delicate duty

we often forget to be delicate with our delicates. we wear them everyday, tear them off as soon as we get home and put them through the regular cycle with the rest of the wash. but why are we so cruel to the one item of clothing that truly matters so much?

my nana always said splurging on a good bra is the best spent money. a good bra can entirely alter the way your outfit looks and it undoubtedly makes you feel fabulous. isn’t that all the more reason to take care of these precious commodities?

my bras come from a fantastic store called “intimacy.” check it out online…it’s one of oprah’s favorites too! at intimacy you can get an up-close-and-personal bra fitting to find out your true size (spoiler: victoria’s real secret is that the bras aren’t sized right).

at intimacy, you will walk into a fitting room, be told to take-off your shirt and lean over…while the bra specialist is in the room with you. i first experienced this at the age of 14 and it was nothing less than traumatic. BUT i survived (clearly) and i promise the surely-to-make-you-blush fitting is well worth the incredible bras you’re bound to find!

once you’ve found your perfect fit, you have to be sure to pick up the delicates wash to treat your new purchase as it deserves to be treated.

once upon a time, i washed my bras with the rest of my intimates in the regular wash…that was until i discovered the “delicate fabric wash” at intimacy. one 8oz bottle can last for what seems a lifetime as you only need 1tbsp to create a sudsy soak in your sink. let your lady contraptions soak for 5 minutes, rinse and then air dry. the scent is a heavenly clean laundry fragrance and its special formula to extend the life of your lingerie will certainly make your wallet feel heavenly too.

be good to those who are good to you…especially your bras!

xo, b

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Mango Madness

Gals —

Trader Joe’s Moisturizing Cream Shave in Honey Mango will change your life. Cross my heart, hope to d…OK I don’t hope that, BUT it will at least change your shaving life for the better.

Let’s review:

#1 Shaving Pros

Not only does this shave cream go on silky smooth, but it leaves your legs that way too. Over 24 hours after I shaved my legs, a friend of mine just had to steal a feel because they were still shiny and smooth.

The lotion is just thick enough to protect your skin from those harsh razors, but still provides you with a close and clean shave.

#2 Health Pros

Honey Mango Shave Cream is made with Aloe Vera & Vitamin E…thus giving your skin the nutrients it needs to remain moisturized and vibrant. Even better, the product is 100% vegetarian and paraben-free.

#3 Superficial Pros

OH. MY. G-D. This stuff smells soooooo good. Legitimately, I will pop the top sometimes just to get a whiff…even on non-shaving days.

Plus, your legs will look so damn good.

#4 Purse Pros

A tube of this baby will run you under $8. Wow.

Guard your lotions, Ladies. Once your boyfriend, husband, best friend, whatever learns that this shave cream is gender neutral, you’ll be fighting for shower time!

This Girl on Top will never go back to the dark side. Honey Mango Shave Cream is where it’s at.

A Gal’s Real Pal

Gal Pal’s the name and what a gal’s pal they are! These dainty pink foam sponges are a girl’s best friend when deodorant streaks come out to play.

Yes, another product I swear by. I bought my first pack of Gal Pal Garment Deodorant Removers before heading off to Michigan for my freshman year of college (shameless plug, GO BLUE!).

And guess what? I can still use that first pack…6 years later! Keep them clean and tucked away nicely and I promise you this will become one of your best investments yet.

Should the Deodorant Witch come around and stain your gorgeous garment, just wipe your Gal Pal over the dreadful spot and watch your white streak woes disappear. It’s magic! I’ve used Gal Pal on practically every fabric in the book, and I promise they work like a charm.

Also, check out the other fun and funky Gal Pal products at the link below!

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Who is Rosebud?

       The best kept secret in cine…ok we aren’t going there. Anyway, ta da!! I’m back…and with the multi-purpose cure-all lip balm. I kid you not, Rosebud Salve Lip Balm can be used for alllllll of your dry-ness woes.

Want the list? Well you’re going to get it…

1. Heals Dry Lips

2. Heals Chapped Lips

3. Soothes Irritated Lips

4. Conditions Dry Elbows

5. Conditions Dry Knees

6. Heals Diaper Rash (who knows, maybe some of you can use it?)

7. Soothes Burns

Rosebud Salve has a lot of the same properties as Vaseline — I will help with a lot of the same issues. BUT Rosebud carries a pleasant scent and a slightly pinkish tint for those of you who want a glow for your lips.

 I LOVE this lip balm — and how awesome is the tin container?

Looking for something small to add to a gift? Rosebud Salve makes a great addition!

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*Rosebud Salve can be found at Sephora.

Boo Boo Be Gone

So today’s post is a bit unconventional, but I found another product (not exactly beauty) that I’m sure some of you will need at some point or another.

Here’s the deal: This weekend I took a pretty nasty spill (starting “oh no-ing” now). But beyond that, I had every girls’ nightmare happen…yup, you guessed it. I tore up my nose. AHHH! Now, it’s not broken (THANK G-D), but there’s a not so pretty scrape right on the bridge.

Of course I spent nearly an hour in the CVS first aid aisle yesterday looking for the perfect band-aid to sport to work the next day. You know you would too. But the great news is, I think I just found it. CVS brand Advanced Healing Premium Bandages are AMAZING! They are clear (so they blend in) and they cover up the redness just perfectly. Woo hoo!

Seriously, I have a band-aid on my nose and no one has noticed. I mean up close, sure, but any healthy distance renders it virtually invisible.

