Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 266

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The MBB Monday Poll for April 8, 2013

The MBB Monday Poll for April 8, 2013

You might be wondering, “So what the heck is this Monday Poll thing anyway?”

Well, it isn’t much of a poll. It’s more just a constantly evolving (devolving?), somewhat random list of questions I’ve been putting out to readers every Monday morning for the past four years. I’ve always enjoyed reading your answers in the comments, and I hope you enjoy reading mine.

  1. Are you a red lip lover?
    Most definitely!
  2. Do you ever wear ripped jeans?
    Sure for just knockin’ around the house, but not out in public.
  3. When was the last time you shed tears of joy?
    I think it was about two years ago when my friend Jen told me that she was pregnant. A few of us had gone on a girls’ spa day. We’d just parked our cars and were standing on the corner outside the spa, saying our hellos, when Jen said, “I’m pregnant!”

    She didn’t want to tell us over the phone…and she also didn’t want us to freak out when she asked for a pregnancy massage at the front desk inside the spa. :)

    The tears just started rollin’!

    Now, whenever I drive by that corner I get a little verklempt…

  4. What’s the most time consuming thing for you when you’re getting ready in the morning?
    It used to be my hair back before I found a stylist I have good synergy with (yes, I went there; I used “synergy” in a sentence, haha!), and I can usually do my makeup pretty quickly most of the time, so I’d say it’s picking out my clothes.
  5. It’s brown-bag lunch day! What are you having?
    A vegan “chicken” sandwich from Whole Foods, a scoop of fruit salad, a snack bag of BBQ chips and a big bottle of water.
  6. When was the last big fight you got into with someone?
    Honestly, I can’t remember. It was probably with El Hub over something lame like changing the toilet paper roll…

    Seriously, dude, is it so hard!?

  7. If you were given a good opportunity to pursue your current dream job, what would you do?
    Well, I like my current job, but if I were given the chance to pursue something else — another dream job — maybe songwriting?

    I think I’d be pretty good at it. I think. Or maybe photography or makeup artistry.

  8. I’m crazy in love with (fill in the blank).
    My cat, LOL!
  9. What’s your fountain drink of choice?
    I don’t have ‘em often, but when I do, a Coke and a smile. :) With plenty of ice.
  10. What’s one thing you say to yourself all the time?
    “You need to stay calm.”

    I say it like that, too. “You need to stay calm.” Panicking never helps.

To complete the Monday Poll, just copy the following list, and paste it with your answers in the comments.

Le List

1. Are you a red lip lover?
2. Do you ever wear ripped jeans?
3. When was the last time you shed tears of joy?
4. What’s the most time consuming thing for you when you’re getting ready in the morning?
5. It’s brown-bag lunch day! What are you having?
6. When was the last big fight you got into with someone?
7. If you were given a good opportunity to pursue your current dream job, what would you do?
8. I’m crazy in love with (fill in the blank).
9. What’s your fountain drink of choice?
10. What’s one thing you say to yourself all the time?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen



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  1. Christine says:

    1. Are you a red lip lover? Yup!
    2. Do you ever wear ripped jeans? I have ones specifically reserved for “home improvement” and “outside work.” Otherwise, nope.
    3. When was the last time you shed tears of joy? That I can remember — Feb 2012 when SO’s mom told us she was taking us and the family to Disneyworld (and it was an incredible trip!).
    4. What’s the most time consuming thing for you when you’re getting ready in the morning? I’m with you — picking out clothes. I always wind up with a huge pile of “maybes” before I find something to wear.
    5. It’s brown-bag lunch day! What are you having? Leftover pasta salad — penne, sun dried tomatoes, arugula, garlic, tomatoes, mozzerella, in olive oil. And I say leftover because it’s always better the next day.
    6. When was the last big fight you got into with someone? I don’t remember. Big big one was tax time 2011 with my father — I think I won, he gave me everything he owed me.
    7. If you were given a good opportunity to pursue your current dream job, what would you do? I would open a yarn store!
    8. I’m crazy in love with (fill in the blank). SPRING. And it’s finally here in Chicago!!
    9. What’s your fountain drink of choice? Diet Coke, light ice.
    10. What’s one thing you say to yourself all the time? “OUCH.” I’m really clumsy. ‘Nuff said.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Christine,

      I would totally go to your yarn store! I used to live down the street from one and I’d visit all the time just to fondle the yarn, haha. I wish I was better at knitting so I could do great yarn the justice it deserves.

      I’m guessing you are a knitter? Or maybe a crochet kinda gal?

      • Christine says:

        Feelin’ up the yarn is usually half the reason why I go yarn shopping!! And who cares about skill? If you make it and love it and love the yarn, the yarn deserves your work. :)
        I’m a knitter — crochet and I don’t get along very well.
        And if the yarn store ever happens, I’ll let you know. ;)

        • Karen says:

          You better! :)

          My favorites are the multi-colored ones that are SUPER soft. I could spend hours fondling those skeins! :)

          How long have you been knitting? My skills are pretty much limited to scarves…maybe someday I’ll progress to cooler projects like fun hats and gloves.

          • Christine says:

            I’ve been knitting for a bit over 5 years — I started in college, partly because there was a nice yarn store a block from my dorm, and part because I got really sick and wanted something to do. :) I stick to small projects, no sweaters yet (I’m nearly 6′, that’s a BIG sweater). I like hats and mini-shawls because they go kinda fast.
            How long have you been knitting?

  2. Katherine G says:

    1. Are you a red lip lover?
    ~I like it a lot on others but not sure about it on myself just yet. I have gone bare-lipped or neutral colors for so many years that color is very new to me. I tend to wear red lips when cleaning – so worried about it bleeding or wearing off even with utilizing all of the tips out there.

    2. Do you ever wear ripped jeans?
    ~Sometimes – I have a pair of the Express ReRock jeans that have small holes and tears. I love them because they fit like a glove, are a great color, and make any look rocker chic but yet casual.

