Two Ways to Win a $50 eGift Card from Sephora!

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

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Comment to win a Sephora eGift card

Morning! πŸ™‚ Please, come in. How sweet of you to stop by on my last official Saturday as a 36-year-old.


Got a pre-birthday celebration lined up with my friends Jen and Cindy today. Hard to believe they were also at my 16th birthday party…which was 20 years ago!

We’re spending the day in San Francisco together, first with drinks at the W Hotel, and then with some pampering at the Bliss Spa (located in the W).

I CANNOT WAIT! I could really use a massage. My back has more knots in it than a bad macramé project, I kid you knot. Time to get tenderized like a hunk o’ meat!

After that, it’s over to the Samovar Tea Lounge for tea and noms.

Should be a great day. I don’t get to see Jen and Cindy nearly enough. We’re all so busy now.

Got my iPhone all charged up, and Tabs will be on call here managing the blog.

Have a great day today, and good luck in this weekend’s giveaway. Talk to you soon.

What folks are saying…

“Thanks so much, Karen. Just in case you were wondering what I got with it, I decided to go with the Clarisonic Mia–I’ve been wanting it for years now, but have never purchased it because of the price. Your eCard helped me finally buy it! I look forward to using it. Thanks again!”

“Shut the front door! OMG Karen, you have made my day. πŸ™‚ I’m sick in bed with the flu and this has just cheered me up immensely!!!!!!!! BTW, I’m the one that sent you that pic of my pug in a wig a few weeks back LOL! Thanks again, honestly, I’m beyond giddy right now.”

“Oh my goodness! Thank you so much Karen (and Tabs, of course)! I really appreciate this! I’d been eyeing the Anastasia brow pencil in Strawburn to match my red hair!”
-Chelsea (and Jiji the kitten and Quincy the bunny)

“Never before have I been so pleased to check my email right before bed!!! Thank you so, so much! I truly enjoy your blog and check it almost daily! Thanks again! This made my night!”
-Melissa, Edmond, OK

“Hi Karen. Oh my goodness! I can’t believe I won! :O Thank you so much! You, Tabs, and your blog are amazing! Thank you for keeping me updated on all things beauty and more importantly, for keeping me entertained! Keep doing your thing! πŸ™‚ Thank you again.”

“Hi Karen. Thank you so much, I’m so excited, I’ve never won anything before. My name is Hana … I just turned 25 (today is my birthday!) Yay! Thank you.”

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, have you ever been to a spa? What’s your favorite type of coffee or tea? Have you ever had a bad spa experience? Who are your closest friends? Best birthday you ever had? — you get the idea.
  • Second, you can enter by following me on twitter Twitter @karenmbb and retweeting (RT) the following message:
    • Follow @karenmbb and RT to Win a $50 eGift Card from Sephora!

  • The deadline to enter is Sunday, June 3, 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 Halifax! Congratulations, Halifax! If you entered but didn’t win this time around, keep trying, and click here to enter any ongoing giveaways before you jet. πŸ™‚


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  1. Amy Rouse says:

    I am loving my new Dior BB cream I ordered from Sephora!!! Amy Rouse dropastitch at yahoo dot com @dropastitch on Twitter

  2. Liz K says:

    omg I so need a massage right now. I am older than you (not by much) but girl you look amazing. congrats! Have a wonderful birthday celebration with your friends πŸ™‚

  3. Marisa says:

    I never get massages….only bikini waxes

  4. LISA BROWN says:

    It’s a hot day today! Thank you for the giveaway!

  5. Chelsey says:

    I’ve never been to a spa but I kind of want to. I only like really gentle massages so I’d have to tell them to go easy on me hahah!

  6. janey says:

    A spa day with gal pals is a grand way to spend the day — pampering and dishing and probably lots of laughs. Enjoy!

  7. IKKRAM says:

    Hope your birthday celebrations go great! A $50 Sephora card would make my day amazing! Btw, if you want a good massage for free, go with a friend to a chiropractor’s office and while she is in there, sit in the waiting room on one of the massage chairs. They are AMAZING. And FREE!

  8. Emily C says:

    Hi Karen! Happy Birthday to you! You don’t look a day over 25! πŸ˜‰

    Best birthday party ever was a surprise pool party for my 14th birthday. Being a July baby it was always tough having birthdays mid summer when all your friends were out of town, but my mom did it big and I loved it!

    Have a great day at the spa! Loves to Tabs!

  9. MaryBeth Bryant says:

    I enjoy your blog so much!

    I could really use a massage right now too!

    Thank you!

  10. Ana Carolina Ribeiro says:

    My favorite tea is Earl Gray, and it totally matches the gorgeous Uruguayan fall day we’re having today!

  11. aubrie says:

    Right now I’m addicted to the Keurig Wild Blueberry coffee. Delicious!

  12. Thurs says:

    Happy birthday!! You’ve got a little of the Frodo Baggins unbirthday giving spirit. πŸ™‚

  13. Ali says:

    I hate coffee! My whole family drinks it but I’ve never liked it…they’re always trying to get me to drink it too.

  14. Ester Y says:

    I’ve never been to a spa, before..but I went to this one “spa-like” place where you can get free eyelash extensions by someone who is practicing…omg…terrible!! TERRIBLE!! I was lying there for 3 hours, tears streaming down my face. It was the most painful thing, EVER! My eyelids got pinched, sharply poked, tugged, and just all around abused. Never, again…

    On a happier note, I recently got myself a keurig with some store credit at Bed bath and beyond! Best purchase ever! i love it! I’m having a ton of fun exploring all the K-cup flavors, out there.

    Have a great weekend!

  15. Isabel says:

    I’ve only been to a spa once, but I’d love to go again with a friend and get a massage and facial

  16. Missy M says:

    I love Darjeeling tea, and have not been able to find them in K-cups, which is dreadful. I can’t be the only Darjeeling and technology fan out there.

  17. Ash G says:

    I LOVE coffee any way I can get it – out of your plain old countertop machine, from a fancy shop, hot, iced, latte, cappuccino, frozen, just please make it sweet!

  18. ashleigh says:

    Never been to a spa before. my favorite tea is green or herbal

  19. Crystal says:

    I’m hoping to go to samovar soon but I’m really more of a coffee person.

  20. Katrina says:

    I could so go for a massage today!

  21. Avery says:

    That sounds like so much fun! I really like the W Hotels…they are all very interesting…

  22. Lori says:

    I’ve had a very bad experience at a nail salon. Last year I took my daughter to get a pedicure for Halloween and decided that I would get a gel manicure and a pedicure. Well ,I sat down for the service and closed my eyes. I felt some stinging but assumed it was just the tech cutting my cuticles. but when i opened my eyes i realized that she had CUT my fingers and toes!! not just lil scratches either. big SLICES! needless to say, i wont ever be going back to that place. >:-(

  23. Maggie says:

    Massages are my go to, I work at a computer for over 12 hrs a day, so I need them to feel like a human again. My fav tea are earl grey and red….what can I say, I grew up in a British territory. Ever tried a Hong Kong milk tea?

  24. Cailin says:

    Happy birthday girlie! You are so gorgeous you look like 28!

  25. r says:

    I’ve never gotten a massage.

  26. Gloria says:

    Hello Karen! Happy birthday! I hope you are having a great day! Next Saturday will be my birthday, so I can relate. I really have been in the mood to have some delicious cake, so my bday makes it justified. πŸ™‚

  27. Jody says:

    I have been to the Juvenex spa in NYC. I could use another spa day right now.

  28. Renee R says:

    Happy birthday!! I love white Mocha always. Have a good weekend and thank you for the giveaway!

  29. Shana says:

    Happy birthday!!!!

  30. Nikki says:

    I love chai, but I’ll happily take any tea except Earl grey!

  31. Hannah S. says:

    One week till i graduate with my BFA woooo! πŸ™‚

  32. Megan says:

    I like mint tea best.

  33. onegreatsmile says:

    Happy Birthday!!!!!!!! Enjoy your massage! I’m jealous. Can we train Tabs to be a masseur??

  34. Crystal says:

    I prefer tea over coffee. Chai tea is my favorite !

  35. Jenn P says:

    Happy Birthday!

    I know it makes me weird but I am not a fan of massages. We got a couples massage as a wedding gift and we went but I was meh about it. The bonus is the money I don’t spend on massages I can spend on makeup! And clothes, shoes and purses! Oh the possibilities!

  36. sweeks1980 says:

    I wished I liked coffee, but I’m more of a tea person. I particularly love Arnold Palmers (half tea, half lemonade)!

  37. Nina says:

    i can’t wait to go to the beach this summer.

  38. The best birthday I ever had was in New Orleans with my friends! We flew down on my birthday and they bought me in flight fruity cocktails before we even arrived! It was a week of glorious sunny strolls, delicious food, yummy drinks and fun times with my friends. PS – I am going to win this contest one of these years, gosh darn it!

