Philosophy

Picking Apart My Best Feature

I don’t have many good features. To me my entire body, face, and everything in between just isn’t what I want! If I could, I’d change it all in a flash! But I can’t sadly and I’m stuck with my lot in life icon wink

I have a hard time picking out my best feature but after some careful consideration I have to say my best feature would have to be my skin! My skin is just good, period.

I had fantastic teenager years with it and nary a problem! I had lovely twenties years with it and nary a problem there either! And finally I’m heading into 30 (Hell, I’ll go right ahead and blow my own horn here! I don’t look a day over 20! Some people think I’m all of 16 or 17! I get carded when buying movie tickets! I stopped at the Clinique counter in Macy’s once and had the Makeup Artist ask me where my mummy was and please to not touch the lipsticks!! I’m looking forward to 60 when I’ll look 30 hehehe) soon and so far, tap wood, it’s a ok!

Now I can’t take credit for it at all! My good skin has everything to do with a great skin care products! Some of which I discussed in my video!

My main skincare has been Lush for quite a while now! I used to use Clinique and after that Philosophy (I still am a philosophy girl in some aspects of my cleaning routine)! I’ve used quite a few products that have never fully worked for me! But I must say Lush has been very good to my skin and I’ve come out with blemish free, smooth, lovely skin all the way around!

Lush skincare has an adapting period, it’s the same with Lush haircare. When I say adapt it simply means your skin has to grow accustomed to a moisturizer/toner/cleanser/etc…that’s has some to no preservatives! Your skin will thank you within a month’s time of developing a good skincare routine with Lush however it does need to a bit of time to work!

All my Lush is purchased from the Lush UK website! If you have the means to do so I highly recommend you too get it from there as well, shipping isn’t as expensive as you may think plus it actually evens itself out as the products UK side are cheaper and by the time you add in shipping you are paying equal or sometimes even less than an order you’d do here stateside. I find the products on the other side of the pond fresher, with a different texture, and just better all around!

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To go over my main skincare routine I’ll do a morning and a evening routine for you.

My skincare in the morning consists of:

In the Shower:
Baby Face All over my face
Rinse
Sweet Japanese Girl rubbed on my nose
Rinse
Ocean Salt Scrubbed all over my face (Three Times a Week no Coalface used the days I use Ocean Salt)
Coalface scrubbed all over my face (4 Times a Week No Ocean Salt the days I use Coalface)

Out of the Shower:
Prep Skin with Tea Tree Oil (If it’s a humid, hot day)
Prep Skin with Breath of Fresh Air (If it’s a cooler day)
Moisturize with Gorgeous (If it’s a summer day or hot day)
Skins Shangra La (If it’s a winter day)
Apply Makeup
Done

My Skincare in the Evening consists of:
Remove Eye Makeup with Lancome Eye Makeup Remover
Wash Face with Philosophy Purity
Rinse
Angels on Bare Skin Work Into Paste and Scrub Onto Face
Rinse
Follow with Fresh Farmacy
Rinse
Depending on how try my skin is I’ll use Skin Shangra La or When Hope is Not Enough as my night cream
Apply Enchanted Eye Cream
Done

It seems like one too many steps but in the end it does pay off! My skin has never looked so good thanks to Lush and I can’t begin to say how great the skincare line is! If you’re interested in trying it but not buying it you can stop into your local Lush for some samples of the products! They are happy to decant small amounts into tiny containers to take home with you to sample out! They’ll also gladly cut you off slices of Fresh Fharmacy and Coalface to try!

If you’d like to try the skincare routine out but not invest a ton of money they have some really cute portable skincare kits!

These kits are 19.99 and include a variety of skincare products to try out in mini size! Two Kits are currently available and they are for normal skin and combo/dry skin!

The kits are available stateside only so if you’re placing an order with Lush UK these are unavailable at this time! I’m doubtful Mark (Lush’s Founder and Owner) would even consider adding these to the UK lineup as he is big on minimal packaging and very conscious of the enviroment. These use a bit more packaging than the normal range of products which isn’t what Lush UK stands for! So..if you love these…you’ll need to do an order from Lush NA!

Please keep in mind all products from Lush expire within a years time! All products are very fresh with little to no preservatives added which give them a shelf life of about a year! I store my perishable Lush in a mini fridge I have for Skincare. Some items such as Angels on Bare Skin, Face Masks, and a few other bits are only good for about 4-5 months. I have found as long as you don’t get Angels on Bare Skin wet you can keep it around for a good 8 months or more!

