Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 289

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It’s almost that time…

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. Is your desk neat or messy?
    How ’bout this: it’s so messy it’s neat. :) A neat mess? I adhere to the stacks and piles approach to office efficiency, meaning that there are tall stacks of paper everywhere.

    But at least they’re neatly stacked piles, haha!

  2. One fun thing you did over the weekend?
    GURL, I watched more Lifetime movies last weekend than I had in the three years before! My favorite was Escape From Polygamy.

    No, really, that’s what it’s called, and it was actually REALLY good! Even El Hub thought so. Every time he had to get up for something he’d hurry back and ask, “What did I miss??”

  3. What book(s) are you reading?
    A thriller/crime novel called Sharp Objects, by Gillian Flynn, but I have to stop reading it at night because it creeps me out, and then I have a hard time falling asleep.
  4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t for one reason or another?
    I gotta get my hair did! I’ve been talking about it for weeks, and my roots are exceptionally rooty right now.
  5. What’s a typical morning for you?
    I get up at 6:30, usually with a tabby on my torso, and lumber downstairs like a zombie. First thing I do is make a big mug of coffee or a tea and something to eat, usually peanut butter toast, a fried egg sandwich or oatmeal. Then I feed Tabs.

    If I’m still on schedule after that, I hop on the treadmill for 20-25 minutes, because I find that when I don’t exercise early in the morning, it just doesn’t get done at all. Work starts and time flies, and by the late afternoon I’m tired.

    After working out, I quickly clean up, get dressed, and start writing my posts for the day doing Tabs’ bidding.

  6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often?
    The MAC 217, 239 and 224.

    I use them in virtually every look. They’re the most practical makeup brushes I own.

  7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips?
    Use a clean blending brush to blend your eyeshadows, because dirty brushes seem to just scoot the product around.
  8. Something you’ve been loving lately?
    H&M. I haven’t gone in a while (I get stimulus overload in there), but I went last week and found lots of cute, cute, CUTE fall stuff for cheap. I picked up a few tops for less than $20 each.
  9. Any life-changing beauty products lately?
    Skinceuticals C E Ferulic. Yeah, it’s freakishly, obscenely expensive, but damn if it hasn’t completely transformed my skin.

    My skin hasn’t been this smooth in years! — and the stuff has really helped with my chin acne.

  10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade?
    I’m still wearing my same leftover pedi from Vegas earlier this month using Essie’s The Lace Is On, an opalescent, jewel-toned fuchsia.

    It’s definitely chipping…

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. Is your desk neat or messy?
2. One fun thing you did over the weekend?
3. What book(s) are you reading?
4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t?
5. What’s a typical morning for you?
6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often?
7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips?
8. Something you’ve been loving lately?
9. Any life-changing beauty products lately?
10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. I have it on very good authority that you are going to have an excellent week. Don’t ask me how I know. I just do. :)

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  1. Kajal Couture says:

    1. Is your desk neat or messy? I try to keep it neat, but then the hubby throws the mail on it or some other paperwork and it tends to get messy.

    2. One fun thing you did over the weekend? Took the hubby to a new lunch spot called Lemonade. Super healthy and delicious!

    3. What book(s) are you reading? Reading? What’s that? With a new baby the most I read are websites while I am feeding her.

    4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t? Wash the shower curtain. It’s time. But I keep forgetting everyday.

    5. What’s a typical morning for you? Wake up, feed baby, change baby, eat something, wait for nanny to come.

    6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often? MAC 187, 224, 139.

    7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips? Tilt your head back when applying shadow. It forces you to keep eyes semi closed so you can access your lid space well.

    8. Something you’ve been loving lately? Tomatillo salsa.

    9. Any life-changing beauty products lately? No.

    10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade? I just removed it yesterday, need to re-polish today.

  2. Rica says:

    1. Is your desk neat or messy?
    It’s a complete mess… don’t judge me…

    2. One fun thing you did over the weekend?
    I lined up for 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target… Got a few things, I’m very excited for the bag my friend got me…. yippeyyyy

    3. What book(s) are you reading?
    I’m studying for my exam, so textbooks and law lol

    4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t?
    Working out. I really really need to get back on doing it.

    5. What’s a typical morning for you?
    Snooze my alarm 5 times, check Instagram & Twitter. Brush my teeth, wash my face, minimal makeup, get dressed…

    6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often?
    MAC 217 (and its alike), Urban Decay Optical Bluring Brush, MAC 109

    All very versatile brushes!

    7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips?
    Curl your lashes before applying eyeliner… my thin lashes doesn’t like eyeliner clinging on them and make them look even more droopy.

    8. Something you’ve been loving lately?
    I’ve been loving Fall weather lately, though it got me sick :(

    9. Any life-changing beauty products lately?
    Not yet, I’m waiting for my life to be changed!!! Per-fékt Lash Perfection Gel is close but not there yet.

    10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade?
    Nope, it’s cold over here and ain’t nobody got time for that (I love saying that lol). But I’m wearing L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Breaking Curfew on my finger nails :)

    x Rica
    Rica recently posted … The Hunger Games in the Shopping Universe | 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target | Fashion Haul

  3. Larie says:

    1. Is your desk neat or messy?
    Neat! Every once in a while it gets a bit out of control, but then I have to clean it up again. Need clear space so I can think clearly!
    2. One fun thing you did over the weekend?
    I bought clothes, lol.
    3. What book(s) are you reading?
    Nothing right now, but something soon! I need something for the commute.
    4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t?
    Order a new external hard drive to backup our computers.
    5. What’s a typical morning for you?
    Get dressed, take the dog out/make breakfast (alternate with my husband), have breakfast, put on makeup, dash out the door.
    6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often?
    Real Techniques blush brush, shadow brush, stippling brush!
    7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips?
    Uh. I don’t have any tips, LOL. I need some!
    8. Something you’ve been loving lately?
    Guerlain’s liquid blush – unfortunately it was a limited edition release last summer.
    9. Any life-changing beauty products lately?
    Tubing mascara! NO MORE RACCOON EYES.
    10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade?
    Butter London Scuppered!
    Larie recently posted … Returning to Colors: Dabbling in Purple

  4. Ruchita says:

    1. Is your desk neat or messy?
    My desk at work is pretty neat. At home, my big computer desk is in storage, so my PC is sitting in a filing cabinet. Luckily, there’s not much space for things to get messy!

