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

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UPDATE 8/24/14: What’s shakin’? I mean, other than the GROUND BENEATH MY FEET. So, this morning at 3:20 a.m. (incidentally, shortly after the witching hour), I’m jostled awake in bed by a 6.0 earthquake. Almost immediately, El Hub says like a drill sergeant, “Get up, up, up! Doorway, now!” We wobble together to the doorway, and then when the quake doesn’t quickly stop, we decide to make our way downstairs, thinking that we should probably get out of the house. We’re almost to the front door when the shaking suddenly stops.

The quake was centered about 10 miles north of us near Napa, so pretty close, but we appear to have made it out unscathed. No visible damage to the house, and everyone is fine…although Tabs was definitely freaked out. He just needed some extra soothing. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you’re doing well.

*sigh* I would love to be playing in the tropics right now and having my coffee with fresh papaya at a beachside cafe overlooking a bright blue lagoon while we make our plans for the day. Should we hike to that waterfall on the map we got from the concierge, go snorkeling, or just take a chill drive around the island and sightsee? Or do you think we have time to do all three?


Aah! That sounds like heaven to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Meanwhile, back in Novato… LOL!

Rise and shine, morning glory! It’s going to be a beautiful day, even though most of us aren’t lounging about in the tropics.

What are you up to today? I’m just prepping for my trip tomorrow, doing laundry, packing, charging up my cameras, spending some time with the tabby, stuff like that. Nothing too exciting.

I hope you have a nice weekend lined up. I’ll be around, purr usual. Talk to you soon.

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    • What’s your favorite place to vacation?
    • Have you ever gotten a bad sunburn?
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    • Have you ever worked as an intern?
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  1. Laura says:

    My favorite summer movie is Guardians of the Galaxy.

  2. Agata says:

    Hey gurl, working here, as always and dealing with a third day of a really bad migraine headache ๐Ÿ™
    Agata recently posted … My Makeup Story

  3. Teresa says:

    I loved going to the Bahamas!! Perfection!

  4. Anna says:

    Oh my gosh, the last time I got a bad sunburn was the 4th of July. I’m always very careful about applying sunblock frequently, especially if I’m in the sun for a long time. My boyfriend and I were on a 13 mile canoe trip on the river (takes about 6-8 hours) and we stopped on an island for lunch about 1/3 of the way through the trip.
    And of course we didn’t realize it until we’d set off and made our way downstream. Four hours later we reached our car at the take-out, looking like absolute lobsters. My skin hurt for a week and peeled for three. ๐Ÿ™

  5. Ivey G says:

    I’m a newbie at blogging and I would love to learn web design. Thanks for the chance to win:)

  6. Carrie S. says:

    My best makeup day this week involved MAC’s pink CC powder. I love the glow it gives me.

  7. A says:

    I wore purple eyeliner today and actually got both sides to look pretty even… :p

  8. CrystalDawn says:

    I don’t typically sunburn but the only bad sunburn I ever got was when I was 8 or 9&had been swimming all day with my cousin visiting from washington..seriously from 9am to 9pm my butt was in that pool.was lobster red&had 2 wear my one of my grandpa’s undershirts completely soaking wet to bed for a week..it was painful.then turned into a tan the next week, thankgoodness.i usually only peel when I spend a few hours in the summer sun for the 1st time in months& since it was halfway into summer I got to skip the diseased monkey look.

  9. Alix says:

    I love to vacation in New Hampshire!

  10. elza says:

    would love to be anywhere on the Mediterranean!

  11. Maria K says:

    Oh, I’ve worked as an intern way too much in my life! The downside of being young and needing experience…sigh

  12. As much as I would love to go to the Maldives, I will go to southern France in about three weeks. First holiday as a family with my husband and the little one. Sea, sun and yummy french food, canยดt wait.

  13. Whoop whoop giveaway time! I am actually done with vacations for a bit. I took a plane 6 times in 1.5 month and I am so done with airports…
    Kiss & Make-up recently posted … New in | Belgium make-up and skin care haul

  14. Gรกbor B says:

    Ooh I’ve just realised that this was open to international readers as well!

  15. Erika C. says:

    I just love yellow roses and yellow tulips.

  16. Melissa says:

    I got sunburned bad when i was little, but now i always wear sun screen! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Berry says:

    I’ve always wanted to learn to speak Italian. It’s there on my list of things I will do someday. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Phan says:

    Hey Karen! I’m in Korea right now, and the beauty stores are so fun to browse through! I went into an etude house and it was pure joy.

  19. Andrea Amy says:

    The only movie I’ve seen this summer was Lucy and it wasn’t very good. The last movie I saw that was fantastic was Divergent.

  20. Nicole says:

    I’m so excited that fall is almost here!

  21. Dee says:

    I have been an intern many many times. Ay yi yi!

  22. Tiffany says:

    I REALLY want to learn to scuba dive…..it is the next thing on my bucket list after skydiving!

  23. Diana says:

    Would love to go to SoCal!

  24. Ruchita says:

    My favorite place to vacation is anywhere with a beach!

  25. Michelle says:

    I’ve interned at the state’s international film festival. I worked on the magazine inserting reviews and got to coordinate with directors and watch movies because they came out ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Lisa Brown says:

    yes, had a bad sunburn as a teen; did not do that again ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Maria Therese says:

    Thank you for a wonderful blog โ™ฅ

  28. Susan T. says:

    I have worked as an intern/unpaid slave. It gave me a lot of experience but sometimes it wasn’t very fun!

  29. Annie says:

    Whatโ€™s your favorite place to vacation?:

    I love going to Pawley’s Island, SC! It’s the bomb.

    Have you ever gotten a bad sunburn?

    YES. The worst was on the sides of my eyes near my temples. Tow Up.

