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Friend Makin’ Mondays: Makeup Favorites and Patting My Own Back

I can’t believe the weekend is already over, but I reached some major milestones that have helped me find a little of the confidence that I lost last year.  I posted that I completed 5 miles on the elliptical Friday night, trying to replace what could have been a food disaster with healthy habits, and it worked.  By the time I reached the end of the first mile, I knew I would not be going home to eat junk food.

Saturday was a much healthier day of eating, but it was also a busy day so I didn’t hit the gym for an intense workout.  I did some leisurely walking instead and accomplished some other things that needed to be done.  Then last night, after another day of excellent food choices, I was craving the gym so I went and completed 6 miles on the elliptical, and it felt great to know that I could have kept going!

I shaved 39 seconds off per mile...=)

When I tried the elliptical for the first time, doing 30 seconds seemed impossible so the fact that I can do 80 minutes without much thought feels incredible.  I may not be winning any races at this point, but I’m consistent.  And that’s enough to make me feel pretty good about my abilities right now.  I often talk about how far I have to go, but on days like today, it’s fun to think about how far I’ve already come.

And now that I’ve patted myself on the back, it’s time for FMM!   This week’s topic is courtesy of Bella, One of the lovely ladies that makes FMM so great. You might know her already, but if you don’t, you should so stop by her blog, today and get to know her.

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

FMM: Makeup Favorites


  1. Do you wear makeup everyday? Hmmm, I wear it almost everyday, but I skip it when I’m just headed to the gym or the grocery store.
  2. Does your routine change if you’re going out with friends/on a date/to a party? If so, how? Definitely…I put in a little more effort if I know that photos could be involved.
  3. Are you loyal to one brand, or do you use different brands for different things? I use different brands for different things…I used to be loyal to one brand, but that was a long, long time ago.  Now I try to use what’s best for my skin regardless of the brand.
  4. Do you wear primer/concealer? If so, what’s your favorite kind?  Yes and yes…My favorite primer is by Arbonne.  I can sweat my guts out, and my makeup stays in place.  And I use the best concealer on the planet, Touche eclat by Yves Saint Laurent.
  5. What’s your favorite brand of foundation? Bobbi Brown – it’s the only brand I’ve found that works for me…I only wish I had known about it sooner.
  6. Do you use blush and/or bronzer?  If so, what’s your favorite kind?  I love Bobbi Brown blush too, but my bronzer (which I use constantly) is by Urban Decay.
  7. Do you wear eye shadow/eye liner?  If so, what’s your favorite kind? (Are you liking the theme here? :)) Yep…I adore cream shadows by Laura Mercier!  They don’t cake, and they still look good 24 hours later. (Don’t ask me why I know this..ha)  And my eye-liner has to be water-proof.  I usually go with Aqua Eyes or MAC.
  8. What’s your favorite kind of mascara?
  9. Lipstick? Lip gloss? Both? Favorite? When I’m applying it for the first time with the rest of my makeup, I use both.  But I wear lip gloss constantly…My favorite brands are Bare Escentuals and Buxom.  (Buxom gets minty after a minute or two.  I totally recommend it.)
  10. Do you wear nail polish regularly?  If so, share a few of your favorite brands/colors.  Oh yes, I change it every few days (sometimes more often than that!)  My favorite brand is OPI, but I really like Essie and Chanel as well.  I have too many favorite colors to mention, but you can see a few of my favorites on my pinterest board! (Yes, I paint my nails then post it on Pinterest.  Is anyone really surprised by this?)  Are we connected there?

    Today's color is Bobbing for Baubles by Essie!

  11. How do you remove your makeup at the end of the day?  I use Aveeno pads that are soft on one side and exfoliating on the other side, and I use makeup remover for my eye makeup.
  12. Do you feel prettier when you’re wearing makeup?  Yes, definitely.  My posture is better, and overall, I look more confident.
  13. Do you have any beauty tips that you could pass along?  I have chronic dark circles which are so much better now that I drink about a gallon of water a day.  But I tend to burn the candle at both ends, and when I want to look bright-eyed and alert, I use Laura Gellar’s Wonder Wand.  I discovered it a few years ago thanks to Sara at Bombshell Beauty, and it’s definitely my favorite way to brighten my look.

