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Message started by Angel on Jan 2nd, 2010 at 3:05am

Title: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jan 2nd, 2010 at 3:05am
Just Angel: 'Tis I, the artist formerly known as Angel Spun/Midnight Angel. Why I didn't just keep it simple and use those names as journal titles, I don't know. Takes awhile to work out the kinks, I guess. ::)
    But this feels right...the nickname given to me by my paternal grandmother. Everyone here calls me Angel anyway, so here it is, down to brass tacks. New year, new journal, new name...sort of. Same ol' me though. ;)

Hair: Started 2010 off with a W-VR-CC. Washed with my very diluted Pantene-TRESemmé shampoo blend, then used an ACV rinse. Conditioned first with the last of my Pantene-Herbal Essences blend conditioner, and the last time with Suave lavender lilac. Confused yet? :-/
    Anywho, my hair has stayed down all day, mostly for measuring purposes, but also because I'm sick as a dog and don't feel like doing anything with it.
    The number came out to 28.5" today. Success! I will reach waist length this year. :D

The Rest: So I'm sick, unemployed and in need of an emergency surgery that I can't afford...and my right index finger is sliced. The new year is off to an epic start. ::)

Oh, and my sister reminded me that my birthday is in a week. We're getting to the point where our 4 year age gap seems to be closing. When we were younger, it made a big difference. Not so much anymore.
    Speaking of my sis, she's decided that I'm deprived in the way of pop culture movies, so she made me watch Transformers tonight. She found it amusing that I remember "the original Transformers"..., which goes back to the age thing. ::)

Well, it's after midnight. So ends the first day of the year. Reckon I'll stop yammering now and get to bed. Sleep is the best medicine. Cheers!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jan 2nd, 2010 at 2:23pm
Hair: I just woke up, so it's a mess. The plan is to do a CWC, using my new Kenra stuff as the first conditioner. To be quite honest, I have serious buyer's remorse, wasting so much $$$ on swanky salon products that don't work as well as my Pantene. I should have known. :-[ But the little silver coffin-shaped bottles were apparently beyond my resistance. ::) Now all I want is to get rid of them.

Etc.: Yeah, so much for that whole sleeping idea. :P I was up all night blowing my nose and haven't stopped. It was insanely cold last night and our heater is broken. My throat was already sore, so it killed just to breathe. The only relief was pulling my comforter over my head, which gets uncomfortably close after awhile.
    When I actually did sleep, I dreamed about miraculously resurrecting a brilliant composer who had died 1,000 years ago, and gaining insight to his genius as we tried to correct some type of injustice to his life's work. :-? Sort of like Corpse Bride meets The Crow meets Phantom Of The Opera.
    Is it any wonder that I never used drugs? ::)

Anyway, it looks as though our Christmas tree and decorations are coming down today. :( My mini tree came down days ago after it fell over while I was cleaning...and my sister's dog chewed up several of its pretty red ornaments. >:(

My goals for the day are to pick up my neglected bass again and play it...and shop! I am more or less functionally ill. ::)

One sunny day,
I'll get back again
Somehow, some way,
But I don't know when
California blue,
California blue

   -Roy Orbison, California Blue

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by kittennoodlesoup on Jan 3rd, 2010 at 12:04pm
Oh dear, I hope you start feeling better soon.
Can I recommend some combination of a humidifier, neti pot rinse, and behind-the-counter sudafed?

And nice to see you re-incarnated, Angel!
I was rooting for Angel Noir, but just Angel is also quite nice.  :D

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jan 3rd, 2010 at 10:23pm
KNS: Thanx. I do seem to be on the mend. Slowly but surely. Humidifier, check. Sudafed, check. Neti pot...I don't own one and would probably drown myself trying to use one (YouTube gold). ;D

Hair: The usual CWC routine + Suave Kids detangling spray. Style is a single braid. Having the worst pinched nerve I've ever had in my life makes doing anything with my hair quite difficult. So that's one more thing I can add to the ever-growing list of what's wrong with me. ::)

Etc.: Slowly healing. That's about all I can say. Illness, pinched nerve and the slice in my finger...all slowly healing.

My nails are insanely glitzy. hehe Move over, Ziggy. ;D

Hold it in the light and see right through it
For God's sake, make a decision
Take it for a walk and hold it, hold it
Pin it on the wall and fasten onto
Move it to the back and oh yes, oh yes
Do what must be done and don't say maybe

This is the one for the money
This is the one for the trees
This is the one called heaven
And this is the one for me

    -Echo & The Bunnymen, With A Hip

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Sakina on Jan 3rd, 2010 at 10:34pm
I'm glad you're on the mend...oh, man, pinched nerves suck!!!  I hope yours resolves itself or you manage to get to a chiropractor and get it un-pinched!!!

"Move over, Ziggy"  LOL!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by kittennoodlesoup on Jan 3rd, 2010 at 11:33pm
Heehee! You'd be quite talented to drown yourself with a neti pot, but I understand the sentiment. It's really much better to just try it, and not watch the videos. ;D

Also, who's Ziggy? I want in on the funny!  :-[

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jan 4th, 2010 at 10:56pm
Sakina: They do indeed suck. Fortunately, it seems to be making a rapid recovery. :)

KNS: Ziggy Stardust, babe. ;) And just the same, I think I'll pass on the neti pot.

Hair: CWC with Kenra volumizing conditioner, shampoo blend and Pantene Ice Shine conditioner. Leave-ins were Suave Kids detangling spray and ELOO. Managed to leave my hair down with a side part all day, and shockingly, it didn't end up a complete rat's nest. :) Of course, I did duck into a few ladies' rooms while I was out and put a seamless comb to work.

Etc.: Four chamber walls couldn't contain me today with my sickness disappearing (slowly). One can only stay in playing bass for so long before developing a maddening case of cabin fever (not to mention very sore fingers!), so I took my Christmas giftcards out shopping. Came home with a new top and a new jacket; both black, both very cute, and both with rock & roll potential. ;)

On that note, I'm positively itching to get back on the stage...

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Jan 5th, 2010 at 12:49pm
Glad you're on the mend, my dear!   :)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jan 5th, 2010 at 9:13pm
Trisha: Thanx, and me too! The voice has already come back about 75%. It's good to be able to sing again. :)

Hair: CWC. No leave-ins. Hair is down. I'm a bum. :P

Etc.: Been hanging out in my pj's all day since I have nothing to wear, and I'm not going anywhere or doing anything. Plus, I'm still sick, so if I happen to fall asleep anywhere, at least I'm dressed for it. ::)

Anyway, I'm off to do more of nothing. ::)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Jan 6th, 2010 at 12:58pm

Angel wrote on Jan 5th, 2010 at 9:13pm:
Anyway, I'm off to do more of nothing. ::)

My favorite activity!   8-)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jan 7th, 2010 at 4:42pm
Trisha: :-? Surely you're not serious.

Hair: WCC with an ACV rinse this morning. I like cutting through the grease, conditioner and other excesses, and starting afresh.
    There was a teensy bit left of the shampoo blend I'd been using, so I dumped the last of it into my Kenra shampoo, along with a little TRESemmé to help it lather better, and shook it up. The concoction smells faintly like beer from a distance, which I don't like at all! http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/sick0025.gif

Colouring the blonde hairpiece that I had didn't work. So I lashed it and decided that the next time I feel the need for fake hair, I'll buy brunette. Even if it's too dark. ::)

Etc.: Tomorrow is my b-day and my friend T will be in town this evening to make help me celebrate. ::)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by MichelleR on Jan 7th, 2010 at 11:15pm
Happy Birthday!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by kittennoodlesoup on Jan 8th, 2010 at 12:56am
Happy Birthday!!!

Is it a synthetic hair piece?

Ohhh, Tresemme...
I have a bottle of that at my parent's place. It's umm, I think... Let me see.
Yup. At least 9 years old now.
Want some for your evil hair-genius chemistry experiments?!  :D
It's got a French name. Maybe like a good French wine, Tresemme only gets better with age!  ;D

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Curlgirl64 on Jan 8th, 2010 at 7:23pm
Happy Birthday,Angel!! 

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Sakina on Jan 8th, 2010 at 7:54pm
Happy Birthday!  I hope this is your best year yet!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by melusine on Jan 9th, 2010 at 2:02am
Happy birthday!! Hope you have a wonderful year!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jan 9th, 2010 at 8:09pm
All: Thanx!

KNS: ;D Think I need to use up my own excesses before moving onto someone else's. hehe Thanx anyway though. And yes, it was a synthetic hairpiece.

Hair: Lately, the routine has been CWC + the usual leave-ins + single braid. Got some of that wonderfully expensive Kenra shampoo in my eye this morning. Holy #&$%!!! :-X http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/sick0009.gif
Much like Herbal Essences, if it hurts my eyes that much, wtf is it doing to my hair?!

Etc.: My parents gave me a huge ice cream "cake," which was really just layers of ice cream (I've never cared for cake), cash and 3 cards.
    My grandfather in WA sent a card and a check.
    From T, a coffee table book about Michael Jackson, a fractal calendar, dinner at my favourite little café, a card and the new Echo & The Bunnymen album.
    Got a happy birthday tweet this morning from the Echo & The Bunnymen crew. :D Nice thing to wake up to.

The family & I are heading to Disneyland tomorrow night. Speaking of which, the Bats Day crew have finally released photos from the 2009 event. This was ours. That's our little group on the right.

Anyway, my nails have been redone in high quality black with a tastefully subtle glitter topcoat. Should be right at home in New Orleans Square. ;)


Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jan 11th, 2010 at 10:00am
Hair: Yesterday saw the usual routine with the last of my Kenra conditioner, Kenra blend shampoo and Pantene Ice Shine conditioner. It was the final use for all of the above.
    The weather has been wreaking havoc on my skin again and yesterday morning, I noticed a rash from one (or some) of the products I'd been using. After yesterday's shower, I snapped and lashed everything that was bad for me/not working/potential cause for the rash/etc. Hair products, skin products, face products - if it was the least bit suspect, it was gone.

Later that afternoon, I went shopping for a total restock. So I'm back to using Suave light conditioners. Shampoo will either be Pantene Ice Shine or Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition, whichever I feel like using on any given day.
    My Ice Shine conditioner was pretty much gone, so I refilled the bottle with Moisture Renwal - my old friend.
    Now I at least have the reassurance that what I'm using works for me. It's good to be back.

Tonight, I might call my scissor lady and try to schedule a trim for this weekend if I don't have anything going on.

Etc.: Disneyland was fun, as our night trips usually are (even though I nearly passed out from hypoglycemia). We did a lot in just a few hours and my friend T even joined us.

This morning has been anything but fun. I've been losing sleep over my impending oral surgery, which is why I'm up at this ungodly hour. I'm here for distraction. My hands are shaking a bit even as I type this.
    Today I have a consultation with my sister's oral surgeon, and I can fairly well predict what they're going to say. My wisdom teeth are severely decayed and need to come out NOW. It's been the same story for years, and if I could afford to do anything about it, I would have already.

God only knows how/if this will work itself out. My heart is pounding right now. There's my alarm. Time to face the music... :'(

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Curlgirl64 on Jan 11th, 2010 at 2:24pm
My thoughts and prayers are with you,Angel.  It'll be ok,breathe and and then breathe again....

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Jan 11th, 2010 at 4:08pm
First, happy belated birthday!  :-*  Second, here's hoping you find some peace about the oral surgery.  I agree with CG64--just keep breathing.  *hugs*

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jan 13th, 2010 at 12:40am
Trish & Curlgirl: Thanx. As predicted, it's imperative to do the surgery ASAP, but it's even more expensive than I thought it would be. So I've been trying to stay chill and weigh the options. Just keep breathing...

Hair: Did a heavy ELOO treatment last night and washed out this morning with Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition shampoo. First conditioner was the Triple Nutrition 3-Minute Undo treatment, which has tiny seeds or bits of seeds or shells or whatever in it. http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/sign0094.gif I'm not keen on the idea of putting abrasive substances in my hair. :o
    Second conditioner was the regular Triple Nutrition stuff, which goes on quite thin.
    Leave-ins were Suave Kids detangling spray on the length and a little ELOO on the ends. All that olive oil made for some pretty greasy locks, so into a single braid it went. :P

Tomorrow, I have a trim scheduled for 5 PM.

Speaking of trims, I took about 2" off of my sister's hair last night at her request. Admittedly, I'm not the best hair trimmer on Earth, but she insisted, so I gave it my best. Then I ran a little ELOO through the ends of her hair, which are terribly dry and damaged so they sucked it right up. In the end, she seemed quite satisfied with Angel's ghetto salon. ::)

Etc.: Today I decided to indulge a few therapy techniques to help me deal with recent stresses. I started by writing down some of my biggest problems and worst fears, then hiding them away and trying to put them out of my mind for awhile. Then I went to my favourite mall, where a particularly smart blazer caught my eye - and it was on sale too. ;) Couldn't resist, though I'll have to get it tailored. It's been far too long since I had a good blazer to go with everything.

Tonight, I'm just doing laundry and catching up on TV shows. Strange for someone who isn't into TV. ::)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Jan 13th, 2010 at 3:30pm
Angel, I sent you a pm.

p.s. Will the oral surgeon work with you on making payments perhaps?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jan 13th, 2010 at 10:49pm
Trisha: Yes, they offer financing and I could also use a credit card. But I'm afraid my monthly expenditures are pretty well maxed out right now. :-/

Hair: CWC with Suave lavender lilac conditioner, Pantene Ice Shine shampoo and Pantene Moisture Renewal conditioner. Sprayed both Suave Kids and Kenra leave-in conditioners on the length and used extra serum today since I knew that I would have a trim this evening. Hair stayed down all day, and I gave my scalp a massage just before said trim.
    Scissor lady refused payment after hearing that I'd been out of work since September. So nice of her! I'll definitely remember her in my prayers tonight. Free fresh ends! :D
    Measured the length at 28.75" just before the trim.

Etc. Wanted to indulge a little writing therapy at the coast after my mum started in on me this morning. >:( The weather was perfect - overcast with patches of drizzle along the way; a new CD in the stereo and I sang along. It all went well until I reached the shore and found it nearly impossible to park. People everywhere. And then the sun came out. http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/mad0059.gif

Sometime later, I guess.

The shining sea, the silver sky,
A perfect world before my eyes
Don't be scared, don't you cry
If all the world goes passing by

     -Ian McCulloch, Faith And Healing

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Drear on Jan 14th, 2010 at 8:47am
A very belated happy birthday from here.  Long story.....but I'm taking the time to read everyone's blogs because I WANT TO!  Need to make time for things one wants to do sometimes. 

Do you need to have your wisdom teeth removed?  It wasn't bad for me.  This is probably my clumsy attempt at comfort but it was nothing on having the tonsils out.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Jan 14th, 2010 at 10:11am

Angel wrote on Jan 13th, 2010 at 10:49pm:
    Scissor lady refused payment after hearing that I'd been out of work since September. So nice of her! I'll definitely remember her in my prayers tonight. Free fresh ends! :D

Aw, what a wonderful gesture!   :)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jan 14th, 2010 at 5:48pm
Hair: Clarified. Still using the (slightly diluted) Pantene/Herbal essences clarifying shampoo blend and DWV rinse. Used my sister's Pantene Moisture Renewal conditioner instead of my own. Buahahahaha!
    After spraying on Suave Kids leave-in and air drying, I measured my hair at 27.25". So I lost 1.5" during the trim. My hair definitely seems thicker for it.
    Anyroad, it's now braided as usual and out of the way.

Etc.: Still no news in the job search. :( My UI only lasts until September so they'd better get crackin'. Three and a half months have already flown by without a shred of encouragement. Will it become six months? Nine? :-/

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by kittennoodlesoup on Jan 14th, 2010 at 10:45pm
Well, I couldn't offer any words of encouragement about oral surgery, because my personal experience would probably not be comforting at all! To be fair, they were not my wisdom teeth, so maybe wisdom teeth extraction is done completely differently.  :D

Hooray for the kind scissor lady!

What kind of work are you looking for? Whatever it is, I hope you find something soon!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Drear on Jan 15th, 2010 at 5:21am
Does this mean that if you don't have a job by September, you have nothing and no other options?  I apologize if I sound stupid but I don't know what the unemployment system is like where you are.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jan 15th, 2010 at 9:28pm
Drear: UI lasts for a maximum of one year in CA.

KNS: I am in the clerical/administrative field, and thanks.

Hair: CWC + Suave leave-in spray. Hair's been down all day and the length is greasy in certain areas for some reason. :-? Tonight, I'll try to wash all of my seamless combs, as well as wash all of my hair again tomorrow.
    If I attempt a power walk tonight, I'll braid it. Otherwise...meh.

Etc.: Had an interview set up with a company through yet another soddin' staffing agency until I realized that said company was way out of my commute range. Of course the staffing agency wasn't going to tell me that - I had to drive out there for myself to see just how far it really was - and cursed them all the way back home. What a sham. >:( At least the staffing service won't get commission for using me. Losers.

Ahem. Back to my bass studies...

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jan 17th, 2010 at 11:16am
Hair: Well, it's official. I'm going to colour. Yesterday, I picked up 2 boxes of Level 1 "light brown," which is actually more of a medium chocolate brown, truth be told, so it shouldn't be too drastically different from my natural colour. It's just for fun and should only last about a week...but I'm excited. I haven't dyed my hair in 10 years. I'm going to wait a few days for my skin to clear up before colouring.

The routine this morning will be a CWC with an ACV rinse. Somehow, I managed to lose the cap to the bottle that I used to make vinegar rinses in, so I got a new one yesterday...a strange, torpedo shaped thing. We'll see how it works out.

Leave-ins will be Suave Kids detangler and probably ELOO, as serum hasn't been terribly helpful lately. Style will be contained just in case I end up going to Disneyland later today. I've worn my hair down for the past few days anyway.

Etc.: Yesterday, I discovered that my next big bill isn't due until February, so I finally have a little money to play with. :D Ordered some gorgeous, gothly new goodies from 1928, then headed to the local stores. Whoever said that money can't buy happiness never had to worry about money. It can't buy love, but it most certainly can buy happiness. Dahling. ;)

Anyroad, as mentioned above, my sister & I might drive up to Disneyland today. Her boyfriend will be wrapped up in the playoffs...at least, I think it's the playoffs. :-? Our team is a contender for the Stupid Bowl this year, so everyone's jumping on the blue & gold bandwagon. ::) I don't follow American football.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by la diosa on Jan 17th, 2010 at 5:55pm
Whoa, happy very belated birthday... so sorry I missed that. :(

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jan 19th, 2010 at 12:45am
LD: Very belated thanks.

Hair: Wet. It rained today. I'm not sure my hair ever dried from when it was in the shower. Again, I went out without a hood on (I'm not a fan of umbrellas) and wound up looking like a drowned rat. Fortunately, I carry a few bobby pins in my purse and was able to make a decent bun to combat the homeless chick look.

Routine today was the usual CWC + Suave detangling spray + serum. Just wash & go. I haven't even run a comb through it.

Etc.: Spent the day mall hopping like a giddy, middle class 30-something with money to burn. ::) Picked up a few CD's for my sister's b-day, which is a little over 2 weeks away. Mother Nature bid me to hit the Godiva boutique, ::) and at JCP, I was unable to resist a super cute new top by Bisou Bisou. It has a bit of a gothic edge to it, so eventually, I'd like to replace its current buttons with intricate pewter ones. The only depressing part was having to buy a size larger than I normally wear. :-/ Well, that and having to face the 3-way mirror in the dressing room. :P

Anyroad, while at Target, I also noticed that Sally Hansen's Salon nail polish line had been revamped, so I couldn't resist getting a few new bottles (hehe my name is Angel and I am a nail polish addict). The colours I picked up were Purple Pulse and Midnight In NY. Fabulous.

Well, it's now almost 10:00, so I'd better start getting ready for bed.

Peace and love.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Drear on Jan 19th, 2010 at 4:01am

Stupid Bowl this year, so everyone's jumping on the blue & gold bandwagon.

I never did either.  Thankfully my family doesn't care either so I've not suffered. 

The colours I picked up were Purple Pulse and Midnight In NY. Fabulous.

Just checked them online.  Look fabulous.  I'd like the purple.  The MN in NY is similar to a cheap one that's part of a 15 pack my mom got me for x-mas.  The Blazing Blue is similar to a stable I used to own in several mainstream brands but from discontinued lines.  I'm out of them now though.  Don't think we have SH here but I'll find something similar once our sidewalks thaw up.  I'll be disappointed if Gosh doesn't have that purple or blue.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Jan 19th, 2010 at 10:02am

Angel wrote on Jan 19th, 2010 at 12:45am:
The colours I picked up were Purple Pulse and Midnight In NY. Fabulous.

I was afraid of this...  Well, I guess I can tell you now; the surprise I sent you is a bottle of SH polish in--yes, Midnight in NY.   ::)  LOL  I hope you REALLY like it because now you'll have TWO bottles!   8-)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jan 20th, 2010 at 12:43am
Drear: They are fabulous!

Trisha: Bless your heart. It was as easy as going back and returning the bottle I bought. It means more to have one from a friend. :-*

Hair: Well, it's done. This morning, I did a WCC with no leave-ins and went about my business while it dried (despite the rain). Upon returning home, I ran a comb through my virgin hair, sectioned it and then coloured each section. Left the colour in for over 40 minutes, then rinsed and conditioned with Suave lavender lilac and Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship. Right away, I could tell that my hair was darker. I sprayed Kenra leave-in conditioner on the length and slicked a bit of serum on the ends, then sat in my room with the ceiling fan on full blast.

My family didn't even notice the difference until I mentioned it. It's definitely darker, but subtle. I'd call it Hershey's kiss brown. Milk chocolate. My mother said it looked nice. I'll need a few days to get used to it.
    It seems to accentuate the darker tones in my eyes and it definitely complements my brows better. I'd like to see how my makeup fares with it.

As for now, my hair is in the usual single braid, which was crucial for the rain and for going to the mountains where it's often windy. I'll take it down before bed.

Nails: Total bling. 1 coat silver sparkle, one coat white micro glitter. It's a bit much even for me...though it would be right at home in a Vegas nightclub. Or a Lady Gaga show. ::)

Etc.: Went to Viejas Outlet Center earlier tonight out of boredom; came home with a cute new pair of shoes. Now I won't have to worry about wearing my ratty Ariats to job interviews. ::)

Anyway, as soon as this cucumber face mask dries, I'll finish getting ready for bed and try to catch up on The Biggest Loser. Ciao!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jan 21st, 2010 at 12:03am
Hair: The fake colour has faded quite a bit already. In a few days, it should be back to natural, which I'm looking forward to. It only took this once to reaffirm what I learned all through high school and college: darker hair is nice, but not all it's cracked up to be.
    Plus, I don't like what it's done to the texture at all. It's dry and tangles way more even though it's otherwise healthy. I hope I haven't ruined the natural texture permanently. 'Twould be my luck. >:( I'll do everything I can to revive its condition as the colour fades.

Today's routine was the usual CWC + Suave detangling spray + serum. Style was a flipped ponytail, which got quite messed up between the rain and the hood of my sweatshirt.

Etc.: Woke up early this morning to the sweet sounds of my parents arguing...about my weight of all things. :-[ Exercised for an hour once I finally dragged myself out of bed. God, I wish I lived alone.

Went to the coast for some writing therapy and to indulge my fat a** with a few treats from Starbucks :-X and ended up taking a few shots of the water with my camera phone. One of the cool things about the combination of ocean and rain is that it creates huge waves, which draws both psycho surfers and shutterbugs from their dark, reclusive dwellings. Enjoy the work of my crap composition skills. :P

Ah, "sunny" SoCal.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Curlgirl64 on Jan 21st, 2010 at 9:59am
Love the pics!  Judging by the pics of you in the past,your weight is just fine!  Don't worry about anything!  Just worry about what you think and feel!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by kittennoodlesoup on Jan 22nd, 2010 at 2:28am
I love the photos! Nice and dreary, feels like home.  ;D

I'm reasonably sure that once the color fades, your hair will feel  like normal again. After all, since it's temporary color, it didn't go *into* your hair. So it's just a coating, right? Color fades, coating gone, weird texture poof!

At least, that's how I'm rationalizing it.  8-)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jan 22nd, 2010 at 3:49pm
Curlgirl & KNS: Thanx, guys; and I hope you're both right. ;)

Hair: Gosh, it's after 12:30 and I haven't showered. :P But then, I really haven't been up that long. Once I do finally get my act together, I'm going to clarify and hope that helps with the dye. It's almost faded out anyway.
    The colouring experience was kinda fun but I wouldn't be able to make a long term commitment. When I start going gray, it might be a different story, but I have a good 15 years before I'll have to worry about it.

Etc.: My 1928 jewelry order arrived 2 days ago and I really love most of it. One pair of linear drop earrings will have to go back, though, as they're too big. :-/

Then yesterday, I got Trisha's little surprise in the mail. A bottle of Sally Hansen's Salon nail polish in Midnight In NY as well as a V-day card. Thank you, Trish! Lovely penmanship, by the way. ;) I'm due for a manicure in a few days and I don't think I'll be able to resist trying out this new shade.

Weather-wise, we're overcast today. The rain has been typically gorgeous and dramatic, but I think the majority of it has passed us by now. :( They say this is supposed to be a rainy year for us. We need one!

That's pretty much it for now. I'm off to exercise a little and then clarify my greasy self. Cheers!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by la diosa on Jan 22nd, 2010 at 11:43pm
I like your pics, Angel.  You got some very beautiful shots.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Drear on Jan 25th, 2010 at 6:29am
I like pics of rocks and waves, especially when it's not "perfectly" sunny.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Jan 25th, 2010 at 4:08pm

Angel wrote on Jan 22nd, 2010 at 3:49pm:
Etc.: (snip)
Then yesterday, I got Trisha's little surprise in the mail. A bottle of Sally Hansen's Salon nail polish in Midnight In NY as well as a V-day card. Thank you, Trish! Lovely penmanship, by the way. ;) I'm due for a manicure in a few days and I don't think I'll be able to resist trying out this new shade.

Thanks honey; I pride myself on having good penmanship.  Not everyone cares about that anymore and I think that's unfortunate.   :( 

I'm anxious to hear your opinion about the Midnight in NY and look forward to your review.  --And you're most welcome!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jan 28th, 2010 at 2:53pm
Trisha: Yup, I'm one of the sort who doesn't care much about my own penmanship. It's a wonder if I can get even part of what's in my head down on paper before it flitters away. Nevermind how it looks. Your thoughts are only yours for a split second and it can be tricky to seize them as they strike. It's all my fingers can do to keep up. This is also why I type 80 WPM. ::)
    But I console myself with the notion that geniuses have bad penmanship. ;D

As for Midnight In NY, it's still going strong after day 3, though I do need to touch up a few places. It's a high quality black and the sparkle is subtle enough that it's only visible under certain lighting conditions.

Hair: Air drying at the moment. Did a WCC + the usual leave-ins. Recently, I've become rather fascinated with the idea of tea staining. I've combined my Suave and Kenra leave-in detangling sprays and infused them with tea, and I try to do tea rinses every morning at the end of my shower. Feeling more British all the time. ::)

Style du jour will just be a single braid, I think. Nothing special. Although after seeing the long braids on the creatures in Avatar last night, I don't want anyone to think I'm trying to copy the movie. :P

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jan 29th, 2010 at 9:31pm
Hair: CWC with an ACV rinse, then a coffee rinse at the very end. All of the dye seems to have washed out, but the texture is still extremely tangle-prone. >:( Even my leave-ins don't help as much as they used to. I wish I had time to deep condition once a week.

Anyroad, today I braided, yesterday I didn't. A few days ago, I tried my signature twisted updo - first one since the trim. Found it's much easier to gather my hair into a high ponytail while remaining upright than flipping my hair upside down and putting a ponytail in at the top of my head. Much less of a hassle too.

Picked up a drawer organizer to help organize the tools and accessories in my hair drawer. Heh heh...you know you're obsessed when...

Etc.: Just realized it's Friday already. The days all seem to run together without a steady work schedule and it's easy to lose track.

My friend T was messing with the super bright flash feature on my camera phone while we were at a coffeehouse a few nights ago and snapped this winning shot of yours truly. He said I looked like The Joker.

Why so serious?

Ordered remasters of the first 2 Echo & The Bunnymen albums today. Believe it or not, I still don't have any of the Beatles remasters either. :o Better get crackin'.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jan 30th, 2010 at 10:12pm
It had to happen, I guess. Oy.

Must've decided to take a shower too late in the day because halfway through it, my sister's bf started rattling the bathroom door off of its hinges and yelling at me to get out because he needed a shower too. >:( After about the 3rd (4th?) time, I yelled back at him to bugger off. Then, the games began.
    Immediately, the water temperature began fluctuating between warmish and ice cold. Then, it turned off completely. *sigh* We're back to this crap again, are we? It's an old trick. My parents used to do this to me constantly the last time I lived with them. It didn't make me go faster then, and it won't now. Apparently, my sister's guy can't resist control games either.
    When they oh-so-generously allowed the water to come back on, I hastily finished and got out of there...but not without first coating the bottom of the bathtub with 2 mini bottles of their fancy bamboo crème conditioner, hoping that when he did get his precious 5 minute shower, he'd slip and fall right on his fat scuffer butt. http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/evilgrin0027.gif
    "There is ever a flaw, however, in the best laid of human plans..." For all of his fussing, he never went in to have a shower so I'll have to clean in there before tomorrow. >:(
    Needless to say, my opinion of the guy (I certainly won't say man) has dropped a few notches.

Ahem. Decided to toss the tea-infused Kenra/Suave Kids leave-in spray and go back to my beloved Pantene Detangling. Ahhh...
    Also decided to nix the coffee and tea rinses until my hair's natural silky texture returns. It's still not 100%, but it's coming back. Clarifying tomorrow might help...if I'm bloody able to do so without interruption. >:(

Hair has stayed down all day. I might do a S&D before the night is through.

Anyroad, that's what's going on in Angel's realm for the moment. Another painful reminder of how badly I need to move out again.


Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Curlgirl64 on Feb 1st, 2010 at 8:09am
LOL!!  The plan sounded great!!!  I think I would have put vaseline on the shower faucets!  The nerve of some people to be so rude as to tell you to get out of the shower!!!!!!
Too bad he never got to take a shower..............

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Feb 1st, 2010 at 11:46am
What a jacka$$.   >:(

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Feb 1st, 2010 at 10:02pm
Trisha: Hear, hear. >:(

Curlgirl: ;D That's brilliant. Wish I'd thought of that.

Hair: Clarified yesterday (without interruption) with the Pantene/Herbal Essences clarifying blend and a DWV rinse. Began using Pantene Volume conditioner. The only leave-in was Pantene Detangling. Style was a single braid, which came in handy when the family went to Disneyland for the night. My mother and sister took turns playing with my braid - my mother said that it was so neat and even that it looked to have been done by a machine.
    My father couldn't resist a few "Hop Sing" comments. ::)

Today was a CWC with an ACV rinse. Began using Pantene Volume shampoo. Leave-ins were Pantene Detangling spray on the length and FX serum on the ends. Measured in today at 27.5" and my hair has stayed down all day. My new mission is to restore its texture. I'll definitely think twice before coloring ever again. >:(

Etc.: As mentioned above, we went to Disneyland last night: my parents, my sister and her bf, and myself. My friend (haha I almost typed "fiend") T met us up there for a total of 6.
    We started the evening off at Ariel's Grotto for cocktails and appetizers. My parents have this thing about getting lobster nachos there every time they go. :P I don't touch the stuff, so I ordered the artichoke dip and pretty soon everyone else at the table was diving into it, and even ordered another. ;D
    For the record, my drink was non-alcoholic, though I probably don't really need to mention that.

Anywho, we were able to get on one ride at Disney's CA Adventure, which was a Toy Story 3-D game ride, after which my sis & I Scoused about 5 pairs of 3-D glasses. ::)

Then, it was over to the main park for more rides. Space Mountain was first and everyone had different ideas for what to do for the picture at the end. My father and my sister's bf both acted like they were sleeping, my sister pretended to throw up in her purse, I put on a pair of the stolen 3-D glasses and put my hands over my mouth and T pretended to be on his cell phone. We should buy some of the pix we get on that ride, I swear.

Anyway, after a few more rides, the park closed and after saying goodbye to T, I embarked on the 2 hour drive home in my mother's SUV with her riding shotgun and everyone else zonked in the back. It was a decent drive - hardly anyone else on the road and decent music on the radio (most of the time). That's one of the things I love most. Give me music and an open road and I'll drive forever, especially at night.

Anyway, we made it to bed around 2 AM.

Today, I've been shopping. Couldn't resist. And my CD's arrived today. That was quick. :D

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Drear on Feb 2nd, 2010 at 3:41am

My parents used to do this to me constantly the last time I lived with them. It didn't make me go faster then, and it won't now. Apparently, my sister's guy can't resist control games either.

This falls outside of my understanding of humor.  It borders bullying to me.  It really winds me up but I never let it show and I don't give in to it! >:(  *Ough!*  Reading that just hit a nerve.  I'll examine that later. ;)

My parents have this thing about getting lobster nachos there every time they go

I ordered the artichoke dip

Never had nachos either way but both sounds good to me.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Feb 2nd, 2010 at 9:00pm
Drear: You grew up in CA and have never had nachos. Okey dokey...

Hair: Heavy overnight ELOO treatment last night. WCC this morning with the Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition trio that I got for Christmas. Leave-ins were Pantene Detangling and more ELOO. Was intentionally heavy handed with the latter. Spent all day air drying, and I just got it all back in a braid.

My name is Angel and I'm a nail polish addict. ::)
    Picked up a few more today, including a new Maybelline color called Denim Dash, which actually looks nothing like denim, but is a gorgeous cobalt blue. It may be the next one I put on whenever I get around to doing a new manicure. Perhaps Friday.

In Macy's this afternoon, a wangsta guy stopped me on my way out, "Miss?"
I reluctantly turned to face him.
"You dropped your smile," he said. Ugh, really? I think my only response was something between an exaspirated chuckle and a sigh before making a quick exit. Behind me, I could hear him calling with a cocky tone, "Like that?"
Yeah, I like that. Try it on all the ladies. Dork. http://smilieshq.com/smilies/rolleye0014.gif

Woke up this morning with mad post nasal drip. I may be getting sick again. >:(

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Feb 3rd, 2010 at 10:47am

My name is Angel and I'm a nail polish addict.

8-)  You could do worse.  (I see my bottle!! *squee*) 


Definition = wannabe gangsta? 

Yeah, I like that. Try it on all the ladies. Dork.


Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Drear on Feb 4th, 2010 at 3:14am

You grew up in CA and have never had nachos. Okey dokey...

I apologize for the misunderstanding there.  I've had nachos, we can buy them here too but it's the dips I haven't had.  I've been pretty conservative with tomato salsa, sour cream, cheese, and guacamole.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Feb 4th, 2010 at 3:09pm
Trisha: Correct, wangsta = wannabe gangsta, more specifically a white, suburban-raised wannabe gangsta. ::)

Drear: Your loss. ::)

Hair: CWC last 2 days. Still using Suave daily clarifying light conditioner with Pantene Volume S&C.
    Pantene Detangling leave-in spray on the length both days, ELOO on the ends; although yesterday, I allowed my hair to air dry completely before applying the ELOO.
    Yesterday's style was a single braid. Today....eh. We'll see what happens once it's finished drying.

Etc.: My sister's watching some TV show about teenage murderers, including the cowardly $#&% who shot up our old high school. Hard to believe he'll be eligible for parole in 2052...or ever, for that matter. >:( I can only hope that prison life offers him a taste of hell before he goes there permanently...and I hope he finds it much worse than he imagined.

Ahem. Predictably, I have come down sick yet again. >:( It isn't too bad; more of an inconvenience than anything else, though it hurts to talk or sing at the moment. I don't talk much anyway, so it's not a huge deal. Just a pain in the arse.

Anyone have thoughts on the "We Are The World" remake yet? I dunno how I feel about the supposed new hip hop sound. Of course, I'm going to try to be objective and withhold judgment until I've heard it for myself in its entirety. Just hope is isn't too dreadfully ghetto. :-/
    Although, if Kanye West is involved, what more can we expect? "Ima letchu sing...but Beyoncé had one of the best solos of all time!" ::)

What else...? Definitely need a new manicure tomorrow, job market still sucks, might have to relocate, decided to keep the linear 1928 earrings that I'd planned to return.


Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by kittennoodlesoup on Feb 4th, 2010 at 10:57pm
; ;
Sorry you are sick, and that the job woes are continuing to hound you. On the very slightly bright side, relocating for a job would mean no longer having to booby trap the bathroom?

My lack of culture strikes again. Can't say that I even knew there was a, I'm guessing song? called We Are The World, let alone a remake.

Get well soon!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by kittennoodlesoup on Feb 4th, 2010 at 11:16pm
btw, I forgot to mention that I adore your new avatar. <3

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Drear on Feb 5th, 2010 at 3:47am
I hope you get well soon.  Are those art deco style earrings? 

Hmmm...I remember a Danish collaboration like 'We Are The World' came out first then the international/American music community caught on and did 'We Are The World' I can't even remember the title or lyrics to the Danish collaboration.  I didn't know there was going to be a remake.  I know who those two artists are by name but I usually only listen to new music no one else listens to or old music no one else listens to any more. ;D

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Feb 5th, 2010 at 9:06pm
Drear: Thanx for the well wishes. No, the earrings aren't art deco. The company describes their style as "gothic".

"We Are The World" certainly wasn't the first charity single, nor was it the first to be remade, but it was probably the most famous. Didn't know there was a Danish collaboration, but I don't follow Danish music.

KNS: Thanx for the sympathy. I do appreciate it. And thanx for the compliment on my new av. :)
    Yes, relocating would mean I'd have my own bathroom. No booby trapping required! ;D

And yes, "We Are The World" was a single written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and recorded by tons of famous people in 1985 for African famine relief. You might be just young enough not to remember it, though it was a pop culture phenomenon.

For anyone else who has spent the last 25 years living on another planet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzw6GiqZyD0

The new version premiers on television February 12th before the Winter Olympics and will benefit victims of the Haiti earthquake.

Hair: Another heavy ELOO treatment overnight. Washed out this morning with Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition shampoo, which is essentially a slimecoat. ::) I had hoped to do a conditioning treatment this morning while my mother & sister were out working the horses, but they never went. :( So I squeezed the extra water out of my hair with a microfiber towel, applied loads of Triple Nutrition 3-Minute Undo and left it in my hair until the end of my shower as a sort of mini-treatment. Finished with Triple Nutrition conditioner.

Leave-ins are the same as yesterday. Pantene Detangling on the length, ELOO on the ends. Hair has been down all day, and I suspect it will stay that way.

