Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Nov. 14

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  • 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 three years, which I guess makes this somewhere around Vol. 194. I’ve always enjoyed reading your answers in the comments, and I hope you enjoy reading mine.
  1. Mood:
  2. Distracted but otherwise a-okay. The roofers are here doing repairs on our garage (I’m waving at them right now through my office window… “Hi, guys!”), and there’s quite a commotion.

  3. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning?
  4. It varies wildly. Anywhere from 2-15 minutes, depending on how cooperative Lloyd Christmas is being (my bangs) and what I’m trying to do with my wavy hair.

    If all goes well, then it takes me about five minutes to de-frizz and shape, unless I’m curling or flat ironing, in which case I’m looking at about 15.

    And if I just can’t cajole Lloyd and the waves (great name for a band!) into behaving, I’ll slip on a Goody headband and a ponytail holder and call it a day.

    Even though I miss having super long hair…I have to say that shorter hair sure has been easier to wear.

  5. Do you have any plans for the holidays?
  6. Not yet, nope. And to tell you the truth, I’m beginning to fret about it.

    Now that El Hub’s parents have moved to California from Hawaii (they’re about a four-hour drive away from us), things are a little more complicated.

    When they lived in Hawaii, visits were more cut and dry. We either went to Hawaii or stayed here in the Bay Area, but now with everyone within driving distance, both sides of the family will try to get together, or we’ll be driving back/forth.

    I’m thankful that we’re all much closer together, but I haven’t quite figured out the new logistical challenges.

  7. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week?
  8. Last week I got a $20 voucher for 20 classes at a local yoga studio (I found the deal on Living Social), and I’d really like to make it to at least one class this week.

  9. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?”
  10. Pie! :) Pumpkin, apple, pecan…

  11. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately?
  12. I recently rediscovered Tarte Provocateur Pressed Mineral Powder after a long hiatus. Why I ever stopped using it, I have no idea.

    It refuses to settle into my fine lines and pores and feels as light as air on my skin. Amazing stuff!

  13. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages?
  14. Oh, yes. French, Italian and Spanish, mainly because I would like to eat my way through Spain, Italy and France.

  15. Shave, pluck or wax?
  16. When I’m in a hurry, shaving AND plucking, and waxing when I have an extra hour to kill (I do it myself).

  17. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year?
  18. Meet and then maintain my weight-loss goal despite the good eats this time of year, re-organize my entire makeup collection, and plan to take a short trip some place warm in January.

  19. Weekly goals:
  20. Just one this week. I feel a little off kilter right now, so I just want to make it through the week in one (ideally happy) piece.

Hey, hey, cutie pie. :) I just realized that following today, we only have six Mondays left in 2011.



I know! We’re in single digit territory…

We’re also coming up on our fifth year together, since I started MBB back in February of 2007.

This may sound corny, but I’m always grateful to be able to start the week with your friendship. I’m not kidding. Without you I’d probably go full-on bat sh*t crazy.

Before you jet, do you have a minute to touch base in today’s Monday Poll? I hope you do.

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



1. Mood:
2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning?
3. Do you have any plans for the holidays?
4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week?
5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?”
6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately?
7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages?
8. Shave, pluck or wax?
9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year?
10. Weekly goals:

I think today’s going to take a turn for the better any minute now. It’s just a matter of time.

You have yourself a good one, okay? Talk to you soon.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. Nina says:

    1. Mood: sleepy but relaxed and happy!

    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning? five minutes, i guess? i comb it out after my shower, then wrap it in an aquis towel. after im done w/ my makeup, i take off the towel, comb through my hair and apply either a straightening balm or a curl enhancer. thats that.

    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays? thanksgiving, we’re staying home. christmas/new year, we’re going to visit the hubs’ parents.

    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week? a newly opened (or reopened) Japanese place close to my work.

    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?” relief!!! fall is a welcome relief to the hot and humid weather we have almost all year round.

    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately? NYX soft matte lip creams.

    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages? yes, id like to learn japanese.

    8. Shave, pluck or wax? eyebrows – thread, legs and pits – not needed.

    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year? i want to stay at this cute b&b in austin tx all over again. we had so much fun when we were there.

    10. Weekly goals: make it to friday. as always.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nina!

      How was your weekend? I missed ya.

      I think I remember you saying the Hubs fam is from San Diego? Is that where you’re headed for Christmas?

      • Nina says:

        missed ya too! saturday we stayed out most of the day just stomping around …

        yesterday, i hung out w/ my sister and we went shopping. got some stuff for me and for presents.

        its my best friend’s family thats in SD. the hubs’ fam lives in west texas. :-)

        • Karen says:

          Ahh, I knew you had a SD connection but wasn’t quite sure how it fit. Sounds like you had a fun weekend. I had a shopping Saturday too (Sephora, Marshalls and Petco). What did you end up getting?

          • Nina says:

            i went to Sephora, Nordstrom Rack, F21, Gap and Barnes & Noble.

            i really only had to return a pair of jeans and get the full size Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum, but ended up w/ a couple of shirts, a book and some camis as well. :-)

          • Karen says:

            Oh, nice. There seems to be a lot of great sales going on right now.

            How are you liking the Vinoperfect Serum? I have a sample but have yet to try it!

            Monday is almost done… YES!

          • Nina says:

            there are pretty good deals around, i tried not to shop as much as i really wanted to though LOL!

            i think im loving the vinoperfect serum. i got a sampler set a month or so ago bec i wanted a better serum for the wintertime. i started to use it 2 wks or so ago and i can see some improvement! :-)

          • Karen says:

            You’re so good. I go into a store for one thing then… whoops! :)

            I will have to check out that serum. Right now I’m using one I got from Dermstore from a line called Replenix, but I’m always down to try something new. Is it moisturizing?

  2. Rachael says:

    1. Mood: Content, emailed my paper today and have nothing pressing this week. Ah peace.

    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning? Depends, for the most part I let it air dry so however long that takes.

    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays? Eat lots and lots of food. I’ll be meeting most of my fiance’s extended family this season and decorating on Black Friday because I’m too afraid of all the people to leave my house.

    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week? Actually getting in my workout. I can’t gain too much weight over the next few weeks (it’s hard with Thanksgiving which is my fav) or else I won’t be able to fit into my wedding dress with out breathing.

    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?” Thanksgiving! It’s my favorite holiday and my favorite foods all in one. Plus I can wear sweat pants to Thanksgiving dinner and my family doesn’t judge me cause we all do it!

    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately? Watt’s Up. Trying out a sample from Sephora before the wedding. Looks fine now cause I have a little tan left, but with a winter wedding, I think it’ll be too dark for my pale skin.

    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages? I can already speak French, but I wish I knew Spanish. All I can speak in Spanish is enough to order tequila, margaritas, enchiladas, and guac.

    8. Shave, pluck or wax? Shave and pluck. I’m a pansy and waxing sounds painful.

    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year? Get the engagement photos done. We’re waiting on snow first. Come on Ohio do your crazy weather!

    10. Weekly goals: Laundry, read while on the treadmill more, and knit more

    • Karen says:

      Rachael, I’m so happy for you! This is such an exciting time, and I hope you enjoy every second of it. Do you have any idea what you’re doing for your wedding makeup?

      • Rachael says:

        I am enjoying it much more now that I’m finished planning all the major details, the cake being my favorite detail. Probably the best appointment I went to, I got to eat and the fiance got to play with a dog.

        For my makeup, I have no idea. I want to keep it natural looking but still look good for photography (and last from 12 to 11). I just don’t want it turning out like in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, where it’s super caked on. Not a look I want too have sitting on my coffee table for years to come.

        • Karen says:

          Are you hiring a makeup artist or doing it yourself?

          • Rachael says:

            I’ll probably do it myself, I used to model so I have an idea of what looks good in photography. Or I’ll do the beauty consultation thing at like MAC or Sephora and get a step by step to do that look and re create it myself after I get my hair done.

          • Karen says:

            Oh, that sounds great. That way you can get it exactly the way you want it to look. :) Can’t wait to hear about the colors/look you decide on.

            Are you a perfume kind of girl? If you are, one fun thing to do is to buy a special scent you haven’t worn before and save it for your wedding day. I did that with Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue, and now every time I wear it it takes me back to the day I got married.

          • Rachael says:

            That’s a great idea! I’ve been debating on D&G The One Rose or Prada Infusion d’Iris anyway. Time to make a decision then.

          • Karen says:

            I’ve worn both and they’re both gorgeous. I’m a D&G fragrance girl so I’m pushing for Rose The One. ;) It lasts all day, and it smell light, fresh and romantic.

