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Rise and shine, morning glory! It’s a beautiful day!

Well…actually, I don’t really know what kind of day it is outside because I haven’t looked (it was raining cats and dogs and frogs last night!), but I’m sure it’ll be a beautiful day regardless of the weather.


I’m sitting in my father-in-law’s quiet office in Redding right now with my laptop on the floor and typing to poo. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yup, we drove up to Redding last night to see their new house (they recently moved), and I think I’m the only one awake.

I’m wondering if it snowed in the night… We shall see.

Good luck in the giveaway, and have a wonderful weekend, whatever you’re up to. I’m gonna see if I can find a place online now that sells doughnuts…

Not sells them online, online. I mean, find a place on the web that sells doughnuts in the area.

Never mind…

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    • A gift you’ve already gotten someone for Christmas?
    • Have you ever left the house liking your outfit but then freaked out about it later at work?
    • Your favorite bra and why?
    • Best teen movie of all time?
    • Do you ever wear lipstick on your cheeks or eyes?
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  1. Agata says:

    Hi Karen, if there was a delivery doughnut place in the area I think I’d be in trouble ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy weekend!
    Agata recently posted … โ€˜Cause Wardrobe Is Not Just For Clothes

  2. Alleycat says:

    Heh, well, Mean Girls was great, and it’s most people’s favorite. But nothing can replace Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion in my heart. Not really a teen movie, per se, but I was entering puberty when I first watched it, so I associate it with teens.

    PS: Not sure how to feel about Marsala, but it looks like it could be a nice lip color for me

  3. margarita says:

    I had a bought a few custom paintings by a San Francisco-based artist, Ink and Joy, for some of my girlfriends!

  4. Angela says:

    I think warm reddish brown would make a great lipstick shade. I live for red lipstick!

  5. Shars says:

    I’m really loving the new Marsala colour of the year. I think it’s a colour people underestimate but when you see it played out in clothing and accents, etc. it’s really beautiful.

  6. Destiny says:

    I bought my grandmother Ralph Loren Romance perfume. I hope she likes it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Erika C. says:

    I am loving the Sephora X nail line, so many choices to choose from.

  8. Remi says:

    Oh man. My SO is always saying that he runs out of f*cks during the workday, so I went to moo.com and got minicards that say “F*ck.” in English, Latin, Russian, and German. 50 of each language. So now he has extra.

  9. Bertha says:

    Got my 7 year old daughter tickets to see One Direction. She’s gonna freeeeeeak!

  10. Lauren says:

    I think I like the new color of the year. I had been loving this color on my nails recently, so I’m already in the mood for it. Have a lovely weekend away!

  11. Alix says:

    Think Marsala could be a cool color… I assume Sephora has a collection in the works?

  12. Marla Singer says:

    hi karen,

    the new pantone color of the year ist wonderful! so flattering and nice, way beter than the 2014 orchid (?) one.

  13. Lydia says:

    I got my boyfriend an art print from a local artist ๐Ÿ™‚ I am so excited to give it to him!

  14. Ana Mattoso says:

    Hi Karen!
    I like this color of the year, I think it would be nice to have an eyeshadow this color, maybe like a chubby stick?

    Also, I sent you an email with pictures of my cat Sephora a while back, just wondering if you got it ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Hillary says:

    Hi there! Well I would have to say that my favorite teen movie is Clueless. And now that we’re the kids in America song is playing in my head…

  16. Laurinha says:

    I really love the pantone’s 2014 color! And also love the 2015’s one!

  17. Best “teen” movies for me are ET and Ferris Buellers Day Off.

  18. Charmy N says:

    Love pantone’s 2014 color it’s the perfect lip color ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. eileen says:

    I got my bro an ipad. And because he’s a tech geek, he wanted the highest storage + cellular option. mucho dolares! he’s a good egg though, happy to give it to him.

  20. Lisa says:

    I am really diggin the new color the year!

  21. Phylicia says:

    I wish Cinnabon & Starbucks delivered. I would never get out of bed on the weekends. I’m excited about the Marsala color…I think it’s the most universal color yet. It’s going to make great makeup, clothes, accessories & home decor. Vampy walls, anyone?

  22. Ashley P. says:

    The Breakfast Club is definitely my favorite teen movie!

  23. Kalli Malia says:

    I’m really not sure about Marsala, it’s a bit too brown for my liking, but I do think it will be a hit this year….

  24. Nicole says:

    I love the new color of the year. I already wear it and now I can be on trend!

  25. sunandha says:

    We don’t have the custom of buying gifts during christmas time but we get new clothes…. So this time we got for the whole fly…. US, in-laws and my parents …. It was fun

  26. Erika says:

    best teen movie? Welcome to the Dollhouse..

  27. Laura says:

    I’m liking the 2015 color of the year. I already have lipsticks that color, so I feel prepared.

  28. Abby says:

    I really like the pantone color of 2015! I feel it’s more wearable than the past colors! It’s one of my favorite makeup colors. Especially on the eyes!!

  29. Tiffanee Simar says:

    A gift youโ€™ve already gotten someone for Christmas?
    — I got a new side mirror for my car a few months ago :/

    Have you ever left the house liking your outfit but then freaked out about it later at work?
    — Not at work, but I did that in college. I am very self conscience :/

    Your favorite bra and why?
    — I have a Cacique Balconette(?) bra that is pink and black plaid with a black bow in the center! Super sexy and gives me a good looking rack ๐Ÿ™‚

    Best teen movie of all time?
    — The Breakfast Club!

    Do you ever wear lipstick on your cheeks or eyes?
    — No ma’am I don’t.

    How do you feel about warm reddish-brown Marsala, Pantoneโ€™s 2015 color of the year?
    — I think it’s a beautiful color. I’m curious to see how SEPHORA is going to make their SEPHORA + Pantone line!

    Thank you for doing the giveaway! You are so kind!

  30. Sharene says:

    I got my really good friend an adult onesie!

  31. Aurora says:

    My favorite teen movie is 10 Things I Hate About You. I love everything about that movie.

    And I’m very excited about Marsala. I’ve already started wearing it with some new clothes and makeup/nail polish.

