Kelly’s 24-Hour Product Diary: How Long Should You Keep a Hair Dryer?
L to R: Don’t you like my plants? The pic Julianne forced
me to take even though I warned her that my sweatshirt was the
same color as the tile in my bathroom, and the mouthwash my
husband keeps in our shower.
My alarm is a nine-month-old puppy, and she
goes off at 7 a.m. I take her to the dog park for an hour
before work most mornings. If you can believe it, I wear
sunscreen for this excursion because it’s our only weapon in
the war on time, even at 7 a.m. in the winter. I put on my
glasses, my beanie, my dog’s sweater (on her), and some
Cetaphil daily facial moisturizer in SPF 15
(on me) and hit the park. It’s there that I drink my first cup
of coffee while making conversation with the other dog owners.
I’m back by 8 unless the puppy does that thing she sometimes
does where she refuses to get back on her leash. Once home, I
feed her and the older dog breakfast. While they chow, I floss
with Oral-B glide in mint. I
brush my teeth with a bamboo toothbrush with
soft bristles because of gum recession. When I was 17, my
dentist told me I had gum recession and that it would “be an
issue my entire life” and as a result I’ve always been very
concerned about gum recession. My preferred toothpaste is Arm
& Hammer because it tastes like baking soda, which I like,
but they didn’t have it last time I went to the store, so today
I’m using Crest.
Bamboo toothbrushes: why the heck not!
Now it’s time for the shower. My hair’s most pronounced quality
is its greasiness. Nothing will change this, and after years of
trying everything under the sun, including not washing my hair
for an entire summer, I’ve reverted to a much more
reasonable approach: just washing my hair every day. I wash my
hair with Garnier Fructis 2-in-1 shampoo and
conditioner. Many times I’ve been told that shampoo
and conditioner combos are neither shampoo nor conditioner, so
why bother, but I like it, so to that I say “Whatever! It
works! I don’t have to explain myself to anyone!”
As I have since I was 14, I wash my face with Cetaphil
gentle skin cleanser. I’ve recently begun using a
Clarisonic Mia, which is a little
battery-operated face brush. I think I like it. I spent a lot
of money on it so I better like it. I wash my bod with
Dove sensitive skin shower foam. That’s sort
of the whole story there.
I felt sort of stupid standing in the shower taking this
picture without the water running.
When I’m out of the shower, the older dog has usually ambled
her way into the bathroom. She hangs out while I get ready most
mornings. It’s either because she loves me, she’s sick of the
puppy torturing her, or both. I butter up my neck, torso, and
limbs in CeraVe moisturizing cream while
worrying about the time. Without fail, every time I do this
part of my routine, I think about how it’s good practice when
roasting a turkey to rub herbed butter under its skin. It’s
almost always 8:17 by the time I get to this step, and I have
to be at my computer at 8:30 to start the workday. Oh! A quick
word about my relationship with moisturizer: I love it. But! I
didn’t grow up using moisturizer. I don’t know how this
happened. I just… didn’t use it. It’s not like I didn’t need
it, because my skin was always dry and itchy. And then when I
was about 25, my roommate asked, “Why don’t you use
moisturizer?” I didn’t have an answer. It was so basic, but I’d
missed the boat on it. It was as though no one had told me
about shampoo. The whole ordeal made me question what else I
was missing that was a basic fact of life for most other
people. In other words, I found it humbling.
I’m going to tell you
something that’s going to shock you: I wasn’t using toner until
about three months ago!
Next stop: face. I’m going to tell you something that’s going
to shock you: I wasn’t using toner until about three months
ago! Then my coworker, friend, and confidante Joanna Rothkopf
told me that toner “goes on the face and makes your skin good,”
which I wanted. I picked, more or less at random, Black
Tea Age-Delay Instant Infusion from the brand
Fresh, and it was a good choice. I put that on
my fingers and smudge it around my face. Ordinarily, I’d use a
cotton round, but I’m out. As you might suspect from the name,
it smells like black tea. I don’t know if it’s “delaying age”
but I really hope it is. Next, I put on eye cream on my orbital
bones. My other coworker, friend, and confidante, Madeleine
Davies, recommended Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with
Avocado for this purpose. I put a tiny bit of
coconut oil mixed with a couple drops of
tea tree oil on my eyelids because they get
dry. Bodies are weird. My husband likes to make this joke about
how a lot of the stuff I put on my face involves food in some
way. He’s like “Am I in the bathroom or the kitchen?”
Who’s a good girl?
When I bought the toner, they gave me a free sample of their
Vitamin Nectar Moisture Glow Face Cream, which
I put on next. It has an absurdly long name full of nonsense
(nectar???) but I like it. I liked the sample so much that when
I used it up, I bought the bigger pot, which is exactly how the
free sample gambit is supposed to work. Instead of feeling
tricked by this, I accept it as a nice piece of harmony in the
universe of consumption.
