Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 214

Published in: Just For Fun


The Marin Headlands on the north side of the Golden Gate, California, April 8, 2012

  • 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:
    Excited! I’m heading into the city to have a late breakfast with two of my buddies this morning, Heather and Marisol. We’re all into beauty, so I’m looking forward to good grubbin’ and makeup chat. Can’t wait!
  2. Have you ever consulted with a psychic or palm reader?
    Just once. I used to work for a pretty big law firm, and on Fridays every summer they’d host these wacky events for the staff, like themed lunches and whatnot. One Friday they brought in a group of psychic readers, and I met with a gal who — I swear she either really did have “the gift,” or maybe she was just really good at reading body language, like that guy from The Mentalist

    Anywho, I asked her what she saw in store for me over the next 10 years, and whether or not she saw law school in my future. She said no, and said I’d end up doing something creative and unusual, which I think sums up blogging pretty well.

  3. Do you ever buy lottery tickets?
    Oh, yeah. But I’m not as serious about it as my parents are. They’ve been playing the same numbers every week for the past 20 years!
  4. Have you ever been the victim of makeup theft?
    Not makeup, but I have had perfume stolen. I lived with a sticky-fingered roommate when I first moved out to San Francisco. Right before she moved out, she stole a bottle of Gucci Envy, a few sweaters and a bottle of Moet that my boss had given me for Christmas. I’m still pretty salty about it…
  5. What’s one of your go-to tricks for radiant skin?
    Wearing lotion with some pearl in it, or a highlighting lotion. I swear by MAC Strobe Cream and actually keep a couple tubes of it stockpiled in my beauty closet.
  6. I could be a contender for the title of Most Likely to _________________.
    Ah! Where to start?! Most likely to … have a cat watch her while she uses the bathroom. Most likely to be 10 minutes late. Most likely to fall asleep standing up. Most likely to shave her toes. Most likely to find popcorn in her bra. Most likely to turn into Liz Lemon from 30 Rock.

    The possibilities are endless…

  7. Do you have a friend who’s always up for anything?
    My friend Cindy. She has a taste for adventure, and she’s always up for trying something new.

    Well, with the exception of makeup. She’s not really into it, but dagnabbit! — I’m determined to get her to try on some blush one of these days.

  8. Time for our afternoon snack break! Where should we go?
    I’m taking you to Pinkberry for some kick-ass fro yo, ma!
  9. What’s one thing you were surprised to learn about yourself?
    That I have an artistic side. Because I grew up on a strict science track. I denied my creative interests all throughout my teens and early 20s because they really weren’t valued in my family. It’s only been over the past few years that I’ve started to think of myself as someone with a creative side.
  10. Weekly goals:
    Fill one page in my journal every day with a list of things I’m grateful for. Finish my taxes (they’re hanging over my head like a dark cloud!), and go to yoga class at least twice.

Hi, cutie. :) Here we go again. It’s another Monday, and I’m feeling really good — not just about the day, but generally, overall.

Maybe it’s the weather. When it’s sunny outside like it is today and the songbirds are singing, I can’t help but feel … energized.

Can you stop by for a quick hello in the Monday poll? Missed ya over the weekend!

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



1. Mood:
2. Have you ever consulted with a psychic or palm reader?
3. Do you buy lottery tickets?
4. Have you ever been the victim of makeup theft?
5. What’s one of your go-to tricks for radiant skin?
6. I could be a contender for the title of Most Likely to _________________.
7. Do you have a friend who’s always up for anything?
8. Time for our afternoon snack break! Where should we go?
9. What’s one thing you were surprised to learn about yourself?
10. Weekly goals:

You have a wonderful week, okay?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. Larie says:

    1. Mood: Lacking motivation, and trying to find some!
    2. Have you ever consulted with a psychic or palm reader? No.
    3. Do you buy lottery tickets? No.
    4. Have you ever been the victim of makeup theft? No, I don’t think so.
    5. What’s one of your go-to tricks for radiant skin? Erm…Smashbox Studio Skin foundation? That MAC Strobe cream sounds amazing though, I think I need to try it!
    6. I could be a contender for the title of Most Likely to _________________. forget my keys, phone, everything. I cannot keep track of that stuff!
    7. Do you have a friend who’s always up for anything? I think so. I’m usually up for anything, too.
    8. Time for our afternoon snack break! Where should we go? A coffee shop! It’s hard to kick the habit.
    9. What’s one thing you were surprised to learn about yourself? I’m extremely introverted. I didn’t think much of it as a kid, but as an adult, at work-related conferences and mixers, I really feel out of place.
    10. Weekly goals: Get motivated! And make an appointment with a florist. I’ve been putting it off for far too long!
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  2. Marina says:

    1. Mood: relaxed, it’s the end of the day. I plan to read and go to bed earlier.
    2. Have you ever consulted with a psychic or palm reader? No, I would NEVER do it!
    3. Do you buy lottery tickets? No.
    4. Have you ever been the victim of makeup theft? Once, unfortunately.
    5. What’s one of your go-to tricks for radiant skin? Using BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector.
    6. I could be a contender for the title of Most Likely to _________________. Good one! As you’ve said the possibilities are endless…
    7. Do you have a friend who’s always up for anything? Yes, and I really love such people as I am not one of them.
    8. Time for our afternoon snack break! Where should we go? Definitely sushi place.
    9. What’s one thing you were surprised to learn about yourself? I can achieve pretty much everything when I REALLY want it :)
    10. Weekly goals: the mots important thing is to get a new phone, finally!
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  3. gio says:

    1. Mood:
    ok

    2. Have you ever consulted with a psychic or palm reader?
    Nope and I don’t think I have will.

    3. Do you buy lottery tickets?
    Nope.

    4. Have you ever been the victim of makeup theft?
    Luckily no.

    5. What’s one of your go-to tricks for radiant skin?
    MAC Strobe cream.

    6. I could be a contender for the title of Most Likely to _________________.
    procrastinate,

    7. Do you have a friend who’s always up for anything?
    Yes,

    8. Time for our afternoon snack break! Where should we go?
    A nice coffee shop.

    9. What’s one thing you were surprised to learn about yourself?
    That I’m stronger than I thought.

    10. Weekly goals:
    exercise more.
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  4. Ruchita says:

    Le List

    1. Mood:
    Tired. Not enough sleep last night.

    2. Have you ever consulted with a psychic or palm reader?
    Not personally. I know my mom has once or twice when she was in India visiting relatives.

