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Illuminate to look great

Ok y'all, this will be a quick one but I wanted to let you know about another beauty product on the market: the illumask

This product is available at WalMart (I know, don't judge me) for $29.95. 
It's a plastic mask with infrared lights, they offer one for acne and one for anti aging. I use the anti aging but find the lights do help with zapping acne as well. Although very bright the lights are not warm, this is a pain-free device. Here I am using mine: 


Back in the day I belonged to a fancy tanning salon that had the professional version of this. I felt my skin had that nice dewy look and I had less acne when I had a few sessions a week so I was excited for the home version made by the same company. Plus it has great online reviews. This temporary version is only good for 30 uses. It's recommended for daily use but I use a few times a week, basically whenever I can remember. The mask has eye shields built in and is worn like glasses, which at also built in. It's very…

Dermaplaning

Hello pretty people! Today was a very big day for me, I got my first dermaplaning! I've really REALLY wanted to get this done but will admit to being a little afraid to let a stranger scapel my face. To back up, let me explain dermaplaning: it's a facial procedure where an aesthetician uses a scapel to remove the top layer of skin. It's not as scary as it sounds, the blade looks like this (this is just a sample Internet picture, I never even saw the blade used on me)


Turns out, I had nothing to be afraid of, although not the most comfortable treatment it wasn't painful at all! My procedure started off with some nice aromatherapy and a hot towel. My skin was then cleansed and sanitized. The actual dermaplaning felt like sandpaper being lightly rubbed on the skin and took about 15 minutes. Basically the blade is run over the skin in small areas, I'm sure there's a technical name for this but that's what it feels like. After I received another hot towel and a …

My friends are Mommies

At some point between I have cried after a friend told me she was having a baby. Honestly, I was very very happy for her. I knew she and her husband would make great parents and I knew how much they wanted a baby; but I also knew our friendship would never be the same and the thought of that made me incredibly sad. It's selfish and I accept that but I also think it's a part of human nature to think about ourselves.

I read an excellent article on huffington post today that discussed in a very non snarky way what it is like to be childless. Every childless woman over 25 who hangs around groups of women knows the agony of sitting in a group being ignored and kicked out of the conversation when it turns to kids. Hello!?!? Did becoming a mother make you people lose your manners? It is very rude to talk about things that exclude people in front of them. But I sit, smile and try to contribute just to not feel like a 7th grade outcast, been there done that thank you very much. Oh, and…

More than a Bad Day

I know I said this was going to be "snark week" on the blog but while today's post is about something that has me all riled up it is something that isn't a joking matter. In general, I'm not a fan of posting on social media when a famous person passes away, I'm sorry folks but we're not all public figures who need to release a public statement when there a tragic event, it's odd to me but whatever. While many posts in response to Robin Williams death have been sweet and in fond rememberance I'm a little disturbed by what I've seen in my newsfeed expressed by several people - an extreme lack of sympathy / understanding of people suffering from depression.

I don't condone sucide, and I find one of the most tragic circumstances of death to be when one cannot bring the joy they bring to others into their own life. But calling it selfish or cowardly is incredibly cold and unnecessary. I think of depression like a cancer of the soul - sometimes …