Thursday, July 14, 2011

Shiseido Sun Protection Eye Cream SPF 32

There are many contributing factors that lead to aging and unfortunately one of the first places you see it is around your eyes.

I started using eye creams around the age of 20, but I don't know if it did anything considering that was the time in my life I would bake in the sun for hours..sometimes with sunscreen and sometimes without.

UVA/UVA rays are the leading cause for wrinkles, discoloration, sagging, etc. While I realize that lifestyle plays into aging as well, the sun plays a much bigger role than we think.

I don't always use SPF in my daily lotion, but if it's not in there, then it is in my foundation. So I always have some sort of protection. I have been using the same eye cream during the day and night, but find that it is a bit heavy for daytime, so I thought I would try this instead. The reviews are wonderful and it's made specifically for the eye area.

Here's the description-

A rich eye-area cream that minimizes the appearance of wrinkles and enhances skin's radiance while providing exceptional protection against UVA/UVB rays. Protects the delicate eye area from UVA/UVB rays to prevent signs of premature aging. Minimizes the appearance of UV-induced fine lines and wrinkles and promotes resilient-looking skin. Concentrated cream texture defends against dryness. Contains rose apple leaf extract, an antioxidant that prevents the production of free radicals. Formulated with Light Diffusing Powder to give a brighter look to eye area skin.

Sounds great right?? I would take this with a grain of salt, but applying SPF will prevent damage in the future.

Had I known that my years of laying out on the beach and pool would catch up to me, I DEFINITELY would have done things a bit differently. And I do mean a bit since being tan when I was younger was more important than listening to your mother.

A little goes a long way in this little tube that retails for $32.50. You can find it at Nordstrom or Sephora.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

To My Readers

I really want to express my appreciation to everyone that has read and continues to read my blog.
I think I would probably write it if no one ever read it, but it's truly nice to hear that people actually enjoy it.
My favorite emails are from people who get inspired to try something new or get motivated in some area of their life.

This makes me very happy.

For the rest of the year I'd like to focus on getting my blog out there a little bit more, so if you like it and want to tell your friends, family, and co-workers I would LOVE it. And if you are reading this and haven't joined...well I like new readers and if you don't want to..that's okay too.

SnAcK TiMe

I love to eat. All the time. I have breakfast for dinner and chocolate for breakfast. Not all the time. But I eat whatever, whenever.

I have never been a picky eater, mostly because I had to eat what was placed in front of me for 18 years...not a bad thing, but not necessarily good either because I haven't met a food I don't like and it's just very difficult for me to say no even when I'm not hungry.

The most important thing I have learned about eating is to exercise portion control. It really allows you to satisfy your sweet or salt cravings in small amounts and that way you don't over eat when you have meals. I know that when I get super hungry (I am mean), I go to the fridge about 1o times. That is not a good thing for me or my waistline.

I try really hard not to keep many processed foods in the house, but sometimes if I don't keep some then I end up going overboard on ice cream or cookies when I am out and about. So it's good to keep a little I think.

Here's a little list of the foods I eat in between meals:

Nuts- Almonds are my favorite and I usually make my own trailmix with dried cherries and semi-sweet chocolate chips

String Cheese- Try to make it organic if you can

Carrots, Celery, or Peppers

Yogurt- It's almost always low-fat or no fat plain greek, but it can get boring so sometimes I add fruit (frozen mango chunks or berries are great) or sometimes organic cocoa powder

Turkey Slices


Pumpkin Seeds

Hard Boiled Eggs

Luna Bars

Zone Bars- These are my backup as I really love the Chocolate Mint flavor, but these have to much stuff I can't pronounce

Barbara's Bakery Cinnamon Puffins Cereal- I try not to eat much cereal because of the additives, but this one is not too bad if I need something crunchy and sweet, you can get this at Trader Joe's or Whole Foods

Mini Whole Wheat Crackers- I get these at Trader Joe's

Popcorn- I get the white cheddar from Trader Joe' is SO good

Almond or Peanut Butter- I like to spread it on crackers or have it with veggies

Hummus- Trader Joe's has a great spicy flavor

Smoothies with Protein, Flaxeeds or Chia Seeds, Almond Milk or Coconut Milk and Fruit; I sometimes have this as a meal replacement and add a little bit more ingredients to like yogurt or extra fruit.

I am always looking to add to my list and I try to keep it low sugar and high protein as much as possible so please let me know if you guys have any other ideas!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale July 15...and my Favorite Deodorant

Has it really been a month since I've posted!?!

Time seems to be going so quickly these days and I have had a very busy month. Thankfully things are slowing down so I can get back to what is truly important like shopping and blogging.

In all seriousness, I miss it when I don't do it.

It is no secret that Nordstrom is my go-to store for anything and everything under the sun. I even like their cafe on the 3rd floor for lunch and many times plan my shopping trips around eating.

This is normal right???

This is by far my favorite month. Not because I get to celebrate my birthday, but because the sales at Nordstrom this time of year are out of control. I tend to stock up on lotion, deodorant, gloss, etc in the cosmetics department. Unfortunately, most shoes I like never go on sale so I don't waste my time there and I love to look at the handbags, but I find that my favorite brands don't go on sale either and I'm not one to branch out in the accessory area. They say looking can lead to buying, but not if you know what you need and make a LIST and stick to it.

Today I went to stock up on deodorant. Who the heck buys deodorant at Nordstrom?? For the longest time I had no idea that you could until I tried Donna Karan Cashmere Mist about a year ago. I don't remember who told me about it, but I think they have it strategically placed by the registers sometimes and I may have gotten hooked that way.
It is fantastic, smells great, and reasonably priced. They are $12 each ($18 at Sephora), but they have a trio for $32 during the sale. And did you know that if you are a cardholder you can shop a few days before so you have priority?
Bulk items actually run out quickly since they tend to bulk items that are in in high demand. Feel free to read reviews online about the deodorant, it gets 5 out of 5 stars!

Today I was taken behind a pretty white curtain in the cosmetic department. It's a bit strange I'll admit, but you have to accompanied by an associate and have to be a cardholder.

Did that make my feel special? Not reeaalllly, but a little bit.