Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 264

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Always be a unicorn.

The Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll for March 25, 2013

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. Have you ever awkwardly slipped or tripped in front of a large group of people (hopefully without getting hurt)?
    OMG, YES! I was watching Wicked with my friend Cindy at a fancy theater some years back. Our seats were up in the nosebleed section, at the top of these really steep steps, and right at the start of intermission, Cindy and I decide to go grab a snack in the lobby, so we start heading down the stairs, and somehow — WHOOPS! — I miss a step and tumble all the way down…

    Of course, I was wearing a dress with a flowy skirt at the time, and um…apparently I gave the patrons a different kind of show, if you know what I mean.

  2. Do you do blue eye liner?
    Absolutely. I have brown eyes with a faint ring of dark blue around the outer edges, and I like the way blue liner makes the ring look more intense.
  3. Can you recommend a comfy pair of flats?
    I can now! The striped pair of Dr. Scholl’s flats I saw at DSW last Friday.

    Only reason I didn’t get them was because I couldn’t get over the huge silver buckle… Reminded me of the Green Bay Packers logo (and I’m a 49ers fan).

  4. Your current favorite makeup or beauty indulgence?
    I seem to have developed a serious affinity for pricey eye creams and potions, which is probably linked to the fact that I’ll be turning 38 (!) in two months.

    Anywho, lately I’ve been loving lightweight (but not light on pocketbooks; it’s $98!) Guerlain Super Aqua-Eye Serum, which moisturizes the heck out of my eye area. Plus, it absorbs quickly, doesn’t irritate my eyes and smells like roses.

  5. Did you deal with any sibling rivalry when you were growing up?
    Oh, yeah. Big time. I was wildly jealous of my younger brother because I felt like my parents favored him. He got away with everything!

    It led to many fights, but we eventually got over it…in our 30s, haha!

  6. I’m excited about _____.
    The Host!

    It’s the new Stephenie Meyer movie coming out this Friday, and I’m thinking about going to the midnight showing.

  7. Name a great book you loved so much that you’ve read it at least twice.
    The Age of Miracles, by Karen Thompson Walker. The writing will take your breath away (at least it did mine).
  8. Do you keep the fortunes from fortune cookies?
    If they move me in some way, then yes, I keep them in my wallet for months. Sometimes years.
  9. How often do you do DIY (do it yourself) projects?
    Um, never? But I love the idea. I want to be one of those ladies in the Lowe’s commercials happily painting a room or refinishing a dresser. It seems very satisfying… I just don’t ever seem to have enough time.
  10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to…
    …be yourself. Unless you can be a unicorn. Then, always be a unicorn. :)

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

Le List

1. Have you ever awkwardly slipped or tripped in front of a large group of people?
2. Do you do blue eye liner?
3. Can you recommend a comfy pair of flats?
4. Your current favorite makeup or beauty indulgence?
5. Did you deal with any sibling rivalry when you were growing up?
6. I’m excited about _____.
7. Name a great book you loved so much that you’ve read it at least twice.
8. Do you keep the fortunes from fortune cookies?
9. How often do you do DIY (do it yourself) projects?
10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to…

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. Chelsea says:

    I saw you in an email from Too Faced today!

    1. Have you ever awkwardly slipped or tripped in front of a large group of people? I’m a klutz, this happens all the time! I mostly just laugh it off.

    2. Do you do blue eye liner? Sometimes I like a navy eyeliner – really brings out the blue in my eyes.

    3. Can you recommend a comfy pair of flats? I just got an amazing pair of Zara. They’re super cute, I love the metal toe cap. I might have to buy a back-up pair!

    4. Your current favorite makeup or beauty indulgence? Sheet face masks from Missha! So relaxing! My favorite is Deep Sea Water.

    5. Did you deal with any sibling rivalry when you were growing up? Not too much! My big brother and I got along well, though I definitely got in trouble more (but I usually deserved it – I had a temper as a kid).

    6. I’m excited about _____. Going to Albuquerque for a conference next week!

    7. Name a great book you loved so much that you’ve read it at least twice. All the Harry Potters have been read a million times, as have all the Laura Ingalls Wilder books.

    8. Do you keep the fortunes from fortune cookies? Not unless they’re really good.

    9. How often do you do DIY (do it yourself) projects? Almost never!
    I rent, and ain’t nobody got time for that.

    10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to… do what you love, and let the money follow.

    • Karen says:

      I remember you mentioning those flats last week! How’s the arch support? I usually live in heels, which is why flats KILL my feet. I want to start wearing them more, though!

  2. Melissa says:

    1. Have you ever awkwardly slipped or tripped in front of a large group of people?: Of course! It’s awful.

    2. Do you do blue eye liner?: I think it looks ridiculous on me.

    3. Can you recommend a comfy pair of flats?: Repetto ballet flats are lovely if you can find them.

    4. Your current favorite makeup or beauty indulgence?: Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm. It’s expensive, but perfect.

    5. Did you deal with any sibling rivalry when you were growing up?: Oh yes. Two older brothers and one younger sister, born all within a six year time frame. It was inevitable.

    6. I’m excited about _____.: Having this week off!

    7. Name a great book you loved so much that you’ve read it at least twice.: Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

    8. Do you keep the fortunes from fortune cookies?: Never.

    9. How often do you do DIY (do it yourself) projects?: Probably more often than most, I sew and knit a lot of things.

    10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to…: Not care as much.

    Have a great week, everyone!

  3. Minsooky says:

    1. Have you ever awkwardly slipped or tripped in front of a large group of people? Not that I can remember!
    2. Do you do blue eye liner? I used to when I was a teen, but I’m not that adventurous anymore…
    3. Can you recommend a comfy pair of flats? No, I live in boots >_>;
    4. Your current favorite makeup or beauty indulgence? MAC Lipglasses! Feels so good on my lips and really pigmented too.
    5. Did you deal with any sibling rivalry when you were growing up? No, both my brother and I mainly just argued over who could play video games first…
    6. I’m excited about _____. A vacation I’m going on later this week. Yay jacuzzi!
    7. Name a great book you loved so much that you’ve read it at least twice. The Handmaid’s Tale.
    8. Do you keep the fortunes from fortune cookies? No, I don’t even eat them.
    9. How often do you do DIY (do it yourself) projects? Rarely; I’m not very good with building things.
    10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to…realize that the only person I can change is myself.
    Minsooky recently posted … Creepy FOTD: Bright Eyes with Lime Crime

  4. Suri says:

    1. Have you ever awkwardly slipped or tripped in front of a large group of people? Oh yes! I was walking through a train car while it was moving and I slipped and fell right onto my butt in front of a subway car full of people.
    2. Do you do blue eye liner? Nope.
    3. Can you recommend a comfy pair of flats? Rockport and Aerosoles make great ones.
    4. Your current favorite makeup or beauty indulgence? I have all about my nails lately. Getting new colors for spring and taking care of my nails and cuticles with new creams and oils.
    5. Did you deal with any sibling rivalry when you were growing up? Yes and I still do even though I’m 32. Totally sucks.
    6. I’m excited about _____. Spring break vacation!
    7. Name a great book you loved so much that you’ve read it at least twice. The Red Tent. Really great.
    8. Do you keep the fortunes from fortune cookies? Probably in my purse for a little while then when I clean my purse out I toss them.
    9. How often do you do DIY (do it yourself) projects? Never. I have a Pinterest board full of diy dreams.
    10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to…just try. The worst thing that could happen is that it doesn’t work out.