  39. nabel says:

    I’ve known my best friend since I was 4, ill be 22 this year. πŸ™‚

  40. Y. says:

    my best friend just got married!! and she was a stunning bride:):)
    i love all trader joe’s teas:)

  41. Kate says:

    Happy Birthday, Karen! I hope you have a fantastic birthday weekend! Personally, I love massages but I go for deep-tissue rather than the spas stuff.

  42. Jane says:

    Happy Early Birthday! I’ve always wanted to go to a spa but I’ve never had the chance, I hope you enjoy your own trip there!

  43. Dovey says:

    Happy Birthday Karen! You look gorgeous (and young) for your age πŸ™‚

  44. grlnxdor says:

    I’ve had a facial and a pedicure at a spa once. It was very relaxing and if I could afford it I would do it again.

    tjbladl at charter dot net

  45. Maureen says:

    I hope you have a great birthday!

  46. Jocelyn H says:

    hmm…will I EVERY win one of these? lol
    cold here in Windsor, Ontario Canada today..brrrr

  47. raina99 says:

    OH a massage sounds so good. I ned to make an appoitment now!
    raina99 recently posted … May 2012 Luxe Box

  48. Joy says:

    Feliz cumpleanos, and many more!

  49. E. says:

    I’ve been to a spa twice – loved both times, and wish I could go more often!

  50. Jordan says:

    I love mint tea πŸ™‚ happy birthday I hope you have fun at the spa!

  51. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    Happy Birthday! I love getting facials, it just makes you feel good!

  52. Nina says:

    It’s so nice to have good friends πŸ™‚

  53. Stephanie C. says:

    Recently I’ve been loving coffee from Starbucks with coconut syrup! I’m going to be depressed when summer ends and they stop having coconut syrup available!

  54. Tiffany says:

    Happy Birthday Karen and I wish you many more happy birthdays to come!

  55. tiffany says:

    I have never been to a spa but I would love to go to one!

  56. Janet says:

    Happy early birthday to you, great giveaway πŸ™‚

  57. Bonnie Morales says:

    Happy Birthday πŸ™‚ I hope you have an amazing last week of 35!

  58. Sondra c says:

    I love getting massages but I love facials even more. I can be kind of a wimp when it comes to massages…ouch!
    Have a really happy birthday!!!

  59. quimerula says:


  60. Christine says:

    I love peach iced tea during any season of the year!

  61. Lucas says:

    I hate coffee, tea is where it’s at! Blackcurrant is my favourite, especially during the cold winter days

  62. Laura says:

    Best Birthday was last year. I spent the summer in London(UK) with my boyfriend and he took me out for lunch, dinner, ice cream, movies and drinks. Oh he got me the most beautiful Vivienne Westwood necklace, I had the time of my life!

  63. Vanessa says:

    The best (and only spa haha) I have ever been to is Glen Ivy Day spa in Corona, CA. It has tons of pools, jacuzzis, and even mud baths and natural sulfur hot springs. Love that place!

  64. Kristi says:

    Happy Birthday! Sounds like you’ve got a fab day lined out with friends – what a great way to celebrate! I think it’s awesome that you are still in touch with friends that have known you that long.
    I’m an Earl Grey fan when it comes to tea! Or coffee – I’m an ‘equal opportunity’ caffeine kind of gal!

  65. Nicole says:

    I would die for a passion tea from Starbucks right now. I hope everyone has a lovely day! xx Nicole

  66. Nika says:

    I’m loving the Anastasia brow pencil!

  67. BettyS says:

    I’ve been to a spa, loved it! 90 minute massage. I didn’t want to get up after that.

  68. Amy says:

    I still have a spa gift cert. from Xmas, I’ve never been and they intimidate me.

  69. Jasmine says:

    I’ve been to a really nice spa in Vancouver, Canada. It’s call Spa Utopia at Pan Pacific. I highly recommend it to anyone. It’s really pretty and the staff are awesome. They used chi nail polish when I was getting my nails done and I really loved the formula. I tried so hard to look for the color, it was called between the sheets. So after much research I discovered Zoya’s Caitlin which is the same color and it’s got an excellent formula. So to anyone who was looking for between the sheets by Chi pick up Caitlin by Zoya. You won’t be disappointed πŸ™‚

  70. Amy says:

    I retweeted!!

  71. Mai-Huong says:

    Ahhhh, happy birthday!!!!! Must be so exciting to be able to look back on your life with some of your closest friends.

  72. Lily says:

    I can’t believe you’re turning 37! You look AMAZING.

  73. Xero says:

    I’ve never had a friend for more than a few years. But hey, when you’re young, life changes a lot…it’s probably easier to keep friends when you stay in one spot for a long time.
    Xero recently posted … These Kleancolor baked eyeshadows are fantastic!

  74. Menia says:

    I love drinking freddo cappucino with cinnamon sprinkled on top!! Happy birthday!!
    twitter: @Menia_Chatzaki

    Thanks!! xx Menia

  75. MJ says:

    Happy early Birthday! πŸ˜€ Hope it goes great tomorrow!

    Hmmmm, in regards to birthdays I think I have two that really stand out in my head. One was from a long time ago where I essentially had a big house party with a bunch of my friends who don’t normally mingle too much (school friends vs. family friends vs. church friends), but it turned out to be a blast. ^^ Although I think I got a little bit of feedback from people feeling like I didn’t spend enough time with them that day since I kept running around everywhere. It was fun though. πŸ™‚

    The other was last years and I went on a date with my boyfriend. Down to Seaport Village to have some game meat burgers (ostrich for me, kangaroo for him), and then ice cream at Ghirardelli’s (miss the one in SF T_T). Also the day we made our relationship official with our parents. :3 Got him to do a classic Filipino move and had him ask my parents if it was ok. ^^;;

  76. Wynell says:

    I love Arizona tea

  77. Maria says:

    Happy birthday! Just got into drinking iced coffees…i’m hooked now

  78. becca says:

    That cupcake is nuts. I want it in my mouth.

  79. GenesisCal says:

    I need more MUF foundation

  80. Delaney says:

    green tea all the way! hot or cold!!

  81. Heidi says:

    Get your pampering on, girl! I’m kicking back with some lemon green tea at the moment…

  82. Rachel says:

    WOW your bday sounds fab!! You deserve such a great day! Enjoy it!!

  83. Stephanie says:

    I won’t drink coffee, but I love almost any kind of tea.

  84. Tuhina says:

    Your birthday plans sound amazing! Have a fabulous time!

  85. Quinctia says:

    Man, I really really want that cupcake!

  86. Sadhana says:

    Happy Birthday, Karen!!! I hope your spa day is fun and satisfying, and your year head is prosperous and happy! As always, thank you for the giveaway!!!

  87. I LOVE YOUR BLOG! have fun at the spa, be sure to get some macarons with your tea πŸ™‚

  88. Briana says:

    I really hope I win so I can invest in some good skin care. I’m at the point where I need to make it a top priority but it isn’t the easiest on such a tight budget. It really is so kind of you to do a giveaway like this! 😊ҝ€

  89. Amy Z says:

    Hope you have a great birthday! One of my favorite teas is Starbucks Tazo Lotus — like classic Asian green tea with a modern twist =)

  90. Nicole says:

    Happy Birthday!!

  91. Krista says:

    Today is my Dad’s birthday (the big 6-5)! We are celebrating with lots of BBQ and Filipino food. Hope you have an awesome bday!

  92. C R Williams says:

    Today is my birthday and this would make the perfect gift!

  93. Sandy Lessingham says:

    Hope you have a wonderful pre-birthday celebration today Karen, enjoy!

  94. AAJ83 says:

    I dont like coffee or tea :p

  95. Haley says:

    Hi Karen! Enjoy your weekend in San Fran! I’m sure Tabs will hold down the fort just fine!

  96. Mireya says:

    Tea snobs will probably turn their noses up, but I love Constant Comment tea. It has a spicy, citrusy flavor that I really love.

  97. Jennifer says:

    Happy birthday, Karen! Wishing you the best!

  98. Cheryl says:

    Happy birthday to my NC42 skin sistah! Hope you’re having a fab time in SF πŸ˜‰

  99. dubourg rosalie says:

    hi karen!
    Happy birthday πŸ™‚
    My best friend offered me a massage session for my last birthday and it was so great!!
    I wish you the best ,
    ps: love your blog!

  100. Happy early birthday Karen! Sounds like you’re going to have a GREAT day! xx

  101. Lulu says:

    GASSPPP Happy day before your birthday! :)) I love boba tea, but I’m super picky about my green tea with it. Otherwise there’s a place I go to that has nom nom green tea along with the BEST boba I have ever had. Gah now I’m craving it!