Etc.: Nails are now a deep cobalt blue with a subtle glitter topcoat. Glitter wasn't part of the original plan, but became necessary after I was ordered to do the dishes before my nails were dry (thus ruining a perfect manicure). So I swept a little more cobalt blue over the damaged areas, then applied a clearcoat with a subtle sparkle to hide any flaws. Finished with a regular clearcoat and voilà.
    Ok, so cobalt blue nails with glitter on top is totally high school, but it honestly isn't that bad. The glitter is extremely fine and sparse and only visible under certain light. This is me being insecure over nothing as usual. ::)

My sister has decided that she wants to go to an 18+ honkytonk for her b-day tomorrow. Here we go. ::)
    Not that I think it will be too nightmarish, I've just become extremely jaded with the honkytonk scene over the years. I grew up in it. I was there in its heyday and I watched it deteriorate to its current condition, and it's probably because of that that I find no joy in it now. I don't drink, I'm not looking to hook up with some random, drunk cowboy for the night and it's probably been years since I've linedanced or anything like that. Not that any of the "new country" music is worth dancing to anyway.
    But we'll see. Maybe mommy will buy me a Shirley Temple and I'll get out and do an electric slide with the girls and feel like I'm 14 again. With my sparkly blue nails. ::) Anyway...

At the moment, I'm contemplating walking nearly 6 miles, instead of driving, to drop off my UI claim at the post office. With the hills and the cold air and everything, it could be quite a trek, though I could probably use the exercise. Plus, my car has no gas at the moment. What's the worst that could happen? I'll get sick? I'm already sick. :P
Decisions, decisions...

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by la diosa on Feb 6th, 2010 at 12:28am
I was against the remake for a myriad of reasons.  The main one being that Michael isnt' around to participate.  Secondly, when I saw some of the singers they've enlisted, I wanted to barf. 

However, I came to the conclusion that this "remake" is being done to light a fire under another generation.  It's being done for charity. 

I think a re release of the original would be cool, but the younger kids may not relate to it (not being familiar with the original singers) and therefore may not even like it, which wouldn't benefit the charity.  So in the name of charity.  If the kids like it, buy it, and the money helps a lot of people, so be it. 

Although, the first one will always be my favorite and I haven't even heard the remake yet. 

I also think that Michael would be honored that this is being done.  He worked with Kanye West and The Black Eye Peas for the Thriller anniversary remix.  Personally, I didn't like it.  I never liked most of his colaborations (outside of Paul McCartney) but he seemed okay with the contemporary artists so, who am I to say? 

Anyway, did you see "This Is It" yet?  The would be perfomances I'm sure would've been great, but my favorite parts are when he speaks and gives his opinions... sometimes in diva like fashion. I love it! :)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Drear on Feb 6th, 2010 at 9:17am
I like those earrings.  I think they have Whitby jet appeal.

I can't comment on the evolution of the honky tonk sound since I've probably only heard some of the post WWII stuff.  I stopped listening to bluegrass and country in the mid 90s and I still prefer the bluegrass and country from the early-70s I grew up on.  I only regularly listen to Emmylou Harris from the 70s.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by kittennoodlesoup on Feb 6th, 2010 at 1:19pm
Ah, that would explain it.
I did grow up on another planet.  ;D
No, seriously. I appall all of my coworkers and friends with my blatant lack of any kind of culture or cultural knowledge/history.
For all intents and purposes, I crawled out from under a rock sometime around 2000.

I will be interested in hearing the remake.

I also say go for the walk! If you're not busy today, and you take it easy, (and it's not 2 feet of snow like it is here) walking can be very very nice.  :)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Feb 6th, 2010 at 6:27pm
La Diosa: Nope, I still haven't seen This Is It. I'm half hoping that my sister will get the DVD or something. :-/ And I agree about inspiring charity in the younger gens, but couldn't they have just as easily done that with an original song? Remakes are almost never as good as the originals and it's always disappointing to see crappy new versions of timeless classics.

Drear: Early 70's country was hokey as heck, though most of it was at least country, which is more than can be said for the crap that wears the label now.
    Bluegrass, fortunately, is a timeless style, like classical. It sounds the same regardless of which decade it's played in. But you'll never hear bluegrass in a honkytonk.

KNS: How sad to impose limits on yourself. Bless your heart.
    Went for the walk last night. All 5-6 miles of it, in the rain. It was glorious...except for the blisters on my toes and the creeper who kept asking questions. :P

Hair: Kept it down while walking last night and the rain and the hood of my jacket wound it into a giant rat's nest. >:( It's alright now, though, after a good CWC and the usual leave-ins. It's still a bit damp, as it's wont to be on rainy days. Not that I'm complaining.
    Not sure what I'll do with it tonight but it will need some type of contained style.

Etc.: My little sis has spent most of the day shopping online. Earlier today, I hung her giftbag on the end of my guitar and went into her room to sing her Happy Birthday with a little bass accompaniment. Cheesiness is big in this family. ::) But she got a kick out of it and she loves the CD's I gave her.
    Tonight, we're off to the club with our 18-year-old cousin and a bunch of my sister's friends. The music will suck, no doubt, but I keep earplugs in my purse. ::)

The 'rents have declared today a cleaning day, so I'd best go and finish the bathroom and dishes, lest mum unleash another 3-hour rant. http://smilieshq.com/smilies/rolleye0014.gif

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by la diosa on Feb 6th, 2010 at 10:32pm

but couldn't they have just as easily done that with an original song?

Valid point.  Too bad they didn't think of that. :-/

Remakes are almost never as good as the originals and it's always disappointing to see crappy new versions of timeless classics.

I agree.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by kittennoodlesoup on Feb 6th, 2010 at 11:29pm
I'm not trying to impose limitations on myself.
My range of cultural experience is just about the same as a 10 year old. Didn't really grow up with radio or TV or anybody who was culturally connected with the US in the 70's 80's and 90's. So, cultural awareness didn't really happen until I'd left home for college. Now. I could probably rival you on radio hits from the 30's and 40's.  ::)

Glad to hear you enjoyed your walk. Friends and I used to take longish walks in the rain when we were in college. It was very relaxing.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Feb 7th, 2010 at 2:56pm
Didn't really grow up with radio or TV or anybody who was culturally connected with the US in the 70's 80's and 90's. So, cultural awareness didn't really happen until I'd left home for college.

True, true...I guess we can't all grow up in the cultural mélange south of Tinseltown and have musical lineages. Dahling. 8-) Gawd, you did not just pull the "underprivileged kid" card. ::) Ignorance is a choice, my dear, nothing more. ;)

Now. I could probably rival you on radio hits from the 30's and 40's. ::)

Is that so? I didn't realize there was a competition. ::) Are you into standards, traditional, big band, swing, neo-classical? Or are you more a Harlem jazz type gal? Perhaps a bit of everything? It really doesn't surprise me, though, considering that you live in the city which gave us the first commercial radio station.
    A few years ago, I had the occasion to attend a going away party for a Los Angeles-based vintage radio station when it went off the air. It was held on Catalina Island in a building called The Casino, which is rarely open to the public. Huge brass band, lots of old swing tunes and standards. Quite the shindig. No doubt you'd have loved it. ;) I wish that the pictures I took had come out clearly...not that they'd do it justice.
    As it happens, 2 of my father's favourite XM Radio stations are 30's on 3 and 40's on 4, so I listen to them often if I happen to be in his car. He's actually kind of obsessed with anything pertaining to that era...it's cute. So yep, I more or less know where you're coming from.

Hair: Must clarify. Today. The texture of my hair must have recovered from coloring by now, though the ends are still a bit wonky. They don't seem to want to cooperate with serum or ELOO, as if they're determined to remain dry out of spite or something. I mustn't be so impulsive with my hair if it's going to hold grudges. ::)

Thus, it will be the usual clarifying routine today. Pantene/Herbal Essences clarifying shampoo blend, DWV rinse, conditioner, leave-in spray, single braid. This might be the highlight of my day.

Etc.: Ended up not going to the cowboy club with my sister and the gang last night since a.) I'd forgotten about the cover charge, and b.) was starting to feel run down again. Turned out to be a sort of omen because I woke up feeling like crap again this morning. Not sure if this is Act 2 or just a lousy encore.
    Everyone else seemed to have a good time though. They all drank, danced and rode the mechanical bull. Well, except for my cousin...she didn't drink.

Anyroad, as much as I'd love to get out and do something today, the fates just won't allow it. So, it's another day sitting home, being sick and surfing the web. Ah, the glamorous rock & roll life... http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/indifferent0018.gif

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Feb 8th, 2010 at 10:24pm
Hair: Pretty sure I showered in record time this morning after getting into a semi-homeless frame of mind. Applied Pantene Volume conditioner from the ears down and washed the scalp with the matching shampoo. Rinsed both out simultaneously, then threw my hair into a shower cap while finishing the rest. This might actually be a good way to get rid of the current stash of products in my room. I'll need to toughen up a bit before I'm able to simulate actual beach showers in my bathroom...jet spray, cold water only. It may come in handy should homelessness ever become a reality.

The usual leave-ins and single braid. Hair seems to be behaving in the usual manor.

Etc.: Spent the entire day cleaning my room, stripping it almost entirely of clutter and décor. Not a skull in sight. :( But the fact is I'd rather have all of my own stuff safely stored in one place to make a quick exit easier if I end up getting kicked out of my parents' house for whatever reason. Not saying it will or won't happen, just that I'd rather be prepared. Besides, I'd rather save all of it for when I eventually have my own place again, where my property will be respected. That and it will complement the rest of my décor, which is also patiently waiting for the chance to spring out of its storage boxes and transform even the most boring, beige apartment chamber into a spoooookie haven. It'll happen. Hopefully sooner than later. :-/

For now, the guest room that I stay in is simply that. An Edwardian guest room in my parents' house, devoid of clutter and any major hints of its current inhabitant's personality.
    Has anyone ever noticed the distinct calm that comes with cleanliness?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Curlgirl64 on Feb 9th, 2010 at 9:15am
Calmness,stressless and a feeling of ahhhhh, when things are clutterless and clean! :)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by la diosa on Feb 9th, 2010 at 3:55pm

Has anyone ever noticed the distinct calm that comes with cleanliness?

Uh, yeah.  I can't live in clutter, it drives me nuts nor can I function in it.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Feb 9th, 2010 at 6:40pm
Curlgirl: Precisely.

La Diosa: Same here. I can admit to being a bit of a neat freak...I've always said it beats the alternative. ::) People have complimented my room when I thought it was a complete disaster. Call me anything but lazy. ::)

Hair: Another CW...is that the technical term for it? Well it is now. Pantene Volume conditioner on the length, matching shampoo on the scalp, rinsed out together.
    Leave-ins were Pantene Detangling & ELOO. I was a bit heavy handed with the latter on purpose. Since my hair doesn't get the same level of conditioning with the CW method, I can compensate with extra oil or serum.

Did a S&D for an hour on the back right quarter of my hair. At first, I didn't think it would make much of a difference, but there are noticeably fewer L-shaped ends poking out in that area. Success. :) My mission is to devote as much time to the other 3 sections over the next 3 days. I could see doing this once a month if necessary.

Etc.: To state the obvious, it sucks to be broke. Particularly when the weather is beautiful and you want nothing more than to go running around town in it, but you're out of gas and your car is in desperate need of maintenance. Such is life.

Still no luck with the job search, obviously. The local unemployment rate is at an all time high, so I at least have the reassurance of not being alone. I can only imagine how tough it must be for the people who have much bigger obligations than I do, like house payments and kids.


Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by fisher2 on Feb 10th, 2010 at 2:17pm
angel i know your alive get on aim more or unblock me if u accadently did

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Feb 11th, 2010 at 4:04pm
Blaaah. Just a quick check-in.

Finally got sick of the "homeless" routine and resumed my old showering habits. I'm a bit high maintenance, sure, but it's somewhat reassuring to know that I can scrape by if necessary.

Washed my hair root to tip with Pantene Volume shampoo and followed with an ACV rinse. Conditioned once with Pantene Moisture Renewal & once more with Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship conditioners.
    Pantene Detangling leave-in spray on the length and ELOO on the ends. Was a bit heavy handed with the latter again when I didn't need to be. In fact, I probably should have used serum instead. Oops. :-/

The job market is still absolute crap. Thank God for unemployment. Speaking of which, I need to get my broke arse to the bank. Catch yous layta.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Feb 13th, 2010 at 5:28pm
Hair: CWC both yesterday & today with the usual leave-ins. The end treatment always seems to be heavy handed and overdone, whether it's serum or ELOO. :-/ So braids have been a necessity. :-/
    So far as this month's S&D project, I only have half of my hair done. Unlike most people here, I don't have hours of free time to spend snipping my hair, nor the patience for it even if I had. Taking breaks, it seems, is inevitable. :-/ So long as I get it all done before the month is over...

Etc.: Spent last night watching the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics and then a few movies with my sister when she came home. The past few evenings, in fact, have been movie nights, which is quite unusual for me. I'm not a "spend ungodly amounts of time in front of the TV" kind of person. Thursday, we watched This Is It; last night, it was The Notebook and PS. I Love You; tonight, it should be Tristan & Isolde. Nothing like catching each other up on tragic chick flicks. ::)

Earlier this afternoon, I was out running errands all over town with my sis and was able to find her a new purse on sale that she's absolutely in love with. Ivory faux snakeskin. Heh.
    In the car, she enlightened me to the fact that guys pick their noses while driving...all the time. If they happen to catch her looking, she'll make a really disgusted face and embarrass the crap out of them. ;D Something to keep in mind.

Tomorrow, I'm off to a local English pub for music trivia night with my friend, T.  It didn't even register to either of us at first that it will be Valentine's Day. Suppose we may as well disregard it together since neither of us are spoken for. ::)

Anyroad, my nails need redone if I'm to make a public appearance tomorrow. Cheers!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Feb 14th, 2010 at 8:33pm
Hair: Began the week with the usual clarifying routine. The only leave-in was Pantene Detangling spray starting about halfway down the length.
    Gave another section of my hair the S&D treatment. Only one quarter left and I'm done for the month.
    Style du jour is a single braid.

Tomorrow, I've decided, will be a total hair day since my parents are out of town. I'm going to wash, do an ACV rinse, then a conditioning treatment, then condition. Hopefully finish my S&D mission if the mood strikes and I have time.

Etc.: Decided against the pub tonight, but my nails are indeed redone in high quality black with a silver sparkle topcoat. Rock & roll. ;)

A 4.5 earthquake in Baja shook the house a bit today. Heh. They're predicting a bigger one before the 22nd.

As for V-day, not much to report. I got a card and a ton of candy from the 'rents as well as an evening to myself. Ahh...
Happy Heart Day, folks. http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/love0031.gif

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Feb 15th, 2010 at 5:58pm
Hair: Mixed up another shampoo blend yesterday - hopefully the second to last one I'll ever do. Pantene Volume with TRESemmé Anti-Breakage. Washed root to tip yet again and followed with an ACV rinse.
    Decided to use my parents' shower this morning and forgot to bring my own shower cap, so I had to use my mum's. And I swear, every time I have to use a showerhead other than my own, it makes me all the more grateful for mine. All other showerheads seem grossly inferior. I must remember to get another one before I move out.

But anyway, since my parents were still at Disneyland this morning, I was finally able to do a deep conditioning treatment for the first time in God knows how long. Left it in for an hour, then rinsed and chased with my mother's John Frieda Radiant Red conditioner, which is an opaque red gel that could basically double as fake blood. ;D

Today's only leave-in was Pantene Detangling, and I sprayed on a little less than usual. Even still, the ends of my hair are quite slick with gunk. :P So there's the problem - not the end treatments, but the spray conditioner. Perhaps I should switch back to Suave Kids. :-/

Anyroad, no style today as yet. For the past few days, it's been the usual single braid if anything.

As for using my mum's shower cap, it's cloth lined and ended up getting wet, so I've set it in the backyard, in the sun, so it can dry. :-/

Etc.: What a dreadfully boring day. All I've done so far is clean up the house, look for work and gorge on V-day goodies. :P
    Of course, it could be much worse, so I'll count my blessings for now.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Feb 17th, 2010 at 12:06am
Hair: CWC + Detangling spray. No style. It's been down all day for the wind to have its way with. Oddly enough, it isn't tangled that badly.

Etc.: Nothing else to report, so I thought I'd share a few pix from the coast today for those suffering the "winter blahs". http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/confused0082.gif Enjoy...or seethe with jealousy and tell me how much you hate me. [smiley=happy.gif]

Spotted this little guy when I arrived.

Palm trees lining the streets...not just for Hollywood postcards. They're everywhere down here.

Just like the sun.

This particular section of the coast is home to rocky cliffs, which the waves erode over time, carving big caves like these.
The entrance to this one is reinforced.

The exit.

Another cave.

If spelunking isn't your bag, you may appreciate more peaceful settings.

Finish the day with an authentic SoCal sunset.

80°F "winters" just aren't the same. :-/

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Curlgirl64 on Feb 17th, 2010 at 11:00am
Really nice pics!  It's nice to see palm trees instead of the mucky snow here!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Feb 18th, 2010 at 10:58am
80°F "winters" just aren't the same.

I'll trade locales with you!!   8-)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Feb 19th, 2010 at 2:06am
Curlgirl64: Thanx. :)

Trisha: Gladly!

Hair: Another CWC + Detangling spray routine. Style du jour was my signature twisted updo but it has since come down for bed. Still haven't gotten around to that last S&D section. :-[
Etc.: Congrats to fellow long haired San Diegan Shaun White for taking gold in yesterday's halfpipe event in Vancouver. Nice job, lad.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Curlgirl64 on Feb 19th, 2010 at 10:51am
Wasn't Shaun's routine fenominal? I was watching that,the skiing with Lindsay Vonn and the men's hockey.
When I spoke with my mother I was shocked to learn that she knew who he was and what he did!!  She knew about him before he won the gold.  My mother is 70.  Not too shabby for being hip at 70!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Feb 19th, 2010 at 11:36pm
Curlgirl: He did quite well, yeah. Lindsay Vonn did too.

Hair: Friday WTC. It's been awhile since I could make that claim. ;) My mother and sister went to work horses this morning, so I had time. I've learned that I can get away with about 45-50 minutes of a conditioning treatmet before they come back from the ranch, which is better than not treating at all. Between random deep conditioning treatments while the family is away and overnight heavy oilings, my hair might get the moisture it needs after all.
    Although, I must confess that I don't care much for the new shampoo blend I made. The TRESemmé seems to be very drying, just as I remember, so I might just dump the mix, go back to my diluted Ice Shine and save the TRESemmé crap for non-hair cleaning. :P
    Ice Shine. Hehe. That makes me smile.

Anyway, today's leave-ins were Pantene Detangling spray and Kenra serum. The latter of which is too heavy and made my hair stringy and greasy looking. :P It may have to get dumped as well. I only bought it for the bottle anyway. ::)


You Are The Brain

You're the type of person who's always on, always churning.
You are alert and quick to react. You like to stay busy.

You are responsible but also demanding. You take up a lot of energy.
You are someone of deep mystery. There's a lot below the surface that's hard to figure out.

What Internal Organ Are You?

Blogthings: Quizzes and Tests and Memes, Oh My!

I been up to Villiers Terrace
I been in a daze for days
There's people rollin' 'round on your carpet
Bitin' wool and pullin' string
You said people rolled on the carpet, boys
But I never thought they'd do those things

    -Echo & The Bunnymen, Villiers Terrace

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Feb 20th, 2010 at 1:59pm
Hair: Nothing yet. It's Saturday and I'm not a morning person. 'Nough said.
    When I finally do get it together, though, I'll do a CWC + Detangling spray and ELOO as leave-ins. Maybe a flipped ponytail for style - I haven't done one of those in awhile. Hey, that rhymed.

Etc.: Taking it easy this morning. My window is wide open and I've been watching and listening to the rain outside. There are annoying patches of sun on occasion.
    Tonight, I'll be glued to the telly for more Olympic drama.

You Are a Zebra Print

You are a very unique and special person. And you like to surround yourself with similarly unique people.
It's hard for you to compromise with other people. You do things your own way, and you can be a bit stubborn at times.

You are intelligent and perceptive. You have a very interesting take on the world, and you tend to see things a bit differently.
You are always growing, changing, and learning. You question limits and always challenge yourself to do more.

What Animal Print Are You?

Her weapons were her crystal eyes
Making every man mad
Black as the dark night she was
Got what no one else had

    -Shocking Blue, Venus

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Feb 21st, 2010 at 6:19pm
Hair: CWC with an ACV rinse. Leave-ins were Pantene Detangling spray and Kenra serum. The latter isn't terribly heavy as I managed to only use a small drop. In fact, my hair is behaving so well today that it would be a shame to have to put it up, which I'll end up doing if I wear my hoodie out.

Etc.: Yesterday, my eyes were assaulted by what appeared to be boogers on one of the walls in my shower. http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/confused0072.gif As though my sister's bf had done a farmer blow in there (which would be bad enough) and not cleaned up afterwards. Ah, the joys of having another male roommate. http://smilieshq.com/smilies/rolleye0014.gif
    Not that I'm accusing him of anything. I'm not saying that's what happened, just what appeared to have happened. Either way, I spent part of last night cleaning in there, singing to the tune of Echo & The Bunnymen's Pictures On My Wall, "booooogers on my waaaaall....are about to melt and faaall....blow it...all....blow it...aaaaaaall..."
    Anyway, just thought I'd share. You're welcome. ::)

On a totally different note, the weather here has been tolerable, not breaking 70°F, with occasional bouts of rain. Much more appropriate for February than the pseudo-summer we had last week.

That's about it for now. Back to music and other diversions for weekend ennui. *dance*

When I see you comin', I just have to run
You're not good and you certainly aren't very much fun
When I see you walking down the street,
I step on your hand and I mangle your feet
You're not the kind of person that I'd even want to meet
'Cause you're so vicious
Baby, you're so vicious

       -Lou Reed, Vicious

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Feb 22nd, 2010 at 1:59pm
I never thought I'd say this but...apparently I am a liver.   :-?

You Are The Liver

You are a very versatile, adept person. You are able to do many jobs.
You seek balance at all times. You are good at adjusting yourself to keep things level.

You are able to counteract bad influences. You can neutralize anything toxic.
You are resilient like no one else. You can rebuild yourself completely if you need to.

What Internal Organ Are You?

Blogthings: If Quizzes Are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Take Quizzes            

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Drear on Feb 22nd, 2010 at 2:52pm
Just got caught up with your photos.  They're great.  My uncle sent me photos of plants and flowers that are already coming out of the ground in Ojai.  I enjoyed your photos.  I'm envious, not jealous.  I'm glad you have such fantastic nature around you though I appreciate different kinds of nature and quite like the nature around here as well.  Oh, and I don't hate you. :)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Feb 23rd, 2010 at 1:28am
Trisha: Interesting results. ;)

Drear: Thanx, but aren't jealous & envious roughly the same thing? It's good to not be hated. ::)

Hair: The usual routine. CWC + Detangling spray + serum. Meh. One of these days, I'll get around to doing a S&D on the last section of my hair.

Etc.: Participated in a random online Q&A sesh with Apolo Ohno this morning. That was fun. Also found out that one of my fave bands were (supposedly) releasing their US tour dates today. Stoke! :D

The good mood was short lived, however. My father barged into my room with another car bill, informed me that I probably only had a few more unemployment checks coming and said that he would sell my car if I could no longer afford it. Of course, he took the usual domineering, threatening tone. Sigh...

Thus, I spent the rest of the day despondent, frantically searching for work and contemplating everything from relocation to suicide. Not fun.
    Then, I looked up UI procedures in my state and found that extensions were automatic, so I'll hopefully be safe a bit longer. Hopefully. :-/ Da[r]n this recession!
    Since my mother is living on unemployment as well, I thought I'd relay the news...which was naturally met with her usual blend of skepticism, imminent doom and false accusations. http://smilieshq.com/smilies/rolleye0014.gif You're welcome, mother.

Once again retreating to my chamber, I threw my hands up. I can't control how they are, nor did I make them that way. It isn't my fault. And while I may not be able to ignore their negative bs completely, I don't have to be swallowed by it.

Tomorrow, I'm returning a lady's call about a job. My nails are stripped and clipped with the tips rounded. Short, clean and natural...just in case I get called in for an interview.
    It's crucial to remain positive and focused. Think positive, do positive. Anything's possible.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Feb 23rd, 2010 at 9:44am

I can't control how they are, nor did I make them that way. It isn't my fault. And while I may not be able to ignore their negative bs completely, I don't have to be swallowed by it.

It's crucial to remain positive and focused. Think positive, do positive. Anything's possible.

Yes!  Yes, yes and yes!  I know it's difficult to stay positive within the confines of your, um, "environment", shall we say, right now, but keep trying to maintain that, my gothy girl.  Attitude is everything and positive vibes are key.  *hugs*   http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-gen013.gif

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Feb 23rd, 2010 at 7:10pm
Trisha: Thanks, lady. :)

Hair: Another CWC today. Leave-ins were Pantene Detangling spray and ELOO. The latter is a bit heavy, but it's alright. It went into a twisted updo as soon as it was dry.

Etc.: No interview today. My contact person flaked. >:( Whatever. At least I held up my end of the bargain.
    Sent out 2 more résumés to different companies that seem to be a better match for me anyway. Didn't miss a beat. No regrets. ;)

After a long hiatus, the band is getting together for a jam on Thursday. Guess I should brush up on those harmonies. ::)

In other music news, Echo & The Bunnymen will unfortunately not be playing anywhere near me on their return trip to the states. Blast! Road trip to San Fran, anyone? ::)

You Are Rain

You can be warm and sexy. Or cold and unwelcoming.
Either way, you slowly bring out the beauty around you.

You are best known for: your touch

Your dominant state: changing

What Type of Weather Are You?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Drear on Feb 24th, 2010 at 7:26am

Drear: Thanx, but aren't jealous & envious roughly the same thing? It's good to not be hated.

Didn't think of it that way when I wrote it. :)  I'd like to have your weather but I don't mind that you can enjoy the weather and the nature you have around you.  However, envy was still a wrong choice of word because to feel envy I'd have to have ill feelings which I don't. 

No interview today. My contact person flaked.  Whatever. At least I held up my end of the bargain.
    Sent out 2 more résumés to different companies that seem to be a better match for me anyway. Didn't miss a beat. No regrets

You go!  I wonder why your contact person couldn't at least notify you ahead of time if they had to cancel on you?  Never mind now.  You and Trisha are both so right.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Feb 24th, 2010 at 11:13pm
Drear: Our weather? You can have it. :P Most people consider it ideal, but I'm not most people. Plus, I've lived in it for 30 years - it's time for a change!
As for the interview, it actually happened today. The contact person finally called me back at round 6 PM last night and scheduled an interview for this morning, saying it would take between 45-60 minutes. 5 grueling hours later, I returned home, having been informed that the position was temporary. >:(
    They did tell me that I had a very professional demeanor and appearance, and looked like I belonged in the arts. ::) Thanks for noticing.

Hair: Hmm. Didn't have time to clarify today since I had an interview, so I'll do that tomorrow. Maybe do a heavy overnight ELOO treatment tonight.
    This morning, it was the same ol' routine. CWC + Detangling spray + Kenra serum. My hair hadn't finished drying by the time I had to leave, so I wound it into a bun and pinned it in place. The classic corporate "I have no time" style.
    As of now, it's down and looking a right mess like the rest of me. Whatever. ::) It's not like I have to see anyone.

Etc.: Sent out another résumé today. Now I'm waiting for footage from the 500 m (short track) heats to air. So hoping Apolo Ohno wins big on Friday.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Feb 27th, 2010 at 12:45pm
Dressed up like a million dollar trooper
Tryin' hard to look like Alice Cooper

Super duper 8-)

As I tweeted this morning, "You know your day's going to be epic when you start it with Baked Ruffles and spinach dip at 7AM..." :-?

Been laying in bed listening to the rain. A waste of time, I know. I'd rather be out in it, but I haven't even bothered to shower yet. It's Saturday and it's supposed to rain all day, so I don't have to hurry.

Did a heavy overnight ELOO treatment last night, so I'll be washing that out. Yesterday, I was able to refresh my Pantene supply, so I'll now be using Ice Shine S&C - the former slightly diluted. I'm falling in love with wintry, watery products again. Picked up Suave Ocean Breeze conditioner yesterday too, as my Daily Clarifying stuff will soon run out.
    So that's the plan today. WCC and the usual leave-ins. Detangling spray and maybe a little serum. Yesterday's only leave-in was ELOO on the ends, which rendered my hair a tangled, static-ridden mess. :P Spray conditioner is absolutely essential. No exceptions.

The battle of ELOO vs. serum for end treatments wages on. I'll use them interchangeably depending on whichever one I think would work best that day. In general, I think I prefer serum, but ELOO has its benefits. Whether those benefits could be gained with oil-free substitutes, I'm uncertain. But right now, I have ample supplies of both, so I'll continue to use both.

At Target yesterday, I found the cutest top. A black burnout tee with scrolly designs & silver jewels on the front - every bit as cute as anything Express makes, at about half the price. Had to have it.
    Hope to shop a bit today as well. I need more gothy crafting supplies to customize my wardrobe. Hehehe. ;)

come let's mix
where Rockefellers
walk with sticks
or umbrellas
in their mitts
puttin' on the ritz

  -Taco, Puttin' On The Ritz

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by fisher2 on Feb 28th, 2010 at 3:08pm
i think you pulled alice off perfect angel lol whered you get that picture?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Mar 1st, 2010 at 8:22pm
Fisher2: Photobucket.

Hair: CWC. Broke in the new Suave Ocean Breeze light conditioner this morning in what turned out to be a rather dismal shower. I'd forgotten to restock with new loofah sponges and a new shower cap, so I had to go without both and just sort of improvise...which didn't go very well. :-/ Ended up having to rinse the final conditioner out too early and I know I got some of my bodywash in my hair before all was said and done. Well, let's nevermind what was said anyway. :-X
    Made sure to use Pantene Detangling spray conditioner and ELOO for leave-ins to combat whatever dryness may have resulted.

Stating the obvious, today is measure day and I came in at 28" this month. On one hand, I'm grateful to be back at this length. On the other hand, I realize I might not reach 30" by July as I'd been hoping. So the question of whether I'll see waist length this year remains. :-/

Early this morning, before I went walking, I ran my fingers through my hair and twisted it into a scrunchie bun. Now it's braided. Oh, and since today is the first of March, I obviously never finished last month's S&D mission. Epic fail. :-[ Hopefully, I'll be more on the ball this month.

Etc.: Sewed different buttons on a shirt this afty - black on burgundy. The old buttons were burgundy. It rather embarrasses me that I haven't done anything that creative with my wardrobe in awhile. :-[ Hope to make a few hairtoys soon, after I've drawn up designs and gathered the necessary supplies.

Thought for the day: Ever notice how know-it-alls are really just very talkative crazies? ::)

You Are Big Black Boots!

You can be best described as: attitude
You've got lots of it - and you love to give it
A guy has to be pretty gusty to hit on you
But if he's your type, you'll warm up... a little

What Kind Of Women's Shoe Are You?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Mar 2nd, 2010 at 10:49am
Before I take the shoe quiz, I predict that I will be a sneaker or some sort of comfortable shoe.  --Off to take the quiz now...   

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Mar 2nd, 2010 at 10:51am
HA!  Even better!   8-)

You are Barefoot!

You're a total free spirit, go with the flow girl
You can't be restricted by shoes for very long
And unsurprisingly, the same goes for men
Your match is out there - and he's as carefree as you are

What Kind Of Women's Shoe Are You?

The First Rule of Blogthings Is: You Don't Talk About Blogthings

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Mar 2nd, 2010 at 9:57pm
Trisha: Hehe. Ya hippie. ;)

Hair: Another CWC this morning. Leave-ins were Pantene Detangling spray & ELOO. Style was a flipped ponytail.

Etc.: Just returned from shopping, and...

:o Did my sister's bf seriously just call her a b****?! I better have misheard. http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/mad0131.gif

Ahem. Brought home a bunch of new odds and ends. Hoping it all works out well enough. More importantly, I bothered to put myself together before going out today, despite an obstinate complexion.
    Cleaned all of my makeup brushes over the weekend, so it was the first time I'd gotten to use them since. I've gone back to using regular pink blush...for now. ::) The blue & purple are being ignored. What, did you think goths used bronzer?? ;D
    Lately, I've also been fond of coordinating different colours in unexpected ways, like a wash of gray eyeshadow on the top lid and a slightly paler purple on the bottom; or iridescent plum shadow paired with glittery black lipgloss.

Speaking of makeup, I saw this poster at Nordy's today and couldn't help but grin.

Cyndi & Gaga for MAC's Viva Glam. Awesome.

Also noticed that Victoria's Secret is making a new version of my favourite brassiere. Had to get one. They also have a new perfume called Love Rocks that I totally dig. I may stop shunning them after all. ::)

Your Career Type: Artistic

You are expressive, original, and independent.
Your talents lie in your artistic abilities: creative writing, drama, crafts, music, or art.

You would make an excellent:

Actor - Art Teacher - Book Editor
Clothes Designer - Comedian - Composer
Dancer - DJ - Graphic Designer
Illustrator - Musician - Sculptor      

The worst career options for your are conventional careers, like bank teller or secretary.

What's Your Ideal Career?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Mar 3rd, 2010 at 8:31pm
Hair: Washed the entire length this morning with diluted Pantene Ice Shine and followed with an ACV rinse. First conditioning was Ice Shine, second was Suave Ocean Breeze.
    Leave-ins were Pantene Detangling and Kenra serum, and even though I used both, my hair was still a bit dry on the ends, which resulted in at least one nasty little tangle. :-/
    It's all back in a single braid now, which works with the hooded sweatshirt I'm wearing.

Etc.: Returned some items from yesterday's little shopping spree and bought some others (cheaper). Got a new sports bra at Target since I've had my old one since high school. One can only guess what sort of shape it's in. :P
    Speaking of exercise, I got a good 30 minutes in this morning since I knew I wouldn't have time tonight.
    Jumped on the scale this morning and was horrified. I'm only 5 lbs. away from the heaviest I've ever been in my life. http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/scared0011.gif Unacceptable. So I need all the exercise I can get. If it's the meds that are causing it, though, there's not much I can do.

But yes, tonight...another jam sesh with the boys. They call it "rehearsal" though we're not rehearsing for anything. There are no upcoming shows or anything like that. The band is purely a social thing, which it has been for awhile and probably always should have been...though we've had at least one show that wasn't totally regrettable. I'm rambling now. :-X

Anyroad, something smells really good right now and my fat arse is hoping it's coming from our kitchen, so I'm off to check it out. Peace!

You Are Photography

You are a very observant person. You can't tune out the world around you, so you pay careful attention to it.
You prefer to be the one who blends into the scenery, so that you can totally appreciate the scenery.

You tend to see things that other people miss. You have an artist's eye. You can turn anything into art.
Photography is the perfect hobby for you because you can just hang back, watch, and create.

What Hobby Are You?            

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Drear on Mar 4th, 2010 at 6:37am

Got a new sports bra at Target since I've had my old one since high school. One can only guess what sort of shape it's in.

I used to keep mine for too long but I read that you're supposed to replace them at least once a year.  That may be a general rule regarding bras.  I don't actually know. :-[quote]But yes, tonight...another jam sesh with the boys. [/quote]

We don't have VS here but I've only heard good things about their fragrances. 

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Mar 4th, 2010 at 9:30pm
Drear: VS fragrances are awesome! You're missing out.
    As far as life expectancy goes, it depends on the bra. Some can last several years without a problem, but be prepared to drop some major green on them. My little rule is if it's uncomfortable, not fitting well or not doing its job anymore, toss it.

Hair: CWC with Suave Ocean Breeze conditioner and Pantene Ice Shine S&C. Applied the usual leave-ins of Pantene Detangling spray to the length and ELOO to the ends. Intentionally overdid the latter, so the last few inches of my hair came out quite greasy. About 80 zillion bobby pins later, it's all twisted up in a crazy updo.

Music: Last night's jam was typically uninspiring. Don't get me wrong, I love each and every one of those guys; I'm just sick of the same old tired tunes. Stagnation is the kiss of death for any band.

No excuses for why I haven't posted any of these yet. They're from our new music room/hangout area at Lizard's place, taken 2 weeks ago.

The new music room, fully remodeled and expanded: (and a few of the turkeys I jam with). As of yesterday, there were angels painted above the window and the drum kit was moved to the right corner.

The big black iron chandelier in the middle of the room: it has flickering flame lights, which is just too awesome.

A patio sitting area outside and down a flight of stairs from the music room: complete with a fireplace, of course.

Down another flight of stairs to the wine cellar:

And the bar:

Back in the music room, I found this leaning against a wall. A painting done by Lizard. Our hardcore fans (like we have any) will recognize this as the cover art of the first album, back when the band was only 2 people:

Etc.: After a few days of wear, I've decided that the Sally Hansen Salon color Purple Pulse is too bright and horribly scene. :P Haven't decided whether I'll add black to it to darken it or just paint it over black or very dark purple in the future.

In other news, still waiting for my federal refund. Gotta love this government. >:(

Alright, it smells like dinner is almost done, so I'm off to join the family in the living room for Mexican lasagna, Wheel Of Fortune and Jeopardy. After that, I'll return to my chamber to sweat it out to the usual blend of dark alternative.

You Should Have Super Long Hair

You are free spirited and carefree. You are a total wild child, and no one is going to tame you!
Your hair tells people that you're an individual who doesn't care what other people think. You and your hair break all the rules.

You are a mysterious type who has many secrets. You prefer to keep to yourself.
There's a lot hiding behind that hair. Very few people truly understand what you are all about.

What Length Hair Should You Have?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Drear on Mar 5th, 2010 at 2:52am
Truly awesome decor.  Thanks for posting.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Mar 5th, 2010 at 9:53am
Next time try Plum Luck.  It's a gorgeous shade of, well, plum. 

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Mar 6th, 2010 at 8:12pm
Drear: Sure thing. The rest of Lizard's property is fashioned the same way. Like a SoCal hacienda.

Trisha: Meh. I've seen Plum Luck and wasn't impressed. Truth be told, I already have about 90,000 shades of plum, but very few true purples.

Hair: Wound it into a scrunchie bun to go for another power walk this morning. When I got home I took it down, combed it out, then did a WCC in the shower. My diluted Pantene Ice Shine shampoo will soon be gone, but I plan to keep the bottle and just refill it.
    Ice Shine conditioner has a bit longer, but I'm not overawed with it. Too thin. My hair definitely needs more moisture in a conditioner than Ice Shine provides. Guess I'll be sticking with Moisture Renewal until I become grotesquely rich and can afford Restoratives again.

Again, leave-ins were Pantene Detangling (which now seems to be working just fine - go fig) and ELOO. After air drying (and tangling somewhat badly) in the weather, hair is detangled and being held back with a slim, leather headband.

VS: We're friends again. :) Tried on a few different brassieres there this afternoon, including the kind I recently ordered, and fell in love with at least 2 of the styles. Infinitely more comfortable (not to mention supportive!) than the cheap ones I got from Target. Lesson learned...again. ::) You really do get what you pay for. Sorry but it's true.

Etc.: Finally got sketches down yesterday for the hair accessories I've been wanting to make. Now it's only a matter of getting the supplies, which I'd be happy to do if the sodding government would sodding give me my own sodding money back!
    Ahem. Made a twilight drive to the posh mall in town to grab a few pix of hair accessories at places like Bebe and Nordstrom to use as both inspiration and guidelines for the ones I plan to make.