  5. varsha says:

    Omg poor you..cant imagine that fall..I guess it happens to all of us atleast once in a lifetime :D

    1. Have you ever awkwardly slipped or tripped in front of a large group of people?Not a trip that I can remember.But once in my college electrical lab a guy in my team pulled out the chair when I was about to desperately sit.nuf said :D

    2. Do you do blue eye liner?yup..the dark navy blue one..but havent found one that really make my black eyes pop out.

    3. Can you recommend a comfy pair of flats? Dont have flats :D

    4. Your current favorite makeup or beauty indulgence?
    I bought the dermadoctor wrinkle revenge for eyes out of a whim sometime back.It was $48 and probably the highest I paid for a cosmetic.and btw karen,I got Mac face n body yesterday..turns out we are kinda same color..c5 and NC42,I was pleasantly surprised.:)

    5. Did you deal with any sibling rivalry when you were growing up?Kinda yes..same story as you..younger bro :)

    6. I’m excited about _____. ok..starting a makeup/beauty blog??lol..I dunno Karen,I have been having this strong nurge to start one since a while.I have lot of product and I know the blogging routine since I already have a food blog.But somehow all you pretty smart ladies kinda intimidates me.:D
    any tips to brave me up girlfriend?

    7. Name a great book you loved so much that you’ve read it at least twice.

    Master of game and Sands of time from Sidney sheldon..that said I have lot of fav books that I read more than once..

    8. Do you keep the fortunes from fortune cookies?nope..

    9. HHow often do you do DIY (do it yourself) projects?never done..looks like I will never do either..sigh..

    10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to…so many advices recieved..mostly boring and uninspiring,so dont remmeber..but I loved yours :)

  6. 1. Have you ever awkwardly slipped or tripped in front of a large group of people? Yes! I was presenting at a meeting and as the last person to walk into the room, I tripped over the threshold.
    2. Do you do blue eye liner? Nope.

    3. Can you recommend a comfy pair of flats? Cole Haan’s Air Bacara flats. They come in a zillion colors. http://www.zappos.com/cole-haan-air-bacara-ballet-black-patent
    4. Your current favorite makeup or beauty indulgence? Collagen eye masks! I like to put them in the fridge so it gives me a cooling effect. I don’t even know who makes them. They were the first thing I saw on Amazon when I search for collagen eye masks.
    5. Did you deal with any sibling rivalry when you were growing up?Yes. My fabulous sister is only a year an a half younger than me. We also played sports and were equally matched. Whenever we got in a fight it lasted about 5 minutes. She’s awesome.
    6. I’m excited about going to see my sister get her PHD in June. We’re remodeling our kitchen soon and it’s going to be hectic and dirty but fun.
    7. Name a great book you loved so much that you’ve read it at least twice. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. One of the only books that has been made into movies that I’d say, “see the movie and then read the book.” Those Brits have their own version of English and it’s tough to follow, but it’s a great story.
    8. Do you keep the fortunes from fortune cookies?No joke, I got one recently that said something like, “you have terrible instincts and need to rethink you decisions.” WHAT?! I think I still have it somewhere…
    9. How often do you do DIY (do it yourself) projects?All the time. It’s so much fun to look at something and know you were the one to make it awesome.
    10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to…stop being afraid of failure.
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    • Karen says:

      Hi L.A. Lady,

      Thank you for the shoe rec. How’s the arch support on those Cole Haan flats?

      • They’re great! Almost as great as some kind of orthopedic shoe without looking like one at all. I might be biased since I do a lot of ballet and am used to my feet being uncomfortable… but one of the reviews said she wore them on a big trip to Europe and they were great walking over all those cobblestone streets.

  7. Natasha says:

    1. Have you ever awkwardly slipped or tripped in front of a large group of people?
    Yes! I also trip when I’m all by myself…

    2. Do you do blue eye liner?
    Not really. I like Marine by Urban Decay, but only on the top.

    3. Can you recommend a comfy pair of flats?
    Anything by Keen. I’m also wearing a pair of Waves by Clarks… very comfy. Not the most stylish, but comfort is King for me.

    4. Your current favorite makeup or beauty indulgence?
    A shellac manicure! It’s actually lasted a whole week and still looking pretty! I may get used to this…

    5. Did you deal with any sibling rivalry when you were growing up?
    Nope. Only child.

    6. I’m excited about _____.
    Spring break coming up…and a trip to the desert to see the flowers!

    7. Name a great book you loved so much that you’ve read it at least twice.
    The Phantom Tollbooth.

    8. Do you keep the fortunes from fortune cookies?
    If I get a good one, I’ll stuff it in my wallet and keep it for years…

    9. How often do you do DIY (do it yourself) projects?
    Do craft projects count? Then, all the time.

    10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to…
    not take things personally. Sometimes people are snots because they are having a bad day, not anything you did…
    Natasha recently posted … Sunday Pictures: A Walk in the Park

  8. Laura says:

    1. Have you ever awkwardly slipped or tripped in front of a large group of people? Oh yea, once in high school, I was wearing new flats and they were still all smooth underneath. So I slipped in the middle of the schoolyard. Some kids laughed but it wasn’t a total humiliation.

    2. Do you do blue eye liner? Sometimes yes, especially in the summer, it brings out my tan.

    3. Can you recommend a comfy pair of flats? Zara’s! I always find very comfy flats at Zara.

    4. Your current favorite makeup or beauty indulgence? I’ve rediscovered the purpose of highlight these past few days. I’m crazy for my high beam for Benefit. The poor thing was just left forgotten in some drawer.

    5. Did you deal with any sibling rivalry when you were growing up? None, I was an only child.

    6. I’m excited about going back in the sun soon and getting my tan back!!!!!

    7. Name a great book you loved so much that you’ve read it at least twice. Tough one… I wanna say any book by Terry Pratchett on his Discworld series. Especially those with Death. They’re hilarious. Also I think there was this one story about a gispy and a wolf I used to read when I was growing up, or the one with the source whose water made you immortal… Can’t remember titles or anything though.

    8. Do you keep the fortunes from fortune cookies? No, those aren’t very common here.

    9. How often do you do DIY (do it yourself) projects? Never I guess.

    10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to always do my best. And actually now the best advice I receive are from myself. I’m quite wise lol.

  9. Ruchita says:

    Le List

    1. Have you ever awkwardly slipped or tripped in front of a large group of people?
    It’s been a while, but I’ve slipped on ice while walking to class in college.

    2. Do you do blue eye liner?
    Now that you mention it, I think I would like to try something like navy blue.

    3. Can you recommend a comfy pair of flats?
    I have a couple of pairs from the brand Me Too and they are extremely comfortable. I got a pink pair last year. I would love to wear them, but it just snowed again yesterday. :-(

    4. Your current favorite makeup or beauty indulgence?
    Makeup Forever HD foundation. It’s a bit pricey, but it’s one of the few foundations I’ve found to match my skin color.

    5. Did you deal with any sibling rivalry when you were growing up?
    Not really. My brother is 9 years younger than me, so we were never in the same “circles” so to speak. Although he did used to bug me whenever I had friends over. I hated it back then, but now I sorta miss it.

    6. I’m excited about _____.
    Having Friday off work!

    7. Name a great book you loved so much that you’ve read it at least twice.
    There’s a book called A Painted House by John Grisham. It’s about the summer of a 7-year old boy’s life in 1950s rural Arkansas. I thought it was an interesting look at a completely different place in time and lifestyle I’ll never experience.

    8. Do you keep the fortunes from fortune cookies?
    Yes. I have one in my wallet right now.

    9. How often do you do DIY (do it yourself) projects?
    Never. Unless baking counts for DIY. :-) Honestly, I’m lazy and it’s just not something I make time for.

    10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to…
    Stop and take time to pet the kitties. :-)

    Happy Monday!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ruchita,

      Lovely advice. I hope Mingy and the crew doesn’t get jealous when you come home with the scents of other kitties on your fingers. I know Tabs has a fit whenever that happens!

      How was your weekend?

      • Ruchita says:

        They are curious about new smells, etc but don’t get too riled up. Usually what gets them the most is seeing a cat out in the yard. Mingy wanted to chase after some of the neighborhood strays on our walk on Saturday.

        My weekend was pretty relaxing. I spent the majority of Sunday in my PJs having a Twilight movie marathon. :-) Hope yours was good!

        • Karen says:

          Is it still snowing out there? I can picture Mingy the snow cat bounding through the yard!