    3. Do you buy lottery tickets?
    Sometimes. You gotta play for a chance to win!

    4. Have you ever been the victim of makeup theft?
    Luckily no!

    5. What’s one of your go-to tricks for radiant skin?
    I like to exfoliate and use a bit of bronzer.

    6. I could be a contender for the title of Most Likely to _________________.
    Most likely to…be wearing wool socks in summer. (It gets cold with the A/C on)
    Most likely to…have a lint brush. (With cats, I’ve got ‘em stashed all over the house, car, work)
    Most likely to…be wearing a black cardigan. (At last count, I had 6 or 7)

    7. Do you have a friend who’s always up for anything?
    Hm, no I don’t think so. I have fun with my friends, but we’re a bit more on the conservative side.

    8. Time for our afternoon snack break! Where should we go?
    Panera Bread for some yummy dessert. I love their chocolate chip cookies.

    9. What’s one thing you were surprised to learn about yourself?
    I’m more passive-aggressive than I thought. I need to be better about communicating my feelings.

    10. Weekly goals:
    Keep up with my menu plan and hop on the elliptical for at least 20 minutes each day.

    Have a great day! :-)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ruchita!

      I have trubs sleeping on Sunday night, too. I think it’s because my sleep cycle gets all wonky over the weekend.

      And LOL re: your “Most likely to have a lint brush.” I have these Giant Pet Hair Rollers that I get from Target stashed all over the place. In different rooms of the house, in the cars… Gotta love living with fur babies. :)

      You have a great day, too!

  5. Nina says:

    1. Mood: A bit bleary from lack of sleep but feeling great! :-)

    2. Have you ever consulted with a psychic or palm reader? My former co worker took me to her “guide” once and it was a strange experience to say the least. It felt strange that the guide knew a lot about me.

    3. Do you buy lottery tickets? No. Thats the hubs’ job.

    4. Have you ever been the victim of makeup theft? My older sister likes my eyebrow pencil and used to steal that from my bathroom all the time when we were still sharing a house. I ended up buying her her own pencil. :-)

    5. What’s one of your go-to tricks for radiant skin? Gentle exfoliation and a good serum. Plus a luminizing primer.

    6. I could be a contender for the title of Most Likely to _________________. Become a teacher. LOL!

    7. Do you have a friend who’s always up for anything? Yes! My bestie is.

    8. Time for our afternoon snack break! Where should we go? Probably to a nearby froyo place.

    9. What’s one thing you were surprised to learn about yourself? Im a good wife. :-)

    10. Weekly goals: Just be. :-) Im feeling very zen this week.

  6. Stef Smith says:

    1. Mood: Relaxed! Today is the last day of Spring Break for my kids, so it’s back to school tomorrow. I’ve loved this vacation, but I am SO ready for them to go back to school!

    2. Have you ever consulted with a psychic or palm reader? No, I’d like to, but I’ve heard awful horror stories from friends about the psychics around here, that they’re con artists that say you’ve got a curse on you, but for the low price of $1800 they’ll take it off.

    3. Do you buy lottery tickets? Occasionally. When it was up to five hundred million I did! ha ha ha The hubby and I have decided to start playing a little bit, you can’t win if you don’t play! We need special numbers though.

    4. Have you ever been the victim of makeup theft? No I don’t think so. I used to steal my Mom’s pressed powder in high school!

    5. What’s one of your go-to tricks for radiant skin? I’m very lucky, I have really good skin, it runs in my family! But I do make sure I moisturize religiously! I do like a little Benefit High Beam too!

    6. I could be a contender for the title of Most Likely to _________________. Try funky fingernail polish colors! I’m a nail polish whore, and proud of it!

    7. Do you have a friend who’s always up for anything? I’m that friend!!! Also my nine year old daughter can and will do anything, I’m so proud!

    8. Time for our afternoon snack break! Where should we go? Starbucks! I know it’s lame, but their Frappuccinos rock my world!

    9. What’s one thing you were surprised to learn about yourself? I’m smarter than I think I am, and I’m more maternal than I ever thought I would be. I am proud of both of these things!

    10. Weekly goals: Get to the gym! Just get my butt to the gym this week, say it and do it!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Stef,

      That’s so funny. My friends who are moms say the same thing when their kids are home for break! I think you mentioned before that you have a fifth grader and a first grader, right?

  7. Heidi says:

    1. Mood:

    Completely overwhelmed. My life has been completely turned upside down recently and I’m trying to figure out how to start putting it right side up again.

    2. Have you ever consulted with a psychic or palm reader?

    No, but I don’t doubt that some are legit and have a gift.

    3. Do you buy lottery tickets?

    Never have, but I’m tempted to.

    4. Have you ever been the victim of makeup theft?

    Missy denies having anything to do with my missing NARS Orgasm lip gloss, but I have my doubts….

    5. What’s one of your go-to tricks for radiant skin?

    Lumene’s Radiance Nectar. I swear, this stuff has people believing I’ve actually been sleeping well when nothing could be further from the truth.

    6. I could be a contender for the title of Most Likely to _________________.

    Match my nail polish to my outfit or occasion…

    7. Do you have a friend who’s always up for anything?

    My friend Mary is very accustomed to my coming up with spur of the moment ideas on what to go do.

    8. Time for our afternoon snack break! Where should we go?

    I think I’d like some Haagen Daz sorbet please!

    9. What’s one thing you were surprised to learn about yourself?

    I’m always surprised when I manage to bounce back from things that don’t seem possible to bounce back from.

    10. Weekly goals:

    Try to get some sleep and to allow people to be there for me, even though I’m much more comfortable being the one that is taking care of others.

