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Rise and shine, morning glory! Happy caturday! ๐Ÿ™‚ My phone has been blowing up with texts from your nephew at MBB headquarters. Apparently his temporary live-in assistant forgot to prepare the gravy last night, which of course led to a HUGE fight.

If there’s one thing Tabs will not accept from his employees, it’s a failure to adhere to the company’s strict gravy preparation standards. He’ll forgive minor, infrequent violations of the dress code, but gravy incompetence is simply unacceptable.


In other news…it’s been chilly up here in Redding, but at least we have sun. I hope you’ve been having a great week. Good luck in this weekend’s giveaway, and oh! — there are actually THREE other ongoing giveaways you could also enter while you’re here…

As for today’s giveaway…

Win a $50 gift card from Sephora

  • One (1) Sephora eGift card containing $50 sent to the winner by email (international readers, you may opt to receive $50 sent by PayPal instead).

  • Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.
  • Open to U.S. and international readers.
  • You must be 18 or older to enter (or otherwise an adult based on your local laws).
  • Your comment can be about anything at all, but here are some ideas if you’re stuck:
    • Tortoise or hare?
    • What are you doing for New Year’s?
    • What’s your warmest jacket?
    • What are you wearing on your nails?
    • Favorite Starbucks beverage?
    • What’s been your most annoying beauty dilemma this year?
  • You can enter in up to seven ways to boost your chances of winning.
  • The giveaway ends on Monday, December 29, 2014 at 11:59 PM (Pacific Time). ๐Ÿ™‚
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  1. Remi says:

    Skin dilemma.. oh man. I have never broken out more in my life than I did this year. I was a mostly acne free teen/20something, but this year my skin panicked every time I even breathed wrong.

  2. Susie says:

    Tortoise all the way–so long as he gets a headstart and he is constantly moving, how can the hare ever pass him?

  3. Sarah says:

    Looking forward to a super low-key New Year’s Eve.

  4. Kellyn says:

    I’m not wearing anything on my nails at the moment, because I’m currently considering my next color! I’m feeling purple next.

  5. Aviva says:

    I’m wearing a dark red on my nails that looks black (sadly)

  6. Agata says:

    Hi Karen! Happy weekend. For New Year’s Eve I am going over my friends’s house for a party, like every year. I am still planning on dressing up and wearing fancy makeup.
    Agata recently posted … Urban Decay Naked on the Run Makeup Look

  7. Bertha says:

    Iced Venti Nonfat Chai!

  8. Ashley says:

    I’m wearing “I’m not really a waitress” by OPI! It’s a lovely red with a bit of glitter.

  9. Katrina says:

    Caramel Macchiato – hot or cold, it’s the best drink ever!

  10. Lisa K says:

    Brrrr!!!! It’s 37ยฐ outside in San Jose. Enjoying my nice, hot coffee inside.

  11. Kimkats says:

    Ugh… My biggest beauty problem this last year was keeping my hair cut! For some reason, I just didn’t want to deal with it.

  12. Anjali says:

    Still trying to figure out what to do for NYE!

  13. Honi says:

    Im wearing Wet N Wild Black Creme and OPI Comet in the sky ontop, such a nice glitzy mani!

  14. margarita says:

    Currently have a nude/glittery gel polish on my fingernails and OPI Ruby Slippers on my toenails. Excited that the hubby doesn’t have to work for NYE!

  15. Joni says:

    Hi karen, hope you had a great holiday so far. For new year’s, we just stay in! We let our son (4) stay up until midnight or so, then get him settled. And this year we’ll have our baby girl (6mo) to add in! Looking forward to some new makeup releases this coming year!

  16. Joanne says:

    My biggest beauty dilemma this year are my eyebrows! I haven’t been able to get them the way I want them. I go to eyebrow salons to get them groomed and still I’m not satisfied.

  17. Rachel says:

    Right now my fingernails are half maroon/half silver. I did them right before Christmas and got a lot of compliments!

  18. Jennifer Pham says:

    I believe I follow more of a tortoise approach with many things! And on my nails now = Wet N Wild Mega Last (great line of nail polishes) in “Just Pickard.”

  19. Cynthia says:

    Hot Chai Tea Latte with no water!

  20. Chai Latte during the colder months, Caramel Frappuchino in the summer. I don’t like coffee, so my choice of Starbucks drinks is a little limited.
    LindaLibraLoca recently posted … Christmas Impressions

  21. Efrain says:

    I understand Tabs, when gravy isn’t well served It doesn’t taste good.

  22. katie says:

    I’m in super lusty love with Norman Reedus

  23. Emily C says:

    I like mocha lattes and Starbucks. With extra cocoa!

  24. Tiffanie says:

    I’m wearing one of the Gwen Stefani OPI holiday polishes. It looked like a dark gray plum but it’s almost black on my nails!

  25. Juliana says:

    I’m wearing OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark

  26. Marie says:

    I’m wearing Zoya Maria Luisa on my nails.

  27. J50 says:

    Nails: Essie – A list

  28. missvee says:

    Favourite Starbucks drink: Caramel Macchiato, or the limited edition “Pumpkin…something” (Latte, maybe?)

  29. Caitie says:

    I don’t think I’ve had one in years, but I used to love the Peppermint Mocha at Starbucks…yum!

  30. Susan Campbell says:

    Just staying home this New Year’s Eve, I’m babysitting.

