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What Are Your Five All-Time Favorite Makeup/Beauty Products?

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MAC Pro Longwear Concealer

My beloved bottle of MAC Pro Longwear Concealer gets a rubbery suit of armor…

Ouch, it’s the “all-time” part of the question that makes this one difficult. Do I go with the limited edition products that moved me to glittery tears (hello, Chanel Astral), or give love to my errr’day staples?

Hmm… I gotta go with the longer-term loves, the products I’ve worn every day, or almost every day, and rarely leave home without.

1. MAC Pro Longwear Concealer — Tricky to use, and the glass pump drives me batty, but I’ve yet to find a full-coverage under-eye concealer that works better for me (although theBalm’s Time Balm Concealer comes close).

2. MAC Face & Body — Easy to build up or sheer out, Face & Body is more flexible than my noodle arms after a yoga class, but more stable than a 200-year-old oak tree once you put it. Hands down, it’s my favorite foundation for dewy skin.

3. MAC Powersurge Eye Kohl — I kid you not; I have gone through seven or eight of these since discovering it in 2008, and my heart hurts a little every time I forget it at home when I leave the house. On the lower water line, this bad-@ss bronzy liner pencil is EVERYTHING. It brightens and opens the eyes wide, practically manga-style.

4. MAC Brun Eye Shadow — Brow filler, eye liner, smokey eye maker extraordinaire. Brun is a bonafide jack of all trades.

5. MAC Impassioned Lipstick — If our cruel alien/sentient computer overlords forced me to pick a single bright lipstick to wear for the rest of my life, I would pick Impassioned.

How about you? What are your five all-time favorite makeup/beauty products?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. Happy hump day. :)

How Old Were You When You Got Your First Makeover at a Counter? Tell Me About It.

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Time for a trip down memory lane

Time for a trip down memory lane…

The year was 1989.

Saved by the Bell was in its inaugural season (Zack and Kelly 4 ever!), and I was just a wee lass of 14, but because I was a freshman in high school, of course I thought I was all grown up and mature.

LOL!

Little did I know…

That fall my mom took me on my very first trip to a makeup counter. It was Clinique.

It’s one of my fondest makeup memories, and one of my favorite memories with my mom, because she’s never been a real makeup person at all, but she did it for me.

I was devouring teen magazines at the time and scouring them for makeup tips and stuff (oh, to live in the time before beauty blogs) when one day, on the drive to school, my mom asked me if I was interested in going to get some makeup.

Uh…of course I said yes. :)

So, that weekend we went to a Clinique counter at the Newpark Mall. I picked out a blush, an eyeshadow (’twas pink and blue… So late ’80s!), a lipstick and a foundation.

No mascara, though, because my mom deemed it “too mature.”

Not to be overly dramatic…but that trip kind of changed my life. Before that trip to the Clinique counter, I was forced to sneak and wear makeup on the down-low because my parents were very strict.

Finally, I didn’t have to sneak around anymore, and it was pure joy. The makeup floodgates opened. I could finally express myself without hiding.

Your turn! How old were you when you got your first makeover at a counter? Tell me about it.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. I hope you had a wonderful Labor Day, babe. Ours was nice. We spent the afternoon in the city at Golden Gate Park, and I did something new, too. El Hub and I rented a paddleboat and tooled around Stow Lake, which I don’t remember ever even seeing before (and I lived right next to the park for a couple years!). It was quite a fun day.

Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 336

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The Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll for September 1, 2014

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. This morning we’re getting brunch at the local greasy spoon. What’s your order?
    Ooh! Banana pancakes, two eggs over easy (please, not over medium), hash browns, a side of fruit (easy on the mellon) and coffee (with tons of cream and sugar).

    I swear, I wake up ravenous every morning, as if I’ve been hibernating all winter long. It’s dangerous when we go out to eat, like going grocery shopping when you’re starved, because I end up ordering more than I can actually consume, but whatevs. Bring it on!

  2. When in doubt, throw on ______.
    A bright lipstick, ’cause at least you’ll look like you tried, and/or some black stretchy pants, ’cause then at least you’ll be comfortable.
  3. Have you ever been sailing?
    I have not, even though I live near San Francisco Bay, which is often covered by sailboats.

    The problem is, horror movies. I’ve watched one too many of them involving sailboats, freak storms and pirates…

  4. Do your parents still live in your childhood home?
    They do. They’ve lived in the same house for over 30 years, which is neat when I go home to visit. It brings back a lot of memories.
  5. Tom Ford African Violet

  6. A nail polish shade you never get tired of wearing?
    Tom Ford’s African Violet.

    It’s such a bright, happy shade, but it’s one of those that also has kind of a tough girl edge at the same.

