Friday Flotsam

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icy shrubs

Okay.

Mom friends.

Mom friends of tiny, germy gremlins.

I need some help. (you’re like, I HAVEN’T EVEN HAD COFFEE YET.)

So, my littles got invited to a birthday party of someone in their class at school. (first party! I’m scared.) But on the invite it said, “No presents, please.”

No presents?

Really?

Moms, tell me. Am I missing something? Is “no presents, please” code for YOU BETTER BRING MY KID A GIFT OR YOU ARE MOTHERHOOD ROADKILL.

Or is it really, truly, “No seriously, we don’t need another bright, plastic blinking piece of crap in this house or else it may become a crime scene.”

What is that message REALLY saying? Because I ain’t about to be that idiot mom who didn’t read between the lines, and shows up empty handed at a CHILD’S BIRTHDAY PARTY, and get the stink eye from all the other moms.

“She didn’t bring a gift! Did you see how she walked in without a gift? No gift! What is wrong with that woman? Wait, is that a flask?”

However, I also don’t want to be that mom who comes with a gift, and be THE ONLY PERSON that brings a present.

“She brought a gift! Did she not READ the invitation? It was crystal clear about not bringing gifts. What a show off. Wait, is that a flask?”

Help me.

What does, “No presents, please” truly mean?

And yes that is a flask thank you very much.

bird trivet

Let’s talk lashes!

Eyelashes.

I think mine are dying. The more ancient I get, the more they start to resemble a janky gnawed-off squirrel tail. Thin, short, a cry for help.

I’ve used They’re Real for a loooong time, and I’ve always loved that mascara. But do you think lashes get used to a mascara and start SLEEPING ON THE JOB? Because I’m starting to feel like they’re not as UMPH as they once were. Or maybe it’s because I bought my last tube on Amazon and it’s a knock off OMG.

omg.

I’m fine.

Tell me, do you get lash extensions? Are they worth it? Have you tried Better Than Sex mascara? Is all the hype really true? Is it any better than They’re Real? Or what about L’Oreal’s Paradise? I hear it’s a match for BTS, and only $8. Is THAT true? What about other brands? Do you use an eye lash curler? Do those work? I have one! I never use it. Do your ears hang low? Do they wobble to and fro? Can you tie them in a knot?

Can you tie them in a bow?

Can you swing them over your shoulder like a continenta – wait, what was I saying?

Oh, right! Tacos.

tree and sky

How often do you dig around in your belly button?

A frie – my cous, my girl cousin wants to know. She’s asking. For her friend. Her fr…her friend is curious.

children and foggy door

I miss Felicity.

I mean BEN and Felicity.

Okay, I miss Ben.

As much as L O V E Grace & Frankie, I need a change after this. (one season to go!)

And I need your honesty right now, more than I’ve ever needed it before.

Should my girlfriend and I watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer? (you can pick your face up off the floor now.)

Neither of us have (has?) seen it! Are we bad people? Tell me, is Buffy better than like, One Tree Hill or Gossip Girl? I need teen DRAMA. Adolescent angst! Youthful sexual tension!

Hashtag Ben Covington.

Is Buffy my new life direction?

Wait, are you crying?

icy shrubs

Weekend plans?

The ice finally melted. And by ice I mean the one tiny drop of ice in that one man’s yard. This week was such a rip off! (just like my mascara I AM FIGURING THIS OUT.) No school for 18,000 years because it was drizzly and chilly outside. I’m writing a letter to congress.

However, we are getting storms this weekend! Actual thunderstorms. Something that says SPRING IS ON THE WAY HOLD YOURSELF TOGETHER. Also, our backyard birds are starting to get more active in their singing. That’s another sign. Speaking of signs, there’s this one Blue Jay in our back yard that clicks when he sings. LIKE, CLICKS.  It sounds like that one scene in Signs when they have pointed foil on their heads and they hear the aliens clicking in the baby monitor and they climb up on the car to hear it more clearly. THAT IS IN MY BACK YARD. Click click clickcclicllcciclcclckc. From a bird! A BIRD.

No.

I’m never buying mascara on Amazon again.

