Friday, May 31, 2013

May Favorites

Roses, mascara, powder (gasp), and bronzer - all components of this months favorites. Although a few cheeky purchases were made earlier last month, my sensible side tried to narrow things down to a sure, kick-butt round up of the tried, tested and true.

Littered around my skincare routine posts (here and here), many glimpses of the Clarins Exfoliating Brightening Toner and Rose Water were caught. The decongesting, Caroline Hiron's approved, Clarins part has been saving my skin and turned it into glow central. The rose water allows me to feel a bit more 'Isabelle Bellis' (see video here), as it has been my makeshift, clean water of choice for cleaning the face of your's truly.

I haven't touched the eyelash curlers and have been reaching for powder...what?!? I know. I'm just about as shocked as you are. The Lancome Hypnose Mascara was found in the depths of my drawers and needed a little bit of love. For non-waterproof mascara days, I'll reach for this, and. oh boy, is it easy to get off with the Bioderma. With warming temperatures, my face has been getting a bit more schewty then usual, so I grabbed onto my teenage love - Bare Minerals Mineral Veil. It may still contain the stereotypes of the matte, new-to-makeup face, but it works quite well lightly dusted over the t-zone to keep my face in check all day.

Things got a little crazy up in the Parisian To Be household when I went a bit wild with the tweezers. Nevertheless, the Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Granite was an über simple solution to the problem. With the bushy brows I've already got, I didn't like the extra hair look this gave me when brows were in check, but when I needed an extra few strands here and there, a swipe hither and tither did the trick. Not to mention, there was no need to fap around with a brush...score!

It's obvious I reach for the Buffing Brush on the regular, but I found a new use for the Real Techniques Contour Brush. Originally, it was my powder highlighter brush of choice, but I've rekindled it for concealer. The perfect size to blend, but not spread into oblivion, it's earned a prime spot in my stash. Along with contour, I've taken my hand off the Kevin Aucoin Sculpting Powder and switched things up for a bronzy mix - NARS Laguna Bronzer. Super "I've got a holiday glow" but not orangy. A glint of shimmer, but no glitter ball. It balances in all the right places making it a cheek color/contour, multi-tasking hero. Need I say more?

May was the month of flower dispersed photos (just see previous posts) and exams...ughhh. Luckily, the puffy-eyed savoir of an eye cream sorted les yeux and got them ready for hours of history readings... The Lierac Diopti Calm Anti-Fatigue Eye Balm and Mask puts forth a dose of moisture and de-puffing that gives the eyes that "ahhh" feeling.

I'm always sucked in by the blogger hype (NARS Laguna, prime example), so when I spotted a mini size of the much-raved about L'occitaine Almond Oil Shower Oil, I knew it was meant to be. Although I can't say it's particularly mind blowing in the shaving department, it is amazing in the bath! Slightly foamy, yet moisturizing, let's home your dog doesn't gobble you up by confusing you with the smell of almond cookies. 

So the monthly edit of all things body, bath, makeup, and skincare related. See you in June...

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Brush Clean

There's always that time of day when we bust out the onsie, take off our 'working' clothes, and throw them in the laundry basket (most of the time because I'm too lazy to put them back in the drawer). If we give our clothes a clean after one use, then why not our makeup brushes? In all honesty, I've got other things on my mind *read I'm lazy* and would rather watch the most recent episode of Downton Abbey.
Nevertheless, once a week, I bust out the bubbles and give my brushes a good deep down clean...like a bubble bath for your bristles.

Get out the foundation laden brushes, washcloths, run the warm water, and crack open the Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap. Brush soap heaven, it's frothy, foamy, and leaves those bristles indescribably clean...not to mention there's a nice lavender scent left for the next morning slap on...how French countryside
It's simple - just wet the brush and squeeze some of the water out slightly. Add some Magic Soap to the palm of your hand and get sudsy. If your brushes are really dirty, you may have to repeat once or twice.
Foam filled fingers, accomplished! Rinse the brush out and begin with the next one. 

A quick swirl onto a towel and I let them dry over the edge so you don't end up with a dreaded flat side...and voila!

