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When was the last time you went dancing on New Year’s Eve? For me it was probably a few years ago at a bar/nightclub called Rafters in San Rafael. Rafters ended up shutting down a few months after that, and I’d never gone there any other time, but that New Year’s Eve was probably the most fun I’ve had in years.

The dance floor was packed with people of all ages (and mylar balloons with the words, “Happy New Year!”), and everyone was smiling, from the college kids with springy legs all the way up to shuffling couples in their seventies, rocking out to a great cover band that belted out the B-52s Love Shack, Huey Lewis’s The Heart of Rock & Roll and Stevie Wonder’s Superstition like nobody’s business, except for maybe Stevie’s himself.


It was one of those crowds where everyone was sober, or mostly sober, and there were no big egos dominating the dance floor. Just a tight-knit group of people all having fun and wishing everyone around them well.

Tonight I think El Hub and I will probably just go to dinner somewhere nearby, and then maybe try to find a place where we can park the car and watch a fireworks display. If we can find a spot along the Bay and it turns out to be a clear night, we might be able to watch the fireworks across the water in San Francisco.

That would be nice… ๐Ÿ™‚

For this weekend’s giveaway, the last one of 2011 and the first of 2012, you can enter the same way as always, by leaving a comment about anything at all (read on to find out how to get a second entry as well), but I’d love to hear about your fondest memory of a New Year’s Eve.

A Makeup and Beauty Blog Giveaway!

Win a $50 gift card from Sephora

  • One (1) Sephora eGift card containing $50 sent to the winner by email (international readers, you may opt to receive $50 sent by PayPal instead).

  • There are two ways to enter, and you can do both of them for two chances to win. First, you can enter by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post, a comment about anything at all, like, what was your fondest memory of a New Year’s Eve? Do you remember what you were wearing the last time you went dancing? What would you like to accomplish in 2012? What was your makeup/beauty highlight of 2011? — you get the idea.
  • Second, you can enter by following me on twitter Twitter @karenmbb and retweeting (RT) the following message:
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  • The deadline to enter is Sunday, January 1, 2012 at 11:59PM (PT).
  • Entrants must enter using a valid email address and/or Twitter account to win.
  • A maximum of two (2) entries per person — one within the comments at the bottom of this post, and a second entry via Twitter addressed to me @karenmbb.
  • Contest is open to individuals of any country who have reached the age of majority according to their local laws (18 in the United States with these exceptions: Alabama and Nebraska, 19; Mississippi, 21).
  • Sephora eGift Certificates can only be redeemed online and are not valid in stores or available for purchase or redemption in Canada. International winners may opt to substitute the Sephora eGift card prize for $50 sent directly to their email address by PayPal instead.
  • Tabs and I (heretofore referred to as “T-Money and K-Dawg”) will select one (1) winner at random from the entries either left in the comments at the bottom of this blog post or addressed to @karenmbb on Twitter.
  • The winner will be announced here within 48 hours of the deadline.
  • Void where prohibited by law.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


  • WINNER: The giveaway is closed now, and the winner is Jackie! Congratulations, Jackie! If you entered but didn’t win this time around, keep trying, and click here to enter any ongoing giveaways before you jet. ๐Ÿ™‚


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  1. Joy says:

    Will I be lucky this week?

  2. Avery says:

    Last year my best friend and I were in Cancun for New Years. Neither of us drink, so we were pretty much the only sober ones, but it was the best time. We danced to 80s music on a little dance floor, hung out on the dark beach, and listened to a bunch of drunken singers. It was great.

  3. Supriya says:

    My fondest NYE was last year because it was the first one with our baby daughter!!! I’ll never forget it ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. DalaLuz says:

    Its been too long ago, but my sweets just bought two stagelights for one of the clubs he hosts an open mike for, so we already decided to turn them on for fun an dance in the kitchen: yeah! I am already wearing the most gaudy fake lashes evvah, so we’ll have a ball! Happy New Years!!!!

  5. Oh i could use this for some cheering up.
    ashleigh walls recently posted … Make Your Own Family Cookbook

  6. Jennifer says:

    Will Tabs be making any resolutions for the new year?

  7. TrumpetChic says:

    This New Years is very bittersweet for me. Though I’ve never done anything for it before, I’ll be spending it with my boyfriend. The only thing is, he is leaving to go back to school New Years Day, severall states, 500 miles away :c

  8. Kayla says:

    in 2012 i want to stop swearing like a sailor because its not lady like and i want to continue losing weight…as of today i have lost 145 lbs in 2011 and 2012 will not slow me down. New year new me.

  9. Talaga says:

    Any New Year’s Eve when I realize I have much to be thankful for in life despite tragedies and disappointments……every New Year’s Eve. Happy New Year to you and yours and especially Tabs of course!

  10. shusheshe says:

    Happy new year!

  11. Jenn Staz says:

    I was just talking about this with my hubby yesterday. Our best NYE was spent at Ocean City, MD at this awesome club/restaurant/bar called Seacrets – they spent millions on it to make it look like a jamaican hut that’s about to fall over. Sand on the floor, bunches of different rooms…
    We were there with one other couple and spent most of the night listening to an awesome cover band and bouncing around on the dance floor, literally. This place has a springy dance floor, so even if you are standing still, other people’s dancing will make you bump around!
    It was the best NYE because I didn’t have to worry about it not being fun because of the location and also because of the friends we were with, and I didn’t have to clean up afterwards ๐Ÿ™‚
    Jenn Staz recently posted … Updated skincare routine using all natural and organic products

  12. Amanda says:

    Happy New Year’s, Karen!

  13. Alexandria says:

    Well my New Year’s last year was definitely the best so far.
    It was my last one in germany so of course I went out and got totally drunk before midnight, then my friends and I walked to the bridge on the river, popped bottles of champagne and watched the fireworks. There were hundreds of people crowded into this little space, all drinking and setting off bottle rockets, so it got a little dangerous at times.
    It was still amazing though. I am going out tonight but I can’t drink very much so I don’t get busted for underage drinking in this country. >.<

    Hope everyone has a good one!

  14. Chris25 says:

    I’ve always had very boring NYEs. I’m like my granny- conked out by 9pm. ๐Ÿ˜›

  15. Kelly says:

    My makeup highlight of 2011, is that sometimes wearing less is more. I’ve noticed that I looked prettier wearing just mascara, them wearing eyeshadow, eyeliner, bronzer, etc…

    Happy new years!

  16. Myesha says:

    My first memory of new years is spending it in church with my mother, I was raised baptist so it meant praising god all night…I plan to return to that tradition

  17. Zharlynne says:

    NYE is always spent with my family. We throw a party every year all my relatives & besties come over. We start the year off together-lots of fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Zoey says:

    Yesterday was my birthday!

  19. Joy says:

    New Years is always a mixed bag for me memory-wise. My Bumpa died on 12-30, just before midnight. My grandma died 1-1, just after midnight and the day before her birthday. So I can least honestly say every year is memorable, whether for good or bad.

  20. Alicia Parillo says:

    I’m excited to try a new makeup look for a NYE party I’m attending tonight. Still trying to think of something different and exciting!

  21. Amy D. says:

    Not quite sure what I’ll be doing tonight… I should probably figure that out! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Erin says:

    My new year will be celebrated by drinking wine with my boyfriend and watching celebrations on television. While looking fab of course! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I hope everyone is prosperous and happy in 2012! Bring it on!

  23. Yuri says:

    I started buying more drugstore makeup and I’m liking it

    Happy new year

  24. tiffany c says:

    Happy new years eve karen!!

  25. Danielle F says:

    If dancing around my house counts, 20 minutes ago. =P Happy New Year, Karen! To many more!

  26. My fondest New Years memory was my first one with my husband, then boyfriend. We had just started dating a few weeks before and he invited me to go with him and his family to the mountains for vacation. The fireworks were beautiful as well as our kiss at midnight. ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Mary W says:

    A sober New Year’s celebration and my best ever!

  28. Melissa says:

    Happy New Year!

  29. nelleo says:

    I amassed a huge collection of lipglosses and perfume this year. Thats is what I will remember and I got to know my sister and neice and nephew better.

    Looking forward to the New Year 2012

  30. Desiree orate says:

    I don’t have too many memories of past NYE because I’m bipolar and I had ECT and that pretty much wiped my memory. But a NYE that I do remember Is ’99. I was home sick with the flu. I was living in la Jolla and I went to my parents’ in the bay area to rest. I was 25. What a way to bring in the new millennium.

