Cleaning up with Olay!

*Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own.

I’ve been enjoying summer sans several hurdles (illness being a major hurdle over the past month).  One thing that I have been doing is spending weekends at the family cottage several hours north in ‘cottage country’ -a term that I learned (by living in Canada) could be anywhere there are cottages.  It’s a beautiful serene place, right on a lake.  It’s rustic. I gave up being rustic (for the most part) in 2001 after my honorable discharge from the U.S. Army.  However, I’ll compromise for the cottage….there’s a toilet, running water, and electricity.  Still haven’t ventured into the shower there yet (probably never will). For that reason, when I get back-first order of business, take a thorough shower and CLEAN MY FACE & BODY.  I’d like to walk you through some of the products I use to do this.  Let me know in the comments below if you’ve tried any of these products and if you like them or not!
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Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-aging micro sculpting cream with sunscreen:  This anti-aging moisturizer hydrates to regnerate volume and shape across the skin’s surface.  It’s supposed to improve skin’s texture in 4 weeks and visibly reduces the appearance of wrinkles quickly with an Amino-Peptide Complex.  This product also contains Broad Spectrum SPF 30.

My thoughts:

While I can’t say I have noticed a significant decrease in wrinkles (and I’d love to think I don’t have any significant ones), I do notice an improved skin texture.  It’s also notable that I don’t see any increase in the amount of sun damage I have on my face either!

Olay Total Effects 7 in one Anti-Aging Moisturizer with sunscreen:  This is a daily moisturizer that revives skin and helps protects against harmful UVA/UVB rays. Formulated with Its VitaNiacin Complex and skin conditioners, it fights 7 signs of aging for younger, healthier-looking skin. Its vitamin-rich formula helps reduce the look of age spots, instantly minimize the appearance of pores, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

My thoughts:

I don’t use this product in combination with the sculpting cream but do alternate using the two.  I like this product more for reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and minimizing pores.  The sunscreen is an added bonus. I also like the consistency of this-it’s not runny and it’s not thick.

Olay Deeply Clean Mineral Face Cleanser: This daily facial cleanser lathers and cleanses without over-drying skin. Specially designed for oily/combination skin types, its natural kaolin clay formula controls shine and reduces the appearance of pores in just one use. Infused with a mineral complex, it draws out impurities like a magnet for a deep, down-to-the-pores clean. Dermatologically tested, oil-free, and noncomedogenic, this cleanser has the purifying power of a mask to leave skin looking healthy and brighter.

My thoughts:

I cannot get enough of this product.  I love it as it reminds me of my charcoal cleanser from the Face Shop.  I actually prefer this product as the Face Shop’s version dried my skin out! I have to agree with everything that is said-especially with the combination skin part (I don’t recommend for dry skin).  I have combination skin and this is probably the best part of my nighttime skin care routine.  This gets EVERYTHING off and leaves me nice and clean.  I can skip astringent because I use this – which is not something I can say often.  This is my ‘rockstar’ product out of these for sure.

Olay Fresh Outlast CoolingWhite Strawberry & Mint bodywash: This is designed to work with your skin’s natural pH. This lower sulfate formula has 3x more mild cleansers than before. It’s a fresh twist on cleansing. Aromas of white strawberry & mint leave you feeling refreshed and beautiful.

My thoughts:

This needs to be a cocktail….I’m thinking an on-the-rocks type of gin or vodka?  Or maybe an upscale daiquiri?  Either way, this is a great bodywash to use to feel clean and smell great!  Apparently over time, it’s supposed to provide vibrant, fresh, skin.  I’ll keep you posted.

My most recent trip to the Missha store….

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I suppose I could call this post ‘I just went in for cotton pads’  because that’s usually what I intend on doing.  I always sit in the parking lot and say to myself, “You just need the cotton pads, you JUST NEED the cotton pads.”  But as I found out after posting on instagram, it almost never works out that way, a.k.a. many of you reading this CAN relate when it comes to beauty purchases.  So let’s get to it.

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Things I’m craving lately-you’ll want to read this…..or maybe you won’t!

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Disclaimer-I have not purchased any of these items.  YET.  This disclaimer is important.  Read on.

I have been finding myself window shopping on the internet lately.  I open my computer and then before I know it, I have 10 extra tabs open because I just read or learned about this or that and of course I ‘need’ it.  Enter my other half…..he has always says that I just ‘buy things to buy them.’  So I’ve been challenging myself NOT to do that (and for those of you that watch me on YouTube, you’ll notice I have not been on lately. Blame him).  But in the spirit of a true shopper, I’ve decided to list a few items that I’m interested in….and some people I’ve been watching (*cough* obsessed with).  Check it out below and let me know if you like what I’m doing here.  Links are included for every item I MAY purchase so if you are interested, you’re welcome!

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SUMMER SIZZLE- Skin Essentials to keep your skin in check this summer!

*This is a Beauty United Post*

I’ve been serious about skincare for several years now….and as I age, it’s even more important to me.   Check out these great products from Olay, Pantene, Venus, and Secret to help keep your skin protected this summer while you have fun in the sun.  Stay tuned for my reviews on some of these products!!  Let me know if you’ve tried any of these in the comments below!

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My favorite and one not-so-favorite natural deodorants!