    3. When was the last time you shed tears of joy?
    ~Not in a while, I tend to keep my tears to myself or shed tears for the pain of others (and rarely myself).

    4. What’s the most time consuming thing for you when you’re getting ready in the morning?
    ~Usually if I do eye makeup because I want it to be perfect. Sometimes my hair if I decide that morning is the morning to try something different hahaha.

    5. It’s brown-bag lunch day! What are you having?
    ~Leftover Whiskey River bbq ranch chicken wrap from Red Robin. Yum!

    6. When was the last big fight you got into with someone?
    ~Probably the fiance when we were both stressed from him working day shift and me going to martial arts for 3 to 4 hours a night…we weren’t seeing each other much last week. He is working evenings now (4 to midnight) so I can go to martial arts and not worry that I am leaving him at home and coming home when he goes to bed (9pm some nights). I also had some stress from my mother over wedding stuff, since I am low key and she is very detail oriented.

    7. If you were given a good opportunity to pursue your current dream job, what would you do?
    ~I would whole heartedly pursue it. In fact, I got a great volunteer opportunity with one department that gets my foot in the door while I am waiting to go through background for the job. This month is going to be busy because I also took on the job of training someone new at work and had to pick up more hours. This month will be hard but I will be thankful when it is over and I can go back to my PRN hours at work!

    8. I’m crazy in love with (fill in the blank).
    ~My fiance, martial arts (I’m freaking obsessed), fitness, helping people, and horses.

    9. What’s your fountain drink of choice?
    ~I love Pepsi Throwbacks, if I’m going to have soda at home (real sugar, so it’s a tiny bit healthier to have a soft drink). Out and about, I love Coke or Diet Coke.

    10. What’s one thing you say to yourself all the time?
    “You can do it – don’t give up now! Only 3 miles left and it’s all on the way home.” This is my mantra for distance running since at times it’s difficult and I’m not always motivated.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Katherine,

      The wedding’s coming up soon, isn’t it? Will you guys be going on a honeymoon afterward?

      Happy Monday!

      • Katherine G says:

        It will be May 31 – so, thankfully, I get most of May back to my old work schedule (I am limited hours/on-call for a reason, and that reason is to have a good job but be able to work on other things like things for my future career). No honeymoon planned because the fiance is in a new job and can’t take time off, and if I get into a department by the summer, I won’t get any time off, either. We had our honeymoon last year with our cruise, I guess! Thanks for asking :) How are things going with you? Anything new and exciting?

        • Karen says:

          Well, that’s just around the corner. You’re going to be a beautiful bride, and I can’t wait to see the pics.

          El Hub and I never had an official honeymoon either. And we’ve been married since, oh, 2006!

          Things on this end are great. This week I’m going to San Francisco to have lunch (looking forward to that), and I’m going to set aside some time to plan a small vacation. I’m hoping sometime in May. I just really need a break and it’s always nice to have something to have on the horizon, you know?

          I’m also going to check out a local gym with spinning classes. I need to find something to do besides running! It’s easy and burns a zillion calories, but it’s starting to get boring. Must switch up my workouts!

  3. Twyla says:

    1. Are you a red lip lover? Yes but only on anyone but me – I can’t pull off red lips.. :(
    2. Do you ever wear ripped jeans? I have frayed jeans that I love and wear often
    3. When was the last time you shed tears of joy? I don’t cry when I’m happy…
    4. What’s the most time consuming thing for you when you’re getting ready in the morning? It seems like everything!! Hair, Makeup, Kitty feeding, Smoothie making to Coffee pouring!! ugh..
    5. It’s brown-bag lunch day! What are you having? I had Grilled Salmon w/ Quinoa mixed with crushed tomatoes & chic peas from my kitchen
    6. When was the last big fight you got into with someone? a guy friend stood me up to a corporate party he had promised to attend with even after confirming 2days prior.. he got a party invite fr a coworker.. We havent spoken in 4 months & HE deleted me from FB????
    7. If you were given a good opportunity to pursue your current dream job, what would you do? I am torn between a photographer and a Animal Shelter Operator (the giving loves to everything furry kinda job)
    8. I’m crazy in love with (fill in the blank). Cadbury Mini Eggs (and my furkids)
    9. What’s your fountain drink of choice? Pepsi.
    10. What’s one thing you say to yourself all the time? Holy Sweet Smurfs…

    • Karen says:

      Hi Twyla,

      In my mind I’ve always thought of you as a red lip girl (you seem sassy that way!). Why don’t you think you can pull them off?

      And boo to your rude friend who stood you up! Not cool, man.

      • Twyla says:

        I like the ‘sassy’ comment.. cuz I’ve been know to be.. lol I’ve actually spent time at MAC (go figure) and had them try multiple shades of RED, and none of them appeal to me. I love the look but not on me. :( Guess I truly am a gloss girl! And yeah, he was rude and I don’t need to keep rude people in my cool circle. :)

  4. Tania says:

    Karen,
    That unicorn pic is FUNNY!

    1. Are you a red lip lover? On other people, not on me.
    2. Do you ever wear ripped jeans? Only if they are ripped on the hems.
    3. When was the last time you shed tears of joy? I was watching “Watch What Happens! Live” on Bravo with Andy Cohen and NKOTB were the guests. There was a pelvic thrust montage that had me laughing….HARD! Then Joey did a pelvic thrust and…yeah I was dying!
    4. What’s the most time consuming thing for you when you’re getting ready in the morning? Eating breakfast, takes me forever so I try to do it on the go. Close is picking out an outfit because I’m so indecisive. Used to be drying my hair but now I do that at night.
    5. It’s brown-bag lunch day! What are you having? I’m a vegetarian so a veggie wrap with sharp cheddar cheese and minestrone soup. With mini butterfingers and almond joys for dessert!
    6. When was the last big fight you got into with someone? My mom torked my hide but we’re good!
    7. If you were given a good opportunity to pursue your current dream job, what would you do? I would tour with bands and blog about my experience. How fun would that be?
    8. I’m crazy in love with (fill in the blank). the color fuschia, it’s everywhere I am!
    9. What’s your fountain drink of choice? I like to mix things up so when I encounter one of those machines with a 1000 or so flavors I’m happy. I love Orange Cokes!
    10. What’s one thing you say to yourself all the time? Insanity is doing the same thing expecting different results.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tania,

      That is my DREAM piggy bank, ahaha! There were a few more that were pretty funny…I’ll post them soon.