    2. One fun thing you did over the weekend?
    I hung out with friends and family at my husband’s band practice. Since we don’t have a basement right now some friends let them practice in their garage. And the cops showed up b/c they were being too loud! :-)

    3. What book(s) are you reading?
    Nothing right now. I read Sharp Objects a few months ago. I love Gillian Flynn’s books. I read she is working on the screen play for Gone Girl, but I can’t wait til she comes out with another novel.

    4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t?
    Organize paperwork at home. I have a pile of stuff in drawers that I conveniently forget about. :-)

    5. What’s a typical morning for you?
    Wake up when the alarm goes off at 5:30. Hit snooze multiple times. Pet Nina if she’s laying on the bed. Shower, do my hair, get dressed. Go down and feed the cats and get breakfast ready. My husband and I carpool to work. I drive, while he eats his food.

    6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often?
    A blending brush from Sonia Kashuk, flat-top foundation brush, a skinny angled brush for my brows

    7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips?
    Use a angled brush and black eyeshadow to set eyeliner. It also helps even things out when my liner is a bit crooked. My fav is Carbon from MAC.

    8. Something you’ve been loving lately?
    Apple cider and pumpkin flavored desserts.

    9. Any life-changing beauty products lately?
    Nothing lately.

    10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade?
    Polish on my toes. It’s a dark burgundy from OPI, but I can’t remember the name.

    Happy Monday!

    P.S. This weekend I met a tiny girl kitten who could have been Mingy’s twin. She was so adorable and playful – seriously some cute overload. :-)

  5. Stephanie A. says:

    1. Is your desk neat or messy? In the latest installment of “Steph needs to get a grip on reality and stop procrastinating,”I can report that my desk is completely clean right now. Because I swept everything off the top into a drawer! If I can’t see it, its not there, right???
    2. One fun thing you did over the weekend? I was able to spend a little bit of time yesterday visiting a friend who I hadn’t seen in awhile. I went to her house to watch football. Unfortunately, my Redskins got discount double checked by the Packers, so the outcome wasn’t so fun.
    3. What book(s) are you reading? Funny you mention Gillian Flynn. I’m actually reading Dark Places, but I’ve had to put it aside for awhile–super disturbing.
    4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t? Get my hair cut…off! I was keeping it in a mid-neck length bob, that I loved. For no particular reason, I began to grow it out–last January. I’ve been crying for months that I want to cut it short again, yet everytime I go to do so, I end up having it just trimmed (including the latest appointment, last Friday!) Now, my hair is well past collar-bone length, and I can’t figure out what is stopping me from having it cut again!
    5. What’s a typical morning for you? Ridiculous! I have a 12, almost 13 year old daughter that is totally in the “I hate my clothes, I don’t know what to do w/my hair” loveliness, so there’s lots of fighting to get her off to school, followed by my own “I hate my clothes, I don’t know what to do w/my hair” loveliness, before I finally get out of the door and off to work!6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often? I can’t speak to well known, high quality brushes–my collection is a mish-mash of cheap stuff and stuff I like. However, I can tell you that 3 that get everyday usage are Sonia Kashuk brushes–an angled blush brush, a fluffy powder brush, and the bent eyeliner brush (from your long-ago recommendation, Karen! It has changed my makeup life!)
    7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips? I’m biting one of your tips, Karen, because it has proven really helpful to me over the past few months. I’m now keeping my eyes open while applying crease colors–end result comes out so much better!
    8. Something you’ve been loving lately? Make-up related, it would have to be matte lipsticks–specifically, a few of the Laura Mercier weightless rouge nouveaus. Non make-up related, chili! I definately seasonally compartmentalize food, and I’m so glad its fall and chili “weather” again!
    9. Any life-changing beauty products lately? Nothing groundbreaking, or even necessarily new to me. However, with the weather changing, I noticed again this morning how much I love my Embryolisse moisturizer. This stuff just works for me, no matter the season!
    10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade? Again with the seasonal stuff…I have Essie Wicked on my toes. Every year, mid-September, I am silly-psyced to wear this color again, and swear I’m wearing NOTHING else until Spring! Inevitably, I get sick of it by mid-October.

  6. Agata says:

    Hi Karen,

    1. Is your desk neat or messy?
    Messy…not terribly messy but there is too much stuff- my work phone, a notebook, a folder with interpreting scripts, nails tools and about 12 bottles of nail polishes…

    2. One fun thing you did over the weekend?
    Went to celebrate my friend’s birthday. I bought her some make up and she loved it and asked me how I remembered that she wanted an Urban Decay shadow pencil and how do I always know what color to pick. And I also got her a Bare Minerals blush/luminizer duo. But anyways, after dinner we went to a fro-yo place, it was my first time and it was delicious!

    3. What book(s) are you reading?
    Nothing at the moment. I just finished reading “The Husband’s Secret” by Liane Moriary, it was surprisingly good.

    4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t?
    Also schedule my hair appointment to get my highlights done. I think I will try to schedule it for Wed.

    5. What’s a typical morning for you?
    I don’t have a typical morning because my work schedule is different every week. If I start at 7am I just wash my face, make coffee and start working and take a shower after work. If I start at 8:30 am then I take a shower and do my hair before work.

    6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often?
    Real Techniques Stippling brush, RT powder blush and an UD eyeshadow dual ended brush from the Naked palette- it’s the bomb!

    7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips?
    Use a highlighting shade with a bit of shimmer for under your brows and the corner of your eye- it makes everyone looks fresh and more awake.

    8. Something you’ve been loving lately?
    Curling my hair :)

    9. Any life-changing beauty products lately?
    I don’t know if life changing but I really like a volumizing/detangling hair product called Volumizing Spray by company called Brocato. It’s amazing.

    10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade?
    Yes, I got a pedi in Chicago, it’s an OPI but I don’t remember the name, it’s blackish/green polish with tiny sparkles.

    I hope this week is going to be good! It has to be!

  7. Katherine M says:

    1. Is your desk neat or messy?
    ~Pretty neat, it can get messy but we clean it up once a week. I don’t like clutter and I tend to feel overwhelmed when things are not organized in my house.

    2. One fun thing you did over the weekend?
    ~Went to In the Streets in Frederick – basically a street fair of sorts along Market Street (Frederick’s Main Street of sorts) with people from various companies giving out info and advertising their companies. There was also a beer garden, live bands (some cover bands), and Lauren Alaina was there and she was amazing!

