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Monday Listicles

Another Sunday, another Monday Listicles. OK that makes no sense…

But let’s not nitpick and do some serious list making instead. Last week we admitted to noticing some things about people as soon as we see them. Thank you Donetta for a challenge, great topic.

This week Julia asked what the 10 beauty products we cannot live without are. Honestly I am a water and soap kinda gal. But I used to be really fancy when I worked as a flight attendant. So I did a little comparison just for you and even though I expected to make fun of myself for the lack of pampering: I apparently still use a lot of the things I did ten years ago. Not as often I guess but no matter what happens I never fail to brush my teeth twice a day. That should count as beauty regime right?

Next week’s great topic brought to you by Jen

Make a list, check it twice, link it up. Read others. Have fun!



1. Fancy water/ Tap water.

I lived in the dessert and tap water was actual ocean desalted. So I used bottled water, mostly Evian, to wash my face and rinse my hair. Now we even drink tap water. And for that I am grateful.

2. Dermalogica Cleansing Gel

Recommended to me by a beautician during a spa day I still love and use Dermalogica. Although I will buy Clinique or Lancome at our local store if I run out and forget to re-order online. I wash my face with a cleanser every night before bed. I have not been to a spa in a decade.

3. Creme de La Mer/ Estee Lauder DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Creme SPF 15

Please don’t ask me if $200 face cream is any different from others. We were young and single and airport Duty free shops gave us discounts. Also the cream smells lovely. I now use something I can afford and has SPF. Cause really who has time to apply that separately.

4. Lancome Hypnose mascara in Black.

My first mascara was Lancome. And I still wear nothing but. Recently I stopped applying it to my bottom lashes though. I never look at myself in the mirror throughout the day and in the evening I realize I have been sporting the “panda bear look”. Unfortunately there is no way of knowing if I rubbed my eyes recently or before midday, so I decided to just do top lashes. Do you apply mascara to top and bottom or just top lashes?

5. Lip gloss / Lip treatment.

If you remember the photo of my handbag you know I had a lot of random lip glosses. In my drawer currently are 3 Lancome Juicy tubes, Mac Lipglass, 2 Clinique moisturizing glosses, 4 Fusion beauty lip plumpers and random lipsticks that came free with sets of creams. I never use any. But I do put Clinique lip treatment on in the morning after I put my face and eye cream on. And I keep some locally made chapstick in the car.

6. Body Shop Body Butter / nothing at all.

I had an unreasonable addiction to body butters. I used them twice a day and went through tubs of them every month. I have not put cream on my body in years. Who has time for that? And I am the one washing the sheets that get greasy, not the hotel staff…

7. John Frida Shampoo and Conditioner Blonde / John Frida Shampoo and Conditioner Brunette.

I changed my hair color a few months ago and I am learning to be a brunette. Also I used to use fancy hair masks, frizz serums and glosses. Nowadays I am lucky if I get 5 uninterrupted minutes in the shower so I can properly wash my hair. In fact I am sure that women that use showers in the gym are moms who just want to have some peace and quiet while washing their hair. Do your kids stand in front of shower door bugging you too?

8. DKNY for Women.

I wore this perfume my whole career. Crew used to recognize me by it. And I still wear it every day. I like the idea of a signature smell although I have a few perfumes from Bond #9 and Chanel that I wear for special, evening occasions.

9. Drugstore deodorant / Clinique Roll on.

This is the only product in my daily routine that got an upgrade from my single days. I finally got sick and tired of white streaks on my clothes and started buying fancy roll on.

10. Beauty sleep / 4 hours sleep.

I used to get a minimum of 8 hours a night, usually more. In fact there was this one time in Dhaka I slept 14 hours, ordered room service, ate and slept 10 more. I now average 5 hours a night. On a good day. And my face shows it. I really must go back to Dhaka soon…

*all images courtesy of Amazon.com

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