Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens....

Bright copper kettles and oh you get the idea. These are a few of my favorite things. Several people did posts like this one at the end of the year or at the very beginning, but I'm just getting around to mine. I really enjoyed reading everybody else's so I thought I would come up with my own!

As a child I really, really, really wanted blonde hair. Until my mom's hairdresser told me that you don't see many brunettes with blue eyes. That I was special. True or not, it made me feel special. Lo these many years later I'm still embracing my brunette locks (though occasionally with the help of Garnier Nutrisse or whatever brand of hair color happens to be on sale!). And to enhance my chestnut waves, I found this:


And it really works. I especially love the Runway Straight smoothing milk. It makes my hair so smooth and shiny. So I told two friends. And she told two friends and so on.....

I have fine hair. Which, okay, fine. But that means I have fine eyelashes, too. I've bought into every mascara marketing campaign that Madison Avenue has dreamed up. And can I just ask how Maybelline Great Lash keeps getting voted America's #1 mascara? Every time I've used it I look like I have tarantulas sitting on my eyelids. But then. THEN, I found this:

The rubber brush coats every lash evenly to "define every lash!" And there are NO CLUMPS! Just the other day I was talking to my supervisor and she commented on how great my lashes looked and wanted to know what brand I use. She actually said my lashes looked...gasp...PERFECT! Now I'm taking my lashes to fabulous lengths!

I've never been a big user of "utensils" or "extras" in applying my cosmetics -- no eyelash curler (at least not after I seriously pinched my eyelid one time), no lip liners (remember the Henri Bendel debacle?). I've never like using a sponge to apply my foundation -- the coverage was never right and it seemed like a big waste of makeup, just soaking there into the sponge. But my mom started trying to sell me on a foundation brush -- she had bought one from Clinique -- so I gave it a try. And I love it. It gives my foundation such a smooth finish. No lines and even coverage. Isn't that what we're all looking for? I'm easy, breezy, beautiful.

Yes, I realize that all of these are about my appearance. I'm vain. Sue me.

Anyhoo. Another thing I discovered this year was a little more, um, shall we say, refreshing?

These were perfect. Not too sweet. A little tart. Perfect for a summer evening. Unfortunately, I discovered that these have been discontinued. That explains why I haven't been able to find them lately. Dang! I'm living the high life...or I was.

And that's it. Or at least that's all I can think of. Is there anything you discovered this year that you want share with us? Come on! Get a little closer! Don't be shy!

10 comments:

AndreAnna said...

I use the same hair stuff but for blondes and I love it! I especially love the "shine serum" - it calms flyaways, which having fine hair happens a lot, and leaves me with a nice shine without being greasy!

1blueshi1 said...

I loved those Peels things too...try Yellowglen PINK sparkling rose', that stuff is GREAT.

Lulu said...

Ooh! I'm going to have to try the Runway Straight smoothing milk for my ultrafine hair.

Leslie said...

Oh no! I loved Peels. It was about the only alcohol I could drink and not feel sick. That's disappointing.

I've used the Brilliant Brunette and liked it, too. Do they make a product for wild hair? I can't figure out a way to control mine.

Laurel said...

Girlfriend, who makes the mascara? I'm dying to know. I want to buy it today!

Esme said...

I have to run out and get some of that mascara! I think I've tried every kind out there (and haven't liked any of them!)

Lauren said...

Im usually so good at favorite product discussions..but for some reason I can't think of a thing! It'll come to me tomorrow I'm sure.

I think brown hair/blue eyes is an absolutely gorgeous combination-we're hoping Pea keeps hers!

Colleen said...

I love the John Frieda line...when I was a redhead and now that I'm blonde (and will probably use the brunette in a few months since my hair has darkened so much).
And what brand was that mascara? I couldn't really make it out in the picture. I tried Arbonne's mascara and it's not too bad...best I've come across so far, but can't just pick it up at the drugstore...gotta plan on buying it (online) or have a consultant that you can get it from easily.

ekb said...

I have a foundation brush too (mine's MAC) and I LOVE IT.

ImpostorMom said...

I love this post idea. I'll have to do one of my own soon.

I use a similar concept of mascara but not quite the same brand. It's Cover Girl Lashexact and I like it a lot. Might be worth trying that one next time though.

Those drinks sound yummy, too bad they are discontinued. I hate it when that happens.