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[Review] What’s that Smell?: Finding the Right Deodorant

I have a problem.

Stinky pits? Not quite. My problem is that I’m kind of allergic and/or sensitive to normal (that is, not “all natural”) deodorants and antiperspirants. As a result, I’m always buying a new brand and looking for a different deodorant/antiperspirant to use. When Influenster offered an opportunity to try Dove® Advanced Care Deodorant with NutriumMoisture™, I jumped at the chance.

(And yes, I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.)

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Exploring Natural Products: Malin + Goetz

Somehow, through some tragic turn of events, I’ve found myself without body lotion. As a person with relatively dry skin who needs to keep ashiness at bay, this has forced me to use every possible lotion I could find in the house. I usually stick to Jergens or St. Ives because they work the best, but there just isn’t any around. Bath and Body Works “smell-goods” aren’t going to cut it. This actually has very little to do with the point of this post.

Beauty products galore!

Lately, I’ve been trying to get rid of my acne for once and for all. Unfortunately, I’m not talking about this Acne. That, I’d love to have! 😛 To that end, I’ve become a little more interested in skin care and such. Influenster sent me a box of goodies to try:

Inside the box was:

  • Japanese Cherry Blossom body spray from Bath and Body Works
  • Dr. Scholl’s Ball of Foot pads
  • Sheer Cover concealer
  • Aveeno body wash
  • ChapStick LipShield with SPF
  • a Soyjoy bar
  • Sally Hansen Salon Effects nail strips

My absolute favorite in the bunch was the concealer. I am a faithful MAC user, and I was using their liquid concealer. It went on well enough, but it didn’t give me enough coverage. This concealer by Sheer Cover, however, goes on really smoothly. I put it on with a brush, then use my finger to blur out any lines that might show from the brush. It also has two colors so that you can blend it to the right shade that you need. I highly recommend it.

2NE1 – Follow Me


This video is pretty darn cool! It came out a few months ago, but I just saw it for the first time today. Apparently this group is going to try to make a U.S. début.

Anyway, the reason I’m posting this is because:

  1. It has some funny moments (Darth Vader in the house!);
  2. The song’s catchy, if you like pop;
  3. Their makeup is pretty cool;
  4. And they’re wearing some dope outfits, including some stuff we’d all recognize!


I just read this morning, via New York Magazine’s Cut Blog, that MAC has decided not to ship the RODARTE line inspired by Juarez, Mexico.

As I mentioned before, there was a lot of backlash on the internet due to the controversial nature of the Mulleavy sisters’ source of inspiration.  Read my previous post on MAC x RODARTE if you’d like to learn a little more about that. Now, MAC has released a statement that they will not release the collection, out of respect for the citizens of Juarez, and really, out of respect for all people. They will still, however, donate all projected global proceeds to groups that work to protect the women of Juarez.

Though it’s unfortunate that this whole debacle occurred, I’m glad that something good is coming out of this. (Also, I’ve held back from saying this because I didn’t want to take away from this discussion, but the collection was pretty ugly/unwearable.) Anyway, from the statement MAC released, it seems that they are still researching the groups that exist, so they know where to send their donations.

MAC x RODARTE: A PR Nightmare

I’m sure you’ve heard by now that MAC and Rodarte have paired up for a collection inspired by Juarez, Mexico, which was also the inspiration for Rodarte’s Fall 2001 RTW collection. The clothing collection was well-received, but there has been an amazing amount of negative backlash toward the limited edition makeup collection.

What’s the problem?

Briefly, the makeup products have names like “Factory” and “Bordertown.” There’s nothing particularly wrong with those words, but in context, they come across as callous.

When you pointedly name your makeup products about the climate in Juarez, it just seems that you don’t particularly care about what’s going on, other than it giving you inspiration to make clothes or makeup. There’s nothing wrong, in my opinion, with taking inspiration for art from tragic events, but it has to be done tactfully and respectfully. MAC and Rodarte missed the mark here.

Like Mother, Like Daughter

One summer, my mother, my best friend and I went on a trip to a Caribbean island. And, as everyone knows, one of the best things about traveling is duty-free shopping. My mom told me that I could pick out whatever perfume I wanted and she would pay for it.

I came back with this:

linstant guerlain mother

Apparently, it has notes of “citrus honey, amber, and magnolia,” which sounds about right to me. It’s pretty flowery, and you can definitely smell the citrus. I think it also has a baby powder smell, but that may be from one of the flowers.

Anyway, back to the story. My mom looks at the bottle, laughs and says, “I used to wear this when I was your age.” Peas in a pod.