Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
I see you out there, skeptically shaking your head (I'm a mother now...we have eyes EVERYWHERE!) in disbelief that a $225 brush cannot be anything but a a ridiculous waste of money...I solemnly swear...it's life-altering.
I do confess...for the most part...I have reasonably good skin. The occasional break-out. But overall...you'd never believe that I'm rapidly approaching 33. I'm line-free, and in the battle against the "Elevens", I'm winning the war. That being said...any good general knows how to launch a successful attack against the enemy, and my Clarisonic is the secret weapon.
Coupled with something as innocent as Johnson & Johnson Head-to-Toe Baby Wash, the Clarisonic will deliver an enviable clean. Pair it up with something a little more "potent" (read: a glycolic or lactic acid to deliver the one-two punch of chemical and manufal exfoliant) and it's awe-inspiring. As a result of a more "prepared" surface, any treatment product that I put on after I wash is more effective. My dry patches in the winter that only respond to my Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate stay hydrated for longer. The two pumps of my foundation are reduced to one. Your lips are chapped - give them a little brush and slather on the lip balm. You're wearing a strapless dress and want to give your arms and back a deep clean...use the Body Brush. Then there are the days that I don't need to wear any makeup at all, because my skin is just even.
There are caveats. The brush feels so good when you use it (especially in that horrible space on the sides of your nose that always itches and gets irritated when you have a cold) that it is very tempting to use the brush 2x in a row. For the sake of your skin...don't. Too much of a good thing is just too much. As much as I love my Clarisonic, our relationship thrives because we don't see each other all the time. I have to repeat - you can absolutely over-exfoliate. And the most important rule of the Clarisonic. Don't use a manual exfoliant on your face with the brush. You'll really irritate your skin (again, I'm a mother now...I'm constantly giving instruction!) and then you'll be back at square one - with unhappy skin!
But should you find yourself with a milestone event coming up...birthday, holiday, Saturday...try spending some time with a Clarisonic. It's incredible.
image of Clarisonic brush taken from www.clarisonic.com
Friday, December 12, 2008
And then I took the plunge (actually, my debit card took the plunge), and splurged on a trial-sized bar of the famous Cor Silver Soap (for $15). Because I was having an eh day at work, and I was in a place that was willing to give me a 5% discount on the soap…but I’ve decided that I will no longer justify my impulse purchases! I got home that night, took a long, hot shower, and lathered up and quickly reached 2 very important conclusions:
1) I need to find $125 to buy a full-sized bar of this stupid soap; and
2) Husband can never ever learn that soap can cost $125 a bar.
I know it seems a little silly to read the instructions that accompany a bar of soap, because if you’ve been showering and washing your face for your entire life, how to use soap is fairly self-explanatory. But I’m glad I read the instructions, because this soap has a serious tingle to it, especially if left on the face for an extended period of time. If you read the instructions, you’ll know in advance that it tingles. I lathered up with the soap, added a little water, and put the resultant foam on my face. Leave the foam on for a good 2-3 minutes, if not longer. I’m obsessed with my Eve Lom Facial Muslin clothes (I also love the Eve Lom cleanser, but that’s for an entirely different post), so I removed the soap with the cloth. My skin is seriously as smooth as a baby’s. With the prettiest, peachiest, rosiest complexion that doesn’t even need any makeup. I followed my soap with a good old-fashioned slathering of Bliss’ Youth As We Know It Concentrate and Cream. Usually, products take a few days to really make people notice – but I’ve been fielding comments and compliments for days about my skin. The comments about my skin started the morning after I used it, so it’s really gotta be the soap. Husband says maybe I have good genes, but…really, we all know it has to be the soap.
The only down side to the soap (besides the price) is that since I purchased a trial-sized bar of it, I’m rapidly running out. That, and I've since learned that Cor has expanded their product family into an eye cream and a wrinkle serum.
But that’s what birthdays are for, right!
Find it for yourself here or here
Lots has changed...new house, new baby...same husband. 2 out of 3 aint bad though!
The one big thing I've learned over my hiatus from posting is that there is no product whatsoever that prevents stretch marks during pregancy...because OMG, did I get a boat load of them during my whole "knocked up" phase. But, the end result of the whole pregnancy thing is pretty awesome!
Seriously, does anyone know of a magic stretch mark cure? I've tried every scrub, cream, oil, potion, etc (or at least it seems that way), and NOTHING worked.
But I'm back...with lots to blog about.
Friday, June 22, 2007
So, mommy and I were in Target a few weeks ago, and we were only there to buy a few cards. But, seeing as it's Target, it's virtually impossible to ever get out of there only buying what you came in for. So, we stumbled through the aisles and found ourselves in the Sonia Kashuk makeup section. Strategically placed at eye-level were the most beautiful makeup brushes I'd seen in a long time. Sonia Kashuk's products have always had a very solid reputation in the press, so I'll admit that I was intrigued with this new "professional" line. The way that the bristles of the large eyeshadow brush were set was really top-notch. So, I ran the brush under the scanner to check the price, and I was stunned that it cost $12.99. I was definitely anticipating a much higher price. And, I'll be honest, now that I have the brush home, it performs far better than a $12.99 brush. What was even more intriguing was the hairbrush that looks identical to a Mason Pearson brush - but instead of $140, it's $14.99.
Hello, Goodbuy indeed!
Check out the brushes at Target as soon as possible - I fear it's one of those items that will quickly morph from Goodbuy to Goodbye.
(image taken courtesy of www.target.com)
But, I'm excited to start posting again and profess my love of my latest discoveries, re-discoveries, and things that I basically can't get enough of! Just because I haven't been posting - it doesn't mean that I haven't been shopping!