  102. Lou says:

    I’m obsessed with makeup!

  103. Denise says:

    I used to be a huge tea drinker, then suddenly I switched to coffee. Now I drink both. It just depends on my mood as to which I want. And I’m one of those people who drinks hot coffee and tea even in the dead heat of summer.

    Hope you have a wonderful birthday!

  104. Denniesha says:

    Never been to a spa but love the mani pedis at a salon!

  105. colleen boudreau says:

    I’ve never been to a spa but I would love to go to one!

  106. Libby says:

    My favorite kind of tea is chai tea; I could drink it every day!

  107. Tiffanie says:

    I love going to the spa but I can help thinking about how much makeup I could buy after looking at the price list! Needless to say, I generally just end up at Nordstrom.

  108. aclearcutsign says:

    Green tea is my favorite.

  109. nina says:

    Indian chai is amazingly good!

  110. Portia Powell says:

    A lazy day after a stormy night.

  111. roslynd says:

    I have never boon to a spa but would sure love to! I am preggo with miracle number 3 and pretty miserable πŸ™

  112. Mariel says:

    I’m not a tea person, but I wish I was! Everytime I go into DavidsTea I just sniff the hell out of everything.. I wish they had a DavidsCandle and put all their teas into scents!

  113. Happy early Birthday, Karen!!!!

    And sadly, I have never been to the spa…yet. But I do make it a point to do some kind of a mask every week if not 2 times a week

  114. Felis says:

    Mmmmmmmm…. massage… *drools*

    I could srsly use a sugar scrub, too. The lady that does them at my spa dry-brushed me for like 20 minutes, then scrubbed me like a carrot with a milk and honey scrub. It was DIVINE. Then a forty-minute massage – she gave me extra time – as I snoozed on the warmed massage table. I’d punch a baby for that right now.

  115. Michelle A says:

    I took my daughter to Bliss in NYC for her sixteenth and OMG it was so awesome. I loved the room you wait in before your service. They had all kinds of yummy snacks! My pedicure lasted like 3 months. Dying to go back.

  116. auroragyps says:

    Favorite tea is either Celestial Seasonings Coconut Chai (it’s decaf) or Twinings Earl Grey, both with milk & a bit of sugar. I have a little one cup coffee maker that makes tea as well & it does an amazing job.

  117. Lizbeth says:

    I have never been to a spa πŸ™ and its my birthday weekend!!!!!

  118. Jessica says:

    I am such a tea-aholic! I’m a sucker for fresh flavors that are best consumed out on the porch during journaling time as well as deep ones that merit an oversized cozy sweater, a fire, and a man. πŸ™‚

  119. m says:

    happy early birthday and love to mr tabs.

  120. Rachel B. says:

    Happy Birthday to you! (You have the same name as my older sister) Have a wonderful relaxing and spaaariffic celebration!

  121. Suzi says:

    Happy bday

  122. Naziba says:

    Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha =)

  123. ceci says:

    an early happy birthday to you, karen!

  124. Yogirl says:

    Have a great day with your friends and enjoy the massage! I did some shopping today and had a vegan cupcake with peanut cream.

  125. Soo says:

    happy early birthday, Karen!

    I’ve never been to a spa (other than a Korean-style one in Virginia somewhere), but it is on my bucket list! I’d love to be pampered for a day. I have however, had a massage before! they are ridiculously relaxing, and I wish I could afford more of them (my experience was with a gift from the bf via LivingSocial, I think)
    Soo recently posted … NARS Diablo x Orgasm

  126. Alison says:

    My favorite coffee is ANY coffee! πŸ˜‰

  127. Lydia says:

    I have been to a spa before for a massage!

  128. Alix says:

    Typhoo decaf with lots of milk and sugar!

  129. Jenn says:

    Hey Karen, happy birthday! πŸ™‚ My new go-to drink at Starbucks is a tall cafe vanilla frap– with whipped cream, of course.

  130. annie shebuski says:

    Beautiful day in Milwaukee, WI

  131. Megan says:

    I’ve never been to a spa, but I think I may have to add it to my birthday wishlist for this year… Happy birthday by the way! πŸ™‚

  132. Judy says:

    It’s a gloomy rainy kind of weekend! Time to hit the couch and catch up on some reading~

  133. Kate & Zena says:

    Happy, happy Saturday!

  134. Amanda says:

    Happy Birthday! Mine birthday was last Sunday!
    Amanda recently posted … My First Little Black Bag!

  135. Shauna says:

    Hey Karen,
    Thanks of sharing the responses of the previous winners… made me smile on this rainy (MA) day πŸ™‚ Take care.


  136. PS says:

    Happy Birthday!!

  137. Christine says:

    I’m looking into trying more colorful eye makeup. So far, I used a lot of shimmery cream/champagne-ish colors, gold, brown, and a few pretty purples, but I’d like to try some navy or deep blue eyeliner.

  138. Joanna says:

    I absolutely love rosemary tea πŸ™‚

  139. TEA! πŸ˜€ I’m really into Typhoo (again) and Tazo Refresh at the moment – both definitely worth a try πŸ™‚
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  140. Rita says:

    Your birthday plans sound wonderful!
    Today I had some iced tea at the farmer’s market, and it was so refreshing since it was rather warm out today!

  141. duchessbelle says:

    I love love love massages. Have a wonderful bday celebration!

  142. Kalisa says:

    Love the bliss spa! Have a wonderful birthday it sounds great!!!

  143. Tamara B. says:

    Happy Birthday and wish you the best day ever!

  144. Jane says:

    Happy Birthday! Enjoy your day with your friends!

  145. Gina says:

    I’ve been to two spas, for massages/wraps and mani/pedis. The first time was awkward but the second time…bliss! I felt drunk when I left I was so relaxed lol πŸ˜›

  146. Ashley Miller says:

    I’m so excited for summer!

  147. Anna says:

    happy birthdaaaay gorgeous!

  148. Anna says:

    Been wearing pot rouges for my blush everyday now that its almost summer!

  149. Beverly Johnson says:

    Hi Karen! I hope that you will have a HAPPY BIRTHDAY, you wonderful Gemini!!!! Mine is next weekend, June 10th! Enjoy your Special Day!!!

  150. Amy D. says:

    Since Tabs is in charge this weekend I hope he’ll relay my birthday wishes to Karen! hehe πŸ™‚

  151. Mandy says:

    Many happy returns of the day!

  152. Marilyn says:

    I got a massage & hair cut this morning. It was so nice!

    Happy birthday!

  153. Anar says:

    This morning was the worst day in my entire life!! Had a fight with my husband… long story… we are still not talking!!

  154. Jennifer says:

    Ooh, red velvet, my favorite! Love you Karen!

  155. Donna says:

    Happy Birthday!

  156. Stephanie Y says:

    Happy Birthday! Hope Tabs and El Hub make it a good one.

  157. Jenny says:

    I’ve never been to a spa. Well, maybe. My boyfriend bought me a massage for Christmas one year, but I don’t know if that counts. When I think of a spa, I think of facials and cucumber eyepatches, getting your hair and nails done, and those weird mud-bath things. Is that what actually happens, or has TV just corrupted my thoughts? I guess I’m just a tomboy at heart.

  158. Step says:

    Happy pre-birthday!! Hope it is a glorious day!

  159. Patricia says:

    happy Birthday

    I love to crochet

  160. leetal says:

    mmmmmmmmm cupcakes! i want!! happy birthday beautiful!!

  161. Let says:

    I love earl grey tea πŸ™‚

  162. KPrice says:

    Ejnoy your day – it sounds like fun! Thanks for a chance at a giveaway.

  163. Kim says:

    I’m drinking dandelion tea these days. It’s a little bitter but it really helps with swelling.

  164. Joy P. says:

    The first time I had my eyebrows threaded, I ended up having bruised skin with a bit of bleeding πŸ™

  165. Maria says:

    Happy day before your birthday!

  166. Zoey says:

    Happy birthday!

  167. styleezta says:

    I love spas!

  168. Christin says:

    Hope you have a great birthday πŸ™‚

  169. Lara says:

    Deep Tissue! Make that massage count! Happy Birthday!!

  170. Grace says:

    Happy birthday! Sounds like a wonderful birthday mini getaway!

  171. marta says:

    I so would love a massage right now πŸ™‚

  172. I trained as a beauty therapist so I don’t go to spas myself. πŸ˜€

  173. Cara says:

    OMG – I’ve been on a makeup “diet” since January — I soooo need to splurge a little!

  174. Stephanie Fraval says:

    Happy Birthday!!!

  175. Daniella says:

    Happy Birthday!!
    I go to glen ivy spa once a year, and best bday was Paris 99. Time to go back!

  176. Katrin says:

    I absolutely love peppermint tea with lots of sugar. πŸ™‚

  177. Katie says:

    Happy early birthday, Karen! Enjoy the spa day; it sounds divine!

