Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 220

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the makeup and beauty blog monday poll

  • 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:
    Let me put it this way: I’ve got a smile on my face. :) I had a really nice time with my family yesterday, and today El Hub is working from home, where he can keep me company.
  2. Three things on your bucket list?
    1) To grow and eat my own watermelon (I know it’s silly, but I’ve always wanted to do it), 2) to spend a month wandering through Italy, and 3) to cover the Cannes Film Festival for MBB!
  3. If tattoos only lasted a year, would you be more/less likely to get one?
    Hmm… What an interesting proposition. Well, I know myself pretty well. I think I’d be more inclined to get one, probably get something, think it was neat for about a month, and then get tired of looking at it and spend the next 11 months regretting it and obsessively trying to cover it up, LOL!
  4. Something that drives you nuts?
    The phrase, “You do you, and I’ll do me.” Damn you, Jersey Shore!
  5. What’s the number one quality you value most in a pencil eyeliner?
    Texture. Good ones gotta glide across my skin. If there’s any tugging involved, I can’t deal.
  6. Three things that inspire you?
    1) Regular people who change the world for the better, 2) traveling to new places and 3), believe it or not, long, hot showers.

    I feel like I come up with my best ideas in the shower…

  7. Does the sound of silence make you uncomfortable?
    Not at all. I tend to get over stimulated in noisy situations. Yup, I’m not one of those people who can carry on two conversations at the same time.

    I also think that being able to sit quietly and comfortably with someone can be one of the most intimate things you can share.

  8. What’s one sentence that summarizes 2012 for you so far?
    It hasn’t always been easy, but I feel like we’re getting somewhere.
  9. Your best experience on public transportation?
    Once, while I was on the ferry coming home to Marin from San Francisco, the captain of the boat got on the intercom and pointed out a whale skimming along the surface off our bow.
  10. Weekly goals:
    To log at least 12 miles on the treadmill, go to yoga class at least once (I miss being stretchy!), check out the Novato Public Library, and make fish tacos for dinner.

Good morning and happy Monday, my friend. :) Did you have a good weekend? I hope you got everything you needed to get done and still had some downtime.

If you get a moment, please stop by and say hi in the Monday Poll. I always love to hear from you.

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



1. Mood:
2. Three things on your bucket list?
3. If tattoos only lasted a year, would you be more/less likely to get one?
4. Something that drives you nuts?
5. What’s the number one quality you value most in a pencil eyeliner?
6. Three things that inspire you?
7. Does the sound of silence make you uncomfortable?
8. What’s one sentence that summarizes 2012 for you so far?
9. Your best experience on public transportation?
10. Weekly goals:

I hope inspiration finds you this week.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. Nina says:

    1. Mood: Surprisingly upbeat, considering its Monday…

    2. Three things on your bucket list? A cooking tour of Italy, an African Safari and to learn how to glide.

    3. If tattoos only lasted a year, would you be more/less likely to get one? Not really. I have one, tiny and well hidden. And thats about all ill get.

    4. Something that drives you nuts? Messes. :-d

    5. What’s the number one quality you value most in a pencil eyeliner? Waterproof.

    6. Three things that inspire you? Sunrises, my family and beauty in the most unexpected things.

    7. Does the sound of silence make you uncomfortable? It depends with whom.

    8. What’s one sentence that summarizes 2012 for you so far? It has been a year of settling down into our new home.

    9. Your best experience on public transportation? I dont have any? Well maybe a train ride from New Jersey to Philadelphia. It was my first time on one, and I did it alone!

    10. Weekly goals: Just to maintain the high I am on. ;-)

  2. Casey says:

    1. Mood: Pretty good for a Monday. The gorgeous weather definitely helps!

    2. Three things on your bucket list? Travel across Europe, take a cooking class from a famous chef, bungee jump in Australia.

    3. If tattoos only lasted a year, would you be more/less likely to get one? I still wouldn’t get one. I am so scared of needles!

    4. Something that drives you nuts?That’s tough – right now, it’s people who drag their feet while wearing flip-flops. The noise drives me crazy.

    5. What’s the number one quality you value most in a pencil eyeliner? Ease of application, if the pencil is too hard – I just give up. I like a nice smooth application.

    6. Three things that inspire you? My family, a gorgeous sunset and discovering new and interesting places to travel.

    7. Does the sound of silence make you uncomfortable? I like it. Maybe not for prolonged periods of time, but silence is golden!

    8. What’s one sentence that summarizes 2012 for you so far? We’re expecting a baby!

    9. Your best experience on public transportation? my first week living in Honolulu, I traveled all over the island on public transportation. I was a college freshman, cell phones weren’t common and I really enjoyed exploring the island. The bus drivers were fantastic and often gave me great tips on places to eat or visit.

    10. Weekly goals: Sleep, keep walking 2 miles per day and sleep

  3. Danielle says:

    1. Mood: Happy- it’s feeling like summer here now and I am digging the sunshine.
    2. Three things on your bucket list? Travel the world, but first I would do a Greece/Italy/Turkey tour. I also want to zip line through a rain forest, and some day own enough land to start a dog rescue/boarding kennel.
    3. If tattoos only lasted a year, would you be more/less likely to get one? That’s tough. I guess I would say more, but I don’t really have a burning desire to have a tattoo in the first place. Not my thing.
    4. Something that drives you nuts? People who drive under the speed limit or with their signal on for 5 miles or can’t navigate traffic circles. Welcome to my morning commute. lol
    5. What’s the number one quality you value most in a pencil eyeliner? NOT MOVING!
    6. Three things that inspire you? My mom, the world, PINTEREST!
    7. Does the sound of silence make you uncomfortable? Depends on the circumstance. At night silence is bad- I need some background noise to fall asleep. It sucked in college when my roommate needed silence and I needed noise. -__-
    8. What’s one sentence that summarizes 2012 for you so far? Full of surprises (in the best possible way).
    9. Your best experience on public transportation? In Vegas- the high speed shuttle. That thing was clean, fast and inexpensive.
    10. Weekly goals: Planting all the flowers I bought over the weekend, run at least 4 days (1 down, 3 to go!), organize my makeup area/spare room. It’s constantly looking like a disaster struck so I need so come up with some permanent organizational solutions that I can stick to.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Danielle,

