Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 238

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You might be wondering, “So what the heck is this Monday Poll thing anyway?”

Well, it isn’t much of a poll. It’s more just a constantly evolving (devolving?), somewhat random list of questions I’ve been putting out to readers every Monday morning for the past four years. I’ve always enjoyed reading your answers in the comments, and I hope you enjoy reading mine.

  1. Mood:
    Awake! — now that I’ve got two cups of coffee in me, and better now that I’ve done some free writing. I have this exercise where I write about whatever I want, as fast as I can, for 10 minutes. Most of the time it’s complete nonsense or babbling about tiny pumpkins or road rage, but it gets the job done.

    I was feeling really anxious and overwhelmed first thing this morning, but I feel about a billion times better now that I’m done. There’s just something therapeutic about getting the crazy thoughts in my head on the monitor/paper.

    But some mornings, when even that’s too hard, I’ll just list out all of the things I’m grateful for, and after that I usually feel better.

    I set a pretty ambitious schedule for myself today…but the Chanel holiday collection promises to calm my nerves. :)

  2. What’s your lazy day/weekend beauty routine?
    Depends on how lazy I feel, but normally it’s brows, tinted moisturizer, concealer to cover my dark circles, mascara and a dash of gloss. It only takes about five minutes or so, and I always feel so much better when I’m done.
  3. What’s one thing life has taught you?
    That I’m responsible for moving my life forward. If I just kick back and wait for things to happen, chances are, they won’t.
  4. What are your glam go-to’s (beauty or otherwise?)
    A bright lipstick like MAC Impassioned, a pretty pair of Michael Kors Braided Chain Platform heels and a couple spritzes of Chanel Coco Mademoiselle perfume… Coco Mademoiselle works miracles, I tell ya! I spritzed some on the other night after my shower, and even though I was wearing my plaid pajamas, I felt like the belle of the ball, LOL!
  5. Ramen: love it or leave it?
    I hate to say this because I know that it’s saltier than salt and filled with preservatives…but I love the stuff. LOVE IT! Especially with sliced fish cake and bok choy, NOM!
  6. It’s okay to (FILL IN THE BLANK).
    Eat cookies/cake for breakfast, admit that you’re wrong, forgive yourself, and forgive others, (even when they’ve really, really hurt you).
  7. What’s the most isolated place you’ve ever lived?
    Um…probably Davis, where I went to school. It’s a small college town about two hours north of the Bay Area out in the middle of nowhere surrounded by farm land.
  8. The last time you sat next to a stranger on a plane, did you chat with them?
    I did. I usually try to chat a bit with the people seated next to me on airplanes because I figure, if you’re going to be sharing such cramped quarters with someone for such a long time, might as well try to make it as pleasant as possible. Plus, you never know who’s going to have a good story to tell!
  9. What kind of emails annoy you?
    The one-word emails that just say “Thanks” and get cc’d to a big group of people. Really? Was that really necessary to send to EVERYONE?
  10. Weekly goals:
    “Never give up! Never surrender!” – Galaxy Quest, 1999

Howdy, sweets! :) I hope you have a little time to stop by and say hello.

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

Le List

1. Mood:
2. What’s your lazy day/weekend beauty routine?
3. Whats one thing life has taught you?
4. What are your glam go-to’s (beauty or otherwise?)
5. Ramen: love it or leave it?
6. It’s okay to (FILL IN THE BLANK).
7. What’s the most isolated place you’ve ever lived?
8. The last time you sat next to a stranger on a plane, did you chat with them?
9. What kind of emails annoy you?
10. Weekly goals:

Gimme a big smile, will ya? :) That’s step one toward us having a great day.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. Larie says:

    1. Mood: Overwhelmed! Boo, Mondays!
    2. What’s your lazy day/weekend beauty routine? Moisturizer, sunscreen, eye cream, lip balm.
    3. What’s one thing life has taught you? Expect the unexpected!
    4. What are your glam go-to’s (beauty or otherwise?) Red lipstick. Killer heels!
    5. Ramen: love it or leave it? LOVE.
    6. It’s okay to (FILL IN THE BLANK): be yourself!
    7. What’s the most isolated place you’ve ever lived? Hahaha. Hawaii :P
    8. The last time you sat next to a stranger on a plane, did you chat with them? Not really. I’m kind of shy, and traveling makes me tired.
    9. What kind of emails annoy you? Ones that aren’t properly addressed to me.
    10. Weekly goals: Finish odds and ends of wedding planning. Get some work out of the way before the wedding/honeymoon (less than three weeks!)
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  2. Natasha says:

    Good Morning, Karen and Tabs!
    1. Mood:borderline blah; I’m fighting a cold and my head feels fuzzy inside.

    2. What’s your lazy day/weekend beauty routine?
    BB cream and mascara. Just simplify.

    3. Whats one thing life has taught you?
    Don’t beat your head on a wall. If it’s meant to be, it will happen,but you can’t force things. That said, you still have to do the footwork to get things done.

    4. What are your glam go-to’s (beauty or otherwise?)
    Smokey eye — loving the UD Smoked palette! And a bit of shimmer powder to give me some cheekbones.

    5. Ramen: love it or leave it?
    Yum!

    6. It’s okay to (FILL IN THE BLANK).
    Eat pie for breakfast. Sleep until 10am on your day off. Admit you don’t know everything.

    7. What’s the most isolated place you’ve ever lived?
    Keele, Staffs, England was a town of about 200 and about a mile from the nearest shops. Richmond, Indiana — to go to college in the cornfields was also pretty isolated.

    8. The last time you sat next to a stranger on a plane, did you chat with them?
    Yes, she was a very interesting person.

    9. What kind of emails annoy you?
    Being cc’d on a personal conversation between other people; I really don’t need to know everything!

    10. Weekly goals: Get brochures made for bridal show on sunday. Make 3 candles. Fix screen door so Sahara doesn’t go on another walkabout…

    • Karen says:

      Hi Natasha!

