Thursday, April 15, 2010

Thursday Poll


Today is Tax Day in America. The day when the Internal Revenue Service (A.K.A. "The Man") sticks it to hard working regular folk like you and me. According to some statistic I heard on the radio at 5AM (So I doubt I'm remembering it accurately) approximately 50% of Americans are getting a tax refund. Guess where I fall? Yep. I OWE this year. I didn't withhold enough taxes from my paycheck this year so I ended up owing "The Man" my monies. Boo Hiss! Ah but all you readers that don't live in the US are laughing right now because you all pay TONS in taxes and have no sympathy for us. And I'm cool with that. Seriously, Americans have no idea how good they got it because most Europeans have to pay so much more in income tax, fuel tax, food tax, clothing, and cosmetics it would make your head spin. There is a big rally this year in Washington, DC held by the Teabaggers. There is usually some sort of protest every year on taxes. There are a lot of Americans that HATE paying taxes...yet they expect free stuff from their Federal and State governments...it's quite a conundrum. But what I find amusing is the whole teabagger movement. First of all the term "Teabagging" is funny because it's a rather vulgar (or satisfying...depending on how you are wired) sexual act. Want to know the details?. Go to urbandictionary.com and look it up. I think a lot of these people involved in the teabagging movement have no idea...or if they do know, are too stubborn or uncreative to come up with a new name. Secondly, the Boston Tea Party, which these teabaggers are getting their name from, was not opposed to taxes per se, but "taxation without representation." What the colonists opposed was the fact that after the French and Indian Wars, the same colonists who fought on behalf of England were slapped with a whole slew of new taxes to pay for the wars. At the same time, the colonists had no representation in the English Parliament. So the colonists were fighting England's wars and paying her bills, but not allowed to vote to determine how her government worked. See? Taxation without representation. Now modern day teabaggers have representation and a vote in all levels of the government, from local elections on up to President, plus their taxes are not high when compared with most nations. So the solution? Protest, if you must, but know your history, know sexual slang that might lead to a lot of fodder for comedians, and VOTE.
OK. I'm stepping off my soap box and getting on to the poll.

1. Lip Of The Day? - Kevyn Aucoin lip liner in Bare with Victoria Secret Very Sexy Makeup Lipstick in Heidi. Heidi is a sheer shimmery peach that goes on almost clear and has a ton of glitter to it. When applied over a nude liner it doesn't look so porn-star-ish.

2. What is the sales tax (if you have one) where you live? (If you live in the US here is a link to tell you HERE) - Mine is 5% which is pretty low. It used to be 4% but it has crept up slowly since I moved here eek almost 14 years ago.

3. What are you lemmming right now, but you just can't afford it or you are saving up for it? - I think I'm lemming Serge Lutens Sa Majeste La Rose but I also want to sniff Bond No. 9 Sacks For Her En Rose and Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb La Vie En Rose before I make up my mind...then I'm gonna save up to buy one for my birthday in July.

4. What was the most taxing class you had in school (High School, College, Grad School)? - Oh gosh. The hardest class I ever had was my College Statistics class. I had to have it for my major. I got a D the first time I took it and took it a second time and got a C. The C erased the D but still screwed up my GPA. I hated Statistics and I have successfully managed to block anything I learned, so that I remember nothing. Just great....not.

5. What beauty products do you have no problem spending a lot of money on? - I have no problem spending a lot of money on face moisturizer if it works and foundation if it works as well....that's why I love samples b/c there is nothing I hate more than spending a boat load of money on a product only to find it doesn't so what it claims to do.

21 comments:

  1. I admire Europeans because they get an excellent amt of vacation! I wonder if any of them feel the need for mental health days with the time they get off.

    1. MAC tendertone in Tender baby
    2.My taxes are 9.25% -live in a very heavily unemployed area. Well, it was like this 25 yrs ago when I left, is much worse now that I moved back :(
    3. idk. My birthday was last Saturday, and not really lemming anything.
    4. hmmm, probably Econometrics. I was an Econ major in my undergrad days, and not sure if it was the 0800 class time or the subject.
    5. I have no problem spending on LM face products because I'm having success w/ several items!
    mshel mua

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  2. Wow, that was a nice little foreign history lesson. I dont think we pay a ludicrous amount of taxes here in Australia, but it's fair considering we don't have your horribly expensive healthcare charges!

    1. Lip Of The Day?
    Some Designer Brands lipliner that matches my lips EXACTLY - I think it's called 'Nude' but may be 'Nude Rose'.

    Then NYX Circe dabbed on top of that, and topped off with a sheer shimmery peachy pink gloss :)

    2. What is the sales tax (if you have one) where you live?

    I dont think we have one here in Australia, though we have GST on all our products. GST is no biggie though.

