Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 239

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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:
    Inspired! Funny (sad?) thing is, I think I feel the way I do right now because of a TV show called Friday Night Lights.

    I must have watched 10 episodes last weekend, and they’re an hour long each. I’m already on the fifth and final season (tear!). If you’ve never seen it before, it’s about a small West Texas town and their local high school football team.

    I keep wishing that I had my own personal Coach Taylor to hover around my desk and motivate me. He’s the head coach for the team, and he would tell me stuff like, “Listen to me. You’re gonna be the best darn pet assistant in Novato, Karen. You hear me? The best darn one. You keep this up, and I promise you — you’re going all the way to state!” LOL!

  2. What’s one of your biggest foundation gripes?
    Why is it so hard to find a comfortable, full-coverage foundation with a matte finish that perfectly matches my skin tone? Most ones I find are either too beige or too yellow, yargh!
  3. If you were forced to wear one makeup look every day for a year, what would it be?
    Cat eyes, loads of mascara and bright lips, for sure. Classic, easy and it goes with almost everything! :)
  4. Name one thing you need to (or should) stop doing?
    Staying up late watching Friday Night Lights on TV. My sleep schedule is a mess because of it. It’s been taking me at least an hour to unwind when I finally get to bed around midnight because I’m so fired up from the show.
  5. Fishnet stockings: love ‘em or leave ‘em?
    Love ‘em, but only when the mesh pattern squares or diamonds are small, and when they’re worn with things to tone down the sultriness, like a pair of tough girl Doc Martin boots or a long skirt.
  6. It’s snack time! Today we’re having a healthy fruit salad. What’s in yours?
    Grapes, blueberries, strawberries and Honeycrisp apples.

    Please…PLEASE, no honeydew or cantaloupe melon, blech!

  7. If you could take a two-month class on anything right now, what would it be?
    Ooh, that’s tough! I’m kind of a nerd and love taking classes when I can. Right now, I’d take Pilates or a studio lighting class for photography.
  8. What’s one thing in life you should stop waiting for?
    For everything to be perfect, because while you’re waiting, you’ll miss all of the good things right in front of your nose.
  9. What’s one key to success?
    Repetition. Whatever it is you want to do, just keep doing it, and when you get to the point where you feel like you can do it backwards, upside down and in your sleep, do it some more.
  10. Weekly goals:
    First, I need to take care of myself this week. I want to get in at least 30 minutes of cardio daily, get to bed by 11 every night, drink lots of water throughout the day, and be kind and supportive of myself (no negative self-talk whatsoever!).

What’s up, cutie pie? Yup, another Monday, which means we get to hang out again and talk beauty shop.



Here, why don’t you man the keyboard for a minute while I go brew us some tea in the kitchen.

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 one of your biggest foundation gripes?
3. If you were forced to wear one makeup look every day for a year, what would it be?
4. Name one thing you need to (or should) stop doing?
5. Fishnet stockings: love ‘em or leave ‘em?
6. It’s snack time! Today we’re having a healthy fruit salad. What’s in yours?
7. If you could take a two-month class on anything right now, what would it be?
8. What’s one thing in life you should stop waiting for?
9. What is one key to success?
10. Weekly goals:

Who knows what great things will happen to you this week? I’m looking forward to finding out. :)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. Dominique says:

    . Mood: Pretty good

    2. What’s one of your biggest foundation gripes? I never wear foundation in fact.

    3. If you were forced to wear one makeup look every day for a year, what would it be? I would choose Rosy Outlook blush from Office Hours collection and a lovely Rouge Coco, probably in Chintz. A touch of mascara ( Benefit ) and nothing more !

    4. Name one thing you need to (or should) stop doing? Spending money, esp. for makeup and perfumes !

    5. Fishnet stockings: love ‘em or leave ‘em? Well, leave them

    6. It’s snack time! Today we’re having a healthy fruit salad. What’s in yours? Watermelon and pomegranate I think, strawberries too

    7. If you could take a two-month class on anything right now, what would it be? A class on fragrances and history, chemistry etc.. of fine perfumes

    8. What’s one thing in life you should stop waiting for? Love ( my neighbour is charming but married so.. Yes let’s forget about love
    )
    9. What is one key to success ? In any case just one word : passion

    10. Weekly goals: paying taxes, paying other taxes and… going to the M.A.C store, I pre-ordered 4 liptsicks from the Marilyn collection !

  2. Marina says:

    1. Mood: excited about a new week.
    2. What’s one of your biggest foundation gripes? foundations that enhance dry patches
    3. If you were forced to wear one makeup look every day for a year, what would it be? dark brown smoky eyes
    4. Name one thing you need to (or should) stop doing? stressing out
    5. Fishnet stockings: love ‘em or leave ‘em? not for me
    6. It’s snack time! Today we’re having a healthy fruit salad. What’s in yours? bananas, kiwi, oranges and grapes.
    7. If you could take a two-month class on anything right now, what would it be? Spanish language! Or Latin dancing.
    8. What’s one thing in life you should stop waiting for? things to happen without doing anything!
    9. What is one key to success? Hard work and some luck!
    10. Weekly goals: calm down and carry on, literally, do not multi task, do one thing at a time.
    Marina recently posted … Daniel Sandler Cosmetics Luxury Matte Lipstick in Red Carpet Review and Lip Swatches

    • Karen says:

      Hi Marina,

      I have that same problem with foundation, too! Have you found any good for dry skin?