  31. Michelle says:

    Today I’m wearing nail polish that I got from my Ipsy box a few months ago. It’s a dark maroon, perfect for winter color ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Cassandra Eastman says:

    I’ll be sitting in bed watching a movie while my kids sleep on New Years Eve! I’m a party animal.

  33. Iman H. says:

    Definitely a hare. No attention span and I overestimate myself on the regular. ๐Ÿ™ Hopefully I can become a tortoise in the new year.

  34. Kassie says:

    My most annoying beauty dilemma this year… well, I have two. My skin has been so dry that I have cake face too often. My second has been my puffy under eyes. I can color correct my circles but my bags are so big it still looks funny!

  35. GENA says:

    i like my new MK coat. it’s warm and classy looking . i like the way it look on me and how it’s make me feel warm in the same time

  36. Nicole says:

    I love salted caramel mocha Frappuccinos!

  37. susan says:

    I’ve always been one for the underdog ~ tortoise!

  38. donna marie says:

    my favorite starbucks is a peppermint white mocha.

  39. Fer bobadilla says:

    Love coffenut latte

  40. Amber says:

    I think my most annoying beauty dilemma this year has been combating acne. My face has just been breaking out like crazy, reminiscent of my teen years. Finding the right combination of products to use and not use has been interesting to say the least. Although it has introduced me to facial oils which have help tremendously. Hope that you had a Merry Christmas and have a a Happy New Year, Karen !!

  41. Suzanne G says:

    We are keeping our grandchildren for New Year’s this year so our daughter can go out and enjoy herself. I will be making pizza and we will have a movie night.

  42. Cindy A. says:

    I am currently wearing Vanessa by Zoya and my favorite Starbucks beverage is White chocolate mocha.

  43. Christy Peeples DuBois says:

    Funny you mentioned what are we wearing on our nails. For the last several times I’ve gotten my nails done I’ve tried polishes that were not my normal colors and wasn’t satisfied with them. So this time I didn’t even look at the colors I just told them that I wanted Cajun Shrimp the go to of all go to’s.

  44. Maria J. says:

    My Favorite Starbucks beverage is a Caramel Machiatto!

  45. Patty says:

    I’m wearing Gwen Stefani for OPI gold nail polish! It looks so festive ๐Ÿ˜€

  46. Icequeen81 says:

    Tortoise or hare?
    What are you doing for New Yearโ€™s?
    Most probably by my father in law
    Whatโ€™s your warmest jacket?
    none none helps when is cold on the island need a better one
    What are you wearing on your nails?
    nothing, I had a red one this morning but was chipped so I took it off bad few for a processional picture
    Favorite Starbucks beverage?
    years ago when I went last time strawberry frappachino
    Whatโ€™s been your most annoying beauty dilemma this year?
    my heels are getting dry , I hate that, no lotion is helping

  47. shemeka says:

    My favorite Starbucks drink is an iced passion tea lemonade with three pumps of raspberry sweetner

  48. Susan T. says:

    My favorite Starbucks drink is a half sweet chestnut latte!

  49. Lauren says:

    It actually hasn’t been too chilly at home in Arkansas, but it’s been terribly gloomy! Hard to get myself out of bed when the sun can’t get through the clouds. โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ

  50. Tara R says:

    My favorite Starbucks beverage is just plain ole green tea with no sweetener. Some how they make it with the perfect froth.

  51. Anita says:

    For New Year, just enjoy the time off. And enjoy my pets!

  52. trillina palemi says:

    Tortoise ๐Ÿ™‚

  53. Bobbie Cole says:

    Caramel brulee latte!

  54. Ashley Celikay says:

    My eyebrows have been my most annoying beauty dilemma this year! EEK!

  55. Justine says:

    I discovered your blog when I was living in France and sometimes I was like “oh they don’t have this product in my Sephora, d*mn!” But now that I live in the U.S, it’s a pleasure to be able to try (most of) the products you recommend ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh and my favorite Starbucks drink is the green tea lemonade (sweet) ๐Ÿ˜‰

  56. Bailey Goodnight says:

    I’m going to a party for new years full of live music and drinks with my boyfriend:)

  57. Kelly Chambers says:

    I’m not wearing anything on my nails right now. I can’t decide on a color!!!

  58. Melissa says:

    I can’t stand Starbucks coffee… I’m more of a Tim hortons kind of coffee lover

  59. Patty says:

    For the first time in a very long time, I’m not really feeling the whole get-dressed-up-in-sequins-and-glitter-and-go-out-dancing thing for New Years. Instead, I think I’d like to stay in with close friends and just chill.

  60. Mary Marรญa says:


  61. Erin says:

    I’m wearing Ignite by Formula X on my nails!

  62. Sienna says:

    fave starbucks drink is grande skim latte!

  63. LaTanya says:


  64. Georgia says:

    My favorite Starbucks drink is a white chocolate mocha.

  65. Amy Q says:

    I still love the China Glaze Hunger Games collection.

  66. Chelsea says:

    My fave Starbucks drink is their Caramel Iced Coffee! Runner up would be the Caramel Apple Spice drink.

  67. Sandra Watts says:

    My son asked what I wanted for Christmas, I told him thing for my nails. He found a lovely little manicure set from Ulta in a nice leather case that snaps shut and is no bigger than a change purse. He also got me Elegant Touch french manicure nails. I love his gifts!

  68. Isabella says:

    Dilemma: working with dark eyeshadows. sometimes I get it right but for the most part I look like an evil panda with blue eyes!