  32. Berry says:

    I’m on the fence about Marsala. I think it will look good for clothing and nail polish, but I know it won’t work on my lips. I just don’t look good in dark or bright lipsticks.

  33. Becca says:

    My favorite bra…. No bra at all ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Tiffanie says:

    I’m almost completely done with my Christmas shopping!

  35. Maria J. says:

    Best Teen Movie of all time in my opinion is High School Musical!

  36. noon says:

    i am so so hyped for marsala, it’s absolutely going to look gorgeous as a lipstick or blush!
    noon recently posted … darling clandestine, full of grace, the oud is with thee

  37. I have all my Christmas presents already! I hate shopping for gifts so I always get it over with asap.
    Kiss & Make-up recently posted … Personal | My Christmas tree. Or Christmas plant, actually

  38. Christina S says:

    what is a nice change as all the colors of the year are usually very bright

  39. Rachel says:

    For my roommate Secret Santa I got my friend a nice glass jewelry box because right now she has all her necklaces and rings in a plastic ziplock bag! It’s time for a change ๐Ÿ˜‰

  40. Tashia says:

    I’m not a fan of Marsala. For me it is not is not a wearable color

  41. I am exited for Marsala, that color is my favorite to wear in blush and lipstick!

    Do you take Tabs with you on your trips or is he throwing parties back home?
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  42. Marissa says:

    I bought the Clarisonic plus for myself for xmas, oops. Merry xmas to me ๐Ÿ™‚
    Love the new Marsala color!

    Thanks for the awesome post about the Sephora collection give me more lip set, so great to see all the colors!

  43. Ellen says:

    I got my son a personalized lunch box ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. Carolyn N. says:

    Final exams are upon us! Lord help me finish this semester!

  45. Miki says:

    I’m pretty excited about Marsala…seems like Pantone is trying to hold on to that 90’s trend!
    Miki recently posted … November Favorites

  46. Colleen Boudreau says:

    My favorite teen movie of all time is def Mean Girls, or Clueless!

  47. Loris Ayoub says:

    hello, I hope you have an amazing day….thanks for being such a great blogger I love your writting

  48. Jackie says:

    It feels like Sunday…but it’s only SATURDAY! WIN!

  49. nat ogu says:

    for a dance recital once , my mom took a bit of her lipstick and put it on my cheeks

  50. Daria says:

    my fav teen movie is clueless!

  51. Jana Ricketts says:

    Marsala is pretty! Maybe more of a fall color, but hey I still have Orchid on my nails right now lol

  52. Leslie Kiley says:

    Love the new Pantone color but save it for clothing and accessories. Still love grey for my home with bright accents !

  53. CatG says:

    I’m excited to give my sister the Tarte Bon Voyage set and a bunch of Ecotool brushes as a gift! She was saying the a couple weeks ago how she had no nice makeup or makeup brushes (and my inner voice had to agree). She will be SO surprised with her gifts this year!

  54. Mary Marรญa says:


  55. Alex says:

    I’ve gotten my mom a curling iron for xmas. She loves a certain one but is ‘well-loving’ on her tools. I will be getting her another one b/c she leaves in on a damp counter and it has started to rust =/. They may become a yearly tradition getting her the curling iron she likes every year. She is the type to get one product and take it everywhere with her. She tends to travel a lot.

  56. Kelly Chambers says:

    I’m excited about the new 2015 Pantone color of the year. I think it’s a beautiful color and it’ll flatter everyone.

  57. Monica says:

    I’ve never worn lipstick on my eyes or cheeks!

  58. Sarah says:

    La Perla bras are always so pretty & comfortable.

  59. Kim Henrichs says:

    I LOVE the new Pantone color for ’15!! I can definitely rock this one.

  60. Megan says:

    I bought someone a book of funny cat poems. It’s from ModCloth and called “I Could Pee on This.”

  61. Bianca Rogoveanu says:

    I am loving the Marsala colour !

  62. Natasha says:

    I’ve bought my daughter a Melissa and Doug puzzle for Christmas. She’s just turned one so she can’t really do puzzles but she does love to teethe on them..

  63. Amoure says:

    Well the weekend is starting off well and I just finished having brunch w/ my mom and dad – so you can say it’s a great Saturday.
    The Pantone color for 2015 is simply gorgeous. It’s very versatile and I believe on a monochromatic scale it’s going to work well on every skin tone. As for holiday shopping I haven’t gotten all of it done but I did get my brothers sneakers and my boyfriends hoodie.
    One of my most favorite teen movie of all time is: Sixteen Candles. You could add The Breakfast Club to that list as well.

  64. Kirsten says:

    I almost never wear lipstick, let alone on my cheeks or eyes. I prefer stains and glosses. *^_^*

  65. Jessi says:

    I would have to say that my favorite teen movie is Grease with Pretty in Pink a close second. I hate to admit it but I haven’t done any of my Christmas shopping yet.

  66. Helen says:

    I really love the new colour of the year! I think it would look beautiful as a metallic eye shadow shade!

  67. Michaela says:

    Sixteen Candles is the best teen movie. Awesome soundtrack & hilarious characters!

  68. Maple says:

    I often have an idea for an outfit, but then chicken out of actually wearing it out…

  69. Justine says:

    I think Marsala is ok. It’s better than Radiant Orchid.

  70. robyn paris says:

    i love sephora it is one of my favorite stores. I also like chocolate.

  71. Hollie H says:

    At first, I wasn’t excited by Marsala but it’s really growing on me and I totally see it’s potential for makeup.

  72. donna marie says:

    I have never thought about using lipstick for anything other than my lips. I would think it would be too sticky.

  73. kirsten says:

    my favourite bra is the VS t shirt bra!

  74. Maren says:

    I DO wear lip color on my eyes sometimes.
    Maren recently posted … The Coward’s Hairstyle

  75. Susan T. says:

    My best friend is due to have her second baby on Boxing Day and I got it (the sex is a surprise) a fuzzy little blanket with a hood and long, floppy bunny ears! My friend hates anything too cutesy but I think this should pass muster. I am the queen of cutesy so it is hard to resist.

  76. Tash says:

    Never use lipstick on my eyes

  77. Isabella says:

    Yes I wear lipstick as blush sometimes!