      • Marina says:

        Luckily, there are several that I like, like Daiel Sandler’s Invisible Radiance.
        speaking of TV shows, I have stayed late yesterday as well, as was finishing true blood season 5 and I did not like it :/
        I am watching the Rachel Zoe project now and am not even sure why.
        By the way, I am a huge fan of Downton Abbey have you seen?
        Marina recently posted … Daniel Sandler Cosmetics Luxury Matte Lipstick in Red Carpet Review and Lip Swatches

        • Karen says:

          One of my good friends, Cindy, is a True Blood fanatic didn’t like season 5 either! She thought there was way too much going on (I actually liked all the action, even if it tended to go over the top…for me the last couple of seasons have felt slow, and this was a good change in pace).

          Oh, LOVE Downton Abbey. I heard that the new season’s already playing overseas. It’s not officially here in the US yet though.

        • Karen says:

          Re: foundation — I’ll have to see if I can hunt down that one by Daniel Sandler. I have dry bits of skin and it’s really hard to find something that doesn’t make the flakes look even flakier.

          • Marina says:

            Yes, it was a bit too much for me, especially all that Lilith, hm, ‘action’.
            Yes, DA is on, episode three was shown yesterday, so I guess you can already find them on-line to watch. Something really amazing happened ;)

            As for the foundation, the DS one is dewy and radiant but I have very dry skin so it’s perfect for me (you can get it at feel unique with free shipping, I get most of my stuff from there). I also like Max Factor Second Skin, but it is discontinued now. Omorovicza do FANTASTIC BB cream but is it expensive, so if you want to treat yourself…
            I was told (by a top MUA)that Dior’s hydra life TM is very good but haven’t tried.
            Marina recently posted … Daniel Sandler Cosmetics Luxury Matte Lipstick in Red Carpet Review and Lip Swatches

          • Karen says:

            Okay, so why were we allowed to see all of Lilith’s lady parts but not Bill’s? Not that I really want to go there, but I think it’s kind of unfair.

            I’m in the thick of the last season of Friday Night Lights at the moment, so I will have to hunt down the new eps of DA when I’m done. :) I hope that amazing something that happened is good!

            I tried Dior’s older version of Hydra Life and liked it a LOT. Haven’t tried this one, but if it’s anything like the old one, it’s probably great for dry skin.

  3. 1. Mood: Unsure. Have some decisions to make this week and need to decide!

    2. What’s one of your biggest foundation gripes? I wish more of them had SPF 30 in them.
    3. If you were forced to wear one makeup look every day for a year, what would it be? A neutral no-makeup makeup look.

    4. Name one thing you need to (or should) stop doing? Staying up late as well. It’s gotten out of hand haha!

    5. Fishnet stockings: love ‘em or leave ‘em? Way too old for them now!

    6. It’s snack time! Today we’re having a healthy fruit salad. What’s in yours? grapefruit, grapes, blueberries, raspberries and watermelon!

    7. If you could take a two-month class on anything right now, what would it be?
    Tai Chi. I’ve always wanted to learn! And French classes. I want to be able to hold a conversation!

    8. What’s one thing in life you should stop waiting for? An apology from a family member. Not to me, but to my father. But it’ll never happen.

    9. What is one key to success? Support! Having people who support you is very important.

    10. Weekly goals: Exercise, watch the diet and relax!

  4. 1. Mood:
    - I think I woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. Just feeling a little blah.

    2. What’s one of your biggest foundation gripes?
    - I have a hard time finding the right color. I’m one of the minority that has a cool skin tone and it’s tough to find the right fit.

    3. If you were forced to wear one makeup look every day for a year, what would it be?
    - Natural foundation with a nice smoky eye with a hint of purple to it. Probably a natural pink gloss and light blush. Can’t go wrong!

    4. Name one thing you need to (or should) stop doing?
    - Letting fear stop me from trying something new!

    5. Fishnet stockings: love ‘em or leave ‘em?
    - Hmmm, I have a hard time with any tights or stockings. The waistband always rolls and that just really annoys me.

    6. It’s snack time! Today we’re having a healthy fruit salad. What’s in yours?
    - Nothing too fancy. Watermelon, pineapple, oranges and apples.

    7. If you could take a two-month class on anything right now, what would it be?
    - French or Italian. I took Spanish all through High School and into college but I think I’ve forgotten most of it.

    8. What’s one thing in life you should stop waiting for?
    - I need to create opportunities for myself instead of waiting around for them to come to me.

    9. What is one key to success?
    - Getting back up after you’re down no matter how yucky it feels.

    10. Weekly goals:
    - Write more and take the puppies on a walk each day.
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  5. Yogirl says:

    1. Mood: Exhausted already, it’s just Monday but I know it’s gonna be a long week.
    2. What’s one of your biggest foundation gripes? I think I just found one from Bobbi Brown, that seems to be perfect.
    3. If you were forced to wear one makeup look every day for a year, what would it be? Smokey eyes and a nude lipgloss.
    4. Name one thing you need to (or should) stop doing? Checking my mails every 5 minutes…
    5. Fishnet stockings: love ‘em or leave ‘em? No, not really…
    6. It’s snack time! Today we’re having a healthy fruit salad. What’s in yours? Strawberries, pineapple, some cantaloupe melon (yes…, I’m usually to busy cutting the melon so I don’t buy any), raspberries, bananas…
    7. If you could take a two-month class on anything right now, what would it be? Golf or maybe horse riding.
    8. What’s one thing in life you should stop waiting for? The prince that is hidden in a frog…
    9. What is one key to success? Never stop trying…
    10. Weekly goals: Drink lots of water, get more sleep and keep a good mood
    Have a great week everyone :-)

  6. Heidi says:

    1. Mood:

    Tired but good. Had a great weekend. Saturday I went to a Scottish games festival and there was great music, dancing, crafts, food. Fun time. Yesterday I spent some time with a friend catching up over lunch and a movie.

    2. What’s one of your biggest foundation gripes?

    The midday shine that breaks through on my forehead.