  31. Lindsey says:

    One of my absolute favorite traditions every year is to go to the Cincinnati Pops New Years Eve concert with my parents. Dad always fills his pockets with chocolates, and the atmosphere is so festive. And it’s early enough that we can split for whatever party or bar we choose afterwards without missing anything.

  32. chibicheeks says:

    2012 is the year I get MARRIED!!! ^_^

  33. steph b says:

    Did the whole Times Square thing one year in college. Was a fabulous party.

  34. Gondor Tari says:

    I want this year to be better than 2011. Need to finish my degree and start working. Want my parents to work like until now but with more money, want my boyfriend to find a job and everyone around my to be ok.

  35. Stephanie R says:

    Planning on watching the ball drop tonight at home with friends!

  36. Caitlin says:

    I love the look of a bright lipstick on a big night out – like NYE – but I cant stand having to touch it up all the time. I was going to wear a bright, loud pink – but now I’m liking a natural color might just be easier.

  37. Gisell says:

    Welcoming the new year also means i’m that much closer to my due date !! ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. gabby says:

    For 2012, I would like to get on track with my eating habits and fitness routine. I would like to make myself more of a priority this year and really begin to take care of myself. I don’t want to let the years pass me by and not try to be as healthy as I can be for my family. Happy New Year everyone!!!!

  39. Stephanie says:

    When I lived with my parents, we would watch the old Star Wars trilogy every NYE before the ball dropped.

  40. Coral says:

    I would love to go dancing someplace like that even if it wasn’t New Years. It’s been so long since we’ve gone dancing, but I sure would love to.

  41. Sarah says:

    My best NYE was just hanging out at a house party with a bunch of friends.

  42. Cyra says:

    I think I’ll just be watching the ball drop with friends!

  43. Ashley says:

    Happy New Year! My husband and I will be spending this evening attempting to make homemade pasta for dinner with our new pasta maker! Wish us luck (we will need it)!

  44. // amy says:

    I’ve been away from reading my beauty blogs and I must say, I have missed you, Karen!
    For 2012, I will be finding out which grad schools I get into and, hopefully, be on way to fulfilling my dream of becoming a nurse. Fingers crossed that this will be a great new year!

  45. nuriz says:

    yeah,i need some luck here ๐Ÿ™‚
    happy new year everyone!

  46. aclearcutsign says:

    I hope I’m lucky in 2012 in all fronts: career/job, $$$, love…

  47. Louise says:

    My beauty highlight of 2011 is discovering the Clarisonic Mia 2. Happy New Years Eve!

  48. Sandra says:

    For the new year I really want to accomplish something that will not only make me proud and happy but it will make my loved ones proud and happy for me too.

  49. Diana Garcia says:

    The last time I went dancing my friend dragged me there, I consider myself having to left feet. I spent almost two hours just trying to find the right dress even still I felt uncomfortable. When we got to the club I realized that my friend had tried to set me up. At first I was the third wheel watching her and this guy flirt. I tried to ignore it and have fun. The guy feeling bad made his brother dance with me. Mid song I told him I could no longer dance with him for I have a 3 year relationship. This night made me never want to dance again!

  50. Anitra Brown says:

    My best New Year’s Eve is spending it with my children talking, playing games, and watching Dick Clark for the ball to drop.

  51. Marisa says:

    I’ll be spending this New Year’s Eve 9 months pregnant so no partying for me!

  52. indy b says:

    I have not ever had a memorable or kickass nye! it’s my least fave day of the year. winning this would make it so much better!!

  53. Larie says:

    Last year on NYE…I got engaged ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think that takes the cake right now!
    Larie recently posted … The Best of 2011 – Product Favorites

  54. Dhara says:

    The best NYE was 5 yrs ago when I was sitting at home content with knowing that I am going to have nmy 1st baby the next day..My daughter’s birthday falls on 1st Jan…!!!

  55. colleen b says:

    happy new year! ๐Ÿ™‚

  56. sharee says:

    def using touche รƒยฉclat for the first time this year, love it ๐Ÿ™‚

  57. Paula says:

    My best NYE was around a decade ago when I flew to meet my partner in Atlanta, & we went to see one of our fave bands.

  58. Savannah says:

    I’ll be spending my NYE with my family!

  59. Molly SC says:

    Happy NYE, Karen! Cheers to 2012’s beauty treasures!

  60. Jenny says:

    LOL ‘college kids with springy legs’!! i actually don’t have springy legs and i’m in university still! lol i need to work on that for the new year i guess! ๐Ÿ˜‰ happy new year!

  61. Joanna says:

    Happy New Year Karen!! Wishing you and Tabs all the best xoxo

  62. Cindy G says:

    Hope everyone has a Happy New Year!

  63. Monika says:

    My 2012 goals are straightforward but challenging:
    1. Finish out college with strong grades
    2. Get a job
    3. Fix my IT band problems so I can run again. Running is one of my one true loves, and I’ve had to give it up ever due to not immediately fixing my IT band syndrome. I really miss it at this point, so I’m actually going to recover this time (and get back into shape in the process!).

  64. Ariana says:

    I want to close the year by watching Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, the book was great and I can’t wait to watch the movie

  65. Shana says:

    NYE will be at my parents’. Super excited!

  66. Shannon says:

    Best New Years ever…1994 (showing my age here) I had just lost my job and had a ton of free time on my hands. A friend had tickets to see Dave Matthews (pre-fame) in Richmond VA. He knew I was a big follower of Dave (every Thursday night at Trax in C’ville baybee!) so he asked me to go with him. We had dinner in C’ville and then traveled to Richmond for the show. We stood behind the stage and danced the night away. When the show was over we were invited up to the band’s suite of rooms for more fun and drink. What a night. True story, I swear!

    <3 Shannon

  67. Katie says:

    This year’s resolutions:
    1. Get fit for my little sister’s wedding, in which I am the MOH.
    2. Get back in the saddle. Literally.
    3. Make this semester of nursing school my most successful yet!

    Happy New Year, Karen!

  68. PS says:

    I”m looking forward to 2012. Several new years resolutions I’m hoping to keep for once. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Make-up highlight for the year was just for once being able to invest in some decent make-up & discovering several good make-up primers that didn’t cause my face to break out. Would love to win the Sephora gift card because I want to buy a clarisonic skin care brush.

    Have a very happy, SAFE New Years Eve everyone.

  69. Ana says:

    I can’t believe that it is 2012 already

  70. Emily Cox says:

    NYE this year will be just like the previous years.. low key! In 2012 I am looking to get super organized and de-clutter my house! Already gave my young cousin a good $500 worth of make-up to lessen my large stash! Happy 2012 Karen!

  71. Inday says:

    My beauty highlight of 2011 was discovering great drugstore beauty like Wet N Wild’s eyeshadow palettes and NYC Color’s lipglosses ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy New Year Karen!

  72. Carolyn says:

    as a kid- we always went out for a nice dinner on NYE and returned home in time for “new york new years” that’s 9 pm here in california. i would kiss my dad- wish him happy new year and as i got older then head out with my friends. life was so gloriously simple then.

  73. ashleigh says:

    I’m going to be my boyfriends extended family today. So nervous.
    Finger crossed I win this week

  74. Katrina says:

    New Year’s Eve is usually pretty low key for me. Tonight my husband and I are throwing a party though, so we’re hoping everyone has a blast and it’s a great time!

  75. Melitina says:

    Hey Karen, my makeup highlight of 2011 was when I discovered MAC’s Aquadisiac. So pretty on my latina skin, and so bold and fun!

  76. Christy O says:

    I’m so happy I discovered NYX and Milani this year.
    Still on the lookout for the perfect gold shadow, though.

  77. Ami says:

    I’ve never done anything fun for new years, and it doesn’t look like I will this year either ๐Ÿ™

  78. cecille says:

    Happy new year!!!

  79. patricia caradonna says:

    When my four kids were growing up, I would make several appetizers and a special desert. We would watch TV, listen to music, play board games until the New Year arrived. It was a lovely evening at home and we were all safe an sound. Happy New Year!

  80. Nina says:

    NYE is always spent with my family. This year I will be hosting the party at my house, which is great. I get to ring in the new year with the people that matter most to me in the world =).

  81. Susan says:

    Can we just agree this holiday is a bit overrated? ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve spent New Year’s eve in Sydney Harbour watching fireworks and also at home, trying to stay up in time to watch the ball drop.
    Wishing everyone a happy, healthy + joy-filled New Year!

  82. Christina says:

    New Years Eve will be spent with my family! =]

  83. Nina says:

    I need a couple of new brushes, so a bit extra money would come in handy ๐Ÿ™‚

  84. Judy says:

    Happy new year~ looking forward to the wine and cheese shindig i’m throwing tonight!

