Friday: Dec 07, 2007

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Picture 0023Picture 0051Burgundy merino shift dress from Banana Republic, black thermal long sleeved shirt from Old Navy, black heavy-weight tights from Target that have the feet cut off, tan “Bern” boots from Duo, black coral necklace from Mexico, silver hoops and cuff bracelet.

Yeah, the dress is wrinkled. Yeah, I dug it out of the hamper because I wanted to wear something cozy today. I'm human, I bet most of you have done the same. The only things on top of it were like towels and stuff. It didn't smell, it wasn't stained…

Hair is acting weird today. I washed and conditioned like usual, added a small bit of Jonathan Silky Dirt and let it air dry for about 15 minutes, then dried with a paddle brush, then a round brush. It acted dirty – limp, almost greasy looking at the scalp. All day it has been limp and strange. It didn't help it's raining today so I walked to work in spittle and walked to and from lunch in drizzle.

Makeup is L'Oreal True Match concealer in W1-3, philosophy The Supernatural in Beige, Cargo Matte BeachBlush in Tenerife, Revlon ColorStay shadow quad in Neutral Khakis – ivory in inner corners, khaki on lid. Lashes curled and Cover Girl Lash Blast in black applied, thin line of Maybelline UltraLiner in black on top lash line and on lips is Revlon Shiny Sheers in Sheer Cocoa Glaze.

Winter has officially hit my system. Suddenly yesterday I had sore and chapped lips, flaky forehead, scaly hands, itchy everything. You can even see in this picture how my bottom lip on one side is a bit swollen from the cold. My hives have not stopped, they seem to be cyclical and last night came back with a vengeance and I spent a good portion of the night scratching my wrists and hands. If you enlarge my face picture (to scary proportions so I do not recommend) you will see a welt on my jaw line – they are all over the edges of my face and my neck/scalp. Now I have good insurance; I just need to get settled in before I start taking time off to visit dermatologists. I guess I am a sensitive chick after all.

Anyway, the body moisturizer that seems to be the least irritating to this rash and the most soothing is a product I used back in high school – Neutrogena Body Oil. I love the smell of this stuff (though the smell does not compete with my Burberry London) and it really leaves your skin feeling soft and silky. Only problem is Ruckus likes the taste and I put it on and have to jump right into my long bathrobe or else he'll start licking it off my calves! But this stuff is cheap, it's a luxurious treat and it has really held up pretty well to the weather. I think I'll pull back out the Body Shop Body Butter for places like my thighs and elbows that get super dry but leave the Neutrogena to the entire body.

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  1. Great outfit today. I feel inspired.

    I am a believer in Neutrogena sesame body oil too. I use it every day in the shower after I turn off the water and I just let it soak into my skin – never towel off. My little wiener dog comes running to lick it off my feet and ankles – what’s up with that? My skin stays soft year-round from that stuff. Plus it probably helps that I live in Texas where it’s never really cold…

  2. When I first started reading this entry I thought.. ohhh, Allie’s grumpy. Then I continued reading and I thought… with good reason! Poor you, but you still took the time to blog for us faithful readers. I hope the winter blues goes away soon. Still lovin the blog and remember, some people pay to have that swollen lip look πŸ™‚

  3. Guilty as charged – I have pulled something out of the dirty pile if it wasn’t stinky or stained. My winter skin has set in too, all of the sudden. That’s so funny about Ruckus!!

  4. Hey, I haven’t used the Neutrogena body oil but I used to live for the Neutrogena Rainbath, the dry oil spray. It came in a bottle that sprayed no matter how you pointed it and I LOVED the smell. I used it faithfully when I was preggers as after a point it became very difficult to bend over and put lotion on my legs and feet. You know, places I hadn’t seen in weeks! Anyway, while I was in the hospital having my son my dad found the bottle, shook it, thought it was empty and threw it away! It wasn’t empty but the contents are pressurized so it feels and sounds empty. I went to replace it and found out it had been discontinued! GASP! I contacted Neutrogena to tell them my sadness and they sent me a bottle as a surprise. I still have it three years later. I use it VERY sparingly and will be completely crushed when it is finally gone.

  5. This is fab! BTW, we love you at! We added you to our most loved list of blogs on our trendinista blog πŸ˜‰

  6. Hi – I love your blog, your writing makes me smile every time. I had the same problem with dry skin but something that took it away is olive oil. When my skin is still damp I rub olive oil (scented with an essential oil or 2) into my skin all over. It makes it so smooth, no irritation from any fragrance and it soaks in quickly. Other plant oils are good too, but olive oil is something I always have around. Give it a try, maybe it will help you too.

  7. Dude, it’s the philosophy Supernatural foundation… I love that stuff!

    I too feel bad but my DiorShow was done done done and I was at Target and I heard the hype… I agree to an extent. One of the best drugstore mascaras I have ever tried. A bit clumpy and the brush is a bit pointless, but otherwise I really do like the effect!

    It’s not Rainbath but has similar packaging. Rainbath I think is blue… this oil is a sesame-based one and is a golden color.

    Maybe I’ll get some primrose oil… thanks for the suggestion!

  8. Are you loving the new CG Lash Blast as much as I am? I know its wrong because CG tests on animals…but I have a hard time saying no to mascara.

    Do you take a fish oil or primrose oil supplement? 1000 mg a day REALLY helps lubricate skin, hair and joints in the winter.

    PS Is the Neutrogena oil called Rainbath, or is it another one?

  9. That is so funny about Ruckus! I had a cat who would bite my toenails if I had nail polish on them.

    And, I did not enlarge your picture. If I did–I am sure you would have been just as lovely as ever. Hope that you get all of your skin challenges resolved before winter dryness brings other fun skin issues. πŸ˜‰ My lips are already chapping. Grrr!!!

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