Friday Favorites: Finishing Powder

I have been on the hunt for a good finishing powder for a very long time.  I have tried so many different ones and I have never been fully happy with them.  Some left my face feeling very oily, some gave me the caked-on feel, some weren’t long lasting, and some didn’t seem to make a difference at all in my skin.  I have tried loose powders and pressed powders with nothing ever seeming to be the right fit for me.  They have all ranged in price as well from super expensive to the cheaper brands. What I really wanted was something that was lightweight, mattifying, and gave me an overall polished look without breaking the bank. I have shared before that I use Rodan + Fields Radiant Defense Perfecting Liquid as the base for my makeup, and I absolutely love it. You can read more about it here. What I was lacking was a good powder to go over it to give me more of a matte look.  

I follow a lot of bloggers and influencers on Instagram and am always watching their Instagram stories. I mostly follow them for outfit inspiration but occasionally I will catch one or two of them sharing their makeup routines. Most of them wear way more makeup than I do and use triple the amount of products.  A lot of times I just click through the makeup tutorials without watching them because I like my routine to be simple, easy, and lightweight.  About 3 months ago, though, I just happened to stay on one for a while and really paid attention to what the girl was doing and the products she was using.  She was doing her quarantine face which wasn’t a full makeup face like she normally wears, so it was more my style.  Anyway, she used a finishing powder that she said she highly recommended.  Since I have been on the lookout for one, I decided to make a quick trip into Target and grab one to try.  It is made by NYX which is a clean, cruelty free brand that I like, and it is super affordable.  I have tried their loose powder before and didn’t love it, but I have never tried the HD Finishing Powder that this particular influencer recommended.  It is a pressed powder that comes in 3 different color correcting shades. Use the Translucent shade to set your look, the Banana to brighten, and the Mint Green to diffuse redness. I decided to go with the Banana for my needs.  Let me tell you…I have finally found the perfect product for me!  I LOVE this powder so much.  It does everything I wanted and more.  It is extremely lightweight, doesn’t leave me feeling oily, and lasts all day.  The thing I love about it most, though, is that it instantly gives me a soft “filtered” look.  I’m not kidding.  You know how you can use camera filter or a photo editor to give yourself a soft, polished, smooth finish to your skin?  This product does that naturally without the filter.  That is the only way I can describe it for you.  It gives me filtered skin that looks flawless! It helps to hide all of my imperfections and discolored skin. I am totally obsessed! I have been using it for a little over 2 months now and will continue to use it for as long as it is available. I use a retractable kabuki brush to apply it.  I start by using the brush with it only partly retracted to make the bristles more compact and pat the powder under my eyes to set my under-eye brightener. Then I retract the brush fully to sweep the powder across the rest of my face. It doesn’t take a lot to get that polished, matte look.   I absolutely love the look it gives me.  

This is a non-filtered, unaltered image that was taken in portrait mode on my iPhone after applying the NYX HD Finishing Powder.

The NYX HD Finishing Powder is my new best friend! If you are looking for a good finishing powder, this is definitely one that you should try. I have tried so many and this one is by far my favorite. It is super affordable, and it works! I highly recommend it and am so glad I watched that video that day and decided to try it. 

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Friday Favorites: Makeup Removers

I want to start by saying that every single person on the planet should wash their face every morning and every night.  Period. There should never be an excuse for not washing your face, especially if you wear makeup.  NEVER go to bed with makeup on! I personally think that everyone should have some type of skincare routine, but you should at least remove your makeup every night if nothing else.  I am not going to get into my whole skincare routine today. I will save that for another post.  However, I do want to talk about the very first step to my routine, and that is removing my makeup.  I follow a two-step process using two products to rid my face of all makeup, and that is what I am going to share with you today.  

The first thing I do when I am getting ready for bed at night is to remove my makeup using a Norwex Microfiber Body Cloth.  If you have never heard of Norwex before, it is a direct sales company that sells environmentally friendly cleaning products for your home and body without the use of harmful chemicals. They are a great company and have so many amazing products that I highly recommend you check out.  Anyway, I love the Microfiber Body Cloths to remove my makeup for several reasons. One is that it only requires water to remove my makeup.  I just wet the cloth with warm water and gently wipe away all traces of makeup.  Another reason that I love these cloths is that I can get 8 uses out of one cloth before having to wash it.  I like to fold mine into quarters and use only one quarter per night.  Each night when I am done, I rinse it thoroughly, wring it out well, and then use the tag to easily hang it to dry.  Then it is ready for me to use another quarter then next night.  A third reason I love these cloths is that they come in sets of 3 and in a few different colors for a very affordable price.  These towels are super soft and gentle on my skin, and they easily remove all traces of my makeup and prep it for the rest of my skincare routine.  I have been using them for about 3 or 4 years now, and I love them. 

