Saturday, March 26, 2011

Natural Lip Smackers?

Oh, yes...It's true! I was perusing the aisles of Target yesterday, and what do I see? 100% Natural Lip Smackers! The whole world stopped and I heard the universe speak to me. As you know, I have been a Lip Smackers fan since the 6th grade (do I really need to tell you how long ago that was?). However, with all the talk about organics and paraben-free this and that, I have been using Burt's Bees Replenishing balm (which I do love). Now, I am so intrigued by these new Lip Smackers! They are also gluten-free, if that's of concern to you. Of course, I am embarrassed to admit, I was so occupied with Lil'C that I forgot to actually purchase one. Have any of you tried it? What is it like? Maybe I'll just have to go get one today. 
Ok, twist my arm...It's a done deal. 

Friday, March 25, 2011

Friday's Fancies

Friday Fancies

It's a Laid Back Girl's Night!

This is my first Friday Fancies post. It's so fun. Thanks for the idea, Long Distance Loving. This is a great way to get my "retail therapy" high without actually spending money! I am meeting up with some chicas tonight for some mexican food and margaritas. This is a kick back way to be comfortable and stylish! 

That delicious D&G bag was the first thing to catch my eye. I am loving the orange trend right now!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Product Review-Clarisonic Face Brush

I have had my Clarisonic Face Brush (CFB) since Christmas, and I love it! It makes me smile. I feel like I am getting a facial at home, minus some magic hands massaging me.  It was one of the best Christmas presents I have received. It is very pricey, at just under $200, but it is so worth it! My hubby got me the Pink Mia Plus CFB that was part of a holiday gift set. It came with a Peter Thomas Roth and Dr. Brandt cleanser, a Nicholas Perricone Moisturizer, and one of my favorite serums by Ole Henriksen. I would recommend waiting until the holidays to purchase it because you'll get so many more goodies for your money. 
This is what the product claims (from Sephora's website):

What it is formulated to do:
From the creators of the Sonicare® toothbrush comes the Clarisonic® Skincare Brush. Sonic technology first changed the way we clean our teeth, it's now changing how we cleanse our skin. The sonic frequency moves Clarisonic's soft, gentle brush back and forth at more than 300 times per second, thoroughly clearing pores and skin surface.
Here are some of the benefits this revolutionary skincare tool delivers:
- Removes makeup six times better than traditional methods.
- Clears pores and reduces the appearance of pore size.
- Cleanses so thoroughly that skincare products absorb better.
- Creates noticeably healthier looking skin.

The sonic frequency is key. The new Olay face brush moves in circles, not in sonic frequency. The vibration of the gentle brush moves 300 times per second. That is giving me one clean face! My pores have definitely gotten tighter since using my CFB. The spot treatments and moisturizers I use seem to be more effective since using my CFB, and my skin is glowing! I notice if I go a day or two without using it, my skin starts looking dull and even a bit flaky. that I mention it...It's time to use it tonight!

The CFB comes with the "sensitive" head brush, which I would recommend anyways. The "normal" one is a bit too abrasive, and is more for guys or even the body. The one my hubby got me came with a body brush as well, which is amazing on the decollate, knees, elbows, etc. Did I mention you can use it in the shower?? 

At first, I was so excited to use my CFB that I was using it twice a day. My skin was not happy with that much stimulation. I cut it down to once a day (which, upon reading more about the product is what the company recommends) at night. The whole thing just makes sense. Our skin has layers and layers of dead skin, called the stratum corneum, sitting on top. When we just slap on a serum, spot treatment, and/or moisturizer, it's not getting absorbed properly most of the time. Enter the CFB. Using it on a daily basis will result in a better performance by whatever it is you put on your skin afterwards because the CFB is constantly sloughing off (gently, I may add) that stratum corneum, aiding in better penetration of products.

Let's face it, most of us are worried about wrinkles and aging. We might spend a lot on the latest and greatest. We might not. It doesn't matter the cost of a product and what it promises. If your skin is impenetrable because of dead layers on top, nothing is going to work. The CFB is genius!!

I know, I know. Some of you are thinking, "who has the time for that?" "It's just another step in my routine!" It takes a minute; less if you want it to. The CFB comes with settings that you can adjust to fit the speed and the time your skin needs. I use the minute; 20 seconds on the chin and forehead, and 10 on each cheek. It's actually easier than washing your face yourself because it does the work for you. All you have to do is hold the brush against your skin (gently), and feel it's magic. Any cleanser can be used with this, although I wouldn't recommend using anything with exfoliating beads in it. 

This is what I do. I add some cleanser to my skin, wet my CFB, and then go at it! After the minute is up, I gently use the cleanser on my face to remove my eye makeup, rinse, and voila! A freshly cleansed face that is  glowing with possibility!

p.s. purchasing the pink one helps breast cancer research...just sayin'!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

70's Flair

The Today Show is my news. I'm not a huge news watcher, and this gives me just what I need: the big headlines and weather, followed by light subjects to get my mind off of the horrors of the world. I figure since I am home most mornings with my toddler, Lil' C, and most of you ladies are out making some dough, I can start filling you in on what Matt, Meredith, Ann, and Al are up to. Or, it will most likely be what Bobbie Thomas is up to-their beauty correspondent. 

 I remember my mom always telling me that one day the styles she wore growing up would be back in style. She was right (aren't mom's always *eye roll*?)! Anyhoo, I am so excited that the hemlines are getting longer-at least for this season! I can't get enough of the maxi dress. It's the perfect thing to throw on while running errands with my son and still manage to look like I care just a little bit about what I look like. It can go from day (with flip flops) to night (with heels or wedges). Just throw on a fitted denim jacket or cardigan for work with some appropriate accessories, and you're good to go!  Don't even get me started on them! And, the high-waisted pants? They rock! They look so chic with a flouncy lil' blouse or even a nautical tee and skinny belt. I love how the pants are so long, they just about touch the ground. That makes your legs look a mile long! Hmm...what else? The jumpsuits I could do without. I tried one on once. That would be the last time. But the fit and flare jeans? Oh! The fit and flare jeans!! They are so great, especially after the seeing so many skinny jeans. I mean, I love my skinnies, but it's nice to have a different and fun option other than "bootcut," which frankly means boring. The flare are wonderful for those who can't do skinnies (although Levi's has a line of skinny jeans out that will flatter just about anyone), because the flare is quite proportionate to wider waistlines and hips

Thanks again Today Show for giving me the most information in the shortest amount of time. Lil' C doesn't care too much for the news, but I do make him say hi to all y'all in the morning. Then, we watch the weather and go get dressed and start our day. 

Sidenote: I plugged in a special link to my sis-in-law's blog for working moms. She's super! You should check it out. 

Monday, March 21, 2011

On the Fence!

Hey there, my fellow followers (I mean that in a good way). Thank you for following me! I hope my professional knowledge and personal experiences are helping you stay beautiful. I have some news to share with you. This blog has been accepted into the Picket Fence Blog family! I am happy and proud to be part of such a great blogging community. I would LOVE and APPRECIATE it if you could just take your mouse over to the right hand column, and click on the button that looks like this:

That's it! That's all you have to do to help out a product junkie like me! 

I truly appreciate your votes. Thanks again in advance. Have a beautiful day!

By the way, I know a lot of you are anxiously awaiting my product review for the 

(drum roll, please)
................Clarisonic Face Brush..................

It's coming!!!