Tuesday, March 13, 2012

grooming

Today Jax has an appointment with the wonderfully cheerful woman who grooms him. He'll get shampooed, brushed out, trimmed, clipped and cuddled. She'll give him snacks and make him look beautiful and he won't want to leave when I return to pick him up. I've brought him to 2 different places, this particular woman works out of our vet's office. The other groomer I brought Jax to was a doggie day care and it was filthy and the woman working it was positively rude. I didn't know where to bring a dog for grooming, but this place was on my route so I'd driven past and figured why not? Now I know better after bringing him to the vet's office. It's remarkable that the other place is still open for business. Even though they charge 1/4 as much as the gal at the vet's office, there's no way I'd bring any animal through those doors. You just get a vibe from a place, you know?

Incidentally, I'm getting groomed today, too. Because Jax and me, we're tight like that, booking our hair appointments on the same day and all. And in that extra chunk of time (because Jax will get the full-body treatment, a blow out and style, I'm only getting a cut) I'm going out on a limb today. I'm headed to the Magical Counter of Cosmetics (more popularly known as "Sephora"). I hear they can do amazing things over there and I figure I'm at a stage in life when perhaps it's time to get some professional advice and assistance. It's time to start spackling in the cracks and crevices, disguising the wear and tear.

I've noticed that women wear make up like their mothers--so, if your mom wore a lot of product, you tended to as well. Obviously I come from more hippie stock, no make up. I also went to church camp as a young girl. The counselors taught us, "If the barn needs paint, paint it." Because those Baptists like their make up. I grew up longing for a dressing table with a skirt laden with pots and bottles of sweet-smelling things, vials of potions to smear on my skin.

Truth is, I've bought eye shadow twice in my life and never use it. My nails are bare, I never wear perfume, I have no dressing table, I have a small bag with a few tubes of lip gloss, mascara and eye liner. I look like the same person when I wake up as after I "get ready to go out."

Still, word on the street is that those folks at Sephora can help a low maintenance gal look polished and purty. I'll keep you posted.

Spill it, reader. Have you been to the Magical Counter of Cosmetics? Do you consider yourself high or low maintenance?

24 comments:

  1. I always wore makeup (MAC) when I worked full time, but after I had the twins and started staying at home I stopped wearing makeup. Even when I'm running around town or whatever. The funny part is that I probably need it a lot more now than I did then ;-) Enjoy your grooming, both of you!

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  2. "If the barn needs paint, paint it."

    *snort*

    I am so going to use that line ... soon.

    My mother has always worn makeup and when she was younger, she totally went for a heavier, 70s-era look. After experimenting with the stuff in the 80s, I ditched most of it for about 20 years. These days, I'm wearing more, but it's still not heavy and most days, I don't look like I have any on.

    I haven't been to Sephora or any other makeup counter, but it's on my long-term list of things to get around to.

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  3. I've never been to the Magical counter but I don't think we have a Sephora store here. Would be a fun thing to do though. :-)) Have fun today!!

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  4. In my 20s I wore makeup and used hot rollers. In my 30s I wore mascara. In my 40s I gave up!
    My mom had no idea how to use makeup, except for lipstick, which I hate. When she put eyeliner on, she looked like a raccoon.

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  5. 1. I love that you and the dog are on a concurrent grooming schedule. I adore being groomed. It is one of my Things I'd Do should I ever have any real money.

    2. Love Sephora. I never leave home without make-up, a little something I no doubt picked up from my mother. The amount I wear varies dependent on where I am, but powder, mascara, blush and lipstick are always in the line-up. Anyway, the people at Sephora are very helpful and I would recommend dropping in and seeing what they have to say as far as make-up tips.

    Pearl

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  6. I used to wear it on occasion, but it slides off my face, so I gave it up. Every once in a great while I'll slap on mascara, but that's it. I do buy that colored burts bees lip stuff only because that ensures no one else in the house takes it as their own. (It also encourages them to carry their own damn chapstick.)

    I do spring for good haircuts, but the color is all natural. I've thought about doing some highlights during the winter when I'm more of a brunette than a blonde, but I've kept to bring myself to spend that sort of money. (Because I'd have to go to a salon and have it done right.) And honestly, by the time last summer's sun has completely faded from my hair, it's the end of February and if I just wait a few more weeks, I'll be golden again.

    Pedicures - outside of good haircuts, that's my splurge. Must have pretty toes.

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  7. I'm definitely low maintenance...although I do clean up and look respectable every once in a while! Hoping that you end up looking fresh and not Tammy Fay ;)

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  8. Ooh! I cannot wait to hear about your experience at Sephora. I, too, have the sort of routine that produces a face that 98% of people would say looks the same both pre- and post-routine. And, I, too, am starting to think it might be time to, err, amp it up a bit without looking like, you know, a whore.

    I agree with you, too, on the whole grooming thing - I've had similar experiences where I vowed I would never, ever go back. Once you find the place where your dog doesn't want to leave, you're golden.

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  9. Tinted moisturizer,mascara and a little lip gloss. When I'm tan in the summer I skip the tinted stuff and use regular moisturizer.

    I get a pedicure every 2 or 3 months and a manicure when my cuticles get out of hand. I've given up the haircolor. After 20 years of it, I got tired of the upkeep.

