The St. Louis (eyebrow) Arch

Getting your brows waxed occasionally is way easier than tweezing. The beautician will ask do you want a low-medium-high arch? I say ‘medium’. Beware “high” you may look like Joan Crawford! This style is pretty outdated. Also, outdated styles are called paisley or tadpole brows. These have a chunky area at the inside and sort of taper out. The wax is applied and then removed with a cloth in an outside-to-inside yank. It’s sort of like band-aid removal. Over time the hair root will gradually be destroyed and you won’t have to get it done as often. Beware home wax kits, my beautician told me she had a friend who tried this at home with bad results–the wax hardened and she couldn’t remove it. She had to go into the shop after hours and get it removed with a product the beautician had on hand.

Threading Brows vs Tweezing

0JENNIFER_CONNELLYBROWS (2)I don’t know exactly how threading works, or if it even hurts.  I should watch it on YouTube.  I saw a pop-up shop once working in a local mall and they were doing this to customers right in the middle of the mall!  It is probably quicker than tweezing and much faster.  Sometimes you see actresses (Jennifer Connelley as shown) with “boy brows”, if they are unnaturally straight across, you can tell.  I believe it might take quite a while to flatten the normal line and persuade everything to look straight.   You also see more and more male actors in movies with waxed and shaped brows.  A beautician needs a correct touch to do this, because a man can get by with thicker brows than a woman.

Rubber gloves-outdoor uses & misc.

Continuing on my other post, buy some thick black gloves from Tractor Supply or Lowes or a similar store. Some of them even have linings which makes them feel better! They run a bit bigger because more men buy them. I use them for multiple outdoor purposes, like washing the car or even my dog. They are thicker and last years. I even store them on the rail of the back deck, but you could store them inside. Just store them in the broom closet, not under the sink with your dishwashing gloves. They are especially great for household floor mopping. If you are accident prone as far as broken glasses or plates in the kitchen area, wearing gloves while you mop will prevent you from touching glass shards, (or even just gunk on the floor). You can even use hotter water while mopping.

invest in rubber dishwashing gloves

I didn’t use rubber gloves until about 10 years into my marriage. I just never gave them any thought. Then I started buying that blue grease cutting dishwashing liquid that starts with a “D”. It effectively stripped all oils from my hands and made my fingers crack. I think they changed the formula years later because these things quit ruining my skin. Using gloves also kept manicures lasting longer and stopped me getting nicked fingers/fingernails from chopping/slicing things like onions and garlic. Using while peeling garlic also, keeps the smell off your skin. I used to buy the Playtex brand from Walmart & the biggest size (XL) was always a bit small. They also tended to deteriorate underneath my sink over time. Now I buy them online, they are a bigger size and tougher.

Why you should build a house on a hill

My feet are always dry because I live on a hill. My father-in-law once said ” don’t go looking at property to buy on a sunny dry day. Go after a big rain.” Pay attention to this, folks! Buying land in a flood zone is a recipe for disaster. And sometimes later on, you are stuck with this house because savvy home buyers will pass you by.

Using deodorant stones- hygiene tip

Ok, you may never have used deodorant stones. I never heard of them until the local paper ran an article on them. The come in different styles: liquid spray-on, a solid rock, and a push-up stick. They are easier to find nowadays, but before the Internet I found them at vitamin shops, mail order catalogs, and health food places. To use (if a solid rock) you simply wet them with tap water and apply. Remember, they are only deodorant, NOT antiperspirant. I like them because they will not mark your clothing (especially good if you wear a lot of black). Also, they are popular with deer hunters and people who had had cancer and went to use non-chemical products the rest of their lives.  They are  prone to cracking and chipping, so be careful not to drop on a hard surface.

A Handy Yogurt tip

want to learn a new way to make your morning yogurt look more appetizing? Here it is–and it is very simple. For years I always ripped the lid off and began stirring. Since it is a milk product, it can separate. The tearing of the lid sometimes made a little annoying “splash” so I would do it over the sink. I noticed my husband one morning shaking his yogurt. Just hold it in your hand (cover intact) and give a few good shakes. Remove the lid and–TA DA- the ingredients are mixed! As a side note I also put on a few spoons of raw oatmeal to help my cholesterol.

They Feel Alone- an exciting new book!

Brad only wants to protect those flying from one place to another, to make up for not being able to protect his wife and daughter. They were on the first aircraft to strike the twin towers on 9/11. Cali seems to have it all—her most recent book gave her the celebrity status she once thought was so important but nothing can penetrate the grief she feels after losing her husband. Dex, the guy in high school that scored more than any other guy, seeks vengeance for all that’s gone wrong in his life.

Three individuals living life alone while the world whirls around them. Can they overcome their pasts and see a better future?

this is written by my friend K.C. Sprayberry.  It can be purchased at Solstice Publishing web page and Amazon.

Ozzy Osbourne and hair dye

this is Part “B” to my Elton John post. Also, at the ripe age of 32, I could not distinguish when people dyed their hair. This is not like now, when people have pink and green hair. Just normal colors– blonde, black, red, or brown. And yes, there were several girls in my high school who colored their hair. But it just never registered with me later in life. The same hairdresser (ok her name was Debbie) said “if a person’s hair is too RICH or too EVEN it is usually hair dye.” So at that point, I made an effort to learn this by subtle observation. Not like saying in front of co-workers, “HEY do you DYE your hair?” Plus I asked other co-workers on the sly to verify what I thought. I am so embarrassed to admit this. Geesh.  I thought I’d add Ozzy’s face to my post to make it fun.

Sir Elton John and wig spottings

This is a lighthearted post. Saw in the news last week that Elton John not only had cancer 2 years ago,but he is now bald. And wearing wigs. I felt sorry for the guy, I mean he underwent hair plug procedures in the past and they say these are terribly painful. Here’s a silly fact about me–I couldn’t recognize when people wore wigs until I was age 32. If I saw somebody, I always thought “yup, that is their real hair.” It took a co-worker who was a former hairdresser to to set me straight. “When a person LOOKS like they have too much hair, it is probably a wig.” Then, “If their hair looks like a HELMET it is probably a wig.” So I want to pass this on.