These are a Few of My Favorite Things GIVEAWAY!! [UPDATED]

Christmas is right around the corner, and I’m in a giving mood. What better then, than to give away some of my favorite things? After all, they always play that song on the radio around Christmas time.

I wish I could give away all of my favorite things, but alas, I am not Santa Claus. I don’t have countless little elves running around a work shop making things at my beck and call.

But I need to look into that.

Anyway, that’s why I tried to narrow it down to some of my very favoritest, general things. No Harry Potter or Firefly, no Doctor Who goodies today. These are all some simple kitchen, beauty, and yummy favorites of mine that I want to share with you.

First, here are a few of my everyday beauty favorite things…and some candy. :)

The truth is, yes, I completely adore Harry Potter. I’m head over heels for Doctor Who and Firefly. I’m full-on geek-smitten with Star Trek. And. I’m an ultra girly, like sparkly things, wear makeup, and get manis and pedis kind of girl. My beauty favorites list is a mile long.

Somehow, I’m not sure how, I managed to narrow that miles-long list down to the bare essentials.

*pats myself on the back*

Also, I have a candy problem. A real candy addiction problem. I deserve congratulations for picking just one.

So. I’m allergic to perfume. Most perfume. It’s weird and it sucks, but it’s a fact. So when I stumbled onto Pacifica products at Whole Foods a few years ago, I was pretty darn happy, because I’d been perfume-less for about five or six years.

My husband even told me that I never smelled like a girl.

I’m sure he meant it in the nicest way possible……….but, um…


I tested out several of Pacifica’s scents, and YAY! No sneezing or blotchiness after applying it. It is, of course, my favorite perfume company, but they also sell lots of candles and other home and beauty products, so how about $25 to spend on their website? My personal fave perfumes are the floral-y Waikiki Pikake and the earthy, fruity Mediterranean Fig.

I cannot exist without my Burt’s Bees Replenishing Pomegranate Lip Balm. ‘Nuf said. And ever since I discovered Essie’s Matte About You matte top coat my life has been complete. Now all of my nail polishes are twice as valuable.

You need cute, trim nails before you can paint them and matte them out, so you have to have a Sweeter Than a Cupcake Manicure Set from Modcloth (actual cupcake case may look different). I keep mine in my purse at all times. It’s vital. It’s necessary. It’s life or death. Plus, it’s totally adorable.

Alright, completely just cause it’s the very best holiday candy ever made, have some Junior Mints Peppermint Crunch. On me.

Now, how about we get into my favorite things from the kitchen?

My kitchen favorites are very specific. Yes, I have tons of tools and gadgets and appliances that I feel like I just can’t live without, but the things included in this giveaway were all life changing for me. Seriously.

I mean it.

Life. Changing.

First up is a Silpat Mat, (11.75 x 8.25), and my favorite baking cookbook ever.

I seriously love my Silpat mats. The have saved me so, so, SO much money on parchment paper.

My very most favorite baking cookbook is Baking Illustrated, from the publishers of Cook’s Illustrated magazine and America’s Test Kitchen. This was my first baking cookbook, and I still love it and use it nonstop to this day.

I’ve had it for years and years, and I still have all of these bookmarks of recipes to try.

Obviously, you get a new one. I will keep my old written in and stained version. :)

Here’s some Americolor Food Writers, in black, because their fun. These are way better than the Wilton kind that you can get at the craft store. Don’t get me wrong, I have those, too, and they work great, but these are fantastic. So far, there hasn’t been anything, within reason, that they wouldn’t write on.

Now for some cupcake making gear.

If you haven’t gotten any of these greaseproof, brown cupcake liners, you’re seriously missing out. They really are the best. The make cupcakes look clean, simple, and elegant. Just with a plain, brown liner. Crazy.

I have a scoop. I love my scoop. My scoop changed cupcake baking for me, for the best. Two scoops from the Norpro Stainless Steel Scoop and you have a perfectly measured standard cupcake every. single. time. Word.

Next up: a Scalloped Punch. I love this thing. It’s indispensible for making cute cupcake toppers, like these free printables I made last Christmas:

Prettyyyyyy. And easy. Woohoo!

And, of course, you can’t make cupcakes without The Best-Ever Cupcake Icing Kit from Bake It Pretty. It really is the best. Ever. It’s been one of my very favorite kitchen toys for months and months. It comes with five (!!!) large icing tips and a washable and reusable decorating bag, all of which are indispensable.

The different tips area large round, a closed star, a large star, an open star, and a French star. Swag.

Alright, so yeah, KitchenAid stand mixers are fan-flipping-tastic. I have two, I love them, but there really is a time when you need a good, reliable hand mixer. For example, let’s say you need to whisk something over heat on the stovetop and all you have is your crap hand and a handheld whisk. Not. Fun.

That’s why I’m including this pretty pink Cuisinart Hand Mixer. I have it. That’s mine up there in the picture (yes, I keep my boxes, much easier storage that way). I love it.

Does it replace a stand mixer? Nope. Does it matter? Nope. This thing can do things a stand mixer can’t, and it’s worth having around. Seriously, it can make whipped cream in, like, 30 seconds. Favorite.


Congratulations, RobynR, comment #491!

Wanna win my favorite things?

It’s easy. Just leave your answers to the following questions in the comment section below, before 7pm EST on Thursday, December 8th, 2011:

What is your favorite beauty thing? Maybe it’s chapstick, maybe it’s a full day at the spa getting a royal treatment. What is your favorite kitchen thing? Big or small, simple or complex, we all have that tool, gadget, or appliance that we love to use whenever we get a chance.

There is no wrong answer, and I can’t wait to see what your favorites are!

This giveaway is open to international readers.

The winner will be chosen randomly at and announced Friday, December 9th, 2011.

I will contact the winner, so don’t forget to add your email in the email section!

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  1. Jen says

    Too funny – my favorite beauty thing is one of your favorite things! I can’t go anywhere without my Burts Bees chapstick. I switch back and forth between the regular and pomegranate ones – right now I’m hooked on pomegranate.

    My favorite kitchen thing also switches back and forth between two things – my KitchenAid mixer and my Cuisinart immersion blender. Both are absolute essentials!

    This is such a great giveaway – I want your favorite things to become my favorite things!

  2. Lila Howard says

    I just love to check your site each day to see what new idea you’ve had! My favorite beauty thing is Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm. Fabulous anytime for a quick color pick me up. In the kitchen my favorite is pizza screens. I get the best results from my crusts when I bake my pizzas on a screen.

    • Andrea says

      Beauty thing : chapstick and lotion tie. Dryness is icky.
      Kitchen thing : kitchenaid mixer, cookie spritzer, and my decorating kit all tie.

  3. says


    Favorite beauty thing is eyeshadow. I own way way way too much.

    Favorite baking thing is probably those very same cupcake piping tips. They make my stuff look great!!

  4. Elizabeth says

    my favorite beauty thing is lip stick! love it! you won’t catch me without it! when nearing the end of my 1st pregnancy I asked how I would know if I was in labor, the nurse said “when you’re in so much pain you can’t put your lipstick on”. It wasn’t helpful! I delivered all 4 of my girls wearing lip stick.
    my favorite baking thing is my Kitchen Aid, or my cupcake scoopers in 3 sizes, or my collection of tips, my cupcake tins, I can’t decide, I love it all!!
    Thanks for all your posts, my girls and I always enjoy trying your recipes!

  5. says

    My favorite beauty thing is this Two faced mirror shine lipgloss that I bought a few years ago. I don’t think they make it anymore, so I’m going to be really sad when I use all of mine.

    My favorite kitchen thing is the kitchenaid stand mixer. Because really. Of course it is

  6. says

    WOW! What an awesome Giveaway. I LOVE everything! :) My favorite beauty product is definitely Diorshow Mascara. I love how smooth it goes on and how it does not clump at all. My favorite kitchen product would have to be my Cricut cake. I use it for everything, and even recently made some awesome Harry Potter Cupcake Toppers. :)


  7. Rebecca says

    Favorite beauty thing: Vaseline. I like stuff that has multiple purposes and I’m pretty sure there’s nothing Vaseline can’t do!

    Favorite kitchen thing: My sister made me a cookbook a few years that is a compilation of family recipes. It’s my go-to whenever I cook pretty much anything, and a lot easier to keep track of than individual recipe cards!

  8. Caitlin Klein says

    I love Burt’s Bees too!

    My favorite beauty thing is tinted moisturizer that is also sunscreen.

    My favorite kitchen thing is my garlic press. It almost never gets put away, and I love how my fingers don’t smell like garlic all the time.

  9. Christina @ ovenadventures says

    Oh I love your fav things. I totally needed the matte top coat. 1 well I guess 2 of my favorite go-to’s in the kitchen are the cookbooks from Baked. I reference them and get ideas from them all the time and there is still a huge amount of recipes to make.

  10. Dori says

    What an amazing and eclectic lineup! Even without the Firefly swag. :)

    My favorite beauty thing…actually my one and only beauty thing…30spf Oil of Olay moisturizer for sensitive skin.

    I have two silpats–one for baking and one for the counter for rolling out cookies, fondant and kneading bread. Love them! Love.

  11. linda st. laurent says

    My favorite beauty thing is coconut oil, I use it for make up removing, and for “wrinkle” cream, which of course, I have no wrinkles, ha.

    My favorite baking thing is my rolling pin. It is from the 40’s, and I love it.

  12. Karen White says

    I managed to make it through my teen years without the trauma of acne and extreme breakouts but here I am about to turn 40 and it has shown up with a vengeance! A friend suggested I try African Black Soap and it has become my new best friend and must have beauty product :-). The thing I can not live without in my kitchen is my Kitchen Aid stand mixer! I can not for the life of me imagine why on earth I waited sooo long to invest in one. It is the pretty shiny almost metallic looking red and it makes me smile everytime I use it. Now I just need to decide on a coordinating color for my 2nd one!

  13. Lisa says

    Fav beauty thing: well, I don’t do makeup or anything like that,so I guess nail polish is my only real beauty thing.
    Fav kitchen thing…that’s a diff story! I have tons, but my bread machine is my fav or the week…it’s kneading some dough right now, saving me time so I can type this :)

  14. Kristina B. says

    My favorite beauty thing is hands-down is my daily facial moisterizer with SPF 45!! My favorite kitchen thing is the icecream maker attachment for my standing mixer – the mixer is amazing in itself, but the icecream maker took it to a whole new level!

  15. pamm kesselring says

    My favorite beauty product is FabuFill. It’s a flawless filler for lines.
    My favorite baking product is a line of Extra large tips for frostings.

  16. Lisa says

    My favorite beauty thing… (Sleep! you know “beauty sleep”…) But product would have to be Revlon’s Colorstay lip color in Everlasting Rum. This is the one in the tube you put on with a wand and it has a clear topcoat to seal it. I’ve gone swimming in it and had it stay!

    My favoritekitchen item would have to be my Pampered Chef cooking stone. The beauty is you don’t wash it. You just rinse and scrape and let it season. My Hubster even loves using it. (Now that’s a beautiful feature right there.)

  17. Samantha says

    I’ve spent the last 2 months looking for that essie matte about you polish! I can’t find it anywhere!!

    I think Clinique’s high impact mascara is my beauty must have! And the kitchen product I can’t live without is my stand mixer! Love it. Cherish it. So thankful for the appliance gods who gifted it to us :)

    What a wonderful giveaway! Thanks for sharing all your little guilty pleasures!

  18. Rin says

    I would have to say my favorite beauty items are Avon’s Outspoken perfume by Fergie! And their calm down face cleanser. I have picky skin, and am pregnant, so it is the only thing I can use without breaking out!

    As for my favorite cooking items are my cheapo Baker’s Secret cupcake pans…. they always come out, perfectly!

    Oh, and my internet so I can look up new and awesome recipes from my favorite bloggers!

  19. Mindy Scott says

    My favorite beauty thing is my Ambre oil and lotion, it smells out of this world and I constantly get compliments about it. My favorite kitchen item is my kitchen aide mixer by far, couldn’t live without it!

  20. Amanda P says

    My favorite beauty item right now is my no clip curling iron, it is incredible!! And my favorite cooking gadget is my juicer, best buy I’ve ever made!!!

  21. says

    Winning things is better than anything. Ever.

    My favorite beauty thing is DiorShow Mascara – I can leave the house wearing only this (and perhaps a shirt and pants) and feel great. It’s totally worth the price.

    My favorite kitchen thing COULD be all the fancy tools I’ve gotten over the years, but REALLY it’s just this mealmine mixing bowl my mom got me as an East basket one yeat. It’s cute, it’s the perfect size, it cleans easily, and I use it all. the. time.

    Thanks for your great blog!

  22. Cathryn says

    Awesome giveaway! I recently got back into doing my nails and would totally dig either the matte topcoat or the adorable cupcake manicure set. For baking, I LOVE the silpat mats. I even registered us for one for our wedding, but we didn’t get it…or any picture frames, which we really need more than anything else on that list. Oh well.

    Happy holidays!

  23. Kimberly Winn says

    What is your favorite beauty thing? I have to say that as of lately my favorite beauty go to is my Smashbox Pallette… It has made getting ready super easy, less thinking and decision making in the morning – who doesn’t love that =) It’s all inclusive and it’s all I will need for a year if not more! It is beyond fantastic for traveling!!! We went to the beach and I just threw it in my bag and knew I had everything I could possible need with out packing an entire bag of “what if” make up! It’s kind of priceless to me =) It has also decluttered my bathroom counter! Just a sleek red pallette lays there! Clutter free = a clear mind

    What is your favorite kitchen thing?
    This is a really tough one but I am going to say my Cutco knives… they cut through sugar and fondant and cake like butter, it makes prepping anything easy and I do it with out struggling… they are a lifesaver. I don’t mind cutting 150 squares or chopping 20 potatoes or slicing thin apples for pie =) They make the grunt work not so bad!

  24. Jennifer says

    This is such a fun give away! Thank you very much! My favorite beauty product is my neroli jasmin body spray from The Body Shop. It’s a perfect mix of feminine florals but isn’t strong or over powering. It smells romantic to me.
    My favorite kitchen item is my kitchenaid mixer also. Awesome! But I also really love my nesting doll measuring cups. They’re so cute and so fun!

  25. Arianne says

    Favorite beauty thing—OPI nail polish! It’s expensive, but they colors are always pretty, and the names are fun.
    Favorite kitchen thing—My mom’s cookbook. Is that cheating? If so, then I love my cupcake carrier. I can cook the cupcakes in the pans, and then put it together and take the cupcakes with me to a party.

  26. says

    I would love to win this fabulous giveaway, you are so generous! My favorite beauty thing are… antiwrinkle creams! yes I am old and I need them!. My favorite kitchen thing…will be my Kitchen Aid, I can’t live without her.
    Thanks for the chance

  27. says

    My favorite beauty item is No-Crack Super Hand Cream, especially the Night Use, made by Dumont Company in La Crosse, Wis. It will cure even the most wickedly dry and cracked hands!

    My favorite kitchen item is my grandmother’s handwritten recipe for homemade chocolate syrup. It wasn’t a holiday without her making this in her ancient double-boiler pan. Now we make it in her memory. :-)

  28. says

    My favorite beauty thing has to be the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Honey, but all the other shades are fabulous as well.

    My favorite kitchen thing…..hmmmmm…..this is a bit of a stretch, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE my new Snapware cupcake carriers. I’ve had them for less than a week and have used them twice already to transport cupcakes and sugar cookies, and then display them.

  29. Roxanne says

    My favorite beauty thing would have to be nail polish – even though the hubs acts like I’ve sprayed him with mustard gas every time he smells it!

    My favorite kitchen thing, hm. I’d have to say my cast iron pans. They’re pretty much the only thing I cook in, because they’re awesome. :)

  30. says

    Favorite Beauty Thing: Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask from The Body Shop. Seriously, even if you only use this once a month, your face will love you forever. Awesome for getting rid of breakouts and shrinking nasty pores. Also helps your face to stay matte. Really, I could go on about this forever.

    Favorite Kitchen Thing: Electric Hand Mixer. I would die without mine! …or at least my arm would be very sore.

  31. Michele R. says

    Love your favorite things! Awesome giveaway!

    Favorite beauty product would be the Sugar lip balm in the Rose shade by Fresh. It gives my lips a pretty natural rose flush while hydrating them and keeping them soft.

    As for favorite kitchen product, my dream item would be a KitchenAid stand mixer, but since I don’t have that, I would say my icing tips from bake it pretty hands down. They make everything look so darn pretty!

    Happy Holidays everyone! Cheers!

  32. says

    I have allergies to perfume too but I swear by Lush products. I have soap, lotion, shampoo bar (yes bar!!!), foot lotion and my favourite one of all my body butter bar. My husband always insist I take my shower first, he can then smell all the Lush products I use and loves it. They are all natural products too and not tested on animals!

    As for kitchen, I can’t live without my Pyrex mixing bowl/measuring cup. I can mix and measure everything with that and so easy to pour cake mix and the likes in the mould.

  33. Alanna T says

    Favorite beauty thing – Infusium 23 Leave-In conditioner
    Favorite kitchen thing – my hand mixer, I dream of a KitchenAid, but my hand mixer has been very loyal as I’ve learned to cook and bake.

  34. says

    Favorite Beauty Thing: A hairbrush. It’s as girly as I get.
    Favorite Kitchen Thing: Measuring spoons. I wish we had 6 more sets. Or maybe the Le Creuset saucier – I love that pan.

  35. erin says

    my favorite beauty thing ( as of right now) is C.O. Bigelow Mentha lip balm. Love the tingle of the peppermint oil. my favorite kitchen thing is my kitchen aid mixer. i wouldnt be able to do some of the stuff in my kitchen without it!!

  36. says

    What is your favorite beauty thing? What is your favorite kitchen thing?

    My favorite beauty thing…I love Clinique pressed powder foundation. It feels so soft & silky when you put it on!

    My favorite kitchen thing…hands down my royal blue KitchenAid artisan mixer! I give it a serious beating frequently and it’s still working great after 7 years! *best anniversary present ever*

  37. Samantha says

    I love all this stuff! I too have not been able to wear perfume in many years since I’m sensitive to the smell and I break out.

    My favorite beauty product would be any sort of lotion that’s not perfumed. I can’t go anywhere without it, and especially love mary kay moisturizer for my face. I’m sure my favorite kitchen thing would be a kitchenaid mixer if I owned one, but alas, I am unfortunate. Therefore, it would have to be my Baking illustrated book as well since I use it most often. It was given to me as a gift when I first moved out on my own and has made all the difference in my baking. My fingers are crossed.

  38. says

    hmmm my favorite beauty product is probably my philosophy hope in a jar moisturizer. nothing exciting but i absolutely love it! my favorite kitchen thing is my kitchenaid stand mixer. i have nooooo idea what i’d do without it! :)

  39. Laura says

    I think my favorite beauty item right now are my good MAC makeup brushes, they really do make a big difference and I won’t travel overnight without them. In the kitchen, I love, love, love my Kitchen Aid food processor. It makes dough for pretzels, chops veggies for freezing, slices potatoes for stews, shreds cheese for pizza and even makes a decent hummus. I’ll be using it out soon to slice soap for making homemade detergent!

  40. Kim J. says

    I too am allergic to most perfumes! I did, however, find that Clinique Happy doesn’t bother me. It is my favorite beauty thing, becase what girl doesn’t like to smell pretty.

    My favorite kitchen thing is my KitchenAid mixer. Could not live without it.

  41. Georgia says

    My favorite beauty thing is the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter swivel stick. Keep one in my purse and one at my desk for use throughout the day.

    Favorite kitchen thing is a kitchen timer. Actually, timers…. I have about 3. I use them for everything in the kitchen – keeps from forgetting things.

  42. says

    What is your favorite beauty thing?
    My favorite beauty thing would have to be is my nail polish. I am an addict with nail polish!

    What is your favorite kitchen thing?
    My favorite kitchen thing would have to be my oven. I am trying my hand at baking lately.

  43. says

    oh wow – this is awesome! my favorite beauty item would probably be dr pepper lip smackers. ;) takes me right back to my childhood!

    and my favorite kitchen item would most likely be my oakland a’s pot holders. but, they will probably be ousted by the upcoming purchase of my kitchenaid mixer.

  44. says

    My favorite beauty item right now is coconut cream–it makes such a great moisturizer in these dry winter months, and without any chemicals or anything. And I love smelling like coconut–I use a coconut shampoo as well.

    My favorite chicken item is my immersion blender. We make a lot of soups here, and it is great for that, but I also like it for individual smoothies (no one likes the same stuff here) and mixing up protein drinks. I often use it for beating eggs or instead of a mixer because it is handier and easier to wash.

    Thanks for the generous giveaway, especially since your blog is such a gift just in itself!

  45. Lori Pelfrey says

    Love your blog! Have followed you for a little while now on facebook :o)

    The giveaway is fantastic! Wow!

    My favorite beauty thing is simple … blush … I don’t wear much make up usually but blush gives me a little color on my pale pale skin!!!

    And kitchen essential … I have a ton in mind … but would have to be my kitchenaid mixer! Best Christmas present the hubby EVER got me! It’s used a LOT! My 3 sizes of scoops are also up there since they make such uniform sized items like cookies and cupcakes!


    Keep up the good work!!!!!!

  46. says

    Beauty: Philosophy’s Pure Grace hand lotion. I keep it on my desk during the winter to keep my hands from getting chapped. It’s been a lifesaver!

    Kitchen: My favorite kitchen thing is actually three small plastic bins that I put all my spices in. My cabinets were NOT made with short people in mind, so I was constantly climbing on the counter or pulling in a chair until I thought of this brilliant idea. Now I can slide a bin out and reach all my spices easily! Yay!

  47. Carolyn says

    My favourite beauty thing is Oil of Olay classic lotion for the spring and winter, cream for the fall winter. Best darn face cream and it reminds me everyday of my Nana, the greatest lady I have ever know. My favourite kitchen thing, hmm harder to decide. It might just be Greta, my hard working Professional Kitchen Aid stand mixer (my husband named her!) LOVE IT!

  48. Laura says

    My favorite beauty thing is lip gloss. Any lip gloss! I’m not a makeup person (Seriously…I don’t know how to wear makeup) but the one easy thing to apply is lip gloss. And I have a collection of it XD All colors and flavors!

    My favorite kitchen thing…Well, it’s food coloring. Does that count? I got in to making rainbow cake 2 years ago and the girls at work FLIP over it. So I started using neon colors to make the cake, and even recently made rainbow colored frosting for cupcakes!

  49. says

    My favorite kitchen thing would probably be a SilPat Mat, but I don’t have one. So my favorite thing right now is my glass plate cheesecake pan.

    My favorite beauty thing… Expensive shampoo. I love the smell and what it does for my hair. I do not love the price.

  50. says

    My favorite beauty thing is my “yes to carrots” lip balm in berry or melon. My favorite kitchen thing is.. OMG.. too many to choose from.. um.. let’s keep it simple.. my Kuhn Rikon Silicon Balloon Whisk (rainbow!)

