#kristenstewart in Cannes hair by @bridgetbragerhair styling @taraswennen makeup and Photo by me @beau_nelson #beaunelsonstudio

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I just bookmarked A BUNCH of makeup looks because one cannot extricate herself from a brown lid/nude lip rut completely on her own.

I’m tryin’, man!

OK, can we just talk about how this Kristen Stewart look has been haunting me for weeks, but, like, in a Casper the Friendly Ghost way? Makeup artist Beau Nelson did this look for Kristen recently at Cannes.

The the teal/electric blue action around her lash lines? I can’t even. It’s so bright and eye-catching, for sure, but check out the placement of the darker blue on her lower lash line. There’s some in the outer corner and just around bottom from the inner corner, and then with the teal pop in the center? That’s so cool!

I also like how restrained the rest of the look is, like the cool-toned matte brown eyeshadow in the crease and how it contrasts with the metallic on the lash line, and the subtle skin and cheeks and dainty pink lip.

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Because I don’t particularly enjoy having my foundation and concealer move around my face like a team of synchronized Solid Gold Dancers, I wear powder. That said, I don’t like my face to look too powdered, if you know what I mean.

Apparently, I’m not the only one out there who likes a non-powdery face, because this new loose powder from Hourglass has already sold out a couple times on their website since it launched earlier this spring.

Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder ($46 for a 0.36-oz. jar of loose powder)

I really like it. I’ve had it in rotation for a few weeks with different bases and concealers on my combo skin, but I’d slow ya’ roll if you’re ultra oily, because it breaks up the foundation between my eyebrows, which is the oiliest area on my face, by the end of the day.

“The magic of Veil transformed into an ultra-refined loose powder designed to give skin a naturally flawless finish. This finely-milled, weightless powder is formulated with soft-focus light-reflecting particles to instantly blur imperfections and minimize the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles for effortlessly smooth skin.

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Unless you’re currently living that Maybach/Balmain/Cartier life, one can’t exactly call Kérastase “budget,” since their shampoos and conditioners are in the mid-$30 range, but if you like their products, or you’ve wanted to try their products, FYI, price cut!

In most cases, they’ve dropped their prices between $2 and $8, which isn’t bad. It makes them a little more accessible.

I’ve been testing a few things I haven’t used before from their Reflection line for color-treated hair — Bain Chromatique Sulfate-Free Shampoo ($30), Fondant Chromatique Conditioner ($34) and Masque Chromatique ($53).

No idea how they compare to their previous pricier versions, because I never used them before, but the company says that the formulas have all remained the same. They just cost a little less.

I started using them this month, and my wavy, dyed hair, which is normally on the drier side, looks noticeably smoother and shinier to me. It also doesn’t feel weighed down. No flakes on my scalp, either, and these don’t strip my color…which is good, considering that they’re designed to not do that.

Performance-wise, these are definitely comparable to Bumble & Bumble and R+Co.

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So…what is the Monday Poll?

Good question! It isn’t, contrary to its name, an actual poll. It’s just a list of five more or less random questions I’ve been posting on this blog every Monday morning for the past gazillion years (more than 10!). I love reading your answers, and it helps me get my week off to a great start. 👍

1. Are you OK today?

Yeah, I’m OK today. I feel good. I could have used a three-day weekend, but we have one coming up, so I just have to hang on till then…

Yes, I realize that it’s only Monday, haha. 🙂

Oh, and this question cracks me up because whenever Connor meets another kid, she gently places her hand on their back, leans over and quietly asks, “Are you OK?”

It’s her version of “Aloha.” It means a number of things at the same time. “Hello,” “Goodbye,” “Can we be friends?” “Can we hang out?” and “Can I play with you?”

2. A family member you wish you could hang out with this week?

My bro! We have so much fun when we hang out.

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Tabs always says that in kitty modeling, the best defense is a good offense. If you just rest on your laurels, sooner or later a hungrier up-and-coming cat will take what’s yours, and you won’t be walking the catwalk at feline fashion week anymore. Nope, if you’re lucky, you’ll get a page in the Petco catalog.

Every once in a while Tabs goes into kitty ninja mode, and instead of just patrolling the neighborhood, he conducts more advanced cat recon.

That’s what he did today. He inspected the houses on the circle more closely to look for signs of feline incursion.

He picked up a new cat’s scent around an air conditioning filter a couple houses down. He sniffed the area for a long time, gathering intelligence, and then used the data to compile a cat profile.

