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Spring Exfoliation! Bliss Diamancel #20 Callus Rasp

5 Mar

I think if I had to choose ONE body part that suffers most from the winter for me, it would definitely be my feet. Hidden away inside sneakers and galoshes, day after day of miles of walking dogs, I slowly forget I even have feet. I go and get pedicures now and then so that if you see my feet from, you know, five feet up, and kinda squint, they look vaguely human female. But closer inspection would tell the true story, and is not advisable.

I have tried pumice stones, the pedi egg, and foot shavers. My main problem is I am lazy and can’t be bothered to remember to take care of my feet every single day. I’m 6′ tall, and six feet is far enough away that my dogs are out of sight, out of mind. When I read that people saw results from the Bliss Diamancel Callus Rasp almost immediately, I thought, Now HERE is a product I can get behind!

I ordered one from Amazon, and sure enough, after one use, I could totally feel the difference. The Diamancel gently buffs your calluses away without using a sharp blade or cheese grater-like apparatus. It’s like an extra-large Revlon nail file for your feet. I still can’t be bothered to lovingly care for my feet every day (as I probably should), but the Diamancel ensures that when they get extra rough, I have a fast, easy, and safe way to smooth out the edges and make them more like feet and less like hooves.

Spring Exfoliation! LUSH Mint Julips

5 Mar

I keep thinking I am done with exfoliators, then I keep remembering scrubs and skin smoothers that MUST be on this list!

Last night as I stood at the sink before bed, blissfully scrubbing my hands with Milk Made, I noticed my little tub of LUSH Mint Julips sitting next to me. I don’t often need to exfoliate my lips – as you might guess from the name of this blog, I am a lipglossaholic, and I even apply it every night before bed. But every now and then, like when I accidentally get a little too much sun and my lips sustain a burn, they’re left a little flaky. On those occasions, nothing beats a dose of LUSH Mint Julips Lip Scrub. With ingredients like sugar, jojoba oil, peppermint, and vanilla extract, Mint Julips is both a scrub AND a snack. Smooth some onto your flaky, rough lips, rub rub rub, and lick off! The only con to this tasty little product is it is a bit messy, so you’ll want to use it over the sink, as opposed to in bed. Otherwise, behold, the perfect lip exfoliator!

Spring Exfoliation! Salux Nylon “Beauty Skin Cloth”

2 Mar

Today in spring exfoliation, I bring you the Salux Nylon Beauty Skin Cloth! This product is pretty simple – it’s a large, long, textured plastic washcloth. In spite of its simplicity, however, I am about to give you the reasons I think every woman should own one of these.

  1. It’s cheap. At $4.90 for the cheapest one on Amazon, anyone can afford it.
  2. It comes in all sorts of colors to match your bath décor.
  3. You can use it like the lady in the photo to scrub your back, and everyone should scrub her back (I mean this sincerely – backs need washing too and there are a lot of gross backs out there).
  4. Every woman should have some sort of exfoliating device, and….
  5. This is better than a loofah because it dries super fast and is machine washable, so will harbor less germs/bacteria.

This is great for all over scrubbing, and especially good for scrubbing your lady areas after hair removal. The Salux gets even sulfate-free soaps and body washes to lather like nobody’s business, and your skin will feel super soft afterwards, like you just had a spa scrub.

Get yourself a Salux Beauty Skin Cloth from Amazon, and thank me later!

*Note – Just got a comment from The Salux Shop complaining that I was using their image, even though the image was watermarked with their info so you could Google it AND my very first link was to their site. All the more reason to get your Salux cloths through Amazon!


Spring Exfoliation! Kate Somerville ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

28 Feb

After yesterday’s sad discovery, today I’m giving you a SULFATE-FREE exfoliator that I absolutely love – Kate Somerville ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment.

This exfoliator uses not little scrubber beads, but ENZYMES (?!?) to exfoliate your face. As a result, it doesn’t require a lot of scrubbing – simply smooth the green goo onto your face in the shower, allow it to “work” for 20 – 30 seconds, per the instructions, and rinse off. (Note – according to the company, there are “Scrubbing Microbeads” in the wash, but I have never felt them, so they must be pretty micro.) You will feel a tingly/burning sensation as it works, and may experience some residual redness after rinsing. I have pretty sensitive skin, though, and have had no ill effects after using this two times a week for the past several months. Additionally, I like the smell – it’s kind of a spicy organic odor, like a spiced pumpkin candle or something.

The one thing I note is that some people find it TOO abrasive or drying. I have not had these issues, but given that this exfoliator costs a pretty penny, I do suggest hitting up Sephora for a sample before diving in and buying a whole tube based on my recommendation alone.

Spring Exfoliation! Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Face Polish

27 Feb

As we get ready to enter March (my birth month!) I thought I’d do a week of various exfoliants to get you scrubbed, polished, and ready for spring!

I’m starting the week with one of my two favorite facial exfoliators, Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Face Polish. I use this about once or twice a week, alternating with my other favorite, which I’ll review tomorrow. (I exfoliate about every other day.) I like this and the other one so much that, in spite of my otherwise totally Estée Lauder-centric face routine, I have not switched to one of their scrubs because I am SO satisfied.

This exfoliator is gentle and creamy, with soft, round scrubbers. I like how it makes my skin feel clean, soft, and new, but doesn’t feel harsh or make my skin feel “stripped.” It’s lightly fragranced without being too perfumey or overwhelming. While in the process of writing this review, I JUST discovered that this product does indeed contain sulfates (SUPER SAD FACE!), so I guess I will have to phase it out as part of my sulfate-free lifestyle, but if that’s not something that concerns you, I do recommend this exfoliator in all other respects.

Wow what a downer. I can’t believe I didn’t notice this before, but it’s because usually the sulfates are near the top of ingredient lists in soaps, and in this one it’s about halfway down. I think that means it probably has less sulfates than some soaps, but still. BOO.