Friday, July 3, 2009

Friday Fitness!!

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Let's all jump on the fitness band wagon. Hey if you don't like working out and sweating (yeah La Juana I'm talking about you) then find some other way to improve your health and fitness. Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, trying a new exercise class like yoga or a pole (yes I mean pole as in stripper) fitness class.
I'm in detox mode for the next week in an attempt to get rid of some of the toxins in my body. I will be eating nothing but fresh fruits and vegetables for the next 7 days skin and colon will thank me I'm sure. I am also considering doing the Master Cleanse for a week to 10 days after I finish my fruit and veggie detox, but I don't want to get to far ahead of I just feel the need to really cleanse my system and start to eat cleaner, healthier and bring exercise (and for me that means sweating) back into my life's routine.
For the next two months Fridays will be dedicated to fitness...hence the term Fitness Friday! And who knows...we may keep this as a regular segment here on The Flirty 40's! Lets all try to live healthier lives...good luck with your individual journeys, cuz I sure as hell need luck and help with mine!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Lush's Aromacreme Deodorant

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This is a prime example of why free samples are so important!! When I received my order from Lush Cosmetics they threw in a few freebies, one of which was a deodorant. I should start off by saying that as a general rule I don't like my deodorant to smell like anything...I have no desire to walk around smelling like baby powder or some odd mountain fresh scent. I should also mention that I am what I call a "stinky girl!" My sweat stinks! There is no such thing as a two day deodorant for me. If I were to go two days without showering my pitts would be ripe...hell I would be down right funky. When I wash my tops, tee's and blouses, I add a cup of white vinegar or baking soda to the laundry to ensure that no residual funk lingers and that the armpit area on my shirts don't turn yellow. I digress, but I thought that you should know that I take deodorant and underarms VERY SERIOUSLY!
Anyway the nice folks at Lush sent me a sample of their Aromacreme Deodorant. My main problem with this deodorant is that it is just to damn fragrant for my taste...note the product description:
Neutralizes odors with absorbent, micro fine scented powders. Aromacreme solid deodorant is a beautiful combination of micro fine powders in a moisturizing almond oil and shea butter base. It not only perfumes your armpits with exquisite flowers and neutralizes odors with absorbent powders, but it keeps your armpits soft and supple too. Take a small blob and stroke it onto dry underarms. It sticks, stays, and makes you smell lovely.

First let me give it its props...a little of this stuff goes a long way and for those of you who are concerned with having soft and supple armpits, this stuff is a keeper thanks to the shea butter and almond oil.
As a stinky girl my primary goal is to have my deodorant fight odor and this stuff will do just that, but its scent is way to over powering for me. You should not...I repeat NOT wear any other fragrance when wearing this's that damn pungent. I smelled like this deodorant all damn day! I could actually smell the floral fragrance of my armpits and the scent was not one I would have personally chosen as a primary fragrance and this deodorant acts as a primary fragrance!

The sample I got was enough for 3 applications...maybe even 4, and yes I wore the deodorant on 3 separate occasions. First because I am cheap and not going to waste perfectly good deodorant and second because I wanted to be fair in my review. For those of you who like heavy scented lotions, body butters and perfumes, you will love this stuff...otherwise I would say you should pass on this product. The good news is that you can go into a Lush Store or a Lush Counter and get a sample before committing to the $11.25 price tag for 3.5 ounces.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Questions Every Stylista Looking for a Steal Must Ask Herself

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Before you make that next purchase, there are a few things you MUST ask yourself. The savvy stylista NEVER buys before thinking and is ALWAYS in control of her coins!

  • Can I REALLY afford this?

I once had a friend tell me that she only buys something if she can afford to pay for it TWICE WITH CASH...and still maintain her current standard of living. She applied that theory to handbags, shoes, her car, her condo...everything. Look ladies, if you have to eat Mac & Cheese for the next 2 weeks because you bought a pair of Jimmy Choos...guess what, you couldn't afford it!! Take a lesson from Sex and the City. Before Carrie landed her book deal, she had closet full of fabulous clothes...and not much else. Unless you're creating the next great collection of American short stories, let's try not to end up borrowing money from friends to satisfy your shopping addiction.

  • Why am I paying full price for this?
In this economy there aren't a whole lot of reasons to pay full price for anything. In ANY economy, you should only pay full price for the following items (and only if you have no other choice):
  1. Skin Care & Makeup

  2. Jeans that ACTUALLY fit

  3. Any item that will be a staple in your wardrobe: Black Suit, Little Black Dress, Crisp White Shirt, Classic Black Pumps, etc.

  4. Hair Care

  • Before you buy anything you have to ask yourself the following three questions in this order:
  1. Am I buying this because it looks good on HER?

  2. Am I buying this because it looks good on me?

  3. Am I buying this because it's the new, hot trend?
If your answer to #1 is yes...I BEG of you, PLEASE make sure your answer to #2 is also yes. Not everything was made to look good on everybody. If your answer to #3 is yes, you'd better not be paying full price!

  • Why am I buying this fake ass handbag?
If you have to buy a knockoff, please scroll to the top of this post and see the first question you should be asking yourself. Don't settle for fake! If the label is important to you, save for the real thing!

  • What will happen if I don't buy this RIGHT NOW?
Ummmm...children will not die if you don't buy that scarf. In fact, you'll probably just end up wearing something you already own that's just as cute. Just like buying a car, always make sure to maintain your "walk away" power.

The moral of the story is...think before you buy. If your wardrobe is worth more than your house, you have a problem.