I swear, Yoga Teacher Training ends on Sunday, and I’ll have half of my life back and may be able to wear perfume with abandon again (no scents in the studio!) and half more than 10 minutes to string together. And that’s about the way my mind is going, stringing half-thoughts together for days at a time.
Has Parfumerie Generale Tonkamande been out for a while? Not sure why I haven’t smelled it before. Notes of Almond milk, aldehydes, tonka bean, wheat, sandalwood, vanilla, amber, great cereally sweet milky fragrance, if you like that sort of thing. I do, it’s got that Lann’ael feel to it, though not exactly the same, the aldehydes put a spring it it’s step that makes it feel lighter, fluffier. Too bad it’s springtime and I’m less in the mood for gourmandish scents.I’ll make an exception for this little sample, but not too often until the weather goes cold again.
But can we talk about nails? Back almost a year ago, I started doing acrylics, but they kept lifting, so we switched brands, and then weird things started happening to my nails, starting in September, and reaching the pinnacle of weird-gross when I went to India last November. Scary, your nails having a meltdown when you are swimming in the confluence of Mother Germ Country. The sides of the nailbeds were disintegrating, along with the tips. When I got back home, we took them off, worried and convinced that I had a fungus or something. Turns out that it wasn’t, I was allergic to whatever product we were putting on my nails. As soon as the product was off, all the problems started growing out.
Since then, I’ve been doing the shellac thing – the polish that lasts two weeks. I do like it, but what I miss are my pinkbase/white tips and the pristine nails of all the right length that were almost indestructible that I got with the acrylics. I got less okay with Shellac when I had my first break. Yeah, it hardens them up and makes them harder to screw up, but my acyrlics were iron, I never broke any one of them.
So, question, should I try gels? Is it that much different than acrylics? Anyone know? Suck it up and deal with the breakage and lack of perfect French manicure? Shellac can do that to a degree, but it doesn’t leave the white tips as pristine, I don’t think.
Now that spring seems to be making a more than hat-tip appearance, I am really starting to jones for lily of the valley scents. I have several favorites, but what’s yours? Or do you hate LoTV?