Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 413

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You might be wondering, “So what in tarnation is this Monday Poll thing anyway!?”

Well, it isn’t exactly a poll. It’s more of a constantly evolving (devolving?), somewhat random list of questions I’ve been putting out to readers every Monday morning for the past seven years. (It’s like a kickstart for your brain.) I’ve always enjoyed reading your answers in the comments, and I hope you enjoy reading mine.

  1. Stripes, polka dots or florals?
    I like ’em all, but right now I mostly like stripes. Stripes are classic. I really want a black and white striped shirt, but they have to be the right kind of stripes. I like them a certain width, and I prefer horizontal stripes. I really want a black and white… Well, what I really want is a shower, but a nice black and white horizontally striped top would also do. 🙂

    And polka dots for Connor Claire.

  2. What’s your favorite cheesecake?
    I’m a fan of the classic — regular ol’ plain cheesecake. I also like it when they come with fruit, because I’ve been going to town on fruit lately.

    But then I also like the fancy cheesecakes you get at, like, The Cheesecake Factory, that you get with caramel or pumpkin. Lemon’s another favorite.

    I’m an equal opportunity cheesecake lover.

  3. What spring flowers do you look forward to?
    Freesia the most. I also look forward to tulips.
  4. Have you ever made homemade waffles?
    No, but I’m on a mission to do it soon. I ate hundreds of frozen waffles while I was pregnant, and now I wanna learn how to make homemade waffles myself, so if you have a waffle iron you can recommend, let me know.
  5. If you could only have three pieces of makeup (only three) to do your makeup today, what would they be?
    Today, I think I would really like to just hide my dark circles and any unevenness on my skin.

    Actually, I just mostly want to hide the dark circles, so I’ll go with concealer, which I’d wear under my eyes, and then let the rest of the skin look very skin-like.

    Then I’d use a dark brown eyeshadow like MAC Brun to fill in my brows. Then I’d wet Brun and use it to line my upper lash line. Then I’d apply mascara — probably a waterproof mascara — because waterproof holds a curl well, and I’ve been crying spontaneously (I think it’s just part of the process).

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Your turn. 🙂 Just copy and paste the following questions into a comment with your answers. I look forward to reading ’em!

1. Stripes, polka dots or florals?
2. What’s your favorite cheesecake?
3. What spring flowers do you look forward to?
4. Have you ever made homemade waffles?
5. What three pieces of makeup (only three) would you like to have with you to do your makeup today?

Hi, my friend. Day two at home. I’m still processing the transition to becoming a mom and everything that happened last week… It hasn’t been easy, but every time I feel overwhelmed, I just remind myself who I am. I’m the sky, and what I’m feeling right now is just a temporary storm. It’ll pass.

Talk to you soon. Have a great day.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. Indoorkitty says:

    I have only a second, and must, MUST talk to you about home-made waffles. There are many marginal recipes out there. THESE are the ones you need to try:
    http://orangette.net/2010/05/you-deserve-a-waffle/

    The overnight ones, annoying to plan out waffles the day before, but oh SO good. Magical. The second one she alludes to is a good backup but the overnight risen waffles…. They invade my dreams.

    Big hugs on the baby. Hugs!!!

  2. Lilly says:

    i have the baby blue, and just being outside really helps. You can just sit in a chair under a blanket, and it would still help.

  3. Sara says:

    1. Stripes, polka dots or florals?
    Stripes all the way!

    2. What’s your favorite cheesecake?
    Chocolate

    3. What spring flowers do you look forward to? Peonies. I can’t wait to pick up the first bunch!

    4. Have you ever made homemade waffles?
    Surprisingly no, I’m more of a pancake girl and when I do want waffles- the frozen ones are delicious.

    5. What three pieces of makeup (only three) would you like to have with you to do your makeup today
    Foundation, mascara, blush

    Karen- congratulations again! She is beautiful! I hope everything is going well hang in there. 8-9 more weeks to go for me eeeek!

