Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Sept. 12

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll
Even Tabs stops to smell the flowers…

  • 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. 185. I’ve always enjoyed reading your answers in the comments, and I hope you enjoy reading mine.
  1. Mood:
  2. A little frazzled. I got a late start this morning, but I’m trying to make the most of having to play catch-up on a Monday morning. It’s all we can do, ya know?

  3. How do you feel about polka dots?
  4. It depends. I’m down with dots if they’re tiny, and the color palette’s neutral, like black and white, navy and white, or tan and white.

  5. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be?
  6. Honolulu! Perfect weather year round, great food and surfing without a wetsuit. Heaven.

  7. Your childhood nickname(s)?
  8. My folks (still) call me anak ko (ah-nock-ko), which means “my child” in Tagalog, or sometimes Kate or Katie. My brother calls me ate (pronounced ah-tee), which means “older sister” in Tagalog.

  9. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often?
  10. Hmm… Probably my Shu Uemura Lash Curler or the MAC 226 Angled Brush (for filling in my brows).

  11. Your makeup motto?
  12. I have a few (have fun no matter what, makeup isn’t permanent, etc.), but my favorite is probably “go drag or go home!” I think it sums up how I feel about mascara. I love big, bold in-your-face lash looks.

  13. Describe your personal makeup aesthetic:
  14. I love classic, elegant makeup with a twist — something like a strong cat eye or a bold lip.

  15. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes?
  16. Sometimes. It depends on how much time I have to get ready. When I’m running behind, I’ll skip it.

  17. Do you have a secret weapon?
  18. Actually, I have 10 of them. My toes! I have pretty great toe-eye coordination and can use them for good — things like picking up pennies and pencils from the floor — or for evil, like pinching people.

  19. Weekly goals:
  20. Gotta keep it simple this week, so I’m sticking to healthful daily goals like eating salads for lunch and exercising for at least 60 minutes every day.

Happy Monday, holmes! I hope your day got off to a good start.

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1. Mood:
2. How do you feel about polka dots?
3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be?
4. Your childhood nickname(s)?
5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often?
6. Your makeup motto?
7. Your personal makeup aesthetic?
8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes?
9. Do you have a secret weapon?
10. Weekly goals:

Are you looking for adventure this week, or would you rather play it safe? I’m sort of on the fence. I wouldn’t mind a little adventure as long as it ends by about 7 at night, haha! :)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. 1. Mood: le tired *sigh*

    2. How do you feel about polka dots? LOVE them! along with mustard/saffron, that pattern is one of my Fall 2011 obsessions :).

    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? London or New York <3

    4. Your childhood nickname(s)? just shortened versions of my name really. though, oddly enough, my parents have taken to calling me "ate" (ah-teh) even though i'm the youngest =/.

    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? foundation, concealer and blush.

    6. Your makeup motto? have fun and WERK it!

    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? i like smoky eyes for nighttime and eyeliner & a bold lip for the daytime.

    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? generally not because they are quite sparse and i find wearing mascara just accentuates that. plus, it also makes me look raccoon eyed.

    9. Do you have a secret weapon? my lion mane hair :p. it's really not that big but it's pretty fluffy.

    10. Weekly goals: get everything i need to get done for work while balancing a social life.
    dani@callitbeauty recently posted … About Face – The Lipstick Bandit

  2. Marina says:

    1. Mood: excited
    2. How do you feel about polka dots? Like!
    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? Most likely Stockholm
    4. Your childhood nickname(s)? Luckily they are left behind now.
    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? eye brow pencil, mascara, lip gloss, eye pencil/shadows and a blush.
    6. Your makeup motto? There are no rules!
    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? I adapt the makeup to my mood and create whatever I feel like creating.
    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? Yes, 90% of the time.
    9. Do you have a secret weapon? It won’t be a secret any more if I tell you ;)
    10. Weekly goals: plan my vacation FINALLY!
    Marina recently posted … Orly Birds of a Feather Nail Polishes for Fall 2011

  3. Larie says:

    1. Mood: Tired
    2. How do you feel about polka dots? Depends on the color palette, for sure!
    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? Hm, you know, I like the one I’m in!
    4. Your childhood nickname(s)? Wasn’t big on nicknames.
    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? Liquid liner, neutral eye shadows.
    6. Your makeup motto? It all comes off ;)
    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? Sophisticated, simple.
    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? No.
    9. Do you have a secret weapon? Yes. I make mean cookies, no one can resist!
    10. Weekly goals: Keep my kitchen clean! It’s hard to keep up with the ridiculous amounts of dog hair that accumulates.
    Larie recently posted … We’re Lipstick Bandits!

  4. 1. Mood: Positive. :)

    2. How do you feel about polka dots? I can’t think of anything polkadot in my closet that I’ve actually worn in the past year or two! I rocked ‘em often as a tot, though.

    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? I hear Amsterdam is a lot of fun, and not too far from Paris!

    4. Your childhood nickname(s)? My dad always called me Testarossa, which means “redhead” in Italian (and just so happens to be a type of super-cool 80s Ferrari).

    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? MAC Studio Fix or NARS Powder Foundation, NARS Orgasm blush, and Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara!

    6. Your makeup motto? Adapt to every mood and occasion!

    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? I love a full face of makeup, and I love to play up the eyes most of all.

    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? I have to, because I have blonde lashes!

    9. Do you have a secret weapon? My French Bulldog, Zoey. She may look lazy, but she’s a bad-ass!

    10. Weekly goals: Work hard, play hard!
    Soleil Doux @ Soleil Doux Blog recently posted … Fun Fall Mani: Zoya Caitlin

  5. Nina says:

    1. Mood: pretty fly! i slept well sunday night, which was a surprise. i woke up rarin’ to go!

    2. How do you feel about polka dots? i can take them … in small doses pls!

    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? hong kong or singapore — its like the best of the east and the west, without wintertime!

    4. Your childhood nickname(s)? – “brat” comes to mind….

    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? brow powder or brow pencil and a 266 brush. i always do brows.

    6. Your makeup motto? “do it all for you” …. makeup is my me time.

    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? i have a marked preference for a strong eye and neutral rest of the face.

    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? no. im much too lazy for that.

    9. Do you have a secret weapon? uh huh. i never give up.

    10. Weekly goals: make sure my great mood keeps up for the rest of the week, and sleep better at night. no more losing sleep over ASOIAF.

  6. Trisha says:

    1. Mood: Pretty awesome. I’ve hit a weight loss milestone today. Also, I’m really sleepy, and I keep thinking about my super comfy bed.

    2. How do you feel about polka dots? I like them, but, I realize, I have no clothing with polka dots. Not a piece. Maybe I should pick something up.

    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? That’s tough because I haven’t been to a lot of places. I’d like somewhere big and cool like New York, but in a tropical location.