  178. Celia Rodriguez says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! Happy Early Birthday πŸ™‚ I’ve never been to a spa. I would like to get a massage though lol

  179. MiMi says:

    Happy B-day! Love your blog!

  180. Amanda says:

    I love a good dark roast cup ‘o joe.

  181. Jessica says:

    Happy early birthday! And I love iced coffee with a little chocolate syrup!

  182. Mylie says:

    Omg I would so go to a spa right now! Everytime I went, it was perfect!! Except for the people who talk very loud! :p lol

  183. Jenny says:

    Ooh, a massage, I could use one of those too!

  184. Alison says:

    My spa experiences have been limited to facials and a few massages. Lately though, I’ve been heading to my town’s massage school for great massages that are really affordable. Have fun at Bliss with your girls! You deserve it!

  185. Leslie Taylor says:

    Sephora makeup brushes are my favorite!!

  186. musical says:

    Ooh la la! Have fun at Samovar! And if you can, nom some goodies on my behalf!

  187. Chanelle says:

    Happy birthday!!! I so wish I could eat a cupcake for you!

  188. Nicole says:

    Happy Birthday!

  189. Rikki says:

    I love these giveaways.

  190. Pat says:

    Really want to win one of these to put towards a Clarisonic!

  191. Ana says:

    That cupcake looks delish!

  192. Talya says:

    cupcakes yum!

  193. lesleyk says:

    Nope, never been to a spa. I hit up my chiropractor’s office’s massage therapists when I need a massage.

  194. Shelly says:

    Happy Birthday Karen! =)

  195. Julie says:

    I have never been to a spa, but would like to, one day!!
    My best birthday….oh maybe last year, when I turned 40, i went to NYC for the first time…with my hubby and 3 girls.
    It was amazing!!!!!!! They had 3 Sephora stores..all within a short distance of each other!!!!!
    The World Trade center memorial was life changing. I am so glad to have had the chance to visit.

  196. Lia says:

    Happy Birthday!!!
    Have a lovely day with your family and Tabs of course.

  197. Bridget says:

    The last massage I went in for was right after I had my daughter…ummmm 7 years ago! Yea, I’m waaaaay overdue for another !! πŸ˜‰

  198. meghan says:

    Hi Karen, thanks for the giveaway and happy early birthday! Gemini HOLLA! (my b-day is this thursday!)

    My favorite tea? I guess I really like holiday teas, because the 2 I came up with are harney & sons holiday blends (black tea w/orange, almond and spices) and trader joe’s vanila cinnamon black tea, with a super cute lemur on the box. I have that stockpiled so I don’t run out, though I imagine I eventually will, it’s so yummy with milk and honey!

  199. Sarah C. says:

    Never been to a spa before! I sure want to though πŸ™‚

  200. SSB says:

    Happy, happy birthday!

  201. Agata says:

    Hi Karen. I have already discussed my coffee habits with you. I had a delicious iced coffee with milk from Starbucks today. I also went to Target, finally bought the new Revlon lip balm stain. I love it already. I also went to Ulta so that totally made my day.

    I have never been to a spa, but I hope one day ill go. I hope you had fun with your friends πŸ™‚ and have a great rest of the weekend.

  202. annie says:

    I’ve never been to a spa and I’m honestly not sure I’d like it! Hahaha I’m bad at relaxing!

  203. Christina says:

    I’d love to visit Seattle this summer! It’s my first summer off since I graduated high school!

  204. BooBooNinja says:

    Happy Birthday!

  205. Kayla says:

    I’m a sucker for just about any kind of coffee or tea! happy birthday!

  206. Tania says:

    My favorite tea is the Peach one from Teavana

  207. Jess says:

    I had a TERRIBLE spa experience once involving getting follicular is from a bad wax job! It was awful. Ever since then I only go to Benefit for any waxes-I have never had a bad experience there!

  208. vns says:

    My fav highlighter is Chanel So Chanel.

  209. penny says:

    I’m in love with the soy chai tea latte from starbucks, iced. It’s my go to drink! Also, I recently go into L’Occitane products and their shea hand creme and milk body soap are amazing and a must try!

  210. Janet says:

    Happy Birthday, Karen!!!! πŸ™‚

  211. Christy says:

    I drink my coffee black! And it has to be a dark roast. πŸ™‚ Happy birthday! Enjoy the spa.

  212. Kristin says:

    Happy early b-day!

  213. karen says:

    I got a pedicure a manicure at a spa, but never a spa treatment so it doesn’t feel like I’ve really been to a spa.

    Happy birthday!

  214. Tran says:

    I’ve never been to a spa before but I am dying to try it!

  215. VictoriaJane says:

    Have a great birthday weekend!

  216. Nora says:

    any coffee is good coffee!

  217. Kimberly says:

    happy birthday!

  218. Jill says:

    Happy early birthday!!!! 36-soon-to-be-37??? no way!!!! you put my late 20’s self to shame!

  219. bin du says:

    first off, happy birthday!! The weathers been awful these past 2 days so hopefully its working out better for you! In other news i’ve decided to go on a project 10 pan. I was already going on a bit of a makeup purge but I kept justifying more and more blushes (my blush collection has more than doubled since 2012) its my favourite makeup item to buy but even now i’m thinking its getting to be too much. Let’s hope this goes well!

  220. Melissa says:

    My feet hurt today, so shopping online is ideal πŸ™‚ I think I need more Buxom cream eyeshadows!

  221. buckycatt says:

    I like the color palette of MAC Casual Color, but I hate having to dig things out of pots so I will probably not be purchasing any of these. I’m not a germophobe but pots strike me as unhygienic.

  222. Maria says:

    Yes I have been to a spa….mainly when I’m in need of a good deep tissue massage, which isn’t often since I can’t really afford to need it too often. LOL

  223. bruna louise says:

    nothing but a day at the spa! so good!

  224. Amanda G says:

    My favorite coffee is the americano I make in the mornings with freshly ground beans in my own espresso machine… four espresso shots, too much sugar, and hot hot water the rest of the way up. πŸ™‚

  225. Kathleen says:

    Have fun, hope your Bday is grand. I’ve actually never had a massage, DH doesn’t like the idea of someone else’s hands on me. Sweet, but frustrating! Thankfully he makes up for it with lots of rubs from him!! πŸ˜‰

  226. Christine says:

    I want to get a facial right now! And I love tea πŸ™‚ Happy birthday Karen!

  227. Mary says:

    I got a groupon for an all-in-one spa day that included a hairdo, manicure and pedicure, 1 hour massage, facial and small snack/lunch thing. It sounded great on paper, but when I got there I was less than impressed. It started off with the facial which was kind of odd, the lady kept telling me how awful my skin was. Next came the massage which would have been INCREDIBLE if I hadn’t had to keep reminding the masseuse of the areas I had marked on the sheet not to touch. I’m extremely sensitive about my body and it was a stretch for me to agree to a massage in the first place. Then came the mani/pedi, which is by far the WORST I’ve ever experienced. They looked like they had just opened, the woman was extremely annoying and I only had 5 shades of pink to choose from. Midway through the manicure I decided I’d had enough, and faked an emergency phone call from my family to get out…..

  228. Pamela says:

    I have 7 besties who I’ve known since I was 9 years old and we are now 34 and still friends!

  229. MelodyJ says:

    Happy Birthday!

    I like both coffee and tea. I love trying different types.


  230. Sara P. says:

    I love a nice latte in the morning!

  231. Jaa Maurer says:

    That cupcake looks delicious!! =D

  232. Anjali says:

    Happy Birthday!! a cup of tea sounds good πŸ™‚

  233. Janelle says:

    My old company once paid for me (and a few colleagues) to go to a spa in Callistoga. The mud bath was a *strange* experience. I fell asleep during my massage, because it was so relaxing; I wish I hadn’t, so that I could fully enjoy and remember the experience!

    Happy bday, Karen!

  234. Sophie says:

    Happy Birthday, Karen! We are both Geminis! My b-day is the 15th (not saying my age, tho). And I like my coffee black and strong. No sugar or creamer, thank you. ^.^

  235. Wendy says:

    My fav tea would be Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea company!

  236. Lucia W says:

    Happy birthday to u!!!

  237. Ashley says:

    About to watch Dracula!!

  238. Emily says:

    I love facials and massages. My next treat for myself will have to be a day at the spa.

  239. yuri says:

    just came back from a BBQ.. im stuffed

  240. Pansy says:

    Ive never been to a spa but I sure would like to! πŸ™‚

  241. Jessica says:

    Happy Birthday! Enjoy your massage! Thanks for the opportunity to win πŸ™‚

  242. Ris says:

    I love fruity black teas. Especially iced. Mmmm! And Happy Birthday!