While the Norwex cloths are great, they don’t seem to remove all of my mascara that well.  It does remove some, but it would take more rubbing to remove it all.  I am very careful with not rubbing my eye area too strongly because the skin around your eyes is thin and delicate.  I don’t want to cause any more wrinkles than necessary! As part of my second step in my makeup removal routine, I use Rodan + Fields Essentials Complete Eye Makeup Remover.  This oil-free, dual-phase remover gently erases all traces of mascara, including hard to remove waterproof mascara.  I have tried numerous eye makeup removers over the years with very little success. Either they don’t work, leave your eyes with a greasy feeling, or cause an allergic reaction for me. I have very sensitive eyes and many eye products irritate my eyes.  They cause me to get little white allergy bumps all underneath my eye lids which are very irritating.  Anyway, the R+F Eye Makeup Remover does not do this.  It is safe for sensitive skin and doesn’t leave a greasy residue.  I simply shake it well to activate the ingredients, apply it to one of these Cotton Rounds, and then gently swipe it across my lashes. (I prefer the cotton rounds to cotton balls because they require less product to be effective.) The eye makeup remover works great and does not require harsh rubbing.  It also contains ingredients like biotin that help to nourish and strengthen your lashes. It is by far my favorite eye makeup remover for sensitive eyes.

Once I have all of my makeup removed using these two products, I follow through with the rest of my skincare routine. If you get nothing else from this post, I hope that you get the importance of at least washing off your makeup every day.  It honestly doesn’t matter what you use as long as it isn’t just a regular bar of soap that is not made for your face.  Leaving makeup on will clog your pores, cause unwanted breakouts, and lead to signs of aging faster.  Plus, it just makes you feel better and more refreshed when you have a clean face.  You only get one face, so you better take care of it!  As Rachel Hollis says, “Girl, wash your face!!”

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Friday Favorites: Brows

If you are anywhere near my age, you grew up plucking your eyebrows.  Some of us may have plucked some areas a little too much and are now suffering the consequences.  Whether you are a plucker, waxer, threader, or whatever other on-trend thing, we all have one thing in common…none of us wants big bushy eyebrows with stray hairs sticking every which way.  Right? I know thicker eyebrows are in and many influencers have these big drawn on brows.  I am not into that personally but to each their own.  What I am into is having tame, nicely shaped brows.  My brows are fairly thin these days but I still need something to help keep them clean looking and shaped the way I want them.  Well, a few months ago I saw an infomercial about Flawless Brows on TV.  I am sure you have all seen it and probably didn’t pay much attention or was skeptical like me.  I just happened to be strolling the aisles of Target one day and saw a display of Flawless Brows on the end of one of the rows.  Normally I wouldn’t give anything that said “As Seen on TV” any thought, but this little tool intrigued me. I picked it up, read the back of it, and decided to give it a try. It was only $20, and I figured that wouldn’t break the bank. I purchased the Finishing Touch Flawless Brow in Rose Gold. I wanted it for the little hairs that grow out of place that are too short to pluck.  I am not a fan of waxing and am too chicken to try anything else.  Anyway, I came home and tried out this little tool, and I was instantly hooked.  It works so well! It is painless, very easy to control, and glides smoothly over the unwanted hair. I don’t worry about catching hairs that I don’t want removed at all either.  It takes care of all the areas that I wanted it to and leaves me with nicely shaped brows.  It has a built-in light on it when you turn it on that is supposed to help you see the finest hairs, but I don’t really think that it does anything.  You don’t really need it, though, in my opinion.  I definitely recommend this product. It is affordable and easy to use.  Most of all, it works. I was pleasantly surprised and am very happy with this purchase. I may even look into some of their other hair removal products and give them a try.  They have several including one for facial hair that will remove peach fuzz and one for your legs that is a little more expensive. 

