Hola, my beloveds! Musette here, with New Year Resolutions – Beauty Style!
Here’s what is on my Tiny Little Beauty Mind these days. Let’s start with Hair and Skin. Here’s what I am in love with:
1. Biotin. Yep. Biotin (B-7). Along with a regular B-vitamin. Holy mackerolies. Who knew? Vogue knew (I would link you to the March 2012 article but in truth I would have an easier time linking you to the Lost Ark). 5 years of stressing over my business, along with menopause and generally Angry Hair? Honey, that stuff was leaping off my head like it was on fire! In less than 3 years I lost half my hair mass. Yikes! Biotin and that extra B (big on 6 & 12, don’tchaknow) ? I have a nearly full head of hair again. Yahoo!!
2. Hair Stuff. Now that I have my hair back, I have to take care of it, right? No more harsh icky stuff (though it still gets colored. I’m not going grey and you can’t make me!). When I was in NY for Sniffa I chatted with Mindy Yang of MiN New York about their MiN line. She talked about Detox. I was intrigued. I put it on my birthday wish list. My BFFFE got it for me. My hair LOVES this stuff. Click on the link and read the scary info on DHT! Yikes! And hey! Detox has Biotin!
3. Hot Oil . Another ‘must’ for my extra-curly, extra-dry/damaged hair. Easy peas. I use Organic Coconut Hair Oil or Virgin Coconut Oil. I slathered a whole buncho oil on my wet hair (It doesn’t work well with dry – at least not for me) ….but I couldn’t find a shower cap (I KNOW! 47-‘lebben of them from every hotel in the world…but you can’t find one when you need it)….so I did the plastic wrap. Except! I am a moron..who cannot gauge basics like HOW MUCH SARAN WRAP. So I ended up with this little mantilla of a piece of plastic on my head (like the little lace head-veils I used to have to wear to Mass )…luckily we have tons of plastic bags…sigh. sucks to be a moron, let me tell you. But the Coconut Oil is da bomb, baby! What IS it with the Coconut Oil, anyway. 3 years ago I knew nothing about it..except, maybe, you weren’t supposed to eat it/fry with it/breathe around it? Maybe I was under a rock and missed it?. Now I can’t shake a stick without hitting something Coconut Oil. Erika Lyremark at DailyWhip extols taking a tablespoon for its warming capabilities (and she lives in Minneapolis, so she knows from being cold). Seems its the new Wonder Oil!
Skin: So much of what I touted above works on skin as well. Biotin has really helped strengthen my nails (which are considered a form of skin, right? Or is it bones. Either way, it’s working!). And guess what? Doing my nails has helped my self-esteem. Yeppers. Yah, I know. I used to do ALL this stuff but 5 years in a corn silo can really take it out of a girl. Getting back to basics, like hair, nail and skin care…..well, it really does make a psychological difference. I believe that if you take decent care of yourself, you will feel better about yourself…it’s a self-fulfilling care-philosophy)
The Best Cream Ever: MiN’s Complex. Mindy talked about this awhile back in one of the ‘creams’ posts I did ..and I was intrigued….so again with the Sniffa/MiN yappage, we discussed, I got a jar…..wowzers! It takes awhile to get going but once it does….well, my skin is happy as hell! It smells lovely. And it’s blue. I love blue. My skin loves this stuff. It’s lightweight but makes my skin look and feel really smooth without feeling greasy.
Another Great Cream: Whipped Cream Dream from Camille Lee’s Soyphisticated Candles. It’s the perfect topper for winter, replacing my old standby, Prescriptives “Insulation”. I screamed like a 3rd grade girl when they discontinued Insulation. WCDream fills that slot nicely. For $10. Can’t beat that with a stick.
Trappings: I think I said this before…One of my biggies: No More gym clothes, unless I’m working out. It’s little things, like wearing ‘real’ pants, wearing a splitz of lipstick, taking 2 minutes to hit my hair with a curling iron, drinking my coffee from a china cup….little things like that tell me I matter to me – and it makes it easier for me to feel like I matter to others…
Beauty on the Inside:
Settle Down. Yep. It’s a fact, babies, that nothing beats a calm mind. Patty turned me on to Deepak Chopra’s 21-Day Meditation Challenge . The first thing? I did the Moron Thing – again. I spent so much time worrying about the fifteen minuters that I could’ve meditated TWICE! LOL! In all seriousness, it took awhile to get in the groove but once I committed to it (and who amongst us doesn’t have 15 minutes? I waste that much time on Facebook each morning, without fail) it was an amazing journey. Not saying you have to do this particular program, or even meditate. This was my ‘thing’ and it worked for me (and thank you Patty!) but do find SOMETHING that is just for you! That 15 minutes is the one thing that is solely mine. Find something that is solely ‘yours’ and stick with it. You’ll feel a whole lot better, trust me.
Loving Myself. So trite. So true. RuPaul says it best: “If you don’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?” And that’s the whole point of beauty, outside and in. For me, feeling good about myself physically makes it easier for me to want to continue to do things to feel better about myself, which helps me feel confident about having the chops to help others! I have no idea if that makes sense but there ya have it.
You say you want a Resolution…but don’t let Resolutions make you crazy. I thought about starting a running regimen today – because it’s 1January in Illinois! Doesn’t everybody start running in single-digit weather? Especially people (me) who HATE to run? ROFL! After I got up off the floor I realized that the best thing I could do is what I’d planned to do all along. Do a few little things every couple of days to improve my own outlook, and…continue to look outward – nothing makes you look better than feeling better. And helping someone else, even in little ways, makes you feel beeeyouuteeeful! And watch those fashion rags. January is a beast when it comes to judging yourself against others. I spent most of December sitting on my pooter, eating Hershey’s Kisses. And I’m an old broad. So I am unlikely to look like Iman, come 2January – and I’m okay with it. Don’t let the rags make you crazy. No crazy diets. No sudden marathons, when you’ve been on the sofa for the past year. Start small, take a walk, maybe some yoga (my fave). Drink an extra glass of water. Raggedy hair? Get a trim. Fluff up a little but make sure you love YOU. Nobody looks like Iman, not even Iman!! Just do a few things that makes YOU feel better about YOU!
Get some rest. Sleep is the New Sex. I carved out an extra 15 mins for an evening meditation and I swear to Floyd, it makes for a great sleep prep. I cut it out my FB time, figuring the meditation is more important than reading about other people getting things done. Whatever works for you and your time constraints..take a few minutes at the end of the day to unwind and prepare for a good night’s sleep. And a good night’s sleep helps prep you for whatever the world throws you. You’ll thank me in the morning!!!
So those are my resolutions which, come to think of it, are just extensions of my ongoing attempts to live a healthy, productive life that makes me feel good about taking up space on this planet. What do you have planned for YOU, going into 2013???
ooh! forgot the disclosures: this is all my own stuff. The MiN Complex was a gift from Mindy but was absolutely NOT given in exchange for a review. I yarked about all this stuff because I love it. Just like I love myself! Thanks Ru!!!!!