Archive for the 'Pure Indulgence' Category

Ladies who liquid lunch

What a lovely Saturday. First, a luscious pedi – lucky lucky lavender OPI. Then, pink drinks by the sea, while rocking Dior Addict lip polish in 002. A day like this just can’t be beat.

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From Morocco to your mane

Hi gorgies ! I am happy to report I’ve got another fab product to share. As you may recall from a few months back I was having winter hair woes and got a Moroccan mask to jazz up my look. Well, I took it to the next level a few weeks ago and snagged myself some DermOrganics Argan oil. I have to say – IT IS GENIUS ON SO MANY LEVELS!

Argan oil is an oil extracted from a tree indigenous to Morocco. There are a number of products that feature this precious, exotic and highly nutritious oil.  I’ve heard from a few friends that they’ve tried Argan oil and that it did wonders so of course I had to get after it. I tried DermOrganics on the advice of my stylist and I was not disappointed. I’ve been using it for a little over two weeks low and totally digging the results. Heres the deal ~

– It makes your hair silky and shiny

– It protects your hair from the damages of sun, environment and the daily wear and tear of styling

– A little goes a very long way

– Despite the fact that its oily, it doesn’t make your hair greasy. It actually has some sort of drying property – and it cuts down your blow-dry time up to 30%. Hallelujah!

– It smells delightful

– It can be used for split ends AND can also be used on nail cuticles!

I can’t say enough for how much I love this. I have a friend who is also a huge fan of the Argan Oil product Josie Marin puts out – hers is meant to be more versatile that DermOrganic – for use on skin, nails, hair. Its pricier than DermOrganics – $48 compared to $28 (at the salon I go to) but from what I gather its great.

 

Either way you slice it, its gotta be a win. I am sure there are other great product s out there that will do the trick too. I bet Whole Foods or places like that may even carry a non-cosmetic version of this that could probably be used similarly. I hear its good to eat too – and tastes like peanut butter. I wouldn’t go eating the DermOrganic stuff- that’s definitely enhanced with other elements for hair – but you get the point!

Lotion in motion

BLOG BLASPHEMY! Its been days. I am stillllll sick. I am working horrendous hours. I need some gorgeous intervention b/c I look pretty much like I just walked out of a methadone clinic. It’s not good.  I am not being hard on myself though, because this is just a tough patch and soon enough its going to be full spring weather and I will be healthy and happ again.

Today’s post is again about skin care. How do you apply your facial moisturizer? I used to be pretty haphazard about it. Until I realized something. You know when you are getting a facial how the gals tend to put everything on your face in a circular motion? I just thought they were doing that because it feels good. Well apparently it’s because applying the lotion in circular motion stimulates circulation. AH HA! I feel kind of dumb for not realizing this, but nobody is perfect! So I figured I would share my findings in case you are in the dark too. And I just had the most divine facial a few weeks ago at Exhale in Boston…. sooooo worth it if you are in the area!

New products! Tested on Ambers, not animals

I had to steal that line from my sister. It’s pretty hilarious and absolutely true. If you are a Go Gorgeous regular you know I am on a quest to find the perfect moisturizer.  I am just about done with a month’s supply of Hope in a Jar by Philosophy. Even though this product gets rave reviews, I just found it to be average.  Nothing wrong with it but it didn’t make me jump for joy either.  I am REALLY digging the Philosophy Eye Hope though – this has DEFINITELY reduced fine lines around my eyes so I will keep this on the roster.

I was having pipe dreams this morning and even went so far as to add La Mer to my cart on Amazon. Keep dreaming honey.  I pulled myself back down off the cloud of denial  I was perched on and instead opted for Bliss Triple Oxygen + C energizing cream (Click here to get it on Amazon).

Since I’ve not yet tried this product, I’ve posted Amazon’s product description to give you a hint on what it’s all about:

What it is: A lightweight gel-cream that hydrates, brightens, and instantly revives dull, stressed skin.

What it is formulated to do: Treat your skin to a revitalizing trio of oxygenating ingredients and an advanced form of vitamin C to revive fatigued, sallow skin and achieve fresh-from-the-shower, dewy glow. The perfect pairing of star ingredients (oxygen and vitamin C) helps the skin rebound from external and internal stresses. Like an at-home version of Bliss Spa’s Triple Oxygen Treatment Facial, it delivers a targeted burst of O2 to help support cell respiration, reinforce collagen synthesis, improve skin hydration, and breathe new life into a lackluster complexion. You will see results after a single use.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:- Parabens- Sulfates- Petrochemicals- Phthalates- GMOs- TriclosanWhat else you need to know:This treatment’s unique version of vitamin C is lipid-soluble meaning your skin absorbs it more readily. It also helps promote collagen synthesis while brightening and evening skintone, and is nonirritating to sensitive types.”

MMMM HMMMM. That sounds like a winner to me.  This my friends could be the one!

On a separate yet related note one of the reasons I love doing this blog is that friends and fellow product addicts turn me onto new brands I’ve never heard about before.  My friend, S.B. (I will keep it to initials because this is actually a nickname she may not want me to share) just told me about Cor – a skincare line made from nano-silver and silica – products used to speed cell recovery in burn victims. Pretty exotic and hard-core!

