Monday, September 15, 2014

Did Someone Say Nordstrom Triple Points?

Oh yes, you heard it right.  This week, September 17, 2014 thru September 21st is one of the best times of the year.  Behold....Nordstrom TRIPLE points for all card holders.  And, guess what?  You will receive triple points on your Nordstrom cards instore, online...and...and....and....wait for it....at Nordstrom rack and Nordstromrack.com and and and and and .....  no lie.....I'm so excited ..... and on Hautelook.com also!!!!!

Is EVERYONE as excited as I am?!?!?!?!?!?!  It's going to be hard to wait till Wednesday, but what a great week we have ahead!!!!!!

NORDSTROM - Choose from 75+ Gifts with Beauty Purchase.





Check back on Wednesday when the following little black box will be filled with all kinds of grandeur.  You won't be disappointed!!!!!!!

Are you getting your shopping list ready?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Yes Virginia, I Still Am A Blogger....

Well, regular readers will notice that I've been away from the keyboard for almost two months.  UGH!  I hate knowing I've let down people who were depending on me for reviews and companies who have trusted me to give them honest and timely feedback.  You know, sometimes stuff happens.  But I haven't fallen off the face of the earth.....yet....although you could say I've tried.

I have made my goofy little comments and posted some product pictures via Instagram from my phone, tho.  You should follow me there, on Twitter, (holy moley, I haven't seen how scary big Twitter is on my phone, wow), and on my Facebook Fan Page for Polarbelle.  I can do mini updates from my phone, but the Blogger App is just about...well...not easy to blog with.

A brief summary....and I'll go into this more later, but this is to be a short post...I ripped up the knee I had surgery on in April, tore the calf muscle.  I kept thinking I was doing good by exercising and trying to heal the "cramp", until six weeks later, I found out it was a tear and I'd been injuring it further with all my good physical deeds.  That whole thing is still ongoing and it's rough.

In the meantime, I fell out of bed because I can't roll over due to the knee and calf injury and broke some ribs.  This all made it difficult to walk, sit, stand, breathe, but mostly, I just couldn't sit in any kind of position to use the computer.  I couldn't use my camera to take pictures or anything.

So I was due to go visit my friend Sue for her birthday and an Eagles concert, (hi Mark and Sue!!!), and my ribs finally didn't hurt anymore after a few days...and then I fell in a store.

I was injured in a car accident as a teen and now, due to MRI pics and such, I know how bad it was.  I've had different procedures to fix my neck and part of my back injuries, only to reinjure myself and have more surgeries.  This latest fall has pretty well completed the damage to my lumbar spine....

Anyway, don't ever get hit by a drunk driver, and if you do, don't fall over 35 years later.

I'll be back to regular programming hopefully any day.  I'm in physical therapy again and they're trying to just give me a heart attack or rip other muscles while I'm there, but I'll forgive them because in the end, it will hopefully bring me back to my keyboard on a regular basis.

I've missed you.  Let's play on Instagram while I try to get some posts ready!  Tell me what you've done this summer!!!

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is NOW Open for 2014!!


Here we go, people!!!!  Are you ready!?!?!?!  Today the Nordstrom Anniversary sale for Fall 2014 officially launches!!  I'd love to help you shop since I've been doing active investigations since the pre-sale.  Be sure to read my MUST HAVE ITEMS post where I've got pictures of my very top few favorite finds.  But don't stop there, let me show you mooooooooooorrrrrrrre!!

Philosophy, Clinique, bath

We know Nordstrom carries all the best skincare brands, right?  They even sell Algenist now!!  Unfortunately, it's not in my local store but, no matter, it's easily accessible online.  I wasn't looking for skincare products when I went to the exclusive pre-sale event for cardholders, but one set really jumped out at me.

 My TOP SKINCARE BUY from the 2014 Anniversary sale is THIS set by Dr. Dennis Gross. Your skin can be refreshed and renewed up the wazoo with all the peel and all the retinol!!!  This is a fantastic value at $107 for the five products, (which would normally cost  $178).  If you only get one item from the sale, do your face a favor and purchase the set of Dr Dennis Gross' Anti-aging bestsellers.

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While you're on the first floor, check out some of the beautiful makeup palettes that are being offered this year.  In my previous post about the sale, I showed you the LORAC Skinny Eyeshadow Palettes., which are my MUST HAVE top makeup values from the sale.  Nude Skinny is on backorder online, but it's possible some stores may still have a few and have your favorite salesperson do a merchandise search for it, if you really want it.  (And hello, $15 for a great nude shadow palette?!?!?!  Who wouldn't want it???!!!?)