      Your lunch sounds delicious, btw!

  5. Trisha says:

    1. Are you a red lip lover?

    Yes and no. I think it looks great, but I rarely wear it. I guess I’m just not used to it. I think I’ll wear it today, just to be a rebel…

    2. Do you ever wear ripped jeans?

    That’s so funny that you say that, because I’m wearing my one exception right now: my ripped jean shorts. They’re my favorite shorts and they are a little ripped up. I bought them that way, even though I always thought that trend was weird.

    3. When was the last time you shed tears of joy?

    Of joy? I honestly don’t know. I only cry when fictional stuff makes me sad. Like when the Doctor has to say goodbye to a companion (it’s awesome if you know what I’m talking about) or if certain awesome Harry Potter characters die…

    4. What’s the most time consuming thing for you when you’re getting ready in the morning?

    Nothing takes all that long. I guess just the act of showering, although that’s a relaxing and awesome time-consuming thing. :D

    5. It’s brown-bag lunch day! What are you having?

    A pastrami sandwich! Like for reals. I bought pastrami the other day on a whim, despite having never eaten it before. It’s actually pretty good.

    6. When was the last big fight you got into with someone?

    I can’t remember. I avoid bottling things up enough that it would turn into a big fight.

    7. If you were given a good opportunity to pursue your current dream job, what would you do?

    I’m already partially in my dream job: writing. But if I could make a decent living just blogging and writing novels, then that would be AWESOME.

    8. I’m crazy in love with (fill in the blank).

    The Doctor. Cake. Video games. The color pink.

    9. What’s your fountain drink of choice?

    Lemonade. I mean, carbonated lemonade-style pop. I love you, lemonade pop. I should have put that for #8 as well.

    10. What’s one thing you say to yourself all the time?

    “I’m awesome.” :D
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  6. Ruchita says:

    1. Are you a red lip lover?
    Yes, I think it’s a gorgeous look, but I’ve never actually tried it myself.

    2. Do you ever wear ripped jeans?
    The last time was probably high school or college. I only wear jeans about once or twice a week so they don’t get worn down as quickly.

    3. When was the last time you shed tears of joy?
    This may sound weird, but maybe cat ladies can relate. We were having problems with Mingy not using the litter box. When we got a UV light we found he had been avoiding the box for a while, in many places around the house. Inititally it was cystitis caused by stress, but even after he got checked out by the vet he didn’t use the box. We thought living in a multi-cat home was too stressful and considered the possibility of re-homing him.

    Anyway, I read about this Cat Attract litter, so we switched that out and thankfully he used the box soon afterwards. I was so happy to clean out the litter box, b/c it meant I didn’t have to think about giving up my boy so I was rather emotional. :-)

    4. What’s the most time consuming thing for you when you’re getting ready in the morning?
    Usually doing in my hair. It takes about 15 minutes to dry and flat iron.

    5. It’s brown-bag lunch day! What are you having?
    Right now I’m noshing on an Amy’s Indian frozen entree. I’m kind of embarassed b/c I’m from India and probably should be cooking Indian food at home. It’s just not as good as Mom’s cooking! :-)

    6. When was the last big fight you got into with someone?
    Probably my husband.

    7. If you were given a good opportunity to pursue your current dream job, what would you do?
    Hm, good question. I’m lucky that I have a job I like. But I would love to do something creative with art/painting/graphic design.

    8. I’m crazy in love with (fill in the blank).
    My kitties. And lint brushes.

    9. What’s your fountain drink of choice?
    Coke!

    10. What’s one thing you say to yourself all the time?
    This too shall pass. Often said when I’m stuck in some irritating/annoying situation.

    Happy Monday!

    • Karen says:

      Hey Ruchita,

      WAIT UP! You’ve never tried a red lip? We need to fix that ASAP!

      BTW — I love those Amy’s Indian frozen entrees. Whenever I get a hakering for Indian food, and I don’t want to go to a restaurant, I’ll pick one of those up.

      And because I’m a cat lady I have to share this story with you. When Tabs was still a stray and not officially our cat yet, we took him to the vet for the first time to get a checkup and to see if he was micro-chipped. I had already fallen in love with him but was afraid that he might be someone’s kitty. Even though he’d been living on his own for a while, he was very affectionate and clearly lived with humans at one point in his kitty life. When the vet checked for the chip and didn’t find one, I was so relieved and started tearing up! I knew then that he could be officially our cat.

      • Ruchita says:

        I know you have a lot of great red lip reccomendations, so I’ll have to look into them! :-)

        That’s a sweet story about Tabs. I’m so glad he was able to stay with you!

        A few months after we had Mingy, I saw posters for a lost cat and it sorta looked like it could be him. I wasn’t sure, so I waited for my husband to come home to make sure. During the wait, I kept imagining scenes of Mingy being carried away while I’m crying – yes, quite dramatic – but I never realized how deeply attached I would get to a kitty. My husband saw the pictures and confirmed it was a a different cat. Phew!

  7. Natasha says:

    1. Are you a red lip lover?
    I like them on other people; have yet to find one that doesn’t make me feel totally self-conscious, though.

    2. Do you ever wear ripped jeans?
    Yardwork…only.

    3. When was the last time you shed tears of joy?
    When hubby had a real health scare…and then we found out everything was OK. Two years ago.

    4. What’s the most time consuming thing for you when you’re getting ready in the morning?
    Waiting between layers — serum, wait, moisturizer, wait, sunscreen, wait, BB cream, wait…

    5. It’s brown-bag lunch day! What are you having?
    I’m at work and get 15 minutes for lunch, so I bring big smoothies that I can drink at my desk…hazelnut milk, kale, banana, cherries, soy protein, and a dollop of choco syrup!