Now, I mentioned that I may or may not have plucked my brows a little too much back in the day.  The ends of my brows are a little thin and need a little help.  I have tried many different brow products over the years from pencils to creams and finally found one that I really like.  I use a brow pomade from TARTE called Big Ego Frameworker Brow Pomade.  I use just a little bit of it with a brow brush to fill in the areas that are a little too thin. I use Medium Brown, but I believe it comes in 8 different shades.  You can easily find the one that matches your brows.  It is vegan, cruelty free and is waterproof and sweat proof.  I get mine at Ulta, but you can get it anywhere that TARTE products are sold. 

That’s a wrap on my two favorite brow products.  

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Friday Favorites: imPress Nails

I love painted nails. However, painted nails don’t like me.  I guess I am too rough on my hands or something, but they never last more than one or two days.  Even if I get them done at a nail salon, they only last maybe one or two more days.  It feels like a waste of money and time even though I do it anyway.  I have never been one to go for acrylic or fake nails because my own nails are pretty good.  They are strong and they grow nicely so I figure why not just paint what I’ve got? Well, that never works.  I end up removing the polish and repainting them every couple of days.  I just don’t have the time or energy for that anymore. I started looking into other options.  I really didn’t want to spend the money to get them done all the time.  I kept seeing people talk about imPress Nails online.  They were saying how great they are and that they are way more affordable than getting acrylic nails.  My first thought was of the Lee Press on Nails from the 80’s and thought there was no way they would last.  I kept seeing them online, though, so I figured I had nothing to lose.  I decided to give them a try.  I went to Target and easily found them in the cosmetic area.  Make sure you get the ones that say imPress Nails, not the ones that say Kiss. They look similar, but they are not the same. They had several different shades to choose from, and they even come with accent nails if that is something you like.  So far my favorite shades have been Kiss & TellNight Fever, Bright as a Feather (not available online), and So Unexpected. There are more shades online, and they seem to have different shades at different stores. I saw some holiday ones online at Walmart that were pretty cute. Some of the nails have oval tips, but most of them are the typical square tips.  I did get one of each, but I did not like the oval tip ones on me.  They just looked weird to me.  Yes, these are press on nails, but there is no glue or adhesive that you have to apply.  The adhesive is already built into the nail.  All you have to do is figure out which size you need for each nail (there are multiple size options), use the enclosed prep pad to clean your nails, peel the backing off, and then stick them to your nail.  They key is to firmly press them down across the whole nail. Pretty simple, right? Again, I was thinking that there is no way that they would last, but I was going to give it a solid effort.  It turns out that I was pleasantly surprised.  Not only did they look great, but they also lasted over a week.  They would have lasted a few more days, but one of them was starting to come loose so I took them all off.  If I could have fixed that one, I think they would have likely lasted for 2 full weeks because all of the other nails were still firmly attached.  They lasted through hair washing, dish washing, folding laundry, typing, and all my normal activities with no problems.  I was very impressed. Since that first time, I have had them last about 2 weeks each time. 

Kiss & Tell

Now, my other concern with using these nails was what kind of damage they would do to my own nails.  I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised again.  My nails were perfectly fine when I took the imPress ones off.  Some of them were still stuck on pretty good, and I had to tug hard to get a few of them off. I was worried that it might tear my nails because I was pulling so hard, but it didn’t.  They do recommend using a little nail polish remover around the edges if they are hard to get off, but I did not use any. I didn’t feel like it was really necessary. I have not had any issues with my own nails since I started using the imPress Nails, which has been great.  I have now used them more than once and have been very happy with them. I do give my nails a break in between pairs just to ensure that my natural nails stay healthy.  I don’t know if that is really necessary, but it makes me feel better. 

Bright as a Feather

One drawback for me initially was that the nails are a little longer than I typically wear my natural nails.  That took some getting used to.   They do say that you can file them after you have applied them, but I found them hard to file.  After a day or two, though, the length didn’t really bother me, and I had no issue with them.  Now I love the length.  Another thing that was a little annoying was that the adhesive covers the span of the nail.  Since these are longer than my natural nail, the back of the tips was still sticky from the adhesive. Things like dirt and hair would get stuck to it.  After reading some reviews, I learned to use clear nail polish over the adhesive that was exposed, and that worked like a charm.  Overall, I am in love with these nails.  They look great, work great, and are more affordable than getting a manicure.  I really like them and will continue to use them.  I highly recommend them for you to try. Let me know what you think.

