Last week, we discussed the things that we would spend our last dimes on, and although there was a bit of thread drift simply toward things y’all wouldn’t give up, there were a couple of mentions of personal grooming products and such, prompting this week’s topic. Lip balm, particularly, was a necessity for many. I hear that, and I refer you to this resource in case your habit has become unsustainable.
So, because it’s Friday, and a long weekend for USAmericans, and because I’m kind of burnt out (and yet still have a lot of goals for the day) I’m just gonna run with the shallow awesomeness that is a vanity thread.
Now, by “vanity” I mean neither a judgey “ohhhh you think you’re all that?” nor a glassy, panting, “OMG WHAT’S THE MOST OUTRAGEOUS THING YOU DO OR BUY??? SQUEEEEEEEEE!!! GIMME GIMME GIMME!!!”
I’m pretty low maintenance, and working on dialing it down further. I’m strictly a drug- and discount-store kinda dame, and I try to limit the number of products I use as well as the packaging they come in. I wash my face with honey, occasionally scrub it with baking soda, use olive oil-based bars of soap (Dr. Bronner’s or Kiss My Face), rinse my hair with apple cider vinegar instead of using conditioner (srsly, it totally works!) and use jojoba oil and shea butter for lotion/moisturizer. Basically: if I can eat it, I’ll put it on my body.
But I do have my less-edible preferences and particularities. J. R. Liggett’s shampoo bars are the best thing in the world, and I don’t go a day without using my tweezers. LOVE. TWEEZERS. Love the word “tweezers.” I am vain about my eyebrows. If I’m going to work or out to fancytown, concealer (don’t care, whatever is cheap) is de rigueur, since I was born looking like someone just punched me in the nose: huge dark circles, always. Rested or not, healthy or not. I am vain about not looking like an ancient, exhausted raccoon. And mascara I like, plain old green-and-pink Great Lash. I’ve tried other kinds, and I always go back. And, almost forgot: a retinoid cream that my derm gave me after my BCP caused some melasma (so pritty!).
So for today’s FFT I just wanna know 1) what you’re vain about, 2) where you spend your vanity dollars. Go ahead and name products if you like, but since I don’t wanna turn this thread into a commercial bonanza for corporations who really don’t have our best interests at heart, or spend all day approving comments in the mod queue, please don’t link anything. We’ve all got google-fu.
Go nuts, you beautiful creatures.