Pearlfectionist and Hot & Gold

When I first started using Perfectly Posh I would look at the face masks and roll my eyes. “Who on earth needs those?” I would think to myself. “So high maintenance.” Don’t get me wrong, I have on occasion bought those cheap one time use masks at Target, but they were always because I was having a specific reoccurring issue, like dry skin patches or a blackheads on my nose. Eeeeew!

Then I decided to sell Perfectly Posh because I would make money back on the products I already use. It was a no-brainer for me. I got my kit and in it was The Ritual, a detoxifying pink face mask. It is only available to new Posh consultants and is a sort of “right of passage.”
I put it on and oh.my.stars …. it was amazing! When I washed it off my skin was so soft and clean and radiant! Suddenly I was addicted. I needed all the masks!

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Fast forward a few months and a new habit of bi-weekly face masks (and might I add better looking skin). Posh released the Fall/Winter 2017 Posh Paper and in it was 2 new masks; Pearlfectionist and Hot & Gold.

Why hello beautiful! Where have you been all my life? Mmmmhmmm, give me all the pearl powder and gold flakes to put on my face! I am a shiny unicorn! Wheeeee! OK, I am not really a unicorn, but I do feel pretty magical and fabulous when I use these masks. So what is the big deal? Well, let me enlighten you!

Pearlfectionist

Pearlfectionist is an OFF mask.
A what???
On OFF mask. This means it exfoliates and deep cleans and removes all the gunk from your pores.

Apply to your face with a makeup brush or sponge (this helps you get a move even application) and leave on for 5-10 minutes. When you try a mask for the first time it is always best to test a small area on you neck by your ear or on your inner wrist. Also, start off on the lower end of the time spectrum and work your way up. If a mask seriously does not feel good then take it off! Use cold water to remove and apply a light facial oil (or olive or coconut if you do not have a face oil).

Pearlfectionist smells lightly sweet, like unicorns. It is actually candied blackberries and jasmine, but I prefer unicorns. It feel amazing and lightly tingles with a pleasant tightening as it dries.

So what is in this mask that makes it so amazing?

Pearl Powder — This ingredient is going to exfoliate your skin, leaving you feeling radiant. It was prized by ancient civilizations for its revitalizing and illuminating properties. It gives you a shimmery iridescent glow when you apply it.

Sea Buckthorn Berry — This is a new one for me. I had to do some major research. What I found was an amazing ingredient that is quickly becoming a must in skin care. Sea Buckthorn Berry is a super-fruit. It contains over 190 nutrients and phytonutrients. It is fast absorbing which gives a deeper moisturized feeling. It is full of antioxidants in the form of carotenoids plus vitamins A, C, and E. All of these help fight free radicals; helping fight the appearance of aging. There is also a high concentration of omega 7 fatty acid. This is anti-inflammatory and helpful for skin conditions like eczema, rosacea, and acne. Sea Buckthorn Berry contains high levels of oleic acid which s great for dry, irritated, and aging skin. It is a pretty amazing ingredient.

Kaolin — Kaolin is an exfoliant that is fantastic for providing a deep down clean; resulting in a polished glow.

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Hot & Gold 

Hot & Gold is an ON mask.
This means it moisturizes, conditions, and provides nutrients back into your skin!

Again, you will apply the mask to your face with a makeup brush or sponge, for an even application. Leave this mask on for 10-15 minutes. Remember, when you try a mask for the first time it is always best to test a small area. I also recommend starting at 5 minutes and then see how you feel before trying for the 10-15 minute mark. If a mask seriously does not feel good then take it off! Use cold water to remove and apply a light facial oil (or olive or coconut if you do not have a face oil).

Hot & Gold is virtually scentless. It is gold in color and is a thicker mask that is creamy and has a tacky feel to it when applied. You feel a slight tingle and tightening while it dries. Please be aware it does not become hard when it dries. Follow the time, not how it feels, to determine when to wash it off.

Some of you may remember that Hot & Gold was actually a special Splurge item back in March under the name Shacking Shamrocks!

Hot & Gold is a skin firming, moisturizing face mask. Check out some of the fabulous ingredients that make this mask stand out from the crowd, aside from the fact it makes you look like King Midas touched your face.