    6. When was the last big fight you got into with someone?
    Haven’t had a big fight in years — last one was over finances…

    7. If you were given a good opportunity to pursue your current dream job, what would you do?
    I’m already working part-time in my dream job… my second part-time dream job would be to be a paid writer — then I would have the best of both worlds — introvert writing and extrovert drawing on people… and I’d ditch the current day job of being an admin assistant…

    8. I’m crazy in love with (fill in the blank).
    My life! I am so lucky to live in SoCal, have an amazing hubby, two wonderful cats and a half-time career that makes me supremely happy.

    9. What’s your fountain drink of choice?
    Lemonade.

    10. What’s one thing you say to yourself all the time?
    It;s all good.
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  8. Agata says:

    1. Are you a red lip lover?
    No, I don’t think I can pull them off. My husband says red lipstick looks stupid on me.
    2. Do you ever wear ripped jeans?
    No, I try to stay elegant and classy at all times.
    3. When was the last time you shed tears of joy?
    I don’t recall. Must have been a while.
    4. What’s the most time consuming thing for you when you’re getting ready in the morning?
    Definitely doing my hair. It takes at least an hour, or more. I am excited about getting my hair colored on Wed, it’s been a while!
    5. It’s brown-bag lunch day! What are you having?
    A sandwich and a banana.
    6. When was the last big fight you got into with someone?
    I don’t usually have big fights with anyone. But my husband probably :)
    7. If you were given a good opportunity to pursue your current dream job, what would you do?
    Being a make up artist but I doubt I’d be good enough.
    8. I’m crazy in love with (fill in the blank).
    Crazy in love? Not sure if I am, lol
    9. What’s your fountain drink of choice?
    Diet Pepsi but hardly ever drink it. I prefer Ice Tea.
    10. What’s one thing you say to yourself all the time?
    Not sure if there is such a thing. Maybe that I don’t need anymore make up, lol.

    • Karen says:

      Hello, my friend! Are you feeling better?

      • Agata says:

        Hello back. Yes, I am feeling better, such a relief. On Thursday night and Saturday night I felt like I was going to die- the migraine and I was shivering with cold and had fever. But I am better now!

        • Karen says:

          I’ve totally been there. Migraines are the WORST. I hate it when I feel like there’s nothing I can do. Do you take any medicine? I use Quantum Research MigreLief and WellPatch Migraine, and they both help a lot.

          • Agata says:

            I took Bayer Migraine tablets and I was taking them every 4 hours cause they were not helping. Then I read the info on the bottle and it said not to exceed 2 tablets in 24 hrs…I took probably 4 times that, lol. My husband was freaking out I will die from caffeine overdose since that’s what those pills contain. Lol, so dramatic. They normally help but next time I will have to try your recommendations.

          • Karen says:

            I have bottle of Bayer Migraine in my cupboard! El Hub got them for me last time I had a really bad one. It’s supposed to be really effective when you have ‘em with a cup of coffee. I’ve yet to try it though.

            The meds I tried are mostly natural, but I feel like they help!

            Glad you’re feeling much better. :)

  9. 1. Are you a red lip lover? I didn’t use to be, but now yes!

    2. Do you ever wear ripped jeans? I have one pair and I LOVE(D) them. Unfortunately they got a little too small. Or I got a little too big, lol ;-)

    3. When was the last time you shed tears of joy? This weekend, when we reached the top of the mountain in Argentière. So so SO beautiful…

    4. What’s the most time consuming thing for you when you’re getting ready in the morning? Putting on my make-up

    5. It’s brown-bag lunch day! What are you having? Sandwich with cheese and veggies!

    6. When was the last big fight you got into with someone? Last summer, with my parents.

    7. If you were given a good opportunity to pursue your current dream job, what would you do? Go for it of course!

    8. I’m crazy in love with (fill in the blank). My Tommeke :-)

    9. What’s your fountain drink of choice? Fountain? Drinks come from fountains?

    10. What’s one thing you say to yourself all the time? Godverdekkeeeeeeuh. Which basically means goddammiiiiiiit :-)

  10. 1. Are you a red lip lover? definitely!
    2. Do you ever wear ripped jeans? yes!
    3. When was the last time you shed tears of joy? hmm, I wish I could remember…
    4. What’s the most time consuming thing for you when you’re getting ready in the morning? breakfast probably as I love having a proper one.
    5. It’s brown-bag lunch day! What are you having? as long as it has salmon and prawns, I am in. Maybe a salad?
    6. When was the last big fight you got into with someone? I rarely get into big fights so I can’t remember, luckily.
    7. If you were given a good opportunity to pursue your current dream job, what would you do? I am not sure, unfortunately.
    8. I’m crazy in love with (fill in the blank).
    9. What’s your fountain drink of choice? I rarely have any.
    10. What’s one thing you say to yourself all the time? go to bed earlier lol
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  11. Stephanie Smith says:

    1. Are you a red lip lover? Yes!
    2. Do you ever wear ripped jeans? No. I love them, but I just don’t have any. I’m probably getting a little too old to wear that trend anyway.
    3. When was the last time you shed tears of joy? When my BFF told me she was pregnant also! She and her husband had been trying for years, I thought they had given up, nope!
    4. What’s the most time consuming thing for you when you’re getting ready in the morning? Getting the kids ready! LOL!
    5. It’s brown-bag lunch day! What are you having? Green salad with oil and vinegar, leftover chicken breast, and apple, and a water.
    6. When was the last big fight you got into with someone? Hmmmm, probably with one of the kids. Or with the giant bug in the house that won’t leave!
    7. If you were given a good opportunity to pursue your current dream job, what would you do? I’m a stay at home Mom, I was born to do this! I’d love to be a mystery writer, I should just start that!
    8. I’m crazy in love with (fill in the blank). Our gigantic fish! He’s so odd, but I just dig him the most!
    9. What’s your fountain drink of choice? Sprite, or Minute Maid Light Lemonade if it’s there.
    10. What’s one thing you say to yourself all the time? “Goddammit Stephanie!” When I do something dumb. Which isn’t all that often, but enough for me to refer to myself with my full name!

