Stacy B here! Is anyone else green with envy over Meg's super-glamorous Fashion Week posts? I sure am. I even wore sky high heels to work as a show of solidarity this week. Of course, I sit at a desk all day so my feet didn't really suffer like Meg's must have. It was the thought that counts! I wrote this post last week but Meg had such awesome material from NYC that I'm glad she didn't post it. My poor little post was feeling a bit insecure around all those high-style videos and tips we got last week!
Here's what I wrote (with some minor edits to keep it relevant this week), I hope this isn't a huge let-down after last week's excitement!)
It's really September...not even just September but technically it's mid-September. Ugh. I have a hard time accepting September. I love the summer more than anything and living in New England, it's not that long. September symbolizes the end of my favorites: sun, water, beach, cook outs, boat rides, sunlight later in the day and cute dresses. I know, fall is great, all that foliage, apple picking, football, knee-high boots, sweaters, cooler nights and no humidity, but I'm just not ready for it. I desperately cling to Labor Day weekend like it's my last few days on earth.
Each year we have a big party at my grandfather's home on a lake in central Mass on Sunday of Labor Day weekend. We jokingly call it 'Rock the Dock" and with boat rides, beer tubs, margaritas, trampolines and a grill that never stops, the dock does get rocked. It's a bittersweet day, we always have a ton of fun, but that's it until June! There's a lot of prep and planning that goes into the party and I've been known to take advantage of serious summer clearance sales for a new bathing suit, hat, shades, or beach wrap (or all of the above!) just for this last beach blowout.
It's not just about looking good, but smelling good, too. After the sunscreen, sometimes I feel like I smell a little too SPF-y. I want to smell fresh and floral without a heavy perfume smell that just covers up the sunscreen smell. Dove has a great solution. Their body mists are so cute, great smelling and fit perfectly in any beach bag. I used the Rebalance Body Mist. Don't worry, I wasn't feeling unbalanced, I just liked the smell. It was flowery with a bit of lavendar, which I love.
It smells strong at first, but settles nicely into your skin. It's very light, not sticky and absorbs fast so you don't have to worry about sand sticking to your skin if you use it on the beach. It's very fresh and floral, just what I wanted. I find that using a spritz every few hours kept me smelling and feeling light, airy and sweet.
After our recent scuffle with Hurricane Irene, we had a great weekend that was warm and sunny, which helped with my panic about summer ending. But, it got hot! I thought I might need more than just a spray of sweet smell, so I tried a little trick. Hold on to your make up cases ladies....I put the body mist in the fridge. I left it there all morning while I helped bake cookies, fill the beer fridge and set the iPod playlist. Right around noon when the sun really hit the dock and it got hot, I ran upstairs, grabbed it and sprayed. Not only was it great smelling, but the cold mist really hit the spot. I sprayed it right on my wrist pressure points and instantly felt it cool me down. Fresh smelling and cool, I was ready to keep that dock rocking.
For those of you lucky enough to live somewhere where the summer lasts a few more weeks, I recommend this spray, and won't be mad if you steal my refrigerator trick!
Does anyone else have any tricks to stay refreshed in the last few moments of summer? Have you tried Dove's body mists?
Meg here! Lately I been a little lagging. I actually have been pretty good lifestyle wise so I don't know what's going on. Maybe it's knowing that summer is on its way out but I've been pretty lethargic. I don't know what is growing (there shouldn't be much growing in L.A.) but it seems every single year I get sick as September rolls in. It's not a real "sick" but more like an allergy sick. I just feel like I need to go somewhere and drain.
Have I ever tried alternative medicine? Whiskey for a tooth ache but who hasn't?
No, I have not. I know that people swear by it and I'm open. I did a little research. Drew Barrymore, Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz indulge in a hidden nook called Ona Spa. It's not the normal rub and knead type of place. The techniques are all based in ancient wellness philosophy. It's name Ona=Good. I really wanted to feel good, I booked myself the Ona Radiance treatment.
I figured that's kind of like going to the doctor. I mean, if your doctor served you a delish tea when you walked into a tranquil lobby and handed you a fluffy robe. Why don't they do that? I'd always go to the doctor then!
