The Coolest Thing I Have Ever Done

That title might be a bit of an exaggeration, especially since I’ve rappelled down a waterfall in Costa Rica and just this past week swapped my face with Mike Tyson’s (thanks, Snapchat), but we’re going to go with it because this is still quite high on the cool scale.

Google is quickly becoming my OCD best friend. There is really nothing in my life that I haven’t converted to a Google Doc or Keep list, and now I’ve figured out how to use it to map out my vacations as well.

Final with Text

First thing you have to do, after you gather the necessary snacks (I’m looking at YOU, salted caramel popcorn), is log into your Google account and go to your Drive. I’m using this as a starting point because I feel like we’re all familiar with Google by now, but if I’ve already lost you, feel free to send me your questions!

Next, click on the “new” button, then “more”, and you should see “Google My Maps”

Google Drive

This will open an a brand new, untitled, fresh, clean map for us to make a mess out of.

Untitled Map

You can name your map by clicking where it says “Untitled map” and typing in the name of your destination. Or you could be much more clever than I was and type in a fun code word for your trip, which really opens up a lot of doors if you’re traveling to somewhere like Middelfart, Denmark or Dick’s Knob, GA. Seriously. These places (and worse) exist.

There are a whole lot of other options here (for example, you can change the look of the base map), but in the interest of keeping this quick and simple, I’m going to let you guys play around with some of that stuff on your own. Again, feel free to send questions if you have ’em!

I used this feature most recently for a weekend in Portland, Maine, so I’m going to share with you some of things I added to my own map and how I organized it. The first thing I did was to add a pin for the location of our hotel. To do this, just type the name of it (or its address) into the search bar at the top of your map, just as if you were searching Google Maps. A little box will pop up with the details and, if this is correct, click the plus sign to add a pin to your map.

Add to Map

Now that you have placed a pin, you can add and edit some of the details. I changed the name of the layer to “Hotel” by clicking where it says “Untitled layer” on the left and overwriting it. This is helpful if you want to be able to turn on/off some of the pins on your map should you only want to see “Restaurants”, or “Beaches”, or “Every Ice Cream Place Within a 5-mile Radius”. You know, the necessities.

I also changed the pin color to black by clicking the paint can icon. I used a different color pin for each of my layers so it was easy to distinguish what category of pins I was looking at.


By using the icons next to the paint can, you can also add an image, directions, or notes for this pin. I used the notes area a bit in my next layer. You can add a new layer by clicking “Add layer” on the left (because what else would they call it, silly?). I made a separate layer for all of the restaurants, breweries, and “other things” we planned to visit that weekend. In the screenshot below, I have already added pins to each layer by following my instructions above.


As I probably mentioned, we are alcoholics-in-training and so we planned to visit several breweries that weekend. I wanted to keep track of the different hours and offerings at each one, so here is where the notes field comes in handy. Click on the pin you want to add information to and click the pencil icon. You will be able to add text here as well as change the name of the pin (if you wanted to).


Keep adding layers, pins, and details until you’re satisfied that your map looks like a good time and then you’re done! Speaking of good time, you can also do a few other cool things with the icons under the search bar, like draw a line from one place to the other, or just because. You can add a pin of your own using the “add marker” function, or calculate the distance between points using the ruler. So if I were planning to walk back to the hotel from dinner in order to burn off some (delicious) calories, it looks like I have about 5 miles to train for, plus a quick swim.


That’s it!! The map will appear in your Google Drive now and you can view your notes or click on pins for directions from wherever you are, plus you now have a little digital keepsake to help remember your trip. How cool is the internet??

p.s. If you’re interested in any of these places in Portland (and a few others!), stay tuned because I’m going to post a recap of that trip next week! With WAY too many photos.

What’s in My Mailbox?

No, really, what’s in my mailbox? Can someone go check because it’s December now and that means I absolutely cannot leave this couch without unwrapping myself from blankets, re-wrapping myself in flannel and fleece, and finding a matching pair of gloves.

