Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 240

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The Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll

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

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

  1. Mood:
    I’m like Tony the Tiger today. I feel grrreatt! This is the first week in months that I haven’t had some little side project or house thingy to do, so I feel pretty good about that.

    Oh, and I actually went to bed at a decent hour for a change! — yup, because I finished watching the last episode of Friday Night Lights. In total, I watched all 73 or 74 episodes of that show in three weeks!

    Wow, that’s a lot of TV… But it was great TV. I’m serious, what a wonderful show. Highly recommended, even if you only have a tiny bit of interest in football.

    Yes, ma’am, today feels like it’s going to be a great day. :)

  2. Are there any bedtime rituals or things you do to help yourself fall asleep?
    I do. Most importantly, I need at least a couple hours away from the computer, which is actually easier said than done. And not just my main computer, but every little Internet-connected device. Smartphones and tablets (we have a first-gen Kindle Fire) make it so easy to surf the Web from the couch.

    Every night, after I put away the gizmos, I make myself a big cup of Sleepytime Tea, which I sip while I watch something brainless on TV. That’s been my main bedtime ritual for years.

    I think it also helps, for various reasons, when I get in a workout earlier in the day. Running relieves my lower back pain and makes me feel a little better about myself (like I’ve actually done something productive that day).

  3. What was the last makeup counter you remember visiting?
    I think it was the Chanel and Laura Mercier counters at Nordie’s a couple weeks ago. So much fun! There are some really passionate makeup artists at both counters (at the Village in Corte Madera), and the passion they have for their lines always gets me fired up.
  4. Do you ever take pictures with your phone? If you do, what do you like to snap?
    Do I ever take pictures with my phone? Um, survey says, YES! I feel naked without some kind of camera with me at all times, and that little camera on the iPhone is surprisingly good (if you hold it very steady).

    Most of the pics in my camera roll are of food, felines and other random things that make me laugh (like the pic at the top of this post).

  5. What’s one of the most helpful books you’ve ever read?
    Anne Lamott’s Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. Great, great book. No kidding, but I’ve re-read it at least 20 times! Anne’s so funny and inspiring that I always feel better about myself when I read it. Whenever I start doubting myself or freaking out about something related to writing, that book almost always helps. It’s like medicine for self-sabotaging inner artists.

    In it Anne talks a lot about fiction writing, but I recommend it for anyone who writes anything for work, school or even blogging.

    Oh, and once, get this: I bumped into Anne Lamott in a movie theater restroom here in Marin County, which is where she’s from, but I didn’t say anything because I didn’t want to bother her, so I just gave her a smile. Someone else walked up to her assertively a moment earlier and said that Bird by Bird had changed their life, and Anne looked kind of taken aback/annoyed! I guess she really wanted to get back to her movie.

  6. What’s the secret in your secret sauce?
    Two handfuls of tabby cat hair and a dozen cheesy jokes, LOL!

    Nah, not really. I guess if there is a secret to…anything, it’s to try to maintain a positive attitude, no matter what.

  7. What are three things you miss about your younger days, and three things you don’t?
    I miss sleeping soundly all night, every night. I miss not having to think about grownup things all the time. I miss seeing my family every day.

    I don’t miss having to spend 10-20 minutes looking for a place to park my car when I lived in San Francisco. I don’t miss living with strangers who always ate my food in the fridge (food that was clearly marked with my name on it!). And I don’t miss spending all day working in a cubicle and feeling absolutely miserable about myself.

  8. Are you currently enjoying any beauty products on which you recently splurged?
    Chanel’s Poudre Universelle Libre Natural Finish Loose Powder in Translucent 3. It was a splurge a couple weeks ago, and I’m really loving it so far. The powder is super fine, and I know it’ll last a while because I find myself having to hardly use any to get a nice, completely matte finish.
  9. What’s your favorite teen movie?
    OOH! Tough question. I like so many of them, but the first one that came to mind is Clueless.

    You know, I just read in Entertainment Weekly that that movie just turned 17 years old… 17 years old! I still remember seeing it in the theater when I went to school in Davis.

    Wow, was it really that long ago? YIKES!

  10. Weekly goals:
    Don’t give in to the fear! Don’t do it!

Hey, hey friend! How goes it today? I hope your Monday got off to a smooove start.

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1. Mood:
2. Are there any bedtime rituals or things you do to help yourself fall asleep?
3. What was the last makeup counter you remember visiting?
4. Do you ever take pictures with your phone?
5. What’s one of the most helpful books you’ve ever read?
6. What’s the secret in your secret sauce?
7. What are three things you miss about your younger days, and three things you don’t?
8. Are you currently enjoying any beauty products on which you recently splurged?
9. What’s your favorite teen movie?
10. Weekly goals:

I’m gonna make a quick Starbucks run, and I’ll be right back. Can I interest you in one of their pumpkin spice lattes? ‘Tis the season, and all that. :)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. Marina says:

    1. Mood: happy! :)
    2. Are there any bedtime rituals or things you do to help yourself fall asleep? I have tones of relaxing products, Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax bath oil is, hands down, the best! I also drink mint tea every night before bed.
    3. What was the last makeup counter you remember visiting? Givenchy.
    4. Do you ever take pictures with your phone? yes, as I don’t want to take my camera with me all the time.
    5. What’s one of the most helpful books you’ve ever read? Books about fear, I’d say.
    6. What’s the secret in your secret sauce? I wish a had a secret sauce…
    7. What are three things you miss about your younger days, and three things you don’t? Believe it or not but today I was thinking that I really miss my late teens. Can’t think of anything negative. Maybe I was not very experienced in life.
    8. Are you currently enjoying any beauty products on which you recently splurged? yes, definitely. I’d rather buy one high quality products.
    9. What’s your favorite teen movie? Hmm. I can’t think of any. Maybe Home Alone?
    10. Weekly goals: go to a hair salon! Well, besides everything else :)
    Marina recently posted … Hourglass Film Noir Lash Lacquer Review and Swatches

  2. Chris25 says:

    1. Mood: Not bad. My MRI came back unremarkable. My doctor thinks the dizziness is stress related.

    2. Are there any bedtime rituals or things you do to help yourself fall asleep?: A cup of hot tea and a good song. Right now I am digging “Like the Way I Do” by Melissa Etheridge.

    3. What was the last makeup counter you remember visiting?: I haven’t been to one in years, because I get treated so badly at counters. I think the last one was MAC at Macys.

    4. Do you ever take pictures with your phone?: Yes, but my camera phone sucks, so I refrain from doing it.

    5. What’s one of the most helpful books you’ve ever read?: Honestly, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”, because I really identify with Huck. He didn’t fit into his society, so he left it. He lived on the periphery of society. I wouldn’t exactly leave society the way he did, but I sometimes feel like I am not really a part of any group, so I move through society, staying on the fringe.

    6. What’s the secret in your secret sauce?: Not telling! LOL. It’s my stubborness. I am quiet and reserved, but my stubborness keeps me from giving up on myself.

    7. What are three things you miss about your younger days, and three things you don’t?: I miss my ability to imagine wild things (still there, but not as intense), my love for rock musician stories, and my ability to eat junk for days without getting sick. I don’t miss my lack of nerve/guts, my willingness to accept things as they were (I was too shy to challenge anything) and my lack of faith in myself.

    8. Are you currently enjoying any beauty products on which you recently splurged?: Yes, I love the 4 Wet n Wild Fergie polishes I got recently, and MAC Light Year MSF was worth the snotty attitude from the MAC SA asshole I had to endure.

    9. What’s your favorite teen movie?: I love 80s teen films with Molly Ringwald, and my fave 90s teen movie is “The Craft” (eve though it’s not great).