  51. says

    My favorite beauty thing is Great Lash Mascara. I don’t wear much makeup, but if I’m going away, I cannot leave the house without mascara!

    My favorite kitchen thing to harder for me to choose. I guess I should say that’s my oven because my absolute favorite thing to do is bake. I replaced the 40 year old oven in our house 2 years ago and it has made a world of difference in my life!

  52. Kim says

    my favorite beauty things are nailpolish and dry shampoo which can be a lifesaver!!

    my favorite ktichen thing is my kitchenaid stand mixer!!!

  53. Candace Carlson says

    My favorite beauty thing is Chanel No 5’s body lotion. It always makes me feel girly, even when I’m doing the dirty jobs in sweats! My favorite kitchen thing has to be “The Joy of Cooking” that I recieved as a wedding gift many years ago – it taught me to cook!

  54. Laura P says

    My Favorite Beauty thing is mascara, my eyelashes are too sparse!! Currently obsessing over Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara

    My Favorite Kitchen thing is My KitchenAid stand mixer!

  55. says

    All this stuff looks so wonderful!
    My favorite beauty thing would be either my Bath & Body Works “Forever Sunshine” perfume or my Nivea lip balm. I use them daily and would be lost without them to relieve my constantly chapped lips and to make me smell, well, “Like a girl.”
    My favorite kitchen thing? Probably my Black and Decker hand mixer. It definitely makes my constant cupcake and cookie making easier. I’m so thankful for it.

  56. says

    My favorite beauty thing is definitely Chapstick… I can’t go for more than an hour without it!

    My favorite kitchen item is my Kitchenaid mixer, hands down. It makes baking very simple!

  57. Heather Hodge says

    My favorite beauty thing is Burt’s Bees medicated lip balm with clove oil. I love how it makes my lips tingle.

    My favorite kitchen things is my salad spinner. It is really hard to pick just one….there are so many handy appliances.

  58. Kim says

    My favorite kitchen thing is easy. Her name is Viola, and she’s my boysenberry KitchenAid stand mixer. Viola was an early Christmas present (from back in April; very early), and she’s been my constant companion ever since. The last stand mixer I had was older than I was, and while he tried valiantly to the very end, he could no longer hold on to his beaters even with the thinnest of batters.

    My favorite beauty thing is the little Sephora beauty palette my cousin gave me for Christmas one year. It’s a chocolate and lilac one, and because my cousin is a makeup artist, it matches my skin-tone perfectly. I don’t wear makeup that often, but when I do, it rocks because it has everything I need in coordinated colors.

  59. says

    Beauty: I don’t really have a favorite but my most used are just simple hair clips to keep my hair pulled back while I’m decorating.

    Kitchen: Hard to pick just one a top five would be easier lol. Ok I will say my Bialetti Stovetop Espresso Maker. Since picking it up last year we have dumped our drip coffee maker. I highly recommend it. Feels like we are drinking expensive coffee shop coffee everyday for way less money and calories!

  60. Kara says

    Hands down my top beauty product is Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion! I’ve been using it since I was 11! My grandmother always added a bottle of the lotion to my mother and aunt’s Christmas stockings when they were young, and when I turned 11 she added me in, too!

    My favorite kitchen gadget is my grandmothers pastry cutter!! I inherited it when she went into assisted living a few years ago, and it is SO true what they say – they just don’t make things like they used to!!

  61. Jess says

    Favorite (winter) Beauty Thing: Bag Balm. My hands get so chapped in the winter and this amazing!
    Favorite Kitchen Thing: I have love for all things in my kitchen :) I would have to say my top pick would be my KitchenAid Stand mixer. My life has freaking changed since I got one!

  62. Stacey Klinger says

    My favorite beauty thing is my daughter. She tells me how beautiful I am, even after telling me how I’m not fat, just chubby. Her 9-year-old wit and humor give me a boost of confidence even on my worst PMS-y days when the world seems to be dreary and gray. She’s a beautiful person.

    My favorite kitchen thing is an old mixing bowl I inherited from my grandmother when she passed away. When my daughter and I bake something together, she has me tell her stories of the bowl and where it has been.

  63. says

    What a blog – so many tips and am going to have to look at the silpat mats:)

    My Fav beauty thing is Mascara – I don’t wear makeup day to day as either in the kitchen or at work hanging lights in my steel toe cap boots – but when you put it on immediately you feel great and it brings out your biggest asset your eyes!

    My Fav kitchen thing has to be my large non-stick board… can roll out the sugar-paste or flower paste and safe in the knowledge it is not going to stick – no icing sugar required….amazing :)

  64. cassandra evans says

    I LOVE my C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Shine that I got from Bath and Body Works. It’s vanilla mint flavor, which is such a perfect combination. It works so much better than most chapsticks I’ve tried, and has such a pretty shimmer and shine to it.

    My favorite item in my kitchen is, without a doubt, my kitchen mixer. I use that thing like there is no tomorrow, and have just recently aquired a second one as my business is continuing to grow. I also love almond extract. Seems to be my “secret” ingredient in most baked goods… mmm

  65. Melissa Driscoll says

    I have a terribel addiction to MAC eyeshadow and good chapstick, my current favorite can’t live without product is SUGAR Lip Treatment by fresh, the best chapstick ever, hands down, smooth, silky, spf15 and it lasts nearly all day.

    In the kitchen my can’t live without item is The Best Recipe Cookbook by Cook’s Illustrated. I’ve had it for years and each Christmas end up buying a copy to share with someone else. Everything I have ever made out of that book is phenomenal. Enough said.

  66. Petra says

    This is the kind of giveaway I’ve been dying for!

    My favourite beauty thing is probably lipstick. I never wore it until recently and now I’m hooked! It just makes lips so much more stand-outy and soft.

    As a university student, I’m pretty low on the cool kitchen gadget front. I do have one decorating tip I love a lot, and I bought a set of measuring cups this year that fit together into a robot! I so wish I had a KitchenAid stand mixer though….

    P.S. You’re the best

  67. whitney says

    My favorite beauty thing is my Covergirl LashBlast Volume mascara; its amazing how just one fresh coat of mascara can freshen up your whole look! My favorite kitchen thing is my Wilton Cupcake icing tip set, they’ll make any cupcake look perfect.

  68. Melissa says

    My very favorite beauty product is a a toss up between my burt’s bees lip balm and my OPI Princesses Rule! nail polish. We just moved to a high plains desert area and I apply my burt’s bees every 2 seconds practically! I love the nail polish because it’s a pale shimmery/glittery pink that is subtle but makes me feel pretty and polished whenever I wear it.

    My fav kitchen product is my kitchen aid mixer! I love that it seems to do everything perfectly for me… and then maybe my zebra print apron. :)
    ps- thank you so much for all the work you do! I check this blog every day! Merry Christmas!

  69. says

    Awesome giveaway – love seeing some of your favorite items! My favorite beauty item is probably my Urban Decay eye shadow kit (it has maybe 12 different eye shadows so I can always find a fun color!). My favorite kitchen item is my stand mixer! :)

  70. says

    Great giveaway!
    My favourite beauty product is my Viva Glam V lip gloss from Mac. Perfect colour & perfect amount of gloss!
    And favourite kitchen item… definitely my KitchenAid mixer. But I am also a HUGE fan of cookie scoops – I have 3 different sizes depending on what I need it for! One is perfect for mini-cupcakes/muffins, one is perfect for cookies or Whoopie Pies, and the other is perfect for regular cupcakes/muffins.

  71. Sharon says

    Easy – my favorite beauty thing is my Clarsonic – it is wonderful and my face feels so clean and has never looked better. The canvas must look its best before applying BareEscentuals!

    My favorite kitchen thing is my KitchenAid stand mixer – it is the workhorse in my stable of kitchen goodies!

  72. says

    beauty: this one has to be concealer. i never needed it until i had kids. then, with all the late nights i was just horrified at the under eye dark circles. now my kids sleep through the night, but i just can’t do without the under eye concealer. and benefit’s is by far the best!

    kitchen: i LOVE my garlic peeler tube. i really just don’t like picking the leaves off the outside of garlic, so that little tube is so necessary to me! but that isn’t a baking thing. i guess a baking thing would be sprinkles. i just love sprinkles so much! and so do the kids. so they are the best.

  73. Lindsey W.B says

    I’m not much for beauty products, but I have two little bows (in Hufflepuff colors!) that make me feel adorable and lovely whenever I wear them, do those count?

    And without a doubt my favorite kitchen things are all my aprons and my rubber spatula with little cupcakes on them. By their powers combined, I am a true wonder baker!

  74. says

    Ah!! I am surrounded by so many beauty products! Being a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant sure has it’s perks!! But I have to say that my FAVORITE product has to be our Foundation Primer!! It doesn’t matter what foundation type you wear (Liquid, Cream to Powder, or even Mineral Powder), it applies like silk, and fills in those small smile lined around the mouth, lip, and eye area to make sure your foundation has an even finish! I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT IT!!

    Now, I am also a baker and watch your blog religiously! My mom and dad owned a muffin store when I was very little and we inherited the recipes to this store, and I have to say, these cannot be beat!! And they are very versatile, and I have re-written the recipes in so many different ways, and most of those new recipes aren’t even muffins!! They’ve turned into cookies, cakes, and the occasional pie. (But shh! Don’t tell anyone .. I don’t like pie! 0_0; ) So just like your favorite cook book, I have MY favorite cook book!! I can’t live without it, and keep it under lock and key!

  75. Hanna says

    Absolutely love all of the giveaways!

    My favorite beauty product is nail polish! I love to paint my nails. Bright neon colors are my favorite colors!

    My favorite kitchen product is my kitchen aid mixer. I don’t think I could live without it. I absolutely love baking, and even though the mixer is my mom’s, I cannot wait until the day I own my very own Kitchen aid! It ‘s still my favorite item in the kitchen :)

  76. Julie says

    This is an amazing giveaway, Darla! Thanks for your consisently fun and inspiring blog entries.

    My favorite beauty product is definitely lip balm. Burt’s Bee’s Pomegranate is my favorite, but I haven’t splurged on lip balm in a while. A good, cheaper alternative is Carmex Lime scent. It cools your lips and smells so, so fresh and good. My favorite kitchen product is my grandmother’s KitchenAid mixer, which I inherited from her. It is so old and desperately heavy, but I love it. It makes cookie baking so easy, but it also reminds me of her, which is why I love using it.

  77. Audrie says

    My favorite beauty item is probably a tie between my holy grail eye cream, Shiseido Benefiance, and my perfect red lipstick, Guerlain Rouge G in Garconne. They both perk up my face and mu spirits like a sexy pair of black stilettos.

    As for kitchen items, I would have sworn my kitchen aid mixer or my nespresso coffee machine, but my true love is my gas stove and oven. Life changed once this appeared in my life and I’ll always have one from now on.

  78. Stephanie says

    My favorite beauty thing has to be my Bonne Bell Cotton Candy lip gloss, I know it sounds a bit childish but the color is just right and it smells and tastes great!!! In the kitchen I could not do with out my KitchenAid mixer!!! Love it!!!

  79. says

    What a generous giveaway! Bakingdom rocks :)

    I don’t wear much make-up, so my favourite beauty thing is bath salts from our local, independent bath product maker (SoapStones in beautiful Huntsville, Ontario, Canada). I swear a relaxing bath makes me look 10 years younger!

    My fave kitchen item is my (always growing) collection of cookie cutters. My daughter and I have made some yummy cookies and great memories with them.

    Love your blog – thanks for the great recipes and tips. Happy holidays!

  80. says

    Wahooo! Thanks so much! :)

    What is your favorite beauty thing?
    Hands down, Burts Bees lip balm (especially the Acai berry antioxidant one). I can do without everything else, but I mustmustmust keep my lips moisturized at all times!

    What is your favorite kitchen thing?
    My whisk. I don’t have any kind of electric mixer, so it’s all self-powered. However, turning on great music and getting down to business with my whisk and whatever batter I’m working on at the time is the best workout possible.

  81. Nicole says

    My favorite beauty item is Bobbi Brown undereye correcter…….I need it raising twin 14 year old boys.

    My favorite kitchen item is my Chef’s knife.

  82. Marissa says

    My favorite beauty thing- vaseline, it works way better than chapstick

    My favorite kitchen thing- a small fork and my Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook. I’m a college student so my kitchen items aren’t exactly top notch, but a small fork can work wonders. Even when I’m home, sometimes I prefer that over a mixer. Can’t wait until I can afford a Kitchen Aid though.

  83. Catie says

    Favorite kitchen thing – silicone cupcake liners. I got them for my birthday and they are absolutely amazing!

    Favorite beauty thing – Tweezerman tweezers. I have never found a better pair!

  84. Kaitlin says

    My favorite beauty thing would have to be Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion. Despite being halfway through my 20’s I still get the occasional zit and this stuff takes care of them in no time. My favorite kitchen thing is definitely my Kitchenaid stand mixer!

  85. Natalie H says

    What is your favorite beauty thing?
    My liquid eye liner is my favourite. No matter what share of eye shadow I’m wearing, my eye liner always makes the dramatic statement I want. I also never have to worry about it smudging, smearing or fading.

    What is your favorite kitchen thing?
    My KitchenAid Mix Master is by far my favourite Kitchen thing. I’ve used it to make so many delicious batches of cookies (and many other things), that I get requests from friends and family members all the time! It’s also bright red, which is my favourite color :)

  86. Angela B says

    Goodness. A favourite beauty thing? Probably my Bare Minerals eyeshadow in “Queen Phyllis”. It seriously looks good on anyone and with any outfit. Dress it up, dress it down. Always a “10”.

    I couldn’t live without my kitchenaid stand mixer. I got it when I got married and at that moment, I knew I had become a woman. :)


  87. Alison Burnett says

    My favorite beauty product has to be BadGal masacara from benefit. I love it so much! The brush is freaking HUGE and the lengthing power is great. I’m a real sleep-as-long-as-possible girl so I often don’t have time to put makeup on before I have to head out the door in the morning so even when I’m not wearing any makeup, I put a quick coat on my lashes and I suddenly look presentable. Hurray! :D

    I wish I could offer something a bit more sophisticated and chic but in all honesty, my favorite kitchen item is my egg timer! I would seriously burn every meal (and probably the house down) if I didn’t have it!

  88. says

    What is your favorite beauty thing?: I love chapstick! I always have two because I always seem to lose one. I keep one in my room and one in my ID holder. I love chapstick and I honestly think I’m addicted to them haha I just can’t stand the feel of rough, dry lips… gross. :/

    What is your favorite kitchen thing? I love my scooper! It’s a great kitchen gadget haha. I love being able to use it to make cupcakes, scoop out ice cream, scoop out fruit or whatever! It’s saved me so much stress of trying to measure it out and dripping everywhere!

  89. Debbie says

    Great giveaway! My favorite beauty thing is the Baby Aveeno lotion we all started using after we bought it for my daughter. My favorite kitchen thing is a toss-up between my kitchenaid stand mixer and my cuisinart griddler. Or maybe the stash of dark chocolate I keep in the corner.

  90. Tiffany S says

    Chapstick of course!
    I don’t know if chapstick would be considered makeup but I use it practically everyday. So in my book it would be makeup to me.

    My favorite kitchen device…
    Measuring cups. I would go crazy if I didn’t have my measuring cups with me.

  91. Laura O says

    My favorite beauty thing is nail polish!! any color, any brand! I can never get enough!
    My favorite kitchen thing is by far my kitchen aid mixer. I use it everyday!

  92. Belladatura says

    Favorite beauty thing: I love Burt’s Bees lip balm, but I would have to go with concealer because otherwise I’m Fester’s cousin. Not good.
    Favorite kitchen thing: Kitchen-Aid mixer. No question.

  93. says

    My favorite kitchen thing is my Pampered Chef Mix and Chop. I LOVE it! It makes browning ground beef/turkey so much easier because it breaks the meat up really well.

    My favorite beauty product is Rene Furterer Acanthe Perfect Curls for curly hair. I have naturally curly hair that can frizz easily and get out of control. This hair creme controls the frizz and defines my curls amazingly! I use it every day and I love it!

  94. Jey says

    My favorite beauty thing is my eye shadow stick… easy to apply by just swiping on my eyelid! :P My favorite kitchen thing is my stand mixer. Love having that thing to do my heavy duty work when I make bread and such. :)

  95. Alicia says

    My favorite beauty thing: Nail Envy by OPI. My nails get really brittle and flaky. This stuff keeps them strong and pretty.

    My favorite kitchen thing: a really old cookbook that is actually my mom’s. Whenever I borrow it, I keep it until she asks for it back :)

  96. Kim says

    Awesome giveaway!! :)

    My favorite beauty item is definitely Burt’s Bees lip balm. I’m addicted.

    My favorite kitchen item is my kitchen aid standing mixer.

  97. Alicia says

    I love your list. These are all amazing things. I personally cannot live without my kitchen aid stand mixer and Maybelline Great Lash mascara. I don’t leave my house with at applying at least the mascara. Merry Christmas from thomandalicia @

  98. Lily says

    My favourite beauty thing is the ysl rouge volupte lipstick in #18. Expensive and impractical to wear every day but it owns my heart anyway ;) my favourite kitchen thing has to be a timer- I couldn’t live without one!

  99. anastassia says

    um…favorite beauty product is probably…the minty burts bees lip balms. and my favorite kitchen thing is either my global knife or my kitchen aid mixer. thanks for the giveaway!

  100. Peggy says

    Hooray for giveaways! My favorite beauty item is my C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve. It is an awesome lip moisturizer! I keep one in my purse, one by my bed, and one in the car. My favorite kitchen item (as so many have also said – what a popular item!) is my stand mixer. I can’t even remember my baking life before it!

  101. Colleen says

    My favorite beauty thing is probably also my Burt’s Bees. I keep one in my purse, one in the car, and one on my dresser at all times. I’m not a big makeup person, but I don’t know how I would get by without my Burt’s Bees. (True Story: When I moved from MA to San Diego a few years ago, I was somehow convinced that they would not have Burts Bees at all. So I did the only reasonable thing I could think of: I stocked up and packed a metric ton of them in my trunk on the move. They all melted (we moved in August) and got all squishy and liquidy and gross.)

    My favorite kitchen thing changes depending on the time of year, but right now I’d have to say my immersion blender. I am making all kinds of soups now that it is cold outside.

  102. Cobalt&Calcium says

    Oh my, are you Santa in disguise? :O

    My favourite beauty thing?
    Hmmm, so difficult. I love all the things. ALL THE THINGS!
    I love my bright hair dye in every colour imaginable, that still looks good even if I just squirt some bottles on my head without looking.

    But, I’ve found a new love. Mister Lover to be exact.
    You see, Mister Lover is so flexible, he goes with every hair colour I’ve had. He’s a nice plump and vibrant pink that lights up my face even if I have 2ft bags under my eyes and zits in every place possible.
    Although he’s a bit pricey, this Sephora lipstick is very pigmented and doesn’t leave me with dry lips or a random ring of smudged lipstick after I’ve eaten.

    My favourite kitchen thing is my humongously hugelicious soup pan, hands down.
    It’s a wedding gift from my sweet grandmother (which she gave to me last year, even though we’re not getting married until next year) and it just reminds me of all the wonderful cooking in our family.
    To be honest though, I think she got it because it’s so big, not because it would be practical.
    Really big/small/weird cooking items make her happy :P

    I’ve used it more than any other tool, I use it nearly every day to make/store a ridiculous amount of soup, which I of course do not eat all by myself in just 2 days….

  103. says

    my favorite beauty product is my burts bee balm because it keeps my mouth from look awful in the winter. my favorite kitchen product is my new red stand mixer because it’s very handy…and beautiful!

  104. Bri says

    Oh goodness.

    I have quite the collection of eyeliner in a rainbow of colors, and at one point in my life I would have said that my eyeliner was the most important beauty thing in my life. However that was when I was in high school. Starting college has made me pick between eyeliner and eyeshadow. Eyeshadow won out.

    My favorite eyeshadow is Femme Coture’s Baked Mineral Eyeshadow in Gold. you can use it dry for a subtle shine, which is what I tend to do when it’s 4AM and I need to catch a bus, or you can wet your finger, which intensifies the color, and use it that way. I find it lasts longer when you apply it wet.

    As far as my favorite kitchen thing? I would have to say that ring molds are my favorite things. Not only are they useful for shaping rice into pretty little cakes, they can cut cheesecake, pasta for ravioli- a whole medley of uses!

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  106. Vickie says

    My favourite beauty item is my Pawpaw Ointment – can’t live without it!

    My favourite baking item… The stand mixer my hubby bought for my birthday last year!

  107. Annabelle says

    Beauty thing: Vanilla extract. Subtle scent and taste on the skin.
    Kitchen thing: My chocolate moulds! …and my sheets of acetate.

  108. says

    Holy Cow!! Super amazing giveaway!
    Beauty Product – Mascara and MAC foundation
    Kitchen – This is tough!! The Kitchen Aid goes without saying and I for sure LOVE my large piping tips… but my favorite thing, just because nothing else has ever done the job so well is my zester. It’s silly but everytime I’m baking at someone else’s house and I need to zest something, I end up telling them to buy the one I have, cuz theirs in junk.
    Thanks!! Merry Christmas!

  109. Krys says

    What is your favorite beauty thing? My black eyeliner. Specifically Jordana brand. It’s a cheap dollar store kind of brand, but it works beautifully for me. What is your favorite kitchen thing? My oven. It’s actually pretty old and not so good, but without it, I wouldn’t be able to bake at all!

    I recently went through and read all your entries, and even tried a couple of recipes. You’re the best! <3

  110. Casey B says

    My favorite beauty thing would have to be my crackle nail polish. I absolutely LOVE it.

    And my favorite kitchen thing, oh goodness this one is hard. Actually, I’d probably say my baking stone from Oreida. I have cooked hundreds of things on it and it is still amazing. :)

  111. Angela Willis says


    Thank you for such a great giveaway, but I must PROTEST…. I expect better from you…. no Dr. WHO???!!! I am devastated! How I love me some Dr. Who… and YOU, my dear, are far from “Generic”! Oh, well… thank you for sharing your Holiday Spirit, all the same.

    My favorite beauty product?
    a massage, meditation or quiet alone time, lots of water, organic fruits and veggies, and relaxation

    My favorite kitchen product?
    My cast iron skillets


  112. Kim says

    My new favorite beauty item is Stilla oil free tinted moisturizer SPF 25 in Medium. It’s amazing!
    My favorite kitchen item would have to be my kitchen scissors. Can’t live with ought them.

  113. Andrea says

    My favorite beauty item has got to be mascara (Maybelline Lash Stiletto mascara, LOVE). I cannot and will not leave my house without it (unless I’m deathly ill then I don’t do makeup lol). My most favorite kitchen item has got to be my Kitchenaid mixer, hands down, no argument there.

    You’re such a generous lady! *crosses fingers*

  114. Sarah says

    My favorite beauty thing is: Konad nail stamps! My favorite thing in the kitchen is my stand mixer, I can not live with out it.