  69. Tiffany says:

    i’m not a fan of sugary sweet stuff, so my favorite drink at starbucks is a bit more fruity than those fraps. i loove the passion fruit tea with strawberry juice (half pumps of syrup). ๐Ÿ™‚

  70. Jennifer says:

    I’m planning to stay home for New Year’s Eve, as usual. It’s not my favorite night to be out and about. Wearing OPI Gwen Stefani’s Red Fingers & Mistletoes.

  71. Lisa Brown says:

    i am staying home for new years

  72. bhevarri says:


  73. Aurelie Red says:

    Hi Karen, I always wear red on my nails, love this color.
    I recently bought a nice burgundy !

  74. Jessica says:

    Always the hare for me- I have a pet rabbit named mouse. Currently, I have no nail polish on my fingers, but I do have Deborah Lippmann in luft balloons on my toes ๐Ÿ™‚

  75. Maritess Lee says:

    My favorite Starbucks drink is the almighty salted caramel mocha. I get mine with exxxxtra salt!

  76. Kim Pincombe Cole says:

    Bare nails (fingers) & love for the hare! Happy New Year Karen & Tabs!

  77. Amoure Jones says:

    What are you doing for New Yearโ€™s?

    Well for NYE I’m hopefully going to a party, then NYD I’ll be hanging out with my family at my house. We usually have a family dinner so that should be really fun as well.

  78. Marta says:

    I have bare nails right now!

  79. Laura says:

    Favorite starbucks beverage is a green tea latte with honey.

  80. steve weber says:

    We are going to our usual bar for a little bit, then heading home to avoid all the crazy people and cops.

  81. alice says:

    Thank you for blogging and for your sense of humor. It’s been a mommy-free oasis for me.

    I”m wearing china glaze’s define good… It’s fantastic. It’s a nice deep red and it covers in one coat.

  82. Kristen says:


  83. Kim Henrichs says:

    I love me an iced grande two pump mocha!!

  84. Pauline says:

    Favorite starbucks drink is Mocha Frapucchino!
    Pauline recently posted … December 2014 Favorites

  85. Lauren Armetta says:

    My worst winter beauty dilemma is dry skin!!
    My favorite Starbucks’ drink is their Skinny Vanilla latte!!

  86. Dominique M says:

    Currently I have a Christmas mani on my nails, but I’m about to change it to something sparkly for New Years!!

  87. Meline says:

    I love Caramel Machiato!

  88. Jessica says:

    I always go for a mint tea at starbucks, but that only happens when I travel. I try and support local businesses instead of chains!

  89. Kelly Kimmell says:

    We have all been very sick over the Christmas holiday, so, I would think we will all just continue recovering for New Year’s Eve this time.

  90. Andrea Darst says:

    My nails are sadly bare…I meant to pliant them for Christmas but ran out of time.

  91. SirenPrincess says:

    I can’t believe Christmas is over. I had a great one, but it still doesn’t seem possible it’s time for New Year’s.

  92. Cindy says:

    Just had my nails done today and I’m wearing Zoya Ryan with OPI’s Snow Globetrotter top coat over it from the Gwen Stefani holiday collection!

  93. Amy says:

    I’m wearing Zodiac from Urban Decay on my nails right now.

  94. Lori P says:

    Most annoying beauty dilemma for me? Trying to get my brows to even show up and to find a product that can actually work for brows that are a combination of dark blonde/white blonde hair!

  95. Camille says:

    hi, karen & tab$!!!

    tortoise. totally. i’ve learned that slow is control. and i’m a control freak…but i’m learning to let go…kinda. :/

    have a lovely new year! looking forward to the posts about all the goodies to come!

  96. nlm8 says:

    Wearing Butter London’s Hen Party on my nails! Happy New Year!

  97. Cathy says:

    Woohoo!! New year soon!

  98. amy pugmire says:

    I have 3 little ones so we will spend new years watching the count down and eating lots of yummy appetizers.

  99. Kalli Melia says:

    I’m expecting to cook a lot for New Year’s day, my brother wants me to make the cake and a side dish (he will maybe make a salad…. Not fair!) I can’t wait to sit down and eat loads with my family!

  100. Stephanie says:

    I’m wearing Gelish red and one gold glitter nail (not sure the color names, they put numbers on them at my salon).

    Favorite Starbucks is non-fat Caramel Machiatto. I used to love Gingerbread lattes but they changed the recipe and they are gross (at least to me they are).

    I got my cats Da Bird and they LOVE it. I have to hide it, I can get one of them to pant with that thing. Tabs might enjoy it, Amazon sells them for $10. It’s a feather whip that sounds like bird wings when you whirl it around.

  101. Deb says:

    Hi Karen,

    My most annoying beauty issue this year was my hair color. After several years keeping the same hair color, I tried to get a brown-mahogany shade, but it turned much too red… A month later, I returned to my hairdresser to get a color correction, and now my hair is much too dark… :-/

  102. Kaylee giberson says:

    Tortoise ๐Ÿ™‚

  103. Kaylee giberson says:

    Hare ๐Ÿ˜‰

  104. Erin Ortiz says:

    On my nails right now is OPI Barre My Soil with Candy Lacquer Cupcake Blizzard.
    Erin Ortiz recently posted … OPI Don’t Speak-Pure 18K Gold Topcoat

  105. Jennifer says:

    My most annoying beauty dilemma is dry, winter skin! I have no idea what moisturizer will work with it, because my skin is super sensitive too.