    3. If you were forced to wear one makeup look every day for a year, what would it be?

    Neutral eye, coral lips/cheeks.

    4. Name one thing you need to (or should) stop doing?

    Staying up too late.

    5. Fishnet stockings: love ‘em or leave ‘em?

    Not on me, but on others they’re either cool looking or hilariously inappropriate!

    6. It’s snack time! Today we’re having a healthy fruit salad. What’s in yours?

    Kiwi, strawberry, and mango, please! Oh, and a lime dressing.

    7. If you could take a two-month class on anything right now, what would it be?

    Either painting or guitar-playing.

    8. What’s one thing in life you should stop waiting for?

    Stop waiting for your life to be what you think it’s supposed to be. Appreciate what’s good now, and either change (if possible) what’s not good or eliminate it.

    9. What is one key to success?

    Being in the moment rather than regretting the past or worrying about things in the future that you have no control over.

    10. Weekly goals:

    Cleaning, grocery shopping, need to find a few things for the house.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Heidi,

      Sounds like you had a fun weekend. What movie did you watch?

      I saw Looper on Friday night and LOVED it.

      • Heidi says:

        We saw a movie called Stars in Shorts. I DON’T recommend it! It was a series of short stories starring a bunch of famous actors. The first and last stories were really charming and entertaining, but the ones in the middle were all really dark and creepy, and not in an entertaining way, just disturbing. My friend had to walk out in the middle of one of the stories, she just couldn’t take it.

  7. Tania says:

    1. Mood: groggy
    2. What’s one of your biggest foundation gripes? The ones that cover well irritate my skin.
    3. If you were forced to wear one makeup look every day for a year, what would it be? Smoky eye
    4. Name one thing you need to (or should) stop doing? I’m really really hard on myself.
    5. Fishnet stockings: love ‘em or leave ‘em? I like them on other people.
    6. It’s snack time! Today we’re having a healthy fruit salad. What’s in yours? Pineapple and berries with a dollop of chocolate moouse on top.
    7. If you could take a two-month class on anything right now, what would it be? How to be fluent in spanish.
    8. What’s one thing in life you should stop waiting for? More money, I’m sick of it already!
    9. What is one key to success? A boss told me it is best to prepare and prevent rather than patch up.
    10. Weekly goals: stop wanting those LE maybelline color tattoo eye shadows, do laundry, get more organized.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tania,

      That’s a great piece of advice you left in number 9. I gotta remember that one!

      Hope you have a great week! Anything exciting on your plate?

  8. Jennifer says:

    1. Mood: sleepy

    2. What’s one of your biggest foundation gripes? I don’t wear foundation! Don’t shoot me!

    3. If you were forced to wear one makeup look every day for a year, what would it be? Smokey, sexy, eyes and nude lips.

    4. Name one thing you need to (or should) stop doing? I am my own worst critic.

    5. Fishnet stockings: love ‘em or leave ‘em? Leave em

    6. It’s snack time! Today we’re having a healthy fruit salad. What’s in yours? Apple and Nuts

    7. If you could take a two-month class on anything right now, what would it be? French! I’m obsessed with the language and culture!

    8. What’s one thing in life you should stop waiting for? Happiness. make your own happy.

    9. What is one key to success? Risk! Without it, you’ll never know how to fail and get up again.

    10. Weekly goals: Save more, spend less.
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  9. varsha says:

    1. Mood: Frustrated.Pretty sure I lost a package form Kohls.

    2. What’s one of your biggest foundation gripes? never wear them much because of the gripes,never been able to find a perfect match

    3. If you were forced to wear one makeup look every day for a year, what would it be? smokey eyes and pink nude lips.Heart it.

    4. Name one thing you need to (or should) stop doing? Sitting up late watching Tv
    5. Fishnet stockings: love ‘em or leave ‘em? Leave them.

    6. It’s snack time! Today we’re having a healthy fruit salad. What’s in yours? Water melon,blueberries and strawberries

    7. If you could take a two-month class on anything right now, what would it be? A class on cooking :)

    8. What’s one thing in life you should stop waiting for? Maybe ,for everything to be perfect,because it aint ever gonna be !

    9. What is one key to success ? In any case just one word :Hardwork

    10. Weekly goals: start morning workout from tomorrow onwards.

  10. Shannon says:

    1. Mood:
    not too bad. I’m kind of in a calm place, which I like.

    2. What’s one of your biggest foundation gripes?
    It’s hard for me to find something that looks natural – not too matte, not too shiny – that I like to wear every day.

    3. If you were forced to wear one makeup look every day for a year, what would it be?
    slightly smoked out brown/black eyeliner on top of a golden brown eyeshadow, mascara, and a natural-looking tinted chapstick. Simple and pretty, but not overdone!

    4. Name one thing you need to (or should) stop doing?
    spending so much time on the computer! In the midst of job hunting, it’s easy to get sucked into just sitting on the couch and staring at the screen for hours on end.

    5. Fishnet stockings: love ‘em or leave ‘em?
    love ‘em!

    6. It’s snack time! Today we’re having a healthy fruit salad. What’s in yours?
    raspberries, apples, walnuts, and grapes! nom.

    7. If you could take a two-month class on anything right now, what would it be?
    probably songwriting.

    8. What’s one thing in life you should stop waiting for?
    hmm.. probably waiting to feel a certain way (happy, stable, etc) before I can be in control of my life again. I need to take charge of my emotions a bit more than I have been lately, and I think the certainty will start to come with it.

    9. What is one key to success?
    community. Family, friends, people who support you. You really can’t do it without them!

    10. Weekly goals:
    to practice, apply to more jobs, keep running every other day, and discover more (free) ways to work out and get exercise into my daily routine!

