Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 287

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Lovely flowers for my lovely friend

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. Have you ever had a pet other than a cat, dog or fish?
    When I was a kid, our house was like a zoo. :) I had a guinea pig, a cockatiel, a few mice, rabbits — oh, and cats and dogs, of course. I think there was also a turtle up in the mix.
  2. Are you more shy or outgoing?
    Mot of the time, outgoing, but shy when I’m really, really exhausted and don’t have the energy to converse.
  3. If archeologists discovered the Fountain of Youth, would you drink from it?
    I think I’d wait a while and let some people go before me to make sure it works, LOL! You know, sometimes those things have curses attached to ‘em. But I’d leave the door open to changing my mind later in life.
  4. What are your favorite bar soaps (Dove, Olay, etc.)?
    Dr. Bronner’s All-One Hemp Lavender Magic Soap, because it doubles as a great cleanser for makeup brushes! It removes everything (even dried, caked-on foundation and concealer) and rinses quickly.
  5. What do you like about your hair?
    I like that it’s wavy. It suits my personality.
  6. What’s the best eye makeup tip you’ve learned lately?
    Last Saturday I learned a really good one from Liza, one of the makeup artists at the Corte Madera Nordstrom MAC counter (hey, Liza!).

    After you apply your eyeshadow base (say, like a MAC Paint Pot), dust a thin layer of powder on your lids before applying your eyeshadow.

    The powder evens out your base so that it doesn’t adhere to some colors more than others, reducing the chances of your eye makeup looking patchy, or darker or lighter in some places than others.

  7. Are you a baker? What do you bake?
    I can’t cook for sh*t, but I’m actually a pretty decent baker. I appreciate the precision of it — the timing and ingredient ratios. It reminds me of chem lab.

    I can bake cookies, cakes and cupcakes from scratch; I haven’t tried making candies yet, but I think I’d do okay.

  8. What’s your typical face makeup routine for work/school?
    1) MAC Face and Body (cheeks and nose), 2) Bobbi Brown Peach Color Corrector (beneath my eyes), 3) Hourglass Arch (brows), Clarins Be Long Mascara (lashes), 4) Le Metier de Beaute Kaleidoscope Face Kit in Flawless (powder all over my face, blush on my cheeks, bronzer under my cheekbones and highlighter on my upper cheekbones), 5) MAC Blacktrack Fluidline (upper lash line for cat eye liner), 6) MAC Powersurge Eye Kohl (lower lash and water lines) and 7) MAC Impassioned Lipstick.
  9. What should you be doing today?
    Prepping for my trip to Las Vegas (I leave tomorrow for Photoshop World), writing and packing. All I really want to do, though, is watch 24 and paint my nails, le sigh.
  10. What kind of phone do you have?
    An iPhone 5. It’s a company phone. Tabs prefers to communicate via cell phone here at Tabs the Cat Industries, LLC (he’s all about the texting).

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. Have you ever had a pet other than a cat, dog or fish?
2. Are you more shy or outgoing?
3. If there was a real fountain of youth, would you drink from it?
4. What are your favorite bar soaps?
5. What do you like about your hair?
6. What’s the best eye makeup tip you’ve learned lately?
7. Are you a baker? What do you bake?
8. What’s your typical face makeup routine for work/school?
9. What should you be doing today?
10.What kind of phone do you have?

Have a great week! :) And to help with any potential pitfalls that may come along, here are some things that might help…

  • Turn off your phone
  • Use a different pen
  • Try free writing
  • Curse more, dammit! (It can be liberating.)
  • Write lists (5 Things I Can Do Differently Today, 5 Things Standing in My Way, 5 of My Greatest Strengths, 5 Fantastic Kitten Names)

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. What’s a great way to start the week? How about by winning a $50 e-gift card to Sephora? You still have time to enter. The giveaway closes tonight at midnight, so don’t delay (click here). Good luck!

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  1. Laura says:

    1. Have you ever had a pet other than a cat, dog or fish? I had a tortoise when I was little.

    2. Are you more shy or outgoing? More outgoing, only shy in front of a large group.

    3. If there was a real fountain of youth, would you drink from it? I WOULD!!!

    4. What are your favorite bar soaps? Don’t have any…

    5. What do you like about your hair? They’re easy to style, soft and I have a lot of it so it means nice volume.

    6. What’s the best eye makeup tip you’ve learned lately? Can’t think of any right now.

    7. Are you a baker? What do you bake? I love baking cookies but I rarely have time to do it.

    8. What’s your typical face makeup routine for work/school? Either a light grey smokey eye, or a slightly winged eyeliner. Always flawless skin and nice blush with a nude/natural lip color.

    9. What should you be doing today? Actually I had my pre-school meeting with my colleagues (I’m teaching for the first time this year! yea!!!).

    10.What kind of phone do you have? A Samsung galaxy s3. Changed my life cause I can check my emails anywhere. Thanks god it’s the 21st century.

  2. Heidi says:

    1. Have you ever had a pet other than a cat, dog or fish?

    I had parakeets, a guinea pig, and some chickens when I was a kid.

    2. Are you more shy or outgoing?

    Depends on the situation/environment, but I find I’m becoming more outgoing the older I get.

    3. If there was a real fountain of youth, would you drink from it?

    Nah, I’m too paranoid about side effects.

    4. What are your favorite bar soaps?

    Also a fan of the Dr. Bronner’s.

    5. What do you like about your hair?

    When it’s cut right, it has a nice natural wave to it and I don’t have to do anything with it.

    6. What’s the best eye makeup tip you’ve learned lately?

    I’ve become obsessed with eye pencils that have a base color, and then a different color shimmer in it. When light hits it, it gives it that little extra something. My favorite is Urban Decay’s LSD, which is a navy with teal shimmer.

    7. Are you a baker? What do you bake?

    I love to bake! I like to mix everything up, put it in the oven, and then I don’t have to do anything with it until it’s done! I recently baked some donuts that turned out awesome!

    8. What’s your typical face makeup routine for work/school?

    Foundation, concealer, blush, all over brightening eye shadow, neutral shadow in the crease, eye liner, mascara, brows, and a longwear lip product. I love palettes so that everything coordinates well and I don’t have to fish around for individual items when I’m pressed for time. Currently loving Too Faced Pretty Rebel palette.

