The goal for this month is to work on becoming more high maintenance. This doesn’t mean I planned on starting a love affair with mink eyelashes or will now require the tears of an orphan to shine my shoes- I just wanted to spend a month really putting effort in. Thirty-one days of deep conditioning hair treatments, the second coat of nail polish, and lotion applied to all the spots I usually miss (elbows!). Thirty-one days of stretching before bed, re-evaluating the shape of my eyebrows, and becoming re-acquainted with the genius that is cuticle cream.
I’m seven days in and all I can say is, holy hell this is exhausting.
I’m not sure how people do it. Don’t get me wrong- I do not leave my house looking like I get my meals from a dumpster but I AM perfectly fine leaving my house without curling my eyelashes and making sure my nails are filed in the “exciting 2008 shape!”. These last few days have caused me to re-evaluate how seriously low maintenance I actually was pre-January resolution.
This revelation has been brought on by my new awareness towards beauty and the evil that comes from reading every January issued magazine out there. People take beauty far too seriously I think. I mean, I thought ‘high maintenance’ in January would result in me buying new mascara, perhaps some bath oil, plan a few manicure appointments. But according to the magazines I’ve been reading that comes across as general maintenance. If you want to REALLY treat yourself well, then you need regular hot stone massages, the eyelash curler that heats itself and Zone meals delivered to your house at regular intervals. You also need to schedule in appointments to get your hair ‘glossed’, have lessons with a posture expert and meet with a jeweler to discuss your ‘signature stone setting’.
And I ask you universe, who in the hell has TIME to do all of that?
I see the women who do. They shop in the same stores as me, but unlike me, their jeans fall at the perfect length (enough to showcase their suede boots that they ruin by wearing in the winter), their lashes are lush and full and their lipgloss never fades. Their hair is shiner than mine, their nails far more polished. They smile often, but their smiles never reach their eyes, why cause unnecessary wrinkles?
I will continue on with my high maintenance plan for January but will stop trying to achieve something that I realize I do not want. Sure, I want softer elbows, shinier hair and pretty nails but if it means that I must dedicate my life to beauty- I will pass. Because I have friends to visit, dogs to walk, songs to dance to, CNN-themed parties to host. And that’s all far more interesting to me than discussions about Japanese lash extensions.
And realizing all this one week into January? THAT is a beautiful thing.
(However, in the spirit of learning more about beauty this month- what is the one beauty product/routine you could never give up?)