My BFF Cindy is a practical girl, and lawd she knows me well. Fed up with me arriving late to our homegirl dates, she gave me an ultimatem after the last time, threatening to take away my lipgloss if I ever did it again.
Got. My. Attention.
With horror like that hanging over my head, I was extra careful to set aside enough time to get ready last Friday before our ballet date.
I was ahead of schedule when I finished my hair and makeup, so I pulled up Google Images on my computer to take a really quick break.
“S h i r t l e s s C h a n n i n g T a t u m” [ENTER]
When I bolted back to consciousness 15 minutes later, I was, as usual, running late. “No problem,” I told myself in a soothing voice. “Lots of time.” And then I glanced down at my legs and noticed — WHOA! — a thicket of fur on my shins (enough to make a full-length coat).
It has been said that Asian women don’t have a lot of body hair. Well, tonight on MythBusters: my furry legs.
Thank ye beauty gods for EOS Shave Cream ($3.49)! It delivered one of my fastest shaves ever.
I’ve actually used the same cream in a different scent before. Last summer, I hacked away my body hair with the Pomegranate Raspberry version. I loved how soft it left my legs, how quick it made my shaves and how it never gave me bumps, but I couldn’t stand the scent (sickly sweet). Still, I liked how well it worked enough to finish the bottle.
But then I moved on to other things, discouraged by the scent, and forgot about EOS Shave Cream…until I tried Vanilla Bliss! It’s just as creamy and moisturizing as the Raspberry one, and also works with or without water. It’s one of six flavors in the EOS Shave Cream line.
The scent? Like vanilla ice cream and warm apple pie… And SO much better than the one in Pomegranate Raspberry (at least to me). It’s a softer scent and not at all overwhelmingly sweet.
Like the other EOS Shave Creams, Vanilla Bliss is paraben-free. Among its ingredients, it lists aloe, oat and shea butter, but they’re annoyingly way down the list (scoot ’em up, guys!).
It’s a blessing for quickie dry shaves, like the one I had to do the other night. I pulled the bottle from my shower (the soft-touch plastic doesn’t leave rust rings in the tub, yea!), applied a layer on my dry legs and shaved at the bathroom sink. When I finished, I wiped my gams with a towel, massaged in a little body oil (totally optional, but I like having a little shine on my legs), slipped into my dress and darted for the door.
Thanks to EOS Shave Cream, I made it to the ballet on time (and got to keep my lipgloss).
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The Little Mermaid (the PG-13 version)
I’ve been meaning to tell you about the ballet! In a word: AMAZING. It tells the story of an underwater kingdom and a 15-year-old mermaid who falls in love with a handsome surface prince (the wonderful Disney movie is based on the story of the ballet). I loved how the dancers portrayed the act of swimming on the stage. The ballerina who played the little mermaid wore long teal pants that extended well beyond the bottom of her feet. When she’d “swim,” the cast members would hoist her up, unfurl the draping pants, and flutter the ends like a moving tail. Then, other dancers wearing full blue skirts with white ruffles at the edges would twirl around her on stage, so it looked like she was swimming in torrents of water. So beautiful.
The haunting sets and music, the story, the striking costumes and choreography all left a mark on my heart, and I haven’t stopped thinking about them yet.
I’ve only seen a handful of ballets in my life, but I would love to watch this one again. Highly recommended whether you’re a dance fan or just enjoy watching beautiful things.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,