Snacking on Clinique: Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm

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I was shopping on Sephora's website, one day (I have to shop on Sephora's website because they won't build me a store, where I live) and before I checked out, I went site sifting for bonus goodies and so forth. In the Rewards Bazaar was a 500 point box of little Clinique yummies, one of which was a snack sized jar of Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm. I've been intrigued about this product for a while, now so I sacrificed some points and tossed the box in my cart.

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Described as
A trasnformational, lightweight makeup remover that goes from balm to oil to milk to melt away every trace of eye and face makeup and sunscreen.

The balm is housed in a clear purple jar with a sleek silver cap. Tres Clinique. 

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 I have have really gotten into two step cleansing, lately and I have been enjoying Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm as step one in my cleansing routine. After using this balm, my skin feels clean and not at all tight or stripped. I could stop here and use toner and do the rest my skin care but I like to use another cleanser and my Foreo Luna to deep cleanse and massage my skin.

I do not use this cleansing balm to remove my eye makeup. The one time I tried it, my eyes were not happy campers so I use my usual proven eye makeup remover or micellar water first, as usual. Does that make my routine three step?

Do you use Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm? Have you tried two step cleansing? Want to hear something kind of nuts? Seven layer essence. Yeah, baby! Been playing with that one, lately. I'll do a post on it, soon and spill the deets.

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Less Frizz and Silkier Tresses with StriVectin HAIR All Smooth

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I am forever on the prowl for hair care products that can tame my wurly, frizzy mop and transform it into smooth, soft, shiny tresses. When StriVectin sent over their Frizz Control Line for me to test drive, I was delighted. Formulated with specialized ingredients like their NA114 technology and a Hydrosmooth Anti Frizz Complex, StriVectin Hair Frizz Control hair care is created to lock in moisture, replenish strands and reduce porosity to smooth and calm that wild frizz. Sounds like exactly what my crazy hair needed! Did it live up to my hopes and expectations? Read on.

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Let us begin with StriVectin Hair All Smooth Shampoo. This creamy white, lightly pearlized shampoo has a light, warm vanilla almond scent and works into a generous, cushioning lather to thoroughly cleanse my hair in just one shampooing then rinses away to leave my hair clean and fresh but not feeling stripped or squeaky.

Ingredients:
Aqua (Water, Eau), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Methyl Oleoyl Taurate, Fragrance (Parfum), Myristyl Nicotinate, Phenoxyethanol, Lauryl Glucoside, Coco-Glucoside, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyquaternium-10, Polyquaternium-70, Phospholipids, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Hydrolyzed Milk Protein, Oat Amino Acids, Benzyl Salicylate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool.

Next up is StriVectin Hair All Smooth Conditioner. This thick, creamy stuff spreads easily through my hair to saturate every inch. I could wish for it to be more slippy, especially for wet comb out but it does leave my hair feeling softer and bumps up shine and smoothness.

Ingredients:
Aqua (Water, Eau), Cetearyl Alcohol, Ppg-3 Benzyl Ether Ethylhexanoate, Fragrance (Parfum), Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Myristyl Nicotinate, Propanediol, Polyquaternium-70, Phospholipids, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein Pg-Propyl Silanetriol, Hydrolyzed Milk Protein, Oat Amino Acids, Phenoxyethanol, Dipropylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal.

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SrriVectin Hair All Smooth Frizz Control Mist. This is where the rubber meets the road. Wash and condition with the matching shampoo and conditioner and then spray this mist into my hair, add a little oil - I always oil my hair - and blow dry with a paddle brush. Why, hello, there, smooth, shiny, swingy hair! My tresses don't end up flat or limp; they still have their natural body and bounce but they are so silky and have that lovely swish! 

Ingredients:
Aqua (Water, Eau), Ppg-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Isohexadecane, Myristyl Nicotinate, C14-22 Alcohols, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein Pg-Propyl Silanetriol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Sodium Cocoyl Amino Acids, Polysorbate 60, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Dimethicone Peg-7 Panthenyl Phosphate, Propylene Glycol, Lactic Acid, Tetrasodium Edta.

I also received the StriVectin Hair All Smooth Overnight Anti Frizz Serum however, I can't use it because it contains a chemical sunscreen. Would someone please explain to me why a chemical sunscreen would be included in the formula for an overnight hair treatment? A serum we apply before we go to bed to lie, inert in the dark? Because it makes no sense to me. Anyway...

