Older Girl Beauty

I don’t do soap-on-a-rope

I’m not a bar soap gal. I would always set it on the side, it would keep getting wet in the shower, get all mushy, can’t hold on to it and then there is the whole “rub it on the washcloth or rub it on the skin debate”? What? You hadn’t heard of that one? I do that one in my head every time I have to pick up a bar of soap in the shower. Anyway, I am a bath gel/lotion/body wash girl.

So, when I had a chance to try the Caress Evenly Gorgeous Exfoliating Body Wash I was interested. A rich body wash with brown sugar and karite (shea) butter that exfoliates, too? Count me in.

I expected it to smell good. I didn’t expect it to be overwhelming. Seriously, this stuff smells yummy, but it is so strong I could not use it the same days I was washing my hair. That was just too much scent going on in there. Plus, it’s a heavier scent – not what I associate with summertime. 

As for the “exfoliating” – yeah, I didn’t see much of that. Here, let me show you: . This dollop is about quarter sized and I count 9 beads in there. *9*. The BPD (beads per drop) ratio sucks in this body wash. There was no exfoliating action going on in there that I could feel(or see). Maybe I am just spoiled by denser face exfoliators or body sugar/salt scrubs, but I didn’t get any polishing affect.

That’s not to say this is a bad wash, just don’t take it for what it says it will do, in my opinion. It does smell good, is rich and cleans off well. I just think that this is more suited for fall/winter months when you like a heavier scent, is rich on your dry skin and can get picked up at any drugstore/Walmart/Target for less than $5. (*There is also a bar soap available, too, that you might like, but I think you already know how I feel about bar soaps.)

Left arms out the window can attract more than bugs

Here’s something you may not have thought about – “People who spend a lot of time driving their cars have a higher incidence of left-sided skin cancer”. That is according to Dr. Scott Fosko, professor and chairman of dermatology at St. Louis School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo.

I know I sure hadn’t and I wondered if others were as oblivious as me. I asked my friend Nancy, from Beauty411, (*who happens to drive a hella stupid amount of miles each week – 1200!?) if she puts SPF on her arm. She told me, “No, but I put it on my face”, which is good, but not enough when driving so much, apparently. Even celebrity esthetician, Renée Rouleau, has tweeted about it (*she also rec’s wearing sunscreen when you’re in an airplane).

Okay, so that got me thinking that maybe my pale skin and I need some help. Problem is, it’s hard enough to get me to remember to put it on my face in the mornings, let alone on my arm while I am trying to get to my morning Rt. 44 Sweet Tea. Luckily, I was able to try something that was small enough to just throw in my console and could spray on when I am in the car: Kinesys Sunscreen. This little 1oz SPF30 bottle is great to keep handy for quick shots of protection. The one I have has a Light Mango scent, which is really mild, but they also offer an Unscented version, too. 

You can get the 1oz bottle for $6.99 and the larger 4oz size for $18.99. Since it dries so quickly and doesn’t need to be rubbed in due to the microspray, it’s great for sports players, as it doesn’t effect their grip, so you can find it locally at your more specific sports stores.

I sweat. There, I said it.

Okay, seriously – the heat in the summer in Oklahoma gets triple-digit sweltering. So, there is no way around sweating. No, not “glistening” or “perspiring” – it’s full on dripping sweat. So, all growing up it’s always been “put on whatever anti-perspirant/deoderant you usually use, doesn’t matter, you’re going to sweat anyway”. Which is true. However, I finally decided that me and “the girls” (*yes, I put ap/deo under there, because, well, there’s an “under there”) were going to find a better solution this year.

Enter bliss underarmy antiperspirant gel. I picked some up on a trip to Marshall’s one evening. It normally runs $18 on bliss.com, but I snagged it for $7.99. Now, that said, it is still more than the $3something I usually pay for the regular ap/deo I would get at like Target or Walmart.  (*Speaking of, remember when I gave up Secret? I switched over to Dove, which took away a lot of the itchiness probs I was having back then.) That ap/deo works fine on normal days, but can not hang in this Oklahoma heat. But, it was still more than I was used to, so the damn thing had better work, right?