  243. I’d love to go to a spa! I’ve only been to a fish foot spa, which was AMAZING.

  244. Daphne says:

    Wishing you a happy birthday!!

  245. alana says:

    Hey karen,
    I look forward to mondays just because i love your question and answer post!! Im graduating sunday from highschool and sephora cards were a major thing on my list haha happy early birthday

  246. Kay says:

    I love black teaaaa!

  247. Jennifer says:

    Have an awesome B-Day Karen! My bf’s is coming up soon– wonder what I’ll get him?


  248. Alison says:

    I love going to the spa for a great facial or pedicure!

  249. Crystal says:

    Happy birthday!!! And you’re from the Bay! Yay!!

  250. Nicole says:

    My favorite teas are english breakfast and earl grey.

  251. Bella says:

    I enjoy drinking tea, maybe less often than some people. I especially love using a sore throat as an excuse to drink my favorite Peet’s Tea Xiao’s Blend. SOOO yummy!

  252. Yukari says:

    My favourite “coffee” is a half sweet raspberry white mocha! Yuuuum

  253. corallista says:

    How I would love a massage right now! Enjoy your session Karen and a very Happy Birthday to you!
    corallista recently posted … MAC Permanent Eye shadow Swatches : Neutrals Part 1

  254. Liz says:

    Happy birthday, fellow June baby!

  255. Melodyy says:

    I haven’t ever been to a spa but I have an appointment for one recently! πŸ™‚

  256. Grace says:

    Happy birthday, Karen! Love from LA!

  257. angela n. says:

    hope I win…I’m always a loser when it comes to any type of raffle drawing…:)

  258. I have never been to spa and would love to go to one.

  259. Barbara says:

    Never heard of David’s Tea till yesterday and now there have been a few references ti it here, so I’ll have to check out the website.
    Never been to a spa, but I”m more envious of you going to Samovar cause it sounds great. Happy Birthday!

  260. KaylaK says:

    I have been inside of a spa to buy stuff but not to have a treatment least not yet! I should be getting my first facial by the end of this month! πŸ™‚

  261. Liz says:

    Sounds like a great agenda in SF. Happy Birthday!

  262. MarciaF says:

    I wonder what it would be like to own a cat. I’ve never had one and some day would love to do so.

  263. Manu says:

    I adore masala chai – and I miss it so much from home, and now that i’ve said this, I feel a bit homesick πŸ™‚

  264. terry says:

    I don’t do spas… Just facials.=D

  265. Pam says:

    One of my favorite teas is the mango one at Lovejoy’s in Noe Valley.

  266. Jana Ricketts says:

    Spas are wonderful! Have a great Birthday!!

  267. elle says:

    I tried a facial at a spa once… It was just okay. =/

  268. Iosefina says:

    I never went to a spa before and I prepare my own facials…and really enjoy them

  269. Vanessa says:

    I’m watching You’ve Got Mail … Such a classic!

  270. Advah says:

    My favourite coffee has toasted coconut in it!

  271. Kim D. says:

    I like tea and Happy Birthday!

  272. layla says:

    Oh boy, would I love to have a massage right now πŸ™‚ Hope you have an awesome birthday!

  273. Sue C. says:

    I love trying different teas but my favorite is always English Breakfast. I hope you have a great day out with your girlfriends and have a great Birthday!

  274. Ly Thanh Thao says:

    I wish I could win this give away

  275. Deanna G. says:

    I’ve never been to a spa. πŸ™

  276. Yesenia says:

    I would probably never go to a spa because i am a complete germaphobe xD

  277. Madeline says:

    I had a mediocre spa experience once. I was getting a massage and the lady’s breath smelled very bad! The massage itself was great though.

  278. happyhubbs says:

    I can use a spa treatment! I have never been this busy in my life.

  279. Hohete says:

    Happy Birthday, Karen! Have a wonderful day!

  280. Paige says:

    Just scheduled myself and the hubs for a couples massage and he is terrified! Should make for a fun spa experience πŸ™‚

  281. meena says:

    Happy Birthday Karen. I have never been to a spa. I love the Chai Tea Latte at Starbucks. I visited LA and San Diego 2 years ago. I would love to live in San Diego.

  282. pearl says:

    Happy Birthday Karen πŸ™‚ I love Florida. Its my all time fav holiday destination..

  283. Kelly M. says:

    Happy Birthday Karen! eats lots of cake and cupcakes for me!

  284. Alycia says:

    It seems like the older I get, the less I see my friends . . . we are just all so busy with work and our kids. So, I can relate to how you feel. And, you’re reminding me that I need to do something about it. I need some friend time soon!!!

  285. Rie Maeda says:

    i had this horrible facial experience where i got an allergic reaction to the facial and got this horrendous rash that lasted for a week πŸ™

  286. Nicolle S says:

    I seriously cannot wait for Madagascar 3 to hit theaters! Who’s with me?! Happy birthday!

  287. I have been to a spa a few times, the one time was on a cruise and we did this thing that said you could lose inches from all over. of course my friend and i did it and after the measuring we bought everything because we lost some inches LMAO so stupid. my hubby said we bought snake oil bwhahahahha I do love to go, though. Massages are awesome

    and Happy Birthday!!!!!

  288. Danielle says:

    The best birthday I ever had was dinner and drinks with my family. We always have a great time together but that birthday was really special.

  289. Amie F says:

    I like Earl Grey tea the best though I am more of a coffee drinker.

  290. Vnssa906 says:

    I’ve been dying to go to a spa … My sister and I are planning a spa day for our moms birthday this July πŸ™‚

  291. Carissa says:

    i love tea, but rarely drink coffee!

  292. Carol says:

    As long as my coffee and tea are cold with plenty of ice I like it. For coffee, I love any icy coffee/chocolate blend like the mocha fraps at Starbucks. And for teas, bubble teas for sure. My favorite flavor is apple black tea with lychee jelly.

  293. Tracie says:

    Congrats to my cousin who got married this weekend!

  294. Deborah Bolig says:

    I got a gift card to a spa for Mother’s Day. Can’t wait to use it!!

  295. jess says:

    i love weekends!

  296. Marjorie says:

    There’s a new Sephora opening this weekend! Would be wonderful to have a gift certificate to spend there! By the way Karen you have a wonderful blog!
    Hi from Montreal, Canada!

  297. Sara says:

    Best birthday was when I was 17 and all my friends through me a surprise party. Almost 20 yrs ago now but it was quite fun, I don’t think anyone could pull that off now!

  298. Megan says:

    Happy Birthday!
    I wish I could go to the spa

  299. Savannah says:

    Happy Birthday! I’m so jealous of your spa day!

  300. virginie says:

    HAppy birthday KAren. Never got a massage in my whole life! I have to think about it more seriously….

  301. Caitlin says:

    I love ginger based teas, but I recently tried the Aveda tea and it’s soooooo good!

  302. Maya says:

    happy b-day! πŸ˜€

  303. Lisa says:

    Happy birthday, Karen! I should have guessed you were a fellow Gemini : )

  304. Mariee says:

    Happy Birthday!

  305. Vicki says:

    I love going to the spa – just a fantastic treat. I like to get an Indian Head Massage or a facial.

  306. Lisa says:

    Happy birthday! I love massages, but it’s been a really long time since I had one. The boy bought me one for xmas a few years ago, but I haven’t been since.

  307. Liz says:

    I used to be a spa regular before we bought a house. Massage, facial, mani/pedi, wrap – you name it, I liked it. Oh well, at least I can still get the occasional massage at a local place that’s affordable.
    Liz recently posted … Best manicure EVAR

  308. Cass says:


  309. Tiffany says:

    Ahh, I’m so jealous of your SF/Bliss spa day! Hope you enjoyed your pre-bday festivities =)

  310. Rosemarie says:

    Happy Birthday!!! Hope you have a beautiful day!!

  311. Inday says:

    There was a spa in Danville that I used to go to when I could afford it but it’s been so long since then I can’t even remember the name of it anymore! LoL

  312. Karen M. says:

    I hope you enjoy your day!

  313. Melissa says:

    I always drink my coffee, be it a latte or coffee with a little cream, iced. Even in winter.

  314. Jane says:

    Happy birthday! A spa day sounds wonderful

  315. Christy O says:

    I have been wanting a hard-boiled egg for weeks.
    Why am I so lazy???

  316. Sophie says:

    I like good earth teas

  317. Cristy says:

    Hugs & Kisses Karen!!! Cristy(eating a Kit Kat) he he!! πŸ˜€

  318. Cassidey says:

    Happy Birthday! Enjoy your time at the spa!

  319. Michelle says:

    I like extra bold coffee! Yum!

  320. Susan says:

    i love tea!

  321. Roxanne says:

    Happy birthday from a fellow 30-something cat lady!