  78. Sarah S says:

    The Pantone color is a little disappointing for me, not because I don’t love it, but because I already love it. Marsala is basically the only face makeup color I wear. So I do think it’s a great color, but the fun thing about the colors of the year is experimenting with a new, bolder, exciting color…

  79. Jenn Erin says:

    It’s rainy and cold outside. I don’t want to go out but I am mad craving good hot food which I don’t have in the house. #firstworldproblems #rant

  80. Tara R says:

    I am painting little peg people as gifts for my nephews this year!

  81. Aurelie Red says:

    I have almost all my Christmas presents ; I have to buy a book for my brother and it will be over !

  82. Lisa says:

    Mean Girls is the best teen movie!!!

  83. Lisa Brown says:

    yes, I have used lipstick as blush

  84. Sienna says:

    i’m loving the marsala color choice from pantone! i think it is really pretty and different!

  85. Kathy says:

    I am really excited about the color of the year because that means more lipsticks in that color!

  86. Trillina Palemi says:

    Sometimes I put the lipstick on the cheeks ๐Ÿ˜€

  87. Monal says:

    I am super excited about the 2015 Pantone color. It’s a very beautiful color. I think it would go great with a lot of skin tones

  88. Barbara says:

    I have already done half of my shopping for Christmas as I hate crowds and have discovered online shopping…..with a serious addiction to Ebay. I am weaning myself off of Clinique products from Ebay but I love those little travel tubes that are hard to find or get from counters. I don’t understand why everyone is hoarding samples at stores….Sephora seems to be the only one that gives them out and are helpful to boot.

    I love the Marsala colour – it is nice to change things up a bit.

    And I love the photos with Tabs…..very creative and cute!

  89. amy pugmire says:

    I have never tried lipstick on my cheeks or eyes but thanks for the great Idea. I will try it now ๐Ÿ™‚

  90. Kimberley Danzey says:

    The best teen movie is The Breakfast Club and any Molly Ringwald movie.

  91. Lizzie says:

    So far I am not really loving Marsala…

  92. Lisa Janzen says:

    Hi Karen,
    Re: Pantone colour of the year for 2015.
    I’m definitely not in love with it and my 1st reaction was “ICK” but I’ll wait to see how companies incorporate the colour into their lines. I may be surprised and end up liking it.
    I hope the rest of your weekend is great!

  93. Saundra A says:

    Yes I have freaked out about an outfit. I sub at different schools and I am allowed to wear a college shirt on Mondays and their school tshirt on Fridays. I sometimes think did I get that right? I am wearing the right shirt today.

  94. Rachel R. says:

    I really like Marsala. I was a bit surprised to see it be Color of the Year. It is very 90s, but looks wonderful as a makeup color.

  95. Andrea Darst says:

    I treated myself to the Victoria’s Secret T-Shirt Bra, and it is the most comfortable bra I’ve ever worn in my life! I’m getting at least 2 more in different colors!

  96. Suzanne G says:

    When I saw the colour of the year from Pantone announced I must say I was not a fan of it. However I suppose designers will use just small hits of it. I would not like it as a wall colour. I also do not care for it as a colour to wear.

  97. Tamara R says:

    My favorite bra is a bralette from Free People!

  98. Kim Pincombe Cole says:

    I bought a Clarisonic Mia for someone on my gift list (can’t say who, they might see this)! I’m so excited to give it, as I love mine so much…

  99. AmyBS says:

    Nothing exciting about the new color of the year, I love brown but this is just an odd pick to me

  100. Anastasiya says:

    my fav teen movie is home alone ๐Ÿ™‚

  101. Jennifer says:

    I think the Pantone color of the year, Marsala is perfect-there are going to be some great makeup picks using that shade!

  102. Daraya says:

    My favorite teen movie of all time is definitely Clueless! ๐Ÿ™‚

  103. Evelyn says:

    I’m not sure exactly how I could use Marsala but it looks pretty so I’ll be excited to try some new products! I picked up the Marc Jacobs eye liner set for my sister for Christmas. I really love the ones I have so I’m sure she’ll enjoy them too.

  104. Britney Chueng says:

    I had to use lipstick as blush once, it works !

  105. Catherine says:

    Whatever product Sephora comes out with in the Marsala shade, I hope it’s matte.

  106. Kristen says:

    I think e Pantone for 2015 is a great color and is a little more neutral so lots of people can wear it.

  107. Lynn says:

    best teen movie has to be clueless of course!

  108. Emily C says:

    I’m not a big fan of Marsala. It’s quite blah. RIP Radiant Orchid. You were beautiful.

  109. Steph F says:

    I’m not crazy about the whole color of the year thing in general. I like to wear what I like to wear, and Pantone can’t tell me what to do!

  110. I love, LOVE the Pantone Color of 2015. I can predict I’ll wear it a lot!

  111. em says:

    I love Pretty In Pink

  112. Terri says:

    I really like Marsala, but I’m afraid that its ubiquity over the next year might cause me to become tired of it.

  113. Marisa says:

    Marsala kinda reminds me of Friends. I think it’s okay, but it certainly doesn’t have anywhere near the charisma of Radiant Orchid.

  114. Sarah Sq. says:

    The best teen movie of all time? Heathers. If you haven’t seen it, do it now ๐Ÿ™‚

  115. bhevarri says:

    I got my boyfriend a golden apple ๐Ÿ™‚ He loves Eris, so it made me think of him!! I’m going to draw him a picture of Eris as well.

  116. Amy says:

    I’ve definitely questioned an outfit once I leave the house and its far too late to do anything about it.

  117. Tina says:

    I bought some clothes at Forever21 and am anxious to get it in the mail!

  118. Jessie C. says:

    I’ve never wear lipstick on my cheeks or eyes.

  119. Heather says:

    I have a lacey blue wacoal bra that I love right now.

  120. tiffany says:

    My fav bra is braless ๐Ÿ™‚

  121. Mardi says:

    Marsala – hmm I’m a bit meh about it.

  122. Christiana Mercier says:

    Im thinking the reddish brown will really make my blue eyes pop… cant wait to try it out!!