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Fresh Farmacy Slices
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Fresh Farmacy Wet and Lathered Up!
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Fresh Farmacy is purchased in any size you want! Soaps and some skincare products are purchased in different sizes at Lush! It’s much like walking into a deli and asking for a slice of this or that! Soap is cut to your size specifications, weighted, wrapped and purchased! Fresh Farmacy comes in a large wheel and is cut to the size you’d like! Normally online the sizes are 3.5oz chunks which in my opinion is plenty enough to last you a good 5 to 6 months! When I get my chunk I cut it into slices and use the chunks one at a time. You can use the entire bar but I prefer small slices! Basically I use this as my last step of the cleaning process prior to moisturizing in the evenings! Some people feel that it leaves a film on your face afterwards and they use a toner to remove it but I don’t I just apply my moisturize and that’s about it! I like the film it leaves behind it makes me feel like it’s working! My forehead is somewhat oily and prone to small breakouts this clears it right up! If you have mild, medium, or even severe acne this is a great product for clearing up your woes!

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Coalface Wet and Lathered Up! See the little grains of coal?
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Coalface is something I use on a regular day to day base! I use it more days than Ocean Salt because I find it’s more gentle. Ocean Salt is more of a course scrub where as Coalface is more of a gentle exfoliator that you can use daily without feeling like you’re over doing it! It does indeed contain really tiny grains of coal in it and the smell may or may not appeal to you! I’ve grown to love the scent! It seems primitive but it’s actually very effective in drying your face up if you’re prone to oily skin and it’s also wonderful for any minor acne problems you may have! I use it on my entire face to scrub away flaky skin! I works really well but do be careful as it will dry your skin out a tiny bit more than you want it too! This is sold “off the block” and cut into sizes as I explained above with Fresh Farmacy.

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Awww she isn’t so sweet in this picture is she?

Ahh that’s better! Here’s what she looks like prior to getting wet icon smile

She’s quite a good piece of skincare for your beauty arsenal! I love nose strips! Use ‘em all the time and swear by ‘em! However, nose strips sometimes don’t always get the really deeply embedded blackheads and clogged pores on my nose! When they fail to lift that gunk away I turn to this sweet little girl to wipe them all away! She’s quite simple to use! Best $10 you’ll spend in this life! She has two sides, a softer side and a grainy hard side! Basically you swipe her grainy, hard side over your nose a few times you then flip her over and swipe her soft side over your nose rubbing in circular motions to get the grains working into your nose! This loosens any blackheads you may have and those little nasties will wash away with warm water! Presto! Easy as 1-2-3! This takes a bit of work and may even take 2-5 uses before you see them disappear but upon using her day to day you’ll notice less and less blackheads! Mainly she keeps to my nose area and the sides of my nose but some people choose to use her all over the face area! She’s too harsh for me to use everywhere so I stick to my nose!

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Ahh Baby Face! Sweet Japanese Girl’s little brother! This guy is the same formula as Sweet Japanese Girl minus the grainy bits! He’s smooth and melty and can be used all over your face for some much needed moisture during cold winter months when you skin feels just a little too tight for your face! He’s filled with lovely shea butter that melts upon contact with hot water! Some people choose to use him without water I find he melts better with it! This is perfect for rubbing in between my brow area where I get a bit of dry skin from plucking my brows! He’s quite greasy and oily but with a little hot water it’ll all wash away leaving your skin wonderfully smooth! He’s no good for you if your skin is very oily but if you’re a combo skin type or a dry skin type he’s perfect and he’ll love your skin! With Sweet Japanese Girl and Baby Face I stock up about 6-7 of these prior to April. Reason being is the weather becomes warm and these guys will melt pretty fast when shipped over! So be sure to get a nice little stash into your fridge prior to the warmer months!

Baby Face Prior to losing his face to hot water!

Both fit quite perfect in Lush’s shampoo tins! When I travel or I’m not using them I store them in one! Be sure you dry them out fully prior to slapping them in the tin otherwise you’ll open the tin the next day to a mess!

