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Fabulous, Functional & Frugal Fashion Tip #19

Multi-Purpose Dry Skincare Solution

3.5 oz. jar of Aquaphor advanced therapy healing ointmentI don’t know how true it is but I heard a rumor that spring is just around the corner. Call me a skeptic but when it’s looking like a winter wonderland outdoors, well, methinks we’re being duped.

For over a year I debated on trying a product I believe was touted as being a miracle cure to dry and cracked skin. One of the things I’ve noted as I’ve gotten older is my skin tends to be on the drier side and cold weather has a tendency to make it worse.

I can endure many things but dry skin isn’t one of them and dry feet drives me up the wall. It was time to give in and try Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment. To my delight, after three days of applying a generous amount on my feet at night and then putting on a pair of socks, my tootsies felt soft and smooth.

When I first heard Aquaphor was good on extremely dry skin and it could also be used on the face, lips, elbows, knees, hands, and feet I thought it might be worth a try. The ultimate factor that convinced me was learning it creates a breathable barrier on the skin that retains moisture. On a scale of 1-5, I give it a 5 with the following pros and cons.


  • fragrance-free
  • soothing on chapped lips
  • makes feet feel soft & smooth
  • can be used on minor skin irritations, cuts & scrapes
  • no preservatives


  • while wonderful on lips, feet, and elbows it feels greasy on my hands but I give it 5 rating because my feet were so dry and it works very well



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The Sweet Results Of No Sugar

Parting Really Is Such Sweet Sorrow

Collage including a photo of my face, Paula's Choice Clear Regular Strength kit, BareMinerals BareSkin Makeup.For the first couple of hours during a brand new day I would be alright and then like clockwork it would begin with a slight twinge. If I made it through the day without feeding the hunger, by evening I was ravenous. Unfortunately it was one of those types of yearnings that wouldn’t go away until it was fed but the funny thing was the more I had the more I wanted.

You know you have a problem when you feel the need to hide your consumption level. Silly things like planning how, when, and where to make a purchase or being ashamed to ask someone to buy it for you are constant thoughts.

Something had to give. Tapering off was not an option, so a couple of months ago I totally gave up sugar. I began drinking more water and eating more fruits—a much needed replacement to get me through the rough patches.

Among other things, acne is one of the negative consequences of indulging in poor eating habits and I needed a remedy. Since I’ve used Paula’s Choice skincare line for a couple of years now, I thought I’d try the sample Clear Regular Strength kit to see if it would improve my skin. Within two days my face cleared up and my skin felt smoother and softer.

I’m often asked how I apply my makeup when I cannot see well and the answer is two-fold: I’ve had many years experience prior to sight loss and I learned new application techniques. Many women who can’t see wear cosmetics and wear them extremely well. The lack of sight has little to do with being adept at makeup application or many other things for that matter.

As my skin began feeling and looking better I wanted to try a new foundation and settled on Bare Minerals BareSkin liquid makeup. While I’ve had great results in the past with Bare Minerals powder and their Buxom liquid foundations I did not achieve good results with this particular formula because my face looked and felt greasy. So for now it’s back to the drawing board but rest assured when I find a foundation that works I’ll let you know.

On my sugar addiction, the struggle is real. Yet this is longest I’ve gone without it and the only thing I can do is take it day by day. Thinking beyond today is a sure recipe for disaster.

Have a lovely Sunday!