    4. Your childhood nickname(s)? My mom called me Sodie, which I kind of like. I’m not really sure the origin. It sometimes extended to Sodie So. Otherwise no one, ever, has been able to give me a nickname that stuck. Unless you count taking the a off the end of Trisha, which people always seem to do.

    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? I have my Maybelline Define-A-Line eyeliner. I use it almost every day. I had to get a replacement recently. Again. That says a lot.

    6. Your makeup motto? Colorful is always better.

    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? I spend most of my time and effort on my eyes. Lots of colorful eyeshadow and dark liner/mascara. I tend to leave my face and lips alone.

    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? Almost every time. I just like the way it looks.

    9. Do you have a secret weapon? My super adorableness.

    10. Weekly goals: Make money, go for bike rides, read lots.
    Trisha recently posted … Nutrisystem Nation Week 22 Results and Another Milestone

  7. DanaJae says:

    1. Mood: Scared, holding my breath – buying a house, waiting to hear if the bank accepted our offer
    2. How do you feel about polka dots? Love love love them
    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? Barcelona
    4. Your childhood nickname(s)? Dana Ka-bain-a
    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? MAC Feline eyeliner and MAC Super black Zoom lash mascara – cannot go anywhere without either of them
    6. Your makeup motto? Do it up – it washes off
    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? Thick cat eye, nude lids with a bubble gum pink cheeks and lip
    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? usually but just real close to the lash line – they are really long and look like spiders if I pull it all the way through
    9. Do you have a secret weapon? Whenever I”m feeling pale and icky I use Comfort by MAC and bronze it up – changes my whole mood!
    10. Weekly goals: To get this house! and get back on a better eating path, been really bad lately

  8. sarahc says:

    1. Mood:
    Overwhelmed. Is that a mood?

    2. How do you feel about polka dots?
    I like them on other people, but I don’t feel like the kind of person who can pull them off.

    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be?
    Either Paris or Honolulu.

    4. Your childhood nickname(s)?
    The Tiny Terror!

    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often?
    Tweezerman Tweezers, NARS Orgasm Blush, various MAC Lipglasses

    6. Your makeup motto? Keep it classy, and less is more.

    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? Very simple, classic, a lot of neutral shades with a colorful accent.

    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? No, I never do. I don’t think it’s necessary because I have almost nonexistent lower lashes.

    9. Do you have a secret weapon?
    I took karate for many years when I was younger.

    10. Weekly goals: Get and send a birthday present for my mom and exercise every single day, catch up at work

  9. Katherine G says:

    1. Mood:
    ~a little down today. Not feeling so well, and have been needing more sleep than usual.

    2. How do you feel about polka dots?
    ~They are cute but I prefer them to be on a purse or shoes, maybe a cute dress.

    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be?
    ~Hmmm…. Dublin, Ireland, or anywhere in the mountains, really.

    4. Your childhood nickname(s)?
    ~Katie, Katie-bird. I go by Katherine now though because there are so many Katie’s at school and work.

    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often?
    ~Mascara (lately, Maybelline The Falsies combined with L’Oreal Double Extend in that black/copper duo), Milani 24 hour liquid eyeliner (really stays on all day) and any bright or neutral eyeshadow depending on my mood and what clothes I am wearing. My fave eyeshadow is Make Up Forever in that bright yellow.

    6. Your makeup motto?
    ~I really don’t care if it looks bad, because I try new things all the time and I can take it off anyways at the end of the day.

    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic?
    ~Most of the time I like to do eyes that are different (bright colors, watercolor, or dark and sexy), and I’ve worn it to work before. My patients love it when I do bright colors. Other times I will do sophisticated and simple. I get a lot of inspiration from the runway, magazines, and random people on the street.

    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes?
    ~Yep, I do. Haven’t had problems with it running yet.

    9. Do you have a secret weapon?
    ~Quite a few. But if I told them to everybody, they wouldn’t be a secret :)

    10. Weekly goals
    ~Trauma class, get schoolwork done before working the weekend, and take time to exercise and appreciate what my body can do.

  10. Kristen says:

    1. Mood: Antsy! It’s my last week at my current job, so I’m finishing up my projects.
    2. How do you feel about polka dots? I used to like them more than I currently do.
    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? Chicago! Not only is it my hometown, but the food is just plain amazing.
    4. Your childhood nickname(s)? Moe, Piston
    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? Shu Umera eyelash curler, Rimmel Stay Matte powder, ELF eyeliner pen
    6. Your makeup motto? Make sure your neck matches your face.
    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? The bare minimum. I don’t like the way heavy or dramatic makeup looks on me. I like a nice foundation, black mascara, and liquid eyeliner. And that’s it.
    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? Yes! I used to never do this, but the last month or so I made the switch and I love it!
    9. Do you have a secret weapon? My sense of humor. I love making strangers laugh.
    10. Weekly goals: Finish everything I need to at work, go to the gym twice, and not spend money (save save save!)

  11. Vijaya says:

    1. Mood: Happy enough!

    2. How do you feel about polka dots? No feelings in particular.

    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? I’d stay right here in NYC.

    4. Your childhood nickname(s)? Munnu. It doesn’t mean anything.

    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? Foundation, I suppose!

    6. Your makeup motto? Just do it.

    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? Seriously, if it can go on my face, I’ll try it. Nothing to lose right? It’s not like it doesn’t wipe right off!

    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? If I remember to wear mascara, yes.

    9. Do you have a secret weapon? A positive attitude. That’ll get you through a lot!

    10. Weekly goals: Catch up on reading and sleep.
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  12. Chris25 says:

    1. Mood: Fine, just a little nervous. I have all this reading to do for anthro class. I hope I can survive the semester!
    2. How do you feel about polka dots?: In moderation, they’re awesome. I remember falling in love with Paula’s shirt in the “Straight Up” video.
    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be?: NYC! It’s so expensive here. I’m living in a 5 floor walkup with chipped paint in the lobby and rickety stairs. The rent? Slightly less than $2,000.
    4. Your childhood nickname(s)?: Chris.
    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often?: Probably my sunblock, concealers, and lipsticks.
    6. Your makeup motto?: Don’t be afraid to screw up. You’ll never learn anything new if you play it safe. That’s how you find out what works for you.
    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic?: It’s as old as the sun, but I still love red lips. If I could have my way, everyone would wear red all the time. Even men!
    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes?: Sometimes, but it can make my eyes appear too large.
    9. Do you have a secret weapon?: My cats! Haha, I only partially mean that. I suppose it would be my big heart and willingness to believe that people are inherently good. It’s gotten me this far in life.
    10. Weekly goals: Try not to sink among all this homework and drown in a sea of books, photograph and write uo new blog posts, go on some job interviews.