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Friday Favorites: Concealer

Let’s talk concealer. There were times when I used to rely heavily on concealer because my face was always broken out and it was a huge mess.  I felt like I was covering my entire face in concealer because my skin was so bad. Now, my skin is totally clear thanks to my Rodan + Fields Unblemish Regimen, so I don’t really need concealer that much anymore.  I do, however, still like to use it under my eyes.  It just seems to brighten them and make them pop a little more. It isn’t that I have really bad circles or anything to cover up; I just think that it enhances your eyes.  Anyway, I discovered a new concealer that I love a few months ago and wanted to share it with you because it is so easy to use and it provides great coverage.  I am now obsessed with e.l.f Cosmetics’ Lightweight Concealer Stick.  You can find it at Target (not online), Walmart, Ulta, Walgreens or any other store that carries e.l.f. Cosmetics.  The shade I use is Fair/Light, but it also comes in Light/Medium and Medium Dark.  I like for it to be almost a shade lighter than my foundation because I want it to serve as a highlighter for my eyes.    I typically apply my Rodan + Fields Radient Defense Perfecting Liquid first and let it dry while I apply my eye shadow and liner. Then I apply the concealer.  I do this by making an inverted triangle under my eyes. With this stick it is just like drawing on your face.  It’s so easy and mess free. Then I typically just use my ring finger to blend it in, but you can use a blending bud or brush if you prefer.  Once it is all blended in, I add a little powder to set it, and I am ready to go.  

Apply by drawing an inverted triangle under your eyes.
Blend using your finger, blending bud, or blending brush.

As you can see in the last picture, the skin under my eyes now looks brighter and it just helps to accentuate my eyes. I love it! They do have a highlighting stick that looks just the same, but it is more iridescent than I like for under my eyes. I actually like to use it on my upper cheekbone line for a little sparkle when I am going out but not for everyday use.

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Friday Favorites: Sunscreen and Sunless Tanner

Summer is right around the corner. My kids have two weeks left of school and many others are already out for summer vacation.  With summer vacation comes time at the pool, the beach, and lots of other outdoor fun. Time outside means exposure to the sun and its harmful rays. If you know me, you know that I am a fanatic about sunscreen. I am a very “moley” person. I have moles everywhere and lots of them. I have had the unfortunate pleasure of having multiple moles that have had to be removed for being severely atypical. That is super close to cancer. Because of this, I am a crazy person when it comes to sun exposure.  I lather myself and everyone in my family with sunscreen multiple times when we are out in the sun.  I even wear hats when I am in the sun for prolonged periods of time. I also wear sunscreen on my face every single day whether I am going to be out in the sun or not.  Everyone needs to wear sunscreen, but the key is reapplying it.  You can’t just put it on once and expect it to work all day long. I personally reapply every hour. My philosophy is better safe than sorry!  I also would never recommend a spray sunscreen.  You can never get good coverage with a spray. I guarantee that you will miss spots and then you will have a weird tan.  

I have tried multiple brands of sunscreen over the years.  Most sunscreens are thick, difficult to rub in, smell bad, and leave you feeling sticky.  It has taken years to find a sunscreen that I really love, but I finally found it a couple of years ago.  I promise you that I am not saying this just because I am a consultant.  It really is that good!  My favorite sunscreen is Rodan + Fields Essentials Sunscreen SPF 30.  I am not kidding you when I say that it is the best sunscreen that I have ever used.  It is thin, smells good, and doesn’t leave a sticky feeling on your skin.  I would even go as far as saying it leaves your skin feeling cool and refreshed, not sticky and gross. It applies evenly and it actually works.  I am obsessed with this sunscreen.  I will forever use it as long as I am going out in the sun. I think I probably have about 5 bottles of it in my house right now because I don’t want to run out!  I love it! R+F also has a Lip Shield that protects your lips from the sun. It smells like lemons! I am not especially attached to the lip shield, but I think it is important to remember to protect your lips with some form of SPF made for lips.

