10 Days of Giveaways: Comment to Win Sonia Kashuk Brushes and More

Published in: Just For Fun

The giveaway is now closed, and I’m contacting the winner by e-mail. Good luck!


Aloha from the w i d e s t state in the United States when measured from east to west.


Rise and shine, pal ‘o mine. It’s 5:15AM out here right now, not long before dawn, but even in the dark the jungle surrounding my in-law’s condo is filled with deafening birdsong from more species than I can count. I recognize the sound of roosters and doves, but I’m not sure about the rest of them.

Yesterday we spent the day catching up with family and walked around Ala Moana Shopping Center’s 300 stores. It’s pretty much your typical open-air mall experience but on a gigantic scale.

Mom is getting better every day. She’s lost a lot of weight from the chemo and gets tired quickly, but that’s what frequent breaks on mall benches are for.

I hope you had fun at the virtual potluck, but I apologize for El Hub’s behavior and the incident with the tree swing. He had one too many cups of sangria. ๐Ÿ™‚

But that was then and this is now. There’s no sense crying over spilled punch.

Are you ready for today’s installment of 10 Days of Giveaways?

The prize


One lucky lady will win the following items from Sonia Kashuk (a $43 value):

How to enter

Entering is easier than ordering froo-froo drinks at a beach bar.

All you have to do is leave a comment about anything you like — the name of your favorite mixed drink, what shoes you’re wearing today or what your plans are tonight.

I’ll pick the winner at random from among the people who enter by 11:59PM PST tonight.

Boa sorte!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Like my mother-in-law, Sonia Kashuk has faced breast cancer. You can read about Sonia’s story here.

The giveaway is now closed, and I’m contacting the winner by e-mail. Good luck!


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  1. Felicia says:

    Aloha Karen…. glad to hear your mother in law is getting better. ๐Ÿ™‚
    and it’s super nice of you to have this many giveaways for us readers.
    Have a great day!

  2. Fay.H. says:

    Sorry to hear about your mother. My father has early stage prostate cancer, he did chemo therapy a few times then switched to Chinese/Western combo treatment when he was in the safe zone. But he has to be very careful about everything that he eats or do. I hope everything works out in the end.

    About your giveaways, are there location limits? I been following your blog for a while but I never notice it.

    As for the things I like, I like waking up to admired the sunrise with a cup of hot cocoa.

  3. I love Sonia Kashuk, my favorite is their hidden agenda concealer palette ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope to win this hee hee!

    have a good day!

  4. Swan says:

    Hey, I came across your blog and it is the cutest thing ๐Ÿ™‚ Just wanted to say great job! And hey maybe it’s my lucky day – giveaway!

    My plans for tonight are very sad… I get to finish an essay and study for a test… woohoo -_-‘

  5. Ahhh I love the Ala Moana shopping center! I got a super cool huge turquoise ring there 2 years ago but when I came home it was WAY too big because my fingers had been so swollen over there! I still need to get it sized.

    Love Sonia, hope to win!

  6. Ri says:

    Yay for brushes,

    hmm something random? I’m on my Macbook ๐Ÿ˜€
    I absolutely love my Macbook.

  7. Miss Dee says:

    Hello!! I just started reading your blog like a week ago and I loved it already!

    Keep it up =)

    Miss Dee´s last blog post..Meat Loaf – I Would Do Anything For Love

  8. Pam says:

    Hi! I just stumbled upon your site. It’s been bookmarked. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Just wanted to say, I’m 22 years old and I’ve just recently started to use and practice applying make-up. I’m on my way to becoming a make-up addict. ๐Ÿ˜€
    Well, just trying my luck on this.

  9. Shiny says:

    Hey Karen… good to hear your MIL is doing better!

    Hmmm random anything huh? Well tonight we are going out for a mother’s day dinner. I know it was last weekend but we like going when it’s less busy and we can get better service.

    I’m loving these give-aways btw!

  10. Jenna says:

    The brushes look great! I’m in need of some new brushes.

    Today I need to do chores and grocery shopping, which is lame.

  11. Kayla says:

    I love Sonia Kashuk brushes!

  12. kanita says:

    i love sonia kashuk brushes! Today is not exactly a fun day for me. I have to take a 5 hour practice MCAT exam and I have to go to my lab to inject mice for a project. ๐Ÿ™

    kanita´s last blog post..$5,000 SEPHORA SHOPPING SPREE!!!

  13. Bj says:

    Those brushes looks fab, and I am painfully in need of new brushes. I’m glad the Moms is getting better. I think this disease touches everyones life in some way. Im totally jealous you’re in Hawaii, cause its rainy and gross here today. Enjoy yourself!

  14. Debbie says:

    Let’s see, I’m performing with my swing dancing club tonight, dancing is my absolute favorite thing to do; it always cheers me up!

  15. emily says:

    woohoo brushes!!

    things i like to have now is a bowl of hot soup noodles! ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. Shana T says:

    Hey Girl! I’m glad your mama-in-law is feeling better. Right now I’m barefoot and wishing I was sipping a gin and tonic on the beach! Have a great vacation!

  17. Amanda says:

    My mother was also diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000 but she is all goooood now =)

    Today seems like a good day to go shopping =)

    Amanda´s last blog post..Jazz Up Your Mac Palettes

  18. bianca says:

    i miss my baby girl soooooooooooooo much…we don’t have a nanny and both me and my hubby work night shift so we only get to see our Ella a couple of hours each day, then we have to leave her with her grandparents….

    bianca´s last blog post..Cheap But Excellent Getaway at the La Mesa Eco Park!

  19. LauraJ says:

    Something random…all my animals are named after royalty, but it was only on purpose for the last one. I have a cat Duchess, a dog Duke, and a dog Baron (he’s the one we named).

  20. Jian says:

    Halloo Karen! I’m glad your mother in law feels better now =D

    You’re so lucky to be in Hawaii. The weather has been atrocious…Well, I suppose you can’t expect too much from England. Haha.

