Hi frands, how are things?
I’ve been meaning to do a favorites post for the last, um, 6 months, every month, and then I don’t. Also my favorites have been prettayy.. prettayy.. boring, at least to my standards. Not much new or exciting in the beauty department because I’m being boring but also really picky about what products I use right now, and the rest are most likely somewhat maternity related (snoozarama.) So instead I thought I’d do just a super concise “Random Things I’m Loving” update so I can at least tell you about a few of the items I’ve been really excited to share, and momentarily take my mind off the fact that there is going to be a baby here sometime in the next, oh, 4 weeks (hopefully). Totally casual… Ready set go.
This was one of those “oh you think you’re done shopping? NOT QUITE!” items in Ulta that I grabbed on my way out. I’m a big lover of a lot of the Mario Badescu products, and bonus, they’re preggo-friendly. And because I use a powder foundation (BareMinersals Matte) and have pretty oily skin, I always have to finish my makeup application process with some kind of setting powder and then a spray to keep my skin looking fresh and not cakey. For years I’ve used the Urban Decay All Nighter spray (which works wonderfully) but it’s a much higher price point and it doesn’t have the wonderful smell that this little guy does. I have a larger bottle at home ($7) for makeup application, and then I carry a smaller travel sized bottle ($5 from Ulta) in my purse all day to spritz my mug anytime I feel like I need a little refresher or just want to feel fancy. Definitely a must-have for these shweaty summer months, but I will definitely keep using this year-round.
This was a totally random purchase for me about 2 months ago. I had a coupon for something off a something dollar purchase of BareMinerals and was toiling over mascaras and blushes and eyeshadows (oh my…), and then these caught me eye. And as much as God knows I don’t need anymore lip products, I swatched one and I was done. It’s soooo creamy and I am obsessed with the glossiness of it combined with the color payoff. I love this color for summer, it’s a true bright pink with blueish hues, it’s not too over-the-top, and you can really tone it down or amp it up depending on how much you apply. Plus the moisture is out of control. Get you some.
I know. Cleaning products. BFD. But ummm, have you used these? I first tried the dish soap when I was at my SIL’s house in Florida last summer and I was finding myself going out of my way to do dishes and wash my hands with this stuff because it smells that good. I’m a total lavender freak as is, but this is just the best. I love it so much it’s the only dish soap I buy now, and frankly it’s not that expensive compared to your average bottle. Plus it’s all natural, blah blah blah, I’m a hippy. Anyways, I almost bought the detergent, but that is pretty pricey, so instead my aunt suggested I try the fabric softener which is half the price and leaves behind more of the scent anyways. Genius! I’m tempted to try some of the other scents, but I have too much love for these ones to stray just yet. But let me know if you guys have used any of them and if they’re as good!
Another ho-hum product, but guys, this is the jam. If you’re a germaphobe like I am, and constantly out meeting people, shaking hands, opening doors, using public bathrooms, living in the big scary world of rampant diseases… ok, let’s reel it in, but you get the picture. KEEP YOUR HANDS CLEAN! I always keep a squeeze bottle of sanitizer in my purse and some wipes in my car, but I never really love the smell and sometimes the bottle leaks and it drives me nuts. I tried this about a month ago because I was gazing at their line of products in Target and thought why not? Why not, indeed. I’m not sure what the scent of this is exactly, but I’d say light and fresh, not at all that gross alcoholy smell and I like that you get just enough without a big goop that you end up wiping on your pants. Just don’t confuse this with the rosewater face spray mentioned above if you carry them both in your purse. I may have done that once. Ok twice. (It’s fine.)
5. Krave S’mores Cereal
Ok, I admit it. I’m a cereal junkie. Always have been. I think it stems from the fact that when we were kids, my mom was pretty strict on not buying sugary craptastic cereal for us (besides the occasional Cinnamon Toast Crunch, which always disappeared in under 24 hours) so I had to rely on sleepovers at a friend’s house and really sweet babysitting gigs to get my fix. So when I got to college and saw that glorious cereal buffet with everything from Cookie Crisp to Fruit Loops, it was on. I still eat nice healthy cereal for breakfast every now and then, but this kind of cereal I concider “dessert lite”, and ever since I got knocked up, it’s something I cannot quit. Some nights I want ice cream, some nights I want a big bowl of something crunchy and sweet out of a box. Some nights… both. But this has been my go-to cereal the last few months (esp since I ran out of the TJ’s Strawberry Yogurt O’s, wah). And be warned, there’s no going back to plain chocolate Krave after this, friends. It’s a lifestyle choice. Don’t judge me, but I’ve been toying with the thought of making rice-crispy-style treats with this for the ultimate marshmallowy delight. Stay tuned.
So as promised, short and sweet this time! (Heads up: there are a few affiliate links above, no pressure.) And now please tell me if there are other things I need to add to my current list or random stuff you’re loving! Kthanxbye.