When you just can’t let it go…

Posted by Lipglossiping On October - 20 - 2010

…even though you know you should.

Do you have any personal items (no, not THAT personal!) that you just can’t let go no matter how old, battered and bruised?

Here’s mine…

I am as ashamed as I am proud of it.

My beloved 27 year old Mason Pearson Nylon & Bristle hairbrush that my mother bought me when I was just 2 years old.

It’s seen better days.

I’ve dropped it hundreds upon hundreds of times over the years… it’s been submerged in water, raked through various shades of hair dye, cleaned with all kinds of horrifically damaging cleaning fluids and yet still, it soldiers on.

The nylon bristles have split in places and you can clearly see the marks from a temper tantrum I had around age 13 when I threw it against the wall and then sobbed my heart out when I realised I’d chipped the head.

It’s been sung into, used as a back-scratcher and even circum-navigated the globe with me.

Am I ready to part with it? Am I hell.

This is still the brush I reach for in the mornings to weaken the tenacity of the knots that have appeared overnight before reaching for a paddle brush to finish the job.

Leila has just started to use the one that I bought her in May for her 1st Birthday and already she loves it. It’s a little smaller than mine, easier for her tiny hands to grasp. She bashes herself over the head with it more than she manages to pull it through her locks but she loves to find both brushes and pair them together as in the above photo.

I wonder if she’ll still be brushing her hair with it in nearly 30 years time. I hope for my sake that hers won’t show the signs of quite so many teenage tantrums though.

Mason Pearson hairbrushes are available to purchase instore at Liberty or online at HQHair – price varies depending on brush size.

C’mon, give up your secrets… got any beauty related treasures that you just can’t part with?


12 Responses to “When you just can’t let it go…”

  1. Charming Vanity says:

    This is just amazing. The only thing that I’ve kept since childhood is actually a hippo doll. Haha…

    xx

  2. karleigh says:

    Amazing post! I have had my Denman paddle brush since I was 13 =) x

  3. I love the fact that this particular item has a story, definitely keep it. I think events from our childhood are easier to grasp when we have something to remember them with (even the temper tantrums!). I have a much less useful item, a big stuffed bird my grandmother got me when we were shopping at the supermarket (I was horribly spoiled by her) and then a more useful item, the afghan she crocheted for me as a graduation present from high school. These items remind me of her and the fun times we had since she’s passed away and I cherish them all the more.

  4. Lucy says:

    Oh I chucked out some ballet pumps I’ve had for about 7 years the other day – they’re bruised and battered but so comfy and my favourite ever pair :-(

  5. Jen says:

    I love my Mason Pearson brushes (Junior and a child’s one for my handbag) and I intend to make them last as long as this…I am proud!!

  6. Fatty Bumble says:

    That is so nice!
    I’ve never really invested in my brushes, I tend to stick to paddle brushes, never more than a tenner. I doubt any sprogs I have will be brushing their manes with my Body Shop brush!

    I have a bear that is older than me, I think it was already 10 years old when it was passed over to me as a baby. His name is Bertram (Bertram Bear if you please) and he’s tatty and a little threadbare but he’s all mine!

  7. Hendrix says:

    I have an old glitter roll-on tube from Bath and Body Works ancient Art Stuff Club line of kids’ products. I keep it for the blueberry smell — overpowering, cloying, artificial, and DIVINE!!!

    • Vicky says:

      I have a lip balm with tiny bit left that I’m keeping for the smell too. Reminds me of my teenage years. I had a pot of glittery body lotion from BABW that I would love to replace but I don’t think they make it any more.

  8. Ann says:

    WOW, we’re like twins … because the thing I’d also choose is my also about-27-year-old Mason Pearson, except I think the one I have is the one your daughter has, LOL!

    My dad got me mine when I was a baby (still a bit too young to use it) because he has one, and it’s the only thing he’s ever used, and it doesn’t hurt like other hairbrushes.

    Nowadays I have other brushes but I keep and do still use my Mason Pearson. Mine isn’t cracked or anything, and the lettering is less faded, but on the other hand, the handle of mine is pretty messed up from when our old family dog got hold of it and chewed on it!

    They’re great brushes … I want a new one, but I’ll never part with my old one, I’ve had it and treasured it for too long!

