The Fluff Report

January 11, 2016

One Word for 2016!

We've survived the first week of the New Year and getting back to work, school and the busy lives we all lead. Did you make resolutions for 2016? Have you abandoned them already? Over the years I've gone from written lists, to mental agendas to boycotting resolutions all together. Do people succeed in committing to their yearly goals? Out of curiosity, I had to Google the top 10 resolutions for 2015: 



RankTop 10 New Years resolutions for 2015
1
Lose Weight
2
Getting Organized
3
Spend Less, Save More
4
Enjoy Life to the Fullest
5
Staying Fit and Healthy
6
Learn Something Exciting
7
Quit Smoking
8
Help Others in Their Dreams
9
Fall in Love
10
Spend More Time with Family

Fall in Love? Really?! Can you put that on a list  and just make it happen? It wasn't a surprise when I found out that only 8% of people actually stick to their resolutions. Back in December I was enjoying a relaxing visit to The Woodhouse Spa and as I was waiting for my treatment (which was amazing btw), I spotted a cute little book on the table. "One Word That Will Change Your Life" Catchy title. I couldn't wait to find out what that one word was. The premise was to focus on one word that can become your mantra for the year. Rather than making a list of action items that most often get forgotten by January 15th, choose a word to represent what you will concentrate on in the upcoming year. I LOVED this idea. It's incredibly tangible. Plus I thought it would be an easy concept for the boys to grasp and participate in. Each family member picked their personal word to own in 2016. After much thought, the word I chose for myself was FOCUS. When I started this blog, often times people asked how I could keep up with work, kids, family life and have time for blogging! It was a valid question and one I didn't have a good answer for other than "I have a lot of energy!" But since starting the blog, I've gone from blogging, to dreaming of opening an organic/natural skincare store, to wanting to get a degree in nutrition, to thinking of becoming a beauty supplement rep and the list goes on and on....Have a business you want to start? Talk to me about it and then I'll try and join you! My husband, bless his heart, just rolls his eyes and tries to bring me back to reality! While it's good to be a dreamer, I'm also realistic in thinking that my thoughts and dreams are just a little too all over the place. I have a great career, wonderful husband and family and tons of friends. Why not focus on the wonderful aspects of my life that I already have? This awareness led me to hunker down with my word and get busy! I plan on picking a task and actually sticking to it. As from beginning to end. What a concept! 

First up-studying for my American board of Optometry board exam on January 28th. And you know what? When I found myself looking up the new arrivals on Athleta's website, I re-envisioned my word, closed the laptop and went back to reading about contact lenses. So it's working. Want to give it a try? Find the book HERE on Amazon.  

BUY IT HERE!

If you decide to do this-share your word with me. I'd love to hear it! 














December 16, 2015

A Special Edition Gift Box from People Magazine and NBC's The Voice!!













PURCHASE THE PEOPLE + THE VOICE GIFT BOX HERE

Still finishing your holiday shopping? Me too! I can't believe there are less than 2 more weeks until Christmas. December is flying by! If you are still trying to find the perfect gift for a stylish friend, niece, daughter, sister, mother or even yourself-check out this fashionable special edition gift box from the editors of People and NBC's The Voice. I love the classic red of Julep's Myriam polish and if these Quay sunglasses don't scream Gwen Stefani, than I don't know what does. I was really impressed with this gift box. A lot of times there are only a few items you may use in subscription/gift boxes but I truly feel each item was beautifully curated for the girl who loves style, fashion and beauty! See below to read what People had to say about this special box...

"Love The Voice? We’re fans too! That’s why we curated this limited edition gift box packed with 7 products worth $150 inspired by the hit NBC show for just $49.99. Inside you’ll find an exclusive pair of two-in-one ear jackets from BaubleBar, a cheeky thermal mug from Ban.do, nail polish (in pitch-perfect scarlet) plus a konjac face sponge from Julep, LAQA & Co.'s newest double-duty pencil for lips and cheeks and a custom-designed Poppin notebook, emblazoned with the show’s mantra: "The Battle Is On." Since no ode to rock star style would be complete without some cool shades, we’ve also included a pair of sunglasses from Quay (a $50 value) so you can dress the part of a V.I.P. without blowing your budget."





December 11, 2015

The Woodhouse Day Spa: Shop Local for the Holidays!












Have you heard of The Woodhouse Day Spa in Victor? Nestled behind The North Face and Alex and Ani and across from Eastview Mall, The Woodhouse Spa is an upscale delight. The boutique when you walk in is full of gift giving goodies. I am so big on organic, natural and essential oil derived products. I was happy to be introduced to Voya. An organic skin care line from Ireland (and only found at the WH spa), their products incorporate the benefits of seaweed. Why seaweed, you ask? 

"Seawater and blood plasma have an almost identical chemical composition. Seaweed filters the ocean for nourishment making it the perfect solution to replenish the body’s minerals. Seaweeds, which are a type of algae, contain strong antioxidants, countless minerals, vitamins and beneficial ingredients in high concentrations to help protect your skin against free radicals, and can aid in treating a number of skin conditions, including psoriasis, eczema and acne. In fact, no plant known has a comparable quantity of minerals and vitamins."

