Friday, March 13, 2015

Friday Favorites: Prettiness

Today has been a really good day, which flies in the face of the whole Friday the 13th superstition nonsense, for sure (I'm kidding, Universe! Please don't smite me!). For one thing, the trial that I received a jury summons for was cancelled. For another thing, The Teenager is heading home, even as I type this. And, finally, I got both a pedicure AND a massage today.

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!

Other wonderful things? Why, some Friday Favorites, of course! Today I am sharing a few items that I find especially pretty, or, that contain magical properties that make me feel pretty. Unfortunately, the magic may be subjective, so, if it wouldn't work for you, I take no responsibility.

Anyhoodle, here they are:

Ion Hair Glaze. I've been using the clear formula because I don't want to mess with all the hard work that my colorist does. The clear glaze seals the color in, adds shine, and makes my hair feel super soft. This product literally saved my hair from a date with a pair of scissors, that's how much it has improved my relationship with the color and style.

Moroccanoil Treatment. I started using this several years ago and I have barely put a dent in the bottle; a little goes a long way in taming frizz and making my hair look good on the days that I want to wear it straight. I am thinking that it will come in really handy in Paris, where I plan to let my hair dry naturally as much as possible.

Too Faced Bronzer Collection. I use every one of these shades at some point during the year, depending on how much I want to look like I have been out in the sun. The bronzers are a great way to fake a tan without the damage. This collection of travel-sized compacts is perfect for both travel and for owning the shades that I use the least often without feeling like I am wasting money on a regular-sized compact.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and Urban Decay eyeshadow singles. The mascara makes my lashes look impossibly thick and long and I have found that my sensitive eyes don't react badly to the formula. It also washes off fairly easily despite not smudging, smearing, or flaking during the day. The eyeshadow singles are a fun way to try new colors without spending a ton of money on a pallet that may contain colors that you wouldn't use. The singles pop into a compact that you can purchase separately, if you want to carry them all together. The colors that I am enjoying right now are fun for spring and include SWF, Psychedelic Sister, and a combo of Sin and Mushroom.

This awesome card, handmade by my sister, Barbie. I think she is a tad bit excited about our trip. What do you think?

Recently, I purchased several ridiculously inexpensive rings in the costume jewelry department of the Hellmouth; I like to change them up to compliment my outfits, so, they have gotten a lot of wear. I am always amazed by the compliments that I get when people see them. I'm also amazed by the fact that the people complimenting me actually think that they are real; for fakes, they sure do a good job of fooling people. *The square-cut blue topaz ring, while also costume, belonged to my Grandmother Pauline. It was passed down to me when she passed away and I wear it a lot. I have no idea how old it is or where she got it and no one in the family was able to answer those questions when we met at our family reunion last summer, so, I guess it shall remain a mystery, a beautiful, sparkly blue mystery.

The cutest sandals in the history of footwear. Ok, maybe that's being a bit dramatic. Still, they are pretty awesome, and, thanks to today's pedicure, I have cute toenails to go with them. And, yes, the weather is still a bit iffy, but, it can't be bi-polar forever, right?

Please tell me I'm right.

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