My Favorite Things – Clarisonic

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I mentioned during a previous post that I was finally focusing on skincare thanks to a random viewing of QVC.  I made “friends” with a beauty consultant at Nordstrom and started receiving advice on products to use with my skin type, bringing home many samples to see if I truly liked them before spending the sometimes outrageous amount of money to make these purchases.  After almost a year of working with her, I asked about the Clarisonic.  Yes, I saw it on QVC but I had seen it in the stores and started to get curious.


The beauty consultant could not stop raving about this product.  She said she uses it daily, in the shower, and could not live without it.  She described it as feeling like you had a facial every day.  Really?  For $150 I could get my skin super clean and treat myself to a daily facial.  Hmmm……I guess I should ask some friends what they knew about this sensational product.

I asked a friend at work and she said it was absolutely wonderful.  I asked a mom friend and she had one too.  Did it really work?  They both said yes.  So, back to Nordstrom I went during their anniversary sale and bought the Mia 2 with a couple Kate Somerville products that I was wanting to try out.

Five months later – I am a huge FAN!  I use it every night unless I am doing a special skin “treatment” (ExfoliKate) and I bring this with me on business trips since it came with a special travel case.  If you don’t have one, put it on your wishlist for the holiday season!



My Favorite Things – Rachel Ray Oval Saute Pan

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The Wedding Registry.  A very exciting thing for brides(sometimes grooms), a potentially overwhelming thing for guests.  I love eating and I love cooking.  I registered for a bunch of the expensive “silver” cookware for our wedding and thought I would be cooking dinner every night!  How wrong.

Most of the items were super heavy, the handles were hard to grip, the pans would get discolored – I spent more time using Bar Keepers Friend to clean them then to actually cook.

At a family dinner my sister-in-law mentioned that she was looking into new pots and pans and had bought something from the Rachel Ray line.  I knew all about Rachel Ray.  I watch FoodTV, I see the ads, I shop at Target and Kohl’s.  But, my sister-in-law, who I love dearly, is not fond of being in the kitchen.  So, I wasn’t sure if I should take her advice or not.

So of course I turn to Google and read the reviews.  I needed a new saute pan that had a comfortable grip and was big enough to make my daughter’s favorite meal when she is in an adventurous mood(Tarragon Chicken).  Plus, anything I can throw in the dishwasher gets extra points.  And so I found the Rachel Ray Hard Anodized Dishwasher Safe 5qt. Covered Oval Saute Pan.


LOVE IT!!!  (And yes, I did buy it on because the price was right!)  It has not one, but two handles, it can go in the dishwasher, and it is deep enough to both saute and boil pasta in it.  They come in numerous colors and this added a flash of blue to my very white and grey kitchen.  I liked it so much I bought a skillet in the matching blue for making eggs and sautéing onions, peppers, etc.

So, if you are looking to try out a new pan and are a bit skeptical about some of the TV Chef lines, this should be the first one you try!  If you tried a different one, what is your favorite?  I’m open to trying out some new cookeware!


QVC is Educational

I have something to share with you.

I am 39 years old.  Soon to be 40.  I finally started paying a bit more attention to my skin a few years back and looked at all the fashion magazines to figure out what are the best products for me to use.  I bought a bunch of products and after the first few weeks of being diligent, I saw some results.  And then I got lazy.  Life got in the way and spending an extra 10 minutes in the morning and at night just was too much work.

And then one Saturday morning I let my daughter play with the television remote while I was folding laundry in my bedroom.    I figured one of the Disney channels would be on for the next two hours and I would get some chores done around the house.  But that was not the case.  She turned on QVC.

I have never watched QVC.  You hear jokes about women who stay up all night and shop via phone at 3am.  My very incorrect assumption that I had no use for the items they offered was very wrong.  My daughter turned on QVC during one of their beauty segments and wow, did I learn a lot.

purityduoThey have some shows that feature all different types of skincare and makeup.  They have a solid hour devoted to certain lines of product like Philosophy and Kate Somerville.  They highlight certain products from each brand, do product demos(the educational part) and of course, offer them at special “discounted” rates.  Now I didn’t actually buy anything that day but will admit that if I have a few minutes and one of the beauty segments are on air, I will watch.

And watching that show led me to get a few samples of some products that I now use everyday regardless of how busy life may be.  Thanks QVC- one item I did purchase was a super size duo of a face cleanser that I love and the price could not be beat at any retail store!