So these things are actually not in my mailbox right now, but they were recently and I’m so excited about them that I needed to share them with someone. Well, that’s actually not true. These were all too big to fit in my mailbox, so they were left on a table next to my mailbox, but that didn’t make for a very catchy (or short) blog post title.

Speaking of things left next to my mailbox… I went downstairs on Black Friday to find a package addressed to me from the North Pole and just about lost my $#&@ when I realized it was my very own Elf on the Shelf! Let’s keep in mind that I’m a childless 34-year old, but I have wanted one for so long now and was so touched that someone from the North Pole hand-delivered one to me that I got all emotional reading the book and started doing that weird laugh-crying thing. Dan said it looked as if some sort of exorcism was happening. Ok, moving on now.

First up! If you’ve been anywhere within 5 feet of me since last month, you’ve heard me talk about my Stitch Fix box. This was actually my second one and I’m counting down the days until my third one arrives. Ten. In case you were wondering.


I won’t go into too much detail here since we have a lot of things to cover, but Stitch Fix is basically a subscription service where you pay $20 per box for your stylist to choose 5 things they think you will love. That $20 goes toward anything you buy, so you only lose it if you buy nothing.


Things I love: the clothes, choosing how often you want to receive a box, sending everything back in a prepaid envelope, styling ideas, and the anticipation.


Things I don’t love: the prices are high for some items. That’s literally the only thing I don’t love. And apparently I’m excellent at convincing myself that it’s worth it because last month I splurged (<----- gross word) on a pair of $78 jeans. I have never spent that much on jeans in my life, but these were so soft and I had been dying for a distressed pair, so I kept them and have not regretted it. They're my new weekend uniform. I've also kept the shirt above and a scarf, but those weren't nearly as expensive. SAMSUNG CSC

Ok, NEXT! I have a slight obsession with subscription services, so I also just received my first Love with Food box. I’ve been in love with food my whole life, so it’s refreshing to finally come out of the pantry about it and have this love recognized.


There are several different plans to chose from, but this is the tasting box filled with 8 different snacks for $10/month (it’s less if you commit to more than month-to-month). Guys. There was CHOCOLATE!


And this!


And some healthy-ish snacks for those who need that. I wash those down with cheesecake.


I threw everything into my work bag, so my morning snack was really exciting for a few days. Yes, only a few days. Don’t judge.

For every box they sell, they donate a meal to a food bank, so I think the warm and fuzzy feeling that goes along with that also burns some calories. It’s science or something.

Next up is an item on my Christmas list that I could not wait until Christmas for, so I ordered it for myself. I find with Christmas that for every one thing I buy as a gift, one more thing comes off my own list as well. More science perhaps?


This is the Smashbox Art Love Color Master Class palette and I think I have already got my money’s worth with it. I have honestly used it every single day since I got it a couple of weeks ago. There are 32 shadows, 6 blushes (1 is more of a bronzer) and 2 highlighters, and the colors are just incredible and so pigmented.



And of course, you always get lots of free goodies when you order online at Sephora.


Oh, actually, there have been a lot of bills in my mailbox lately too. Should I go photograph them?

If you want to see any of these in more detail, let me know in the comments! My next subscription boxes will arriving soon!

[Nothing posted has been sponsored, but a few referral links are included above because why not?]

Trader Joe’s favorites!

Even as I’m starting this post, I’m realizing all of the other items that should be part of this. Maybe a new blog series? It could work, especially since Trader Joe’s changes up their selection pretty frequently.

First up: Snack foods. Would you expect anything else from me?


I hesitated to try the Raisin Rosemary Crisps, but now I want to go back and eat more of them to make up for that. I know it sounds like an odd combination, but they’re really good and most of the time I don’t even dip them in anything. The Pita Bite crackers I either dip in hummus, a tzatziki sauce (TJ’s also has an awesome one!), or I heat them up with pieces of mozzarella string cheese on top and pretend it’s healthy nachos. Whatever works.

Now that we’ve snacked, I guess we can move along logically to breakfast?