    10. Weekly goals: Homework, homework, homework and photo shoot on Saturday.

  3. Dominique says:

    1. Mood: good, maybe a little ” high ”

    2. Are there any bedtime rituals or things you do to help yourself fall asleep? I don’t have any in fact, sometimes I read a good book esp a biography of Shelley, Keats or Byron or something else

    3. What was the last makeup counter you remember visiting? This morning to ask if the Chanel Holiday collection was there at my Sephora counter

    4. Do you ever take pictures with your phone? Euh no !

    5. What’s one of the most helpful books you’ve ever read? La Peste by Albert Camus, one of my favourite books ever

    6. What’s the secret in your secret sauce? Well, mostly through perfumes and thanks to perfumes. It’s my secret !

    7. What are three things you miss about your younger days, and three things you don’t? Feeling safe with my family around me, having fun, being young. What I don’t miss : having to follow my parents and obey, feeling depressed most the time, eating things I didn’t like

    8. Are you currently enjoying any beauty products on which you recently splurged? Oh yes the M.A.C Marilyn lipsticks ( I haven’t tried the beauty powder yet )

    9. What’s your favorite teen movie? Probably la Boum like all other girls in their 40′s. The director died a few days ago, it was sad for many of us I think

    10. Weekly goals: Paying my taxes ( yes again ! ) and going to see my shrink yes it has to be !

    Thank you for this poll Karen !

    • Karen says:

      Hi Dominique,

      Good to see you here again. How cool that you guys have Chanel at Sephora! I remember seeing it at a few stores a long time ago, but now not so much. When does the holiday collection arrive in your neck of the woods?

  4. Nina says:

    1. Mood: Quite happy. The Hubs and I were both not feeling well y’day but we seem to have recovered.

    2. Are there any bedtime rituals or things you do to help yourself fall asleep? I have to go to bed 15 minutes before bed time so I can slather (and I mean slather) on lip balm and read a chapter or two. I also sleep really early, and sleep very hard and if I dont, im out of sorts the next day.

    3. What was the last makeup counter you remember visiting? I went to the MAC store for the Marilyn launch. :-)

    4. Do you ever take pictures with your phone? Yes – usually cats, interesting things and the sky.

    5. What’s one of the most helpful books you’ve ever read? Books that help me understand my job better; and cookbooks.

    6. What’s the secret in your secret sauce? Its a secret. ;-)

    7. What are three things you miss about your younger days, and three things you don’t? I miss school, hanging out doing nothing and not having a care in the world. I surprisingly dont miss the same things. Its nice to be out of school, I still hang out w/ friends but not as often and im responsible for me. A nice tradeoff, id say.

    8. Are you currently enjoying any beauty products on which you recently splurged? All the Marilyn lipsticks. Yes please.

    9. What’s your favorite teen movie? Ohhh its gotta be Sixteen Candles. It gave me hope during my awkward teen years. And Michael Schoeffling (aka Jake Ryan) is the stuff adolescent dreams are made of.

    10. Weekly goals: To just chill. I need to be less obsessed about deadlines.

  5. 1. Mood: A little tired! I’ve been staying up late rewatching Lost on Netflix. Just as addicting the first time around! But I keep wanting to eat peanut butter out of the jar now. :)
    2. Are there any bedtime rituals or things you do to help yourself fall asleep? I drink sleepytime tea every night as well. Love the stuff!
    3. What was the last makeup counter you remember visiting? It’s been awhile actually, but probably the Armani counter.
    4. Do you ever take pictures with your phone? Yes! My phone is filled with Disneyland pictures haha!
    5. What’s one of the most helpful books you’ve ever read? I can’t remember the name of it, but it was a book explaining Multiple Sclerosis that my neurologist recommended I read after diagnosis. I needed to know everything I could as soon as possible so I wouldn’t be too surprised when stuff happened. I hate surprises. :)
    6. What’s the secret in your secret sauce? Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…
    7. What are three things you miss about your younger days, and three things you don’t? I miss being able to stay up late and get up no problem the next day, I miss my metabolism, I miss my clear skin. I don’t miss working in a hospital(really sad), I don’t miss my dark, brown hair, I don’t miss smoking. Yup, I smoked but thank goodness not for very long.
    8. Are you currently enjoying any beauty products on which you recently splurged? I haven’t really bought anything all that splurge-worthy lately! I’ve been waiting to spend on the new Armani foundation.
    9. What’s your favorite teen movie? The Breakfast Club! Saw it in the theatre too. I wish I had a par of Claire’s Ralph Lauren boots.
    10. Weekly goals: Run, watch more Lost, clean!

  6. 1. Mood:
    Feeling much better this week. I’m not sure why but I think the cooler weather helps. I love when the seasons change and I’m already getting excited for the holidays. I even made a roast turkey last night with all the fixins!

    2. Are there any bedtime rituals or things you do to help yourself fall asleep?
    I’m a bad sleeper in general but a hot bath and a little reading always helps. Puppy snuggles are also a must. They sleep in a crate but we have to get about 20 minutes of snuggles in before we can all go to sleep.

    3. What was the last makeup counter you remember visiting?
    I went to Chanel a week ago to looks at the Fall collection. The sales gal was very in my face though so I had to run away.

    4. Do you ever take pictures with your phone?
    All the time! I use it for my blog even though it’s not the best. We bought a real camera earlier this year but managed to drop it on vacation in Hawaii and I haven’t been able to let myself spend the money on a new one yet. I have hundreds of photos of my puppies on there too. I am the crazy Poodle Lady.

    5. What’s one of the most helpful books you’ve ever read?
    I tend to read mostly fiction so this is a tough one to answer. I liked “The Millionaire Next Door” for some great personal finance tips.

    6. What’s the secret in your secret sauce?
    My secret sauce is a fantastic Bolognese Sauce and the secret is the bacon and mirepoix that simmers in some olive oil before the rest of the ingredients go in. Mmmm.

    7. What are three things you miss about your younger days, and three things you don’t?
    I Miss: Movie Dates, Summer Vacations to my grandparents’ beach house in Maryland, and High School basketball games.
    I Don’t Miss: Staying up late to finish a research paper, not being able to have a glass of wine, not being sure of my own opinions

    8. Are you currently enjoying any beauty products on which you recently splurged?
    Yes! I’m obsessed with the beauty products from Naked Princess including their Naked Lip Shines and Vanilla Blanc scented Body Souffle and Body and Boudoir Spray. It’s my absolute favorite vanilla-based scent.

    9. What’s your favorite teen movie?
    I have to agree with Clueless. It was so iconic for my generation, which is a crazy thing to say. “My generation”. Wow I’m getting older.

    10. Weekly goals: Finish the laundry, get to the gym 4 times this week and avoid all fried food and pasta. This cold weather makes me crave them like nothing else and it’s hard to resist when I live near the BEST Italian restaurant in Denver. They make Carry Out way too easy.
    Leah @ Mile High Beauty Blog recently posted … Randomness from Sephora

    • Karen says:

      Hi Leah,

      Sorry I missed answering your comment earlier! I accidentally scrolled past it.

      Anyway, now I’m dying to know — what’s the best Italian restaurant in Denver? I have to put it on my list just in case I ever travel to your city!

      • My two favorites are up the Highlands neighborhood (where I live) and one is called Trattoria Stella and the other is Parisi. Parisi has the best and easiest take out ever and a cute little Italian market with prepared foods, gelato, deserts and imported Italian ingredients to check out while you wait. Mmmmm, I’m making myself hungry just talking about it!