      Oh, tell me about the flowers you got! :)

      • Danielle says:

        I got some Petunias, Kong Coleus (huge and gorgeous), Violas, Feather Grass (my favorite type of grass, it’s wispy like hair), Laurentia and Papyrus (the papyrus grows over ten feet tall- very Egyptian looking) and some other miscellaneous ones. I still have more to get but haven’t had time. I like going to plant sales or botanical gardens to get ideas of how to pair things up too. :)

  4. Heya Karen!

    1. Mood: Pretty good :)

    2. Three things on your bucket list? Dance Argentine Tango in Buenos Aires, retire a millionaire (possible, thanks to the magic of compound interest), learn how to code in several languages (SQL, Javascript, C++, Python being a few)

    3. If tattoos only lasted a year, would you be more/less likely to get one? No… Needles and ink under my skin? No thank you.

    4. Something that drives you nuts? People that play their music on a subwoofer in an apartment/a condo building. Makes me murderous beyond belief. Volume does not equal quality sound!

    5. What’s the number one quality you value most in a pencil eyeliner? Smudge/fade-proof-ness/immobility. That’s a neologism; but it should be a word!

    6. Three things that inspire you? Fresh ingredients for food; women leaders in business; the stimulating smell of coffee in the morning.

    7. Does the sound of silence make you uncomfortable? Nope. Love it!

    8. What’s one sentence that summarizes 2012 for you so far? Eventful. Got my first real job out of university, going steady with a guy for 1+ years for the first time (and planning my future with him), just to name a few things.

    9. Your best experience on public transportation? Seoul, Korea – clean, non-smelly cars, and heated/cooled seats/cars (with wi-fi and TV to boot)? SIGN ME UP!

    10. Weekly goals: Walk the 20 minutes to the commuter bus stop instead of taking the metro; drive less during the week; contribute 2 articles to my new food blog – qqmange.blogspot.com !

  5. Naomi says:

    1. Mood: A little sick with the flu
    2. Three things on your bucket list? Buy a SLR camera, Visit new york, Find a new job
    3. If tattoos only lasted a year, would you be more/less likely to get one? I cant stand pain except for waxes.
    4. Something that drives you nuts? Traffic. The kind that wastes hours a day just to get to work.
    5. What’s the number one quality you value most in a pencil eyeliner? Staying power
    6. Three things that inspire you? Bright, beautiful flowers, the beach with the sound of crashing waves and my family
    7. Does the sound of silence make you uncomfortable? Yes, after always having a houseful of people when I am home alone with no sounds its quite strange. I get over it though.
    8. What’s one sentence that summarizes 2012 for you so far? Making progress towards new horizons
    9. Your best experience on public transportation? Before I drove to work, I used the bus which could be sometimes ram packed like sardines in a tin. But I felt most accomplished knowing I could rock 6 inch heels for the 1 hour ride standing up.
    10. Weekly goals: Get over the flu, rock out MAC’s vegas volt lipstick and start a new book!
    Naomi recently posted … To Russia with Love from a MAC Russian Red Lipglass

  6. Jenn Staz says:

    1. Mood: good but hungry! (not a surprise)
    2. Three things on your bucket list? Write and record a song, own a real brand new LV bag, be featured in a print publication somewhere!
    3. If tattoos only lasted a year, would you be more/less likely to get one? I would only be more likely to get one if they didn’t use needles. Ouch.
    4. Something that drives you nuts? As many pet peeves as I have, I can’t think of one right now! That must just mean I’m in a really good mood.
    5. What’s the number one quality you value most in a pencil eyeliner? Self sharpening – no wood, please!
    6. Three things that inspire you? blogs, magazines, museums
    7. Does the sound of silence make you uncomfortable? No, I love it. My hearing is especially sensitive, so most noises drive me insane!
    8. What’s one sentence that summarizes 2012 for you so far? I’m becoming a real-live grown up.
    9. Your best experience on public transportation? Eek… I guess the $1 a day buses in Ocean City, MD! (Now more expensive)
    10. Weekly goals: Organize my blog tags (they’re ridonc), figure out how to travel to LAX on the metrolink. Karen – I didn’t know you ran! Do you use Nike+ or anything?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jenn,

      Yup, I’m a runner. I run A LOT. Not hard core distance or anything, but generally between 4-6 miles in each workout. I used to use Nike+ but haven’t done it in a while. Are you a runner too?

  7. Katie says:

    1. Mood: Happy and lazy.

    2. Three things on your bucket list? Live in the city (if just for a while), visit Asia, own a personal library

    3. If tattoos only lasted a year, would you be more/less likely to get one? Maybe! I also get bored of things like that, too, so it’d be a good test-run if I wanted the permanent, real deal, yeah?

    4. Something that drives you nuts? When people don’t flush public restroom toilets! Public restrooms are already horrible, but this just makes the entire experience even worse.

    5. What’s the number one quality you value most in a pencil eyeliner? Texture and performance (Is it long-wearing? Is it smudge-proof?)

    6. Three things that inspire you? Beautiful weather, great (live) music, my college peers

    7. Does the sound of silence make you uncomfortable? I can withstand it, for the most part. It depends on the situation because, similar to what you said, it’s a good indication of intimacy and patience.

    8. What’s one sentence that summarizes 2012 for you so far? The year has been tough, but I’m learning a lot from my experiences.

    9. Your best experience on public transportation? Nothing special that I can recall!

    10. Weekly goals: Clean my room & unpack all of my stuff (I got back to the East Bay from L.A. on WEDNESDAY, and waited until today to unpack. After a hectic finals week, doing nothing and sleeping in was my priority.), start on some internship applications, run for a good 30 min-1 hr at least once this week.

