Foreo Luna Mini sonic face brush review

Hello Readers,

A lot of craziness has been going on and once again I’m behind on my blog posts. So let’s get into review.

Foreo Luna Mini

Price: $99, other models range up to $199.  I believe all models are currently on sale for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

Where to buy: Foreo website, Sephora, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Macy’s

Skin type: This model is recommended for all skin types, other models are geared toward specific skin types.  I have combination skin with occasional eczema flare ups.

I bought the Foreo Luna Mini in late December 2015 and I’ve been using it daily.   As you can see from the pictures, the brush has a half clam shell design and is covered with different sized silicone touchpoint nubs that gently pulsate to cleanse the face.  This model has two intensities depending on your skin needs and gives a subtle beep indicating when you should move the device to a different part of your face and a double beep when one minute has passed.  The cleansing time is one minute but you could use it for longer.  You can apply a cleanser to your face or directly to the brush itself.  It is really a simple, effective product to use.

Other highlights:

  • It’s cost effective. My old Clarisonic face brush required an additional $100/year minimum investment due to the fact that you have to change the face brushes every few months.  With proper care, this brush should last several years.
  • It’s more hygienic.  The body-safe silicone nubs are easily to clean and won’t harbor bacteria like a standard nylon brush, washcloth, muslin cloth, etc.
  • Amazing battery life.  I’ve charged the brush twice since I’ve bought it: the initial charge and a recharge in late June.

I would say within about two to three weeks, I noticed an improvement in my skin.  Even other people started to notice that my skin looked clearer and more vibrant.  I really love this brush.  I love that my face is getting a deep cleanse minus the abrasiveness.




 

 

 

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Skin Care Challenge Update: Products I will no longer use

Hello Readers,

The main objective of the Skin Care Challenge that started in December was to create and maintain a skin care routine because we’re adults who should have a routine, we live in a polluted area, and we have occasionally stressful lives.

As I mentioned in my last post, I have eczema and acne-prone, combination skin.  A product that is great for my acne might cause an eczema flare-up and vice versa. At the start of the challenge, my skin was just static. A major step in the challenge was getting rid of products that do not work. I read a ton of dermatologists websites, looked at other blogs, and read information on Paula’s Choice/Beautypedia to find information on skin care ingredients.

So to clean up my routine, I’m no longer using any product with a bunch of essential oils and/or fragrance. Due to my eczema, my dermatologist had me switch to fragrance-free laundry detergent and dryer sheets a long time ago.  I don’t know why it never dawned on me to do the same for skin care.  So any product that I had from Clarins is out.  In the recycling bin, it went. Philosophy Purity Cleanser is also out.  I have a lot leftover and it will be used as makeup brush cleanser.  It has too many essential oils.

Also, I stopped using soap bars like Cetaphil or Dove on my face.  They are fine for body cleansers, but the fat content in the bars can be an issue for acne-prone skin.

Tis all for now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lifestyle Challenge Updates

Hello Readers,

I have so many posts to write and I’ve been too distracted/lazy to get them out. I look at a computer all day at work and honestly I don’t want to look at one when I get home. I just need to make more of an effort.  Without further ado, here are the latest updates.

Bring your lunch to work challenge:  I’m still doing great on this challenge.  I’ve had days where I’ve forgotten my lunch or didn’t want what I had, but I’m still bringing my lunch to work at 95% of the time, so that’s win-win for my health and savings.

Finance challenge: I refinanced my house at a lower rate and saved myself two months of mortgage payments. I put my tax return into savings. I got a raise at work! Bam!  Of course, my retirement accounts took a huge hit due to the damn market free fall.

Fitness challenge:  I’m still going to the gym.  My aunt and my best friend think that I don’t eat enough.  Another friend says that my face looks thinner and stomach looks flatter.  I also did a two week diet cleanse to really kick start my fitness goals.   I’ll be writing a review on that cleansing product.

Skin care challenge:  This challenge has been the most difficult. I have acne-prone, combination skin and eczema.  One little ingredient can set my skin aflame or cause a massive breakout.  There are dozens of skin care companies out there.  I’m just glad that companies like Sephora, Nordstrom, and Space NK are so damn generous with samples.  I have a ton of product reviews posts to write.

Right now, we’re still working on these four challenges.  Maybe in May, we’ll add another challenge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January Lifestyle Challenge: Fitness and Finance!

Happy New Year, everyone!

I hope that everyone had a great time during the holidays.  So a new year is upon us and there are more ways to become responsible adults.  As part of our attempts at successful adulting, we’ve been doing ongoing challenges.
For January, we will have two much needed challenges to follow the holidays: Fitness and Finance!
Fitness Challenge:
  • Workout at least 3 times a week
  • Log your workouts.  You’re more likely to hit your goal if you track it.
    • You can do pen and paper, the Fitbit app has a built-in exercise logging, there are other apps like My Fitness Pal.