  7. Trisha says:

    1. Mood: Pretty darn accomplished!

    2. Are there any bedtime rituals or things you do to help yourself fall asleep? I make sure the doors are locked and shut tight and that the heat is turned down to 65 (totally can’t sleep when it’s hot.)

    3. What was the last makeup counter you remember visiting? I almost never visit department store makeup counters, mostly because I don’t like being hassled by the sales staff.

    4. Do you ever take pictures with your phone? Yep! I took a pretty interesting picture at a local apple (the fruit) festival this weekend. It was a satellite TV booth advertising free guns when you sign up. Yes, free guns. A very Montana thing to see.

    5. What’s one of the most helpful books you’ve ever read? It was this book by Susan Powter, that formerly famous weight loss guru. I got it when I was a kid at a garage sale and it taught me about calories and stuff.

    6. What’s the secret in your secret sauce? My ultra confidence.

    7. What are three things you miss about your younger days, and three things you don’t? I miss having the summer off, walking around barefoot everywhere, and not having to work. I don’t miss not having my own money, having to do homework, and dealing with high school drama.

    8. Are you currently enjoying any beauty products on which you recently splurged? I got a bunch of NYX stuff on a recent shopping trip out of state and love everything I got.

    9. What’s your favorite teen movie? That’s tough!! Probably Clueless. That movie is STILL awesome. Also, She’s All That. Even though it’s ridiculous, it’s still great.

    10. Weekly goals: Eat apple pie. Get ready, mentally, for an important business trip next week.
    Trisha recently posted … I Finally Lost 100 Pounds!

  8. Joanna says:

    Mood: Neutral! Not to happy not too sad..

    Are there any bedtime rituals or things you do to help yourself fall asleep?
    Read or watch a movie.

    What was the last makeup counter you remember visiting?
    Sephora but that’s awhile back because I mostly do online shopping

    Do you ever take pictures with your phone?
    Huh yes! I take pictures of things that are of interest at the moment..Love taking photos of nature as well.

    What’s one of the most helpful books you’ve ever read?
    Still searching for that good book.

    What’s the secret in your secret sauce?
    Hmm then it wouldn’t be a secret :)

    What are three things you miss about your younger days, and three things you don’t?
    I miss my school days, waking up and not worrying about where the next meal is coming from and not having to pay rent hehe :)
    I don’t miss having to do tons of home work everyday, I don’t miss having to do house chores whiles my siblings lounge being the eldest female sibling and I don’t miss my father dictating my life.

    Are you currently enjoying any beauty products on which you recently splurged?
    I sure am. The MUFE eyeshadow primer and Benefit High Beam as well as MAC’s Diva lipstick and Vino lip liner (fall ready)

    What’s your favorite teen movie?
    Favorite teen movie hmmmm my mind just literally went blank there.

    Weekly goals:
    To careless of what others have to say about me.

  9. Laura says:

    1. Mood: I’m happy but dreading getting in the car and driving for five hours, leaving the hubby behind
    2. Are there any bedtime rituals or things you do to help yourself fall asleep? I need to read something light and fluffy and have a cup of tea.
    3. What was the last makeup counter you remember visiting? I went to the MAC counter on Thursday hoping to get something from the Marilyn collection and since it was all sold out, I walked away with lots of other goodies.
    4. Do you ever take pictures with your phone? I do, but I would like to take more. I always forget I have a camera so handy.
    5. What’s one of the most helpful books you’ve ever read? Blue Like Jazz
    6. What’s the secret in your secret sauce? Remember to breathe and being mindful of staying in the moment.
    7. What are three things you miss about your younger days, and three things you don’t? I miss being able to eat anything and not worry about it, being able to stay up late and wake up early and not thinking twice about it and covering from sports injuries much quicker. I don’t miss the teen angst, the need to fit in
    8. Are you currently enjoying any beauty products on which you recently splurged? My mineralized skinfinish from MAC
    9. What’s your favorite teen movie? 10 things I hate about you I remember watching over and over again.
    10. Weekly goals: Get all my wedding thank you cards in the mail!!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Laura,

      Bummer that you didn’t get anything from Marilyn, but I’m glad you managed to find other goodies to bring home. What did you end up getting?

  10. varsha says:

    1. Mood: Pretty good.I somehow managed to wake up a teeny bit early and do my elliptical and some abs..feels great about myself :)

    2. Are there any bedtime rituals or things you do to help yourself fall asleep?No..by the time I finish dinner I am half asleep..then cleaning up the dishes and kitchen and I just stumble into bed.But am having a hard time getting to doze off these days..never happened to me before,growing old?sigh..

    3. What was the last makeup counter you remember visiting?Sephora..almost all of them,lol..:)

    4. Do you ever take pictures with your phone?I do..its always random moments/poses of my baby..:)

    5. What’s one of the most helpful books you’ve ever read?Havent read one in a very long time..so cant remember any that ‘helped’ me,but there are several that I enjoyed lots.

    6. What’s the secret in your secret sauce?Aah..nothing really..too bad..:(

    7. What are three things you miss about your younger days, and three things you don’t? I miss sleeping well and not waking up to responsibilities and rushing to reach work,miss mom’s food which I didnt give much credit for then,miss those little cartoons me and bro used to watch after school,our lil games and the bath we took together..sigh
    Do not miss the thick text books and useless crap I had to study,the stupid cat fights and ego clashes between girl friends and lack of freedom to do just about everything ‘cos I am a girl.

    8. Are you currently enjoying any beauty products on which you recently splurged?I am NOT enjoying the caudalie eye cream I splurged on.I am hard to please in case of make up and beauty.I can actually count under 5 ,the number of products I truly love.:p

    9. What’s your favorite teen movie?Lol ,not so much of a ‘teen movie’..but titanic released when I was 13 or something and I was totally crazy about it and Di Caprio,so much that I cut out every teeny bits of his posters in mags and heard ‘every night..’ all day long..:D

    10. Weekly goals: Continue my workout regime,try to cook as much home meals as possible and try to stay cool with my picky eater baby.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Varsha,

      I didn’t know you were a mom. :) How old is your little one?

      • varsha says:

        17 months..small,but big enough to drive me up and down the walls..:)

        • Karen says:

          Aww, they’re so cute at that age. :) My BFF’s boy is a little over a year and he’s so fun. How many kids do you have? Or is the baby your only child?

          • varsha says:

            Yeah they sure are..staggering and running around and blabbering things..:)She is my first (and probably last :P) and only kid..Do you get to meet your bff and son quite often?

          • Karen says:

            She’s a makeup addict in the making! How fun will it be to take her to the counters? :)

            Last time I saw my “nephew” was about a month ago for his birthday. We all try to see each other at least once every couple of months. They live in the South Bay, which is about two hours away from me. I wish they lived closer! Here’s pictures of him from last year. I was the designated photographer for his baptism.

            http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/youre-sheer-to-find-a-seasons-worth-of-pretty-in-cliniques-new-holiday-palette-for-eyes-lips-and-cheeks/

          • varsha says:

            Awww..Nicholas is soo very cute..Ameya (my baby)was bald like him too :)
            Yea..she looks so very closely when I put on make up and plays with it when she gets a chance..I am looking forward to our trips to Sephora ‘cos am lacking a good company here..lol..:D

          • Karen says:

            He’s fun! He is a very happy boy and is always smiling.

            That’s so cute that Ameya is already playing with makeup. :) I see little girls in Sephora with their moms and it’s so touching. Sometimes they look bored out of their minds (LOL), and sometimes they seem to have a lot of fun helping their moms pick out colors. What’s her personality like? Is she shy or outgoing?

