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The most amazing eye cream EVER!

When you get a certain age I guess people start wondering WHY you don’t have wrinkles. I am not 40 yet but am getting closer (gasp!).  Recently several people have asked me why don’t have any wrinkles around my eyes.  I always tell them about Origins – A Perfect World for Eyes. I have been using it since I was 19 years old and discovered it while I was in college.  I can tell you then that I never dreamed that I would still be using the same product in my late 30s.  The bottom line is this product WORKS. I love the way it feels on my skin and the smell helps wake me up in the mornings.  A little product goes a long way and while you might think the $32.00 price tag is expensive, one bottle will last a long time. It is worth every penny!

From the Origins Web site: Origins visionary formula instantly makes skin under eyes look and feel unbelievably smooth, renewed, relaxed. Vitamin A firms and tones. Mica brightens, dark circles lighten. And nature’s avant-guardian, Silver Tip White Tea, blocks oxidation while White Birch Extract helps lessen the appearance of new creases, crinkles, lines and wrinkles in the future.

If you try Origins let me know what you think.  Origins is in no way sponsoring this post nor did I receive any free product from them. However, if anyone from Origins reads this post and wants to send me free product I would be glad to take it LOL. I thought this would make an excellent blog post since I actually was told twice this week already how great my eyes look! I thought I would share. My friend Anita says I should work for Origins because I love them so much.

Here’s to younger looking skin,

My new favorite beauty products

While I was in San Diego I discovered two new beauty products that I LOVE! The first one is HeelTastic which let me say is FANTASTIC. I had not heard of this before until my sister introduced it to me. You simply put HeelTastic on your dry, cracked heels like in this picture and voila, it looks like you just had a pedicure!  You can find HeelTastic at your local Walgreens, or you can order it online at

The other product is by Philosophy- The Supernatural airbrushed canvas spf 15. All I can say is that I wish I had tried this makeup a lot sooner.  I love it!!  I have been using Bare Escentuals now for a few years and while I like it, sometimes I don’t think the product gives me enough coverage.  With The Supernatural, the coverage is just the right amount.  According to the Philosphy Web site, this makeup is a “high-pigment, talc-free foundation that conceals, camouflages and provides spf protection all in one easy step.” It is safe for all skin types.

These days when I read blogs it is hard to tell if a blogger writes about the product because they genuinely like it or if a company asked the blogger to review it in exchange for a free product.  Both of these products I purchased myself. I am in no way affiliated with HeelTastic or Philosophy and was not approached by the companies or any of their representatives.  These are products I found own my own and wanted to share with my readers.

If you try them let me know what you think!

Get your beauty fix with

I am sure you won’t be surprised to hear me say I LOVE beauty products.  Whether its beauty products for hair, face, body, etc. it doesn’t matter; I love them all.   Recently I received for review products from, an exclusive beauty club dedicated to matching you with the perfect products. How this site is different from other beauty product Web sites is that products are customized and sent to you based on your answers to a few simple beauty questions.  No more pouring over product descriptions, reviews, etc. wondering what to buy.  Beautyfix divides your product matches into 2 categories: Must-Haves and Panel Faves. Must-Haves are products the panel has picked specifically for you. Panel Faves are more of the panelists’ favorites that you pick yourself! You’ll never cry over a broken beauty heart again.

To sign up and start receiving your Beautyfix products, just go here to get started.  Once you become a member you will receive the hottest beauty products each season.  

Once you are enrolled as a member you will receive 8 new products each season for $49.99.  However, you can cancel anytime.  For the Spring 2010 season, Beautyfix is giving all of the Write Gal readers a discount of $30.00!!!  So you can receive your 8 products for only $19.99 plus FREE shipping.  Simply enter the code BFIX6 at checkout to receive the discount.  This picture is what my order looked like.  I can’t wait to try out all of the products.

Don’t forget to use the coupon code to get your Beautyfix!  Per the Beautyfix Web site,  “finding the right beauty products can be just as hard as finding Mr. Right.” Sorry I can’t help you with Mr. Right, but Beautyfix can make your beauty product search easier.

Signature 23 Skincare – Review & Giveaway (CLOSED)

Sig23logoFor the last two weeks I have been using some fabulous skincare products from Signature 23 Skincare.  I really like this line because their products are made from natural ingredients and not harsh chemicals typically found in other skincare products.  Signature 23 Skincare’s products feature the company’s exclusive, proprietary formula– “Complex23”–composed of 23 active ingredients that assist in cellular metabolism and help improve the lipid-water balance in the skin. Signature23 ingredients do not include fragrance, parabens, dyes, or sodium lauryl sulphates.

