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This Week I Love …

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… my Amopé Pedi Perfect Electronic Pedicure Foot File.

You guys know so much gross stuff about me already, I figure why not throw another one onto the fire? I get SERIOUS calluses during the summer months. Big, hard, yellow suckers that no bath soak will soften and no amount of nightly lotion-application will cure. A couple of years ago, I walked away from a pedicure with one of these foot files, and used it until it absolutely fell apart. It was only mildly effective anyway, so when I heard about the gadget pictured above, I was more than a little intrigued.

As you can probably imagine, you turn it on, run it over your foot calluses, your heels, anywhere that’s got a buildup of hardened skin, and it grinds that stuff down quite nicely. This is a fast-moving rotor head, so be very careful not to apply it to un-callused skin or you’re gonna be in a world of hurt. But I never feel a thing when using it on the hard stuff.

You definitely need to pair your Amopé Pedi Foot File with a routine of f00t care that includes moisturizers; It won’t give you smooth, soft feet all on its own. But man, it sure helps.

Anyone else tried this gadget? Thoughts? Other options to share for summertime callus care?

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This Week I Love …

… jasper and agate jewelry.

Now that I’m working with a palette of mostly neutrals, I’ve become more interested in earth-tone jewelry. I still love my metals, but something about the unpredictable patterns of browns, greens, blacks, whites, rust reds, and other sophisticated shades feels like a great complement to my summery badass looks. Here are some jasper and agate pieces I’m drooling over these days.

 

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Green Moss Agate Earrings – $8.09

Such an elegant shape, and an amazing price. They’re large at 2″ long and a bit on the heavy side, so if you need lightweight earrings these might not be the best choice. Jewelili offers other smaller agate earrings, and some lovely necklaces.

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Blue Sodalite Jasper Pendant – $12.89

Actually, I’d love to snap up all eight stone necklaces from Barker Wild’s shop. But this mottled blue pendant is definitely a winner, and the bits of olive mean it’ll work beautifully in neutral mixes. Chain length can be customized on request.

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Leather Beaded Jasper Wrap Bracelet – $44.49

I will always adore the look of wrap bracelets, and this rich red jasper version with a black agate closure is a beaut. Might even pass for merlot, color of the year, and would look lovely with these simple red jasper drop earrings.

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Noir Rhodium Tone Jasper Earrings – $25

Sigh. Two current obsessions in one place with these: Jasper and ear jackets. I love everything Noir makes, and these quirky yet sleek ear jackets are no exception. Too bad orange isn’t in my current palette … maybe it’s in yours? (Also in lovely lapis and a few other colors/stones.)

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Stone Cuff Bracelet – $14.99

Simple, elegant, and just a little bit edgy. Love how the lines on the black agate echo the lines created by the wire wrapping. Lots of other choices including pink agate, apatite, and Botswana agate.

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Pear Agate Pendant – $29.99

A little tough to tell how long this necklace is from the listing, but it’d look equally lovely worn long or sitting within a v-shaped neckline. Delicate but eye-catching.

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Picasso Jasper Bracelet – $24

Picasso jasper might be my absolute favorite, since it’s nearly always warm and earthy. This mix of ovals and circles is subtle, but adds to the overall beauty of the piece. Other Elina Mira Picasso jasper pieces are here.

Anyone else a fan of these two earthy stones? Got any favorite designs or designers?

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This Week I Love …

cream for keratosis pilaris

… Gold Bond Ultimate Rough & Bumpy Skin Daily Therapy Cream. (Dear Gold Bond, please shorten product name.) I first learned about this product from Beauty Bets, and bought a tub the second I finished reading her post. That means I’ve been using it since October, which I feel is ample time to gauge efficacy. And I’m giving it the thumbs up.

I’ve had keratosis pilaris on my arms since grade school, and both GPs and dermatologists have told me there’s no real cure or treatment. I’d given up years ago, and was skeptical that this cream would do much. But I figured it was worth a try, and that moisturizing my upper arms couldn’t possibly be a bad idea.

I’ve been applying almost nightly since October and noticed decreased redness and bumpiness on my arms within about three weeks. My KP is worse in summer – naturally, during the months when my arms are seen by actual other people – so it’ll be interesting to see how things progress as the weather warms. But considering the fact that nothing else has ever had any impact whatsoever, I’m impressed. There are still residual bumps now, but I can definitely see and feel improvement. Especially feel – my skin is much softer and smoother. I am not “cured,” but the difference is marked. I also used it on my alligator-esque elbows all winter and saw decent improvement in moisture and texture.

My apologies for the lack of before and after shots. I just never remember to do photos at the start of anything! But you can read many glowing reviews on Amazon that will back me up. Some of them use the word “miracle” while others had results similar to mine – good, but not miraculous. Prices seem to vary quite a bit, so definitely shop around. But here’s hoping this will help a few of you KP sufferers like it helped me!

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