Thursday, July 22, 2010

My Superficial Survival List

So I haven't written a post in a while, and after reading my friend Amy's blog on things she "couldn't live without" I thought...well this is easy! But I must warn you, this list will not contain any "actual" needs that would be deemed essential to my sole survival on this planet such as: water, food, shelter. What fun would that be? While I do not consider myself to be an actual superficial person in life, I do have a higher "enjoyment" level, let's say, than maybe most when it comes to all things girly and fabulous! So here are some of the items I need to superficially survive:

Call me weird, but I cannot wash my face without putting on moisturizer immediately after. Maybe it's my skin - or the fact that I've been using this on my face for as long as I can remember and my face, much like me, just doesn't want to give up on life's little luxuries. :) In all seriousness, moisturizing your face is key to maintain moisture, elasticity, firmness and infusing your skin with lots of good-for-you ingredients. But most of all, I just cringe at the tight, dry feeling I'll get if I don't.

Naturally this would follow. Those that know me well, know I am obsessed with body lotion. At any given time my lotion stash probably resembles something of what a house with 5 girls might look like. Same rational as #1, I just can't function if my skin feels the least bit dry. I've had to postpone showering at ex-boyfriend's homes when there wasn't lotion for me to use. Yup, it's that important. When you want to know what's the best lotion to use for season, skin-type, formulation, etc - come to me, I'll tell ya!

This was always on my "what would you take to a deserted island" type list. And I would somehow justify my extreme addiction to my straightener by saying I'd use the sun's rays during the day to heat up those ceramic plates. I have naturally curly hair that I've just never grown to love -kind of a red-headed step child sort of situation, maybe? Anyhow, I've relied on one for at least the past 12 years of my life. I must also call out that I intentionally did not make this number a generic option, the CHI is all I can use. After my first CHI it was like I had no idea what my life had been missing. It was like going from a Ford Focus to a Benz E-Class. There have been two occasions since where I've had to borrow a "regular" flat iron while my CHI was not cooperating and I'm pretty sure I've wanted to cry both times. lol

This is my current phone, but I'd suffice with any currently advanced smart phone to fill this spot. Yes, my level of addiction to having all the technology I can handle in the palm of my hands has dramatically increased since getting a BlackBerry. I'm spoiled now. I expect to be able to email, attach documents, use Twitter, Facebook, the web, watch YouTube and mouse over a # in an email and with the touch of a button call that person. It's great. And my addiction has been tested any time I've forgotten my phone, or had to leave it with the tech ppl at Verizon and for that half hour I'm walking around aimlessly w/o it I feel like that's how a drug addict must feel when their high starts to wear off.

I'm gonna pat myself on the back for only picking TWO makeup products for this list, but yea they're essential for leaving the house - if of course, I had to only just pick TWO. Why concealer? Takes away any redness/darkness under your eyes from lack of sleep, discoloration. Can be used to spot treat other areas - or if need-be act as full on coverup with some moisturizer mixed in.

Here's my second go-to choice. I'm not really sure I can explain why, since I have decent sized lashes naturally. I think I'm just so used to how dramatic they usually are that I feel like I'm naked without it. And since using a Clinique's lash primer I don't think I know how to go back to not using one.

Another source of survival. Provides me with my needed doses of internet, news, document creating and all the web shoe-clothes-makeup-handbag-and-accessories shopping I want.

I love heels, I live in them pretty much. So if I had to pick just one type of heel, it would be these. They're cute, sexy and especially fun in the summer. They also usually tend to be a bit more comfortable and easier to walk in than the typical 4"/5" heel. I couldn't just live on flats alone. I'd go crazy.

Again, an item I am very picky about. I've pretty much had the same two pairs. They need to have a certain point, angle and handle to effectively work they way I'd like. Yup I know this may seem odd but it's true. For some reason most regular tweezers just don't cut it for me. If I've had to borrow from a friend they usually don't work. ~sigh~

My savior when I don't have time to wash and style my hair, or when the humid air makes it harder to wait between washing to keep my hair healthy and its color lasting. Since I've started using this brand I haven't been without it.

I've got lip balm and gloss coming out of every storage place in my house. I've had friends laugh that I have some on my nightstand, in kitchen drawers, bathroom drawers, on my coffee table and then there's the excessive amount dispersed amongst all my handbags. I hate the feelings of dry lips and therefore I am constantly using some. I also have the need to add a lil bit of color to my lips, in the least, so yep, you guessed it, I've got lip gloss for days too! =)