Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 213

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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 four years. I’ve always enjoyed reading your answers in the comments, and I hope you enjoy reading mine.
  1. Mood:
  2. In a word, happy. :) The birds are singing outside my office window right now, and that always puts a smile on my face.

  3. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System?
  4. I have! I used it religiously when I was 14 and stuck with it for about a year.

    Now that I think about it, I can’t remember why I stopped, but it was probably boredom, or I just got distracted by something else and moved on… That happened a lot when I was that age.

    I still know people who swear by it, though, and I might give it another try.

    I have fallen in love with a few other Clinique skin care products over the years, like their Rinse-Off Foaming Cleaners (I loved this stuff back in college when my skin was epically oily!), Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm and Mild Clarifying Lotion.

  5. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed?
  6. When the weather’s nice, and my allergies aren’t going ballistic, I like to take a walk outside. But if I can’t get outside, then I try to find a quiet place where I can sit by myself, close my eyes and concentrate on my breathing for a few minutes.

    That always takes the edge off.

  7. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive?
  8. No, not unless cannon-balling counts. :)

    I have tried it a couple times but never quite got the hang of it. I guess it’s just one of things… I’m a total water baby, but there’s something about diving head first into a body of water that makes me a wee bit nervous.

  9. Sparkling water or still?
  10. Most of the time, still. Sparkling when my tummy’s gurgling.

  11. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear?
  12. I’ll be wearing NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer on my cheeks and around my mouth to even out my skin tone, MAC Pro Longwear Concealer to hide my dark under-eye circles, Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara to open up my eyes, MAC Concrete Eyeshadow to fill in my brows, Rouge Bunny Rouge Blush Wand in Manet to give my cheeks some color, and bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Spark Plug to make my lips really shine.

  13. Are you wearing sun screen today?
  14. I sure am. I’m wearing Clarins HydraQuench SPF 15 on my face and neck.

  15. Your favorite t-shirt?
  16. An ancient oversized navy blue tee with the words “UC Davis” on it that I’ve had forever. It’s not particularly cute or anything. I just think it’s really comfy.

  17. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try?
  18. I’ve been very curious about Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum ($79) ever since some gals raved about it in the comments.

    I think I might have pick it up when the Sephora VIB sale kicks in on the 29th…

  19. Weekly goals:
  20. To make it to at least a couple of yoga classes, to remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day (I slacked last week), to finish my to-do list by 6 each day (dare to dream!), and to make an appointment to get my hair did.

Okay, Mad Men fans, can we dish about last night’s season premiere? :)



That was one groovy party, man! And did you catch Megan’s cool cat eye makeup?

I’ll meet you for more Don Draper and friends in the comments, but first — do you have a minute for today’s Monday Poll?

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



1. Mood:
2. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System?
3. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed?
4. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive?
5. Sparkling water or still?
6. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear?
7. Are you wearing sun screen today?
8. Your favorite t-shirt?
9. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try?
10. Weekly goals:

Breathe in, breathe out… Breathe in, breathe out…

I’m doing my best to stay calm this week. You in?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. lolamd says:

    1. Mood:
    Bored and restless.
    2. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System?
    No I haven’t but my mom loves it.
    3. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed?
    Listen to music
    4. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive?
    LOL..I can barely swim
    5. Sparkling water or still?
    Still please
    6. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear?
    Eyeline, lip gloss and a dab of Chloe parfum..Love that perfume.
    7. Are you wearing sun screen today?
    No not yet.
    8. Your favorite t-shirt?
    It is the JCrew Vintage black Tshirt. So soft and comfortable and hides my budding buddha belly.
    9. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try?
    Creme de la Mer
    10. Weekly goals:
    Start exercising again and eat less sugar.

  2. 1. Mood:
    A little down, mainly because I’m missing my boyfriend who gave up everything here in West Malaysia to go help out my Dad in his business in East Malaysia so we’re apart for now :(

    2. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System?
    Nope! I have a few friends who swear by it but I’ve personally not tried it because I’m kind of happy with my current skincare routine.

    3. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed?
    Write. Make lists. Sleep. Read.

    4. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive?
    Not at all. Does being able to scuba dive count instead?

    5. Sparkling water or still?
    I prefer still water all the time :)

    6. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear?
    Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Sculpting Powder in 011, Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion, Chanel Inimitable Extreme mascara in Pure Black. I’d be so excited and nervous if we really met up for brunch, though!

    7. Are you wearing sun screen today?
    Yes! Everyday, regardless of if I’m going out or not. It’s my routine :)

    8. Your favorite t-shirt?
    My original Beatles Abbey Road album cover one from H&M.

    9. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try?
    Creme de la Mer, haha! I’ve tried the sample and miraculously it works on me, so I would like to try a full-sized to see how it goes.

    10. Weekly goals:
    Get tickets to catch the Video Games Live concert, go to University to pay for my convocation, get my tattoo touched up, stay calm and strong.
    Stephanie/Yukaeshi recently posted … Sunday Tip #10

  3. Larie says:

    1. Mood: Cheerful! It’s almost a nice spring day.
    2. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System? Yep, and I still use it,though I’ve since switched out the toner for a non-alcohol one.
    3. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed? Make myself a cup of hot tea, read a book.
    4. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive? Yes. It was my favorite part of swimming lessons!
    5. Sparkling water or still? Still. Sparkling water is weird to me.
    6. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear? MAC MSFN, a hint of blush, filled in brows, and a wash of color on eyes. Then winged liner and lipstick :)
    7. Are you wearing sun screen today? Every day!
    8. Your favorite t-shirt? Hm…I don’t know if I have one!
    9. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try? Some of the Amore Pacific skincare!
    10. Weekly goals: Get back on the exercise wagon, cut down on sweets!
    Larie recently posted … Sweet Anthem: In the Vault

  4. Rads says:

    1. Mood: Optimistic.
    2. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System? Yes. Love it, but I prefer to mix-match-and-make my own 3-Steps. Prefer type 2 clarifying lotion rather than the 3.
    3. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed? Read a book.
    4. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive? No.
    5. Sparkling water or still? Still.
    6. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear? A mix of tinted moisturizer and foundation, my trusty gel liner (Maybelline), Bare Minerals colour in Rouge on my lips, and a hint of a blush (Chanel Espiegle).
    7. Are you wearing sun screen today? Nope..I don’t use one when I am staying at home.
    8. Your favorite t-shirt? An old one of my husband’s – is comfy and warm and perfect for a lazy day at home.
    9. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try? Do brushes count? I want to get the NARS Yachiyo.
    10. Weekly goals: Make a timetable and stick to it – hopefully will get some work done that way.

