Category Archives: BEAUTY

Radical Exfoliation: Clarisonic Pedi Sonic

CLARISONIC PEDI SETMy Clarisonic Mia broke right on schedule at the three year mark.  I swear they equip those things with an internal destruction timer.  For awhile now, I’ve been thinking the Mia isn’t cutting it in terms of power and exfoliating intensity.  Recently, Clarisonic rolled out the Pedi Sonic which has a larger base, a stiff brush attachment, and a metal disc head.  I’m annoyed by the exorbitant $199 price point, but decided to splurge since the device is returnable.  I planned to use it on my face.  I know some of you think that is insane.  I get it.  Truthfully, the metal disc mimics mild microdermabrasion without the suction.  The abrasive brush doesn’t really work on the face because of the super stiff brustles.  Save the brush for your feet.  My skin’s chemically sensitive, but resistant to physical exfoliation, so the hardcore Pedi Sonic option suits me.  For most, it will be waaay too abrasive.  For those brave enough to try, expect exceptional exfoliation.  Deep level shit.  Be careful, because the Pedi Sonic is strong and you could sand your face right off.  Do I have to mention not to use the same disc on your face as you do your feet?  As intended, Pedi Sonic works wonders on feet too.  My main complaint: the little fucker doesn’t hold a charge for shit.   CLARISONIC PEDI SONIC

it Cosmetics

BYE BYE UNDEREYEI received a tiny sample tube of It Cosmetic’s Bye Bye Under Eye concealer.  I immediately loved it and rushed to purchase a full size.  While at the Ulta, I also acquired It Cosmetic’s CC cream.  Yeah, I know, there are about fifty trillion BB, CC, and FU creams on the market right now, so what makes It so special?IT COSMETICS CC CREAM It Bye Bye Under Eye ($24) concealer works wonders face-wide, not just under the eye, and offers sensational coverage on blemishes too.  It CC cream ($38) provides exceptional sun protection, redness neutralization, and rich moisture.  I prefer It CC to Stila, Benefit, TheBalm, and Miracle Skin Transformer.  The moral of this cosmetics story is that I urge you to try those random samples because you never know the product treasure you might discover!    IT COSMETICS BYE BYE

bong buy


CAM00700Went bong shopping on a whim with Hil yesterday and she spotted this beaut on the top shelf of the head shop.  Meet Augustus Clarc Gus for short.  At 9 millimeters thick, Gus is one durable, bitchy, glass-on-glass queen.  He’s a sturdy, flamboyant, fat, flat bottom.  Dontcha just love rainbows?CAM00701Beyond mere aesthetics and charm, practical considerations influence the purchase of a bong.  First and foremost, the glass must be thick.  Pay more for a substantial piece that can survive life’s hard knocks.  The tube to base ratio matters.  If the tube is too short relative to the size of the base, water pulls up the tube resulting in that unpleasant toilet splashback sensation.  I prefer a bong that fits comfortably from lap to mouth enabling the user to balance the instrument hands-free. CAM00702Don’t be seduced by the megahuge gimmick hamster wheel bongs.  While fun to look at in the store, they’re impossible to clean and difficult to pass in a communal circle.  Some of those devices almost require you to mount them to get a good hit.  Trust me when I say they aren’t worth the trouble.  Besides, you’ll be sad you paid so much when one of your clumsy friends breaks it. CAM00703

When you find your perfect glass slipper, upgrade the slide as the standard issue bowls are almost always shitty.  Negotiate.  At many headshops, clerks have wide discretion with pricing and steep discounts are not uncommon.