Although my mom isn't a firm believer in the 'Brush Clean', I am and I clean her's for her anyway - what a nice daughter. Clean freaks and bubbly lovers, you better get your clean on...especially with some Magic Soap *cue angels singing*.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Laura Mercier | Brand Spotlight

Über simple makeup mavens alike bask in the glory that is Laura Mercier. I'm not quite sure whether it's the dewy bases, barely there blushers, or slightly shimmery eye colors, but everything lined along the shopper's guilt counters  screams chic, natural makeup...now that's right up my alley

For me, it's no surprise that I've picked up more than one Mercier must-have - each earning a prime spot right in my stash. It's no wonder all liquids, powders, and creams meld effortlessly together, resulting in multiple one branded faces in my roster.

The cult Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free was the first of my purchases. Having documented my initial thoughts here, it became my dewy, natural base of choice. As time progressed, my skin was becoming more dehydrated and needed a bit of primer underneath to keep the shine and water absorption at bay. Enter the Foundation Primer Oil-Free - the primer aimed at dehydrated, oily skin (sound familiar?). Initially, I tried it under other bases such as the Dr. Jart BB Cream, but it left me scratching my head, wondering if the stuff really made a difference. Then I tried with the tinted moisturizer. Come 1:00, there was no shine or patchiness...just pure dew. A match made in heaven? Oh yes, but you haven't heard about the blusher. Perhaps that statement is a bit ironic considering I mention in pretty much every post on the blog, but the Second Skin Cheek Colour in Peach Whisper tops the whole look off. I love blusher and I need more than one hand to count the number I've got laying around, but Peach Whisper is easily the most reached for, pigmented, powder in my stash.

So the tale of the Laura Mercier visage has been told. Any recommendations are joyfully welcomed. Next week? Same time? At the Mercier counter? I'll start saving my cash...

Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Skincare Extras

Pheww! That is for me being MIA (finals...and for the last installment of the skincare roundup. Despite my natural inclined love of skincare, the masks, mists, and, what I like to call "extras" are my favorite part...and Sundays too, coincidentally. So here is my role of all things weekend appropriate for skincare facials.

What's the story? Have you slipped up on your water intake, downed a few too many cookies, or stayed up too late on the good ol' tube? For me, it's probably all three, but the Origins Super Spot Remover sorts things out. It's a gel consistency that usually comes with a bit of 'I'm doing something' stinging, but I find it works best on spots that are about to come to the surface. I've even turned my brother onto the stuff, but luckily, he's got his own tube.

Whenever you hear the world "glycolic" it's often paired with Alpha H Liquid Gold. Yup, you heard me - the blemmen' expensive stuff. Regardless, it promises glowy, perfected skin that helps clear pores, rid of scars, spots and all things iffy...it's like getting a facial while you sleep (and I may or may not have gotten that off the Alpha H website). Unfortunately, I'm near the end of the bottle, so I guess the moment of truth shall be when the dregs come out and I decide if I'm willing to purchase again.
Bloggers suck you in and it's no surprise that here I am with another hyped product - the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. Calming ingredients chocked up into a refreshing mist make the "elixir" experience oh-so amazing. Wonderful at calming the redness of blemishes and redness around the visage, it's a sensitive skin gal's dream.

Cue Sunday night when the bath faucet turns on and I dig out the matches. Even thought it's only just a sample, I'm including the REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask because I think it's just that good. Radiance? Check. Softness? Like a baby's bottom. Any other purchasing encouragement is joyfully appreciated in the comments below.
And for my favorite mask EVER - the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask. Either my night time moisturizer isn't providing me with enough moisture or I'm about to marry the stuff, but I slap a bit of this peachy smelling goodness on every night. Excessive? Perhaps, but my skin loves it. 
Deep down clean gets handed to the Origins Clear Improvements Active Charcoal Mask. As you can tell, I'm on my last legs of this stuff and I'm considering buying another tube. Although it's not ideal that it brings out spots every so often because of its serious deep cleaning properties, I'd rather them rise and be gone than hang around for a while...we're still talking about the spots here

And the skincare mash up is ending. For you makeup mavens, don't worry, as I've got some kick butt reading material coming your way. Skincare junkies alike, I hope you enjoyed and unite in the comments below.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Evening Skincare Routine


And now, for the second part of the skincare roundup, but instead of the hop-out-of-bed-and-go sort of stash, the evening counterpart involves a bit more...oomph.