"Your liver and your spleen are not communicating." Sherrie, the acupuncturist said. I had just finished filling out a lengthy medical history form. Sherrie spoke to me about all of my ailments, and diet and vices. I'm surprised she still wanted to talk to me. I warned her "Sherrie, I am the most unhealthy person Ona has ever seen." I was about to change that statement when I read an actor from "Two and A Half Men" frequents Ona. However, that actor is Jon Cryer so I'm sticking with my statement.
Sherrie knows her business and while she is not a psychic, she could be. Just by touching my "wiry pulse" she was able to pin point trouble spots that I had forgotten to mention.
I've never had acupuncture but since we've already established my best friend is named Botox, the needles were not going to be a problem. Sherrie got to work "clearing up my blockages." Did I think this was going to work? No. I thought it was mumbo jumbo.
I am now a believer. I felt "something" it was a little trippy, I have to be honest. When she removed the needles from in between the webbing of my thumb and pointing finger I thought they were still in there. Apparently that's an area that controls all sorts of points throughout our bodies. The next time you have a headache, squeeze there!
Sherrie then suggested a cupping treatment. I vaguely knew what that was from when Gwenyth Paltrow left the house in the strapless dress with her cupping marks. If it's good enough for Queen Goop...
Cupping increases blood flow and removes toxins from the body. It was very comfortable and it has a bunch of evidence that it helps everything from arthritic limbs to congestion. So why not? Really.
I was feeling all new agey groovey and loosey goose. This was so much better than "an apple a day!" Could it get any better? It can. It did.
Sherrie bid me adieu, as soon as she exited Angelica made her entrance. I then was turned over as she went to work massaging my knots to the consistency of butter! I know I need to be really prodded. Those knots are deep in there. Usually, I feel a bit beaten up when I submit to "yes" just get them out. Angelica was able to work them all out without a cage fight. Almost painless! Almost (listen nothing is going to get those suckers out of my shoulders without a fight!)
Once my treatment was over I couldn't move. I felt like I would fall I was so relaxed. It took me a good 10 minutes to make it to the door. After I was showered and dressed I went to reception to pay.
I've never been left a gift at check-out but Sherrie did just that! Can you imagine? I told her how my periods are the things nightmares are made of. Sherrie left me a satchel of bath salts to use PMS time and some Chinese Herbal supplements to take 2 weeks before my period. She said they would help cut down both my pain and my crazy!
I recommend, I recommend! It was absolutely wonderful and I felt so much looser for the entire week. Hunched over the keyboard is not a natural state ladies!
If you are in Los Angeles you should check out Ona Spa! There is a reason that they're celebrating their 10 year anniversary this year! There's a reason the A-List hid out there! It's really just that Ona!
Also, to celebrate their 10 year anniversary Ona has specials running each month all year! For September, you get a complimentary blow out from the famed Prive Salon (downstairs) with any spa treatment. I can't think of a better way than to prepare for a big Saturday date! Go get it ladies!
How about you? Have you tried traditional Eastern medicine over Western? Any acupuncture or cupping enthusiasts? I know our own Jeanasina Loves it!
Stacy B here! What is going on in my neck of the woods? Massachusetts is not known for devastating weather. Sure, we have winters with a lot of snow and it can get cold, but put on a sweater, spike your hot chocolate and you're fine. I've spent my life watching the news from other parts of the country quietly thankful we don't deal with the worst of Mother Nature, but apparently this year is different. We had record breaking snow this winter, a tornado a few months ago, there's a hurricane coming, we have had multiple weeks with days over 100 degrees and Tuesday...we had an EARTHQUAKE. An earthquake. That shook Boston. Bostonians don't feel the ground move. Ever. We can battle through a blizzard with the best of them, but the ground stays put. I had friends in LA laughing at us for freaking out over a few tremors that not everyone actually felt but you know what? If two inches of snow hits LA someday and I'll be laughing at them just the same.