  85. Chelsie says:

    It seems like I’m sick every year around NYE. This year I’ve got what I suspect might be a double ear infection–and I’ve never had an ear infection in my entire life! Fun times.
    Chelsie recently posted … Beauty Double Dare: Going Bare Down There

  86. Joyce says:

    It has been a very stressful month for me. Moving has been so frustrating for me. Hopefully, 2012 will be a better year for me.
    Joyce recently posted … The Body Shop 2011 Coupon Code: 30% OFF All Orders

  87. SDpfeiffy says:

    NYE has always been a bit of a letdown for me, to be honest. Then I decided to lower my unreasonable expectattions and voila! a special evening filled with peace and quiet and good food.

  88. Jasmine says:

    last time i went dancing… couple months ago and i was dressed like a cowgirl(: this new years is a little sad.. bf leaves to Missouri for a year. i hope its shorter than that!!

  89. Huynh says:

    My 2011 makeup highlight would be getting my hands on the Urban Decay Naked palette and trying out color eyeshadows.

  90. April says:

    NYE is spent with family, with the traditional Filipino craziness of karaoke and different circular foods for long life around the table. Also, so happy that I’ve discovered makeup this year. Love!

  91. Karen F says:

    My favorite NYE was probably last year. It was the first one my boyfriend and I were 21 and we just stayed in together and watched movies. We also had our first champagne, which neither of us liked!

  92. Diana V. says:

    Fondest memory of New Years Eve… every year our family would gather around the tv and wait for the clock to hit 12:00. then go out side and make lots and lots of noise! =) Here’s to a greta 2012!

  93. April says:

    Favorite makeup of 2011: UD’s 15 year anniversary sets, especially the 24/7 liners!

  94. Jennifer says:

    I’m spending New Year’s with friends and family ๐Ÿ™‚

  95. susah says:

    My fav nye was when I was in middle school and my entire family (obscure branches included) was in the same place! Makeup breakthrough of 2012 was discovering ysl’s faux cils mascara in the “fascinating violet” color. In 2012, I’d like to exercise more and keep in touch with my parents more

  96. kalcedon says:

    make-up/beauty highlight of 2011: finding the Il Makiage Tv Touch concealer! Erases my under-eye circles like nothing else! ๐Ÿ™‚

  97. Jessica says:

    We are going to spend New Year’s with my partner’s brother and his new wife! Neither of us are drinking though because he is driving and I have to feed our pretty little baby!

  98. ashley says:

    my goal for 2012 is to be more daring.

  99. Amber says:

    Some of my favorite new years have been spent at home wiith my family.

  100. hazakaza says:

    I’ve been performing poetry for a First Night show every new year’s eve for the past couple years, so that’s still my plan this year! It’s kind of a blast.

  101. Sydney says:

    2012 will be a special year for me because I’m getting married ๐Ÿ™‚

  102. Margeaux says:

    Going to a friends house and hitting up “The Bar” cuz its in walking distance…Happy New Year!

  103. My favorite NYE memory is eating hot pot late at night with my family & friend’s family ๐Ÿ™‚ It was delicious hahaha
    Makeup Morsels recently posted … The Makeup Morsels NYE 2011 Guide: Part 2

  104. Wendy says:

    OMG! My husband and son are cleaning out the attic today. They found a time capsule from 1999/2000, the year we hosted a Y2K NYE neighborhood party. What an eclectic group! That night I learned that the world did not come to an end, fabric paint on plastic New Year top hats is NOT a smart choice for children’s crafts, and I have been blessed with The Best Neighbors!

    We haven’t opened it yet. Waiting to tell the neighbors so they can be here to open it with us. Emailing two families who have moved out of the neighborhood. All I remember was each family took a polaroid picture and answered some questions. I don’t even remember the questions I asked. haha I’m so excited to see what we put inside it!

  105. Sara says:

    My beauty highlight was finally putting blue, green, and purple streaks in the under layers of my hair!

  106. Carolyn says:

    My favorite NYE memory is from the year I started dating my husband. We had a big party with all of our good friends, and it was just a fun, low-key evening with my favorite people. Tonight, 10 years later, we will almost certainly celebrate with Dr. Who and some Prosecco before falling asleep long before midnight. Young children will do that to you!
    Carolyn recently posted … A Word on Red Lipsticks

  107. Erika says:

    Last year on the way to a NYE party there was a tornado on the way and we were rerouted to go home because there were trees down everywhere, power lines down and roads closed. All dresssed up and nowhere to go…

  108. Leighton says:

    The best New Year I have ever had was 3 years ago. All my family came over and we had a bonfire. I love spending time with my family, so that New Year was really fun. Happy New Year!

  109. Stephanie says:

    My makeup and beauty highlight of the year was falling in love with blush :)!

  110. Emily says:

    Not a big NYE person. It’s usually cold and possibly snowy here on NYE, so I prefer to bundle up on the couch for a night in.

  111. heidi says:

    Every year since freshman year of college my friend Ty has a really nice dressup party at his condo. We cook really fancy stuff and dress up. This year I’m wearing this gorgeoud marilyn monroe style white dress! And white glitter eyes!

  112. steph says:

    i am hoping to eat healthier in 2012 so i can wear more fun and less functional makeup!!

  113. Valerie says:

    I can’t honestly say I’ve had a memorable NYE at any bars or dance halls.

    When I was 14 my baby brother was born. He’s now about to turn 10 ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    Makeup highlight of 2011 was falling in love with NARS products. I’m obsessed with their blushes.

    Have a Happy New Year, Karen.

  114. Rose says:

    Biggest makeup accomplishment of 2011 was learning how to draw eyeliner equally on both sides! Or at least learned not to be so picky with them looking EXACTLY the same ๐Ÿ™‚

  115. Jessm says:

    Happy new years !

  116. Laura says:

    In 2012 I want to experiment with makeup more. I stuck to the same looks all this year.

  117. Christine says:

    I wore a t-shirt…dancing to Just Dance on the Wii. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  118. Sum says:

    Being kissed by my boyfriend for the first time.

  119. maria says:

    I haven’t gone out for NYE’s for the past 5 years. It has just been close by house parties. I don’t have definite plans yet but it looks like were going out. Hopefully it lives up to the hype!

  120. Amy says:

    One of my best NYEs was spent at home with my little sister, just hanging out and being bums.

  121. I’ve learned so much this year. A lot of personal stuff but also a lot of beauty stuff. I’m so grateful for the people I watch on YT and the blogs I read for all of the tips and inspiration.

  122. MizJawnson says:

    I don’t really celebrate NYE beyond the champagne. I think NY favorite memories are when my family would go down to Myrtle Beach SC to enjoy a quick get-away.

  123. Kristina says:

    New Year’s has always been pretty low key for me, especially this year. I don’t want to do anything that might make me go into labor!!! Have a good New Year Karen!

  124. Danielle Ellis says:

    My favorite time of 2011 was visiting Ireland with my husband; spending two weeks driving around the whole island! Perfect!

  125. Bea says:

    I’ll be workin NYE.

  126. Heather says:

    Happy New Year! My resolution this year is very basic. I want to focus on the positive and set goals for myself so I stop feeling like I don’t have time for the things I enjoy.

  127. Nina says:

    happy new yearrrr! ๐Ÿ™‚

  128. Eliza says:

    I’m more excited about my birthday (1/4) than NYE. I just never really celebrate it.

  129. Chelsey says:

    I hope to fine-uh-ly lose some weight in 2012. I’m so lazy and I give up in no time. Also, I’m gonna try to blog more ๐Ÿ™‚

  130. Alison says:

    I’d like to learn how to cook in 2012!

  131. Shelly says:

    Thank you for all the giveaways this year Karen! Happy New Year to you and Tabs! =]
    Shelly recently posted … Hot Pink Hollister T-Shirt

  132. Mariee says:

    First plan for 2012: cutting my hair.

  133. Sabrinna says:

    My fondest memory, me and my sister trying to jump soooo high during new years eve(along with the sound of fireworks and coins in a pail). We were told that the higher we jump, the taller we’d get! lol ofc that isnt really true but its still fun to do ๐Ÿ˜€

  134. monica* says:

    I think my favorite nye was when I went to Vegas. won’t do it again, but it was really fun!!

