Thursday, April 4, 2013

Review: Posh by Liz

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Despite knowing the importance of skin care, I've never been very good at making sure it gets done. Sure, I take showers, and occasionally use one of those pre-moistened facial cleansing cloths – especially if I'm sweaty. But a multi-step face-washing routine? Nope. I know I need to do better, but actually doing it hasn't ever been a high priority. And then the times I've attempted to start a routine, my skin would not respond very well. I've had new washing regimens cause breakouts. Or rashes. Things that never happened – or at least rarely happened – without washing. So, any new habits I've tried to create haven't lasted very long.

Somewhat recently, a few of my friends have started selling Posh products. I'll admit to being skeptical. This isn't the only product line to boast of its quality, pampering power, and general awesomeness. Although, when I heard about their Solid Hand Lotion Bar, or Handle, I was definitely intrigued. Still, honestly, not quite enough to shell out the cash for it, though.

Then my friends started selling, and my friend Liz reached out to bloggers she knew to send samples and write a review. I jumped on that immediately. In all honesty, I was more just wanting to help a friend than anything. (Remember, I'm a skeptic about this type of product!) But, I was excited to finally get to try it out.

Some key points about Posh Products:

  • Paraben- and paraffin-free
  • No soy, lanolin, or gluten ingredients
  • No sulfates (including SLS) or phthalates
  • Cruelty-free, meaning no testing on animals

Liz sent me samples of various products, including the aforementioned Handle. A few of the other samples I received:

  • Facial in a Bag (includes several products; more details coming below)
  • The Bombinator (bath bomb)
  • Chunk (bath bar)
  • The Saint (moisture mask)
  • Big Fat Yummy Hand Creme
  • Slather (body butter)
I started with the Facial in a Bag. This included Gender Bender, a detoxifying charcoal soap; The Stripper, a detoxifying body mud; The SugarFix, a non-greasy body scrub; and Sister, I'm a Poet, a non-comedogenic (meaning it won't clog your pores) body butter. There also was a bonus Make-Out Magic lip scrub, to finish off the facial nicely.

The first thing to impress me is that all of the products smell fantastic! They're light and pleasant, and just made me smile. When I was done washing my face, I loved how my face smelled. When I woke in the morning, my face still smelled wonderful, and my skin was so very soft. And best of all, no breakouts or rashes! The routine is quick and easy, and I found myself really liking it. I might actually have found a cleansing regimen I can stick with! 

The other products are great, too. I used the Handle on the backs of my daughter's hands, which get painfully dry during the colder months. Her skin is extremely sensitive, so finding stuff that works for her is not always easy. We tried it, and she really, really likes it! And it helped her hands tremendously. I definitely will be purchasing more of this as needed.

If you're looking to try a new pampering product, I highly recommend Posh! 

To order: Go to Posh by Liz and click the SHOP link toward the top right of the page. 

Special for Readers of Ramblings & More: Make sure to contact Liz (use the CONTACT ME link at the top right of her page) before you place your order and mention this blog post to get a special discount. You also can ask her for samples, if you're like me and prefer to try before you buy. Don't need to try first? Let her know, and she'll give you a free product or free shipping with your order!

***Disclaimer: I did not receive any compensation for this post. Any products reviewed were either sent to me free of charge in exchange for my honest opinions, or they were purchased by me and I just wanna share.***


Friday, March 8, 2013

Thoughts on Gratitude

Wow. It has been a really, really long time since I last wrote a post of substance. I have a huge list of excuses, but I'm guessing no one really wants to hear – er, rather, read – them! One small comment: No one warned me that kids become more time-consuming as they get older! I expected a bit more free time, but that's so not the case! LOL

As the title of this post suggest, I wanted to talk about gratitude. You see, I recently read a book, Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolates by Debora M. Coty. (Click on the link to read my review over on Proud Book Nerd.) Not surprisingly, it talks a lot about how to handle – well, more overcome than handle – your fears. It deals with many, many different fears many women face: death, losing a loved-one, failure, and many more. There are many strategies for working through such fears. I might implement many of them to my life. I might forget. But, one in particular caught my interest. A gratitude journal. A place where one can regularly focus on the positives in life. Coty specifically the people in life who make small, positive differences. The other driver who let you into the busy traffic lane. The helpful clerk at the store. The barista at Starbucks who shared some friendly chatter with you. The random strangers who kindly paid your bill when taking your children out to eat. Your mail carrier, who always handles your mail and packages with care. Or anyone else who's made a positive impact in your life.

I'm not sure I could daily do that. Maybe, if I sat down at the end of the day and ran through my day. Maybe not, though. As a stay-at-home mom, I have a somewhat regular (maybe even sometimes dull) routine that doesn't give me a huge variety of people I come across. It's just about the same people I see when I go by my daily life. Still, I know each one has made a difference at some point or another. So, I'm going to attempt to focus on the people. But, when I'm drawing a blank or feeling repetitive, I might just count my blessings. Either way, it's got to help me have more of a positive, grateful attitude.

I can't promise I'll do this daily. I'd like to, but I've rarely been able to really follow through on such endeavors.

So, for today, I want to express my gratitude to my parents. They did a small thing for my family that made a big difference. My 5-year-old daughter had her adenoids out a couple of days ago, and today a present arrived in the mail – just for her. A feel-better present. It brightened her day and made her happy, which in turn warmed my heart.

With any luck I'll be back tomorrow with more. Or at least sometime soon. Whatever the case, thanks for reading.

I do have a Posh review coming soon, so look for that.

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