Glycerin — This is a skin identical ingredient. What exactly does that mean? It means that glycerin is naturally found in and therefore easily absorbed into the skin. This makes it a potent humectant; drawing water from the air to help skin lock in its moisture levels.

Colloidal Gold — Colloidal gold is gold particles suspended in fluid. They have restorative properties; helping to firm and brighten skin. Plus it makes your face look like a million dollars.

Olivine (aka Peridot) — Olivine is the mineral that creates the gemstone Peridot. It is rich in magnesium and touted for its anti-aging benefits. It reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and promotes a revitalized and more toned complexion.

Caffeine — Anyone who knows me knows I L-O-V-E caffeine in my skincare products! Caffeine tightens and brightens skin and improves the appearance of swelling, puffiness, dark circles, and fine lines. Caffeine also stimulates circulation. This encourages a firmer, smoother, and more toned texture to your skin. Caffeine also has anti-inflammatory properties; reducing redness in your skin.

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OK so that is the basic rundown of Pearlfectionist and Hot & Gold. I am happy to answer any questions you may have, including how to get your hands on the first mask I mentioned; The Ritual.
I highly recommend giving one of our face masks a try. They are naturally based, no fillers, and never tested on animal (because cruelty to animals is simply not acceptable). Oh! Posh products are also made in the USA! Our masks are affordable; most are just $19 per container an have far more than 19 applications in it! The benefits are fabulous; younger looking, healthier skin that will leave you feeling beautiful and confident!

~Andrea

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My Top 10 Best Ideas

OK, so I really feel like even after 15 years of parenting, I totally stink at this gig. However, there are moments where I feel I out-shine my biggest expectations. Please note these are the best ideas for MY family! I am absolutely not telling you this is the best way because I am not stupid. I realize every family has to find there own groove. These are my hacks that have made life in the Gardner Household far easier.

Here are my favorite (in no particular order):

10. Teaching my kids to cook at an early age. Now that they are older they can cook dinner without supervision! Can I just tell you how awesome it is to not have to worry about making dinner every night.

9. Split the house into zones. I give them a number and they scurry off and clean that area. When they cooperate the house gets fully clean in under 30 minutes.

8. Use Perfectly Posh Gender Bender to remove stains … including nail polish! Posh makes no claims that the soap is anything more than a nourishing, tallow-free, moisturizing soap, but it worked wonders when a certain daughter spilled nail polish all over my carpet and hid it from me instead of telling. I found it 2 days later but Gender Bender and a little elbow grease got the polish completely out of our carpet!

7. Letting the kids pick their own extracurricular activities instead of imposing my own desires on them. If I had my way they would all be little theater buffs. To date, none of them are in theater. However, when they love what they are doing, they tend to try their best.

6. When shopping with little kids always bring a sharpie marker. Why? Because they can be used on mirrors in fitting room and wipe off easily with a baby wipe.
Why are you in a fitting room with all the kids?
*Baby wanted to breastfeed and you need quiet or they rip your nipple off while looking around and nursing at the same time because stores are exciting for them. So you pop over to the fitting rooms and settle with the baby and let the toddler create art on the mirror. Now if only they would deliver a coffee to the fitting rooms ….
*You have 3 little ones 5 and under and you need to hide while you cry because what the he** were you thinking when you thought that you could take 3 little kids to Target??
*You actually need to try on clothes and you really don’t want your toddler climbing under all the dressing room doors and scaring the sh** out of all the other women also trying on clothes.
*Because it is a great idea.

5. Push Ups. Forget time out. Time out does nothing if you aren’t going to teach your child how to cam themselves by taking slow deep breathes etc. Time outs make them mad at you because it is soooooooo unfair so they retaliate and draw on the walls when you turn your back. How do you punish that? They did it while in punishment! Instead make them do push-ups! Sure they grumble and complain, but they learn how to do proper push ups before the rest of their peers and, I kid you not, it becomes a bragging right. They get stronger and learn that positive physical activity can help them. When they are done we talk about what they did wrong and what they can do different next time. The push ups help them get into a clearer mind faster so the conversation actually sinks into their brains!