  322. Kelly says:

    A spa day would be great. I never been to one

  323. Crystal Ford says:

    I absolutely love coffee! There is nothing better than that very first taste in the morning :)….I like tea in the night time tho to relax πŸ™‚

  324. Brooke says:

    Happy early Birthday!! I’ve never been to a spa, but I’ve been dying to go to one! It’s been on my list of things to do for a long time!

  325. Faiza says:

    Happy birthday! Hope you had a fantastic weekend. I love the W for some lounging and you can’t beat a massage! πŸ™‚

  326. Ashley S. says:

    happy birthday beautiful{: have a wonderful day, thanks for the giveaway xo

  327. Tamara says:

    I’m trying to study for a master’s exam and all I hear in my apt building are people having fun/partying/being rude. πŸ™

  328. Caitlin says:

    I love all types of tea, frankly, but being a Southern girl I couldn’t live without my sweet tea!!!

  329. Sue says:

    Have to leave the town I have lived in for the past 34 years. So sad. A gift card would help with the sadness.

  330. Wendy says:

    Happy Bitthday! I spent my birthday this year in Vang Vieng, Laos along with hundreds of impaired Scandanavians

  331. Jess says:

    Giving away a gift card for YOUR birthday–well that’s just sweet of you : )

  332. Christy says:

    I have never been to a spa! I could use a massage right about now!

  333. irini says:

    I’m craving something sweet.

  334. Amanda says:

    I love drinking mostly green teas and my favorite coffee is Kona coffee! I love it! My dad is from Hawaii, so he introduced it to me a long time ago and I’m just so in love with it.

  335. Mikaela says:

    I NEED a massage ASAP or after I come back from working this summer camp. Mani/pedi will be a must!

  336. Kelly says:

    I just got a facial on Friday. Love my skin after!

  337. Larie says:

    I like lots of tea, but recently I’ve been really loving this Lavender Earl Grey from Adagio Teas!
    Larie recently posted … Empties + Rejects, V5

  338. Mai says:

    Does Thai Tea (with no boba) count as a type of tea? If so, that’s my favorite!
    Mai recently posted … Saturday Dinner Makeup FOTN

  339. Tiffany says:

    I love all teas!

  340. Helen Stockwell says:

    I purchased Sweetened Tea today at the grocery store. Was such a nice day to have a glass of sweet tea!!

  341. Laci says:

    Happy early birthday Karen! I just celebrated the 4th anniversary of my 29th birthday last week — the same week I finally finished my bachelor’s degree! πŸ˜€
    Laci recently posted … Recharging

  342. Tracy says:

    Happy Birthday!! Never been to a spa but would love to go : )

  343. DalaLuz says:

    Pre-happy-Bday you spring chicken!

  344. Mary says:

    Happy birthday!

    And I’ve never been to a spa, woe.

  345. ***Happy Birthday Karen*** For your Unsung Hero Profile I really think NARS blush Zen should be an item that is talked about. This blush is an amazing addition to anyone’s makeup collection.Don’t be fooled by it’s simple look. Zen can be used as a beautiful contour color to the cheeks or used under a brighter blush to really pop that color. Zen is one of my favorites. Check it out people the next time you are at the NARS counter.


  346. ali says:

    I put on makeup daily! I’m obsessed!

  347. Jenn says:

    I’ve been to a “spa”…. πŸ˜› I use Bliss religiously and need more bubbles!!

  348. Taryn says:

    I wonder if Snow White is any good. Hope so!

  349. Kristi says:

    Happy happy birthday!

  350. Andrea says:

    I’m going grocery shopping with my boyfriend today! We just moved in together πŸ™‚

  351. knownever says:

    If i won this I would use it to buy my mom and aunt something nice. My aunt is sick and my mom is being a real hero supporting her through it. they both deserve someone to be nice to them for no reason.

  352. Gala says:


  353. Halifax says:

    Happy birthday Karen

  354. Happy Birthday Doll Face

  355. Hillary says:

    I went to a spa on Wednesday to get a massage. It was in a scary part of town and looked just as scary from the outside but inside was a little piece of heaven. Best massage ever.

  356. Stef says:

    Karen, you are gorgeous!

  357. kim c says:

    I was once at a spa getting a full body scrub and shine and the spa ran out of hot water completely. I was lying on the spa bed naked and was rinsed in freezing cold water. I was so cold I couldn’t stop shivering so they put me in their sauna to warm up. The spa made up for the horrible experience by offering me another spa day with additional services at no charge.

  358. Camelia Andrasescu says:

    I swim today !
    I follow you on twitter : @cameliaadriana
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  359. Julia Alkaseltzer says:

    Going to a spa is one of the most relaxing things I ever do. I feel so refreshed afterwards. Also, I’m a coffee junkie. πŸ™‚

  360. Catherine Watkins says:

    I love peach tea for the summer!

  361. Dawn says:

    I have had and enjoyed several facials in the past, but I have had only one massage while I was on vacation. It was very relaxing, but I just couldn’t get over how creepy I felt having a stranger rub all over me! Oh well, maybe it’s just me!

  362. aradhana says:

    happy birthday, karen!

    i love earl grey tea…

  363. Dr Melissa says:

    Happy B-day from a fellow Gemini!


  364. christine says:

    happy birthday!

  365. Kimberly says:

    Happy birthday, Karen!!! I just started a new job after waitressing for the last 6 years! Yeah, I don’t know how I lasted that long, either!! So, besides needing a complete overhaul of my wardrobe (everything is supa-tight!), I also need some office-friendly makeup! Whaddya, say? Make me the happiest (and prettiest, natch!) girl in the office, whydontcha! πŸ˜‰

  366. lotusmakeup says:

    I wanted to share a weird spa story. I used a gift certificate for a mud wrap. I got wrapped in mud and was freezing. Then i was wrapped like a burrito in plastic and a blanket and left for 30 minutes. Apparently it had detox properties. For the rest of the day i felt all fuzzy headed and almost tipsy. Apparently i need my toxins πŸ˜‰

  367. Jennifer says:

    I loooove Oolong tea when I want something warm and sweet Southern style tea when I want something cold. I LOVE TEA! Happy almost birthday!

  368. Justine says:

    I like coffee that’s not too strongly caffeinated. It doesn’t need to be decaf.

  369. Cassie says:

    I love the passion tea from starbucks! I brew it at home, and it is so refreshing to have on a hot day! I also love green tea for the added health benefits, and yummy flavor. πŸ™‚ I have never been to a spa, unfortunately, but if I am lucky enough to win the fabulous sephora gift card, I will definitely be purchasing some spa-worthy items to treat myself to my very own spa day! Glad you had a pampered birthday Karen, you deserve it! πŸ™‚

  370. Natasha says:

    I’m into organic teas lately, they do taste different. I mostly prefer green tea, and the Arabic-influenced green tea with mint is a must-have for me in summer.

  371. Traci Reid says:

    Happy Birthday!!! Hope you have a blast!! Spas are the best getaway & relaxation that we all deserve!

  372. Alexa says:

    I love buying massages on groupon! Saves me some money and allows for massages slightly more frequently. Happy birthday!

  373. Amy says:

    Would love this gift certificate as I’m on the market for a new hair iron!

  374. Jess says:

    Happy birthday!

  375. Lunachique says:

    My favorite tea is chai, but I love hazelnut lattes. I have only been to a spa once, and it was wonderful!

  376. Raquel says:

    I’ve never been to a spa, but would like to experience it one day.

  377. Kell says:

    Passion tea is the best! I always order it. It’s always relaxes me, I have no idea why

  378. Raquel says:

    Hello! What facial did you get at bliss?

  379. Rachel says:

    Happy Early Birthday! That Samovar Tea Lounge looks ah-may-zing. I’m sipping tea today too, although not for pure pleasure. This damn spring cold has my throat all scratchy. :-/

  380. Carlee says:

    Love both tea and coffee! Happy Birthday Karen!!! πŸ™‚

  381. Crystal W says:

    You should join my club ..the girls who celebrate their annual 29th birthday…instead of having to remember all those escalating numbers!

  382. Ambrrr says:

    Have a Happy Birthday! I’ll eat a cupcake and tell myself it was in your honor. The other four’ll be on me.

  383. Lindsey says:

    I LOVE spas!! I try to go as often as I can!

  384. Emily says:

    Happy birthday! Wish I were getting a massage soon.

  385. Angela says:

    Happy Birthday Karen! Sounds like you have a fabulous birthday planned.
    Random fact: I am obsessed with London Fog tea lattes. An extra shot of vanilla makes all the delicious difference.
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  386. maggie mae says:

    I’ve just been to the spa for the 1st time last month. I had a hot stone massage and it was amazing! Happy Birthday Karen!!

  387. Karen F says:

    Happy birthday! My little brother just turned 16 on June 1st! Ack!