  3. shonda says:

    1. Mood: also distracted. that’s what happens when you have a guy on your mind
    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning? anywhere from 5-10 min. that’s why i love my pixie cut.
    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays? not really. having a “thanksgiving” dinner at work next Wednesday and I’m bringing mac and cheese.
    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week? my new ankle boots that I just got.
    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?” the colors
    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately? my stila one step foundation. i hate the fact that they’re discontinuing it.
    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages? yes. I’ve been trying to learn Italian so i can go to Italy some day.
    8. Shave, pluck or wax? wax
    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year? go on a date with the cute guy whose always on my mind and who i think likes me but is kinda shy. i know, long winded.
    10. Weekly goals: keep calm while at work(i work in retail), stay productive, put a smile on my co worker’s faces(even if it means making a butt of myself), find the perfect dress for new years eve.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Shonda,

      Jealous of your pixie cut! I’ve always wanted to try it but am terrified of the growing out process.

      So, what’s the story with the cute guy? How do you two know each other?

      • Shonda says:

        I’ve tried growing out my pixie once before and it just didn’t work. Besides, short hair suits me better. And the cute guy and I have known each other for a while. We talk just about every day. He’s really sweet and funny.

        • Karen says:

          I had a friend do it and it took her FOREVER. I remember her getting pretty grouchy a few times during the growing out process. More power to you and the pixie! Maybe some day I’ll get the guts to give it a try.

          As for the cute guy… maybe ask him out to coffee? Perhaps he just needs to a hint to know that yes, you’re into him.

  4. SILVIA says:

    1. Mood: Happy and looking forward to new good things.
    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning? ABOUT 15 MINUTES
    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays? FAMILY TIME
    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week? ALMAY ONE COAT NOURISHING VOLUMIZING MASCARA
    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?” THE COLD
    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately? HARD CANDY SHEER ENVY PRIMER
    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages? YES ITALIAN
    8. Shave, pluck or wax? SHAVE AND PLUCK
    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year? LOOSE A FEW MORE LBS
    10. Weekly goals: TO STAY ON TRACK AND MAKE MY SELF HAPPY

  5. Marie says:

    1. Mood: tired but happy!

    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning? Depends, sometimes I just go out wiht my hair wet and let it curl all over the place, sometimes I use a curling wand and it can take me 30 minutes!

    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays? Be with my parents, see my friends, rest some and have some good French food ( don’t get much good food here in London…)

    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week? Urban Decay Naked Palette – I know, I’m months late, but I don’t wear eye shadow that often. And everybody’s told me it was great!

    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?”: that winter’s around the corner. And that summer is – thankfully – over.

    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately? My MAC Studio Sculpt foundation, I’d be lost without it!

    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages? i’m a language student, so I’ve got enough on my plate as it is ;). But yeah, there’s always room for more, like Danish, Norwegian and Faeroese!

    8. Shave, pluck or wax? Shave and pluck. I always end up burning myself with the wax…

    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year? Sort out my mini library because it’s a mess, reorganise my notes and finally wearing my winter clothes ( it’s still waaay too hot for November!)

    10. Weekly goals: going on a makeup spree to buy the above mentioned palette, among other things, write all my essays and translations at a reasonable time – as opposed to at the last minute, and SLEEP IN on Sunday and Monday!

  6. Trisha says:

    1. Mood: Sleepy. Good. I set up almost all of my holiday directions yesterday, including the huge Christmas tree, so I’m in a much jollier mood than I might be if I hadn’t. ;)

    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning? Almost no time at all. I’m pretty low maintenance with my hair.

    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays? Well, I’m going to be seeing my family. Eating good food. Other than that, I don’t know. I bet it’ll be awesome, though.

    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week? Joining a gym. I’m going to set up a tour this week. Wish me luck!

    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?” The holidays! Halloween, Thanksgiving, and then Christmas. Really good times. I think there are few people who love the holiday season as much as I do.

    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately? The Suave Professionals Captivating Curls Cream Mousse. That stuff improved my curls about a million times over. I think I should buy an entire crate just in case it ever comes off their list.

    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages? Yes! All of them! I’ve been slowly trying to learn German for a while now. I’d also like to learn Japanese. But everything, really.

    8. Shave, pluck or wax? Shave my body hair, pluck my eyebrows.

    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year? Finish revisions on my completed novel and finish writing my second and third.

    10. Weekly goals: 1. Keep being adorable. 2. Finish my holiday decorations.
    Trisha recently posted … For the Holidays: LUSH Australian Igloo Sugar Scrub

  7. Trisha says:

    I know Suave hair products aren’t ‘makeup.’ I think I’m just too sleepy to follow directions properly today. ;)
    Trisha recently posted … For the Holidays: LUSH Australian Igloo Sugar Scrub

  8. Christina says:

    1. Mood: I’m actually doing okay so far! I have organic chemistry lab in about 30 minutes but as i was re-reading the procedure, I realized I had to calculate something so I rushed to the computer lab to look up values. Oops!

    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning? About a minute? The most I do to my hair is comb is out so that it doesn’t look like a Pomeranian but if it’s too unruly, I’ll spritz some Bumble & Bumble Tonic Lotion on it!

    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays? So far, it’s just enjoying the four weeks of break! It’s the first year ever since I started college that we had 4 weeks off (usually it’s three) so my friends and I are crazy excited!

    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week? Staying on top of studying for my midterm on Wednesday :) In regards to beauty products, I got a serious haul over the weekend (got Lancome Caprice lipstick ’cause of your post <3) so I definitely want to try out everything over the weekend.

    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?” I love that Daylight Savings Time ends and you get an hour back. While my body is pretty much adjusted now, feeling like I had an extra hour to do work when it happened was gooooooood.

    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately? Lancome L'Absolu Rouge in Caprice! I was worried it would be similar to MAC Russian Red or Lancome Absolute rouge but the texture is so smooth and creamy and the lack of microglitter makes it unique in my collection! :D

    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages? YES. While I can speak some Spanish and a little Tagalog, I want to be as fluent as possible. I also would love to learn Japanese and Mandarin :3

    8. Shave, pluck or wax? Waxing and plucking when I have time. I try to avoid shaving my legs and waxing as much as possible but, if I have no time, I do what I gotta do!

    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year? Clean my apartment and my room back home! And probably find a good storage system for my evergrowing make-up collection :P

    10. Weekly goals: Study like craaaaaazzzyyyy for my mammalian physiology midterm on Wednesday and psyche myself up for a mock interview session on Thursday night. Phew!

  9. Larie says:

    1. Mood: Cheerful!
    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning? Um, five minutes, top. Spray some Aveda Damage Control on it, brush it, either clip it back or let it loose. Ta-da! When it’s shorter, even less than that ;)
    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays? For Thanksgiving we’re visiting my aunt and uncle, but for Christmas we’re staying home for the first time in a long time! Excited!
    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week? I’m going to try to make a double crust apple pie!
    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?” Colors! I love the leaves.
    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately? Chanel Perfection Lumière!
    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages? Yes! French and Korean.
    8. Shave, pluck or wax? Shave & tweeze.
    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year? Go through and weed out old/useless products from my stash, get in a few more weight workouts (I feel like a slacker lately!).
    10. Weekly goals: Finish Christmas shopping!
    Larie recently posted … Lipstick Bandit PSA

  10. Cacau says:

    Mood:
    Sleepy and a bit hungry

    How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning?
    I wake up and then I go out. Sometimes I take 3 minutes to brush it.

    Do you have any plans for the holidays?
    I’ll make a surprise visit for my aunt, who moved recently. :)

    What’s one new thing you would like to try this week?
    Cooking something that ain’t pasta.

    The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?”
    COLD!

    A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately?
    Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation and Bourjois Rose Frisson blush.

    Do you wish that you could speak any other languages?
    Korean and German.

    Shave, pluck or wax?
    None. :) I believe this is a way of opression of the female body. (not sure if I wrote it right, I’m not a native english-speaker.)

    Things you’d like to do before the end of the year?
    Finish my internships with the feeling I did a good job. Do the interviews for my final paper for college.

