Thursday, January 29, 2009

So, ummmm......


I've got nothin'.......nothing to talk about at all.

And once? Lisa from Coastal Nest said I could write about shampoo.

So I will. Well, not shampoo, but skin care.

Because I have no shame and will bore you to tears if that's what I have to do.

I'm not afraid to roll my sleeves up and talk about personal hygiene.


See - the girls and I always touch on this type of info when we get together....which is about once a month lately, thanks to Liz.

She's our event planner.

Our "Julie the Cruise Director", if you will.

You know from my last post that we just got together last weekend.

This time we were discussing how to save the world Proactiv knock-offs and wrinkles.

Lynnie and I are Proactiv users.

Well....we should be, but we've both run out and it's not exactly convenient to purchase.

( i.e. you can't get it at Target.)

((Since Target is the only place I ever go besides work and home? Any place else is out of my way.))


I've bored you all with my love of Proactiv before. It's not drying, it gets rid of my horrible 39-year-old pimples....yada, yada, yada.

But the basic set is $40 and not convenient to purchase.
And what with the economy the way it is, we're trying to economize all we can - Right, Girls?

So I mentioned the Neutrogena knock-off of Proactiv to the girls and Lynnie went right out to buy it:

That, my friends, is called "Takin' One For The Team".

I didn't want to try it and find out it wasn't as good as Proactiv. Then? I'm wasting $20 on it and still having to buy the Proactiv.

So Lynnie stepped right up and slapped some of this on her pretty, pretty face. I'll keep you updated, but so far she says it's working great (I think she bought it on Sunday.)

Now - on to Liz.

Liz went to Walgreens and looked for the Neutrogena, but found this instead:

And you know what she says?

She hasn't had any new breakouts!

Again! Taking one for the team.

Liz has been kind enough to give her girlfriends daily blemish updates via email. I'll keep you posted whether you want me to or not if you're interested.

Okay...the other thing we discussed: a collagen mask Liz found via her Mom - a skin care guru.

It's a package of 2 collagen face masks (for $5) by The Face Shop, which is a popular Korean brand.
Liz and her Mom swear by it and they have no wrinkles.
And they're Korean.
So I'm listening to them.

Lynnie already tried it and loves it, though she believes she looked like Hannibal Lechter during her treatment and pretty much scared her husband Brian to
death. But - really. That's a small price to pay for supple skin, don't you think?

And don't worry: Brian's a cop. He's a tough guy. I'm sure he recovered in no time.

Next post: Shampoo. I'm sorry.


Musings From A French Cottage said...

Oh my gosh, I LOVE this post! I have been thinking lately that I need to try something different. Nivea Q10 is just not cuttin' it anymore for the wrinkles. Or maybe it's that I'm not very consistant with my use of the product...hmmmm...Anyway, I'd love to try the collagen face mask. Where do you buy The Face Shop products? Or is that the name of the shop?

Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I appreciate your kind comment. I have really enjoyed reading yours and I'm going to add you to my favorites. Have a great day!


Martha said...


I'm a bad blogger....I've added a link for you, though!

Liz and Lynnie got these at Walgreens - they are sold there exclusively.


Suzy said...

Oh, Martha. You KNOW I need to know these things. I have forever in my whole existence tried to find something that will take the zits away. Now, if only Canada had a Walgreens....

Gordostyle said...

Love it... keep me posted! I'm in the "need-to-know."


Gordostyle said...

Too frickin' funny... my word verification was "using." Like... I DO need to "use" this type of face stuff for my nearly 36 year old zits. That have more often than not -- hit my neck and chest these days. Will they keep moving down the line until they hit my toes? And then finally be gone? If so, I'll take it.


Cutzi said...

Man-o-man-o-man. Why does it all have to be so complicated. I haven't been having zit problems lately... but I have been having wrinkle problems. Dang cold weather. My neighbor is an esthetician (I don't think I spelled that right) and she recently recommended DHC products to me. They're a little spendy but not terrible - and pretty natural - I think I'm going to try it.

I cannot even tell you how excited I am for next week!! WOO HOO!!!! I can't wait.

Cutzi said...

And speaking of zits... any suggestions for zits on your butt? Or am I the only one who gets those? Yowza!