  115. Holly Strachan says

    My favorite beauty thing is my E.L.F. makeup kit. Given to me as a birthday gift from my mother in law!
    My favorite kitchen thing is my Husband. He is amazing in the kitchen and always ready to lend a helping hand :) I love your website. It makes me get up and bake just for the fun of it. My coworkers hate me….I’m fattening them up ;0)

  116. Alice says

    Hello:) my favourite beuty thing… Hmmm… I am exactly the opposite to you, I am a more not very girly, into blue, dr who, Harry potter, star wars, star trekand so on. I’m not really a ‘beauty person’ but I do like hmmm… Lipgloss?? Yep. That would be it:) my favorite kitchen thing, Ooooh… Wooden spoon probably cos I just love them, and then silicone cupcake cases for their awesomeness:P

  117. says

    It is like you’re the new Oprah!
    Hmmm, favorite beauty product… I’d have to go with Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer. Right now, I’ve got watermelon and caramel going. There’s another one lost in a jacket pocket somewhere, too… I don’t do a whole lot of “beauty products” because of my sensitive skin. The only way to find out if something bothers me is to buy and try it, and that gets costly!
    Love my Kitchen Aid, too, but I’m going to have to say my most favorite, prized kitchen accessory is my vintage Mirro cookie press. I went through at least a half a dozen crappy ones, some of which were not cheap, and finally ended up getting this on eBay. My mom never owned one, but we used to borrow one from her BFF across the street. It would go back and forth all Christmas season. I bought my mom her very own, and one for my sister, too after regular searches on eBay for months. Of course, I ended up with the one with the most beat up box :-) They just don’t make ‘em like they used to! No bells and whistles, but it works EVERY TIME!

  118. Corisa says

    My favorite beauty supply is my NARS Super Orgasm blush! Plus, my favorite cooking supply has to be my handheld beaters ! I love this giveaway because it’s so girly !

  119. Anne (The Sconess) Hernandez says

    Favorite beauty thing: Mary Kay skin care! Since I’m in Florida and since I’m not as young as I was yesterday, I love that many of their products have enough SPF that I don’t worry about having to put on anything extra beyond my normal face to keep my skin healthy and young.
    Favorite kitchen thing: COFFEE! It’s my addiction. I love my French Press, although I don’t limit it to the kitchen. I keep one at my desk at work, too.
    I LOVE your blog and look forward to each new post. Keep up the great work and best wishes to you and yours for this wonderful Christmas and Holiday season!

  120. Amanda Mac says

    Wow. What a giveaway!!!

    My favorite beauty thing is Sally Hansen nail polish. That’s about as girly as I get! lol

    My favorite kitchen thing… that’s tougher! Probably the handful of Rada knives that I have. I use them every single day, and I love them!

  121. katie shultz says

    My favorite beauty items are my hair products. They make my hair so much more manageable.

    My favorite kitchen tool is by far my kitchenaid mixer! If my house were on fire and all my family was out, I would probably run back in for my mixer.

  122. Kelli says

    Wow – what a list! My favorite beauty item is an urban decay eyeliner brush- it’s the perfect stiffness. My fav item in the kitchen is my immersion blender. I use it constantly for sauces and soups.

  123. Jacqui says

    My favorite beauty item is Alba facewash!! I love it – makes my skin so soft!
    My favorite kitchen item would have to be my moms KitchenAid stand mixer! Since I cannot afford my own at the moment, using hers all of the time is the next best thing :-)

  124. Jennifer says

    My favorite beauty thing is Urban Decay Primer Potion and my favorite kitchen thing would be my Le Creuset dutch oven.
    Great giveaway!!!

  125. says

    My favorite beauty product is simply chapstick. I like watermelon flavored chapstick the best, but really any flavor. It’s a staple.
    My favorite baking product would have to be my kitchenaid. I don’t think I could survive without it!

  126. MelindaB says

    Ooh, choosing one might be hard. OK, here goes-

    Favorite beauty item, right now, is OPI nail polish. I love the dark colors especially; the browns, the plums, the black-reds. Even though I often go months without painting my nails at all, when I do, I like my dark OPI colors. I have several bottles, and freely admit to my daughter’s assessment that I’m addicted.

    Favorite kitchen item might be my KitchenAid mixer. I had a Sunbeam one for about 10 years or so that I’d gotten as a wedding gift, but when it gave up the ghost, my husband insisted that I buy a KitchenAid, and I haven’t been sorry. I think he’d be happier if I used it more often, though. :-)

  127. Taylor says

    Mu favorite beauty thing is LashBlast mascara! It is the best. Makes your lashes so pretty and long. My favorite kitchen thing is my kitchenaid mixer. I use it all the time. Hope I win! It is a great giveaway!! Thanks!

  128. Linden says

    My favorite beauty product is my Blistex (not the yucky green kind). I like the complete moisture one. It tastes lemony and makes my lips feel so soft!

    I just moved out on my own, and I have to say that the one thing I miss the most about my parents’ kitchen is the KitchenAid stand mixer. I would LOVE to have one of those, so I’m saving up for one.

    The other things I wish I had is a cast iron frying pan and a dutch oven; I have a killer pot roast recipe from Cook’s Illustrated (!) that uses a dutch oven. I’m nervous about trying to convert the recipe to work in a crockpot just because it’s so amazing the way it’s supposed to be made.

  129. says

    My favorite beauty thing is probably OPI nail polish.

    My favorite kitchen thing is my Kitchenaid stand mixer. My in-laws got it for me two years ago and i have used it many many times!

  130. says

    My favorite kitchen item would have to be either my KA stand mixer or my Silpat baking mat! I bought one that was too big though, so I really need to get a smaller one… would make my life that much easier! :)

  131. Sabina Y. says

    My favorite beauty item would have to be my Weleda pomegranate hand lotion. Smells great and really moisturizes.
    My favorite kitchen item is my kitchen aid standing mixer because I literally use it for everything! And also any Barefoot Contessa cookbook which I use just about every night.

  132. Pam says

    Favorite beauty thing is lipstick or chapstick and
    my favorite kitchen thing is kitchen aid mixer and
    you have great favorite things that actually makes
    the kitchen and kitchen owner so happy.

  133. says

    What is your favorite beauty thing? I’m kinda a chapstick hound. I’m not sure that is “beauty”, but oh well. My favorite is the new apple chapstick.

    What is your favorite kitchen thing?
    Hands down, my kitcheaid mixer.

  134. Alanna S. says

    My favourite kitchen thing: I think I’d have to say my stand mixer.

    My favourite beauty thing: shea butter, hands down. It does everything.

  135. Karen says

    My absolute favorite beauty thing is my Estee Lauder foundation. Love the way it feels and covers. My favorite kitchen thing would have to be my set of Cutco knives. Not a day goes by that they aren’t used.

  136. says

    Huh, favorite beauty thing? Um… I love my English Rose scented lotions. Does that count? I mean, I like my mascara and eyeliner (usually all I put on my face), but really, nothing compares to my rose lotions!

    And as far as my favorite kitchen thing, it’s got to be my KitchenAid mixer my mom got me for Christmas last year. I seriously adore that thing! I just wish graduate school would be over so I would have more time to use it…

  137. Irene K. says

    Your stuff is so awesome! I’ve always used parchment paper because I didn’t like washing greasy pans..but it uses so much paper :\

    My favourite beauty thing: Likas papaya soap! I don’t worry about getting too dark and it really cleans my skin ^-^

    My favourite kitchen thing: Measuring spoons! Without them, I wouldn’t be able to bake :P

  138. Francesca says

    What a lovely giveaway, thank you so much. I loved reading about your favourite things :) My favourite beauty product at the moment is Bath and Body work’s Vanilla Noel body cream – it smells divine :D and my favourite kitchen thing is my box of decorating supplies – glitter, sprinkles, luster spray and sparkles :) Thank you Bakindom.

  139. Lisa Y. says

    What a GREAT giveaway…thank you!

    My favorite beauty thing is Wired hair texturizer by Rusk.
    My favorite kitchen thing is my Kitchen Aid mixer.

  140. Deb says

    My fav beauty supply is my sesame body oil.
    My fav kitchen things are: my wire caketester & my flexible aluminum spatula (great for getting brownies out of the pan).
    Love your website, and recipes!!

  141. says

    Favorite beauty thing: Strawberry Cupcake lipgloss from Bath and Body Works. I stocked up on them last Christmas.
    Favorite kitchen thing: My KitchenAid mixer. It was my favorite wedding gift!

  142. rosanne says

    My favorite beauty item is the TRUE BLUE SHEA BUTTER HAND CREAM from Bath & Body works! with all the cooking and dishwashing I do it really moisturizes my hands! I love my kitchen sheers from Pampered chef, they really cut anythhing, it really helps minces fresh herbs!! My kitchenaid mixer is also a favorite and something I cannot live without!

  143. CharissaRenee says

    Favorite beauty thing is Revlon Colorstay Foundation. Actually covers everything up. Oh, and Schick Intuition Razors.
    Favorite kitchen thing is my old dutch oven. It belonged to my grandfather. :)

  144. Theresa says

    Wow what a great giveaway.

    My favorite beauty item is: shimmery lotion, like Olay Quench Daily Lotion Plus Shimmer. It melts into your skin!
    My favorite kitchen item is: my set of ramekins. I use them for everything!

  145. Rochelle says

    My favorite beauty thing is Clinique moisture surge
    My favorite kitchen thing is actually my computer which I use to look up lots of new recipes

  146. Cecilia says

    My favorite beauty thing is Essie Marshmallow nail polish. Totally classy.

    My favorite kitchen thing is my kitchen aid mixer. Totally changed my life.

    Thanks or the great recipes!

  147. says

    Oh geez… My favorite kitchen things? I love silpats as well!They are so handy. I love my cuisinart food processor, it has changed the face of dinner prep. I got a whole bunch of heatproof scrapers as a gift once. They are heatproof up to 450 degrees, and such beautiful colors!

    My favorite beauty things? I use Tom’s of Maine deodorants and toothpastes. They are wonderful. Hairwise, I could go on and on for days… My top picks as of this moment include Paul Mitchell Thicken Up, Redken 08 Aerate cream, Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Plus, ICE Blast hairspray… Facewise, I love PCA skincare products. I absolutely adore Urban Decay eyeshadows, MAC Haute & Naughty Lash mascara, and Mary Kay eye primer and brow gel. I got some excellent perfumes from an Etsy Seller (orangethyme) that I love last winter. Yak, yak, yak… lol :D

  148. KariAnnM says

    Oh this is by far the best giveaway I have seen in a while! Good luck to everyone!
    Favorite beauty thing: Carmex moisturizing lip balm and my purse sized Bath and Body Works smelly lotions.
    Favorite kitchen thing: definitely my Kitchenaid stand mixer and my Ginsu knives, they make cutting super easy!

  149. Lyndsay says

    My favorite beauty thing is mascara, and my favorite kitchen thing is my kitchen aid stand mixer!

    Thanks for such great prizes! I love your blog!

  150. says

    My fave beauty thing is all the massages I get to receive & give in my classes as I learn to become a massage therapist. Seriously. My nails grow like mad & my skin glows. I love it!

    Fave kitchen thing is my Kitchen Aid Mixer that my MIL gifted me one Christmas several years ago. Love, love, love that thing!

  151. Jillian says

    What a great giveaway!

    Favorite beauty thing: Mint Chapstick
    Favorite kitchen thing: KitchenAid stand mixer and my rice maker.

  152. Meghan Hutsell says

    My favorite beauty thing…goodness, that’s a hard question. I would have to say my new 100% biodegradable body wash from The Body Shop. It has no sulfates, no actual soap, etc. It’s good for the environment and it makes my skin super soft. It also smells like cucumbers and mint.

    My favorite kitchen thing…definitely my great-grandmother’s old cookie cutters. They bring back memories of her baking cookies for us as wee children and they still work great! Oh gee, now I want to make gingerbread cookies and sugar cookies! Ah, to be home for the holidays and out of the dorms!

  153. Jen says

    I’m so in love with this giveaway!
    Favorite beauty item would have to by my Clinique face wash. That stuff is seriously a-ma-zing!
    I don’t even know that I really have one true favorite kitchen item, I love them all so much but if I had to pick one.. I have these awesome mixing spoons that are wooden and have drum sticks as the handles so you can make some music while you bake! :D

  154. Jenny says

    Favorite beauty thing, nail polish! I’m a girl obsessed, seriously. Over 200 colors and I still never have enough. Amazingly I don’t have a matte top coat, so that’s now on my (very long) wish list.

    Favorite kitchen thing is a little pink ice cream bowl. It comes with a sweet little scoop in the shape of an ice cream cone. It’s not the most useful thing but it is super cute!

  155. says

    First of all, thanks for doing this giveaway!! You are so good to us! ;)

    Beauty: Burt’s Bees Chapstick. I’m always using this on my dry lips.
    Kitchen: My oven. I love to bake. don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have an oven! ;)

  156. says

    Oh my gosh, this is the greatest giveaway in the history of giveaways! Thank you so very much for giving us the chance to win such generous gifts. :)

    My favorite beauty thing is bareMinerals foundation in matte. It is by far the best thing to happen to my skin since finding my dermatologist (aka: The Miracle Worker). It covers all of my “issues” and combats oil like a champ. I love it!

    My favorite kitchen thing is my crock pot. That glorious little invention is on my list of items I would run into a burning building to save. I have made everything from brownies to Thanksgiving turkey in that bad boy, and I’m constantly searching for new recipes to try.

  157. Debs says

    My favorite beauty thing has to be chapstick! I’m an addict! My favorite is from Europe (or online now) you can get Labello and it’s AH-MAZ-ING!
    My favorite kitchen thing are my knives. We splurged and got really expensive knives and it has made all the difference! I never realized how important good knives were until we had them!

  158. Casey says

    My favorite beauty item has got to be a bold lipstick, it always makes me feel powerful and pretty. (Being an elementary school teacher, you need that sometimes, 10 year olds can get the best of you TRUST ME!) My favorite baking item has to be sprinkles. I love adding sprinkles to cookies and cupcakes. They really make everything more fun.

  159. says

    Favourite beauty think has to be good ole Burts Bees Lip Balm. I have some in every jacket and purse at all times. Favourite kitchen thing is a tie between my 9” Messermeister chef’s knife or my Kitchen Aid Mixer. They both totally rock my world.

  160. Linda says

    Hey Darla!! Merry Christmas! I have to say that my favoirte beauty product is my NYC Lip Stain. I have it in deep burgandy (I have dark brown hair) and I love it! For only five dollars, this had seriously changed my life. It doesn’t feel like your wearing anything, and it is so simple and elegant. I’ve gotten tons of comment asking me what lip color I’m wearing, and it is an easy way to spruce up your look for the holidays or whenever.
    My favorite baking iten is my Kitchen Aid Artisan Series mixer. I got mine a while ago when there were only like five colors, and I’m so jelous of the new colors. I make so many cookies for Christmas and I can make up to three batches in this. I bake all the time and this thing has saved me from mixing by hand, and it saves me a ton of time. It is really costly, but if you are a serious baker you NEED one! You life will never be the same.
    Well, I hope you have a great holiday season and congrats to whoever wins!

  161. says

    My favorite kitchen thing is, without a doubt, my KitchenAid. My favorite beauty thing…I *love* Burt’s Bees face lotion…and I love bubble bath…especially LUSH’s Blue Skies. :)

  162. says

    My favorite beauty thing right now is pintrest! I’m getting so many fun and neat ideas from there. If I had to pick a physical thing it would be my ceramic hair straightener. LOVE IT!

    My favorite kitchen thing – easy my kitchen aide mixer! I can’t believe I ever hand kneaded dough!

  163. says

    My favorite kitchen thing is easy. My kitchen-aid mixer it’s blue and pretty. Though, my slow-cooker comes in at a close 2nd. My favorite beauty product is probably my burts bees mango lip butter. Ahh I love favorite things and Holidays!

  164. Heather says

    Everything looks so awesome! <3
    My favorite kitchen thing would be my wooden spoon and stand mixer
    my favorite beauty thing- bare minerals powder, totally never feels like im wearing anything, love it!

  165. says

    My favorite beauty thing is definitely Burts. I am so psychologically addicted to my chapstick! My favorite kitchen thing? Probably my mom, because at 23 I still go to her all the time for baking help! haha. She is my best resource!

  166. Heather S. says

    I don’t like most perfumes, but I tried Pacifica’s products and LOVED them! My favorite beauty product has to be the Pacifica Mediterranean Fig perfume… I can’t go ANYWHERE without my travel-sized roll on! ;) And my favorite kitchen thing is probably the cast-iron skillet… I mean, you can use it on the stove or stick it in the oven! What other pots or pans or kitchen thing can do that?!

  167. Hannette says

    I really love the acne fighting treatment from Paula’s Choice. My daughters’ developed some acne as pre-teens and this product cleared their skin gently and the high school years were almost acne free.

    I do love my Silpat mat.

  168. Erika says

    My favorite can’t-live-without-it beauty thing is Bath and Body Works Rose Salve. It has less rose oil than it used to and doesn’t smell quite as nice, but it’s still the best thing I’ve ever found for lips, cuticles, elbows, etc. Narrowing down my favorite kitchen thing is much more difficult, but I do think I have to go with my huge KitchenAid Pro 600 stand mixer with the spiffy spiral dough hook. I use it all the time, and I absolutely love it, but my favorite thing about it is how I came by it. I used to work in Greenville Ohio, which is the home of KitchenAid and has a fabulous store called KitchenAid Experience that I HIGHLY recommend as a stop if you’re ever traveling through western Ohio–worth it to see Julia Child’s mixer and the gold-plated mixer along with every color of KitchenAid ever sold in a rainbow around the store. I went into the store to buy a bigger mixer. I was relatively poor, so I had narrowed it down to the smallest one that had the spiral dough hook, new that year. I walked in and asked for it in Cobalt Blue. They went and looked in the back, and were out of cobalt blue. So, they upgraded me on the spot simply because they were out of the color I wanted. I ended up with the Pro 600 for about $150.

  169. Danielle says

    This is so cool! Thanks for doing this – one of those items would be cool let alone all of them! My favorite beauty thing would be Curel hand lotion – pleasant scent and works softening wonders on dry hands. And that’s from a nurse who has tried everything (vaseline and gloves, Aveda Miracle hand cream, etc) to keep the swollen pink fingerless glove look off of my hands every year.

    My favorite kitchen item has to be my computer. I have gotten the best inspiration, recipes, and recipe advice from websites (like yours!) all over the internet. If that is a cheat, then I would say it is the Best Recipe Cookbook from Cooks Illustrated. It came with my hubby (he loves to cook too) and it’s fantastic!

  170. Cindy says

    My favorite beauty thing right now is Lypsyl lip balm with pure Swedish beeswax! The weather is dry and cold right now.
    My favorite kitchen thing would be my cast iron skillet.

  171. says

    Hi! I discovered your blog through Pinterest :)

    What is your favorite beauty thing? I guess it is my Dior mascara. Can’t go to work without it!

    What is your favorite kitchen thing? My recently purchased KitchenAid. It’s just so cute :)

  172. says

    Holy guacamole!! Awesome giveaway :D

    One of my favorite beauty items is Softlips vanilla chapstick. It has the absolute BEST scent and leaves my lips soft and a little shiny. I also love Maybelline Full ‘N Soft mascara. Coats my lashes just enough and doesn’t clump.

    And in the kitchen…hmm. I do love my stand mixer. And just my plain old baking sheets. Use them almost every day :)

  173. says

    My favorite beauty item.. probably my Curel lotion.. my hands get all cracked and dry in the winter, so it’s such a life saver.

    My favorite kitchen item is hands down my KitchenAid mixer.. I love love love it!

  174. JessieB says

    Oh wow…what an awesome giveaway!
    My favorite beauty thing is L’Occitane shea butter body cream. I live in Wisconsin and I could not make it through the winters without it.
    My favorite kitchen thing…that’s really hard! I have to go with my Microplane grater/zester. I use it all the time for all kinds of things :)

  175. Brittany D. says

    Favorite beauty item: well i dont wear make up, but i am crazy about chapsticks. and when i really want soft lips (especially in the winter time when the air is dry) i put a little bit of vaseline on my lips before i got to bed. man it works wonders!! and you get a lot more for the cost than some chapstick!

    favorite kitchen item: my 20m old son. he is my biggest helper. wipes up messes, throws away the trash, and loves taste testing the spatula when i’m baking. other than him, its hard to decide. i love my magic bullet, can strainer, blender, any gadget! i could never have enough!!

  176. Lisa says

    My favorite beauty thing is chapstick! Simple, I know but I couldn’t go a day without it. As for my favorite kitchen item…. it’s almost impossible to choose! But, I guess I would have to say my piping tips – I love to decorate :-D

    Happy Holidays, and thank you for doing what you do!

  177. Montana says

    My fave beauty item is… my coral nail polish! I am wearing it now! I got it for like three dollars at the chemist! A.dor.a.ble!
    My fave baking item is… hmm. that`s hard. I think it would HAVE to be my cherry red mix master. Ever since I was like 5 I have ALWAYS wanted a cherry red mix master. So when I turned 13 my mum took me out to Myer and we bought one! Best. Cupcakes. Ever!!!!!!!!!
    I hope I win!!!

  178. Kelly says

    My favorite beauty item would have to be Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss in Grapefruit, I feel naked without it, love! As for my favorite kitchen item, you said it, my KitchenAid stand mix, best cooking investment I’ve made.

  179. says

    My favorite beauty thing is this UV protection spray by Loreal Ever Pure. It’s helps my color last but the best part is the smell. I used it instead of perfume and its just amazing!
    Kitchen wise I’d said our Hot Spot that heats water up really fast. I’m an avid tea drinker, but it’s also nice for cocoa or even oatmeal.

  180. jessica says

    My favorite beauty thing is my pony tale holder LOL I love my long hair but I cook so much I need out of my way fast and easy.
    My favorite kitchen thing is my microwave convection oven it has help me move faster on when I am in a baking mood LOL but I am always in that mood. LOL

  181. Lior says

    my favorite beauty thing is…. my lipstick. can’t go anywhere without it!
    my favorite in the kitchen is my hand mixer. because i LOVE whipped cream, ans don’t have (yet…) a stand mixer…
    thanks dear Darla for the chanse to win…
    hugs from far away,

  182. Cata says

    My favourite beauty thing is definitely my nail polish. I have around 20 colours and I love them. I feel weird without nail polish on.

    Best kitchen thing is my spatula. Use it for everything. Amazing!

  183. Stacey says

    My favorite beauty thing is Aquaphor. I use it for EVERYTHING. From my awful dry skin in winter, to fixing chapped lips, to soothing cracked heels. I love it! My favorite kitchen thing is probably my ‘tool kit’. I finally broke down and bought a box for all of my little gadgets and supplies. I use it all the time!