    Weekly goals:
    Rest and read the novel I want to read. I’ve been running so much with my studies, doing so many things, I’m super stressed out! :(
    Cacau recently posted … Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation (and some other stuff too)

  11. Stef Smith says:

    1. Mood: Tired! I had an amazing weekend at the coast with my family and friends! But it was a looong weekend and had to get the kids up early this morning. All I want is a nap, but there’s just no time. But totally worth it!!!
    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning? About five minutes with flat ironing. I have a shaggy haircut, which is pretty quick to flat iron.
    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays? Yep, time with my family, time with the husband’s family. Depending on my husband’s work schedule of course. And eating myself silly!
    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week? I’d like to try the pumpkin spice coffee at Starbucks, that’s about it! LOL!
    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?” Fires in the fireplace!
    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately? My navy eyeliner, it’s Urban Decay 24/7, but I can’t remember the name. But I looooooove it!
    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages? Spanish! There are a lot of Spanish speaking people where I live, and it would be a very useful language to know. In fact, that’s going to be one of my New Year’s resolutions, to learn Spanish.
    8. Shave, pluck or wax? Pluck!
    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year? Figure out my next haircut, start getting gel manicures, get my house organized really well, start training my dog to stop jumping!
    10. Weekly goals: After our weekend, my house looks like a tsunami hit it, so I need to get it cleaned up! I’d also like to start on some Christmas shopping!

  12. Caitlin says:

    1. Mood: Pretty tired, but otherwise content
    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning? Ten minutes if I flat iron it, 25 minutes if I curl it
    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays? Many different family celebrations (its hectic when you have divorced parents!) and of course my birthday :)
    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week? The 30 Day Shred DVD from Jillian Michaels. I want to see if I am fit enough to be able to try the program for 30 days straight.
    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?” Fall fashion! I love the rich colors and beautiful styles like peacoats and suede boots :)
    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately? MAC SUbculture lip pencil. I bought it after reading your post about it Karen and I have been wearing it every day since!
    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages? Dutch because my family it Dutch, Spanish because I think it sounds sexy and French because I live in Canada and we are technically bilingual. I will probably never learn any of them :(
    8. Shave, pluck or wax? Shave for body, pluck for eyebrows
    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year? Get in a bit better shape, ace my courses
    10. Weekly goals: Finish my two papers ughh, workout at least 3 times, cook something healthy and yummy

    Have a great week Karen!

    • Karen says:

      You have a great week too, Caitlin. Good luck with the papers! Oh, and let me know if you need any healthy/yummy recipe inspiration. I have a few go-to meals that are fast and easy.

  13. Chris25 says:

    1. Mood: Pretty chill. I just did food shopping for an event on Friday. One more thing to scratch off the to-do list!
    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning?: 5 minutes. I gave up on my bird’s nest long ago.
    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays?: My boyfriend’s birthday is a little after Thanksgiving, so we’re having dinner with his folks.
    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week?: Waxing my eyebrows. I’ve never done it at home.
    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?”: Holidays.
    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately?: Lakme Kajal. It’s so black!
    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages?: I wish I knew more Spanish and Italian (I can hold a basic conversation in those two), and I want to learn French, Arabic and Hindi.
    8. Shave, pluck or wax?: Wax. It takes away so much hair. I would look like a Muppet if I didn’t wax. :P
    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year?: Reach 30,000 views on my blog.
    10. Weekly goals: On Friday, my college’s Cultural Club is hosting a play called “Undocumented”, and CNN is going to tape it! I’m making spinach pakoras, and I can’t wait to see how it all goes. :)

  14. Kim says:

    1. Mood: Just lovely. Two more days and we’re off to Disney. :)
    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning? About 20 minutes. I wash and blow dry everyday and my hair is getting kind of long, so it takes a while to dry.
    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays? We’ll be gone for Thanksgiving, but everyone comes to our house for Christmas. My parents are only 5 minutes away and the Hubs’ dad is about 3 hours. Btw, congrats on your inlaws moving back to Cali. Bummer on the Hawaiian vacation loss, though!
    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week? To think about packing sooner than the night before we leave.
    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?” Smell. I actually love the smell of fall. So crisp and fresh with a hint of falling leaves and impending winter.
    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately? I’m on my faux cils kick right now.
    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages? Oh, heaven’s YES. I’d like to be able to speak everything! Sadly, I don’t have much natural aptitude for languages.
    8. Shave, pluck or wax? All 3, depending on the area in question. Shave the body, tweeze the brows and wax the mustache. :)
    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year? Magically lose 20 lbs. HAHA!
    10. Weekly goals: OK, I DO have goals this week. Get the house cleaned (I hate coming home to a messy house), get everything packed for our trip, have a nice b’day dinner for my Mom before we leave; watch and mail back both Netflix movies by Wednesday. I guess those were more “to do” than goals, but it’s a start.

    • Karen says:

      FUN!!! Are you going to Disneyland or Disneyworld? Seriously, color me jealous.

      Yeah… I’m gonna miss surfing on Christmas day. Sigh.

      • Kim says:

        Disneyworld, sadly. I’m just not a Florida fan. Southern California, on the other hand! That said, it’ll be a really fun time and it’s the first for the boys. Nine days of rides and warm weather should be pretty easy to take. :)

        I’ve never tried my hand at surfing, but still feel your pain. Our next big family vacation is totally going to be Hawaii! After I force them all to drive with me from San Francisco to LA on Hwy 1, of course. :)

        • Karen says:

          SoCal! You’ll be so near, yet so far!

          BTW — there’s a Sephora in the Downtown Disney section. The testers are a hot mess because so many kids go in there and go buck wild, but I do remember seeing some cool lines like Paul & Joe.

          One fun thing to do: have lunch at the Blue Bayou restaurant, which is located right next to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. You’ll have to make reservations beforehand, though:

          http://disneyland.disney.go.com/disneyland/blue-bayou-restaurant/

          You can enjoy a good meal and get out of the sun for a bit, plus, you get to see all the folks in their Pirates boats go by.

          Another fun thing: finding the hidden Mickeys!

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hidden_Mickey

          Yay, you guys are gonna have so much fun. :)

  15. Faye says:

    1. Mood:
    Grateful that Monday is almost over :)

    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning?
    I wash and blow dry it in the evening, so usually only about 5 minutes in the morning. When you leave the house at 5:30 A.M., you don’t want to spend too much time on hair!

    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays?
    It will be our first holiday in Hong Kong! My in-laws and parents will be coming to spend a week there. It’s supposed to be a surprise, but my family’s not too good at those (usually because I do all the holiday organizing). I’m looking forward to celebrating with people I know, and meeting some new ones too!

    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week?
    There’s a new yoga/ballet hybrid class at my gym that’s looking interesting.

    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?”
    Equestrienne-inspired boots! (3 words, I know)

    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately?
    YSL mascara in brown — didn’t think anything could replace my beloved discontinued Lancome, but this really makes my paler-than-pale lashes defined!

    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages?
    Well not to brag, but I do :). Besides English, I’m fluent in French, German, Spanish, and Hebrew. I’m pretty decent in Arabic, and am studying Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese. The latter two are definitely putting me on a learning curve! I wish I was better visually, because the written characters are so difficult for me.

    8. Shave, pluck or wax?
    Wax or shave, depends on the season, length of time since last hair removal, etc. . .

    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year?
    Meet at least 5 new couples I think my husband I could be friends with in our new country; get to know my new neighborhood, or at least some good places to shop.

    10. Weekly goals:
    Wrap up and send Christimas/Chanukah presents to my American friends and family (I bought them last week).

  16. Joy says:

    1. Mood: Happy but feeling perplexed.
    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning? Long enough to get my wig on straight; probably 2-5 mins.
    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays? I plan to volunteer at a women’s shelter for Thanksgiving. For Christmas I may go home.
    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week? Not eating out any this week.
    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?” Leaves
    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately? YSL #25 Pecan Delight
    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages? I would love to speak Spanish fluently
    8. Shave, pluck or wax? Shave
    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year? Secure a job
    10. Weekly goals: Get all my homework done

  17. Advah says:

    1. Mood: PMSing! That should say it all.

    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning? About 7 secs: scrunch with damp hands on the left, scrunch with damp hands on the right, tosstoss.

    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays? Visiting my parents (and five cats) for a bit over two weeks. I just can’t wait.

    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week? Sticking to at least half a Jillian (Michaels) and a short, lukewarm shower every day. And one hour a day of work on that new interpreting class I’ve just started.

    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?” The different light at sunset!

    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately? My new Graphite Shimmer Bobbi Brown gel liner!

    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages? I love languages! I’m planning on brushing up on some forgotten stuff (been saying that for a year) and right now I’d love to learn Croatian for whatever reason. And Swedish.

    8. Shave, pluck or wax? Wax and epilate, but pluck on facial hair!

    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year? Lose that damn cellulite that’s preventing me from zipping up the jeans and get into a yoga headstand.

    10. Weekly goals: Handle the PMS (not doing well so far) and eat reasonably despite said PMS. And just give myself a break. :)

    Happy Monday everyone!

