High-End Product Review: NARS Double-Refining Exfoilator

I’m always in search for something to just exfoliate the hell out of my skin without making me look like a leper. After a recent visit to the WeHo NARS store, I decided to get a little more fancy with my skin care for once.

Now don’t get me wrong – I love finding a good deal and I often shop at Target, CVS, WalMart, with the occasional Sephora and ULTA splurges. But sometimes, you need to treat your skin and see how it likes what you gave it.

Enter NARS skin care.

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I’m a huge fan of NARS products so I didn’t know they had a skincare line. I was anxious to try it as the risk of my wallet.

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I was taught this exfoliator works two ways – if you just put it on, and rub your face, it’s great. If you leave it on for a couple minutes while you bathe, it’ll work on your skin at a deeper level.

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It goes on very light and it has a very light scent. You don’t have to use too much and I only used it this a few times a week because I was afraid of overdrying my skin.

And of course, I’m sure you’re anxious to see me fresh-faced and everythang:

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Ta-da!

PROS:

  1. NARS is a strong brand.
  2. It’s nice and light, with very little fragrance
  3. It exfoliates your skin without overdrying.
  4. It’s best to use in the shower. You can put this on your face while you bathed and rinse off when you’re done.

CONS:

  1. It’s pricey, y’all. $34.00 Most exfoliators cost a fraction of that.
  2. It’s best to use in the shower. Yeah. I know I said that as a pro, but it’s also a con. Unless you want to sit with exfoliator on your face for 2-3 minutes, this is really best to use in the shower.

I do recommend because it’s good, but it’s expensive.

If you tried it, what do you think?

Happy Anniversary to Us!

Nine years ago, we decided to forgo all of the fancy wedding planning and just get hitched at the Beverly Hills Courthouse. The original intent was to get married at San Francisco City Hall and then have a celebration for everyone.

While I’m still salty I didn’t pursue that original idea, I do hope to have something planned for our 10th wedding anniversary next year. Maybe not a vow renewal, but maybe something for all of our friends and family to come and enjoy. A reception without the wedding thing.

For now, here are some photos of us throughout the years! Enjoy!

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The Best High-End Co-Wash You’ll Need

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I think I’m forever searching for the best cowashing conditioner that suits both my hair and Bear’s. Bear has super curly Type 3 hair and I bounce between Type 4A and 4B, with some dabbles in 4C.

Keeping Bear’s hair moisturized and conditioned is an Olympic sport within itself. Not that it’s always been easy but when he becomes more active, well, I also become more active in keeping his head clean.

I was at my local Blue Mercury when I stumbled on Bumble & Bumble. I’ve heard of the brand but never thought about trying it. And I can see why – at $34 a bottle, Bumble & Bumble is not a brand one can spend a little money on. It’s also not a brand one will want to spend money on a lot if it doesn’t work.

The Curl Custom Conditioner claims it can be used three ways: as a leave-in, rinse out, or as a co-wash. Most conditioners can only one of those, yet BB was claiming it can do all three?

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I was willing to give it a chance. I figured, if it didn’t work, well, that’ll be the last time I’ll be spending close to $40 for a bottle of cowash. If it did work, however, I will have to figure out $40 a bottle into my budget.

Bumble & Bumble claims the Curl Custom Conditioner can work on all hair types. I’m always weary when companies say that because 99% of the time, they mean only color-treated or curly hair. They don’t include coily, Type 4 hair in that.

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Still, I was willing to give it a shot. Of course, I always have to try it on my guinea pig, Bear. I figured if it doesn’t work on his hair, it’s probably not going to work on mine.

And I’m sooooooo glad it worked on his hair!

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It really made his curls pop.

Here’s another look:

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All of that definition, yo.

You’re probably wondering how it looked on my hair?

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It really wasn’t my intention to look all shocked and serious, and yes, I know I need to smile more. But the purpose was to showcase my hair. The conditioner also made my curls pop and kept it very moisturized throughout the day and next. I’m a new fan.

Now we know the player, how did they score?