          • varsha says:

            She is a pretty social kid..still has a bit of stranger anxiety though,especially with guys..Last time I went to sephora,she didn’t want to go roam the mall with her dad as we usually do..So I was holding her and swatching’ stuff and then she wanted to swatch too lol..May it will be more sane (or insane,considering how abused my credit card will be lol) when she grows up a bit,because right now she gets so worked up seeing all the tubes and pans and wants all of them..so very curious,obviously :)

  11. Sherice says:

    1. Mood:
    Inspired! I have been thinking of making some big life changes, and while it is scary to think of stepping outside my confort zone it is exhilirating daydreaming about all that I’d like to accomplish (FYI Karen, your Too Faced article is giving me vision!)

    2. Are there any bedtime rituals or things you do to help yourself fall asleep?
    Since I was a little girl I rock myself to sleep…either shaking my leg or actually rocking back and forth…my fiance finds it intriguing lol. Also, lately I have been taking a vitamin supplement called l-theanine with chamonile tea for the nights I just can’t knock out…

    3. What was the last makeup counter you remember visiting?
    It was definitely the MAC counter. I’m a bit peeved with them right now because I totally missed out on the Marilyn collection…I woke up every hour on the hour for their online launch and fell asleep for real by 5 am, work up at 6:15 and missed the launch by 20 minutes. THEN I sent my fiance to the counter TWICE on the October 4th launch and it sold out in 5 minutes! Not happy MAC. Not happy at all.

    4. Do you ever take pictures with your phone?
    787 pics and counting in my camera roll says an enthusiastic YES!

    5. What’s one of the most helpful books you’ve ever read?
    I’d have to say Eat, Pray, Love was the most helpful and inspiring book. I still read it when I need a pick me up or some motivation.

    6. What’s the secret in your secret sauce?
    Kindness. I find that being kinder than necessary can yield extraordinary results.

    7. What are three things you miss about your younger days, and three things you don’t?
    I miss being able to eat what I want and not gain weight INSTANTLY. (Metabolism WHERE ARE YOU?) I miss being carefree and sort of naive to the ways of the world. I miss not having bills most of all ;)

    I do NOT miss teenage angst…wondering where your place is in the world… I don’t miss having a curfew, and I don’t miss part time jobs

    8. Are you currently enjoying any beauty products on which you recently splurged?
    In an attempt to rid myself of my missed Marilyn Mac woe… (say that 3 times fast!) I bought a ton of Wet n Wild lipsticks and spent all weekend creating Fall looks. We do what we can :)

    9. What’s your favorite teen movie?
    No way I could pick just one. Top of the list are Teen Witch, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, For Keeps…I was a big Molly Ringwald fan

    10. Weekly goals:
    Smile bigger, be more thankful, get out and enjoy the cooler weather!

  12. Jennifer says:

    1. Mood: Agitated.

    2. Are there any bedtime rituals or things you do to help yourself fall asleep? Tea while watching TV in bed.

    3. What was the last makeup counter you remember visiting? Mario Badescu in L&T

    4. Do you ever take pictures with your phone? Um, Yes.

    5. What’s one of the most helpful books you’ve ever read? Suddenly Single.

    6. What’s the secret in your secret sauce? Sugar!

    7. What are three things you miss about your younger days, and three things you don’t?
    DO miss:
    -Energy -Metabolism (wow, was it fast!) and -foot size (holy cow, pregnancy so makes them grow!)

    Don’t Miss:
    -Uncomfortable with your body, your self -the incessant need to go out all the time -dating

    8. Are you currently enjoying any beauty products on which you recently splurged? Yes! Nailtiques system!

    9. What’s your favorite teen movie? Mean Girls

    10. Weekly goals: Eat better…

  13. varsha says:

    Oh and thats too bad of that writer lady..attitude!
    I want to start watching Friday night lights but am scared that will make my life more of a hot mess.Have you tried How I met your mother or Desperate housewives?I am so addicted to the latter,so very coool and the first one is a quick pick-me-up for me anytime I am down..:)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Varsha,

      I think she was just eager to get back to her movie. And I can imagine it being a little weird getting recognized in a bathroom, of all places, LOL!

      I haven’t watched either of those shows, but I’ve heard they’re both good. You have to watch the first season of Friday Night Lights at the very least. It is perfection. :)

      • varsha says:

        I saw this only now..:p..but be warned,if I see YOU in a bathroom or for that matter anywhere else I will come and talk for sure ;)

  14. MM Curator says:

    1. Mood: Surprisingly chill and relaxed for a Monday, which is totally sweet!

    2. Are there any bedtime rituals or things you do to help yourself fall asleep? I read, either blogs on my phone or books/magazines.

    3. What was the last makeup counter you remember visiting? I went to the MAC counter at Nordstrom this past Saturday hoping to find anything left from the Marilyn collection, but they were sold out of everything. :(

    4. Do you ever take pictures with your phone? Yup! I love not having to take my camera with me everywhere.

    5. What’s one of the most helpful books you’ve ever read? Hmm, I don’t think I’ve ever read all that helpful!

    6. What’s the secret in your secret sauce? Taking time for myself, even if it seems selfish.

    7. What are three things you miss about your younger days, and three things you don’t? – Things I miss: 1. School. Dear god how I miss being in school. 2. School. 3. Did I mention school? Things I don’t miss: 1. Being incredibly worried about what other people think. I still am self-conscious but much less so now. 2. Career naivete. It was not knowing that I couldn’t actually do what I wanted to do for a living that got me in the mess I’m in now. I’m wiser now but I don’t know if there’s still time to fix things. 3. Not having a big nice kitchen in which to bake tasty desserts!
    8. Are you currently enjoying any beauty products on which you recently splurged? Greatly enjoying the NARS/Andy Warhol flower palettes. I’m not using them, of course, but I love just staring at them.
    9. What’s your favorite teen movie? – Clueless truly is great, I agree!! But my favorite teen movie and favorite comedy, like, ever, is 16 Candles.
    10. Weekly goals: The usual – try to keep up with the blog and get to the gym. I need to get one last short run in before my half-marathon on Saturday (my first – eek!)
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  15. Debbie Keough says:

    Love these weekly questions. Helps vent a bit.

    1. Mood: Anxious, angry
    2. Are there any bedtime rituals or things you do to help yourself fall asleep? Benadryl and soft music on laptop (Shakespeare read by Ron Perlman on Beauty and the Beast soundtrack and Josh Groban)
    3. What was the last makeup counter you remember visiting? MAC/Sephora
    4. Do you ever take pictures with your phone? All the time
    5. What’s one of the most helpful books you’ve ever read? Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff
    6. What’s the secret in your secret sauce? Listening to music calms me and taking a long drive
    7. What are three things you miss about your younger days, and three things you don’t? I miss not having responsibility, not going to work and being single. I don’t miss the “dad” issues, going to school and living in the city.
    8. Are you currently enjoying any beauty products on which you recently splurged? I love my Make Up Forever Foundation, Benefit They’re Real mascara and my Calvin Klein lipstick in color “WOW”
    9. What’s your favorite teen movie? Teen Wolf/Back To Future
    10. Weekly goals: Finish shredding old paperwork and take walk to let off steam. Also, read Bible daily.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Debbie,

      Glad you stopped by to do the poll! Thanks for popping in.

      Oh, I’m with you on Back to the Future…it’s one of my favorites.

      Have a great week. :)

  16. MM Curator says:

    Haha!! We’ll see how it goes…it’ll be a good test to see whether I really want to train for a full marathon!

  17. Heidi says:

    1. Mood:

    So tired. Busy weekend that was influenced by “hormonal issues.”

    2. Are there any bedtime rituals or things you do to help yourself fall asleep?

    Herbal tea and then relaxing music once I’m in bed.

