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5 Things I’m Loving About February (So Far)

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5 Things I Love About February

1. Valentine’s Day

MAC Lady Danger Lipstick

MAC Lady Danger Lipstick and Julep Nail Color in Myriam

Do I think that love should be celebrated 365 days a year? Heck, sure, why not? But I’m still glad it gets its own day. The chocolate and baby cherubs deserve their time in the sun.

Plus…it’s a textbook, absolutely perfect excuse to wear red lipstick, which someone I know did last weekend when he/she went to the symphony.

2. The cherry blossoms

cherry blossom

They’re officially coming along, to which my allergies protest, “HELL TO THE NO, WOMAN!”

You want to know something weird??

Of course you do. :) You’re reading MBB, LOL!

OK, here it is: every time I go for a walk around the neighborhood, I check to see if any of the cherry trees are bearing real cherry fruit.

I know, most are strictly ornamental, but when I was a teenager, my friend Jen’s family had a bad-@ss cherry blossom tree in their front yard that was grafted from two different plants, and one side had white flowers, and the other side had pink flowers and actual edible cherries that YOU COULD EAT!

I used to pick some to eat on the way to school in the morning, so now whenever I see a cherry tree in bloom, I take a close look at it to see if any fruit type action is going on.

Because you never know…

3. Having dinner outside (even if it’s just once before the cold weather returns)

Chez Maman Baked Camembert

The baked camembert at Chez Maman in San Francisco, NOM!

Here in Northern California, it is entirely possible to enjoy a meal outside in February.

Just not every February.

Some years, though, when we hit a mysterious stretch of early spring-like weather, you can do amazing things like eat wine and cheese outside at a French Bistro in San Francisco on a Saturday afternoon, which will make you temporarily forget that the Bay Area is one of the MOST EXPENSIVE PLACES ON THE PLANET TO LIVE.
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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 360

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The Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll for February 16, 2015

The Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll for February 16, 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. Talking animals in commercials: yes or no?
    Oh, hell no. They freak me out! Please back to the days when — gosh, what was that movie called? The Incredible Journey? There was also Homeward Bound, the one where the animals have to cross the wilderness, and they talk along the way, but their lips don’t actually move.

    Maybe I’m just a throwback to the days of yore, but for me, that’s how I picture animals communicating.

  2. Best fashion/beauty first aid tools to bring with you and keep in your purse wherever you go?
    Band-Aids, yo! Or, if you’re feeling really super fancy, Moleskin, which you can get at Walgreens. Either way, they serve the same function.

    Basically, if you have a sore spot on your feet — and with me being a shoe person, this happens often, especially with a new pair of shoes — you just stick the Band-Aid on your heel or wherever that spot is to protect it from rubbing and chaffing against the shoe.

    Oh! — and Tide pens. Those are great because you never know when pizza or spaghetti sauce will go a little cray-cray. Very handy when you’re wearing white.

    Also, that double-sided fashion tape to keep your bra straps stuck to your clothes and hidden from view, and mini-lint/pet hair rollers, and good old-fashioned safety pins (the tiny ones are great for wardrobe malfunctions), and a little case of Advil/ibuprofen, because it sucks to have a headache ruin an evening.

  3. If you could totally redecorate your house, what would you do?
    I would rip out all of the carpet and put in hardwood floors. I would fix the stairs, because Tabs treats them like his own personal cat tower, so the carpet covering the stairs has been torn to shreds.

    I’d redo the windows to make them more energy efficient. I would paint each and every room in the house a different color, and I would completely revamp my kitchen and get new countertops, new cupboards and a new, larger sink, because my tiny sink drives me bonkers.

    And that’s just for starters.

  4. What’s been your favorite accessory to wear lately?
    These Kate Spade gumdrop small square studs.

    I love those things! They go with everything, and I also have a necklace from a designer, whose name I can’t remember now. It’s a delicate gold necklace with a letter “K” pendant.

  5. What’s your favorite way to play or experiment with color when it comes to beauty (nail polish, hair, lipstick, blush, eyeshadow, etc.)?
    Hair. Definitely. I love to change the color of my hair, and I’m currently going through a dark hair phase.

    I love hair because you can see it every day, and it’s easy to change.

    (Well…I’m not changing it. My friend Alis is changing it.)

    You can make a super dramatic change in your look by changing your hair color, and it can completely change what colors you wear on your face and how you dress. I feel like a different person when I change my hair color.

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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. Talking animals in commercials: yes or no?
2. Best fashion/beauty first aid tools to bring with you and keep in your purse wherever you go?
3. If you could totally redecorate your house, what would you do?
4. What’s been your favorite accessory to wear lately?
5. What’s your favorite way to play or experiment with color when it comes to beauty (nail polish, hair, lipstick, blush, eyeshadow, etc.)?

