Thinking Pink…


Twenty years ago this past August, I lost one of my favorite people on the planet – my Aunt Helena – to breast cancer. I’ve been wearing an Estée Lauder Dream Pin this month in her memory. She loved makeup, and anything bedazzled (including denim).

To the end of her life, my aunt insisted on being in full hair and makeup before going out or receiving guests. Despite her illness, “dressing up” made it easier for her to “show up” and fight for her life.

She also loved the color pink, so I’ve been incorporating Origins’ Drink Up Hydrating lip balm in Pink Guava into my look this month. I love Origins’ products, but this one is especially dear to me because through December 31 Origins will donate $3.50 from every purchase of this shade to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, which Evelyn H. Lauder helped found.

Darlings, please be sure to take charge of your health through self-exams and regular check-ups. Early detection is key to fighting this disease! For more information, please visit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s website.



Get Glowing with Origins’ Modern Friction

You knew there was more to skincare than simply washing your face, right? 

After cleansing, I use a great exfoliator  twice a week to gently smooth away dead skin cells and refine my skin’s surface.    What I love about Modern Friction from Origins is that is works for all skin types.  I have dry, sensitive skin and have found that this creamy product is super-gentle; it’s promoted as “Nature’s Gentle Dermabrasion.”  It doesn’t “strip” my skin and leave it feeling thirsty, and I’ve never had any redness or irritation afterward.  In fact, my skin feels silky and has a glow; after moisturizing I even find that my makeup seems to apply better.  Modern Friction is available in a 4.2 ounces($37.50) and 1.7 ounces ($18.50), and trust me, a little goes a long way.

As for the ingredients, rice starch is used to refine the complexion, lemon oil boosts luminosity, bergamot and peppermint aromas refresh the skin, and aloe is included for its soothing and moisturizing effects.   Origins promotes the use of organic ingredients and essential oils to provide “high-performance” skincare, and the company is commited to “earth-friendly”  production.  Another perk?  Origins offers amazing free samples with purchase!

 We no longer have an Origins store in Birmingham (boo hoo!), but the product can be purchased online.  For more on dermabrasion, click here.  And remember, for specific skincare concerns, please consult a dermatologist!

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