    Whatโ€™s been your favorite summer movie so far?


    Whatโ€™s something you would love to learn?

    Karate or Krav Magov (sp?)

    Have you ever worked as an intern?

    Yes I worked at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC as a design intern ๐Ÿ™‚

    What did you wear on your best makeup day this week?

    Best makeup this Week was some bright purple Urban Decay eye shadow packed on my lids, softened out in the crease with a bronzy Trish McEvoy. Nars foundation in Fiji, finished out with some Naked Bronzing palette. Using my Shu Uemura eyelash curler, I gave my fringe some Trish McEvoy mascara love in jet black. Oh yeah! And Bobbi Brown black liner in jet in my waterlines. BOOM!

  30. Christine says:

    Telerecruitment – the WORST.

  31. Tiffany Y. says:

    Hi Karen!

    I hope you have a wonderful trip ๐Ÿ˜€

    Never had a sunburn before in my life – I’m one of those Asians that bronze up instead of burn up, haha! Loves it! But I do wear sun screen everyday ๐Ÿ˜€

  32. loren lazzara says:

    I wore cut crease Orange eyeshadow today. My husband made fun of me.

  33. Megan says:

    I wore several shades of a purple-ish blue eyeshadow with a close shade of eyeliner underneath on my waterline and a little black kohl smudged at the outer corners of my top lids.

  34. Samantha Hill says:

    The last time I poorly chose to expose my ghostly skin to the sun I ended up with a blistered burn across my shoulders and a permanent scar to remind me to never go without sunscreen

  35. Yolennie says:

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! I’ve recently started a makeup instagram page @ranmakeup, but being a student and all, I have very little money to buy makeup. This would really help me out!

    Yolennie recently posted … Dream Day Style Challenge

  36. Terri says:

    I would love to learn how to crochet.

  37. Liz says:

    I’m a German/Irish./English mix, so you know I burn like a mofo. The worst one I ever got was in 1993ish when the ship I was assigned to pulled into Guantanamo Bay for a few days to load some stuff, and a few of us decided to spend the day at the beach playing volleyball. Oopsie.

  38. Zahra says:

    I would love to learn to speak Italian and to ski!

  39. Bianca Rogoveanu says:

    I wore Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstic by MAC a couple of days ago !

  40. Symone says:

    I just moved back to the States from St Kitts in the West Indies. I vacationed in my hometown during that time ๐Ÿ™‚ But, I would gladly visit St. Kitts again for vacation – it is wonderful!!

  41. Cindy says:

    Got a bad sunburn when I was in college and fell asleep on the grass in the open sun on campus like an idiot. My arms were NEON PINK for almost a week! I’m *VERY* fair, so that never happened again!

  42. My favorite summer movie is Guardians of the Galaxy although I really enjoyed the heck out of X-men Days of Future Past. I think because I could relate to all of the 1980s references in GotG.

  43. Courtney E. Jackson says:

    I wore NYX’s matte setting spray on my best makeup day this week.

  44. Doreen Garza says:

    My best makeup week was when I used
    Rodial bb tint spf 15, mixed with Becca
    skin perfector shimmer in Opal.

  45. Icequeen81 says:

    Have you ever gotten a bad sunburn? Ohhh yes , I looked like a crab

    Whatโ€™s something you would love to learn? make lasagna

    Have you ever worked as an intern?
    yes, in order to graduate you need to practice as intern
    What did you wear on your best makeup day this week?
    Yesterday’s make up some blush, black brown mascara, a hint of light bronze glitter on the eyelid , matte plum lips

  46. Lisa J says:

    My favourite place to vacation is anywhere I haven’t been before. I love to travel and have so many locations on my bucket list that if I’ve been there and done that it’s on to the next. ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. Colleen Boudreau says:

    I’ve gotten plenty of bad sunburns when I was younger.

  48. Krupa says:

    I’ve been trying to use up my tinted moisturizers (clinique and bobbi brown, ultraflesh and my favorite one by Becca)

  49. TrippyPixie says:

    I love to visit my family in Austria. However, it’s so ridiculously expensive that I haven’t been over there in 8 years. However, some of them do come to visit when they do U.S. vacations.

  50. luz says:

    Me encantarรญa visitar Barcelona ๐Ÿ˜‰

  51. Kellyn says:

    I’ve gotten sunburns before, of course, but one summer I got sun POISONING. Needless to say, it sucked. You get hot and cold at the same time, and you just want to tear your skin off to find some sort of comfort. Luckily it went away pretty quickly!

  52. Rachel Runyan says:

    I would love to learn how to swim. It embarrasses me that I can’t.

  53. Lynn says:

    I haven’t had a sunburn in years, tho i never had a sever one either. I don’t burn easily i just get a tan. That one time it was bad, i just peeled but it didn’t hurt.

  54. Cassidy says:

    North Carolina is my vacation spot

  55. Vanessa says:

    I just got my wisdom teeth out.

  56. Ana says:

    My favorite vacation spot in the winter months is Switzerland. I’m from the south so we don’t see snow very often. And in Switzerland the snow is beautiful especially in the mountain villages ๐Ÿ™‚

  57. Emily says:

    So many bad sunburns! I’m very pale and was awful about sunscreen as a kid. I like Rome Adventure! Very dramatic but with such great scenery.

  58. Amy says:

    I got a sunburn a few days ago. ๐Ÿ™

  59. Connie B says:

    I’m always willing to learn!! I’d love to learn how to do a really good eye makeup look to hid my horrible droopy lids!

  60. noemii says:

    I worked as in intern for the PR dept at my university.. Never again.

  61. Diana says:

    I love going to SoCal

  62. SeviRitta says:

    Thanks for the beautiful!! Because i live in germany the best plase for vacations is home greece

  63. Una says:

    I wanna go to Disneyland! Instead San Francisco today..

