Monthly Archives: December 2012


Sunday with Ellie Goulding

Aim 2 Health My Daughter’s Hand & Body TheraCream

Last month my good friends visited and brought me some of their favorite products.  I love a little-known beauty secret, and I know you do too.  Perhaps you may enjoy Aim 2 Health My Daughter’s Hand & Body Theracream.  I know, I hate the name too, and I can feel you getting judgy about the packaging.  Let go of all the programmed expectations and accept this product for what it is – a damn delightful hand and body cream.

I enjoy the gliding slip of the application, the quick absorption, and the botanical base.  It is faintly and inoffensively scented.   I also appreciate it isn’t made by Procter & Gamble.

Product Ingredients: purified water, organic aloe barbadensis leaf juice, organic glycine soja (soybean) oil, urea, organic butyrospermum parkii (shea butter) fruit, vegetable stearic acid, cetyl alcohol (plant source), emulsifying wax (plant source), kosher vegetable glycerin, palmitic acid (plant source), potassium sorbate (plant source), phenoxyethanol (plant source), caprylyl glycol (plant source), tocopherol (natural vitamin E), organic aloe barbadensis leaf extract, organic azadirachta indica (neem) leaf extract, organic urtica dioica (nettles) leaf extract, organic juglans nigra (walnut) leaf extract, organic ocimum sanctum (tulsi) leaf extract, organic anthemis nobilis (chamomile) extract, organic calendula officinalis flower extract, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (vitamin C ester), sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), citric acid (from citrus fruit).

No product is without its faults.  Upon first application, the cream burns and stings any cracks in the skin .  The sensation quickly fades.  This stuff soaks in and leaves behind a powdery finish.  Some of you will enjoy the texture of the finish and some of you won’t, but regardless this stuff won’t leave your keyboard greasy.  When over applied, it does have the slight tendency to pill, so go easy.The eczema and psoriasis set loves this stuff, and I hear on good authority it is quite soothing for a cracked ball sack.  Aim 2 Health has an array of different products for you to peruse at their website  Worth a look.

Things I do that make no sense

I spend more on superfluousness in order to get free shipping. I turn my car stereo up so loud that I can’t hear my radar detector. 

I occasionally engage in road rage after yoga class.

Pre-Fall 2013: Oscar de la Renta

Bethenny dropped the sperm donor

In the least surprising news ever, Bethenny and Jason dropped the divorce bomb right before Christmas hoping to bury the story in eggnog.  Nice try.  We see you.  Here is the requisite carefully worded statement the couple released.

It brings me great sadness to say that Jason and I are separating.  This was an extremely difficult decision that as a woman and a mother, I have to accept as the best choice for our family. We have love and respect for one another and will continue to amicably co-parent our daughter who is and will always remain our first priority. This is an immensely painful and heartbreaking time for us.

The timing makes sense.  Best to file before that talk show money starts rolling in next year (though I strongly suspect that the rumored post-nup was indeed executed).  A completely baseless rumor floating around the internet was that Jason resented the financial agreement and it became one of many festering sores that eventually turned the whole relationship septic.  We all know that another point of contention in this relationship was Jason’s parents who will not be sorry to see Bethenny go.Want another tidbit of totally unsubstantiated gossip?  Rumor has it Bethenny doesn’t maintain her figure with a devotion to healthy eating.  Some say Jason was concerned how Bethenny’s laxative-loving behaviors might influence their daughter.  Again, this is probably just some baseless bullshit planted to discredit.  And you know I ain’t one to gossip, so you didn’t hear it from me….

Happy Dollidays

Murad Clarifying Cleanser

Murad’s really been pushing their “clinically proven” Clarifying Cleanser by giving away generous samples to the prestige beauty sites to disperse to qualifying buyers.  I’m such a sample slut, I made sure to qualify.  I’m almost through the tube, having used it on and off over the last few months.  Murad claims 92% of users experience a reduction in breakouts in the first three days.  I must be one the 8% leftover.  Peruse the ingredients and then we’ll chat some more…

Active Ingredient: Salicylic Acid 1.5%
Inactive Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Methyl Gluceth-20, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Butylene Glycol, Cimicifuga Racemosa Root Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Silver Citrate, Menthol, PEG-150 Distearate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch Octenylsuccinate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Polysorbate 80, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Methylisothiazolinone, Limonene, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Leaf Oil, Cymbopogon Nardus (Citronella) Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Fragrance (Parfum).

As you can see, the formula relies on Salicylic Acid which ain’t revolutionary, but Murad claims to have improved the delivery by encapsulating the ingredient for slow release.  Even if this is true, I’m doubtful a cleanser leaves enough of the spheres behind to make a meaningful difference.  When it comes to face wash, I’m a firm believer that most of the beneficial stuff ends up swirling down the drain.  The sudsy clear gel provides a menthol-medical experience – think luxury Sea Breeze.  Some will find it drying as I do.  When used with a Clarisonic, a few drizzles on the bristles creates a foamy face washing experience, but the suds can be quite irritating to the eyes.  Personally, I prefer a gentler, simpler wash with fewer harsh ingredients.

Sunday with Eddie Vedder