Thursday, January 10, 2013

Thursday Poll


A twitter friend of mine lamented the other day about how no one seems to spell her name correctly.  She doesn't have a tricky name with creative spelling, or anything like that.  Her name is Sara.  But it seems more often than not, people spell her name as Sarah.  That 'H' is a bone of contention for her.  Mr. Sith has his name misspelled often as well Jonathan is is name spelled correctly, but he has seen Johnathon, Johnathan, Johnithan, Jonnethan, Jonathon, etc.  But these people need to suck it up as far as I'm concerned.  Why? Because my name, Elvira is not only misspelled a lot but it is constantly mispronounced!  First the misspellings. I get Elvera, Alvera, Olvera, Elbira, Elbera, Albera, Alovera (Yes. Really), Elviera, Elverera, Elmira (Yes, Really) and a few others I can't even remember.  Then there is the pronunciation of my name.  Elvira it is supposed to sound like  "L-Veer-Ah". That is how to correctly pronounce my name. The letter 'i' in my name is a soft 'i' and should sound like an 'e'.  Must people pronounce my name as "L-Vie-Rah".  This is wrong and irritating.  I don't think it would have been irritating if I lived in any other time period before the 1970's.  You see, the Oak Ridge Boys, a super crappy country music band, had a song called "Elvira" and they pronounced it the "L-Vie-Rah" way in the song.  Not only was the song mispronouncing my name, it was a super shitty song to boot!  Picture this:   
9th grade, first day of high school.  You walk into Algebra class with the worlds most awful haircut which is growing out. You sit down as far from the teacher and as close to the door as possible.  The teacher, if you can call him that, is actually the Football Coach.  A missing link of a man that looks like a lot of the Neanderthal DNA was still alive and well in his system is teaching the class because he has to justify his existence to the school board. The Neanderthal teacher starts the roll call.  Since your last name is at the beginning of the alphabet you are called second on the list.  He says "L-Vie-Rah" and before you can respond with "here" or "present" the ENTIRE class starts to sing the Oak Ridge Boys "Elvira" song.  The Missing Link of a teacher laughs and moves on before you can correct him of the correct pronunciation.  He continues to call you "L-Vie-Rah" the entire school year. He's a terrible teacher and you barely get a C in the class.  
That is why I hate my name.  It's too late to change it now. I'm an old woman, and I have been at my current job for too long to change my name now and not seem like a total weirdo or flake.  So I will endure hearing "L-Vie-Rah" for the rest of my days.  My good friends know how to say my name correctly. To new, outside of work, people I meet, I just have them call me "EB", as that is what some friends used to call  me before I got married.  Of course now when I reserve a table or get a drink order they announce EB as ebb (like ebb tide). So I really can't win.
On To The Poll!

1.  Blush Of The Day? - Sea Anemone from the Chantecaille Save The Sharks Palette. It just arrived last night. I'm testing it out and should have a review up on Monday!

2.  Is you first or last name ever misspelled or mispronounced? - YUP!  But I envy those with simple easy to say and spell names.  You are truly lucky!

3.  What is your favorite Concealer? - I have a few. The Le Metier de Beaute concealer is awesome, as is the Make Up For Ever Full Cover concealer/foundation is pretty kick ass as well!

4.  A lot of girls, when growing up picked names for their future children.  I know I did.  IF you did pick a name for a girl, what was it, and did you ever have a girl and name her that? - I did not have a girl, although it would have been nice to have one.  The name I always liked was Veronica.  Of course I wouldn't be doing Veronica any favors as there is an Elvis Costello Song called "Veronica", but at least it's a really good song.

5.  Name one of the most gimmicky makeup products you can remember, like the vibrating mascara wand and so on. - The Paint Roller foundation from L'Oreal is a real bad one, but the L'Oreal One Sweep eyeshadows with three colors and you used this giant foam applicator to apply it. That has to be the worst.

23 comments:

  1. I used to have a really embarrassing surname and no one knew how to pronounce or spell it. I got it changed as soon as I turned 18.