  8. Appu says:

    1. Mood: Pretty Happy! Slept really well last night.
    2. Have you ever consulted with a psychic or palm reader? Yes, a couple of times back home in India, just for fun! Although I don’t believe they are legit..
    3. Do you buy lottery tickets? No.
    4. Have you ever been the victim of makeup theft? Fortunately, No!
    5. What’s one of your go-to tricks for radiant skin? Mixing a few drops of liquid high-lighter with my foundation/tinted Moisturizer.
    6. I could be a contender for the title of Most Likely to _________________. Worry a lot.
    7. Do you have a friend who’s always up for anything? Yes! And,I’m one of those people too.
    8. Time for our afternoon snack break! Where should we go? A locally owned coffee shop here that serves this amazing coffee called Caramelicious.Just thinking about it makes me wanna run down the street and get one.
    9. What’s one thing you were surprised to learn about yourself? Although I’m pretty lazy, I CAN do just about anything when I really HAVE to get stuff done.
    10. Weekly goals: Exercise more, finish up some cleaning, organizing around the house.
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  9. Yogirl says:

    1. Mood: Pretty good after a long weekend with lots of sleep and my little niece.
    2. Have you ever consulted with a psychic or palm reader? No! And I think I won’t ever because I don’t want to know or am afraid of the answers.
    3. Do you buy lottery tickets? Sometimes before I go on vacation, there is always hope…
    4. Have you ever been the victim of makeup theft? No! But a friend of mine who travels a lot for work. The hotel staff used her expensive skincare.
    5. What’s one of your go-to tricks for radiant skin? Sleep, drink lots of water on a regular basis, not to much junk food or sweets. Simple but so hard sometimes.
    6. I could be a contender for the title of Most Likely to _________________ no idea.
    7. Do you have a friend who’s always up for anything? Yes, but as she lives 3 hours away and is busy with her family it is difficult to meet
    8. Time for our afternoon snack break! Where should we go? Icecream or cake :-)
    9. What’s one thing you were surprised to learn about yourself? I have a creative side, though a very tiny one
    10. Weekly goals: Start my sport program (again), start reading the first book of the panem series (thanks for the idea Karen), plant some new flowers on my balcony because the hard winter killed them all.

    • Karen says:

      You’re welcome, Yogirl. I hope you enjoy the books! Let me know what you think of them as you’re going along…I love to experience the adventure again with people who are just discovering the series.

  10. Katherine G says:

    1. Mood:
    ~Sleepy. Had a busy weekend, worked out hard yesterday, and just have no energy or motivation today. That’s ok, I don’t have too many days like this.

    2. Have you ever consulted with a psychic or palm reader?
    ~Nope. I have a lot more fun going where life takes me.

    3. Do you buy lottery tickets?
    ~I don’t and haven’t personally but my fiance has.

    4. Have you ever been the victim of makeup theft?
    ~Nope. It is really horrible what happened to you, though, Karen. That roommate sounds selfish and mean. People who steal look for the easy way out, and they look to hurt people.

    5. What’s one of your go-to tricks for radiant skin?
    ~Lotion with shimmer. My new favorite is Victoria’s Secret Perfect Body, comes in different VS scents. Instant pick-me-up after a workout.

    6. I could be a contender for the title of Most Likely to _________________.
    ~Always paint my toes (I have brittle toenails, and if they are not painted they actually break off. Very painful when that happens). Wear bright eye makeup for no particular occasion. Get inspiration from the runway and America’s Next Top Model for makeup/hair looks. Find a way to be active and have fun no matter what.

    7. Do you have a friend who’s always up for anything?
    ~My best friend Denise is up for a lot of different things, and it helps that she loves a lot of the same activities that I do. She’s not into makeup, but I’m ok with that.

    8. Time for our afternoon snack break! Where should we go?
    ~Baskin Robbins has some darned good ice cream :)

    9. What’s one thing you were surprised to learn about yourself?
    ~That I am stronger than I think I am. I’m something of a perfectionist, and I see a lot of things (even if they are not my fault at all) as personal failures. I realized that half of exercising is mental. If I have a bad workout session, it’s because I was doubting myself. If I have a great workout session, I was happy and felt invincible. I realized even if my push-ups and pull-ups stink on a bad day, at least I got out there and did the best I could! I realized I’m strong even when I doubt myself at times.

    10. Weekly goals:
    ~Today will be my only “rest day.” This week I plan on sticking to my workout regime to a “T.”
    ~Think positive and stop being so hard on myself.
    ~Stick to my goals and work hard to achieve them.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Katherine,

      It’s always good to take a rest day. I’ve noticed that if I take the time to give my body a break the next run is even better. :)

      I’m with you your goal to think positive this week. I know I’m my own harshest critic. We need to pat ourselves on the back more often and say, “Good job!”

  11. Chris25 says:

    1. Mood: Feeling a lot better these past few rough days. My BF is in the psych ward. He tried to kill himself. He’s doing a lot better now. He might be home in a few days.
    2. Have you ever consulted with a psychic or palm reader?: No. Not even for fun. It’s seems like a waste of $$ to me.
    3. Do you buy lottery tickets?: Nope. The BF loves them, though.
    4. Have you ever been the victim of makeup theft?: YES. On Makeupalley.com one time (what a b___!) and various times things have gone missing from my school bag.
    5. What’s one of your go-to tricks for radiant skin?: A shimmery highlighter like Physician’s Formula Sunset Strip Shimmer Strips.
    6. I could be a contender for the title of Most Likely to write a cookbook.
    7. Do you have a friend who’s always up for anything?: No. My friends are always up for just one thing: be it shopping, eating out, museums, etc. I pick whatever friend for the appropriate activity.
    8. Time for our afternoon snack break! Where should we go?: The Donut Pub for a cherry muffin.
    9. What’s one thing you were surprised to learn about yourself?: I can handle living alone. It’s not that scary.
    10. Weekly goals: Get through this pile of homework, photograph for the blog.

