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Just Breathe April 1, 2009

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opi-breathe-lifeSpring is officially here although it seems as though the weather didn’t necessarily get the memo. Before you pop those tootsies into a cute pair of sandals, you may want to give your feet a little pampering. I’ve said before that I have tiny toes and tiny toenails and, therefore, am not a huge fan of the salon pedicure. I typically handle prettying up my piggies myself which is why I was super excited to see OPI’s new polish called Breathe Life. OPI has joined hands with the Lung Cancer Foundation of America and created this limited edition pearly blue polish to help raise awareness about lung cancer.  In addition, OPI made a large donation to the LCFA and is their first corporate sponsor.  To find out more about lung cancer, go here.  The Breathe Life polish hits stores today.

In Bloom February 5, 2009

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lm_petalIn my experience, one obsession leads to another. I love to read magazines. I get a lot of ideas from the magazines that I read. You know, like products to try, recipes to cook, or websites to visit. I came across an article about Laura Mercier Lip Glacé. After much searching, I was able to find my color of choice: petal. This gloss is not sticky, tastes and smells like a cupcake, and is the absolute perfect shade of shimmery nude! Jackpot!

Peppermint Patty Pucker January 16, 2009

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palmers-dk-chco-pprmtRanked high among my many obsessions is lip balm. Not to mention that a visit to Walgreens, for me, is basically like setting a kid loose in a candy store. So many fun things, so little funding! Casey had to return a purchase to our local Walgreens, so I was free to roam about looking for new products to try. Bee-line to the lip balm. There I spotted a tube of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Lip Butter…in dark chocolate and peppermint. This combination I find yummy in many things like Junior Mints and Brownies, but I would like to also point out that it can go terribly wrong. Knowing that the chocolate is artificial, there was the potential for this to be a complete flavor disaster. Upon my first smear, I was pleasantly surprised by the Junior Mint-esque scent…but slightly disappointed in the lack of flavor. Not just in the fact that it didn’t taste the way it smelled, but that it didn’t taste at all. No flavor. Of course, maybe that’s the point. If it tasted so good that you licked your lips constantly, would you really be doing your chapped smoochers any favors!?

“But My Lips Hurt Real Bad!” December 26, 2008

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I read this article in the Washington Post about two weeks ago and I can’t imagine why Napoleon Dynamite and his Chapstick came to mind. I also must admit that I, myself, do have a “lip balm” addiction. However, when your lips start to look like Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre, is it really an addiction or a necessity?!

Go Fish! November 11, 2008

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dsc04473Q: What involves a bunch of girls screaming, giggling, and squirming?
A: A Dr. Fish Pedicure

Last night we had a Girls’ Night Out and decided to take the plunge and try the Dr. Fish Pedicure that I wrote about a few months ago. We ventured down Route 1 to Yvonne’s Hair and Nail Salon to dip our feet into a tank filled with garra rufa fish aka doctor fish. As I stated before, these Turkish fish have no teeth and live off the consumption of dead skin cells (i.e. they nibble the dead skin off your feet). I’m a big fan of GMA and Diane Sawyer assured me that I would only feel a slight tickling sensation. Diane, why did you mislead me?! Tickle? No, that’s not what I felt. It was more like the sensation you get when your feet fall asleep. I know that the textbooks say these Dr. Fish have no teeth, but I felt a couple of chomps every now and then. YIKES!

Dr. Fish 1Beth and Cindy were the bravest of the bunch meaning they didn’t scream like the rest of us. Of course, we all get a gold star for keeping our feet in the tank for the full fifteen minutes…AND…the promise is true, your feet are a whole lot softer! We had a blast and everyone should try it at least once. As for trying it again, the fish may be biting but I’m not.

To see more photos and video “foot”age, then check out Nicole’s blog.

Mint Garden October 21, 2008

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Minted Rose Lip Balm

Lip balm is one of my MANY obsessions. Last week, we popped into Sephora to get Casey a new bottle of cologne and I spied this near the register. I’ve used products from the Rosebud Perfume Co. previously, but I like the tingle of mint which they’ve never offered until now. While it is a petrolatum product, it is incredibly moisturizing probably due to all of the natural oils that it contains. It’s a multipurpose product that I give an A+.