In general, all the eyeshadow palettes and face sets that I saw this year were beautiful and I could imagine the ease of use of each and every one.  The colors this year go together well within each palette and many come with other items, such as gloss, mascara, eye pencil or shadow brush.  It's well worth checking out each offering.

The Mac Anniversary theme is called Look In A Box.  There are two large palettes and three smaller set.  The large palettes are pictured below and come in All About Beige, (top picture), and All About Plum, (bottom).  They retail for $49 each, (retail value $101),  and include 2 blushes, six shadows, 2 lipsticks in the pan and an eyeshadow brush in each of the sets.  Notice the attention to detail of a plastic covering for the lip items.  YES!!!  Thank you, Mac!!

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I really want the Laura Mercier Flawless Expressions set.  The face palette from the kit is pictured below in the top photo.  Isn't it great??  It's $85 and includes a shadow stick, mascara and lipgloss as part of the deal.  This is a retail value of $130.  I really want this.....what to do, what to do.....
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty 2014
In the bottom portion of the above photo is a blurry picture of the Bobbi Brown Nude On Nude eyeshadow palette.  It comes in a set with a mascara a gel eyeliner pen in black.  Wait!!!!  Bobbi makes a gel liner PEN???  Sign me up!!  I love the palettes she comes out with for Anniversary and Holiday.  They're always so wonderful.  The colors work well with each other and provide 100 different looks.  This set is just $85 for a $208 value.

I realize that I have far too much to say to make it in just two posts.  There's still shoes, more makeup, accessories, handbags and more and more clothes.......so let's do this....

I'll be showing you more real life pictures and swatches of the makeup soon and especially talking about the item so many people have asked about...the Nordstrom Exclusive Chanel Dentelle Precieuse Illuminating .Face Powder.  I know you want to see swatches before you plunk down $80 on a powder, but YES, this is different than previous powders, and yes, if you adore a sophisticated glow, you WILL want this.  Ooooh, and the new Chanel Quads too!!  And the new Armani shadows!!!!

I'll be showing you the Nars sets, the Mac trio sets with the eyeshadow, lipglass and lipstick, Deborah Lippmann Ready for Love nail polish set, pictures of the other polish offerings, lipsticks, shadows, brushes and more.

In the area of clothing, there's some things you HAVE to know about before I leave for tonight.  The lace bottomed tank tops in THIS POST are available in six colors.  I don't see why you shouldn't have them all.  I'll show you real life pictures of the tank colors and the accompanying sweaters that are mentioned and shown in my previous post.

I want you to consider these Halogen sweaters, ($49).  I think they run about a size smaller than the usual Halogen sweaters, just fyi.  But aren't the zippered pockets just totes adorbs?  Umm, yes they are!!

We'll talk about the Hue Ultra Wide Waistband Leggings.  Only the best looking and most comfortable leggings ever.  I JUST WISH they came in more than 3 colors!!!  They're very flattering and hide bumps and bulges.  And don't forget, this is the one time of year they and Hanky Panky are on sale.

More clothes, jewelry, shoes and handbags.  The only things I haven't looked yet is the men's portion of the sale.  With my failing knees and having a jammed toe on each foot, by the time I've fooled around in my areas, I don't have the foot power to go to men's.  Oh I'm probably just making excuses, cuz I'm too busy looking at girly things to go to guy's!!

One quick thing before I go, the first day of the preview for the sale, I braved temperatures that were almost up to 55 with pouring, pouring, pouring rain.  I dressed in my Alaskan Chic.  Jeans, sneakers that I don't care if they got yucky, and an appropriate hoody.  I spied the Rebecca Minkoff Mini 5-zip Crossbody bags.  It comes in lots of colors and is on sale for $129.90.  I love all the zippers.  It's big enough maybe for my wallet an cell phone and a lip gloss.  Small.  But I still loved it.  IF ONLY it had come in the hot pink of the Minkoff bag that I'm wearing in the picture, I would have snapped it right up....because, hello??  It matches my chic Alaskan outfit!!!

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purses

The pink is still a cool bag.  Probably should have gotten it.  So let's have some fun.  What are your must have items from the sale and what are you dying to see real life pictures of?

Monday, July 14, 2014

My Makeup Train Case From The Salon Outlet Pictures and Review


You have to see my new train case from The Salon Outlet!!  I'm so impressed....I mean I can't believe this is only $49.99!!!  I've bought virtually the same case from a well known makeup line that cost $250 over 15 years ago.  Wow!!  I didn't know there were affodable salon products out in the cybersphere with quality manufactoring.

