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Chanel Le Blanc Exfoliating Pre-Lotion

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You know the feeling of anticipation and excitement when you’re going on a first date with someone you’ve had a crush on for a while?  I get this feeling every time I try a much-raved about skincare product.  In the US, Chanel is known for its clothes, bags, and makeup.  But, in Asia, the company holds its own in the skincare arena.

If you’re over the age of 35, you know that exfoliation is a key part of maintaining a healthy complexion.  Most of us exfoliate in the shower or at the sink, moisturize, and call it a day.  Enter the Le Blanc Pre-Lotion Exfoliation Douce.  This continues the exfoliation process all day or all night (direction says to apply once per day) and is life-changing.  It has officially been added to my holy grail beauty lineup.  Unfortunately, it’s currently only sold in Asia so for those who live elsewhere, lobby your Chanel counters and get it stocked there!  (It would also be nice for me to be able to buy it in the States once we move back!)

Now, let’s get to the nitty-gritty.  Consistency is very watery but gel-like (I know that sounds like an oxymoron but bear with me)–think of an extremely fine/thin and runny gel-liquid.  Because it’s a “pre-lotion”, you’re supposed to apply this right before your toner–it’s the toner for your toner.  But since my skin is very sensitive and temperamental, I use it as a toner-alternative at night.  I use two liberal applications–first one with a wiping motion and the second one with a patting motion.  The first night impressed me.  Keep in mind that my skin is awful–I have lines, freckles, AND acne (what kind of sick joke is this, right?).  And although the product didn’t lighten my freckles and sun spots after the first night (nor did I expect it to), it did significantly soften my skin and give me a nice glow.  Not earth-shattering but I’ll take it.  After the second night, my face felt like a baby’s butt AND it glowed.  Getting one product to soften my bumpy skin is no easy task and this pre-lotion performs.  FYI, I also use the Le Blanc Healthy Light Creator Serum (not at the same time but during the day when I’m at home; I use the serum with a regular toner, which changes depending on my mood as there are several in my medicine cabinet).  So, there you have it–in a nutshell, I’m very happy with this product and every day my skin gets better from using it!

Hard as Nails

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So I tried but just couldn’t keep away.  I missed wearing nail polish and decided to get some formaldehyde-free top and base coats and painted my toe nails (my current top and base coats are not formaldehyde-free [and have been shown to cause birth defects in rats], which is why I took a hiatus from painting my nails).  I hate to admit it but I think the days of my painting my finger nails are over–it’s just not practical with my being pregnant and taking care of a newborn come December.  Ahhh…  Sure miss the smell and look of shiny red nails.  Speaking of nail polish, Christian Louboutin (my favorite shoe maker from my pre-pregnancy days) recently came out with his own nail polish line.  Is it worth it?  Many say yes (according to the reviews) but I think I’ll wait to see if I can get it as a gift ;).

Finally scheduled my hair appointment for Saturday.  My ends have been screaming at me for having put off getting my hair cut (my hair dresser will be disappointed when she sees me).  Restocked my favorite conditioner (at the moment, it’s Ojon Damage Reverse Conditioner).  Ounce for ounce, it’s less expensive than brands like Pureology and Kerastase (which I absolutely love) but works just as well.

We’re going to a wedding next week.  Hence, the haircut and painted toe nails (plus, I really missed wearing nail polish).  As for the outfit I’ll be wearing to the wedding, that is still in the works.  Funny how being pregnant makes for a more difficult selection process in terms of dressing up.  For those who are also pregnant, A Pea in the Pod (or Destination Maternity) is having a BUY-ONE-GET-ONE-FREE special on its sale items.  Not too shabby.