minoxidil: i think it’s working

LADY HAIR LOSSSo I told you awhile back that I was experimenting with minoxidil to see if I could coax some regrowth from the front of my hair which I’m convinced is thinning (due to a hormone imbalance I suspect, I’m looking into it).  My preliminary research suggested that twice daily long term commitment was required, so I wasn’t expecting sudden results.  Furthermore, according to the instructions and warnings I’m doing everything wrong.  For one, I’m using the 5% intended for men.  It states quite clearly that the product is not intended for regrowth in the front or to combat receding.  I personally think this is bullshit because if it grows hair in one place it will grow hair elsewhere; some dudes are even using minoxodil to fill out their patchy-ass hipster beards.  Of six bottles of foam, I’ve exhausted one.  I’ve been devoted even though the twice daily application can get really annoying.  I do believe it is paying off.  The results are subtle, but I’m convinced the front is filling in thicker.  Call it the placebo effect or self-delusion, but I’m sticking with the program to see what comes of it.  minoxidil

generic clarisonic replacement brush heads

GENERIC CLARISONICEven though I love my Clarisonic, the replacement heads border on prohibitively expensive.  After eying the generic replacement brush heads on Amazon, I ordered to see if they measure up to the Clarisonic standard.  Considering Clarisonic replacement heads are more than 10x as expensive as the generic, the potential bargain is alluring.  So far I haven’t been disappointed.  I can tell no discernible difference between the generic and the Clarisonic, save the price.  Moral of the story?  Pocket your money and buy the generic replacement heads.  Change the brush quarterly.  GENERIC CLARISONIC GREEN

earring hole blackheads

LOBE BLACKHEADSIf you have pierced ears with no earrings in the holes go to a mirror right now.  Put your thumb on the under side and stretch the lobe so the pierced hole turns inside out.  Did a blackhead plug pop out?  Are you horrified?  I know.  Now turn your lobe the other way and get the back side blackhead plug.  Then go to the other ear and take care of business.  You’re welcome you filthy bitch.  EARBLACKHEAD


NAOMI CAMPBELL RECEDINGI’m trying a radical approach to see if it will work – minoxidil.  I don’t suffer from female pattern baldness, but my hair isn’t as full as it used to be.  Based on preliminary research, I suspect that minoxidil will trigger growth and lengthen the growth phase.  Against label advice, I am using the full 5% strength intended for men.  So far I haven’t noticed beard growth or anything, but I’ve only been using it three days.  Gotta use it every single day x 2 to make the magic happen, and apparently it takes time (90 days) to see results.  I bought the foam from Costco.  Barring any intolerable side-effects, I plan to use the full contents of the package and then reassess.  This experiment is a long-term commitment.  The product must make contact with the scalp to work effectively.  Minoxidil is a vasodilator, so it kinda fucks you up for a few minutes, but the feeling quickly passes.  KIRKLAND MINOXIDIL FOAM


A LA MAISON HONEYSUCKLEWith the fervor over sulfates, parabens, and other potential hazards in our products, the hunt for a good body wash can be downright frustrating.  Right now, I’m in love with A LA MAISON.  I know it looks like something you’d find in your Mom’s guest bath.  Don’t let that discourage you.  This super luxurious vegetable based soap has everything you want: suds, light fragrance, and moisture; and nothing you don’t: harsh detergents, and animal/toxic ingredients.  It’s also reasonably priced.A LA MAISON ROSEMARY MINT

Living Proof

JEN AND CHRIS LIVING PROOFDammit.  I already love Living Proof Prime Style Extender, and now I’m hooked on Living Proof Full shampoo and conditioner.  Do you think I want to love anything associated with Jennifer fucking Aniston?  I assure you I do not, but I cannot deny the otherworldly effects of these products.  I prefer wash and wear hair for my daily situation.  My hair goes up into a messy spinpin bun and down again several times a day.  Living Proof improves the texture, volume, and style of my air-dried hair.  Living Proof Full shampoo + conditioner + style extender + air dry = hair looks almost as good as if I finished with heat.  If I actually take the time to blow my hair out with Living Proof the results are major; add hot rollers = bombshell major.  I started this paragraph with the word dammit because Living Proof is pricey, and now I’m addicted.  I console myself knowing with Living Proof I can go a day between washings and still maintain bouncy bedhead.  LP makes my haircut look more expensive.  If Living Proof had nuts, I’d be swinging from them.  LIVING PROOF FULL