  12. Dominique says:

    1. Are you a red lip lover? Oh yes definitely !

    2. Do you ever wear ripped jeans? Nope

    3. When was the last time you shed tears of joy? Sorry Karen but I truly can’t remember

    4. What’s the most time consuming thing for you when you’re getting ready in the morning? lol everything, from having a shower to do my makeup or even having breakfast

    5. It’s brown-bag lunch day! What are you having? Vegies, thuna or cheese huge sandwich

    6. When was the last big fight you got into with someone? my father I guess

    7. If you were given a good opportunity to pursue your current dream job, what would you do? Physician or lawyer

    8. I’m crazy in love with (fill in the blank)my neighbour :) Karen but the fact is that he moved out a few days ago, such a wonder of wonders ( lol but he was far too young for me so no regrets )

    9. What’s your fountain drink of choice? Limonade

    10. What’s one thing you say to yourself all the time? Calm down, calm down, calm down

  13. Megan B. says:

    1. Are you a red lip lover? Not on me, but they look great on others!
    2. Do you ever wear ripped jeans? Not on purpose.
    3. When was the last time you shed tears of joy? Easter Sunday.
    4. What’s the most time consuming thing for you when you’re getting ready in the morning? Straightening my hair.
    5. It’s brown-bag lunch day! What are you having? Ham and American cheese sandwich, green beans, girl scout Samoas.
    6. When was the last big fight you got into with someone? I can’t remember.
    7. If you were given a good opportunity to pursue your current dream job, what would you do? Freelance writer and SAHM.
    8. I’m crazy in love with (fill in the blank). History.
    9. What’s your fountain drink of choice? Water, or pink lemonade.
    10. What’s one thing you say to yourself all the time? You can do this, you can do this, you can do this.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Megan,

      Straightening hair does take a long time. I used to do it every couple of days it the late ’90s, and it took about 45 with a round brush and a hairdryer. How long does it take to do yours?

  14. Sole says:

    Hi Karen!!!!
    It’s me, Sole! I haven’t done this in so long, but I’m taking a day off from life today, so I thought I’d stop by and do the poll. :D

    Le List

    1. Are you a red lip lover?

    Yes! But I’m super scared of red. I need a semi-pigmented, creamyish, matte-ish tomato red, but I haven’t found the right one yet. Any suggestions?

    2. Do you ever wear ripped jeans?

    I don’t dislike them, but I haven’t worn them in a really long time. I have really big legs, and I tend to wear my jeans really fitted, so I think if my jeans had tears, I’d bulge out of them. Sorry for the TMI. =/

    3. When was the last time you shed tears of joy?

    When Elani was born. She turned two in January. <3

    4. What’s the most time consuming thing for you when you’re getting ready in the morning?

    Probably my makeup, but even if I'm in a rush, I don't compromise. It's one of my calming rituals.

    5. It’s brown-bag lunch day! What are you having?

    Probably a homemade chicken salad, some string cheese, and yogurt with fruit.

    6. When was the last big fight you got into with someone?

    This morning I got into a text argument with my teaching partner (I'm student teaching right now, and our program has us working with partners). I'm under so much stress, and he's just really demanding of my time. I needed him to back off, and he just won't.

    7. If you were given a good opportunity to pursue your current dream job, what would you do?

    I think I am doing it. :D I'm in a Teacher Education Program, and I love teaching! The hard part will be finding an actual job tho. In the meantime I'm pursuing away!

    8. I’m crazy in love with (fill in the blank).

    Elani!!! She is the light of my life. <3

    9. What’s your fountain drink of choice?

    I'm boring, but I usually only drink water or tea (or coffee when I'm being naughty).

    10. What’s one thing you say to yourself all the time?

    "Breathe!!!!!!"

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sole,

      It’s nice to see you again! How have you been?

      Oh, and I can’t believe Elani is already two. Time goes by so fast. I can still remember when you were pregnant!

  15. Julia Alkaseltzer says:

    1. Are you a red lip lover?
    At first, I was afraid.. I was petrified! Of red lipstick.. but now I love it!!
    2. Do you ever wear ripped jeans?
    I don’t think I ever have and I doubt I would ever invest in a pair. If my current jeans actually ripped though, I would use it as my “house chore” jeans.
    3. When was the last time you shed tears of joy?
    Probably last year, when one of my closest friends Lillian got married. It was a beautiful ceremony.
    4. What’s the most time consuming thing for you when you’re getting ready in the morning?
    Putting on makeup! More specifically, figuring out what eyeshadows to wear!
    5. It’s brown-bag lunch day! What are you having?
    A ham and cheese sandwich with spinach, a banana, and a yogurt. (I have my brown bag lunch every day)
    6. When was the last big fight you got into with someone?
    I haven’t had a big fight with anyone in a while. The closest thing to a fight was an argument with my sister last week about what songs to listen to on her ipod.
    7. If you were given a good opportunity to pursue your current dream job, what would you do?
    I want to be an actuary! (deals with insurance and financial risk, lots of math involved). I’m already in a position at my job where I can eventually work up to it, so it’s a work in progress :D
    8. I’m crazy in love with (fill in the blank).
    My new Milani baked blushes? x)
    9. What’s your fountain drink of choice?
    I go for Coke or Dr. Pepper.
    10. What’s one thing you say to yourself all the time?
    You’re awesome. You can do this. You are beautiful and you can take on this day!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Julia,

      Yay for red lips! Do you know of any go-to reds that I need in my life, STAT? :)

      • Julia Alkaseltzer says:

        I wish I had more red lipsticks! Always looking for some great reds. But I really LOVE Lancome’s Red Stiletto Color Design lipstick. It is definitely my go-to red and I love how it looks with anything I wear.

