Papaya Pumpkin and Jalapenoyo’face–sounds like a tasty salad :)

Peaches Miracle Mask

Product Description: This special active enzyme mask reduces discoloration from age spots, scar tissue and sun damage, as well as removing dead skin cells – thus giving the skin a more youthful flawless look.

Wear as a spot treatment or mask. Can be worn overnight and as often as every day.  Always apply to clean skin.

My Professional Product Whore Opinion:

Pumpkin and Papaya wonderful-ness all up in my face.  I love love love it.  I love the way it feels on my skin.  AND I LOVE THE RESULTS!  I’ve done the mask two nights in a row and am over the moon happy with the radiance. I like this mask for all you readers that hate the intense tightness that a lot of clay masks give you.  This goes on like a thick moisturizer and feels slightly tingly (all those anti-oxidants working so hard) and washes off like a cleanser.

In the last few days, I have had a lot of questions about my daily skin care regimen. So here it is 🙂

I start with the Blueberry and Coffee Exfoliant, then the Cleanser (with my Mia) then the Papaya Creme Enzyme Polish,  I usually don’t actually wash off between each product, I just apply over,  then I spray the toner.  I apply the mask with a brush, I let it sit and then wash of with warm water (only once a week).  Then I spray more toner and apply the Retinol Night Creme. In the morning, I do the same but instead of the Retinol I rotate in my Monistat (aka vag cream moisturizer).

It seems like a lot, but its a lot faster than one might think.  I switched to Peaches in Feb because I was worried about all the chemicals I was putting on my face EVERY SINGLE DAY.  It was a tough mental transition for me because I was used to paying between $50-$200 on EACH product.  I was also used to FANCY pants packaging and outstanding fear based marketing.

Peaches Skin Care is none of those things.

1.  Each product is under $30 because the owner believes everyone should be able to afford good skin.

2.  It seems they are able to do this because they don’t spend a lot of money on fancy pants packaging.  All of their products are packaged in a cute but simple way.  ALSO, they only produce small batches of the product, hence their ability to keep everything all natural.  “Organic, filled with anti aging antioxidants and pure penetrating food for the skin. YOU WILL SEE A DIFFERENCE with your first wash. “-Peaches

3.  “I have never believed in oily or combination skin, I believe we all have normal skin but we damage it by using foundation, bad skin care products, smoking and not knowing how to care for it. “-Peaches  Clearly not fear based marketing 🙂

If you are looking for an all natural, organic, full of anti-oxidants check out this line:  PEACHES SKINCARE

If you are looking for a Starter product, consider the Blueberry and Coffee Exfoliatant, the Retinol Night Creme or the Pumpkin and Papaya Miracle Mask.  I have found these to be my “no matter what” products 🙂

Also, if you suffer from Acne, check out their testimonials.  They will BLOW YOUR MIND.  And, if you have acne and aren’t using Vag Creme (MONISTAT ONLY) on your face, you are BONKERS.

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Hello Clarice.

Masqueology Brightening Mask

A rayon cellulose single use facial mask saturated with advanced multi-functioning ingredients that contours to your face leaving your complexion brighter and refreshed.

Benefits:
• Revitalizes and evens out the appearance of your complexion
• Diminishes the appearance of dark spots
• Leaves skin glowing and smooth

Key Ingredients:
• Niacinamide (Rosacea and acne)

Anti-inflammatory

• Arbutin

Natural very effective skin whitening

• Mulberry Root Extract

Helps to inhibit melanin production

• Witch Hazel

Soothes and reduces inflammation
Speeds up healing time of bruises
My Professional Product Whore Opinion:
I got this mask as part of my June BirchBox.
Hated it.  It was slippery and awkward.
You are not suppose to wash the residue off after and I hated the way it felt.  Also, I noticed no real results.
This is my one gripe with BirchBox.  With a one time mask like this there is no real way to tell if I like it.

Catch Up!

Wow, its been a while.

Since the last time I blogged I have:

Re-enrolled in school.