          • Ruchita says:

            It snowed a few inches overnight – just in time for morning rush hour – but the main roads were pretty clear.

            If I get any new shots of Mingy in the snow I’ll send them your way! :-)

          • Karen says:

            Yes, please! I will show them to Tabs. I’m convinced he and Mingy share some common cat ancestry, LOL!

  10. Katherine G says:

    1. Have you ever awkwardly slipped or tripped in front of a large group of people?
    ~I have before, fallen down the stairs on my butt, and in MMA training I fall all the time as a result of being thrown or swept (where you take down your partner by literally sweeping them off their feet).

    2. Do you do blue eye liner?
    ~Not all the time but sometimes to make my eyes look more awake, and it enhances the green/gold tones. I love Rimmel’s in Deep Ocean, it stays on all day with a good primer. I also love UD’s brighter blue, I think it’s called Radium. Deep Ocean is that perfect Navy for doing something different but still staying conservative. Laura Mercier’s Black Navy is also a good color, since it shows up a little lighter on me I layer it over black liner.

    3. Can you recommend a comfy pair of flats?
    ~Charlotte Russe makes good, cheaper ones, and I’ve had some of those pairs for years. Only issue with Charlotte Russe shoes is that they come in whole sizes – I won’t buy high heels but their flats fit me well and their boots fit. Body Central also makes great shoes that are cheap and hold up well.

    4. Your current favorite makeup or beauty indulgence?
    ~Nars Orgasm blush and nail polish (it’s such a great neutral – looks natural on fingers and toes but is a nice color to look at). Also loving the new Physician’s Formula bronzer with the sun on it – Physician’s Formula does very well with powders and bronzers. They give me a great glow and are quick to put on in the morning!

    5. Did you deal with any sibling rivalry when you were growing up?
    ~Some, like everyone with siblings there was some jealousy if one sibling did better than the other or was winning at their chosen sport. But overall, me and my little bro have gotten along very well. There is still that slight edge of competitiveness at times but we are best friends.

    6. I’m excited about _____.
    ~MMA training, and my wedding. Not a fan of wedding planning at all but I am excited to finally be getting married. Going to be very small thank goodness so not a ton to do. MMA training is addictive, I would train all the time if I could.

    7. Name a great book you loved so much that you’ve read it at least twice.
    ~Noble Cause, by Jessica James. Great historical fiction about the Civil War.

    8. Do you keep the fortunes from fortune cookies?
    ~No, I usually read them, laugh or think that it’s spot on, and throw them out.

    9. How often do you do DIY (do it yourself) projects?
    ~Often enough, I guess. I do DIY beauty all the time (I dye my hair myself, do beauty maintenance like pedicures myself), and I love doing house projects when I have the time.

    10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to…
    ~Everything happens for a reason, and work hard. Things may not always go as planned but you are right where you are supposed to be in life.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Katherine,

      Happy Monday! I’m very excited about your upcoming wedding. Do you have a dress yet? I want to see!

      • Katherine G says:

        Thank you! I am excited too, just not a fan of the whole planning thing because even with it very small and dinner-party like, there are still things that have to get done. I do have a dress, no pics yet because I am going to get it fitted in hopefully a week or 2. It’s strapless with a fine lace overlay, a very tiny train, and the bodice criss-crosses the lace, almost corset like. It’s simple but beautiful, and didn’t cost an arm and a leg. David’s Bridal has great dresses!

  11. Megan B. says:

    1. Have you ever awkwardly slipped or tripped in front of a large group of people? I once jumped out the door of a skating rink.
    2. Do you do blue eye liner? I do! Very dark sapphire. Makes my brown eyes pop.
    3. Can you recommend a comfy pair of flats? Unfortunately no, but if you find them, please pass them on!
    4. Your current favorite makeup or beauty indulgence? Too Faced Beauty Balm! I bought it the other day after a lot of deliberation and my face feels like satin today!
    5. Did you deal with any sibling rivalry when you were growing up? Moreso when I was a teenager than a child.
    6. I’m excited about _____. Having Friday off.
    7. Name a great book you loved so much that you’ve read it at least twice. “The Killer Angels” by Michael Shaara
    8. Do you keep the fortunes from fortune cookies? The really good ones.
    9. How often do you do DIY (do it yourself) projects? Not many, except for knitting.
    10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to… Fake it ’til you make it.

  12. Christina says:

    1. Have you ever awkwardly slipped or tripped in front of a large group of people? Alllllll the time! It happens so often that it’s hard to keep track XD My most recent slippage was a few weeks back when it was raining and I nearly slipped and fell in mud but was able to catch myself and ended up kneeling in the mud :P

    2. Do you do blue eye liner? Absolutely! I love blue and teal eyeliner :) I think it brings a nice emphasis to my dark brown eyes.

    3. Can you recommend a comfy pair of flats? Hmmm not at the moment! But I do want to check out those Dr. Scholl’s flats :) They seem like a lovely addition to a spring outfit.

    4. Your current favorite makeup or beauty indulgence? I’ve recently indulged in the Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream. With the weather changing and all, I’ve been needing a lighter moisturizer for the day. I love how it just sinks in and (hopefully) helping with keeping aging at bay from all my lack of sleep/stress/studying/etc.

    5. Did you deal with any sibling rivalry when you were growing up? Nope, only because I’m an only child! While it does seem nice, it was a bummer not really having a sibling figure in my life until I was in high school.

    6. I’m excited about _____. SPRING BREAK (which I guess started last Friday when my last class was over) Granted, my family and I don’t really travel or anything but still! It’s nice taking a breather and I plan to relax and catch up on things as best as I can.

    7. Name a great book you loved so much that you’ve read it at least twice. I really enjoyed “Saving Fish From Drowning” by Amy Tan. It was pretty different from the style of writing she’s done in her previous books so I considered it a breath of fresh air.

    8. Do you keep the fortunes from fortune cookies? I used to do it a lot but I’ve been trying to clear clutter from my work area. But, if I do find one with a really good, hopeful message, I might tack it onto my message board.

    9. How often do you do DIY (do it yourself) projects? Hmmmm I guess I do more arts and crafts than actual DIY projects. But, if crocheting counts, then I guess I do a lot of it! I’ve been searching for a lovely crocheted blanket pattern to work on :3

    10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to… be in control of my own happiness.

  13. Rosie says:

    1. Have you ever awkwardly slipped or tripped in front of a large group of people? Fortunately, no. All my slips and trips have not been witnessed by others. But that just means I have to pick myself up!
    2. Do you do blue eye liner? definitely. I have very dark brown eyes and i love a navy liner. UD Binge 24/7 and MUFE Aqua Eyes Navy Blue 3L are constantly in rotation, sharpened to nubs.
    3. Can you recommend a comfy pair of flats? no but now I want to go to DSW. Thanks, Karen
    4. Your current favorite makeup or beauty indulgence? I discovered Clarins Beauty flash balm deluxe sample. Love it! I use it before my Dr Jarts BB cream.
    5. Did you deal with any sibling rivalry when you were growing up? I am the youngest of 9. Yes, 9. However, I am the youngest, the baby. I could basically get away with anything because it had already been done! lol
    6. I’m excited about spring break. Yes I am 46 but my daughter’s been home from college. :) and next week is my son’s break :)
    7. Name a great book you loved so much that you’ve read it at least twice. Harry Potter 4, 5, and 7. love and tears…
    8. Do you keep the fortunes from fortune cookies? Sometimes. My favorite is “What’s hidden in an empty box?” Another family quirk is to add “in bed” after reading them out loud. It is a conversation starter, that’s for sure!
    9. How often do you do DIY (do it yourself) projects? not for me. I have no patience. I just want it done.
    10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to stop and smell the coffee. Breathe. Relax. Chill. Don’t worry about a thing, ’cause every little thing is gonna be alright…

  14. Emily says:

    1. Have you ever awkwardly slipped or tripped in front of a large group of people?
    Not that I can remember, thankfully!
    2. Do you do blue eye liner?
    I do! I have brown eyes so I love blue liner with them!
    3. Can you recommend a comfy pair of flats?
    Oh yes, I have these adorable white ones that feel like slippers. They were from Zellers actually!
    4. Your current favorite makeup or beauty indulgence?
    Currently I am super into eyeshadow kits and I got a few from Sephora recently.
    5. Did you deal with any sibling rivalry when you were growing up?
    Yeah I did a little bit, my brother and I are very close in age so we were going through the same stages at the same times and it got competitive.
    6. I’m excited about _____.
    I’m excited about summer. I can’t wait for nice weather!
    7. Name a great book you loved so much that you’ve read it at least twice.
    The Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult. So good.
    8. Do you keep the fortunes from fortune cookies?
    If I like them or they move me then I can keep them for years.
    9. How often do you do DIY (do it yourself) projects?
    Probably once every few months. I like to get crafty when I can.
    10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to…
    To let go a little. I over-think sometimes so that advice really helps me.