    Jian´s last blog post..Blogger Friendship Award + Orange/Gold FOTD

  21. Hyzenthlay says:

    I’m glad to hear your mom is improving! My aunt had breast cancer, so my mom participated in the Sister Study a few years back.

    On a different note, I am about to turn on my AC for the first time this year. 90 degrees at 10 am, yuck!

  22. Nikki says:

    something i like…im going home to north carolina for 4 weeks, im super excited because it’ll be warm and hot and i’ll get to see my friends and family

  23. nai says:

    hey, karen!

    i’m gonna go to ala moana today to look for comfy summer shoes like open toe wedges. i plan on getting there early to avoid the crowds and crazy humidity!

    enjoy your sunday!

  24. E says:

    I am wearing my neon pink polish today from china glaze. I love it.

  25. eunice says:

    Hi Karen…thanks for conducting this give-away…about something that I am absolutely in love with at the moment, I have to say… my River-Island (=UK brand) slouchy boyfriend jeans…. perfection!!! muach!

    eunice´s last blog post..IN & OUT – May’09 Edition

  26. Steph says:

    aloha karen! oooh i love today’s prize. im crossing my fingers that i win.

    anyways, tonight i’ll be hanging out with my friends. so that’s probably one of the top things that i like. hanging out with friends. lol ๐Ÿ™‚

    Steph´s last blog post..Update and Contest!

  27. Ali says:

    Glad to hear that your MIL is feeling better!

    Have a fabulous day!

  28. jojoba says:

    this set looks very trendy. but i think i like the look of Ecotools 5-piece set more. *_* i am sorry about your mom’s health problem but happy to read that she is gaining weight. good luck for her and good luck to everyone who wish to get this brush set.

    jojoba´s last blog post..Review/FOTD/Swatch: T. LeClerc Pressed Powder Orchidee Or, Limited Edition

  29. Kristy says:

    I like sleeping on the cold side of the pillow and the feeling of the ocean when it barely touches the bottom of your feet. =)

  30. mishel says:

    hola karen! glad to hear an update from u =). i hope ur trip is going well, and if u get anything super Hawaiian, i would like to see pics plz!

  31. Tabitha says:

    Hello! I’m sorry to hear about your mother.. I watched my grandfather go through chemo.. She’s in my prayers..

    On another note, thanks for the contest! Have a great day.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. lyn says:

    good to hear your mother in law is doing better! ๐Ÿ™‚

    i like boogie-boarding – catching that perfect wave that rolls and rushes you all the way to shore.

  33. Nina says:

    I’m so jealous of you right now! What I would do just to spend a week there! Update us as often with loads of pictures! ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Hana says:

    I am taking the MCAT on Friday and during my breaks browse through this blog – it helps me keep my sanity. Oh how I would love to be in Hawaii right now and not in Cali – it’s suppposed to be 104 today!

  35. maryjoyce says:

    My aunt has been diagnosed with breast cancer and she is undergoing treatment now..=(

    i likey mineral makeup, makes me look flawless

  36. Karen B says:

    I’m so glad your mother-in-law is doing better. Really, my thoughts have been with her.

    Now, in my head now is the winning Eurosong song. I’ve been humming it all day long. Of course my Norwegian friends are thrilled that Norway won yesterday (also good timing with the national holiday for them today). So, without further ado: Alexander Rybak with Fairytale

  37. Lydia says:

    Hi Karen,
    My favorite mixed drink is a margarita on the rocks! mmm

  38. Jenn says:

    My mom found out she had breast cancer a few months ago, and had a double mastectomy in February. No chemo though, which was good. Great to hear that your mother-in-law is doing better!

    As for my fave mixed drink, at this point it is Malibu pineapple. This can change though…Tokyo Ice Tea’s are really good too!!

    Thanks for another great giveaway!

    Jenn´s last blog post..O.P.I. – “Osaka-to-Me Orange”

  39. Katrina says:

    Hi Karen, I’m hoping to spend some time outdoors this afternoon working on my flower beds. Enjoy your vaca, I just got back from FL after two weeks and I’m happy to be home but I’m already missing the perfect weather.

  40. Hey Karen, great to hear that your mother in law is getting better:).
    My favorite drink is pina Colada! I love pineapples and coconuts.

  41. My plans for tonight is to roast some chicken for dinner and then put my daughters to bed after my husband washes their hair.

    BrooklynShoeBabe´s last blog post..Snikt!

  42. Elle says:

    my favorite thing… hmm I think would be food and second comes makeup. I like eating and trying out new styles of food. the same thing applies to makeup, I like collecting them and playing around with them. come to think of it I sound like a kid LOL

  43. Janet says:

    Hi Karen!
    I wanted to say thanks for all the giveaway opportunities!
    Hope you have a great day. ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. sleepyjane says:

    Hi there! I’m a lurker and have come out of hiding to say hi! (And ’cause I really want those brushes!) ๐Ÿ˜‰

    We don’t get them here in South Africa.

    Anyway – love your blog!

    sleepyjane´s last blog post..Today is dedicated to you

  45. Sarah says:

    I hope your MIL is doing well ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m in love with my new Kanebo Sensai foundation, its so beautiful on, I think I’ve found my HG! Thanks for the cool giveaway, and a lovely Sunday to everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. rex says:

    It’s nice to hear your mother-in-law is improving. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Today is my birthday, so I’m going out to dinner with my family! Unfortunately, it’s also my midterms week, so I’ll be studying as well- bummer!

  47. susan says:

    glad to hear your mother in law is feeling better ๐Ÿ™‚ and hawaii is such a beautiful place~

    I love sonia kashuk’s concealer palette and have always wanted to get into them. … I should be studying for my finals.

  48. Vivian says:

    I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas.
    I like to ote, ote, ote opples and banonos!

  49. Tamara says:

    That’s just great..! Today I feel lazy, but I have soooo much to study.