    3. What are you lemmming right now, but you just can't afford it or you are saving up for it?

    I'm really wanting a bunch of shadows from Glamour Doll Eyes, some Pixie Epoxy and Lip Lustres from Fyrinnae, more glitter from Morgana Minerals, liquid metals from Illamasqua, OCC liptar in NSFW, and a whole bunch of MAC neutrals and some red lipsticks.

    I'm holding off buying the MAC though until I go to Kuala Lumpur in July where it will be half the price it is in Aus :)

    4. What was the most taxing class you had in school (High School, College, Grad School)?

    Probably Maths B, which is kind of like a horribly hard calculus. I bailed and changed into the easier math, which I found much more practical. D:

    5. What beauty products do you have no problem spending a lot of money on?

    Eyeshadows that I dont need ;] I try to be practical and sensible with my colour choices but dammit, I just cant help myself! I'm also a lipgloss fiend.

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  3. 1. Lip Of The Day? - Your lip sounds amazing! I'm just wearing the Estee Lauder Crystal Gloss with Liquid Prisms in Rainbow Prism. So much fun to look at in the tube, it makes me smile, and the perfect amount of glossy while not being sticky. I love it! Its a perfect "my lips, but better!" shade for me.

    2. What is the sales tax (if you have one) where you live? 8.25%.

    3. What are you lemmming right now, but you just can't afford it or you are saving up for it? -new NICE clothes!! I have been wearing the same semi-maternity and baggy clothes for over a year and I am sick and tired of looking miserable. After paying my babysitter though I can't afford much besides food and gas so here and there i buy myself a new shirt, a new jean, etc. I can't shop 'cheap' either because all the inexpensive plus-size clothes I have added to my wardrobe over the past year have fallen apart! So i have just wasted my money! =(

    4. What was the most taxing class you had in school (High School, College, Grad School)? Hmm... I think that would have to be advanced history. I hated history. I liked to listen to my teachers talk about what happened but when it came time for me to read it for myself? ugh. that is where the TAXING came in. they would give us whole sections in the history of the us that they would force us to read for ourselves over a week's time and I would not learn a darn thing because I had so many questions that never got answered. I hated it. ugh.

    5. What beauty products do you have no problem spending a lot of money on? - foundation, if it matches (which it usually doesn't!) or pretty eyeshadows! But most of all, fragrance. My favorite fragrance I have no problem spending alot of money on, like Coco Mlle ... mmmmmm. I just don't often have the chance to drop loads of money on them anymore!!

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  4. 1. Lip Of The Day? - Nyx Lipliner in Natural with Urban Decay lipstick in Naked.

    2. What is the sales tax (if you have one) where you live? 7% where I'm at in Florida.

    3. What are you lemmming right now, but you just can't afford it or you are saving up for it? - A new car.

    4. What was the most taxing class you had in school (High School, College, Grad School)? - Probably my math classes, except for statistics. I loved stats.

    5. What beauty products do you have no problem spending a lot of money on? - Hmm, I'm always conscious of the amount something costs. Maybe perfume? Because I'll be using it for a long time.

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  5. I loved your soapbox today, Elvira.

    1. Lip Of The Day?

    L'Oreal Slimstick lipstick in Copra. This is still the best, most unique red in my collection. Since it feathers a bit with my middle-aged lips (plus the fact that it's almost 30 years old). I'm wearing it with ELF's Studio line Lip Lock pencil, my HG of clear lip pencils.

    2. What is the sales tax (if you have one) where you live? (If you live in the US here is a link to tell you HERE)

    8.875% total sales tax.

    3. What are you lemmming right now, but you just can't afford it or you are saving up for it?

    Chopin Songs cd with Aleksandra Kurzak and Mariusz Kwiecien. It's a Polish import so it's $$$.

    4. What was the most taxing class you had in school (High School, College, Grad School)?

    Probably one of my Italian literature classes. The professor was a famous Petrarch scholar who

    a) hated women
    b) thought women shouldn't be educated
    c) hated non-native Italian speakers
    d) had a class full of American, female students

    It was painful to say the least.

    5. What beauty products do you have no problem spending a lot of money on?

    Hmmmm. I am the cheapest of cheap-asses so I really can't answer that. I have little problem paying for h/e cosmetics at a discount, which is normally higher than I would usually want to pay for d/s makeup.

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  6. I'm so glad that I'm not the only one that giggle to herself when she hears the phrase, "TEABAGGERS" okay enough of my dirty mind..

