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Archived Since:March 2, 2008

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10 Things That Go Through Your Head When You Do Smoky Eyes for the First Time

Do I really need eight eyeshadows for this look? Well, if YouTube says so, then I guess it must be true. Here goes… Am I doing something wrong?? I thought I’d look like a Kardashian, but I just look like I got into a reality TV show brawl. Show More Summary

#MBBTurns10: Remembering a Close Encounter With the One of the Greatest Cat Ladies of All Time

I’m feeling emo and nostalgic today because the blog is turning 10 soon. TEN. I can’t believe it. On February 20th. This is the longest project, or whatever it is, I’ve ever done in my life, and it’s been life-changing in many ways.Show More Summary

A Dashing Duo: Benefit They’re Real Shadow Blender in Easy Smokin’, and the Awkward Double Date With the Vanilla Ice Mullet Brothers

So, what do I know about double dates? Well, I know that they’re awkward…(but more on this in a sec), and I know that I thought about them a lot today because of the new $24 Benefit They’re Real Duo Shadow Blender in Easy Smokin’ (one...Show More Summary

Tom Ford Spring 2017: The Shade and Illuminate Cheeks Cream Blushes in Scintillate and Sublimate

I like to wear shades (as in sunglasses). Connor Claire also likes to throw shade, which is cute now, but it may not be in 12 years. Now, neither of these types forms of shade have anything to do with the two new Shade and Illuminate...Show More Summary

A Dashing Duo: Benefit They’re Real Duo Shadow Blender in Sexy Smokin’, and the Unwritten Rule of Middle School Dancing (Circa 1989)

Middle school dances were the worst. I don’t know why anybody thought they were fun. Well…I know that there were some kids who probably had fun, like the kids in the popular clique who planned the dances. I bet they had a good time, but I never did. Show More Summary

Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 461

So…what is the Monday Poll? 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 NINE (!) years. (It’s like...Show More Summary

Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 435

It’s almost time for the Super Bowl! — and the Puppy and Kitten Bowls, of course. Tabs flew out to Houston early yesterday morning because he’s one of the officials in the Kitten Bowl this year. Yeah, they needed someone who played the game and understands how to work in front of a camera. Show More Summary

Do “Best of Beauty” Lists in Magazines Influence Your Makeup Decisions?

You know the lists I’m talking about — the best-of products for hair, makeup, skin, etc. The roundups. They pop up a lot around the end of the year, and sometimes also between the seasons. Allure does them every year, and they’re pretty extensive. Show More Summary

Tips for Dry Winter Skin

Never in my wildest youthful dreams did I ever think I’d have to worry about dry skin, but now I do. Like, daily. Sometimes, hourly it seems. In fact, I think I’ll put on some moisturizer right now. BRB! ???? Here are some things that have been helping me deal with my dry winter skin. Show More Summary

5 Things I’ve Been Loving Lately

1. Lip print errrthang It started with a sweater I got ages ago at Nordstrom by a brand called Halogen that I, um…haven’t worn since I got pregnant with Connor last year. A photo posted by Karen | Makeup and Beauty Blog (@karenmbb) on...Show More Summary

How Old Were You When You Started Doing Any Sort of Facial Hair Removal (Brows, Upper Lip, Etc.)?

I was in college! I think I might’ve been 19 or 20 at the time. That’s when I started plucking my brows doing stuff to remove my upper lip hair. And it all started with facial bleach, which was…not my most genius idea, LOL! Because I...Show More Summary

The MAC Kiesza Collection Is Down With Chocolatey Brown

I feel suddenly compelled to do wind sprints while eating a ???? chocolate-chip cookie. Admittedly, I don’t even know if that’s possible…but where there’s a will (and a desire to eat cookies), there’s a way! Thanks, MAC Kiesza collection! ???? It just so happens that Kiesza sings one of the songs on my sprinting playlist. Show More Summary

MAC Viva Glam by the #numbers With Viva Glam Taraji P. Henson Lipstick and Lipglass

2 The number of Empire stars ?? who are now new MAC Viva Glam spokespeople — the fabulous Taraji P. Henson (LOVE HER) and Jussie Smollett. 1,700 The number of pennies it takes to purchase a tube of pretty purplish red matte Viva Glam Taraji P. Show More Summary

Your 3 Most Recent Empties?

Were they makeup? Skin care? Hair products? Something else? Mine were skin care, and side note — please don’t ask me why I keep these empty jars around, because allegedly I AM NOT A HOARDER (keep telling yourself that, Karen). Sunday...Show More Summary

What I Wore Wednesday, Vol. 1: Copper With a Splash of Gold and Natural-Looking Skin

Here’s the makeup I wore today! It was a pretty chill Wednesday overall… I got up, wrote for a bit, took Connor out for a morning walk (yes, our Coywolf is walking now!), worked and went to an appointment to see my therapist (just a regularly scheduled thing I’ve been doing once a month; it’s […] The post, "What I Wore Wednesday, Vol. Show More Summary

The MAC Colour Rocker Collection Swatches and Tempered Two-Toned Lips

So I was flipping through a magazine last weekend (I think it might’ve been Allure…) and saw a picture of two models wearing two-toned lips. NEAT! What are two-toned lips? It’s where you wear different colors on your top and bottom lip,...Show More Summary

What’s a Beauty Trend You’ll Never, Ever Do Again?

I know that one should never say never…but as it pertains to super skinny brows, I’m 100% sure I’m never going there again. Been there, done that, don’t need to do it again, LOL! I had them from about my early-20s until my mid-30s, which is more than enough skinny brow action for this lifetime. Show More Summary

Try This Hair Hack to Boost Color and Deep Condition at the Same Time

Mix a color-boosting conditioner and a hydrating hair mask to ramplify (ramp up + amplify) your hair color and deep condition yo’ mane at the same time. I mean, why couldn’t I have discovered this genius tip years ago!? MIND BLOWN! I wish I could take credit for it, but I can’t. Show More Summary

Would You Ever Go Beauty Dumpster Diving?

First of all, this is a legit thing. It’s a real trend. After stores close…under cover of darkness, resourceful beauty lovers are getting into their cars, driving out to stores like Sephora and Ulta, and going scavenging in dumpsters for beauty products. Show More Summary

Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 460

So…what is the Monday Poll? 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 NINE (!) years. (It’s like...Show More Summary

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