    What to write? Nothing except I’d like to win, thehehe.. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Tamara´s last blog post..Essence mini haul

  50. Austrian_Babe says:

    yay maybe itร‚ยดs my lucky day, iร‚ยดm just sitting here taking breaks from studying. Love your blog!

  51. Lucy says:

    I’m watching the finale of Prison Break. I will miss this show but I don’t know what else they could do.

  52. MzMelanie says:

    I would love this brush set. I am spending the day with my 2 year old today, we are gonna cuddle up and watch Little Bill for a while and then we’re gonna venture out “if the clouds lift” and find some fun!

  53. geekchic says:

    thanks for the giveaways! dang, i was gonna go to sephora today to pick up my free b-day glosses and i just realized i waited one day too long. boo. what to do with myself now?…

  54. penelope says:

    i like laughing

  55. amanda says:

    Today is my 6th wedding anniversary, so my MIL is babysitting and hubby & I are going out!

  56. Shefali says:

    Hey Karen! Glad your MIL is getting better and that she was able to get out for a while. That’s always a mood booster…and so is the mall ๐Ÿ™‚

    Back to studying! Thanks for giving us chances to win with so many giveaways!

  57. CC says:

    I’m lounging in flip flops all day long, and hopefully all summer long!

  58. nymphette says:

    Ohhhhh I loove SK brushes. I will probably be lounging around barefoot all day lol…

  59. Nazia says:

    Hi! Iรขโ‚ฌโ„ขm glad your mother-in-law is feeling better.
    As for tonight, the only plan I have is catching up on much needed sleep.

  60. nicole says:

    i like seeing tabs in your posts and on your site.
    i have a cat named tabby ๐Ÿ™‚

    ok, back to school work i go!

  61. nice giveaway! I love SK brushes!

    Paint Me Gorgeous´s last blog post..Upcoming Posts

  62. wendy says:

    I went shopping today and got an Anastasia eyebrow treatment, cool!

  63. Cindi says:

    I would love to give this wonderful prize package a try!
    I hope your MIL continues to improve. Please enter my
    name in your drawing. I really appreciate it!
    Many thanks, Cindi

  64. Raha says:

    Planning to go to beach

  65. Plans for tonight? Oh I’m going to really live it up with 3 more loads of laundry, a few diapers and some good old fashioned vacuuming. Ah yes, the fabulous night life of a well seasoned housewife!

    In all seriousness, would love to win that cool brush set!

    XOXOX for Karen

    The Fashionable Housewife´s last blog post..Harry Josh Reveals Springรขโ‚ฌโ„ขs Most Wanted Hairstyles And Top Trends

  66. Kypris says:

    I like my plans for tonight ๐Ÿ˜‰ BBQ and dance party…

  67. Maggie says:

    i hope you’re having fun on your vacation! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Maggie´s last blog post..Quote of the Day (5.16.09)

  68. JillyB says:

    Ooh, Hawaii is so beautiful. I’ve been to Maui twice and would love to go back to a different island. I have a tabby cat too! Mine is a little blacker than Tabs but otherwise looks a lot like him. His name is Buddy. He’s sleeping on my desk right now. He’s my plans for tonight– TV and Buddy.

  69. Regina S says:

    I’m dreaming of being on the beach in Hawaii. THanks for the fun giveaway

  70. flora says:

    i lurve Ala Moana!!! you have to that bar on the top floor and have Mai Tai’s its yummm ๐Ÿ™‚

  71. June says:

    My fave mixed drink from the bar
    is either sex on the beach or pina colada
    mmmmmmmm there so yummy, best sipped by pool side:)

  72. Marta says:

    I hope your Mother in law is going to be better soon.

    I have a migraine today.

  73. Sherry B. says:

    Wow! I’ve been away for a few days and didn’t even know about this ’til now! How long has this been going on?

  74. Amy says:

    I am 2 days away from the start of my summer vaca… but it still feels so far! I cannot wait to be on the beach, soaking up some rays.

  75. Xuxa says:

    I’ve always loved Blue Motorcycles
    and Long Island Iced Teas

  76. Abigail says:

    I’m looking for a new umbrella, since yesterday started raining here… love the rain ๐Ÿ™‚

    Abigail´s last blog post..42

  77. gio says:

    I’m glad your mother-in-law is getting better.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  78. rebecca says:

    My own mother went through breast cancer last year.
    Thank goodness after surger & radiation she is doing wonderfully.
    Wishing your mother in law lots of love & health.

  79. Vanessa S says:

    I’m glad to hear that your mother-in-law is getting better. Cancer had touched my family as well. Thank you for the giveaway.

  80. H. says:

    hope things with your mother-in-law are ok. my grandfather had prostate cancer, so i understand how hard it can get.

    anyway, im hanging out with my bff today since i haven’t seen her in a while!


  81. Andrea says:

    I am heading out right now to enjoy the great weather!!! Taking the dogs along for a good long walk…..

  82. Crystal says:

    I’m very happy today!!!!

  83. Airess says:

    Sometimes I get in this mood where I just feel very tomboyish especially when the weather is bad an today is one of those days. No makeup tshirt shorts and tennis shoes and it’s raining!


  84. Jin says:

    I love this site!

    And my prom was last night.

  85. angela says:

    hi karen! today im just listening to happy music (aka taylor swift) and finishing up some hw

  86. hina says:

    well tonight i’ll be studying for my accounting exam. i can’t think of anything today but transactions and journal entries.

  87. Kasi says:

    My plans for tonight? Do my English reports… haha, very exciting.

  88. Kat says:

    i will be watching the basketball game (rockets vs lakers)today while eating crawfish. ๐Ÿ™‚

  89. DanielleO says:

    oh my, one can never have too many brushes!