The Institute of Integrative Nutrition – Health and Wellness are passions of mine.  However, as of late, they haven’t been enough of a priority in my life.  After trying the Atkins diet starting in October I got REALLY sick.  REALLY really sick.  I originally felt amazing.  I had so much energy and I was dropping weight like crazy.  I had read all the books and scoured the internet for feedback and tools about the diet.  I found the good the bad and the ugly.  Based upon my own research, I decided to move forward.  I took it very seriously and very rarely cheated.  THEN, I started to have some tummy trouble.  That tummy trouble turned into colon issues.  Those colon issues are currently dictating all my activity levels in one way or another.  It is a disaster.

I try hard to not use my blog as a soap stand…so forgive me for this.  It drives me absolutely crazy that I spent 16 years in school learning algebra and world history (I do understand the importance of world history).  These years are meant to prepare you for the real world.  Unfortunately, I have found few occasions in “real life” that require any kind of geometry or algebra.  In the event that I do need any geometry, I find that GOOGLE solves everything.   I am resourceful.  CRAZY resourceful.

In all 16 years of learning, I was never taught the two most important lessons for daily activities: eating and spending.  No coincidence that our country is well known for being obese and in debt.  I resent our education system for not spending more time teaching me the importance of the value of food and a dollar but spent weeks on the value of a right angle.  That said, I should say, I loved my teachers and school.  I had a great school experience otherwise.

All of that to say that for years I have been considering going back to school to learn more about nutrition so that I can teach/help people understand the importance and the basics.  I finally took the first steps and enrolled!

I have so much to learn and a burning passion to help people understand the importance of food value.  This is why I chose the Institute for Integrated Nutrition. Stay tuned for more!

Also, my SHH and I planned and executed a wedding this month.  Our very good friends T and J LOVE got married and SHH and I did what we could to make this event as smooth as possible.  During and after the event we received so much positive feedback that we decided to throw our hats into the wedding planning business in SB.  We really had a great time together 🙂  we had talked about this as a possibility for years and finally pulled the trigger-we are in the practice of pulling the trigger lately :).    It is a HUGE risk, but we are excited to test it out.

Also, we celebrated our one year wedding anniversary!

and one year later…

We took an amazing weekend spa getaway.  I highly recommend a spa getaway.  Seriously, it was amazing.

And now on to products….

I had a recent Sephora Haul….

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat, Radiant Touch

“What it is:
A luminizing pen that brings light and radiance to the skin, immediately erases any signs of fatigue, and brightens the complexion.

What it does:
Loved by models, makeup artists, celebrities, and women everywhere, the award-winning Yves Saint Laurent TOUCHE ÉCLAT Radiant Touch is like eight hours of sleep and an instant pick-me-up in a magic wand. With a few strategically placed strokes of TOUCHE ÉCLAT, the complexion immediately looks rested, rejuvenated, and radiant.

What else you need to know:
TOUCHE ÉCLAT banishes shadows and tired-looking eyes by adding light and creating an instant lift to the eye area. TOUCHE ÉCLAT widens eyes when used between the eyebrows and along the sides of the nose, and creates fuller looking lips when used in the hollow of the chin and around the contour of the lips. It’s formulated for all skin types and for anyone who wants instant radiance, luminosity, and lift.”-Sephora.com

My Professional Product Whore Opinion:

I have heard LOADS of raving fans on Vlogs go on and on about this product.  Apparently YSL, has been a leader in the world of foundations (which I do not wear) and recently the launched YSL Touche Eclat as a foundation in Europe-it will launch here next month.  The foundation is getting RAVE reviews and I wanted desperately to try the highlighter 🙂

Drumroll pls…………………………………………………………………………………………………..

I really loved it.  Looooved it.  It is the perfect amt of glowy.  That said, I have a few others that have a similar affect for less.  I don’t often discuss pricing but for $40 for highlighter I felt a responsibility.  Since highlighter is one of the only products I wear, I will keep this as I like it a lot, but I don’t know that I would re-purchase.

VOLUPTÉ SHEER CANDY – Glossy Balm

“What it is:
A glossy lip balm.