    Thanks Karen!
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  15. Kim says:

    Happy Monday! Whoever gave you that unicorn advice was NOT a Harry Potter fan. Voldemort will seriously be trying to drink your blood! :)

    1. Have you ever awkwardly slipped or tripped in front of a large group of people? OMG, yes. I was out at a very crowded bar with friends (many years ago) and turned on the stairs after talking to a cute boy, took the step with a bit of a hop and totally wiped out. In my defense, it was dark and really wet/slush (winter time). Mortifying. The embarrassment was the only thing that made me bounce up and keep walking because it hurt like crazy!
    2. Do you do blue eye liner? No, I have green eyes but I’m more of a brown liner gal, as you know.
    3. Can you recommend a comfy pair of flats? Yes! Nike Motos. :)
    4. Your current favorite makeup or beauty indulgence? I’m going to stick with my Clarisonic. They’re a little pricey, especially with the brush head replacements, but I think they’re worth it.
    5. Did you deal with any sibling rivalry when you were growing up? Yes, my sister is 3 years younger and I also felt like my mother liked her better. Mostly because she did. HAHA!
    6. I’m excited about _____. Having Good Friday off!
    7. Name a great book you loved so much that you’ve read it at least twice. There have been many but since I’ve probably read Pride & Prejudice more than any of the others, I’ll choose that one.
    8. Do you keep the fortunes from fortune cookies? Yes, like you, if they strike a chord. :)
    9. How often do you do DIY (do it yourself) projects? More often than I’d like.
    10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to… be loyal.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kim,

      Would you believe I’ve still haven’t read the Harry Potter books? I know, I know. Someday!…

      OH, and PS, you can totally do blue liner. I believe in you!!

      • Kim says:

        I’d forgotten that you’ve yet to read Harry! I think the movies are OK but the books are so much better (as usual). :) I think I’ll dig them back out and start reading them with the boys again. We’ve done the series before but it might be fun to do it again.

  16. Stephanie Smith says:

    1. Have you ever awkwardly slipped or tripped in front of a large group of people? I fell on a treadmill once at the gym, in front of a few people. Still can’t figure out how it happened, but I wasn’t hurt and it was hilarious! If you can’t laugh at yourself…
    2. Do you do blue eye liner? Yes! I have a couple of blue Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliners, a bright turquoise, a bright blue, and a navy, and I love them!
    3. Can you recommend a comfy pair of flats? I don’t wear flats, I felt that they weren’t flattering with my short legs and healthy rear end! LOL! I have a pair of TOMS that are fun to wear, even though they are a bit too hipster-ish for me. LOL!
    4. Your current favorite makeup or beauty indulgence? I bought a Clarisonic Mia, it washes my face really well. I use it with my Boscia face wash and it’s wonderful! No breakouts, no blackheads, my skin glows!
    5. Did you deal with any sibling rivalry when you were growing up? I have a twin brother, I’ve always had sibling rivalry! LOL! I felt my parents favored our younger sister, I grew out of that. I also felt our grandparents favored our brother, they still do, but it’s flattering that they don’t think that I am as helpless as they think he is. Kinda sad too.
    6. I’m excited about _____. Summer! Two and a half months and the kids are out of school. I am ready for long days, warm nights, hanging out, fun stuff! And my BFF is having a baby in two weeks and I’m so excited about that I can hardly sit still!
    7. Name a great book you loved so much that you’ve read it at least twice. I’ve never read a book twice. Ever. I have no answer for this.
    8. Do you keep the fortunes from fortune cookies? If they are sentimental to me, I’ll keep them forever.
    9. How often do you do DIY (do it yourself) projects? I do a lot of crafty things, knitting, embroidery floss bracelets, that kind of thing. We painted the walls in our house, but that’s about it. Oh, I painted a bookcase for the kids a couple of years ago. That’s it.
    10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to… My Mom told my sister and I that we weren’t raised to be pretty, that smart and nice was more important. That’s true. I’m raising my kids the same way, smart and nice is more important than pretty!

  17. Leah says:

    1. Have you ever awkwardly slipped or tripped in front of a large group of people? I sure have. I have a tee shirt that reads: “I do all my own stunts”

    2. Do you do blue eye liner? Nope, just blue shadow

    3. Can you recommend a comfy pair of flats? I wish I could. I have one from Target and one from LOFT that I’m trying to *make* comfortable. I really think someday I need to buy the ones at JCrew that are STILL made in Italy. I’m done with shoes made in China. :(

    4. Your current favorite makeup or beauty indulgence? Pedicure. I get one per month because pretty toes in yoga class are a must.

    5. Did you deal with any sibling rivalry when you were growing up? My brother and me started to get along in high school when we ended up taking Algebra II together. I decided at that point I needed a boy on my side in a neighborhood of only one other girl.

    6. I’m excited about _____. Hiking, gardening, all of the things that come when the snow finally melts. (I’m a winter person but I’m ready after 5 months of winter).

    7. Name a great book you loved so much that you’ve read it at least twice. I’m thinking of reading ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’ a second time. Read it if you have not already since you are an animal person, Karen.

    8. Do you keep the fortunes from fortune cookies? Yes, we keep them in a pottery bowl in our home office.

    9. How often do you do DIY (do it yourself) projects? Karen, this is crazy but we are redoing our kitchen on our own in a few weeks (!!!!) It’s gonna be like a bad HGTV show!!!

    10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to… listen to my Mom. :) (she’s a cancer survivor and I look at her in a whole new light now…when I was a teen we did not get along. I moved out at 18 and that made us closer). I now live 100 miles from my parents and we get along really well (I’m 36 now, but listening to advice from your parents can really help as you muddle through adulthood too). :)

  18. Julia Alkaseltzer says:

    1. Have you ever awkwardly slipped or tripped in front of a large group of people?
    More than once. The most memorable was at a grocery store.. There was a spill and no caution sign anywhere! I was able to grab onto something and stay standing. It could’ve been worse! That was a horrible slip though.
    2. Do you do blue eye liner?
    Sometimes! I like changing from brown or black.
    3. Can you recommend a comfy pair of flats?
    Anne Klein has some comfy flats. The particular pair I bought did not last long, though. =/ Probably because I wore them to death.
    4. Your current favorite makeup or beauty indulgence?
    I’ve been good with spending habits on makeup lately. But I guess my favorite right now is MAC’s lipstick in Capricious. I don’t usually spend over $10 on one product, but I love this shade and I couldn’t find a cheaper alternative!
    5. Did you deal with any sibling rivalry when you were growing up?
    My twin sis and I had a bit of rivalry but we got along most of the time.
    6. I’m excited about _____.
    Starting my full time position as a customer service representative next week! I’ve been part time since September, and I can’t wait to have some extra moola soon :D
    7. Name a great book you loved so much that you’ve read it at least twice.
    I can’t think of a non-Harry Potter book for this question!
    8. Do you keep the fortunes from fortune cookies?
    I’ve kept a few. I throw away the ones that say like “You will travel to a destination with wonder and fascination..while you fly American Airlines! Visit AA.com today.”
    9. How often do you do DIY (do it yourself) projects?
    Sometimes. This year, I’ve been making birthday greeting cards for friends and family.
    10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to…
    Take things one step at a time!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Julia,

      That’s cool that you have a twin. Are you guys identical?