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  2. 1. Blush Of The Day? - Givenchy glow blush in Lune Rosée (AW 2011)

    2. Is you first or last name ever misspelled or mispronounced? - My first and last name together are 23 letters, and I have a long Italian name in a French speaking country - what do you think?

    3. What is your favorite Concealer? - Nothing works as well as EL DW, wich is sad because there are other formulas I love more (like Dior Nude) but they don't work as well nor cover as much.

    4. A lot of girls, when growing up picked names for their future children. I know I did. IF you did pick a name for a girl, what was it, and did you ever have a girl and name her that? - I don't have kids and I've changed my mind a lot about names I like so no idea what it will end up like if I ever have kids.

    5. Name one of the most gimmicky makeup products you can remember, like the vibrating mascara wand and so on. - Absolutely the one sweep eyeshadows! Also, the hair mascaras in the mid 90's :)

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    1. Reminds me that I've been seeing "hair chalk" all over the place recently, eugh.

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  3. 1 Nars stick in South Beach

    2. My last name is always pronounced the correct way but my husband's family pronounces it in a weird way and expect every one to say it that way.

    3. Dior with the wand. It is really the best. Not drying at all

    4. I wanted a girl named Jessica. I never got one. I have boys

    5. There was a razor we used in the early 80's. It was shaped like a circle and you spun it around to use each of the five blades inside. I think it was called the flicker!

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    1. I totally remember the Flicker shaver!!! hee hee, we're old!

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  4. 1. Blush Of The Day? - my natural face, I was tired this morning :) so far my goal of using up my makeup in 2013 is going slowly.

    2. Is you first or last name ever misspelled or mispronounced? - My last name all the time and if you mispronounce it, it sounds like an actual medical condition which I won't name. lol

    3. What is your favorite Concealer? - right now I'm using a Bobbi Brown one which surprisingly really works with my skin tone. Kudos to Bobbi Brown.

    4. A lot of girls, when growing up picked names for their future children. I know I did. IF you did pick a name for a girl, what was it, and did you ever have a girl and name her that? - Well, traditionally we give our parents' names to our kids but I thought it would be nice, if I had a girl to give her my godmother's name (who also was my great-aunt, my mother's aunt to be exact) which is Bioletta. Yes I know other people spell it as Violetta but in Greek it starts with a B. :) It's all moot anyway, I don't have children so that's that.

    5. Name one of the most gimmicky makeup products you can remember, like the vibrating mascara wand and so on. - mood changing lipstick! It was always hot pink no matter what. lol

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    1. LOL; I'm Greek, too, so I can relate. My last name sounds like a bacterial infection (or so I've been told). It also has a double "ak", and whenever I have to spell it out verbally, the inevitable result is one "set" is omitted. Personally, I don't see what's so difficult about (reasonably) pronouncing Greek names; if one just breaks it down into syllables between the vowels, it's not that hard.

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  5. 1. Blush Of The Day? - none on

    2. Is you first or last name ever misspelled or mispronounced? - Yes! For my first name, its always spelled Brandy instead of Brandi. My last name is always pronounce DIE-NO instead of DEE-NO

    3. What is your favorite Concealer? - I really only ever use cover girl.. i need to branch out! but i dont want to spend $20+ on a product im not sure will work!

    4. A lot of girls, when growing up picked names for their future children. I know I did. IF you did pick a name for a girl, what was it, and did you ever have a girl and name her that? - First it was Madison.. then everyone in the world started naming their girls that. Then Addison... then everyone in the world started naming their kids that! Right now Im stuck on Ellison but I dont have any children yet. So who knows by then!

    5. Name one of the most gimmicky makeup products you can remember, like the vibrating mascara wand and so on. - The Paint Roller foundation from L'Oreal is a real bad one, but the L'Oreal One Sweep eyeshadows with three colors and you used this giant foam applicator to apply it. That has to be the worst. (I agree with the one sweep eyeshadows!)