Textbooks and The Great Gatsby sorted and put away (just don't ask) - I hit the Bioderma to remove makeup and SPF so that I don't have to double cleanse. Although it doesn't exactly get an A++ for the waterproof eye makeup, it still manages to get it "off", but takes everything else off like a dream. Then, I follow the same cleansing regime using Rose Water, but my cleanser of choice for the evenings is the REN Clarifying Clay Cleanser. This is my second bottle of the stuff and I adore it. It calms redness from breakouts, doesn't strip my skin, and gently exfoliates to get rid of spots more quickly. It also contains clay to draw out impurities...is there anything this cleanser can't do

Now, onto the fun part. Toner is just the same as the morning - Clarins Exfoliating Brightening Toner. Then, I layer on a bit of a Retin-A sort of treatment. This is a prescription only, but it's one of the only things that has still stuck around from my dermatologist, as I find it really agrees with my skin. I think the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo is quite similar, but uses another chemical exfoliant. If I've got any spots, then I put on a bit of Origins Super Spot Remover at this point and let it dry until I put on a serum. Since I'm impatient, I spend the drying time of the spot treatment to throw on the eye cream. The Lierac Diopti Calm is making yet another appearance, but it's a good un' so it's quite fitting. Now, onto the self-confessed "can't live without it" serum - Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair. I've already written a whole ode to it here, but I just can't get enough....and I'm going to continue the rave. It will save your skin no matter what skincare woe you've got goin' on there. If you've already got really good skin, you should still get it...it will help in the future. Last but not least, I layer on the moisture with the Origins High Potency Night A Mins Oil Free and now to sleep.

I have a hard time falling asleep until I know that my skin has been cleansed, toned, moisturized and whatever else there may be to do with it.  With my speedy little hands, I can throw it all on in under ten minutes. Don't give the whole "I don't have time for skincare" thing. If you'd rather stay up and watch whatever feast worthy TV show than take care of your face, then...no comment. On the other hand, maybe share some of your favorite TV shows so I can stop buying all these skincare products?

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Morning Skincare Routine

The skincare ramblings continue, but in a more collective fashion - my morning skincare routine. 
These are the group of products that I slap on before I head out the door, all resulting in a look sans blurry, puffy eyes and icky skin. Nevertheless, it's quick and simple enough for everyday.

After I've hopped out of the sheets, I head straight to the bathroom to get my cleansing sorted. First, I spritz a bit of Rose Water on dry skin, as inspired by this video. The point: to "soften" the skin to receive the cleanser. At the moment, I'm using Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser - a no frills, simple option. I like it because it's really gentle and doesn't really do anything other than cleanse the skin...which I don't mind for mornings. As soon as I use this up, though, I think I may dive into a milk for a more hydrating option. Lastly, to prep the skin and gently exfoliate, I pop a bit of Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Brightening Toner on a cotton pad and smooth it all over my face. This is a rather recent addition to my routine, but je l'adore. A review on it specifcally will come later, but I think it would be great for sensitive skin that needs a bit of exfoliation to help any sort of issue you've got going on.

After skin has been prepped and cleansed, I start chucking on the moisture. A pea sized amount of the Lierac Diopti Calm Anti-Fatigue Eye Balm and Mask (review here) cures puffiness and adds a dose of moisture. Then, I layer on the Origins Vitazing Moisturizer (standard, eh?). I just love this stuff...I really do. It adds just the right amount of moisture and I love the tint. In fact, I just started my second tube of the stuff today. Then, I throw on an SPF. I never thought that this was a necessary step, but I recently realized one day after some unexpected time in the sun, that my little brown marks were showing up on my skin. Perhaps that's not the most visually pleasing image, but, to make a long story short, I've been layering on the La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra-Light Sunscreen Fluid every day. This is just a sample size and what I'm using at the moment, but I'll keep you posted if I pick up anything else.

Ah, the morning roundup of tip top cleansers, moisturizers and sun protection. Believe it or not, this takes me about five minutes each day...pas mal. Anyways, j'aime skincare.

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Face Base Diaries

For any beauty junkie like myself, as if you haven't figured that out yet, our YouTube or preferred web browser history is littered with collection and storage videos. Alas, I'm shielding you from the drawer filled vanity shots of blushers, bronzers, and shadows and bringing it to you in the form of a more edited version.