    My father-in-law just left after a 4-week stay. He was very helpful with the kids and really tried not to get in the way, but still… now we’ll have 4 days of peace and quiet before my mother-in-law arrives. She’ll only be here for 10 days but she’s the high-maintenance one. [deep breaths]

  90. Jane says:

    Plans for tonight: grading papers
    Favorite ice cream: vanilla bean

  91. rebecca says:

    tonight i’m just studing for my exams booo

  92. Amy says:

    I am loving the new pair of moccassins I just bought (Kilty from Minnetonka). They’re so comfy, casual, and cute!

  93. cindy says:

    My favorite mixed drink is a tie between pina colada and margarita, I’m wearing socks(the fuzzy cozy ones) because I’m cold and I’m not going outside and I the game(Go Lakers) just started,I’m watching it because my husband can’t watch it because he’s working,so i watch it for him lol.
    Thank you for your giveaways,I love your blog.

  94. Lou says:

    Hawaii AND shopping, ok now I’m jealous!

    What am I doing tonight…well now I’m done with uni, I’ve decided to work on picking up a few hobbies, so I’m doing my first big piece of cross stitch and tomorrow I reckon I’m gonna have a bash at learning how to make flowers out of icing. Not particularly thrilling but it makes me happy!

  95. Cece says:

    Hello! Let’s see, I start a new job tomorrow!
    So excited & nervous! =)

  96. Rachel says:

    I didn’t know that about Sonia Kashuk.

    The virtual potluck was cute; I liked it a lot.

  97. Barbara says:

    I love your blog, I am going to look back at the archives. I’m trying to find an awesome palette that I can travel with. I’ll be gone for a month but I don’t want to haul all my stuff with me.

    I hope I win these, I love Sonia’s stuff! Love the blog too.

  98. jessica says:

    hi there! I just ordered a kick ass pair of Jess Simpson sandals from overstock.com for half price! super excited!


  99. Alex says:

    I’m loving the NARS blush Amour! it gives such a nice color to my cheeks!

  100. Kate & Zena says:

    Brushes! Yay! My grandma lost most of her sisters to breast cancer and my grandma fought the cancer while fighting lupus. My grandma is a strong lady for defeating breast cancer while having Lupus.

  101. Redhead says:

    Hey Karen!
    Man, that musta been some great sangria ๐Ÿ˜‰ So sorry about your mother’s condition – I know many cancer survivors, though! There’s definitely hope. I had an art teacher who was out for 6 months in breast cancer chemo, and now all her gorgeous curly hair is back and she’s better than ever!
    Here’s my comment of randomness: I’m wearing a very Barbie Loves MAC-esque look today! I have Pink Venus and Beautiful Iris on my lid, Filament and Carbon in my crease and outer lid, Blacktrack Fluidline on my upper lashline, smudged Graphblack Technakohl on my lower lashline with a bit of Beautiful Iris on the inner lower lashline, black Mascara X, Beguile brow set, Dollymix blush on the apples of cheeks, and Pink Nouveau lipstick with Posh Life lipglass. The cheeks and lips are SO bubblegum – I love it!!
    Here’s to winning the brushes and powders!
    ~Redhead ๐Ÿ™‚

  102. Elena says:

    Thanks so much for this contest!
    I hope the rest of your vacation goes splendidly ๐Ÿ™‚

  103. Teri says:

    I would love to visit Hawaii!

  104. jane says:

    sorry to hear about your mother-in-law’s cancer ๐Ÿ˜ก i hope she has a speedy recovery.

    my favorite alcoholic drink is a fuzzy navel..

  105. Erin says:

    I love good [clean!] brushes!

  106. Janeve Yeh says:

    Hmmm…random….Today’s my dad’s birthday!!! And I enjoy reading your blog in my e-mail box everyday, thank you!

  107. Danielle says:

    I love the blog and would love to win this great giveaway! Here’s to a great summer with lots of relaxation!

  108. Aleia says:

    Today is Sunday, a day to do just about nothing!

  109. Steph says:

    Aloha! Sorry to hear about your mom, but glad she’s getting better!
    Hmmm…I’m wearing my rugby player of the game shirt & little short shorts:) getting ready to spend a day relaxing beside the pool.

  110. Nicole15 says:

    So happy to know your mom-in-law is doing better ๐Ÿ™‚

    Today is a sunny & breezy day in Southern Florida & it would be that much better if I had an icy cold Corona w/ lime in my hand, but instead I’m getting ready to head out & do grocery shopping with the kiddies. Darn responsibilities ๐Ÿ˜‰

  111. Winnie says:

    I’m going to learn how to skateboard this summer!

  112. tabby says:

    I could really go for a Mocha MooLatte from DQ about right now. I would be wearing my Birkenstock Oklahomas to go get it & that would also cover my plans for this evening. Ha!
    Would love to win this. Thanks!

  113. Sarah says:

    Hmmmm… I like cheesecake ๐Ÿ™‚

  114. Gina G says:

    I like the way my tomato plants smell in the sun!

  115. Judy Demers says:

    I’m happy to hear ur mother in law is doing better. Enjoy ur visit with her. Wish I was in a warmer climate…too chilly here in NJ!

  116. misha says:

    Hi Karen! Im glad to hear that your mom is getting better and that you’re enjoying your vacation!!

    I like hot weather in the shade with a nice cold adult beverage, playing with my kids and then taking a nice nap afterwards!! In fact, that’s what I’m doing today!! ^_^

  117. Amber says:

    My favorite anything right now is a popsicle. With the weather here getting warmer every day they are a daily indulgence! (and no, i’m not 5 years old I just love them!) ๐Ÿ™‚

  118. TaLaisa says:

    Hope you’re enjoying your trip. Good to hear your mom-in-law is feeling stronger.

    Random thought, I wish my MAC counter wasn’t out of the just a pinch blush the day after the release. I tried using my Origins pinch your cheeks this morning and it just didn’t blend the same way the MAC did. I hate ordering online.

