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Alba Botanica

Posted in aging, beauty, being green, products with tags on May 7, 2008 by erin

A few years ago I became suddenly aware I needed to take better care of my skin. It hit me like a ton of bricks at about 29. I’m not getting any younger and my skin will be with me until the day I die. I could either go about life as I had for the past 29 years neglecting my skin and one day cry over all my wrinkles or I could start doing something now to keep those wrinkles at a minimum.

I started with Mary Kay. I happen to like the product. It works for me and I like how my skin feels. My esthetician thinks it’s for old women maybe she’s right. For now my face is protected with this. Kelcey over at Mama Bird Diaries talked about Liive Botanicals, organic skin care. I may have to check this out and make the switch. I know she uses it and she is a fabulous New Yorker so it must be great!

That left the rest of my body, again sadly neglected against the sun’s harmful rays. I never remember to use sun block until I feel the sting of a sun burn or notice my skin turning pink. Too late! There’s already damage.

Then I stumbled across this: lotion and SPF 16 in one product by Alba Botanica. I am always looking to simplify my life. To me this is a no brainer. Hopefully my skin appreciates it as much as I.

Alba also makes some fab. lip gloss in coconut cream deliciousness. Tastes as good as it smells. The scent makes me feel like I’m on a beach soaking up the sun listening to the waves crash on the shore. I am also enjoying some snazzy shampoo and conditioner from them as well.

I did a little Internet research on this company and turns out Alba is committed to reducing their footprint to preserve and heal our planet for future generations. The don’t use any petroleum and use organic ingredients. Good stuff this Alba. I might have to use more of their products.

I just hope when I’m older I’ll thank myself for taking care of my skin early.


Posted in beauty with tags on January 4, 2008 by erin

I’ve never been what I would call a “girly-girl”. I don’t have great fashion sense, I usually wear what is comfortable and try my best to make sure it is still in style (at least within the last few years). I’m much happier in my jeans and sweaters and comfy shoes than pretty shirts and heels. I’ve always wanted to be one of those girls who has a wardrobe the size of Texas and looks cute every day but I finally figured out that wasn’t me. Nope, I’m a jeans and sneaks kind of gal.

I paint my nails maybe once a year and take it off the next day. I never go to the spa. I’ve never had a bikini wax*. I have had one manicure/pedicure-it was for a wedding in which I was the personal slave, er I mean personal assistant of the bride. It was nice but my nails looked like crap two days later anyway so why bother? The one thing I do is get my brows waxed once a month, I don’t know why this is the one beauty thing I’ve stuck to but I think once you’ve had a brow wax there’s no going back. Even if I try to do it my self, my brows end up looking like fuzzy caterpillars.

For Mother’s day last year my hubby gave me a gift certificate to a spa in my neighborhood. I thought how awesome I can use it for the next 15 brow waxes! But my esthetician keeps suggesting I get a facial and I’m wondering if she’s hinting that my skin could use a good scrubbing-I’m sure it could. I want to be the kind mom who isn’t obsessed with looks but also I don’t want to completely forget about myself either. I think it’s important to take care of ourselves because with little ones that’s usually last on the list. So I think I’m going to book my first facial. It’s a good way to begin 2008-with a fresh face-and I’m kind of excited. I hope I don’t get addicted to these too.

*As a side note I was going to get a bikini wax for the first time this summer. We were going on vacation with a group of friends so I thought I better look my best and that means down there too! But the trip was canceled so alas, no bikini wax. WHEW!!