I'm going to pretend this all isn't happening and what's left of my too-short summer is going to be warm, sunny and gorgeous. I am going to soak up the rays for a couple more weekends before my focus shifts to apple picking and football. Even though it's late in the summer, sunblock is still important. And products that are better for us never go out of style. This past weekend I tried Jason Sunblock on myself and my 2-year-old son, Kyle. My 2-year-old who absolutely hates having what he calls 'sun tan lotion' rubbed on him. I can barely get the bathing suit out of the closet before he's telling me there will be no sun tan lotion. It's a wrestling match to get it on him. We've been using Banana Boat's SPF 50 for kids, but I know it's full of chemicals. This isn't nearly as bad. It's oxybenzone and paraben free and has natural UVA/UVB fighters in it like Green Tea, grape seads and acai extracts.
The best part about this is that it's not too thick. With the Banana Boat I really had to rub it in and with a lightening fast kid who is stronger than he looks, most times he was a streaky mess running down the beach with his crazy mother sprinting after him screeching "Get back here you little monster!" (I'm a good mom, really!) This rubbed in much quicker and wasn't streaky or greasy at all. I finished almost before Kyle realized I was applying it! It wasn't sticky either. All Kyle had to do was look at sand with the Banana Boat stuff and he was covered in it. The Jason sunblock absorbed fast and didn't attract sand or dirt.
Kyle had no sunburn or even a dot of pink after a full day outside in and out of the water. His skin didn't feel sticky or suffocated at the end of the day and his skin washed clean in the tub that night. I really liked this for him. It's geared toward "family" meaning it's good for kids, athletes, moms, dads, anyone. One product in my bag for everyone? Sold.
With this tube I also got an SPF 25 lip balm. It was pretty good, too, my lips felt smooth and moisturized. But, it was a really strong peppermint flavor which was a bit heavy for the beach for me. I like light and fruity on a summer day. The scent of the sunblock was very light and summery. A little coconut-y and fruity. I'll be using this for the rest of our summer, provided the weather behaves...
I had never heard of this brand before but I think I really like it. Does anyone else have any natural sun products they love?
So it wasn't just me that was impressed. When I was in New York I was helping my girlfriend relocate to Philadelphia, Rittenhouse Square to be exact and it is lovely there by the way. Anyhow, it was hot and gross and we had the city grime on us as we carried boxes up and down stairs and loaded up the car over and over.
This went on for a couple of days, I was in the city though and once it was the end of the day I wanted to hit the scene a bit. After a shower, I was able to pull the rest of me together fairly well, until I looked at my nails.
I didn't have time to do a full on manicure and even if I had the time there weren't many manicure salons open at 10pm. My friend said to meet him at the Jame's hotel, at a bar named Jimmy's. I googled it and saw that Jimmy's was a swank spot, not the type of place that you want to be seen with raggedy nails.
I said a "great" under my breath and walked a few blocks to the drugstore. I just needed remover and a quick job, something that would just be acceptable. I noticed the Sally Hansen Nail Polish Pens and grabbed "sheer beige." The fact it said "Fast" and looked easy enough to apply was exactly what I was needing. Plus when you're traveling the last thing you want is a glass bottle of anything. I grabbed the "sheer beige" color because it seemed to blend the most with my natural skin tone, you should always go with a light color if you don't want to attract attention to your nails. They were looking rough. I'd go with a low-cut top. If I went with a low cut top than I wouldn't have to worry too much on his eyes staring at my hands! I know! I am a genius sometimes!
The pen is easy to use. The color selection is great. Just click, click and the color fills the brush. Lasting power? It lasted for a couple days, nothing outstanding. How did it look? It looked pretty good. It didn't look as good as when I have my nails did but nothing does really. Here is my recommendation, this is a great in a pinch product. You can leave it in your bags cosmetic case because it really makes touch-ups or a quick job very simple with nice results. I also was very impressed with how quickly it dried. I had
decent looking hands in about 10 minutes.
My hands looked so good I didn't even have to bring out the boobs! Instead I decided to show a little leg. I mean they looked good. They weren't perfect...
Have any of you tried these Sally Hansen pens? What is your go-to nail brand?
