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Thursday, February 26, 2009

product is meh: coconut oil as face cream; product may not stay: these hateful bras; also, thanks for the faith, MOM

I'm all in a froth with some first world concerns today. I'm one of those people who will fixate on a tiny inconvenience and allow it to consume my entire being. Recently I've been having problems with my complexion, and it has tainted my outlook on everything else.

I was doing an experiment on whether or not coconut oil is a suitable face moisturizer. No, I'm not crazy, just ignorant! But really, I had heard from two trusted sources who use it that it's good stuff. So I took my face in my hands and started moisturizing with coconut oil--only at night, because I was worried about it being so greasy that my makeup would slide off. Then I remembered that I pretty much only wear makeup to church, so no big, and I started using it as my morning moisturizer as well. It goes on really greasy, but absorbs quickly. The problem I had using it in the morning was that my face felt really pinched and tight the rest of the day, and I felt like I had to keep putting more lotion on it. So, back to Avon in the morning, coconut oil at night. And maybe because my face was tired of guinea pigging it, I am currently suffering from a breakout on my chin. I'm in my THIRTIES. Freaking skin.

So, I think coconut oil is a great nighttime moisturizer, but it wasn't good enough for daytime wear. It's probably not worth the hassle of changing your routine, unless you're looking to add a little excitement to your day. When your life is as cloistered as mine, a new moisturizer can sometimes be the most fun you can lay your hands on. Product is meh.

But now, thanks to the skin frustration, I'm mad about everything else. I lost quite a bit of weight after having Pinga (thanks to Weight Watchers), and because I'm a good Herd girl, most of it came straight out of my ewers. It's the last place I gain and the first place I lose. I had a couple of bras that were working great until I lost weight, and then they were all slippy-slidey. So I bought a basic something-or-other from somewhere--probably Target--which was serviceable, but not my favorite.

I thought maybe Victoria's Secret could help me out, since that's where I had gotten my two likable bras that didn't fit anymore. I know their stuff isn't the best, but it's got to be better than Target, right? WRONG WRONG WRONG. I don't know what is their motivation, but this torture device (I think it's the Body by Victoria Demi Uplift Bra) has been a piece of garbage since I removed its tags. This ridiculous undergarment migrates when I'm wearing it, and gets all skittywompus, and I spend the whole day pulling and twisting and uneven and miserable. Then the cheapo Target bra betrayed me as well, and has started jamming its underwire into my chest, so I think I'm getting pressure sores. So I've got a bra that's too big, a bra that wanders uselessly, and a bra that is actively trying to destroy me. I guess I'll just have to break down and go to Nordstrom or something and get the grandma with the tape measure to give me a proper fitting and find me a real. freaking. bra. Products may not stay. Also, Victoria's Secret is dead to me.

And while I'm mad about stupid things, let's add this story. We went on our little family vacation recently to Morgan (which my parents paid for because they're awesome like that), remember? I made myself some sauteed spinach for breakfast on Sunday morning--olive oil, butter, garlic (ONE CLOVE) and spinach (mounds and mounds). And my family was FREAKING OUT about how weird a thing it was to eat, and so smelly! None of them would try it. My dad said in wonderment, "We just don't know how you guys got to be such garlic eaters!"

Then a couple of weeks ago my parents went to Boise to watch Justine's race, and my mom was telling me afterward about the wonderful breakfast they had at their hotel, where there was delicious sauteed spinach with garlic.
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And I said, "That's what I made for breakfast in Morgan and you guys were all up in my face about how terrible it was!" And she said, "Well, this just didn't have so much garlic as yours."
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Well, a prophet is not without honor save in his own country and all that. I'm glad that when I cook something it's an abomination and when a hotel cooks it it's refined and tasteful.

You must know that I love and respect my mom dearly, and I think she is extraordinary and a force of nature whose talents cannot be enumerated.

But the spinach. Hmmph. I blame my stupid face, upon which all my other lousy minor setbacks are predicated.

4 comments:

Sarah said...

I've been feeling a little "meh" about the coconut oil also. I only use it at night, and Cetaphil cream in the morning (yes, my skin is THAT dry). I think it generally helps keep my skin clear, but sometimes I have a raging outbreak (like at present) and I lose faith in the whole deal. And bras...sheesh, don't even get me started. I have finally found one that I love, and I have it in 3 different sizes (not pregnant, pregnant, and super pregnant). I buy them at onehanesplace.com, because they are cheaper, and they're awesome about returns. So, once you go figure out your offical size (remember, over 50% of women wear one band size too large, and one cup size too small), you could try ordering from the website. Good luck with everything.

dawnie said...

Ahhh you have so eloquently put some of my concerns into words. I am still adjusting to the post-nursing life bras. Plugh!!!!

All8 said...

Haven't tried coconut oil but I have tried a mixture of olive oil and lemon juice that worked alright. I too use the Cetaphil cream. Petroleum jelly works but causes break outs and it's too shiny for day wear.

I hate bras and bra shopping. I did find a great fitting bra off the rack at Walmart but the fabric of the cups pulls my T-shirts funny. I should probably break down and go to a bra shop that specializes in underthings. Just don't know if I want to be ensconced in a tiny stall with an old lady and her old lady perfume.

Ere said...

Nice post about face cream I really like it.I took my face in my hands and started moisturizing with coconut oil--only at night, because I was worried about it being so greasy that my makeup would slide off. Then I remembered that I pretty much only wear makeup to church, so no big, and I started using it as my morning moisturizer as well. It goes on really greasy, but absorbs quickly. The problem I had using it in the morning was that my face felt really pinched and tight the rest of the day, and I felt like I had to keep putting more lotion on it. So, back to Avon in the morning, coconut oil at night. And maybe because my face was tired of guinea pigging it, I am currently suffering from a breakout on my chin. And I am just dreading their scars which are there to come. It is great for removing makeup, as an aftershave cream. Thanks for sharing with us.

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