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  6. 1. The new Bobbi Brown sheer color cheek tint in Sheer Cherry.

    2. It is amazing how many variations of pronunciation you can get from four letters! I'm constantly asked how to pronounce my name. But at least I didn't get my sister's name: Siobhan.

    3. I use Laura Mercier Undercover Pot.

    4. I had no names picked and by the time I was pregnant with triplets, frankly I was beyond being able to think. My hub picked out the names and I gave final approval.

    5. I can't remember the brand but it was those really gloopy lip glosses from the 70's that had the roller ball applicator. Everyone had to have them.

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    1. This is going to sound ignorant but until last week I had NO IDEA that "Sha-Von" was spelled Siobhan. That's way worse than my name for sure.

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  7. Why is 90% of all math teachers look like Neanderthals?

    1. None yet; I just walked my daughter to school.

    2. My father's Greek; I don't think any more needs to be said...

    3. I don't use enough concealer to have a "favorite". I realize I'm very fortunate to not have any discoloration issues that can't be covered with just a light foundation or TM. I'm also relatively free of blemishes, now, but back in my teens & early-20s, my HG was Max Factor Erace for blemishes & L'Oreal Mattique under the eyes.

    4. My daughter has an Irish surname, and because her father is Irish, and I'm half-Irish, we decided on an Irish sounding name. I really wanted Aisling (pronounced ASH-lynn), but there were foreseeable issues with that, so we settled on Emma, which was a name I just always loved.

    5. It seems every year there is one gimmick or another, with some that actually work. One that I can recall was a Maybelline mascara that had a separate brush that screwed into the cap that held the wand. The "extra" brush had no product, but was supposed to be used to remove excess product & separate lashes. Because it was smaller, it was great to run over the lower lash, using the residual product from the upper lashes. The result was lightly applied mascara to the lower lashes, without being spiky or clumpy.

    Conversely, there are those that are epic fails. One such gimmick was the blush trios (blush/contour/highlight) that were designated by "seasons". According to the little computers next to the display (another gimmick), I was a Summer, but only because I had auburn hair; the blush "assigned" to my season was a strange peachy-coral, which just did not work. However, the Winter wasn't too bad (a nice plummy-berry shade). A few years later, the trios were still around, but the seasonal designations had been dropped. These were from Maybelline, as well.

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  8. 1. Blush: Guerlain Caresse de L'Aube

    2. Growing up my first name was often misspelled (there are correct multiple spellings) and frequently changed entirely--Elena, Ellen, Irene, Elaine, etc. I used to joke that as long as the person was smiling, I'd answer to "Hey, you!"

    3. I usually don't wear concealer, but when I do need a bit of extra help, I like Armani's new Maestro one.

    4. I always knew that if I had a girl, she'd be Elizabeth. As it turned out, I had two wonderful sons, and no, neither one is named Elizabeth! LOL

    5. Vibrating mascara wands!

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  9. 1. Blush Of The Day? - naked...sorry, I got up late, at least I showered!

    2. Is you first or last name ever misspelled or mispronounced? - My last name has 5 letters. It is pronounced the way it's spelled. People are constantly swapping the ONE vowel around in so many differen places I've lost count. It's now a family joke and when my brother got married, my sister-in-law was "officially" one of us when her new last name was mangled by someone in her office.

    3. What is your favorite Concealer? - I have a few, depending on the need. For undereye I like the Balm or Laura Mercier, for face I swear by Secret Camoflage by Laura Mercier. Full disclosure: I was a resident artist for Mercier awhile back, and yes it's not a product you can just put on. You have to work it and blend it but it's awesome.