      I hope you had a wonderful Monday. Great advice in your answer to number 3.

      Eek! What’s going on with Sahara?

      • Natasha says:

        Miss Opportunity discovered a flaw in the screen and went on a walkabout Friday night. On Saturday morning only one cat gave the morning serenade So I knew something was wrong. Fortunately, she hadn’t gone far and was hiding in the garden shed. Now that she knows about the screen’s weak point, we can’t leave the door open and unattended. It was 96f yesterday so not having cross-ventilation really bites.

  3. 1. Mood: Sleepy! I couldn’t fall asleep last night but I filled the void by watching a gazillion Futurama episodes on Netflix!

    2. What’s your lazy day/weekend beauty routine? I usually just go without on Sundays. A little milk of magnesia and I’m done. I find that if I get started wearing anything at all, it quickly devolves into wearing a whole face of makeup!

    3. Whats one thing life has taught you? People are crueler than you can possibly imagine. But sometimes people are better than you could have ever thought possible.

    4. What are your glam go-to’s (beauty or otherwise?) A bright lip!

    5. Ramen: love it or leave it? LOVE IT!

    6. It’s okay to spend time by yourself. It’s even better if you find that you greatly enjoy it.

    7. What’s the most isolated place you’ve ever lived? Never really been isolated but I guess college? It was a small town in the northwestern part of Georgia.

    8. The last time you sat next to a stranger on a plane, did you chat with them? Nope. He smelled bad!

    9. What kind of emails annoy you? When someone calls you by the wrong name, even though your name is clearly signed at the bottom of your email AND your name IS your email!

    10. Weekly goals: Eat healthier, go to bed sooner, and tidy up my apartment.
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  4. varsha says:

    Doing this for the first time ,just a pick-me-up for me :)
    1. Mood: Super tired and eyes burning..generally bleh,but waiting for my lunch ..hopefully some calories will help :)

    2. What’s your lazy day/weekend beauty routine?
    Nothing if am at home..if I HAVE to run to groceries,may be a lil moisturizer,mascara and Josie maran stick (LOVE it)

    3. Whats one thing life has taught you?to expect less from people (still learning that..:D)

    4. What are your glam go-to’s (beauty or otherwise?)Coincidentally, MAC Impassioned or sorts,blackish dresses,bright heels and shiny wavy locks!

    5. Ramen: love it or leave it?Like it,for quick relief for hunger pangs..

    6. It’s okay to (FILL IN THE BLANK): Cry,when you absolutely feel like it.Nothing makes you feel better sometimes.

    7. What’s the most isolated place you’ve ever lived?havent ever lived in one..always had people around..

    8. The last time you sat next to a stranger on a plane, did you chat with them? Yes,I did..though I admit I have sat next to some weirdos in flight..

    9. What kind of emails annoy you? Weirdly cc’ed ones to me,part of which I should never have been in first place.

    10. Weekly goals: Get some good sleep,Wake up a bit more early so that I can have breakfast at home and not do circus act with sandwich and steering wheel.:D
    Happy week ahead Karen,post more,will ya? :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Varsha,

      Thanks for doing the poll. :)

      I try to post as much as I can…it takes a lot of work to take good pics, write quality posts, etc! It usually takes between 10-12 hours/day. Wish I could clone myself, LOL!

  5. Nina says:

    1. Mood: Happy!

    2. What’s your lazy day/weekend beauty routine? Concealer, face powder, brows, lipbalm.

    3. Whats one thing life has taught you? That it always works out in the end. In the way thats best for me. Or you. :-)

    4. What are your glam go-to’s (beauty or otherwise?) A nice pair of shoes and lately, red lipstick!

    5. Ramen: love it or leave it? LOVE it! Any kind, any flavor, instant or not.

    6. It’s okay to (FILL IN THE BLANK). Be down sometimes. Adversity builds character.

    7. What’s the most isolated place you’ve ever lived? Nowhere. Ive always been in the city.

    8. The last time you sat next to a stranger on a plane, did you chat with them? I did. I almsot always do.

    9. What kind of emails annoy you? Spam. :-)

    10. Weekly goals: Shop till I drop at the Marilyn event. Then bring my lunch in for the rest of the week. :D

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nina,

      Lucky you to have always been in a city! I’m a city girl too.

      Have fun at the Marilyn event…maybe you’ll see other MBB readers too, who knows? :)

      • Nina says:

        There is one gal here whos going to the same event ill be going to. But ya’know how insanely crowded these things get. Ill keep my fingers crossed! :)

  6. 1. Mood: After a bit of “I need more sleep” in the morning, I felt great and got many things done! Still some time to get the fall collections out of the way before the holiday ones roll out (things are much slower here), and I’m finally getting some skincare reviews done!

    2. What’s your lazy day/weekend beauty routine? I just fill in my brows, cover up anything that I have to, and maybe something laid-back on my lips. I enjoy days on which I am not testing things out or doing looks!

    3. Whats one thing life has taught you? Be kind to myself and others. I think ultimately that’s the most important thing for me!

    4. What are your glam go-to’s (beauty or otherwise?) Well let’s see. Guerlain Rouge G’s, Tom Ford Lip Colors, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill, and Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire (in the ideal situation paired with a real LBD)!

    5. Ramen: love it or leave it? Loooove it, but only the fresh kind! I don’t have a taste for salt or artificial flavors when it comes to most stuff, strangely enough :)

    6. It’s okay to (FILL IN THE BLANK). Be silly! You can’t take everything seriously in life. It’s just a recipe for going nuts!

    7. What’s the most isolated place you’ve ever lived? I live in a town 10 minutes outside of a university town, and for someone who spent the first 24 years of her life in Taipei and 3 after that in Brussels, this is what I’d call isolated!

    8. The last time you sat next to a stranger on a plane, did you chat with them? Yup. It was on my way to Brussels from Taipei. This newly-married British guy started talking about their life in Thailand and their travel agency. It was kinda cool.