  123. MK says:

    I think Clueless is the best teen movie!!

  124. irini says:

    I will make some cookies tonight!

  125. Cindy says:

    It’s a toss-up between 16 Candles & Pretty In Pink!! If I had to choose one I’d say Pretty In Pink though . . .

  126. Kaitlyn says:

    Clueless is everything!

  127. nlm8 says:

    Love the 2015 color!

  128. MelodyJ says:

    I like the warm reddish-brown Marsala as Pantone’s 2015 color of the year.

  129. Kassie says:

    Have you ever seen Here on Earth? I LOVE that movie. I have a thing for teen movies, even though I’m 27 now. I also really love Pleasantville. Don’t even get me started on the Disney Channel Original movies from the late 90s and early 00s. Love them!

  130. Lori P says:

    I think I’m going to love Marsala as the new Pantone color. The uses of it in eye shadows and lipsticks have got me very intrigued.

  131. Michelle says:

    Best teen movie of all time is “Clueless” hands down.

  132. Betty Ackerman says:

    Not so sure about the new color of the year. Kind of dull-looking. Really like last year’s Radiant Orchid. Thanks for your great blog, Karen.!

  133. Nicole says:

    I’m not a fan of the 2015 color of the year.

  134. Jordi says:

    I think I will be dating myself, but at the time it came out, I thought that Back to the Future was pretty awesome. And marsala is great – I can see it as a good eyeliner color, too.

  135. Tania G says:

    I am actually loving the new Marsala color for 2015. Looking forward to seeing what they will be bringing out with that color. Have a wonderful weekend!!!

  136. Jennifer Pham says:

    Love the marsala color, and always have! Never knew that’s what it was called though. I thought it was a brownish rose color, or mauve?

  137. Rae says:

    I’m curious to see marsala on me, my skin tone is very picky

  138. Anna says:

    I wore Burt’s Bees tinted balm in Pink Blossom on my cheeks yesterday. I was actually surprised by how long it lasted – about 4 or 5.

  139. Lisa Foster says:

    I’m disappointed about Marsala as the color of the year for 2015. It might grow on me, but right now it seems “blah”.

  140. Michele says:

    Love the Marsala color but it doesn’t compliment my skin tone ๐Ÿ™

  141. Piper says:

    I can see why that was the choice for color of the year, but I’m also a little disappointed. I think it’s because the last few years have all had more exciting colors. f tha makes any sense heh.

  142. Amy says:

    Not liking the Marsala, I liked Radiant Orchid better.

  143. V says:

    The marsala colour is just more of that 90s trend that’s already been happening. I got a lipstick recently in a similar colour and it’s really growing on me!

  144. Sara says:

    Sephora JUST opened in my city this weekend (Sydney, Australia!) and I’d love to go in there and actually be able to afford stuff! (PS my favourite bra is one that’s actually inexpensive and stocks up to 16G – so I can just find my size – and it’s by Bonds and I own it in literally every colour about)

  145. Jennifer says:

    Yesterday was the FOURTH snowfall we’ve gotten since the day before Thanksgiving. Stop!!!

  146. Sandy says:

    I got someone Godiva chocolates

  147. Maria Malaveci says:

    I think Marsala is so pretty!

  148. MarciaF says:

    How do you feel about warm reddish-brown Marsala, Pantone’s 2015 color of the year? I’m not thrilled with it. I doubt it will be in my shopping cart since I don’t think it will flatter me.
    MarciaF recently posted … Find your perfect false lashes with the Esqido Holiday Lash Guide

  149. Pauline says:

    Love the color Marsala! It’s absolutely beautiful!
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  150. Christina says:

    My favorite bra is the ciao bella balconette bra by wacoal. I love it because its comfortable, fits me perfectly, has a great size range and (most importantly) it’s pretty!!

  151. ElzaElza says:

    I really like the new color of the year, much more wearable than radiant orchid.

  152. Tara Woods says:

    My favorite teen movie is a tossup between Mean Girls and The Outsiders.

  153. Johnna Quick Owens says:

    Best teen movie of all time for me is The Breakfast Club. Amazing cast, and really shows the truth behind the facades and the insecurities and everything about being a teenager! ๐Ÿ™‚

  154. Chantre says:

    I bought my sister an amazing gift at Sephora already so this giveaway is perfect. Now I can get something for myself and quit being jealous :]

  155. Icequeen81 says:

    A Hennes and Maurits push up padded Bh I am wearing right now, it is the softer bh I have ever wear, I don’t feel it, the ring is sjut so fine on it, the straps are really good love it. Hope I cant find find one like this again, but I don’t have any Hennes in my country, With a 50 paypal
    I would do a online order if I find this model again

  156. Vanassa says:

    Best teen movie of all time? FREAKY FRIDAY!

  157. Meline says:

    I love Marsala! It’s mysterious & sexy!

  158. Meg says:

    Oh gosh I have to get nostalgic with the best teen movies … Pretty in Pink!
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  159. Lynda says:

    i would love for my nasty cold to go away!

  160. Meg says:

    I think Marsala presents a whole ton of options in the makeup world! I might just pick up some of the Sephora/Pantone stuff this time. Reminds me of the Kylie Jenner lip trend.

  161. Illy Junus says:

    Your favorite bra and why? my favorite bra is from Victoria Secret, because i love the fit and it last too. A very good price for the quality and it’s so cute too. I did wear lipstick on the cheek, i love the Josie Maran one.

  162. Best teen movie of all time? Ferris Bueller of course!

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  163. I like the idea of the Marsala color of the year from Pantone – assuming it’s actual got a good brown base. I’ve been loving MAC Swiss Chocolate and wanting a more red version, but finding a good rich reddish brown is harder to find. Hoping this might inspire more options!

  164. Leslie says:

    I think the Marsala color will have some great options with lips, eyes, cheeks and nails.

  165. Jessica W says:

    Yes, I’ll use lipstick, and even tinted lip balm as blush. Last week, under the stupor of a cold, I left the house without any makeup, and I wasn’t looking too hot. I ended up using a pinky nude tinted balm on my lips, cheeks, and my eyes, and I did feel a little more pulled together.

