After a few months of seeing Rodan + Field’s Lash Boost results all over my Facebook feed, I finally caved. I’ve been using their Redefine products for over two years now, and I love them. The brand has so many options for all skin types. Yes, it can be pricey, but you only have one skin and it’s your largest organ, so you have to take care of it, right?!
Being a natural blonde, my eyelashes were basically nonexistent without mascara on them. You can see them when I reviewed benefit’s mascaras. Now with using Lash Boost after 16 weeks, they are so much thicker and darker…and definitely longer.
Using Lash Boost is so easy to use. I literally pull the little brush out of the tube and swipe it on the upper lash line of both eyes. There’s enough product to do both of my eyes (and I have yet to have to reorder after 16 weeks!). You are to only use it on your top lashes.
As you can see, they are so much longer and fuller. (Let’s not look at how horrible my brows look in the before pic…they were bushier so that skews how long they look now. LOL) I have people ask me all the time if I have gotten lash extensions, and I love saying NO! I couldn’t imagine the upkeep with getting extensions – and of course the price.
Don’t mind the eyeshadow in the before picture above 🙂 This is to really show how thick and long my lashes have become. In the before picture, I had SO many coats of mascara on too to even get them to look that thick. Also, my lashes just curl by themselves now; I do not use a lash curler.
I do not have sensitive eyes, so this product works well for me. My friend said she tried it but her eyes were too sensitive. Unfortunately, she couldn’t use it.
If you are looking for an affordable solution to longer lashes, you should definitely try Lash Boost. If your Facebook friend’s list isn’t full of consultants like mine, let me know and I can get you in touch with one!
I’ve been wearing benefit’s They’re Real mascara now for a few years. I love it. It has always done a great job lengthening my lashes. I find myself on the weekends just wearing this mascara and lip gloss. Being a blonde, my lashes are super light. Actually, it looks like I don’t have any at all. I promise they’re there! So that’s why I throw on a few coats of mascara so you can actual see them!
Since benefit came out with the new Roller Lash mascara, I’ve been so curious to try it. I love They’re Real and the results I get, but I wanted to see if the Roller Lash actually curled my lashes like it claimed too. So here’s what I did…
I layered them. Roller Lash does do a fantastic job of curling my eyelashes, but it’s definitely not a thickening and lengthening mascara (for me at least). So I have been putting a few coats of that on first and layering a few coats of They’re Real on while Roller Lash is still wet to make my eyelashes pop even more. Both of these mascaras have neatly designed wands to make sure the mascara is distributed the way you want. As you can see from the picture, layering them gives me the curl, thickening, and lengthening that I want.
See, I told you I have eyelashes. Actually quite long ones I might add 🙂
Forewarning – if you don’t like feet or pictures of feet, you don’t want to read this post!
Now…to get on to the review…
I saw a blogger talk about her experience with Baby Foot Exfoliation Peel, and I was intrigued. Then a few days later, I saw people.com do a review on it as well. So I thought I better try it!
I wouldn’t say my feet are in horrible shape, but I definitely have a few calluses that are pretty rough – and my typical pedicure never seems to really tackle them. So I thought for the price of a pedicure, I could try this exfoliation treatment. I read a lot of reviews and saw a ton of people’s pictures. Truthfully, they were a little scary! Some people’s feet looked…well…disgusting during the process. But, the after pictures made it all worth it.
So here are my feet before:
I hate the calluses underneath my big toes and on the balls of my feet. My heels are pretty scratchy as well. I know it’s a little hard to see in the picture.
Did I mention I convinced my mom to do it with me? 🙂 She wanted to have smooth feet, too. So each package comes with two booties filled with a jelly substance. The directions recommended you soak your feet in warm water first before putting the booties on…so we soaked for 10 minutes.
Then it was time to put on the booties…and sit. For one hour. And I understand why they don’t want you walking around because the gel substance made you slip around in the booties and you could easily lose your balance.
After the hour, we washed the substance off our feet. And that was it! Now it was time to wait for the peeling to start. In the directions, it said it could take a few days before you start seeing anything happen. And they were right! Mine started to peel before my mom’s due to the fact with how much I work out, my sweaty feet and wearing socks helped get the process started. Mine started three days after I had the booties on, and my mom’s started to peel about five days later.
Here are my feet five days later – and the peel was in full force:
Now, I know there are some of you out there saying “I bet it was so fun to pick the skin off!” The instructions said not to peel it off. Let it happen naturally. So, as hard as it was, I didn’t pick at my feet. See the blue under my feet? Those are the socks I wore constantly when I was home. The socks made my unable to pick.
The tops of my feet didn’t peel too much. It pretty much stopped half way up my toes. Now, the top of my mom’s feet peeled like crazy!! She wasn’t as willing to share pictures 🙂
I was able to hide my peeling by wearing pumps to work. If I would have worn sandals to work and people looked down at my feet, they probably would have looked away in disgust. The skin peeled off a lot on the sides. You should have seen my kids’ faces when I showed them! It was pretty priceless.
So here are the results:
They definitely are so much smoother. The skin just feels new and like the name says, baby like. It helped with my two trouble spots. Although they aren’t gone by any means, they are much better. The flash from the camera also caught the nice shine from the new skin! My mom’s feet are also so much smoother, and she is happy with her results. Her peeling lasted longer than mine, probably nine days.
Unless you don’t mind the peeling, you may want to wait until fall or winter to do the peel. But I highly recommend it. It’s such a great way to get rid of the dead layer of skin on your feet naturally.
