Getting Old is Costing Me Money

My friend Christina has good skin.  It’s really pretty.  Then a little while ago she bought a Clarisonic Mia 2 and now her skin positively GLOWS.   Glows like it looks like she has on makeup when she doesn’t glows.  I need to get in on that action.  I’ve been blessed with a nice complexion but as I’ve, ahem, aged, I’ve noticed larger pores and rougher skin and other problems I won’t bore you with.  I’d been using a handheld face cleansing brush with super soft bristles but it just wasn’t enough.  So when we got our tax refund I took the plunge and made the purchase.  Clarisonic cleansing systems are pretty much price locked everywhere and you can’t use coupons for them so I had to get creative to save a little money on my purchase.  It pains me to buy anything at the full retail price!  I found the Mia 2 model color that I wanted at Ulta.  I normally shop at Sephora online but they didn’t have the Passion Fruit color. mia2_passionfruit_set_400x234_01142013 First I logged into Ebates. com then clicked on Ulta’s link from there.  Now I’ll get $11.92 back from Ebates!  Sweet!  Ulta sent my Mia 2 really quickly and I was so excited to unpack it.  I charged it up for the recommended 24 hours then I used it for the first time.  The cleanser that comes with it really wakes up your skin!  Since I’ve received the Mia 2 I’ve used it a few times and my skin is so smooth!  I expect it will take a little while before I notice marked improvement with my pores and breakouts but so far I’m loving this!  Fresh & dewy here I come!

Fit for the red carpet

Last weekend was girls’ weekend in Valle Crucis.  One of the very girly things we did was give ourselves manicures.  Christina bought the Red Carpet Manicure system from Ulta.  I bought 2 new colors to try.  Gigi went with a deep purple.  Christina and I both went with …And the Winner Is, which is a sparkly teal (not sure why it doesn’t look very teal in the picture).  The Red Carpet Manicure is supposed to be very similar to the new gel manicures you can get in a salon, like Shellac.  I totally forgot to take a picture of my nails on day 1.  Or 2- 3 for that matter.  But here I have for you day 4.    My nails are still super shiny.  There is no discernible wear on the tips of my nails.  Please keep in mind I painted my own nails after a few cocktails that include the wickedly delicious whipped cream vodka.  That stuff is NOT YOUR FRIEND.  Sure, it smells delish.  It tastes fab.  But then you wake up the next day with a furry tongue and nail polish all up in your cuticles yo.  Anyway, so far I’m really loving this manicure.  My nails feel thick and strong.  Besides cuticle oil there’s no upkeep.  They just stay shiny and sparkly!  This manicure is supposed to last around 2 weeks.  Stay tuned for updates!