  12. Wendy says:

    1. Mood: Relaxed. It was a light day at work. Recouping from long distance driving visiting relatives over the weekend.

    2. Have you ever consulted with a psychic or palm reader? I’ve had a psychic approach me in the mall… long, boring story. I had my palm read when I was a teenager. Didn’t amount to anything. Both women were way off track in the end.

    3. Do you buy lottery tickets? A few times in my life I’ve gone in on lotto tickets with friends.

    4. Have you ever been the victim of makeup theft? Thankfully, no.

    5. What’s one of your go-to tricks for radiant skin? Healthy diet, 9 hours of sleep, and clean, exfoliated skin.

    6. I could be a contender for the title of Most Likely to _________________…. be needy. I’m always asking my husband and children to do something for me.

    7. Do you have a friend who’s always up for anything? No! I’m that spur-of-the-moment, jump-without-looking friend to my friends.

    8. Time for our afternoon snack break! Where should we go? Cheesecake Factory for a tropical martini and appetizer. It’s 5:00 somewhere!

    9. What’s one thing you were surprised to learn about yourself? I can say, “No,” to clients and deal with the consequences of saying, “Yes,” to me, my health and my family.

    10. Weekly goals: Hem my Adriano Goldschmied jeans. Saves me $20 for 5 minutes of pinning/sewing. Resist the urge to buy makeup until Nordstrom’s Trend Event at the end of the month. Wash and vacuum my jeep.

    Meeting with the accountant is no fun! Especially, when you gotta pay taxes. :(

    • Karen says:

      Hi Wendy,

      I’m not looking forward to it, but it has to be done, le sigh.

      What are you thinking about picking up at Nordie’s at the end of the month?

      • Wendy says:

        I’ve been using a sample of Lancome’s new 24 hour foundation. I’ll probably get that and MAC’s Superb Skinfinish (if it’s still available). I want to check out Dior’s summer collection and find a dark brown eyeliner. And… whatever you try tempting me with buying in the next couple of weeks. lol

  13. Jen says:

    1. Mood:
    I’m okay. Woke up not too long ago, enjoying a bagel and coffee. It’s my sister’s birthday today, and tonight I have an orchestra concert!

    2. Have you ever consulted with a psychic or palm reader?
    No, but I probably would if it were a cheesy hosted event like the one you mentioned. :P

    3. Do you buy lottery tickets?
    Never have. We don’t have the lotto here.

    4. Have you ever been the victim of makeup theft?
    No, thank goodness! My friend had her makeup stolen out of her car. I would be so angry!

    5. What’s one of your go-to tricks for radiant skin?
    Benefit High Beam! And lots of water.

    6. I could be a contender for the title of Most Likely to _________________.
    Never finish anything. I have a huge problem with follow through, and I procrastinate like there’s always tomorrow!

    7. Do you have a friend who’s always up for anything?
    Yeah, several. Actually, my boyfriend is always up for anything as well, he’s a real happy-go-lucky kind of guy. <3

    8. Time for our afternoon snack break! Where should we go?
    Ooh, the Pacific Tea Garden on the third floor of Ala Moana Center. They have awesome iced teas and coffee, and macarons — my favorites!

    9. What’s one thing you were surprised to learn about yourself?
    That I can get sh** done and be productive on my days off.

    10. Weekly goals:
    Post my Scotland and London pictures on my blog, make a dent in the mess on my desk (it's a complete disaster zone, I don't even sit at it anymore. In fact, I can't), dye my hair!
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  14. Kate & Zena says:

    1. Mood:
    Drained. Yea, a little different from normal. Had a migraine yesterday, so today is a drained day!

    2. Have you ever consulted with a psychic or palm reader?
    No, but I always wanted a tarot reading.

    3. Do you buy lottery tickets?
    No, but I was required to push the $1 button last week. I tend to win everything, so I had to push the $1 button for the $640 million lotto. No, we didn’t win.

    4. Have you ever been the victim of makeup theft?
    No.

    5. What’s one of your go-to tricks for radiant skin?
    Posietint! Always seems to perk up my skin.

    6. I could be a contender for the title of Most Likely to _________________.
    Fall over nothing!

    7. Do you have a friend who’s always up for anything?
    Yep. Her name is Zena. Dogs are up for a nap, a walk, etc any time of day. Must love dogs!

    8. Time for our afternoon snack break! Where should we go?
    Oh geez, I don’t know. Everywhere I used to go is pretty much off limits now!

    9. What’s one thing you were surprised to learn about yourself?
    I can deal with a new problem, even if it means a new diet. It’s hard, but so far, so good.

    10. Weekly goals:
    Drop off the stuff that needs to go to Goodwill, finally!

  15. Danielle says:

    1. Mood: I’m feeling overstuffed (that’s a mood right?!) from all of the Easter celebrations/food!
    2. Have you ever consulted with a psychic or palm reader? No, but I want to have my Tarot cards read some day…just because.
    3. Do you buy lottery tickets? Every once in awhile (hellooo mega millions)
    4. Have you ever been the victim of makeup theft? I did a “swap” last year with a girl from another country- I sent her LOADS of U.S. stuff and I’m still waiting for my package. Grrr! My college roommate was also a grabby hands… I still can’t find that awesome pair of black heels *I know* I moved in with.
    5. What’s one of your go-to tricks for radiant skin? cream highlight (Jemma Kidd Dewy Glow in Rose Gold is my fave) or mixing liquid highlighter in with my foundation or moisturizer (Sonia Kashuk makes a bangin’ one).
    6. I could be a contender for the title of Most Likely to _________________. Be ten minutes late, over think EVERYTHING, run into everyone I know when I’m having a no makeup day, always be smiling
    7. Do you have a friend who’s always up for anything? Yes, my friend Stephanie. She gets me to do things I normally wouldn’t have done…I’m so grateful for her!
    8. Time for our afternoon snack break! Where should we go? Pinkberry if I had one in my city…(or state…Boo!) but since I don’t …guilty pleasure is Pretzelmaker. Pretzels with Nacho cheese, please!
    9. What’s one thing you were surprised to learn about yourself? That I don’t just survive, I THRIVE.
    10. Weekly goals: get at least 4 runs in, catch up on some tv, and finally start reading the Hunger Games (movie was amazing!)..oh and grocery shopping should fit somewhere in there. Our fridge is running on pure fumes right now. ;)

  16. Lynn says:

    1. Mood:
    Tired. Not doing any more OT at work today…

    2. Have you ever consulted with a psychic or palm reader?
    Once. When I was in high school. Totally skeptic of psychics and palm readers. This one psychic told me of an event that I had already known- and has happened. I want my $30 back! Total waste of money!

