Mar 312013

Pond's Luminous Skin Care Line

When I shop at a drug store there are two things I invariably purchase: nail polish and skin care items.  I love to experiment with both new shades of polish as well as new formulations of skin lotions, face scrubs, exfoliators, and more.  It’s my way of keeping on trend and current without breaking the bank.

As a teenager and 20-something I mostly focused on basic cleaning and keeping acne-free.  Now that I’m in my mid-30s, though, my needs are different.  I look for products that keep my skin bright, moisturized, and when possible contain SPF.  The new POND’S Luminous line meets all my needs and more.

The Luminous line consists of four products:

  1. POND’S Luminous Moisture Day Lotion with SPF 15
  2. POND’S Luminous Clean Cream Cleanser
  3. POND’S Luminous Clean Daily Exfoliating Cleanser
  4. POND’S Luminous Clean Wet Cleansing Towelettes

The cleansers each contain soft white Kaolin clay that acts like a magnet to draw out deep-dwelling impurities.  Between the Kaolin clay, the texture of the cloths, and the microbeads in the daily exfoliating cleanser, your face not only gets a great cleaning but also feels incredibly smooth after each wash.  All the products are very gentle on your skin, however; as someone with sensitive skin that’s important to me and I can attest that the products didn’t irritate at all (they’re all hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, and dermatologist tested). Continue reading »

Dec 202011

2011 Holiday Gift Guide – Suggestions For Teens/Him/Her
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We enjoy most of those singing shows that are on TV – you know, the ones that pluck people out of relative obscurity and give them a chance to be a star?  A1 even considered trying out for one when they came to town a few years ago (she should have; that girl can sing).  So when we had the chance to try out the new Sing4: The Hits Edition, I knew it was going to be a winner.
Sing4 is unique in the fact that it’s the first singing game with high-precision lyrics that can tell the difference between actually singing and just humming.  It also comes with 40 songs from artists like Train, the B52s, Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood, Michael Bublé, Queen and many others.  You can also download additional tracks to give you even more to choose from.  The game has four modes: Solo, Duet (sing together, each taking a different part; highest score wins), Battle (up to four compete by singing the same piece, highest score wins), and Co-op (combined score; everyone sings the parts they’re best at).
The words come up on the screen, just like karaoke.  And once A2 pointed out to us that the next line of lyrics was on the screen in the line under the current lyrics, we were all much more successful.  The bars that are superimposed on the video (see below) let you know if the notes will be high/low or go up/down and also give you a sense for how long the sound should be held.  You’ll also get instant feedback – like “Perfect!” and “Try Harder!”.
We’ve had a lot of fun with this game.  There is a good mix of songs, so everyone is able to find something they like or at least remotely know the words to.  I am glad, too, that there are more songs available via download (I hope they add more soon, too).  Everyone took a turn – some braver (younger) folks took a few.  Even Baby C. was doing her little “dance” while everyone sang.  There was a lots of friendly competition; I have to be honest and say A1 and A2 kicked our butts.  Still, it’s nice to be able to find a game the whole family can play together.
Sing4 is also sponsoring a contest right now.  You could win $10,000 just by singing one of four songs and uploading your video.  Videos must be uploaded by January 31st, 2012; visit their YouTube page for more info.
Where to Buy:
Sing4: The Hits Edition retails for $39.99; Amazon also has it with free shipping.
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One winner will receive a copy of the game plus the microphone.  To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter below!

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Dec 172011
2011 Holiday Gift Guide – Suggestions For Her
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You may already have your outfits selected for all the holiday parties this season, but have you thought about your accessories yet?  One item I consider an accessory – and that I love to shop for – is nail polish.  Nail polish to me is really quite awesome; it finishes off any look, is easy to change and allows you to keep up with seasonal trends without breaking the bank.
If you’re like me in your love of polish – or you have someone on your shopping list that is – you will love Julep’s holiday sets.  Whether as a gift or stocking stuffer any of their polishes would be sure to please.
Julep is a boutique nail salon that is also a place where girlfriends can go to take a moment for fun and style.  They want to be a space where women can gather and find themselves, to connect and celebrate as part of a community.  They are very focused on their message and they put their money where their mouth is; $1 of every nail color sold goes to organizations that support women.  Check out the below pilot clip of the PBS show “Trendspotting” to see more.