    9. What should you be doing today?

    SHOULD be cleaning my desk. WILL be going shopping in a little bit. My little buddy that I take care of wants to go to “that fun makeup store.” Yeah, twist my arm, kid!

    10.What kind of phone do you have?

    An old Samsung flip phone. I haven’t taken the plunge into smart phone world yet. One of these days…

  3. Stephanie Smith says:

    1. Have you ever had a pet other than a cat, dog or fish? Currently we have a cat, two giant fish, a bazillion guppies (guppies have a lot of babies) a corn snake, and two hermit crabs. Growing up we had an iguana, hamsters, and parakeets. I also guinea pig sat my sisters pig for 7 weeks this Summer and I want him back!
    2. Are you more shy or outgoing? I am painfully shy, but I hate it, so I work really really hard at being outgoing. Most people are shocked when I say I’m shy, because I am so loud and friendly.
    3. If there was a real fountain of youth, would you drink from it? Nah, I’m really happy at my age, 38, and aging isn’t all that bad. I think it helps that I look pretty good for my age and I act like I’m 12, so it all evens out.
    4. What are your favorite bar soaps? I don’t use bar soap at all, I only use Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap on my body and Boscia facial cleanser on my face. No bar soap ever!
    5. What do you like about your hair? It grows pretty fast, and it’s wavy.
    6. What’s the best eye makeup tip you’ve learned lately? I haven’t learned anything lately. The last thing I learned is that shadow under the eye works a bunch of miracles!
    7. Are you a baker? What do you bake? Yes! I tear it up in the kitchen, but baking is wonderful. I recently went Paleo, so I’ve been learning how to bake without wheat flour and it’s been interesting, and tasty, learning how to bake again.
    8. What’s your typical face makeup routine for work/school? I don’t work outside the home, so my basic routine is moisturizer with SPF, Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner, and Benefit Benetint lip stain.
    9. What should you be doing today? House cleaning, and balancing the checkbook, but the kids are home and it’s probably going to be a relaxing day just hanging out together.
    10.What kind of phone do you have? iPhone 4S, I’ll upgrade to the 5S when it comes out. I’m an iPhone girl, my husband has a Samsung Galaxy something or other and I can’t figure that phone out to save my life! I worship at the alter of the iPhone!

  4. Suri says:

    1. Have you ever had a pet other than a cat, dog or fish? Nope.
    2. Are you more shy or outgoing? I think on the outside I appear more shy but I’m really outgoing.
    3. If there was a real fountain of youth, would you drink from it? Sure.
    4. What are your favorite bar soaps? Olay, good old Irish Spring.
    5. What do you like about your hair? It’s a pretty black with reddish brown undertones.
    6. What’s the best eye makeup tip you’ve learned lately? A little bit of white in the tear duct really makes you look awake.
    7. Are you a baker? What do you bake? Sometimes. Cakes, cookies and pies.
    8. What’s your typical face makeup routine for work/school? Neutral eye (brown, nude shimmer),black mascara. Foundation just to cover, a little pink blush, and a lip gloss (nude or in that family)
    9. What should you be doing today? Sitting on the beach with a drink in my hand
    10.What kind of phone do you have? Iphone 4. I need to catch up!

  5. Rosie says:

    1. Have you ever had a pet other than a cat, dog or fish? currently I have a dachshund and a teddy bear hamster. We have had many hamsters and guinea pigs.
    2. Are you more shy or outgoing? shy until I know you. then I need a filter…
    3. If there was a real fountain of youth, would you drink from it? no.
    4. What are your favorite bar soaps? i love Dove with shea butter and L’Occitane milk soaps
    5. What do you like about your hair? not much. i have thinning fine hair and I can’t quite hide the gray properly. but it’s mine and still on my head :)
    6. What’s the best eye makeup tip you’ve learned lately? i started highlighting the undereye. wakes me up
    7. Are you a baker? What do you bake? I love to bake. I would rather bake than do anything else. when I bake it’s from the heart. my favorite is cupcakes of all flavors with cream cheese icing. if it’s yummy, it’s even yummier with cream cheese icing.
    8. What’s your typical face makeup routine for work/school? usually a tinted moisturizer or BB cream. I was using Dr Jarts but I recently ran out and it’s $45. The last few days I took some Josie Maran moisturizer and mixed it in my palm with bare minerals matte foundation and smoothed it on my face. it worked well. then concealer, either mac select cover-up or Benefit fake up. then i brush Laura mercier secret brightening powder under my eyes. then i dust my entire face with MUFE high definition powder. UD primer potion. UD eyeshadow, usually a neutral like Verve. UD eyeliner pencil. curled lashes and 2 coats of mascara. then a lip balm like Fresh Rose or maybelline baby lips
    9. What should you be doing today? cleaning and laundry. instead I am watching a long Island Medium marathon. At least I am not at work.
    10.What kind of phone do you have? Iphone 4. It was “free” lol

  6. Christine says:

    1. Have you ever had a pet other than a cat, dog or fish? Yep — I had a cocktiel and then 5 parakeets. For a time, we also had a hamster, but that was more my brother’s than mine.

    2. Are you more shy or outgoing? I’ll lean towards shy. I wouldn’t really call it shy, more…introverted?

    3. If there was a real fountain of youth, would you drink from it? Probably not.

    4. What are your favorite bar soaps? I really like Dove sensitive skin.

    5. What do you like about your hair? It’s very, very shiny. And at the ripe ol’ age of 24, I have a bunch of greys coming in — and they are a pretty, glossy silver. It’s a pretty contrast to my dark brown (stylist calls it my “Stacy London streak”).

    6. What’s the best eye makeup tip you’ve learned lately? To use a foundation brush to get rid of fall out.

    7. Are you a baker? What do you bake? I am — not as much as I used to, but I love baking brownies from scratch and yellow cake. LOVE cake. Yum. And I make a mean snickerdoodle.