  18. Shannon says:

    1. Mood: pretty chill. Watching 30 Rock and packing for a trip.

    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning? I just got a haircut and we’re still making peace with each other, so right now it’s about 20 minutes. Usually it’s less.

    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays? Lay on the sofa at my parents’ house and watch Hulu and On Demand and generally catch up on all the crappy pop culture I’ve missed out on since living in South Africa.

    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week? I’m going to bungee jump at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe!

    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?” Pumpkin spice lattes and cute hats.

    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately? Dandelion Blush by Benefit. Perfect for spring/summer.

    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages? Always. I speak Spanish and some Arabic in addition to English but I’d like to learn French.

    8. Shave, pluck or wax? Shave for legs, wax for bikini line

    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year? Send out resumes, finish grad school app, find the perfect red lipstick

    10. Weekly goals: study for the GRE. It’s two weeks from today!

  19. Kimberly says:

    1. Mood:
    Tired, as per usual!

    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning?
    No time at all! I have an early morning class, so I can’t be bothered to do anything with it. I usually just get up, look in the mirror, judge the status of my hair… And then either let it do it’s own thing, or put it in a ponytail. Easy peasy.

    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays?
    Part of my family will be getting together at my sister’s house. I’ll probably be making some sort of pumpkin mousse, yum!

    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week?
    I’m really in to frozen yogurt lately, so I would like to try some more flavors!

    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?”
    …..What’s *not* to love about fall? First word is “weather”, second is “leaves.” It’s just so perfect and beautiful, without being too cold or too warm. :)

    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately?
    TheBalm Muppets Palette. It’s a bit of a surprise, since I wasn’t intending on purchasing it and in the end I LOVE it!

    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages?
    Definitely! I’m learning Italian right now, but my ultimate goal is to conquer most of the Romantic languages (at least French and Spanish) and then be able to read Latin.

    8. Shave, pluck or wax?
    Shave and pluck!

    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year?
    Start volunteering! I’d really like to give back to my community and start making positive changes around town, even if they are very small ones. :)

    10. Weekly goals:
    Complete/submit some scholarship/volunteer applications. Study for Italian, finish *all* of my homework on time, and keep it all together!

  20. Brett says:

    1. Mood: Fair – it’s been a productive day
    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning? Depends. Anywhere from 5-30 minutes.
    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays?Which one? Thanksgiving with the in-laws, Christmas at home.
    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week? Hiking!
    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?” The changing of the leaves
    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately? Makeup For Ever’s new Smokey Eyes Palette
    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages? just better French
    8. Shave, pluck or wax? all of the above, when time allows
    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year? get organized!
    10. Weekly goals: write, laugh and dance

  21. Melissa says:

    1. Mood: Happy – just realized it’s 2:30! This day is flying by
    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning? About 10 mins lately. I’ve been throwing a few wide barrel curls in my hair, shaking it out, smoothing, spraying and out the door!
    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays? Staying home sweet home this year. After the debacle of last Christmas with 5 families joining for one Christmas. The definition of chaos.
    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week? Getting to bed earlier. Crazy I know!
    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?” Sweaters!
    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately? Maybelline’s Dream Mousse blush. I have a peach and pink color and they give a pretty, natural flush without being overbearing.
    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages? YES! When I’m walking by those kiosks in the mall where they want you to try some dead sea salt spa foot lotion or some other crap, I wish I could speak like Polish or something and tell them I don’t understand English in Polish. Then they would stop talking (selling) to me. Right now I just pretend I’m in a fight with somebody on the phone, most of them won’t try and interrupt me :-)
    8. Shave, pluck or wax? Shave & pluck
    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year? Finish knitting the scarf I started for my little girl for Christmas. I always try and make at least one thing. I made her a Curious George snuggie for Christmas last year. JoAnne’s craft store and I are BFFs.
    10. Weekly goals:
    Put my resume out to at least 3 jobs. This place is making me crazayyy!

    Have a good week everybody :-)
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    • Karen says:

      That Curious George Snuggie sounds adorable, Melissa! I kind of want one, LOL!

      What jobs are you looking at? Are you staying in your same field, or trying something new?

      • Melissa says:

        …hey, ya know when you want something that they don’t make, you gotta make it yourself :-) My baby wanted Curious George so Curious George she received. Even today she will tell everybody that I made it. It really does mean something when you make something by hand. Job wise, I’m looking in the same field of admin, but I’m a government contractor so I always have the fear when my contract runs out of renewal. I need something more stable and permanent. Have a great week Karen!
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        • Karen says:

          That is so cute. I wish I was skilled enough to make something like that by hand. I’d be making adult size snuggies left and right! Of course they’d have to have cat prints on them. :) Your daughter is very lucky!

          I worked for a long time in admin. It’s a good field; you get to help people, plus there’s always jobs available and most of the time you get to leave work at work. I hope you find something more permanent that you enjoy!

  22. Katherine G says:

    1. Mood:
    ~Happy now. Was a little sad this morning, probably because of the weather. Happy because my childhood toy train is up and running, and will be my Christmas Tree train.

    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning?
    ~Anywhere from 2 to 20 minutes. Since I’ve been keeping my wavy/straight rather thick hair longer and in long layers, it’s been more manageable. It’s harder to deal with when freshly washed (that’s when it doesn’t want to be flat ironed, wants to be frizzy or staticky, etc.). Most of the time it’s pulled back or braided in some way for the job.

    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays?
    ~I am actually hosting Thanksgiving this year (just my parents, my fiance’s parents, and my little brother), and my fiance and I are working on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week?
    ~A new form of exercise. I need to get motivated again.

    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?”
    ~Leaves. I love all the colors of the fall leaves :)

    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately?
    ~My Nars blush in Orgasm. It never fails to make me look more awake and well rested, as well as not anemic, hahaha.
    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages?
    ~Yes, I do wish I was fluent in Spanish and Italian, rather than knowing phrases here and there. I also think that being fluent would help with different job stuff.
    8. Shave, pluck or wax?
    ~Shaving, and plucking, almost never have time to wax, and I find it frustrating to do on my own.
    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year?
    ~A getaway of sorts with my fiance (don’t know where, and don’t know if it would happen), and finish out my classes strong.
    10. Weekly goals:
    ~do some form of exercise, get all my schoolwork done before the weekend, and make sure I have everything for Thanksgiving.

    • Karen says:

      That’s cool that you’re hosting this year, Katherine. What are you cooking?

      • Katherine G says:

        Turkey (an 18 pounder), stuffing (in and out of the turkey), brown sugar carrots, Chi Chi’s corn cake, green beans with bacon and almonds, and real mashed taters :) Have a happy Thanksgiving!

        • Karen says:

          NICE. Can I come over? LOL, just kidding. I love hearing about what people are making. Would you believe that I’ve never cooked a turkey before? One of these days I need to cross that off my list…

          Have fun cooking, and happy (early) Thanksgiving!

  23. Alyssa says:

    1. Mood: Happy/tired

    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning? Usually about 1 min. I airdry my locks and usually pin my bangs or leave them loose. Thank god for straight hair!

    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays? Hanging with my brother’s new baby girl….and tons of shopping!

    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week? Eating eggs for breakfast. I’m such a wimp when it comes to eating eggs.

    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?” the clothes!

    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately? black eyeliner

    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages? I do…sorta. So I which I could speak them better.

    8. Shave, pluck or wax? wax eyebrows, shave legs, and luckily my pits are hairless! LOL :)

    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year? Clean out my overflowing closet.

    10. Weekly goals: Clean up my shoe-rack, blog a bit, and visit the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Arts

  24. Saffron says:

    1. Mood:
    Blissed out like a mofo. Been dating a guy who has all kinds of The One potential for.. going on 3 months now? Getting cozy and it is AWESOME.

    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning?
    Less than a minute on work days, I just wear it up in a french twist. Up to half an hour when going out if I’m doing fancy stuff like liberty rolls.

    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays?
    I don’t have fam to worry about so I plan on taking the bf on a trip for thanksgiving, part urban luxury retreat and part volcano spelunking adventure. I suffer.

    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week?
    Being at home. Seriously, I can’t remember the last night I didn’t go out.

    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?”
    Rain. The early dark is difficult to bear but the sparkle of all the lights off of every (constantly) wet surface is gorgeous.

    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately?
    MAC Pro Longwear concealer, which I owe to YOU Ms Karen. I don’t have a good color match in MAC but I am willing to sacrifice and imperfect match for UNBELIEVABLE wear and no creasing.

