Welcome, gentle readers!
Whither this blog? Let me set the scene: I am a nub, perpetually frazzled and overworked (purely my own fault), and let’s just say that my sartorial style is a few levels below that of the average eight-year-old boy. I also have a tendency to deny myself things that I might want because I can’t “justify” the “expense” (and by expense, I mean things that are usually $10 or less — I’m not a high roller by any means). It drives Chris, my husband, insane.
At our neighborhood’s annual Halloween festival, a vendor was selling homemade soaps and lotions, and I splurged on a bar of Earl Grey soap (when Chris said that no, really, the $6 soap was perfectly okay to buy). Earl Grey is one of my favorite scents, and I absolutely fell in love with this soap, using it until it became a translucent sliver. After hemming and hawing for much longer than mere BAR SOAP warrants (seriously, you don’t want to go inside my brain), I finally broke down around Christmas and ordered more from the vendor’s Etsy page, and thus sprouted the seedling that would become Operation Treat Yo Self (OTYS) in the new year.
The purpose of OTYS is to get me to loosen up a little and sample small indulgences without feeling like I’m The Worst for doing so. Over the last few months, this has taken the form of subscription boxes. I stumbled onto the Julep site (I honestly can’t remember how), and then investigating it led to the Ipsy site. (More on both sites in upcoming entries.) Julep is mostly devoted to nail polish, but Ipsy is a total wild card in the sense that I don’t know month to month what I’ll be getting, so chances are pretty high that I’ll end up with items that I am clueless about using.
And that’s where you come in — feedback in the form of helpful tips or flat-out instructions when I post a photo and say, “WTF am I supposed to do with this?” would be most appreciated. Or you can just sit back and laugh at my feminine ineptitude — I don’t know your life, so whatever. But I think reviewing the contents of said boxes and other things that catch my fancy seems like fun, so here I am. And if you want to play along by issuing OTYS challenges, I would love it! (Okay, I should qualify that — I will not play along with things like suggested bungee jumps, but I would consider buying a freaky nail polish color and reviewing it. This isn’t Fear Factor.) So slather on your favorite face mask and let’s dive in, shall we?