    TaLaisa´s last blog post..Happy Valentines

  119. Sheila d S says:

    Hi Karen! I’m writing a report on Obama’s and JFK’s inaugural speeches for my English class…

    Have fun and kisses to your mummy

  120. Audrey says:

    I love eye brushes. I keep buying new ones when I definitely do NOT need them – it’s like some weird addiction ๐Ÿ™‚

    Audrey´s last blog post..I love Jim and Pam

  121. Estefania says:

    my dog is driving me crazyyyyy!!!! will see if training classes help next Wednesday… wish me luck!

  122. Lauren says:

    Ah! I’m stuck in NJ finishing up finals! I want to be in Hawaii!!!!!!!!!! Soak up the sun and send some over!

  123. Okami says:

    I’m so glad your MIL is getting better, and I’m glad you two are getting to spend some time with her!

    I’m sitting here, reading your blog and Specktra, and sipping a nice, big glass of iced tea (yummy!) and relaxing while I catch up on laundry.

  124. Charan says:

    I would love to get my hands on these brushes ๐Ÿ™‚

    Charan´s last blog post..Song of the Month

  125. Alice says:

    I’d love to experience the sounds and smells of Hawaii. It sounds awesome.

  126. Jรƒยบlia Kono says:

    I hate having to study on a sunday!

  127. Beatriz says:

    I hope your my mother-in-law can in a near future forget CAncer.

  128. McKenzie says:

    I just had prom last night, and I am totally dead, but also very much pleased with myself haha.

  129. Maria says:

    I would love to go to the Caribbean some day (while im young, lol).

  130. Lexie says:

    Hey Karen!

    Weeeell…My favorite mixed drink must be lambanog, which is an alcoholic beverage made in the Philippines. It’s actually coconut vodka/wine. I usually mix it with some powdered juice drink like pomelo, again made in the Philippines. I haven’t had it for awhile but I sure do miss it! ๐Ÿ™‚


    ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  131. charlene says:

    Hey Karen, Please continue to update us on how your mom-in-law is doing! My fave mixed drink is a Dirty Banana!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  132. Heather says:

    You are like reading my mind! I am in desperate need of new brushes!!

  133. Camellia says:

    glad to hear she’s feeling better (:
    i’m craving those macademia nut popcorns! or something like that.. but i remember grabbing some from hawaii (:

  134. Jodi says:

    Hi Karen, thank you so much for this blog! I look forward to it every day! Enjoy Ala Moana shopping center, it is fabulous! Take care and enjoy your family!

  135. Nancy says:

    Hi Karen! Ohhh I remember visiting the Ala Moana shopping mall several years ago when I went to Hawaii for vacation! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m imaging myself being on the beach sipping on a pina colada or a frozen margarita right now…

    I am very glad your mother-in-law is feeling better…hope she has a speedy recovery. ๐Ÿ™‚

  136. Liz says:

    Make me a winner, please. I need some makeup brushes. I wish your mother-in-law a speedy recovery.

  137. xtina115 says:

    i LOVE sushi ๐Ÿ˜€

  138. Linda Long says:

    Karen, glad to hear your mother-in-law is getting stronger. Best wishes to her and enjoy your vacation.

  139. Mandy says:

    I hope your mother in law is all better now ๐Ÿ™‚

    shoes ohhh shoes….

    right now I have on the most gorgeous red strappy wedges from nordstrom

    can’t do without wedges in the summer ๐Ÿ™‚

  140. Hayley says:

    It’s disappointing I can’t get Sonia Kashuk here in Canada!

  141. Cristi says:

    Hello, Besides luvin ur Blog I love takin day tripz and go to any FloRiDuh sandy beach!! I am from the (cold) Windy city so if I am havin a bad day/week I will take my backpak with my Towel,Oil & B/Suit y Vamonos! The sandy beach is also a great way to “Exfoliate” . Funny how I seem to leave all my stress @ the beach!!

  142. Jenn says:

    I LOVE Sonia Kashuk! Especially the brushes-they are such high quality for not a bad price. Thanks for all these giveaways Karen!

  143. Anisha says:

    I love having long weekends, one less day of school. It’s a three day week for me because we’re surprising my grandparents with a 50th anniversary party ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’m so excited!

  144. Daniele says:

    I am VERY envious that you’re in Hawaii right now Karen. I live on Vancouver Island, Canada, and it’s beautiful here right now, but Hawaii has a big place in my heart.

  145. Emily says:

    My favorite movie is Moulin Rouge ๐Ÿ™‚

  146. Melissa says:

    I’m wearing basic jeans and a tee but my shoes rock! They are ‘Sam Edelman Gates’. Sort of hurache/gladiator/warrior style…
    My bf calls them my wrestling shoes but every girl that sees them loves them!

  147. Evian says:

    I’m just getting over being sick so no exciting plans or mixed drinks for me D:

  148. jessica says:

    I got a pair of Aldo flats on clearance for $25 today. I am so excited about wearing them! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you had a fab weekend!

  149. Leanne says:

    My mother is a 5x breast cancer survivor ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m very proud of her!

  150. Mary Thi says:

    I love Slim-Jims! They’re soo good. What can I say, I’m a Mid-Western girl! Thanks

  151. Gail says:

    Hi Karen,

    I hope your vacation is going well and your family is doing well.

    I just had a chavela which was amazing. It’s a modelo w/ lime juice and salt in a frozen goblet. It’s the best on a crazy hot day!

  152. Aleksandra says:

    Hey Karen,

    I hope you are having a FUNTABULOUS (lol) time vacationing!
    Never tried any Sonia Kashuck products so I’ll be really happy if I do!

    Love the blog~ it’s my daily beauty fix ๐Ÿ™‚ (apart from drooling over at the mall…)

    Chanel+Dior+YSL+MAC= LUV

  153. Rachael Williams says:

    It sounds so lovely, good to hear MIL is feeling better, enjoy the trip!

  154. Candace says:

    It is snowing here, yes I said snow… in May!! omg the weather in northern canada leaves much to be desired. My hubs spent all day fixing plumbing under the house, boy do I love him I could never crawl under there ick!