    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages?
    If only I could wish it. I’m fluent in ASL, which is handy in noisy bars… If I ever wanted to move to a brainier, more progressive place, it’d be handy to know a scandanavian language.

    8. Shave, pluck or wax?
    Depends on where I’m launching the attack. ><

    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year?
    Get my apartment in order – I have way more clutter than I'm comfortable with and stuff piling up. Need to destufify without reducing recreation and hobby stuff unduly. Get work in order – I'm training on so many things at once that I'm getting scattered, I need to allow myself time to focus on getting focused.

    10. Weekly goals:
    Work towards both of the above, get prepped for hosting a party saturday.

    have a good one ya'll!

  25. Tammy says:

    1. Mood: Good. Excited. Happy!

    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning? About a minute. I brush it, I twist my bangs away from my face, pin them, and call it a day.

    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays? I’m going to Thailand! Haven’t been in 8 years and I’m so excited!

    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week? Learn how to use iMovie. I just got my first MacBook Pro!

    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?”
    I second the pie! Sweet potato, pumpkin, pecan…yum.

    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately? Meow Cosmetics Pampered Puss Foundation. Cheaper, bigger and better than BareMinerals. Yeah, I said it!

    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages? I want to brush up on my Thai. I also want to learn Spanish, Mandarin, Italian, French, and Korean.

    8. Shave, pluck or wax? Mainly shave and pluck

    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year? Learn a few Korean phrases as since I’ll moving to S. Korea next year.

    10. Weekly goals: Get the hang of my Mac, start tracking my budget again, and try not to get sick!
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  26. gio says:

    1. Mood: ok

    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning? no time at all. I just don’t do anything with it lol.

    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays? not yet

    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week? hanging out with my friends

    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?” the leaves changing color

    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately? Neve cosmetics blush in summertime. It gives such a nice glow to skin.

    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages? yes, I’d love to learn French.

    8. Shave, pluck or wax? shave.

    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year? go on holiday.

    10. Weekly goals: get some rest!
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  27. Katie says:

    1. Mood: Surprisingly ready for the week! I think I say this every Monday Poll, and it becomes the opposite by Friday, LOL.

    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning? Like, three minutes! I don’t do ANYTHING to my hair, and it works! It’s naturally straight, thick hair that I just comb in the morning or tie up in a ponytail. I always air-dry after washing it. Other than shampoo & conditioner, I use only one product to tame frizzies – Bedhead After Party.

    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays? I am going back to the Bay Area when my Winter Break starts, and I plan to do nothing but veg out! I have no specifics for Xmas or New Year’s.

    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week? Go without ice cream three times this week. (College life, yo.)

    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?” Fashion (or cooler weather).

    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately? I haven’t gotten new m/u in months, but, I’ve really been loving my Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. It’s a lifesaver for my oily skin every fall/winter.

    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages? I speak Vietnamese and French, and I wish I could speak them more fluently.

    8. Shave, pluck or wax? I shave my legs, pluck my brows, but I stay away from waxing. I can’t do it on my face because of Retin-A, and it seems time-consuming for body.

    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year? Begin my extensive reading list, organize/update my wardrobe (I really need new clothes – summer/winter, basics, pretty much everything).

    10. Weekly goals: Do research for a group project, get ahead on some course reading, exercise at least three times this week.

    Obligatory Walking Dead comments, Karen!!
    1) The conversation between Rick and Shane about finding Sophia was difficult. I am conflicted about whether or not finding her is holding down the rest of the group!
    2) I loved all the screen time they gave Daryl. What a trooper! (Look at his hot survival man muscles.) I’m also beginning to understand why he’s so involved in finding Sophia – like Sophia, Merle’s fate is pretty much unknown, too, so he identifies with Carol.
    3) I knew there was something a bit dark about Herschel! Why do you think he’s keeping all those walkers?
    4) The show needs MORE ZOMBIES! Is it just me, or is this season lackluster with the characters growing whiny and impractical?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Katie,

      SO… zombies.

      The last episode was probably my favorite one from the season so far, mostly because I yelled, “OH NOOOOO!” about ten times. Daryl is one tough mo’ fo’. I am really enjoying his character and am so glad that that trigger happy woman did not shoot him.

      I’m with you on this season feeling very different from the last. It’s seems like the writers have been playing more with intellectual discussions rather than just straight up action. I love it when shows don’t assume you’re dumb, but not gonna lie — I could use a LOT more zombies and edge of your seat “OH NOOOO!” moments.

      Did you hear about Frank Darabont leaving the show? I think that has a lot to do with how this new season feels.

  28. Christine says:

    1. Mood: Relaxed!
    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning? No time at all – I shower and blow dry at night, and when I wake up in the morning, I just run my fingers through my hair and use Bedhead Manipulator.
    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays? Not really, just family.
    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week? NARS cream blush.
    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?” Wearing BOOTS!
    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately? Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation
    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages? I’m bilingual – but I wish I could speak French.
    8. Shave, pluck or wax? Thread and pluck.
    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year? Get my spring cleaning started early.
    10. Weekly goals: For once in my life, I’m all caught up and bit a head. But, I’d love to get to the gym a bit more this week.

  29. 1. Mood: stressed/exhausted. Strexhausted?
    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning? usually less than five minutes, unless my bangs are going crazy.
    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays? Spending it with three families: husband’s mom, my dad’s side and my mom’s side. That’s how it is for EVERY holiday.
    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week? Err… start exercising again, I guess. Hopefully it will help my anxiety levels.
    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?” Crunching leaves! (two words, my bad)
    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately? ELF Eyelid Primer. It actually works pretty well for me.
    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages? Of course!
    8. Shave, pluck or wax? Pluck my brows, shave the rest. I’d like to get an epilator sometime soon.
    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year? Finish this semester of college and the first draft of my comic book script.
    10. Weekly goals: write that paper I’ve been putting off.

  30. Linnea says:

    1. Mood: Good. A little out of it(I had a 4 day weekend, so monday is pretty hard to get back into!)
    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning? Oh man. Anywhere from 2-45 minutes. I try to be optimistic everytime I’m “going for it”.. I say oh this will only take 15-25 minutes.. hecks no. I just have too much hair. So usually 2 minutes = comb, and pop in a bun. Usually 15 minutes to blowdry if I choose, and 45+ if curling/straightening/hot rollers are involved.
    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays? Family! My family usually comes to my hometown(where my parents live), so we usually just celebrate and try to see eachother as much as possible. That being said, this is the first year that I will live in a different house, and that my boyfriend isn’t going to be with me(he’s travelling with his family to visit more family).
    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week? Not new — but I’d like to get back to working out at home. I’ve neglected it because I have some classes to go to, but all but one has ended, and I have my doctors appointment next week, so its high time to try to work out at least 4 times.
    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?” Leaves! they’re all gone by now where I live, but I love the different colours/textures that the leaves add to fall.
    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately? Benefit Bad Girl Mascara! somehow I got my hands on a minitube.. and I love it. Nothing too extreme, but exactly what I need for the daytime.
    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages? Yes! French, Spanish, Italian, all for different reasons: French, as everyone thinks I should speak it already as I am from Canada. Spanish because I work with a bunch of Spanish speaking people.. Italian because hell.. its sexy, and I would love to go back to the country and be able to navigate properly!
    8. Shave, pluck or wax? All. Shave most of the time, pluck the eyebrows(wax isn’t allowed around my eyebrows — just too messy, and not worth it). Wax — I keep trying to wax myself, but hell! I cannot for the life of me pull something off of my body(lets just make it clear–I have problems with bandaids). I do like getting waxed. I plan to get some laser hair removal for my pits and pubes, and be done with it!
    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year? lose 5 pounds, and buy a freezer(random, I know, but it would be really nice to have a full freezer)
    10. Weekly goals: Work out 4 times, drink more water(I’ve fallen off the wagon again!) and clean my life — ie car, apartment, everything!!

