Thanks to everyone for your kind words last week. I dropped by and couldn’t believe all the comments and well-wishes, especially considering how vague I was. That meant a lot to me. One of my kids got sick very quickly with potential diagnosis shifting, fortunately, from meningitis to flu. I’m still waiting for the shoe to drop regarding the other kids, so I’m typing while nobody’s actively vomiting (TMI?) so there’ll be a proper perfume review on Monday. And can I mention how perfume helps keep me sane? Or marginally less insane? But you already knew that, didn’t you?
Today’s off topic tidbits:
Glass Nail Files. I’m a nail polish newbie but I follow some of the np blogs a little, and they’re always raving about glass nail files. I use an emery board and I thought, seriously, how much difference could a glass file make? The answer is: a huge difference. I got mine in some random beauty supply store, but Sephora has them, and it’s one of the best $8 investments I’ve made. The fine side of an emery board can leave you with micro snags, especially if your nails are prone to splitting as mine are, but the glass file gives a perfect, smooth, shaped finish. As I like to wear my nails a little longer in an oval I’m loving the control it gives me over the final shape and the flawless nail edge. I also like that I can rinse the file off. The only downside is I had to get used to the sensation — it’s the teeniest bit nails-on-the-blackboard, and how many of you got a shiver up your spine reading that?
More Red Lips, with a Twist. Red lips were all over the fashion mags this spring — they look fresh and unexpected with lighter seasonal clothing. For those of you who went for the red lip after our Red Lip Lovefest this winter, you can still work that look. But I’ve had a duh! moment with my red lippie stash, when I was jonesing for a pretty spring pink: if you put on some ChapStick or whatever, then dab a tiny bit of red on top of it, either using the lipstick itself (this takes a very light hand) or applied and smudged with your finger, it looks gorgeous. A blotted down sheer red is softer and sexier than most of the pinks I own. I usually slick some more ChapStick on top, or some gloss. You’d be surprised how well it lasts. My Dior in Rouge Premiere looks particularly lovely worn this way.
While I’m at it, here’s a link to my favorite ChapStick, that smells/tastes nice but subtle and is not waxy and has SPF30 (you know you’re supposed to be wearing sunscreen on your lips, right? If you’ve ever burned your lips at the beach or sailing you know what I’m talking about.) I have them all over the house, in the car, my purse, etc.