    9. What kind of emails annoy you? The kind that really doesn’t answer my questions!

    10. Weekly goals: Stay positive and work in spite of the weather!
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  7. gio says:

    1. Mood:
    ok

    2. What’s your lazy day/weekend beauty routine?
    concealer, mascara and lipgloss.

    3. Whats one thing life has taught you?
    To embrace change.

    4. What are your glam go-to’s (beauty or otherwise?)
    Bright lips and high heels.

    5. Ramen: love it or leave it?
    I’m not sure, I don’t think I have ever tasted it. I should though.

    6. It’s okay to (FILL IN THE BLANK).
    cry sometimes.

    7. What’s the most isolated place you’ve ever lived?
    I’ve always lived in a little Italian village.

    8. The last time you sat next to a stranger on a plane, did you chat with them?
    Nope.

    9. What kind of emails annoy you?
    Spam.

    10. Weekly goals:
    work out more.
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  8. Yogirl says:

    Le List

    1. Mood: Tired, I just got home from a really long day in the office. So I feel like it is Friday already.
    2. What’s your lazy day/weekend beauty routine? Wear sunglasses when I leave the house.
    3. Whats one thing life has taught you? Never ever give up
    4. What are your glam go-to’s (beauty or otherwise?) I don’t do glam that often, but smokey eyes are always great.
    5. Ramen: love it or leave it? not really
    6. It’s okay to reinvent yourself, try something new.
    7. What’s the most isolated place you’ve ever lived? at a yoga ashram in the middle of nowhere (no internet or mobile phones and worst no coffee), only for a week but it was really hard
    8. The last time you sat next to a stranger on a plane, did you chat with them? yes, about two weeks ago I talked to a father and his 8 year old daughter on my way back from London
    9. What kind of emails annoy you? Emails without a message at all
    10. Weekly goals: Stay calm, go to a a zumba class and organize a museums event for my colleagues

    Happy Monday everyone :-)

  9. Chelsea says:

    1. Mood: Pretty good! Got my homework mostly done, but am nervous about recording myself for a presentation for my online class!

    2. What’s your lazy day/weekend beauty routine? I always wear moisturizer, eye cream, and sunscreen. I add a bit of concealer, brows, cream blush, and lip balm for lazy days :)

    3. Whats one thing life has taught you? It’s okay to say no sometimes!

    4. What are your glam go-to’s (beauty or otherwise?) Heels, winged liner, big lashes, and glowy skin.

    5. Ramen: love it or leave it? I love it, but I’m gluten intolerant, so I can’t eat it.

    6. It’s okay to (FILL IN THE BLANK). Say no, eat what sounds good, cry, and be silly!

    7. What’s the most isolated place you’ve ever lived? My hometown? My parents live on the outskirts of a town with 10,000 people.

    8. The last time you sat next to a stranger on a plane, did you chat with them? Nope! I have before though.

    9. What kind of emails annoy you? Offensive forwards from a certain aunt! Or people who hit reply-to-all when they shouldn’t.

    10. Weekly goals: Get all my homework done on time, find Halloween plans, and eat vegetables every day :p

    • Karen says:

      Hi Chelsea,

      Happy Monday! Are you dressing up for Halloween this year? I still have yet to decide on a costume…

      • Chelsea says:

        I think I might actually dress up this year! I’m helping my ad prof host a music and advertising jam on October 29th, so we’re thinking we’ll had a costume contest as well. I’m thinking Medusa… I wanted to do that last year, but didn’t dress up! I thought about doing Axl Rose too, but I’d really have to smush my boobs down to pull that off!

        I’m going to a girl’s night/craft night at a friend’s house on Saturday, so I’ll work on my costume then!

        • Karen says:

          Medusa would be really cool if you could make a crazy mask. (Side note: I used to have nightmares about her after watching Clash of the Titans when I was 5). Axl Rose sounds easier in theory…you’d definitely need some pleather pants!

  10. Rita says:

    1. Mood: Tired – yawn – it’s late…
    2. What’s your lazy day/weekend beauty routine? I exfoliate with a cream because my face is very sensitive, and shave my legs :)
    3. Whats one thing life has taught you? I survive. Regardless.
    4. What are your glam go-to’s (beauty or otherwise?) Oh, I don’t really go out.
    5. Ramen: love it or leave it? Actually, I think I have never eaten them. We don’t have ramen here, but I have seen restaurants abroad. (I just eat sushi!)
    6. It’s okay to be yourself.
    7. What’s the most isolated place you’ve ever lived? My home :) No, really, I spent my childhood kind of isolated in a town next to a closed border and in a not densly populated area. And I’m still living in European periferia.
    8. The last time you sat next to a stranger on a plane, did you chat with them? No, I don’t think so.
    9. What kind of emails annoy you? “You have won/’inherited’ 10000000 million…”
    10. Weekly goals: Argh, cleaning continues. Mother is coming over.

  11. Leah says:

    Look at that fuzzy Tabby belly!!

    1. Mood:

    Feeling pretty good after the weekend. Plus, it is fall in New England which is the best time of year. :)

    2. What’s your lazy day/weekend beauty routine?
    Hair up, powder, Burt’s Bee’s on lips.

    3. Whats one thing life has taught you?
    That life is too short and not to hold grudges.

    4. What are your glam go-to’s (beauty or otherwise?)
    Skirt with tights and boots in the fall and winter (with a pretty scarf).

    5. Ramen: love it or leave it?
    Love it because you can discard the seasoning packet and use it in various recipes.

    6. It’s okay to (FILL IN THE BLANK).
    Spend the whole day on the couch with the cat reading a good book

    7. What’s the most isolated place you’ve ever lived?
    We have a second home in Maine that is 100% off the grid. It is in the woods 1 mile from a road. Very isolated!

    8. The last time you sat next to a stranger on a plane, did you chat with them? I tend to chat with them but not to overdo it. I have a book or magazine out that I can quickly switch to.