    1. LOTD - Dior Creme de Gloss - Beige Elixir. This is my comfort gloss when all the other glosses have violated my lips violently!

    2. Sales tax here in SF? Are you ready...wait for it...wait for it...9.50%!!!! Yup, our tax is now higher than NYC. I don't know if that's something to be proud of either!

    3. My very first LV handbag - we'll see how far I get to saving up for that bad boy!!

    4. Taxing Class? Statistics in Jr. College - I still don't know how I got a C in that class. Or my Physiology - took it twice and still got a D! Proves that Science/Math just wasn't for me....

    5. Like you - I don't mind spending for a good foundation that will NOT make my breakout and it WILL cover everything like it's supposed to. I have my limits with moisturizer unless it promises me perfect flawless skin in the morning and I will have lost 10lbs from my body overnight! So that said, I try not to spend over $50 for a moisturizer.

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  7. 1.) Maybelline Color Sensational in Totally Toffee with elf super glossy lip shine in pink kiss
    2.) 8.25% boo!!!
    3.) NARS sheer glow
    4.) High School-Algebra II; College-Calculus II but somehow I aced Calculus III and IV then got a minor in math! Grad School-coming soon
    5.) diet products!

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  8. 1. soft lips balm in peach-mango. i'm having a tired/lazy no mu day :/

    2. i think tax here is like 8.75% or something like that.

    3. I'm lemming those new boutique only Chanel polishes...i'm such a sucker for Chanel...

    4. i think one the most difficult classes i ever took was high school Chemistry. i just dont have a brain that can learn science :(

    5. i find myself spending a lot of money on nail products. its so embarassing to have dry crusty cuticles and ridgey polish. i always have to have my nails "done"

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  9. 1. TheBalm Balm Shelter gloss in Girl Scout - gorgeous shimmery nude. I love these glosses, although they seem to have changed the scent from strawberry-banana to straight up sugary fruit punch.
    2. It's 5. something. Don't remember exactly.
    3. A couple of nights in the bed and breakfast we went to on the first night of our honeymoon. I want to sit in the giant library there and read and eat yummy food all day long.
    4. Greek. Oh yes.
    5. Hmmm...I'm pretty frugal, but for a good unique Dior quint, I will pay the $58. They're so beautiful and such great quality, it's worth it.

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  10. 1. BYS French Pink lipliner with Fyrinnae Lip Lustre in Meloncholy.

    2. Umm I'm in the UK so we have VAT which is back up to 17.5% I think? Some things are exempt.

    3. The new Chanel Coco Rouges, which I will probably never afford, and OCC lip tars, which I probably will. Waiting for student loan for an elf haul as well.


    4. Gah, probably Art at A-level because it was so much work, so little time and my teacher was an absolute she-devil.

    5. Well as I'm a poor student, the only things I have absolutely no problem at all paying a lot for are profits to charity/ price to charity products like Viva Glam. That being said, I tend to spend my money despite my problems doing so.

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  11. 1. Lip of the day?

    Just vaseline atm, my lips are incredibly chapped and all of my expensive balms are doing NOTHING. Seriously, wth is up with that. I mean... I expect some cosmetics to be gimmicky but lip balm? Isn't the whole point to moisturize and heal yours lips?

    2. What is the sales tax where you live?

    I didn't know this, but I guess it's 5% now. I thought it was 4%. Gee, I feel silly ;)

    3. What are you lemming right now, but you just can't afford it or are saving up for it?

    Ummm... wow, you really opened a can of worms with this question. I'm on no-buy, so everything i see I want. Even things I would normally pass on/not give a 2nd glance (I'm looking at you, boring Mac spring collections). But most of all I'm lemming a luckyscent haul and Nars Taiga, plus some Juvederm for my lips. Err... some more. I'm officially addicted.

    4. What was the most taxing class you had in school (High School, College, Grad School)?

    Hmm.... probably my Ob/Gyn clinical in nursing school. The subject matter wasn't inherently difficult, but I had zero interest and *in all honesty* I found a lot of the details kinda.... *braces for flames* gross! There, I said it! Sorry, I don't even want to be there when I have kids, much less when someone else does. Anyway, I had a B average all semester, never went to class just did the reading on my own, and pulled the highest grade in the class on the final! Ended up with a 92% average for the semester... yay for cramming :)

    5. What beauty products do you have no problem spending a lot of money on?

    I too will spend whatever on skincare, especially moisturizer and sunscreen, because I have very dry skin and use RAM nightly. If I don't use good moisturizer and ss, it literally hurts. That being said, I'm a sucker for blush, highlighters, and taupe and neutral/glowy e/s (think UD Sin, Chanel Island).

