Product Rave: Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate

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Every time I use Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate, I fall in love. Again.

It’s that good, folks. It only takes 2 minutes, and when I rinse it off, my skin feels so baby soft and just wonderful. Even with using my Clarisonic Mia 2, I don’t get that type of exfoliation and my skincare products go on even better. The morning after I use it, I always say “I wish I could ExfoliKate every day!” I wake up and my face always has cleared up some. Blemishes that were starting to come in, were rebuffed, and ones that were lingering have started to recede.

This particular mix of chemical and physical exfoliants is absolutely perfect for my skin. I use it 2 times per week, but I’m upping that to three. My skin can handle it and I need the extra help.

It’s seriously like magic, y’all. And for someone like me, who has problem skin, it’s a Godsend. I need ExfoliKate in my life. I started with a deluxe sample (Thanks, Sephora). From there, I bought what is referred to as the “travel size.” (It’s not what I use as a travel size. I use the aforementioned deluxe sample size for that. It stays in my travel kit.) The .5 Fl Oz size is a pretty pricey $22, but with the help of SwagBucks and Perk TV, it aint no thang every few months. I’ve had my current tube since mid-December and it’s still going strong. When it comes time to replace it, I’ll happily do so because ExfoliKate might be the first Holy Grail skincare product I’ve ever bought. For real! I’ve been experimenting with with skincare for decades. To just be finding a really, really good one now is kind of sad, but also kind of exciting!

I might just try to stack some gift cards and go for the larger sizes, like 2 oz or 5 oz. I’ve been watching QVC, in particular, like a hawk lately. The second I see either of those sizes available for Easy Pay, I’ll be alllllll over it. Easy Pay is bae. And so is Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate.

I Tried To Buy Comic-Con Tickets Today. It Didn’t Work.

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“You can’t go if you don’t try!”

This was my mantra since signing up for a Comic-Con Member ID last year. I’ve heard the horror stories about how hard it is to get Comic-Con tickets. And the Big Bang Theory episode, detailing the guys’ obsession with trying to get set up and into the waiting room, did not help.

But I knew if I didn’t brave the on-sale craziness, there’s no way I’d ever be able to cross Comic-Con off my bucket list. It’s not like you just decide to go, buy your ticket, book your hotel, and voila! The demand is infinitely more than the available supply, and that is what creates the insanity and fan fervor over trying to grab tickets (or badges as they are referred to, officially.)

It’s all about luck. And if you don’t have it, you don’t get tickets. It’s as simple as that. Everyone who is eligible to purchase, sits in a virtual waiting room and are randomly selected to go on to buy whichever tickets they desire. Getting to the waiting early doesn’t provide an advantage. You’re simply at the mercy of a computer program. Yippee?

My friend and I didn’t have luck on our side this year, but we’ll try again next year. What we really need is a famous actor/actress friend to let us go with them. That would make things super easy, right? Or maybe we should start a blog dedicated to a film/project that regularly appears at Comic-Con. Then we could apply for press badges. There’s something to that method, because my former blog, SwimStars.org, gained me free admittance to the Olympic Trials in 2008. A ticket that is far more expensive than Comic-Con.

Oh well. It was quite the experience, even though I wasn’t triumphant this year. I will get there some day. Hopefully!

Review: Kate Somerville EradiKate

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Holy smokes!

I started this post in September 2014. Since then, I’ve finished one full bottle of Kate Somerville’s EradiKate and purchased another. And the only time I did not use this product was when I was in Hawaii for a week.

Bottom line: I LOVE THIS STUFF!

I’ve been making a concerted effort to reduce my usage of Benzoyl Peroxide, which is what I used to use on blemishes. I used to apply some sort of BP product twice a day. But I’ve slowly cut down on that to the point that I only use a small part of it every other day, and only at night. A big reason for that is because I found EradiKate. (more…)

Oh, Hi There. Remember Me?

I know it’s been a hot minute since I’ve made a post, but there are reasons for that. No, I mean it!