4. The girls are terrible at cleaning their room. They can literally take a full day to do a 5 minute job. Ground them, take away dessert, etc and nothing changes. Heck, I have even thrown away their toys! Yes, in the trash, not into a bucket to earn back. Doesn’t matter. They could care less. Do you realize how annoying this is?? I want their rooms clean. It is a safety issue and, to be honest, I hate messes. It overwhelms me and makes me irrational. So how did I finally get them to clean and in a timely manner? I bet them they couldn’t clean their room in the time it took the Mission Impossible theme song to play. I blasted the song and stood at their door and watched (because I didn’t want stuff shoved under beds etc). I have never seen them move so fast. The song is 3 minutes and 28 seconds long. I think this is a new cleaning record. I don’t mind losing this bet.

3. No screen time during the week. Period. I have a basket and phones and tablet go in there unless I give the say so. Bored? Go play a game or ride your bike. Read, write, or be bored. Just stay off electronics. I am watching a terrible trend of disconnect. Humans are losing empathy and I really think it is lack of real human interaction that is the cause. Maybe I am wrong, but I know this isn’t hurting them and may benefit them. If this doesn’t work for you, I totally get it. I promise we do not judge. To each their own, but I promise you this has made our lives more pleasant and far more simple.

2. I took Facebook off my phone. It is still on my tablet and that goes with me everywhere also, but I am more likely to not check it 500 times a day. I also took Snapchat, Twitter Tumblr, etc off my phone … the only thing I kept was Instagram because I do like to post pictures easily. All of these are on my tablet, so I am still connected via social media, but I am on it far less and much happier for it. Bonus, my kids have also noticed I am not on it as much and they are also happier.

1. Everyday I tell myself “You are doing the best you can in the moment. Give yourself a break.” OK, so sometimes I then call myself a liar and tell myself I am terrible at this parenting thing and I may even cry ugly tears, but if I keep telling myself I am doing my best then maybe I will one day believe it and maybe my kids will see I tried and refused to give up on myself. Maybe it will help them to learn to never give up on themselves. If that is the one thing I succeed at, then I did well.

~Andrea

All About Eyes

Did you know that the skin around your eyes is 40% thinner than the rest of your face? Did you know that is why the first signs of aging are usually laugh lines around your eyes. I prefer “laugh lines” to “crows feet.” It sounds better, don’t you think?

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to “look my age.” I turned 40 this year and I think it is a fabulous age. 40 is fabulous! Laugh lines, not so much.

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The answer is eye cream. The better answer is Perfectly Posh eye cream. Perfectly Posh is naturally based with amazing ingredients, no scary chemicals, and no wasteful fillers. Even better the products are cruelty free, made in the USA, and affordable!

Posh has 2 eye products to choose from; Impish Eyes and Prize on the Eyes. So what is the difference? Well, let me tell you!

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Impish Eyes

Impish Eyes is amazing. It has a cooling roller ball, perfect for de-puffing eyes and reduce dark circles. Impish Eyes is a serum instead of a cream. This means it is a lot more light weight and perfect for oilier skin types.

It is loaded with caffeine, white tea, and cucumber. These ingredients take tired-looking eyes and pamper them so they have a wonderfully youthful appearance.

Impish Eyes also has jojoba oil and aloe vera; these ingredients are hydrating and non-greasy. The CoQ10 reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

To apply, you use a small amount in small circular motions from the outside of your eye (along the socket) toward your nose. Use it morning and night!

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Prize On The Eyes (Currently OOS due to unexpected high demand. I will update when it is back)

Prize On The Eyes is our newer eye product and is a cream. It is part of the Look Natural line and is vegan and free of colors and synthetic fragrance.

It helps give the skin cells around your eyes a rest. CoQ10 boosts the appearance of collagen, tones, and improves the texture, giving a more even-looking complexion. It is very hydrating; loaded with ultra-moisturizing sunflower oil with a shea butter base (everyone who loves soft skin knows shea butter rocks!).

Twice a day, use a pea-sized amount and with your ring finger (because it applies the least amount of pressure) gently tap from outer eye toward your nose.

Why do we go from out to in?? This helps elasticity. The other way stretches your skin. That is  bad.

