The anticipation of the holiday season starts to build around Black Friday. People feverishly shop – hoping to get the best deals and purchase everything on their loved one’s must have items. You decorate, you wrap gifts, attend holiday parties. I personally had to rip myself from a warm cozy bed on Christmas morning to get gifts under the tree, take random bites of stale Oreos left for Santa and take a swig of the beer I carefully placed next to said cookies. If I am being honest, I didn’t mind that part much and hey – Santa really doesn’t really drive – Rudolph does most of the work, so I say the big guy is entitled to a swig or two of beer for all his toiling.
My point is all the anticipation and excitement is over – for me, at least – in about two minutes and thirty seconds. The kids shred through the gifts, leaving me sitting clueless in a hail of brightly colored wrapping paper vomit. I have no idea who opened what, never mind get a picture of them opening their loot. It’s a crazy whirlwind and I always can’t help feeling a little disappointed that I don’t get to savor the moment a little more. All the hype, anticipation and excitement – gone and done in a in a hot minute.
I’ll stop complaining now and get down to brass tacks. I wanted to point out a highlight, a ‘meh’ and a fail.
Crayola 200-Piece Masterworks Art Case
My daughter is a budding artist. She draws everything. I mean everything – including ‘Draw My Life’ – thank you very much to YouTube. It was time to revamp our broken crayon, dried out market collection and this was the perfect replacement item. On top of her major love for it, I love it. The collection brought me right back to my childhood. My favorite crayon -Sky Blue – was front and center in briefcase and I immediately set to work drawing puffy hearts and clouds. Included are paints, pastels, crayons, markers, colored pencils, safety scissors, glue and glitter glue. I hid the glue because my kid is obsessed with making signs for everything. Right now, tape is her ‘go-to’ adhesive to pin up her ‘property of’ signs, but I don’t want her getting any new ideas. The kit retails for 37.99 but shoppers can usually catch a great sale at either Toys R Us or Target when they do the BOGO 50% off.
Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Good Girl Gone Bad and OPI Liquid Sand in Get Your Number
Good Girl Gone Bad is a glitter polish that I received in my Sephora Glitz and Glam Essentials Sampler. I was super excited to try this polish because it looks like a disco party in a bottle. I loved this on my nails – however – it was off within 24 hours. I used an Orly Sec ‘N Dry (as a base and top coat) with both this polish and the OPI – with the same results. Both looked gorgeous and sparkly but chipped off in hours. It may be the Orly product, so I am not counting out either polish just yet. I need to find a quick dry and base that will protect my nails and manicure while allowing me to get polish off easily.
Fail: Smoobee brush
Again, this is a purchase for my daughter. Her hair is a giant knot most days, which makes brushing it an epic battle. I saw this pain-free brush on Zulilly and decided to give it a shot. It comes in a variety of colors and includes are faux stick on jewels that can be used to decorate the brush. In short, this brush was an epic fail on my daughter’s hair – wet or dry. In order to ensure she was not just being overly sensitive, I tried it on my own hair. Fail. Sorry. Pretty brush, but it didn’t work for us.
Cheers to 2015,