  135. Stephanie says:

    My most fondest memory of NYE was in 2002. It was a get together at my uncles house. All our closest family was there. Had a delicious dinner, we all took turns on the karaoke, told a million stories & danced the night away. That was the last year our family was complete. My uncle passed away in May of 2003 & my grandpa died of Alzeihmers in November. One of my most fondest memories in general. Today is a bittersweet day :’)

  136. Yukari says:

    Hi Karen! I’ve been reading your blog for well over a year now and this is my first time commenting ๐Ÿ™‚ I love your blog and I check it at least 2 times a day! I love your pictures, the way you write… your blog is the only beauty blog I check everyday. Just wanted to let you know ๐Ÿ™‚

  137. Veronica Memme says:

    Planning on staying home tonight… maybe watch people party it up at Times Square. Happy New Year!!!

  138. Cynthio says:

    Tonight will be a nice low-key celebration with my little family, parked somewhere to
    watch a fireworks display ๐Ÿ™‚

  139. Celia Rodriguez says:

    Happy New Year!! We will be staying at home. My kids & I will make cookies and watch movies ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the giveaway

  140. Maribel says:

    Happy New Year!

  141. Christy says:

    A new look for a new year!! 2012!!

  142. katelyn says:

    This could be an awesome late Christmas gift for myself.

  143. Melissa says:

    Staying home tonight. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you!

  144. Caitlin says:

    Staying home. I don’t believe in booze, and I have been so disappointed in guys that the only kiss I want right now is from some one who will do it again and again,

  145. MC says:

    The last time I went dancing was during my last dance lesson so I was wearing practice dancewear. I realize it’s not very glamourous but when you love dancing you don’t need to wait for new year’s eve with champagne and sparkles to waltz!

  146. Alanna says:

    Happy new year! I’m hoping to get to dance in the new year tonight ๐Ÿ˜€

  147. FadBurger says:

    I’ve never gone out dancing haha! Can’t wait for the new year, to turn over a new leaf ๐Ÿ™‚
    FadBurger recently posted … Bath & Body Works Halloween Liplicious Lip Gloss

  148. Michele says:

    Id love to win this for the New Year! 2012 has got to be better than 2011!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  149. Joanna says:

    My beauty highlight this year was getting a Clarisonic!

  150. Adia says:

    my makeup/beauty highlight of 2011 is Sleek pot paint in ‘Minx’
    Adia recently posted … Christmas makeup tutorial (gold,red,green)

  151. Aimey says:

    happy new years, karen! i’ll be spending new years with famfam this year~ always a good time! ๐Ÿ™‚

  152. Kate says:

    Good luck everybody!

  153. new years eve 2010. i had just landed in san diego that day (i live in mass so it was my first time vacationing away from snow!) and spent my first night in california breathing in clear air, looking at a HUGE full moon, and feeling so lucky to have finally found out where my true home is. i spent a lovely night drinking wine with a few friends, safe inside, playing with an adorable lil puppydog, and when i woke up the next morning i sat outside basking in the sun and then we went to a pool and then to a beach in encinitas where i discovered the water is warmer in cali in the winter than it is in the summer here in new england! no huge parties, drunk people, or loud music. it was the best new years ive ever had <3

  154. Kim Cole says:

    My favorite New Years Eve was spent in downtown Indy at the Hyatt Hotel’s big party. Everyone in cocktail attire, dancing, drinks, food, entertainment, ballon drop at midnight, and suite for the night with a late morning checkout…

  155. Marilyn says:

    Love wearing sequin anything on New Years!!!!!

  156. Karen says:

    Happy New Year !!!

  157. Newsha says:

    I believe that a good New Year’s Eve kiss sets the tone for the whole year.

  158. elisia says:

    i love that you call yourself kdawg! i call my friend kevin that!

  159. Kim Cole says:

    Tweeted giveaway (@kimpcole) !!!

  160. Susan G says:

    If you’re not careful, NYE can be one of those forced merriment holidays that tends not to live up to the hype. That’s why I think it’s best to keep it low key. If I had my druthers, I’d be at some sophisticated party with Nick and Nora Charles, but, I’m just going out to dinner with friends and my ex (eek) boyfriend. Happy New Year to you and Tabs!

  161. Mir Cheung says:

    I’ve never really celebrated NYE, is that weird? haha..
    my favourite beauty highlight of 2011 is the discovery of butterLONDON nailpolish.
    Finally got the $ to splurge on one and i think they’re amazing!!!

  162. Stephanie says:

    I don’t usually celebrate NYE too often, as I fall asleep before it hits midnight, so I’m not sure my fondest memory, but last year was a crazy fun NYE! I was in Tokyo, Japan, and there were crowds of people everywhere! Especially in Roppongi (where a lot of foreigners are). It was a fight to walk to the subway station since we wanted to go to Tokyo Tower next, but sadly while we got to the subway platform (700 ft underground) at 11:55, the next train was at 12:03. So I spent midnight with my friends way underground! It was still a super fun night though, since we went to all the shrines and I was able to party with my friends until 5am! Of course, then we passed out, but after we woke up I got to visit more shrines and we went karaoke! It was probably the most memorable New Years Eve ๐Ÿ™‚

  163. Jaa Maurer says:

    Happy New year 2012 for every one !!! i love wet n wild palette for this year !!!

  164. vivian says:

    my fondest nye memory is spending it at my house in a relaxed manner with old friends

  165. Marivel says:

    This New Year’s Eve I’ll be hosting family & the boyfriend at my parents’. Hope you, Tabs, & El Hub have a wonderful New Year!

  166. stephanie says:

    Happy 2012 and whatnot, peace love and apple juice to all.

  167. Iram says:

    I can’t believe this year is over already. Happy new year, hope you have a great one! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Iram recently posted … Clinique Chubby Stick: A Review

  168. Terri B says:

    welcome 2012!

  169. Leann says:

    Last time I went dancing I wore a cute slouchy sweater shirt. It was a bad idea, it kept falling off. The men at the club loved it but not me!

  170. Marian says:

    I’m going to stay at home in my PJs tonight. I’ll watch TV, play around on the computer and read. Oh, bliss!

  171. riston says:

    2011 was the year I started wearing red lipstick. Thank you for bringing me and Ruby Woo together, we are a match made in heaven.

  172. Happy New Year’s, Karen! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Rae // theNotice recently posted … 31/12/11 Link Love

  173. Amber says:

    Happy New Year! My sister and I are spending the new year together, single and fabulous! ๐Ÿ˜‰ We’re making mocktails, watching movies, ordering pizza-in and having a little pamper party sleepover.

  174. Jessica says:

    Happy New Year! can’t wait for a brand new year full of posts ๐Ÿ™‚

  175. Cass says:

    I am so bummed. My husband and I were sick for Christmas so we had to cancel plans to go visit my family. Now we are still sick for New Years and again we have to cancel plans. ๐Ÿ™

  176. Deanna G. says:

    Happy New Year! ๐Ÿ™‚

  177. Karen M. says:

    We will probably just stay home and watch the ball drop in TV

  178. The Mister and I were just talking about this, and neither of us can think of a time when we “went all out” for New Years. Ours are always pretty quiet – maybe a few friends, a bottle of wine, what have you. Works for us!

  179. Sanah says:

    I will probably stay home and have dinner with the family

  180. Melissa Carla says:

    Man, I’ve been entering these contest for a while & my email address have been wrong this while time. Wah! Happy new year though! ๐Ÿ™‚

  181. eunice says:

    for 2012 i would like the job i love…;)

  182. Karen C says:

    I’m going to shop (and eat) till I drop this new years eve ๐Ÿ˜€

  183. Lily says:

    This the first year i worked as a professional, so it was very nice to have money give to my parents, and to finally get what i want

  184. Delina says:

    In 2012 I would like to get more organized in my house.

  185. Andrea says:

    My best NYE was last year when my fiance got back from being deployed and was able to spend the holidays with me and our son. It was our first NYE spent together as family and not over Skype! It meant a lot, he missed three years of our son growing up. It just made going into the new year even better having ALL of my little family together. I’ll never forget it.

  186. Emmanuelle says:

    Thanks for all your work on this blog, always so very helpful and thx for the giveaway, OF COURSE !!

  187. Heidi says:

    Happy New Year, Karen, Tabs, & El Hubs! Hope it’s the best year yet!

  188. Mandy says:

    Going to Vegas!

  189. nekosan says:

    We’re having a small group of friends over for NYE.

  190. Emily Bailey says:

    This upcoming year, I want to really work on taking amazing care of my skin, and also branch out to try more brands and types of products and be less hesitant towards things.

  191. LauraA says:

    Eh, wanted to go out tonight, but it’s supposed to get very snowy and windy. Plus, we needed a good excuse to stay in and catch up on all the sleep we lost over the 3-day Christmas weekend.

