Clarisonic Mia Fit

Clarisonic Mia Fit Compact Daily Facial Cleansing Brush for Women - Review
Clarisonic Mia Fit
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Whether you are a skincare junkie or someone who barely goes beyond a simple face wash and moisturizer, chances are you would have heard about Clarisonic.  For those of you who might be unfamiliar with it, Clarisonic makes handheld cleansing devices that utilize oscillating brush heads to deliver a superior skin cleansing experience.  The devices are generally quite popular, but I have always hesitated on trying one out myself because of a multitude of reasons - unsure if I would use this regularly, would it work on my acne-prone skin, would it irritate my sometimes-sensitive skin.  The list was sufficiently long that when I got a mail asking if I would like to try out the newer, compact Clarisonic Mia Fit, I hesitated to say a Yes.  I did finally agree to trying it out, though, and I couldn't be happier!  I know there are a lot of reviews on Clarisonics - both good and bad - but if like me, you have been on the fence about buying a Clarisonic (or are just curious about one), then do read on to know about my experience with using this device.

Nerd Skincare Acne Treatment Lotion

Nerd Skincare Acne Spot Treatment Lotion - Benzoyl Peroxide Free - Review
Nerd Skincare Acne Treatment Lotion (available at nerdskincare.com)
Product provided for review

I have oily-combination skin, and while I rarely get breakouts/acne now, for a really long time I had been plagued with severe acne breakouts.  I never did figure out what caused them - probably a combination of stress, bad diet, and using the wrong skincare products - but when I did finally go to a dermatologist, I was recommended a benzoyl peroxide containing ointment which did nothing for the acne but left horrid dry patches on my skin.  It was almost like someone sat and drew circles around all the acne to make them more noticeable from outer space!  It took topical antibiotics to finally get the acne under control, and I still have quite a few blemishes on my skin to remind me of those breakouts.  Needless to say, I have also been left with a severe distrust of any kind of acne treatment product (as well as most dermatologists).  The rare pimple that I do get now I tend to let heal on its own, but it takes a long time and invariably leaves behind marks that seem to take even longer to fade away, so when I read up on the Nerd Skincare Acne Treatment Lotion (benzoyl peroxide free) which is a spot treatment for acne, I was willing to give it a try.  Scroll on to read more.

Curel Itch Defense Instant Soothing Moisturizing Spray

Curel Itch Defense Instant Soothing Moisturizing Spray - Review
Curel Itch Defense Instant Soothing Moisturizing Spray
Product provided for review

I have tried quite a few body lotions and moisturizers this past few months, and the latest in my round up of moisturizers is the Curel Itch Defense Instant Soothing Moisturizing Spray.  I saw "Itch Defense" and assumed this was one of the sprays that's used to avoid bug bites rather than a moisturizer.  Blame it on my never having tried a spray-on moisturizer before!  The Curel moisturizing spray is packaged similar to a deodorant spray or sunscreen spray, and to use, just spray the moisturizer on to the skin and massage it into the skin.  The spray feels cool on the skin, and it blends and absorbs easily into the skin, leaving skin feeling smooth and moisturized.  It is lightly scented - a slightly minty smell that is not very noticeable.  Overall, a good moisturizer that does a good job of soothing dry, itchy skin.  The one difficulty I have with this is that the pump/spray mechanism itself is a little tough to press down on, especially after my hands already have some lotion on them.  That aside, I find this great to carry around in the bag, especially during the summers, when I find the cooling spray especially soothing. 

Curel Itch Defense Instant Soothing Moisturizing Spray - Ingredients
Curel Itch Defense Instant Soothing Moisturizing Spray - Ingredients
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Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipsticks - Swatches

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipsticks - Swatches
Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipsticks ($32 each) at Nordstrom

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips lipsticks are a new launch by the brand, and this collection of lipsticks is inspired by some of Charlotte Tilbury's favorite celebrities including Salma Hayek, Cindy Crawford, and more.  The shades include both K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipsticks (Kim K.W., Liv It Up, Hot Emily, Penelope Pink, Nude Kate) as well as some Matte Revolution lipsticks (Super Cindy, Secret Salma, Tell Laura, Bosworth’s Beauty, Carina’s Love, Miranda May, Kidman’s Kiss, Hel’s Bells, Electric Poppy, Sexy Sienna, Very Victoria).  The lipstick formula is ennriched with antioxidants, a blend of special waxes, and clever light-diffusing pigments, delivering vibrant colors in an easy-to-wear lightweight formula.  What makes this lipstick extra-special is that $2 of every lipstick sold during the first 2 months of launch (launched June 24, I think) will benefit an incredible charity, Women for Women International, a non-profit humanitarian organization dedicated to financial, educational, and interpersonal support of women survivors of war, poverty and injustice.  Scroll on for swatches of some of the shades in this collection.

Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths (Restore)

Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths Restore Review
Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths (Restore) 
Product provided for review

A lot of people would pick summer as their favorite time of the year, but much as I love all the bright light and sunshine, I absolutely hate the heat.  I think living in India cured me of any fascination for the summers :D  I am a bit lucky now that I spend most of my time indoors, but even a couch potato like me does need to step out into the real world once in a while, and oh goodness, it's hot outside!!  Whether you are a reluctant stepper-outer like me or a person with a real job and a life outdoors, you are going to love these Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths that I got to try out recently.  They are similar to makeup wipes (or baby wipes), but these are use-all-over kind of wipes.  Scroll on for more.