  11. Christina says:

    1. Mood: Satisfied and inspired! I just checked out 6 books from the library about Filipino American culture. I have to write a 10 paged term paper and I am PUMPED.

    2. What’s one of your biggest foundation gripes? Finding a foundation that matches my skin tone and is able to handle my oiliness.

    3. If you were forced to wear one makeup look every day for a year, what would it be? I’d have a nice clean face of foundation with light blush and bold lips.

    4. Name one thing you need to (or should) stop doing? Staying up so late watching YouTube video game plays! It’s become a bad addiction but I can’t help myself. I’ve REALLY gotten into watching horror games at night (not the best idea!).

    5. Fishnet stockings: love ‘em or leave ‘em? Love ‘em! But the outfit has to be just right. Something sultry and statement making!

    6. It’s snack time! Today we’re having a healthy fruit salad. What’s in yours? Berry salad, please! With strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and cherries (I don’t think it’s a berry but it ends in “rry”! so that’s good enough for me).

    7. If you could take a two-month class on anything right now, what would it be? Hmmm…. either a Tagalog class, portrait sketching class, or painting class! I’ve been wanting to do those three things for a long time,

    8. What’s one thing in life you should stop waiting for? I need to stop waiting for that “big change” to happen. It’ll come on it’s own and definitely when I least expect it.

    9. What is one key to success? Never give up or lose faith.

    10. Weekly goals: FINISH supplemental essays, clean up more of my room, work at my term paper and other assignments for my Filipino American Culture class (Going to FilAmFest this Saturday! <3).

  12. Nina says:

    Le List
    1. Mood: Harassed! My main work computer got a virus and now im scrambling to get stuff done!

    2. What’s one of your biggest foundation gripes? I really dont have any – found my HG and I intend to stick to it. Now if they discontinue that product, ill be in heaps of trouble!

    3. If you were forced to wear one makeup look every day for a year, what would it be? Gray smokey eye, neutral lip, brows,
    contoured cheeks and MAC Mocha blush.

    4. Name one thing you need to (or should) stop doing? Sleeping too much LOL!

    5. Fishnet stockings: love ‘em or leave ‘em? Leave em. I dont have the leg length to pull it off.

    6. It’s snack time! Today we’re having a healthy fruit salad. What’s in yours? All the fresh berries we can find, a squeeze of lime and a dash of Agave nectar.

    7. If you could take a two-month class on anything right now, what would it be? Pastry school crash course.

    8. What’s one thing in life you should stop waiting for? The next door to open. We need to open those doors ourselves.

    9. What is one key to success? Persistence/hard work.

    10. Weekly goals: Recover from today’s computer setback!

  13. gio says:

    1. Mood:
    tired

    2. What’s one of your biggest foundation gripes?
    I have a hard time finding one that’s light enough for my pale skin.

    3. If you were forced to wear one makeup look every day for a year, what would it be?
    Green eyeshadow and pink lips.

    4. Name one thing you need to (or should) stop doing?
    procrastinating.

    5. Fishnet stockings: love ‘em or leave ‘em?
    leave ‘em.

    6. It’s snack time! Today we’re having a healthy fruit salad. What’s in yours?
    strawberries, blueberries and watermelon.

    7. If you could take a two-month class on anything right now, what would it be?
    French.

    8. What’s one thing in life you should stop waiting for?
    I need to stop waiting for opportunities to find me and create them myself for me.

    9. What is one key to success?
    Confidence.

    10. Weekly goals:
    sleep more.
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  14. Phyrra says:

    1. Mood:
    Hopeful!

    2. What’s one of your biggest foundation gripes?
    Most foundations are too dark. Finding the right shade took me years!

    3. If you were forced to wear one makeup look every day for a year, what would it be?
    Cat eye or smoky cat eye, sheer iridescent berry on the lips and the cheeks.

    4. Name one thing you need to (or should) stop doing?
    Stop letting the voice in my head put me down.

    5. Fishnet stockings: love ‘em or leave ‘em?
    They’re fun.

    6. It’s snack time! Today we’re having a healthy fruit salad. What’s in yours?
    Apple slices and walnuts.

    7. If you could take a two-month class on anything right now, what would it be?
    Right now I’d take a class on Social Media and its impact on Culture.

    8. What’s one thing in life you should stop waiting for?
    For people to change. They either will or they won’t, and I’m not helping myself by hoping they will.

    9. What is one key to success?
    Perseverance.

    10. Weekly goals:
    To not sweat the small stuff.
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    • Karen says:

      Hi Phyrra,

      With you on your answer to number four. It’s difficult for me to not be hard on myself, too. Sending you a big hug from across the internet!

  15. Andrea says:

    1. Mood:
    Schleepy and non-motivated :(
    2. What’s one of your biggest foundation gripes?
    Finding a formula with the right level of coverage that doesn’t look like foundation.
    3. If you were forced to wear one makeup look every day for a year, what would it be?
    Same as Karen’s I think. I love a bright lip and tonnesss of lashes!
    4. Name one thing you need to (or should) stop doing?
    Staying up late. I’m such a night owl but have early classes so it’s really difficult to adjust :/
    5. Fishnet stockings: love ‘em or leave ‘em?
    Somewhere in-between. I’ve never worn them myself but I find that when I see them on others they’re very very hard to pull off.
    6. It’s snack time! Today we’re having a healthy fruit salad. What’s in yours?
    I love cantaloupe and honeydew melon, but I would want kiwi, papaya, maybe some mango.. I don’t usually like fruit salad actually lol! I prefer to eat each fruit individually.
    7. If you could take a two-month class on anything right now, what would it be?
    Maybe something like jewellry making, sewing, or a house dance class!
    8. What’s one thing in life you should stop waiting for?
    I should stop waiting for other people to take the lead. In terms of hanging out with friends or making things happen socially it can be difficult for me to break out of my shell. I want to try hanging out with different groups of people!
    9. What is one key to success?
    As Karen said, repetition, but I think passion is maybe even more important.
    10. Weekly goals:
    Finish a couple assignments for school without pulling all my hair out, washing and styling my hair (I have been so lazy about putting in the time to just do it lol!), making plans to hang out with friends (both old and new), and working out as many days as possible!

