Skin Care Update + Simone France Giveaway

11/01/2012

[GIVEAWAY CLOSED]

Hi guys! Happy November. Um, woah, how did it get here so fast? I started off my day with a power flow class at Village Yoga. Since I’ve been running more, I’ve noticed some tightness in my IT band, hamstrings and lower back. Instead of letting it get worse and then ending up with an injury or in physical therapy, I’m listening to my body and making sure I fit in yoga once a week to keep my muscles loose.

It was a busy day at work today with many meetings and lately, I’ve been letting myself feel very stressed. I’ve been trying to remember to maintain a state of “ease” and also to take a few minutes each day just to sit and breathe. Not exactly meditation, but just sitting, no phone, no computer, and taking deep full breaths. It’s hard to remember to do it, but if stress is really contributing to my breakouts, I’m willing to give it a try.

A few of you asked for an update since I’ve been using Cosmedix. Unfortunately, it’s not working for me. I’m still having pretty severe breakouts and my skin feels really tight and uncomfortable. I also got a Clarisonic. Doesn’t seem to be helping either. So…. I’m going back to the Simone France line. I’m really excited to see if I have the same good results as the last time I used it.

And, speaking of Simone France, they actually sent me a body scrub and lotion to try a few weeks ago – Body Buff & Body Glow. (This gift from them had no impact on my decision to buy their face products again…I’ll be spending my own money on the facial skincare products.) I’m really bad at remembering to exfoliate so I was eager to try these products.

Sfimage from SimoneFrance.com

The scrub smells divine and it’s the perfect scrubbiness – not too harsh or too gentle. The citrusy sugar scrub dissolves fairy quickly in the warm water and my skin feels soft and moisturized after massaging it on my legs, arms, everywhere but my face. :) It’s made with oil so it has that slight oil film remaining (there has to be a better way to describe that…), but if you didn’t want that, you could just wash it off with soap. I always leave it because I love how it feels. So soothing and moisturizing! I keep the scrub in my shower and use it once a week. And the Body Glow is my new go-to daily lotion. It’s light and non-greasy, absorbs quickly and leaves my skin very soft.

The lovely folks at Simone France graciously offered to give a scrub and lotion set to one of my readers. To enter, just leave a comment telling me your favorite sandwich! (Sandwiches are on my mind since I just read about their sandwich method…I actually don’t really like sandwiches very often unless it’s a grilled cheese and since I can’t eat good cheese….sigh… anyway, I digress. Sandwich! Go!)

BTW, the votes for a budget post won so I’ve got that in the works. I also have the running post in a draft stage too so I’ll please everyone eventually. Well, not everyone, but at least my readers that asked for it. :) You can’t please everyone and it’s simply no way to live trying to do so.


96 comments // by Teri [a foodie stays fit]



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1 Heidi Lyn 11/02/2012 at 10:32 am

I love a caprese sandwich . . . basil (or pesto), mozarella, and big chunky tomatos! P.S.- Clarisonics are awesome, but it takes a long time of consistency to see the results. I used mine for a year, before I looked up and realized that somewhere over the past year, my skin turned from blah to gorgeous!

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2 Alysha @Shesontherun 11/02/2012 at 10:39 am

A fluffernutter! PB and marshmallow fluff :)

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3 Erin D. 11/02/2012 at 10:47 am

Grilled Cheese all the way, but with an interesting cheese like gruyere.

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4 Jennifer 11/02/2012 at 11:07 am

I make a chicken, roasted red pepper, mozzarella, and homemade pesto sandwich on grilled sourdough! Yum!

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5 Becca 11/02/2012 at 11:17 am

I love a good veggie sub-style sandwich – with avocado and cream cheese, and all the other veggies.. so good!

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6 Kelsey 11/02/2012 at 11:21 am

i like hummus, grilled cheese, and caprese sandwiches!!

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7 Audrey E 11/02/2012 at 11:40 am

I LOVE a good home made BLT … but also pretty much any sandwich with avocado on it. yum!

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8 Adrienne 11/02/2012 at 12:26 pm

Definately a toasted pb&j!!!

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9 lindsay 11/02/2012 at 1:07 pm

Grilled cheese and tomato soup is a classic.

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10 lindsay 11/02/2012 at 1:07 pm

I also enjoy grilled cheese.

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11 eirinn 11/02/2012 at 1:36 pm

I love me a tomato, mozzarella, and basil panini.. mmmm

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12 Darbi 11/02/2012 at 2:26 pm

Apple and Cheddar and a close second, pb and J!

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13 Stephanie S. 11/02/2012 at 2:40 pm

BLC! A bacon-lettuce-cucumber sandwich

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14 Rachel B - Busy Mama 11/02/2012 at 2:47 pm

Favorite sandwich – tuna melt with tomatoes! Yummmm!!!!

Thank you for the reminder to do some yoga. I’ve been running more lately and definitely have been noticing my lower back and hamstrings getting tight. Looks like I better make some time for some vinyasas this afternoon.