More than most anything, I love the slow rush of inspiration; when an idea sweeps over me like a wave, takes hold and becomes all I think about. Inspired ideas make a visionary. Bringing those ideas to life is what makes an artist. This is the life I lead; the life I love. It's who I am, and no matter how hard the corporate world tries to crush that, it can't.
    Been thinking about that lately - about switching fields completely. Not possible at this point, but eventually, I do hope to find a job that doesn't make me want to poke my eyeballs out with sticks. One that enhances my creative nature instead of represses it, far away from the stoic office environment. :P

In other news, on my walk this morning, I passed a guy who was also out power walking - with his child. I couldn't help but give him a grin and a nod as if to say, "that's what I like to see." Get 'em hooked early on physical activity instead of the countless other ungodly things they could get hooked on early. Less chance of them being a lazy, self-indulgent slug later in life. Smart dad.

Anyroad, I'm off to enjoy the rest of this rainy day. My favourite weather - a gift from God. Our region sees it so rarely, it would seem ungrateful of me not to be out there appreciating it. Cheers!

Your Brain is Creative

You have a dreamy mind, full of fancy and fantasy.
You have the ability to stay forever entertained with your thoughts.
People may say you're hard to read, but that's because you're so internally focused.
But when you do share what you're thinking, people are impressed with your imagination.

What Pattern Is Your Brain?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Mar 8th, 2010 at 3:59pm
Hair: CWC. Ran out of my Ice Shine S&C this morning but wasted no time refilling the bottles. Conditioner is now my trusty Moisture Renewal and shampoo is Voume mixed with water and just a pinch of body shimmer powder. I also added some liquid body shimmer that I never use to my bodywash blend. Hehehe. Sparklies! :D

Anyway, I wish this morning's shower could've been half as pleasant as the products that are now in it. Halfway through, my sister's sod of a bf was pounding on the door and yelling at me through it. Apparently, this dude has never shared a bathroom before and has no concept of how to go about it in a respectful manner. >:(
    Even after my mother unlocked the door, he didn't come in, so whatever he needed so badly was obviously extremely important. >:( Sod.

However, after watching him do the same thing to my sister later on, I learned not to take it so personally. Evidently, he's just rude and immature in general. He doesn't even know I keep a hair blog, so I'll say whatever I darn well please here. I know you ladies won't tell. ;)

Anywho, despite fearing that my shower would be cut short, things actually turned out alright and my hair didn't have to suffer.
    Today's leave-ins were Pantene Detangling on the length and serum on the ends and underneath. I'll probably end up putting the whole mess up though because it's pretty heavily slicked. :P

Summary: Sparkly shower products = good, obnoxious roommates = bad.

Oh right, and my sister sneezed all over one of my combs this morning, so I'll need to clean it. :P

Etc.: Missed last night's power walk due to the Oscars, but I had sufficient exercise earlier that day. This morning, I power walked the 40 minute route. Exhausting!

My family (and my sister's bf) have plans to go to Disneyland later today, so I'll have the house to myself. At least for a little while. My friend T is going to try to make it into town in a few hours, so I'm trying to transform myself into Phoebe Munster (except much less attractive and with a few more piercings)...especially if we end up going downtown. I've never felt like a freak downtown. ::)

Anyway, I'm off.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Mar 9th, 2010 at 1:03pm
Well oh well. Yesterday certainly was busy. I ended up doing 2 loads of laundry, 2 loads of dishes, putting myself together and hanging out with my buddy T that evening. We had dinner at Souplantation - neither of us had been in awhile; then hung out in a swanky area of town, by the coast. There was a Mexican restaurant that called to us with aromas of shredded beef and tortillas. They apparently serve tortilla soup on Fridays, so T is planning to come back on Friday. ::) Knucklehead.

Anywho, I ended up getting home before my family with plenty of time to spare. Naturally, they told me all about Disneyland when they got back. My father was actually disappointed that I couldn't go. And yes, they all saw Captain EO. Apparently, the theatre is somewhat interactive now and there's merchandise. I don't remember there being any merchandise when it was there the first time. Ah, we miss ya, Mike.

As to my hair, it did indeed get twisted into an updo yesterday, though it wasn't nearly as secure as usual. There were strong winds and light rain at the coast, so my "style" looked a right mess before long. When I got home, one of the bobby pins simply gave up the ghost and fell out. ::)

Today, I think it'll be another CWC and I plan to wash my seamless combs in the shower. Leave-ins should be Pantene Detangling spray and ELOO. The style du jour will be something simple, like a single braid or flipped ponytail.

Your Inner Color is Purple

Your Personality: You're a dreamer and visionary. You believe you were put on this earth to do something great.

You in Love: You're very passionate but often too busy for love. You need a partner who sees your vision and adopts it as their own.

Your Career: You need a job that helps you make a difference. You have a bright future as a guru, politician, teacher, or musician.

What's Your Inner Color?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Drear on Mar 10th, 2010 at 3:39am

Halfway through, my sister's sod of a bf was pounding on the door and yelling at me through it. Apparently, this dude has never shared a bathroom before and has no concept of how to go about it in a respectful manner.

He must have his good sides since your sister wants to be with him.....I hope.

However, after watching him do the same thing to my sister later on, I learned not to take it so personally. Evidently, he's just rude and immature in general.

I don't know if I'd gain much comfort from knowing that.  I tend to go into my own little shell when I feel the company is forced on me.

This morning, I power walked the 40 minute route. Exhausting!

Go girl! 

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Mar 10th, 2010 at 8:38pm
Drear: Well, I never said it was comforting, did I? Just that I know not to take his rudeness so personally. He isn't rude to my parents, so he must regard me as more of a peer than an elder. Surely a mistake on his part.
    As to his redeeming qualities, that's really my sister's business, not mine. I will only say that I wouldn't be with anyone who was rude to my family.

Hair: Clean slate. Clarified. Leave-ins were Pantene Detangling spray and ELOO. The latter was an accident - I don't usually apply an end treatment on clarifying days, but I spaced. :P Style is a single braid as usual.

Etc.: Yesterday, I was relieved to discover that the reason I haven't gotten my federal return yet is because there was a correction on it which gives me back a few hundred quid more than I was expecting. :D Awesomesauce.

As for right now, I have the final batch of butterscotch oatmeal cookies in the oven and I'll be leaving to sing with the band in about an hour.
Housesitting has been canceled. Hopefully it won't be too much of a setback.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Mar 13th, 2010 at 12:37pm
Hair: Currently a mess. Took it down from another twisted updo after getting in late last night. It needs finger combed and washed - probably a WCC.
    Leave-ins should be Pantene Detangling spray and serum. Style...I'll figure that out later.

Etc.: Went to the Mexican place at the coast with friend T last night. I'd always been curious about it and now I know what it's like. Meh. T didn't even order the tortilla soup, which had been the entire purpose of his visit. ::)

Afterwards, we went and saw Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland. Again, meh. :-/ It has its strong points but also a looooot of weak points. Definitely not Burton's best. I wonder if the ol' boy might be slipping in his "old age".

However, I did learn that I can rock a very gothic face with fairly minimal makeup. Last night, it was just a bit of blue shimmer on the cheeks, forehead, chin and under the eyebrows, black eyeshadow and black lipgloss.

Nails are bare and boring at the moment. I might have to paint them this weekend. Nothing too offbeat since I may have an interview around the 18th. Maybe just a nice, dark blood red.

The sky is bright gray this morning. Just overcast enough to go power walking...but I'm not working out today. Totally figures, doesn't it? This is my kind of ironic luck in a nutshell.
    Instead, I'm giving the muscles a rest for a change - allowing them to recover a bit so I can kill them again tomorrow.

As for today, Michaels is totally calling my name. I need to get some supplies together to start making my hair accessories...and I owe my sister a bracelet. ::) Cheers!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Mar 15th, 2010 at 4:39pm
Just checking in. We had the carpets steam cleaned this morning so I haven't been in the house much. Windows are open, fans are on, shoes are off...

Anyway, I made my sister a beaded stretch bracelet (or rather, several of them, tied together with a ribbon) and my new headband finished drying today:

That's a heart shaped cameo outlined in silver chain under layers of black tulle and black/silver lace. My camera phone likes blurry closeups for some reason.

The only real problem with it is that the decoration is attached way too high on the headband and there's no way to move it. >:( D'oh! At least I have 2 other headbands to maim practice on.

Anywho, hair routine for the past 2 days has been the usual CWC. Leave-ins are always Detangling spray and either serum or ELOO. Today it's the former.
    Style, eh...I really should put it up, especially since I'll be walking later tonight. Yesterday I never even combed it.

The seasons are changing whether I like it or not. Daylight savings is ridiculous in my opinion...and when did it become mid-March?? Didn't the month just start? Temps have been creeping back into the 70's during the day and plants are flowering already. Need I even mention the atrocities of spring fashion? :P How many skinny pants, baggy shirts and sodding HUGE accessories does the world really need? Really sick of the shrunken, bum freezer jackets too...wtf is up with those? Don't even get me started on capris...
    Between shapeless *ahem* "styles" and hideous colours, it's enough to make any self respecting goth dive back into her closet of tailoured velvets and lace, slam the door shut and not emerge until autumn. http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/scared0005.gif

However, I like the stark contrast to the brightly coloured, misshapen mainstream that a gothic wardrobe provides. Alternative fashion for an alternative lifestyle. Simple enough. To be fair, there are rare gems to be found amid the pleats, bows and floral patterns if one bothers to look hard enough...and things can always be modified. ::)

One last thing about fashion: why must all dressing room mirrors be so brutally honest? :o

On that note, my fat keister is off to find itself a decent lunch and then deposit my federal return check (which finally arrived today) at the bank. Now where are my shoes...?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Mar 19th, 2010 at 11:17am
Hair: It's been getting very basic attention...like pretty much everything else in my life at the moment. I've been quite busy and distracted. Lots to do.
    Perhaps today, I'll try to change that. At least do something more complicated with my hair. It was down all yesterday without even an end treatment. Clean but basically neglected.
Today, I'd like to do the twisted updo following my usual wash routine.

Etc.: Yes, it's early, but I finally got some decent sleep last night. Might even exercise after I'm fully awake. Haven't had much time to do that this week. Been too exhausted to exercise during the day (thank you, Mother Nature :P) and evenings are spent with family.

My grandfather and his gf are in town for my father's b-day (St. Patty's day), so we've all been spending time with them, hanging out in one big group. Sometimes we go out, sometimes we stay in.

Temps have been creeping back up again. It was around 90°F on Wednesday. :P So I've basically jumped (or rather, reluctantly dragged myself) back into summer goth mode. Bleh. But it does give me an excuse to shop for unique short sleeved tops.

What else...? I finally got my car serviced yesterday, and it was much cheaper than expected. So all's well in that department...for now.

Anyroad, time to find some breakfast. Cheers.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Mar 20th, 2010 at 9:33pm
Hair: The usual CWC routine and the usual leave-ins of Pantene Detangling spray and ELOO recovered my hair this morning from yesterday's twisted updo.
    After it dried and had been detangled, I asked my sister to take a picture for me - it's been awhile since I posted an updated photo of the length. The new one is up in the Show Off Your Locks forum.

Style du jour is a flipped ponytail.
Been thinking about getting a couple bottles of Pantene's smoothing serum and refilling them with my current end treatments. That way, I won't have big, bulky bottles taking up space in the bathroom cabinet. Also been thinking of combining my Kenra and FX serums. Ideally, I'd like to have one small bottle for oil and one small bottle for serum. Both should be Pantene bottles regardless of what's in them...because everything else I own is Pantene. Meet my neurosis. ;D

Etc.: Has anyone ever tried no yolk egg noodles? N-A-S-T-Y! :P

Helped my sis take her dog to the vet today. Nothing too serious, just some digestive issues.

Been ordering the entire world online and waiting (most impatiently) for the packages to arrive. 3 new CD's showed up yesterday, and my music collection has now officially outgrown its current storage arrangement - both of these facts please me to no end. :D So I'm off to Best Buy today to see what kinds of music storage they have.

Speaking of which...peace.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by fisher2 on Mar 22nd, 2010 at 9:08pm
herres n update form me angel http://www.flickr.com/photos/32969666@N08/4455294511/?eOrig=4456065772 almost 4 yrs ^.^ get on aim again soon i miss you

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Mar 23rd, 2010 at 4:11pm
Fisher2: You're coming along nicely, eh? Put some clothes on! ;D

Hair: Was able to do a WTC on Sunday since my parents were preoccupied with company from out of state and weren't around to harass me about it. ::)

Yesterday, the routine was a CWC. Today should be the same. Leave-ins have been Pantene Detangling spray and either ELOO or serum. I have both of the latter now stored in little Pantene serum bottles with pump tops. Much easier to operate.

Styling has been lax lately. I'll do a bun with safety pins if anything at all. On occasion, I'll experiment with pinning my hair up in different, weird ways. I like the idea of messy, tragic-looking updos, but I'm not terribly adept at making them yet. And I love the sort of wild 80's styles that were so common in the earlier days of my subculture...just a pity that they're only attainable with a lot of starchy products and backcombing. :P

Etc.: Weirdness. That word sums up the whole of this week, I think. It's been a pretty consistent recipe of sluggishness, obligations, out of state guests, shopping sprees, late nights and getting lectured. Subtract sleep and any motivation to work out. Stir until disoriented. Life feels a bit like a Talking Heads song at the moment.

Anyway, it's 1 PM now, which means I should finish my tea and laundry and jump in the shower. Cheers, loves!

You may ask yourself,
What is that beautiful house?
You may ask yourself,
Where does that highway go to?
And you may ask yourself,
Am I right? Am I wrong?
And you may say to yourself,
My God, what have I done?

  -Talking Heads, Once In A Lifetime

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by la diosa on Mar 23rd, 2010 at 11:46pm
Love that song! :)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Mar 25th, 2010 at 8:49pm
LD: ;)

Hair: Got a fair amount of attention today. Started with a clarifying wash and a DWV rinse, then followed with an hour long deep conditioning treatment. Emptied the container and tossed it in the recycle bin. Now it's time to find one that actually works!

While my hair was "cooking", I used a pineapple enzyme masque on my face as well. Rinsed both simultaneously. The best part of it was that I timed it perfectly so my mother had no clue what all I was up to. It was like getting away with the perfect crime. http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/happy0029.gif

The only leave-in was Pantene Detangling spray, as is the practice on clarifying days. Style will be a single braid if I ever get around to it.

Etc.: The new shoes & pants that I ordered last week arrived today. Epic!
    Now both my nails and laundry are drying, and I'm chilling to Roxy Music. Things are beginning to make sense again. At least as much sense as they've ever made. ::)


You Scored 100% Correct

You are an 80s expert,
You never confuse New Order with the Pet Shop Boys.
You know which classical musician Falco rocked.
When it comes to 80s music, you Just Can't Get Enough!

How Much Do You Know About 80s Music?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by kittennoodlesoup on Mar 25th, 2010 at 10:11pm

Angel wrote on Mar 25th, 2010 at 8:49pm:
The best part of it was that I timed it perfectly so my mother had no clue what all I was up to. It was like getting away with the perfect crime. http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/happy0029.gif

Does this make you a smooth (and moisturized) criminal?  :)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Mar 27th, 2010 at 6:22pm
KNS: So it would seem. Now where's my fedora? ::)

Hair: Been CWC-ing. Current products for this are Suave juicy green apple light conditioner, Pantene Volume shampoo (slightly diluted) and Pantene Moisture Renewal conditioner.
    Leave-ins are usually Pantene Detangling spray on the length and either serum and ELOO on the ends. Today however, I was in a bit of a hurry to get out the door and went without an end treatment. No style yet as hair is still damp.

The ends have been feeling majorly dry lately, and I can't figure out if it's from end treatments, lack of regular deep conditioning treatments, weather, activity, etc. Perhaps I'm just approaching the limits of decent growth for my hair type. Like after a certain point, any excessive inches will be rendered a brittle, tangled mess. :-/ I am almost at waist length.
    It may sound strange among long hair enthusiasts, but I'm actually looking forward to the BSL chop after I've finally reached waist. I'll probably go the rest of my life fluctuating between the two. Unless I want to hack it all off and rock short hair for awhile. :o :-X

Etc.: The last of the items from my internet shopping spree arrived in the mail this morning. For the most part, I'm really digging the stuff I bought and have been able to get rid of some of the crap that wasn't cutting it anymore. Moreover, I'm insanely grateful to be financially able to live comfortably for the first time in far too long. It won't last, but I appreciate every minute that it does.

My sister and her bf have gone out of town for awhile so the 'rents and I finally have some peace, quiet and cleanliness. I get the bathroom to myself again. Yays.

Nails are...weird. :-/ The Revlon colour that looked purple in the bottle turned out more of a dark indigo and bubbled up like The Toxic Avenger in a matter of hours. Even a subtle glitter topcoat couldn't save it. This wasn't the first time I'd been had by Revlon polish, so I remorselessly binned each one in my collection. No más!

That's about all for now. All that I care to type out at least. Cheers!

Your Shopping Stereotype is Unique

It's hard to stereotype you, because you simply buy what you like. You are a true individual.
Sometimes you go high end. Sometimes you go low end. But you almost never go with the crowd.

You don't settle until you find the perfect item. Shopping is one of the ways that you express yourself.
You're proud of what you own, and if you change your mind about something, you immediately get rid of it.

What's Your Shopping Stereotype?      

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Mar 29th, 2010 at 10:36am
I love BSL--I consider it THE perfect length.   8-)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Mar 30th, 2010 at 6:56pm
Trisha: BSL is a good length, but I like a bit more. ;)

Hair: Wow. Sometimes it just seems like I'm going around and around again with haircare.
    Decided to try something different and got Pantene Nature Fusions moisture balance S&C. Used them once and got the same results as the last time I used them. Heavy shampoo, light conditioner. Fail. :P Fortunately, I was able to return at least the conditioner.

Yesterday, the experimental/impulsive bug bit again and I bought several low end (ie. Suave) items to try. But after reminding myself how every single time I'd used Suave products, I was always sorry, I returned them before using them. Whew!

When the sun went down, I finally came to my senses and picked up more Pantene Volume S&C, along with a few other gothy-looking items. ;) Man, just don't let me out during the day. Bad things happen. ::)

This morning, I washed the entire length with diluted Ice Shine and followed with an ACV rinse. Left Moisture Renewal conditioner on for the remainder of my shower and then chased with Volume conditioner. Oh my God. This routine left my hair feeling amazing until...serum. Finally, I've identified the root of the dryness/tangle problem.
So while dumping every serum I owned, I made the curious (and perhaps obvious) discovery that serum is much heavier than the ELOO that I use. :-? Who knew?
    Anyway, I cleaned one of the Pantene serum bottles that I had lying around and filled it with ELOO so it would be easier to dispense. And I kept the Kenra serum bottle for its gothy looks, though I'll need to put it through the dishwasher before refilling it.

Etc.: Finally broke down and ordered a new pair of Ariats today. If I'm going to go broke again anyway, I may as well go broke in style. ::)

Can you believe it's been 6 months since I was laid off? I can't either. :'( The job search is still turning up absolute naught. I'll get one more check before my UI runs out. After that, God only knows. Hopefully, I won't get desperate enough to go back into retail, but if it must happen that way, then so be it. I'll do it knowing I did absolutely everything I could to find work, and it won't be the last job I'll ever have. No shame, no regrets.

Haha I love this: who knew? ;)

You Should Be a Musician

You have a rare combinations of talents: an ear for music, nimble fingers, and the willpower to practice.
You could master almost any instrument you choose to play (if you haven't already!)

What Sort of Artist Should You Be?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Mar 31st, 2010 at 8:19pm
Hair: CWC today with Suave green apple conditioner, diluted Pantene Ice Shine shampoo and Pantene Moisture Renewal conditioner. Leave-ins were Pantene Detangling spray and ELOO. Yeesh, this already sounds like an advertisement. :-[

Anyway, I'm beginning to realize how difficult it is to get serum completely out of things; namely their containers. There still seems to be a little serum stuck in the pump that now holds my ELOO. :P I might have to toss the thing altogether and start using ELOO directly from the bottle again. But I'm saving the Kenra serum bottle just in case. I've said that already, haven't I? :-[

But speaking of Kenra, I picked up their Daily Provision leave-in conditioner and Nourishing Mask at the ghetto mall by my house (mostly for looks, I confess)...and they threw in a small bottle of the Thermal Styling Spray free.
    On the way out, I almost picked up a new fake hairpiece from The Icing, but decided against it for some reason. Perhaps when being onstage again is a priority...

Etc.: And speaking of not doing live shows anytime soon (sigh), my father and I have reluctantly agreed to jam at Lizard's place tonight. I can't call it a "practice" or "rehearsal" like some of my bandmates do. We aren't rehearsing for anything. It's just the same old tunes all night long for no one, and were it not for the free gas that I usually get out of it, I wouldn't even bother showing up. I sound like a broken record now. Sorry. :-[
    It's just frustrating when doing something you're supposed to love feels more like shooting yourself in the foot. Not that this particular gig was ever ideal, but music is supposed to set you free, not torture you. Getting together with your band is something you're supposed to look forward to, not something you dread. I know I'm beating a dead horse. What's worse is I'm probably living up to every extent of the whiny musician stereotype. So sorry, loves. :-[

On a more pleasant note, it's supposed to rain tomorrow. By then, tonight will only be a memory and I'll have all day to play...maybe at the coast?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Apr 1st, 2010 at 9:22pm
Hair: Finished off the bottle of diluted Ice Shine shampoo during this morning's CWC. Henceforth, I'll be using Pantene Volume...at least for the most part. The goal right now is to just use up what I have.

Leave-ins were Pantene Detangling spray and ELOO as usual, although the "usual" amount of either one didn't seem to be enough today. Especially the ELOO. I guess the ends have just reached that point where they're going to be dead dry unless I oil the heck out of them. Seems to happen whenever I go more than 3 months without a trim.
    Static was also a bit of a problem this afty, so I threw the whole mess into a braid. After measuring, that is. The whole of March gave me a whopping quarter inch of new growth for a grand total of 28.25". :-/ It's quite doubtful I'll reach waist length by July.

Music: The jam wasn't terrible even though we went through every song twice and my father was again messing up my harmonies because he didn't understand his own. http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/mad0114.gif
But it was good to see the guys and hang out. Lizard gave me a Perrier while the rest of them chugged wine. And his young neice even joined us on the shaker for awhile, which was kinda cute. She had pretty good rhythm for a kid.

Etc.: Don't you hate it when you toss last month's shower cap and loofah sponges and forget to replace them? Happened to me this morning. I had to put my hair up with a few of my sister's metal sectioning clips. Heh, sorry. Saw a new loofah sponge on my bed and it just reminded me. What? You knew I was a scatterbrain. ::)

Anyway, it's April. Spring has definitely sprung whether I wanted it or not. 4 months 'til Michaels gets its Halloween merch in. That's how I look at it. Just stay shuttered up with my books and my bass guitar until fall.

Oh yes, and it only rained for a little while this morning. >:(

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Apr 2nd, 2010 at 10:28pm
God. Oh God. I feel sick. :P




Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Apr 3rd, 2010 at 8:51pm
Hair: Well, it's happened to the most infamous power couples: Lucy & Desi, Sonny & Cher, Barbie & Ken. Now it seems that Angel's hair & Pantene have finally reached the end of their long and devoted partnership. :o Yes, I'm afraid it's true. It's been a good run, but most good things must unfortunately come to an end.

Like any separation, it was tough to take at first, but I've come to accept it as just another turn on the crazy road that is the journey. It takes strength to hold onto something for a long time, but sometimes it takes even more strength to be able to let something go. Gawd, I'm so full of malarkey. ::) I could write crap like this all day long.

Impulsive thing that I am, I went out last night and bought Dove Cool Moisture S&C. I'd always been intrigued by them and was curious to see how they would work for me. Now that my hair is "single" again, there was no real reason not to try. Now I'm free to sample this and that, see what else is out there and how my hair will react to it. Just like dating. ::)

Anyroad, I finally got to try out the new cucumber/green tea S&C this morning during a WCC. Used an ACV rinse after the wash as I commonly do when breaking in a new shampoo. This one has a nice lather to it and a fab fragrance but seems to leave my hair a little too slick after it dries...it mentions something about having a serum built in, so who knows?
    The conditioner is essentially cone-free. Its only cone is Dimethiconol, which we're told is water soluble. The difference is immediately noticeable. It rinses much cleaner than Pantene conditioners without leaving that protective layer of smoothness. Hmm. :-/

Leave-ins were Kenra Daily Provision and a whopping ton of ELOO, the latter of which hampered my ability to judge how the Dove S&C worked. Guess we'll have to find out later.
    Not much else can be said. My hair is greased and braided for the day.

For the time being, I'm going to work on using what I have. I'll be altering my morning wash routine and hopefully just using products 2 at a time. Not ideal, but will definitely help cut down on shower time.
    This afternoon, I diluted the remains of my TRESemmé Anti-Breakage shampoo and combined my current Suave light conditioner with a bit of Pantene Moisture Renewal to thicken it up. Threw both items into my shower caddy and will use them tomorrow.

Etc.: Went shopping again a few hours ago and picked up a few more essentials. New sunblock for this year and some powder foundation. Yesterday, I noticed that my mineral foundation has a decidedly unnatural pink cast that turns my face & neck 2 different colours. :-? Tacky. The hot season is coming up, which means a lot of sweat and sunblock anyway, which calls for powder. Mineral foundation doesn't work well with either one.

So that's what's going on in Angel's world. The usual reevaluation of my entire life. ::)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Apr 4th, 2010 at 2:35pm
Note to self: use less oil, and use it while the ends of hair are still wet.
    Greasy ends again today. :-/ Routine was a simple CW: conditioner on the bottom, shampoo on the top, rinse both out together and there ya go. Done.
    Leave-ins were Pantene Detangling spray and (too much) ELOO. Were it not for the latter, my hair would probably look and feel just fine.

The TRESemmé shampoo that I'm now using is too diluted and quite watery. It shouldn't take long to run out of it at this rate...which isn't a bad thing. I'm just not a fan of watery shampoo.

But this is a relatively new approach for me and I'm still working out the kinks. So long as all of the products I have get used up, it's progress.

Anywho, I've been ordered to clean the bathroom. How predictable. ::) Good thing I already tackled some of it last night.

Happy Easter, everybody. http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/animal0030.gif

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Apr 5th, 2010 at 10:19am

Angel wrote on Apr 2nd, 2010 at 10:28pm:
God. Oh God. I feel sick. :P




I just requested my free sample (fine hair), so we'll see.  As for the "...first reality hair advertisement..."  as I can say is WTH??   :-?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Apr 6th, 2010 at 10:37pm
Trisha: You're a brave woman. I didn't even bother with the free samples. The "reality" ad with celebrity endorsements was enough to lose my vote. Hope the new formulas work for ya.

Hair: Clarified yesterday...kind of. :-/ I ended up forgetting to bring the ACV rinse into the shower (D'OH!) so I just washed twice with the clarifying shampoo. Guess the ACV rinse will have to wait until the next time I wash all of my hair.
    Today's routine was a simple CW, which I'm beginning to like more and more. Not only is it a good time saver, but my hair doesn't seem to be suffering for the shortened process.
    Leave-ins were Kenra Daily Provision, which I'm not so thrilled with, and ELOO. Speaking of ELOO, I was able to find a store brand version of it for about 5 and a half quid while I was out and about today. The only problem was that there was this cloudy white stuff at the bottom. :-?
    Anyroad, the hair is safely braided now, despite it feeling amazingly soft. My first instinct was to leave it down, but it became something of a nuisance after awhile. It may indeed be too long for its texture.

Oh, and I picked up a 1L bottle of Fiji water (my fave) to serve as my next bottle for ACV rinses.

Etc.: Last night the entire family went to Disneyland except for yours truly ($500 for a new annual pass is just asking too much right now). As a reward for dogsitting, my sister bought me this cool Captain EO shirt:

and this even cooler chomping skull light:

I'm thinking of attaching it to one of my car windows. ;)

While I was poncing around in the fragrance section at Sephora this afternoon, a very flamboyant sales associate offered to assist me in choosing one and then asked if I worked in the mall because we were dressed alike (apparently all black attire now translates to mall clerk, dear oh dear). And for some reason, I only responded with a coy laugh instead of tendering the usual amount of cheek ("what can I say, honey, I have impeccable taste!", "maybe we have the same stylist," etc. etc.). Hope I'm not going soft in my old age. ::)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Apr 8th, 2010 at 12:05am
Hair: After much deliberation this afternoon, I decided to just go with another CW. My hair was just going to be twisted into the usual crazy updo anyway, so it didn't need to be immaculate. Just the same, this routine left my hair insanely soft as before. Even softer than Pantene used to make it, if that can be believed. :o Still trying to get my head around that.
    Leave-ins were Suave Kids apple spray conditioner and lots of ELOO. The plan for this evening was a jam with the band - our lead singer was inviting some friends over to watch us, so I wanted my hair to be in show mode.
    Of course those plans were cancelled last minute so my hair's all twisted up for nothing. All dressed up with nowhere to go. Such is life.

Tonight I'll likely take it down and drown the length in oil overnight.

Etc.: After getting my stage makeup on for the night, I've decided that neither black eyeshadow nor blue glitter eyeliner are the least bit flattering on me. The latter of which now rests in the reject drawer - I swear, some of the stuff in there would frighten off Ziggy Stardust, Pete Burns and a parade of drag queen disciples. :o
    This little epiphany naturally provoked a quick reevaluation of my eye makeup collection, which brought about another little epiphany: I don't like shelling out 20 quid for a single eyeshadow anymore. I used to get a kick out of collecting whichever designer shadows struck my fancy at the time, but now? Being unemployed for so long has put a lot of things like that into perspective. Things that seemed fun and posh while I was working now seem disgustingly extravagant. I'm grateful for that little wake up call. :)

Anyway, before I go washing off this shameless excess for the night, I think I'll darken my room, turn on the FX lighting and transform the place into my own private little dance club for an hour. It's way more fun than power walking. ::)


Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Apr 8th, 2010 at 12:59pm

Angel wrote on Apr 6th, 2010 at 10:37pm:
Trisha: You're a brave woman. I didn't even bother with the free samples. The "reality" ad with celebrity endorsements was enough to lose my vote. Hope the new formulas work for ya.

Is Pantene just adding this new line of product or is this to replace our beloved existing items??  Please tell me it's not the latter!   :P

Angel wrote on Apr 6th, 2010 at 10:37pm:
[b]While I was poncing around in the fragrance section at Sephora this afternoon, a very flamboyant sales associate offered to assist me in choosing one and then asked if I worked in the mall because we were dressed alike (apparently all black attire now translates to mall clerk, dear oh dear). And for some reason, I only responded with a coy laugh instead of tendering the usual amount of cheek ("what can I say, honey, I have impeccable taste!", "maybe we have the same stylist," etc. etc.). Hope I'm not going soft in my old age.

I think as we grow in maturity, we come to realize that some statements, and some people, are just not worth our full attention.  --Or you were just tired.  LOL   8-)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Drear on Apr 8th, 2010 at 1:40pm

- I swear, some of the stuff in there would frighten off Ziggy Stardust, Pete Burns...

The mental image of someone frightening off Burns is hilarious. ;D

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Apr 8th, 2010 at 6:40pm
Is Pantene just adding this new line of product or is this to replace our beloved existing items??  Please tell me it's not the latter! :P

As I understand it, it's a total overhaul. Sorry, lady. :(

--Or you were just tired.  LOL 8-)

Probably more nervous. I'm dead shy around people. ::)

The mental image of someone frightening off Burns is hilarious. ;D

Isn't it? ;) And I didn't even mention Boy George.

Hair: WCC with Dove cucumber & green tea S&C + Suave green apple conditioner. Sprayed Suave Kids leave-in on the length and all was well until I went for the ELOO. Now I'm a greaseball. :P Mandatory single braid.

Etc.: Earlier this afty, my father called from work and said that the rest of the band wanted to get together this evening. With an audience, I wonder? No thanks! The schematics of our little "stage" are all wrong - the drums are off in a corner and they have me up in front instead of the rhythm guitarist. This works when it's just the lot of us jamming, but would look dead silly to anyone watching; particularly when I start dorking around the "stage" area while I'm not singing. Plus, my percussion instruments were lost in the music room remodel and I wouldn't embarrass myself playing air maraca in front of people. http://smilieshq.com/smilies/rolleye0014.gif
    Perhaps if I work in a good Ian Curtis spaz dance whenever I don't sing, someone will figure things out and rearrange the stage. Then again, I could get placed in the center. ::)

Speaking of music, my sister is in the hallway clucking away a Kings Of Leon tune because she thinks they sound like chickens. ;D

Anyway, today I received my final UI check. It won't be enough to cover my next car payment. :'( Leaving this one in God's hands. I'm already doing all I can.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Apr 9th, 2010 at 10:03pm
Hair: CWC with Suave green apple light conditioner, diluted TRESemmé anti-breakage shampoo and current conditioner blend. Used an ACV rinse before the final conditioning. Leave-ins were Pantene Detangling spray and ELOO. I always seem to wait too long to apply the latter and the ends of my hair are always greasy as a result. Grrr. >:(

Took a chance and bought some more TRESemmé anti-breakage S&C. Hopefully regular use won't ruin the positive outlook that I have on them now.

Music: There was indeed a jam last night, and Lizard's relatives did indeed watch. My father was angered for my decision not to go, poor fellow - he tried various different ways to persuade me; but I'm relieved not to have suffered the embarrassment. Perhaps I'll go next week if we don't have an audience. :-[
Etc.: Predictably, I've been sending out résumés like a fiend. Just as predictably, there have been no responses yet. I'm hoping against all odds that the next few weeks will be a steady blur of interviews. Today's mantra: act as if it's impossible to fail.

Speaking of which, the sun has almost set and it will be time to go for another power walk soon. Cheers!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Apr 10th, 2010 at 6:54pm
Hair: CW with the new TRESemmé anti-breakage S&C. Suave Kids detangling spray was the only leave-in. All seemed well until my hair dried with a nasty serum residue that makes it tangle and get stringy. I sincerely hope that this is something left over from yesterday and not a result of the new TRESemmé products. :-/

Perhaps tonight I'll do a heavy ELOO treatment and then wash it out tomorrow morning with a WCC. If I use the Suave leave-in again tomorrow, I'll know where the residue is coming from, although it's never given me this kind of trouble before. :-?

As for today, I've left my hair down and forced it to obey its natural side part. I need to be more adamant about parting my hair when its down - it just looks and lays better that way.

A little while ago, I finally got around to doing a S&D on the front left section of my hair. This time, it was just under 20 minutes. I could see doing S&D's more regularly if I can limit them to about 15 minutes. Small commitments I can handle. ::)

Oh, and one other little thing about TRESemmé: the pumps that they sometimes put on the bottles are a joke. The actual caps work much better.

Etc.: Another earthquake last night. We've been having them like crazy lately. On easter Sunday, there was a 7.2 in Baja that rumbled for over 30 seconds. I was in the doorway of our garage at the time and remember watching my father's water truck shaking. There were small aftershocks that followed for days. Last night's was about a 3.0. This map shows just how frequently they've been happening in CA lately, most especially in SoCal/Mexico.

Still no news in the job hunt. :(

You Should Have Super Long Hair

You are free spirited and carefree. You are a total wild child, and no one is going to tame you!
Your hair tells people that you're an individual who doesn't care what other people think. You and your hair break all the rules.

You are a mysterious type who has many secrets. You prefer to keep to yourself.
There's a lot hiding behind that hair. Very few people truly understand what you are all about.

What Length Hair Should You Have?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Apr 11th, 2010 at 11:45pm
Hair: Did a heavy ELOO treatment overnight last night, then clarified this morning. One thing about leaving Pantene behind is that I know I won't miss their Purifying shampoo too much - I absolutely love Herbal Essences Drama Clean. ::) Been missing Herbal Essences in general lately...I do wish it didn't give me chemical burn. :(

Anyway, to rehydrate the length after clarifying, I used Kenra Nourishing Mask. :o Sacre bleu, I don't think my hair has ever been so silky after clarifying! This is definitely a method I'll stick with.

No leave-ins today. I didn't want to risk ruining the clarifying experience with a potential overload of serum slick. :P Also washed every comb I own today to avoid putting any residue on clean hair.

Style is a single braid.

Etc.: After washing all of my combs, I also washed a hairbrush that I hadn't used regularly in years and ultimately decided not to keep (too hard to clean). Also did a load of laundry, gave myself a mani pedi and washed all of my makeup brushes, replaced applicators, sponges, etc. I want to be ready for whatever this week has in store.

Wanted to wash my car as well, but was too soddin' tired by the end of the day and I'd already gotten a lot done. Maybe tomorrow.

Haha. My dad's chasing the dog around the kitchen with a remote control dinosaur. ;D

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Apr 12th, 2010 at 1:58pm
Hair: CWC with Suave green apple light conditioner and Pantene Volume S&C. No leave-ins; hair is down. I might do a S&D later.

Speaking of hair, I just finished cutting my dad's into what he termed a "kinda cool, '50's spiky flattop" at his request. He's quite pleased with it.
    Hehe. Angel...hairstylist to the (local) stars. 8-) ;D

Etc.: Woke up early and it was pouring rain, so naturally I decided to go for a walk. After returning from the usual half hour trek, it was a bit of work pulling off my wet clothes and unraveling the soaked velvet scrunchie from my equally soaked hair so I could shower. But what an epic way to start the morning. :D

Even more epic would be to hear from a few prospective employers. Hello...?

Your Hair Should Be Brown

You are an intelligent, well respected person.
You are very confident. You take yourself seriously, and other people take you seriously too.

You are a good leader, and you can be trusted with someone's life.
You motivate people well, and you command respect easily.

You are competent, successful, and organized. You can't stand chaos.
Some people mistake you for being cold, calculating, or elitist.

What Color Hair Should You Have?      

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Drear on Apr 13th, 2010 at 5:46am
What a great way to start your morning!  I like wet greens when it's raining or has just rained. 

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Apr 13th, 2010 at 11:11am
It's early...which means I have time for a quick entry.

Speaking of prospective employers, I have an interview this afternoon with a new company in one of the poshest business complexes I've ever seen. I'll try to get a few pix of some of its grandiose water features while I'm there if I'm able.

So most of my day will be spent preening, primping and getting my corporate goth glamour on in preparation, as well as just trying to stay cool and focused.

As for my hair, today's routine will be a simple CW with a Suave/Pantene conditioner blend and diluted TRESemmé anti-breakage shampoo. Style wise, I'm feeling the double bun updo would be appropriate. Haven't rocked that one in awhile. Therefore leave-ins will be mandatory. Maybe even a little hairspray. :o

Yesterday I went a little crazy and picked up two 15 oz. bottles of Suave waterfall mist light conditioner. Something to use when I run out of the green apple stuff.

Oh yes, and as luck would naturally have it, I have to do this interview with a MONSTER ZIT on my chin that simply refuses to go away. >:( Thank God for makeup.

The band is planning a jam tonight but I haven't made any commitments. I don't know if I'll be feeling up to it this evening or what my father's schedule is like, so we'll see.

Right now, the only thing I'm committed to is this interview. And perhaps making some oatmeal. Breakfast would be nice.