  16. Emily says:

    Hello!!

    1. Are you a red lip lover? I am not actually, they are too hard to maintain throughout the day although they look lovely.
    2. Do you ever wear ripped jeans? Never. I rarely wear trousers – much prefer dresses.
    3. When was the last time you shed tears of joy? Recently I watched a YouTube video where a deaf person heard for the first time. Bawling!
    4. What’s the most time consuming thing for you when you’re getting ready in the morning? Picking eyeshadows! I own so many MAC shadows its crazy.
    5. It’s brown-bag lunch day! What are you having? I love me some tuna sandwiches. And crisps!
    6. When was the last big fight you got into with someone? Hmmm… I actually can’t think. I guess that’s a good sign right?
    7. If you were given a good opportunity to pursue your current dream job, what would you do? Something foodie – maybe working at a food magazine.
    8. I’m crazy in love with (fill in the blank) wine! Haha just kidding – earl grey tea (think its an English thing).
    9. What’s your fountain drink of choice? Tea! And cola cola (mmmmmm)
    10. What’s one thing you say to yourself all the time? Everything happens for a reason.

  17. Yogirl says:

    1. Are you a red lip lover? Not really, though I still buy new ones.
    2. Do you ever wear ripped jeans? Never, this is so 80s
    3. When was the last time you shed tears of joy? The first time my newborn niece was sleeping in my arm and grabbing my thump
    4. What’s the most time consuming thing for you when you’re getting ready in the morning? Maybe breakfast, I don’t like to hurry in the morning.
    5. It’s brown-bag lunch day! What are you having? Maybe some salad with rice or tabouleh, pineapples and rice pudding.
    6. When was the last big fight you got into with someone? I had a huge discussion with my boss two weeks ago, not really a fight but huge discussion
    7. If you were given a good opportunity to pursue your current dream job, what would you do? Most of the time I love what I do, most of the time…
    8. I’m crazy in love with my niece (22 months young, and a little copy of myself)
    9. What’s your fountain drink of choice? Peppermint tea, diet coke or grapefruit juice.
    10. What’s one thing you say to yourself all the time? Step by step

    Have a wonderful week everyone ;-)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Yogirl,

      You have a wonderful week too. Got anything exciting happening?

      • Yogirl says:

        Hi Karen,
        this week will be work, work and more work. I think I will read a lot as I will travel by train everyday. Have you read the books by Linda Castillo? These are criminal stories in the Amish country in Ohio, very intense!

        • Karen says:

          Hi Yogirl,

          I miss riding on trains solely for the reading time. :) I read a lot of good books when I lived in SF and took the Muni every day. I haven’t heard of those books, but I’ll look into them! I need a new series that’s fast paced and doesn’t require too much brain power, LOL.

          Hope you get some time to relax even with all of your work this week.

  18. Glódís says:

    1. Are you a red lip lover? -yes!
    2. Do you ever wear ripped jeans? -no, I prefer my clothes neat
    3. When was the last time you shed tears of joy? -When I was looking through a photo album of my grandparent’s farm
    4. What’s the most time consuming thing for you when you’re getting ready in the morning? -get out of bed
    5. It’s brown-bag lunch day! What are you having? -nutella sandwich
    6. When was the last big fight you got into with someone? -With my mother when I accused her (jokingly) of being the cause of my grey patch of hair (like Rouge’s in x-men, sucking my lifeforce). Needless to say she didn’t get the joke.
    7. If you were given a good opportunity to pursue your current dream job, what would you do? -teach english
    8. I’m crazy in love with my bed
    9. What’s your fountain drink of choice? -dr.pepper
    10. What’s one thing you say to yourself all the time? -Rethink your decision making.

  19. gio says:

    1. Are you a red lip lover?
    Yes, but I don’t wear them often.

    2. Do you ever wear ripped jeans?
    Sometimes. I’m not a big fan of this look, but I accidentally ripped my fave jeans a couple of years ago and decided to keep wearing them anyway every now and then.

    3. When was the last time you shed tears of joy?
    I can’t really remember.

    4. What’s the most time consuming thing for you when you’re getting ready in the morning?
    Applying makeup, especially eyeshadow.

    5. It’s brown-bag lunch day! What are you having?
    A ham sandwich and an apple.

    6. When was the last big fight you got into with someone?
    I can’t remember this either. I tend to avoid fights whenever possible.

    7. If you were given a good opportunity to pursue your current dream job, what would you do?
    Teacher.

    8. I’m crazy in love with (fill in the blank).
    My Sleek Makeup palettes.

    9. What’s your fountain drink of choice?
    I only drink water, tea and orange juice.

    10. What’s one thing you say to yourself all the time?
    Calm down. You can do this.
    gio recently posted … Product Review: Sleek Makeup I-Divine Showstoppers Eyeshadow Palette

  20. Lorraine says:

    1. Are you a red lip lover? Yes, but I don’t discriminate. Corals, pinks, mauves, browns, wines and nudes of all shades are welcome on my face.

    2. Do you ever wear ripped jeans? Nope. Too cold in SF for that!

    3. When was the last time you shed tears of joy? Watching my daughter dance

    4. What’s the most time consuming thing for you when you’re getting ready in the morning? waking up the family. they think they can hit me like a snooze button

    5. It’s brown-bag lunch day! What are you having? something from AG Ferrari’s

    6. When was the last big fight you got into with someone? my teenager- do those fights count?

    7. If you were given a good opportunity to pursue your current dream job, what would you do? take a really deep breath and go for it.