I love burgundys and other shades along those lines so I’m really enjoying the Demi polish in the Julep Holiday Reds set (see below).  The Brooklyn shade is my next favorite of the three; I enjoy the touch of sparkle that really steps it up for the holidays.  The third shade is called January and it’s a real, tomato-red with a bit of shine to it.  I’ve never tried wearing true reds but I’m looking forward giving it a try at one of my upcoming parties.  I love the quality of the polishes and how easy they are to apply.  They also wear nicely; a lot of polishes chip I use chip after the first day or two because of the amount of time I spend at the keyboard and these did not.  I’m totally in love.
I also really like the Silver Belle’s Holiday Polish Collection (I’m a sucker for silver and slate gray).
And if you’d like to make an entire group of friends smile for the holidays, consider purchasing the Julep Spa Pedicure At-Home Party for 6.  It comes with four polish colors, topcoat, basecoat, Pomegranate Body Creme, Cosmopolitan Mix and 6 each of the following: orange sticks, nail brushes, toe separators, nail files, and pedi slippers.  (If Santa’s elves are reading I want this please.)
Where to Buy:
All of the holiday collections – and much more – can be found on Julep’s site.  Both the Holiday Reds and Silver Belles collections retail for $42 and the Pedicutre Kit for 6 retails for $84 (a $145 value).  As a special for you all Julep has given us promo code SHOPPINGFORSAVINGS – use it to take 15% off your purchase!
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One winner will receive the Holiday Reds Collection!  To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form below.

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Dec 032011
2011 Holiday Gift Guide – Suggestions For Her

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I think that most – if not all – women like a little bling.  I prefer my bling to be silver, usually, and so I love the items at Something About Silver (they do have a few gold items, too, if that’s your preference).  Not only are they, well, silver, they’re customized and unique.
The Something About Silver studio is located near the sunny beaches of Clearwater, Florida, where they fabricate all of their custom hand stamped jewelry.  They offer a wide selection of keepsake necklaces that would make a perfect gift or could become your own most cherished piece of jewelry.  If you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for, you can even email them and they will work with you to create a piece that is perfect for you or your gift recipient.

Their site has so many pretty things that it took me hours to choose my favorite and even then there are at least a half-dozen other items I really want (are you listening, Santa?).  What I did choose is The Family Tree necklace.  It’s a 1 1/4″ washer with a tree charm that hangs inside it.  Mine came on a ball chain (various lengths available) but you can also choose a link chain if you prefer.  We had our last name engraved on it; you could also do each of your kids’ names, or all the grandkids’ names as a gift for Grandma.
The finished product was exactly how it looked online – really beautiful.  They’re also really well-made.  Depending on what you choose, it could easily become a family heirloom.
Their packaging is really nice, too; it makes it feel like you’re giving yourself a gift (or if it is a gift, it will feel extra-special).
In addition to necklaces, they have rings, bracelets, earrings, bridal jewelry, ornaments, baby spoons and more.  Here are a couple other items I love.
Where to Buy:

You can purchase directly from the Something About Silver website.  And I have an exclusive promo code for you!  Enter LMC502 at the checkout and get 10% off your order (expires12/19).

Want to Win?

Something About Silver has provided one winner with a $40 Gift Code for their site!  You’ll get to choose your own beautiful item.  To win, just fill out the form below.  Reminder: Rafflecopter sometimes takes a moment to load; if you don’t see the form after a minute, please try refreshing your browser. 
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