      • Julia Alkaseltzer says:

        We’re fraternal! We were born 3 minutes apart. :) When we were younger we looked a lot alike but never completely identical. But to this day, some people still confuse us with each other, hehe!

        • Karen says:

          That’s cool. I bet it must’ve been nice always having a buddy with you that was the same age. My brother and I are six years apart, so we didn’t exactly run in the same circles.

  19. Steph says:

    1. Have you ever awkwardly slipped or tripped in front of a large group of people?

    Probably, but I can’t remember a specific time. I’m mostly (happily) surprised I didn’t trip at my wedding.

    2. Do you do blue eye liner?

    Loves it, especially teal!

    3. Can you recommend a comfy pair of flats?

    I have a pair by Payless which are fairly comfy. They tend to sell fairly nice flats.

    4. Your current favorite makeup or beauty indulgence?

    Guerlain’s Terracotta Mineral Bronzer, regular $71 here in Canada but I bought it for $16!

    5. Did you deal with any sibling rivalry when you were growing up?

    I wasn’t really rivals with my siblings, but we did fight a lot. We started getting along when we moved out, lol.

    6. I’m excited about _____.

    Spring! And the long weekend.

    7. Name a great book you loved so much that you’ve read it at least twice.

    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen — I know nearly everyone loves it and I have to add myself to that list. I just find it so perfect, witty, and really shows the reader what Regency life as like.

    8. Do you keep the fortunes from fortune cookies?

    Sometimes. I got one once that said I’d receive “many bushels of gold” which I’m still waiting for…

    9. How often do you do DIY (do it yourself) projects?

    Would doing my nails and hair count?

    10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to…

    Think about a problem you’re facing and yourself if it will matter in a week, a month, a year.
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    • Karen says:

      Hi Steph,

      That’s great advice. I use that trick whenever something’s bothering me. I ask myself: will this bug me in a year? It usually makes the issue seem very small.

  20. Schelli says:

    1. Have you ever awkwardly slipped or tripped in front of a large group of people? Yes, I fell off a BOSU at the gym & sprained my ankle

    2. Do you do blue eye liner? Yes, I have green eyes but I get lots of compliments when I wear blue liner

    3. Can you recommend a comfy pair of flats? I have a pair of comfy Skechers shape ups (do those count as flats?) Mary Janes that are super comfy

    4. Your current favorite makeup or beauty indulgence? I looooooove Chanel makeup

    5. Did you deal with any sibling rivalry when you were growing up? Nope I’m an only child

    6. I’m excited about _____. Spring coming, I’m sick of the cold.

    7. Name a great book you loved so much that you’ve read it at least twice. Gone with the wind (beautiful book) & the Mists of Avalon are my favourites

    8. Do you keep the fortunes from fortune cookies? Nope

    9. How often do you do DIY (do it yourself) projects? Just my hair

    10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to… drink lots of water

  21. Dominique says:

    1. Have you ever awkwardly slipped or tripped in front of a large group of people? Yes I guess so !

    2. Do you do blue eye liner? Nope

    3. Can you recommend a comfy pair of flats? Yes Croks shoes

    4. Your current favorite makeup or beauty indulgence? Chanel les Beiges and the new Kiko compact foundation, very good indeed

    5. Did you deal with any sibling rivalry when you were growing up? No, I have no siblings

    6. I’m excited about ____shopping spring clothes and shoes !

    7. Name a great book you loved so much that you’ve read it at least twice. Albert Camus La Peste

    8. Do you keep the fortunes from fortune cookies? What is it lol ?

    9. How often do you do DIY (do it yourself) projects? Heu actually I never do ( or very rarely )

    10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to… Tell the truth

    • Karen says:

      Hi Dominique,

      Fortune cookies are these cookies you get from Chinese restaurants at the end of the meal. You break them open to reveal a strip of paper that has a sentence or two about your fortune. They’re silly, but fun.

  22. Let says:

    1. Have you ever awkwardly slipped or tripped in front of a large group of people? Yes. I couldn’t keep track anymore of how many times I tripped on a flat surface and proceeded to hurt my knee(s), making me feel even more embarassed.
    2. Do you do blue eye liner? Yes!
    3. Can you recommend a comfy pair of flats? MUJI flats are really comfy, though I’m not sure if they sell flats here in the US. The H&M leather ones are also pretty comfortable.
    4. Your current favorite makeup or beauty indulgence? Don’t think I have one right now.
    5. Did you deal with any sibling rivalry when you were growing up? Kind of, though it was pretty much one-sided haha
    6. I’m excited about _cherry blossoms in my university’s quad_.
    7. Name a great book you loved so much that you’ve read it at least twice. Unfortunately, I don’t have too much time to read something twice now :(
    8. Do you keep the fortunes from fortune cookies? Nope.
    9. How often do you do DIY (do it yourself) projects? Very rarely.
    10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to… do what I want and what I like

  23. Bree says:

    1. Have you ever awkwardly slipped or tripped in front of a large group of people? Yes I remember once tripping over a tree root! I laughed too.

    2. Do you do blue eye liner?
    Yes I have a pretty turqoise blue and the navy pearl mate from Mac Archie’s girls…I need to use it more often.

    3. Can you recommend a comfy pair of flats?
    Vince Camuto Paula loafer & I also have a pair of Gianni Binnis from Dillard’s they are both SUPER cushy.

    4. Your current favorite makeup or beauty indulgence?
    I would have to say any of my Kiehls. I wouldn’t be without the panthenal protein moisturizer or the Avacado eye cream!

    5. Did you deal with any sibling rivalry when you were growing up?
    I’m an only child =)

    6. I’m excited about _____.
    The fact that Friday is Good Friday and I don’t have any classes. 4 day weekend hells ya!

    7. Name a great book you loved so much that you’ve read it at least twice.
    I don’t really like reading books, but I did read quite a few John grishom books in high school and would probably reread one of those.

    8. Do you keep the fortunes from fortune cookies?
    Occasionally.

    9. How often do you do DIY (do it yourself) projects?
    Sometimes in the winter when I get bored. I made some curtains after Christmas.

    10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to…
    Don’t put up with people’s crap. Stand up for yourself.

  24. Xero says:

    That unicorn looks like it has problems…

    • Laura says:

      I’d say! Look at the size of its corn! I mean how convenient is that huh?! Do they make you pay extra on airplanes for something like this?

  25. 1. Have you ever awkwardly slipped or tripped in front of a large group of people? I don’t think so… But now I am worried that I will, trying to keep it that way! lol :-)

    2. Do you do blue eye liner? No, I was born in the 80s, but that’s about all me and the 80s have in common.

    3. Can you recommend a comfy pair of flats? Inside the house I wear a pair of Bluehaven boots. Flat. And they are really comfy. But I assume you are talking about ballet flats?

    4. Your current favorite makeup or beauty indulgence? MAC’s new Mineralize lipsticks. I keep buying more and more and more… I think I might just end up having every single shade in the line, oops.

    5. Did you deal with any sibling rivalry when you were growing up? My brother and I fought, but there wasn’t really rivalry between the two of us.

    6. I’m excited about _____. Next weekend!

    7. Name a great book you loved so much that you’ve read it at least twice. Blanco by Peter Terrin.

    8. Do you keep the fortunes from fortune cookies? Never had a fortune cookie! Maybe that’s why I keep getting the wrong lottery numbers…

    9. How often do you do DIY (do it yourself) projects? Not often. I am creative but I still have two left hands…

    10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to… Never regret anything in life because everything you have ever done is exactly why things are the way they are right now. And if you are happy in the present, there is no point in wanting to change the past.
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  26. Kaelyn says:

    7. A book that I have read multiple times is called “The Scribbler of Dreams.” This is a young adult read that is basically a modern Romeo and Juliet themed book about two teenagers who are from two different worlds that fall in love with one another.