  106. Cui says:

    my favorite starbucks drink for the holidays is their caramel brulee latte.

  107. Cyndi says:

    New Years Eve we are going to our friends house and watching movies in our pj’s and gorging on snack type foods like olliebollen, and croquettes, and things (we’re Dutch). It’s gonna be awesome!!

  108. Trisha says:

    Chestnut Praline at Starbucks is my new fave!

  109. Ellen says:

    Decaf tall americano!

  110. Jessie C. says:

    I love Starbucks green tea soy latte.

  111. Tamara R says:

    My warmest jacket is my snowboard jacket from Burton

  112. Jana Ricketts says:

    My warmest jacket is from Columbia and it was a gift! Glad to have it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  113. Lynn says:

    I just got a mani yesterday and i’m currently wearing Essie’s Mink Muff

  114. Gabby says:

    My husband has to work on New Years Eve and day so we will be having a quiet New Year’s at home

  115. Hayley says:

    My favorite starbucks drink is a caramel flan latte!

  116. Amy says:

    I love the Starbucks Green Tea Frappucinos.

  117. Sherry says:

    I am currently wearing Zoya Yuna on my nails right now. I love it!

  118. Ginger G. says:

    I love, love, love Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha!

  119. Christiana Mercier says:

    I’ve got silver with red tips. With a red and green glitter over the top. Festive

  120. Katie says:

    I am a proud mama to FIVE kittehs!!!!! I love them all!!!!!!

  121. shelly peterson says:

    I plan to stay home for New Years Eve. I like a Caramel Frappuccino.

  122. Michal Raviv says:

    I’m trying to build a colorful scarf collection , but it seems like I just keep buying more and more blue ones…

  123. Meg says:

    My warmest jacket is actually one I got on super clearance at Kohl’s, it’s a Zero Xposure one. I’ve had it for years and love it!
    Meg recently posted … Philosophy Purity Made Simple Face Cleansing Gel & Eye Makeup Remover

  124. Mardi says:

    My warmest jacket is a down one from Uniqlo. I wore it to death in New York when we stayed there last month.

  125. Princess says:

    I’m actually wearing OPI’s “Glitzerland” on my nails right now. Perfect for the New Year!

  126. Lizzie says:

    I love anything with green tea on the menu at Starbucks. Whether it’s the tea, latte, or frappucino.

  127. Becca M says:

    Nye will be sushi with my el hubs, and then home to watch the ball drop with the cats!

  128. Solangel says:

    Happy holidays!

  129. BlackAsphodel says:

    I’m wearing black nail polish.

  130. Stephanie says:

    I’ve just had a massive dinner and could really use some hot chocolate right now!

  131. mrsshukra says:

    Just staying home on New Year’s Eve!

  132. Amy says:

    Starbucks Peppermint Mocha!

  133. Destiny says:

    My skin has been so dry this winter. ๐Ÿ™

  134. Lesley says:

    Hubs and I will stay at home on NYE, fire in fireplace, bottle of champagne. I may make it as long as midnight but he probably won’t!

  135. Megan says:

    I’m actually wearing Sephora brand nail polish. It’s a shimmering gold with gold glitter on top.

  136. Maren says:

    My warmest coat may be my (faux) polar bear. Or I just think it’s the warmest because it’s my fave.
    Maren recently posted … Depressing Shit, Part 10

  137. Hannah says:

    Wearing Essie’s ‘berry naughty’!

  138. Jenna D says:

    My favorite starbucks drink would probably be their hot chocolate.

  139. Tania G says:

    On my nails I am wearing Essie’s Scarlet O’Hara. This has been my favorite nail color for this time of the year for many many years now. I absolutely love it!!!

  140. Blanca says:

    My most annoying beauty dilemma has been, and still is, what to do about my eyebrows ๐Ÿ™

  141. Krista M says:

    Although I miss the days of being younger, going to glamorous New Year’s Eve parties, I also really enjoy the quiet less-glamorous lifestyle of fleece onesies for the kids & I, playing boardgames & drinking hot chocolates!

  142. michaela says:

    love mocha frapps!

  143. ceebee_eebee says:

    I just got one of the flakies from the new Doctor Who collection by llarowe so I’m going to be putting that on my nails tomorrow. Right now I’m wearing Holly-back Girl by KBShimmer.

  144. Ashley P. says:

    China Glaze (forgot the shade) and Sally Hansen Strobe light on my nails!

  145. Michelle Castagne says:

    I like Chai tea.

  146. Stephanie says:

    My favorite Starbucks drink is a Cafe Americano with a bit of skim milk – almost as good as a cappucino without all the calories!

  147. Alix says:

    Hope everyone had a merry Christmas!

  148. Marisa says:

    On my nails I have my one and only Enchanted Polish, Dance of the Sugar Plum, with one shimmering layer of MAC Just Jewels ๐Ÿ™‚

  149. Jessica says:

    Tortoise or hare? Hare, I relate to being over confident, lazy and losing! haha
    What are you doing for New Yearโ€™s? I wish I was doing something exciting! Every year I wish I did something exciting. I usually hope it falls into place. I’m the hare, once again.
    Whatโ€™s your warmest jacket? A Victoria’s Secret coat I bought many years ago. It’s berry colored and flares out.
    What are you wearing on your nails? OPI Sephora It’s Looks Like Rain Dear

  150. christina p says:

    I think I might sleep this New year’s Eve away. The holidays have been exhausting so far!

