Monday, February 22, 2010

Accidental Post

Well, Hello world!

Sorry for the brief hiatus from the blog.. it's really been a crappy week and a half. I won't bore you with details but basically 1. My apartment flooded and 2. I had to have a minor surgery. Nothing huge! But enough to make me just want to cuddle with my heating pad all day.

Aaand now I'm back and I have a lot to talk about!
Just a peek at things to come:
- Many Reviews! Example: Dior mascara oooo
- Weird news in the beauty world
- Celebrity looks and how-to's
- And finally a review of L'Oreal's Lash Serum this Friday!

Ok, so -- As a general rule I like to at least learn something from bad situations, and indeed I did with the whole apartment debacle. I'll share with you the beauty parts of it =)

Well when I came home at around 10:30 that evening to find my apartment flooded, I called my mother (who doesn't live very far) and she came up to help me and the maintenance guys get the whole thing sorted out. At about 1:30 am we decided to go to a hotel and call it a night. Now, all of my living room is now packed into my bedroom so accessing my desk, closet, drawers, was rather difficult.

I guess I thought I would only be out of my apartment for the night, but I ended up being out of a home for 3 nights. Luckily, a very dear (male) friend of mine let me stay at his place until I could go back. *Thank you!*

I went back to my apartment the next morning to gather my work clothes, make-up, socks, etc. Well, for some reason, I remembered deodorant and toothbrush and make-up and forgot face wash and other various not-necessarily-necessities but things that a beauty girl always likes to have.

My first evening there I needed to shower and be clean, and since I'm not a funk nasty I checked his bathroom to find something to wash my face and hair with. Which.. guess what? All men's stuff. I don't know why I thought otherwise, haha!

And let me tell you—men’s products are different than women’s!!

First of all, I used LIQUID HAND SOAP as face wash. After alllll this time of lecturing my mom on how she needs to use products on her face that are designated for her *face* and then I have to resort to this!! Eeekk ehhh GROSS….

Um.. Kind of…?

Luckily, (and I’m sure accidentally), he had purchased hand soap with “White tea and vitamin E.” There are definitely worse ingredients out there, that’s for sure! And after a few days, my face actually felt kind of nice. Now, I’m not sure what kind of build-up would occur after prolonged use of that product, but for the limited time I had with it, that little puppy held its own!

Well.. then it was on to cure my attention-needing hair. I look in his shower and there are two products: a Suave 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner and Irish Spring exfoliating body wash. Hrmph. Great! Not that one day of this would kill me, but my poor hair needs a separate shampoo and conditioner for the sole fact that my ends have entirely too much color on them and are damaged and need super conditioner. Well, and that I have somewhat fine hair that gets weighed down but conditioner at the root.

But! I had no other choice, so there I went. Me, Suave, and the Irish stuff. The body wash actually wasn’t that bad, and the shampoo smelled nice. But the aftermath wasn’t so great. I had forgotten body lotion, and the exfoliating body wash just made me itchy. And without a hair dryer, (anoooother forgotten item), I was reminded of my hair’s natural texture: straight, flat, and frizzy at the ends. I even tried the twisty-bun-makes-Giselle-waves that I’ve read about, but had an epic fail. Thank you!

To tie this in to something that might be somewhat relevant, let me tell you what I learned:

1. As with the hand soap turned face wash, if you’re in a bind, there is likely something hidden in your cabinet that can perform a temporary double duty.

2. Everyone’s hair is different. Find what works for you and expand on that! Don’t believe the latest crazes, but also don’t be afraid to experiment with them~ you’ll never know what might be a surprise and what will make you appreciate what you already have!

3. Sometimes your face needs a breather. I’m guilty of wearing foundation almost every day—to work on weekdays and being social on the weekends. At least 1 day a week, spend a day with just moisturizer and a dab of concealer! You’ll enjoy it, I promise. =)

4. Don’t be dumb when you pack. Even if it’s for a couple of days, haha!!

However, this packing mistake did serve a great purpose. I was so inspired by all of this—now I want to look up ingredients, statistics, trends, flops and fails, and I’m sure more things that will hit me when right before I go to sleep.

Thanks for tuning in to this lengthy story! Have you ever had an experience like this? Anything that took you out of your beauty comfort zone? Tell me 'bout it! =)

Until next time~

Beauty Maven


  1. I have always hating forgetting shampoo and conditioner when traveling. Hotel Shampoo is NEVER okay, and leaves my hair feeling oily and just an overall mess. If I forget shampoo, I have to find a walmart or similar store ASAP and can not use the hotel substitution.

  2. Hotel Shampoo is the worst!!! I don't know why they can't have something better, lol. My most prissy experience like that is when we went on vacation and I went to Wal-Mart to get facewash, haha =)