Nov 23, 2014

MAGNAblade Razor

So I'm not a huge shaver. I wax every 4-6 weeks and generally keep razors away because I hate how they make my skin feel. Especially my calves. EEK! But in an effort to start saving some money I realized that spending $150 constantly just to be super smooth could be avoided. I've been using the MAGNAblade for a few months now and have to say that I really like it.

For starters, the razor is really thick and sturdy. I like that it's heavy and is made really well. Basically, the MAGNAblade is a dock for your razor that is said to help keep the razor sharp longer than it would without it. So far the original razor that came with the package is still hanging on but I don't remember how long they're supposed to last because I haven't used one in ages.

I will say that my legs are super duper smooth while using this and I'm glad I'm not having any issues. Not sure if this will make me forgo waxing 100% but it'll be nice to have something that will last so that when I do decide to use it I won't have to deal with something old and rusty.

***I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Santa Postcard & Giveaway

Christmas is right around the corner and one of the great things about being an adult is the look on a child's face when they wake up in the morning to all the presents that Santa brought them. My family is very big on Christmas and we do everything possible to let the kids be kids and believe in fun things just like we used to when we were younger.

Last week my cousin called me to say that a boy in her daughters class started the no santa thing for the second year in a row and she wasn't too happy about that. As her and her husband explained to their daughter that he does in fact exist, while digging through their massive pile of mail because they rarely go through it, she pulled out a postcard from Santa! The timing could not have been more perfect. Samantha was shocked (as were my cousins because they forgot that I had this sent to her weeks before!). She read the letter and asked her parents how Santa knew that she did gymnastics, that she has a dog and that she likes to help around the house. They gave her the generic answers we're all trained as adults to give and she was 100% satisfied that he does exist.

I was happy to hear that story and glad I was able to make it happen! The letter arrived in a 5x7 postcard and said to have been mailed from the North Pole. It was really thick, arrived quickly and most importantly, during this time of year where kids are on the cusp of not believing or are putting that idea into their minds it's a great gift to get the ball rolling for Christmas.

Santa Will Write offers these personalized postcards for $5.95 but one lucky winner will be able to send one for free! The holidays are coming and I'll be running a ton of giveaways over the next month so enter to grab one of these and stay tuned for more!

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***I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Nov 18, 2014

Dot & Dot Packing Cubes

I have no idea where these have been all my life. As much as I take super lengthy trips where I'm always living out of a suitcase I'm shocked that I never thought of looking into something like these Dot & Dot Packing Cubes.

I'm heading out of town for a few weeks and cannot wait to use these. So while I haven't had a chance to test them out my coworker recently got back from 3 weeks backpacking through Italy and I let her borrow these. She said they were a lifesaver. She mentioned how it was super easy to find what she was looking for based on the items she was able to see through the mesh top and that helped keep her suitcase not only orderly but from overflowing and making it hard to full re-pack every few days.

While I'll be staying in the same place for the two weeks that I'm away and won't be in dire need of these for my clothes I'll be packing my toiletries and hair styling tools in a few of these cubes in order to prevent any bulging and to make it easier to see how many of the same product I'm taking with me!

A few days ago I was also given one for shoes so that's coming as well. Eventually my suitcases will always be filled with neat and tidy cubes. It'll be like Tetris! I highly recommend these for anyone backpacking or that just wants to open their suitcase and not have a panic attack when they're just looking for one item that's buried underneath layers of clothes (and makeup, and shoes, and products, etc).

Nov 16, 2014

Peter Thomas Roth Mini Mask Magic Trio

I've been on a serious shopping bender lately and I have nothing but the holiday season to blame. On today's trip to Sephora I saw what looked like the cutest and most useful new item ever: A Sephora Exclusive Mini Mask Magic Trio by Peter Thomas Roth.

I've been a fan of Peter Thomas Roth since I used their mineral powder sunscreen and then a bigger fan when I discovered the Max Sheer All Defense Lotion. So it's safe to say it's a brand I trust has quality products.

This trio was not only cute but it has peels in ingredients I never thought of using. Just like Ole Henriksens Power Peel has an almond polish and walnut scrub, this PTR has one a rose mask as well as a pumpkin enzyme one. Both ingredients are great because I've recently fallen deep in love with the smell and taste of roses and pumpkins are super festive!

One plus about this set is that the products aren't meant to be used as a system which makes the .5oz jars last a bit longer. I plan on using these each once a week along with my other cleansers that I use daily. I'm so excited to have added this to my skin care regiment because I take it super serious. There's a reason my coworkers think I'm 10 years younger than I am and that's my diligence and obsession with my skin.

So yea, it's worth it for sure. It costs $20 and it's a great intro into this amazing brand if you've never used any of their products. And if you have then you'll instantly know that it's worth it.

My Thoughts on Supreme Pure Supplements

It's no secret to anyone that I'm not a huge fan of supplements. Not only do I dislike swallowing pills but I feel it's better to just eat foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals that we need rather than popping pills. Mixed of course with delicious things that we don't need like fatty foods and salty snacks. YUM!

Having said that, I was given a bottle of the hilariously named Forskolin by Supreme Pure to try out for a while and share what I thought, so here goes:

I like that the pills aren't massive and went down easy, especially since they asked for it to be taken twice a day. They also didn't leave a nasty aftertaste which is great. Another plus is that it hasn't been bad on my stomach which is something that other pills that I've tried in the past have done.  I also didn't experience any of the side effects the manufacturer mentioned which was another great thing.

In terms of its promised weight loss, well, I can't say that I've experienced any due to these because I run almost daily and try to balance out my calories throughout the week.

***I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Nov 14, 2014

Dr. Song 50% Lactic Acid Gel Peel

I've tried a few lactic acid peels in the past both at home and at a dermatologists office so I knew what to expect in terms of Dr. Songs 50% Lactic Acid Gel Peel that I got from Amazon.

Whenever I try a product that's stronger than something with 2% salicylic acid I always keep it on for a just a short amount of time before upping the ante.  The instructions recommend trying it on the inner arm or just a small portion of the face in order to test for any reactions and to use tons of SPF when you go outside because your skin will be sensitive. Lucky for me my tinted moisturizer already contains SPF 20  so I'm covered on that end.

My skin was def a bit irritated after I first applied it which is rare for any product to do. It takes a lot to get me looking red (and I would kind of welcome it because it would give me a richer color!) but it wasn't the case with this product. My skin just felt a bit red and sensitive. I left the product on for 2 minutes before rinsing it off.

After the first use my skin did look nicer and my makeup seemed to melt into my skin easier. They recommend using this product once every 4 weeks but I'm going to sneak it in a bit more frequent than that. I think my zombie skin will react really well to it and it'll help me get a heads up on making sure my skin remains perfect when the summer rolls around again!

My main recommendation for this product is to follow the directions. I'm lucky to not really have sensitive skin but I know that not everyone is like me.

 ***I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.