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

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Win a $50 Sephora e-card

Good morning, friend! Happy Saturday (or caturday, if you’re a cat lady). :)

I’m still a little sleepy… I’m trying to wake up with a cup of green tea, though, because I need to run, aka “get my sweat on,” and then El Hub and I are going to take his parents out sightseeing (they’re visiting this weekend).

What are you up to today? Doing anything fun? We’re probably just gonna go to Fairfax, which is a cute little town in West Marin County, and then maybe up to Napa if everyone’s up for the drive.

Anywho, you know the drill. It’s Saturday, which means it’s giveaway time. To enter to win a $50 Sephora e-card, all you have to do is leave a quick comment down below.

Good luck, and may you see fuzzy blue-eyed kittens today.

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 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:
    • If your closet could talk, what’s the first thing it would say?
    • A shoulder on which you lean?
    • Have you ever supported a crowdfunding project on Kickstarter or something like it?
    • __________ is a genius.
    • A special occasion coming up?
    • Three makeup brands you like right now?
  • One entry per person.
  • You must use a valid email address to win.
  • The giveaway ends on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 11:59 PM (Pacific Time). :)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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Open Thread: The Ripped Jeans Edition

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open thread

What’s up, girlfriend? Happy Friday. :) Also known as Fri-yay.

Fridays are good days for ripped jeans around here. At least for me. El Hub feels differently about it. He’s always poking fun at me for wearing these (the ones in the pic at the top). He calls them my “railroad scamp pants” and says that all I need now is one of those long sticks with the red and white checkerboard handkerchief tied to the end with some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in there and maybe a can of anchovies…

Oh, well. I like ‘em! This pair is by Blank NYC. If you ask me about them in the comments, I’ll give you the scoop because guess what…?

It’s time for another OPEN THREAD!

Let’s catch up in the comments. I’m gonna be around. Valid topics of discussion include makeup, jeans and other garments, refreshing beverages, tasty recipes, work romances and other conundrums, seasonal allergies (so sniffly today!), roller skates, blogging, photography, movies, TV shows (Game of Thrones this Sunday!), cats, dogs, rabbits, flamingos, ferrets and…OK, pretty much anything.

See you in the comments.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. TGIF!

7 Things I’ve Been Loving Lately (Makeup and Non-Makeup Related)

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Since it’s Thursday and all (edit: it’s just random; there’s no logical reason), I’m wondering what’s been making you want to clutch your pearls with delight.

Here are seven things that have been giving me major smiles lately. :)

1. Yes to Coconut Ultra Light Spray Body Lotion for Very Dry Skin ($9.99)

Otherwise known as “Lotion for the Laziest of Alligator People.” My skin is so dry that it makes alligator skin look moisturized! But this stuff totally takes care of it (everywhere except on my Fred Flinstone feet, where I need something thicker). It leaves my skin feeling soft, but not greasy, and smelling faintly of coconut.

How moisturizing is it?

Pictures yourself standing in a tropical lagoon under a Hawaiian waterfall…and in this waterfall scenario, you look hot, of course.

Wait — to be honest, that’s hard to do because the water is really pouring down, so hold on to your bikini bottoms! (File this under “Life Lessons Learned the Hard Way.”)

Anyway, tangent.

I keep this stuff in my shower and spray it on my skin after toweling off (while I’m still in the shower). It’s easy to work in, and the bottle conveniently works when you hold it upside-down, which is super cool. I suggest spraying it into your palm first, and then massaging it into your arms and legs. That way you don’t accidentally spray the lotion all over your floors and walls.

2. Yes to Grapefruit Basil Liquid Hand Soap ($3.99)

And since we’re on the subject of saying yes to things, I also love the brand’s Yes To’s Grapefruit Basil Liquid Hand Soap ($3.99). It makes quick work of any dirt/gunk/oils/tabby hairs on my paws and works fast. It’s also non-drying (yay!) and lightly scented with grapefruit, which is one of my favorite things to eat.

Incidentally, sometimes I feel like I’m alone in this, because everyone around me detests the taste of grapefruit… Are you into it? Grapefruit 4-EVA is all I have to say.

3. The bkr 1-L Bottle in Sugar ($42)

bkr water bottle

This bkr water bottle! I’ve only been using it for a week, but I’m freaking ready to put a ring on it. I carry this thing everywhere!

Granted, it’s a lot heavier than a back-to-basics, standard plastic water bottle, but I don’t mind. I kinda like the solid glass heft. (The thick rubber sleeve should hopefully keep it from cracking if it’s ever dropped from a reasonable height… I’ll you know about that when/if it ever happens.)

The handle on the cap also feels juuuuuust right. I don’t know if the designers conducted any ergonomic studies or anything, but this bottle feels great in my hand.

I also like mouth because it’s not too huge/wide, and with every other water bottle I’ve owned, I end up spilling water all over my shirt all the time.

Doesn’t happen with this. I keep trying to find an excuse to get one of the smaller ones, too (I love the ones with the heart design) but yeah…one is enough for now.