  184. says

    Oh my goodness … so many things here on my ‘I’d really like it but can’t justify it’ list! My favourite beauty product would have to be my PawPaw Ointment, it’s great for everything from dry lips to bites to cuts, just about anything. Plus I’m a no make-up, no fuss kind of person so I don’t really have much in the way of product. My favourite practical kitchen product would have to be my slow cooker, favourite one for the fun stuff is definitely my Breville Scraper Mixer Pro.

  185. Lisa says

    I discovered your wonderful website last week and I have been devouring each and every recipe with awe and amazement! The flavor combinations are so tantalizing and your commentary, staging and photography are truly inspiring! I now have a very, very long list of new things to bake – and almost everything on the list is yours!

    My favorite beauty thing is Victoria’s Secret Heavenly Lotion. It is such a luxurious, creamy lotion and it smells so good! Unfortunately, all the chemicals and scents probably make it a no-no for someone with allergies, but I love it.
    My favorite kitchen thing is very hard to pin down. Your archives are my most recent favorite! And my kitchen aid stand mixer and silpat are no brainers. My very most favorite however, is probably my large collection of books and magazines for recipes and inspiration. I have stacks and stacks of Christmas Cookie, Holiday Baking type magazines spread out all over while I try to narrow down my choices for this year I enjoy the “hunt” almost as much as I do the holiday baking! I don’t have the book you included in the giveaway, but as soon as the holiday craziness subsides, I am going out to get it! Unless, of course, I am lucky enough to win it!
    Keep up the great work! I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season!

  186. Stephane Sullivan says

    Favorite Beauty product: Girl Meets Pearl by Benefit. Gives me a little glow when I’m feeling glum!
    My KitchenAid Mixer by far is my favorite tool. It looks like a piece of art creating works of art!

    Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  187. Corwin says

    My favorite beauty product is probably nail polish. I love shiny/colorful things.
    My favorite kitchen things is probably my mom’s KitchenAid, which, now that I’m in college, is several hundred miles away. Eepf.

  188. says

    My favorite beauty thing is mascara. I can’t go anywhere without my mascara on! My favorite kitchen thing is my KitchenAid mixer that allows me to create so many delicious baked goods!

  189. Annie says

    I LOVE your favorite things! So many fun things I need to get!
    My favorite beauty thing is rose water! It feels amazing in the morning after I wash my face or anytime during the day I need a pick-me-up!
    My favorite kitchen thing (Oh man, that is hard!) has to be my blender- I use it everyday!!

  190. T says

    My favorite beauty thing is Maybelline mascara – so good, so reasonable. And I could not work in my kitchen at all without my Kitchenaid Mixer! I need it to make Darla’s Devil’s Food cookies – the best new recipe in ages!


  191. Crystal says

    Favorite beauty thing – my wonderful moisturizing lotion!
    Favorite kitchen thing – my food processor! I constantly use it, for almost every meal.

  192. Sabrina B says

    I think my favourite beauty thing would have to be eos lip balms. First off they’re insanely cute looking shaped like this little egg, secondly they come in tons of different scents, and finally they work insanely well giving me insanely soft and chap free lips!
    My favourite kitchen thing is really hard to decide but it would have to be the odd measure measuring cups. They come in 1 1/2 cups, 3/4 cup, and 2/3 cup which makes measuring so much easier and faster.

  193. Ashley says

    I love Blink mascara. It doesn’t slide off my lashes and it’s actually really fun to remove it (with only water!). My favorite kitchen item(s) are my All-Clad measuring cups and spoons. I have always broken plastic ones and these ones are gorgeous and they don’t rust!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  194. Mae says

    My have beauty thing is my Dove Lemon body spray spritzer! I am a momma and always on the go and step into so many different environments, I smell like lots of things! But who wants to smell like that?!

    In my journeys, I end up meeting professionals and dressing nice sometimes doesn’t cut it when you smell funny. So I am loving my spritzer! Fresh smelling and nice!

    My fave kitchen thing is my silicon baking sheets!! what live savers from cleaning and messes! No hassle with the butter spread/cooking spray or wax paper! lol.

    thanks for having me share…I hope I win!!!

  195. Melissa says

    My favorite beauty item is the Urban Decay primer potion in sin. Loves it too too much. The kitchen item is a little harder but I’m going to go with my Grandmother’s sugar bowl. It’s shaped like a strawberry. I also love my KitchenAid stand mixer. But the bowl wins…hands down.

  196. Rachel says

    Favourite beauty thing: perfume. right now I am loving Estee lauder’s beyond paradise and MAC’s Turquatic.
    Favourite kitchen thing: this would have to be a tie between my stand mixer (oh how I long for a Kitchenaid) and my le creuset.

  197. Jaime Hoff says

    I love this contest!!

    My favorite beauty thing is disposable eye shadow applicators. I have a TINY bit of OCD when it comes to eye germs so these applicators are the best. thing. ever!

    My favorite kitchen item is my chef’s knife. My hubby gave it to me several years ago as a Christmas present and I cook with it constantly. Seriously, I don’t know if I’ve made a dinner without it. Maybe sandwich and soup night? That’s pushing it though.

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

  198. Jenn says

    Favorite beauty product is easy – Rosebud salve, can’t live without it. Favorite baking thing is probably the cookbook my mom and her church put together for a fundraiser years ago.

  199. Heidi Turcotte says

    Beauty Item: Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream… because what ever you put it on is fixed within 8 hours (scary but true!)
    Kitchen Item: Has to be the coffee maker because without it the day would have completely gotten away from me!

  200. Rachel says

    My favorite beauty thing is La Source hand lotion (smells so good!) and my favorite kitchen thing is probably this maroon spatula I have. It’s nothing special, it just has a really good shape to it.

  201. Irene Frances says

    My favorite beauty product is Benefit’s 10 (bronzer/highlighter combo) – it makes me look awake in the morning when I can barely keep my eyes open!

    As for my favorite kitchen product is my vintage blender – it’s adorable and helps me start my day off right with smoothies :)

  202. Ashley says

    My favourite beauty item is my black crackle nail polish, and my favourite kitchen item is my rubber coated spatulas because they are super pretty and they are so easy to clean and use. :)

  203. Jennifer says

    My favorite beauty item is China Glaze’s Fairy Dust. Its a beautiful clearbase halo glitter polish that makes any polish underneath it look fabulous and super sparkly.

    My favorite kitchen item is a bench scraper since you can use it to cut doughs, spread out chocolate for tempering and cleaning up.

  204. Cindy B. says

    My favorite beauty thing is Vaseline Intensive Rescue Moisture Locking Lotion. My favorite kitchen thing is
    my KitchenAid Mixer.

  205. Kim says

    My favorite beauty thing is mascara. So small and simple, but it makes such a difference (especially for those of us with blond eyelashes). My favorite kitchen thing is definitely my kitchenaid!

  206. Lily says

    My favorite beauty thing is eyeliner (currently, Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Eyes eyeliner). My favorite kitchen thing? Well…that’s probably my mom’s Kitchenaid stand mixer, which I no longer have access to after moving more than a thousand miles away.

  207. says

    My favourite beauty thing is bare minerals blush (glee) – I am originally from South Africa and when an American friend introduced it to me last year I was overjoyed.

    My favourite kitchen things strangely enough are cupcake liners :) – I know that might be lame to some, but hey I’m being honest :)

  208. Tiffany says

    My favorite beauty thing is my MAC pressed powder foundation. I’ve been using the same one for about 4 years and it is fantastic! My favorite baking thing would be my blade attachment for my stand mixer that scrapes the bowl for me. This way I don’t end up eating all the leftover batter in the bowl :)

  209. Sarah FG says

    What is your favorite beauty thing? My flat iron. I rarely do my hair, but when I do I couldn’t live without it. I never understood how girls could wear their hair down and have it stay nice until the evening until someone introduced me to the flat iron.

    What is your favorite kitchen thing? Just one? One? Ha! No way to choose… I guess my Kitchenaid mixer would have to be my favorite since I just couldn’t love without it. Seriously. I tried. I moved from a 4 bedroom house to a 1 bedroom attic and didn’t have one which lasted 6 months until I bought a new (red!) one. :)

  210. Cindy says

    Favorite beauty thing is bronze blush…very natural looking way to color your cheeks!

    Favorite kitchen thing is the electric hand blender I got last Christmas from my brother to make smoothies.

  211. Carly says

    Favourite beauty thing – got to be the hair straightener!!
    Favourite kitchen thing – my teacup cupcake moulds, bought after seeing yours!
    I love all your recipes, you’ve been inspirational!

    p.s. I understand totally if you aren’t including overseas readers in this comp, but didn’t see anything about it in the post so thought I’d give it a shot anyway ;)

  212. says

    What a great giveaway!

    My favorite beauty product is Korre’s Lip Balm. It is the perfect combination of lip balm and lip stain without ever staining my skin if I accidently smear it! My favorite kitchen things by far is my kitchenaid stand mixer, I loveeee it :)

  213. Priscilla says

    My favorite beauty thing is Ouidad’s Climate Control Gel. For a girl with frizzy kinky thick hair, this is a life saver. I don’t end up with sleek and straight necessarily, but after I use it, no more Amazon Woman hair! I love it!
    My favorite kitchen thing has to be my Kitchen Aid stand mixer. It has made my baking adventures so much easier.

  214. Nicole says

    I discovered you blog a couple of months ago and I am LOVING it!!! And I love this giveaway.
    My favorite beauty thing is definitely my chapstick. Any kind, I don’t really stick to a particular one, but I have to have chapstick, and when I run out, it’s seriously like going through withdrawls!
    My favorite kitchen thing is my pear green Kitchen Aid stand mixer <3

  215. says

    My favorite kitchen thing would have to be my box of decorating tips. The possibilities are endless. As for beauty? I’m not much of a girly girl, but I do love my new “Warm and Fozzie” nail polish by OPI.

  216. Jamie S says

    My favorite kitchen thing is definitely my cupcake tins! I love them desperately, and, of course, you can’t make cupcakes with out cupcake tins!

    My favorite beauty thing is my Clinique loose powder bronzer… mimics a subtle tan even in the dead of winter (thank goodness!)

    Happy Holidays!

  217. sabrina says

    What is your favorite beauty thing? – mac eyeshadow..its probably my favorite type of makeup cuz its fun to blend and easy to remove unlike other types of makeup. Although nail polish is pretty fun to play with too!
    What is your favorite kitchen thing? – my standup mixer is awesome! i love being able to throw stuff in the and come back to perfectly needed dough. :D

  218. Marci Johnson says

    I adore many many beauty products but I do love good old vaseline. I use it on my lips and cheeks in the winter (they get chapped) and I use it on my elbows and feet as well. And I just learned you can use it on your eyelashes as well.

  219. Asher says

    I love that song! At heart I’m a true glittery girly girl, but I actually don’t use many beauty products. I do love nail polish though. It’s been a bit of a obsession lately. And I LOVE buying pretty cupcake liners!

  220. Sarah says

    My favorite beauty thing is my hair straightener. I can have frizz-,kink-,lump-free hair in 5 minutes. My favorite kitchen thing has to be my standing mixer, especially at Christmas time. Christmas cookies have always been a family tradition, and the first year I was married my hand mixer didn’t make it through the holiday season. My standing mixer is about to enter its 3rd Christmas season, and it’s still going strong.

  221. Heidi says

    My favorite beauty thing is burt’s bees lipbalm! It’s amazing, and I only wish it had come out sooner so I could have had fewer cracked lips.

    Currently my favorite kitchen thing is my pastry cutter. I’m on a biscuit and tortilla kick and it helps me whip those up so nice!

  222. Patricia says

    My favorite beauty thing is lipstick. I feel naked without it. My favorite kitchen thing is my kitcheaid mixer. I can’t bake without it.

  223. Julia says

    My favorite beauty thing is nail polish! I love the many colors they can have! As for my favorite kitchen thing, I would have to say its the decorating kit for cupcakes. I adore the diferent tips and the soft noise of the piping bag.

  224. says

    My favorite beauty thing is Avon’s Glazewear Lipgloss. I usually layer it over lipstick. My favorite kitchen thing is the Christmas spatula my husband bought me several years ago. Love it!

  225. Betty says

    My favorite beauty thing is Dr. Pepper Lip Smacker tinted lip balm – I’ve been using it since high school and it’s the greatest thing in the world!

    Favorite kitchen item is my Benriner slicer – the mandoline is amazing!

  226. LaJuan says

    Favorite beauty item – any and all AVEDA hair products.
    Favorite thing in the kitchen is my husband, as he cooks 90% of all meals in our house!

  227. Dana says

    What a wonderful giveaway! I am so in love with your site and this makes it even better :)
    Favorite beauty thing? Probably lipstick. It just makes such a difference.
    Kitchen thing? The kitchen-aid. I don’t know how I would live without it.

  228. Courtney says

    My favorite beauty thing has to be my Aveeno moisturizer. Does that count? I wear it every day and swear it makes a difference in my complexion. My favorite kitchen thing has to be my stand mixer, of course.

  229. Sarah Tuttle says

    my favorite beauty thing is eyeliner…love the stuff. favorite kitchen item has to be my purple kitchen aid, which i have rightfully name snozberry.

  230. Jenny says

    Favorite beauty thing is Clinique’s dramatically different lotion.
    Favorite kitchen thing is my Kitchen Aid stand mixer and my Pampered Chef food chopper!

  231. Malaika says

    favorite beauty thing: scented lotion.
    favorite kitchen thing: those little crunchy gold balls that are like sprinkles. blanking on the name.

  232. Ashlee says

    My favorite beauty thing is definitely One By One mascara. My favorite kitchen thing is my hand mixer for sure! I hope I win!

  233. Kaitlyn says

    Well I’m allergic to most make-up, including lipstick. I also love Burt’s Bees. If that counts then I’d say that. I love the peppermint smell and tingles it leaves.

    My favorite kitchen tool is my offset spatula. Simple, I know, but considering I don’t have a standing mixer, that’s what I have to use for things that call for a paddle attachment.

  234. jae says

    What is your favorite beauty thing?
    My favorite beauty thing is my blush and blush brush. Dont know why, but when I wear blush, I feel like it makes it all better. :)
    What is your favorite kitchen thing?
    My favorite kitchen thing is my plastic stirring spoons or mini wooden spoons. I love them.

  235. torri says

    My favorite beauty item is my mascara and lip balm.
    Favorite kitchen item is Kitchenaid Artisan Mixer, but sometimes just using a small mixer would be nice. I would love to win.

  236. Tori L says

    Hmm favorite beauty item? Well since chapstick counts here, I’ll go with my ever faithful knock off brand.
    My favorite kitchen item would totally have to be by Wilton baking sheet, only because my mother bought it for me. :)

  237. says

    My favorite beauty thing is concealer. I was blessed with thin skin under my eyes. Good concealer can work wonders!
    My favorite kitchen thing is my daughter ( can I count her???) she is two and loves to drag my pots and pans out when I’m cooking and cook along with me. Completely adorable and I love it!

  238. Kayleigh says

    My favorite beauty item hmm probably would have to be this moisturizer I found at a natural food store, it’s made by a small company and really works wonders on my skin! My favorite kitchen thing would probably have to be my hand mixer, it’s the only mixer I have and it has been with me through lots of cookie and cupcake batches!

  239. Sarah says

    Happy Holidays!
    My favorite beauty product would have to be my Philosophy Hope in a Jar moisturizer. My favorite kitchen item would have to be my beautiful, red, 6-qt. KitchenAid mixer. My husband gave me the choice of some Tiffany’s jewelry or that mixer for my 30th birthday and I picked the mixer! I only recently discovered my love for baking, so I never imagined myself choosing a mixer over that little blue box, EVER!

  240. Heather B says

    I love Lime Crime lipstick Centrifucshia. Her stuff are all opaque, so just a little brushing gets the brightest of colours. This one is an awesome hot pink fuchsia and is vegan too.

    I have the most awesome pair of stainless steel silicon spatulas from Superstore. The handles are so strong, I put alot of pressure onto them and they just don’t bend. Plus I’ve actually set them down onto a hot element on my stove top and the silicon didn’t melt. Perfect for hazard-prone me.

  241. Anna says

    Oh my goodness gracious! What an incentive to get a lurker like me to comment! How is it that so many of those items are already in my wish list? Must be fate. I mean, really, I’m hoping this is the year I finally get that Baking Illustrated cookbook under my tree.

    Anyway, favorite beauty product: lip balm. One of my favorites is, in fact that Burt’s Bees Pomegranate.

    Favorite kitchen thing: definitely the KitchenAid stand mixer. Looove it. Unless, of course, my husband is trying to get in my way in our tiny kitchen, in which case, he’s my favorite. :)


  242. says

    My favourite beauty thing has to be nail polish. I absolutely love doing fancy designs, or just having them plain. My favourite kitchen thing has to be a hand mixer. The one I have isn’t the best, but hand mixers are incredibly handy when you’re weak and give up half way through mixing dough… hahaha!

  243. Dana says

    The beauty item I cannot live without is my eyelash curler – even if I go out wearing no makeup, a quick crimp with my curler, and I somehow can justify going out in my workout pants to the grocery store :) My favorite kitchen item, though my KitchenAid stand mixer is a close second, would be my 9-cup Cuisinart food processor – I don’t know what I’d do without it!

  244. Susana I. says

    I want it all! :)
    With this post I realize that I may not have a favorite beauty thing…. don´t know, maybe Dove soap (if that counts hehehe), is really good for the skin.
    My favorite kitchen things maybe 2, and very different things, 1 my kitchenaid standmixer and 2 my white plastic spatula that came my first stand mixer (an Oster if I recall well).

  245. Mir says

    My favorite beauty thing is my nail polish. It’s so much fun to play with and paint around with it and try out new designs. If I can’t find a polish that I like, then I can always mix colors to make the perfect shade to match my mood or outfit!

    And my all time favorite kitchen thing is my little sister! She’s indispensable in the kitchen, whether it’s helping me get ingredients or taking away dishes that I don’t need, and, most importantly, taste testing! Not to mention, everything that I bake tastes a lot better when I share it with her and I see that big smile on her face.

  246. says

    My favorite beauty item would have to be my Maybelline Falsies Flared Mascara. I only use it on the outside edges of my lashes and it brightens my eyes right up. I also love making my eyes look bigger and brighter by lining my lower lid with white eye liner. Beyond that I don’t wear much makeup.

    KitchenAide Stand Mixer!!! How many people have answered that? Tons. I have always said loudly that my mixer is the best gift I have ever received.

  247. Catalina says

    My favorite beauty item is a tie between Maybeline’s blackest black mascara and cherry chapstick. My favorite kitchen item is my hand held mixer.

  248. says

    cool darla! great giveaway!!

    What is your favorite beauty thing? oil of olay—my mom used it and so do me and my sis :)

    What is your favorite kitchen thing? candy melts :) or do you mean gadget…kitchen aid mixer…!

  249. Emily D. says

    My favorite beauty thing is glitter nail polish if that counts, or SoftLips chapstick if not.
    And my favorite kitchen thing is my wooden spoon with a slightly slanted edge. I use it for ev-uh-ry-thing.

  250. Crystal says

    My favorite kitchen thing is EASY! I don’t know how I ever managed to bake without my KitchenAid mixer. When I go home to bake for the family Christmas dinner, my mixer ALWAYS comes with me! I love this thing to pieces, and I wish I could afford some of the attachments. *sigh*

    As for favorite beauty thing… I’m not big into beauty products, but I have to say my curling iron is my favorite. My hair is thin and a little wavy, but I love how 30 minutes and a curling iron can make it look beautiful and full-bodied. Now if only the curls would stay without the icky hairspray!

  251. Tegan says

    My favorite beauty thing is Dior mascara in Jet Black because I love a dramatic lash. My favorite kitchen thing is my 9 inch springform pan because I make a ton of delicious cheesecake.

  252. Paula says

    My favorite beauty items are two: Clinique dramatically different moisturizing gel ( the only face cream that works for me) and Mint Chapstick lip balm (sooooo nice).

    My favorite kitchen item is a Kitchen Aid stand mixer. It was my grandmothers´ and I hope someday (in a very, very, very long time) it will me mine.

  253. Kara says

    My favorite beauty item is chapstick. I cannot live without a tube of chapstick in arms reach. My favorite kitchen item is my Kitchen Aid stand mixer. It belonged to my grandmother and every time I use it I think of her.

  254. Mattie says

    My favorite beauty product is shampoo, if that counts? Nothing beats getting out of the shower with your hair smelling amazing, it’s such a great way to start your day! I rarely indulge in beauty products, but salon-quality shampoo is my guilty pleasure and the one thing I don’t mind paying for. It makes all the difference in the world!

    As for my favorite kitchen thing, it’s a pretty boring one, but I love love love my baking sheets. I used to have two fairly big ones that didn’t fit side by side in the oven, which led to many organizational problems. Now I have two smaller sheets that fit perfectly in the oven.. They allow me to bake more in less time, and they have eliminated A LOT of headaches!

    Thanks for the giveaway by the way, these prizes look amazing!!

  255. Mary K says

    Beauty: Mary Kay moisturizers. I love them but rarely buy them.
    Kitchen: I guess my kitchenaide mixer, but my kitchen is woefully stocked so that’s really my only option.

  256. Kim Welliver says

    My favorite beauty thing is Cetaphil cleansing lotion, you wash your face with it, but only wipe not rinse it off. It protects and softens your skin.
    My favorite kitchen thing is my 12 cup tube cake pan, no more overflow and spillage with larger recipe holiday cakes :)

  257. says

    My favorite beauty thing is my Clinique eyeshadow/blush palette in smoldering plum and like mink respectively and my favorite kitchen product is my set of stacking doll measuring cups my friend gave me last year for my birthday (or my glass jars, I do love them bunches).

  258. Sara Minisquero says

    Favorite beauty product at the moment is the Kat Von D liquid liner pen, makes me feel gorgeous and classy every day. My favorite kitchen-gadget is my garlic press. It just makes me feel so powerful! Stainless steel!!

  259. elsie says

    What is your favorite beauty thing? My favorite beauty thing is lip gloss. I can’t leave the house without it. I can do without most beauty products but lip gloss is a must for me.

    What is your favorite kitchen thing? Definitely Kitchen Aid mixer.It has so many uses and is just overall amazing. I love that baby.

  260. Liz says

    My favorite beauty product is blush, I don’t leave the house without some on. And my favorite kitchen item is my old hand mixer I’ve had for about 10 years. :-D

    P.S. – I looooooove your blog! You’ve given me so many wonderful ideas to try out!

  261. says

    Wow, you have amazing favorite things, and they are all so cute!! I love them all.

    My favorite beauty thing? That’s a little hard since I don’t wear much makeup. However, I think I would probably die (well be uncomfortable for a long time) without my bare minerals powder foundation (in the lighest shade of course) and those oil blotters. I’ve gotta have those.

    My favorite kitchen utensil is deffinitely my KitchenAid Mixer. I love her to death and don’t know what I’d do without her. By the way, I’ve always wondered about silpat mats, aren’t they kind of rubbery? So wont the spatula stick to the surface as your scooping the cookies off?