  166. Cinthia says:

    Hello Karen! Marsala color is cute but I dont know if is a good color for everybody.

  167. Trisha says:

    I have never put lipstick on my cheeks.

  168. Jen says:

    I just bought my boss the original Lorac Pro palette for Christmas since she compliments me every time I wear it.

  169. Cathy Bui says:

    this would go perfect with that $15 off of $50 purchase email I got ^^

  170. Jolie says:

    I’ve worn a bright pink lipstick on my cheek as a base for my powder blush!

  171. Esther says:

    best bra is the dream angels demi!!! so pretty and really comfy!!

  172. Mandy W says:

    Sephora just opened here in Sydney & I’m so excited to go see what it’s like!

  173. BlackAsphodel says:

    I like the Marsala color. ๐Ÿ™‚

  174. Una says:

    I already got U2 concert tickets for my husband.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  175. Angela Meyer says:

    No to Marsala! I find it kind of depressing! Yes to good bras! Cacique Back Fat Minimizer is the bomb! (That’s not its real name, but that’s what it does!)

  176. Shravanti says:

    Just purchased the Bite Beauty Remix set..Love it

  177. Cassandra C says:

    I actually really like the Marsala colour. Not sure it can EVER be considered a neutral though hahaha

  178. Karla says:

    I don’t know how I feel about that Marsala color for lips. I have a nail polish in that color which I L.O.V.E. but for lips, I am not sure.

  179. Melissa says:

    I’m almost done with my Christmas shopping. We have a big family, so we mostly concentrate on the grand kids.

  180. Lorraine says:

    Best teen movies were the alternative ones that came out in the’80s like Heathers, War Games, Say Anything, Edward Scissorhands. Not the typical teen film, and that is what made them great.

  181. Robyn says:

    -I really dislike the Pantone color of the year! It isn’t flattering as a neutral makeup; in my opinion it looks like the model from sephor is sick because her eyes are so red! Also, I think brown is just a sad color so it will be kind of depressing to see that color of clothing everywhere! Oh well:) Hopefully there will be a pretty green or something next year….like something grew from the dirt color this year:)

  182. Bons says:

    I got box of chocolates.

  183. Tosha H says:

    The best teen movie for me is The Breakfast Club, it’s a true classic~

  184. mrsshukra says:

    Haven’t been to Sephora in a while!

  185. Jamie C. says:

    That Marsala shade is positively beautiful! I see it being even better as eyeshadow! Like MAC Brown Script or MUG Cocoa Bear & Bitten!

  186. Claudia Davis says:

    Breakfast Club and 16 Candles. Both are incredibly cute and dorky at the same time.

  187. Rhoda K says:

    Really like the Marsala colour

  188. Pauline says:

    I love the new Marsala shade for eyes, lips and cheeks in cosmetics.

  189. Georgia says:

    For Christmas I bought pepper spray as presents for my two friends. It is a unusual gift but I think it will be useful for them.

  190. Jess Mary says:

    The best teen movie for me is Seventeen Again! I’d watch it over and over again ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  191. Elise T says:

    Your favorite bra and why? – Champion Sports Bra, they are comfy

    Best teen movie of all time? Some Kind of Wonderful or 16 Candles

    Do you ever wear lipstick on your cheeks or eyes? Nope

    How do you feel about warm reddish-brown Marsala, Pantoneโ€™s 2015 color of the year? marsala – I’m very excited because I’ve been wishing for this happen (I love warm browns mixed with reds and pinks =] )

  192. Lisa says:

    I hate bra shopping so I just stick with Victoria’s Secret cause I know they fit and I can get different colors and patterns for fun.

  193. I have bought a few items from Cath Kidston for my little one. It will be her first Christmas but she’s still inside my tummy. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am soooo excited for 2015 to roll in so we can finally meet our very own bundle of joy.

  194. Lucy Nguyen says:

    I sometimes wear lipstick on my cheeks

  195. Fran says:

    I’m not crazy about Pantone’s whole palette for Spring 2015. Only two of the colors, classic blue and glacier grey, would look remotely flattering on me. Marsala looks better for home decor than for fashion or beauty to me, but I’m sure it would be a flattering lipstick shade for many people with warmer complexions than mine.

  196. Wayne says:

    The new Rafflecopter widget is terrible.

  197. Petra Varsรกnyi says:

    For me, it’s 10 Things I Hate About You is a fave teen movie of all time.

  198. Carla S says:

    No, I never wear lipstick as a blush or eyeshadow.

  199. Aenea says:

    I’m interested in trying the color marsala. But I would definitely need pointers on how to wear it right.

  200. JoJo Bennett says:

    OMG! I just my 11 1/2 month old son his first jean jacket!!! I honestly don’t even wanna wait for Christmas to put it on him it’s just so precious and he’s so chunky I know he’ll look so cute in it. I don’t even have a jean jacket which is crazy but I when I saw it I COULD NOT pass it up. Baby clothes are so adorable but it sucks to just think he’ll be growing out of it in like 3 months. But that’s fine, cuz I’ll just replace it with a bigger one (lmbo). I also got my BFFs (all 3 of them) some E.L.F Cosmetics since they’re always in my makeup I figured why not get them their own. Happy Holidays Everyone!

  201. Ann says:

    Marsala is very pretty.

  202. Liz says:

    I already have marsala in makeup: blush, lipstick, and nail polish. I’m sure there are some eyeshadow shades as well in my collection.

  203. Missy M says:


  204. Sandra Watts says:

    I’ve got a good portion of my shopping done already. It sure beats waiting till the last minute. I got my son a Dragon Touch tablet. It had a great review. Hope he likes it. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

  205. Deanna says:

    Not a huge fan of Marsala. Kind of boring.

  206. Christine says:

    I’m going back home to Taiwan next weekend, and am super excited to see my family again. Now I just have to figure out which Asian beauty products to haul. (Funny how I never wanted to haul them when I still lived in that area…)

  207. Chin-Ting says:

    I wish my dorm room had better lighting. I’m always paranoid that my eyeshadow isn’t blended well enough…

  208. Nora says:

    Not too impressed with the color of the year!

