I'm kind of fascinated with the gradual lifestyle change these leaner times have propagated within my circle of friends, immediate family and my own little household. It's something I almost feel like I should document (if I had more time and ambition, and if it wasn't the eve of summer outside right now).
You know, first you start using in-store coupons or buying house brands at Cub Foods. Then you start going out a little less (because even when you're not paying for drinks, you're still tipping like you're paying for drinks). Then you have curb your Corona intake at home because, well, Budweiser is like $9 cheaper per case.
Then you're flipping through a Glamour (not W) one day and spot an ad for a new line of L'Oreal shampoos and conditioners that boasts color protection properties, like the Pureology you've been using for the last couple of years. It's even sulfate-free, 100% vegan and made mostly of natural botanical ingredients, like Pureology. Except the L'Oreal stuff is about $7 a bottle, compared to the $25 you've been paying for Pureology (and that's with the gracious 50% pro discount you're lucky enough to receive).
Well, s**t, move over Pureology. The L'Oreal EverPure Smooth shampoo and conditioner have managed to achieve something no haircare system, not even Pureology, has been able to do since I was a kid: make my hair shiny. My hair's beaded texture is noticeably softer and my hair straightens much more easily now, too. I'm still doing the Pureology Moisture Hair Masque once a week, but the L'Oreal EverPure Smooth conditioner can totally hold its own in between those deep-conditioning treatments. It's also fairly lightweight; I can use it every time I get my hair wet in the shower, even when I don't shampoo.
The scents aren't as good as Pureology, but they're pretty mellow. And they're bright and herby, as opposed to dousing your head in creamy, cheap perfume every day. Recommended.
I've never been one to pay for nail service-- in fact, I've only done it once. It was just a few months ago and I managed to ruin my manicure within 30 seconds of leaving the place. I prefer to do my own at home, especially my toes; not because it's a money-saver, but because I actually enjoy the leisurely activity of it. I can watch an entire movie, sitting on the floor, just taking my time with my pedicure. It's almost always just one solid color, usually red or pink, but I've been getting bored with that lately. Especially now that it's sandal season.
Cute, no? Aside from my lovely flip flip tan line? I picked up a pack of these rhinestone nail stickers at Cub Foods not too long ago. I figured since they were in the beauty aisle and not the cereal aisle, they're meant for big girls, so I bought them. Under the stickers are three coats of Sally Hansen's Xtreme Wear in White On, and on top of them is my trusty Savina Fast Drying Top Coat, the most chip-resistant stuff I've ever used.
I have a really nice purple-pink nail polish and some white flower stickers from the pack, so I'm thinking about doing the opposite on my fingernails.
As a bonus, here is me doing what I like to call "The Fonz."
It's how I used to pick up guys at the bar -- "eeeyyyyy!" -- and how I got The Mexican to move in with me.