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Tuesday, March 9, 2010


What is a "Spring-Fling"? You may ask. Well, a Spring-Fling is a special shopping day with a very special friend in the Spring. This is not just an ordinary shopping day.  We start with breakfast and we end with dinner.  We shop, talk, eat, talk, shop ,talk and talk. I think you are starting to get the picture. We like to take a day to spruce up our make-up and wardrobe for Spring. Sometimes we buy a lot and sometimes we buy just a few things but there is always lots of fun to be had. We also like to take a day in the Fall that we call a "Fall-Fall-out!! Our Spring shopping trip is going to consist of looking for that yellow purse I have been looking for, maybe some cute shoes and there is always a new lipstick or lipgloss involved. Do you take a special day with a dear friend to do this kind of day? I would love to hear about it.

Cashon and Co. had a great list of products she likes to use so I am going to check out a couple of those at Sephora. It is always fun for me to find new tried and true products. Make-up, especially lip-sticks and glosses are truly an addiction of mine. I like to call it my un-guilty pleasure. I thought it might be fun to list some of my must-haves. I know I really enjoy hearing what others like to use. Here are a few of my Go-To's

I will start at the top with Hair: I use Clairol Herbal Essence for color treated hair or Pureology from time to time. They say it is good to change your hair products from time to time. Pureology has an amazing fragrance. I am all about how products smell. I get more body with the Herbal Essence. I have very fine hair.

I don't use a conditioner because it weighs my hair down, but I do use a leave-in product that really works for me. Joico  Integrity leave-in  conditioner is really light and does the trick. For a little extra shine and, I might add, a really yummy fragrance. I swear by Rusk shining

This is a product I use about once a month to give myself a hot-oil treatment. It has to be heated because it is a natural oil and when it cools it will solidfy.  The fragrance is so amazing and even if it did not make your hair soft, shiney and silky it would be worth using just for the fragrance.  I highly reccomend this product.

I love Neutrogena products and have been a faithful user for years. Their body emulsion is a wonderful body lotion and the fragrance is wonderful. You could truly not even have to use a perfume with this product. When my skin is extra dry, I like Eucerin. It is pretty thick and heavy, but for elbows and heels it is a miracle worker. You will always find Neutrogena hand cream in my purse. It has the same wonderful fragrance. The other Nuetrogena products have a different fragrance, so when I find either one of these products I buy at least four bottles. They also make a fragrance free.
This is my Go-to cream. I have used many others but I always wind up back with this product.  However it is not without a guilt trip because it is quite expensive. What I love about it is that I can use it as an eye cream and as a night cream. I have a very sensetive eye area and this does not bother my eyes at all. When I use this cream it feels like I gave my skin a cool drink of water. It is so hydrating and leaves my skin very soft and suple. I will warn you, don't even try it if you think it is too expensive because it is addictive. I have spent so much money on trying to find other products but this one never fails me.

I am a long time Chanel user. I have used the perfume for years. If you want a really special treat, try their body velvet cream. It is this amazing emolient soft pink velvety cream that is heavenly. I highly recommend this. I like this fragrance in the winter or for evening.

This is Enigma by Alexander De Markoff. The only place I have seen it is in Saks 5th Ave. You can find it on line but I have not seen it in any other stores. I will warn you that it smells strong in the bottle, but it drys down to this wonderfully clean, powdery scent. It is kind of known among my friends as my signature scent. When I wear this I am always asked, "What do you have on?" You smell delicious. I think we all want to hear that one.  I have read that if you are constantly asked what are you wearing then chances are this is your signature fragrance. Since this is a bit heavier, I wear it in the winter months.
This is my summer fragrance by Philosophy.  This is another one that I am asked about. I love this for the summer, winter, spring or fall. It is just a wonderfullly clean smelling fragrance.

Well there you have it. All of my fluffing and puffing items as I like to call them. I recently had some surgery done and hubby had to get all my lotions and potions together after bathing and he said," I had no idea you used all this stuff." I then gently reminded him it took work to have soft skin and to smell nice for him. He grinned a sweet grin at me and I could tell he appreciated the efforts.

I will share some of my make-up have-to's on another post. This one is getting a bit lengthy. I hope it is a fun read for you all. I know I love to know what other ladies are using. Please share some  of your favorites with me. I always like to try something new.

"Enjoy the Process" Of: Puffing and Fluffing



Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Kathysue
Thanks for all the great beauty tips. I use several of the same products that you use. I particularly love the Chanel products.
Thanks for such a wonderful post.


Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Kathysue, I have been using Roc face creams for around four years and it does the trick. I have switched to other things like you have and I come back to Roc. I hardly ever see it advertised anymore, but it is great. At 54 the only bad lines are on my forehead and that is from lifting my eyebrows all the time, for some odd reason, when I was younger. I have bangs to hide those. I like LaCoste cologne or a new one I just ran out of is Burberry Summer. Very light and fresh and I get asked what I have on, too. I switch my hair products around, but have been using Bumble and Bumble a lot because the salon I go to carries it. Lubriderm is my go to skin lotion. When my mom had surgery years ago they told her to put Lubriderm on the incision to help with the scarring and then I started using it. I have used some heavier ones, but don't like the way they feel.