  64. Jennifer says:

    I’ve gotten a pretty bad burn on my scalp in the 8th grade, but I’ve been diligent about sunscreen application since!

  65. Ola says:

    My absultely fave place is this tiny island off the coast in Maine. COmplete freedom.

  66. Georgia L says:

    I would love to learn how to knit & sew!

  67. cui says:

    my favorite place to vacation is Hawaii!!!!!!!

  68. Anastasiya says:

    Thanks for giveaway! <3

  69. Jennifer says:

    My best makeup look this week involved a taupey gray in the crease!

  70. Isabella says:

    I would love to learn how to play the guitar really good, like Jimi Hendrix good! That man could even play with his teeth (:

  71. Kylie says:

    I interned at Reader’s Digest in college and it was an awesome experience!
    I did something totally different for my best makeup day this week. I normally tend toward pinks & golds on my eyes. This night, I did a Bare Minerals All Over Face shimmer as a bronzer, Benefit Rocketur for my cheeks, and then a lavender eye shadow from Bare Minerals for all over the lid, an olive/khaki green Bare Minerals for the outer quadrant, and Factory from Naked 3 for the crease. After putting black liquid liner on my top and bottom lash line, I lined my bottom lash line in emerald green (waterproof, Sephora brand) and my top lashes in a purple sparkly Urban Decay liner. I loved the whole look!

  72. Miki says:

    The worst sunburn I’ve ever gotten was in Key West.
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  73. Rachael Williams says:

    Jamaica, by far the best place in the world!!

  74. Sarah W says:

    I’m peeling HORRIBLY right now after a bad sunburn at Corpus Christi…I wore sunscreen too!

  75. Barbara says:

    I haven’t been there yet, but I really want to go to Egypt.

    oh, and on a different note, I tried OCC’s lip tar in tecnopagan yesterday… gonna have to practice with that stuff and find a good lip liner to use with. definitely a bit messy!

  76. Sandy says:

    Went to Cuba in February and really enjoyed it. The beach there was so beautiful and peaceful.

  77. kay says:

    just took the HARDEST exam of my life…. i am in serious need some beauty therapy to cheer myself up ๐Ÿ™

  78. Lisa Foster says:

    My favorite place to vacation is Santa Fe, New Mexico.

  79. favourite summer movie is Guardians of the Galaxy!
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  80. Sarah says:

    The best vacation I ever took was to Kyoto, where I discovered onsens and ate at Kikunoi Honten.

  81. Lauren H says:

    I always get bad burns! The worst was on my back!

  82. Norica says:

    I love friend tofu

  83. Krystle Thomas says:

    Hawaii is my favorite place on earth!

  84. denise says:

    Fav vacation spot…maui. makwup worn on best makeup day this week. ..too faced bb cream.

  85. Sara says:

    My favorite summer movie was Guardians of the Galaxy!

  86. mary says:

    really enjoy the blog, Karen. Love the shot of you leaping in the air in the pink gown- just like a model in Vogue! the pancake w/ the blackberries makes me want to make some…

  87. misty bressler says:

    I am not a huge sun person… I get enough to reap the benefits but only after I have slathered a 50 or up SPF… I am afraid of having sun damaged skin or premature aging… Needless to say i am pretty pale year round lol..

  88. Carolyn N. says:

    I enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy!

  89. meghan says:

    this weekend, my husband, cat, and i are watching the simpsons marathon on fxx (every episode ever?) and just relaxing before we go back to teaching later this week!

    funny to be watching simpsons and then see your header image with you as marge!!! your posts always make me smile!

  90. Michelle says:

    Charleston, SC is my favorite place to vacation! Beautiful beaches, awesome food, and excellent shopping!

  91. Linda says:

    My favorite summer movie so far has definitely been “lets be cop” it’s hilarious!

  92. Leslie Kiley says:

    My favorite vacation spot besides my old hometown of San Diego is the south of france. I love Antibe! So beautiful.

  93. raychelle says:

    The makeup look I was loving this week included the naked 3 palette. Thank you for the opportunity to win a fabulous prize!

  94. Alexia H. says:

    Iโ€™m a redhead and burn very easily and I used to get bad sunburns when I was younger, but have since learned to wear sunscreen faithfully!

  95. athena says:

    I’ve been so sunburned that I looked exactly like a lobster, and I peeled for weeks afterwards.

  96. Chelsea B. says:

    My favorite place to vacation is on Big Island in Hawaii!

  97. rocio says:

    I love to vacation in Yosemite National Park for the past two years. It is amazing there. I always wish my vacations were longer than they are. Its’s also one of the best places for my fur babies to explore and enjoy the wild.

  98. Jenn E says:

    Currently having mad cravings for chocolate and ice cream!! Gaaahhh

  99. Jessie C. says:

    My favorite place to vacation is Oahu island.

  100. Bons says:

    I like to learn how to play guitar.

  101. Rayanna says:

    I had a really bad sunburn on my head one summer when I was younger. I had my hair all braided and went out in the sun all day.

  102. Amy says:

    I’m currently watching The Simpsons marathon on tv.

  103. Dani says:

    I wonder sometimes if my sunscreen is really doing anything to help fight the rays that kill collagen in skin… I wish it didn’t have to be reapplied every 2 hours, how am I supposed to apply it under makeup, then?!

  104. Sierra says:

    Something that i would really like to learn is French. I have learned a few sayings and words already but i have never really taken a class for it.

  105. Kassandra Zamora says:

    Favorite movie has got to be If I Stay! ๐Ÿ˜€

  106. Mae says:

    hello thank you for the change to win ๐Ÿ™‚ <3

    something i would love to learn is how to apply eyeliner without pulling on my eyelid.

