it’s not too crowded or busy, and you can ride these smooth, chill waves on your longboard that feel like they go on for-e-v-e-r…

    I also love Hideaways Beach on Kauai. It’s secluded and kind of hard to get to (it’s at the bottom of a lush cliff with steps carved into the hillside), and because of that the beach is very peaceful and chill. It feels like time stops down there….

  2. If you could be a celebrity’s personal assistant for a day, which celebrity would you choose?
    Hmm… I’m gonna go with Pink, the singer, because in everything I’ve seen and read about her, she seems pretty nice and relatively normal. Maybe she’d even let me do some ab exercises with her, ’cause lawd knows I won’t do them on my own, LOL!
  3. Life’s too short to…
    …say “no” to everything. You have to say “yes” every once in a while, because you never know when you’ll stumble onto something new to you and absolutely extraordinary. Maybe it’ll just be a new favorite food, or maybe your life will take an amazing turn.

  4. I own an embarrassing amount of __________.
    Nude shoes.

    Does one woman need 10 pairs of tan sandals? Probably not, but…

    No, no buts. No one really needs 10 pairs of tan sandals, haha!

  5. False lashes or press-on nails?
    False lashes, fo’ sho’.

    I think press-on nails are fun for about 30 minutes, but I just can’t function with them on my fingers! Even easy things like writing with pens and opening jars become challenging, and gurl — I don’t need any more un-necessary challenges in my life!

    But a comfy pair of false lashes (shout-out to the Eylure 117s), I can wear all day.

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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. A place for you that feels magical?
2. If you could be a celebrity’s personal assistant for a day, which celebrity would you choose?
3. Life’s too short to…
4. I own an embarrassing amount of ______.
5. False lashes or press-on nails?

Nice to see ya on this Monday, sweet pea! :) Do this with me: deep breath in, deep breath out, ahh…

Refreshing, right? Sometimes you just gotta remember to breathe.

This is the first Monday in weeks in which I haven’t felt completely overwhelmed, and ya know what? It feels great! It doesn’t take much to throw me off my routine, and I’ve had quite a few appointments and little side projects lately. I’m looking forward to getting back into my familiar patterns and spending more time hanging out with you.

Hope things are chill for you this week. Sending you a warm Monday hug!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 360

Published in: Just For Fun, Tabs


Professionally, in the kitty modeling world, Tabs has a reputation for being intense and driven, and he is definitely those things. Like, I’ve read ridiculous rumors on gossip blogs about his so-called diva behavior, but I’m here to set the record straight. Most of the rumors aren’t true. According to one of these blogs, Tabs is said to have thrown his iPhone at me, but that never happened. He actually threw my phone! — and it barely grazed my head.

Other rumors, like that he swats his water bowl or refuses to eat when he doesn’t get enough gravy, are also patently false. He will always eat his food, no matter what. He’s really not a diva at all. He’s actually very sweet, and I feel like I’m lucky because I get to see the real Tabs.

His sweetness shines through when we’re just hanging out together doing simple things, like when we go for our walks around the neighborhood. He’s kind and considerate and always down to hang out, like a good friend.

Of course he enjoys bird watching, obviously, but he also likes to sit for long periods of time to take in the sights and sounds of our neighborhood and our hill. He also likes guiding me to the best flowers to sniff and plants to explore.

Here are some of the pictures we snapped this morning. :)






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Comment to Win a $50 eGift Card From MAC! (Ends Monday)

Published in: Giveaways, Just For Fun


Good morning, glory! I hope you slept well. I woke up a little earlier than usual today, and it feels a bit like Christmas morning, because I’m going to Sephora to take one of their free makeup classes. For fun. This one’s called Daytime Smoky Eyes (I noticed that they also have a Correct and Conceal class, which I might take later if I like this one), and when I talked to the girl yesterday to reserve my seat, she said, “You can bring coffee if you want to,” to which I said, “Hallelujah!” :)

Although mine will be decaf, but still…I’ll pretend it’s real coffee.

So I’m off! Have a great day today, and good luck in the giveaway. I’ll talk to you soon.


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



  • Enter by leaving a comment below.
  • Open to U.S. and international readers.
  • You must be 18 or older to enter (or otherwise an adult based on your local laws).
  • Your comment can be about anything at all, but here are some ideas if you’re stuck:
    • Is your pet very vocal?
    • What’s your favorite poem?
    • What’s the first mac product you ever used?
    • Are you more of a visual learner or an auditory learner?
    • Something surprising you keep in your car?
    • Short and sweet or verbose and detailed?
  • One entry per person.
  • You must use a valid email address to win.
  • The giveaway ends on Monday, August 24, 2015 at 11:59 PM (Pacific Time). :)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


5 Things I’ve Been Loving Lately

Published in: Just For Fun, Loreal, Tocca


1. Tocca Cleopatra Candela Luxe ($54)


Kind of a sucker over here! Yep, I’m a sucker for fancy candles, and this one is from Tocca, the makers of Bianca, which is one of my premiere most perfect perfumes of all time. Candela Luxe is a new collection of luxury candles inspired by their fragrances, and each one comes in a gorgeous glass you can repurpose. They’re also rated to burn for 60 hours (!).

The one I have is the Cleopatra, which fills my immediate vicinity with the aromas of clean, crisp cucumber and sweet grapefruit.

Ahh… :)

2. L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Nailcolor ($9.99)


These dynamic nail polish duos have twin tips! One end has a colorful base shade, and the other end has a (very lightly) tinted top coat. The idea is that you can skip an additional base coat, and just use one of these with its accompanying top coat.

They come in a variety of colors (I’ve been wearing them a lot in videos). I’ve tested a creamy light blue shade called Endless Sky and a creamy taupe called Timeless Taupe, and Endless Sky chipped on me pretty quickly (like within a day!), but Timeless Taupe made it about five days before the first chips appeared at the edges, which isn’t bad for me, considering the heck I put my nails through every day, all day.

I’m going to try Always A Lady next, which is a dark reddish brown… I guess I’m in the mood for fall!

3. Trader Joe’s Sour Gummies ($1.99)


ERHMAHGOSH! There’s a key lime sour gummy!

I think I may have mentioned that I’ve been all about sour flavors lately (especially lime), and that’s why I put this in my shopping cart the other day.

Man, oh, man! — I’m so glad I did. They’re delicious. They’re gummier and firmer (furmier? LOL!) than regular sour gummies… They also stick to my teeth worse/more, which isn’t ideal, but I can overlook that on account of them being so tasty.

The flavors are lemon, grapefruit (YUM), lime and tangerine, and they’re all in little “T” or “J” shapes.

I WILL be getting another bag on my next trip to Trader Joe’s.
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