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  10. I wore make-up (foundation, eye-liner and mascara) through my first semester of college. Then I went on my first geology field-trip, and you just don't wear make-up in the field. Heck, you're lucky if you get to brush your teeth twice a day. So I stopped wearing any make-up until I started teaching. The only thing I use is a moss-green eye pencil and some light face powder. I tried mascara, but I'm always rubbing my eyes --the eye liner doesn't look so bad smudged, but the mascara gave me black eyes :-)

    My mom always wore make-up, but it wasn't until she got older that you could really tell. She never wore foundation, but after a while she needed to add some color to her eyebrows, which went white like the rest of her hair. Now, at 83, she looks rather faded before she puts her "face" on.

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  11. My mom was mostly of the hippie persuasion and did not wear make up. I do not wear makeup, except for brow powder. I think my face looks harsh and old when I'm wearing make up, no matter how sparingly I apply it. I do put products into my hair and take the time to straighten it most days.

    I've been to Sephora--it's where I got my Anastasia eyebrow tweezers, and they sell a lot of good sunscreens for faces. It has a little too much of a high pressure sales atmosphere for me, but I'll return for the sunscreen.

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  12. My mom was a beautician. I was a tom-boy - seriously... She caught me "sneaking" levis to school one day in 5th or 6th grade and I got in BIG trouble. Ladies didn't dress like that. I snuck and wore jeans under my dresses that my Mom made me wear.

    In college, I warmed up with the Men's tennis team. I loved kicking their ... well you know.

    Mom wore makeup,...I usually wear mascara and a little eyeliner. Sometimes I even manage some lipstick. I never wear foundation. It makes me feel like I have a mask on and I start scratching at the stuff...no kidding. I guess that's what you get when you grow up in a house with five brothers.

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  13. I'm gonna label myself medium-maintenance. Unless I am going somewhere very fancy or special, I wear eye makeup (liner, shadow, concealer, and mascara) and lip balm. I love the way lipstick and foundation look but can't tolerate the way they feel. I pay a lot of attention to skincare (I love philosophy products) and I pluck stray eyebrow hairs every day. I do wear perfume (Beautiful has been my scent for 20 years) pretty much every day.

    I absolutely LOVE to look at cosmetics but I have never been to Sephora. I happily drive an hour just to visit Ulta, though, which I think is similar to Sephora but not quite so swanky. A trip to Ulta has become a great reward or comfort time for me.

    Can't wait to hear about your Sephora outing!

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  14. my mom wore only lipstick. back in high school, I got eczema whenever I wore eye shadow and mascara. so I almost never wear any make up. my girls however, would give a lie to your "like mom, like daughter" they all wear make up. eye shadow, liner, mascara, blush, concealer, lip stuff ..... but then they all have office jobs, all I ever did was milk cows, they don't care what you look like. now I have an office job, but still don't wear any makeup. but none of the other gals here do either.

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  15. Before meetings, I tend to put on makeup - a little foundation, a little blush and lipstick. Together with a business suit they help me feel armed for negotiations :-).

    Enjoy Sephora!

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  16. I have bought a fair number of products... but rarely use them. Now I use some mineral make up and lipstick for work, but it's totally worn off by the end of the day. My daughter asked when she can start wearing make up (she's SIX). I said, "when does mommy wear make up?" She said, "at work". I said, "Exactly! That's when you can wear it too."

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  17. I guess I'm medium maintaince. I'd like to be a bit more high maintanance...manis and pedis all the time and such....but who has time?

    I adored Sephora, as you know, so I hope you enjoy it too! I still like the makeup they sold me, so we're still golden.

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  18. Ask for BeneFit's LemonAid, no matter what else you get, girl. And if they didn't sell it to you, go back an get some...it will negate the need for even ANY eyeshadow on days when you're in a rush, or just don't feel like it. Serio. A yellow creme you smooth and dab onto your lids, that gives an instant, even, brightening effect. Look it up on the SEPHORA website and see whatcha think...obvs I swear by it. Lemon-aide + a good mascara can be all you need for eyes! (but I'd also go with a neutral-to-pink shadow as well, I use MAC's powder shadow in YOGURT) Bam. There's yer natural look, Greens.

    I consider myself "medium maintenance" but I've been at it a while...wearing sunglassees since the age of about 25 or so...I've never used foundation, et al, but I am about to begin considering it.
    <3

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  19. I am an avid pupil of "What Not to Wear" which does make-up as well as clothes. I've put together a personal regime that I'm very pleased with. I have lipstick stashed conveniently in my purse, car, office, as I believe a lady looks put together, even at the end of the day, with some color on. I enjoy the magical world of cosmetics and helping myself to look fresh and attractive for Mr. B. I'm not familiar with sephora, and with all the good comments, I'll go googling.

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  20. I'm fairly high-maintenance, but I can also do no makeup and a ballcap for camping, or the occasional Sunday.

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  21. I never wear make up when I am just at home but if I am going out even if it is only to do my weekly shopping on Fridays I have to have make up on and jewerlly and perfume. Ok Fridays are the only day I really go out so it makes sense that I like to get dressed up when I go out on Fridays....

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  22. PHOTOS, please! I so wish we were a bit closer, so as to have marched in together; I'd love them to work some fun on me. I wore make-up in high school but not so much since then...sometimes a bit of foundation/powder, but that's about it. I feel like there's a world of slap out there, waiting for me to discover it--if only for the giggles.

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  23. Well, you've seen me in person, so you know I'm pretty low maintenance. The one thing I can't live without is mascara because without it I look dog-tired. This post made me laugh because it made me think of my mom. Like a typical 1950s/1960s housewife, she never goes out without lipstick but other than that only wears makeup for special occasions. She calls it putting the war paint on! She just cracks me up!

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  24. I must be of hippie stock, too. I rarely wear make-up. My Mary Kay salesperson friend has given up; she only attempts to sell me skin care.

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Spill it, reader.