Finance Challenge:

  • Make a monthly budget. Write down daily spending.
    • By writing down daily spending, it really shows you where a lot of frivolous spending in your budget is. You have to monitor cash, credit, and debit down to the penny.  No exceptions!
    • Use January’s spending to gauge if you need to redo February’s budget.
  • Rebalance all of your retirement accounts and investments.
    • Increase your contributions if you can.
  • Rollover or combine retirement accounts from old jobs if you haven’t already done so.
    • Fidelity makes it really easy to open an account or process a rollover.  I hear Charles Schwab is nice as well.
  • Set up a savings goal if you haven’t already done so.
    • Have money automatically transferred to a savings account every time you get paid.

Good Luck 🙂

Don’t forget our other ongoing challenges are:
Bring your lunch to work:  I’m doing marvelous.
Skin care challenge: I have room for improvement.

December Lifestyle Challenge: Skin care!

Hello Readers!

I can’t believe the year is almost over.  2015 was an interesting year.  I’ll write more about that on my end of the year write-up.

One great thing that my friends and I started were little challenges to improve ourselves.

The first challenge started in October. We had to bring our lunch to work every day. Since October was a success, we continued the challenge into November and now we’re going strong into December.  It’s healthier to bring our lunch and we’re saving money.

It is so deeply ingrained in me that I need to cook and have groceries available for my breakfast smoothies and lunch that I’m back on a grocery shopping schedule.  Yay for adulting like an adult.

We have an additional challenge for December.  It’s the skin care challenge!
For the rest of the month, you need to take care of your skin.  Which includes, but is not limited to:
  • Creating and/or maintaining a morning and night routine with products appropriate to your skin type
  • Moisturizing after bathing
  • Exfoliating: face and body
  • Drinking a minimum of 1 liter of water per day
  • Aiming for 6 to 8 hours of sleep per night
  • If you wear makeup: clean your brushes and sponges regularly and use appropriate cleansers to remove the makeup at the end of the day.

Here’s to going through December silky smooth and well rested!

August Challenge and 6 months with the Fitbit Fitness Tracker

I can’t believe that tomorrow is August 1 and that as of today, I’ve had my Fitbit for 6 months.  I initially bought the Fitbit because some friends and colleagues had them and it seemed like a great way to track my exercise.

If you don’t have a Fitbit, I highly suggest that you get one because these things are awesome. Just wearing it makes me mindful of my activity and I just find ways to move and be active.  As well as keeping tracking my steps and other physical activities, the Fitbit can also estimate my calories burned and my sleep activity.  The sleep tracker has worked wonders for me.  I was really overestimating the amount of sleep that I was getting.   Now, more often than not, I’m going to bed at a decent hour.

Now on to August Challenge:

Two weeks, I got sick from a stomach virus and I felt horrible for like a week afterwards.  I went to the doctor.   I told the doctor that even with exercising, I still feel tired all of the time.  I’ve also been working without a real vacation for months, but I digress.  So I might have IBS and I’m going in for a physical in few weeks.

In the meantime, I’m going to try a fitness challenge for the August:

  • No red or white meat.  I will stick to fish or eggs for animal protein.
  • Drinking water and homemade tea.
  • Climb every mountain: I’ve joined a friend’s stair challenge.  At least once a day, we take the stairs back to our office.  I’ve been doing it sporadically this month.  I want to do it every work day in August.
  • Exercise, exercise, exercise!
  • Get some sleep.  According to my Fitbit weekly report, I’ve been sleeping less and it shows.

Hopefully, this challenge will refresh my system.

 

 

 

Challenge Update #1

So far, I’ve had two dates with the same guy and they were fun.  I shall see where this leads: relationship, friendship, or please get the hell out of my sight.

Ignorant Online Message of the Moment:

Hello, you have beautiful eyes.  However, I’m sure that’s not the first thing people, well men, notice about you.

My response:

 

 

Ah L’amour!: 30 Dates in 2014

Hello Readers,

I will be embarking on a dating challenge with my friend and fellow blogger CJBookWorm.  It is called 30 Dates in 2014.  They say that INTJ women really come into their own during their 30’s and I’m hoping that’s true.  I was really emotional and sad about relationships going downhill in my 20’s.  Now, I’m just like “Fuck it. It didn’t work. Find someone else.” Also, I can enjoy my alone time and still want to find a companion.  They’re not mutually exclusive.

So, I created an online account on two dating websites.  I don’t get the meet-cutes at the bookstore or the grocery store like others.  And I read Why Men Marry Bitches and I’ve been embracing my INTJness.

So…

Happy Dating…hopefully.

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