  13. Megan says:

    1. Mood: Ex-haus-ted. An already sleep-deprived night was interrupted by a rogue smoke alarm. No fire, no low battery…no sleep.
    2. How do you feel about polka dots? I like them. Small dots, no dots on white…in vintage-y type dresses.
    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? I’d take Cleveland. I love it here…having a few million would make it even better!
    4. Your childhood nickname(s)? Oh God. Okay, I think the wound has scarred enough for me to share this with the internet:

    When I was in 6th grade, I was the new kid in a gifted program. A program where all the other classmates had been together since kindergarten. I was awkward, shy, a teacher’s pet, and definitely not up for the social challenge of breaking into the cliques. I was thinking of cutting my hair, and I loved Kerri Strug’s short pixie (it was the year she vaulted on her sprained ankle; almost everyone knew who she was). I had these visions of showing up to school with a new, cute haircut, and suddenly being not-invisible. Unfortunately, i didn’t take a picture with me to the stylist. Who was the only person on earth not to have watched Olympic gymnastics that year. And I didn’t know the style was called a pixie. I fumbled through an explanation of what I wanted…only to end up with an Amish-style, ends-curled-under bowl cut. There was no way to style this baby decently. None. I didn’t think it was completely awful until I got to school the next day and was greeted with, “Megan! Your hair! You look like a MUSHROOM. Ohmigod, I’m going to call you Mushy the Mushroom!” Well, I wasn’t invisible anymore, but I was a freakin’ mushroom. I eventually made friends, but that gifted program stayed together through senior year of high school. For six years, I was Mushy the Mushroom. My yearbook is signed, “To Mushy the Mushroom.”

    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? My MAC 226 for brows with my Anastasia brow powder. Oh, and lemon juice! Every night, under moisturizer. Exfoliates, kills zits. Amazing.
    6. Your makeup motto? “No such thing as a comfort zone!” Keep expanding what you play with; your face is your art!
    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? Bold eyes, chap stick on lips. I love bright colors!
    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? Sometimes. When I feel really put together.
    9. Do you have a secret weapon? Mine, also, are my toes. I pick up stuff, put stuff down, tickle with them…I have ridiculous monkey toes.
    10. Weekly goals: Heading to Vegas this week…so I suppose I should sleep a lot before I go!

  14. Marian says:

    1. Mood: Bleh. I’m not feeling well today.
    2. How do you feel about polka dots? I love em! Big ones, small ones…I love them all!
    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? New York
    4. Your childhood nickname(s)? I’ve never had a nickname
    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? Lipstick. Sometimes, like today when a full face is not doable, a bit of lipstick can brighten your whole face.
    6. Your makeup motto? Less is more.
    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? I like classic black liner and red lips most of all.
    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? Sometimes
    9. Do you have a secret weapon? My mouth
    10. Weekly goals: Feel better. Get back to eating well and exercise.

  15. Shannon says:

    1. Mood: invigorated, I just got back from a holiday in Namibia

    2. How do you feel about polka dots? Can’t do it. Feels too clownish to me, like I should be in the Big Top.

    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? Cape Town. It’s honestly the most beautiful city I’ve ever seen. The only drawback is cold Atlantic Ocean beaches, so if I could make a simple trade for the Indian Ocean, that’s what I’d do.

    4. Your childhood nicknames? Ace, because I was the first-born and a high achiever. I was always glad I had a slightly badass nickname and not something like Princess or Babydoll.

    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? Origins’ Fill in the Blanks for eyebrows and Kiehl’s lip balm in pear.

    6. Your makeup motto? If you can tell I’m wearing makeup, I put on too much.

    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? Sun-kissed and natural with a pink or peach lip

    8. Do you wear mascara on your bottom lashes? No, too much effort.

    9. Do you have a secret weapon? If I told you, it wouldn’t be a secret anymore.

    10. Weekly goals: start training for triathlon.

  16. Katie says:

    1. Mood: For a Monday, I feel pretty good. I have a lot of homework to catch up on tonight after procrastinating the entire weekend, but I actually feel prepared.

    2. How do you feel about polka dots? I have the exact attitude toward them as Karen.

    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? San Francisco or New York City!

    4. Your childhood nickname(s)? I have a Vietnamese home name, but no childhood nicknames.

    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? I always reach for foundation and MAC’s Lingering to make what I call my “power brows” (I am brow-obsessed).

    6. Your makeup motto? Rock what you’re wearing! You should feel comfortable and confident in whatever amount of makeup you’re wearing.

    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? Similar to Karen’s. I always have “flawless” skin, great brows, and rouged-up cheeks, but I play up my eyes and/or lips depending on my mood.

    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? I have non-existent lower lashes, so I just rub a little eyeliner on ‘em or I apply mascara on my top lashes, and blink a few times while they’re wet to get some on the lower lashes.

    9. Do you have a secret weapon? I can’t think of any!

    10. Weekly goals: Review some course material, hit the gym at least 3 times this week, and relax over the weekend!

  17. Kim says:

    1. Mood: Is it possible to have no mood? If so, that’s me today. Neutral. :)
    2. How do you feel about polka dots? I don’t think I’m against them, but I don’t wear them or decorate with them. I’m not “pattern-y” in general.
    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? Oh, gosh… I’ll have to visit many, many more before I can say for sure. If pressed, I’d say Rome right now.
    4. Your childhood nickname(s)? Kimmy, Kitty.
    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? I just had to laugh. You know it’s the same 5 products everyday! It’s really kind of sad.
    6. Your makeup motto? It has to make me look like a prettier version of myself and it can’t make me feel self-conscious.
    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? Very plain with a bit of emphasis on my eyes (which just means liner, mascara and brows filled).
    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? No, it makes me feel like Clockwork Orange.
    9. Do you have a secret weapon? HAHA! Nothing I can think of, but your Evil Toes made me laugh.
    10. Weekly goals: Just keep swimming, just keep swimming. Work and home have been crazy busy so I really need to focus on not letting myself sit and relax when I have a free minute. Because that will turn into not being motivated to get things done like cooking, cleaning and yard work; then I’ll have to be cranky with myself. :)

  18. gio says:

    1. Mood: ok.

    2. How do you feel about polka dots? I think they are cute.

    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? London!

    4. Your childhood nickname(s)? Gio

    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? Sleek eyeshadow palettes and Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer.

    6. Your makeup motto? There are no rules and don’t be afraid to experiment.

    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? colorful eyes and natural face.

    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? nope.