For a beauty blogger, I don't have twenty foundations littered around the room, rather I take a precautious effort to pick and purchase things that I  know I'll like....thus, you can call me receipt hoarder. 

Like flossing before you brush, priming your skin is not always a necessary step, but a good one. For days when I really want to banish shine, I reach for the Givency Mister Matt Primer. A silicon based, no fuss primer, it's definitely the most oil controlling out of the bunch and leaves a nice base for makeup. The Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Oil Free is a rather recent purchase of mine that I'm still trying to grab the ropes on. So far, I don't think it's great for oil control or smoothing, but I do think that it works wonders for combination, dehydrated skin. No "my skin has drunken up all the water in my foundation" look in sight, just nice skin (not to mention it does work really well under the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer). And now, for the most talked about product on the blog, Origins Vitazing Moisturizer. Although this is primarily a skincare product, more likely than not, it serves as my makeshift "evens out the skin tone" sort of base...I know. I'm lazy

We all have those days when our skin is looking a little bit rough around the edges (if you know what I mean) and the Dr. Jart Waterfuse BB is what I reach for. It's never leaves the skin too oily and just leaves a really nice glowy finish to the skin - my absolute favorite. It covers quite nicely and doesn't sink into the dehydrated areas, making it a perfect choice for slap it on and go kind of days. For other times when I've got a bit more time and really want to make my skin look nice, you know I reach for the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free. Since I find that I need to slap on a primer before a layer of this, I have been cutting down my use of it. Nevertheless, the dewy, glowy, skin-like outcome is simply irresistible. With all the "oil-free"s scattered here and there, you won't be surprised to hear that the Jouer Matte Moisture Tint is another staple in my stash. Not only does it give an incredibly natural finish (trust me, I'm not one for "I've smothered my face in powder" look) and it keeps oil at bay all day, this is probably one of my most used out of the bunch. 

I round up of six...not too bad, eh? I've had my eye recently on the Clinique CC Cream and the Kevin Aucoin Tinted Balm, but I think I've got enough for now. Any other recommendations are amusingly appreciated.

And all the inhabitants of the face base stocks lived happily ever after...
The End

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Lierac Diopti Calm Anti-Fatique Eye Balm | Review

There are those things you don't need, and, most of the time, those things include six blushes (I counted). On the other hand, there are those sorts of things that you really can't live without. When my old Origins Ginzing eye cream ran out and I didn't have the cash to replace it, it wasn't long until I stole one from my mom's stash. Then again, my virtual 'pay day' *read: does dishes and vacuums floors* came around, the Lierac Diopti Calm Anti-Fatigue Eye Balm and Mask was at the top of my list.

A gel consistency, the eye cream packs a subtle punch in the moisture category while still staying incredibly light on the skin. It may not be superwoman for those with incredibly dry eyes, but for de-puffing, it reigns supreme. I'm not sure how it does it: it's not incredibly cooling, but I guess that 'anti-fatigue' title really works out. Although the tube looks quite pretty, I think that functionality is a bit lacking. With the product always overflowing out of the tube, it seems a bit wasteful. Nevertheless, it's what's inside that counts. For those looking for a good, no fuss, de-puffing eye cream, you like. For those looking to banish dark circles, anti-age, and get rid of that 'I stayed up too late feeling', you may want to keep on the search. As for now, I like what I've got. I'll just turn to the concealer for the bags...

Monday, May 13, 2013

May Empties

You know the drill. Pump out the dregs of a bottle, throw it into the empty bin, and bask in thesatisfied glory that it gives...until you realize you haven't got the cash to replace it. Well, this 'drill' has been happening to me far to much as of late. I guess I'll just have to do a bit of online shopping, but I'll just have to keep biting my tongue and hope that the nauseating, 'I've just spend $30' bug doesn't hit. Yup, that's me.

Now onto the products...
For some skincare products, using them up is like watching pait dry. Others are the contrary and don't leave the nauseating bug as stated above because they're just too darn good.  REN Clarifying Clay Cleanser, I'm looking at you. I've practically done a whole ode to it here, but, to make things snappy, I've already repurchased (and we all know you're here just to get that memo).