I hope they make the liter-sized ones with a heart on it soon. Call me crazy (go on!), but I swear my water tastes better when I drink it from this bottle.

Yes, I know that’s impossible. :)
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Beauty Improv: Last Time You Used a Beauty Product for Something Other Than Its Intended Purpose?

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Deep beauty thoughts

I think everybody does it sometimes when they’re either feeling creative, or frazzled, or they’re running out of a certain product.

Let me set the stage for you: two days ago. Easter Sunday. 9:45 a.m. I’d just finished a run on the treadmill and was putting the finishing touches on a quiche (yes, I made a quiche, and it wasn’t terrible) when I bumped into El Hub in the kitchen, who said, “You know we have to leave here at 11, right?” And I said, “Yeah.” And he was like, “That means you should probably aim for 10:30.” And I said, “Yeah, whatever. I’ll be done by 10:30. Don’t even worry about it, la-la-la-la-la…”

Then I went about my business, until I looked up at the clock and thought, “Hmm… I have to take a shower, I have to put on makeup, I want to do my hair. How am I going to do everything by 11?” So I stopped taking my sweet time and started hustling my butt.

While I was doing my makeup, after I’d applied Diorskin Nude Air Serum foundation, I looked at what was left on the back of my hand and thought, “I really like how this stuff looks on my skin, how it blurs my pores and doesn’t sit in my fine lines and wrinkles…”

EUREKA!

“Why don’t I just use this as my under-eye concealer!?”

So I mixed it with some YSL Touche Éclat highlighter and patted the combo under my eyes with a finger, and I really like how it turned out. They made a great improv concealer that didn’t settle into my fine lines, and didn’t look cakey or heavy. :)

I also happened to have some lipstick left on the back of my hand, so I mixed it with the Diorskin Nude foundation, too, and applied that as my blush.

When was the last time you used a beauty product for something other than its intended purpose?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. Happy Tuesday, by the way. How’s it going this morning?

Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 367

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makeup and beauty blog monday poll

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. What are three pieces of advice you would give to a younger woman?
    1. Definitely drink a ton of water, she said holding up her Bkr. When I don’t drink enough water, everything is a little more difficult. My skin gives me a hard time, my brain doesn’t work as quickly…

      See, it’s not firing right now because I haven’t had enough water.

    2. Choose the people around you carefully (that’s one of those things I learned the hard way). Positive people with a good outlook will lift you up, and every spirit needs lifting sometimes.
    3. You don’t have to do everything yourself (again, another lesson learned the hard way). For many, many years I felt like I was the only one in the proverbial boat, like everything was entirely up to me to figure out and do, but it’s OK to ask for help. It’s OK to need help (everyone does), and everything doesn’t have to be hard.
  2. Nail charms (dangly or otherwise) — yes or no?
    Oh, hell no. Tabs would go insane. He’d never leave my nails alone.

    Plus, I don’t keep my claws long enough to have cute little charms. They’d always be rattling all over the place, and even if I did keep my nails long enough, the charms would click and clack on my keyboard.

    I can’t even think about it… It would drive me nuts!

  3. Are you looking forward to anything this week?
    I’m looking forward to going out on another mid-week movie date. El Hub and I did that last week. We went to see a new horror movie called It Follows, and it was kind of nice (the date, not the movie; THE MOVIE WAS SCARY!).

    I think it was last Tuesday or Wednesday night. It was just us, and three other dudes on a bromance date, in the entire movie theater. It was cool.

  4. Ripped jeans or boyfriend jeans?
    Ripped jeans.
  5. What do your sunglasses look like?
    Mine are a beige pair of oversized cat eye sunglasses by Tory Burch.

    Got them last year on sale, and I love ‘em, but I’m thinking about switching to a pair of super cute Kate Spade aviators that I tried on at Nordstrom last week.

    Yup, major life dilemmas…

  6. Last weird dream you had?
    It was this past weekend. I dreamed that El Hub and I broke up! — and then I married Prince.

    And he was so weird!

    It was really weird being married to Prince…and I was completely heartbroken. I just wanted to go back to El Hub.

    Dang, it was the weirdest dream…

Le List

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

1. What are three pieces of advice you would give to a younger woman?
2. Nail charms (dangly or otherwise) — yes or no?
3. Are you looking forward to anything this week?
4. Ripped jeans or boyfriend jeans?
5. What do your sunglasses look like?
6. Last weird dream you had?

I’ve been trying to think of a few words of wisdom this morning, but I have no wisdom at all, LOL!

OK, I might have something here… Here’s a tidbit that may or may not help you this week (probably not), but if you slice potatoes for a scalloped potato dish and plan on storing the slices in your refrigerator overnight, you gotta stick those freaking potato slices in a bowl of water, because they’ll turn brown if you don’t. This I learned last weekend when I made scalloped potatoes for Easter.

Happy Monday, my friend! I hope that your jeans make your butt look great and that you have a wonderful, stress-free week. :)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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