Stacy B here! I'm having fun coming up with new tests for these great products I get to tell you about. There's the gym test: Did it hold up through a tough workout? Did it run down my face and make me look like a crazy raccoon on the treadmill? Or, the husband test: Did he like the smell? Did he tell me it was too much and I looked like a hooker? He says that will all the love in the world, of course... Then there's the big husband test...would HE use it? Would he say it's OK because I called it "soap" not "face wash"? Ha! Men.
Last night I put another product through the ringer. I've been using Dove's Ultimate Go Sleeveless Nourished Beauty Deodorant, which is perfect for summer because it has moisturizers in it and doesn't stain your clothes. Your skin is soft and clothes are clean so no hesitation on those cute tanks or sundresses! I've been using it about 2 weeks or so and it's been great for my daily routine. There's no real scent to it, which I like, and it lasts a whole work day. A couple days I went to the gym after work and I came home sweaty and gross, but not too stinky. I was impressed, especially through last week's 100+ degree heat wave. I was confident that I wasn't offending anyone, in or out of the office. And even after multiple days of shaving, my skin was not dry or irritated at all. It really did make my skin feel pretty soft.
Here's my real test though...and one that I may consider using more in the future: Bikram Yoga. Who's tried this Invigorating, torturous, 90-minute power yoga class that's held in a room heated to 95-100 degrees? Anyone? Anyone out there as crazy as me who's willing to try all sorts of fanatic fitness? I hope some of you have, it's really great for you. If you can make it through the 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises in an hour and a half, you will be rewarded with longer, leaner muscles, better balance, a stronger core, better circulation a host of other health benefits. Oh, and you burn over 1000 calories in one class! That's worth it for me right there. Plus, you sweat A TON. Obviously. You sweat out all sorts of toxins and replenish with lots of clean water which improves your overall health anyway. And we all know that drinking lots of water and getting rid of toxins is a must for clear skin. Beauty is not just something you apply to one part of your body, it's a lifestyle of healthy living that makes you glow inside and out!
I'm happy to say that the Dove deodorant toughed it out with me for the full class. There's not really a part of you that's dry after a class like that, but my underarms weren't any sweatier than the rest of me, and there was no offending odor. I smelled...neutral. Not as fresh as the morning, but nothing that would make me embarrassed to get too close to someone after class. Not bad at all.
Two things I found a bit odd about this. One, it's really soft. Soft meaning: if I put it on with a heavy hand, it clumps and smooshes and I have to wipe it off with a towel. That's my lesson to learn though, I'm not sure I'd knock the product for this when I could just learn to not grind it in like I'm molding clay or something. It clicks up to get more product out of the tube, so you get what you get and there's a lot after one click. That's another reason it clumps because there's so much and you have to be soft enough not to smear it, but strong enough to get it on. I'd rather a turning wheel like Secret where you can decide how much you need.
The other gripe is probably another lesson for me to learn. I put this on first thing when I step out of the shower, then I apply lotion. A few times I overlapped some of the lotion with the deodorant and it balled up like a cheap sweater. I had little bits of deodorant and lotion all down my arms. My husband asked if my skin was peeling because it looked exactly like I had a bad sunburn any my skin was flaking off. I had to take a dry wash cloth and get all the little bits off me. It did make me realize that this product really wicks away moisture because it attacked that lotion and kept my skin dry! Lesson learned...don't overlap lotion with deodorant.
Dove products seem to get great reviews overall and I do feel like the company is really focused on all types of women and making us feel pampered for less money. I've yet to come across a Dove product I don't like, and I just added their deodorant to my list of products I'll keep using.
Who else has been really impressed with Dove lately?
Stacy B here! Timing is everything. Swing a second later and you've struck out. Hit the gas a second earlier and you've avoided an accident. Send your resume at the right moment and you've landed your dream job. It works with products, too. Put on that sunscreen at the right time and no cancer or wrinkles for you! Wait on that darker shade of lipstick until the right season and you're a fashion 'do'. Start that new face wash the same day as a humid heat wave and you might avoid some unslightly blemishes.
I got a great product from Dove recently that was a bit off on the arrival. I like it, but I keep thinking how much more I'll like it 5 months from now.
