let's review - Dove Nourishing Oil Care Conditioner

Em, you'll want to skip this post. 

So, y'all know that I have really curly hair. It's thick, sometimes unruly, often dry, and frequently frizzy. Despite all that? I'm definitely a curly girl. I think that I was probably 30ish when I finally figured out how to deal with my curls - and I've spent the past 11 years experimenting with nearly every shampoo/conditioner/styler on the market. So when Dove offered up conditioner samples to try, I raised my hand (sorry Em)...

Here's what Dove has to say about this conditioner - 

A unique blend with non-greasy natural almond and mineral oils that are so fine, they are rapidly absorbed to deeply nourish and replenish essential nutrients. It’s next generation nourishment for beautifully smooth, soft, shiny hair. 

They use a patented technology to repair & nourish dry hair. They describe the following - 

  • Fiber Active technology penetrates deep inside the hair strand, helping rebind damaged proteins (Intensive Repair and Color Repair only)
  • Patented Micromoisture Serum targets damage, repairing the surface of hair by sealing lifted cuticles 

A sidenote (for Em, or anyone else wondering why I'm not going green here) - I have a hard time with natural conditioners & styling products for my hair. My curls need serious silicones. I'm okay with that. I lean green in SO many other areas of my life. 

So, back to this conditioner - it gets a THUMBS UP from me. I'd definitely purchase it. A couple of key attributes for me - it rinses well, and it leaves my hair soft instead of heavy. 

What hair care products are you loving? I'm always on the lookout for new ones. Oh, and be sure to head over to BlogHer to enter to win a Spafinder gift certificate. Details below...

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check out P&G's new e-store!

Disclaimer: During the month of August, BlogHer is teaming up with P&G to make my life easier. Well, that...and to spread the word about P&G's new e-store. This is a sponsored post. As a BlogHer blogger (say that 5x fast!), I'll recieve a 10% commission on sales through the widget below...

With back-to=school around the corner, I'm looking for ways to streamline some of my more domestic duties. If you were thinking that I have all sorts of time to wander the aisles of our local Wal*Mart, sniffing all the bottles of Tide...you were wrong. Work + school + football = zero time. So, I was kinda intrigued when P&G announced their estore. If we're being honest - this stuff isn't fun to shop for. I'm thinking that if I can stock up household stuff with the click of a mouse, I'll have more time to page through a Boden catalog, or stop by Starbucks. Sounds good to me! 

In addition to cleaning products, toothbrush heads, and dental floss (what an exciting list!), I'll be throwing one of my favorites in my e-cart...CoverGirl LashBlast 24HR Mascara. No, it's not natural. I've already admitted that I cheat on natural sometimes. Please forgive me. CoverGirl has always been reliable when it comes to mascara, and I totally appreciate the chemistry that goes into a seemingly "simple" product. I actually sat in a meeting last week talking about the pros & cons of manufacturing mascara...fascinating stuff. 

Anywho, here's the deal. P&G is offering a few incentives to get people to try out the e-store. For the month of August, you can: 

*Take 10% off all items

*Get free shipping on purchases over $25

*Check out lots of great Olympic-themed bundles & deals

As I mentioned, I'll get a little commission kick-back of you shop through the below link. Just click on "buy now" to go to the e-store. You don't have to buy mascara...you can shop for whatever P&G product that your heart desires! 

CoverGirl LashBlast 24HR Mascara

PS. I cannot, for the life of me, figure out how to change the image size...the html coding is a little, uhm, beyond me. So, sorry 'bout that! 


life well lived : dealing with disappointments

This week's Life Well Lived question...

How do you deal with disappointment, and what lessons do you have to share from those experiences?

Here's the part where I dazzle you with all of the tools that I've learned through reading 248, 356, 983 self-help books (and spending almost that amt of $ in therapy)...

Uhm. Well. Let's see. 

Right. I actually don't have any tried & true methods for turning lemons into lemonade, or grey clouds into rainbows. I don't always look for the open window after the closed door. 

I do the same thing that y'all do. I cry. I vent to friends. I eat chocolate. I drink wine. I cry some more. I watch vintage Grey's Anatomy. And then...

I try to find one thing to be grateful for. Just one thing. It can be small. 

As for lessons? Well, I working on that. :)

How 'bout you? What's your secret for dealing with disappointments? Share your thoughts on BlogHer and don't forget to enter the Sweepstakes!

 


a little luxury in the everyday...

Ever since the day that I walked into a lotions & potions-type store in 1994-ish, I’ve been hooked on personal care products. If it smells lovely, and feels lovely, I’m sold. So, when the folks at Dove® offered to let me try their new Dove® VisibleCare™ Body Wash, I quickly typed “yes please!”