Now, you may be thinking that my crazy obsession with sunscreen leaves me pasty white all the time, and you would be correct.  I am paler than pale for the majority of the year.  I will say that I still get a golden complexion in the summer without getting burned using the R+F sunscreen. I prefer not to get even that from the sun though because I am so afraid of the sun’s rays.  Anyway, I have a solution for the pasty white skin too. I do not, and will not, ever recommend a tanning bed because I believe it is just as bad as regular sun exposure if not worse.  I also personally won’t do a spray tan.  I don’t have anything against them, but I just know that it is not for me.  I will tell you that I have tried a million sunless tanners.  I can’t stand 90% of them because of the smell.  I have mentioned before that smells trigger my migraines, and most sunless tanners have triggered them with their strong smells.  Let’s not even mention all the ones I have tried over the years that leave streaks or turn you orange.  There is another win with Rodan + Fields!  Their Essentials Foaming Sunless Tanner is the best one I have ever tried.  It does have a smell to it, but it isn’t super strong and to me smells more citrus than chemical and does not trigger migraines for me.  It is easy to apply and does not leave streaks.  It also has never turned me orange.  It works great. Whenever I have applied it, I get people commenting on my nice tan. They often ask if I have been to the beach. It gives you an even, glowing complexion, and you start to have that warm glow within an hour of application.  It does not leave a sticky feel either, and it lasts for about a week.  You can control how dark you want to be as well by applying one or two layers. It truly is the best and I use it year round.  I’m obsessed! 

In summary, avoid exposure to the sun as much as possible. Protect your skin and lips by using sunscreen whenever you are outside. Reapply often.  Find safer ways to get that sun-kissed glow without exposure to the sun’s harmful rays, and enjoy your summer without a painful sunburn!

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Friday Favorites: Mascara

I have been on the hunt to find the perfect mascara for years.  I have had a few that I liked okay that I would use for a while, and then I would decided that I really don’t like it all that much and try another one.  I have used a wide variety of brands in a wide price range including Clinique, Maybelline, Mary Kay, Bare Minerals, Younique, and many more. There was nothing major wrong with any of those brands. It is really all about personal preference and what look you are going for.  For me, the wand matters and the clumpiness (I just made up that word) is a big factor for me.  That includes clumping on the wand and clumping on my lashes when I apply it. When I started using Rodan + Fields’ Lash Boost and my lashes started to look fuller and longer, I realized my current mascara just wasn’t doing if for me anymore so I was on the hunt for a better mascara.  I guess that I should mention that I have deep set eyes so sometimes it is hard to really see my lashes without a good mascara.  It’s just the way my eyes are built.  On top of that, I wear glasses all day, every day, which also distracts from my lashes.  I really need a mascara that is going to make my lashes look longer and fuller.

After getting feedback from several people, I started using Roller Lash by Benefit (Ulta) a couple of years ago.  It is said to be “super-curling and lifting” by the maker.  I don’t know so much about curling part, but I do feel like it lifted my lashes and helped them to stand out better. I would say that it is a pretty decent mascara, and I was happy with it for a long time.  I really feel like it makes my lashes appear longer. The one thing I don’t care for is that it doesn’t really give my lashes a fuller look.   I do really like the thin applicator and the way that it glides on so easily. It has very short bristles, and that style works really well for me and is the kind I prefer. I have never had this brand clump on the applicator or on my lashes.    I would recommend it to anyone because it is a solid choice, and I really have no major complaints about it other than the fullness factor.

A month or so ago, a friend mentioned a different mascara to me.  It is one that has actually been on my list for a while as one to try, but I was in no hurry to purchase it because I was happy with the Roller Lash. Anyway, she convinced me to give it a try.  Now, let me first say that my friend has amazing natural lashes that I have always been envious of, so I knew that the mascara wasn’t going to perform for me as well as it does for her.  I was willing to give it a try, though.  I hopped over to Ulta that same day and purchased Too Faced Better Than Sex (Ulta) mascara. Yes, I wish it had a different name, but it is what it is.  When I first opened it up, I could already tell that I wasn’t going to love the applicator.  It is big and bushy.  It has thick, long bristles and I typically avoid that kind of wand.  I was set on giving it a solid try, though.  I must say, that although I am still not crazy about the wand, I really like this mascara.  Not only does it give me the length, but it also gives my lashes a thicker appearance.  I have only been using it for about a month, but so far I am fairly pleased with it. I have this feeling that it could get clumpy, but I am hopeful that it won’t.  The jury is still out on that.