  107. Mardi says:

    My favourite place to go on holidays is New York City! Going there in November for a month! Can’t wait! Totally worth 24 hours on a plane.

  108. Joni says:

    Hi karen, hope you are having a great weekend. My best makeup this week, I was wearing the romantic eye palette by Too faced.

  109. Young says:

    Fave place to vacay is basically any beach!

  110. Ellen says:

    I have gotten so many bad sunburns ๐Ÿ™

  111. shana says:

    I’ve done nothing all week…so my best makeup day was my only makeup day. I wore Sleek’s new eye-shadow palette Arabian Nights, Miss Manga mascara, and the new A Novel Romance lipstick and Pure Fiction lipglass.

  112. Emily C says:

    I loved Guardians of the Galaxy

  113. Lisa C. says:

    Luckily, I haven’t sunburned in years. I get pink, then it turns into a tan within hours (knocking on wood as I type :)). I’m going on vacation to a sunny spot on the gulf next week…haven’t been in five years, so I’m EXTREMELY excited! Thank you so much for this giveaway!!!

  114. Jessie says:

    I did a really pretty eye look this week with a very natural lid using Physician’s Formula mattes and then lined my upper lashline with NYX slide on glide on eyeliner in purple blaze

  115. Nisha says:

    I interned over the past few months at a local hospital to finish my degree

  116. Kaitlyn says:

    What did you wear on your best makeup day this week?
    Nars Brousse e/s duo
    Burberry trench e/s
    marc jacobs highliner in brown[out]
    kat von d agatha l/s

  117. Stephanie says:

    Loved Boyhoood – definitely my favorite movie of the summer.

  118. Jessica says:

    I’ve never been, but I think Paris would be the best vacation ever!! I hope to go soon with my fiancรฉ. Maybe for our honeymoon ๐Ÿ™‚

  119. Kim Pincombe Cole says:

    I never worked as an intern – cellular biology internships were few & far between when I was in college!

  120. Erin says:

    My favorite place to vacation is Maui – the Westin Villas on Kaanapali, to be precise. I wish I was there right now with my little family *sigh*

  121. Sarah says:

    I feel like my best make up day this week was when I had no make up on – Natural make up. I try to do this once a week to make sure that I still feel comfortable in my own skin without any make up on because sometimes, I feel insecure when I don’t have any make up on so I’m trying to work on that. ๐Ÿ™‚

  122. Bev says:

    I was an intern this past spring for the Japan-America Society of Washington, DC. I got to help plan and orchestrate the annual Japanese Street Festival. It was a lot of long nights and hard work, but I really enjoyed it and I’m happy to have been a part of it.

  123. Laurinha says:

    Hi Karen! Hv a nice weekend!

  124. Kasey says:

    I would love to learn to code. It is such a useful skill to have. I know bloggers often end up knowing a lot of coding skills out of necessity.

  125. Madelynn says:

    I worked as a psychology intern at an inpatient drug rehabilitation center. Definitely an experience!

  126. Lily says:

    I have 3 stages of skin color: White, red, and peel. I used to get baaad sunburns in the summer.

  127. Maren says:

    I’d love to learn more languages– Spanish, Italian, Japanese, German…
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  128. Tania G says:

    There are many things I would love to learn but on the top of my list is how to use Adobe Photoshop as well as get my camera off auto mode and photograph in manual.

  129. Thao says:

    My favorite vacation destination so far must be Koh Phi Phi, a small island in Thailand with crystal clear water and amazing people.

    Right now I would really love to learn how to use Visual Basic. I have a project in mind but it’s not going anywhere because I don’t know much about VB.

    I am Asian so I don’t get sunburn. My skin just simply gets dark in the sun.

  130. Lori P says:

    I would love to learn how to speak Japanese since I’m fascinated with their culture.

    Being fair, I tend to sunburn and I got a BAD one when I was 13, vacationing in Cancun. Sick as a dog and from then on I avoid sun much like a vampire. I’m almost 47 and crossing fingers, have not seen any ill effects from that one.

  131. Isabel says:

    I used to get really bad sunburns on my nose

  132. We went to Lowe’s today with hopes of buying a water heater, dishwasher and stuff to fix the old and busted tub fixtures and grout that’s falling out. No one was around in appliances for a good 5 minutes so after all our wandering before we needed to get the baby back for his nap. On the upside though, we finally picked out new light fixtures for the entryway and over the table we eat at. Both were very dated (70s maybe?) and one had done bad wiring. We’d been looking for a while! So, whew. ๐Ÿ™‚

  133. ashley celikay says:

    When I was real young, I went to the beach with my dad and his friends. He had a bottle of some kind of tanning spray that helped speed up the tanning process. I wasn’t allowed to use it, obviously. So, when no one was looking I put the bottle behind my back and continuously sprayed one section of my lower back. I never said anything and went on about my day. When my dad dropped me off back at my mom’s later that night she could not figure out for the life of her why this one section of my back was so badly burned. I don’t think I’ve ever told her. LOL!

  134. Hollie says:

    What did what wore on my best makeup day this week?

    I wore a Mint chiffon blouse with a long rose gold necklace that had a Jar pendant with crystals. Paired it with dark blue skinny jeans and nude flats. ^_^

  135. Bertha says:

    Cape Cod is my favorite place to vacation!

  136. Farah D says:

    I’m going to start this Fall as an intern in a biology research lab!

  137. BooBooNinja says:

    I got my worst sunburn during a 2-day sports tournament. Owwwww.

  138. Ferrin says:

    My favorite place to vacation is the northern California coast.

    The last bad sunburn I got was when I was 20 and forgot to bring sunscreen to the beach. The skin peeled from my entire body.