  209. Donna N says:

    Since I am obsessed with Rose Gold colors, I think that 2015’s Pantone Color of the Year *Marsala* is right UP my ally!!

  210. Rina says:

    I think Marsala will be great in the makeup world, and overall.

  211. Tuhina Dayal says:

    The color of the year is kinda meh.

  212. y. says:

    I think that marsala is kind of dark. I liked a lot of teen movies..
    Princess diaries, she’s all that, freaky friday, a walk to remember, there are a lot out there.

  213. Jessica says:

    I don’t really care for Marsala myself, but then again I don’t really like brown shades against my skin tone, so that’s prob why

  214. yang says:

    I just bought a microwaveable stuffed animal as a gift! They are very popular where I’m at. If my boyfriend doesn’t like it, I think I’ll keep it for myself ๐Ÿ™‚

  215. Bridget Heiple Reich says:

    I love the 2015 Color of the year! ๐Ÿ™‚ I have bought lots of presents already – stuff for the kids, my mom and dad and some nieces and nephews. Still have more to buy, but I have a good start! ๐Ÿ™‚

  216. Roxanne Brown says:

    I used to go all out for Xmas. This year for the women I’m making homemade gift baskets with different items based on personalitys! For the boys/men,boxers socks and gift cards. It’s the thought that counts

  217. anissa says:

    really not a fan of the new “color of the year” but then, i’m not clear on how one color is chosen and then suddenly dozens of “variations” of said color are also called the “color of the year” when they are obviously different colors. does that make me a color snob? IDK.

  218. Caity says:

    At first with Marsala I was dubious, but now it’s growing on me. Though, it doesn’t seem like a color that will translate to spring or summer very well….

  219. Erica says:

    My favorite teen movie is a tie – Valley Girl (I’ll stop the world and melt with you….”) and Sixteen Candles. Without getting political, not feeling too celebratory here in NYC. The family all want gift cards so they can go crazy during After Xmas sales. We will have a fantastic dinner and be happy for our blessings and wish for a better 2015.

  220. Jennifer says:

    Soooo excited for Marsala as the 2015 Pantone color of the year! Not only is it an awesome color for clothing, but it does amazing things to my baby browns when worn around the eyes!

  221. Barbara B says:

    Ferris all the way!

  222. Sarah says:

    I just got my Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace lipstick in the mail, but I can’t try it out yet because I just got my wisdom teeth out! UGH!

  223. Natalye says:

    I love Smashbox
    Natalye recently posted … MAC: The Simpsons Collection Haul

  224. Missy P says:

    Ooh! I was just at sephora yesterday and played with the new makeup forever eyeshadows. I really want the new palette that they have. Love the bright colors A’s it’s in the cutest case!

  225. Emily says:

    The Breakfast Club is definitely at or near the top of my favorite teen movies!

  226. Ashleigh says:

    How do you feel about warm reddish-brown Marsala, Pantoneโ€™s 2015 color of the year? Totes digging it! This color is really flattering on us redheads (imo, I don’t want to cast all of us with that brush) so I’m excited to do some monotone beauty looks that kinda sorta match my hair. It’s like the redhead’s chance to do that 90s brown-neutral matchy match. ^_^

  227. Lisa C says:

    Best teen movie of all time… Fast Times at Ridgemont High!

  228. Dee says:

    Sigh..so NOT digging Marsala. Its not a HAPPY HAPPY colour and I like happy happy colours lol.And we’re past the 90’s now.
    Dee recently posted … BRAND focus : Bourjois

  229. Caitlin says:

    I’m excited to see the new Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar. Hopefully you’ll have swatches of that soon!

  230. Ursula says:

    YES!!! I love using my lipsticks on my cheeks! I only use them if they are matt colored though. My favorite lipstick color is #42 from Makeup Forever, it is a bright peachy coral color that looks great on cheeks too! Especially with a tan!!! My favorite sunless tanning product is Fake Bake, gives an amazing glow and does not look orangey at all!!

  231. hj0517 says:

    I think masala will be a great fw color. I already own a couple lipsticks so I don’t have to hunt for a shade.

  232. Chloe N says:

    I got my best friend the cutest Betsy Johnson dress for xmas

  233. Abby says:

    I love the color of year- only for any eyeshadow. As lipstick or blush or nail polish—- boring!!!! ugly!!!

  234. Sarah W says:

    My favorite bra is a Chantelle Tshirt bra…it actually does the job as far as support but is still super comfy!

  235. Jenny says:

    Best ‘teen’ movie of all time has to be the Breakfast Club! Also, you don’t have to be a teenager to feel connected to the movie at all ๐Ÿ™‚

  236. Katie F says:

    I love that marsala is the color of the year! Reddish/brownish shades are really nice on me. The colors for the past few years have just not been very “me.”

  237. dawn says:

    I’m men on the marsala. Maybe in the right texture or finish it will be pretty.

  238. Shell says:

    Yes, I like to put lipstick especially on my cheeks. Favorite teen movie is a tie between Sixteen Candles and She’s All That.

  239. Amy M says:

    My mom just retired this past year after teaching Kindergarten for 35 years. She continually put others first her her life. So, for Christmas this year I wanted to pamper her by putting her first. I bought my mom a ProX cleansing brush, a Caudalie Polyphenol C15 gift set, Caudalie Divine Oil, Biotherm Lait Corporel, and Nuxe Rรชve de Miel lip balm. An eGift Card to Sephora would make a perfect addition to her gift!

  240. Ms. Elise says:

    I’ve already gotten my mom’s gift – some nice, professional-level makeup for her, since she’s embarking on a new career.

  241. Cui says:

    I bought my spouse and IPAD air

  242. Bo Hi says:

    This year I went DIY and crocheted some warm hats and warmers for family. It’s getting colder, so they got it a bit early ๐Ÿ˜‰

  243. MISSVEE says:

    Best teen movie: Juno!
    Also, I don’t like Pantone’s color for next year… it’s not one I can wear.

  244. alice says:

    I love marsala, but then I’m a sucker for red.

  245. I love the new Patone color of the year!
    Wendy@BlushandBarbells recently posted … Turkey Trot Race Recap

  246. Clara says:

    Haven’t gotten anything yet…might get my mom something from Sephora

  247. Princess says:

    When I was younger, I used to dab a little lipstick on my eye lids when I ran out of eye shadow. Cute!