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Lush carries several facial masks in store which are very fresh! These masks last for about 2-3 weeks stored in your fridge but no longer! All are quite good! Mask of Magnaminity or MoM to her devotees is the only Mask that has a shelf life of about 3 months, can be stored in your medicine cabinet, and is sold via mail order (no other mask is)! I think MoM is so popular because of the scent. It smells like chocolate chip mint ice cream which makes it hugely appealing to the masses! Personally I’ve seen very little results in any skin improvements when using it! It is good for scrubbing away dead skin cells but aside from that I’ve never seen anything more. Some people claim it removes redness from their faces (I don’t suffer from this problem), unclogs pores (never did for me), and removes excess oil (nope still oily after use). I do purchase it randomly when ordering but not as a staple product in my skincare routine! I prefer heading to the Lush shop and picking up a Cupcake fresh mask which smells almost the same, rids me of oily bits, clears my pores, and makes my tired face feel refreshed! The only benefits to MoM is the scent because I’ve never seen it do much for me! Sadly, Lush Fresh Masks are available in store only! But if you happen to live in the UK, as I hope to soon, you can order these online and have them shipped happily to your door! Lush UK does NOT ship Fresh Masks to the US only to UK residents only (anything else it will ship to our little pond but not masks)!

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Angels on Bare Skin is advertised as a facial cleanser. Personally I couldn’t remove make-up with this even if I tried really hard! However, it is a wonderfully gentle exfoliater! I love using this after cleaning my face with Purity! Only a dime size amount is all you need! You take the small amount, add a drop of water, and rub, rub, rub until a paste forms! Apply to your face in circular motions and rinse! Gorgeous skin! This really helps me with any breakouts I have on my forehead and also prevents oily skin on my forehead area! Truly a lovely product! Big thumbs up!

Gorgeous
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Gorgeous is Lush’s most posh and pricey moisturizer! This costs about $70 per pot! However, it does last a year through, at least it does for me! $70 a year for a perfect pot of moisturizer isn’t too much to pay for gorgeous skin! Personally I believe that Gorgeous is perfect for all skin types. It’s super light and absorbs very quickly! Doesn’t dry skin out, doesn’t make your skin oily, it does what it says it’ll do which is make your skin gorgeous! It quite smells like Fruit Loops to me which I enjoy icon wink I’ve used plenty of moisturizers and this is by far the best I’ve come across! Keeps my skin very happy!

Skin Shangra La
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Skin Shangra La is Lush’s 2nd most expensive moisturizer but far cheaper to Gorgeous! It’s quite good as a nightcream but I use it mostly in the winter months because my skin is so tight and dry during the cold weather season! If you suffer from dry skin this is your escape to soft, dewy, blissfully moist skin! It’s rather perfect in all ways! But mind yourself and use it sparsely! A dab will do just fine! It’s super emollient which can cause mega oily skin if you aren’t careful with it!

Ocean Salt
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Ahh Ocean Salt quite a multitasking demon it is! It can be used all over your body! Legs, knees, elbows, and all those rough little areas that need a good healthy scrub! And of course, most important of all, it can be used to scrub away dead skin cells on your face! This works a perfect treat for getting your skin into a state of blushing perfection! I normally use Baby Face prior, rinse a bit, and on goes Ocean Salt for a good hardcore Scrub! This may not be good if you have sensitive skin so try a tiny amount prior to a scoopful! This contains all sorts of goodies! Real, fresh goodies! Coconut, Lime, Lemon oh my! It smells just like a Margarita! Prior to using your Ocean Salt I suggest taking a chop stick inserting it into the jar and giving it a nice stir up! The sea salt on top will be mixed in quite nicely that way! Great for clogged pores, minor pimples, oily skin, and more! As I said, quite the multitasker!

Ultrabland
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Ultrabland has disguised itself in this little jar! Shhhhh it’s actually Baby Face but in a different format completely! Not so solid but creamy now icon wink It’s advertised as a cleanser and is quite good at removing eye makeup and general gunk from your face but I mostly use it after cleaning my face with Purity! I use it about three or four times a week during winter months to moisturize my face! Take a tiny amount apply to face and rinse with hot water! Smooth beautiful skin! Not recommended for oily folks!

Two products pictured in my Happy Family shot that I haven’t taken close ups photos of but are worth mentioning would be Tea Tree Oil and Breath of Fresh Air!

