Foreo Luna Review: Rethink Your Cleansing Routine!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Have you heard of the Foreo Luna? I hadn't until recently when I was approached by the company asking me to try the device for review. I have been using the device for three days and wanted to report on my experience because the website clearly states "See and feel the difference in just three days."




You know I am skeptical of statements like that, so I promised I would try it for three days and report here on the blog.

I thought this was just another $199 over-hyped product. After using the Clarisonic and not being impressed with it because it caused skin irritation and presents issues with hygience since bacteria can easily linger in the brush, even with regular washing. Since these devices are FOR BETTER CLEANSING, the type of cleansing method is of importance and nylon bristles and traditional brushes just are a breeding ground for germs when moist.

I had very low expectations of the Foreo Luna.  I figured it was just a newer version of the Clarisonic. NOPE. Not even close. This is a GREAT product!

For reference, I have been using this with a creamy face cleanser from Made from Earth, the Green Tea Toxin Cleanser. I have been alternating between this and a facial cleanser from JR Watkins. The Made from Earth is super gentle and creamy and I find that this type of cleanser is ideal for this device.

Here are my observations:


  • The Foreo Luna doesn't have traditional bristles. It has silicone "touch points."  These are waterproof and non-porous for very easy cleaning. This system is far more hygienic than similar cleansing devices.
  • I received the Luna for Sensitive/Normal Skin.  This is perfect for me.  Other choices include one for Combination Skin and one for Ultra-Sensitive Skin.
  • The Luna charges quickly and can hold a charge for up to 450 treatments. 
  • You can use the Luna in the bath or shower. I use it morning and night. I wash my face in the shower in the morning and then again at night before bed. 
  • My face is definitely cleaner using this as opposed to on my own.  How do I know? Typically, there will still be a small amount of my bronzer on my cotton ball after I use toner on my skin post-cleansing.  There is nothing left behind when I cleanse my skin with my Foreo Luna.
  • My skin is silky and soft to the touch after cleansing. It is also brighter, the same way it gets after I use a facial peel.
  • I can only speak for the cleansing aspects after 3 days.  There is another side of this device that is meant to be massaged over fine lines and wrinkles and ultimately deliver anti-aging benefits. I have been using this side, but it is only my third day, so I will definitely follow up.
  • Because of the level of cleansing achieved, I can use much less in terms of my night-time serum (currently using a newly released one from Seventh Generation that I was sent). Other products seem to absorb better.
  • My skin truly feels the way it does after having a spa facial. 

Chic & Green Bottom Line

I love this product. I am so glad that I am using it because after three days, I DO see a difference in my skin. I will keep you updated after I have had the chance to use it more.

Do I recommend the Foreo Luna? Yes!

For more information on the Foreo Luna, please visit the Foreo website.  You can also find Foreo on Facebook and Twitter.


*I was sent the Foreo Luna for review consideration. I have not been compensated for this review and all opinions are my own.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

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Drugstore Skin Care: Yay or Nay?

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

I am sent several high end products to try each week. I have worked for brands with high-priced skin care. I have been given these products to use as part of my compensation. So why are about 75% of the products I am using on my face for skin care DRUGSTORE products? I will tell you why: BECAUSE THEY ARE JUST AS GOOD (in many cases)!

What is even better is that it is no longer impossible to find great quality drugstore products free of parabens and other nasty ingredients.

I switch around my brands quite a bit based on what I am reviewing, but when I sit here and think about what I am using right now, I have to share how affordable it can be to have great skin! Each product is under $20, with most being well under $10.



5 Facial Favorites






CLEANSER: J.R. Watkins Daily Facial Cleanser (I use this after I remove my makeup with olive oil.)
I recently rediscovered JR Watkins after having found my lemon lotion I had misplaced. Much to my surprise, they now have facial care products! This cleanser is truly a dream--it is gentle, removes makeup, and doesn't dry the skin.