    10. Best advice I have ever got… Don’t loan others money unless you plan on never seeing it again.

  27. Katie F says:

    1. Have you ever awkwardly slipped or tripped in front of a large group of people?
    I once fell down two flights of stairs at a restaurant/bar because they were black linoleum and I couldn’t see they were wet. The doorman said “Oh don’t worry no one saw” as though I was more worried about being embarrassed than about having just broken my butt. :/
    2. Do you do blue eye liner?
    I don’t really wear eyeliner, but on the rare occasion I do, it’s always black.
    3. Can you recommend a comfy pair of flats?
    No! I have yet to find a pair that are not too narrow – even wide-width shoes are too narrow for my poor duck feet. I will be scouring this thread for recommendations though!
    4. Your current favorite makeup or beauty indulgence?
    Illamasqua nail polish. I sometimes feel silly paying $14 for polish, but the colors are great and it wears really well.
    5. Did you deal with any sibling rivalry when you were growing up?
    Only child, so nope!
    6. I’m excited about _____.
    7. Name a great book you loved so much that you’ve read it at least twice.
    Oh gosh, there are so many! I was thinking about re-reading Monique Truong’s The Book of Salt recently even though I’ve already read it twice.
    8. Do you keep the fortunes from fortune cookies?
    No, I don’t think I ever have.
    9. How often do you do DIY (do it yourself) projects?
    I always start them, but rarely finish. I did do some recent cross-stitches for gifts though that I think turned out really well. I also stitched a big scorpion for a DIY Ryan-Gosling-in-Drive Halloween costume last year, which I was pretty proud of finishing.
    10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to…
    Not feel like you have to be friends with everyone, or that everyone has to like you. It sounds cold, but I think it makes your life so much more fun, productive, and you have time for actual friends when you’re not trying to please people who just won’t like you.

  28. Chris25 says:

    1. Have you ever awkwardly slipped or tripped in front of a large group of people?: YES. The subway station on a flight of stairs. I went all the way down and hurt my neck and leg. It was also super mortifying.

    2. Do you do blue eye liner?: I’m wearing LA Splash Liquid in Navy Blue right now. I also have a ring of dark blue around my iris. So surprised you do too, Karen!

    3. Can you recommend a comfy pair of flats?: I don’t wear flats, but I love Nike Musique IV sneakers.

    4. Your current favorite makeup or beauty indulgence?: I just bought the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder. It’s really lovely!

    5. Did you deal with any sibling rivalry when you were growing up?: Oh yes. My sister and I still don’t speak to each other much. My brother and I get along better.

    6. I’m excited about _____Getting my first paycheck from my new job.

    7. Name a great book you loved so much that you’ve read it at least twice. “Random Family” by Adrian Nicole Leblanc.

    8. Do you keep the fortunes from fortune cookies?: I used to, but not in recent years.

    9. How often do you do DIY (do it yourself) projects?: When something needs fixing and I have no money.

    10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to… keep my head up and be worthy of my suffering.

  29. jess says:

    Le List

    1. Have you ever awkwardly slipped or tripped in front of a large group of people? yes but I can’t remember specifics!
    2. Do you do blue eye liner? heck yes!
    3. Can you recommend a comfy pair of flats? ME TOO’s Kaden flats are amazing, really great cushioning.
    4. Your current favorite makeup or beauty indulgence? I’m really into Revlon’s Colorstay foundation is rocking my world right now, the staying power is unbeatable! favorite indulgence is pedicures and massages…ooo heaven!
    5. Did you deal with any sibling rivalry when you were growing up? a little bit but more so with my older girl cousin because we were raised like twins!
    6. I’m excited about _____. SUMMER! I can’t wait to frolic in my flip flops and shorts in 80 degrees!
    7. Name a great book you loved so much that you’ve read it at least twice. Straight up and Dirty by Stephanie Klein
    8. Do you keep the fortunes from fortune cookies? for a few days.
    9. How often do you do DIY (do it yourself) projects? rarely! I suck at small motor tasks like sewing and such. lol.
    10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to… You can’t please everyone, so quit trying to!
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  30. 1. Have you ever awkwardly slipped or tripped in front of a large group of people? Haha yes–too many times to count! Walking up concrete steps wearing a skirt, in a parking lot tossing a football around…:P
    2. Do you do blue eye liner? Yes! I think it looks great with brown eyes!
    3. Can you recommend a comfy pair of flats? I just bought a pair of Aerosoles for interviews, etc. They’re the only flats I’ve ever worn though as I usually don’t really like the look. But I needed close-toed shoes and that’s the only thing I could think of (that didn’t have a heel) so….anyway, the Aerosoles are actually pretty comfty!
    4. Your current favorite makeup or beauty indulgence? Serums. I don’t mind splurging on serums since they are an essential part of anyone’s skincare routine! I’m addicted to them and love trying new ones!
    5. Did you deal with any sibling rivalry when you were growing up? Oh totally–big time! I was the middle child and I definitely think I had a bit (ok, a lot!) of “middle child syndrome” growing up!
    6. I’m excited about _____–relaxing all week. It’s my spring break!
    7. Name a great book you loved so much that you’ve read it at least twice. The Hobbit/LOTR
    8. Do you keep the fortunes from fortune cookies? Sometimes. I tape them up on my moniter :)
    9. How often do you do DIY (do it yourself) projects? Not very often…I built my own lightbox, if that counts :P
    10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to… enjoy life–don’t waste time wishing you have what other people have
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  31. Amy says:

    1. Have you ever awkwardly slipped or tripped in front of a large group of people? Probably, but no horror stories come immediately to thought!

    2. Do you do blue eye liner? Nope. Brown and grey.

    3. Can you recommend a comfy pair of flats? I’ve been tempted by Tsubo Roana flats (great design, fab colors) but have never actually tried them. They always get great ratings online!

    4. Your current favorite makeup or beauty indulgence? See #6 below.

    5. Did you deal with any sibling rivalry when you were growing up? Hmm…not much. I’m a twin, so there were more “I must individuate!” issues than anything else!

    6. I’m excited about _____. a) Finishing my PhD last week (after ten years and many moments of almost not getting there) and b) the Sephora gift card my Mom gave me to celebrate! Two fave finds: Laura Mercier cake eyeliner (tricky, I know, but a cinch after you practice enough and the results are worth it) and b) Anastasia brow pen. Soooo easy (makes up for all that time spent on the eyeliner, haha!). Matches my brows perfectly. I tried the Aqua Brow stuff, too, and have tried several gels etc, and this stuff is a dream.

    Karen, I have to tell you, I am pretty new at makeup and stumbled across your blog a few months ago – it totally prepared me to comparison shop, feel like I know the products out there, and make the most of my makeup splurge! Not only that, but it’s ridiculously entertaining. My hubs hears me giggling in bed and night, looks over and says, “That blog again?”

    7. Name a great book you loved so much that you’ve read it at least twice. For work, I read sections of books rather than the entire book.

    8. Do you keep the fortunes from fortune cookies? Don’t even look at them!

    9. How often do you do DIY (do it yourself) projects? I used to do them all the time, but not anymore…

    10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to… You never need to force anything. That, and double tap on my iphone to get it to type a period!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Amy,

      I’m so glad to hear that the site has helped you with your makeup adventures. Here’s to many exciting finds and experiments to come! *raises coffee cup*

  32. Wendy M. says:

    1. Have you ever awkwardly slipped or tripped in front of a large group of people?
    OMG yes! Story of my life back in high school. I have the scars to show for it on my knees.

    2. Do you do blue eye liner?
    I like to subtly line my lower lashes with it sometimes. I heard that it makes the whites of our eyes even whiter, especially when paired with a nude liner on the waterline.

