Sunday, February 22, 2015

ProSonic Glow Review

 Valentine's Day happened not too long ago, and my overworked and super-stressed husband admitted to me 4 days before the holiday "I have no idea what to get you, and I haven't even had time to shop or think of something.". I wasn't mad, with him working 60+ hours a week, shopping is the last thing on his mind. So, I took it upon myself to find something I would love and use and purchase it giving the credit to him. 

This past Valentine's Day my husband "bought" me a ProSonic Glow. I had been wanting a Clarisonic from Sephora forever, but even with my discount that would make a serious dent in my savings. I'm also happen to be in love with Groupon. I've gotten a lot of amazing things and had great experiences at restaurants and events that I might have not been able to afford normally. So naturally, I was browsing the site really quickly 2 weeks before Valentine's Day, as I do about once every 2-3 weeks, and I noticed something called a ProSonic Glow. It looked similar to a Clarisonic, but instead of the $120 price tag at Sephora, this was selling on Groupon for $60. Half the price = me likey. I researched it and found that it retails (depending on the site) anywhere from $80-$120. I felt so excited about finding such a deal, and a week later my little beauty came in the mail.

 While it was still a deal going on on Groupon, it allowed me to choose my color, and I chose lavender. ((Any beauty tool in the color lavender just instantly seems more luxurious to me. I know, I'm weird.))

This kit came with:
  1. 1 brush head with 3 speeds
  2. 4 different brush heads
  3. Botanical cleanser
  4. Microdermabrasion cream
  5. AC charger
  6.  1 year warranty

The instructions are thorough and easy to follow, and I was left with no questions about any aspect of my new beauty tool. Since I received this gorgeous thing, I've used it 6 times. It's honestly a bit challenging for me to add anything new to my nighttime routine, but I'm slowly getting better at remembering. I can honestly say though, every single time I use it, I notice a HUGE difference in my skin the next morning. Even though I don't use it every single night, after 2 weeks there's been an overall improvement with my skin. The handle and brush heads are insanely easy to wash and then you just let them air dry. I've tried 2 of the 4 brush heads and the botanical cleanser, and everything has impressed me so far.

Overall Review:

I LOVE this product. It's so easy: it's easy to grip and hold, to charge, to clean, etc. For the price especially, this was absolutely worth it. This would be worth it even at full price. I'm a sale shopper 150%, but if this broke out of warranty and I had the money, I wouldn't hesitate to repurchase. I've heard so many people rave about products like this before, and I can honestly see why. It makes such a huge difference. Of course, if you can find this at a discounted price on a site like Groupon, Gilt, Beyond The Rack, HSN, QVC, etc, then that's even better.

My recommendation? If you're someone like me who has been struggling with all-over-the-place skin and not having a lot of money laying around for a purchase at one time, put away a small amount at a time each paycheck. It'll add up quickly while waiting for it to pop up on a discount site, and it will make this purchase that much more special and meaningful. <.3

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Happy Mardi Gras

This is what we call a very successful night <.3

Monday, February 16, 2015

February 2015 Ipsy Bag Unboxing

Hey lovelies, I hope you enjoy seeing what I got in my Ipsy bag for this month. I decided to go with a more natural lighting setup for this video rather than the harsh overhead lights. I hope it made my video easier to watch as I'm always trying to improve <.3

Thursday, February 12, 2015

First 2015 Thrift Store Haul

Hey lovelies! I hope you enjoy my first thrift store haul of 2015!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Lip Smackers: The Disappearing Act

Many of us grew up during a time of Lisa Frank, not-so-smart phones, and Pogs. In between days of daydreaming over which cd would be next or when summer vacation started, a common love threaded all of us together. Not always talked about but always seen, our love of Lipsmackers and their endless flavors rings as true today for our youth as it did for us back then. For me, it was Dr. Pepper my favorite drink back then (and still is to this day). While how much soda I could have was limited, I wasn't limited on how much chapstick I could wear, and so when we went to the store, I went to the one section that made me feel happiest - the makeup section. 

Slightly ironic considering I was the biggest tomboy back then. Maybe it was foreshadowing my incredibly girly days to come, but back then it was all about bright colors and flavor selections. Pina Colada? Yes please. Fruit Punch? I'll take it! Dr. Pepper? The holy grail.

