Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 274

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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. Something you never expected to love?
    Um, Tabs?

    He was just a neighborhood stray who’d watch me do laundry at my old apartment. I had no idea he’d go on to become the cat love of my life.

    Yes, I realize how very CCL that sounds, but what else is new? :)

  2. Do you recall the first makeup or beauty product you purchase with your own hard-earned money?
    This is me guessing, but I’m pretty sure it was a drugstore lipstick from a Thrifty’s in Union City by my middle school. I can’t remember the exact color, but it was either Revlon Cherries in the Snow, or one of the Cover Girl Wetslicks.
  3. Have you ever had a summer romance?
    A few crushes here and there as a teenager, but no, not really.

    They were all pretty lame. Nothing young adult novel-caliber or fit for a TV movie.

  4. How are your beach volleyball skills?
    In a word: nonexistent.

    I just don’t do projectile activities. My first instinct when the ball is coming at me is to run away! — and volleyball was always my worst sport.

    Let me put it this way: if we were picking teams and you didn’t pick me, I would completely understand. I’m like volleyball dead weight.

  5. Something that always makes you laugh?
    Old pictures of Justin Timberlake from the ’90s, when he had his curly, crunchy-looking hair. He was always smiling, but that hair!? It looked like Top Ramen.
  6. Can you do a headstand or a handstand?
    No on both counts. In fact, I have a thing about being upside down. I try to avoid it.
  7. A recent makeup or beauty discovery that’s been rocking your world?
    The men’s version of Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue. El Hub has a bottle in his bathroom cabinet, and I’ve been sneaking spritzes here and there. Give it a try next time you’re at the counter.
  8. Mini or maxi dresses?
    Minis! I like the idea of maxi dresses, too, but when I wear ‘em I feel like I’m drowning in material, or playing dress-up in my mom’s clothes.
  9. Are you wearing any jewelry today?
    My wedding and engagement rings, two long layering necklaces from Anthropologie, and a pair of gold studs.
  10. What were the best parts of your weekend?
    Sleeping in on Saturday and Sunday and sprucing up my deck.

    We got a few more planters and bird feeders (for the family of finches I’m always talking about). In the planters, I planted snap peas and spinach, because El Hub read in an article that they’re supposed to be very efficient plants, in that they’re easy and should grow to maturity in a couple months.

    We’ll see…

    Slowly but surely, that deck is becoming my favorite room in the condo. :)

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

Le List

1. Something you never expected to love?
2. Do you recall the first makeup or beauty product you purchase with your own hard-earned money?
3. Have you ever had a summer romance?
4. How are your beach volleyball skills?
5. Something that always makes you laugh?
6. Can you do a headstand or a handstand?
7. A recent makeup or beauty discovery that’s been rocking your world?
8. Mini or maxi dresses?
9. What jewelry are you wearing today?
10. What was the best part of your weekend?

Oh, boy. I already feel overwhelmed about the week. That’s not a good sign, but we can only do what we can do, right? I’ll try to keep my shizz together if you do. Good luck to us both!

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  1. Yogirl says:

    Le List

    1. Something you never expected to love? Going to concerts and enjoying live music, I’ve been to several concerts in the last few years and I really loved the atmosphere.
    2. Do you recall the first makeup or beauty product you purchase with your own hard-earned money? I think it was something from Bobbi Brown when I was at university.
    3. Have you ever had a summer romance? No.
    4. How are your beach volleyball skills? There is no beach around, so non existent.
    5. Something that always makes you laugh? Photos of my niece.
    6. Can you do a headstand or a handstand? If I’ll get lots of help I can do a headstand (not free-standing).
    7. A recent makeup or beauty discovery that’s been rocking your world? Bobbi Brown Longwear make-up, it smells of lavender.
    8. Mini or maxi dresses? Trousers…
    9. What jewelry are you wearing today? A watch, diamond ear studs and of course glasses.
    10. What was the best part of your weekend? Having the Friday off and making progress with cleaning and reorganising my appartment.

    Have a good week everyone!

  2. Tania says:

    Karen,
    Don’t forget to take deep breaths and drink lots of tea!

    1. Something you never expected to love?
    Tea. Ever since theology school I have totally become a tea drinker while in college it was all coffee. A trip to Celestial Seasonings will do that to you.
    2. Do you recall the first makeup or beauty product you purchase with your own hard-earned money?
    I remember buying a lot of the Jane cosmetics stuff. I miss that line so bad!
    3. Have you ever had a summer romance?
    Yes and it lasted for a year and half.
    4. How are your beach volleyball skills?
    I played court volleyball so I know how to do everything except for that jump serve, but the sand TOTALLY throws me off.
    5. Something that always makes you laugh?
    OMG this is really bad but when you’re watching say football and these big guys are mouthing the words to the national anthem I get the giggles.
    6. Can you do a headstand or a handstand?
    Handstand in the water neither on land.
    7. A recent makeup or beauty discovery that’s been rocking your world?
    Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoos. The Inked in Pink Color is AMAZING
    8. Mini or maxi dresses?
    Neither. I like the Mad Men Joan Holloway dresses.
    9. What jewelry are you wearing today?
    None. I’m really bad.
    10. What was the best part of your weekend?
    For three days I was at a conference that was emotionally draining so I stayed at home on Sunday and chilled. It was nice!

  3. Laura says:

    1. Something you never expected to love? Green pepper and jet-skiing.

    2. Do you recall the first makeup or beauty product you purchase with your own hard-earned money? No, it was too long ago. I remember the first makeup I asked my mother to buy for me though.

    3. Have you ever had a summer romance? Who hasn’t?! I’ve had tons and they were all very entertaining.

    4. How are your beach volleyball skills? I don’t believe I have any.

    5. Something that always makes you laugh? Friends. The old comedy show Friends. No matter how many times I’ve watched those episodes already.