    9. What kind of emails annoy you?
    Pretty much daily (and after getting a voice mail that says the same thing): “Did you get the fax I sent?”

    10. Weekly goals: To prep for a wedding we are traveling to on Friday and the mini vacation and business trip right after that.

  12. Kate & Zena says:

    1. Mood:
    Alive. Now that I don’t have a headache from my shots anymore, I’m a have an equal mix of tiredness and alertness. It’s a bit weird, I know.

    2. What’s your lazy day/weekend beauty routine?
    I kind of do whatever I feel like doing. My routine never really changes, unless I really feel like experimenting with my look!

    3. Whats one thing life has taught you?
    That to expect the unexpected…literally. I’ve been the one that has thrown my mom and, quite frankly, myself the most loops. I’ve survived and gone through a lot, but I’m still here!

    4. What are your glam go-to’s (beauty or otherwise?)
    A medium brown smoky (ahem, I’m quite known for slapping on UD Virgin, Naked and Buck–occasionally adding Darkhorse–with some Perversion and mascara!), Stila Grapefruit, pink cheeks (I tend to use Stila CC in Petunia!) and groomed brows! Instant glam face even when I feel like crap!

    5. Ramen: love it or leave it?
    Leave! It reminds me of soup…and I LOATHE soup!

    6. It’s okay to (FILL IN THE BLANK)
    Take a day off and pamper yourself. Not taking care of yourself can make you ill!

    7. What’s the most isolated place you’ve ever lived?
    Bamberg, Bavaria, West Germany. We lived a whole ocean and continent away from our family. If my relatives wanted to visit, they had to take a plane to visit us! I don’t remember Germany, but I have lots and lots and lots of photos of Germany!

    8. The last time you sat next to a stranger on a plane, did you chat with them?

    That’s never happened to me! Even when I was on a plane from Germany to the US, I was with my mom!

    9. What kind of emails annoy you?
    Spam, especially the ones that says, “Bored Housewife Looking for Sex.” Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

    10. Weekly goals:
    Bathe Zeebers (I’ve been super lazy!)
    Take driver’s test.
    Vacuum.

    • Karen says:

      Good luck on your driver’s test, Kate. Are you ready?

      • Kate & Zena says:

        Pretty much. Basically, since I forgot to renew my driver’s license for two years (you can thank my dad for that), I have to take both the written (which I passed with a 100%) and the behind-the-wheel portion AGAIN. Ugh.

        I just need to practice my U-Turn the most. >.< Stupid U-Turn. Why in the world do I need to learn U-Turns? I never use them anyway. *is a wimp* It's like the corner reverse; when are you ever going to back around a corner? Uh, never???

        Have you decided what you and Tabs are going to be for Halloween yet?

        • Karen says:

          Well, good luck on your test! I’m sure you’ll do great.

          I’ve been looking around for costumes and have yet to find one that moves me as much as his shark costume from last year. Went to Marshall’s over the weekend and saw a bunch of really cute doggie ones…dogs get the best outfits, I swear.

          Will Z. be dressing up this year?

          • Kate & Zena says:

            Yes, she dons the same costume every single year. She dons the same costume because it describes her perfectly. She goes as a skunk, not because she’s stinky or she loves really stinky food and treats (stinky food, yes, she has), but because she’s so stinkin’ cute.

            Yea, we’re weird like that. I had to retrofit the costume so it fit her and so that the hood was detachable. She hates hoods/hats! Normally, I tie the hood on long enough to attempt to snap a few photos and then take it off her before rips it to shreds!

            Well, he can always wear one he all ready has! He can don a tuxedo and be James Tabby. I’m being Katniss.

  13. Rachael says:

    1. Mood: Tired.

    2. What’s your lazy day/weekend beauty routine? Tinted Moisturizer, mascara, cheek stain, and maybe eyeliner.

    3. Whats one thing life has taught you? Your true friends will be there when you hit rock bottom when no one else will.

    4. What are your glam go-to’s (beauty or otherwise?) My purple Elie Tahari dress and black peep toe pumps. The best part about that cocktail dress is the straps so I can wear a real bra!

    5. Ramen: love it or leave it? Leave it, way too salty.

    6. It’s okay to eat desserts for breakfast providing that there is at least some fruit. The fruit is what makes it alright according to my Mama.

    7. What’s the most isolated place you’ve ever lived? My parent’s tree farm. Twenty minutes from a gas station, 35 from a grocery store and the closest neighbors were over 2 miles away.

    8. The last time you sat next to a stranger on a plane, did you chat with them? No. It was a red eye, and she was fortunate enough to be able to sleep.

    9. What kind of emails annoy you? Any of the ones from stores I frequent, I get it World Market, you have a sale every weekend.

    10. Weekly goals: Survive and clean.

  14. Stef Smith says:

    1. Mood: Relaxed! I love Mondays! I finally get some alone time, the husband was off work all last week and I need a certain amount of time alone per day to function normally!

    2. What’s your lazy day/weekend beauty routine? I don’t wear makeup unless I’m leaving the house, so most weekends it’s just a daily moisturizer with SPF and lip balm with SPF.

    3. Whats one thing life has taught you? That you get out of it what you put into it. The UPS man isn’t going to come to the house with a box filled with the perfect spouse, the perfect job, and the perfect life. You have to go out and make those things happen!

    4. What are your glam go-to’s (beauty or otherwise?) Urban Decay Naked lip gloss, China Glaze Ruby Slippers nail polish, a sparkly pair of hoops or drop earrings, and a cocktail with dinner!

    5. Ramen: love it or leave it? I love it, the chicken flavor, but I stay away from it. I always feel shaky afterwards, so it’s not worth it.

    6. It’s okay to (FILL IN THE BLANK). Drink a Frappuccino from Starbucks in lieu of lunch, take some time for yourself without your family, go on a nail polish buying spree every now and then!

