I hope everyone had a great New Year’s Eve! Our’s was pretty low key (at home), but we spent it together. We ate way too much Chinese food for dinner (anyone else eat Chinese on NYE?) and then got high on sodium.
I *might* have had to take a little catnap to stay awake, but I managed to stay up until 2013.
We woke up the kids at 11:30. They were not impressed.
We toasted at midnight (ok, maybe I took this before midnight)…
And then went outside and lit sparklers (mainly because I’ve had them for 2 years and have done nothing with them).
We also watched a bunch of our drunk neighbors light paper lanterns and watch them drift into the wooded area behind our house. We thought we were going to have to call the fire department a few times, but thankfully it’s rained recently. Talk about a heart attack! Idiots.
In the spirit of the new year (ok – not really – I’m just really bad at segues) — I wanted to share some of the things I’ve recently discovered that I’m completely infatuated with lately.
This face wash: Bare Minerals Deep Cleansing Foam
I got this as a sample with a recent Sephora order a couple of months ago and figured “Eh, why not try it.” I’m usually a Cetaphil bar soap/Neutrogena Naturals kinda girl, but lately my skin has been HORRIBLE. I couldn’t decide if it was due to hormones or just due to what I was using to clean my face. After using this, I’m pretty sure it’s what I was using to clean my face.
I put a little bit on my Clarsonic (which, for the record I am still loving 6 months later) and my face feels amazing.
This facial moisturizer: Origins Zero Oil Lotion
I haven’t been able to wear lotion on my face for the past 3 months. I take that back – I wear it, but I regret it. It’s been a nightmare because it’s not like I don’t NEED to wear it. So my face has either felt dry and dead looking or like I was going through puberty again.
I did some research and I found the Zero Oil Lotion — and I am SO thankful. It’s perfect for my skin and it also acts as great primer for makeup. It’s not cheap, but I guess I should just accept that cheap + skincare is just not going to happen. I haven’t given in to anti-aging serums and whatnot quite yet – but I’m sure that will happen soon enough!
This coffee maker: Cuisinart Grind and Brew
My coffee maker died the day AFTER Christmas. I was pretty bummed – mainly because I had to go to work and coffee is the only thing that gets me there. I typically drink one big cup (or two smaller cups) even going a few hours without it in the morning is painful (yes, this is a first world problem for sure).
I briefly considered going the Keurig route – but meh. Keurig brewed coffee is just NOT strong enough for me. Then I considered the Verissimo (Starbucks coffee maker), but it’s really not flexible enough for me. While I love Starbucks lattes, I’m not a huge fan of their coffee (go figure). So when Kate recommended I check out a grind and brew machine a lightbulb went off! And that’s exactly what I went with (plus it was on mega sale on Amazon!). I’ve had it since last week and it brews some amazing coffee.
This body lotion: Organix Hydrating Moroccan Argan Oil Creamy Oil Body Lotion (<–world’s long name for lotion)
I am itchy 98% of the time — especially when I forgot to put on lotion (which is more often than I’d like to admit) — but this stuff is amazing. The best part? It’s not greasy. It’s hard to explain, but when it dries it feels more like a powder. This is good thing because even though I have ridiculously dry skin, I HATE the way lotion feels on my skin. Illogical? Yes.
This hair stuff: Organix Moroccan Argan Penetrating Oil
I didn’t even realize that this was the same brand as my lotion until I saw the bottles sitting next to each other (yes, I am special) – but I LOVE this stuff for my hair and it’s not insanely expensive (I think it was $7 for the bottle – and you get a lot of it). It doesn’t weigh my hair down and it doesn’t make my hair feel stiff or sticky. I guess you could say it does a good job penetrating it.
This drink: Uncle Matt’s Organic Orange Juice
Just looking at this picture makes me want to drink another glass. It tastes fresh, it’s family owned, AND it’s local. I just saw this at my Publix yesterday I’m pretty sure I could down the whole bottle in one sitting. Chugging contest anyone? I’m not letting myself, but I could. This MIGHT be because I’m suddenly craving OJ or it could be because it’s awesome.
Is there anything that you’re loving lately?FYI – I’m not getting anything for pimping out these products. They aren’t even linked to any kind of affiliate program. I just really like them and I hate that I have to post this disclaimer but it bothers me more than when people aren’t forthcoming about what they are posting.