  4. Gloria says:

    Love your mantra to stay cool when things get overwhelming! And still posting a Monday Poll! You rock!

    1. Stripes, polka dots or florals?
    Florals and polka dots! I’ve always been afraid of stripes as they can be tricky. I recently learned that I look good in geometric patterns, so polka dots. And florals make me happy!

    2. What’s your favorite cheesecake?
    Veniero’s from NYC! I like it plain and with strawberries. NOM!

    3. What spring flowers do you look forward to?
    I don’t know my flowers by their seasons! Are Calla Lilies spring flowers? After googling for spring flowers, I’ll say tulips!

    4. Have you ever made homemade waffles?
    HAHAHA the closest I’ll get to homemade is heating up frozen ones in the toaster oven. HEHE

    5. What three pieces of makeup (only three) would you like to have with you to do your makeup today?
    I actually am not wearing ANY makeup today! And I’m out in public! I normally wait to put makeup on at work, but I’m at jury duty. If I had anything, I would want some concealer, like the Jouer one where I can blend and sheer it out on the rest of the face to balance the skin tone a bit. Bronzer that I can multi-use as eyebrow powder, eyeshadow, lower lash liner and of course, bronzer. A Nars Multiple, perhaps in Laos or Exumas, for color everywhere else.

  5. Kwmechelle says:

    1. Stripes, polka dots or florals? Definitely stripes & I like vertical stripes. I’m developing an affinity for polka dots but I’m very picky about how they look & where they’re placed.

    2. What’s your favorite cheesecake? Plain works for me but I think it’s extra good with strawberries & strawberry flavored syrup. Umm, yummy.

    3. What spring flowers do you look forward to? I think hydrangeas. I love that some are blue (my fave color) and some are purple some are and white. They’re sooo pretty.

    4. Have you ever made homemade waffles? Nope but I’m an equal opportunity waffle lover. Homemade or frozen, I’m all about that waffle life.

    5. What three pieces of makeup (only three) would you like to have with you to do your makeup today? Such a hard question! Today I’m wearing my “no makeup” makeup look. So it’s concealer, brow pencil and bronzer. I’d love to cheat & add the other things I’m wearing, but I’ll play by the rules 😉
    Wonderful to “chat” with you today. And don’t worry about feeling overwhelmed right now. I’m told that comes with the territory. Of course, talking with someone always helps with the processing part. And you should feel totally normal. I also second polka dots for Connor Claire. Hugs from your east coast homie ☺️

  6. Kim says:

    Hello friend! Don’t worry about the crying – or the spontaneous yelling at people/objects around you. It gets better. 🙂

    1. Stripes, polka dots or florals? I’m going to go with black stripes on a black background… so you can’t see the stripe. HAHA!
    2. What’s your favorite cheesecake? Most likely pumpkin. Though I have a great plain recipe with slices of apple, almond and cinnamon on top that I like even more.
    3. What spring flowers do you look forward to? Definitely tulips.
    4. Have you ever made homemade waffles? No, I’m not waffley at all. I realize it’s strange since I love carbs but I almost hate waffles and only occasionally eat pancakes.
    5. What three pieces of makeup (only three) would you like to have with you to do your makeup today? Tarte BB, YSL Faux Cils and Chanel Malice. Speaking of mascara, Dinoplatz is finally back in stock. I should have a tube by the end of the week. I also ordered Marc Jacobs’ brow pencil. I couldn’t remember if it’s that one or Tom Ford’s that you love (but Sephora doesn’t have Tom Ford and I didn’t want to bother you with questions since you’re just settling in). Have a great day and many great naps!!! <3

  7. Lulle says:

    1. Stripes, polka dots or florals?
    Hmm, that’s a hard one. I like polka dots quite a bit, but I think I’ll go with stripes. Just like you said, they’re classic. Or, polka dots ON TOP OF stripes! I have a shirt like that, I love it!