  139. Justine says:

    Sunburns hurt! The skin peeling is crazy. I plan to never sunburn again.

  140. Jennifer Pham says:

    This summer I really enjoyed X-Men Days of Futures Past and Guardians of the Galaxy. BUT How to Train Your Dragon 2 takes the cake for me – I’m in love!

  141. K. Finn says:

    Yes, I have worked as an intern three times. Once during and once after college while I was looking for my first job. Then grad school required that I do it for a 3rd time.

  142. Priscilla S. says:

    I have gotten a bad sunburn at about a handful of times over the years. I’m so fair and I burn so easily! I definitely can never forget sunscreen.

  143. Mia says:

    My favourite place to vacation is New York City! I live by the ocean in Australia, so I love holidays in the city!

  144. Lisa S. says:

    If I could go on vacation anywhere it would be to Africa! =)

  145. Ralitza says:

    I use SPF 50 all day every day on my vacation. And I’m red as a crab… ๐Ÿ™

  146. Kathleen says:

    On my best makeup day this week I did a cat eye with the Korres volcanic ash eyeliner I got in Greece (+ an old Chanel eyeshadow in ‘Midnight Taupe’ and Urban Decay’s Perversion mascara), and someone said she donated $5 to the museum where I work because she liked my eyeliner so much!

  147. Sandy says:

    Love Greece!

  148. Stacy Z says:

    Favorite summer movie so far is Guardians of the Galaxy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  149. Suzanne G says:

    My favourite place we went to this summer was a trip to Montreal. It is a very friendly great place to visit.

  150. Monica says:

    I have had quite a few bad sunburns unfortunately! I burn so easily

  151. Cathy says:

    My favorite place to vacation is Universal Studios in Florida.

  152. susan says:

    I would love to learn another language.

  153. Myan says:

    I’ve been an intern a few times for biological research!

  154. Ellie says:

    I like going on vacation to a city near Chicago where some of my family lives. It’s close enough that we can drive to Wisconsin (to tour the Jelly Belly factory!) or take the train to Chicago. And I’m about to start an internship this week! I’m pretty nervous, but I’m also really excited.

  155. karen says:

    My favorite place to go on vacation is Dominican Republic

  156. Mackenzie says:

    I got a sunburn in june that was pretty bad. Red like a lobster from laying in the sun too long but the body shop blueberry scrub and body butter helped it enough that I never became lizard man. I should have known better by now. Speaking of which, I really want to see the becca eyeshadow pallet. I know I don’t need another one but I don’t have a warm matte one so I guess it’s worth it…right?

  157. MelodyJ says:

    I want to learn how to sew.

  158. Andrea says:

    It’s my boyfriend’s birthday and we’re going to universal studios!

  159. Milana says:

    On Christmas day I went to the beach (its summer in Australia) and got second degree burns ouch…

  160. Ally Reid says:

    My best makeup day this week involved my new Too Faced pore less primer. Why did I wait so long? My foundation was so much less patchy, and took so much longer to move around! True Holy Grail

  161. mrsshukra says:

    Another hot day here in paradise!

  162. Tracy Lynn says:

    I love Love LOVE to travel down the Pacific Coast Highway. You get to experience a bit of everything: the ocean, mountains, rainforest, wine country, orchards, whale watching, surfing, Starbucks… And the list goes on. It’s one of my true loves!

  163. Lucia says:

    I really liked Istanbul when I was there earlier this summer! I saw a freestanding Make Up For Ever store my first day.

  164. Winola says:

    I take to languages quite easily!

    I learned French, Mandarin, and Spanish – I only wished that I stayed in countries (for an extended period of time) which utilized those respective languages so that the languages would stick with me!

  165. Myra says:

    Hawaii is an amazing vacation spot!

  166. Rhoda K says:

    I’d love to learn how to sew. I’m working on it but pretty slowly!
    Rhoda K recently posted … Project B Box 5

  167. ScarlieC says:

    Oh how I wish I was in Thailand again, visiting my family and enjoying the days in the mall and on the beach with the kids.

  168. INCI says:

    This time you’ll be mine, my precious. ๐Ÿ˜›

  169. Suzanne says:

    On my best makeup day this week, I wore a simple look with Garnier BB Cream, the Sephora Eye Pencil in Purple Stillettos, and MAC Velvet Teddy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  170. Anne G. says:

    I love going to LA for my holiday. I always come back happy and relaxed ๐Ÿ˜€

  171. Lucy Nguyen says:

    My favorite vacation place is Tokyo

  172. Katie says:

    My favorite place to vacation is in East Tennessee. I love the Smoky Mountains and it’s always 20 degrees cooler there in the summer. Plus, it’s not as crowded as a lot of other places. (I also love NYC, but the crowds stress me out. lol)

  173. Lulubelle says:

    I grew up on the Gulf Coast and have had several bad sunburns. Crossing my fingers that doesn’t bite me in the butt at some point!

  174. Ivana Jankovic says:

    I’ve worked as an Intern in Poland. It was an amazing experience!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  175. Diane says:

    I’d love to learn to be a stronger swimmer.

  176. Bridget Heiple Reich says:

    I love to vacation in Hawaii! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve only been there once, 10 years ago, but hope I can go again soon!

  177. didem says:

    I used MAC Matchmaster foundation this week. I really love it, the best i’ve used:)

  178. Chelsea says:

    Karen – I just bought a package of Flash Tattoos after seeing them on a few people at the beach. At first I was hesitant because I am fair and everyone I had seen rocking them was more tan than I…but wow, I’m head over heels for these! Have you tried them? There are a few different design collections; I can see you rocking the Zahra or the Josephine.