Dan and I go through so many boxes of both of these. He eats the waffles plain or with syrup while I prefer them with almond or peanut butter and some fruit on top. Same story with the oatmeal – Dan likes it plain, I like to add some fruit (more on that below).


These pomegranate seeds? Everything. I can eat an entire box of them in one sitting and I’ve even googled whether you can have too many. I told Google “a friend” wanted to know. These are what I throw on top of my oatmeal and I love the combination of the mush (is there a better word to describe oatmeal?) with the crunch. The feta also ends up on top of every pasta dish I make, including these ravioli. I can’t always find these, but when I do, I stock up. They were even part of Easter dinner this year!


Ugh, these things are so good. I usually dip them in some of my flavored balsamics, but I’ve also melted cheese over them. I would imagine they’re good plain as well, but I can’t stop putting cheese on things, so I may never know.


Speaking of things to add cheese to. This is my absolute favorite pizza and we both buy it all the time. The cheese with the squash, and then there are green things on it that disguise it as healthy. MMMmmmmm.


You know that commercial for hot sauce where the old woman says “I put that $#@% on everything”? Well, I put this garlic salt on EVERYthing. I bought it on a whim one day and I can’t get over how flavorful it is, even with just a sprinkle of it on pasta, bread, salads, pizza, cupcakes. Ok, I’m kidding about that last one, but…maybe?

The chocolate bar says “sugar free” and yet it still tastes amazing. It’s dark chocolate, so it’s doing good things for my heart too, which is why I have to eat a piece every night. Right?

Ok, your turn!! What things do you love to buy from TJs? We wait for the pumpkin waffles every fall and we’re constantly buying salads. Oh, and their burritos! And some of the iced teas. And wine. Ok, I think we will be doing another one of these soon…

March Goal Recap & April Monthly Goals

It’s that time again!

Here’s another look at what my goals were for March:

2015 Monthly Goals - March

I’m happy to say that I accomplished each one of these and, while there is still room for improvement on a couple, it’s nice to finally feel like I had a successful month.

I used up a lot of things that I had been saving for “the right moment” – a facial scrub, some face masks, an eye cream, and some makeup samples, just to name a few. Some of them I may repurchase, and for others it was nice to use them up and make space for some new things. It felt like I was treating myself every time I used a product that had previously just been sitting around! Spoiler alert: I had so much fun with this that one of my April goals is based on the same concept!

I found a dress!! It was actually one of the most uneventful wedding experiences so far, but one of the least stressful and I certainly needed that. I had tried on a few dresses with my mom, but none that I really loved and was having a hard time finding a style that fit the slightly nontraditional route that I knew I wanted to take. I ended up seeing a dress online at David’s Bridal, so I popped in one afternoon by myself, tried it on, and walked out with it 20 minutes later! I hadn’t expected to like it, so I think there was so little pressure in trying it on that it was just a really low key experience. The employees now refer to me as “The World’s Fastest Bride”. I’ll take it. 🙂

I am proud to say that I have limited myself to Starbucks breakfasts only one day per week. That’s not to say that I haven’t visited for a late afternoon latte, but we’re taking baby steps here. I’ve been having a lot of oatmeal (with pomegranate seeds – delicious!), whole grain waffles, and fruit. If you have any other breakfast ideas for me (because I tend to get bored quickly) please leave them below!

Here’s what’s on the agenda for April:

2015 Monthly Goals - April

I have a lot of DIY projects in mind for our upcoming wedding, but so far they’re all sitting in various Michael’s and AC Moore bags around the apartment. The goal this month is to complete at least one of them so that I can enjoy my summer and not be buried inside under a pile of glitter and glue.

As I mentioned before, it felt so nice to use up a bunch of products last month and create some much needed free space, so I’ve decided to apply this to my wardrobe and jewelry collection as well. I intend to purge my closet and discover some new ways to wear old pieces. It will be like shopping for free in my own closet! Plus, it will be nice to make a little extra cash at the consignment store 😉

Lastly, I intend to get up early one or two days each week to add some time to my day. Lately I’ve been feeling like there just isn’t enough time in a day to get everything done and still have some time for me, so if I can get up even 20 minutes earlier to throw in a load of laundry or take care of some online banking before work, that will make my nights a little less chaotic. I hope.

