Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 283

Published in: Just For Fun

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 five years. I’ve always enjoyed reading your answers in the comments, and I hope you enjoy reading mine.

  1. Which makeup brush do you use the most?
    The MAC 217 Blending Brush, which I love like Buzz Lightyear (to infinity and beyond!!).

  2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse?
    Cat treats, a really great pen and ponytail holders.

  3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken?
    Tagalog (it reminds me of my parents and home), French and Italian.

  4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month?
    It’s still early in the month…so three.

  5. Best eyeshadow primer?
    It’s a tossup between NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base and MAC Painterly.

  6. Have you ever worn an updo?
    Yup! They’re perfect for formal occasions like weddings.

  7. Are you happy with your brows?
    Grrr… Yes and no. Yes because they’re finally starting to grow out (I’ve been trying to grow them out lately), but no because “Raul,” the bald spot on my left brow, is still harassing me.

  8. Best moisturizing makeup product?
    Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector! It’s so great!

  9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone?
    No, no and no (knocks on wood).

    I lose jewelry left and right, which is the main reason I mostly stick to costume pieces, but so far I’ve managed to avoid losing the other stuff.

  10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now?
    A pair of heart-shaped neon sunglasses I got from Target a while back.

Le List

Now it’s your turn. Just copy and paste the following questions into a comment with your answers. I look forward to reading ‘em! :)

1. Which makeup brush do you use the most?
2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse?
3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken?
4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month?
5. Best eyeshadow primer?
6. Have you ever worn an updo?
7. Are you happy with your brows?
8. Best moisturizing makeup product?
9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone?
10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now?

I wanted to tell you about this really interesting book I started reading the other day called Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus & Sharpen Your Creative Mind (find it here). I found it through a website I like called 99U, which has great self-helpy articles on fostering your creativity and achieving personal goals.



The book has this to say about the building blocks of a great daily routine:

“Start with the rhythm of your energy levels. Certain times of day are especially conducive to focussed creativity, thanks to circadian rhythms of arousal and mental alertness. Notice when you seem to have the most energy during the day, and dedicate those valuable periods to your most important creative work.”

And…

“The single most important change you can make in your working habits is to switch to creative work first, reactive work second. This means blocking off a large chunk of time every day for creative work on your own priorities, with the phone and e-mail off. By definition, this approach goes against the grain of others’ expectations and the pressures they put on you. It will take willpower to switch off the world, even for an hour. It feels uncomfortable, and sometimes people get upset. But it’s better to disappoint a few people over small things, than to surrender your dreams for an empty inbox.”

And many more really inspiring tips and testimonials from successful creative people. Highly recommended if you’re looking for a creativity boost.

Have a wonderful day and a spectacular week, my friend. :)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. Aditi says:

    Hey Karen! I can’t believe it’s back to Monday, sigh. Hope your week is off to a great start!

    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most?

    I have to say it’s a tie between my elf eyeshadow brush and my ecotools petite shading brush. They help when I oversleep in the morning!

    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse?

    Hand sanitizer, a pen, headphones.

    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken?

    Tamil (my dad’s mother tongue) Hindi (my mom’s mother tongue) and Italian (it’s so melodious!)

    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month?

    None. I’m not really a nails kinda girl, plus working in the lab means it comes off in a day, so it’s not really worth in IMO.

    5. Best eyeshadow primer?

    Milani eyeshadow primer. It doesn’t let anything slip on my oily lids!

    6. Have you ever worn an updo?

    I wear my hair in a pony all week long, so yes, I think?

    7. Are you happy with your brows?

    Yes and no. I have pretty lush eyebrows, but I’m never sure how to make them look perfect!

    8. Best moisturizing makeup product?

    L’oreal color riche balm. They’re perfect for an effortless look, they keep my lips hydrated, plus they make my lips looks plush and shiny.

    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone?

    Yes, yes and no. I have a terrible memory :|

    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now?

    A hermit crab pin that hubby gave me!

  2. Mary Babicki says:

    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most? My Bare Minerals compact foundation brush.
    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse? lip balm, nail file, hand lotion
    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken? French, Spanish, English
    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month? Not once yet, since it’s only August 5th. ;)
    5. Best eyeshadow primer? Bare Minerals Prime Time Brightening Eye Primer
    6. Have you ever worn an updo? Yes, when I was maid of honor at my sister’s wedding. I pulled out a million bobby pins at the end of the night!
    7. Are you happy with your brows? Kind of, they are blonde so they don’t really stand out as much but I put a little Benefit tinted brow gel on them and they’re ok.
    8. Best moisturizing makeup product? Fresh Sugar lip treatment
    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone? My purse, a long time ago in high school. I left it at a fast food place.
    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now? A pair of flip-flops, lol

  3. Elena says:

    Those tips on creativity and energy levels are so great! I just can’t get ANY work done during the morning unless it involves attending lessons. Otherwise, I’m an afternoon/evening kind of girl: I usually go to the library at 2 p.m and study til 6 or 7. Those are my key hours!

  4. Lynne says:

    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most?
    Sephora Retractable Kabuki Brush.

    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse?
    mirror, planner, and hand sanitizers

    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken?
    Spanish, Japanese, and Italian

    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month?
    I need to redo mine since they’ve been chipped off for a week ;-;

    5. Best eyeshadow primer?
    Urban Decay

    6. Have you ever worn an updo?
    I try but my hair’s always cut in layers so it’s tricky to pull off

    7. Are you happy with your brows?
    Now I am, since I went to the salon and got them waxed and trimmed; seriously, it’s been long overdue @_@

    8. Best moisturizing makeup product?
    Revlon Colorstay Lip Butters.

    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone?
    No, no, and yes. Lost my phone on accident at Best Buy in 2011. It slipped out of my pocket without noticing until last minute and when calling the phone line, it went straight to voice mail. I dunno who wanted to steal my basic phone anyways but I still hate you for it.

    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now?
    My MetroCon weekend convention badge.

  5. sweeks1980 says:

    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most?
    I use a random eye shadow brush I picked up from Lancome years ago on a daily basis. I also love the powder brush I got from Mary Kay.

    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse?
    My iPhone, lip balm, and a book :)

    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken?
    Hmmm… Italian, Russian, and Visayan (my parents’ native language).

    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month?
    I’ve only painted my nails once so far, but I’m due for an at-home mani/pedi today or tomorrow.