According to Tabs, the new cat is a three-year-old male tabby with green eyes and a crooked tail… Moderate kitty modeling potential. He will be added to the database. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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DUDE…there’s a lot of sunscreen action happening on my body right now. I’ve got Clinique on my left arm, Supergoop on my right, a little Neutrogena on my neck, some Babyganics on my left cheek (the cheek on my face, in case you’re wondering, haha!).

No, I’m not going to the pool. Still too cold for that. But May is moving at light speed, and summer is quickly approaching, so I’m testing some “new to me” things.

This makes me cringe to admit, but I haven’t been very good about wearing sunscreen lately…

I know, I know. 🙁 Just been too lazy. Even though I religiously applied it from the age of 19 onward, I sort of fell off the wagon about a year ago, and I’ve been off and on ever since.

Long story short, though, I’m back into it. In fact, I jumped into the sunscreen swimming pool at the deep end, but I’ve been much more careful about what I put on my face since I broke out in January. Now when I’m testing something new on my skin, I apply it to small test patches, instead of slathering it all over with reckless abandon.

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Hey, can I borrow your hot tub/DeLorean time machine for an hour? Pretty please?

I need to get back to 2017 or, really, any time before MAC revamped their brush line and changed so many of their classic brushes. Like this one: the 224.

If you say “yes,” I’ll babysit your cat or bake you brownies. What do ya say? Deal? 🙂

MAC 224S Synthetic Tapered Blending Brush ($34)

I wish I could stock up those old 224s because — HELLO, CRANKY PANTS — this new version is scratchy and stiff, several of the bristles have fallen out, and the ferrule is already loose.

Such a bummer, too, because the old-school 224s are beasts. I have two that are more than five years old and still going strong, but they’ll have to be replaced sooner or later.

If MAC doesn’t bring back the O.G. non-synthetic version, or otherwise fix this one, my plan is to eventually spring for either another NARS #42, which is $32 and BOMB, or the Chanel blending brush, which is $36.

Oh, well.

❤️ 1 out of 5 hearts.

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Most of the time for me, yes, makeup does make me generally happier.

Not to say that my happiness hinges on wearing makeup, because if I don’t fill in my brows on any given Friday, the world does not fall apart, nor do I have a meltdown, although that partly depends on where I am in my cycle. I have been known to launch into a full-on Kim K. ugly cry when I can’t find my tube of MAC In Extra Dimension.

Just sayin’…

Generally, though, yes, I think it makes me a happier person. I like the process. I feel artistic and creative. Plus, I feel more comfortable and capable when I’m wearing at least a little makeup. It doesn’t have to be a full face.

A few years ago, I went through a phase where putting on makeup started to feel a bit like a burden. Almost? I was spending a lot of time looking at makeup on Instagram at the time, and you know how it is… There are lots of peeps who do full-on super intricate makeup on IG, and it’s complicated and takes a long time (at least for me), and I was trying to get better at makeup myself, so I was spending a lot of time on my makeup — like two hours per day.

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**BEEP** **BEEP** **BEEP**

We interrupt this blog post to bring you this very important announcement: Hourglass Veil Retouching Fluid is NOT a full-on concealer. It may look like one, but it’s not. If you apply it by itself on top of dark circles, those bad boys won’t disappear. They’ll be like, “What’s up, lady? HOW YOU DOIN’?” 😎

Hourglass Veil Retouching Fluid ($32)

But, if you apply it on top of another concealer you already happen to be wearing — in other words, you retouch — you should see a slight difference…

“Meet your concealer’s new best friend. Veil Retouching Fluid is a multitasking complexion enhancer that you won’t want to leave your house without. This weightless, oil-free fluid adds just the right amount of brightness, coverage, and hydration that your skin needs during the day. It’s like your morning cup of coffee, your 3pm piece of chocolate, and your post-workout glow all rolled into one.”


When I dab and blend it on top of Make Up For Ever Ultra HD, which has been my under-eye concealer du jour lately, and by “lately,” I mean the past couple years, my dark circles look a little brighter.

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My preference? I’d rather save on cleansers, because, really, they aren’t on your skin *that long* (compared to moisturizers and serums).

I’ll splurge on moisturizers when I have some extra lunch money, but if I’m in a hardcore save mode, I know that my skin is OK with drugstore moisturizers from Olay and Neutrogena.

I’d rather splurge on treatments, and I can’t/don’t like to skimp on acne creams and acid toners.

As for sunscreens, I go back and forth between drugstore and high end, because on the one hand, I use so much that I’d spend mega $$$ if I only used department store, but I also feel like some of the pricier sunscreens layer better beneath makeup, and they usually absorb faster.

So that’s me! How about you? In what areas do you prefer to save/splurge on your skin care?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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