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15 Katelyn Rose 11/02/2012 at 3:29 pm

My favorite sandwich is my mom’s grilled cheese with onions and salami!

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16 Debra Kelley 11/02/2012 at 3:41 pm

Lean roast beef, mozzarella cheese, mushrooms and tomatoes on grilled sourdough bread.

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17 Linds Forrest 11/02/2012 at 4:19 pm

Turkey sandwich with pepperjack cheese toasted with pesto. mmm….

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18 Jeanne 11/02/2012 at 5:50 pm

My favorite sandwich is hummus w tomato slices. And ice cream sandwiches too haha.

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19 Rebecca 11/02/2012 at 8:41 pm

My favorite sandwich is crunchy almond butter and pumpkin peacan butter on udis multigrain bread

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20 Kelli 11/02/2012 at 9:07 pm

Grilled cheese with pesto and tomato slices!

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21 Sinead 11/02/2012 at 9:45 pm

Avocado, sprouts, bacon, harboiled egg on toasted brown bread. I would love one right now!! :)

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22 Trisha 11/02/2012 at 10:10 pm

I had a pretty awesome grilled cheese today. Caramelized onions, tomato, avocado & tons of gouda cheese on fresh baked focaccia. “Gourmet” grilled cheese sandwiches like that are generally my fave but I’m a sucker for anything pressed panini style!

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23 Kelli 11/02/2012 at 11:11 pm

I love a good ole fashioned grilled cheese sandwich cut into 4 squares ..makes me feel like a little kid again :D

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24 Rachel 11/03/2012 at 1:09 am

I always love a good old peanut butter and banana sandwich : )

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25 Dawn 11/03/2012 at 7:48 am

Starbucks has a chicken salad sandwich made with dried cranberries and tarragon that I’ve been obsessed with!

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26 Moira 11/03/2012 at 10:32 am

I like an oldie but goodie-whole wheat bread, turkey, mustard and lettuce!

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27 Leah 11/03/2012 at 5:54 pm

Lately I’ve been obsessed with grilled cheese sandwiches!

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28 tara 11/03/2012 at 6:36 pm

Since it only comes once or twice a year – a leftover cold turkey and stuffing sandwich with some mayo on homemade bread. I’m dreaming of it already!

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29 Karen @ Runner Girl Eats 11/03/2012 at 7:25 pm

Right now my favorite is a fried egg and avocado sandwich. SO GOOD.

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30 Jessie 11/03/2012 at 11:01 pm

I love italian subs!

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31 Lesley 11/04/2012 at 9:16 am

I love a good chicken club sandwich with avocado! Yum

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32 Kara 11/04/2012 at 12:43 pm

I love a good ol’ BLT! Even better with avocado…a BLAT! :)

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33 Therese 11/04/2012 at 12:46 pm

Grilled cheese sounds amazing now! And I can’t eat dairy or gluten, either, so it’s tempting but off-limits.

Also, after oil-cleansing methods, different creams, soaps, etc I finally sucked it up and started Accutane. I’m SO glad I did.

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34 Ashley 11/04/2012 at 5:13 pm

Definitely gluten-free, lactose free grilled cheese. I use udi’s millet chia bread. Also, did you know Cabot’s cheddar cheese is naturally lactose-free? I don’t know if you’re sensitive to lactose, or casein, but part of the aging process naturally eliminates lactose in their aged cheddar cheeses, and it’s delish. I’m super sensitive to lactose and I’ve never had a problem. Also, Trader Joe’s makes this “lacy colby jack” it’s has a swiss cheese appearance to it, which is lactose free and is SO, SO good.

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35 Dana 11/04/2012 at 6:27 pm

One of my favorite sandwiches to make: turkey, sharp white cheddar, and grilled onions on those little Hawaiian rolls. Yum.
Two of my favorites to buy: a good Italian hoagie and/or a chicken cheesesteak. Double yum.

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36 Jen 11/04/2012 at 6:42 pm

Thank you for updating about Cosmedix! I bought it myself – so, hopefully it works for me…or else I’ll be going this route too! Thanks again for the update – my acne appreciates it!

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37 Brenda 11/04/2012 at 9:12 pm

My favorite sandwich is white cheddar, tomato, avocado, onion, lettuce, chipotle mayo on wheat. YUM!

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38 Julie 11/05/2012 at 10:06 am

love grilled cheese and ham
thanks

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39 Lauren 11/05/2012 at 12:27 pm

Turkey, avocado, and pepper jack cheese!

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40 Lisa @ Fit in the Midwest 11/05/2012 at 10:08 pm

I love veggie sandwiches–especially ones with avocado slices, cucumbers, sprouts, roasted red peppers and tomatoes.

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41 Kristine B 11/06/2012 at 9:21 am

A BLT minus the T. Someday I’ll try it with the tomato but for now, I just like whole wheat toast, lettuce and turkey bacon.

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