1. Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill
I read a very interesting story the other day in this week’s Entertainment Weekly about Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill. The album turns 20 years old this year (GULP!). Can you believe that…? It seems like I was just listening to it yesterday in my college dorm while doing o-chem and pondering the meaning of life… LOL!
So the article had some interviews with people who were involved in making the album, like Alanis, of course, who was 20 at the time, and her writing partner Glen Ballard. They had a very organic writing style, apparently. At times they’d write an entire song a day, and they finished with the whole album in weeks.
I hadn’t listened to the album in years, so I put it on the other day, and ya know what? It holds up really well! My favorite song used to be One Hand in My Pocket, and it still is…
I’ve been singing it to Baby Girl a lot this week. 🙂
At the risk of sounding totally and completely gross, I haven’t washed my hair since Sunday night.
It’s Thursday afternoon now, sooo… Yeah. I’m trying to see if I can make it to Saturday. Which will be five days.
Why am I so excited about this?
Well, Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo. Stuff is pretty great.
My long hair is a pain in the booty to style, so I’ll usually wash it on something like a Sunday night, then curl it the following morning. Then I’ll try to see how long I can go before washing it again, because I just dewnt like to deal with the drama.
Dry shampoo really help. With a good one like this one from Living Proof, my roots don’t get too oily or stinky throughout the week.
The one I’d been using is from Klorane, and I still think it’s very good, but I think Perfect hair is even better. Like, “change your life” better!
So, about dry shampoos, after I’ve used one for a few days in a row, the powder, which is what they’re made of, starts to build up at the roots, and I can feel it piling up and sitting there… Usually after three days or so, I’ll get to the point where I just can’t stand it anymore.
Living Proof is supposed to have some newfangled dry shampoo technology, and the way I understand it, you’re supposed to brush the fine powder spray through your hair, and when you do this, it sort of whisks away the oil, dirt and funk, to “clean” (air quotes) your hair. 🙂 There’s also a fresh, light time-release fragrance that I like.
I bought it on a whim at Sephora a few weeks ago and have been using it a lot since. It works great! Straight up, this is the cleanest and freshest my hair has ever felt while using a dry shampoo, so homegirl is already making plans, yo! When the next VIB sale hits, I’m gonna stockpile.
3. This month’s Cooking Light magazine
I’ve mentioned this a few times, but after Baby Girl set up shop in my tum, I wasn’t really feeling the cooking bug (feeling a bug??). Anyway, it was the first-trimester food aversion thing, but I’m just about completely over it now, so I’ve started cooking again, yay!
I mean, El Hub — that man? He did his best to keep us fed while I didn’t want to cook, but as much as I love him, one can only eat so many grilled cheese sandwiches…
Now that I’m starting to cook again, I’m thinking that it’s one of those perishable skills that you start to lose if you don’t use. My friend gave me this month’s Cooking Light magazine, and it’s been very helpful, ’cause seriously, it’s like I totally forgot how to cook anything that isn’t toast or pasta.
My OB/GYN has me eating a more varied diet than I usually do with the prime goal of “growing that baby!” so she has me eating meat again (I’m usually a pescatarian, but fish still tastes a little funny to me), and the mag has a bunch of easy beef and chicken recipes, like a 20-minute Speedy Shepherd’s Pie (no, it’s not just for speedy shepherds, haha) I made a few nights ago.
It was tasty, albeit under-seasoned, and that’s one thing I’ve noticed about Cooking Light. They tend to go easy on the salt and spices.
4. RMS Beauty Nail Polish
Vegan makeup line RMS Beauty just came out with a new nail polish line ($15 each and available in 10 shades), and the ones I’ve tried are great! They’re vegan, cruelty-free and 5-free (no parabens, DPB, toluene, camphor, xylene or formaldehyde).
I’ve been wearing two coats of creamy orange Curious with pearly gold Solar as an accent nail, along with a base coat (no top coat because I forgot, whoops!), and after four days, there are just a couple of extremely tiny chips at the ends, which is pretty good for me. I think try try one of the darker shades next.
This stuff smells like a vanilla shake, it’s hella moisturizing, and a huge 16.2-ounce bottle is just $12.
The only downside is that after I’m done moisturizing with it, I want a vanilla shake. LOL! 🙂
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,