  5. Maria says:

    1. Mood: Sleepy
    2. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System? Ya probably once, not impressed at all, but I was very young and didn’t really have any issues and noticed nothing.
    3. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed? Big glass of coke with ice, watching reality TV on the DVR with my family in the house somewhere but not in my immediate vicinity – they usually are part of the stress in someway but I need to know they are there.
    4. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive? Yep, I was a total fish once I learned to swim (in a lake (which I still find amazing and odd at 9)) and I would go to a high school alone every summer to swim. I would jump off the boards into the 15-20 foot pool as often as the line allowed and I loved it. But I have never mustered the nerve to try a high dive…. someday I know I will. I am afraid of heights but I will try it once.
    5. Sparkling water or still? Still. If all that’s available is sparkling I’ll drink it but it’s not a fav and I love salt so I don’t get it.
    6. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear? Depends on my clothes and what I see first in my makeup bag but typically I’ll be a bit fancy. I love color!
    7. Are you wearing sun screen today? In my foundation. I don’t go the extra step unless I’m spending a lot of time in the sun. I figure it’s in the foundation and moisturizer. I know, bad for an ex-dept brand counter girl….
    8. Your favorite t-shirt? I have big boobs, not a fan of tees. LOL
    9. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try? I have wanted to try LeMer cream for so long but I don’t really have dry skin and the one month of the year that I tend to get dry I always forget. Maybe next year….
    10. Weekly goals: I hate goals. I never have a good answer for this – maybe set a goal?

  6. Sandra says:

    1. Mood:
    Happy and full of energy

    2. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System?
    Yep, years ago, I didnt like it, all tho the DDML was okay

    3. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed?
    Write, call a friend, eat knackebrod (cuz I dont have cookies in the house LOL)

    4. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive?
    Yes but I wouldnt dare it nowadays, brrrr

    5. Sparkling water or still?
    Still ;)

    6. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear?
    Something coral for lips and cheeks and some of my soft eyeshadow shades by Inglot (and foundation etc.)

    7. Are you wearing sun screen today?
    Yes, SPF50 always

    8. Your favorite t-shirt?
    A khaki t-shirt I won at a contest a month ago

    9. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try?
    Creme de la mer, Chanel UV shield and Hada Labo Hyaluronic Acid Lotion Moist

    10. Weekly goals:
    Clean all the windows inside and outside of my house (so far: outside is done LOL), find myself a job, write on my articles on Beauty bloggers and finish reading 2 books :)

    Happy Monday :)
    Sandra recently posted … Inglot cosmetics

  7. caitlin says:

    1. Mood: stressed! it’s Monday, I have a full week of work & school ahead which means I will have almost no time for anything else! (I shouldn’t even be doing this right now!)

    2. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System? I have. I also used it in my early teens. I liked it, and I especially liked the packaging – simple and colorful – but I don’t recall it being outstanding. Nowadays, I’m always looking for natural/organic skincare products.

    3. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed? Eat. Sad, but true. Thanks to my good genetics, it hasn’t caught up with me yet but if I don’t change it soon I’m headed for trouble! I just started yoga, but it’s difficult to fit into my schedule.

    4. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive? No.. I have never been on a diving board in my life!

    5. Sparkling water or still? Usually still, but I enjoy sparkling water as well – especially with a wedge of lime, lemon or orange

    6. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear? A little bit of bareMinerals buffed all over to even out my skin tone, a little bronzer and Buck eyeshadow from the original UD Naked palette to fill in my brows

    7. Are you wearing sun screen today? built in to the minerals, so, yes!

    8. Your favorite t-shirt? I don’t have very many t-shirts, I wish that I did. My main requirement for liking a t-shirt is for it to be long enough and more slim, rather than short and wide like a lot of t-shirts tend to be.

    9. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try? A couple of those Clarins Summer 2012 items are looking pretty nice.. I also want to try Arcona and One Love skin care…

    10. Weekly goals: Just make it to Friday! I applied for a new job today and if I get it, my life will be changing quite a bit.. hopefully I will hear back from them this week. Other than that, I just want to stay on top of school work and house work between real work, while taking care of myself as well!

    Will we be seeing swatches and reviews from the Clarins Summer 2012 products you teased us with?

  8. ines says:

    Hey Karen! Hope your weekend went well… I listened to you and bought Sandy B lipstick… Now I’m clutching it like Gollum and whispering at it in a corner, which is getting me some pretty funny looks from my coworkers… Just kidding, but I really have to say, I <3 it!

    Here's what's going on my end:

    1. Mood: Pretty chipper. Sunny weather and longer days… Also, just hauled a pretty sweet selection of dresses from Banana Republic & the Gap at 30% off (online orders – you should check it out). Credit card is not happy but Ines sure is!

    2. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System? Used it in my teens until I was about 22 or so. Now I still use the clarifying lotion in #2 but I use Josie Maran Argan Oil and Ole Henriksen Enlighten Me Pigment Serum along with some La Roche Posay Sunsreen as my main skincare items.

    3. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed? Stroke the kitties, take a walk outside, and this one sounds weird, but… Take out an Excel spreadsheet and analyze the sh*t out of the problem! I'm not an analyst for nothing…

    4. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive? Nope. Scared sh*tless of heights (but not of water, I'm a very strong swimmer). There is no way in hell I'm jumping off a boingy board from way up!

    5. Sparkling water or still? Still water. But I also love me some San Pellegrino!

    6. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear? MAC Mocha Blush, Bobbi Brown Pink Shimmerbrick, Chanel Rose Dentelle Rouge Coco & Mica Glossimer, MAC Fluidline in Macroviolet.

    7. Are you wearing sun screen today? Yes! I wear sunscreen religiously. They aren't that greasy or yucky anymore, which makes it easier.

    8. Your favorite t-shirt? This fake "tuxedo" type white long sleeve that I bought off the back of a truck in Korea for $5 – the body is actually like a soft, cotton tee, but it has fake shirtsleeves with pearl buttons and pleats like a tuxedo shirt in a stiffer material. If you hide it inside a cardigan it looks all dressy but it's actually SUPER comfy, and it can look great with a pencil skirt for work, or dressed down with jeans for the weekend.

    9. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try? Hakuhodo brushes, La Prairie skincare & the Clarisonic face brush.

    10. Weekly goals: Shopping ban until May. Spent too much on dresses & accessories :(. Get my glasses readjusted (I have a high prescription and they tend to bow outwards after a few months). Wake up at 6:30AM instead of 7AM to be able to stretch a bit and not rush.

  9. Chris25 says:

    1. Mood: Content. I have my cup of green tea and Ugly Betty on Netflix.

    2. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System?: I’m pretty sure I have at various times, but not all three at the same time.

