What I’m Loving Now

This is quite a random collection of things I am currently obsessing over this summer:

IMG_5029I’ve been wanting to try a new skin routine for quite some time now, but everything out there seems either super expensive or irritates my skin. My mother-in-law recommended that I try First Aid Beauty (aka FAB) products because they are made for sensitive skin, so I did a bit of research on it and then took the plunge. I bought a few items from the line, including the Milk Oil Conditioning Cleanser, which gets mixed reviews. It’s a facial cleanser that you rub into your skin without water and it dissolves all of your makeup (including waterproof mascara). I used a damp washcloth to gently wipe off my face afterwards, but the label says you can use a tissue or cotton pad (which, if that really works, would be perfect for traveling). So far, I am super impressed by this product. It does what it says, and it made my skin feel super soft. The Ultra Repair Cream feels amazing and I’m liking that so far. I wanted something really gentle to cleanse my face in the morning, so I purchased the Ultra Repair Wash. This is actually a body wash, but you can use it on your face as well. I read many reviews  and testimonials before I put this on my face, don’t worry! FAB products are free of harsh chemicals, and although I’m no expert on skin this sounded pretty good to me. Since I just started with these products this week I’ll let y’all know how they work out in the long run. Lately, I’ve had pretty dry skin with breakouts along my chin here and there…and to be honest, it’s driving me CRAY! It’s about time I take action! Also, I plan on adding some type of eye cream and serum to this newfound beauty regimen (depending on how this works out) but I am going to wait a week or so because I need to continue my research. If you have any recommendations on that, let me know!

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Some of y’all are going to be VERY shocked by this, but I went to Trader Joe’s for one of the first times EVER yesterday. I had been to one before but didn’t really look around. I was too busy comparing it to Publix and did not give it a fair chance. This being said, I am pretty impressed by their prices and the quality of the items they have to offer. For instance: the flowers. Oh, the flowers! I purchased two bouquets for $3 a piece and put together this arrangement (something I am by NO MEANS a profesh at…at ALL) that I would NEVER be able to get at my go-to grocery store. All flowers aside, I found some other amazing deals. I tried cooking with coconut oil for the first time ever last night, found some great priced almond meal that will be perfect for my macaron baking fiascos, and also purchased a bottle of the $4 Trader Joe’s wine that I keep hearing about (btw I need some direction on this…there were several Trader Joe’s wines available and I wasn’t sure which one is the one that everyone always raves about?). All in all, I think it’s safe to say I love Trader Joe’s. Some people are just late to the party…but at least I finally showed up.

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Just a few other items that I’m love, love, loving for the summer: Havaianas slim flip flops (many more styles to choose from in store). Who am I kidding, I’ve been loving these forever. They are just so comfy and cute. There are so many different styles to choose from that I’m sure anyone can find something. Annnd, did I mention, are always on sale at Nordstrom Rack for like $12. No brainer. This next one is a little bit pricey, and I know that people will judge me for getting sucked into all the hype! But I DON’T CARE! Because it totally works, and is sooooo worth the price: Pureology shampoo and conditioner. I know, I know…I used to be among those who judged and laughed at the fact people spent this kinda money on shampoo. But, when I went lighter with my naturally curly locks this summer, I needed something that would not continue to make them feel like straw after washing. I decided to just give it a try, and I don’t think I will ever be able to go back to regular shampoo. It also helps that one little bottle has lasted me since February…and I’m still not finished with it! Since the formula is so concentrated, you just don’t need as much as regular shampoo to start up a good lather. I do not have to wash my hair as often which is also great, since I hate blow drying my mane. This stuff smells great and makes my hair feel great, too. I’ve noticed it’s also more manageable, and actually growing faster and not breaking off at the ends as much as it used to. My final summer must-have is Essie nail polish, particularly in “Knockout Pout.” I found this color online and looked for it in stores everywhere, and then to my surprise came upon it in TJMaxx…for $3.99. I also love Essie nail polish in “Urban Jungle” and “Turquoise & Caicos”….you can’t go wrong with these hues in the summer months. Thanks for reading this super long post! Any and all beauty/Trader Joe’s recommendations are welcome!

Thrift on!

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