  8. Mood: Optimistic-I have a feeling this will be a good week.
    2. Three things on your bucket list? To head to the maldives, sky dive, and meet Betty white (I’ m a true golden girls fan)
    3. If tattoos only lasted a year, would you be more/less likely to get one? Probably not, never been a fan of tattoos at all.
    4. Something that drives you nuts? People who cip their toenails on the subway. (I saw this yesterday and almost threw up)
    5. What’s the number one quality you value most in a pencil eyeliner? ability to stay put on my waterline
    6. Three things that inspire you? Your blog, Kind people, and my family
    7. Does the sound of silence make you uncomfortable? Yes, I’m a New Yorker. I need noise.
    8. What’s one sentence that summarizes 2012 for you so far? It’s going to be alright.
    9. Your best experience on public transportation? Finding $100 on the floor.
    10. Weekly goals: To blog more, and to smile.

  9. Leah says:

    1. Mood: Just finished my travel season for work (1-2 events/week since late Feb). Time to unpack and enjoy the summer!

    2. Three things on your bucket list? #1 To be 50% Maine, 50% MA (right now hubby and I spend 2 weekends per month in Maine. This is a transition item on the list.
    #3 To go to a yoga/spa retreat
    #4 To travel somewhere no one has heard of. We did that already with an island off of Iceland but I’m thinking further away…maybe an island off Japan or something.

    3. If tattoos only lasted a year, would you be more/less likely to get one? Yes, but it would be hidden. Many of my friends have tattoos but in my profession they are pretty rare (I work with dentists).

    4. Something that drives you nuts? People that bring their children to the office and let them run around willy nilly.

    5. What’s the number one quality you value most in a pencil eyeliner? I don’t wear eyeliner. I wear shadow and mascara.

    6. Three things that inspire you? Right now I’m reading ‘Yoga Bitch’ so that’s inspiring me currently. My Mom. She battled breast cancer for 18 months. And won. Lastly, anyone that stays at their job a long time. My previous record was 4 years, it’s been 2 years here and there. I’m trying to break that record.

    7. Does the sound of silence make you uncomfortable? No. I love it. I spend a lot of time in the woods.

    8. What’s one sentence that summarizes 2012 for you so far? Patterns. Settling into patterns and being comfortable.

    9. Your best experience on public transportation? Is Amtrak considered public transport because I love how there’s free WiFi and microbrews in the bar. Other than that in DC there’s no trash and food stuck to the floor of the subway like there is here in Boston.

    10. Weekly goals: Show off my new Tarte LipSurgence. Why did it take me so long to discover this brand? Other than that I’m going to unpack (finally) and get back into my workout routine (after all this travel)

  10. Katherine G says:

    1. Mood:
    ~Lazy today. It’s been raining all day here in Maryland. But, at least the river I kayak the most will get a lot of water and won’t be so low (it’s quite painful to kayak whitewater when the water is low – lots of rocks!).

    2. Three things on your bucket list?
    ~Horseback tour of Ireland, have my own horses, and make a difference in life the way I am meant to.

    3. If tattoos only lasted a year, would you be more/less likely to get one?
    ~Probably not, I had ideas for tattoos but kept seeing similar designs on others, and if I haven’t taken the plunge by now I never will.

    4. Something that drives you nuts?
    ~When people talk on their cell phones and drive or text and drive. In my job, I have seen that and drinking and driving kill many people. In Maryland, it’s now a first time offense if you talk on your cell phone and drive (meaning a police officer doesn’t have to have another reason to pull you over for cell phone use), and I’m hoping fatalities and accidents from talking on cell phones and driving will decrease.

    5. What’s the number one quality you value most in a pencil eyeliner?
    ~Has to have long wear time, be waterproof if I’m going to be near any pools or bodies of water, and can’t smudge. Also has to come off easily with good makeup remover.

    6. Three things that inspire you?
    ~Beautiful weather, a great workout, and being with my fiance.

    7. Does the sound of silence make you uncomfortable?
    ~Not really, I don’t do well in super crowded situations. I enjoy companionable silence at times, and I enjoy the “silence” of nature – getting to listen to bubbling creeks, animals, and rain without cars and people nearby.

    8. What’s one sentence that summarizes 2012 for you so far?
    ~2012 is a year of new opportunities. I’m making new friends, exploring new job opportunities, and I’ve finally finished my bachelor’s.

    9. Your best experience on public transportation?
    ~When I was riding Metro into DC with a bunch of other runners (it was so packed it was standing room only) to the Marine Corps Marathon. We were all sharing tips with one another and it was a friendly bunch.

    10. Weekly goals:
    ~Get some good cardio in, and log in some good miles on the treadmill and outside.
    ~Stay positive, and if I’m in a bad mood, look for ways to improve my mood, like a hike, a run, or getting into a good book.
    ~Get stuff ready for my dad’s best friend’s wedding on Saturday.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Katherine G,

      That’s super cool that you do river kayaking. I went on a short trip up the Wailua river in Kauai and it was so much fun. Do you kayak often?

      • Katherine G says:

        I did a lot last year, and did some good whitewater (my kayak can do up to a Class 3 but not 4 or 5 because it’s a recreational kayak and torpedoes through waves – meaning I get soaked if they are big) kayaking in New River (WV), the Potomac, and the Monocacy River (George Washington paddled up the Monocacy in the Revoloutionary War – it’s a river native to Frederick, MD). The rivers have been low so far this year because of no snow this winter and not much rain, and it’s hard to kayak when it’s low because there are tons of rocks to get stuck on. Hoping to get out soon though! You should definitely kayak more, it’s a great workout and lots of fun!

        • Karen says:

          There’s a place that rents kayaks near the bay that I drive by all whenever I hit up the food trucks. One of these days I plan to rent one and do some mellow kayaking. I’m all about mellow and boats, LOL!

          Your kayaking sounds super serious! Did you take lessons or just jump into it on your own?

