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Loving the skin I’m in

16 Jan

My new best friend

 

An update on a previous post, titled This Cheatin’ Skin. I am happy to share with you that my relationship with my Curel lotion is going even better than expected. I kicked my cocoa butter lotion to the curb before I even finished the bottle. The itchy dry skin had gone on long enough. Good riddance to it! My skin is staying hydrated and comfy (yeah I said my skin is comfy) all day in this dry Colorado winter. The best part has been restoring my hands. I  don’t bartend anymore, but my hands were worse than they have ever been; chapped, cracked, painful skin and weak broken nails. Curel Ultra Healing lotion has helped a lot. My nails actually grew out this week and I haven’t had a split cuticle since I started using it! Yay! When my skin feels better, I feel better.

This Cheatin’ Skin

3 Dec

I love the music of Amy Winehouse. Especially when I’m driving and I can sing along, no holds barred. I was listening to the song “You Know I’m No Good” and it made me think of my body lotion, of all things. The song tells of her infidelities as she sings “I cheated myself.”  I totally cheated on my favorite body lotion and now I’m the one suffering.

Here’s the love of my skin.

Curel Fragrance Free Lotion

I started using this after I got my first tattoo. That particular tattoo artist said this was her favorite fragrance free lotion, and I listen to tattoo artists about skin care. Curel lotions all absorb into the skin quickly and deeply. They do not clog your pores (none of that nasty mineral oil shit). I’ve used this body lotion year round, in dry Colorado and in humid New York. My skin always feels smooth and comfortable, never greasy or thirsty. Curel’s been good to me.

 

 

 

 

Now here’s “the other lotion.”

Vaseline and CVS brand cocoa butter body lotions

This is Vaseline Cocoa Butter Deep conditioning body lotion, and the same formula by CVS pharmacy. (Deep conditioning, my ass. Liar.) I had used Vaseline before and either my memory failed me or I am too forgiving. My mind was focusing on stretch marks as I shopped for lotion. Cocoa butter is known to help with skin tone and texture. When I first used this body lotion, I was still living in New York and we were just coming out of summer so my skin wasn’t very dry, but applying this body lotion the first few times felt like trying to rub water into your skin. I didn’t feel hydrated beyond the surface. Now I’m in Colorado in the midst of freezing temperatures and 10 inches of snow. My skin is killing me. Just a few hours after moisturizing my skin feel dry and tight. I miss the 24 hour deep moisture of Curel. I’m cheap so I’m trying to use this up before I transition back. (Wasn’t I smart in buying that value size!)

 

 

This is what I’m running back to.

Curel Ultra Healing Intense Lotion

The transition to Colorado dry air has been rough on my skin, so I’m going to pamper it with the Ultra Healing formula. I’ve used it before during some fierce winters, and I’m pretty sure this winter will be just that. This one won’t clog your pores either, it’s still non-greasy and absorbs quickly. It helps soothe my super sensitive winter skin. My skin’s itching to use this the more I talk about it!

 

 

 

 

 

Check out Curel’s website where you can check out their products, including ingredient lists. I used the Skincare Advisor and they suggested I used the formula for sensitive skin. Hmm, maybe. I should ease back into my Curel relationship first. I also linked all the images above to the product pages in drugstore.com.

Ladies and gentleman, the late Amy Winehouse…

What a LUSH!

1 Dec

I’ve spent so much time in the drugstores I don’t notice boutique cosmetic shops. I usually assume they’re always out of my budget anyway. BUT I came across LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics at the mall a couple of weeks ago and have been so excited by this company ever since. First off, I want to share with you their beliefs.

We believe in making effective products from fresh, organic* fruit and vegetables, the finest essential oils and safe synthetics.

We invent our own products and fragrances. We make them fresh by hand using little or no preservative or packaging, using only vegetarian ingredients, and tell you when they were made.

We believe in buying ingredients only from companies that do not commission tests on animals and in testing our products on humans.

We believe in happy people making happy soap, putting our faces on our products and making our mums proud.

We believe in long candlelit baths, sharing showers, massage, filling the world with perfume and in the right to make mistakes, lose everything and start again.

We believe our products are good value, that we should make a profit and that the customer is always right.

* We also believe words like fresh and organic have honest meaning beyond marketing.

Pretty awesome, right? But I’ve come across other companies with good will and good intentions, but a crap product. I think that too often cosmetic companies are making things too one-size-fits-all. At LUSH, there was a product for every need, every skin type. I told the sales associate that I have oily skin and she showed me at least 3 different face washes I could use. There was oily with acne, oily and sensitive, oily/combination. I asked a million questions about ingredients and came away impressed. So, there’s this ethical company selling me body products that are just as based in science as the big chemical companies? Again, awesome.

My biggest adjustment with LUSH is their little to no packaging. They make products into solids whenever they can to eliminate the waste of a bottle. Yay for the environment, but… solid shampoo? I’m so scared of it. I have to try it. And now that I’ve poured over their catalog, I have found the perfect products for everyone I know. I want to get the coconut shampoo for my curly-haired friend. I want to pick out a solid perfume for my dad, since he can’t do alcohol based sprays. There’s even a solid body tint bar, for my friend who hates being pale. I also think this is a great collection for men as well. The (little) packaging is cool and nothing in the store screams girl. I’m grateful to LUSH for getting me excited about body care again. It got this blog started!

Here’s what I went home with after my first LUSH experience:

Herbalism clay face cleanser and a sample of Enzymion moisturizer

I’ll come back to these to let you know how they worked out for me, but I encourage you to go into a LUSH store and play. They said they also give facials in store so you can try stuff. Also, here‘s a review NYLON magazine did online of LUSH dry shampoo.