  151. Ana says:

    For new years we’re gonna have a potluck at my uncle’s. I’m gonna make my special pizza!

  152. Kelly D says:

    My lands end coat is the warmest.

  153. Kristen says:

    My favorite Starbucks drink is light cinnamon dolce frappuchino.

  154. Lisa Foster says:

    I’m wearing Orly Nailtrition on my nails. In the middle of a painting project, and don’t want to do a manicure that will just get ruined.

  155. Florencia says:

    Hi! I love Mocha Frappuccino c:

  156. Lynda says:

    staying home for new year’s eve

  157. Lucy Nguyen says:

    My Favorite Starbucks beverage is Greentea Frap

  158. courtney b says:

    I hope you had a good xmas ๐Ÿ™‚ I love your blog!!! hopefully one day I win!!

  159. Tracy Robertson says:

    I want to do my nails! I never seem to find the time but I do have some great manicure stickers that make them look a lot better than when I paint them. I am making it a goal to do them before New Years!

  160. Terri says:

    My favorite Starbucks beverage is the shaken iced tea lemonade. It is a great summer drink, but I’ll even drink it in the middle of winter.

  161. Kassandra Zamora says:

    Nothing on my nails right now, but planning on painting them silver for New Years! ;D

  162. Regina says:

    I just found this blog and I must say, I AM ADDICTED! Keep up the good work. You just found yourself another follower ๐Ÿ˜‰

  163. Toni Elarmo says:

    I know the MAC Grey Friday lipstick post’s pretty old, but you wore it so well! Managed to find one, so I’ll definitely take your make up look as an inspiration. ๐Ÿ™‚

  164. Amy says:

    Tortoise. Mostly because it reminds me of tortoise-frame glasses and watches which Iโ€™m lusting after..

  165. BonnieC. says:

    Red Stiletto nail polish on my toenails.

  166. Susan Christy says:

    I just discovered Eggnog Latte’s at Starbucks and if I could, I’d never drink anything else for the rest of my life.

  167. em says:

    I choose a Hare. They are super cute! Especially the lionhead hare

  168. Liz says:

    Usually we do nothing at all on New Year’s Eve, but this year we will be camping at Big Sur and I’ve packed champagne to drink by the campfire that night. Should be freezing cold but beautiful as heck.

  169. Laura says:

    On my nails right now is Zoya Malia!

  170. Neetu says:

    My “oh so very common dilemma” this year was dry and flaky scalp. I don’t seem to be getting my scalp in order despite the numerous trials. I would do anything for a one stop solution to get rid of my flaky scalps.

  171. V says:

    Just got around to commenting on your blog. Been a reader for a while now. You seem very approachable, and the content is quite relatable to my lifestyle. Anticipating more great posts!

  172. Sarah says:

    As for my most annoying beauty dilemma, I’d say 1) finding a relatively affordable concealer and foundation that stay on my oily skin for more than a few hours and 2) Attempting to get rid of that annoying light skin between my lashes that starts where my eyeliner ends (if that makes any sense, LOL). As a blonde, this is the bane of my beauty existence.

  173. Nika says:

    I drink a lot of Iced Latte on a regular basis, but honestly, I really love their Caramel Macchiato. I just can’t afford the calories.

  174. Stephanie Schonberger says:

    What an awesome giveaway – thanks so much! Oh how I could use this gift card to snag some much-coveted Hourglass swag after the holidays…

  175. Tortoise or hare, lol! You’re awesome, Karen.
    I’m going with the nails q since I just finished ’em! I painted them a pale pink by Sally Hansen (Petal Pusher) and did a glitter fade on the ring fingers using Essie Set in Stones, my all-time favorite glitter polish.
    Mucho love burritos and thanks for the giveaway(s)!

  176. TrippyPixie says:

    I currently have OPI’s “Ali’s Big Break” on my toes. My manicure of the same color chipped a while ago, so I had to remove it.

  177. Michaela says:

    My most annoying beauty dilemma is finding a primer that will help me control my oily T-zone. A lot of people are raving about the Smashbox one, and I tried it, but my face was still oily (the problem is my skin, not the primer, I know). The search continues…

  178. Melissa says:

    Last one this year!

  179. Carolyn N. says:

    I go for the green tea frappucino (sp?) or the hazelnut coffee frappucino! ๐Ÿ™‚

  180. MelodyJ says:

    One of my favorite Starbucks drinks is Caramel Macchiato.

  181. Rozae says:

    Forever trying to find an eye liner to make the perfect wing!

  182. Aimen says:

    TORTOISE all the way! And mocha cookie crumble! It’s only available in the summer but definitely my favorite ๐Ÿ™‚

  183. Clara says:

    Learning how to fill in my brows without them looking harsh

  184. Jamie Martin says:

    Tortoise! They live forever!

  185. Bianca Rogoveanu says:

    Tortoise !

  186. Rhia says:

    I immediately got hooked on Starbucks’ Chestnut Praline Latte as soon as it came out. I like how it’s not too sweet. Also, I plan on escaping the cold Bay Area weather for a bit and spend NYE in San Diego. Hope you enjoyed your holidays, and best wishes for an awesome 2015!

  187. decs says:

    i like a Tortoise
    slowly but surely

  188. Priscilla S. says:

    I’m currently wearing Zoya Sansa right now.

  189. Deanna says:

    Happy Sunday!