    2. What’s your favorite cheesecake?
    The one my hubby makes! It’s usually plain but sometimes he’ll tweak the recipe, like last time he used mascarpone as cream cheese.

    3. What spring flowers do you look forward to?
    Tulips! I love them. In all colors.

    4. Have you ever made homemade waffles?
    Yes I have, although I don’t own a waffle iron these days. When I was staying at my grand-parents as a kid, my grandma would make “waffle days” where we would eat only waffles for lunch, with a ton of different things to spread on them. She had the old-fashioned cast iron waffle irons that you put on the stove! Later I owned an electric iron for a while. The batter is really easy to make!

    5. What three pieces of makeup (only three) would you like to have with you to do your makeup today?
    Concealer on undereyes and blemishes, tinted brow gel, mascara. I’m actually having to go easy on my eyes because they’re very irritated, I think it’s my pollen allergy being particularly bad this year. I’ve been waking up with my lids swollen a lot!

    Hey Karen, hang in there, you’re right, it’ll get better. It’s a lot of change to process right now, and you’ve just had surgery, so don’t be too hard on yourself. Just take it one hour at a time!
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  8. Julia says:

    Karen, the crying WILL stop! I cried all the time, and after a month or so, it went away. I promise, everyone feels overwhelmed!! It’s a huge thing! You are amazing, and you have all of us to support you!

  9. Chelsea says:

    1. Stripes, polka dots or florals?
    Oooh, probably stripes, but I love polka dots too! (like Connor’s outfit for Sunday with Tabs!)

    2. What’s your favorite cheesecake?
    One that’s gluten free and has chocolate! Or Nutella!

    3. What spring flowers do you look forward to?
    I love daffodils, they mean springtime to me.

    4. Have you ever made homemade waffles?
    Lots of times! I can’t eat gluten, so if I want waffles, I pretty much have to make them myself. I make healthy-ish oatmeal waffles sometimes too.

    5. What three pieces of makeup (only three) would you like to have with you to do your makeup today?
    Mascara (probably Clinique High Impact in black-brown), concealer (I rotate between the Sephora gel-serum concealer and Bare Minerals Bareskin), and brows (Glossier Boy Brow) My skin is really clear right now, so I’ve been using only concealer in the areas where it’s needed (undereyes, nose, chin)

  10. kellly says:

    Well, I always like to pair stripes and florals for some reason, so I vote BOTH! (and given the idea I might try dots and flowers, too!)
    Cheesecake – chocolate. Does it come in any other flavor?
    Spring flowers – I have a patch of black violas and I love them sooo much!
    Waffles – yeah if you count the ones from a mix. If you mean from scratch, starting with flour, then, no.
    3 pieces of makeup – concealer, eye shadow and mascara. Lipstick if I get to add a 4th.

  11. Allison says:

    1. Stripes, polka dots or florals?
    STRIPES, all day every day.

    2. What’s your favorite cheesecake?
    Plain, with some kind of sauce (like strawberry or raspberry).

    3. What spring flowers do you look forward to?
    Hyacinths.

    4. Have you ever made homemade waffles?
    No. I don’t cook – I have people (ok, person) for that.

    5. What three pieces of makeup (only three) would you like to have with you to do your makeup today?
    Tinted UV moisturizer, eyeliner, mascara.

  12. Erin says:

    1. Stripes, polka dots or florals?

    All, it really depends. Wearing Polka Dots as we speak!

    2. What’s your favorite cheesecake?

    Currently, Daiya Key Lime Cheesecake!

    3. What spring flowers do you look forward to?

    Peonies and tulips!

    4. Have you ever made homemade waffles?

    Oh Yes!