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89 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Tara February 23, 2018 at 7:38 am #
    One Tree Hill! I totally think mascara just stops working the same after years. I’m a serial mascara tryer and layerer. I love They’re Real, hated Better Than Sex, kind of love Benefit Roller Lash, and shoutout to maybelline collossal lash! I also BIGlove RevitaLash growth serum (amazon!). Never will do extensions because they’re too much commitment but I’m majorly jealous of everyone who has them. Then again, lash serum is a commitment because if you stop using it your lashes just go back to (sob!) normal...And fast.
    • Rebekah February 23, 2018 at 8:01 am #
      Yes! I’ve had major success with revitalash. I have people ask me a lot if I have extensions. I would say just go for extensions if you didn’t want to mess with a lash grower, but every friend I have that has tried them has complained that all of her real lashes fell out after a few months. I can’t imagine not curling my eyelashes because it makes such a huge difference. But you may be one of those lucky people that have naturally curled/lifted eyelashes. Mine almost point downwards.
    • Anne February 23, 2018 at 2:01 pm #
      I had lash extensions for several years and LOVED them! However, it is a time committment and can be pricey! Since I stopped with the lashes, I cannot find a mascara that I like for more than 10 minutes... JEEZ!
  2. Erin February 23, 2018 at 7:53 am #
    Lately I start with Benefit Roller Lash and follow up with It Cosmetics Superhero mascara. I loved Buffy back in the day! Have you watched Veronica Mars...good stuff.
  3. Kim February 23, 2018 at 8:10 am #
    Generally I think when a mom says no presents please it’s genuine. Most people really don’t won’t they’re kids to get 19 presents from classmates in addition to the ones they’ll get from family and close friends. Some people deeply care what kind of toys their kids have. As a fellow party-goer (that sounds bad lol), it drives me nuts when people still bring presents and I didn’t. Like why do they feel like they’re above what that person has asked?! And now I look bad. Ok, rant over.
    • Bev Weidner February 23, 2018 at 8:15 am #
      This is super helpful! I'm INSANO picky about toys, too. Not bringing anything! (except the flask.)
  4. Caitlin February 23, 2018 at 8:46 am #
    On a normal, average day, I usually go with Covergirl LashBlast Volume mascara (it's the orange one), but for extra oomph, I use Maneater Mascara. Snazzy tube, really lengthens the lashes- you can't go wrong. Once a month I'll also go get my eyelashes tinted because I'm a redhead and dont want to look like I have no eyelashes when I decide I can't be bothered to do my makeup (which is often). The dye seems to make my eyelashes grow, but when I brought that up to m'lady, she sort of shrugged and said 'sure, it can do that?' So who knows what chemicals is in that stuff. And YES Buffy was really great-- Sarah Michelle Gellar is a delight. I also second Veronica Mars as another goodie.
  5. Michelle February 23, 2018 at 8:57 am #
    In my experience, when an invitation says no presents they actually mean no presents. If you’re worried about showing up empty handed you could have Will and Natalie make a homemade card—nothing fancy, just a little drawing or something. As for mascara, Sephora sometimes has sets that come with 5 sample-sized mascaras and then a certificate to redeem to get the full-size in whichever one you like the most! My Sephora doesn’t always have them but it’s only like $25 and is definitely worth it IMO if you’re looking for something new!
    • Kim February 23, 2018 at 10:59 am #
      Yes! We always do a homemade card instead!
    • Tobi February 23, 2018 at 12:41 pm #
      I second the Sephora mascara sampler! Not only will you have mascaras for days (seriously, like months), the card for a free full size of your favorite covers the cost. Highly recommend it! My favorites are Urban Decay Perversion and Tarte Lights Camera Lashes. I don't use a lash curler because I always pinch myself and it never seems to work very well.
  6. Meryl February 23, 2018 at 8:59 am #
    No presents=we have way too much crap already, please don’t bring more. Sometimes I have my kids scribble the birthday kid a card instead, but I would definitely not bring a present.
  7. Angelina February 23, 2018 at 9:12 am #
    We just went to a party that said "presents not necessary". I did bring a gift.. but it was a practical gift and it was small so you could do that as a kind gesture. But the party I went to also had family attending so I knew she would be getting some gifts. As for lashes, I had extensions for my wedding and they were AMAZING.. but they fell off after a few weeks and then I felt even worse about my real lashes...