Wish me luck! What things would you like to accomplish this month??

Sephora Haul

So I know hauls are usually done on YouTube where I could easily show you my new products while talking on and on about them, but the thought of sitting in front of a camera and listening to my own voice while I play it back? Ew, no.

You guys definitely seem to be more interested in beauty posts though, and I get the most feedback when I talk about some of my favorite products (#1 and #2), so I figured I would share a few things that I ordered from Sephora over the weekend.


The main thing I wanted was this Murad Clarifying Cleanser that was part of my last favorites post. I had bought the starter kit that comes with 4 sample sizes of a cleanser, treatment lotion, moisturizer, and spot treatment. While I wasn’t a huge fan of the moisturizer, I did like the cleanser and the treatment products. I will say that it has seemed to lose its effectiveness a bit, but that’s also because I seemed to lose the motivation to use it twice a day. I was almost out of the cleanser so I decided to buy the full-size version and stick with it a bit longer.


The next thing I wanted was this Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara in black. I first received this as a trial size in one of the gift-with-purchase promotions. I was holding off on buying the full size version until there was another Clinique gift at Macy’s (starts today!), but I felt kind of …meh about most of the items in the gift and I have enough of those bags to wallpaper my bathroom now, so I grabbed it at Sephora instead. This is my current favorite mascara and even though I have five other brands currently on rotation in my makeup bag (indecisive much?), this is the one I usually reach for.


I’ve become a big fan of using makeup brushes to apply everything from foundation to powder to shadow. I used to be the girl who just used the sponges or little applicators that came with my makeup, but I’ve since become a bit of a brush snob. That being said, my collection has been lacking a crease brush for a while and I’ve even tried to use a small blush brush to blend my eye makeup. Yes, you’re right. That was a disaster. I don’t have any other Sephora brushes, but I’m hoping this Sephora Crease Brush #73 will help me avoid any more panda eyes.

Those were the three items that I purchased, but if you’ve ordered from Sephora before, you know that you usually end up with a stack of awesome samples. First up was my birthday bonus – a pair of Nars lipstick crayons in Cruella and Rikugien (if you can promounce that, you win.) I’ve never owned anything by Nars, but I do know that last year’s birthday gift (a Makeup Forever lipstick) is my all-time favorite everyday lipstick, so I’m trusting Sephora on this one.


When you sign up to be a Beauty Insider, you not only get the annual birthday gift, but you earn points on purchases that can be exchanged for products. I used 100 of my points this month to get this Lancome Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover since I’m almost out of my Clinique bottle.


Another helpful tip is to google “Sephora promotional code” whenever you order online from them. Most likely you will find several to chose from and score yourself some extra stuff. The one I used got me this Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment. I have one of these in a wine color and I barely use it, so it definitely wasn’t worth spending $22 on for me (I spent WHAT on a lip balm?!?), but the internet seems to love these things, so I’m giving it another shot. I suspect I might like it better now that it’s free.


And finally, the samples! Usually you get to pick three with every order, but I was able to chose five this time.


First up is the Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer. I’ve seen a little bit about this on the internet – both good & bad – so I’m curious to try it.

The Dr. Brandt pores no more primer – you know I love my primers and I can easily be sold by the thought of being poreless.

I’m not really sure why I chose the Living Proof Curl Conditioning Wash. I think I just want Jennifer Aniston’s hair. Now and in the 90’s.

I had a bit of a moral dilema with this one. I hear good things about the Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation, but she did ruin Sandra Bullock’s marriage, so… We’ll see.

The last one they screwed up on a little bit, but I don’t mind. I was supposed to be getting a sample of the Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation (it even says it on my packing list), but instead ended up with this Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer set. I’m actually kind of glad this happened now that I think about it because I already have several other foundation samples. Mixin’ it up a bit.