    3. Do you buy lottery tickets?
    Nope

    4. Have you ever been the victim of makeup theft?
    Nope. Thank God!

    5. What’s one of your go-to tricks for radiant skin?
    Sunscreen, twice weekly exfoliating scrub, water and a 10-hour nap:)

    6. I could be a contender for the title of Most Likely to _________________.
    Sleep All Day…. I don’t know what it is but I like to nap. LOL!

    7. Do you have a friend who’s always up for anything?
    Yes, my awesome friend Rose. She’s my travel buddy and is always up for anything fun.

    8. Time for our afternoon snack break! Where should we go?
    Cocola Bakery inside a mall. Nice place to chill, have a latte and cakes or pastries for snacks.

    9. What’s one thing you were surprised to learn about yourself?
    That I actually have the courage to say “NO” to people at work and to find the strength to know that I don’t want to be their doormat.

    10. Weekly goals:
    Try not to work late (almost always never happens!), blog more, get to the gym and pick up Zumba again. My biggest and must-do goal this week is get taxes paid! Yikes!

  17. Shannon says:

    1. Mood:
    I don’t really feel like I’m on top of things today… I had a random moment of lightheadedness (I was just sitting at my computer!) and got the shakes from lack of food, even though I had a smoothie just an hour beforehand… not sure about this Monday.
    2. Have you ever consulted with a psychic or palm reader?
    Nope! I think it would be fun, though.
    3. Do you buy lottery tickets?
    no. I’ve been given a couple (stocking stuffers, lol).
    4. Have you ever been the victim of makeup theft?
    Possibly… I’m not sure, though. I might’ve just dropped my makeup somewhere, but I swear I had it in my friend’s apartment… she never could find it, though! cough. *shifty eyes*
    5. What’s one of your go-to tricks for radiant skin?
    Drinking LOTS. and LOTS. of water. And using a nice, thick moisturizer before bed. In a pinch, though, Benefit’s Dandelion works wonders! It gives that little bit of pluck to my cheeks that looks oh-so-natural but just a bit better than normal…
    6. I could be a contender for the title of Most Likely to _________________.
    Let’s see… mostly likely to buy popcorn before 11am (on a regular basis). That’s what I’m going with. :)
    7. Do you have a friend who’s always up for anything?
    Not really. I have different friends who are up for different things, but not one person who’s wildly experimental/adventurous.
    8. Time for our afternoon snack break! Where should we go?
    There’s a cute little place in town called the Buttercup Cafe – it’s all Princess Bride-themed! Sooo cute. And their treats (cookies, cakes, and tasty little lunch bits) are to DIE for. Just heavenly.
    9. What’s one thing you were surprised to learn about yourself?
    That I’m not an outgoing person/social butterfly. I love to be around people, and I’m a freakin chatterbox with people I know, but I am NOT good at meeting new people or socializing with people I don’t know very well. I realized it after I got into college… I’d blame it on growing up homeschooled, but my sister has NO problem with it. Different personalities, I guess!
    10. Weekly goals:
    To make it through the week to FRIDAY when I get to go visit my family in Seattle!! I can’t freakin wait :)

  18. Marian says:

    1. Mood: Tired of sitting. I had jury duty today and I was picked for a jury. Have to go back tomorrow too. My butt hurts!
    2. Have you ever consulted with a psychic or palm reader? Yes, many times! It’s great fun. My girlfriends and I used to go to a restaurant where you could have your cards read. We always did. I can’t remember being told anything that really happened though.
    3. Do you buy lottery tickets? Not usually but I did buy a couple during this last mega lottery.
    4. Have you ever been the victim of makeup theft? Never. Even my daughter knows not to mess with my stash unless I allow her.
    5. What’s one of your go-to tricks for radiant skin? Retin-A
    6. I could be a contender for the title of Most Likely to _ask hubby for a butt massage tonight ________________.
    7. Do you have a friend who’s always up for anything? I’m that gal.
    8. Time for our afternoon snack break! Where should we go? Lexingtom Market in Baltimore city. They have everything.
    9. What’s one thing you were surprised to learn about yourself? That I am now seen as a kindly grandmother type. ewwwww
    10. Weekly goals: survive

  19. Rachael says:

    1. Mood: Perplexed, my husband and I have somehow managed to lose the card from his grandparents from our wedding. I don’t know where it went, it managed to grow legs and disappear I think.

    2. Have you ever consulted with a psychic or palm reader? I can’t say I have but tarot cards were the thing in middle school.

    3. Do you buy lottery tickets? No, I have horrible luck.

    4. Have you ever been the victim of makeup theft? Nope, but I’ve had someone steal my laundry detergent, laptop, guitars and video game consoles.

    5. What’s one of your go-to tricks for radiant skin? Moisturize and stay away from powder products.

    6. I could be a contender for the title of Most Likely to say something stupid and die as a result.

    7. Do you have a friend who’s always up for anything? I’m generally that friend.

    8. Time for our afternoon snack break! Where should we go? My afternoon snack breaks are like mini lunches, to House of Hunan away!

    9. What’s one thing you were surprised to learn about yourself? I’m better suited to work outside with my hands than inside at a desk job

    10. Weekly goals: finish thank you notes, homework and other stuff

  20. AS says:

    I can’t think to respond to the rest of the questions because me (and my queasy stomach) are too busy saying “Amen about the taxes, babe!”