  179. Maddie says:

    I’m looking forward to trying the new NARS Audacious lipsticks. I was just perusing your fabulous descriptions and swatches of them. Do you have a particular shade rec for a fair (NW10) brunette who doesn’t like bold lip colors?

  180. Tatyanna C says:

    Awww poor Tabs! I’m glad you guys are okay! I love your blog and your incorporation of everything feline! <3

  181. Maria J. says:

    On my good makeu0 day this week I wore the Sample of the Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder foundation in Nude I got from a Sephora order which is a very good match, on my eyes I wore Wet’N Wild Comfort Zone mainly the Definer shade that looks like MAC’s club eyeshadow, a light matte brown color shade from Physicians Formula Canyon Classics quad, the matte cream from the same quad, L’Orรฉal Miss Manga mascara and Revlon Superlustrous lip gloss in Super Natural.

  182. tina says:

    My fave vacation spot atm is Amsterdam ๐Ÿ™‚

  183. lisa says:

    i absolutely ADORE Tabs! your photoshops of him are awesome. ๐Ÿ™‚

  184. sarahc says:

    Glad to hear you’re alright!!!

  185. Hollie H says:

    Have you ever gotten a bad sunburn?
    Yes, when I was 12 I fell asleep laying out on the dock at the lake. I sleep for like 5 hours and woke up with the most horrendous sunburn. I was sick for 3 days with sun poisoning and I can still remember the pain.

  186. Lynda says:

    i love hawaii and portland

  187. Alison says:

    My poor oldest kitty was super spooked by this morning’s earthquake. She was curled up with me, and she sat bolt upright in bed, then ran off (over my husband, LOL) about 30 seconds before we started to feel the shaking.

  188. Valerie says:

    Glad you guys are okay. I’d love to go to South Pacific soon though I’d go to Hawaii in a heartbeat. Nothing’s better than an early snorkeling following with a poke lunch. Heaven!

  189. Regina says:

    I am so glad you are ok. I bet Tabs knew what was happening before it hit. I am in SoCal we did not feel a thing.

  190. Abby says:

    Someday I would love to learn how to knit!! Would love to make my own scarves, mittens, and hats!!

  191. Ivana Buljat says:

    My favorite Place to vacation is Zadar in Croatia.

  192. Dominique says:

    Karen when they broke the news here ( late that is ), my thoughts went to you and Tabs of course ( and all those who live in California ), you are ok well it is a comfort ! ๐Ÿ™‚

  193. Marina Grigรณrio says:

    I would like to learn to embroider and crochet! I have 24 years before you think you already retired hahah
    but I think that is something beautiful to decorate our home! And really wanted to learn to do ๐Ÿ™‚

  194. Tiffanie says:

    I am so excited to see your pictures from the Emmys!

  195. Christine says:

    This week I wore Two Faced for my eyeshadow and a clinique chubby stick for my lips

  196. Carole-anne says:

    In vacation i love to go at old orchard beach

  197. Nicole says:

    I was an intern multiple times while getting my Master’s.

  198. Amber says:

    Been watching a lot of old 90’s and 80’s favorites this summer, love the nostalgia!

  199. Margarita says:

    My favorite place to vacation is Italy! I would go every year if I could! ๐Ÿ™‚

  200. Nicolle says:

    I’d love to learn to speak Italian. Even just a little. My great grandmother and my grandmother both spoke it. It reminds me of being small ๐Ÿ™‚

  201. Jennifer says:

    These days my favorite vacation place is my backyard. Pool, patio, and everything I need close at hand.

  202. Gretchen says:

    I haven’t gone on any vacations this year, but in 2 weeks I’m getting married and going on my honeymoon! I’m going to Niagara on the Lake in Niagara Falls Canada and I can’t wait!

  203. Lisa says:

    I was surprised that I really enjoyed Maleficent.glad to hear everyone is safe after the earthquake.

  204. Rene Groyer says:

    Would love to learn to play the saxophone like Lisa Simpson !

  205. Rose says:

    I’ve never been sunburned! Perks of having naturally dark skin ๐Ÿ™‚

  206. nat ogu says:

    yes ive been an intern and my fave movie to watch during summer is a greek mythology inspired one

  207. Wayne says:

    Hugs to Tabs!

  208. Melissa says:

    Thank you for the update Karen. I was wondering how you and tabs are since hearing about the quake. I’m in the Los Angeles area, and I’m dreading our ‘big one’.

  209. Amoure says:

    First off I’m so glad you all are okay. I saw the news and read a few reports about the quake and instantly prayed that everyone in that area was okay. Those things are scary. Nothing much going on today except: deep conditioning my hair and watching a bit of tv (I rented Riddick and I plan on finishing it today).

    Whatโ€™s something you would love to learn? I’d really love to learn Spanish. I do know a few sentences, can maneuver myself around asking for a bathroom, some food or water but I want to have a full on conversation.

  210. Laure says:

    I once got a really bad sunburn while snorkeling in the scorching sun.
    I’d put on sunscreen, gone in and then out of the water and after lunch, I’d gone back in the water without re-applying the sunscreen. Result: burns on the entire backside of my body (including the inside of my knees: OUCH!!), second degree burns on my shoulders and a sunstroke. The days following were excruciating.

  211. Christine says:

    Glad to know you guys are okay. In the peninsula we got maybe a 3.0 earthquake from the rumble you guys experienced. Thankfully no one got hurt and there was no property damage in my neighborhood.
    Christine recently posted … Throwback โ€“ Pittsburgh Steelers (nรฉ Pirates)

  212. Sylvia says:

    Sadly I have had many bad burns, back in my teens when I didn’t take sunscreen seriously. Hello brown spots on my face.

  213. kelliegonzo says:

    I’m so glad you’re ok and the earthquake didn’t cause you any problems! Give Tabs an extra squeeze for me.