    6. Can you do a headstand or a handstand? God no.

    7. A recent makeup or beauty discovery that’s been rocking your world? Blue eyeshadow. I rediscovered how flattering it can look if apllied at the right place.

    8. Mini or maxi dresses? Maxi dresses.

    9. What jewelry are you wearing today? Hoop earings, watch and two bracelets on one wrist.

    10. What was the best part of your weekend? The whole city and myself celebrated the european trophee our rugby team won! and I got to meet one of the players!!!!

  4. Trisha says:

    1. Something you never expected to love?

    Doctor Who. I’m not much of a sci-fi person, but I LOVE the show. I’m glad I gave it a chance.

    2. Do you recall the first makeup or beauty product you purchase with your own hard-earned money?

    I think it might have been Malibu Mist. It’s this body spray fragrance you find near the designer imposters at Walgreens. I got it in the early 90s, but they still have it there even now, in the same packaging and everything!

    3. Have you ever had a summer romance?

    Nah. That would have been cool, though!

    4. How are your beach volleyball skills?

    Terrible. Of all the sports in gym class, volleyball was definitely my least favorite. People were just way too serious about it and would yell at me when I missed the ball or served terribly. Screw you, Junior High gym class girls!

    5. Something that always makes you laugh?

    Funny cat videoes. Bloopers for anything. Whose Line is it Anyway (Yay! It’s coming back to TV!)

    6. Can you do a headstand or a handstand?

    I WISH I could do either!

    7. A recent makeup or beauty discovery that’s been rocking your world?

    Cover FX pressed mineral foundation is so good, that I actually wear it on a regular basis around my eyes. That’s saying a lot since I would normally never wear face makeup.

    8. Mini or maxi dresses?

    Mini forever! Boo to maxi dresses!

    9. What jewelry are you wearing today?

    Nothing at the moment, apart from the earrings I always wear and totally don’t count.

    10. What was the best part of your weekend?

    Spending the day shopping with my mom. That’s always a good time. :)
    Trisha recently posted … Nails of the Day: “This is Terrible”

  5. Ruchita says:

    1. Something you never expected to love?
    My kitties. I never had any pets growing up and even as an adult didn’t plan on having pets. Ha! I didn’t realize how much I could love a furry little animal.

    2. Do you recall the first makeup or beauty product you purchase with your own hard-earned money?
    I think it was a lip gloss, like those bright candy flavored ones.

    3. Have you ever had a summer romance?
    Nope. I had crushes, but I was too shy to do anything about them.

    4. How are your beach volleyball skills?
    Also nonexistent. I am not athletic whatsoever.

    5. Something that always makes you laugh?
    There’s this cat picture on the interwebs of a black cat wearing a collar with a tie. I don’t know why, but it always makes me giggle.

    6. Can you do a headstand or a handstand?
    Not any more, but I used to back in middle school when I took gymnastics lessons.

    7. A recent makeup or beauty discovery that’s been rocking your world?
    Nothing new lately. Just sticking to my tried and true products.

    8. Mini or maxi dresses?
    Definitely mini. I don’t even bother with maxi dresses b/c they’re always too long.

    9. What jewelry are you wearing today?
    Just my wedding rings.

    10. What was the best part of your weekend?
    Friday – Eating homemade Indian food at my mom’s house. Saturday – sitting on the patio catching up on my magazines.

    Good luck with your veggies! We usually plant tomatoes, but since we have the house for sale we didn’t do any this year. I am not a gardening expert, but tomato plants are pretty hardy and we have a good “crop” every year. Veggies from your own garden are so much better than store bought.

  6. Agata says:

    1. Something you never expected to love?
    BBQ sauce, green eyshadows!
    2. Do you recall the first makeup or beauty product you purchase with your own hard-earned money?
    I don’t remember. Maybe an Yves Rocher blue mascara.
    3. Have you ever had a summer romance? Yes but it lasted only throughout the summer…
    4. How are your beach volleyball skills?
    Not great but ok. I play Wallyball quite often which is an inside version of a volleyball with slightly different rules.
    5. Something that always makes you laugh?
    Watching funny cat videos/
    6. Can you do a headstand or a handstand?
    NO!
    7. A recent makeup or beauty discovery that’s been rocking your world?
    Moroccan Oil dry body oil- perfection! And the smell is so addicitive!
    8. Mini or maxi dresses?
    Midi.
    9. What jewelry are you wearing today?
    None. I haven’t got out of the house yet today and I don’t wear any jewelery around the house.
    10. What was the best part of your weekend?
    Going out to dinner with my friends, going out for a walk!

    Have a great week, Karen! You can do it! Just take it one step at a time.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks, Agata. :) That really helps!

      I will have to track down that Moroccan Oily Dry Body Oil. I’m in the market for a dry oil spray so I’ll have to give it a sniff! I ran into a gal last week who raved about the products and I thought of you.

      Hope you had a nice weekend. Where did you and your friends go for dinner?

  7. Dominique says:

    1. Something you never expected to love? Veggies !

    2. Do you recall the first makeup or beauty product you purchase with your own hard-earned money? A lipstick ?

    3. Have you ever had a summer romance? Oh yes !

    4. How are your beach volleyball skills? 0 lol

    5. Something that always makes you laugh? Les Inconnus, 3 French guys who are really very funny, I love them

    6. Can you do a headstand or a handstand? Nope

    7. A recent makeup or beauty discovery that’s been rocking your world? The Dior duo blush, great, fab !

    8. Mini or maxi dresses? Maxi dresses

    9. What jewelry are you wearing today? None

    10. What was the best part of your weekend? Enjoying the sun !

  8. Chelsea says:

    1. Something you never expected to love? Marketing!

    2. Do you recall the first makeup or beauty product you purchase with your own hard-earned money? It was a frosty finish (gotta love the 90′s) Wet ‘n’ Wild lipstick.