Tea Tree Oil is perfect for getting your skin to behave itself when it wants to be oily! Spray prior to moisturizing and you’ll see your skin will be quite matte and wonderful for make-up application! Lasts all day on me and keeps my forehead from becoming a mirror!

Breath of Fresh Air I keep nice and cold in my fridge and I spray it on prior to moisturizing in the winter months! It’s perfect for prepping any skin type for moisturizer!

I think that about covers my favorite skin care products and how I achieve a good illusion of near perfect skin! I hope this helps you make the proper purchase for your skin! I strongly recommend trying Lush out for a week or two and see what your skin feels like after!

I want to know what you think! Do you use Lush now? What are your favorite skincare products? My comment box is at the ready!

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The Philosophy of Lipgloss

Once upon a time, not so long ago, a wonderful guy randomly said to me, “I like lipgloss”.

This is by far the cutest thing I had ever heard a straight man say. If a gay man had said it well we’d have tons to chat on and on about! But when a straight man randomly says “I like lipgloss” it’s almost a compliment really because it can only mean he’s really enjoying how it looks on your lips!

That little niblet felt like a good introduction to tonight’s blog because really I couldn’t agree with him more! I like lipgloss too (However, for entirely different reasons)!

Actually, if we want to be honest here, I don’t like lipgloss really. I LOVE lipgloss!

This is a quick little blurb about philosophy lipglosses! They are quite tacky, quite sticky, and quite thick but I do so love them for some odd reason or another.

Every season we see a new one or two popping up! I couldn’t be more excited to coat my lips in such exciting flavors as Candy Cane, Sugar Plum Fairy, Pink Lemonade, Muffin, Sugar Cookie, and the list goes on and on!

My little lot of philosophy glosses all happily getting to know each other!
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Delight of Delights new flavors are available now! Apple, Coconut Milk, and a few others have popped up for the summer!

I give credit where credit is due. And these lip glosses deserve a healthy thumbs up for being very emollient. These aren’t quite at the state of philosophy’s Kiss Me gloss, you don’t get that glide on super wet feeling. However, once you apply and your lips heat the gel you do get a somewhat good glossy feeling and a wonderful wet look! Unfortunately, to take away from it slightly, the glosses do feel a bit tacky and sticky on but the flavors are so awesome that you might want to just dive right in and grab a few to stick in your purse for quick touch ups!

And really, they can’t all be that bad if the guy you crush on randomly says to you “I like lipgloss”….philosophy must be doing something right when you hear those lovely words! Wouldn’t you agree????

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The Need for Shower Gels

I’m in such a good mood today I thought I’d grace you with my every lovely presense and present you with a blog of shower gels (It also helps that work isn’t busy and I can afford to procrastinate my way around a blog today)!

This is a very important topic of discussion so please pay heed and follow it well!

I’ve always questioned the amount of shower gel, soaps, fancy bits and bobs one girl needs for her bath and shower and I’ve come to the conclusion that we need many! An endless variety to pick and choose to suit our moods during our showers and baths!

Now I am no different from any other girl in I own an array of paraphilia that graces my washroom and overflows from my cabinets and shelves.

If my weight had anything at all to do with shower gels I fear I’d be guilty in overindulging in sweets, baked goods, fruits, and other guilty pleasures and treasures!

I’m a philosophy girl and I have been for many a fine year! I have cheated on philosophy the last few years with a small company called Lush but that’s for another blog and another day!

philosophy is ever near and dear to my heart!

Now philosophy is well known for it’s fabulous 3 in 1 shower gels and I beg you not to think too badly of me when I say I hate the “in the shower” experience! I’ve no aversion to smelling like candy canes, crumb berry pie, vanilla cream puffs, and the likes! So why oh why can’t the scent linger longer? Sigh! In the shower it’s so lovely and fragrant, step out and it’s gone, a forgotten dream of gorgeous scent! I wish they’d make a shower gel with good linger and throw something that would stay with your hair all day and cling to your body equally! How depressing!

But…still…I keep my pile of 3 in 1’s and happily use them daily!

Now to move forward slightly I should tell you that in all my years of buying these gels I’ve come across quite a few that stay on my favorite list!

