Eczema sucks but Curel saves the day!

You know how some people have that super soft almost baby soft kind of skin? Yeah well…that ain’t me. In fact, my skin, for most of the year, is usually attacking me. With what, you ask? Gee, where to start? From the acne on my face, to the hypergimentation on my chest, the eczema on my arms and dermatitis down my back, you would think that with all of pampering I give my skin, it would act right soooome of the time. But no. The good thing is, I’ve managed to get my eczema under control thanks to Curel’s Itch Defense.

When it comes to lotions, I am picky beyond picky. I can’t just put anything on my sensitive skin. I usually opt for grapeseed oil in the summer and shea butter in the winter simply because I know they’ll keep my skin moisturized throughout the day. What they won’t do, however, is keep the super itchy skin at bay. But I know what will!

Even a picky gal like myself can get down with this lotion.

This fragrance-free lotion has managed to keep the itches and flaky skin that is mine at bay. How this is even possible is beyond me! I’ve used dermatologist-recommended products that didn’t work. Itch Defense has been so dynamic that I’ve even overlooked the ingredients list.

Again, the lotion snob that is me is careful about what she puts on her skin and while I usually like to go for paraben-free products, I have found so much relief with Itch Defense that I really don’t even care. My experience with many drugstore lotions that promise to alleviate itchy skin is that a lot of them are watery. Not Itch Defense.

 

It’s a creamy and fluffy lotion that not only feels soothing but lasts throughout the day.

Impressive. Curel’s lotions are usually more expensive than most drugstore lotions and this one is no exception. But $7.99 is just a small price for such an amazing and healing lotion. I’ve already purchased 2 more just to make sure that I don’t run out. Yep, it’s that serious.

Where are my eczema suffers? Have you tried any lotions from Curel?

Giveaway Winner! Caress Fine Fragrance Elixir body washes, part III

Congrats to our winner of the Caress Fine Fragrance Elixir body wash giveaway.

Tammy in Virginia is going to score both full sized Fine Fragrance Elixir body washes, a gift card to treat herself to a pedicure, a fabulous scarf AND beach bag.

Didn’t win this time? Don’t worry, darlings. I will be doing TWO more giveaways of Caress goodies in the next few months. Stay tuned!

 

LUSH’s AvoBath Bath Bomb

Yep, I’m back with another one. This bath bomb smells like avocados. No, I’m kidding. How loco would it be if it did though? But it does contain fresh avocados and lemongrass essential oil. Lemongrass is by far one of my top favorite essential oils. This bomb is also infused with olive oil; a plus for ladies with super dry skin. AKA moi.

But it isn’t my favorite bath bomb. It smells just okay but I didn’t leave the tub feeling all silky smooth like I’ve felt after using other bath bombs. It wasn’t a total waste because I absolutely loved how green it made the water.

Yes, the little things amuse me. It was a good $6.95 but I wanted more from this bomb. It definitely can’t beat my favorite bath bomb. Oh well, off I go to try another one. Have you tried this bath bomb from LUSH? What say you?

Get additional deets about it here.

Add THIS to your makeup bag.

Anyone else feel rather lost and insecure without an on-the-go makeup bag? I know, I know. It sounds absolutely insane for me to admit but I am a gal who REALLY relies on her makeup bag. I have since thrown out my dingy and dirty Hello Kitty makeup bag for one that is 10x more attractive.

Purty, uh? Carefree has gifted me with a Freshen Up Essentials kit complete with all of the items that I’ll need to stay fresh throughout the day.

And is toted in such a darling pink bag.

That says a lot for me considering I’m not a fan of the color pink.

8O

Yeah, I know…

Also inside this kit comes a few of Carefree’s ActiFresh liners.

Don’t get me that Too Much Information face, girl. We’re all women here so we can rap about this sort of thing. Ideal for pre and post-period, these liners are great for giving you that extra bit of freshness. They are super thin, surprisingly comfortable and have an odor control system that keeps you fresh for up to 8 hours. Heyyyy! And did I mention that they are only $6.60 for a 120-count box?

Snag ‘em anywhere Carefree products are sold.

Giveaway Winner! Caress Fine Fragrance Elixir body washes, part II

Congrats to our winner of the Caress Fine Fragrance Elixir body wash giveaway.

Alyssa in Colorado is going to score both full sized Fine Fragrance Elixir body washes, a gift card to treat herself to a pedicure, a beach towel AND beach bag.

Didn’t win this time? Don’t worry, darlings. I will be doing TWO more giveaways of Caress goodies in the next few months. Stay tuned!

 

Dental Beauty: Colgate’s Optic White toothpaste

My dentist and I are good friends. She applauds me for having the most impeccable rows of teeth that she’s ever seen and I bring her beauty goodies. Fair trade if I do say so myself. Okay, soooo…I’m exaggerating. I don’t have THEE most impeccable rows of teeth. But considering I’ve never had braces or professional bleach jobs OR anything other than a cavity filling (hate me yet?), I’d say my dental beauty is up to par. Even more so now that I’ve got Colgate Optic White.

This toothpaste promises to give your teefs the white strips effect. This has me through the roof. I’m not a fan of white strips. There, I said it. Perhaps my teeth are super sensitive but the few times that I used them, I was left in tears. My teeth were so painfully sensitive that even eating hurt. I am so glad to see a better alternative. With the same whitening ingredients as the white strips, Colgate Optic has been a total BFF in my cabinet.

But even better than that is the Optic White toothbrush with whitening cups.

This toothbrush is sheer awesomeness.

Have I noticed a huge improvement in how white my teeth are? Not yet. But I reckon with a few more weeks, I’ll be singing braces to the Colgate Optic family. In the meantime, if you’re in market for a new toothbrush and toothpaste, I highly recommend giving Colgate Optic White a whirl. They don’t hit stores until September but when they do, run to your nearest drugstore and snag ‘em with the quickness.

What do you think? Are you a friend of white strips or would you rather get the same effect from a toothpaste?

Softsoap’s Strawberry Smoother. Yummers!

I know. I just HAD to do it. It wouldn’t be Clumps of Mascara if I didn’t do something silly like toss a bottle of body wash in a blender. But seriously…when I first laid eyes on this body wash, I was all “OMG, I need a smoothie STAT!” Y’all KNOW how much I love smoothies. That said, I am loving the concept behind this kid.

Sweet, uh? Retailing for less than $5, this body was is perfect for gals who desire only a bit of of fragrance after bathing. I love that it isn’t long-lasting as I am not a fan of body washes whose scents last alllll day. While my skin is a little too sensitive right now to give this a whirl, I will definitely be stashing this for the winter months. That is, if I can stop myself from using it as a handwash.

I am picky about what I put on my skin so I was hoping that this was low on the synthetic ingredient side.

But it wasn’t. And yeah, I did have high hopes because it looks as if many commercial drugstore products have gone green-er and have omitted parabens, sulfates, dyes and what have you. Here’s to hoping that Softosoap jumps on that bandwagon!

Still…it’s a great soap. And did I mention that there are what looks to be actual strawberry seeds in there?

Coooool! All of this talk about strawberry smoothy-stuffs has me itching to make a smoothie myself. Ooooh blenderrr….