If Black Friday, Cyber Monday and holiday bonus items seem a distant memory to you now that we have blitzed into 2016 without mercy, it may be time to get your free gift with purchase beauty mojo cranked back up, and Nordstrom seems to be the site bringing one of the flashiest offers of the year thus far.
When you spend $125 on beauty or fragrance, the retailer is shipping out a hanging beauty organizer (think a hanging travel make-up bag but probably of lesser quality) filled with a mixture of single-use and deluxe sample sizes. If the photo is a true indication, you can get your GlamGlow on and more with the following samples: [Read more…]
I probably haven’t waxed poetical about Sherlock quite as much on here as I do on social media, but suffice it to say, it is one of my favorite shows. It would be my favorite favorite show if it came on more often.
Tonight at 8 p.m. a special Sherlock is premiering on PBS with a Victorian setting based on accounts though I feel it may be a bit more ironic than that…I’ve avoided reading too much about it so I wouldn’t find out any secrets. I can confirm there is Victorian era garb at least.
Anyway, my husband and I are celebrating with a Sherlock party! We skipped having a New Year’s Eve party for a Sherlock night for two with a pretty decent, albeit totally easy to prepare meal using lots of prefixed elements.
Let me be clear. I don’t hate sleep, but I am staring down the barrel of two nights (Wednesday and Thursday) with little sleep, one long day tomorrow, a full size day Friday and the need to be fresh and ready-to-interact with the public and colleagues both days.
For tomorrow, I got started with my beauty routine tonight. These five steps are essential for nights of little sleep when you need to be on point in a rush tomorrow.
Step one: I thoroughly remove my makeup
Taking off your makeup should be a no brainer, but I fess up to not always doing this before I pass out at night. The night before a hurried big day, it is essential to do so. Use a make-up remover towelette or a face wash/remover that specifically removes eye make-up. You will waste more time trying to separate lashes clumped by a mascara the day after than it takes to remove the makeup the night before. This will also help your face rest for the day ahead even though you aren’t going to get all the shut eye you need.
I am on a two-day hair wash cycle but a daily shower cycle. From time-to-time this necessitates using a dry shampoo to help absorb any oil at the roots and fluff up the hair for the day ahead. However, I prefer a powdered dry shampoo and that can be difficult to comb out in the morning or to blend. How to solve this problem? I use it the night before when possible. Sprinkle in the dry shampoo — I use Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo — and then finger comb. If it doesn’t blend it totally, it’s no big deal. It will be assimilated when you wake up the next morning. [Read more…]
When I received my first selection of better than drug store make-up, I was 16 and my cousin gave me her bonus days gift. It came in a little cardboard purple Clinique “bag” that I kept for an outrageously long time because it was the nicest cosmetics gift I had ever had and probably the only one until I started buying them for myself...nasty habit to break…I’d recommend not starting as the first step. The second is admitting you have a make-up hoarding problem. But I digress.
The bonus days…there was probably a lipstick, which I may still have; I probably need to throw out all of my Clinique lipsticks just to be safe. There was definitely an eyeshadow palette, a mascara, a face wash and a lotion. I used many of these to get ready for homecoming later that spring.
At some point after that day, I discovered that bonus days were actually a thing that happened regularly. You could buy a product (that I couldn’t afford at the time) or two and get this whole bag of other goodies absolutely free. When I became grown-up enough to actually make enough money to buy both books and make-up, I started partaking at the Bonus Days table regularly. [Read more…]
Every weekend I spend the time to do a long beauty routine but it’s always been a bit of a chore. Until Adovia. I flipping love Adovia products. With the wide variety of things they make, I use at least one of their products daily. While I have found the rare thing from them that I don’t love, for the most part, I’m in serious lust with their stuff.