Cheers, loves. Wish me luck.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Sakina on Apr 13th, 2010 at 9:01pm
Good luck, Angel!!!!!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Curlgirl64 on Apr 13th, 2010 at 9:01pm
Good luck!!  Let us know how it goes!  Pics,too,if ya can! ;)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by melusine on Apr 13th, 2010 at 11:55pm
The best of luck.  I'll keep my fngers crossed for you, and throw in a prayer or two to the goddess.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Apr 14th, 2010 at 12:42pm
Luck, luck and more luck!!   8-)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Apr 14th, 2010 at 5:57pm
Wow, thanx, you guys! :D It means more than you know.

The interview was quite brief, but seemed to go rather well. They'll be interviewing people all week, but said that things looked good, so I may be called for a second interview. We'll see.
Unfortunately, I was only able to grab this one pic while I was there:

Last night, my father and I did end up getting together with the band. None of them were angry with me for not going last week...and Lizard found my percussion instruments.
    And just when I was convinced that I had nothing in common with Grateful Ed, it turns out he's a fan of Echo & The Bunnymen, and even photographed them back in 1986 when he worked for Rolling Stone. Epic! He's going to see them at Coachella this weekend.
    Speaking of the Bunnymen, their first album just happened to be spinning in my car's CD player on the way home. It wasn't the first time my father had heard them, but the first time he'd verbalized his disdain. :o Totally figures. He hates almost every band worth their salt, poor fellow. ::)

Spoke with former band brother Moon Pie this morning as he explained how unemployment extensions work. He once told me that if I ever had any questions about unemployment that I only had to ask him, and he was able to put some of my fears to rest. I now have a much better understanding of what to expect from this point onward. Bless his heart. And his experience. And his easy going attitude. I love that guy. :)

Anyway, in hair news, I wore what was probably the worst double bun updo ever to the interview yesterday. All wonky and heavily cemented into place with hairspray and aloe gel. :P
    Washed this morning with Dove cucumber & green tea shampoo, then left the Intensive Repair treatment in until the end of my shower, where I rinsed and chased it with the cucumber & green tea conditioner. After all that, it became a tangled mess and I knew there was a problem. When it finally dried, I learned exactly what that problem was.
    Without any leave-ins at all, Dove products have left a heavy slime coat on my hair, as if I'd dunked it in a 10 gallon barrel of serum. :P It's braided and out of the way now, but I can't even touch it without getting my hands slimy.

So I've made a new ACV rinse for tomorrow when I'll have to WCC all over again...with different products. The Dove is awaiting new orders in my car wash bucket.

Gaaaaaahhhhh, did the cast of Glee seriously just cover a Doors song?! http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/sick0022.gif We may now be assured that poor ol' Jimbo's bones are spinning in their Parisian grave. This one's for you, man.


Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Curlgirl64 on Apr 14th, 2010 at 7:14pm
I can actually visualize you walking up those stairs to work!!!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Apr 16th, 2010 at 1:40pm
Curlgirl: Perhaps if it was raining. I'd be more inclined to park underground and take the elevator. ;)

Hair: Still slimy. :P Instead of washing and stripping it to death, I'm just going to keep with my normal wash routines and just let the extra business filter out gradually. Leave-ins will be left out as I believe they're still suspect. Contained styles are mandatory for disguising the mess. Man, do I miss my headbands. :-/ Perhaps I'll get some jewels at Michaels and make a few more gothy headbands to distract myself from my hair's unhappy condition.

Etc.: The company called yesterday and invited me back for a second interview on Tuesday, so it's looking good. I honestly wasn't expecting to hear from them so soon, if at all. I already have a plan to do my hair, nails and makeup differently than last time. They're dealing with a capricious artist after all. ;)

Anyway, time to hop in the shower...which brings about 2 more points: my sister's bf does indeed farmer blow in the shower. I heard him do it twice this morning. :P :P :P Nasty.

Ahem. But in the spirit of clean, check these epic rubber duckies!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Apr 16th, 2010 at 3:50pm
Good to know about the Dove products; I've been tempted to try them and now know why I haven't.  Love the rubber duckies.   :)  And way to go on scoring a second interview!   8-)    Keeping you in my thoughts as usual, love.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Curlgirl64 on Apr 16th, 2010 at 9:32pm
Way cool on the upcoming second interview!!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Apr 17th, 2010 at 6:49pm
Curlgirl: Indeed. Let's hope it goes as well as the first, yes?

Trisha: Don't be fooled by the shiny packaging or implied gentleness in the name. Dove is the supreme evil of haircare. The James Moriarty in a complex and sinister network of conspirators whose sole mission is to lure unsuspecting consumers into slime-sodden ruin. :o At least this is what I've come to believe after falling victim to their products.

Thank you for keeping me in mind. I truly appreciate the support. :)

Hair: Washed the entire length with Suave Kids 2-in-1 Smoothers in the orange mango outburst scent. Oh my God! :o Not only does it smell enticing enough to eat, it actually leaves my hair clean, smooth and not dried out. Something typically unheard of among Suave products. Easily a product that I could use for years, if not forever. And under $2 a bottle - eureka! :D

Followed with an ACV rinse and Pantene Volume conditioner. No leave-ins. Hair is cleaner, but still slicked with Dove residue. Evil, evil stuff. I'll clarify on Monday and hope that takes care of it. Otherwise this is going to be a long and grueling process. :-/

Staying up rather late last night, my efforts were entirely focused on cutting and tying strips of tulle, velvet, lace and ribbon to make this freaky deaky hair accessory:

When I was a kid, one of our neighbours made hair accessories for her 3 daughters and once made some for my sister and I, so I basically took one of her ideas and modified it to fit my own style. Can't wait to try this thing with my twisted updo.

Still need to get crystals for my next headband project. I went to Michaels yesterday but couldn't decide what I wanted. Today I have a clearer idea...time to play around and create! :D

Etc.: Yes, I missed Coachella...but I never was a fan anyway. My band brother Grateful Ed is there with his wife. With any luck, they'll get a few good pix for me.

But the summer concert boom is coming: Heart in May, Peter Frampton & Joan Jett and the Blackhearts in July, BB King & Buddy Guy in August...at least a few shows worth seeing, should I have the chance.

Anyroad, I'm off to grab a bite, then back to Michaels. Cheers!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Curlgirl64 on Apr 17th, 2010 at 8:25pm
Yes! ;)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by MichelleR on Apr 18th, 2010 at 4:26pm
Good luck on the second interview!! 

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Apr 18th, 2010 at 7:10pm
Thanx, MichelleR!

Today's routine was a simple CW with blended conditioner and diluted TRESemmé shampoo. My hair is still damp, so it's still too early to determine, but I think the residual Dove evilness is beginning to diminish significantly. Finally!
Style wise, I wanted to do a flipped ponytail today, which requires at least a leave-in conditioning spray, so I used Kenra Daily Provision.

Tomorrow will be a clarifying day and I've already made an ACV rinse.

After 2 days of Sinatra and hot glue burns, I've finished another headband. Detail on this one has a cluster of bling & black pearls over layers of black/silver lace, fishnet, crushed velvet and tulle.

Unlike its predecessor, I can't wait to wear this one in public. ;) Of course I finished it right as mandatory updo weather commences. :P

Speaking of which, with the temps coming back up, it would be great to hit the beaches on the regular again. It's been way too long and I'm dying to get back out on the ol' Morey board. Need someone to go with though. :-/

Your Left Part Says You're Creative and Funky

You are naturally artsy and a little kooky. You do and see things in a very unique way.
Forget marching to the same beat as everyone else... you don't even hear the same beat as everyone else.

You have always been a very independent person. Years ago you stopped even trying to fit in.
Your very comfortable in your own skin. If people can't handle your eccentricities, that's their problem... not yours!

What Does Your Part Say About You?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Curlgirl64 on Apr 18th, 2010 at 7:53pm
Very nice headband!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by melusine on Apr 19th, 2010 at 1:22am
Congrats on the second interview!!  I will think good thoughts, cross my fingers and throw in a small petition to the goddess.  My husband was without a permanent full time job for 4 yrs.  Believe me, I know what you are going thru.  I have been thinking of you often and reading your posts since the day you posted that you were out of work.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Godyssey on Apr 20th, 2010 at 12:45am
Good luck on your interview! :)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Apr 20th, 2010 at 1:22am
Bless your heart, Melusine. Thank you! The support here is really something else. I love you guys. :-*

Clarified today. Haaaallelujah! Dove residue - gone! Conditioned with Kenra Nourishig Masque and Kenra Daily Provision was the only leave-in. Neither built up or left anything undesirable behind. Style was a single braid.

Tomorrow's the big day. Nails are dressed in silver and I'm thinking a flipped rope braid for the hair. Fingers crossed...

Your Inner Color is Purple

Your Personality: You're a dreamer and visionary. You believe you were put on this earth to do something great.

You in Love: You're very passionate but often too busy for love. You need a partner who sees your vision and adopts it as their own.

Your Career: You need a job that helps you make a difference. You have a bright future as a guru, politician, teacher, or musician.

What's Your Inner Color?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Drear on Apr 20th, 2010 at 5:19am
I'm late in joining the support because I've been busy sorting issues here but I really want to throw a lot of luck in your direction.  It's good to see that you're being creative at the same time too.  I like that headband.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Apr 21st, 2010 at 1:43am
Thanks on both counts, Drear. :) Creativity is who I am - it's always there no matter what else is going on.

While I was getting ready for this afternoon's interview, a different company called to schedule another in an earlier time slot. Two interviews in one afternoon? No problem.
    Unfortunately, I don't think either opportunity is going to pan out. :-/ That's the way the thunder rumbles. I sent out another slew of résumés this morning and I have another UI check on the way. Moving on.

Hair wise, I did a CWC using Suave waterfall mist as a light conditioner. It's actually richer than I remember and conditions rather well on its own. Regular conditioner blend and diluted TRESemmé shampoo are nearly gone.

The flipped rope braid lasted through the interviews but started falling apart afterwards. Especially after spending time at the coast.

Decided to try out an indie café by the water...and ended up with the worst iced white mocha and berry cheesecake I've ever had in my life. :P Binning the former, I went about looking for something better to wash it all down with. The line at Starbucks was horrendous. Häagen-Dazs was a different story ;) so I got a dulce de leche shake there, which was good but made me ill after awhile. :P My diet has been crap lately anyway. :-[

Alas, that's where I am now. Disappointed, ill, and after waking up way too early, combined with the day's events, dead tired.
    But tomorrow is another day. Peace.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Curlgirl64 on Apr 21st, 2010 at 5:09am
I'm sorry about the interviews :(. It's crummy,but I admire your positiveness even when things don't pan out. 8-)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by melusine on Apr 21st, 2010 at 10:28pm
Okay, even if the interviews don't result in a job offer this week, something could come from them later.  Plus, every interview you do gives you experience and will result in better interviews later.  Someone as positive as you are is bound to end up with a really fab position.

I love all the little tests you have been posting.  What a hoot!!  I keep playing with my responses to see what changes the answer.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Apr 22nd, 2010 at 2:01am
Melusine: ;D Sometimes I do the same thing just to see what kind of results someone else might get. Other times, I have my sister take the same quiz to see what she ends up with since her personality is quite different from mine.

And thanx for the encouragement. I've been called a lot of things but never "positive." ;D

Curlgirl: Thanx. Yeah, it's a bummer. I've a pretty strong foreboding that neither place will pick me...but that's just going to have to be ok. It's out of my hands. Better to shrug off the things I can't control and focus on what I can - like getting as many résumés out as possible every day and staying on top of whichever new positions become available so I can be the first to pounce on them. ;)
    You may call that positivity, but it's probably something closer to desperation. http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/ashamed0003.gif

Hair: CW routine. Blended conditioner, diluted TRESemmé shampoo. It bloody amazes me how certain inexpensive products can render my hair so soft. :o I honestly haven't had a problem giving up Pantene. That may be the strangest thing I've ever said in these forums.

Anyway, leave-ins today were Kenra Daily Provision and ELOO. Style was a casual bun which has since come down as I plan to load my hair with oil overnight.

Etc.: Power walked the 30 minute route twice today and exercised in my room for an additional 30 minutes out of pure boredom. Diet has been pretty healthy today as well and I'm finding motivation in unexpected places...like my sister's bf. His unhealthy habits inspire me to keep making good decisions for myself. Like this afternoon when he threw some mayo & cheese-laden sarnie on the stove with butter on both ends while I cracked open a can of soup. ::)

In many ways, I sense that familiar old roommate competitiveness returning. The same sort of thing I had going with my last set of roommates - looking down on their habits and doing the opposite. Eating well while they eat crap, keeping my room tidy while theirs is a pig sty, exercising while they're lazy, etc. Maybe that's common behaviour among roommates. :-/

Anyroad, it's still a bit early but I'm dead knackered and need to sleep. Right after oiling my hair. G'night, loves.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Apr 22nd, 2010 at 10:58am

Angel wrote on Apr 22nd, 2010 at 2:01am:
I honestly haven't had a problem giving up Pantene. That may be the strangest thing I've ever said in these forums.

:o  *faint*


Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Apr 22nd, 2010 at 3:20pm
Trisha: Right?? ;)

Hair: Washed last night's oil out with Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition shampoo and conditioned twice. First with Pantene Moisture Renewal, last with Triple Nutrition conditioner. Leave-ins were Kenra Daily Provision and ELOO. The Dove slime seems to have cleared out completely and my hair has been returned its natural texture so I can pretty much use whatever I want on it. Thank goodness.

At the moment it's air drying and I've not yet decided what sort of style I'll do. Maybe just a headband. :)

Etc.: No new job leads as yet. Really hoping for my next UI check to arrive soon.

Need to switch meds again. The current supply isn't doing anything good for me. I'll be off of them for good once I can afford to see my dermatologist again.

Hopefully by fall, everything will turn out for the best. I'll have a new job, be able to afford decent meds, fit in my clothes again and all of the new Halloween merch will be hitting stores. God willing.

The band is getting together tonight. Here we go again. ::)

You Are an Archangel

You're so good, people have trouble believing it's not an act. You're practically a saint.
You take ethics and morals very seriously. You can be depended on to do the right thing, even when it's difficult.

You may or may not be religious, but you are definitely deeply spiritual. You want to do right in this world.
You would never betray the trust of your friends and family. And in turn, you are highly respected by everyone.

What Type of Angel Are You?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Apr 23rd, 2010 at 10:29pm
Hair: CWC with Suave waterfall mist (ahhh) light conditioner, diluted TRESemmé anti-breakage shampoo and another conditioner blend. Leave-ins were Kenra Daily Provision and ELOO as usual and the style was/is a single braid.

Emptied the huge TRESemmé bottle and tossed it in the recycle bin. Woo! One down...
    Now I'm playing mad scientist in the bathroom, mixing potions to cut down on clutter. It rather amazes me just how much product is stashed about in my room. I feel almost like a hoarder. :o This whole hair thing can become quite the obsession, can't it?

Music: The jam actually went well last night even though it was freezing cold. The only real disagreement was how often we should get together. Dad & I could really push it back to once a month but Grateful Ed wants to move it up to twice a week. Twice a week...for a purely social band going nowhere fast. Insert any number of "he's on dope" comments here. Literally - he grows the stuff legally for "medical" purposes. ::) Ah, brother Ed, you make yourself too easy a target.

My father is buying a song from a local composer that suits his voice and style really well. He played it for the lot of us last night and had us join in. The song is going on a forthcoming CD from my dad's other band (the decent one) and he wants me to learn harmonies and record it with him. I'm not sure yet whether it's to be a single, EP or full on album, but it will all be done locally and independently and should be kinda fun. :)

Etc.: Anywho, I'm home alone (except for the dog) so now would be the perfect time to get a few things done which would otherwise be hampered by the presence of...well, others. My agenda, my way. 8-)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Apr 24th, 2010 at 6:38pm
Hair: Kinda weird today. I'm not sure if it's due to the wash method, the products used or the good thrashing I put it through while working out both this morning and afternoon. :-/

Started off in a ponytail while I worked out for an hour, then I did my best to comb it before giving it a CW in the shower with a blended (mostly Pantene) conditioner and slightly diluted Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition shampoo. It became clear that the latter was just too greasy and wouldn't make a good daily shampoo, so I dumped it. Man, have I had it with heavy, slimy shampoos lately. :P Thankfully, I clarify tomorrow.

Anyway, leave-ins were the usual Kenra Daily Provision and ELOO. Left my hair down as usual while it air dried, during which time I worked in another half hour of exercise. The detangling that followed was something of a struggle. My hair's always a bit weird after it's been badly tangled and then detangled. Think I'll give it a little more ELOO and either braid it or put it in a bun or something.

So far, I've more or less been adapting to a new weekly wash regimen:

Sunday - clarify
Monday - CWC
Tuesday - CW + heavy ELOO overnight
Wednesday - WCC
Thursday - CWC
Friday - CW
Saturday - CWC or WC + heavy ELOO overnight

So the length only gets washed twice a week. Not sure whether that's enough just yet. Looking forward to measure day next week. :)

Etc.: Chillin' to some great goth music this afty. And I don't mean anything remotely close to Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, Evanescence, Prodigy or whatever else the ignorant masses think is "goth." I mean real goth music: Bauhaus, Siouxse & the Banshees, The Cure, Bella Morte, The Crüxshadows, VNV Nation, The Sisters Of Mercy...mostly bands that the ignorant masses have never heard of...and thank goodness. ::)

Still no news in the job search and nothing from EDD, and time is running out. Of course I realize the futility of hoping for anything different on either end. http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/indifferent0025.gif Guess the powers that be just won't be satisfied until I can't pay my bills, lose everything I own and am living in a shelter somewhere.

I am letting go
my grip loosens by the day
In my solitude
my eyes open for the fall
I won't mourn this life
just those that I've left behind
I won't mourn this life
as I cross the final line

-Bella Morte, On The Edge

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Apr 25th, 2010 at 11:51pm
Hair: Clarified this morning without doing an overnight ELOO treatment last night, and I guess I should have. Even after conditioning with Pantene Deep Fortifying treatment, most of my hair was dry and prone to serious tangles. One was so bad that it had to be cut out. :( After braiding it, I poured ELOO over the ends and worked it through. Let's hope that does something.

Etc.: Anyone tried the new Hershey's Pieces? I got the York ones tonight and they're epic! :D Can't wait to try the Almond Joy ones if I ever have the chance.

Watched Singin' In The Rain with my family a little while ago. Or at least I tried what with them blathering on the minute they walked through the door, the dog jumping all over the place and my sister's idiot boyfriend standing in front of the TV for a minute. >:( Erg. Trying to watch movies in this family is impossible, thus I always try to do it alone.

They're all watching Avatar now and I'm going for a walk. Ta-ra!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Apr 26th, 2010 at 3:26pm

Angel wrote on Apr 24th, 2010 at 6:38pm:
Guess the powers that be just won't be satisfied until I can't pay my bills, lose everything I own and am living in a shelter somewhere.

You will never end up living in a shelter; I would not let that happen.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Apr 26th, 2010 at 7:05pm
Trisha: If you could somehow prevent that from 5 states away, then you have far more power than I do. ;)

Hair: Bunned for this morning's exercises, then detangled with my seamless acrylic comb, and a CWC took care of yesterday's oil-saturated ends. Currently using Suave waterfall mist as a light conditioner until the bottle is empty. Washed the top half of my hair with Suave Kids 2-in-1 and all of its citrusy goodness. Conditioned with the usual blend.
Today's only leave-in was Kenra Daily Provision and the style is a bun held in place with bobby pins. I like how wisps of hair naturally come out of this style and keep it from looking too marmy.

Spotted the new version of my hair's former partner, Pantene, while I was out today. Not digging the new graphics and they are now using harsher detergents in the shampoos and cheaper plastics for the bottles. :P It's kind of like watching someone you once dated go completely downhill and thinking, boy, I got out of that one just in time!
So long, Pantene. We had a good ride.

Etc.: Definitely going to stop taking my current meds as they are causing too many unpleasant side effects, including weight gain. It's freaking me out because I've always been naturally thin, but I've been here before and know how to deal. I'll likely take a few months off of meds altogether before trying something else.

Nails are now black with a subtle glitter topcoat. They're actually a bit more glittery than intended, but whatever. It's extremely fine glitter and only visible in direct light, and it's only going to be there for a week anyway. I figured that so long as I wasn't getting called for any interviews, my nails may as well be fun.
    Of course, I did stop short of getting a bottle of purple glitter polish yesterday. ;D If I was 16, it wouldn't even be a question. I'd buy it and slick it over black polish in a heartbeat. But I'm a big girl now and there are classier ways to rock the sparkle. ;)

Finally got my last UI check in the mail today and put it in the bank. It's not much but I can now at least afford to register my car for another year. Yays. ::)
    My mother's first unemployment extension was approved and they've started sending her money again, which is great for her and encouraging for me. Fingers crossed.

Your Theme Song is Back in Black by AC/DC

"Back in black, I hit the sack,
I've been too long, I'm glad to be back"

Things tend to get really crazy for you, and sometimes you have to get away from all the chaos.
But each time you stage your comeback, it's even better than the last!

What's Your Theme Song?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Apr 29th, 2010 at 11:42am
Blaaah. Up insanely early yet again. :P My sister's bf gets up at 4:45 AM to get ready for work, which always wakes me up. Being unable to go back to sleep, I took advantage of the early hour and went for a short walk. Only the 20 minute route since the sun was coming out and my legs were already sore enough.

Came back in and exercised for 20 more minutes, and I'll probably walk the 20 minute route again tonight. I try to get at least 60 minutes a day.

In hair news, I bought Kenra moisturizing S&C a few days ago and used them yesterday. Both are insanely thick and leave a slick, heavy residue but it doesn't seem to matter once my hair is dry. There's also a pretty strong coconut fragrance.
    The usual Kenra Daily Provision and ELOO as leave-ins don't seem to be enough lately. More and more, I'm becoming convinced that my hair is just growing too long for its texture as the ends only seem to get drier and more eager to tangle. As I've said before, I'll reach waist length purely out of principle, then cut back to BSL. I guess the longest that my hair type should ever grow is just past mid-back. :(

As for today, the routine will be a CWC. I've more or less given up on the CW approach as it didn't seem to condition my hair enough. I have another new shampoo that I'm dying to break in - Suave Kids 2-in-1 in the cherry jams scent - because it smells like grenadine! :D Yeah, I use kids products. What about it?

Good news: the state has extended my UI claim. *HUGE sigh of relief* More good news: band brother Moon Pie will be joining the rest of us for a jam tonight. Perhaps he & I will tinker around with the old B3 organ that Lizard bought recently. ::)

Now for just a touch of totally unrelated self mockery...

Your Goth Name is: Rain Dystopia

But, truly, I have wept too much! The Dawns are heartbreaking. Every moon is atrocious and every sun bitter.

What's Your Goth Name?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Curlgirl64 on Apr 29th, 2010 at 12:45pm
Congrats on the extention!  I know what a relief that is to you!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Apr 29th, 2010 at 4:13pm
Yay for the extension! 
Luna Asylum, I kind of like that! 

Your Goth Name is: Luna Asylum

But, truly, I have wept too much! The Dawns are heartbreaking. Every moon is atrocious and every sun bitter.

What's Your Goth Name?


Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Apr 30th, 2010 at 9:27pm
Trish: Hehe. Nice one. ;)

Hair: CWC today with Suave waterfall mist light conditioner and TRESemmé anti-breakage S&C. The TRES conditioner didn't seem to do much, so I worry that it may render the same dried out results as last time. :( Perhaps I'll give it a week and see what happens.
    Alas, the real moisture was down to today's leave-ins. Kenra Daily Provision & ELOO as usual. Thank goodness for them. And just in case the TRESemmé ends up sucking eggs, I still have an obscene amount of products stashed away.

As far as shampoos are concerned, I'm liking the Suave Kids line best so far. Granted, I haven't used it much on the regular, so we'll see.

Etc.: Got a super cute new top from JCP yesterday that I can't wait to wear, but will have to save for summer. It's been sunny but windy & cold lately. Staying indoors sort of weather.

The gums around my wisdom teeth have been killing me for days and are finally beginning to heal. I also have a canker sore in there somewhere so my mouth is really not happy. :( I did venture to eat some of the chips & salsa that Lizard put out for the band last night and that went alright. The jam was decent - it was great to see Moon Pie again. And John 3:16 said that he liked my hair down.
The guys are all talking about going to see Boscoe's new band, Rodeohead, tonight. Yep, country fried Radiohead covers. ;D Only Boscoe, I swear. Hope my father's up for the drive. It'd be a total gas if we could go.

Anywho, I'm off to get dinner and finish laundry. Ciao!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on May 1st, 2010 at 9:49pm
Hair: Day 2 of consistent TRESemmé use and I'm already longing for Pantene. :( It's apparent now that the TRES conditioner is best used as a light conditioner. But the S&C, when used together, are indeed drying. Even in CWC's, as I learned this morning. *sigh*

Darn you, Pantene! Why do companies have to go and wreck a good thing? If it ain't broke, don't fix it! Herbal Essences pulled the same crap years ago and I stopped using it.
    My hope is that Pantene will continue to make Restoratives products so I can just bypass the basic lines. That would work. Though I'll obviously have to give up using their Purity shampoo and Detangling leave-in as they've been discontinued. >:(

So everything's up in the air again and I'm trying to go with the flow and see what transpires. When the dust settles, perhaps I'll find new products that I really love.
    For now, though, it's about using what I've got and trying to make it work, and making good use of leave-ins and contained styles when it doesn't work.

Measuring today, my hair came in at 28.75." Waist length is about 30-30.5" on me, so I'm just over an inch away. Unfortunately, I probably won't reach it before my trim in July. :( Maybe in the latter half of the year.

Etc.: The pain from my wisdom teeth is nearly gone, though I fear that's just the tip of the iceberg. I still have a nasty canker sore and one of my molars has a deep cavity that seems to get worse every day. It will only continue to get worse, of course, until I can afford to have it filled. Ugh! It's only when we're already down and out that the worst things happen. One crap thing on top of another until it becomes this insurmountable pile. It's designed that way, I'm quite sure. Fate is the devil's handiwork - there is no dodging or avoiding it, and there is no escaping it without a scratch.

In other news, it's May day. 3.5 burning months to survive before the first traces of autumn creep into the stores. I'll be waiting. http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/evilgrin0017.gif

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on May 3rd, 2010 at 10:00am

In other news, it's May day. 3.5 burning months to survive before the first traces of autumn creep into the stores. I'll be waiting.


Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on May 3rd, 2010 at 7:59pm
Hair: Clarified. If Pantene Purity shampoo has been changed or discontinued, I'll most likely switch to Herbal Essences Drama Clean. It's cheaper and smells better anyway. ::)

The only leave-in for the day was Kenra daily provision on the bottom half of the length. Style is a bun with the usual 3 bobby pins.

Etc.: Worked out for an hour this morning, looked for work, went to the bank and activated my new debit card.
    Yesterday, I cleaned the house, did laundry & dishes, then collapsed on the couch to watch Close Encounters Of The Third Kind. Cheesy 70's sci-fi never gets old. ;)
    Now I'm in the process of painting on one of my signature dark mani's. When the sun goes down, I'll stop by the post office to drop off a car payment and then either head home to watch tonight's TV with the family or drive off to the coast to write.

Speaking of the family, they all seemed to have a decent time at Bats Day yesterday. They returned home with all manner of stories about the fashion sightings - the good, the bad, the ugly and everything in between. Go figure I was the only one who didn't go.
    Even the goth bartender from my sister's work whom I dated years ago was there and spent some time with my family. My friend T was there with other friends and was briefly introduced to him.

My family wasn't there because of Bats Day or anything, it was purely coincidental. But anti-goth as they are, they seemed to take it well. T isn't goth either, obviously, but his friends were at the park and he's known to go there when he has nothing else to do.
    This year, I simply couldn't afford it and I'm ok with that. It's not the first Bats Day I've ever missed and it won't be the last.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on May 5th, 2010 at 1:40am
Hair: CWC today with Suave waterfall mist light conditioner, Suave Kids 2-in-1 and blended conditioner. This plus the usual leave-ins would've made for an epic hair day, but it was not to be. I decided to try out my new sunblocks this morning, which meant pinning my hair up while it was still wet. Even despite such efforts, the underside still ended up getting totally gunked. :P So I just rolled the mess into a bun before it was dry, not even bothering to detangle it all the way. Definitely looking forward to washing tomorrow! :P

Etc.: Sunblock also seemed to eat away some of my nail polish - I just finished doing repair work and adding another clear coat. It most likely took some of the finish off of the bracelets I had on today, which I feared might happen, so I wore cheap, plastic ones. They'll probably go into the shower with me tomorrow morning for a good cleaning. Also had to wash the necklace that I'd worn. Stupid sunblock. >:(

Went on sort of a mad shopping spree this afty. :D Picked up all kinds of things...I guess in celebration of having my UI claim extended. Tomorrow, I'll probably get a few giftcards for my parents since Thursday is my mother's b-day and I was dead broke for my father's.

So things are getting a bit better in Angel's world. Well, aside from the usual crap and being sticky and gross...did I mention that I don't particularly care for sunblock? ::)

Tomorrow I'll use an ACV rinse and try out a new conditioner. 'Til then, amigas.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on May 5th, 2010 at 11:05am
If the Suave kids line works for you (and it seems to, from what you've said), why not use it exclusively? 

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on May 5th, 2010 at 11:38pm
Trish: The Suave 2-in-1's seem to work ok for basic use, but I prefer have a separate clarifying shampoo without conditioners built in...for a super clean slate once a week. That's just what seems to work best.

Hair: Gave it a fruity treat this morning. CWC with Suave waterfall mist light conditioner, Suave Kids orange mango 2-in-1 and Herbal Essences Hello Hydration conditioner. Leave-ins were Suave Kids apple spray conditioner and ELOO. My hair both feels and smells amazing. :D
    The only things I need to watch for are whether 1.) the Suave Kids Smoothers 2-in-1 is too heavy for my roots, and 2.) Herbal Essences causes any chemical burns to the back of my neck as it has in the past.

Other than that, epic hair day. 8-) Style is a simple bun.

Etc.: Not a whole lot going on today. A distant relative from wayyy up in north county came down to go over some genealogy research with my mother.
    Discovered that one of my "Jewish great grandparents" wasn't Jewish at all.

Weather wise, it's finally starting to heat up again. Back into the 80's & 90's. It'll be in the 100's before long. Soddin' summer. :P

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by melusine on May 6th, 2010 at 7:30pm
I am glad your UI was extended.  I keep hoping for good news on the job front for you.

I have been meaning to ask you, what is ELOO?  It sounds exotic, and I am curious. 

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on May 7th, 2010 at 3:23am
Melusine: Many thanks, and ELOO is extra light olive oil. Not domestic but not exotic either. ;)

Hair: Roots were disgusting this morning, especially after working out, and I didn't get in the shower until after 11:00, so the routine was a mandatory W-CWC. Used Suave waterfall mist light conditioner, Pantene Volume shampoo and a regular conditioner blend. Leave-ins were Kenra Daily Provision spray and ELOO. Style was a crazy twisted updo that I've since taken down.

Etc.: Becoming gradually disenchanted with my mineral foundation. It just doesn't seem to be working as well lately. Might have to switch back to the liquid stuff. :P Perhaps an even mix of liquid foundation and sunblock. I just bought 2 new sunblocks, both oil-free and SPF 100+.

Still fretting over dental issues. My other top wisdom tooth is beginning to chip away and will probably soon fall apart like its partner on the other side. One of my bottom molars has a terrible cavity and the gums around it may be infected. To think that I was once the poster child for naturally perfect teeth. :'(
    All of this could of course be remedied with a single month's full time income. Bloody infuriating.

Today was my mother's birthday, so the lot of us met my sister for dinner at the restaurant where she works. I gave both of my parents giftcards for Mimi's Cafe.
    All in all, it was a good time but we were all painfully full afterwards. I was the only one who went power walking and exercised after we got home and my stomach is still all stretched out and bloated. Bleh. :P

Anyway, that's it for now. I'm dead tired & don't want to write anymore. Peace. http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/indifferent0008.gif

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on May 8th, 2010 at 1:25am
What a day! Right now, I'm prepping the washer & dryer for my 4th load of laundry. :o It's been a good amount of work on its own, not to mention trying to keep the process a relative secret from the 'rents (it's better if they aren't around while I'm doing laundry). But all in all, I've gotten a lot done and with no drama. :)

Decided to celebrate by ordering new trousers online, then going out to indulge my sweet tooth. Anyone tried those Quaker True Delights granola bars yet? They're awesome! :D
    Also picked up a dark chocolate raspberry Chocolixir from Godiva, then hung out at the coast for awhile after sunset.

While I was out, I hit the 2 story Target in the town where I was born...and they have much of the new Pantene in stock. My morbid curiosity was rewarded when I noticed that one of the shampoos for fine hair isn't as harsh as all of the the others. Looks like I don't have to give up Pantene after all! :D Best news of the week.

Not much else to report hair wise. CWC today. Didn't have time for leave-ins right away so I just slicked a little ELOO on the ends after my hair was dry, then put it up in a bun.

You Are a Cool Person

You are calm and collected. You don't make much of a fuss - in fact, no one can tell when you're excited.
You are not very emotive and expressive. You tend to temper any feelings with logic and rationality.

You are steady and consistent. You are a person of your word, and you like to keep to a schedule.
Your energy tends to be at the same level throughout the day. You know how to pace yourself.

Are You Warm or Cool?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Drear on May 8th, 2010 at 7:33am

Day 2 of consistent TRESemmé use and I'm already longing for Pantene.  It's apparent now that the TRES conditioner is best used as a light conditioner. But the S&C, when used together, are indeed drying. Even in CWC's, as I learned this morning. *sigh*

Darn you, Pantene! Why do companies have to go and wreck a good thing? If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

I should've read your journal entry before I washed my hair this morning. ::)  I know our hair textures are different and our problems may be different but I'm not impressed with Tres.  I agree on this: "Why do companies have to go and wreck a good thing? If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on May 10th, 2010 at 1:55pm
Drear: Indeed, I've used TRESemmé several times in the past, always with the same result. Really don't know why I bother. Isn't that the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over, hoping for different results each time? ::)

Hair: Clarified yesterday. No leave-ins...well, unless you count the bit of Pantene treatment that didn't quite rinse out in places. :-/ My clarifying shampoo blend is winding down and when it runs out, I have no qualms whatsoever about using Herbal Essences Drama Clean. Pantene has indeed discontinued their Purity shampoo >:( so it's their loss, really. I rather like Drama Clean better anyway.

Roots are getting greasier as the weather gets warmer. Ugh, I hate the hot season and it always lasts the longest. :P It might be better to switch from a 2-in-1 to a regular shampoo so I don't end up looking like Swamp Thing halfway through the day.

Played around with the new Pantene at Target yesterday, coordinating different bottles with different bodywashes, etc. Purely for æsthetic purposes...just to see if I could make anything work. I'm not pleased with the changes but I'm sure I've mentioned that already. http://smilieshq.com/smilies/rolleye0014.gif
    Decided that the Color Preserve Volume S&C bottles were the most gothic looking of the bunch and that's pushing it. They're also a bit difficult to coordinate with other shower stuff. Oy. Curse you, Pantene! >:(

As it stands, I will probably continue to use some of the heavier Pantene conditioners as well as the treatments, though I could take or leave the rest. A hair product gypsy's what I've become. ::) The only allegiance I have is to myself.

Other Stuff: Yesterday I picked up my bass and played it for the first time in months. Egad, I was predictably rusty. :o Let's try not to make these prolonged absences a habit, mmmkay?

The family might be going to Disneyland later today so I'll have some time to raid the groceries they bought yesterday myself. ::)

Anyroad, I'm off to block out the world with great music and burn some calories.

You Are Calculating

You are elegant, withdrawn, and brilliant.
Your mind is a weapon, able to solve any puzzle.
You are also great at poking holes in arguments and common beliefs.

For you, comfort and calm are very important.
You tend to thrive on your own and shrug off most affection.
You prefer to protect your emotions and stay strong.

The World's Shortest Personality Test

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on May 10th, 2010 at 3:22pm

Angel wrote on May 8th, 2010 at 1:25am:
...when I noticed that one of the shampoos for fine hair isn't as harsh as all of the the others. Looks like I don't have to give up Pantene after all! :D Best news of the week.

And which one is that?? 

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on May 12th, 2010 at 1:55pm
Trisha: Fine Hair Solutions: Fragile to Strong. The only one that doesn't use sodium lauryl sulfate as its base detergent. That said, I haven't tried it, so it could be awful. ::)

Hair: CWC's for the last 2 days and a WCC today. Leave-ins have been Kenra Daily Provision spray and ELOO. Styles have been simple, from single braids to buns to nothing. I'll usually put my hair up in the dreaded loop ponytail when I work out in the morning, simply because I haven't time to fuss with tangles or braids or fishing bobby pins out of the plastic bag in my hair drawer. When it comes down again, it's usually something of a disaster and I've grown tired of meticulously combing out every tangle...like trying to chip away a boulder with a needle. This morning, I found more success with a brush.

Speaking of which, there's an inexpensive, black, plastic brush at Walmart (heaven forbid) that I rather like and am thinking of eventually getting. I've already checked it for seams, of course, and it's not bad. Especially if I only use the thing for huge tasks that my combs and patience can't handle.

Anyway, my hair is attempting to air dry at the moment despite it being about 50° in the house. If it warms up outside soon, I'll just go out and drive around. Obviously I'd rather not resort to the blowfryer. :P

In other news, I finally broke down and bought the Pantene color/volume S&C yesterday. The shampoo won't go anywhere near my hair, but I do plan to try out the conditioner. I've also noticed that lighter conditioners have a cetyl alcohol base while the heavier, more moisturizing conditioners have a stearyl alcohol base. Not sure what cetearyl alcohol is exactly...a combination of the other two? :-?

Etc.: At night and in the morning, it's been ridiculously cold for May. I'll definitely be putting the 2nd blanket back on my bed today and cranking the electric one up a little higher.

My mouth is still in pain, though not as much as it has been. I still get shooting pains, inflamed gums, etc. but that's just how it's going to be until I can afford to have some dental work done. God only knows when that will be. So long as I can eat without screaming or crying, I'll consider myself lucky.

Still no luck with the job search. I wish I could just relax a bit and not even bother looking right now, as brother Moon Pie suggested, since there's nothing to look for anyway. All it's really doing is making me hopeless and depressed. Though I can't bear the thought of not making the effort and missing out on whatever small chance there may be. You never know. Maybe that's just naïveté. :-[ Maybe there's something like the Buddhist middle way, where I could still look but not drive myself crazy with it.

Anyway, my mother & sister are off to work the horses so I've gotta get some laundry done. Peace!

You Have an Extremely Active Imagination

Your mind is vivid, lively, and colorful. There is a lot going on in your head.
You have the ability to make pictures and movies in your mind. You are extremely visual.

Your creativity knows no bounds. You don't put restrictions or limits on your thoughts.
You have a gift that other people wish they had. So exercise that imagination as much as you want!

How Active is Your Imagination?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on May 14th, 2010 at 11:32pm
Hair: CWC today. Finally exhausted the Suave waterfall mist light conditioner and my regular blended conditioner. I'm replacing them with a blended light conditioner of some sort (I made it awhile ago so I don't remember exactly what's in it) as well as a heavy blend of Kenra Moisturizing and Herbal Essences Hello Hydration conditioners - both of which smell like coconut.