  190. It would be AWESOME to end the year with some Sephora goodies! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Sunday, Karen.
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  191. Djilan says:

    Another giveaway, so nice!
    Have a very nice day!

  192. New Year’s Eve will be very calm for me. We are having dinner with couple of friends, nothing fancy. But I like it that way! I’m not really a party girl at all.
    Carla @ Blush Parade recently posted … Jo Malone Blackberry and Bay Candle

  193. Aenea says:

    My biggest beauty dilemma this year was my skin suddenly turning very dry from being very oily all these years. I guess it’s aging. One week i’m buying oil control products. The next, i needed intense moisturizing ones.

  194. rena devora says:

    Biggest beauty dilemma is my hair!!!! Turned wavy/frizzy from super stick straight!!!#!!

  195. Cherry says:

    Tortoise definitely & currently my nails are bare to give them the much needed air ๐Ÿ™‚

  196. Lulubelle says:

    I’m wearing Scrangie 2.0 from Rescue Beauty Lounge on my nails. Pretty.

  197. Tori says:

    Currently wearing a mix of Nails Inc Saville Row and Illamasqua Trilliant – it’s as festive as I get!

  198. Daraya says:

    My favorite Starbuck’s drink is their seasonal Peppermint Java Chip Frappuccino! ๐Ÿ™‚

  199. Joyce says:

    Super excited to be spending this NYE at home as this is my daughter’s first New Years eve!

  200. Jennifer M-K says:

    Tortoise or hare? I liken myself to the tortoise…I may not be the fastest but I get the job done ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy holidays!

  201. anissa says:

    i will be working NYE but luckily i work from home, AND *if* the ER is quiet and there are no reports to type, then i can hang out with my daughter and watch the NYE shows on TV.

  202. Fran says:

    My most annoying beauty dilemma is that I have to wear all-mineral SPF in daytime due to my sun-sensitive rosacea, and I can’t find an all-mineral sunscreen that works well under foundation. They all seem too thick and heavy, even if I wait several minutes between putting on the sunscreen and putting on the foundation, the foundation doesn’t feel like it’s going on right. I thought I had found one by Clarins, but it’s got fragrance in it, which of course makes my face turn bright red. Sheesh! You’d think they’d know that their biggest market for an all-mineral sunscreen would be women with sensitive skin that doesn’t tolerate fragrance any better than chemical sunscreens. So, my base makeup choices are limited to TMs/BB/CC creams with all-mineral SPF. When my skin was oilier, I loved Tarte’s products; now that it’s not, I find that It Cosmetics CC+ Cream gives me a lovely glow. But I would love to be able to choose from the wide range of different foundations out there, to experiment more. But, unless I want a face that turns flaming red, I’m stuck with a very limited range of choices. (I will admit that this is better than 10 or 20 years ago, when there was little or nothing; and It Cosmetics’ CC cream does look lovely on me; so it’s not a disaster, just frustrating. Maybe I should be grateful that my wallet is spared the expense of trying all those different foundations!)

    • nai says:

      Fran, this is a late reply, but the facialist recommended Replenix in SPF 50. I don’t have rosacea, but I’ve had issues with congestion and major oiliness after I went off the pill a few months ago. Replenix’s a little pricey at nearly $30 for a 4 oz tube, but it’s zinc oxide and spreads just as easily as any other non-mineral SPF I own. If you think Beautypedia is a credible source, then you’ll be happy to know it’s rated “best” there and is recommended for those with rosecea. I really like it.

  203. Bridget Heiple Reich says:

    I just took off my Christmas manicure last night. I’m going to do New Year’s sparkly nails tonight! ๐Ÿ™‚

  204. Sylvia says:

    I work on NYE, but will enjoy a lovely dinner at my favorite restaurant with family that night.

  205. Jana says:

    Oh my, reading the questions I suddenly really started craving a Starbucks Chai Latte so yummy!

  206. monica says:

    Im wearing For Audrey by China Glaze on mt nails!

  207. Rhoda K says:

    I used to think I had to be the hare, but these days the tortoise works out just fine for me.

  208. Jana Q. says:

    Favorite Starbucks beverage absolutely has to be the Eggnog latte. It’s so weird to me, as there are many more exciting beverages out there, but I think it’s because I associate it with the holiday season, and it’s far more comforting, for whatever mood you’re in, than the holiday drinks with 5 different flavors and textures going on at the same time ๐Ÿ™‚

  209. Mari V says:

    Thank you for the giveaway! I could really use $50 now, the holidays left me pennyless ๐Ÿ™

  210. Sandy says:

    I love the Cinnamon Dolce Latte from Starbucks, yummy!

  211. y. says:

    Pumpkin latte!! Love the pumpkin:)

  212. Laura says:

    My nails are naked =/

  213. I’m wearing Dolce & Gabbana’s nail lacquer in Honey! Santa brought it to me this year ๐Ÿ™‚

  214. Christine says:

    I’m having a fat, drunk, Russian New Year. Pass the olivye salad.

  215. Courtney says:

    Love the pumpkin lattes!

  216. Liz says:

    My fiance and I will be staying in for the holiday. We already have our bottle of champagne purchased!

  217. Abby says:

    I’m not wearing anything on my nails at the moment. It’s taking a needed break..lol My favorite Starbucks drink is caramel macchiato with soy and extra caramel.