    8. What’s your typical face makeup routine for work/school? Well, I work with dogs (lots of outdoor work!) and cats so I keep it simple. I usually mix some foundation and moisturizer for a sheer foundation (plus sunscreen from moisturizer). I really want to get a good BB cream that isn’t too expensive. I also use a medicated concealer for any zits. If I’m feeling fancy/it’s not super hot out, I’ll do a coat of mascara.

    9. What should you be doing today? I have two cat visits to do, but outside of that I should probably be knitting. I’ve been working on a sample sweater for a studio for too long and need to finish it!

    10.What kind of phone do you have? Galaxy S2. I love the Android OS and the size of the phone, but I think I might have a lemon. The home keys across the bottom drive me BATTY.

  7. Amy says:

    1. Have you ever had a pet other than a cat, dog or fish?
    Gerbils! My parents worked me up from fish to rodent to cat lol

    2. Are you more shy or outgoing?
    Shy. It depends on the company of course, but I would break out into hives if I had to do anything related to public speaking.

    3. If there was a real fountain of youth, would you drink from it?
    Nah. I’m in my late 20s, and I’m content with it. Ageing doesn’t scare me too much. I do worry about changes in my health and body though.

    4. What are your favorite bar soaps?
    I don’t use any. But I’ve tried Dove before and it was pretty nice. Their stuff always smells good.

    5. What do you like about your hair?
    Color and length. I’m learning to like the wavy-ness.

    6. What’s the best eye makeup tip you’ve learned lately?
    I highlight the inner corner of my eyes with some white/nude eyeshadow now. I might switch to a cream eyeshadow for that though since the powder irritates my eyes sometimes.

    7. Are you a baker? What do you bake?
    I love to bake! It’s tough in the summer though since I don’t want to heat up my apt, but in the winter I’m a baking machine. I usually do the standard chocolate chip cookies. My friends laugh at me since I’ll whip up some cookie dough, wrap it up, and put it in the freezer. I always have some ready.

    8. What’s your typical face makeup routine for work/school?
    -Moisturize with Neutrogena Visibly Even
    -conceal with Clinique brightening concealer
    -fill in brows with Rimmel brow pencil
    -BareMinerals powder all over if it’s an everyday thing, Skin79 BB cream if it’s a bigger event/evening thing
    -Rimmel kohl eyeliner if it’s a nighttime thing/going out
    -mascara
    -Covergirl blush in Rose Silk
    -a little lipcolor, like Burt’s Bees tinted chapstick

    9. What should you be doing today?
    Exercising! I don’t know why I’m slacking this weekend. I’m training for a half marathon and this gross humidity is awful to train in. Might head out for a short run in a bit.

    10.What kind of phone do you have?
    Iphone 4. It’s getting a little slow but I’m not a devout iphone person though so I won’t be running out to get a new one anytime soon.

  8. Alice Ann says:

    1. Have you ever had a pet other than a cat, dog or fish? No,I’d love to havea pet capibara.
    2. Are you more shy or outgoing? It really depends on the situation, but I’ve definitely gotten more introverted as I get older.
    3. If there was a real fountain of youth, would you drink from it? Not right now, I’m 37 and like where I am in life.
    4. What are your favorite bar soaps? I like olive oil soaps and right now I’m using one with Dead Sea salt.
    5. What do you like about your hair? The curl and its forgiving nature.
    6. What’s the best eye makeup tip you’ve learned lately? Nothing, I don’t wear eye makeup beyond the basics (mascara, sometimes liner). I wear glasses and find that fancy eye makeup just gets lost.
    7. Are you a baker? What do you bake? Yes, I’m a decent baker but better cook. I mostly bake simple desserts featuring seasonal fruit, like crisps and galettes. Sometimes a cake. Breads and more complex doughs are a little harder for me as I sometimes can over-knead, but I recently discovered the beauty of the no-knead bread bakig method, which is amazing.
    8. What’s your typical face makeup routine for work/school? Ren BB cream, blush (lately it’s been Josie Maran cheek gelee), Diorshow mascara, sometimes a cateye liner, sometimes a bold lip (lately UD lipstick in Venom or Catfight) or sometimes just a tinted balm like Korres Wild Rose lip butter.
    9. What should you be doing today? Studying. Later.
    10.What kind of phone do you have? HTC Razr, I got it almost two years ago and cannot wait to get something else. All I’m going to say is that it has a Windows operating system.

  9. sweeks1980 says:

    1. Have you ever had a pet other than a cat, dog or fish? No – just cats and dogs :)

    2. Are you more shy or outgoing? I tend to be on the more shy/introverted side (especially when I’m in a big group).

    3. If there was a real fountain of youth, would you drink from it? No!

    4. What are your favorite bar soaps? I love Lush soaps. Right now, I am rationing out some of the bars I ordered online at Christmas (I don’t live near a Lush anymore, so I’m going through serious withdrawal).

    5. What do you like about your hair? I like the color, but there are so many things I wish I could change about it.

    6. What’s the best eye makeup tip you’ve learned lately? Hmmm… I haven’t learned anything new recently.

    7. Are you a baker? What do you bake? I love to bake! I make a lot of recipes from SmittenKitchen.com (the blueberry crumb bars are one of my favorite recipes of all time). In the winter, I also like making bread (to go with soups and stews) and cookies (for my co-workers and students).

    8. What’s your typical face makeup routine for work/school? It is pretty basic since I work in a college as a professor. I tend to use BB cream or long-lasting foundation (depending on how long my day is and how crazy my skin is acting), blush (I’m loving the Laura Gellar blush I got in my BirchBox), and powder. I also use some subtle eye shadow and maybe some mascara.

    9. What should you be doing today? I should be working on stuff for classes (and I’ll be getting back to that as soon as I hit the “Post Comment” button below). When I get home from the office, I need to do laundry.

    10.What kind of phone do you have? I have an iPhone 5 (I traded my iPhone 4 for it during a Best Buy promo this summer)

  10. 1. Have you ever had a pet other than a cat, dog or fish?

    I’ve had 2 rabbits and a guinea pig.

