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Product Review: Philosophy 3-in-1 Bath, Shampoo, and Shower Gel

Friday, July 15th, 2011
By Glinda

I  normally tend to stay away from products that purport to be multi-purpose.  For some reason, I don’t trust a product that says it is going to work as well on my hair as it does on my skin.

But, it was a semi-emergency in that I was already in the shower and too lazy to get out and get my shampoo, which was on the kitchen table.  OK, so maybe not much of an emergency, but I bet you would have done the same thing.

I used the philosophy product both as a soap and shampoo, even though I didn’t really need to use it as a soap, just because I love you guys that much.  How can I give a review of only one part of a three part product? 

Let me just say this, if you don’t have anything else, yeah, you can use it as a shower gel.  It isn’t outstanding, though.  Definitely wouldn’t go out of my way to use it for that purpose.

Surprisingly, I preferred it as a shampoo.  It cleansed my hair nicely and didn’t leave any kind of weird residue.  My biggest concern was that it would dry my hair out, but it did nothing of the sort.

And my hair smelled like cake, which was a bonus.   They’ve got lots of different, delectable scents, so feel free to go wild.


My Underarm Makeover

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
By Glinda

OK, I didn’t really get one, nor did I need one.

But this is what happens when you send your husband to buy you some deoderant.  He gets you the wrong kind.  Oh sure, he got the right brand, but he bought me Dove’s brand new Ultimate Stay Smooth Antiperspirant and Deodorant.  Dove claims that this stuff:

Minimizes the visual appearance of hair over time.
This unique anti-perspirant formula contains Pro-Epil Complex with natural extracts and Dove 1/4 translucent moisturizers.
From first use, it smoothes and conditions your underarm skin.
Within weeks, you’ll start to notice that your underarm hair feels soft, fine, and easy to remove.
Over time, your underarm hair will look and feel less noticeable.

I have seen mutterings around the internets about this deodorant, actually, and most of them were outraged.  How dare Dove put out a product designed to make women feel like their armpits are ugly!  Just what the world needs, a deodorant that makes your underarms pretty!  Armageddon!

While I didn’t really feel one way or the other about the deodorant, I could see where Dove was coming from.  Apparently they designed the product because a majority of women felt that their armpits didn’t look all that great, and were self-conscious about them, especially when sleeveless shirts.

Is this some sort of self-esteem epidemic?

I don’t know, it might be.  Then again, maybe not.

I figure that for this particular product, the consumer will speak with their dollars and if nobody really cares about what their armpits look like, then this product will slowly fade away.

I had zero expectations about this deodorant, but darn it all if I wasn’t completely taken aback by the reduction of my armpit stubble.  Listen, we know each other well enough by now that I can discuss my armpit stubble with you, right?  Where there was once sharp, dark, and spiky suddenly became wispy and barely noticeable.  It is up for debate as to the smoothness of my underarms as I’m not the type of person to regularly check, but I suppose it looks better simply by way of the hairs being less noticeable.

Now, I don’t know exactly what is in this “Pro-Epil Complex” and I probably don’t want to, but I have to admit, this product does what it says it does.

Things I Don’t Do: Fake Tan

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011
By Glinda

Well, I have in the distant past applied self-tanner, but quickly regretted it.  This was back in the late 80’s when it  became time for prom, and my strapless (Jessica McClintock!) dress was not looking good with the farmer tan I had going.  However, it was not a joke that most of the self-tanners at that time turned you various shades of orange, depending on the brand.  I don’t think I could have been a bigger 80’s cliche, and I’ve got my prom picture as proof.

I think at one point about five years ago, I attempted to use a daily self tanning lotion (like this) to erase some color discrepancy between my legs and my feet, but gave up after about five days.  Which to me, doesn’t count.

I have never, ever placed myself in a tanning booth, and I promise that no matter how ghostly pale I might look, I never will.  It always sounded a bit extreme to me, and it has indeed been found to be hazardous to your health, in more ways than one.

Maybe it’s because I’m outdoors quite a bit.  Maybe it’s because I am blessed with a somewhat olive skin tone that tans in two seconds flat, even when wearing the strongest sunscreen possible.

