Hey everyone! I want to update you on a few things I’ve been using for the last 2+ months, with which I have fallen in love/lurrrrve.
In no particular order, I give to you…
1. Lily Organics Kukui Sensitive Facial Oil Treatment (Unscented), $28.99. I can sum this one up easily: WOW. I received this luxe oil to try out about 2–3 months ago and noticed a difference after the first night. The area around my eyes gets dehydrated easily, and I want to keep it free of fine lines (no wrinkles, thank you). The oil feels light and silky, and has no discernible scent. I like that it absorbs quickly, so as not leave any marks on my pillowcase. It completely hydrated and smoothed out my dehydration lines – I have zero now. Zero. I love that the ingredients are “clean” and simple, and they make use of the natural form of vitamin E (d-alpha, not dl-), which is a potent antioxidant and skin lovin’ hydrator. I have a sneaking suspicion this one will end up on next year’s Epic Beauty Awards.
2. Skin Apotheke Wild Rose and Sandalwood Mask, $15.50. You may be wondering why Skin Apotheke keeps popping up in my “favorite” products lists and in my skin care routines over the past several years. Well, ask Ria (SA’s owner and skin care magician). I just can’t help that this woman keeps churning out miraculous handmade formulas. This mask is no exception. One, I love the incredible deep red color of this mask. Two, I love the delicious, earthy rose smell. And three, I love that it does a great job of balancing my oilier T-zone, and how quickly and thoroughly it completely eliminates any redness, irritation, and…blackheads (a welcome result). All gone! I do a little mini-facial for myself about once a week, and this has been a perfect final step to my simple facial.
3. Sprout Skin Care Cleanser and Toner, $24 each. Two new tools in my beauty arsenal that I will not go without. At first I was sent samples to review but loved them so much I repurchased on my own. The Sprout Cleanser is a watery, toner-like consistency, which I apply with a cotton ball at nighttime. First, I do my usual warm-filtered-water-towel-on-the-face thing for a few minutes, swipe the cleanser on using a cotton ball, and then give a quick rinse with filtered water. The simple, all natural glycerin and rosewater (yes, it smells like roses) mixture does an excellent job of removing any dirt or oil remnants. Sometimes I’ll swipe some on my hands to eliminate any dryness. Some nights, I’ll just wash my face with water like usual and swipe some Sprout-Toner–soaked cotton balls on my face, skipping the glycerin cleanser altogether. The toner is a simple mix of apple cider vinegar, witch hazel, and essential oils, which does a wonderful job of balancing the skin’s pH and preventing pimples. While being a bit expensive for being so simple (their catchphrase, after all, is “simplicity is the essence of awesome”), I love that they use quality ingredients and have so carefully formulated their products. Another plus is the products are so long-lasting (I have another 1–2 months to go in order to finish ‘em off). Their blends work amazingly well, are non-drying, and leave a beautiful glow to the skin.
4. JumpSport Fitness Trampoline Model 250, $239. It may seem silly, but I have wanted a trampoline sooo badly, since I was a wee lass. My dad never let us have one because he deemed it unsafe for soft, breakable kid bodies. But my dream never died. For the past few years, “rebounding” for exercise has caught my attention – for some reason, I never thought of jumping gleefully on a trampoline to be a workout. Alas, it is, and a very effective, NASA-endorsed one at that. So after my typical obsessive research period, I finally bit the bullet and bought this “fitness trampoline” (a.k.a. rebounder) by JumpSport. There was no way in hell I was going to spend $800 on a Bellicon, nor did I want to spend $50-$80 to replace cheapo spring-based rebounders every few months. Not a day goes by where I don’t jump on this little beast (it sits in the middle of my living room). I love it. It’s silent (no squeaky springs, it has bungees instead), it’s easy on the joints, and best of all, it’s an easy, super fun way for me to some quick cardio in and get the blood/lymph moving.
Hope you enjoyed this post. Leave a comment letting me know your latest must-haves! Seriously, I wanna know.