In all honestly, my bottle of Caudalie Grape Water sat unloved for a little bit. It's my second bottle, but ever since Caroline Hirons enlightened me on the ironic ways of how spraying water on your face makes you further dehydrated, I played hands off. In the end, a video on how to clean your face (a MUST watch, and not just because of that accent) and the grape water hit once again. I won't be repurchasing at the moment because I've for a bottle of rose water hanging around for the cleansing duties, but perhaps later, or I may indulge in another 'termal' water (again, just watch the video).

One of my very first, cheeky skincare purchases, the Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner, has hit the dust. Cheap, containing glycolic acid, and lasted aggesss, I'd say it's a good pick if you've got pretty good skin already. Since I'm still always wanting more, I've switched to a more potent counterpart, but sensitive skin gals, it's worth checking out.

Just like a broken record, the recurrence of puffy-eyed mornings is a bit too well-known. The Origins Ginzing Eye Cream not only lasted since Christmas (I know, impressive), but it also played the eye cream role for a little while. In all honesty, I didn't really notice it did much. Check back later this week for an eye cream new to the stocks.

I've got two body lotions... For extremely dry, dehydrated, sensitive, non-scented, heavy duty moisture, look no further than the Curél Ultra Healing Cream. Although it does have a slightly fishy scent, it's not too bothersome and is ridiculously moisturizing without the grease and stick. For the same qualities but in a slightly thicker, scented, yet still not heavy texture, the Burt's Bees Milk and Honey Body Lotion works out. I'm in love with the scent, yet my mom's not too keen, its just as über moisturizing as the Curél, but with some nostril loving action. P.S. Neither contain mineral oil, boo-yahh.

Although I'm not too into spending loads on body scrubs (sugar and oil, anyone?), I decided to treat myself to the Soap & Glory Flake Away Scrub. Amazing packaging, scent, and British air, using the grit was enjoyable. Although there was a bit left to be desired in the scrubbing category, I'd say the rest make up for it.

What are the bottle of vitamins doing here? It's FISH OIL - an ode of Caroline Hirons. Since she's the skincare goddess and I obey when Hirons says hey, I've been dosing two each night before bed. In lame man's terms, just take them. They can do no harm and are good for the joints...not to mention skin.

The makeup rarely makes an appearence in these sorts of posts, but these have been a long time in the making. First up, Maybelline Full ' N Soft Mascara. Although it doesn't have the curl holding powers of the L'oreal Telescopic Waterproof, it was my second tube and I'm considering picking up another. Although it's probably quite un-chic, the Bobbi Brown Touch-Up Stick has showed up in the box as well. Made especially for uhhh *blemishes*, its creamy consistency and masterful color match ticked all the 'pro' boxes. Although I haven't repurchased yet, I may after I get through some other concealers in the stash.

One box down, now let the *weird* hoarding of empty products continue.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

NARS Laguna Bronzer | Review

I'm a very picky beauty buyer. Now, don't tell the cashiers, but sometimes I will use a product for a few weeks, realize I don't like it, and return it. In lame-man's terms, I'm a receipt hoarder. When I find a beauty product that doesn't have me running to the till for a second time, it means one thing: I've hit the jackpot (except I won't be getting back my dished out cash...oh well).

NARS Laguna Bronzer - the cult, gotta' have product that everyone seems to love. Its promises of a subtle bronze with a hint of shmexy sheen had me ooing. At first swatch in the store, I was a bit skeptical. Pure glitter? Not what I was looking for. Nevertheless, a little brush appication from the sales assistant and a 'yes' from a tag-along friend and here I am.
Does it live up to the promises? A subtle sheen, a hint of bronze, natural, and perfect with a light hand...I guess you could say yes. As of late, it's been my all in one bronzy-cheek color-contour, making it, yet another, über simple makeup essential. Me like.

As for the rest of the jib jab: the lasting powder is okay (standard for a cheek product if you asked me), it's buttery soft, but not too pigemented to make you go 'whoa'. I think it's a great product. Finally, a subtle bronze for us pale faced gals. That reminds me, where's my receipt, I think I have a Sephora trip to tend to (on another matter of course).

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask | Review

I've already stated that I love face masks, but did you know that I lurrvee Origins too? Of course you did... In all honesty, I love everything from Origins, but this must crop up in my top three. A pretty bold statement, if I may say so myself, but the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask is worth the title...and the money.