    5. Best eyeshadow primer?
    It’s a toss up between Benefit’s Stay Don’t Stray and NYX’s primer.

    6. Have you ever worn an updo?
    I’ll wear an updo when I’m going to a formal event, such as a wedding. When I taught high school, I would also get an updo to chaperone prom.

    7. Are you happy with your brows?
    No – my brows are due for some TLC at my local salon. I’m the worst about getting them groomed, and I don’t have faith in my abilities to do it myself.

    8. Best moisturizing makeup product?
    Either Fresh’s tinted lip products or Clinique’s BB cream.

    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone?
    I’ve definitely lost my keys before. When I was in college, my cat stole the key chain that had my college ID and car key on it, and I never found them.

    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now?
    I’m trying to spruce up my office at work, so I have a small marble elephant (it belonged to a friend of mine), a mini Slinky, and several cans of Play-Doh in my purse right now.

  6. Ellen says:

    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most?
    My Laura Mercier finishing eye brush – like the MAC 217 but softer and better at blending, at least for me
    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse?
    Lip balm (always!), band-aids, and sunglasses
    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken?
    Italian, Portuguese, and French
    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month?
    Only once so far
    5. Best eyeshadow primer?
    Using up my UDPP and hoping to find a better (non-paraben) one to replace it…
    6. Have you ever worn an updo?
    7. Are you happy with your brows?
    For my wedding! That’s probably it, though – I had short hair for a while, including high school prom (the other updo contendor for me)
    8. Best moisturizing makeup product?
    Not makeup per se, but La Roche-Posay cicaplast – a balm that helps with sunburn, dry skin, etc., and also makes a wonderful moisturizer and primer. I mix it with foundation in the dead of winter, too. It’s my wonder product!
    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone?
    No…knock on wood
    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now?
    A mini makeup bag with essentials (lip balm/gloss, vitamins, underwear) should I go into labor when I’m out and about!

  7. Jenna N. says:

    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most? Sonia Kashuk eyeliner brush because I use gel eyeliner almost everyday. After that, it would be the MAC 217 for blending.

    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse?
    Hand cream, lip balm and concealer.

    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken? Spanish (because I can understand a little), French and English :)

    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month? I don’t paint my own nails due to my incompetence with my opposite hand. But I have gone to a nail salon and have had them done twice in July. Not yet in August, but soon.

    5. Best eyeshadow primer? NARS is the best. Expensive, but the best.

    6. Have you ever worn an updo? Honestly- not since high school when I had a friend who knew what she was doing. I often wear my hear in a super messy bun at home but I’d never leave the house with it because I know how bad it looks. I’ve tried Youtube videos, etc. but no luck. :(

    7. Are you happy with your brows? Very. When I was 15 women at makeup counters praised my thick brows and warned me never to wax them too thin which was advice I took, luckily, even though super thin eyebrows were popular back then. I don’t have to use brow makeup either because they are dark enough, and no “Rauls” luckily!

    8. Best moisturizing makeup product? There’s a Clarins primer in a little tub (Instant Perfecting Smoothing.. or something?) which helps me out because I have dry skin and it gives me a final boost of moisture before I put on my makeup. Also seems to help my makeup last while keeping dry flakes at bay.

    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone? No, thankfully. But I often have thought I had and panic ensued.

    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now? A clear gallon bag with pencils and granola bars and my driver’s license, from taking the bar exam last week. So glad to be done, but I still don’t feel like a normal person after all that continuous stress for multiple days!

  8. Alice Ann says:

    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most? The Sonia Kashuk eyeliner brush, it’s so good: angled, perfect thickness and tip, and it’s inexpensive.
    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse? Pen, small notebook, and oil blotting sheets.
    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken? Polish (reminds me of my parents), Russian, English with heavy Scottish accent (reminds me of a dear friend).
    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month? Just once, I’m going to do it later today if my new YSL Gris Underground arrives as scheduled.
    5. Best eyeshadow primer? Nars, hands down! My lids are very oily and Nars keeps the mess at bay, all day.
    6. Have you ever worn an updo? No, my hair is wily and would never submit.
    7. Are you happy with your brows? Most of the time, yes. It’s taken me a long time to control my deeply hidden urge to emulate Joan Crawford’s impeccable brow situation.
    8. Best moisturizing makeup product? Bite Beauty lipsticks.
    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone? I’ve lost my keys, it was a pain.
    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now? I have a scarf in my purse year round, the weather in the Bay Area has me trained to be ready for anything. The one that’s in there right now has bird portraits on it.

  9. 1. Which makeup brush do you use the most? Probably my MAC 217, my MAC 239 and my Sigma E55.

    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse? Lip balm, hand cream and mattifying powder.

    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken? Definitely English first :-) And I like German a lot. And Italian sounds nice too. I don’t care much for my own language, really.

    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month? This month? Just once I think. Butter London’s Swinger :-)

    5. Best eyeshadow primer? Too Faced Shadow Insurance

    6. Have you ever worn an updo? Yeah, I wore it a lot in high school. It was this kind of wild messy updo though, nothing too chic.

    7. Are you happy with your brows? Now I am. I hated them for a long long time though. They are very dark, the hairs are very coarse and get really long and I have a unibrow. BUT! When taken care of properly, they actually look pretty good :-) They give me a strong look.

    8. Best moisturizing makeup product? I like Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel a lot.

    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone? Nope. Fingers crossed it stays that way!

    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now? An empty case of vitamin C tablets with in it a tiny eyeliner brush. Surprise!
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  10. Shannon says:

    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most?
    a big bushy brush of unknown origin. No idea where I got it, but it’s perfect for putting bronzer and blush on quickly and lightly.

    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse?
    Lip balm, Kindle, sunglasses

    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken?
    Arabic (reminds me of living in Egypt), Spanish and isiXhosa (I love the clicks! I could never learn how to do it)

    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month?
    I got a pedicure but that was probably last week of July, not August…so none.

    5. Best eyeshadow primer?
    MAC Paint Pots, and Sephora’s brand is surprisingly good.

    6. Have you ever worn an updo?
    In all 3 weddings I’ve been in.

    7. Are you happy with your brows?
    No – I have trichotillomania (a hair pulling OCD) so I have to fill them in a lot. I’ve gotten pretty good at making it look natural but it’s kind of a hassle.

