Thursday, September 18, 2014

Is Rosewater the New Holy Water?

I’ve been traveling like crazy for the past week: I spent the night in three separate states, boarded four separate planes, and braved four different airports. 

I attended my cousin’s wedding, drank copious amounts of red wine (and may or may not still be suffering from it days later), and have committed the cardinal sin of not taking my makeup off before bed at least once. It is also that time of the month.

Somehow, my skin is less psychotic than it was before I left Jackson. I put it down to Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater. 

Feel hot and sweaty? Spray. 

Feel gross on the plane? Spray. 

Feel nauseated because of aforementioned red wine? Spray all the things!

This handy little mist (I brought the TSA-friendly mini-bottle with me) has been a literal skin savior for me on this trip. I’ve loved it for years, but I ran out and just… forgot I needed more. It happens, but it will never happen again. I shudder to think of what I’d look like right now if I hadn’t spotted the travel size the last time I was in ULTA.

Buy it, try it, love it. It’s cheap, and if it can survive the rigorous testing I just put it through, just think of what it can do for you!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wednesday Wants #10

After successfully pinching a nerve in my neck schlepping my bags through the airport, I reached the foregone conclusion that I need a rolling suitcase. Possibly two. Even if I don’t jet set around the country for the next few months, having something on wheels would make any form of travel considerably easier. 

I currently have my eye on LLBean’s Adventure Rolling Duffle. The quality can’t be topped for the price, they have different sizes available, and the color selection is awesome.

For once, one of my wants (see what I did there?) is practical. Who knew?!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tiny Update

Today was my last day in California. When you read this, I’ll be on a plane somewhere over Nevada or who knows where. It’s been a blast, but I’m exhausted, and I miss my furry babies! 

Normal reviews (and an exciting project) soon to come!

Monday, September 15, 2014

On Flying (A Rant)

To the jerk-wad TSA agent who rifled through my bags: was there a reason you unscrewed my liquid foundation when the pump clearly shows it is, in fact, liquid foundation? Were you deliberately trying to spill it, or was that just an accident? Also, do you regularly steal bottles of OPI Nail Envy, or was this a first? As for the eyeliner you took, did you break that and steal the evidence, or was that outright theft?

I’m beginning to think TSA stands for Terribly Selfish Assclowns. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014


Reading is one of my favorite things to do, so it’s kind of a surprise that I haven’t done any book posts. A couple of books have made my favorites lists, but I’ve never just rambled about books. I’ve been reading nonstop lately, what with the Great Internet Death, so I’m gonna blather on about what I’ve been reading and what I thought about it soon.

As I’m typing this, I have to be up at the crack of dawn, so I had better sleep. 

Goodnight from Houston, Texas!

On the Road: Toothy Tales

I am an avid coffee and tea drinker, and my favorite alcoholic drink is red wine. Needless to say, my teeth are not the whitest of the white. But, hey, I still have teeth, which is shocking given the amount of sugar I used to dump in my coffee and tea. (I use Splenda now and actually prefer it!)

Fearing there might be some “capture everyone in the family” photography going on at my cousin’s wedding, I picked up the Crest 3D White 1-Hour Express strips — they were on a 2-for-1 offer at at the time! — and took them along with me. I was worried I might not have enough time to see any improvement before the wedding, but I recently had an ulcer on my gum and was not putting whitestrips anywhere near it. 

Ulcer cleared up and numerous cups of coffee consumed on the road, I was ready to test them out. Here's the before picture. No, I am not grimacing because that's how I smile. I'm just trying to show as many teeth as possible. Sorry!

You guys… they work. The name gives the impression they are to be left on for one hour, but apparently they are meant to be left on for two. Still, I did notice a difference in the hour I had them on. I could feel something happening, but there was no pain, burning, tingling, just a strange sensation that something was going on. 

And here's the after. My teeth are a shade whiter. The lighting isn't different. That's the reddening caused by the strips (or, more likely, friction from brushing my teeth). Not a huge difference, but one I noticed.

I’d definitely recommend these because if using them improperly — oops! — gives results, what will happen when I leave them on for the full two hours?

On a far less shallow note, I can't let this day pass without thinking of the men and women who died on 9/11 over a decade ago. I was in my advisor's office discussing what would be my first semester of college, and he answered his phone. The color drained from his face, and he asked, "Do you have friends or family in New York?" I said yes, I did have a dear friend who lived there. He told me our meeting was postponed, and I needed to call my friend because the city was under attack.

I vaguely remember calling my friend, Kevin, and him repeating, "Jesus, I'm okay. I'm okay. Jesus Christ. I'm fine." We made it home in time to see the second plane hit, and that's something I remember clearly. 

A guy who is basically my brother was working outside that day, and he remembers seeing ash everywhere, coating everything it touched and the horrible realization that some of that ash had once been human beings. I think it scarred his soul. 

Everyone, regardless of political affiliation or religion, can agree the attack that took place that day was atrocious and cowardly. I hope those affected, directly or indirectly, can find a measure of peace today. I'll keep you all in my thoughts.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

On the Road Again...

Tomorrow we leave for Texas so we can fly to California for my cousin’s wedding! 

On the one hand, I always have horrible separation anxiety when I leave my kitties behind — yes, I have issues; I’m well aware — but I’m also excited to see my cousin since it’s been, oh, roughly fifteen years

I have a couple of posts archived, and I’m sure I’ll be posting pictures from the trip, but guys?

If our plane lands and goes dark like in the Strain? Run away!