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I chose the train case  in black to evaluate the quality of the products sold at The Salon Outlet dot com.  I was very pleasantly surprised.  This is a top of the line train case with a drawer beneath.  I think it's important to understand that this is the standard size train case, being 14 1/2 inches in length by 7 1/4 inches wide and 9 1/4 inches in height.

The case comes with keys to the locks on the top as well as the lock on the bottom drawer.

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The lighting on half my pictures was kind of funky....I color corrected as well as I could, but if you go to the webpage for the train case, it shows the deep rich black like you see in some of my pictures.  I adore the richness of the black.  Ok, let's look at the back side...it's very sleek

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With the top of the case opened, I found that there were four drawers, two on each side, which folded on top of each other when closed with a larger compartment underneath.  Open the case fully and it doesn't fit within my photography tent.

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There are SO MANY products that can be held inside!!!  The bottom drawer is 2 inches high and will hold even a large handcream, which I've shown below so that you can get an idea of how really deep this drawer is.  The depth of the drawer doesn't take away from the space inside, either, which is a great feature.

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 I thought, for my every day life, this would be a nice place for brushes.  I have most of my every day brushes in here.  We've been busy trying to get our home ready for sale, so I haven't been able to completely fill the train case the way I have imagined it.  Every time I go to organize and play with it, my husband has another chore.  No lie.  No wonder they say moving is one of the most stressful things ever...grrrr....anyway, I'm pretty happy with my set-up.  My easy everyday stuff is quickly accessible on my dresser this way.

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I'll show you what I've accomplished so far.  I have my basic essentials in the top drawers.  If I'm going bare bones as simple as possible to the store or the doctor or whatever, all I have to do is flip open the top and get my basics.  I LOVE THIS!!!!!  All my facial basics and must-have brushes easily within reach.

Nars, Too Faced, brows, LA Girl Cosmetics, concealer, foundation, lipgloss, bronzer, blush

How simple is that?  LOVE IT!  Flip the top, open the bottom drawer and I can paint and draw the basics really quickly.  As a beauty blogger and makeup addict, I have so many products that at this point, I kept having to rearrange my basics and dig around for them.  This is so much simpler.

Before you go:   I opened the package for this box and rubbed it like Aladdin's lamp, imagining all the wonderful things I'd do with it, my makeup and skin care.  I never even got far enough to "think outside of the box".  (Punny, huh?)

My 19 year old son came into my room and saw my new train case proudly displayed as I was starting to fill the bottom center with lip products and he said "Mom!!!  Can I get one of these?  This would be GREAT for my guitar stuff and taking back and forth to practice, rehearsals and performances."  GOSH!!!  I never thought of that!!!!  Can you imagine???

What a wonderful jewelry case this would be and you could lock it so the kids and handymen couldn't get into it.  It would also hold video games, again with the locking capability.  As I begin to think about moving and showing our home, I am realizing how handy this case will come in as I can lock my jewelry and other valuables in it while strangers are looking through our home.

I am really impressed with this box.  There are so many more things I'd like from The Salon Outlet, and I know there's some you'd like as well!

Do me a favor and visit the site and tell me which is the item you'd most like to see.

Friday, July 11, 2014

A First Look At The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2014


It's very late right now and I have to be up early, but I wanted to be sure to tell you that if you are a Nordstrom card holder, you qualify to gain EARLY ACCESS to the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and it started on the 10th.  This is a quick post to tell you my top picks that you don't want to miss!!  And you'll have to hurry because if my friends and I are any indication, I think these items may sell out before the sale actually starts on July 17th.

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First let me tell you that you definitely need a few things to take with you; first and foremost, your Nordstrom card.  This gives you the early access to preview the sale that you definitely want to have.  Next, a bottle of water. I find that a bottle of water is nessesary as I get so thirsty during the time I browse, and because I can put the lid on it tightly, it will fit under my arm if I need some hands-free shopping, or will sit safely in my  shopping bag without ruining anything. Bring any medicine that you might need so that you don't have to leave early. For instance, don't forget your asthma inhaler....just sayin'. Bring parking money if you have to park at a meter or in a garage. And, this is really important, bring a camera or a smart phone so that you can take pictures of items to think about later or to see how clothing looks on you in an accurate way.

Wear easy on/off comfortable footwear; you'll be on your feet for quite awhile.  Dress the same.  Don't dress to impress at this sale, dress for comfort and ease of trying on.  However, do your hair better than I did, cuz it's just whack.  We've been working in the house a lot and my hair took a beating so please do me a favor and ignore it.  Wear natural makeup and either naked or neutral nails so that you can try on any colors you might want to.

