If you’ve spent any time on my site at all lately it has probably occurred to you that I’m prone to feeling overwhelmed by life. Sometimes I just seem to crumple under pressure, feeling like even the most seemingly benign tasks are insurmountable. What’s strange is that I’ve never been that way before – this is something new to me and it started a few years ago, about year after I passed the bar. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what in my life changed such that I constantly feel that way. I’m still not really what is causing it but I finally decided to try to do something about it.
First, I sat down and identified a few things that seem to contribute it. I think was spending too much time watching television, particularly netflix. Don’t get me wrong, I love TV and still do but I was watching it to a depressing excess. So for the past month, I’ve spent the excess time I would have spent watching an entire season of any given TV show in one sitting, reading great books and gardening. That was a good first step.
I then moved into phase two and three – home and work. My husband and I are messy people. When he moved in, we never really unpacked and I’m a bit of a pack rat. You know the type, I can’t throw away a magazine because I might need to re-read it some day! This extra frying pan? What? I know we have 3 just like it but I can’t get rid of it – what if we need it in the future!!?? If one were to rate my organizational skills, words like “poor”, “needs improvement” and “deficient” would come to mind. It finally started to get to me so I decided about two weeks ago – this is it, spring cleaning time. After working really diligently for about 10 days, the house is SPOTLESS. No more piles of magazines, closets, drawers, cabinets, all cleaned out. I gave away about 6 bags of clothing and 4 boxes of stuff. The result has been astonishing. We have found that now that there is less clutter, it’s been really easy to maintain the organization. We actually put things away now since everything has its own place. It’s honestly amazing. You don’t think about it much until the mess is gone but it’s a lot harder to leave a cup out or neglect to fold the clean laundry when these things are not sitting next to 15 bottles of nail polish, a pile of sweaters, a couple of magazines and a cluster of dog toys.
And, finally, work. The spring cleaning coincided with a particularly busy week at work. In the past 2 weeks I’ve had roughly 5 briefs due. I’ve gotten them all done, with minimal fuss. It was like I had a moment of clarity. This too was amazing. I love my job but I always feel like I’m playing catch up. If I had had the same number of briefs due a couple of months ago, I certainly would have had to work several late nights. I would have stressed myself out to the point of getting ill. But ever since we started putting everything in order, I’ve been so much more efficient – like in the zone – the legal arguments have just been flowing out of my brain in a constant stream.
I think what I’m getting at is… cleaning your house is like a magical elixir. It’s the fountain of youth, people! I feel really great and I’m going to stick to it. So… to celebrate this new lease on life, I thought I would drop some bling on everyone. I’m a little late to the party on this one, but it’s worthy of posting anyway.
Maybelline Color Show Sequins Silver Gleam is a gorgeous buildable glitter. It’s silver micro glitter, small hex glitter and medium silver and holo glitter suspended in a clear-ish base. This is three generous coats – plus two coats of Gelous and one of Seche. You probably could get away with less top coat but I’m pretty particular about the smoothness of my glitter polishes. I’ve read a few reviews that complain about the formula on these – I didn’t notice an issue per se (well, not more than what would be typically expected with a glitter that can build to opacity) but it’s definitely not going to be a creme-like-smooth application process. In any case, this polish is a show stopper for sure. The collection was limited edition, sadly, but they’re still available online for reasonable prices. You can see a few more shades from this collection on Imperfectly Painted. Ugh, after seeing her beautiful swatches I feel like the one that I really need is Cocktail Dress. Ebay, here I come.
Disclaimer: This polish was sent to me for review by Maybelline’s PR representative.