    5. What three pieces of makeup (only three) would you like to have with you to do your makeup today?

    Mascara, NARS TM, and a a tinted lip balm. Fresh Berry would be nice!
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  13. Char says:

    I’m glad you’re home and getting settled Karen, Connor Claire is gorgeous :-). I too had a very tough and long labour that ended in a rather traumatic c section so I feel for you! Lots of rest! Also the baby blues at the beginning are tough plus the guilt of feeling that way when you have a new baby doesn’t help! Convention states that you should be happiest at this point but no one ever mentions how overwhelming it can be, what with all the sleep deprivation and crying (from bubs and Mummy!). I promise it gets easier. Sending huge hugs and lots of love from us here in England.

  14. Heather says:

    You got this, mama!

  15. Sakura says:

    1. Stripes, polka dots or florals?
    I tend to wear florals.

    2. What’s your favorite cheesecake?
    I like Pumpkin Cheesecake. I make this at Thanksgiving.

    3. What spring flowers do you look forward to?
    I love lilacs! I am still on the hunt for a perfect lilac perfume. I tried Pacifica’s but it was too sweet for me.

    4. Have you ever made homemade waffles?
    No, but one of my criteria in finding a perfect diner for breakfast is if they make waffles.

    5. What three pieces of makeup (only three) would you like to have with you to do your makeup today?
    Gee, this is difficult because I have a large stash in my desk drawer at work! I guess I wish I brought my eyeliner, and a moisturizing, tinted moisturizer, and my favorite highlighter. Today my skin is so dry! I am still healing after last week’s wind and cold blast here in the north east.

  16. Tori says:

    1. Stripes, polka dots or florals?
    This is a hard one, but stripes win!

    2. What’s your favorite cheesecake?
    Anything chocolatey. I once had this CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE – DOUGH cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory. It was so rich I couldn’t finish it!

    3. What spring flowers do you look forward to?
    Tulips. They sort of scream spring, don’t they?

    4. Have you ever made homemade waffles?
    Ummm… no. Does it count if I’ve helped my mom?

    5. What three pieces of makeup (only three) would you like to have with you to do your makeup today?

    A. Undereye concealer. I could hide a miniature family in these bags. Lately I’ve been using Makeup Forever.
    B. Caudalie Lip conditioner – keeps my lips hydrated, is thick but not too thick, smells like lemony goodness and doesn’t have a bad taste.
    C. Benefit creamless shadow – My Two Cents. Just a quick swipe and swipe on each eyelid and it stays on practically all day!

  17. Jaclyn levy says:

    1. Stripes all the way! I have similar taste in them as you. Horizontal. Black and white. More white than black.

    2. Plain ole regular new York cheese cake. That way you can really taste the quality.

    3. Daffodils. Nothing says spring is here like those babies.

    4. No but I make killer homemade pancakes.

    5. This is a tough one because my skin is crap right now! My Avon brow kit, foundation, mascara. On a better skin day I’d say brows, mascara, poppy lipstick.

  18. Heather L says:

    1. Stripes, polka dots or florals?
    I love them all, but I have to say florals are my favorite. And as for stripes – well if they’re on my clothes they’d better be vertical! While I throw most fashion rules out the window, the horizontal stripe one for people who aren’t a size 10 or less I follow religiously.

    2. What’s your favorite cheesecake?
    Marble. 2 in 1 is a good deal: double the pleasure!

    3. What spring flowers do you look forward to?
    Peonies, roses, and tulips – but especially peonies. I wish I was a better gardener – every year I try and every year they die!

    4. Have you ever made homemade waffles?
    Yes, but it’s been a long time. So messy, especially cleaning those waffle irons.

    5. What three pieces of makeup (only three) would you like to have with you to do your makeup today?
    TOUGH question!!! I’d have to choose my Marc Jacobs Remarcable Foundation, my Naked-On-The-Run kit… ok I admit, maybe it’s cheating because it includes eyeshadow, blush, bronzer, mascara, lipgloss, and eye pencil! (I replaced the UD one with a Marc Jacobs deluxe size one that fits.), and my NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Green.