    4. A lot of girls, when growing up picked names for their future children. I know I did. IF you did pick a name for a girl, what was it, and did you ever have a girl and name her that? - If I was going to have kids I was going to have three. If they were girls they would all have the first name Mary and go by their middle name. I don't know why, I was raised Catholic light. Now I think I'd name a girl Margory and call her Rory because I'm a die-hard Gilmore Girls fan and my Nana's name was Margery :)

    5. Name one of the most gimmicky makeup products you can remember, like the vibrating mascara wand and so on. - The paint-roller foundation and the one-swipe eyeshadows are by far the worst, the vibrating mascara was terrible too. I'm gonna have to vote for a beauty product, not a makeup product: The Epilady. Does anyone remember those? My Aunt asked for one as a wedding present from my Uncle and used it precisely half a time. Yes, half. She managed to Epilady one leg before succumbing to the pain and hurling it from the balcony.

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    1. LOL @ hurling it from the balcony. Now that's an image!

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  10. 1. Blush Of The Day? - Josie Maran argan blush stick in pink petal. I've had this almost two years now and it's the only blush I own. So much product, so worth it!

    2. Is you first or last name ever misspelled or mispronounced? - My last name is Taylor, so everyone calls me "Taylor" when they meet me, even though my first name is SO MUCH COOLER than Taylor. But Mercedes gets botched just about every way (Mersades, Mercedez, Marcades, Mersaides)... I mean, come on! THE CAR!!!

    3. What is your favorite Concealer? - So far, MUFE HD concealer. It has the best color range for me.

    4. A lot of girls, when growing up, picked names for their future children. I know I did. IF you did pick a name for a girl, what was it, and did you ever have a girl and name her that? - I know I wanted to have a girl and wanted to name her after my brother, Max. If I ever do have a girl, it will be Maxine, or Maxie, from family names (besides my brother).

    5. Name one of the most gimmicky makeup products you can remember, like the vibrating mascara wand and so on. - I think the Maybelline Dream Bouncy blush looks so gimmicky. It reminds me of play-doh and I would not want something like play-doh on my face.

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  11. 1. Blush Of The Day? - NARS Deep Throat

    2. Is you first or last name ever misspelled or mispronounced? - Misspelled a lot, there are a lot of ways to spell Tammie..

    3. What is your favorite Concealer? - Right now MAC Pro Longwear but I haven't tried a whole lot of them.

    4. A lot of girls, when growing up picked names for their future children. I know I did. IF you did pick a name for a girl, what was it, and did you ever have a girl and name her that? - I don't remember if I had any girl names, all the boy names I chose were pretty bad back then too!

    5. Name one of the most gimmicky makeup products you can remember, like the vibrating mascara wand and so on. - Aside from the things you mentioned I saw a compact foundation at The Face Shop the other day with a vibrating applicator.

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  12. 1. Blush Of The Day? -Becca Beach Tint in Watermelon. YAY! I love this thing!

    2. Is you first or last name ever misspelled or mispronounced? - It's ok Elvira, I feel your pain. My last name is mispronounced ALL. THE. TIME. (it's Phi--pronounced "fee") I think there has only a handful of times in my entire life that it was pronounced correctly :P Funny--it would seem like a pretty easy one (well...at least either pronounced "fy" or "fee" but I get "pie" ALL the time! *sigh*) but those damn Greeks and their alphabet ruined everything for me!! :P
    3. What is your favorite Concealer? -Bobbi Brown's Creamy Concealer is really good for heavy concealing around the face but for my undereyes, I LOVE Giorgio Armani's Maestro Eraser

    4. A lot of girls, when growing up picked names for their future children. I know I did. IF you did pick a name for a girl, what was it, and did you ever have a girl and name her that? - No kids yet! But I definitely did pick out names when I was young--Chloe or Daisy :)

    5. Name one of the most gimmicky makeup products you can remember, like the vibrating mascara wand and so on. - I agree with you on the One Sweep shadows haha. Also the vibrating foundation applicators that came out after the vibrating mascara wands were a bit ridiculous.

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  13. 1. Blush Of The Day? - None I want to try Benetint but I'd forgotten ti take it to my room.

    2. Is you first or last name ever misspelled or mispronounced? - A lot, my name is confused with other similar names (mine is Efraín) : Efran and Efren. Another problem is that in Spanish isn't common to spell names, so sometimes is a problem having a strange name.