  262. Cecily says

    My favorite kitchen gadget is different sized ice cream scoops. I use them for so many things, not just baking. My favorite beauty thing is vaseline. I use it all the time, it is so versatile.
    I love your site and all the things you bake and and make.

  263. says

    Ooooh, girl! You are the new Oprah;) This giveaway is magical!

    My (two) favorite beauty buys are Burt’s Bees Radiance Lotion – so soft and full of mica flakes that give your skin a beautiful gleam – naturally! and Bed Head’s After Party hair smoothing cream. When I actually put time into my hair, I love piling this cream on. It’s pretty lightweight, but very effective. I put it in my hair while its wet and them I smooth another blob in after blowdrying before using my straightening iron, it makes my hair so soft and shiny and it smells wonderful.

    My favorite kitchen good is my mom’s KitchenAid Stand Mixer. I can’t actually afford to purchase one of my own at this time, but I love using hers. It makes mixing a cinch! :)

    Crossing my fingers for the giveaway!

  264. Melody says

    Oh gosh… your favorite things are all the things I wished I could have for Christmas! It’s a wonderful list!
    My favorite beauty thing would probably be the perfume “Blue” by Ralph Lauren. It smells like oceans and flowers with a side punch of happiness!

    Hm.. my favorite kitchen thing would probably be my oven :) Hehehe. While it’s on my list to have silpats, mixers, and ramekins (just to name a few), I don’t know where I’d be without my oven :P

  265. says

    My favorite beauty thing would be Mary Kay Timewise. I never really used face creams until about 18 months ago. It truly took away my crows feet at the corners of my eyes.
    My favorite kitchen thing, currently is my new Pampered Chef cutting board. It has built in measuring cups! There and three and they stack and snap into the board for storage. When I’m cutting and measuring I just put in the one that I need. AND they’re dishwasher safe!

  266. April B says

    Sometimes I could swear you write your posts just for me! I love everything on your list (including the Firefly and Doctor Who, even if they aren’t included in the giveaway items). I even have a perfume allergy as well so it would be great to have a scent I could wear without getting migraines.
    I suppose my favorite beauty item is my collection of flower hair clips and when it comes to kitchen stuff I love my aprons. They make baking so much more fun.

  267. Laura P. says

    My favorite beauty product is my bright red gloss from Smashbox. I never leave home without mascara, and wearing red lips while baking makes it even more classy. It also matches my red Kitchen Aid, which makes all baking possible.

  268. Charlote says

    My daughter and I love to go into department stores and test the diffrent perfumes before we shop!!! I Love my KitchenAid coffee maker!!!

  269. Donna D. says

    My favorite beauty thing right now is Burt’s Bees Rejuvenating Acai Berry Lip Balm, I slather it on at night and my lips are smooth in the morning, that never happens for me in the winter! My favorite kitchen item is very simple but used very often, a bamboo spoon!
    P.S. your site ROCKS!!!

  270. Inthia S says

    beauty- love my MAC calming lotion. It helps with blemishes and leaves my skin silky smooth for au natural or did up girly times!
    Kitchen – my kitchen aid! She’s wonderful and has been a blessing. :)

  271. Dani says

    fav beauty product: MAC’s fluidline in black track- AHMAZING!
    favorite kitchen item: my pyrex… so magical…
    happy holidays to all.

  272. Tara says

    My favorite beauty thing is Milk of Magnesia! I have really oily skin and this stuff has done wonders!

    My favorite kitchen thing is my hand me down KitchenAid mixer

  273. Amy W says

    I am not a big beauty person, but I love a good lip gloss or chapstick. I also love my flat iron, keeps my hair from being static. For the kitchen that is much easier to think of what I love. I love a good hand mixer. Makes it so easy to whip up frosting.

  274. says

    Umm…this giveaway makes me sad because I know I won’t win (if I had a $1 for ever giveaway entry) and the things are so simple, but needed direly (a word? not sure).

    I have 2 favorite beauty things Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara and Mac “Oh Baby” lip gloss

    I just told my best friend today I owe my hand mixer a spa gift certificate or dinner or something
    Short story long: 2 years ago i bought a $10 mixer and the motor burned out making dough (directions said use your mixer) then I bought this one for a few dollars more and I’ve really been working it hard this year, it withstood mixing pie dough recently so it’s my new boo.

    I was scared it was going to quit though so I would LOVE a new one before it gives out.

  275. Melissa E. says

    favorite beauty thing?
    You did an awesome job of narrowing down your favourites. Tricky tricky ’cause I wanna just look lovingly at my whole make-up pouch while trying to figure out what I like best. The thing I use the most is vaseline on my lips. My favourite would be black mascara or black eyeliner though I think. Or eyeshadow.

    favorite kitchen thing?
    An old cheap blue spatula from IKEA. It’s long and thin and I love it. We have four spatulas and I judge the others for not being as wonderful as my sweet blue flipping friend. It saddens me when I’m in my kitchen and someone else has had their way with my spatula. There he is: flung into the sink, waiting to be cleaned and whatever I’m cooking that needs flipping won’t wait so I must reach for a back-up spatula. Sad times indeed.

    (Awesome list by the way. I was sat staring at your pics for ages just imagining all the things that could be done (and eaten) with your favourites)

  276. ela says

    My favorite beauty thing is my Clarisonic face cleaning system. It was pricey but makes all the facial cleansers work better. My favorite kitchen item is all of them. Especially love my springform pans. Easy popout and cleaning!

  277. says

    My favorite beauty item is Clinique lotion – it’s a wonderful moisturizer under make-up or without it at all!

    My favorite kitchen item… oh so many to choose from! Probably my KitchenAid Stand Mixer. I use it several times a week!!

  278. says

    My favorite beauty product is Palmer’s Cocoa Butter. It makes your skin ridiculously smooth!

    My favorite kitchen gadget is my beautiful Gray KitchenAid Mixer I got as a wedding gift two years ago. It has gone through so much. I couldn’t imagine not having one.

  279. says

    my most favourite beauty thing would have to be VS Sassoon Hair straightener. It has stayed for years and never failed to impress everyone who uses it :p

    most favourite kitchen item has got to be the 20 inch mixing bowl i have. It fits everything :)

  280. says

    Wow, that’s really generous!
    My favorite beauty thing is a good night’s sleep, which I don’t get very often these days.
    My favorite kitchen thing….well at the moment it’s my immersion blender. (don’t tell my stand mixer, it might get jealous!)

  281. Jasmine says

    I am ove love loving Carmex Moister Lock chapstick. It is like slapping on pure silk!

    And as a Baking and Pasty student I’m not sure I could live with out my ice blue kitchen aid and my “How Baking Works” book. It explains the ins and out of baking. It even tell you right were you went wrong and how to fix it!

  282. Sam S. says

    My favorite makeup thing would have to be my foundation primer. I have both smashbox and mary kay primers.

    My favorite kitchen thing would have to be my mini cupcake pan. <3 It's super cute and makes awesome little muffins and cupcakes.

  283. Kelsey says

    My favorite beauty product would have to be Covergirl’s lash blast mascara. I use it everyday, even if it is the only makeup I wear for the day.

    My favorite kitchen thing is also one of your favorites, which is the cookie scoop I use for measuring out cupcake batter into the liners. I love it!! It saves so much time and clean up!

  284. Victoria Miller says

    Favorite Beauty thing would have to be my MAC powder touch up!! Love it, can’t live without it!!
    Favorite Kitchen thing, hands down is my Kitchen Aid!!

  285. Shayna says

    Oooh this is fun!!

    I think my favourite beauty thing right now is my new mascara – it’s the flared falsies one and I think it just looks great!

    My favourite baking thing is a little tougher. I just got a sexy candy apple red kitchenaid mixer as a wedding gift this past summer – which is awesome! But I think my fave thing might still be the spring-form baking pan that I got from IKEA. Things always turn out perfectly, never stick, AND it came with two bases so I can bake a regular circle cake or a bunt cake!

  286. Rachel says

    Due to allergies and the fact that when it comes to pretties, I am kind of low maintenance, my favorite pretty is a pair of earrings my mom gave me several years ago. They are gold and silver, and just a bit dangly- but only a little. I am not a big jewelery kind of girl.

    My favorite- must have kitchen thing? Well, seeing as how I have broken several hand mixers (so hubby won’t get me a new one! Boo! Although baking by hand does make one feel a bit less guilty about the calories after all the work that goes into mixing a butter-cream frosting BY HAND), and I live where its hard to find a lot of fun little gadgets for the kitchen (I want them all, too!)- I would say my favorite thing in my kitchen is my stove. Well, specifically my oven. I bake things ALL the time!

  287. Megan says

    My favorite Beauty thing is pure raw shea butter. I make my own lotions and lip balms. My favorite kitchen thing is a toss up between my pyrex pie plate, because I can make pumpkin pie with no crust for my gluten-free hubby, and a good basket style filter for loose teas, because I love tea.

  288. Elizabeth Muir says

    Such pretty items to inspire me! A terrific list of favourite items!

    What is your favorite beauty thing?
    Definitely my Neutrogena hand repair cream. Working non stop all day, and doing house work in my spare time does leave my hands very dry and rough. Moisturising is a end of day ritual (or lunch time), allowing me to finally rest and relax and after a long day it is nice to feel my poor fingers and palms all smooth again.

    What is your favorite kitchen thing?
    In the same catagory as above, My coffee plunger and my teapot tie for my favourite kitchen item. There is nothing like a hot coffee to start the day, and fill the house with welcoming scents. But at the end of a long and tiring day, a good cup of rose, chamomile or jasmine tea is the perfect way to unwind. I have all intentions of cooking delicios treats, but I need to fist mve into my new house (and awesome kitchen) and make time to learn the art.

  289. Ashley says

    Favorite beauty item: Apple Cider Vinegar! It’s an amazing toner. I use it after I take my make up off at night. It cleans away any left over make up and really helps keep your skin clear. I can not live with out it!

    Favorite Kitchen item: My vintage Pyrex mixing bowl collection. It always feels like such a treat to pick one off the shelf and use it to make yummy creations!

    Love all your favorites!

  290. Meghan says

    My favorite beauty thing(s, I just can’t pick one) are burt’s bees lip balm and bare minerals blush. My favorite kitchen thing is my odd-size measuring cups a spoons. Indispensable.

  291. Jennifer says

    I also love a lot of these things! I have not seen those peppermint junior mints and i NEEEED them now!

    Anyway, my favorite beauty thing has got to be my Julep cuticle oil. I have always had cuticle issues until i found this stuff and it is amazing.
    My favorite kitchen thing is probably my silicon spatula(s). They have no seams so they are easy to clean and they have really thin edges for awesome bowl scraping!

  292. Jamie says

    Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion – It keeps you from getting that awful crease line where eyeshadow clumps up. I don’t wear makeup without it, it truly works!
    KitchenAid Stand mixer – I seriously don’t know how I ever made anything without this. It is the best purchase I have made to date.

  293. Emily says

    Beauty thing? Gotta be my chapstick (musicians get pretty beat up without it!) and my Bare Escentuals Flawless Definition Mascara! I have get to find one equal! And my favorite kitchen thing has got to be my measuring bands for my rolling pin! Odd, I know but it saves me a lot of time and headache from the slightly burnt edges and slightly underdone middle of my cutout sugar cookies :)

  294. Sarah Z. says

    For Beauty it would be LUSH Bath bombs. They leave your skin soooo soft for days and make the bath as well as you smell so delicious. And for the Kitchen it would have to be my plastic bottles that have the ability to use icing tips on them. They are a life saver when it comes to working with royal icing. I think I bought 2-3 to start off and now own like 30+ you can not have to many of those things.

  295. Naru says

    i absolutely love glittery nail polish! especially O.P.I. by Sephora :] waste so much money on it…
    my favorite kitchen tool is probably my decorating bag and tips. its a must for cupcake/cake decorating!

  296. says

    My favourite beauty product is an Australian product called ‘lucas papaw ointment’ It’s prodominately used as a lip balm, but it can be used on bites, burns, rashes, cuts etc etc – what’s not brilliant about that???

    My Favourite kitchen product would definatly be my wooden spoon. It is from Bali, it is only about 20cm long and the spoon part is about width of a soft ball, I have never seen another like it and I use it to cook/stir just about anything!

  297. Carmen says

    my favorite beauty product is my softlips chapstick. i am never seen without it.
    favorite kitchen tool?…my kitchen aid stand mixer! make baking so much easier~ ^____________^

  298. Brandy says

    My favorite beauty product garnier fructis sleek and shine anti-frizz serum. I always put it on after a shower, I love it. :D I refuse to even buy a different brand, that is the only one i want. And lotion! My hands can NOT be dry, i hate it D: It’s the worst thing ever. lol

    My favorite kitchen product…is (this is hard!!) silicon spoons. I look at them all at the store and I have a ton. They are so fun to cook with, I use them with everything. And recently, I got special measuring spoons from my sister-in-law..they look like cupcakes. :3

    That cupcake manicure set is my favorite! i love things that are shaped like cupcakes, It’s adorable!

  299. says

    My favorite beauty thing is my rose salve which I use for my hopelessly dry and chapped lips. Shimmer powder is a close second. My favorite kitchen thing is a good bottle of Mexican vanilla. I can’t think of a more heavenly scent.

  300. Dee says

    My favorite beauty item is the bare minerals mineral foundation in pretty light color and my favorite kitchen item is my oxo digital scale since it helps me weight out servings :)

  301. Heather Reandy says

    My favourite beauty product is Shiseido Purness face wash and moisturizer. It works amazingly well. As for kitchen item I would be lost without a wooden spoon.

  302. Karen H. says

    LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE! What a fantastic giveaway!! So generous!

    My hands-down, can’t live without, RUN to the store the second it runs low, absolute essential beauty product is Larenim Mineral Silk. It does wonders to make my skin look fabulous, whether I’m wearing makeup or not.

    My favorite kitchen product? Let’s see…If the house were on fire and I already had all the essentials (cats, purse, phone, important papers, spouse) out safely, I would make a dash for my giant Pyrex bowl. Yes, I could buy another, but that baby and I have made a lot of wonderful treats together, and I just can’t imagine whipping up some cupcakes or last-minute drop biscuits with anything else. :)

  303. jubilee sanchez says

    my favorite kitchen thing is my mom’s kitchen aid though it lacks a paddle >.< but we still use it in baking cakes.

    my favorite beauty thing would be my mirror …hahaha:) i always carry one..cant leave the house without it.:)

  304. says

    My favourite beauty product is The Body Shops Lip Balm in Watermelon I love it, it lasts me so long as well (a pot lasts me a year) as I only need a little bit to make my lips moist. Its one of two lip balms that work on my lips.
    My favourite cooking product is my silicon spatulas, my aunt and uncle gave them to me (along with a few other cooking related things) for my birthday last year, they are so good me and my mum use them all the time. It doesn’t hurt that they are pink and green to which are my favourite colours. I also love my cookbook, basically its a cookbook that has a varity of sections in it like baking, desserts, meat, jams and preserves etc, and in each section it has tips in it and one or two recipes then you add your own into each section. It also have pockets in each section so you can store printouts in them until you can be bothered to glue or write them in.

  305. Tammie says

    My favorite beauty thing is Twilight Woods by Bath & Body Works. My favorite kitchen thing is Cuisinart non-stick frying pans. Love your blog; so different and interesting.

  306. Molly Nowak says

    Hello! Love your site! My favorite beauty product is called Trind. It is the most amazing nail product I have ever used! My nails are super strong and healthy for the first time in 41 years! Google it, you’ll love it. My favorite kitchen items are my kitchenaid double ovens! I LOVE these ovens! Perfect temp. control, convect bake, roast, and an easy conversion button. I wouldn’t love baking/cooking as much as I do without them. Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas!

  307. Roxanne says

    My favourite beauty thing is my honey trap lip balm from lush. My favourite kitchen thing is my silicone spatula. I love it. I use it a lot.

  308. VALerie says

    Yowza!!! What an awesome giveaway! My favorite thing in the kitchen is my kitchenaid mixer and my favorite beauty product is covergirl lash blast mascara!

  309. Kaleigh Mc. says

    My favorite beauty product is Coconut Deodorant Powder from LUSH. I, too, am allergic to most perfumes (headache, rashes, etc. ensue) and the scent of this powder is perfect! My partner even thinks I smell good now, too! Unscented deodorant doesn’t do much in the long run…

    My favorite kitchen item is a set of heart shaped nesting bowls. They are so wonderful for mixing, but also look wonderful when guests are over. I don’t feel so messy cooking in front of people using a cute as all get out heart shaped bowl. And everyone loves them (from my little girl scouts to grandmas on the bus).

  310. Charlotte McElroy says

    What is your favorite beauty thing?
    Katy Perry Shatter Nail Polish!
    What is your favorite kitchen thing?
    My Popcorn Maker :)

  311. Laure says

    Favorite beauty item is Clinique mascara…even without any other makeup it makes a huge difference!! Favorite kitchen item is my KitchenAid pink stand mixer. It makes my life so fantastically easy!

  312. Stefani says

    My favorite beauty thing is my mac palette! I fill it with all my favorite colors :)
    My favorite kitchen thing is my all-black dutch oven. so pretty!

  313. Njeri says

    My favorite beauty thing is my lip balm. I hate having dry lips! My favorite kitchen thing, my oven of course, how else would i be able to make my favorite things? cakes and cookies?

  314. says

    Hi, I love your website and soo excited to enter the competition as I am from South Africa and it’s an international competion.
    well, my favourite beauty thing has got to be a kohl called Rani, it’s in a tube and stick form and i buy it for a bargain of three riyals, or 6 rands :) I just swipe it on my upper eyelids and i’m good to go.
    my favourite kitchen thing is cup cake wrappers cos you can buy any colour or pattern depending on your mood and theme, and it does’nt cost the earth.
    good luck everyone!

  315. says

    My favourite beauty thing – scented lip balms, especially foodie-smelling ones like lime, vanilla coke, caramel :)

    My favourite kitchen thing, umm very hard to choose! Probably my big, chunky wooden chopping board, I use it several times everyday and it takes a real punishment without flinching!

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  316. Nicole D. says

    Favorite beauty thing……hmmmmmm, not much on makeup, my nails rarely stay long enough to paint (too much time in the kitchen!), so, it would have to be tea tree oil face pads (or Almay blemish stick); best thing in the world for breakouts! Favorite kitchen thing, green kids silicone spatula I bought on sale @ Williams-Sonoma! I have used it so much it split…….I just bend it back in shape, almost like new! So wish I could find another one!! What a wonderfully amazing giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity and thank you, thank you, thank you for your site; your peppermint patty cupcakes are still the rage in my house!!

  317. Sally says

    My favourite beauty thing is eyeliner. You can dress it up or down and it always makes your eyes pop. In the kitchen I can’t live without my microplane. I have three different kinds and live them all!

  318. says

    My favorite beauty thing is glitter eyeliner. I used up an entire tube of blue glitter (no, it doesn’t make you look weird) and am in the middle of brown/copper glitter. Needless to say, it makes your eyes sparkle!
    My favorite kitchen thing is my electric water kettle. It gets water really, really hot in just a minute or so, saving tons of time to boil pasta, cook rice, etc.

  319. Kaitlyn says

    My favorite beauty thing is my mango lip butter– it’s delicious :)
    My favorite kitchen thing is my food scale, it makes measuring so easy!
    Awesome giveaway!

  320. Ninan says

    My favorite beauty item would be blush, because rosy cheeks are always complimentary. My favorite kitchen thing is my whisk, slow but never lets you down. :)

  321. AubreyZ says

    OOOH! I love Pacifica! Have you tried their soaps?

    My favorite beauty thing is the Meteorites face powder, which makes me look polished and evens out my skin tones.

    My favorite kitchen thing is the super-thin spatula by OXO. It’s very thin and flexible, so you can even use it on crepes without breaking them.

  322. Ingrid says

    What a great giveaway! And I like the fact that it is open to international entrants :)

    My favorite beauty thing would be my lip balms and hand lotions. I have a few that work, and I always have to have at least a couple of them around the house.

    My favorite kitchen thing must be my Kenwood mixer. It makes baking so much easier. But on my wish list is a hand mixer like the one you are giving away. It is great for its uses.

  323. Jeanne ODonnell says

    My favorite beauty product is my eyebrow kit! I really look scary without my finished eyebrows! My favorite kitchen thing is my KitchenAid stand mixer.

  324. says

    My favorite beauty thing, is face scrub that … ahem …. women my age use … tightens the skin up, even though it’s very temporary. Makes me look less tired in the morning.

    My favorite kitchen thing is one of the few rubber spatulas that are heat resistant. Love them and use them all the time in cooking.

  325. Jessica C. says

    My favorite beauty thing is my CHI flat iron. And it’s pink, which makes me happy. And it makes my bangs happy, too!
    My favorite kitchen thing has to be my red KitchenAid mixer. I don’t understand how my grandmother creamed butter and sugar without one!!!

  326. says

    My favorite beauty thing is Burt’s Bees Hand Salve. I do a lot of dishes…the hand salve is a life saver!

    My favorite kitchen thing…so hard to choose! I love my kitchen aid mixers and they are indispensable. But the tools that I love the most are my bench scraper and my tablespoon dough scoop. Bench scraper is so multipurpose- it can unstick dough, cut brownies, scrape off the countertop, lift cookies…so many uses! Tablespoon dough scoop guarantees uniform cookies and cupcakes. Love that.

  327. Rebekah Osman says

    Favorite Beauty product is my Arbonne day cream. It has an spf of 20. It moisturizes and protects.
    Favorite kitchen thing is as many others have said the Kitchen aide stand mixer. Wow that thing has made a lot of cakes and cupcakes in the past 15 years and still trucken.
    By the way Doctor Who rules!

  328. erica says

    fav beauty product also has to be burts bees chapsticks! i carry one in every bag, on my nightstand, and everywhere else in between.

    as for fav kitchen item, no doubt it’s going to be my kitchen aid stand mixer. i love love love ittttt :)

  329. Sheri C. says

    I’m not much of a girly girl, so I don’t know that I have a favorite beauty product. E.L.F is pretty awesome though because you can get lots of fun colors and also brushes for super cheap. It’s especially fun if you just want some fun colors to experiment with, without paying a lot of money.

    I’m in an apartment right now, so all my baking gear is secondhand leftovers from my mom, but at the moment my favorite is probably my silicone baking sheets. Like you mentioned in the post, it’s way less wasteful and cheaper to use them instead of parchment paper.

    These giveaways are such fun!

  330. says

    My favorite beauty thing is the Physicians Formula mineral powder palette. The stuff works miracles for evening my skintone!

    A little harder to answer the favorite baking thing…I’ve got so many that I couldn’t live without! But probably my favorite offset spatula, I’d be lost without it when it comes to icing cakes!

  331. says

    My favorite beauty things are my eyelash curler and pretty much my entire collection of eyeshadow! :P

    My favorite baking tools are my food processor (making pie crust is so easy with it!) and my hand mixer (which is old, however, and could use a replacement!)