Pros:

  • It works. Point. Blank.
  • Bumble & Bumble is a trusted brand.
  • It’s available at Blue Mercury, Ulta, Sephora, and online at the Bumble & Bumble store. Some hair salons and beauty supply stores might also carry the brand.

Cons:

  • It’s hella expensive, y’all. $34 a bottle and if you have a lot of hair? Whew, chile.

Overall, I do recommend it, however, you will probably need to buy a couple of bottles at a time. So, be prepared to spend close to $70 dollars.

Baby Girl Finds at Target

Just putting it out there – I’m not pregnant. Not yet.

However, my neighbor’s twin sister is pregnant and due any day. I recently attended her baby shower and I picked up some super cute baby girl clothing. I spent much more than I’d intended, but I couldn’t help it. Shopping for babies is so much fun!!

Anyway, if you’re having a baby, just had one, or knows someone who is about to have one, check out the finds I copped:

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Who can resist tutus? Come on! To purchase, click here.

I’m a big fan of buying multiple outfits at once. And I really love how Carter’s can include a couple of outfits in one set at a super dope price. This was just too cute to pass up!

*I couldn’t find this particular set online, but go visit your local Target to see if they have it.

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Bear actually picked out this outfit. I have to say, my son has great taste!

To purchase, click here.

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Cloud Island is a new baby brand at Target but I have to say I was rather impressed with their items. They seem to have really good quality so I encourage you to go check them out.

To purchase this blanket, click here.

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Once again, Bear has excellent taste. Technically speaking, these are boys’ shoes but I think they can be unisex. And come on…Bear picking out bears? Can’t get any cuter than that!

To purchase, click here.

 

Explaining Death to a Child Really Sucks

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Over the weekend, my puppy, Shorty, died.

He was 14 years old and was in poor health for a short while. He had a series of seizures and my mom finally took him to the clinic where the vet confirmed the seizures were actually heart attacks and Shorty had cognitive heart failure. She gave my mom medication and I hoped that would’ve extended his life.

They found him dead in his sleep. My brother buried him in the backyard with my other dog, Missy, from a long time ago.

While I mourned the loss of my puppy, I tried to explain it to Bear. He didn’t understand the concept of life and death quite yet and it was hard to explain it to him in a way that made sense. I told him that Shorty was in heaven, and that we wouldn’t be seeing him again when we go see Grandma and Grandpa.

He looked at me a bit quizzically and then went back to playing on his iPad.

When Bear woke up from his nap and saw me working on this very post and the accompanying pictures of Shorty, I explained to him again that he died and went to heaven.

“Oh no,” he softly replied and frowned.

“Do you want to talk about it?” I asked.

He shook his head and I turned on the TV so we can watch Cousins for Life. 

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As I found temporary relief that he didn’t press any further, I was caught into wondering if this is merely the beginning of discussing death with my young child. After all, death is a part of life. It’s a guarantee just like taxes.

I don’t remember my first encounter with death as a child. I remember other factors like a family pet dying, or even a distant family member passing away, but I can’t really recall  the first experience. Maybe I blocked it out, or maybe I was just so super young, I honestly don’t remember.

I don’t know if my parents ever gave me a talk about life and death. I also don’t know if I just figured it out on my own. Talking to a child  in the world of social media,  where trending topics can often decide what’s real or what’s fake, I don’t want Bear to be influenced by what death is and what it’s not.

Still, explaining life and death, heaven and earth (not sure if we’ll get to the hell part but hopefully Bear will figure that part on his own), will forever be a conversation in our home. Bear knows about Ethan, but he doesn’t quite understand why we visit him at the cemetery and why he’s not here.

I researched on Amazon a number of books about explaining death to a child and I’m not sure if I’m ready to pick up one. We already have a book for Bear that was very hard for us to read when I was pregnant with him and he has yet to see it.

Maybe when we go visit my parents in a week or so, and Bear sees Shorty isn’t around, maybe he’ll understand then. And I have to be prepared for his reaction no matter what.

Le sigh…this was a lesson I wasn’t expecting so soon to teach and for Bear to learn. Does anyone have any tips?

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