  21. Suri says:

    1. Mood: good. I worked out early and it’s the first day of vacation.
    2. Have you ever consulted with a psychic or palm reader? Not in my adult life. I’ve thought about it though.
    3. Do you buy lottery tickets? Sure we have a pool at work. Got a dollar and a dream!
    4. Have you ever been the victim of makeup theft? Not a major one!
    5. What’s one of your go-to tricks for radiant skin? bronzer and some light blush works for me.
    6. I could be a contender for the title of Most Likely to make a sarcastic comment, roll my eyes, crack a joke when it’s a tough situation, procrastinate on EVERYTHING, spend every last dollar to have a great time, give a friend a hug when she needs it, help someone when they need it even if I really don’t want to.
    7. Do you have a friend who’s always up for anything? yup my bestie.
    8. Time for our afternoon snack break! Where should we go? Auntie Anne’s pretzels. Can I have some stix please? Yum.
    9. What’s one thing you were surprised to learn about yourself? I’m tougher than I thought I would ever be.
    10. Weekly goals: work out Mon-Fri (Mon is done!), hang out with the bestie who is here from down South, enjoy the week off with hubby, see my new nephew!

  22. Melissa says:

    1. Mood: pretty good! My sephora order finally came in :)

    2. Have you ever consulted with a psychic or palm reader?: Nah, I don’t believe in that kind of stuff.

    3. Do you buy lottery tickets?: The occasional scratch off ticket if I’ve got a dollar or two in change from a store that happens to have a machine.

    4. Have you ever been the victim of makeup theft?: Ugh yes. My roommate stole a Neutrogena blush I was in love with and a used Nars lipstick. Gross.

    5. What’s one of your go-to tricks for radiant skin?: Good exfoliation.

    6. I could be a contender for the title of Most Likely to _________________.: not sure!

    7. Do you have a friend who’s always up for anything?: Of course.

    8. Time for our afternoon snack break! Where should we go?: A bread bakery for some fresh olive foccacia

    9. What’s one thing you were surprised to learn about yourself?: I’m actually not all that anxious, in comparison to other people in my grad program.

    10. Weekly goals: do well on my exams :/

    Have a great week everyone!

  23. Amanda says:

    1. Mood: Tired; Trying to recover from Easter
    2. Have you ever consulted with a psychic or palm reader? No, I want to but I am chicken! haha!
    3. Do you buy lottery tickets? Yup, Mega Millions and Scratchers when i am feeling LUCKY!
    4. Have you ever been the victim of makeup theft? Nothing that made me miss the product that much.
    5. What’s one of your go-to tricks for radiant skin? Mary Kay Time Wise set – works wonders!!!
    6. I could be a contender for the title of Most Likely to procrastinate till the day i die, but still make whatever it is look awesome.
    7. Do you have a friend who’s always up for anything? Yep.. the girlfriends… for dessert someplace!
    8. Time for our afternoon snack break! Where should we go? GoldenSpoon – mini dolce de leche or a coffee somplace like Pete’s.
    9. What’s one thing you were surprised to learn about yourself? that i will stick with what i say im going to do with my goals.
    10. Weekly goals: starting P 90 X…. time for summer toning!

  24. Chelsea says:

    1. Mood: good! I just got back from working out, had. a good day today!

    2. Have you ever consulted with a psychic or palm reader? No, and I wouldn’t.

    3. Do you buy lottery tickets? I’ve never bought one!

    4. Have you ever been the victim of makeup theft? Not unless you count theft by cats. A certain pet kitty stole a MAC blush, but I luckily got it back.

    5. What’s one of your go-to tricks for radiant skin? I have extremely dry skin, so I moisturize like crazy! I layer an antioxidant serum (Desert Essence Organics) with a ceramide-based moisturizer (CeraVe PM) day and night, adding sunscreen during the day. I also love liquid based highlighters – I’ve been using L’Oreal’s Magic Lumi – a great dupe for Lancome’s Eclat Miracle, in better packaging to be honest!

    6. I could be a contender for the title of Most Likely to _________________. Lose my keys/phone! I’m constantly looking for them!

    7. Do you have a friend who’s always up for anything? Probably Heather! She’s been my friend since 6th grade, and we’ve done all kinds of crazy things together… too bad she lives 3 hours away! :(

    8. Time for our afternoon snack break! Where should we go?
    Somewhere with gluten-free options! Otherwise I’d suggest crepe stands in France.

    9. What’s one thing you were surprised to learn about yourself?
    I love statistics. Super nerdy, but I’m good at it and it’s a marketable skill! It’s very relaxing after an undergraduate degree focusing on language!

    10. Weekly goals: work out 2 or 3 more times (I did pilates yesterday, and cardio today), start on a paper for my Brand Management course (almost the end of the semester), and type up the French version of a survey for my Advertising mentor.

  25. Julia says:

    1. Mood:
    Tired! Just got off of work.

    2. Have you ever consulted with a psychic or palm reader?
    Nope… part of me is scared to know the answer.

    3. Do you buy lottery tickets?
    I’m 3 months too young for that! :/

    4. Have you ever been the victim of makeup theft?
    My mother would sometimes borrow items from my makeup bag and forget to return them. That’s not really theft though…

    5. What’s one of your go-to tricks for radiant skin?
    Moisturizer galore and sparkly blush.

    6. I could be a contender for the title of Most Likely to _________________.
    Be lazy around the house for a week if I had the chance!

    7. Do you have a friend who’s always up for anything?
    Most of my friends are, but usually things like school or work obligations get in the way.

    8. Time for our afternoon snack break! Where should we go?
    I’ve been wanting to try the new Paradise Bakery and Cafe.

    9. What’s one thing you were surprised to learn about yourself?
    I overthink things massively!

    10. Weekly goals:
    Go to all of my classes, go to the gym and remind all my friends and family how much they mean to me.

  26. Astrid says:

    Hi Karen, just wanted to tell you I love your Monday polls :). I don’t always participate but I always have the questions answered in my head. LOL.