  8. Mary February 23, 2018 at 9:15 am #
    I also love the idea of homemade cards from the kids!
  9. Dani February 23, 2018 at 9:25 am #
    Regarding the Better Than Sex mascara (coming from a girl who is suuuuuper picky about her mascara)...I received a travel size and loved it so much I bought the full size. Get this, I HATED it in the full size. The brush was bulky and awful and clumped up my lashes so I went back to Ulta and bought another travel size which I again love. Also, I have fairly nice natural lashes but I felt they were not as strong as they used to be so I started using GrandeLash from Sephora and it has made my lashes stronger and fuller. Recommend!
    • Lacy February 23, 2018 at 2:13 pm #
      SO correct. The trial size is a much better product.
  10. Shannon February 23, 2018 at 9:27 am #
    I absolutely LOVE my lash extensions!!! I have oily eyelids so always would have mascara that ended up smudged below my eyeballs even though I didn’t even wear mascara on my lower lashes. I LOVE waking up and my lashes looking great! I LOVE that I can cry without mascara running down my face!! I LOVE that I don’t have to spend so much time putting mascara on and trying to get more length and volume!!
  11. Sonia Bhaskar February 23, 2018 at 9:36 am #
    This is such a fun post! I love your writing. Thank you for brightening my morning :-). I love Benefit Roller Lash. I have an eyelash curler but I stopped using it after I got this mascara because it makes my lashes look curled when they're not! Maybe go with just a card for the party :-)
  12. Christina February 23, 2018 at 9:49 am #
    I hated better than sex! and PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE watch One Tree Hill! it's all the angst-y teen drama you will ever need!
  13. Caitlin Wallace February 23, 2018 at 9:50 am #
    Better Than Sex is the WAY TO GO! It's excellent.
  14. Shannon February 23, 2018 at 10:18 am #
    LOVE lash extensions! Problem: expensive and time consuming as you have to go back every 2-3 weeks for touch ups. Did NOT lose my own lashes, just my money. Solution: started using Rodan & Fields Lash Boost. AMAZING! I have long AND full lashes now! Did I mention AMAZING? Love Benefits Roller Lash like many that have responded before me!
  15. Sarah February 23, 2018 at 10:21 am #
    No one wants to approach the belly button inquiry. ;-) ;-) LOL nothing like a Friday morning chat about navels.
    • Sarah February 23, 2018 at 10:23 am #
      OH and I dig around in mine maybe once a week if not more--you have to keep that ish clean--no one wants a smelly belly!
  16. Darcy Sexson February 23, 2018 at 10:21 am #
    When the invite asks for no presents, I think they really mean that. I usually take a card and put in a $10 Bbill or gift card for ice cream - something fun for the kid, but still respects the wishes of the parent.
  17. Jennifer Northam February 23, 2018 at 10:23 am #
    Buffy FOR SURE - so much angst. I cried on a regular basis. But also funny and great relationships and character development. And I third Veronica Mars - SO SMART and great characters and LOGAN and was when i first loved Kristen Bell and that love has only grown over the years.
  18. Emily February 23, 2018 at 10:32 am #
    I would be dancing for joy to go to a "no presents, please" party! Don't even bother with a card. Go, have fun, eat and leave. Reading between the lines, that card says: Our house is too small and they have enough. People and experiences are what's fun--not stuff!"
  19. Brittani February 23, 2018 at 10:34 am #
    Lash Paradise is an excellent trade off for those pesky, wildly overpriced Benefit mascaras. Don’t get me wrong, your girl loves Better than Sex, but masacara that works like a big brand for drugstore prices will always win out for me!!
  20. Jennifer C. February 23, 2018 at 10:35 am #
    Be classy Bev...bring a Goverre with rose instead of a flask. It's basically a sippy cup for adults so no one will even notice at a kids party.
  21. Bianca February 23, 2018 at 10:37 am #
    I have stick straight lashes that are curl-challenged. I must use a lash curler. What I do is use a water resistant or waterproof mascara first, to hold the curl, and then top it with a regular mascara. I've used tons of different kinds, expensive and cheapo, and I don't think it matters all that much, if you use a good water resistant or waterproof mascara as a base. Water resistant and proof mascara is oil based; regular mascara is water based, so think of it as curling your hair and adding hairspray to hold the curl. You wouldn't curl your hair and then put water on it - it'd take away the curl - same thing with lashes. As of late I use Covergirl clump crusher water resistant after I curl my lashes, and then top with Tarte lash paint. They stay curled, they look full, it's great. I always use Garnier micellar water, the waterproof makeup remover anyway too, so using a waterproof mascara is no biggie for me. Don't bring a gift. Buffy all the way.
