Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Review - Columbia SkinCare Probiotics Complex and Concentrate

Disclosure: I received these for review via Massive Sway Group. I only accept products for review that look like something I would normally buy or be interested in.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Seems like probiotics are everywhere right now.  What are probiotics?  Probiotics, also known as "good bacteria", found in yogurt and other indigestibles, have been keeping people healthier longer for years.  I jumped at the chance to review Columbia SkinCare's Probiotic Complex and Concentrate.  Why?  Because I take probiotics every day and that once-a-day pill has completely changed my gut/bloat/upset tummy.  And since I swear by them internally, I was curious about what they could do externally.  These are topical-specific probiotics, clinically proven effective and safe, these products enhance and fortify the skin's ability to do what it does naturally: renew and rejuvenate itself.  I've been using both morning and night for a month now.


The Probiotic Concentrate is the top and the Probitotic Complex is on the bottom.


First up the Probiotic Concentrate - $190:


This contains a unique blend of probiotcs, plant stem cells and peptides which intensify and enhance the skin's renewal process.  I applied a small amount to my skin and it is very light and absorbs quickly.

Followed by the Probiotic Complex - $165:


This is the world's first probiotic formulation created specifically for topical use.  It's formulation effectively enhances the most important biological feature in aging skin" it's ability to renew itself.  This cream is so silky and luxurious.  Like the Concentrate, it absorbs quickly and seems to leave sort of a semi-matte finish without feeling tight or uncomfortable.

One thing the company cautioned was that if you are using medications or treatments with retinoids there might be a slight interaction, usually a tiny blemish or pimple.  This is actually the effort of the probiotics to rid the cells of the impurities in the retinal products which often result in the drying of the skin.  I will say this happened to me after 2 days of use.  Nothing awful or major but a couple of breakouts.  They went away quickly.

Now for my thoughts after a month.  First of all there is not fragrance, but it does smell like probiotics.  If you've ever smelled one of the pills then you know what I'm talking about.  It's not unpleasant or bad, it's just not flowery, etc, it's very earthy I guess.  Not a big deal.  I honestly didn't have too many expectations, but I will say I have noticed a difference in the texture of my skin.  I didn't take pictures because honestly I'm not sure you could tell from them, but I really noticed how much better my skin looked overall.  Not plumper, not "no more wrinkles" but just overall better.  The texture was nicer, it looked very hydrated, I was pleasantly surprised to be honest.

Now these are a bit pricey, yes.  But they do seem to work and deliver, so (especially if you have issues with retinol products) these might be a good alternative.   

Here is a special offer from Columbia SkinCare just for my readers.  Purchase either probiotic product above and receive a FREE moisturizing cream, a $38 value.  Use code: ProbioticGift at checkout.

Monday, March 13, 2017

What I'm Loving Right Now - YouTube Channels

Do you watch any YouTube channels?  Is that only for teens and preteens (feels like it, right)?  Am I late to the game because I'm over 40?  So many questions.  Well, since we cut the cable cord and only do Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, I've discovered this whole new world of YouTube.  I became familiar with YouTube and the idea of content creation via my 8 year old who loves watching the people who open and review toys.  But I really had no idea about just how many people were creating content that would be interesting to me in any way.  And I had no idea about vlogs, I mean, I knew about them, but didn't think they would be interesting at all.  I was wrong, I'm addicted to them at the moment.  So here are the channels/people that I'm loving now.

Kristina Braly (formerly Pretty Shiny Sparkly) - she was my gateway YouTuber, she lead me down the rabbit hole and she doesn't even know it.  She's beauty, luxury, etc and I love her vlogs.




Lydia Elise Millen - I LOVE HER!  There I said it.  She's just so real and beautiful and lovely and sweet.  She's my #1 favorite right now, she covers beauty, luxury and her vlogs are so fun.  Her fiance is great too, love his channel as well.