  332. Liz says

    My fav beauty product is my eyeliner…a must for me to feel like I look like me!
    My fav kitchen product is my Kitchen Aid Mixer…I use that thing for all sorts of fun things and couldn’t get by without it! Mine is red and fabulous!

  333. Sara S. says

    My favorite beauty thing: DiorShow mascara! It’s my one makeup splurge, and I don’t replace it as often as I should (i.e. maybe once a year?) but I love how it looks on.

    My favorite kitchen thing: My new Raspbery Ice KitchenAid Stand Mixer. I’ve only used it a few times so far but I’m in love! Winning this prize would make my time in the kitchen even more enjoyable.

    Fingers crossed!

  334. Liz A says

    My favorite kitchen item is my Cuisinart immersion blender. It’s not the most versatile of tools, but it’s also not a one hit wonder. Making delicious soups is so easy, when you don’t have to remove part of it to put into a blender. Plus, you can use it to make individual sized milkshakes. Given that I don’t own a blender, this is a big plus.
    As for beauty, I’m a bit of a minimalist. But I have this awesome GingerLime salt scrub from Nourish which makes my shower smell tasty and leaves my skin smooth.

  335. says

    My favorite beauty thing is my hair straightener. I live in the south and my hair would look horrible without it.

    My favorite kitchen thing is my Cuisinart Food Processor. I use it almost daily!

  336. Lauren Gray says

    My favorite beauty thing is mascara. I can’t leave the house with out it, and I have a seriouse problem buying it…I can’t stop. I have a cup full of them. Different colors, and features. (curling, defining, lenthening, volumizing-you name it I’ve got it) I also don’t go out with out Mary Kay moistorizer and foundation.

    My favorite kitchen item is my Kitchen Aid mixer. It is the best thing I’ve got. I love watching eggs or butter whip up into beautiful peaks in it!

    Love your blog and great giveaways!!

    from PA

  337. Robin says

    Favorite Beauty Product– Chapstick and lotion! Can’t leave home without them!
    Favorite Kitchen Product– My pink Kitchenaide mixer!

  338. LPmobley says

    My favorite beauty thing is eyeliner… if I don’t put anything else on, I still need those lids lined! My favorite kitchen product is probably my pizza stone… before it all my cookie batches burned!

  339. Laura Klotz says

    My favorite beauty thing is cheap glitter nail polish..I can have short, stubby nails and paint on two coats of nude/pale pink colored glitter polish and all of the sudden they look beautiful with virtually no effort..and if it smudges a bit before it’s totally dry, no big deal, you can hardly tell. Sweet. My favorite kitchen thing..has to be my Kitchenaid mixer. I just can’t do without it. What’s really cool is that my wonderful man got me some of those beautiful damask decals for my mixer..makes my boring white mixer GORGEOUS with the black damask decals. So yeah, I’m going Kitchenaid mixer on this one.

  340. Kim says

    Favorite beauty product: Urban Decay Big Fattie Eye Liner (waterproof) – Ah. Mazing..
    Well obviously my favorite kitchen thing is my green apple KitchenAid..changed my life haha, I talk to it when I’m cleaning it after I’s scary.

  341. Liz says

    My favorite beauty thing is an Origins antioxidant moisturizer. So good! I have trouble skin but it doesn’t make me break out and it helps with wrinkles. (One thing I hate about being in my thirties now)
    And for kitchen items, I love my Cuisinart Ice Cream maker! I’ve used it for entertaining and people surprisingly LOVE homemade ice cream!

  342. Rada says

    I love to check out your blog almost everyday
    you really make everything look so beautiful, simple & easy to make
    I’ve learned a lot & will definitely keep learning *_^
    LOVE your favorite things ♥ especially your baking book & the icing kit ♥
    What is your favorite beauty thing?
    I’d consider Clinique moisture surge one of my favorite beauty things I wear it whenever I go out, MAC black gel eyeliner is also an essential & don’t forget to mention my eyelash curler w/ the mascara ^_^
    What is your favorite kitchen thing?
    hmmm can I say my baking books!? although I keep them in my room XD I cherish them as my babies hehe I’d say my mugs too seriously I have a lot of mugs my mom even gave me a whole drawer just for my mugs I’m crazy I know :P

  343. Emma says

    I don’t use much in the way of beauty products … but i do love burts bees lip balm! I must have about 4 containers at various places in the house. =)

    As for kitchen thing thats easy… my DeLonghi stand mixer! I adore this mixer and it has made baking SO much easier!

  344. Kayla says

    My favorite beauty thing is probably my Burts Bees lip shimmer stick, in the color raisin
    My favorite baking things are my icing tips

    Thanks for sharing your favorite things :)

  345. Jaime says

    My favorite beauty item is my Clarisonic face brush. I have learned that no matter what face wash/towelette I have ever used in my life, EVER, it has NEVER completely cleaned my face. And I didnt learn that until I felt (and saw on a cotton ball) how clean my face was after using the Clarisonic. Its expensive but it WORKS! And it allows all those expensive creams and serums we buy to actually absorb into our face instead of being blocked by all the crap left behind by our crappy face washes. Its a (skin) life changer!!! ;)

    My favorite “kitchen” item would have to be my Weber…that counts, right?! ;)

  346. Rosa says

    What a wonderfully fun giveaway! Even though the chance of me winning is slim, I still love trying for them! If anything, your items inspire me to go get them myself and try it, if I don’t have it already. :-)

    My favorite beauty thing lately is my MAC eye-liner and brush. Without them, I look close to a zombie. I, too, have terrible allergies to perfume and artificial scents! So I’ve been perfume-less for most of my life. My husband also has terrible allergies. A while back, I did find a perfume that I liked and it didn’t make me sneeze or have watery eyes, but of course, he couldn’t be in the same room as me when I put it on. So, I’m going to try the one you have. Thanks for sharing!

    My favorite kitchen thing varies based on what I’m in the mood for. These days, it’s my Kitchen Aid stand mixer for all the holiday baking goodies I’m making.

    Thanks for sharing your tidbits, pictures, and a chance for fun stuff!

  347. Amy B says

    My favorite beauty item is Orly Witch’s Blue nail polish–sparkly, shimmery blue!
    My favorite kitchen item–Amco Advanced Performed measuring cups.

  348. Jennifer says

    My favorite beauty product is Cherry Labello, I never leave the house without it.
    Unfortunately, they don’t make it anymore.
    My favorite “kitchen” item would be my oven, an item I can’t miss.

  349. Jewels says

    I love that you have giveaways, and am really keeping my fingers crossed ……. I don’t have the tools available in the kitchen, to make most of your recipes, but want to be able to try them out.

    I don’t normally wear makeup, but when I do, my favorite beauty product is my Maybelline XXL Pro Extensions mascara. It really makes my lashes longer, and I love how my eyes look with it.

    My favorite kitchen item was my mother’s Kitchen Aid moxer, when it was here. It allowed me to mix things quickly, and efficiently. I can’t wait for the day that I can afford to get my own!!!!

  350. Brandi says

    Yes! Finally. Every time I put on my Burt’s Bees Pomegranate chapstick, everyone always complains that they don’t like the smell of it… Are you kidding me? I am obsessed, and I am glad to see that I am not the only one who loves that stuff! That is definitely a favorite thing. Also, I love those Noxema eyebrow shapers!!! They are super cheap and work great. They used to sell them in Walmart but I haven’t seen them around in a while :( to the rescue!

    My favorite kitchen thing is definitely my Kitchenaid stand mixer. I use it all.the.time. My grandmother left me hers when she passed away- it’s been around for a while and it is still magical. I want a new, different colored one though! They really make it hard to choose with all the pretty colors they have for sale. :)

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Congrats to whoever the lucky winner is!!!

  351. Elizabeth says

    My favorite beauty thing is Burt’s Bees Radiance Lotion. It leaves skin soft and it adds a little sparkle and glow to your skin (so I really like to use it on my face for special occasions and date nights).

    My favorite kitchen item is my Pampered Chef cookie scoop because it’s so handy when I make any cookies with peanut butter in them… Those cookies are too sticky without it!

  352. Ashley says

    I am flabbergasted by the amazingness of this giveaway. My jaw dropped at about 5 of those items because I have been wishing for them for quite some time!! I hope I win! My favorite beauty item is MAC eye shadow. Or pretty much anything from MAC. Because they rock.
    My favorite kitchen item is my KitchenAid stand mixer. I wouldn’t be able to love without that thing, let me tell you.

  353. Julie says

    What an amazingly diverse group of gifts!! : ) I’d love to have them all!

    Favorite kitchen item: Without a doubt, my KitchenAid Stand Mixer! I never knew a mere machine could make my life so much easier! I only wish I’d splurged for one of the pretty colored ones . . . I have color envy every time I go past one of those displays, and I come home to my plain white one!

    Favorite beauty item: That’s a bit harder, but probably my L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara wins out! It’s inexpensive, goes on smoothly, and most importantly . . . it doesn’t smudge in the FL humidity!

    Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  354. Melissa says

    What a great give away, your recipes are enough but gifts are so sweet!
    My favorite beauty item would have to be Clinique’s 7 Day Scrub, in the dry Indiana winter it’s the only thing keeping my skin normal. Not to mention all of their fabulous lotions.
    My favorite kitchen item, my husband would say is flour because it ends up everywhere. I am a super messy cook so my truly favorite item is my apron hand made from my aunt as a wedding gift. It’s amazing and beautiful.

  355. Alexandra says

    Your generosity is astounding!

    My favorite beauty item is probably my eyelash curler. I love the way my eyes look with big and exaggerated lashes! I am very fortunate to have been gifted a kitchen aid this year and i’m so excited to finally be on the kitchen aid band wagon. But what i’m most excited for is the ice cream maker attachment I (cross my fingers) will be getting for Christmas. I’ve also dropped hints about wanting a brulee torch. Creme brulee with home made vanilla bean ice cream here I come!

    • Alexandra says

      I just noticed this myself, and I can’t believe no one else has mentioned it. We’re supposed to submit our answers by Thursday, December 9th, 2011 and the winner will be announced Friday, December 10th, 2011. I guess we were all focused on free stuff!

      I don’t know about you but my calender says that Thurs is the 8th, and Friday is the 9th. Don’t worry about it Darla, the holiday crazies get to all of us sometimes!

  356. says

    My favorite beauty thing is my mascara, One By One Volume Express by Maybelline. It’s probably the most expensive thing in my makeup drawer, and I never leave home without a coat of it on. It makes your eyes look so pretty. My favorite baking thing, as simple as it is, is my silver cookie sheet. It’s large enough to make 15 peanut butter cookies on, and I’ve yet to burn a single cookie on this sheet, unlike my mother’s older baking sheets which seem to yield to burning. :c

  357. Jessica C says

    My favorite beauty thing is a powdered concealer-type stuff from Bare Minerals called Bisque. My mom introduced me to it a few months ago and I love it! Favorite kitchen thing is probably the Kitchen Aid stand mixer that I got for my 30th birthday in August after years of wanting one. LOVE it, but really want the hand mixer too!

  358. Kari says

    My favorite beauty item is my Crabtree & Evelyn lip restorer. My favorite kitchen items are my knives. They get the most use out of everything else.

  359. Gerry says

    My fav beauty product is foundation primer-like walking around in my own soft light! My fav kitchen gadget has to be my Rachel Ray knife. Use it for everything-and has its own holder that sharpens the blade each time I take it out to use. Love.

  360. says

    My favorite beauty item is Bath & Body Works, Chai Flavored Lip Gloss.
    My favorite kitchen item is my Kitchen Aide Stand Mixer.
    Thank you for being so awesome and doing such an awesome giveaway. Happy Holidays…Ho-ho-ho!

  361. Mary says

    My favorite beauty thing is mascara because I actually look like a girl once my blonde, non-existent eyelashes come to life!

    My favorite kitchen thing… now that’s a hard one! I guess I would have to say my food processor. With that bad boy I can chop, shred, blend, and bring about world peace. Okay, maybe not the world peace bit, but you get the just!

  362. says

    Oh my, I want to win baaaaadly!!

    My favorite beauty item is OPI nailpolish – I’m obsessed. Favorite shade: Atomic Orange.
    My favorite kitchen item is either my microplane rasp zester or my comal.

    Tee hee hee – this giveaway ROCKS – thanks for the opportunity, Darla!

  363. Denise Artibee says

    Thank you Darla for your fun and inspiring website.

    My favorite beauty item is my Hope in a Jar by Philosophy face cream. It is light and fluffy like whipped cream and makes my face feel soft and smooth and never greasy. At the end of a hard day nothing feels better than washing my face and relaxing with my moisturizer.

    My favorite kitchen item is my old dutch oven. It was my grandmothers and was past down to my mother, my older sister and now to me. I love cooking with it becasue of the history as well as the results.

  364. Lori P. says

    My favorite beauty thing is also Burt’s Bees lip balm. I just love it and can’t go anywhere without it!

    My favorite kitchen thing would have to be my KitchenAid mixer…it’s just so useful and makes so many things a breeze!

  365. says

    My favourite beauty think is lipstick/lipgloss. I can’t pick just one – I own over 100! LOL. It’s always a perfect pick-me up!
    My favourite kitchen thing is my KitchenAid stand mixer – my husband and I bought it right after we got married and we use it all the time. There have been a few weekends where we actually have to negotiate a schedule for it! :)

    Thanks so much for this giveaway!!!

  366. K-La says

    My favorite beauty thing is Sally Hansen Nail Polish Strips! They are the best, currently I’m in red plaid.
    My favorite kitchen thing is either my Ninja or like everyone else my KitchenAid mixer (my grandma loaned it to me a year ago!). Although my spring form pan and I are BFFs.

  367. Alicia says

    Wow…favorite beauty thing…does all makeup count? I’m a fiend for makeup, particularly sparkly bright and shiny stuff. I never wear it but it’s fun to have and hold and look at!

    Favorite kitchen thing: My Le Creuset pots. I adore them. I could not survive without those pots. Or without Biscoff spread…that’s pretty much awesomeness in a jar.

    Thanks and Merry Christmas!

  368. Holly Johnson says

    My favorite beauty product would have to be CoverGirl Lash Blast Fusion – so perfect between lengthening and volumizing!

    Like others…I love my KitchenAid mixer…but above that I LOVE my Side Swipe attachment for my Kitchenaid – would be so frustrated without it!!

    hollyjjohnson @ gmail . com

  369. Katie says

    My favorite beauty thing? Hmm… difficult. I’d have to say my bathbombs from Lush, oh my goodness they make bath time the best time, and when you get out your skin feels so silky and smooth and mmm. My personal favorite has to be ‘Rose Queen’. Perfect balance of everything a bath should be after a long day at work. (Link:

    Favorite kitchen item? Even harder… I don’t have a standing mixer so probably my hand mixer. Ooh, I take it back, its definatly my fridge. My personal mantra making cakes is, ‘When in doubt, chill it!’ Seriously, a quick stick in the fridge or freezer has saved me so many headaches over the years. I guess its a silly one because I mean, who doesn’t have a fridge, but still. Best friend.

  370. says

    I don’t really have a makeup fav…sad I know. I use the cheap makeup, and I haven’t really found anything I just can’t live wiithout. Now, on the baking side, one thing that I can’t live without is my fondant mat. It has made transferring the fondant to the cake so much easier than it used to be. Thanks for the chance to win all your goodies.

  371. bindiya says

    I have never been a fan of make up but the only thing i stick to is my eye liner , so that can be considered as my favorite beauty thing

    My kitchen aid is my favorite thing in the kitchen… it’s made my life so easier and helps me try out new recipes without breaking a sweat.

    Darla i love your blog and you inspire me a lot, keep up the awesome work.
    Merry Christmas and a happy new year :)

  372. Wehaf says

    My favorite beauty thing is cetaphil. My skin feels so much better!

    My favorite kitchen thing is my chef’s knife; I got a really good one about 18 months ago and I use it all the time; I have no idea how I ever cooked without it!

  373. Tanya says

    Love your blog!!!! These items all look wonderful!

    My favourite beauty item is my liquid eyeliner. I am so not a girly girl, but when ever I want to add a little something it has to be the liquid liner! (Q-tips help to even up the line though)

    My favourite kitchen item is hands down my stand mixer. I hardly do anything without it!

  374. Mary B. says

    My favorite beauty thing is Arbonne’s eye creme…as a mom of 3 kids 3 and under, I get dark circles and puffy eyes all the time…this stuff takes care of it!

    My favorite kitchen thing is probably a toss up between my kitchen aid mixer and my doughmakers cookie sheets. I would LOVE to win your favorite things! What an awesome giveaway!

  375. MJ says

    My favorite beauty item would have to be my chapstick….I don’t go anywhere without my peppermint Burts Bees.

    My favorite kitchen item, how do I choose? Probably my kitchenaid…or my pie crust cutters from Williams Sonoma.

  376. Stephanie says

    Favourite beauty thing: Champagne eyeshadow by smashbox. It blends well with my skintone, so you can’t really tell I’m using a product. When the light hits, it adds that extra sheen for that light fresh look.

    Favourite kitchen thing: measuring cups/spoons because I am a geek and precision is fun. :)

  377. Sarah says

    Favorite beauty item: Bobbi Brown’s blue raspberry lipstick. It’s a raspberry color but there’s blue in the coloring so it makes your teeth look really white!
    Favorite kitchen item: The one thing I don’t have in my kitchen….a stand mixer! I had my grandmother’s mixer from the 50s and it just recently broke. Baking isn’t the same without it! Maybe Santa will be good to me :)

  378. Denise says

    I love your Blog!
    My favorite Beauty product my hair volumizer.
    My favorite Kitchen product my Kitchen Aid. Love Kitchen Aid porducts. I have worn out 2 of the stand mixers. Love, love, love them!

  379. Talia says

    Darla, I think you’re the bees knees, and I’m so happy I stumbled upon your blog.

    Fave beauty item: my eyeliner. Wearing it makes me feel instantly better about my appearance.
    Fave kitchen item: KitchenAid food processor. Best wedding gift EVAR.

  380. SarahS says

    My favorite beauty item is chapstick for sure. I always have to have a tube in my pocket. My favorite kitchen item is a kitchen aid stand mixer, which I don’t actually own, but every time I use my mom’s I always end up wanting one for myself.

  381. Sheila says

    My most favorite beauty thing is my wall mounted magnifying mirror so I can see what I am doing to my face! My fav kitchen item….hmmm, so many to choose from, but I guess my Kitchen Aid stand mixer, but, next would probably be my almost here as soon as Christmas arrives, covection oven, LOL.

  382. says

    I would love to win :D

    What is your favorite beauty thing? That’s of course mascara – a must for a beautiful look =)

    What is your favorite kitchen thing? *hahaa* I love my mixer! There will be no cookies, cakes, muffins or cupcakes without the aid of my lovely hand mixer! ^^

  383. Theresa says

    What is your favorite beauty thing? This is such a hard question!! But it has to be the Stila #33 One Step Complexion Brush (Though the clip in hair extensions want you to know they were totally in second place!) I’ve tried so many makeup brushes. I use a liquid foundation and normally the brushes use a lot of foundation and turn out all liney and ugly. This one is perfect. Same amount of foundation you would use with your fingers and its super easy to clean (Johnsons baby shampoo!) Plus it puts the makeup on perfectly.

    What is your favorite kitchen thing? I have this mixing bowl with a handle (really sturdy connects on both top and bottom) and even a little spout. It’s amazing. I can wander around a bit with the bowl and is perfectly shaped for mixing. Plus if you make batter with it the spout lets u pour the perfect amount of mix. I tried to find a picture / link to it, but I believe its been discontinued. It’s awesome though. Somehow nothing can compare to a perfectly sized mixing bowl haha. (Second Place on this: 3D Cookie Cutters!!)

    Btw I love your site, it’s great to know that there are other geeky yet still girly girls out there!

  384. Jasmine says

    My favorite beauty item is glysomed hand lotion – love the smell and there’s no better feeling than having your hands be freshly moisturized after feeling dry for awhile.
    My favorite kitchen item is definitely my shiny new red 7 quart Kitchenaid stand mixer!

  385. says

    My favorite beauty item: my collection of dessert-scented chapsticks. Though they don’t do physical wonders of any kind, they keep my lips soft and make my soul happy :)
    My favorite kitchen item: my Williams-Sonoma gold collection 9-inch square cake pan and my KitchenAid hand mixer – the pan bakes anything up like a dream and my mixer is doing a great job holding me over till I can have a stand mixer :)

  386. Oribeth says

    Favourite beauty thing: I can’t choose just one, is three okay? :o) First would be L’Occitane Shea Butter hand cream – works wonders on even my hellishly dry hands, followed by a lip combo of Lipsmackers lip balm (preferably in Candy Floss or Cherry Coke!) followed by Soap & Glory’s “Sexy Mother Pucker” lip gloss. Plumps up the lips just a tad and has a nice tingle!

    Favourite kitchen thing: my santoku knife, although if I had a KitchenAid stand mixer it would be top of the list! (One day I will have one, oh yes.)

  387. tamika says

    Beautiful blog!

    My favorite beauty item: my body lotion: makes me feel good
    My favorite kitchen item: my hand mixer without him we have no cookies

  388. Sarah says

    My favorite beauty item: MoroccanOil.
    My favorite kitchen item: My new Hamilton Beach Set and Forget Slow Cooker. With new longer work hours, it’s my best friend, and I love the clips to secure the lid down.

  389. Stephanie Halland says

    My favorite beauty thing is hand made soap, I was given some for Christmas last year, and have been a fan ever since!
    My favorite kitchen thing is my Kitchen Aid Mixer. My first Kitchen Aid finally wore out after 24 years, and I am working on wearing out my second! Great kitchen tool!

  390. Danielle Bibbs says

    My favorite beauty item is mascara. I’ve always loved it since I was a little girl and even though it can sometimes make a person look too “made up” at times, its easy and looks good on every girl! (Unlike some colors of eye shadow).

    My favorite kitchen item is a rolling pin. I like the big, heavy wooden rolling pins best. While they can get sticky at times, they always roll out any baking creation of mine to the right thickness.

  391. Janet says

    I can’t go anywhere without chapstick, it has to be Natural Ice Original. As far as my favorite kitchen item. It has to be my Kitchenaid stand mixer

  392. says

    beauty thing: DevaCurl, if you have curls, this is sent directly from God so you can manage them. Amazing. Best hair product ever. I love it. I only have good things to say…except it’s expensive, but totally worth every penny!

    kitchen thing: Vanilla Bean Paste. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. It makes me feel fancy.

  393. Whitney says

    My favorite beauty thing … probably my rice flower and shea body spray from Bath and Body Works. It only comes around at Christmas time, so I have to stock up. As for my favorite kitchen item … knives or my non-stick dutch oven!

  394. Megan says

    My favorite beauty item is mascara. I can’t live with out it. My favorite kitchen item is my kitchenaid. I use it for everything from baking to grinding meat and making ice cream.

  395. Lisa says

    My favorite beauty thing is hand cream, especially now that it’s getting colder.
    My favorite kitchen thing is my oven.I couldn’t live without it.