    3. What book(s) are you reading?
    ~I read a lot of different ones at once, my latest have been police non-fiction, and Army Wives.

    4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t?
    ~I’ve also been meaning to get my hair done since my new job starts next week. I will be wearing it up above the collar but I just wanted the ends trimmed to make it more manageable.

    5. What’s a typical morning for you?
    ~I usually like to wake up around 9am on days off, go for a run, have a late breakfast, and do something fun with the hubby.

    6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often?
    ~A fluffy foundation brush by Bare Minerals that I use to apply the bronzer/blush combo by Sonia Kashuk, and a couple of eyeshadow brushes.

    7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips?
    ~Blend, blend, blend. Harsh lines do not always look good (unless you are going for some of the runway looks). Use primer to make it last all day. Do not be afraid to try some new and different combos, too.

    8. Something you’ve been loving lately?
    ~Yoga. It’s very relaxing, strengthens my muscles, and gives me focus. Also been loving this fall weather around here in MD!

    9. Any life-changing beauty products lately?
    ~Love that Sonia Kashuk blush/bronzer combo, and her Eye on Neutral palette is wonderful.

    10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade?
    ~Black and Blue by Sally Hansen.

  8. Dominique says:

    1. Is your desk neat or messy? Messy :( but my apartment is very clean and neat !

    2. One fun thing you did over the weekend? Funny ? well nothing !

    3. What book(s) are you reading? A book about Paris :)

    4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t? Cleaning my desk ! ;)

    5. What’s a typical morning for you? Get up, stand up for my rights I fear grrrrrrrr well

    6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often? A powder brush, a blush brush, a Kabuki brush

    7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips? A lot of mascara, a single eyeshadow intense most of the time

    8. Something you’ve been loving lately? Keeping my nails ( toes ) nude I mean naked, I had been using np for more than 1 year so they need a break. It was tough but I did it

    9. Any life-changing beauty products lately? My Dior lipstick 999, the new MUFE compact foundation, many other beauty products in fact !

    10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade? I used to, I will try and wear nothing at all for several weeks.

  9. Nikki says:

    1. Is your desk neat or messy?
    At work? Very neat. At home? Messy LOL – papers everywhere. I need to shred some stuff
    2. One fun thing you did over the weekend?
    I went to the Maroon 5 feat Kelly Clarkson concert w/ my sis-in-law.
    3. What book(s) are you reading?
    I am sadly not reading anything at the moment. I haven’t been to a book store in ages. Borders by my house closed down & that depresses me because I am not a big fan of Barnes & Noble at all.
    4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t?
    Pay those leftover fines on my library card. Shred paperwork in my room. Clean out my closet. Wow I have a lot of stuff to do.
    5. What’s a typical morning for you?
    Depends on if I go to work early or not. If I go in early: I wake up. Do a 15 min yoga session using the All-In-Yoga app(love love love) shower eat breakfast go to work. If not, then I’ll do my yoga, go to the gym for one of their morning classes (boot camp for the WIN!), come home, shower, eat & Hi-Ho-Hi-Ho it’s off to work I go.
    6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often?
    My EcoTools eyeshadow brush, kabuki brush and my eyelash comb/brush from Sally’s Beauty. I don’t know the brand name but the comb is metal and I prefer it over the plastic ones to comb through my eyelashes. (It’s hella sharp though!!)
    7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips?
    I actually don’t have one now that I’m thinking about it.
    8. Something you’ve been loving lately?
    Bath and Body Works Fresh Picked Heirloom Cranberries Hard Working Hand & Body Cream…SMELLS DELICIOUS & I always get compliments on it. Oh and my SensatiNail kit. I love that thing.
    9. Any life-changing beauty products lately?
    Life-changing? Not so much. But I just bought the Boscia Little Black Book kit from Sephora after hearing a ton of great things about some of the items so crossing my fingers that could be life-changing for my crazy skin.
    10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade?
    I am. It’s ‘The More The Merrier’ from the Summer 2013 collection. I love it! Bright pop of green on my toes during this grey overcast weather Florida is having :-)

    Have a great week Beauties!!

  10. Chelsea says:

    1. Is your desk neat or messy? I don’t have a desk yet at the new place! Usually messy though…

    2. One fun thing you did over the weekend? Went to a burlesque show for my bachelorette party! Super fun!

    3. What book(s) are you reading? Textbooks :p

    4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t? Do photo tests of wedding makeup. 5 days, eek!

    5. What’s a typical morning for you? Wake up, eat Joe’s O’s cereal while catching up on email and Facebook, head to work.

    6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often? My EcoTools fan brush (great for both blush and powder), a CVS Essence of Beauty Concealer Brush, and an eyeliner brush.

    7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips? Use cream shadows for a gel liner look in different shades! I love using Maybelline Tough as Taupe for a more subtle cat-eye!

    8. Something you’ve been loving lately? Vinyasa yoga! A good workout that is doable with my heart condition – a good cardio workout, muscle strengthener, and stretching all in one.

    9. Any life-changing beauty products lately? Not in particular! I just ordered some new stuff from Paula’s Choice though. And I’d love a life-changing foundation!

    10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade? They’re bare, but I’ll be getting a mani/pedi on Friday pre-Wedding!

  11. 1. Is your desk neat or messy? Usually it’s neat.
    2. One fun thing you did over the weekend? Went out with my friends, it’s alway a great thing to do.
    3. What book(s) are you reading? The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Kundera.
    4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t? Oh, I have a huge list, so I better start doing all those things soon!
    5. What’s a typical morning for you? I can barely wake up, that is.
    6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often? MAC 217 (of course), Sigma F80 and Japonesque blush brush.
    7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips? always curl your lashes.
    8. Something you’ve been loving lately? Strong tea and red lips & nails.
    9. Any life-changing beauty products lately? Hourglass eye brow pencil!
    10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade? Revlon Red, my favourite red!

  12. Julia Alkaseltzer says:

    Goood morning Karen!!