    Happy New Year regardless, everyone. ๐Ÿ™‚

  192. Veneeta says:

    When my husband and I were first dating, he use to organize a group of 30 friends and we would spend New Years Eve doing Extreme Bowling. That use to be so much fun and it was always a Dry party!

  193. Diana says:

    Gosh I can’t believe it’s New Years Eve already. It feels like it was just Christmas yesterday.

  194. Helen says:

    Awesome giveaway! Happy New Year everyone!

  195. Lisa says:

    happy new year!

  196. Gala says:

    Happy new year everybody!!

  197. Denniesha says:

    Happy New Years to everyone!!!

  198. Jennifer A. says:

    My best New Year’s Eves are spent with my best friend!

  199. Airess says:

    Some things I would like to accomplish in 2012 is finishing school, starting a business with my sister, and most importantly of all getting through being overseas with the military!!

  200. Elizabeth W. says:

    2012 will be a complaint free year for me. Bring it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  201. Lars says:

    Happy New Year, everyone!

  202. Ashley G says:

    The best New Year’s Eve I ever had will hopefully be tonight!

  203. Amie F says:

    Happy new Year!

  204. Christine says:

    Happy New Year Karen. The beauty highlight of my 2011 was finding your blog! ๐Ÿ˜€

  205. laura says:

    a memorable nye was spent at disneyland when i was in 7th or 8th grade.

  206. Grace says:

    I have a 2 year old so will be celebrating at home with my husband and family! Once the kiddo goes to bed the drinks will be starting!

  207. Pattie says:

    My best New Year’s Eve was right after I had gotten engaged at Christmas – we spent the evening in his car, watching fireworks, wrapped in blankets and making plans for our wedding in June of the new year. We’ve been married 41 years!

  208. Anna says:

    My beauty highlight of 2011 was getting the Clarisonic I wanted for Christmas!!! Gorgeous skin, here I come ๐Ÿ™‚

  209. Betony says:

    Looking forward to 2012!

  210. Maria says:

    All I want this year is to graduate so I can finally start working and helping out my family. I pray to God he makes it happen this year. Oh and for the world not to end in 2012…..just in case. ^_^

  211. Melissa says:

    Tonight I think I’m going to try the nude/sparkle Britney Spears nail look you showed us last week ๐Ÿ™‚
    Melissa recently posted … Birchbox – October

  212. Becky says:

    Happy New Year

  213. Kelsey says:

    What was your fondest memory of a New Yearรขโ‚ฌโ„ขs Eve?
    Snuggling on the couch with my husband. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Do you remember what you were wearing the last time you went dancing?
    Actually the last time that I went dancing was on New Year’s eve, about six years ago. I wore jeans, heels and a little black silk top. Also a top hat.

    What would you like to accomplish in 2012?
    Honestly, after all of the crap that happened to us in 2011 (husband losing his job & being unemployed for 5 months, having to pack up and move to a new town when he finally got a new job, settling in here… etc) I would just like 2012 to be as uneventful as possible!

    What was your makeup/beauty highlight of 2011?
    I didn’t really wear makeup this past year, come to think of it…

  214. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I first started dating my boyfriend 5 years ago on New Year’s Eve and here we are celebrating our 5th New Years together at home ๐Ÿ™‚

  215. Amanda A. says:

    Just looking forward for a new start this up coming year! I’m hoping to keep up my blog and to try out a bunch of new items this year!

  216. Saddy says:

    I’d like to be more adventurous in 2012 – like camping, hiking, etc. And of course, lose some weight, blah blah blah.

    Best wishes, everyone!!!!
    Saddy recently posted … [As Chandler Bing] Could they be more adorable?!?!
    Zooey writes…

  217. Missy M says:

    Unexpectedly, we may be celebrating the new year by getting a new car

  218. Samira says:

    Hey karen i hope i get lucky this time ๐Ÿ™‚ pls pick me up

  219. Susan says:

    The most fun I’ve had at NYE was staying in & having fun with my close friends & family. I would love to do Vegas for one NYE though!

  220. auroragyps says:

    Can’t think of any memorable NYEs that I’ve had. This one will be dull, with me ordering something from the local pizza place & watching a couple of movies with the cat. I’m no party animal, that’s for sure.

  221. Y. says:

    makeup highlight?
    becoming obssessed with blush!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  222. Yesenia says:

    I hope to meet better people in 2012, I just want new (good) people in my life ๐Ÿ™‚

  223. Jaime says:

    oh man, the things I could buy with $50 to Sephora….

  224. kprice says:

    There was only one year that we got all dressed up and went out for dinner and dancing on New Years. While it was a blast, since then the hubs and I have been content to make a nice quiet steak dinner at home. Happy New Year!

  225. Catherine says:

    Break out the sparkling cider!

  226. Selina says:

    Happy new year’s eve! I hope you have a fantastic night. My favorite way to spend new year’s eve is curled up on the couch watching movies with friends all night long.

  227. Naomi says:

    Happy New Year (a bit earlier but still ๐Ÿ˜‰ !

  228. T.Rex says:

    NYE about 5 years ago my best friend and I were driving around Seattle trying to meet up with a few friends. We got all kinds of turned around and as the clock struck 12 we ended up stuck in traffic in the car together watching the fireworks from behind all the downtown buildings. I remember being pretty bummed at the time, but now that he’s passed it’s one of the memories I hold dearest to me ๐Ÿ™‚

  229. BooBooNinja says:

    I’m debating on whether to go to Sephora to check out the Naked2 palette. I own neither version.. but I’m liking how Naked 2 has more mattes. Hmm.. what to ddo?

  230. Stephanie Y says:

    I’m home sick this new year’s eve…boo.

    Happy New Year!

  231. Wendy says:

    The last time I went dancing I was wearing a sports bra, capri yoga pants, a baggy tee, and sneakers! It was Zumba class earlier this week, oh so much fun!

  232. Ricki says:

    I’m excited for 2012 and thanks to this blog and a post about a simple neutral makeup routine I plan to try and not leave for work without putting on the basics.

  233. Andrea Collins says:

    My makeup highlight of 2011 was discovering all the great beauty bloggers that are out there. Great inspiration!!!!

  234. Paula says:

    I love Sephora!

  235. Liz says:

    In 2012 I want to develop my blogging into more of a habit. Right now I do pretty well at keeping up with it, but as soon as life gets out of hand, BOOM! there goes my posting down to nothing.
    Liz recently posted … tarte Lip Service Limited-Edition LipSurgence Collection Holiday 2011

  236. Jackie says:

    Happy New Year! I discovered that I love fun, bright lipsticks in 2011–I’m looking forward to trying more in 2012.

  237. Lauren says:

    No parking tickets for 2012!!

  238. Amandalee says:

    I would love to learn how to sew in 2012!!!!

  239. Kate & Zena says:

    Have a happy new year, Tabs and Karen!

  240. maxi says:

    I m expecting my first baby in 2012 ,m really excited and looking forward to lots of happiness and responsibilities ๐Ÿ™‚ though cuting down my expenses over baby expenses seems hard but i will do it ๐Ÿ™‚
    wish u and tabs lots of luv and success in coming year

  241. Natalia says:

    2011 was a great makeup year for me because I did a lot of experimenting with bolder colors instead of always goin the neutral route.

  242. Abi says:

    Used the Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner from Lush after reading your article and I loved it! Thanks!

  243. Linda R says:

    Just want to let everyone know that I got the PMD tool and have used it twice with such amazing results already. If you have the opportunity to get this, jump on it. It is the best investment for your face!
    Happy New Year everyone

  244. Debbie says:

    I’m going dancing in Philly tonight – so excited! Happy New Year!

  245. Elin LLB says:

    Last giveaway for the year? This should be mine! ๐Ÿ™‚

  246. Lili says:

    Happy new year!

  247. Talya says:


  248. Mai says:

    Staying up with my sisters and their friends – there was lots of confetti and silly string involved

  249. Lori says:

    I’ll be staying home tonight as well. I don’t party much anymore, it’s kinda like “been there, done that, & burned out on it”. Plus ever since I was diagnosed as a type 2 diabetic..alcohol is a big NO-NO!

  250. styleezta says:

    I would like to lose more weight!!
    styleezta recently posted … Trendy Tuesday’s

  251. Sarah says:

    Hi Karen,

    Hope you have a great New Years. I’ll be hanging with the new hubby and our good friends playing Dominoes and watching the ball drop. New Year’s in my 30’s have drastically changed from when I was in my 20’s. ๐Ÿ™‚

    – Sarah

  252. Ana says:

    Happy New Year’s! My makeup highlight of 2011 was finding my HG foundation (Lancome TIU) and discovering Sleek’s amazing eyeshadow palettes!