The Gold Project - Nothing slick and chic here, just useful information about organizing, packing, planning and other "boring" stuff.  And honestly, the boring stuff is the stuff that can make your life easy or hard. So I'm always looking for ideas to make that stuff a lot easier.  Kristin is like a really good friend.  I totally have copied some of her photo organizing ideas.  And she's planning a gluten free series starting soon (her gluten free video is worth watching if interested).




How Jen Does It - So many good cleaning and meal tips on this channel.  She may have the cleanest house in the USA, seriously.  She's a wealth of information.  Her recipes and meal hauls/planning are great.




Allana Davison - She's adorable, funny and I love her makeup tutorials.  Follow her on Snapchat, she's hilarious, I mean THE best!




TJ's Ways - TJ is so darn real and I love that and I love her spirit.  Follow along with the KonMari method of decluttering her whole house.  No joke, she did it from top to bottom and talks through it.  She's so positive and inspiring in those videos, it's worth the journey.  She's slowed down posting a bit but her channel is worth keeping an eye on.




Iam CHOUQUETTE - Claire is a newish YouTuber and one of Lydia's friends.  She's all about luxury, beauty and just life stuff.  She's funny and honest.  I like how she's kind of scattered and rambles.




And last but not least, Nicole Guerriero - I mean I think everyone knows her beauty tutorials, etc.  But her vlogs are my favorite part of her channel. She's funny and I love her cats.




Do you follow any of these ladies?  Do you have any "must watch" YouTubers?  If so let me know, I'm always looking for more channels.  Have a great week!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Weekend Sales Update!

Some good sales right now:

SomaIt's the Get Gorgeous event. Take 30% off your purchase of $150 or more, use code: 56021 or get 15% off entire purchase, use code: 33757 Ends 3/5/2017 See site for details. 

philosophyFriends and Family time to celebrate their 21st Birthday! Take 30% off your purchase, use code: philosophyfamily Ends 3/3/2017, some exclusions apply, see site for details.

DWRIt's Design Within Reach Semiannual sale time! Save hundreds on select items. Ends 3/16/2017 See site for details. 

Furbish - Take 20% off entire pillow collection. Use code: SPRING See site for details. 

GymboreeIt's Friends and Family sale time - take an extra 25% off entire purchase. Use code: FRIENDS Ends 3/5/2017. See site for details. 

Lo & SonsLo & Sons is having a big sale, up to 30% off select items. Ends 3/5/2017. They have great gym and work bags! See site for details.

Kate Spade - Take 25% off use code: PURPOSE  Ends 3/5/2017.  Some exclusions apply, see site for details. 

J.Crew Factory - Up to 50% off new arrivals, prices as marked.  Plus an extra 20% off your $100+ purchase.  Use code: SPRINGUP  Some exclusions apply, see site for details.  Ends 3/5/2017  

Lands' End - Take 25% off regularly priced swimwear.  Use code: SWIM pin: 5101  includes swimsuits, beach towels, water shoes & more.  Ends 3/6/2017 See site for details. 

Old Navy - Thank You event is going on now. Take 30% off your purchase (40% if you are an Old Navy credit card holder).  Use code: THANKYOU  Some exclusions apply, see site for details. Ends 3/6/2017

GAP - Take 40% off your purchase.  Use code: FORYOU  Some exclusions apply, see site for details.  Ends today 3/3/2017. 

Pottery Barn - Take 25% off one regular-priced item.  Use code: WEEKEND  Ends 3/5/2017  Some exclusions apply, see site for details. 

Ann Taylor - Take 40% off at when you sign up to get the code.  Ends 3/6/2017.  Some exclusions apply, see site for details. 

LOFT - Take 40% off everything.  Use code: NEWNOW  Some exclusions apply, see site for details. Ends 3/5/2017  

Nike - Take an extra 20% off clearance items.  Use code: TAKE20. Some exclusions apply, see site for details. Ends 3/5/2017. 

EcoFlowerTake 40% off sitewide. Ends 3/6/2017. See site for details.

Glossier - Use code: 2BLUSH for $6 off when you pick two of Glossier's Cloud Paints and get free shipping. See site for details.