Cashon&Co said...

Hi Kathysue! What fun! I am going to try that hot oil treatment. I need to be doing that since I colour my hair- it looks yummy. And that Clairol Botanicals shampoo smells the best,doesn't it? It's so fresh & clean, and like spring-time. Thank you for the mention!! I hope you and your gals have a blast and I can't wait to hear what you find. please do tell!

Allie and Pattie said...

I have a friend coming from NY soon and we are planning a Spring Fling! How fun!
xoxo Pattie

Kat said...

Kathysue, it's going to take me a week to catch up on your posts that I've missed. You are the energizer bunny! I love the Philosophy line of skin products, I tend to break out if I look at the wrong skin care things and these never fail me. I love Grace, and they have a new fragrance called "Falling in Love" that's divine. Have a fun day. Hugs, Kat

Tricia said...

Hi there Kathysue. I always love hearing/reading what products other women swear by so this was fun. I would love to try La Mer sometime (when the bank account is bursting at the seams- ha!). My mom got me hooked on Avon's Clearly C Serum and that's what I use on my skin at night. I make my own eye/wrinkle concoction using essential oils and evening primrose. I am a lotion freak and also love neutrogena and eucerin products.
Happy day to you!

La Dolfina said...

Your opinion about almost anything holds tremendous weight with me my friend, so of course I'm going to try some of your go to products starting with the hair products... you know how much I love your hair!!!
Thanks for the vote of confidence in me on Sunday!!
Totally exhausting but great fun!
How was your anniversary weekend?
~xo always

annie said...

Thanks for sharing all the great products and tips.
I tend to use and do as little as I can get away with and still hopefully appear attractive and smell nice.
You've inspired me to at least grab a best bud or 2 and have a little pamper day!

Erin {House of Turquoise} said...

What a fun post! I could read about beauty products all day. It's always so neat to hear what works for others. I LOVE Amazing Grace (Falling In Love is my signature scent though!) The smell of Clairol Herbal Essences is just so fabulous too. And the Joico smells so good too! *sigh* I want a spring fling!

I'm going to have to stay far, far away from La Mer...I've only heard amazing things about it!

Paula Bee said...

I was just catching up on all your cute posts! My oh my, am I feeling like a lazy girl compared to you! My baby girl is home for the week and so we are going to do a little shopping today--on my list is shampoo and conditioner. We'll give your suggestions a try. You know me and how much I like Tiffany cologne. As far as lotions and potions--Clinique dramatically different moisturizing lotion I have used for years and now that I am a bit older I also use Bobbie Brown's moisturizing balm under my make-up also. Bobbie Brown's product has an SPF 25. Have fun with the Spring Fling!

Unknown said...

Oh I want a Spring Fling too! And I use Amazing Grace! Love it, such a fresh splash of instant clean, couldn't agree more! And you know what a perfume lover I am! Great post.

Anonymous said...

I use the same shampoos as you Pureology/in the purple container...Ionce a week I use VO5 Hot Oil Treatment...and after washing my hair I spray with Pureology/Green container so my highlights last longer...it really works....

I wear Light Blue/Dolce & love the scent....for years I wore Channel/Allure(I was always asked what I had on)...will have to try your suggestions I could use a new summer scent....

Nice post,
Kathy :)

Melissa Miller said...

I love this post Kathysue! I always enjoy reading about beauty tips and yours are wonderful. I use *Oil of Olay* for sensitive skin face lotion and *Curel* has been my body lotion for years. Love them both. No fragrance in them. I like very light perfumes. Mostly vanilla scents from Bath and Body Works. Pantene shmpoos. They are very perfumey smelling and I love that.

Thank you for your kind words about my weight loss. I really appreciate it! You can do it as well. Let me know how you are doing with it.

~Blessings, ~Melissa :)

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

"Fluffing and puffing." I love it!! ;)

Thanks so much for your comment today...I was happy that my "manifesto" was well-received. ;)

vignette design said...

I just said today while shopping at Nordstom that I need products! You see, I don't use them at all. But it's time. 56 and counting, and I need emollients, creams, potions, etc. I wish I could take you shopping with me, but wait, you already told me what to buy! La Mer cream is really worth it? Better than Oil of Olay! Sad, huh. Thanks, Kathysue for the tips!

xinex said...

I love shopping with friends and we do that regularly. We drive 2 hours and it's a whole day affair. I really enjoy it. Thanks for all your skin care recommendations, KathySue!..Christine

Brooke @ Blueprint Bliss said...

I love Rusk products. I use their shamp/cond, wired cream, and the shine serum!