Friday, March 23, 2018

Friday Favorites

Due to some computer and camera issues, I never managed to get my February Favorites video up on YouTube, so I thought that I'd post a Friday Favorites blog post instead this week! Why not share a few of my favorite things of the moment, and include some of the things that would've been included in my video were it to have been published? Hopefully I'll be able to get a March video up, but until then, here are a few of my favorites in a variety of subjects, genres and "types", for your perusal.


L'Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation: I am on a personal quest to find the perfect foundation, and have yet to find that holy grail I just keep buying, fiddling, mixing and tweaking. One day I'll really love a foundation, and the next day I'll hate it. But I actually really like this cushion foundation, and have repurchased it probably 4 or 5 times now. It is a little more of a dewy finish, which I personally like now that I'm a little older. I struggle with dryer skin, especially using anti-aging products, and I find that the mattifying finishes leave my skin looking older sometimes. So, this is a liquid foundation in a cushion compact. It comes with a little pad applicator, but I apply using either a foundation brush or my beauty blender. At the time of writing, it's cheaper on Amazon than any other website that I checked, and way cheaper than the CVS that I purchased it at recently! It's what I grab when I just don't want to struggle and futz, I want to apply my foundation and happily move on to something else. 

T3 Twirl Convertible 1.25" Curling Iron: You may not have realized this yet, but I'm absolute shit at doing my hair. I always have been, but even at 42 I'm hopeful that someday this won't be true. I'm a classic Gemini who gets bored easy, and my hair has been every natural color that good money can buy, and every length from pixie to half-way down my back. And although it's naturally pretty straight, I have always coveted big ass curls, but never managed to get the hang of beachy waves or curls that would actually stay in my hair, until I purchased this curling iron. Yes, it is expensive...but it's the first curling iron I've purchased that actually makes my hair hold a curl...and it has a base that can hold different sized heads for different looks. It heats up SUPER fast, and has made my hair look like I know what I'm doing with it...which is worth every penny.

Look at that curl!!
L'Occitane Cleansing and Softening Shower Oil with Almond Oil: Y'all...I have the secret to wonderfully soft, shower shaved legs in the winter! I received a sample of this Shower Oil a while back from Sephora, and I have to admit that my daughter was the first to realize what a gem it is. She took it from my sample stash, and then asked me to buy her some more as she LOVED using it to shave her legs. I bought her a big ole bottle, and have bought her a few more since. But it was only recently that I purchased one for myself, and let me tell you...I wish I wouldn't have waited so long! The smell is divine...a very subtle almond, that doesn't leave you smelling once you're out of the shower. But the ease in shaving is something I've never achieved in the shower before. And my legs go from combo scaley/wooly to smooth and moisturized. You won't be disappointed.


 The Kindness Boomerang by Orly Wahba

The Kindness Boomerang by Orly Wahba: You might be wondering why I'm putting this in a Friday Favorites, and not devoting a full review to it. Chances are I will write a full one in the future, but this book is laid out in 365 devotional style, and I'm actually in March right now (crazy, I know) I wanted to tell you about it sooner rather than later! I am highlighting this one like crazy, and it fills my heart up. Chock full of inspiring ideas for spreading kindness in the world, and stories of how the author did the same both on her own and with school children, it reminds me that there are still amazingly wonderful people out there who are trying to make this world a better place. And sometimes we really, really need to be reminded of that! I think we all need this book, and to put the ideas...and the brilliant ones we come up with while reading it...into practice daily in our lives. 


 The Voice on NBC

The Voice: Is anybody else watching this?!? When the show first started, we watched regularly...and then stopped for some reason. I think it probably had something to do with my husband working late every damn day, and me working nights sometimes, and yadda yadda yadda. But we started watching again, and I quickly remembered why we loved watching before. And let me tell you...I think Kelly Clarkson might be my long lost twin!! Well, except she sings better than I do. But I LOVE that lady! I mean, I will forever love the Adam Levine/Blake Shelton dynamic, and they still crack me up. But Kelly Clarkson has added such verve and pure joy to the show! She can't help herself...she is up and dancing when she loves what someone is doing. Her heart is broken anytime she can't keep a singer. I LOVE Kelly Clarkson. Maybe instead of The Voice, I should've just put Kelly Clarkson as a Friday Favorite??? 


Bubly Water: I have a confession to make. I've been cheating on my LaCroix sparkling water. I know!! I feel so bad. Since I started Weight Watchers in November, I have drank 2 Coke Zeroes...and rely heavily on sparkling water for both an aid in getting in my daily water intake but also to fill the void in my life where Soda used to be. I am a DAILY Cold Orange LaCroix drinker...occasionally mixing things up with a Coconut. But the other day my husband brought me home a box of Orange Bubly Sparkling Water, and let me tell tastes like an orange Starburst! Now, I'm not saying those were my favorite in a bag of Starburst...but the orange flavor is just different enough that I was hooked. So when I went to Target the other day I picked up a strawberry bubly know, strawberry Starburst actually WERE my favorite in the bag...and it was SO YUMMY! And then I went and admitted out loud, to both my husband and my son, that every time I looked down at the can and saw the little "hiiii" on the pop top, it warmed my heart and made me happy. I may be a convert. 


 Chloe and Isabel

Statement Jewelry: Okay, my inner critic is screaming that you're reading this and thinking that I just started selling jewelry and am already pitching it on the blog...but I actually started writing this about 4 days before I signed up to sell Chloe + Isabel shut up inner critic!! (I added that portion when editing today...because I'm neurotic) Let me tell y'all about my love of jewelry. Back in high school and my early twenties, I walked around with about 6 of my fingers adorned with rings, normally always had a bracelet on, wore one or two necklaces every day (with one I wore 24/7 unless I changed it up), and don't get me started about my earring collection. And then somewhere along the way, probably as the rings got tighter, I just stopped. I would wear simple stud earrings, but that was about it. My second earring hole filled in, and my collection dwindled. Then a few years ago, about the time I started watching YouTube beauty and lifestyle videos, I remembered my love of jewelry. And I was introduced to the Statement Necklace and Earring. Now, let me tell ya...I had been wearing nothing but simple studs and hoops for decades. But I looked at these beautiful necklaces full of multi-colored flowers, and big pink chunky stones and I got excited! And earrings that looked like crystal bees with purple stones and antique metal finishes!! I SO wanted to be excited about getting ready in the morning, and adorn myself with pieces that made my soul happy. And then that inner worrier started screaming that people might think it was weird...or what would they say...or am I really the type of lady who can get away with that...or are women who weigh as much as I do supposed to draw attention to themselves...and a million other niggling anxieties. But I tell ya...we are given one life to live, people. And it's too short to wear boring shit because you're worried people will think it odd that you went from simple silver hoops to earrings that your husband jokes look like Beetlejuice. So while you will probably find me wearing a plain black or grey top, with a pair of neck, wrist, fingers and ears will now be decked out in the most beautiful baubles I can afford, simply because it makes me happy (whether that be statement or simple). So, if you haven't embraced the Statement Jewelry phenomenon because of any of the reasons I listed above, I ask you to tell your inner worrier to shut the heck up, and give it a try. There's a reason you're seeing them everywhere now. Our predecessors (and the younguns) knew what they were doing. 

My Beetlejuice Earrings

So there's my Friday Faves for you today!! I hope you've enjoyed, and maybe found something that sounds good to you too. Let me know in the comments if there's anything you're REALLY loving today, or if you're a fan of anything I listed above. I'd love to hear about it! 

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  1. That little "hiiii" is adorable on the cans of bubly!