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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

The Laura Mercier Sensual Reflections Collection

Some pretties from the new Laura Mercier Sensual Reflections fall collection

THE COFFEE AND THE BLOGGER

“Please, nice lady,” said the terrified cup of coffee. “Please don’t drink me.”

“Why not!?” barked the groggy, bleary-eyed beauty blogger as she ambled toward the carton of almond milk on the counter. “You’re mine! And I need you!”

“But…” pleaded the cup, “if you drink me, I’ll disappear, and I don’t want to disappear.”

The beauty blogger’s left eye twitched uncontrollably, and her hands were twisted into claws. “Bah! I don’t care! I’m not awake yet and I need my coffee!” Clumsily, she dumped the milk-like liquid into the cup, filling it close to the brim.

“Grgglrgl!” the cup cried. “I can’t swim!”

“Oh, shut-up!” the blogger screamed. “Just shut-up already!”

–THE END–

OK, that was dumb.

SO dumb.

LOL! But I am really that tired right now, and I have no sympathy whatsoever for the coffee I am about to consume, bwahahahahahaaa! :)

Hi, babe. How’s it going this morning? What did you do last night?

I made pasta for din-din and watched some PBS specials on Netflix, one about Chatsworth, which is the palatial house where Downtown Abbey takes place, and the second one was about Selfridges, the department store in London (founded by an American, who knew?). And then I watched the first half of Titanic again (because we all know what happens in the second half).

Sometimes TV is the world’s greatest cure for a frazzled mind, ya know? There are times when I literally need for my brain to be turned into mush.

In other news, I’m counting down the seconds till tomorrow because I’m heading into the city to meet my two girlfriends for the day, and I haven’t seen them in a while.

So that’ll be fun.

I hope you have a great weekend lined up. I’ll be around, as usual, so I’ll talk to you soon.

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).

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    • How do you take your coffee?
    • What’s your favorite summer fruit (for me, peaches, cherries and watermelon)?
    • On average, how many eyeshadows do you wear at a time?
    • What was the last meal you prepared?
    • Have you ever been to London?
    • A movie that scared you as a child?
  • You can enter in up to seven ways to boost your chances of winning.
  • The giveaway ends on Monday, July 14, 2014 at 11:59 PM (Pacific Time), which is, incidentally, someone’s birthday. :)
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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

What’s the Closest You’ve Ever Come to a Major Makeup or Beauty Disaster?

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Freaking out

Ruh-roh…

I’m talking about that one time when you came this close to an epic beauty disaster.

Mine happened only a couple months ago…

It was during a false eyelash phase, when I was wearing them almost daily.

I was using tweezers at the time to apply a set of false lashes, and that day, like most days, I was running a little behind, so I was rushing. I grabbed the closest pair of tweezers, which happened to be a super duper pointy pair.

I think you know where this is headed… Hurrying with a pair of pointy tweezers to apply false eyelashes?

Yeah, I came this close to poking out my eyeball! It was actually really scary, and it put me off of using tweezers to apply false lashes. Now I just use my fingers, even though it’s much harder for me, but that’s vastly preferable to poking an eye with razor-sharp metal tweezers, OMG!

Seriously, babe. Be careful.

How about you? What’s the closest you’ve ever come to a major makeup or beauty disaster?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. TGIF!

Let's Go to the Pool

Take me to the pool, and make it snappy!

Do You Do Accent Nails?

Published in: Just For Fun, Nails

Essie Fashion Playground and In The Cab-ana (used as an “accent nail”)

Accent nails: yes or no?

(Where one of your nails is a different design or color.)

Quick! — don’t overthink it. Go with your gut.

For me, they’re a really cool resounding yes. I particularly like to have that extra pop of color tie into my pedicure.

For my BFF, though, they’re a strong “No.” We had an in-depth conversation about them the other day, and she was very firm on the matter. The idea of purposefully interrupting the uniformity of her manicures freaks her out.

How about you? Do you do accent nails?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 328

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Rodeo Beach

Yesterday I went to Rodeo Beach at the Marin Headlands

You might be wondering, “So what the heck is this Monday Poll thing anyway?”

Well, it isn’t much of a poll. It’s more just a constantly evolving (devolving?), somewhat random list of questions I’ve been putting out to readers every Monday morning for the past seven years. I’ve always enjoyed reading your answers in the comments, and I hope you enjoy reading mine.

  1. Pizza: deep dish or thin crust?
    Thin crust all the way, baby! And please pass the ranch and chili pepper flakes while you’re at it.
  2. Who does your brows?
    Me, myself and I.

    I have weird control issues when it comes to my brows…

  3. Does it ever rain in the summer where you live?
    Nope, usually not a drop from June through mid-October. We live in a high risk fire zone so the trees and grasses get bone dry.