As far as bottles go, I've decided to stick with the plain, transluscent Suave containers with the labels removed so I can see what exactly I'm blending and how much. Doesn't make me any less goth, just my shower friends. ::) The real artistry is what's inside them.

Anyway, still using Suave Kids Smoothers 2-in-1 orange mango outburst as a daily shampoo. I think it is indeed too heavy for my hair so I might see how it works as a bodywash. ::) It lathers beautifully, smells fantastic and doesn't seem to be drying like the cheap Suave shampoos are.

Leave-ins are as always: Kenra Daily Provision and ELOO. Style du jour is a flipped ponytail.

Music: Crappy jam last night. Crappier than usual. ::) Our drummer couldn't make it, so it was just the 4 of us, plus a guest musician that Lizard invited. A woman who used to play with my father's band years ago, which didn't end well. Oh Lordy, does she love to talk...and talk...and talk. The only time she didn't talk was when she was playing or singing. She had never heard any of our material, yet for some reason, the guys thought it would be a good idea to let her sub on drums so we had to follow her lead. :-? Genius!
    Grateful Ed had to leave early, so we cut our break down to 5 minutes and sped through about 12 songs. It was a night of rushed tempos, endless talking and people out of place. Everything was off kilter, but we went with it.
    While the guest musician borrowed Ed's guitar to do an old Merle Haggard tune, my dad backed her up on drums:

He must be a closet drummer, I think. He's always jumping behind the kit whenever John 3:16 is away.

Etc.: Not much going on at the moment. Sharing shoe shopping suggestions with a friend (say that 5 times fast) and doing a little laundry. Speaking of which, funny story...yesterday, I washed all of my exercise clothes and hung one of the bras that I typically wear while being active outside to dry. That was fine until a person from the utility company came over to check the meters and my sister led him to that side of the house...right where my bra was hanging. :-[ D'oh!
    Thank goodness I wasn't around at the time and the guy had no idea that it belonged to me. And thank goodness it was at least a somewhat nice bra from Victoria's Secret instead of some tatty old thing. Not that I own anything tatty. ::) And people who go to other people's houses for a living see all kinds of crazy stuff, so in ways, it could've been worse. Nothing I can do about it now, so I might as well have a laugh, right? Stay classy, ladies. ;D

Speaking of class, I think I'll head to Walmart (shudder) and see if they have something I'm after. Ta-ra!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on May 15th, 2010 at 3:20pm
Hair: CWC with the new blends. I believe the light conditioner combination is mostly Suave green apple with waterfall mist. Shampoo blend is Suave Kids 2-in-1 orange mango outburst with a bit of TRESemmé anti-breakage...and I was right, it doubles as a great bodywash. ;) Regular conditioner is a blend of Kenra Moisturizing, HE Hello Hydration and just a touch of ELOO - one of the silkiest blends I've ever done.

Kenra Daily Provision is today's only leave-in thus far. I might slick a little ELOO on before styling and I might not. Depends on what style it will be and I won't decide that until my hair has finished drying.

Etc.: Decided to stop taking my most recent meds as they were causing too many unpleasant side effects. Weight gain being the most obvious, but perhaps not the most serious. I read some very disturbing reviews about it a few days ago and didn't even bother finishing the placebo pills. Just binned the whole mess. With any luck, I won't die before I can go back to my regular doctor for the real thing.

Gave myself a new, emerald green mani a few days ago and the ends are already chipping a bit...which isn't a huge deal. I'll just patch them and give them another clear coat. It has to last until next weekend.

The trousers that I ordered arrived yesterday. Woohoo! Yes, trousers. I prefer them over jeans. Far more flattering and they don't fade as quickly. And with the extra weight from my meds, my jeans no longer fit anyway. >:(

So I'll be in detox mode for awhile. I've stopped working out because it does sod-all while this crap is still in my system.

Sounds like the mail is here so I'm off to see if my sodding UI check finally arrived.

You Are Contemplative

Some people may consider you to be too shy, but you are simply thoughtful.

You are a naturally creative person. You are always looking for your next inspiration.

You have very sweet and tender feelings about your friends. You truly miss your friends when you can't spend time with them.

Expression and art recharge you. You feel best when you are able to make something.

The Paris Test

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on May 16th, 2010 at 4:21pm
Hair: Ahhh, clarified. :) In another week or so, my weird clarifying shampoo blend will be gone, so I intend to pick up some HE Drama Clean soon...and that ain't all. I plan to try out the Tousle Me Softly S&C as well, just to see what it does. I may also invest in an HE spray gel to replace the old Pantene hairspray in my closet. ::)

After washing and ACV rinsing, I left Pantene's Deep Fortifying Treatment in the length of my hair until the end of my shower. The only leave-in I've used is Kenra Daily Provision and I'm waiting for my hair to dry.

Etc.: UI check arrived (yay!) so I'll be able to do something tomorrow...hopefully.

Tonight I plan to wash my car. As for the rest of today, it's all up in the soddin' SoCal air. No agenda.

Thought this was funny as heck:

You Belong in San Diego

Laid back and friendly, you were meant to live most of your life on the beach.
You usually think everything is "all good"... except when the weather dips under 60F.
You stay classy - especially when you're in Tijuana!

Where Does Your Inner Californian Belong?

Didn't know I had an "inner Californian" since I see myself largely as a misplaced Seattleite. ::) I prefer the weather under 60°F and I was probably 12 years old the last time I passed through Tijuana. ::)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on May 18th, 2010 at 4:18am
Hair: CWC for Monday with all the usual blends. Tuesday may be my last day with the Suave Kids Smoothers 2-in-1 since I've used it up mostly as a bodywash. ::) Used up a significant amount of my TRESemmé shampoo when I washed my car on Sunday. I'm in elimination mode right now. Anything to get rid of products I'm not in love with.

Leave-ins for Monday were Kenra Daily Provision spray and ELOO. Style was a single braid which I took down before bed. Goodness, was my hair soft! Giving up Pantene hasn't hurt me any, though I don't suppose I'll give it up completely. At least not the conditioners.

Etc.: Still no luck with the job search. It's never been this tough before. Ever. >:(
    But I've created a professional e-mail account that will be used strictly for business contacts and I'll see if I can create a new résumé on my parents' computer tomorrow since the one on my laptop is locked. >:(
    Guess I'm updating and refreshing a few different areas of life, eh?

Predictably, my wonderfully efficient and appreciative bank hasn't processed the deposit that I made on Saturday, so I have no access to my own money until they get around to it. >:( I'd wanted to get out and do something today, especially with the weather so nice, but they put a lovely stop to that. Always nice to see big companies putting their customers first (in the "screw you" department). So thank you, Chase, for ruining my life again. Darn right I'm calling them out by name. I'll save a coldly victorious little grin for the day they lose all of their customers and go out of business.

Ahem. But the weather, yes...was lovely. Pale gray and heavily clouded until just before sunset, and uncommonly cool for this time of year. The perfect sort of day to get out and run around...but I didn't. :(

Oh well. Moving on. One day at a time.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Drear on May 18th, 2010 at 8:58am
What a frustrating job situation.  I hope your new tactic pays off soon.  I don't know how it works in the U.S. but here the banks process things on the first week day after a weekend so something like that wouldn't show up on my account until Tuesday, at best...*sigh!* 

Dad said *you* still have snow in the mountains in CA (don't recall exactly where) and that in the NorCal valley where he lives it was cooler than usual with rain.  Dad lovingly called it Danish weather.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on May 21st, 2010 at 2:18pm
Drear: Thanx.

In the US, banks can legally hold onto checks for up to 2 weeks before clearing them. Most of them don't take that long, but some of them do.

And there's no snow in any of the mountains around here. Most of the county has temps in the 70's.

Hair: 2nd WTC of the week, much needed after yesterday's twisted updo with at least 2 applications of spray gel. I took my hair down before bed last night and the length was still all twisted when I woke up this morning. Trying to comb it all out before showering would've been a lost cause, so I just ran my fingers through it.

Leave-ins today should be Kenra Daily Provision and ELOO. Strangely, I find myself longing for serum again. :-/ Style...who knows? If I stay indoors all day, I might just leave it down.

Etc.: What a week! My mother has been in NY since Wednesday and I've spent the last few days with my father's family who had just finished a 2 week trip on Route 66. Yesterday the lot of us (my grandfather, his gf, my great aunt & uncle, my sister and myself) spent the afternoon at Seaport Village, which was great. I hadn't been in the bookstore/coffee shop there since my 16th birthday. My sister & I both got books there. This was mine: ;)

After my father and my sisters bf got home, we all went to Mimi's for dinner and said goodbye to my WA family as they were all flying home the next morning. They should be there by now.

For today, I'm just taking it easy. Finishing up some laundry and starting on a new manicure. It's also time for me to rinse my hair treatment and face masque...ciao!

Your Nail Polish Color is Purple

How you're unique: You are artistic and expressive

Why your style rocks: You pay special attention to color and fabrics

What this color says about you: "I'm creative and know how to take care of myself"

What Color Nail Polish Best Fits You?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Sakina on May 21st, 2010 at 3:31pm
I really enjoyed that book!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on May 22nd, 2010 at 9:11pm
Sakina: Yep, I'm liking it too, even if it's basically just a Reader's Digest version of her regular columns. It's put together well.

Hair: CWC. Leave-ins are Kenra Daily Provision and double the usual amount of ELOO. Style is a simple bun held in place with bobby pins.

Been using Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly S&C for a few days now and it seems to work alright. No, it doesn't make my hair a sexy mess of careless waves - nor did I expect it to. And it didn't transform me into an instant rock star...I already was one, hunnay. 8-) ;D
    But it cleans well, conditions decently and it smells ok. No rashes yet. I try to remember to put lotion on my neck every day as a preventative measure. If the usual chemical burn prevails, I'll just go back to using Suave Kids and what's left of my Pantene.

Etc.: Nails now have 2 coats of Cover Girl's midnight magic and a topcoat with light silver glitter. They could do with an extra topcoat.

For some reason, my cleaning gloves got tossed out today and it was only when I went to get new ones that I realized I didn't have my debit card. :o Apparently, the cashier at the bookstore failed to give it back to me while I was there and I failed to notice. So I called my (soddin' crappy) bank and had them cancel it (after fighting through their automated system and having to talk to the same representative that I always seem to get...who makes a deliberate habit of repeatedly mispronouncing my name after I've already said it several times). Now I must wait 2 weeks for a new one. >:(

Tonight my mother gets back from NY and I have to pick her up at her sister's house. I've enjoyed the quiet in her absence. ::)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on May 24th, 2010 at 12:30pm
Oh no!  Sorry to hear about the debit card mess.  Here's hoping the (insert colourful adjective here) bank got the card canceled before anyone tried some funny stuff with it. 

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on May 25th, 2010 at 2:21am
Trisha: Yes, the card was canceled immediately and they're sending me a new one. Just another inconvenience. :-/ Story of my life.

Hair: Left TRESemmé anti-breakage conditioner in overnight last night, then got up this morning and clarified. There's probably enough of my clarifying shampoo blend to last one more week. Then I'll start using Herbal Essences Drama Clean - I already bought a 24 oz. bottle of it.

The only leave-in was a spray conditioner, which is typical for clarifying days. Today it was Kenra Daily Provision. Style was a single braid.

Even with the lack of an end treatment, my hair still managed to draw some attention after dinner. I had on a satin shirt which my aunt reached out to touch. That led to at least 3 people petting me at once...then my aunt started running her hand down my braid and other relatives followed suit. I was a one person petting zoo. ;D Niiiice goth, sooooft goth, pet the goth...

My aunt said something like, "Your hair is so soft, I could sleep with it." :-? Interesting. Her daughter then turned to me and quipped, "Do you sleep with your hair? Because I usually take mine off..." ;D

Ahh, ma famille. ::)

Etc.: As mentioned above, my immediate family (and my sister's bf) met my Pt. Loma relatives for dinner so my mother and aunt could regale us all with stories from their NY trip. As it turns out, one of my cousins is leaving for London in 6 days on a whim. Sooooo jealous!

Ugh, my internet connection is acting up yet again so that's all for now. Peace.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on May 25th, 2010 at 5:06pm
Hair: CWC today: light conditioner blend, Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly S&C. Leave-ins were Kenra Daily Provision and ELOO. Definitely sensing the allure of serum again. Wouldn't it be lovely to go oil-free?

Still no rashes from the HE, but it seems like it may be drying my hair out a bit. :( It definitely doesn't moisturize the way Pantene did.

Tossed out the first headband that I decorated. Epic fail. In time, I'll make something better. Right now, I'm really into the jeweled and studded headbands that have been so in fashion lately. It's the 80's kid in me. ::) I think it's cool so long as you rock it classy and not trashy. There's a fine line.

Music: No word yet from the boys about a jam this week. They'd better not try and schedule something last minute for Thursday night as I'm supposed to get together with a friend that day.

Other Stuff: Sensing an impending product overhaul. Not only is Herbal Essences drying out my hair, but the bodywash I've been using from Bath & Bodyworks is doing the same to my skin, only much worse and much faster. :o Shouldn't something that costs $1.05 per ounce live up to its luxe image? Or at the very least not turn one's skin into sourdough crust? Surely they can afford better than harsh lauryl sulfates. Guess I won't be patronizing Bath & Body Works as much anymore. If at all. :P
    Crappier still is that I still have a few bottles of the stuff left.

Anywho, nothing else going on right now, really. If there were any new art projects to tackle or glimmers of hope from the job search, I'd have mentioned them.
    Stagnant, stationary and biding my time. In limbo, on hold, lying in wait for something, anything...nothing. My life in a nutshell. Beyond sick of it but powerless to change it. At least there's still good music.

It's exactly the same
You said
It's always the same
But I'll make it change
Into something the same
I promise

-Echo & The Bunnymen, A Promise

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Drear on May 26th, 2010 at 2:58am
That's just so disappointing.  I hope you have the kind of hair and body that recovers quickly. 

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Curlgirl64 on May 26th, 2010 at 11:03am
Sorry to hear about the dry skin and drying hair thing going on! :(  I know you'll find what you need and be happier with it.  :)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on May 26th, 2010 at 9:33pm
Thanx for the sympathy, gals. I mixed up a new bodywash awhile ago made from things just lying around the house. Different bodywashes, lotions, conditioners, etc. Hopefully it'll help with the dry skin situation.

As for the hair, I switched out S&C's and used Suave Kids 2-in-1 as a shampoo with a Kenra/Herbal Essences conditioner blend. Seemed to help - especially the former. Who knew Suave could be cool? Light conditioner stayed the same.
Combined my Kenra Daily Provision with the last of my Pantene Detangling spray conditioner and that was today's only leave-in. I didn't feel like messing with oil for some reason.
    The last inch or so of the ends is really dry. Need a trim, but I'm going to wait another month.

No news in the job search arena except that it's been almost 8 months since I was laid off. *sigh* :( It's never been this bad before. Nor this dire. It makes total sense that it would be impossible to find a job when I need one more urgently than ever. And the result would be exactly the same whether I looked or not.

Anywho, so I guess Sex And The City 2 comes out tomorrow. Will my sister whisk me away tonight for a midnight screening? Hehe. Guess we'll see. ::)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Curlgirl64 on May 26th, 2010 at 10:55pm
I know things seem pretty bleek,but don't give up!  Things will happen when they're supposed to.  Let's just hope it's much sooner than later. ;)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on May 29th, 2010 at 1:39am
Curlgirl: Bleak. That's a good word for it. But giving up is not an option!

Hair: Another CWC today. Guess I'll just finish out the week that way. Light conditioner is a blend of Suave Naturals...mostly Tropical Coconut. Shampoo is Suave Kids 2-in-1 Cherry Jams, which smells like Hi-C fruit punch and a splash of grenadine. Conditioner is a blend of Kenra Moisturizing, Herbal Essences Hello Hydration and Pantene Color Preserve Volume.

Leave-ins were Kenra/Pantene spray conditioner blend & ELOO. Style du jour is a bun.

Etc.: Been randomly noticing things lately that came out of 1980 and are now 30 years old like me:
  • AC/DC's album Back In Black
  • Echo & The Bunnymen's debut album, Crocodiles
  • Iron Maiden's self-titled debut album
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Pac-Man
  • Express (the store)

In Frankie's words, it was a very good year. 8-) Well, right up until John Lennon died. :-/ I must say, it will be extra sad acknowledging 30 years since his passing and 1 year since Michael Jackson's. I really wish I had the skills to make 2 wildly elaborate graphic art collages. Perhaps a mural on 2 different walls of the house. One for John with PEACE written above and the other for Michael, with LOVE. God rest ye, gentlemen.

This month also marked 30 years since the passing of Ian Curtis. So before I wander off to get ready for bed, I'll leave y'all with one of my favourite Joy Division songs.


Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Curlgirl64 on May 29th, 2010 at 6:11pm
I had not heard of Joy Division before.  I listened to the song and I liked it.  Thanks!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on May 29th, 2010 at 10:45pm
Curlgirl: You're quite welcome...and I'm willing to bet that you've heard 3/4 of Joy Division on the radio many times without even knowing it. ;)
    You see, after singer Ian Curtis' suicide in 1980, the remaining 3 members continued on under the name New Order and gradually adopted a more synthy, electronic sound which made them an 80's staple:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcBCUym34V0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=og1HAkjOuL0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS7tFKNlyXc

That should ring a few bells. Now who wants to dance? http://smilieshq.com/smilies/party0006.gif

Hair: Waited until noon to take a shower again, so I did a W-CWC. All of the usual blended products + Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly shampoo.

Leave-ins were spray conditioner blend & ELOO. I even misted the air with a little body spray and let it land in my hair after it dried. So now it's super clean, super silky and smells super awesome. Style is a single braid.

Etc.: Gah, another round of dying celebrities. :( Quite the epidemic. Like Exodus.

What else is going on...? Today I've been washing, ironing and hanging up the new tops that I got yesterday to replace some other items in my closet. After all, how many plain black t-shirts does a gal need anyway?
    I've also been tossing out things that no longer fit or that I'll probably never wear again (dust on the hangers is a good indication) which frees up a little closet space. It's a shame to see some of it go but I know I'll find excellent replacements eventually.

After I'm done with the wardrobe update, I might go to B&N. They have some pretty epic deals going on.
    Oh yes, and my new debit card arrived today so everything is good to go. 'Til next time, loves. :-*

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Curlgirl64 on May 30th, 2010 at 9:50pm
Thanks again! :)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jun 1st, 2010 at 12:17am
Curlgirl: Anytime. :)

Hair: Clarified and treated yesterday. CWC today with blended light conditioner + HE Tousle Me Softly S&C. Leave-ins are the spray conditioner blend + ELOO. Style is a bun.

Etc.: The cavity in one of my molars is getting bigger and uglier and now it's begun to really hurt. Need to see my dentist ASAP...I don't trust the low income clinics (or any other dentist but mine) and they're far away.

Naturally, the world is totally devoid of jobs at the moment, so it's time to start saving what little of my unemployment that I can...if any.

My only distractions from the aforementioned torments are boogieing or singing along to some of my fave tunes.

One good thing is today's new manicure. Gunmetal gray...cool & modern, but subtle.

You Are Silver

You are down to earth and unpretentious. You don't feel like you need to show off, and you're very secure with your place in the world.
You are understated and elegant. You carry yourself with poise, and you're more known for what you don't do than what you do.

You can fit in anywhere from a country western bar to a black tie gala. You are adaptable and adventurous.
You are blind to social class and background. You see people as who they are ... not as where they came from or how much money they have.

Are You Silver or Gold?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jun 1st, 2010 at 7:54pm
So...it's June. Yay hooray.

Measured in at 29" today. Just an inch away from my decade-long goal of returning to waist length. It won't happen before the July trim...perhaps before the year is over.

The ends are starting to look worn. Not tatty or uneven or anything, just drier and thinner than the rest of it. You can see through them, especially if I oil them. But if I don't oil them, they're dry as a bone. Thus begins the daily ritual of over-oiling the ends and pinning the whole mess up in a bun. At least until July.

Used a brush to detangle the length before exercising this morning. My comb just wasn't cutting it. Maybe that's another necessary ritual for June - detangling with a brush every morning instead of a comb.
    Anyway, hair stayed in a ponytail while I was exercising, then got another pre-shower detangle with my morning comb. Wash routine was a CWC with all the usual blends, and I must say that I'll probably start using Suave Professionals shampoos in the future instead of the Suave Kids 2-in-1's. The latter just leaves too much of a film on my hair and is slow to lather. Plus, I've already used my mother's Suave Pro rosemary mint shampoo once before and actually liked it.

In any case, leave-ins today are the same as ever and style is a regular bun.

Alright, I'm off to check more job listings. http://smilieshq.com/smilies/rolleye0014.gif

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jun 6th, 2010 at 2:35am
Hair: CWC for the past few days. Leave-ins are spray conditioner blend & ELOO. Styles vary - yesterday it was a twisted updo, today it was a single braid. Right now it's doing naught but hanging there.

Etc.: Friend T was in town yesterday and we spent the afternoon hanging out in Seaport Village. We went to the bookstore/coffee shop (that stole my last debit card) to get his parking validated and while I was waiting at the counter for my Mexican hot cocoa, a little old lady complimented the shirt I was wearing and told me I was "stunning." :o I've been called a lot of things, but that's never been one of them. Caught me completely off guard but totally made my day. Little old ladies rule. ;)

After that, T & I went to explore the beautiful (and haunted) Hotel Del. It had been years since I'd been there and T had never seen it.
    Then after a quick stop at Starbucks, it was back to my parents' house to visit the family and watch Jimmy Kimmel. T made it home just after 4 AM. :o

Today I went with my father and his former lead guitar player to a guitar clinic where John Jorgenson and Brad Davis were playing. It was epic...and I even saw a former co-worker from ages ago there. We recognized and acknowledged each other but didn't have time to say hello.

As of right now, I'm waiting for my last load of laundry to finish drying before I can rest these weary old bones. Well, weary old muscles anyway. Totally killed both of my calves a few days ago while exercising and can barely walk. :-/ We'll see how they do tomorrow. Getting tired of having petrified legs.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Drear on Jun 7th, 2010 at 5:01am
I'm catching up.  I need to dust of the two JD CD's I have.  I bought them before online music shops so I had to order them to a local music shop and wait for three weeks. I don't know why I never got in to New Order. 

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jun 7th, 2010 at 2:30pm
I don't know why I never got in to New Order.

Your loss, hunnay. ;)

Hair: Clarified yesterday. No treatments; just used my regular ol' conditioner blend. The one and only leave-in was the spray conditioner blend made of Kenra Daily Provision and Pantene Detangling. Style was a single braid.

Today it will be a CWC with the usual conditioners and Kenra Moisturizing shampoo. Weekly routine is the same - it's the products that vary. Depending on my hair's needs that day, I'll usually go to the closet and pick out whichever products will work from the stash. It will take quite awhile to use them all up...perhaps until the end of the year.
    What I've lost in allegiance to a particular brand I've gained in variety, which is an overall win.

Etc.: Ugh, sounds like my sister is bathing her dog. Thank goodness I didn't clean the tub out yet. Well, not all of it at least. >:( I did scrub the edge, the window sill and one wall of the shower that was blasted top to bottom with booger boy's handiwork. Or nose work as the case maybe. :P

It will all be over soon. My sis and Señor Snot Rocket have been looking at houses on a near-daily basis. Apparently the boy gets some kind of housing discount through his work. Must be nice. Although I've seen how their apartment looked on several occasions - I can only imagine how they would keep a house. :o

The legs are better today. I can almost walk normally. By the end of the week they should be fine.

Great, now my internet connection is failing. It does that a lot lately. Isn't technology wonderful? If it actually lets me post this, I may as well leave y'all with a quiz or something at least.

The bathroom is empty now. Time to assess the damage. http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/indifferent0025.gif Sigh.
It will all be over soon.

You Are Having a Crazy Day

You feel a bit overwhelmed by the changes doing on in your life right now. You don't have a good anchor.

You are an energetic person. You tend to tackle your problems head on - but you also worry about them too.

You are prioritizing your individuality right now. You have your own stuff to work on.

Deep down you crave freedom. You feel at peace when you are able to do what you want.

The Sailboat Test

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jun 8th, 2010 at 10:07pm
Hair: Same routine as yesterday. Same products. Style is a bun with 2 bobby pins. Woohoo.
    Yes, it's a rather minimal effort but I didn't plan on going out today or doing anything special. My game plan for this summer is to stay in and read as much as possible. Well, and dork around with my bass. None of that requires complicated routines or crazy styles.

Etc.: Speaking of reading, I finished Jillian Venters' Gothic Charm School book yesterday and am now on the final chapter of Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler - recommended by my sister. It's an insanely easy read. Now I realize I've read 2 books in a row that were actually published this century. :o

Well, my sister and her bf are apparently in the final stages of securing a place. I'm not sure when they'll begin moving but it sounds like it may happen rather soon. *taps fingertips together* Eeeeeexcellent.

Now I'm off in search of sustenance. Ta-ra!

You Are A Creative Dreamer

You dream big, and you often are willing to think of ideas that others wouldn't dare dream about.
You don't just think outside the box - you're not even aware of the box being there!

You can solve problems that other people think are impossible. You always explore all options.
Where others see nothing, you see possibilities. For you, the world is rich with potential.

What Kind of Dreamer Are You?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Drear on Jun 9th, 2010 at 3:45am
I might look those books up because easy reading is all I have time and energy for but I miss reading.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Jun 10th, 2010 at 10:12am
Oooo, happy that the sis+bf are moving out, yay rah for you! 

My game plan for this summer is to stay in and read as much as possible.

Me too   :P

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jun 12th, 2010 at 12:54am
Drear: Only the last one I mentioned was particularly easy reading and I wouldn't recommend it for anyone who lives with young children.

Trisha: Yep, they (and their mess) should be moved out by the end of July. Unless something goes terribly wrong.

Hair: WCC today - finished my regular conditioner blend and will be using Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly conditioner henceforth. Unless something goes terribly wrong. ::)

Leave-ins were spray conditioner blend & ELOO. Style is a bun. Lately I've been slicking back hairline strays with aloe gel. The hold is incredible. :)

Etc.: Went out today and got a few books (one of which is a copy of Dracula with illustrations by Edward Gorey - score!), a new CD and sunblock lotion to replace the spray on crap that I currently have. Speaking of the spray on crap, did I mention that it managed to eat through the finish on my bass? :o Never play guitar while wearing sunblock.

Thankfully I haven't needed any for the last few days. The weather has been decidedly non-SoCalian. While I was roaming around an area in the mountains, enjoying the "June gloom," I looked at all of the rocks, trees and waterfalls and was reminded of some of my favourite parts of NoCal. It was a definite moment of "where am I again?"

In case you'd never seen the backside of a waterfall before.

That's fire coming out of the rock.

Yesterday I also scored this groovy little candelabra (yes, that's the backseat of my car):

Anyway, that's what I've been up to. Cheerio!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Sakina on Jun 12th, 2010 at 2:16am
Very nice candelabra!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Curlgirl64 on Jun 12th, 2010 at 7:54am
Great pics!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jun 13th, 2010 at 11:38pm
Sakina & Curlgirl: Merci, mes chères. ;)

Hair: Ok. Yesterday I broke down and got my own bottle of Suave Professionals rosemary mint shampoo. Just to see if I'd like it over time. I know it has oil in it and my scalp could end up breaking out, but it's new and I had to try it.
    So I did. This morning I did a CWC with an ACV rinse. Conditioner was Pantene Color Preserve Volume, which I only have a little of, so I'll probably spend the next few days using it up. I also used up the last of my light conditioner blend, so I'll be using the remains of my TRESemmé anti-breakage.

Leave-ins were the spray conditioner blend and heavy ELOO. Style is a bun.

Etc.: Has anyone not seen Lady Gaga's new vid for Alejandro? Wow. Something about Gaga always makes me want to wear lots of makeup. ;D

Speaking of music, Boudin played a Roy Orbison song over their PA while I was there earlier this eve. :D Impressed.


Anyway, since some inconsiderate boob stole my parking spot and spoiled my plans to wash my car, I think I'll take off the 2-week-old pewter polish that's still clinging to my nails and then clean up for bed. Maybe get some laundry going.

My family has gone to Disneyland for the night so I have the house to myself. Ciao!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jun 15th, 2010 at 11:27am
Ugh, it's early. :P

Yesterday was the craziest day I've had in a long while. All I wanted was a new manicure...and just when I'd all but succeeded, chaos.

There I was, touching up the edges of my nails with acetone for a perfect outline when my sister's bf appeared and asked if he could get into the bathroom (which is where I was). I said sure, figuring that he'd only be in there for a few seconds and I could get right back to what I was doing, so I left everything as it was - polish remover, Q-tips, etc.

After quite a long while, my sister decided that she needed in there also, since she had to get ready for work, so I waited and waited. That was when I heard the crash.

Apparently in a moment of clumsiness, my sis had knocked the bottle of acetone over, spilling almost all of its contents onto the floor. She immediately grabbed the rugs and rinsed them in the bathtub and grabbed a towel for the floor...but the damage there was already done. The acetone had bleached and dissolved the vinyl facing on 2 of the tiles and every sweep of the towel made it worse. My sis panicked, knowing our parents would skin her alive if they found out.
    Then I remembered that my father still had a few tiles leftover somewhere, and since they were the peel & stick variety, I could pull the damaged ones up and replace them. I found the leftover tiles in my father's shed out back...so after my sis left for work, I retrieved a few while my father was busy cleaning the garage and my mother was out running errands.

Grabbing a steak knife from the kitchen, I then locked myself in the bathroom for about an hour and went to work on the tiles which was no easy task! After much sweat and pretty much destroying the steak knife, my hair towel and a few freshly-manicured nails, the new tiles were in place.

That and I'd thrown the rugs and towel in the wash, along with a few other things, so once they were done, our bathroom was complete again. My parents never found out what had happened. And they never will. ;)

My sister hugged me when she came home and saw my handiwork and even gave me money to go out and get frozen yogurt. ;D

My nails also survived the fiasco with some repair work. They've been shellacked enough by now to withstand a 3rd world war and possibly a natural disaster.

Of course, because chaos is a self-indulgent thing and you can never have too much craziness at once, one of our neighbours went away in an ambulance last night for reasons unknown...and we also had 2 earthquakes: a 5.9 and a 5.7, both in the Mexicali area. Also, 2 people called yesterday wanting to arrange interviews with me. When it rains, it pours, as they say.

So I have a live interview and a phone interview to look forward to today...we'll see what else fate decides to throw at me. Good thing I thrive in chaos. ::)

Anyway, as for the hair, at least there's nothing crazy to report there. Same old routine and I'm even liking the new Suave Pro shampoo. :)

This morning I should be clarifying but since I have an interview, I'm just going to do the usual CWC, etc. so styling will be easier. I'll likely do the funky, twisted updo...or something.

For now however, I'm going to take my time, have breakfast, go through my morning routine and put myself together properly. By this afternoon, I'll be ready to interview with corp goth style. Wish me luck!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Curlgirl64 on Jun 15th, 2010 at 1:51pm
Good luck,Angel!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Jun 16th, 2010 at 12:56pm
Much luck, dear, as usual.  Let us know what happens.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jun 16th, 2010 at 2:36pm
Trish & Curlgirl: Thanx, guys. Of course there ended up being no interviews yesterday. :P But I do have one tomorrow as well as an "in" at another company that's hiring, so we'll see.

Hair: Clarified. Finally exhausted the diluted clarifying blend that I'd had forever and will now be using full strength Herbal Essences Drama Clean shampoo on clarifying days.

Conditioned with Pantene Deep Fortifying treatment. No leave-ins. It's rather amazing how much shine my hair has naturally when I skip the leave-ins. Especially on the ends.
Really starting to reconsider the oil thing again.

At the moment, my hair's still drying. I'll braid it eventually.

Etc.: So I have a free day today. What to do?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jun 18th, 2010 at 1:25pm
Hair: Yesterday I did a CWC, applied the usual leave-ins, air dried, then styled my signature funky, twisted updo. Used Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly spray gel to pull the numerous strays into formation.

This morning my hair's a right mess as it always is the day after a twisted updo. I'm going to just do a WCC with Tousle Me Softly S&C + TRESemmé anti-breakage conditioner. Not sure about leave-ins yet. I'll definitely use the spray conditioner...dunno about the ELOO. Style will be simple - just a single braid probably.

Etc.: Well, I put myself together yesterday and was just about ready to leave for the interview when they called to tell me it was canceled and the position is on hold. >:(

So I ended up doing sod-all yesterday...I'm not sure I even went out of the house.

But it's a new day and it's going to be a better one, darnit. I refuse to be stifled by unemployed ennui or anything else. There's just too much to be seen and done.

Has anyone noticed all of the summer/semi-annual sales cropping up hither and yon? That only means one thing, darklings. Fall stuff is coming! :D

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Curlgirl64 on Jun 18th, 2010 at 2:18pm
Good for your attitude,Angel!  I'm glad you don't let those job let downs get in the way of your positive outlook! 
Their loss at having you as an employee!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Sakina on Jun 18th, 2010 at 3:13pm
Awww, Angel, I'm sorry your interview got canceled.  Bummer!!   :(

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jun 19th, 2010 at 10:57pm
Curlgirl & Sakina: Yeah, it was a bummer. Bummers happen. Keep on truckin'.

Hair: Yesterday's routine ended up being a legitimate Friday WTC. Spray conditioner blend was the only leave-in. I was naughty and dug out the blowfryer after my hair was about 90% dry...just to see if drying upside down would give the roots a little lift (which it does...very little). Style was a single braid.

Today it was a CWC + the usual leave-ins. No blowfryer. Style is a bun.

Etc.: Spent the better part of this afternoon hemming almost every pair of trousers I own.

Got a raging toothache today. UGH, how I wish I could afford dental work!

Anyway, back to the job search.
For no reason at all (other than my neverending obsession with Tom Petty), I leave you with one of my favourite music videos of all time.


Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by melusine on Jun 20th, 2010 at 1:32am
Congratulations on fixing the floor without your parents knowing.  That was fast thinking and proof that you are cool under pressure.  Way to go!!!   ;)

I am sorry about the cancelled interview.  I keep hoping for you.  You deserve something really good to happen for you, and soon.  Sending good intentions your direction.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Drear on Jun 20th, 2010 at 6:35am
Great attitude and it sounds like you're good at keeping a cool head.  I hope something soon comes up though and preferably something that can bring in a steady income and security. 

So I'm not alone in thinking about a few decor and wardrobe updates plus new make-up in Fall even though we're only in June?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Jun 22nd, 2010 at 1:30pm

Angel wrote on Jun 13th, 2010 at 11:38pm:
Etc.: Has anyone not seen Lady Gaga's new vid for Alejandro? Wow. Something about Gaga always makes me want to wear lots of makeup. ;D

Up until you posted this message, I had avoided Lady Gaga like the plague.  And then you had to go and pique my curiosity.   8-)  Now I can't stop watching the dad-gummed video.  The song is...meh, okay.  The video itself is what makes the song worthwhile, I think.  I've always been a sucker for that sort of sharp, tight choreography. 

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jun 23rd, 2010 at 4:01am
Mel: Thank you so much, hon. Bless your heart. :-*

Drear: You're definitely not alone. Fall and winter are when I stock up for the rest of the year! ;)
    And thanks, I'm hoping the same.

Trisha: ;D Addictive little thing, isn't she? Such an artist. The first half of the video is like a gothic high fashion magazine. And I love that line "she hides true love en su bolsillo."

Hair: Clarified yesterday, CWC today. The usual woes of using Herbal Essences may be realized. :( On one hand, the dryness on the back of my neck isn't as bad as it has been in the past. On the other, it might be just a matter of time before it gets that way and I don't want to keep using it if that's the case. *sigh* Decisions, decisions.

For the last 3 days, the only leave-in I've been using is a blended spray conditioner. No oil or any sort of end treatment and my hair surely suffers for it. Next week I'll have to arrange a trim.

Style today was a bun. It's usually that or a braid. Simple stuff.

Spent a good deal of time today decorating my last headband. This one's adorned with black bling:

Etc.: So it's now summer. Fine. One step closer to fall. ;) And what else have I been up to? What haven't I?
    This evening I put together a brand new résumé (my parents' computer finally got an upgrade) and printed it out on pretty parchment paper.

Last night I washed my car. Was going to work on the interior tonight but there wasn't room in the driveway and I can barely move as it is. Kicked my own butt working out. :P

As you can probably tell from the pic above, my nails are now a cool, dull silver. I don't dig. Why doesn't anyone know how to make a good silver anymore? All of the cosmetic companies seem to be dancing all around it with dove grays, pewters, bluish gunmetals and sparkly platinums...but no true silvers. :-/

Anyroad, that's about all for now. Thanking God for the lack of discomfort in my mouth of late. Praying for the complete recovery of my 18 year old cousin who's been recently stricken with Bell's Palsy. And wishing our team well in the World Cup tomorrow. USA!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Sakina on Jun 23rd, 2010 at 8:58pm
Super cute headband!  I like the black bling a lot!!

Have you checked China Glaze nail polish?  They have a wide variety of colors and they're long wearing-at least the reds are on me.  I hope you find the silver you want.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Curlgirl64 on Jun 23rd, 2010 at 10:37pm
I agree with Sakina,cute headband!
I hope your cousin is feeling better.  My aunt had an attack of Bell's Palsy also.  It took a few weeks for it to clear up.  I've heard it can be months to clear up.  I hope that is not the case for your cousin.
Go USA!!!  I hope they continue to do well.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Sakina on Jun 23rd, 2010 at 10:42pm
Oh, yeah, I forgot to mention I had Bell's Palsy in '99.  I used acupuncture, cranial sacral therapy and and antiviral med.  I have zero residual effect-you can't look at my face and tell I ever had it.  I hope your cousin comes through equally well.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jun 28th, 2010 at 4:00pm
Sakina & Curlgirl: Thanks, you guys. :-* It's funny...you never know how common something is until you talk about it.
My cousin is taking prednisone. It will be awhile before her symptoms begin to clear up but she is expected to make a full recovery. :)

Hair: Just been giving it what it needs, which has been a lot of cleansing. Not only is it summer, but we're also in the midst of another home remodel. Nothing too severe this time - mostly just painting and moving things around. It's a ton of work but very much needed.

Anyway, with all of the sweat, paint, dust, not getting a shower until late in the day, etc., washing is très important. Style is usually a bun or low ponytail.

A few days ago I had to lash my Tousle Me Softly products as they were indeed eating the back of my neck again. >:( So I've switched to Suave Pro rosemary mint shampoo & Pantene Moisture Renewal conditioner. Light conditioner is still TRESemmé anti-breakage, which I'm luckily running out of. It's not great.

For the time being, I've stopped oiling the ends. It seemed to be contributing to massive tangles in the morning. I've all but decided to go back to serums.

Etc.: If all goes well, my sister and her bf will begin moving out next week. My parents will be turning their room into a guest room. The office will be moved back into what is currently the guest room. The carpets are getting cleaned again in 2 weeks and the stench of dog will be gone just in time for our summer guests.

What I love about remodeling (or even just repainting) is the symbolism. Change. New chapters opening, old ones closed.