Dovevisiblecare
Here’s what Dove® has to say about the VisibleCare™ Softening Crème Body Wash that I’m using…

 “Visible skin improvement in just one week. Nutrium moisture. More beautiful skin from a body wash? Absolutely. Designed to soften skin and dry spots, this unique formula - with our highest concentration of NutriumMoisture - contains skin natural building blocks to help improve skin's look over time. Use daily for softer, smoother skin in one week. And with continued use, skin is visibly more beautiful within 3 weeks.”

 I’ve used this body wash for a few days now. Luxurious lather? Check. Clean rinse? Check. Lovely fragrance? Check, check. I have horribly dry skin (thank you, 6 months of winter!), so I’m always interested in after-feel. This one rates pretty high with me – it rinses clean, but leaves my skin soft. I like that it’s creamy enough to use for shaving my legs, too. I’m pretty sensitive to fragrances, and I found this one to be just right. It’s super rich, so it feels rather indulgent to be using it for every day.

You might be wondering why I’m “cheating” on my green-minded brands, and taking such a mainstream brand into the shower with me. Here’s the thing – I don’t stress about rinse off products that much. I’m happy that this product is SLS-free (don’t get confused by Sodium Laureth Sulfate on the ingredient listing…it’s Sodium Lauryl Sulfate that you want to avoid). I’m not 100% thrilled with the IL on this body wash, but I’m not totally freaked out by it either.

 I can’t always afford to spend $9+ on fancy shower gel (I’d rather spend that on fancy coffee). I want luxury at an affordable price - totally the middle-class demographic. The suggested retail of $6.99 for an 18oz bottle (trivia – this is actually a tottle – a cross between a bottle & a tube) is much more in my price range. Plus, I can avoid going to the mall – bonus! 

What little luxuries are you indulging in these days? (oh, and for a shot at a BIG luxury...be sure to enter to win a $500 Spafinder gift certificate!)

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Life Well Lived: inspire me.

It's time for another Life Well Lived question! This week's query...

What are your favorite resources for inspiration on style, fashion, beauty and living life well?

I could answer this question with one word:  Pinterest...but that would be too easy, wouldn't it? I'm sure that I've mentioned before that I do not have a well-honed fashion sense. What I do have is a 20 year old daughter who will say "Uhm, madre? No." while pointing me back into my bedroom. Ha! However, since she lives in another country for part of the year, I'm left to fend for myself. A few of my go-to sites...

1. (style/fashion) Lisa Leonard's What I Wore Wednesday posts: I love her sense of style, & adore how she combines colors. Plus, she has curly hair...so clearly we should be friends. 

2. (beauty) Sephora: After 14 years in the industry, Sephora is still my first stop when I'm trying to find a particular product. Well, 2nd stop...my first stop is my desk. Lots of treasures there.

3. (style/fashion) The No-Brainer Wardrobe ebook: It's fabulous.

4. (living well) Favorite magazines: Yoga Journal, Sunset, and Whole Living

How 'bout you? Head over to BlogHer to join in on the conversation (and maybe find some new sources for inspiration!) Be sure to enter the Life Well Lived Moments Sweepstakes for a chance to win an Ipod Touch! 


Life Well Lived: summer livin'...

Welcome to this week's Life Well Lived Looking Your Best question...

What are your favorite summer staples? How do you bring the summer sun to your wardrobe?

Summer Feet. Sadly, one of my summer staples is going to make less of an appearance this year...goodbye, beloved flip flops. Thanks to ongoing back & hip issues, I'm trying to not reach for flips as my go-to summer footwear. This makes me sad. Thankfully, I did NOT inherit my mother's ugly feet (oh c'mon Mom, you know it's true!), so I normally wear flip flops with a certain amount of pedicure pride. I did, however, inherit my Mom's affinity for skeletal & muscular issues...

Summer Hair. Oh ponytails, how I love you. It's the simplest of summer hairstyles, and keeps this crazy mess of curly hair somewhat contained.

Summer Wardrobe. This one is harder b/c the air conditioning in our office works overtime. Ugh. Aside from that, I adore simple jersey skirts, yoga tanks, and cute t-shirts. 

Summer Makeup. I am still a huge fan of Mineral Fusion's SPF 30 Brush On Defense

What's your favorite summer fashion or beauty item? Head over to BlogHer's Life Well Lived to share your thoughts! (while you're there, be sure to enter to win an ipod touch!)

 


Life Well Lived (in color)

This week's Life Well Lived question is about COLOR! Specifically...

How do you incorporate color into your look?

My closet is, admittedly, rather dull. I tend to stick to grey, white, and brown. A little black thrown in, although it can be harsh with my casper-like skin. I've been trying to liven things up a bit recently with little bits of color...scarves, flats, and nail polish (only on my toes!). 