I usually use baking soda to exfoliate my face with. It does a good job of getting the dead skin off and is super cheap. It did have a bad habit of drying my skin out so I always had to moisturize really well after use. Usually by using a mud mask and following up with Vitamin C serum and Hyaluronic Acid. But now I’ve been using Adovia Exfoliating Facial Sea Salts and I love it. It makes my skin feel smooth and soft (a rare feat on nearly 30 year old skin that only gets pampered a few times a month). [Read more…]
Most of the fruit we purchase comes directly from a local fruit farm that grows their produce naturally but every now and then we want something that isn’t in season. The same goes with our vegetables—we grow almost everything we eat ourselves and do a lot of canning to store up for the winter months. But when we do go to the store to buy fruits or veggies, I worry a lot about the chemicals that were used to grow them. I love having a safer alternative to be able to wash them off instead of having to use just plain water to rinse them.
Enter iGozen. iGozen is a safe vegetable and fruit wash that is made naturally from seashells. It is ground down into a micro-fine powder that you can then add to water to soak your produce in or put in the spray bottle the company provides to spray it down with. It rinses away completely and leaves no film or product behind.
My dad and I tried it with grapes. We did a bunch with iGozen and a bunch with water. The grapes that we rinsed in a bowl of water looked the same as the grapes in iGozen but the water looked different. There was a lot more stuff in the second bowl than in the one with plain water. It also had a tiny bit of film on the top that looked strangely like when the light reflects on an oil spill, just clear. [Read more…]
I’m calling this my pretty pill. Not only does it do amazing things for your skin, but when taken regularly it does some pretty awesome things for joint pain too! A few years ago I had a car wreck. It messed my shoulder up pretty bad to the point that some days I can’t raise my hand above my head without wanting to scream in pain. I’ve tried everything natural that I can think of and use heating pads and back massagers often. I even keep them both plugged in beside my bed for when I start feeling those first pangs of pain.
But you know what? I haven’t even needed to use them in several weeks! I’ve pretty impressed with this product because my skin is clearer than usual, I seem to have that glow that everyone loves, and my body doesn’t ache constantly anymore. [Read more…]
I really like Azure Naturals. I’ve used quite a few of their products before and I’m always happy with the results. They have great quality products that really work. Except this one. I tried their Vitamin C Serum recently and used it exclusively for several weeks.
When I try a new serum, I look for several things. Smell, color, moisturizing abilities, and the feel of it on my skin after it dries are some of them.
Smell: This had basically no smell, which was great for me. I’m not a big fan of companies that add scent to their products.
Color: It was clear. This is also a good thing. Vitamin C serums have a relatively short life-span due to how volatile Vit. C is. It only lasts a few months (no worries, if used properly you’ll finish the bottle well before it goes bad) and starts to turn a brown color once it’s no good. This is partly why these serums usually come in a dark brown or blue bottle, it keeps the sun from damaging your product.
Moisturizing Abilities: This is where I started having issues. Most serums that I’ve tried keep my face feeling nice and supple to the point that I’ve stopped using moisturizing creams. This one didn’t. I felt the need to go dig out my old Clinique cream and slather it on by the third day. [Read more…]
I’ve seen these around for a little while now and always thought they’d be pretty cool to try. And they are. I love how you can make ice cubes in the shape of a circle. This brand is rather large so one ice ball will keep your drink cold for at least an hour. I like to use it in tea so while it slowly melts my drink doesn’t get watered down.
My only problems with these are that 1. it can be hard to get the ice out of the mold. It’s supposed to pop out of the top where it’s made of soft rubber (or silicone) that lets you press in to push the ice ball out. It doesn’t work that way. We’ve only had it come out in the top part about 5% of the time. 2. The edge where the two molds go together often creates a jagged line that isn’t pretty. It doesn’t hurt anything, but if you wanted these for a fancy party, you’ll have to run warm water over the edge and refreeze. And 3. The top isn’t perfectly smooth either. If you fill it up too far, it looks like a nipple on top of a boob. If you don’t fill it up far enough, you’re left with a flat top. It takes several attempts to get it just right and even though there is a line on the mold, it overflows if you fill it up to that point.
So with that being said, we make several each day and keep them in a pitcher in the freezer for when we need ice. I love seeing the looks on guests faces when we bring them a drink with on of these in it, it inevitably ends with them asking how to get their own! [Read more…]