    • Ell February 23, 2018 at 1:42 pm #
      I have similar curl-challenged lashes (I'll start using this term now!) and I do the same thing! I've used Maybelline Great Lash waterproof mascara since forever. Affordable, does the job and afterwards I'll do another coat of another mascara to give them that oomph! Benefit Roller Lash and Better Than Sex are ahhhhmazing! I sometimes splurge for the waterproof BTS. But I rarely splurge and go for the 7 dollar Maybelline great lash and whichever mascara I have left. I'm sure any eye doctors would agree that sample mascaras from 12 months ago are great for your eye health. Don't have any kids but while I nannied I understood the no present policy is true to statement. Maybe contribute with a food item for the kiddos or maybe flowers or wine in case parents are invited too..? I'm sure the mom would appreciate it hah! I also loved the handmade card or small gift card ideas!
  22. Reagan February 23, 2018 at 10:38 am #
    I also love the Better Than Sex travel size and hate the full size. I agree with Dani above that the full size brush it too bulky. Urban Decay Lash Perversion works well for me, as well.
    • Becky February 27, 2018 at 4:43 pm #
      Same! LOVE the travel size of BTS and the lash perversion is great (better than the name). Loreal paradise is fiiine but it's not better than BTS. and: another vote for Veronica Mars!!
  23. Mary February 23, 2018 at 10:39 am #
    I would either have the kids make a card or buy a card, and I would put in a $5 or $10 Chickfila gift card. It's not a present, but the kids AND the parents would appreciate it! :-) I watched all of Buffy in actual time! I remember it all so well...it's a little cheesy, but Angel (Buffy's guy) is hooooooooot! He's the main reason I ever watched Bones.
  24. Jenn February 23, 2018 at 10:41 am #
    No presents means no presents! Just have a party for your kids and you'll find out why. It's all crap and stuff you don't need. I would suggest a hand made card from the gremlins. It is the thought that counts and then they'll learn about sharing and all that fun stuff.
  25. Angie February 23, 2018 at 10:52 am #
    Lash Paradis is fantastic! Give it a try! And my suggestion for an angsty, drama filled vampire show would be The Vampire Diaries!
  26. Heather February 23, 2018 at 10:54 am #
    I've actually asked for no presents for my boys and some parents followed it and some did not. My boys are now 7 & 9 and would kill me if I told them I asked people not to bring presents! :) Like many others said, I would skip getting the kid a present, but have your kids make a card. You could also make a donation in the child's name to some organization (I've done that before).
  27. Julie February 23, 2018 at 10:57 am #
    The homemade card option is awesome. Another thing I used to do sometimes when "no presents" were requested is make a small donation to a charity in the child's name (let your kids choose something like a charity that benefits sick children or animals). Also, older I get more lashes and eyebrows I lose, so have made the commitment to extensions. Have done it for two years and LOVE them. Besides looking good, it is pure joy to never have to mess with mascara.
  28. Aunt Deana February 23, 2018 at 11:11 am #
    I tried a lash perm before it curled them lashes up y’all and perky!
  29. lori ann February 23, 2018 at 11:13 am #
    try Lancome's new "Mr. Big" mascara...looks like you are wearing fake lashes with only one application - and you only need a single pump to do both eyes!
  30. MJ February 23, 2018 at 11:46 am #
    I love everything you write but the word "littles" makes me sooo stabby! Sorry, I had to get it out . I was thinking that maybe Benefit changed the formulation of They're Real because the last tube I bought wasn't as good. I am using Almay One Coat Multi Benefit mascara and loving it so far! Buffy is awesome! Definitely watch that :)
  31. Theresa February 23, 2018 at 12:05 pm #
