Thursday, April 29, 2010

April is Rosacea Awareness Month!

Avène would like to remind you that April is Rosacea Awareness Month!

As of 2010 the National Rosacea Society (NRS) estimates that 16 million Americans experience symptoms of rosacea. A study conducted by Dr. Alexa Boer Kimball, director of the clinical unit for research trials in skin at Harvard Medical School, concluded that 9.6 percent of U.S. women, regardless of ethnic background, showed signs of rosacea and that in Caucasian women alone, the prevalence rate of rosacea was 16 percent.
Since patients with rosacea often have skin that is sensitive and easily irritated, causing redness, inflammation, and stinging, adjunctive care is an imperative component of rosacea management. Patients should look for products that maintain the skin barrier while avoiding irritating ingredients.
Eau Thermale Avène, renowned for a long history in soothing sensitive skins worldwide, offers a complete at-home regimen in adjunct to any in-office care for soothing and calming rosacea-prone skin with their Thermal Spring Water, new Antirougeurs Anti-Redness Dermo-Cleansing Milky Fluid and Redness Relief Soothing Cream SPF 25.

Another reason to see your Dermatologist today!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sula Paint and Peel Nail Polish

It's true, you can peel this right off when you are bored!!!
Totally my new favorite hobby;)

Novelty aside, Sula has made a low-to-no odor polish.
Goes on easily, nice coverage with one coat.
Color deepens with subsequent coats, but stays true.
No freakish over-shine!

I tried Tango (from the Bright Collection) and Teal (from the Rich Trio).
Teal is a great spring/summer color. Nicely blue.
Tango is a strong red-orange, sort of a deep coral.

I'm a little obsessed.

Tip: Don't paint before you take a hot shower & wash your hair. Not that anyone is silly enough to do that, but sometimes the mornings are not great for rational decisions...

Sula Organic Shea Butter Balm

This balm works wonders on dry skin!
It also is a great lip balm.
The label even says that is can be used on hair & eyebrows-- TRUE! Totally keeps errant hairs in line.
All three varieties smell good, leave light scent.
Rosa Damascena has an airy rose scent. Real rose, not that chemical crap.
Neroli Blossom smells like a garden with orange trees.
My favorite is the Bergamot: Herbal, but not hippie. Alive & fresh.
The containers are neat little tins, very convenient for purse or pocket.
Three cheers for Sula!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Happy Earth Day!

So, I'm a little early...
There's just so much to be excited about!
Not sure how to celebrate Earth Day?
Here's some help:
  • Buy a Pangea Organics product. The boxes are infused with seeds, and will magically become plants! I'm totally serious. As if you needed more, Pangea Organics ( recently partnered with the Jane Goodall Institute ( in support of its mission to educate children, protect natural habitats and uplift the lives of those human populations that live among or near important protected habitats. Under this unique partnership, Pangea will donate 5% net sales to the Jane Goodall Institute. Jane Goodall!!!
  • To celebrate Earth Day, Thymes offers consumers a fresh, eco-friendly start: Enjoy for one day only a FREE Clean Slate Experience Kit with any $100 purchase. Also take advantage of free shipping on orders of $50 or more until Wednesday, May 5th, 2010.
  • Tarte cosmetics gives you a discount for going green, and they are always cruelty-free!
  • Pureology is so green, you'd think they were Kermit. Be sure to check out the Hydrate to Make a Difference collection supporting Global Green USA.
Remember to always reduce waste, reuse, and recycle!!!
Now go plant a tree. Carpool if you have to drive.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

When self tanners go bad...

Dr. Schultz’s Tip of the Week: How to Fix a Botched Self Tan
If you use self tanners to get your tan, I applaud your good judgment (it's the only safe tan!) But if on occasion it turns out less than perfect, don't worry; it can easily be fixed. Whether it's streaky, uneven or just too dark, daily exfoliation with a chemical exfoliant (glycolic is best) will do the trick. And if you already use a chemical exfoliant daily, then for a few days either consider using it twice a day or using a stronger strength once daily. However, don't use physical exfoliants (scrubs, microdermabraision), because they are more difficult to use evenly.

Thymes Home Fragrance Mist

White Persimmon

Easy to use, a lot better looking than your average home fragrance spray!

The White Persimmon is lovely!
Fresh, fruity, but not overly-sweet.

Strong enough to cover the stink, but not so overwhelming that you gag or taste it...
Me like.

Green curls, but good! wants to green our world-- no matter what kind of hair we have!

Are you Aware? Open Your Eyes…look at the facts, decide to make the change.
Did You Know?
  • Over 30 tons of waste are produced for every one ton of product that reaches the consumer
  • 98% of those products that do reach the end consumer are thrown away within 6 months.
  • It takes around 450 years for a plastic bottle to degrade.
  • You absorb up to 60% of any substance applied to your skin, you could absorb up to 4.4 pounds of manmade chemicals through your body every year- that's not healthy.
  • For those curly girls still relaxing their hair...Sodium Hydroxide is the strongest type of principal chemical used in some chemical relaxers because it provides the most long lasting and dramatic effects. However, this same sodium hydroxide is found in drain cleaners, which well demonstrates the strength of this chemical.
  • Recycling reduces greenhouse gas emissions by significantly saving the amount of energy needed to manufacture the products that we buy, build and use
  • Recycled materials account for 40% of the world’s raw materials and is critical to our future sustainability
  • While plastics decompose, they can release potentially harmful substances into the surrounding ground water and soil, affecting future generations
  • Letting your faucet run for five minutes uses about as much energy as letting a 60-watt light bulb run for 14 hours
  • Every year, an estimated 706 million gallons of oil enter our planet's oceans: By far the greatest source of spilled oil is households. Used Motor Oil accounts for 363 million gallons in our oceans! 50% of Americans change their own motor oil, but only 1/3 of that oil is collected and recycled. 2/3 are dumped down drains or spilled on driveways and onto streets. One typical 5 quart oil change improperly dumped can contaminate millions of gallons of freshwater.
Check out their website for more information and learn what they are doing and what YOU can do!

Cosmoholic Lip Gloss

Starting at the beginning, these lip glosses have great packaging and a terrific scent. Kind of vanilla frosting, the real good, homemade kind.

Moisturizing, but without the stick present with so many glosses.

I tested two colors:

Prudish Pink- the perfect, understated nude-ish pink!

Rockstar Red- loud & proud. Great all-purpose red.

I let some friends try, now I have to buy new ones because my friends still have them!

Consider buying two when you order-- that way, you will be able to keep one hidden away for yourself!

The Cosmoholics are so good, they will even match you with the perfect color!!! Just send them your picture.

2.5 years?!?!?

So, I've been super busy at my jobs that pay & have been neglecting BB!
Priority re-adjustment...
My apologies to everyone!

I promise to be better about posting. Thank goodness the other BBs have covered for my slacking!

I even forgot to wish us a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
Two and a half years-- who knew?
In the last year, there have been a handful of weddings, some pregnancies, some new BBs.
It has been a very busy year!

We couldn't do this without you-- our fabulous readers!!!

Please stay with us-- there's several good years to come!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Julie Hewett noir collection

I love a fabulous red lipstick. And this is IT! The website calls it a true movie-star red and boy is it ever. It's creamy and lovely and velvety. The case alone is movie-star chic. And the matching lip liner? Amen. The lip liner is a must for staying power and to prevent bleeding lipstick. All you need is a strong red lip and some mascara. Vixen.