    3. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed?: MUSIC. Or Star Trek episodes. Or chocolate.

    4. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive?: Nope. Can’t even swim.

    5. Sparkling water or still?: Still.

    6. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear?: Eyes: Wet n WIld Walking on Eggshells trio with I’m Getting Sunburned trio, Stila Onyx Kajal; Cheeks: Wet n Wild Princess bronzer, Estee Lauder Soft Matte bronzer, ELF Candid Coral blush; NYX Syclia l/s topped with MAC Natural Flare gloss.

    7. Are you wearing sun screen today?: Nope. I never left the house.

    8. Your favorite t-shirt?: The grey BMCC shirt I got when I was a runner up in the BMCC Poetry Contest.

    9. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try?: Full leg waxing. I’m so poor I have to buy those at home kits.

    10. Weekly goals: Blogging, homework, and networking for makeup gigs.

  10. Nina says:

    1. Mood: in a haze of never ending allergies. :-)

    2. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System? yes, i have. that was the first skincare system i ever tried.

    3. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed? i go for a walk, weather and allergies permitting. otherwise, i try to sit still and do nothing.

    4. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive? no!

    5. Sparkling water or still? still. sparkling makes me sneeze!

    6. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear?

    face: a thin layer of garnier bb cream or sonia kashuk tinted moisturizer set w/ mac’s studio careblend pressed powder, some blunt blush to contour and a very light layer of dollymix blush.

    eyes: a base of maybelline color tattoo in tough as taupe, some mac satin taupe to set it and some mufe 22L liner.

    lips: some chapstick and nars velvet matte lip pencil in bettina

    scent: bath and body works pink chiffon since its gotten too hot to wear heavier scents around here!

    7. Are you wearing sun screen today? yes!

    8. Your favorite t-shirt? its a superman tshirt, but the S logo is bordered by a heart and a batman tshirt but the logo is made out of stars. geek girl FTW!

    9. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try? i already use caudalie’s vinoperfect radiance serum … and i think thats as high as ill go. the full size bottle lasts a good 6-8 months, since i need so very little. in the long run, its actually cost effective.

    10. Weekly goals: just get out of this haze! already. yesterday actually!

  11. gio says:

    1. Mood:
    ok.

    2. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System?
    nope.

    3. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed?
    read a book.

    4. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive?
    nope.

    5. Sparkling water or still?
    still

    6. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear?
    colorful eyeshadow, and soft pink lips and cheeks.

    7. Are you wearing sun screen today?
    yep

    8. Your favorite t-shirt?
    A navy t-shirt with a picture of Minnie at the hairdresser’s. It’s so cute but doesn’t look childish at all.

    9. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try?
    cle de peau lipsticks

    10. Weekly goals
    blogging and eating healthily
    gio recently posted … Product Review: Bellingham Soap Company Gardeners’ Hand Salve Rosehip & Beespit

  12. bisbee says:

    OK – sorry to butt in to the Monday poll…but where is the information about the Sephora sale? Did they send a postcard or email? I’m a VIB, and I don’t think I’ve gotten anything (unless I threw it out!).

    Thanks!

  13. Dominique says:

    1. Mood: dowsy

    2. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System? No I haven’t yet

    3. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed? Perfumes ! I love them beyond words and they often soothe me

    4. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive? Oh non !

    5. Sparkling water or still? Both in fact. Here in France we have so many still and sparkling waters that it’s somewhat difficult to make a choice !

    6. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear? I will wear ” Douce France ” of course lol, seriously either Douce France or Grand Palais.

    7. Are you wearing sun screen today? No, it was warm today but I didn’t use any.

    8. Your favorite t-shirt? None

    9. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try? Skincare from Creme de la Mer

    10. Weekly goals: losing weight !

  14. Ruchita says:

    1. Mood:
    Pretty good.

    2. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System?
    Nope. But I do have the Dark Spot Corrector and use that on a regular basis.

    3. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed?
    Try to find a quiet place an do some deep breathing.

    4. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive?
    I sort of did back in elementary high school, but I haven’t tried in years.

    5. Sparkling water or still?
    Still – in a big mug filled with ice.

    6. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear?
    Makeup Forever HD Foundation, eyeshadows from the original UD Naked Palette, Rimmel Bronzer, L’Oreal gloss.

    7. Are you wearing sun screen today?
    Yes! I wear Olay moisturizer with SPF 15 every day. I also bought Eucerin body lotion with SPF now that it’s getting warmer and I’m not all bundled up in long sleeves and jackets.

    8. Your favorite t-shirt?
    I have a long sleeve black t-shirt that I bought at a Bush concert years ago. It has a blue sunflower on the front and a list of tour dates on the back.

    9. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try?
    Microdermabrasion.

    10. Weekly goals:
    Try and keep up with the housework each day so it all doesn’t pile up at the end of the week.

    I don’t watch Mad Men, but I did see The Hunger Games movie. I thought it was a great book to movie adaptation. I loved seeing the world of Panem come to life and I was happy to see Buttercup the cat make a cameo. Now we only have to wait until November 2013 for the next movie. :-)

  15. Beth says:

    1. Mood:
    content, but only because stress hasn’t hit me yet

    2. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System?
    yup, currently use and love

    3. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed?
    paint my nails, take the day off school and reorganize

    4. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive?
    not exactly. I can dive off a platform/board but not competitively. just competitive swimming.

    5. Sparkling water or still?
    sparkling with a fruit wedge

    6. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear?
    rosy blush, neutral lip, earthy eye make up

    7. Are you wearing sun screen today?
    always

    8. Your favorite t-shirt?
    a GWP from urban decay.

    9. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try?
    Giorgio Armani skincare. I sometimes get it used on me at nordstrom counter events but would love to try it at home.

