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June 30th, 2006
Soon…

So for fun, DH purchased Claire’s Beauty for me! There isn’t anything there yet, but since I seem to be writing about cosmetics etc. a lot lately, it seemed like it would be fun to have a blog/website devoted specifically to that content – so this blog can go back to being less about beauty and more about life.

In the meantime, I’ll keep it up as usual here and make another announcement when the new site is ready. Yay!

Posted by Claire at 11:00 PM | Beauty Queen | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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June 26th, 2006
Hot, Heavy

I’m not a fan of hot weather. It gets above 90 degrees and I become increasingly more cranky with every rising degree. Our apartment is north facing, and as such isn’t as hot as it *could* be. But that’s not saying much. Thanks to the not-so-lovable side effect of sweating like a hot horse (thank you, Lexapro!) it’s darn near impossible to put on makeup for anything less than an hour after getting up in the morning. Bathing (hot, cold, or inbetween) doesn’t help, although a cold shower feels pretty good anyway. But trying to put on makeup on a wet, slippery face? Frustrating as all heck. This does make getting ready for work a challenge.

It’s only really a problem in hot weather – the rest of the year, if I just sit still for about 15 minutes and don’t rush around, my internal temperature regulator will settle down and the sweating will ease off. In hot weather, I have to wait for so much longer, or just attempt to pat it dry, toss on makeup, pat dry, lather, rinse, repeat. It’s going to be a long summer.

I’m also feeling all worked up. I heard today that another one of the leads at work is leaving – at our store the management hierarchy goes Store Director, Specialists, Leads. We have one director, two specialists, and four leads. I really want this promotion. Say a prayer, cross your fingers, whatever. Thanks.

Posted by Claire at 11:56 PM | Days Go By | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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June 20th, 2006
So Far…

…so good on the Hylexin. At least, it hasn’t caused any zits to pop up. I’m not noticing any dark-circle reduction, but I’m supposing two days is a *little* too soon to judge.

Back in the day, in the summer of 1996, I spent a month in Charlottesville Virginia. I was at the University of Virginia campus with the LEAD program. It was a defining month in my life. But, this post isn’t about all about that…

It’s about the perfume I bought at a The Body Shop in Georgetown, Washington DC. We spent a weekend in DC, I had made a close girlfriend, and we went shopping. As far as I remember, The Body Shop had not come to any of the malls in Oregon, yet. It was a revelation. I think my obsession with all things bath and body and cosmetic started when I visited The Body Shop and Bath & Body Works for the first time that summer. When I discovered Garden Botanika some time later, it sealed the deal. I was seriously hooked on these products.

At that first visit, I was exhilarated. I’d been dumped by my emotionally abusive boyfriend of two years a few months earlier, I had a couple of nice boys interested in me at home, and more nice boys interested in me in this group I was with. Nice boys! Who liked *me*! I had a little money to spend (they gave us a per diem allowance!) and this perfume called Ananya caught my eye (and nose). With top notes of bergamot, peach, melon, coconut, and violet, heart notes of jasmine, rose, freesia, tuberose, and ylang ylang, and base notes of sandalwood, cedarwood, vanilla, and musk, the scent was wholly unique.

I experienced true humidity for the first time – it is seriously muggy in Virginia and DC. It was hot, I was learning tons about both myself and the world outside the rather insular community of my high school and my group of friends. Wearing Ananya takes me back to that time – I can feel the moisture on my skin, smell the heavy air scented with my perfume rising off my skin, and remember how exciting it all was being away from parents and on my (supervised) own for a month. I can remember how good it felt when we were caught in a thunderstorm outdoors and felt the coolness on our skin, laughing and running, a welcome break from the incessant humidity. I started drinking coffee for the first time, that summer, when I began staying up so late talking with my new friends about everything, and having to be up and alert very early each morning. The business school had coffee service set up in the lobby – good coffee, with half and half. I got hooked on that too. The perfume conjures up all that, a feeling of freedom like I’d never experienced before.

That summer was ten years ago, and I returned home to start dating one of those nice boys, returned to Washington DC a year later to go to college… and continued my obsession with bath products. I left DC, came home, got married… started a business… and recently, The Body Shop brought back Ananya. I still love it. It’s a scent that has very good connotations for me.

Posted by Claire at 11:53 PM | Beauty Queen | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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June 18th, 2006
Eye Do

Disappointment is sharp. I purchased Wrinkle Twinkle from Bliss Labs almost as soon as it arrived at the Beauty Emporium. It was going to drain my dark circles, and hydrate the skin around my eyes. Despite having extremely oily skin, the skin around my eyes seems to suffer from surface dehydration. It makes my concealer cake up. I was hoping this product would rock my world. *pouts*

But, after two uses, I woke up with a pimple right next to my nose, just below the skin under my eyes. Ouchie! I used something else for a while, and then gave Wrinkle Twinkle another whirl. Whammo! Two days of use, and another pimple in the same place. This product is clearly not meant for me. I had to return it. *pouts some more*

But I have taken heart. We received Hylexin (a full size tube!!!) in gratis and I finally brought it home today. Could it be a miracle cream? We’ll find out… I have terrible dark circles, and I’d love to banish them for good.

Posted by Claire at 09:25 PM | Beauty Queen | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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June 14th, 2006
I am weak

Stupid Bath and Body Works and their stupid Semi-Annual Sale…

That is all.

Posted by Claire at 08:23 PM | Days Go By | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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