    1. Mood: Good! Actually looking forward to working after a long relaxing weekend.

    2. Have you ever consulted with a psychic or palm reader?
    Hmm… I don’t think so. I’m curious though sometimes, just for the heck of it :D.

    3. Do you buy lottery tickets? No.

    4. Have you ever been the victim of makeup theft? Thankfully no.

    5. What’s one of your go-to tricks for radiant skin? Drink a lot of water the day before and go for a run. Smile and be happy from the inside… when all fails, then put on a soft peachy blush (like Laura Mercier’s Innocent Peach or Nars Gina) and a bit of highlighter :).

    6. I could be a contender for the title of Most Likely to _________________.
    Get really sucked in a book or work and forget to eat/drink/move until it’s done. Have the most mess on her desk. (Hey, genius controls chaos, right? :P)

    7. Do you have a friend who’s always up for anything?
    Yes, but now we live on a different continent and we are on a different stage in our lives.

    8. Time for our afternoon snack break! Where should we go? A nice local coffee shop with home made cakes!

    9. What’s one thing you were surprised to learn about yourself? I could actually be persistent, in going after something that requires a lot of work and patience. At least with yoga and running… Now if I could also apply this for

    10. Weekly goals: Not much this week, just tying up loose ends from last weeks’ work
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  27. Bronwyn says:

    1. Mood:
    Upbeat – surprising after spending the day doing ASIST – a suicide intervention/first aid course
    2. Have you ever consulted with a psychic or palm reader?
    No but funny that comes up because my best friend was asking me to do it only the other day. However while I don’t say I’m a believer my dad did have one predict he would have a first child several years after he got a vasectomy… my little sister is 3.
    3. Do you buy lottery tickets?
    Usually on my holidays I’ll buy one if the prize money is pretty big.
    4. Have you ever been the victim of makeup theft?
    Not in any kind of vindictive manner. Things I thought were mine do occasionally turn up in my best friends make-up collection though. However I was stealing make-up from my mum years before that so I figure its all part of the cycle.
    5. What’s one of your go-to tricks for radiant skin?
    Its weird I guess. I have oily skin so I tend to go with very very matte foundation and then falsify any ‘glow’ with my various illuminators to the cheekbones nose.
    6. I could be a contender for the title of Most Likely to _________________.
    Most Likely to be caught reading Mills and Boon at the office. Most Likely to lose my train of thought mid sentence. Most likely to hang out on the fringes of geeky groups but contribute nothing to the conversation.
    7. Do you have a friend who’s always up for anything?
    My best friend is up for most things and other people become irrelevant in that I am generally not up for it with them ;-).
    8. Time for our afternoon snack break! Where should we go?
    To the university cafe for a brownie or a bit of Hedgehog slice. It is horrific for you but it tastes so damn good. Its better than most I’ve gotten from a bakery!
    9. What’s one thing you were surprised to learn about yourself?
    I was surprised when I realised a couple years back that I’m really a people person. I can, and do, talk to people (one or two) endlessly usually via Facebook or electronic mediums. So despite not doing great at large group activities I have a need to talk.
    10. Weekly goals:
    Survive day 2 of suicide first aid course.
    Work out what the hell is going on in my Digital Image Processing course.
    Work out.

  28. Maria says:

    1. Mood: Very tired but that is to be expected at 37 weeks pregnant
    2. Have you ever consulted with a psychic or palm reader? Yes !! love them
    3. Do you buy lottery tickets? When it’s a large jackpot
    4. Have you ever been the victim of makeup theft? Yes, when I do makeup on other people something always goes missing.
    5. What’s one of your go-to tricks for radiant skin? Moisturize
    6. I could be a contender for the title of Most Likely to _________________. Stick my foot in my mouth
    7. Do you have a friend who’s always up for anything? Yes, especially if it involves traveling
    8. Time for our afternoon snack break! Where should we go? I stopped at snack  anything sounds good to me right now
    9. What’s one thing you were surprised to learn about yourself? That I am a capable of a lot more than what I thought
    10. Weekly goals: To finish the nursery

  29. Sarah says:

    1. Mood: Amazing! Yesterday was the most gorgeous day we’ve had in Tokyo this year and I spent it looking at all the cherry blossoms, then today I actually made it to yoga class!
    2. Have you ever consulted with a psychic or palm reader? Just once! I did it with a friend in Korea.
    3. Do you buy lottery tickets? Never.
    4. Have you ever been the victim of makeup theft? Unfortunately yes. Makeup, camera, change of clothes, and swimsuit : ( I was coming back from a trip to the beach, and I accidentally left my tote on the train. I contacted the train authorities because usually if you leave something on the train you can get it back (this was also in Korea), but they couldn’t find it which leads me to think that yeah, someone stole it.
    5. What’s one of your go-to tricks for radiant skin? I don’t really have one. Right now I’m using Benefit That Gal, but I don’t really notice much difference with it.
    6. I could be a contender for the title of Most Likely to _________________. Most likely to suggest a karaoke all nighter!
    7. Do you have a friend who’s always up for anything? Yes, but she lives in Baltimore and I live in Tokyo so we can’t really hang out a lot, haha.
    8. Time for our afternoon snack break! Where should we go? Either to a crepe stand or to a cute cafe for dessert and coffee! It’s not exactly healthy, but we’ll walk it off.
    9. What’s one thing you were surprised to learn about yourself? I can run much farther distances than I thought I was capable of! I used to jog along the Canal St Martin when I lived in Paris, but I never really knew exactly how far I was jogging. I jog at the gym now and can keep track of it and I was really surprised at the distance I could do!
    10. Weekly goals: Hit the gym at least twice, and try to snack less at work.