    9. Do you have a secret weapon? my sense of humour.

    10. Weekly goals: eat healthier.
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  19. lolamd says:

    1. Mood: Blah. It’s a Monday. What can I say.. : )
    2. How do you feel about polka dots? Depends on the style. I saw this woman with a beautiful green blouse with purple polka dots. From the way I describe, it sounds bad but the top just looked so nice. I think it was a Marc Jacobs top and have been trying to find it ever since.
    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? Probably San Francisco or some European city
    4. Your childhood nickname(s)? OMG there are way too many to list. Kids can be so mean..haha
    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? Probably moisturizer and primer for my eyes
    6. Your makeup motto? Less is best
    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? Clean, natural with liner on the top only and nude lips
    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? I barely have any lashes there so no
    9. Do you have a secret weapon? Hmmm I have to think about this one.
    10. Weekly goals: As usual, hit the gym, eat healthy and think positive!

  20. Nikki B. says:

    1. Mood: Currently feeling blah…it was one of those mornings where you swore that you had just fallen asleep only to have the alarm go off immediately… ::sigh::

    2. How do you feel about polka dots? Love them…I think they’re fun. I prefer them in colors and would probably do an accent piece (desk, wall, lamp) to bring life to a room

    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? Any place in Italy but probably closer to the ocean. I’m a sucker for good Italian food – yum

    4. Your childhood nickname(s)? My mom tried to discourage the nicknames but they came anyways as I got older – I’ve gotten Kit-Kat (only 1 person can call me that), Niki, Nikorette, & princess

    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? Lip products…I seem to collect the stuff. I have so many lip balms, gloss, sticks etc etc and I cannot leave home or step out of my car w/o putting SOMETHING on my lips.

    6. Your makeup motto? Have fun, keep it natural and play up your strengths

    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? Day – Simple eyes (usually just mascara) and a bolder lip (love red lips) Night – bolder eyes – smokey, colorful and neutral lips

    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? When I got out but not to work. I wear glasses at work so can’t really tell so I don’t bother

    9. Do you have a secret weapon? I’m really really quiet sometimes so usually I can sneak up on people and watch them for a while before they realize I’m there (it’s how the kat part of my name came about)

    10. Weekly goals: Study…have a test coming up (yay school! :-( ) and try to ease back into running. I’m feeling stressed & that seems to help.

    Have a great week!!!

  21. Sofia says:

    1. Mood: Tired but quite positive

    2. How do you feel about polka dots? Like them! But not for everyday use at all.

    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? Bali. Though I’m not sure if this answer is valid to be considered a “city”.

    4. Your childhood nickname(s)? I didn’t have one! By the way in Bahasa (the Indonesian language) anak means child.

    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? If I had to choose to only be able to use most often: suncream, blush and tinted lip balm.

    6. Your makeup motto? I can pull of bright colours, so do it!

    7. Describe your personal makeup aesthetic: Elegant and sometimes fun.

    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? No. I always forget about them…

    9. Do you have a secret weapon? My fingers, and their ability to produce emotions through playing the piano.

    10. Weekly goals: Going back to excercising (swimming), because I havent gone for a week :(

  22. Wendy says:

    1. Mood: Tired but content. The new kitchen is finally finished. Only need to tile the walls and attach some extra lights…
    2. How do you feel about polka dots? Nogo for me…
    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? London. Love that city… But NY would also work, have never been there…
    4. Your childhood nickname(s)? My mom calls me Wen. Nothin’ else comes to mind…
    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? Eyeshadow because I love to play with it.
    6. Your makeup motto? Natural looks with a little extra (dash of color as an eyeliner or bright lipstick)
    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? Natural looks.
    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? Sometimes
    9. Do you have a secret weapon? My wit.
    10. Weekly goals: finish the new kitchen and enjoy my last week of vacation…

  23. Toni says:

    1. Mood: Tired and have a headache

    2. How do you feel about polka dots? I like them in small doses and they can’t be too big or too small.

    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? Paris!

    4. Your childhood nickname(s)? Pumpkin (my parents) and too many bad nicknames to count from my younger brother.

    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? Clinique Superbalanced foundation and Aquaphor for my lips

    6. Your makeup motto? “less is more”

    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? Natural looking face, pink lips, and neutral eyes. If I decide to wear more makeup, it’s usually eye shadow to emphasize my eyes.

    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? sometimes

    9. Do you have a secret weapon? Hmm….. I can’t think of anything

    10. Weekly goals: try to start walking again in the evenings, clear off my desk and pay bills (an ongoing goal at my house), catch up on laundry

  24. Sadie says:

    1. Mood: Tired but happy after 1st workout in two months… yay me!
    2. How do you feel about polka dots? I like ‘em
    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? Probably San Francisco – as long as I could travel up and down the California coast line on a daily basis I’d be happy…
    4. Your childhood nickname(s)? Boo-boo (to my mother only) & any variation/rhyme of my name: shady lady, shadles, sade, sade-me-babes etc etc
    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? Eyeshadow primer; eye bag concealer, blotting papers and mascara- lots of it!
    6. Your makeup motto? Variety is the spice of life!
    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? I don’t think this remains constant for me – my colours, texture, style changes pretty often, especially with the seasons but also depending on what I’ve bought recently :)
    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? Nope. Mine are so long that if I even put just a smidge on I look like I’ve put falsies on and it looks plain ridiculous on me.
    9. Do you have a secret weapon? Not really… not that I can think of anyway.
    10. Weekly goals: Get through two days of work conference in one piece, exercise a bit.

  25. Casey says:

    1. Mood: Alright – could not fall asleep last night. So I am running on 4 hours of sleep.

    2. How do you feel about polka dots? I have a love/hate relationship. Sometimes it’s too much of a good thing.

    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? Paris.

    4. Your childhood nickname(s)? Case and Sake (yes, like the drink)

    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? NARS lipstick and MAC blot powder.

    6. Your makeup motto? Less is more.

    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? Pretty natural, but I do like to play up the eyes.

    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? yes.

    10. Weekly goals: get back to the gym and clean out my email in box. It’s a mess.

  26. Christina says:

    1. Mood: Mildly freaked out. I woke up and found out I have a dentist appt that my dad scheduled just this morning. It was quite a phone call to wake up to XD

    2. How do you feel about polka dots? They’re just fine. As long as they aren’t too meretricious and are tastefully patterned :)

    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? Dang… I don’t know. I love San Diego… I think I’d be very happy being able to live a life of luxury in America’s finest city!

    4. Your childhood nickname(s)? Little Cu (maybe because of “kuting” which means kitten) and anak

    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? MAC lipglasses and MAC kohl eyeliner! <3 I'm starting to get into the Fluidlines though!

    6. Your makeup motto? Less is more! Especially when I first began playing around with make-up!

    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? Usually I like to look simple and elegant but I also enjoy smoldering dramatic eyes or bold lips as well!

    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? Yes! I feel like my eyes look incomplete without it if I am wearing mascara!

    9. Do you have a secret weapon? MAC Blot Powder, hands down! When I swiped some on my nose just to try it out I could feel and see the difference right away compared to the rest of my face. Darn you, oilies!

