Gillette Venus Swirl Razor Review, Photos


gillette venus swirl razor

I know a razor is a very personal thing, but it’s one of those non-negotiable things for me in my beauty arsenal. If I’m going to be forced to rake a sharp razor across my skin, it better be a GOOD one. And ever since I started using the Gillette Venus family razors several years ago when they first launched, I haven’t gone back to subpar shavers, I just won’t. I don’t mind paying more for quality in this case. This is an essential for me!

I recently upgraded to the new Gillette Venus Swirl, and I’m so glad I did. The Venus Swirl is a little bit different than the last Venus razor incarnation I was using—the Venus & Olay razor (which is also pretty darn good in it’s own right.) One of the key differences with the new Venus Swirl, is the fancy new addition of of their proprietary FLEXIBALL technology. Let’s take a closer look!

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I feel like I have to describe what makes the razor cartridge itself special to me. It has five very thin blades that are contoured in such a way that it takes much less force and pressure than a typical razor. This results in an extremely effective and precise shave, that I never have to pass over a section twice.  [Read more…]

Perfectly Pretty in Pink Valentine’s Day Gifts


perfectly pretty in pink valentines day gifts

I like to ditch the candy and flowers for Valentine’s Day—they’re pretty overpriced for the holiday! Don’t fall into that trap (unless you really want to), go for these gorgeous pink gifts instead. They’ll be around long after your chocolates and flowers are gone…

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Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution Kit

I often have people ask me if I think a Clarisonic is worth the splurge, and my emphatic reply is always—YES! If I get a little lax on using mine, I can definitely tell a difference in the way my skin looks and behaves. Last summer, the Sonic Radiance set was introduced as an easy way to cleanse your skin to its brightest complexion yet. Since you’re cleansing your skin (or at least you should be) both morning and night anyway, take advantage of that time with a special dedicated cleanser for the morning, and a dedicated cleanser for evening use. When combined with use of the included Brightening Activator Serum, you’ll remove skin impurities, encourage faster cell-turnover, and brighten skin discoloration in just minutes a day. (The new Radiance brush head is super luxe and plush, too!) $249 ($314 value), sephora.com  [Read more…]

Give Your Skin the Celebrity Treatment at Kate Somerville


Kate Somerville lobby

Think that getting the red carpet treatment for your skincare needs is out of the question? I’ve got great news for you, it’s not! If you can make the trek to Kate Somerville’s incredible skincare clinic, it’s tucked away in an adorable, old-time Hollywood building with a lot of industry history behind it—just off of Melrose Place.

Can’t make it in to Kate Somerville? No worries! I’ve got some great Kate skincare recommendations for you, and they’ve made my skin a very happy camper since my visit over a week ago.

Kate Somerville treatment room

Kate Somerville Treatment Room

At first glance, the location is incredibly inviting and beautiful. I sincerely wish I could afford to hire their interior decorator! Everything is top-notch, no details were missed, and the textured wallpaper is to die for! Every wall has a texture that makes it seem like it belongs in the most lavish of celeb homes, as if it cost a fortune. (Except, you’re at Kate Somerville, and you’re about to get your skin pampered!)

I met with my skin therapist, Laura, and she told me that in her expert opinion, I was best a candidate for their DermaLucent™ Red Facial. With this being my first light therapy facial, I wasn’t sure what to expect—but please know I’m glad I went with her expertise, because I left extremely satisfied. I’m in my late 30’s, with some congested pores, lines that need firming, and could stand to have my collagen production levels shaken wide-awake.  [Read more…]

Holiday Gifting 2014: Indie Brands


indie brand holiday gifts

I’m sure your holiday shopping is in full swing by now, and if not—it will be very soon! Are you stumped on gift ideas for someone special because you don’t want to give something that’s unoriginal, or something that can be found at every retailer in town? I’ve got some great gift ideas for you, and they’re all from indie brands—almost guaranteeing that you won’t be gifting them a dupe they’ll want to return!

I’ve searched for some unique items, and these are a few I fell absolutely in love with. Check out my picks from these indie specialty brands!

gnarly whale hair products

Hair Products from The Gnarly Whale

All of the products from The Gnarly Whale are 100% vegan and cruelty-free, and they smell delicious! This husband and wife team creates unique haircare and bath products with minimal ingredients for low-impact on the earth, yet still yield full efficacy. 10% of their sales each month are donated to earth and marine-friendly charities, like the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

My fave pick is this awesome haircare gift trio with their signature shampoo, detangler, and beach wave spray in their Thai Coconut fragrance. Just $20 will score you this substantial gift, and you can select your product fragrance from a list of 13, or opt for the unscented versions. Once you see the list of available scents though, I have a feeling you’ll go for a fragrance! Coconut Lime VerbenaCoconut Milk & Peaches, or Bubblegum anyone? $20, thegnarlywhale.com

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Olive Oil Bath Soaps from An Ancient Art Handmade Soap Company