    1. Is your desk neat or messy?
    I don’t have a desk.. just a table in my studio apartment. And it is a MESS. :)
    2. One fun thing you did over the weekend?
    I had chicken and waffles with some coworkers and we laughed endlessly about nothing.
    3. What book(s) are you reading?
    None at the moment! I have books that are waiting for me to read, though..
    4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t?
    Also hair-related. I need to get a hair cut! Same style just have it trimmed and styled and have salon-beautified hurr.
    5. What’s a typical morning for you?
    Hit the snooze button a few times.. breakfast. hair. makeup. lunch. catch the train for work. Enter the workplace, theme song plays while I strut in with my stunna shades.. I wish.
    6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often?
    E.L.F. eye shadow brush, RealTechniques stippling brush, EcoTools blush brush.
    7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips?
    Primer is your eye makeup’s best friend. I go for E.L.F.’s eye primer, the original. It’s such a steal!!
    8. Something you’ve been loving lately?
    The artist Janelle Monae. I’ve been listening to her music, watching her performances and listening to her interviews. I love who she is as a person, and her makeup is simple yet elegant.
    9. Any life-changing beauty products lately?
    Nothing that comes to mind actually. I guess I’m just laying low on new makeup purchases.
    10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade?
    Nope, they are bare. But I would want to paint a shade of blue.

  13. Ashesela says:

    1. Is your desk neat or messy? Eeek, HORRIBLY messy! It doesn’t take long for me to destroy it!
    2. One fun thing you did over the weekend? Had a wonderful bath! :)
    3. What book(s) are you reading? World War Z, Into the Land of the Unicorns, A Storm of Swords… and some others that I forgot XD
    4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t? Hrm… work on my cognitive behavioural therapy.
    5. What’s a typical morning for you? Wake up, cigarette, tea, then computer.
    6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often? I actually don’t really care what I use, I just reach for whatever.
    7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips? Primer. PRIMER!!
    8. Something you’ve been loving lately? Lush Cosmetics. OMG I cannot get enough!
    9. Any life-changing beauty products lately? Almost every skin care item I use is Lush now, and Ro’s Argan is at the top of the list. It makes my skin glow!
    10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade? Orly Halo over something or other… XD

  14. Rosalyn Robinson says:

    1. Is your desk neat or messy? I call it organized mess!!
    2. One fun thing you did over the weekend? Bought a bunch of lipsticks and glosses and Reorganized my makeup!! Product Junkie I AM!!!
    3. What book(s) are you reading? Chasing Destiny “Eric Jerome Dickey”
    4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t? Call a old friend.
    5. What’s a typical morning for you? Fix kids breakfast, get them ready for school, drop off and then get ready for work.
    6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often? Mally Powder Brush, Elf Kabuki, and Mally Shadow Brush
    7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips? Always use eye cream.
    8. Something you’ve been loving lately? Bright lips and nails
    9. Any life-changing beauty products lately? Philosophy Hope is not enough serum
    10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade? red with a hint of gold glitter

  15. 1. Is your desk neat or messy? Neat! I am a very neat person, in both senses of the word! ;-)

    2. One fun thing you did over the weekend? Go to a big barbecue with a bunch of friends

    3. What book(s) are you reading? The Host. I am liking it a lot!

    4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t? Take out the trash, lol.

    5. What’s a typical morning for you? Get up, brush my teeth and tweeze my eyebrows, have a nice long breakfast and then get ready for my day.

    6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often? MAC 217, MAC 239 and Sigma E55.

    7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips? Blend, blend, blend!

    8. Something you’ve been loving lately? My black Rocket Dog booties :-)

    9. Any life-changing beauty products lately? Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair serum. I saw the difference after just two or three days!

    10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade? Nope, I rarely do that, except for when I need to go to a party with peeptoe heels
    Kiss & Make-up recently posted … Estée Lauder event | The new Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair, Modern Muse & Molten Metals fall make-up collection

  16. Katie F says:

    1. Is your desk neat or messy?

    Messy messy messy! Both my desk at work and at home.

    2. One fun thing you did over the weekend?

    I went to an exercise class for the first time in about 8 years…it almost killed me (I had to use my inhaler, so embarrassing) but I’m glad I did it!

    3. What book(s) are you reading?

    Two at the moment — The Wire: Truth Be Told (it’s a series guide with a lot of good interviews and background info, written by one of the writers for the show) and Kingdom Come (graphic novel that’s been on my list for a while).

    4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t?

    Take my winter coats to the cleaners.

    5. What’s a typical morning for you?

    Um, typically I don’t see the morning — I’m a huge night owl, so I guess a typical morning would be when I am going to bed (usually around 3 am).

    6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often?

    I have never used a makeup brush!

    7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips?

    I don’t really have any. My eyes get irritated easily so I rarely wear eye makeup, and when I do it’s usually just some shadow in the crease or a little liquid liner.

    8. Something you’ve been loving lately?

    I’ve been catching up on Luther (BBC show with Idris Elba) and remembering how much I like it.

    9. Any life-changing beauty products lately?

    Color-changing nail polish! It’s so cool. I have a couple from Pretty and Polished that I’ve been playing with for weeks now.

    10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade?

    China Glaze Glistening Snow (silvery scattered holo). I wanted something that wouldn’t compete with the shoes I was wearing for a friend’s wedding (ankle-strap sandals with a black-to-clear lucite gradient heel).

  17. Laura says:

    1. Is your desk neat or messy? Both. It looks neat, but if you pay attention you’ll see that my big box on the right is where I keep all the mess.

    2. One fun thing you did over the weekend? My boyfriend and I went to spend the whole saturday at a spa to celebrate our first anniversary. It was both relaxing and a lot of fun.

    3. What book(s) are you reading? Nothing special at the moment, only school stuff.

    4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t? Laundry! I just have to though, it’s getting pretty ugly.

    5. What’s a typical morning for you? I get up around 7, get ready, go to school.

    6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often? A small flat shader brush, a tapered blending brush and a small angled brow brush.

    7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips? To blend blend blend… it makes a real big difference.

    8. Something you’ve been loving lately? Switching to nude lip colors (for work). Playing with more subtle colors is actually just as fun as playing with bold ones.

    9. Any life-changing beauty products lately? I’m crazy about my Giorgio Armani face fabric. And Maybelling cream (mousse actually) blush n°4 : it looks so natural and healthy and brings a lot of highlight to the face!

    10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade? OPI muir muir on the wall. It looks perfect for fall!

  18. Cassie says:

    1. Is your desk neat or messy?
    2. One fun thing you did over the weekend?
    shopped at Ulta

    3. What book(s) are you reading?
    mostly just reading fashion magazines for pleasure, but I am reading Jesus + Nothing = Everything

    4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t?
    unpacking my stuff since I moved in with my boyfriend 9 months ago!

