Sunday, March 10, 2019

Earthen InstantPeel Facial Review

The facial peels that you receive at the dermatologist or at a spa can be massively expensive and recovery time is at least a few days. My mother has had two and with her experience, albeit good results, I was slightly apprehensive about testing out the Earthen Instant Peel Natural Dead Skin Remover at home. Or rather, I should state that my cousin was slightly apprehensive.

Kirsten has spent way too much time in the sun and the sun damage is evident. She’s only 29! After I did a little research, with Kirsten at my side, we discovered that Earthen Instant Peel is a non-irritating exfoliating peel filled with skin-loving natural ingredients. Each Earthen Instant Peel box contains six single packets and is 10-minutes of well spent time. It is very simple to use – Kirsten used my facial steamer for five minutes (you can actually use this in the shower, I just happen to have a facial steamer that I love), you take one Earthen Instant Peel and apply product to your face. Earthen Instant Peel does the rest!

Small balls of dead skin began to form on Kirsten’s face and after about 15 minutes she rinsed off the Earthen Instant Peel with warm water. One application was like night and day for her skin! No irritation or redness, just lovely soft and rejuvenated skin. Kirsten still has a bit of work to do with more twice weekly applications (so, check back for an update)! Enclosed inside the box are easy and direct instructions, which actually state to use in the shower. Earthen Instant Peel Natural Dead Skin Remover is available online at Amazon!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

App Helps Keep Prom Budget In Check

According to a survey released by Visa Inc., American families who had a teenager attending a prom spent $1,178. If you’re having a bit of sticker shock, the survey revealed that the 2019 national average of $1,236 will be spent on prom expenses, which represents a five percent increase from the previous season.

Recognizing that prom spending now represents a major expense for American families with high school students, Visa launched a new, free, smartphone app “Plan'it Prom”. The app’s purpose is to help parents and teens plan and budget every aspect of the prom, with the objective of helping everyone stick to a budget and support responsible spending.

Visa's prom survey revealed some interesting regional and economic disparities:
  • Northeastern families will spend an average of $1,528
  • Southern families will spend an average of $1,293
  • Western families will spend an average of $1,179
  • Midwestern families will spend an average of $1022

One troubling statistic is that parents surveyed, who fell in the lower income brackets (less than $50,000 a year), plan to spend more than the national average, $1,245, while parents who make over $50,000 will spend an average of $1,129. Additionally, single parents plan to spend $1,563, almost double the amount that married parents plan to spend at $970.

“Prom has devolved into a competition to crown the victor of high school society, but teens shouldn't be trying to keep up with the Kardashians,” said Nat Sillin Visa's head of US Financial Education. The Visa survey also found that parents are planning to pay for 59% of prom costs, while their teens are covering the remaining 41%. With parents subsidizing this much of the total prom spending, there is little incentive for teens to cut costs.

To save on the cost of the prom, here are a few tips:
  • Shop for formal wear at consignment stores or online. As with tuxedos, many outlets rent formal dresses and accessories for one-time use.
  • Have makeup done at a department store's cosmetics department or find a talented friend to help out.
  • Split the cost of a limo with other couples, or drive yourselves.
  • Take pre-prom photos yourself and have the kids use cell phones or digital cameras for candid shots at various events.
  • Work out a separate prom budget with your child well in advance to determine what you can afford. Set a limit of what you will contribute and stick to it. If teens want to spend more than that, encourage them to earn the money to pay for it or decide which items they can live without.
The free Plan'it Prom app lets users make a realistic, detailed prom budget and then helps them stick to that budget by allowing them to track their spending as they shop. Plan'it Prom is available in the iTunes store.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Handbags: Then and Now

From ancient beaded bags to the haute couture handbags of today, personal carryalls have been both the containers of secrets (rule to live by: never go in a woman’s purse) and the mark of power, status, and wealth.

Pouches and bags have been used since humans have needed to carry precious items. And surprisingly, “handbags” of ancient times were for men. Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs show men wearing purses around their waists.

14th and 15th century handbags, utilized by both men and women, were also worn around their waists. The drawstring type purse would hang from the waist of the wearer and would vary according to fashion and status. Perhaps this is when the handbag hang-up, for women, began. Women of the day preferred a decorative style known as hamondeys.

16th and 17th century handbags brought big time change. As women’s clothing style changed, the small medieval waist purses gave way to swete bagges, which were worn inside their undergarments.

Toward the end of the 17th century, purses became increasingly sophisticated, moving away from a simple drawstring design to various shapes and materials. So, handbags came back out and into the form of reticules or indispensables. (And the beginning of my gender’s insane dependency upon our handbags.)

That transition from 17th to 18th century and a woman’s dependency upon her purse spawned the rise of the handbag. 19th century handbags brought the whole, “match your handbag with outfit,” deal. During the Victorian era would create handbags to coordinate with the rest of their outfits and women placed massive efforts embroidering their handbags to show off their “domestic” skills to potential husbands. (Barf)

By the time we get to the 20th century the stage was set for Hermes and Louis Vuitton, which are to this day amongst the top coveted handbags of women. Unless you’re this writer … who prefers the elegance of Furla.

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