What it does:
This balm dresses your lips in a sheer veil of brilliant color boosted with vitamin- and antioxidant-rich fruit extract. Its ultra-light, sensual texture leaves lips feeling soft and hydrated for up to eight hours and is ideal for year-round use.”-Sephora.com

My Professional Product Whore Opinion:

OBSESSED.  I love the color, the formula and the smell is so dreamy. It’s like chap stick, but longer lasting and amazing color.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT.

Bio-Oil

“Bio‐Oil is a specialist moisturizing oil that smooths and tones scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone. It is also effective for aging and dehydrated skin. Bio‐Oil has won 80 skincare awards since its global launch in 2002. It is America’s #1 selling multi use skincare oil.”  Biooil.com

My Professional Product Whore Opinion:

This might be my very first drug store find review.

For weeks I have been hearing rave reviews for Bio Oil.   FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.  I finally made a special trip to CVS to investigate 🙂

So far, I really like it.  It makes my skin so so so soft.  Though, the scent took some getting used to for both me and SHH.  It’s not bad, its just different.  Also, I made the mistake of spending time in the sun hours after application and I am quite certain that even though I applied SPF 50, the reason I burned is the residual Bio Oil.  I will continue to use it for now as I love the way it makes my skin look supple and feel so soft.  Stay tuned for more on Bio Oil.

Updates!

My Professional Product Whore Opinion:  Post one week of wear—They chipped, a lot-at the cuticle ironically. Grr….Annoyed.

So after my review about the post ombre Aveda Products my FB BFF commented about Kerastase Fibre Architecte.  While I was in Denver last weekend I had discovered that I hadn’t brought a leave in product so I picked it up to test it out.

It’s a little different than some of the other Kerastase products in the sense that it’s not an all over product.  I was instructed to only apply to my lengths and ends and only on dry hair right before curling or straightening.

My professional Product Whore Opinion: I did as instructed and it was like the heat from my curling iron mixed with the product glued my split ends together.  So while it doesn’t get rid of my split ends, it does mask them VERY well.  This product has definitely made the most difference in the appearance of my hair.

Overall, I would say I like the Caviar mask the most, its more of a repair product. However, I like that this product is an everyday solution to my raggedy ends.  This said, I LOVE my ombre…LOVE IT.  Totes worth the dry ends!

In other news, my SHH switched to my Peaches AHA/BHA Cleanser.

Product Description:With alpha and beta hydroxy acids as well as glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids, this cleanser provides a deep cleaning by removing dead skin cells and accelerating the skin renewal process. Jojoba beads prevent occlusion of the pores. Pure antioxidants completely penetrate the skin’s layers to feed it and to reverse the aging process.

This product is used as your primary cleanser and can be used both morning and night.

For all skin types

In his SHH of a Professional Product Whore Opinion:

He uses this with his Mia everyday and has been noticing that his skin is more balanced.  No breakouts in the two weeks since the switch and he likes the “lemony scent.”  He’s also mentioned that he likes the little crunchy bits too (it has a little bit of exfoliating).

What’s in my bag???

Oh, thanks for asking!  Its been a long time since I have been so consistent with what’s in my purse.

So ever since my first facial, I have cut back significantly on what I put on my face.  Thus cutting back the things I carry in my purse!

I am proud to say these are the only beauty products I keep in my purse currently:

Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Body Butter:  You might remember this purchase from my Pre-Vacation post.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE the scent!  It reminds me of my honeymoon:)  I love that its all natural and that its a good size for a hand lotion in my purse.

Boscia Blotting Papers:  Since my facial, my skin has been very different.  I could blame the vag cream on my face 🙂 but I love it too much:)  MONISTAT FOREVER!  That said, I have noticed that around 1 everyday my face gets really shiny.  REALLY REALLY SHINY (I think it may have something to do with having my heater on high under my desk).  I can go thru 3 papers in one blotting…that’s a lot for me.  These lil guys are a life saver.  I love them and I feel like they have lasted FOREVER.

