Monday, February 13, 2012

Haute Mommy Monday: Beauty Products I'm Loving Now!

I've had this post in my head for a couple of months, and every time I reach for one of these products I remember that I've been meaning to tell y'all about them!  Right now I love anything that makes my life easier.  I no longer have time for long bubble bath soaks or going to get facials.  Little five minute luxuries help me keep my sanity and feel as if I'm still pampering myself.

I first got a sample of REN Glycolactic Mask in a Sephora order and oh my gosh, it was love at first use!  It's a really thin mask that you put on after washing your face.  Leave it on for five minutes or so then rinse off.  No peeling, scrubbing or anything like that.  My skin immediately just looks fresher - there's really no other word for it.  Just a bit more glowy than usual, and I love it!  I should probably use this more, but I only do it about once a week.  I haven't had any peeling, dry skin, or other undesirable side effects, just fantasic skin...and it only takes a couple of minutes!  I usually only remember to do stuff like this at bedtime, but I have also just quickly put it on while brushing my teeth and getting ready to go out to dinner.
I know Clarisonics are old news, I've been addicted to mine for a few years.  Now that I can't remember the last time I went to get a facial (oh wait, yeah I can...it was over a year ago!!), I definitely use my Clarisonic at least every other day.  I just keep it in the shower and use it in there with my usual face wash (I rotate between Clean & Clear and St. Ives, depending on how my face feels that day - the beauty of Clarisonic is that any old cheap stuff will do!).  I'm usually not able to put on face treatment (I love Ole Henri) right after showering, so I'm not sure I'm reaping the full benefits, but the Clarisonic + a weekly Ren mask seem to be doing the trick and keeping my skin looking good.

When I first bought my Clarisonic, I was a tad nervous about the price, but it turns out to be one of the most cost effective things I've ever bought.  It has been totally worth the price, I would buy it again in a heartbeat.  I found a pretty good deal on mine on QVC.com.  Go through ebates to purchase and make the price a little easier to swallow.



Right when Georgia turned four months old, that luxurious "pregnancy hair" started falling out by the handful.  Every time I washed my hair, the tub was FULL of it, and I would find clumps of my hair all over the house. I  thought something was medically wrong, so I did a little research and found that pregnancy and very-post-birth hormones keep that thick glossy hair around.  I did some whining to my mom about it, and soon found a box of Wen Cleansing Conditioner delivered to me.  I have to say that I'm not one to experiment with my hair, but I was desperate!  I found a few YouTube videos about how it works and gave it a try.  It took a couple of weeks, but now my hair is better than ever!  I use the Pomegranate scent.  The whole idea was a little much for me to believe at first, but I can honestly say that I've left my Bumble & Bumble products on the shower shelf for months now.

Speaking of only washing my hair twice a week...on the third day, I really need something to give it a little pick me up.  Unless I just throw it into a ponytail, which happens much more often than I'd like to admit!  Someone brought some Suave Dry Shampoo to our favorite things party.  Although I didn't end up with it as one of my prizes, I picked some up at CVS.  Best $5 I've ever spent!  Not too much more to say about it, except what do you have to lose?  It's just five bucks - definitely worth a try!

Aquafresh Extreme Clean toothpaste - another $5 win.  I haven't bleached my teeth in almost two years (since before I got pregnant), yet every time I go to the dentist she insists on asking me if I'm cheating on her, although she knows the answer will be an emphatic no.  The only conclusion we can come to is that I've been a faithful user of Aquafresh Extreme Clean in the orange box for years now.  I first started using it when it was free with ECB at CVS and I've been hooked ever since.  Even with the amount of Coke, Starbucks and sweets I consume, my teeth strangely seem to get whiter!


Speaking of cheap buys I refuse to live without...I've been sporting Forever 21 skinny jeans for awhile, and they hands-down beat the couple of $180+ pairs I've purchased and never wear.  For ten dollars!!  Sometimes they even go on sale for $5!  I wore them until I was at least six months pregnant.  And the good thing about inexpensive denim is that you can throw it in the dryer and it shrinks right back up.  Actually, sometimes that isn't such a good thing...you know what I mean!  Anyway, I still wear the pair I had when pregnant, in addition to a few more.  Love 'em.

What about you, do you have any haute, cheap, can't live without items I should try?


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11 comments:

Heather said...

I recently tried my first REN product too, an eye cream. Thanks for sharing this fun list!

LesleyEpstein said...

Definitely going to have to try the Suave dry shampoo and the mask. I have the Bumble and Bumble dry shampoo and I actually hate it. I had given up on the idea. And, you can't really beat the price!!!!

Merinda said...

I LOVE Forever 21s skinny jeans! I thought I was the only one.. I wear mine much more then my $100+ jeans now.

Natalie said...

F21 skinny jeans are the best! You can't beat the price, I think the most I've paid is $15? I really want to try Wen, it intrigues me.

TheMrs said...

I love my clarisonic ... Money well spent! I will have to order some Wen and F 21 jeans both sound wonderful

Ashley Beth said...

I use the Suave dry shampoo every day. I was one of the recipients of it at the Favorite Things party & I use it after I wash & dry my hair every morning. I have very oily, fine, thin hair. It gives it extra volume and keeps it clean all day! It's a new "can't get ready in the morning without it" product.

Madeline @ Food Fitness and Family said...

I am going to have to look for that mask! It looks like a great product ... thanks for sharing! :)

Caitlyn said...

I use most of the same products that you have on here, but I'm also obsessed with Frederic Fekkai glossing shampoo (only a small amount though) and John Frieda Full Repair shampoo and conditioner- I rave about the latter because it has made my incredibly thick post-pregnancy hair so luxurious.

Katie Clooney said...

Ilove my clarisonic and my WEN. I will definitely try the other products that you suggested!

Stephanie said...

LOVE my clarisonic too!

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