    8. Best moisturizing makeup product?
    Fresh’s lip balms–LOVE them!

    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone?
    Never permanently, unless you count stolen as lost (thanks, South African meth addict). Fortunately that was just a cheap cell phone. The other I’ll lose temporarily but I always find them under a sofa cushion or a pile of clothes.

    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now?
    Just cleaned it out, so nothing unusual for now. Give it a day or two.

  11. lolamd says:

    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most? Eyeliner brush
    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse? Baby wipes, hand lotion and a brush
    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken? French, Arabic and Russian
    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month? 0, I chew them a lot..haha
    5. Best eyeshadow primer? UrbanDecay
    6. Have you ever worn an updo? Yes for any wedding i have been in.
    7. Are you happy with your brows? Yes once they are threaded. : )
    8. Best moisturizing makeup product? L’Occitane Pure Shea butter
    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone? Of course! Can’t even count the no. of times but most recently it was my Iphone 5 which i thought for sure i was never going to see again. Luckily the person who found it was helpful.
    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now? Tennis racquet.

  12. Bree says:

    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most?
    Sonia Kashuk Medium Shader, but I think I could do about any eye look with my brush that came in the UD Naked 2 palette

    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse?
    Burt’s Bees Lip Balm, ibuprofen, phone charger

    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken?
    Spanish, French, Italian

    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month?
    My toe nails, once. I’m avoiding painting my nails because I just got them to be pretty again. Nail polish ruins them.

    5. Best eyeshadow primer?
    UDPP or maybelline color tattoos

    6. Have you ever worn an updo?
    Yes, but I’m not really a fan. I prefer my hair down.

    7. Are you happy with your brows?
    Yes except this one bald spot on my left brow behind my arch. If the hair would just stay swept over there but nooooo.

    8. Best moisturizing makeup product?
    Kiehls BB cream

    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone?
    Keys and phone, yes temporarily. Knock on wood.

    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now?
    A pocket knife. I’m a country girl. Ya never know when you might need to cut open a bale of hay. Lol Or when you buy something at the store and can’t wait to wear/use it.

  13. Holly says:

    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most?
    glominerals Texture brush – it’s the best I’ve found for applying foundation powder with buildable coverage to get different looks from the same product, from light to heavy coverage.

    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse?
    colorescience Sunforgettable SPF 50 powder sunscreen w/ brush, fresh Sugar tinted lip treatment & benefit Erase Paste

    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken?
    I have one and it’s the Love spoken by my husband & my puppies.

    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month?
    toes – once; fingers – zero.

    5. Best eyeshadow primer?
    don’t use any for eyeshadow, but love tarte & Too Faced face primers.

    6. Have you ever worn an updo?
    I’m really into the three low messy bun look for the summer heat right now. Its cute & easy to pull off. I saw it on Pinterest.

    7. Are you happy with your brows?
    No… i’m growing them out to see about an updated shape!

    8. Best moisturizing makeup product?
    Love SkinCeuticals Daily Moisture & Dr. Jart Premium BB cream

    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone?
    My car keys fell out of my raft on float trip down a river one time. It was shallow water, so as soon I noticed they were gone & stopped floating and starting reaching into the sand below me. After only two attempts, I pulled them up after they’d already sunk several inches beneath the surface. It was a miracle! :-)

    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now?
    probably ear plugs.

  14. Ruchita says:

    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most?
    A blending brush from Sonia Kashuk

    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse?
    Ponytail holders, band aids, tweezers

    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken?
    French, Hindi, and this isn’t really a language, but I love Irish and Scottish accents.

    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month?
    None. A lot of my stuff is in storage and packing boxes has not been good to my nails lately.

    5. Best eyeshadow primer?
    Too Faced Shadow Insurance.

    6. Have you ever worn an updo?
    Yep! Mostly for formal occasions though.

    7. Are you happy with your brows?
    Mostly. I like them best right after I get them threaded.

    8. Best moisturizing makeup product?
    I can’t think of a specific makup product, but I love Carmex for my chapped lips.

    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone?
    I thought I lost my phone once, but turns out it fell between the seats in my car. Once in Target, I set my keys down and walked away. After frantically searching, I calmed down and re-traced my steps to find them.

    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now?
    A (keyboard) mouse. The strap on my laptop bag broke so I temporarily stashed stuff in my purse.

    Happy Monday!

  15. Tennyoceres says:

    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most?
    Sephora Pro Concealer Brush 57
    http://www.sephora.com/pro-airbrush-concealer-brush-57-P313020?skuId=1419480
    My makeup look may change day to day but I always reach for this to cover dark eye circles, redness, stubborn bug bites and pimple scars that never quite faded away yet.

    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse?
    * Flush-able wet napkins. Besides obvious bathroom emergencies, it wipes hands and removes makeup if you’re in a pinch.
    * A pen.
    * Small nail clippers. Hangnails happen any time!

    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken?
    * Tagalog. Reminds me of my parents.
    * Portuguese/Brazilian Portuguese.
    * Japanese. Haiku in its original form is really moving.

    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month?
    Two. I count manicure and pedicure as separate and I did them Saturday night =p

    5. Best eyeshadow primer?
    I’ve only tried Urban Decay eyeshadow primer so far, and I’m loving it. I have The Balm waiting for me after I finish the UD primer. I may have to jump on the NARS primer once the Sephora fall VIB sale comes up.

    6. Have you ever worn an updo?
    Yes. I love it for special occasions.

    7. Are you happy with your brows?
    The shape yes. Everything else ugh no. The edges are too thick/hairy and then the areas inside are patchy. Can I just transplant some follicles to the spots that need growth?

    8. Best moisturizing makeup product?
    My skin hasn’t been deserts lately. When I do have dryness I mix my liquid foundation with a scentless lotion like Cetaphil. Heavy coverage tends to emphasize my dry patches.

    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone?
    I have had so many close calls (it’s under the car, on my mattress, in the bathroom, next to the coffee table, on the car roof) I pretty much lost count.

    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now?
    Three collapsible nylon shopping bags. The major counties I shop at now require to bring my own bag.