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Weekend Sales Update

Here are some good sales I've run across:

BCBG Take 30% off purchase. Discount taken at checkout. Ends 2/20/2017. See site for details.

Pottery Barn KidsIt's Friends and Family time at Pottery Barn Kids, take 20% off and get free shipping. Use code: FRIENDS  See site for details. 

Too Faced - It's a Galentine's Day sale. Take 20% off select items. Use code: TRUELOVES  Ends 2/14/2017. See site for details. 

Oh and I've started to use the app Ibotta for cash back on items I buy at the store.  We are talking groceries, cleaning items, vitamins, beverages, etc. at the stores I usually shop.  I'm LOVING it.  It's super easy and totally worth it. If you are interested go here or download the app and use the referral code:  ecdxgev  Once you redeem your first rebate within 30 days of signing up then you get $10!  It's so worth it!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Weekend Sales Update!

Just a quick post with some sales you might be interested in:

Gap - Ends tomorrow 1/16/2017 at Gap, take 40% off your purchase.  Use code: GREAT  See site for details.

Banana Republic - Take 40% off regular-priced items and an extra 50% off sale items.  Discounts applied automatically at checkout.  See site for details.

Ann Taylor - Ends tomorrow 1/16/2017, take an extra 70% off all sale styles.  Online only, see site for details.

BaubleBar - Take 25% off necklaces (some exlusions). Use code: BOLD25  Ends 1/16/2017 See site for details.

Erin CondrenFor a limited time, 15% off planners. See site for details.

Design Darling - Emily Ley simplified planners are 50% off (prices as marked). See site for details.

Keds - Clearance event with up to 50% off. See site for details.

Kate Spade - Take an extra 25% off all sale styles. Use code: CLINK Ends 1/16/2017 See site for details.

Kendra Scott - Take an additional 15% off sale items. Use code: sale2017 See site for details.

Joss and Main - Winter clearance with an extra 20% off select items. Use code: WINTER20 See site for details.

West Elm - Almost everything is 25% off. Prices as marked, see site for details.

Alexis Bittar - Take an additional 20% off sale items.  Use code: NEWYEAR17  Ends 1/16/2017.  See site for details.


Monday, January 9, 2017

Book Review - "Cloris: My Autobiography" by Cloris Leachman (#26 - 2016)

Cloris: My Autobiography by Cloris Leachman

My word, Cloris Leachman has lived a LIFE!  I've always been a big fan, but didn't know a lot about her or her journey.  She's delightfully candid, honest, fun and normal.  This is a person who has lived her life fearlessly, open to new adventures and experiences.  She started out doing radio voice work, being a theater understudy, etc.  Eventually earning a reputation as a dependable, hard worker with a lot of talent.  She shared the Broadway stage with Katherine Hepburn, her husband's best friend was Marlon Brando, Judy Garland's kids hung out at her house, etc.  She knew and/or worked with a who's who in Hollywood.  Her range of work is mind-boggling.  She's done drama, comedy, TV, Broadway, movies.  Winning an Oscar and a lot of Emmys along the way.  She's a legend but I don't think she knows she is.  She's a mom and grandma and a really cool lady.  I breezed through this book in 2 days, loving every minute.  She even gives you a verbal hug at the very end, like she said she would like to hug you and to consider yourself hugged.  Who does that?  It seems corny but it was so sweet.  I highly recommend this book, it was so good.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Book Review - "Alexander McQueen: Blood Beneath the Skin" by Andrew Wilson (#25 - 2016)


I always seem to read (or re-read) a McQueen book (and watch endless McQueen videos on YouTube) between Christmas and New Years.  Always.  I love him, I love his work, I love his shows, I hate he's gone.  This book may be my favorite biography of him, it went into a lot of depth and there was a lot of information that I wasn't previously aware of.  It's a hard read at times because of his troubled soul but following his journey is so fascinating.  You didn't want it to end in a way because you know what was coming.  I highly recommend this book.  It's a must read for any McQueen fan!

Here are the McQueen books I own and love: 


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