Ok, ready?  Set?  SHOOOOOOOOOOOP!!!!!!

FIRST MUST HAVE ITEM:  Chloe K Lace Trim Tunic Tank, sale price:  $21.90
Trust me and get one in every color.  You'll find this item in the Brass Plum but don't worry if you don't think you can fit junior's sizes.  This tank is very generously sized.  I busted out full on grins when I tried them on.  Being 5'8", it's hard to find tunics that actually are tunics on me.  My friend Tracy is all of 5'2", I think, and she's getting the tanks in every color also.  We're both over the moon because we've been looking for something like this.  Now we have 5 or 6 somethings like this, lol.



Check out the edge of lace on the bottom.  Pretty cool.  This tank comes in six colors and you need every one of them!!

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Also, there are two coordinating sweaters.   Below you'll see the Frenchi Lace Pattern Long Cardigan, which comes as shown and additionally in a black with natural taupe peeking through.  This is the softest sweater I think I've ever been in.  The sale price is just $35.90.  It runs true to the usual junior sizing.  Gosh both colors just go with all the tanks.  It's a Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Miracle!!!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, Chloe K Lace Trim Tunic


THE MUST HAVE MAKEUP ITEM:  The Lorac Nude Skinny and Navy Skinny Eyeshadow Palettes.   Just $15 each!!!!

The first one I'm showing is the Navy Skinny Eyeshadow Palette.  The palette is shown in the top picture under indoor lighting at home.

Nordstrom Anniversary sale, without flash

And with a flash in the store lighting.,,

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I happened to swatch this palette while in the store and took pictures both without flash and with flash.  These eyeshadows are so buttery soft...they are like cream.  And bear in mind, these were just super quick fingertip swatches.  The pigmentation is better than my silly fingers would have you believe.  Just velvety soft!

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Below are the swatches with flash.  Above them are the lip colors from the two Nars trio sets, Schiap and Dolce Vita.

Nars Schiap, Nars Dolce Vita swatches, Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

I haven't swatched the Nude Skinny eyeshadow palette yet, just because I haven't had the time to sit and breathe, but you can bet I will.  I also want to compare it to some of Lorac's more recent eyeshadow palettes.  The first picture is without flash in my home.  The second photo is with flash under the store lighting.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

So these are my immediate MUST HAVES before they sell out.  Which are your picks of the sale?

I want to thank Jessica who works Chanel in the Anchorage Nordstrom store for her help in the mad frenzy that is the Cosmetics Department.  She is so sweet and kind and chipper....just a joy to work with.   Hi Jessica!!!!!


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Enter To Win A Year's Supply Of Butter London Nail Lacquer

nail lacquer

Do you like the pretty picture?  I know I do!!!!  But guess what?  Butter London has a Year Of Lacquer giveaway that has just started.  Wouldn't you love to win?  ME TOO!!!!  The giveaway goes until the end of July and you can win a full year's supply of nail polish, a $775 value!!!  Holy whopping lacquer, Butter London!!!!!

What are you waiting for?  Go now and ENTER!  But first.....tell me your favorite Butter London polish color.

Friday, June 27, 2014

BA Star Tropical Eyeshadow Palette Swatches, Review, Giveaway - Plus Body Shimmer Base Review


If you're at all like me, you may have eyeballed some of the neon and bright eyeshadow palettes that have made their splash on the makeup scene recently. Oh how I longed for a couple of them...and yet the prices stopped me because they were just a want and not a basic need. If you hoped for a great pigmented bright eyeshadow palette that was really affordable with high quality, look no further than the BA Star Tropical Eyeshadow Palette, a mere $8.75 for five coordinated cruelty-free eyeshadows!!!

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Check it out in the direct sunshine.  Pretty!!  You can really see some of the shimmer when the light hits.

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Would you like to see some swatches? Well, I'll show you but first I have to tell you, each color is wonderfully pigmented. You won't find cheap makeup in this palette. BA Star was formulated for performers and cheerleaders, in particular, so you know it has to have rich color and be long lasting, wearing thru sweat, movement, and for long periods of time. I don't have a face of the day, (FOTD), to show you, but when I applied the swatches below on my arm, (no shadow base under them), they stayed all night through my sleep and I still had color on my arm in the morning. Wow.  I'd say they pass the wear test!!

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Closer up:

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The eye palette comes with a brush that has a small nylon brush on one side and a sponge type applicator on the other. Go ahead and use the sponge but the nylon brush has got to go! Don't use it. It won't get you anywhere.

