My rule of thumb almost always has been not to jump into the fads of the moment, use what I like to use and try new things out when I come across something intriguing. So, when all my friends started including Smith's Rosebud Salve in their purses as a "staple fix-all," and every magazine touted the product's unbelievable abilities to heal, I opted to avoid it at all costs.
One of the perks of being a makeup junkie at Sephora is you earn points for all the expensive products purchased and can use the points toward testers of various top-selling items, selected monthly by the smart makeup gurus at the company. In December, I decided to use some of my points toward a sample of an item I'd read about online and had seen as a suggestion for a light facial exfoliant: Boscia's Tsubaki Oil-Infused Exfoliating Powder, which was one of the featured products for the month.
Though sandals and flip-flops aren't worn much this time of year (except to run out and get the mail and paper from the mailbox), dry heels are always an issue for me. I've tried everything there is to keep them from feeling scratchy and looking horrible, but the one product that's been most successful is Nivea Moisturizing Creme. The blue glass jar keeps the thick product fresh and full of moisture for every application, though depending on the storage of the jar, be prepared for either an extremely cold creme or a comfortably warm creme.
I don't seek out organic products, but a friend gave me a couple droplets of some facial oil that she uses religiously through the winter months, and it quenched my dry skin's thirst with its 99 percent natural and organic ingredients. After smelling the sweet rose oil and benefitting from its hydration, I knew I had to buy a bottle. No matter the cost.
True, you have to drive an hour or so to Fargo before we see the beautiful red "W" of Walgreens shining on the corner of one of the busiest streets in the region, but I always manage to plan a stock-up visit when I'm in the vicinity.
Since I read a quick overview on how to recreate Olsen twins hair, I became obsessed with finding all the suggested ingredients to make a moppy, tangled mess they somehow could pull off. It sounds horrendous, but it's the envy of many fashion fiends across the globe. It turns out, the key to the girls' "natural" wave was to add just a touch of dry shampoo to their days-unwashed, semi-greasy hair.
As I tore apart all my product-stained makeup bags in the bathroom drawers and pawed through old purses and coats looking for my favorite dark plum lipstick recently, it became increasingly apparent I might never see it again.
The Urban Decay Naked Palette, a compact lineup of 12 neutral eyeshadows, was all the rage when it first came out a few years ago, and it was so popular it became a series.
There's no way I'm going to spend $50 every other month on Whitestrips to make my teeth sparkle like Kris Jenner's veneer chompers. Instead, I decided to spend $6 on the CVS 5-Minute Whitening Kit to see if it could bring a lightly coffee-stained smile to a brighter white without irritation to my gums or increased pre-existing sensitivity. With a small tube of whitening gel and an awkward-looking tray that resembles a mouthguard, directions guide the user to place a conservative amount of the gel into the tray on both the top and bottom.
Recently, I received a gift box from one of my dearest friends to celebrate a milestone birthday. Fortunately, this friend knows me well and understands my affinity for everything that fits in the "pampering" category.