Sunday, June 24, 2007


The past couple of months I've gotten a little introspective, looking at the things I like and don't like about myself and how I'd like to redirect my life and the things I'd like to change.
Theres nothing major, just a lot of little things and many of them are very superficial.
Perhaps it has something to do with having turned 30 last year but I just feel so incredibly frumpy and I'm tired of it.
I think my complexion is always dull, my hair is always pulled back in a ponytail or one of those half assed buns on top of my head, and I'm always wearing jeans and some tired t-shirt.
So, this past week I've done some shopping. I've bought some shoes, a couple of cute skirts, even a sundress. Wearing them to work the past week has drawn some attention, especially considering my typical wardrobe of jeans and a tired, frumpy t-shirt.
I've also been wearing my hair down, curly, and have been wearing a little bit of makeup - which I don't normally do either.
The complexion -- I've been using Immortelle Brightening Polish by L'Occitane. I think it works great, I don't know what it is or how it works, but after using it a couple of times there is a considerable improvement in my skin - more of a glow. I've also ordered this trio of products in Olive Forte from Laventine. Its gotten great reviews all over the web, and I tried some of the facial wash before ordering it.
Even after using the Brightening Polish I felt there was still room for improvement for my skins texture and clarity, and it still looked a little dull at times, so I was at the store tonight and picked up this skin polishing kit and used it as soon as I got home this evening. So far it seems like its made a difference, my skin feels smoother and seems even clearer and brighter. I'm thinking that by the time the Laventine products arrive I will have my skin regimen down pat - just in time for summer, and my 31st birthday.
Thats just some of the superficial stuff though.
I'm tired of being so passive, I allow people to.... disregard what I have to say a lot of the times, to talk over me in conversations, cut me off, stuff like that. Its one of my biggest pet peeves as well.


carrie said...

i'm glad you're doing some things to make yourself feel better! i think 30 also does a number on a lot of us ...

on the coquette top, it took me about three weeks of intermittent knitting. not too taxing!

Shauna said...

I just recently bought that same polishing kit by Garnier. I like it a lot. I don't have the money for all of those other things.

Vanessa said...

Yes, getting all of this stuff was definitely a splurge that my budget did not really need, but being that I'm paid biweekly and this month happened to workout so that I had 3 paychecks rather than the normal 2 there was a little extra room the budget.

Maya said...

Cool. I'm similarly engaged (probably because I'm turning 30 and finishing grad school--feeling like I'm supposed to be doing something, right?).

I've been eyeing the Immortelle line for a while. Glad to know you like it!

I recommend getting a DHC catalogue. They always have product samples attached that are otherwise pricey. Nice to be able to try them out before plunking down a lot of cash. (This is a tip I learned from Kelly.)

Vanessa said...

Maya - good to know, I'm not familiar with the DHC line but will be looking them up

Tanya Kristine said...

i go through those phases too. they're good phases...they make you plan, change and move forward.

i use Dr. Peter Thomas Roth stuff from Ulta. very expensive :( but worth it...

you're just haging out with obnixiuos people. just say in a really loud voice EXCUUUUUSE ME I'M TALKIN' HEAH...makes them laugh and they shut up.

Tanya Kristine said...

did it work???

Valerie said...

Good job mama! I"m glad you are feeling better.

karen said...

>>think my complexion is always dull, my hair is always pulled back in a ponytail or one of those half assed buns on top of my head, and I'm always wearing jeans and some tired t-shirt.<<
you've just described my life. i hate that i've become one of "those frumpy moms". i'm going to try some of the products you mentioned. thanks!