What’s so great about sloughing?
Think of those dead cells as a barrier between fresh skin and the healthy ingredients you are putting on it. How are your good products supposed to do their job if they have trouble soaking in? Dead cells also make skin look dull and can cause breakouts.
A gentle brush exfoliates and gets circulation going, resulting in a pretty awesome looking complexion. I recently lucked out and received a brush kit to try from Spa Sonic Pro.
This kit comes with not only a facial brush, but a facial sponge, plus a brush for body and even a pumice tool for rough feet. I love it! My fave tool of all, somewhat surprisingly, is the sponge attachment. I use it after applying all of my face oils and creams to help them penetrate the skin. I also tell myself it is is smoothing out my wrinkles. Hey, can’t hurt.
The thing is, I was using the sponge attachment very lightly and carefully. You know how we’ve been taught to not pull the skin to avoid causing lines? Then today I came across this article on facial massage and thought What the heck?!. So I gave my face a good circular-motion massaging with the sponge post moisturizer/facial oil application.
And do you know what? My skin looked so livened up and pink and fresh. I’d even go so far as to say younger.
So while I would recommend avoiding pulling or rough rubbing of the skin, a nice massage really seems to perk it up. And I highly recommend regular exfoliation. A facial brush is a great way to get that done.
For years I plucked and waxed to perfection. Even taking on the task myself after constant disappointment over professional brow shaping. I have this brow thing down.
But last year brows went and got all thick and full and Brooke Shields-ish circa 1980. And I’ll tell you what, growing brows is not the same as growing bangs. Once you’ve wrangled those babies into submission for a decade or three they are not at all willing to grow back the way they started.
This means using a brow pencil to fill them in. Yikes. Now, I like makeup as much as any girl. But I am afraid of brow pencil lest I end up one of those artificially drawn on cartoon looking examples of brow fakery. Plus, I have this habit of unconsciously smoothing my brows with my fingers and am scared of walking around with brow pencil smeared across my forehead.
Still, I drool every time I see a pic of Cara D.’s lush browage. What’s a thin browed gal to do?
I dug deep and found out I am not alone. Lots of women are using makeup to fill in their less than hearty brows. I watched this video and decided I too could give it a whirl.
I recommend going with Lavera Eyebrow Pencil
(in whichever color best matches your hair) to fill in brows with a soft swipe ofRMS Beauty Living Luminizer underneath.
We finished packing up the decos, throwing out the candy, and I even organized my office over the weekend. Feels good to be back to work, not a hint of green or red in sight.
Here’s what I am looking forward to seeing more of this month:
Holiday break has finally arrived!
I'll be taking some time away from blogging here over the next two weeks to spend time with family and enjoy the season. Hope you'll be doing the same.
Happy Holidays to you and yours!! xxoo
There are eye oils, eye balms, eye creams, and eye gels. I trade off on using an eye oil and an eye balm (sometimes together) at night. But for day these two products don’t work, unless you are going makeup free. Oils and balms are great for deep down moisturizing but smudge eyeliner and mascara.
So, eye cream it is. I do like a great eye gel for the tightening and brightening effect they give. But this time of year gel just isn’t quite hydrating enough. Since mine has run dry – I’ve been using a fabulously lightweight eye treatment by Blissoma)- thought it would be a good time to do a little shopping for something new.
Shopping is always fun, but I am super choosy when it comes to eye cream. Must be hydrating yet create a semi-matte surface. I don’t hate if it is brightening either. Yes, eye cream can be on the pricey side. But, like face oils and serums, they last a good long time.
Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t get a great product for under $50! I kind of like to keep things on the more economical end this time of year as, I am sure, do you.
Well, happy day that a new to me eye cream landed in my mailbox. Acure generously sent over their Chlorella + Edelweiss Stem Cell Eye Cream for me to try. I love Acure Organics because they make pure products that are also reasonably priced. It is hard to beat their shampoos and conditioners. But I had not tried the eye cream.
And guess what? I love it. This is a straight forward eye cream, not a gel or balm posing as an eye cream. An. Eye. Cream. Goes on smooth, skin is soft and hydrated but not a stitch of greasiness.
I also recently heard that Acure Organics may be on your Target shelves. They don’t stock the entire line but they do carry the eye cream. This just keeps getting better, doesn’t it? Buy online in or in store.