          • Katherine G says:

            I took a lesson in New River last year (I had started on the Monocacy since it’s a fairly easy river to kayak) in my 12 footer. I learned everything except how to roll, since my kayak isn’t a whitewater kayak and does not roll or flip easily at all (in fact, I’ve gone sideways down tiny waterfalls and still can’t flip that darned thing). I even made a wet exit, since my kayak got filled up with water in a good sized rapid, and I did reenactment of Titanic (it was ass-end up in the air, with the front filled up and I had to bail out and get the water out of it to get back in. Swimming with a water logged, 50 pound kayak is LOADS of fun). The lesson was great for when I attempted some class 3′s in the Potomac River in WV/MD area and did well, especially since I had bought special kayak floats for in front of the boat and a skirt (to prevent water from getting in).

            I’d always wanted to kayak and get my own to do the rivers around here and be able to travel and try other rivers. The Monocacy up here in MD is great for beginners, only has one yucky rapid but that’s relatively easy to get through and fun. It’s a lazy river. If you’re ever looking to invest in one, I have a Wilderness Systems Pungo 120, and it will do everything except really big rapids. It’s a wonderful beginner kayak because it is so stable.

  11. Summer says:

    1. Mood: STRESSED but freakishly positive! I should be crying but I spent all last week in tears, so this week I’m smiling through the strain of finals! Hahaha

    2. Three things on your bucket list? 1) Fall in love with and marry an amazing man. I want so little, yet so much: Trust, passion, and a shared desire to work hard and raise children in a shared faith. 2) Earn my PhD in clinical psychology. 3) Take a trip to Europe and bring my mom with me!

    3. If tattoos only lasted a year, would you be more/less likely to get one? Nah. I think the most I can do is two weeks of henna.

    4. Something that drives you nuts? People who are rude to waitstaff. It speaks volumes about a person when they treat the poor waitress or waiter like they’re sub-human!

    5. What’s the number one quality you value most in a pencil eyeliner? Longevity. The only ones I like are by Chanel because they stay in place all day and don’t get creamy/runny/flakey on my eyes. Sigh.

    6. Three things that inspire you? The hope and innocence of small children who are just developing personalities and learning about the world! My faith in God inspires me to be a good person who loves others. And, okay, beauty and fashion get me excited. Some blogs (ahem!) are just amazing! ;D

    7. Does the sound of silence make you uncomfortable? It used to, but as I’m training to be a therapist, I’ve learned the value of a few moments of no talking.

    8. What’s one sentence that summarizes 2012 for you so far? I’m still alive!

    9. Your best experience on public transportation? Non-existent.

    10. Weekly goals: Get all this homework done, study for my exams early, buy my mom some great birthday gifts, and resolve a nagging problem in one of my friendships!

  12. Stèphanie says:

    1. Mood:
    Great, for a Monday.

    2. Three things on your bucket list?
    Internship in a foreign country, backpacking in Australia and skydiving.

    3. If tattoos only lasted a year, would you be more/less likely to get one?
    I have no tattoo, but I have a few ideas in mine. My first one is reserved for my grandma, but only after she will pass away. If that’s not within that year, there’s no tatt going on my body.

    4. Something that drives you nuts?
    My mom who thinks my Monday is my day off, which is actually my doing-homework-at-home-day. When it’s Monday she always gives me things to do, while I actually have things to do for school. After a whole year she still doesn’t understand.

    5. What’s the number one quality you value most in a pencil eyeliner?
    Pigmentation. I cannot work with a pencil liner that has no pigmentation.

    6. Three things that inspire you?
    Pinterest(haha), the weather, my fantasy.

    7. Does the sound of silence make you uncomfortable?
    Yes, talk, make a sound!

    8. What’s one sentence that summarizes 2012 for you so far?
    Being lazy get’s you nowhere.

    9. Your best experience on public transportation?
    I don’t know.. I always remember the once with the worst experience.

    10. Weekly goals:
    Finish my schoolproject for quarter 3 this week. Start learning for my finals which are in a month and a half.
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  13. gio says:

    1. Mood:
    ok

    2. Three things on your bucket list?
    travel across Europe, learn how to ride horses and find a new job.

    3. If tattoos only lasted a year, would you be more/less likely to get one?
    more likely. I couldn’t imagine anything that I’d like to have tattooed forever tbh.

    4. Something that drives you nuts?
    rude people

    5. What’s the number one quality you value most in a pencil eyeliner?
    Pigmentation.

    6. Three things that inspire you?
    Blogs, nice weather, kind and generous people.

    7. Does the sound of silence make you uncomfortable?
    Nope, I love it! lol.

    8. What’s one sentence that summarizes 2012 for you so far?
    A year of changes and new opportunities.

    9. Your best experience on public transportation?
    I can’t remember one lol.

    10. Weekly goals:
    work out more
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  14. Dominique says:

    1. Mood: pretty bad, my boyfriend went to Paris without me…..

    2. Three things on your bucket list? Fall in love again, living in Paris close to the Marais or the Louvre, having my own small sanctuary for ill-treated animals

    3. If tattoos only lasted a year, would you be more/less likely to get one? No not really, tattoos are not my cup of tea !