TJ Faves: Honey Mango Moisturizing Cream Shave September 16, 2008

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Trader Joe's Honey Mango Shave Cream

I’ve talked about this product before back in April. It is fantastic! At the peachy keen Trader Joe’s price of $2.99, you get to enjoy smooth legs that smell like an island retreat. Even Casey has become a fan. Desperate for shaving cream after running out of his own manly version, he gave my Honey Mango shave cream a try and has been a loyal fan ever since. If it’s good enough for his beard of wires, then you can trust me when I say that this stuff rocks!

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder August 15, 2008

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As I get older, I notice things changing about my skin. For example:
1) while I may get 19 quatrazillion hours of sleep, I still have dark circles under my eyes;
2) I must be confused A LOT since I have not one, but two, significant wrinkles in between my eyes;
3) even though I may wear sunglasses that compare in size to Edna’s (see photo at right), I still squint in the sun thereby making my crow’s feet worse;
4) although I have fairly normal combination skin, if I change my moisturizer for say three days straight, I will break out like a prepubescent child who has just ran out of Proactiv. Apparently, my skin still thinks that it is 13 and will only allow the yellow stuff from Clinique to be rubbed on its precious surface.

I could drag this out for days, but I’ll spare you the torture. I am now jumping on the anti-aging bandwagon. I’m on the search for a great eye cream. So far, I’ve not been overwhelmingly impressed with anything. I’ve tried quite a few eye creams ranging from el cheapo to el steapo, and I still have a few on my list to try. Some work better than others, but nothing has made me say WOW, THIS IS IT! Here are some of the ones I’ve tried along with my rating of their performance. Keep in mind that what works for you, may not work for me and vice versa. Rating system: 1 star (suck in a jar) up to 5 stars (jackpot).
Hylexin, 1 star
DDF Erase Eye Gel, 2.5 stars
AVON Anew Alternative Intensive Eye Cream, 3 stars
Skin Effects Eye Effects Dual Action Under Eye Therapy, 3 stars
Benefit EyeCon, 3 stars
BeFine Eye Blossoms, 3.5 stars
Prescriptives Vibrant-C Brightening Eye Cream, 3.5 stars
L’oreal Skin Genesis Daily Treatment Eye Serum, 4 stars

I’m using the Loreal product currently and am fairly pleased.  There’s an eye cream by Aveeno and one by Murad on my list of “to try”.

As far as anti-wrinkle creams go, I just began that search and the jury is still out.  For those of you who may consider suggesting Botox, DON’T.  Hello!!!!!! That’s a needle full of toxin jabbed into your face! I do not like doctors and I do not like needles.  I will only subject myself to those things for necessary medical reasons…and even then, I procrastinate. To further clarify, in my world, wrinkles are not necessary medical reasons. Wrinkles are just God’s way of turning me into a human raisin.

Hey Coral, Cut Me Some Slack June 20, 2008

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I am white. No, I don’t mean I am caucasian. I mean I’m a chalkasian…as in my skin resembles the color of chalk. You know that guy Powder? Well, he and I could totally be BFF with our skin tone! When I am at the beach, Casey’s family ridicules me for wearing SPF 70, and even with that kind of protection I can still get burned. If they made SPF 100 or even SPF 1000, I’d stockpile it! As a kid, I lived at the pool. My hair was practically white, my body was brown, and my nose was crusty red…from how badly it stayed sunburned. Now they do those scans that can show how much sun damage your skin has received. I don’t need to visualize what I already know to be true. This is why I take such care to minimize getting burned. I was a child then. I’d like to think that I’ve gained some wisdom over the years.  In typical fashion, I digress.

As if I needed something else to worry about at the beach, now it appears that my sunblock is causing coral bleaching. WHAT?! I’ve recently read several articles that discuss how certain ingredients in sunblock elevate the virus levels in the water thereby killing the algae that live on coral.

The alternative is to use all natural, chemical free sunscreens.  There are several brands out there that offer these types of sunscreens: Alba, Burt’s Bees, California Baby, Dr. Hauschka, and Nature’s Gate. Most can be found at stores like Whole Foods. If there’s not a store in your area that carries these brands, then check out drugstore.com to find these and other natural sun care options.

As for me, I’m going to finish using my current sunblock. Then, I’ll try to brave the trial and error with some of these natural brands.

I’m With the In Crowd May 19, 2008

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My cuticles have been looking a little rough, so on a recent trip to Ulta I purchased some of this. It smells really good and is a great moisturizer for your nails and cuticles. It comes packaged in a cute little gold tin. As I rub it on my nails, I feel like Brittany from that movie The In Crowd. You know, the way she psychotically put on that lip gloss.

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