First, I was having issues with my webhost. Almost every time I got an alert from Wordfence, I would log in to block the offending IP addresses. After a couple of days or doing that, I would get an email that my account was suspended for using too many resources. Now, I just ignore those alerts and haven’t been suspended. I guess my strategy of blocking IPs for trying to login to an admin account that doesn’t exist anymore (and thus keep my website secure) is out. That’s what I get for being proactive. I’m just tired of getting hacked, ya feel me?

Then I was considering moving to a new webhost. I actually have two backups that I can move to, in extreme circumstances. So, I was waiting to be “suspended” again, so I could finally make the move, but it hasn’t happened. As a result, I didn’t want to post too much, only to have to pack up and move. I know, weak excuse, but that’s what I was telling myself!

Also, I was busy planning and taking a family trip to Hawaii. This is a life long dream that we’d always wanted to take with my Dad, but sadly, he wasn’t able to make the trip. We celebrated his life and birthday while we were there. I will blog about it and share pictures and videos. It was a trip of a lifetime!

Lastly, I’ve just been lazy. I have ideas, daily, for posts. I even have a good number of drafts saved. I just haven’t sat down, finished writing, or pressed publish. Is it indecision? I have no clue. But I’m back! I have several beauty reviews to share among other topics. So, stay tuned!

How Have I Lived So Long Without A Roku 3?

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By the time I’d only had my Roku 3 for a couple of days, it had already changed the way I watch TV. And for that, it was love at first sight!

About a month later, here are my full thoughts on the device.

We have Time Warner Cable in our household. I’m not a fan of them, but they do a couple of things really well; 1) their mobile app and 2) unlimited data. I took particular notice upon learning Roku included the TWC App in their channel store. Chromecast didn’t. Apple TV didn’t. And, to my knowledge, Amazon’s Fire TV also did not.

A little background: I have basic cable in my room. And Time Warner takes a couple additional channels away from “basic” every year. Usually if I want to see everything our subscription has to offer, I have to relocate to a TV with digital cable, or whip out my iPad. I’m a lazy individual, so that hasn’t been an ideal situation. (more…)

Hackers Suck!

In the wake of the celebrity nude photo hacking scandal, I’ve been dealing with my own “hacking” situation. No, there aren’t nudes of me floating around the net. Of course, I’d have to have taken some for that to happen. Nevertheless, I digress.

I’ve been dealing with routine hackings into this very domain for the past few months. Every time I think I’ve got it under control, they find another way in, and start right up again. This weekend, I completely deleted my website from my web hosting account, and did a fresh install. That means, I only uploaded my old pictures and posts. I did a mass deletion of user accounts, and installed a fresh copy of all my plugins and themes.

I’m also looking into addition security through premium services such as Wordfence (I use the free version) and Sucuri. They’re pricy, but desperate times sometimes call for desperate measures!

So, I just wanted to let y’all know what’s been going on with the site, if you’d been trying to access it this past weekend. Things seem to working smoothly thus far. I’m still bracing myself for the next attack. Ahh, the life of a blogger!

P.S. Sorry for the serious drought of posts. I have ideas almost every day, and think I’ll write one, but don’t. I’m so easily distracted. It’s out of control! I’ll get better! Maybe I need to do a 2014 version of the #31WriteNow challenge to get out of this funk.

Bare Minerals Creeping Into My Skincare Routine

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Will you take a look here? Suz has been buying Bare Minerals products that don’t fall into the “makeup” category!

Y’all know I’m always glued to each and every QVC presentation of Bare Minerals. Well, this year, they introduced some new products that have caught my attention. I’m already a fan of the new liquid foundation (1, 2), but now some skincare items have made their way into my collection; the Biolucent Minerals Brightening Treatment and the Mineralixirs Facial Cleansing Oil.

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The Great Barefoot Turbo Fire Experiment

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It’s a Fitness Miracle!

Ok, let me back up get y’all up to speed on the situation. I have been putting off doing another round of Turbo Fire, my soul mate workout, because some of the HIIT workouts were hurting my feet. I took that as a sign to replace my workout shoes. It’s long overdue, and I don’t need any injuries slowing me down.