  396. Emma Brunner says

    My favorite beauty item is Pixi beauty’s illuminating tint and conceal. Its the perfect shade and it’s so light it doesn’t look or feel like your wearing makeup. While my favorite kitchen tool is my cookie spatuala. I love that thing!

  397. Beth says

    My favorite beauty thing is my Urban Decay Naked eye shadow palette. There are some many cool looking neutrals to choose from and it lets me get a lot of really cool looks :) My favorite kitchen thing is our old copper leaf cookie cutters that our family has had for at least 10 years. I remember helping my mom cut out decorative leaves for our pumpkin and pecan pies in the fall with them, good times!

  398. Ruthy says

    What is your favorite beauty thing?
    My favourite beauty thing is yummy cake smelling bath gel! Mmm! :)

    What is your favorite kitchen thing?
    So hard to decide…hmmm, maybe my Agbay cake leveler or fun cookie cutters, pretty baking cups, or sprinkles!!!

  399. Nicole Langlow says

    my fav beauty thing is my bare minerals face primer- it is the best primer i’ve tried.
    my fav kitchen product would have to be my kitchenaid stand mixer… i do everything with it!

  400. Casey S. says

    My favorite beauty thing would have to be my Bert’s Bees Pomegranate Chapstick. That stuff is amazing!

    And my favorite baking thing would have to be… oh this is hard! Probably my crockpot. That has SAVED me so many times.

  401. Amanda L. says

    My favorite beauty item is also one of your favorites – Burt’s Bees lip balm. My favorite kitchen thing is probably my big glass measuring cup – I use it all the time for measuring, mixing, and more.

  402. says

    My favorite beauty item… Anything by smashbox! Especially the o-gloss (lipgloss) and o-glow (blush), because they adapt to your face – very flattering and like wearing custom makeup :)
    My favorite kitchen item is my Mexican vanilla… Or maybe my ginormous spice collection. Or my wonderful Walmart mixing bowls.

  403. Clare says

    My favorite beauty thing is lip gloss, lip stick or lip balm. My lips get chapped a lot, especially in winter, so I use Burt’s Bees a lot. I also have a really sparkly gloss that I love, one from Bath and Body Works. It’s really pretty! My favorite kitchen thing… I guess I have two: I have measuring cups for liquids that are sort of squishy, so they are easy to hold and even easier to pour from. I also have a sort of icing “gun” where you put the icing in and pump it out through the tip. It’s a bit cleaner than the piping bags, especially for kids.

  404. says

    My favorite beauty item it the basic brown eyeliner by ELF. I spent10+ years shopping around for a good eyeliner and found this puppy about two years ago. Goes on easily and perfect every time. It’s sped up my regular routine quite a bit!

    My favorite kitchen thing is probably my turntable. Not only is it super-handy for decorating cakes, but it ends up working as a nice way to admire other items as well.

  405. says

    Hi Darla! I would have to say that my favorite beauty “thing” is my mint Softlips chapstick. In the cold Canadian Winters it’s the only thing that keeps my lips from turning into the CryptKeeper’s lips. Icky. And guess how bummed out I was when the stores stopped carrying it…. Anyway – they came out with new mint stuff and I have one in every single jacket I own. Which are many! Does my red Tommy peacoat count as a beauty thing? lol!

    And I know a million people are going to say it, but my Kitchen Aid stand mixer seriously changed EV.ERY.THING. I have no idea how people lived without them!!!! I literally have to restrain myself from giving my stand mixer smooches every time I turn it on!
    Merry Christmas!

  406. RobynR says

    - Love Firefly . . . mmmm Jayne.
    – Becoming totally addicted to Grimm, silly and fun, much like an adult Scooby Doo
    – Cupcakes, any and all cupcakes but failing that just about any cake will do too.
    – Philosophy Shower Gels ( the ones that smell like food of course)
    – Sparkly over-the-top nail polish (OPI’s Muppet collection for example)
    – When my sweet baby girl lets me cuddle her and falls asleep in my arms
    – your blog (yes really). I saw that chocolate orange Jack O’ Lantern cake on Cakewrecks last fall and fell in love.

  407. Chantelle says

    Are those all really your favorite things, or is just everything that is amazing is your favorite ;)

    What is your favorite beauty thing? Hmmm… I gotta say, I love my eyelash curler. Fake ones just seem like too much work and money, and a curler makes my eyes pop so much! Love it :)

    What is your favorite kitchen thing? My cupcake pans :) I LOVE cupcakes! My girlfriends and I always try to get together for a movie night twice a month and it just wouldn’t be the same without cupcakes filling our tummies. Although sometimes my pan is probably pretty sad and empty when I only make about 2/3 for myself lol

  408. says

    My must have beauty item is M.A.C. Liquid Last Eyeliner. I don’t wear a lot of make up and if I could only have one thing, it would be this. It lasts forever, it’s amazing, it doesn’t get smudgy or run, I love it.
    My favorite kitchen item has to be my Caphalon non-stick 5×10 loaf pan. I have been able to modify smaller quick bread recipes with excellent results. One large loaf is sometimes better than many, especially when quick breads disappear so quick!

  409. Lucy Dee says

    My FAVORITE beauty thing(s) are my eyeliners, i have so many in so many different colors! even on a day that i don’t feel like putting any makeup on i still put on some eyeliner, its just one of those things ya know? ;)

    My Favorite kitchen thing(s) are my cupcake pans and my icing tips!! i love making cupcakes for my family and friends! and i always tune into your blog and see what new cupcakes i can make for them! :}

  410. Julia says

    My favorite beauty thing: chapstick. Love Burt’s Bees and Lipsmackers Dr. Pepper. Ooooh or Bare Minerals foundation.

    My favorite kichen item: another tie (can you tell I’m indecisive?) Kitchenaid stand mixer (couldn’t live without it) or my immersion blender
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  411. Caley Buxton says

    My favorite beauty thing is nail polish…I have so many colors, and I love being seasonal. Bright red at the moment. ;) As for the kitchen, I love picking out fun cookie cutters! I love your site…I can’t believe how beautiful your creations are!

  412. Emily says

    My favorite beauty item is a lipstick by Benefit in flirt alert and their total moisture facial cream.
    My favorite kitchen gadget is my Kitchen Aid mixer (also in red, LOVE that color).

  413. Laura says

    I’m not a very girly person and only wear eye makeup. That said, my most favorite beauty product is Glitter Sticks eyeliner from Avon. Luuuuuv. <3

    My most favorite kitchen product is… good Lord where to start. My KitchenAid stand mixer because it was an early Christmas present and I looove it, and my stackable cooling racks from Pampered Chef because putting them over the garbage disposal side of the sink saves on crumbly cleanup and valuable space. :)

    Merry Christmas everyone!

    And thanks, Darla, for all of your wonderful recipes, giveaways and geekiness!

  414. Elizabeth Rodkey says

    My favorite beauty item right now is nail polish! I just got a gold glitter polish from OPI that’s amazing. In the kitchen nothing beats my KitchenAid stand mixer, best gift ever.

  415. Yoshita says

    Favorite Beauty Product – Smith’s Rosebud Salve Lip Balm
    Favorite Kitchen Product – My mixing bowls because they are over 10 years old and remind me of my mom and my first baking experiments :)

    Thanks for your great recipes – your website is a constant source of inspiration for new goodies and treats.

  416. Candice Duffey says

    Contest entry!
    Thanks Darla!

    Favorite Beauty thing: Erm, I’d say Mascara and or eyeshadow! I love to play with a wide range of color. Color makes everything better! lol as long as its not outragious outragious lol

    Favorite Kitchen thing: My hands! I love using my hands in the kitchen, its such a liberating feeling. Plus it’s down right fun getting back to basics in the kitchen :)

    PS I made your Hubbys Pizza Bake! EVERYONE LOVVVVVVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *Cyber High five on that one!!!!* It’s going in the cookbook! Yay!

  417. says

    My favorite kitchen thing hasn’t actually made it to my kitchen yet! I’m getting a pink kitchen aid stand mixer for christmas since I love my Aunt’s blue one so much!

    And my favorite beauty thing has to be my curling iron! Since I have naturally curly hair, I use it to touch up the crazy curls in the morning!

  418. Kate says

    I just wanna say I love your blog, all the recipes from your blog that I’ve tried have turned out great! And the fact that you’re a Firefly (Wash! :( ), Doctor Who, and HP fan just makes it all the more awesome!

    My favorite beauty thing would have to be my mixing brush.

    And my favorite kitchen thing would have to be my handmixer. I wish I had a stand mixer but alas, the life of a full-time student does not allow for such extravagance. But I love my handmixer nonetheless!

  419. Andrea says

    I think my favorite beauty item is my Badger Balm cool mint cocoa butter lip balm. It’s been keeping me un-chapped for the first time in ages, during the dry wintertime, and I adore it. It smells yummy and keeps me coming back for more.

    As far as kitchen item, I’m torn… We have so many cool toys! I love my KitchenAid mixer, but I also like the immersion blender we got last year, and the microplane I use for grating fresh nutmeg, lemons, etc. I think the most helpful items are the Cutco knives we started getting a couple years back! They’re sharp, well-made, and were SO great to use over Thanksgiving. So, I pick those. Thanks :-)

  420. Sana Mayat says

    My favorite beauty thing would have to be all of my eye makeup. It’s amazing what some of that stuff can do to your face. Your eyes really make a difference.
    Favorite kitchen thing? KitchenAid stand mixer. Oh how it changed my life. There’s just no going back. :’)

  421. Ashley says

    My favorite beauty thing is Soft Lips lip balm.

    My favorite kitchen thing is my KitchenAid stand mixer. I got it for Christmas last year and it’s helped me really explore my love for baking. And it’s my favorite color!

  422. says

    It’s always so nice to see what my favorite bloggers like. Everything you showed and talked about in this post were mostly things I love also xD

    My favorite beauty thing has to be my fuzzy star hair clip. I’ve been really getting into Lolita and they just have the most adorable hair accessories. And I love stars! So what more could I ask for xD

    My favorite kitchen thing is definitely our baking pans. With them, I can make cakes, my grandma’s bread pudding and flan. I mean that’s just the beginning! There are so many things I can make in those things, they’re just amazing ♥

    ~ Kieli ~

  423. Kendra says

    My favorite beauty thing is also the Burt’s Bees Replenishing Balm! But I have a tendency to misplace them or lose them in my purse, so I have 5 floating around my life right now.

    My favorite kitchen things are my bowl scraper, my owl apron, and my purple dutch oven. Sure, the gadgets rock, but I love my quirky little things in the kitchen that make me smile.

  424. says

    I have so many things to choose from!

    My favorite beauty thing would have to be….my ever-trusty Burts Bees peppermint chapstick. It’s so tingly!

    My favorite kitchen thing would have to be my trusty bright red kitchenaid stand mixer. That thing is a life saver!

  425. Kate says

    Favorite beauty thing is my Avon waterproof mascara….I don’t look awake without it. Favorite kitchen thing….the granite top on my itty bitty island! I am getting a dobord for Christmas though, so my fave thing might be changing!

  426. Jahia says

    My favorite beauty product is my MAC eyeliner – love it!
    My favorite kitchen item has to be my KitchenAid stand mixer, can’t live without it!

  427. Rachael G says

    My favorite beauty item is Burts Bees chapstick (just the plain ol’ peppermint kind). My favorite kitchen thing is my KitchenAid mixer, which also happens to be a pretty shade of pink… it would look rather lovely next to a brand spankin’ new hand mixer… :)

  428. NaomiKnight says

    My favorite beauty thing is hard to figure out – I’m not much of a girly girl myself! But I do adore my Lush Whipstick choco-orange lip balm, delicious and effective! My favorite kitchen thing, just for the sheer novelty of it, is my nutmeg grater. There is something about that little unitasker, the fact that it only really comes out during the holidays, it just fills me with nostalgia… and a craving for eggnog!

  429. Holly Hutson says

    Favourite beauty thing? Damn, that’s a hard one.. I think it would definately be my vanilla coke chapstick. Because ya’know, drinking it constantly isn’t enough, my lips need to taste like it as well. Constantly. Or my body shop strawberry body wash, that stuff smells amazing.
    And my favourite kitchen thing.. does an empty kitchen count? Because I can’t bake with ten people looking over my shoulder. But I think it would have to be my measuring spoons, because I have always been OCD without my meausring, and the 1000000 sizes of normal spoons in my draws confuse me.

  430. Jennifer says

    My favourite beauty thing is mascara – I can’t live without it. Coloured ones are fun to wear too. :)

    My favourite kitchen thing is my cast iron pan – it’s super versatile, I can use it for cooking so many things on the hob or in the oven. And it’s going to last forever, with enough TLC.

  431. N'awlins Darlin' says

    What a fun list!

    My favorite beauty product is a tie between Calgon Morning Glory body mist and a quick-dry topcoat polish called ‘Oh So Wet!’

    Favorite kitchen thing is my Michael Graves garlic press. I went through I don’t know how many garlic presses trying to find one that actually worked rather than the garlic smooshing out of the sides and back. It’s so well-designed and just makes me happy!

  432. Bailey says

    This is a great giveaway…thanks for the opportunity! :)
    My favorite beauty thing would be a toss up between mascara and a lip gloss!
    As for my favorite kitchen thing, I don’t think I could choose just one, but I would probably say kitchen aid or anything to decorate my cupcakes with, such as my icing tips. :)

  433. Jessica says

    My favourite beauty thing is my day- and night cream. I don’t wear a lot of makeup, and the creams make my skin look good. And that is all I think I need…
    My favourite kitchen thing… it’s hard to choose. I guess first of all my Kenwood standing mixer, a great gift from my parents on my 40th birthday. I also live my apple corer/slicer, which cores and slices apples in one go (I think it’s my children’s favourite as well :-)). I also love all my baking stuff, I cannot choose! I just love baking, and I don’t have enough time to bake every receipe I like.

    Just to add to Darla: I love your site, and I can’t remember how many recipes I printed and baked from your site. And all of them worked out! Thank you for a lot of inspiration!

  434. Paige says

    Oh my word!! This giveaway is unbelievable!!

    Let me see. I don’t have nearly as much beauty stuff as I would like. I really like my sparkly eyeshadow though :).

    And the best kitchen thing we have is food coloring =D. I’m always asking my mom to let me add food coloring and she’s always too color shy, hehe.

    ahhh I hope I win :P

  435. Ladytink_534 says

    My favorite beauty thing is new eyeshadow. I love trying out different ways to wear it! Ooh, and Philosophy bath stuff. They’re awesome.

    My favorite kitchen thing is my great-grandmother’s kitchen mixer. It’s a bit awkward to use but I always feel close to her when I do.

  436. Becks Bakes says

    My favourite (possibly only?) beauty thing is cocoa butter lip balm.

    Favourite kitchen thing – It has to be my electronic kitchen scales. I think measuring dry ingredients by volume/in cups is just crazy – plus, I’m a lazy baker so I can put a bowl on the scales and add ingredients one by one, taring the scale to zero between each ingredient. One bowl, less washing up!

  437. Urður says

    I’m not much of a beauty-products-kind-of-girl, but I do seriously love the Candied Ginger christmas line from The Body Shop. It showed up in my local Body Shop, in a smallish town in Iceland, recently and I’ve already invested in shower gel and body lotion and a soap bar, lip balm and some home fragrance. Everything smells like sweet, spiced ginger around here and I love, love, love it. Too bad that this line of products is only a christmas thing and won’t be continued after the holidays.

    My absolute favourite kitchen thing is the Kitchen Aid mixer that my husband and I (but seriously – mostly I) got when we got married just over three years ago. It’s been a tradition in my family to pool our resources and give Kitchen Aid mixers as wedding presents when my siblings got married and when it was my turn I got to choose what colour I wanted. I opted for a lovely pale pink model that looks delightful in contrast with my bright yellow kitchen walls, and the best part is that part of the price of the mixer went into a support fund for Breast Cancer research.

  438. Natalie Pike says

    These gifts are amazing – definitely time to start to feel chirstmassy!
    Favourite beauty product has to be my MAC black gel eyeliner. I honestly didn’t know how good eyeliner could look until i discovered this little gem.

    Favourite kitchen thing is a really good wooden spoon. It may sound really simple but there is a lack of good shaped wooden spoons that are the right thickness. I learnt to bake and perfect recipes by mixing my hand and i just have never managed to get the same results with a mixer – also creaming is really good for strengthening your arms!

  439. Marilena says

    Favourite beauty thing: Avene UV riche moisturiser, makes my skin glow, is so light and moisturising and makes me feel rejuvenated and woken up :)
    Favourite kitchen thing: Creme brule kitchen torch! gift from my mum that rarely gets any use, but when I do get to use it, it’s such fun!

    Thank you so much for this giveaway! I’d especially love a silpat mat, starting a household with a silpat mat and hand blender seems like the right way to do it!


  440. Christina says

    I love my keihl’s ultra facial moisturizer its so nice and light but really moisturizing!
    my favorite kitchen item is my pink KitchenAid stand mixer. I would love t try o win the pink hand mixer to go along with it

  441. Peachtess says

    My favorite beauty thing is nail polish in fun colors. My favorite kitchen thing is a tie between my food processor and my Keurig coffee maker. I couldn’t live without either.

  442. MP says

    My favorite beauty product has to be OPI nail polish. Not only does it stay on better than others (in my opinion) and comes in gorgeous colors, but all the colors also have fantastically silly names. It makes shopping for colors even more fun, and I love telling people the names of the colors I’m wearing when they ask; it almost always elicits some sort of reaction.

    The best kitchen gadget in my opinion is my ice cream scoop. I think it’s from Pampered Chef, but we’ve had it for so long, I honestly can’t remember. It’s great because it heats up the ice cream just a little bit, which makes it easier to scoop! It’s genius.

  443. Brandy Smith says

    Beauty thing: Classic Chapstick. I can’t live without it.
    Kitchen thing: my measuring cups.I have had the same set for years and I use them everyday.

  444. Maria Elena says

    My favorite beauty supply is chapstick or lipgloss. I hate dry lips and a little bit of color on them makes me feel pretty. My favorite kitchen item is definitely my dishwasher. It allows me to clean less and spend more time eating, baking and enjoying the company of my friends and family. Happy Holidays!

  445. says

    My favourite beauty product ahs to be revlon lip butter, it is actually the bomb- I’ve had to get my American friend to send me different colours for christmas :) and my favourite kitchen item is my candyfloss food colouring, it is just yum.

  446. says

    My favorite beauty supplies (I have two!) are Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 (I won’t use anything else after discovering this) and Mixed Chicks Leave-in Conditioner. I’m multiethnic and my hair is crazy curly and this is the only product I’ve found that makes my hair look great.

    My favorite kitchen item is my French butter crock. Always having soft butter is AWESOME!

  447. says

    Great giveaway!
    And, it’s so fun to hear about your favorites!
    (My silpats made my Top 10 list, too!)

    My fav beauty product is my CoverGirl Slipslicks in the berry. Just enough color, but not heavy. It’s like grown up chapstick that makes you pretty.

    My fav kitchen item is my Microplane. One year I handed them out (to everyone!) with a list of 200 things you can do with a microplane.

  448. Mia says

    My favorite beauty secret is baking soda! I wash my hair with it and my face too!

    My hair has never looked lovelier and my skin has NEVER looked this good.

  449. Tracy says

    My favourite beauty product would be my Vaseline lip therapy (with aloe!) tin – can’t leave home without it!

    My favourite kitchen item is, unorginally I guess, my KitchenAid stand mixer. It’s fire-engine red and I love, love, love it! My boyfriend got it for me when we moved in together, the smart boy – I’ve kept him filled with various treats ever since :) Living in the UK with a US machine means I am also the reluctant owner of an industrial-strength electric transformer to make sure I don’t blow up the flat when mixing – guess that would technically have to be my number 2 kitchen gadget!

  450. says

    favourite beauty thing? hands down, black mascara!!!! don’t go ANYWHERE without it..and if i do, i’ve lost my mind, please call the police..

    favourite kitchen thing? this has to be my pampered chef mini spatula!!! i use it every day…whether i’m baking or cookie, that thing is ALWAYS useful :)

  451. Alex says

    My favorite beauty items…hmm.. I love my avon glimmerstick eyeliner! It gives me such a wide awake look that it makes my day! Also love my sheer infusion vaseline body lotion. Its a great lotion for dry hands!

    As far as my favorite kitchen items, I will say my set of knives and my handmixer. My Knives are so important to me when cooking and especially when cutting things for decorations for cakes and such. My handmixer was something given to me by my mom and I love it! Its reliable and holds so many dear memories to me!

  452. Vanessa says

    What is your favorite beauty thing?
    Haircuts, they make me feel pretty! although lately my favorite beauty thing has been cocoa butter lotion, gotta love stretch marks (25 weeks pregnant)
    What is your favorite kitchen thing? My kitchen aid stand mixer without a doubt! i use it almost everyday! Best present ever!

  453. Drew B. says

    Well, this is for my wife… but my favorite beauty product on her is her perfume.

    And my favorite baking thing she uses is the baking stone. It’s so easy.

  454. says

    My favorite beauty thing is getting a pedicure! Nothing feels better than getting your feet rubbed while you relax and then after pretty toes when you’re done!

    I can’t live without my Williams Sonoma avocado peeler! It takes the hassle out of making guacamole!

  455. Kate! says

    My favorite beauty thing is getting a back massage. Every year for my birthday I treat myself to an hour-long massage at an Aveda spa. Always amazing and always so worth it.
    My favorite kitchen things are spatulas. I love those tiny baby spatulas (because they’re just the cutest), and all sizes in between.

  456. carole says

    my favorite thing is my hand lotion..always carry it!

    My favorite kitchem item has to be my Kitchen Aid mixer……love to bake and couldn”t do without it….

  457. Marjie Keller says

    My favorite beauty thing would be mosturizer. Helps keep those nasty wrinkles from showing so much.

    My favorite kitchen things… All of them but most of all my wall oven! But I also love scoopers so that my cookies are all the same size!!

  458. Heather says

    What a fun giveaway! For beauty – a good moisturizer or my Burt’s Bees pomegranate. I also love Lush products. Kitchen it would either be my slow cooker or my Kitchenaid mixer, though I also love the Internet for recipe searches.

  459. says

    I would just like to say, Darla, that I ab-so-lutely love your blog; I have a whole folder labelled Bakingdom full of recipes that I have to get round to doing. :) As a poor teenager, I haven’t had much money to buy beauty things, but I love my mascara. Oh, and nail polish. Gotta love that! My favourite kitchen things are my muffin cups and pans. I love making muffins and cupcakes! My mum bought me some silicon cups for my birthday, and they are really good. :)

  460. Rachel says

    My favorite beauty product is my Rimmel London exaggerate eye definer. It goes on smooth and takes 5 seconds (Woot!). (Although I also love love my pomegranate bert’s bees)
    My favorite kitchen gizmo is my Chef’n silicone dual-ended spatula (in green!). I use it everyday. (If I had a stand mixer it would probably be my fav, but alas…)

  461. Candice says

    My favortite beauty thing is my face wash from First Aid Beauty. It cleanses my skin and makes it clear without drying it out. I also love my chapstick, it’s spearmint and makes my lips so soft. :-)

    My favorite kitchen thing probably has to be my mixer my sister got me for my 21st birthday, it has helped me so much and helped me make so many yummy things :-)

  462. Sarah says

    Pedicures and nail polish!