 I tried to do a side-by-side comparison for you, but it is really hard to photograph my eyes myself, and it just doesn’t translate as well to the picture as it does in real life.  However, I think that you can still tell the difference. You can see that the side with the Too Faced mascara is definitely more prominent than the side with the Benefit mascara. While both mascara’s are very different, I would recommend both of them to you as good options for mascara. If you take a look at the two pictures at the beginning of this post where I am wearing the Too Faced mascara in one picture and the Benefit mascara in the other, you can see that they both are good mascaras separately.  It is only when you put them side by side with one on each eye that you can really see the difference. Again, it is totally a matter of preference. I am not sure which one I will choose to go with for the long hall because I love them both for different reasons. I love the Benefit Roller Lash because of its applicator and easiness to apply, and I love the Too Faced Better than Sex for the fullness and length it gives my lashes. I also feel like the Benefit mascara gives you a more natural look than the Too Faced mascara. I’m not sure if that matters to me, though. It is really hard to decide which is my absolute favorite. I like them both! You just have to choose the one that works best for you because they are both great options!

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Friday Favorites: Bright Eye Complex

I am getting a late start to this post today because we closed on our new house this morning!!! I couldn’t be any more excited except maybe the day we actually move. It is so awesome! We also have ANOTHER snow day today with more snow.  It has been lightly snowing since about 6:00 this morning. My kids really NEED to go back to school! They are driving me nuts! 

Moving on to the topic of today….another one of my favorite things. You know the thin, fragile layer of skin under your eyes? It is often the very first place to show signs of stress and fatigue.  That along with dehydrated skin causes our eyes to develop dark circles, puffiness, and dullness. Never fret! I have the solution! If you are a mom like me, you need this product in your life. I am talking about Rodan + Fields Active Hydration Bright Eye Complex.  This stuff is amazing! It is a very lightweight gel-cream.  You actually really don’t feel it once you apply it because it’s so light.  It is designed to visibly improve the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, and dullness.  It hydrates the skin, diffuses discoloration, and minimizes puffiness using R+F’s own 3D3P Molecular Matrix, caffeine, and phytonutrients.  Basically, it makes your tired eyes look rested and refreshed. Your skin needs hydrated skin, and hydrated skin looks and behaves younger. Don’t we all wish we looked bright eyed and bushy tailed every morning? I know I do! 

The results really speak for themselves. I use this product daily to keep me from looking as tired as a feel, and it really works. Based on a 4-week consumer study, 87% of participants saw a visible improvement in dark under-eye circles, and 91% of participants saw a visible improvement in under-eye puffiness.   

I have super sensitive eyes. Just about everything causes my eyes to get irritated, or I get these little allergy bumps as my doctor called them all under my eye lids. Bright Eye Complex does not cause any irritation for me, which makes it even more awesome.  I have never had any issues with it, and I use it daily.  It is definitely a product that I will likely use forever to keep me looking young and well rested, even when I am neither! 

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Friday Favorites: Sphynx Razor

I tried out a new product for you all. I saw this product featured on the Today Show’s Steals and Deals a while back and it intrigued me.  Then I saw it magically pop up in my Facebook feed a few times and saw some friends post about it.  I finally decided that I was intrigued enough to buy it.  It is a portable razor that comes complete with everything you need to shave your legs.  It is made by a company called Sphynx.  Now, I will tell you that it is not designed to be your everyday razor in the shower. It is designed for those on-the-go moments when you realize you missed a spot on your legs or you forgot to shave your underarms (That happens to me a lot, sadly.). You just throw it in your purse and whip it out whenever you need it, wherever you are. I would not use it to shave my whole leg because that is not what it is designed for, and I don’t think the razor is good enough for everyday use. It would be great in an emergency, though.

The Specifics:

This razor comes in a variety of fun, bright colors and also in black. It is in the shape of a circle, but it does have a flat part at the bottom so you can stand it up on the counter if you need to. It is just slightly larger than the palm of my hand, which makes it small enough to keep in your purse, gym bag, or overnight bag. It is TSA approved for flying. It is easy to hold in your hands and is pretty simple to use. The coolest part about this product is that it comes complete with everything you need to shave on-the-go, and it is all neatly packed into the compact circular case.  All you have to do it to rotate the little dial in the center to access each piece.

Spray Bottle:

There is a miniature, refillable spray bottle that you use to dampen your skin to prep for shaving.  You simply pop it out, fill it with water, and pop it back in. The bottle is pretty small which is another reason that you probably can’t shave all of both legs with it. It wouldn’t be enough water or you would have to refill it.