    10. Weekly goals: Hopefully finishing all my supplemental essays before school starts up again *sigh* But for today, getting through the dentist XD

  27. Chelsea says:

    I used to babysit two Filipino girls, and the younger one would always yell AAATTTEEEEEE really loudly when she looked for her sister :)

    1. Mood: excited! My car is done being fixed!

    2. How do you feel about polka dots? Love them. They remind me of my mom (in a good way)

    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? Brest, France

    4. Your childhood nickname(s)? Cissy, Cellie, Cel, Celery Belery (My initials are CEL)

    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often?Maybelline Line Stiletto, Taupe eyebrow pencil, mascara (I own a million different kinds), and Maybelline Coverstick (I mix white and ivory to get my color :p) I own a ridiculous amount of makeup, I used to work for a cosmetics counter at Macy’s.

    6. Your makeup motto? I’ll have to go with the boring “less is more”. Again, when I worked for a cosmetics counter, I would see the amount of makeup my boss would put on people and just … eeeesh. It doesn’t look good most of the time! Also, if you have nice skin, don’t cover it up! And rimming your eyes entirely in black has a tendency to go terribly wrong.

    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? Cat eyes, Blush, Natural looking skin. And even if I don’t have so much as mascara on, I fill in my brows.

    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? Most of the time. I like Retro, sixties eyes.

    9. Do you have a secret weapon? eyebrow pencil or powder.

    10. Weekly goals: Apply for a grant to help me go to Cannes and London next summer to do marketing research! I’ll probably go anyway, but I need help paying!

  28. Leira Zetroc says:

    Oh my gosh! You’re Filipino? So I am I! haha

  29. Gabi says:

    1. Mood: Happy, but super tired.

    2. How do you feel about polka dots? They can be cute…sometimes.

    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? Grosse Pointe

    4. Your childhood nickname(s)? Gabi

    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? Concealer, Brow Grooming Tool, Mascara, Champagne Shadow

    6. Your makeup motto? If your eyebrows look good, you look good :D

    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? Groomed brows (I clearly love mine), Natural Eyes, Flushed Cheeks, Natural Lips

    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? No. I look…er…interesting with it on.

    9. Do you have a secret weapon? The mini mascara wands. I clean them off, throw away the cap and VIOLA a brand new eyebrow groomer. I find that Clinique’s Lash Doubling Mascara is the best for this.

    10. Weekly goals: Finish all my homework :D

  30. Jessica Leigh says:

    1. Mood:
    Sick! Ugh, I thought that I would avoid falling ill, but the stress over the past 2 weeks really did me in. Hopefully I can take some time off this week.

    2. How do you feel about polka dots?
    I like them in small doses. I think that it can look very vintage vixen, if done appropriately.

    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be?
    Ahhh, London! I would be so happy if I could live there comfortably.

    4. Your childhood nickname(s)?
    Jessie, Jess and Jecka … the normal shortend varieties.

    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often?
    I probably use lip balm the most. Blush and mascara are a close second.

    6. Your makeup motto?
    Blend, blend, blend!!!!

    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic?
    I like strong statements. Washes of color or definition are sometimes warranted (i.e. work), but, under most circumstance, I go with something a bit bolder. Plus my haircolor is very strong, so I tend to be able to wear more drastic looks.

    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes?
    Almost always!

    9. Do you have a secret weapon?
    Primer!!! I can not advocate primer enough. If I don’t wear a face primer, my makeup disappears or oxidizes by midday. Priming definitely helps with that.

    10. Weekly goals:
    Get some rest, save my money, think about X-mas gifts (I know it seems early, but it will sneak up on you!)

  31. AnieJ says:

    1. Mood:
    Accomplished. The last two days I have given my body a good boost with 5 cups of green tea and plenty of water; I just moved into a new place I love; and I am scheduled for a job interview next week!!!

    2. How do you feel about polka dots?
    No, absolutely.

    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be?
    Edinburgh, Scotland or Auckland, NZed; I’ve never felt so at home and at peace than when I was in these cities!

    4. Your childhood nickname(s)?
    My full first name basically. I had to make up things for people to call me otherwise.

    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often?
    Concealer, mascara, lip…anything lip, really.

    6. Your makeup motto?
    If I feel good smiling in it, that’s good enough for me.

    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic?
    Neutral with a side of smokey. I find I can pull off a lot of, or a lot of different types of makeup; I just prefer not to…

    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes?
    Yes, absolutely.

    9. Do you have a secret weapon?
    It doesn’t have anything to do with looking pretty, but I like to make faces! I guess it is better put that I can make faces, i.e. be really animated, and it tends to put people at ease and make them relax. I’ve really learned to embrace that part of me which I used to find so awkward.

    10. Weekly goals:
    At least two more posts to my blog, change my address on my DL, and get my esthi work permit
    AnieJ recently posted … A Double Whammy From Britain–Rimmel Max Volume Flash and Soft Kohl

  32. Suri says:

    1. Mood: My started out crap-tastic but work was actually pretty good and the night is shaping up to be good as well.
    2. How do you feel about polka dots? Maybe in small doses like a purse or hair bow
    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? San Juan, PR
    4. Your childhood nickname(s)? Suri which is short of Suriyati. Everyone calls me Suri unless I’m in trouble :D
    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? mascara, concealer and lip gloss. A must everyday.
    6. Your makeup motto? Golden Glow- I love that just from the beachy neutral.
    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? Neutral with a pop of a lip
    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? No
    9. Do you have a secret weapon? I can read backwards!!
    10. Weekly goals: Lord just survive the first week of school! :)

  33. Meta says:

    1. Mood: sick and hungry. Caught a cough and cold from my little niece. Who knew babies’ germs are lethal??

    2. How do you feel about polka dots? Cute and fresh!

    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? the bvious would be Paris or NYC but I’d probably miss Asian food too much. but If I had a true life of luxury I would have my own chef to cook for me right??

    4. Your childhood nickname(s)? Gomet (from my mum). Karen, did you know that in Indonesian, my child = anak ku, very similar to Tagalog!!

    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? moisturiser and lipbalm

    6. Your makeup motto? KISS principle! Keep It Simple Stupid!

    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? Lately it’s been neutral face with bold lip.

    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? No

    9. Do you have a secret weapon? I can speed read.

    10. Weekly goals: Getting rid of this cold!

  34. Rachael says:

    1. Mood: Content, I came home from my late class to find that my BF bought flowers and made dinner. It was the sweetest.

    2. How do you feel about polka dots? I’ll pass.

    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? Sounds lame, but Cleveland. I love the restaurants and that there is always something to do, plus I love all the older houses. You don’t see construction like that anymore.

    4. Your childhood nickname(s)? Squeak. I startle easily and squeak when I do.

    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? Philosophy Hope In a Jar and Neutrogena Sheer Touch Sunscreen. Both are my saviors for my pale, dry, sensitive skin.