*All of these were purchased by me except for the Sweet Pea Soap Company product*

I can remember my mother telling me not to use anti-perspirant because of the link to Alzheimers, breast cancer and several other scary diseases/syndromes.  After ignoring her for several years, I decided to take a closer look at more natural products instead of forcing potentially toxic chemicals into my skin (our largest organ by the way).  Here are some products I have used and am using-I’d love to hear if you have tried any of these or what you think about the antiperspirant and deodorant controversy.

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Radford (really does) love skin! My Custom Facial with Wand treatment

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*I paid for this treatment myself*

I knew I was overdue for my facial when I could actually feel the texture on my face changing.  I knew I needed to get my face in better shape so short of going to home depot, I turned to one of the best skincare gurus in the business, Vee Mistry. I had the pleasure of seeing her (on my own dime) at Victoria Radford, on Avenue Road.  Spoiler alert:  and one thing’s for sure…..ever since I arrived back at home, I have been contemplating changing my skin care routine, and I’m putting their number into my contacts.

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Enhance your natural lashes with EON Lash Serum

*I was sent this product for review.*

My favorite eye ‘look’ for awhile now has been minimal shadow and a very dark, thick, ‘heavy’ lash.  To achieve that in the past, I’ve used lash extensions, and eyelash tint.  Haven’t pulled the trigger on Latisse and am hesitant to try it after reading reviews about changing eye color and additional hair growth if you happen to get the product somewhere else (yikes).

So what about a lash serum? I won’t say I’m a stranger to lash serums, but honestly was fearful about trying another.  The last lash serum I tried I was allergic to, and was under the impression that lash serum was lash serum was lash serum.  The good news is, that’s simply NOT true.

Made with special ingredients to enhance volume and thickness.  EON Cosmetics, Inc. brings you EONlash.  With our help, your lashes will become full and healthy.  Using our serum will result in natural eyelash and eyebrow enhancement, giving you longer, more luxurious eyelashes.  Let our product help you achieve the lashes you’ve always dreamed about.

Our Eyelash Enhancement Serum

Through a breakthrough in modern science, we are able to actually lengthen and thicken your eyelashes.  EON Cosmetics, Inc. is making this miracle of modern science available at an affordable price. Our eyelash serum works to stimulate eyelash and eyebrow follicles over the course of your treatment.

How to Use EONLASH

EONLASH is easy to use and only needs to be applied once a day. We recommend you apply our serum once before going to sleep. Make sure your eyes and lashes are completely clean of makeup or skin creams. Once your skin is clean and ready, apply a small quantity of EONLASH with the provided applicator brush. After you’ve brushed in a thin line along the upper lash from root to tip, you are finished with our serum until the next day.

My results:

Let me be up front here and say that I don’t have the *worst* lashes out there.  I have a nice amount of decent length lashes.  I rarely go out of the house without mascara because I have lighter lashes (color) and that does a number on them-especially the removal.  Since I’m not keen on fronting hundreds for lash extensions on a regular basis, I want to make an effort to take care of the lashes that I do have!

Before:

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After 3 1/2 weeks of using the serum:

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Not too shabby is it?  I have to say I’ve been enjoying using the serum and have integrated it into my nighttime routine.  I feel that it’s made my lashes longer and surprisingly SOFTER as well.  I love it.  No irritations when using this or reactions.

Have my results piqued your curiousity?  If yes, check out EON Lash:

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CND to the rescue!! #CNDRescueKit and my pretty feet!

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*I received this kit for review. Opinions are mine*

 

Okay Ladies and Gents we have finally arrived-it’s manicure and pedicure season.  Now is the time that we are wearing less clothing and exposing more skin.  And ’tis the season to make sure your fingernails and toenails are on point!  Let CND help you perfect your summer mani/pedi with the #CNDRescueKit

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Summer makeup options-Covergirl Clean Matte BB cream and Supersizer Fiber lash mascara

These products were sent to me for review.

Summer’s coming. I tend to change my makeup routine with the changing of the seasons-what about you?  In the warmer months, I tend to lighten up on the face products but keep my lashes lush.  My skin is oily even in my 40-something years, and while I still don’t quite understand that-I’m glad to have a product like this matte bb cream to keep me looking fresh all day long. (more…)

Rimmell Wonder’full Volume Colourist mascara

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This product was sent to me for review (and I am SO SO glad it was).

I’ll cut to the chase.  This mascara is GREAT.  Like I LOVE it great.  I think I’ve worn a Rimmel mascara once in my life (besides this one).  This.  Is.  Great.

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Reveal darker lashes with and without mascara!

• Darkens bare lashes in two weeks
• In an instant, lashes appear fuller and longer.
• Tapered, lash-intensifying brush wraps every lash with blacker than black pigments

So why do I like it? 

  • The formula is not wet but not dry-it’s the most ‘in the middle’ formula I’ve ever used.
  • It grabs every lash and LIFTS like crazy.  Haven’t seen a lift like this since my MAC upward lift mascara.
  • It coats each and every lash -sans clumps.  Hallelujah!
  • It is so buildable.  I can layer this with no problem.
  • No flaking.  NONE.
  • Easy removal-I use my micellar water, hold a soaked cotton pad against the lashes for 10 seconds and it’s gone.
  • My lashes really ARE getting darker.  What is this sorcery…..seriously!

So YES you should get this and try it.  It may not be incredibly volumizing in one coat- but I can say that if you build this up with a couple coats, I do not think you will be disappointed.  It’s worth it. For sure.  This is going to be a repurchase for me.