    I’m glad you posted about the no presents thing, because we have our first birthday party this weekend and the invite said the same thing...so phew, I don’t have to go shopping for a child I’ve met once! 😅 Lashes- I also have been very happy with grandelash from Sephora (mentioned above), liked the lash paradise mascara too, now I’m trying out maybellines new one, total temptation or something? I liked the blush pink tube #justbeinghonest. Definitely curl! Oh, the grandelash does take time to work, at least a month and I’m about three months in now and can really see a difference. Worth it to me bc it’s expensive but not as much as extensions!
  32. Stephanie February 23, 2018 at 12:08 pm #
    I wouldn't buy mascara on Amazon either...kind of like cosmetics from TJ Max. They're usually old. I've heard mixed reviews on lash extensions (they can ruin whatever lashes you have left). Maybe look into a "lash lift"? I think that just perks up your own lashes. I use L'Oréal voluminous and it's awesome! As for the bday present, try to ask another mom and see what she's doing to kind of get a consensus.
  33. Denita February 23, 2018 at 12:11 pm #
    I never dig around in my belly button, but it doesn't seem to collect anything either. Weird, I know, but it seriously hurts a bit if anyone touches inside it. Dated a guy that tried to play with my belly button, um, no no no. That didn't last long, obviously we have different priorities in life. No presents = No presents. I feel that if people say NO, they should actually mean NO. Isn't that what all the boys are told, "No, means, No" - we should all support actions that make that more of a reality than a suggestion. Say what you mean people. Also, my kid has too much stuff that too often I end up picking up as it is. (She's 18 months, shouldn't she be more conscientious of my desires for an occasionally toy-free floor by now? - I'm joking and not actually saying what I mean...so, yes, I hypocrite much)
  34. Tanah February 23, 2018 at 12:12 pm #
    I've been using a lash serum and also get my lashes lifted which is a semi permanent curl then it doesn't really matter what mascara you use!
  35. Marci February 23, 2018 at 12:28 pm #
    I've been having the same eyelashes dilemma lately so this post and the comments are really helpful. For the no gifts, I agree that the parents mean no gifts but I always feel weird not bringing one so I often bring a small book for the kid with a homemade card (or a card made out of wrapping paper because I can't get myself to spend money on cards for kids).
  36. Becky E February 23, 2018 at 12:31 pm #
    Buffy is a MUST WATCH. You'll love it. I get eyelash extensions, I go roughly every 2.5-3 weeks and it takes an hour-ish. I love them because I do nothing to my eyes every day and look glamorous! I hate taking the whole TWO MINUTES to apply mascara (for real). The only downside to lash extensions is they can start looking weird when they fall out and you have patches. I try to wear as little eye makeup as possible and not touch my eyes to get my extensions to last longer. My one big indulgence!
  37. Amanda February 23, 2018 at 1:14 pm #
    First things first, YES TO BUFFY. Better than Sex is one of my favorite mascaras. I haven't used L'oreal Paradise but a friend tried it and she said it stayed 'wet' and never really dried, which is weird. I also really like Clinique High Impact mascara. Diorshow is amazing too but it's $$.
  38. Catherine February 23, 2018 at 1:31 pm #
    Buffy is SO GOOD. You must watch it. I will warn you the first season is maybe not the best. It has some dud episodes. But it is short and then things pick up in season 2.
  39. Kristin February 23, 2018 at 1:39 pm #
    Buffy is amazing, and so much deeper than you could possibly imagine. We have all of the DVDs and love re-watching the series. And no presents means NO PRESENTS!
  40. Jeanne February 23, 2018 at 1:51 pm #
    OK. Invite says no presents, no presents. And YEEEESS to Buffy. I shouldn't read your posts when I'm a work, no one else knows what I'm snorteling at LOL.
  41. Elaine February 23, 2018 at 1:52 pm #
    Yes - Buffy is a great time investment! Intelligent, entertaining, and girl power! Yes, I use an eyelash curler, but gently because I had a friend in high school who had a mishap. Didn't like Better Than Sex mascara at all. After years of using Lancome, I'm happy now with Maybelline Stiletto and Falsies Volume Express. How can there be soooo many different kinds of mascara??? I also like Dior Show and was surprised to like Benefit. But why bother when you can get the same effect at half the cost?
  42. Lacy February 23, 2018 at 2:12 pm #