    5. What’s a typical morning for you?
    shower/get ready, make coffee, hour-long commute to work

    6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often?
    I love Studio Gear brushes (plus, they’re guaranteed for life!). I use the kabuki brush for powder and the #34 large blending brush every single day. I also use a flat eyeshadow brush from Benefit to put contrasting color in the crease.

    7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips?
    loose powder underneath your eyes catches fallout so you can simply wipe away any mess with a tissue

    8. Something you’ve been loving lately?
    writing on my new website (pinkismysignaturecolor.com). Check it out!

    9. Any life-changing beauty products lately?
    I’m in love with Osis Dust It for adding volume to my hair

    10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade?
    It’s a new color from Revlon…Scandalous. Dark purple with metallic purple flecks. Pretty!

  19. Stef Smith says:

    1. Is your desk neat or messy? Neat! But we just organized it. It’s got lots of cubbies for things and it’s nice.
    2. One fun thing you did over the weekend? Birthday lunch for the hubby yesterday. Always a good time with the family!
    3. What book(s) are you reading? A little bit of everything, I recently went Paleo, so I have a bunch of Paleo cookbooks that I’m reading, plus “Wheat Belly” and I’d really like to get through Dante’s “Divine Comedy”.
    4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t? My eyebrows!
    5. What’s a typical morning for you? I get up and pour myself a big mug of coffee, then I start working on breakfast for the kids, oatmeal, cinnamon toast, bacon, eggs, avocado. I have it down to the minute of how long everything takes so that it’s hot when the kids wake up.
    6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often? The brushes that come with the Urban Decay palettes.
    7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips? Use a primer!
    8. Something you’ve been loving lately? “The Newsroom”, I’m obsessed!!!
    9. Any life-changing beauty products lately? The Clarisonic Mia.
    10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade? I just removed China Glaze’s “Gothic Lolita” with a coat of CG’s “Grape Juice” on top, yesterday. Next pedicure will probably be red and sparkly.

  20. Nati says:

    1. Is your desk neat or messy?
    Messy when I’m working and neat afterwards. I hate leaving a mess behind me :)
    2. One fun thing you did over the weekend?
    Played hide and seek with my baby! He’s only 18 months old, so it his interpretation of hide and seek was the funniest ever!haha
    3. What book(s) are you reading?
    Sessanta Racconti of Dino Buzzati. I like reading tales and short stories because I can read a story from start to end before bed
    4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t?
    I have to paint the shelves on my storing room!! I was meant to do it during the summer :(
    5. What’s a typical morning for you?
    I get up, go to bathroom, dress up, dress up my baby, make breakfast, then eat it, and take my baby to the crèche. Then start working. All that before 8 am.
    6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often?
    Sigma F50, F70 and E25
    7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips?
    Blend my eyeshadow slightly over the crease into the browbone. I have hooded eyes.
    8. Something you’ve been loving lately?
    Shoping online!
    9. Any life-changing beauty products lately?
    Dior BB cream nude tan. It has even improve my skin for real.
    10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade?
    I never do pedis
    Nati recently posted … My current everyday makeup routine September 2013

  21. Jace says:

    1. Is your desk neat or messy?

    I just moved into college 3 weeks ago, so my desk is relative neat at the moment. I’ve been attempting to keep it clean, whereas my roommate, on the other hand…

    2. One fun thing you did over the weekend?

    I went canoeing in Sugar Creek, Indiana! My friend and I kept going around in circles but eventually we got the hang of it and it was so much fun. (sore allll over!) Also I watched Mulan and Hercules, Disney classics > everything.

    3. What book(s) are you reading?

    Currently reading Global Studies articles, will start Life of Pi soon.

    4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t?

    Write cards and letters, and respond to people on Facebook. Ugggh

    5. What’s a typical morning for you?

    Wake, drink water, breakfast, rush to classes.

    6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often?

    Elf Powder Brush cos I’m cheap and it’s the only one I own. I should not be allowed here…

    7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips?

    Don’t do much with my eyes, but I find golden shimmer in the center of the eyelid to be so stunning.

    8. Something you’ve been loving lately?

    I’ve been loving my bike – it’s saved my life multiple times. And grapes.

    9. Any life-changing beauty products lately?

    Stainiac from the balm is absolutely lovely. Perfect for the pink flushed natural look.

    10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade?

    Only on my fingers! Endless blue :)

  22. Bree says:

    1. Is your desk neat or messy? Reasonably neat (I just cleaned all the junk off of it). I would like to do some more organizing in this room.
    2. One fun thing you did over the weekend? I had a bad weekend… the only upside was seeing my boyfriend.
    3. What book(s) are you reading? 50 Shades of Grey
    4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t? Clean my bathroom/bedroom floor and laundry
    5. What’s a typical morning for you? Wake up lay in bed while I check e-mail, weather, social media on my phone. Get up brush my teeth and throw clothes on. Feed my horses. Come back home and get ready. Finally I eat breakfast.
    6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often? sigma f88, Real Techniques Blush, and an old Lancome eyeshadow brush
    7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips? Use a dry q-tip to sharpen lines or clean up mascara! I always get mascara everywhere!
    8. Something you’ve been loving lately? Iced Coffee! The cool weather hit the other day and I have been craving it like crazy.
    9. Any life-changing beauty products lately? Love my Bareminerals moxie lipstick and It-Cosmetics bye bye redness
    10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade? Zoya Pixiedust in Carter

  23. Natasha says:

    1. Is your desk neat or messy?
    Mostly messy.

    2. One fun thing you did over the weekend?
    Got a glorious bold dragon drawn on my leg in henna by a friend.

    3. What book(s) are you reading?
    Just finished Relic — a real thriller!

    4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t?
    Update my website

    5. What’s a typical morning for you?
    Get up, feed the cats, make the coffee, drink a giant glass of water, check my email, then go for an hour’s walk. Then it’s breakfast with the hubby, shower and off to the day job…sigh.

    6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often?
    ELF shadow brushes, Sephora concealer brush

    7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips?
    Primer. PRimer. It really works!

    8. Something you’ve been loving lately?
    Coola sunscreen — it really feels cool and it;s got a good SPF and melts right into my skin.