  31. Shannon says:

    1. Mood:
    Not too excited to be back in the office after the 3-day weekend. I can’t wait for Thanksgiving break and then Christmas!
    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning?
    Depends on what I’m doing. If I shower, it’s usually takes about 10 minutes to blowdry. If it’s dirty, I usually spend between 5 and 15 minutes trying to cajole it into not looking too greasy.
    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays?
    Goin to visit the man’s family this Christmas! I’m bummed that we’ll be on the other side of the country to my family, but I’m looking forward to spending time with his parents. They’re pretty cool people.
    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week?
    I really, really don’t want to try anything new this week. Vehemently. I want to work on the things I’ve already started, like the papers I’m theoretically going to apply to grad school with.
    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?”
    trees! and those couple days where’s it’s not too hot but not too cold and it just feels crisp outside.
    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately?
    Does a makeup brush count? I got the medium fluffy eyeshadow brush by Sonia Kashuk, and I really love how sheerly it applies pigmented colors. I like to keep things low-key, especially for the daytime, and it has made a bunch of different colors WAY more wearable. I freakin love the thing!
    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages?
    Yup. I wish I could speak French, and maybe German. And I wish I could speak Spanish more fluently than I am currently able.
    8. Shave, pluck or wax?
    Eyebrows are plucked. Everything else I usually shave. I’ve been epilating it up lately, though.
    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year?
    Actually apply to grad school, lose about 2 or 3 pounds, and get A’s in my classes.
    10. Weekly goals:
    To get enough sleep and, when I’m not sleeping, to bust my @ss on homework and applications.

  32. Becky says:

    1. Mood: Weird, down then up then down again…
    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning? WELL back in my creamy crack days at least twenty minutes for straightening, forty minutes for curling. Now it takes 10-15 minutes if I’ve washed it or one minute to re-brush and tie into a pony!
    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays? Christmas Eve with the London family, Christmas day at home opening presents and eating eating eating :)
    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week? Hmmm…I’d like to try to cook something new, maybe one of the things I’ve seen on Pinterest!
    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?” Cold!
    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately? My MAC Violetta lipstick which I got for my birthday.
    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages? I wish I could speak fluent French instead of tourist French! Also Spanish, Hebrew, Russian.
    8. Shave, pluck or wax? Shave and pluck!
    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year? I would like to keep eating healthy and exercising (except for Christmas, obviously), get out a bit more, and start querying literary agents. I would also like to get a job but that doesn’t seem likely :(
    10. Weekly goals: Write, cook, clean my brushes :)

    • Karen says:

      LOL, I get what you mean about tourist French. I took French in high school and learned enough to order food and ask for directions. :)

      What are you writing this week?

      • Becky says:

        I like to pretend I know enough to read French Vogue too :) I’m writing a story about teenagers stuck in their small town (wait, that sounds familiar…) and of course there is a bad boy in there too!

  33. Marian says:

    1. Mood: Content. Got a lot done today.
    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning? 1 minute since the pixie : )
    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays? No. We stay right here for the holidays.
    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week? a new Zumba dance
    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?” the smell of the leaves underfoot.
    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately? Chanel Gris Exquise eye shadow…best grey ever!
    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages? Oh yes….all of them!
    8. Shave, pluck or wax? Shave and pluck. I’ve never waxed.
    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year? Maybe lose a little more weight. I’m pretty happy with what I’ve accomplished this year.
    10. Weekly goals: Jack up the exercise a bit. Eat well. Start wrapping Christmas presents.

  34. Olga says:

    1. Mood: Both sleepy and working
    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning?
    Errr, five? If I blow dry it, it looks always better, since I have wavy hair, but I think it is wrong to expose my hair to hot air every morning.
    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays?
    Oh, yes! I’ll snowboarding in Austria!
    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week?
    I want to cook something of Thai food! It’s delicious, and I have coconut milk at home. :-)
    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?”
    Orange bags and nail polish!
    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately?
    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages?
    8. Shave, pluck or wax?
    Wax, it always is. Wanna learn how to do threading (for eyebrows), though.
    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year?
    Finish writing of my  *beloved* PhD thesis!
    10. Weekly goals:
    Go to gym 2 more times, finish and submit a paper.

    • Wendy says:

      If you want to use your coconut milk to make curry, use the Mae Ploy brand. If you want to make mango with coconut sticky rice, use tapioca flour or tapioca starch to thicken the coconut milk before adding it to the steamed sticky rice. Have fun cooking!

      • Karen says:

        Reading this just made me totally hungry.

        • Olga says:

          Thank you very much for the advice, Wendy! I was actually going to cook a seafood soup… Not really sure, if this wil be an authentically Thai food, but a friend’s Mom does it, and I love her recipe :-). I will check out whether this brand, Mae Ploy, is available where I live, which is Spain.

    • Olga says:

      Oops, just realized that I have completely forgotten to report on the most interesting part that is cosmetics! And also languages. So sorry for that!

      6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately?
      I am in love with USLU Airlines nail polishes, and I have collected almost all the items from the DJ collection, apart from 1 which is discontinued.
      7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages?
      I wish I could speak some Chinese since I want to visit the country, and may be, go there for a research internship. Also, I won’t mind speaking French, at least some, but since my husband speaks it, it is handy to just have him around when going to France :-).

      And sorry for the mess up in the comments, Karen! This entry is the first time I comment here, so I have not yet exactly figured out, how to reply to whom and where. :-)

  35. Let says:

    1. Mood: stressed out. I’m gonna have three midterms, two lab reports, and two other homework this week.
    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning? Five minutes at max. My hair is so straight that any attemot to style it (bun, ponytail, etc.) will result in it falling down, so I just let it down.
    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays? My family is visiting me this Christmas :-D
    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week? A pair of Seychelles 4 1/2 inch pump I ordered from Nordstrom.
    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?” Pumpkins! Pumpkins are rare back in my country, so I try to satisfy my pumpkin cravings when I study here in the US.
    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately? I guess the UD 24/7 Electric Eyeliner set (I know they are technically 5 pieces, but…)
    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages? Well, I am trilingual. I planned to learn either German or Japanese though in the future.
    8. Shave, pluck or wax? Wax
    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year? Start exercising again…
    10. Weekly goals: Survive this week :-D

  36. Jae says:

    1. Mood: Out of it..the kiddies have been sick and it finally caught me. Booo!
    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning? Since I got peek a boo highlights, it just looks tons better when I curl my hair so my hair routine has gone from 5 minutes to 25.
    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays? Thanksgiving is here w/my side. Then X’mas is w/the hubby’s familia in San Diego. I fly back and work (BOO!) while hubby and kiddies stay in socal then we all meet in VEGAS for New Year’s!
    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week? Photoshop. I’ve never been very good and my brother is going to help me out! so, hopefully i’ll acquire some awesome skillz!!
    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?” FOOD!! pumpkins!! yummmm
    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately? revlon colorstay foundation. wanted to find a drugstore dupe for my mac sf and mufe hd foundation that i can keep at work for the days that i’m in a rush. i’ve been wearing it for a week and it hasn’t broken me out or made me shiny so i’m thinkin’ it’ll work as a nice back up!
    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages? yes, italian and spanish! i can say really, really elementary things in both languages but would like to speak both fluently!
    8. Shave, pluck or wax? shave in a rush, threading for brows and if i have time wax downtown
    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year? have my boys’ albums put together. i have the pics in boxes labelled w/their ages. My oldest is 4 and my youngest is 2. I gotta get on it!
    10. Weekly goals: Get better. I gotta be diligent w/using my netti pot and humidifier at night! That and actually trying to get some good sleep.

  37. Stephanie says:

    1. Mood:
    Pretty awake.. (it’s already midnight around here)

    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning?
    Not even a minute! I’m so lazy doing my hair. I’m running a comb through my hair and ty it all up in a bun.

    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays?
    No, not really.

    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week?
    A new sport. I’m always doing cardio core, bodyshape and zumba. But here in the gym they have so many other sport. You can just do any other sport whenever you like so that’s easy. (that’s what I pay for)

    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?”
    Indian Summer!

    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately?
    My Bourjois foundation! I’m up to my third one already.

    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages?
    I speak a lot of languages but I wish I spoke Italian and Spanish a little bit better.

    8. Shave, pluck or wax?
    Pluck eyebrows, shave down below, wax my legs and laser my armpits.

    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year?
    Lose weight, even diet during the holidays.

    10. Weekly goals:
    To not spend money on useless things(I’m really good at buying useless stuff). I’m saving money to buy a new laptop and tv.
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  38. Adrienne says:

    I love livingsocial deals! Have you ever used Groupon? I actually prefer Groupon , because I like the app better. I’ve gotten some good deals on some really neat things!

    1. Mood:
    Tiiiired. Got back from a very busy vacation late on Saturday, and I’m still recovering!

    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning?
    I hate spending time on my hair in the morning, and I don’t usually even leave enough time to do anything special. I’d say five minutes unless I’m trying to do anything stylish.

    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays?
    Not yet. I usually go home for Christmas then we go to my aunt and uncle’s later

    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week?
    Not sure if this counts but I have a few items I need to get dry cleaned. I’ve never been to a dry cleaner before lol

    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?”
    Clothes! The weather changes enough that you can pull from your summer or winter clothes, and there’s just so much you can do. :)

    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately?
    My mattene lipstick from the posh paradise collection. I looove the color, it makes me look so put together. We sold out at my store but I’m thinking of checking around to see if i can get a backup, a rare “thinking ahead” investment for me!