    I would love to learn to speak Spanish! I am half Mexican so it already looks like I *should* speak it, I just don’t unfortunately.
    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!
    kelliegonzo recently posted … Picture Polish – Majesty

  214. Michaela says:

    My favorite place to vacation is Hawaii. It’s so laid back and what’s wrong about spending time at the beach?

  215. Erika says:

    Favorite vacation is a warm beach with a beautiful body of water….Hawaii, Tahoe, doesn’t matter!

  216. Brian says:

    Luckily, I have never gotten a bad sunburn but I am really bad at wearing sunscreen religiously. I have also not found a good one that suits my skin type. I feel most are either watery or too greasy.

  217. irini says:

    Earthquakes are freaking scary!

  218. Emily says:

    As a very white person I have had bad sunburns (even with sunscreen sometimes…sigh).
    ps. Glad to hear everyone is okay!

  219. Joshua says:

    i would love to learn to speak another language. I have always wanted to learn sign language. After that French would be cool to learn.

  220. Maria says:

    This morning I literally jumped out of bed to run under my table (natural instincts), but my boyfriend who is from Kansas just stayed in bed and thought I was so weird for running under a table. Anyway, hope you guys are ok! Earthquakes always freak me out.

  221. Molly Drummond says:

    I got a little sun the last two days (mowing, yay…) but its been awhile since I’ve had a bad sunburn. I used to tan almost everyday but about a year ago I gave it up and I’m trying to treat my skin better!

  222. kristina says:

    ive had my fair share of earthquakes but going through one half asleep was a little different. i thought i was dreaming but i wasn’t too freaked out. just fell right back to sleep after

  223. dawn says:

    Last bad sunburn was when I was 12 or so. Coppertone SPF 4 anyone? These days, it’s SPF 30 or above everyday. And lots of big hats!

  224. Ms. Elise says:

    My favorite summer movie was probably Guardians of the Galaxy, but How to Train Your Dragon II was super fun too!

  225. Katrina says:

    My favorite vacation spot so far has been West Palm Beach Florida.

  226. Katy says:

    I’m super pale and always burn if I’m in the sun too long. I managed not to get sunburned this summer though!

  227. Emily says:

    Right now I’m trying to learn how to do eyeshadow. It sounds silly but I’ve never really worn it and I never realized how difficult it is to contour, blend, make both eyes even, etc. Beauty gurus and makeup artists on YouTube make it look so easy!

  228. Jordi says:

    I interned at the Student Association of the State University of New York headquarters on Albany over winter break many, many years ago.

  229. Ashleigh says:

    Whatโ€™s something you would love to learn? I would love to learn river rafting!

  230. christine says:

    Maui is my favorite place that I have visited so far but I would love to vacation in Greece!

  231. Rosa says:

    My dream vacation is to go to Amalfi.

  232. Erika Beck says:

    I would love to learn Japanese… The culture and history of that place is just so fascinating! Incidentally, that would also be my dream vacation… That and Canada! I loove being in nature ๐Ÿ™‚

  233. Laura B. says:

    I usually never burn but I got a good one at the beginning of this summer that has been my only color for the season!

  234. Maritess Lee says:

    The first time I got sunburned I was learning how to surf in Hawaii. I couldn’t even sit on the couch it was horrific!

  235. em says:

    anywhere I can go fishing but Tobago is real nice

  236. Jessica says:

    Whatโ€™s your favorite place to vacation? Vegas
    Have you ever gotten a bad sunburn? Yes when I was young and didn’t know how bad it could get.
    Whatโ€™s been your favorite summer movie so far? Guardians of the Galaxy
    Whatโ€™s something you would love to learn? The guitar
    Have you ever worked as an intern? I wish I had, It would have opened the door for opportunities

  237. Katie F says:

    Ugh, I got a horrible sunburn this spring! I’m from San Diego, but I live in Michigan now, and I was dying from the endless winter, so I took my tax return and went to Puerto Rico. I got a little overexcited about the sun and the ocean, and got unbelievably burned due to an all-day snorkeling trip. It was on the second day of my trip too, so I had to go around in the heat all burned for the next five days! Next time I will have to ease myself back into the sunshine more carefully I guess.

  238. I’d love to learn Chinese- actually I wish I could learn every language and then implement them on a world traveling extravaganza!
    Jenna M Osborne recently posted … Don’t Get Aggravated & Stay Out of Trouble or You’ll be Sorry Giveaway! Ends 9/6

  239. Claudia says:

    I felt an earthquake once in Mexico. I remember waking up because the bed was rocking violently. It was scary since I was only a kid wishing at that moment I was back home with my parents. Oddly enough my aunt and cousin did not feel it.

  240. Christy Peeples DuBois says:

    The very best vacation I’ve ever had was two spring breaks ago my two daughters and I cruised to Jamaica, the Caymen Islands and Mexico. Even though we were told our cell phones would work on the ship they didn’t and it was a blessing because all three of us were unplugged and had quality time together and fun!!! I would not trade it for anything in the world.

  241. Chelsee says:

    Oh gosh as far as makeup I would say that my fav look of the week used my beloved MAC Satin Taupe. This is my serious HG eye shadow from MAC due to how unique it is…I love it!

  242. Jessica says:

    I love vacationing with my family in Myrtle Beach every year!

  243. Steph says:

    I had so many internships during college! I think it was the best experience. It should be a requirement!

  244. Mil says:

    Best make-up? Yesterday’s quick but still lovely doll make-up I did with only one brush and my fingers:)

  245. Alyssa Lee says:

    This summer was my worst sunburn, I was in SF for work May-July (peak sun time here in NY), I came back went out on my families boat lathered the sunscreen on and fried. I was using expired sunscreen. I was just an all around epic fail.