    9. Any life-changing beauty products lately?
    Not right now.

    10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade?
    Yes… definitely ready for a new pedicure! The current color is by Essie and looks just like the water surrouding Hawaii — a gorgeous turquoise blue.

    After spending the week-end at an art conference, it’s really hard to come back to earth and do what needs doing at the day job…sigh.
    Natasha recently posted … Go take a hike!

  24. Joni says:

    1. Is your desk neat or messy? I’m gonna have to agree with Karen, my desk is a neat messy!
    2. One fun thing you did over the weekend? We got my son a power wheels car for his birthday, he will be 3 in a few weeks. Loved watching him play in it!
    3. What book(s) are you reading? none!
    4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t? Vacuum!
    5. What’s a typical morning for you? Make my son breakfast, watch cartoons with him, catch up on YT beauty videos.
    6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often? I use a Coastal Scents dupe for the MAC 219. Flat shader of course, and a fat shader for highlighting.
    7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips? Hm…..
    8. Something you’ve been loving lately? Breaking bad!
    9. Any life-changing beauty products lately? a shadow on the brows!
    10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade? Coral something by ELF

  25. Debbie says:

    1. Is your desk neat or messy?Clean, I am OCD.
    2. One fun thing you did over the weekend? I watched a video of the kids (21 and 24) doing a burlesque dance with pillows stuffed in their pants to give them very shapely buttocks!
    3. What book(s) are you reading? Innocent by Scott Turow
    4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t? Shred some of the old credit card bills in my file cabinet to make more space.
    5. What’s a typical morning for you? Up at 5:30, dress, make-up, flat iron hair, and out the door before 7 AM for work.
    6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often? Estee Lauder brushes for the eyes.
    7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips? Play with color, and blend, blend, blend
    8. Something you’ve been loving lately? Healthy Choice Frozen Greek Yogurt in Vanilla Bean
    9. Any life-changing beauty products lately? Benta Berry G-1 skin cream – mattifying like nothing I have ever used. Usually I need to clean the oil off my face at least every hour. This stuff kicks butt!
    10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade? Something pink. Put it on before my NYC trip in July. Don’t even remember what brand it was.

  26. Rachel P says:

    1. Is your desk neat or messy? – MESSY. Like, REALLY messy, as in nobody but me will ever know what to find in/on there.
    2. One fun thing you did over the weekend? – My whole weekend was fun, I cannot pick 1 thing! It was my birthday weekend, which started with a company party on a tugboat (much boozing and eating), and then parties the rest of the weekend!
    3. What book(s) are you reading? – Game of Thrones by George RR Martin and Hearts of Horses by Molly Gloss.
    4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t? – Clean out my car before it gets FREEZING outside!
    5. What’s a typical morning for you? – Alarm goes off. Ignore alarm. Wake up later than I should. Scrounge up a work outfit. Slap on my makeup. Usually no time for cute hair. Grab a piece of fruit or an oatmeal bar and scoot to work. Pound coffee at work and curse myself for not going to bed earlier the night before.
    6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often? – Elf Small Stippling Brush (it has been a dream come true for cream blush), a big ol Mary Kay powder brush, and then probably just my beautyblender (or dupeyblender, I should say, because it’s a drastically cheaper sponge than the real deal. But works wonderfully!)
    7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips? – Start small, and work your way up! Eyes are so sensitive and the skin around them is so thin, I don’t want to risk the extra pulling and tugging of removing a mistake. I do the minimums, check ‘em out, and add on until I get the desired effect.
    8. Something you’ve been loving lately? – The X-Men movies. WHY did nobody tell me they took all the sexy actors in the industry, made ‘em buff, and gave them awesome mutant powers? WHY was I not informed of this earlier!?
    9. Any life-changing beauty products lately? – I recently discovered LUSH cosmetics by randomly walking into a store for the first time, and I kid you not, it’s kind of painful not living closer to one. Just walking around in there is basically a spa experience. I am a huge bath person and the bath bombs are kind of my new kryptonite.
    10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade? Paint My Mojito-es Red by OPI!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Rachel P,

      Happy, happy belated birthday! :) Did you get any beauty related gifts? Those are the BEST.

      • Rachel P says:

        Hi Karen, thank you so much for the birthday wishes!! I am so starstruck right now! :D I did get the Sonia Kashuk Jewel of an Eye palette, which is SO pretty, I have been wearing it every day! Next on my list is an illuminating/highlighting powder.. so many good ones to choose from!

  27. Majick says:

    1. Is your desk neat or messy?
    MESSY (but I know where everything is, sort of LOL)
    2. One fun thing you did over the weekend?
    Fed my Koi and hung out in the garden.
    3. What book(s) are you reading?
    Allure, Glamour, LUcky – WAIT, they’re not books? ROFL Nothing at the moment but I love a good melodramatic mystery.
    4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t?
    Place an order for t-shirts from a goofy catalog.
    5. What’s a typical morning for you?
    DH wakes me up, I go back to sleep, DH wakes me up and reminds me I have a job. Stumble downstairs, hope there’s coffee, pour mug, sit and watch the news or something on TV for a little while – come up with 75 reasons I don’t want to go to work, go upstairs and get ready for work, bah… leave for work. Find a beauty blog to distract me.
    6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often?
    my fluffy double ender from IT (combo foundation/concealer brush), Lancome fluffy shadow brush, IT huge powder brush for bronzer) I have so many brushes and I use them all. THese three get used most often though.
    7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips?
    when applying eyeliner with a pencil I go underneath the lashes (tightlining)on the top with black and it makes my lashes look thicker even if I put a color liner on top of the lashes. I hope that made sense.
    8. Something you’ve been loving lately?
    Reggae Music
    9. Any life-changing beauty products lately?
    Juice Beauty Body Moisturizer is REALLY nice. It seems to give not so young skin a better texture? And it lasts.
    10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade?
    My toe polish is still bright pink. I guess I could say I’m loving bright pink these days but that will prob change soon. LOL

    • Karen says:

      Hi Majick,

      Thanks for the heads up on the Juice Beauty Body Moisturizer. I’ve been looking for one to improve the texture on my legs. What’s the scent like?

  28. Amy says:

    1. Is your desk neat or messy?
    Pretty neat! There’s not much on it to clutter it up so that’s probably why.

    2. One fun thing you did over the weekend?
    Watched football at a bar and hung out with some cool people.

    3. What book(s) are you reading?
    Galapagos by Vonnegut

    4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t?
    Transfer money into my retirement account. How adult of me!

