Saturday, April 27, 2013

30% off at Philosophy this weekend only!

two days only! starting saturday, april 27th through sunday, april 28th, you can receive 30% off savings on skin care at philosophy! buy now! use promo code: skin30

Have you tried Essie Apricot cuticle oil yet?

Made with cotton and soybean oil, this stuff is lovely for your cuticle and nail health. Massage it into your cuticle and nail beds and you'll see instant hydration. Especially helpful for keeping nails hydrated if you strip your polish off a lot. Moist nails means no peeling and longer growth! I put this on at night before bed to give the oil time to really penetrate. If you have overgrown cuticles, allow this to absorb into the cuticles then they become easy to push back. Putting oil on over your polished nails also helps your manicure last longer! This stuff is cheap, so it's an affordable indulgence. The other night I gave a bunch of the little girls (and one boy) in my neighborhood "manicures". I painted this onto their fingernails, which made them all pretty and shiny. Once Mikey saw his sister's nails, he came running up onto my porch with his hands held out, saying "Do me! Do me!" Essie has helped me to create a teeny little metrosexual :-)

Apricot Cuticle Oil Apricot Cuticle Oil
Soothing apricot scented massage oil by Essie.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15

Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15 Cream Whip

This stuff does exactly what it says it will- it evens out your skin tone, hides imperfections and imparts a healthy glow to your skin. Uneven skin tone is a huge problem for me. I have rosacea, sensitive skin, freckles and scarring. With this my skin looks absolutely perfect but without that heavy, pore clogging mask feel of some foundations that offer a higher level of coverage. I love how it's so whisper light yet still balances out my redness  and hides my scars. I put it on fairly thinly in most areas then just use a tidge more on areas that need more coverage, it's extremely buildable. It doesn't get streaky or oxidize on the skin, either! My only wish is that it addressed enlarged pores. Over time, it's supposed to actually correct your skin imperfections like a treatment! I think it's also fabulous that they have a gazillion shades available- us women come in all kinds of subtle delineations. Thanks, Clinique- for making foundation Even Better!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Hanae Mori Butterfly

Hanae Mori Hanae Mori Butterfly Eau de Toilette size:1.7 oz concentration:Eau de Toilette formulation:Spray

I would say this is sweet and addictive. I'm very picky about my florals and sweet scents, they often either make me smell like a six year old who chain smokes or an old lady with powder trapped in her wrinkles. This is a sweet floral that's sophisticated enough to make the cut. I have the eau de toilette, but when I get my next bottle I plan on trying the parfum. Why? My one complaint is that in toilette form, it doesn't last as long on me as I would like. This is one that the husband really likes, he finds it to be incredibly sexy. He said that he really likes how it smells so totally different depending on how long I've had it on, it goes from a sweet berry and flower scent to a warm vanilla musky wash. Good thing about the toilette though is that it's perfect for work. I have a boss who is extremely scent sensitive and she doesn't complain about this one a single bit.

A great way to try it out (or just to carry it around for touch ups) is the roller ball available at Sephora.
Hanae Mori Hanae Mori Butterfly Rollerball 0.33 oz Eau de Toilette Rollerball

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Lift Lab Lift & Firm Eye Cream

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This stuff is simply fantabulous! It really does a lovely job on dark circles, puffy undereye areas, bags and wrinkles. The results are not as noticeable at first, you really need to use it for at least thirty days to see results, but when you do, you really do! I had a co-worker that commented that my lupus must not be as bad lately because I've been looking so well rested and refreshed, which is pretty funny since I've been having awful flares for the past few weeks. the bags under my eyes are gone and my eye area is noticeably more refreshed. While the cream is pricey, it's also quite concentrated- a lil dab'll do ya. It also is very creamy and absorbent, there's no tugging when you apply it but it absorbs quickly and causes no problems with applying eye makeup. 


Cell Protection Protein
to stimulate skin cell regeneration and to protect against harsh   climatic elements
to fill in wrinkles and lock in moisture
Glucosyl Hesperidin
to help increase circulation to reduce dark circles
Unirepair T-43
to help protect & treat environmental aggressors
to help increase microcirculation to reduce dark circles
MDI Complex
to help inhibit MMP breaking down skin’s collagen

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Bless you, Caudalie Gentle Cleanser!