TONER: Thayer's Cucumber and Aloe Alcohol Free Witch Hazel

I always go back to Thayer's. This toner is fragrance free, alcohol free, and oh so soothing on my sensitive skin!

MOISTURIZER: I have mentioned it before, and I will again-- (seed) Fragrance Free Healthy Hand Cream is my go-to product to use as a facial moisturizer--not just a hand cream!

I use this at night on my face and on my hands. I have been using this on my face for 3 or 4 years. I just love it!

EXFOLIANT: Alba Hawaiian Facial Mask with Papaya Enzyme

If you like the papaya enzyme products from Kiehl's, then you will love this. It tingles, but it truly works to slough off dead skin cells. Highly recommend this one!

EYE CREAM: 100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream

Again, a tried and true. I have strayed before, but always come back to this.  Plus, it smells heavenly!


C & G Says: 

 What matters most is not slick ad copy or fancy schmancy product packaging.  Ingredients matter more than anything else!


Fresh Squeezed!

Monday, July 22, 2013



Lemons!








Nothing says summer cheer like LEMONS.  And, boy, do I love the smell of lemons! Always have and always will. Today, I'd like to recommend some fabulous lemon finds.  All have been personally tried, tested & adored by CHIC & GREEN!



Where to Find:



J.R.Watkins Lemon Cream Hand & Body Lotion
Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme
Dr. Hauschka Lemon Bath
Avalon Organics Lemon Conditioner
C.O. Bigelow Lemon Lip Balm
Little Twig Tangerine, Lemon & Rosemary Organic Bubble Bath

10 Bits of Randomness

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Hey there--it has been a LOOOONG time since I've done my "bits of randomness." How about 10 Bits of Randomness this humid Tuesday afternoon-


1. I do not watch that much television, but I can say that "Breaking Bad" is the best tv show in the history of television and I am counting down until it returns August 11.

2. I am not "a gamer" either. A few times a year, I challenge Tom to Jeopardy on the Wii or some trivia games on Sporcle, but that is it. Or it was...until I discovered Candy Crush Saga. You will find me playing it on my phone late at night or very early in the morning.

3. While I like a nice glass of red wine, I would much prefer a beer any day. I love craft beers. I love the banana bread beer at the Old Toad on Alexander Street, as well as locally brewed beer from Rohrbach. At Wegmans, I love to buy the Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager, although I usually go with the Michelob Ultra since it only has 2 grams of carbs.

4. Dresses--I love them. Last week, I hit a milestone -- TWENTY FIVE pounds lost. Yay! 25! To treat myself, I bought 5 new summer dresses-- two maxi dresses, 2 tee shirt dresses, and a high low dress. When it is hot and sticky, it is SO easy to be girly by tossing on a dress. Did I mention they were ALL on sale/clearance/or had a coupon? Yep--5 new summer dresses for under $85! For name brands....

5. I have been drinking one gallon per day of Arizona Unsweetened Brewed Iced Tea. Perhaps it is a caffeine overload! But I love it...

6. Can I just tell you how much I love the Goddess Salad Dressing at Trader Joe's? I do. It is one reason I am happily able to eat two big salads with my lunch and dinner. If you have ever had the Tahini Yogurt dressing at Aladdin's here in the Rochester area, I can tell you that this dressing tastes very similar.

7. I would be lost without my beloved tortoise tone sunglasses. #1, they were just 10 bucks at Target and #2, they are just "me."

8. Why is there an egg on this desk? This wasn't planned for #8, but I just noticed there is an egg near me. I blog out at the table on our porch--did *I* set the egg here for some reason and forget about it? Did one of the boys? Hmm....a mystery!

9. Am I too old to learn karate? Nick just started last week and I REALLY think I would enjoy it. Something to think about....

10. Lastly, I want to thank you all for reading C & G over these past six years. I really feel like I am chatting with you all over a cup of coffee when I type--having a chat about skincare and makeup (or cute things on Etsy) with my friends. Thank you for that.