It's Dove's White Beauty Bar. This is a highly advertised brand so I'm sure most of you have heard about it. And if you're a good listener, you know that Dove products contain 1/4 pure moisture cream that can leave your skin soft and smooth. The claim is that it washes like a soap, but not only will it not dry out your skin like one, it adds moisture to your skin. My problem is my skin isn't really dry in the summer....
Like a majority of women, I've trended toward body washes for many years and stayed away from bar soaps because the body washes smelled better, lathered better, lasted longer, didn't get crusty and cracked in the shower, stored neatly and didn't dry my skin. So when I got this I wasn't too excited to try it, but I did (I'm a good little reviewer like that).
The verdict was positive....I did like it. It smelled clean and fresh, had a nice shape, fit easily in my hand and had that curve in it that allowed me to easily wash my arms and legs. So far it has lasted over a week and is barely shrinking. It hasn't left much icky soap scum and slime on my shower shelf. A little, but that's to be expected. It lathered well which is a big deal for me. I need my bubbles. It was a thicker lather, too. Thick enough that I did a quick shin shave with just the soap and I didn't get any irritation or razor burn from it. I wouldn't recommend shaving with just this soap regularly, but it would work in an emergency.
My skin feels clean and soft. There's no filmy feeling that soap can leave on you and my skin does feel moisturized. I still use lotion, but I would no matter what. I am not looking for a bar that can replace my lotion routine, just compliment it. This definitely did.
Back to my timing issue...what would this bar do in the dead of a long, cold winter? It seems to really work well, but the toughness test is Boston in January! No matter how much lotion I put on in the winter I still am a little dry. I think this soap would be a great help in the colder months. I like it enough that I'm willing to buy another bar sometime in late November. Like I said above, I want a good compliment to my moisturizing routine and I think this would be a great start. This is a drugstore win because it's a decent product and because you can find it just about anywhere for less than $4.
Hello ladies! It's Jeanasina here and I'm up to no-good as usual! Picture this...Me, a secluded room, a small wooden spoon, a drawstring bag made out of jute AND a mason jar, which is now...OPEN! You don't even have to look inside the jar, to know that something delightful is inside! The fragrance inside the jar comes wafting out at you... Welcome to the JeanasinaI-Know-How-To-Have-Fun-With-Skin-Creams-Hour!
Right now ladies, as you read this, HONEYSUCKLE BLOOD ORANGE CUSTARD is pulsating through my skin! Here's what's been happening...Just moments before you got here, I took myself into a private room in my home and I sat down on a chair. I pulled out a rough looking little burlap looking bag and set it on the table. I looked to the left and then to the right and made sure I was alone with my private stash. It was still just me and my Farmhouse Fresh acquirement.
I opened up my rough little bag and pulled out a small, perfect sized little wooden spoon. Then...with total anticipation, I pulled out the old fashioned jelly-looking jar. At that point I turned on the music. I had to create a mood. I played "Tip Toe Through the Tulips" by Tiny Tim, and "E.T." by Katy Perry ... at the same time! The two songs complimented each other nicely.
I opened up the jar and THERE, waiting patiently, was THE body cream that is loved by vixens and goody-two-shoes alike! I took my delightful little spoon and I did a little stirring! I scooped up a small amount of Farmhouse Fresh Blood Orange Honeysuckle Custard! I scooped on my arm to start! There goes another dollop on my leg! Scoop! Scoop! Scoop!
Like a crazed fool, I randomly took small spoonfuls of Farmhouse Fresh's newest concoction and dolloped them everywhere I felt like it on my skin! Individual spoonfuls of creamy, dreamy, soft as fresh pudding, custard, head to toe! Then...oh then came the smoothing of it INTO my skin! How fun was that? Melted right in! Every time you put the Honeysuckle custard onto the spoon you just REALLY want to bring that spoon right up to your lips and taste the stuff! It's almost like a DARE!