    6. Your makeup motto? Not really a makeup one: Take care of my skin now and I’ll have great skin in a few years from now.

    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? Neutrals with a bit of smudgy liner.

    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? Since I always wear my glasses, I pretty much always do.

    9. Do you have a secret weapon? I can read super fast.

    10. Weekly goals: Work on my knitting; do my homework; embarrass my little brother on his 21st birthday.

  35. Danielle says:

    Mood:
    Exhausted after a (surprising) day of fun :)

    How do you feel about polka dots?
    i like them (but i prefer stripes).

    If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be?
    Honolulu

    Your childhood nickname(s)?
    Dano

    What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often?
    chi flat iron! :)

    Your makeup motto?
    i’m all about dramatic eye make up during the day – i dont really care if it’s meant to be a look for evening

    Describe your personal makeup aesthetic:
    minimal foundation, bronzer, heavy eye make up (always eye liner and mascara!)

    Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes?
    no, i hate it.

    Do you have a secret weapon?
    smashbox artificial light = amazing

    Weekly goals:
    my goal is to keep smiling and have fun!

  36. Stef Smith says:

    1. Mood: Happy happy happy!!! The kids go back to school, the husband started a two week vacation, and I got to hold a one week old baby!!!
    2. How do you feel about polka dots? Love them! Big, little, I don’t care, I love dots!
    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? Hmmmmm, Barcelona I think, I love Spain!
    4. Your childhood nickname(s)? My twin brother has called me, NeeNee, Honky (George Jefferson called his neighbor “honky” and my brother picked it up) Stevoush, and lately it’s been Josephine, which isn’t even close to my name. My sister calls me “Feffer”, I’m big into nick names!
    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? Moisturizer with SPF of at least 20, eyebrow brush, lip balm.
    6. Your makeup motto? Experimentation is good! It washes off!
    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? Natural but better! Don’t look like I’ve tried too hard.
    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? Nope, never. It doesn’t work on me.
    9. Do you have a secret weapon? My mouth, I can drop an ‘f’ bomb at the right time to get my point across. My sense of humor, and I can calm people down really well! I can also show Kindergarteners how to write letters the right way! LOL!
    10. Weekly goals: Get enough sleep, start the gym up again (my weekly goal that I always set and never actually do!), put the laundry away!

  37. Melissa says:

    1. Mood: So happy! My favorite tennis player just won the US Open

    2. How do you feel about polka dots?: They’re ok.

    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be?: Anywhere along the Adriatic in Croatia.

    4. Your childhood nickname(s)?: My sister called me Mila, and my grandparents called me “Lutka” meaning doll in Croatian.

    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? Quality face creams and lipstick.

    6. Your makeup motto?: Moisturize moisturize moisturize. Everywhere. Nothing looks good clinging to dry spots, be it on your skin or lips.

    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? As natural looking skin as possible, full brows, a little mascara, and lipstick. Never lipgloss.

    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? Nope. It flakes and runs terribly on my bottom lashes regardless of the formulation.

    9. Do you have a secret weapon? Nothing comes to mind!

    10. Weekly goals: session plans and studying!

  38. Christy says:

    1. Mood: Fabulous :) Saw my cousin Clarissa for lunch today. I haven’t spent time with her for a really really really long time. I think of her as one of my sisters. We caught up and it felt great to chat the way we used to. Just finished making pasta with kale, chicken, yellow zucchini, orange peppers, red onion, loads of garlic and fresh basil. I <3 veggies :)
    2. How do you feel about polka dots? Depends. Smaller ones and in small doses can be good.
    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? Rome or Paris. Both have amazing museums and shopping. The neighborhoods to explore would be endless. However, Honolulu sounds extremely enticing.
    4. Your childhood nickname(s)? Chris, Tina, and Tin. Tina and Tin were popular among my aunts, Chris more so among my cousins.
    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? MAC Graphblack pencil, MAC 129 brush, 239 brush and 217 brush. When I went to Vegas a few weeks ago, I forgot my brushes so I picked up at 129SH, 239 and 266 since they had it in stock.
    6. Your makeup motto? Never simple, go chic & glam!
    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? Big lashes, smoky eyes and neutral lips is my go to. Every once in a while I will do bold lips and cheeks for something different.
    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? Usually no. Most of the time I end up getting raccoon eyes from it melding & messing with my under eye concealer.
    9. Do you have a secret weapon? My butt. Am up to 60 lbs 3 sets of 10 reps each doing Romanian Deadlifts. It's like a rock now ;)
    10. Weekly goals: Back off sweets and fruits, keep up the cardio. I've got some extra weight that crept on from vacation time :$
    Christy recently posted … MAC Semi-Precious Gem of Roses Lipstick Review & Swatches

  39. jen. says:

    1. Mood: Big-haired. Is that a mood? I got stuck in the rain this morning walking in to work, and my hair is now about three feet wide and 4 feet tall.
    2. How do you feel about polka dots? I love polka dots! BUT all the dots have to be the same color (preferably white dots on black, navy, or red). I don’t go for multicolored dots. Ha.
    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? Seattle. Or Florence, but then I’d be far from everyone.
    4. Your childhood nickname(s)? Geendo, Gooder, Jenner, and other mispronunciations of my name that my brother came up with as a young’un.
    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? 226 brush for my brows
    6. Your makeup motto? I don’t think I have one.
    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? Natural but not boring.
    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? No. It feels too heavy on my eyes.
    9. Do you have a secret weapon? Um…. a nightstick behind my front door. My retired cop dad thinks it’ll protect me from bad guys, but no way would I get close enough to one to use it!
    10. Weekly goals: stay up to date on my billing. So boring!

    60 minutes a day of exercise…. that doesn’t sound so simple to me! I hope you’re not running seven days in a row without taking a break!

  40. Kate & Zena says:

    1. Mood:
    Tired. Had my very first day of math!

    2. How do you feel about polka dots?
    I like them as long as they’re tiny!

    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be?
    I have no idea! That’s hard! I’d have to sit on that one.

    4. Your childhood nickname(s)?
    I don’t have any that were used when I was just a kid. My mom’s main nicknames for me are Smurf (I was born blue), Bug, and Katie Sue Who (my middle name is Suzanne and all of us love How the Grinch Stole Christmas.) My dad’s is Peanut. My grandpa calls me Kates; my grandma calls me Sweetie. Those names haven’t changed much and I’m 22. Everyone else calls me Katie; teachers may only call me Kate if there is more than one Katie.