    Hope everyone has a great week! <3

  16. Lolamd says:

    1. Mood: So sleepy
    2. What’s one of your biggest foundation gripes? That it feels caked on.
    3. If you were forced to wear one makeup look every day for a year, what would it be? Black eyeliner.
    4. Name one thing you need to (or should) stop doing? eating candy.
    5. Fishnet stockings: love ‘em or leave ‘em? love ‘em
    6. It’s snack time! Today we’re having a healthy fruit salad. What’s in yours? blueberries, raspberries and blackberries..YUMMMY
    7. If you could take a two-month class on anything right now, what would it be? day trading
    8. What’s one thing in life you should stop waiting for? the perfect job.
    9. What is one key to success? preparation
    10. Weekly goals: stop eating sugar, eat healthy and get some sleep

  17. Stef Smith says:

    1. Mood: Happy, I love Mondays! Kids go to school, Hubby goes to work, I have the day off!
    2. What’s one of your biggest foundation gripes? I think that it’s really heavy, I don’t want to put my hand on my face and feel that my hand is covered in makeup.
    3. If you were forced to wear one makeup look every day for a year, what would it be? I like a very natural look, a colorful eyeliner, mascara, pink blush, and a nude shiny lip.
    4. Name one thing you need to (or should) stop doing? Fretting over the fact that I need bangs, and just go get some cut! But I think it’s more fun to fret! LOL!
    5. Fishnet stockings: love ‘em or leave ‘em? LOVE! Not the ones with huge holes, I’ll leave those to my former Roller Derby sisters, but I love regular fishnets! Those and dark tights are the only types of hosiery that I’ll wear.
    6. It’s snack time! Today we’re having a healthy fruit salad. What’s in yours? Pineapple, strawberries, blueberries, green grapes sliced in half. My absolute favorite combo!!!
    7. If you could take a two-month class on anything right now, what would it be? Something artsy, like jewelry making or leather tooling, or maybe an introduction to Spanish.
    8. What’s one thing in life you should stop waiting for? For my hairdresser to come to me, I must go to her for bangs! Also, life puts out what you put in, so I need to go after what I want!
    9. What is one key to success? Keeping my options open, and trusting my gut.
    10. Weekly goals: Hit the gym four to five more times, stay on track diet-wise, organize my closet and kitchen pantry, get rid of this canker sore that popped up!

  18. Chris25 says:

    1. Mood: Not bad at all. I have a ton of studying to do, but I already made a pot of coffee. I’m all set!

    2. What’s one of your biggest foundation gripes?: OILINESS. I need one that sets and mattifies.

    3. If you were forced to wear one makeup look every day for a year, what would it be?: Neutral eyeshadow, brown liner, berry blush and red lips.

    4. Name one thing you need to (or should) stop doing?: Thinking about my ex. It really stresses me out.

    5. Fishnet stockings: love ‘em or leave ‘em?: Like ‘em. They’re okay in moderation.

    6. It’s snack time! Today we’re having a healthy fruit salad. What’s in yours?: Strawberries. blueberries and kiwi.

    7. If you could take a two-month class on anything right now, what would it be?: Japanese language.

    8. What’s one thing in life you should stop waiting for?: Me to change overnight. If I want to be an unstoppable juggernaut, I have to change myself.

    9. What is one key to success?: Hard work.

    10. Weekly goals: Get Rocky and Jazz vaccinated and ready for their trip to Seer Farms in New Jersey (www.seerfarms.org), study for my art history exam.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Chris,

      I’m happy to hear that you’ve found a temporary place for Rocky and Jazz. I hope that you guys will all be reunited very soon.

      Good luck studying for your art history exam. What’s your test on?

      • Chris25 says:

        Early Paleolithic, Near East, Ancient Sumerian and Ancient Egyptian art.

        • Karen says:

          How interesting! I’ve always wanted to take an art history class. I should’ve done it when I had the chance to do electives during undergrad, le sigh. I think Ancient Egyptian history is fascinating…

          Sending you good test vibes!

  19. Jess says:

    1. Mood: pretty good, little tired
    2. What’s one of your biggest foundation gripes? when it doesnt match my skin, when it is too thick, when it oxidizes, when it disappears quickly!
    3. If you were forced to wear one makeup look every day for a year, what would it be? foundation bronzer green eyeliner pinky cheeks and pale pink gloss
    4. Name one thing you need to (or should) stop doing? I need to stop biting my nails for good
    5. Fishnet stockings: love ‘em or leave ‘em? love em when the time is right
    6. It’s snack time! Today we’re having a healthy fruit salad. What’s in yours? i had halloween sugar cookies
    7. If you could take a two-month class on anything right now, what would it be? advanced psychopathology. I loved the original!
    8. What’s one thing in life you should stop waiting for? I think I can reach all of my dreams so pshttt.
    9. What is one key to success? determination and motivation to change.
    10. Weekly goals: workout 4 times, have fun and get lots of sleep.

