Posts tagged ‘beauty’

March 27, 2012

ring in spring

Spring may seem like an unlikely choice when choosing your favorite season – but it is mine! April is when I celebrate my birthday (month of the diamond – holler!), but I am also a fan of the typically rainy month because springtime brings so many things to life that we wait all winter for … like green anything and that glimmer of hope that snow might actually be gone for good! I don’t have much to complain about since we had a mild winter here in Minneapolis – but I will still enjoy the first smells of fresh cut grass and wet rain. Come on sunshine!

The new season brings an outstanding excuse to pick up a few new things – whether it be allergy medicine or a new hair color, everyone can think of a few items they need to help ring in spring. Maybe one or two of these will top your list this April:

  1. Tall Hunter Rain Boots in Yellow: Can you really buy a rain boot in any color other than classic yellow? No. These classic beauties ($125) make rain fashionable and puddle splashing more fun.
  2. SpaRitual Nail Lacquer Water Collection (Spring 2012): This vegan nail polish (yes – it’s actually good for your nails) comes in 6 new spring colors – and as a bonus 20% of all proceeds made from the Water Collection goes to Surge. Why not pick up a few new pastels (available at JUUT)?
  3. Paige Denim in Day Break: I’d take a pair of these in any color but with a push of spring tones coming our way, why not go all our and splurge on a pair of pretty pastel paige denim ($179)?
  4.  Whole Foods Lemon Italian Sparkling Spring Water: If your looking for a bubbly beverage to quench your thirst, Whole Foods sparkling spring water is the way to go. Lemon not your thing? It comes in a variety of other flavors!
January 23, 2012


I am in LOVE! Saturday morning marked my first date with the pretty, little Clarisonic Mia. I have been waiting/wanting/wondering about this beauty maker since July and could hardly handle the recommended 24 hour wait while she charged. Surprisingly, the charging system was the first feature that attracted me to Mia. There’s no “plug in” to the actual Mia (because it is shower friendly and waterproof) but instead this genius little magnet sticks to the front and charges ‘er up! AWESOME!!

Saturday morning my Mia was all charged, so I did what anyone would do and watched a few You Tube videos (Mia tutorials obviously). I can’t believe I actually thought to do this, but the tutorials I watched were super informative – more informative than the instruction manual I read.

Here’s a quick snapshot

  1. Remove all of your eye makeup before doing anything else.
  2. Wet your face and the brush head with warm water.
  3. Put your face wash all over your wet face with your finger tips, avoiding the eyes.
  4. Click the power button to turn on the Mia.
  5. In a GENTLE circular motion, begin cleansing your face; I start at my right cheek – 10 seconds, then chin – 10 seconds,  nose – 20 seconds (*WARNING: Tickles!),  left cheek – 10 seconds, and finally forehead – 20 seconds.
  6. Once your 60 – 70 seconds of cleansing is up, turn off the Mia and rinse the brush head clean with warm water; once a week you can clean the brush head with antibacterial soap to keep it extra clean and long lasting.
  7. Rinse the remaining face wash from your face with warm water.
  8. Pat your face dry, don’t rub! Your pores will be open and breathing, so it’s better for you and your face to be patted.
  9. Apply face lotion if needed or keep it bare and let your skin enjoy the cleanliness!

Aside from loads of positive reviews, the most common question surrounding the Clarisonic Mia is what face wash to use. From what I’ve read (keeping in mind that I’m not an expert), you want a face wash that is gentle and/or foaming. I am using Aveda Purifying Creme Cleanser which is a very mild face wash and has been working perfectly. You don’t want to combine the exfoliating power of the Mia with an exfoliating cleanser – too harsh. And usage totally depends on the face – sensitive skin should err on the side of caution and use less frequently (1 – 5 times a week), while no face should use it more than twice daily.

I have been using the Mia morning and night (for just 3 days) and have noticed a difference in the way my skin looks and feels. It is WONDERFUL and so so soft! I can’t wait to see what a month will bring. Watch out – I might even go makeup free (yea, right!).