Some that grace my MUST have on hand ALWAYS list are:

I have to go ahead and rant a tiny bit more. The fact that they have come out with some real shit 3 in 1’s the last year or so bugs me. Some that must be avoided at all costs in my humblest of humble opinions would be: Sugar Cookie (this smells NOTHING like Sugar Cookies! Who the hell approved this as smelling like sugar and cookies? All I get is LEMON!), Vanilla Cream Puff (Just GROSS and wrong in so many ways), Lavender Pound Cake (OH MY GOD I think I threw up a little in my mouth! GAG! Who’s bright idea was it to put lavender in a pound cake anway?)

Which brings me to the topic of Lemonade! They introduced Lemonade last year and boy was I excited to get my paws on it! My imagination took flight and visions of cool, tart, sweet lemons danced through my head as I made my way to Sephora.com! Upon its arrival the smell of Lemonade do not greet me as I had expect. This version of Lemonade has the weirdest off smell I’ve had the displeasure of sniffing! Very strange! How disappointing!

This year marked the year of fruits! They have come out with a slew of new fruity 3 in 1’s! Tangerine, Lime, Peach, Oh MY! But I’ve had none of it! I didn’t purchase a one! Once Bitten, Twice Shy by friends! I will not be compelled to order fruity bits and have them come to my door being as disappointing as Lemonade was!

But, by far, the piece Pièce de résistance this summer is Pink Lemonade! Yes, Yes I know what you are thinking! “She’s gone on a rant about Lemonade and now she excited about Pink Lemonade? What the hell is wrong with her?” I KNOW I know! But I can’t help myself!

The good news is that Pink Lemonache is exclusive to Nordstrom! We love Nordie’s exlusives don’t we?

I was smart this time around! I was having none of ordering online! I was prepared! I was sniffing before buying! My genius astounds me sometimes!

Upon arriving at the source of this exclusive 3 in 1 Shower Gel I was prepared for disappointment and despair but to my shock and utter delight THIS is what I had wanted and desired in Lemonade! Sweet, Tart, Lovely Lemons and Sugar Oh MY! Tis perfect! Just perfect! I want to take a spoon and eat the body butter from it’s very jar it smells that GOOD!

Finally you’ve gotten it right philosophy! Bravo! My highest rating for this yummy collection of goodies! This is by far my favorite of all the 3 in 1’s thus far!

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I went ahead and spoiled myself with the lot…now let’s see if we can convince them to release a hand wash in this scent and I’ll be happy indeed!


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Philosophy Pink Lemonade Collection

I just wandered home after a lovely dinner with some friends and noticed that my box from Nordies had arrived!

Weeeeeeee! Inside was the philosophy pink lemonade bits I ordered! I was discussing this new edition to philosphy’s line in a prior blog which can be found by clicking HERE.

I had originally purchased the 3 in 1 and after getting it home I logged right onto Nordstrom.com to order the other pieces of the collection!

I now have in my possession the body butter, hot salt scrub, and hand cream. Have no fear I’ve taken lovely pictures to share with you!

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I’m impressed with all the items in the collection and happy I went ahead and dove right in and got ‘em! I’ll go ahead and review the lot!

The body butter is the first for me, I’ve tried the philosophy body souffle before and never found them anything but sticky and gross! This made me weary of purchasing the body butter but I went ahead and did so after seeing it in store. I’m happy to say it’s sensational! It’s very light, very strong smelling, not greasy, and absorbs super well! The body butter is pretty new as they introduced it during the winter when they did it in the Apple scent. They have since introduced several more scents and I’m tempted to purchase a few because I like it that much! Overall I give it my best rating!

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In the picture below I’ve compared the body butter to the original body souffle. As you can see the body butter is a light, creamy texture and the souffle is thick and quite sticky when on! I’m so happy they seem to have faded the souffles out and are replacing them with these new butters!Picture003 400x300 1

The hot salt scrub is fantastic! The texture is quite like empowermint but not as thick as the gingerbread man or senorita margarita. It’s a very oily, liquidy scrub but works just fantastic! It smells postively awesome and it almost looks like a Pink Lemonade Slushie! It, of course, has that warm tingle that all of philosophy scrubs are known for!

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You can see in the picture below that empowermint and Pink Lemonade are pretty much the same texture!
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For some reason or another I always feel like the gingerbread man and senoirta margarita (pictured below on the right) are always more grainer and less oily than the other scrubs in the line!
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Finally I purchased the handcream and really what’s to say? It’s just as great as the rest of the line!

If you’re looking for a nice summer shower layering collection, this would be it! It’s truly a perfect 10!

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