    7. What’s the most isolated place you’ve ever lived? I grew up isolated! I grew up in California’s Central Valley in a very small farming town, on a working cotton and then walnut farm. My Dad still farms walnuts. It was an amazing childhood!

    8. The last time you sat next to a stranger on a plane, did you chat with them? I talk to everybody, it’s just how I am!

    9. What kind of emails annoy you? Junk emails. I sign up for newsletters, that at the time I want, but then I get tired of. I use Facebook for my personal messages, so my email is almost obsolete.

    10. Weekly goals: Hit the gym at least four or five times. Put the laundry away. Make up a grocery list!

  15. Christina says:

    1. Mood: I got a good endorphin high thanks to my morning modern dance class and then working out at the gym after my Filipino Culture class.

    After all the crazy science schedules I’ve had in the past, this is significantly more laid back!

    2. What’s your lazy day/weekend beauty routine? I’ll get my hair as neat as possible (even after thinning and layering, my hair can get quite fluffy) and put on some liquid sunscreen and dab my fave coral Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment. Super lazy :P

    3. Whats one thing life has taught you? Taking risks helps you grow.

    4. What are your glam go-to’s (beauty or otherwise?) My Lancome L’Absolut Rouge Lipstick in Caprice, some spritzes of my Burberry Brit eau de parfum and a cute pair of earrings!

    5. Ramen: love it or leave it? LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Especially when I can get some legit ramen at a Japanese restaurant!

    6. It’s okay to… sleep in a little longer and treat yourself to that Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa or Pumpkin Spice Latte! (Ah, can you tell I’m loving the fall flavors back at Starbucks?)

    7. What’s the most isolated place you’ve ever lived? I guess it would be when I lived in Bonita, CA but I don’t think its really isolated. I’ve been a city girl my whole life!

    8. The last time you sat next to a stranger on a plane, did you chat with them? I haven’t flown on a plane in over 4 years and the last time I did, I was asleep the entire flight XD

    9. What kind of emails annoy you? The kind of emails that you KNOW the person should have responded to but they haven’t!

    10. Weekly goals: To work on pharmacy applications and clean my room XD

  16. Heidi says:

    1. Mood:

    Tired, but good. Speaking of Davis I was actually there on Saturday. Brian and I were in the area and neither of us had ever been to Davis so we spent the afternoon wandering around the downtown area and had a great time.

    2. What’s your lazy day/weekend beauty routine?

    Tinted moisturizer, lip and cheek tint, eyeliner, mascara, concealer under the eyes — done!

    3. Whats one thing life has taught you?

    Cherish every moment with the people you care about. You never know what the future holds.

    4. What are your glam go-to’s (beauty or otherwise?)

    A smokey eye, plum lips, and a spritz of CLEAN Ultimate cologne.

    5. Ramen: love it or leave it?

    Love it, guilty as charged!

    6. It’s okay to (FILL IN THE BLANK).

    be vulnerable around other people (still working on that one).

    7. What’s the most isolated place you’ve ever lived?

    Well, I was born and raised in the Bay Area and didn’t really feel like it was all that isolated. I suppose when I was a little kid Novato wasn’t the thriving metropolis that it is now (right, Karen?).

    8. The last time you sat next to a stranger on a plane, did you chat with them?

    I’ve never sat next to a stranger on a plane, always a friend.

    9. What kind of emails annoy you?

    The kind that says to forward this to a certain number of friends.

    10. Weekly goals:

    Cleaning and grocery shopping.

    • Karen says:

      LOL…you know Novato is a bustling town filled with turkeys and tabbies!

      What was the weather like in Davis? Is it still hot?

      • Heidi says:

        Oh, yeah. It was hot. Probably at least in the 90s. We really noticed the difference in the temperature drop the closer we got to home. When we left Davis it was pitch dark but still in the 80s, by the time we were back in Sonoma County it was in the 50s.

        • Karen says:

          I don’t miss the smell of cow poop, but I do miss being able to walk around at night with shorts on. Le sigh! Did you guys have a bite to eat when you were there?

          • Heidi says:

            It was very tempting to munch our way around, there were so many choices! We got ice cream, then later Brian had to get coffee so we went into some organic coffee place and got some pastry, and then we went to a really good Chinese place for dinner before we left. We’re planning to go back soon and explore some more.

  17. Em says:

    1. Mood: Stressed.
    2. What’s your lazy day/weekend beauty routine? Concealer, a bit of foundation only where I need it, mascara, and black eyeliner.
    3. Whats one thing life has taught you? You really SHOULD do something you love. REALLY cliched but true.
    4. What are your glam go-to’s (beauty or otherwise?): Cat eye liner, vanilla perfume and leather boots.
    5. Ramen: love it or leave it? I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never tried it…but I’m DYING to! (If anyone can give me a really good description I’d love it ;))
    6. It’s okay to (FILL IN THE BLANK). Eat dessert! I hate it when people refuse it but you can tell they really want it.
    7. What’s the most isolated place you’ve ever lived? Ohmygod Karen…I lived in Davis too!
    8. The last time you sat next to a stranger on a plane, did you chat with them? Yeah, I was on my way to New York City and sitting by myself for the first time…we talked about Tiffany’s, her boyfriend and Central Park.
    9. What kind of emails annoy you? CHAIN EMAILS. Ugh. And Spam. And when a store e-mails you to tell you they’re having a sale for the third time that week (and, yes, you still can’t afford the top)
    10. Weekly goals: Get up and be happy.

  18. Tiffanie says:

    I just have to say that I cannot wait to see your reviews on the Chanel holiday collection! And, I agree, Coco Mademoiselle can make any day feel more glamorous.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tiffanie,

      I’ve been staring at the quad all morning and don’t have the heart to dig into it! It’s so pretty. :) I’ll have pictures up soon.

      Random — but have you sniffed the Coco Mademoiselle soap? It’s actually really pretty.