  155. lauren says:

    Have a great vacation!

  156. Sue C. says:

    Raising a froo-froo drink for breast cancer survivors everywhere.

    Thanks Karen!

  157. Sarah says:

    yay! Lakers just won, and the next thing i do is go on to ur blog! LOL

    Have fun in oahu! and if u get a chance to head to north shore, eat some Kahuku shrimmp or Giovanni’s for me!!!!! lucky ducky!

  158. mariboou says:

    Hi Karen! Hmm…my favorite alcoholic beverage is a nice, cold Long Island Ice Tea. Sans alcohol is a nice, cold half and half (half lemonade, half iced tea!)


  159. A. Ozair says:

    hope u are having fun in hawaii..and that your mother-in-law gets better sooon! ๐Ÿ™‚

    for tonight..i plan to curl up on the sofa with my hubby and watch a nice movie…:)

  160. Solรƒยฉ says:

    Hi Karen,

    I’m glad your mother in law is doing better. I’m sure it means a lot to have you guys there!

    I can’t really have mixed drinks anymore because sugar is bad for me so I usually just drink rum and Diet Coke (until someone comes out with sugarfree drink mixes!!!).

    I’ll be writing a paper all day today once I stop procrastinating on your blog. ๐Ÿ™‚ Two more weeks of school!!!

  161. Cindyrela says:

    Hi Karen, glad to hear your mama-in-law is better. Sadly I have known too many friends affected by breast cancer. My favorite thing today is my strawberry pretzel dessert–yummy! Of course I’ll share the receipe!!

  162. Zdubb says:

    Today I did an hour of Bikram yoga and I when I walked by the mirror afterwards I almost fainted. I looked terrible but felt great!

    I am waiting for the Nordie’s half-yearly sale on Wednesday. Woot woot!


    Zdubb´s last blog post..Color Boost

  163. Lourdes says:

    i*m going to hula practice tonight. =))

    btw, go to matsumoto’s shave ice in north shore and leonards malasadas. i think there’s one outside windward mall or in kapahulu downtown. sooo good. =))

  164. S says:

    I;m glad your mom-in-law is feeling better, my wishes to her on her recovery!

  165. Courtney L says:

    New denim high waisted skirt :). Love it.

  166. nina says:

    sitting unashamed in my crocs…

  167. Rachel says:

    I’m gonna write a report for school tomorrow ๐Ÿ™
    Glad your mom is improving!

    Have fun ๐Ÿ˜€

  168. Bethany says:

    I love my hospital plastic bucket that doubles as a footbath today!
    And glad you MIL is better….

  169. Grace says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Today I wore tory burch flats, which are almost my most prized shoes. My favorites…are uggs. xD I know a lot of people hate them but they are so comfy and everyone wears them here. You have to wear nice warm boots in the cold months ๐Ÿ™‚

  170. Natalie says:

    Just wanted to share my love of my new Shiseido B109 lipstick and Smashbox Suntan Matte bronzer….and this beauty blog of course! ๐Ÿ™‚

  171. Zmama says:

    I’m wearing the most comfy naturaliser shoes today! But i’d much rather be wearing flipflops in Hawaii!

  172. MelCH says:

    Iced Tea is best for summer hehe….im wearing my michael kors sandal today….i got a alot of compliments for that….:)

  173. Lin says:

    Hi Karen,

    I’ve been an avid reader of your blog for quite some time now.
    Thanks for all the wonderful tips & info!

    I love absolutely love Hawaii. It’s so beautiful and relaxing there. One of my favorite places there is the International Marketplace and my favorite beach is Kailua beach. Happy vacationing:)

  174. RuBie says:

    Lately have been eating Chinese steam boats fairly often, since it’s starting to get quite cold down here in Oz. Just love that warm feeling you get sitting around that pot of boiling soup! ๐Ÿ™‚

  175. Stephanie says:

    tonight, i’m watching the basketball game. i love the playoffs! (:

  176. Melody says:

    Hi Karen,

    Hope all is well with you! Never tried any Sonia Kashuk, but I’d love to!! My fave drink is a Rasberry Mojito…mmm!! A random thing about me…I love twizzlers…I could eat a thousand of them!!! But I’m on a diet…so no twizzlers for me!

  177. Sara says:

    My husband just surprised me with my early anniversary gift…a new digital camera!!! A very, very nice one! Winning these brushes would just add to my day!

  178. CecilyT says:

    How’s this for randomly insane? I went bathing suit shopping today (a very special form of torture) and came home with four suits!

    CecilyT´s last blog post..The Book of New Family Traditions

  179. Brandy says:

    I could really use a new set of brushes. Mine are sad and lifeless. I had thought that I would be getting a new set for mother’s day, but I ended up pregnant instead. I’m having a hard time convincing my husband that a brand new set of brushes is a necessity. Do you feel sorry for me yet?

  180. Julia says:

    I love long weekends and I’ll be enjoying one in only 4 1/2 days! thanks for the fun contests ๐Ÿ™‚

  181. rasilla says:

    Have you seen the Season Finale of Greys anatomy?!
    (if that isn’t your thing, I would say just watch the last 45 mins of it…it was pretty good!)
    I’m going to have issues waiting for the season premiere >_<
    thanks for another great giveaway…

    rasilla´s last blog post..Its Official Rogers is on my hit listรขโ‚ฌยฆ

  182. Wilhelmina says:

    Hi Karen,

    Plans for tonight are to have a steak dinner with red rice! My husband and I rarely eat meat so this is a treat. Glad to hear your Mother-in Law is doing much better.

  183. Arshia says:

    for the first time i wore carbon and sketch and i loveed it <33

  184. Alaina says:

    I love waiting until everyone is out of the house so I can go play my piano Elton John’s style, belting and all.

  185. Megan says:

    OOH Karen! I need some new brushes!!! Tonight…I’m not doing anything. Hanging out with the boyf.