First of all, happy President’s Day! Second, I think I figured out the key to Valentine’s gift-giving, and I think it might be power tools.

Apparently nothing says “I love you” like power tools. :)

I gave El Hub this thing called a jig saw, and his eyes lit up! Power tools: who knew?

I hope you had a nice weekend. What did you do? Did you do anything fun, and did it involve cats?

What’s the plan for this week?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 334

Published in: Just For Fun, Tabs

Charlie (Prince's favorite cat)

Charlie (Prince’s favorite cat)

Tabs has been trying to trace his lineage lately, so we’ve been doing some research into his kitty family tree. We found out that he’s closely tied to some very famous feline entertainers, which isn’t a big surprise… After all, he’s an entertainer himself. Celebrity runs in his veins. It’s literally in his DNA.

Pleased with the initial results of his genealogical investigation, Tabs commissioned the following art portraits.

I have no idea where we’re going to hang these… :)

Peanut (Joan Jett's guitar instructor)

Peanut (Joan Jett’s guitar instructor)

Lester (toured with Buddy Holly)

Lester (toured with Buddy Holly)


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

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Enter now to win a $50 Sephora e-gift card!

Enter now to win a $50 Sephora e-gift card!

Today is going to be so bomb. :) Happy Valentine’s Day, my love! love Tabby hugs and kisses for you. And nose taps. And cute mrows. And purr-chirps.

We made it through another week, which means we’re another week closer to the cherry blossoms and earlier sunrises and longer days and warm nights where you can sleep with the windows open and tubing down the river and barbecues and shorts and flip-flops! Just gotta hang in there a little longer…

Here’s your fun feat of the day, as assigned by Tabs: bring your camera with you wherever you go, and have it at the ready. Look for beauty in all things, all around you, and be quick on the draw. Take pictures of pretty things wherever you find them, and don’t be stingy! With digital cameras and camera phones, the film is free.

Today, while the world of consumer products works to shove love down our gullets and make us purchase all things chocolate, heart-shaped and red/pink, I hope you feel loved, my friend, no matter what, especially if you’re flying solo.

I’ve flown many solo V-Days over my 39 years, and while some have been good, some have also been tough. I hope you never forget how much you’re loved, irrespective of your current romantic situation. I love you very much, and Tabs does too (but he’s easy, haha).

May you have a wonderful day. Sending you virtual hugs, candy hearts and nose kisses.

Best of luck in the giveaway. Talk to you soon.

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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 359

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

The Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll for February 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. Stripes, plaid or polka dots?
    All three at once!

    Just kidding.

    Kind of. :) But if I had to pick one…I would definitely pick plaid.

    I LOVE plaid shirts, and I won’t say no to a really well-fitting pair of plaid pants.

  2. Do your brows match your hair color?
    Uh…not really. My brows are my natural hair color, which is a dark, dark brown — almost black — but my current hair color is some kind of chocolatey thing. They haven’t matched in a really long time, and I also — oh, I also always go one shade lighter when I fill in my brows because I feel like it makes them look less harsh.

    So the long answer to a short question is “no.”

  3. This week I’m really looking forward to…
    I’m really looking forward to Saturday, because El Hub got us tickets to the symphony!

    Should be a lot of fun. It’s been a few years since we’ve gone, and I get to dress up a little.

  4. What advice would you give to a friend who wants to get into your line of work?
    Hmm…

    For blogging, get really handy with a camera. Not only is it empowering to not have to depend on other people to take your pics, but it makes everything easier. And when you sit down at the keyboard, try to approach your projects from a place of joy and love. Leave all of your other baggage out of the mix.

    Try to, at least. It’s very hard sometimes, but try.

  5. If you were a song today, what song would you be?
    Charli XCX’s Boom Clap.

    ‘Nuff said.

Le List

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


1. Stripes, plaid or polka dots?
2. Do your brows match your hair color?
3. This week I’m really looking forward to…
4. What advice would you give to a friend who wants to get into your line of work?
5. If you were a song today, what song would you be?

I would raise my cup of coffee to you, but I’m not drinking coffee today… I’m drinking tea.

It’s good green tea, though. :) So I raise my cup of tea to you, my friend! I hope you have an easy week highlighted by bouts of honest laughter.

In other news…I’m kind of heartbroken about what happened on The Walking Dead last night, because first Bob, then Beth, and now this? It feels like all of the loving, gentle characters who had hoped for a better world are being picked off, one by one.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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