Things that go together like cookies and cream:
- Reality TV and bad decision making
- Underwear and pants (generally speaking)
- Prince and the Revolution
- Fast food and deep-tissue massage
And yes, I just figured out that last one, and I think it may be the key to the universe’s riches — a business that combines a luxury spa with bougie-bouge fast food.
I know this ’cause I saw my high school friends Jen and Cindy last weekend for our yearly summertime spa catch-up, and this time we met at a fancy-schmancy outdoor mini-mall called the Marin Country Mart.
Oh, and side note, when you live in the Bay Area and you’re tasked with doing the planning for a get-together, you try to arrange for the festivities to happen on your side of whichever of the three Bay Area bridges is closest to you (Dumbarton, Bay Bridge or the Golden Gate). #bayareafunfacts
Anyway, the Marin Country Mart. It has turtles in a fountain, upscale restaurants, shopping, and a large parking lot where, over the years, I’ve weaved creative blankets of expletives at people who have rudely cut me off. (My 10-year-old Mazda looks out of place amidst the sea of Range Rovers and Teslas.)
I love going to spas, but the snack situation is almost always dire. There may be cucumber water, tea, fruit and, if you’re lucky, trail mix. International Orange has dried apricots and dark chocolate, which is OK I guess…but it’s nowhere near as satisfying as stuffing yourself silly with a salted caramel milkshake, cheeseburger and fries!
So, we had a long lunch at Shake Shack — which is like In-n-Out, but with super intense milkshakes — then walked over to International Orange for massages.
My 60-minute deep-tissue massage liquefied my bones. When it ended, I crawled into a lounge chair in the relaxation room, covered myself with a blanket, and fell asleep…
At the end of the day, we all made a blood vow to return and experience the magic of milkshakes and massages again, ASAP.
I’m serious, this is a highly recommended spa+cuisine combo!
New face base dynamic duo
While we’re on the topic of ultimate combos…
Super Natural is yet another makeup gem I unearthed while recently cleaning out my makeup drawers. It’s a medium-coverage liquid concealer with a demi-satin finish and comes in eight shades.
When I first tried it a while back, I remember loving how it looked on my skin, but I wasn’t a fan of the way it disappeared under my eyes.
But when I wear it on my cheeks on top of Face and Body, it’s a different story.
It stays put, and Etherealist’s subtle opalescence is close enough to Face and Body’s dewy finish that there isn’t an obvious line of demarcation between the concealer and the foundation, so you barely have to do any blending.
Etherealist practically erases my pores. It’s also super lightweight, and I can’t feel it on my skin.
When does foundation expire?
Oh, and speaking of foundation, Bebe (hi, girl!) recently asked in the comments when foundation expires. Well, experts usually say 12 months, and most bottles are marked with a 12-month expiration date (look for a small pic of a jar with numbers somewhere on the tube).
I tend to be a little “less strict” when it comes to my own personal use… Honestly, I’ll usually wait until a foundation starts to smell funny or the formula starts to separate…
I know, I know. I don’t endorse this, but I’m willing to take that risk. Of course, if a product looks, smells or feels “off” or causes me to break out, I’ll toss it immediately.
Everyone handles beauty product expiration dates differently, though. I have some friends who chuck their foundations precisely at the 12-month mark.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Now I’m hungry for a burger and fries!