Every fall, as the temperature drops, my cuticles begin to look cracked, ragged, and just plain dreadful. I’ve tried a few different products, but nothing has worked as well as Vitamins A+D Ointment. Yes, an ointment that has been used for ages to treat diaper rash is also great at moisturizing cuticles. Hey, chafed skin is chafed skin, right?!
I discovered this little beauty secret by accident. I was on the train, and my hands were aching because the chill in the air had zapped all the moisture. So I went digging through my purse, looking for something emollient and thick. I would have settled on Rosebud Salve, but then I remembered I was also carrying A+D Ointment. I applied a bit of the ointment to each cuticle and mixed the excess with my favorite hand cream, Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Shea Souffle. The ointment instantly calmed and soothed my hands and nails.
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This year I’ve been exploring thrift shopping. Last January, I bought seven coats for only $70 during the Salvation Army coat sale. And in July, I increased my summer wardrobe during one of Housing Works’ Buy-the-Bag Sales. Most recently, I couldn’t pass up the chance to hit the Snellville, GA Salvation Army. There wasn’t a special event going on or anything, but if you’ve visited Snellville, then you know there isn’t much going on there. So I jumped when my cousin offered to drop me off at the Army. After three thrift excursions I’m convinced that I don’t need to spend major dollars on trendy and vintage items to add to my wardrobe.
The Army is one of the easiest places to go thrift shopping because all the clothing is sorted by garment type and color. Plus, they actually have sales! All the items marked with a blue tag were 50 percent off the day I shopped. So if you’re hitting up your local Army, check to see when/if there are sales too. I bought nine pieces for about $32!
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I probably won’t win too many fans with this statement, but it’s been on my mind for the past few years. I don’t think second-, third-, fourth-time etc. moms should have a baby shower for every pregnancy. The baby shower should be reserved for new moms only!
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What benefits children with cancer and gives you skin like Christina Hendricks, Julia Roberts, and Veronica Webb? Why, Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate! A favorite amongst celebrities, this serum improves skin tone, texture, and luminosity in just seven days with the help of gene technology, according to the beauty giant. Today, Oct. 21, Lancôme celebrates its second-annual Genes Day, a one-day national tribute to the beauty of scientific research, by donating $7 from every purchase of Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. So that’s great skin for you, and more funds for St. Jude to do its thing — help children dealing with cancer and other devastating diseases. [$58 to $125, Macy’s]
Modern coats can be a little minimalist and boring. However, retro coats have a certain flare that can make staying warm a chic affair. But, you don’t have to go hunting in your local thrift shop (although we wouldn’t fault you if you do) because we have nine coats with a retro swing right here!
Polka dots are no longer the pattern of choice for only Minnie Mouse impersonators. Those of us who’ve spent our adult years maturing are loving the print that screams par-tay now that it’s gone sophisticated. Here are 12 of our favorite fashions and accessories for adding a little or a lot of polka dots in your wardrobe.