Le List

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


1. This morning we’re getting brunch at the local greasy spoon. What’s your order?
2. When in doubt, throw on ______.
3. Have you ever been sailing?
4. Do your parents still live in your childhood home?
5. A nail polish shade you never get tired of wearing?

Good morning, glory. :) Happy Labor Day, which I hope you’re celebrating by not working (or not working very hard).

I love it when holidays fall on a Monday because, seriously, Mondays can use all the help they can get.

We haven’t figured out what we’re going to do yet — maybe drive up to Guerneville and the Russian River, or maybe go hiking on Mount Tam. Whatever we do, though, I want it to be at least partly outside. Gotta soak up as much sunshine as possible (while wearing sunscreen, of course).

What are you doing today?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME! Win Kitty Noms From Purina Pro Plan (Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 311)

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*** The giveaway is closed now, and the winners have all been contacted (please check your email!). Thank you for entering. ***

Enter to win cat snacks from Purina Pro Plan

This post is sponsored by Purina Pro Plan #proplancatpartner. For information about my posting policy, please see my Disclaimer.

Sponsored by Purina Pro Plan Cat

Tabs is such a fan of Purina Pro Plan Savory snacks that he made arrangements with a bigwig exec over there to give some away (seriously, he told the lady, “Mrow!”). Five lucky winners will each receive a special prize pack of Purina Pro Plan cat snacks and other swag, paw-picked by Tabs. You can enter in up to five ways, and the giveaway closes at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, September 10, 2014.

Scroll down for the full details… Good luck!

Prize

Tabs and I will randomly select five (5) lucky winners to each receive the following: 3 Purina Pro Plan Savory Bites snack bags in Tuna, Salmon and Chicken; 1 Purina Pro Plan tote bag; 1 plastic food bowl; easy-clean placemat; extra large refrigerator magnet; and a $5 coupon for Purina Pro Plan brand cat (or dog) snacks. BONUS: an 8×10″ glossy autographed picture of Tabs. :)

Win snacks for your cat

How to enter

Twitter (1 winner will be randomly selected)

  1. Follow me on Twitter @karenmbb
  2. Send me a tweet and finish the phrase, “My cat is great because…” and include the hashtag #winkittynoms and @ProPlanCat

Instagram (1 winner will be randomly selected)

  1. Be sure you’re following me on Instagram @karenmbb
  2. Leave a comment there on the Instagram post finishing the phrase, “My cat is great because…”

Facebook (1 winner will be randomly selected)

  1. Find the original giveaway post on my Facebook page (here’s a link to it)
  2. Leave a comment there finishing the phrase, “My cat is great because…”

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7 Ways to Win a $50 eGift Card From Sephora! (Ends Monday)

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A Makeup and Beauty Blog giveaway
A Sephora giveaway on Makeup and Beauty Blog

“Let her play with Lego, for crying out loud!”

I’m sitting here on the couch with the laptop watching Extreme Guide to Parenting, and I just heard El Hub yell that from the other room.

And he’s not even watching the show. He’s just eavesdropping, LOL!

Rise and shine, pal o’ mine! It’s caturday! :) Do you know where your husky tabby is?

The one who manages this office is disgruntled and pacing around the house because he wants to go outside. There are these crows who are sort of casing the joint. They’re sitting in the closest tree branches, cawing at the top of their crow lungs, and it’s p*ssing Tabs off. He’s like, “Dammit! Those effing birds!”

Poor kitty…

In other news, it’s giveaway time. Good luck to you. I hope you have a great weekend, too. El Hub and I are talking about going kayaking again on the Russian River tomorrow, but we’ll see. We have a couple other things to do. One of them, actually, involves something special for the cat enthusiasts tomorrow afternoon, so if you have a kitty (or two or 12), be sure to check back tomorrow.

Win a $50 gift card from Sephora

  • 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).

  • Enter using the Rafflecopter widget 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:
    • What was your favorite toy or game growing up?
    • Have you ever braided someone else’s hair?
    • Have you ever had super skinny, thin brows?
    • When was the last time you wore false lashes?
    • Do you currently dye your hair?
    • Do you put mascara on your bottom lashes?
  • You can enter in up to seven ways to boost your chances of winning.
  • The giveaway ends on Monday, September 1, 2014 at 11:59 PM (Pacific Time). :)
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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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