This might be the most ridiculous post I have ever written. It’s really the definition of first world problems, but since I’m an open book, I’m sharing anyways. You totally have my permission to laugh at me!
A few weeks ago, my family and I took a Caribbean cruise and had a blast.
We tend to take cruises over other types of vacations since we live close(ish, 5 hours away) to a port and they tend to be pretty reasonable, cost-wise.
Because you’re on a ship in the middle of the ocean, packing exactly what you need is important. When on land, I don’t stress too much over if I have everything. I know, for example, if I forget toothpaste or a comb I can find those things easily.
On the drive to the port, I was going over in my head everything that we definitely needed for the trip, especially the things that I wouldn’t be able to replace if we needed them. Cruise gift shops aren’t notorious for variety, and they certainly aren’t going to have anything that’s very specific or individualized.
Medications? Yep, I saw my husband pack his pills.
Son’s eczema cream? Yes, I packed it myself, although I could get by with regular lotion for a week if I needed to.
Joan Rivers Great Hair Day Powder? This is my definite must-have as it takes my topper from looking “dropped on my head” to looking perfectly blended – it’s the perfect way to blend your topper with your hair. I can literally see me packing my brush in my bag, so, got it!
Wig? Yep, I packed my Jon Renau Alessandra, just in case I wanted to have “nice hair” a few nights.
We got to port, boarded the ship, and began our vacation. Woohoo!
(The gal that offered to take this photo of us must’ve been an Instagram genius. She literally had my phone in her hand for about 2 seconds, but when I was reviewing the photo she took, I realized she took no less than 9 pics – all different orientations and some zoomed in, some not. Serious skills.)
I tend to wash my hair every second day, so by day two of vacation, it was ready for a wash.
I got all my hair stuff out: my hairdryer, hairbrush, Joan Rivers, and got down to business getting ready for the day.
I dug out my little Joan Rivers Great Hair day brush and was fishing for my the powder compact so that I could blend my topper with my own hair line…and, nothing.
It was nowhere to be found.
I checked the main pocket of my cosmetics bag. Then the back pocket.
My husband’s shaving bag (why it would be there, I don’t know).
My kids’ snack bag.
The darn mini fridge.
Wherever I could think of.
No. There is NO WAY that I forgot this product since it’s very close to the ONE product that I cannot LIVE without.
So dramatic, right?
While I remembered packing my brush since I used it the morning we left (that’s literally how I pack. I use it that morning, then place it in bag/suitcase), I apparently didn’t pack the actual product.
Since it’s SUCH a pigmented powder, you really don’t need to use the actual product in the compact every day. There’s usually enough left on the brush for a day or two.
This is part of the reason why I love this product – it lasts FOREVER.
While I had enough on my brush to blend my topper that day (phew!), it definitely wasn’t going to last me a week, especially since I hadn’t swiped the product in a few days.
While I could’ve just said “screw it” and planned on not blending as well as I’m used to for the rest of my vacation, I really wanted to come up with a solution. My hairline is just SO weak, so while I certainly wasn’t out to impress anyone on this vacation (so who cares, right?) it was more of a confidence/comfort thing.
The first stop was the on-board gift shop, since most ships have shops that have cosmetics and perfume. I knew they wouldn’t have my beloved Joan Rivers powder, but I was just looking for a brown eyeshadow.
Eyeshadow is not my favorite blending product. Many tend to have little sparkles in them, tend to be warm, and tend to not be very pigmented (especially drug store makeup).
I’d make do with it if I had to, so I went hunting for a single-shade eyeshadow (what’s $5 or $6?).
The shop, unfortunately, only sold multi-shade compacts for over $50. I was definitely NOT spending that. Plus, the brown shade was too light and definitely too sparkly.
I don’t need a glittery hairline. 🙂
So, the ship was out.
Next up I wondered if I could get some cheap eyeshadow at one of the ports.
I’ve been to the three ports we were visiting before, so I knew what to expect:
The first would not have anything.
The second might have a shop, but it would be a higher-end shop if they did.
The third stop held some promise, but it was at the end of our trip so why bother?
After much hemming and hawing (my poor, supportive husband), I decided to give up and not think about my hairline any more.
I was already being ridiculous with the whole thing, and I was just spending time at the pool/beach during the day anyways. If I wanted to look more polished at night, I could just wear my Jon Renau Alessandra wig.
It didn’t cross my mind for another day or two.
My kiddos kept seeing these little dragon puppets around the ship that other kids had so we popped into the gift shop to pick one out.
All of the shops are connected, so we passed through the cosmetics shop to get to the gift shop and lo and behold! Some new eyeshadow compacts were put out.
I was able to snag this L’Oreal compact (and two dragon puppets) for $22 (makeup only, the dragons were extra, duh).
And close up, sans dragons:
I proooooooobably spent at least double what I would’ve paid in the States, but the eyeshadow was matte, dark, and not warm!
So I went with it.
And it worked pretty well.
Now I have a note on my makeup case that I only use when I travel: “Do NOT forget Joan!”
We’ll see if that reminder works.
That’s my little hair-on-vacation story for you all. It’s a silly little tale, but there are definitely tiny nuances that crop up when you’re wearing hair that you’d NEVER consider with a normal head of hair.
But you all know that. 🙂
It’s fun to share these stories with you guys, because I know you’ll understand.
I hope you understand in some of my upcoming pics, too, that I need to get through $22 worth of eyeshadow, including a lovely yellow shade. I’ll be going all out!
Anyone else here swear by Joan Rivers Great Hair Day Powder for hairline blending? It’s also great for narrowing your own part line.
I’m thinking it’s time to stock up. It’s getting hard to find my color (Blonde) anywhere! I think, since Ms. Joan’s passing, that they may actually have slowed production, or stopped altogether. 🙁