    DID YOU WRITE THIS POST JUST FOR ME BECAUSE WE ONLY TALK SPORADICALLY? Yes, all caps.(1) I feel I should present you with an impassioned presentation about why BTVS is one of the 5 greatest shows of all time. I'll film it from my house complete with props, dramatic reenactments (we'll get JT and Remy involved), and I will provide a top 10 episode list. (2) Better Than Sex Mascara is amazing and smells really nice. It has orange oil in it. Someone up above mentioned how the trial size is better and that is the truth. I can truly recommend L'Oreal Lash Paradise. It's similar to Better Than Sex (unfortunate name), is much cheaper, and has really nice results. I'm pretty sure it's meant to be a knock off. Good old L'Oreal Voluminous is a good standby as is Benefit Bad Gal. I loathe all waterproof mascara. I really do have interests outside of BTVS and makeup. Like Rose' and SPF 4.
  43. Nicole February 23, 2018 at 2:30 pm #
    In my limited experience (daughter is only three) parents who say no presents mean no presents. Most kids have way too much and only play with a few things. And if you want campy fun definitely go with Buffy.
  44. brittany February 23, 2018 at 2:59 pm #
    If I say no presents, I mean it. The only gift I'd be really happy with if I said no presents is a book! Can never have too many books. Too many toys, definitely. BUFFYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
  45. Heather February 23, 2018 at 3:30 pm #
    Don’t buy a gift, but if you can’t stand the idea of showing up with empty hands you could do a birthday card with stickers in it, or a book. (I get it, I often don’t love what other people buy for my kids and you can’t exactly take it away once they’ve opened it) OK. Lashes. I’m way too cheap and busy to keep up extensions. I’ve used Maybelline Full and Soft Waterproof literally half my life, every time I try something else I go back. Also a tip: argan oil helps hair grow, at night carefully rub a tiny bit into lashline, it’ll prob take 1-2 months to make a noticeable difference.
  46. Amber - Loves Food, Loves to Eat February 23, 2018 at 3:31 pm #
    GOSSIP GIRRRRLLLLLLLLLLL! Or... if you haven't... Pretty Little Liars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • Torie February 23, 2018 at 4:47 pm #
      PLL gor the win!! Nothing is better. Nothing!! Game on, b!tches!! (This will make sense if you watch PLL).
  47. Natalie February 23, 2018 at 4:16 pm #
    So totally vote lash extensions (and not just because I'm starting a lash artistry business next month and am screaming all things "extensiooonnnsssss" from the rooftops). Though brace yourself for cost and commitment! You could also try a lash lift which has pretty epic results. It's pretty much a perm for your existing lashes(!!!) I know right?! I can totally picture your face right now...But it's a thing and I've seen it and it's legit. And not the fried 80's fro kinda perm we all picture... Oh and no presents. You're far too rad to be THAT mom.
  48. Andrea February 23, 2018 at 4:18 pm #
    I also use Revitalash, LOVE it. Really makes a difference imo. I don't want to do lash extensions with the upkeep and cost but lash lifts are LIFE CHANGING. Basically a perm for your lashes. About $50 here and last about two months. Otherwise I have to curl my lashes every day, this makes getting ready so much easier. And the results are incredible.
  49. Michelle Erps February 23, 2018 at 4:19 pm #
    Castor oil on your lashes definitely helps. Found this out on a Huff Post article! No presents to a no presents party.
  50. Victoria VO11313 February 23, 2018 at 4:24 pm #
    No birthday gift = we have too much junk already (but you could bring a little something for mom, as when do moms get something as a surprise): I liked Buffy, but watched it back when it wasn’t repeats (boy that was a long time ago) ... now I’m having fun watching Hart of Dixie (love triangles, funny, Deep South girl drama). And I’ve tried Latisse, Revitalash and every 4 or 5 star mascara Sephora carries. Tempted to do eyelash extensions but I don’t know if I want one more maintenance type thing to add to my list of to dos. If you find mascara you like, please share! Have a great weekend, love your blog and instastories!
  51. Emma February 23, 2018 at 4:32 pm #
    I’m all about drugstore dupes! Lash paradise all. the. way. Too terrified of extensions. I’ve heard horror stories of them ruining your actual lashes.
  52. Jessica February 23, 2018 at 4:56 pm #
    I love Lashboost from a Rodan + Fields for several reasons—I can go without mascara now and you can still see my lashes, but when I do wear mascara, HUZZAH! It’s a lash conditioning serum that grows your own lashes naturally. Much better than the time and money spent getting extensions every few weeks! If you want more info let me know ;)
  53. Liz February 23, 2018 at 6:15 pm #