Oh, I forgot to mention. It’s a roll-on.  I don’t do roll-on’s. Haven’t since High School. I just *hate* the sticky waiting time for it to dry. Ugh. So, yeah, going out of comfort zone here. Anyway, I tried it, it dried and I went about  my day. Then about 3/4 thru the day I realized that I hadn’t been all chicken-wing flapping my arms because I was all hot. This stuff worked. I was amazed. Straight up. I did some searching and realized that this stuff has almost the same amount of “aluminum sesquichlorohydrate” (16%) as the prescription stuff (20%). No wonder it was working.

There *are* a few caveats, besides it being a roll on. There is no deodorant in this. However, there is a minty-ness to it, which gives a cooling effect, and a hint of a scent. Warning, tho – if you put this on right after you shave your armpits, it is going to sting like the devil. I know this, so now you know this.

Like I said, I was able to pick this up at my local Marshall’s for less than half of what I would have paid at bliss. But if you can’t find it there near you, I really think it would be worth it full price during the hot temps to help you keep your cool.

Eye on the prize

When I am hot and drained, my eyes feel so heavy – like I am sleepwalking in the middle of the day.  When it gets that bad, and I need a pick-me-up, I reach in the fridge for my Tammy Fender Firming Eye Gel, which is a soothing botanical gel that goes right in the skin.

They say “This extraordinary firming gel complex contains a multitude of hydrating botanicals, herbal extracts and omega 3 & 6 nutrients targeted to restore immediate hydration; firming and protecting the delicate eye area. The concentrated blend of Elder, Chamomile, Rose Hip Seed, Borage, Green Myrtle and Nettle, rapidly absorb; nourishing and toning tissue, increasing elasticity and renewing softness.” I say that this wonder soothes my eyes, has a light smell, isn’t sticky and helps reduce the puffiness of my eyes quickly. (*I like it enough that I even rec’d it to “Nadine Jolie” when she was looking for eye cream rec’s.)

In addition, I really like the philosophy behind this line – “Beauty and health begins with intention.”  Tammy Fender is an aesthetician who has journeyed throughout the US and abroad; researching and studying in the fields of botany, aromatherapy, holistic chemistry and medical science; specifically, the healing properties of essential oils, plants and vitamins. She says her “energy and meticulous attention to purity will be with you as you nurture yourself”, as she creates formulas to address one’s physical, emotional and spiritual well being. I personally appreciate a whole body approach to things over a topical salve, ya know?  It just soothes me, I guess. I’m happy that I had a chance to try it out.

Now, this is a bit on the higher end ($72), but a little goes a long way, so this bottle will last you for a good while. I do think you are paying some for the philosophy behind it, and you have to decide if it is important enough to pay that extra or not.

I rock the Black Amethyst

No, silly, not a stone in some bling. I am talking about some Bath and Body Works Black Amethyst Fragrance Mist. I swear, I do not care what the season is, you will find me rocking this darker, more “seductive” scent year round. It is the kind of scent that is not too flowery for me. They call it “Our Sexiest Fragrance Ever! Exotic and Intricate. Sexy Redefined.” All I know is that I loved it from first smell and I spray it all over me like a fool. BUT, I have to say it is the scent that I have gotten the most compliments on – ever.  It’s to the point now that people wonder about me when I am not wearing it – like something just isn’t right for the day. Ha.  As for keeping it in the fridge, it has been just a great last cooling burst before heading out into this humid, muggy weather. Just something else to keep cool until the A/C can kick on in the car.

In fact, this scent is so suited to me, that when I took the quiz on Bath and Body Works new Fragrance Finder widget, sure enough “Black Amethyst” came up as my recommended scent. You should go over and play around and see what scent it says would be right for you and let me know. I’m curious who else rocks the BA like I do.


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