  19. Meghan says:

    1. Stripes, polka dots or florals?
    All of the above. Love prints, love color.

    2. What’s your favorite cheesecake?
    Hands down, the best cheesecake I ever had was Cheesecake Factory’s Snickers cheesecake. OMGGGGG. My doctor ordered me off of gluten last year so I’ll never be able to have it again. Please, everyone, go get yourself some.

    3. What spring flowers do you look forward to?
    Crocuses! They’re the first to pop up here in the Midwest. They’re so cute and are such as welcome sight after our long, often brutal, winters.

    4. Have you ever made homemade waffles?
    Yep! Hubs and I used to make them pretty regularly. I know gluten-free ones are doable, I just haven’t tried yet.

    5. What three pieces of makeup (only three) would you like to have with you to do your makeup today?
    Easy, because I only used three products today! I used my Dr. Jart+ BB cream, the one in the gold bottle that has SPF40. Then I used the Benefit GimmeBrow and added some mascara.

    Hope your transition home goes as smoothly as possible, Karen! Take care of you. 🙂

  20. Rachel R. says:

    You’ll develop a rhythm. Mommyhood has a steep learning curve, but it’s amazing how little sleep we can get by with. Giving birth and taking care of a newborn can be kind of surreal, can’t it?

    1. Stripes, polka dots or florals? Stripes are my favorite, but I do like all three.

    2. What’s your favorite cheesecake? Chocolate, with pumpkin being a close second.

    3. What spring flowers do you look forward to? Daffodils and tulips

    4. Have you ever made homemade waffles? Yes. I’ll have to send you the recipes we use for Belgian waffles and gingerbread waffles. Aaric (older son) makes chocolate chocolate chip waffles using Alton Brown’s recipe. They turn out really good!

    5. What three pieces of makeup (only three) would you like to have with you to do your makeup today? I had to laugh. I did a purple look today for a makeup challenge, and I used a ton of products.

    If I were doing my makeup over today and could only use three products, I’d pick BareMinerals Original Foundation SPF 15 in Fair (I can use it w/o primer or setting powder), Physician’s Formula Sexy Booster Cat Eye Mascara in Ultra Black, and MAC La Vie En Rouge lipstick on my lips and cheeks.

  21. Diane says:

    1. Stripes, polka dots or florals? Stripes for everyday, polka dots for lounging at home.

    2. What’s your favorite cheesecake? Strawberry.

    3. What spring flowers do you look forward to? Daffodils.

    4. Have you ever made homemade waffles? Yes.

    5. What three pieces of makeup (only three) would you like to have with you to do your makeup today? Concealer, mascara and lip gloss.

  22. Christine says:

    1. Stripes, polka dots or florals?
    None. I’m working against busy-looking tattoos so I tend to stick to solids.

    2. What’s your favorite cheesecake?
    I don’t like cheesecake.

    3. What spring flowers do you look forward to?
    Tulips!
    And, even though they are more summer flowers, peonies!

    4. Have you ever made homemade waffles?
    Oh hell’s yes. Was a gourmet waffle afficianado at one point. I made sweet potato waffles, pear cardamom waffles, blueberry waffles, etc. I made my own batter mixing part Bisquick, part organic flour, cinnamon, and COCONUT oil was key — no sticking to the waffle iron!
    Also I discovered the technique for perfectly crisp on the outside, warm and soft on the inside waffles:
    1. Get the cheap Osterizer Belgian waffle maker (the round one).
    2. Using a ladel, slightly UNDERFILL the iron with batter or else you will have a hot mess.
    3. Gently close the lid and cook only until the lid rises as the batter cooks but UNDERCOOK the waffles. Cook just so that they are solid and you can lift them in one piece out of the iron, but no more than that.
    4. Cool your UNDERCOOKED waffles on a rack, place in a ziploc bag and store in freezer.
    5. For the perfect waffle, reheat waffles (from frozen) in toaster oven until slightly browned.
    So you kinda have to plan ahead for this; but once you have a freezer full of frozen waffles, you pretty much have instant homemade waffles at your disposal.
    Top with real butter & Grade B maple syrup.