  186. shivotra says:

    I like sunny, lazy days full of movie marathons ๐Ÿ™‚

  187. Brittany says:

    I am so lazy right now – it’s past 8 and I haven’t even started dinner. I had the best day. I napped, painted my toe nails, did a facial mask, deep conditioned my hair, and watched Johnny Depp movies ๐Ÿ˜›

  188. Heather says:

    I jumped out of a plane today at 14k feet!

    Heather´s last blog post..Drugstore Beauty Sales รขโ‚ฌโ€œ May 10 รขโ‚ฌโ€œ May 16

  189. Judy says:

    I’ve never been to Hawaii, but would love to go. I think our next beach vacation will be Greece.

  190. Nina says:

    Random – the word that best describes me. Right now im laying at the floor of my room watching tv with my hubs. Its pretty goddarned perfect. The best thing that happened today would be that I was introduced by the hubs to my most favorite white wine – its a Riesling and I just love it. Talk about random favorites! Im glad your mom in law is doing better, Karen! ๐Ÿ™‚

  191. Alexis says:

    My favorite summer drink is a little bit of raspberry vodka mixed with Simply Lemonade… all on the rocks :). It’s so yummy and refreshing :).

  192. AtelierGal says:

    I rarely have plans at night; nowhere to go.
    But I’m gonna switch off the TV & PC so that I can concentrate on writing my new book.

    AtelierGal´s last blog post..Makeover

  193. Farrah says:

    I’m loving finding new products and how to use them (makeup newbie)! Thanks for having a place to go to when I have q’s about something!

  194. Heather says:

    I like just lounging with friends on the weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

  195. Kacie says:

    i worked today and i met Flava Flav. He came to my work, Toys R Us, with his son Karma to buy toys.

    Kacie´s last blog post..My Makeup Collection/Storage Video: Part 1

  196. Trendqueen says:

    My favorite mixed drink is the “Blue Hawaiian” and yes it’s actually blue. I’m not wearing any shoes today I’ve been inside working on my blog. My plans tonight are to eat dinner and watch a movie with my hubby.

    Trendqueen´s last blog post..Link Love

  197. Joanne says:

    Hi Karen,

    It is 8:30 PM , I am on the computer and my
    husband fell asleep on the sofa !! Excitement
    that I can’t bear ! I could use a drink with
    a little umbrella in it right now,

  198. Laddie says:

    I just like some chocolates or brownies right now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  199. Katie says:

    Hey Karen!
    I read you’re blog religiously every day, and it’s great to know that your mom is getting better!!

    Anyway, today I saw the movie Obsessed! It was REALLY good, and quite intense.


  200. Jen says:

    Would love a a very strong pina colada RIGHT NOW!!!!!

  201. Joyce says:

    I’m excited my boyfriend will be back on the 20th after a month working in Asia!

  202. Victoria says:

    I love chocolate, pretty much any kind.

  203. Danielle says:

    Hey! Well, as for my plans tonight – study, study, study! Midterms are coming up!

  204. Marcia says:

    Finale of Desperate Housewives – now what do I do on Sunday nights for the next 4 months?

  205. Patricia says:

    Ok, I’ll comment for Sonia – love her brushes, especially the one she *discontinued*! (weh! it’s the perfect soft shadow liner brush. ever.)

  206. michelle says:

    Hi Karen, love your blog. Hope u have a great vacation. รฎล’ยง

  207. anna says:

    i love a mojito on a summer day ๐Ÿ™‚

  208. Marlo says:

    I love reading for leisure. ๐Ÿ™‚

  209. Carmelita says:

    I love to travel.

  210. Natalia says:

    I love everything about makeup and nails.Cant leave house without makeup-feel like naked lol

  211. Rachel says:

    I like caramel apple lolipops. They’re the most delicious thing in the world and make me feel like a five-year-old.

  212. Stephanie says:

    I’m an aspiring makeup artist, and I love reading your blog! You’re so informative! I wish I had the money to try out all these products!!!

  213. Sarah says:

    I like.. watching the cricket!!

  214. Sasha says:

    I had a great dinner with my husband and our friends tonight! I was wearing my LLBean flip-flops. i love them. These one have whales on them.

  215. Jessica N says:

    Aloha! I love your site. Thanks for all you do ๐Ÿ™‚

  216. Lehea says:

    Hope you’re having a blast spending time with your hubby and his family in Hawaii. I’d love to fly over there and kick back with a mai tai. =)

  217. Gracie says:

    Hey Karen! I am just soaking up the sun today! I NEED a tan soooo badly! Anyways, I hope you have an excellent time in Hawaii, you lucky duck! I hope I win ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ciao! <3

  218. Amanda says:

    My plans for tonight are once I put the clothes in the dryer, I’m going to bed! ๐Ÿ™‚

  219. DD says:


  220. Samantha says:

    I SOO could go for a fruity drink on a tropical beach right now…

  221. Robyn says:

    Aloha! I just got my hair cut (chopped 3 inches off.. eek!) and now Im trying to decide how to style it for my boyfriend’s graduation next weekend. Yay!

  222. Kathy P. says:

    i love sonia kashuk brushes

  223. Patrice says:

    What a great giveaway! I just shampooed my brushes today! They are in sorry shape so it would rock to replace them with these beauties!

  224. Briana says:

    oooh wow! Would LOVE to win this one!
    I didn’t make many plans for today! But my day ended up being pretty darn good!
    I helped my mom out in her garden, greenhouse, flowerbeds etc most of the day. Then I went for coffee with an old awesome friend that I haven’t seen for awhile, and then my grandma made supper for me and my parents! It rocked! And I really didn’t even miss my boyfriend at all [he’s off on a boys weekend] so that was awesome too! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Briana´s last blog post..Catch Up: Hot Tub Hands, Sunset, Bottle Caps and Cats

  225. Lina says:

    Hi Karen, what an awesome giveaway and great to hear that your Mum in Law is getting better.