    3. What was the last makeup counter you remember visiting?

    I was hanging out at the Benefit counter at ULTA on Friday.

    4. Do you ever take pictures with your phone?

    Missy is ALL OVER my phone!

    5. What’s one of the most helpful books you’ve ever read?

    The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. So practical and sensible, but so profound.

    6. What’s the secret in your secret sauce?

    Accept everyone and look for the best in them.

    7. What are three things you miss about your younger days, and three things you don’t?

    I miss being free of financial responsibilities, having to make all my own decisions, and having someone else do the cooking! I don’t miss having to answer to someone else, being so massively unsure of myself, and having to deal with childhood/high school social cliques.

    8. Are you currently enjoying any beauty products on which you recently splurged?

    Not really a splurge (I’m trying to be more thrifty these days), but Trader Joe’s has a new Coconut Body Butter that is AMAZING! So moisturizing and smells heavenly.

    9. What’s your favorite teen movie?

    The Breakfast Club

    10. Weekly goals:

    Try to eat healthier and make more things from scratch. Last week was a lazy week in the kitchen.

    • Karen says:

      And I bet Missy wouldn’t have it any other way, LOL! I just snapped a pic of Tabs showing off his belly, please be sure to share it with Miss Thing: http://twitpic.com/b2d3po

      • Heidi says:

        Missy’s response: “mrowww”, followed by some major purring!

        She only strikes that pose when Brian comes over. It’s her flirting pose! The other evening she followed that up with rubbing her body all over his feet. It was the strangest thing!

        • Karen says:

          Wow — she knows how to claim her man!! Way to pull out the diva card, Missy. :D

          • Heidi says:

            Oh, yeah, it’s a regular lovefest between those two. You gotta love a man who will get down on the floor the second he gets in the front door to play with Missy! Her reaction to him Saturday night may have had a little something to do with the fact that we had just come from the Harvest Fair where we spent quite a bit of time around llamas, bunnies, horses, and other assorted critters. She probably picked up on that.

          • Karen says:

            That’s super sweet. Brian sounds very nice! Missy has good taste. :)

            Gosh, if I came home smelling like llamas, bunnies and horses Tabs would have a fit…

  18. Natasha says:

    Oooh! Pumpkin Spiced Latte! Yum! I may need to swing by a Starbucks before I take the car into the shop this afternoon…

    1. Mood:sharp. Feeling like I need to get myself into gear and I’ve been too fuzzy lately, so I’m a bit brusque right now.

    2. Are there any bedtime rituals or things you do to help yourself fall asleep?
    I spray my pillow with a lavender-camomile aromatherapy spritz… but it’s hard to get to sleep when I know DH is still at the computer and will wake me up in a half hour, or an hour, or an hour and a half…he’s a night owl and I’ve become a morning person in the past two years, so we’re still working out the details. I was a night person for the first 18 years of marriage — but that suddenly shifted after a stint in the hospital. No clue why, but i just wake up at 7am nowadays, no matter what time I went to bed the night before…hubby gets to sleep in until 9am when he’s not teaching.

    3. What was the last makeup counter you remember visiting?
    Can’t remember. I stopped by the Benefit counter in Macy’s last Monday, but the make-up girl is only there Tuesdays thru Saturdays… but I’m itching to get a new perspective…

    4. Do you ever take pictures with your phone? All the time! Usually of designs I’ve just drawn so I can post them to my blog or facebook. We went to a football game last Saturday and my phone took better pix of the fireworks than the camera! Seriously!

    5. What’s one of the most helpful books you’ve ever read?
    Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois
    I love baking bread, and this book gives all kinds of tips for making it practically hassle-free! Not instant….but stretching the process over a couple days actually makes baking bread easier.

    6. What’s the secret in your secret sauce?
    Extra garlic. Fresh garlic, minced by the Korean ladies at 1st Korean Market Grocery Store in San Diego..

    7. What are three things you miss about your younger days, and three things you don’t?
    I miss: fast metabolism, boundless energy, and free time.
    I don’t miss: social craziness, insecurity, lack of freedom and mobility. Having a car without a curfew is a beautiful thing!

    8. Are you currently enjoying any beauty products on which you recently splurged? I got the UD Smoked palette for my birthday in July (from me) — and I’m still having fun trying out combinations… and recently got that tightline nailed thanks to one of your Tuesday tips!

    9. What’s your favorite teen movie? Hairspray.

    10. Weekly goals: Get on top of the details: calender, what needs doing, food shopping, etc. Fortunately, cat food is on auto-deliver from AMazon so we never get short of gravy for the girls…

    • Karen says:

      Hi Natasha,

      Yay, glad to hear that your tight line situation has gotten better. :) Which of the tips have you been using and liking?

      • Natasha says:

        I tried using UD’s 24/7 pencil — much better than the previous drugstore brand I’d tried before. And then, lightly patting on a coordinating powder eyeshadow really seemed to lock the color down. I wore the look at an event out in the desert last week — where it was 105F at 6pm! and my eyeliner didn’t budge until I removed it at 1:00am when I got home!

        Tres exotique! But the liner was black (which worked b/c I was wearing black), and my natural coloring is a little softer so I’m thinking that using grey or brown might be a little less OTT. I have an order into UD for their smoked liner set which has grey, brown, and TEAL! and PLUM! So I will be playing around with tightlining for daytime use in the near future!

        • Karen says:

          NICE. UD’s liners are really great. And don’t you love how they come in about a billion colors? How do you feel about browns/golds? If you like them, UD’s Bourbon is a *must*.

          Oh — if you live near a Bobbi Brown counter, hers Long-Wear Eye Pencils are awesome, too.

          • Natasha says:

            I’m eyeing a pretty gold…awesome for the holidays. I’m also a fan of copper eyeshadows, so maybe a copper eyeliner would be fab, too. Not sure who carries Bobbi Brown other than Nordstrom’s. Sephora’s way easier to get to. If I see a counter, I’ll definitely check out BB.

          • Karen says:

            Some Sephora stores carry Bobbi. So hopefully you’ll find one with the line, because her liners are AWESOME.

            If you love copper shades, then you’ve gotta check out Laura Mercier’s Burnished Copper. It’s a cream shadow, but I bet you could use it as a liner too:

            http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/cosmetics/unsung-heroes-laura-mercier-metallic-creme-eye-colour-in-copper/

            Hope you’re having a nice day so far! It’s early here, so I’m going to hop on the treadmill and get my workout over with.

  19. ahhhdri says:

    1. Mood: relaxed!
    2. Are there any bedtime rituals or things you do to help yourself fall asleep? Turn on the Golden Girls (Sophia soothes my soul!) and read on my Kindle.
    3. What was the last makeup counter you remember visiting? Inglot, at the Herald Square Macy’s a few weeks ago.
    4. Do you ever take pictures with your phone? hell yeah, have you seen my instagram?!
    5. What’s one of the most helpful books you’ve ever read? hmmm, I need to to get back to you on that one.
    6. What’s the secret in your secret sauce? some sazon!
    7. What are three things you miss about your younger days, and three things you don’t? I wish I had taken advantage of more opportunities, is all.
    8. Are you currently enjoying any beauty products on which you recently splurged? yes, loving my new butter LONDON babies!
    9. What’s your favorite teen movie? 16 Candles, hands down
    10. Weekly goals: post frequently, tackle laundry and line up some more shoots.
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    • Karen says:

      Hi Ahhhdri,

      I heart The Golden Girls, too. My BFFs and I have plans to become them in approximately 30 years, give or take. I have dibs on being Sophia, LOL!