  16. Tania says:

    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most?
    My Sephora face/blush brush that I got in a kit while in college. Love it!
    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse?
    A coin purse to stash change in that’s separate from my wallet, at least one Maybelline Baby Lips Lip balm, a tea bag.
    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken?
    English with accents, Spanish, French
    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month?
    A couple of times and then I take it off. I’m NOT a nail polish wearer.
    5. Best eyeshadow primer?
    Maybelline Color Tattoos especially Inked in Pink.
    6. Have you ever worn an updo?
    I wear them all of the time, yay long hair and humidity!
    7. Are you happy with your brows?
    No they need help but I’ve been swamped.
    8. Best moisturizing makeup product?
    I have yet to find one. I loved the Garnier BB cream but it makes me an oil slick. I’m going to try the oily skin formula.
    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone?
    I must say that I hardly ever lose my keys. They have a clip on them so I can clip them on my purse or whatever. If they aren’t on my purse then they live on the door. Before the clip I lost them all of the time.
    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now?
    A full sized can of Suave Touchable Hold Hairspray. It’s my fav and I can’t find a travel size and I won’t compromise! :)

  17. Shannon says:

    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most?
    My blush brush – it’s a decent one that I got in my *very first* makeup brush set. It’s the only brush I’m using these days, actually. I just dust a teensy bit of blush on my eyelids, to brighten them a bit, and then go to town on my cheeks. Peasy and simple for summer!
    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse?
    Gloss/chapstick, gum, and bobby pins.
    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken?
    Italian, French, and Irish (aka Gaeilge – the language, not the accent! :) )
    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month?
    zero. I pretty much only paint my toes these days so I can go a month at a time without touching them! lol.
    5. Best eyeshadow primer?
    best value = definitely the ELF primer. It’s $1 and totally drags any eyeshadow through the workday, and even sometimes into the evening. For truly tough stuff, though… my favorite one that I’ve used is the NARS one.
    6. Have you ever worn an updo?
    Yep, lots of times! Love em, and I love styling them, actually. I used to do them for friends a lot and even got paid once (gasp!) to do one for a friend’s mom, while I was in high school.
    7. Are you happy with your brows?
    Meh. I don’t hate em. But I tend to fill them in, and wish they looked all wonderful and full by themselves.
    8. Best moisturizing makeup product?
    Lip butter from The Muddy Moose Bath Boutique (on Etsy). loooove that little tin of goodness! I use it on my lips, cuticles, and rough spots.
    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone?
    Not permanently, I don’t think. I’ve misplaced most of those items at one point or another, though, for sure!
    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now?
    probably the ridiculous quantity of paper… receipts, old notes, poems… it’s getting a little out of hand.

  18. Ru says:

    This list makes my day :)

    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most?
    Aside from my foundation brush which is the UD Optical Blurring brush, I love the BareMinerals Double Ended Precision Brush. The flat head side works for any shadow and packs color without extra for fallout. And the other side works for gentle blending.

    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse?
    Lip blam, mints, smart phone

    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken?
    French, Italian, and when I’m traveling: English!!

    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month?
    Once. It’s only day 5 of Aug!

    5. Best eyeshadow primer?
    MUFE eye-prime & MAC Paint pot

    6. Have you ever worn an updo?
    Yes, for my wedding!

    7. Are you happy with your brows?
    They used to be thicker, which I liked. From threading and I guess with age a lot of the hair has not grown back (but of course not in the places I don’t want them to grow back LOL). They’re fine, but I personally prefer thicker.

    8. Best moisturizing makeup product?
    Don’t think I’ve found a moisturizing makeup product …

    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone?
    All the time. Never purse, and keys & phone temporarily (like can’t remember when I put them).

    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now?
    Sheer toe covering sock like things that cushion your foot and cover your toes like panty hose… yea, I need to clean out my purse.

  19. Great tip, Karen! That books sounds like it could be a big help.

    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most? The Sonia Kashuk powder brush from the 5-piece “brush couture” set. I use it every day to apply my MSF setting powder. Lurvies!
    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse? Advil, hair pins, a pen.
    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken? French, Russian, English spoken by a British person!
    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month? 2.
    5. Best eyeshadow primer? NARS Smudge Proof – love that it’s clear, has a doe foot applicator, and lasts FOREVS.
    6. Have you ever worn an updo? Yes, but my hair is always up so it’s out of character for me to rock a “down-do”, lol!
    7. Are you happy with your brows? I would like them to be thicker and longer, but they’re not too bad.
    8. Best moisturizing makeup product? NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, Nivea Lip Butters.
    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone? All of the above; I used to lose things like a champ. Now I never lose anything. If I misplace something, it’s actually one of the first signs that I’m under too much stress and my mind’s overburdoned.
    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now? A Hello Kitty tin. It had cnady in it originally but I use it to store my Advil!

  20. Kim says:

    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most? An old, ratty, Bare Minerals blush brush.
    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse? Definitely hair ties and dental floss. Then it’s a toss up between nail file and lip balm. What would beat both would be the nail clippers I’m adding!
    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken? Italian, Russian and English with a British accent. :)
    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month? Nails = 0; Toenails = 1.
    5. Best eyeshadow primer? NARS ProPrime!
    6. Have you ever worn an updo? Most likely but I prefer a half up/half down look.
    7. Are you happy with your brows? They could be worse but no, I’m not. I also have a Raul and they just don’t seem to grow back in like they used to. :(
    8. Best moisturizing makeup product? Not technically makeup, but I really like my Badger lip balms.
    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone? No on all counts. I once left my day planner in the bathroom in the Chicago airport. It had my tickets and a couple hundred dollars cash in it. Someone turned it in and restored my faith in humanity. I was young and alone and very shaken up, even after security kept reassuring me that they had it. It was a good lesson that, thankfully, turned out well.
    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now? Nothing, really. Maybe a $25 Jet Blue voucher. I guess it should have a better home.

    PS Thanks for the book rec! I know immediately if I’m having a creative day or not. As soon as I start writing, it either flows easily or I struggle. That said, I tend to be more creative when I’m busier and multitasking. I’m probably not the norm, that way!

    • Karen says:

      You’re welcome! I’ve found it very helpful and succinct. It gets to the point quickly (something I seem to really appreciate in my advanced years…).

      OMG — day planners. I carried one of those back in the day, along with my pager. LOL

  21. Petra says:

    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most? Bdellium Tools no 777
    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse? lipbalm, phone and a snack (nuts or crackers generally)
    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken? Norweegan
    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month? once.. exept strengthner
    5. Best eyeshadow primer? UD primer potion
    6. Have you ever worn an updo? yes I prefer my hair up
    7. Are you happy with your brows? yes as long as I keep them dyed
    8. Best moisturizing makeup product? Clinique BB Cream
    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone? Phone :( got taken from the locker room in school – The best phone I ever had (the Nokia 3210)
    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now? must be the Clean gym socks (no other gym accessory)

  22. Katherine M says:

    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most?
    ~Probably a big blending brush that I have as part of a kit I bought at Target or Walmart for brushes. I use it to blend everything from eye makeup to foundation/powder. It’s a big, soft, but yet a little stiff brush.

