My Fantastically Feral Beauty Day Off


I have a confession.  I have a love-hate relationship with beauty.   I can chalk this up to the fact that I’m a Gemini, or just admit that sometimes I get tired of keeping up with it all.

Don’t get me wrong.  I still think a good time means rolling around in glitter and lipstick.   I haven’t abandoned my curiosity for anti-aging breakthroughs, nor have I lost my appetite for the beauty rhetoric, with all its hypocrisies and politically correct, yet thoroughly inauthentic platitudes.  (We all know looks matter on some level, so lets stop pretending they don’t and judging those who try).

But as I get older, looking daisy fresh takes premeditated planning and Olympic commitment.  My daily routine has evolved into a Tilt-a-Whirl of Latisse, Retinol, sunscreen, exfoliation, serums, crèmes, Rogaine, ionic Velcro rollers and a new fangled curling iron that looks more at home in an OB-GYN’s office than in my hair.  If I drank the night before, ate carbs or dim sum, I’m screwed.  There will be a random facemask involved or an ill-fated attempt to make my eyes less puffy with Preparation H or tea bags (neither of which really work).    And God forbid I’m showing my legs.  This means self tanner and surgical gloves get involved.  All this before I’ve brushed my teeth, put on my make-up or even thought about what I’m wearing evaluated the need for Spanx.

This is why some days I don’t feel like doing a damn thing or apologizing for it.  Like today.   I didn’t shower.  Hell, I’m not even wearing underwear.  On my face is nothing but sunscreen; messy hair spun into a haphazard French twist (Goody Spin Pin I love you) and my nerd glasses.   Nerd glasses are key to my beauty days off because I wear them all day, not just when I need to read the ingredients on a label.  They say, “don’t come here for the view, thinking going on”.

I’ve always taken beauty breaks, but when I was younger I would feel bad about myself when I did.  Or I would make excuses if I ran into someone I knew.  Not so much today.  I revel in the deliberate purpose of my less visible, downtime side.  I suck in the world around me and people watch, rather than preoccupy myself with that others think of me.

So in the spirit of the holiday vacations, and long weekends, here’s to unwinding, unplugging, unraveling and being fantastically feral.


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    September 2, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Occaisionally I have pajama days that include simply washing my face and putting moisturiser around my eyes.
    That’s a HUGE reduction from the usual routine! 🙂

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      September 2, 2012 at 2:44 PM

      Oh, I hear you I love nothing more than my cotton PJs. But do you actually wear yours outside? I’ve seen some in our building walking their dogs in the wee hours in jammies, but I’ve never been brave enough to pull that off. (Plus, I don’t have a dog).

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        September 2, 2012 at 6:26 PM

        NOOOOO! Only out to the back yard to throw out the rubbish. I couldn’t just go out in public in them…that would be just wrong!

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    Sasha Stubblefield (@CrowsCupCell)
    September 2, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    I’m so with you on this one. While I love beauty (nothing gets my pulse racing like a new tube of lipstick) there are days when I just can’t muster up so much as a single swipe of mascara. Nothing beats going completely makeup free (hell, even shower-free) and not remotely giving it a second thought 😉 In my 20s I would fret about not being “made up” but in my 30s I’ve come to embrace my “skin” (in all of its makeup-free, blemish prone glory 😉


    PS…your blog has become one of my absolute favorites. In a sea of crappy blogs (and there’s certainly no shortage of them), yours is a breath of fresh air. Absolutely love the writing style and content. Just added you to my blogroll….

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      September 3, 2012 at 8:16 AM

      You’ve made my day Sasha! I confess that before I hit publish, I second guessed myself for a moment, so I’m glad I’m not alone. And back at you on the blog love:)

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    September 7, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    As much as I love the whole looking fabulous routine, my favorite part of any day is getting home, stripping off the lovely and stepping into what I like to call my relaxing clothes. Simple pleasures 🙂

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      September 8, 2012 at 4:28 PM

      Me too, especially kicking off my shoes

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    October 6, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Absolutely love your blog. Finally a blogger with great writing style. You are both witty and thought provoking. Hoorah! xxx

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      October 6, 2012 at 11:18 PM

      Thanks Hanan, looking forward to hearing more from you too!


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    June 18, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    I also a (May)Gemini and love your blog. We all know looks matter on some level, so lets stop pretending they don’t and judging those who try. <<< That right.

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