  20. Stef Smith says:

    1. Mood: Relaxed, I love Mondays, they’re quiet, and I don’t get a lot of quiet.
    2. Are there any bedtime rituals or things you do to help yourself fall asleep? I like a dark room, the ceiling fan on, and no jammies!
    3. What was the last makeup counter you remember visiting? Urban Decay at Macy’s. I was annoyed that a man was working it, because really, what does a man know about makeup? But I ended up buying everything he recommended and I love it! I won’t buy from anyone else there!
    4. Do you ever take pictures with your phone? HA! I just put over 1,300 pics from my iPhone on my computer, I take pictures allllll the time! Of everything, my family, my kids’ friends, beautiful sunsets, the treadmill at the gym so I know how far I ran, everything!
    5. What’s one of the most helpful books you’ve ever read? I have two that changed the way I think about things, “Eat, Pray, Love” and “The Shack.”
    6. What’s the secret in your secret sauce? Two parts oregano to one part basil, plenty of salt! LOL! Also, ask questions, because that’s how you get answers!
    7. What are three things you miss about your younger days, and three things you don’t? I miss seeing my friends everyday, I miss not thinking about budgeting and finances, I miss being a bit of a drama queen! ha ha ha I don’t miss being a drama queen, I don’t miss not feeling comfortable in my own skin, and I don’t miss not having kids!
    8. Are you currently enjoying any beauty products on which you recently splurged? Nope, I’m not. I should change that!
    9. What’s your favorite teen movie? “Heathers.” Good Lord Christian Slater was so hot in that movie! I’ve probably seen it 50 times, it’s always good!
    10. Weekly goals: Hit the gym a few times, organize my closet, give myself a great manicure!

  21. 1. Mood: happy and energetic after a long day of classes
    2. Are there any bedtime rituals or things you do to help yourself fall asleep? Not really. I am only really particular about my skincare routine–it all HAS to be done before I go to bed. The whole thing takes me about 30 minutes but I rest easier once it’s done
    3. What was the last makeup counter you remember visiting? MAC a few days ago. I was praying that by some miracle, my counter would have one of the The Perfect Cheek blushes left but alas…
    4. Do you ever take pictures with your phone? Yes! There are hundreds and hundreds of pictures on my phone and 99.9% of them are of my dog. :D
    5. What’s one of the most helpful books you’ve ever read? I’m a little ashamed to admit that I can’t think of one. I devour fiction like it’s air but I can’t think of one that HELPED me to do something better. They’ve all helped me expand my imagination, vocabulary, and creativity and helped me relax maybe…
    6. What’s the secret in your secret sauce? Be compassionate.
    7. What are three things you miss about your younger days, and three things you don’t? I miss my straight teeth (I wore my retainer for all of 5 minutes before promptly discarding it. Now my teeth are super crooked again after how many years of braces?!? Sigh…), I missed out on my middle school and high school (I really wish I had taken it more seriously. There were so many subjects that I am interested in now but back then, I dicked around and didn’t use it to my advantage), and playing with all my cousins (I have a HUGE family, but because everyone is grown up and off doing their own thing, we are hardly all together in one place at the same time anymore). I don’t miss: getting grounded all the time, the pettiness of middle school/high school, and being so insecure in my skin all the time.
    8. Are you currently enjoying any beauty products on which you recently splurged? All my Giorgio Armani goodies! I hadn’t tried anything from the brand until a few weeks ago when I splurged and bought about 6 items!
    9. What’s your favorite teen movie? Never Been Kissed was a cute one. I think that came out when I was a teen…
    10. Weekly goals: catch up on photos, study for tests, exercise, eat less sugar, get more sleep!
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  22. Ana says:

    Le List

    1. Mood: relax and sleeeepy
    2. Are there any bedtime rituals or things you do to help yourself fall asleep? Drinking a glass of milk :)
    3. What was the last makeup counter you remember visiting? MAC for the MM collection event this weekend (didn’t get anything)
    4. Do you ever take pictures with your phone? Hardly ever, I prefer my Canon Powershot :)
    5. What’s one of the most helpful books you’ve ever read? “The perfect b*tch manual” (Manual de la perfecta cabrona) by Elizabeth Hilts (gives good advice about relationships and the do’s and dont’s about men)
    6. What’s the secret in your secret sauce? LOOOOL be myself and adopt a crazy cat
    7. What are three things you miss about your younger days, and three things you don’t?
    I miss: playing with barbies, an old friend from my childhood and going out with no worries.
    I don’t miss: certain people, my embarrising taste in music and my old house.
    8. Are you currently enjoying any beauty products on which you recently splurged? Not really… My chanel vitalumiere aqua foundation broke me out :(
    9. What’s your favorite teen movie? thirteen, home room :)
    10. Weekly goals: do laundry, get an inventory done and work on a project.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ana,

      The Canon Powershot is a fabulous piece of equipment. I have one that’s a few generations old and still love it. It isn’t fancy, but takes great pictures.

      Anywho, sorry to hear that your Chanel broke you out. :( What foundation are you using instead?

  23. Suri says:

    1. Mood: Good. I have a day off from work!
    2. Are there any bedtime rituals or things you do to help yourself fall asleep? Put cream on my hands and watch QVC or a cooking show.
    3. What was the last makeup counter you remember visiting? I was browsing the Clinique counter at Macys this weekend.
    4. Do you ever take pictures with your phone? Yup. Usually of my hubby, nieces and nephews and food.
    5. What’s one of the most helpful books you’ve ever read? The Secret. Really helped changed my perspective.
    6. What’s the secret in your secret sauce? Don’t take myself TOO seriously.
    7. What are three things you miss about your younger days, and three things you don’t? I miss no worries about bills, rent or making money. I don’t miss living at home, being told what to do or having to depend on others for stuff. I know a mess!
    8. Are you currently enjoying any beauty products on which you recently splurged? I splurged on some Eve Lom lotion and I adore it.
    9. What’s your favorite teen movie? 16 candles. and I was super young when it came out.
    10. Weekly goals: Zumba 2xs this week, get through some work stuff and prepare for this cool/cold weather. I’m not ready!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Suri,

      Ooh, I’ve got to try some of that Eve Lom lotion. I’ve seen it at the store and it looks luxurious.

      Did you pick up anything at the Clinique counter?

  24. Lulle says:

    1. Mood: sleepy! I can’t quite wake up at all today. Maybe it’s because of the nice dinner yesterday night, with good red wine.

    2. Are there any bedtime rituals or things you do to help yourself fall asleep? Nope… nothing helps me fall asleep, I gave up counting sheep, bedtime herbal teas and other grandma remedies a long time ago. I’ll fall asleep when I fall asleeep!

    3. What was the last makeup counter you remember visiting? Hmm… I haven’t been beauty shopping for a few weeks, so I can’t remember. I also shop online a lot, otherwise go to Sephora or Ulta, and rarely visit counters in department stores.

    4. Do you ever take pictures with your phone? well, I take pictures with my Iphone which is not working as a phone here in the US, but I guess it still counts! It’s locked for use with SIM cards from a French provider only :(

    5. What’s one of the most helpful books you’ve ever read? Meditation for dummies! Great tips, very helpful, to the point, and no biased spiritual content.

    6. What’s the secret in your secret sauce? Still trying to figure it out…

    7. What are three things you miss about your younger days, and three things you don’t? I miss having really close friends who were like family to me, being able to sleep very little and still be functional, and having no responsibilities! I don’t miss school AT ALL (although I was pretty successful), being always on edge, and being so broke.

    8. Are you currently enjoying any beauty products on which you recently splurged? I have an allergy on my eyelid, so I try not to do any makeup :( Before that, I was using Balm Jovi palette by theBalm quite often.