    2. Are you more shy or outgoing?
    Shy!

    3. If there was a real fountain of youth, would you drink from it?
    It depends how it tastes lol.

    4. What are your favorite bar soaps?
    I never use bar soap, I stick to shower gels.

    5. What do you like about your hair?
    It grows quickly.

    6. What’s the best eye makeup tip you’ve learned lately?
    Use baby powder prior to mascara to plump lashes.

    7. Are you a baker? What do you bake?
    I adore baking. I like making cookies and browies/bars best.

    8. What’s your typical face makeup routine for work/school?
    Revlon ColorStay foundation
    Maybelline Undereye Concealer
    Anastasia Brow Powder
    Laura Mercier Bronzer
    Maybelline Bouncy Blush
    Mac Angel Lipstick

    9. What should you be doing today?
    Homework!

    10.What kind of phone do you have?
    LG Smartphone
    Krystle(Baking Beauty) recently posted … 3 Reasons You Need A Makeup Miser

  11. Linda says:

    1. Have you ever had a pet other than a cat, dog or fish?
    - I’ve never had a pet, sadly! Well, a puppy but that was a long time ago.
    2. Are you more shy or outgoing?
    - It depends! I have become a little more outgoing over the years but I was so painfully shy when I was little.
    3. If there was a real fountain of youth, would you drink from it?
    - Maybe. Just a little bit to extend my 20s.
    4. What are your favorite bar soaps?
    - I use Palmolive neutral soap. Can’t ever find it in the US so I have to go to México!
    5. What do you like about your hair?
    - It’s ability to heal and withstand several chemical processes.
    6. What’s the best eye makeup tip you’ve learned lately?
    - How to properly apply under eye concealer to prevent the reverse raccoon eyes.
    7. Are you a baker? What do you bake?
    - I am a good cook but not much of a baker. I have baked a cake, cookies and brownies but they are all out of a box :)
    8. What’s your typical face makeup routine for work/school?
    - Revlon Photoready concealer, Maybelline Age Rewind under eye concealer, Cover FX Matte setting powder, Maybelline The Colossal waterproof mascara, Maybelline Bad to the Bronze color tattoo, L’Oreal colour riche balm in plush plum, and Tarte blush in Splendor
    9. What should you be doing today?
    - Reading for sociolinguistics and philosophy. I am instead blogging and watching Orphan Black
    10.What kind of phone do you have?
    - I have this really old Samsung phone. I cannot afford a smartphone sadly :(
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  12. Yippee yay it’s poll day! Hurray!

    1. Have you ever had a pet other than a cat, dog or fish? Bunnies. Lots of them! It started with two. Then all of a sudden we had 18. Woops.

    2. Are you more shy or outgoing? Outgoing, I am a people person.

    3. If there was a real fountain of youth, would you drink from it? Hell yeah! Right now if I could!

    4. What are your favorite bar soaps? Lush has an oatmeal soap bar that I like a lot.

    5. What do you like about your hair? I don’t need to style it for it to look okay and straight.

    6. What’s the best eye makeup tip you’ve learned lately? Apply your mascara looking down while holding a mirror under your nose. I learned that TODAY from Will Malherbe himself, eeeeeeeh! :-D

    7. Are you a baker? What do you bake? Nah. I cook, but I suck at desserts.

    8. What’s your typical face makeup routine for work/school? Primer, concealer, foundation, powder, blush.

    9. What should you be doing today? Not much anymore, my day was busy, exciting and I am ready for some relaxi taxi time now :-)

    10.What kind of phone do you have? An iphone 4

  13. Michelle says:

    1. Have you ever had a pet other than a cat, dog or fish?
    My first pet was a guinea pig, my brother named him Fire Eyes. I’ve also had a couple of hamsters later in life, Bitsy & Sophia. I’ve always wanted a bunny, so maybe some day…

    2. Are you more shy or outgoing?
    I am very shy, unfortunately.

    3. If there was a real fountain of youth, would you drink from it? Drink it! I’ve had a weird fear of aging since I was a teen. At least it’s scared me away from smoking ;)

    4. What are your favorite bar soaps? Dove White. It does the job.

    5. What do you like about your hair? It’s almost curly.

    6. What’s the best eye makeup tip you’ve learned lately? Line the inner rims with a beige eye pencil to look more rested.

    7. Are you a baker? What do you bake? No, I like to cook more than bake. But I have made a delicious chocolate cake with my son before.

    8. What’s your typical face makeup routine for work/school?
    Too Faced Beauty Balm, Tarte lid primer, Tarte eye concealer, Tarte cream eye shadow in Bronze, Tarte eyeliner in bronze on my lower lash lines, MAC gel liner (in copper?)on my upper lash line, Benefit’s They’re Real mascara, NYX blush/bronzer combo, Benefit camouflage concealer on spots, Mark face powder, & one of several owned lip glosses.

    9. What should you be doing today? Writing up my weekly eating plan & go to the grocery store.

    10.What kind of phone do you have? Galaxy

  14. jen. says:

    1.Have you ever had a pet other than a cat, dog or fish? When I was in undergrad, I had a few rats. I wasn’t allowed to have a cat or dog in my apartment. Rats are actually really dog-like, so I thought they were fun pets.

    2. Are you more shy or outgoing? Definitely shy! I’m outgoing when I’m with my students, though.

    3. If there was a real fountain of youth, would you drink from it? Hmm… I doubt it, but maybe once I hit 80 or so I might change my mind.

    4. What are your favorite bar soaps? None. I HATE touching bar soap. One of my many delightful quirks. :)

    5. What do you like about your hair? The color is nice, and I’m pleasantly surprised that I don’t have more than a few greys. I must’ve gotten that from my dad because my mom was pretty grey by this age.

    6. What’s the best eye makeup tip you’ve learned lately? Hmm. Not sure this is really a tip, but practice practice practice.

    7. Are you a baker? What do you bake? I am a great cook and a lousy baker. I can make really good snickerdoodles, but that’s about it.

    8. What’s your typical face makeup routine for work/school? Lately it’s been Dr. Jart BB cream (I bought the mini set and I loooove the red one, but I ran out so now it’s the black label); MAC Concrete (brows); MAC CCB in Virgin Isle on my cheeks; MAC paint pot in Painterly, then Chamomile (super old!) and Orb; sometimes UD liner in Bourbon if I’m feeling fancy. Ha. A little MUFE powder and then a spritz of UD Up All Night to finish. Oh, and Bare Minerals Lash Domination. I just started using a sample, and I love it. I also just bought that Butter London balm in Strawberry Fields, and it is awesome, so thank you for that info.