I’m guessing that no one has ever told you to use sunscreen
every day, even in the winter, and even when it’s cloudy. So,
you should use sunscreen every day, even in the winter, and
even when it’s cloudy. I use Elta MD UV Clear in SPF
46, for skin with acne. If could only use one product
for the rest of my life, I would choose this one. It is my
desert island product, which is, I feel, an excellent choice,
since desert islands are sunny.
I’m now very concerned about the time so I waddle out to the
bedroom to get dressed. I put Almay Unscented
Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant for Sensitive Skin under my
arms. Getting dressed is generally very easy for me since I
basically wear the same thing every day: jeans and a black
shirt. I am truly the Steve Jobs of Jezebel.
I put a drop of Moroccanoil (Light) in my
palms and rub it on the ends of my hair. This product smells
great and makes me laugh because there’s no reason on this
earth that Moroccanoil should be one word, and yet here we are.
I let my hair air dry a little bit during the morning blog
Was this manufactured in 1875?
When that’s over, I dry my hair using a Conair 1875
Styler if it’s winter. My mom gave me this hair dryer
when I left for college—she had two of them and gave me one. As
I type this, I realize that was insanely long ago, but until
this very moment it had not occurred to me that there might be
a better product on the market. But I like it so much because
of the brush attachment situation and my mom has the same one,
so when I visit her at her apartment, my hairdryer routine
remains uninterrupted. One way you can tell that this is very
old is that when my older dog, who is now 15, was a puppy, she
chewed up the top corner of the brush attachment. Is it gross
that I still have this?
I want to pause here to discuss bathroom accessories because my
plants are showing in the above photo. I enjoy reading product
diaries a lot, but less for the actual products than the stuff
that people have in their bathrooms. I look at high-res photos
of a woman with perfect skin and varnished nails and see that
she has a fiddle fig in the background next to her tub (which
invariably is either a retro pink or an exquisitely clean
white-on-white curtain and tub situation). I think to myself
“she has that skin because of that plant.” I feel that,
ideally, one’s bathroom should feel airy, fresh, and spa-like
(you’re like “don’t we all, Kel!”). I live in an apartment in
Brooklyn so this is hard to achieve, but I try. This is why I
bought this glass shelf at Ikea and installed it above the
I really enjoy arranging all my stuff on it. Daily, I think to
myself, perhaps one day I shall write a product diary, and
people in the comments will admire my glass shelf. When I
took this photo, I styled it a little because usually that jar
is full of cotton rounds. Like I said earlier, I’m out of those
right now, but I thought it looked weird to just have an empty
jar up there, so I filled it with q-tips. Also, I removed my
contact lens case, which is usually there, but I thought it
looked kinda ugly.
Do you like my shelves????
Makeup time, baby. Everyone at Jezebel loves highlighter. I
want to jump on the Fenty Beauty bandwagon, but won’t until I
use up my Nyx “Dose of Dew” Face Gloss which I
rub on my upper face cheeks (?) every morning. There have been
three and only three constants in my life since the age of 14:
the aforementioned dog, the aforementioned Cetaphil face wash,
and Benetint. I’ve been putting three dots of
this stain on my cheeks, one on the bridge of my nose, and a
few dots on my lips every day since George W. Bush was
president and I will do it until I die (which, given the
direction things are going on this planet, will probably be in
like 3 years) or until Benefit stops making it.
I use a brown Almay pen eyeliner but only on
my top eyelids. Then I put Trish McEvoy Lash Curling
Mascara in jet black on my upper and lower lashes. I
use Glossier Boy Brow in blonde on my brows,
which I stopped threading a few years ago and never looked
back. Last, I rub Vaseline on my lips and a
roll of Kiehl’s Musk Essence Oil on my wrists.
In the summer, I substitute West 4th Brand’s
Scout scent. I don’t really have much of a sense of
smell, but as I approached 30, I felt like I had to at least
try a “scent.” I have a couple male friends who wear that
Kiehl’s scent and I liked the idea of smelling like a
well-groomed dude, so that’s how I picked that one. The other
one I picked because it was the first half of my twitter
handle. I know that’s stupid. Sue me.
At work, I put more Vaseline on my lips as needed. Also more
moisturizer, since now that I’m on that train and it’s left the
station, there’s no jumping off!!!
Before bed, it’s Cetaphil time again, followed by
Differin which is a retinoid you can buy over
the counter now. I don’t use that every night because the
package told me not to. I tend to really listen when packages
tell me how to use stuff. On nights when I’m not using Differin
I use a few drops of Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair
Serum. But tonight is not that night.
My coworkers recently roasted someone whom I will not name for
tweeting about how she likes to put lavender oil on herself in
stressful situations. I laughed along with the crowd, but later
that night, went home and put a dab of, yes, lavender
oil on my neck before bed. Guess what, it was great
and soothing and I’ve done it every night since. I dab my neck
in my normal fashion and go to bed thinking about how this,
like the moisturizer, was a humbling experience.