    I wish it did rain in summer, though, because I love warm places when it rains, like when it rains in the tropics.

  4. Surround yourself with _____.
    Kitties. Lots and lots of kitties!

    Or, just one cat, if your main kitty is a diva alpha kitty who refuses to share the spotlight with other cats (*cough* Tabs *cough*).

  5. Which do you prefer: getting your nails painted or getting your hair blown out?
    I actually prefer them both. :) But I like doing them myself because I’m super picky (I’ve gotten some bad blowouts).

    Buuuuuut, if I had to choose one over the other, I’d opt for the blowout, because they’re always faster when somebody else does them for me.

Le List

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


1. Pizza: deep dish or thin crust?
2. Who does your brows?
3. Does it ever rain in the summer where you live?
4. Surround yourself with _____.
5. Which do you prefer: getting your nails painted or getting a blowout?

Hi there, friend.

I hope you had a great weekend. Mine ended up being downright lovely and super chill. I felt like I had a lot of time to just relax and breathe.

I watched a couple movies, put my toes in the sand at the beach, had lunch with my brother, and spent some quality time with El Hub.

I was also moderately productive in a stress management kind of way and thought of some new things to try in July.

First, I’m going to sign up for a few yoga classes. Yoga always helps me chill out, but I just fell off the yoga wagon for some reason.

A local studio, Front Street Yoga, has a special this month — $5 classes, whoo-hoo!

That’s some affordable relaxation right there.

Second, I’m going to start forecasting and planning around the hormonal craziness in my cycle, because that’s when the sh*t usually hits the fan and writing/functioning/avoiding the urge to stab strangers with blunt objects becomes a struggle.

I’m going to prep more things while I feel sane and good, just in case I have trouble, and I’m also going to consciously avoid my emotional triggers.

No, seriously. I blocked off a section on my calendar that actually says, “Avoid emotional triggers.”

Sounds silly, but whatever works, right? I hope it helps.

Lastly, I’m going to try a few of these free 30-minute meditation podcasts by the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. (Thank you, April, for sharing that link!)

I hope you’re having a great Monday so far. Talk to you soon.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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

Published in: Giveaways, Just For Fun

A Makeup and Beauty Blog giveaway

World's tallest cat tower

The Dubai Cat Tower, by designer and architect Tabs the Cat, holds the current record for the world’s tallest cat tower at 2,723′

I think most driven cats think about their legacy.

They want to leave their mark on the world; they want to be remembered. In fact, I think it’s one of the main reasons they scratch things…

It’s tough nowadays, though, because cats aren’t as easily impressed as they once were. There was a time when a cat could just scratch an oak tree, and other cats would walk by and say, “That scratch there? Your great, great, great grandcat made that scratch,” but no more. Now cats have to think bigger.

Bigger like the recently completed Dubai Cat Tower, which at 2,723′ is the tallest freestanding cat tower in the world.

Tabs just wants to leave his mark on the world… :)

In other news, good morning! Rise and shine, pal o’ mine. Happy caturday!

I really enjoyed yesterday’s open thread (thank you for stopping by), and I’ll still be hanging out in the comments there if you want to chat.

So…tell me about fireworks. Did you see any last night? We saw a few sparkles in the sky from our house, but that’s about it. We did, however, see one of the coolest movies I’ve seen in a long time. If you like thought-provoking sci-fi — oh! — you have to see Snowpiercer.

WOW! What a fan-friggin’-tastic sci-fi movie. I’m going to be seeing scenes from that movie in my head for the rest of my life.

It stars Chris Evans (Captain America), Jamie Bell (Billy Elliott, Jumper), Tilda Swinton (The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Deep End) and quite a few other good actors.

It’s kind of a weird premise, but that’s a recipe for good sci-fi. It’s about a train. The whole thing takes place on a train, but it doesn’t really feel claustrophobic, because the train is their entire world. For reasons explained in the movie, the people on the train can’t leave. Can’t ever step foot off the train. Ever.

There’s a struggle for leadership to control the limited resources on the train, and intense mayhem ensues.

Warning: It’s shocking and gruesome and twisted at times.

Seriously, if you consider yourself a fan of sci-fi, you gotta see Snowpiercer.

In other news…it’s giveaway time!

Are you ready for this? I hope you are.

Good luck. Talk to you soon. :)

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:
    • Do you have any phobias?
    • Sushi: yes or no?
    • What and where is your favorite hair salon?
    • Have you ever practiced a martial art?
    • Have you ever ridden a motorcycle?
    • Nail stickers: yes or no?
  • You can enter in up to seven ways to boost your chances of winning.
  • The giveaway ends on Monday, July 7, 2014 at 11:59 PM (Pacific Time), which is, incidentally, someone’s birthday. :)
  • Full terms and conditions are available in the widget.

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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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