    8. I’m crazy in love with (fill in the blank). ballet. and my kids. and my nail polish collection. all the simple joys in life

    9. What’s your fountain drink of choice? lemon or lime or cherry or vanilla or chocolate flavored Coca-cola

    10. What’s one thing you say to yourself all the time? “Did you remember/forget to _______?”

  21. 1. Are you a red lip lover?
    Absolutely! I love wearing it and I love seeing it on other people!
    2. Do you ever wear ripped jeans?
    Yeah I do, I like to wear them casually and and try to dress them up.
    3. When was the last time you shed tears of joy?
    Hmm that is a tough one.. I really can’t remember.
    4. What’s the most time consuming thing for you when you’re getting ready in the morning?
    Probably picking my outfit but I try to do that the night before, since my hair takes a while too.
    5. It’s brown-bag lunch day! What are you having?
    Probably a whole wheat tortilla with peanut butter and a banana rolled up. Yum!
    6. When was the last big fight you got into with someone?
    I can’t remember this either, which I think is a good thing!
    7. If you were given a good opportunity to pursue your current dream job, what would you do?
    I would be a full time beauty blogger!
    8. I’m crazy in love with (fill in the blank).
    I’m crazy in love with my cats.. of course.
    9. What’s your fountain drink of choice?
    Dr. Pepper if possible!
    10. What’s one thing you say to yourself all the time?
    “Just breathe” I tend to overthink things so I need to remind myself to relax a little.

    Thanks for these Karen, and happy Monday!
    Emily @ Emalitsa recently posted … The 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards Best Beauty Looks

  22. Jana says:

    1. Are you a red lip lover? I do! Especially on special occasions! Though, if I feel like looking nice .. I’ll rock it, just because!
    2. Do you ever wear ripped jeans? I wear ripped denim shorts? Does that count?
    3. When was the last time you shed tears of joy? Uh, I think that would be the time I got my first full time job!
    4. What’s the most time consuming thing for you when you’re getting ready in the morning? Getting contacts in my eyes. Mainly because it’s usually 6 in the morning and I’m still half asleep!
    5. It’s brown-bag lunch day! What are you having? HRM! I want a burrito -__- been craving Mexican food for the longest time!
    6. When was the last big fight you got into with someone? 2010. Me and my cousin didn’t talk for 6 months! Worst time, ever!
    7. If you were given a good opportunity to pursue your current dream job, what would you do? I’m already half way there. But I would want to be a Pre-school teacher.
    8. I’m crazy in love with (fill in the blank). Macarons and Rose cotton candy -__-
    9. What’s your fountain drink of choice? Sprite!
    10. What’s one thing you say to yourself all the time? Stay strong, you got this.

    I miss doing these! And because I have day offs on Tuesdays (your Monday) off, I’m going to start doing them again! Hope you have an amazing week! <3<3

  23. Lauren Sutherland says:

    1. Are you a red lip lover?
    I am! but the funny thing is that I rarely wear it unless my boyfriend asks me to. It’s his favorite on me so I tend to save it for when I get to see him. It makes it more special.
    2. Do you ever wear ripped jeans?
    A lot. My style is very rock chic and so I tend to have at least a few pairs of jeans that are majorly ripped that I refuse to give up because I’ve had them for so long and they are super comfortable.
    3. When was the last time you shed tears of joy?
    I’m a laugh-crier so whenever I’m laughing really hard I’m crying from it, so…. yesterday? haha!
    4. What’s the most time consuming thing for you when you’re getting ready in the morning?
    If i’m wearing makeup that day, my eyes. If i’m going natural, then my hair.
    5. It’s brown-bag lunch day! What are you having?
    Either a PB&J with some fruit and a juice pouch, or a turkey sandwich with grannysmith apple, avocado, bacon, and pepperjack cheese. YUM!
    6. When was the last big fight you got into with someone?
    I honestly can’t remember…. I rarely fight with my family, so I think the last one was with my art professor about a project I wanted to do. He prefers making controversial jewelry while I prefer to make wearable jewelry and we tend to clash over it.
    7. If you were given a good opportunity to pursue your current dream job, what would you do?
    I’m doing it! I just got my first 2 internships with two different zoos, so I am on my dream career path to be a zookeeper! It’s not a high paying job, but in the long run, I’ll be happier for it by doing something I love.
    8. I’m crazy in love with (fill in the blank).
    My horse, my dog, and my boyfriend. Not necessarily in that order?
    9. What’s your fountain drink of choice?
    Root beer! or Dr. Pepper.
    10. What’s one thing you say to yourself all the time?
    LOCK IT UP! [said in the context of when I'm having a minor freakout over something that isn't worth freaking out over]

  24. Alice Ann says:

    1. Are you a red lip lover? Yes, red and fuchsia lips are my favorite! I’m wearing red lipstick as I write, I’m really liking Bite Beauty’s Quince right now.
    2. Do you ever wear ripped jeans? No, not since high school.
    3. When was the last time you shed tears of joy? The first time Obama won the presidential race. I live in Oakland and my neighborhood was just electric with people celebrating in the street. It made me forget my political cynicism and enjoy the hope and happiness in the air.
    4. What’s the most time consuming thing for you when you’re getting ready in the morning? Showering, because it feels so good.
    5. It’s brown-bag lunch day! What are you having? Either a “kitchen sink” green salad, or a grain and legume salad with arugula and tempeh.
    6. When was the last big fight you got into with someone? About four years ago with my dad. He came to live with me for a bit, and it was pretty rough in the beginning. We got past it, though.
    7. If you were given a good opportunity to pursue your current dream job, what would you do? I’m in school to become a nurse, but I would love to be further along, like in a nurse practitioner program.
    8. I’m crazy in love with (fill in the blank). My partner, who is infinitely sweet and patient. And my dog, a hilarious pug mix. And the new YSL nail polish in vert d’orient, I’m obsessed with staring at my hands and admiring it.
    9. What’s your fountain drink of choice? Iced tea with lemon.
    10. What’s one thing you say to yourself all the time? It’s going to be ok, you can do this.

