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mascara10Hey everyone…Sweetassgal checking in today for an uncharacteristically short Green Chi Tuesday.  Our daughter graduated from High School over the weekend and we had a HUGE party for her full of friends and family over the weekend.  It was incredible and we were so blessed to have such a showing of love and support.  But after all the planning, shopping, yard work, cleaning, hosting and clean up I am ONE tired chickie!  Plus I’m behind at work and gearing up for a two week travel itinerary for open enrollment so I’ve got to keep it short and sweet this week.  Just a few things I want to mention…
#1…CONGRATULATIONS to our beautiful daughter Samantha Provost (a WHS grad and total Meghead) and to all of the girls out there who are finishing High School and stepping out into the world.  It’s an amazing experience and is one of the best times of your life.  It’s when you get to find out who you really are and who you want to be!  Here’s a secret no one really told me when I was that age.  Between 18 and 28 you are going to be like five different people.  Seriously…you will change who you are, how you dress, what you like…everything will change every few years or so.  Run with it! Have fun!  Experience life and all it has to offer and for GOD SAKE don’t settle for anything less than you deserve.  Just enjoy the ride while you’re young and leave all that boring grown up crap like marriage, mortgages and daycare for your thirties (or hell…even later than that if it’s right for you) where it belongs.  Be young while you are young and ride the roller coaster with your hands flying in the air screaming YAHOO all the way!  It’s a special time in your life and one that ends all too soon so go out there and just be OUTRAGEOUS!  Then come back here to Megs and tell me all about it so I can live vicariously through you all!  he he
#2 – Found a pretty great natural mascara a few weeks ago.  It was recommended to me by a Meghead a while back and I just got around to checking it out.  It’s 100% Pure’s Fruit Pigmented Mascara in Black Tea.  First thing I noticed about this mascara is that is has GREAT packaging.  I mean really pretty and sleek silver tubing with while ivy leaves twisting around it.  It just feels nice in your hand and I really was impressed with that.  For a natural company they didn’t go straight for the “green botanical” obvious look.  It’s natural with a touch of extra class.  Next thing I noticed was that the wand if very long and the brush has lots of bristles.  Not the short little Great Lash type…more akin to what you would find on L’Oreal’s Voluminous brush (which I LOVE but refuse to buy since they test on animals) so it gives good coverage and definition to your eyelashes.  
According to the website “100% natural mascara lengthens, separates, thickens and glosses lashes with fruit pigments and Black tea pigments. Lash conditioning ProVitamin B5, Vitamin E, Oat and Wheat protein conditions for healthier lashes. Gentle, all natural, good for you formula is suitable for everyone, even if you wear contacts or have sensitive eyes. Water and smudge resistant.”  I love ALL of that and agree whole heartedly but for one exception…though I think it does lengthen, separate and provide a nice shiny gloss I don’t feel it really thickens much at all.  Even upon second coat application I get great definition and shiny color but I don’t see the kind of super fat lashes I tend to like.  As with most natural mascaras I find this is a great every day formula.  Gentle, natural and great for a day time look.  For evening I still have to say Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes stands out as the definitive paraben and nasty additive free mascara and is just $1 more than the 100% Pure at a sale price of $18 plus shipping.
100% Pure is a good mascara and high up when you consider how natural and gentle it is.  I will enjoy my tube and will probably repurchase for day to day wear.  It held up through Sweetassgal’s tears of joy and just a tiny bit of sadness at graduation.  For that I owe the brand because no one wants raccoon eyes when you are taking pictures with the family.  So now our little girl is all grown up and ready to see what the world has to offer her.  I hope the lessons of her youth and the advice and guidance of the wonderful world of Meg’s can help her traverse the ups and downs just a little easier.  Even if it’s just how to get through the day by finding a better mascara then was had by the generation before.  GLAM ON!

What advice would you offer an 18 year old today?

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