    5. What three pieces of makeup (only three) would you like to have with you to do your makeup today? Concealer, mascara, loose powder to buff.

  23. Stephanie Smith says:

    1. Stripes, polka dots or florals? Stripes! I’m a sucker for them, my 5th grade picture I was in stripes, my first driver’s license picture I was in stripes, I like stripes! Horizontal.
    2. What’s your favorite cheesecake? Classic and plain. Except you know when they put a can of cherries on the cheesecake, well, I like the cherry juice. Not the cherries, just that syrup. So plain, or with cherry syrup.
    3. What spring flowers do you look forward to? Freesia because they smell heavenly, and dadfodils because they’re so bright yellow. In the Central Valley of CA where I live, the hills are covered in mustard, a bright yellow weed/flower, I love those too!
    4. Have you ever made homemade waffles? Yes! I only make homemade waffles. They are so much better! They just take more time than say, Bisquick. The trick is to whip the egg whites and then fold them into the batter. Delicious! Any waffle iron works, just make sure it can get really hot!
    5. What three pieces of makeup (only three) would you like to have with you to do your makeup today? I like a brow pencil, an eyeliner that is dark but not black, and a red lip. Simple and classy.

    Are you going to share your birth story with us? I know it’s personal and you’re recovering from major surgery. Take your pain meds, drink a lot of water, and nap when the baby naps!

  24. Allison C says:

    1. Stripes, polka dots or florals? I’m with Connor Claire, polka dots it is!
    2. What’s your favorite cheesecake? plain cheesecake from Junior’s Cheesecake in Brooklyn NY!
    3. What spring flowers do you look forward to? lilies of the valley & forget-me-nots
    4. Have you ever made homemade waffles? yes, pancake batter in the waffle maker
    5. What three pieces of makeup (only three) would you like to have with you to do your makeup today? 3 stapes: BB/CC cream, mascara, lipstick

  25. Lovely post Karen! I’m inspired by your post that I’m going to do my answer in my blog post and link to you. Congratulations on your new bundle of joy!
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  26. CL says:

    1. Stripes, polka dots or florals?
    Stripes.

    2. What’s your favorite cheesecake?

    Plain.
    3. What spring flowers do you look forward to?

    All of them, because my area isn’t very hospitable to flowers. I really enjoy daffodils and hyacinths.

    4. Have you ever made homemade waffles?

    No, but I bought a fancy waffle maker on deep discount, and I need to try it out.

    5. What three pieces of makeup (only three) would you like to have with you to do your makeup today?

    Tinted moisturizer with sunscreen, blush, and lip balm.

  27. Jonirae says:

    1. Stripes, polka dots or florals?
    Stripes, for sure. I have a ton of striped things without particularly meaning too. I’m super picky about florals — they have to be juust right. I love the idea of polka dots but they don’t always work for grownups… I have a polka dotted hoodie, so that and assorted other accessories, sure! 🙂

    2. What’s your favorite cheesecake?
    I’m a big fan of vanilla bean, from the Factory or otherwise. I wish they wouldn’t put so much extraneous whip cream & frosting on, tho! too much! Pumpkin pie cheesecake and salted caramel are two other great options!

    3. What spring flowers do you look forward to?
    DAPPODILS!! 🙂 they are my favorite. Tulips are great too, (plus I really just like any yellow flower), but I’m all about the dappodil.

    4. Have you ever made homemade waffles?
    Not successfully, no. I can never get them crunchy on the outside the way I like, and a soggy waffle is of no good to anyone!

