Tuesday, April 22, 2014

This Will Make You Rethink Your Face Cleansing Device

What kind of face cleansing device do you use? I find that I’ve been quite loyal to my washcloth over the years with dips into the Clarisonic pool as well as the Konjac sponge pond a few times, among others. So what do you faithfully use? Well there is a new kid in town and he might keep me from my beloved washcloth for longer than I’m used to. The brand is called FOREO and the product is called the Luna. It just came out last year and instead of using a brush head that needs to be replaced every-so-often, it uses electric pulsations to deeply clean. Wasn’t it only a matter of time before someone used some major technology to clean our faces?


The Luna machine is housed in a glove of soft silicone and comes in three feminine shades, one for each skin type – White for Ultra-Sensitive Skin, Pink for Sensitive/Normal and Blue for Combination Skin. It fits snug in the hand and on the top part is where you apply it to the face. That’s where, what they call the “rounded silicone touch-points,” it touches the face.

It uses transdermal sonic, or T-Sonic as they call it, pulsations that go through the rounded silicone touch-points to clean each pore deeply, while at the same time helping to remove dead skin cells.


Simple start washing your face like usual and then press the button one time to put the device in Cleansing Mode and apply the touch-point part, that you’ve also wet, to one cheek by the ear and then oscillate back and forth from one cheek to the other by way of the chin for 15 seconds. Then apply it to the forehead and make like a windshield wiper and go back and forth over the forehead for 15 seconds and the last part of the face is the nose. Just glide the Luna up and down the nose for 15 seconds and you’re done. They also recommend using the smooth opposite side of the touch-points under the eyes in upward strokes but I’m not really comfortable with using it on such a delicate area.


They also say this has an Anti-Aging Surface, which you get to by pushing the button another time after putting it in Cleansing Mode. It’s basically using the device as a face massager, which I guess can help with aging by stimulation but I was more fascinated by the thorough cleansing it did! How do I know this? I went by how smooth the surface of my skin felt after using it. I even did a test a few times by alternating between my usual washcloth and the Luna and I truly felt a difference.

And because silicone is nonporous, you don’t have to worry about yucky bacteria getting trapped and there’s no parts to replace. Just charge it up and it’s ready to go.  

The Luna is $199 and you can also pick up the Luna mini for $139 and the Luna Luxe for $6,500. Yup you read that price correctly! And there are even versions of the Luna for men, so check them out and more @ foreo.com.

Will you be replacing your current face cleansing tool with this one? Do tell in the comments!

Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

If You DIY-It, You Need to Read This!

How often did you dye your hair at home when you were a teen or do you still do it? How did it come out? I have vivid memories of doing it myself and they’re not really fond ones since I didn’t really have any idea of what I was doing. Now, there are options like YouTube, which I don’t always recommend since I’m not sure most know what they’re doing each just short of trial and error!


But now there is an option for us DIY-ers and it’s the book DIY DYE Bright and Funky Temporary Hair Coloring for You to Do at Home. The author, Loren Lankford, has worked for quite a few popular magazines and helped launch Fab and Bookish. In DIY, she really explains step-by-step how do things clearly and answers she goes over some basics like toner is and how to use hair bleach. And then the fun really begins! Inside you can find hair chalk and Kool-Aid recipes, as well as how to make homemade hairspray and how to make glitter hair gel. Wah?

So there’s a lot of new ideas in this book, most of which I had not heard of, which is the huge plus and the reason I’m recommending this book for the diy-er beauty-er! $14.95 @ ulyssespress.com

Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes. 

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Monday, April 14, 2014

5 Favorites … Drugstore Finds

You don’t have to pay a lot for great beauty products and 5 here are worth the pennies that you can pick up right at your local drugstore. Two have totally unique scents, one leaves no white residue like some sunscreens can, one really kept my underarms super dry, and the last is an inexpensive hair hydrator.


1. HAWAIIAN TROPIC Silk Hydration Faces Lotion SPF 30 - $9.59/1.7oz

2. AUSSIE 3 Minute Miracle MOIST - $3.99/8oz

3. CARESS Aqua Sparkle Body Wash in Lilac Blossom & Aquamarine - $5.29/12oz

4. DOVE Purely Pampering Beauty BarPistachio Cream with Magnolia Scent - $7.39/4bars

5. SECRET 'Paris Romantic Rose' Invisible Solid Antiperspirant - $4.29/2.6oz

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Get Fragrance Fitted with Commodity

How do you purchase your fragrances? Maybe see an ad for the new Gucci or Chanel and deciding to try it? I think we’ve all done that but when it comes to brands that may not have the big reputation of the aforementioned, it can be hard to decide and I’m sure more peeps would try indy brands like this next one if they had their system in place. They're called COMMODITY and their system allows you to try 5 or 10 of their scents at your own pace and in your own home. The below graphic easily demonstrates it!


Place an order for what they call a Fitting Kit (spray vials sealed in plastic packs) – either 5 samples (their best-sellers) for $5 or the full 10 samples for $9 (free shipping on both). Try each scent out and if you find a fave, you can order The Trio (set of three 10ml sprays for $48) or The 100 (a 100ml spray size for $108) in that scent. And your Fitting Kit cost is free if you order within 30 days of them sending you the Fitting Kit (the cost of the Fitting Kit will be deducted from your purchase of either of the bigger sizes when you order through their website). Can I type the words Fitting Kit one more time in the previous sentence?? :)


The men’s frags are in black packaging and the women’s come in white (all are eau de parfums). Yes, I think the sealed packs are a bit excessive and wasteful but maybe they will come up with another presentation for the samples. 

So let me break the scents down for you: the women’s fragrances come in three categories – Fresh Scents (Tea, Moss, Mimosa),Warm Scents (Gold, Paper), Floral Scents (Ivy, Rain, Dew, Magnolia, Pinot).

The men’s is also broken down into three categories – Fresh Scents (Cloth, Moss, Cane) Warm Scents (Wool, Gold, Whiskey, Paper), Woodsy Scents (Gin, Book, Oak).

Don’t you just love the simple names of these??

So there you have it. Very simple and very easy. I've smelled all of the women's scents and almost all of the men's scents and this company knows quality. Each scent is made in small batches to ensure freshness and they bottle them up right here in California!

As far as my favorites, I surprisingly leaned towards the floral ones (must be the time of year!) with Ivy and Pinot coming out on top and for the men's, I'm holding the Cane to spray on the next man in my life. 

Is this something you want to try? Check out more about this company @ commoditygoods.com

A men's Fitting Kit and women's Fitting Kit were sent to me gratis for this review. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Review+Swatches - Make Up For Ever HD Blush

Are you into the whole face sculpting trend yet? I’m still working on getting it down; I always feel like I have too much makeup on when I do it! Anyway, if you’re not into it and just into ol’ fashioned blush, read on! MAKE UP FOR EVER recently came out with HD Blush and HD Pressed Powder. I am so behind on getting to these but better late than never, so onward! 


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