When did I ever start feeling so old?
I like to believe that I am still just at approximately five white hairs and although I get super-depressed when one of them escapes me for a while (I do not actively seek them out) and it is as long as the rest of my hair. “That’s how long I’ve had white hair!” And is my unmanageable thick hair thinning out?? Still, I am grateful for generally good hair genes from my parents who didn’t gray and thin out early on.
It’s more when I reflect on what I have accomplished in life–materials, relationship, and experience–when I feel old. I’ll always feel behind, wishing there was a “Pause” button on time. It is also when my birthday is just around the corner and I’m digging my heels in the ground and refusing to turn another year older. :P
My sister started using anti-aging products in her mid-twenties which makes me look like a tomboy only developing an daily moisturizing routine in my mid-twenties. After being “roomates” with Lil Sis for a few months, I am thrilled to have my own amply spacious bathroom and the freedom to develop and indulge in a routine.
This time around, I have a strict rule against clutter on the bathroom counter. All that is on the counter are daily oral hygiene items: toothbrush, cup, toothpaste, floss, and fluoride rinse.
Then I bought two boxes from Dollarama in different colours for quick differentiation. In the morning, I will dump the contents of the blue morning box out on the counter and return the items to the box as I use them. It eliminates the need to think and recall what needs to be done if I’m particularly tired or, more likely, rushed in the morning! The green night-time box contains the items I will need on a nearly-nightly basis and I will bring it out to rifle through it and concentrate on using up the products. The morning and night boxes are stowed under the counter in between uses. The rest of my vast amount of toiletries are stored in a two-drawer container with the top drawer holding small, infrequently used items (e.g., nail polish, Band-Aids, Tylenol) and the bottom drawer holding refills and back-up products waiting to come into the spotlight.
As with so many things, why did it take me so long to get organized?
- A wide-tooth comb
- Facial moisturizer – The Body Shop Vitamin C Daily Moisture Lotion SPF 30 for Dull Looking Skin – pretty much my daily moisturizer; Vina told me about it and we agree we just glow after using it
- or Tinted moisturizer – Aveeno Positively Radiant in Medium with SPF 30 – on days I want to look more put-together and it takes longer to apply
- or Sunscreen – Neutrogena UltraSheer Dry-Touch Sunblock in SPF 55 – got so many samples from run packages; it’s non-greasy and could be a moisturizer on those casual outdoor days
- Body moisturizer – tangerine and olive flower scented body lotion created exclusively for Caesars by Gilchrist & Soames; I have lots of hotel lotions to go through before I’ll need to buy a full-size bottle
- Deodorant – Dove ultimate gofresh in energizing grapefruit & lemongrass scent – I have little brand loyalty except in this case
- Scent – Dove gofresh body mist in energizing grapefruit & lemongrass scent – matches my deodorant
- Brows – The Body Shop Brow & Liner Kit and a brow brush
- Lip balm – Blistex Spa effects lip protectant/sunscreen in Renewing
- Lip gloss – Quo Lip Gloss in Babe (something like that) by Shoppers Drug Mart
- Mascara – Maybelline Great Lash clear mascara – I wish I left myself the time to wear this every day
- Face wash – The Body Shop Nutriganics Softening Cleansing Gel for First Signs of Ageing – I’m not that into Body Shop stuff but had gift cards
- Toner and pads – Biore triple action astringent
- Anti-ageing cream – Olay regenerist continuous night recovery moisturizing treatment – I use this sparingly and love the velvety feel
- General moisturizer – Nivea Extra Whitening Inner Cell Repair Body Milk in Berry Extract & Licorice Extracts for Frequent Sun Exposure – got this in Hong Kong because they’re all about “whitening” and I trust the brand; I don’t know how to get more short of ordering it online
- Nail clippers, tweezers and cuticle scissors
- Hair elastics and a bobby pin