    5. What three pieces of makeup (only three) would you like to have with you to do your makeup today?
    Well, on a low-key day, (which, let’s be real, is most days): I’ll wear mascara, always… do a quick once-over with a brow pencil or Gimme Brow… and of course, a lippie of some sort. At least something sheer, like a Clinique chubby balm or a MAC lustre, but I’ll throw on a more Proper Lip (something more opaque) if I’m trying to look polished without going all out! 🙂

    It’s nice to see you posting, btw, and I love love loved the video of tabs meeting Connor Claire! xx

  28. Paula says:

    1. Stripes, polka dots or florals? I like stripes the best because they can give the illusion of height and also slenderize.
    2. What’s your favorite cheesecake? I have never met a Cheesecake that I didn’t like! LOL!
    3. What spring flowers do you look forward to? Hyacinth
    4. Have you ever made homemade waffles? Yes
    5. What three pieces of makeup (only three) would you like to have with you to do your makeup today? Concealer, BB cream, Cream Blush (Ha Ha!This 1 does double duty as a blush and a lipstick!)

  29. Jonirae says:

    OH oh oh, I have to add this regarding waffles: I know you are talkin breakfast waffles… but you’ve got to try… a falafel waffle. I mean, if you like a falafel, anyway. You take the mixture of smashed chickpeas and spices and whatnot, but instead of making balls of stuff to fry, you just put that into your waffle maker! It crisps up the outsides and you have way more surface area crunch to mush ratio! 🙂 mmm! lol, just a personal favorite!

  30. Anita says:

    1. Stripes, polka dots or florals?
    Polka dots! Stripes are cute but not very flattering on me – but I love dots!
    2. What’s your favorite cheesecake? Cherry, strawberry, or chocolate
    3. What spring flowers do you look forward to? Daffodils
    4. Have you ever made homemade waffles? No, but I want to!
    5. What three pieces of makeup (only three) would you like to have with you to do your makeup today? Foundation, concealer (my under eye circles get so bad they look like shiners) and one thing fun – either a red lip or a pink shimmery shadow.

  31. Tatiana says:

    1. Stripes, polka dots or florals? Stripes
    2. What’s your favorite cheesecake? Do they make chocolate cheesecake? I think I’d like that.
    3. What spring flowers do you look forward to? All of them. Mostly calla lilies.
    4. Have you ever made homemade waffles? All the time! Not so much lately. Dear Daughter loves waffles and we used to make them all the time when she lived at home.
    5. What three pieces of makeup (only three) would you like to have with you to do your makeup today? Well lets see. Today, because I was running late and Dear Husband was practically at the door tapping his toes, I wore Chantecaille Future Skin in Alabaster to even out my skin tone, EL Little Black Primer to add some color to my lashes and SUQQU Creamy Glow Lipstick in 13 Akanebara.

    The first couple of weeks after you’re home with baby are hard. After a while you begin to build a rhythm and way of doing things and it gets easier. If you ever want to chat, I’m here and happy to listen.

  32. Erin says:

    1. Stripes, polka dots or florals? All of the above!!
    2. What’s your favorite cheesecake? Plain
    3. What spring flowers do you look forward to? Sunflowers
    4. Have you ever made homemade waffles? When I was young at a sleepover I think lol
    5. What three pieces of makeup (only three) would you like to have with you to do your makeup today? .. omg hard one considering how many products are part of my daily routine…BUT…1.Australis Cream Contour Kit (love it more than my ABH, and half the price!) 2.MAC lipstick in Pink Pout 3. Esqido lashes in Gina

  33. Fran says:

    Karen, I hope your recovery is proceeding smoothly — that was A LOT of labor you went through, plus difficult surgery, getting Connor Clare born!

