Saturday, August 4, 2012

For a Happy Face

I love, love, love getting free samples! I judge companies based on the presentation (please don't just send me a sample in a cheap envelope; that looks unprofessional) and the content (you know what's cool? Including a coupon) of the freebies they send out to their current/potential customers.

A packet of samples arrived from Mario Badescu today, and I have to say that they passed with flying colors! I had filled out the MB questionnaire - not even that long ago! - on my skin type and issues, and the company sent me a bunch of recommended products for my skin type. The set even came with a list of every item and detailed instructions for use.

At first glance, the samples seemed awfully tiny. I remember thinking, "how is there even enough here for me to try everything once??" Now that I've used them, though, I see that there's actually enough for me to try each sample for about a week! How cool is that?

Roommate S and I decided to do our skin care routine together tonight so we could sit around and sip wine in our face masks. Here is my Mario Badsecu routine:

The Enzyme Cleaning Gel, which was nice and light and made my skin feel very clean.

The Cucumber Cleansing Lotion, which didn't sting like I expect most astringents to.

Followed by a 20-minute wine break for the Drying Mask to set. The mask smelled really strange, but my skin looked amazing when I rinsed it off!

Finally, I wrapped up by applying the Hyaluronic Eye Cream, which I was pleased to note you need very little of for one application.

Result: I like these products! My skin feels great, and my only real complains is the smell of the Drying Mask. I can't wait to do the morning routine they recommend tomorrow!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Adventures in Clean

I've been watching the London Olympics with the roommates all evening while I work, and we just saw an intriguing commercial for a new Disney movie called The Odd Life of Timothy Green. The movie, about a mother who takes off on "the ultimate adventure in clean," looks very cute, and Jennifer Garner (who I love) plays the mom!

The commercial reminded me about the Frigidaire campaign currently in progress, to help promote the movie - and help out Save the Children! If you visit the Frigidaire Facebook page you can learn more about how the Frigidaire Affinity front-load washer can help you spend more time with your family than in the laundry room, how to remove common summertime stains, and how to give a free $1 donation to Save the Children. 

Plus, the Adventures in Clean app lets you turn your own uploaded photo into a personalized movie posted, which I think is really cool. As a bonus, all participants are entered to win a new Frigidaire Affinity washer and dryer set!

I don't have kids, but even I would be pleased to upgrade our washer so I can spend mess time messing with it and more time enjoying the company of my roommates.

Frigidaire has the following information on their page:

Parents know that some of life's greatest moments start in the dirt. Fortunately, the new Frigidaire Affinity© Front Load Washer delivers a better clean, so you can get the most out of life with your kids … and then get it out of their clothes.
Show us your favorite memory in the dirt to enter for a chance to win a signed movie poster of “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” and a new laundry pair1, every time you do Frigidaire will donate $1 to Save the Children's US programs.