  30. Michele DiCola says:

    Mood- Mooody!
    Make- up theft !
    My daughter shops ! in makeup collection frequently or as often as possible & she thinks I don’t know what’s missing! And i always know what’s missing!
    Sorry I missed the rest of the post,
    Michele

  31. Stephanie R says:

    1. Mood: pretty content and happy with the fact that 24/7 morning sickness is finally over.
    2. Have you ever consulted with a psychic or palm reader? No, but I think it might be pretty interesting to see what they say.
    3. Do you buy lottery tickets? Occasionally, but haven’t done so lately. If I won the lottery though, I’d probably donate quite a bit of it (after paying off our house and student loans) to charity. Maybe to build more homeless shelters in the Portland/Vancouver area. I hate to see so many people panhandling these days on nearly every corner.
    4. Have you ever been the victim of makeup theft? Once when I was in seventh grade. We had gym lockers with locks on them, but someone still managed to break my lock and get into it, taking my lipgloss, lipstick and powder compact. I was SO mad.
    5. What’s one of your go-to tricks for radiant skin? Exffoliation, moisture masks and always following my skincare routine. Good genes help too. :)
    6. I could be a contender for the title of Most Likely to _________________. Honestly Karen, I could probably give you a run for your money with the cat watching you in the bathroom doing makeup and such. I have FOUR cats that have nothing better to do than watch, especially Lady and Gizmo, who like to jump up on the toilet seat and watch. And meow for attention CONSTANTLY.
    7. Do you have a friend who’s always up for anything? I do, in fact, she and her family are coming over for dinner tomorrow evening and maybe a movie!
    8. Time for our afternoon snack break! Where should we go? Hmm, I’d like to go to the store and get some more apples and raspberries, now that I’m finally able to eat GOOD food again.
    9. What’s one thing you were surprised to learn about yourself? I’m stronger than I thought I was. I didn’t feel like it at the time when my six week old daughter passed away in 2010 and my mom told me that, but I survived. I’m stronger for that than some people might be.
    10. Weekly goals: to not stress too much about pending CVS results, get to the chiropractor, do a mani/pedi and get some sleep instead of having pregnancy induced insomnia!

  32. Stèphanie says:

    1. Mood:
    Much better than last weeks monday.. but beat, haha.

    2. Have you ever consulted with a psychic or palm reader?
    No, but I really want to go to a palm reader sometimes. Really curcious what that person has to say about my life.. if it’s true or if the future he or she talks about is reasonably achievable.

    3. Do you buy lottery tickets?
    Sometimes.. when I have that feeling I can win. I’ve actually won a couple euros.

    4. Have you ever been the victim of makeup theft?
    My best friend stole my favorite lipgloss last year.. wasn’t really that bad because I had a backup. And I actually knew she had it because she borrowed it. At the end I got a brand new one.

    5. What’s one of your go-to tricks for radiant skin?
    Don’t really have a trick.

    6. I could be a contender for the title of Most Likely to _________________.
    - say something stupid at the wrong time
    - fall asleep, everywhere
    - sing along with every song that hits the radio
    - be 5 minutes late
    - loose hair elastics all the time

    7. Do you have a friend who’s always up for anything?
    My best friend.. since she just became single. She never was before, and we’d only saw eachother once a month. Now she expects I’m like her right now, but I can’t because of work and school.

    8. Time for our afternoon snack break! Where should we go?
    Sushi bar! Always time for sushi!

    9. What’s one thing you were surprised to learn about yourself?
    I can work with children, very good. My mentor just said I’m the best intern she had and that I can work with kids very good. She says I have the perfect flow. (Dunno what that means.)

    10. Weekly goals:
    Get my propaedeutic! ( I don’t know how to say this right)
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  33. Courtney says:

    1. Mood:
    A bit nervous and stressed. The hub is applying for foreign service, so we’ve been working out the kinks with that.

    2. Have you ever consulted with a psychic or palm reader?
    No, but I would if I found one that I thought was legit.

    3. Do you buy lottery tickets?
    Just once, when it was over 500mm. But generally, I think I’m just throwing my money down the drain because I’ve never won anything before, nonetheless the lottery!

    4. Have you ever been the victim of makeup theft?
    Not to my knowledge. :)

    5. What’s one of your go-to tricks for radiant skin?
    Exfoliate regularly, use ultra-moisturizing products to keep the skin dewy, and Smashbox Photo Finish Illumining Primer.

    6. I could be a contender for the title of Most Likely to _________________.
    Walk around singing, make a joke, tell a random story, hug a random dog, and take over the world (that last one was something I was voted on in my high school yearbook, no joke)

    7. Do you have a friend who’s always up for anything?
    Not really. I’m usually the crazy oddball friend, so I gravitate toward responsible, down to earth types.

    8. Time for our afternoon snack break! Where should we go?
    Starbucks for a soy chai :) Nom nom nom

    9. What’s one thing you were surprised to learn about yourself?
    I am smart, but I’m a procrastinator (hence doing the Monday poll at 11PM on Tuesday night). I don’t stress easy, so the procrastination doesn’t usually bother me. This is all a very strange combo that I have to work to achieve balance with and make sure I get things done.

    10. Weekly goals:
    Keep up with my eating goals and trying to keep my cool.

  34. Leah says:

    A little late to the party but answering now. :)

    1. Mood: Pretty good. Mostly worrying about the garden, the yard, and outdoor things other than sitting in my office this week (while sitting in said office) so it’s a little bit of an anxious week.

    2. Have you ever consulted with a psychic or palm reader? No, but I had my cards read by a friend before.

    3. Do you buy lottery tickets? My husband does once in a while. It’s a pool with friends so not a solo sport.

    4. Have you ever been the victim of makeup theft? Nope. Just regular theft.

    5. What’s one of your go-to tricks for radiant skin? Origins products

    6. I could be a contender for the title of Most Likely to _________________. “escape to the woods and live off the land–while still paying taxes of course”

    7. Do you have a friend who’s always up for anything? Yep, and she’s the one we typically take to Maine (or we go to her family’s cottage in New Hampshire)

    8. Time for our afternoon snack break! Where should we go? To a local ice cream shop.

    9. What’s one thing you were surprised to learn about yourself? That I’m okay in a job that’s not in my career path.

    10. Weekly goals: Map out what to do this weekend (it’s a 3 day holiday weekend here in MA).

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