    10. Weekly goals:
    catch up on email and job applications!

  16. Jae says:

    1. Mood: so, so, so sleeeepy – damn you, insomnia!
    2. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System? yes, I have. I used it for a couple of years in my late teens and then my skin started to change and so did my skin care regimine…many, many times over!
    3. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed? If i can’t get away then I try to find a quiet place where I can be alone and calm myself. Otherwise, I’ll go for a walk and/or shopping.
    4. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive? I did as a kid but I won’t do it now. I’ll jump in from the edge of a pool, but not a board.
    5. Sparkling water or still? I prefer still, but when my tummy isn’t quite right, fizzy water helps. Oh, and I used to love new york seltzer back in the day…wow, that dated me.
    6. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear? MUFE hd foundation, LM concealer, NARS grand palais e/s duo (been rockin’ this a lot lately), eyeliner, MAC stark naked blush and sandy b l/s w/ev rev l/g (gotta show some lurve). More importantly though, will brunch include some really yummy waffle options? ;)
    7. Are you wearing sun screen today? sure am…I wear it everyday, rain or shine!
    8. Your favorite t-shirt? My hubby’s north face l/s tee..its big and comfy…
    9. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try? La Prairie anti aging product…my girl friend started using the line when she hit 35 and she looks ahhhhmazing! Might have to give it a go…
    10. Weekly goals: Get through this work week – today is SUCH a struggle, to get my butt on the treadmill on Wednesday and Thursday, get rid of the “piles” of laundry by Friday and try not to get my butt beat by my son at Just Dance 3 on the xbox kinect. And somewhere in there I’d like to have 6 uninterrupted hours of sweet sleep…ok, that one is a pipe dream, but I can always wish!

    btw, i’m allll in for staying calm…”let it flow, let it go” – something new and “wooosaaahh” – bad boys 2. both said in between deep breaths. lol

  17. Rachael says:

    1. Mood: Tired and cranky. I want to be back in the Bahamas and drinking under my giant umbrella.

    2. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System? No but people swore by it in high school.

    3. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed? I knit, hug my cat or try to go through the alphabet naming a band for each letter or do fruits and veggies.

    4. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive? I can’t dive, but I can fall backwards off a boat with diver gear on.

    5. Sparkling water or still? I like both, but the sparkling needs some flavor.

    6. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear? Keep it clean and simple, some tinted moisturizer, a cream blush, and mascara.

    7. Are you wearing sun screen today? Always do. Neutrogena anti aging spf 55

    8. Your favorite t-shirt? my Green River Ordinance concert t-shirt. That was such a fun weekend and almost getting killed by a Prius was worth it to see them!

    9. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try? I would love to get my veneers replaced to a white white and stain the rest of my teeth because they always look dingy. Plus that would make hiding my dead tooth easier (stupid brother throwing a football at me).

    10. Weekly goals: Laundry, school work, thank you notes

  18. Hiddy says:

    Hi Karen, may I know which shade you are wearing for NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer? It is not available here in Singapore so I am thinking of ordering online, just not sure which shade to get! My skintone is similar to yours (MAC NC42). I am sooo lemming that product! Would really appreciate it if you could do a review as well ^^

    1. Mood: Super sleepy!

    2. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System? Nope. I did wanted to try it when I was younger but couldn’t afford it.

    3. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed? I love to watch cooking videos and then go grocery shopping and whip myself something delicious and restaurant-worthy! :)

    4. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive? No.

    5. Sparkling water or still? Still.

    6. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear? Simple and minimal. Tinted moisturizer/BB Cream, concealer, blush and mascara.

    7. Are you wearing sun screen today? Always! My favorite is La Roche Posay Anthelios AC SPF 30. I have been wearing it for years and it is the only sunscreen that doesn’t break me out.

    8. Your favorite t-shirt? My boyfriend’s stripey navy blue t-shirt! Hehe. It is so comfy.

    9. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try? Caudalie’s Premier Cru The Eye Cream.

    10. Weekly goals: Drink plenty of water, sleep early and get more exercise! :)

  19. Shannon says:

    1. Mood:
    Impatient for the end of the day. I’m not in the mood for work this week.
    2. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System?
    I have not! I’m digging my own jojoba-oil-and-washcloth system, though :)
    3. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed?
    not usually. And then I blow up! If I noticed that I was feeling stress, I might try some focused relaxation and/or yoga.
    4. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive?
    nope. Wish I did, though!
    5. Sparkling water or still?
    both, please!
    6. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear?
    My Aveeno tinted moisturizer, some sheer pink eyeshadow (maybe UD’s Sin, applied w/ a fluffy brush), Benefit Dandelion on my cheeks, and some mascara (not sure which sample-size tube I have kicking around my makeup box right now…). Maybe a little brown eyeliner for definition. Voila!
    7. Are you wearing sun screen today?
    yup, if you count the spf 30 in my foundation (BareMinerals).
    8. Your favorite t-shirt?
    It’s this really old, ratty Fossil t-shirt I stole from my roommate. It’s grey and fitted and has flowers sewn on around the left shoulder. I love it, but it’s definitely seen better days! lol.
    9. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try?
    Living Proof shampoo/conditioner. They’re not horribly expensive, but I don’t usually spend a whole lot on hair-washing products.
    10. Weekly goals:
    Do I have to make some? haha. :) I guess to be happy and loving this week. I’ve been a grumpy little poop lately, and I think I need to stop and appreciate the people/things around me. And maybe also pamper myself a bit. :) Even if it just means giving myself a pedicure.

  20. Marian says:

    1. Mood: Good!
    2. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System? I have and I loved it. I used it for many years beginning in the 70s. I recently used it again and liked it even more. I like the pump cleanser instead of the soap and I like the gel moisturizer.
    3. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed? I meditate. I listen to music or take a long, fragrant bath.
    4. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive? Nooooooooo
    5. Sparkling water or still? still, please
    6. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear? I’ll be wearing Missha BB cream, Bobbi Brown pot rouge, Bare Escentuals Eye Prime cream shadow and Lancome Art liner. Maybelline Full n Soft . On lips, Chanel Rouge Allure.
    7. Are you wearing sun screen today? I’m wearing BB Cream…
    8. Your favorite t-shirt? I have some very large plain solid color T shirts that I love.
    9. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try? I’ve always wanted to try Creme de La Mer.
    10. Weekly goals: Work out, work on the afghan I’m crocheting. Finish my book so I can start another.

  21. Linnea says:

    1. Mood: Ugh. I’m still struggling with a vicious cold (its the 3rd week :( ), so I’m hopped up on cold meds and at work, where things need to be accomplished. only problem is I’m 100% out of it, and can’t focus.. so ugh.
    2. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System? Yes. I was a religious follower of the 3 step system for about 2-3 years during college. I still love the mild soap wash and the different gel moisturizer (I hate the lotion), but the toner scares me! The ingredient list contains things I just don’t think should be going on my skin, which is why I stopped using that step.
    3. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed? Music. Books. The like. I try to logically talk myself down, which sometimes works.
    4. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive? No. I was never a big water person as my ears couldn’t handle the pressure changes, and in fact I couldn’t submerge myself under water for like 2 years of my childhood.
    5. Sparkling water or still? Still please. sparkling (or at least the versions I’ve tried) taste bitter. I do like sparkling flavoured water, but that usually has sugar or aspartame in it, so I just stick with still.
    6. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear? Umm, my current smashbox tinted moisturizer, Benefit concealer. Then a bright blush (probably Tarte dollface or NARS desire), some lip chap and some neutral stuff on my eyes (Naked palette, or Hourglass Gypsy duo), curled eyelashes and some Bad Girl Lash mascara.
    7. Are you wearing sun screen today? Well, with my tinted moisturizer, yes. Its snowing here, so I wasn’t too worried about the sun exposure today.
    8. Your favorite t-shirt? My Sherbrooke university shirt — its so soft, so I wear it to bed.
    9. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try? Clarisonic.
    10. Weekly goals: Kick this cold!