    5. What’s a typical morning for you?
    Wake up 5:45, wash face, have my bowl of oatmeal with honey while checking the interwebs/email, fix hair, do makeup, get dressed, make some tea, and out the door!

    6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often?
    I only use 2 brushes, an ecotools kabuki and a random blush brush I got somewhere.

    7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips?

    8. Something you’ve been loving lately?
    I got a shadow stick for blue eyes from Almay and it’s amazing. I cannot deal with powder eyeshadow since it migrates into my eyes no matter what. The stick/cream formulas are a billion times better.

    Also, birchbox! Just signed up and got my first box. Obsessed with it.

    9. Any life-changing beauty products lately?
    I’m not a fan of hairspray but in my Birchbox I got a travel size Serge Normant hairspray and it’s so good. It has SOME natural ingredients and doesn’t smell too chemically. Plus, it doesn’t feel crunchy in my hair.

    10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade? Cute as a Button by Essie! Favorite nail polish ever.

  29. Maggie says:

    1. Is your desk neat or messy?
    I don’t HAVE a desk. This makes everything else messier.

    2. One fun thing you did over the weekend? Read tons and tons (blogs, magazines, reviews, books, etc.)

    3. What book(s) are you reading? Right now? The Happiness Project.

    4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t?
    Cleaning. I have tons of cleaning, organizing and purging to do.

    5. What’s a typical morning for you?
    Hmm…wake up and wash face. Apply moisturizer, tinted spf, and some concealer. Then make breakfast–which usually consists of coffee with 2 slices of whole wheat toast. I vary it up by having eggs on the side, or spreading something on the toast–like jam or avocado. Change into whatever outfit of the day. IF I have time, I do some warm-ups and stretches and also apply more makeup (mascara, liner, bronzer, lipstick, etc.).
    .
    6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often?
    A small Sonia Kashuk fluffy eye brush.

    7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips?
    Primer and practice.

    8. Something you’ve been loving lately?
    70-something % Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt and Caramel. Yum!

    9. Any life-changing beauty products lately?
    Topix Replenix CF Cream has calmed my extra sensitive skin down SOOOO much. Also, Paula’s Choice BHA/AHA gels are absolutely lovely–it works but doesn’t irritate at all. Thanks for mentioning the Skinceuticals CE Ferulic–I’m thinking about forking over $ for a Vitamin C serum–so I might try Futurederm CE Caffeic.

    10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade? No polish on toes–though I normally would go for something bright or vibrant.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Maggie,

      You’re welcome. CE Ferulic seriously changed my life! Two years ago my chin was a hot mess, and now I can basically skip foundation in that area if I want. It’s pricey but worth every penny.

  30. lolamd says:

    1. Is your desk neat or messy? Messy right now. Really busy today.

    2. One fun thing you did over the weekend? Tennis! Love that sport.

    3. What book(s) are you reading? Keeper of Lost Causes. Really good book.

    4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t? Eat healthy..LOL

    5. What’s a typical morning for you? Wake up, shower, go to work.. ho hum…

    6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often? I only use one and that is my eyeliner brush

    7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips? I am still learning so don’t have any.

    8. Something you’ve been loving lately? This face mask I bought from Origins.

    9. Any life-changing beauty products lately? No not but I continue to look

    10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade? Yes and blue…Loving that color at the moment.

  31. Maria says:

    1. Is your desk neat or messy? Neat
    2. One fun thing you did over the weekend? Jazzercise
    3. What book(s) are you reading? The Wisdom of Hair
    4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t? Clean out my makeup case
    5. What’s a typical morning for you? Up at 5:15, eat breakfast, make lunch, work on computer, get ready for work.
    6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often? Lip, shadow, cheek
    7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips? Eyeliner top and bottom of eyes. Not really a great tip, but it’s what I like.
    8. Something you’ve been loving lately? Baked flan
    9. Any life-changing beauty products lately? Seche nail lacquer. Lasts a long time.
    10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade? Yes….hunter green for fall!

  32. Suri says:

    1. Is your desk neat or messy? Definitely a neat mess! The bigger the mess I have just means more work and then I go crazy cleaning it up.
    2. One fun thing you did over the weekend? Clean. I know it doesn’t sound fun but it was a good time.
    3. What book(s) are you reading? Right now I’m reading professional books for work (education). OMG Karen I read Sharp Objects—Cray!
    4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t? Buy some new jeans. I’m just not in the mood to try on pants ya know?
    5. What’s a typical morning for you? I’m up around 5:15am, then I jump in the shower, make breakfast, lots of coffee, and then off to work around 6:30.
    6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often? An E.L.F concealer brush, Ecotools blush brush, and a Coastal Scents powder brush.
    7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips? Primer makes it last longer.
    8. Something you’ve been loving lately? Sopranos. Classic.
    9. Any life-changing beauty products lately? Eucerin redness relief night cream has been amazing to my bugged out skin lately.
    10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade? Yes, it’s a purple Avon shade.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Suri,

      I know what you mean about cleaning. I get a strange thrill when I know the house is clean from top to bottom. :)

      Hope you had a nice Monday… and now you’re freaking me out about Sharp Objects! I can’t resist reading it at night, AGHHH!

      • Maria says:

        I’ve got a messy house from having 3 boys that I’m sure could thrill both of you! Just let me know when you’re ready to stop by. I’ve been taking small stabs at it but you’re welcome to bang it out in a day!!! ;)

  33. Marian says:

    1. Is your desk neat or messy? Really, really, OCD neat.
    2. One fun thing you did over the weekend? I can’t think of a thing : (
    3. What book(s) are you reading? Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
    4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t? get new glasses
    5. What’s a typical morning for you? Wake when my eyes open, drink 2 mugs of coffee while going through email, plucking a few brows, take a walk, clean.
    6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often? MAC 217, 239 and my $1 Indian eyeliner brush
    7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips? Latisse
    8. Something you’ve been loving lately? Zum Soap
    9. Any life-changing beauty products lately? nope
    10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade? No polish on my hideous feet! Don’t want to bring any attention to them!