  9. Shifa says:

    aww I love my Denman brushes to bits and I guess i’ll save them as such too :)

  10. pfefi says:

    This is a really lovely story. n_n Yes, I hope she keeps hers for years, too!

  11. Cristal says:

    WOOOW! 27 yr. old brush! thats crazy (I would never thought someone would keep a brush that long) but so awesome, if it still works and looks great, specially since your mom bought it 😉

    I’m new to your blog, and I’m hooked! 😀

    Greeting from Glendale, Arizona!

Leave a Reply

RANDOM

Orogold 24K Deep Peeling. Cosmetic quackery?

If you’ve been following me for a little while, you may already know my thoughts on the use of gold in skincare.  Ultimately, I believe …

Paul & Joe Soleil (30) Nail Polish – NOTD

Soleil indeed… Paul & Joe‘s Soleil is a juicy tangerine shade from Spring 2009 (though still available online).  It’s a shimmery jelly shade with a …

SK:N Laser Hair Removal – 3/6 update!

There’s not actually too much to report at the moment.  I’m about a week away from my 4th facial laser hair removal session courtesy of …

Red Lip Series: Urban Decay Supersaturated High Gloss Lip Colour in F-Bomb

I’ve still been wearing my beloved red lip shades throughout December, though not blogging them as well as I would have liked.  I have so …

Beauty Bargains du Jour!

It’s not that I mean to be a bitch, I really don’t.  It’s just that I’m on a spending ban and this time I really …

Escentual.com's #FragranceAmnesty

I bet you’ve got at least one Christmas present that is still languishing unopened? When I was a kid… Mum used to make us pile …

Selexir Peace Balm, so good. SO good.

They say that the best things in life are free… rubbish.  When was the last time you didn’t pay for an apple turnover?  Having said …

New Launch: Hair Chalks from Fudge Urban

Hair chalks have been steadily gaining in popularity for over a year now… these little sticks o’ colour offer the kind of hair eccentricity that …

LUSH - Halloween 2010 - Day of the Dead

No one celebrates the end of October more beautifully than the people of Mexico. “Day of the Dead” or “Día de los Muertos” as it’s …

Butter London Disco Biscuit NOTD

Continuing on the Spring/Summer Butter London parade is Disco Biscuit – a hot pink jelly with iridescent blue flashes courtesy of a sprinkling of micro-glitter.  …

POPULAR

CLOSED: Competition Time: Givenchy Very Irresistible L'eau en Rose Perfume!

Want to really spoil Mum this Mother’s Day?  Or perhaps you just want to spoil yourself?  It’s ok… I won’t judge… there are plenty of …

CLOSED - Win it! The Body Shop Expert Brush Collection

I don’t know about you, but I woke up this morning with a distinct “Hello Monday morning, I’ve been expecting you…” kinda feeling.  Maybe it’s …

Win a gorgeous "glow" trio with prizes from Urban Decay, New CID, & Arbonne!

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED! WINNER IS: “IZABELLA” (COMMENT #96045) – WINNER HAS BEEN EMAILED!   It’s still January, the MET office have just issued yet another …

Hello? Is this thing on?

Phew, that was a little unexpected. For those of you who haven’t had the misfortune of reading my hand-wringing tweets and woe-ridden facebook updates, let …

Big savings on French Pharmacy brands, win my Escentual.com top picks!

I’m of the firm opinion that for the money, French pharmacy brands offer some of the best solutions for diffcult skin-types. Escentual.com have long been …

Win it! 3 EcoTools Bamboo Bronzer Brushes to win!

I’ve written about these before, you know I love them, I want you to love them too! So why not have a go at winning …

Avoid the brush off with Oral-B Pro-Expert

There’s a new toothpaste in town. It’s lean, mean and err not very minty as it happens.  Featuring the revolutionary bacteria-busting ingredient Stabilised Stannous Flouride, …

FOTD Busting out of the comfort zone!

You may recall my bitter moans last week about how when presented with a rare opportunity to spend an indecent amount of time playing with …

Dear Obesity...

We have been together for over 20 years, our lives so entwined that I’ve never been sure how to live without you.  I would like …

Urban Decay The Black Palette - Photos & Swatches

The soon-to-be-released Black Palette from US eyeshadow maestro’s Urban Decay is an altogether darker affair than the recent Naked set… The Black Palette includes 6, …

COMMENTS

  • Categories

  • Archives

  • Admin

  • Ads