  22. Suri says:

    1. Mood: Good. It’s gorgeous outside and the work day went pretty quickly.
    2. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System? Yes years ago as a teenager. It worked well but as I branched out and tried other things I left it behind. I’m thinking about investing in their dark spot corrector though.
    3. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed? Go talk to a close girl friend. They always know exactly what to say or just listen so I can vent.
    4. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive? No. I can’t even swim! wahh
    5. Sparkling water or still? Usually still. I’m not that fancy lol
    6. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear? Avon Smooth Minerals foundation, Maybelline Great Lash layered with The Falsies, Tarte Maracuja creaseless concealer, Tarte Amazonian 12 hour clay blush in peaceful, and Mally lipstick in Blossom. I might throw on some eyeshadow depending on my outfit.
    7. Are you wearing sun screen today? Nope
    8. Your favorite t-shirt? My John Jay College of Criminal Justice t-shirt that I’ve had for 6 years or so. It’s where I got my first masters degree but it’s also huge and super comfy for lounging.
    9. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try? Creme De La Mer
    10. Weekly goals: Follow my weekly workout schedule, laundry, and get some sleep.

  23. Kate & Zena says:

    1. Mood:
    Tired and a little cranky. I’m cranky because my mom won’t stop whining about her foot and it’s driving me up a tree.

    2. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System?
    No.

    3. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed?
    Listen to music!

    4. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive?
    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. One time my friend dared me to jump off a diving board, though she knew full well I can’t swim (I can swim a little from what I was taught by my dad, but I can’t swim swim), and I looked down from that board for two whole minutes before I chickened out. I will do just about any swimming pool slide as long as it ends in the shallow side as I love them, I won’t do boards! They scare me to smithereens!

    5. Sparkling water or still?
    Still, thank you very much.

    6. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear?
    My normal school makeup. Knowing me, I’ll wake up with only 30 minutes to do everything.

    7. Are you wearing sun screen today?
    Yes. Coppertone Oil Free SPF 30!

    8. Your favorite t-shirt?
    A super soft black one that says, “Go away before a house drops on top of you, too!” in red lettering with the Wicked Witch of the East’s feet sticking out from the bottom. It’s from the Wizard of Oz. I’ve worn it so much there’s a few tiny holes around the bottom hem. I call it my, “Cranky Day,” shirt. I also have a red shirt that has Grumpy on it and a shirt from the book Revenge that I won from a giveaway that are also Cranky Day shirts, but that one is by far my favorite Cranky Day shirt. I wear it quite frequently!

    9. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try?
    One of those products from SK: II. I’ve heard they are AMAZING.

    10. Weekly goals:
    Dishes! I have Mount Ever-Dish in my sink!
    Brush Zeebers.
    Pray to the Sun God for the warm weather to return. It’s COLD!!!!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kate,

      How are your highlights holding up? Are they still nice and bright?

      Send my love to Zeebers.

      • Kate & Zena says:

        They’re still pretty good, but you can’t really see them unless there’s really bright sunshine! My mom and I were talking about that saying they’re a little too dark and little too sparse. When I get them done again, I’m going to go a bit brighter and get more in because they are so hard to see!

        I’m actually surprised the color has stayed so well because she didn’t bleach the areas before she colored them and that usually helps colors like purple. That and with my washing my hair everyday, you’d expect a lot of fading and it hasn’t faded. Maybe the tiniest bit, but not much! I guess I have super shampoo and conditioner? My hair normally doesn’t hold color very well!

        Are you going to get your pink highlights redone or are you going to try something different?

        Zena sends many a kiss and some dancing routines. Maybe I should enroll her in doggy dancing classes…

  24. Bisbee says:

    Nevermind…and please forgive my not following up with the poll…but I got home and the mailing from Sephora was here!

    Thanks!

    • Karen says:

      No worries, Bisbee.

      Have you started your wish list yet? What’s on it?

      • bisbee says:

        Have I “started” my Sephora wish list yet? Silly Karen – but of course! Here’s what’s in my cart so far…I will probably take some out and add some:

        SEPHORA COLLECTION Lush Flush Lip & Cheek Stain – 01 Red Wine
        EDWARD BESS Defining Eyeliner – Deep Black
        Yves Saint Laurent ROUGE PUR COUTURE Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain – 15 Rose Vinyl
        Yves Saint Laurent ROUGE PUR COUTURE Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain – 16 Pourpre

        What’s on your list?

  25. Melissa says:

    1. Mood: Happy!

    2. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System?: Nope.

    3. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed?: Breathing slowly, or smelling something nice (e.g. L’Occitaine lavender hand cream, Diptyque solid perfume, or Guerlain powders).

    4. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive?: Not at all. I can barely doggy paddle.

    5. Sparkling water or still?: I usually have plain water, but seltzer is good too when I want something fizzy, which isn’t often since I’m not crazy about sodas.

    6. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear?: A spring time-y dress with a cute blazer and oxford wedges.

    7. Are you wearing sun screen today?: Not a separate one (bad! I know), but it was in my tinted moisturizer that I wore today.

    8. Your favorite t-shirt?: I don’t have a favorite!

    9. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try?: Really nice serums. No one brand in particular.

    10. Weekly goals: no over sleeping!

  26. Liz in Paris says:

    1. Mood: Great!
    2. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System? Yes, years ago in my teens/twenties. Prefer French pharmacy brands nowadays (Avène, Bioderma etc.).
    3. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed? Go for a run
    4. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive? No, I’m quite a strong swimmer though
    5. Sparkling water or still? Still
    6. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear? Teal eyeliner, mascara, Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, Blink brow gel, neutral lips
    7. Are you wearing sun screen today? Yep La Roche Posay SPF 50 (another French pharmacy brand). I wear sunscreen every day (not nec. LRP though)
    8. Your favorite t-shirt? Longish, fitted, with navy and black stripes andbright fuchsia edging on neckline and sleeves. I adore it. It’s from Jaeger (English brand)
    9. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try? A full-scale facial in a spa! I’ve never had one and think they must be lovely and relaxing!
    10. Weekly goals: Too many to mention, all work-related.