So there it is! I’m also on the hunt for some purple eyeshadow shades, a shampoo that lathers but doesn’t ruin my hair, and a new eye cream. Any suggestions? I haven’t been to Sephora in about three hours so I’m overdue.

Drinking Away the Springtime Blues with Brews!

What do you do when the first day of spring delivers a few more inches of snow? You hop on a flight! Or you head to a brewery to get some hops on a flight. My apologies to everyone who follows me on social media and has already heard that line, but I have a love of terrible puns and I couldn’t leave it out.


We took a ride up to Gloucester to tour Cape Ann Brewing Company and we were not disappointed! As you locals know, Gloucester is very much a fishing town and it’s evident in the decor both inside and outside the brewery.


You can even play a game trying to hook a fish on the wall. Bonus points if you can do it with a beer in the other hand.


This was a little different than some of the brewery tours we’ve done before in that we didn’t actually get to sample anything during the tour itself, but it was nothing less than informative. I can always be won over with a carefully drawn out diagram.


After learning how the beers were crafted, we had the opportunity to visit the pub and try a few. It’s not easy to narrow it down to just a couple when the descriptions sound this good, so we had to go with a flight to try six at once.


While most are available on tap, the barrel-aged options come in a bottle that can serve 2-3 people for $20. We were told these were best for wine drinkers because you get the cabernet flavor mixed with the beer, taking away some of the bitterness. I’m not much of a beer drinker myself, so I would have loved to try one of these, but it wasn’t included in our flight. I did, however, enjoy the Rockporter – a dark, chocolately porter named for a neighboring coastal town. Dan’s favorite was the Tea Party – a barley wine made with three flavors of tea.

We couldn’t leave without also sampling their food, so I tried a pub classic.


Dan had a BBQ chicken sandwich that he says was delicious. I can only vouch for the pickle.


With its wooden, cafeteria-style tables and its ever-changing menu of craft beers, this seems like a great place to come with friends to enjoy a few snacks and drinks. Even if you aren’t the biggest beer-enthusiast, like myself, there is something for everyone to enjoy, whether it’s a behind the scenes tour, or a plate of soft pretzels as an alternative way to get your carbs!


[This post is not sponsored and Cape Ann Brewing Company has no idea that I’m even writing about them. I simply wanted to share a positive experience and give some local love 😉 ]

Spring Favorites

I’m completely ignoring the fact that it snowed this morning and instead focusing on the fact that it warmed up to 48 degrees in the afternoon (hello, bipolar New England weather). The least little bit of sunshine makes me want to break out all my spring clothes and, of course, buy new ones. Here’s what I’m eyeing right now:

Spring Things

(1) Charlotte Russe earrings – I ordered a crap ton of earrings from Charlotte Russe recently and I love them all, but I didn’t own a single ear jacket before then and I’ve become obsessed with expanding my collection. These are just the right combination of classy and fun.

(2) NYC Madison top – This shirt comes in a few different colors, but I’m loving the bright blue.

(3) Le Rose phone case – This site actually sells an enormous collection of artsy phone covers and they all look like something that could be taken off your phone and hung on the wall.

(4) Madewell Poolside necklace – I recently bought 3 separate necklaces to layer, but it’s a bit high maintenance, so I love that this one is all one piece. The blue pop of color is another bonus!

(5) Target floral cardigan – I actually already own this and have worn it three times already. I’m in love with it and can’t wait to pair it with my mint jeans soon!

(6) Target pink flats – These read more coral to me, but they say pink. If I see them in the store, I may grab them to match my floral cardigan (above) and wear them every day of the week.

(7) Target mint satchel – I had a mint obsession last year and apparently it hasn’t left my system yet. And why should it?!

February Goal Recap & March Monthly Goals

I figured you might be tired of me posting goals around here and not much else, so instead of doing a recap post AND a new list for March, we’re just going to combine them. Here we go:

2015 Monthly Goals - February

I’m happy to say that I actually 100% accomplished something from this list! The Save the Dates went out this week and we’re starting to hear back from people about the design and the link to our wedding website. I’m loving all the feedback!