    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages?
    As many as possible! Lol. I love to travel and I’d honestly like to speak as many as possible. In particular I want to learn Italian (once I’m solidly fluent in french, I don’t want to risk confusing romance languages!) and I wish I knew Spanish, because it comes up so much. I’d like to learn German, but I think I’ll have a tough time with it.

    8. Shave, pluck or wax?
    Depends on the area. Eyebrows: pluck, bikini: wax, everything else: shave.

    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year?
    Start a savings account for the future, in particular my eventual move to Paris :)

    10. Weekly goals:
    Buy some gifts (for others, and of course myself, lol) during employee extra discount days at work. Get rid of clothes I no longer need and bringing some professional, hardly worn ones to a charity that helps women in transition applying for jobs :) (The Career Wardrobe)

    • Karen says:

      I haven’t tried Groupon yet, but I’ve heard good things about it. I just get so much e-mail now that I feel that signing up for one more thing will make my mailbox explode you know? Do you save a lot of money using it? ‘Cause if you do maybe I’ll give it a go.

  39. Brandi Andi says:

    1. Mood: tired, relaxed
    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning? It really depends. Usually about 3 minutes unless I actually decide to straighten it. I used to never leave the house without straightening my hair, but this year my hair has gotten so long I don’t even bother anymore. Embracing my natural, wavy hair!
    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays? Yes, and no. We are planning to have plans:D
    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week? Finishing my homework before Saturday.
    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?” Turkey, but not just the food, the kind you make out of tracing your hand and gluing construction paper.
    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately? My new (first) Kat Von D. palette
    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages? I am working on my Italian!
    8. Shave, pluck or wax? All of them, haha.
    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year? Get at least one more big trip in.
    10. Weekly goals: Do homework before the weekend and go to the gym!

    • Karen says:

      That’s great that you’re embracing your wavy hair, Brandi. Something similar happened to me a few years ago. I straightened mine every day, but then I eventually decided to start wearing it natural (saves so much time!).

      What products do you use when you wear it wavy?

      • Brandi Andi says:

        Yeah, it saves me tim and my hair is a lot healthier. I just comb my hair out with a wide tooth comb, wait for it to dry just a bit, and then add some Aveda Be Curly (or whatever new curly/wavy hair product that I like at the time). After it dries I like to smooth down the frizz with Bed Head’s After Party. That is really about it!
        Some days I love spending time straightening my hair, but it is nice to actually be comfortable with my natural style!
        What hair products do you use when you wear your hair naturally?

        • Karen says:

          My routine is similar to yours. I use a wide tooth comb to loosen the waves and distribute whatever product I’m using at the time, and then I let it air dry. Right now I apply Phyto 7 from mid-shaft to ends for light hold and moisture and Bumble & Bumble Brilliantine on the ends and my bangs for shine and weight. I like the look; it’s funny, not too “done, and very soft!

          I know what you mean about liking to wear it straight, though. Sometimes it’s just easier, like when it’s windy, or when I’m traveling and don’t have time to fuss with it.

          Yay for having the option to wear your hair both curly and straight! :D

  40. Today is a great day!!! My birthday is today and I just turned 25. Yay, hope everyone else is having a fantastic day.
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  41. lolamd says:

    1. Mood: Sleepy..Didn’t get home from parents house till 1am
    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning? 20 mins..Blow dry and put it up in a pony tail..i am so lazy in the morning.
    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays? yes visit the dreaded in laws….please let me have patience
    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week? hmmm leaving early from work?
    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?” the color of the trees
    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately? My Stila Lipgloss..my lips look so rosy.
    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages? yes i do
    8. Shave, pluck or wax? pluck eyebroxs, shave underarms and wax the other area
    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year? Just catch up.
    10. Weekly goals: gym, eat healthy and stay positive

  42. Lydia says:

    1. Mood: Cranky… I’m happy to be home from work.
    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning? 10 minutes.
    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays? Yes, I’m going to see my boyfriends family for Thanksgiving and he’s coming to see my family for Christmas.
    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week? I would also like to try leaving work early. haha.
    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?” The smell of the air.
    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately? MAC Concealer.
    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages? Of course!
    8. Shave, pluck or wax? All 3. haha.
    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year? Find a better paying job!
    10. Weekly goals: To work out 3 more times this week.

  43. Lucie says:

    Mood:
    A bit pissy, the week doesn’t seem to be starting how I planned!

    How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning?
    Nada. I shampoo, condition and air dry!

    Do you have any plans for the holidays?
    Going down to see my grandparents in texas before christmas, but other than that, nope!

    What’s one new thing you would like to try this week?
    Baking something! I’m useless at cooking but have had a fierce craving for caramel cheesecake lately.

    A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately?
    I’ve been wearing MAC Charismatic lipstick and NARS G-Spot Multiple since I went makeup shopping Saturday! Had never given Charismatic a second look, but it is the PERFECT complexion-brightening shade for the warm-toned. and G-Spot>Orgasm all the way.

    Do you wish that you could speak any other languages?
    I would love to speak and read/write Arabic. It’s such a beautiful language.

    Shave, pluck or wax?
    Pluck the brows, and let everything else grow freeeeeeee! *raises arms to expose fuzzy hippie pits*

    Things you’d like to do before the end of the year?
    Go north to see the Northern Lights.

    Weekly goals:
    Take a walk. That is all.

  44. 1. Mood: tired:)
    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning? 2 minutes max – I like it messy.
    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays? Stay sane, try and enjoy them!
    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week? A heavy duty sports massage:)
    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?” pumpkin pie.
    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately? Face Stockholm mascara – it’s SO good.
    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages? I wish I could speak dozens more – Spanish and Russian to read books in their original languages, Italian to sound pretty:)
    8. Shave, pluck or wax? Pluck brows, shave legs
    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year? Make my new blog a success, get more writing jobs!
    10. Weekly goals: Get the knot out of my shoulder, find a good book and make time to read it.
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  45. Rosie says:

    1. Mood: sleepy. been a long day
    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning? 5 to 10 minutes
    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays? my husband is having open heart surgery December 6. We will be staying at home this holiday season
    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week? to get to bed earlier
    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?” the cooler temperatures. I am a winter girl
    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately? i am trying hard candy cream concealer and i think i love it.
    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages? i can understand Spanish fluently but I wish i could speak it without nerves..
    8. Shave, pluck or wax? shave legs, pluck eyebrows, wax upper lip
    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year? relax
    10. Weekly goals: pay week pay week!! also my daughter is in a burlesque show at college and i think i will be heading to campus to see it

  46. jen. says:

    1. Mood: Kind of tired. I LOVE my job this year, but I am sooooo looking forward to a break.
    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning? Usually only a few minutes. I flat-iron it at night (about half an hour) so it can get extra flat from me sleeping on it (I have huge hair, but not the fun kind).
    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays? My bf and I are doing the Thanksgiving thing alone this year. I’m so excited to cook! Christmas… I dunno yet.
    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week? Getting more than 6 hours of sleep per night. Okay, that’s not really in the spirit of the question.
    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?” Sweaters!
    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately? I’ve been using NARS primer, and I really like it so far!
    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages? I can speak Italian and Spanish, but I wish I could speak them better. They get so mixed up if I’m not writing them.
    8. Shave, pluck or wax? I can handle shaving, I can handle plucking, waxing…. no way. Ow!
    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year? I want to totally unplug for a weekend. No phones, no internet, no tv… ahhhh.
    10. Weekly goals: get all my paperwork done. Bo-ring.

  47. Wendy says:

    1. Mood: Tired

    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning? 10 (not including washing) Blow dry and go. 5 additional minutes if I want to tease the crown before pulling my hair back in a barrette or headband.

    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays? Yes. Visiting family and friends since the living room is in the remodel process.

    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week? Incorporating stationary hot yoga

    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?” The cool crisp air. The weather isn’t too hot or cold. My skin loves this time of year!

    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately? Chanel illusion D’Ombre in Emerveille. I’ve been applying it as a base and along the inside corner of my lower lash line as a highlighter. Perfect color to brighten my eyes this time of year. For skin color/tone reference, I wear Perfection Lumiere in Beige 40.

    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages? Yes! As many I as possible. I have a friend who could speak Polish, Russian, Greek, French, Italian, Spanish, Thai, and English. I asked him if he could speak Cambodian before his trip there. He replied, “Not yet.”