    3. Have you ever had a summer romance? Nope!

    4. How are your beach volleyball skills? Terrible, I can’t get the ball over the net.

    5. Something that always makes you laugh? It’s a picture of a cat with a caption of him imitating a human. Always makes me laugh!

    6. Can you do a headstand or a handstand? No, but I’m working on it!

    7. A recent makeup or beauty discovery that’s been rocking your world? I tried the Pantene Aqua Light Shampoo and Conditioner (I had a buy one get one free coupon!) and it’s quite nice!

    8. Mini or maxi dresses? I like both!

    9. What jewelry are you wearing today? Just my engagement ring.

    10. What was the best part of your weekend? Went to game night last night at a friend’s house, we played some board and card games. I also got a DQ M&M Blizzard, which I’m addicted to right now.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Chelsea,

      The ’90s were rough! Did you wear your frosty lipstick with a dark lip liner and then leave it unblended? I did that, LOL.

      • Chelsea says:

        Haha, no. I was only 13 or so, so it didn’t get to that point. I don’t think I wore lipliner until I was 17 or so!

        I remember everyone wearing white liquid liner too.

      • Chelsea says:

        Oh, and by the way, I accepted a job offer today! It’s my top choice (much shorter commute than my second choice) and the pay was WAY more than I was expecting, so yay! Now I need to buy acceptable work clothing.

  9. Tennyoceres says:

    1. Something you never expected to love?
    Totally did not expect to love fascinators and over the top fancy lady hats. I have no budget for them but I love wearing them.

    2. Do you recall the first makeup or beauty product you purchase with your own hard-earned money?
    Clinique lipstick. I think it was a neutral rose color (to match my lip color).

    3. Have you ever had a summer romance?
    One during high school. Then I realized he was a scum bag before the next semester started.

    4. How are your beach volleyball skills?
    Trrbul. I can do defense okay but my offense is in the negatives and I can’t scramble to save my life.

    5. Something that always makes you laugh?
    Bill Cosby Himself. As I have gotten older the jokes make much more sense and are so much funnier than when I watched them as a kid.

    6. Can you do a headstand or a handstand?
    No and no. Unless you desire hilarious consequences.

    7. A recent makeup or beauty discovery that’s been rocking your world?
    The Sephora makeup sponge. Makes my BB cream and liquid makeup blend better in my skin. In between your standard foam triangle and the Beautyblender for price, but it lasts almost as long (if not longer) than a Beautyblender.

    8. Mini or maxi dresses?
    Mini. Maxi dresses for any situation outside of a tropical vacation make me look like an old lady.

    9. What jewelry are you wearing today?
    Engagement ring, wedding ring, and faux pearl stud earrings from H&M.

    10. What was the best part of your weekend?
    Quality time with my niece. I may or may not have indulged her while we were out.

  10. Julia Alkaseltzer says:

    Hey, Karen! It is just another hard week for me, but we shall both power through it together!

    1. Something you never expected to love?

    2. Do you recall the first makeup or beauty product you purchase with your own hard-earned money?

    3. Have you ever had a summer romance?
    Nope. Thinking of each past summer.. always lacks romance. Sigh.

    4. How are your beach volleyball skills?
    I can’t hit the ball. I can’t throw it back. Unless it’s a one of those light inflated ones.. those are harmless and more fun xD

    5. Something that always makes you laugh?
    Tobias Funke, a character from Arrested Development. He’s just so out there but hilarious.

    6. Can you do a headstand or a handstand?
    Oh no.

    7. A recent makeup or beauty discovery that’s been rocking your world?
    That Lorac GLOgetter palette. Yeaahh

    8. Mini or maxi dresses?
    I guess maxi. I don’t like showing too much leg..

    9. What jewelry are you wearing today?
    Some cute long earrings with birds and leaves, purples, blues. Quite a lot going on, but I like how they sound like wind chimes in the wind.

    10. What was the best part of your weekend?
    Getting a hair cut! I have been sick of keeping my hair long, thick, and bulky, always putting it up in a ponytail. It’s shorter now with layers and sideswept bangs. Aahh, I love it.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Julia,

      You’re so sweet. I’ll take a deep breath in and out with you….AHHHHH! Stress relief.

      Ooh, so that’s awesome that you’re loving the GLOGetter Palette! :D

  11. Tiffany says:

    1. Something you never expected to love? Hmm I can’t think of anything!
    2. Do you recall the first makeup or beauty product you purchase with your own hard-earned money? I don’t remember!
    3. Have you ever had a summer romance? Nope
    4. How are your beach volleyball skills? Pretty awful
    5. Something that always makes you laugh? My hubby and funny movies
    6. Can you do a headstand or a handstand? Only in a pool lol
    7. A recent makeup or beauty discovery that’s been rocking your world? Mac ripe for love blush and stila’s new illuminating bb cream
    8. Mini or maxi dresses? Maxi! They are great because I can wear them through my pregnancy and buying fewer maternity clothes is a wonderful thing
    9. What jewelry are you wearing today? Just my wedding rings
    10. What was the best part of your weekend? We visited my grandparents and Abbie finally was less shy around them and she babbled away

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tiffany,

      I never realized Abbie was shy! She always looks like such a ham in her pics, I figured she’d be outgoing all the time. Glad to hear she was able to enjoy the visit with your grandparents, I bet they were just so happy to have her around, yeah?

