Thursday, July 2, 2015

Jord Watch | A Modern Statement of Style and Function

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Jord. Swedish for Earth. Soil. Land. Accurate movements set in natural woods create modern timepieces that are as beautiful as they are functional.

Today I have to share with you their Ely Series  Model in cherry. This simple, elegant piece is modeled along the lines of the classic diver style with it's round face, wide, smooth bezel and link bracelet band. This lovely watch can stand alone and it stacks beautifully with bracelets.

The Ely model has a scratch resistant mineral crystal and a Citizen Myota quartz movement with date display. This watch is as accurate as it is lovely to look at. The watch, while splash resistant is not waterproof. You can get a little water on it wen you're washing your hands and it should be okay if you get caught in the rain but don't immerse it. As with any product made with natural wood, there will be variations in colour tone and grain pattern from piece to piece.

My Jord Watch arrived packaged in a paperboard box. I am seeing other blog posts featuring a wood presentation and storage box but I didn't receive one. Every watch has a warranty card and an additional card with Jord's social media information in it. Hanging from the band, affixed with a piece of natural twine is a small, round wood logo charm.

Jord Watches arrive on your doorstep bedded safely down on a plump, soft pillow to cushion it in transit and afford for a beautiful presentation for gift giving and storage, if desired.

Jord watch bands come in standard lengths for men or women. Jord will, at request and for a small fee custom size your band to your exact specifications. There is a "Size This Watch for Me" button for your convenience. I strongly dislike wearing anything tight around my wrists. I have slightly larger than "normal" wrists and I prefer my watch band to fit like a bracelet. Jord kindly fashioned my watch band to my requested length and it's just perfect.

Jord Watches secure with a double deployment push button clasp. Opening the clasp is as simple as pressing the small buttons top and bottom on the clasp. Depending on the size of your hand and personal preference, the double clasp can be fully opened or just halfway. Securing this watch to your wrist is as simple as folding the clasp down on it's self and clicking it firmly in place. I feel good about this clasp, it holds securely and I've never had an issue with it failing.

Don't be concerned about this piece being fashioned from wood. The interior surface is polished and feels smooth and comfortable against the skin.

Styling this watch is fun and effortless. I prefer to wear this with more causal outfits. I tend to live in jeans and easy, simple tops and this timepiece goes right along with whatever I choose to wear, that day. Here it is stacked with my Soufeel silver European style charm bracelet. The cherry wood makes this watch pair up nicely with gold and rose gold, as well.

The Jord Ely is available is four wood tones and is $129.00.

Stalk Jord on Instagram, visit them on Facebook, follow on Twitter for all of the latest as well as shopping their full selection of beautiful watches for men and women here. Jord Wood watches are a lovely indulgence for yourself and a beautiful gift for someone you love.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Two Jobs - One Tool! How I Get Smooth, Shiny Curls and Waves with the T3 Twirl 360

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T3 - The Science of Fabulous!

The T3 Twirl 360 has become one of my new favorite hair styling tools! Seriously, gentle reader. I am not blowing smoke up your skirt, here. With it's innovative design, crisp white surface and jewelry like rose gold trim along with the ability to smooth and polish while imparting the soft curls and waves I love to my frizzy, crazy hair this iron has earned it's place on my dressing table. 

The T3 Twirl 360 motion sensing, auto rotating styling iron is one of a kind. This baby boasts a patent pending gyroscopic, motion sensing motor. The ceramic and tourmaline coated, ionic infrared energy 1 1/4" barrel ensures even heat down the full length and creates shining curls and waves with the press of a button and a twist of the wrist. Using this beautiful and functional iron couldn't be easier or more fun. 

I'll tell you what isn't easy or fun. Using a flat iron to smooth and polish then try to curl my hair. I do fine with the straightening my hair part but in spite of watching a thousand YouTube tutorials and trying, trying, trying, yet again I just can't get the hang of curling my hair with my flat iron. I don't know where my disconnect is. I'm unwilling to further torture my hair trying to find it. I'll just use my T3 Twirl 360.

Operating the T3 Twirl 360 is not at all complicated. I had nearly no learning curve on this iron. I simply plugged it in and hit the Power button. A quick click and I have asked my iron to please twirl my tresses nice and slow and easy. This is a good setting for shorter hair and for beginners. Hold the button for a couple of seconds on power up and permission has been granted for the tool to put the pedal down and wind my hair up at it's max speed. This is a good setting for beauties with longer hair or those with a more practiced hand. Use the speed that is most comfortable for you. I feel the need... The need for speed. (Yes, I am aware that I just dated myself with one of the corniest movie lines. Ever.)