But after a lifetime of living by the beach and tanning purposefully, I have now decided I don’t really care if I’m tan or not.   If I’ve inadvertently aquired a tan, fine.  If I don’t, that’s OK too.   But I guess I am lucky that I pretty much always have some color, and have what I consider to be a perma-tan from the aforementioned years of serious tanning. 

Do you fake your tan?  Do you even need to fake a tan? Are you a baker or a bottler?

Tuesday Beauty Poll

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
By Glinda

The Beauty Poll on a Tuesday? Why not? I don’t think I could bear to go two weeks in a row without running a new poll. 

Yes, I’m that nosy.

The last poll wanted to know if you would still buy products from a company who had an employee outburst that doesn’t jive with your personal belief system.  45% of you said it depended on how influential that employee was within the company, although I think it is safe to assume that the person is fairly high-profile.  I mean, I don’t see a newspaper interviewing the junior marketing guy very often.  Although Jezebella had an interesting distinction, commenting,  “More so than how influential the person is, I would consider what the company’s response was to the person’s bad behavior.” Excellent point. 37% of you stated you would no longer buy from the company, and 16% said they would still buy the product.

I asked the poll question in direct response to something the lovely Queen of Sheba pointed out to me after I posted about Guerlain lipstick, which is what I linked to in the original poll post.  I was disgusted by what Mr. Guerlain had stated in his interview, but that didn’t stop me from buying Guerlain products.  As discussed in the comments section, Guerlain is no longer a family-run business and is run by mega-corp LVMH.  I consider the Guerlains to be no longer associated with the company, and thus, reasoned that I wasn’t acting against my principles by buying their product.  Or, maybe I’m just fooling myself. 

As for today, I’m going to lean toward a more light-hearted subject.  I got so many interesting responses on my anti-waxing post, that I felt I needed to hear from all of you about the very important subject of how you personally choose to tend your lady-garden.  Yes, yes, it is definitely veering into TMI, but what is a little TMI amongst friends?  And besides, this is the internets!  Nobody will know how you voted! I get zero data on the votes, just the total.

Things I Don’t Do: Waxing

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
By Glinda

I refuse to wax.

I did it once, way back in college.  Spas and salons as we know them now were not nearly as ubiquitous back in the Dark Ages, and certainly not within reach of my college-student budget.  So I did it the old-fashioned way by visiting the drugstore and picking out what I believe was some Sally Hansen cold wax treatment.

I was afraid of the hot waxing, and so thinking I was going to minimize the pain, chose the cold route.

Big mistake.

I went into the bathroom, sat on the counter, and nervously applied some of the wax to my shin, which I figured was an area historically low on nerve endings.  I quickly put the strip of paper over the area, and smoothed it vigorously, as instructed by the experts at Sally Hansen. 

Well, the experts at Sally Hansen are apparently big into torture, because when I ripped off that strip of paper, I’m pretty sure my scream of pain rattled the windows of my apartment building.

To make it worse, I didn’t even get all the hair.  I could still see random hairs on my leg, mocking me. This enraged me even more, as I was already irritated that I’d had to grow the hair out fairly long in order for the wax to be able to “grab” it.

I don’t care if waxing makes your skin as smooth as a baby’s bottom.  It’s not worth it.

Don’t even get me started on Brazilians.  I don’t even want to think about Brazilians.  I’ve had two C-sections in which relative strangers (the nurses, the anesthesiologist) have actually seen the insides of my body, not to mention my privates, and I consider most of my prudishness to have gone out the window after that.  But to have someone apply wax to your nether regions and then cause you immense pain? That sounds a bit too personal.  A least at the end of my surgeries I got a baby out of it.

I would think the salons would be having to pay people to get Brazilians, not the other way around.

Is body hair so evil that women allow themselves to be put through techniques that even the Dominicans would have approved of to remove it? Just to have it grow back and do it all over again?

When I have a fairly heavy-duty hair removal job that I don’t think shaving is adequate for, I will break out this stuff.  It works like a charm.  It doesn’t smell nearly as bad as it used to, and it is only a mere seven minutes or so of standing around and then I get to take a nice, relaxing warm shower to get the hair off.

It probably doesn’t leave the hair removal area as smooth for as long as waxing does, but the no-pain aspect is a fair trade-off in my world.