    Have a great week Karen and everyone!

    • Melissa says:

      I LOVE French pharmacy brands. La Roche Posay and Avène are widely available in the states (I’m guessing? At least in chain drugstores in NYC) and I prefer them so much to the inexpensive brands and even high-end products.

    • Karen says:

      You have a great week too, Liz!

  27. Taffy says:

    1. Mood: Is exhaustion a mood? Because if it is…
    2. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System? Yup, but don’t feel like I need it.
    3. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed? Rearrange my nail polish collection, then get stressed out about how many bottles I have!
    4. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive? No, but I do know how to perch on the end of the board while being too scared to jump in so the instructor has sneak up behind me and push me off.
    5. Sparkling water or still? Still, that water runs deep…
    6. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear? The brightest red lipstick possible because nothing says “Good Morning” like a big red smear all over your chin.
    7. Are you wearing sun screen today? With all the sunscreen in makeup today, I guess I am wearing it by default.
    8. Your favorite t-shirt? My favourite t-shirt belongs to my sister. It’s a 1980’s Stray Cats world tour short that looked so good she refused to wear it so she could have it forever and she still has it!
    9. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try? I’d like to try some Illamasqua makeup that isn’t their not so great nail polish.
    10. Weekly goals: Get my new staff member trained, leave work on time, blog, sleep until I get up on Saturday and try not to feel sorry for myself.

  28. Rae says:

    Does the Sephora sale start March 29? Woohoo!

  29. Katherine G says:

    1. Mood:
    ~Content, and a little sleepy. Rough weekend working and just relaxing this evening!

    2. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System?
    ~I haven’t, but I’ve heard it’s very good.

    3. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed?
    ~Make tea, make a to-do list of when things absolutely should be done (so I can break it down into several days if need be), go for a run or do yoga, and listen to music that fits the mood.

    4. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive?
    ~I do, but I’m not a natural at it. I don’t like going headfirst into the water, either!

    5. Sparkling water or still?
    ~Both. As long as I’m getting the water I need every day in some way, shape, or form, I am happy!

    6. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear?
    ~My Bare Minerals foundation in Golden Beige (gives me a little color in the winter, and enhances a tan in the spring/summer), Nars the Multiple stick in Orgasm blush, Physician’s Formula pearl face powder in Light/Medium skin (gives a nice glow, and can be worn with foundation or by itself), Urban Decay 24/7 eyeshadow stick in Midnight Cowboy, Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Bourbon, and Rimmel ScandalEyes Mascara.

    7. Are you wearing sun screen today?
    ~I am in the form of my face lotion, Aveeno Positively Radiant SPF 15.

    8. Your favorite t-shirt?
    ~That’s a tie between my Apollo’s Chariot one I got last summer at Busch Gardens, and a t-shirt representing my dad’s friend in his sprint car racing days (special cars that go 180mph on a dirt track – we used to be his pit crew). I’ve had that shirt since I was 11! And it still fits!

    9. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try?
    ~I’ve heard great things about the La Mer skincare line, but I would never ever spend 100 bucks or more on body/face lotion when my drugstore stuff gets the job done.

    10. Weekly goals:
    ~Work out in some way, shape, or form every day.
    ~Try to keep a positive attitude.
    ~Finish some books I got for my Kindle.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Katherine,

      I hope that this week is better for you and that you get the chance to relax next weekend.

      What books do you have on your Kindle?

      • Katherine G says:

        Hi Karen!
        Just finished up my 4 workdays in a row (Sat, Sun, Mon, Tues), so I finally get a little break. I have been reading a lot of historical fiction from the Civil War era. Maryland and Virginia have a lot of history! I live right down the street from Frederick’s Civil War battlefield. Check out “Noble Cause” by Jessica James. You won’t be able to put it down! It is the happier ending version of her novel “Shades of Grey.” The book is based in Virginia in the Civil War era.

        Hope you get a chance to relax and have fun this week!
        Katherine

  30. Stef Smith says:

    1. Mood: Caffeinated! I just finished a Mocha Coconut Frappuccino from Starbucks! Love them! But they’re full of calories.
    2. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System? Yep! It was great. But then I discovered Boscia products, and they work so much better for me. However, Clinique products are fantatsic!
    3. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed? Mocha Coconut Frappuccinos! I also listen to loud music.
    4. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive? Yes I do, and I’m great! ha ha ha I grew up across the street from my grandparents who have a pool with a diving board. So I’ve been diving since I was a kid.
    5. Sparkling water or still? Still.
    6. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear? Benefit Hello Flawless to even out my skin tone, a couple of colors from the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette, the Urban Decay mascara in the purple tube (can’t remember the name off the top of my head), Benefit Benetint or Posietint blush (depending on what colors I chose for my eyeshadow), and Urban Decay Naked lipgloss. Brunch sounds fantastic by the way!!!
    7. Are you wearing sun screen today? Every darn day of my life! It’s in my day cream, Boscia, and I also use a little spray sunblock every two hours. And I wear a big hat outdoors. I’m pale but I have great skin!
    8. Your favorite t-shirt? I have a shirt from my high school football team that I am always proud to wear! And of course my Superman ‘S’ tee, I love the Superman ‘S!’
    9. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try? La Mer moisturizer. I can’t justify the price, but it sounds like heaven on the face!
    10. Weekly goals: Exercise at least four days, maybe give up my daily Frappuccino (maybe!), remember to take my multivitamin every day, get my bangs cut!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Stef,

      That is super cool that you can dive! I’ve always wondered what it feels like to just glide into the water…must be so different from cannonballing, LOL!

  31. Kat says:

    1. Mood:
    Is bored a mood?

    2. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System?
    Used it starting at about age 15 until I was 21, I think. I still use their spot acne healing gel, it’s the best thing for random breakouts that I’ve ever tried. Also the moisture surge gel moisturizer is always on hand!

    3. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed?
    I should do something like Karen (healthier) but usually I self-medicate with red wine.

    4. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive?
    Springboard, yes, and could even do a few fancy twisty dives in my younger years. Platform, no way and it terrifies me.

    5. Sparkling water or still?
    Still.

    6. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear?
    I’m sure to wake up late, so I’ll probably wear Stila tinted moisturizer and Benefit Ooh La Lift set with UD Surreal Skin, then Tarte Glisten blush, Brun for my brows, Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Wheat topped with whichever light shimmery eyeshadow my brush winds up in + a bit of Wedge for the crease, line my eyes with Brun, curl lashes and put on whatever mascara is closest (prob CG Lash Blast), grab Bobbi Brown Party Alice lipstick to put on during the drive, and use whatever gloss is already in my purse (right now NYX Perfect).