Adjusting the heat setting isn't rocket science, even tho my curling iron was developed using it. Rocket science, I mean! Seriously, this bad boy was designed using aviation technology. My inner nerd loves that. Once my iron is turned on, I simply double click the power button then click until the heat setting is at my desired level. The number of little lights glowing on the handle tells me the heat level. One light is the lowest setting and is appropriate for fine and very delicate hair or perhaps extensions. Five is full on, fire breathing dragon hot! You need some hale, hearty, mad healthy and strong hair to run at that temperature. Five is the heat setting, out of the box. I used this iron for the first time on five and wow! Way too hot for my colour treated tresses. I get on just fine at level three. I achieve the result I want and my hair isn't smoking and smelling a little singed, when I'm done. 

Once my iron is powered on and I have set my heat  level, it will heat up fast. I just wait for the little lights to shine steady and I am set to roll. Now, here comes the fun part, gentle reader. I first divide my hair into thirds, from the crown, down and clip up two of the big sections. I apply some heat protectant and a spritz of curl spray to the section left free, brush it through and pick out a tress the size of the curl that I want to create. Since I like to straighten a bit then curl, I press the hair in the mid length clamp on the barrel of my iron, run it down the length then I set it, once again in the clamp at the end, hold the iron up in the direction I want my curl to form and press the twirl button. As the iron spins my hair up onto it's self, I pull gently against it, putting a little torque on the hair to get a better curl and even more smoothing and polish. 

I like to leave my hair wound up on the barrel for about fifteen - ish seconds. To set my hair free, I press the wide thumb clamp lever, release the curl and spray it lightly with hairspray and place it back over my shoulder out of the way and move on to the next section of hair. If necessary, I can secure the curls back with a sectioning clip. I repeat this procedure, letting down each big section as I finish the last one until all of my hair is curled. I let my curls curls cool for a few minutes then gently brush my hair with my paddle brush and fluff a little at the crown with my fingers. Once I got the hang of operating this iron, the process goes quickly. I can do all of my hair in just a few minutes and I have the result I'm after; smooth, polished hair with soft waves and lots of bounce and body. 

Before: My hair is blown dry with the usual smoothing products. Still frizzy, pouffy and crazy looking. No bueno! Yes, I have inches of grey roots. It's been a while since my last salon visit. I tried to get in before I had to get this post up but what with one thing and another, nope... My colour is jacked. And the random daisies? One of my favorite old chairs that is sadly in need of re covering is lurking in my background. Trust me, you don't want to see that ugly thing! 

And my hair, after a quick go round with my T3 Twirl 360. See how it now looks like soft, shiny hair, not combed out steel wool? I could just do a happy dance! 

I really like this styling iron. It's easy to use, it's teched up just enough to make it a ton of fun to operate, it does it's job beautifully and it looks damned sharp, too! If you like big, soft curls and waves and lots of shine, this iron will be your hair's new spirit animal. 

If you are thinking that you would like one of these innovative curling irons for your very own, you can find them at Sephora

Check out T3 on Facebook, follow on Twitter, stalk them on Instagram for all of the latest in hair styling news and innovation. Peruse on YouTube for styling tips, tricks and know how.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Round Them Up and Read Them!

Hi everyone! It's time for the Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup. In the mood for a few good reads? If so, swan your way around the Internets and enjoy.

  • TheFabZilla: TheFabZilla shares tips to keep your lips in tip top condition all through summer.
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Beauty Junkees 5-Piece Large Kabuki Brush Set is amazing quality at an affordable price, and they are offering a very special deal to Lola's Secret Beauty Blog readers that you don't want to miss!
  • Beauty by Miss L: Best eyeshadow palette for this summer - Too Faced Sugar Pop Eyeshadow collection
  • Painted Ladies: The ISSAĆ¢„¢ By FOREO is the most high-tech toothbrush Sheila has ever used. Get the details on this new gadget!
  • I Know all the Words: Happy Hands head to The Face Shop for colour and care featureing Nail Packs & Gel Touch Nails
  • Color Me So Crazy : Do You Use a Pre-Cleanser? Check Out the Line From Borghese!
  • Be Happy And Buy Polish: Check out this summery chevron manicure by Jessica!
  • Chameleon Stampede: Mandy tried a lipstick duo from Smashbox and ended up with a great color to keep and one to share.
  • Notes from My Dressing Table: Erika talked Nail Butter in a rave review and shared some fun, coordinating nail art, too.
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison discovered a fabulous and affordable coconut body butter now sold in the US from NSPA, the number 1 day spa in the UK  
  • Relogy Skin Care | Pookie's Notes

    So... Why is a #driedoutoldhag who doesn't break out reviewing a skin care line for acne prone skin? Well, the answer is simple, really. I am a moron. I misread a pitch e-mail early one morning before I was fully caffeinated and this lovely stuff landed on my doorstep, shortly thereafter. Great. Not only am I a moron, I am a moron with a skin care line that I can't in a million years put on my face. Now what do I do? I could send it back, I suppose. Or... I know! I'll get Pookie (my twenty-something son who just looooves being called Pookie) to test it out! Pookie loves his mom. He'll be a sport.

