11 Questions Tag (Avon, Kolaches, Bookworm, etc)

Sam over at Samandro did this tag and offered her own 11 Questions to whoever wanted to answer them.  See her post {here}.

1. What got you interested in makeup?

My mommy is the avon lady pinback buttons

I think this goes back to when I was little.  My mom sold Avon for a majority of my childhood.  Every week was like Christmas for me when that slightly scented Avon box arrived from UPS. (I’m not sure if it was perfume or packaging but I swear every box had a scent to it.)  Every week I’d scour the books for what was available.  And some times if I was really lucky mom would order something special for me…I think it might have started as nail polish which could explain my obsession now?!  
2. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?

Peach Kolache from Kolache Factory

This is harder than I thought…but I’d have to say a cherry kolache.  Its basically a Czech pastry that I grew up eating when my grandma or great aunt would bake them.  They are a delicious melt-in-your-mouth sweet dough with cherry filling in the middle and a sweet crunchy topping.  I fondly remember my grandma making strawberry ones every now and then when she had fresh strawberries and that is also one of my favorites.  I have it on my list to try my hand at baking them some winter when I can con my mom into helping me!  Lets hope the stars align for to happen this year! 

3. What is your favorite book or TV show?

Bones TV Show Poster 12x36

Oh boy…this is also hard.  Favorite TV show…Bones.   I’m a bit of a bookworm or nookworm since I got a nook color for Christmas a couple years ago!!!  Favorite book(s)…there are a lot but one that I go back to over and over again is Nebraska author Bess Streeter Aldrich’s “A Lantern In Her Hand” that I read in a college lit class but if I’m feeling super nostalgic –  my book case back home has the set of Little House on the Prairie books!   I also love what my friends call chick flicks.  And enjoy books on business and leadership but I won’t bore you with those titles.


4. What beauty habit do you just not understand?

Excessive tanning – I worry when I see some people who are super brown and they look stunning but I have to wonder what their skin will be like when they are older if they keep it up, or if they are even wearing SPF!?  I hope they are but I can’t tan – I burn and if I’m luck it’ll fade into a slight tan but I rarely let that happen.  I will randomly self tan if I need some color but typically I don’t – I’m fair skinned and will just stick with it! 
OPI Kiss Me On My Tulips5. What’s your favorite nail polish brand?

I have to change this to brands.  OPI, Sephora by OPI, Orly, Sally Hansen, Zoya, and really any brand with a color that catches my eye!

6. What’s your favorite part about being a blogger?

I’m still pretty new to blogging.  But my favorite part is interacting with people that I would have never met before blogging and people who share the same interests as me. 
How To Wash Your Face For A Beautiful, Glowing Skin7. What’s the first thing you do when you get up in the morning?

Wash my face – either with an exfoliating scrub or a regular cleanser with salicylic acid which keeps my skin clear and hydrated.  

Love the Bubble Necklace8. If you could only wear either jewelry or lipstick for the rest of your life which would you choose?

Jewelry – I think I could change it up a lot more with jewelry rather than lipstick!

9. Who’s your top celebrity crush?

Channing Tatum Paul Walker

Its a tie…Channing Tatum…or Paul Walker
Nelson Mandela Education quote via www.Edutopia.org10. You’ve just become queen of the world, what’s the first issue you tackle?

Education.  I want everyone to have equal opportunities to continue their education.  It will not be mandatory because college or earning multiple degrees isn’t for everyone but I think it should be a choice that everyone has.  This is totally cliche but Knowledge is power!  The more we know the more we can improve our lives and the lives of those around us.   
Masters Deluxe Hood - Masters Hoods - Masters Products - Faculty11. What’s one thing people wouldn’t realize about you at first glance?

That I’m an over-achiever and have three college degrees (AAS,BS,MBA).  I work in a male dominated world and I absolutely hate the stereotype that since I’m female in a male environment that I’m simply a ditzy secretary.  The hugest pet peeve EVER!  

Your turn! 🙂

Here are my 11 questions for you!  If you choose to answer them…please link your post in a comment so I can read your answers in case I missed the post!

1. What is the one piece of makeup that you always have in your purse or on you at all times?

2. What is your favorite and cheapest makeup product?

3. What is your favorite lip product & color?  Are you a gloss girl, lipstick, balm, etc…

4. What is your favorite place to shop for makeup?

5. Favorite movie or book?

6. Favorite summer drink?

7. What is the best piece of skincare or makeup advice you’ve been given?

8. Do you ever take a day off from wearing makeup?  

9. Perfume or Body Spray?  And what is your go to scent(s)?

10. What’s your favorite type of accessory?

11. Favorite foundation?

… { TAG – You’re IT! } …

I ♥ Summer TAG! (a non-video tag?!)

