Thursday, March 29, 2012

Olay Total Effects Anti Aging Body Wash

Total Effects 7-in-1 Advanced Anti Aging Body Wash - Deep Penetrating Moisture

The skin on my body is so dry that its condition even has a name: ichthyosis. I do everything I can to keep it moisturized, and it has been a difficult battle even since childhood. I love Aveeno lotion and it works as well as anything I have ever tried, but I'm always looking for more. Enter Olay Anti-Aging body wash. This great body wash helps with moisture in a wonderful way, keeping my skin soft and smooth even before I put my moisturizer on. It also seems to "tone" my skin as well. And unlike so many other products that work well at first, then end up giving me a rash, after a year of using this, no ill effects - only good.  I've used the exfoliating version also, but while it did okay (exfoliation is not the best thing for sensitive skin), the body wash is fantastic.  No more old lady legs!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Ange ou Demon? Perfume Is a Must

Perfume should be a part of every woman's beauty routine.  It should be subtle and should match your mood, identity, or style in some way.
  I tend to like to have a signature fragrance myself, one that I wear constantly and layer in all its forms.  In the 1980's through the 1990's until the formula changed, it was Sung by Alfred Sung.  It just smelled good on me and people commented on it in a positive way constantly.  Then, it was Escada - the original Escada with its wonderful jasmine.  Then Escada became hard to find. I had  Boucheron, and Fracas when the mood struck me, but neither could be my signature.  So, I'm still looking.
  This year while traveling in Africa, I bought perfume and lotion in Maputo, Mozambique - Givenchy's Ange ou Demon.  I love it!  I don't think it can be my signature, but I am enjoying it.  Notes:   top notes are mandarin, white cumin and saffron which open to the florals of lily and orchid combined with ylang-ylang; rosewood and dense oak moss absolute continue and lead to a drydown of  powdery and sensual Tonka and vanilla. It lacks the jasmine I love so much, but for now, it's the perfect Spring fragrance - not too sweet, and just sexy enough.
  Do you have a signature fragrance?
Note: This is not a sponsored post, simply my own opinion.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Abreva: The Cold Sore Remedy

Unfortunately, I am one of those people who has always suffered from cold sores. Although I can sometimes go for a couple of years without one, eventually one is going to pop up - and it seems the season makes very little difference; I've had them in cold season and also in the middle of summer.
  Oddly enough, the way the cold sore feels is a thousand times worse for me than the way it looks, although that is bad enough. But I have found something that works - finally.  And they are not a sponsor of mine, not do I receive anything at all from them.
   The best cold sore treatment I've tried is Abreva.
  Abreva really does work.  In the last week, my cold sore I could feel starting was averted simply by applying Abreva to it twice!  The package comes with funny little tubes that you break open for one application (although it bugs me that there is so much in there and it says for you to use each tube only once).  The end of the tube is basically a Q-tip with the clear ointment (did I say that there was lots of it?).  Put it on the cold sore and that's it!  
  No comparison to my Mother's old remedy of Campho-phenique!
  Remember that avoidance is best.  Wear a sunscreen on your lips just as you do your face, keep your lips moisturized (not just with lipstick - I like to wear vaseline at bedtime, and the rest of the time a moisturizing lipstick and/or a good lip balm (not Chapstick).