    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse?
    ~I agree on having a really great pen (never know when you need it), hair ties/stuff to put hair up, and lip balm.

    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken?
    ~Italian, Russian, and French.

    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month?
    ~Just once so far, redid a quickie job on my toes and took my time. Painted them with China Glaze in Sun Worshiper and Lighthouse.

    5. Best eyeshadow primer?
    ~I love my NYX one, also love UD Primer Potion in Sin.

    6. Have you ever worn an updo?
    ~Not professionally done, but I have attempted a few myself. I just need more practice. My everyday styles are half up or a French braid of sorts. Still figuring out how to make tight buns and add details like side braids with my thick hair. Practice makes perfect, though!

    7. Are you happy with your brows?
    ~I am, I don’t do very much with them. I used to pluck but they are thick enough that I actually use the little eyebrow shavers.

    8. Best moisturizing makeup product?
    ~I’ve been loving Olay’s CC cream, it’s slightly more oily than other BB/CC creams and moisturizes very well in dry weather.

    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone?
    ~I haven’t, but I have misplaced them or left one of the above at home and panicked before. But I’ve never had anything like that lost or stolen.

    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now?
    ~Probably Shout wipes – good to have handy in case of stains. I also keep Wet Ones in there, too. I carry a medium sized clutch, so I pack only what I really need. Cuts down on clutter, though sometimes I want a bigger, nicer purse.

  23. Katie says:

    That book is up my alley, Karen. It has a strong amount of positive reviews on Amazon, too. Can you please update us on how the book holds up for you down the road? Thanks :)

    How are you and Tabs doing? Wishing everyone a good week!

    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most?
    I use the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush the most. I apply liquid foundation with it (it works with any cream or liquid face product, though), and it provides a *flawless* finish. It’s a sturdy, user-friendly brush for less than ten bucks.
    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse?
    Lip balm, hand sanitizer, a few bills!
    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken?
    English (but with a British accent, LOL), French, and Italian. I get enough Vietnamese at home, ha!
    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month?
    Zero times! I’m digging the buffed, natural look (and I’ve just been really lazy.)
    5. Best eyeshadow primer? Urban Decay Primer Potion or NARS Smudge Proof
    6. Have you ever worn an updo? Once, for my high school junior year prom. It was a big struggle for my mom – who happens to be a hairdresser – because my hair is super, super thick (I know – woe is me). I rarely get to wear my hair up when I want to do something special with it…
    7. Are you happy with your brows? Eh, I have typical, sparse, Asian eyebrows, and though they’re in better shape than they were a few years ago, they’re still some frustrating, “bald” spots. They take the most time out of my beauty routine.
    8. Best moisturizing makeup product? Hmm, those Fresh Lip Balms are pretty moisturizing.
    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone? I’ve been fortunate enough to recover my phone the few times I’ve lost it (note: do not get a black phone with a black case in the future), but have never permanently lost my keys, purse, or phone, thank goodness.
    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now? I actually just cleaned it out yesterday, so nothing unusual other than my wallet and sunglasses. :)

  24. Natasha says:

    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most?
    A flat-headed foundation brush by ELF… I also love the slant-tipped eyeliner brush from ELF.

    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse?
    Alcohol in a spray bottle, brush-on sunscreen, lotion

    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken?
    Chinese, Italian, Hawaiian

    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month?
    Not yet. Going to get a pedi today.

    5. Best eyeshadow primer?
    ELF is effective and cheap.

    6. Have you ever worn an updo?
    Every time it’s hot and sticky and i have to work outdoors — usually a french braid pinned under.

    7. Are you happy with your brows?
    Mostly. Now that I have enough hair in them, they’re going grey!

    8. Best moisturizing makeup product?
    Bhaviphat Paprika sleeping pack. Love sleeping gels!

    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone?
    Misplaced, yes, but never (knock on wood) lost… I lose my sunglasses all the time which is why I never spend more than $20 on them.

    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now?
    a secure digital card that I need to return to my neighbor (didn’t use it on our trip, but borrowed just in case)

    That book looks great!

    Please send kind thoughts for my kitty, Java — she is drinking a ton and peeing buckets… I am worried about diabetes. She has an appt with the Vet on Wednesday and I’m going to buy a glucose meter this afternoon after work (got one yesterday but it was defective). We’ve had a sugar cat before and it’s not an easy road, but one we will travel if need be.
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  25. Aida says:

    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most? I have tree that I use every time I do my makeup: MAC 217, MAC 239 and Sigma P84 for under eye concealer.
    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse? Lip balm, mirror, hand sanitizer.
    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken? French, British English and Italian.
    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month? Hmmm, I think three.
    5. Best eyeshadow primer? Nars Pro Prime.
    6. Have you ever worn an updo? I seem to remember wearing an updo once many years ago at a friend’s wedding. I prefer my hair down :).
    7. Are you happy with your brows? Not yet. I’ve also been growing them back for the past year or so, but I still have some empty spots…
    8. Best moisturizing makeup product? bareMinerals neutralizing foundation primer
    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone? No, no and no :).
    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now? I usually carry very few items in my handbag, the usual suspects: wallet, sunglasses, lip balm, mirror, lip gloss, keys, hand sanitizer, nothing unusual…

    Have a great week, Karen! Tell Tabs I said hi ;)

  26. DanaJae says:

    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most? 266 angled eye liner brush – I lub me some eyeliner!
    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse? a lipgloss that makes you feel Purdy, hair ties and asprin
    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken? English in a british accent, Japanese, and italian
    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month? None I have fakies on, but i’m letting them grow out
    5. Best eyeshadow primer? painterly
    6. Have you ever worn an updo? of course
    7. Are you happy with your brows? I’m happy with my right one but my left one had a mind of it’s own – I prob need to name him too!
    8. Best moisturizing makeup product? MAC tinted lip conditioner (which they stopped making and I’m not happy about)
    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone? temporarily yes but not for real – knock on wood
    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now? one of those jelly wrist bands my lil cousin gave me

  27. I LOVE my MAC 217 brushes! I use one for creams and liquids, mostly concealer and another for powder eye shadows.
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  28. Dominique says:

    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most? A Kiko large powder brush

    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse? a Mirror, Kleenex and lip balm

    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken? English with a RP :), German, Russian

    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month? 6 times ( toes ) I think, just finished my pedi and I used Guerlain Rouge d’Enfer ^^

    5. Best eyeshadow primer? Urban Decay

    6. Have you ever worn an updo? Yes !

    7. Are you happy with your brows? Yes in a sense though I never do anything for them and they are thick ( just don’t want to )

    8. Best moisturizing makeup product? La Roche-Posay Hydranorme

    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone? Oh no it would be an absolute nightmare so no, no, no !