  248. Blanca says:

    I have already gotten my mum Sarah Chapman’s overnight facial and I’m sure she’ll love it! Especially the smell! ๐Ÿ™‚

  249. Erin Ortiz says:

    We finished all our Christmas shopping early this year and I just finished wrapping the last present today. I think I’m most excited about a record player I got my husband that converts the records to digital files he can listen to on his computer.
    Erin Ortiz recently posted … OPI Swatch Spam-Can You Tapas This? and Did You ‘Ear About Van Gogh?

  250. Cat H. says:

    I’m not sure about Marsala. I have a cool complexion, so I think Marsala will be too warm for me!

  251. Liz says:

    Marsala is leaving me cold, tbh. I lived through the 90’s once already and don’t care to repeat them. What’s next? Obvious brown lip liner? Ugh.

  252. Cat says:

    I’m not sure about Marsala. I have a cool complexion, so it’s a little too warm for me!

  253. Ariel R says:

    I really like marsala. Overall I like the resurgence of 90’s makeup trends, especially since I remember them but I was too young to wear them at the time.

  254. TrippyPixie says:

    Not feeling Marsala at all. Warm colors don’t appeal to me, and I’m not really a fan of brown in general.

  255. Krystle says:

    lipstick on cheeks definitely!

  256. I like the color of the year! It’s different.
    Lisa @ Lisa Living Well recently posted … Boulder, Colorado: Celestial Seasonings Tea Tour & Leaf Vegetarian

  257. Jasmit says:

    I have a presentation tomorrow on induced pluripotent stem cells! How exciting! Not. Being a student, I’m not going to be able to buy gifts for anyone this christmas! Maybe, I’ll just bake some goodies. I’ll let you know how that turns out ๐Ÿ˜‰

  258. Genesis says:

    The new pantene color reminds me of swiss chocolate from mac ๐Ÿ˜€

  259. Lulubelle says:

    Favorite teen movie has to be “16 Candles”. I still find Jake insanely attractive.

  260. Susie says:

    Wow, the Marsala color is totally unexpected. I like it though. I feel like if I were to tell people what color it is, they’d be like..what? It’s already strange to talk about there being a “Color of the year.”

  261. Aimen says:

    Definitely stocked up on bath and body works already!

  262. monica says:

    I’m liking the Marsala color! Warm tones work well on me and I’ve been experimenting on berry/maroon toned eyeshadow the past few weeks.

  263. Priscilla S. says:

    I got my mom a kindle for Christmas. I’m really excited to give it to her ๐Ÿ™‚

  264. Denise M says:

    I actually really like reddish brown makeup do Marsala is a great pick for color of the year if you ask me!

  265. Tiffany says:

    long time lurker, first time leaving a comment. I always like to look up swatches of products I plan to buy, and your blog has come up several times. ๐Ÿ™‚

    anyway, for christmas, i’ve gotten my mom the laura mercier bath set in the amber vanilla scent. she is in LOVE with it, and it’s such a luxe treat!

  266. BB says:

    I enjoyed For Keeps with Molly Ringwald.

  267. Chanelle (C.M.) says:

    I think Pantone’s colors of the year are always overrated. Do people really wear that certain color more in said year than they would any other year? I doubt it. Marsala or whatever is a pretty enough color, though.

  268. Carina says:

    I’m in love with Pantone’s new color, though I think it’s less feminine than last year’s Radiant Orchid for people looking to make makeup tutorials ๐Ÿ™‚

  269. Donna W. says:

    I’ve gotten a lot of my Christmas shopping done! Feels good!

  270. Lorie says:

    I’m wondering if my skin will ever be back to normal again. Getting older has made my skin from being really oily to now being really dry. Ugh.. Hopefully I can come up with a new skincare regime that fixes this.

  271. Sherry says:

    I just bought a gift for my sister today. It’s a bright cantaloupe colored hoodie from Victoria’s Secret. She asked for a bright colored hoodie and she’s getting one. She’s a very young 46, and she looks great in stuff from the Pink collection. That Marsala color from Pantone is very pretty. It might go well with my red hair…we shall see. Thanks for another giveaway Karen!!

  272. Michelle Castagne says:

    Marsala is a cool color. I like it.

  273. Tori says:

    lipstick is for the lips! Especially the shades I wear haha.

  274. Jessica says:

    โ€ข A gift youโ€™ve already gotten someone for Christmas? Nars Virtual Domination palette. I have 4 of the colors and LOVE them, so I thought my friend who has similar coloring would enjoy it.
    โ€ข Your favorite bra and why? I like the VS Incredibles for comfort, but Marlies Dekkers has really sexy strappy details. But I think my favorites might be my prettier VS Very Sexy bras. The ones with lace and rhinestones, they always sell out fast cause theyโ€™re so preeeetttyyyy!
    โ€ข Best teen movie of all time? Scream
    โ€ข Do you ever wear lipstick on your cheeks or eyes? I donโ€™t, but itโ€™s not a terrible idea in a fix.
    โ€ข How do you feel about warm reddish-brown Marsala, Pantoneโ€™s 2015 color of the year? Itโ€™s not bad. I didnโ€™t expect it, and I like that I would never have predicted it. I donโ€™t see it popular as a wedding color, not like Radiant Orchid was.

  275. Kim says:

    I like the warm reddish-brown Marsala as eye shadow color. Thanks for this giveaway ๐Ÿ™‚

  276. Anne says:

    I bought my dad a cd of Bellini’s Norma, with Maria Callas. I know he loves it, but doesn’t own a cd of it.

  277. Kim says:

    We got our tree yesterday and, with some trimming, got it into the house and upright (just scraping the ceiling). It takes up a ton of room and I know it’s the perfect size because the Hubs keeps grumbling and calling it ridiculous. If you don’t have to wrap it in a tarp with ratchet straps to get in in the extra-wide door, then it’s too small. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Let the Christmas spirit begin!!!!

  278. RMS says:

    That Marsala shade makes me think the 90s are back in makeup!

