I hope the first 16 days of 2020 have treated y’all well! So far I’ve been super impressed with 2020! I’m excited to share five items I’ve recently incorporated into my daily routine, in today’s Thursday’s Fab Five.
Okay, first of all, this price…$3 for two lip balms? Yes, please! I discovered SoftLips at Target, shoutout to the Target app and all those dang coupons- this was a great discovery! I love that this lip balm has SPF 20, and the price is so perfect I bought a few packs and just have them literally everywhere. My lips feel soft and hydrated when I use it- not sticky, and I don’t need to reapply every 10 minutes to keep that soft feeling, thank gawwwd.
The first Face Mask Monday of the year goes to a budget beauty buy, the Olay Glow Boost White Charcoal Clay Mask! When Olay came out with these stick face masks I thought to myself, wow this looks super easy. & guess what, it is super easy! Easy to apply, easy to remove, just all around…easy.
Olay is a super trustworthy brand, and when they came out with their line of mask sticks, it was a total game changer. Right now I only have the Glow Boost White Clay, but as my mask collection dwindles in this new year, I plan on adding the rest of the collection to my own!
I’m big into even numbers, so perhaps that’s why I’m so hype about 2020? Or, it could be because I’m happily pushing the reset button on a huge part of my life? I know 2020 will focus on getting back to who I really am and what I really want. I’ve spent a lot of years trying to make myself into something someone else wanted, and that didn’t really go so well, hence that reset button.
About a year ago vegan & cruelty free polish line Londontown reached out to me with their spring/ summer collection. I loved their polish, it’s high quality and the color selection is, in my opinion, strong & on trend. So, not surprisingly, I was thrilled when LondonTown reached back out with some great holiday polishes!
I’ve used two of the four holiday polishes so far, and I’m loving the vibes and quality of these colors. Londontown also sent over their Soft Touch Nail Scrub, which has now become a staple in my Sunday skincare routine.
Masks, masks, masks…2019 is all about the sheet mask craze and I’m 100% here for it. I’m also 100% here for a great eye mask. Eye masks are specially formulated for the sensitive under eye area and typically focus on anti-aging and depuffing the area. Pair a once a week eye mask with a really great under eye cream, like the Dr. Brandt needles no more Eye DePuffing Gel I featured a few weeks ago, and your eyes will be unstoppable.
VII is a brand I have featured before, back in 2017 I featured their Oxygen Eye Cream. I really enjoyed how thick of an eye cream it was and it did a great job at keeping me hydrated and bright while I traveled through Europe. I highly suggest it, but beware, it is not budget friendly by any means! You can check out my thoughts on the VIICode Oxygen Eye Cream, here!
I’m super serious about my face mask routine, and I’ve been upping my usage recently like crazy. So, when VIICode reached back out to me to feature their Oxygen Eye Masks, it could not have been more perfect timing!
I’m all about Budget Beauty when it comes to skincare. There are some awesome wallet friendly skincare brands and products on the market! Recently, I’m slowly coming around to introducing more budget friendly makeup options, a couple of which are the CoverGirl TruBlend products. I often partner with Influenster when new products come out- so I was super excited when I got a nice little CoverGirl package in the mail! I received four products, I’ll feature two of them today, and two next week.
The first product I tried out was the new TruBlend Base Business Primer. I love a good primer, especially because I have oily skin. & I need a primer to set my makeup up for success through the day. I typically reach for high end primers, thinking that the quality is better than your average drug store brand. However, I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the TruBlend Base Business Primer! I’ve been using it daily before work, after applying my current moisturizer, & I’m loving how my makeup looks after a long day of teaching!
I’m sharing a great moisturizer today that I just recently ran out of, haaaalp!! The Clarins Gentle Day Cream for Sensitive Skin has been my go to night moisturizer for months now. Yes, you read that right, a day cream has been my go to night moisturizer for months now.
Confused as to why a day cream at night? I was too at first! I was shopping in Nordstrom one morning and Clarins had a team of their national makeup artists in store. Naturally, I couldn’t resist a makeup session. I explained to the makeup artist that I struggle with rosacea, and he immediately brought over two products that would help me. The first was a serum, which I’ll share next week. The second was this Gentle Day Cream.
Wow this is a great eye gel. Like really, my eyes feel so great after I apply this in the morning it’s unreal. Dr. Brandt products are super high quality, and while I haven’t used very many in my routines, I’m so happy to have the needles no more NO MORE BAGAGE Eye Depuffing Gel as part of my current eye care routine. This is a FabFitFun product that was in my last box, and I’m so worried about running out soon. HELP.
Similar to all eye creams or gels I use, this product aims to depuff and combat dark circles. If you’re familiar with my under eye talk, I’m very #blessed that I do not have any under eye concerns at this point in my life. I’m super thankful for this but it also means that I’m super extra when it comes to being proactive in preventing any issues from popping up in the future. The under eye area is so delicate and prone to dark circles and pooling, I’m trying to avoid that as long as possible as I inch closer to 30. Using a great product like this Dr. Brandt Depuffing Gel greatly helps.
Stress is a silent killer, people!! Sometimes we have no idea we’re stressed, it can be happening without us realizing it. I’m a firm believer in meditation and self-care, and I know I wouldn’t have made it through the summer without either of those two things. Pay attention to your body and what you need. If you’re questioning whether or not you’re stressed, read through this article, and if any of it applies to you, research steps on how to minimize stress in your life!
Last Link Love post I shared how much I love the blog, Thirteen Thoughts. This is another article that I was really drawn to recently & a great follow up to the above article I shared about stress. Having a solid morning routine has helped me eliminate a bulk of stress.
Ok, I admittedly stick to burgundy and navy nail colors for fall- BUT, I’m ready to shake it up for fall 2019. I love the caramel and deep violet colors and I’m excited to incorporate them into my color choices for the fall and winter season! Check out the other suggestions from the trusted Who, What, Wear!
Happy Thursday’s Fab Five! Are you ready for fall? I’m so ready for fall. I think I’m too ready for fall. It’s still hot here in D.C. but we’ve seen some glimmer of a cooler season ahead, and I cannot wait. While I patiently wait, here are some of my current end of summer fab faves.