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This week, I have two great ice blue items from my beauty cabinet (I decided that would be the theme.  I was tired when I made the theme, ok?).

Mary Kay Indulge Soothing Eye Gel

I went to a Mary Kay party one time and loved trying this eye gel – it felt like putting cucumber slices over my eyes.  I have since been using this gel for a while and it never stops feeling awesome and it works to tighten the eye area a little but mostly it helps me look more awake and less puffy.  The pretty color is just a great bonus.

Aveda Smooth Infusion Style Prep Smoother

It takes a lot for my husband to notice something beauty-related and the other day he looked at my hair and said “Are you doing something different?  Your hair looks really smooth.”  That’s all I really need to say, even men will notice a difference.


Here’s the question:  “What is a good drugstore price level gentle facial cleanser?  Emphasis on gentle.”

The word “gentle” can mean a lot of different things to different people.  One person might simply be looking for a face wash without exfoliants, while another might insist gentle means 100% organic.

After giving it some thought, I realized that the only drugstore brand that would really have it all (organic ingredients, affordability, gentleness) is Yes To Carrots (Cucumbers, etc.).  The Yes to Cucumbers line would be the best option because cucumbers are naturally skin-soothing and calming.  I use the Yes to Cucumbers face wipes every night and I can attest that my crazy sensitive skin is very happy with this brand.  The Soothing Daily Gentle Cleanser might just solve all of your problems finding a truly gentle face wash at the drugstore.

Sensitive Skin Tips

  • Avoid any products that have parabens, phthalates, or fragrance in the ingredients
  • Some products with SPF built-in will irritate your skin.  Sometimes you’re better off using two products you’re sure won’t cause more harm.
  • If you have severely sensitive skin, you might check Pinterest for some homemade recipes for 100% natural products.  If you can control what goes in, you might have less trouble.
  • Avoid sun exposure as much as possible.

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It has been requested that I open up my blog to questions from my readers.  Ok, it was more of a demand if you want to get technical.  Either way, here we go with our first question:

“Instead of a loofah, I bathe with a bacon cheeseburger.  Am I doing something wrong?”  Here’s the actual conversation if you don’t believe me:

Fit Sugar aptly calls bacne “an unpleasant side effect of working out.”  They also have some great tips to help avoid bacne and treating the bacne you already have.  I’ll sort of summarize plus add in some of my own tips:

  • Shower the moment you are done working out.  You know how your gym has showers?  Use them.  Pack a portable shower caddy (like the ones you used in college dorm bathrooms) to cart shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, etc.  If you really can’t stomach the idea of showering in a public place, shower the second you get home.  Consider at least bringing a change of clothes to the gym.
  • Speaking of the shower, use shampoo and conditioner before you wash your body.  All that creamy, oily conditioner might be great for your hair, but can cause bacne if it clogs your pores.
  • I know some people who think you should use a gentler acne wash for your back than for your face, but actually the skin on your face is much more delicate than the skin on your back, so scrub away!
  • You should be using a scrub with salicylic acid.  I recommend Clean & Clear Deep Action Exfoliating Scrub because it’s cheap ($6) and plentiful.  Use a back brush (probably skip the loofah because they can damage skin and make bacne worse) to make sure you reach 100% of your back.
  • Some people’s skin responds better to benzoyl peroxide, in which case consider trying Clean & Clear Advantage 3-in-1 Exfoliating Scrub.  It’s also around $7 so it’s not terribly expensive to scrub your whole back with it.
  • If neither of these options are working for you, consider some other alternatives, although these will probably be more expensive:  glycolic acid and alpha hydroxy because they both promote cell turnover.
  • So important:  Using any acne medicated scrub or soap will make it easier for your skin to burn in the sun so please please please wear sunscreen.
  • Also, if you’re reading through this list and thinking to yourself that you’ve tried all of these tips and you’re still having trouble, consider making an appointment with a dermatologist.  She can possibly write a script for something stronger or even antibiotics to get you on the right track.

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You can’t get much for a dollar these days – maybe a pinwheel, or a gum ball, or something.  However, $1 will buy you the fabulously easy-to-use e.l.f. Essentials Nourishing Cuticle Pen, which beats the pants off a pinwheel any day (except maybe the really sparkly ones…).

I keep one of these in my desk at work and when I’m on the phone or something, I’ll break it out and condition my cuticles.  It’s called multitasking.