  218. Ann says:

    I am a traditional coffee drinker, with half and half and Splenda. ๐Ÿ™‚

  219. Lorraine says:

    Chanel Suspicious pinkie is accent nails Deborah Lippmann Raise Your Glass

  220. Valerie says:

    Grande soy latte with peppermint syrup!

  221. dawn says:

    Grande skinny vanilla latte for me please!

  222. Jacqui says:

    With the new year quickly approaching, I am excited to branch out and focus expanding my career. With that I am looking at expanding my makeup collection when I have the chance to. I am excited today I am taking the chance to pick up a pallette from a new to me brand.

  223. jc says:

    PSL is my crack!

  224. Amber says:

    Having a New Years party with my sister!

  225. Lola says:

    Nothing on my nails right now… I need to fix that =)

  226. Jocelyn says:

    The warmest jacket I’ve ever had was this ratty old thing I got at the army/navy surplus store in high school. It had detachable lining and a detachable hood. It was SO amazingly warm. I finally got rid of it and kind of regret it. I may pick up another one for shoveling snow and working outside in the winter. Those aren’t given out to the homeless just because they’re cheap, it’s also because they are incredibly warm.

  227. nai says:

    it’s been “cold” here in honolulu. and by “cold,” i mean 65 degrees and sunny. hoping everyone is having a cozy and love-filled holiday season!

  228. Rebecca says:

    My most annoying beauty dilemma is that I can’t seem to find a highlighter that shows up on my super pale skin!!

  229. Chelsea B says:

    My favorite Starbucks drink is the Salted Caramel Mocha Frappuccino!

  230. Dana says:

    My favorite Starbucks drink is just an iced coffee with vanilla syrup, yum! Happy New Year!

  231. Beauty Bee says:

    I’m actually giving my nails a little ‘breather’ atm, despite it being party season! Perhaps I will paint on some polish for New Years Eve however… decisions decisions!
    Beauty Bee recently posted … Makeup Look: Tropical Summer Days

  232. Scarlet says:

    Oh I’ve had quite some beauty dilemmas:
    1st. is of course – I spent too much on make-up for how much money I have
    2nd. I want to start using a foundation instead of BB cream and I really want KVD “lock it”, but a) it’s so expensive compared to my $5 BB b)I’m from Europe so I can only buy it on places like eBay which makes it even more expensive c) I’ve no idea how to choose the right shade

  233. Lindsey says:

    I am so tired from holidays ๐Ÿ™‚

  234. Jennifer says:

    You’re my favourite beauty blog to read! Happy new year! All the best and good health to you, El hub and Tabs…

  235. Jules says:

    Looking forward to a low key NYE enjoying champagne and lots of laughs.

  236. Natasha says:

    My favorite drink from Starbucks (right now) is a Peppermint Mocha!

  237. Lisa says:

    husband of three months and i are kicking off our first married new year’s in style: pajamas on the sofa with a big ass feast and bottle of prosecco. can’t wait!

  238. Johnna Quick Owens says:

    I’m wearing Julep’s Ilga on my nails right now, it is described as a “rhubarb creme” and I think it is really pretty. I usually go for very dark colors, but over Christmas I switched it up to a cheery glittery red. My only issue with my nails is having too many wonderful colors to choose from, I would love to change colors daily.

  239. เน‹เธทJane P. says:

    I’m not doing anything on New Year holiday except staying home all day since it’s the first time in 4 months I can do that!!

    Family time is the best XD

  240. Rae says:

    I really need to do my nails!

  241. Emily says:

    Presently, nothing is on my nails, but there probably should be ๐Ÿ™‚

  242. Jessica davis says:

    My favorite Starbucks drink at the moment is Oprah’s Chai tea latte! Love it so much better that their regular chai!โค๏ธ

  243. Elaina Garrison says:

    My biggest beauty problem right now is dry skin

  244. Tashia T says:

    Tortoise all the way. Slow and steady. Things take time, a patience and being persistent will pay off

  245. Mindy says:

    I’m wearing Julep Oxygen Nail Treatment on my nails – it gives them a nice sheer pink hue!

  246. brittany says:

    I am going to my moms to play games on New years eve.

  247. Karine says:

    On my nails, I have… nothing! I just can’t decide which color to apply! Maybe nude with a little bit of gold glitter. ๐Ÿ™‚

  248. Mallory says:

    I’m saving up for an Amika hair wand from sephora! What’s your experience with this brand?

  249. Doreena says:

    What are Y’all’s new Years resolutions?

  250. Ms. Elise says:

    My biggest beauty dilemma this year has been what look I want for my upcoming wedding, and whether the ambient lighting powders (which I’m totally lusting after) will work. There won’t be a lot of photography, but I’m going to be in like fifty different kinds of light.

  251. Natalie Brown says:

    Happy Holidays Karen! I identify with the Tortoise. Slow and stead wins the race for him and me. lol My biggest beauty dilemma this year is deciding which eye shadow palettes to purchase. lol I can’t afford all of them but I want them all! lol Thanks for the fun chance!!

  252. Jen says:

    My nails are bare at the moment. I would love to find time to paint them with a beautiful new polish I bought a while back and haven’t used yet. It’s a gray with fine gold glitter called “Prosecco” from SinfulColors.

  253. samantha says:

    Sephora just opened in my city (Sydney) – less than 1 month ago. I wonder if they care what currency the gift card is loaded in….

  254. Katie F says:

    My warmest jacket used to be a sweatshirt…then I moved to Michigan. :/ My warmest jacket now is still probably not warm enough, but I refuse to look like the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man all winter. It’s been five winters and I haven’t expired of hypothermia yet, so I guess it’s working ok!