  25. Jaye Brown says:

    1. Are you a red lip lover? Yes!
    2. Do you ever wear ripped jeans? No, I can’t abide by rips.
    3. When was the last time you shed tears of joy? My wedding last year.
    4. What’s the most time consuming thing for you when you’re getting ready in the morning? If I decide to go full face and do my eyes. When I do that, it takes forever because I suck at doing eye makeup.
    5. It’s brown-bag lunch day! What are you having? Plantstrong salad! Baby kale and chard mix, romain, chickpeas, diced bell peppers, cucumbers, kalamata olives and a little feta cheese sprinkled on it. Champagne vinegar and olive oil as dressing.
    6. When was the last big fight you got into with someone? I don’t remember, but I’m sure it was with my mom.
    7. If you were given a good opportunity to pursue your current dream job, what would you do? Honestly? I think I’d want to be either an esthetician or a butcher. But someone would have to pay for me to get training in either one.
    8. I’m crazy in love with (fill in the blank). My husband, my dogs, Chanel Perfection Lumiere, my Beauty Blender.
    9. What’s your fountain drink of choice? Unsweetened iced tea as long as it’s brewed on site.
    10. What’s one thing you say to yourself all the time? You can do this.

  26. Suri says:

    1. Are you a red lip lover? Yes but I rarely wear it.
    2. Do you ever wear ripped jeans? Nope
    3. When was the last time you shed tears of joy? When I got into grad school I was so excited!
    4. What’s the most time consuming thing for you when you’re getting ready in the morning? Probably makeup. Most mornings I’m too lazy to do my hair.
    5. It’s brown-bag lunch day! What are you having? Turkey and cheese sandwich with spicy mustard, a side salad, pretzels, and a huge thermos of water. I’ll probably have an apple and banana in the bag too for snacks during the day.
    6. When was the last big fight you got into with someone? 2 weeks ago. Me and hubby got into it, but we got over it fairly quickly.
    7. If you were given a good opportunity to pursue your current dream job, what would you do? I would be an assistant principal or principal. Since I’m currently a teacher and in an educational administration program it will happen one day!
    8. I’m crazy in love with (fill in the blank). eating great food!
    9. What’s your fountain drink of choice? Sprite or Coca Cola
    10. What’s one thing you say to yourself all the time? Don’t take it personal. I have to remind myself not to let peoples’ negative energy/thoughts penetrate me.

  27. Wendy says:

    1. Are you a red lip lover? Yes

    2. Do you ever wear ripped jeans? Yes, but I don’t buy them that way.

    3. When was the last time you shed tears of joy? Probably last week. I’m such a hormonal woman. I cry whenever I see a sweet video.

    4. What’s the most time consuming thing for you when you’re getting ready in the morning? I can’t say. It takes me at least an hour to get ready in the morning. I think I move slowly in the AM.

    5. It’s brown-bag lunch day! What are you having? banana, water, granola bar, yogurt

    6. When was the last big fight you got into with someone? I don’t get into shouting matches or physical fights. My fights are more like confrontational conversations which makes my blood boil and my heart race. Last one of those was today. This particular person gets under my skin because she is so self centered and greedy.

    7. If you were given a good opportunity to pursue your current dream job, what would you do? Already pursuing it.

    8. I’m crazy in love with (fill in the blank). My husband.

    9. What’s your fountain drink of choice? I don’t drink sodas. I’m a simple girl; water, coffee, and wine.

    10. What’s one thing you say to yourself all the time? Everything happens for a reason. God knows and is in control.

  28. Laura says:

    1. Are you a red lip lover? Not fan of pure red, no. A red lip looks best, in my opinion, if the red is slightly pink. It’s more modern and makes you look younger. True red is pretty but too classical and can be harsh on some complexions.

    2. Do you ever wear ripped jeans? I used to when I was a teen. All the time. Not so much now though.

    3. When was the last time you shed tears of joy? I don’t remember, but I often shed tears of emotion, not sadness nor joy, just for something that moves me.

    4. What’s the most time consuming thing for you when you’re getting ready in the morning? In my makeup routine, my eyebrows take quite a few minutes. And my eyeliner too. Just because both need to be very symetrical and clean. Messing up these steps is not an option.

    5. It’s brown-bag lunch day! What are you having? Cheese crackers, some kind of italian sandwich and a chocolate bar for desert. Maybe a fruit in the summer.

    6. When was the last big fight you got into with someone? My mother and I fight all the time, but it’s never about yelling or anything. We just stop talking for a few days until it we’re over whatever it was we were fighting about.

    7. If you were given a good opportunity to pursue your current dream job, what would you do? I’d become a makeup artist. Just yesterday I went to a makeup school to follow a class in the afternoon. I talked with the teacher and I observed the students working. But I can’t afford to start this carrer yet.

    8. I’m crazy in love with the summer, my boyfriend, cookie dough ice cream, Mac cosmetics, lipsticks…

    9. What’s your fountain drink of choice? Muscat wine.

    10. What’s one thing you say to yourself all the time? Save money, save money, save money.

  29. Ru says:

    No shame in doing this on a Tuesday, right?

    1. Are you a red lip lover?
    Not really. I don’t like attention much and I don’t really like the color red.

    2. Do you ever wear ripped jeans?
    No, not my thang

    3. When was the last time you shed tears of joy?
    YEARS ago when my sister told me she got engaged

    4. What’s the most time consuming thing for you when you’re getting ready in the morning?
    Making eating breakfast/coffee & packing my lunch. Whenever I try to be healthy, I’m always a little late to work.

    5. It’s brown-bag lunch day! What are you having?
    It actually is today! Salad greens with black bean & quinoa burgers I made last night. May grab a banana for some good carbs.

    6. When was the last big fight you got into with someone?
    My sister right before New Years when she cursed me out and told me to get out of her house. We haven’t spoken since. She didn’t even call me for my birthday. Yea, it’s like that. :(

    7. If you were given a good opportunity to pursue your current dream job, what would you do?
    Write. I always dreamed of publishing stories that I write.

    8. I’m crazy in love with (fill in the blank).
    Right now- biking while the weather is nice! (not too hot or cold)

    9. What’s your fountain drink of choice?
    I try not to drink soda too much but if I do Coke Zero

    10. What’s one thing you say to yourself all the time?
    Let it go, it’s not worth it

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