    Here’s to 2012!

  253. Bernice says:

    For mine, I want to get back in shape !

  254. Monica says:

    This year brought me my husband and a son ๐Ÿ™‚ can’t wait to see what next year brings

  255. Kylee says:

    Every year me and my family have a little bit of champagne at midnight. One year, when I was like 7, it was my first time ever tasting it, and I had a spit take. I yelled it tasted like rust. It was hilarious.

  256. Mylie says:

    All I wish for 2012 is to have a good health, because since I’ve turned 25 last summer, I’ve never been sick so often!!! ๐Ÿ˜›

  257. Gigi says:

    Thanks for hosting another giveaway. I’m staying in this New Year’s Eve and am so happy about it.

  258. Jennifer says:

    Happy New Year, thanks for the giveaway~

  259. Yao says:

    Happy 2012!

  260. Carol says:

    Happy New Year! I’m ringing in the New Year with my furbaby this year. He’s even dressed for the festivities (sparkly doggy sweatshirt and a 2012 hat) ๐Ÿ˜€

  261. Elena says:

    Happy New Year! I would love to win!

  262. sweeks1980 says:

    I don’t have a particularly memorable New Year’s Eve story, probably because I like to keep the entire evening low key ๐Ÿ™‚

  263. happyhubbs says:

    Just had dinner at Maggianos with my hubby. Karen, do you love Maggianos like I love Maggianos? Hola back….

  264. Elizabeth says:

    I had nye at Magic Kingdom in Florida last year, it was amazing. Hopefully tonight with my love will be just as magical!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy New Year!!

  265. Kate Williamson says:

    Happy 2012!

  266. Katie says:

    Hello Karen and Tabs!

    Happy New Year! My resolution for 2012 is to adopt a cat from a local shelter and give him lots of lovins! I am also going to try to quit smoking cigarettes..this would definitely help!! Love reading your blog for your helpful posts and your adorable pictures of Tabs. You are such an inspiration! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Always reading,
    Katie ๐Ÿ™‚

  267. Becca says:

    I think the biggest lesson I learned in 2011 (beauty-wise) was the art of “less is more”. I toned down my everyday makeup look-going from applying 3 1/2 pumps of foundation to 1, learned to apply with my hands (which surprisingly, I had never thought to do before because I didn’t like the idea of touching my face that much-but it really helps the foundation melt into your skin!), don’t apply a heavy, dark eye during the day anymore and just stick with a sheer wash of darker color or neutral browns, golds, and greens, and no more lining the bottom lashline during the day!! Happy New Year Karen-and thanks!

  268. Xochil says:

    My new years resolution is to finish my portfolio for art school, and be healthy!

  269. Megan says:

    I’m not doing anything fun for New Years’. But I’ll just sit and read, no biggie.

  270. Julia says:

    I love New Years, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to stay awake till midnight.

  271. JennJenn says:

    Glitter, sequins, champaign and getting to wear a sparkly tiara!

  272. mattie says:

    would love to win this card…since my car got broken into and my purse and all my makeup in it are now gone! Need that $50 to replace…and have a better start to 2012!

  273. Christina says:

    I’m fairly certain i’m going to forget its 2012 and keep writing on all my important documents “2011”. lol

    Happy new year to all!

  274. Gracie says:

    Happy New Year Karen and family! My most memorable NY Eve celebration was last year. My husband and I had a six course meal at Tujague’s Restaurant (New Orleans) with my in-laws. After our sumptuous dinner, we went and visit a friend’s house at the French Quarter where we have cocktails while watching the show in front of Jackson Square and waited for the great fireworks display over the Mississippi River. ๐Ÿ™‚

  275. Bridget says:

    Ahhhhh…I’d love to say that I have awsome plans tonight but lol I’m so flipping tired!! I’m ready for bed lol…

  276. Sunny says:

    Hmm I think it was last summer when I last went dancing. I was wearing a flowery summer dress with dominatrix-style stilettos ๐Ÿ˜‰

  277. alison c says:

    happy nye

  278. Chrissy Kasper says:

    HAPPY NEW YEAR KAREN!!! It’s already 2012 here in Austria. Ooohhhh, I’m in the future.

    Twitter name is Corvsqueen Queen.

  279. Kim says:

    I remember Y2K when everyone was worried the computers would go haywire at the strike of midnight. I stayed in and watched my favorite newscaster, Peter Jennings, broadcast for 24 continuous hours that day.

  280. Lucy says:

    My best New Year’s Eve were with friends. Not much drinking but lots of dancing, singing & talking. Good food that we all contributed to. Now as I’m older & have lost people they aren’t as fun. Have a very Happy New Year.

  281. Natalie says:

    Happy new year Karen!! Went out to the town and watched fireworks! Absolutely stunning

  282. Step says:

    I found out about Luster blush late in 2011 but it became a fast favorite.

  283. Dominique D says:

    Every year my mother and I make this traditonal Haitian stew that we spend the day eating

  284. Krista says:

    I could really go for a hot chocolate and a croissant right now.

  285. Sherry B. says:

    Happy New Year to all!

  286. Joanna says:

    about 6 more hours till 2012!! happy new year to you!

  287. Celine joseph says:

    I want the Nars Miss Liberty Highlight Blush soooooooooo much.

  288. Maple says:

    Don’t know about fondest, but definitely craziest NYE was when we had a hotel party in SF!

  289. Jennifer says:

    Discovering the beauty of blush was my makeup highlight of 2011!

  290. Argeleen says:

    Happy new year!

  291. Claire says:

    I wore a pink pixie dress last time I went dancing.

  292. Tania says:

    I always enjoyed make up but didn’t buy much for myself. However, in August of 2011 I became so in love with it all of the sudden, now I want to buy so many items. Happy New Year!

  293. BeckBeck says:

    I don’t know if I have a fondest new year’s eve memory… I will say that my funniest one was 2008, when I lived in Rochester, NY. I went to one of those silly hotel ballroom parties with a friend and her husband, and it was a good time – decent snack buffet, fun cover band, kind of like your story. And when it was time to go home for the night… I managed to get my car stuck in the snow on the roof of a parking garage. I tried to push myself out for about 30 seconds (in open-toed slingback shoes, in a foot of snow!) before climbing back in the car and calling my friend to send her husband to rescue me.

  294. tabby says:

    I always watch Dick Clark on New Year’s.

  295. Krista says:

    Happy New Year’s! Hope the year 2012 is a good one for you!

  296. Salma says:

    My best new years memory was kissing my now boyfriend for the first time

  297. melody brown says:

    Happy New Year! Looking foward to new beginnings and getting healthy! Thanks for the chance at the GC.

  298. Jianing says:

    Happy new year! Unfortunately, I’m welcoming in the New Year by being sick and having awful cold-weather cramps. Hope your New Year’s Eve is going much better, Karen! Looking forward to new beginnings. Staying healthy is definitely on my list of new year’s resolution…

  299. Julie says:

    My best New Years Eve was spent with my two closest friends, drinking wine and watching Sex & the City! Had more fun that night than on any other New Years when I got dressed up and went out!

  300. Ola says:

    My highlight of 2011 is being allowed to wear makeup and finding the online beauty community.

  301. christina says:

    Happy New Year!

  302. Joanne says:

    For 2012 my goal is to lose my post partum baby weight :). Let’s go 2012!!

  303. Lisa says:

    The last time I went dancing on New Year’s was about 4 years ago, hitting a Seattle club with friends and listening to an awesome 80’s cover band, The Retros. Happy New Year’s!

  304. Ashley says:

    In 2012 I would like to focus on sharing myself, my goals, my thoughts with those who are close to me, friends and family, and stop from being so closed off to those who love and care for me.

  305. Kristie Win says:

    I’m staying in with a nice family dinner tonight ๐Ÿ™‚

  306. Barbara says:

    Happy, happy new year! Karen, I love your blog and have to admit it’s lured me into buying more makeup than I probably should! Your writing is fun and fresh, and your passion for makeup is infectious. THANKS for a great year in beauty.

  307. Katie says:

    New Year’s Day has never been as important to my family as Thanksgiving or Christmas, but we watch segments of the ball drop on TV every year!

    I wish you and your family a wonderful New Year’s Day and year to follow!!

  308. Thea Dwelle says:

    Happy new Year! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next year love!

  309. Alanna says:

    Makeup Highlight of 2011 – Learning how to get the right foundation shade by matching to my chest, taught to be by your guest poster Sam!

