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December 08, 2003

The Simple Life

NO, not that crappy surreality show on FOX.

Sometimes less is more, and cheaper is better. Tonight I strayed from my aforementioned grocery list to buy Alberto VO5 Strawberries & Cream shampoo and conditioner. I used it during my nightly shower, and I am telling you - it smells FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC. The shampoo smells exactly like Philosophy Strawberry Milkshake 3-in-1.

Only, y'know, 95 percent cheaper. Because the VO5? Is EIGHTY CENTS a bottle at Wal-Mart. The conditioner is merely average, but I can guarantee you that from this moment on, my bathroom will always have a bottle of this shampoo around.

I am in love. Blissfully, unadulterately, in love. Oh, and the VO5 Pina Colada shampoo/conditioner? Also fabulous.

So this started me thinking – what other cheap things do I really like? Well, there's Wet 'N Wild lipliners (99 big cents). St. Ives Energizing Citrus body wash (less than $2, it's the one product that I horde beneath my bathroom sink - four bottles and counting!). And Dove Sensitive Skin beauty bar (two bars for two bucks).

What am I forgetting?

And can someone please stop me from buying candles? I bought three more tonight (an ENORMOUS three-wick Candle-Lite Old Town Market candle in Lemon Pie) and two little Airwick candles in Grandma's Cookies. I am currently burning the Pier 1 Caramel Butter pilar candle in the living room that I bought Sunday, and in the bathroom I'm burning the last vestiges of the Bath & Body Works Grapefruit Aromatherapy candle (which kinda sucks, and is totally not worth the price - don't buy it).

Not to mention that I just spent about $100 on candles from Illuminations (but those were mostly for gifts!) [/rationalization]

I think I might have a problem. Maybe.

Posted by Julie on December 8, 2003 09:34 PM to the category Day In the Life

Found your site through GreenTuna (I'm UberAuntieTuna). Love the list of cheap things that rock. Wet 'n Wild is the best! I do theatrical makeup and that's pretty much all I use. Oh, and NYC brand (I get it at Meijer). And I adore Suave anything.

Posted by: Julie at December 9, 2003 04:45 PM

Another Julie! To avoid confusion, I will now be commenting on people's journals as "Highwaygirl."

You do theatrical makeup? I'll bet you have a lot of interesting tips/tricks you could give us. Spill!

Posted by: Highwaygirl at December 9, 2003 05:13 PM

Meijer!!!!!! I love me some Meijer!

Posted by: Tsy at December 9, 2003 06:29 PM

What is a Meijer?

Posted by: Highwaygirl at December 9, 2003 07:18 PM

Meijer is a chain of stores up here in the Great Lakes area. It's along the lines of a Super WalMart.

Posted by: barkley at December 10, 2003 10:05 AM

Theater Tips du Jour

Eye Trick - Use red eyeshadow (or blush) just on the lids of your eyes (nothing on the brow area). Use lots of black mascara and curl those lashes. Make sure you use Visine tho, or it will pick up the red in your eyes. This makes your eyes pop out, especially in pictures.

Lip Trick - Lip gloss makes you look old, unless you're 12. If you insist on wearing it... exfoliate your lips (I use a Buff Puff) several times a week, apply lip liner over the entire lip, blot and THEN add gloss.

Looking Groomed with NO Effort - wax your eyebrows. Don't over do it... you need some hair. Clean eyebrows, chapstick and moisturizer is pretty much my daily look for work.

More later... I might have to start posting this on my blog.

Posted by: Julie at December 10, 2003 10:47 AM

Julie, you should come see us on Looking Good. You'd be a great addition to that board.

Posted by: Highwaygirl at December 10, 2003 11:02 AM

"It's along the lines of a Super WalMart."

Heathen! Meijer is so much better than WalMart can ever hope to be. Ever! And it has a gas station!

Posted by: Tsy at December 10, 2003 06:39 PM

easy there Tsy, I have never been in a Super WalMart so I was guessing.

Posted by: barkley at December 10, 2003 10:50 PM
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