Sunday, September 30, 2012

20% Off Zuneta & Omorovicza

Around this time of the year, it can feel like there are dozens of sales to keep track of. (Sephora Friends & Family, when are you arriving?) Here are two niche beauty sales that are ending today.

First, Zuneta is celebrating its fourth birthday with a 24-hour (jeez!) sale. Enter BIRTHDAY for a 20% discount. Zuneta is a wonderful place to stock up on Rouge Bunny Rouge, and this time I finally caught the elusive Solstice Halcyon eyeshadow in stock. I've also had my eye on RMS Beauty for a while, and I used this opportunity to pick up some of its Lip2Cheek shades.

Second, today marks the final day of Omorovicza's week-long 2 for 20% off promotion. I have been exploring this luxury Hungarian thermal water skincare line for nearly a year now, and every single product that I've tried so far has amazed me. My favorite powerhouses are the Copper Peel, the Radiance Renewal Serum, and the Complexion Perfector BB SPF 20.

The line has been rolling out several new products: the Perfecting Lip Balm (which I put on overnight), the impressive-sounding Intensive Hydra Lifting Cream, and the Blissful Frankincense Oil (which I just ordered).

I don't think it's possible to go wrong with Omorovicza. Are you taking advantage of either sale?


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sunday's Mask: Honey Girl Organics Rejuvenating Mask

Sunday night often finds me indulging in an at-home facial. It's how I mark the end of the weekend while tricking myself into relaxing for the dreaded Monday morning. But then I also like to do a couple of masks in the middle of the week. Really, I'm just addicted to facials. Of course I ought to start a weekly feature on my favorite masks.

The star of this inaugural post is Honey Girl Organics Rejuvenating Mask.

A honey mask? was my first reaction when I saw this jar on the shelves of my co-op. Well, it makes sense. Honey is good for you when eaten, and royal jelly has long been recognized for its rich skin-boosting nutrients. Indeed, I've used moisturizers that contain royal jelly; I just never thought of slathering it on my face as a mask. I picked the jar up for a bit over $25.

Honey Girl Organics is a line that utilizes organic raw honey and other bee-based products from Hawaii. According to its copy, the Rejuvenating Mask enhances collagen production and stimulates new cell growth. It softens and moisturizes while providing the skin with the nutrition it needs to look and feel its best. The ingredient list almost fits on the fingers of one hand: organic raw honey, French green clay, organic diatomaceous earth, Hawaiian blue green algae, royal jelly, propolis.

I gave the mask a try last week, and was delighted.

First, the mask is a bit tricky to apply. The directions advise you to leave your skin slightly moist, because the consistency of the product itself is so sticky. I over-dried my face slightly, and found it difficult to spread the product evenly all over. Eventually, I managed it.

The stuff looks like something out of a green smoothie, doesn't it? The smell is very strong: a sickly-sweet mixture of honey and algae, but after a couple of minutes it dries down to a pleasant honey scent. Following the directions, I left the mask on for fifteen minutes (and marveled at how horrifying I looked with slick green goop on my face) then washed it off with lukewarm water. The mask came off easily, and I could feel granules rubbing against my skin.

The result was clear, soft, plump skin. My pores were cleared out, and that slight wrinkle above my left eyebrow had utterly vanished. Most amazingly, my naso-labial folds appeared significantly shallower. It was as if someone had come along and filled them in. I can name perhaps only two other products that have accomplished such a thing, and both cost considerably more than $25.

The next day, my skin felt and looked even better. Honey Girl Organics has made a convert out of me. Their Rejuvenating Mask is one of the best facials I have come across, dollar for dollar. Honey truly is a miracle ingredient from nature.


Sunday, September 16, 2012

White Pleats and Demure PVC

I apologize for my nearly month-long absence. The best I can do is call it an impromptu sabbatical. I am still in the process of trying to define my blog, my voice, my focus. In the meantime, though, there's no reason for me not to continue posting about whatever delights me. Thank you for staying with me, everyone.

As a high school teacher, I always love the first day back to school for its fresh sartorial start. Here's what I wore for the occasion:

The skirt is that billowy, perfectly pleated Jil Sander creation that popped up in every color on SS12 runways. The shoes are Oscar de la Renta's marvelous leather-trimmed PVC sandals.

Topped off with a J. Crew shirt in French blue, this outfit walks the line between office desk and tea party.

Does this outfit delight you too?

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