As I was researching shoes that would be good for my mostly flat feet, I came across a post on Shaun T’s website, where he talked about what he uses for his own program, Insanity. Turns out he often goes barefoot. And, as I read through the comments I noticed that a lot of others did the barefoot thing too. Shaun T recommended a “minimal” shoe, and lots of folks revealed that they wore Vibram 5-fingers for his workouts. A specific shoe Shaun mentioned was the Reebok CrossFit Trainers.

So, after the seed was planted in my head about barefoot workouts (in terms of impact, Turbo Fire is pretty close to T25 and Insantiy, especially the HIIT workouts), I paused my shoe researching and committed to a week of barefoot Turbo Fire workouts. Today was Day 1 and I did the HIIT 15 workout. This is a short one, but the 3rd segment of the workout always, without fail, makes me feet hurt. Doesn’t matter the shoe I use, without fail, the balls of my feet ache. Usually to the point where I have to either stop or heavily modify the moves. No bueno.

After finishing my workout, I am pleased to report that my feet feel fine. During the combo, where they’re usually on fire, I kept anticipating when the pain would start, but it never did! I was able to jump higher and didn’t have to take it easy at all. Pivoting was pretty easy as well! My knees don’t hurt, nothing hurts! As I write this post, 3 hours later, I’m still in shock.

I’m looking forward to doing some more workouts to see if those results are similar, but I gotta say, so far, so good! If my findings hold, I could save myself close to $100!

Do any of you do workouts barefoot? How’d it go for you?

Cleaning Up My Diet

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Actually, that title is quite misleading. I’m not a “diet” person, and I’m also not really doing a lot of things that people often associate with dieting. But I am making changes to what I put in my body, and that’s what I’m going to outline today.

Remember my post talking about decreasing my intake of Mountain Dew? I had to endure a 3-4 day caffeine headache to accomplish that task, but I did it. I now also get my 8 glasses of water in per day, comfortably. That was the next step I wanted to take after getting down to one pop per day. And it’s soooo easy to get water in when the weather is warm. The body simply craves it.

After that step, I decided I need to squeeze more fruits and veggies into my day. I actually like veggies and LOVE fruit, so it’s not a matter of not wanting to eat it. It’s more a matter of making sure I have lots of it in the house and reminding myself to eat it. (I don’t eat a lot to begin with.)

So, the other day, I went to the grocery store and loaded up on fruits and veggies. Got a couple of platters too, so I can do “drive-by kitchen snacking” when need be. So far, so good!

I’m not changing anything else at this time. I’m a big fan of moderation, and always have been. If I want a cheeseburger, I’ma eat a cheeseburger. But no, I won’t eat 3 of them in one sitting, ya dig? But I will share with you that I didn’t drink a Mountain Dew today. I subbed a pineapple mango smoothie for it. This wasn’t anything I actually planned today, but hooray for baby steps!

Did CVS Change Their Coupon Policy?

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I ask this because of an employee interaction on my most recent trip to CVS.

As an obviously valued CVS ExtraCare Card member, I get emailed coupons and X dollar off discounts on a weekly basis. Last week, I was sent a 30% off my purchase coupon. I usually get 20% or 25% coupons, so I was thinking about what I needed, so I could maximize my savings.

Well, when I got to CVS, I went to the NYX display because I wanted to get a coupon of their Slide-On eyeliners. That plan fell through because Jet Black was out of stock. In fact, it’s always out of stock when I stop by lately. An employee placed a stock re-order for me, so I guess next time I visit, it could actually be in stock.

I ended up grabbing something that I couldn’t use my coupon on because it was on sale that week. After the cashier told me that, I told her to just throw away my coupon since it was the last day it was valid. Then she told me to hold onto it because they take expired coupons. I said “What?!” and asked her for how much longer and she said “a couple of months, or so.”

Color me surprised. I mean, I only recently learned that Bed, Bath, & Beyond took expired coupons, but I didn’t know CVS did. Or do they?

Has anyone else had this happen to them? Does CVS really take expired coupons? I’m leaning towards the cashier not really knowing what she’s talking about, but maybe it is true. I’m going to hit up some other locations and see if I can get some more confirmation on this. Because this could be a game changer for me, seeing as how I get coupons emailed to me every week!

Chime in and let me know what you think? Has anyone else heard about this? Let a sista know!

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