  388. Amy says:

    Happy birthday! That cupcake looks yummy! It was my sister’s birthday yesterday and we had some delicious red velvet cupcakes.

  389. Never been to a spa. I find them intimidating.

  390. Prima says:

    Vanilla Chai tea is one of God’s greatest creations..
    right next to Ryan Reynolds

  391. Jessica Kottoor says:

    Watching Smurfs movie and thinkin about all the wonderful things I would buy if I won the gift card. So far I have, Tarte concealer and the Laura Mercier Eyes and Cheek palette xx

  392. Sarah says:

    My best friend is Caroline Elizabeth Crew:)

  393. Bonnie says:

    Really love SephoraðŸℒ🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌸

  394. Christine says:

    I’ve always wanted to go to a spa, but have never been!

  395. Jackee says:

    Never been to a spa, I’m too scared to fall asleep while someone is massaging me!! LOL

  396. Alyssa Lee says:

    My boyfriend owes me a trip to the spa, I can’t wait until I get to go!!! Γ°ΕΈΛœΖ’

  397. Grace says:

    I’ve gone to a spa in Asia before but I want to go to one here and get extractions done. I have so many clogged pores. =( Any skincare products to help with that?

  398. shawna c. says:

    πŸ™‚ I love you and your blog. Wanna wish u a happy birthday beautiful!

  399. kalcedon says:

    Tea-wise, nothing better than good old Earl Grey with loads of sugar and loads of lemon, at least for me. But I love almost any kind of fruit tea (the same way :D) too.

  400. beth says:

    I’m a teacher….and man am I glad to be out for the summer….I can now take better care of myself….more time!

  401. Jessica says:

    I have never had a massage before. I’m been thinking of getting one soon tho. I just have this thing about people touching me. lol

  402. Angie says:

    I wish tomorrow wasn’t Monday.

  403. Danielle says:

    I’ve never had a bad spa experience- unless you count mani/pedi in that category. I was preparing for a trip to FL last year and went in for a mani/pedi before I left and not even 24 hours into my trip (I went the day before my flight) my nails were chipping like crazy. I was not pleased!

  404. Nicole says:

    I have only been to the spa once – a friend gifted me a certificate for a massage.

  405. Rai says:

    I love Sephora!

  406. Elle says:

    I just bought the new Trader Joe’s vanilla chai coffee and am so excited to try it this week! It’s a special treat to perk me up in the mornings, since my new job starts on Tuesday.

  407. Tiffany says:

    Happy Birthday! June babies unite!!

  408. Carolyn N. says:

    I haven’t been to a spa yet! One day I’ll treat myself! πŸ™‚

  409. brittany says:

    I love tazo awake for mornings and twinnings earl grey any other time of the day πŸ™‚

  410. Molly says:

    Green tea all the way! I always brew a few packs and keep it in the fridge. Amazing health benefits and the earlier in the day you drink it, the more it helps your metabolism!

  411. Jenn says:

    mmm favorite type of coffee? I don’t know I love it all!

  412. julio says:

    Omg! Geminis!!!!

  413. Lorraine says:

    I have never been to a spa but I am thinking of sending my mom and her friend to one soon! They deserve it. πŸ™‚

  414. McKenzie says:

    I’ve not been to a spa before, but my best friend and I have plans to go to one during a trip to Barcelona in September. She’s not really been to a spa before either, so we’re both excited!

  415. Maris says:

    Happy birthday! Spas are the BEST

  416. Yao says:

    I love massages, but my last one was almost two years ago!

  417. Ivy says:

    I’ve never been to a spa. Maybe in the future!

  418. Ami says:

    The closet thing I’ve had to a bad spa experience was when I went for a special hour and a half aromatherapy massage and the lady who was supposed to do it didn’t come to work for some reason. So the spa gave me a free hour and a half regular massage!

  419. Christine says:

    I’m too ticklish for a massage!

  420. Theresa says:

    I’ve never been to a spa but would love to go one day. It is just very pricey and i’m sure I can’t get out of there without spending 150+. i got a pedicure with my bff at a spa-ish place though lol.

  421. Isabella531 says:

    happy birthday fellow gemini. Im very much looking forward to my upcoming massage time with my bestie as well.

  422. Dawn Peacher says:

    Happy Birthday and enjoy your day. it sounds wonderful !!

  423. Claire says:

    I really need this to stock up on philosophy’s amazing grace!

  424. Iris says:

    Happy birthday! My favourite type of tea is chai or black tea.

    I haven’t been to a spa before but would love to go one day.

    Thank you for the giveaway. Cheers!

  425. Charity S says:

    I really love green tea.

  426. Brandi says:

    My best birthday/spa experience is when my dad took me and the rest of my family on a trip to Las Vegas! We stayed at the MGM hotel in the penthouse suite…right next to David Copperfield! He even pulled me on stage during one of his shows while I was there. πŸ™‚ I also got treated to a massage and hot stone facial at the hotel’s spa and they were both amazing! I had never had a hot stone massage before, and I was worried that I wouldn’t like it, but now it’s my favorite and I hope to have another one again sometime!

  427. Sarah G. says:

    Hope you enjoyed your massage!

  428. Karen C says:

    Have you tried the new periccone md no concealer concealer? It’s amazing!

  429. Colleen says:

    My birthday is this Friday on the eighth. I’m turning 22!

  430. Christina says:

    BFFs Elia & Mariana

  431. Emma says:

    Had a spa day a couple years ago with my girlfriends as a ‘bridal shower.’ Such a fun day : )

  432. Christina says:

    Happy Birthday. I have actually never had a proper facial. I am thinking that’s what I’ll ask for for *my* birthday.

  433. Jessy says:

    I have never been to a spa but I would love to be able to treat my sister and I πŸ™‚

  434. katie says:

    i have a migraine :*(

  435. Rita says:

    Happy birthday! Oh gosh, I would love an Urban Decay Naked palette…

  436. kirsten says:

    I’m actually getting a massage really soon!

  437. Samantha says:

    I love hot green tea, and the spa!

  438. Estella miller says:

    I should have bought stock in Sephora! It’s my second home!

  439. Amiee says:

    Man, I really want to go to a spa now.

  440. Emily Dinan says:

    I wanna winnnnn!

  441. Stephanie says:

    It’s been such a nice weekend, but grinding back to work tomorrow is going to require some motivation!
    Stephanie recently posted … Try Before You Buy: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Foundation

  442. Nicoleee says:

    I recently bought some briiiight fuschia lipstick…. best decision I ever made.

  443. Chrissy Kasper says:

    I’ve lost 22 pounds this year. Still can’t wrap my head around it. Sometime I feel like it’s not much because I’m still shaped the same. Just smaller.

  444. Rachel says:

    Happy birthday! I love tea, drink it all day long. Love black tea & green. Yum!

  445. Izabella says:

    I have never been to spa πŸ™ oh well maybe one day.

    Happy birthday Karen πŸ™‚

  446. Katherine says:

    I think I enjoyed your “knot” pun more than I should have. πŸ™‚
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  447. Lori Stewart says:

    I love going to spas” my friends & I went for a spa weekend at the Williamsburg (VA) Spa for my 50th birthday. Had my favorite tea there, too – vanilla. Ò˜º

  448. Patty says:

    Love your website! Thanks for geting me addicted to makeup πŸ™‚

  449. Karissa says:

    Today I went to a surprise bridal shower for my cousin in law – she was totally surprised! They had excellent food, and it was a lot fun. I am looking forward to her wedding next month!

  450. Bel P. says:

    Hi Karen! My favorite kind of tea is Chamomile! πŸ™‚

  451. chibicheeks says:

    I love all tea!!! especially those by Harney & Sons… although the packaging might be a big reason for that…hehe

  452. Dhara says:

    Happy Birthday know whenever I see your face shots, I think it would be nice if I would be able to carry off make up with such elegance when I reach my 30’s πŸ™‚
    Have been to a spa bt had a bad experience..the girl just wouldn’t stop talking and I hd no fun !!

  453. Ginelle says:

    I am addicted to Starbucks iced green lattes! I can’t get enough πŸ™‚

  454. monika says:

    Spa experience depends all on person, that delivers the service. With some u click and with others……..not so much. Nothing worse than getting a massage from smoker though, nothing.

  455. Katie says:

    I’m not much of a tea person, but I LOVE coffee – pretty much any kind that is well-made. I had a really funny adventure trying to get a coffee maker and coffee beans when I was living in China (instant was not cutting it!). One store sold coffee makers, but not beans, and another sold beans, but not the coffee maker.

    I’ve never really been to a spa, but I would love to try a hot stone massage.

  456. Paula says:

    Would love to win this gift card!

  457. Demi says:

    I just got a new dog!