Of course I was intrigued by this.  I’ve read up on it a bit and I’ve seen some great reviews and some that say it’s too drying. Everyone’s skin is different so this isn’t surprising. But, being that I am OBSESSED with keeping my skin looking young, and that this product claims to work in two weeks, I went for it and purchased a trial size bar for $14 on Amazon. (Click here to get your own).

The orders are placed so hopefully these guys should be delivered this week. I will have to get back to you on the prognosis once I have a good handle on whether they are worth their weight in silver (mwah ha ha).

You can’t win ’em all

As much as I looooove Bliss products, I did come across one that I wasn’t digging. I got a hefty sample of the Naked Body Butter Lite which I tried over the weekend and I’m not feeling it. The upside is its fragrance free and not greasy. But I didn’t like how it smelled and I didn’t find it to be very moisturizing.

Not to fret, I still LOVE my Fabulous Foaming Facewash, Lemon Sage Body Butter and Soapy Sap Body Wash. This is why its important to be brand-agnostic when it comes to your beauty staples as not all products are created equal! Find out what a brand does well and try that versus just taking all the products of that brand for face value. And really read up on what people say about the products & stay on top of bestseller lists! I think thats the best path to a good product investment.

This find will not deter me from continuing to try more Bliss products. I am particularly intrigued by the Blood Orange & White Pepper collection. Sounds funky but quite interesting!

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Dream creme

This is not a pervy post so take your mind right out of that gutter.  It’s all about an innocent and pure hand crème. Since it got cold I have gone crazy trying to find a hand crème. It sounds so simple but it’s really not. You want something that is super moisturizing but doesn’t leave your hands greasy. Unfortunately for me I have bought a few so far that have not worked. I will call out Body Shop because I am so annoyed by their Hemp hand crème. They say its one of their best products – LIES! It sucks – don’t do it!   It’s the very definition of greasy and really doesn’t moisturize at all. I really am unsure what it does to be honest.

I will leave off the other lotions & cremes that didn’t meet the mark because they really didn’t offend me as much as the Body Shop and will focus on the hand crème of my dreams – Arbonne FC5 Ultra-hydrating hand crème.  I was turned onto Arbonne only a short time ago – the products are organic and high quality based on what I’ve tried so far (check out my post on the Awaken Salt scrub).

Anyway, I just started using the hand crème and I cannot get enough of it. It smells great, not too potent and the scent is soft and clean. It certainly does the job in the moisture department- my hands feel like baby skin, no lie. AND it’s not greasy at all. It has a matte feeling quality, if that is even possible. It dries so quickly, right after I put it on I can type away at my desk or driving and my hands aren’t slipping all over the place. I can also touch my hair without making it look like a mangy mess by the end of the day (yep, I am a hair-fusser, I can’t help it, its like a nervous tick).

Anyway – this is guaranteed to please and very much worth a try. They do sell smaller sample sizes if you aren’t ready for the full commitment.  Boston gals- hit me up if you are  interested, I can hook you up with a local consultant. If you aren’t local, you can get it on Amazon too!

Muddy indulgence or muddy mess?

I’ve had an exceptionally rough couple of days. My first instinct is to drink my face off but that will only add to the misery – see, look how much I’ve grown up in just one year! Plus, I already feel like I’ve put on my “winter coat” (the few pounds most people add when the weather gets chilly and you become a shut in) and I don’t need drinking bloat face on top of the winter coat when I am working so hard to shed it!

So, I decided that I would be constructive and do something that would maybe make me feel better and also take my mind off things. What did I decide to do you ask? I am gearing up to try an AHAVA Dead Sea Mineral Mud body mask. That was a mouthful…                                                  

Here is the description, plagiarized from AHAVA’s website, because I am too lazy to come up with a witty description at this moment:

” Rich, black mineral mud, harvested from the banks of the Dead Sea, is comprised of layer upon layer of sedimentary clay formed over thousands of years. Captured within is an extremely high concentration of minerals, scientifically proven to be essential in maintaining healthy skin. Ahava Black Mineral Mud works deep to clean, purify and restore the skin’s natural moisture balance, leaving it smooth, radiant and revitalized.”

If this doesn’t sound like the most luscious, exotic treatment you can do at home I would love to hear what you are doing in your spare time!

My muddy inspiration? I had whole body mud mask treatment when I stayed at Canyon Ranch a few summers ago and I was amazed at how soft and silky my skin felt. It was one of the craziest experiences – someone actually painted it onto me and then covered me in plastic wrap for 15 minutes. Intense! The disappointing part is that I am not a celebrity and I cannot afford to steal away to Canyon Ranch when I have a bad day . The light at the end of the tunnel is that I can certainly swing a four pack of these baiches (read – bitches…long story) for $28!

Just holding the little satchel it comes in relaxes me, it feels very squishy and cool. For all you athletes out there – this is meant to treat sore muscles too, you just heat it up instead of applying it as is.

The only problem with my master plan – I am assuming this will be a messy and complicated application. I don’t even think my bathroom is big enough for me to maneuver this.  BUT I am going to go for it anyway. I will look like a muddy monster in there for about 15 minutes but I am sure my husband has seen scarier things (lets hope so anyway).  I do have a feeling it will be well worth my efforts, and I will report back with my findings tomorrow!

Find it at Amazon ~ $25 for a four-pack