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Something New: Dove's Shower Foam

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Dove Shower Foam Review

Have you run into the displays of this Dove Body Wash yet? They're at a lot of my local big box and drugstores suddenly. It's a bottle of body wash, but it foams when you pump it out. As much as I've been told and read that the lather doesn't matter when you're trying to get clean, I really love a great lather.

The bottle looks small, but it actually contains over 250 pumps of product. I use about 3-4 pumps for an entire shower, so a bottle will last for a long time. It comes out very foamy, with a nice light scent. I use 1 pump per leg, and 1-2 pumps for my body and arms. It definitely gets me clean, but it doesn't feel like it strips my skin of moisture. Instead, I'm just clean and my skin is soft.

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Why I'm Cleansing Twice: ExfoliKate Cleanser Review

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Exfolikate Cleanser Review

I've made no secret of my love of Kate Somerville. She's the esthetician to the stars in LA, and she has an amazing skin care line. Her products are a bit of a splurge for me, but they're well worth it.

One of my all time favorite products is her ExfoliKate, a green scrub that takes only a minute to work! It leaves my skin smooth and glowy, a tube of this stuff lives in my shower all time. I probably use it about once or twice a week, depending upon how my skin is doing. You can read my original ExfoliKate review, check out my 5 year blog anniversary ode to ExoliKate (which was 5 years ago now), or buy it from Sephora, Nordstrom or Kate Somerville. I don't even know how many tubes of ExfoliKate I've purchased. One tube lasts me about 10-11 months, and I've used it continuously for about 7 or 8 years. I even take it with me when I travel!

So, when I heard about the new Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Cleanser, I was at once excited about it, but also didn't really care. I love ExfoliKate! But, do I need both? Especially when I have already stocked up on Kate Somerville Detox Cleanser to the point that I will never need to purchase face wash again in my life? It's kind of hard to justify buying more expensive face wash when you own more Kate Somerville than most spas.

But, recently I was buying a few "staples", and needed another $25 to hit free shipping and a % off, so I went for the ExfoliKate Cleanser. I reasoned that it was free, so I wasn't really "wasting" my money, right? I would get to try it out, but I knew deep down that because it was Kate that I would probably love it. And I was right! I have already bought a "backup" tube to keep around, so I'll never run out!

ExfoliKate Cleanser isn't really a typical cleanser. It is a bit drier, and has some very fine and evenly sized grit. There's a very faint green tint, but it's pretty much just white. It has a light lather and rinses off super easily. It does not make my face feel overly tight or dry, just clean. I've been washing my face first with the Detox Cleanser to remove my makeup. I then rinse and wash a second time, using about a pea sized amount of the ExfoliKate Cleanser. It's just the right amount to wash my face, avoiding my eye area.

So, what's the difference between the two cleansers? Detox has Salicylic, Glycolic, and Lactic Acids, all of which help to gently exfoliate the skin and clean out pores. There are also a lot of soothing ingredients, like Aloe Vera and Allantoin, so it has been great for my mild rosacea. ExfoliKate cleanser also has Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid, but they've added in Pineapple, Pumpkin and Papaya Enzymes, and they don't have the added soothing ingredients. ExfoliKate Cleanser isn't harsh, but it isn't quite as gentle as Detox. I pay close attention to my skin, and if my skin is irritated I will skip a night of ExfoliKate Cleanser and my retinol cream.

Since I started using both cleansers instead of just the Detox alone, I've been pretty surprised in the improvement in my skin. It is smoother, my pores are smaller and I have had fewer blemishes. I saw improvement in my skin when I started using the Detox Cleanser alone, but I didn't expect to see this much change in my skin with adding in the ExfoliKate Cleanser. It's to the point that I have already purchased a second tube (I need a backup so I won't run out), and I'm ordering a travel sized version too.