First off, it's so easy. Just slap a bit on like moisturizer when you need a bit more moisture (especially lovely after the Clear Improvements mask) and that's it. No timing, washing off - na da. Secondly, you go to bed smelling like peaches and apricots *cue angels singing*. In the morning, your skin feels so so so so nice, plump, and glowing.

If you've got dehydrated skin you need this mask. If you've got any other skin type, you need this as well whether in the depths of winter or to give your skin some more moisture. Don't worry about putting too much on, for, as the name suggests, your skin will 'drink up' just as much as it needs, leaving the rest. 

A gel/cream consistency, it feels über thick, but spreads nicely across the skin. Acne prone types, it may actually help your skin if your having trouble since your skin is dehydrated. Sensitive gals, it's good for you too. Obviously it's perfect for dehydrated and dry, but perhaps for oily too to give the skin just the right amount of moisture it needs. 

You better bet your hard earned cash what I'll be slapping on tonight...and the night after.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Origins Clear Improvements Mask | Review

I. Love. Face masks. I try to keep my daily skincare routines as quick and simple as possible, but on the weekends or halfway during the week, my skin is in need of a good detox. How ironic it may be that I only own two face masks (a review of the other will be up tomorrow), but in my beauty mental little head, there are too many on the wishlist that I wouldn't even know which one to spend my grubby little money on first. What I like to consider the monster, basic, worth-spending-your-money-on face mask, the Origins Clear Improvements Active Charcoal Mask gets slapped on every time.

Detoxifying? Check! Refreshing? Oh yessss... When I take it off, my skin has never felt so refreshed. It does a fantastic job of drawing out those nasties and bringing the little bumps and lumps to the surface to make way for the spot remover gel. Furthermore, it's fantastic for acne prone skin, let alone all skin types. Just be sure that if you're dry or dehydrated to slap on some extra moisture afterwards. 

Movie ready propaganda of the cracking, black, surfaces tends to fit the description. Sensitive gals, don't worry, as it won't make you're skin nearly that red. Just some good skin clearing powers. If you only buy one detox mask (round of applause for being constrained. You go, girl!) then this should be it. When you're skin isn't too bad, it works. When you've got some volcanic action going on, it works. No matter what, you gotta get it.

How many more hours until it can be explainable to slap on the evening skincare?

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Bedside Beauty

I spend a lot of time in my bed. Made or unmade, I stoop watching movies, or even writing this blog post as we speak. With all this time spend lounging atop my pillow filled oasis, my bedside table houses some very important items rightfully. Some things such as old band aid wrappers and broken hair ties shall go unseen, but the rest of the starry sky ready essentials are worth a share.

The body moisturizing is done right before I hop under the sheets. Why, you may ask? Well, it's simple: I don't want to have to wash my hands a million times just to get the grease off. Nevertheless, the Palmer's Cocoa Butter Skin Therapy Oil is a recently new addition to the stash. I'm not too keen on the scent, as I prefer the traditional scent of the Palmer's products better, but it sure is a good body oil. Absorbs nicely, mineral oil free, and not too 'I've just come out of a frier'. After the oil gets put back in its spot, next I grab for the DIY Pillow Spray. A mix lavender and peppermint to relax and soothe as you drift off to sleep. My beloved Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip Balm is also a permanent staple. Whether I slather it on morning, night, or all times in between, it offers and nice thick consistency and a shed load of nourishment.

With the body, lips, and pillow all getting some attention, now it's time for the hands, perhaps the most neglected place on my body. Exposed to the wear of winter and the scorches of summer, they deserve a little TLC in and out of the z's. The L'occitane Dry Skin Hand Cream not only adds a good dose of non-sticky nourishment, wrapped in a lavender scent, but it also serves as a remembrance of France on my bedside table. Always with me. On cuticles, the Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. It blasts nasty cuticles out of the park and adds a bit of extra moisture to the tips.  On the rest of the extra extra dry patches on my body, the ever-so-multipurpose Burt's Bees Hand Salve gets picked up. Elbows, knees, and neck (don't ask), all get the same rub. 

Oil? Check. Pillow, lip balm, hands? Check. Now, there's only one thing left to do: and now to sleep.....
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