I’m starting to think cutting down on sugar just isn’t in the cards for me (evident by the fact that I just typed “carbs” instead of “cards”). I do really well with it for a few days by grabbing only one square of dark chocolate when I want something sweet, but then Cadbury Mini Eggs come out and I’m a goner. Then I will be really good again and pass up a piece of cake at an office birthday party (physically painful, don’t recommend it), only to come home and find that Dan has bought me a slice of cheesecake. Work in progress still.

I like to think I’m pretty good with numbers, but somehow 10,000 seemed a lot smaller to me before I bought a Fitbit and was supposed to take that many steps in one day. I’ve only hit that goal twice in the past three weeks, and both times involved me running laps through our small apartment, or jogging in place next to the bed at 11pm to get those last few steps in. Going for walks hasn’t been much of an option around here lately, but when all this snow finally melts, I plan to hit 10,000 multiple times a week.

Here are my goals for March:

2015 Monthly Goals - March

I have this thing, and I think it’s really a thing, so let me know if you do this also, but I’ll buy something special for myself or get a nice gift and then be afraid to use it because I want to make it last. Well, this month I’m going to try to use those things up because I should be enjoying them! There will always be more “things” when my coconut shower scrub and fancy eye cream are gone.

We’ve checked a lot off of our wedding planning list in the last month, but the one thing I haven’t been able to do is find a dress. I know sometimes they can take months to create, and even though I don’t intend to buy something custom and would rather an off-the-rack, simple number instead, I would still feel better having that checked off with time to spare.

In the name of saving money and eating better, I also need to cut down on Starbucks trips in the morning, or grabbing a snack bar as an alternative. I know there is a Pinterest board full of interesting, healthy breakfast ideas out there just calling my name. Do you have any to add?

Check back in a few weeks to see if I can finally have a month where I reach all three goals! Daylight Savings and Spring are coming this month to bring longer, sunnier days and I think that will be all the motivation I need. 🙂

Things & Stuff | Weekly Favorites

Hey, so let’s talk about something other than that hideous internet dress that changes colors like the horse from The Wizard of Oz, shall we? Here’s what I’m into this week:

(1) House of Cards is back! I considered waking up early this morning to get a few episodes in before work, but “before work” is just so early for….well, for anything really. I got half of an episode down while getting ready, and I plan to have the entire season complete by Sunday night. Hashtag GOALS.


(2) I bought a ticket today for my first ever blogging conference in April – Blog Better Boston! In fact, I think I actually bought the first ticket because I’m a little overeager, but the focus is on two of my favorite aspects of blogging – photography and design – and I can’t. freaking. wait. Is anyone else going??

(3) Wedding planning. Hyyeeeeeelllll no, that’s not a favorite, just the topic here. Things have been moving along rather quickly, overwhelmingly, and expensively, and while I have weekly meltdowns and want to cancel things and lose deposits to elope and have a BBQ on the beach (true story), there are a few things I’m really excited about. One of those is the location for our engagement photo shoot – Larz Anderson park in Brookline. I would link to it, but it links to the Auto Museum on the property and you would be all like “whaaat? you’re having photos taken in old cars?” and we’re not, so I don’t want to confuse you. But Google image search it. Gorgeous, right? Now let’s just hope for sun instead of snow that day…


(4) Speaking of the “s” word, it has ruined plans just about every weekend this month, so our Valentine’s Day trip to the Ice Castles never happened. We’re finally making it there this weekend (fingers crossed) and plan on seeing them and photographing them both in daylight and at night. We’re also checking out a new place for dinner because we heart food. A lot.

(5) Have you guys seen this shoveling dog yet? His technique needs work, but a shovel is not that much different than a vacuum, am I right? We have two cats who owe us a lot of money for vet bills, and, you know, rent, food, and someone cleaning your poop every day. I’m wondering if I can get this dog to come teach them a thing or seven.

That’s it for me! What’s exciting to you this week??

Have a fabulous weekend! 🙂

Beauty Faves #2

It’s been a while since I’ve shared with you some of my favorite beauty products. I’ve been snowed in for just about 48 hours now and my beauty routine has consisted of showers and toothpaste. At least if I talk about some of my favorite products, it will make me feel like I made a bit of an effort these last two days.