    A little about Pookie (he has asked me to not use his real name or photographs online): Twenty-something, very fair, extremely sensitive, combo skin that is no longer actively breaking out but has large pores, congestion and texture issues because rather than using skin care, like most guys he "takes care of his skin" by letting his daily shampoo run down over his face ("It gets my face clean enough, mom!") and of course, shaving. Yes. I grabbed the products and my camera, fired off the necessary photos and the next time Pookie came to visit raid my refrigerator, I pounced. Being the solid dude he is, he agreed to use the products according to my instructions and report back.

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    Relogy. Inspired by the biology of your skin. This breakthrough acne treating skin care line, six years in the making, harnesses the power of natural ingredients to start clearing your skin, fast but gently without harsh side effects normally associated with acne clearing lines and treatments. Relogy is for anyone who experiences acne breakouts. Any level, many skin types. 

    A little about the products from the website:
    Dual Action Treatment Foam  (It's bubbly for a reason, not just 'cause it's fun.) This silky foam acne wash uses the power of oxygenated bubbles to penetrate deep into your pores to start clearing pimples immediately. This step also makes your skin look and feel softer, smoother and healthier. It's super easy too! Use it as a cleanser with rinsing, or just apply and let it dry!
    Skin Balancing Lotion  100% Natural Skin Balancer with Coconut Milk is the ultimate side-effect preventer. It fights dryness and irritation with a level of hydration that's just right for balanced skin.

    The Dual Action Treatment Foam is bubbly and soft. The Skin Balancing Lotion is silky, lightweight, spreads smoothly, sinks in readily and provides hydration without feeling heavy, greasy or leaving an oily looking sheen on the skin's surface. 

    Targeted Acne Treatment with seaweed extract is free with purchase and is intended as a spot treatment. Pookie got a breakout while test driving this line but he refused to use this serum. He is fussy about treatments after the discomfort of the acne treatments he endured as a teen. Consistent use of the cleansing foam was effective for him so I didn't push the issue. 

    So, how does this line perform? My observations of Pookie's skin after he went through the cleanser and moisturizer is that his skin is softer, a little more even toned. The congestion is greatly cleared and eased, pores are cleaner and appear smaller and a bit tighter. His skin texture is somewhat smoother. I have tried to get him to exfoliate but he refuses. His skin is just too sensitive and he dislikes discomfort so... It isn't happening. 

    Pookie's notes:

    Dual Action Treatment Foam "It's good. It got my face clean."

    Skin Balancing Lotion: "It's okay. My face doesn't feel as tight and uncomfortable with it. It's not greasy."

    Targeted Acne Treatment: "I'm not going there."

    When I asked him if he liked the experience of using this skincare, overall he said that he did. When asked if he would purchase, "Maybe. Do you have any Hot Pockets?" 

    If you have congested/acne prone skin I would say, this line is definitely worth giving a go. It seems to be effective, especially at clearing congestion. It isn't harsh, Mr. Sensitive Skin, himself gives it a good grade for gentleness. While my son isn't actively breaking out, he did get a zit that cleared quickly while using these products. 

    You can find Relogy Natural Acne Treatment here. The price is $49.95 every 60 days for an Auto Ship program. 

    Visit Relogy on Facebook and follow them on Twitter

    Relogy Acne Treatment skin care is cruelty free and vegan.

    I just went shopping, would you like a Hot Pocket? 

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    Thursday, June 25, 2015

    Exuviance Intensive Eye Treatment Pads

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    As you probably know, by now I am crazy about Exuviance skin care. Beautiful. Efficacious. Based in science, delivering real results.

    I shared with you my review in a Sample Saturday post my review of these extraordinary eye area treatment pads. I received one pair as a sample when I was sent another Exuviance product for review. I fell in love! And when I was offered the opportunity to get my grubby paws on a full size box of these little swoop shaped slices of skin heaven, well... Happy dances ensued.