One Love Organics Skin Savior:  This is the best BirchBox product yet!!!!  Granted its only my second box and I was super unimpressed with box one 🙂  STILL, I will likely purchase this after I finish this tub.  I use it on my hands, and my nails, and my lips.  Seriously, like everyday.  I love how fresh and light it smells.  LOVE IT.

Last but certainly not least….Dior Lip Glow.  I LOVE IT.  I get so many compliments about this product!  I LOOOOOVE IT.

Side Note, my SHH bought me that purse for my birthday 🙂 Kate Spade is my bestie.

 

Better Birchbox!

Woo Hoo my March BirchBox finally arrived.

AND I WAS REALLY HAPPY WITH IT!

I am super excited about my BB!

For starters, I have been back and forth about SuperGoop and was SO excited to see a sample here!  It’s been rainy here the last few days, so I haven’t had the chance to test it but I am excited.  We are going SUP this weekend, so it will be the perfect chance to try them!

One Love Organics:  Skin Savior

In My Professional Product Whore Opinion:

LOVE IT.  LOVE LOVE LOVE.  Its like the duct tape of my product arsenal.  It works so well as lip balm, moisturizer, and even a cleanser!  This will be a product I keep with me always.  It smells dreamy!

I also received a Lavender dry shampoo.   I am super excited to use this product!  I have heard loads of good things about it and I have been looking for a good dry shampoo so this was an exciting product to find in my box!

The tea is still un-opened 😦  But I love tea and am excited!

The teal nail polish is my ab fab!

Overall, I love BirchBox…This month!

Here’s the link for you to sign up: http://www.birchbox.com?raf=bhxzm

Post Facial Feelings…

First I felt like this:

Image from Favim.com

At first my face felt raw.  My aesthetician was pretty clear that I would be sensitive, so at least I knew what to expect.  I was so glad she gave me the Milk of Magnesia prescription as it was the ONLY thing that soothed my skin.  Also, I mean it when I say, I really looked like a 13 year old boy.  My skin was completely full of imperfections.  The treatment just accentuated this but strangely my skin felt really good.  The texture was amazingly smooth and tight–BUT NOT DRY.  I knew that it was going to be more sensitive because it was my first time.

Then like this:

Image from Dermasphere

The first night I was REALLY sensitive.  The new products are intense (which is a HUGE surprise to me, I assumed that “all natural” meant less potent–100% not the case).  I am following her post treatment instructions to a T.  Vag cream and all.  Each day I look forward to the Milk of Magnesia mask.  Again, I knew it was going to be sensitive because it was my first time.

Now I feel like this:

Image from Costume Player Catalogue

Today is 4 days post treatment.  No sign of zits, and my skin looks AMAZING.   Totally worth the minor discomfort from the first 2 days.  Seriously, Wonder Woman meets Kim K amazing.  Even my scaring looks so much better.  My SHH admitted this morning that he was really worried that it was going to get worse but I could tell this morning that he was a little jealous.

I definitely have a glow from within look today.  I haven’t worn make up since Friday (pre-treatment).  I also haven’t worn sunscreen-which is against almost everything I believe in.  I have been wearing wide rimmed hats (stand by for awesome hat pics next week.) The idea of putting chemicals on my face right now is really disgusting to me.  I am looking into a new chemical free sunscreen now….let me know if any of you have suggestions.

I am really really really looking forward to my next treatment.  I’m not even scared of the extractions:)

Stand by for full product reviews.  I feel like its cheating if I give them to you after 4 days.

In other news, I did try a new product that I got from my Beauty Fix box before vacation.

PHILIP B. KATIRA HAIR MASQUE

Image from philipb.com

Instant Manageability & Shine Boost

• A gentle yet surprisingly versatile rejuvenator for all hair types.
• The unique, clear-gel formula sinks right in to plump up fine, limp strands or calm and smooth coarse, hard-to-manage hair.
• The squeaky-clean version of a deep-conditioning treatment: You get all the vibrant shine and silkiness you could dream of – without a trace of added weight or residue.
• Makes the most of any hair texture, taking lush, light and manageable to a whole new level.
• Paraben & Phthalate Free Formula

My Professional Product Whore Opinion:

Hated it.  I was excited about this line for a while, but terribly disappointed.