I’m still a big fan of everything that I wrote about last time, especially the eye shadows, primer, and heat spray that I use daily. Here’s what else I’ve added to my routine lately:


I’ve been trying to stick to a nightly routine where I remove all of my makeup before getting into bed. Since I’m a 33-year old with skin that can’t decide if it wants to be 40 (wrinkles) or 15 (acne), I tried to find a system similar to Proactiv, but more for adult skin. I ended up buying the Murad Acne Starter Kit at Sephora and I’m pretty happy with it so far. I like the cleanser and the acne solution (both pictured), and I do use the spot treatment at times, but I’m not a fan of the mattifying lotion. It’s a little too mattifying, even for me. The whole system is definitely intense, so I’ve started only using it at night since it makes my skin a little red during the “purging” phase, but it’s cleared things up really well!


I also use the Almay eye makeup remover pads at night and I’ve found that they don’t irritate my eyes like other removers have. They’re also super convenient, which is great when you’re trying to break lazy habits that lead to getting mascara all over your pillowcases.

The Laneige mask is also part of my nightly routine. It feels really refreshing and if you’re freaked out by the idea of sleeping in a mask, don’t be – it really feels like just a mositurizer, but I can see the difference in my skin every morning.

The Borghese scrub is my compromise between wanting to exfoliate frequently, but feeling like the St Ives Apricot scrub (you know the one) kind of rips my face off. This one is more gentle, but still gets the job done and if it’s anti-aging benefits really work, then that’s just a bonus in my mind!


I love the Cover Girl foundation because it goes on fairly smoothly, looks natural, and doesn’t require me to put powder on, which is saying a lot because my skin is very oily. It definitely lives up to it’s “shine-free” claim.

I apply it with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. These are great because they are good, quality brushes without the crazy price tag. I also have the blush brush and the powder brush and I have no complaints about any of them.


Oh my God, these Lush lip scrubs. I’m sure you’re not supposed to use them as a dessert, but I can’t even help it, I just love them so much. They taste great and I’ve become so addicted to them that I even brought a second jar of the popcorn one to work. My lips just felt so dry and gross that I needed a solution, and these are definitely helping! And look at those hearts in the Santa’s scrub!

I don’t wear a lot of perfume, but when I do, I like something clean or fruity. When the brand name is Clean, it’s safe to assume that the scent might be as well. This really does smell shower fresh and I’m excited to try some more of their scents (um, fresh laundry?? sign me up.)

For hair, this Pantene Weekly Rehab Creme has been a MUST for me this winter. And don’t tell anyone, but I use it more than weekly. Pantene seems to be one of those brands that people either love or hate, but this is a big LOVE for me.


There are some Clinique products that I use frequently, and so I wait for them to have their bonus promotions to invest in them. These next two items were part of a free gift with purchase, but I intend to repurchase them when they’re gone. The mascara is my absolute favorite and I use it every day lately. It gives me both length and volume. The lipstick is in the shade A Different Grape and it scared me at first with how dark it looks, but I attempted it one day for a nice fall look and have been wearing it on and off ever since.

This particular Laura Gellar baked blush/highlighter seems to be hard to find (I have the shade Como/Portofino), which makes sense because I’ve had it a long time without using it. It seemed too sparkly for me as a blush, but I’ve started using it as a highlighter and now I love it and wish I had tried it sooner!

Lastly, this Cover Girl eye shadow kit in Blushing Nudes has been a go-to this season when I don’t want to wear too much eye makeup or I’m in a hurry. You can tell from the photo below that I prefer the peach color and really haven’t bothered with the others yet, but that shade is the perfect brightening color without a lot of fuss.


So that’s all of my faves! What things are you loving right now?? Please share!! I have somehow spent enough money to be very close to a 500-point bonus at Sephora and I need to know what I should buy to get me there!!

[None of these are sponsored products or affiliate links, I really just love them all and wanted to share!]