    9. What’s your favorite teen movie? Not really teen, maybe for even younger audience, I love the Goonies! I watched it again recently and I had a blast :)

    10. Weekly goals: wake up!! Do some creative work for Halloween decorations, and still, get a job…
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  25. Melissa says:

    Haven’t done a MBB poll in ages! But this one looked fun :-)

    1. Mood: Lazy. Should be doing homework but I’m unmotivated.
    2. Are there any bedtime rituals or things you do to help yourself fall asleep? Just the usual: pjs, brush my teeth, watch TV.
    3. What was the last makeup counter you remember visiting? Lancome – I really want La Vie Es Belle :-)
    4. Do you ever take pictures with your phone? I do, I actually got scolded today in class for taking a picture my professor drew during lecture of the inside of a bone. Apparently, that’s distracting :-(
    5. What’s one of the most helpful books you’ve ever read? a book about sewing. I really wanted to learn how to sew my own clothing.
    6. What’s the secret in your secret sauce? Courtesy.
    7. What are three things you miss about your younger days, and three things you don’t? Things I Miss? Freedom of movement, the Navy, my size 6 pants. Things I don’t miss? Smoking, life before iPhone, not having my own place.
    8. Are you currently enjoying any beauty products on which you recently splurged? No but I almost bought a new palette from UD the other day. I was pretty sure I had a dupe of the color I really wanted in the palette so I swatched it, went home and checked, low and behold, I do :-)
    9. What’s your favorite teen movie? Sixteen Candles. “Not many girls in contemporary American society today, would give their underwear to help a geek like me.”
    10. Weekly goals: Study hard, pass my Lab exam with flying colors, salsa lessons, and a Happy Birthday on Thursday :-) Off to study and do homework – Happy Monday all!

  26. Rachael says:

    1. Mood: Sleepy.

    2. Are there any bedtime rituals or things you do to help yourself fall asleep? Not really, it helps when the cat lays on me and she purrs. So soothing.

    3. What was the last makeup counter you remember visiting? Lancome with my mama.

    4. Do you ever take pictures with your phone? Yes, like of the turkeys that frequent my backyard, my cat, my dog, the flowers I will soon inadvertently kill.

    5. What’s one of the most helpful books you’ve ever read? “What’s a Disorganized Person To Do.” I still can’t fold a fitted sheet after the step by step pictures.

    6. What’s the secret in your secret sauce? Siracha. Lots and lots of the stuff.

    7. What are three things you miss about your younger days, and three things you don’t? Things I miss: sleeping in, when I get sick and how my mom doesn’t take care of me, it being acceptable to be afraid of needles and going to the dentist. I don’t miss: getting grounded, kitchen table talks (scary), having to mow the yard.

    8. Are you currently enjoying any beauty products on which you recently splurged? I can’t bring myself to splurge. I’m scary cheap.

    9. What’s your favorite teen movie? The Princess Diaries.

    10. Weekly goals: It’s midterm week so study, study, and study some more

  27. 1. Mood: Sleepy
    2. Are there any bedtime rituals or things you do to help yourself fall asleep? I have to smell good from hair to feet :-)
    3. What was the last makeup counter you remember visiting? sephora
    4. Do you ever take pictures with your phone? when i get my iphone5 soon.but i always have my cam with me whenever i go
    5. What’s one of the most helpful books you’ve ever read? purple cow by seth godin (business marketing book)
    6. What’s the secret in your secret sauce? parmesan cheese & tabasco!
    7. What are three things you miss about your younger days, and three things you don’t? i miss the crazy outfits (80′s/90′s rocked!!!), having no problems other than having zits LOL, playing street games; i don’t miss the lack of internet, cable channels, black & white tv
    8. Are you currently enjoying any beauty products on which you recently splurged? yep!
    9. What’s your favorite teen movie? not exactly a teen movie but my fave movie when i was a teen ~ghost (demi moore & patrick swayze)
    10. Weekly goals: take things easy and chill.

  28. Lainey says:

    1. Mood:
    Exhausted. I didn’t do much today, so I don’t know why… I guess I just didn’t sleep well last night.

    2. Are there any bedtime rituals or things you do to help yourself fall asleep?
    Not really. I do my skincare routine, and slide an eye mask over my eyes, but that’s pretty much it.

    3. What was the last makeup counter you remember visiting?
    Hmm… I don’t shop at counters much( I’m a Sephora girl) but I think I stopped to gawk at the Bobbi Brown display a few months ago…

    4. Do you ever take pictures with your phone?
    Heaps of ‘em. Strange thing is, they all involve food, cats, or a combination of the two :-)

    5. What’s one of the most helpful books you’ve ever read?
    My Sister’s Keeper. Whenever I feel stressed or upset, I just start reading it. I think that because it’s so deep and complex, it sort of takes my mind off things.

    6. What’s the secret in your secret sauce?
    My friends. They make life soo much more interesting.

    7. What are three things you miss about your younger days, and three things you don’t?
    I miss not having to worry about anything, eating junk food 24/7, and being able to do stupid things without people thinking I’m crazy.
    I don’t miss getting yelled at, being told to eat my veggies, or having to keep my room immaculately clean. Where’s the fun in that?!

    8. Are you currently enjoying any beauty products on which you recently splurged?
    It’s not exactly a big splurge, but I just bought Nars Concealer and it’s GREAT.

    9. What’s your favorite teen movie?
    I don’t really love a favorite… Well, except for Cats and Dogs. That movie rocks!

    10. Weekly goals:
    Figure out why I can’t update my blog backround, get some excercise, and RELAX.

    http://www.thebellebeautyblog.blogspot.com
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  29. Lydia says:

    1. Mood: I am really glad to be home from work. It was a long day!
    2. Are there any bedtime rituals or things you do to help yourself fall asleep? I make my boyfriend tuck me in. haha
    3. What was the last makeup counter you remember visiting? I went to Sephora a couple of weeks ago, does that count?
    4. Do you ever take pictures with your phone? All the time.
    5. What’s one of the most helpful books you’ve ever read? This is How by Augusten Burroughs.
    6. What’s the secret in your secret sauce? Mascara?
    7. What are three things you miss about your younger days, and three things you don’t? 1. Being skinnier, 2. Just being younger, 3. My Grandpa
    1. Drinking to much
    2. Dating idiots
    3. I had never heard of a hair straightener.
    8. Are you currently enjoying any beauty products on which you recently splurged? Yes I just bought a Buxom Lip Gloss, I love that stuff, and this lotion bar thing from Lush that smells delicious.
    9. What’s your favorite teen movie? 16 Candles.
    10. Weekly goals: To eat healthy and keep my apartment clean.

  30. jen. says:

    1. Mood: pretty good. I was grumpy this morning because I didn’t want to go to work, but I had a good day.

    2. Are there any bedtime rituals or things you do to help yourself fall asleep? It sound totally obvious, but turning out most of the lights an hour or so before I go to bed. Duh. I usually read for a bit, then do the NYT crossword on my phone, then zonk out. (I am a nerd)

    3. What was the last makeup counter you remember visiting? I’m not really a makeup counter visitor because I am super shy. I do go to the MAC counter now and again though.

    4. Do you ever take pictures with your phone? All the time. I chose my last phone based solely on the camera it had (I’ve taken a photo of myself everyday since 2007. Uh…nerd).

    5. What’s one of the most helpful books you’ve ever read? The Power of Habit. Although since I read it, it makes me paranoid when I get coupons from Target for baby stuff (I am not a parent) because it makes me wonder what they know that I don’t. I also really like What I Talk About When I Talk About Running.