      • Tiffany says:

        Yeah she’s shy around people she doesn’t see too often. She’s becoming less so, with time. I felt like they finally got to see the real her and they loved it :) my grandma fell a couple weeks ago and broke her leg so hopefully we were able to cheer her up :)

  12. Denise S. says:

    1. Something you never expected to love?
    Exercise! And I partly owe that to you Karen because when I first started reading your blog you kept talking about your workouts and it inspired me! Now I workout 5-6 days a week, so thank you! Helps so much with stress and I’m looking pretty good this summer.
    2. Do you recall the first makeup or beauty product you purchase with your own hard-earned money?
    Maybelline eye pencil back in my high school days I would burn the tip and line my eyes.Also Sweet Honesty perfume from Avon
    3. Have you ever had a summer romance?
    Probably but can’t remember it, lol
    4. How are your beach volleyball skills?
    Fair at best. But I suck at sports so I rarely play
    5. Something that always makes you laugh?
    My sisters are so funny, when we get together I sometimes laugh til tears roll down my face. I used to love watching the King of Queens on TV for a good laugh. The show Modern Family always gets a laugh out of me.
    6. Can you do a headstand or a handstand?
    Won’t be going there, lol. Sounds like a recipe for a injury.
    7. A recent makeup or beauty discovery that’s been rocking your world?
    I’m really loving the products I got from MAC’s temperature rising collection. The dazzle lipsticks are so pretty that I actually brought a couple backups. Even love the bronzer which is unusual for me, only tried it because Karen bragged on it so much!
    8. Mini or maxi dresses?
    I can rock both but at my age not too short.
    9. What jewelry are you wearing today?
    Still in my lounge around the house outfit so nothing yet. But I always at least wear earrings.
    10. What was the best part of your weekend?
    My Mom was sick and had to go to the hospital for test and I was so happy everything came back negative, thank God! Have a great week everyone!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Denise,

      I’m happy to hear your mom’s tests came back with good news. *big hug*

      I’m also happy to hear that you love exercise now too! It’s such a mood lifter and makes me feel really, really good. I’m glad you enjoy it too. What types of workouts do you like to do? I run a lot because it’s convenient, but I’m thinking of trying a new spin class soon just to mix things up.

      P.S. Which bronzer did ya get? :)

      • Denise S says:

        I do squats, aerobics and ride my stationary bike for 30mins . Occasionally I’ll do Carmen Electras hip hop video. I brought the Refined Golden bronze thanks to you and love it!!

  13. Natasha says:

    1. Something you never expected to love?
    the desert. I grew up in the Southeast where it’s lush, hot and green. The first trip to the desert blew my mind; so stark, yet so beautiful!

    2. Do you recall the first makeup or beauty product you purchase with your own hard-earned money?
    A dark grey eyeliner from Avon.

    3. Have you ever had a summer romance?
    No.

    4. How are your beach volleyball skills?
    Horrible! Flying spheroids usually hit me…

    5. Something that always makes you laugh?
    Silly cat memes. Hubby’s corny jokes.

    6. Can you do a headstand or a handstand?
    No.

    7. A recent makeup or beauty discovery that’s been rocking your world?
    CeraVe SPF 30 facial sunscreen — elegant, plays well with other products and keeps my skin protected all day.

    8. Mini or maxi dresses?
    Maxi, for sure!

    9. What jewelry are you wearing today?
    Pearl studs, jade bracelet, wedding ring, watch.

    10. What was the best part of your weekend?
    Sleeping. I did a grad night on Saturday and got home at 4am on Sunday… then just snoozed the rest of the day… the cats were thrilled.

  14. Stephanie Smith says:

    1. Something you never expected to love? Being a Mom! I always knew I’d have kids, but I didn’t know how complete and whole it would make me.
    2. Do you recall the first makeup or beauty product you purchase with your own hard-earned money? No, I have no idea. It’s almost there, on the tip of my brain, but I just can’t reach it. Most likely lip gloss.
    3. Have you ever had a summer romance? No, I seemed to meet boys in the Fall for some reason! LOL!
    4. How are your beach volleyball skills? I don’t like balls coming at my head! I wear glasses and it freaks me out if I think they’re going to get knocked off, because I can’t see. If I’m in contacts, then I’m pretty good.
    5. Something that always makes you laugh? My husband! And my goofy kids!
    6. Can you do a headstand or a handstand? I can do a headstand next to a wall, but that’s it.
    7. A recent makeup or beauty discovery that’s been rocking your world? While I’m not a huge fan of nail art, I feel it’s a bit “Real Housewives of wherever” but I do like a little bit, a funky french manicure done with color, or color blocking, with tape.
    8. Mini or maxi dresses? Mini. Much cooler in the Summer.
    9. What jewelry are you wearing today? A wedding band, my giant yellow watch that makes me feel like a rapper, and glasses (they have teeny rhinestones on them so that’s like jewelry, right?)
    10. What was the best part of your weekend? Seeing my amazing wonderful nephew, that I love so much! He kept smooching me and putting stuffed animals down my shirt, he’s one of the loves of my life!

  15. Kim says:

    Happy Monday!! :)

    1. Something you never expected to love? Kids. I know it sounds awful but, before I had mine, I just couldn’t understand why people were always so hopped up on their little, whiny, snot-bags. Now, I find them delightful. :)
    2. Do you recall the first makeup or beauty product you purchase with your own hard-earned money? Probably some awful Mary Kay frosted lip gloss or drug store, purple eyeshadow palette.
    3. Have you ever had a summer romance? A few.
    4. How are your beach volleyball skills? Mad, sistah! OK, not as mad as they were when I was young, but still respectable.
    5. Something that always makes you laugh? Reminiscing with friends about what dodos we were/are!
    6. Can you do a headstand or a handstand? Yes, both. I could never walk on my hands very well, though. Poor upper body strength. :)
    7. A recent makeup or beauty discovery that’s been rocking your world? UD’s Bourbon liner? A great rec from a very knowledgeable gal. ;)
    8. Mini or maxi dresses? I guess I’d go with maxi so, when I forget to sit in a lady-like fashion, I don’t give anyone a show.
    9. What jewelry are you wearing today? Engagement and wedding rings, watch, diamond studs. As always. :)
    10. What was the best part of your weekend? Getting my flowers and tomato plants and then scoring a crab apple tree for only $20. I even enjoyed digging the hole, planting it and staking it in the 90 degree heat. I was REALLY happy to get a new tree!