    I’m getting a professional Kitchenaid mixer for Christmas (thank you, cyber Monday and Amazon!). I’m pretty confident it will become my favorite kitchen gadget, but until then, I’ll say my new blender.

  463. Michelle says

    My favorite beauty thing is my little eyebrow comb! If I do one thing to my appearance before I leave the house, I tame those unruly eyebrows!

    My favorite baking thing was my $2 cookie scoop, which sadly broke a couple weeks ago. No more perfectly uniform cookies for my co-workers, but at least they are still tasty!

  464. Ginny says

    My favorite beauty thing is EOS smooth lip balm sphere. I love the round little ball because its fun but also super easy to find in the bottom of my pocketbook!

    My favorite kitchen thing is the Pampered Chef large pizza stone. It was a wedding gift and it is amazing on making pizza/heating up frozen pizza.

  465. Virginia says

    My favourite beauty things are my Neutrogena face products, they leave your skin perfect in a week! ^^ and also my ‘essence’ nail polishers, absolutely pretty colours and amazing prices!
    My favourite kitchen thing is, no doubt, my crepe fryng pan, no crepe has ever stuck to it!

  466. Rebecca says

    My favorite beauty thing?? I have thick hair so I love a good clip that will hold all my hair. I have 2 that I love but I often misplace them. I guess I should get some more. LOL

    My favorite kitchen gadget…my husband used to work at a retirement village. The sweet old ladies would often give him things. One gave him a jar opener. It is metal with a large wooden handle and gears to adjust to the lid size. I LOVE that thing. I have had it for more than 20 years. I have RA and it has saved me many many times when no men are here to open jars for me.

  467. Amber says

    I love everything you’re giving away!! yippee!
    My favorite beauty product is definitely my lancome lipliner. I can’t live without having color on my lifeless looking lips, yet I still would like to keep it natural. My favorite kitchen tool are my tips!

  468. Monique says

    My favorite beauty thing is lipstick. As the saying goes I “feel naked” when I am not wearing it in public. I think the need stemmed from the fact that I wasn’t allowed to wear it at my Catholic elementary school—once I graduated, I couldn’t get enough and still can’t, lol! I don’t have a favorite color though because I’ve had many I’ve liked get discontinued, but my current everyday color is called “Tinted Taupe” by Maybelline. :)

    My favorite kitchen thing is a KitchenAid stand mixer. I use it all the time (mostly for cookies XD). And, the food processor and mini processor are other favorites because they are so useful (especially for chopping nuts that I use in the cookies I make! XD lol). I would add the Doctor Who mug I bought when I visited the Doctor Who Experience in London, but I’m too afraid to use it for fear of ruining the police box print—it makes a great decoration though! ^ ^

  469. Carolyn Stoner says

    My favorite beauty item is my Mary Kay eye make up remover. I end every day with a couple quick swipes and feel better about myself knowing that I’m not leaving make up on my face!

    My favorite kitchen thing is my lap top! I love finding all sorts of great recipes on it and just propping it up in my kitchen!

    I’m hoping to get a KitchenAid for Christmas this year!

  470. Jenna says

    I feel like you and I would be such good friends if we met.

    Favorite beauty product: blush, because I’m incredibly pale without it.

    Favorite kitchen product: my kitchenaid mixer

  471. Helen says

    Hi Darla, I love your blog, amazing recipes (especially as you take the time to add vegan versions) and lovely food photography :)
    This giveaway is amazing especially as we get hardly any of this stuff in Australia!

    My favourite beauty thing is Nars lip pencil in dragon girl because it makes me feel like a rock star.
    My favourite kitchen thing is my mixing bowl with a rubber grip on the base to stop it sliding around.

  472. OHxSADE. says

    My favorite beauty product would have to be my Carmex, I can’t live without it. My lips peel a lot so I love to put some on them to heal since sometimes it hurts when they peel.

    My favorite Kitchen Item is my Blender, I had my mom get me one for Christmas two years ago because I love to make smoothies and such. (:

  473. says

    My favorite beauty product is my bad gal lash mascara and my flat iron. I have naturally curly hair so if I didn’t have some kind of styling tool my hair would look horrible. :) My favorite kitchen item is of course my kitchenaid stand mixer. It’s bright purple and I love it! I use it for everything.

  474. AWaters says

    My favourite beauty item is most definitely Lip Smackers chap stick. It may not be the most dignified option, but it is the most whimsical and nostalgic! There was many a time when a strawberry kiwi flavoured lip tube saved my lips, and got me in the habit of taking care of my skin. (Of course now I opt for products with sun protection!)

    My favourite kitchen item is a harder thing to narrow down, but I would probably say that the old cookie cutters that my mother bought before I was born are my favourite! They may be old, and a bit bent out of shape but they have been used to make cookies and crafts. They have consistently brought a smile to my face!

    Thank you for having such a lovely contest and a blog that never fails to amaze!

  475. Lisa says

    I love chapstick – I have them in various places in the house, so I never have a chapstick emergency. My favourite kitchen item would be the silver flour scoop my grandma gave me, after I learned a few family recipes from her.

  476. Sam says

    My favorite beauty thing is a day at the spa and my indispensable kitchen gadget is my toaster oven! Great giveaway and happy holidays to you..

  477. says

    My favorite kitchen tool is my orange kitchen aid. I feel very “foodie” when I use it and love baking, so it gets used a lot!!

    I love silver eye make up for my beauty favorite. I do not wear it all the time, but I feel snazzy when I do and it is a fun pop of color on rainy days or blah days. I have a very strict dress code at the school I teach at, so fun eye color just makes me feel….well…fun!!

    Thanks for the great blog! I use it all the time when I am looking for baking inspiration!

  478. Jackie says

    Hmm… It’s probably a lot easier for me to figure out what my favorite kitchen-things are than my favorite beauty things, since I’m not really a primpy-frilly sort of girl… I do like my Herbal Essences shampoos and fruit-scented body sprays, though, so does that count?

    Then again, when it comes to kitchen things, there are so many useful tools and gadgets that I either adore or covet, that it’s a little hard to choose among them. I don’t know what I’d do without the KitchenAid stand mixer that I got as a hand-me-down from my boyfriend’s mother, so it’s probably my favorite kitchen thing that I own. I’ve really wanted to try silpat baking mats for a while — I love parchment paper, but the notion of reusable, washable, baking mats that I don’t have to keep buying? Is intriguing. I’m also a sucker for nifty new baking pan shapes — I keep eyeing donut pans with a curious longing, for instance.

  479. Tiesha Johnson says

    Your favorites are awesome! My favorite kitchen item is my Pink Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer. I use it every day. I can’t live without it! My favorite beauty product is Mary Kay Replenish. It is used after microdermabrasion and it makes my skin feel so soft. Love it!

  480. Kary S says

    My favourite beauty product is my new precision eye liner which I’ve finally mastered!

    As for my kitchen item, definitely my chef’s knife. Can’t live without it!

  481. says

    My favorite beauty item is a tie between my Blistex Complete Moisture chapstick (Perfect in winter or when sick to fix dry lips), and my Covergirl Exact Eyelights Eye Brightening Eyeshadow for brown eyes. I have all the colors I need, including black for eyeliner, for everyday use, especially when I only have 5 minutes to get ready and go, and it really does make my eyes POP more and make me love my “not dull brown” eyes anymore.

    Favorite kitchen product is my hand mixer. I do do a lot of mixing by hand, but I could never be able to mix my buttercreams and other frostings by hand.

  482. Marissa says

    My favorite beauty product is chapstick/lipgloss and my favorite kitchen items are my kitchenaid mixer, food processor, and parchment paper!

  483. Megan S says

    I’m not sure what my “favorite” beauty item is but I know I can’t leave the house without eyeliner on or some sort of chapstick or lip gloss.
    My favorite kitchen item would have to be my stand mixer my husband got me for my birthday this year. I do ALL the baking in my family and it has been so wonderful to be able to turn it on and walk away, if need be :)

  484. Beth Murphy says

    My favorite kitchen thing is my wonderful husband–and all the stuff he got me for my 30th birthday almost two years ago now. I was using a hodge-podge of dorm stuff and cheap-o things from here and there. He got me a Kitchenaid mixer, HUGE Kitchenaid food processor (which I use way more often than the mixer), a gorgeous mirrored tri-ply stainless cookware set from Tramontina (plus the add-on 14-inch skillet with lid!), Kirkland Signature non-slip set of four mixing bowls with lids, four Bakers & Chefs half sheet pans, and a Lodge Logic 12-inch cast iron skillet. LOVE! He’s an amazing hubby. And–AND–he picked all that stuff out by going through my back issues of Cook’s Illustrated and reading reviews of their top-rated products. And he got me a copy of Baking Illustrated, my favorite cookbook ever.

    My favorite beauty product is eos lip balm in summer fruit. It’s awesome, and not sticky, and it comes in a little sphere so it’s easy to find in my purse.

  485. Bethany says

    My very favorite beauty item is nail polish! I love painting my nails! I’ve got a whole range of colors and glitters, all of which I adore. But if I had to pick one, I’d go with Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure in Kook-A-Mango! I love all the Complete Salon Manicure polishes because of the brush. It’s a flatter brush, so the polish glides onto your nails so easily. It’s also a bright coral-y pink that’s oh-so-pretty.
    My favorite baking item is, without a doubt, my glass pyrex mixing bowls! They’re heavy enough to stay in place while I’m using the electric mixer, but not so heavy that I can’t pour the batter in a pan. They can also go in the microwave where the metal ones can’t and on the stove where the plastic ones can’t! Huzzah!
    Thanks Darla! I love your blog!

  486. davem says

    My favourite kitchen thing would be the large George Foreman grill – I make tea on it every night and since I am trying to lose weight, it helps a lot with that.

    My favourite beauty item is Lush’s Snow Fairy shower gel (because I love the smell of it on my girlfriend)

  487. Jennifer says

    My favorite beauty thing right now is the OPI Muppets line of nail polishes! I am wearing Wocka Wocka on my fingers and Meep Meep Meep on my toes today.
    My favorite kitchen item is my toaster oven. It’s my favorite thing ever!

  488. Kitty says

    Hey :D My favorite beauty product has to be my bobby brown definition mascara,,, TRUE LOVE! And my favorite baking product is probably my new hand blender! So easy to cream butter, whip batter, and beat eggs!

  489. Tess says

    My favorite beauty item is my Beauticontrol instant spa manicure. It’s scent is sugar-cookie (which is really accurate to the actual smell of sugar cookies) and it’s sea salt in oil that you rub into your hands, leaving them softer than soft.

    My favorite kitchen thing, above all, is my kitchen-aid mixer. I make a lot of home-made pasta in the summer-time and I can’t imagine going back to kneading all that dough with my hands again. It has saved me oodles of time and effort.

  490. Linda says

    I LOVE my pink and green Maybelline mascara…been using it since the 1970’s and have yet to find one I like better…no matter the price!

  491. Elain Ponce De Leon says

    My favorite beauty item is Black eyeliner. I don’t leave home without it. My little asian eyes are non existent without the outline of black eyeliner. LOL.
    My must have kitchen appliance is my stand mixer. I use it everyday or every other day and my life is better because of it.

  492. Amber Atkins says

    I actually have three favorite things….I couldn’t just narrow it down to one, sorry! I love my lip gloss, eyelash curler and lotion. My favorite kitchen gadget would be my mixer. :)

  493. Debbie Katz says

    My favorite beauty item is my NYX push up brow liner. It makes my eyebrows look great! My favorite kitchen item is definitely my KA mixer!!!!!

  494. Abigail Dunki-Jacobs says

    Ooh, this was just eye candy to look at! I think my favorite beauty tool would have to moisturizer… I use the Banana Boat aloe lotion, and I put it on my face every day. It makes it so soft and smooth; I recommend it to everyone! (Although, my favorite kitchen thing is definitely bake-even strips and Cake Release from Wilton… I’m a sucker for easy baking!)

  495. Kristy Maczuba says

    My favorite beauty thing would have to be glitter!! I wear it when ever and wherever i can!! I love love love it!! and my favorite Kichen gadget would have to be my kitchen ninja.. because im a ninja in the kitchen.Ha ha ha!!!

  496. Miss monica says

    My favorite beautiful thing is fake eye lashes. They are so fun to wear and there are so many cool and crazy ones like feathers or jewels! My favorite kitchen gadget is my mini muffin pan since I love all things mini! So cute and adorable and I don’t feel so bad when I eat 10 of them!

  497. says

    My favorite beauty thing is a smile, because that makes you beautiful and it’s from within. Okay, I do love my blowdryer, lol! My favorite kitchen thing is my KitchenAid. It has by far made me a better baker.

  498. says

    What is your favorite beauty thing? that would have to be I guess Chapstick, it’s really the only thing I wear, I dont generally wear make up or anything like that.

    What is your favorite kitchen thing? OMG!! I LOVE my ice cream scoop, but I love the stand mixer too and my new hand mixer is pretty cool. But since I’ve become obsessed with cookies I really <3 my cookie cutters….umm, yeah I know that is a lot of favorites, can I just say my kitchen :D

  499. Jessie DeLeon says

    My favorite thing is Neon food coloring, When added to white icing..aww can you say WOW. The colors pop. And I love my pamper chef measuring cup, where it does liquids one way and flip it over and it does solids. I love everthing that has to do with baking…one day I actually might afford a stand mixer.

  500. Brittany White says

    What is your favorite beauty thing?- My favorite beauty thing is a tie between mascara & glittery nail polish. I hardly ever leave the house without putting a few swipes of mascara on my lashes. It just gives your eyes an instant POP! I also love any color of glitter nail polish. It just makes me feel sooooo girly and festive all the time!

    What is your favorite kitchen thing? -My favorite kitchen thing is my KitchenAid stand mixer (in light pink, of course). I use it for everything from baking cookies to cakes. I sometimes just go into my kitchen and stare at it in all it’s glory :)

  501. Elizabeth Wilcox says

    My favorite beauty thing is Bert’s Bees acne treating face lotion. I am one of those unfortunate adults with 13 year old acne and my face wash dries my skin out. The Bert’s Bees lotion is the best, it feels great and smells great too. My favorite kitchen tool is definitely my KitchenAid stand mixer. I don’t know what I would do without it.

  502. Rhonda Cunningham-Phillips says

    Thank you for your great giveaway.
    My favorite beauty item would have to be my Organic Shea Butter Lipbalm with Vitamin E. The Shea Butter is from ‘Out of Africa’, in which a portion of the proceeds from sales, go to providing education, as well as medical care for the people of West Africa.
    My favorite kitchen gadget, would you believe, is my grandmother’s antique potato masher. I love it, and yes, it has one of those red wooden handles. :)

  503. Sarah Young says

    What is your favorite beauty thing? Would have to be my mango body butter from the Body Shop! I use it everyday, feels nice and smells nice too!
    What is your favorite kitchen thing? Has to be my Kenwood mixer! My baking buddy that takes a lot of the hard work and strain on my wrists!

  504. says

    What is your favorite beauty thing? Maybe it’s chapstick, maybe it’s a full day at the spa getting a royal treatment. What is your favorite kitchen thing? Big or small, simple or complex, we all have that tool, gadget, or appliance that we love to use whenever we get a chance.

    My favorite beauty product has to be chapstick… especially the flavored ones! (:
    Kitchen thing? It’s gotta be a spatula/bowl scraper. It can do almost anything :]

  505. says

    My favorite beauty thing… so, since you said “spa,” I assume this counts, too. I love love LOVE getting my hair done. Whether I’m getting it dyed or cut, I love it. Once, I missed an appointment on accident and my salon lady didn’t have another opening for two whole weeks. I cried. I literally cried. I absolutely love the whole experience. Even the awful hair dye smell. I’ve been going to the same stylist since I was 12, and she takes hair very seriously. I love her.

    My favorite kitchen thing would have to be a rolling pin. I know, I know, it’s super simple and it seems like that shouldn’t be on the list. But, believe me, I’ve had to make due without one. After rolling pie crusts and tortillas with glasses, mugs, and wine bottles, when I finally purchased a rolling pin it was like heaven on earth.

  506. TiffanyApril says

    My absolute favorite beauty item is MAC’s Ruby Woo lipstick! It’s the perfect red matte lipstick and it gives you a classic retro look instantly. And since I’m very fair with dark hair I love the way it looks on me. But it looks great on anyone :)
    And my favorite kitchen item is my microwave, haha! I’d die without it!

  507. Amy Sobiski says

    My favorite beauty product is Neutrogena MoistureShine Lip Soother. It is amazing on dry chapped lips and adds some color. My favorite kitchen gadget is my cookie scoop. LOVE to use it whenever I can. It makes the most perfectly shaped cookies ever. :-)

  508. says

    My favorite beauty thing is my black eye-liner. Urban Decay Zero is the BEST because it stays on forever.
    And ohmigosh. My favorite kitchen thing is my big, glass, Sunkist citrus juicer. I know they make those electric fancy pants juicers, but there’s nothing as enjoyble as hand juicing your own lemons. I love it. I also may have re-awakened this love with the purchase of my first Meyer lemons of the season. =D

  509. Tami Camp says

    My favorite beauty thing is taking a trip to the beauty salon for a cut and style.

    My favorite kitchen gadget is my KitchenAid Mixer.

  510. Sara S. says

    What is your favorite beauty thing?
    my favorite(and only) beauty thing is my Chapstick.the blue kind that is moisturizer. I am addicted to it and keep about 5 laying around so I will always have it.
    What is your favorite kitchen thing?
    I dont own this, but I work at Sonics and I love the mixer there to make the ice cream Blasts and Shakes. I also really really love the whip cream because of the tip. Making a pretty whip topping is my pride:)
    my heart literally skipped a beat when I saw the icing set you posted!

  511. Nic Lindbergh says

    This is the greatest prize ever! Want want want! My favorite beauty things are Burt’s Bees chapstick and getting a massage. They are both vital. Favorite kitchen item? … Hard to choose, but I think it would be all my little spatulas. They always come in handy!

  512. Melissa says

    My favorite beauty thing is tweezers– with my unibrow I can’t live without. For the kitchen? Hands down my professional, stainless steel kitchenaid stand mixer. Thanks!

  513. Debbie F says

    My favorite beauty thing: foundation primer
    My favorite kitchen thing: electric knife sharpener
    Thanks for the opportunity to win something….Yay!!!

  514. Rochelle P says

    My favourite beauty thing is lip gloss… can’t live without it! Favourite kitchen thing? It’s a tie between my silicone spatula and my trusty ol’ tongs. Like my lip gloss, I use them every single day!

  515. Linde Morrison says

    My favorite beauty thing is hair dye. There is nothing like freshley colored hair! :) My favorite kitchen thing woiuld be my cutting board. I know it sounds simple, but I kept on saying over and over for about a year that I wanted a cutting board and I used to cut veggies and stuff on plates. I finally remembered to buy one at the store a couple of months ago. It makes life so much easier.

  516. Sherry says

    Favorite Beauty item : Amazing Grace lotion from Philosophy- its so light and scentastical :)
    Favorite Kitchen item: Besides my Groovy Pink Kitchen Aid Mixer (love that baby) would be.. My Pastry bag/tip set, I use them non stop during the holidays – I think I dream in colored frosting

    Great blog keep up the awesome work!

  517. Joan says

    My favorite beauty thing is getting a pedicure. I had one for the first time this year and it was great! My favorite kitchen thing is my KithenAid mixers!!!!!!

  518. says

    When it comes to ‘beauty items’, mine isn’t technically meant for beauty, but it makes my super dry frizzy curly hair look beautiful so I think it counts! Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Literally saved my hair. I also <3 lotion :)
    Sadly, my fav kitchen item is my microwave. I love all my other stuff, I really do, but I an always-running-late chick, and nothing in the kitchen helps that but the microwave :) Lol!

  519. Cynthia says

    My favorite beauty thing is my entire collection of makeup! I have so much… So much I don’t use but I cannot seem to throw any of it away..
    My favorite kitchen thing is my standing mixer, that thing is a lifesaver, I don’t know how I did it before…

  520. Beth says

    My favorite beauty “thing” is pretty simple and self-explanatory….sleep. But I’ll also settle for chapstick and maybe nail polish. If I have time not already devoted to my favorite thing (see above). =]

    My favorite kitchen item is harder to identify. I could probably live inside Williams and Sonoma and still not have enough time to find all of the things I want. But, I think the item in my kitchen that I love the most is my “whiskula” (silicone-coated whisk), mostly because it’s fun to say, but also because it’s amazing.

  521. Amanda says

    My favorite beauty thing would have to be getting a mani/pedi and just relaxing :) OR taking a nice long and hot shower!
    My favorite kitchen thing would have to be just the oven – SO many good things come out of it!

  522. jess perro says

    beauty fav: burt’s bees products! love their good-old beeswax chapstick, and their peppermint foot lotion….oh yum!

    kitchen fav: cake decorating turntable… i use them at work….i need one for at home! sooo handy! i saw one that tilts at christmas tree shops…it’s definitely on my wish list :]

  523. says

    This is such an awesome giveaway, and it would be uber if I won :)

    My favorite beauty item(s) are DuWop Buttercream body scrub and lotion. It makes me smell like I just swam in sweet buttercream frosting, and I just want to gobble myself up :)

    My favorite kitchen item is my hand mixer, I’m still new to the cooking and baking. When I started using my hand mixer I was like holy canoli, my hands don’t hurt anymore!!

  524. Diana says

    I love your site! It’s always so cheery.

    My fave beauty thing: My sparkly nailpolish — Disco Ball by Rimmel. It always makes me happy to look at my hands when I’ve got it on.

    My fave kitchen thing: My crockpot! I just love everything about it. Plus I’m making apple sauce in it right now and my house smells wonderful.

  525. Kimbo Froggins says

    My favourite beauty item has to be Body Shop body butter…can’t decide what “Flavour” is my fav as I change them throughout the year…”Coconut Shimmer” for summer evenings with sun kissed skin or “Spiced Vanilla” for cosy Pj evenings in wintertime.

    My favourite kitchen item would be my multi-stacking cooling rack…plenty of multi height rack space on a small surface area…great for all those School Fair baking sessions when things just have to come in the 100’s!!

    I would love to have a “Silpat mat” as being in the UK the good things are always elsewhere in the world :(

  526. Jessica says

    My ultimate favorite beauty product is my Burt’s Bees. It changed my life- no joke. I have the softest lips now. And in the kitchen I can’t like with out my ice cream scooper for a cookies. I love me some big cookies. So big they can rest on the top of your mug of something steaming and get all warm and yumtastic.