    4. Something that drives you nuts? Cruelty against animals and environment in general

    5. What’s the number one quality you value most in a pencil eyeliner? I never wear pencil eyeliner ( allergies in the eyes )

    6. Three things that inspire you? the sea, perfumes, beauty

    7. Does the sound of silence make you uncomfortable? Oh no it makes me feel good, I have noise in fact

    8. What’s one sentence that summarizes 2012 for you so far? Never trust anyone

    9. Your best experience on public transportation? None

    10. Weekly goals: starting a diet and that’s it !

  15. Marian says:

    1. Mood: Pretty good despite it all.
    2. Three things on your bucket list? I don’t have a bucket list anymore. It’s futile.
    3. If tattoos only lasted a year, would you be more/less likely to get one? You bet! I would have had many by now!
    4. Something that drives you nuts? When people say, “I could care less.”
    5. What’s the number one quality you value most in a pencil eyeliner? that it doesn’t smudge and run.
    6. Three things that inspire you? Buddhism, people who can make a living doing what they love, nature.
    7. Does the sound of silence make you uncomfortable? Nooooo…I relish it! When I was young, I hated silence though.
    8. What’s one sentence that summarizes 2012 for you so far? It’s just more of the same.
    9. Your best experience on public transportation? I went on a tourist plane ride once and the pilot let me fly the plane a little.
    10. Weekly goals: I don’t have any

  16. Jenna says:

    1. Mood: Tired. Just got done walking home from school.
    2. Three things on your bucket list: as of right now, 1) See Ireland. 2) Live in Kentucky. 3) Become fluent in another language.
    3. If tattoos only lasted a year, would you be more/less likely to get one? More likely. I want to get one regardless. When I am old enough to do so without getting permission from my parents. Advice yes, but permission….
    4. Something that drives you nuts: People shouting obscenities in the halls of our school. Grow up, people.
    5. #1 quality you value most in a pencil eyeliner? That it isn’t the cheapy kind that gums up my sharpener.
    6. Three things that inspire you: 1) A book or movie that makes me think, “hey. i like that. i could do that.” 2) Mother Theresa quotes. 3) failing tests. makes me want to try harder to fix the problem and not fail the next one.
    7. Does the sound of silence make you uncomfortable? Sometimes, like I have this friend who never talks unless I talk to her and when I am, say, working on homework and she is just sitting there I feel a little awkward.
    8. Sentence to summarize 2012 so far? Let’s not have another summer of nothing.
    9. Best experience on public transportation? I remember the last time I was on a bus, it was with my dad, and I was like 7, and he let me pull the cord that signaled our stop was coming up. I thought that was pretty cool.
    10. Weekly goals: To not fail Algebra 2 (fail being a figurative word).

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jenna,

      Ah, algebra. I remember it fondly.

      I take it you’re in high school? What grade are you in, and are you enjoying your classes?

      • Jenna says:

        I am in 10th grade, and I am enjoying my classes, particularly that in less than a month, they will be over. Yay summer!

  17. Let says:

    1. Mood: happy. The weather has been awesome all weekend and probably until Tuesday/Wednesday :-)
    2. Three things on your bucket list? Learn more languages (preferably German and Japanese), get internships, and get a boyfriend (no really, I’m nearly 20 and never had one).
    3. If tattoos only lasted a year, would you be more/less likely to get one? Probably, but needles still scare me.
    4. Something that drives you nuts? People who underestimate others based on backgrounds (race, gender, country of origin, etc.).
    5. What’s the number one quality you value most in a pencil eyeliner? Probably texture, but as long as it doesn’t flake on me then it’s already good.
    6. Three things that inspire you? Nice weather, people who create/invent stuff, and books.
    7. Does the sound of silence make you uncomfortable? No. I like silence :-)
    8. What’s one sentence that summarizes 2012 for you so far? So far so good.
    9. Your best experience on public transportation? Slightly creepy, but one time, a stranger told me his life, why he moved to the US and how he met his girlfriend, etc. The conversation somehow inspired me haha.
    10. Weekly goals: cleaning up the closet, write more papers

  18. Lauren Sutherland says:

    ah so this isn’t the poll! but i had to show you this Karen! please enter Tabs!! http://www.glamour.com/fashion/blogs/slaves-to-fashion/2012/05/is-your-cat-model-material-uni.html

  19. Taffy says:

    1. Mood: Utterly worried & anxious.

    2. Three things on your bucket list? Travel to Venice on the Orient Express, Live the rest of my life in Barbados & stalk Tom Hiddleson until the ends of the earth, oh wait I’m already doing that last item on the list.

    3. If tattoos only lasted a year, would you be more/less likely to get one? I could make my design of Jared Padalecki as a centaur with Buffy the Vampire Slayer riding him as she stakes Edward Cullen a temporary reality.

    4. Something that drives you nuts? The sound of a ukulele and someone breathlessly singing “la, la, la” in a yogurt commercial.

    5. What’s the number one quality you value most in a pencil eyeliner? Staying power.

    6. Three things that inspire you? Complete utter despair; unbridled hulk-like rage & cheesecake.

    7. Does the sound of silence make you uncomfortable? It doesn’t bother me but it sure as hell drives everyone else crazy!

    8. What’s one sentence that summarizes 2012 for you so far? Why does this always happen to me?

    9. Your best experience on public transportation? An old lady gave me her seat because she thought I was pregnant but in reality, I was just fat.

    10. Weekly goals: Eat lots of bacon, lose two pounds and start looking for a new job.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Taffy,

      LOL regarding your answer to number 4. Now that I think about it, those Tic Tac commercials drive me nuts.

      Hope your week gets better.

  20. Iliana says:

    1. Mood: Not good honestly since my mother has issues with her health but i’m trying to stay possitive :)

    2. Three things on your bucket list? Nothing since i’m on my way to completing the previous 3 things on my list. I’ve taken up an new language, i’ve made all the arrangements needed for my studies abroad and i’ve started to come to terms with the ghosts of hard times from my past… I am a bit overwhelmed by these so i don’t know what i’ll put next on my bucket list!

    3. If tattoos only lasted a year, would you be more/less likely to get one? Nope, i am on the same boat as you Karen!

    4. Something that drives you nuts? LOTS of things lol!I I think my #1 is when people refuse to use their minds and spend their lives being other peoples’ mouthpieces.

    5. What’s the number one quality you value most in a pencil eyeliner? It’s a tie between pigmentation and lasting power. I don’t care if it’s hard to blend or if it’s texture isn’t the best or if it costs a lot of money as long as it’s very pigmented and long-lasting.

    6. Three things that inspire you? i) My mother, ii) The fact that life always goes on, iii) Changes. Whether i cause them or not, whether possitive or negative, they always make me try my best and lets face it, they spice things up big time!