      • Tiffanie says:

        That first swipe into a new product is always bittersweet, especially on a beauty like that one. And, yes, I’ve had two bars of the soap. It’s wonderful. I have also had the lotion, the body oil and body wash. I’m a bit of an addict! Do you have the eau de parfum or the parfum? I’ve heard the scent is different. The local Nordstrom doesn’t have a sample of the parfum so I’m hesitant to try it when I know I absolutely love the eau de parfum.

        • Karen says:

          I have the eau de parfum and I love it! I’ll definitely have to get the body oil next.

          I keep wanting to wear other Chanel scents, like Allure, but by far Coco Mademoiselle is my fave.

  19. Suri says:

    1. Mood: Exhausted. I barely slept last night and it was a longgg day at work.
    2. What’s your lazy day/weekend beauty routine? Mascara, concealer, cream blush and powder
    3. Whats one thing life has taught you? Speak up for what you want.
    4. What are your glam go-to’s (beauty or otherwise?) Hoop earrings, red nails, shiny pink lips and D&G perfume.
    5. Ramen: love it or leave it? LOVE it!!!!
    6. It’s okay to (FILL IN THE BLANK). just stop and relax.
    7. What’s the most isolated place you’ve ever lived? No where. I live in NYC lol
    8. The last time you sat next to a stranger on a plane, did you chat with them? Just a smile and hello.
    9. What kind of emails annoy you? Spam (obviously) and work emails that I get on the weekend.
    10. Weekly goals: Catch up on this laundry mountain, finish some work stuff and exercise.

  20. Jae says:

    1. Mood: Determined…at least I was this morning…
    2. What’s your lazy day/weekend beauty routine? Tinted moisturizer & lipstick/gloss
    3. Whats one thing life has taught you? I can’t control what others will think of me so I just have to keep putting my best foot forward and remember that I’m meant to be here.
    4. What are your glam go-to’s (beauty or otherwise?): chanel rouge allure in dragon, shu uemura lashes and sexy heels.
    5. Ramen: love it or leave it? I’ve grown up with eating it so its definitely a love I’ve passed on to college roommates and now my kiddies. looove it with egg (or tofu) and bok choy…yummmo!
    6. It’s okay to (FILL IN THE BLANK): cry. I’m not a crier…unless my hormones are stronger than my will (it rarely happens). And that I don’t always have to be the strong one.
    7. What’s the most isolated place you’ve ever lived? Can’t say I’ve ever lived anywhere isolated…I have vacationed in a remote part of Montana which reminded me of The Shining. It was beautiful but I’ve seen too many scary movies and haven’t been back since.
    8. The last time you sat next to a stranger on a plane, did you chat with them? It depends. If I’m flying with my kids then we occupy the whole row so I’m mostly finding things to occupy them. If I’m flying solo, then I’ll chat a bit but since its a rarity, I like to sleep.
    9. What kind of emails annoy you? When the sender specifically requests to send responses directly to him/her and people reply all. Thanks for unnecessarily clogging up my inbox!
    10. Weekly goals: Get through my account clean up at work. Draft a workable schedule for the kids with homework, practice, dinner and QT crammed into 4 hours.

  21. Dominique says:

    1. Mood: ok ( let’s put it so ! )

    2. What’s your lazy day/weekend beauty routine? Doing some shopping in the morning, having a nap and surfing on the web

    3. Whats one thing life has taught you? Oh yes. That grass is not greener on the other side

    4. What are your glam go-to’s (beauty or otherwise?) A pretty perfume ( niche or not ) and a soft blush either from Chanel, Nars or Benefit or Cargo or etc… and a beautiful lipstick whatever the colour ( deep pink, red pink, red, blue red or amber red ), a pretty pedicure and manicure, sportswear all the time though

    5. Ramen: love it or leave it ? Leave it

    6. It’s okay to (FILL IN THE BLANK) to walk on the beach with a cool man ( handsome too ! )

    7. What’s the most isolated place you’ve ever lived? OnL’île d’Yeu, a beautiful island in the Atlantic Ocean, isolated but it was so great, I loved Yeu, I still do. I adore this small island.

    8. The last time you sat next to a stranger on a plane, did you chat with them? Oh Karen sorry I never take the plane ( yes it’s true )

    9. What kind of emails annoy you? Spam or false emails

    10. Weekly goals: going downtown and checkups too, and preparing an important meeting.

  22. Lulle says:

    1. Mood: bored… I need a job!

    2. What’s your lazy day/weekend beauty routine? really lazy days are no-makeup. On weekends I tend to use a lot of cream products that I can apply with my fingers!

    3. Whats one thing life has taught you? Sh*t happens…

    4. What are your glam go-to’s (beauty or otherwise?) red lips, black liner.

    5. Ramen: love it or leave it? Love!

    6. It’s okay to (FILL IN THE BLANK). be sad sometimes.

    7. What’s the most isolated place you’ve ever lived? I’ve always lived in large cities!

    8. The last time you sat next to a stranger on a plane, did you chat with them? No, cause they slep the entire flight, I had to wake them up to go to the bathroom like 3 times! (it was an 11-hour flight). Once when coming back home from Rome, I sat next to a nun, she kept praying during takeoff and landing, it kind of stressed me out…

    9. What kind of emails annoy you? Chain mails. Come on, it was fun in 1998.

    10. Weekly goals: find some DIY ideas for Halloween; find a JOOOOB!
    Lulle recently posted … Physicians Formula Cashmere Wear Ultra-Smoothing Bronzer

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lulle,

      The story about the nun on the plane reminds me of my mom…when I first started driving, she used to pray whenever she got in the car with me, LOL! Drove me NUTS. I had to tell her to stop.

      • Kate & Zena says:

        Karen,

        I’d rather take your mom praying than my dad. I had to practice night driving today and only my dad was available. My dad, ye old Army major, was like, “CAR!” even when I noticed it; then on the way home, it was, “Watch your speed limit! There’s a cop right there, Katie!!!!” Um, I was going four miles over the speed limit. And you know how they all do they imaginary brake thing? Well he said, “I don’t need an imaginary brake; I have one next to my hand [meaning the hand brake.]” My dad is a nutcase.