 

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I don’t think  I look 40. Thank you Posh!

 

Did you know you can layer these 2 products?? Yup! I do exactly this! I love and need the cooling roller ball of Impish Eyes. It helps reduce the dark circles I have. Prize on the Eyes helps “plump” my thin eye skin, giving me a less hollow look. They work together giving me that awesome “You don’t look 40!!!!” reaction I really love hearing.

You can also use Impish Eyes in the morning and Prize on the Eyes in the evening if you want the benefits of both without laying them.

If you have any question ask away! I love to help!

~Andrea

 

19 Years Later

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Happy Anniversary, Marco! Can you believe it has been 19 years since our wedding? The day was perfect. The temperature was an ideal low 70s and the New England leaves were just starting to turn into their gorgeous fall foliage colors. That morning, as I got ready, I scarfed down Dunkin’ Donuts and prayed I wouldn’t stain my dress. Spoiler alert, I didn’t!

Katie Beth, our flower girl, was so tired. It was nap time and she looked at me before walking down the aisle and said, “Auntie! Hold my hand!” Her dad rushed over and took her hand and walked with her. I love that memory; she was my buddy.

I walked down the aisle to Over The Rhine Rhapsodie … and there you were. My best friend. Oh the butterflies!

5 children, 3 states, medical emergencies, work trips, vacations, major job changes, leaps of faith, fights, laughter, death, and more. I hasn’t been easy. I can’t even put into words our journey because it would be a book. It is all worth it to be with you. I hope you feel the same.

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So, Mr Gardner, here’s to another 50 years. You’re stuck with me. I was wrong on the day of our wedding. I thought I couldn’t love you more than I did in that moment, but I was naive. That was such an innocent love. Now, I love you madly and deeply and so much more than I ever thought was possible. There are still butterflies. No regrets. Happy anniversary, my love.

~Andrea

Java Momma: Coffee Direct Sales

My friend posted that she joined a coffee direct sales company. So I said, “A coffee direct sales company? Did I just enter paradise?? I mean, for real, I need to be a part of this.” So she hooked me up.

Can you believe this??? I know how exciting this is for ME so I just had to share it with my friends who also went nuts for the idea!
We are all die-hard fans of coffee and many of us are devoted to specific companies (Mmmmm Dunks please! — I’m a MA girl through and through). However, this adds a whole new aspect to our coffee obsessed ways because this is one of the first ever direct sales companies focused on coffee!

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If you aren’t 100% sure how direct sales runs, let  me fill you in …
You are the CEO of your company. You decide how to grow and run your business. Easy peasy. Options for running your business include vendor events, farmer’s markets, Facebook parties, in home parties … or whatever other creative thing you can think of!
You can also be what we lovingly call a kitnapper, sign up and enjoy discounted coffee! That is what several of my friends are doing!

What makes Java Momma different is you are getting in on the ground floor! The launch in October 1! As a special intro offer you can sign up for *JUST* $5!!! This last only until the October 1 launch, so act now before kit costs go up!

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So what does $5 get you? You become a Java Momma consultant and receive 6 premium sample bags of Java Momma coffee! Plus you will get a FREE website once P&P is signed after the launch!

There are also 2 other starter kit options if you want more.

*Option 1 The Cafe Express: $55 (plus tax and shipping)
If you would love to do in-home parties and tastings, this kit is the one for you! It includes:
1 Double Wall Insulated Carafe
1 French Press
Coffee Scoop
Sample Cups
Bag Clips
3 lbs of coffee in a variety of flavors

*Option 2 The Caffeinator: $105 (plus tax and shipping)
If you are plan on focusing on vendor events, farmers markets, and retail stores then you want this kit. It includes:
2 Double Wall Insulated Carafes
1 French Press
Coffee Scoop
Sample Cups
Bag Clips
6-8 lbs of coffee in a variety of flavors

**You will have access to purchase any coffee at the 20% discount price. You also have the option to upgrade from the $5 kit to any of the larger kits within 30 days of the launch.

Java Momma Kits

OK, now for nittyy-gritty details:

Commission is 20% from each sale. You have access to purchase the coffee at a 20% discount price.

