Older Girl Beauty

Gotta get out of this place…

After a day of being stuck in the house due to rain and hail yesterday, I am so ready to get out of the house today. I am thinking about heading over to the mall, because I still need to go back to Sephora and return my popped open ‘Lock Down’ tube.
origins friends family Gotta get out of this place...
I figure while I am there I think I will stop by Origins, as they are having their 25% off Friends & Family promotion, and see what catches my eye. *(Also, I’m going to take a couple of my empty bottles to them to recycle thru their recycling program.) The F&F sale is going on until May 5th, and if you don’t want to brave the mall, you can use code FF to shop online.

Go away, Flyaways…buh bye.

We all know that I am not the most able bodied person to manage their hair. Seriously, I get by, and some days, not very well. I am always so jeally of the lovelies that can just let their hair air dry and go about their business looking good. My hair has always decided that it wants to look like the driest, most flyaway hair raised in the desert. Of course, I live in the humid Midwest, so, that’s not it’s problem. It just wants to defy me and try to make me spend more time on it than I want to, like an ex just trying to get my attention because he’s lonely or something.

split end spa Go away, Flyaways...buh bye.

Ahem..anyway…well, after all this time – I can finally be the boss of it thanks to AG Split End Spa Repair Serum (which is being released to the public this month). This is a super lightweight serum that contains “AG’s exclusive CARE (Colour and Radiance Enhancing) complex which includes a blend of herbal extracts, meadowfoam seed oil, sunflower seed extract and incroquat UV, to eliminate colour-destroying free radicals and work to preserve the vivacity of hair’s colour.” This is super important to me since I do color my hair Auburn, which is kind of difficult to keep glowy and bright. I use this on my towel dried hair, and even tho it says to “dispense a small amount”, I tend to do more than that for my shoulder length hair. Then I just hang around and let the air do it’s thing. My hair dries silky and rests on my shoulders instead of reaching for the sky. It also helps keep it smooth when I dry with my round brush and hairdryer, and I put a touch of it on the ends to set it. That keeps it from flying away during the day, too.

I should also mention that I use this with the Colour Savour Shampoo and Colour Savour Conditioner, which also contains the CARE complex and is sulfate free. But, let me tell you, coming from this lather loving lovely, it may be sulfate free, but it gets enough lather that I can get a Ferris Bueller mohawk if I am feeling it. You’ll need to get this at a salon, so check out the salon locator to see where you can get it near you.

"O" what a beautiful morning!

So, lovelies……guess who just became Total Beauty’s only “blogs they love” that starts with the letter “O”? I’ll give you a few moments….. *(hums “girl from ipanema”). Okay, give up? It’s ME!!!

total beauty logo "O" what a beautiful morning!That’s right, I am now an official member of Total Beauty’s community of great beauty blogs. I am so excited that I get to be among so many of my favorite daily reads. I just wanted to take a sec and let you guys in on my excitement, too.

A spritz of Spring

Can I just tell you how glad I am that it was 91degrees yesterday? It means that Spring is finally here and I shouldn’t have any more snow days. *(note that I said “shouldn’t” – you never know what you are going to get around here.) And Spring means lightening up on everything from clothes to makeup to fragrances.

I tend to wear a little heavier and warmer scent in the winter, but I can be very picky in what I wear. I can NOT stand something that is too musky in the Winter or too flowery or powdery in the Spring – I prefer a clean fresh smell. (Oh, this is where I remind you I don’t know too much about “topnotes”, “layers” or “drydown”. I just know what I like or don’t like and what it smells like to me.)

 A spritz of SpringThis year I found a new fragrance, from Banana Republic of all places. I have actually been familiar with the Men’s line of scents, but I didn’t pay much attention to the Ladies line – my loss till now. It’s called Rosewood and according to it’s description it has “top notes of bergamot champagne, white tea leaves, and white amber”. Got that? I just know that it’s not too light and floral, and the amber still gives it some warmth to the scent.

banana republic minis A spritz of SpringThe only thing that I love/hate about it is that the bottle is short and round and comes in a gorg wooden case, that I actually still store it in. Well, BR has just made things much better for me – they have come out with Mini’s – 7.5mL minature bottles of the bestsellers of their “Discover” fragrances – “Alabaster”, “Malachite” and my “Rosewood” for the ladies, and “Slate”, “Black Walnut” (yum!) and “Cordovan” for the men. Now, I can just throw a little bottle in my purse and freshen up when ever I want to, instead of only spraying as I am heading out the door. They are priced at 1 for $10 and 2 for $15, but are limited edition’s and only in stores, so hurry over to the mall and pick up one (or two) quick.

"Plant a treee….for the fuuuture…"

Way back in the day (when I was in Elementary School) I remember a commercial on tv that encouraged us to plant trees in honor of Arbor Day, which was created in 1872 to encourage planting trees and caring for them. It is celebrated on the last Friday in April each year. Another environmentally friendly day is Earth Day, which was established on April 22nd, 1970 – and considered the beginning of the modern environmental movement. This year we are lucky enough to have both of these great awareness days in the same week.

In honor of these days, I am going to highlight a few companies that are doing their part to encourage a greener, more environmentally friendly way of getting beautiful:
origins   recycle "Plant a treee....for the fuuuture..."
Origins: Origins has always been organically friendly but this Spring, they have started the “Return to Origins Recycling Program”. This allows you to bring in *any* empty cosmetic containers (from any brand) to be recycled and they will give you a FREE sample of one of their high-performance skincare products.

butter london earth day promo "Plant a treee....for the fuuuture..."butter LONDON: butter LONDON is a 3 Free (the toxic Formaldehyde, Toluene and DBP) polish line with such great colors, and whom basically admonishes “3 Free is a way of life”. This Earth Day they will be giving out a bottle of their polish to the first 500 lovelies who click on their website (for us in the US, it starts at 8am PST/11am EST). But, don’t despair, if you are not one of the first 500 clickers, you can still take advantage of a great offer of 5 for $40 of colors you choose, or let them know what you are looking for and they will make a recommendation for you. (Offer good thru 4-30-09) *also, don’t forget to look at their cute dictionary.
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Vert: Instead of looking all over online for more organic products to incorporate into your lifestyle, just go to the Vert – “The eco-chic beauty boutique” website to choose from over 25+ eco companies from around the world. Their goal is to provide conscious consumers “the best selection of pure and organic beauty products available”. In addition, she carries my eco fave Josie Maran.
*(speaking of Josie, don’t forget her “Earth Day Kit” is still available at Sephora, too.)

lavanila logo "Plant a treee....for the fuuuture..."Lavanila: I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Plant a Billion Trees Initiative, the program that the yummy fragrance company Lavanila has teamed up with the Nature Conservancy for Earth Month. The Nature Conservancy’s goal is to plant 1 billion trees over the next 7 years. Lavanila will “plant a tree” with every online order at lavanila.com during the month of April, helping them get even closer to their goal.

Have a great Earth Week, and remember, even if you don’t live an entirely green lifestyle, we can all take baby steps to start incorporating green actions into our lives. I’ll share one way I do this – my family and I reuse our shower towels. It saves on washing more laundry, water, electricity and the wear and tear on the towels themselves. We have over the door hooks in the bathroom and hang them there after we dry off. It just takes one step to start the journey.

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