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I am, therefore I shop [May. 9th, 2008|08:07 pm]
We are leaving for Oldest Daughter's high school graduation in Arizona in a week, so I have been doing some serious shopping the last couple of weeks. The Boy needed clothes and a carry-on bag; Middle Daughter needed clothes; I needed a tote to take on the plane and some summer clothes (it's going to be over 100* every day we are there - eep!) and something to wear to the graduation ceremony, and Husband needed sandals. Whew. I'm tired just typing it all. 

The good news is, I think I'm done. That's good news because I have been spending money like I have it. I've gotten some amazing bargains, but it all adds up.

I wasn't able to get everything I wanted. I wanted to pick up some hair color because I'm out. I'm not the only one who's out, because I haven't been able to find it anywhere. Because it has apparently been discontinued. This is a very bad thing. It is so hard to find a red that looks even remotely like a color found in nature. I broke down today and bought a slightly darker shade but I'm afraid it will have that burgundy cast to it. I also bought a permanent color (right now I use the kind that washes out in about a month) but I'm afraid to use it. I don't want roots. Well, I want roots, because if I don't have roots I don't have hair, and I don't have very much hair, so I'll take all the roots I can get, but I don't want roots that are a different color than the rest of my hair.

I don't know what it is about me. Whenever I find something I like, it immediately goes away. My favorite tv shows get cancelled, my favorite lipstick shade gets reformulated, the grocery store stops carrying the salsa I like. I think I should make my new favorite things acid rain, global warming, and famine.

On the good news side, last night I ordered a wetbag from goodmama and it shipped today. I am so excited!

[User Picture]From: jchammonds
2008-05-10 02:33 am (UTC)
Whenever I find something I like, it immediately goes away It must be the same thing that there is about me. :-(

Wow, that's a lot of shopping. You have to be exhausted!
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[User Picture]From: quaero_verum
2008-05-11 06:33 pm (UTC)
So please enlighten me....your Oldest is graduating in Arizona...? Boarding school....?

And about the things you like being discontinued...I often find myself discovering neat little things here and there that I wonder if I should stock up on in case it goes away.

Case in point: on our trip to the coast, I had gone to Rite Aid to pick up some candles and while I was there, discovered the most wonderful Freesia body wash/bubble bath I have ever used, and now I am afraid that if I don't find it at our local Rite Aid I am going to severely regret not going back to the Rite Aid in Seaside before we left and purchasing the remaining stock they had.

So cross your fingers. :-)
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2008-05-12 06:37 pm (UTC)
Oldest Daughter is my stepdaughter; she's living with her mom now but will be going to college in Texas in the fall.

The other thing that keeps getting discontinued on me is bras. I swear, every time I find one that fits and go back to get more they've vanished. And stores never have more than one or two of my size at a time (I guess that should be one more incentive for me to lose weight since if I drop 15 pounds I'll be a common size).
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[User Picture]From: aims814
2008-05-12 05:16 pm (UTC)
wow - the same thing happens to me. I'm not sure what the deal is but my faves always get pulled, too! I crave a certain kind of ice cream a certain time of the ... well, anyway ... they must have yanked it from the shelves. My favorite show, the one I planned my Monday evenings around ... gone. :(

Ahh, reds are so hard to match. You have to be careful or you'll end up looking like Ronald McDonald and I know how you feel about him. Do you mind if I ask the brand name and number on the box? I *might* be able to help you match it up to at least something close.
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2008-05-12 06:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I went with a darker shade in the same brand and it just doesn't look right to me. At least it will wash out in a month or so.

The color I was using was Clairol Natural Instincts #15 Desert Sunrise (Light Golden Red). I guess they've stopped making it because it's out of stock everywhere online. It was very annoying because it's the very first color on the Clariol Natural Instincts "choose your shade" page and they don't even have it.
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[User Picture]From: aims814
2008-05-14 03:38 pm (UTC)
The product I am most familiar with is in the Clairol family, in the "beautiful" collection. I think I would go a shade lighter in stead of a shade darker. Because these are semi-permanent colors, they will only deposit color anyway without lifting. So if anything, it just won't be dark enough to cover your gray and you won't have that washed-out look we sometimes get from the darker shades. Do you have any brown tones in your hair? Maybe try, Clairol Beautiful Collection: Light Reddish Brown (B09W) level 4; Honey Brown (B11W) level 4; or even 14 K Gold (830W) which is a level 7 but might not be dark enough. My instincts are saying to try the light reddish brown first. These are small 3 oz. bottles so it might take two of them. You won't need to add anything to them, just apply it to damp hair. You'll have to get an applicator bottle separately. I looked online and Texas Beauty Supply even has more info on this product. And if this works, I don't think you'll have to worry about it being discontinued. I was in the biz for 24 years and they've had these shades for as long as I can remember. Oh, and you can also buy this at Sally's Beauty Supply if they have one of those close by you. I "think" they sell to the public and they're only around $4.00 a bottle.
Go here and look at a color chart and see what you think. -http://www.texasbeautysupplies.com/beautcolclai.html

Oh! ::hint:: I'd do a strand test first. because, after all, I haven't been able to look at your hair in person so I'm really just guessing based on the color you used to use. ;-) And, I apologize for rambling so much here in your space.

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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2008-05-16 04:39 am (UTC)
Ramble away! Today at target I found a new shade in the Natural Instincts line - it's a light golden red which I guess is replacing the desert sunrise. I'll give it a try when the stuff I just used has washed out, and if it doesn't work I'll see if I can track down the Beautiful.
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[User Picture]From: aims814
2008-05-20 02:40 pm (UTC)
I went online and saw the one you're talking about. It looks like the same shade to me, they just changed the name of it, maybe? But it's still a #15 so I'd go for that before anything within the beautiful brown shades. BTW, this is funny: Clairol used to have a line of beautiful reds and I couldn't find any so I asked my colorist friend and she said, "Oh, yeah, they discontinued those." LOL - I just had to share that with you. ;-D
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