7.29.2010

a $650 skin care routine? hmmm..

Being a self-proclaimed product whore, I find a lot of happiness working in an industry in which products are showered upon me. Well, maybe not showered, but I do get to try things that I would otherwise never even think of purchasing. Two prime examples are my latest finds: Clark's Botanicals Cellular Lifting Serum and 37 Extreme Actives High Performance Anti-Aging Cream.
What amazed me the most about these products prior to even trying them was their hefty price tags. The Clark's serum will set you back $355, making the mere $295 that you would have to spend to purchase the 37 Extreme Actives Cream seam somehow not as ridiculous. Kind of.

Both of these products do have reasons behind their high cost. The Clark's Serum utilizes rare ingredients such as Swiss apple stem cells, collagen-boosting Centella Asiatica and moisture-binding Algae Extract, all of which have proven anti-aging and age reversal properties. The 37 Extreme Cream was created by a woman that is a clinical dermatologist and holds three degrees from Harvard. She strived to create an all-in-one product that works as a serum, daytime moisturizer, nighttime moisturizer and an eye cream. It is said to be full of anti-aging antioxidants and moisturizers, though I had a hard time on the site finding out just what those ingredients were.

It does come with this nifty mother of pearl spoon though, so who cares what's in it, right? Wrong.
 I really wanted to love this product. It's expensive, it came in a cool box, I love products..unfortunately for me this one just didn't meet my $295 (3 pairs of shoes?) expectations.

I thought that the spoon was just for fun, but do to the cream's Crisco-like consistency it is actually a necessity (see above). This product felt heavy on and the horror, broke me out. I will say that it is made from USDA certified organically grown plant extracts, paraben-free, propylene glycol-free, fragrance-free, and without animal ingredients or testing.

On a more positive note, I am in love with this serum. The story behind the Clark's Botanicals line is a great one, and their products live up to what the company set out to do. I do not know how this product does it (rare Swiss apple cells?) but it makes skin look luminous.

I use about this much of this lightweight serum on my face and neck in the morning and by lunch my skin is glowing. I have slightly oily skin, so I appreciate that it absorbs quickly and without leaving any residue behind.

I know most people can't afford a serum or cream that costs as much as a car payment. I realized personally though that if I only purchased this serum, a moisturizer with an SPF and a cleanser, the price tag would not be that much different than what I spend on a closet full of unused products.

Something to think about I suppose. In the meantime, I'm glowing!

 

7.18.2010

i'm deeply fond of need supply

Okay, so not the most creative title, but seriously. I am in love. I stumbled across Need Supply Co. while searching for a pair of Jeffrey Campbell boots online the other day and realized that I had found something truly amazing. Their selection of clothing, shoes and accessories is fabulous and extremely reasonable. I did not find the boots that I was looking for unfortunately, but I did find plenty of other things to lust after, such as the Ritz Cracker Necklace that is a mere $24 (free?):

I know. It's beautiful. Then I found the perfect boho-esque handbag in this gathered pouch:

But wait...that's not all! Check out this Betsey Johnson style dress for a fraction of the cost ($62 to be exact):

Although they did not have the boots I was looking for they did have a fab pair of wedges by Jeffrey Campbell that would make me almost 5'6 (they are 5' wedges; I know, it's sad):

An entire outfit for a few hundred dollars that looks like a million buck. Sold. To me.


7.11.2010

deborah lippmann between the sheets

Hi dolls! I know it has been a while but I have been sooo busy, I am neglecting things right and left (mostly me). I had some time and decided that I am so in love with this line of polish that I wanted to share with you. Deborah Lippman is a nail guru - to the stars no less! Many of her polishes are collaborations with celebs such as Mariah Carey and Cher. My new favorite color for summer is her Between the Sheets, a beautiful creamy fuchsia: 


Her polishes are free of formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate (toxins) and there is no animal testing!





This color is perfect for those who don't necessarily want to do red but are tired of the almost-black-nail. I wear my nails short, so I want a rich shade of pink if I am going to wear it!

Stayed tuned for more Lippmann polishes; I bought two more the week I wore this one after all of the compliments that I received and it lasted a week!
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