My sister is, and always has been, my beauty mentor. Whenever I’ve had a beauty ailment (which is a weekly occurrence,) I’ve always been able to count on her to steer me in the right direction. Whether it be over plucked brows, breakouts or a lackluster complexion, she always seems to have a remedy in hand. Her latest beauty advice for me was a body scrub using coffee grounds.
This DIY body scrub was honestly one of the easiest and most enjoyable beauty adventures I’ve been on in a long time. I got to enjoy a delicious cup cup of coffee then indulge in an amazingly effective…and cheap at home spa treatment. I just took the leftover grounds into the shower with me and rubbed it all over my body. The coffee grounds make a really gentle scrub, but also does a great job of exfoliating. Caffeine is also known to be a fantastic anti-cellulite treatment. The strong smell of coffee in the shower also gave me an energy boost. Read more
If you’re not not using a face scrub, you need to be, especially if you are over 40. At our age, exfoliation is key to keeping skin fresh and youthful. After much experimentation, I’ve discovered an idyllic scrub–Aveeno Positively Ageless Resurfacing Scrub.
Formulated with Active Naturals natural Shiitake complex, and fortified with vitamin C, this gentle exfoliating scrub removes dirt and oil while polishing away dead skin cells to reveal smoother younger looking skin. Shiitake mushrooms are a natural antioxidant that work with the skin’s own natural renewal process and have been shown in scientific studies to have many anti-aging benefits. Vitamin C helps to lessen sun damaged skin and even skin tone.
The scrubbing beads are not too harsh and there is plenty of cleanser mixed in so it is gentle enough for every to every other day use. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight or dry but extremely soft and bright. I’ve been using a retinol cream for the past few weeks and it really dries out my skin. I keep this scrub in my shower to rid me of the flakiness from the retinol cream. I love the fresh and soothing scent! Read more
I have decided that this is the only wash cloth I am ever using…strong words I know but it is THAT amazing. This cloth was suggested to me after getting eyelash extensions as a part of my lash care routine. After getting eyelash extensions, you have to be really careful with your lashes and cannot get them wet 24-48 hours after having the extensions applied and a wash cloth is the best way to clean the face without getting your lashes soaked. What peaked my interest with this cloth is that it is a Microbamboo Cleansing/Exfoliating Cloth, which is a fusion of Microfiber and Bamboo-Charcoal. Bamboo-Charcoal is made by heating bamboo at a temperature of 1000°C, and then grounding it into nano-particles to combine with filament yarn. The benefits of Microbamboo are: ultra-plush, velvety-soft, and super-absorbent, yet lightweight and durable cleansing cloth. Read more
Soap & Glory has quickly become one of the UK’s most well-known (and most-liked) lines of beauty products. Supporting the “Clean of England” since 2006, the cheeky brand started when suds-loving founder Marcia Kilgore used her cosmetic chemistry savvy to create fun, fearless, and fantastically formulated bath, beauty, and body products. After a brief departure, the Soap and Glory brand is back in the U.S. and I am ecstatic! Retro girly, tongue-in-cheek packaging make Soap and Glory products just plain ‘ol fun!! Read more
Soap & Glory’s iconic retro images and whimsical product titles have captured the hearts of beauty lovers across the globe. Though the funky packaging has caught my eye quite a few times while browsing my local Sephora, I hadn’t had a chance to actually try the products until now.
I was very pleased with the products, and I loved how seamlessly they worked together:
1. Exfoliate. First, I sloughed off any dead or flaky skin with Flake Away. As a woman with chronically dry skin, I’m a big critic of exfoliators. This particular scrub ranks among my top 5 all-time favorites, with only Sabon’s exfoliator ahead of it. Read more