  310. 2012- my makeup goal is to go through more of my makeup and use what I’ve got more than I buy!

  311. Happy new year, almost! I never do anything very special on NYE – I know I should, but I tend to be home for Christmas, and not anywhere with much nightlife, plus we tend to all be recovering from the holiday and tend to have an early night:) One day I want to spend it somewhere incredible, dressed to the nines on a rooftop with free flowing champagne, but for now I’m cozy in my robe!

    Here’s to another great year on your fab blog, I look forward to reading on!
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  312. christine says:

    Happy new year and thank you for the wonderful blog!

  313. Lauren says:

    Happy New Year everyone!!!!

  314. Theresa says:

    Happy New Year Karen! My fondest NYE memory would be of NYE 2005. My friends and I were in Vegas partying at Rain (when it was still cool) and about 5 minutes after the countdown the power went out in the entire club and NEVER came back on! Boooo! It was still a fun NYE spent with friends though!

  315. aubrie says:

    My fondest new years eve was my first one with my husband (then boyfriend) at my apartment in Salt Lake watching fireworks out of my balcony.

  316. jill says:

    Just hanging out with friends tonight…pretty low key. Happy new year Karen!

  317. Tukta says:

    Happy New Year to you all ๐Ÿ™‚

  318. Sharon says:

    Happy 2012 everyone!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  319. Kirsten says:

    I fell in love with makeup in July of this year. I’ve been wearing makeup for like 10 years but the same 5 things that all fit in this tiny stupid makeup bag I have. Now I have an incredible collection and have learned so much about makeup and I am so excited for 2012’s beauty finds! My thing that I’m most excited about is trying the Boscia black peel-off face mask that I just bought at Sephora today. SO EXCITED.

  320. Grace says:

    Happy New Year!!

  321. Katie says:

    This new years eve had been pretty cool so far. Lighting fireworks with good friends, having a few drinks. Loving it.

  322. Barbara says:

    It is 2012 ! Happy New Year!

  323. Barbara says:

    OK Here in Michigan it is 2012!

  324. Maggie says:

    New Year’s Eve in 2009 (I think) my brother and sister-in-law had a bunch of folks over to their apartment. I met a bunch of fun people, got to spend time with fun people I already knew, and we had a nice big bonfire in their back yard and toasted in 2010. It was lovely! This year, things are much more boring – my boyfriend’s out of town visiting his folks, so 2012 is coming in with me and my cat and Vampire Diaries. Woo!

  325. jenn s. says:

    Happy 2012 to you and the hubs, Karen! My fondest memory of New Year’s Eve would be the year my sweet husband proposed to me in New Orleans along the Riverwalk behind Jackson Brewery right after midnight, 1993. It was extremely special and despite having rung in the new year with around 100,000 of our closest friends, LOL, it was a very intimate experience, as we somehow managed to leave the crowds behind. He dropped to one knee next to the moonlit Mighty Mississippi and proposed (after dating for 6 years!) At the time, it felt like we were the only two people in that beautiful, historic city. New Orleans will always be a very special place to us. ๐Ÿ™‚

  326. mn says:

    New year’s that stands out is when I did first night in the city- it was frigid but fun.

  327. Alyza says:

    Low key NYE for me, stayed in with dog!

  328. Dawn T says:

    2011 is the first year I even thought about make-up, LOL! I started with eyeshadows and slowly, but obsessively filled up a MAC 15 eyeshadow palette. I spent many hours researching the colors, their pigmentation, texture, blendability, fallout, longevity, ect. In order to do this I looked at hundreds of swatches, eye looks, tutorials, as well as testing the colors at the store. My coloring wasn’t the easiest to figure out- I’m a natural blonde with brown eyes, fair skin with a warm to neutral tone. These are the MAC colors I ended up with: Vanilla, Blanc Type, Dazzlelight, Jest, All that Glitters, Soft Brown, Wedge, Patina, Coquette, Club, Haux, Swiss Chocolate, Sable, Handwritten and Copperplate. Anyway, this is how I found this site;) Thanks, it’s been so much fun!

  329. belinda m says:

    In 2012 I plan on saving up enough money for two plane tickets to somewhere warm so that next new years eve I will be at the beach!!


  330. terry says:

    Happy New Years to Karen and Tabs!=DDD

  331. noemii says:

    have a happy new year :]

  332. Janet says:

    My parents called me to remind me to put change in the window sills tonight. It’s supposed to signify that money will come into your home in the new year. Ah, Filipino New Years supertitions. Gotta luv ’em.

  333. A.T. says:

    Took my dog into the emergency vet’s tonight to get his rear taken care of. Good news is, it didn’t explode. Bad news is, it was getting ready to. Clearly we need a standing appointment with the vet every few months, but with Christmas gift money from family, at least the visit was within our means (this time).

    Well, you DID say anything at all ๐Ÿ™‚ He’s now doped up beside my desk, only vaguely interested in the sounds of neighborhood fireworks. Just this year, fireworks have become legal to use in a private basis and the state is ecstatic.

    Happy New Year, hope yours is a great one!

  334. Audrey H. says:

    Happy new year!!

  335. Claudia Davis says:

    Best thing about 2011 is being able to walk without a leg brace!

  336. Christin says:

    Happy New Year ๐Ÿ™‚

  337. elia says:

    Happy new year! And best wishes to all!8)

  338. Makeupandbeautyjunkie says:

    Happy New Year (*~*)

  339. Niki says:

    hi!!! my favorite makeup item that i seriously slept with was my naked palette and I hope to afford the naked pallet two this 2012!! <3

  340. Anka says:

    Happy new year ๐Ÿ™‚

  341. Tyler says:

    A pot of MUFE creamliner came and was shriveled up like a raisin. How annoying…

    And two of their diamond powers also came with their lids not tightened.

    More like Make Up (not) For Ever

  342. Melina says:

    i want to travel to UK in 2012
    but first i have to work harder

  343. Amanda says:

    My favorite new year’s eve was spent watching fireworks and a kiss and champagne at midnight.

  344. Maureen says:

    Happy New Year! My favorite New Year’s was the time my whole family spent the evening together.

  345. trollop says:

    Tabs the cat is adorable!

  346. Sharon S says:

    I actually stayed awake til midnight this New Year’s Eve and saw the ball drop on TV.

  347. Anjali says:

    Happy New Year everyone!!

  348. ola says:

    Happy new year

  349. ola says:

    happy new year for everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  350. Pam says:

    One of my new year’s resolutions is to find a good cheek highlighter, one that makes me look like I’m glowing but not too sparkly.

  351. Tran says:

    No fireworks this new year, but happy I got to spend it with family!

  352. Emma says:

    Just spending time with my husband and friends. This year a friend’s dad made us an amazing dinner!

  353. Harpa says:

    My fondest memory of new years eve: the last one my mother lived, because she was so happy:)

    Happy new year!!

  354. Alina says:

    Happy New Year! This year is mine in terms of Chinese Horoscope. My combo is Aries + Dragon which is atomic, hope this year will be challenging and rewarding!

  355. Eva says:

    Happy new year, Karen! I love your blog, thank you for doing that.

  356. My fondest NYE is one that I spent with family at a few close family friends several years ago. We were at my aunt’s house just snacking and hanging out. It was low key but I was surrounded by the most important people in my life and we had a great time.

  357. Nikki says:

    My New Year’s are pretty boring. Most often I spend them at home, with only myself to celebrate the coming of a new year. Last year, my then boyfriend and I went to a party at his friends. As simple as it seems, it was pretty marvelous when midnight struck and I finally got that new year’s kiss.

  358. Courtney says:

    2011 Beauty Highlight: Learning how to apply my Bare Escentuals correctly. Who’d have thought it was so picky? But once I got it down, my skin looks awesome! Also, a new skincare routine.

    All in all, I learned that your skin is what makes the biggest difference in your overall beauty, so taking care of it and wearing proper makeup is super important.

  359. Wenz says:

    So glad I discovered your blog & Thanks for your hard work throughout this year!! Blessings for 2012!

  360. Melissa says:

    Happy New Year!!!

  361. Tiffany says:

    Hi Karen! Happy New Year! I spent NYE in bed watching old movies… surprisingly, I was ok with that. I must be getting old. ๐Ÿ˜€

  362. Michelle says:

    Last year my husband and I spent NYE at home sick. We made the best of it and now it’s a great memory!

  363. Erin says:

    Makeup highlight of 2011? “Discovering” NARS Schiap!
    Happy New Year!

  364. Annie says:

    I spent last night with my special needs brother while my parents rang in the New Year together for the first time since 1995. (My father is a pilot and has had to work every NYE for the last 16 years.) It was the perfect way to say goodbye to 2011, and I would not have wanted to spend it any other way.