There is a 3-tiered bonus structure for those who want to grow a team.

You get your very own replicated website. This is FREE! No monthly charge!

To stay active, you must have a minimum of 1 purchase every 3 months. That’s it! This is a VERY low expectation and totally doable! Java Momma wants us to succeed in however we want our business to grow (or not grow).
What kinds of coffee does Java Momma offer??

There several grind varieties to choose from; Whole Bean, Auto-Drip, French Press, and Espresso Ground. K-Cups will be coming very soon and until they do use a reusable one!

Love subscription boxes? Java Momma has that option also and you get to pick the timeline for delivery!

Java Momma can be a complimentary direct sales company to your primary one (this is what I am doing). This will be great for in-home pop-ups, open houses, events, and more! I am excited to offer a coffee bar with my primary business parties!

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Want to learn more about Java Momma?

Be sure to connect with ME (comment or email) to find out more information or if you have questions. Thanks!

~Andrea

Something of Value

My husband hung 2 white shelves in my kitchen for me. They are the type of shelf meant for decorations. They look perfect.

The night he hung them we were all in bed and suddenly an enormous crash woke us up. My husband and I went flying down the stairs to see, in utter dismay, one of the shelves fell. The anchors were still in the wall, but the shelf managed to fall and everything on it crashed to the floor. Oddly, the decorative sugar bowl didn’t shatter. Neither did the clay bird my 15 year old made in kindergarten. The mold of the 7 year old’s hand broke a little; the base and one finger. The finger I can glue back on. Everything else shattered.

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The upper shelf fell at 1:30 AM. A part of me wishes I had taken a picture of the epic mess it made. 

Someone mentioned to me how sorry they were that all my stuff broke. What I found interesting was that I wasn’t sorry at all.

Back track 4 years ago, I would have been so upset had this happened. I love elephants and one off the items that shattered was my little black elephant statue. The teapot my mom sent also shattered, as did the heart I made in Bible Study. I would emotionally attach myself to objects all the time. Why? Why did I have this attachment? I think it was a learned behavior. We are taught to put extra value on items that can reference any memory, emotion, or family history. However, none of these objects, aside from the heart, really had a meaningful story behind it. The story behind the heart is one I can simply pass down to my children, no object needed.

So what changed in the last 4 years? Why am I suddenly able to emotionally separate myself from objects I was once attached to? I think it was an evolution really. Over the last 4 years I dealt with so many unknowns, inconsistencies, changes, and more. I learned nothing is permanent or reliable no matter how hard you try to keep things “as is.” It took 4 years to learn this lesson and the comment from one person to realize I learned it.

So what does it mean? Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Frankly, I don’t think it is falls into either category. I think it is great to have sentimental attachments, but to a degree. We can’t attach ourselves to every little thing in our lives. We become obsessed.

I also think it is unhealthy to have zero attachment anything at all. We are humans and we are made to have feelings. That is one of the major distinctions between us and animals; and even then some species are closing that gap. But I digress …

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Some things help you remember moments more clearly; helping to to treasure the important aspects of life. 

Back to my shelf … Bummer the teapot, elephant, and heart broke, but it is OK. They are just stuff. However, had the hand or bird been shattered, I know there would have been tears. Why? Because, God forbid anything to happen to one of my children, these precious pieces of art that they hand made transport me to the time they made them. Their joy at showing me their amazing creations. Knowing their hands carefully crafted the items. I can see the pudgy kindergarten hands of my now 15 year old. I can see the sparkle of excitement in the eyes of the 7 year old. I remember odd things, like what they were wearing, and these objects help my brain to keep those memories fresh and focused. Sometimes we NEED the physical reminder so we don’t forget.

I understand this post is mostly babble to you and that is OK. I am realizing what things really matter in life because not everything can hold value, but I am also learning it is OK to have attachment to some things.

~Andrea

Bright Young Thang

I swear I am not trying to be cutesy with that title. It is actually the name of an amazing face wash I recently bought from Perfectly Posh. It is from their new fall/winter line.