In other news, neither of my teams made the World Cup quarters. Oh well. :-/

Your Vision is Unique

More than anything else, you'd like to see a world that is more creative, expressive, and wise.
It's minds like yours who have changed the world through innovation and inventions.

You have always been a trailblazer. You see new possibilities every day.
You feel most alive when you are left alone to dream, plan, and create.

The Paint Color Test

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jun 30th, 2010 at 2:55am
Hair: Need to clarify but I might not get to this week. Both today and Sunday I did a WCC with an ACV rinse after washing, which I suppose is close enough. Maybe.

Do not get ACV rinse in your eyes if you can avoid it. http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/sick0009.gif Just trust me on this one.

Spray conditioner blend was the only leave-in; style du jour was a bun. For some reason that just reminded me that I forgot to pick up a bottle of serum today. D'oh!

Music: Well, I've been invited to join another band. One that seems to have sprung fully formed and armed from the forehead of the current band. It's supposedly much more rock & roll oriented. Could be fun.

No word on recording with my father just yet but it would be a total gas if it happened.

Etc.: Has anyone been to Michaels lately? They have a small selection of early fall items. The glittery crows are most certainly on my list this year. ;)

The living room remodel is finished so tomorrow I'll have time for another manicure. Something 4th of July themed perhaps?

You Are the Backstroke

You can't help but see the world from a completely different point of view.
You like to innovate and break the rules. You like turning things upside down just for fun.

You are very observant and visual. You are always looking around to see what's going on.
You have many interesting theories and insights. You even surprise yourself with what you come up with.

What Swimming Stroke Are You?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jul 1st, 2010 at 6:50pm
Hair: CWC today with the last of the TRESemmé anti-breakage conditioner. Hallelujah! Now I can go back to using Suave Naturals, which works better as a light conditioner all the way around. This time it will be pomegranate splash.

Leave-ins are the spray conditioner and new serum that I picked up yeterday. Got a bottle of shine spray as well, though I haven't tried it yet. Both are oil and alcohol free. :)
    Style is a bun.

Measured in this afternoon at 29.5" - just a half inch away from waist length! Unfortunately the ends have had it so I plan to call my scissor lady today.

Etc.: Possible get together with the band tonight, though it depends on what kind of time my father has. We haven't all played together in awhile and it would be kinda nice to taste the aluminum of the mic screen again. Nom nom nom...

Nails are now complete with a sodding 7 layer manicure. :o Only because I messed up and just added more coats instead of starting over. They're shiny black with a good deal of glitter (think fireworks) and could survive an atomic blast. ::)

It could be the heat but I'm quite tired all of a sudden. Gonna try and take a little cat nap before tonight. Peace.

You Were a Loner

You may have had a few friends on the playground, but you never felt like you really fit in.
And while this was not the greatest when you were little, it's served you well as an adult.

You have learned to be independent - both in your thoughts and your actions.
Not fitting in is now your strength. You defy labels, and you are completely original.

What's Your Playground Personality?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Drear on Jul 2nd, 2010 at 3:29am
Nails sound good.  I thought I was OTT with 5 layers because I was low on polish remover and wanted mine done before bed. 

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jul 4th, 2010 at 12:44pm
Drear: 5 coats isn't bad. 4 is typical for me. Doing your nails right before bed is no bueno though. :-/

Hair: Yesterday I finally gave in and accepted that Suave Pro was indeed drying my skin and hair out...every bit as badly as Herbal Essences usually does, in fact. *sigh* You never know if you don't try, right?

So...I looked over Pantene's current range for a shampoo that wouldn't destroy my hair over time and eventually settled on the Nature Fusions line.

Curious thing about Pantene: the Restoratives and Beautiful Lengths lines are merging. :-? I'd almost be intrigued enough to try them were it not for the bloody overwhelming amount of pink on the bottles. Superficial, I know, but I have a pathological aversion to pink. ;D

Anyway, at Target yesterday I picked up the Nature Fusions Smooth Vitality S&C as well as the Dry to Moisturized conditioner from the Medium-Thick Solutions range. I plan to combine the conditioners for maximum moisture.

For today the routine will probably be a CWC with all the new products.

Etc.: After watching Meet Me In St. Louis yesterday eve, I went out and planted vinca in the flower bed in the front yard. It took some of the finish off of my wonky 7 layer manicure and I don't really even mind. My nails will be rocking something else before long so there's no point in worrying about it. ::)

My Pt. Loma relatives are out of town until tomorrow so I've once again been left in charge of their pets. It's down to just 2 cats and 2 dogs now and I don't even have to stay at the house this time so it's easy. Their devil kitten has grown into a big, fat cat and is still a holy terror, which is kind of fun. I adore cats. ;)
    The best part of all of it is being paid up front. I totally sense a little shopping spree coming on! :D

And speaking of shopping, I haven't been to Michaels in awhile. Suppose they have even more fall merch in from the last time I checked? ;)

You Are Blue

You are a highly tolerant and peaceful person. You have a lot of compassion and respect for people.
You love that the USA is a country with many different people. You may not agree with what everyone believes, but you agree with their right to believe it.

You look for the common bonds that Americans share. You rather unite than divide people.
You'd like to see more understanding and less fighting. You find it hard to stomach politics.

Are You Red, White, or Blue?

Happy 4th to all & happy birthday, USA.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Drear on Jul 5th, 2010 at 5:24am
I know the packaging is superficial but I feel the same way about yellow and buying anything in a yellow container better be bloody good!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jul 5th, 2010 at 8:32pm
Drear: Oh, I can't stand yellow! ;D Don't blame you.

Hair: CWC. Judgments on the Nature Fusions Smooth Vitality S&C will be withheld until I've used it for a week.

No end treatment today, just spray conditioner blend all over the length. :-[ Style is a bun as usual.

Tomorrow's routine should be a WCC + the usual leave-ins. Depending on the time, I might do a flipped style tomorrow.

Still no trim scheduled. I'm trying to get ahold of scissor lady.

Etc.: It's turning out to be a rather busy week. Today was my last day taking care of my relatives' pets, tomorrow I have a job interview and a practice with the new band, then the usual band is getting together on Thursday. Hoping to get a trim this weekend. We'll see.

Anyway, I'm off to redo my nails in a slightly more professional shade than glittery black. ;) Ciao, dahlings!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by melusine on Jul 7th, 2010 at 6:36pm
Ooh!  Good luck with the interview.  I hope the job is what you want and that you get it.  My fingers are crossed, which is making it really difficult to type.  ::)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Sakina on Jul 7th, 2010 at 6:45pm
Good luck with the interview!!!

How's your cousin doing?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jul 8th, 2010 at 8:17pm
Melusine: ;D Thanx, hon.

Sakina: Thanx. I have no news on my cousin's condition but she went to Disneyland over the weekend so things must be improving.

Hair: WCC with an ACV rinse. That reminds me, I need more ACV.

Finally got a trim yesterday afternoon. Fresh ends are always great and the length is now back to 28.5".
    The curious thing was that I had to stave off the ever-so-slight temptation to hack it all off just above the shoulders and layer it a bit. :o :-X I don't know what my obsession is with cutting my hair short during the summer but it's the very reason behind the decade-long process of growing back to waist length. Chalk it up to my impulsive nature?

Anyway, so far I'm ok with the new Nature Fusion S&C. The shampoo is heavy and takes some getting used to but the conditioner is fab. There seems to be a certain element, a certain je ne sais quoi, to Pantene that just works better with my hair than anything else and surely there are at least a few products in the new line that I can accept...so once again, I suppose I surrender. ::)

What I've not been overly impressed with are the new end treatments. The serum absorbs completely into the ends of my hair, rendering almost no extra slip and the shine spray smells a bit too much like old cigarettes for comfort. :P

The coif d'été this year seems to be a plain ol' bun. Up, protected and out of the way. Rarely does my hair take on any other style.

Music: Tuesday night was my first practice with the "new" band, which is really just a variation of the old band. A different lead guitar player, a different keyboard player and a slightly grittier, tighter sound is what it amounts to.
    The boys seemed grateful to have me around and applauded me for showing up without my father. ::)
    One song that we're working on has the potential to be a single. It's wordy but has a solid melody, in Lizard's typical fashion...certainly no worse than any of the crap that's on the radio now.

Tonight's jam with the regular band members was canceled as my father has to set up at the usual weekend bar to play with The Kings. Speaking of which, I still need to collaborate with a friend on getting their new logo together. Dad likes my concepts...now it's a matter of execution.

Etc.: Spent this morning scrubbing the tub and shower for all of the boogers/athlete's foot/assorted other nasties left behind by my charming roommmates. The scuffer in particular. :P It took forever - I don't think I'd ever perspired that much in my life, but it also meant not having to work out this morning. [smiley=happy.gif]

No jam sesh tonight means that I'm free to spend the evening doing whatever I please. A fitting end to my half birthday. Nachos, anyone?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5ELh_9aPbE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAyIw5ueIsI http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/fighting0046.gif Dance, you dogs!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jul 10th, 2010 at 4:05pm
Twitch twitch. Breakfast this morning was café au lait. With caffeine. :P Hopefully lunch will flush it out of my system.

It's nearly one in the afternoon and I haven't showered yet, which has become my typical habit of late. Without a steady work schedule demanding me to function at early hours, I tend to fall behind the rest of the world. Not in a lazy way or anything, I just naturally hit my stride in the evening instead of during the day. I'd probably be nocturnal if left to my own devices, or at least close to it. Operating on a different wavelength is nothing new to me.

But back to the shower idea, my sister just gave her dog a bath in the tub that I cleaned 2 days ago so I'll have to do it all over again before I can get in. http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/indifferent0025.gif If it wasn't such an effective means of burning calories, I'd be dead irritated.

In hair news, it's been nearly a week since I began using the Nature Fusion S&C and so far so good. :) Great, in fact. I'm even starting to come around on the shampoo. Its lather is different from that of other Pantene shampoos - softer, perhaps - and I'm slowly accepting it. The combination of the Smooth Vitality and Moisture Renewal conditioners renders the unparalleled texture that only Pantene can deliver. And now I'm not really sure why I let the lineup change scare me away. Surely there will always be something in their arsenal that works for me; it's just a matter of finding it.

As for end treatments, I've noticed that using more than the usual amount of serum helps a bit, although using too much will produce nearly the same greasy results as oil. It's a very delicate balance and unfortunately the current bottle does not have a pump dispenser to make things easier.

Yesterday's style was a single braid. Who knows what today's will be? Most likely a bun as usual.

Anyway, best get to work on the tub, I guess. http://smilieshq.com/smilies/rolleye0014.gif Cheers.

You Should Move to a Foreign Country

You are open to new experiences, and you love to learn. Living abroad is perfect for you.
You would like to immerse yourself deeply in a new place. And you would thrive when learning a new language and culture.

You are naturally curious about the world, and your instinct is to keep moving.
However, if you settle down in one place for awhile, you might be surprised to find out how much you learn.

Where Should You Move To?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Curlgirl64 on Jul 10th, 2010 at 7:11pm
Just curious....why doesn't your sister clean the tub after she bathes her dog? :-?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Jul 12th, 2010 at 12:01pm

Angel wrote on Jul 10th, 2010 at 4:05pm:
Pantene... And now I'm not really sure why I let the lineup change scare me away. Surely there will always be something in their arsenal that works for me; it's just a matter of finding it.

Welcome home   ;D 

ps, I adore the movie Meet Me in St. Louis and watch it every chance I get.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jul 12th, 2010 at 5:22pm
Curlgirl: http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/happy0194.gif That's a good one. My sister cleaning something. Love that girl to death, don't get me wrong, but she and I are polar opposites on the subject of tidiness. I've half considered posting a picture of her room purely for shock value. ::)

Trisha: ;D Thanks. There's no place like home. ;)

Hair: Clarified today. I don't even remember when I did that last but it's good not to have anything in my hair. No leave-ins, no heavy conditioners, just clean. Now it's braided with a fresh, new hairtie.

Etc.: The carpeting in the house got a professional cleaning this morning so my hair isn't the only thing starting afresh. In awhile I'll be able to turn off the ceiling fan, vacuum and start putting things back down in my little room. And put something on my feet.

Well, it's been a week since my last interview so it's obviously a dead end. I'm so used to this by now that there's no surprise and little disappointment. That's just the way things are right now. Jobs are so scarce that even if someone does contact you for an interview, you should still plan on not getting the job and keep looking just as diligently as if nothing had happened. There is no room for things like hope or optimism - only action. Right now you can't even rely on your credentials because there are always hundreds, if not thousands, of other people applying for the same job who are just as qualified for it as you are. Like a tank full of hungry sharks. All you can do is keep hunting...your time will come.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Curlgirl64 on Jul 12th, 2010 at 7:49pm
You are so right about your time will come!  You go girl!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jul 14th, 2010 at 7:26pm
Curlgirl: Thanx. :)

Hair: CWC yesterday & today. I've started adding Pantene Color Volume conditioner to my regular conditionings since I happened to have it around.

Already I fear I'm tiring of the new serum and its greasiness so I'll try using shine spray on the ends tomorrow instead.

Style du jour is a bun. Yesterday I did a twisted updo and used barrettes to secure the ends instead of bobby pins, which seems to work better. The trick is covering the barrettes with twisted hair. It's not a huge deal if they stick out a little since it's a funky style anyway.

Music: The gang was all there at Lizard's place last night. Another fellow was playing lead guitar so my father played bass, which left Lizard free to just sing. And he still messed up half of the lyrics. http://smilieshq.com/smilies/rolleye0014.gif
    Chatterbox was there when I arrived as she has been for the past few jams. Sometimes she joins in on guitar and sometimes she sings with us. Nice enough gal but she never shuts up.

Boscoe has moved his studio into Lizard's music room so he's often there as well. He was one of the 2 founding members of the band and everyone there is intimidated by him. Everyone except my father (who went to high school with Boscoe) and I (who have known him my entire life). So we think it's great to see him more often.
    A little tangent, if you'll indulge me...Boscoe is easily one of the top 10 guitar players in the world and used to play lead for people like Johnny Cash and Ricky Skaggs. In the 1970's, he & Lizard were part of a zany variety act called Montezuma's Revenge for which the roller coaster at Knott's Berry Farm was named:


Anyway, my father made me drive through In-N-Out on the way home since he was starving and while we were waiting, A Girl Like You by The Smithereens came on the radio and dad immediately perked up about how he loved that song and how his own band (which is country) should do it. ;D I volunteered to do harmony. ::)
    Then I parked in the lot and we listened to the radio while we macked our burgers. He told me about concerts he'd gone to in the 70's and I told him who all was coming to town this year.
    We got home around 11:00.

Etc.: It's 93°F right now according to my weather.com widget; 98°F according to my car and the thermometer in the backyard says 100°F. :P Nasty hot any way you look at it. I've only stepped outside twice today for a matter of seconds and it's like walking into an oven. Only much, much brighter. Summer has officially started to suck.

Fortunately there are all manner of things to do indoors. I've already redone my nails in black with silver micro glitter...and there are new job postings as well as 19th century literature that are asking to be read. And then there's my bass guitar...

Of course, with summer comes bugs and a generous spider apparently left its eggs to hatch somewhere in my bathroom so its crawly offspring are everywhere. I've probably killed a dozen of the little brown buggers already but have no idea where they keep coming from. :P

You Are Creative

You see inspiration where other people see nothing. You have an amazing eye for beauty.
You appreciate everyone and everything in this world. You actually like flaws. Perfection is overrated!

You can always find a way to entertain yourself and dream a little. You believe in endless possibilities.
You are a very visual person, and at times you can be overwhelmed by all you are seeing. The world can be an intense place.

The Sand and Surf Test

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Curlgirl64 on Jul 14th, 2010 at 9:39pm
Which is worse,the summer heat or those little nasty spider babies?  They both suck.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Jul 15th, 2010 at 12:05pm
I swear, I'd never go outdoors at all during the months of June, July and August if I didn't have to.   :P

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jul 17th, 2010 at 1:17pm
Trish & Curlgirl: Amen to both of you!

Hair: CWC yesterday + leave-in spray blend and shine spray on the ends. Both the new serum and shine spray are too heavy for my hair :( so I'll just use the latter whenever I go in for a trim...even though it kinda smells like old cigarettes. :P
    Thus I suppose that means taking back my bottle of ELOO from the kitchen.

With the temps reaching over 100°F now, keeping the hair up is essential whether it means a bun, twisted updo, flipped braid, whatever.

Music: Got an e-mail from Grateful Ed yesterday commending me for "really bringing it lately." ;D He records most of our jams and plays them back on his own time. In truth, I'm not really doing anything differently than I've always done. Perhaps relaxing more, I don't know. It was sweet of him to say though, bless his heart.

The band is now trying to "rehearse" twice a week. A bit excessive, but I guess they need my voice there so the new lead guitar guy can figure out his harmonies (usually a good octave or two above mine). ::) It's all ridiculous if you ask me, and now I'm beginning to realize the plight of so many musicians who wonder why they torture themselves by staying in crappy bands. With any luck it could lead to bigger, better things and if not, it's experience. *shrug*

Etc.: A few nights ago I walked into the main bathroom in our house to find it completely overrun with baby spiders. They'd made a network of webs across the ceiling, leading from one object to another. Some of them hung from the light (which is where they all seemed to be coming from), some from the shower curtain, some of them from the walls themselves - they were absolutely everywhere. Like a scene from a horror movie or a very disturbing dream. Every time I tried to kill them, they would end up landing on my hands or arms or wherever and eventually it was clearly too much for my arachnophobic nerves to handle. I ran out swatting and scratching myself, bringing the situation to the attention of every member of my family who each had to see for themselves.

My father took care of things and we haven't really had a problem since. There have been one or two but nothing I couldn't handle. Spiders in general have been crazy this summer. Our regular bug service is supposed to treat that. :-?

Our "family" from Kansas arrived last night and will be staying with us for a week. They don't actually have any blood relation to us, but 2 generations of our respective families grew up together so it's close enough. Always great to have them back.

The dysfunctional central a/c apparently just got repaired. Yesterday the house couldn't get cooler than 77°F even with the thermostat set at 74°F. The 'rents had someone look at it this morning and it seems to be working fine now.

You Are Pineapple

You are funky and original. You have a lot of natural flair, and that flair infects everything you do.
You are very expressive. You can't help but let your one of a kind personality show through!

You may be a little different than everyone else, but you're still loved by many.
You are naturally sweet and welcoming. You're always up for making a new friend.

What Pizza Topping Are You?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by fisher2 on Jul 17th, 2010 at 1:42pm
surprise its me you should sign on aim more if you have time i need people to talk to im almost at waist http://www.flickr.com/photos/32969666@N08/4802401636/

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jul 20th, 2010 at 9:33pm
Fisher2: Nice work, man. You're almost there. :)

Hair: Today's CWC used the last of my Suave pomegranate splash light conditioner so tomorrow I'll start with green apple. Lately the only leave-in I've been using is the spray conditioner blend. There isn't much left of it and my inner fruit bat is looking forward to indulging itself with the awaiting bottle of apple scented Suave Kids leave-in.

Style du jour is a single braid. Ends are healthy.

Music: 2 practices with the band this week, just when things couldn't get any better (and believe me, we won't get any better). http://smilieshq.com/smilies/rolleye0014.gif
Double the enjoyment of holding my breath while some of the guys light up joints while sitting near me. And holding my tongue when the inevitable politics/religion debates ensue. I'd just as soon stay out of it. Go figure...a rock singer who knows when to keep her soddin' mouth shut. ::)

At least Lizard is cooking hot dogs tonight.

Etc.: Our out of state guests have left for the week. Last night we all went to the zoo. I piled on the slimy sun protection and my father warned me against wearing black (like I own anything else). When we got there, the weather was gray, cool and cloudy.

Still no news for the job search. Sigh.

You Are Shampoo

When a problem comes your way, you jump at the opportunity to solve it.
You're especially good at "cleaning house" and making sure a tight ship is being run.

You find it easy to let go of the past and move on with your life. You're a big believer in fresh starts.
You don't leave a lot of room for junk in your life. If something doesn't suit you, you're eager to toss it to the curb.

Are You Shampoo or Conditioner?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jul 22nd, 2010 at 1:35am
Hair: Another CWC today, breaking in the new Suave green apple light conditioner. I'd forgotten exactly how light it was. The pomegranate splash was much thicker.

Leave-ins were the spray conditioner blend on the length and serum on the ends. The latter is still too greasy and I only used a drop. :( What a waste of $10.

Style is a single braid. Tonight I want to try & do some sort of overnight treatment.

Etc.: Practice kept us an hour later than usual last night and the "hot dogs" turned out to be pollo asada street tacos and corn on the cob. Good stuff though I didn't get enough of it. I suppose the 350-some-odd calorie drink that I had more or less made up for that. :-/
    Grateful Ed was predictably red eyed and ridiculous by the 2nd set. At least I was able to distance myself when he & the keyboard player lit up. :P Oh, not Moon Pie...he doesn't use drugs (at least not that I'm aware of). It's the other keyboard player.

Escrow didn't close on the condo that my sister and her bf were supposed to get like it was supposed to. They've already cleaned the place, had the carpets cleaned and moved their new refrigerator in. Their realtor is giving them the runaround I guess. :-/ So for now they're still with us.

Finger and toenails both got a makeover from the chipped black shells that covered them before. The problem is that I don't like the new versions on either. :-/ Toes have a gray rainbow glitter...fingers are clear with irridescent glitter. I prefer shine over sparkle on nails, so it's not really working for me.

In local news, the races started today. Thoroughbreds, that is. And tomorrow the Downtown convention center will be overflowing with übergeeks for the first day of Comic Con.

Got a report this afternoon that my 18 year old cousin is 90% recovered from her Bell's Palsy paralysis and is now working at one of the poshest steakhouses in the county.

Anyway, that's all for now.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Jul 23rd, 2010 at 12:55pm
I am conditioner -- results posted in my journal.   8-)  ...which makes us a matched set. 
Good news about your cousin!  Um...I'm curious as to what your father thinks about those guys lighting up in his daughter's presence.  ??? 

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Drear on Jul 23rd, 2010 at 7:01pm
Very uplifting news about your cousin.  What a blow for your sister and her bf though.  There are many nailpolishes I'd be much happier with if they were just shiny and not shimmery. 

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jul 23rd, 2010 at 10:38pm
I am conditioner -- results posted in my journal. 8-) ...which makes us a matched set.

Indeed. A matched Pantene set, perhaps? ;)

Um...I'm curious as to what your father thinks about those guys lighting up in his daughter's presence.  ???

His daughter is an adult with enough self awareness not to mimic whatever she sees. ;)

What a blow for your sister and her bf though.

True. No one really seems to know exactly when their escrow will close. They're excited to move out but it probably won't happen for a few more weeks.

There are many nailpolishes I'd be much happier with if they were just shiny and not shimmery.

Oh, shimmer isn't a problem for me at all. The vast majority of my polishes have a metallic finish. I prefer them.
    It's glitter that I'm wary of. Trace amounts are fine, but most glitter polishes have a bumpy texture when they dry, which kills the sparkle.

Hair: This morning I got the urge to herbal. ::) I decided to try my mother's Hello Hydration shampoo and pair it with the blend of Hello Hydration/Pantene moisturizing conditioner that I made a few days ago. However, it wasn't the coconut scent that greeted me in the shower but the stench of Garnier Fructis. :P That was when I remembered my mother saying that she'd blended the two.
So much for that.

The routine was a CWC, same as ever. Today's only leave-in was the spray conditioner blend. Style is a single bun.

My sister also let me style her hair for work and asked me for a mini trim. Her poor hair is sooo damaged. :( It sucked up all of the ELOO that I put into it, but I at least prevented her from flat ironing for one day.
    She typically wears a low ponytail at work, so today I put it up a little higher - right about the middle of her head - and wrapped a section of hair around the hairtie. She laughed about me being the family stylist since I often cut my father's hair as well. ::)

Etc.: Oh, but I'm a makeup artist as well. ;) My sis has some seriously dry, irritated patches of skin on her eyelids so I doctored them up as much as I could before putting any makeup on her. I kept it as light, natural and non-irritating as possible to help her skin recover. Quite a different look for her but she's super cute anyway and doesn't need to pile it on in layers like a drag queen.

Anyroad, back to laundry duties. ::)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jul 25th, 2010 at 4:56pm
Hair: Clarified after almost 2 weeks worth of buildup. :P I wish I could say that a dose of Drama Clean was enough to quell my craving for Herbal Essences, but the truth is it wasn't. Again I'm growing tired of the residue left behind by heavy shampoos, even if it is a "conditioning" residue. I reached this same conclusion the first time I tried Pantene Nature Fusion. :-/ Now I've finally more or less begun to accept that it's just going to be a vicious cycle and I may as well have a variety of products on hand at all times depending on my hair's needs. C'est la vie. Might as well make the most of it, eh?

Anyway, so it's clarified. The usual ACV rinse, blah blah blah, conditioned with Pantene's old Deep Fortifying Treatment; no leave-ins. My hair is returned its natural spiderweb texture...and actually smells rather nice. :) At the moment, I'm looking for excuses to drive around town to help it dry faster.

Etc.: Spent the whole of last night cleaning my car inside & out, pulling off the back license plate to scrape off 3 years of previous registration stickers to affix the new one, then putting it all back together again - plate, frame, screws and all. That may be a factor in my wanting to get out of the house as well. ::)

Yesterday I got a lot done so today is my day to just chill and do whatever.

You Are City

You prefer big lights and big dreams over the slow paced life of the country.
You crave excitement, and the city has many opportunities for you.

While you appreciate the peace and quiet of the country, it's a little too quiet.
You need lots of people, culture, and action to feel truly alive.

Are You City or Country?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jul 27th, 2010 at 3:53am
Hair: CWC with Suave green apple light conditioner, Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly shampoo and blended Pantene, HE conditioner. Spray conditioner has worked well as the sole leave-in of late. Coif du jour was a flipped ponytail.

At my aunt's place early this evening, she paused in the middle of a conversation with my parents and asked me how long my hair was. I stood up from her living room sofa and turned around so she could see. The rest of the evening was sprinkled with comments from her and my cousins about how long or thin my hair was...which of course my mother didn't fail to embellish with her own ideas. ::) You can't have a fan club without gaining a few haters along the way, I guess.

Etc.: This afternoon the 5 of us (immediate family + my sister's bf) went to a surf shop in Coronado to use up some of my father's store credit, in part for my sister's bf's upcoming birthday. I checked their supply of boogie boards but found nothing terribly appealing...and don't even get me started on the clothes. While I have grown up in what may well be considered a surfer's paradise, I adamantly refuse to support its label-happy accompanying fashion. Flimsy, overpriced junk...but I digress.
    Both my father and my sister's bf had better luck and used up nearly all of the store credit; the former of whom may be going back for a custom surfboard.

Afterwards, rather than face eastbound rush hour traffic on the way home, we headed to my aunt's place to congratulate her eldest daughter (my 18 year old cousin, the one nearly recovered from Bell's Palsy) on her high school (ahem, home school) graduation. The lot of us went to a Mexican restaurant in Old Town for dinner, where my uncle later joined us.

We returned home just as daylight was taking its final breath and I took a nice, leisurely walk around the neighborhood and through the park. Got back just in time to help my parents install the new horizontal blinds in the front room. I so cannot wait to decorate the house for Halloween & Christmas!

Anyway, I just finished reading Poe's Bon-Bon a little while ago. The intelligence of Victorian wit and humor has always appealed to me more than its modern counterparts.

It has certainly been a day. A fitting start to what will undoubtedly be a busy week. Our friends from KS are returning tomorrow and who knows what we'll get up to?

Your Colors Are Neutral

Your colors are subdued - like grays, tans, black, and white.
You are a classy and elegant person. You don't need or want too much flash.

You have an eye for quality, and you are a big believer in "less is more."
You are a solid, unwavering person. You are very comfortable with who you are.

What Are Your Colors?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jul 28th, 2010 at 4:04pm
Hair: Another CWC, this time with Suave green apple conditioner, HE Tousle Me Softly S&C + Pantene/HE blended conditioner. Spray conditioner is the only leave-in; style is a bun.

Etc.: As it happens, I'm typing this between job interviews. The first one was at 11:00 AM by the coast where I always hang out, the next is at 4:00 in the next town over from where I live. In demand. That's how I roll, baby. ::)

No band practice this week since our out-of-state guests are back. They/we are going to a car show tonight.

Anyway, that's all for now. I'm tired & have a headache. Need to rest a little before I have to leave again. Ciao!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Sakina on Jul 28th, 2010 at 8:02pm
I hope you land a job today!!!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Jul 29th, 2010 at 11:36am
ditto what Sakina said.   8-)  *hugs*

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Jul 30th, 2010 at 12:26pm
Sakina & Trisha: Thank you, ladies. *hugs* If only it worked that way, eh?

Hair: Yesterday I did a WCC with HE Tousle Me Softly S&C + Suave green apple conditioner. In regards to the whole Herbal Essences concept, two things have come to my attention: 1.) even moisturizing HE conditioners must still be mixed with Pantene to be effective on my hair, and 2.) spray conditioner alone is insufficient and end treatments are mandatory.
    The roots, however, seem cleaner with HE and my hair feels lighter overall. Just the ends are a bit dry, which more than anything else is probably just another reminder that my hair is simply too long for its texture. *sigh* The good news is that I have end treatments up the wazoo. ::)

Etc.: Our KS guests are back until Sunday so we'll be out doing things around town with them until then.

My nails got a total overhaul yesterday but for all of the filing, buffing and painting, they still got messed up. >:( Not the end of the world - I'll fix them eventually. Color is dark blood red with a crème finish. No shimmer, no glitter, nothing fancy. I may have another interview next week with a man and men seem to react most to red nails.

What else...? Oh yes, I'm still losing weight, which is weird considering what all I've been eating lately. Only I could scarf Godiva and fast food and lose weight. ::)
    Speaking of which, I should probably attack a morning workout while it's still early.

You Are Ambitious

You have your eye on the prize, and knowing you, it's probably a different prize every week.
You have a laser focus when it comes to achieving your goals, and you stay on task.

More than being a hard worker, you are a smart worker. You can always figure out a way to get what you want.
You don't just climb up the ladder - you skip steps. You break every rule that you can.

What's True About You?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Aug 1st, 2010 at 2:52pm
Well, it's a new month. After a week-long flirtation with Herbal Essences, I'm back on Pantene. Even the most devoted Pantene users take breaks sometimes and that's ok. It's good to try other things - especially new things - even if you just end up going back to whatever you were doing before. The key is to go back to it before your new obsession causes harm.

After a week, HE was up to its usual tricks. Dryness, tangles, etc., but I stopped using it before it got worse and avoided dry skin patches entirely. So yeah...it was fun for the time but I'm over it. ::)

Earlier this morning, I made a list of all of the different Pantene products that I can still use, which was reassuring. There's actually quite a lot. :) I'm still bummed that they discontinued their Purity shampoo and changed the base detergent in most of their new shampoos to SLS but it's not the end of the world.

Anyway, today I clarified - HE Drama Clean shampoo, ACV rinse, Pantene Medium-Thick moisturizing conditioner, blended leave-in spray conditioner. Already my hair is in better form. There really is no substitute for Pantene as far as moisture goes. On Wednesday I'll have to see about doing a WTC.

For now though I want to get outside to run around town and let my hair dry. Our KS guests have gone back home. They said goodbye last night while I watched an old Frankie movie and their plane left early this morning. So I have today free to shop...or whatever.

Health wise, I've had to stop working out for awhile as a 17-year-old back injury has resurfaced. Guess I slept on it weird or something. :-/ Also not the end of the world; I just have to be careful not to breathe too heavily.

Cabin fever is setting in now so it's time to brush my teeth and hit the road.

You Are Old Fashioned

You think that the best things come from the past. You love anything vintage or retro.

You have are drawn to the darker elements of life. You like a bit of grit.

Art excites you. You try to bring it into your everyday life as much as possible.

You are interested in a plethora of things. You love to learn.

The Bookstore Test

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Drear on Aug 2nd, 2010 at 7:30am
Sounds like you still have more Pantene products than we do.  I had good experiences with them in the past but won't commit now that I never know what lines will be available or discontinued. 

I hope your back problems end soon so it won't hold you back from living life to the full.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by melusine on Aug 3rd, 2010 at 12:58am
Hope your back feels better soon.  Had some problems there myself a couple of years ago.  It was a month before I was back to normal.

Took the bookstore test and it says I am brilliant.  Now that is a test I like. 8-)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Aug 3rd, 2010 at 10:41pm
Drear: Thanks. And yeah, I do believe there are more Pantene products in the US than anywhere else...which makes sense.

Melusine: Thanks - it does seem to be recovering, though I hope it won't take a month. :o

Hair: CWC's lately. Today it was after 2 PM before I got a shower so an ACV rinse was mandatory. Resembling wildlife pulled out of the Louisiana oil spill really isn't as chic as it sounds.

For the past few days I've been quite busy and have either forgotten or not had time to measure my hair. The idea has been getting it out of the way so I can go about my business. Measuring will have to wait until things settle down.

Etc.: And what's been keeping me so busy? Well, my sister, her bf and their dog have moved out as of yesterday so I've been helping them get sorted. Anyone who has moved before knows what a craptastic hassle it can be and my sister's case is no exception. Her new condo has 3 different levels, which meant hauling all kinds of things up and down 2 steep flights of stairs. All day. :P

This morning I couldn't resist power cleaning my bathroom. Not only are the boogers and dog hair gone but I burned a great amount of calories in the process...in addition to the ones I burned yesterday. ;)

So the rest of the day's been a bit weird. My sister & her dog are over. Her bf was here earlier to wash his truck but has since left.
    My mother killed her washing machine and then blamed me for it, which, sadly, is not unusual. Then she told me to "stop being creative," which confounded me. Surely she'd forgotten to whom she was speaking. :-? This after another would-be lecture last night about the absolute necessity of my finding a business career and climbing the corporate ladder (which I largely ignored and interrupted with a totally unrelated diversion like always).
    My father got home from work awhile ago and we don't have a Tuesday band practice to rush off to.

After so much work, my nails are pretty beat up. :( Last night I tore part of a crimson thumbnail off and now I no longer care about repairing any of them. Not a big deal since I won't be interviewing this week anyway.

Later tonight I might walk down to the frozen yogurt place or put a little gas in my car and drive to the coast.
Ciao for now.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Aug 5th, 2010 at 12:19am
Hair: I'd wanted to do a WTC today but my mother and sister stayed home so it didn't happen. There's no way I can get away with that kinda stuff when Mommy Dearest is around to freak out about it. My sister isn't a problem.

So it was another CWC this morning. Still using Pantene Volume shampoo & Moisture Renewal conditioner - loving it. Why the heck did Pantene have to change?! >:(
    Anyway, leave-ins were blended spray conditioner and serum. Style is a bun.

Late summer shedding seems to have started already. It usually happens around August. I might have to start doing scalp massages every morning to prevent having to pull loose hairs off of myself all day long.

Finally got around to measuring today - 28.75". Just a quarter inch from the last time I measured so the growth has obviously slowed down for summer as well. Hot weather & I just don't get along.

Etc.: No band practice this week. We have a show on the 20th.

Tomorrow brother Moon Pie is coming over so I can help him put a decent résumé together. He's been unemployed even longer than I have and the only advantage to that is that he can tell me what to expect. He's been really cool about explaining the UI process and reassuring me when I start freaking out. Almost no one I know has a job anymore. It's total crap. Hopefully companies will start hiring like crazy in the fall. :-/

You Are Intense

You are a bit quieter than most people, but you have a lot of thoughts and emotions brewing.
You are moody and dramatic, but you tend to keep that on the inside.

You have the makings of an artist - especially a novelist. You've got a lot to get out of that head of yours.
It's hard for you to take anything lightly. You feel more strongly than most people.

How Does Your Cookie Crumble?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Aug 7th, 2010 at 12:17am
Hair: Yesterday I did a sort of condensed WTC in the shower since it was all I had time for. Washed with Pantene Volume shampoo, then loaded the Deep Fortifying Treatment into the length, covered with a shower cap and left it that way until the end of my shower. After rinsing it out, I chased it with Moisture Renewal conditioner. Not quite a WTC but slightly better than a regular WCC. I guess.

Today was a regular CWC with Suave green apple light conditioner (which I'm running out of), Pantene Volume shampoo and Moisture Renewal conditioner.

Yesterday I gave in and got the Pantene leave-in spray conditioner for fine hair and got to try it out this morning. It's very light but seems to work well enough. No idea how it would do without an additional end treatment however. Serum was the choice today. Style was a flipped ponytail.

Etc.: Brother Moon Pie arrived yesterday afternoon bearing a veggie delite from Subway. Took me all afternoon to eat it as I was working on his new résumé. He was very pleased with the end result and gave me $50 for my effort, which I initially refused...until he flipped me the bird and dropped the cash on the floor behind me - a shameless gesture of male maturity that I decided would cost him $50. http://smilieshq.com/smilies/rolleye0014.gif

Anyway, he was very excited about the new rez and I hope it helps him in his search. Yesterday I learned that in addition to all of our other odd similarities, he also draws and writes poetry...and the veggie delite is also his favorite sandwich from Subway. ::) Separated at birth or something, I wonder.

This afternoon I shaped up my eyebrows and redid my nails in serious bling. One of my thumbnails is still deformed from snapping off earlier this week so I used the blinding silver sparkle as a diversion.

Alright, I've yammered enough for now. How 'bout another silly quiz?

You Have a Wild Imagination

You can think or dream anything. You have very vivid and colorful thoughts.

You have a refreshing and bold attitude. People can count on you to be honest.

You are peaceful and pretty zen like. You live in the moment.

You are a very emotional person. It's pretty easy to touch your heart.

The Bubble Bath Test

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by melusine on Aug 7th, 2010 at 12:34am
Love your silly quizzes.  According to the last 2 I am charming, and have a wild imagination, as you do.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Aug 7th, 2010 at 10:59pm
Mel: Good results. ;)

Hair: CWC + blended spray conditioner + ELOO. Style is a bun. The ends seem more moisturized today than yesterday. For some reason, serum just isn't working lately. :-/ My hair tangled easily when I took it down last night. Hopefully I'll have better luck with the ELOO today.

Conair has revamped their Velvet Touch brush collection and they just might be too cool for me to resist. :-[ They're mostly black now and quite gawthy looking.

Still haven't lost the urge to cut. :-[ I just keep seeing too many cute, shorter styles that I know would be more becoming to my hair type. Oy, what's happening to me? :P

Etc.: Today was rather uneventful and I seemed to sleep through most of it. But I'm up for anything tonight. I have the house to myself again after the 'rents leave for the bar. Priority one is watching Casablanca. After that..., meh.

So...appropos of nothing, who made the hotter hatter? ;D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzROG3SWu98 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0JvF9vpqx8&feature=av2e

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Aug 11th, 2010 at 12:41am
Hair: Weirdness. :-/ No luck with the new Pantene leave-in spray for fine hair. It left a disgusting, gritty coating on my hair and killed the shine completely, as if I'd powdered it with chalk. :P So I returned it and got the kind for medium-thick hair, which works better but still isn't the greatest.

Aside from that, things are pretty much the same. Same routines, same styles. I'm quickly running out of bobby pins as the protective ends like to slip off and I have to keep getting rid of them. :-/

Etc.: There was a band practice scheduled tonight but dad & I didn't go. It's my parents' anniversary and they wanted to stay in.