    7. Does the sound of silence make you uncomfortable? Not at all! I am always rather tense so silence to me is a chance to relax and clear my mind!

    8. What’s one sentence that summarizes 2012 for you so far? Making changes and taking chances.

    9. Your best experience on public transportation? Whenever people give their seats to the elderly, pregnant women or physically challenged people. It always puts a smile on my face and makes me realise that politeness and respect are still present in our lives.

    10. Weekly goals: Spoiling my mom to take her mind off her health issues, study for the upcoming exams and haul makeup, skincare and clother for me & my mom!

  21. Melissa says:

    1. Mood: exhausted. It’s finals week.

    2. Three things on your bucket list?: haven’t really made one

    3. If tattoos only lasted a year, would you be more/less likely to get one?: They don’t really appeal to me either way.

    4. Something that drives you nuts?: The noise/look of people chewing at their nails and fingers.

    5. What’s the number one quality you value most in a pencil eyeliner?: Don’t use pencil eyeliners.

    6. Three things that inspire you?: nice music, photographs of places I’ve never been, quiet time

    7. Does the sound of silence make you uncomfortable?: not at all

    8. What’s one sentence that summarizes 2012 for you so far?: exhausting

    9. Your best experience on public transportation?: Not sure. I’m from NYC I feel like the majority of my life has been public transportation.

    10. Weekly goals: survive!

  22. jess says:

    1. Mood: exhausted
    2. Three things on your bucket list? go to NYC, have kids go on a road trip
    3. If tattoos only lasted a year, would you be more/less likely to get one? yes more likely
    4. Something that drives you nuts? people who ride your ass in traffic
    5. What’s the number one quality you value most in a pencil eyeliner? doesn’t smudge
    6. Three things that inspire you? kids, the ocean, vacations
    7. Does the sound of silence make you uncomfortable? depends who i am with but most likely no
    8. What’s one sentence that summarizes 2012 for you so far? very tough at first but it keeps getting better. over time
    9. Your best experience on public transportation? a smooth easy ride with no creeps, pretty rare.
    10. Weekly goals: workout 5 times, cook one meal and spend time with loved ones.

  23. Bronwyn says:

    1. Mood:
    What is the mood for procrastinating?
    2. Three things on your bucket list?
    Go to Europe, Get Married, Speak a language other than English.
    3. If tattoos only lasted a year, would you be more/less likely to get one?
    More likely. I can deal with a year.
    4. Something that drives you nuts?
    I’m pretty level headed but people not listening then asking dumb questions, that’ll get me.
    5. What’s the number one quality you value most in a pencil eyeliner?
    That they don’t transfer to above my crease when I blink.
    6. Three things that inspire you?
    My friends, great quotes, beautiful scenes.
    7. Does the sound of silence make you uncomfortable?
    8. What’s one sentence that summarizes 2012 for you so far?
    Starting to look at and learn how to be me after university.
    9. Your best experience on public transportation?
    I dropped $5 on the bus and the person sitting behind me gave it back to me.
    10. Weekly goals:
    Submit a Thesis draft on Wednesday :s
    Survive the week on my diet (a friends idea not mine).
    Go for a run this afternoon.

  24. 1. Mood: SO tired and a little bit stressed. I had a paper due today so stayed up late finishing that up (major procrastinator–I know), ended up getting just a little over 2 hours of sleep last night, woke up and had to drive my mom to the doctors, go to class, then back home to study for my final on Wednesday. Eek!
    2. Three things on your bucket list?: to write out my dad’s life story (he’s led such an interesting life!), to copy all my mom’s recipes into a book, and travel the world :)
    3. If tattoos only lasted a year, would you be more/less likely to get one? Probably not. I already have 2 and I’m fine with that (although one of them, I’m seriously considering having removed. It was one of those spur of the moment things and I was young and it doesn’t hold any meaning for me)
    4. Something that drives you nuts?: when I’m talking to someone and they’re either not listening or they keep talking over me. That drives me batsh*t crazy!!! lol
    5. What’s the number one quality you value most in a pencil eyeliner?: it HAS to be long-wearing
    6. Three things that inspire you? other bloggers, nature, and imagination
    7. Does the sound of silence make you uncomfortable?: nope
    8. What’s one sentence that summarizes 2012 for you so far?: FAST!
    9. Your best experience on public transportation?: can’t really think of one–I hate public transportation and have only used it a handful of times
    10. Weekly goals: get through finals and then RELAX!!!
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  25. Jo says:

    1. Mood: awesome
    2. Three things on your bucket list? Visit England, meet an actor, sing on stage
    3. If tattoos only lasted a year, would you be more/less likely to get one? Yes
    4. Something that drives you nuts? When my husband Doesn’t go to the grocery when I ask him to
    5. What’s the number one quality you value most in a pencil eyeliner? The fact that it’s convienent u can retouch ur make up anywhere
    6. Three things that inspire you? Music, my husband & kids, Nina Dobrev
    7. Does the sound of silence make you uncomfortable? Def
    8. What’s one sentence that summarizes 2012 for you so far? It’s going to be epic
    9. Your best experience on public transportation? I have none, never been on bus since middle school
    10. Weekly goals: plan my trip to Cali accordinally

  26. Suri says:

    1. Mood: tired. It was a long day.
    2. Three things on your bucket list? Visit Malaysia and Panama, do a cross country road trip of the USA and own a house
    3. If tattoos only lasted a year, would you be more/less likely to get one? I already have 6 but I would probably do more off the cuff, spontaneous tats.
    4. Something that drives you nuts? Indecisive people. Can.not.deal.
    5. What’s the number one quality you value most in a pencil eyeliner? Soft edge and staying power.
    6. Three things that inspire you? sunshine, smiles, good people
    7. Does the sound of silence make you uncomfortable? No. Sometimes I need it.
    8. What’s one sentence that summarizes 2012 for you so far? It’s been a bumpy ride but worth it.
    9. Your best experience on public transportation? I met my husband on the train! I was coming home from my college classes and he was going to work. We took the train everyday for about a month until one day we started talking and 10 years later here we are. :)
    10. Weekly goals: work out 5xs a week, drink a lot of water, get a good nights sleep (starting tomm lol)

  27. Raven says:

    1. Mood:
    Feeling prett overwhelmed with a lot of stuff lately, but I’m getting to the point where i might actually do something about it.

