Product Review: Philosophy Skin Care

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Okay so I think the main quest of a woman and men too is great skin care. What is good for your skin? What won’t break me out? What won’t break the bank? Well I am one person that has been on this quest for YEARS. It’s been a nightmare! In high school I had pretty good skin, I really didn’t have to think about it and I used products (St. Ives) that gave me good results and never broke me out. Now back then I could sleep with make up on then wash my face the next morning, pretty much use anything over the counter and not break out it was like I had the skin of steel! Then I turned 24 and all that changed. I kept using the same products but then my face blew up! It was all this crazy acne EVERYWHERE on my face. It was horrid and embarrassing. If you have dealt with skin like this then you know how it feels to not even want to leave the house because you just don’t want people looking at you ugh… that’s what was going on with me. I tried sticking with the same products I had always used but I would get just severe reactions, more breakouts, my face literally hurt and it just kept getting worse and worse. I literally spent thousands (I just threw up in my mouth) on over the counter products, medications, facials you name it I’ve tried it. I had been talking (more like whining) to my friend  Pam about what to use and what was going on with my face. She had been using Philosophy and told me how amazing it was. It  made her skin feel so different and her skin can be combination/sensitive and it never irritated her. At this point I was using Mychelle (good stuff btw) and was getting good results but my skin was still acting up a tad. Finally for my birthday she sent me a b day kit from Philosophy that had their Purity face wash, bath gel and lip gloss. I said to myself this is the time to try it, I have been seeing infomercials and had been hearing from other people who have used it the amazing results they had been getting from using it over time.

WOW is what I said in the shower! I could tell after the first use this stuff was different. There is a cleanser and toner in Purity and it made my skin feel amazing! After one try I was hooked and began ordering like crazy! (I wouldn’t recommend this if you don’t want to go broke LOL) I was on their website getting their moisturizer, peels, retinol EVERYTHING!! Let me tell you, for what you get and the quality of these products it’s worth every penny. You don’t have to use much of it to get the results and to have your skin look so different. Immediately I could tell my skin was calming down and Philosophy does exactly what it says it will do on the box. Whether you need to get control of your acne, take care of fine lines, you have dry/oily skin, uneven skin tone there is something for you to use and it WILL work. I have been using Philosophy for about 3 years now and it’s like I have a different face I swear. Nothing in these products cause me a reaction and I have seriously sensitive skin that will break out at the drop of a dime (it’s ridiculous actually) and so far so good after 3 years. I am a Philosophy girl (it’s a secret club) for life! Thank you thank you thank you!!! I would really recommend that you try these if you are at your wit’s end with your skin issues or you just want to try something different. I’ll post on the bottom of this blog my daily and weekly ritual with Philosophy and keeping it simple has been the way to go! 🙂

Skin care regimen:

Purity Cleanser: twice daily AM and PM

Hope in a jar moisturizer: twice daily AM and PM

Retinol: at night

Oxygen Peel: once a week

Microdelivery peel: once a week I alternate between this peel and the oxygen peel

Microdelivery scrub: three days a week in the AM

Hope in a Tube Eye Cream: twice daily AM and PM


Gorgeous AZ storm

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People always wonder why my husband and I moved to Arizona. Yes it gets super hot but man seeing storms like this and amazing winters it pretty much sums up why we are here…

The Wonder That is the Grand Canyon


I’m sure you’ve seen pics a million times of the Grand Canyon and it’s easy to feel like what’s the big deal? it’s just a giant hole in the ground right? The same with tv shows, they try and get you to wrap your mind around how large and beautiful it is but seeing it on a tv screen just does not do it any justice. A couple of weeks ago my mother was here in Arizona visiting from Michigan, yes she was in the desert in the middle of August is she crazy?? We knew we had to be up north because it was boiling hot here but she still got a great chance to enjoy Scottsdale and the off the chain restaurants we have here 🙂 For weeks before the trip she kept mentioning that she wanted to see the Grand Canyon and Route 66. Please don’t smack me for saying this but I really don’t know the big deal with route 66 when I finally saw it I thought “it’s just a highway!” But it is very historical and I feel fortunate to have seen it with my own eyes. So Friday after she arrives and we finally hit the road to head to the Grand Canyon. It’s only 3.5 hours north of us but feels way longer because the hills are brutal! I have a mini cooper and sometimes Molly (that’s her name to  knock it) doesn’t like going up hills. The scenery is amazing on the way up there, you pass through Flagstaff and Sedona and no matter how many times you have been there it will always blow your mind, go there!

We finally arrive and we were super excited but man the bathroom was calling our names, sorry for the TMI we slammed a lot of water on the way up there and we were going to burst! We fight through the line and finally get finished with the bathroom and start the trek to where you can actually see the Grand Canyon and take so many pictures you develop Carpal Tunnel LOL. Depending on where you park this can be a long walk or a short walk but either way it’s not bad, the scenery is great and the weather is always so nice considering how far north you are in Arizona. After walking for a while and chatting there she was.. the Grand Canyon..

There are a bazillion people there trying to do the same thing you are, get a ton of pics and stare at it.. No matter how many people are there you just can’t help yourself by just standing there and staring for a long time. Does something like this really exist? Is it real? Those were going through my head and especially my mother’s mind since this was the first time she had ever seen it. I think the one thing I was looking forward to during her trip was her reaction to the Grand Canyon, this was the second time I had gone with my husband but man the first time you see something like that there is nothing like it.. It was a true blessing being able to go see it again and to be able to see my mom enjoy something so beautiful and so HUGE!! Of course there are shops, restaurants, camping, hotels, train rides and mule rides to the bottom of the canyon but just seeing it is worth the drive. There are those that get a ride to the bottom to white water raft on the colorado river and then camp overnight which would be a crazy experience for sure. If you have not been here and have not been to see the Grand Canyon, DO IT!! It’s so worth the drive and the traffic. It’s more than just a huge hole in the ground or a giant tourist attraction it’s a Grand wonder that everyone should see at least once in their lives…