I have been fighting a lupus flare up all week, which has the unfortunate side effect of making my face cherry red and super sensitive- itchy, blotchy, bumpy- the works! I seriously have been having to fight to keep from clawing at my face like an itchy monkey. When my skin gets like this, it's difficult to find a cleanser that doesn't exacerbate the situation and so I am ever so grateful for Caudalie's Gentle Cleanser. It has a milky, creamy texture that feels velvety soft when you rub it into your skin. It doesn't strip your skin in the slightest. The first time I used it I thought there was no way it could have actually cleaned my skin because it was so gentle, but the toner test showed not a trace of anything left behind. It even removes eye makeup! After washing my face with this, my poor tortured skin feels soothed and calmed and the itching goes away for quite a while to boot. YAY!!!!!!

Caudalie Gentle Cleanser 6.7 oz
Velvety gentle fluid cleanser for all skin types, including sensitive. Leaves the skin clean, soft, free of impurities and makeup, and protected against free radicals. Skin regains clarity and health and is perfectly prepared to absorb the benefits of skincare applied afterwards. It is formulated Without: - Parabens- Sulfates- Synthetic Dyes- Petrochemicals- Phthalates- GMOs- Triclosan

Thursday, April 11, 2013

This aint yo mamma's Vitabath!

When I was growing up, Vitabath was just one scent, which if I remember correctly didn't have a name, it was just Vitabath. I vaguely recall it being green. My grandmother always kept a bottle of this in her shower, so I always associated it with my grandmother. Well, Grandmommy was apparently onto something!

I recently got to try body washes in scents from 4 of their new fragrance collections and I was absolutely SHOCKED at how awesome they are! Instead of Green, we have a number of different collections spanning a ton of different luscious scents.  They're sulfate and paraben free with a blend of vitamins A, B3, C, E and Pro-Vitamin B5. PLUS an antioxidant blend of acai, goji, coffee, noni, pomegranate, green tea and mangosteen. WOW!

The washes themselves are freakishly creamy and moisturizing- I honestly didn't even really need to put on lotion after I got done bathing. The scents are lovely but unlike Bath & Body Works, they don't beat you over the head with a cloying overload. The first time I used one I just kept massaging it into my skin, it felt so soft I was just incapable of bringing myself to rinse off!

From the In Bloom collection, I used Beach Blossom which is infused with passion flower extract. A very clean, invigorating beachy scent.

From Cupcake Couture, I used Dreamy Pink Frosting with sweet almond oil. Mmmmmmmm. If you like creamy vanilla scents that are balanced with a bit of a champagne pop then this one is for you. Don't forget, men consider the smell of vanilla to be an aphrodisiac ;-)

From Spa Day, I tried the Green Tea & Sage with aloe vera. Perfect before bed or whenever you need to relax. Seriously as good as anything you'll use in a real spa.

And lastly, from the Fruit Fanatic collection I sampled Grapefruit Vanilla with grapefruit extract. The tangy grapefruit balances out the sweetness of vanilla, a super pairing I would have never thought of! My new favorite morning wash, it really wakes up your senses.

They also have matching fragrance mists that are infused with vitamins and antioxidants. Now I TOTALLY have to try layering. As much as I love the scents i got to try, they have 16 total scents available, so I'm gonna have to mix it up and try a new one- Asian Orchid and Coconut? Lemon Creme? Green Apple and Lily? Argh!!!!!!!!!!!! What a horrible quandry to find oneself in :-) Cheaper AND better than Bath & Body Works? Whatever shall I do?

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Looking Back at Zibbet Zbox

Zbox is a handmade sampler that has items exclusively from the awesome handmade web emporium Zibbet. It's a great alternative to Etsy, since the sellers get a lot of encouragement and community outreach from Zibbet instead of drowning unnoticed under the Etsy waves..... You can get your own HERE, there are still some march ones left with over 20 different seller's items! At $20 including shipping, it's a great deal!

Here's one of my previous boxes......

Black Creek Crossing


All About The Buttons

Empty On The Inside

It's My Thing My cat Navanya sports this on her collar. Now I don't have to worry about her trying to sneak up and kill me in my sleep ;-)

Handmade Fuzzy I was wearing this the other day and it was making my cat INSANE (it has jingle bells.) 

Spanky Luvs Vintage  hahaha! I'm wearing this in my hair right now!