    • Karen says:

      Hey lady,

      Long time no see! Last week was crazy on this end and it sounds like you were busy too.

      Funny, I picked up some tomato plants this weekend. What kind did you get? I got an Early Girl, OM NOM NOM!

      • Kim says:

        Hi there! Yes, it was wild but I think things are slowing down this week. Hopefully for you, too! :)

        I let the boys pick (4 different plants). I think they were Celebrity, Mountain Fresh, Supersonic and Big Boy. I’d like to have some heirloom varieties but I think they need to be grown from seed and I’m not confident that I have that ability! HAHA! I think we had Early Girl in the past – I really need to write these things down so I can remember from year to year.

  16. 1. Something you never expected to love? Mushrooms. Hated them as a kid and as an early teen, but now I love them and I eat then almost daily.

    2. Do you recall the first makeup or beauty product you purchase with your own hard-earned money? To give you an idea, I forget the plot of movies after like 3 weeks, so no, I do not remember ;-)

    3. Have you ever had a summer romance? Nope. Been loving my boyfriend for more than ten summers now though :-)

    4. How are your beach volleyball skills? Totally non existent…

    5. Something that always makes you laugh? How I Met Your Mother

    6. Can you do a headstand or a handstand? Headstand, yes. And handstand, yes, if I can lean against a wall with my feet :-)

    7. A recent makeup or beauty discovery that’s been rocking your world?

    8. Mini or maxi dresses? Mini. Maxis drown me.

    9. What jewelry are you wearing today? An Egyptian-styled torque necklace, small bronze and black tear-shaped earrings, and a couple of chunky bronze-colored bracelets.

    10. What was the best part of your weekend? Digging in to my delicious chocolate moelleux dessert! :-)

  17. Twyla says:

    1. Something you never expected to love? black coffee because it took me years to develop a taste for it with multiple creams & sweetners at that.
    2. Do you recall the first makeup or beauty product you purchase with your own hard-earned money? Most likely it was Covergirl (we only had drugstores to shop in) and it mostly was palet of white/pink/blue eyeshadow!!
    3. Have you ever had a summer romance? yes – both as a teenager & an adult..
    4. How are your beach volleyball skills? on a court I have a wicked serve but put me on sand and I’ve lost my footing and nothing but a hazard.
    5. Something that always makes you laugh? when my kitty runs around my apt making odd loud noises with her tail all puffed up.. and nobody is chasing her????
    6. Can you do a headstand or a handstand?neither..
    7. A recent makeup or beauty discovery that’s been rocking your world? NYX eyeshadow pallets… on sale and last all day
    8. Mini or maxi dresses? both – Mini’s to show off my legs, Maxi’s when I want to be super comfy
    9. What jewelry are you wearing today? 3 rings, a cloth bracelet from Mexico, 2 pairs of earrings & a upper ear dangly earring
    10. What was the best part of your weekend? finally getting to stain/seal the patio furniture because the weather turned warm!! now I can plant my patio garden next wknd and have my own oasis for me and my monsters!!

  18. Kate & Zena says:

    1. Something you never expected to love?
    El Laberinto del Fauno, aka Pan’s Labyrinth.

    Let me tell you about my history with scary movies and thrillers. I DON’T DO THEM. I will be a crying, shriveling, screaming mess in about three minutes flat. I cried from fear watching the first Lord of the Rings when the Orcs (they are called Orcs right) came out the soil in Middle Earth. I can handle Ringwraiths, things coming out of the ground on a giant screen and surround sound? You’ve got the twelve year old me scared to sh*z. I have yet to do a second attempt at that movie.

    2. Do you recall the first makeup or beauty product you purchase with your own hard-earned money?
    I won’t even try. I’m thinking it’s probably lipbalm.

    3. Have you ever had a summer romance?
    Nope.

    4. How are your beach volleyball skills?
    Um, zero. If anything, the ball will hit my head. I have ZERO skills for any sport involving a ball except for solo soccer. In other words, if I am allowed to kick around a soccer ball on my own, I am okay. The minute you put another person in there, I am screwed. The ball will come hurling to my head.

    5. Something that always makes you laugh?
    Dogs, especially puppies, that are sleeping and are dreaming. The twitching paws always get to me. It instantaneous giggling.

    Also, Looney Tunes. Looney Tunes will ALWAYS make me laugh.

    6. Can you do a headstand or a handstand?
    Um, no to both accounts. I don’t quite have the coordination.

    7. A recent makeup or beauty discovery that’s been rocking your world?
    Bright lips

    8. Mini or maxi dresses?
    How about just above the knee dresses?

    9. What jewelry are you wearing today?
    I haven’t gotten dressed yet, so currently it’s just my stud earrings. I know I’ll wear my Fossil watch as I always wear that!

    10. What was the best part of your weekend?
    I finally wrote all of those ‘Thank You’ notes I’ve been needing to write! I know, rather boring, but it’s been plaguing my mind for months!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kate,

      With you on Looney Tunes. Do you have a favorite mine is Barber of Seville.

      • Kate & Zena says:

        You know, I have a lot of favorites when it comes to Looney Tunes. The Barber of Seville is funny though. I do especially love any and all Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner shorts. I instantly crack up laughing just because Coyote always ends up getting hurt, falling off ridges, getting hit by anvils (you know that old Geico commercial featuring Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote? I still laugh hysterically every time I watch it on YouTube. I’m that easily amused.)

        I’m working on collecting the box sets!

        Another thing that cracks me up are the AllState Mayhem commercials. They have a new one where Mayhem is a maid…oh, man, I still laugh every time I see that commercial and I fast forward through shows sometimes JUST to see it!