    I have the lashes that people ask if they are extensions or not so I am born with it and they are Maybelline. So even though I am super lucky and have never considered extensions, I get extra picky about mascara because flaunt what you got, right?! That being said, I love Maybelline Falsies mascara. The best advice I got about finding the right mascara was to focus on the brush and I have found that to be true. Different shapes and bristles will affect application. In other body part news, I never dig in my belly button because I hate the feeling plus, they pulled my appendix out through it and I try to not think about it too hard because I find that so nutso. Maybe I should though? Is that a bit grooming thing I am missing?
  54. Heather February 23, 2018 at 6:16 pm #
    Oh dear god. Buffy brings back some very agnsty teen memeories for me. Team Angel! Not, wait, Team Spike? It was all very confusing, but thank goodness for the WB. Have you done the OC? Leighton Meester makes Gossip Girl worth it. Annnnyways! I’m obsessed with Lancôme mascara and I also do not use a lash curler. Their Definicle mascara is amazing. For cheaper I like Soap & Glory fast and thick (thick and fast?) and it does a good job of curling. I got the hairpins from Hellbent. Game changer. That’s all. TGIF.
  55. Sara February 23, 2018 at 7:10 pm #
    I do lash lift. They perm your eyelashes and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!! It’s a safe alt to fakes!!!
  56. Lindsay February 23, 2018 at 7:21 pm #
    I would like to pick back up on the belly button discussion. I am a digger. But why do you ask, Bev?? Do you dig because stuff gets stuck in there?? For cleaning purposes?? Other?? Now I have to know!!
    • Kelly February 23, 2018 at 9:49 pm #
      Yes Bev you dropped that question and ran!!
  57. Nancy February 23, 2018 at 7:32 pm #
    Lol you’re post are crazy love it!!! Buffy is a yes!! No presents maybe a book??! Books are seats great! And mascara ... have you tried YOUNIQUE?? Epic one step is AWESOME!!!! Love it!!
  58. Nancy February 23, 2018 at 7:35 pm #
    Lol you’re post are crazy love it!!! Buffy is a yes!! No presents maybe a book??! Books are seats great! And mascara ... have you tried YOUNIQUE?? Epic one step is AWESOME!!!! Love it!!
  59. Ashley February 23, 2018 at 10:01 pm #
    Bring the kid some cookies that the three of you baked with a hand made card?! I CANNOT believe your lash-plaining!! They’re so pretty! I need to try that mascara and then maybe the serum that that lady mentioned 👆🏼. I’m a nursing mama.... I wonder if it’s kosher? If you need teen sexual drama I suggest Friday night lights!!!!!!! One word. Riggins. I’ve Never seen Buffy but all my theater friends in high school were obsessed :)
  60. Brittany February 23, 2018 at 10:05 pm #
    K, this might be off brand (who am I for saying that?) but if you’re looking for a show to start, ER just cane in Hulu and, Dr. Doug Ross + Dr. John Carrer. Ugh. Also The West Wing. It’s just too good. Both are just TOO GOOD. Not teen-y though if that’s what you’re looking for. Jed Bartlet for president. Also, L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black for life.
    • Brittany February 23, 2018 at 10:06 pm #
      Came on* Dr. John Carter* 🙄😑
  61. Shannon February 23, 2018 at 11:43 pm #
    It is pricey BUT YOU CANNOT BEAT LANCÔME MASCARA. Sorry, ya just can’t. Specifically Oscillation and Hypnose Drama. The Cils booster helps and makes the mascara last longer. There is no way Buffy can ever take the place of Felicity. Nope. Lancôme mascara forever. Buffy can suck it. Cheers.
  62. Jenn February 24, 2018 at 12:40 am #
    Ok. No presents means bring a present for sure . Just make it low key . As for mascara try " Tarte Tartiest" it's the bomb! It will give a whole new meaning to mascara girl ! Believe me !! New show .. start gossip girl , that shit is gooood!!!
  63. Carly s February 24, 2018 at 2:25 am #
    Omg am I the only one who thinks lash paradise sucks?! I hate it and always look for mascaras with plastic-y looking separaters. I’m a freak about lashes and use a similar serum version to Latisse. I ALWAYS curl them, mine are so straight. I don’t have kids but hollaaaaaaa bc I already tell everyone I don’t want birthday gifts and I could see myself asking for none with kids too.
  64. sandee February 24, 2018 at 6:48 am #
    ok, so much to discuss...veronica mars, no gifts means no gifts, i was that parent i even said donate to a cause in my kids name if you want to get something and write in the card...fyi, bring the flask. yes lashes get bored of same mascara, last year i got a sample of l’oréal paradise and it’s my new favorite: they pop, it’s doesnt bleed by the end of the day, it’s my go to right now. i also loved the Tarte one, the urban decay bled by mid-afternoon. DONT GET EXTENSIONS they will make your lashes fall out no matter if you used the best of the best. if you want your lashes to grow get Magestic Pure NATURAL EYELASH GROWTH SERUM (i get it from amazon and it’s safe lol) it’s organic and this stuff really works!!! it’s Amaze balls (ok maybe i shouldn’t say that)! i have lashes for days! FYI, i use the oil at night. i also like the sephora idea, i might do that to find my next mascara.