I followed the directions perfectly.  I even made sure to blowdry to seal the gel in before bed.

When I washed it out, I felt like there was a residue.  I HATE THAT FEELING.  So I washed again.  Still residue.  GROSS.

“Just one application will instantly revitalize your hair color, speed up blow-drying time, and lock in shine for a sexy, touchable, red-carpet finish.” -philipb.com

Nope, none of that.  Just gross residue that weighed my hair down.

FAIL.

 

****DISCLAIMER–my phone is stuck in Video Cam mode–hence why I didn’t post a pic of myself.******

I have Monistat 7 on my face!!!!!

I had my very first facial this weekend!  WHAT?!  You’ve never had a facial?!!!?  How is that possible?!?!  Truthfully, I do not know.  But, man have I been missing out!

I got a recommendation from a good friend of a great little privately owned spot in town.  She also sent me a killer first timers deal:)  After reading about the salon and really REALLY loving the website and info I had found, I made an appointment.

I arrived a little early on Saturday AM to make sure I had time to fill out any paper work.  When I arrived I fell in LOVE with the ambiance.  There was a HUGE stone fireplace and the overall feeling was simple but well thought out.

I was brought back into the treatment room where I was walked thru expectations.   I realized quickly that this was not going to be what I thought it would be 🙂  I mean that in the best way!

The appointment started with a “skin lesson.”  I actually can’t believe how much I learned.

Things I learned right away:

1.  My treatment was going to be intense.  Less relaxation more results.  (YES! YES! YES!)

2.  The skin is the largest organ in the body.  It is important to treat it as such.

3.  ANTIOXIDANTS ARE KING and all the products at this salon are made specifically with this in mind:

-Extensive studies indicate that diets high in antioxidant rich foods, such as fruit and vegetables, offer significant protection against other age-related degenerative diseases.

All Peaches Skin Care is organic, filled with anti aging antioxidants and pure penetrating food for the skin!

4.  When you use products that are too harsh for your skin, your skin will build up a callus layer to protect against any more damage…THIS IS AMAZING. I am sad to say, I had a thick layer.

5.  MircoDerm is uncomfortable, but worth it.

6.  Exfoliation is KEY MORNING AND NIGHT!

She started with a good cleaning and exfoliation.  Then moved to MicroDerm-she set expectations really well for this so I was very prepared for the way it felt.  It was like being licked by a hungry cat…but more aggressive:)

Then she moved on to extractions–I am 30 something and these were my first ever extractions, needless to say, this was pretty uncomfortable.  Manageable, but definitely incentive to keep my skin clean in between treatments.

All the while I am enjoying hand, food and arm massages…I LOVED this part:)

Then, we moved on to the MircoCurrent treatment–this was also intense, but she set really good expectations about this so I was ready for it.  Basically, its like a facelift with out surgery…stand by for more details on this.

Then more massaging…and a heat treatment on my neck and shoulders.

Then we moved on to the more relaxing part of treatment.  A Milk of Magnesia mask….it sounds odd, but it was so so so soothing!!

Here I am at home with the same mask:

Then more massaging, and some follow up treatment info.

Because this was my first facial, I left looking like a mess.  Seriously a mess.  My skin felt amazing, but my extractions left me looking like a teenager.

After the treatment, my aesthetician took the last 15 mins to walk me thru the “prescribed post treatment.”  I LOVE THIS CONSIDERATION!  I love that she armed me with so much knowledge!

Here is my haul from the salon and some extra Sephora stuff too:

The biggest thing I took away was that I can not continue to put chemicals and parabens on  my face-my first step was all new products and I returned everything I had been using.  The truth is, I knew this was coming.  I have known for months that I was going to make a natural change.

Peaches makes all their own products, you can order here: http://peachesskincare.com/order-products.html 

WHY ARE PEACHES PRODUCTS DIFFERENT?
“Because after almost 23 years in the skin care industry and after taking care of hundreds if not thousands of clients I have seen first hand what the RIGHT skin care products can do. Over the years we have developed two other skincare lines with Peaches as our third and the one we feel is a stand-out product.