  19. Meyra says:

    Hi Karen!
    I hope you don’t mind me posting a non-monday makeup poll, but when you said that one of the first makeup items was from the Revlon Cherries In The Snow collection I couldn’t believe it. My grandpa was one of the creators of that makeup collection and also did the promotional images. He worked for Revlon in NYC for 51 years up until he passed. I actually have one of the images framed and hanging up in my home. So your post really touched my heart. He was such a wonderful man and I miss him so much. Thank you for making me smile today. x

    • Karen says:

      Hi Meyra,

      I don’t mind it at all! I love getting comments. :)

      Thank you so much for sharing your story about your grandpa. How amazing that the history of that iconic color is part of your family!

      When I was in high school in the ’90s Cherries in the Snow was THE shade to wear amongst my friends. We all wore the matching lipstick and nail polish. Even today, when I see the color in the store I always have to stop and look at it.

  20. Alice Ann says:

    1. Something you never expected to love? Science. I have a fine arts background, but going back to school for nursing has shown me the beauty of science.
    2. Do you recall the first makeup or beauty product you purchase with your own hard-earned money? I’m pretty sure it was Clinique Black Honey lipstick.
    3. Have you ever had a summer romance? No.
    4. How are your beach volleyball skills? Non existant.
    5. Something that always makes you laugh? My dog zooming through the house at top speed, and treadmill fails on Youtube.
    6. Can you do a headstand or a handstand? Oh God no.
    7. A recent makeup or beauty discovery that’s been rocking your world? Ren BB cream. It’s not irritating to my sensitive skin, the color matches my skin well, and no silicone.
    8. Mini or maxi dresses? Neither, all of mine are in the knee length territory.
    9. What jewelry are you wearing today? Just glasses(they have rhinestones) and nose ring that’s always there.
    10. What was the best part of your weekend? Went to my favorite flea market,I scored some really pretty vintage dresses. Afterwards we went to a really good Thai place nearby.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Alice Ann,

      I understand what you mean about the beauty of science. I think efficiency in natures is such a beautiful, elegant thing.

      What made you decide to go back to school and pursue nursing?

      • Alice Ann says:

        I agree about the efficiency of nature, the endless immaculate design is awe inspiring. As far as nursing, I wanted to get into work that provides opportunities to help people, especially in ways that are supportive and empowering. Ultimately, I would like to work with nursing and nutrition.

  21. Caroline says:

    1. Something you never expected to love?
    Being a mom.
    2. Do you recall the first makeup or beauty product you purchase with your own hard-earned money?
    Not really, it was so long ago. I know I bought a MAC cream blush that was not flattering while I was in college. And bought a Chanel nude lip liner & nude lipstick which I loved. Most likely it was Covergirl or Revlon lippy.
    3. Have you ever had a summer romance?
    Yes, great times and memories.
    4. How are your beach volleyball skills?
    Like being at the beach to chill not to be active.
    5. Something that always makes you laugh?
    An episode of SATC where Carrie farts in bed with Mr. Big. Just thinking about that makes me laugh.
    6. Can you do a headstand or a handstand?
    Don’t like the blood rushing to my head so no.
    7. A recent makeup or beauty discovery that’s been rocking your world?
    Garnier BB cream. I like my Skin 79 but too heavy for this weather. This was a big surprise for me and it works great for my needs.
    8. Mini or maxi dresses?
    Have been rocking minis lately.
    9. What jewelry are you wearing today?
    Wedding & engagement rings, my 12 surgical steel earrings, nose piercing, and watch. Oh, my glasses.
    10. What was the best part of your weekend?
    Spending time with my littles girls and hubby.

  22. Maria says:

    1. Something you never expected to love? My husband. Not my type and he loves country. But he was persistent and it paid off.
    2. Do you recall the first makeup or beauty product you purchase with your own hard-earned money? That would be back in 1989. I have no idea but I wish I did.
    3. Have you ever had a summer romance? Yes lasted 2 weeks bcz I was super shy. After he kissed me it was over lol.
    4. How are your beach volleyball skills? Non existent. I’ll play any other pick up sport but sand and diving for a ball are not inviting.
    5. Something that always makes you laugh? Rob Dyrdek’s Ridiculousness. It’s a must see on MTV
    6. Can you do a headstand or a handstand? Both. I used to practice everyday as a kid for NO REASON!
    7. A recent makeup or beauty discovery that’s been rocking your world? Loreal Ever Curl Shampoo. It leaves my curls feeling silky and smelling good. I’ve been lazy about straightening my hair lately.
    8. Mini or maxi dresses? Mini. Too short for maxis
    9. What jewelry are you wearing today? Tiffany rubidium rings necklace, watch and bracelets to cover wrist tattoos and my wedding ring.
    10. What was the best part of your weekend? Taking my lil guy to the Japanese Friendship Gardens and seeing him explore like I did as a kid.

  23. C'enna says:

    1. Something you never expected to love?
    My husband. We have known each other since the age of five and it took me 12 years after that to realize I loved him. So we started dating when I was 17. Now I can’t live without him.

    2. Do you recall the first makeup or beauty product you purchase with your own hard-earned money?
    My first paycheck was blown in a matter of hours lol. I went on a spree. I can’t remember much but I do remember somethings like WnW blush in Heather Silk, some M.A.C brushes, and Tommy Girl Perfume.

    3. Have you ever had a summer romance?
    Well… to be safe I’ll say no…lol

    4. How are your beach volleyball skills?
    I use to play volleyball in school but for some reason I have never played beach volleyball so… there probably bad

    5. Something that always makes you laugh?
    My nephews! Kids DO say the darnest things. They always make me smile and laugh.

    6. Can you do a headstand or a handstand?
    No headstands please! Im so nervous that someones neck will break. I can do a handstand though! I think I look like a fish out of water when I do it though lol

    7. A recent makeup or beauty discovery that’s been rocking your world?
    Hmmmm…Nothing really. Nothing new has really rocked my world lately.

    8. Mini or maxi dresses?
    Maxi! I feel so free when I wear it. It gives me more energy because I feel more comfortable in it.