Here is more information from the Signature 23 Web site:

Signature23 is more than just a skin care line. It’s a lifestyle. Combining the knowledge of science with the beauty of nature, Signature23 recognizes that lasting beauty comes from within, and that what you put on your skin goes directly into your body.

ClearSkinElixirI have tried other natural skincare lines before and have been disappointed.  While I am confident the ingredients were natural, they didn’t do a thing for my skin.  Not so with Signature 23. I believe their products actually work. My favorite product is definitely the Clear Skin Elixir which contains Willowbark extract and promotes clear and balanced skin.  After taking Accutane in college, I never thought I would suffer from adult acne again. Well I was wrong.  I am in my 30s now (Ashley is laughing here because she knows I am really closer to 40 than 30 but whatever) and unfortunately it is a problem I deal with on a daily basis.  I am a fair-skinned redhead so acne on me is always much  redder than on someone else.  After using the Clear Skin Elixir for the last two weeks I can actually see the redness lighten.  What’s even better is that since using it I haven’t gotten any new bumps on my face.  I hope that with continued use my acne will actually go away.  My only suggestion to the company to improve this product would be to sell it in a mega size because I will definitely order more in the future.

LifestyleDayCreamI also love the C23 Lifestyle Day Cream which contains high tech humectants and Skin 23’s anti-aging “Complex23” to help moisturize skin for a more youthful appearance.  It also has a yummy tangerine smell that I love. This is one of the first products I have tried in a long time that doesn’t actually make my skin look more oily.  I have been using it after the Clear Skin Elixir and before my mineral makeup foundation.  I think using these two products together has made my skin less oily because I have noticed that I am reapplying less powder to combat the oil during the day.

VitaCElixirIf you have dry skin or you need extra hydration, you might want to try Skin 23’s Vita C Elixir.  Vita C Elixir’s  antioxidant formula helps replenish lipids lost due to aging, dehydration and environmental factors while bamboo extract helps to deliver and lock in cellular moisture. If you have really oily skin like me, I would suggest you use the Clear Skin Elixir instead of this product because I noticed that my skin tends to be more oily after using it.  If your skin is normal or dry I think this would be an excellent source of hydration for you.


Signature 23 has given The Write Gal readers a 25% discount off of their entire order.  Simply use the code thegal at checkout to receive your discount. They are also giving one lucky Write Gal reader a full size of the Clear Skin Elixir – a $38 value.  To enter, please visit the Signature 23 Web site and tell me in a comment something about the company or a product other than the one’s I mentioned.  That is all you have to do.  You can also get exta entries by:

  • Tell me in a comment why you want to win the Clear Skin Elixir (5 extra entries);
  • Add me to your blogroll (10 extra entries).

The contest is open to residents of the U.S. only until 11:59 p.m. on September 4th.  A winner will be chosen shorthly thereafter.

Good Luck. And if you order from Suzanne at Signature 23 tell her The Write Gal sent you.

Pond’s Towelettes make makeup removal easy

ponds1Recently I had the opportunity to try Pond’s Wet Cleansing Towelettes which come in three varieties – the original clean, micro dermabrasion, and age defying.  I tried the Original Clean towelettes which I really like.  I hate to admit that most of the time I do not take off my makeup before going to bed;  mainly because it is a pain to get out the washcloth, cleanser, and then to actually take the time to do it.  With Pond’s this process is simple because all you need is the towelette. It is already wet so all you do is use and toss in the trash can when you are finished.  It’s that simple. 

ponds2Pond’s is the No. 1 brand of wet cleansing towelettes and they gently remove make-up and even waterproof mascara. Clinical studies have shown that Pond’s towelettes remove the make-up that other brands leave behind – taking off up to 40 percent more than other leading towelettes.  These towelettes are also ophthalmologist and dermatologist tested.  I like that they have been tested by an ophthalmologist because I wear contacts and am always hesitant about placing things close to my eyes.  I have to say with these I had absolutely no eye irritation. And the best  part – the price!  Ponds Wet Towelettes are available at major retailers and range in price from $4.79 – $5.07 for a pack of 30.  Here is a Pond’s Towelettes coupon where you can save $1.50 on your purchase.

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