If this company were to advertise by making a cult horror movie clip, it would look like this... GIANT SIZED, FARM HOUSE FRESH, HONEYSUCKLE, BLOOD ORANGE CREAM CUSTARD FILLED JARS, would be terrorizing the local town's people yelling "EAT ME!" I'm just sayin' - the smells...they totally kill you with their authentic -you-know-you-want-to-taste-me, smells! They are mouth-watering!
People have been known to buy things just for the scent you know! YOU on the other hand, are going to want to buy this product because everything about it is cool! The custard double moisturizer is a "2-part blend that includes 1/2 whipped shea butter and 1/2 live fruit cells suspended in a nourishing aloe gel that brings vitamin-packed softness.", their words! I mean don't you LOVE that? I smell like I AM delicious! Picture this... Sally Sunshine! Sally...who baked desserts in a bakery all day! Sally who went to an orange grove and had them squeeze fresh squeezed orange juice all over her skin! Sally who danced in slow motion through an entire honeysuckle grove! Sally, who did all of those things back to back, and came home smelling like a delicious dream! That's me right now!
The Honeysuckle Custard cream comes in a 7 oz. re-use-able glass jelly jar, they provide a little wooden mixing spoon so you can stir the stuff up or apply fun dollops to your skin like I did! It all comes in a little bag that says "Mushed-up Stuff is Better For You!" I like that the product is 92% natural and is Paraben & Sulfate free!
I put some Blood Orange custard on my husband and then asked if I could smell it on him! He smelled SO good! Suddenly I became like a bee on a flower! I think I tried to pollinate him! He's holding a giant fly swatter over me as I write this. I'm not allowed to smell him anymore.
I hope you get a chance to try this delightful Farmhouse Fresh product - it sure puts you in a happy mood!
Have any of you tried Farmhouse Fresh? It is an Oprah favorite and I think they have some of the cutest packaging around. The products are always luxurious and yes, they smell delicious! TRY THIS BRAND! You will not be disappointed!
I wish I could be one of those "Girls of Summer"...I really do but Goddess Granny is more like an "Autumn Evening" sort of girl. I like the sun but it hates my fair,sensitive skin.I want to do "outdoor sports" but I am better suited to a crowded dance class or dingy studio with a pole. I WANT bronzed skin and gilded hair but alas, unless I spray it on and pay a lot for a few golden strands, I simply have to fight to attain such iconic all American beauty. Not really worth it for me most of the year and I absolutely believe that all should keep their faces out of the sun (and that includes chests and hands!) to avoid premature aging, brown spots and worse but I too want to be a carefree shade of light caramel for at least a couple of months?
Again,I resort to a few tried and true beauty-BFF's to get me by: Sally Hansen's "Airbrushed Legs"in a sleek and affordable canister in a pinch and the amazing "Arcona" self-tanning bronzer that gives a hint of REAL looking healthy color naturally while you get a fake bake in a few hours.You also can't beat brush on/blend on bronzers by LORAC or Benefit BUT as always,the results are only as good as the blank canvas/skin you apply your sun-kissed coloring on top of...
I love bath and body products and have a decent stash: not much makes me feel better than a good soak, shampoo, or cleanse (LOVE Zakia's Moroccan Black Soap for the ultimate in skin purifying goodness!) and yes, I am a sucker for anything that scrubs and smoothes and scents me in the process? I have tested and bought more than my share of fine products but when "LaLicious" Sugar Souffle scrub landed in my lap, I knew I was holding something special! Jessica Kernochan used the "opportunity" of losing her job in 2002 to create what I believe to be one of THE best, highest quality,and luxurious lines of handcrafted bath and body products available! Natural and paraben-free ingredients are only the beginning of what makes her "LaLicious" line of products highly sought after and used in many top salon and spas...and did I mention that girls like Halle Berry, Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson ALSO can't get enough "LaLicious" goodness?
A carefully edited line of scents that will please the pickiest among us is combined with minerals, vitamins, precious, oils, honey and other ingredients that guarantee THE silkiest and most "LaLicious" skin on earth! Natural can be extraordinary and this line is!