    9. What should you be doing today? I’m off work, so I should take advantage and be productive- do some cleaning, catch up on paperwork I couldn’t finish Friday. Instead I am doing my hair (in between answering these questions), then probably playing around with makeup. My BF moved out of state recently, so I’ve been doing Girly Boot Camp and trying to learn how to do my hair, makeup, etc. So it’s been a lot of fashion blog reading around here these days.

    10.What kind of phone do you have? I have an iphone 4S. I’m a fan. Any fun app recommendations? (the one I always recommend to people is Show of Hands. It’s for iphones and Droids, too, I think).

    I <3 freewriting and lists! Also, using multicolored pens somehow makes a difference, I dunno.

  15. Dominique says:

    1. Have you ever had a pet other than a cat, dog or fish? No I haven’t.

    2. Are you more shy or outgoing? Shy

    3. If there was a real fountain of youth, would you drink from it? Oh yes !

    4. What are your favorite bar soaps? Organic ones or White Musk bar soap

    5. What do you like about your hair? At my age they’re still strong

    6. What’s the best eye makeup tip you’ve learned lately? How to apply my mascara

    7. Are you a baker? What do you bake? I used to !

    8. What’s your typical face makeup routine for work/school? Currently you mean. MUFE Compact foundation in 120, M.A.C Pro longwear blush in Rosy Outlook, Dior lipstick ( new line ) in 999.

    9. What should you be doing today? Definitely I should be taking a break !

    10.What kind of phone do you have? A Motorola Defy :) 3 years old but I love it !

  16. Carrie says:

    1. Have you ever had a pet other than a cat, dog or fish?
    I had two tiny little aquatic frogs, but that’s the only unusual pet that I’ve ever owned. When my family bought them, the person at the pet store said that they would probably live for about 2 years, but they actually lasted 8! Right now, I have two lively cats, Dot and Dora (as in Pandora, not the explorer Dora), and a Minnie Golden-Doodle, Maggie. I’ve always loved animals, and am doing my best not to get a Ragdoll Kitten. I want one sooooo bad, but I’m not sure that three cats and a dog is a good idea…
    2. Are you more shy or outgoing?
    It really depends on where I am, and who I’m surrounded by. With smaller groups and people that I know, I’m really loud and outgoing. When I’m in really large groups though, I tend be a lot quieter.
    3. If there was a real fountain of youth, would you drink from it?
    I don’t think I would. Aging is a part of life, and stopping that process would be kind of weird. Still, I might respond differently in 20 years:)
    4. What are your favorite bar soaps?
    In all honesty, I can’t stand soap bars. It’s always a lot quicker and easier for me to use liquid soap.
    5. What do you like about your hair?
    I like that my hair is soft and wavy. It doesn’t take very long at all to style in the mornings, and I’m definately thankful for that.
    6. What’s the best eye makeup tip you’ve learned lately?
    Although I haven’t learned this tip recently exactly, the best eye makeup tip that I’ve learned is to higlight the inner corner of my eyes. It makes me look a lot more awake, and some days I really need that.
    7. Are you a baker? What do you bake?
    I enjoy baking, but I don’t do it that often. I’m actually not a huge fan of a lot of bakery treats actually (too sugary), but I do love chocolate chip cookies and cinamon buns.
    8. What’s your typical face makeup routine for work/school?
    I prime my skin with Ulta’s Matte Primer, then apply some tinted moisturizer from Covergirl. Next, I stipple on a light layer of Elf’s Lifting Concealer on areas of my skin that have a lot of acne. After that I conceal blemishes with Hard Candy’s Glamoflague Concealer, and highlight and conceal my undereye area with Maybelline’s Dream Touch Lumi (supposedly a dupe for Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat). After that, I curl my eyelashes and add some mascara. Next, I apply ELF’s HD Blush in Headliner using a stippling brush, and then contour using Physician’s Formula Healthy Wear Bronzers in Medium and Tan. After that, I apply whatever tinted lip balm I feel like, and then I’m out of the door.
    9. What should you be doing today?
    I really should probably do a little bit of cleaning, but I’m much more likely to paint my nails and do a facial today. Oh well:)
    10.What kind of phone do you have?
    an IPhone 5
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  17. Maggie says:

    1. Have you ever had a pet other than a cat, dog or fish?
    Nope, just fishes when I was a child I’m afraid. I like dogs and would love one but there is no one at home all the time (and my workplace isn’t pet-friendly).

    2. Are you more shy or outgoing?
    I am inherently more shy. However I love to meet people and my customer service experience makes it easier for me to approach them. I think that would be why friends who see themselves as “introverted” call me a “people person” yet friends who see themselves as “outgoing” can clearly see my reserve.

    3. If there was a real fountain of youth, would you drink from it?
    If it was discovered by archaeologists? Maybe if a whole bunch of others tried first.

    4. What are your favorite bar soaps?
    Up&Up generic for Dove Unscented Beauty Bar.

    5. What do you like about your hair?
    I love how low-maintenance mine is. It’s thick, shiny, and dark.

    6. What’s the best eye makeup tip you’ve learned lately?
    Do brow tricks count? Learning to cope with thicker brows and how to fill and shape them.

    7. Are you a baker? What do you bake?
    People who have had my cakes tend to also have eaten my cooking. They know my cooking is done from scratch and automatically assume the same about my baking. So NOT the case. I think I messed up everything I tried to bake alone from scratch. If I have someone else with me, somehow, I don’t mess up. That said, I’ve never messed up anything I’ve made that came from a box so whenever I’m in charge of cake-making–I go straight for the box. I alter it enough that no one ever suspects it’s not from scratch.

    8. What’s your typical face makeup routine for work/school?

    1) Elta MD UD Physical Tinted spf 41 2) Graftobian HD Glamour Cream Corrector Palette on undereyes 3) Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer in light 4)NYX Autobrow Pencil in Grey 5) MUFE Pro finish Powder Foundation. If have time, also reach for: 6) Too Faced Poreless Bronzer 7) Tarte Dollface Blush 8)Eye primer & eyeshadow 9) Kat Von D Tattoo Liner 10)Mascara 11)Anastasia Lash Genius

    9. What should you be doing today?
    LOTs of my cleaning before my work shift in the evening. Clean out my car, bedroom, fold laundry, bathrooms.