    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often?
    UD Naked Palette; Almay one coat nourishing thickening mascara in very black (waterproof version); Aveeno daily moisturizing lotion; UD 24/7 liner in Zero; Stila CC in Petunia; Stila lip glazes in Grapefruit, Passion fruit, Raspberry and Fruit Punch. Benefit BrowZings in Dark, Benefit EyeBright. Benefit High Beam. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula fragrance-free hand lotion. Obviously, once I find something, I stick to it like glue.

    6. Your makeup motto?
    There is nothing you can’t wear, as long as you stick to your undertone and wear it with confidence,

    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic?
    Natural most of the time (especially for school) with especially bursts of color and creativity. I’m all about trying out new eye looks, bright bold fuchsia lips (obviously, not those two at the same time) and wearing eyeliner. My bold eyes normally don’t come out until fall to spring because I can’t be bothered with color in the humid heat of summer!

    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes?
    Yes.

    9. Do you have a secret weapon?
    The one that comes to mind are my eyes. I have grey-brown eyes. It’s not unusual for someone to be thrown off one day because my eyes will be piercing brown one day and smokier brown the next. I control what color I bring out more with my eye makeup. I’m known as “Fox Eyes” by my optometrist..

    10. Weekly goals:
    -Go see the dentist, psychiatrist, and psychologist.
    -Go to choir and math.
    -Brush Zena.
    -See if I’m going horseback riding!

  41. PS says:

    1. Mood: You know I thought I would be in a good mood today, but I wasn’t. I started off the day really tired, changed my outfit several times, bad hair – the humidity was super crazy, bad make-up because my eye make-up was to go with a different top so today I just felt like CRAP! :) Oh & then I wrecked the top that I changed into. Tomorrow will be a better day.

    2. How do you feel about polka dots? They’re OK.

    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? I know call me crazy, but I love the city & if I could live anywhere it would probably be New York.. In a perfect world, I’d have a nice place in the city and then a place at the beach or a cabin in the mountains.

    4. Your childhood nickname(s)? I didn’t have one.

    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? blush, highlighter, bronzer, shadow, mascara. On weekends, just a light foundation & mascara

    6. Your makeup motto? Don’t have one. I just try to do the best I can.

    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? Just stick with whatever works.

    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? No.

    9. Do you have a secret weapon? Yes.

    10. Weekly goals: try to work on my though life. It’s hard to get older & feel good about how you look when everything really starts to change.

  42. Jen says:

    1. Mood: A little cranky – this poll will be fun.
    2. How do you feel about polka dots? Tough to pull off when you’re 40+.
    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? Venice.
    4. Your childhood nickname(s)? I didn’t have one.
    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? Concealer (Bobbi Brown), face powder (MAC Mineral Finish), and mascara (Maybelline)
    6. Your makeup motto? A little bit every day, just to make myself presentable.
    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? Natural and not too “done”.
    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? Yep, every day.
    9. Do you have a secret weapon? My cunning.
    10. Weekly goals: To finish a job I have, and do it well.

  43. Elle says:

    Mood:
    A weeeee bit tired but happy b/c I got to spend time with the bf today. :)

    How do you feel about polka dots?
    I think only a few people can pull them off. I like ‘em if they’re small, and honestly, only in black and white.

    If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be?
    Vancouver, BC – to be with my best friend. We’d tear it up every night :) …or more than likely, end up watching movies and eating donuts and Ben & Jerry’s every night.

    Your childhood nickname(s)?
    Ellie Belly, Elle’s Bells, Ellie, Ellengator, all from my sister.

    What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often?
    Shu Uemura Lash Curler, MAC’s ProLongwear concealer, and my MAC 188 for blending in said concealer.

    Your makeup motto?
    I don’t know if I really have one.

    Describe your personal makeup aesthetic:
    I love classic, elegant makeup with a twist — something like a strong cat eye or a bold lip. – Ditto

    Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes?
    Sometimes. It depends on how much time I have to get ready. When I’m running behind, I’ll skip it.

    Do you have a secret weapon?
    Apart from now being able to throw a punch (hard), I don’t know what else I have that’s “secret”. I do have a baseball bat behind my door.

    Weekly goals:
    Exercise 4x a week and cut back on sodas.

  44. Prachi says:

    Hey Karen…

    Absolutely love these Monday (Poll) posts by you. I eagerly wait every Monday for these…so thanks for adding lovely colors to ‘Monday blues’ :)

  45. Lydia says:

    1. Mood: Exhausted.
    2. How do you feel about polka dots? I like em.
    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? Marquette, MI
    4. Your childhood nickname(s)? Lulu
    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? Lashblast Mascara
    6. Your makeup motto? I think makeup isn’t permanent is a good one :)
    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? I like big eyes.
    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? Sometimes.
    9. Do you have a secret weapon? Mascara :)
    10. Weekly goals: To work out 4 days this week.

  46. meimei says:

    1. Mood: Pretty great. And caffeinated, too.

    2. How do you feel about polka dots? The smaller, the better for me. The gigantor ones are too ’80s for me.

    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? I was going to say “Honolulu,” but after all my travels this year I’ll go with Sydney – so many places to go, plus the people are friendly, and the trains are clean. Speaking of trains, Singapore comes in at a close second for this category, if only for the trains, the shopping, and the food.

    4. Your childhood nickname(s)? Buday, or Little Buddha, because of my pot belly. People still call me Mei (upgraded from Mae) until now. (Aside: I sometimes call my students “anak,” even though they’re already college freshmen.)

    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? Right now, it’s the combination tinted moisturizer and BB Cream that I got from my dermatologist. Oil-free, blends well, makes my skin look practically flawless. Pair that with tinted lip balm and we’re in business!

    6. Your makeup motto? To thine own self be true.

    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? Presentable and appropriate for the occasion. As long as I don’t show up for work or church with electric green eyeshadow, I should be fine!

    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? Nope. Too much trouble.

    9. Do you have a secret weapon? My wit. And the personal Twitter accounts of the Philippine Volcanoes Rugby Team, in case I need a few big guys to knock some sense into people (LOL)

    10. Weekly goals: Since it’s a writing-heavy week (checking essays as well as putting my novel through workshopping), my goal right now is to concentrate on giving constructive criticism. :)

  47. Heidi says:

    1. Mood: Trying to stay positive.

    2. How do you feel about polka dots?

    In moderation and small, I think they’re cute.

    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be?

    Either Barcelona, Spain or Florence, Italy. I haven’t been to either but I’m attracted to the culture, art, and general vibe of them.

    4. Your childhood nickname(s)?

    I don’t think I had one.

    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often?

    For skincare, always cleanser, moisturizer and eye cream. For makeup, never leave the house without concealer, blush, liner, and mascara.

    6. Your makeup motto?

    Never say never

    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic?

    Play up the eyes, neutral cheeks, and glossy lips.

    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes?

    No, because it always clumps and doesn’t stay there.

