Enough of that though, it's time to regroup and start fresh, and do my best to control the things that I can.
Did you see this article? It confirmed some things for me that I had always wondered about, but had been too chicken to look into in any depth. I don't get I manicures and pedicures very frequently, and certainly not nearly as much as a lot of people I know do. I do like to get them every once in a while, or for special occasions, because it's a real treat, and also because I can't "clean up" around my nails as well as a trained person can. Like everyone though, I usually would go for the less expensive option. But after reading this article, I decided that unless I found out otherwise, I would only go to places that I could feel sure were well run and where the workers got paid and were not slaves.
So last Friday, since we had the day off from work, I decided to treat myself to a pedicure (I am really bad at painting my toenails!), and made an appt at a salon attached to a beauty salon/spa place. It cost more, but it was really wonderful, and I left without wondering if I had contributed to a bad situation. Not that upscale places are automatically perfect, but I felt a little more comfortable with going there.
Also now that summer has truly arrived (read: heat and humidity), I wanted to overhaul my makeup for the daily routine before work. I read this post/tutorial and got some great ideas.
I had planned to get organized this past weekend, but at the last minute, we decided to go to Baltimore and stay with my niece and her husband overnight on the 4th. A lot of other family and friends were there, and we had a blast, which included some amazing fireworks. I figured that, since I had also taken Monday off, and was supposed to have jury duty today, I could still organize even though we'd been gone. However, it's gonna have to wait, because yesterday I woke up with a cold and sore throat that have knocked me out. I had to reschedule my jury duty first thing this a.m., and after many doses of cold medicine and a ton of sleep, am just now starting to feel some semblance of normal. And so, my reorganization/overhaul will happen this weekend.
One thing I did buy last week to start trying was this:
This is a tube of MAC Cosmetics lipstick in the shade Ruby Woo. I've read/heard a lot about this lipstick, and how it works on everyone. I love red lipstick, but usually can't find a shade a like. I was convinced to give this a try when I saw a friend who wears no makeup whatsoever except lipstick wearing it. She looked great with only the lipstick, and her coloring is very similar to mine. So I'll keep you posted on that. Feel free to let me know in the comments if you have tried it and how you do/don't like it, or to suggest other good lipsticks for a pale person like myself. :-)
That's it for now. I promise you'll hear from me again sooner rather than later. In the meantime, stay cool and try to look your best!