    10.What kind of phone do you have?
    LG phone with the pull-out keyboard (is that what they call it?). Not a smartphone.

  18. Stephanie says:

    1. Have you ever had a pet other than a cat, dog or fish? Not me, but my mom has spent the last few years fulfilling an Old MacDonald fantasy–she now has chickens, ducks, pigs, and goats roaming around her backyard!
    2. Are you more shy or outgoing? I’m not at all shy, but I am rather quiet, so it’s often mistaken for shy.
    3. If there was a real fountain of youth, would you drink from it? Abso freeaking lutely! BUH-bye, grey hairs!
    4. What are your favorite bar soaps? Love Dove!
    5. What do you like about your hair? Not to much drama with it. It’s not wash and go, but I typically don’t have issues getting it to do what I want it to!
    6. What’s the best eye makeup tip you’ve learned lately? I’ve been smudging some of my brighter eyeshadows over brown gel liner-it lets me experiment with different colors w/o the “liner” being super in your face.
    7. Are you a baker? What do you bake? HELL no! I hate baking. I’m your opposite here, Karen. I hate the precision, measurements, etc involved in baking. I am a great cook, though, because I feel you can at more as you go–judging what else is needed by smell, etc.
    8. What’s your typical face makeup routine for work/school? The only constants are Nars tinted moisturizer, Anastasia Brow Wiz, and Chanel Le Volume mascara (based on your rec, Karen–this mascara is phenomenal!)
    9. What should you be doing today? Exactly what I have been-chilling w/my daughter at the pool, a little bit of shopping, and general laziness. It’s Labor Day, damn it! :)
    10.What kind of phone do you have? Still rocking an iPhone 4S!

    First comment, and first poll completion here, but I’ve been a longtime reader. I love your writing and approach, Karen, but more importantly your reviews are always SPOT ON for me. Case in point, no 8 above and the Laura Mercier Rouge Nouveau I picked up this weekend-LOVE!

    Thanks for all you do!

  19. Marian says:

    1. Have you ever had a pet other than a cat, dog or fish? Oh yeah. I’ve had a snake, a tarantula, horned toads, ducks, turtles, hermit crabs, hamsters, mice. I’m a real animal nut…always have been.
    2. Are you more shy or outgoing? I am very shy now. I once was very outgoing but I am married to a loner type and after 25 years I have become like him.
    3. If there was a real fountain of youth, would you drink from it? I would. I’d love to raise my kids all over again. I am especially feeling this way now as my youngest has just left for college.
    4. What are your favorite bar soaps? Zum soap
    5. What do you like about your hair? I love the color now that I’m completely gray
    6. What’s the best eye makeup tip you’ve learned lately? that less looks better on me now. It makes life easier.
    7. Are you a baker? What do you bake? I am. I love to cook and bake. I bake everything…bread, cookies, cakes, pie8.
    What’s your typical face makeup routine for work/school? I don’t go to school or work but my every day routine is : BB cream, concealer under eyes,BE Mineral Veil on T-Zone, eyebrow pencil, BE glimmer on lids, mascara, blush and lipstick.
    9. What should you be doing today? Nothing….and that’s freaking me out….1st time empty nester!
    10.What kind of phone do you have I have a dinosaur…an LG

  20. Chelsea says:

    1. Have you ever had a pet other than a cat, dog or fish? I have Quincy the bunbun! He’s great!

    2. Are you more shy or outgoing? Depends on the situation. I’m a pretty good mix of introvert and extrovert.

    3. If there was a real fountain of youth, would you drink from it? Probably, but I’d wait and see first, like you.

    4. What are your favorite bar soaps? My skin’s pretty sensitive, so usually I use Dove Sensitive Skin or Kiss My Face Olive Oil Soap.

    5. What do you like about your hair? The color! Love my natural red hair, though I sometimes wish it was a bit brighter! Also, it’s pretty low-maintenance.

    6. What’s the best eye makeup tip you’ve learned lately? The one you just told us, haha!

    7. Are you a baker? What do you bake? Not much of one, but I’m working on the gluten-free baking. I make a good grain-free banana bread, and some pretty good grain-free apple muffins. I’ve also made a good gluten-free version of my family’s Christmas cookie recipe.

    8. What’s your typical face makeup routine for work/school? Skincare is a huge part of it because my skin is so finicky. I wash with First Aid Beauty’s cleanser, and follow with Tri-Derma Facial Redness Repair Moisturizer all over and some Evening Primrose Oil on dry or irritated areas and eyes. I follow with Skinceuticals Physical sunscreen.

    My skin’s been good enough lately I’ve been skipping foundation/BB cream (just in time for the wedding, less than 3 weeks), but normally I wear Missha Signature BB Cream in 13 Milky Beige. I conceal with a combination of the Coastal Scents Camo Quad and Maybelline Dream Lumi. I fill in my brows (currently using a Sephora brow pencil in blonde, don’t remember which in particular) and do blush (lately it’s been Becca Beach Tint in Grapefruit, but I love theBalm’s Hot Mama and Frat Boy, and LORAC’s in Rose). Eyeliner is Rimmel Scandaleyes in Taupe Smudged on top lashline and a teeny tiny bit on the bottom lashes. I follow with Chanel mascara.

    9. What should you be doing today? We moved this weekend, so I should be taking clothes out of the boxes and suitcases I packed them in and putting them in closets…

    10.What kind of phone do you have? HTC Evo, I think.

  21. Kate & Zena says:

    Hiiii, I haven’t done one in a while, so here we go!

    1. Have you ever had a pet other than a cat, dog or fish?
    Yes. I’ve had two hamsters (never at the same time) and two guinea pigs (never at the same time.) My brother had two gerbils.

    2. Are you more shy or outgoing?
    Shy, very shy.

    3. If there was a real fountain of youth, would you drink from it?
    No. I would prefer to grow old. As people say, wisdom grows with age. Plus, I look young enough! I still get mistaken for an 18 year old…and I’m 24!