    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now? Nothing unusual in fact !

  29. Eva says:

    comment with your answers. I look forward to reading ‘em!
    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most? Sigma E 25. I love it to blend out my crease and apply color all over the lid.
    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse? Gum, 809 lipstick by loreal and iPod.
    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken? Spanish, Tagalog and British Accent. Lol.
    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month? 2 times
    5. Best eyeshadow primer? Too Faced Shadow Insurance.
    6. Have you ever worn an updo? Yes a very long time ago. The closest thing to an Updo now is a high messy bun. Lol.
    7. Are you happy with your brows? Yes I grew them out and finally got the waxed. Very happy with my results.
    8. Best moisturizing makeup product? Josie Maran Argan Oil
    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone? No, No and No! I try to always put them in the same place.
    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now? My sons camo sunglasses.

  30. Marian says:

    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most? M
    y $1 eyeliner brush from India. \
    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse? Blotting powder,lipstick, tissue
    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken? French, Italian, Spanish
    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month?Once,
    5. Best eyeshadow primer?Bare Escentuals Prime Time Eye
    6. Have you ever worn an updo? Sure, many times. Not lately though. I have a pixie cut.
    7. Are you happy with your brows?Yes
    8. Best moisturizing makeup
    product? I don’t use moisturizer, so I couldn’t say.
    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone? I lost my purse once and it was returned to me with everything in it : )
    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now? a lipstick shaped like a penis. It was my moms. I found ir after she passed away among her things lol. It always makes me laugh.

  31. Stephanie Smith says:

    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most? My eyeshadow brush, whatever brand it is, I think it came in one of those “buy this, get this for $50″ things that you get at Macy’s from a makeup brand that I can’t remember.
    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse? Really good lip balm, ponytail holders, breath mints.
    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken? My Sister in laws are both from the Philippines and I love to listen to them talk, French, and Italian, the romance languages.
    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month? None! *gasp!* I’ve been on vacation and didn’t want to deal with touch ups, so I just had a clear coat on. I’ll be painting them soon though. I like them painted.
    5. Best eyeshadow primer? Urban Decay Primer Potion, my favorite!
    6. Have you ever worn an updo? Of course, for prom, when I got married, that kind of thing. I do like to put my hair up in a bun on hot days too!
    7. Are you happy with your brows? Not really. My New Year’s resolution was to start doing something with them, and now it’s August and I haven’t done a darn thing!
    8. Best moisturizing makeup product? I like Boscia products a ton, the night and day creams.
    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone? No, yes, and no. I had my purse stolen in high school, I’m still pissed about it. I would die if my phone was lost, it’s on my 24/7!
    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now? I just cleaned out my purse because we went on vacation, so I have nothing unusual right now. Which is really unlike me!

  32. Amy says:

    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most?
    EcoTools kabuki.

    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse?
    -tinted chapstick
    -hand sanitizer
    -concealer (I normally don’t buy Mary Kay but their concealer is amazing)

    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken?
    French, German, and English with an Australian accent lol

    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month?
    Including my plans to do them tonight, twice!

    5. Best eyeshadow primer?
    I don’t use eyeshadow primer (gasp!), mostly because I don’t wear eyeshadow lol But I swipe some bb cream on my lids.

    6. Have you ever worn an updo?
    Ah yes, weddings. I dislike them :( I don’t like hair away from my face and feeling like a helmet.

    7. Are you happy with your brows?
    No. I’m told I have a nice natural arch but they’re somewhat blonde so they require filling in. The blonde comes in handy though when I forget to tweeze since it’s barely noticeable lol

    8. Best moisturizing makeup product?
    Coconut oil! Or Neutrogena Visibly Even w/spf.

    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone?
    Gah, I’m going to jinx myself but no to all three!

    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now?
    Deodorant lol Listen. When it’s 95 degrees and running out on your lunch break to do errands, it’s necessary!

  33. Carla N. says:

    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most? Paula Dorf synthetic fan brush – it “tames” the super-bright blushes I love to wear
    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse? Clarins “Raspberry” Gloss Prodige – it moisturizes, adds pop of color, and can be applied without a mirror
    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken? English, French, Spanish
    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month? None – I only buff
    5. Best eyeshadow primer? Trish McEvoy Eye Essentials
    6. Have you ever worn an updo? Yes, in 1982, with a high-necked lacy white blouse. I got compliments all day
    7. Are you happy with your brows? Yes. I’m blessed with “low-maintenance brows that have a nice natural arch and only need tweezing about twice a year. However, as I near 50, I’m finding that they benefit from a little help from a matte taupe eyeshadow and an angle brush.
    8. Best moisturizing makeup product? Hourglass Mineral Veil primer
    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone? Yes – I once drove off with my purse on the back of my car!
    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now? No money – but that’s really not all that unusual! :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Carla,

      OH, love fan brushes for bright blushes. :) (Say that fast five times). What are your favorite brights? Right now I’m loving on Chanel’s new cream blush, Fantastic.

  34. Irene says:

    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most?
    A kind of flat kabuki by an Italian brand, Neve, to apply powder foundation, but also the 227 by Zoeva, said to be a dupe of mac 217, I love it!!
    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse?
    Lots of hair ties, my blotting powder, and lip balms. You can never have too many :)
    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken?
    UK English, Japanese (though I only heard it in animes) and Spanish.
    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month?
    Zero :D I haven’t painted them in a month or more!
    5. Best eyeshadow primer?
    UD Primer potion, but i must say i only tried two in my life!
    6. Have you ever worn an updo?
    I always tie my hair in messy buns, but I never worn a proper, neat and tidy updo!
    7. Are you happy with your brows?
    Not much… They’re full and thick , but their natural shape is horrible!
    8. Best moisturizing makeup product?
    I don’t really search for moisture in my makeup items since my skin is oily! But I love moisturizing lippies, and the best one so far is a Revlon Lip butter!
    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone?
    I always lose everything, but thankfully not important items. I’ve lost my purse once; there’s chance it was stolen from me, but I really can’t remember!
    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now?
    Nothing unusual really. Only a bunch of sheets, pens and lipsticks :)

    I loved doing this! Have a nice week ^^

  35. Efrain says:

    First time doing the Monday Poll:

    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most?
    Powder brush, because of my oily T-zone.