When you’re a teenager and you get visited regularly by the acne fairy/monster, the solution is Proactiv.  Just use it as directed and you’ll be fine.  Ok, now that we’ve set the youth straight, it’s time to talk about the horrors of adult acne.  I hate my acne problem but what I hate more is the fact that old standbys like Proactiv don’t cut it after a certain age.  My skin became more sensitive and more prone to drying completely out, rendering go-to products for teens nearly useless – or worse, they would even create new breakouts.  So what’s a girl woman to do?

The answer for me has been to improve my skin as much as possible by using grown-up products that can do double duty – prevent breakouts and wrinkles while using good-for-skin ingredients with none of the fillers.  Of course this is obscenely expensive, but the products last a long time.  My system is from Somme Institute, a skin care company that specializes in creating luxurious beauty products using MDT5 technology (Molecular Dispersal Technology 5) and mark their products with a simple colored circle to indicate the magic stuff inside.

I mentioned the steps in a previous post about using them for an at-home spa day.  They are that luxurious, for sure, but I also use these every day.  The steps are as follows:

  1. Cleanse – I don’t use the cleanser Somme makes so I substitute one from the drugstore packed with benzoyl peroxide.
  2. Transport – glycolic acid pads to exfoliate
  3. Serum – Vitamin C for brightness and clarity
  4. A-Bomb – rich moisturizer that doesn’t clog pores
  5. Sunscreen – I don’t use the one they make so I improvise with Bare Minerals, which has SPF 30 built in

Now my skin looks worlds better but nothing will knock out my acne for good except (hopefully) menopause.

I pick up my Somme products at Preen Apothecary.

Below, my mother, who contributes to Pets Jubilee, reviews her Mother’s Day present from me, Karuna Age Defying Face Masks.

My daughter (Girl About Town) bought me these wonderful face masks for Mother’s Day from Preen Apothecary.  I finally had time to sit back and relax, so I tried one out.  The masks are by Karuna and are “age-defying” treatment masks (I always love products that say that.  If there were truly age-defying products out there, we would never see anyone look over 30 years old).   The masks’ mission is Vitality and Transformation.  I think that’s a wonderful mission to have!  The cloths are all natural fiber and are extremely moist (tip:  when you’re finished with the cloth, rub on your neck, hands, arms, etc.).  The solution is made up of wild yams (for vitality) and elderberry extracts make your skin more resilient, according to the box.  The mask has a very faint, wonderful aroma.
I set a timer for 20 minutes, placed the mask on my face, laid down and got comfortable.  For an added bonus, I turned on Pandora and played Ambient radio, which I like to call “spa music.”  Within minutes I was completely relaxed.  If I had a young, tall, blonde and burly Swedish masseuse, the experience would have been complete, but we take what we can get.
Another tip, save the used masks and use them to scare the neighbor kids on Halloween.
I recommend these masks and thank my daughter for such a wonderful and thoughtful gift.

When I have no idea what to get someone, I go to Preen Apothecary – the birth place of all my best gift ideas.  The friendly staff are more than willing to offer suggestions – not to mention, gift wrap your final selection for your event.

In this picture, I have the Preen Apothecary bag in the background and going clockwise:

Words cannot express how much I love this place.  Next time you’re in Oakwood, stop by and let them take the headache out of gift giving for you!

Preen Apothecary
2508 Far Hills Avenue
Oakwood, OH  45419

I have loved Fresh Sugar lip gloss since 2006 – the smell is lemony fresh, the consistency is perfect and non-sticky, the colors are sheer.  However, as wonderful as this product truly is, it has one flaw.  For some reason, it leaks everywhere all the time.  Never throw this lip gloss in your purse and go or you’ll have an icky mess to try to clean out later.  I keep this lip gloss on my counter in the bathroom or wrapped in a paper towel in a ziploc if I decide I have to take it with me somewhere.

This lip gloss is normally available around $18 either from their website or Sephora – the shade in the picture is Sugar Shag, a perfect sheer true red.  Also in the mix is SPF 15 – and there is really sugar in the formula!

I am pleased as punch with Skin, an Apothecary’s new website.  It has all of the features of a normal online store and none of the frames from their less-than-perfect website of the past.  Take a look at the new and improved site here

Here’s a glimpse of the simple, clean design they’ve chosen.   (Also, their new Aquamarine scent is divine, give it a try at Preen Apothecary).