    4. What are your favorite bar soaps?
    Dove unscented sensitive. It’s the only kind we use as it’s the only kind we can all tolerate!

    5. What do you like about your hair?
    It’s fine so it doesn’t get super heavy in summer! While I have to wash it every day because it’s super oily, it’s still super shiny!

    6. What’s the best eye makeup tip you’ve learned lately?
    Apply a shadow over your pencil or liquid liner to smoke it out and make it less harsh.

    7. Are you a baker? What do you bake?
    Yes, I love to bake! I love baking cookies and pies best.

    8. What’s your typical face makeup routine for work/school?
    I don’t really have one!

    9. What should you be doing today?
    Getting dressed…

    10.What kind of phone do you have?
    iPhone 4S. Siri can be really mean!

  22. breyerchic04 says:

    Now I find myself wanting the peach color corrector.

  23. Gloria says:

    1. Have you ever had a pet other than a cat, dog or fish?
    I had 2 rabbits growing up. One was black and one was white; they both lived in a big bird cage.

    2. Are you more shy or outgoing?
    It really depends. Most of the time I’m outgoing because I like to talk, but when I’m really out of my element and/or tired, I’m shy. Actually when I changed schools in 4th grade people thought I was shy!

    3. If there was a real fountain of youth, would you drink from it?
    Yes and no. There are days when I can’t wait to be that old lady screaming at kids to stay off my lawn, but other times I’m obsessed with looking young. And you can’t be a young looking lady screaming from her porch, right?

    4. What are your favorite bar soaps?
    I’ve never really been into bar soaps. In the past I’ve gotten whatever was cheapest at Costco or whatever was gifted.

    5. What do you like about your hair?
    It’s hair that a lot of women want. It’s straight but has body, medium in thickness but unruly and unless I ruin it chemically either by bleaching it or perming it, it’s really healthy. No split ends on this head!

    6. What’s the best eye makeup tip you’ve learned lately?
    There was a BuzzFeed article showcasing different ways to rock the “Asian” eye that showcased really strong and graphic eyes done with mostly eyeliners. I’ve always embraced eyeliners, but now I’m playing around with different placements, different thicknesses, etc.

    7. Are you a baker? What do you bake?
    Once in a while. I’m really not patient enough to bake, but sometimes when I have a hankering for something specific that’s hard to get, like a mint flavored chocolate chip cookie with Andes chocolate mint on top, I’ll bake it myself.

    8. What’s your typical face makeup routine for work/school?
    A BB Cream, bronzer (lately I love Tarte’s Park Ave. Princess), blush, a nude-ish eye with black or brown liner, mascara, defined brows and lip balm.

    9. What should you be doing today?
    I should have gone shopping for clothes and shoes to wear for fashion week and to get my purse fixed.

    10.What kind of phone do you have?
    An iPhone 4S. When does the new one come out?

  24. casey23 says:

    1. Except from dogs and fishes I also had parakeet :)
    2. Shy. Definitely!
    3. Hell yeah!!!
    4. I like LUSH’s soaps. They tend to dry much but the smells make up for it!
    5. Easy going and glowing :)
    6. None!!! I still can’t do a good eye makeup, damn! But your last tip about keeping eyeliner on oily lid can be helpful (hope so!). I do believe I still haven’t found the right eyeliner that’s why I’m having so much trouble.
    7. I’m definitely not a good cook but I am a very good baker! I do alll kinds of desserts (even baklava).
    8. Tinted moisturizer/concealer (if needed), eyeshadow that suits my outfit (it’s a must!), mascara, cream blush and lipstick and voila! Boring much?
    9. I have to work :( And muuust go to the gym (crossed my fingers)
    10. Samsung note 2

  25. Petra says:

    1. Have you ever had a pet other than a cat, dog or fish? Other than dust-bunnies no
    2. Are you more shy or outgoing? Shy mostly – trying to break through it
    3. If there was a real fountain of youth, would you drink from it? Don’t think so
    4. What are your favorite bar soaps? Lush – honey I washed the kids
    5. What do you like about your hair? the shiny auburn colour
    6. What’s the best eye makeup tip you’ve learned lately? using a smudged eyeliner as smoke-base
    7. Are you a baker? What do you bake? I love baking. I bake just about anything – haven’t tried macaroons yet though
    8. What’s your typical face makeup routine for work/school? 1) Clinique BB cream 2) Maybelline Fit me Concealer 3) clinique Lash Power Mascara 4) cream blush (of any brand I have at hand) 5) One of the multiple lip-products in my bag – today Buxom lipgloss in Trixie
    9. What should you be doing today? Lots of work
    10.What kind of phone do you have? Samsung S3 Mini

  26. 1. Have you ever had a pet other than a cat, dog or fish? Nope

    2. Are you more shy or outgoing? Shy

    3. If there was a real fountain of youth, would you drink from it? I think I would.

    4. What are your favorite bar soaps? I haven’t tried soaps in a while but the last one I loved was Lush Karma bar.

    5. What do you like about your hair? Thats is quite thick!

    6. What’s the best eye makeup tip you’ve learned lately? Using a strip of tape to get the perfect cat eye. I haven’t tried it yet though!

    7. Are you a baker? What do you bake? I haven’t baked anything in a while but I used to love baking cookies when I was younger!