Let's Celebrate With a Jane Iredale Giveaway

Monday, July 8, 2013

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Chic & Green.  It's hard to believe but my little blog just turned SIX. When I started this blog, Ben was 2 and he was in diapers. My Nick was not yet in preschool.

Now it's off to lacrosse, soccer, karate, tennis, and other big boy things.

Thank you so much to my beautiful readers, old & new, for following along.

To celebrate CHIC & GREEN's 6th birthday, I thought a fab giveaway would be in order!

You all know how I simply adore Jane Iredale. From your emails and comments on social media, many of you do as well. I use an average of 3 to 5 Jane Iredale products per day because I love them so much, so JANE IREDALE is going to be the sponsor of this sweet little treat for three of my blog readers.

And what a lovely giveaway we have!



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Three lucky blog readers will receive a travel beauty bag filled with deluxe sizes of Jane Iredale products, including my favorite sunless tanner, TANTASIA, Powder-Me SPF , Lip Drink SPF 15 Lip Balm, and the refreshing Pommist Hydration Spray!


GIVEAWAY CLOSED! CONGRATS TO WINNERS JEANNIE, ELIZABETH, AND EMILY!


Two Minute Makeover Monday!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Summer's humidity is in full swing here in Upstate New York. So are camp, lacrosse, soccer practice, karate, swimming, work, vacation prep, etc.

It seems like I am ten times busier in the summer than any other time of year, so I like to save time in every way possible.

Today I would like to show you an easy peasy on-the-run makeup look that will take you less than 2 minutes.  I promise! I am showing you pictures of me from today. See how I look at 8am? I have brows to work on, uneven tone, freckles, etc. We all do!

Here are the products I used this morning--

*Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Primer & Brightener

*Jane Iredale Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer in Medium

*W3LL PEOPLE Narcissist Stick Concealer & Foundation in Narcissist 2 (used as concealer)

*Jane Iredale Powder Me SPF in Golden

*W3LL PEOPLE Hedonist Bronzer in Medium

*It Cosmetics YLBB Waterproof Nude Light/Medium Lip Liner Stain

*It Cosmetics Lip Flush Butter Gloss in Naturally Pretty

*Silk Naturals Brow Cream in Medium Ash applied with Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Angled Brow Brush

*Jane Iredale Longest Lash Mascara (I use one light coat).


BEFORE:


AFTER:






I just happened to receive a lovely box full of new products from It Cosmetics, so I decided to try out the lippies. I ABSOLUTELY must recommend the Vitality Lip Flush Butter Gloss! Now, I NEVER, EVER use lip liner. Ever.

However, included in my box was the YLBB Waterproof Nude Lip Liner in Light/Medium. I gently colored it in my lips ad used it as a base for my lip gloss. I applied my lip gloss at 8am. The photo above was taken at 1pm. In between, I had two cups of coffee, a smoothie, water, iced tea, and a salad. It is still on my lips!

Now, I am as pale as Casper the Friendly Ghost. We all know this....but in the summer, I want a TAN. One without the sun. One that won't make me ORANGE. I have been using Tantasia from Jane Iredale twice a week and each day, I have been sweeping W3LL PEOPLE's Hedonist Bronzer in Medium all over my face and neck.

I also have to tell you about a NEW product (to me) that I am just madly in love with. It is called Powder Me SPF in Golden and it is by Jane Iredale. I have it in Golden and it gives me a hint of color, so I use this right over my tinted moisturizer It is broad spectrum SPF 30 and it WORKS. I no longer have to use a separate facial sunscreen, because I layer this over my Dream Tint (SPF 15). I love this formula for the face. My only gripe is that the packaging isn't so good and leads to product waste (a bunch of powder spilled out all over my vanity when I opened it). Packaging issues are a common complaint about this product on the Jane Iredale site, so I do hope they can fix the problem.

So, this is what I have used. It took me under two minutes. I timed myself and it took me a minute and 43 seconds to do my face today.

Best of all, it won't melt off!


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