I was guided to the locker room where a robe and slippers were provided and then sipped on some green tea while waiting for my services. One of my very favorite things, unique to WH--they asked if I wanted a warm lavender neck wrap while I was lounging. It was heaven! Lavender is known for it's calming and stress relief properties. Yup-that was something I needed to take home with me! My 6 year old stole it from me last night. Hoping it brings him some calmness since he's basically been bouncing off the walls with Christmas coming up! 

My first of two services that I received was the FOUR handed massage. Yes-you read that correctly: 4 hands, 2 therapists. I wasn't sure how that would be at first but I can honestly say these two massage therapists worked in great conjunction and rhythm. The room was relaxing and I enjoyed every second of the 80 minutes. Next, I had the express Hydrafacial. The Hydrafacial reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by a combination of deep cleansing, hydra microdermabrasion and infusion of antioxidants and hyaluronic acid. My skin was positively glowing after a 25 minute treatment. I love facials that are to the point and this one got right down to it! I would definitely go back for both of these services. 

The customer service was amazing. It was pouring out during my spa day. As I was getting ready to leave, the manager Abby, got out her umbrella and walked me to my car. As I was leaving, I saw her go over to another customer's car that was just pulling in and she walked that person into the salon. It's the little day to day polite thoughtful gestures that catch my eye and this reiterated what great customer service the Woodhouse Spa offers. I was really impressed with everyone. Great job Woodhouse Spa for having such wonderful customer service in a beautiful relaxing setting!

Take a look at all the services on their website by clicking HERE.








December 7, 2015

The BEST eye cream in the world...



I've heard SO much about the REDEFINE Rodan + Fields eye cream, that I called on my friend Jenna Sutliff, R+F consultant, to find out the scoop. She sent me a jar, but literally had to wait until it came back in stock. Apparently there was a statewide shortage of this miracle cream. First of all-y'all know I'm a fan of anything anti-aging so the R+F REDEFINE line is right up my alley. I usually love trying new products but I am a loyal fan to my glycolic eye cream by Mario Badeseu. However, I did love the R+F REDEFINE. It is a medium texture, not too slippery and not too thick. It applies perfectly. I used it consistently for a month and definitely felt a difference in the my eye wrinkles. 

This product usually retails for $75 but Jenna is offering my readers a discount! You can purchase for $60 by contacting her directly at Jenna.Sutliff@gmail.com 


She will also throw in a mini-facial sample. This includes the microdermabrasion paste/scrub, a night renewing serum with retinol for anti-aging and a lip renewing serum that helps with wrinkles, chapped lips and also helps give them a little plump!

If you aren't familiar with Rodan + Fields, it was started by the dermatologists that brought us Proactiv. They have four regimens: Redefine, Soothe, Reverse and Unblemish. The Redefine eye cream is their most popular product! They also have a 3 step shaving regimen for men. What a perfect holiday present! Order by December 11th to have in time for Christmas. And I cannot wait to get my hands on the ACUTE CARE. They are applied directly to the wrinkles you want to target, wear it overnight and wake up to smoother skin. How easy is that?! 

Have you tried R+F before? I'd love to hear your favorite products! 




December 1, 2015

MAC Cosmetics at Scott Miller!








A couple of months back, I had the opportunity to visit the new Scott Miller expansion at their Pittsford Salon and got a complimentary make over at the MAC Cosmetics bar. If you haven't been into the new salon-be prepared! As in-bring your wallet because you will want EVERYTHING! I've always been a fan of MAC Cosmetics. I have a ton of their eye shadows and lip sticks, so I couldn't wait to have a full make over with all of their products! My MUA, Jerica, was fantastic. She started with the mineralize foundation and I loved the smooth, even coverage it gave me without looking cakey.  She brushed on some finishing powder which ended up in my "must have" pile. I also bought a highlighting shadow brush. MAC make up brushes are seriously my favorite! I have about 5 #217s. It is the perfect shadow brush. We decided on a neutral eye with a bright red lip for my special date night with my 6 year old. I have to admit, if I could, I would have bought every shadow she used. I find with a lot of eye shadows, you have to rub the powder so hard to get it on to the brush. MAC shadows are so easy to apply and a little bit goes a long way. The matte shadows give the nicest coverage. I never would have thought brown would have looked good on my lids, but I was pleasantly surprised. Jerica also taught me how to do a small wing tip! I was psyched because I love the look but never thought with my eye shape, I could do it. Throughout the whole process, she taught me how to re-create the look. One of the most important aspects of creating make up looks from a MAC make up artist is that they teach you along the way so you don't leave not knowing how to pull it off yourself! We finished with a classic red lip and it was the perfect compliment to my eyes. 

Overall, I loved the entire look and wish I could have walked out with ALL of it! I can't wait to go back and try something totally different, like a smokey eye and nude lip. If you are local, you have to stop in from the 4th-6th for their once a year sale!! Run and stock up on MAC and take a look at all of the other great products they have in their new space!!