    9. What jewelry are you wearing today?
    My wedding ring, a knuckle ring with a cross on it from forever 21, and small studs. Simple but cute :)

    10. What was the best part of your weekend?
    I had a date nite with my husband and the real housewives of new jersey is back so im set in life hahaha

  24. Trude says:

    1. Something you never expected to love? I’d have to say my boyfriend, just because we knew each other in middle and high school, and we’re both (nearly) 30 now and it’s so weird to re-meet and be perfectly compatible and ridiculously in love. :)

    2. Do you recall the first makeup or beauty product you purchase with your own hard-earned money? I remember getting one of those Cover Girl tinted glossy balms with my babysitting money and thinking it was the coolest; I still remember the smell (they still make them!). I also distinctly remember getting a bottle of slightly pastel purple nail polish and my friend thinking I was crazy – guess I was just ahead of the trend! (Riiiight…)

    3. Have you ever had a summer romance? Not really, no Time of My Life for me.

    4. How are your beach volleyball skills? Terrible. I played soccer growing up so my instinct is to kick whatever ball is coming towards me, not hit it.

    5. Something that always makes you laugh? My BFF. She’s amazing.

    6. Can you do a headstand or a handstand? Not really, my wrists are tiny compared to my hands and arms and always hurt when I attempt handstands or cartwheels!

    7. A recent makeup or beauty discovery that’s been rocking your world? Avon’s eye makeup remover lotion. It’s cheap, works in two seconds (even on full eye makeup) and very gentle. I’ve been ordering it in multiples and sharing with friends!

    8. Mini or maxi dresses? Maxi. These white/translucent legs do better that way, plus I like to sit with my legs curled up and that’s just a no-no in a mini. ;)

    9. What jewelry are you wearing today? Watch, ring, little diamond studs that my mom gave me when my dad upgraded hers. :)

    10. What was the best part of your weekend? The dog beach, for sure. You can’t help but cheer up, seeing all those happy dogs playing!
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  25. meredith says:

    1. Something you never expected to love? Running.
    2. Do you recall the first makeup or beauty product you purchase with your own hard-earned money? I remember buying a clinique lipstick, honey gloss, that I was especially proud of because it came in a metal tube.
    3. Have you ever had a summer romance? No.
    4. How are your beach volleyball skills? Yikes, terrible!
    5. Something that always makes you laugh? Lol cats
    6. Can you do a headstand or a handstand? Neither I assume. I haven’t tried lately though.
    7. A recent makeup or beauty discovery that’s been rocking your world? Aah bronzer! How did I get by for so long not wearing any!?
    8. Mini or maxi dresses? Maxi
    9. What jewelry are you wearing today? Yoga shorts and a tank. Just bummin around the house today.
    10. What was the best part of your weekend? Enjoying some glorious early summer weather on the back deck.

  26. Ana says:

    1. Something you never expected to love?
    My little cat Orion!
    He’s my baby :) hehe It was love at first sight at the adoption event where I got him.

    2. Do you recall the first makeup or beauty product you purchase with your own hard-earned money?
    MAC Carbon eyeshadow :D

    3. Have you ever had a summer romance?
    Yep but it didn’t last much haha.

    4. How are your beach volleyball skills?
    Erm… I suck at volleyball! Hahaha

    5. Something that always makes you laugh?
    My boyfriend jokes :)

    6. Can you do a headstand or a handstand?
    I can do a handstand :D for… Less than 30 secs LOL

    7. A recent makeup or beauty discovery that’s been rocking your world?
    Revlon Kissable Lipbalm Stain in Romantic, perfect red for me.

    8. Mini or maxi dresses?
    Mini! The whole maxi dress thingy makes me feel even more short than I am.

    9. What jewelry are you wearing today?
    My boyfriend’s necklace and a multicolor braided bracelet :)

    10. What was the best part of your weekend?
    I went to an annual music festival in my city :D

  27. Meridith says:

    1. Something you never expected to love? Ha! My husband, I really didn’t like him when we first met. :)

    2. Do you recall the first makeup or beauty product you purchase with your own hard-earned money? no, i was a tomboy.

    3. Have you ever had a summer romance? Unfortunately no.

    4. How are your beach volleyball skills?
    If it’s up in the air for quite awhile, I manage to get under it…that’s about all.

    5. Something that always makes you laugh?
    When Elaine (from Seinfeld) dances.

    6. Can you do a headstand or a handstand?
    I can do a headstand!

    7. A recent makeup or beauty discovery that’s been rocking your world?
    The power of essential oils!

    8. Mini or maxi dresses?
    Mini

    9. What jewelry are you wearing today?
    None

    10. What was the best part of your weekend? I was feeling pretty sick this weekend so…watching stupid movies.
    Meridith recently posted … Wordless Wednesday (Leo Carillo, CA Trip)

  28. Bell says:

    1. Something you never expected to love?
    Studying! All my school life I’ve thought about studying as something I HAD to do. When I got in to college and ’till today I love studying anything related to my profession (physical therapist). I guess you only have to find out what you LIKE studying :-)

    2. Do you recall the first makeup or beauty product you purchase with your own hard-earned money?
    I do! I think I was in 7th or 8th grade, I bought a Maybelline Watersparkle (???) gloss and it was pink.

    3. Have you ever had a summer romance?
    Like you, nothing big. I just wanted to have fun! Never planned on boys so totally skiped that!

    4. How are your beach volleyball skills?
    I guess okay. The problem for me is that the ball with sand really hurts my wrists.

    5. Something that always makes you laugh?
    9gag, my friends, family, and usually myself :-)

    6. Can you do a headstand or a handstand?
    A handstand for like 3 seconds.

    7. A recent makeup or beauty discovery that’s been rocking your world?
    It’s not that recent, but it’s a recent BUY for me: Nars “And God Created the Woman” palette. IT-IS-BEAUTIFUL

    8. Mini or maxi dresses?
    I love both! Mini for when I’m feeling really fit and good about myself, maxi for some more relaxed days.