Organic, filled with anti aging antioxidants and pure penetrating food for the skin. YOU WILL SEE A DIFFERENCE with your first wash.

I have never believed in oily or combination skin, I believe we all have normal skin but we damage it by using foundation, bad skin care products, smoking and not knowing how to care for it.”

One of the things that impressed me the most is that they believe that beauty is for EVERYONE.  To be authentic to this, ALL OF THEIR PRODUCTS are priced under $30.  I spend $100 on my serum!  HOW REFRESHING!  Stand by for my product reviews!  I bought them all.

So back to my prescribed treatment.

You might have noticed in the haul image that there is a package of Monistat 7.  Its part of my facial treatment.  After I exfoliate/cleanse and tone, I apply a VERY thin layer of Monistat all over my face and neck.  It seems weird to put vagina cream on my face, but they swear by it, and I’ll admit that my face is healing really really well.  They say that its anti-fungal qualities help to heal acne.

Another interesting step is a Milk of Magnesia mask every night for the rest of the week.  The first night after the facial, I was pretty tender, almost raw.  The only thing that made it feel better is this mask.  She recommended that I sleep in it, and I did-SHH is so LUCKY.

My overall impressions of my treatment:

1.  I bought 4 more!  I LOVE THIS PLACE

2.  By the end I was so inspired by this experience and by my aesthetician that I HONESTLY considered a career change!  SERIOUSLY, she was that good.

3.  While I spend a lot of time and energy taking care of my skin, I know now that it wasn’t enough and that I had so much mis-information.

4.  I believe in results more than relaxation 🙂

5.  I am committing to using natural products on my body moving forward.  Did you know that some countries banned parabens in cosmetics?!  (stand by for more info on parabens)  As you can see from my small haul from Sephora, I picked up an all natural scrub and lotion, both by Pacifica.

6.  I APPRECIATE Sephora’s return policy so so so much, they constantly earn my continued support.

Addicted.  I can not wait to go back and to report on my new products!

No phone, no lights no motor cars, Not a single luxury (NOT EVEN SPF), Like Robinson Crusoe, As primative as can be.

“Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale,
A tale of a fateful trip
That started from this tropic port
Aboard this tiny ship.”
Source: only good movies blog
“The mate was a mighty sailing man,
The skipper brave and sure.
Five passengers set sail that day
For a three hour tour, a three hour tour.”

Source: TV Guide

WHO ARE YOU TRYING TO FOOL?  We all know Maryanne, Ginger and the millionaires wife had smuggled sunscreen in.  That show ran for YEARS, and not a single pimple or sunburn?!  Yeah right, I don’t buy that for a min.

Speaking of….What is your ABSOLUTELY-HAVE-TO-HAVE-IT-IF-YOU-GOT-STRANDED-ON-A-DESERTED-ISLAND product?  Let’s call this the “AHTHIIYGSOADI” product 🙂

My “AHTHIIYGSOADI” product is/are:

1.  My SHH–OBVIOUSLY.

2.

Dior Lip Glow-ALWAYS in my purse-I want to be sure I look good when we get rescued.

3.

Seriously, this stuff is amaze. I keep it in my purse, so its likely that if my plane/boat crashed I would have at least a few days of this on hand....lucky for my SHH/Ginger Giant.

                  

4….as if I would get 4 🙂

Since my SHH is with me, I want to be sure to keep the romance alive:)

I’m guessing if my SHH had to pick he would say:

This "pen" sterilizes the water--its a good thing we are stranded together, bc my skin would look good, but I sure would be thirsty with out him.

What would your “AHTHIIYGSOADI” product/s be?

In other Nautical News, I am currently obsessed with:

Source: Pinterest

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Source: Pinterest--a little long for me, but I LOVE THESE:)

Source: West Elm--I own all of these pillows:)

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“So join us here each week my friends,
You’re sure to get a smile,
From seven stranded castaways,
Here on “Gilligan’s Isle.”