We also got a new washing machine. :) Fun stuff.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Aug 11th, 2010 at 12:22pm
Tom Petty, definitely   8-) 

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Aug 12th, 2010 at 1:36am
Trisha: Hear, hear. ;)

Hair: Finally, an honest to goodness WTC. Washed with the old Pantene Volume shampoo, treated for an hour with the Deep Fortifying Treatment, then chased with Suave green apple conditioner.

Leave-ins were blended spray conditioner and serum. The latter didn't make the ends greasy or wonky so there was no need to hide them. Thus today's style was a flipped ponytail.

Etc.: What else is there really? I'm tired as heck and will inevitably sound like a broken record anyway. Blah blah blah music, blah blah blah fashion, blah blah blah unemployment, blah blah blah quiz.

You Are a Kitten

You are playful and sweet, but you also treasure your alone time.
You're pretty independent, and you resent anyone trying to tell you what to do.

You don't get bored easily. You are quite good at entertaining yourself.
Deep down, you are quite sensitive and intuitive. You are less standoffish than you seem.

Are You a Puppy or a Kitten?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Aug 12th, 2010 at 7:56pm
Hair: CWC with the usual suspects. Leave-ins were blended spray conditioner and serum. Again, my hair's not liking the serum so it's wound up in a bun. :-/

Music: Lizard's taking the band to Sacramento for a political rally in September. :-? So much for sticking to local gigs. I opted out and my father will likely be in the Pacific northwest at the time.

Etc.: At the moment I've just started on a sparkly new manicure for the weekend. One of my sister's fashionista friends is having a birthday party on Saturday to which I am invited.

Personally, I'm flattered that this girl finds her friend's older sister cool enough to hang with and I've already bought her a gorgeous card from Papyrus. Her gift will likely come from Sephora if I have anything to do with it. ;)
But the cracked silver polish of last week had to go. Hopefully to be replaced by something of a darker persuasion. Something that I can put together very quickly. It will be dinnertime when I'm finished.

You Are an Artist

Whether your creations are in your mind or on paper, you are definitely an arty person.
You see the beauty in the world, and somehow the ugly parts are beautiful to you too.

You have an intensity that's unmatched and unstoppable. You feel strongly about everything.
You are driven to create. You are never content to just sit still.

The Ice Cream Cone Test

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Aug 14th, 2010 at 10:48pm
Hair: CWC again. I'm now using Suave ocean breeze for a light conditioner and Pantene Medium-Thick, Dry-Moisturized conditioner. What a mouthful. Maybe the latter should be abbreviated to MTDM? Then again, with all of the other abbreviations...ACV, W-CWC, S&D, MTDM? WTF? :-?

Anyway, my poor hair's been put through the wringer today between being tossed and blown around, exposed to much sunlight, twisted and pinned up before it was dry, taken down and shaken out. Then I had to run a brush through it because my seamless comb was no match for the resulting tangles. It did more ripping out than detangling, I'm afraid. So when I can afford it I will be getting another set of Conair Velvet Touch brushes, which I've always loved.

Yes, I know seamless combs are best. I've been a LongLocks member for almost 5 years now and have heard all of the arguments against plastic brushes. But you know what? I've also heard all of the arguments against cones, sulfates, Pantene and pretty much everything else I've used on a daily basis for the last 10 years. For every argument, there's a counter argument and breaking the rules is nothing new to me.

Etc.: This afternoon I went with my sister and her bf to a park by the beach for her friend's b-day party. It was warm and dreadfully sunny so I hid in the shade as much as possible. I did get a ton of pix, however, so much of tonight will be spent uploading and editing on Photobucket.
    The birthday girl loved the card that I got her as well as the wrapping job I did on the gift from my sister. She also told me that I was tiny and cute and smelled great. ;D Hope she likes my pictures as much, even though her bf is a professional photographer.

After the party, I got home, changed into my painting clothes and touched up the newly green walls in what used to be my sister's room. My parents had been painting it while I was away and I'm a bit jealous of the color. It's a very rich, almost-aqua green. Quite similar to the color that my room was while I was growing up.

Speaking of paint, according to the Behr brand, my eyes are "Pacific Sea Teal." At least in indoor light. Seems fitting considering I grew up on the Pacific. ;)

Well, that's enough blabbering for now I suppose. Time to get some laundry sorted.

You Are Pie

You are sweet, but there's more to the story than that. You're quite complicated.
Sometimes people don't appreciate you as much as they should. You are really quite special.

You are deep, thoughtful, and get better with time. You are subtle but powerful.
You are very traditional, and that's a good thing. You remind people of simpler and happier times.

Are You Cake or Pie?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Aug 16th, 2010 at 12:27pm
Hair: Clarified yesterday. My one and only leave-in was spay conditioner, which is now Pantene's Medium-Thick silkening detangler. Style was a bun and I must say the new bobby pins I bought are much more reliable. The protective ends don't slip off every time I take them out.

Today the routine will be the usual CWC. I'm beginning to like the new Pantene detangler, though I'd still like to try the one designed for curly hair just to cover all of the bases. Eventually.
    For an end treatment I'm back to using ELOO, which is always hit and miss. Sometimes it provides decent results and sometimes it leaves my hair as greasy and dull as anything. Today's style depends on said results.

Etc.: Saturday's party in the park left me quite sunburned in places. >:( I should've known...and just when I thought I would make it through the year without getting scorched. It always happens that way.
    The crap thing is that I have a photo/video shoot with the band on Friday so I'll be scrubbing and masking as much as possible to try and restore my pallor before then.

My parents and I spent all of yesterday converting my sister's old room into a guest room. The work was exhaustive, especially when coupled with a sunburn, and all my body wanted at the end of the night was to drop into bed and sleep for days. Of course my habitual insomnia had other plans. >:(

But...it's a new day and I'm encouraged by the weight that I still seem to be losing. Slowly but surely.
    My sis and her dog are coming over later and there's much to do before then so I'm off.

Your Cute Monster Says Your Inner Demon is Sorrow

You're the type of person who stands out in a crowd, even when you're trying to blend in.
You are honest in your character and appearance. You don't pretend to be someone else.

You tend to get depressed easily.
People think you're cute because you're rebellious. Your uniqueness is charming.

The Cute Monster Test

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Aug 16th, 2010 at 3:52pm

Angel wrote on Aug 14th, 2010 at 10:48pm:
Yes, I know seamless combs are best. I've been a LongLocks member for almost 5 years now and have heard all of the arguments against plastic brushes. But you know what? I've also heard all of the arguments against cones, sulfates, Pantene and pretty much everything else I've used on a daily basis for the last 10 years. For every argument, there's a counter argument and breaking the rules is nothing new to me.

Exactly--what works for me won't necessarily work for you or Sakina or Curlgirl, etc.  Be true to your hair!   ;)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by melusine on Aug 16th, 2010 at 5:03pm
Be true to your hair is right.  All of the things you do would be terrible for my baby fine tresses,  but making the changes has helped my hair look better and be more manageable.

The latest tests say I am Pie and my inner demon is intensity.  How true.  Not sure if that is good or bad.  :)

How are things on the job front?  I keep hoping for you, and you haven't written about it lately.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Aug 17th, 2010 at 8:54pm
Trisha: Amen, sista!

Melusine: Bless your heart, fine haired sister. As a matter of fact, I do have an interview tomorrow but if there were any major developments in the job search, I'd have reported it by now. *sigh* :-/ I appreciate the support though. Every little bit helps.

Hair: CWC with a different shampoo this morning. Instead of the old Pantene Volume, I decided to try the blend of Pantene Nature Fusion moisture balancing and Kenra moisturizing shampoos that I'd been using as a bodywash. Talk about residue. :P

Once again I'm becoming quite disillusioned with the new Pantene. It seems as if the MTDM conditioner rinses out too quickly yet leaves a sort of waxy coating behind at the same time. :-? Difficult to describe but it's definitely not the same as the old Moisture Renewal conditioner.

For my one and only leave-in today, I used the new Pantene MT detangler which seems to leave an odd coating on my hair. Not sure if it's the glycerin or what but it's not sexy, baby. :-/ I still have the Curly and Restore Beautiful Lengths leave-ins to try before I give up completely. They really need to get it together.

So far my hair's been down all day. I've combed through the length once since it was washed but that's it. Actually I'm debating running to the store before band practice to see if I can get my hands on a new Velvet Touch purse brush. Obsessed much? ::)

Etc.: Yep, band practice tonight. Our last before the show on Friday. I'm anticipating a bit of drama. :-/

The burn has faded almost entirely from my arms and left them with a depressingly "average American" color that could, I suppose, be described as "light" but not quite "fair" and certainly not "pallid."
    Earlier this afternoon, my mother said that my face looked -gasp!- tan. Or at least tan for me. http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/sick0025.gif She also said that in 2 days, you'd never know it. I can only pray she's right. :-/

On Friday the band is getting new photos along with live footage from the show for our website so I'd better be back to my stark white self by then or do an Oscar-worthy makeup job on all exposed flesh. :-/

Thus I've been staying in the dark, exfoliating a lot and using various paling remedies. Whatever it takes. God help me.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Aug 18th, 2010 at 7:57pm
Hair: Ugh. Decided to try out the purple Herbal Essences Hydralicious S&C that I bought sometime ago and never used. The shampoo was thicker than jellied brains and didn't even lather until I added lots of water to it. Even then it was like trying to wash my hair with super glue. :o
    Rinsing it out was interesting too. Ever loaded every last inch of your hair with EVOO for an overnight treatment and then rinse it the next morning? Same kind of thing. :P Heavy, gloppy, greasy...

The matching conditioner would've been a dream were it not for the burning sensation it caused. :-/ It didn't leave behind a waxy residue when I rinsed it out but the Pantene conditioner that I followed it with certainly did.

Today's only leave-in was ELOO on the ends. I let the whole mess dry for as long as possible but ended up having to break out the blowfryer and dry upside down on the cool, high settings. Time constraints, people.
    Then I just shook it out and twisted it into a dreaded scrunchie bun...a look I hadn't rocked in years. That was the style for most of the afternoon. Upon returning home, I took it down, combed it out and put it in a proper bun with 2 bobby pins.

Etc.: Another interview, blah blah blah. I'm hardly trying anymore - went to this one with a black, glittery, chipped manicure, "experimental" hair and very little makeup. Drove like the devil to get there on time only to be told that the interview was being pushed back an hour (the time I'd originally requested when we set it up). >:(

Halfway through the usual bs, I found out it was a part time position. >:( Better than nothing, perhaps, but had I known that in advance, I wouldn't have bothered.

After it was over, I returned the Pantene Medium-Thick spray conditioner at Target...and this character was in line in front of me:

Yes, that's a man. He was there with an enormous black woman with enormous gold earrings. I had to keep from giggling and muttering, "this ain't Walmart, darlings" until they were well out of earshot.

Anyway, I eventually took the cheap route and got another bottle of Suave Kids double dutch apple detangler. It will do while I use up all of the random shampoos & conditioners that have been in my supply closet for æons.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Sakina on Aug 19th, 2010 at 5:19am
Jellied brains?  Cyclops' favorite!

Wow- that's quite a picture. 

Sorry your interview wasn't what you wanted.         

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by melusine on Aug 19th, 2010 at 12:42pm
The picture stuns me.  I don't whether to laugh or cry.  I am seriously wondering what his intent was in assembling that, uh, outfit.  :-? Sorry about the interview.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Aug 20th, 2010 at 1:19am
Mel & Sakina: Thanks.

Hair: Another WCC to make up for yesterday's disaster. Washed once all over with Suave Pro Humectant shampoo and followed with an ACV rinse. Conditioned with Pantene MTDM and a Suave Ocean Breeze chaser.

Leave-ins were Suave Kids detangler (love the apple fragrance and the fact that it's oil free) and ELOO. Style is a bun secured with 2 bobby pins.

Etc.: The company that interviewed me yesterday offered me the position and at first I accepted, but as I was leaving the building, I knew something wasn't right. As would later come to my attention, the wages were a joke and wouldn't have been worth relinquishing my unemployment. After agonizing over it for most of the night and discussing it with my family, I called the company back this morning and told them I had changed my mind. They were cool about it and even wished me luck with the show tomorrow.

Speaking of which, I've been preparing as much as possible - redoing my nails, deciding on clothes and makeup to wear on stage, etc. etc. Unfortunately my usual ghostly pallor won't be restored by tomorrow. >:( Blasted sunburn.
    Crappier still is that all of the bands must be at the venue with all of their gear by 7 PM but we don't take the stage until midnight. Unless they let us leave the building, that means doing sod-all for 5 hours. :P We're the last band to go on and of course it's not a paid gig.

Anyway, it was over 100°F today and tomorrow's supposed to be hotter. Fellow southwesterner Sakina is probably grateful to be in Paris right now.

You Are a Vampire

Right? You seem like a vampire. Pale? Check. Strong? Check. Nocturnal? Check!
There's a good chance you even like the taste of blood, and that's just down right creepy.

The funniest part about you being a vampire is that you haven't seemed to notice it yet. You must have some pretty weird habits to let the news slip by you like that.
Stay out of the sunlight, and avoid Italian restaurants (too much garlic). And if you have to feed on a human, please be gentle!

Are You Secretly A Vampire?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Curlgirl64 on Aug 20th, 2010 at 9:09am
I really think you made the right choice about the job.  It sounds like it is so not worth it.  Keep goin, something you like is bound to come your way! :)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Aug 20th, 2010 at 6:55pm
Thanks, Curlgirl. :)

Ahh, a little downtime before I have to start getting ready for the show.

Just got back from Target. I finally broke down and bought a new liquid foundation. L'Oréal Infallible...anyone ever tried it? My shade is soft ivory.

The hair is staying down until I go to bed tonight...whenever that may be. The routine this morning was a CWC with Suave ocean breeze light conditioner, Suave Pro humectant shampoo and Pantene MTDM conditioner. Leave-ins were Suave Kids detangler and ELOO.
    It's a bit of a mess at the moment so I'm running a seamless comb through it as I type this...because I'm part octopus.

Got one résumé sent out this morning - for a full time position, no less. When days go by without a single prospect, I'm grateful for the days when I'm able to send out at least one résumé.

My father has a border town gig tonight and will be driving from there to the club where our band is performing tonight.
He's getting ready so I guess I may as well start. Now where did I put that blue glitter eyeliner?

You Have a Goth Soul

You are complicated, and it would be oversimplifying to say you're obsessed with death.
You are attracted to the darker side of life, but you're also deeply spiritual.

You are curious with the world, and you're probably quite intellectual. You like to study obscure topics.
You are likely quite introverted and quiet. You prefer your own world to the world around you.

Is Your Soul Hippie, Punk, or Goth?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Aug 22nd, 2010 at 11:06pm
Hair: Clarified and ready to start over. Yesterday I picked up more Pantene Nature Fusion Smooth Vitality S&C (mostly for the bottles, I confess) and decided to use one of my mother's Suave Pro rosemary mint conditoners as a light conditioner. That will start tomorrow. Today, like every Sunday, I needed a clean slate.

Also, I'm ironically happiest with the Pantene spray conditioner for curly hair. :-? At least so far. It was my only leave-in today.

Music: Friday's show went rather well. Lizard only missed a minor part of one song. We also debuted our new song in front of a live audience...but once again said live audience was a scant few consisting of mainly Grateful Ed's family & friends.
    One very fashionable and flamboyant club patron wandered in after we'd finished our set and were tearing down. He was disappointed to have missed us even though he hadn't the first clue who we were. He asked me to sing a bar for him and said that I had a wonderful voice. And he hugged me at least 3 times.
    Downtown was crazy as it always is on the weekends. The clubs and restaurants were all quite busy and the streets and sidewalks were crowded like New York City. The curbs were all occupied so Lizard had to park his minivan in the street and put on his distress lights, blocking a lane as 5 of us threw our gear into the back and crammed into it with cars swerving to get around us. I rode in the back, smashed up against a door until we got back to Lizard's place. What a night!

Etc.: Spent most of last night washing and waxing my car, though my mother interrupted to have me drive her to a friend's party...in her car. I was in no shape for company but hadn't seen the hostess or her 3 kids in years so I made the effort to go in and say hi anyway. They are lifelong family friends and I wasn't sure when I'd see them again. It was a hippie party and I drove my mum's car home with a pink plastic peace sign around my neck.

Today was spent painting my parents' office a strange color that I can only describe as a pale, dusty berry. It goes fantastically with the Victorian items in my room so I requested to have the same color when the time comes to paint in there.

In any case I'm exhausted so I'll bid you all adieu for now.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Curlgirl64 on Aug 23rd, 2010 at 4:30am
Glad the show went well! :)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Aug 24th, 2010 at 12:31am
Curlgirl: Amen to that!

Hair: Broke in the Pantene Nature Fusion Smooth Vitality S&C again. I http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/love0033.gif the Nature Fusion line! Amaaazing softness.
    The Curly detangler is working well too. The only problem today was the ELOO. Wayyy too heavy - hair is in a bun, which works for all of the home renovation I've been doing.

Etc.: For the last two days my parents and I have been renovating and relocating their home office, which is a lot of work by itself, let alone in 100° weather. :P Outdoor painting = thank God for umbrellas!

Right now I'm watching Property Virgins on HGTV and cracking up at the couple who are looking all over San Diego for a nice house in the $400,000 range. ;D The first place they looked was one of the poshest (read: most expensive) areas in the county. They're obviously not native to the area.
    I always find humor in discussing real estate with people who aren't from SoCal.
    Looks like the couple ended up moving into the area where I used to work. I'm sure their son will appreciate all of the strip clubs and "adult" shops nearby as he gets older. ;D Suckers.

In other news, I've been trying to restore my pallor after the burn from 2 weeks ago and so far it's coming along nicely. I'd love to be even paler than I was before the burn if that's even possible.

Anyway, time to trade these paint clothes for pj's. I'm knackered.

Your Autumn Sense is Taste

It's pretty simple... you love fall because it's the most delicious time of the year.
From Halloween candy to Thanksgiving leftovers, there's always a culinary treat right around the corner for you.

You also enjoy the smaller seasonal foods of fall - a pumpkin latte, apple crisp, or butternut squash soup.
You wait all year for your fall food favorites to return, and you're going to savor every single one of them!

What's Your Autumn Sense?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Aug 24th, 2010 at 9:17pm
Hair: Eck. :P This morning's CWC did nothing for yesterday's greasy ends and the oil seems to be traveling slowly up my hair. :P No oil today! Sprayed with Curly detangler, air dried and wrapped the mess into a bun. Tomorrow I'll definitely wash the entire length. Oil just isn't Angel's friend. >:(

Etc.: Been finding new bug bites on my arms for the past 2 days. Pulling my bed away from the wall, I found a few stray spiders - apparently the same small, brown variety that impose upon my bathroom - along with a crazy amount of dust. So I've been cleaning and spraying everything in that room. And again it's 100°F outside. The joys of summer. :P

We're less than a month away from fall though. I must keep reminding myself. Speaking of which....

Covet: Sephora's Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Black Energy. Sheer black with purple micro glitter. http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/love0010.gif

This is definitely the worst time of year to be broke. All the pretty, dark things hit the shelves and some can't resist going home with me. ;)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Aug 28th, 2010 at 8:01pm
Hair: Yesterday I combined the last of my Pantene Volume and Nature Fusion Smooth Vitality shampoos in the latter's bottle and slightly diluted the mix with water. Interesting blend...still does the job, albeit with thinner lather. I  was also able to use up the MTDM conditioner, thank goodness - one less annoying abbreviation. ::)

Thus today I was left with a blended shampoo, Nature Fusion conditioner and Suave light conditioner to do a WCC. I'm experimenting with washing the entire length of my hair every 3 days.

Lately my only leave-in is Pantene's Curly detangler. Its formula seems closest to that of the old one which I loved. Why oh why did they have to go and change everything?

So far my hair has been air dried for a long time but I haven't yet managed to put it up. It's been a rather busy day.

Etc.: My father's band has 2 gigs in San Juan Capistrano over the weekend so the house is all mine until Monday night. I've wasted no time in making it as cool and dark as possible though it's not even 90°F outside.

The window in my room now has a blackout shade behind its heavy velvet curtains to prevent intrusion from even the faintest flicker of sunlight. The guest room has one too. So nice to be rid of the broken, old vertical blinds that were there before!

Anyway, hope everyone's enjoying their weekend so far. I'm off to create another deliciously dark manicure for the week. Ta-ra!

You Are a Hazelnut Latte

You are a quiet thinker. You like nothing better than an early fall morning when you're alone with your thoughts and your coffee.
As each day gets colder, you can't help but remember autumns past and reflect on your life a bit.

You love fall weather. A gray day is perfect for writing, reading, or just thinking... all activities you enjoy.
You like feeling warm and energized inside while the world is cold and quiet outside. It's the perfect contrast for you to feel inspired.

What Autumn Drink Are You?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Aug 30th, 2010 at 4:48am
Hair: Afternoon arrived before I got around to washing my hair today...or, well, yesterday technically. So an ACV rinse coupled with the usual CWC seemed in order. Still using the blended shampoo + Pantene Nature Fusion conditioner + Suave ocean breeze light conditioner. Again, today's only leave-in was Pantene's Curly detangler, which I've decided that I don't fancy as well as the old stuff. >:(

In all honesty, I'm quite hoping that an epic new brand will pop up and be the best thing I've ever tried because my hair is once again reaching the obstinate point where it doesn't like anything. Sigh...

Etc.: My parents returned from southern Orange County just as the Emmies were getting underway. I had thought that they wouldn't get back until Monday night...guess I heard wrong. But they brought me frozen yogurt so all was well. My father's voice is absolutely shot so I don't know how he'll fare at practice on Tuesday if there is one.

Nails have been redone in a very sparkly black. I'm taking full advantage of not having any interviews scheduled. A new mani would be nicer to look at were one of my fingers not swollen from a silly accident this morning. Or yesterday morning...technically. Speaking of which, it's 1:30 AM and I'm knackered. G'night, loves.

You Are a Pumpkin Pie Baking in the Oven

You love to feel comforted and relaxed. For you, fall means turning inward and remembering what matters in your life.
Fall rings in the time of traditions, and you embrace each and every one of them.

Whether you're decorating for Halloween, cooking for Thanksgiving, or planning for Christmas, you really get into the season.
You love sharing this time with your friends and family. You like to make new and lasting memories.

What Autumn Smell Are You?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Aug 30th, 2010 at 2:08pm
The new formula Pantene lathers like crazy which, I'm sure, was the point of changing it.  But it's a crazy amount of lather, to the point where I'm seriously thinking of thinning down the mix with water or tea or something.  I try to be careful about how much shampoo I squirt into my palm, but I still end up with crazy suds.   :(  So yeah, definitely thinking of thinning the mix.  *sigh* 

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Aug 31st, 2010 at 4:25am
Trisha: Pantene has always lathered well, which is part of why I like it. I was more under the impression that they added more/heavier conditioning agents to the new shampoos and thus had to offset them with a harsher detergent. Just a theory of course. Just the same, I adamantly refuse to put lauryl sulfates on my fragile tresses.

Diluting my shampoo blends is 1.) for economical reasons and 2.) it helps them mix better. ;)

Hair: After helping my father install the new flatscreen TV in his office and then being ordered to clean my entire bathroom by my mother, it was after 2 PM before I got a shower. :P I could've used the Pantene shampoo blend for a CWC as usual but decided, for whatever reason, on something harsher: mother's Suave Pro Volumizing shampoo. Harsh indeed! It took care of the grease alright but left my roots dry and staticky.

Fortunately I knew that I'd be wearing my hair up today so its condition wasn't terribly important. It just had to be clean. So after applying Pantene's Curly detangler and ELOO and letting everything air dry completely, I swept it up into a flipped rope braid, tying a ribbon around the hairtie at the end. This was the style I wore to my aunt's house for dinner. Just took it down actually.

Tomorrow I'll clarify. Speaking of which, I need to make ACV rinses while the 'rents are asleep.

Another little thing that bears mentioning is that I've at last had the privilege (unique to us longhairs) of cutting my own hair out of the vacuum roller brush thingamajig after it got so wound up around the thing that the vacuum started burning up. :-/ Right of passage or reason to cut...?

Etc.: My mother's older sister & her husband are in town this week so we'll all be getting together with them often. Apparently I'm going to Disneyland next Sunday/Monday for free, which is fantastic with the exception of having to stay overnight.

Still nothing to report as far as the employment search goes. *SIGH* If relocating was a realistic option, I'd do it in a heartbeat. My distaste for California is mounting. The irony is that relocation is expensive.

Anyway, it's late and thus getting more difficult to form complete, intelligent sentences. :-/ Cheers.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Aug 31st, 2010 at 10:27pm
Hair: Clarified with Herbal Essences Drama Clean shampoo, ACV rinse and Pantene's old Moisture Renewal conditioner. The one and only leave-in was Pantene's Curly detangler, which I've realized leaves a bit of a gritty film like the one for fine hair, just not nearly as much. :-/ Pantene, you suck.
    Style du jour is a single braid.

Etc.: Still living like a cave dweller for the most part to encourage pallor. Avoiding light as much as possible. Speaking of which, the sun has gone down...time to venture out. ;)

You Are a Night Person

For you, there's nothing worse than having to get up and moving early.
In fact, you probably don't hit your peak until well after the sun has set.
So if your struggling to make it on a normal schedule, realize it's not your fault.
You just weren't meant to do anything during the day!

Are You a Morning Person or Night Person?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Sep 1st, 2010 at 6:55pm
Hair: CWC with Suave ocean breeze conditioner, blended shampoo and Pantene Nature Fusion Smooth Vitality conditioner...the latter of which is almost gone. Hair came out insanely soft as usual, so I guess for the money Nature Fusion S&C is a pretty good deal.

Leave-ins were Pantene Curly detangler for the length and ELOO for the ends. Before pinning it all up in a bun, I let it air dry, detangled and measured in at just over 29". Since my hair tends to grow faster during the cold seasons, I might reach waist length in 2 months. Encouraging. :)

Etc.: Sent out 3 résumés today, which I consider a blessing after the past few days have offered nothing worthy of response. It's quite defeating when I'm not able to send out at least one résumé per day. Small progress beats none at all.

In other (more obvious) news, it's September! :D Only 3 weeks until fall. Stoke! Halloween pretties will soon be filling store shelves everywhere. Heheheheee *rubs palms gleefully*

And in the meantime, I figured I'd share my favorite version of this old standard:


Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Sep 3rd, 2010 at 1:40am
Hair: My mother and sister hit the ranch this morning so I was able to do a WTC. :) Used up the last of my old Pantene Deep Fortifying Treatment and there seems to be no shortage of possible replacements in the new line.

Today's only leave-in was Pantene's Curly detangler. So much needed conditioning left my hair extremely soft but the weather forced it into the usual bun. Thank goodness summer's almost over!

Etc.: My hands still smell strongly with Bath & Body Works' new fragrance called Dark Kiss. Dig it! Sweet, sexy and just a little bit fruity. A sales associate attacked me with the lotion while I was in there earlier and now I can't stop smelling it. ::)

Covet: Speaking of dark and sexy, has anyone seen this yet?

In other news, my second UI extension was approved so it will be a little easier to breathe for another few months. Also sent out another rez today. Thank God for small favors.

Soon I'll be on the prowl for new makeup. I'm most desperately in need of mineral foundation but my entire collection could probably use a moderate overhaul.

Anyroad, I've not slept well for some nights and am knackered. Goodnight, fellow darklings.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Sep 7th, 2010 at 12:07am
Hair: Clarified today but ended up getting sunblock in my hair afterwards. Tomorrow I'll probably use another ACV rinse to get it out.

The coif du jour was an ordinary bun secured with 3 bobby pins.

Etc.: Disneyland didn't happen yesterday but my sister, her bf and I went up today to meet the family there, including a few out of state relatives.

Realized a fatal flaw in my approach to summer goth makeup. Specifically blending sunblock & foundation. Even when paired with layers of powder it still smears and rubs off with embarrassing ease. And after several hours of wear the foundation begins to disintegrate, leaving uneven patches. It also gets shiny rather quickly - I had to powder my nose over and over today. :P I loathe summer.

Anyway, that's all for now. I haven't slept in almost 40 hours so after a quick run to the store I'm coming home to crash. G'night, all.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Sep 9th, 2010 at 12:57am
Hair: WTC...WTF?! Washed the entire length with blended Pantene shampoo and figured I'd try the new Restore Beautiful Lengths Replenishing Mask. While applying it, I noticed a faint burning sensation on my hands. :-/ Unfortunately it didn't get better from there. After rinsing, chasing with light conditioner, leave-in spray and air drying (the usual process), my hair was left with a disgusting gummy residue that made it difficult to detangle. Its natural texture was unrecognizable under the gunk. :P I quickly twisted it into a bun and returned the blasted treatment.
    Needless to say the new Restore Beautiful Lengths line is not in my future...and I'll need to do a WCC tomorrow. >:( Aaaargh! Curse you, Pantene! Curse your new lines and curse your new formulas and curse you for ruining everything that was once great about them. This is the worst thing that's happened to my hair since I tried the intensive Dove treatment. Ugh!

At the store I picked up Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle treatment and Suave Pro 2-in-1. I've used both before, many years ago, and decided to give them another go. What the hey? I've more or less acquiesced to trying out whatever strikes my fancy at this point.

A heavy oiling overnight is in order before I attempt to fix things tomorrow. Sigh... :-/

Etc.: Disneyland was a gas though it was hot and crowded. My scalp got sunburned through my hair even though I brought and used my umbrella. :(
    Captain EO was even more epic than I remembered, though I could've done without all of the host's cheesy MJ jokes ("sh'mon in" and "ease on down the rows" - really??) and the bouncing seats that force you to get down with his music - I can do that on my own, thanks. ::) It was fantastic to see it on the big screen in 3-D again after so many years. In fact, it was better than back then. The entire audience cheered when MJ made his big entrance in the film. My cousin, seated beside me, muttered, "Why is he dead??" All I could do was shake my head and say, "I don't know."
    What I do know is that life isn't fair and neither is death; Captain EO is a classic; and there will never be another Michael Jackson - God rest him. I actually started to tear up at the end, but came out of the theatre dancing just like I had 20 some-odd years ago.

Also got this pic from Splash Mountain:

Apologies for the quality. It's actually a digital picture of a digital picture, taken with my camera phone. That's my sister's scuffer boyf in the front and my sis behind. Behind her is my father with my mum hiding behind him trying to avoid water. No idea who the rock star in the bat shirt was in the back. I'll kick her butt if I ever see her though. ;)

What else...? Had an interview yesterday with a really small company. No dice. Our out of state relatives left for home this afternoon. On Friday my friend T will be down from LA. And our next door neighbors just had their black iron fence replaced with white vinyl. The guys who installed it didn't do the greatest job and my father & I stood on the front porch this evening and mocked it. He has visions of building a professional looking wooden fence around our yard himself just to be an awlarse. ::) Tee hee.

Weather wise we seem to be having what the news anchors called an "autumn cold snap"...in the summer. Hey, as long as it involves cool temps and clouds, I'm not complaining! We also have some very rare humidity in the air. 75% at the moment, which is unheard of for this area. Mother said that we may even get some morning drizzle tomorrow. :D

Anyroad, that's about it for now. This entry is quite long enough. Cheers!

The Meaning of Your Life is Pleasure

You don't have to be reminded that life is short. You're going to live it up and have fun.
You are more afraid of regretting what you didn't do, and you try to do it all.

You want to travel the world, experience passion, eat great food, and have amazing adventures.
Whenever possible, you indulge. You want to sample all the world's pleasures, even if your health and finances suffer a little.

What Is The Meaning of Your Life?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Sep 9th, 2010 at 2:19pm

Angel wrote on Sep 9th, 2010 at 12:57am:
Curse you, Pantene! Curse your new lines and curse your new formulas and curse you for ruining everything that was once great about them.

Hear, hear  *sigh*     :( 

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Sep 13th, 2010 at 9:38pm
Trisha: You too? Ugh! Someone should write a letter or something. >:(

Hair: http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/mad0251.gif Clarified today...or at least that was the idea. Then I thought it would be brilliant to follow a nice, refreshing clarifying wash and ACV rinse by trying out another Pantene deep conditioning treatment. This time it was the Medium-Thick Intensive Restoration Treatment. After leaving it in for the usual hour I rinsed it out with lukewarm/cool water. That's right about where things started to suck.
    It didn't seem to condition as well as the old Intensive Restoration Treatment which I'd used zillions of times in the past. That seems to be the trend in conditioning treatments of late. Upon rinsing they don't seem to condition very much but after your hair dries, it's only then that you notice it's slick with grease. Against all of my hopes that's exactly what happened, and now I have to wash my hair from root to tip all over again tomorrow. With another vinegar rinse. >:( Thanks for nothing, Pantene!

Alas, no leave-ins to add to the mess and today's style is a bun.

Etc.: Been a busy weekend between chores, errands and entertaining. My parents return from WA tonight, ending my 4-day "staycation." Did I really just use the word staycation? :P In any case, I have a few hours to chill before accompanying my sister to pick up Thing 1 and Thing 2 from the airport.

Weather-wise it's still quite warm. Mid-80's during the day and high 50's at night. Anyone else dying for some cold winter air?

Heh heh...I like this one. ;)

You Should Sing on Stage

You've got amazing pipes, and it's time that you use them! You are a born star.
You would wow a crowd with your voice. You just need to get in front of a bunch of people and start singing.

It's likely that you're a naturally good singer, but it's also true that you practice a lot. You love to sing.
You could be the next American Idol or the next world famous opera star. You've got the talent for either (or both!)

Where Should You Sing?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by melusine on Sep 13th, 2010 at 10:52pm
Have you tried deep treating with mayonnaise?  Put it on your hair dry, cover with a shower cap for 30 min. then shampoo as usual.   You can add olive oil to it.  It leaves your hair soft, but with body and fabulous shine.

I still swear by Burt's Bees sulfate-free shampoo, conditioner and deep conditioner, with vinegar rinses.

According to the test, I should sing on-stage, too,  :) which I know we both do.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Sakina on Sep 13th, 2010 at 11:09pm
I got the same quiz results. 

I recommend Mop Top Deep Conditioner.

I hope you find something that works for you.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Sep 14th, 2010 at 5:33pm
Mel & Sakina: Coolness, my fellow chanteuses. Thanx for the suggestions. Hmm...haven't tried mayo in quite awhile. Mostly because my hair was shorter back then and I used a flat clip to keep it up while I had treatments in it and something in the mayo (vinegar perhaps?) would always cause the spring on my clips to disintegrate and break. :-/ It would probably work under a shower cap though.

As for the rest, I'm afraid I cannot justify products that are very expensive and/or loaded with oils.

Hair: Speaking of oil, I decided to do a heavy EVOO treatment last night, perhaps with the hope that it would "grab" the residual gunk from yesterday's deep conditioner and get washed out this morning. Perhaps I'd forgotten just how heavy EVOO actually is in my hair - it had no trouble reminding me why I'd long since stopped using it. :P
    But after washing all over with Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly shampoo (diluted ever so slightly), pouring on another ACV rinse, conditioning with both Tousle Me Softly and Suave ocean breeze, things seemed to work out alright.

The spray conditioner that I'm currently using is a blend of Pantene Curly Detangler, Johnson & Johnson No More Tangles and Suave Kids detangling sprays. All was well right up until I applied way too much serum, which rendered the ends extremely greasy even after air drying. Bleh! So the hair is in a braid...but at least most of it is clean. :-/

Etc.: Skincare is a tricky thing too. I've been trying out all kinds of new cleansers and moisturizers. I guess I'm still in an experimental stage of life and should ponder the significance of this. Or something. ::)

Anyway, how did it get to be mid-September already? I swear, we'll be Christmas shopping before long. Don't anyone tell me that you've started already.

You Are Water Bubbles

You are a cool customer. It takes a lot to rattle you, and you recover from chaos pretty quickly.
You have a lot of inner strength and inner peace. You know you can get through anything.

You like calm, but you don't like too much calm. You always want things to be happening, just not at a crazy pace.
You prefer to go with the flow whenever possible. You only swim against the current when you have to.

What Kind of Bubbles Are You?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Sakina on Sep 14th, 2010 at 6:47pm
I use a large U shaped metal pin to hold my hair up when conditioning.  Do you have one of these?

I'm trying to find the link for the ones I bought, but I've had them for more than 4 years.

After hours of searching, I found a link.  He used to be over at ebay and now is at etsy.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Sep 15th, 2010 at 7:27pm

Sakina wrote on Sep 14th, 2010 at 6:47pm:
I use a large U shaped metal pin to hold my hair up when conditioning.  Do you have one of these?

I'm trying to find the link for the ones I bought, but I've had them for more than 4 years.

After hours of searching, I found a link.  He used to be over at ebay and now is at etsy.

Sure don't. Wow, you didn't have to go to the trouble but thanks. Sadly I probably don't have enough hair to use something like that but I appreciate the idea pitch.

Hair: Much better today. I did a CWC with Suave ocean breeze light conditioner and Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly S&C. Today's only leave-in was blended spray conditioner. No end treatment to gum up the works. My hair is kind of prone to tangles but is clean and shiny and smells lovely. I got to break in my new Conair Velvet Touch cushion brush today and am kinda diggin' it. Not thinking of replacing my seamless combs or anything, it's just good to have a variety I think.

No style just yet. If I go out I'll try a bun. The last time I did one my hair slipped out of the pins. :-/

Etc.: BMI is now at 21.4 which is on the thin side of normal...or about as thick as a skinny person can get before being considered "normal weight." ::) Bleh.
    This morning both my mother and sister said that I've been looking thin lately so I must be on the right track. It's going to take awhile to recover from the last round of meds that turned me into a beluga whale. It's happened before and I know I can bounce back.

8 days until fall begins and we're about a month and a half away from Halloween. Sweet. 8-)

You Are a Silly Hat

Cute, funny, and a little dorky.

What Part of Fall Are You?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by melusine on Sep 15th, 2010 at 9:27pm
Okay, I am champagne bubbles and apple cider.

Burt's Bees isn't that expensive.  The shampoo and conditioner are $8.99 at WalMart, and the regular conditioner is so thick that I dilute it about 2 to 1. 

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Curlgirl64 on Sep 16th, 2010 at 2:34am
Speaking of the U shaped pins, I had bought some stainless steel hair sticks from Quattro about 5 or 6 years ago.  They are wonderful,but too short for me to use now.  He has lots of updated sticks and U shaped pins made of upgraded materials.  Definately worth looking at! :)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Sep 16th, 2010 at 9:45am
You Are Apple Cider

Smooth and comforting. But downright nasty when cold.

What Part of Fall Are You?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Sep 18th, 2010 at 12:19am
Hair: CWC with Suave green apple light conditioner and Pantene Nature Fusions Smooth Vitality S&C. Unfortunately, Pantene really is the only thing that doesn't make my hair feel thin and get hopelessly tangled. :-/ Leave-ins were spray conditioner blend and ELOO, which rendered some pretty greasy results so I'm rocking a very uneven single braid. Whatever...so long as it's out of the way.