        Whoever said your dad should teach you how to drive obviously never met mine. You feel like a hamster in a wheel and no way out.

  23. lolamd says:

    1. Mood: Blah..Think I am coming down with a cold.
    2. What’s your lazy day/weekend beauty routine? Just wash my face. LOL
    3. Whats one thing life has taught you? Always be prepared.
    4. What are your glam go-to’s (beauty or otherwise?) Black liner and nude lips
    5. Ramen: love it or leave it? loves it!
    6. It’s okay to (FILL IN THE BLANK). have a lazy day!
    7. What’s the most isolated place you’ve ever lived? Hmmm does San Diego count..haha..jk…I have not really lived in an isolated place.
    8. The last time you sat next to a stranger on a plane, did you chat with them? No I was too busy sleeping.
    9. What kind of emails annoy you? The kind that want something from me? haha… no the ones that ramble on and on…same with voice mail..i am never going to listen or read it.
    10. Weekly goals: No candy, eat healthy and be patient

  24. RJ says:

    1. Mood: Stressed! So much to do so little time and as you can see I love to procrastinate!
    2. What’s your lazy day/weekend beauty routine? Moisturizer, lip balm and brows!
    3. What’s one thing life has taught you? I have to agree with you with this one you have to grab life by the horns!
    4. What are your glam go-to’s (beauty or otherwise?) Heels and Bronzer
    5. Ramen: love it or leave it? Love it!
    6. It’s okay to (FILL IN THE BLANK): eat an entire medium pizza in one sitting :)
    7. What’s the most isolated place you’ve ever lived? My current residence…Iowa -__-
    8. The last time you sat next to a stranger on a plane, did you chat with them? No I usually fly early am (like 5/6) and its straight to sleep for me.
    9. What kind of emails annoy you? Subscription emails with nothing good in them lol
    10. Weekly goals: Study! Study! Study! I have a midterm everyday next week ugh!

  25. Lydia says:

    1. Mood: I was totally overwhelmed earlier today but I feel good to be home!
    2. What’s your lazy day/weekend beauty routine? Mascara.
    3. Whats one thing life has taught you? To go with the flow.
    4. What are your glam go-to’s (beauty or otherwise?) LVL Lash lift!
    5. Ramen: love it or leave it? Love it!
    6. It’s okay to (FILL IN THE BLANK). not care what other people think sometimes.
    7. What’s the most isolated place you’ve ever lived? Big Bay, MI
    8. The last time you sat next to a stranger on a plane, did you chat with them? No.
    9. What kind of emails annoy you? Bitchy ones at work.
    10. Weekly goals: To try and cook dinner every night this week no matter how tired I am.

  26. jess says:

    Le List

    1. Mood: satisfied and very happy
    2. What’s your lazy day/weekend beauty routine? lazy day would be blush, concealer and mascara if I’m leaving the house. if I’m not then I would wear nothing.
    3. Whats one thing life has taught you?
    1. Its better to try and fail then to never take any risks at all.
    2. Don’t judge a book by its cover, every person is unique and are often different then they seem.
    3. Don’t let the superficial stuff rule your life. Looks fade and your are left with the person inside.
    4. What are your glam go-to’s (beauty or otherwise?) My go to glam beauty look is a bold lip (preferrably red) subtle bronzer, lots of black mascara and a good foundation. For fashion I like leopard flats, dark wash jeans, black top, fun and colorful accessories and a big clutch is my favorite look. its all about the accessories!
    5. Ramen: love it or leave it? used to love it now definitely leave it. I’m not that broke anymore!
    6. It’s okay to (FILL IN THE BLANK).
    be completely honest with yourself even if it hurts.
    to love someone so much it hurts.
    to ask for what you really need.
    to indulge in your passions.
    to never give up on a dream.
    to put yourself first.
    to tell someone they pulled a dick move. ( did something kinda shitty)
    to not please everyone.
    7. What’s the most isolated place you’ve ever lived? I’ve never lived somewhere isolated..always in a suburb or city.
    8. The last time you sat next to a stranger on a plane, did you chat with them? yes but only very briefly. not really my thang.
    9. What kind of emails annoy you? chain emails, too frequent of newsletters, ads, spam
    10. Weekly goals: workout, have fun and relax!

  27. Katherine G says:

    Le List

    1. Mood:
    ~Tired. Fiance had a kidney stone, got treated where we work, and had to go home via his mom. It was a long day at work and we were really short staffed! Typical Monday.

    2. What’s your lazy day/weekend beauty routine?
    ~Hair in a ponytail and minimal makeup. I might do blush, concealer (usually for zits, I don’t tend to get dark eye circles that I’m aware of), and my Physician’s Formula mineral glow compact.

    3. Whats one thing life has taught you?
    ~That life is precious. Working in trauma and critical care for the better part of my life and career I have learned that life can be snatched away quicker than you think. I appreciate and love all and any time and experiences I get with the ones I love. I appreciate my body and try to take care of it the best I can. Another thing I’ve learned is just because I witness how precious and fragile life is, doesn’t mean I have to be afraid. I’m aware of the dangers and take precautions when I do anything, and other than that, I don’t worry about it.

    4. What are your glam go-to’s (beauty or otherwise?)
    ~my weight bench, running shoes/clothes (keeping and getting my body super buff), Nars Orgasm blush, Rimmel ScandalEyes mascara, UD 24/7 eyeliners, and Victoria’s Secret Perfect Body luminizing lotion.

    5. Ramen: love it or leave it?
    ~Love it, I’m addicted to salt!

    6. It’s okay to (FILL IN THE BLANK).
    ~to cry or grieve about things (we don’t have to be strong all the time!), to take a nap or a sick day if you need one (you realize the housework can wait another day), to have a bad workout day but not let it affect you, to not feel motivated some days, to indulge in things from time to time whether it’s running shoes that feel like pillows on your feet or really luxe makeup, and to make mistakes.