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With my eyeshadow palette, I received a tube of Body Shimmer Base. This is something that I don't see on their website but because it came with the palette, I am guessing it's the Glitter Glue and Eyeshadow Base.  I'm going to clarify with the company, but I know that's what my friend Sheila received if you look at her review and gorgeous makeup application here.  I would really urge you to view her post because she did a really fun application.

The Body Shimmer Base looks just like what Sheila received.

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These are the directions and ingredients:


Now I assumed I had a highlighter. And I swatched it on my skin. It wasn't until the night before I am writing this review that I saw the one on Painted Ladies and thought maybe this was a base for the eyeshadow. Notice the nice highlight on bare skin.  The first picture shows it swatched on part of the back of my hand.


And the next picture shows it swatched on the base of my thumb.  See, just a nice shimmer that would show as a gentle highlight when the light hits it.  I like it, I love it, I want some more of it!!

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So...then to write this post, I didn't have time to contact the company first, but I thought I would try this as an eyeshadow base on my arm and see how much difference it made. It made the shadows somewhat denser, but it's not dramatic or remarkable.  Just in case it's not easily seen, the Body Shimmer Base was applied under the top swatches.


This is my bottom line honest opinion:  Let's all run, not walk, to the BA Star website and get us some eyeshadow!!!!!!!  This stuff is awesome!!

And don't be scared of brights.  You can wear them heavy, light or as accents.  I will do some fotd's in the future using this palette and show some of my interpretations.

Before the giveaway:  BA Star is running a special just for you readers.   You will recieve a 50% discount when you use the code 50TROPIC at checkout.  This code is valid until July 4th, 2014.

GIVEAWAY:   Two lucky readers will each receive a free BA Star eyeshadow palette and the glue.  Go enter.  Tell you friends because we have room for TWO WINNERS!!!


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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Beautisol Exscrub Me? Citrus Face Exfoliant Review



When I have a product to tell you about that is like Beautisol Exscrub Me? Face Exfoliant, it makes me wish that we had smell-o-vision for the computer because let me tell you, to smell the aroma is the first step in appreciation of this facial scrub. It smells DELICIOUS!!! I am partial to citrus scents and this has all the good ones in it....grapefruit, tangerine oil, orange peel oil, lemon peel oil and more in this cruelty-free, certified organic facial exfoliator. Let me first show you the ingredient list:

Aqua (Water), Polyethylene (Beads), Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Jojoba Esters (Beads), Behenyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Dicaprylyl Ether, Glyceryl Stearate, Sucrose Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Squalane, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Citric Acid, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil*, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Potassium Sorbate, Carbomer, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Tocotrienols, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Phytic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Alcohol, Tocopherol (D-alpha), Passiflora Incarnata (Passionflower) Flower Extract *Certified Organic

This scrub was formulated to give you very smooth skin in preparation for a flawless sunless tan, but you can use it whether you use Beautisol sunless tanner, another brand, or just for a manual exfoliation. Again, the smell is just delicious!!! It's aroma therapy in a scrub!!!!

Squeeze a small amount out of the tube and you can see the little jojoba beads, (the pink), that will do the manual exfoliation while the citric acids do the rest of the work. Dampen the skin, apply the small amount of exfoliator, (smaller than the amount on my arm), rub gently in circles and rinse very well.


It's pretty...reminding me of birthday cake frosting somewhat. Exscrub Me? is formulated for all skin types and PETA certified. You can purchase this product on Beautisol.com and it retails for $17 for a 2 ounce squeeze tube.  There is a discount code that is valid thru 6/30/14 that is a BUY ONE GET ONE FREE!!!  Use the code:  BOGO2014.

My personal experience:  I have to include this in order to tell you a bit more about the product.  The first time I used it, I assumed it was like most other scrubs and I rubbed it around and then used my Sonic Spa to electronically exfoliate and remove the scrub and followed up with retinol before bed.  I do this with every other scrub because they don't seem to work unless I really scrub hard and help the product out.

Not so with the Beautisol Exscrub Me?!  I don't recommend using 2 or 3 methods of exfoliation at the same time.  In fact, you need to be gentle with Exscrub Me? and don't use a chemical exfoliator like retinol the same day.  All you need is Exscrub Me?.  I was thrilled to find this scrub actually worked all on it's own and didn't take a gallon of elbow grease!!

Be sure to follow Beautisol on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.  Have you seen founder Sinead Norenius on HSN displaying her products?  Have you tried Beautisol?  What are your favorite exfoliation methods?

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