  255. Dixie says:

    I rediscovered your blog when I googled bag balm (you posted on it waaaay back in ’07!). And then I promptly spent an hour browsing review after review. ๐Ÿ™‚

  256. Esther says:

    hare, always !!

  257. My favorite Starbucks beverage is the Frappuccino!!

  258. Caitlyn says:

    I just got that new really really warm jacket from Columbia with the turbodown. It’s amazing,

  259. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    the warmest jacket i have is a peacoat

  260. Lena says:

    it’s ben a while since i entered your draws. the odds seem to b overwhelmingly small. but if you don’t do, you don’t win, right? here goes!
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  261. BB says:

    My warmest coat is long hooded (ugly) down coat!

  262. Laurinha says:

    Hi Karen! Hv a nice week!

  263. Tara says:

    This NYE we are staying home with our children (2 1/2, 4) and our neighbors and their kids (older). We will make tons of apps, have adult drinks, make sherbet punch for the kids and laugh all night long. Can’t wait!

  264. Johanna says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I just purchased a MAC eye shadow you reviewed!

  265. Francis says:

    Still rocking the Christmas themed nail polishes

  266. Trude says:

    I think we’re staying in for New Years, maybe seeing a movie. I’d rather cook a nice meal at home than deal with the crowds and insanity!

  267. elissa says:

    My favorite starbucks drink is the new pecan praline latte! It’s soooo yummy. So much sugar though, so it’s a rare treat! I will stick with my skinny vanilla lattes.

  268. Berry says:

    I’m wearing Sinful Colors nail polish in Bordeaux. I’ll be changing it in a couple of days. I’m thinking of metallic gold for New Year’s eve.

  269. Barbara B says:

    New Yar’s Eve I will be working 3pm till 11:30 pm and then rushing home to see the ball drop with my daughter!

  270. Carmela says:

    I have Zoya Liberty on my nails ๐Ÿ™‚

  271. Natalie says:

    We’re staying in for New Years – a nice homemade dinner and champagne!

  272. Kelly says:

    I just joined Julep and so I am trying out one of the polishes they sent me. Forgot the top coat. Oops!

  273. Meeble says:

    Thank you! This is such a great ny post. Stayin’ at home with family is the best for me. No more partying haha hope yours is just as great

  274. Kristen says:

    I thought I commented on this, but I don’t see my name. Anyway, I loved your photographs of the neighborhood lights. I miss living in Northern California. Southern Cali isn’t quite the same.

  275. BooBooNinja says:

    Happy New Year, Karen!

  276. bee says:

    What are you doing for New Yearโ€™s?
    Let’s see: last year- we dressed up to go to a pub and because of traffic jam, ate at Denny’s and came home to dance to the Radioโ€ฆ:LOL

    This year we are having el hubs’ friend staying with us so hopefully it will be better,,, LOL
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  277. Professor says:

    I am cleansing my house with sage and ushering in good spirits on New Year’s Eve.

  278. ada says:

    I have an orange and white cat and might get a second one to keep him company.

  279. Alana says:

    I like trying the seasonal drinks at Starbucks, but my go to drink is a caramel frappe.

  280. Rina says:

    Trying to stop fighting with time and be more Tortoise.

  281. Jordan says:

    Growing out my bangs this year hasn’t been all that much fun, but I know it will be worth it in the end.

  282. Anna says:

    I’m actually wearing nothing on my nails. My retail job tends to wear any polish down pretty quickly.

  283. meghan says:

    Thanks for the giveaway Karen! I’m currently wearing China Glaze’s Let’s Groove, it’s a warm, shimmery purple and it’s soooooo pretty!
    meghan recently posted … Zoya Matte Velvet Swatch Session: They’re Back!

  284. Hope you’re having a great holiday season, Karen!!

  285. Lalena Janke says:

    I love lamp.

  286. Irene says:

    It’s been a month and a day since I’ve been engaged! And I still can’t believe it. Too many feels. Best 2014 holiday season ever. Hope yours have been awesome as well! ๐Ÿ™‚

  287. Anna says:

    I still have my Christmas themed manicure (deep red with a glittery gold top coat)

  288. Jennifer D. says:

    I’m so glad I found this blog. I think my favorite part is that there are cats on the page and it is written by someone who is not 19. As I hit my three decade crisis, I have found an insatiable appetite for makeup and I appreciate having someone in my age group to enlighten me. Plus, I really love cats! And who doesn’t like free things.

  289. Vanessa says:

    Dilemma: turned 25 and suddenly have blemishes.

  290. Tosha Hector says:

    My biggest dilemma this year has been my hair, I’m in poor health so even though I’ve been easy on it and tried to leave it alone, it still looks and feels terrible >.>

  291. Wayne says:

    Hope you had a great Christmas! On Christmas Eve, I had one of my foster kittens adopted by the family that originally brought him to the Rescue, and got to take home a young cat that had spent most of her 2-year life in a pet store adoption center, so a real home for the first time!

  292. Kim says:

    My favorite Starbucks beverage is peppermint hot cocoa because I cannot stand coffee and their selection of tea is very poor.

  293. Lori P says:

    Thank you so much for drawing my name. I’m just speechless that I was picked for this one because I rarely win at this stuff. Since my birthday is January 25th, this makes an AWESOME present. Now comes the hard part…what to get. ๐Ÿ˜€

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