    1. Stripes, polka dots or florals? Stripes! My striped tops get worn more than any others. Two of my three dresses are striped! I’ve gotten some great striped tops at Target and Gap Outlet. Striped dresses from Madewell and Nordstrom.
    2. What’s your favorite cheesecake? Plain! My son makes me a cheesecake for my birthday every year 🙂
    3. What spring flowers do you look forward to? All of them! I wish freesia grew around here…
    4. Have you ever made homemade waffles? Not since I was a kid… my parents had a waffle iron.
    5. What three pieces of makeup (only three) would you like to have with you to do your makeup today? Argh! Well, I absolutely have to wear my tinted sunscreen (unless I want my rosacea to flame bright red as soon as I walk out the door). Next comes tinted brow gel and lip color. If we can count the tinted sunscreen as skin care rather than makeup, I’d add mascara and be happy 🙂

  34. I’m a day late, but what the heck!

    1. Stripes, polka dots or florals?

    Polka dots!

    2. What’s your favorite cheesecake?

    Not sure… I’ve only tried it once, so that kind of limits my options.

    3. What spring flowers do you look forward to?

    Cherry blossoms! They’ve started blooming a bit already in some areas here in Japan.

    4. Have you ever made homemade waffles?

    Yep. Long time a go tough, and usually I’m just playing sous-chef for my hubby who is the real baker in the house.

    5. What three pieces of makeup (only three) would you like to have with you to do your makeup today?

    My Coastal Scents Revealed 2 palette, my new Sunkiller face base and my UD 24/7 Glide-On eyeliner!
    Kiss & Make-up recently posted … Review | New Rodial make-up

  35. jessica says:

    Brooklyn Cheezecake from Juniors!!

    https://www.juniorscheesecake.com/

    I do not believe in frozen waffles. I always make mine…I have a mini belgian iron and a standard dinner-plate sized waffle iron.
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  36. Charlotte says:

    Hi, Karen 🙂 I’m not a mom, so I don’t have any words of wisdom about being a new mother. I can imagine how hard it is to make the transition after going through an unexpected major surgery, being chronically sleep deprived, and just the anxiety of becoming the caretaker for someone so small and helpless. You’re going to get through this stormy transition period. If you feel bad about having mixed feelings — don’t! They’re normal. Becoming a parent is the biggest adaptation a person can go through, and change isn’t easy. But I’ve been reading your blog since the beginning, and I think you’re a wonderful person — sensitive, thoughtful, caring, and brave! You’re going to come through this beautifully for Connor, Tabs, and, especially, yourself <3

  37. Tammy says:

    I realize it’s Tuesday, but whatevs. 🙂

    1. Stripes, polka dots or florals? Yes to all as long they are small.

    2. What’s your favorite cheesecake? Just plain; particularly from this one shop in NYC. I wish I remembered the name! It’s really famous, though. Maybe someone else here knows.

    3. What spring flowers do you look forward to? I look forward to any flowers now that I live in the desert. The wildflowers are really a sight to behold.

    4. Have you ever made homemade waffles? No. I want to so badly, though.

    5. What three pieces of makeup (only three) would you like to have with you to do your makeup today? Concealer, brow gel, mascara

  38. Mira says:

    Sending hugs! I still remember how I felt with my first one. I was so overwhelmed and the hormones…oh I didn’t expected that. Transitioning becoming a mom was the biggest thing in my life I would say. It didn’t happen overnight like the childbirth but I grew into it. It’ll get better I promise! Just be very good and gentle to yourself and get as much rest as you can, really.

  39. Ree says:

    1. Stripes, polka dots or florals? Gosh. I’m such a solid person. I’m boring!
    2. What’s your favorite cheesecake? I love plain. If I have to dress it up, I’d go with strawberry.
    3. What spring flowers do you look forward to? Crocus!
    4. Have you ever made homemade waffles? I have not!
    5. What three pieces of makeup (only three) would you like to have with you to do your makeup today? Black liner (I have black eyebrows, so a firm liner can do double duty for my eyeliner & brows), my mineral foundation which I dab on under my eyes & on spots as concealer, as well, & mascara – I hate goin without lip color/lip balm but I can’t go without fluttery lashes.

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