    2. Three things on your bucket list?
    Hmm. 1.) swim with sharks 2.) see Led Zeppelin live 3.) Go to Australia.

    3. If tattoos only lasted a year, would you be more/less likely to get one?
    Less likely. Tattoos hurt like a mofo, and if I’m getting one (and paying full price), I’m NOT going back again in a year.

    4. Something that drives you nuts?
    People who spread false information. I don’t particularly mind if you’re ignorant, but if you go around trying to sound smart by saying some falsely believed fact, I get peeeeehhsssed.

    5. What’s the number one quality you value most in a pencil eyeliner?
    I’d say wear power. If it’s smudged all over by the end of the day, I can’t stand it.

    6. Three things that inspire you?
    Other countires, Fashion, old classic rock songs.

    7. Does the sound of silence make you uncomfortable?
    Depends where I am.

    8. What’s one sentence that summarizes 2012 for you so far?
    Balance.

    9. Your best experience on public transportation?
    You can have /good/ experiences?!?!

    10. Weekly goals:
    Get my modules in, make some cash, sell guitar hopefully?

  28. jen. says:

    1. Mood: Soooooo unmotivated. I have a week and a half until school ends, but my mind is already out of school mode.
    2. Three things on your bucket list? Go to Italy before I forget how to speak Italian, run a half marathon at some point (waaaaay in the future since I haven’t run lately because it’s HOT), go through a training program for a work-related thing.
    3. If tattoos only lasted a year, would you be more/less likely to get one? Funny, I’ve been really wanting to get one lately. I guess it would make me more likely to get one, but it seems a shame to go through the pain for something temporary.
    4. Something that drives you nuts? Parents who go to the store at like, 10pm with their toddlers.
    5. What’s the number one quality you value most in a pencil eyeliner? Smoothness- I hate the stabby, scraping feeling of rough pencils!
    6. Three things that inspire you? Surreal books (a la Haruki Murakami), traveling (or daydreaming about it), and just having time to think (introvert here).
    7. Does the sound of silence make you uncomfortable? Luckily, no… (I work with kids with autism, so that leads to a lot of “awkward” silences at times)
    8. What’s one sentence that summarizes 2012 for you so far? 2012: better than 2011 (so far)
    9. Your best experience on public transportation? Sitting across from this professor at my school (who wasn’t my professor at the time, but would be later) and thinking that there’s this brilliant woman on the bus, who has done AMAZING work and broken through a lot of barriers… and here she is, sitting by me on the bus like a completely normal person.
    10. Weekly goals: get through the last full week of school and…. yeah, that’s about it.

    What kind of treadmill do you have? I don’t remember whether I asked you before, but I NEED to buy one because it’s too hot here to run, and I am a big lazy blob right now.

  29. Kate & Zena says:

    Sorry, I’m late. I had the WORST migraine all day, not to mention a nose bleed. Gah, the story of being me!

    1. Mood:
    Tired, it’s 1:26 AM! I should be in bed!

    2. Three things on your bucket list?
    Get a tarot card reading, got back to Germany to see where I was born and to go to the West Coast somewhere.

    3. If tattoos only lasted a year, would you be more/less likely to get one?
    No. I change my mind too much.

    4. Something that drives you nuts?
    When people don’t clean up after themselves.

    5. What’s the number one quality you value most in a pencil eyeliner?
    It must be okay for sensitive eyes and waterproof! I can’t decide between those two because my eyes are both hypersensitive like the rest of my body and they tear up pretty easily due to my allergies!

    6. Three things that inspire you?
    Nature, Dogs and my mom.

    7. Does the sound of silence make you uncomfortable?
    YES, so much so that I sometimes have a panic attack. I need noise. Not a whole lot of noise, but some noise. It drives my mom crazy too as she likes no background noise; she prefers silence!

    8. What’s one sentence that summarizes 2012 for you so far?
    Extremely stressful.

    9. Your best experience on public transportation?
    Best experience? You’re kidding me, right? Never had one of those.

    10. Weekly goals:
    Try not to yell at the psychologist; the homework he assigned me isn’t my favorite.
    Try to get rid of headache!

  30. Cher says:

    1. Mood:
    Tired but satisfied.

    2. Three things on your bucket list?
    A trip to Okinawa (my maternal ancestral home!)
    A ride on a hot air balloon
    Learn French!

    3. If tattoos only lasted a year, would you be more/less likely to get one?
    Less likely…I would say that I’m unaffected. Never thought of getting one!

    4. Something that drives you nuts?
    People who deny their mistakes. Worse still, they turn the tables against the victims. Whine and b**** when they get hurt when they hurt people too. And they are the popular ones. Sigh! *Shakes head*

    5. What’s the number one quality you value most in a pencil eyeliner?
    Longevity! I’m a girl-on-the-go and can never have enough time to fuss over smudged liner…I like Chanel Long-Lasting Eyeliner for smooth, fuss-free application and great wear time.

    6. Three things that inspire you?
    A nice cold shower!
    The rain (it does!), especially when the raindrops are trickling down the window pane–it makes me think of the things I’ve done for the day and pause for a moment to reflect…
    Good music. Soothing melodies with elaborate harmonies and musical textures. Florence and Lana, both of you nail it for me!

    7. Does the sound of silence make you uncomfortable?
    No. In fact, I dislike it when the noise level gets too high…Silence is golden, as they say.

    8. What’s one sentence that summarizes 2012 for you so far?
    To be able to have a chance to shine, you have to start somewhere (and it’s usually at the bottom).