The standout is her "Sugar Souffle Scrubs" with good reason: a special whipped-technique insures that they hold their precious oils and beautiful scent and when you use a bit in the shower or bath,prepare to be amazed: this is NOT a typical gritty or grainy scrub but rather a fluffy confection that manages to get rid of any dryness while adding moisture to your body! Pure cane sugar and honey let you smooth and soothe and SCENT to your heart's delight without any chance of overdoing or abrasion!
I truly want at least one of each of the available scents but LOVE my "Tahitian Flower": I opened the generous plastic jar (yes, glass is lovely but I recently had an accident involving a body product in a glass jar...) and removed the protective layer...OMG...talk about being transported to Tahiti? I have actually BEEN to Tahiti and the "Monoi" (a sister to the gardenia and native to the Islands) gardenia scent is breathtaking and pure! GORGEOUS scent and the texture is fluffy and souffle- light: I like to get all washed beforehand, making the "scrub" the last step before leaving the shower...apply it to clean skin and gently rub the scratchy-bits you may have...rinse off and be absolutely DELIGHTED with the perfectly smooth and delightfully scented skin you are left in! I have an entire 16oz (in a recyclable jar!) of this to enjoy, be still my heart!
I absolutely adore this product and rank it among the all-time BEST body scrubs I have ever tried: it's highly concentrated,a little goes far and I have never used a simple "scrub" that left me feeling and smelling like a day at the spa before! I want "Spa Sized" VATS of this stuff and intend "LaLicious" products to be my go-to girl's gifts for the rest for the year because I cannot imagine anyone not loving this product! It doesn't leave the shower slick either, a huge plus if safety is an issue for some who might enjoy! You can also use as a delightful mid-day treat for hands and feet which is really nice to do when it HOT like it is here...
I love the cute, colorful, very clean and lovely "LaLicious" site:read around, check out the press and raves, and just TRY to choose only one scent!
It's really important to exfoliate if like me, you use un-natural means to achieve a golden glow because the tanning products apply more evenly and your skin accepts the color better! Even if you don't use tanners,it also gets the skin ready to better accept lotion or moisture and keeps your outer layer of skin free from dryness and prevents dullness! Nothing is nicer than knowing your skin is glowing,lovely and "LaLicious" and this sugar scrub is PERFECT for the golden months of Summer and the rest of the year! Do you also love fabulous body scrubs that work without being harsh and that smell divine in the process?
Meg hair! Or should I say Meg less hair! After fearing a bikini wax for oh, 20 years and having conquered that fear (Remember Baby's First Bikini Wax?)I have decided to conquer all of my fears! Well, the ones that have to do with different methods of hair removal.
Waxing was easy enough and I absolutely loved not having to grab for a bikini shave for weeks. Why ever have to shave a bikini area again? Or how about, Why ever do I have to shave again anywhere? No. I'm not talking about embracing my armpits, I'm talking about forever eradicating hair anywhere! Sign me up! It's a good thing I'm not a drastic person. I want to be razor free forever! It's not an outlandish statement. We put a man on the moon, we can make a woman get rid of her Venus!
I needed to take a xanax for my nerves before my foray into the world of wax. I didn't have access to one before my laser appointment. Dr. Simon Ourian is someone that I will occasionally run into while I'm out having dinner. He's not a gyno. Although he is completely professional and named best cosmetic Los Angeles dermatologist over and over again, I would be going with nurse Jaime at Epione for this one. *Generally, there really should only be one person per dinner that's seen the goods.*
Dr. Ourian knows that I am a bit of a baby. I was upstairs at his practice when my phone rang.
Meg: Hi, listen I forgot a xanax. Do I need numbing creme or morphine or to be knocked out for this? Do you do general anesthesia?
Dr. Ourian: No. Even you will be fine with ice. You can just numb the area and you'll be fine.
Meg: O.K., I just put the ice packs in my jeans? That's fine. I'm the only one in here. Yes, thank-you. I'll just do ice.
I think I can hear Dr. Ourian roll his eyes over the phone but nonetheless, a second nurse arrives with the ice packets that I insert into my underwear. While I sit in a waiting room. I know. I have no shame. I'm nervous!