Now it’s your turn to answer the questions!  Don’t forget to say hi to Bella and a few other bloggers!  And also be sure to come back and leave a link to your FMM post in the comments!  Happy Monday friends!


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    Kelly @ No Thanks to Cake
    January 30, 2012 at 2:04 am

    Hi Kenlie – Makeup’s not my forte, but I decided to participate this week just the same. Looking forward to reading more from everyone else and picking up some tips!

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    January 30, 2012 at 2:08 am

    I participated, and gave it my best, but I only wear makeup a few times a year. Anyway, here are my answers. 🙂

    Even if the topic isn’t really an interest of mine, I’ve still had a lot of fun doing this with everyone! I’ll be back tomorrow to see what everyone has posted!

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    January 30, 2012 at 5:59 am

    Great job on the elliptical! It is always so great to reach milestones! Fantastic.

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    January 30, 2012 at 6:59 am

    Here’s mine.

    Good job on the butt kicking workouts!

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    Nikki (Weight Loss Girl)
    January 30, 2012 at 7:24 am

    I love this FFM idea and this is my first time participating. Check out my answers at:

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    January 30, 2012 at 8:45 am

    I wish no one wore make-up ever and we’d all just accept each other the way we look naturally. But until that happens, I follow the herd and wear it also. Not much, but most days.

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    January 30, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Even though I don’t wear makeup often, I love it so I thought this was a fun topic!

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      Nina Patricia
      January 30, 2012 at 11:30 am

      HI Becca, I wanted to leave you a comment on the nail polish but I don’t see how…

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        January 30, 2012 at 2:27 pm

        Hi Nina…I’m sorry…I’m trying to figure out how to allow comments on my Tumblr. Hopefully it’ll be working in a couple hours!

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    January 30, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Total Newbie to the makeup world… fun to read these!

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    January 30, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Thank you so much for using so many of my questions! Makeup is always one of my favorite topics. This was a blast.

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    January 30, 2012 at 10:16 am

    I LOVED this weeks topic!

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    January 30, 2012 at 10:27 am

    I had to break out my makeup bag for this one! Fun topic!

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    January 30, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Hi all, * waving frantically* New here although I have been salivating over David’s mini shrimp and crab cakes recipe more often than I care to admit. They look soooo good!! My first time participating in FMM and I couldn’t have chosen a worse time because I wear make-up so rarely. I need make-up help badly lol

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    January 30, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Haven’t blogged in a while. Maybe this will jump start me!

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    Nina Patricia
    January 30, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Oh, this is one of my favorites subjects! Thanks Bella 🙂

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    January 30, 2012 at 11:17 am

    One of my favorite topics!

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    Desperate Student
    January 30, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I don’t wear make up very often but I still participated! I thought this was really neat, thanks for hosting 🙂

    Post is here:

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    January 30, 2012 at 11:53 am

    I’m not participating this week simply because I went to bed early to get up to go to the gym early, but this topic would have been fun!

    Great job on the elliptical, I should have tossed the junk food this weekend and worked out instead too!

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    January 30, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    This was such a fun FMM for me, I’m lovin all the product reccomendations and tips!

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    January 30, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Love this! Congrats on your elliptical achievements! And you should totally be a hand model!! LOL

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    January 30, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Mine’s up (finally)…

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    blair lieber
    January 30, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    I don’t really wear make up but I did it anyways!!

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    January 30, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Congrats on your elliptical work! I’m always afraid to get my heart rate up there because I’m worried that it will just stop. So, it is something I continue to work on 🙂

    Makeup isn’t really my thing as you’ll see, but it was still a fun topic to explore. I’m enjoying reading everyone else’s posts!

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    January 30, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Woohoo for kicking butt on the elliptical!
    Here is mine:

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    January 31, 2012 at 12:41 am

    A little late in the day(hey, it’s not even 11 yet where I am, still Monday 🙂 )….but joining in!

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    January 31, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Here’s mine! This was fun!! Love it!

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    January 31, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    This looks fun! I am going to try and get this in on Mondays! Cheers!

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    January 31, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    I am a bit late to the party since I’m adding my post on Tuesday… but I love these FMM things so much, I couldn’t miss a week! Loved the questions this week! So fun!!!

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    January 31, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    A bit late to the FMM party… but I couldn’t pass up these great questions!

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