    9. Your best experience on public transportation?
    Having a really fun bonding experience with a toddler on my flight back from London to Singapore. :) He was sitting in front of me and would always turn around to play peek-a-boo with me. :)

    10. Weekly goals:
    Drink water and lots of green tea, print out papers for my students, research on annual internships and 20 minute Pilates workout from Thursday to Sunday.

  31. Stef Smith says:

    1. Mood: I have coffee in me, so I’m a happy girl! And I love Mondays, the kids go back to school and the hubby’s at work, so I have some quiet to myself!
    2. Three things on your bucket list? Something daring like parachuting out of an airplane or bungee jumping, be able to run a mile without dying, LASIK surgery because my eyes are SO bad.
    3. If tattoos only lasted a year, would you be more/less likely to get one? I already have a tattoo, and I love it, but I can’t see it all the time. I would probably be more likely to get one in a more visible place like my arm if it only lasted a year. It would have to be ulta-feminine and represent something to me thouQuigh.
    4. Something that drives you nuts? People who post things like, “Furious!” or “I need a hug” on Facebook. They’re fishing for questions about themselves or for people to tell them how great they are. I hate that!
    5. What’s the number one quality you value most in a pencil eyeliner? I too like it glide across my lids, and I like it to last! And I like a wide variety of awesome colors. Urban Decay’s 24/7 eyeliner pencils complete me.
    6. Three things that inspire you? My kids and their ability to see the good in everyone and everything, my morning coffee, and women who can do anything with very little.
    7. Does the sound of silence make you uncomfortable? No! I love it. I have two gorgeous but very loud daughters, and when they’re both at school, I turn off the TV and just revel in the quiet. I agree that two people being quiet together is one of the most intimate things ever. Quiet is my favorite sound. Summer vacation is coming up, I have to enjoy it while I’ve got it!
    8. What’s one sentence that summarizes 2012 for you so far? Change is GOOD!
    9. Your best experience on public transportation? I don’t have a lot of experience with it, I guess when I was a kid and we went to San Francisco and rode the BART and saw all the strange people on it. Being a kid from a very small town in the Central Valley, SF people changed the way I thought of people!
    10. Weekly goals: This is going to be a VERY busy week, we are literally scheduled down to the minute, so just getting through it is going to be my goal!

  32. Shannon says:

    Since it’s my Monday today… :)

    1. Mood:
    Good. I had an incredibly awesome weekend, and this week doesn’t seem like it’s going to be too bad.
    2. Three things on your bucket list?
    Go wine tasting in France… and Italy… and spend some time in Greece.
    3. If tattoos only lasted a year, would you be more/less likely to get one?
    Hm. I don’t know. Maybe more likely, but only if they were cheaper, as well. I’m not sure, though.
    4. Something that drives you nuts?
    I know there’s something… But it’s too nice a day to think about it right now. :)
    5. What’s the number one quality you value most in a pencil eyeliner?
    staying power. if it starts smudging all over my face… mrf.
    6. Three things that inspire you?
    Nature (the river, sunsets…), my friends, and driving by myself.
    7. Does the sound of silence make you uncomfortable?
    Not usually. If I can tell the other person is uncomfortable, it’s uncomfortable to me. I do tend to break silences, though, since something will usually pop into my head and I’ll feel inclined to share it…
    8. What’s one sentence that summarizes 2012 for you so far?
    What an adventure.
    9. Your best experience on public transportation?
    Nothing specific comes to mind, which is a bit surprising, considering how much time I used to spend on buses…
    10. Weekly goals:
    To keep my apartment clean. To enjoy the amazing weather. To dip my toes in the river. To love on my husband and eat good food.

  33. Maygan says:

    1.Mood:
    Im a little late (Its wed) and my day off so Im very relaxed

    2.Three things on your bucket list?
    To travel to at least 10 different countries, to learn another language , and to eat at Serendipity in NYC ( very silly I know but I love the movie serendipity so its a must do!)

    3.If tattoos only lasted a year, would you be more/less likely to get one?
    Yes I would! I think the white ink ones are cool

    4.Something that drives you nuts?
    People who come to Miami and walk around in “Im in Miami B*$ch shirts”

    5.What’s the number one quality you value most in a pencil eyeliner?
    Smude proof…humidity is not my friend down here in Florida!

    6.Three things that inspire you?
    When someone does a good deal with nothing benifiting them in return, going to church ( its a crazy church and always resets my thoughts for a good week) other make-up crazies who share my addiciton with pride!

    7.Does the sound of silence make you uncomfortable?
    Silence…whats that ;) I talk way to much

    8.What’s one sentence that summarizes 2012 for you so far?
    JetSetter! This year I will go to NH, Milan, Florence, Rome, Cyprus, NYC, NC and allbetween June and Oct!!

    9.Your best experience on public transportation?
    I left my Fendi hangbagwith money and jewelery in it on the T in Boston once and a lady hunted me down to get it back to me.

    10.Weekly goals:
    Finish shopping for Italy, Clean my stock room at work, make my sales goal and find some time to relax and take a bubble bath with my new LUSH bath bombs.

  34. Ana says:

    1. Mood: Relaxed!
    2. Three things on your bucket list?
    Do my phD at Finland, travel around europe, go to a makeup school
    3. If tattoos only lasted a year, would you be more/less likely to get one?
    yep! :) so I can get a different one every year ;) haha!
    4. Something that drives you nuts?
    Hipocrisy and super introvert people I want them to have fun!
    5. What’s the number one quality you value most in a pencil eyeliner?
    Color payoff
    6. Three things that inspire you?
    Nature (it’s amazing how it works), people fighting for what they want and gettting really into it, colors also inspire me :)
    7. Does the sound of silence make you uncomfortable?
    Yes, I need to hear some kind of noise!
    8. What’s one sentence that summarizes 2012 for you so far?
    “Difficult”
    9. Your best experience on public transportation?
    NONE haha! Except when I went to Spain and took a fast train to Toledo, that was reaaaally nice!
    10. Weekly goals:
    Enjoy my summer vacations :)

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