Altoids make me sneeze.

Posted: December 5, 2011 in beauty, talk
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With the end-of-year insanity at a full rolling boil, my precious blog has unfortunately gone the way of the Christmas spirit: a.k.a, completely overshadowed by the presents, maniacal shopping, and 2012 preparations/false commitments. Fortunately, the behind-the-scenes goings-on have continued: Sephora boxes arrive on my doorstep weekly, eager to fulfill their role by earning a place in my heart and a recurring designation as a beauty necessity. Just as fortunately, I don’t only shop for myself; my kiddo is blessedly opposite from me (Pisces and Virgo… oh lord) in nearly every way possible (except the smile – that’s all me!) and it’s opened my eyes (and my wallet) to a variety of products. On one head you have my hair (naturally straight, fine strands but a multitude of them, blonde, color-treated, prone to split ends, very long) and then on the other head is my small person (extremely curly, silky texture but prone to dryness and frizziness) and then in the middle is an entire world wide web of solutions.

What I’d also ask my kind readers to keep in mind is that although many of my notes tend to wax superficial, the everyday-mundane can be overwhelming when chronicled in Times New Roman (or horrifying, when in Comic Sans *shudder*). Therefore, in an attempt to avoid a) only talking about beauty products, b) espousing the rad-beyond-rad, possibly-tied-for-best-trip-ever trip to London I just took, and c) continuing to ramble, I will tell you not only about all the decadence that’s newly littering my vanity but a delicious, sit-your-ass-down-and-read-me book which has engulfed me (and weighed down my handbag).

Well, I think I reneged on point c already… but 2/3 ain’t bad, as they say. Let’s begin, shall we? And last things first.

The delicious, sit-your-ass-down-and-read-me book is: 11/22/63, the engulfing new novel from my idol, Stephen King. Whenever I’m lost inside his newest world, I’m reminded of the secret underwater pull of the written word, a glazed-over Bluety riptide that waits for you about three pages in… and this book is no exception. What IF one could go back and prevent Kennedy from being assassinated? How would world events have been altered? Would MLK have been assassinated? Would Vietnam have followed the same course? Would RFK have run for the Democratic endorsement in ’68? Would he have been assassinated as well? Unlikely, but unknown. If there’s anyone fit to tell the story it’s King, and I am his devoted Constant Reader and disciple of words. Eh, I’m giving myself too much credit… but hey, everyone starts somewhere.

Nextly, we venture back onto the Polaroid Express with a serum sure to give you the kind of hair you BEG to have photographed. My newest friend and morning routine staple is Couture Colour Pequi Oil hair treatment serum. I couldn’t tell you with 100% certainty that I am more in love with this than I am with Josie Maran Argan Oil, but they are pretty much on the same level. The smell of JM is better, but I like that the CC promises to protect my golden locks. Truthfully, I wouldn’t leave the house without one or the other on my hair! It smooths, adds incredible shine, increases moisture retention, strengthens, and just all-around guarantees a good hair day (even if all you do is blow-dry and go — which I frequently do. I consider it a fringe benefit of being blonde… most people consider “blonde” a style of its own. I can’t disagree). It does not contain alcohol, parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, phthalates, GMOs, or triclosan, and it is not tested on animals.  Cost: $32 for 2 oz or $12 for .5 oz.

Next, the quartet that harmonized my child’s seriously curly locks. Ouidad clamped on like so many tentacles, encircling each hair from root to tip and lovingly encasing it in supple, silky protection. The shampoo and conditioner are full sized (Ouidad Curl Quencher moisturizing shampoo: $15 for 8.5oz; Ouidad Krly Kids 2-in-1 Conditioner: $14 for 8.5 oz), and the products are travel-sized (Moisture Lock Leave-in Conditioner: $9 for 2.5 oz; Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel: $9 for 2.5 oz). Combined with the new silky overnight cap I bought to preserve twisties, fishtail braids, and etc, these products ensure that kid hair is one less thing I have to worry about in the morning.

So hey. There we go, three sections as promised. Guide me with your comments and suggestions. 🙂

  1. jomally10 says:

    Oh, sockmonkeey… you always have me entertained. I would like to be entertained with mascara and razors. Other than that, I can’t follow your big-words, I-need-a-dictionary-just-to-keep-up post with a fancy, wordy post of my own. ❤

  2. sockmonkeey says:

    I won’t point out that we haven’t been updated on your adventures since August… a fancy, wordy post is just what I’m waiting for!

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