I love watching my favorite beauty vloggers on youtube!  One of my favorites is Ingrid @ missglamorazzi and she randomly creates tags.  I’ve never done a blog post tag before but this seems kind of fun and allow us to share some of our favorite products!

Now ~ On to the Questions! 🙂

1. Favorite bronzer for summer?

Since I’m so fair, I really like bronzers that help warm me up with out looking like an ooompa-loompa!  I have two favorites one is a shimmer and one is a non-shimmer.

Top (Shimmer) is e.l.f. in “Golden”  You can find this at Target for a whopping $3.00!  I did hit pan in May but it’s lasted me quite a bit longer than you might imagine.

Bottom (Matte) is a cult favorite Nars Duo in Laguna with Blush Orgasam.  I got the baby size since this was my first and so far really only high-end makeup purchase.  I found this at Sephora for $25.00.  Both are lovely but since it was more expensive its not one of my go-to everyday products.

2. You’re relaxing in a hammock, on a tropical island. What are you sipping on? (Favorite summer drink)

This is a tough choice but I’ve narrowed it down to two main drinks an ice cold glass of James Arthur Edelweiss (Made in Nebraska!!!) or some moscoto like barefoot or yellowtail.

Or if I’m on vacation and find a bartender who knows what I’m talking about – a Rum Runner! 🙂

Non-Alcoholic – Crystal Light Raspberry Ice or Diet Mountain Dew!

3. Favorite summer lip product?

I picked 3 of my summer favorites that I’ve been wearing quite a bit.(Left to Right & Swatched top to bottom on my hand)

Maybelline Color Whisper in #65 Pink Possibilities

Clinique Chubby Stick in Plumped Up Pink (I think this was limited edition for Breast Cancer Awareness last fall)

Victorias Secret Brilliant Lip Shine Extreme in Sunset Strip

4. Pool or Beach?

Hands down…Ocean Beach!  If I could pick but since I live in landlocked Nebraska a its usually a River Beach that I find myself settling for if no beach vacation is in the plans (which is a majority of the time)!

5. Summer = crazy hair! What’s your must-have styling product?

My curling iron or a clip!  I have a natural wave in my hair and let it air dry most of the time between spring & fall because its thick and takes a long time to dry.  My go to is letting it air dry and then using my curling iron to put in some beachy waves!  If I’m feeling rushed or having a bad hair day my other go-to is using one of these big clips from Scunci with rubber grips in the inside!

6. Sun bathing or fake tan?

Neither or fake tan!  Since I’m so pale, sun bathing always ends in me getting burnt and then it might change to a tan.  If I’m craving color I like Jergens Natural Glow.

7. Favorite summer nail polish?

I couldn’t pick just one!  I have a ton of polishes but here are two that I’ve already rocked a couple times this summer!

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Posh Plum

Zoya in Gilda

8. Any summer traditions?

Mainly the few summer traditions I have are attending a couple family reunions and taking in local events like fairs and festivals.

9. Favorite summer scent?

I love body sprays – especially in the summer months.  I want to smell nice but don’t like a strong perfume.  I have recently fallen back in love with the seasonal scents by Victorias Secret .  I’m loving Pink’s Summer Daze (juiced citron & fresh pansy), VS Sparkling Citrus Dream (grapefruit & red lily) and VS Sunset Flower (Maguet & White Amber).  After typing those I’m seeing a love of citrus which I normally am not a fan of but these are light and airy scents that just feel like summer vacation to me!
10. Favorite BBQ food?

That would have to be a grilled burger from a charcoal grill!
11. What’s your favorite summer-proof product?

Blotting Papers – I have a beat up package from Boscia that lives in my purse year round!  They really do work for soaking up any excess oils and prevent you from having to “re-do” your makeup when you are on the go.  These came in super handy when I had two weddings last summer that were in the heat.
12. Any summer vacation plans this year? No plans? Tell us about your dream summer trip!

No plans 😦 But my dream trip would be just a week long trip to Turks & Caicos!  Just kicked back on the beach and force myself to slow down and not be in a rush to get someplace or get something done!

I now tag all of you to try this!  It’s kind of fun!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Gracious Luck!