My amazing hairstylist turned me on to the soap bars from this tiny artisanal shop out of Strawn, Texas. She gifted me a bar of their handmade Red Wine soap, and I immediately ordered more! I love supporting this small business, they have over 30 scents available in their handmade olive oil soap formula that I’m obsessed with! You’ve got to look at the list of soap fragrance varieties they offer. I’m also a fan of their Vitality Cuticle Cream, and their lip balms. I’ve got the banana lip balm on my desk (which I use very often), and due to its high shea butter and olive oil content, my lips feel like buttah! Soaps—$6.50 each ($6 each for 3 or more—mix & match), strawnsoap.com   [Read more…]

Win It! Crest Sensi-Stop Strips w/ $75 CVS Gift Card GIVEAWAY


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I occasionally suffer from sensitive teeth, and this time of year makes them even more sensitive! My bottom teeth will inevitably go crazy as I sip spiced hot apple cider next week, when I bite into our delicious holiday pies, and while enjoying special dinners and chilly desserts. Even with my morning coffee, my teeth can send terrible twinges of pain to let me know just how unhappy the are with me. So to be able to use something over-the-counter that really helps and doesn’t create a mess or require several steps—is a blessing!

I’ve got a GREAT giveaway at the bottom of the post, where you can win all of the items pictured above—so keep reading!

crest sensi stop

With just 10 minutes, and one strip, Crest Sensi-Stop Strips™ can provide up to a month of sensitivity relief. I can barely feel them on my gum line, they don’t hurt, or leave a bad, chemical taste in my mouth. And—I’ve noticed less tooth sensitivity on the bottom row when I reach for my morning cup of hot coffee this week!

Sound good to you? CVS is your best bet for purchasing in your area, because…

When you purchase Crest Sensi-Stop™ strips at CVS ($21.99) from Oct. 10 through Dec. 14 you can earn $4 in CVS ExtraCare bucks!

Giveaway details & how to enter…

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Quick Picks Under $5: Suddenly Smooth Intensive Hand / Foot Treatment


Suddenly Smooth Intensive Hand Foot Treatment

What’s a girl to do mid-month when she’s already blown through her monthly beauty budget? I head over to Sally Beauty to treat myself to something really small. I was bored out of my skull and was tired of cleaning and doing laundry for the weekend—so I figured I deserved a tiny treat. Somehow, I always find myself there.

For $2.99 each (with my Sally card—regular price $3.29), I picked up these fantastic little hand and foot treatments from Suddenly Smooth. Each pack contains either one pair of gloves, or one pair of booties. They’re infused with moisturizing shea butter, marine collagen, Vitamin E, argan oil, ginseng, soy extract (and more!), and they make my hands and feet feel like buttah! Granted, the booties aren’t the most secure fitting in the world, but it gives you incentive to just rest for a few. You’re not going to want to walk around in them anyway.  [Read more…]

Beauty Quickies: Sole Goddess Blister Protection Foot Balm


sole goddess balm

When I wear cute shoes, two things happen: my feet hurt and I get blisters. (Sound familiar?) I’ve tried just about every insert I can find to help stop the friction that makes the ball of my foot hurt, and the blisters that inevitably form on my heels—no dice! The good news is, I did find a balm that helps out in that department, and it’s called Sole Goddess Blister Protection Foot Balm.

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Sole Goddess

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Have a Spooky Good Time with these Lush Bathtime Treats


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I know I keep bobbing back and forth between upcoming holidays, but there are still just a few last minute Halloween treats I want you to see. These spooky bathtime treats are from Lush, and they smell oh-so-magnificent, I had to share them with you!

lush pumkin pumpkin bubble bar

Pumkin Bubble Bar

Meet the Pumkin Bubble Bar. Crumble this delish gardenia and orange flower-scented cutie into your running bath water, and enjoy fluffy bubbles and orange-tinted water. A little bit of ylang-ylang scents your skin after bathtime, no follow-up fragrance necessary! Pumkin looks good enough to eat with its black licorice top, candy leaf, and dairy-free chocolate chip eyes—but don’t! Pumkin is sold out on the Lush site, so head into a boutique to pick one up.  [Read more…]

Renee Rouleau Luxe Mint Cleansing Gel Review


renee rouleau luxe minte cleansing gel

Those with oily or combination skin types, listen up! I found a great facial cleanser for you—it’s Renee Rouleau Luxe Mint Cleansing Gel, and it’s unlike any of the facial cleansers I use. Luxe Mint Cleansing Gel features several refreshing ingredients that make me say “ahhh”, and I’m kinda hooked on it because it’s so minty. (You know how I am with anything that has mint!) You’ll find peppermint, rosemary, and spearmint oils among the many skin-loving ingredients inside.

This soap free cleanser is both sulfate and paraben-free, and it stimulates blood circulation to give your skin a healthy glow. Since it’s sulfate-free, I don’t get that tight, squeaky-clean feeling—but it still does a great job of cutting through the excess oil and daily gunk that makes an appearance. [Read more…]