  65. Julia February 24, 2018 at 10:19 am #
    Buffy is a yes. Yes. Yes. It’s so dang good. (Mostly) well-written and clever, and the cast is great. Also highly recommend Veronica Mars! Kristen Bell is a joy.
  66. Christi February 24, 2018 at 4:41 pm #
    Watch it!! I cannot wait to read / watch your reactions.
  67. MT February 24, 2018 at 5:22 pm #
    I just returned home from my own child’s birthday party, which stared “no presents, please”” on the invite. I meant it exactly the way I wrote it. And it surprised me how much pushback we received. Was it really so hard for people to believe that them taking time out of their day to celebrate with us was a gift unto itself?
  68. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) February 24, 2018 at 8:27 pm #
    WATCH BUFFY ASAP (and also watch Angel with it-google the viewing order because they have crossover episodes and overlapping plots) I love my eyelash curler and always use it (my eyelashes are super long but super straight so I need it) and now I'm terrified of having to decipher invites like that someday (my babe is 2 months so currently it's a non issue lol)
  69. Turner February 25, 2018 at 4:06 am #
    My nephew (he’s 5 1/2) was recently invited to a bday party that specified no gifts for the first time and yeah my sister was stressed about it. I think she ended up bringing a small gift, like a book (IIRC.) Turns out most people brought gifts. Wonder how the kids feel about a “no gifts” party for their bday though... My nephew would not like that idea one bit!
  70. Erica February 25, 2018 at 1:33 pm #
    No presents = really big, annoying, light-up toys because we have enough junk! That said, in those cases I usually bring a card with a small gift card for a local ice cream place. It's still a special treat, but nothing that is going to annoy the parents! Mascara! I am a NUT about mascara! I have tried every brand out there, from drugstore to department store... My absolute favorite is Better Than Sex, and I also really love Tarte's Lash Paint. That said, when I heard that Loreal's Lash Paradise was a dupe for the Better Than Sex one, I [skeptically] bought it to try. And I have to say, it's great! It's super similar to Better Than Sex, and about 1/3 of the price! However, I feel like I may be getting duped because the Lash Paradise weighs next to nothing... how much is even in there? I feel like it's going to run out super fast, meaning that it may be a better bargain to just stick with Better Than Sex. :)
  71. Jenna February 25, 2018 at 10:53 pm #
    Yes watch Buffy! I’m In shock (haha) that you wasted time on Ally McBeal when you haven’t seen Buffy! Like all shows it jumps the shark eventually, from memory about season 4... but is sooo good before then. Gossip Girl jumped the shark about halfway through season 1... haha.
    • Jenna February 25, 2018 at 10:55 pm #
      Also seconding the people who recommended Veronica Mars. First season is great.
  72. Klara Donovan February 25, 2018 at 11:32 pm #
    YES. DO BUFFY. SEROUISLY. DO IT. I unashamedly re-watch Buffy every couple of years and I'm 32 now and not even a goth or into vampires or anything. It's about sooo much more than vampires. It gets better and better each season, except maybe the last season. But still watch that.
  73. Emma February 26, 2018 at 9:11 am #
    Maybe you could try a lash perm....I hear good things about them! I am interested but haven't sought anyone in my neck of the woods who does them.
  74. Emma February 26, 2018 at 9:16 am #
    Also....if you don't follow @fjamie013 on insta...you should! He does all the funny photoshop requests and there is a hilarious one about a girl digging stuff out of her belly button! :)
  75. Jenna February 26, 2018 at 10:08 am #
    DEFINITELY do not bring a gift. Although this drives me a bit batty because my children truly love selecting and wrapping gifts, so I want them to enjoy generosity. And I've noticed some parents ask for a charitable donation instead? I'm still working through my feelings on this. And in fact, I have gotten exceedingly picky about the gifts I'm willing to give to my kids' friends (driven mostly by what I'd prefer my own to receive). Books, movies, things to draw with, things to draw on, craft supplies. Things to do and use up and and toss, or things that can get put away easily!

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