Here’s a side-by-side for comparison:
I’ve always been told that it is good to give your hair a break and not wash it everyday. But as a blonde, sometimes I find it hard to do. Why? Because I feel my hair looks like a big ball o’ grease the next day! I get so jealous of my brunette coworkers who can go three or four days between washes (but they also have long hair where they can do braids, pony tails, etc.).
bumble and bumble made a hair powder back in the day that I loved. They discontinued it, I cried, and stocked up on a few bottles. When those ran out, I cried again. bumble and bumble tried to replace it with a spray powder which did NOT work as well AT ALL. But they came out with yet another replacement that is freakin’ fantastic. The Prêt-à-Powder!
At first, I didn’t know if I wanted to spend $26 on hair powder. I know the brand is great. But seriously? It’s powder. I’m so glad I did though because it works great for my blonde hair. And I’ve had my bottle for almost a year and it’s only 1/2 gone! How the top is designed, it doesn’t put a ton of product out at once, so you end up not wasting it. See (please don’t get grossed out by my grease!)…
Now, I’m a visual person, so I wanted to show you how well this product works. These are before and after pictures of using the Prêt-à-Powder. This was after not washing my hair for one day.
As you can see, it takes away the grease and oil. What it also does a great job of is giving the hair some volume. I shake it all over, but focus on my part and the hair around my face.
While I have done the Johnson & Johnson baby powder trick in the past, this powder 1. doesn’t make you smell like a baby’s bottom or 2. leave a white cast in your hair. Although it’s pricier, it does a much better job. And the scent is wonderful and not overpowering. After you put it on, you don’t even notice it.
You’ve got to try this powder!
In a recent online order from Sephora, it included a sample of Soap & Glory’s The Righteous Butter Body Lotion. Typically I don’t even open the samples, but I love new lotions…and the packaging was fun, so I gave it a whirl.
When I first put it on, I noticed the lovely scent. The description says it their Pink fragrance, which is a blend of bergamot, peach, vanilla, and sandalwood. I have to say it does go on strong, but it does fade, but not completely.
After just using the sample, I noticed how soft my skin was. Just like butter! So what did I do? The next day I made a pit stop to my local Sephora store to buy some of course! When I go there, I love the fact that the lotion comes not only in the tub, but in a pump!
I’ve been using this lotion for a little over a month, and I’m almost 1/2 way through the bottle. I LOVE this stuff! I lotion my entire body with this stuff…and my skin has never been softer. It soaks in really well and is NOT greasy at all. It does exactly what it says it does – hydrates.
If you are skeptical about the scent, as I’ve noticed a lot of the reviewers on Sephora have complained about it, they have a small $5 tub. It’s the perfect size to use a few times to see how you like it.
I can’t recommend this lotion enough! It’s a UK brand, and is only sold at Sephora! Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. I know your skin will!
I can tend to be a junkie. A product junkie that is. I’ve been better over the years, not being conned at the beauty counter to purchase stuff I don’t need. There are some products that I just can’t live without in my daily beauty routine – whether it’s put on my face, hair or body. Let’s take a look what I can’t live without…
1. EOS Lip Balm. Let’s see, I have one of these bad boys in my purse, in the bathroom, next to my bed, in my desk drawer at work, in the kitchen, in the pool bag. Um, yeah, it’s the best lip balm ever. I have admit the shape isn’t exactly easy to put in your pocket, but who cares. I hate having dry lips, and this lip balm is my go-to.
2. Dove Deep Moisture Liquid Body Wash. I used to be a body wash junkie. I had so many scents it wasn’t even funny. BUT. I noticed that some would make me breakout on my shoulders and back – and who wants that?! Dove Deep Moisture makes my skin so unbelievably soft and never causes any breakouts. And it’s so affordable – we even buy it in bulk at Costco.
3. Vivite Facial Serum. My dermatologist recommended Vivite about six years ago. And I’ve used this facial serum ever since. Granted, it may be pricey, but it lasts forever. It goes on so smooth and a little goes a long way. When people say “You have kids that are 9 and 6, but you look so much younger!”, I credit that to this serum.
4. benefit They’re Real Mascara. Women, you know how hard it is to find a mascara that you love. Just walk in to Ulta and you have 200 different options to choose from! I discovered benefit’s They’re Real when it came out two years ago. I was really looking for a mascara that extended my eyelashes – and this did it. I never have to curl my eyelashes because this mascara does the curling for me. Many times on the weekends I just put this on and I’m out the door.
5. benefit Stay Don’t Stray. I never used to use primer on my eyes. But I received a sample of this last year, and now I never put on eyeshadow without it. It keeps my eyeshadow in place ALL day – even through Zumba!
6. Pureology’s Root Lift. Yep. My hair just lays flat as a board if I don’t have this product in my hair. My cousin is a hair stylist, and she turned me on to this product five years ago. It’s amazing how much lift I get out of my hair when I roll brush it and have this product in my hair. Thank goodness it comes in travel size!
7. Viva La Juicy perfume. I know some people love to mix up their perfumes or colognes all the time. Well, not this girl. I LOVE this perfume. A coworker even once said “I knew you were here because I could smell you in the hallway.” (And yes I asked if that was a compliment – and it was!) Besides the smell, I love the fact that this perfume makes me smell good all day. It lasts! I’ve had some perfumes where the scent is gone one hour later. Perfume is too expensive not to last the day.
Do you use any of these products? What are some of your go-tos?