Verdict on the keratin blow out a mere four days and one wash later? While my hair feels full of gunk, it only took 5 minutes to blow dry and was not a ginormous mess. It was perfectly presentable. If this thing lasts four weeks it will be worth every cent of the $120 I spent on it (plus another $40 for shampoo because of course they upsold me on maintenance). It does not look as shiny or feel as soft as I know it can, but it is not a giant, unmanageable tangle of frizz, so there's that. I don't know that I'll be getting a keratin treatment on the regular because mortgage and good grief that's a lot of money for vanity, but for special occasions it seems like a good treat.
Will no doubt continue to report because what else is this blog for other than reporting on all things mane?
In other vanity news, I spent a metric shit-ton of money on new foundation and powder recently. The MAC counter is a black hole into which I occasionally hurl my funds hoping that it will magically improve my appearance, when what would actually improve my appearance would be a willingness to actually remove all traces of makeup before going to bed at night and keeping my hands away from my face (didn't have the hands in pants problem endemic to so many small children, my fingers were probably up my nose instead. These days they can be found gently resting on my cheeks and nose while deeply pondering, of course. Not squeezing things, no). I started wearing some of that Benefit pore concealer as a primer, followed by a bit of Benefit concealer on the spots, then the foundation and finally mineral powder and have noticed that the combo actually has a reasonable amount of staying power. However, doesn't that all seem a lot of hard work, just to get myself to the office in the morning? No doubt I will ditch this formulation again shortly, but now I've noted it for future reference when I next decide that my complexion looks like pond scum by midmorning under the flattering fluoroescent lighting in the office bathroom.
Last night, I baked for the first time since the Grilled Chocolate Cake Disaster of 2002. Miracle of miracles, I think it was edible. At least, no one who consumed it has yet complained of any malady caused by it and they were all very polite, not least P who was effusive in his praise, knowing as he does my culinary limitations. I made Lemon and Walnut Loaf from the Edmonds cookbook which was super easy, probably because that cookbook is likely aimed at beginners. Beginner I certainly am.
Given the lemons had been donated to the workplace by a colleague, I brought a chunk into the office today to share. This was ambitious seeing as it could have been disgusting and possibly poisonous. Also, it was devious, because I know that had I left something with so much sugar and butter in my home I would have eaten the whole thing.