    Who knows what great things will happen

  20. 1. Mood: tired and hot–I just got back from taking a test at school and couldn’t find parking so I hard to park super far away. I was pouring sweat by the time I got to my car!
    2. What’s one of your biggest foundation gripes? It’s damn near impossible to find a light-medium coverage foundation with a semi-matte finish that STAYS semi-matte. Dewy, moisturizing foundations are no good for my oily skin, but I don’t like the heavy, flat look of matte foundations or the heavy feel of high-coverage foundations. I’m very picky!
    3. If you were forced to wear one makeup look every day for a year, what would it be? very light foundation or tinted moisturizer, a warm, subtle peachy-pink blush, a hint of bronzer, tinted balm, and a smudgy neutral eye with lots of mascara and super smudgy liner only on my upper lashline
    4. Name one thing you need to (or should) stop doing? Staying up late! I am a night owl and have the most energy at night. As a result, I’m often up til 4 or 5AM every day and get very little sleep :/
    5. Fishnet stockings: love ‘em or leave ‘em? Love ‘em when worn appropriately
    6. It’s snack time! Today we’re having a healthy fruit salad. What’s in yours? HOW CAN YOU NOT LOVE HONEYDEW AND CANTALOUPE?? :P It’s ok though, I’ll take yours. I’ll also add LOTS of watermelon, blueberries, blackberries, bananas, strawberries, and pineapples
    7. If you could take a two-month class on anything right now, what would it be? Photography class
    8. What’s one thing in life you should stop waiting for? For things to fall into your lap–you have to make it happen!
    9. What is one key to success? patience and dedication
    10. Weekly goals: Catch up on product photography, workout, and make time for a date with my boyfriend
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  21. Lulle says:

    1. Mood: pretty good! I just wish it could get a little less hot here…

    2. What’s one of your biggest foundation gripes? Finding a foundation that looks natural on me.

    3. If you were forced to wear one makeup look every day for a year, what would it be? Nude beige/brown eyes with sheer red lips.

    4. Name one thing you need to (or should) stop doing? Sleeping in late, spending too much time on the internet, being so self-critical (I don’t know it this word exist but it describes the concept perfectly well!).

    5. Fishnet stockings: love ‘em or leave ‘em? They could work, but I wouldn’t say I “love” them.

    6. It’s snack time! Today we’re having a healthy fruit salad. What’s in yours? Can I have an It’s It instead? Please??

    7. If you could take a two-month class on anything right now, what would it be? Intensive yoga class, or something creative like scrapbooking, arts and craft… I could also use a class on Photoshop.

    8. What’s one thing in life you should stop waiting for? Things to get better by themselves. Things usually need a little help!

    9. What is one key to success? Self-confidence.

    10. Weekly goals: take it easy, keep looking for a job, stop worrying about things that are only in my head!
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  22. Wendy says:

    1. Mood: Relaxed. Sipping a glass of wine while my husband cooks me a steak for dinner.

    2. What’s one of your biggest foundation gripes? Too drying or greasy or not right color.

    3. If you were forced to wear one makeup look every day for a year, what would it be? Natural look: sheer foundation, powder, mascara, blush, lipstick

    4. Name one thing you need to (or should) stop doing? Holding onto anger. Hatred sucks the energy out of no one but me.

    5. Fishnet stockings: love ‘em or leave ‘em? Leave ‘em!

    6. It’s snack time! Today we’re having a healthy fruit salad. What’s in yours? mango, strawberries, blueberries, bananas

    7. If you could take a two-month class on anything right now, what would it be? Building custom wheels for my bike.

    8. What’s one thing in life you should stop waiting for? Waiting for apologies before I can forgive.

    9. What is one key to success? Just do it! Seriously, no excuses. Rode my first century this weekend on ONE hour of sleep. Every muscle wanted to quit. I wanted to quit. That SAG vehicle looked so cozy. But, I would have hated myself if I didn’t accomplish the goal I set 2 months earlier. Sucked it up and set mini-goals: ride to next rest stop, catch up to the little 80 year old riding a single speed in a tweed jacket, skirt and HEELS, make it over that bridge, and the next bridge… before I knew it, it was over. Thank God!

    10. Weekly goals: Treat myself to a microdermabrasion/facial, get a pedicure, take a yoga class.

  23. Kalli says:

    Le List

    1. Mood: Relaxed! Just Facebooking, blogging & watching Dancing With The Stars (with RHONY on next!)
    2. What’s one of your biggest foundation gripes? It’s my least favorite part of my routine, just because it’s boring.
    3. If you were forced to wear one makeup look every day for a year, what would it be? A brown/gold eye with lots of liner and mascara and a pretty sheer red lippie. It’s my go-to for everything!
    4. Name one thing you need to (or should) stop doing? I should stop eating ice cream for dessert, but it’s so good! Tonight we had strawberries & cream sherbet
    5. Fishnet stockings: love ‘em or leave ‘em? I like them, especially Spanx’s. A nude fishnet is really subtle and pretty
    6. It’s snack time! Today we’re having a healthy fruit salad. What’s in yours? All we have in the house is red grapes & clementines! But I like both of those!
    7. If you could take a two-month class on anything right now, what would it be? I would take a ballroom dancing class, because I’ve always wanted to.
    8. What’s one thing in life you should stop waiting for? Waiting for things to happen! I have to make them happen!
    9. What is one key to success? Doing what you love!
    10. Weekly goals: Make time for the gym and then pack a suitcase for my weekend trip to Houston for Greek Festival!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kalli,

      The Greek Festival sounds like it’s going to be fun. Who will you be going with?

      • Kalli says:

        I am meeting up with my best friend who lives just northwest of Houston in Tomball, so I’m really excited because we haven’t hung out since July. I also have a lot of family and other friends in Houston, so I’m going to try to make the rounds in my short trip!

        • Karen says:

          How fun! Are you Greek? (Random: the gal who does my hair is Greek, and she tells me all these funny stories about growing up in a very traditional Greek family.)