    8. What’s your typical face makeup routine for work/school? My work is my blog so things keep changing everyday :)

    9. What should you be doing today? Heading out for a beauty launch event in a while.

    10.What kind of phone do you have? I have been using Blackberry for a while but recently got an Iphone.
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  27. 1. Have you ever had a pet other than a cat, dog or fish? No
    2. Are you more shy or outgoing? It depends
    3. If there was a real fountain of youth, would you drink from it? I don’t need it yet anyway.
    4. What are your favorite bar soaps? Cowshed, they are fantastic!
    5. What do you like about your hair? I never get tingles
    6. What’s the best eye makeup tip you’ve learned lately? don’t think I’ve learned anything new in some time.
    7. Are you a baker? What do you bake? Not really, but I love to cook
    8. What’s your typical face makeup routine for work/school? It depends on my mood but nothing too complicated, as it takes time.
    9. What should you be doing today? working and than meeting my cousin.
    10.What kind of phone do you have? I am a Nokia fan (still).
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  28. Twyla says:

    1. Have you ever had a pet other than a cat, dog or fish? I have had 2 rabbits and 2 hamsters over the years. Would love to have ferret but I’m scared of their teeth.
    2. Are you more shy or outgoing? Shy until I’m comfortable then outgoing.
    3. If there was a real fountain of youth, would you drink from it? Not yet, I’ll be 40 on Sept 22nd. I’m good with that its just a number as long as you are young at heart.
    4. What are your favorite bar soaps? not a fan at all.
    5. What do you like about your hair? I like that its long & healthy & curls really nicely, easy to pin up, easy to do.
    6. What’s the best eye makeup tip you’ve learned lately? to build up your cat eye liner and not attempt to draw it straight out.
    7. Are you a baker? What do you bake? YES! I have a cookie receipe that my friends get all the supplies so I can bake hoards of them for them so they can freeze them when I visit. And I make a mean stuffed chicken.
    8. What’s your typical face makeup routine for work/school? Work: Curl lashes, apply mascara, clean up smudge, add eyeliner & blush and vaseline lip balm.
    9. What should you be doing today? learning how to use Google Mail.+
    10.What kind of phone do you have? iPhone 5. luv it.

  29. Katie says:

    1.Have you ever had a pet other than a cat, dog or fish?
    Nope! When I was a kid I yearned for a bunny or hedgehog, but no dice. I have had all three of the above animals though.

    2.Are you more shy or outgoing?
    Outgoing, most of the time. I have my shy moments but mostly I can talk to anyone.

    3.If archeologists discovered the Fountain of Youth, would you drink from it?
    Maybe, maybe not. I would have to think about it a lot more!

    4.What are your favorite bar soaps (Dove, Olay, etc.)?
    Lush’s Sexy Peel and Honey I Washed the Kids, and Fresh’s sugar soap.

    5.What do you like about your hair?
    I can just let it air dry and go. Sometimes I leave the house with it wet. It is pretty straight with a little wave so it’s low maintenance, which I like. I recently got bangs and hated them because I had to style them everyday and comb through them every so often throughout the day. Too much work!

    6.What’s the best eye makeup tip you’ve learned lately?
    Never wear eyeliner on your bottom water line without wearing it on your top lid. I made this mistake pretty much everyday of middle school and some of high school.

    7.Are you a baker? What do you bake?
    I hate to cook, but I enjoy baking. Mostly because at the end you have cupcakes. I used to bake a lot more, but I would end up eating too much so it’s not exactly a healthy hobby! My pumpkin cupcakes with buttercream frosting are a crowd-pleaser amongst my friends in the fall.

    8.What’s your typical face makeup routine for work/school?
    Face: Some BB cream/tinted moisturizer/foundation- depending upon time, quality of my skin, how much coverage I need etc.. I go between Nars TM, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, Laura Mercier oil free foundation, bobbi brown skin…the list goes on and on.
    eyes: usually a swipe of benefit’s RSVP cream shadow or if I’m feeling not as lazy, colors from my MAC/Naked Palettes or my favorite Dior palette, Rosy Tan. Falsies/They’re Real Mascara, top and bottom. No eyeliner for day usually.
    Cheeks: Again, varies have a million blushes but Benefit’s Hervana or Nars Orgasm are big winners with me. ALSO Dior’s Rosy Glow Awakening Blush is A++++ in my book
    lips: I love Revlon lip butters- favorites are juicy papaya and berry smoothie. A billion Mac lipsticks. This changes everyday with my mood.

    9.What should you be doing today?
    Working out, walking my dog, enjoying time off from work. Packing for my trip to Portland ME tomorrow!

    10.What kind of phone do you have?
    Iphone 4S

  30. Maheshika Rathnayake says:

    1. Have you ever had a pet other than a cat, dog or fish?
    Sadly no,I’v only had a few dogs and cats.( I’m a dog lover)

    2. Are you more shy or outgoing?
    I’m more of an extrovert, pretty outgoing and love meeting people and chatting up about stuff and make-up!!!

    3. If there was a real fountain of youth, would you drink from it?
    Well, I think I’d give it a try but if only it cleverly disguises the fact I’m really 31 but looks more like 21.

    4. What are your favorite bar soaps?
    I live in Sri Lanka and we don’t even have Olay bar soap,plus Dove is expensive for my meagre salary. I stick with our local brands and sometimes use shower gels.

    5. What do you like about your hair?
    The fact that after all the chemical treatments I’ve been doing the past ten years or so, it has been kinder to me than vise versa. I still have thick and strong hair which is now a natural curly mop!!!

    6. What’s the best eye makeup tip you’ve learned lately?
    Switching to black eyeshadow instead of wonky liquid liner cat eyes not a pretty sight I can tell you!!! oh and using the business card trick when applying mascara.

    7. Are you a baker? What do you bake?
    I tried my hand at baking cookies. It came out as a single piece of flat cookie.

    8. What’s your typical face makeup routine for work/school?
    1. Streetwear face powder in “Warm”
    2. Eyebrow pencil dark brown (Locally available brand)
    3.Revlon blusher (I can’t see the name anymore)
    4. Avon mascara in brown after curling my lashes.
    5. Vaseline on lips and lip liner in nude/browney pink (Locally available brand)
    6. Revlon Lustrous lipstick in Coffee Bean/ L’Oreal lipstick in “Silk”/Streetwear

    9.What should you be doing today?
    I work on the weekends so I’m supposed to be working right now but since it’s an art gallery the day isn’t very strict. Plus I just cannot ignore the fact that I’v wanted to answer this monday poll from the moment I read about it!

    10.What kind of phone do you have?
    Oh god I’m not even going to answer this question b’cos I’m so embarrassed!!! it’s a very very old Nokia cell phone which is battered and full of cracks. ( my baby daughter loves dropping it on the floor so she can see what noise it makes!!!)

    9. What should you be doing today?
    Homework!
    10.What kind of phone do you have?
    LG Smartphone

  31. Maheshika Rathnayake says:

    Sorryyyyyy, the last two questions and answers are noy mine but a copy mistale!!!
    Thanks.

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