    Happy 2012! Best wishes for the year ahead!

  365. Alix says:

    I remember NYE 1999… the clock struck midnight and all the lights stayed on, so we figured Y2K was okay! Next day we went for a walk in the Maine woods. Nice!

  366. Happy New Year everyone!!!

  367. shellie says:

    happy new year!!! best memories of 2011 was with my family…wherever we go. i love the quality time.

  368. Sunny says:

    This year I resolve to find happiness every day:)

  369. Vnssa906 says:

    My fondest NYE memory is when we brought in the millennium … We all thought the world would end, so we crammed into my grandmas apartment, watching movies and cuddling. We were so into watchin Armageddon that no one noticed the time until 12:15am lol

  370. riley says:

    why do you need a new year to make a resolution?

  371. Piscolabis says:

    happy new year!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  372. jess says:

    My favorite nys have been with my husband! Id say bar hopping in uptown just the two of us and a passionate kiss at balldrop a few yrs ago.

  373. Nikki says:

    For 2012, I’m hoping for better health, getting better with makeup (i’m pretty new at wearing it!), and the chance to do some traveling.

  374. Amy says:

    We stayed up all night, and went to bed soon after the ball dropped. Happy New Year. Your blog Rocks. My resolution is eye cream and moisturizer every single night… I sometimes get carried away and forget since I don’t have any fine lines yet.

  375. Kaoyee says:

    Happy new year!

  376. Lisa says:

    We went out for a bit, to a delightful belgian beer bar. But we came home and I crashed for 10 hours of sleep ๐Ÿ™‚

  377. Tori says:

    I was 14 and with my best friend and her parents let us drink champagne lol big deal at the time :b This year nothing really exciting!

  378. maud says:

    HAPPY NEW YEARS!!! i partied at my grandma’s!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  379. Allison says:

    I loved NYE when I was growing up where I’d have all my closest friends come over for a sleepover party – we’d dress up and play with makeup and my mom would make us fancy fake cocktails. We felt like we were the coolest staying up suuuuuuper late to see the ball drop at midnight ๐Ÿ˜‰

  380. Julie says:

    We ended up staying in last night….had to be to work at 9 this morning ๐Ÿ™ But had a yummy dinner and a nice quiet evening at home w/ the hubby & kids ๐Ÿ™‚

  381. meem says:

    so thankful to spend my nye with the ones i love. <3

  382. Tiffany says:

    We had a girls’ night in NYE party….with disney princess movies, tons of cupcakes and desserts, pink champagne, and lush face masks on our face!


  383. Erin says:

    I want to finish paying off credit card debt and get my MBA.
    Erin recently posted … Christmas came early this year…

  384. Heather says:

    Happy New Year’s! My makeup highlight for 2011 was when the woman who does my eyebrows every month or so, and who is a real makeup expert, said “wow! love the makeup!” when I came in for an appointment a few months ago. I thought: “maybe I’m doing it right after all! what a relief!”

  385. Isabel says:

    Happy New Year Karen!
    Mine was pretty good-spent it with the family…

  386. Sasha lopez says:

    My birthday is on the 2nd! So outs my first big event of 2012 (my 25th!)

  387. Tiffanie says:

    Happy New Year!

  388. Kelly m. says:

    don’t know about a favorite New Year, but I have a favorite tradition from my husbands family. You take a coin and put it outside of all of the doors of your house on New Years Eve and keep it hidden like under a door mat. on new years day, before anyone crosses the threshold of your house you must bring in the coins and tape it over that door, it means that all year money will come into to your house. hubby’s aunt and uncle had a coin fall off of their door one year and that was the year that they went bankrupt so the family is very superstitious about this one.

  389. Kathleen R. says:

    Happy New Year!

  390. gia says:

    happy new year!!

  391. Lucia says:

    My fondest memory so far is this year actually, when I celebrated with champagne on a rooftop that sadly, did not overlook fireworks but fun nonetheless!! Hope you had a good one, Karen! =)

  392. Michelle says:

    happy new year karen! ๐Ÿ™‚ i hope to find my passion in life ๐Ÿ™‚

  393. Joe says:

    quiet nite – dinner w/friends

  394. marmar says:

    I got married Christmas eye, so last night was a quiet, fun family event. Movies and pizza!

  395. Nicole pablo says:

    Happy new years! ๐Ÿ™‚

  396. Ana Timofte says:

    Happy New Year! I had a quiet night in and missed my family who lives overseas.

  397. Kristina says:

    Went dancing last night for new years eve. I had the best time!

  398. Yelena says:

    I hate to be a party pooper but i’ve never had a memorable new year’s eve. sorry girls. but i am having a pretty good new year’s day today sitting around with my family talking and telling old stories about our childhood and reminiscing ๐Ÿ™‚ hope everyone is having a fabulous start to the new year!

  399. Monique says:

    Happy New Year,

    I am so enjoying the Twight Zone marathon today.

  400. Anna says:

    This year, I gotta get into grad school!! =D

  401. Rochelle says:

    Happy New Years : )

  402. Ana-Ioana Ciceoi says:

    Happy New Year from Romania!

  403. Tina M says:

    I would like to lose 20 pounds in 2012

  404. Melodyy says:

    My favorite memories of New Year’s Eve is always the midnight kiss with my boyfriend (: it’s a tradition we like to do in order to ensure a great year!

  405. Dee says:

    How was your New Year’s Karen? Happy 2012!

  406. victoria says:

    Happy new years! I have a whole host of new years resolutions, and I hope to keep them through at least january!

  407. KILEY says:

    I wnet to casion with my husband on the new year eve, and we won $200. I think its a graet beginning for 2012. Its our first time at the casion in the U.S. We just came here 3 months ago. I hope we enjoy American life!

  408. Jones says:

    I spent this New Year’s Eve chilling in a hotel room with my goofy boyfriend. Even though we were both a little sick and stressing about things coming up in the new year, it’ll still be my fondest NYE memory so far because I was with him ๐Ÿ™‚

  409. Courtney says:

    Happy New Year 2012!

  410. Katherine says:

    Just got back from a wonderful New Year’s Day hike in Tahoe with my in-laws!

  411. Gail says:


  412. VictoriaJane says:

    Happy 2012!

  413. Libby says:

    I had known my husband for a few weeks, but on New Year’s Eve we spent most of the night hanging out, joking around, and having a blast together, like we were the only two people at the party. We started dating a week later and have been together eight years!

  414. Christine says:

    Last time I went dancing I wore my favorite heels :D!

  415. Hazel says:

    Happy new year, Karen! ๐Ÿ™‚

  416. Jula says:

    This was my best NYE yet! I spent it in NYC with my sister, my cousin and some friends, we had some drinks and got some really good pizza. Great way to start 2012!

  417. Janelle says:

    Had an amazing New Year’s Eve and I hope you did, too! Thanks for the giveaway, Karen!

  418. Lakitha says:

    Last night, I wore my MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow in Smoked Ruby and Dark Indulgence with Amberlights as the highlighter shadow. The look was fabulous.

  419. Kimberly says:

    i love amy winehouse.

  420. Esther says:

    Happy New Years!!

  421. kaitlinanne says:

    happy new years =)

  422. Kathy says:

    My big beauty breakthrough was finally starting to wear colored liner! Yeah, I was one of those people who stuck to browns and blacks and always thought I couldn’t pull the other off.

  423. Diana says:

    Happy New Year Karen!

  424. Janet says:

    Last night was the best New Years celebration ever… I was in SF with my friends!

  425. lisa says:

    Have a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!!

  426. Samantha says:

    Hau’oli Makahiki Hou, from Hawai’i ๐Ÿ™‚

  427. magda says:

    Hope this year will be better than past one ๐Ÿ˜‰

  428. Jen says:

    Happy New Year!
    Funny fact: I slept through the last two hours of 2011 into the new year. I’m so exciting… I know ๐Ÿ˜‰

  429. jean says:

    This year’s gonna be good, I can feel it!!

  430. Jenn says:

    Bought my first scratcher yesterday and won a ticket. Today I went again in to redeem it and won $6 ๐Ÿ™‚

  431. Christine says:

    Happy new year ! Don’t really have any resolutions, just to be better !

  432. Megan says:

    Since I’ve been travelling since before Christmas and made it home in the afternoon of New year’s eve….this year was definitely a low key affair. I watched the ball drop on tv while lying in bed talking on the phone.

  433. Luciana Diniz Lima says:

    Happy New Year Karen!

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