  24. Katherine G says:

    1. Mood:
    ~Tired, but happy. Just finished my work weekend and now have the whole week off to pack and prepare before my fiance and I leave for our cruise.

    2. What’s one of your biggest foundation gripes?
    ~Probably that my skin tone is so in between shades that there is really not a foundation out there (even with Bare Minerals – I usually use their Golden Beige for light coverage since it’s a powder and it won’t break me out) that suits my skin tone. I’m half southern Italian, and half Irish/German, so my skin is partially olive, with some fairness and redness thrown in.

    3. If you were forced to wear one makeup look every day for a year, what would it be?
    ~Definitely a bright eye look. The more eyeliners, shadows, and mascaras it takes to make a complicated eye look, the happier I am.

    4. Name one thing you need to (or should) stop doing?
    ~Worrying. I get myself in such a tizzy sometimes that I get stress-induced migraines (the other migraines I get are either period or just random ones). I have been trying to take a step back and take a deep breath, but sometimes things make me so angry and/or worried that internally I can’t stop thinking about it and my mind goes a mile a minute. I have found that exercise has been helping a lot, but I still have a long way to go before I can completely stop my worrying habit.

    5. Fishnet stockings: love ‘em or leave ‘em?
    ~Cute on some people, but I won’t ever wear them.

    6. It’s snack time! Today we’re having a healthy fruit salad. What’s in yours?
    ~Oranges, blueberries, and apples :) My favorites.

    7. If you could take a two-month class on anything right now, what would it be?
    ~I would like to learn MMA. I know basic self defense, but I feel like knowing how to do MMA would up my chances of being able to defend myself better…

    8. What’s one thing in life you should stop waiting for?
    ~Life to happen, or a career to happen. If we really want something,we have to put ourselves out there and go for it. Don’t wait to take that class or that vacation if you have the money or time to do it.

    9. What is one key to success?
    ~Always smile and be genuinely friendly, and remember manners. It really does get people far. There are rude people who may be excellent at their jobs, but it doesn’t necessarily make them well-liked or someone considered for promotion or big projects.

    10. Weekly goals:
    ~Make packing lists and start packing.
    ~Do laundry on Friday so everything that we want to wear is washed and ready to go.
    ~Make sure not to overpack, and bring only what is truly needed.
    ~Clean the house.
    ~Go on a run with a friend and keep exercising throughout the week!
    ~Stay positive and try not to worry about certain things.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Katherine,

      You’re going to have so much fun on your cruise! I hope that you get lots of good time to relax.

      Oh — and don’t forget to your makeup packing list. :) I never leave home without mine.

  25. Melissa says:

    1. Mood: sleepy, but good.

    2. What’s one of your biggest foundation gripes?: It never looks totally natural. I use DiorSkin Nude and it’s still not really sheer enough for me. Still have yet to find a tinted moisturizer that works for me.

    3. If you were forced to wear one makeup look every day for a year, what would it be?: Mascara and red lipstick. Basically close to what I wear every day anyway.

    4. Name one thing you need to (or should) stop doing?: Popping a zit when I get one! I can’t help it.

    5. Fishnet stockings: love ‘em or leave ‘em?: Leave ‘em. They were good to dress up in college, but I think I’m too old for that now.

    6. It’s snack time! Today we’re having a healthy fruit salad. What’s in yours?: Grapes, all types of melons and cantaloupes, strawberries, prunes, really anything is ok with me.

    7. If you could take a two-month class on anything right now, what would it be?: Calligraphy

    8. What’s one thing in life you should stop waiting for?: Other people to initiate conversations, I’m so shy when it comes to that type of thing!

    9. What is one key to success?: Education. Be it formal education or “street smarts,” you need it.

    10. Weekly goals: a LOT of things, unfortunately.

    Have a great week, everyone!

  26. Astrid says:

    1. Mood: Today I feel pretty good. But yesterday, le Monday, it was not a good day. Some projects fell through and it’s downer. But hey, today I’m sure it’s all for a good reason in the end!

    2. What’s one of your biggest foundation gripes? Perfect color and non cakey finish, for sure. Also that the good ones are usually pretty expensive and you never know if your skin will react well to it. I’m currently VERY happy with my Armani LSF though. I’m not straying anytime soon ;-).

    3. If you were forced to wear one makeup look every day for a year, what would it be? I’d go for something that’ll make me look radiant, summery glow. Lighter golden eyeshadow, highlighter/peach blush, and orangey lips.

    4. Name one thing you need to (or should) stop doing? Overthinking things. Most times it’s better to just go do it and think about the consequences later :P.

    5. Fishnet stockings: love ‘em or leave ‘em? Leave ‘em. I haven’t properly tried them though, so that might be the thing.

    6. It’s snack time! Today we’re having a healthy fruit salad. What’s in yours? Blueberries (my favorite!), strawberries, banana, and kiwi :-).

    7. If you could take a two-month class on anything right now, what would it be? A German language course. I’m in desperate need to improve!

