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Thursday, September 11, 2003

The other day I was reminded of a perfume I had once loved. My friend used to work at The Body Shop and would always bring home oils, perfumes, body lotions, etc for us to try out. Now, I'm not a perfume-person. I'm not really a cosmetic person at all. I know most women have their assorted lotions, oils, creams, make-ups, etc that they buy and have and rub on their person 24/7. I was never into all that mess.

Most perfumes are too...well, let's be frank...too girly for me. Too fruity, too sweet, to flighty, to feminine. Not that I'm not feminine. But fresh, flowery, airy scents don't work for me; nor do over-powering, over-perfumed scents. I'd never found "my scent". Then Qweeda brought home a sample of Mari Mari. I fell in love! I'd never smelled anything more pleasing to my senses. It was a heady, musky smell with a hint of exotic flower. It was warm and passionate. It was me. She left me with bunches of samples, and I never got around to going and buying the actual perfume.

Since I'm not a cosmetically-inclined gal, I stopped wearing perfume all together after awhile. I'm just lazy. Seriously, my make-up bag consists of eyeliner (one gray and one brown) and 2 or 3 tubes of stay-on lipstick. (Rimmel London's 1000 Kisses are affordable and 1000 x's better than any of their more expensive stay-on-forever counterparts). I do not wear foundation or powder; I think they make you look fake and plastic. Yet the other day, I found an old sample of Mari Mari lying around and decided to order the perfume from the website (The Body Shop closed down here in Baton Rouge).

They discontinued it. No plans to re-issue it anytime soon. What's a one-love-perfumed girl to do? Hit Ebay! I really didn't expect anyone to have any for sell. Imagine my surprise to see two different auctions for Mari Mari Eau de Toilette. I'm expecting my 5 oz. bottle to arrive some time next week. I'd rather the straight up perfume, but I'll take what I can get.

Which got me thinking about products and cosmetics. Everyone has their favorites and the ones they swear by. I'm not one of those women that's fussy about such things, and I buy my make-up cheap and from Wal-Mart, but I do have my preferred brands.

Bath gel - The Healing Garden
The most expensive thing I buy. Before I found this stuff I was content lathering myself up with Equate shower gel. Sometimes I'd splurge on Herbal Essences; only hoping to reach the orgasm that the women in the commercials have. I got a package of The Healing Garden bath gel and lotion one year for Christmas - and was hooked. They have a very potent smell. I've used the Tangerine Therapy, just finished trying out Lavendartherapy and am now on Green Teatherapy. This stuff is the bomb. I don't mind spending the extra $ because the smell invigorates me so. I should be writing a commercial.

Lipstick - Rimmel London 1000 Kisses
The first time I bought this lipstick, I only grabbed it because of the cost (right at $4) and the color. I didn't even realize it was a "stay-on" lipstick (which I prefer). Most lipsticks like that dry your lips out so that they flake and peel or you feel as if you've just applied a hardening glaze. This stuff stays on longer than those others, doesn't dry out...and it's *cheap*! The colors are cool, too.

Eyeliner - Jane or Rimmel London
Both are reasonably priced. 'Nuff said.

Yeah...and that's it. That's the only products I (somewhat) faithfully use. Try 'em out, tell me what you think. What are some of your favorite products?

- shanna bared her soul & griped a bit @ 12:40 PM

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