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review: dove dry spray antiperspirant.

{6 varieties}

lately it feels like i've been transported back to my mid-90s middle school gym locker room -- all my friends are talking about spray-on deodorant.  my instagram is filled with pictures of the chicest ladies i know touting the stuff.  dove has joined the re-introduction of the spray-on antiperspirant category with dry spray in an array scents and types (pictured above).  

i've been testing dove dry spray sensitive for past week, and am loving the updates to the product compared with the spray-ons i used eons ago when i first started to wear deodorant.  the newest formula is a completely dry spray -- meaning it doesn't run down  arms or require any down time before dressing.  like many newer antiperspirant formulas, this version is meant last 48 hours, and while i don't get quite that much wear-time out of it, it definitely works for a solid 24 (very busy) hours.  and of course, the thing i've always loved about spray-ons -- since they never make skin contact they are easy to share --sorta it's own weird form of friendship bracelet.

available at drugstores nationwide for approximately $6.50.


review: erno laszlo white marble treatment bar.

{raising the bar}

perhaps only erno laszlo could convince me a bar soap is refined. 

the white marble treatment bar is a bar soap meant for face (insert shocked face emoji)!  the brightening cleanser is designed to help fade discoloration and bring out radiance.  since i desperately want a refreshed spring face to go along with the uptick in temperatures, i've switched out my usual wash for this bar morning and night, with surprisingly quick results. 

while the results are good, my favorite thing about the bar may be the elegant black and white soap dish it comes housed in.  i plan to save my favorite trinkets.

$45 at ernolaszlo.com.


how to remove stains from nails with baking soda.

{lo bosworth and i like to get arm + hammer manis together}

baking soda is one of those products that's like, "show me the problem, and i'll find a solution."  it can be used for pretty much anything.  however when arm + hammer invited me to come to paintbox for a manicure using baking soda (and to meet lo bosworth!), i wasn't really sure how the multi-purpose powder would tie in.

turns out the brightening powers of arm + hammer baking soda are great for lifting stains off nails.  smokers or dark polish lovers can end up with discoloration on their tips, which luckily can be removed with a simple of potion of baking soda and water. 

how to:
  1. mix arm + hammer baking soda and a small amount of water into a gritty paste (approx 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water).
  2. brush the paste onto nails.  this can be done with finger tips, a nail brush or even a toothbrush (though not a used one!).
  3. leave in place for 3-5 minutes (depending on how stubborn the stains are).
  4. rinse, and proceed to manicure!

bonus:  the gentle exfoliant also buffs cuticles.  i love!


review: lush cosmetics d'fluff shaving soap.

{strawberry fields forever}
i kind of thought i was done with shaving gels.  i haven't really used one in years because most razors are now equipped with a moisture strip, and it's so easy to substitute conditioner or creamy body wash for shave gel.  a few months ago i received lush's d'fluff strawberry shaving soap and tucked it in my shower to be tested without giving it much of a second thought.  it slowly but surely won my heart, and now i find myself looking for an excuse to use it.

this mix of strawberries, rosehip oil, coconut oil and maple syrup reads like the ingredient list to a beloved signature cocktail.  the combination creates a scent that makes me smile -- no matter what my mood is when i enter the shower it's automatically lifted by this sweet jam-y scent.  the somewhat thick texture is great because it stays in place (rather than rinsing away while you are reaching for the razor) and gives it a more substantial soap-y feel.  like, i feel like my legs are actually getting washed in the process.

$9.95 for 2.5 ounces at lushusa.com.


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