Here's what happens next. You sit in a chair. I want to say it's like a comfortable, upscale dentist chair without the spit sink or drool hose or anything dental actually. Hmmm, maybe that's not the best example.
You take off your pants and undies and put a little hospital drapey paper shield/gurney thing on. I'm not quite sure why we do that because it stays on for about 30 seconds. Maybe the nurse had me put it on so when she walked in it wasn't all "Hello! Hello! Here I am!" Which is pretty understandable, I guess.
I explained I was a nervous wreck and to please be sure to leave an age appropriate strip. I actually left the age appropriate strip. There is a bit of prep work before you go into get lasered. You need to be bare where you want to eradicate the hair. The process works by destroying the hair follicle so the laser needs a clear shot, there can't be hair.
Was it painful? No. I numbed the area really well with the ice. Was it uncomfortable? You're having your lady bits sent hot waves from a laser to destroy hair follicles. Yes, it's uncomfortable. Is it worth it? Too soon to tell but I'm smooth and bump free. If it lasts it's really worth it as the entire process took about 7 minutes.
I spoke to the nurse and she said that people usually need to go every 5 weeks or so for 5 visits and then...It's gone forever!
It's not cheap but it is way cheaper then waxing every 5 weeks for the rest of your life. It's also cheaper then buying a lifetime of razors and shaving cream. I don't think you can put a price on freedom though. I mean especially out in LA, Miami- any warm climate really. The thought of never having to see a stray scraggle or unsightly bathing suit bump makes it a necessary luxury. I can't wait to do the armpits.
I have been raving about it too my roommates because I don't believe there is really anything that you can't tell people that you love and live with. I mean, it's not like I'm shouting it from the rooftops or anything?
“It is all very well for so-called sensible people to recommend flat heels and short skirts, but most of us prefer not to be sensible.” Meg here! I read once that Tina Turner said she that she had "fabulous legs and a perfect behind" because she always wore heels. Always. I was about 12 years old when I read this and I couldn't wait to toss my keds.
I am most always in heels. There are my coveted Chanel flats and I have a pair of Tod's driving loafers that I scoot around in. I also love my obligatory Uggs. However, none of those make the cut when I want to make my legs look longer or my butt 25% better. Yes, 25% better is the actual, scientific number that a study found that your butt gets helped by heels. This sounds a lot better then a treadmill. Also, more fun.
I have Chanel and Tory Burch and Gucci and I have a much loved pair that cost $25. I'm all over the map. The days of me buying $600 shoes are long gone (THEY WILL BE BACK!) Actually, it's sort of irresponsible to be doing it all the time even if you can. What's that? Everything in moderation...Even moderation? So my shoe credential is not that they cost a zillion dollars but that they look like they do.
It's an easy, fun and inexpensive way to get gorgeous shoes. What I am really into is that they don't just look great-they're comfortable. Here's a tip from someone that's always running around in stiletto's Get Ones With A Lift In The Front. This is a very important tip. If it has a bit of a platform in the front you can wear sky high heels with zero pain. Even though it looks it, you're not really walking on that high of a heel.
I also have a weird thing with flip-flops. I don't own one pair. I can't do it. I hate anything between my toes. It freaks me out. This may be a disorder. I'm not sure if any of you out there have it but it would be nice to know I'm not alone. Sole Society has personalized picks that get emailed to you every month. How do they know your style? You tell them. You take a quiz that asks multiple choice question to evaluate exactly who you are and what shoes are going to get you excited. I was very happy with the matches they came back for with me. If you're not? You can resubmit and you'll get sent a bunch of new closet choices. Not bad, right?
It's like a shoe-of-the month club. It costs $49.95 and they even ship them to you for free! I look forward every month to getting my monthly pick-me-up. My wallet likes it as well. If you don't want shoes that month you can skip it! You can skip it and you will not be billed.
I just wanted to let you ladies know about this easy and cool site. I also want to let you know that this week I am dedicating to getting a caught up on makeup points. I had a few companies shipments not get here in a timely manner but I am working on it right now. Promise!
Do we have any other shoe-obsessed sister's in the house? Are you a heels or flats girl? Share your favorite pair!