Naturally I grew up and moved on to products more suited to my age, but I've never gotten over my love for Lipsmackers. Every time I pass by the display in the store I can't help but smile and feel that child-like urge to swipe a package of Dr. Pepper and run for the register. Which is why when I saw an article a few days ago entitled "Bonne Bell closes: Lipsmackers production future remains in question", my childhood memories tugged on my heart strings until my resolve broke. Yes; I ran to the store and purchased one.

I don't regret my purchase, but I don't intend on using it either. This is a purchase of pure love rather than actual necessity, and it will stay with me as an ode to my childhood. Now I can't help but wonder about the future of this dearly-loved brand while simultaneously feeling ancient at seeing something from my childhood potentially disappear. What we need is a good old-fashion protest, and a catchy campaign. "Save the Smackers" is my personal favorite followed by a "Love your Lipsmackers" campaign where people of all ages show off their lipsmacker products. I think we're on to something here.

I know is my heart would break a little to see them go, and only one thing remains true in the world of chapstick:

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Valentine's Day Inspiration

With Mardi Gras right around the corner and the south in a frenzy, I want to throw some love to the seemingly forgotten holiday of love: Valentine's Day. While I'm not big into the candy hearts, I do love the fashion and inspiration this holiday provides, so I've collected some of my favorite images from around the web to share with you. I hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

My Drugstore Makeup Surprise

I'll admit it: I'm a bit naive about certain things. I like to think the best of people in the sense that; we can't be as bad or nasty as articles make us out to be. I like to believe that horror stories we hear and read are the one in a million out of our species and that as a whole, we're really good.

And then instances like Sunday happen.

I got off of work and swung by Target before heading home to prep food for the game. After many years of shopping, I've learned one thing: Target likes to take my money, and I don't mind giving it to Target. In fact, I love it. It was of course only my intention to run and pick up a few things, but we all know how that goes. One hour later I was in the check-out line with a basket full of goodies I didn't know I needed. They were of course all items that my husband and I use, and then there were my extreme-couponing-esque tendency items: I bought a couple chapsticks that were on extreme sale. I go through chapstick like it's going out of style due to dry lips and cold weather, so I stock up when I can.

Of course, if I can buy an organic/cruelty-free brand over one that's not, I'm going to buy it, and it just so happened they had Nourish Organics, Burts Bees and Pacifica on clearance. [Random side note: I had no idea they carried Nourish Organics & Pacifica at Target. I love that!]

I picked up a Burts Bees chapstick and a Pacifica lip tint chapstick among my other grocery goodies and once home I took them out of their protective packaging. I had assumed they were on clearance because it looked like the packaging they came in was slightly damaged. Upon taking away the packaging to throw away, I noticed the Pacifica lip tint chapstick tube seemed a little....messy. Confused, I opened up the cap, thinking maybe heat had melted it, only to see that the product had been used, THOROUGLY. It was so nasty it had hairs in it and dried liquid of sorts at the top. It was so disgusting I didn't take a picture of it to put into this post. I don't want anyone to have to taste their dinner twice. I immediately put it back in the packaging and into my purse to return the next day.

When my husband was getting ready for work later on that night, I told him about the Pacifica chapstick and he seemed confused that I didn't check the chapsticks before purchasing them. Like the naive person that I am, I asked "Do I need to? This is the first time this has happened to me."

At that, my husband told me horror stories from his job (He's a manager at Walmart) about how the beauty section at work is the biggest area for shrink in his store due to people walking in, using the makeup, and then walking back out without purchasing. He told me it happens all the time, and not just at Walmart. He's heard horror stories from his workers that have worked at drug stores where people have done the same thing. Or they'll buy makeup to use it, return it, and then the workers don't check the items and put them back on the shelves to resell.

When I went back to Target the next day to get a refund, I told the woman behind the counter specifically to throw the item away. She opened up the cap out of curiosity and looked horrified. This is the first time I've experienced anything like this, however, I definitely don't want to experience this again. From now on, if the packaging doesn't have a seal to prevent someone from opening it, or the box/container looks a little worse for wear, I'm going to check an item before buying to make sure it hasn't been used.

For all you makeup lovers out there hunting in the drugstore aisles, you should probably pick up this habit too. Better safe than sorry <.3