    9. Do you have a secret weapon?

    When I haven’t cleaned out my purse in awhile, I could seriously injure someone with it, were I so inclined.

    10. Weekly goals:

    Job hunting, and I need to replace some “unmentionables” (okay, underwear) that has seen better days. Good thing I got a Kohl’s coupon in the mail the other day!

  48. dmj says:

    hi karen,
    anak ku also means my child in malay. but i never call my kids anak ku, that’s too old skool. i’ll just holler ‘KIDS, come here right now!” hahahaha…

  49. wendy says:

    1. Mood: bored, super bored and annoyed..
    2. How do you feel about polka dots? love it although I dont really have anything in polka dots.
    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? NYC or I am cool with London
    4. Your childhood nickname(s)? Maya , the bee
    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? foundation, everything for brows and eyeliners
    6. Your makeup motto? be bold and have fun
    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? there is no rule to my standard.. as long as u feel good and not uncomfortable ..
    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? yes if I am not too in the hurry..
    9. Do you have a secret weapon? confidence
    10. Weekly goals: there is no goal.. I just really want to go back to London

  50. Anna says:

    1. Mood: Kinda cranky…woke up early and brain went into overdrive and couldnt get back to sleep.
    2. How do you feel about polka dots? A small smattering is often cute.

    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? I would probably stay right here in my London town. Although if I was rich and lived the high life I dont have to stick to just one city I can hop on my jet and fly to any city I want whenever I want.

    4. Your childhood nickname(s)? Ummm didnt have any…..I was called a moomin when I was at school…fond memories lol.

    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? MAC ‘s Graphblack eyeliner.

    6. Your makeup motto If you want to wear if wear it !

    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? If in doubt, smokey eyes and nude lips !

    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? Yes always !

    9. Do you have a secret weapon? Illamasqua’s nude eyeliner for waterline…..oh crap now my secret is out !

    10. Weekly goals: To eat healthier-no more snacking on granola bars full of sugar and exercise everyday !

  51. Twyla Munden says:

    1. Mood: Tired and not feeling the whole ‘work’ thing

    2. How do you feel about polka dots? great for kids, underwear and bathing suit attire..

    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? LA

    4. Your childhood nickname(s)? Twiggy – Twylight

    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? Rimmel Makeup remover, Vichy facewash & pore minimizer, Sephora Day cream, LUSH Facials

    6. Your makeup motto? – Don’t go without mascara – EVER!

    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? – Dramatic eyes

    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? – Yes

    9. Do you have a secret weapon? MAC Makeup Finishing Spray

    10. Weekly goals: 4 Walks on the treadmill, attempt to RollerBlade in the underground parking (safer for me lol) and finish clearing the dining room of the junk…

  52. Stephanie says:

    1. Mood:
    Excited.. Just got back from my new internship. I totally love it.

    2. How do you feel about polka dots?
    I like tiny dots in black/white or red/white.. depends on which clothing. Retro bikini; yes! Regular tanktop; no!

    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be?
    The city I live in.. or a city where the weather is always good.

    4. Your childhood nickname(s)?
    Didn’t had any nicknames.

    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often?
    MAC blush in Coppertone, my eyebrowkit from Essence and MAC Fix+.

    6. Your makeup motto?
    Mascara makes your face!

    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic?
    Appropriate for the occasion..

    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes?
    I don’t need mascara on my lower lashes because they are already long, but I do wear mascara on them because it makes my eyes look bigger and more doll-like.

    9. Do you have a secret weapon?
    Fix+ Every person who uses the product know what I’m talking about!

    10. Weekly goals:
    Start with thesis, I’d rather finish it a week early than a week late.
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  53. Nanda devi says:

    1. Mood:
    Excited for the new leather coat I just bought for cheap.
    2. How do you feel about polka dots?
    Just no.
    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be?
    Amsterdam. Or just my current living place, groningen, It has everything I want.
    4. Your childhood nickname(s)?
    Dave, Nana, ND, Andijvie.
    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often?
    Mascara of course. And my blessings go to Lush’s ‘Angels on Bare Skin’. It’s so perfect, it makes my skin so beautiful I want to cry. And drool on myself.
    6. Your makeup motto?
    Everything will be allright anyway.
    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic?
    Pale skin with slightly rose lips.
    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes?
    Absolutely, I look stupid without.
    9. Do you have a secret weapon?
    Kill ‘em with kindness.
    10. Weekly goals:
    Get off from work on saturday.. Finish my essay for the deadline..

  54. Em says:

    1. Mood: a little depressed because I just ate like 35 muffins and can feel my muffin top growing larger (no thanks to staring at the computer)
    2. How do you feel about polka dots? Love, love LOVE! Marc Jacobs just did a big collection of them, and I’m dying to dish out some dough.
    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? Manhatten, becuase despite apparent laziness, I need a city that’s as easily bored, creative and night-fond as I am.
    4. Your childhood nickname(s)? I grew up pretty unscathed.
    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? Definitely concealer (because who’s perfect, really?) and mascara.
    6. Your makeup motto? Don’t ice the cake; glaze it. Does that sound really stupid? Yes, it does. I just hate that in-you-face, is-there-skin-behind-all-that look.
    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? Eyeliner (in all different colours) and PLENTY of mascara.
    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower ashes: ALWAYS. What else is a blonde with barely-noticable light lashes to do? I’m currently on a search for one that’ll stay throughout the day, because I am especially prone to raccoon eyes, if you have any suggestions.
    9. Do you have a secret weapon? Q-tips. And my (try not to laugh; you’ll be thanking me later) Life Brand Acne-Fighting Concealer. I’ve tried Proactiv, but this stuff works great and covers up unsightly blemishes.
    10. Weekly goals: Stick to a skin routine. I’ve got so many products, it’s hard to choose just one to use, so my skin is constantly getting confused. The Body Shop’s line for Sensitive Skin is my current obsession, but it’s hard not to stray…
    * P.S. Love this blog! See, smarts and beauty go hand inhand…I’m a teeage wannabe writer and self-proclaimed nerd, but I still wanna look nice! you inspire me. Add a bit of wit and a wicked sense of humor and we’re both away to the races…

  55. Suzanne says:

    1. Mood: Tired but upbeat. Today was a good day
    2. How do you feel about polka dots? I love the. My grandmother believes they’re lucky!
    3. If you could live a life of luxury in any city in the world, which city would it be? London
    4. Your childhood nickname(s)? It’s personal
    5. What are the makeup/beauty products you use most often? Concealer. It’s why I bother with make up in the firs place
    6. Your makeup motto? If it’s too harsh in white light, it’s too loud
    7. Your personal makeup aesthetic? Natural and sophisticated.
    8. Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes? Sometimes
    9. Do you have a secret weapon? Corrector + concealer. When their powers combine…
    10. Weekly goals: Sleep, read, make peace with my job

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