    8. What’s one thing in life you should stop waiting for? A permission for me to just go and do the things I’d love to do. No need for someone to tell me if I’m good at it or not. Just do it. (note: I’m better at this now, actually. I hope)

    9. What is one key to success? Persistence, passion, and be genuine. (Kind of like you, Karen ;) )

    10. Weekly goals: Get the first prototype of the my app done, do some more yoga, and just chill a bit more.
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  27. Kim says:

    Le List

    1. Mood: Lovely, thanks!
    2. What’s one of your biggest foundation gripes? That I can’t stand the feel of it. I need something sheer and siliconey but, unfortunately, that doesn’t offer much in the way of coverage. :)
    3. If you were forced to wear one makeup look every day for a year, what would it be? I literally laughed out loud when I read this because, you know, for me, this question should read “if you were forced NOT to wear the same makeup look every day…” :)
    4. Name one thing you need to (or should) stop doing? Oh, boy. My vices are too numerous to choose just one!
    5. Fishnet stockings: love ‘em or leave ‘em? Going to have to leave them. If it’s not socks and sneakers, it’s hard for me to love.
    6. It’s snack time! Today we’re having a healthy fruit salad. What’s in yours? Kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, red grapes.
    7. If you could take a two-month class on anything right now, what would it be? Maybe kickboxing – I could use some motivation. Or piano, because I always wished I could play.
    8. What’s one thing in life you should stop waiting for? Miracle weight loss with no side effects. HAHA! Sorry, I’m not a patient person so I don’t think I wait for anything.
    9. What is one key to success? I think it’s motivation. Just the will to keep on, keepin’ on. It’s much easier if you’re doing something you enjoy, of course.
    10. Weekly goals: Don’t go down in a fiery ball on my cross-country flights and hit the hotel gym every day, no matter what.

  28. Stèphanie says:

    1. Mood:
    Tired.. Haven’t had a day off in two weeks.

    2. What’s one of your biggest foundation gripes?
    Finding the perfect color!! Most of the foundations are too beige or yellow.

    3. If you were forced to wear one makeup look every day for a year, what would it be?
    The look I’m wearing right now! My signature look :D Medium coverage foundation(not too matte, not too shiny), eyebrows, concealer, mascara that makes my lashes long and curly, nude lips and a shimmery bronze golden blush from MAC.

    4. Name one thing you need to (or should) stop doing?
    Staying up late.. and waking up too early and fall asleep during class. O, and stop postponing my homework.

    5. Fishnet stockings: love ‘em or leave ‘em?
    Love them! Just not on me.. I don’t like my thick legs.

    6. It’s snack time! Today we’re having a healthy fruit salad. What’s in yours?
    Pineapple, white seedless grapes, watermelon and all kinds of berries.

    7. If you could take a two-month class on anything right now, what would it be?
    How to play the piano, Spanish, English, something with dancing, singing and acting, all-round nail stylist, makeup artist, poledancing and a class to become a zumba an yoga instructor.
    Haha.. I just want too much in my life. Too many things I wanna do, so little time.

    8. What’s one thing in life you should stop waiting for?
    The perfect boyfriend, haha.. and losing weight. Whatever I do, nothing works.

    9. What is one key to success?
    Motivation and just being yourself.

    10. Weekly goals:
    I’m gonna think about myself this week. I’ve had two busy weeks and this week it’s my-time!
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  29. Rachel says:

    Le List

    1. Mood: Kinda sad, a bit unfocused.
    2. What’s one of your biggest foundation gripes? When they highlight my dry skin patches. Or if they cause breakouts.
    3. If you were forced to wear one makeup look every day for a year, what would it be? Something neutral and pretty.
    4. Name one thing you need to (or should) stop doing? Waking up late. Going to bed late.
    5. Fishnet stockings: love ‘em or leave ‘em? Leave ‘em.
    6. It’s snack time! Today we’re having a healthy fruit salad. What’s in yours?
    7. If you could take a two-month class on anything right now, what would it be? Video-editing/Figuring out how to put videos on Youtube, making them look good etc.
    8. What’s one thing in life you should stop waiting for? For things to happen without serious work.
    9. What is one key to success? Networking
    10. Weekly goals: Trying to work on my schedule, balance everything out, not get discouraged.

    Hope you and Tabs have a glorious day :)

  30. Heather says:

    1. Mood: frustrated, watching the debate
    2. What’s one of your biggest foundation gripes? that I love Estee Lauder Double wear…but I keep thinking I want something lighter….double wear light doesn’t fit the bill
    3. If you were forced to wear one makeup look every day for a year, what would it be? painterly with omega in the crease, black kitten eyeliner flick, bronzer, and my pink lipstick
    4. Name one thing you need to (or should) stop doing? eat less sugar
    5. Fishnet stockings: love ‘em or leave ‘em? I think they are super sassy when a contrasting down played look is put with them.
    6. It’s snack time! Today we’re having a healthy fruit salad. What’s in yours? strawberries, grapes and apples
    7. If you could take a two-month class on anything right now, what would it be? yoga
    8. What’s one thing in life you should stop waiting for? to lose the weight I want to be happy….I should just be happy with me
    9. What is one key to success? consistency and resiliency
    10. Weekly goals: giggle, love my husband and my kitties

  31. Paige says:

    1. Mood: Content – it’s my “weekend” now and i just had a lovely dinner
    2. What’s one of your biggest foundation gripes? – uhg. That my neck is CLEARLY 2-4 shades lighter than my face so even if my foundation/BB/tint matches my face it’s awkwardly darker..
    3. If you were forced to wear one makeup look every day for a year, what would it be? – Blackest mascara and Fresh lip tint in rose
    4. Name one thing you need to (or should) stop doing? – stop spending so much $ on makeup.. :’(
    5. Fishnet stockings: love ‘em or leave ‘em? – Oooh leave them
    6. It’s snack time! Today we’re having a healthy fruit salad. What’s in yours? – Mango, strawberries, raspberries, pink lady apple, blueberries, pineapple, kiwi, guava, banana, orange, and dust of cinnamon, mixed together with vanilla yogurt and granola (fruit freak, i know.)
    7. If you could take a two-month class on anything right now, what would it be? – pottery (or yoga, i’ve gotten out of my grove)
    8. What’s one thing in life you should stop waiting for? – a magical plane ticket to appear to an awesome place i’ve never been
    9. What is one key to success? – not copying someone else’s work, but find you’re style and run with it
    10. Weekly goals: – run, apply for more jobs.., try a new recipe

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