Did I really just type that?

Kat said...

ROFL! Thank you for the entertaining post. The things we go through for our skin! No zit issues here but Im at war with wrinkles. Im going to try that mask immediately! Maybe I will wear it all day. I could get some alone time and smooth skin.

Dawn said...

I'm just laughing thinking of all the Google hits you are going to get by people looking to buy Pro-Activ... wouldnt that be cool if your readership increased dramatically? Then we could make it a weekly article - checking in on everyones pimples. And the crowd goes wild!

Oh, and I can't get the thought of pimples that are 39 years old out of my head - as in you have had that pimple for 39 years... "my 39 year old pimple)... damn, that sounded so much funnier in my head.

Can't wait for the shampoo... you need to quiz us on our favorites too, so that we can pick up some ideas from the comments section.

And - Leave In Conditioner? How often do we do that?? Burning questions, Martha....

Laurie said...

Very educational post. If you really want to save money, just mix a little Cetaphil or Target knock off and mix with a bit of baking soda-amazing cleanser and mild exfoliant-your skin will feel amazing. Try the baking soda with any cleanser and you will notice a difference.

Michelle said...

Ooh, great post. I was using 2.5 % benzoyl peroxide for awhile (from, and it works pretty well, but I was sick of having bleached out towels and pillow cases. So I tried the Aveda Outer Peace line, which was completely useless. Now I'm trying the oil-cleansing method. If that doesn't work, maybe I'll try Neutrogena. Or get myself listed for a skin transplant.

I second the baking soda and Cetaphil trick--amazingly smooth skin without the irritation. Works great on dry lips, too.

Martha said...

Ha haaaaa!!!!

Jen - I'm there with you sister. I've got them around my freaking EARS lately.

Cutz, you are a hoot!!! (try exfoliating your tushie. And then lotion it up - maybe that will help :)

Kat - Let me know how you like that mask - and if you get any alone time ;)

Laurie - Yes! Good Tip! I've been using the baking soda since I ran out of Proactiv....I think I read about using it in the book "Don't Go To The Makeup Counter Without Me." Works great of flaky skin..

Michelle - what's the oil- cleansing method? C'mon! The girls need to know!

Janet said...

I am not much of a "beauty girl" being a true Vermonter after all, but the idea of the Collagen Masks was intriguing. Wonder how much it would be to buy a bucket of the stuff and just try total immersion??

Janet @ Housepeepers

Barb said...

Looking forward to hearing about the results. Keep us posted.

Amy said...

I just bought the collagen mask at Walgreens. I can't wait to try it tonight.

I've never heard about the baking soda trick but can't wait to try that one too. I'm all for using those everyday household items!

Lori E. said...

I just have to weigh in that my two teen boys 14 and 17 use the neutrogena cleansing pads (not even every night as you can well imagine) and they have NO acne, small flare ups every now and then but they are gone quickly and they stay clear (I hope I haven't jinxed it by typing it out loud) anyway, I thought it works for them, so perhaps it would work on my 40something acne, worse than high school. And HELLO, it does. So I put in my vote for Neutrogena, if anyone cares??

Anonymous said...

Loved this post! I can't wait for the shampoo one.

~Rhonda from Minnesota

Sarah said...

Ugh. I use nothing right now. Really, I need to do something. Luckily, no zits here... they all showed up during high school and college. BUUUUT wrinkles??? Yep- they have found me.

Anonymous said...

okay, I've been giving my girlfriend Mart daily updates on my battle with my breakouts. I'm the desperate one trying the "AcneFree Severe". It's Day 6 and...drum roll... I'm still zit free! I think the last time I went six straight days with no breakouts was when I was oh let's see, 12. I'm a believer.

Coastal Nest. said...

I totally use acne free. And Im 44When will it end, people..when?

Besides not being a good follower througher on things..this too is sporadic at best..the life of a slacker mom.

coastal nest
..who, by the way, is tryin like hell to get someone to pickup her kidlets on Tuesday so I can go and "MEET" the actual girl who calls herself Elizabeth hill! ..And BV desperately hopes "shes" not a HE...

tonites word verification--
horophoat=going out on a limb to meet blogger friends and giddy about it, horophoat
peace out.