Thursday, August 28, 2014

What I Bought - August 2014

Here's what I bought this month:
1. Audrey Hepburn tee - $16.94 + 25% promo = $12.71
2. & 6. Old Navy active sports bra - $14 each + 25% promo = $21
3. Wet n' Wild nail polish - $1.19 (on clearance)
4. & 5. Old Navy compression capris - $25 each + $37.50
7. Trinket dish - $22
8. Mara Hoffman candle - $19.95 (on sale - sold out online but check stores, it's a beauty!)

Total spent = $114.35
- $49.95 Anthropologie gift card
Total spent out of pocket - $64.40

Go forth and shop responsibly!

I'm linking up with Budgeting Bloggers over at Franish!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Review - Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Collection

Disclaimer:  As a member of the Vogue Influencer Network, these products were provided to me by Neutrogena. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

I was so happy I was chosen to give the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair products a try because let's face it, when you are my age (ahem - 40) wrinkles really start to become an issue.  As does dullness, discoloration/dark spots, and just overall "glow".  I have used these products (and only these products) for a solid week, because the products say that they will "help fade the look of wrinkles, brighten skin's tone, and smooth fine lines and texture in just one week".  I was a little skeptical, but am pleased to report that they aren't exaggerating.  After about three days in, my skin was glowing, so soft and radiant.  Side note, I must say (and I preach this to everyone) ALWAYS apply serums/moisturizers/sunscreen, etc to your face AND neck.  Always.  I have done this since I was 16 years old and my neck shows almost zero signs of aging, it's why people, when they meet me, think I'm younger than I am.  Start now, it's never too late!  Face and neck always!  Getting off my soapbox now...

The standout product is the serum:

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair serum

I used it once a day (at night) before applying my moisturizer and it just soaks in, sometimes serums can feel watery or like they sit on your skin.  This one did not.  I LOVE this product.  I've always been so-so on the  serum front, but this one changed my tune!

I followed with this:

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night moisturizer

I LOVED this nighttime moisturizer, my skin drank it up.  Now I have mostly oily skin and I was okay with this, it didn't break me out.  Sometimes when you have oily skin you have to worry about a serum then moisturizer just making a greasy, zit-filled mess.  So far, so good.

A little side note for people who have never used Retinols before, they can feel uncomfortable at first (warmth, itchy), if it feels that way then scale back to every other day and/or use the serum or moisturizer for a while before combining. Also make sure you use sunscreen every day because Retinols can make your skin more susceptible to sunburn - trust me on this one.

Every morning I applied this:

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Broad Spectrum SPF30 moisturizer

Another really great product that gives you SPF (which you need with the retinols) and does very well under makeup.  My only complaint is I didn't like the smell, but it's not overpowering and doesn't last long, but you can smell the sunscreen.

And lastly, probably the product that didn't do as much for me as the others, though still a great product.

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair eye cream

I didn't see as many results with this product as the others, because I have used similar eye creams for a while.  I've been a religious eye cream user for two decades, so while I do have crows feet, they aren't as pronounced as they could be had I not been using products like this for as long as I have.  This is a perfect eye cream if you are starting to see those nagging crows feet.  It's great because the retinols will help lessen the look of those suckers.

Like I said, three days in my skin was so glowy and radiant.  This was the most exciting development, my skin seemed vibrant again.  The "parentheses" around my mouth didn't seem as pronounced as they did before.  My hyper pigmentation in my temple area seemed a little lighter (I think I'm stuck with it though post-baby).

Final thoughts:  This is a great retinol system, if you are new to retinols and are confused figuring out what should be used with what for maximum anti-aging power, then this is a great way to start!  It's easy and it works!  If you just want to cherry pick one or two items then I would say the serum #1 and the night cream #2.  Those are the two I will be purchasing when I run out.  I liked everything, but those were my favorites from the system.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

My Picks - Roland Mouret for Banana Republic

Another high end designer collaboration just came out today and it looks fantastic - Roland Mouret for Banana Republic!  Chic, timeless pieces that you can dress up or down - if I were still working in an office I would snap a few of these up because they are perfect for work wear.  I have a feeling this collection will go quickly.  Here are my picks:

Poplin Tee (I may have to make this one mine!)

Lace Yolk Dress - this has a very Victoria Beckham Collection vibe too!

Check out the rest of the collection here!

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