Archive for June, 2008

Is the Va-Jay Jay a Self Cleaning Oven?

by Brooke Kelley

Growing up, our moms always had a douche bag laying around, and no I’m not talking about our dads. So mom votes yes to keeping the inside clean, and doctors vote … NO … ??? How confusing is that, and what’s a girl to do!?

Dr. Alexandra Simotas, Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology says, “Regular vaginal douching changes the delicate chemical balance of the vagina and can make a woman more susceptible to infections. Douching can introduce new bacteria into the vagina which can spread up through the cervix, uterus and fallopian tubes. Researchers have found that women who douche regularly experience more vaginal irritations and infections such as bacterial vaginosis, and an increased number of sexually transmitted diseases.”

But if you’re anything like the modern woman, although you have respect for the doc, you’re careful not to rest on that advice merely because the M.D. says it. You’ve got to see the proof for yourself to know. So here’s the logic we follow here at SweetSpot Labs. There’s a potential danger if you do, and there are no repercussions if you don’t. (How do you think Great Grammy did alright?)

The main reason women are concerned with this debate at all is mostly because of the problematic odor. So we’ve go the perfect solution. Risk free and fun too. It starts with SweetSpot gentle wash for external use only. That alone will do the job, but you’ve always got the Balancing Mist to spray on later while you’re chillin’ at home. And there’s always on-the-go wipettes for the times you’re out with your friends or on a date with the one you love.

Dr. Alexandra says, “Now, if you have trust issues, and you don’t trust anyone, at least trust your vagina. It knows what it’s doing–I promise.”

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The Fast & The Furious

By Charu Suri

The term “tweenager” – kids between the ages of six and 12 – did not categorically exist 15 years ago. The kid today is growing up faster than a giant mushroom: coveting adult fragrances, talking on the phone for hours (thanks Skype!), dressing in designer jeans and text messaging frantically like Steve Jobs on the verge of a cataclysmic Apple announcement.

 

He or she loves cosmetics with a passion not to be seen since the time of Don Juan. From buying teen magazines to combing the web for Miley Cyrus tickets, today’s tween definitely has opinions about everything.

 

The Jonas Brothers have a cult following among the tween group not unlike the fervor of the Beatles. Cosmetic companies are marketing to this community now more than ever: Meet Mark, Avon’s new teen line, proudly shows The Hills’ star Lauren Conrad as its spokesperson on the home page.

 

The question we have to ask ourselves is if the tween community is experiencing childhood the way adults used to. The days of innocent makeup play with Barbie dolls are vanishing faster than the Ozone layer, and are being replaced by makeup and slumber parties and dating way too early!

 

We’re not frowning on the use of cosmetics (heck, we even recommend several Sweetspot Labs® products like the on- the-go wipettes for the tweenager—especially if she’s headed for puberty); but we wonder if a truly “innocent” childhood will altogether vanish in the next few years.

 

Because life’s short enough to grow up too fast, too soon.

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Under the Outer

Apparently Victoria’s Secret lingerie has gotten too sexy according to Sharon Tuney Victoria’s Secret CEO!?  I like the more feminine approach, but not sure if anyone can tell the difference with their new Intimissimi Collection seen above.

 

But lets get back to the whole “Under the Outer” theory…if you want to get down to the nitty gritty of it all what is really under your outer is nothing, but maybe some SweetSpot Labs® balancing mist.  Now sweetness marks the spot. Use there and everywhere!

 

Plus, I don’t care which Victoria’s Secret “outfit” you are wearing, the question is for how long will it even be on?  Give it a try and see which one lasts longer, the lingerie or the balancing mist.  Besides, it’s what’s under the outer that counts!

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Veet, Veet!

by Charu Suri  www.butterflydiary.com

Some products look cuter on TV than they do in real life. They make your heart strings go zing during those commercial breaks and make you want to rush out to the store and buy some for your grandma, your pet hamster…even your ex. Until you reach the checkout counter and realize you already have one of these sitting on your dusty shelf and you just spent $8 that you could have otherwise plonked down on 1.33 lattes from Starbucks.

Unfortunately, Veet In-Shower Hair Removal Cream (www.veet.us) is one of them. I was excited to try it as much as I was excited to shove my wedding cake all over my husband’s face; but although this hair remover does give you stubble-free skin for a few days, I felt I was much better off shaving.

The cream contains water-resistant ingredients and the aim is to slather it on those pesky areas where even one-night-stands fear to tread. I applied the lotion and stepped into the shower carefully, as though I were a burglar in my own bathtub. The water dissolved the cream quickly and I was hoping I’d be left with the skin of a Chinese porcelain plate, but it took three tries (and chugging two bottles of white wine) to finally get those pesky, unwelcome hairs off.

The good thing is that the hairs stayed off for a good three days, and the hair that did grow back didn’t do so with the vengeance of King Kong who just saw Naomi Watts disappear around the corner.

So would I buy this product? Hmm…I’m on the fence. If you hate shaving, this might be your Elmer’s Glue fix, but I am a diehard razor gal. Of course, there is nothing more socially embarrassing than showing hair where you shouldn’t (remember Julia Roberts’ horrific armpit fiasco where she looked like she came back from the Grizzly Bear Day Spa?) so there’s no harm in packing a few tubes of these if sharp objects make you faint.

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Brazilian Waxing 101 Not for the Faint of Heart

Found another great article on Brazilian waxing which is quite humorous.  I am more the laser kind of girl, 8 consecutive appointments of pain and hairless forever, but for those of you out there that like real torture, this is for you.  Of course, the torture part is just my opinion, but should you want to try it out for yourself PrettyCity® answers a few burning questions and even has some tips.  But don’t forget to take along a SweetSpot Labs® waxing protocol for your before, during and after primping, you will be so happy you did.

 

Tell us about your experiences, which do you prefer wax or laser?

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Bridal Beauty Survival Kit

Need to get something for the bride that is already getting everything?  Bet she doesn’t have one of these!

 

These bridal emergency kits are must haves for the new bride.  They range in price from $24 to $69.99, but our favorite is the pink bag from Minimus for $45.16.  This bag doubles as a beach tote or future diaper bag.  Ok, so maybe I am moving a little fast, but this well packed bag comes with 39 products giving you more bang for your buck.  Another reason why it is our favorite, not only have they thought of the obvious, but a SweetSpot Labs® wipette is tucked inside.  With everyone focused on the ceremony someone has to think about after 🙂

 

I’ve actually been the cause of a weeding mishap, so next time I think I will bring one of these along…wonder if there is anything in there to get wine out of a wedding dress?

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