  34. Alice Ann says:

    1. Is your desk neat or messy? It’s cluttered, but I know where everything is.
    2. One fun thing you did over the weekend? Sadly, nothing. I worked and studied.
    3. What book(s) are you reading? It’s been strictly textbooks. I started the new Louise Penny book, but I haven’t had time to go back to it.
    4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t? Give my hair some attention, my roots are in desperate need of maintenance.
    5. What’s a typical morning for you? Wake up sometime between 5 and 7, enjoy my coffee and NPR, a nice morning snack usually involving an egg, play with the dog, shower, dress and make up, then on my merry way to class or work.
    6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often? Sonia Kashuk’s angled eyeliner brush and fan brush.
    7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips? I’m not a big eye makeup person, just Nars primer and a liquid liner.
    8. Something you’ve been loving lately? Fresh almond milk.
    9. Any life-changing beauty products lately? Not life changing, but I really like Mac’s Relentless Red lipstick from the Retro Matte collection.
    10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade? Butter London Slapper.

  35. Wendy says:

    1. Is your desk neat or messy? Very Neat. I LOVE my desk and office. It’s so pretty and feminine. I found a vintage Ethan Allen writing desk with a glass top and cabriole legs on Craigslist. I painted it Benjamin Moore’s Simply White and topped it with two crystal lamps with silver shades on each end, a glassy tissue box cover, white quilted business card holder, floral notepad/pen holder, and vintage fenton milkglass vases filled with fresh flowers. Did I say that I loved my desk? :-)

    2. One fun thing you did over the weekend? My husband and I took our twin daughters out for Thai food. They are not fans of Thai cuisine. But, they knew I was craving it and agreed to go. They finished their dinner… I promised them flaming fried ice cream if they ate all their food.

    3. What book(s) are you reading? At the moment, nothing. I know. I know. I’m just so busy these days.

    4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t? Um, read a book. hahaha

    5. What’s a typical morning for you? Drink a cup of coffee, surf the internet, take a shower, go to work. I’m not a morning person. I’d rather work out at midnight before sleep than at 5:30 AM.

    6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often? The three Smashbox eye brushes that came as a gift with purchase when they first opened the local Ulta.

    7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips? Dior lash primer. I never use mascara without it!

    8. Something you’ve been loving lately? Sweaters since the weather is getting chiller in PA. My favorite recent purchases: Athleta’s Metta Hoodie Sweater and Zella’s All Shirred Up Pullover from Nordstroms. The Zella pullover drapes off the shoulders beautifully!!! Thinking of getting it in white and blue.

    9. Any life-changing beauty products lately? Not really. I switched my moisturizer from Skinceuticals’ Daily Moisture to Vivite’ Replenish Hydrating Cream. The Skinceuticals’ moisturizer made my face break out. My face really likes the Vivite’ cream!

    10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade? Laura Mercier’s Cabana

  36. Maria says:

    1. Is your desk neat or messy? At home it’s messy – stacked with magazines and a laptop and baby Tigger. At work it’s nice and tidy – but I have a scanner, a color photo and paper printer (for printing passport pix), a big color printer and a gigantic fax/printer.
    2. One fun thing you did over the weekend? Got to drive me Audi S4 around all by myself, no kids, no husband (we’re newly split up) and I love my car so it was super nice!
    3. What book(s) are you reading? I haven’t been able to find a book to read lately because I’m working extra long hours at work so – the Vogue September issue and the People Style Issue.
    4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t? Get a divorce – LOL. Our paperwork has been in since 2010 but we keep going back and forth. I think it’s for real this time.
    5. What’s a typical morning for you? Snooze until the very last possible minute; rush to get dressed and get my 4/yr old dressed. Do my make-up in the car after I drop off the kiddo.
    6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often? 2 blush brushes and my paint pots applicator brush.
    7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips? I can’t think of anything so I’ll say eyes are the windows to the soul….
    8. Something you’ve been loving lately? My job. Never, ever thought that I’d say that!
    9. Any life-changing beauty products lately? I haven’t really been shopping lately. :(
    10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade? Sally Hansen Mudslide

  37. Petra says:

    1. Is your desk neat or messy? Fairly neat at the moment – usually it’s really messy (organized mess though)
    2. One fun thing you did over the weekend? breakfast on the balcony saturday (had to wear a fluffy blanket so it might be the last balcony breakfast this year – fall has hit stockholm…
    3. What book(s) are you reading? Mortal instruments: City of lost souls – teen angst and angels. can’t put it down
    4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t? finish a list for work that is just monumentally huge and time consuming – and oh so boring. No one else needs the list so my procratenating only hurts myself…
    5. What’s a typical morning for you? up at 4:45 wash my face, grab my lunch and breakfast from the fridge and out the door. Makeup and breakfast gets done on the train or when I get to work.
    6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often? don’t remember the numbers.. Bdellium tools think its 777, 780, 781
    7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips? always start with a smudged liner
    8. Something you’ve been loving lately? the gym! I am back in business baby!
    9. Any life-changing beauty products lately? NEUTROGENA VISIBLY CLEAR® Pink Grapefruit Oil-Free Moisturiser – been breaking out like crazy lately and this keeps it i check :)
    10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade? A very chipped purple I borrowed from my mother

    Have an awesome monday Karen! (It’s Thuesday morning here in sweden and my Monday was really good!)

  38. Emma says:

    Hi Karen, what boots are you wearing in the pix at the beginning of your post? …and, when are you going to do another shoe post? I love reading/seeing those posts!

    Thanks!

  39. jess says:

    1. Is your desk neat or messy? messy. i don’t have a desk at work but i bet it would be neat.
    2. One fun thing you did over the weekend? chillax
    3. What book(s) are you reading? sharp objects and tigers in red weather
    4. Something you keep meaning to do but don’t? print wedding photos!
    5. What’s a typical morning for you? get up shower dress pack my lunch n make coffee in my keurig and run out the door like a mad woman.
    6. Three of the makeup brushes you use most often? cliniques powder foundation brush, mac 217 and their angled blush brush
    7. What’s one of your best eye makeup tips? do ur eye makeup last so fallout doesn’t ruin your foundation.
    8. Something you’ve been loving lately? tv show scandal and almay liquid lip balm is my new fav lippie for everything i own at least 5.
    9. Any life-changing beauty products lately? almay liquid lip balm in every color and covergirl lashblast in clump crusher
    10. Are you wearing any polish on your toes, and if you are, what shade? essie for the twill of it

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