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  12. Exceptionally good rant! Thanks for pointing out how teabagger, etc. is really a bad name for a political movement. (Srsly, how many times do they need this pointed out?)

    1. Qtica Lip balm. It's my day off and I'm not leaving the house.

    2. No sales tax here in Oregon! And I get an exemption on paying sales tax on clothing, makeup, etc. in Washington state. However, have to fill out a form each time I make one of those purchases.

    3. There is so much I want right now. More polish, more Konad plates, etc. But I'm saving my money for Iron Maiden tickets in June.

    4. The hardest class I had in college was an introduction to Women's Studies. It was fascinating but wading through the politics and rhetoric from my fellow students was tedious and distracting.

    5. I'm pretty frugal but I will always, always plunk down cash for Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. I also do not regret the 30 bucks I spent for the Show Pony palette.

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  13. I'm actually really thankful we don't have to pay customs to receive packages & such. I don't mind my states tax that much, plus I really enjoy the no tax on clothing items. (although I'd love to add some 'clothing items' to that list..) We actually get a lot of people in from NYC at our malls because of the tax free clothing.

    1. Lip Of The Day? -
    Rimmel's Summer Angel. I love their lipsticks for some reason, and I picked up two (from different stores) on accident the other day. I think it'll look great with a tan, so it's now my motivation to tan more.

    2. What is the sales tax (if you have one) where you live? (If you live in the US here is a link to tell you HERE) - Ours is 7% (NJ) I'm not complaining, it could be worse.

    3. What are you lemmming right now, but you just can't afford it or you are saving up for it? -
    I actually have been really impulsive lately and gave into a lot of lemmings.. I got into a minor car accident and have been so stressed which then turns into spending. (I seriously bought a digital camera for no reason, I'm pretty sure it'll be going back to the store.)

    4. What was the most taxing class you had in school (High School, College, Grad School)? -
    Well, I left my college and took this semester off to work. (Going back in the fall) I'm an art major, and my worst class was a two hour drawing class where we literally sat and drew boxes for three classes. Apparently the person who gave me my classes thought it would be funny to follow that with another two hour drawing class.

    5. What beauty products do you have no problem spending a lot of money on? -
    Hmm.. In general, if the product works well I don't mind replacing it. I don't mind spending money to try out new brushes or mineral shadows.
    I do feel really guilty when I buy nail polish, mascara and recently lipstick for the pure fact that I own far too much of each of them and the mascara and lipstick have an expiration date.

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  14. 1. Lip of the Day- BBW liplicious in raspberry jam. This stuff smells wayy to sweet but it leaves a nice shimmery raspberry color

    2. Sales tax- 9.5%...love California...

    3. Lemming right now- clarisonic. I'm convincing my mom to get it for me as a present :P

    4. taxing class- biology of organisms....say hello to memorizing entire pages worth of phylogenies. When am I ever going to need to know that Birds(aves) came from the same lineage as t-rex? NEVER!! I actually had a hard time with Abnormal psych too but I think that was because my prof never really taught

    5.Beauty product I have no problem spending alot of money on- powder products because they dont go bad

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  15. I'm totally filling this out while manning my Senior Design poster at my school of engineering's undergrad research expo lol. So bored... and my feet hurt from these stupid dress shoes. ;_;

    1. Lip Of The Day? - CoverGirl Trushine lipstick in Raspberry. Professional look today. It's a nice neutral semi-glossy pink.

    2. What is the sales tax (if you have one) where you live? - 8.75%!! And 9.75% where I'm moving next year!

    3. What are you lemmming right now, but you just can't afford it or you are saving up for it? - Jo Malone Wild Fig & Cassis, I keep wavering back and forth on this one. It's so beautiful I want to bathe in it but the lasting power isn't that great for such an expensive fragrance.

    4. What was the most taxing class you had in school (High School, College, Grad School)? - Bioreactor Engineering and Bioseparations ... but Bioengineering Heat & Mass Transfer and Physical Chemistry sucked too.

    5. What beauty products do you have no problem spending a lot of money on? - Lipsticks. I have such sensitive reactive lips and deep lines so I don't mind spending more for something that actually looks good and isn't irritating.

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  16. Greetings Ms. Sith :)

    Just to clarify- "teabaggers" was a name given to those supporting a smaller and more limited government in the form of so-called "tea parties." I think Anderson Cooper and Rachel Maddow were very excited to apply the somewhat derogatory term of teabagging to those individuals who support the tea party ideals. The moniker has stuck. I am in no way affiliated with any of those groups- even though, as a classical liberal, I do support a more limited government. So, the people who attend these protests would not call themselves "teabaggers." News personalties in the MSM use the term "teabagger" as a way to insult those with a desire for smaller govt. Also, you are correct in your analysis of the Original Boston Tea Party. However, those currently living in districts where their representatives do not represent their wishes or demands feel the need to get out in the streets for their opinions to be heard. I guess waiting every two years for a chance to vote is not enough.