    3. What is your favorite Concealer? - I don't have one, I haven't tried a lot to have my HG, but right now I'm very impressed with E.L.F.'s Tone Correcting concealer, I need more coverage but I still look awake.

    4. A lot of girls, when growing up picked names for their future children. I know I did. IF you did pick a name for a girl, what was it, and did you ever have a girl and name her that? - I'm not a girl and in fact I haven't thought in a name for a girl, only for a boy: Isaac

    5. Name one of the most gimmicky makeup products you can remember, like the vibrating mascara wand and so on. - I think something like ... Maybelline dream nude airfoam foundation in a dark shade, it's looks kinda poop.

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  14. 1. Blush of the day? NARS Oasis
    2.Is you first or last name ever misspelled or mispronounced? I'm French Canadian so if i'm in Ontario (where I come from) my last name is just impossible to pronounce for anglophone but when I tell them it mean bad child (Malenfant) they just start laughing strangely they always think is it Italian and they usually pronounce my name like this "mal - elephant" .
    3. What is your favorite Concealer? Diorskin nude!
    4. A lot of girls, when growing up picked names for their future children. IF you did pick a name for a girl, what was it, and did you ever have a girl and name her that?
    When a was a teenager I had no interest for kids, I prefer partying! but when a became pregnant, I start looking at names and I really like Aglaé .... finally I got a boy maybe next time.
    5. Name one of the most gimmicky makeup products you can remember, like the vibrating mascara wand and so on. Biore strips to remove black head on your nose!!!!

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  15. 1. Blush of the day - none today; I had a lazy day at home
    2. Names - people used to spell my last name wrong all the time, but my married name is ridiculously easy so no one ever gets it wrong. I do still get the occasional misspelling of my first name, but most people can at least pronounce it.
    3. I don't really have a favorite concealer? I keep trying and I must be doing something wrong because I can never make it look right. I do okay with Burberry, I guess, but mostly I just skip it (which is bad bc I have huge dark circles).
    4. Future names - so I'm Jewish, which means I name children after relatives who have passed away. My husband and I have decided that should we have a daughter, we're going to name her after his grandmother who passed away in 2012 and we miss terribly and my grandmother who died in 1998 and I still miss terribly.
    5. Gimmicky makeup - I remember the nose strips that pulled gunk out of your nose, does that count? I wasn't much into makeup in my teens so I don't remember a lot of what was going on then. But the L'Oreal Sweep is just ridiculous.

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  16. Love your blog... Anyhow
    1. Cargo in "Catalina: - light pink.
    2. My first and last names cause great confusion and mispronunciation. When I taught I'd have students call me "Dr. V" or "Professor V" or something. First name is actually harder than the last name due to goofy Dutch pronunciation.
    3. Well I've been using Maybelline Fit and it works ok - doesn't crinkle up too much under my eyes. Not sure the color is perfect, but I like the texture. I also have some crazy expensive stuff from Givanchey (sp?) 'mister light' or something - which is too white I think and actually doesn't cover quite as well and tends to look more crinkly. So, so far the $5 concelor is working better. My undereye skin is so crinkly and I have a lot of trouble finding anything that doesn't make it look worse.
    5, Gimmicky makeup - well, I am starting to feel that BB are gimmicky. I haven't met one that I like. I remember there was a surge in curling mascara - maybe some is still available. It only kinda sorta worked. I wonder if all these nail decals and lip tattoos and such are gimmicky - does something only seem gimmicky after the fad has passed?

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  17. My middle name is Anne. Everybody wants to spell it without the "e." Or they want to pronounce it as "Annie." Here's how bad it can be: In high school, I would have the same argument with the same administrative assistant at registration about how to spell and pronounce my middle name. Seriously, this woman would lecture me that I clearly did not know how to pronounce my middle name because it has an "e" and that must be pronounced. Every year, I would remind her about "silent e" and that my middle name is NOT pronounced as "Annie." Thank bob that woman did not teach and just shuffled papers.

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