Monday Beauty Poll

Monday, January 3rd, 2011
By Glinda

Last week I wanted to know the state of your nails, and 55% of you said they were au naturel.  17% admitted to some upkeep issues, and 16% bravely told the world their nails were kind of frightening.  I applaud your honesty!  Then along came a smug 10% who said their nails were perfect.  Fine, rub it in.

After reading this article, who quotes a woman who says “she prefers the V-Steam to the harshness of a douche and thinks of it as a “facial” for her private area,”  I can’t resist, I HAVE to ask you!

All That Glitters

Friday, December 3rd, 2010
By Glinda

Looking to add a little sparkle to your holiday look?

MAKE UP FOR EVER Glitters Can be used pretty much anywhere, on lips, eyes, body, and hair.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Diamond Powder A little more subtle than the Glitters above, these are made out of mother-of-pearl.  Purty!  Although why they didn’t just call it Mother of Pearl Powder, I’m not sure.

Laura Mercier Metallic Creme Eye Colour This one is just for the eyes, but excellent.

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner Again, it’s just eyeliner, but man, what an eyeliner it is.

NARS The Multiple- Orgasm  Come on, even if it wasn’t a cult favorite, I would buy it for the name alone.

Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Shimmer Dust Fairy dust in a bottle, just spray it on body or hair. No scent, no mess.  Highly recommended for a special night out.

Gift List for the Beauty Lovers in Your Life (or Yourself)

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010
By Glinda

There is definitely a trick to giving beauty gifts to people other than those closest to you. Your aunt may not mind if you present her with some Caudalie wrinkle-fighting cream (that you know she’s been dying to try), but somebody else might look at it and wonder that their wrinkles looked so bad you felt the need to buy them some expensive cream to help them out. So my rule of thumb is that unless I am absolutely sure the person wants a specific product, I try to stay as general as possible. These next gifts fit the bill nicely.

Harajuku Lovers Makeup Girls Makeup Bags  I’m not a huge fan of the Harajuku Girls line, but even I have to admit these bags are hella cute.

The Gingerbread House from philosophy I know many, many women who are hooked on these scents.

Bliss Butter+Bubble Spa Blends in Blood Orange+White Pepper  Bliss’ highly regarded body butter, and a bubble bath. What’s not to like?

Sephora Collection Makeup Brush Box  Better than a bag, great for traveling.  Can even fit a toothbrush and toothpaste in a pinch!

L’Occitane Shea Butter Discovery Collection  What better way to treat your friends with help for their winter skin?

Sephora Collection Microfiber Hair Turban Who couldn’t use a little more Norma Desmond in their lives?

Tarina Tarantino Tulle Flower Anywhere Clip  The Swarovski crystals really make this pop!  More colors, too!

So Here We Are

Sunday, October 24th, 2010
By Glinda

Oh yes, a beauty blog.

I’ve been dying to do this type of blog for years now, and I was finally able to wear the Manolo down after about three years of bugging him about it.  Because I’m that persuasive.

Am I some type of beauty expert? A person who has any type of professional makeup experience? 

Well, no.

But, I will assure you that at the tender age of eleven I was already pawing through my sister’s Seventeen magazines and avidly reading up on the correct way to apply eyeshadow (which really, hasn’t changed a whole lot in the thirty years since) and the best way to highlight your cheekbones.

My tween self took all of this advice to heart, having already covertly practiced with my grandmother’s Avon products while she was away at work, as my mother didn’t really wear makeup.   Luckily for me, my grandmother had a bathroom filled with all kinds of beauty products for me to enjoy.  Not because I thought I was ugly without them, but the colors, the textures, and the scents were all too intoxicating for me to resist.  It was, indeed, futile.

As I got older and my checkbook expanded, so did my range of products.  I bought everything from expensive hair conditioner to tinted moisturizer to lotions with acid in them and everything in between.

So while I’m no professional, I am someone with more than a passing interest in the world of beauty, and always have been.   I also own no fewer than fifteen lipsticks at any one time, all of which are used regularly.  Which either means I really like lipstick or I need to enter some type of twelve step program.

I’d like to use this site to chat about all the things we use to make ourselves look (hopefully) better than before we applied them. 

So pull up a chair, powder your nose, and let’s go!

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