    7. What’s the most isolated place you’ve ever lived?
    ~Probably my hometown of Olney before it started getting more built up. It is not close to anything – the highways are all 15 to 25 minutes away. Frederick is somewhat isolated but also somewhat built up and the highways are 5 minutes from my house now.

    8. The last time you sat next to a stranger on a plane, did you chat with them?
    ~Haven’t been on a plane since I was 11, but I would probably talk to a stranger if it was a long flight.

    9. What kind of emails annoy you?
    ~Also the ones that say “Thanks” or are really short compared to my long, detailed ones.

    10. Weekly goals:
    ~Keep doing the bench press and arm weights as well as push-ups and pull-ups every day.
    ~Get some good solid runs in, and increase mileage.
    ~Stay positive and be happy!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Katherine,

      Good for you for doing pull ups (GO GIRL!). I can’t do them anymore.

      Anywho, thanks for your answer to number three…it made me think a lot.

      I hope your fiance gets better soon, and that your week goes okay. :)

  28. Tania says:

    1. Mood: groggy thanks to the Advil PM
    2. What’s your lazy day/weekend beauty routine? Any of the following: full body exfoliating, face mask, deep conditioner, using the Ped Egg, hair/makeup practice.
    3. Whats one thing life has taught you? Guilt doesn’t work as a motivator for anyone.
    4. What are your glam go-to’s (beauty or otherwise?) Putting on a great pair of shoes, a fancy necklace, and some lipstick. The eyeliner is on all of the time!
    5. Ramen: love it or leave it? No I’m a veggie so no meat flavored stuff plus I prefer pasta made out of veggies!
    6. It’s okay to (FILL IN THE BLANK). Say no thank you.
    7. What’s the most isolated place you’ve ever lived? I stayed at a cabin in the woods. I grew up in a tiny town which shut down on weekdays by 5PM. Tramatizing!
    8. The last time you sat next to a stranger on a plane, did you chat with them? I’m not a plane chatter I’m a reading my book and don’t talk to me person.
    9. What kind of emails annoy you? Besides chain e-mails are ones with bunches of people responding.
    10. Weekly goals: clean out my closet, really work on my knitting projects, finish painting my recipe box, make cookies for my niece’s 2nd b-day.

  29. Melissa says:

    1. Mood: Tired, but I have the day off tomorrow so that’s nice.

    2. What’s your lazy day/weekend beauty routine?: Clarisonic, Mario Badescu mask, that’s about it.

    3. Whats one thing life has taught you?: Things could be worse, so never take anything for granted.

    4. What are your glam go-to’s (beauty or otherwise?): Guerlain anything for cosmetics, Chloé perfume, and special jewelry

    5. Ramen: love it or leave it?: When it’s “real,” love it.

    6. It’s okay to (FILL IN THE BLANK).: speak up once in a while.

    7. What’s the most isolated place you’ve ever lived?: North of NYC. It wasn’t even isolated, only like a half hour away. I lived near some trees so I guess that’s isolated to a city girl haha.

    8. The last time you sat next to a stranger on a plane, did you chat with them?: I’ve only been on planes next to people I know.

    9. What kind of emails annoy you?: Ones that are misspelled (especially when it’s from someone with a Ph.D. who couldn’t bother to correct the red underlines), or when they don’t include the proper greetings and salutations.

    10. Weekly goals: write up some reports

  30. EH says:

    Le List
    1. Mood: Content
    2. What’s your lazy day/weekend beauty routine? Freshly cleansed and moisturised, mascara, brows filled in and lip balm.
    3. Whats one thing life has taught you? The grass is not always greener on the other side.
    4. What are your glam go-to’s (beauty or otherwise?) Fake eyelashes and glowy skin.
    5. Ramen: love it or leave it? Love.
    6. It’s okay to (FILL IN THE BLANK). “…not be perfect.”
    7. What’s the most isolated place you’ve ever lived? High school dormitory.
    8. The last time you sat next to a stranger on a plane, did you chat with them? No.
    9. What kind of emails annoy you? The ones written in all CAPS.
    10. Weekly goals: Drink more water and be more organised at work.

  31. Lexi says:

    1. Mood: sleepy – I’ve been going to bed early but also getting up early. it’s a weird cycle I’m in.
    2. What’s your lazy day/weekend beauty routine? – moisturizer, BROWS, lip balm, maybe some of my TF Milk Chocolate Soleil bronzer
    3. Whats one thing life has taught you? – I suppose it is more what my undergrad degree taught me that I now apply to life: the fundamental attribution error. it is a way where we automatically assume that internal factors contribute to someone else’s decisions, shortcomings, etc., while we assume that our self is only ruled by external forces. I apply this to situations at work all of the time when wondering “why the hell isn’t that done yet? what is WRONG with that person that they can’t get me that?!?!” :)
    4. What are your glam go-to’s (beauty or otherwise?) – hot rollers, false lashes, black gel liner (cat eye of course).
    5. Ramen: love it or leave it? – love. I’ve been making ramen soups lately with chicken stock, sriacha, lemon and lime juice, etc. that is amazing, and based on some of your foodie posts, I know you would love it!
    6. It’s okay to (FILL IN THE BLANK). treat yourself on occasion!
    7. What’s the most isolated place you’ve ever lived? for a few months I lived with a friend whose closest neighbors were a few miles away.
    8. The last time you sat next to a stranger on a plane, did you chat with them? I think they chatted with me on account of the huge cooler of bone marrow sitting with me (I was delivering product for someone having a bone marrow transplant).
    9. What kind of emails annoy you? “funny” forwards from my dad. sad to say, some day I know I will miss them – but we have a pretty different sense of humor and he is relentless with sending those things, so I asked him to stop!
    10. Weekly goals: keep doing a good job with portion control!

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