Today's weekend links post is a very special edition that should probably be called "FIVE THINGS YOU SHOULD MAYBE TALK ME OUT OF IF IT'S A TERRIBLE IDEA" or "CAN I ACTUALLY TRUST MY OWN JUDGEMENT HERE?!!!!":
1. LASIK SURGERY // Turns out I'm a candidate. My vision has been the same since age 16, but a few years ago, someone blew cigarette ash in my eye and I got injured and have a bunch of scar tissue bumps under my eyelids. Regular contacts are super uncomfortable to me, and I typically buy dailies as those are the least irritating... but even wearing those feel like I have an eyelash in my eye. Insurance does not cover enough of my daily contacts, but they would cover a portion of laser eye surgery. My vision isn't too horrible (-1.75 in each eye) but in my old age, I can no longer compensate by squinting so I have to wear contacts or glasses to drive or see the screen at church. Glasses aren't great for my lifestyle as I exercise often plus kids. They're always touching my glasses and getting them all fingerprinty. And while I really love my prescription sunglasses, it would be nice to be able to buy any sunglasses off the rack. I've been watching Youtube videos of the procedure and it freaks me the freak out, but man, oh, man, I think it could be a game changer.
2. RODAN + FIELDS // I had a pretty prominent brown spot on my face that my dermatologist gave me a prescription cream for and it lightened up the spot almost all the way. The problem is that I can only use that cream on that one spot for three months because it's so strong. My three months is up. That same ingredient (hydroquinone) in a lower OTC concentration is found in the Reverse line by R+F. I keep trying cheaper creams with hydroquinone, but I'm not seeing the results I'd like, and I'd like to try it on some other much smaller, lighter spots on my face. My friend Katie is in the top 1% of R+F sellers (Lexus level, what-what!), so I don't need a consultant (she's amazing). My question is this: because I'm so cheap and because I think my mom would buy the cream, too, should I just sign up to be a consultant to get it at a cheaper price? I'm really not at all a fan of MLM's, but I'm a big, big fan of saving money and this stuff runs $190 for a two month supply. Ouch!
3. LUXE BIDET TOILET ATTACHMENT // Don't laugh! I don't know how or why Amazon recommended this to me, but I looked at it and its 4100+ five star reviews and I think I need this in my life. Here's an excerpt from my favorite review:
"...the Luxe Bidet Neo 120 has soured me on pooping in bidet-less toilets forever. It's shown me the difference between rubbing peanut butter out of shag carpeting with a paper towel, and that sparkling clean feeling you get right when you step out of the shower."
Plus this could be the best $36.00 I've ever spent in my life! Read these reviews! Need I say more?
4. MICROBLADING // Microblading eyebrows is a form of tattoo artistry where pigment is implanted under your skin with a manual handheld tool instead of a machine. Hair-like strokes mimic natural hairs in your brows and the results last one to two years. I have weird eyebrows with bald spots that I pencil in every single day. I'm going to blame the late 90's and my penchant for getting them waxed into tiny, overarched lines at a Regis salon in the mall for years and year. There's a really good and reputable microblading lady that would give me an incredible deal on her services and follow-up in exchange for helping her set up her Instagram, but do I really want to tattoo MY FACE?! Obviously I kind of do because this made the list! [more info here]
5. BOOK CLUB IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD // I keep mentioning that I'm having a hard time connecting to women in my neighborhood. I live in a large, social, family-oriented neighborhood. I've been here for two years, and I'm certainly a recognizable face at the park and pool and club by now, but I just can't break past the acquaintance level with anyone. I don't know if it's because I don't play tennis, my kids aren't in the public school or I just come off as unfriendly or what. There's a ladies book club that meets monthly that I've always avoided because they tend to choose books I'm not interested in reading, but in the name of making friends, should I just go ahead and do it? This month they're reading It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover. Should I go or is this a waste of my time and energy?
Eyeballs, face, booty, brows, and books. What do you think, y'all?