    3. Can you recommend a comfy pair of flats?
    I love my Steve Madden leopard flats. Soo… Steve Madden flats.

    4. Your current favorite makeup or beauty indulgence?
    My Hourglass Ambient Powder… bought it after your review of it!

    5. Did you deal with any sibling rivalry when you were growing up?
    Nah, I’m the baby of the family and the only girl so I always had more than enough attention.

    6. I’m excited about _____.
    The weather starting to turn warm! Time to bust out my cute sundresses and shorts and head to the beach. :D

    7. Name a great book you loved so much that you’ve read it at least twice.
    The Hunger Games and the Harry Potter series, not gonna lie. XD

    8. Do you keep the fortunes from fortune cookies?
    Sometimes. Especially when they’re funny or particularly inspiring.

    9. How often do you do DIY (do it yourself) projects?
    Not as often as I’d like. I always find out I’m missing one thing or another. >_<

    10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to…
    Be myself. Cliche, but it works.

  33. Patty says:

    1. Have you ever awkwardly slipped or tripped in front of a large group of people?
    On a regular basis. When I mention to my family that I’ve been less than graceful…again, their response is: “So, what’s new?”.
    2. Do you do blue eye liner?
    Yes, sometimes navy blue.
    3. Can you recommend a comfy pair of flats?
    L.L. Bean has a great pair of “camp moccasins”, which are incredibly comfortable.
    4. Your current favorite makeup or beauty indulgence?
    Burberry eyeshadow and lipstick.
    5. Did you deal with any sibling rivalry when you were growing up?
    Somewhat. I have a much younger sister who was very spoiled and indulged because she was the “baby”, but we grew out of that. Mostly. :)
    6. I’m excited about warm weather coming soon.
    7. Name a great book you loved so much that you’ve read it at least twice.
    Good question. I love to read and have read many books twice, so can’t choose a favorite.
    8. Do you keep the fortunes from fortune cookies?
    If it’s a really good one, I’ll keep it awhile until I clean out my purse.
    9. How often do you do DIY (do it yourself) projects?
    I used to do a LOT of DIY things, but am now somewhat curtailed due to a heart “thing”.
    10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to…
    The standard parental advice: “Just because someone else does it doesn’t mean you should.” It’s actually good advice, so thanks to my mom!

  34. Rose says:

    Late to the party, but here you go!

    1. Have you ever awkwardly slipped or tripped in front of a large group of people? Thank goodness, no. But of course, I say this now and it may happen tomorrow!!!

    2. Do you do blue eye liner? Hell yeah! I Actually sported the smokey blue liner and shadow Saturday night for an event we attended. I have brown eyes too and I think it really accentuates the eyes.

    3. Can you recommend a comfy pair of flats? I just bought a pair of Cole-Haan open-toed flats with a tiny gold sole. So cute and comfy!

    4. Your current favorite makeup or beauty indulgence? Limited edition Chanel eye palettes and Cle de Peau makeup. But I put myself on a makeup diet, so I won’t be buying any new ones for a while.

    5. Did you deal with any sibling rivalry when you were growing up? Yes. I have four sisters and unfortunately, my parents would inadvertently compare each other which made us very competitive. We’re older now and we have gotten over it.

    6. I’m excited about _____. The sun shining.

    7. Name a great book you loved so much that you’ve read it at least twice. Like Water for Chocolate. Loved the movie too.

    8. Do you keep the fortunes from fortune cookies? No, I usually give them to my Little Diva.

    9. How often do you do DIY (do it yourself) projects? When needed. But fortunately, my Hubby was an architect’s son and prefers to “call an expert” after too many weekends helping his Dad “tweak” the house! ;b But, if you mean DIY crafting, I knit a lot of my own accessories and sweaters.

    10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to… “You have two ears and one mouth. Make use of them.”

    • Karen says:

      Hi Rose,

      I’ve been meaning to try Cle de Peau for forever! I know you’re on a makeup diet, but can you recommend your faves?

      Apparently everyone loves those Cole Haan flats…I need to get on that, ASAP.

      Happy Tuesday!

  35. Aida says:

    1) I can’t say that I have actually, but I did slip and fall on the steps out to the garage a couple of weeks ago (only two little steps and I managed to slip), with only my husband as a witness and rescuer :). That got me a not so pretty bruise on my booty (yeah, I bruise easily).
    2) I love blue on my eyes, whether it’s in the form of eye shadows or liners! I love a nice deep dark navy smokey eye and sometimes I’ll use a blue liner on my waterline instead of black and I rather enjoy that :).
    3) Hmmm… actually I can’t. I don’t wear flats. I’m a high heels kind of girl and the only times you’ll spot me in public in anything lower than 4-5″ heels is when I’m excising or hiking/camping, etc. I’m really comfortable in heels and wedges are my “flats” lol, though nothing under 4″… Yeah, I’m a freak and I don’t like my 5’4″ height :).
    4) Well, in the past year or so I’ve been infatuated with Burberry’s cosmetics. I’m absolutely in love with the brand and I’m trying really hard not to buy everything they make (though I’m a bit embarrassed how much Burberry makeup I’ve managed to accumulate within the past year or so)… As far as my most recent indulgence, I’ve fallen in love with Dior’s 5 Couleurs palettes. They are oh so pretty, I bought four of them already (it’s shameful, really)…
    5)I am the youngest of four siblings and my elder brothers and sister are 9, 10 and 13 years older than me :). So they were all moved out of the house by the time I was old enough for any kind of rivalry to even exist.
    6) I’m excited about The Walking Dead season finale next Sunday!!
    7)Actually, I’ve got several books. I love reading and I have had my favorites over the years. Most of them are by Romanian authors (where I’m from originally), so it makes no sense to name them. But I can mention David Lodge, a British author and an absolute delight. I love his books and the ones I’ve read (some of them more than) twice are “Deaf Sentence” (that’s not a miss spelling) and the books in his campus trilogy, “Changing Places”, “Small World” and “Nice Work” and lastly “Therapy”. He’s a brilliant writer and I highly recommend him. Than being said, the one book that I’ve probably read about 10 times over the years is “Gone With the Wind” :). I know, I know, I’ve seen the movie, of course, and Vivian Leigh is delightful, but the book is 10 times better than the movie. I was obsessed with Scarlet in my high school years and that book was well loved :).
    8) Nope, they end up in the recycling bin :).
    9) I’m not a very crafty person, but lately I’ve been enjoying making wreaths. I have made three of them already (one for spring/summer, one for autumn and one for winter). We have a pretty amazing story about our spring/summer wreath from last year, which we ended up throwing away. One morning I woke up to a pair of birds building a nest on top of it!! Yeah, I’m not even kidding. We stopped using the front door and spend most of the next few weeks completely stressed out because of the baby birds that kept falling out of the nest and we had to rescue and put them back in the nest. Long story short, all three ended up surviving and we even witnessed their first flying lessons (at first we didn’t know what to do, if we should go after them and put them back in the nest, we didn’t realize it was their time to fly away until I googled it and found out all about it). A couple of days ago I picked up a few supplies to make a new flowery wreath (we threw away the other after all the birds flew away to avoid salmonella contamination). But that’s as far as my DIY projects go :).
    10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to stop smoking, which I did almost a year ago and I never looked back. It was, by far, the best decision I have ever made for myself, apart from moving to the US and marrying the most incredible man I have ever met :).

    Phew… That was a long, long “comment” lol. Hope I didn’t bore you with all my rambling.
    Take care, Karen!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Aida,

      I loved your story about the wreath. :)

      Where I live there are a LOT of birds (my condo is surrounded by oak trees), and I see quite a few nests; sometimes the baby birds fall out of them. I always have to be careful when I take Tabs out because otherwise he’ll pounce on them. :( I forget sometimes that my diva is a hunter, sigh.

      Have fun making your new flowery wreath for spring. What colors are you using?