  458. Jasmine says:

    Happy birthday honey I hope you enjoy your special day πŸ™‚ Last Tuesday I dropped off my job application at Sephora πŸ™‚ fingers crossed I get a call back & a interview it would be a dream job for me!! I’m so nervous because I really want this job & I would love to be surrounded by makeup all day & beautiful women who are beauty addicts like me lol πŸ™‚

  459. Hope your birthday is/was GREAT! Time seriously flies waaaaay too fast! lol
    I’ll be turning 35 this October and can’t understand how this happened?? :-/

    Thank you for all the little Sephora giveaways you tweet.
    And thanks for all the great blog posts! I really enjoy them.

  460. mrsshukra says:

    Watching Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol!

  461. jenelle l says:

    I love hair and make up, sharing my passion with everyone and never feeling like what I do is work……

  462. JaNelle says:

    I hurt my foot yesterday.. been in the bed all day. The good news, I was able to redo my manicure! WooT!

  463. Rene Groyer says:

    Well my favorite tea is Earl Grey.I went to a spa once in Mauritius and had a full body massage.
    It was incredible.

  464. Marika Jagielska says:

    I reaally wanna win this giftcard ! ;))

  465. Chelsea says:

    Went to a spa once, it was lovely. I hate coffee, but I had some really good tea today at a girlfriend’s house… mango/blackberry from Trader Joe’s? Yummm!

  466. April says:

    I’ve been to the spa only a few times but I loved it!

  467. I spend WAY too much time at spas. I really love massages. Happy birthday!

  468. E.Nicole says:

    On my best birthday, my aunt prepared a pasta dinner.

  469. Sarah says:

    My best birthday was a surprise party myfamily gave me for my 18th birthday. Happy Birthday to you!!

  470. Katrina says:

    My best birthday was this year on May 10th, my 22nd birthday when my long-distance boyfriend who’s in the Marine Corps surprised me and took me out celebrate!

  471. Tricia Fitzgerald says:

    I’ve never been to a spa but I really want to go to one!! Also, I love coffee, my fave is a iced white chocolate mocha at startbucks. πŸ˜€

  472. Patricia says:

    Happy Birthday Karen! IÒ€ℒm a coffee drinker till the end! πŸ™‚

  473. Denise says:

    I just went to the salon yesterday. Had a cut & color, and a mani-pedi. I love going to the spa too. The Thai place near my home is cheap and good.
    Denise recently posted … NOTW: Chunky Pink Glitter Tips

  474. Renee Z says:

    Would LOVE to win a gift card!! I spend way too much at Sephora as it is. Haha

  475. Polly Wu says:

    I love the ice white mocha from starbucks!!

  476. T.Davis says:

    Looking forward to attending my cousin’s wedding in Jamaica. A much needed vacay!

  477. Kelly in DC says:

    I’m getting married in less than 2 weeks!! crazy! so excited!

  478. Lola AM says:

    Not really a coffee or tea drinker. Only hot beverage I like is cocoa.

  479. Denisse says:

    I love drinking tea better than coffee! πŸ™‚

  480. Carla says:

    I used to be a much bigger tea fiend than I am now. But my favourites remain a tie between a particular Monk’s Blend from a tea store in Calgary, and the Aveda calming tea. Both so tasty!

  481. Petunia says:

    happy birthday girl!

  482. Lynn says:

    Happy early birthday!!

  483. Erandy Gonzalez says:

    I love Burke Williams in Santana Row!!
    Ps. Give tabs a big kiss for me!!!!!!!

  484. Vanessa C. says:

    Wish I could afford to go to the spa right now!

  485. Leenoff says:

    Happy Early Birthday! Hope you have a great celebration πŸ™‚

  486. Peggy Chung-Wan says:

    Khloe the pup would like to say “hi” to Tabs.

  487. Cecy says:

    Tea while getting a massage would be so sweet right now… Now I’ll be thinking about this all week

  488. Gina says:

    I’ve been to a spa once before! I got a lovely facial. I felt so refreshed afterward!

  489. Hazel says:

    Pretty sad right now. Stressed from work, relationships, and life in general.. Hope everyone’s having a better day than I am.

  490. MizJawnson says:

    I’d love to get a specialized service at a spa – like a wrap or massage – but I usually go in for more maintenance services.

  491. Nadia A says:

    Today was my son’s 3rd birthday. He had a great day and especially loved his birthday cake, which was delicious. πŸ˜€

  492. Erum says:

    What type of “natural” daily sunscreen would you recommend I spend my $50 on :-). Real question about the sunscreen though.

  493. mn says:

    Hope you had a great get together with the girls!

  494. LMNmakeup says:

    The best birthday I had was last year when I turned 30 and my fiance proposed to me!

  495. Hillary says:

    Moroccan Mint green tea – and happy birthday!

  496. nekosan says:

    One of my default teas is PG Tips; not too exciting, but good with milk.

  497. nora says:

    Happy birthday .ive never been to a spa. id like to one day.

  498. Toby says:

    It was just my birthday a few days ago! I spent the day at the aquarium, which was pretty awesome. :>

  499. Blanca says:

    My baby turns 2 in 7 days. I can’t believe how fast they grow:( I’ll have a 2 & 4 year old.

  500. Karen says:

    Happy Birthday Karen and thanks for the giveaway!

  501. briann says:

    coffee…so yummy

  502. Phyrra says:

    My last birthday was the best I ever had. I spent it with my 5 favorite people and and my dogs and it was awesome.
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  503. Jesselyn says:

    Just had a spa treatment last week! massage & facial πŸ™‚

  504. Christine says:

    Happy Birthday Karen!!!

  505. Kris Cameron says:

    Favorite spa experience has to be a massage. They never get old!!

  506. This is my first time entering your giveaway. Thanks for doing it. Have a happy birthday!!

  507. Cynthia W says:

    I have had a hot rocks massage before – wonderful!

  508. Sara says:

    Hope you have wonderfully relaxing birthday!

  509. Kelly says:

    Happy birthday and thank you for hosting such an informative beauty blog πŸ™‚ keep up the good work!!!

  510. Krystle says:

    Hope you have a great birthday!

  511. Elaine says:

    I love tea; I need to go to a tea house or something sometime.

    Have a happy birthday!

  512. Kath says:

    Happy birthday.Age is definitely not a number but a feeling. Feel young, look young. xo

  513. Hope you have a lovely birthday Karen! And hopefully a very relaxing massage. I’ve never been to a spa before, but hopefully someday I’ll go! Favorite coffee…really love Peet’s coffee, black. And then for tea, any green tea is usually a good call πŸ˜€ Thanks for the giveaway!
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  514. Dixie says:

    If you could have one thing free in the world what would you pick?

  515. Michka says:

    I am going to IMATS for the first time ever and I cannot stop thinking about it!! I hope I can get everything on my list!

  516. Dafne says:

    My favorite tea is Passion tea lemonade from Starbucks!

    Happy Birthday!

  517. marisol says:

    One of the best birthdays I’ve ever had was last year when I saw U2 in Oakland and Bono sang happy birthday to a friend. I know he wasn’t singing it for me but I pretended he was. He and 44,000 people.

  518. jennifer S says:

    Happy birthday! I just went to get a massage yesterday…. eh not that satisfying.

  519. Heather says:

    Happy birthday Karen!! Have never been to a spa, but would love to go to one!

  520. Chasidy says:

    I love massages!!! Yes, Spas are the greatest!!! We should make trips more often to them!!! LOL!!! BTW, Happy Bday!!!

  521. Chelsie says:

    Happy early birthday! Am I the only person who thinks the latest MAC collection is a bit of a disappointment?

  522. divinem says:

    Happy Birthday, Karen!

    Have you discovered Hakuhodo brushes? I have over the past few months and have established a beautiful collection. They are pure luxury where applying makeup is concerned. They make my MAC brushes feel like toilet bowl brushes! If you feel like treating yourself, I highly recommend starting with the S103.

    Hope you had a great birthday!

  523. Dee says:

    Happy Birthday!!

  524. Sarah r says:

    Love this website! I. Have also been to the spa for a facial

  525. Janet says:

    I’ve gotten facials before, but I’ve never been to an actual spa. It’s usually so expensive… But I guess I wouldn’t know if it’s worth it unless I try!

  526. Lucia says:

    I’ve never been to a spa but hopefully that’ll change soon!! =) Hope you had a good time at the Bliss spa =)

  527. Ellie says:

    I really want to go to a spa sometime, and get a pedi or something, but the prices put me off!

  528. Lisa B. says:

    Happy Belated Birthday!

    • Lisa B. says:

      Oops, I mean early birthday!
      I’ve had a couple of facials from different spas–neither was that great though, unfortunately (masks that sting!); but I love mani- and especially pedicures; the massage that comes with those always feel really good.

  529. I go to a Korean spa here in Los Angeles. It’s amazing and usually full of just me and my girlfriends and very old ladies. Ahhhhh, enjoy!

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