    9. What jewelry are you wearing today?
    I always wear silver studs and necklace with a blue greek eye to keep negative energies away :-)

    10. What was the best part of your weekend?
    Going at Sephora, Starbucks with my mom (she loves it!), and sleeping in on sunday.

    Have a great week Karen!!!

  29. Katherine G says:

    1. Something you never expected to love?
    ~Being married. I never thought I would find a guy like my hubby, and I always pretty much thought I’d be single and never really find someone to totally open up to. I also never expected to love MMA as much as I do (and love the torturous workouts that come with it).

    2. Do you recall the first makeup or beauty product you purchase with your own hard-earned money?
    ~Hmmmm…probably drugstore eyeliner, I think by Maybelline or Milani. I also had a taste at the time for Victoria’s Secret makeup, which was high-end to me since it cost more than drugstore makeup.

    3. Have you ever had a summer romance?
    ~I’ve had quite a few! The only one that lasted is with my hubby :)

    4. How are your beach volleyball skills?
    ~Ok. Don’t like getting sand down my swim bottoms, though.

    5. Something that always makes you laugh?
    ~Baby animals being cute and doing funny things.

    6. Can you do a headstand or a handstand?
    ~I can actually do both but I prefer to do them against a wall. I can also do handstand push-ups. My goal is to get away from the wall and do splits and Eagle Legs with the handstands, and hold the handstand for a long period of time.

    7. A recent makeup or beauty discovery that’s been rocking your world?
    ~Probably Laura Mercier Sherazade. It looks dark in the pan but goes on super smooth and really compliments green/hazel/brown/any color eyes. I wore it for my wedding with African Violet. It is my new favorite neutral smokey eye shadow and goes with so much. I have also recently paired it with MAC Club and it looks amazing!

    8. Mini or maxi dresses?
    ~Both – with working out, I love showing off my legs, but I love long flowy beach dresses, too.

    9. What jewelry are you wearing today?
    ~Just my rings, that’s typically all the jewelry I will wear even though I own pretty necklaces, other rings, and costume jewelry.

    10. What was the best part of your weekend?
    ~My wedding :) and going to a friend’s wedding yesterday at Herrington’s on the Bay on the Chesapeake Bay in MD. Spending time with the hubby doing random things (we saw a bear up close and personal in the Frederick watershed back roads – he was injured and was walking on the road). Spending time with family, and good friends.

  30. sophie says:

    1. Something you never expected to love?
    - Running! I hate sports but I love Running!

    2. Do you recall the first makeup or beauty product you purchase with your own hard-earned money?
    - OPI Nail Polish (16 EUR in Germany!)

    3. Have you ever had a summer romance?
    - Nope.

    4. How are your beach volleyball skills?
    - I don’t know, I never play volleyball. But I have a volleyball court behind my apartment. ;)

    5. Something that always makes you laugh?
    - My husband.

    6. Can you do a headstand or a handstand?
    - Yeah! Both. I can even ride a unicycle, that was a huge trend in our neighbourhood when I was 10.

    7. A recent makeup or beauty discovery that’s been rocking your world?
    - The Diorskin Nude Tan Paradise Duo! I would love to buy it, but its sold out everywhere in Germany.

    8. Mini or maxi dresses?
    - Mini. I have very short legs and maxi dresses would let me disappear in it. ;)

    9. What jewelry are you wearing today?
    - None. Not even my wedding ring. It is too big.

    10. What was the best part of your weekend?
    - After 4 weeks of rain finally sunshine. :)

  31. janeh says:

    I know that EXACT Thrifty’s store, with the ice cream? I went there all the time, usually on Fridays after school. And I went to Alvarado as well. We must have crossed paths at some point, Karen.

  32. Megan says:

    1. Something you never expected to love? Adding spinach and kale to smoothies! It makes me feel like I’m doing something good for myself first thing in the morning :]

    2. Do you recall the first makeup or beauty product you purchase with your own hard-earned money? Sadly, yes. It was a Jane purple eyeshadow and I wore it almost every day in 8th grade..yeah. It was ill-advised. D:

    3. Have you ever had a summer romance? I think in 6th grade I did. It involved lots of 4 hour phone conversations talking about nothing.

    4. How are your beach volleyball skills? very terrible!

    5. Something that always makes you laugh? Parks and Rec and The Office(when Michael Scott was still the main character, that is.)

    6. Can you do a headstand or a handstand? I used to be able to do both, but now the only place I’ll be doing a handstand is in the pool, I think.

    7. A recent makeup or beauty discovery that’s been rocking your world? MAC Quarry eyeshadow, and using Coconut Oil for my moisturizer.

    8. Mini or maxi dresses? Don’t make me choose! They both have their place in my life. :)

    9. What jewelry are you wearing today? Rose gold earrings and bracelet

    10. What was the best part of your weekend? Being able to sit and read without having to constantly check the clock.

  33. jess says:

    1. Something you never expected to love? kitties! i was a dog person growin up and now I adore cats.
    2. Do you recall the first makeup or beauty product you purchase with your own hard-earned money? i believe mascara
    3. Have you ever had a summer romance? yes and it ended in september. then he called again in march. lol. suffice to say i didn’t marry that one!
    4. How are your beach volleyball skills? decent I played vball growing up.
    5. Something that always makes you laugh? my husband
    6. Can you do a headstand or a handstand? not sure anymore!
    7. A recent makeup or beauty discovery that’s been rocking your world? Almays new liquid lip balm ROCKS MY WORLD. For reals. Beautiful texture, finish, so moisturizing and smooth, smell like a dream, great juicy shades and only $5 @ Target!
    8. Mini or maxi dresses? maxi, leave something to the imagination1
    9. What jewelry are you wearing today? just my wedding rings
    10. What was the best part of your weekend? hanging out with my mom for a whole day catching up and relaxing!

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