Thursday, February 28, 2008

The campfire smoke blues

When the weather turns bad and you love being in the woods, there's only one solution - build a tepee! Tepee's are the perfect shelter. You can stand up and move around. You have excellent protection from the elements. And best of all - you can build a fire in them and the smoke goes up instead of in your face. :]

If you cover the floor with pine boughs or dry leaves, you continue to feel like you're a part of nature and not separated from it like tents are
designed to do.

So, back to the fire. Even though the smoke goes up and out the top of my tepee, I still come home feeling like my pores are clogged with ashes and smoke. I've been using Avon's soothing cleansing lotion, but afterwards, I still don't feel like my face is clean. I like it for everyday use, but not when I've been exposed to grime.

So, it was back to experimenting with Avon's products. Next on the list (because it was on sale) was the "Anti-aging Thermal Cleanser." That stuff is cool! It's gritty, heats up your face (which feels good after being in the bitter cold) and by the time you're finished you know you're clean. For now, at least, this is my pick for removing smoke scum.

I've also been experimenting with the various hand lotions and comparing them to my homemade herbal one. When I say experimenting, I'm talking about being an idiot. Instead of wearing my Thermalite gloves, I've been exposing my hands to the weather and watching them suffer the near freezer burnt look.

At this point, it's nearly a tie. Each has it's good and bad points, but I'm finding by combining them I've have some pretty decent luck in repairing the damage. Anyway! That's a story for another day!

Happy trails!

Monday, February 11, 2008


Yesterday, our lovely 50 and 60 degree weather took a major dive down to windchill's 5 below. The nice winds were blasting gusts up to 60mph. It made hiking a bear.

Yes, I was crazy enough to be out hiking. It wasn't so bad the climb up, because the wind was pushing me. The way back was a killer. The cold air took my breath away and I could feel my cheeks burning.
That's when my frozen mind woke up and I began thinking about windburn.

Windburn is slightly nice. It gives you that good red healthy outdoor look! It's also freaking nasty because it itches.

Not all blasted red looks are actually windburn, though. Sometimes it can be sunburn or both. We all know what a sunburn is and how we get it, but not
everyone knows what windburn is. So here's the scoop! Windburn is the result of the top layer of oil being removed from the skin. No oil means major dryness, which means you turn red and burn.

Basically, you can prevent it from happening by using sunscreen. The moisturisers in it protects against windburn. However, technically, the moisturisers in sunscreen aren't enough to protect you from windburn, so you need to apply an extra moisturiser.

A great one you might want to consider is Avon's Hydra-Radiance Moisturizing Day Lotion SPF 15. With the SPF 15, you don't need to apply sunscreen - it's already there. The moisturiser is designed to penetrate up to 10 surface layers deep. That means, the wind can wipe out the first layer and you still have nine more protecting you. :]

Anyway, if you're like me and spend a good deal of time outdoors, you might want to give it a try! You can't lose and Avon gives you a 30 day money back guarantee, so if you don't like it - send her back. :]

If want to give it a try, you can order it through my Avon link on the side.

Make it a fun and exciting day!

Monday, February 4, 2008

Those achy, achy feet....

Just about every day I'm out on the hill hiking up ravines, along ridges, following logging trails or simply hiking to my secret spot soaking in everything around me.

Over the weekend, I went on a really tough trek up through a rocky ravine behind the pond. There was still patches of ice in places and the soft ground up the sides made the trek long and difficult. It was worth the trip though. The massive slab of ice hanging down from the waterfalls over the cave, with water still falling through the middle was beyond words.

By the time I got back, my feet were killing me. This was the perfect time to try out my new demo of Avon's bath brush.

My last brush was from
Bath and Body. It breathed it's last breath several months ago. The bristles were so soft it made taking a bath a treat.

Avon's brush is my new favourite. The bristles are firm, so you know you're getting clean, something I wasn't always sure of with my old favourite. Where the B & B relaxed you, this one wakes you up and makes you feel great.

My favourite part about Avon's brush is the massage surface on the back of the brush head. You can't even begin to imagine how that felt on my aching feet. Let's just say I repeated, "Aaaaahhhhh...." with every stroke. :]

Combine the new bath brush with Avon's naturals strawberry and guava bath gel, and your practically in heaven. :] The best way to describe the new bath gel - it smells just like a homemade strawberry milkshake. Time to drool!

One last thing, I also like the hand grip. The finger groves makes it easier to hang on to.

Anyway! It's something you might want to check out. You definitely can't go wrong with it. So, keep dropping by the Avon site. I think it's coming up in the next campaign.