Ingredients: 
Aqua (Water, Eau), Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate, Myristyl Alcohol, Fragrance (Parfum), Myristyl Nicotinate, Acetamide Mea, Polyacrylate-13, Peg-8 Stearate, Hydrogenated Castor Oil/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Ptfe, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Panthenol, Polyquaternium-7, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyisobutene, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Paraffin, Bht, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, Polysorbate 20, Sericin, Laureth-7, Sorbic Acid, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Cetrimonium Chloride, Behentrimonium Chloride, Sorbitol, Sodium Cocoyl Collagen Amino Acids, Cocoyl Sarcosine, Wheat Germ Acid, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polysorbate 80, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Sodium Hydroxide, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Tocopherol, Hydrolyzed Milk Protein, Hydrolyzed Oat Protein, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Coumarin, Benzyl Alcohol.

Overall, I like the StriVectin Hair All Smooth Hair Care. It smells nice and with heat styling it makes my hair look and feel so silky and smooth and gives it that coveted swish I love so much. I do wish that the overnight serum didn't have chemical sunscreen in it so that I could have included it in my routine. Of the two StriVectin Hair lines I've been lucky enough to test drive, the All Smooth is definitely my favorite.

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LATHER Lavender & Bergamot Natural Deodorant

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Natural Deodorant is something that I've avoided using for many years. I've tried it in the past, only to have the stuff fail me terribly at the worst possible time, leaving me ill inclined to ever try it, again.

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I recently received Lather Lavender & Bergamot Deodorant Creme to take out for a test drive. Considering my prior not-so-fresh experiences with natural deodorants. I have to admit, I was wary of this stuff and I left it sitting around, staring at me, daring me to try it, for almost a month. Then, one morning after my shower, I thought, "What the hell? I might as well just get it over with." Yeah. I was that skeptical.

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Lather lavender & Bergamot Deodorant Creme is a Shea Butter and Coconut Oil base with fine ground Bamboo Stem Powder to help absorb moisture, Arrowroot Powder to give a dry, powdery-clean feel, Baking Soda to absorb and neutralize odor and Lavender and Bergamot Essential Oils to add a soft, naturally pleasant unisex friendly fragrance.

Ingredients:
maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) powder*, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter*, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil*, sodium bicarbonate, bambusa arundinacea (bamboo) stem extract, cera alba (beeswax)*, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil*, citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) oil*, mixed tocopherols (vitamin e). *organic ingredient

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The thick, fairly stiff cream melts quickly on contact with warm skin and is easy to rub in. I don't experience any rings or stains on my clothes and I love that it doesn't ever sting, after shaving. I do find this deodorant creme difficult to wash off. I can scrub with my mesh pouff and body wash and still have to finish wiping it away with my towel when I am drying off. Ugh. It's not a major thing but I'd prefer that it cleaned thoroughly away in the shower without so much work.

How does it perform? Well... Not bad, actually. As a hardcore antiperspirant user, I had to go through an adjustment period that almost made me quit and go back to my beloved Degree spray. I stuck with it, tho and after about a week of being convinced that this stuff would never work, it suddenly started to! I feel clean, fresh and odor free or odor minimal from one shower to the next and it is nice to be using a product that is better for me. Would I trust this deodorant in a high-stress crowd situation or a long, hot day out and about? Nope. I want the assurance of antiperspirant in those situations but for day to day, in the comfort of my air conditioned home or light activities, yeah, I go with it and it performs well.

You may be asking, "How long does a jar last?" Well, I don't know, yet. I've been using this deodorant consistently for almost a month and I just have a good dip in it; I think that it's going to last me at least a couple of more months. At $14.00 it's a little more spendy than the stuff I pick up at my drugstore but if averaged out over the amount used each time and length of time it lasts, I'd say the price isn't at all out of line.

If you haven't tried a natural deodorant before and are curious about it or like me, have tried it in the past and not been thrilled with the result, give Lather Lavender & Bergamot Deodorant Creme a try. You may be pleasantly surprised at how good it is.

Lather Lavender & Bergamot Deodorant Creme is cruelty free but is not vegan, as it contains beeswax.

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Fashion Flash and Giveaway Alerts



Fashion Flash is live and being hosted by Second Lives Club. This week's line up of articles offer the best in beauty, fashion. lifestyle for the forty-plus woman in the know.

Some of the ladies of Fashion Flash are hosting fabulous giveaways sponsored by Peace and Love Jewelry, Invicta and Evine Home Shopping Network so be sure to swing by all of their blogs to enter to win.