      • Aida says:

        I’m using only off-white flowers, I think there’s just an elegant look to that :). We have two cats, they never go outside, but one of them was completely obsessed with the new neighbors and spent a lot of time by the front door watching them ;).

  36. 1. Have you ever awkwardly slipped or tripped in front of a large group of people? Oh yes. I skidaddled, if you will, down some metal stairs at an Atlanta Hawks game when I was a teen. Horrified, I sprung up and ran out of there! I still have a scar on my back from that!
    2. Do you do blue eye liner? Not frequently, but I’m not against any eyeliner color.
    3. Can you recommend a comfy pair of flats? 2 words: FLIP FOPS, specifically Sanuk’s yoga mat flip flops. Can’t tell you how much they feel like walking on clouds (b/c I’ve never walked on clouds before), but I think it would feel EXACTLY like wearing these awesome comfy shoes.
    4. Your current favorite makeup or beauty indulgence? I’m having a NARS moment. Also, foundation has been finding it’s way to my shopping cart a lot lately. Oh and this eye cream I just saw on 312 Beauty…Elizabeth Dehn One Love Organics Vitamin E Eye Balm. Shea butter? Yes, please!
    5. Did you deal with any sibling rivalry when you were growing up? No, I was an only child. I always wanted a sibling!
    6. I’m excited about _____. Going on vacation next month for my birthday! It always falls near Memorial Day weekend and people ALWAYS have way cooler plans than staying in Atlanta to celebrate my birth. This year, my fiance and I are skipping town ourselves and I’m so pumped! We’re going to Miramar Beach, FL. Sugar sand beach and emerald waters…I can hardly stop thinking about it, esp. since it’s 39 here today! Boo!
    7. Name a great book you loved so much that you’ve read it at least twice. Ramona Quimby, Age 8. It was my favorite book from childhood and I’ve re-read it numerous times as an adult. Beverly Cleary is the jam!
    8. Do you keep the fortunes from fortune cookies? I used to! I have a whole tin of them!
    9. How often do you do DIY (do it yourself) projects? Sometimes. I’m pretty handy/crafty.
    10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to…be confident in myself, and always be kind.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kristen,

      I’m so excited about your trip. I haven’t gone on vacay in ages, so I will have to vicariously live through you. I hope the water is warm when you go!

      BTW, I loved the Ramona books, too. Remember the book where Ramona fills the sink with the toothpaste? I’ve always wanted to that, hahaha!

  37. When is your birthday, Karen? Sounds like you’re a May baby, too!

  38. zorrkitty says:

    1. Have you ever awkwardly slipped or tripped in front of a large group of people? YES. INFRONT OF THE OFFICE BAR. THE COMPLEX HOUSES ROUND 1000 OFFICES. I FELL IN SLOW MOTION. PEOPLE PRETENDED TO BE CONCERNED BUT WERE TRYING NOT TO LAUGH. I HURT MY KNEE BADLY AND TILL TODAY CANT DO SOME YOGA POSES

    2. Do you do blue eye liner? WET BLUE EYE SHADOW

    3. Can you recommend a comfy pair of flats?
    KOHLAPURI CHAPPALS (ethnic Indian leather wear. takes a while to break in but oh so good. beware of fakes)

    4. Your current favorite makeup or beauty indulgence?
    Estee Lauder Advanced Night Recovery, Bobbi Brown bb cream

    5. Did you deal with any sibling rivalry when you were growing up?
    NO I LOVE MY SISTER. WE ARE FOREVER COMPLIMENTING EACH OTHER

    6. I’m excited about _____. THE PROSPECT OF RUNNING 5K IN 30 MINS. I AM A NEW RUNNER

    7. Name a great book you loved so much that you’ve read it at least twice. MR GOD THIS IS ANNA BY FINN (pseudonym)

    8. Do you keep the fortunes from fortune cookies? NO. hate fortune cookies…too white for me :) flour and sugar I mean

    9. How often do you do DIY (do it yourself) projects? Never thats what husbands are for. To do the boring work

    10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to… “whats the worst that can happen ? Ask at most they will say NO”

  39. Petra says:

    1. Have you ever awkwardly slipped or tripped in front of a large group of people? Too many times to talk about… *I am a total clutz*
    2. Do you do blue eye liner? yes, but a prefer green
    3. Can you recommend a comfy pair of flats? Yes but they can only be found in sweden as far as I know – “Xit” from the store “din sko”(translates as “your shoe”)
    4. Your current favorite makeup or beauty indulgence? Moisturising facial mist from Emma S. I have one bottle by my computer and one in my bag for instant moisture
    5. Did you deal with any sibling rivalry when you were growing up? Nope – no siblings
    6. I’m excited about _____. My trip to NYC in 10 days
    7. Name a great book you loved so much that you’ve read it at least twice. the Game of Thrones series Song of Ice and Fire – love it!
    8. Do you keep the fortunes from fortune cookies? never had a fortune cookie…
    9. How often do you do DIY (do it yourself) projects? DYI face masks I do about twice a month (I aim for once a week but most often I end up using the bottled stuff ^^)
    10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to… to always look at things from the bright side and say thank you to compliments even if you don’t understand them.

    Have a great tuesday!

  40. Lieke says:

    1. Have you ever awkwardly slipped or tripped in front of a large group of people?
    Haha, unfortunately quite some times.
    2. Do you do blue eye liner?
    I have one, that I only use when I wear clothes in the same color blue. I have brown eyes and hair and don’t really like it on me.
    3. Can you recommend a comfy pair of flats?
    Mmh, I think pretty much all pairs of flats are comfy, especially compared to high heels. Can’t really name a brand I particularly like.
    4. Your current favorite makeup or beauty indulgence?
    I really love tinted daycream, I don’t like foundation but this is still a little bit like it, though much less covering.
    5. Did you deal with any sibling rivalry when you were growing up?
    Me and my sister never got along, but rivalry? Nope.
    6. I’m excited about spring! I hope the weather changes soon so I can actually enjoy it.
    7. Name a great book you loved so much that you’ve read it at least twice.
    I love the Shopaholic serie by Sophie Kinsella.
    8. Do you keep the fortunes from fortune cookies?
    Nope, I don’t really believe in it anyway.
    9. How often do you do DIY (do it yourself) projects?
    Few times a week. Facemasks, hairmasks and I also like to adjust clothes I don’t like anymore with my sewingmachine.
    10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to always be yourself.

  41. Lisa says:

    1. Have you ever awkwardly slipped or tripped in front of a large group of people?
    I have done this too many times to remember specifics. But at least some of those times there was ice involved. So that’s something.
    2. Do you do blue eye liner?
    Love it. Seems to make my eyes light up. Love teal liners, esp. Tarina Tarantino Kanzashi or Spark of Envy (which is actually kind of emerald, but kind of teal, and teal is kind of blue. Ipso facto, by the transitive property…)
    3. Can you recommend a comfy pair of flats?
    Born!! They have great arch support and cushioned footbeds, and they’ve come out with some cute styles lately.
    4. Your current favorite makeup or beauty indulgence?
    I’ve finally gotten sucked into MAC.
    5. Did you deal with any sibling rivalry when you were growing up?
    I wish there had been a sibling to rival me for my parents’ attention. I wish.
    6. I’m excited about _____.
    Suits!
    7. Name a great book you loved so much that you’ve read it at least twice.
    Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things is probably my favorite novel of all time. I’ve read most Agatha Christie novels still in print at least twice. When I was a kid, I read Lynne Reid Banks’ The Fairy Rebel so many times and with such rapt attention that to this day (20 yrs later) I can recite pages-long passages from memory. I’ve read Celine’s Journey to the End of the Night several times, but he’s quite an acquired taste.
    8. Do you keep the fortunes from fortune cookies?
    I once got a fortune that was really deep and really appropriate, and I’ve kept it for years…but it’s in a drawer somewhere, and I don’t remember what it said.
    9. How often do you do DIY (do it yourself) projects?
    As often as I have time, or when something breaks.
    10. Some of the best advice I ever received was to…
    DUCK!

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