  246. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I love the Caribbean

  247. Melinda L. says:

    I would love to learn Japanese

  248. Katie says:

    I would love to learn how to play the guitar!

  249. Talking Bowl says:

    I would love to learn how to do a perfect cat eye – and to have both eyes match.

  250. Trude says:

    Glad you guys are ok! It’s always so scary. The one a few months ago in SoCal was centered almost right under us so while it wasn’t big it sure shook things up!

  251. Emily says:

    I love Hawaii!

  252. Sammy says:

    Hey, keep up the great blog work! <3 I'm glad to hear that you're ok after the earthquake too. ;;

  253. Diane says:

    Glad to hear you and your hubby and Tabs are okay!

  254. shannon says:

    Enjoying the last few weeks of summer.

  255. Ada says:

    Great blog! I’m just winding down my work tasks in preparation for a trip to Italy.

  256. Molly says:

    I’d love to learn how to sew so I could hem my own clothes, but I am to lazy to actually do it. I am trying my hand at knitting though.

  257. Kristina says:

    I’m so pale, I practically look at the sun and burn!

  258. Adrianne B says:

    My fave summer movie so far was Guardians of the Galaxy– and I saw it on a whim, unsure if I would even like it. Baby dancing Groot, nuff said!

  259. shaunie says:

    yes I have actually gotten a bad sunburn

  260. Jordan says:

    I’ve definitely had my fair share of sunburns. I can hardly walk outside without burning! Pale people problems.

  261. Vanessa C says:

    My favorite place is Puerto Rico. It was my husband and I’s first trip outside of the states; we stood at La Concha in San Juan. Beauuutiful location, great views, amazing food and drinks and the BEST company. I had a smile plastered on my face all 5 days. Trying to surprise him with return trip for his 30th birthday in April!!

  262. Andrea Darst says:

    I loved “22 Jump Street” – it was hilarious…and Channing Tatum is so hot!!

  263. Angela says:

    My favorite place to vacation is either camping in the mountain woods or going to the Oregon coast.

  264. Doreena says:

    How do you get a pic on your profile on here?

  265. Amber Johnson says:

    I want to learn to french braid!

  266. Monika says:

    Hey karen yes I have gotten a bad sunburn lately. I went to Florida this year and burned my shoulders. This is a first for me. I’m African American and although I know we can burn I never thought I could burn so bad id peel. Yuck but yes that’s exactly what happened. My bf laughed at me and once the pain subsided it wasn’t that bad. I used sunblock everyday but it almost seemed like the sunblock cooked my skin more. Lol

  267. Ashley t says:

    I can’t wait for fall to try new nail trends

  268. Mallory B says:

    Glad you, your hubby, and Tabs are all ok! Very much looking forward to your final Emmys look ๐Ÿ™‚

  269. Emmy says:


    My fav movie (and not just of this summer) is Guardians of the Galaxy. Perfect mix of humor and action. I love superhero movies because I’m a nerd, but I highly recommend it for everyone!

  270. samantha says:

    Have you ever gotten a bad sunburn? yes i went to wet n wild out in vegas was out there the whole day and forgot to put sunscreen on after i got there. i am very fair skinned and needless to say i came home looking the same color as a lobster.

  271. sienna says:

    Emmys on a Monday night, love it!!

  272. Celia says:

    I just saw the movie What If with Daniel Radcliffe- so good! Really funny! Though, so was The Hundred Foot Journey.

  273. Chelsea H. says:

    I always get an awful sunburn the first time I am at the beach in the summer. Once I burn the first time, I am typically ok. But that first burn is always awful. This year I burned so bad that it left patches of dark skin on my legs and back. And I always use sunscreen!

  274. Ashlee K says:

    I would love to learn to drive. I’m 26 and unlicensed :-\

  275. Megan says:

    If I stay out in the sun for more than an hour I get horrible sunburns!

  276. Donna Marie says:

    I’m still trying to get over the true blood finale. not sure how I feel with where they left things.

  277. Candice Croix says:

    I had the WORST sunburn a few weeks ago, but I managed to avoid most of the nasty aftermath by slathering on Target brand aloe vera, Burt’s Bee’s After Sun Lotion, and Gold Bond Healing with Aloe lotion. This is why I prefer the rain.

  278. Mandy C says:

    I burn like crazy if I’m out in the sun for 15 minutes without protection. It’s the curse of my Anglo ancestry, I suppose.

  279. roz says:

    I would love to learn how to play the piano

  280. Daraya says:

    I would love to learn boxing and martial arts!

  281. Jody says:

    Very happy that my hubby is starting his senior yr of college.

  282. Jackie says:

    One thing I would love to learn is sign language!

  283. brittany says:

    trying to buy a house—eeep!

  284. Thomas Murphy says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  285. Stephanie says:

    Oh gosh, I would love to be on a tropical beach right now. Unfortunately, classes start this week ๐Ÿ™ Next summer it is!

  286. Stephanie says:

    Oh gosh, I would love to be on a tropical beach right now. Unfortunately, classes start this week for me ๐Ÿ™ next summer it is!

  287. Jamie C. says:

    The day I had the best makeup day was when I used the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette, I swear I’m about to hit pan on salted caramel because it’s the best transition & crease color ever!

  288. jerica rotger-sims says:

    I’ve been sunburnt twice my entire life, and always because of medicines I was on. It’s not fun!

  289. Rozae says:

    I can’t remember when I got a sunburn, but I try to sunbath during my lunch hour then take a few minutes of z if weather permits!

  290. Rochelle says:

    I never got sun burned before. I always remember to apply sunscreen : )

  291. Melissa m. says:

    My favorite vacation destination is definitely Disney World!!

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