Etc.: Last week of summer = last chance for an awesomely bad manicure. Black with blue, yellow & green glitter? Ok!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Sep 18th, 2010 at 7:50pm
Hair: CWC with Suave green apple light conditioner & HE Tousle Me Softly S&C. I've decided to alternate between the products looming about in storage to kind of use them all up simultaneously. More economical than just tossing whatever doesn't work well. I probably have enough to last until Christmas. Hopefully there will be more jobs available by then.

Maintaining hair like mine at very long lengths is not a poor person's hobby, and I'm beginning to feel the need for change. To the point where reaching waist length at the end of this year will likely seem a hollow victory. My hair is longer now than it's been in well over a decade, and you know what? I'm kinda over it already. That probably sounds sacrilegious in a forum like this. :-[ Perhaps now I'm beginning to understand why my friend Maggie no longer posts here.

Anyway, leave-ins were blended conditioning spray and ELOO. Hair seems satisfied enough to wear a flipped ponytail today.

Etc.: Paying bills and sorting through receipts tends to put me in a pragmatic mood. No reviews of fab new products or nice restaurants today. It's all about trimming the fat...quite literally - what's good for the wallet is also good for the waistline. ;)

You Are a Winter Tree

You are a still and calm person. You have reached a quiet point in your life.
This is a time for rest and rejuvenation. You are seeking sanctuary, especially in your home.

Comfort is important to you, and you pride yourself on being able to offer comfort to others.
You have a few friends that you are extremely close to. You develop deep relationships.

What Season Tree Are You?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Sep 20th, 2010 at 1:07pm
I am also a winter tree--big surprise there.   8-)

I think I understand your...ennui regarding your hair, especially with it being thin and fine like mine.  Sounds like its time to reconsider the length, eh?   :-?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Sep 20th, 2010 at 7:59pm
Trisha: True enough. Although the plan was to cut to BSL once I'd reached waist length, now I'm beginning to think that that might not be enough. :-/

Hair: Spent all of yesterday unwashed, tied back with a satin scrunchie. Today I finally got to clarify, but after 2 days of collecting oil, it might not have quite done the job. :-/
    Tried out the Walmart "equivalent" of Pantene's Daily Moisture Renewal conditioner. Blegh! No equivalent about it. It's thin, watery and smells like http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/sign0053.gif. It could be used as a light conditioner, but I'll probably end up just returning it.

No leave-ins today, and the style is a simple bun held up with 3 bobby pins.

Etc.: Why the minimalist approach to haircare? Because I'm currently recovering from a nasty bout of food poisoning. http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/sick0008.gif Ughhhh...
    This morning I weighed 4 lbs. less than the day before. Mommy dearest insisted on cleaning the house today even though I was still wiped out. >:( I'll have to finish the bathroom when intensive labor and standing for long periods of time no longer kill me. Hoping to be fully recovered in time for band practice on Wednesday.

Your Autumn Personality is Artistic

There's something about fall that makes you want to create, and there's nothing holding you back.
Take out your camera and snap some amazing fall foliage shots. Or paint or draw what you see.

Experiment with fall produce and see if you can cook up something amazing. Create your own Halloween costume.
Get creative this autumn. Have fun with all the colors, flavors, and celebrations!

What's Your Autumn Personality?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Sakina on Sep 20th, 2010 at 9:13pm
Eeww, food poisoning.   :(  :P  I do hope you're recovered quickly.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Curlgirl64 on Sep 21st, 2010 at 7:46am
:o food poisoning?  I hope you feel better real soon!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Sep 21st, 2010 at 4:25pm
So sorry about the food poisoning!  I've never had it but hubby has and, from his description, I know it ain't pretty.
Sounds like you're maybe considering a shoulder length cut?  Or maybe even shorter?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Sep 22nd, 2010 at 3:28am
Sakina & Curlgirl: Thanks, ladies. :)

Trisha: Nope, not pretty at all! It quite thoroughly sucks.
    And yeah, I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought about a chop that short. :-[ Still not sure whether I'd ever act on it.

Hair: CWC with the usual stuff today...or at least what has become the usual for now. Suave green apple light conditioner and Pantene Nature Fusion Smooth Vitality S&C.

Leave-ins were blended spray conditioner and ELOO, badly needed after yesterday. The ends were greasy but at least moisturized so the style ended up being another bun.

As for the length, well...I keep going back and forth with it. There are times when I think a Tom Petty-inspired crop, shoulder length or shorter, would be terribly cool...and there are other times where I think, what am I, nuts?! Nothing shorter than BSL will do - long hair & loud music forever! ::)
So I don't know. It probably shouldn't be waist length though...sadly.

Etc.: This evening I was able to have stacked burrito pie for dinner with my parents (stop gagging, it's actually really good), albeit in a smaller portion. So I'm getting closer to eating like a normal person again. My stomach is quite shrunken after its violent purging on Sunday night.

Aaaaanywho, so the new season of The Biggest Loser premiered tonight and I'm stoked. It makes me want to get out and start power walking again as soon as I have the breath to do so. Speaking of which, I have no idea how I'm going to sing tomorrow night. :-?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Sep 23rd, 2010 at 4:07pm
Hair: As soon as my mother and sister leave, a relaxing WTC will be my first hair routine of the fall. :) Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly shampoo and Aussie 3 Minute Miracle treatment are waiting. I'll probably chase it with light conditioner.

Yesterday I returned 2 conditioners including the dratted Walmart Equate one. :P Freed up a tiny bit of cash for an even tinier bit of gas in my car. Such is life.

A few nights ago I was experimenting with snap barrettes and had almost forgotten how well they hold since my hair has been worn up all summer. With the onset of autumn it will be cool to wear my hair down more often. ;) Perhaps that will curb my urge to chop.

Etc.: In case I've not said it already, happy autumn. ;)

Last night's practice was almost unbearable. We sounded even crappier than usual. I couldn't even fake interest. :-/
    There was footage from our last show up on the flat screen in the music room and we all hung out and watched it. Dreadful quality - I probably could have done better with the video camera on my cell phone. And we sounded crap. Worse yet, it reinforced long standing fears that I've had about the band ruining my voice. My involvement therein should be lessened considerably.

Anyroad, the shower's calling so I'm off. Hope the lot of you are having a great day.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Curlgirl64 on Sep 23rd, 2010 at 9:40pm
Happy Autumn!!!!!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Sep 24th, 2010 at 10:11pm
Hair: CWC with Suave green apple light conditioner and Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly S&C. Leave-ins were spray conditioner blend & serum. Style is a bun because it's freaking hot today.

Etc.: The scary, black, glittery manicure of the past week is gone already. My nails get a day to breathe and return to their natural color before I shape them up tomorrow and give them new paint. A deep, shimmery plum shade for fall would be perfect, no?

Nothing new in the job market. Better said, nothing at all. :-/ Despite what some suits are paid to tell us, the recession is far from over. *sigh* All one can do is keep going.

For now though, I need to get going. Ciao, dahlings!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Curlgirl64 on Sep 26th, 2010 at 2:54am
That plum does sound perfect for Fall!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Sep 26th, 2010 at 9:19pm
Curlgirl: Part of why I love fall is because my two favorite colors are everywhere. Can't go wrong with black and purple. 8-)

Hair: Clarified today, actually using a decent conditioner this time: Pantene Nature Fusion Smooth Vitality. The plan is to try and use Nature Fusion all this week if supplies hold up. Then maybe Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly all next week. I'll need another huge bottle of ACV before next Sunday regardless.

Today's only leave-in was blended spray conditioner; style is a bun.

Etc.: It's hotter than Hades today. 95°F right now and it's 6 PM. Apparently it peaked at 106°F...I wasn't crazy enough to venture outdoors. Supposed to be even hotter tomorrow. My little town is neck in neck with parts of AZ. Wonder how Sakina's faring. :-/

You Are More Yin


Are You More Yin or Yang?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Sep 27th, 2010 at 5:38pm
Hair: CWC with Suave green apple conditioner and Pantene NF Smooth Vitality S&C. The latter is running out so I'm not sure it will last until the end of the week. What's a plan without a big ol' wrench thrown into the works?

Leave-ins were blended spray conditioner and ELOO. No style yet since my hair is still air drying, which could take awhile with all of this a/c, but I am not going outside today. :P

Etc.: It's currently 113°F...hotter than sodding Phoenix, AZ. :o Like having my own little plot in hell. http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/jumping0039.gif One of the hills not far from my house caught fire yesterday leaving 40 acres of charred sticks and ash. I love SoCal. http://media.signonsandiego.com/img/photos/2010/09/25/Santee1_t593.jpg?f53c1bb70f629018cec0bd6246c82dae770b93ac

It's officially been a week since I drank rancid milk from Walmart and threw up everything but my toenails. Woohoo! Happy to report that I'm doing just fine. Want to lose a couple of pounds super fast? Get a raging case of food poisoning.

A new measure day in 4 more days, my lovelies. ;)

Your Monster Name is Twisted Lunatic

You Feast On: Snow Cones

You Lurk Around In: Shopping Malls

You Especially Like to Torment: Priests

What's Your Monster Name?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by melusine on Sep 27th, 2010 at 6:05pm
This is too funny.  My monster name is basilisk professor, I am a spring tree, my autumn personality is extreme and I am yin.  That is positively multi-personality schizophrenic.  Thanks for a chuckle.

Sorry about the extreme temps.  It always seems that we live in the climate we like the least.  Or is it that familiarity breeds contempt?

Hope you are recovered from the food poisoning. That really wipes you out.  Been there, done that a few years ago.  Looking back on it, I should have gone to the Emerg. Room.  I would have recovered sooner.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Sep 28th, 2010 at 10:43pm
Melusine: Thanks - I have indeed recovered. All but the occasional vertigo that still seems to attack my head at random. It may be unrelated.

From the reports I've seen, SoCal should be nearing the end of its little heatwave. Hmm...gonna have to go with "we live in the climate that we like the least." I've never been a fan of hot, dry desert climates, yet I've lived (suffered) in one for 30 years. :P Circumstances have a way of keeping me there unfortunately.

Hair: Same routine, products and style as yesterday, though I used less ELOO today and it didn't seem to do my hair any favors. It now seems to tangle hopelessly whenever I leave it down, no matter which S&C I use. :-/ It is possible to prefer your hair long yet be sick of it at the same time?

Etc.: Well, after a cloudy, overcast day it's finally dark out. I may resume Halloween shopping or I may just call it a night. My skin looks horrendous enough that I'm embarrassed to be seen in public...and it had better fix itself by the time my friend T arrives for a visit on the 30th. You hear me, skin? That's 2 days. Get it together.

You Are Scary

You even scare scary people sometimes!

How Scary Are You?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Sep 29th, 2010 at 8:07pm
Hair: Detangled this morning first with my fingers and then a seamless comb. Next I decided to try a mayonnaise treatment (my parents' refrigerator only has light mayonnaise). The smell really put me off and it was nearly frozen. After getting it into the length of my hair and under an old shower cap, I turned the blowfryer on it for a few minutes.

After nearly 2 hours I finally washed it out. It's much easier to rinse out at first than ELOO but also kind of kills the lather of my shampoo.
    Routine was a WCC today with Pantene NF Smooth Vitality S&C and Suave green apple conditioner.

Leave-ins were blended spray conditioner and ELOO; style is a bun with 2 bobby pins.

Etc.: The band is trying to schedule a practice for today but my father and I have both declined. He because he's taking my mother (and her 1964½ Mustang convertible) to the last car show of the year in the next town over. Me because quite frankly I'd rather stab myself in the eyeball than rehearse for yet another sodding Tea Party rally that Lizard wants us to play. A sodding hour away. http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/confused0018.gif

Anyway, mon bon ami T will be in town tomorrow for a baseball game and wants to get together for pizza and coffee afterwards. However, with this heat I'm not sure that that's the smartest of plans. Salads and blended beverages at the coast instead perhaps? And of course I'll need to find something to wear... :-/

You Are a Granny Smith Apple

You are sweet, but you aren't overly sweet. You let your tart side show through sometimes.
You can be a bit uncompromising and high maintenance. You know what you want, and you're going to get it.

You are durable and sturdy. You have both a lot of physical and mental strength.
No matter what, you don't lose your edge. After all these years, you still give people a bit of a shock.

What Kind of Apple Are You?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Sep 30th, 2010 at 3:08pm
You Are a Gala Apple

You are cute and sweet. It's hard for people to resist your simple charms.
You are a hybrid of a couple different influences. And you change as you're life goes on.

You are sassy and fresh. You have a distinct personality, but you are never too over the top.
You are the kind of friend that stands the test of time. You are true to those you love, even as times and relationships change.

What Kind of Apple Are You?

Work is Hard. Time for Blogthings!            

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Oct 1st, 2010 at 6:14pm
Trisha: That's totally you, lady. ;)

Hair: Yesterday's twisted updo was a pain in the keister between barrettes not securing the ends and trying to pin the twisted parts around one of the gothy little hair accessories that I made. I had to be liberal with the ELOO and spray gel as well due to humidity. You best believe we straighties get frizz too!
    Everything worked out well enough in the end, however, but I unfortunately didn't get any pix of the coif.

The objective this morning was washing out the tangled remains of said coif with a CWC. My Pantene NF Smooth Vitality conditioner is officially gone now and I had to supplement the last of it with Moisture Renewal. Tomorrow will be my last day with Pantene for the week.

Well, it's measure day. I'm up to 29.5" now - so close to reaching my long term goal! Trouble is the ends are now beginning to get in the way of my guitar. :-/

Etc.: Weather has been especially wild lately. Yesterday we had huge bouts of rain with thunder, lightning and flash floods. Lovely to look at and listen to but it's still 80°F and dreadfully humid. More like FL than CA...but it did give me opportunities for photos like this:

That was just outside the restaurant where T & I had dinner. He didn't go to the game as planned but drove 3 hours into town anyway.
After that, I showed him our historical Presidio Park...at night, which sadly isn't as cool as it sounds.

Then we killed time while the mall closed. When one of the aggressive kiosk people accosted us, I dodged them but they snagged T easily and subjected him to a skincare consultation. Finally T has found a man shorter than himself. Don't they make a cute couple? ;D

Anywho, after being unable to find parking around T's favorite coffeehouse, we instead ended his visit at the Barnes & Noble café, discussing books we'd read (or in his case, didn't read) in high school.

Today my invalid claim letter arrived from EDD. A few days ago was the anniversary of my unemployment. Like I need some sort of official reminder. :'(
    But it's a new month. An epic month. And things could always change.

You Could Definitely Be a Vampire

Immortality, staying pretty forever, not having to get a job... you could definitely eat some flesh for these things.
It's not that you're a murderer by nature. In fact, you're probably the furthest thing from it.
However, if you woke up a vampire, you'd certainly be able to adapt and enjoy your new lifestyle.
There might not be much better than living forever, even if it means giving up your soul.

What you would like best about being a vampire: Being a total outsider

What you would like least about being a vampire: Other vampires

Could You Be a Vampire?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Curlgirl64 on Oct 2nd, 2010 at 5:52am
Hey, if you and T had a good time, that's alll that matters!  Sour grapes on the letter!

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Oct 2nd, 2010 at 9:13pm
Curlgirl: Indeed.

Hair: CWC with Pantene NF Smooth Vitality S&C - last time this week. Light conditioner is still Suave green apple.
    Leave-ins were blended spray conditioner and ELOO as usual; style is a single braid.

Picked up a 64 oz. bottle of ACV from Target this afternoon so tomorrow I'll clarify.

Etc.: T went to Pride Day at Disneyland this evening. Hope he's not planning to cheat on skincare man already. ;D

As for me I'm thinking of organizing my closet by color. *cheeky grin*

You Are a Green Pumpkin

You are easy going, thoughtful, and content with who you are. People may not recognize your uniqueness, but you know how special you are.
You believe that life's too short to care about what others think. You just try your best to be yourself, and you figure that is good enough.

You are a bit of an introvert. You are the most interesting companion you know, so it's hard for you to want to be all that social.
You enjoy the company of others, but you don't like small talk or gossip. You rather discuss ideas or dreams than superficial topics.

What Color Pumpkin Are You?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Oct 4th, 2010 at 10:50pm
Hair: CWC with Suave green apple conditioner and Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly S&C. Blegh! :P Even with leave-in spray conditioner and serum, my hair is still slightly gummy and quite tangle prone. Herbal Essences just doesn't cut it...I'm going back to Pantene tomorrow.

On that subject, I've decided to just keep experimenting with different Pantene products and figuring out what works and what doesn't. Eventually the lines and formulas will change again so the smart thing to do is just roll with it. They will always make good and bad products.

Etc.: We got a little more precipitation today. Not rain, but enough drizzle from the thick, gray clouds to create runoff from the roofs and small puddles on the ground. Temps were apparently no higher than 70°F and I put on a long sleeved shirt before going out this afternoon. It's impossible to keep me indoors on a gray day. :D We're supposed to get actual rain by Wednesday. So stoked.

New manicure today. Color is midnight magic by Cover Girl.

Over the weekend I made $40 at the swap meet. So far it's bought new Pantene goodies, glittery black rose hair clips, a black lace choker, and a few new makeup items among other things.
    My renewed unemployment claim arrived by mail today as well. Good to know that I'll be financially sound for a little while longer.

Anyway, now I must get back to cleaning the vintage tea sets that my mother had brought down from the rafters.

Your Zombie Name is Eye-for-an-eye


What's Your Zombie Name?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Oct 5th, 2010 at 4:21pm
Love the new avatar, chica   :)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Oct 5th, 2010 at 6:56pm
Thanx, Trish. :)

Got up this morning and checked job listings. Send out one résumé. Then went for a walk in the rain. Well...it wasn't raining, but the air was cold, the sky was heavy with gray clouds and everything was wet. I hadn't been for a power walk in forever, but these old thoroughbred legs soon found their stride. Now I have shin splints. :-/

Returning home, I jumped in the shower and tried to recover my hair with a CWC - using Pantene products this time. Nature Fusion Smooth Vitality shampoo and Classic Care conditioner. The latter is definitely too light for my hair.

Leave-ins were blended spray conditioner and a little more ELOO than usual to combat frizz. Style is a bun. There's also just a touch of aloe gel here and there to hold things in place. Not sure yet if I'll toss my Herbal Essences spray gel.

Is anyone else's grocery store selling pumpkins yet? Ours is! http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/happy0035.gif Encouraging, although I seem to be even more excited about Christmas and all the frozen fineries of winter.

Well the day that my friend T has been dreading for weeks has finally arrived. He turns 31 today. Naturally I had to tease him about retirement. Happy birthday, you old relic. http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/happy0035.gif

In 3 months and 3 days it will be my turn...speaking of winter's awesomeness. 8-)

You Are 55% Witch

You've got some pretty witchy stuff going on.
Even if you're not a witch, you've got to admit that you're a little freaky.

You have a strong independent streak - social norms be damned. More power to you.
Luckily, the time when you would have been burned at the stake has passed!

Are You a Witch?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Oct 7th, 2010 at 1:13am
Hair: Blegh! Somehow I knew that loading my hair with ELOO an hour before washing it was a bad idea but I did it anyway. :-[ Of course it was only after a WCC + the usual leave-ins that I realized not all of the oil had washed out. A single braid was the method of choice for hiding the grease. :P

Tomorrow I'll do a COW with the Suave pomegranate splash conditioner that I just bought and see if that helps. Gah, me and my bright ideas.

Etc.: The band is getting together tomorrow night for one last rehearsal before the Tea Party rally. Naturally I've been keeping a safe distance and politely refusing to get involved since rolling my eyes that hard makes me dizzy.
I'll check back with them after they're done waving flags and playing patriotic.

Temps are supposed to be on the rise between tomorrow and the weekend. Just when I was getting used to pulling long sleeve shirts out of the closet. :( More rain please! More clouds!

You Are The Exorcist

You think there is nothing scarier than the idea of Satan. After all, no one's more freakier than him, right?
The idea of having a demon inside you (or someone you're close to) gives you goosebumps. It's crazy to imagine such evil in human form.

You believe that there's nothing more frightening than the things we don't understand. And clearly, the supernatural is one of those things.
You do think that there are forces of good and evil in this world, and it makes you shudder to think what the evil is capable of!

What Scary Movie Are You?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Oct 7th, 2010 at 6:16pm
Hair: COW with new Suave pomegranate splash light conditioner. It helped with the oil situation but didn't get rid of it entirely, which is OK. If nothing else, clarifying on Sunday will do the trick.

Today's only leave-in was blended spray conditioner. I'm staying away from oils at least for awhile. Style is a somewhat awkward bun.

Etc.: Spotted this at the local Target:

Enter at your own risr? A random typo I can understand but how did this make it all the way to the sales rack? I sent this photo to the Ellen DeGeneres show.

Well, after a final sprinkling, the sun is back. :P We had a lovely little touch of fall while it lasted.

I have totally been waiting for this quiz:

You Are George Harrison

You are humble and happy to not boast about your accomplishments. You don't let your talent go to your head.
You are both studious and spiritual. You seek to both understand the world and give back to it.

You are very inward looking. That makes you a mystery to most everyone, including friends.
You aren't interested in the spotlight. You rather focus on your art - and making the world a better place.

Which Beatle Are You?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Oct 8th, 2010 at 5:11pm
Hair: CWC with Suave green apple conditioner, Pantene NF Smooth Vitality shampoo and Pantene Classic Care conditioner. Leave-ins were blended spray conditioner and serum. Still air drying at the moment.
    Perhaps later I'll do another S&D to follow the long session I did yesterday.

Etc.: This morning I awoke to the uplifting sounds of my father ranting about all of the things he can no longer afford and calling his children deadbeats. The 'rents were obviously going over finances again. Business is failing everywhere. Even the restaurant where my sister works has gone bankrupt. I have to wonder how much worse things will get before they get better.

Anyway, the weather has warmed up just in time for my grandfather and his girlfriend to arrive in town for their cruise tomorrow. We're going to dinner with them tonight.

Ciao for now.

You Are a Witch

Like a witch, you are often misunderstood and unfairly judged. You are not as sinister as you seem.
You are intelligent and spiritual. You feel very connected to the world - both the dark and light sides of things.

You tend to keep to yourself, and because of this people tend to think things about you that aren't true.
You would just like to be left alone to do your own thing. You have no intention of harming anyone, even though you could if you wanted to!

Are You A Vampire, Witch, Or Zombie?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Oct 11th, 2010 at 10:52am
Sent you a pm.   :)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Oct 11th, 2010 at 1:55pm
Trisha: Got it. ;)

Hair: Clarified yesterday, not a moment too soon. The one and only leave-in was blended spray conditioner; style was a single braid.

The ends of my hair are beginning to dry out and kind of spread apart from each other. Their texture is different and they're becoming more translucent than the rest of my hair. This always happens after about 3 months without a trim.
So instead of serum, I'll likely have to start using ELOO as an end treatment again. At least most of the time. :-/

Also I've been seriously considering using a salon brand shampoo with my usual Pantene conditioners. It would be more expensive and I'm not sure how compatible the idea is on an unemployed budget but I do like the idea of eliminating lauryl sulfates from my hair's "diet."
    It would be a sort of slap in the face to Pantene's decision to use harsher detergents in their new shampoos.

Speaking of which, I took the time a few days ago to post product reviews on their website, from playfully positive to scathingly negative. I discovered that I'm by far not the only person to be disappointed with the new products.

Makes me wish that the American Pantene product lines were the same as those in the UK. Or that I could afford to travel halfway across the globe whenever I ran out.

Etc.: The folks at the Tea Party rally changed the band's play schedule when they arrived yesterday and it ended up taking half the day. My dad had to do it on about 3 hours' sleep. So glad I didn't go.
    My mother made the hour-long drive to pick up my father when it was done and take him to Disneyland in the evening. They brought me back a Jack Skellington coffin dessert, which was basically a small, decorated bitter chocolate cake...or something. I'm having it with my coffee this morning.

Today my mother has a second interview with the first company that's been interested in potentially hiring her. It would totally figure if they do, meanwhile I've been interviewing with just about every company in the county for over a year without any luck.
    But I really hope that she gets the job - it was one that I'd been interested in and she's by far a better receptionist than I will ever be. And it would be great to have a little more income generating in our household. Good luck, mum.

As for me, same ol', same ol'. :( To be quite honest, I'm probably trying too hard. It's my nature. I shouldn't even be looking on places like Craigslist because it's 99% BS...but I do anyway. :-[ Out of desperation.

Ahem. On a happier note, my nails are now a deep shade of purple with a hint of silver sparkle. Not the greatest manicure I've ever had but it's interview appropriate and will work until next week. I'm thinking of wearing the glittery black nail polish that Trisha sent me for Halloween. ;)
And speaking of Halloween, I haven't yet decided between a costume and just dressing up. When participating in my relatives' haunted house, I would dress for whichever role I was playing, which was easier. This is the first year in a long while that I'll be staying home to pass out goodies and left to my own devices for a costume.

Several options here. I could parody myself and go as a wild rock star - God knows I have the wardrobe for it. ;D And my father has a funky, rainbow colored mylar wig that I could borrow - left over from his own wild rock star costume 20 years ago.
    Or I could borrow a high school friend's idea and go as a movie theatre floor - with popcorn and candy wrappers pinned to black clothing. Clever and easy.
    Or I could just pull out the finest skirt, corset, boots and jewelry that I own and revel in the fact that Halloween is the perfect occasion to do so.
    Decisions, decisions.

Has anyone seen this yet?

Makes me chuckle.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Oct 12th, 2010 at 11:37am
Dramatically alternative shades for Halloween?  And a cuff bracelet?!  WOW!  *snort*

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Oct 12th, 2010 at 3:12pm
Trisha: ;D They're nice colors and all, but being that they're OPI, I have to wonder what they look like when they set. Maybe they just fade to black...ohh, how dramatic!

And I think we're all aware that no one can really "go goth!" as easily as sweeping on dark nail polish. ::)

Hair: Attempting a WTC today with a deep conditioning treatment made up of Aussie 3 Minute Miracle, aloe vera gel and honey. It's actually really chunky and gross. I won't be using this combo in the future. :P In fact I'm actually thinking of trying Pantene's conditioning treatment for Curly hair when the budget allows.

Anyway, after rinsing this mess out I'll chase it with Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly conditioner. Anything to get rid of it. Leave-ins will be the same as yesterday - blended spray conditioner and ELOO. Styles for this entire week will likely be a bun or braid since the weather has heated up again. :P

Etc.: Well, my mother got the job that she interviewed for yesterday. Huzzah. I'm happy for her and I know it will benefit everyone - more money for the household, it will give her something to do and it will give me more time alone. It's great...except that the focus of blame and criticism is back on me. Not that it was really anywhere else, but being the only unemployed person in the family I'll be under the microscope more than ever. I can expect to hear the word "deadbeat" every day. I can expect to hear about how much I'm not trying to find work, how I'm perfectly content to sit at home in my room and sponge off of the government and my family, how I have no drive, no ambition, no goals. I can expect to be reminded that my life is one big constant and pointless failure and that I will never amount to anything. Yep, it will be back to that. So while I am happy for my mother, I'm all too aware of what's in store and that part's not easy to take. Two sides to every coin.

But there will be other days and other opportunities. There's nothing to say that I won't find an even better one than my mother has. And just because one person or a few people or a group of people think something, that doesn't make it true. All I can do is all I can do. It's a waiting game. An absolutely maddening, demoralizing, depressing waiting game...but not a permanent one.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Curlgirl64 on Oct 12th, 2010 at 4:41pm
Always remember it's not a permanent situation, Angel! ;)  I truly believe there's your dream job out there.  It just hasn't found you yet!  Lord knows, it better find you because you've busted your hump trying to find it.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by melusine on Oct 13th, 2010 at 12:03am
I am still keeping my fingers crossed for you.  My husband was unemployed for 4 yrs.  He had temp jobs and contract work, but didn't work at all the last year.  We almost lost our house.  But he did find a job, has been there almost 4 yrs., making very good $.  The jobs are out there and I am sure the right one will find you soon. 

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Trisha on Oct 13th, 2010 at 2:20pm

All I can do is all I can do

That's right--you're doing your best, that's all you can do.  *hugs*

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Oct 14th, 2010 at 4:23pm
Trish, Mel, Curlgirl: Thanx, guys. :-* So much support here! I truly appreciate it.

Hair: CWC's for the last 2 days; an ACV rinse yesterday but not today. I'm now using Suave tropical coconut as a light conditioner.

Leave-ins are blended spray conditioner and ELOO, same as ever.

Been reconsidering the salon shampoo idea for budget/convenience reasons. I'll probably just stick to Pantene...use whichever of their products that I can while riding out this dreadful "hair type solutions" phase. :P

Etc.: Went to sing with the boys last night and there was no bad blood. Grateful Ed even commended me for sticking to my guns and not playing the Tea Party and he hopes that Lizard won't schedule any more.

Worked personal connections this morning for a job lead that went nowhere. The search continues.

In other news, we have more relatives visiting from WA and they want to go to Olive Garden tonight. http://smilieshq.com/smilies/party0021.gif Soooo I guess I'll go and put myself together...try to look rock & roll enough for a public appearance. 8-)

Ciao, dahlings.

You Are a Vampire

You are charming, sensual, and even a bit manipulative.
You can't help but get people to do what you want.

You have sharp senses and a strong predatory instinct.
You go after what you want, without mercy.

While you have the heart of a killer, many people are drawn to you.
You are elegant, timeless, and mysterious. You are the ultimate fantasy object.

Are You a Vampire or a Werewolf?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Oct 16th, 2010 at 12:52am
Hair: 2nd WTC of the week. Washed the entire length with Pantene Nature Fusions Smooth Vitality shampoo, then left Aussie 3 Minute Miracle treatment in for an hour. Chased with Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly conditioner.

Leave-ins were blended conditioning spray and serum since I'd originally intended to leave my hair down today.
    The weather was cloudy and rather humid so I borrowed my mother's blowfryer just to help my hair finish drying while hopefully taming the frizz and injecting a bit of body into the length at the same time. But every time I use the blowfryer (only on the low/cool settings, I promise) I always regret it. It doesn't help with body or frizz. In fact the only thing it does seem useful for is drying other things such as glue, facial masques, makeup, etc.

The ends of my hair ultimately turned out too greasy so it all wound up in a bun anyway. http://smilieshq.com/smilies/rolleye0014.gif

Etc.: This evening I finally gave in and treated myself to a new V-neck sweater from JCP, dinner at Boudin Bakery and a few goodies from Godiva. A little taste of my life before unemployment.

Last night at dinner, my mother made a point of informing our WA relatives that I had a sharp tongue which is prone to getting me in trouble. ;D
    OK, I can admit to having a sarky sense of humor and a bit of a smart mouth but I've never thought of myself as being particularly quick or witty. Certainly not compared to some.
    Perhaps I come across that way to certain people. Slow people...who are easily caught off guard. I never mean it maliciously though. Well...almost never. ::) But there are always the people who take everything 100% seriously or are just looking to be offended by something, and they don't realize what easy targets they make.

Sorry, wow. Tangent much? :-X Hows about another silly quiz? By the way, my pretties...has anyone else noticed that we're halfway to Halloween already? :D

You Are Spooky

You put the trick in "trick or treat," and you won't stop scaring people until you scare yourself.
You love horror movies, dark spooky nights, and the darker side of Halloween. You save the kids' stuff for the kids.

Speaking of kids, you avoid the little candy grubbing monsters at all costs. Well, unless you are looking to give them a little scare.
You think Halloween has gotten a bit to sugary these days, and you don't mind injecting a little fright into things.

Are You Spooky or Kooky?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Oct 17th, 2010 at 4:42am
Hair: CWC + the usual leave-ins. ELOO made the ends greasy as usual so I twisted my hair into a crazy updo, decorated with black rose hair clips from Claire's...which ended up getting badly caught. It took quite a bit of work to finally get them out...poor hair.

Tomorrow (well, today technically) is clarifying day.

Etc.: My grandfather and his girlfriend have returned from their cruise and I guess the lot of us - Washingtonians and Californians alike - will all be getting together tomorrow.

Naturally since my WA family is in town, they've brought rain with them. It always happens that way. I told my grandfather this afty that if he moved here CA would never have another drought.
    So far it's just been a lot of teasing with heavy, gray cloud cover and sprinkling but it's supposed to actually rain on Monday or Tuesday. :)

Lately I'm really starting to turn off of mineral foundation. The sheen that it causes just isn't worth it. :P It also doesn't seem to cause any less breakouts than its liquid counterpart.

Oh yes, and it looks like we'll be doing all of our Halloween decorating a week beforehand.

You Are Black

You are a serious and thoughtful person. You spend a lot of time in quiet reflection.
You are a friend of the honesty, and you don't sugar coat anything. You prefer the truth in all its complexity.

While you may relate to the color black, it doesn't necessarily mean you're a dark person. You just don't hide from the dark side of life.
If anything, you tend to be sophisticated and classic. You don't follow trends, and you have your own style of doing things.

Are You Black or Orange?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Oct 19th, 2010 at 1:52am
Hair: Egad. Yesterday provided another opportunity for a WTC so I tried out the new Pantene conditioning treatment for curly hair. At first it seemed like a phantom treatment because when time came to rinse it out, it seemed like it had never touched my hair. Like I'd just washed and rinsed - no conditioning at all.
    But as the length dried, its state was as I'd dreaded. Heavy, stringy, greasy...serum overkill. :P In desperation, I whipped out the blowfryer again. I tried cool, warm, high, low. Nothing helped. I was gooped...again. >:(

Furious, I drove back to the store and returned the last 3 Pantene items that I'd purchased. Out of pure spite, I also went to a salon/beauty supply and picked up a 1L bottle of Kenra Volumizing shampoo, Nourishing Masque and Daily Provision leave-in spray.
    Passing through a Sephora, I also snagged a bottle of Cinnamon Hot Dots shampoo/bodywash/bubble bath by Philosophy - what the hey?

So this morning was interesting. With all of the cinnamon, coconut and black currant vanilla scents swirling around, my shower smelled more like I was cooking in there than bathing.
    Unfortunately the Hot Dots shampoo caused mad chemical burn and had to go back. I already know that my hair likes Kenra products so I'll get started on them tomorrow. A proper CWC or two should set things right.

Ma foi, what an eventful past few days my hair has had! I'm actually pretty amazed at how well it's been holding up.

Etc.: Another thing that's exhausted my patience lately is foundation. Liquid, mineral, compact, it doesn't matter - they all suck. I've had to use all of the above at different points in the last week and it's about all I can take. :P

Alas, we've seen the last of our WA company for the year so I shouldn't have to worry about keeping up appearances for awhile. Now it's about relaxing and spoiling my traumatized skin and hair. ::)

What else to write....? The weather is still awesome. Temps are in the 60's with plush looking gray clouds that sometimes give us drizzle. Everyone here hates it except me. http://www.smilieshq.com/smilies/happy0035.gif

Anyway, it's not late but I'm strangely tired. Pleasant screams, all.

Your Witch Name is Abria

Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble.

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Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Curlgirl64 on Oct 19th, 2010 at 5:18am
Just out of curiosity, Angel, have you considered a tinted moisturizer?  Maybe that would work better?  Just a thought......... :)

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by melusine on Oct 20th, 2010 at 12:18am
Okay, I am a black, spooky vampire named Anastasia.  ::)  Thanks for the chuckles.

Do you have Ulta Cosmetics in your area?  That's the place that gets most of my cosmetic budget.  I have tried Paula Dorf, a cream to power makeup that I liked very well.  Good coverage, but not cakey.  Studio Gear, liquid, nice coverage, very lightweight; and Stila, also liquid, nice coverage, and very lightweight.  Stila's cover cream is awesome, and the cream blush is wonderful.  I kept switching because when I went back, the store didn't have what I had been using.  These brands are considered premium and cost between $30 and $40 for the base, but they last forever.  The premium powders are finer and less cakey, and the cover creams and blushes last for almost a year.

I had used drugstore brands for years, mainly Revlon, but since I switched to the more expensive brands, I have been surprised at how much more you get for the money.

BTW, I just bought L'Oreal's volumizing mascara, on the advice of a fellow juror, and am very impressed with it.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Oct 20th, 2010 at 4:09am
Curlgirl: Oh, of course. I even make my own from time to time but they fail for the same reasons that regular foundations fail. :( That and it's difficult finding a tinted moisturizer when your skin has no actual tint. ::) I probably just need to bite the bullet and order white foundation and powder from Manic Panic...when budget allows. :-/

Mel: The nearest Ulta is about 20 miles away but we have Sephora everywhere which is pretty much the same. I'm familiar with most of the brands that you mentioned but conventional makeup doesn't agree with my skin at all.

As far as drugstore v. designer, it really depends on the product. In many cases I've found drugstore brands to be superior. Other times there just isn't a big enough difference between them to justify spending 2-5x as much. I personally use both. And I've had dreadful luck with  L'Oreal's Voluminous mascara...and any volumizing mascaras for that matter.

Hair: CWC this morning with Suave tropical coconut light conditioner, Kenra Volumizing shampoo (which smells heavenly!) and the old Pantene Moisture Renewal conditioner (R.I.P. :'().
    Leave-ins were Kenra Daily Provision and ELOO. Style was a bun held in place with a single bobby pin. Upon taking it out, I discovered without surprise that the entire length was quite damp. It's been raining heavily all day so I naturally had to be out in it. ;)

Etc.: My mother starts her new job on Monday. Still no luck for yours truly. But it will happen.

Looks like it's supposed to rain all day tomorrow as well. Pity that I don't have a proper black mac to run around in. Another thing that will have to wait for finances to allow. Following new shoes, of course. Nothing like a good rain to remind one that their soles have worn through.

Halloween a week and a half away? Better start decorating!

You Should Be a Naughty Nun or Priest for Halloween

Your friends see a whole other side of you on Halloween - brash and bold.
You may be reserved and conservative most other days, but on the 31st... look out!

Costume suggestions: A stripper or naughty priest / nun

Signature Halloween candy: M & M's

Scary movie you should celebrate Halloween with: Bram Stoker's Dracula

What's Your Halloween Horoscope?

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by Angel on Oct 20th, 2010 at 2:49pm
The LongLocks message boards are closing. That's a shame.

Right before a new measure day. Right before Halloween. And because of social networking? Well, I'll keep that bit of skepticism to myself. It's Susan's site and she's free to do with it whatever she wishes. Though I won't be ordering any more of her lovely hairstix, I hope that her creativity continues to flourish and bring her much success.

Over the years, this forum has been both entertaining and educational, and what more can be asked or hoped for from a message board?

To the other members, thank you for the support, advice and laughs. It's been fun. Feel free to send me a PM if you'd like to exchange info to stay in touch.

As for me, I'll be around the cyber abyss as I've always been. I'll most likely reach my long term goal of waist length by the end of this year. I'll find a new job. And of course I'll keep rockin' and doin' what I do.

If nothing else, I hope that the impression I've left here has been a positive one. I hope I've demonstrated the importance of doing your own thing; doing what works for you even if it goes against the accepted grain.

All the best.

Title: Re: Angelhair
Post by bikerbraid on Oct 21st, 2010 at 9:12am
Angel - your participation here is one of the reasons the boards have lasted as long as they have.  You've always been supportive and helpful to everyone.  I know I haven't been actively posting the past year or so, but I have been here.  I wish you (and everyone else) good luck with their futures and happy hair growing!


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