    *off my soapbox too*

    Love love love your blog. You have some of the most witty and insightful writing I have ever come across. Time for you to shop a book offer!

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  17. 1. Lip Of The Day? - Mac Lipglass Cult of Cherry. I'm in the mood of red lips today.

    2. What is the sales tax (if you have one) where you live? (If you live in the US here is a link to tell you HERE) - We don't have sales tax here, but we have VAT and it's 7%.

    3. What are you lemmming right now, but you just can't afford it or you are saving up for it? - I'd love to get a brown leather bag. Now, I'm lemming MBMJ one. Still not sure it's the one. Have to try it on first.

    4. What was the most taxing class you had in school (High School, College, Grad School)? - Calculus in my undergrad.

    5. What beauty products do you have no problem spending a lot of money on? - Eye liner. I'm always in search for a no-smudge one. I have super oily eye lids so.... :)

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  18. Great post on the tax issues. Well-written and educational to boot.

    1) Shu PK # something (I can't remember the number)

    2) I just moved from Houston, Tx (at 8.25%) to Holland (at 19.25%)

    3) Chante Les Dauphins

    4) Probably Marketing Management. I aced Statistics, Maths and Economics, but have no affinity whatsoever for Marketing studies.

    5) Serums - love them

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  19. I know it's Friday but I'm a slacker so deal with it.

    1. Lip of the Day - Philosophy Kiss Me pink lip balm/gloss

    2. Sales Tax - It actually varies depending on where in CA you are, but in my area it's still 7.75% as far as I know. Up in LA it's more.

    3. Expensive Lemming - Hmmm. A new apartment. But that's not happening for a few more months. Don't get me wrong, living with my parents has gone a lot better than I imagined it would (even mom agrees), but I really miss having my own place!!

    4. Hardest Class - I'm a bit of a drama queen (what, NO, really?) but my first college level French class was SO hard at first. I came home and cried LOL. We had this HUGE textbook and started in chapter 27. The teacher did not speak any English for the entire class. It was muchhhh harder than my high school French classes. I did get an A though. :D

    I also had a really tough time in high school geometry. I pick up on new concepts in any other subject very quickly but math takes me a long time to absorb, process, etc. and I had a teacher who was 100% unwilling to work with me at all because she'd already labeled me in her mind as another punk who cuts class and stuff b/c I hung out with the punk/goth kids. She even refused to have a conference with my MOTHER. It was awful. *Finally* when I was almost failing the class the school agreed to switch me into another teacher's class and guess what? In 6 weeks my D- went to a B. <3

    5. What will I spend money on...well, as much of a cheap ass as I am, I will fork out the dough for a good foundation or good skincare. However, I know that with certain things in my skincare routine I can get away with a cheaper option. Like if I want a plain benzoyl peroxide gel, $3 ZapZyt works just fine for me.

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  20. 1. Lancome Chris and Tell with clear gloss over it.
    2.6.5%
    3.Bond No. 9 High Line Perfume. Haven't even smelled it, but I don't care, I WANT IT
    4.College Organic Chemistry. Skipped the class so often that I failed it, had to repeat it and was pushed back an entire year from graduating. I skipped it to go shopping, get my hair cut, get my nails done, etc.
    5.Probably foundation because I live in Florida and developed a nice skin condition called melasma from the disgusting strength of the sun down here in hell. Probably not many beauty products I have a problem spending money on!

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  21. *snickers* teabaggers! lawlz

    1. Lip Of The Day? - Paul and Joe Lip Gloss #10. It's a bronzey color with shimmer, and I love it. The Paul and Joe Lip Glosses are being discontinued for new colors, so when I use this one up, I'll be sad.

    2. What is the sales tax (if you have one) where you live? (If you live in the US here is a link to tell you HERE) - 8.75% percent! It went up from 8.3% last summer.

    3. What are you lemmming right now, but you just can't afford it or you are saving up for it? - Goddamn new camera, of course.

    4. What was the most taxing class you had in school (High School, College, Grad School)? - Sweet jesus, College Bio I and II. Got a C both semesters the first time I took it as a freshman. Retook both semesters as a junior, got a B+ and a B. Score!

    5. What beauty products do you have no problem spending a lot of money on? - I have no problem spending money on anything but hair gel (because I go through so much) and mascara (because I toss it like clockwork every 2-3 months). Anything else is fair game.

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