    I’ll likely still be 10 minutes late…just have a mimosa while you wait, you should expect this from me by now.

    7. Are you wearing sun screen today?
    DHC White Sunscreen

    8. Your favorite t-shirt?
    A super cheap plain black t-shirt from NY&Company that’s too stretched out to be worn in public. I am seriously going to learn to sew just so I can recreate that shirt; it has something between a crew and a boat neck and I can’t find anything else quite like it.

    9. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try?
    Guerlain Parure Gold foundation.

    10. Weekly goals:
    Longer dog walks, and work back up to twice a day. I’m terrible about walking my dogs regularly in the winter and getting back into the habit in the spring is a challenge.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kat,

      Tell me about your pups! I love with a cat now (Tabs), but growing up I always had dogs.

      • Kat says:

        Maggie is a black lab mix (~53 lbs), 10, and Max is a golden retriever mix (~65 lbs), almost 8. Max is a spaz and Maggie is a bit of a diva/bossy pants. I’ve had them both since they were puppies.

        I had cats growing up (as well as dogs) and I miss having them around. I’m allergic…always have been, but got worse once I moved away :(

  32. Wendy says:

    1. Mood: Sad. News of Coach Sean O’Malley founder of Cardio Coach passed away last night. He was an inspiration to many! So kind and compassionate. He created Cardio Coach Press Play, Choose Living mp3 workout to raise money for the Choose Living Foundation. He will be missed!

    2. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System? No.

    3. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed? Get a massage.

    4. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive? No

    5. Sparkling water or still? Still

    6. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear? Met my girlfriend for lunch on Saturday. I opted for a natural look.

    I applied: Hourglass Liquid Foundation using a Beauty Blender sponge, Laura Mercier Eye Primer in Wheat, Laura Mercier Innocent Peach cream blush, Guerlain Cruel Gardenia Highlighter, Le Metier de Beaute Penelope Kaleidoscope (top color only), Anastasia eyebrow pencil in Brunette, Shiseido’s discontinued Lasting LIft mascara and Perfect Mascara (1 coat each), Dior Addict Lipstick in Miami #625.

    7. Are you wearing sun screen today? Yes, it’s in my foundation and day cream.

    8. Your favorite t-shirt? I’m not a fan of t-shirts. I sometimes like to wear my husband’s work t-shirt I confiscated when we first dated. It’s nicely shrunk from 2 decades of wash.

    9. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try? Rouge Bunny Rouge. Pricey and indulgent since I can’t try before I buy.

    10. Weekly goals: Get my car washed and vacuumed, dust off my spin bike and press play.

  33. Wendy says:

    1. Mood: Wish-washy, and off my game…it’ll be fine though.

    2. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System?
    Yes, used it off and on since I was 12, 45 now, you do the math, I was also an employee for a couple of years and loved it.

    3. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed?
    Swim in the Summer, booze and Golden Girls re-runs in the winter…lol.

    4. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive?
    No but in some states I am considered a cannon ball champion.

    5. Sparkling water or still?
    Sparkling, we call it “bubble-soda”…I drink it by the bucket-load.

    6. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear?
    BE Celestine eyeshadow, a smudge of Clinique Black/Brown liner, Clinique blush in Clover, lips are always a toss-up.

    7. Are you wearing sun screen today?
    Nope…in for the day.

    8. Your favorite t-shirt?
    Anything huge that my hubby has broken in…cozy.

    9. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try?
    Creme de la Mer…just to see what the hype is all about.

    10. Weekly goals:
    GET MY OFFICE ORGANIZED!

  34. PS says:

    1. Mood:

    Pretty good for a Monday, although I wish it were the weekend still.

    2. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System?

    My mom was all into it, but I think it is over rated. I’ve tried clinique and I’ll pass.

    3. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed?

    If I’m in the car, loud music. At home sometimes loud music or soothing music, sometimes a hot shower and I love washing my face with the clarisonic mia when I’m feeling really stressed.

    4. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive?

    Um, no.

    5. Sparkling water or still?

    Still please

    6. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear?

    Very light make-up & a gloss or lip balm. Have you tried Burts Bees tinted lip balm in pink blossom? LOVE IT. Gives a beautiful natural color. That’s my fave now.

    7. Are you wearing sun screen today?

    Of course!

    8. Your favorite t-shirt?

    I bought a couple of VS t-shirts that I love.

    9. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try?

    I would love to try a chemical peal or laser treatment to get rid of some of the brown spots on my face, but I’m too scared to try it.

    10. Weekly goals:

    No goals this week. ;)

  35. Bronwyn says:

    1. Mood:
    Content.
    2. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System?
    No. I mix my skin care routine up from time to time so it isn’t that I love my current one. Its just, I suppose ‘not convenient’ to go out of my way to try/buy.
    3. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed?
    I admit to being not very good at cooling myself down as I get stressed but I try talking to friends (not usually about the issue) or reading a book.
    4. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive?
    Wow. That would be a cool skill. No. And after breaking my own nose with my knee at beginners gymnastics jumping (falling) into the pit – maybe it isn’t really my thing.
    5. Sparkling water or still?
    Still. always.
    6. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear?
    On a Saturday? A pretty complete face. Though still probably not loud or outrageous eye make-up or anything. Though who knows. Saturdays are my one day completely off. So I go a little bit crazy ;-).
    7. Are you wearing sun screen today?
    I have a tinted moisturiser with SPF 15?
    8. Your favorite t-shirt?
    It isn’t a t-shirt (I only really have T-shirts for gym etc) but my go-to weekender shirt is a navy blue polo with white piping which was a training shirt from a bowling team I was on years ago. and the only polo I own that never EVER needs to be ironed. I wish I could work out why that was. the material is AMAZING.
    9. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try?
    Illamasqua Skin Base
    10. Weekly goals:
    Survive the annual work-place cross country and NOT come dead last.

  36. EmmyJean says:

    1. Mood: Relaxed ’cause it’s spring break so I only have work this week! (although slightly annoyed about this sinus headache…)

    2. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System?
    Nope, but I did use their all about eyes for a long time. I’ve upgraded to Rhonda Allison and Vasseur skincare now that my skin has decided to become insanely sensitive.

    3. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed?
    Well, if I”m at home, then drink a glass of red wine! If I’m at work or school, then put on my headphones and listen to Pandora.