    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse?
    Hand sanitizer, tissues and alcohol in spray; I know they aren’t beauty related but they really save your life sometimes. Also lipbalm and blotting sheets.

    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken?
    Spanish (since it’s my mother language), French and English.

    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month?
    Zero

    5. Best eyeshadow primer?
    Everybody raves about Urban Decay’s

    6. Have you ever worn an updo?
    I’m a guy so not.

    7. Are you happy with your brows?
    I have never completely tweezed them, so yes and no I think they can be more groomed.

    8. Best moisturizing makeup product?
    Maybelline Baby Lips

    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone?
    I’d lost two cellphones, now I carry always a bag for don’t lose anything.

    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now?
    A Swiss knife.

  36. Heidi says:

    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most?

    I recently got a Sonia Kashuk set on clearance at Target, and it includes this really wide shadow brush that’s perfect for an all-over color wash from brow to lashline. I use that one pretty much every day.

    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse?

    Hand sanitizer, nail file, and a solid sunscreen stick.

    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken?

    French, Spanish, and Italian

    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month?

    Technically once, on Friday. But then yesterday I visited my favorite Urban Decay salesperson, and he had a field day trying the new polishes over my existing polish in various combos to see the results.

    5. Best eyeshadow primer?

    I alternate between Too Faced Shadow Insurance and Milani’s primer.

    6. Have you ever worn an updo?

    No. I can’t stand the feeling of air hitting my neck. Weird, I know…

    7. Are you happy with your brows?

    No, each brow has one or two hairs that are tweezer resistant, so I have to trip them, which is a royal pain.

    8. Best moisturizing makeup product?

    Really loving the new Josie Maran argan oil lipsticks.

    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone?

    I occasionally put my keys in a different part of my purse than usual, and then panic when I can’t find them. That’s about as close as I’ve come to actually losing them.

    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now?

    I still have red, white, and blue 3-D glasses in there from watching a laser light show at the 4th of July fireworks display.

    • Karen says:

      Hey Heids,

      Speaking of Sonia K, did you ever pick up her Moroccan Dunes palette? If you didn’t, I saw it yesterday on sale for $8.50! It’s seriously one of the best things she’s released all year long!

      • Heidi says:

        Yes, I got it awhile back and LOVE it! So glowy without having chunky glitter in it. I also got the lip and cheek cream set which I quite like as well. Great variety of shades in that set.

  37. Chelsea says:

    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most? Hmmm… I use my fan brush and my buffing face brush a lot!

    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse? Lip balm, hair ties, and pens!

    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken? French, Italian, and Arabic

    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month? zero!

    5. Best eyeshadow primer? Nars Pro-Prime Smudge-proof Eyeshadow Base!

    6. Have you ever worn an updo? Yes, for a pageant I was in! My jump rope got caught in it though! I’ll be wearing one for my wedding next month too…

    7. Are you happy with your brows? Eh, they’re not perfect, but they’re mostly under control, and with a bit of pencil they look good.

    8. Best moisturizing makeup product? Burt’s Bees tinted lip balms!

    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone? Yes, yes, yes. I usually find them again eventually (found my phone in the parking lot in the morning after losing it the previous night, lost it once on campus and someone called my mom so I could get it back, left my purse in a grocery store cart [someone turned it in!], and lose my keys all the time). I also lost my original engagement ring too though…

    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now? An individual box of raisins – it was treats for when I took Quincy to get his nails did.

    • Karen says:

      GIRL, your wedding is next month?! I can’t believe it. Do you have everything planned?

      • Chelsea says:

        NOT EVEN CLOSE. We have the catering all set up (except I still have to order cupcakes, which may be a pain because we need a set of gluten-free, a big set of regular, and some dairy-free, but I know a bakery that can take care of all of those). I made my hair appointment, my dress should be back to me in a few weeks (almost 4 weeks before the wedding, so plenty of time). I need to buy shoes (I had my dress hemmed for flats, since the reception involves going to the arcade). I need to do something about flowers, but our wedding is, on the whole, going to be very simple and very small, and very cheap. I’m thinking potted plants for centerpieces (I’ll hit up Trader Joe’s for that…).

        I’m surprisingly not stressed at all, but I need to decide how I want to do my makeup (I’m doing it myself, because I’m a control freak).

        • Karen says:

          You’ll do awesome in the makeup department! Just be sure to take test shots. A camera phone works fine. That way you can be really sure of how it photographs!

          KIND OF RAD, btw, that you’re going to an arcade. Who’s idea was that?!

  38. Stephanie R says:

    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most? My Laura Mercier eyeshadow brush. Picks up just the right amount of pigment and glides on effortlessly.

    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse? Ponytail holders, lip gloss and a pacifier for Ashley (10 months).

    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken? Spanish, French and Italian. I can only understand Spanish, but they’re all beautiful languages to hear.

    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month? Not yet (and not for a while!) but I plan on doing so tomorrow. $4.50 nail polishes at Sephora, so I need to get a couple of new colors!

    5. Best eyeshadow primer? Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. I’ve tried Too Faced and Nars but they just make my eyes itch like CRAZY.

    6. Have you ever worn an updo? Yes. For my wedding and dances.

    7. Are you happy with your brows? Yes. I’m lucky that they’re full but not bushy and don’t need much plucking.

    8. Best moisturizing makeup product? If it’s a makeup product, I’d have to say my Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. Tons of moisture and evens out my skin tone beautifully.

    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone? Yes. Keys usually get lost lately down the side of Ashley’s diaper bag and the phone has been left recently at my parents’ house. When I was at the grocery store working years ago I lost my phone and one of my coworkers found it. I can’t remember where I left it, but I’m thinking it was placed on the shelf in the bathroom when I washed my hands and forgot about it.