    What I like….hmm, lets see that would be like a million an one things. Heheh…but I would love to win this Sonia Kashuk Brush set. They don’t sell this brand in my country and I don’t own a proper set of brushes me self so that would be really useful.

  226. Amy says:

    I’ll just say that I love your blog, and I hope your mom improves with each day.

  227. Susana says:

    Hubby made fresh lemonaide and we’re going to relax in the backyard.

  228. Halifax says:

    Love to get my hands on some SK brushes. We don’t have them here. Thanks, Karen

  229. Mai says:

    tomorrow I’ll know if I passed my class or not, cross my fingers!

  230. Janet says:

    Sounds like you’re having a relaxing time! I’m looking forward to relaxing tonight with pizza, wine and the movie, Taken ๐Ÿ™‚

  231. Sarah says:

    Hey! I plan on having a relaxing Sunday after a crazy day working retail. (Is it a full moon? I’ll have to check)

  232. Sakura says:

    Breast cancer is something that in some way or another affects us all. We have to stick together as women (and some men) to beat it!
    I hope that your visit goes well Karen! Enjoy Hawaii and the healing of nature! I heard that hiking there was life changing!

  233. Hannah says:


    I am an insanely tired 13 year old that is absolutely bonkers about makeup, cats, and eating junk food. My life consists of trying to get my mum to wear makeup. ๐Ÿ˜› (it is very satisfying :D)

  234. CandyGirl says:

    Pick me, pick me. I just painted my nails Punchy Pink by Essie. I love Essie nail polish, but these neon colors don’t apply well and like every other neon color I’ve experienced, they dry dull. Despite all that it won stop me from using them.

  235. Phuong says:

    I’ve been a silent reader, and I need a brush set so it makes sense to write hehe.

    Tonight, I’ve got gruelling study and assignments to do. Uni life is getting harder and I have to stop being so lazy. And I’ll probably end up going to watch a movie with my boyfriend tonight.

    Best wishes to your mother-in-law and take care of yourself too.

  236. Miss B. says:

    thanks for always inspiring me karen. you rocknezz.

  237. cutie_pie says:

    hey karen! just wanted to say i love your blog!! <3

  238. Mimi S says:

    Let’s go, Mom-in-Law! Show cancer who’s boss! ๐Ÿ™‚ And as for what i like – I like Danny, my sweet boyfriend. Thursday is our 3-year anniversary, and he is just the best. ๐Ÿ˜€

  239. Claudia says:

    Glad to know your mom is doing better =)

    My favorite mixed drink is definitely a chocolate martini.

  240. Maddie says:

    I like that my current nail polish color exactly matches my cat’s fur! (BTW, I’m wearing L’Oreal Night Vision, a dark gunmetal gray shade).

  241. Catherine says:

    So hilarious. I came to your website to research on Sonia Kashuk brushes, as I am new to brushes and wanted affordability. Ha…and to my disbelief…you are giving them away as a prize. Oooooh…is it fate!

  242. Kim N says:

    I would love to go to the US just to get my hands on all this wonderful makeup products thats not available in my country. Sigh.

  243. Jenny says:

    Hi Karen, I’m glad your mother-in-law is doing well! My aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago, and I’m happy to report she is a survivor! Your mother in law will be in my prayers.

    Anywhooters, I spent all day looking at Emily Porter’s blog. She’s a photographer and I absolutely LOVE her work. Only thing is.. I’m in Hawaii, and she’s in West Virginia. BOO! I’m on the hunt to find the perfect photographer! ๐Ÿ™‚

  244. Belle says:

    I love my Sonia Kashuk Synthetic Flat Blusher Brush and would love to try out more! =)

  245. Christina says:

    I love that mall! Hope you and your family are having a wonderful time together!

  246. Babybubblz says:

    I’m loving the upcoming summer season!

    Babybubblz´s last blog post..Dior Makeover

  247. Kristina says:

    I am definitely needing a vacation right now…. Also sorry to hear about your mother-in-law being diagnosed with breast cancer.

  248. Diane says:

    Woohoo shopping is always awesome ๐Ÿ™‚ glad to hear that your mum is getting better! my grandma had a stroke and is slowly recovering too!

    Argh.. plans for today would be to study my ass off. 4 days to the end of papers and i can’t wait! so many things to do post exam!!!

  249. Coco says:

    Aloha Karen! I just finished my morning coffee and I’m about to head to the library for another 8-hour studying session…Ahhrgh I hate Mondays. I hope you have a lovely day!

  250. knit_tgz says:

    Boa sorte? You commented in Portuguese? I love you!

  251. Dini says:

    I’d love to get my hands on those brushes. I couldnt get them anywhere near I live (in asia). It’s frustrating how we don’t have many makeup stores here, not even MAC ๐Ÿ™

  252. G says:

    Love those – only have Chanel & Mac & Eco. Love to try

  253. YadiQ says:

    blood orange mojitos!

  254. Gail says:

    Love to have these for my week in Key West.

  255. Valerie says:

    my plans for tonight are to get ready for a party i’m having for my mom’s birthday!! ; ) i love famiy get togethers!!

    Valerie´s last blog post..By Lauren Luke

  256. Misti says:

    Hey Karen! Glad to hear you’re enjoying your time in Hawaii; I think it was about this time last year I started reading your blog and you were in Hawaii vacationing. ๐Ÿ™‚ All your pictures put me right back there, as an 18 year old high school grad, seeing my sweetie for the first time in a year. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Can’t wait for this year’s round of pictures…

  257. A-diddy says:

    Spring has hit and I love the smell of the blooming lilacs!

  258. ying says:

    i had so much fun going fishing/swimming/boating this past weekend. I didn’t catch anything but some sun burn and the current. If i did have my life jacket on i would have drown, no kidding especially because i can’t swim.

    ying´s last blog post..My virginity and then some more.

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