Just a “beauty” tip from one Girl on Top to another. Hopefully you won’t need these puppies (or at least in the same capacity as I did).

Be careful out there, Ladies. It’s a slippery world!

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The Fountain of Youth

       We all have those products we need to survive the day. Some of us need eyeliner in our purse, others perfume, but the product I won’t leave home without is my L’Occitane Hand Cream.

“They” say there are two ways to know a woman’s age: her hands and her neck. Well I say, defy expectations! You are as young as you feel (though you can help your skin to fake it a bit too). And what’s the key to soft, younger looking skin? Moisture!

L’Occitane Hand Cream works wonders on dry or cracked skin! This shea butter product is just thick enough to give you that moisturized feeling, though doesn’t leave you greasy. And better yet, it smells divine.

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L’Occitane makes several sizes of this cream — the smaller size is perfect for you purse or travel. Sephora as well as Beauty Collection sell L’Occitane.

Dead Sea…Part Three

       Have you ever gotten those pesky little bumps on your upper arm? You know the ones. They aren’t pimples but rather barely-noticeable-to-the-outside-world (but you of course notice) bumps on your tricep area?

If you haven’t experienced this, consider yourself lucky. For the vast majority of us who have, I have a cure for you.

To give you a little background, these miniscule bumps are actually (well, I should say, most likely) an allergic reaction to something in your daily life. It could be the tiniest thing in your diet or on your clothes that makes them occur.

… And I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but you will probably never figure out what it is that you are allergic to.

However, I have something that can help smooth away and soothe your irritated skin — Ahava Dermud Nourishing Body Cream.

I have used this cream for the last ten years and it definitely helps with those annoying bumps. In general, I only use Dermud on the irritated area and other lotions for the rest of my body. Originally, I used Dermud everyday, which is unnecessary though could yield faster results. Recently however, I’ve started using it only a couple times a week or when I notice a flare-up.

When first starting out, I’d give Dermud about two weeks of use to really work its magic. You’ll definitely notice softer, less bumpy skin with this Dead Sea product!

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Mend Your Skin with Tend Skin

       How awful are those unsightly razor bumps or ingrown hairs? Not only do they just look atrocious, but they feel that way too!

Well, Tend Skin will tend to all of your shaving (or waxing) needs. Tend Skin’s formula keeps your hair follicles open and lessens the chance of your skin growing over a baby hair (thus giving you an ingrown hair).

This product has no gender biases and can be used on a variety of body parts from a man’s face to a woman’s bikini zones.

How to use it: Pour a little of this liquid onto a cotton swab and use on your recently de-hairified skin.

Disclaimer: It’s not recommended to use this product immediately after waxing or shaving as it might sting just a pinch. Personally, I have used it immediately following…it’s really not that bad!

**Furthermore, if you have an Aspirin allergy, this product is not recommended for you. I have a severe Aspirin allergy and have been fine, but just be careful. Please!!

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Touch Me Then Try To Leave

       Go ahead. Touch me. I dare you.  

I think each of you beautiful ladies should play a little game of dare or dare the next time you want to have a saucy evening. Like I said before, put this on and try to leave. Yea, that’s what I thought…no one is leaving…

Remember (ha, as if you forgot), Valentine’s Day is right around the corner…and Benefit’s Touch Me Then Try to Leave is the perfect body cream.

Soothe your parched exterior with TMTTTL and you’ll miraculously be silky the whole night through. “Your skin will feel like butta” (said in an old Jewish woman’s voice).

Personally, I use TMTTTL after shaving to give my legs that softness that’s just irresistable. It’s also great for the top of your hands or your chest-area. Note: I prefer to save this lotion for just a few sweet spots because it is a little pricey.

You can test TMTTTL at Sephora, if you don’t want to take my word for it. I can promise you that you’ll notice a difference immediately!

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*TMTTTL can be found at Sephora or anywhere Benefit is sold. Sephora even has travel-safe sizes for those of you who fall in love with TMTTTL!

The In-Between Stage

       Today is going to be a TMI day. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

So here goes. I’m a waxer. There I said it. My mother thinks I’m crazy and I’m sure my first-time-scream could have been heard 20 miles away, but I’ve learned to embrace the bikini wax.

Five minutes of pain = six to eight weeks of heaven.

At the age of sixteen, I decided to torture myself by getting my first bikini wax. Since then, I’ve moved on to the Brazilian waxes. They hurt just about the same amount as or less than the regular bikini. It’s a personal preference.  But whether you wax or shave, I know you’ve all experienced the same wax/shave issue as me.

The in-between. You know, the in-between stage when you have to wait to wax or shave again. Gosh, I hate that!

Well, lucky for us, Schick (among other companies) has come out with the razor/trimmer duo. You heard me. One side is a disposable razor, the other is a battery-operated bikini-line trimmer. And it works!

You can decide how short you want to trim (just adjust the trimmer cover — for a close trim, take the plastic cover off). It will not make you as smooth as a wax or a shave, but it’s a great alternative for the in-between.

Target has a deal on the Schick duo right now –$8.99 vs. the usual $10.99.

There is another product that I have yet to try, but will soon. It is the Bliss Bikini Trimmer. Chargeable and a bit more expensive, this product isn’t disposable and could be a wise alternative for those of you who will use this product often. You can also purchase the Bliss Trimmer at Target for $49.99.

Girl on Top Shows You Here! – Schick Trimmer

Girl on Top Shows You Here! – Bliss Trimmer