I'm always inspired by the way that Lisa Leonard incorporates color (and I've been pondering those red wedge shoes). I dream of having a full collection of Allora Handmade necklaces to rotate into my neutrals. And my friend Angie swears that a touch of eye shadow color is the secret to success.

Wanna join the conversation? Head over to Life Well Lived - and be sure to enter the sweepstakes!  


Live Well Lived: Looking Your Best

Oh boy - the Live Well Lived question for this week is a tough one - 

What are your favorite tips and tricks for framing and showing off your beautiful face?

I'm sure that many of you react to this question the same way that I do - "eeek! showing off?? how 'bout fixing?" Negative self-talk much? I'll make you a deal - I'll try to answer with a positive slant if you will. Here are the tips & tricks that I've gathered over the years...

Use sunscreen religiously. I have very pale, freckled skin that is prone to dark sunspots. I wear sunscreen every day. My current fave is Mineral Fusion's SPF 40. I'm also a huge fan of their SPF 30 Brush On Defense.

Pay attention to brows. This is embarrassing, but I think I was probably 35 before I started to even bother with waxing or plucking. I'm fortunate to have uniquely colored eyes (blue-green-grey depending on what I'm wearing), so neat brows help to show them off. 

Wear a scarf. It's an obsession with me. I love scarves...and think that they're the perfect way to frame your face (and divert the eye UP!). 

Pull your hair back. This might sound odd, but y'all have seen my hair, right? It's curly, unruly, and there's A LOT of it. It can be overpowering, so sometimes pulling it back is the best way for me to frame my face. 

Please don't leave me sitting here with this question all by myself - tell me at least one tip. C'mon, you can do it!! 

ps. don't forget to enter the current Life Well Lived Sweepstakes!

 


Life Well Lived : Getting Happy

Ack! I'm late in getting this post up. All of this back pain nonsense has seriously thrown me off. 

So, the BlogHer Life Well Lived question for last/this week was/is...

How do you teach the children in your life happiness?

Hmmm. Well. Uhm. Since I've got such big kids, this question instilled a bit of panic. Have I taught them happiness? Did I do enough? Are they going to end up in therapy? (the answer to that last one is YES. most definitely.)

One of my parenting regrets (and oh, there is a long list) is that I waited too long to teach my kids about happiness. I didn't fill their formative years with impromptu moments that resonated with joy. If you're reading this, and have little ones, please stop right now and do something joyful & happy. Go ahead...I'll wait. 

I'm avoiding the question, aren't I? Here's what I hope...

I hope that I have taught them happiness by demonstrating a love for creativity, and showing them that it's okay to take time to enjoy yourself. I hope that I have taught them happiness by encouraging honesty. I hope that I have taught them happiness by always involving them in decision-making and really listening to their wants. 

And if none of those things worked? I hope that I've taught them happiness by introducing them to browned butter chocolate chip cookies. 

Go check out what people much smarter than me have to say about this question! 

 


Life Well Lived: back to (beauty) basics.

As January winds down, I'm closing the books on my first month of 41...and to be honest? I've felt old this month. I've put on a little weight (I like to call this my winter weight - but really it's my where is the gym again? weight). The reflection I see in the mirror seems a little frumpier (is that a word?), a little more haggard, a little less pulled together. Time to practice a little self-kindness & pay attention to me! Perfect timing to answer these questions from my friends over at BlogHer...

What are your beauty resolutions this year? How do you plan to shake up and streamline your routine? What are the good habits you are committing to developing?

I'm going back to basics, really - although I work in the beauty industry, I'm a pretty minimalistic girl when it comes to all things beauty-related. Here's my simple plan - 

1. Get Clean - I washed my makeup brushes last weekend and threw out a few old/expired products. I'm also committed to getting into the habit of washing my face each & every night. Simple, yes - but I'm terrible at it! I think the key for me is actually going to be washing my face when I get home. When I wait until bedtime, I'm so tired that I just want to drop into bed. 

2. Get Glowing - I started dry brushing last year after reading Crazy Sexy Diet. I loved it, but fell out of the practice. It really makes a difference, particulary for winter skin. I'm a fan of using coconut oil instead of lotion (I know, how anti-product of me!). 

3. Get Green - green smoothies & green juice make a WORLD of difference in your skin. I've never stopped drinking them, but I need to be a bit more disciplined with drinking them regularly. 

4. Get Help - (I couldn't think of something clever to call this) I scheduled my first ever facial for next weekend. Yeah, I'm 41 and have never had a professional facial treatment. Checking that off my list! 

5. Get Sleep - really trying to get more sleep - cures a multitude of ills! 

Got any beauty resolutions on your list? Head over to BlogHer to see what others are doing - and while you're there, enter to win a Kindle Fire! 

Please visit the Life Well Lived Sweepstakes starting on January 26th  and enter for a chance to win a Kindle Fire and a $50 Amazon Gift Card.