    What Exuviance says:
    • Lactobionic Acid refreshes and soothes
    • Bionic treatment firms skin around the eyes, reducing appearance of crow's feet
    • Pro-Vitamins A, C, and E provide antioxidant protection and restore skin
    Exuviance Intensive Eye Treatment Pads firm and hydrate the delicate skin around the eye area. These single-use pads contain concentrated ingredients to provide maximum anti-aging benefits in a gentle formulation. Lactobionic Acid (10%) hydrates while it stimulates cell renewal and supports the dermal matrix, firming the skin and minimizing the appearance of fine lines. Pre-packaged in sets of two, our Intensive Eye Treatment pads are the perfect way to refresh, replenish and revitalize your eyes after a long day. Dermatologist and allergy tested. Fragrance-Free, Paba-Free. For all skin types.


    Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol, Lactobionic Acid, Glycerin, Polysorbate 80, Arginine, Retinyl (Vitamin A) Palmitate, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C Ester), Disodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben, CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 17200 (Red 33).

    What I Still Say:

    These Eye Treatment Pads are one of my favorite things! They make my eye area feel and look a little firmer, smoother... Dare I whisper it... A little younger? I get it... At $48.00 for a box of twelve applications, these are not inexpensive but I feel that they are most definitely worth it.

    Have you experienced the Exuviance Intensive Eye Treatment Pads? Do you feel that they are as mahvalous as I do?
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    Nail Butter for Naturally Beautiful Cuticles

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    Natural. Cruelty free. Efficacious. Nail Butter.

    Originally created over thirty years ago for a dental hygienist who struggled with keeping her thin, weak nails and her cuticles healthy, strong and well hydrated. This beautiful cream stimulates circulation to the nail matrix while moisturizing the nail bed and cuticle. With consistent use, you can see real results. Fast.

    Packaged in an elegant, heavy frosted glass jar with an adorable pink and white patterned black cap, Nail Butter is a smooth, medium/heavy density cream. A tiny amount is all you need to treat your cuticles and improve your nail condition. This butter spreads and rubs in easily and leaves a film on the surface of the skin for a while, sinking in over time to continue to hydrate and pamper. If you don't want to let the film remain, work the remainder into the skin of your hands and gently blot with a tissue or towel and get on with your day.

    My butter looks stirred because it is. My sample arrived on a hot Arizona day and it was a little melted and separated. A little time to cool down and firm back up a bit, a nice stir with a cuticle stick and it is back to perfect, buttercream goodness. And it had that pretty pattern on top that makes for a nice picture, don't you think?

    Here is the ingredients list. All natural, good for you stuff that is never tested on furry creatures, this is a get your cuticles gorgeous product you can feel good about buying and using.

    Let's talk a little about scent, gentle reader. Nail Butter is pungent. This cream contains Oil of Mustard and is lemongrass scented and the combo is pretty strong. Even my scent loving beak was asking for a little relief! If, like me you like the scent but find it a bit powerful just leave the lid off for a day or so, overnight and you should find it much more enjoyable. I did and I do, now.

    I had my Nail butter sitting open on my mani desk in my blogging room to air out and I was in my living room editing photos on my laptop when I heard a crash! and my cat came dashing out of that room, looking guilty. I went in there to find a mess on my table. My midi rings scattered all over the place, the bowl in which they live tipped over and my open Nail Butter jar was missing. I found it on the floor by the table and when I picked it up, there was a cat paw impression in the surface. That little shit had jumped up on my mani desk to get in the window to sun his carcass, stepped in my Nail Butter, freaked out, wreaked havoc and run for the hills.

    My cuticles are loving this stuff. Loving it. I have pretty good cuticles, anyway and this beautiful butter just makes them that much better! I have a little confession to make. I not only use Nail Butter on my cuticles, I use it on the backs of my hands. This cream is so effective, a little goes such a long way that a small amount, on the back of each hand well rubbed in deeply hydrates my dry, maturing hands. And I have to tell ya. I think that my hands look better since I have been treating them to a little Nail Butter. And at my age... That's saying something!

    You know what the lovelies at Nail Butter need to do? Take out the Oil of Mustard, replace it with a different, softer scented Oil of Something and package this stuff in tubes and market it as Hand Butter. Seriously. This needs to happen.

    I was inspired.

    I like Nail Butter. I like it a lot and when my sample jar runs out, I will be purchasing a replacement because I don't want to be without it. If you would like a jar of Nail Butter of your own, it is $24.00. I know. A little spendy but I use so little at a time that my jar of Nail Butter is going to last a long time, even with my using it on my hands, too. I feel that this lovely stuff is worth every penny.

    Visit Nail Butter on Facebook, follow on Twitter and stalk them on Instagram.

    Do you Butter your cuticles?
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