Naturalé

It took me until I was in my 30’s to realize that the frizz in my hair was because I was blow-drying waves and curls.

Since I was a teen, I’ve wanted a gorgeous stick-straight bob. My hair always had other ideas.

I’m finally trying to play with the curls. Letting them fall around my face.

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After straightening my hair for so long, it’s shocking to see the waves again.

I want to learn to embrace this hair of mine, but it’s so foreign to me.

Thankfully, I have an appointment on Wed. with my hair therapist. She’ll help me sort this out. *fingers crossed*

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow (yeah… I know)

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a love affair with hair color.

In high school, I sported plum hair and black hair. [I may or may not have tried sun-in at some point too…] After high school, I made a couple of forays into Perms-ville and didn’t color my hair for a bit during that time. (perms + hair color = a red hot frizzy mess)

But eventually, I returned to my world of multi-colored hair. I wear it like a badge of honor: “Look how cool and hip I am sporting my sassy colors!”

So much did I color, that it wasn’t until I was pregnant with my daughter and stopped my addiction coloring that I realized that I had a great big gray streak in the front of my hair. I made an appointment with Miss Loreal as soon as I could.

The colors since then have changed, but my desire to color my hair hasn’t. Some people shop to feel better. I color my hair.

(I have just written “hair” 9 times in 9 sentences…)

All along, I’ve been too cheap to actually have someone else do my color. Two or three times I have, but who can afford the constant cost of upkeep when the roots start to grow out. Each time, I’d quickly reacquaint myself with Miss Loreal or Miss Clariol. At some point, I did pretend start to act like I knew what I was doing – after all, technically, I probably have more experience and years with coloring hair than most beauticians, and started buying bottles of color from a beauty supply shop. (the kind you mix with developer in your own bowl).

That being said, I don’t think I do a half bad job.

If I feel like getting really crazy – ie highlights and lowlights, I go to the local Paul Mitchell school and have my hair colored and highlighted for $20.00. Yes, you read that right –but because it is a school, it takes a month of sundays to get your hair done because they have to keep checking with the instructor and, let’s face it, they are nervous as crap. (they always do a beautiful job.)

I’m pretty sure that I have a point to this post somewhere. But I’m enjoying our little trip down memory lane together. And you must be too, if you are still reading…

For the past 3 years, I’ve been highlighting my hair. My grays have multiplied like rabbits increased a bit, and are so resistant to color that my only solution has been to blend them in with highlights.

Enter my husband (Hi husband!) He luuuuurvssss my dark hair. That’s how he married me. And that’s how he likes it.

Enter my daughter (Hi daughter!) She has her strongest memories of me as a lighter haired mama.

Enter me (Hi me!) I’ve grown weary of the lighter color. I’ve been feeling the recoloring itch starting up. Beside, my roots were screaming uncle. The light color has worked but again with the upkeep! [have I mentioned I’m lazy?] And because I am a dark brunette, my lightened hair tends to take on a <shudder> brassy tone.

Enter Miss #30 Dark Brown Colorsilk [have I mentioned that I’m cheap?] (Hi Miss Colorsilk!) totally neutral party.

I like it. Hubs looooooves it. BOOYAH!

Yesterday, getting my daughter ready for school, she comes downstairs, bleary-eyed, takes one look at me and says “Your hair is dark.” (waiting…) speaking in a hushed-panicked tone to me: “You sort of over-did it

There you go. How does one respond to that??

She is still not liking it. [have I mentioned that she doesn’t like change]

Obviously, she hasn’t  been properly schooled in the fun of hair color (she’s all of 8 years old, after all). One day, she’ll understand that just because it’s “too dark” one day, doesn’t mean it stays that way for long.

If you are a girl or know a girl – please read

I came across an article by Nichole Nordeman on her site that I just had to share. It is such a good read. And I love the transparency and authenticity of these women.

Armed with a guilty conscience and CCM’s permission, I was compelled to ask some other artists if they, too, might wrestle a bit with the irony that we are trying desperately, through our music, to point to the liberating love of Jesus while packaging that music in a way that points to…well…us. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if anybody wanted to talk about that pressure. I feared silence. I feared the Jerry McGuire office memo moment. Would my fellow artists talk about real life?

Thirteen interviews later, to say that they were honest is an understatement. I awkwardly asked for a couple inches…and miles later, was humbled by the transparency of my peers.

read the entire post here.

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Makeup Markdowns

I’ve never been a foofy girly-girl – I’ve always leaned towards girl with a touch of grunge.
EXCEPT when it comes to makeup. I love makeup. I love applying it. And I’ve always liked wearing it.
I don’t want to become a shopping blog… but I found some good makeup discounts that I had to share:

Pur Minerals is having a Buy one Get one Free sale on some of their Holiday KITS and makeup brushes.
Purchase $50.00 worth or more, and get free shipping.

This Travel set from Clinique is marked down to $18.85 – a great deal for two lipsticks, eyeshadow trio and eye cream.
A Travel set with a travel size bottle of Happy (my favorite summer scent) is also available for $16.85

SkinCare RX (which carries some of my favorite skin care lines), SkinBotanica and Apothica are offering 20% off everything. The buttons below will take you there – and be sure to use the code. (good until December 20th)

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I’m not one to go out and spend a lot of money on fancy cosmetics and skin care treatment, but I am becoming aware that this old gal ain’t getting any younger – and I would like to be able to treat myself to some good products (read: something not bought at the drugstore). And sales like this allow me that.

I’ll occasionally share this sort of stuff. I’ve always loved scouring the internet for good interesting links. And with the ecomony as it is, I’m learning to scour for good deals as well.

Let me know if you’ve seen any good pricing for cosmetics.

Olay Professional Pro-X Anti-Aging

I don’t usually post about shopping things, but I had these two random finds I had to let y’all know about.

OMGosh, this looks like so much fun! I can totally see the kids and Sean and I getting into shooting marshmallows at each other!

Marshmallow Fun Company Marshmallow Shooter, Camo Series, Ages 8+

I think I need to try this out:
Olay has a new Anti-Aging System!


Olay Professional Pro-X Anti-Aging Starter Protocol

It’s not available until Dec. 23rd, but you can preorder and use this link for $10 off .

Designed by dermatologists and scientists, Pro-X is a daily regimen that addresses primary and specific aging skin concerns.

The Pro-X Anti-Aging Starter Protocol will be available on December 23 and the $10 off offer is only good during pre-sale.

I’ve totally added this to my Christmas list.

Have you found any bargains, or good stuff? Let me know!