    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now? Nail polishes, actually. Two colors, a base and a top coat.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Stephanie,

      Love Laura’s brushes. I’ve tried several of her full-size and travel-size ones and they’re always great. Have you tried her flat eye liner brush? Kind of life changing!

  39. Suri says:

    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most? Ecotools blush brush. I use it everyday.
    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse? Lip balm, hand cream, a pen
    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken? Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month? Just one.
    5. Best eyeshadow primer? I have loved UDPP for many years but it’s not working anymore (formula change?) I have some Two Faced Shadow Insurance on the way so let’s see how that works.
    6. Have you ever worn an updo? Yes for my brother’s wedding.
    7. Are you happy with your brows? Yes!
    8. Best moisturizing makeup product? Carmex. I know it’s not “makeup” but I wear it everyday under lipstick or gloss to make sure I have a good base.
    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone? Keys and phone yes but I found them!
    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now? Coupons. Not that unusual but I usually don’t carry them unless I’m going to the store.

  40. Maria says:

    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most? Sephora’s Classic Blending Eye Shadow Brush #71 I have 2 in my brush roll and I want another one. It works so nicely!
    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse? My phone cords (earphones and charging cable); eyedrops and floss. As I get older my purse has gotten more about utility and less about lipstick and money only.
    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken? French, Italian and Russian.
    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month? Once but if I have time I’m going to Gelish them again tonight :)
    5. Best eyeshadow primer? MAC’s Nubile. It’s not part of their permanent line so I bought 5 before they sold out and I’m dreading the day I run out. Painterly does not work on me :(
    6. Have you ever worn an updo? Yes but I don’t really like them. I have thick lustrous LOL hair. Anyway my hair man and I don’t think they flatter me….
    7. Are you happy with your brows? NO, I too have a bald spot that I have no one but myself to thank for and it haunts me!!! I really do know better…
    8. Best moisturizing makeup product? I have oily skin, so I have no idea about needing moisture!
    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone? I allowed a certain 4 yr/old family member to lose my phone about 6 mo. ago. I still get so mad when I think of it. Now I a passcode lock and don’t allow him to take my phone outside the house or car.
    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now? ummm a pocket knife

  41. Kalli says:

    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most?
    I use the same brushes everyday usually, only dipping into the rest of my stash if I’m doing something more complicated, so I can’t say which I use the most.

    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse?
    Chapstick, hand sanitizer, hair ties

    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken?
    Greek (my heritage! Although I don’t speak it), German because I took classes all thru high school and college and French, if I had to pick a third.

    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month?
    Only once, and it’s a shellac polish I got done the other day at the salon so it’ll be there for awhile!

    5. Best eyeshadow primer?
    I LOVE UD Potion Primer in Sin (the shimmery champagne color). I wear it everyday and it looks great with every shadow color!

    6. Have you ever worn an updo?
    Yes! I love to do a sock bun on myself and I recently had my hair done up for a wedding.

    7. Are you happy with your brows?
    I like my left brow, I think my right could be a little thicker on the end.

    8. Best moisturizing makeup product?
    I like Garnier’s BB cream, I usually wear that to work.

    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone?
    No and thank god for that!

    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now?
    A box of espresso drops I bought in the Rome airport in June while trying to use the rest of my Euros!
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  42. gina says:

    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most?
    it’s a close tie between my MAC 116 and real techniques powder brush.

    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse?
    lip balm definitely. a nail file, and a good pen.

    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken?
    italian, french and spanish.

    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month?
    i got them done last week, so not yet this month.

    5. Best eyeshadow primer?
    urban decay eden.

    6. Have you ever worn an updo?
    yeah, but i prefer my hair down. i love the feeling of long hair on my back. i’m weird.

    7. Are you happy with your brows?
    yes. they are finally perfect for me after trying to grow them back for 3 years.

    8. Best moisturizing makeup product?
    tarte maracuja foundation. my winter foundation when my skin gets dry. amazeballs.

    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone?
    yes, no and no.

    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now?
    a small candle i didn’t take out yet. at least my purse smells good.

  43. chris says:

    1. Which makeup brush do you use the most?
    elf studio powder brush
    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse?
    hair tie, hand wipes, gum
    3. Three favorite languages to hear spoken?
    tagalog(reminds me of childhood, french, italian
    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month?
    so far twice
    5. Best eyeshadow primer?
    urban decay
    6. Have you ever worn an updo?
    not in years!
    7. Are you happy with your brows?
    kinda…wish i had more of an arch
    8. Best moisturizing makeup product?
    dont need since living in hawaii
    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone?
    yes, yes, and most definitely YES
    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now?
    half of a costco chicken bake my son didn’t finish.

  44. Savannah says:

    Which makeup brush do you use the most?
    I’ll have to agree with you Karen, the 217 is awesome and has transformed my technique.
    Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse?
    Pens up the arse, tissues ( chronic runny nose) and bobbi pins.
    Three favorite languages to hear spoken?
    Russian or ukrainian (I’m only half, but something about hearing it seems so right), Albanian (so satisfying to hear, plus nora istrefi?? Gorgeous!) and Turkish ( the flow is just so beautiful) I’m not a sucker for romantic languages.
    About how many times have you painted your nails this month?
    Once :)
    Best eyeshadow primer?
    TFSI and mac bare study.
    Have you ever worn an updo?
    I can’t remember the last time I wore it up and fancy. I generally stick to my hair being down since I’m paranoid about my hair falling apart or something.
    Are you happy with your brows?
    They’re decent for now. A million times better than what they used to be lol!
    Best moisturizing makeup product?
    My mac cremesheen glass in deelight.
    Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone?
    Nope :)
    Most unusual thing in your purse right now?
    Umm, a teeny bar of my facial soap plus a teeny bottle of makeup cleansing oil. I’m super paranoid about my skin, that I bring it with me everywhere in case I spend the night somewhere unexpectedly.

  45. angelique says:

    Hi Karen, are you a Filipina?

    2. Three convenient products it helps to have in your purse?
    oil control sheet, alcohol and wet wipes
    4. About how many times have you painted your nails this month?
    once
    5. Best eyeshadow primer?
    urban decay
    6. Have you ever worn an updo?
    just yesterday
    7. Are you happy with your brows?
    absolutely yes
    9. Have you ever lost your keys/purse/phone?
    no, no and yes (3 times).
    10. Most unusual thing in your purse right now?
    candy wrappers

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