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Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Cleanser at Sephora, Kate Somerville, or Nordstrom
Kate Somerville ExfoliKate at Sephora, Nordstrom or Kate Somerville
Kate Somerville Detox Daily Cleanser at Nordstrom, Sephora, or Kate Somerville

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Is Double Heating Better: Remington T Studio Thermaluxe Curlers Review

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Is Double Heating Better:  Remington T Studio Thermaluxe Curlers Review

I love hot rollers. They are fast and easy. I can put them in my hair in about 3-4 minutes, and then let them cool down while I do my makeup. Once they're out, they just need a quick tousle, a spray of hair spray, and I'm ready to go! However, since my rollers are aging, they don't get as hot. Over the last year or so the change in temperature has been very noticeable, and the result is that my hair falls flat by the end of the day instead of 2-3 days later.

So, I've tried a few new sets of rollers, part of my forever hunt for the perfect, effortless curl. Those other sets haven't impressed me much. There was a set that was much too heavy, one from the same brand as my beloved stand by curlers that simply didn't have enough curlers, so I'm hoping that the third time is the charm!

Is Double Heating Better:  Remington T Studio Thermaluxe Curlers Review
Is Double Heating Better:  Remington T Studio Thermaluxe Curlers Review

This roller set from Remington is a bit different, because rather than heating up only the roller, you also heat the clip! When your hair is rolled, you'll get more even and thorough heating, and a longer lasting curl.

You can see that the whole set comes in a double sided container, the roller slot vertically into their spots. There are 12 large 1 1/4" curlers and 8 medium 1" curlers. I haven't measured them, but I do feel like there is a shorter "rolling surface" than other curlers, so I need to use slightly smaller sections of hair. With other curlers I typically need about 18 to curl my hair (I have a lot!), but I use all 20 with this set.

Overall, I do really like this set. It is hotter than others, but doesn't burn my head. Heating the clip as well does make a difference with how long my curls last, I can get 2 days out of my curls. Because the curlers are larger at 1 1/4", the effect is more like a big, curly blow out than when I curl my hair with a curling iron. So, the first day it's curly, the next day my hair is big and voluminous with some waves.

I'm using the set quite frequently, but I would love it if Remington made a similar set with all 1" curlers, and taller/longer curlers so I could get a longer curl. So if someone happens to be reading this review.... please make some!

Is Double Heating Better:  Remington T Studio Thermaluxe Curlers Review

Here's what my hair looks like right after I take out the curlers. You can see that they add a lot of volume and while there's curl, my hair is mostly really big and bouncy. The curl will calm down quite a bit in about an hour, but the effects will last for a day or two.

Remington T Studio Thermaluxe Pro Series Hair Setter at ULTA

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The Beauty Spotlight Team: Marcia's Favorites

Today for The Beauty Spotlight Team, Marcia from Beauty Info Zone is sharing her most repurchased Holy Grail products!

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Add Some Matte: Hard Candy Turn Me Matte Review

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Hard Candy Turn Me Matte Review

When the weather starts to turn a little warm, I swear the oil production in my t-zone ramps up like crazy! I suddenly become very shiny, and it's hard to find solutions to mattify. There are a few primers out there that help, but I admit that I'm not a big fan of the feeling of heavy primers on my skin. I've tried milk of magnesia as a mattifying face primer, but the pH is pretty high, so long term this isn't a great solution for the skin. But, it definitely works!

Recently I received an email telling me about new mix in drops from Hard Candy. They can be used alone, as a primer or you can add them to your foundation, creating a matte look and absorbing oil all day. I found them that day during a quick trip to the store to buy groceries, and it was a no brainer to add this to my cart!

Hard Candy Turn Me Matte Review

The name "drops" makes it sound like the product should be liquid, but really it is a loose gel. It looks white on the dropper here, but once applied or mixed into your foundation it will be clear. It feels very light, and while it still is silicone, it doesn't feel as heavy as many other primers.

I've been using the drops for the last week or so, and I have noticed that they make me less shiny, though I wouldn't say matte, more of a semi-matte. The effect lasts all day, which I love. I mostly use the drops under my foundation, but I have mixed it in as well. Applying it directly to my skin has more effect and is localized, mixing it in is a softer mattifying effect.

The drops are only $6, so even though the bottle is relatively small, I'm sure I'll repurchase them over the summer when I'm having shine issues in my t-zone. Have you tried these drops yet?

Hard Candy Glamoflauge Mix-In Drops, Turn Me Matte are only available at Walmart
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