If you were a fly on the wall at my house, you'd be sure to hear your share of fussing, complaining and whining. Maybe even a slammed door or two.

But enough about me.

In the pressure cooker that's parenting, I have exploded more than once. And it's harder to clean up than spaghetti night with a toddler.

So after years spent indulging in fruitless self-flogging, I finally let go of my obsession with getting it all 'just right.' I confess...I'm not a perfect parent.

Whew. That felt good.

Now, when my son saunters in with his 42nd tardy of the school year, I let it go. When I hear myself hollering "Whatever!" at my teenage daughter, I move on.

Having it all together is overrated anyway.

And I've determined not to waste God's grace. I'll never get it just right. You won't, either. So read on, sister. If you see a little of yourself in me, I hope it helps to know that you're not alone. Nope. If you're a mom, face it. You're never, ever alone.

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Monday, August 9, 2010

L'Bri Skin Care Review & Giveaway

I’ve spent most of my life “dating” skin care products. You know what I mean. I’d get sucked in by their flashy promises and attractive packaging. But then I’d be disappointed and let down by the reality and move on to the next one only to repeat the cycle all over again. Ugh.

Until I met L’Bri Pure n’ Natural. The search is officially over.

L’Bri Pure n’ Natural was founded by Linda and Brian Kaminski in 1998. They started their company “to provide quality, affordable aloe vera-based skin care, beauty, and nutritional products, as well as to share the 'joy' of positive, prosperous, healthy living with others.” They chose aloe vera as the first ingredient in all of their products because of its amazing healing properties and abilities to nourish the skin naturally.

Further, all of L’Bri’s products are free of heavy oils, harmful chemicals, artificial coloring and manufactured fragrances.

When I first received my products from Julie Leischner, a L’Bri Independent Consultant and all-around amazing lady, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I’d been disappointed before so I kept my expectations in check.

Julie asked me to try the Daily Skin Care Trio for Combination Skin (Deep Pore Cleanser, Gentle Freshener and Moisturizer), the Exfoliating Face and Body Scrub, the Rejuvenating Facial Peel, the Smooth n’ Firm Eye Repair Gel and the Facial Masque. She provided me with a Travel Set -- about a two-week supply of the Trio and single applications of the other products.

I could tell the difference in the way my skin felt almost immediately after I began using the Daily Skin Care Trio. It was smoother and softer. Within a few days, it looked “brighter.” And the great thing is that you need only a small amount of product. The Deep Pore Cleanser does not contain soap, which dries the skin, so there are no bubbles. But my face had never felt cleaner.

The Smooth n’ Firm Eye Repair Gel made a noticeable difference in the fine lines (okay, crow’s feet!) in the corners of my eyes. And you have to use so little product, a small jar will last 3-4 months.

L’Bri’s Exfoliating Face and Body Scrub is effective without being harsh and abrasive. And you only need to use it two to three times a week to achieve results. Again, my skin felt soft, clean and noticeably brighter.

The Facial Masque and the Rejuvenating Facial Peel was like getting a spa treatment right in my own home (for a fraction of the cost.) Both products visibly tightened my pores and made my skin look firmer.

In fact, my teenage daughter left for church camp for a week right when I started using the products. And, I kid you not, when she came back one of the first things she said to me was, “You look younger!” (Getting a compliment from a teenager is no easy feat. ;0)

In fact, I was so happy with the results, I bought the Basic Skin Care Set from Julie, which includes the Daily Skin Care Trio, the Exfoliating Face and Body Scrub and the Smooth n' Firm Eye Repair Gel!

So, are you ready for a long-term relationship with your skin care products?

Well, Julie is offering one lucky reader a Travel Kit (pictured above) and a full-size (4 oz.) bottle of Facial Masque.

Simply leave me a comment telling me what your most frustrating skin care problem is … if you’re the winner, it will help Julie know what type of products to send you! Giveaway ends Monday, August 16th.

*For extra entries, follow me on Twitter, Facebook and/or my blog and leave me a separate comment for each one. (If you already follow me on any of these, just leave me a separate comment for each telling me you do.)

For more skin care tips and information, you can visit Julie's blog. And you can order products from her website.

Good Luck!

* I received a complimentary Travel Kit for this review. I was not compensated. These are my honest opinions based on my own personal experience with the products reviewed.


  1. I always feel like my pores are gross and need major cleaning.

    I'm much like you with skincare products- I date them- haven't really found something I love.

  2. Oh the skin care woes! I am actually using proactiv right now as it seems to be the only product that moisturizes without being oily and causing me those occasional breakouts. Yet, not all of their products are food proof either...

  3. I am thrilled to have just found you on FB!

  4. I have crows feet and can't find a solution!

  5. I get your blog e-mailed to me as well so I can easily pass on stuff to others that I feel are relevant to them.

  6. I get your blog e-mailed to me as well so I can easily pass on stuff to others that I feel are relevant to them.

  7. I feel frustrated that the regimine that my skin is "different" throughout the month. Oily sometimes, lots of pimples otheres, maybe a day or two of clear skin (if I'm lucky!). And I'm concerned about looking "old" now that I'm approaching 40. I'd also like to be able to leave the house without putting on a ton of foundation, powder, etc. HELP!!!

  8. I don't often have trouble with my skin but right around "that time" I get these...THINGS around my jawline that are horrible. They are painful, under the skin...and swell to 1-1/2" in diameter. It actually looks like my jaw is swollen because there's nothing above the skin. Naturally...I mess with it until it looks horrible but feels better. Nice huh?

  9. I follow you on twitter. (That's too funny-who wouldn't?)

  10. I follow you on FB! Yay me! Yay you! Yay!

  11. I follow your blog. Proudly. ;-D

  12. I hate that my nose gets blotchy and red.

  13. Way to go on the compliment from your daughter! That must be some stuff, then!
    What frustrates me is the future my skin faces. The women of my family tend to age pretty well for the most part--instead of looking old, they just look weathered. I've got forehead lines started already and I dread the downhill slide from here. I mean, I'm not afraid of a few wrinkles but really, who wants them? Mainly, I'm not ready to look quite THAT much like my mom yet.
    The other thing that bugs me is blackheads. How gross! I have them in my nose and nothing gets rid of them.

  14. My biggest problem with my acne/face? I just can't seem to get rid of it!! I've been trying since I was in 7th grade and I'm now a senior in high school. I've gotten rid of it off and on, but only with strict routines that, if missed once, throw me into the world of acne all over again and then when i try to do them again they don't seem to work the same :( My face gets too oily with so many products which is why I have to resort to BP because it dries it out.. I don't know what to do and I just always feel like giving up....

  15. My biggest skin woe: acne that leaves dark spots that take forever to fade. Sigh.

    ailanna at hotmail dot com

  16. I follow your blog on GFC (Jennifer Mo).

    ailanna at hotmail dot com

  17. Acne. Since the age of nine. It would be nice if it went away before I turn forty. Sigh.

    You know I follow you. :-)

  18. My skin is aging... and until this past year, even I couldn't tell, but now I can. I look, um... weathered? (I'm 53.) Other than that,m I really have no skin problems... maybe one breakout per year (never had problems as a teen or young adult), but exfoliating takes care of it immediately. I just have never used skin care products. Maybe it's time?

  19. I follow your blog -- of course!! :)

  20. And I follow you on Twitter! Well, duh, who wouldn't! =)

  21. I'm getting age spots aand the wrinkles are showing up more.


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