I am totally loving this wash. Usually I like a good exfoliating face wash, but the silkiness of Bright Young Thang feels so amazing on my skin, I can’t help but love it. It is part of the Perfectly Posh Look Natural line, which means it is vegan, dye free, and free of parabans, sulfates, and other nasty chemicals. These facts are a big reason I started using Posh. Bright Young Thang is perfect for all skin types, so if you have skin, keep reading!

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Bright Young Thang non-exfoliating face wash, perfect for all skin types. Leaves you feeling radiant!

When I first opened the tube I smelled the product. It has a nice light citrus scent; a perfect pick-me-up in your morning routine. A pea-sized dollop is all that is needed! There isn’t a lather, which is fine with me (I’m less likely to get anything in my eyes this way), but rather a creaminess as you wash your face in the tried and true upward circular motion. It effectively removed all my make-up on a “full-face” day. It left my skin feeling pleasantly taut. When I looked in the mirror I definitely looked more fresh-faced and glowy (yup, totally making up words here).

What makes Bright Young Thang so stellar? It is in the ingredients. Let me touch on the top 3.

1) Macadamia oil: This is a light weight oil that has a non-greasy feel. The chemical profile is similar to human sebum (this is what keeps the skin’s surface soft). It is full of fatty acids (I will get into each one below), making it perfect for dry or mature skin (ahem, I may happen to fall into that last category now that I am 40). Macadamia oil also has phytosterols. These are the building blocks of our cellular membrane. They protect, calm, and heal your skin and reduce inflammation. I am all about that!

OK so I mentioned macadamia oil has fatty acids. Did you know there are all kinds of fatty acids and each one does something different? Yup, it’s true!
These are some of the ones you will find in macadamia oil:

*Palmitoleic acid: delays the premature aging of skin, discourages wrinkles from forming, and helps keep your skin taut; making it perfect for mature skin.
*Oleic acid: provides great moisture and has regenerating properties.
*Linoleic acid: keeps skin hydrated by helping prevent trans-epidermal water loss (that is basically water loss between skin layers).

2) Ginseng root: Ginseng revitalizes, tones, and stimulates (I’m already sold!). It has a reputation for being a strong anti-aging skin care treatment because it is loaded with phytonutrients (this plant compound protects plants and works in us also! Yay phytonutrients!). Ginseng can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, firm and tighten your skin, and balance your natural oils; making it perfect for all skin types! Ginseng can brighten skin tone because it absorbs into the skin very quickly thus improving circulation (this is what causes the brightening). This improved circulation can also reduce the appearance of dark under eye circles and puffiness (yeah, I need this … and more sleep).

3) Caffeine: I love skin care products with caffeine. Seriously, I am addicted to them! The caffeine has a tightening effect that I L-O-V-E! Caffeine is an antioxidant. Antioxidants fight free radicals. Free radicals are responsible for causing the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and loss of elasticity. If antioxidants fight these and caffeine has antioxidants, … Yeah, I am pretty sure caffeine is the soul mate to my skin.
Caffeine also has anti-inflammatory properties; thereby reducing inflammation and redness in your skin and even vanquishing dark circles. Hellooooo even skin tone! Good-bye dark circles!
Did you know that caffeine can also minimize the appearance of cellulite? This is because it dehydrates fatty cells. Water disappearing creates smoother skin! Boom!

 

So basically caffeine can reduce the appearance of age, redness, dark circles, cellulite, and create an amazing tightening effect for younger looking skin. It is like the Fountain of Youth (or maybe an ingredient in it?). How can you not love caffeine in your skin care products?

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So how does Bright Young Thang rank in my skin care regime? It is now my morning wash; the perfect pick-me-up. PLEEEEEASE tell me you wash your face when you wake even of you washed it before bed. Did you know you sweat and drool and who knows what else while you sleep??? It’s true! Wash your face when you wake! Not doing so is just plain icky so make sure it is part of your routine!

Happy Poshing!
~Andrea

*Perfectly Posh has made no claims as to the anti-aging performance of this product. I researched ingredients and learned how they best benefit your skin. Perfectly Posh creates fabulous skin care and is simply meant to pamper you skin.

**If you want to know more about Perfectly Posh and why it is so amazing, drop me a comment or find me on Facebook; just search Purposefullyposh.