    4. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive?
    No, I’m terrified of missing the water and breaking my neck! (I have unrealistic fears haha)

    5. Sparkling water or still?
    Still, but sparkling is good with some fresh fruit juice!

    6. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear?
    Something out of the ordinary since I don’t gotta be in the office (e.g. surrounded by men who don’t even know taupe is a color lol). Probably a shimmery purple on the center of the lid, a satin or matte taupe in the crease, and a champagne to highlight brow bone and inner corner. Youngblood pressed blush in Nectar (new favie!) and gloss in Guava to finish off! Oh and of course filling in my brows, mascara, and some concealer/foundation. (Too detailed? hehe)

    7. Are you wearing sun screen today?
    Everyday! I wear spf 25 ’cause I’m so fair! Vasseur Day25 cream is my go to sun screen since chemical sunblock irritates my skin. (That and skin cancer runs in my dad’s side of the family…)

    8. Your favorite t-shirt?
    Hmmm…this black, no name, cotton stretchy one that I’ve had forever. It’s worn in and soo comfy!

    9. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try?
    Treatment for rosacea, but I gotta graduate college first to afford something like that!

    10. Weekly goals: wake up on time…mornings are not my friend! And now that you mention it, I need to up my H2O intake as well, otherwise I tend to get headaches. Oh and have fun :)

  37. Ana says:

    1. Mood: sleepy. I didn’t get much sleep hours last night
    2. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System? I’m trying it! Loooove it :)
    3. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed? Sit down and blank my mind
    4. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive? Nope!
    5. Sparkling water or still? Still water I don’t like sparkling
    6. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear?
    MAC Prolongwear concealer, MAC Blot Powder Pressed, NARS Orgasm/Laguna duo for my blush and bronzer, a quick look with my UD Naked Palette, some black track fluidline, maybelline one by one mascara and on my lips my viva glam gaga I topped with lustreglass in love nectar
    7. Are you wearing sun screen today? Nope! It’s already night and I just took a shower lol
    8. Your favorite t-shirt? My heartagram shirt!
    9. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try? The MUFE Flash Palette, any Estee Lauder skincare or a chanel foundation/blush
    10. Weekly goals: Prepare a presentation for a class, finish all my hw’s, enjoy the last week of class before spring break, get better sleep

  38. 1. Mood:
    Kinda irritated – the guy at Starbucks (… don’t judge me) messed up my order and I didn’t get my hot chocolate with a caramel shot today. Grrrrrrr….

    2. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System?
    Nope, but my mum bought it when I was a kid, and she had a severe allergic reaction, so I’ve steered clear.

    3. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed?
    Emeli Sande – a new music find that puts my brain back to where it needs to be.

    4. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive?
    … No. But I can belly-flop in spectacular fashion.

    5. Sparkling water or still?
    Tap water, thankyou.

    6. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear?
    OCC Tint, Korres mascara, and whatever leftover lipgloss from the week is in my bag. Saturdays for me are a day to dress down – unless I’m home alone and creating a fun look for the blog.

    7. Are you wearing sun screen today?
    Yesssirreeee bob. Every day – SPF30 and it’s a physical barrier, not a chemical one. I’m such a makeup missionary when it comes to knowing the difference.

    8. Your favorite t-shirt?
    Something from Worn Free that I bought in Singapore years and years ago – either the Joey Ramone one or the Debbie Harry one. They’re a little bit rock n roll, yeah, but above all supremely comfortable and go with just about anything.

    9. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try?
    Tom Ford makeup anything but I can’t justify the price.

    10. Weekly goals:
    Start getting up early to do pilates in my living room
    Hand wash all my woollen and silk delicates
    Stop biting my nails.
    Clare @ cclarebear.com recently posted … French Perfume: Lostmarc’h Ael-Mat EDT & Soap

  39. Kim says:

    Yup, here I am for my Tuesday poll. :) Thanks for the “breathe in, breathe out” because I’ll be singing Bush’s Machinehead all day, and that’s always a good thing.

    1. Mood: Good!
    2. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System? Yes, I also used it for many moons in my teens but switched because I needed something that was a bit better at controlling breakouts.
    3. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed? I guess I move around (work out, take a walk or drive) or I talk about it. I’m high strung, but not stressed, so I don’t really have a coping mechanism.
    4. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive? Oh, you betcha. I used to love doing jackknives and front/back flips. Our hs pool had a nice diving board that was about 10′ high and we could get big air on that. My friend had an inground pool when we were growing up and we used to scare her mother to death with our diving board antics. Thanks for that walk down Fun Memory Lane! :)
    5. Sparkling water or still? Still 99% of the time; once in a while, I’ll grab a bottle of Pellegrino.
    6. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear? I hang my head as I type but I’m sure it would be the usual. I’d def wear Ev Rev in your honor, though!
    7. Are you wearing sun screen today? As part of my Tarte Smooth Operator, yes. But not extra sunscreen.
    8. Your favorite t-shirt? Wow, so many choices. I have a Washington Capitals distressed T with the Weagle on the front that I like a lot. My “Team Hammer” with NF’s face on it (gift from a friend) also gets a lot of wear.
    9. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try? Does liposuction count? HAHA!
    10. Weekly goals: Get everything organized for my trip next week. I know, I’m not fooling anyone. I’ll be running around and packing on the night of the 4th. :)

  40. Stèphanie says:

    1. Mood:
    Mwah..

    2. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System?
    No, never had issues with my skin.

    3. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed?
    Taking a sportsclass to sweat the stress away!

    4. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive?
    Yes! I love diving and doing backward flips. The higher the better.

    5. Sparkling water or still?
    Still, don’t like sparkling water.

    6. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear?
    Totally depends on my mood that day.

    7. Are you wearing sun screen today?
    Nope.. only wear sunscreen when I’m out at the beach tanning. Don’t really need it, I have south-east Asian blood and my doctor said I already have a the protection because of my thick and darker skin.

    8. Your favorite t-shirt?
    One from H&M, a white sleeveless shop with an anchor and a sentence in golden.

    9. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try?
    De La Mer creme.. heard lot of great things.

    10. Weekly goals:
    Do something on my schoolwork! Promissed my mentor to do my best!
    Stèphanie recently posted … History of Nail Polish

  41. jess says:

    1. Mood: frustrated
    2. Have you tried the Clinique 3-Step System? yes i used to work for them. it felt like a lot of work but it felt really nice.
    3. Something you do to soothe yourself when you start feeling stressed? hug my hubby.
    4. Do you know how to platform/springboard dive? nope
    5. Sparkling water or still? sparkling.
    6. We’re meeting for brunch on Saturday! What makeup will you wear? foundation blush concealer and lots of mascara
    7. Are you wearing sun screen today? no
    8. Your favorite t-shirt? my nicki minaj one
    9. A pricey beauty indulgence you’d love to try? massage
    10. Weekly goals: do hw and relax

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