Moisturizing Bar:

Once you are done dampening your skin, you twist the dial to reveal a small moisturizing bar that is filled with coconut oil, shea butter, and essential oils. Use it to lather your skin for shaving. It also doubles as a moisturizer.  That means you don’t have to rinse it off when you are done.  That’s even more perfect for your on-the-go lifestyle. The company states that it won’t melt in heat, so you can even throw it in your beach bag.  Another positive to the bar is that it is cruelty free, vegan friendly, and paraben free.

Razor:

Now that you have dampened and lathered your skin, you turn the dial one more time to reveal the razor. Turning the dial a fourth time will reveal a second razor. When one gets dull, move on to the second one.  It is a single blade razor for easy cleaning. It was a little odd a first getting used to holding the circular case versus my regular razor, but I got the hang of it pretty quickly. 

I know you are thinking about how in the world you clean it when you are done. That was my thought too. First of all, there are small holes on each side of the circular case that allow water to escape if it gets inside so you won’t have mold or mildew.  Then, you can twist and easily pop the frame apart so you can run the razors under water to clean.  If you are on the go and don’t have the opportunity to rinse it, you can wipe the blade easily with a paper towel. Refill packs are also available. They come with 4 new razors and one moisturizing bar. If you order through the  Sphynx website, you can sign up for automatic refill deliveries. You can also purchase these razors at retailers such as Target and Ulta. Additionally, they are available for purchase on Amazon.

I can’t tell you how many times I have been at the beach or out somewhere and I realized that I missed a big patch of hair on my leg or I forgot to touch up my underarms.  This product is great for those occasions. If you are like me and are very forgetful or are always in a rush, try this product out and let me know what you think.

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Friday Favorites: Enhancements Micro-Dermabrasion Paste

Prior to about 3 years ago, I had never exfoliated my skin.  I honestly never thought about it or thought that it was something I should do. I have since learned that our skin is constantly shedding skin cells. New skin cells push the old skin cells to the surface.  Those dead cells can cause your skin to appear dull, can clog your pores, and can mix with your makeup. As we age, the rate at which our body naturally sheds those dead cells decreases. That is why we need to do something to help get rid of those dead cells.  I mean, who wants dry, flakey, dead skin that looks and behaves older than you are? Not me! Did you know that if you don’t exfoliate your skin at least once a week, you reduce the effectiveness of any creams or serums that you use? Those products will only be absorbed by the top layer of dead skin and not get to the new skin cells where you want it. Exfoliating your skin is key to younger looking skin.  When you exfoliate your skin, you are removing dead skin cells and allowing healthy, new cells to take their place.  In addition to speeding up cell renewal and enhancing cell turnover, it also diminishes your pore size and increases blood circulation. It helps you to achieve healthy, glowing skin.

One of my all-time favorite Rodan + Fields products, and probably the one that got me hooked on R+F, is the Enhancements Micro-dermabrasion Paste.  You really have to try this stuff.  It not only smells amazing, but it also leaves your skin feeling silky smooth, renewed, and refreshed after just one use. This oil-free salt and sugar blend gently exfoliates dead skin cells to provide even-looking skin tone and smooth skin texture. It is packed with vitamins C and E, both of which nourish and brighten skin. It just enhances your skin’s overall radiance. I cannot even begin to describe to you how awesome this stuff makes your skin feel.

Another great thing about the Enhancements Microdermabrasion Paste is that it’s not just for your face. It is even gentle enough to use on your lips. I love to use it on my dry, cracking heels in the summer to have my feet looking perfect for flip-flop and sandal weather. You can even use it on your husband’s scratchy elbows! It is also great to use in conjunction with sunless tanners.  It allows you to get a more even and longer-lasting, healthy glow without being baked in the sun. You can even pair it with R+F’s Active Hydration Body Replenish for super soft skin. I have also seen where people have used this paste to enhance the color of their tattoos. It’s amazing.

One jar of the paste will last 6-12 months depending on how often you use it and how many people in your house are using it.  I personally only use it once a week and look forward to that day all week. You can use it up to 3 times a week.  I highly recommend this product to anyone (except those with very sensitive skin, irritation, or redness).  Once you use it one, you will want to use it every day.  That’s how good it makes your skin feel.

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