    6. What’s the secret in your secret sauce? Probably sarcasm.

    7. What are three things you miss about your younger days, and three things you don’t? Hmm. I miss not having to drive, being able to see all my friends everyday at school, and my first job at the hardware store. I don’t miss the lack of autonomy, living with roommates, or school itself (even though I work at schools, and I love it, you could not pay me enough to be in HS again).

    8. Are you currently enjoying any beauty products on which you recently splurged? Not at the moment, but hopefully soon! I did some late night online shopping yesterday and ordered an OCC lip tar that I’m interested to try.

    9. What’s your favorite teen movie? I can’t think of anything.

    10. Weekly goals: Finish the sweater I’m knitting! Not that I need it anytime soon here in AZ.

  31. Christina says:

    1. Mood: Quite excited! My mom just upgraded her phone (an outdated flip phone) to an iPhone 4S! She’s not very tech-savvy so I think this will be the perfect fit for her. In a little bit, I’m going to help her use it :)

    2. Are there any bedtime rituals or things you do to help yourself fall asleep? I try to do some light reading but I’ve been really bad about cutting myself off from the electronics before bed. I’m waaaaaay too addicted to late night YouTube-ing!

    3. What was the last makeup counter you remember visiting? I was at the Lancome counter not too long ago getting a few pieces from their Fall Collection :) I looooooooove vampy dark lips so I was stocking up on their lip products!

    4. Do you ever take pictures with your phone? Absolutely! I take pics of my food, friends, and anything funny or quirky that catches my attention (for example, this huge display of Nutella to-go packs)

    5. What’s one of the most helpful books you’ve ever read? Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen. I had to read it and make a PowerPoint presentation for a Leadership and Supervision class and I’m glad I did! It’s nothing revolutionary but it goes give great advice on how to boost productivity and being able to keep track of all the projects we have in our lives!

    6. What’s the secret in your secret sauce? Be yourself and act like no one’s watching. I’m the complete opposite of subtle when I think something is hilarious. When my best friend makes me laugh, I pretty much laugh and react without abandon. I’ve learned not to notice the stares :P

    7. What are three things you miss about your younger days, and three things you don’t?

    Three things I miss are not having to worry about grown-up problems, seeing my best friends everyday, and not having mounting responsibilities on a daily basis.

    Three things I don’t miss are not being able to drive, having to be accompanied everywhere, not really being able to make my own decisions.

    8. Are you currently enjoying any beauty products on which you recently splurged? I got a product from Boscia that supposed to reduce shine in the T-zone area, a microfiber headband from Sephora, and products from the Shisheido Pureness line!

    9. What’s your favorite teen movie? Hmmm… does Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion count?

    10. Weekly goals: Gah… finish up some supplemental essays and then work on some school work? Oh, and probably cleaning!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Christina,

      Have fun teaching your mom how to use her new phone. Oh, and you gotta put Bejeweled on there! For some reason moms LOVE playing Bejeweled, LOL!

  32. Fabienne says:

    1. Mood: ok tending towards good
    2. Are there any bedtime rituals or things you do to help yourself fall asleep? Luckily I fall asleep on demand but if I find I can’t fall asleep within 5 minutes, I open a book and the magic works within reading 3 pages. So it’s sad tha tI can’t read books in bed…
    3. What was the last makeup counter you remember visiting? Hm… YSL for their fuchsia lipstick. It’s great !
    4. Do you ever take pictures with your phone? Yes, as a good Asian person I take pictures of the food I eat, and more recently of my 2 kittens I have just adopted – they are adorable, they play together, they cuddle and they sleep in the same basket. I love them
    5. What’s one of the most helpful books you’ve ever read? The Little Prince, my favorite book of all times, it puts my heart at peace
    6. What’s the secret in your secret sauce? My soft baked cookies. A recipe I have improved over the years.
    7. What are three things you miss about your younger days, and three things you don’t? Miss : no responsibility, Mom’s cooking, my bedroom – Don’t miss : financial dependance, arguing with parents for diverging opinions on mostly everything, fighting constantly with my sister for diverging opinions on many things :)
    8. Are you currently enjoying any beauty products on which you recently splurged? Chanel Douceur foaming cleanser. I’ve been diligently washing my face with it twice a day. And Chanel Hydra Beauty lotion + serum + moisturizer. I have been using it for a month and half now and my skin has been on its best behaviour !
    9. What’s your favorite teen movie? Amelie – I’m a dreamer
    10. Weekly goals: to find a good topic for blogging – I wish I had the courage to do it just like you. I find it’s hard to establish yourself to interact with people.

  33. Rachel says:

    Oh yes. I would love to try one of those!

    1. Mood: Tired, but productive.
    2. Are there any bedtime rituals or things you do to help yourself fall asleep? I do them sometimes. Mostly I stay up too late on Twitter or watching TV or doing both. A ritual is burning a candle and reading a good book and snuggling with my cat.
    3. What was the last makeup counter you remember visiting? I visited one on Saturday. They had TIGI makeup.
    4. Do you ever take pictures with your phone? Not my phone. For some reason it has been problematic with that. I do use my ipod touch to take pics.
    5. What’s one of the most helpful books you’ve ever read? So far with organization: Get Your Act Together: 7-Day Get-Organized Program For The Overworked, Overbooked, and Overwhelmed
    by Pam Young… For happiness and general well being: Succulent Wild Woman, Dancing with your wonder-full self! by SARK
    6. What’s the secret in your secret sauce? when my extroverted side comes out. It’s sort of like a secret! People will go “Whoa! You’re funny..” Like it’s a surprise they never knew.
    7. What are three things you miss about your younger days, and three things you don’t?
    1. Built-in friends (Kids that lived on my block – we were instant best friends and a group)
    2. Not having the same fears as I do now
    3. My backyard
    4*** And being able to eat as much as I want and look like a stick.

    1. Bullying
    2. Sadness
    3. Not being able to ask for help/Not knowing how to ask for help/Not being able to help myself when I truly needed it.

    8. Are you currently enjoying any beauty products on which you recently splurged? This isn’t a super recent splurge but I’ve really been my Sonya Dakar SPF. Not a big splurge, more like a steal, but I’ve been loving my elf Max Coverage concealer. It does cover! And I am really enjoying it.
    9. What’s your favorite teen movie? Clueless or The Craft
    10. Weekly goals: Try not to allow myself to get in the dumps for too long – life’s too short! Try to connect with this person (It could lead to a job opportunity). Try to be in the moment, not consumed by what to do next or what’s down the road or behind me.

    Have a good week!

  34. jess says:

    Le List

    1. Mood: Decent, little stressed
    2. Are there any bedtime rituals or things you do to help yourself fall asleep? I read or watch the adventures of sherlock holmes from the BBC. Then I play on my phone/listen to music til I fall asleep.
    3. What was the last makeup counter you remember visiting? MAC for Marilyn Monroe
    4. Do you ever take pictures with your phone? yes, more frequently lately with instagram! its fun!
    5. What’s one of the most helpful books you’ve ever read? “Saving your Marriage before it starts” By Les and Leslie Parrott
    6. What’s the secret in your secret sauce? more pepper or more butter!
    7. What are three things you miss about your younger days, and three things you don’t?
    miss
    1 endless freetime!
    2 no responsibility!
    3 more time with my friends!
    don’t miss
    1 less freedom
    2 living at home
    3 immature boys

    8. Are you currently enjoying any beauty products on which you recently splurged? I am currently waiting for my MAC Marilyn products, otherwise I haven’t bought anything recently.
    9. What’s your favorite teen movie? mean girls!!
    10. Weekly goals: relax and get hw done!

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