  279. Alyssa Lee says:

    I bought my sister a Dooney & Burke bag.

  280. Swati says:

    I like my lululemon sports bras the best!

  281. Jordan says:

    I’m feeling pretty “meh” about marsala. It’s not a particularly exciting color.

  282. Krystle Thomas says:

    Yes, one of my outfits last week was a lot more wrinkly than I realized before I left the house.

  283. Gloria says:

    OK, my first time doing this… don’t really believe the odds here…
    A gift youโ€™ve already gotten someone for Christmas?
    Yes, yes, yes, I already pick some makeup stuff for my friends and am going to wrap them myself after final exams…

    Have you ever left the house liking your outfit but then freaked out about it later at work?
    Constantly… and probably i won’t go back to that outfit for a while.

    Your favorite bra and why?
    I kinda own Victoria’s secret bras more than any other brands, simply because they are more accessible and affordable (good deals when on sale). But when it comes to shapes, some of the collection won’t fit my asian small shoulder… sad sad. I’ve tried some Calvin Klein too.

    Best teen movie of all time?
    A walk to remember (?)

    Do you ever wear lipstick on your cheeks or eyes?

    How do you feel about warm reddish-brown Marsala, Pantoneโ€™s 2015 color of the year?
    Should be good.

  284. Tracy says:

    Best teen movie of all time?

    Dance ‘Til Dawn – 1988. It basically had a bunch of stars who would grace my bedroom walls from time to time (Alyssa Milano, Christina Applegate, Chris Young, Brian Bloom, Matthew Perry just to name a few)

  285. elissa says:

    My favorite bra is no longer made by victoria’s secret ๐Ÿ™ It was that push-up bra that was uber popular back in 2006ish with a scalloped edge. I think they still “make” the bra…but it just is not the same!!!

  286. Christy Peeples DuBois says:

    I really like the new color of the year. We’ve already been seeing a lot if it and I think I like it more and more each time I see it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  287. Regina Reed says:

    I accidentally opened a duvet cover that cam ein the mail the other day and it was a gift from my mom! Whoops…Thanks mom!

  288. Ruth says:

    I am on the fence about Marsala. If it is more dark red with a bit on wine in I think it would be beautiful for makeup. If it is too brown then I think it would be hard for it to be flattering. As far as a favorite bra is concerned, I have never had a bra I enjoyed wearing!

  289. Joni says:

    Hi karen, hope you are having a great weekend. We got my son (4) a new bed for christmas and sheets/pillow set. All ninja turtles, lol. As for my treat, I am getting the chocolate bar palette, brow wiz, and brow powder duo from anastasia for myself!

  290. Bee says:

    Marsalaโ€ฆ. it’s like the re-entering of the 90sโ€ฆ. tell me it’s not because a Kardashian wears it please!!!!

    Although, I’m eyeing a YSL baby doll in the same color ๐Ÿ˜‰ hope I like it!

  291. Ashley Aimi says:

    i love christmas

  292. Lisa M. says:

    I have used lipstick on my cheeks. It is like the cream blushes, only in stick form. I think it works really well for those of us with drier skin. Merry Christmas!!

  293. Stacy says:

    I bought the boyfriend a KitchenAid mixer !

  294. Anne-G. says:

    Amazing giveaway as always, thank you Karen!
    I have already purchased my little sister’s Christmas present: the very pretty, vegan, mineral Laid Bare eyeshadow palette from the British brand Lily Lolo, and a blending brush to go with it. It is like a more “natural” and cheaper version of Urban Decay’s Naked 2, and since my little sister is just starting her makeup journey I thought it’d be perfect!
    Ant I do put lipstick on my cheeks, hahaha. When I’m in a rush my go-to lipstick (Lustering by MAC) can also give me very nice and natural flush ๐Ÿ™‚

  295. Majick says:

    I was a little disappointed with the color of the year and then I settled in and now I like it. LOL I guess I was surprised that it was so dark. they’ve been so bright lately – i hope it’s not an omen of the year to come. BWAHAHAHAH

  296. Lisa says:

    Karen – I would love to see a post about all of your favorite items that you keep going back to time and time again!

  297. Erika says:

    I just had a day last week where I felt fine in my outfit while standing in my closet, and then got to work and thought, EEK! It was printed Nordic patterned leggings.

  298. karen says:

    i’m liking the new color of the year!

  299. Alana says:

    I can’t believe it’s already the end of the year. Time sure does fly!

  300. AmyD says:

    Plum, yes! Marsala? Nah!

  301. rebecca says:

    im pumped about marsala! love browny red lips and shadows!!

  302. Jennifer says:

    I love Marsala, I think it’s really gorgeous.
    Jennifer recently posted … Chocolate Cinnamon Fantasy Cookies

  303. Sabrina says:

    I love the Pantone colour this year :).

  304. Emily says:

    cool giveaway ๐Ÿ˜€

  305. Catalina says:

    i can’t believe is around 3-4 weeks to say goodbye to the 2014!

  306. chibicheeks says:

    I’m glad Monday is almost over! Now if I can make it till Friday >_<

  307. Ginette says:

    I Love the Victoria’s Secret T-shirt bra. Its literally the comfiest thing ever. I could *almost* live in it!!

  308. roz says:

    best teen movie is clueless, obviously.

  309. Camille says:

    hi, karen! a little late to the party. been a tiring weekend. now, checking out the final 5, on the voice, as i type away ๐Ÿ™‚

    thanks again. i look forward to the weekend giveaway opportunities ๐Ÿ™‚

  310. Paulomi says:

    Marsala looks good but probably a color I have had enough of already ๐Ÿ™‚

  311. Vanessa says:

    My favorite bra is actually a bra / crop top from Athleta with cross straps in the back. It’s so comfortable and I feel muscle-y ๐Ÿ˜‰

  312. Natasha says:

    I got my daughter a wii U & Disney Infinity for Christmas. She’s gonna love it!

  313. Laura says:

    My favorite bra is a little triangley bralette from Aerie. I bought two black and a pink! They’re super comfortable and aren’t doing crazy things like defying gravity. Wish I had bought more ๐Ÿ™

  314. himani says:

    Victoria’s secret is my secret too! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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