    8. Shave, pluck or wax? Shave: legs, armpits. Pluck: eyebrows. Wax: bikini, lip.

    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year? Decide where I want to vacation and start planning.

    10. Weekly goals: Bake apple pies and cheesecake for Thanksgiving.

    • Karen says:

      Wow, that’s really cool how your friend can speak so many languages. I guess he has that special gift! I would love to even learn just one more.

      Have fun baking your Thanksgiving desserts. Do you make everything from scratch (even the crust)?

      • Wendy says:

        He must have been born with that gift! He’s the quiet type. That probably helps him listen and learn.

        Yes, I use my grandmother’s cheesecake recipe that calls for 5 eggs! It takes forever to set it and is so dense. My family won’t even eat the cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory because it doesn’t even come close to my grandmother’s recipe. As for pie crust, it depends on the time I have. I use a recipe I found from Cooks Illustrated over a decade ago.

        Have fun at yoga!

        • Karen says:

          Cooks Illustrated is the bomb.com. I thought I was the only person who read it! :)

          And holy wow that cheesecake sounds rich. I wish you could send me a slice through the computer, haha.

  48. Lexi says:

    I really love that you call your bangs Lloyd Christmas…
    “Chicks dig it…it’s a shaggin wagon.” :)

    1. Mood:
    While I’m doing this as a Tuesday post, I’m good. Very good – just found out I’m getting a much-needed scholarship for my last semester at PSU!
    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning?
    Oh man. I shower/wash hair at night, so that the morning time doesn’t take as long. But, if I actually style my hair in the AM anything past just throwing it up in a claw or tieback, I would say that it takes maybe 15 mins. LONG hair and lots of layers.
    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays?
    I don’t celebrate Xmas, but I’m looking forward to good grub on Thxg.
    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week?
    Hmm…caviar? No, umm…I’m thinking of something!
    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?”
    The Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin antibac soap from B&BW?
    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately?
    I am really loving those Tarte SMOLDEReyes waterproof Amazonian Clay liners – the fatty ones. I have 4 now. LOVE them. They don’t budge, unless you want them to – by using the right smudge brush at the right time.
    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages?
    I do speak other languages, but I would like to add Russian, Chinese, and Italian to it (I understand Italian and can read it, but cannot speak it – same with French. weird, huh?)
    8. Shave, pluck or wax?
    Shave legs, pluck eye brows. Wax breaks me out somethin fierce no matter where it be applied! PS – my tip for the leg shaving – exfoliate legs first! I do it every time and my between shave time has extended.
    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year?
    save 500 clams, finish my Fall semester very strong.
    10. Weekly goals:
    improve grades through hard work, get all of my Thxg trimmings!

  49. Tessa says:

    1. Mood:
    I should be doing math. That says it all.
    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning?
    Two minutes; I brush it through. I am pretty boring with my hair; I’ve never really done any spectacular with it.
    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays?
    No, but it will be the last I’ll be celebrating while I still live in my parents house…. ;(
    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week?
    My Forever21 order I made 2 days ago…. I hope it arrives soon!
    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?”
    Chocolatemilk. (in summer it would be chocolate ice cream)
    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately?
    Concealer, since I’m breaking out terribly!
    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages?
    Well, I speak Dutch and am fluent in English, but I also have French… I would love to speak French but I also hate it since it is soo difficult! (I’m not a language person – prefer physics and chemistry) Btw, I think Russian is interesting too, my best friend is Russian!
    8. Shave, pluck or wax?
    I use the Philips Lumea! I used to shave and pluck.
    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year?
    Meet up with some friend that I havent seen for too long.
    10. Weekly goals:
    Finish my math homework, lol!

  50. Nikki B. says:

    Whoops…didn’t have a chance to do this on Monday

    1. Mood: Yesterday I woke up feeling like I got run over a few times but I made it up & out the door for work. Putting on my favorite red lipstick seemed to up my mood :-)
    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning? Well it’s in braids now so no time @ all. When I have it natural & all curly & out it depends, sometimes I’ll put my hair in a bun on Sundays for the week & all I have to do is brush the edges or sometimes I let it do its thing…so around 1-10 minutes.
    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays? Family! Going to my uncle’s in Port St. Lucie, Christmas at home & then New York for New Year’s!!!
    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week? Eh…nothing comes to mind
    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?” Holidays!!!
    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately? My Maybelline Falsies mascara…dunno why I decided to put it on the backburner but I love the way it makes my lashes look especially w/ glasses on :-D
    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages? Oh yes…I’d love to really be able to speak Spanish (I understand a little) and Italian
    8. Shave, pluck or wax? Shave. I’d like to try waxing and I only thread my eyebrows.
    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year? Meet or at least get halfway to my weight-loss goal, clear off some major debt, be happy with who I am
    10. Weekly goals: Get through this week in one piece, stay on top of my workouts/eating right, focus on school & clean my room – got to go through the closet to do donations….

    Have a great week beauties!!!

  51. Nalina says:

    1. Mood: A bit frazzled, but generally well.
    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning? Oh, man. With longer, thick hair it takes me a good 20 minutes to blow dry and style. And that’s when I’m not even using the straightener!
    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays? My fiance and I are running the Turkey Day 5k before we head out to see family. Turkey and wine, anyone?
    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week? I would like try cleaning my house. LOL
    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?” Pumpkin Pie!
    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately? CoverGirl Lipstick in Delish
    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages? Of course. Spanish, Italian, Hindi… Maybe someday.
    8. Shave, pluck or wax? Shave and pluck fo sho.
    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year? Do 5 consecutive pullups and go through my old clothes to donate.
    10. Weekly goals: Eat better, clean the house, finish my capstone project.
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  52. Christy says:

    I am a wee late, but oh well, this isn’t an assignment ;)

    1. Mood: Good, although my stomach is on the fritz today.
    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning? 5-15 minutes for the basic blowout. If I curl my hair, it usually takes upwards of 30-45 minutes
    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays? Not much, although I would like to go visit my aunt in Phoenix for a change
    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week? I really want to do a chin up. I got a chin up bar a few weeks ago, but they’re sooooo hard!
    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?” I love cozying up in a fluffy sweater with a cup of hot coffee or chocolate, my dog covering my feet and looking at the mountains :)
    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately? MAC Crush Metal Pigments! I got a ton of the holiday goodies over the weekend. They are amazing little pots of goodness :)
    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages? Yes, Italian and Mandarin. My bf speaks Italian. It is sucha beautiful language! Mandarin would be so useful because of the large population of Mandarin speakers in and around my area.
    8. Shave, pluck or wax? Shave most areas, pluck for small sections, waxing if I have a lot of time. I’ve also invested in some laser treatments which are slightly painful, but have worked wonderfully so far :)
    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year? So many things! I’d like to be working in a job that uses my schooling, be able to do an impossible push up, chin up and run a 5 minute mile, and save up a big chunk of $ to go see family in the Phil’s.
    10. Weekly goals: Eat clean, up the cardio and apply for more jobs!

    PS I made some empanada’s and puto yesterday. So good! I reduced the amount of sugar in the puto and upped the veggies in the empanada. I am glad I made some healthier Filipino food :)
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  53. Wendy says:

    Hi Karen!

    I’m a little late answering the Monday poll, but below are my responses. Hope you’re having a great week!

    1. Mood: Moody and Cranky, but trying to stay on an even-keel.
    2. How long does it take you to do your hair in the morning? 5-8 minutes. I blow dry. Sometimes, if I’m feeling daring, I’ll even flatiron, but I save that for when I have important meetings/presentations at work. I don’t like to flatiron too much, as my hair is overprocessed and colored and tends to be on the dry side these days.
    3. Do you have any plans for the holidays? None at all and I’m feeling very good about it. Hubby and I will have Thanksgiving and Christmas all to ourselves unless some cool invites arrive. Otherwise, we’re on our own with some Prosecco. :)
    4. What’s one new thing you would like to try this week? Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters
    5. The first word that comes to mind when I ask, “What’s one thing you love about fall?” Sweaters!
    6. A piece of makeup you’ve been loving lately? NYX Creme Blush in 02 Natural. It’s light, creamy, and touch-ups are quick. The color is very nice.
    7. Do you wish that you could speak any other languages? Yes, Russian.
    8. Shave, pluck or wax? I’m a shave and tweeze girl.
    9. Things you’d like to do before the end of the year? Organize my shoe collection and find more fall sweaters and slacks for work.
    10. Weekly goals: Remembering to take my daily vitamins and limit the chocolate and other sweets I’m craving.

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